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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.

Recap: Celebs Come Out For Asphalt Yacht Club Skate Team Launch At The Malibu Inn


John Stamos and Ryan Phillippe at the Asphalt Yacht Club Launch Party at the Malibu Inn. (Photo Credit: Alex Wyman)

The Malibu Inn across from the ocean with its fun slogan perched outside – “Vintage Mood, Epic Food,” was in high gear this past Sunday, July 27 in the late afternoon as all sorts of entertainment folks came out for the launch of the Fall 2013 collection of Asphalt Yacht Club, a brand that is representing the top five skateboarders in the world.

Sponsored by Voli Light Vodkas and Sprite, the open bar from 4 -8 p.m. had everyone in good spirits as the crowd was jam packed inside and out. So many celebrities were in attendance. I saw Stacy Keibler, John Stamos, Chord Overstreet, Paris Hilton, Ryan Phillippe and Too Short. I got to meet Too Short as I was coming in and tell him how I saw him jam at the old Hollywood hotspot The Colony many years ago. Paris Hilton looked lovely in a long flowing dress, big sunglasses and her hottie man River Viiperi on hand. A guest appearance from French Montana had the crowd sweating and going wild as they rapped us silly.


Stacy Kiebler (No more Mr. Clooney?) at the Asphalt Yacht Club launch party at the Malibu Inn. (Photo Credit: Alex Wyman)

Other guests included Scott Disick, Audrina Patridge, Lydia Hearst, Rob Dyrdek, Caridee English, Kemba Walker, Sky Blu of LMFAO, Skylar Grey, Bonnie McKee, Alex Da Kid, Mike Zucker, Asphalt Yacht Club Founder Stevie Williams, Stefan Janoski, Nyjah Huston, Riley Hawk, Justin “Figgy” Figueroa, Derrick Wilson, Ben Nordberg and Blake Carpenter.

Asphalt Yacht Club was founded by pro skateboarder Stevie Williams, along with Stefan Janoski, Nyjah Huston and Justin “Figgy” Figueroa. Amateur skaters on the AYC team include Riley Hawk, Derrick Wilson, Ben Nordberg and Blake Carpenter. AYC combines skate culture, street style and contemporary fashion into one. Inspiration for the clothing line is drawn from the diversity of its team members, the designs reflecting both the struggle to succeed and the luxuries of success. For more information, visit Asphalt Yacht Club.

“Everyone has a different path for success. AYC is about seeing your lane and believing that you can go for it and make it happen. No matter when you come from. Asphalt Yacht Club, from the streets to the yacht.” – Founder Stevie Williams




Paris Hilton and boyfriend at the Asphalt Yacht Club launch. (Photo Credit: Melissa Curtin)


Audrina Partridge at Asphalt Yacht Club launch. (Photo Credit: Alex Wyman)


Rapper performer Too Short at the Asphalt Yacht Club launch. (Photo Credit: Melissa Curtin)

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