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me with an Eva Varro tunic

A cool dress by Nina Skarra

Kate Flannery with the President of Kusmi Tea

I attended the fantastic Emmy’s 2010 DPA Gifting Suite organized  by the talented Nathalie DuBois-Sissoko. It was a lovely summer day in Los Angeles and the gifting suite was outside on the patio of the Argyle Salon & Spa on Sunset Boulevard. Stars attending the Emmy Awards were pampered and gifted with the newest in luxury, fashion, beauty and food.

I started with a wonderful shoulder massage from The Massage Express , a traveling masseuse for any occasion and event. Then I had a bit of wonderful tea at Kusmi Tea, a company out of Paris that originated in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1867. Kusmi Tea comes in a variety of  high-quality flavors packed as teabags or loose teas. I really love the beautiful tin packaging, too. Yummy crepes were provided by Crepes Sans Frontieres, a mobile crepe maker available for any event. I overdosed on Nutella crepes  because they were so so good.

After I wiped the chocolate off my mouth, I made my way around the suite and checked out beautiful, vintage-inspire jewelry by RGK D’Zines,  a clean, sweet-scented perfume by Jus D’Amour Parfums, handbags by Paola Gragliatrendy and chic yoga-wear by Delano Wear,  beautiful bracelets by SwedArt embellished with pearls and buttons made from reindeer antlers. SwedArt gave me one in a what else, but … Pink!

My favorite panda, Lil Panda, was also at DPA’s gifting suite. I did a post a few weeks ago on the adorable panda known as Lil Panda. Stylish and hip dresses in slinky fabrics and colorful designs by  Eva Varro were gifted to the stars. I chose a Monet-like tunic that I can see myself wearing on a beach or during a day of shopping. Gorgeous couture gowns were offered to the Emmy nominees by Nina Skarra. Each gown had incredible detailing regarding the cut and style of the dress.

Chiaya showed their new line of versatile wraps that can go from the beach to a night out.  ChewyLou provided fun yoga-wear with inspiring words, like ‘hope’ and ‘give’.  Designer sunglasses were gifted by Marchon. A new character called Jizo and Chibi was unveiled at the suite featuring jewelry, hats, and even a children’s book called “Why A Fly?”. Timree Art showed their whimsical art on ceramic plates, bowls and canvas- all customized to you and your taste. They will even paint your soiree down to the detail of each guest so you can remember it forever and ever!

Luxury beauty line Natura Bisse gave away beauty products.The Argyle Salon & Spa offered their Brazilian Blowout favored by celebrities to all the nominees of the Emmy’s. It is a revolutionary  lasting hair treatment that smooths your hair and makes it full and healthy. A entire line of Brazilian Blowout products were gifted. A fragrant and unusual candle was offered by  Milena’s Boutique. It is an all-natural soy candle in different scents (my favorite is White Jasmine) that when melted can also be used as a moisturizer. It smells so amazing!

Several lucky stars received the DPA staple, a luxurious vacation at Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa. I wound down with a refreshing Steaz drink, a variety of flavors made with natural ingredients and green tea, and a scrumptious Millie’s Cheesecakes, hand-crafted, gourmet cheesecake bites in several wonderful flavors, like lemon. Luckily, they deliver nationwide for cheesecake fans. Speaking of delivery, Wholesome2go delivers healthy, organic foods in the Los Angeles area right to your door.

Also, included in the gift bags were Coca-Cola products, SmartWater, a DVD of Food Matters, and others.

It was a wonderful day at DPA’s gifting suite. Award season has officially begun! Until next time…



PS- Here is a video that I shot of the suite.

photos: Ariel Brisbee

My Hair: Puppycatmeow

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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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Sir Ian McKellen at DPA gifting suites



I had the pleasure and delight to attend the DPA Gifting Suite produced by Nathalie DuBois-Sissoko at the ritzy Peninsula Hotel in the heart of Beverly Hills, CA.


I have attended past DPA gifting suites for the Oscars, and Golden Globes in previous years and it seems every year it gets better and better. What makes DPA better than all the other gifting suites around town during awards season? It is DuBois-Sissoko’s attention to detail, most unique gifts and experiences and the magnitude of luxury that exudes from all of her suites throughout the year and throughout the world. She hosts 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.


This year’s Golden Globe suite boasted the whimsical, Austrian jewelry designer, HENRI J. SILLAM. His elegant creations included a delicious ruby encrusted, gold strawberry ring (my favorite!).  Some more fantastical pieces include a diamond and pearl encrusted swan, a deer necklace, frog brooches, and rhino rings all encrusted in rare and precious stones, like Black Diamonds, Green Persian Turquoise, and Lavender Jade. Some pieces at the suite were specially made for a special celebrity to wear on the Golden Globe red carpet.


me wearing a yummy Ruby and Gold Henri J. Sillam Strawberry ring

me wearing a yummy Ruby and Gold Henri J. Sillam Strawberry ring





Kate Flannery wears Henri J. Sillam

Kate Flannery wears Henri J. Sillam





Designer, EVA VARRO, unveiled their casual chic dresses in retro prints that Pucci would adore. Her fun, fresh designs have graced the bodies of many TV and movie stars, including Eva Longoria- Parker of ‘Desperate Housewives’.  Her collections are available at Nordstrom’s and select Boutiques. As well as being travel friendly, the dresses are made in the US using high quality slinky fabrics perfect for the beach, a day of lunch and shopping or dress it up with accessories for a dashing evening about town.


