HBO 9th Annual Luxury Lounge 2011 – Featuring L’Oreal and Klipsch in Honor of the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards

Karina Smirnoff, Dancing with the Stars in Michael Antonio footwear

There’s much ado preparing for celebrity award shows: shoes, dress, jewelry, etc, but the excitement begins at the pre-emmy events a few days before the main event where the celebrities just might get this stuff and more for free!

HBO Sponsored their 9th Annual Luxury Lounge featuring L’Oreal and KLipsch in honor of the 63rd Primetime 2011 Emmy Awards on Sept. 17, 2011 in Beverly Hills, at the Four Seasons Hotel, a place where stars are frequently seen.

The winners of the grand luxury lounge were the Nominees from HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, Game of Thrones, Mildred Pierce, True Blood, Entourage, Curb Your Enthusiasm and other network hit series such as 30 Rock, Dexter, Mad Men and The Office who received gifts worth thousands of dollars.

Solstice Sunglasses

On a scorching sunny day, TV stars were lured to the Solstice Sunglass Boutique www.solsticesunglasses.com for a new pair of shades and had a nice selection to choose from including, Giorgio Armani, Emporio Armani, Carrera, Kate Spade, Hugo Boss, Juicy Couture, andTommy HilfigerLL Cool Jay (NCIS Los Angeles) was looking--too cool--with his new shades as well as the slimmer and leaner, Jerry Ferrara (Entourage) who also picked up a pair. Olivia Munn (Perfect Couples) took home a pair of Marc Jacobs and BOSS orange sunglasses at the boutique. Also spotted at the HBO Luxury Lounge was True Blood's Joe Manganiello who hit a trifecta with Giorgio Armani, Carrera and BOSS sunglasses.

Brahmin Handbags

On the other end of the lounge was Karina Smirnoff (Dancing with the Stars) who was posing with her chic and fashionable Brahmin Handbag. www.brahmin.com. There was an assortment of styles and colors to choose from for the new fall 2011 and winter 2011/2012 collection of rich purples, blues, and red tones, and features classic animal prints in timeless pieces. Adding to the collection are luxury leather accessories including cosmetic cases, wallets, lipstick holders, and checkbook wallets.

Michael Antonio Footwear

Another verrrrry popular product for ladies, who can never have enough fashionable shoes or chic boots, was from Michael Antonio Footwear www.michaelantonio.com . The footwear company offered celebrities 100% vegan and cruelty free heels and boots from the capsule collection of shoes and boots.Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie), Kelly Macdonald (Boardwalk Empire), Mary Murphy (So You Think You Can Dance), Michelle Forbes (The Killing), and Perry Reeves (Entourage) posed nicely with chic boots while Melissa Theo (The Fighter), and Samantha Harris (The Insider) opted for sleek heels. Michael Antonio offers a diverse line of styles that balance design and quality in an affordable package. The Michael Antonio was featured in the September 2011 issues of GLAMOUR, Life & Style, People, and Style Watch.

Beth Behrs 3 of 2 Broke Girls posing with Michael Antonio footwear



While  some of the stars had smiles with excitement, anticipating as to what their next new gift or gadget would be, others were oohhing and aahing while getting pampered at the L’Oreal Paris’ Beauty Suite www.loreal.com which offered VIP’s manicures, hair styling, makeup, hot shaves and a bevy of beauty product including new Voluminous False Fiber Lashes Mascara and Revivalist Clinical Repair 10 Laser Corrector.

on Basil Hayden's www.smallbatch.com cocktails inspired by three HBO shows: Curb Your Enthusiasm, the Basil Hayden’s Pretty, Pretty Good Bourbon Sour; True Blood, Basil Hayden’s True Bloody Mary; and Entourage, the Basil Hayden’s, The Mrs. Ari.



Outside, at the bar, some were sipping on Basil Hayden's www.smallbatch.com cocktails inspired by three HBO shows: Curb Your Enthusiasm, the Basil Hayden’s Pretty, Pretty Good Bourbon Sour; True Blood, Basil Hayden’s True Bloody Mary; and Entourage, the Basil Hayden’s, The Mrs. Ari. Speaking of Mrs. Ari, Perry Reeves, Entourage, was delighted to have a drink named after her. “Having a drink named after me is the highlight of my career,” she said.

Designer, Bernard Bachoura of Sophia Fiori

There was one area twinkling and sparkling of gorgeous gems, white and colored diamonds that would mesmerize anyone. The Jewelry by Sophia Fiori www.sophiafiori.com Diamond Collection dazzled e-v-e-r-y-o-n-e. Jewelry designer Bernard Bachoura presented the VIPs with a 2012 Diamond and Sapphire Liberty Pendant set in sterling silver and mounted on a black silk cord. Bachoura comes from a fourth-family-generation of jewelers and discovered his passion for the family trade at the age of 16. His precious daughter Sophia inspired the name for his precious jewelry collection.

Gendame Cologne

There’s a new scent to watch out for. Gendarme www.gendarme.com classic fragrance for men who don’t like too much of cologne scent as it is lightly fragrant and will get the attention of any woman. Topper Schroeder created the cologne and says that LL Cool J is now the official ambassador for the desired brand and loves the scent--so do I. There is also a full line of Gendarme personal grooming products which includes after shave, skin conditioner, bath bar, shaving cream and body shampoo.



Actress Perry Reeves (Entourage) posed with a 750ml bottle of ultra premium Purity Vodka www.purityvodka.com which is from south of Sweden. Purity Vodka is known for its natural flavors and full-bodied character. Distilled thirty-four times in the Purity Vodka distillery designed specifically for vodka production..

