Monday, June 25, 2012

The 80ties Are Back - Premiering "Change Agents"

Dear Friends,

It's undeniably an 80ties explosion and we love it! J.R. Ewing is once again winning the ratings race with the new "Dallas". Tom Cruise channels 1987 Rock Gods as Stacie Jaxx in the blockbuster Rock of Ages - and let's not forget that he became a movie star with "Top Gun" in 1986 - and the Sunset Strip really hasn't changed that much! DJ Matt has put his own spin on our favorite decade and he lets us premiere his new 80ties compilation. Tease your hair and put on the shoulder pads and get ready to rock!

"That fabulous, funny, tacky, awesome, exciting, inventive decade called "the 80's" seems to be having yet another ride on the nostalgia wave, and rightly so… the 80's were nothing short of amazing (as evidenced by the youth of today copying verbatim, the look and sounds of them! ) To celebrate, please enjoy a side project of mine called "Change Agent" that makes videos composed of hundreds of video samples, youtube detritus, old movies, found footage, and any other imagery we can get our hands on to make quirky wild fun! The music is also an original piece made by yours truly. Don't be surprised if you find yourself moonwalking over to the water cooler! : )"
DJ Matt Cornwall 

Totally awesome greetings!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

What To Do With Cracked Wax Luminaries? Candles West Will Recycle!

Dear Friends,
We are lucky to work with team members who consider the environment. Our Director of Floral and Event Design Kate Brack and our Project Manager Michael Alvarado recently surveyed our inventory to check for defects and damage. They found a lot of damaged wax luminaries they did not just want to toss in the rubbish. Michael: "As you know we have been working with Candles West for many years now. I spoke to Patty Henningsen and Jason Munsayac and they decided to take back our old wax and recycle it." Our warehouse team packed! The truck left for Phoenix. It was quite a surprise for Candles West! Jason Munsayac wrote:

All of us here at Candles West would like to thank you and your staff for your commitment to the environment by saving, sorting and shipping more than 2,000 lbs of candle wax back to us for recycling and re-purposing. We were very surprised to see that much wax from one customer.   

  I wanted to share with you the process we use when we receive dirty or unusable wax for recycling. First, we place all of the wax in a large double-boiler to slowly melt the wax and allow all the dirt, debris and contaminants settle to the bottom.  We then filter the liquid wax several times to remove additional contaminants.  After the wax has been “cleaned” we add a few additives to stabilize the wax.  Next, we pour the wax into square pans and allow the wax to cool.  Once hard, we will store the wax and slowly blend a small portion of the recycled wax into new wax for new products.  This process usually takes about 4 or 5 days.  In our business, we have found this is the best way to re-purpose unusable wax.
With all sincerity and gratitude, thank you so much for committing to a cleaner and safer environment by choosing to recycle instead of disposing a large amount of wax into a landfill.  
Thank you, Jason Munsayac/President/Candles West

We asked Jason whether Candles West can handle more recycling and they absolutely encourage all their customers to contact them to start recycling their wax luminaries!
Candles West can be reached via email: or by calling 602-472-0298.

We thank Jason and Patty for their extraordinary commitment to our green planet and Kate and Michael and our team for taking that extra step!


Wednesday, June 20, 2012

We Are Grateful To Be Featured in Event Solutions Magazine

Dear Friends,

We are happy to share Event Solution Magazine's article about our Hooray Los Angeles Gala. The event took place in late April. Naturally a time of year that should be considered "safe" for outdoor event planning in Los Angeles. But Murphy's Law applied and a storm blew in. Here is "Earth Wind Fire and Rain"

Thank you for reading!

All Photo Credits: Nadine Froger Photography.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Happy Five-O to The Beach Boys!

Dear Friends!

What better way to start the Summer but with a tune by the quintessential California band, the venerable Beach Boys! No one conjures up surf, sand and BBQ better than them.

"The Beach Boys are in that rare, exotic league of bands that have managed to cast their musical net over everyone, from every age demographic, to the hip …and not so hip, the world over; and they are still riding that endless wave 50 years later with a brand new full album release called " That's Why God Made The Radio."
Being from Southern California, and growing up near the very beaches the boys of have been singing about over the decades, I am admittedly very partial to their music, and the title song from this new release makes me want to sing their praises just like they do; but alas, I cannot sing like the Beach Boys, nor can many others for that matter, and that is truly why they sound as good as they did 50 years ago, catching a wave and sitting on top of the world. ; " 
~ DJ Matt Cornwall

Wishing you a great start into Summer!

Monday, June 11, 2012

BiH: The Emerging Dance Club Hit of the Summer!

Dear Friends,

SynthPop is where it's at in the Club Scene  and - you guessed it - we only learn about it from DJ Matt who stays up late working the dance floors.
This tune is fast becoming the club hit of the summer. Close your eyes and imagine the pulsing rhythms on a high tech sound system.

"As summer quickly approaches, Psychedelic electro-rockers "Bear in Heaven"  heat things up even more with their scintillating new album out now called "I Love You, It's Cool" and "Reflections of You" is the new single. "BiH," hailing from Brooklyn (where so many new bands come from these days and never seem to stop working :) are sure to have a hit with this track. The splashy synths and club beat has been scientifically designed to ignite hip shaking. "Reflections of You" is an introverted jam in an extroverts clothes. It'll get ya tapping ya toe fo sho! : )"  ~ DJ Matt Cornwall

Wishing you a great week!

Monday, June 4, 2012

DJ Matt Caught La Havas Fever!

Dear Friends!
Since Queen Elizabeth is celebrating her Jubilee as we speak (now wouldn't that be an event to produce?!), we are especially happy about Matt's choice from across the pond.
Always busy researching new material and new artists; he came across London-born and based Lianne La Havas. Her debut album won't even be released until July 9, 2012 so this is really fresh!

"Riding the new wave of British female soul singers taking the world over (think late Amy Winehouse and Adele) with their sultry, earthy, from the heart honey coated voices and honesty is Lianne La Havas. At a mere 22 years of age, this neo soul singer is blessed with a gorgeously smooth voice, and true to form in this new / old school, lyrically feels like an old soul, chock full of sweet melancholic wisdom. I predict big things for this artist, especially with such a compelling hook contained within this song and guarantee heavy iPod rotation upon hearing!~ " : ) DJ Matt Cornwall

Wishing you a royal week!