Gold found at star-studded Oscar Gift Lounge


The Airweave and GBK Luxury Gift Lounge in honor of the 2014 Oscar Nominees and Presenters was a great success! Fabulous celebs attended including Emily Bergl (Blue Jasmine), Kelsey Scott (12 Years a Slave), Amy Smart, Andrew Ludwig, and House of Cards’ sweetheart Rachel Brosnahan. They all enjoyed a busy weekend of star-studded parties and events that had everyone celebrating the little gold trophy known as Oscar.

Another “golden” cutie actually grabbed the spotlight. Figure skater Gracie Gold, just back from the Sochi Olympics with her group medal still around her neck was the darling of the GBK event. As soon as she arrived, Gracie flopped on the comfy Airweave bedding topper flashing the biggest smile (like the one in the poster right behind the Airweave display). She certainly deserved a rest after the recent whirlwind media blitz, but film and tv stars were flocking around congratulating her and wanting to see her medal up close and personal. So it was celebrate now…rest later!

Some of the stars arrived in style on a rare raining LA day via ABC Limo. And all of the celebs at the luxury lounge were pampered by the event’s lifestyle sponsors. Guests enjoyed music from DJ Shy, the first female On-Air Mixer at 102.7 KIIS-FM, and received a generous selection of gifts from participating brands. The goodies included a range of trend-setting and unique finds including Presenting Sponsor Tervis, gifting personalized Tervis tumblers made in America, keeping hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold; Arabia Escapes offered access to unforgettable travel experiences.

Sugar Ray Leonard, Fritz Graf

Sugar Ray Leonard, Fritz Graf

BLOW e-Hookah, a revolutionary electronic hookah was a big hit with the super-cool crowd, with super-nice Sugar Ray Leonard hanging out with Fritz Graf, BLOW’s super-empowered owner; pet supplies from Support Ur Pet, whose mission is to support pets through supporting their “pawrents”; Jigabot AIMe, an automated camera controller; Wine Me?, wine glasses hand painted by artist Rebecca Suriano; Palace Resorts trips to Moon Palace Golf and Spa Resort; Duck Commander Meals by Food Supply Dept; SOUL Electronics; Relax 2 Yoga offering Yoga/Pilates training sessions.

Beauty-related items includee: a must-do visit to the Obagi Skin Health Institute to use their generous gift certificates, very popular with the lovely ladies on hand; Minerva Research Labs gifted Pure GOLD COLLAGEN®, a new generation liquid food supplement; Embellash Eyelash Conditioner, Brow Braun Eyebrow Conditioner, and Hands-Free Skin Brightener from The Crave Collection; a selection of makeup from Brow Art 23, an eyebrow threading boutique who also offers a wide range of beauty and skin car services; ; Sleep-In Rollers, hair rollers that are designed to flatten like a sponge; Éminence Organic Skin Care with their popular VitaSkin™ Collection; City Cosmetics, an anti-aging skincare line gifting their City Lips lip plumper; HD Brows, gifting their HD Brows Express treatment and demonstrating their Make Up by HD Brows collection; and cosmetic gifts from Very Pretty Skin.

On the fashion front: Soul Rx’s soft and snuggly lifestyle apparel brand inspired by yoga; Sweet Bandz, a comfortable headband with interchangeable designs; Alto Collective, distinct luxury wood accessories; Fiamma Jewelry, an exquisite collection of fashion and engagement jewelry;  PISIDIA, a high end, eco-friendly silicone fashion handbag line; CamiWraps, an attachable bra pocket; lux-lingerie from Sugarbums; designer gowns from Xela Fashion; and scarves from Silk by Bryony.

The centerpiece of the gourmet treats was the Oscar cake created by the Bread Basket Cake Company, which also had other delicious sweets to enjoy; also Angie’s Boomchickapop Popcorn; Newman’s Own Wines; Peet’s Coffee & Tea, with specialty coffees and teas; and Sammy’s Beach Bar Rum, owned by rock icon Sammy Hagar. In support of LA Kitchen, Tender Greens Event Catering provided meals with their famed farm-to-fork sensibility. Hot franchise Chipotle was also on site to serve to guests.

GBK’s host Gavin Keilly always has his lounge highlight charitable organizations. L.A. Kitchen was featured because the nonprofit has the mission to ensure that neither food nor people ever go to waste. This is achieved by reclaiming healthy, local food that would otherwise be thrown away, training transitioning foster youth and older ex-convicts in culinary arts to empower and nourish the community.

Also the nonprofit Dondolo, Inc., was recognized for providing charitable services for impoverished communities worldwide. They partnered with Snira Corp, an emerging IT services, consulting and business solutions organization. Kudos to them both.

Actress Holly Robinson Peete was also on hand to promote her incredible HollyRod Foundation, inspired by her father and her son, and is run by Holly and her husband former NFL quarterback Rodney Peete. The HollyRod Foundation is dedicated to providing compassionate care to those living with autism and Parkinson’s disease. Many Hollywood’s notables support the worthy organization.

GBK's Gavin Keilly and House of Cards' Rachel Brosnahan

GBK’s Gavin Keilly and House of Cards’ Rachel Brosnahan

Margie Barron has written for a wide variety of outlets including Gannett newspapers, Nickelodeon, Tiger Beat and 16 Magazine, Fresh!, Senior Life, Production Update, airline magazines, etc. Margie is also proud to have been half of the husband & wife writing team Frank & Margie Barron, who had written together for various entertainment and travel publications for more than 38 years.