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The Beverly Wilshire Hotel: See and Be Scene!

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The Best of Hollywood attended the Pooph’s Critics’ Choice Luxury Lounge Presented by LA Smile & GBK Brand Bar.

By Marjorie Rothstein.

Awards Season has launched for 2024! The VIP invitation only event was held at the world class hotel, The Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills, on Friday and Saturday, January 12 and 13, 2024. The glitterati enjoyed the full regale hosted by POOPH’s Critics’ Choice Luxury Lounge, presented by LA Smiles Dentistry and GBK Brand Bar hosted the best and brightest in Film & Television.  This included the nominees, winners, and presenters of not just the Critics’ Choice Awards, but also the Golden Globe Awards, The Emmy® Awards, and OSCARS.

The 29th Critics Choice Awards was another of the big Hollywood celebrations this season, with celebrities and creators being recognized as “the finest in cinematic and television achievement.” What makes this show even more exciting is that it is historically known as the “most accurate predictor of Academy Award nominations,” which will be announced about a week after the Critics Choice Awards.

Traditionally, the VIP Red Carpet Gifting Suites honor the nominees with a cornucopia of gifts and goodies galore. Gifting suites are known for offering a range of products and services to attendees, often including fashion items, beauty products, electronics, and more. Celebrities and VIPs attending these suites may receive complimentary items from participating brands.

Award Nominees, Presenters, and Winners Were Honored with over $50K in Gifts and Trips While Overlooking Rodeo Drive

This year’s lounge included over $50,000 in the hottest gifts, trips, and luxury items. Some of the attending guests included Oscar winners, Angela Bassett & Mira Sorvino as well as Emmy & Critics’ Choice winners, nominees, and presenters such as Brian Cox from award winning show Succession, Chris MacDonald, Karen Pittman from Morning Show, Scott Evans from the award-winning film, ‘Barbie’, Liza Colon Zayas from ‘The Bear’, Akbar Gbajabiamila, Bridget Everett, Carl Anthony Payne, and other award nominated shows including the cast members of the nominated series ‘Jury Duty’, cast members from ‘Ted Lasso’, William Stanford Davis and Chris Perfetti from ‘Abbott Elementary’, Josh Whitehouse and Ayesha Harris from ‘Daisy Jones & The Six’, and Hector Elizondo & Jason Grey-Stanford from ‘Monk’s Last Case’. Some of the other stars in attendance included Luenell Campbell, Deon Cole, Nika King, Armin Amiri, Sofia Sanchez, Shari Belafonte, Neil Ellice, Abby Ryder, Calah Lane, Michael Irby, and many, many more.

LA Smile
LA Smile

Excitement abounded with celebrities hobnobbing, cuddling adoptable puppies, and moving to about with music flowing by DJ Adam of ADM Entertainment on the roof. Even guest was gifted with POOPH, the #1 best-selling pet odor eliminator on the market that is safe, non-toxic, fragrance-free and works instantly. Pooph also donated a year supply in the name of each celebrity to the pet shelter of choice.  Each guest received customized treatment plans with Dr. Shawn Davaie of LA Smile Specialists, the premier Dental specialist in Beverly Hills that understands the importance of healthy and attractive smiles.


For the at home beauty enthusiast, Michael Todd Beauty’s award-winning organically based skin care products and exceptional at-home beauty devices that ‘bring the spa home’ by Spa Sciences. Another first class dream gift was the Sailrock Resort, a premier luxury 5-star resort in Turks and Caicos Island presented a 5-night stay with a private villa! Care A2+, an Australian wellness company providing baby formula to nourish your children naturally with proven results, provided their product to guests in need and allowed them to make a donation of product to a woman in need.


Other brands being gifted included: El Cristiano’s ultra-premium tequila, Fog Crest Vineyard, the only black-female owned vineyard in Sonoma, $1000 Certificate of sandwiches by Ike’s Love and Sandwiches which were delicious! Always a favorite was the vegan candles and body butter by Milena Los Angeles, as well as luxury athleisure wear by Rear Ended Frame the Booty”, fantastic products that support the body’s natural detoxification by Roots Brands, as well as Shikohin’s Japanese longevity skincare line for men.  Guests were excited to receive Emeril Everyday products by Emeril Lagasse and items from the fun doggy lifestyle brand, Glow Pups. Action Takers Publishing provided ghostwriting and publishing services giving top talent the opportunity to the write their own book and become a number one best seller.  Other items included Rest Duvet’s Evercool Cooling Comforters, gift cards, and an additional hotel stay by La Casa del Camino Hotel in Laguna Beach, along with globally recognized travel essentials by Lo & Sons.


El Cristiano’s ultra-premium tequila

As part of his commitment to giving back, Gavin Keilly, CEO of GBK Brand Bar partnered with animal rescue organizations, including, Angel City Pit Bulls, and Paws for Life K9 Rescue. The Collective Identity Mentoring, a grassroots mentoring program for black girls and gender-expansive youth, partnered as well. Gavin has secured over $10 million to over 50 charities since 2002.

This was definitely a most memorable event for the start of 2024 Awards Season!


Marjorie Rothstein, the 5 Star Life.


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