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NICK APPEARANCES.....Co-Hosting the WEHO PRIDE PARADE 2024 Live Telecast on KTLA5: RECAP!

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NICK APPEARANCES.....Co-Hosting the WEHO PRIDE PARADE 2024 Live Telecast on KTLA5: RECAP!

 Happy Pride--(L to R) Nick Verreos, Cher Calvin and John Fenoglio, KTLA 5 Live Telecast, WeHo Pride Parade 2024


June is PRIDE Month and for the second year in a row, I was invited to co-host the great KTLA 5 Live Telecast of the WeHo PRIDE Parade! WeHo Pride Parade is normally the first PRIDE Parade here in Los Angeles celebrating PRIDE Month. It is held in the City of West Hollywood, with floats and paraders coming down Santa Monica Blvd. for all the thousands of attendees to see. 

WeHo PRIDE 2023--Last year, I co-hosted with Cher and Pedro Rivera (Pedro has since moved to NYC to work for KABC there) and we had a BLAST! And so I was humbled and honored to have been asked again to be part of the team...

Special Guest-WeHo PRIDE 2023--With Lance Bass (!)...Nick Verreos, Cher Calvin, and Pedro Rivera--KTLA 5, WeHo PRIDE 2023

Now, back to this year's WeHo PRIDE and our Live Telecast...

Naturally, I brought my hubby David with me because he had no option (LOL!)...actually, he loves coming to these events and as always, is there to support me and ends up being THE BEST SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER EVER taking the BEST #BTS photos and videos of us filming and the parade itself. Love him!

Nick Verreos--At WeHo PRIDE 2024, West Hollywood CA

PRIDE Looks--Then (WeHo PRIDE 2023) and Now (WeHo PRIDE 2024)

It might look as if I was wearing the same outfit as last year, but...it's not: I kept the color scheme the same (pink and bright yellow), but just switched the items of clothing...
Now, speaking of BRIGHT YELLOW JACKETS: For some reason, my jacket (and more importantly, the COLOR!) was attracting these tiny little flies (!) and I was not a happy camper. We figured out that the brightness of my jacket was acting like one of those bright infrared lights that are used to catch insects and flies LOL! Before the telecast, David spent most of his time trying to swap the flies away from my jacket, to no avail.
Note to self: Only wear this jacket INDOORS!

Nick Verreos and David Paul--WeHo PRIDE 2024

PRIDE FANS--(L to R) Nick Verreos, Cher Calvin, and John Fenoglio, on set at the KTLA5 WeHo PRIDE 2024 Stage

We're LIVE! Nick Verreos, Cher Calvin, and John Fenoglio on stage at the KTLA5 WeHo PRIDE 2024 Live Telecast

KTLA5 Double-Decker PRIDE BUS! As it passed by our stage at WeHo PRIDE 2024

During our live telecast, the fabulous "ICON" float was passing by, with the INCREDIBLE Cyndi Lauper...Cher Calvin turned to me and said "Nick! I GOTTA GO! I HAVE to go down there and meet CYNDI!" I was gave her my "Nick Look" of "No Should've Would've Could've! Do it!", and so...

Cyndi Lauper (in silver jacket and crown) and Cher Calvin (with Megan Telles)--WeHo PRIDE 2024

"Here Comes Trouble"--(L to R) Cher Calvin, Nick Verreos, Megan Telles, and John Fenoglio--KTLA5 WeHo PRIDE 2024

KTLA5 Love--Nick Verreos, Cher Calvin, and John Fenoglio with "Guest Visits" from reporter and weathercaster Kacey Montoya (top) and Weekend Morning News co-anchor and reporter Lauren Lyster (lower)

Right after we wrapped our 3-hour+ telecast, we all celebrated and took group photos with the OUTSTANDING KTLA production crew that makes us (and the show) look amazing:

That's A Wrap! Honored to have been part of another WONDERFUL WeHo PRIDE Live Telecast with the incredible KTLA crew! Many Thank You's to Executive Producers Marcus Smith, Jacob Burch, and KTLA News Director Erica Hill Rodriguez, and the entire team! 

Kylie Fans--Nick Verreos and David Paul at "Kylie Minogue Way"--WeHo PRIDE 2024--Kylie was performing later that Sunday night but needless to say, we just went home after my Live Telecast work and called it a day (and night!). This is as close as we got to "Kylie" ;)


Until Next Year (I hope!)...HAPPY PRIDE!

**You can WATCH a REPLAY of our WeHo PRIDE Parade 2024 Live Telecast by clicking HERE!
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PREMIERES.....Star Wars: The Acolyte World Launch Event Premiere + FIDM Sketching Contest Winner!

