On Broadway Gala

Theater lovers, event supporters, local media, and community leaders gathered in Walnut Creek on Saturday October 2nd for the premiere return of Diablo Regional Arts Association’s On Broadway Gala at the Lesher Center for the Arts.

This year’s annual outdoor fundraising gala featured a red-carpet cocktail hour with wine provided by Wente Vineyards among an array of art deco décor throughout. Walking in with grace, I felt like an Old Hollywood Actress wearing a elegant satin gown by Sahara & patent designer heels. In addition, I couldn’t help but up the glamour with a stunning pair of deco rhinestone earrings, an over-the-shoulder black fur stole and the reddest lips c/o Tom Ford Beauty.

As the crowd began to take their seats, announcements where made while a well curated three-course dinner courtesy of Barbara Llewellyn Catering was served. During the first & second courses performance by Max von Essen and The Honey Taps, began to set the ambiance of the evening.

For many, On Broadway Gala is more than an annual affair, its a fundraiser event that supports and raises funds to support the Lesher Center’s arts-education and artistic excellence initiatives. This year’s event, exceeded their goal earring $250,00 through the support of the fabulous sponsors and donors that attended. Not to mention, Tyler Gordon a 14-year-old commissioned artist and the evenings special presenter raised $10,500 during is a live auction of one of his paintings completed live on stage.

The evening continued with a particularly special media collaboration I had conducted with Diablo Regional Arts Association for their 2022 Headliners. I had the honor of producing the voiceover for the upcoming series for the crowd to enjoy. For those that are interested in obtaining tickets please click here to learn more. From Old-Hollywood glamour, fine wine & show stopping entertainment, On Broadway Gala always leaves it’s mark.

Vintage Sahara Satin Gown, similar here 
AMA Pure Fur Scarf
Tamara Mello, Patent Heels
Rhinestone Earrings, similar here & here
Foundation, CHANEL
Lipstick, Tom Ford
Nails, Red Carpet Manicure
Photography c/o Ben Krantz Studio


The Beauty of Power

There will be moments in your life when you will be asked to take a journey into the unknown. Moments when nobody will be there to hold your hand and walk your path with you. And when that happens, you must stand in your power. Its when you find yourself becoming awakened spiritually, you are able to see and receive the signs that the universe is providing you.

For those awakened they have a mindset of – everything is happening FOR YOU, rather than TO YOU. Obstacles will arise for us all; it is inevitable so by having the inner power to reframe your mindset with cognitive reappraisal you can then use your obstacles to your advantage. In return you will view them as lessons and blessings.

“Life is simple. Everything happens for you, not to you. Everything happens at exactly the right moment, neither too soon nor too late. You don’t have to like it… it’s just easier if you do.”

You may not realize this, by saying ‘yes’ to everything when you should be saying ‘no’ is one way you quickly distance yourself from your authentic truth and personal power. Unfortunately, many do it to gather love or approval of those around them staying in situations that are simply based out of convenience not love. We wear the guilt and pain from the one we are seeking validation from and these partnerships become over time toxic and unhealthy causing a severe imbalance.

When we choose to enable the poor behavior of others we are making the sound choice to give our power away. What if we started to use logic rather than our emotions, would we have experienced as much heartbreak? The answer is, most likely not. We all have karmic debt that must be paid and as we move through life with conscious awareness we take our power back knowing what is meant for us, will come back to us right.

Vintage Bill Berman California Sweetheart Dress 
Vintage Rhinestone Necklace, similar here.
Sam Edelman Pumps
Foundation CHANEL, Lipstick Maybelline Nails, Red Carpet Manicure
Photography c/o Laurie Rockwell


Protected in White Lace

Spring is in full bloom, so why not wear a mask that exudes elegance? While the CDC still advises us to wear a face covering to slow the spread of COVID-19 I find wearing one by Wearable Masks to be the only option.

Face coverings (to some) may still feel like an unusual addition to their daily routines because of the way they conceal ones smile, however the level of protection is priceless. A style note you might opt for is seeking a pattern or print that suits your personal aesthetic or outfit as I did in today’s post. I paired their white “Lacey” with one of my beloved 1950s wool sheath with a vintage floral rhinestone brooch and studded earrings. I finished the overall look off with shiny patent accessories. I created an outfit that not only protects, it showcases elegance and grace.

When covid-19 hit, our opportunity to raise money through in person events was no longer viable and we wanted to find a new way to support the community which led us to a partnership with Wearable Masks. We are thankful to have found an incredible partner with Wearable Masks in the quality of the product and our aligned values.

Laurie Rockwell, of The League Sports

For those not familiar with Wearable Mask, they are a San Francisco based female, minority & disabled-veteran owned small business that has donated 30,000+ masks (since April 2020) to non-profit organizations, hospitals & clinics, homeless shelters, churches and low income families. Their wide array of styles, prints and colors create an effortless experience for anyone searching for a mask that protects and is stylist.

For all masks sold on the fundraiser page with The League Sports, 100% of net profits to 2 charitable organizations will be donated (The Color of Change & The Rainbow World Fund). If you purchase one mask, another mask will be donated to a local organization in need. Additionally, for every TLS “Gold Standard” mask purchased they will match an additional $1 for $1 of the net proceeds. 
Photography c/o Laurie Rockwell
Face Mask c/o Wearable Masks™