AnneLynne and Racheal McCord for Eva Varro

AnneLynne and Racheal McCord for Eva Varro



Ever hear of elixir of Quartz Crystal being incorporated into your daily skin regimen? SPHATIKA prides itself on this unique line of products for any skin type. These ‘high quality pure, natural ad chemical-free botanical products’ are available as facial cleansers, facial toners, milk bath oil, and an intriguing ‘gold finish serum’. You may view all their wonderful products

Online. If you are lucky enough to be in my favorite city in the world, New York City, SPHATIKA has a beautiful spa near Columbus Circle offering probably your most tranquil time in the city that never sleeps.


Sir Ian McKellen and Sphatika owners

Sir Ian McKellen and Sphatika owners


DPA offered a most unusual beauty treatment provided by LONGMI LASHES BY DANIEL.  Lash extensions that are so real that I couldn’t tell if they were real lashes on one his models. Hollywood’s most sought after lash expert, Daniel, has provided Naomi Campbell, Miss Teen USA and Shannon Tweed, as well as many more celebrities with lashes to die for. Once each and individual lash is applied by hand, they will last about 4 weeks. Well worth it for not having to risk the Tammy Faye effect with mascara.


One exquisite gift that is truly unique to DPA gifting suites is the fabulous Tahiti, French Polynesia vacation provided by PEARL RESORTS and LA TAHA’A private island and resorts. This remarkable exotic escape is a signature of every DPA gifting suite.


Micheal Madsen

Michael Madsen




Other notables at DPA were PUPPERAZI, a super stylish boutique for the most chic dogs and cats, who also give a charitable 5% to fight against puppy mills. BAMBOO HUGS, a great eco-friendly line of bath towels made with one of the most sustainable sources, Bamboo- for babies and children. One of her creations includes a cat-hooded towel made of a cuddly, soft purple bamboo. Colorado designers, VAMP BAGSshowed off their animal friendly and Eco-friendly stylish handbags- my favorite was a red clutch with a bracelet attached, just so you never lose that pocketbook.

Leashes by Pupperazi

Another jeweler was present called HENDERSON DESIGN, which is designed and run by a mother and daughter from Houston, TX. They’re signature is being able to mix and match necklace strands of delicate gold and faceted stones creating the most personal, unique look of your choice. To go with the gorgeous necklaces, DPA introduced Cindy Renée Mathieu for SODALISCIOUS for enchanting handmade gowns perfect for the avant-garde actress walking the red carpet.



Henderson Design

Henderson Design


Sally Hawkins wearing Henderson Design

Sally Hawkins wearing Henderson Design





Ever wanted a shirt the exact color of the Mona Lisa’s eyes or Hyams Beach sand or the earth as seen from Apollo 17? French designer, BLUEBRETZAL specializes in those mythical colors translated into the most luxurious shirt you will ever own. The shirts are made from fair trade cotton mixed with either bamboo or cashmere for the softest touch.


As luxury is the focus of any DPA suite, beauty products were the highlight with treatments and products from the exclusive skincare line, NATURA BISSÈ with $1500 luxury gift boxes from their Diamond Collection; LEONOR GREYLTHE MASSAGE EXPRESS, along with SPHATIKA, and LONGMI LASHES BY DANIEL.


Leonor-Greyl beauty products

Leonor-Greyl beauty products


Other contributors to this lavish suite were Jil Sander eyewear provided by MARCHON, ROYAL BLUSH BAGS,SIGG eco-friendly bottles, SOLAVIECHOPRA CENTERPLANET BOTANICALSSPIRTUAL GANGSTER, Daryl Hannah’s DH LIFESOAPTOPIA, EXPRESSIVE FORTUNE COOKIESBIOTENEDR. FRESH, FRENCH SISTERS,BURRAY OLSON psychedelic canvas bags, PULL IN underwear, and BLUHORSE.

Expressive Fortune Cookies


Felix loves his Dr. Fresh singing Toothbrush

Felix loves his Dr. Fresh singing Toothbrush


Spiritual Gangster

Spiritual Gangster


As I wrapped up my pampered visit to DPA’s elegant gifting suites, I left recharged, informed, and ready for my close up. I look forward to the next gifting suite that DuBois-Sissoko produces bringing talented new designers and unique products to the full attention of the Hollywood’s discriminating elite.




Me at the DPA gift lounge for the 2009 Golden Globe awards

Me at the DPA gift lounge for the 2009 Golden Globe awards



Photo credits: Kerstin Alm and Zach Lipp

Other photo credits: vendor websites. 




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