INTERVIEW: Meet Nathalie Dubois, One Of The Pioneers That Made Gifting Suites A Global Phenomenon

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Nathalie Dubois is an established name in Hollywood. The French event producer has welcomed A-List celebrities to her gifting suites honoring awards shows and film festivals such as the Oscars, Emmys, Golden Globes and Cannes Film Festival over countless years. Nathalie embarked on her entrepreneurial journey when she moved to the US from France to work as a correspondent for a French film magazine, Studio Magazine. Nathalie shares her story of how her goals materialized:

How did you come up with your gifting suite idea?

I was traveling in Tahiti, and met a jewelry company Frederic Missir, which proposed me to do its PR. after 6 months, we decided to put his jewelry on the red carpet. I rented a suite at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel and we decided to do a gift bag to thank people for attending. Our first gift bag was 35,000 dollars. In fact, it was the items that stars picked that had this value. I had Eva Longoria and Nicolette Sheridan attending (this was the first year of Desperate Housewives,it was huge to have them). My friend David Carradine who was nominated for Kill Bill [also] attended, as well as Paula Abdul who was a hot judge on American Idol. It was a huge success, we were featured on Extra.

I took the concept right away to Cannes Film festival. Even if I did not invent the [gifting suite] concept, I am the responsible one for taking it overseas. We did partnership with Dubai Film festival, Venice Film Festival, Monte Carlo TV Festival, Hong Kong Film Festival…

What are your proudest accomplishments with DPA?

My proudest accomplishment is to still be on the top of my game 13 years after, to have become a global entity, to have helped a tremendous amount of small companies through my platform.

You have a pup that you dote on and has inspired some charity work at your suites. Can you tell us about him?

His name is Lucas. He is a three years old husky and my fourth husky. I rescued him when he was 10 months. My last two huskies are rescued, so I support a lot of animal associations, and dogs associations. Definitely inspired by my dogs. But also other ones which touch my heart, and I expose in my suite such as Lupus LA, Feed The Children, Love Light Compassion and The Sierra Club.

What’s next for DPA?

We opened an office in Tokyo last January with our Japanese partner David Matsumoto. So [we’re] trying to develop some great connections there and working some events in Asia.

Tech Guide: Second-Hand Electronics Popularized By Amazon.com

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Whether it’s purchasing or trading in used electronics, Amazon.com is spearheading a recycling movement. Buying refurbished and used technology is not only economical, people are choosing to buy second-hand as a means to amass an array of electronics. Choosing from a wide, diverse range of technology can be overwhelming on a budget, but Amazon makes purchasing pre-owned functional gadgets in good condition an uncomplicated experience. We bought a used GoPro Hero 4 and tested it. It passed our examination and produced clear, high definition video without any defects.

Amazon offers refurbished, pre-owned and open-box products on Amazon Renewed that have gone thorough rigorous inspection and a testing process to ensure the quality of the item. For those hesitant on buying used, fear not, as all products on Amazon Renewed are protected by Amazon’s Return Policy. If you decide not to toss that prehistoric device out into the garbage and want to help the environment, partake in Amazon’s Trade-In program. Trade in that oldie but goodie and receive an Amazon.com Gift Card. Get the deets at Amazon.com or ask Alexa.

2018 GOLDEN GLOBES RECAP: GBK A Golden Affair Luxury Lounge

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A throng of celebrities were spotted
at the Montage Beverly Hills on January 5th and 6th including: Randy Jackson, Paul Sorvino, Dinah James of Fifth Harmony, Shanola Hampton of “Shameless”, Ashley LeConte of nominated movie: “Get Out”, actress Asia Monet Ray, Anthony Anderson of nominated show “Black-ish”, Pollyanna McIntosh of “The Walking Dead” and Sam Humphrey of nominated “The Greatest Showman” and dozens of other big names. They attended the exclusive GBK Productions “A Golden Affair” Luxury Lounge celebrating the Golden Globes.

Gifts bestowed to guests came from luxe brands such as Blue Nun 24k Edition sparkling wine containing 24k gold flakes, MyManu Clik translating device, an accessory tote with over 40 premium handcrafted products from The Artisan Group, Hiro Blue Junmai Ginjo Sake, Too Faced Cosmetics Chocolate Gold collection, original paintings by LMK Art, face serum from Burke Williams, high end organic bergamot hand sanitizer by Noshinku, Vinci audio headphones with 3D recording, the Avocado Sock ripening system, carboxy therapy treatment by CO2Lift by Lumisque, Avery Verse leather handbags, Heroes Wanted inspirational book and “A Golden Invitation” complimentary vacation to Royal Hideaway PlayaCar resort for a 5-night stay from Caribbean Living.

Entertainment and activities were provided by The Mill with VR content, Kinetic Magic’s AR video projection screen, music by ADM Entertainment, gyros from Good Greek Grill and relaxing massages from Burke Williams. As an effort to give back, GBK welcomed charities to the suite like Food on Foot, a non-profit organization committed to assisting the poor and homeless of the City of Angels.

