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Last night, Paper Magazine hosted a party at The Standard on Sunset for their 13th annual Beautiful People issue. The party was held at the Standard's signature blue AstroTurf pool area and Cactus Lounge where there were a couple of bars set up to keep guests fueled with shmooze juice for the night. For many, it was a reunion since partying together at the Nylon event the night before. Needless to say, several of guests the were lacking their beauty rest and sporting some baggy, bloodshot eyes. But neither lack of sleep nor the hideous traffic due to the road work for the Sunset Strip Beautification Project was any deterrent for this crowd. The pool area was packed with an assortment of young, fashionable guests (some not so much but good effort) much like the night prior. Who wouldn't want to be able to say they were at a party for the beautiful?
But unlike the Nylon party, there was no hold up at the door. In fact, most people just waltzed right in without having to get the green light from a door bitch or being checked off a guest list. Some random person could have walked in off of Sunset and moseyed onto the step and repeat to pose for photos and no one would have stopped them. It was just that kind of party. Some notables and "talent" came out for the poolside bash, including Danny Masterson, Adam Lambert, Benji Madden, Emma Roberts, Brent Bolthouse, and Samantha Ronson. Towards the end of the night Nikki & Rich gave the crowd a live performance that had everyone crowding the stage.
Handfuls of guests posted up in the VIP area in one of the hotel suites overlooking the party below, which, like the door down to the main event, had a non-existent security situation. Up there, partiers had their photos taken and stepped onto the balcony to chainsmoke while they soaked in an aerial view of the main party.
Despite the fact that it was crowded and that this was an "event," there was a very light and relaxed feeling about the night that can only be achieved here in L.A. Not sure what was responsible for the mood -- perhaps it was the lack of event security, or the amazing panoramic views of the twinkling city, or the AstroTurf and floaties in the pool, or a combination of them all -- but it made you thankful to live in L.A. With all the "beautiful people."