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8.13.13 City Tap House

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11.16.11 Walnut Room

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10.13.11 G-Lounge

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9.14.11 Bleu Martini

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7.28.11 Swig

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7.23.11 The Standard

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7.22.11 District Lounge

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7.21.11 Bar Nineteen12

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7.14.11 Policy

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7.13.11 Griffin

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7.6.11 Cafe Renzo

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6.23.11 Revolution

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6.20.11 Bar Marmont

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6.17.11 Hudson Hotel

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6.08.11 Eden

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5.25.11 Alibi

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5.21.11 Crown Bar

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4.19.11 Commonwealth Lounge

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4.19.11 Polar

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4.16.11 Las Palmas

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4.13.11 Bubble Lounge

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4.12.11 Kingston Station

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4.11.11 Biergarten Haus

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3.31.11 Bistro 412

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3.24.11 Rocket Bar

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3.24.11 LANDMARK

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3.16.11 Tenjune

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3.16.11 Purple Lounge

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3.15.11 Foundation Room

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2.17.11 Sloane

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2.17.11 Sol Cocina

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2.16.11 L2 Lounge

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2.16.11 District Lounge

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2.11.11 Voyeur

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2.8.11 Union Square Lounge

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1.19.11 Redline

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1.19.11 Charisma & Leadership

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1.12.11 Avenue

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1.12.11 Rush Street

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1.11.11 Javier's

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12.13.10 La Pomme

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12.13.10 Bar210


12.2.10 Taverna Aventine

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12.1.10 Policy

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12.1.10 Geisha House

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11.20.10 Mistletoe & Mayhem

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11.17.10 Le Club

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11.17.10 Juliet Supper Club

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10.21.10 Redskins Private Stadium Party

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10.21.10 Ambassador

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10.20.10 Ozumo

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10.19.10 Griffin

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10.14.10 OC Launch Party @ Landmark

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10.13.10 Wine Tasting @ Vino Locale

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9.22.10 Eden

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9.28.10 White Night @ Sky Bar

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9.21.10 Game Night @ 330 Ritch

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9.22.10 Empire Room

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9.11.10 Pool Party @ The Standard

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8.25.10 Bubble Lounge

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8.25.10 Covet

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8.24.10 Station

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7.28.10 Bistro 412

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7.27.10 Carnival

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7.21.10 Intercontinental

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7.7.10 Americano

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6.29.10 Maritime Hotel

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6.24.10 K Street Lounge

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6.17.10 Bar210

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6.10.10 Circa

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5.20.10 Manor West

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5.20.10 One Lounge

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5.18.10 The Hudson

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5.15.10 Kiva Spring Fundraiser

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4.29.10 Sloane

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4.22.10 Hudson

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4.21.10 Olivia Fox Cabane Presentation

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4.20.10 230 Fifth

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4.7.10 Cache

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3.31.10 Tenjune

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3.25.10 Current

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3.25.10 Cellar360

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3.10.10 Haute

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2.24.10 Marquee

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2.23.10 The Republic

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2.16.10 L2 Lounge

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2.9.10 Voyeur

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1.27.10 Project One

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1.21.10 Local 16

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1.20.10 La Pomme

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1.13.10 h.wood

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12.16.09 The Reserve

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12.14.09 Greenhouse

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12.09.09 The Parlor

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12.05.09 LA Holiday Penthouse

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11.19.09 Georges

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11.19.09 Cain Luxe

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11.11.09 Bar Marmont

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10.24.09 Taverna Aventine


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10.21.09 The Griffin

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10.16.09 Lux Lounge

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10.14.09 Rush Street

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09.29.09 The Gates


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09.24.09 Melt


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09.22.09 The Standard


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08.28.09 Matrix


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08.24.09 Gansevoort Hotel


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08.16.09 Shangri-La


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07.23.09 Enrico's


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07.22.09 The Park


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07.16.09 Crown Bar


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06.25.09 W Hotel


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06.23.09 Maritime


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06.16.09 Sky Bar


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06.11.09 Four Seasons


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05.27.09 Coco de Ville


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05.20.09 Kiss and Fly


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04.23.09 Harlot


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04.21.09 Green Door


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03.27.09 Supper Club


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03.18.09 Cabana Club


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03.07.09 Studio @ Fred Segal


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02.28.09 Station House

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02.10.09 Stone Rose

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01.29.09 111 Minna Gallery

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01.07.09 Les Deux

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12.13.08 LA Holiday Party

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12.06.08 SF Holiday Party

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11.19.08 Sky Bar

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10.28.08 Roe

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10.21.08 PaliHouse

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10.16.08 Apartment 24

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09.30.08 Kress

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09.25.08 Bubble Lounge

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08.20.08 Roe

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08.20.08 Tropicana

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07.30.08 Bar Marmont

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07.24.08 The Ambassador

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06.19.08 Otis

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06.17.08 Winstons

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05.28.08 S Bar

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05.01.08 Apartment 24

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04.22.08 Sky Bar

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03.27.08 SEVEN

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02.25.08 Falcon


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01.31.08 The Standard


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12.15.07 Mistletoe & Cocktails

7 Grand
11.13.07 Seven Grand


TV Trends Panel
10.23.07 TV Trends Panel


Holly's West
10.22.07 Holly's West

Bar Marmont
9.24.07 Bar Marmont


Pool Party @ The Standard
8.11.07 Standard Pool Party


Venice Contemporary 7.7.07
7.7.07 Venice Contemporary


Nacionale - 6.19.07
6.19.07 Nacionale


Beverly Hilton - 5.18.07
5.18.07 Beverly Hilton


Holly's West
4.24.07 Holly's


Purple Lounge @ The Standard
3.29.07 Purple Standard


Viceroy Santa Monica
2.20.07 Viceroy


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1.31.07 Boulevard3


Holiday Bash
12.8.06 Holiday Bash


Young Alum Party @ Social Hollywood
11.14.06 Social Hollywood


Scotch Tasting @ Roosevelt
11.8.06 Scotch Tasting


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10.19.06 Akwa Happy Hour


Tropicana August
8.23.06 Tropicana Party


Beach Bash, Pacific Palisades
7.9.06 Beach Bash


Buffalo Club June Happy Hour
6.27.06 Buffalo Club


May Happy Hour Akwa
5.23.06 Akwa


Citizen Smith April Happy Hour
4.06 Citizen Smith


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Thursday, February 27th
6:00pm - 9:00 pm

Fado Irish Pub
1500 Locust St
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Advanced RSVP Requested:

BOGO Early Bird Ticket
through 2/19: $10

BOGO Advanced Online Ticket: $12

BOGO Day Of Online Ticket: $15

***PURCHASE TICKETS HERE***

Burrrrr! Keeping warm this season, TIPSers?

The days and nights have been snow filled and frigid, but that shouldn't stop anyone from a great party! Join TIPS and friends this February as we gather for warmth at the scorching spot, Fado. Each TIPS Member will be treated to $4 food & drink specails until 7pm! There's no need to stay home when you have fellow alumni and professionals ready to mix and mingle.

Conveniently located in center city, just steps from Rittenhouse Square, the Kimmel Center, the Academy of Music and Broad Street, Fado is easy to get to but difficult to leave. Cozy up by the fireplace or settle down on the patio. At Fado, they are there to help you escape from everyday life and enjoy some friendly banter, delicious food, and superb drink selections.

So bundle up and get ready for a night of hot convos, music, laughs, and more!

**GET YOUR FRIENDS TOGETHER AND TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OUR BUY ONE TICKET GET ONE FREE!!!**


RSVP
• When you register for the event, print out your confirmation screen and use that as your ticket into the event.
• We will have a guest list at the door as back-up in case you forget your confirmation print-out.
• If you buy tickets for guests, they should check-in as your +1s under your name at the door. 
• Advance Registration will be open through noon on the day of the event (or until we sell-out, whichever happens first).

Hum-Bug Details
*You must be 21 to attend & plan to drink responsibly. Designate a driver, take the subway, or just sober up before leaving. You're an adult now.
*No refunds or cancellations permitted.




recent events

PHI: City Tap House

TIPS8.13.13 | City Tap House -- Hot! Hot! Hot! The nights are heating up this summer and we cooled off than with a ice cold craft beer and tons of the city's young professionals as TIPS Relaunched In Philly!!! We served up a night of sultry conversation and good times as we partied and played at this trendy and happening spot in the heart of the city. Click on any of the images below to see a slideshow of the night’s Smiles!

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Walnut Room

TIPS11.16.11 | Walnut Room -- The calendar pushed us head-on towards the cold-spiced winds of winter, we took a few hours to honor the sacrifices plump turkeys were making across the country. We came out to the Walnut Room where warm conversation was a subtle substitute for the crackling hearth of home. Click on any of the images below to feel the glowing warmth from the night's smiles!

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G-Lounge

TIPS10.13.11 | G-Lounge -- TIPS was your treat this October as we offered an evening filled with delightful spirits. You gave in to your darker demons, listened to that fallen angel and came out on a school night. TIPS replaced your gym water bottle with a martini glass, and we all stayed out way past the bewitching hour. Click on any of the thumbnails below to bask in the brilliance of the night's smiles.

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Philly Launch Party @ Bleu Martini

TIPS9.14.11 | Bleu Martini -- We invited our Philly Ivy Plus alum out for our inaugural party at the Bleu Martini.The evening was toasted with cocktails and sugared with delectable desserts. We saw some familiar faces from back in the day and made some new friends too! This is just the beginning, so get ready for many more fantastic Philly events to come. And if you have ideas for parties, venues, and fun in Philly, let us know by emailing help@ivyplussociety.org! Help us make the Philly parties the most fun by spreading the word to all your favorite friends and TIPS alums!. Click on any of the thumbnails below to bask in the brilliance of the night's smiles.

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recent events

SF: Swig

TIPS7.28.11 | Swig -- Swig, not the typical verbage associated with an evening of social networking, but when a venue featured artisan cocktails crafted with local fresh produce, and delivered a mixed drink which carefully evoked each ingredient; swig became a recurring theme throughout the evening. TIPS came out for a night at Swig where sipping was acceptable and it was certainly safe to tipple! But gulping and quaffing were left for another night. Click on any of the thumbnails below to bask in the brilliance of the night's smiles.

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LA: The Standard

The Party

7.23.11 | TIPS threw a pool party at the Standard. The afternoon outing was enough to stave off the summer highs… for just a little while! We knew your need to swill and mill around a pool filled with hot young TIPSters, so we delivered!  Click on any of the thumbnails below to see all the glitter & smiles!

         

Bos: District Lounge

TIPS7.22.11 | District Lounge -- There is an interesting class of objects which are able to hide in plain sight, like insects of the order phasmatodea (stick bugs ) or the instance of James “Whitey” Bulger, walking the sun-soaked beaches of Santa Monica for 14 years. Another entry in the sight-unseen phenomena was District lounge, TIPS saw the bizarre innards of District and toasted said sight with more than a few cocktails. Click on any of the thumbnails below to launch a slideshow of the night's smiles.

