Friday, March 24, 2017

Generosity Celebrated World Water Day at Montage Hotel in Beverly Hotel

(Beverly Hills, CA)
By Karen Ostlund
Red carpet photo credit:William Kidston
Stars appeared in support of clean water wells. March 21st at Montage Hotel on Canon Drive.
(left) Jordin Sparks w.Philip and Holly Wagner

In 2008, Generosity Water, Inc. (now called was founded by father-son team Philip and Jordan Wagner as a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to ending the clean water crisis in developing countries.
Since the inception of, they have raised over $5 million, funding over 752 water projects, giving clean water to over 400,000 people around the world.

Candy Wang started drilling clean water wells in countries around the world to people that had no access to clean water in 2007 and today 10 years later they have drilled 780 clean water wells worldwide, Wagner said. This year they expect to get close to 900 wells.
Stars such as Queen Latifah, Katy Perry, Megan Trainor, and film star Megan Fox are all supporters of 
Paul & Dee Dee Sorvino

Carolyn Hennessy w Paul Wagner

Convinced that a “for-purpose” sustainable business model could play a tremendous role in solving the water crisis, Jordan Wagner started Generosity Beverages, Inc., a for-profit company, in 2014 with his partner Micah Cravalho. While the original non-profit entity evolved to become, Generosity Beverages launched its first product under the name Generosity Water. While a completely separate legal entity, Generosity Beverages is a donor of and contributes 20% of its profits to support our programs around the world.
(left) Kate Flannery, Tim Davis & Jane Lynch performed on stage

"Most of our water projects are made with pipes and cement. Like any mechanical device, a well will rust and breakdown over time. In fact, most wells will be in need of repair after 5 years of operation but with proper maintenance, they can have an average lifespan of over 20 years. This doesn’t mean that clean water access ends after 20 years” said Jordan Wagner. 

Gloria Garayua w. friend

On average, each water project serves 500 people. This number varies from community to community, but in order to maximize the efficiency and sustainability of each water point, projects are usually constructed in communities where approximately 500 people will be served.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Recap of Art-Hearts-Fashion Fall Runways 2017 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel

By Karen Ostlund
Art Hearts Fashion LA's Fall Runways at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills
HALE BOB with models Opening day at Art Hearts Fashion Fall 2017 Shows
(Beverly Hills, CA) They say home is where the heart is, and for thousands of fashionistas from around the world, Art Hearts Fashion is their home at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. 
Nicole Miller Fall Fashion Installations 2017

From March 11th through March 18th 33 Designers, dozens of artists, and hundreds of models came together to celebrate the art of fashion at Los Angeles Fashion Week. Art Hearts Fashion has revolutionized the fashion world by combining art, philanthropy and fashion while raising awareness for the important causes it supports.
Mister Triple X with Janice Dickinson and models
 Celebrities in attendance and participating in the shows included: Britney Spears, Cee Lo Green, Ray J, Lil Mama, Michael Costello, Janice Dickinson, Jessica Sutta, Fitness Supermodel Jeff Seid, Married To Medicine Lisa Nicole Cloud, Madeline Stuart, Shaholly Ayers, Christine Devine, Jackie Christie, Christina Johnson, Richie Rich, James Kennedy, Sham Ibrahim, Mame Adjei, Ava Capra, Darius McCrary, Prince Manvendra, Brandon Bailey, Sam Asghari, Marla Solis and WWE Superstar Natalie Eva Marie.
Britney Spears came see the shows the third day at Hilton Hotel
 As a voice for artistic and cutting edge designers, Art Hearts Fashion is paving the way toward the future of Fashion Week. Art Hearts Fashion's philanthropic drive stretches internationally, putting the spotlight on how fashion can promote constructive ideals and influence the progressive evolution of the fashion industry. The platform is proud to raise awareness for organizations including: Aids Healthcare Foundation, Project Cancerland, Make A Wish Foundation, Children's Hospital LA, and Women's Cancer Research Foundation.
Rocky Gathercole
 Guests of the week enjoyed an art gallery reception curated by Six Summit Gallery, pop art from celebrity artist Sham Ibrahim, and a photo experience presented by fotopod booth. This season also included a fashion installation with Nicole Miller, a plus size showcase and several talented designers presented by Best Talent Group. Opening party was hosted by Le Jardin Hollywood and closing Gala was held at Unici Casa.                                                                      
Danny Nguyen Fall 2017

