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Oscar's Big Weekend 2012: Gifting Suites

A look at the weekend’s gifting lounges:

ECO OSCARS MUSIC, CELEBRITY & PET STYLE LOUNGE
When: Friday
Where: Hancock Park estate
Posh perks: Expect a bit of retro swag from this eco-minded lounge presented in Mary Pickford’s old estate, where “The Artist” was filmed. In addition to the usual beauty treatments paired with cocktails made of Kanon Organic Vodka, guests are invited to bring their pets. The Red Carpet Pets section of the lounge benefits the Fur Fitness Foundation, where Celebrity Pet Portraits will shoot pics of you and your own beloved Uggie.

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THE LEGACY LOUNGE GIFTING SUITE 2012
When: Friday
Where: Redbury Hotel
Posh perks: Jump into the photo booth provided by ShutterBooth.com and take some “before” shots. Then pick up the gift certificates that Prasad Cosmetic Surgery is gifting, and your “after” shot may just look different, as well as younger.

STYLING THE MODERN MAN OSCAR’S GROOMING SUITE
When: Friday
Where: Siren Studios
Posh perks: This evening suite/party features haircuts, shaves, shoe shines and facials, plus tumblers full of Chivas Regal to go along with the pampering aimed at gentleman in search of a bit of manscaping before the big event on Sunday.

STYLELAB’S JEWELRY PREVIEW FOR THE ACADEMY AWARDS
When: Friday
Where: Secret location in Beverly Hills
Posh perks: Stylist Michael O’Connor shows off a dazzling array of one-of-a-kind jewels valued in the millions, just in time to help stars and stylists make the most fashion-forward, last-minute decision as to what to wear for Sunday’s big bash. Top brands being shown include Joseph Weinreich, Michelle Buxani, Edward Mirell and V. Saravanan, each with a completely different look and vibe, but all featuring precious gems to die for.

KARI FEINSTEIN’S 2012 STYLE LOUNGE
When: Friday
Where: Mondrian Hotel
Posh perks : Celebs can feel good about first having a massage from Melt LA and then filling bags with assorted gifts, from companies like Body Armor, Devora Libin Jewels, Silpada Designs and Mexico’s posh Capella Resort. The feeling good part comes when the celebs give a bit back and do a PSA photo shoot at Feinstein’s lounge. It’s all to support Creative Coalition’s anti-bullying initiative.

GBK ANNUAL CELEBRITY GIFT LOUNGE
When: Friday and Saturday
Where: W Hotel Hollywood
Posh perks: You’ll need a personal Sherpa to carry home GBK’s famously massive bag of swag from this annual gifting suite, including main sponsor My Pillow’s spectacularly comfortable down pillow. And as owner Gavin Keilly tells it, there’s plenty more good stuff.
“We’ll be gifting Paccioni Centum custom-made $6,000 watches, watches the celebrity can custom design so that they have a one-of-a-kind watch,” says Keilly. But the best swag of the day comes in a smaller package. It’s a trip to Lumeria Maui — the Luxury Retreat. But that one’s only being given to nominees and presenters, so B-listers need not apply.

BUCCELLATI OSCARS STYLING SUITE
When: Friday and Saturday
Where: Four Seasons Hotel
Posh perks: Italian fine jeweler Buccellati brings its most glamorous pieces to an appointment-only suite, so that female stars or their stylists can get an up-close look at their one-of-a-kind designs. They are also willing to lend fabulous timepieces to the guys in the crowd. But Maidenform, their suite partner, will only be fitting out the ladies with the brand’s custom fitted (on the spot) Capsule Collection shape wear, designed to keep everything in its proper place on Sunday night.

SWAROVSKI STYLIST SUITE
When: Friday and Saturday
Where: Peninsula Hotel
Posh perks: Swarovski provides the sparkle all over the Academy Awards set at the Kodak Theater, but that’s not what will draw bling lovers to its 12th annual suite this weekend. The big draw is the pretty evening purses, dazzling couture jewelry and vintage pieces flown straight in from Paris that are the lure for this high-end lending suite hosted by Nadja Swarovski. And if you’re a nominee, expect to be gifted with its VIP “A Day in the Life of Sparkle” package, filled with glittery goodies. Otherwise, it all has to be given back after Sunday’s swirl.

ALIVE! GREEN EXPO GREEN PAVILION/MIX MEDIA LUXURY LOUNGE
When: Friday and Saturday
Where: Petersen Automotive Museum
Posh perks: Green products are showcased at this annual lounge, whose goal is “to inspire and encourage individuals to embrace a life of health, wellness, fitness and eco-conscious living,” according to founders Kim Kreiss and Patryjca Siewert-Towns. There are also gifts of Botox and fillers from Unique Plastic Surgery, and you’re allowed to enjoy the whole experience while sipping Barefoot Wines and Status Vodka.

TMG/PANDORA JEWELRY LUXURY “RED CARPET READY” PRE-OSCAR SUITE
When: Friday and Saturday
Where: Beverly Hilton Hotel Penthouse
Posh perks: Body and soul will feel fabulous after a few of the spa treatments offered here. Start with a Dr. Renaud Paris facial, go on to a manicure, get your teeth whitened and head over to create a customized Pandora charm bracelet. Then it is on to the Excess Baggage denim bar for some new duds, a stop for some shape wear (here for both women and men) and finally a Katherine Baumann handbag, perfect for toting home all the swag you’ve collected.

THE OFFICIAL PRESENTER GIFT LOUNGE BACKSTAGE AT THE 2012 SPIRIT AWARDS
When: Saturday
Where: Backstage at the Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica
Posh perks: This year’s event will once again have the AMC Entertainment Signature Pass, the free-movies-for-a-year card that Samantha Haft, the On 3 Productions head honcho who runs the lounge, calls “the all-time favorite” gift.
But there’s a new twist for Spirit presenters this year.
“We listened to what the stars were asking for, and they all wanted products to make them red-carpet ready,” says Haft. “So there’s more beauty-related products this year, like Wella Professionals hair care items, Tree Hut body care and Fashion Forms, who make that great tape that makes sure there are no too-revealing moments on the carpet!”

BWD GIFTING LOUNGE IN CELEBRATION OF THE 84TH ACADEMY AWARDS
When: Saturday
Where: Confidential Beverly Hills
Posh perks: Feeling a little sluggish after the week’s party swirl? Then this gifting lounge is for you, as it offers gift certificates for both chiropractic adjustments from Dr. Theo Kousouli and colon cleaning from Complete Trinity Colon Hydro Therapy. If you’re feeling fine, go for the Los Osuna Tequila while picking up Skullcandy headphones and Imoshion handbags.

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