On Thursday, February 21st we got the pleasure of attending Kathy Duliakas’s 5th Annual Celebrity Oscar Suite & Party benefiting the KIND Campaign. We had been told by some of the guests that it was the best gifting suite they had attended, and we agree!
The event was held at the Taglyan Cultural Complex. A beautiful private garden oasis tucked off of Vine Street in Hollywood to celebrate and honor The Oscars. The theme of the day was KINDness, bringing awareness to girl-against-girl ‘crime’ from the KIND Campaign. Founders Lauren Parsekian and Molly Thompson were there on premises, greeting and spreading kindness to the guests upon arrival. Everyone from the hosts, to the photographers, to the guests had such an uplifting spirit. The event, catered by Taglyan’s own Divine Food and Catering, was live tweeted in the Sweeet! Swag™! Live Twitter Lounge using the hashtag #SweeetSwag garnering over 1,000,000 Twitter impressions.
After much deliberation, here is our list of MUST HAVES:
Confident. Sexy. Feminine. Fabulous!
Conceived to reaffirm every woman’s zest for life, individuality of style, romance and elegance. If you are in need of a first-date dress, red-carpet dress, cocktail dress, or a just because dress, Single should be your new go-to line for FABULOUS!! We LOVE this line!
I’m dying to own this coral dress from their Spring 2013 line.
Between their unique combo of luxury and attitude, and their lavish fabrics you will surely be the hottest D&T girl in the room. Stuart can’t wait to flaunt her new Single maxi dress in Miami at Ultra Music Festival. www.singledress.com
Twisted Silver® is an edgy and uber hip jewelry line. Its distinct signature is cutting edge “Eco Chic” made from cast-off and vintage parts, up-cycled for the fashion forward. Green never looked so good. All handmade, carefully assembled in the U.S.A., never mass-produced. Twisted Silver® is above and beyond the call of jewelry!
From a self-proclaimed necklace connoisseur I fully endorse Twisted Silver. This attention grabbing, feminine, ultra-modern, mixed metal jewelry adored by celebrities and hip style setters will spice up any outfit. This is now my go-to accessory, and I have been rocking my Twisted Silver all over LA. www.twisted-silver.com
Also check out Perch™ By TII! Bask in the beauty of nature with Perch, a beautiful line of nature-inspired jewelry exquisitely created by jewelry designer Debra Mitchell. Each of Perch’s four distinct collections — Vintage-Inspired, Natural Elements, Well Dressed, Chain Gang — combine the elements of color and texture with the inspirations of found objects, cultural traditions and the simple beauty of the Earth.
As ladies who know plenty about skincare, we learned even more from the lovely ladies at both establishments about new concepts on keeping our skin fresh and young and also about the newest filler for fine lines called Belotero. We are ecstatic to visit them both for dreamy facials, oxygen treatments, fillers, and botox, oh my! We have the brains of a thirty year old but will have the skin of a 20 something ;).
Your skin will never look better after a visit to LA SkinAesthetics, an all-encompassing cosmetic practice that provides concierge-level service to every patient. Specializing in the latest technologies, quality products and skin care procedures, LA SkinAesthetics will customize a personalized treatment plan tailored to your unique lifestyle, goal preference and skin type to achieve the best outcome for you. Want true luxury? Let LA SkinAesthetics come to you! Home visits for most treatments are also available. Whether it’s a quick touch-up, a 90-minute ultimate facial or a full-blown treatment plan, look no further than LA SkinAesthetics! www.laskinaesthetics.com
Turning back the hands of time is all in a day’s work at Beverly Hills Cosmetic Surgery Center. Trained in both General and Cosmetic Surgery, Beverly Hills Cosmetic Surgeon to the Stars, Dr. Kathy Gohar understands the needs of aging skin and skillfully delivers to perfection, restoring youth and freshness to a client’s face. From Botox and Resylane to Chemical Peels, all of your cosmetic needs are met with professionalism at this state-of the-art facility. www.bevhillscosmeticsurgery.com
Want that Hollywood glow? Want to keep your skin moist under hot stage lights? Now you can have both with Flourish Hydra Complex by Isabeau™, an innovative anti-aging moisturizing formula which has been clinically tested to moisturize and hydrate thirsty skin and keep the moisture there longer. In addition, Flourish will bind moisture to the skin, providing a plumping and firming effect, that will also leave the skin healthier and more nourished. Studies show that Flourish — which contains over 20 natural ingredients — will help maintain suppleness and elasticity, even skin tone and texture, provide a natural barrier against elements and decrease the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Bonus..if you have a blemish, just dab a little bit on and it will quickly shrink that unwanted friend. Who couldn’t use a product that preserves every layer of the dermis and strengthens the collagen network, while deeply penetrating C-ester antioxidants to deliver fifty times more active ascorbic acid than the typical vitamin C? Oh, and let’s not forget about the synergistic mushroom extract that contains potent properties which deliver a greater nourishment, moisture and hydration than vitamin E. www.isabeauskincare.com
You may remember her from Project Runway. Her chic, edgy, feminine style of clothes had us jumping up and down! This pink dress? I called dibs for my next formal event. We can’t wait to check out her store and see what else she has come up with. Not only has she designed incredible dresses, but let’s talk about her scarves that can also be worn as a sexy blouse! We are beyond impressed with this very warm, spunky and fabulous designer.
Gaining inspiration from her travels around the world, Gehlhausen’s GOGA by Gordana is comprised of two lines: “GOGA to Go” and “GOGA Couture”. Ranging from whimsical, romantic, edgy and ready to wear, the GOGA collection is available at her brand new Santa Monica boutique. Her line is a play of timeless textures, fabrics and prints designed to make each woman feel like a star. www.shopgoga.com
LEX Cosmetics™ was founded on the belief that beauty should be created by those who use it. Even down to the color of your nail polish, you should decide what makes you feel great, so why not join in the creation experience? Fans upload their color ideas to the website and after a vote, LEX Cosmetics™ makes the winning color. The winner color creator then chooses a cause they want associated with their color and 10% of revenue from that polish goes to their chosen charity. The winning color lives on the website along with the creator’s story — the more bottles sold, the more donated.
Everything about this nail polish line rocks. All of the polishes are free of Formaldehyde, DBP and Toluene. And…They even make glitter polishes for those ladies like myself who can’t paint their own nails, making it mess-up free. www.lexcosmetics.com
If you have ever spent time out in the sun only to find straw-like unmanageable hair, you will love Beach Girls new UV Leave-In Conditioner. This fragrant and weightless Leave-In Conditioner provides continuous protection against harmful UV rays that can damage hair as it prevents color fading and breakage that are typically associated with sun exposure. Beach Girls helps to detangle hair, eliminate frizz and increase shine. It can also be used before blow drying for added protection! www.beachgirlsonline.com
Handmade with the highest quality metals: fine silver, sterling silver, gold, copper with lavish gemstones settings: precious pearls, exceptional and rare semiprecious stones, Maleku Jewelry received the 2010 “Beyond The Runway” award during New York Fashion Week.
Each handcrafted piece of jewelry is uniquely designed and produced by Ileana Rojas-Bennett herself, a descendant of the Maleku Indian Tribe. Ileana draws inspiration from her native country of Costa Rica and the magnificent colors of the rain-forest which can be found in each of her pieces. Passionate about giving back to her native land, Rojas-Bennett was recently able to provide running water in one village with proceeds from her line.
“For the women who will not settle for less.” How could we not love this line?
Some stones were presented in their original formation, which happily reminded me of my childhood obsession of collecting beautiful precious stones in their original state. www.malekujewelry.com
Ever wonder what’s your purpose? Well, search no more. DharmaSmart: Purposeful Living Essentials presents “The Dharma Collection,” a product line designed for the mindful, spiritual and those choosing to live a more conscious life. Lifestyle expert and author of What’s Your Dharma?, Lissa Coffey writes to inspire, educate and entertain, while her unique jewelry designs use sacred geometry to symbolize the Four Yogas, or paths, that lead us to our dharma, or life’s purpose. Namaste. www.dharmasmart.com
Party all night in Julie Lopez shoes– an exquisite couture collection of dress heels handmade in Italy. Crafted with luxury Italian leathers, Julie Lopez’s built in “Comfort Technology” provides a sophisticated look and maximum comfort without sacrificing fashion. “Finally, beautiful heels without the pain!”
Stuart, having wide feet, tried on the heels and felt like Cinderella. Being a red Carpet host, it is almost impossible to find cute shoes that are comfortable. Problem Solved. Italian-crafted shoes that give women the comfort they deserve without compromising sophistication. www.julielopezshoes.com
Never worry about leaving your flat iron on again. No more slipping or burning yourself and everything around you. Heat resistant up to 500 degrees, the Hot Iron Holster is a portable silicone holder for all your hot styling tools that clings to any smooth surface providing a convenient way to keep hot styling tools safe and organized in the home, at the salon, or on the go.
