Saturday, February 23, 2019

Better Bets by Rhonda Erb

The 2019 "Everyone Wins" Oscar Nominee Gift Bag

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The Galápagos Islands, Iceland, the Amazon or Costa Rica and Panama; which would you choose for an adventure vacation? That’s the happy dilemma that will face a select number of Hollywood A-listers who will be the lucky recipients of this year’s “Everyone Wins” Nominee Gift Bags. For the 17th year in a row, these ultimate swag bags are being independently produced by Distinctive Assets founder Lash Fary and his team in Los Angeles. Oscar nominees in the categories of Best Actor and Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress and Best Director will personally receive the gift bags this week, as Tinseltown prepares for the most prestigious night of the awards season.

“Every human being, regardless of career or fame, appreciates a great gift,” says Fary, so once again he and his crew have pulled together a collection of gifts that range from simply practical to exceedingly eclectic. In an effort to focus on the spirit of giving rather than the value of the gifts themselves, Distinctive Assets is not disclosing the total value of this year’s goody bag. “While this gift bag does always boast an impressive value, that is never our goal. A great gift has nothing to do with the cost,” Fary explains, “We understand the interest in the ‘wow’ number associated with this now-legendary gift bag, but we prefer to simply celebrate the fun and festive nature of the contents . . . no matter how big or small.”

There is truly something for everyone in this year’s “Everyone Wins” bag, and whatever happens at the Oscar ceremony on Sunday night, nominees like Emma Stone, Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga are sure to feel like winners as they delve into the contents of this opulent gift. In the words of Samuel L. Jackson, “The best thing about being famous is the free stuff.”

Here is a peak at what’s inside the bag…

CODA SIGNATURE
This gift box features Coda Signature’s premium edibles, topicals and concentrates. These handcrafted products can be found in more than 600 dispensaries across Colorado and will debut in California later this spring.
www.codasignature.com

INTERNATIONAL EXPEDITIONS
The nominee and a guest can choose 1 of 4 options – an adventure to Iceland, the Galapagos, the Amazon or Costa Rica & Panama. In addition to getting nose-to-nose with Galapagos sea lions or paddling along a peaceful Amazon creek, nominees will be spoiled with spa treatments, private chef-led Latin cooking lessons, and even secret celeb extensions in places like Quito or Lima! Depending on the trip they choose, the value ranges from $15,000-$20,000 per person.
www.ietravel.com

JARRITOS
The iconic Mexican soda, is committed to helping celebrities and their charitable causes and will be providing ample product for an event of their choosing. And Jarritos will be treating the nominees themselves to a Yeti Cooler full of various flavors for instant post-show gratification. Available in 11 great-tasting flavors.
www.jarritos.com

KALLIOPE NYC
Best-selling author and the nation’s leading phobia relief expert, Kalliope Barlis, helps you free yourself from bad memories and phobias in less than 30 minutes using mindfulness methods.
www.kalliope.nyc

DR. KONSTANTIN VASYUKEVICH
 Up to $30,000 of treatments and rejuvenation procedures including chemical peels, laser skin resurfacing, injectables/fillers, Botox and more at Dr. Konstantin's Luxe Upper East Side office.
 www.facialartistrymd.com

MOTA LOS ANGELES
Annual membership to MOTA Los Angeles, an exclusive, members-only cannabis-friendly social club for creatives, complete with high-end concierge & spa services and custom event programming. Membership includes access for member + 3 guests.
www.themotagroup.com

A. JUNOD ABSINTHE
Junod is a white absinthe handcrafted in the historical center of absinthe production at the Emile Pernot distillery in Pontarlier France.
www.ajunod.com

ALEXIS SELETZKY ― CELEBRITY TRAINER
Package of 10 Personal Training Sessions with one of Los Angeles’ premier trainers, Alexis Seletzky.
www.alexisfitnessla.com

AP4GOOD
100% organic cotton designer T-shirts featuring limited edition art motifs.
www.ap4good.com

ARTIST JOHN THOMAN STAINED GLASS PORTRAITS
One of a kind custom stained glass portrait created just for you by glass master and artist John Thoman.
www.jsj-a-touch-of-stained-glass.com

AVATON LUXURY VILLAS RESORT
Avaton Luxury Villas Resort, a proud member of Relais & Châteaux, is a stylish and contemporary beachfront escape overlooking the sparkling turquoise waters of Halkidiki, Greece. It consists of an exclusive collection of 16 villas.
www.avaton.com

BLUSH & WHIMSY MAGICAL COLOR CHANGING LIPSTICK
Our limited-edition rose gold lipstick, light pink flower, with strawberry scent was designed to celebrate YOU and letting your unique beauty shine. All products packaged and fulfilled by people with disabilities.
www.blushwhimsy.com

CBDRxSUPREME
CBDRxSupreme uses Organic full-spectrum CBD oil to improve health and longevity. The CBD Experience also includes a luxurious clinical facial using 1000 mg of infused organic CBD to replenish and nourish, resulting in a younger looking you!
www.cbdrxsupreme.com