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LA: Bar Nineteen12

The Party

7.21.11 | 1912 was a year of great beginnings. The girl scouts of America was founded, The Republic of China was established, & in Japan the era known as the Taisho Democracy sprouted it’s first leaves. That year also marked the opening of Bar nineteen 12. TIPS took you out for an evening of flashy fun in Beverly Hills, and happened across Real Madrid, one of the hottest soccer teams in the world! Their all-star roster was there in full force, making the night unforgettable!  Click on any of the thumbnails below to see all the glitter & smiles!

         

DC: Policy

The Party7.14.11 | TIPS offered a policy decision that everyone got excited about. We came out for a night of hot summer connections at Policy’s Liberty Lounge. With an airy second floor, the Liberty Lounge offered a breezy, summer TIPS-ing night. Setting the mood and movement of the night, the lounge’s massive Graffiti mural screamed Liberty! And so did we. Click on any of the thumbnails below to launch a slideshow of the night's smiles.  

 

        

NYC: Griffin

TIPS7.13.11 | Griffin -- TIPS indulged your secret desire to cross-breed lions with eagles, thereby healing the age-old rift between cat and bird. Our event at Griffin delivered all the pomp and glamour associated with that legendary creature. Griffin!! Majestic creature, symbol of divine power, was also the perfect locale to toss back a couple summer cocktails! Click on any of the thumbnails below to launch a slideshow of the night's smiles!

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SF: Cafe Renzo

TIPS7.6.11 | Cafe Renzo -- So you couldn't make it to Naples this year, and that flight to Palermo was all booked. Or maybe there just wasn't anyone willing to watch your dog. This July, TIPS wanted you to enjoy an Italian summer, without all that bothersome jet lag! We came out for a night of cocktails at Café Renzo, the mark of authentic Italian, this side of the Atlantic! The warmth of Italy was present for all our San Franciscan TIPSters to enjoy. Click on any of the thumbnails below to bask in the brilliance of the night's smiles.

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Bos: Revolution

TIPS6.23.11 | Revolution -- We sparked the summer with a night of Revolution at Boston's Revolution rock n' roll lounge! All of our glam, punk and classic rockers joined us at a club celebrating the rock n' roll tradition of hittin' it and hittin' it hard. It was a perfect night for pulling out all those rockin' one liners kept in your back pocket. Click on any of the thumbnails below to launch a slideshow of the night's smiles.

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LA: Bar Marmont

The Party

6.20.11 | It was a sell-out crowd for our most popular event of the year: The TIPS soiree at Bar Marmont -- the classic-yet-trendy cocktail lounge at the fabled Chateau Marmont Hotel. From Howard Hughes to Jim Morrison to Lindsay Lohan, the Marmont has played host to the desperate-to-be-seen and those wishing to remain unseen. And unless you belong to the latter category, you'll probably find yourself in our photo set for the night. Click on any of the thumbnails below to see all the glitter & smiles!

         

NYC: Hudson Hotel

TIPS6.16.11 | Hudson Hotel -- We celebrated the start of summer with your favorite TIPS alums at the ever-fabulous Hudson Hotel Private Park! With its towering 45-foot trees, ivy-covered walls, and an inspired assortment of antique and modern garden furniture, it was the perfect summer locale. Outfitted with heaters and open to the night sky, It was Hudson’s own microcosm of Central Park. The laid back charm coupled with a solid cocktail list made this venue the perfect place to warm up the season! Click on any of the thumbnails below to launch a slideshow of the night's smiles!

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DC: Eden

TIPS6.08.11 | Eden -- The garden gates were unsealed for a night of Ivy leisure & play! This rooftop garden around the corner from Faragut Square was full of the lush trappings of paradise. An indoor waterfall and a rush of whispering foliage brushed away the hard concrete lines of D.C. Click on any of the thumbnails below to launch a slideshow of the night's smiles.
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Bos: Alibi

TIPS5.25.11 | Alibi -- The month of May was all about the run-up to Memorial Day, as it represents the official kick-off to summer! The Ivy Plus Society came to the Alibi this month to make sure all the TIPSters got to show off their summer bodies . Alibi was fabulous, boasting inside decor and a huge outdoor patio. We all enjoyed the spring evening and made some new connections to add to our summer crew! Click on any of the thumbnails below to launch a slideshow of the night's smiles.
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LA: Crown Bar

The Party5.21.11 | Tips alums decided not to worry too much about the Rapture and instead to post up at the crown jewel of West Hollywood: Crown Bar for some much needed mingling. We had all of your favoirtite Ivy + alums, seasonal drink specials and a fabulous venue to dance the night away. We hope that you made some new connections to add to your summer crew! Click on any of the thumbnails below to the glitter & smiles from the night.

         

NYC: Polar

TIPS4.19.11 | Polar -- This month we gathered all of our favorite Ivy+ alums at the arctic-inspired subterranean lounge known as Polar. Imbued with a dreamy, shimmering aesthetic of the North Pole we indulged our desires to take a trip to Iceland's Ice Hotel, but without even a hint of frostbite! Polar bears adorned the walls and glaciers floated in the eclectic range of cocktails we sipped and savored with friends new and old! Click on any of the thumbnails below to launch a slideshow of the night's smiles!

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DC: Biergarten Haus

The Party4.11.11 | TIPS had a very special event this April to benefit the victims of the March 11th earthquake and tsunami that devastated our friends across the sea. Thanks to the TIPS Alum that came out to drink and socialize, we were able to raise money and donate all the profits to the Red Cross' relief efforts in Japan! Click on any of the thumbnails below to launch a slideshow of the night's smiles.  

 

        

OC: Commonwealth Lounge

The Party4.19.11 | Once again, TIPS threw the doors open to one of South Bay's hottest venues - Commonwealth Lounge in Newport Beach. This swanky new location featured striking chandeliers amongst a dramatic decor, and patios with panoramic views of the Rhine channel! Live music and a spectacular menu of comfort food rounded out the evening, Ivy Plus alums joined us for an extended happier hour from 7 to 10pm and complimentary appetizers for the first hour of the event! Click on the thumbnails below to launch a photo slideshow of the night's smiles.

        

LA: Las Palmas

The Party4.16.11 | Hovering between spring and summer, we danced our way out of one warm, breezy season and into the next blazing LA summer. Las Palmas definitely lives up to its hype as ultra-fabulous and super swank (just like you TIPS-ers). TIPS Spring Fling brought out our own Ivy+ glitterati which we like even better than the usual Hollywood froo-froo which usually fill this hot spot! So, until next time TIPSers, enjoy the ever-changing weather that is a Southern California Spring and click on the thumbnails below to check out the flirting-laughing-connecting-digit exchanging of the night.

         

SF: Bubble Lounge

TIPS4.13.11 | Bubble Lounge -- Have you ever noticed how champagne always seems to appear out of nowhere during times of celebration? Like at weddings, graduations and felony acquittals? Well we poured on the spontaneous eruptions of bubbly this month, because TIPS celebrated this month's bash at Bubble Lounge, the Bay Area's undisputed mecca of the Cadillac of inebriation libations. We brushed up on our French champagne vocab (Moet, Vueve and newcomer Fountain Bidet), practiced looking refined while holding effete flutes, and joined our fellow young alumni for a night of effervescent exuberance. Click on any of the thumbnails below to launch a photo slideshow.

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BOS: Kingston Station

TIPS4.12.11 | Kingston Station -- We were all inspired by the Oscar winning "King's Speech" so to embrace a little British history and culture, we headed on down to Kingston Station on April 12th for a sophisticated evening of hobnobbing and fraternizing with our favorite Boston TIPS alums. Kingston Station was the perfect venue to be the victor of our vocabulary and wow friends, old and new, with words we only read in books. Click on any of the thubnails below to see the whole show!
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SF: Bistro 412

TIPS3.31.11 | Bistro 412 -- Since March hadn't already given us quite enough fun and frolicking, TIPS invited you out on March 31st for some final festivities. We celebrated Cesar Chavez day, National Tater Day, Bunsen Burner Day, the Anniversary of the Publication of the first United States Map, and National Clam On The Half Shell Day - All of which just happen to fall on this last day of the month! You can thank us later for reminding you. So if you were looking for an excuse to meet up with your favorite Ivy+ alums for a drink, then we had you covered! Click on any of the thumbnails below to see a slideshow of the night's smiles!

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DC: Rocket Bar

The Party3.24.11 | Spring had arrived and we all gladly embraced or inner nine-year-old to celebrate! Rocket Bar iss reminiscent of every kids dream basement, but with booze. They have pool tables, skee-ball, shuffleboard, darts and jukeboxes - that actually take credit cards! Add to that the lure of $2 PBR and a gaggle of fun Ivy Plus alums, and we had some march madness of our very own. Click on the photos below to check out all of the beautiful, talented and gaming TIPSers.  

 

        

OC: LANDMARK

3.24.11 | Spring has arrived and it was time to celebrate at LANDMARK with our favorite Orange County TIPS crew. Sophisticated and slick, hip and modern, the Corona del Mar hot-spot was the perfect place to mingle and savor the spring night while sipping on cocktails and enjoying the complimentary appetizers! Click on the photos below to check out all of the beautiful and talented TIPSers.  

 

        

NYC: Tenjune

TIPS3.16.11 | Tenjune -- Ok, Ok. We were all a little jealous of how much Charlie Sheen was WINNING so we got together with our favorite Ivy+ friends to celebrate like a recently rehabbed celebrity. Time to break out the bubbly and party! And boy, did TIPS have the venue for you: Tenjune -- that famously impossible-to-get-into Meatpacking district fixture. We celebrated the long awaited arrival of Spring while drinking our very own "Tigerblood" martinis. Click on any of the thumbnails below to see the whole show!

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LA: Purple Lounge

TIPS3.16.11 | Purple Lounge -- March took us to Purple Lounge to chase away the spring showers with a March martini or 3 at one of our favorite Hollywood hot-spots.  Music played, TIPS-ters gabbed, drinks were had, and the spring night flew by.  Check out all the night's smiles by clicking on the thumbnails below to launch the slideshow of event pics.

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BOS: Foundation Room

TIPS3.15.11 | Foundation Room -- Since the entire week surrounding St. Patrick's Day should be declared a National Holiday in Boston, we made sure you had an excuse to celebrate a little early. We hosted the festivities at the exclusive Foundation Room at The House of Blues. A portion of the proceeds went to the International House of Blues Foundation so we partied with our favorite Ivy + alums while giving back -- the best of both worlds! Click on the thumbnails below to launch a slideshow of the night's smiles. 

 

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SF: Sloane

TIPS2.17.11 | Sloane -- This year TIPS gave you a chance to get a "re-do" on Valentines day as we invited you to join us for our Young Alum Party on Thursday February 17th. The party was hosted at Sloane, San Francisco's swankiest venue nestled in the heart of the city which was perfect for all of us to get our cupid on! Click on any of the thumbnails below to launch a photo slideshow.

