Event Report Posted by Don Rose
Stars, VIPs and members of the media descended on the posh London Hotel on March 5th & 6th , 2010 to indulge in the annual ALIVE! Expo Green Pavilion/MixMedia Luxury Lounge, known worldwide as one of the most prestigious of the Academy Award week celebrity gifting suites. Once again, the various vendors (covered in more detail in Part 2) dazzled and delighted all who were lucky enough to score an invite.
One of the most popular booths featured jewelry designer to the stars, Michelle Abogado. Very much inspired by the natural beauty of the surf and sand in Laguna Beach, jewelry box designer Abogado debuted her brand new collection of magnificent, eco-friendly jewels. It’s her first line and it’s a HIT! The Mulligan Collection features original and imaginative rings, cuffs, and bracelets with bold colored stones such as chalcedony blue, rutilated quartz and pyrite quartz.
Each piece makes a statement, says Michelle. “My philosophy is simple...I hope to bring more beauty into the world through my creations by bringing something unique and timeless to the wearer.”
With barely a moment to catch her breath, Michelle hosted and styled celebrities in some lavish pieces from The Mulligan Collection. Whether a gift to keep or a little something for someone special, everyone was exceptionally impressed with the line.
Some celebrity highlights from the two day event: Diedre Hall opted for a sweet, simple pair of circle hoop earrings. “ I can wear these on the show (Days of Our Lives), they’ll be perfect,” she said. Cutie pie Ariel Winter (Modern Family) was all smiles with her new necklace. She thought it was beautiful. Alan Cummings (we still love him best from "Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion") picked out a cool chunky quartz ring set in sterling silver. Comedian Heather McDonald (Chelsea Lately) loved her new necklace, a true statement piece. True Blood stars Ashley Jones and Natasha Alam as well as the delightful and funny Kim Cole and Candice Cameron were looking extra glamorous in their new cocktail rings.
Here are a few photos featuring some of Michelle's unique and beautiful creations up close: