Wednesday, September 28, 2011

I scored a GRAYte job!

Krista and I getting our hair done for the event @ Blo hair salon in the W hotel

(PINK) Champagne poppin' 

Before the crowds arrived
Mario Lopez...I WANT YOUR JOB!!

Delphine Eatery and Bar Station at the event
Lights, Camera, ACTION!

The W Hollywood Hotel

The Living Room (inside lounge)

The Station (outside lounge)

They say pictures say a thousand words...these can't even describe what an amazing job I scored about a week ago! In my last post I told my followers to keep their fingers crossed...THANK YOU to those who did, it worked! I got a cocktail serving position at the W Hollywood Hotel. Getting this job really makes LA feel like home. I had been going on interview after interview, trying to land a job before I blew through all of my money, but my heart was not really into the jobs I was applying for. I was told by one of my good friends and her husband that "The W would be the perfect place for me to work, and that I would fit right in!" Honestly, I couldn't bring myself to go apply there. It is such a big hotel, which made me very intimidated, let alone finding a place to park in this city scares me to death! (I did grow up in Valley Center) I would drive past the hotel everyday and say to myself... "Tomorrow, I'll go in and apply" but I never did! That was until my friend Scott invited me to a business meeting there. I had no choice but to suck it up, find parking, and face my fears! After the meeting I knew I belonged there. I went to yoga the next morning and my instructor left us with one simple yet meaningful piece of advice for the day, she said "If you want something, go and get it!" I have heard this GRAYte saying so many times before, but that day I heard differently, it was as though she knew I needed to hear it! I went home, showered, reviewed my resume, and headed straight for the W.  After going through 3 interviews I GOT THE JOB!! I am so blessed to have the opportunity to work here! I was lucky enough to be picked out of several girls that work there to represent the company that I work for. (Innovative Dining Group) Krista and I were sent to the the IRIS/Cirque Du Soleil premiere. The day started off with our hair appointments at BLO hair salon in the W hotel, where we sipped on pink champagne. After getting our hair done we scurried on over to the locker rooms where we changed into the costumes you see me wearing in the pictures. After we looked the part, we took a taxi over to Hollywood and Highland where the premiere took place. Hollywood Blvd. was completely shut down and red carpeted, there was a ferris wheel, and at least 25 different sponsors set up for this event. I could not believe that I was standing on the red carpet, in the center of Hollywood serving everyone from Matthew Mcconaughey to Mario Lopez and Christina Milian! Everyone loved our outfits and wanted a picture with us, I felt like a celebrity! :) It was a life changing moment for me...if I'm already standing on the red carpet my first month of living here, that can only mean GRAYte things for me and my future! So happy to be able to share my GRAYte news with all of you, and so fortunate to be living in this city where anything can happen. It's like Disneyland..but for adults that all came here for the same reason, to follow their dreams. I want to leave you with the same advice my yoga instructor left me, IF YOU WANT SOMETHING, GO OUT AND GET IT! 

Friday, September 9, 2011

This is LA LA land...thus far:)

The view from our apartment looking towards the Hollywood Hills
The view from our apartment looking out over the city

Labor day weekend CELEBRATION on our rooftop

Swoop Magazine's motto to live by, snapped a picture while visiting the warehouse 

Representing GROW clothing line out in Hermosa

Busta Rhymes gittin it @ Perez Hilton's One Night in LA event

Where to start!?
Los Angeles is a city full of energy and people who have a passion for what they believe they were born to do. These past three weeks have been VERY entertaining! (This is the entertainment capitol of the world) I have seen everything from the homeless dancing around the streets of Hollywood Blvd. while drinking straight from the bottle, fashionista's in their 6 inch heels while grocery shopping, to the beautiful beach in Hermosa. When I first arrived in the city I had the privilege of working the artist check-in at Perez Hilton's One Night in LA concert at the Wiltern theater. The flashing lights of paparazzi cameras amiss a red carpet extravaganza really had me saying "Erin, we're defiantly not in San Diego anymore!" We ended our day with the last performance of the night Busta Rhymes. He KILLED IT, and called Erin and I sexy :) As the week progressed we decided to go and visit a friend of ours that we met 3 years ago during our first experience in Beverly Hills. Scott Bailey the founder and publisher of SWOOP MAGAZINE invited us over to peer into his world. His warehouse is amazing and his hospitality was unforgettable, we really got to see what goes on behind closed doors :) I have been a follower of the magazine for quite some time now and seeing him and his work was very inspirational. Readers keep this in mind, the SWOOP motto, "WORK HARD, PLAY OFTEN!"  Playing often is what I have been doing since I have arrived here. Next up labor day weekend! We had a party on our rooftop, and got to meet most of our neighbors. Our neighbors are awesome and the party was so much fun. San Diego girls now have a reputation when it comes to getting, and keeping the party going :) Reality kicks in after a holiday, right!? Job search begins!!! I am hoping to secure a cocktail serving position at The W hotel in Hollywood, so everybody keep those fingers crossed! LA, LA land has been GRAYte, thus far...I wonder what's in store for me next!? Until next time readers, thank you for following and have a GRAYte day!
XOXO Whitney GRAY<3

Thursday, September 1, 2011

So long San Diego...

San Diego,
    You have been what I call home for the past 22 years of my life. I can't think of a better place I could have been raised! You have provided your beautiful beaches and laid back lifestyle, which has really shaped me into the person I am today. As I move away to the big city of Los Angeles you will not be forgotten, I hold you and the locals close to my heart. As I sit hear and reminisce on all the good times I've had there I cannot help but to think of the late night taco shops, bar crawls in Pacific Beach, the view from the top of Mt. Soledad, and surrounding cities I got to explore. Out of the four houses my roommate Erin and I lived in I would have to say that 926 Missouri Street in Pacific Beach was my favorite! That house will be missed, but living there got me to where I am today! Moving there I thought I was a grown-up....leaving there I became one. CHANGE is GRAYte and I'm glad that the city of San Diego got me ready for my new journey in life. Los Angeles get ready and let's let the GRAYte times begin!
XOXO Whitney