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OC: Sol Cocina

The Party2.17.11 | Love was in the air this month, and there was no better place to scope out potential Valentines than at TIPS' flirtatious February fiesta at Sol Cocina in Newport Beach! Designed to echo the expansive sea, sky, and desert elements of the Baja peninsula, Sol was the perfect romantic location to lock eyes with a future beau as the sun set across the pacific, or just catch up with a few of our favorite Ivy Plus alums. Click on the thumbnails below to launch a photo slideshow of the night's smiles.

        

DC: L2 Lounge

TIPS2.16.11 | L2 Lounge -- February is the month when the Hallmark company wants you to feel bad about being alone -- and tries to convince you that a $4, pre-inscribed greeting card is the most authentic, creative way to express your true feelings toward your significant other(s). It's quite a racket, and we're very impressed. TIPS humbly presented an alternative: Grab a single friend and bring him or her to the L2 Lounge. There were plenty of well-educated, dynamic, over-achievers eager to chase away the Valentine's Day blues. Those who played their cards right got hit by Cupid's arrow. Click any of the images below to see all the pictures.


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BOS: Launch Party @ District Lounge

TIPS2.16.11 | District Lounge -- Our first Boston event filled the night with the laughter and smiles of over 300 Boston Ivy Plus alums! We saw some familiar faces from back in the day and made some new friends too! This is just the beginning, so get ready for many more fantastic Boston events to come. And if you have ideas for parties, venues, and fun in the Boston, let us know by emailing help@ivyplussociety.org! Help us make the Boston parties the most fun by spreading the word to all your favorite friends and TIPS alums! Click on the thumbnails below to launch a slideshow of the night's smiles. See you next time!

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LA: Valentine's @ Voyeur

The Party2.11.11 | Love was in the air so TIPS took you to the most darlkly romantic place in LA. Yes, it's Voyeur! We threw some sexy cupids into the mix and sprinkled decadent desserts throughout the club for a truly unforgettable Friday night! Our camera man was nearly not allowed but we snapped a few discreet photos anyway. Click on any of the thumbnails below to see the whole show!

         

NYC: Union Square Lounge

TIPS2.8.11 | Union Square Lounge -- There was only so much avoiding of red roses and fleeing from mountains of heart shaped chocolate boxes that we could do, and instead we joined our favorite Ivy Plus alums for a fabulous alternative! Whether single or just cynical, we gathered at Union Square Lounge for a pre-Valentines night of mingling and meeting new people. This sophisticated and sexy subterranean space was perfect for getting in to the Valentine's Day spirit! Click on any of the thumbnails below to launch a photo slideshow of the night's smiles.

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DC: Redline

TIPS1.19.11 | Redline -- TIPSters had the opportunity to experience yet another of man's most revolutionary inventions; the self service personal draft beer tap! Penn Quarter's newest entertainment destination "Redline" is DC's first luxe sports-bar and was the location for our inaugural Ivy Plus Society event of 2011. We took the opportunity to make new friends, share holiday tales of woe with old ones and get a drink without having to push through the crowd. Click on any of the thumbnails below to launch a photo slideshow.


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SF: Charisma & Leadership: Olivia Fox Cabane

TIPS1.19.11 | Charisma & Leadership -- You never get a second chance to make a great first impression; so you'd better get it right the first time. TIPS helped you out on that score: We secured Forbes columnist and internationally renowned speaker Olivia Fox Cabane for her keynote presentation: The Science of Trust, Influence and Persuasion. The workshop was hosted by Wharton SF and Olivia, was fantastic; truly engaging, interesting, and inspiring.  The presentation was topped off with a great food spread; from filling appetizers to yummy desserts. And last but not least, the beer and wine were unlimited and helped everyone get started on their own charisma and leadership skills. Click on any of the thumbnails below to launch a photo slideshow.

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NYC: Avenue

TIPS1.12.11 | We were a little bit burned out from all that festive frolicking but we resisted those hibernating urges and came out to kick of 2011 the right way! With our New Year's resolutions and some presents to show off we fancied a relatively calm evening of sophisticated socializing with our favorite Ivy Plus alums! . Click on any of the thumbnails below to launch a photo slideshow of the night's smiles.

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LA: Rush Street

The Party1.12.11 | With the superbowl looming just a few weeks away, TIPSters joined forces in Culver City to brush up on our sports talk in time for the big game. We talked some post-playoff trash about who was robbed, and caught up with our favorite Ivy Plus alums just in time to secure an invitation to some Superbowl Sunday festivities! Click on the thumbnails below to launch a photo slideshow of the night's smiles.

         

OC: Javier's

The Party1.11.11 | TIPS hijacked the lounge at Javier's in Newport Beach for some much needed mingling with the South Bay's finest. Javier's is famous for it's stunning beachfront location and consistently great food which made it the perfect location to escape back to civilization and some good tequila! Click on the thumbnails below to launch a photo slideshow of the night's smiles.

         

LA: Bar210

The Party12.13.10 | TIPS-ters enjoyed some holiday fun at the 90210's poshest new venue, Bar210. This lavish space with a color palette featuring plum, black fig and Byzantium fabrics and sparkling gold chandeliers was the perfect location to get into the holiday spirit. We nibbled on complimentary appetizers from "Top Chef" alum Marcel Vigneron and sipped on cocktails with our favorite Ivy Plusers! Click on the thumbnails below to launch a photo slideshow of the night's smiles.

         

NYC: La Pomme

The Party12.13.10 | TIPS invited you to join us and a whole host of other naughty, but nice Ivy Plus Society members to ring in the holiday season at La Pomme, a favorite hot spot in the heart of Chelsea. La Pomme was the perfect venue for some festive frivolity, the lounge was decadent with blends of glamorous photographic murals by Fadil Berisha and subversive tromp l'oeil wallpaper comprised of subliminal brass knuckles, chains and razor blades. Added to this was a smattering of gorgeous, young Ivy League alumni, which made for quite the party! Click on the thumbnails below to launch a photo slideshow of the night's smiles.


         

SF: Taverna Aventine

The Party12.2.10 | On the second day of December, Ivy Plusers were invited to a rather festive frolic at Taverna Aventine! We decked the halls with boughs of holly, and sported our most festive attire, as we rang in the holiday season with an exceptionally fun evening of convivial carousing! San Fran's newest den of iniquity, Taverna Aventine, was perfect for mingling and getting merry with friends old and new in an ambiance that had the feel of the Barbary Coast when the Gold Rush was at its peak. Click on the thumbnails below to launch a photo slideshow of the night's smiles.


         

OC: Holiday Party @ Geisha House

The Party12.1.10 | TIPS-ters enjoyed some holiday fun at the very hot Geisha House in the OC! Taking a cue from Japan’s popular sake bars and traditional Geisha Houses of entertainment, the O.C's sexiest sushi restaurant was perfect for our holiday mixer. What better place to bat your lashes at new Ivy Plus friends? Click on the thumbnails below to launch a photo slideshow.


         

DC: Policy

TIPS12.1.10 | Ivy Plus-ers jumped in their one-horse open sleighs and, laughing all the way, joined up with their favorite young alums for a night of sparkly cocktails and holiday festivities! DC's coolest lounge venue where brilliant chandeliers combine with a red and black palette to create a super sultry ambiance, was the ideal environment to mingle and get our holiday cheer on!  Click on any of the thumbnails below to launch a photo slideshow of the night's smiles.

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LA: Mistletoe & Mayhem

Station Party11.20.10 | TIPS-ters kicked off the festive season with our Mistletoe & Mayhem Party at Bergamot Station's gorgeous Turner Gallery! What better venue to celebrate than a 5000 square foot architectural space hung with museum quality contemporary art? We decked the halls with plenty of holly, showed off our most glamorous and festive cocktail attire and mingled under the mistletoe at this exclusive venue with old friends and new! DJ Juliett Rose kept the merry music flowing while Sexy Santas mixed it up with holiday spirit and ensured that no glass ran dry! Fabulous party, great energy - cheers to everyone who came out and made this such a special night! Click on the thumbnails below to launch a photo slideshow of the nights' smiles.

         

SF: Le Club

TIPS11.17.10 | Le Club -- We dusted off our smoking jackets and ascots and met up at San Francisco's most desirable venue: Le Club for an elegant evening of imbibing and socializing! We mingled with our favorite Ivy League alums at the onyx topped bar whilst sipping on classic cocktails and then moved to the billiards room to reignite old rivalries! Click on any of the thumbnails below to launch a photo slideshow.

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NYC: Juliet Supper Club

TIPS11.17.10 | Juliet Supper Club -- It's about time Wednesday night fever took off! And we were thrilled to invite you out for a swanky evening of shimmer and style at Chelsea's hottest new establishment, Juliet Supperclub! It was the perfect environment to mingle with the city's coolest Ivy Plus alumni, sip on one of our intoxicating drink specials, and just check out our own resplendent reflection! Click on any of the thumbnails below to launch a photo slideshow.

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DC: Private Redskins Party

TIPS10.21.10 | FedEx Field -- Football season arrived and TIPS had a very exclusive invitation for you. The Washington Redskins hosted a private party just for TIPS in the elite Audi Club at FedExField. TIPS alums were treated to a behind-the-scenes stadium tour including a rare chance to check out the players' locker room, a meet-and-greet with the First Ladies of Football Cheerleaders, free drinks, delish food, and a raffle for unique Redskins memorabilia. From the Audi Club to the field, TIPS alums rocked the stadium! Click on any of the thumbnails below to launch a photo slideshow.

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SF: Ambassador

TIPS10.21.10 | Ambassador -- Inspired by the setting, perhaps, last night gave us an opportunity to lay down our arms, cast aside years of animosity, and reach across the aisle to share a toast, or two! We used our diplomatic prowess to forge new ties among traditional rivals - Harvard v. Yale, Stanford v. Berkeley, Girl v. Boy, etc. for a connecting-cocktailing-TIPS-ing night. Click on any of the thumbnails below to launch a photo slideshow.

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LA: Ozumo

Station Party10.20.10 | Ozumo -- Ivy Plus-ers enjoyed an evening at one of LA's newest luxe destinations: Ozumo at Santa Monica Place. The recently made-over Santa Monica shopping center has been drawing rave reviews with its open air, ocean view dining deck and hot stores -- and we gave you the perfect excuse to come check it out! We all enjoyed fabulous cocktails, amazing food, and the premiere Santa Monica destination, while catching up with our friends and making new ones! Click on the thumbnails below to launch a photo slideshow.

         

NYC: Griffin

TIPS10.19.10 | Griffin -- Ivy Alums enjoyed an evening of friends, cocktails, and laughs at the ever-trendy Griffin. With Halloween close at hand, we gave in to our darker demons, listened to that dark angel and walked on the wild side by going out on a school night, replacing our gym water bottle with a martini glass, and stayed out way past the bewitching hour. Click on any of the thumbnails below to launch a photo slideshow.

