From the indie film world of the Sundance Film Festival to the prestige of the Academy Awards, green is the color…no, not the funds involved in making movies. Green is the color of the eco-friendly gifting at the 2014 Eco Hideaway Park City and the 2014 Eco Oscars Beverly Hills. Both hosted by producer Debbie Durkin, these premier events offer great food, drink, music and celebrity gifting – along with a decidedly eco-friendly bent.
No snow fell on Park City, Utah at the 30th Anniversary of the Sundance Film Festival’s stellar independent movie mecca. The Eco Hideaway was a part of the celebration. Held right on downtown’s Main Street, there were three days of gifting, featuring thirty plus live musical acts, a Whole Foods sponsored elegant snack table buffet, and Tito’s Handmade Vodka – drinks from a classic Bloody Mary to OJ + Vodka were sipped by attendees who browsed and gifted some great items at this third floor loft space.
Favorite vendors included the ultra soft, beautiful fabrics of Minky Couture. Designer blankets, pet blankets, and lush scarves were the order of the day. Ultimate coveted design: a black sequined throat scarf that was warm, plush, soft, and sexy. Complimenting these fine fabrics were the stunning naturally sourced handcrafted jewelry by trend setting Dallas based designer Deborah Gaspar. Citrine, sterling silver, snakeskin, mixed metals, pearls – these thick bracelets, eye galvanizing necklaces, and stunning earrings were made for the Sundance scene. Totally original jewelry designs that go outside the box – a good match with outside the box film makers.
The Marisa Kenson Collection continued to stun the celebrity scene with innovative designs and unusual fabrics, with resort wear and evening wear that’s already a favorite of stars like Katy Perry. The one of a kind clothing line is supplemented by a new fashion mate, the Youngevity MK make up collection. Sensuous colors created from organic minerals give a fashion forward flair to eco-friendly make up. Other ecologically sound sources on hand included The Spa at Stein Eriksen Lodge, renowned for it’s spa treatments and service, as well as custom product lines, and Under Canvas glamping destinations – luxurious vacation camping where you won’t have to raise a well-groomed pinky finger to set up a tent. Celeb sightings were in abundance from Jason Schwartzman (whose acerbic dark comedy Listen Up, Phillip was drawing laughing crowds) to Patricia Arquette, whose stand-out performance in twelve-years-in-the-making feature Boyhood deserved a little sweet, green swag.
While the streets remained swept of snow at Sundance this year, in Los Angeles, rain fell up to the final Oscar countdown, and the Eco Oscars were not immune to deluge. But with a complimentary valet right outside the door to the event’s location at the Bar 210 in the Beverly Hilton Hotel, guests were kept dry from the downpour. Once inside the venue, a world of rich plum pillows and couches, glowing golden lamps, and a beautiful buffet and bar transported guests from a rainy day in LA to some exotic Casbah, one packed with beautiful green friendly products and green friendly causes.
Pet lovers took note of the Canine and Feline Caviar foods and treats on hand. This burgeoning, organic pet care company offers wet, dry, and treat items all with a careful food pH balance developed to improve pet life quality, creating more oxygen in a dog or cat’s blood stream. Canine Caviar is the only alkaline-based pet food designed to reduce the risk of getting cancer, and the company supports the Canine Caviar Cancer Research Foundation, which provides research in pet cancer and cancer education. With new glamorous evening wear on tap, and a beautiful makeup collection, Youngevity, the Marisa Kenson – MK Collaborative Makeup and designer clothing was a delight to sample. Eye shadows in sparkling Champagne and Smoky Grey, beautiful blushes, and a full palette of lip-wear were stand-outs in a line of organic, toxin free mineral makeups good for the skin and the environment.
This socially conscious luxury lounge celebrated other fine sustainable products too including BULA LIFE spf coverage ski and sun wear, Will Leather Goods classic carry alls, and stunning hand painted silk scarves from LA based boutique LA + Jo. L’Arganium 100% organic Argan Oil, an all natural beauty product that strengthens and sustains skin with oils, lotions, and more was another must-have. Good for the hair, scalp, and skin, this is a rich oil that can help maintain youthful appearance and increase skin health and tone.
And what about the mysterious globes and light fixtures creating a magical atmosphere in the bar space? Those would be the creation of lighting designer David Trubridge, whose energy conscious and beautiful patterned fixtures helped transform the 210 Bar into an Award-worthy venue. While a DJ spun smart tunes, Ofrenda Maya Tequila offered tastings aged up to a smooth 42 months, and tasty buffet items included lavender dusted cauliflower and Kalamata olives in a rich spread of veggies, hummus, cheeses, and tuna tartare. Academy Award nominees browsed, grazed, and were gifted, posing for photo ops throughout the afternoon.
The event also benefitted charity partner Say Yes! To Hope, Beat Liver Tumors. 20 cancer survivors were hosted on site along with co-founder Suzanne Lindley, currently courageously battling liver cancer.
Rain or snow or sun, the eco-gift suites in Park City and Beverly Hills offered a world of sustainable, beautiful products in sleek environments drawing celebrities from the world of indie film to the blockbusters of Hollywood.