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Genlux Holiday Issue Release Party @ Luxe Hotel 11/08/08

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Time to drag out the silver sequins and red velvet -- the holiday party season is already upon us! Last Saturday night Genlux magazine threw a glam bash on the roof of the Luxe Hotel on Rodeo Drive to celebrate the release of their holiday issue.

Paris Hilton, who graces the December issue, was on hand, along with a few of her BFFs (admit it, you've seen it - blame TiVo). Onch was really friendly and has attracted his own gaggle of fans.

The line to get in was astounding, but once up on the cool rooftop, drinks were flowing and hors d'ouvres were being passed. There was a beautiful view, and interesting underwater photographs from the magazine were being projected onto a nearby building. Seating was plentiful and the 20s-40s crowd was chatty and friendly.

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The party was sponsored by Grey Goose vodka and Ricardo Basta Fine Jewelery. There was plenty of vodka, but sadly, no jewelry bar.

The cocktails mixed by Grey Goose, including a "peartini" were delicious, if the martini glasses did prove a bit unwieldy and a good bit of vodka was sloshed all around, including into my new purse. Luckily Ventura Limoncello was onhand with shots that turned out to be much more managable. Limoncello can be harsh, but their clean distillation was refreshing and light.

By the time we arrived, an few hours late, sushi and a shrimp pate a choux (the pastry used to make cream puffs) were being passed, and were soon replaced by cute little cupcakes. We missed out on most of the fun quesedillas (Mmm, blackened shrimp? Where?). But we were there in time for the gift bags! Yay!

So what kind of swag did we get? Body and bath products from Lather and Fix, hair products from Aquage, and very practical gifts for a party - a little notebook from Ricardo Basta and teensy little pens.

Of course there was also an issue of Genlux Magazine. If you haven't seen it, it is like a much lighter, more user-friendly version of Vogue. The photo layouts are gorgeous, with themes like "Insomnia" and "MC Escher". Friends have complained that "there are keychains in that magazine that cost 7,000 dollars!" The dresses run around 2,000 to 10,000, but no keychains in this issue. There is a pair of insane red suede opera gloves for 300 dollars that look totally worth it. 300 dollars isn't outrageous or anything, right?

The remainder of the gift bag was stuffed with so many coupons and ads it was like ValuPak for the elite. Pilates, facials, artwork, and lots of salons and spa treatments - even plastic surgery! The frightening-sounding skin treatments listed scared me into searching through the bag for that Lather shea butter body wash. As God is my witness, I will never skip sunscreen again!

Around 11pm, anyone who was interested could meet Paris Hilton and have their photograph taken with her, but by then we were already at The Boulevard. I wonder how many shrimp pizzas 300 dollars could buy?

Caroline on Crack contributed to this post (and she deserves a foot massage at a nice day spa for waiting in line so long)

Photo by Russ Einhorn/Splash News