Mention for a special deal on the remaining tickets for the 3rd Annual Face Forward Gala!

Westside Today Friends’ and Family Rate for a Trip to the Far East

Do you want to experience the delights of the East without the hassle of planes, trains and automobiles (well, at least two out of three)? Then we have the perfect event for you — and a bargain price — on September 15, 2012.

By Amy Sommer
Event date: September 15, 2012

Face Forward, a charity founded and run by Dr. David and Deborah Alessi will host its third annual extravaganza to benefit their work helping abused women Face Forward instead of being trapped by their pasts at an evening featuring stars of sports and stage. 

The spectacular evening will take place at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, 9500 Wilshire Blvd in Beverly Hills, hosted by tom Arnold and Bonnie Somerville. The stellar emcees will be joined by honorees, former NFL player Lorenzo Neal and the NBA’s Nick Young. 

The first 20 people who mention “Westside Today” will get a ticket (normally $350) for $250. Enjoy a good bargain for a good cause — and do so quickly, there are only 40 tickets left to the event at any price. 

For the price of the ticket you will be eligible for fabulous action items which include: Provided by Turkish Airlines/ 2 business class tickets to any of our 200 destinations worth $20k, stunning jewels, a $10k trip to Bali, a Tropic Spa Home Mist Tanning System, a guitar signed by Keith Urban, Love and Theft, Lionel Richie, Big and Rich, Carrie Underwood, Martina McBride, Luke Bryan, Tim McGraw, Toby Keith, Jason Aldean and a whole lot more.

To purchase tickets:


Kirsten Corcoran talks Secrets of Skincare & Make Up with Whole Foods Magazine

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celebrity Make Up Artist Chantal Moore shares more Larenim favorites

Chantal Moore’s Balanced Beauty Product Of The Week: Larenim Youth Dew Luminizer

This week, celebrity makeup artist and balanced beauty expert Chantal Moore brings us a way to light up your skin from Larenim, and I think you will love it!

From Chantal: “More Summer Beauty advice…. I love the look of a soft shimmer highlighter powder on sun kissed skin. Even if you don’t want to fully make up your face-you can simply sweep a luminizer over your skin to give yourself a soft “glow”.  Larenim Mineral is a Bismuth Oxychloride free line that boasts a gorgeous selection of mineral powder luminizers.  Right now, my favorite is Youth Dew-a soft pink that brightens and softly illuminates. Use this along the cheek bone, over blush (or alone) to add radiance, along the bridge of the nose to highlight and define and apply a touch at the top of the lip to give the illusion of fullness. Perfect radiance for Summer sun kissed skin. Learn more about Larenim at their website here. 


Chantal Moore  works closely with some of the biggest names in music, fashion and film. Her beauty and makeup advice regularly appears in such magazines as InStyle and Glamour, and she has appeared on television as a beauty expert for E! Entertainment Television, The Style Network and Fine Living Network. In 2009, she became Beauty Editor for the online lifestyle magazine Tangerine Living. In 2010, Chantal appeared on the Kellogg’s Special K-sponsored series The Victory Project as resident Beauty Expert. She also appeared on the  NBC series Fashion Star ,  lending her beauty expertise to the design team.

If you want to read much more of Chantal Moore’s genius tips and grounded, gorgeous beauty philosophy, you can watch videos of her in action on her website.  You can also keep up with her daily on Twitter and Facebook.

Exciting, expansive & beautiful stuff! xoxo Dana

The 3rd Annual Face Forward Gala is September 15th @ The Beverly Wilshire Hotel

Face Forward on CBS local News

Domestic Violence Survivor Receives Free Facial Surgery Thanks To Non-Profit Group

BEVERLY HILLS ( — A domestic violence survivor underwent free facial reconstructive surgery, thanks to the generosity of a local non-profit group.

23-year-old Anna Advena suffered permanent damage to her face and nose after being severely beaten by her high school boyfriend.

“I was held hostage for about four hours,” she said. “What literally saved my life was that someone heard me calling for help.”

Advena said she’s reminded of the pain and suffering every day.

“You wake up in the morning and you don’t see the person you used to look like. You see the person you became because of someone else,” she said.

Dr. David Alessi, a Beverly Hills plastic surgeon and biochemist, believes it’s a miracle Advena survived her nasal injuries.

“Anna had a fracture of her nose from her abuser. She was struck from the front, (which) crushed her nose inward. Her nasal bones are displayed outward and her nasal tip is displayed outward, so cartilage is fractured,” he said.

Alessi continued, “The entire support of her nose was fractured inward, too. So if you look at her nose, it hangs down and drapes down over her lip.”

He said years after the abuse, Advena still has the disfigured scars and has difficulty breathing normally.

So with the help of Dr. Alessi and Face Forward, a non-profit that provides surgical reconstructive services for victims of domestic violence, Advena recently underwent nasal surgery.

“These women have to look in the mirror every day and be reminded of what happened to them, so it’s very hard to move forward,” said Face Forward CEO Deborah Alessi.

Advena said she hopes the surgery will help her heal emotionally and physically.

“I want to be able to feel free of my past and this will give me freedom,” she said.

Dr. Alessi said although her nose won’t be perfect, it will still be a noticeable difference to Advena.

“We can actually get (her nose) more refined…get bones back to where they were before, straighten bones on the outside, and make the inside of her nose open so she can breathe,” he said.

Advena hopes telling her story publicly for the first time will give other victims of violence courage and inspiration.

“I wanna be proof that it is possible to change your life again and possible to renew yourself physically and emotionally,” she said.

For more information on the non-profit group, visit Face Forward.


Tom Arnold & Bonnie Somerville host Face Forward Gala on September 15th



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Face Forward: A little bit goes a long way!

Dear Friends:

The 3rd Annual Face Forward Gala is 6 weeks away. We’d truly appreciate your support helping us spread the word by following us on Twitter, like us on Facebook and possibly make a donation of $1-$5. Every bit counts and goes directly to medical aftercare for the patients. Here is the link for donations:  To Donate Please Visit: for patients.


Aug. 8th: Lifestyle expert Jamie Krell & Larenim on THE TALK

Don’t miss this segment. The Talk’s Lifestyle and Beauty Expert, Jamie Krell, share some hot new products from Larenim. Look good, feel healthy with eco-luxe must haves!