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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.

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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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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.

 

VOLVICBADOITSTEAZ ICED TEASDRY SODADAMRAK GIN and ST. GERMAIN LIQUORS provided refreshments.

 

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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