Everybody likes a freebie right? And as a blogger I am lucky enough to receive my fair share of offerings from events (especially my Three year old) but my most memorable experience of a gifting lounge was the amazing stay I had at the W hotel in Hollywood on the weekend of the Oscars in 2011. I was fortunate enough to know a few big names (how life has changed!) and this particular one pulled out all the stops to get myself and a bunch of girlfriends two rooms for a few crazy nights of birthday celebrations. Although we had to check out on the actual day of the Oscars we still experienced West Hollywood in true star style. And waltzed through the gifting lounge provided for the stars like true Divas!
My Birthday weekend in Hollywood was spent eating at Beso, a restaurant owned by Eva Longoria and Milk and cookies with Wolfgang Puck.. the man himself! CRAZY!
Here are some of the gifts offered….
Food will always be presented first and chocolate comes in all different varieties.
Delicate, luxurious chocolates will always be on display or gift wrapped and ready to take away and indulge in the comfort of your own home with a good mug of tea!
I love the size difference between products in America and England. Seriously even the grass shards are twice as thick over there. From the UK I would usually receive a sample size of perfume or Eau de toilet, for a huge event like the award ceremonies expect to receive a full size bottle of product.
The only brand/retailer for toiletries in the W hotels across the states at the time were Bliss and in the premises of the W hotel in Hollywood they actually have their own store. The brand featured in the gifting lounge and from the array of travel size products from my room and then full size products from my goodie bag (typically English) I left with enough Bliss products to see me through the year!
I have discovered recently that TKMaxx stock the product in their stores so if you love lathering yourself in über cool luxury then do check the shower and bath range out.
In this instance I received a pair of yoga pants from a company called Lucy. They were the best yoga bottoms I have ever had and are the kind of material that pulls and holds everything in. They came with a free tote bag.
Everywhere. Brands pay a good deal of money to represent themselves to the starts at theses events. I took a small trial size bottle of grey goose and a bottle of my favorite water FIJI.
So that was my recolective list of some of the items I took away from the start studded gifting lounge and while it was an amazing experience for the girls and I we were all left wandering what the point really was in having a gifting lounge for celebrities.
The event was full of paparazzi and some film stars such as the likes of Bruce Willis.
Bruce was of course escorted through to a separate pre Oscar gifting suite in which contained designer sunglasses , free holidays and jewellery.
We had a great time and it was nice to experience what a gifting lounge was all about.