4.01.2013

California Knows How To Party

You know those trips where you return asking yourself what just happened? That describes my L.A. adventure in a nutshell. It was exhausting, thrilling, fun, intense, and stressful at the same time - a complete whirlwind that included working non-stop, exploring Paramount Studios, and shaking hands with celebrities.

For those that may not know, I'm work in social media at DDB, an advertising agency in Chicago. The main account that I work on is McDonald's, in which I'm in charge of managing their Facebook and YouTube accounts. Recently they launched a new product line, the Premium McWrap, and threw a Hollywood launch party in its honor. I was thrilled to tag along and help work the event, in which some key highlights are below!



Highlight I :: Paramount Pictures Studios
Paramount Pictures Studios is a campus-like production house that harbors stage after stage where movie and television shows are filmed. It was so cool to see the behind-the-scenes set up of how the industry works. Every staging area is completely different - we're talking one area that looks like New York City streets and another that comprises the halls of Glee (We saw a few cast members hanging out!)

Coming from the midwest, I haven't been exposed to much of this industry, so I was utterly fascinated with our casual strolls past directors huddled in brainstorming sessions, actors taking breaks outside while eating donuts (What?! They're people too?!), and crew members goofing around. Every time I saw a peek of a familiar face from one tv show or another, I played it cool and smiled casually like it was no big deal, but inside I was freakingout, because I'm really just a nerd like that. 

Highlight II :: The Premium McWrap Launch Party
I wish I could take credit for the amazement that was this set up, but I can't. I was merely a team member giddy and totally enthralled at how it all flawlessly came together. The "farmers market" theme was implemented perfectly - Delicate light strands lined the sky, wood tables with candles and flowers filled the venue, and produce & flower tents lined the exterior (Guests got a little tote bag in which they could take fresh veggies and flowers home with them).

While it was decorated adorably, it was no ho-hum event. The party was filled with celebrities - Khloe Kardashian, Scott Disick, Zach Efron, Lisa Rinna, Tatyana Ali, Kyle Richards & Brandi Glanville to name a few - and DJ's and performers rocked all night. I'd be remiss if I didn't note the whole reason why we were all there -- the McWraps. They are so good. Really though, try one!

Highlight III :: Working The Green Carpet
One of my key roles at the event was to greet celebrities on the green carpet and encourage them to share their party experience on social media. It. Was. Awesome. My favorites were Kyle Richards (Yes! Mauricio was with her and he's even more handsome in person) and Ross Mathews. Both were really laid back and approachable.

I wish I had the opportunity to get more pictures, but our team was running around the whole time. I was able to snag one worth sharing....
Oh heeey Scott Disick! ;)

Necessary Side Note: This post and my personal opinions in no way reflect or represent DDB or McDonald's. 

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34 comments:

  1. It looks like you guys had such a great time! I love Cali. It's funny how watching people on TV makes you forget that they live normal lives too, isn't it!?
    Jenn
    With Luck Blog

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  2. That's hilarious that you met Scott! I would love to work in social media someday, I've been looking for open opportunities (sadly there isn't much out there with our crappy job market). Love your red carpet photo :)

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  3. ummm you have the coolest job ever!! What a fun event. I would have had my jaw on the ground the entire time.

    oh, and I love that your main account is mcdonalds because (and this may sound weird...) I have never been more in love with mcdonalds than I have been this past year. There is zero western food in my city and it's sooo worth the hour and a half train ride and long taxi ride to get a double cheeseburger. seriously. The first time my friends and I got mcdonalds in Asia, one of my guys friends cried. So yeah, mcdonalds holds a special place in my heart haha.

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  4. What an awesome work trip–you go, rockstar! The event looks amazing, and I just need to know–how was Scott in real life? I don't watch much Kardashian shitz (I really can't stand them) but I'm really curious!

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  5. What a super exciting experience for you! You really do have the best job ever! I would love to meet Khloe K, she seems so down to earth - plus her shoe collection is INSANE.
    Whenever I go to MacDonalds it's always a cheeseburger and my partner is baffled - but they really are that good, might have to try one of these new wraps though, LOVE WRAPS. I'm sure they'll launch them in the UK.

