Friday, October 29, 2010

Out and About--Cocktails at Tiffany's

Last night I was invited to a benefit at no other than Tiffany's on Rodeo Drive.  It was a fantastic event complete with a VIP champagne reception inside the store so you could sip and shop.  Even better, the benefit was for a great cause--the Amanda Foundation.  This organization helps homeless animals find loving homes and it is a cause close to my heart.  My dog, Daisy, came from a shelter and is the best dog in the world.  She means everything to me, so I couldn't have been happier to be there supporting the Amanda Foundation's work.

But before things kicked off, I took a stroll down Rodeo Drive on the warm summer-like evening to take in all the wonderful stores...

Via Rodeo, which was blocked off for the event

The Regent Beverly Wilshire, made famous in the movie Pretty Woman, sits at the very top of Rodeo Drive.  This hotel has a long history of housing the stars including Cary Grant, Elvis, and John Lennon, who lived there the months he was estranged from Yoko Ono because he knew Elvis lived there while making movies.  Also, one of my favorite writers and contributors to film noir, Dashiell Hammett, actually wrote The Thin Man here.

Steps at the top of Rodeo Drive leading to the party at Tiffany's

Walking into Tiffany's makes you catch your excited breath, so it was lovely to find my favorite Veuve-Clicquot champagne waiting for me there

Tiffany's is famous for its diamonds, but particularly the Tiffany setting which has remained unchanged since 1837.  Why mess with perfection?

Joking with friends that we needed to swap my cocktail ring for the one from Tiffany & Co.

My favorites besides those classic rings?  More classics.  I adore their solitaire pendant necklace (on top)...

...and the diamond choker (on top)...

...and their pearl choker (above).  My favorite fantasy item was the 160 carat pendant necklace (below)...for millions of dollars.

Tiffany's makes fantastic purses now, too!  Very vintage-inspired.

On the Red Carpet:  Late 1960s hot pink silk shantung shortsleeve shift, 1960s pink croco-embossed leather clutch,
Moda snakeskin slingback pumps, silver and emerald-cut CZ earrings with matching cocktail ring

Joining me on the carpet? Kristin Bauer van Straten (Pam from HBO's True Blood) and Jane Graves (of Ladybug Jane), who are both passionately committed to environmental causes.  The ladies loved my GlamAmor style, especially because buying and wearing vintage is a great way to Go Green!

Teri Austin, president of the Amanda Foundation

Pauley Perrette from the CBS show, NCIS

Teri with my friend and co-sponsor of the evening, Walt Morton

Nigel and Jenna Briand, editor of Take Part, an astute online community that connects causes to action

This event was so great to take part in and filled with people who genuinely care about improving the world.  I loved meeting everyone!

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