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LA: OC Launch Party @ Landmark

Station Party10.14.10 | Our first OC event filled the night with the laughter and smiles of over 100 OC TIPS alums!  We saw some familiar faces from LA events and some new ones as well.  This is just the beginning, so get ready for many more fantastic OC events to come.  And if you have ideas for parties, venues, and fun in the OC, let us know by emailing blairtips1@gmail.com!  Help us make the OC parties the most fun by spreading the word to all your favorite friends and Ivy Plusers!  Click on the thumbnails below to launch a slideshow of the night's laughs.  See you next time!

         

SF: Wine Tasting @ Vino Locale

TIPS10.13.10 | Vino Locale -- TIPS held an evening of beautiful food and wine, amongst the fine company of fellow Ivy Plus alums. We made new connections and strengthened old ones in the midst of a gorgeous garden with a glass of excellent wine in hand. It was a luxurious way to spend a Wednesday evening! Click on any of the thumbnails below to launch a photo slideshow.

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DC: Eden

Station Party09.22.10 | September is a time for new beginnings in DC: over-subscribed grad schools, ghost-written political memoirs, and breathtakingly disingenuous attack ads. All of which made the venue for our back-to-school extravaganza all the more fitting: Eden, the birthplace of original sin. We enjoyed the rooftop of DC's hottest new open-air club as we paid tribute to the garden that People of the Book love to hate. Click on any of the thumbnails below to launch a slideshow of the night's pictures.

           

LA: White Night at Sky Bar

Station Party09.28.10 | Galileo. Luther. Darwin. With the throwing of this party, TIPS took its rightful place among those illustrious heretics. Because we threw a White Party ... wait for it ... AFTER Labor Day. We tempted excommunication from proper society by donning our whitest duds on the outdoor pool deck at the Mondrian's Skybar lounge. Mother Nature approved, sending us a summer heat wave to add a new line in the temp record books. All in all, Sky Bar's poolside became the night's coolest place to be! Click on any of the thumbnails below to launch a slideshow of the night's pictures.

         

SF: Game Night @ 330 Ritch

TIPS9.21.10 | Game Night -- Remember when you used to steal Monopoly money from the bank when all the other players weren't looking? Or when you'd surreptitiously move your battleship after your opponent had scored a direct hit? Or how you'd "accidentally" glance at the answer card in Trivial Pursuit when your questioner wasn't properly concealing it? Phew! So do we. So in that spirit of friendly-yet-cut-throat competition, TIPS brought you to a night of gaming among your young alum peers: We toppled the towers of Jenga, Ruled at Risk, and Cratered the Competition of Cranium. Click on any of the thumbnails below to launch a photo slideshow.

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NYC: Empire Room

TIPS9.22.10 | Empire Room -- Fresh off a $500 million make-over, the Empire State Building has been restored to its former, Art Deco glory. This includes the post office on its ground floor, which has been transformed into a 3,500-square-foot, jazz-age marvel of a cocktail lounge, called the Empire Room. You flappers and cool cats weren't disappointed. You exulted in the period decor like the yawning stretches of polished steel, plush velvet chairs and glittering crystal chandeliers. Until next time....! Click on any of the thumbnails below to launch a slideshow of the night's photos.

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LA: Pool Party at the Standard

Station Party09.11.10 | We beat the heat wave and got to one of those swank hotels before they had to start opening their pools up to the entire city on humanitarian grounds. We met up with our young alumni friends for an afternoon of chilling, swilling and milling around West Hollywood's glammest outdoor pool scene. With the DJ rocking tunes, and complimentary appetizers making the rounds, we hardly noticed the heat. Click on any of the thumbnails below to launch a photo slideshow.

         


SF: Bubble Lounge

TIPS8.25.10 | Bubble Lounge -- Have you ever noticed how champagne always seems to appear out of nowhere during times of celebration? Like at weddings, graduations and felony acquittals? Well we poured on the spontaneous eruptions of bubbly this month, because TIPS celebrated this month's bash at Bubble Lounge, the Bay Area's undisputed mecca of the Cadillac of inebriation libations. We brushed up on our French champagne vocab (Moet, Vueve and newcomer Fountain Bidet), practiced looking refined while holding effete flutes, and joined our fellow young alumni for a night of effervescent exuberance. Click on any of the thumbnails below to launch a photo slideshow.

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NYC: Covet

TIPS8.25.10 | Covet -- Those of you who take the 10 Commandments seriously had to think twice before attending this month's TIPS bash. Because at Covet Lounge, there were plenty of temptations: recessed nooks and crannies for private canoodling, oversized mirrors for the vainglorious, and exotic drinks to covet -- like the The Icarus, which includes hand-shaved ice, Iranian saffron oil and Louis XIII cognac. We joined our young alumni friends for an indulgent descent into luxury and taste -- before grad schools started up in September and everyone started wearing frumpy track suits again. Click on any of the thumbnails below to launch a photo slideshow.

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LA: Station

TIPS8.24.10 | Station -- As graduates of fancy-schmancy schools, it's likely that at some point in your scholastic career, you were made to confront unsettling and unfamiliar truths. Like the fact that Thomas Jefferson owned slaves, or that Jeremy Piven owns toupees. Well, here's another one for ya': Los Angeles has a subway. And you'd never used it. Until this party, that was. Because TIPS took you to Station, the outdoor terrace lounge at the W Hotel, which sits directly atop the Hollywood & Vine Red Line Metro station. We left our cars at home (yes -- seriously) and joined our fellow young alums at this dazzling, new open air addition to the Hollywood strip. It made us feel like New Yorkers, if only for one night. Click on any of the thumbnails below to launch a photo slideshow.


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SF: Bistro 412

TIPS7.28.10 | Bistro 412 -- It had been a while since we planted a flag in Palo Alto. But then neighborhood upstart Tesla went public and released that banging new Roadster; and local behemoth Facebook at least pretended to care about privacy concerns ... and, well ... Palo Alto, we just couldn't quit you. On the contrary, we embraced you and your luscious weather by holding this month's event at a gorgeous outdoor venue: Bistro 412, where we tipped a glass or two with our fellow young alumni. Click on any of the thumbnails below to launch a photo slideshow.

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NYC: Carnival

TIPS7.27.10 | Carnival -- With all the grim news coming out of Albany lately, we thought it was time to inject a bit of pure, adulterated whimsy into your nightlife routine. That's why this month's young alumni bash took place at Carnival -- the un-dilapidated Coney Island of Union Square. This circus-themed nightclub atop Bowlmore Lanes featured dazzling performers, carnival games, spiked cotton candy, and even a dunk tank (a two-gallon cocktail mixed with every alcohol under the sun -- served with collectible glasses). With the MTA canceling every subway line and bus route that goes anywhere near the real Coney Island, this might have been your only chance to frolic at a carnival all year. That's why we broke out our whack-a-mole skills and had an alcoholic snow cone with some friends from TIPS. Click on any of the thumbnails below to launch a photo slideshow.

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LA: Intercontinental

TIPS7.21.10 | Intercontinental -- July in Los Angeles was no time to be cooped up in a dark club lit only by the glow of iPhones. So this month TIPS took you to a sprawling outdoor garden lit by the glow of billowing gas fire pits and … iPhones. This gorgeously landscaped marvel, located in the back yard of the Intercontinental Century City, offered a soothing respite from the 10 and 405 freeways that you probably took to get there. Click on any of the thumbnails below to launch a photo slideshow.


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SF: Americano

TIPS7.7.10 | Americano -- This July marked the 43rd anniversary of San Francisco's "Summer of Love." Didn't see it coming? Don't worry. We did. And to show you some love of our own, we snagged a venue with an outdoor patio that looks out on the majestic sweep of the Bay Bridge. Because everyone looks good in afternoon light. Yes, even pasty dot-com'ers. That's why we came out and soaked up some love among our fellow TIPSsters. It's what Haight-Ashbury 1.0 would have wanted. Click on any of the thumbnails below to launch a photo slideshow.

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NYC: Maritime Hotel

TIPS6.29.10 | Maritime Hotel -- It was official: Change was coming to New York. The financial regulation bill was due to land on Obama's desk by Independence Day, and we were betting that all that newly-mandated financial transparency would prove a major buzz-kill on parts of Wall Street. So to keep the mood buoyant and sprightly, we planted our flag on the gorgeous roof deck of the South Cabana at the Maritime Hotel. This open-air space has been awarded all manner of 'Best Roofdeck' awards in city publications. It was the perfect place to trot out your old CDOs and other sketchy derivatives and give them one last airing before they were needed as outhouse wallpaper. Click on any of the thumbnails below to launch a photo slideshow.

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DC: K Street Lounge

TIPS6.24.10 | K Street Lounge -- The senate passed the financial-reform bill, which meant the start of the real fun: Watering down all the provisions that pose any threat of, you know, reforming the financial system. To do that of course, you need lobbyists. Lots and lots of lobbyists. And where better to find them than ... K Street? Which is -- conveniently -- where we hosted this month's TIPS party: It was the K Street lounge. We came on out and tossed back a few with some young alum friends -- before there were no provisions left to weaken.

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LA: Bar210

TIPS6.17.10 | Bar210 -- We raged, raged against the onset of 'June Gloom' by luxuriating in the newest incarnation at the Beverly Hilton: Bar210 -- the Tom Ford-designed lounge situated in the space formerly occupied by Trader Vic's. Gone were the tiki torches and vintage surf films. In their place were modern design essentials like llavish plum, black fig and Byzantium fabrics. (Don't ask.) We came for the collegiate fellowship, we stayed for the Spanish goat hair pillows. Click on any of the thumbnails below to launch a photo slideshow.


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SF: Circa

TIPS6.10.10 | Circa -- This being the Bay Area, it's a decent bet you're reading this on your iPad. That being the case, we commemorated the launch of that luscious piece of hardware by hosting this event at a place that takes design almost as seriously as the folks in Cupertino. We're talking about Circa -- the restaurant lounge designed by Michael Brennan, the artistic powerhouse behind some of San Fran's most beautiful restaurants, including including Cortez, Jardiniere, Farallon, Le Petit Robert and Tartare. We put down our iPads and came out to mix it up with some friends in real life. Because there's no app for that. Click on any of the thumbnails below to launch a photo slideshow.

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SF: Manor West

TIPS5.20.10 | Manor West -- Yes, we're aware: When May time rolls around in San Francisco, it's hard to think about anything else besides donning a pink gorilla suit for the Bay to Breakers race. Well we kept the gorilla suits handy after the race and brought them with us to this month's TIPS bash. It was a funky contrast to the slick, swanky atmosphere of our venue: Manor West. There we were able to regale our friends with tales of running through 27 San Francisco micro-climates over the course of the race. Click on any of the thumbnails below to launch a photo slideshow.