There is no mounting necessary so you don’t have to make a commitment; the holder slips right over your sink! www.hotironholster.com
chi.lan.thro.py + noun = relaxing while being philanthropic. Turn your bathroom into a mini spa and be an awesome human while doing so. The line is comprised of Japanese inspired soaking salts, the first of its kind shower teas, creamy bubble baths and candles. I already feel like I am on a spa retreat melting away the stress.
Relax. Do Good. Repeat. Handmade in Los Angeles, Chilanthropy™ is a philanthropic and eco-conscious fragrance, bath and spa company which uses carefully selected all natural, local ingredients. Each Chilanthropy™ product is named after founder Rey Herrera’s world travels, recreating the journey for you to enjoy. A charity or worthy organization, based on the theme of the product, is then selected to receive 5% of sales to honor the trip. www.chilanthropy.com
Haven’t you always wanted to hide behind your shades and feel as glamorous as Jackie O without smudging your make-up or creasing your face? The bridge on the glasses extends further out so that your cheek does not touch the glasses and the UV400 Polarized lenses allow you to see clear but block out the sun. www.megumio.com
Unfortunately we didn’t get to try the Nava Natural, dead sea products. But we can vouch for the fan-fare it had at this event. The line was almost out the door with guests excited to test out new products from this ooh-la-la luxury skincare line. With all the positive feedback we received about Nava Natural, we recommend checking out their website and introducing yourself to this line, as we certainly plan to!
Created with the unique healing minerals from The Dead Sea, Nava Natural is an organic, paraben-free and natural skin care line for men and women of all skin types. Offering an extraordinary and powerful combination of aromatherapy, pure vitamins, pure botanical extracts and seaweed from around the world, Nava Natural helps clean, repair and renew your skin, as well as heal your body, mind and soul. The Dead Sea’s rare healing powers also help relieve stress thus contributing to a positive effect on your general mental health and well-being. www.navanatural.com
Rock your inner fashionista with Rock Your Tube by M.B. York, one of the most versatile and hottest new fashion trends to hit the runway. This one-size-fits-all cotton and lycra tube dress — available in a multitude of colors — can be worn as a short dress, long dress, mini-skirt, long skirt, short top, long top and even a bathing suit cover up making it the perfect travel companion. Get ready to Rock your ATTITUBE!!
This deceptively simple and sexy cotton tube can be worn as a skirt, mini, dress and cover-up in endless configurations to channel your inner fashionista! Buy multiple colors and wear 2 together! Great for travel! www.mbyork.com
Kah Tequila was designed to pay reverence and honor to Mexico and its people. Its bottle and spirit are reflective of Day of the Dead! The word KAH translates to “life” in the ancient Mayan language. Every bottle is an individual, hand-crafted work of art, not two bottles are the same. The tequila inside it is ultra smooth with 100% Blue agave into lively Blanco, Reposado and Añejo varieties that are both certified organic and Kosher. www.kahtequila.com
It’s not a party unless you can capture those fun moments. PhotoBoothPro specializes in blending the excitement of a photo booth with the quality of a professional photo studio for special events! Services include: Photo booths, digital photo booths, video booths, 3D imaging, and many creative green screen concepts. www.photoboothpro.com
Hollywood’s elite cannot get enough of Chef Kimmy Tang’s 9021Pho, which offers guests a relaxed dining experience while catering to the health-conscious food lover. With a fan base of mega stars as Sofia Vergara, Maggie Q and Mickey Rourke, 9021Pho couples a carefully selected variety of California and French wines and a sumptuous Vietnamese/Asian centric menu with French influences and a California twist. 9021pho.com
Why be ordinary when you can be distinct? Joia® All Natural Soda is a tantalizing combination of fruits, herbs and spices that create layers of intensely fresh flavor for a wonderfully refreshing beverage. Committed to delivering exceptionally distinct flavored sodas such as Blackberry, Pomegranate & Ginger or Orange, Jasmine & Nutmeg, Joia® was created for those moments when you want something more interesting, more enjoyable. So even the ordinary can be a bit more extraordinary. www.joialife.com
Big. Bold. Fierce.® is a fun yet sophisticated celebrity-inspired pop cultural brand which is all about being strong, confident and daring! Designer Whitney Anderson transforms her hand-drawn sketches into couture graphics which are then silk-screened onto the finest quality cutting edge garments. This brand is the latest of hot labels to join the ranks of Rebel Yell, Wildfox, Cheap Monday and Lauren Moshi. If you want to make it big in life, it’s good to be bold but you gotta be fierce. www.bigboldfierce.com