Lisa Nicole Couture Fashion
Runway looks were mastered by the diligent work of April Love Pro Team. Official Hair sponsor Sexy Hair lead by powerhouse duo Cocre8 worked tirelessly backstage to create hundreds of looks throughout the week. Makeup products were provided by Crown Pro, Bdellium tools and Stacked Lashes.
RICH by Richie Rich

Elie Madi Fall 2017

Title Sponsor AIDS Healthcare Foundation promoted  #AlwaysInFashion to build awareness about practicing safe sex. AHF is the world's largest provider of services for HIV/AIDS. To support AHF you can txt "FIGHTAIDS" to 41444 to donate any amount to support the cause.
Resty Lagare

Kenneth Barlis Fall 2017
 Sponsors included: AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Sexy Hair, April Love Pro Team, Cocre8, Monster Energy, Huberts Lemonade, Bdellium Tools, Savvy Travelers, Shibue Couture, Six Summit Gallery, FNL Networks, Unici Casa, Le Jardin, Stacked Lashes, Fotopod Booth, The LA Fashion Magazine, FNL Networks, R and R Advantage, Selfie Cookie, Runway TV, Concrete Studios, Neptune, I Am Printing Solutions, Fashion Week Online, RNWY, Uno Chat, New Leaper, and Le Grand Courtage France.                                                                                   
Usama Ishtag evening gowns
SEN Couture Fall 2017
Lil Jewels evening wear

Willfredo Gerardo Fashion 2017

Stage Photos by: Arun Nevader
Art Hearts Fashion Week Los Angeles Images

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Natural Food Expo Predicts Trends For Natural, Organic & Healthy Products

By Karen Ostlund

Prediction of the Macro Trends for Natural, Organic and Healthy Products

(March 15, 2017, Los Angeles, CA) The 37th annual Natural Products Expo West & Engredea, the world's largest natural, organic and healthy products event, experienced another record-setting year playing host to more than 80,000 attendees including industry pioneers and a new generation of innovators shaping the future of healthy products. The show, produced by New Hope Network, was held March 9-13 2017 at the Anaheim Convention Center and brought together 3,100 exhibiting companies, including more than 500 first-time exhibitors.

“We love the energy and excitement at Natural Products Expo West. This is the perfect event to launch a product because the key decision makers are in the same place. We’ve secured several placements for our new Sticky Rice Chips this week and are thrilled about the momentum coming out of the show,” said Vincent Kitirattragarn, Founder and CEO of Dang Foods.
New Hope Network again expanded the event’s footprint to encompass the entire Anaheim Convention Center campus expanding exhibits into the Anaheim Marriott Hotel for the first time. Producers look forward to hosting exhibits in the newly expanded North Hall at the 2018 event.
“Each year, longtime attendees band together with first-timers to push the natural products industry to new heights. We quickly see its impact as groundbreaking new healthy products show up on store shelves across the country.” said Adam Andersen, Managing Director, New Hope Network.    
Natural Products Expo West & Engredea is the preeminent show for spotting trends in the food and CPG industry. The content and research team at New Hope Network tracked the following macro forces and consumer trends this year: 1) An Erosion of Trust, 2) A Climate of Change, 3) Prioritizing Health, and 4) Consciousness Rising.
Examples of related trends and exciting new products that support each trend visit the online gallery at
SeaSnax Chomperz
 The official Natural Products Expo West “Best of West: Press Award” went to SeaSnax for their SeaSnax Chomperz. Runners-up included Good Karma Foods and The Happy Egg Co.
The winner of Natural Products Business School’s Pitch Slam was LoveTheWild.
The Happy Egg Co. free range eggs

