Once again going from cold to colder, but this year with a twist – DC is touching down at the Sundance Film Festival on a direct flight to Salt Lake City, UT.
Lani Hay, ubiquotous DC hostess, small business phenom and political powerhouse has brought her team to Park City to host one of Sundance’s most sought after event tickets with Rock the Vote and the Wall Street Journal. As CEO of a successful government contracting company Lanmark Technology, Inc., one would never suspect the Louboutin wearing glamazon was a Naval Academy grad with military veteran status. Her upcoming event at the film festival has already created a fever pitch buzz amongst the entertainment insiders on both coasts and she’s certainly giving Hollywood a run for their festival money.
Lani’s past projects have included bringing America Fererra’s The Dry Land and Kevin spacey’s Casino Jack to DC and now she’s branching out to impress upon the American public that film, and the arts, is a way to bring foreign experiences and important issues to the masses. Her event with Rock the Vote, an organization known for their power to encourage individuals to get involved in our nation’s leadership, will spotlight director Danfung Dennis’ To Hell and Back Again documentary depicting marines serving in the war in Afghanistan.
With such a heavy subject matter looming I turned to what I love about Sundance – dressing to look chic in the cold. Lafuma snow boots, Eddie Bauer shearling wedge booties, loads of cashmere, colorful scarves and enough hipster sunglass street cred to ride you to Brooklyn are the perfect makings for this snow bunny hotspot. The eye candy here is bundled for warmth but it makes for excellent cold weather people watching. And what’s not to love about clothing that’s equal parts comfortable and casual with a coyote fur twist?
After lunch at the impossible-to-get-a-table-after-Thursday Main St. Pizza and Noodle with Lani, her impeccably prepared assistant Vicente and uber Producer team Brian and Rene Krow (known for Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and School Pride), Lani and I headed to the St. Regis for a much anticipated intraceuticals oxygen facial. This Australian company originally invented their skincare technology as a chemotherapy treatment for skin cancer patients. Now, lucky for us, they’re bringing it to the masses and guess what DC ladies?? They now have an HQ at the LA Sports Club spa in Washington, DC – don’t walk RUN. Not only does it give you tighter, extremely moisturized without being oily skin, but it actually makes your face appear THINNER as it contours and lifts along your cheeckbones and jaw line. I was so impressed by the immediate results that I snapped up one of their futuristic bottles of daily serum (I’m a sucker for cool packaging).
Spa day turned into drinks, turned into a champagne sabering and shrimp cocktail, turned into an amazing dinner at Robert Redford’s restaurant ZOOM on Main street. We could certainly feel the calm before the storm as festival goers trickled in looking for (what I think is) the best meal in town. After a quick hello to US Weekly journalist with the mostest Wynter Mitchell (and a few champagne toasts) we were back at the condo resting for day #2.
Stay tuned for coverage of gifting suites galore, celeb sightings and, tomorrow’s hottest ticket, the VIP dinner hosted by Ralph Lauren Big Pony fragrances.