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WhiteCherryVodkaEvery once in awhile (usually after watching an episode of Mad Men) we get nostalgic over here at DIVA Headquarters. We dream of the days when cocktail hour was an classy event not just a feeding frenzy at a local bar. Then we snap out of it when we remember that if we lived in Mad Men days we’d all be secretaries instead of DIVAS. That said, we do love a good cocktail!  Recently the ladies in Los Angeles did our first DIVA Beverly Hills cocktail crawl.
First, we started at Dr. Simon Ourian’s Epione. Yes, that’s right! We had cocktails at the famous cosmetic surgeon’s totally chic waiting room which, by the way,  looks like more fashionable lounge than your average bar. Then we headed to Lisa Vanderpump’s Villa Blanca restaurant. We were joined by a select group of fashionable LA ladies including media babes Carly Steel (TV Guide host), Shira Lazar (host of You Tube’s “What’s Trending”). We got a super-secret first look at In Touch/Life & Style Executive Editor Jo Piazza’s new book, Love Rehab 

Our friends at Skinnygirl provided the cocktails and some fun recipes for the DIVAS who didn’t get to join us to try at home.

Skinnygirl Sweet Cherry Lemonade Spritzer

·         1 part White Cherry Skinnygirl Vodka (Yes, white cherry vodka!)

·         3 parts sparkling water

·         1 part freshly squeezed lemon juice

·         Frozen sweet cherries (thawed)

Place ice and thawed cherries into a glass. Mix vodka, water and lemon juice. Pour over ice. Garnish with a fresh lemon wedge.

 

The Bling Ring

Nancy Jo Sales has been a prolific journalist in the New York media scene since the mid-nineties. Working in the glitzy world of celebrity journalism has its rewards–usually in the form of becoming incredibly connected to people and new opportunities. So, it’s not surprising that what began as a 2010 article she penned for Vanity Fair magazine called, “The Suspects Wore Louboutins,” about a group of upper-middle class kids from the Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley who were burglarizing the homes of celebrities including Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan and Orlando Bloom turned into a book deal for her and a film by Sofia Coppola.

Nancy will be at the DIVA Luncheon on May 15th and so you guys can congratulate her in person and ask her all of your questions.

In the meantime, The Bling Ring which hits bookstores on May 21st. (Buy it here now.) looks so juicy that I wanted to be among the first to get the scoop from her about the book, movie and how it all came together.

Zoe: Your book “The Bling Ring” has been all over the press and I read recently that Sofia Coppola is making it into a movie! How did that happen?

Nancy Jo: The book is coming out May 21 and the movie is coming out June 14, so it’s great timing. The movie is based on an article I did for Vanity Fair in 2010, “The Suspects Wore Louboutins,” about a group of kids from the Valley who were burglarizing the homes of celebrities including Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan and Orlando Bloom. They found out where they lived and where they would be from celebrity websites and their Twitter postings and celebrity news. Sofia Coppola optioned the story in 2010. I got approached by Harper Collins, the publisher, in Summer 2012. I hadn’t really thought about doing a book on the story before this. I had to turn it around really fast, in about six months. It was intense.

Zoe: It’s really interesting how celebrity gossip has become a dominate niche in journalism. What do you think about the ubiquity of the Hollywood gossip and how does that relate to your book?

Nancy Jo: These days it’s impossible not to hear Hollywood gossip, as the media has become so full of it. Today we have an unprecedented number of news outlets reporting on the every move of celebrities 24/7. This book is about the Bling Ring burglaries, fascinating crimes, but it’s also about celebrity obsession and the effect it has on kids, which I think is a really important thing for us to be thinking and talking about.

Zoe: Yes! Was that the most compelling aspect of the Bling Ring story for you?

Nancy Jo: It was incredible to me how bold the kids were, just walking into these very famous people’s houses and taking their stuff. Sometimes they went back to the houses multiple times. It got me thinking about the breakdown of the wall people between famous and un-famous. These days everyone can become famous with a few clicks of a mouse, through posting things via Twitter, Facebook or YouTube; so the kids didn’t really see any difference between themselves and the celebrities, in a way. I think their obsession was not only with fame, though, but with the celebrities’ wealth and lavish lifestyles. Our obsession with the super-rich is another thing that I think is very unhealthy for kids.