2018 GOLDEN GLOBES RECAP: Secret Room Events At The SLS

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Secret Room Events hosted their annual Style Lounge honoring The Golden Globes Awards on January 5, 2018 at the Beverly Hills SLS Hotel. Golden Globes nominees, actors, personalities, and influencers were generously gifted by: Clayton Shagal, Acera, trips from Wine Country Media , Behmor, Hadron Epoch, GOGO squeeze, Mabel Chong, Passion Planner, Townleygirl, Lizou,
Maglite, Vitolo Jewelry Artisans, NUDESTIX, Studio 67, Boyer Clothing, Exotics by Cedrick M, PortoVino, Maddy & Maize Gourmet Popcorn, Tick Key Products LLC, Morgan Taylor and Adventure Town Toy Emporium.

2018 GOLDEN GLOBES RECAP: DPA Pre-Awards Luxury Gifting Lounge

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Nathalie Dubois-Sissoko’s held her annual DPA celebrity gifting lounge at the Beverly Hills LUXE Rodeo Drive Hotel on January 4th, January 5th and January 6th. DPA gifted nominees, presenters and talent luxury items worth $125,000. DPA Japan introduced exclusive Japanese brand, Gaura, showcasing a portable hydrogen generating rechargeable water bottle. Guests were provided with premium gifts from beauty brands Kerstin Florian Beauty, Jacqueline Piotaz Cosmetics, Essence of Argan, Idrotherapy, Kosmetikos, Honey Hive, Lab Room and Oille Natural. Celebrities also received Amazon’s show “The Other F Word” swag bags, A/Stand laptop tray, Audio Pet bluetooth speakers, Woodulisten mini speakers, Frekkekhe, Vivapops, Chef Turok, Twinkle Brown Sugar Tea bar, Dream Donuts Truck, Appletinies apple candy, Truth in Hand, Bareburger’s vegetarian Impossible Burger, Bad Stuff tequila, Honey Bubbles sparkling wine, Splash cocktail mixers, Kyes health foods, Atlantico Rum, unify water, Original NY Seltzer, Baked by Shasha desserts and a book Crystal Bliss by Devi Brown. Fashion and jewelry highlights include Turia Tahitian pearls, Lisa Young Lee luxury healing crystals, Amy DiGregorio leather goods, Madame Adassa evening gowns. The attendees were seen walking away with multiple heavy bags and large smiles.

Entrepreneur Interview: Isabel Madison Of Nude Envie Explains How Her Cosmetic Enterprise Is Hereditary

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Entrepreneur Isabel Madison debuted her new cosmetics line, Nude Envie, with colours exclusively in nude tones. Coming from a family of cosmetics experts was beneficial to her development of premium makeup with meticulously curated shades. In her own words, Isabel explains how her experience and drive helped shape her collection:

“I was born in San Francisco, I have 3 kids. My favorite hobby happens to be Yoga and of course eating and cooking healthy foods, because I truly believe in beauty from the inside out, and that if you feel good about yourself you will naturally have a beautiful unexplainable glow. I studied business and finance, but grew up in a family where my dad is a Biochemist and made all the formulas for a lot of the companies in the 80’s. After a while he decided to start his own make up line called Visage de Beaute. After a few years they sold it to Revlon. During the time when he was in charge of his company, I got to be super involved. I would help with shades and help with the new season and coming up with what should be next.

Entrepreneurship was always in my blood. My family taught me well. And in the quest to find the perfect “Nude” lipsticks, I finally decided to do it myself. As they say, if you want something done right, do it yourself. I was always being asked about the lipstick I was wearing, and of course it was always a mixture of different shades.

Taking an idea from concept to a tangible product is definitely not easy! I had to pour my heart and soul into it, every minute of the day for about 3 years before I launched. I had a tremendous amount of focus and had to give up a lot of leisure activities, which I did with pleasure. I love this industry and love helping women feel and look beautiful.

As far as [dealing with] obstacles, yes of course! Lots of people advising me to not do this, as there is too much competition. I had to learn many, many things as far as paperwork and contracts and government papers as well as international laws. But, I truly believe that if you are passionate and believe in your product, obstacles are meant to be jumped over and overcome, and you will always find a way!

My advice to an amateur entrepreneur would be, to get really passionate about what you are doing and do not give up. Always ask smarter peoples advice, but take everything with a grain of salt, and use your own Intuition. I think we have to be brave enough to trust our Intuition and not ignore it.

Nude Envie will growing the line into a go to line for the woman who wants elegance and simplicity all at the same time. Lip glosses are on the horizon for Spring 2018 and then blushes and eyeliners for Fall 2018. Everything a woman will need for a sophisticated complete look that will empower her, yet not overwhelm her with unnecessary choices. A carefully curated line of Natural and Elegance all in one!”