GBK’s Celebrity Gift Lounge in Honor of the 2012 MTV Movie Awards Nominees and Presenters

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On June 1, we had the pleasure of attending GBK’s Celebrity Gift Lounge in honor of the MTV Movie Awards Nominees and Presenters. The event took place at L’Ermitage Hotel in Beverly Hills, on the tented roof-top that was transformed into a celebrity, VIP and media retreat with the help of Illuminated Industries and other sponsors!

Before we go any further, I’d like to tell you about GBK’s commitment to raising awareness for charitable causes. This year’s charity beneficiary is (RED)™ – a non-profit organization created by Bono and Bobby Shriver to unite iconic companies and consumer power in the fight against AIDS in Africa. Since its inception in March 2006, sales from (RED)™ products and events have generated over $190 million for the Global Fund to invest in African AIDS programs. (RED)™ funds are focused on fighting AIDS through the elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV by 2015. Every day 1,000 babies are born with HIV, but by 2105 that number could be virtually zero.

We had a great time at GBK’s MTV Movie Awards Gift Lounge; the weather was absolutely beautiful, the ambiance exquisite and the products simply fabulous! We loved talking to every sponsor we met and fell in love with their products and/or cause. We feel privileged to have had the opportunity to attend! We started a Series featuring some of our favorite sponsors on 1HappyCorner.com, our Gift Blog (more posts to be published in the weeks to come).

Now, let us tell you about the fabulous luxury products and luxury brands we saw!

Caribbean Living Magazine gifted celebrities 5 all inclusive nights at the new Hard Rock resort in Puerto Vallarta! How cool is that?! You can find them at www.caribbeanlivingmagazine.com, on Facebook and Twitter. More info on the Hard Rock Hotels at hardrockhotels.com.

Talk about cutting-edge technology! Cubify and the Cube 3D printer were a must see! Almost an attraction, if I may say. Cubify displayed fun, colorful and creative products ranging from toys, jewelry, designer shoes to fashion accessories, even a dress! It was absolutely fascinating watching objects come to life right before your eyes! Cubify gifted custom designed, exclusive Fresh Fiber iphone cases and Freedom of Creation ipod nano bracelets, with select tech-enthusiastic guests receiving the ultimate toy: an @home 3D Cube printer! You can find Cubify at www.Cubify.com, Facebook and Twitter.

Emys Clothing – Their bamboo clothing surpasses the conventional cotton clothing in comfort, quality, and durability. Bamboo is more sustainable and requires less effort to grow than cotton. The apparel  they gifted is so unbelievably soft! Their mission is to use sustainable products to increase the global awareness of the necessity of environmental stewardship. You can find Emys Clothing at www.emysclothing.com and on Facebook.

Jada Toys, Inc. , a leading designer and manufacturer of toys introduced everyone to Chiffon, one their freshly launched Cutie Pops dolls. What’s so special about Cutie Pops? Well, Cutie Pops are adorable fashion dolls that come with special “style pops” and you can decorate them from head to toe, creating the ultimate fashion looks! Change the hair style and color, customize their dress with lots of accessories and don’t forget about the Cutie Pops pets! You can find Cutie Pops at www.CutiePopsDolls.com , on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. For Jada Toys, visit www.jadatoysinc.com

The Artisan Group, an elite art promotion group with over 700 members from all over the world. The Artisan Group makes it possible for extremely talented artists to gift their work to celebrities and members of the Press at fabulous events like GBK’s MTV Movie Awards Gift Lounge! The products they had on display were fascinating – all handmade, all unique, all exquisitely made, perfect for any occasion! The Artisan Group gifted celebrities and members of the press a lovely collection of jewelry, stationery, candles, fine art photography, spa and bath products, and other handcrafted gifts, valued at nearly $1000. You can find The Artisan Group at www.TheArtisanGroup.org, on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

Kent Denim was another lovely brand present at the Gift Lounge! Their premium indigo cone denim jeans and Japanese kuroki demin jeans were a hit! You can find Kent Denim’s bold and unconventional products on their website at www.kentdenim.com; you can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

Toy State is an award winning innovator and an industry leader in the manufacturing of licensed and highly stylized lights and sound vehicles. Toy State’s core portfolio includes: Dub Garage Toys, Road Rippers® lights and sound vehicles, as well as Cat® and Cat® Preschool lights and sound construction toys. Working in-step with the world’s leading automakers, Toy State products provide hours of enjoyment for kids of all ages. For more information, please visit www.toystate.com or their Facebook and Twitter pages.

