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  • Loren and Kelly Lester interviewed on Cabarabia

    Loren and Kelly Lester with Clifford Bell, host of Cabarabia

    Loren and I loved sitting down with our friend Clifford Bell, host of Cabarabia in the studios of Global Voice Broadcasting.

    We chatted with Clifford (aka Lawrence of Cabarabia), about our recent collaboration on my Doris Day Tribute show, as well as past and future goings-on in both of our careers.

  • Doris Day Cruise to spotlight makeup by William Squire of Your Signature Style


    Kelly Lester's makeup by William Squire

    It’s not every day that I get my makeup done by a renowned stylist and makeup artist (among other talents!) like William Squire of Your Signature Style. And in my own backyard with wine and lively chit-chat among friends and family!

    Julia. Hair and makeup by Julia

    Julia. Hair and makeup by Julia

    With less than a week to go before we set sail on Crystal Cruises, William stopped by to do a little practice run on my face before our presentation aboard the ship. (He’s got the tough job, lol … I just have to sit there and get pretty). During our voyage, William will be giving a series of lectures covering style and makeup in film and beyond. In honor of this cruises’s Film and Theatre Festival theme: DORIS DAY (!), he will be recreating Ms. Day’s Pillow Talk period make up … on me! He’s already given me some wonderful tips, and this personal session in the natural light of our back yard also gave our daughter Julia a chance to assist the pro. Julia lives and breathes all things makeup and aspires to be a makeup artist. She was in her element! I can’t wait to perform my tribute show, It’s Magic! The Life & Music of Doris Day aboard the ship! And what a lucky girl am I,  that William will be on hand for a little once-over at half-hour. 

    Joining us for our little makeup fete was good friend and Entertainment Manager for Crystal Cruises, Christopher Escamilla. Husband Loren took the pics and poured the wine

    Can I just say how much I enjoyed being pampered?

    Makeup by William Squire for Kelly LesterNot only did William leave me looking positively stunning, he also left me and all my girls gift bags with his brand new AMAZING lip gloss, Billy’s Brilliance! Not only is it the perfect shade for all skin tones (just a hint of color with a light shimmer), it’s the perfect consistency and it LASTS! 🙂 The really cool thing (not apparent in the below pic) is that the top is also a mirror, so you can check your pretty pout when you’re all done applying! 

    Billy's Brilliance Lip Gloss by William Squire

    Billy’s Brilliance is William’s latest addition to his growing makup line. I’m already obsessed with Billy’s Blues!!

    Billy's Blues Mascara by William Squire

    So I’m doing really well with my packing for our 12 days at sea. I’ve got my mascara and lip gloss ready to go… Only about 114 other things left!

  • Chatting with Ben & Alexander about my Doris Day Tribute Show [VIDEO]

    Happy Hour Radio Interview about Kelly Lester's Doris Day Tribute Show

    Live in the Studio!

    Loren Lester (yep, that would be hubby o’ mine) and I were live in the studio this past Tuesday, chatting it up with the fabulous team of Ben Viele and Alexander Rodriguez. This is the talented duo behind SaSa Productions and hosts of the UBNRadio show Happy Hour with Ben and Alexander. And let me tell you, these boys did indeed deliver a happy hour!

    Just before dinner time, we made our way over to Hollywood’s historic Sunset Gower Studios. We were welcomed by Ann Walker, long time friend, actress, and owner of the relatively new Universal Broadcasting Network. We so enjoyed catching up with her! Then, in the spirit of what truly makes it a happy hour, we got right to it with some red wine (me) and vodka and cranberry juice (Loren). Not totally sure what they were drinking (something with bubbles, the color of coke) but Ben and Alexander made us laugh out loud throughout their opening segment as we settled in, sat back, and thoroughly enjoyed their non-stop, funny repartee.

    And then it was time to bring Loren and I on! We talked about packing a few cocktails and assorted desserts in my EasyLunchboxes, but mostly we discussed my new show “It’s Magic! The Life & Music of Doris Day“, and the creative process – Loren’s writing of it, and the joys (and challenges!) of directing his wife…..


    (We’re in at 19:45 on the audio below)

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    Doors open at 7pm for dinner and cocktails

    "It's Magic" - The Life & Music of Doris Day debuts at Rockwell Table and Stage

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  • Kelly Lester to pay tribute to Doris Day in upcoming “It’s Magic!” for Crystal Cruises

     Coming soon …

    It's Magic! The life and music of Doris Day starring Kelly Lester

    I’m thrilled to announce that I’ve been invited to hit the high seas with my own solo show for the very exclusive Film and Theatre Festival Theme Cruise aboard the Crystal Cruise in May, 2014.  Crystal Cruise’s Film and Theatre Voyages feature guest speakers and film authorities who salute stage and film actors, actresses, directors and more.

    My show will be the centerpiece of the May itinerary, which pays special tribute to the incomparable Doris Day.

    “…I Long to hear that, ‘All aboard!'”

    I’ve just begun working on “It’s Magic! – the Life and Music of Doris Day”.  I’ll be singing some of Doris Day’s biggest hits and sharing surprising stories about her remarkable life which took her from Cincinnati Ohio, to the pinnacle of Hollywood Stardom. From the swing of the 1940’s to the sweet love songs of the 1950’s & 1960’s – it’s a “sentimental journey” I can’t wait to take!

    The Crystal Symphony will depart Los Angeles on 5/15/14, pass through the Panama Canal, onto the sun-soaked destinations of Cabo San Lucas and Grand Cayman, and finally disembark in New York City two weeks later.

    Before sailing in May, I will premiere the show at various venues around Los Angeles.

    I’m so excited, I’ve already started my scrapbook:

    Kelly Lester to sail on Crystal Cruises. Performing a Doris Day tribute show for the Film and Television Voyage 5/2014

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