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DC: One Lounge

TIPS5.20.10 | One Lounge -- Drink prices in Dupont Circle have been edging inexorably skyward ever since neighborhood bars realized that Carrie Bradshaw-wannabees exist in the nation's capital, too. Yes, we feel your pain. Message: We care. This month TIPS struck a blow against the $27 Cosmo-tini by unfurling our banner at One Lounge -- home of the best high-class happy hour in town. 

We enjoyed specialty martini for the price of a beer and micro-brew beers for the price of fries. Call it the recession special. Good thing you we got here when we did: We hear economic recovery is right around the corner. And once that happens, Cosmo prices have nowhere to go but up... Click on any of the thumbnails below to launch a photo slideshow.


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NYC: The Hudson

TIPS5.18.10 | The Hudson -- Were these the End Times? Were those the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse galloping down Broadway? Well you Wall Street'ers seemed to think so -- what with Big-Bad-Obama trying to take away your CDOs and all...So if this was the end of the gravy train for de-regulated derivatives, it was definitely time to live it up bit before ya'll had to start being, you know, responsible. And wed had  the place, too: Hudson Hotel -- that of the massive yellow neon wall, indoor park and wet library. A fitting symbol for an age of extravagance. We came out and enjoyed it. While you still could. Click on any of the thumbnails below to launch a photo slideshow.

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LA: Kiva Spring Fundraiser

TIPS5.15.10 | Kiva Spring Fundraiser -- Our first TIPS Spring Charity Ball was truly a night to remember! Sequins, glitter, and sharp suits decorated the night, champagne glasses clinked and bubbled, and the rhythms of DJ Juliett brought everyone to the dance floor.  Our venue for the night was Evo’s premier Penthouse, a fantastic space sparkling with breath-taking 360-degree panoramic views of the downtown city skyline.

Thanks to everyone who turned out in support of KIVA!  Every ticket purchased directly helped an entrepreneur in the developing world.  Please check out Kiva's website and consider making a $25 loan: kiva.org
 
A special shout-out of thanks to DJ Juliett and photographer Robbie Schaeffer for donating their services for the event.

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SF: Sloane

TIPS4.29.10 | Sloane -- We know, we know: It was a traumatic week: Creaky cable car lines were getting shut down for months at a time and marijuana-legalization went going on the ballot. But in the meantime TIPS had a party to promote: We went to Sloane, a place that's not quite a bar, not quite a club, not quite an Unobtanium mine. We came out and tossed back a few drinks with some of our fellow young alumni. Click on any of the thumbnails below to launch a photo slideshow.

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DC: Hudson

TIPS4.22.10 | Hudson -- The warm spring weather made the perfect setting for our April TIPS event and a more social reconciliation than the one Washington just witnessed with the most bitterly-contested bill-passage since the passage of Bill C through the impeachment hearings. We planted a flag at Hudson, a place named after the river that divides New York and New Jersey as turbulently as the healthcare law divides Washington -- and we were pleased to see Republicans and Dems alike come together for drinks & laughs.  Cards were exchanged, friends were made, cocktails downed, and a good time was had by all.  Stay tuned for the best events of the year as the warm summer weather draws all the TIPS-ers out of their winter hibernation.  Click on the thumbnails below to launch a slideshow of event pics.
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SF: Olivia Fox Cabane Presentation

TIPS4.21.10 | Olivia Fox Cabane Presentation -- You never get a second chance to make a great first impression; so you'd better get it right the first time. TIPS wants helped you out on that score: We secured Forbes columnist and internationally renowned speaker Olivia Fox Cabane for her keynote presentation: The Science of Trust, Influence and Persuasion. This workshop covered the science of charisma; the keys to making fantastic first impressions, and the secrets to having that "boardroom presence" to quickly establish credibility, trust, and rapport. Click on any of the thumbnails below to launch a photo slideshow.

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NYC: 230 Fifth

TIPS4.20.10 | 230 Fifth -- Now that it finally got warm enough to socialize outside at night without wearing arctic expedition gear, TIPS took it outdoors: We set up shop at 230 Fifth, whose rooftop garden is consistently voted as the best in New York. If you were huddling inside your apartment all winter, or if you felt stifled by the oppressive heat of basement dance halls, it was time for you to head up to the roof, take in the eye-dropping view, and kick back with some friends old and new. Because we had about six seconds before the onset of the sweltering summer.

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LA: Cache

TIPS4.7.10 | Cache -- We know, we know: you were all still agog about this year's truly historic movie awards season: A woman, for the first time ever ... won both an Oscar and a Razzie in the same year (Bullock. "Blind Side" + "All About Steve"). But you had tolet it go. Turned out she was fine. (There were plenty of truly horrific Mad Libs-generated romantic comedy scripts floating around CAA for her to pick off one by one.) Meanwhile, there was socializing to be done on the west side. That's right, it had been ages since we hit up Santa Monica, so this month we planted a flag on the west side -- in the venue that used to be owned by Arnold Schwarzenegger. Back then it was Schatzi. Next it was Hidden. Now it's Caché. (Which is, of course, French for caché.) In any case, this time the owners got it right: multiple stepped patios, eye-popping extended firepits, intimate nooks and crannies ... all steps from Main Street. So, we came on out and yukked it up with people who were capable of pronouncing French accent marks.  Click on any of the thumbnails below to launch a photo slideshow.


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NYC: Tenjune

TIPS3.31.10 | Tenjune -- Ok, Ok. So New York saw the downfall of both its governor and its longest-serving congressman in the same week. But wasn't all doom-and-gloom: the city's unemployment rate tumbled from 10.5% to 10.4%. That's point-one percent! Time to break out the bubbly and party! And boy, did TIPS have the venue for you: Tenjune -- that famously impossible-to-get-into Meatpacking district fixture. We celebrated a changing of the political guard and a return to new economic optimism in a place so sizzling that even its website is not-safe-for-work. And, oh ... about the club's name: Its two owners share a birthday on June 10th. So there. Click on any of the thumbnails below to launch a photo slideshow.

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DC: Current

TIPS3.25.10 | Current -- So congress members were posturing like peacocks over healthcare; so the IRS was under attack; so Sarah Palin was reading palms (hey, at least she was reading!) ... We forgot about all that for a moment. Because The Ivy Plus Society offered a respite from all the madness at new Asian fusion lounge Current. Cool aquatic themes. Sushi and saki bombs. It was enough to get our minds off the freakish snow storms that had DC looking like a scene out of "The Day After Tomorrow." So we set aside partisan bickering and 2012-handicapping long enough to swill some cocktails with our fellow young alumni! Click on any of the thumbnails below to launch a photo slideshow.

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SF: Cellar360

TIPS3.25.10 | Cellar360 -- TIPS shook things up this month with an entirely new party format: Wine Tasting! We swilled away at Cellar360, a mecca to all things vino in Fisherman's Wharf. We impressed people with our expertise of mid-century vintages from Chateau Mouton Rothschild and Montrachet. And those of us who have never paid more than $2 for a bottle (2 Buck Chuck @ Trader Joe's) dropped on by to see what the people in "Sideways" were going on about. While sampling the various fares, we also enjoyed breath-taking views of the bay and Alcatraz. Click on any of the thumbnails below to launch a photo slideshow.

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NYC: Marquee

TIPS2.24.10 | Marquee -- February is the month when Cupid unsheathes his longbow and goes looking for targets. Did you make his short-list? Well, you upped your chances by attending the TIPS party at Marquee -- a place with such flattering lighting that even pallid, pasty New York winter skin looks downright Malibu. It was ten days after Valentine's Day, so we're guessing there was a lot of low-hanging fruit with Cupid hangovers still on the vine.

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SF: The Republic

TIPS2.23.10 | The Republic -- With all the talk about Valentine's Day, February made for a lousy month to sit at home alone in front of your computer, watching re-runs of The Office on Hulu, using WiFi that you were stealing from your upstairs neighbor, whom you'd never had the courage to say 'hello' to. TIPS offered an alternative to that self-imposed solipsism: A party with your fellow young alumni in a new Pacific Heights eatery. So we put our MacBook to sleep, dragged a comb across your hair, and meet up with friends old and new at The Republic! Click on any of the thumbnails below to see the all the pictures.

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DC: L2 Lounge

TIPS2.16.10 | L2 Lounge -- February is the month when the Hallmark company wants you to feel bad about being alone -- and tries to convince you that a $4, pre-inscribed greeting card is the most authentic, creative way to express your true feelings toward your significant other(s). It's quite a racket, and we're very impressed. TIPS humbly presented an alternative: Grab a single friend and bring him or her to the L2 Lounge. There were plenty of well-educated, dynamic, over-achievers eager to chase away the Valentine's Day blues. Those who played their cards right got hit by Cupid's arrow. Click any of the images below to see all the pictures.

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LA: Voyeur

TIPS2.9.10 | Voyeur -- To celebrate February, the month when Cupid draws his bow, TIPS took you into the heart of the most darkly romantic and fetishized hot spot in Los Angeles. Yes, Voyeur: where the decor is provocative enough to make Cupid himself blush. It was the perfect spot for the month of romance -- LA style!


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SF: Project One

TIPS1.27.10 | Project One -- A new decade dawned, and TIPS continued to shake things up. We threw our monthly bash at an art gallery / dance space with trappings guaranteed to start the 2010s off with a jolt: eye-popping 3-D paintings, multimedia art installations, and a massive dance floor. What's more, we had drink specials all night (think Soju-infused pink lemonade and a half dozen variations on mojitos). It was the perfect way to trade stories with your fellow young alums about Christmas bonuses wasted and New Year's resolutions broken.

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DC: Local 16

TIPS1.21.10 | Local 16 -- We at TIPS knew that the advent of this new decade was going to be unsettling in all sorts of ways: For starters, we didn't even have a name for previous decade; and once we did, VH1 was going to start paying tribute to it with all manner of nostalgic fluff. Nobody needed that right now. So as a palliative against all this tumult, TIPS kicked off 2010 at the most soothing place we could find: Local 16. It's for locals. They use local veggies and meats in their appetizers. And they've got the best zen-inspiring roof garden in the city. We all took a load off after our holiday travels and came to a place where we felt like a local.


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NYC: La Pomme

TIPS1.20.10 | La Pomme -- The dawning of a new decade offered plenty of opportunities for re-invention: new fads, new haunts, new friends. We changed up all three at TIPS' first party of 2010. We held court at La Pomme, the brand-spanking-new Chelsea club that sports edgy, avant-garde art and thrilling sonic soundscapes. We sampled the new space while tossing back a few cocktails with some new friends. New York keeps re-inventing itself; and you did, too! Click on any of the thumbnails below to launch a photo slideshow.

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LA: h.wood

TIPS1.13.10 | h.wood -- It was the dawn of a new decade in Los Angeles -- a time to actually follow through on your New Year's resolutions: to be more social; venture out beyond your neighborhood; maybe go to a bar with a strangely punctuated name.

