Debbie Durkin’s EcoLuxe Luxury Lounge was at it again Saturday, September 17 helping celebs and tastemakers learn about new sustainable products, luxury items and services while enjoying a farm-to-table European Brunch from Chef Alberico in celebration of the 10 year Pre-Emmys event Anniversary. Guests enjoyed passed hors d’oeuvres and beverages on the Beverly Hilton rooftop. In celebration of the 68th Emmy Awards, the exclusive gifting lounge also recognized Shriner’s Hospitals for Children Los Angeles, and #ChristmasInSeptember included holiday themed fun and a guest toy donation.
Attendees learned about luxury stays in Mexico, the spa at the Beverly Hilton, and enjoyed complimentary manicures and nail art by The Bombshell Beauty Agency. Some of our favorite responsible product lines included cool eco-friendly kicks from Burnetie, bamboo straws, fashionable UV protective clothing and baby blankets from SolSisters, super soft Pure sheets made from bamboo by designer Ami McKay, John Paul Pet shampoo and conditioner, and dolls for today’s tween that reflect business, gadgets, coding, and social media by Middle School Moguls. Connect Charlie showcased their 12 in 1 compact charger featuring a built in nightlight.
As a freelance travel and food writer, Melissa's articles have been published on AAA World Magazine, Lonely Planet, Zagat Stories, Roadtrippers, Canadian Traveller, Business Insider, MoneyInc, Resident Magazine (NYC), JohnnyJet, World Footprints, and many more. Some of her favorite travel articles can be found in Darling Magazine. She also writes for local print magazines such as SoCal Life Magazine, Malibu Coast Lifestyle Magazine, Conejo Valley Lifestyle Magazine, LA Travel Magazine, and LA Downtowner. Her love of adventure and learning was fueled while traveling around the world at age 20 on Semester at Sea. She received a Master's degree in Education, taught in England on a Fulbright scholarship, and has been an educator for over 20 years. Over the last decade, she has worked with high profile families in the Los Angeles area.
After growing up in Connecticut and a decade in Washington, DC, west coast living has won her over. Living in LA for the last 13 years has brought Melissa so much joy - thus why LaLaScoop was born. A desire to cover and discover the Best of LA became a shared passion that expanded to numerous guest writers bringing the 'LaLaScoop. Besides writing and helping children learn on Zoom during the pandemic, Melissa spends her free time savoring the Malibu coastline, discovering new hikes, looking for unique finds for her new home, trying to cook new dishes for her husband, and taking DIY to a whole other level. Contact her at Melissa@lalascoop.com.
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