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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.

OK! Magazine Hosts Pre-Oscar Party At Emerson Theater In Hollywood


Emerson Theater in Hollywood (Photo Credit: www.laeater.com)

OK! Magazine hosted a rocking Pre-Oscar party Friday night, February 22, in celebration of the 85th Academy Awards Ceremony.  Celebrities came out to the newest SBE hotspot, the Emerson Theater, formally known as Playhouse and Garden of Eden. Gorgeous people mingled and danced as the DJ cranked some jamming remixed tunes. Two bars hugged the dance floor and surrounding tables. Scantilly clad waitresses served some Oscar-worthy UV Vodka cocktails, like “Les Mis Blue Raspberry  Martinis.” Guests could enjoy mini-makeovers by Sexy Hair and snag some Sexy Hair hairspray,  as well as try out and take home Spray and Go moisturizer from Vaseline.

Taylor Armstrong Celebrates At OK! Magazine Pre Oscar Party 2013

Former Playboy Playmate Kendra Wilkinson partying and drinking with a group of friends. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)


I saw sporty, hot, Playboy Playmate Kendra Wilkinson partying with a group of friends and dancing to Jay-Z’s “My Name is Hov,” dispelling any ‘pregnancy’ rumors.  Red Foo stepped out on the carpet to debut his new relationship with Victoria Azorenka, the No. 1  female tennis player in the world.  Taylor Armstrong got snuggly with an middle-aged man while dancing in the crowd.  Brittany Gastinaeu braved the “LA cold” looking fashionable in a fur jacket and promoting her new show EyeOnStyle.

Red Foo stepped with tennis player Victoria Azorenka (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Red Foo stepped with tennis player Victoria Azorenka (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Farshad Farahat of Argo discussed his enthusiasm for the film’s recognition, although disheartened by the Academy’s failure to recognize Affleck as candidate for best director, was proud and honored to be a part of the film. Kristin Cavallari was also in attendance presumably ignoring fellow ‘Hills’ cast-mate, Stephanie Pratt.

Golnesa ‘Gigi’ Gharachedaghi tested out the new Vaseline Spray & Go products while drink free and hanging at the “Shah’s of Sunset” table with MJ Mercedes Javid and Rajabi (aka the Persian Drake). I met Prince’s guitar player who had just taken a 22 hour flight from India and expressed his desire to watch “The Brady Bunch” and go to sleep. He also let my boyfriend know he wore a tie to meet a white girl. Around 10 p.m, the nightclub was abuzz with energy and the burlesque-ish dancers surrounded us with their sexy temptress moves.

OK! Magazine Pre Oscar Party 2013 - Red Carpet

Golnesa ‘Gigi’ Gharachedaghi from Shahs of Sunset (Photo Credit: Getty Images)


Peter Gibson with writer Melissa Curtin (Photo Credit: Melissa Curtin)


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