Immediately upon receiving my Blogger Prom 2010 invitation, I began to plan my ensemble. After all, an event themed "Hollywood Glamour" calls for serious thought regarding one's dress, hair, make-up and accessories...the girly girl to-do list was seemingly endless.
Last week, after glamming myself up with a black lace dress, elbow-length satin gloves, pin curls and bright red lipstick, a coiffed, skinny tie and pocket square-bedecked J and I headed to Yamashiro Restaurant for Blogger Prom 2010.
This visit to Yamashiro was my first, and I was immediately taken with the beautiful outdoor space that played host to the event. The beautifully landscaped courtyard lit by hanging paper lanterns felt classy and timeless and perfectly reflected the old Hollywood-inspired ensembles of the guests. I was uncertain if my fellow bloggers would be as zealous about the theme as I, but nearly everyone sashayed their way through the prom in looks that would make Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart proud.
As we "Panda Clan" members (@djjewelz, @olivejina, @LIMER35, @kungfoodpanda, @twohungrypandas and @klubchen) and FoodMarathon and My_Shimoda sipped on drinks from Eagle Rock Brewery and Pinky Vodka, we wandered around the courtyard, taking advantage of the photo booth and checking out the Blogger Prom live Twitter board.
After scoping out the venue, it was time to eat! Blinding Veronica Lake curls, impractical gloves and high maintenance red lipstick be damned! For the event, Chef Brock Kleweno prepared CalAsian dishes including Asian baby back ribs, "Hukilau" poke, salad "wedgelettes" and mini tacos. Thanks to Nastassia of The Manila Machine for *erm* holding my place at the front of the line.
After my duck confit and beef tacos, I tended to my sweet tooth with an ice cream sandwich with snickerdoodles and pear sorbet from Cool Haus and snatched a few sweets from the impressive spread of Crumbs Bakery cupcakes and ChocolateBox Cafe chocolates.
Whereas most normal weeknights consist of throwing on pajamas, making whatever is quickest for dinner and plopping in front of the TV, Blogger Prom infused my week with a major dose of liveliness, laughs and, most importantly, glamour. To spend the evening with my favorite Angelenos all dressed to the nines was well worth feeling a bit sleepy the next day at work!
Thank you to the vendors who supported this event benefitting Operation Frontline and another thank you to the Blogger Prom committee for their hard work to make this fabulous evening possible!