RevitaLash made a splash! Some of the products they gifted celebrities include the newly formulated RevitaLash ADVANCED eyelash conditioner, which lengthens and thickens eyelashes, as well as Hair by RevitaLash – a conditioner that gives you thicker and fuller hair. Other gifts included RevitaLash Mascara and Perfect Primer, which helps mascara adhere better to your eyelashes, Spotlight Highlighting Pencil, and Raven 12 Hour Eyeliner. You can find RevitaLash at www.revitalash.com ; you can also follow them on Facebook.

Robdechi gifted their All-Black Original scarf hoodie, which is lightweight and has three outside pockets. You can find Robdechi at www.robdechi.com or on Facebook and Twitter.

Ruby Roxanne Designs gifted beautiful, elegant leather cuffs. Each piece is meticulously hand-crafted by Celebrity designer Ruby R. Agresta who stands faithfully behind the quality of her work. She personally selects the finest materials to ensure a flawless end result. The uniqueness of the leathers she creates with and her designing abilities have become a key element in the R.R.D collection resulting in soft and easy to wear accessories. You can find Ruby Roxanne Designs at www.rubyroxannedesigns.com, on Facebook and Twitter.

imPRESS Press-On Manicure by Broadway Nails is the revolutionary way to apply polish. Featuring advanced nail technology, you can get a salon perfect manicure in seconds with no glue! Simply peel-off, press on and you are done! Who can say no to instant manicure?! With over 36 colors and patterns, the choice is all yours! Visit www.impressmanicure.com for more details; you can also find them on Facebook and Twitter.

Sabra gifted celebrities with a custom cooler bag filled with Sabra hummus and a Sabra Grab N’ Go Snack with hummus and pretzels. You can find Sabra at www.Sabra.com; you can follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

Halfbreed Clothing Co. is a multicultural clothing line for all mixed race people, no matter how many races they are blessed with. Diversity, passion and unity is what makes Halfbreed very unique. At GBK’s Gift Lounge they gifted celebrities with Tees, tanks and sweatshirts while spreading the word on how we can build pride within our multi-ethnic communities. You can find Halfbreed Clothing Co. at www.Halfbreedclothingco.com, on Facebook and Twitter.

Lotus Premium Denim is a brand based on one simple goal: to fit and flatter a woman’s body the very first time! They gifted their signature slim straight denim collection, made for women. You can find them at www.lotuspremiumdenim.com, also on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

Sprout gifted celebrities with their eco friendly watches made of sustainable materials while Armitron treated them to sport and classic watches. You can find Sprout at www.sproutwatches.com, on Facebook and Twitter. Armitron products are available at www.armitron.com; you can follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

Negris LeBrum Clothing Co. fuses fashion and technology by branding themselves with Black Street Technology Corp touch screen watch phone “I SPY”. Absolutely ground-breaking! Traditionally, they are a fashion brand that stumbled into the world of tech gadgets and designing them. You can find information on their fantastic watches at www.blackstreettechnology.com; if you want, you can find Negris LeBrum on Facebook and Twitter.

A couple of servings of Evamor natural alkaline artesian water a day helps combat excess acids introduced by the Modern American Acidic Diet and bring all natural relief. Please visit www.evamor.com for more details. You can also find Evamor on Facebook and Twitter.

MGA Entertainment showcased their Bratz True Hope bald dolls in celebration of their historic arrival at Toys R Us in mid-June. MGA gave celebrities an exclusive first look at the new Bratzillas line of dolls, to be launched in stores in August. Bratzillas are the older cousins of Bratz and they possess magical powers. You can visit MGA Entertainment at www.mgae.com.