 A full list of the winners of the 2017 Natural Products Expo West & Engredea NEXTY Awards, representing what tomorrow's healthy living landscape will look like can be found online:
The winner of Natural Products Business School’s Pitch Slam was LoveTheWild.
 These 27 products grabbed the spotlight at Natural Products Expo West 2017 by being newly minted NEXTY Award winners.
One product in each of 21 categories was awarded on Saturday, March 11, at Natural Products Expo West right at the winners’ booths on the show floor. These winners were decided in a two-tier judging process that took place at New Hope Network in the months prior to Expo West, with the help of a panel of natural products industry judges. In addition to those winners, six products won coveted NEXTY Editors’ Choice awards, which were products that stood out to New Hope editors and trend researchers at the show.
Good Karma Flaxmilk

The Editors’ Choice winners were chosen and awarded on Sunday, March 12, 2017. Read more about the full NEXTY process here, and learn more about all of the companies that participated in these NEXTY Awards  and see their winning product labels here.
They are recognized for their innovation, inspiration and integrity.

The conference featured a education program including keynote presentations by Denise Morrison, President and CEO of Campbell Soup Company and Doug Rauch, Founder and President of Daily Table and former President of Trader Joe’s. This year, Expo West & Engredea introduced the inaugural Climate Day event, hosted by New Hope Network and the Climate Collaborative, an initiative of leading organizations, brands, and retailers to raise our game in addressing climate change. Climate Day featured a keynote address by environmentalist and entrepreneur Paul Hawken, author of seven books including four New York Times bestsellers.
Natural Products Expo East will take place at the Baltimore Convention Center September 13-16, 2017. New Hope Network will also host the third annual Esca Bona conference October 16-18, 2017 in Austin, TX. Esca Bona gathers together leaders in the industry to discuss how to shape a new path to create a good food future. For more details visit
Natural Food Expo West will return to Anaheim Convention Center, March 7-11 2018.

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Malan Breton Fall 2017 Kicked Off Style Fashion Week in West Hollywood

By Karen Ostlund

(West Hollywood, CA) Style Fashion Week ( the producer of globally recognized fashion events, welcomed a full house, March 9th at Pacific Design Center for Malan Breton’s FW17 runway show on the first day of Style Fashion Week Los Angeles.
The collection was titled "The 7 Deadly Sins". Malan’s jaw-dropping presentation married the glitz and glamour of the 1930s with the darkness Hollywood's uncensored pre-code film noir era. The cinematic-ally inspired runway show featuring nearly a hundred different looks told a profound story of strength, femininity, and beauty. Showcasing bridal, swim, outerwear, accessories, and men's looks, highlights from the collection included:Showcasing bridal, swim, outerwear, accessories, and men's looks.(photos:Albert Evangelista)

 Mason Grammer and Dylan Grieco amongst others walked in Malan’s runway show.    
Notable attendees included: Taryn Manning/Orange is the New Black (Actress), Danielle Savre/Tyler Perry's Too Close to Home (Actress), Harvey Guillen/The Magicians (Award Winning Producer/Actor) and Camille Grammer/Real Housewife of Beverly Hills (Reality TV Star).
(Center), Malan Breton is walking the runway with his models, March 9th at Pacific Design Center
Taiwanese-born American fashion designer Malan Breton’s designs have appeared on the world's brightest stars, and most elite red carpets and award shows.  
His looks have appeared several commercials, including the most current Dove campaign, and designed the wardrobe for Lady Gaga's 2017 half-time Pepsi Super Bowl commercial. With strong roots in television and film, Malan stared in Bravo’s “Project Runway” and hosted Bravo TV's The Malan Show. 
He made several television appearances on Top Model as a guest host/judge in multiple countries. Malan and NBC Universal were a nominee for the WGSN Global Fashion Award for Outstanding collaboration and he was also the recipient of the 2015 NYIFF Award for best documentary short, for his work as a director on the fashion film “Malan Breton - A Journey to Taiwan”. Prior to entering the world of fashion, Breton became the promo voice of ESPN Extreme Sports and ABC Sports. Breton is also an Ambassador to Taiwan.

