Fashion Designer Stephania Ayiotou of Steffi Crown
Beverly Hills, CA- I began my weekend, on an unseasonably warm California winter's day, with an exciting visit to DPA's pre-Golden Globes gift lounge atop Beverly Hill's Luxe Hotel. My eye was immediately drawn to the exotic prints of Los Angeles designer Eva Varro's display. Celebrities and Golden Globes presenters could choose from a vast selection of wash-and-wear tunics, dresses, jumpsuits and pants. Seeing the colorful and travel friendly designs made me want to throw a few garments in a duffle bag and high-tail it to St. Barths. One can dream.
After nibbling on a deliciously, cakey treat from Nibnobs Sweet Co. I had the good fortune of meeting the extremely talented designer and director Stephania Ayiotou who was showcasing her watercolor prints and avante garde dresses and bikinis from her line Steffi Crown. Ms. Ayiotou spends her time jetting between London, Cyprus and Los Angeles cultivating her creative projects. I suspect that we'll be seeing a lot of her in the near future.
Colorful prints from Eva Varro
Fur booties by Tecumseh
After fawning over the coziest booties from Canadian based brand Tecumseh, and admiring the jewels from Cecilie Melli, I was treated to an eye lash extension application by Padina Cosmetics. Padina Cosmetics president DiDi Mai Tamaki-Desmarais expertly applied a total of eighty individual lashes to my sparse lashes. It was a lengthy process but well worth the wait. She was there to promote Padina's Botanical Eyelash Conditioner which nourishes eyelashes with all natural, herbally and minerally infused ingredients.
Before and After lash extensions by Padina Cosmetics
Jewelry and Clothing Designer Cecilie Melli
GBK at L'Hermitage
Hayari Couture and Parfums
On Saturday I was wowed by the abundance of goodies at GBK'a celeb heavy gifting lounge which took place on the penthouse of the L'Hermitage hotel in Beverly Hills. Feeling festive, I started my adventure with a delightfully refreshing cocktail from Little Black Dress' new line of low-calorie, flavored vodkas. Flavors include Pineapple Honey (my fave), Blueberry Pomegranate and Black-Cherry Vanilla.
Next, I popped over to Air Pacific and resorts Vomo Fiji, Tadari Fiji and Yasawa Island's presentaton. Air Pacific was providing extremely lucky Golden Globe presenters and nominees with two roundtrip tickets from LA to Fiji.
Jewelry from The Artisan Group
After battling through a crowd of hungry attendees who had invaded Centerville Pie Co. to sample their Chicken Pie, I made my way over to grab some samples from eos Products. eos lip balms are 100% natural and certified organic and come in a number of flavors and colors.
I was delighted to see two of my favorite product lines take place at this year's gifting lounge; Glymed Plus Advanced Aesthetics and a new favorite, Macadamia Natural Oils. Let me be the first to say that Macadamia Natural Oils blows Wen and Morroccan Oil out of the water...no competition. Lookout for Luxlife Magazine's review of Macadamia Natural Oils.
Macadamia Natural Oil
On my way out I finally sampled Adult Chocolate Milk. The strong yet sweet taste was reminiscent of a White Russian. I think I'm a fan.
Booth Babe at Adult Chocolate Milk
Live Loyal PR at Confidential Beverly Hills
Celebrity Stylist Lindsay Albanese
Live Loyal PR put on the most festive gift lounge of them all at Confidential in Beverly Hills, complete with a DJ and a bar sponsored by Ciroc. The lounge was decadently decked out with white leather couches, red accents and an elegant baby grand piano. This was definitely the spot to be.
The Hospitality Suite
Camille Grammer trying Seduce Clothing, Rex Lee
Golden Globe nominees, presenters and lucky guests were treated to teeth whitening by Sherri Worth's Zoom System, hair styling by Joico's George Papanikolas and Mika Fowler, eye lash application by Makeup Mandy and manicures. Swag included Infinity Tanning products, Joico products, Repurpose, the Lady Footlocker VIP Program, OPI, Alberto Parada jewels worth $11,000 and dresses from Seduce Clothing.
Carmen Electra and Jamie Chung
Ali Fedotowsky, Lindsay Albanese and Shayne Lamas
MoFone's I-Phone Holder
Camille Grammer with Alberto Parada Jewels