Cartography One of a kind, found-object design necklaces composed entirely of antique charms gathered from flea markets, vintage shops and estate sales the world over. You can find Cartography at www.cartography40n74w.com.

Keratin Complex’s at-home product line includes a full-range of Keratin-infused styling products and tools that increase shine, minimize styling time and reduce frizz. For more info, please visit their website at www.Keratincomplex.com or their Facebook page.

Plomo, an edgy and young contemporary shoe brand that screams feminity, gifted a pair of stylish shoes. You can see their collections at www.plomoshoes.com; you can also join them on Facebook and Twitter.

AsomBroso Tequila (www.asombrosotequila.com)  served guests with their famous AsomCaddy Margaritas, while The Taco Man (www.thetacoman.com), a Mexican taco catering company, provided delicious food samples of their tacos and gifted a $50 gift certificate for taco catering.

Illuminated Industries, a leader in the illuminated furniture hire market provided innovative, stylish and modern furniture that turned the space into a wonderful retreat for celebrities, attending guests and media. Their website: www.Illuminatedind.com; you can also find them on Facebook and Twitter.

ABOUT GBK:

GBK, formerly GBK Productions, is a luxury lifestyle gifting and special events company, specializing in entertainment marketing integration. Formed in 2000 by Gavin Keilly, the company’s Founder and CEO, GBK consists of five divisions: GBK Celebrity Gifting, GBK Special Events, GBK Weddings, GBK Charitable Consulting and GBK Marketing/Public Relations. Widely known in the entertainment industry for bringing that little extra something into the Gifting Lounge environment, GBK offers its clients a full range of marketing services. For more information, please visit: www.gbkproductions.com

Photos courtesy of Simo Media, GBK and the sponsors.

2012 GBK’s MTV Movie Awards Gift Lounge Series – The Artisan Group

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Today, I’d like to introduce you to another fabulous exhibitor present at the 2012 GBK’s MTV Movie Awards Gift Lounge: The Artisan Group, an elite art promotion group with over 700 members from all over the world. The Artisan Group makes it possible for extremely talented artists to gift their work to celebrities and members of the Press at fabulous events like GBK’s MTV Movie Awards Gift Lounge! The products they had on display were fascinating – all handmade, all unique, all exquisitely made, perfect for any occasion! We featured some of them on our sister site, Craftsyble, right before the event.

You can find The Artisan Group at www.TheArtisanGroup.org, on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

Featured below are the gifts we received in our gift bag from The Artisan Group. [read the whole post at www.1HappyCorner.com]

2012 GBK’s MTV Movie Awards Gift Lounge Series: Toy State

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On June 1, we had the pleasure of visiting GBK’s MTV Movie Awards Gift Lounge at L’Ermitage Hotel in Beverly Hills. Today, we’d like to introduce you to one of our favorite exhibits: Toy State! We absolutely LOVED them! It was like being a kid again!

Founded in 1984, Toy State is an award winning innovator and an industry leader in the manufacturing of licensed and highly stylized lights and sound vehicles. Toy State’s core portfolio includes: Dub Garage Toys, Road Rippers® lights and sound vehicles, as well as Cat® and Cat® Preschool lights and sound construction toys. Working in-step with the world’s leading automakers, Toy State products provide hours of enjoyment for kids of all ages. For more information, please visit www.toystate.com.

Which celebs stopped by their exhibit to check out the stylish toy cars and get a sneak peak of the new 007™ line of toys? MANY of them! Here are just a few:

“The Client List” star Jennifer Love Hewitt, “drove” away in style with a DUB Garage Blazerz.

DUB GARAGE BLAZERZ is all about lights, lights and more lights – hit the music and watch Blazerz glow! Signature DUB Edition styles with motorized driving action, custom music, and lights and sounds fun make Blazerz stand out from the crowd. Available in two models: DUB Edition DH5™ (Sports car) and DUB Edition DI7™ (Muscle car). Here is quick peek at DUB Edition DZ8 to be released this fall!