    ♥ Paula Shoe Fiend.
    http://shoe-fiend.blogspot.co.uk/

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  6. How exciting! What a fabulous job to have!! i love your relaxed reaction to the "stars" I totally would have done the same while bursting on the inside with excitement! Love your green carpet pose!

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  7. This looks like such an amazing trip. So many people come to CA and don't even get to see a celebrity and end up disappointed. Glad you got the full LA experience. It's so fun to see bloggers in different environments than you are used to seeing them in.

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  8. wow, looks like you had so much fun!! such great photos! i've never been to LA before.
    xoamy
    www.cupcakesncouture.com

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  9. Your trip looked amazing and you look BEAUTIFUL! So proud of you! xx

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  10. Wow! What an amazing event. Congrats on being able to participate! I'll have to add you on twitter and instagram to stay updated with your charming life. (Look out for me as bakingforshoes/willbakeforshoes)

    Brandy
    willbakeforshoes.com

    P.S. I made sure to follow you on Bloglovin since Google Reader is going down, make sure to come by my blog and do the same!

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  11. yep, you're basically famous :) Love the photos, looks like you had an amazing night! So nice to chat with you today - have an amazing week!

    xx,
    Maya

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  12. OMG, Em! SO proud of you! You look ravishing :) Climbing into your suitcase next event!

    HeartofChic.blogspot.com

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  13. What an amazing work trip! The party sounds like it was a blast! I would have been so nervous/excited meeting all of those celebs haha.

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  14. How freaking awesome! That is so freaking cool that you got to go there and meet those people!

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  15. I just had a weekend like that recently :) Love all the photos, looks like a great time!

    xx Michelle

    Fierce & Fashionable

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  16. OH my goodness- I am so jealous of your trip and job! I work in Marketing/Social Media, but in the Chicago burbs in nonprofit (although I used to work at Starcom a couple years back! The coolest thing I got to partake in was a private Backstreet Boys concert lol.)
    Valerie
    www.the-style-files.com

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  17. Thanks so much for sharing your experience!

    xox
    Bailey
    http://akabailey.blogspot.com

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  18. Better than ever

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  19. I can not believe you met Scott (even though I do not like him) and the Paramount tour was amazing!

    xx
    Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

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  20. That was quite a blast you had here in LA.....glad to have found your blog!!

    Rebecca
    www.redtagchiclosangeles.com

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  21. How fun does that sound? DDB is such a great company...you must have had a blast! I love meeting random celebs - they are always so much different in person. :)

    Thanks for sharing your pics!

    Jill
    Classy with a Kick

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  22. oh my goodness, i was just watching the kardashians 10 minutes ago. wait is that tmi? wow, so much excitement! i had no idea there were launch parties for sandwiches! did you ever think your job would land you elbowing celebs and touring paramount? very cool. it looks like a really lovely event, thanks for sharing.

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  23. sounds like an amazing time!

    Jessica
    http://www.jumpintopuddles.com

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  24. Love your post title! One of my fave songs... these pictures are incredible -I'm living vicariously through you!

    XO
    Pearls & Paws

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  25. Looks like it was such an awesome trip - such fabulous photos!

    Annie
    The Other Side of Gray

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  26. Looks like you had a blast, love the pictures!! Never been there, maybe one day though!! Love the last picture, your faces are priceless x

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  27. Can't wait to hear all about this! Looks like so much fun!:)

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  28. This looks like so much fun! Glad you had such a good time, I don't think I would have been so cool around the celebrities though...! xx

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  29. Wow Em, this is so cool and I absolutely love the decor. You pretty much have my dream job so I love hearing about your professional adventures. AND I love grilled chicken wraps from McDonald's haha. I sub in plain mustard for the ranch sauce and they become a decently healthy option for eating on the go! I will look for these in Canada.
    Steffi
    http://inherited-jeans.blogspot.com

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  31. How cool is this! It looks like you had a blast. I have been in La quite a few times, and am always as giddy as you. Great photos, and love your the print on your skirt on the green carpet.
    Simona
    www.lakenmoon.blogspot.com

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  32. Okay, so jealous you got to meet Lord Disick! haha Looks like you had a blast in LA

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  33. Glad you enjoyed your trip to my city :). It looks like you had an awesome time! Can't wait to I get to play in Chicago in 2 weeks!!

    ArteresaLynn.com

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