Wednesday, March 9, 2005 | 8:17 a.m.
Prom Romp Event 2005 at Saks Fifth Avenue in the Fashion Show mall is the place to be for the prom set from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. Just head for the Contemporary Department on One.
Partnering with Saks Fifth Avenue for this exciting event is Teen Vogue and Laura Mercier. Mercier reps will be on hand for makeovers and to offer helpful hints on makeup for prom night. I love Laura Mercier lipsticks; they have real staying power.
Photographer John Hansen will be there to capture each guest's makeover. Prom specialists will be on hand to help prommies select the perfect gown. Several of the dress vendors are offering a gift with purchase for this event only as long as the supplies last.
There will be live entertainment, and a former Armani model from Milan will be there from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m to give tips about makeup and grooming. Refreshments will be catered by Mark Bath Catering; Izze is offering delicious fruit drinks.
Schools that are specifically participating in Prom Romp are: The Meadows School, Centennial Hills, Faith Lutheran and Palo Verde. This groovy happening is geared to grads who want to look their very best on prom night, so don't delay. Call 940-1317 for more information.
Jewelry by Rosalina excites celebrity buyers: What do Tori Spelling, Nicollette Sheridan, Tara Reid, Simon Rex and Kelly Hu have in common? They're all expected to attend the "By Invitation" red carpet unveiling of Rosalina's Spring 2005 jewelry collection at Neiman Marcus from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday.
Vietnamese-born Rosalina was concluding a successful run as an investment banker with a top Wall Street firm when she founded Rosalina Inc. in 2000. She has since become one of the most sought-after jewelry designers in the United States.
Rosalina inherited her love of jewelry and her design genes from her mother, a well-respected jeweler in Saigon from the 1960s until the family relocated to San Francisco in the 1980s.
Rosalina Lydster came into my life after a mysterious phone call from a small book publisher I hadn't heard from in many years. He talked about a controversial political tome that Rosalina supposedly had written, but he wanted me to interview her about her jewelry.
He couldn't explain why he couldn't send me a review copy and insisted I call her posthaste. I was certain this was some new kind of e-mail scam.
Then came an invitation from Neiman Marcus in the Fashion Show and VEGAS Magazine (a Greenspun publication) to attend the debut of Rosalina's spring collection of jewelry. It was a puzzlement, so I called Rosalina and shared my publisher story. She was more confused than I. By the time we tried to piece together this tall tale (still unsolved) we had become friends.
Rosalina will be at Neiman Marcus on Wednesday setting up her jewelry displays. The bling she's bringing is smashing. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of Jewelry by Rosalina on Thursday (Friday is for the public) will benefit Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Nevada.
Jewelry by Rosalina is available exclusively at Neiman Marcus nationwide. That's no tall tale.