pop!A-RAZZI: President's State Dinner 2010

Obamas Host State Dinner Mexican Style!
The White House - Washington, DC

The President, Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama held their second state dinner last night at the White House, welcoming Mexican President Felipe Calderon and his wife, Margarita Zavala to a night of Mexican extravagance! The more than 200 invited guests, including diplomats, White House officials and celebrities, including the fabulous Eva Longoria-Parker, Gayle King, George Lopez graced the night with colorful and sophisticated numbers. 

At the State Dinner, the tables featured boldly striped linens in hues of blue, intended to resemble ripples of water, the White House said. Floral centerpieces featured gilded handmade woven baskets, with bouquets of fuchsia flowers, including roses, orchids and prickly pear cactus. 

The dinner menu was created by chef Rick Bayless known for winning Top Chef Masters. He is founder of Chicago's Frontera Grill and Topolobampos which had been a regular stop for Mrs. Obama when she lived in Chicago. Guests dined on jicama and fruit in a citrus vinaigrette and ceviche of Hawaiian opah, followed by Oregon beef in Oaxacan black mole with black bean tamalon and grilled green beans.Dessert was a chocolate cajeta tart with toasted homemade marshmallows, graham cracker crumble and goat cheese ice cream.

Another 100 guests were invited for dessert and entertainment on the South Lawn. A tent was resurrected and decorated with a spectacular display of Monarch Butterflies. The Monarchs migrate between Mexico and Canada, passing through the United States, and were the perfect symbol of the cross-border relationship that Calderon and Obama want to develop. Tables in the tent were decorated in varying shades of oranges and greens, with a bouquet of marzipan and chocolate flowers roses, the national flower of the United States, and dahlias, the national flower of Mexico.The fabulous Beyonce performed as well as Rodrigo y Gabriela and the U.S. Marine Band. 

images: Fabiano/EPA/Pool, Miller for News, Brendan Smialowski-Getty Images, Marvin Joseph-Washington Post

pop!A-RAZZI: Kiss in The New Year! 2010

Jordan Bratman and Christina Aguilera 

Josh Duhamel and Fergie

Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon 

Robin Thicke and Paula Patton 

Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez

Celebs Kiss in The New Year

Muah, besos and much love to all of my followers! Instead of getting all fixated on actual events (this time) I figured I'd bring a little love to all of my pop! peeps for the New Year. There's nothing like a new year to help you clean the slate and make you feel like anything is possible. It's quite invigorating... I mean after you get past the hangover you are probably feeling right now after poppin' too much Champagne, you too will feel like Leonardo on the tip of that little boat called The Titanic. Like life, it can seem a little overwhelming, but take a breathe, a step forward and lunge at greatness! I expect nothing less from you! Me, I promise to give more of myself in 2010. I want you to feel the pop! in your guts! I know, I know... one day at a time. 

Get ready kiddies... I feel like 2010 is going to be a fab year for us!!!

The Queen of pop!

photos: wireimage, Getty

pop!OP: Be A Design Star!


Do you think you have what it takes to host your own series on HGTV? Would you love the challenge of competing in a design-based reality show? Here's your chance to be on Design Star! While this is one of those shows I would love to be on something tells me that it is best if I just pass the opportunity to you. Good luck designers!

“HGTV’s Design Star: Season 5” Now Casting

HGTV and Mark Burnett Productions are seeking a new crop of interior designers/decorators, design enthusiasts, architects and artists to compete in a series of difficult design-based challenges to win their own show on HGTV.

Auditions for the fifth season of Design Star will be held in New York City on Saturday, January 16, at Shetler Studios, 244 W. 54th St, 12th floor New York, NY 10019 from 10:00am- 4:00pm.

**Be advised that security may check your bag before entering an open casting call and we are not responsible for your parking or transportation at the open calls.

Don't Miss Our Open Calls

This is your opportunity to meet face to face with the Design Star casting teams. Be advised that security may check your bag before entering an open casting call and we are not responsible for your parking or transportation at the open calls.
The Beverly Garland Holiday Inn
4222 Vineland Ave.
North Hollywood, CA 91602
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Shetler Studios
244 West 54th Street, 12th floor
between Broadway & 8th Avenue 
New York, NY 10019
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Click HERE for more details from HGTV!

pop!REVIEW: Corinne Bailey Rae at Hiro

Giant Step Presents An Intimate Evening with Corinne Bailey Rae
Hiro Ballroom - NY, NY

Let’s go back, circa 2006, when I was haunted by a song and words that felt like my very own - frustrated and in love. That’s what “Like a Star” did for me and ever since that moment I’ve been a big fan of Ms. Rae. Unlike most, I was never one to play “Put Your Record On” and instead chose to steadily repeat the songs on her album which reminded me of the feelings of love both good and bad such as “Till it Happens to you”, “Breathless” and “Young & Foolish.”
Monday I had the opportunity to see Corinne Bailey Rae live at an intimate concert at Hiro Ballroom. While this was not my first time seeing her in action it was very much a different and wonderful experience. Corinne’s performance felt like I was prying into a window, sneaking a peak into her private room where she was singing her most intimate thoughts and feelings. She sings with her eyes closed as if she herself were imagining herself perform. She then, every so often, makes flirtatious eye contact with you as to say “I see you looking at me.” For a moment you feel as if you’ve just been caught, but she smiles gently as to say “it’s ok.”  I think I’m blushing and crushing all over again.
She and her band treated us to a live performance of her entire new album “The Sea” and a few of her oldies, but goodies. The album, thankfully, is a bit more mature and bit grittier. Considering her sound is sweet and whimsical, you know the type you would skip to, it would not be a huge jump for the 1st time listener, but for me a very good sophomore return. You can tell that she has grown and with the tragic death of her husband, much of the content is inspired by him. The show was being filmed for the public television series “Live From the Artists Den,” and due to technical difficulties they needed to rerecord “Paris Nights/New York Mornings” – can I say encore? Nonetheless, it was a wonderful night filled with my BF and the sweet Corinne Bailey Rae. A wonderful night indeed! For those like me who want the album LIKE NOW – sorry we have to wait until February 10, 2010 when the album is due to be released in the US. That is unless you get yourself a UK version which is set to be available on February 1st.
A big thanks to Giant Step for getting us access for the evening!