For all those options, at least, TIPS had you covered. We kicked off the 2010s at h.wood -- a laid-back Hollywood bar whose old-school leather couches and retro decor lend themselves to organic social lubrication. Perfect for meeting some new friends in a new decade and a new frame of mind. TIPS set the scene. Following through on the resolutions is up to you. Click on any of the thumbnails below to launch a photo slideshow.


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DC: The Reserve

TIPS12.16.09 | The Reserve -- You know how every new frat bar on M street calls itself a "lounge" -- just because it doesn't have stale peanuts and a neon Miller High Life sign? Yeah, that annoys us, too. That's why we selected an ACTUAL lounge as the venue of this month's TIPS party: The Reserve. We geared up for the holiday-season madness by LOUNGING with our fellow young alumni in style and comfort. We then indulged in the holiday fun with alumni friends new and old, enjoying holiday drink specials, laughs, and one of the Reserve's beautiful wine flights.


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NYC: Greenhouse

TIPS12.14.09 | Greenhouse -- We kicked off the holiday season by giving a little something back: No, we didn't return our bonuses. Instead, we gave something back to Mother Earth -- by reveling at Greenhouse, New York City's first green night club. The banging sound system was powered by wind-powered electricity; the eye-popping visual displays were made from LEDs, the staff's outfits were fashioned out of eco-friendly material made by Bono's wife. Here, every cocktail you buy was a vote for a greener future. Click on any of the thumbnails below to launch a photo slideshow.

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SF: The Parlor

TIPS12.09.09 | The Parlor -- We kicked it with our friends while kicking back some aid to those in need -- by coming on out for The Ivy Plus Society Holiday Benefit Party. All proceeds benefited Youth and Family Enrichment Services, a regional nonprofit that helps children, youths and adults build life skills and attain self-sufficiency. Knowing that our door fee went to a good cause made the yummy desserts taste even better. And if the recession had us mumbling a bit of 'bah, humbug,' this was just the thing we needed to kick our better instincts into gear. Click on any of the thumbnails below to launch a photo slideshow.

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LA:Holiday Penthouse

TIPS12.05.09 | LA Holiday Penthouse -- We broke out our jingle bells, mistletoe, and holiday cheer for our most fabulous holiday party yet.

Our penthouse venue was the crown jewel at Evo – downtown’s hottest new loft development. Our home for the night was the lavish penthouse suite with breath-taking 360-degree panoramic views of the downtown city skyline and LA Live (only two blocks away). This penthouse was AMAZING. Marble, polished concrete, a huge outdoor deck, soaring ceilings, stunning views…. And it was all ours for the night.

We brought in professional set decorators to transform the Penthouse halls into our winter wonderland. DJ'd music and a dedicated dance space kept the party rocking, and holiday games & activities added to the holiday cheer. Click on any of the thumbnails below to launch a photo slideshow.

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DC: George

TIPS11.19.09 | George -- For The Ivy Plus Society's second Washington DC young alum party, we spun the night away at Georgetown's newest exclusive hot spot: George. Over 300 people turned out for the Georgetown bash, enjoying each other's company with free appetizers and drink specials all night long.





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NYC: Cain Luxe

TIPS11.19.09 | Cain Luxe -- We know, we know: It was freakishly cold this month. Leaving your apartment was like gearing up for Everest base camp without a sherpa. But TIPS provided refuge in Africa – errr, an African-themed club, that is. We de-thawed with our fellow alumni at Cain Luxe, the closest you can get to a savannah on the far west side in November.
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LA:Bar Marmont

TIPS11.11.09 | Bar Marmont -- It was a sell-out crowd for our most popular event of the year: The TIPS soiree at Bar Marmont -- the classic-yet-trendy cocktail lounge at the fabled Chateau Marmont Hotel. From Howard Hughes to Jim Morrison to Lindsay Lohan, the Marmont has played host to the desperate-to-be-seen and those wishing to remain unseen. And unless you belong to the latter category, you'll probably find yourself in our photo set for the night -- which you can access by clicking on any of the thumbnails below!

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Taverna Aventine

TIPS10.24.09 | Taverna Aventine -- With the city’s economy starting to show some spunk again, there was no better time to party it up at a Gold Rush-era pleasure den. For our October event, TIPS reveled at Taverna Aventine, a Barbary Coast-inspired social club that took the edge off any of our lingering economic woes — at least for a night. We joined our fellow alumni for a romp through San Francisco’s nautical history and soaked up old world stylings while sipping on classic cocktails.


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NYC: The Griffin

TIPS 10.21.09 | The Griffin -- In New York, the return of autumn -- and the return of the well-heeled from the Hamptons -- usually means a return to job hiring. Maybe not so much this year. But look on the bright side: there's a great new word making the rounds that’s turning unemployment on its head: funemployment. It means having a good time with your down time. We had a chance to try it out on your fellow young alumni at the October TIPS party at The Griffin. And if that didn't work, we could always paraphrase Homer Simpson as we raise a toast: "To Wall Street: The cause of, and solution to, all life’s problems." Click on any of the thumbnails below to launch the slideshow!

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DC: Lux Lounge

TIPS10.16.09 | Lux Lounge-- In spite of the rain, over 450 DC young alums turned out in full force to celebrate the launch of our DC TIPS chapter with our inaugural event at Lux Lounge.
 
We celebrated with dessert and Ivy cocktails, hit the dance floor, and cocktailed the connecting night away.  Smiles and laughs filled the TIPS DC night as we toasted friends, new and old.  If you joined the fun, click on any of the thumbnails below to find your smile amidst the revelry.  If you missed out, check out the fun and hope to catch you next month at Georges for Round Two!

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LA: Rush Street

TIPS10.14.09 | Rush Street -- For our October TIPS event, we headed to the spot that made Culver City cool again. That’s right: We used “Culver City” and “cool” in the same sentence. Skeptical? Then check out these pictures of your fellow young alumni at Rush Street, and we think you’ll agree. Not only did we canoodle on the outdoor deck, we gave a few spins around the tantalizing surprise smack dab in the middle of the upstairs lounge -- conjuring memories of ‘swinging’ college parties of yore. It was a great way to shake off those post-summer blues. Click on the thumbnails below to see all the pictures!

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NYC: The Gates

TIPS 9.29.09 | The Gates -- Just about every university has a famous gate somewhere on campus, so it seemed apt that this September, TIPS invited you to pass through The Gates and head back to school to mix and connect with Ivy Plus young alums.  Through The Gates, we found an evening of connecting, conversation, (and of course cocktails) with a group of dynamic Ivy Plus peers. Click on the thumbnails below to see all the pictures!

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SF: Melt

TIPS 9.24.09 | Melt -- For our September party, we headed to Palo Alto for some fab Silicon Valley networking and connecting. We had a terrific turnout at our first Silicon Valley party in June and had an even bigger group this time -- full of VC execs, entrepreneurs, other business/tech leaders, and, most importantly, just a group of fun, fabulous folks! Click on the thumbnails below to launch the slideshow!

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LA: The Standard

TIPS 9.22.09 | LA: The Standard -- For our September TIPS party, we headed back to school -- on the pool deck of the ever-chic Standard Hotel on Sunset. We soaked up the last rays of summer sunshine while sporting prep school girl/boy attitude.  Ladies donned plaid headbands, scarfs, skirts and knee socks, etc.  Gentleman wore Burberry, polo shirts, plaid ties, penny loafers and blazers.  Many of our revelers kept with the scholarly theme of the night by striking extra-studious poses in our pictures.  Click on any of the thumbnails below to launch the slideshow of the night's preppy fun!

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SF: Matrix

TIPS 8.28.09 | SF: Matrix -- TIPS finally made it out to the Marina on Friday to the classic haunt, Matrix.  Matrix has been hot for some time and did not disappoint. The low mood lighting, the fashionable crowd (that’s you!) and the great drink specials kept the party rocking in to the night.  Click on the thumbnails below to launch the slideshow of the night’s fun.


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NY: The Hotel Gansevoort

TIPS8.24.09 | The Hotel Gansevoort -- For our August TIPS party, we headed skyward and turned our faces up to the cool breezes streaming over the Gansevoort’s roof deck bar and lounge. There was no better way to slip into the week than a rooftop cocktail and some connecting with our favorite Ivy Plus alums – new and old. Whether you were there to network your way to a new date, job, or deal – or just coming to soak up the NYC skyline and share a laugh with our old school friends – hopefully this gorgeous setting did you right.


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LA: Shangri-La Pool Party

TIPS8.16.09 | LA: Shangri-La Pool Party -- Ladies donned their cutest bikinis and gents sported their darkest shades at Santa Monica’s hottest new summer destination: the Shangri-la Pool. Amidst a backdrop of tanned friends, fruity cocktails and bouncing beach balls, we splashed it up during a classic Southern California afternoon. Click on the thumbnails below to launch the slideshow of the afternoon’s smiles. 


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SF: Enrico's

TIPS7.23.09 | Enrico's -- The TIPS summer line up continued at the classic SF haunt, Enrico’s. On a cool summer night, TIPsters mingled and warmed up inside with stiff drinks and yummy nibbles. Out on the patio under the heat lamps was a good spot for intimate conversations.  Click on the photos below to check out all of the beautiful and talented TIPSers.


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NY: The Park

TIPS7.22.09 | The Park -- The TIPS fun continued this July with our play date at The Park Penthouse. Alumni friends new and old enjoyed the rooftop views over cocktails while making new connections and scattering cards hither-and-thither around the July night.  Perhaps the party brought you a new partner, capital source, date, or friend… but at the very least, we hope it delivered smiles, laughs, and a chance to show off those fab new (shoes/cards/jacket/pick-up lines…).  Click on the thumbnails below to launch the slideshow of the night’s smiles. 

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LA: Crown Bar

TIPS7.16.09 | Crown Bar -- TIPS summer nights continued this month at Crown Bar with another laughing, smiling night. School may be out for summer, but all our fave, fun alums were still in session for summer cocktails on the patio and chandeliered booths inside.  We heard from a few star-crossed lovers looking for the digits of lads & ladies who had escaped before cards were exchanged (don’t worry, we would never release info)… so we know there were at least a few cxns stirring in the house that night.   Next time, make sure to “close” before the pumpkin hour arrives. Click on the thumbnails below to launch a slideshow of event smiles!

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SF: W Hotel

TIPS6.25.09 | W Hotel -- Summer has arrived and it was time to celebrate at the W Hotel with our favorite TIPS crew. Sophisticated and slick, hip and modern, the W was the perfect place to mingle, enjoy the summer night and drink some fruity drinks. Click on the photos below to check out all of the beautiful and talented TIPSers.


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NY: Maritime Hotel

TIPS6.23.09 | Maritime Hotel -- The Maritime Hotel Cabanas were the perfect setting for a night of networking-mingling-laughing-cocktailing – aka, a signature TIPS night.  NYC alums filled the summer night with smiles matching the venue’s tropical-themed, open-air easy-breezy feel.  Any good stories from the night?  Fabulous connections, dates, gossip-worthy ‘Spotted!’ moments?  Email us with your fave tales from the night.  Click on the thumbnails below to see the rest of the night’s pearly whites and see you next month at The Park!