CHOCOLATINES
Chocolatines’ newest collection in its Chocouture line, the Jewelry Box holds cocoa “jewels,” each handcrafted to perfection.
www.chocolatines.com

CLOSYS ORAL CARE
The Spa Kit for your Mouth.” CloSYS patented formula, ADA accepted specialty mouth rinse and toothpaste for exceptional gum teeth and breath protection. Gentlest. Oral Care. Ever.
 www.cloSYS.com

FLORA FARMS (Los Cabos, Mexico)
From Our Field to Your Table. Flora’s Field kitchen is about handmade food using our farm fresh
ingredients. We strive to only serve only what we make, raise and grow.
www.flora-farms.com

GOLDEN DOOR
A week (for two) of total mind, body and spirit renewal at the world’s #1 all-inclusive luxury wellness retreat.
www.goldendoor.com

GOOD GIRL CHOCOLATE
Good Girl Chocolate is gluten-free, dairy-free, and naturally sweetened. It will appeal to your sweet tooth, satisfy your chocolate craving, and as an added benefit, it is made with organic low-glycemic sweeteners.
www.goodgirlchocolate.com

HAPPIEST TEE
Luxury American-made t-shirts and sweatshirts that celebrate iconic happy places around the world like Los Angeles, NYC, London, Paris and Australia.
www.happiesttee.com.

HIGH BEAUTY
Realize your skin’s highest potential with our high five CANNABIS FACIAL MOISTURIZER and high expectations CANNABIS FACIAL OIL, revolutionary skin care powered by Cannabis sativa.
www.highbeauty.com.

INSTYTUTUM
This star-studded gift box includes our best and brightest products: Transforming Melting Cleanser, Resurfacing Glow Toner, Triple Action Peel, Flawless Pads, Anti-Wrinkle Brightening Serum, C- Illuminating 3D Moisturizer, Xceptional Flawless Cream, Truly Transforming Brightening Eye Cream, Flawless Skin Mask, Powerful Retinol and Flawless Inner Beauty Ageless Complex.
www.instytutum.com.

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IT’S A 10 HAIRCARE MIRACLE HAIR DRYER
Salon quality deserves the best, which is why we designed this hair dryer with the industry’s best components, from the 100% copper motor, to the ionic power output, your hair will be dry quicker, meaning less damage, a better shine, and ultimately healthier hair.
www.itsa10haircare.com.

KNOTTY FLOSS
Knotty Floss continues to be on the cutting edge of new and innovative dental health products to the consumer health market.
www.knotty-floss.com.

KUSSHI
The travel makeup bag reimagined. No more digging, no more mess. Just pure, protected, washable, organized, beauty.
www.kusshi.com.
LE CÉLINE
The whole luxury eyelashes collection by Le Céline. 15 products from our #DAILY, #PARTY and #LUXURY collection, 3 from our new #GODDESS collection and 2 #EQUIPMENT products from Le Céline Confidence & Star Appeal packed in a glamorous gold & black LE CÉLINE box.
 www.leceline.com.

LOVE IS STRONGER THAN HATE
Wear LOVE with our Love Is Stronger Than Hate tote bag and limited-edition shimmer heart T-shirt! Proceeds from every purchase will provide hope and healing to communities impacted by tragedy through our Stars of HOPE® therapeutic arts program and New York Says Thank You Foundation.
www.loveisstrongerthanhate.org

MILLIANNA
MILLIANNA accessories appeal to a wide
range of women and combine form with function. The company employs women from the World Relief Spokane refugee organization to make their pieces which provides these ladies with meaningful work while they resettle in the US.
www.millianna.com.

MISTER POOP
The Mister Poop Plunger is super cute, 100% fully functional, holds a spare roll of toilet paper, glows in the dark, is anti-microbial, and has a drip tray to keep your floor clean.
www.misterpoop.com.

3D WELLNESS RETREAT
Enjoy a luxurious weekend of rejuvenation, post award show season. Activities include: morning meditation, yoga, spa services, gourmet meals, an exclusive gifting suite and end the weekend with a cleansing ceremony with Shaman Soraya.
www.3dprmarketing.com 

MZ SKIN
 Lift & Lustre Golden Elixir Antioxidant Serum: This liquid gold, super-concentrated serum is rich in stem cells, botanical extracts and Hyaluronic Acid. The luxurious, silky formula deeply hydrates, protects against oxidative damage. Also includes Hydra-Bright Golden Eye Treatment Mask.
www.mzskin.com.

NANNETTE DE GASPÉ
NANNETTE DE GASPÉ’s Bain Noir is an ultra-relaxing and over-the-top bath soak treatment filled with loads of hemp-derived Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil Extract which helps to soothe, revive and protect the skin while also destressing the mind and body. Feeling a little flat? Enter NANNETTE de GASPÉ’s Uplift Revealed TUSH ― the world’s first-to-market, non-invasive approach to curve enhancement! These luxurious, dry-printed Techstile infusers help re- shape the contours of the buttocks while restoring firmness, suppleness and bounce for a visually more sculpted tush.
The award-winning NANNETE de GASPÉ Youth Revealed Dry Techstile Treatment for the Face features a revolutionary dry-printed formulation and includes a unique blend of 87% powerful youth-restoring, brightening, and hydrating active ingredients and emollients that feed and nourish the skin for 6-8 hours following use.
www.nannettedegaspe.com.

