Well, the Golden Globes has come and gone, but the afterglow of the attending gifting suites lingers on. I had only one day to check them all out, so I was able to make it to only three. (But they’re the ones that count!) I’ll feature them one day at a time, though, in the order of my visits. (So please check back for the next two days to get all the juicy scoops.)

The Secret Room Lounges always feature fresh and innovative products. It’s great to have new products to laud to you guys on a regular basis.

The Secret Room was held once again held at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills, a place where most of us are already comfortable. Let’s get right to the many new gifts I found, in several categories:


All photos by Karen Salkin.

Coloursburst Art–As I entered the suite, rocking my Lollipop Guild-esque striped thigh high socks, I was immediately drawn to the only other colorful people, the sponsors from Coloursbust Art. As most of you probably already know, my mother just went to heaven on Christmas, so I was comforted to see interior designer Elisa Marconi’s vibrant abstract paintings of angels. I could have spent the whole day at their table! [Note: please note the “u” in the name, as they’re from Canada.]


Kelly Teegarden Organics—developed by a thyroid cancer survivor, not only are these beauty products chemical-free, but each of the ten lovely, subtle shades of their lipgloss comes with a perfect horizontal mirror on the side!!! Brilliant touch!

Spa De Soleil—they were gifting an anti-aging skin care system. If I come out looking like the gorgeous girl who’s their ambassador, I’ll bathe in the stuff!!!


Sprout—not having pre-school kids, I wasn’t aware of Sprout. But I was drawn to their table, with all the playful gifts, featuring Chica, their chicken character. The digital camera for a child’s small hands is exactly the gift I would have wanted back in the day. So, not that much has changed because I coveted it at the suite, too!

Baby Hawk Baby Carrier–the best advertisement for these attractive, (and I hear, comfortable,) baby carriers, was the tiny baby who was resting comfortably in it at the suite. Adorable!

Dolphin Organics—this line of baby bath products, including shampoo and conditioner, is all organic and natural, which seems to be the preferred way to go nowadays. And I really loved the attractive packaging, which is colorful enough for babies to enjoy looking at, (which means using, which is a good thing,) yet subtle enough to display in any bathroom. Or sink!


Izzy And Ali Handbags—I’m a stickler when it comes to purses; I need them to look good, be big enough for my “necessary” junk, and not be too heavy for my bad back to lift and carry. These Izzy and Ali handbags fit all those criteria and are vegan, (though they don’t look it.) And every one is attractive, to boot.

Sonas Jean Skirt—although my mouth was watering for the cute, very mini, patched-jean football-looking skirt, I decided to try-out some older people’s suggestions (you know who you are!,) of a bit longer one, and chose a more subdued, yet still hip, knee-length one. Hopefully, at the next suite, I’ll come away with Sonas’ patched jeans themselves, and everyone will be happy!

Chick Boss Necklaces—they were gifting necklaces, made from glass beads, that are hand-sewn in Guatemala. You can go on their site and match the attached ribbon to the artisan who hand-crafted yours! Nice touch.


Chef Stef Candy—the first thing I spied while checking-in in the outer room of the suite was this gorgeous display of mouth-watering chocolate creations. Turns-out, they’re hand-made by Chef Stef of Long Beach, who’s a teacher by day and a chocolatier by night! (I used to be a teacher by day and a chocolate-eater by night! Almost the same. We could have been compatible roommates!) We got to fill our own candy containers, and trust me, if I had tried the confections first, I wouldn’t have been so polite to take only a couple of items! [Note: I also love the gorgeous picture on her site, designed by Christopher Cleary. Check it out!]

Soy Joy—as a gifting suite veteran, I’m always happy to discover a sponsor who does things right. Soy Joy did just that. They had an attractive display with multi-color fruits, which are in their health bars, and were prepared with sturdy gift bags for all guests, which featured a perfect pack of their bars. They not only came in several flavors, but there were two of each, for the visitors who say things like, “And can I have one for my (friend, boyfriend, mother, stranger on the street, etc.)?”

Stephen James Luxury Organics—these snacks looked so good that I actually spent some thinking they were beauty products! I love the names of their healthy snacks, (like Pizza Bar and Smart Bar,) and the colorful packaging, too.


Pet Head Dog Shampoo—this is from the same people who bring us Bed Head people shampoo!!! I only wish that I had known about this line when Clarence was still on this level of life because we always wanted him to have the best. And our hair could have matched. In a great way.

Suave Professionals—this been-around-forever brand was featuring their new “professional” line, mainly the spray dry shampoo.  It’s perfect for a bon vivette like me who has enough hair for ten people (as stylists always tell me, while they’re spending two hours to blow it,) and not enough time to wash and re-style it every day. Now I can be ready for every last-minute event that comes my way, so keep those invites coming!

That’s it for the Secret Room this time. As always, there were many more companies than I had space to write about here, but I’ll continue to bring you the highlights of them as the year goes in, in several other columns. Check back tomorrow for yet another Golden Globes suite.



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