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Me with a kitty

It’s that time of year again! Award season. I had the pleasure of attending the DPA Golden Globes Gift Lounge again held at the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills. In attendance were Billy Zane, Edie Falco, and Kate Flannery, to name a few. Sponsored by The Hollywood Reporter, this particular gift lounge is one of the most unique in the business and offers the most luxurious new products and services around. Producer of all the DPA Gift lounges around the world, Nathalie Dubois-Sissoko hosts gift lounges in Cannes, France, Venice, Italy and Dubai during their respective film festivals and cinema awards creating a timely momentum for the hottest and chicest stars to attend.

Kate Flannery

Kate Flannery

Starting with fashion wear, Brazilian designer, Barbara Bela and Canadian designer SODALISCIOUS showed off their formal evening-wear creations for women. Toronto’s Starkers! Corsetry had beautiful corsets on display, each made by hand and in a wide array of fabrics and patterns including one (my favorite) with golden bees upon hunter green. Worn by the likes of Eva Longoria-Parker and other ‘Desperate Housewives’, casual day dresses with a variety of prints and colors by EVA VARRO were also gifted. Tristan + Trista offered a more avant-garde style of clothing with very loosely knit dresses and a butter-soft leather jackets.


me with a Ginger McGann necklace

Punk-inspired jewelry with safety pins and pearls by Ginger McGann were on hand to compliment a bold dress. As well as, jewelry made with precious stones and sparkling Swarovski crystals by Micalla. Fantastic couture headbands with lighting bolts and Hawaiian flowers were gifted to guests by Geisha Fabulous. Diane von Fustenbourg sunglasses for MARCHON and leather bracelets by Royal Blush rounded out the swanky accessories that were given at DPA.

Nathalie DuBois-Sissoko with Edie Falco

Nathalie DuBois-Sissoko with Edie Falco

Tranquil and rejuvenating spa treatments and massages inside the three suites were provided by THE MASSAGE EXPRESS and New York City spa, SPHATIKA. Sphatika utilizes the elixir of quartz crystal in all their skin care products, rendering a pure, high quality and chemical-free product. Their ‘gold finish serum’ is a one of my favorites. A $1500 Natura Bisse skincare Diamond Collection gift box were given to special guests, as well as Kerstin Florian’s luxurious caviar line of skin care products. More beauty treatments were provided by Sisley cosmetics and Brazilian Blowout, a revolutionary, smoothing hair treatment at the Argyle Salon & Spa, used by the likes of Nicole Ritchie and Halle Berry. Tanya of B’Fly by Tanya gave me a wonderful manicure. She also does the new nail technique called Minx, which is a photocopy of any image, heat-transferred onto your nails for maximum wear and tear. I’m tempted to put my cat (Mr. Marmar) on my nails (seriously). If you are not sure about the new lash treatments available, then this breakthrough lash conditioner, MD Lash Factor, may be for you. Thicker and longer lashes without the harsh chemicals are at this brand’s core. Eyebrow artists from Beverly Hill’s Anastasia salon provided on-site eyebrow shaping and their own brand of mascara and brow gel.

me with Tanya of B'Fly by Tanya

me with Tanya of B'Fly by Tanya

Guests traveling to New York City must venture to Harlem for a new, experimental retailer called SWING. With exclusive items from around the world, you can find the very best and rare items from music to house-wares to accessories and kid’s clothes- all under on roof. For the superstitious, Good Luck Horseshoes showed off their unique gift of gold-plated horseshoes, as well as horseshoes in pink, baby blue, silver. I saw an engraved, gold-plated large horseshoe reserved for Robert Downey, Jr. and a large, gold horseshoe necklace fit for a rapper.

The ultimate gift at every DPA gift lounge is the complimentary, exotic escape to Tahiti, French Polynesia at LE TAHA’A private island and spa and the ST. REGIS BORA BORA. This gift was given to a very special guest, usually a nominee at The Golden Globe Awards.

In the wake of the tragic earthquake in Haiti, DPA gift lounge had set up collection boxes for the non- profit organization, Hollywood Unites for Haiti throughout the suites reminding us all of how lucky we are and how fragile life can be.

With impeccable taste for the luxurious, Nathalie DuBois-Sissoko of DPA has an eye for everything superb that attracts the biggest stars (Sharon Stone, Queen Latifah, Scarlet Johansson, and Catherine Deneuve, among others) with discernment.