NEST SEEKERS INTERNATIONAL
Poolside dinner prepared by a celebrity chef at one of Shawn Elliott's ultra-luxury listings for the nominee and their friends.
www.nestseekers.com.

OPTIMUM NUTRITION
Please enjoy the Optimum Nutrition Salted Toffee Crisp Bar for a high-protein, great-tasting snack!
www.optimumnutrition.com/en-us.

ORGANIC HAIR CARE
Gift Box includes Shampoo, Conditioner and Styling Products.
www.organichaircare.com.

OXYGENETIX
A one-year supply of revolutionary Oxygenating Foundation (breathable formula that promotes healing and provides complete coverage).
www.oxygenetix.com.

PEPPERIDGE FARM MILANO
Pepperidge Farm Milano cookies, the perfect balance of crisp cookies and rich, luxurious chocolate for a truly indulgent treat.
https://www.pepperidgefarm.com/product-finder?category=2379

PETA ― AGENT FOR ANIMALS SPY PEN
The spy pen enables caring people on set to blow the whistle on animal abuse by filming it and then reporting it to PETA's confidential whistleblower hotline.
www.peta.org.

POSH PRETZELS
2 tier gourmet pretzel gift box from Posh Pretzels, which are unlike any other pretzels in the market.
www.poshpretzels.com
REIAN WILLIAMS FINE ART
Commissioned original work of art from a Master of Emotive Realism.
www.reianwilliamsfineart.com.

ROUGE MAPLE
Pure Organic Maple Syrup and Glamour Gourmet Gift Set: a selection of our best gourmet maple products with our delicious recipes for a sweet dinner!
www.rougemaple.com

SAFETY DOG LEASH
Safety attachment for any leash tethered to your wrist. Allows hands free!
www.safetydogleash.com.

SALIX LOTION
All-natural hair inhibiting lotion. It’s a laser hair removal alternative!
www.salixcare.com.

SOUL SHROPSHIRE
A candle designed to support well-being. A Soul Candle is a lifestyle choice.
www.soulcandles.co.uk.

SOUTHERN WICKED LEMONADE
An ALL-Natural, Gluten-free, Organically-sweetened full size (750ml) bottle of Southern Wicked Lemonade Moonshine. #WhyBehaveWhenYouCanBeWicked
https://www.wickedlemonade.com/

SUE PHILLIPS OF SCENTERPRISES
Unique bright, exuberant “FRESH & SPARKLING” deluxe Custom Fragrance in a refillable ‘swivel’ atomizer packaged in a black velvet sachet. Plus an invitation to visit THE SCENTARIUM, NYC’s first custom perfumery, to create a one-of-a-kind signature fragrance.
www.scenterprises.com.

TAPS FOR HOPE AFGHAN LAPIS BRACELET
Sponsored by TAPS, the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, the TAPS for Hope bracelet is an initiative of love and sacrifice benefiting families of fallen military. This beautiful, deep blue bracelet is crafted from Lapis Lazuli, (meaning Stone of Heaven), a precious stone mined from one of the world’s oldest gem mines in Afghanistan. The intention of the TAPS for Hope project is to bring together widows of war from America and Afghanistan to honor the service and sacrifice of their fallen heroes.
https://shop.taps.org/collections/afghan.

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THE BEAUTY BOOK FOR BRAIN CANCER
Collectable 300-page coffee table book. All money raised from the sale of The Beauty Book for Brain Cancer is donated between two charities: SNOG (Sydney Neurology Oncology Group) and HEADRUSH. Both are non-profit organizations, have no overhead and rely on donations for the much-needed research, to help find a cure.
http://www.thebeautybook.org/

THE GREEN GARMENTO
Certified female-owned, The Green Garmento creates clean closets and a clean planet! The GIGANTOTE is a multi-use, expandable tote that works like a basket. Great for laundry, storage, soccer games and wardrobe changes! Plus get your dry cleaning naked and skip the plastic with a 4-in-1 reusable bag! Responsible for taking close to 3 million pounds of plastic out of the eco system all across the US and in 25 counties.
www.thegreengarmento.com.

TRU NIAGEN
TRU NIAGEN® is a unique form of vitamin B3 clinically proven to safely increase your cells’ ability to make energy, with NAD.
www.truniagen.com

VIDAHAIR GROWTH
Natural hair growth system that brings hair back to life.
www.vidahairgrowth.com

WSJ. MAGAZINE
Magazine’s latest issue and a 3-month free subscription card.
https://www.wsj.com/news/magazine

ZUZU KIM
Couture bow ties for men & women that are handmade in New York City.
https://www.zuzukim.com/


-Rhonda Erb


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