Read the entire post at 1HappyCorner.com.

New Website Launch: Craftsyble

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We are excited to announce the launch of our new website: Craftsyble!

Our main topics will be crafts and running your craft business. We’ll also talk about Etsy stores, we’ll have interviews with some of the most remarkable crafters out there and, once in a while, we’ll even have giveaways.

Craftsyble.com

Here are my five favorite posts so far:

1. How to Protect the name of your craft business
This post is about building and protecting your brand.

2. 5 Ways to sell your crafts
For beginners, a handful of craft-selling suggestions.

3. Steps for setting up an Etsy shop”
Quick guide on how to start your Etsy shop in no time!

4. Increase your Etsy shop exposure with Bloggers”
Suggestions on how to spread the word about your business.

5. What can I sell on Etsy?
Basic categories your work must fall under…

Contribute

If you are a crafter and would like to be featured on Craftsyble, please complete the Craftsyble Me form. Other ways to contribute to Craftsyble:

Craftsyble.com

About Craftsyble

Craftsyble is all about talented crafters and artisans who take the extra step and make handcrafting more than a form of art or a simple hobby! We hope to inspire, help and motivate ordinary crafters to become extraordinary!”

Check it out and let us know what you think by joining the conversation on our Facebook Craftsyble Fan Page.

Chocolate-Peanut Butter Dream Bars

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Cookie Base

1 pouch (1 lb 1.5 oz) Betty Crocker® double chocolate chunk cookie mix
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 tablespoons cold strong brewed coffee or water
1 egg

photo courtesy of bettycrocker.com

Filling

1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup sugar
1 container (8 oz) frozen whipped topping, thawed
1 bag (9 oz) miniature chocolate-covered peanut butter cup candies, chopped

Topping

1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup milk
2 tablespoons sugar
3 oz bittersweet baking chocolate, melted
1 cup unsalted dry-roasted peanuts

Read the Directions at 100CafeStreet.com

How to Give the Perfect Gift to a Sex and the City Fan

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Sex and the City 2 hits theaters May 27. Carrie, Charlotte, Samantha and Miranda will hit the big screen. There are millions of Sex and the City fans and thankfully there are lots of great gifts for all of those SATC fanatics out there. Here are some tips for giving the perfect gift to the Sex and the City fans in  your life.

Celebrate Sex and the City with Gifts! picture courtesy of danzden
Celebrate Sex and the City. photo courtesy of danzden

TV Show DVDs

Sex and the City was on the air from 1998 to 2004. Give your loved one the gift of every Manolo Blahnik-filled episode with the complete Sex and the City DVD Set. Or just start with season one if you’re looking for a more inexpensive SATC gift.

Glam Accessories

Fashion is at the core of every Sex and the City episode. That’s why every Sex and the City girl loves glam accessories. Check out the assortment of sunglasses, tights and jewelry available from Betsey Johnson.

Read the entire post at our Gift Blog: 1HappyCorner.com

The Million – Dollar Recipe from Pillsbury Bake Off!

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Finally, the winner of the Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest was revealed on The Oprah Show. Sue Compton is taking home the Grand Prize of $1 MILLION! Congratulations, Ms. Compton! Now, let’s see the recipe!

Mini Ice Cream Cookie Cups

photo courtesy of pillsbury.com
photo courtesy of pillsbury.com

INGREDIENTS
– 1 package (16 oz) Pillsbury® Ready to Bake!™ refrigerated sugar cookies (24 cookies)
– 4 teaspoons sugar
– 1/3 cup Fisher® Chef’s Naturals® Chopped Walnuts, finely chopped
– 1/2 cup Hershey’s® semi-sweet chocolate baking chips
– 1/4 cup Smucker’s® Seedless Red Raspberry Jam
– 1 1/2 cups vanilla bean ice cream, softened
– 24 fresh raspberries

Read the whole recipe at our Dessert Blog: 100CafeStreet.com