 Style Fashion Week Los Angeles took place March 9th - 12th at West Hollywood's Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood.  Now in its sixth year and twelve season, Style Fashion Week Los Angeles brought an impressive roster of acclaimed designers to the global fashion area at through groundbreaking fashion, music and art event. 

Style Fashion Week represents the diverse cultures of New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Santa Fe, Boston, Palm Springs and Dubai, integrating international designers, media, celebrities and commerce season after season.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Debbie Durkin's 10th Annual Eco Lounge to Celebrate Oscars 2017

By Karen Ostlund

Debbie Durkin’s 10th Annual EcoLuxe Lounge in celebration of the Oscars happened at The Beverly Hilton at the Stardust Penthouse on Friday, February 24th, 2017 in Beverly Hills, CA.
Piper-Sonoma champagne flowed at the Oscar Eco Lounge 5-star farm-to-table European brunch curated by Beverly Hilton Chef Alberico, served on RePurpose Compostables plates and flatware made from plants.
(Photo:Getty Images)
Among attendies were: Adrienne Bailon, Alysia Reiner, Beau Bridges, Carlos Alazraqui, Carly Steel, Damien Puckler, Drake Bell, DJ Mike Shay, Donna Spangler, Erin Murphy, Gilles Marini, Joe P. Harris, Lady Victoria Hervey, Martin Butler, Nicole Murphy, Logan Shroyer, Lonnie Chavis, Parker Bates, Patrick Simpson & Pol Atteu, Sandra Allen, Shaka Smith, Shar Jackson, Stefan Kapicie and Talon Reid.
"Hacksaw Ridge" producer David Permut w. Beau Bridges
On Friday, February 24th, 2017, Debbie Durkin produced and hosted her 10th Annual celebrity eco-friendly luxury lounge, the EcoLuxe Lounge, at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA.  
The luxury lounge honored the 2017 Oscar nominees and supported Autism Changes.

Actor Gilles Marini signs Autism Changes
 Guests sampled mini-meal bars, and VIPs received $200.00 Gift Cards for meal delivery services from Nutrition Chef Alex Fioroni. Coffee Roasters 100% Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee. - Jamaican Tourist Board, generously gave away island resort stays to select top-tier celebrities. 
Strictly Vegan Tofu wraps
 Ziggy Marley Chef Leonie McDonald from Strictly Vegan Jamaican served up healthy vegan wraps and pineapple/ginger juice. Premiere wine tastings and the debut of  Un Joyau Majestueux Ruby (2014) Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley in courtesy of Un Joyau Majestueux
Actress Alysia Reiner

Dr. Daniel Barrett w. esthetician Mua

Guests were pampered in the OC Makeup And Beauty Bar, and after got informed about services by Barrett Plastic Surgery. Dr. Barrett is a board certified plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills who specializes in natural-looking aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery.
In the OC Makeup And Beauty chair
Designer Pol Atteu and dog Snow-white at Hastens LA bed            
Guests also relaxed in all-natural beds by Hastens LA and VIP celebs were gifted select stays in the Nordic Light Hotel in Stockholm, Sweden. 

Modern Oats new flavors for breakfast

Chariot travel luggage new models

Nomad Cosmetics

Other sponsors included Nomad Cosmetics, Beauty Kitchen by TV Host Heather Marianna, Hollywood Makeup, and Anchor Almond Butter Toffee handcrafted in Rhode Island, and John Paul Pet. 

  Fashion designer Dena Burton evening/fake fur Collections gave styling tips in the beautiful fashion showroom designed by Diamond Interiors LA.
Dena Burton Design, evening dresses and fake fur

ECOLUXE LOUNGE is a luxury experience created by Debbie Durkin, Los Angeles' leading sustainable TV/Film Product Placement Producer that connects causes and luxury brands, aligning them with celebrities and media. The team specializes in celebrity seeding and brand activation resulting in media coverage and produced content that drives momentum translating into increased sales and awareness.