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PREMIERES.....Star Wars: The Acolyte World Launch Event Premiere + FIDM Sketching Contest Winner!

The Acolyte Hollywood Premiere--At the "Star Wars: The Acolyte" World Launch Event & Premiere--Nick Verreos, David Paul, and "The Acolyte" Costume Designer Jennifer L. Bryan and The Acolyte X FIDM Sketching Contest Winner Ashot "Ash" Markosyan, El Capitan Theatre Hollywood

Last week, David and I were invited to the World Launch Event, and the new Disney+ Star Wars series "The Acolyte" premiered on June 4th. Several weeks back, we (as Chairpersons of the FIDM Fashion Design and Advanced Fashion Design Programs) partnered with Disney+ and the new show, to promote it, by having an EXCLUSIVE to FIDM Students and Alumni FASHION SKETCHING CONTEST, "The Acolyte X FIDM Fashion Sketching Contest"

Nick Verreos, World Launch Event and Premiere for "Star Wars: The Acolyte"--El Capitan Theatre Hollywood

For the contest, we asked FIDM students and alumni to sketch a FASHION sketch inspired by the new show, but again, draw a FASHION interpretation, not do another costume as it were. 

The Acolyte X FIDM Fashion Sketching Contest--A collage (above) of some of the entries in the fashion sketching competition, inspired by the new "Star Wars: The Acolyte" Disney+ show

The eventual TOP Winner and 2 Finalists would be chosen by the series' Costume Designer Jennifer L. Bryan, and as a prize, they would attend the World Launch Premiere and the Winner would have a chance for a one-on-one with the Costume Designer! I'm a big Star Wars fan and was thrilled (along with David) to be invited to attend as well. Here are photos from the WONDERFUL night:

Nick Verreos and David Paul, at the World Launch Event and Premiere of "Star Wars: The Acolyte" Disney+ show, El Capitan Theatre Hollywood

Nick Verreos and David Paul, with "The Acolyte" costume from Costume Designer Jennifer L. Bryan (behind them, on podium/mannequin)

Soon after arriving, we met up with the Winner of "The Acolyte X FIDM Fashion Sketching Contest", Ashot "Ash" Markosyan, who was very excited and humbled to be there:

FIDM Fashion Design and Advanced Fashion Design Co-Chairs Nick Verreos and David Paul, with FIDM Advanced Fashion Design graduate and winner of "The Acolyte X FIDM Fashion Sketching Contest" Ashot "Ash" Markosyan (wearing black cap and sweater)--"Star Wars: The Acolyte" World Launch Event and Premiere, El Capitan Theatre Hollywood

Winning Sketch--Sketch by Ashot "Ash" Markosyan, "The Acolyte X FIDM Fashion Sketching Contest"

The Top Three Sketches--We had MANY SUBMISSIONS and the show's Costume Designer Jennifer L. Bryan chose these sketches above, as her Top 3 Choices (L to R) Lynlea Michaels (Finalist), Ashot Ash" Markosyan (Winner) and Raiah Chavah Young (Finalist)


David Paul, Jennifer L. Bryan, Ashot "Ash" Markosyan, and Nick Verreos--World Launch Event and Premiere of "Star Wars: The Acolyte" Disney+ Show

"The Acolyte" Costume Designer Jennifer L. Bryan and Ashot "Ash" Markosyan, winner of "The Acolyte" X FIDM Fashion Sketching Contest

Just by chance, as we were walking the Red Carpet, I spotted the show's Costume Designer, then fabulous Jennifer L. Bryan--we had met years ago at a FIDM Museum TV Costume Exhibition when her costumes for "Breaking Bad" were being shown. I introduced her to the person who had sketched the Winning Design (that she chose) of the sketching contest! Soon afterward, we were joined by the other two finalists whom Jennifer picked...

"The Acolyte" Costume Designer Jennifer L. Bryan (2nd from right), with Sketching Contest Winner and Finalists (L to R) Raiah Chavah Young, Lynlea Michaels, and Ashot "Ash" Markosyan--World Launch Event and Premiere of "Star Wars: The Acolyte", El Capitan Theatre Hollywood

"The Acolyte" Inspired--Finalist Sketch from Lynlea Michaels (a FIDM Alumna)

"The Acolyte" Inspired--Finalist Sketch, from Raiah Chavah Young, a graduate of the FIDM Advanced Fashion Design Program

Group Pic--Nick Verreos and David Paul celebrating the evening with our FIDM Fashion Sketching Winner Ashot "Ash" Markosyan (far right) and Finalists Raiah Chavah Young and Lynlea Michaels (2nd and 3rd from left) as well as "The Acolyte" Costume Designer Jennifer L. Bryan

Lightsaber Red Carpet--Nick Verreos with a group of "Star Wars" enthusiasts, who brought their own lightsabers!

