And The Gifts Go On

By Lauren Clarke-Bennett

Coming off the heals of the Lim Foundation event, GBK and Sparkling Hill Resort, hosted a Celebrity Suite and Style Lounge at the Empire Hotel New York City, where an impressive array of celebs and VIPs paraded through the cutting edge companies that showcased their products and services.

Excited by what they saw, guests included Ice-T (Law and Order SVU/ Rapper/Ice Loves Coco) and his wife Coco Austin (Ice Loves Coco), Big Ang and Carla Facciolo of (VH1’s/Mob Wives), Jay Manuel and Miss J (America’s Next Top Model), June Ambrose (Celebrity Stylist), Sonja Morgan of Bravo TV’s “Real Housewives of New York City”, Phillip Bloch (Fashion Designer) and Po Johnson (Singer)  from VHI’s “La La’s Full Court Life”, Jack Noseworthy (Killing Kennedy), Matt Letscher (The Carrie Diaries/Scandal), Annaleigh Ashford(Kinky Boots), Ryan Serhant (Bravo’s Million Dollar Listing New York City) and Siggy Flicker  (Project Runway). Most went home happy shoppers. And why were they so delighted?

For one the Title Sponsor Sparkling Hill Resort who incorporated Swarovski crystal elements into every aspect of its design gave complimentary resort stay certificates featuring  Penthouse and Deluxe Lakeview Room stays. VIP guests then were indulged in a special gift selection from luxury lifestyle brands including Presenting Sponsors Hard Candy cosmetics showing great products with strong colors and wild packaging. Next, Pilot Pen known for offering quality and fun writing instruments, cutting-edge technology and consumer satisfaction gifted an assortment of goodies including their FriXion Clicker, Acroball Pure White and G2 Fashion FriXion Clicker erasable pens. So Cool!

Then on to some must-have beauty products from: Tibolli ® – gifting their Tibolli Moisture Must Leave-In cream and Tibolli Hair Oil; youthH2O – Age Defying System, the only ‘Daily Superfood Nutrition’ supplement with Age Defying Benefits enhancing your Beauty, Performance and Wellness all in one. D’Mademoiselle ® Pure Mineral Makeup and Skincare Product™ added a glow to their skin and a smile to their faces.

EcoGenics Active Botanical Skin Care, a unique combination of nature and science, paraben free and ideal for all skin types, ages and ethnicities was the next goodie to be enjoyed. Nikki’s Magic Wand – an innovative cosmetic tool designed to retrieve all of the hard to reach left-over make-up from tubes and containers was loved… a must have! Followed by Lashem – your go to brand for your lash and brown needs… for a great polished look!

On a fashion note, the lounge showcased Cynthia Gale Jewelry – who gifted Modern, Urban Eclectic, Art Inspired, Fine Craft, Sterling Silver Jewelry. Stylish d’andrea handbags that are classic with a contemporary edge, wowed the ladies. Lulu Avenue designs by Jude Frances, a line of quality fashion jewelry that is dramatic, elegant and affordable especially caught the eye in orange, which is the new black! Wild Soul Sunglasses, gifted their beautiful sunglasses named after untamed wild animals and made the wearer purr like a cat. The Artisan Group® , gifted the celebrities and members of the press a lovely collection of jewelry, stationery, fine art photography, spa and bath products, and other handcrafted gifts. Gratitude Couture, cause-driven hats, is a business focused on supporting non-profit organizations intent on eradicating hate and bullying. Twenty percent of proceeds from sales will be donated to various handpicked charities. Special event sponsor, Supima – American luxury cotton, also displayed two evening wear gowns made especially for the event.

Walk Japan, a unique gift of nature is the pioneer of off-the-beaten-track walking tours in Japan with authentic and enjoyable tours to discover Japan, its people, society and culture. Visit San Luis Obispo County and Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast, gifted two VIP tickets to Sunset SAVOR Central Coast Food & Wine Festival a must experience!

All the rage… Rivé water bottles transform the colorless, odorless, tasteless substance into an experience that excites the senses through sleek shapes, bold colors, and fashion-inspired artwork.

But of course no lounge would be complete without a selection of treats. Sweet and savory food and beverages were served to the lounge-goers by Viva Diva Wines by Christina Milian, the hottest flavored Moscato in the US, Connecticut Cookie Company made with grandma’s hometown vanilla… sinful!, Oasis Mediterranean Cuisine provided a selection of hummus treats and a cooler bag with a certificate for a flavor of the month for a year, yummy Prima Dolce Company baked goods with Bella’s Fruit Compotes and  Latta Russian Kefir, authentic, natural probiotic kefir and non-dairy green teas. Delish!!!




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