Japanese Women Guests come to Los Angeles!
You know how in Los Angeles we women have it all and it shows? Healthy, vibrant, good looking, spiritual, confident and friendly? Well others want what we have and are willing to travel to learn how to get it!
As a Los Angeles Event Planner I had the honor of being chosen to design, coordinate and lead this three day intensive workshop for group of women from Japan who are in a transitional place in their lives and are looking for the confidence, charisma and interpersonal skills.
My Event Coordinator Rachel Quinn and I designed an intensive workshop from 9am to 9pm each for three days that led the ladies on a whirlwind tour of the best of LA’s stylists, hair colorists, chefs, fitness centers and spiritual centers to create a well rounded experience of the LA Woman.
Here is a peak into our exciting itinerary…
DAY ONE – We got to know each other in a roundtable welcome meeting that included the goals of each student for the workshop. I gave an overview of our workshop and how it will work with their goals.
Then we went to Melrose in West Hollywood and met Wardrobe Consultant Nicole Longstreath who created an outfit for each girl based on her lifestyle and personal tastes. She did push each student to be creative, daring and expressive in their new wardrobe.
Lunch at Mason Richard Café on Melrose created a charming setting for the manners and etiquette education.
We treated it like an adult finishing school.
A lot of things we went over were manners you would use in a formal event setting and some were just practical tips such as how to pick up a dropped item with a short skirt on.
We found everyone could use a refresher course and some guests learned some of the information for the first time!
In the afternoon we learned how to create impressive floral arrangements from Claudia Rovner at Dave’s Floral Designs in Hollywood.
She showed us some basics as well as some advanced florist’s secrets.
We were all “wowed”!
That night, Dinner at the Vermont Restaurant in Hollywood we enjoyed speaker Jacob Reed on the art of conversation – how to be an engaging speaker and listener. Then we practiced the art among ourselves during dinner and dessert.
DAY TWO – We met at Lake Shrine in Pacific Palisades and welcomed spiritual speaker Nancy Bevers of Radiant Being.
She spoke to us about becoming our true unique selves and relying on our higher spirit for confidence and direction.
She led us on an enlightening guided meditation that left us feeling inspired and serene.
Afterwards, we all chose a quiet space in the garden to do a personal meditation.
Next we visited Maha Yoga in Brentwood for a tour of the studio, a peek into the morning’s glass and an overview of the practice and benefits of Yoga.
Lunch was at Tiato Café and event venue in Santa Monica where we enjoyed a healthy fresh California cuisine lunch and Chef Shaun Werth spoke to us about healthy, sustainable food choices for our bodies and the environment.
After lunch we went into the privacy of the Tiato Private Dining Room, turned on some music and learned how to walk like a red carpet model, learned a few hip hop dance moves from Rachel who is a hip hop dance performer.
We then walked off our lunch by walking the few blocks to Spectrum Fitness in the Water Garden Business Park in Santa Monica.
There we met with Physical Trainer David who showed us some basic fitness techniques to strengthen our core and increase our metabolism.
These pointers also help the posture which also helps one walk and posture like a model.
That night at Sur Restaurant in West Hollywood we had an educational workshop on creative table settings for entertaining and events.
The ladies then created a wonderful tablescape and setting using the props we brought for them and the fine chine from Sur.
We sat down and enjoyed the beautiful table setting during cocktails and our dinner.
The special guest speaker after dinner on the topic of Female Sensuality was Kristin Tribby who specialized in female sensuality education.
Her message was about expressiveness, healthy self knowledge and communication.
She also created an anonymous question and answer form that was appreciated.
FINAL DAY – This was event day, so all day we prepped for the finale event and continued to learn about developing confidence can panache!
We met at Juan Juan Salon of Beverly Hills where the women were cut, colored, styled and educated on the ideal style for their face and lifestyle. Juan Juan’s lead stylists gave each woman a private consultation and direction then they were put in the capable, creative hands of the staff.
They also changed into the wardrobe that they developed with the stylists on the first day. All the while I led them in practicing the sexy model walk and staying spiritually centered and focused… And the butterflies began to emerge and spread their wings!
Next, the makeup artists and Mac Makeup Studio on Robertson in Beverly Hills enhanced the beauty of each girl, adding lashes, contour, highlight and educating them on how to create the look themselves.
By the time we gathered at the Montage hotel in Beverly Hills to listen to our final guest speaker, all the girls were very excited and very beautiful!
So that they can use all of what they learned in the workshop to launch their dreams and goals, we had Chrissy Atley of Total Harmony Coaching who spoke on the topic of “Dream It, Believe it Achieve It!”
Rachel talked about the concept of Vision Boards” so one can really keep their mind on the goals with constant visuals helping you see the result then Chrissy gave an overview of step by step ways to really map out the way to get to those goals.
This last work shop really rounded out the experience of the whole, dynamic, confident woman.
Then it was off to the grant finale event!
We moved on to Hollywood at the Lowes Hollywood Hotel on Hollywood and Highland where the girls used all that they learned to strut their stuff on the red carpet while Paparazzi style photographer Vivien Killilea captured the grace and confidence and style that the girls exuded.
The dazzling group was entertained at the dinner show “Hollywood Memories” by actor group The Coterie. It was moving and entertaining and the three course meal was fabulous. We toasted to the girl’s transformation and new friends and experiences.
It was truly a finale ending to a really rewarding workshop. Enjoy these before and after photos!