Charity, gifting, and James Bond summed up this year’s themes for the sustainable Eco-Oscars event production which occurred both February 22 and 23. Media and talent strolled the backyard of a private home in Beverly Hills listening to live music and sampling Jamaican cuisine, as Jamaica Tourism was a proud sponsor of the event. Did you know Jamaica is where Ian Fleming wrote all 14 Bond novels?
Guests enjoyed authentic Jamaican food from Coley’s Cuisine from North Hollywood and signature cocktails including Agave Underground’s “Charlie Sheen” and other tequila delights, plus The Tennessee Spirits Company poured their three new brands: Jailers™ Premium Tennessee Whiskey, Breakout™ 8-Year Old American Rye Whiskey, and Forbidden Secret Dark Mocha American Cream. As my boyfriend said, “I’m allergic to alcohol. If I have any, I break out in handcuffs.” Lifeway Foods featured their frozen dessert bar complete with toppings and gift certificates for free pints of Kefir. For more 25 years, Lifeway Foods has been the nation’s top producer of probiotic foods and beverages such as kefir, a tart & tangy cousin to yogurt.
Live Music Artist performances benefited a wonderful Charity partner called WE ROCK GREEN MICS, the eco-performance collective from With Our Words, Inc., a youth development nonprofit from Stockton, Calif. Their Green Celebrity Writing Prompts Project hopes to inspire literacy and artistry to raise awareness about ecology. At-risk students from Stockton, Calif., transform eco-themed ideas from stars in the entertainment industry into original performance poetry.
Some of my favorite product sponsors were on hand – Huggrz Boot Wraps, which I still think are the best stylish sustainable boot invention. Boots are big business in L.A., so who doesn’t want to change up their boot look? Huggrz allows you to pull the faux fur or knitted wraps right over your boots to get a whole new style. Perfect to dress up a pair of boots or just change your look. I recently bought their knitted orange blended weave pair that I use as leg warmers under my boots with a bit of the colored leg warmer popping out of my boots.
Minky super soft plush Couture Blankets showcased their products, as well as, L’arganium was gifting their pure argan oil for your hair and non-greasy argan lotions with orange blossom and lavender. Our dog Chloe enjoyed the waterless shampoo and conditioner brush kit by John Paul Pet Grooming Packs, which provides you with the basic essentials for grooming your pet’s coat and skin. We used it on her as soon as we got home, and she already looked shiny, healthy, and new. Celebrity Jeweler Michael Greene & Co. showcased their bling and guests took home O.P.I. Skyfall James Bond 007 Nail Polish Lacquer Collections.
Oscar nominee guests included Reginald Hudlin (Best Picture, Django Unchained); Sam Fell & Chris Butler (Best Animated Film, Paranorman); Malik Bendjelloul (Best Documentary – Searching for Sugar Man; Pes (Short Film Animated – Fresh Guacamole) and Seamus McGarvey (Cinematography – Anna Karenina), as well as folks from the Oscar nominated Lincoln and Curfew among others!