Zoe: I agree. Kids are growing up confusing marketing and promotional artifice for actual art. That’s a problem and vast topic for another time. For now, who are your writing inspirations?

Nancy Jo: I was a reader as a kid and still am and never stop being inspired by great writers. The ones I go back to again and again are Truman Capote, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Toni Morrison and Ralph Ellison.

Zoe: Have you met Alexis Neiers or any of the real life members of the Bling Ring? Do they know about the book? If so, what was their reaction? Do they think it’s cool they are being immortalized or are they mortified?

Nancy Jo: I interviewed Alexis and Nick Prugo at length for the article, and, more briefly, Courtney Ames. All of them know about the book, as I contacted all of their lawyers during the process of writing it, reaching out to do more interviews. None of them would agree to talk about it anymore. They seem to have conflicted feelings about their fame, or at least the way they became famous. Alexis was on an (E!) reality show in 2010, Pretty Wild, and had aspirations of being a model or an actress. Nick Prugo and Rachel Lee wanted to be fashion designers. So they had an interest in becoming part of the celebrity world before they became celebrity burglars.

Zoe: There is an interesting phenomenon happening where lines between being infamous and famous are blurry.

Nancy Jo: It’s about the time we live in and, for better or worse, that involves people like Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan. If you’re interested in celebrity culture and what’s going on with kids, you might find it interesting.

Zoe: Are you involved with the making of the movie at all?

Nancy Jo: The Bling Ring movie is based on my Vanity Fair article and I met with Sofia Coppola several times while she was writing the script to talk about the story. The movie is her vision, and it’s really great.

Zoe: Tell me what it’s like writing for Vanity Fair. What has been your best moment so far?

Nancy Jo: It’s a privilege to write for such a great magazine. One of my most incredible experiences was interviewing the actor Randy Quaid and his wife Evi in 2011; they believed they were being hunted down by a group of murderous Hollywood executives they called “the Hollywood Starwackers” (the were in the grip of this delusion). I met up with them in Canada, where they had fled seeking asylum and still remain. It was very bizarre and very interesting.

Zoe: You recently wrote the Taylor Swift Vanity Fair cover story. What was she like?

Nancy Jo: Taylor’s talented and successful and got her head screwed on straight. I think all the teasing is a little unfair.

Zoe: Who would you love to interview that you haven’t yet?

Nancy Jo: I’ve done a lot of stories about famous people who are a little outrageous—Dennis Rodman, Courtney Love, Hugh Hefner. They always make for the most interesting stories. I’d love to interview Kim Jong Un, the head of North Korea. What is with him?

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Chances are you’ve already blown your New Year’s Resolutions. Hey girl, don’t feel bad! (In our Ryan Gosling voice.)

Everyone knows that if you aren’t already a size 2 and haven’t been living on GlowBio juices since fall, you’re probably not going to look like a Victoria’s Secret model by summer anyway. So why do the same weight-loss song and dance again?   The good news is, it’s not to late to start working on your inner peace. What?! Yep, that’s right…the noggin. That’s where it all starts. Meditation can help quite the super-active mind of the most ambitious Alpha-DIVA so she can focus on what’s most important in her life and forget the nonsense (people, places or things) that slow her down.

We know that you’ve got it all under control and you don’t need to improve relationships, psychological and physical health, sleep quality, or your mood. But in case you do, you can jump onto Oprah and Deepak Chopra’s 21 Day Meditation Challenge and sort yourself out once-and-for-all in 2013. The program is FREE and comes complete with complete with emails that will guide you through a 16.5-minute daily meditation, keep you inspired, encourage you to write in an online journal, and help you pick up other life lessons when you register.

Yeah, it started two days ago, but you’re just in time. You can start today. (We are too!)

Go here to start.  The first couple of days we missed are posted so you can catch up.

Come on DIVAS, let’s rock this!

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  Whether you are a PR exec, blogger, journalist or you simply need to network to meet more people for business… knowing where the best events are is key.

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