Green was the new black last week as eco-chic Oscar gifting suites proved that being kind to the planet is always in style. Debbie Durkin hosted her annual Eco-Oscars gifting experience at the Pickford Mansion in Hancock Park where Oscar contender “The Artist” was filmed. Debbie has been hosting suites during Oscars week for the last four years. Debbie said that it is a personal goal, an issue that is close to her heart, to create healthy events that support our planet and give back to worthy causes. Debbie strives to educate and inform stars on how to make “green” choices to sustain their luxury lifestyle. When Steve-O attended her MTV Eco event she asked him why he chose to attend her event and he responded, “Because your event was ECO themed and that you featured a vegan chef.” Steve-O wanted to find ways to support his ‘new-healthy’ chosen lifestyle.
Debbie walks the walks when it comes to living an authentic green lifestyle. She recycles, uses LED lights, eats organic, cook her dog’s food with only organic chicken & vegetables, uses organic dog treats and organic dog grooming products. Debbie also uses biodegradable trash bags, chemical-free housecleaning products (hand soaps, glass cleaners, laundry & dishwashing detergents), wears only faux fur, selects clothing that is bamboo/organic cotton when shopping and carries eco-friendly backpacks & handbags. She saves energy by turning the lights off and unplugging cords when leaving the house. Some of her furniture is from an eco-friendly green designer, some of her artwork on her walls is done by a “green” artist, the pillows on her couches are eco-friendly and her bed-sheets are made from organic cotton. She also uses natural and eco-friendly skin care & hair care products, uses solar powered flashlights and electronic chargers and when she has a party, she even serves her guests organic alcohol.
While Oscar presenter Kermit the Frog once claimed, “it’s not easy being green!”, Debbie says on the contrary, that it is actually very easy to lead a green lifestyle. She advises taking baby steps towards sustainability. A first step she recommends is switching to biodegradable trash bags, or changing the light bulbs in your home to LED. You can then make a bigger commitment to being eco-chic, as you get comfortable with the lifestyle and can afford to make changes like switching to solar power which can be a bigger initial upfront cost but will save your family tons of money long term and is much better for the planet.
Guests enjoyed a relaxing day at the gorgeous property during the Eco-Oscars suite where they were introduced to a variety of green brands while enjoying delicious sustainable gourmet Mexican and Italian buffets by renowned “South of the Border” Chefs Len & Tony. The event also raised money and awareness for three causes. Music Saves Lives brings awareness to blood drives and blood & kidney marrow donations. They “recycle” lives with their efforts and have provided second chances to terminally ill people. Music Saves Lives sponsored the Music Artist Stage, which provided a platform to emerging music artists to perform and be seen at this high-profile event. “Saving Lives Never Sounded So Good.”
The event also supported the Fur Fitness Foundation which was created to help pet owners and veterinarians address the growing crisis of the pet obesity epidemic. The organization is dedicated to Pet Health, Nutrition, and Fitness. They shot Celebrity Pet Portraits at the”Eco-Oscars” event to bring awareness and to inspire a revolution of change in the hearts and minds of pet owners, empowering them to seize control of their pet’s health and transform their lives. Celebrity guests also designed and painted signature pet bowls that will be auctioned off for charity.
Suzanne Lindley, founder of Yes! Beat Liver Tumors was also on hand deLIVERing HOPE, awareness, support, resources, and to share information about her 501c3 organization: www.beatlivertumors.org
Fashionistas were gifted with stylish Huggrz boot wraps made from faux fur which enable you to transform the look of your favorite boots to suit your mood and with roll up ballet flats from Solz. The CEO of Solz also gave a sneak peek at his solar powered backpack debuting next year which charges all of your electronic devices.
Makeup artist to the stars Stefanie G. treated guests to mini-makeovers and glam lashes. Denise Jolley flew in from Texas to debut her Mademoiselle line of mineral makeup and natural skincare products. One of the coolest items at the suite was MinkyCouture’s luxurious and cozy blankets. Stars took home ultra soft baby blankets and full size blankets perfect for snuggling.