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LA: Sky Bar

TIPS6.16.09 | Sky Bar -- Hello Summer! We melted into summer with sunset cocktails at the ever-classic Sky Bar. We took advantage of the onset of balmy summer nights poolside overlooking Sky Bar’s famed City views.  Perfect setting for a perfect night with lovely friends.  Click on the thumbnails below to check out all the night’s flashing smiles.


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SF: Four Seasons- Palo Alto

TIPS6.11.09 | Four Seasons -- Poolside cocktails at the Four Seasons in Silicon Valley was the perfect midweek networking break. With the sun shining and the drinks flowing, our first Silicon Valley event was the perfect way to kick off the summer season.
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LA: Coco deVille

TIPS05.27.09 | Coco deVille -- Hovering between spring and summer, we danced our way out of one warm, breezy season and into the next blazing LA summer. Coco definitely lived up to its hype as ultra-fabulous and super swank (just like you TIPS-ers). Citysearch says “Enter this basement bar and lounge underneath STK, and you might feel as though you've stumbled down Wonderland's rabbit hole--except it's populated with Hollywood glitterati instead of the White Rabbit and company. The psychedelic, Pucci-esque decor is a kaleidoscope of colors, laced with a mishmash of bold prints in shocking pink and electric blue that enhance the intimate spot's kitschy look.”  And we like our TIPS glitterati even better than the usual Hollywood froo-froo which usually fill this hot spot!  So, until next time TIPSers, enjoy the free goodies in your gift bags courtesy of Beautyfix.com and click on the thumbnails below to check out the flirting-laughing-connecting-digit exchanging of the night.

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NYC: Kiss and Fly

TIPS05.20.09 | Kiss and Fly -- Thanks for making our NYC TIPS Launch Party such a success!  The inaugural TIPS NYC class is definitely headed for a fun season.  500 fabulous Ivy Plus Society alums turned out to cocktail-network-laugh the night away at the Meatpacking's latest star: Kiss and Fly.  Disco balls bobbed, digits flew, cards were exchanged, and the first TIPS NYC night zoomed by.  Thanks to Beautyfix.com for supplying the brimming party favors for the night.  Click on any of the thumbnails below to check out the smiles of the night in our event pics slideshow.  Look forward to catching everyone at our next party at the Maritime Cabanas! 

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SF: Harlot

TIPS4.23.09 | Harlot -- We chased away the economic blues at Harlot, a sublime SOMA haunt that wowed us with its fantastic drinks and intoxicating 16-foot ceilings. Another laughing, shining TIPS night. Check out all the fabulous TIPSsters by clicking on the thumbnails below to launch the slideshow of event pics.


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LA: Green Door

TIPS4.21.09 | Green Door -- For our April young alum playdate, we were off to Hollywood to go frolic at Green Door, a gem on the Hollywood nightlife scene.  What were we celebrating this month?  How about…with all this depression talk, since we’re not there yet, we decided to go for a spree and party like it’s still the Jazz Age ‘20s.  Behind this very special Hollywood Green Door, we found a living room and outdoor patio right out of an 18th c. French Chateau bubbling over with the laughter of LALA TIPSers...

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SF: Supper Club

TIPS3.27.09 | Supper Club-- We said Supper Club needed to be experienced and what an experience it was. For our March TIPS event, we slipped into Spring amidst the disco balls, the performance shows (opera anyone?), groovy music and all of our favorite TIPS alums. Check out all the night's fun by clicking on the thumbnails below to launch the slideshow of event pics.

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LA: Cabana Club

TIPS3.18.09 | Cabana Club -- March took us to Cabana Club to chase away the spring showers with a March martini or 3 at our favorite tropical Hollywood retreat.  Palm trees swayed, TIPS-ers gabbed, drinks were had, and the spring night flew by.  Check out all the night's smiles by clicking on the thumbnails below to launch the slideshow of event pics.

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LA: Saturday Pre-Party at Studio BeautyMix at Fred Segal

TIPS3.7.09 | Fred Segal -- Saturday night got off to a beautiful start with our Studio BeautyMix Fred Segal pre-party in Santa Monica.  Huge thanks to Charlie Perer and all the Studio staff for making this event happen!  Barefoot Wine kept the sparkling drinks flowing as party guests worked with a host of professional artists offering complimentary make-overs, hair styling, facials, hand massage, and more.  Chocolates, pastries and cookies kept the munchies at bay, we let the music play, and made our way out for Saturday night armed with fab make-overs and all the latest beauty trends.  Gift bags for all made for a great start to the weekend – who doesn’t love freebies when the economic sky is falling outside?  And, ladies, Wow!  You all looked gorgeous!  (guys too, but you don’t really want to be called gorgeous do you?) Response to this event was huge – tickets sold out in less than a week – so we’ll try to plan another one soon, promise!  Click on the thumbnails below to check out the rest of the event photos.

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SF: Station House

TIPS2.28.09 | Station House -- For our February party, we rocked Station House – a fantastic, private venue that we had all to ourselves. Shimmering walls of lights and art, fantastic music, yummy cocktails, helped us kick off a great Friday night. Click on the photos below to check out all of the beautiful and talented TIPS friends.


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LA: Valentine's at Stone Rose

TIPS2.10.09 | Stone Rose-- Roses are red, violets are blue, I went to a fancy school, how ‘bout you?  For February – month of romance, love, and all things red, pink, and mushy, we hit up Rande Gerber’s Stone Rose Bar at the Sofitel. Did anyone find their Mr./Ms. Right, Right-Now, or All-Right, You’ll Do for Now?  Definitely looked like there were some pairings in the air… Thanks to Sweet Riot, we had deep, dark chocolate flowing all night long, so one way or another, there was a bit of sugar for everyone.  Click on the photos below to check out the rest of the night’s matchings.

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SF: 111 Minna Gallery

TIPS1.29.09 | 111 Minna Gallery -- This month we shook off the post holiday winter blues and kicked 2009 into high gear with our favorite TIPsters. 111 Minna with its thought provoking art this gallery/bar/lounge was the perfect place to get our conversation on. Can't wait to see everyone next month. Click below for more pictures.


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LA: Les Deux

TIPS1.7.09 | Les Deux-- Les Deux definitely left us with a new fave TIPS party-base! With its gorgeous outdoor living room dripping in red light, Les Deux was the perfect spot for TIPSers to get together to usher in 2009. No post-holiday-party-season-depression for this bubbling crowd. We gotta agree with the LA Times who says “the nostalgia here is so now. The scene could be 1920s Paris except for all the young Hollywood royals who are making it… Maybe the reason Christina Aguilera, the Hilton sisters, Joaquin Phoenix and Eva Longoria are repeat customers is the succulent lighting. Even a toad would look handsome at Les Deux, but more than likely, you'll be meeting princes and princesses.” So... anyone have any tails of prince or princess meetings? Do tell. We're always happy to publish any good party gossip/ tales in our recaps, so send us anything story-worthy for next time: events@ivyplussociety.org.

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LA- Holiday Party at James Gray Gallery

TIPS12.13.08 | James Gray Gallery --Ho! Ho! Holiday Party! Our Holiday Party Night brimmed with mistletoe, sparkling cocktails, melting chocolate, stunning art, and even more stunning young alums. Bullet-Proof Gentleman and Shimmering Ladies: y’all clean up very well!…LA needs more excuses to turn out satiny cocktail dressed ladies and sharp jacketed boys! Thanks to budding flower design superstar (‘scuse the pun, couldn’t resist) Stephanie Jones (Yale ’00), the gallery was decorated with gorgeous flowers… and of course the TIPSers in the house took care of decorating the night with laughing smiles and holiday cheer. Special thanks to Red Bull, Fulfilled Pastries, Barefoot Wine, and Sweet Riot Chocolate for helping to fuel our holiday fun! Merry Holidays to All and Look forward to dancing through many more TIPS nights together in 2009!

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SF- Ho! Ho! Holiday Celebration

TIPS12.06.08 | Martin Lawrence Gallery -- We joined our favorite young alum friends and filled the night with young alum spirit and holiday cheer – along with fabulous libations from Foggy Bridge and Barefoot wine. Red Bull kept our energy up as we enjoyed a wonderful night among iconic art from Martin Lawrence gallery. See you next month at 111 Minna.

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Sky Bar – West Hollywood

Kress10.28.08 | Sky Bar -- This month, we went for one more Sky Bar Dance before the year ends…  As usual, Sky Bar did not disappoint.  The party was absolutely brimming with 400 fabulous young alums and enough gorgeous views and peops to go around for all.  We had the entire place all to our special selves, making for a smashing Sunset night to remember.  Skybar, with its open air, ivy-covered pavilion perched above the Pool and Outdoor Living Room, has been one of LA's hottest nightspots from the day it opened.  With its simple tin roof, rustic log beams and “schoolhouse” style wood furniture, it appears to almost float in the clouds, boasting some of the finest views around.  We vote this as our all-time fave venue to date.  What do you think?  Well, until next time, Take Care Sky Bar.  See you in ’09! 

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Saturday Night Live - SF

Kress10.28.08 | Roe -- We mixed it up in November and rocked the upstairs VIP lounge on Saturday with our favorite TIPsters.  We mingled, we flirted (you know who you are), we danced and cocktailed the night away and hopefully everyone was able to sleep in on Sunday. Can't wait to see everyone at our Holiday Party on December 6, 2008. Click below for more pictures.



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PaliHouse: LA

Kress10.21.08 | PaliHouse -- Let’s see…what was our excuse for partying on a school-night this month?  How about…we were either laid off (so we had no excuse not to take advantage of our new-found ability to sleep-in on Wednesday morning) or we have not been laid off (so we had to come out to celebrate the fact that we still have jobs and buy drinks for all our unemployed friends).  Either way, it made for another fabulous TIPS-y night.  PaliHouse lived up to its promise as a new gem on the West Hollywood scene.  Daily Candy calls it “a modern, rustic nod to the New Orleans French Quarter.”  Whatever.  It’s pretty; you’re pretty.  Fun night.  See ya next month!



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Octoberfest- San Francisco

Kress10.16.08 | Apartment 24 -- At our October party, we celebrated this delicious time of year at Apartment 24. We uncorked some October spirit and had a great time meeting new friends, reconnecting with former classmates and dancing the night away. See you next month at Roe.



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Back to School at Kress

Kress09.30.08 | Kress -- We kicked off the fall with a killer Back to School Party on the rooftop of Hollywood’s hottest club of the moment - Kress. Just a few friends…about 500 at final count. Summer may be over, but this being LA - land of eternal summer and perfect weather and all – we enjoyed a balmy Hollywood night with perfect rooftop breezes and cocktails. The LA Times called Kress “Hollywood’s night life crown jewel” and we can see why. Gorgeous setting for all you gorgeous LA Ivy Plus alums. Check out all the photos from the night’s fun by clicking on any of the thumbnails below.