Step out in style with Tough Luv®, a hip clothing line that transforms staple fabrics like American-made cotton french terries and tee-shirt jerseys into fashion forward designs without sacrificing wearability, comfort or detailing. Proudly made in the USA, Tough Luv® Clothing has distribution in Los Angeles and New York and is available in over two hundred boutiques and specialty stores nationwide. Along with her husband, designer Elaine Lai seamlessly blends edgy street looks with feminine touches, resulting in a line that is cool, flirty, and fun. www.toughluvclothing.com
The never-ending battle to work out has a solution. Add a little bit of pretty and regain your motivation. Nina.B.Roze®, an LA-made active-wear line, will make you feel beautiful the moment you slip it on. Imported from Italy, the fabrics have some of the best moisture wicking capabilities allowing your skin to breath on all athletic endeavors. No doubt Marie Antoinette would wear this if she had a membership to Equinox. Inspired by the grace of dance and the elegant detailing of Victorian fashion, Nina.B.Roze® is dedicated to creating high-quality, stylish products for all women. www.ninabroze.com
Guests in attendance included Adrienne Maloof (The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills), Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter), Joe Mantegna (Criminal Minds), Rory Cochrane (Argo – Won Oscar® for Best Picture), Jackson Pace (Homeland), Lucy Alibar (Oscar® Nominee – Writer, Beasts of the Southern Wild), Ali Saam (Argo – Won Oscar® for Best Picture), Carly Chaikin (Suburgatory), Tara Summers (Hitchcock, Ringer), Jason George (Grey’s Anatomy), Wes Ramsey (CSI: Miami), Matt Nolan (Argo – Won Oscar® for Best Picture), (Natasha Henstridge (The Secret Circle), Gilles Marini (Switched At Birth), Nicholas Bishop (Body of Proof), Todd Lasance (Spartacus: War of the Damned), Tiffany Brouwer (The Help), Judi Shekoni (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2), Jay Harrington (Hot in Cleveland), Carly Rose Sonenclar (The X Factor Finalist), Matthew Fahey (Awkward), Nikki Deloach (Awkward), Sophie Winkleman (Two and a Half Men), Sean Stone (Savages), Sandra Vergara (The Devil’s Ink), Pandora Vanderpump (Vanderpump Rules), Marilu Henner (All Star Celebrity Apprentice), Renee Olstead (The Secret Life of the American Teenager), Caitlin Thompson (90210), LuAnn de Lesseps (The Real Housewives of New York City), Briana Evigan (Step Up 2: The Streets), Amy Rider (The Secret Life of the American Teenager), Stephanie Pratt (The Hills), Carolyn Hennesy (True Blood, General Hospital), Brian White (Beauty & the Beast), Chelsie Hightower (Dancing with the Stars), Bonnie Wright (Harry Potter), Victor Alfieri (Southland), Cas Anvar (Diana), Rowly Dennis (Jane by Design), Charlene Amoia (American Reunion), Okera Banks (VH1 Style Expert), Patricia Velasquez (The L Word), Kristen Quintrall (The Helpers), Carly Steel (TV Guide Network On-Air Host), Danielle Nicolet (X-Men), Nikki Tomlinson (The Funny Man), Jill Marie Jones (Girlfriends), Ariane Bellamar (Beverly Hills Nannies), Amy Paffrath (Trend This!), Matthew Hoffman (On Air Personality), Lauren Parsekian and Molly Thompson (Kind Campaign), and more!
About Kathy Duliakas: Having produced four over-the-top Oscar® and three Emmy® events in 2010, 2011 and 2012 at Cafe La Boheme, Gonpachi Beverly Hills, Lexington Social House, and most recently at the Taglyan Complex, entrepreneur, publisher & producer Kathy Duliakas has established herself as a producer of “the best gifting suite they’ve attended” among the Hollywood elite and media.
About KIND Campaign: Based upon the powerful belief in KINDness, the KIND Campaign is an internationally recognized 501(C)(3) non-profit movement, documentary and school assembly program that brings awareness and healing to the negative and lasting effects of girl-against-girl “crime.” Guests at the event were invited to say a few words of advice or encouragement that will be featured in the KIND KIT, an anti-bullying curriculum that will include the Finding Kind documentary, an assembly DVD, and the KIND Club Curriculum. KIND KITS, set to release Fall 2013, will be released to schools nationwide to hold their own assemblies on this crucial topic. KIND Campaign’s goal has been to start vital conversations and educate girls across the nation about the importance of respecting one another, ourselves, mending on-going social conflicts and viewing other females as allies rather than enemies. Help support this innovative campaign to help put an end to bullying. www.kindcampaign.com