Guests took home Shaklee Get Clean kits complete with eco-friendly laundry detergent, dish soap, fabric dryer sheets and more! Their cleaning products are safe and non-toxic and are good for you, your home and the planet.
Guests included Oscar nominees Dan Lindsay and TJ Martin (now Oscar winners for Best Documentary, “Undefeated”) and Rebecca Cammisa (Documentary Short, “God is the Bigger Elvis”), along with Dennis Haysbert (“Luv”), Willie Gault (former Chicago Bear), Raphael Sbarge (“Once Upon a Time”), Laurie Holden (“The Walking Dead”), Wes Ramsey (“CSI: Miami”), green activist Rachelle Carson-Begley, Brad Sherwood (“Whose Line is it Anyway”), Chef Bernie Guzman (“Real Housewives of Beverly Hills”), Barbara Alyn Woods (“The Gates” and “One Tree Hill”), Tanya Memme (“Sell This House: Extreme”) and Emily Alyn Lind (“Revenge”).
Kim Kreiss and Patrycja Siewert-Towns took over the rooftop of the Peterson Auto Museum to host their eco-chic ALIVE! Expo Green Pavilion/Mix Media Luxury Lounge with Fortunate Angels which benefitted their foundation Project Green.
Kim & Patrycja take pride in introducing, educating, and entertaining celebrities, media members and other VIP guests with the latest and greatest in the natural product industry.
Safety Harbor Kids was on site educating guests about the amazing work they are doing for children in need in the Los Angeles community. Safety Harbor Kids (SHK) is a 501c3 nonprofit formed in 2007 for the purpose of enriching the lives of orphans, foster and homeless children through education in the areas of College, Career and the Arts. The orgnization’s celebrity supporters include Reese Witherspoon, Jeremy Piven and Carlos Santana amongst many others.
Stars were gifted with wine by The Naked Grape, a favorite of many celebrities including”American Idol” champ Lee DeWyze, Constance Zimmer of “Entourage” and recording artist Ryan Cabrera. They also took home gift sets filled with delicious flavors of gourmet and organic vinegars and olive oils from Bari Olive Oil in buzzed about Blackberry Vanilla and Fig both made in Italy. There was a line of foodies hanging on the Bari Olive Oil team’s every word and sampling their delicious tapenade delights. For those with a sweet tooth,Divine Dips treated guests to their incredibly delicious premium ice cream. Made with organic ingredients, gluten free and sweetened with agave, Divine Dips’ Caffe No-Lait flavor ice creme rivaled some of the best scoops I have ever had. There was even something green and yummy for canine companions. O-Doggie debuted their brand new line of doggie treats made from all organic and natural ingredients such as sweet potato, blueberry and carob.
Guests relaxed while checking out eco-luxe furntiure and artwork by The Fractal Gallery. Stars enjoyed mini Vibra Dermabrasion treatments to achieve a red carpet glow courtesy of YouNique Cosmetic Surgery of Santa Monica and then headed over to green mineral makeup line Ferro Cosmetics for touchups and product samples. Pixi debuted their Tinkerbell collection of eye shadows and promoted their new partnership with Target. AthenA Elliott flew in from Texas to gift her GlitzyLips product to an excited group of stars. Katy Perry rocked GlitzyLips’ PinkCouture metallic lips during her GRAMMY performance this year to rave reviews for her bold and sexy lip-fashion statement. Adam Shaffer from Undercover Fashion gifted his soft, stylish and versatile scarves. Beverly Mitchell is a fan of his line.
It was a gorgeous day on the rooftop of the Peterson Auto Museum for the fabulous ALIVE! Expo Green Pavilion/Mix Media Luxury Lounge which treated to guests to the best in what the green community has to offer.