Award Shows, Events, News, Red Carpet
Sep 21, 2015


Every year, Press Pass LA waits with excitement for the start of awards season which kicks off with the Emmy Awards. GBK holds an annual gifting suite to shower the nominees, presenters, and even the media with some amazing products! Take a look at what’s in the celebrity swag bag this year.

GBK, the luxury lifestyle gift lounge and special events company, honored the 2015 EmmyGBKEmmys Awards’ Nominees and Presenters with their annual GBK Gift Lounge on September 18th and 19th at the L’Ermitage Hotel in Beverly Hills.

The rooftop party featured music by DJ GoodBoy and included gifts, food and drink, and a even a green screen photo booth by Foto Spark. We couldn’t help but create an animated GIF of us on the Emmys red carpet. Okay fine, we might have created several!

Among the luxury and must-have lifestyle brands included gifts from this year’s Presenting Sponsor, LifeCell. LifeCell is an all-in-one antiaging treatment formulated to target every aspect of aging skin. This gift couldn’t have been more on point for Hollywood’s A-list always looking for the elusive fountain of youth! At least they know their skin will look its best on the red carpet with the help of LifeCell.

Other unique luxury items at the lounge included Belmond La Samanna, who gifted 3 Night Gift Certificates to their Resort on Baie Longue Beach in St. Martin with daily breakfast for 2; The Artisan Group gifting celebrities and members of the press a lovely collection of jewelry, spa and bath products and other handcrafted gifts; Caribbean Living – offered an all-inclusive trip to the Caribbean at the celebrity’s choice of 3 resorts; LaloFitness – who gifted 3 personal training sessions and a $100 gift certificate for any of Lalo’s Lifestyle Fitness Vacation; and Life Portraits Aura Imaging – who gifted naturally organic Canadian glacier mineral salt, crystals massage oil, chakra candles, and RE7 – a powerful performance recovery drink containing 11 essential vitamins and minerals. At Press Pass LA, we are always a huge fan of the The Artisan Group’s gift bag because their jewelry is perfect for the red carpet and their crafts and spa items make the perfect gifts!

rexleeSpeaking of spa items, beauty and health sponsors included: Burke Williams Spa – who was on site gifting their H2V Exclusive Skincare Line; Aluminé – haircare products formulated using the best of nature and science without abrasive chemicals, parabens or sulfates; Aesthetica Cosmetics, LLC – gifting The Aesthetica Cosmetics Contour Kit; Grande Naturals, gifting their Outrageous Designer Gift Box which includes 1 GrandeLASH-MD (3 month supply) and 1GrandeMASCARA; PlaqueHD, the first professional plaque-identifying toothpaste loved by dentists, patients and parents nationwide; Beauty Kitchen by Heather Marianna, providing skin polish and hand sliced soap bar option, organic and natural spa products; and Violent Iodine – the once-daily, non-prescription pill to alleviate premenstrual breast discomfort and promote breast health. The best part? While checking out the beauty and health items you could stop by the Burke Williams booth for a free massage!

And of course, you can’t have a gift lounge without fashion! These items included: World renowned luxurious and sporty watches by Oceanaut – Seapro – Christian Van Sant – Jivago; JH Design Group, a top manufacturer of licensed apparel; and MooshWalks – socks with ears giving your feet personality (perfect of the upcoming Halloween festivities!)

In case all this gifting got you hungry (or thirsty)…these products were on hand to keep you satisfied:  Green Sheep Water, offering their 16 ounce bottles of delicious purified water in100% recyclable aluminum bottles which are infinitely recyclable; Venetia Vodka which comes in a diamond-shaped bottle fit for the stars; The Hilt Wines who had the best Pinot Noir I’ve ever tasted and right from the nearby Santa Barbara region; and Ike’s Place – Award Winning Sandwiches for Meat Eaters, Vegetarians, Vegans, and Gluten Free Diets.  I was a huge fan of the Meat Eaters deli sandwich from Ike’s, not to mention their Star Wars themed deli T-Shirts. The force was definitely with us!

alancummingCharity beneficiaries included: Muscular Dystrophy Association – The mission of MDA is to serve those who are fighting muscle disease as we find treatments and cures, support families and rally communities;  Stray Cat Alliance – Stray Cat Alliance educates and empowers the community to advocate for every cat’s right to be safe, healthy and valued. We are building a no kill nation, one stray at a time; American Friends of Magen David Adom (AFMDA) – MDA is a pillar of Israeli society whose mission is to save lives. As the country’s “911,” it serves as Israel’s national emergency medical response, ambulance, and disaster relief agency. MDA also operates Israel’s national blood supply, providing 97 percent of civilian blood and 100 percent of the blood for the Israel Defense Forces. While government-mandated to provide these essential services, MDA is not government-funded, relying heavily on American donors to support its operations; Alfalit International – A non-profit organization that provides literacy programs for the underserved in the US and internationally.

Guests at this year’s lounge included: Alan Cumming (“The Good Wife”), Rex Lee (“Entourage”), Steven Bauer (“Ray Donovan”), Beau Bridges (“Masters of Sex”), Jeremy Podeswa (Director – “Game of Thrones”), Khandi Alexander (“Scandal”), Richard Cabral (“American Crime”), Tony Hale (Winner – “Veep”), stars from the hit series “Orange is the New Black” including Abigail Savage, Dascha Polanko, Emma Miles, Selenis Leyva and Julie Lake, and many more.