Last but not least, I was SOOOOO inspired by the new Disney+ series "The Acolyte"--as well as the Sketching Competition--that I had to do MY OWN "Star Wars: The Acolyte"-inspired FASHION SKETCH -- even though I was not allowed to compete ;)


"Star Wars: The Acolyte"-inspired Fashion Sketch by Nick Verreos

May the Force Be With You! 
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NICK HOSTS.....Hosting the ICSC 2024 Global Awards Ceremony Wynn Las Vegas: PHOTO RECAP!

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NICK HOSTS.....Hosting the ICSC 2024 Global Awards Ceremony Wynn Las Vegas: PHOTO RECAP!

 Hello Las Vegas--Nick Verreos Hosting the ICSC 2024 Global Awards Ceremony, Wynn Las Vegas, with Angela Sweeney (L) MAXI Awards Vice Chair, and Cherilyn Megill (R) MAXI Awards Chair

Back in May, I had the privilege of MC'ing the ICSC 2024 Global Awards Ceremony in Las Vegas! This (I was informed by my hubby David) was my THIRD TIME being invited to host! ICSC stands for the International Council of Shopping Centers and the Global Awards Ceremony, along with the MAXI Awards honors and celebrates the achievements of visual merchandisers and marketplace (i.e. shopping centers) marketing experts and their EXCEPTIONAL efforts to engage and serve their communities. Consider this the "Oscars" of Shopping Center Events Best of the Best! 

Nick Verreos-ICSC 2024 Global Awards Ceremony, Wynn Las Vegas

Check out my RECAP of my time in Las Vegas--from arriving to dining + the Ceremony:

ICSC put us up at the Palms Resort--Nick Verreos and David Paul, Palms Resort Las Vegas

Pool Boy--I didn't bring my swimsuit (Oh well!) since I didn't think I would have time for much "resort'ing" LOL! But I did get to check out the expansive pool area at the Palms (looked nice!). As it was, when we arrived we only had time to take these photos since they were closing the entire area down for some big outdoors "Foodie" event later that day.

Nick Verreos and David Paul--Palms Resort Las Vegas

In my short two days in Las Vegas, I enjoyed one nice dinner: Delicious Mexican food at La Popular CDMX Restaurant at the Palms:

Margarita Time!-- Nick Verreos and David Paul, La Popular Restaurant, Palms Resort Las Vegas

Dinner Time: For my main entrée, I had the Chicken Mole Enchiladas, while David had the Ribeye Tacos. We also started with Chips and Guacamole. All muy bien and delicioso!--La Popular CDMX Restaurant, Palms Resort Las Vegas

Also...we ran into some very cute "kids" on their way out to EDC. Yes, kids, this was THE SAME WEEKEND as the Electric Daisy Carnival (Lordy there were LOTS of thongs but luckily not on these kids!!!):

Going to EDC...well...not me! ;)

Next day were the Awards and my Hosting, which was at the very fabulous and upscale Wynn Las Vegas--starting with Rehearsals:

At the Wynn Las Vegas--Nick Verreos and David Paul

Nick Verreos at Rehearsals for the ICSC 2024 Global Awards Ceremony--Wynn Las Vegas

Time for a (fancy) Outfit Change and...the AWARDS!

Nick Verreos and David Paul--Ready for the ICSC 2024 Global Awards Ceremony, Wynn Las Vegas

Look Who's Hosting--Nick Verreos, ICSC 2024 Global Awards Ceremony, Wynn Las Vegas

On Stage--Hosting the ICSC 2024 Global awards Ceremony, Wynn Las Vegas

The ICSC Global Awards represent an international spectrum of marketplaces (therefore the "Global")--from Canada (big winners this year!) to Malaysia, Uruguay, South Africa, and yes, the USA (Hawaii were big winners too!). Here are photos with some of the OUTSTANDING Winners (+ guests) from this year's Awards:

Nick Verreos with Winners (and guests)--ICSC 2024 Global Awards Ceremony, Wynn Las Vegas

I has a blast hosting this year and it was amazing meeting all the fabulous and very talented marketing and visual experts and how they can transform the landscape of shopping center events and drive interest and excitement with consumers. 

ICSC 2024 Global Awards Fab Three--(L to R) Angela Sweeney, Nick Verreos and Cherilyn Megill, Wynn Las Vegas

Until Next Year (I hope!)
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