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S.F. Back to School Young Alum Party

Roe09.25.08 | Bubble Lounge -- In September, TIPS headed back to school with all of our favorite alumni friends. At Bubble Lounge, we renewed old school connections and made some new ones for the Fall. The champagne was flowing and we kept swaying to the groovy 80's tunes another fabulous TIPS night.

 


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Summer Heat at Roe

Roe08.20.08 | Roe -- TIPS closed out summer with a bang at our Summer Heat event at Roe's exclusive upstairs VIP lounge.  With plush couches, yummy sushi and the smooth music mixes of DJ Migz, we laughed, danced and drank the night away.

 


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Summer at the Tropicana

IMG_901308.20.08 | Tropicana -- TIPS kept our summer celebrations in full swing and headed to the Tropicana Bar at the infamous Roosevelt hotel for an evening of poolside play. This remains one of the hottest venues in town and a favorite of TIPS alums.  We packed the place with 300+ coeds and basked in the laid-back Hollywood glamour of the poolside bar. Shining lights illuminated fluttering palm-tree branches and TIPS alums filled the cozy, fireside outdoor den.  P.S. who saw Marilyn Manson?  The DJ that kicked up at 9 is in his band; guess he came down to say hello.  Not our usual TIPS guest, but hey, we're a welcoming bunch...

 


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Sky Bar Poolside Play Date

DSC0068508.10.08 | Sky Bar-- We laughed away the summer heat and cooled down in Sky Bar’s pool with the City of Angels floating away beneath the Mondrian’s killer views. Another day breezed by with all our favorite Ivy Plus coeds.  Mojitos in hand, the scent of coconut sun-block in the air, and a splashing day swam by.

 


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Summer Nights on Sunset

Bar Marmont07.30.08 | Bar Marmont -- TIPS summer nights on Sunset continued with July’s Ivy Plus young alumni party at Bar Marmont, aka “Chateau Marmont’s sexy, sinister sister.” This party was too fabulous for its own britches, overflowing Bar Marmont and filling the place to brimming. Thanks to all for bringing your go-with-the-flow party spirit to the night and turning lemons to lemon drops. One more evening sip-swig-swilled away with laughing friends, old and new.


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Going Royal

Winstons07.24.08 | The Ambassador -- TIPS went royal in July at The Ambassador, a seductive haunt in the Tenderloin. With its black leather booths, twinkling chandeliers, retro rotary phones in each booth and yummy cocktails, The Ambassador was the perfect destination for another cocktailing-lounging-flirting-laughing and connecting TIPS night.


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June Bloom

Winstons06.19.2008 | Otis-- To kick off the official start of the summer season, TIPS headed to Otis, a sexy hidden gem in the heart of Union Square. Otis was the perfect locale for catching up with friends and making new connections. DJ Migz kept the party hopping until late in the night as we TIPed the night away.


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Destination: Tinseltown

Winstons06.17.2008 | Winstons-- Blooming into June, we headed to Winston’s to spend a night dallying at a modern classic on the Hollywood scene. TIPS-ers brought their charm, dazzling good looks, brilliant openers, clever yet subtle humor, and winning smiles (oh! almost forgot: and their-ever-so-becoming humility). Another laughing TIPS summer night.

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!May Day! Mixer

Purple Lounge05.28.2008 | S Bar -- For our May young alum mixer, we were off to Hollywood to frolic at SBE’s latest foray into all things hot in LA nightlife: S Bar.  LA.com croons:  “Further pioneering and refining the nightlife milieu, SBE and Philippe Starck are an unstoppable force with their latest collaboration, S Bar…. Groups of S Bar-hoppers are seated in mismatched chairs at a giant white cross-shaped table to maximize the socializing and minimize the pretentiousness.  Wall-sized canvases with photos by French photographer Patrick Tourneboeuf frame the whimsical room lit by colorful upside-down lamps.  And if that isn't trippy enough, Alice in Wonderland (and other choice movies) are playing on a TV in the bathroom…on the ceiling.  Hmmm, no one really knows what the S in S Bar stands for, so let's just pretend it stands for Superfabulous – because that's exactly what it is.”  After our super-fabulous party-filled-S Bar night, we agree!

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San Francisco Launch Party

Purple Lounge05.01.2008 | APARTMENT 24 -- The night was warm, the music was rockin' and 250 of our favorite young alums were partying at the San Francisco TIPS Launch Party at Apartment 24 in North Beach. This classic retro-chic bar with its wild metallic wallpaper and zebra wood bar was the perfect setting for a laughing-cocktailing- connecting night.

 

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Sky Bar Spring Fever

Purple Lounge04.22.2008 | SKYBAR -- Spring Fever carried us to Sky Bar for a frolicking night with our favorite alumni friends. The sun sparkled on the pool until sunset brought out the sparkling city lights below. We had the pool deck and upper ivy-covered pavilion all to ourselves, making this a classic Sunset night to remember. The classic, famed Skybar, with its open air, poolside outdoor living room, was the perfect match for all you fabulous TIPS-ies. Definitely one of our best parties yet. Stay tuned for more Sky Bar sprees to come.

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March Mixer

Purple Lounge03.27.2008 | SEVEN -- For our March young alum mixer, we were off to WeHo to fill our night with as many of the 7 deadly sins as we could at the nightspot du jour:
S E V E N. Luxuria (extravagance/lust), Gula (gluttony), Avaritia (greed), Acedia (sloth), Ira (wrath), Invidia (envy), and Superbia (pride) – we collected ‘em all. Entering, S e v e n you pass through a narrow corridor lined with river rock and into a design sanctuary of raw woods, candlelit lighting and stone accents. This revitalized former Belly spot was the perfect place to lounge on the leather benches, linger in the sunken booths, dance a bit in the main room, or flutter outside on one of the two patios.t.

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Falcon February

Purple Lounge02.25.2007 | FALCON -- For this red-hot red month, TIPS took over Falcon, a sleek art deco oasis in Hollywood. Falcon, named after Falcon Lair - the luxurious retreat of film star Rudolph Valentino - with its enclosed outdoor patio and yummy food, was the perfect place for a night of sparkling-laughing-people-watching-cocktailing-connecting under the moon and stars. When the bar got packed, the fun tumbled outside to the patio, leaving the big bonfire to illuminate the tipping smiles of the night.

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2008 Kick-Off Party

Purple Lounge01.31.2007 | THE STANDARD -- We kicked off the New Year with friends - new and old - and played the night away at Purple Lounge, an intimate club tucked away in The Standard Hotel on Sunset.

London Times calls Purple "the place to be seen," while In Style dubs it "playground to the beautiful people." Naturally, we fit right in.

Music thumped, boys and girls bumped, and another buzzing night TIPed away.

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Mistletoe & Cocktails

Mistletoe and Cocktails 200712.15.2007 | WILLIAM TURNER GALLERY -- Never one to miss the chance to throw a fabulous party, The Ivy Plus Society celebrated the holiday season with a mistletoe-filled night of cocktails, dessert, art, & music. At December’s holiday celebration, young alums donned their holiday finest and decorated the night with laughs, running to (and occasionally from) the mistletoe.

We filled the night with cheer and champagne at the William Turner Gallery at Bergamot Station - a former trolley station which has been transformed into one of LA’s most famous and unique arts complexes. The gallery featured an exhibition by Curtis Ripley Nocturnes & Preludes. Click here for a re-cap of the exhibition.

Cheers to a *Sparkling* Night!

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Downtown Mixer

Seven Grand11.13.2007 | SEVEN GRAND -- November took us to a Downtown Bar dispensing Uptown Booze, where we tapped the blooming but still edgy downtown scene. This dark, chocolately hunting lodge is definitely one of the sexier venues we have landed.

LA Weekly noted that “There is definitely a bookish, masculine vibe to the place...the kind of joint you'd find in Fitzgerald, Hemingway, or Miller (Henry, not Arthur)... a great place to drink bourbon, puff on a cigar and pretend to be in an imaginary boys club. Even if you're a girl.”

We found all this & more to be true and 200+ TIPS cats grooved the night away, swigging whiskey & wine beneath the watchful gaze of the stuffed jack-a-lopes on the wall. Somewhere in the deep, dark booths, ringed by the Scotish plaid, chandeliers glinting above the velvet green of the pool tables, surely secrets were exchanged and promises made. Live jazz giving the night a smooth finish and sending us off into the quiet, still downtown night on the notes of a sax.

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Octoberfest

holly's west10.22.2007 | HOLLY'S WEST -- October – that time of year where even adults are allowed to play dress-up and let their fantasies run wild. We bottled up a bit of that October spirit hit Holly’s West. We had the entire club to ourselves, so we have no one but ourselves to blame (or credit) for the scandalous behavior... and perhaps whatever Halloween spooks may have been hanging about.

 

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Trends in Television Panel


10.27.2007 | FOX STUDIOS -- How will TV content be created and distributed?

October 23, 2007
7 PM Networking, 7:30 PM Panel

Fox Studios - Zanuck Theatre, Century City

The Chairman and CEO of Fox has said that the last few years have been "the most revolutionary period in the history of mass media." TiVo, YouTube, user-generated sites, and Internet distribution are just a few examples of the ways that audiences receive content have changed. How will new technologies change the television broadcast model? Where are new sources of content going to come from (Geico’s cavemen, comic books)? What type of content do audiences want to watch and what are the networks buying? How do the networks build an audience for TV content across platforms?

The Ivy Plus Society, IVY Entertainment, and Yale in Hollywood discussed all this and more at the Trends in Television Panel.

Big thanks to our distinguished panelists who included:

Gary Newman President,
20th Century Fox Television
(Yale)

Jesse Alexander
Co-Exec Producer on Heroes, LOST; Exec Producer on Alias
(Sarah Lawrence)

Jordan Levin
CEO of Generate, mulit-platform dist; Former CEO, WB
(UT-Austin)

Gail Katz
Exec Producer, Cashmere Mafia ABC, w.Lucy Liu
(Yale)

Mark Goffman
Supervising Prod, Law and Order SVU; Producer Studio 60, West Wing
(Harvard)

Moderator: Julia Boorstin
CNBC's media and entertainment reporter working from CNBC's Los Angeles Bureau
(Princeton)

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Bar Marmont

marmont09.24.2007 | BAR MARMONT -- We kicked off the fall season with September’s Ivy Plus young alumni party at Bar Marmont, aka “Chateau Marmont’s sexy, sinister sister.” The cocktailing-lounging-flirting-laughing continued deep into the night (er... morning) until we were finally kicked out around 2 AM. Nothing like an evening of vodka & cigarettes to start the week off right!

Beneath the butterfly-flecked ceiling (does anyone else find that a little creepy?), tucked into a red-leather booth, digits were exchanged, deals were closed, and dubious propositions were surely made...

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