Other products and refreshments were provided by STEAZ ICED TEAS, Cloud b, Kara Pilates, Brazilian Cabana Cachaca , St Germain, Bird Pick Tea, Roo tote bags, Garret Gourmet Popcorn, Me and Goji artisan cereal, Chokolinis (Austrian organic apple pieces covered with chocolate or yogurt), Volvic, Nature baby and Little Spoon desserts.

Check out this video I made of all the goodies! Click here if you can’t see it.

Photo credits: Kerstin Alm, Ariel Bisbee

My hair clips by PuppycatMeow

Wardrobe by Betsey Johnson

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Once again, I had the joy of attending the DPA Emmy’s 2009 Gifting Suite produced by Nathalie DuBois-Sissoko at the ritzy Peninsula Hotel in the heart of Beverly Hills, CA.

Me in my Envelope dress that Lilia Todd made for me

Me in my Envelope dress that Lilia Todd made for me with Simply Spray fabric paint

Founder, Nathalie DuBois-Sissoko creates a whole new distinct gifting experience tailored to the stars for each major award show and film festival around the world. She has hosted suites in Cannes, France, Venice, Italy and Dubai during their respective film festivals creating a timely momentum for the hottest and chicest stars to attend.

With over 42 brands for the Emmy’s suite, DPA gifting suites offer the newest and most unique products and services to celebrities, nominees and presenters for almost all the major entertainment Awards shows (Oscars, Golden Globes, Emmy’s among others). A few celebrities who attended this suite were Vanessa Williams, Angela Basset, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Beau Bridges, and Kate Flannery and more.


Angela Basset

Come with me into this fantasy suite and prepare to get relaxed, pampered and beautified…

Relaxation at the DPA gifting suite is part of the luxury package. Massages by THE MASSAGE EXPRESS were set up to get the tangles and twists out of the guests. For men only, FLOYD’S 99 BARBERSHOP offered grooming services right inside the suite. For the ladies and metrosexuals, high-toned manicures by NETTIE SCRUB were provided. The famous New York spa, SPHATIKA, offered in house treatments and the introduction of their sensational skincare line utilizing the elixir of quartz crystal.

Beautification is the cornerstone of the pampered. High definition makeup and skincare by Japan’s KohGenDo was available for guests wanting to experience makeup perfect for high definition TV and film. Those craving lush lashes, eyelash extensions were offered by LONG MI LASHES. For that womanly scent, ‘Jus d’amour’ by PARFUMS MERCEDES were gifted in fetching sterling silver bottles.

Of course, the beautification continues with adorning your body with jewels and garments. One-of-a-kind evening dresses by SODALISCIOUS, casual, slinky dresses by EVA VARRO, all had merchandise on hand ready to dress anyone at a moment’s notice. Other garments at the DPA suite included French underwear designer PULL-IN, ANNA KOSTUROVA’S sexy swimwear, whimsical English knitwear and crochet designer DOMAKAYA, German luxury hosiery FALKE, and CHARLOTTE TARANTOLA (be sure to check out her darling Disney collection). ENERGETIX offered healing magnet therapy jewelry and Canadian jewelry designer FEENIEBEADIE with beautiful Swarovski crystals, silver and semi precious stones. To keep the flashing bulbs from blinding you, grab a pair of MARCHON sunglasses – my favorite? The gorgeous multi colored PUCCI sunglasses.

Kate Flannery with Sodaliscous

Kate Flannery with Sodaliscous

For unwinding after the festivities included soft and supple silk loungewear and bedding by KUMI KOOKOON. This was incredibly stunning and exquisite. Hong Kong’s MingCha TEA gifted the most amazing ‘blossoming’ tea fit for royalty served by the most charming lady, Vivian Mak.

Guests traveling to New York City must venture to Harlem for a new, experimental retailer called SWING. With exclusive items from around the world, you can find the very best and rare items from music to house-wares to accessories- all under on roof.

The most coveted gift in the DPA suite (also a DPA staple) was a one week stay at the ultra-luxurious French Polynesian resort, PEARL RESORTS and LE TAHAA private island and ST. REGIS BORA BORA. The lucky recipients of this premier resort can enjoy the serene sun, crystal blue waters, and five star service and accommodations that will be memorable for a lifetime.