"Paper Dolls" The song that I am sure will get Fallon obsessed with the idea of getting a tambourine! lol

CBR performing "Love is on it's Way"
Photos: Joseph Bayot
Videos: sparkles61785 & DanceMrD via youtube

pop!A-RAZZI: President's State Dinner

Obamas Host State Dinner
The White House - Washington, DC

The President, Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama held their first state dinner last night at the White House, welcoming India’s Prime Minister, Manmoahan Singh, and his wife Gursharan Kaur to a night of chic Indian elegance!

Celebrities, democratic fundraisers and politicians alike clammored for what was the hottest ticket in town. The much coveted invitation however, did land in the mail boxes of about 338 guests who attended. Guests included, Gayle King, Steven Spielberg, Alfre Woodard, Blair Underwood, Jhumpa Lahiri, Alberto Vourvoulias, Katie Couric, Colin Powell and his wife, Alma Powell. Politicians mixed with Hollywood celebrities and Indian dignitaries decked out in tuxedos, beautifully colored saris and galmourous dresses.  The star of the night, as expected, was the first lady herself who chose to wear a Naeem Khan number. The Indian-born designer of Mrs. Obama's handmade gown, told CNN's "Larry King Live" that it took three weeks to complete the dress at his family's workshop in India -- with 40 people working on it. Fab indeed!

The entertainment lineup included Grammy Award-winning singer-actress Jennifer Hudson and jazz vocalist and composer Kurt Elling, both from the Obamas' hometown of Chicago, and Indian musician and singer A.R. Rahman, who won two Academy Awards for the music in "Slumdog Millionaire."

The theme was glam garden with an chic Indian twist. The tables featured beautiful apple green linens, gold trimmed china, and purple flowers to play homage to the national bird of India, the peacock.

New York celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson of Aquivit fame, First Lady Michelle Obama and White House executive chef Cristeta Comerford designed a menu "to showcase the best of American cooking," Obama said at a press preview. Below is a look at the vegeterian menu:

Potato and eggplant salad

White House arugula with onion seed vinaigrette
2008 Sauvignon Blanc, Modus Operandi, Napa Valley, California

Red lentil soup with fresh cheese
2006 Riesling Brooks ³Ara² Willamette Valley, Oregon

Roasted potato dumplings with tomato chutney
chick peas and okra
or green curry prawns
caramelized salsify with smoked collard greens and coconut aged basmati
2007 Grenache, Beckmen Vineyards, Santa Ynez, California

Pumpkin pie tart
pear tatin
whipped cream and caramel sauce
Sparkling Chardonnay, Thibaut Janisson Brut, Monticello, Virginia

Petits fours and coffee
Cashew brittle
Pecan pralines
Passion fruit and vanilla gelees
Chocolate-dipped fruit

Photo: Luke Sharrett/The New York Times
Brenda Smialowski of Getty
Frank Thorp CBS

pop!OP:Nigella Christmas

Nigella Lawson Book Signing of Nigella Christmas
Williams-Sonoma - NY, NY

Join the Domestic Godess, Ms.Nigella Lawson as she signs copies of her new cookbook, Nigella Christmas. This is a unique opportunity to meet this fab chef and author, get a signed copy of her latest cookbook, and take home fresh new ideas for cooking and entertaining. We hope to see you there!

Please note: Nigella will only be personalizing copies of Nigella Christmas purchased at Williams-Sonoma. Proof of purchase is required.

Williams-Sonoma Chelsea
Thursday, December 3, 2009 at 5:30pm
110 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10011
(212) 633-2203

pop!A-RAZZI: Reebok Pump 20th Anniversary Party

Reebok Pump Key Chains
Sneaker Display
Reebok Pump Display
Reebok Pump designer Paul Litchfield
POP Burger - NYC
Former NBA player and Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins and former NFL player Emmitt Smith
Gift Bag items

Reebok Pump 20th Anniversary Party
POP Burger - NY, NY

Let’s take you back… Circa ’89/’90. A young Bronx girl gets her first pair of Reebok Pumps and feels on top of the world! Hold on as I pump my sneakers so they fit just right… {{{pump}}} {{{pump}}} {{{pump}}} Ahhhhhh, now I’m ready to go!

I can’t believe it was 20 years ago that Reebok first launched their Pump line. As a kid it was “The” shoe to have and you might as well not even walk through the halls if you didn’t have yourself a pair. In order to celebrate the big 2-0 Reebok enlisted legends Dallas Cowboy’s Emmit Smith and Atlanta Hawk’s Domonique Wilkins. Also, in attendance was Reebok Pump designer Paul Litchfield, who was awarded with the best sneaker gimmick ever during the party for coming up with this kind of attention to the sneakers.

The event was held at Meatpacking District’s Pop Burger in New York City. The decor played homage to the sneaker line and featured collaborative Reebok Pumps involved in the Reebok Pump 20 Program which were on display hanging from the ceiling. Cheers to Reebok on hitting this great mark!

Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images North America