Hallmark www.hallmark.com had a very nice themed display of “Life is a Special Occasion.” Guest concentrated as they wrote down their favorite everyday moments on their Hallmark wall. The VIP’s wrote a special message of life’s special occasions: relaxing at home or at the beach, being with their children. Hallmark also gifted storybooks and story buddies, recordable storybooks and postage paid cards to help the busy stars send a little bit of happiness to someone special--to celebrate the wonderful occasion of life.

New Era Cap



Celebrities chose from an assortment of hats New Era Cap www.neweracap.com: New Era caps, featuring their favorite sports team’s logos EK Belden Fedora, EK Astoria Fedora and New Era Fits canvas belts. Some chose one, others more. These guys have such a hard job in life. Emmy host and Entertainment Reporter Sam Reuben was checking out the New Era hats.

HBO Shop, True blood drink, True Blood V-80 Headphones, and V-MODA True Blood Revamp Headphones

The HBO Shop www.store.hbo.com ­offered an array of True Blood products including the newly launched True blood drink, True Blood V-80 Headphones, and V-MODA True Blood RevampHeadphones

Other bountiful presents the celebs received were from: Mountain Gate Country Club; UPPAbaby, Invicta, Klipsch, and GameFly.

Dozens of other stars included: Rex Lee (Entourage), Chris Bauer, Adina Porter, Lauren Bowles and Todd Lowe (True Blood), Jeff Garlin (Curb Your Enthusiasm), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Peter Dinklage, George Martin, Dan Weiss, David Benioff, Kit Harington and Michelle Fairley (Game of Thrones – Nominated Outstanding Drama Series), Chris Lilley (Angry Boys), Cassi Thomson (Big Love), Aleksa Palladino, Anatel Yusuf, Anthony Laciura, Chris McDonald, Gene Kelly, Joe Iberti, Johnnie Mae Allen, Michael Kenneth Williams, Michael Stuhlbarg, Stephen Graham, Steve Buscemi, Steve Kornacki, Greg Antonacci, Kelly MacDonald, Jack Huston, Vincent Piazza, Howard Korder, and Terry Winter (Boardwalk Empire – Nominated Outstanding Drama Series), Cecilia Suarez, Juan Manuel Bernal, and Miguel Loyo (Capadocia), Caitlin Custer (Cinema Verite – Nominated Outstanding Mini Series), Efren Ramirez and Jennifer Irwin (Eastbound and Down),  Charlie Saxton, Gregg Henry, and Rebecca Creskoff (Hung), Ilene Landress, Pamela Koffler, Christine Vachon, Regina Heyman, John Raymond, and Melissa Leo (Mildred Pierce – Nominated Outstanding Mini Series), Ezra Swerdlow and James Woods (Too Big To Fail – Nominated Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie) and Andrew Sorkin (Too Big To Fail – Nominated Outstanding Mini Series), Kim Dickens (Treme) and Thomas Payne (Luck).

Maria Bello (Prime Suspects), Ke$ha, LL Cool J (NCIS: Los Angeles), Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie – Nominated Outstanding Lead in a Comedy Series), BooBoo Stewart and Rami Malek (Breaking Dawn), Karina Smirnoff (Dancing with the Stars), Chuy (Chelsea Lately), Judah Friedlander, Keith Powell, and Scott Adsit (30 Rock – Nominated Outstanding Comedy Series), Jesse Metcalfe (Dallas), Jay Alexander (America’s Next Top Model), Michael Stagliano (Bachelor Pad), Jim O’Heir (Parks & Recreation – Nominated Outstanding Comedy Series), Aaron Stanton, Matt Weiner, Randee Heller, Cara Buono, Dahvi Waller, Janet Leahy, Lisa Albert, Maria Jacquermetton, Brett Johnson, Erin Levy, and Jonathan Igla (Mad Men – Nominated Outstanding Drama Series), Yvette Nicole Brown (Community), Melissa Joan Hart (Melissa & Joey), Evan Handler (Californification), Annie Ilonzeh (Charlie’s Angels), C.S. Lee and David Zayas (Dexter – Nominated Outstanding Drama Series), Michael B. Jordan and Aimee Teegarden (Friday Night Lights – Nominated Outstanding Drama Series), Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter), Paul McCrane (Harry’s Law – Nominated Outstanding Guest Actor in Drama Series), Joelle Carter (Justified), Austin Basis and Kristoffer Polaha (Life Unexpected), Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family), Cloris Leachman (Raising Hope – Nominated Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series), Lorraine Bracco (Rizzoli & Isles), Nasim Pedrad (Saturday Night Live – Nominated Outstanding Variety, Music, or Comedy Series), Mary Murphy (So You Think You Can Dance – Nominated Outstanding Reality/Competition), Melissa Rauch (The Big Bang Theory – Nominated Outstanding Comedy Series), Reid Scott (The Big C), Alan Cumming and Josh Charles (The Good Wife – Nominated Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series), Christine Baranski (The Good Wife – Nominated Outstanding Drama Series), Archie Panjabi (The Good Wife – Nominated Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series), Samantha Harris (The Insider), Michelle Forbes (The Killing – Nominated Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series). Craig Robinson, Creed Bratton, Leslie David Baker, Oscar Nunez, and Phyllis Smith (The Office – Nominated Outstanding Comedy Series), Penny Marshall (United States of Tara), Maulik Pancholy (Whitney), Michael Steger (90210), Beth Behrs (2 Broke Girls), Loretta Devine (Grey’s Anatomy), and Andrea Osvart (Transporter).

There were no losers at this 9th HBO Annual Luxury Lounge as everyone left happily ever after. 

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