Miss A Columnist

Melissa Curtin covers charity and style related events and loves to cover LA's best in beauty, fashion, and culture. She is an educator who recently returned to the classroom to motivate and inspire third graders at a private school in Pacific Palisades. In 2012, she launched an educational T-shirt line called Wear2learn. When she is not working out, hiking a canyon, or at the beach, she is writing. Her latest dream come true has been travel writing for Johnny Jet.

After teaching in the Maryland public school system for almost a decade, she left the conservative East Coast environment in Washington, DC for West Coast living. Eager for adventure, inner growth, and a new environment, she packed her car and took to the open road on her own landing in her new home - Hollywood, California. As a Connecticut Yankee at heart, she has now lived in Los Angeles for six years surrounded by the stars.

Melissa graduated from Gettysburg College with a double major in psychology and art history. Soon after, she earned a Master's Degree in education. Melissa traveled around the world on Semester at Sea, and earned a Fulbright Scholarship which enabled her to teach in England. A lust for travel and learning has fueled her globe trotting ever since. Some of her favorite destinations are Costa Rica, Thailand, Fiji, Morocco, Vietnam, Belgium, Italy, Sicily, Prague, Egypt, Australia, Greece, and Paris.

Los Angeles has won over her heart. She is constantly taking advantage of what LA LA Land has to offer - new boutiques and restaurants, finding great deals, discovering new hikes and beaches, music, and West Coast fashion.

Colgate’s Pre-Golden Globe Beauty Bar


(Photo Credit: Vivien Killilea)

An incredible one stop shop for “home” improvements was created at the Nine Zero One Salon in West Hollywood Friday, January 11 and Saturday, January 12.  To get star quality ready – gorgeous guests received spray tans, teeth whitening and makeup in the Optic White Colgate Bar, manicures by Nails by Kiss, breaded messy tresses and updo hair styles by Joico, and essentials like Schick Hydro Silk Razors were being scooped up.  Guests munched on Pita and Hummas Snacks by Sabra.  Some of my favorite products being gifted were Shoes by Koolaburra and jeans by Mavi. Koolaburra’s trendy sneaker line is gorgeous (retailing for around $200), they are the pumped up kicks I have been searching for this past year. Not only are the Preston and Charlie fashion sneaks some of my absolute favs, but many celebs have been rocking their Savanity and Haley short fringe booties.


(Photo Credit: Vivien Killilea)

Some of the stars that came out included Ashley Tisdale who was chatting with salon stylists about hot boys on Instagram. She noted that her followers barrage her on occasion. Kyle Richards from The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills treated her daughters to Joico haircare products, like the Joico Power Spray. Shenae Grimes admired her fiancé while playing the Joico pinwheel and chatted about how she’s still obsessed with her engagement ring. Krysten Ritter looked poised and turned heads while getting her hair styled at Colgate’s Beauty bar with Joico’s Power Spray. Karina Smirnoff chatted about filming her movie in NYC while getting her nails done with Kiss Nail products.  Adrienne Maloof of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills talked about her new hair care deal, trying to keep it under wraps but saying how much she secretly love Joico hair care products.  Tiffany Hines shared her obsession with Haute Betts Jewelry while getting her hair curled by a Joico stylist. Joico treated their guests to mini purse Power Spray’s to keep with them on the go. Joico also gave all guests K PAK color therapy shampoos and conditioners.

The high energy atmosphere was abuzz all day while party goers mingled and beautified themselves in comfort.


Beverly Hills Real Housewife, Kyle Richards stopped by the Colgate Optic White Beauty Bar on Saturday with her adorable daughter Portia. While Portia was playing dress up in the Colgate photo booth, Kyle was scoping out new teeth whitening product to keep her perfect Beverly Hills smile! (Photo credit: Tiffany Rose)



(Photo credit: Tiffany Rose)


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