And with that, now you know all you need to do to feel relaxed, pampered and beautiful is a DPA gifting suite!

Other gifts were provided by Tsila, Green House Soy Company, Wooly Pockets, Dandelion, Napa Soap Company, and Calibowls. Pupperazi and BowHaus represented the pet gift bags. The men’s gift bags included feature Ravi wine cooler, tequila Clase Azul and William Neely perfumes. Two gift bags for celebrity babies were featured by Dandelion, the other one featured Cloud b and Babychix.Finally, a Pilates bag courtesy of Kara Pilates and a wellness bag produced by Exhale Spa rounded out the spectacular gifts.

Premium mineral water from Argentina Gota, Steaz organic and trade free ice teas, as well as Brazilian Cabana Cachaca and St Germain provided refreshments and cocktails. Also featured in the DPA gift lounge were Expressive Fortune cookies, Ice Pan ice cream, and Fling chocolates, Zengari tents, and Gilles Marini calendars.

photos: Kerstin Alm , Ariel Bisbee

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Nora Arzener

Think of the most glamorous celebrity gift suite in the most glamorous city in the world. You can’t help to think of the DPA gift suite titled 2009 ESPACE GLAMOUR CHIC® in Paris, France.   Nathalie Dubois-Sissoko once again dazzles us in her home country and in the City of Lights perfectly timed for the French equivalent of the OSCAR AWARDS® called the CESAR AWARDS®. The event took place at the historic, arc deco HOTEL NAPOLEON where classic French film legend, Jean Gabin shot many of his movies, and where stars like Josephine Baker, Audrey Hepburn, Errol Flynn, and Orson Welles once roamed the halls.


            This year’s suite boasted a wide variety of luxurious skincare for every skin type from cosmetic giant LANCOME, to DERMALOGICA – The Age Smart kit, to Demi Moore endorsed HELENA RUBENSTEIN skincare and makeup (not available in the US).  For the men, BIOTHERM HOMME provided skincare products. BENEDETTA, which means ‘blessed’ in Italian, blessed us with their with holistic skin care. BIO-SALINES, a French skincare brand that incorporates its products with the famed specialty salt, ESPRIT DU SEL, sprinkled the DPA gifting suite.  If the elixir of quartz crystal skincare was more your cup of tea, SPHATIKA shined the DPA gift suite. DANIELE de WINTER showcased her skincare from Monaco inspired by her father’s research and treatment of cancer patients. LE ROI SALOMON (for men) and LA SULTANE DE SABA (for women) took DPA guests on the voyage of the world through its unique skincare line. Artisan bath and soap product maker, LUSH, made DPA guests smell a little sweeter.


Frederique Bel

The Polaroid PoGo, a mobile printer in the palm of your hand (no shaking need) that connects to almost any digital camera or phone satisfied the tech savvy.  PULL-IN Underwear supplied the coverage of another kind for men and women. In the jewelry department, OH DIS LE MOI jewelry graced us with their modern, yet elegant jewelry line. More gifts were provided by  ASICS / Onitsuka Tiger (Tokidoki) sneakers that glow in the dark and tote. For the Rockers,  ETERNAL CLOTHING  gave us tattooed shirts and clothing. 


MARCHON eyewear is a DPA staple with eyewear from designers like Karl Lagerfeld and Fendi. NICOLE VAN DYKE brought back the 1950s and 1960s French style through her handbags and frocks. For the dedicated yoga followers, no wardrobe is complete without SPIRITUAL GANGSTER. PACK AND FLY provided useful and smart travel accessories for the jet set. Remember the days of supple kid leather gloves?  MAISON FABRE, founded in 1924, keeps that elegance alive.


Singer Helene Segara

With many gifting suites these days for every award show, DPA’s unique touch are the exotic travel trips that a lucky guest will receive. Whether it’s the HOTEL GUANAHANI and SPA at St. Barth, APAVOU HOTEL in Mauritius, PEARL RESORT AND SPA, or LE TAHAA ISLAND RESORT AND SPA the destination is sure to be like no other- exotic, relaxing and gorgeous. Look for more DPA gift suites around the world during film festivals and award shows or anywhere where celebrities might mingle. Be pampered!

Refreshments were provided by: TAO drinks, RON VARADERO liquor, WALDERS liquor, PARLIAMENT vodka. 

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