Living life to the fullest during TIFF 2023

While it feels like the summer came and went in the blink of an eye, with the upcoming autumn season comes one of my favourite times of year. Yes, The Toronto International Film Festival season is upon us and with the excitement comes epic events, screenings, and a celebration of some of the best films in the world. Not to mention that ten years since starting this blog I get invited to some pretty incredible opportunities that I love to bring you along to. Let’s talk about one of those!

Yes, it’s time to start talking about celebrity gifting lounges and how for a few days every year I feel like an actual celebrity. First up, one of the best lounges I’ve been invited to over the last decade.

Also, a side bar, can we take a moment to appreciate this memory from ten years ago? Baby Daniel celebrating his first TIFF with Julio!

Bask-It-Style, now in it’s thirteenth year, is hosting its annual media day Wednesday, September 6, at the Fairmont Royal York Manitoba Room. Media are invited to experience the celebrity VIP treatment from this year’s twelve sponsors and kick off the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) season.

In the past, celebrities from around the world have been gifted through our hotel partners and include: Rachel McAdams, Jennifer Garner, Hugh Jackman, Matt Damon, Anna Kendrick, Naomi Watts, Sadie Sink, Olivia Colman, John Legend, Sir Elton John, Cobie Smulders, Pierce Brosnan, Blake Lively, Olivia Wilde, Lily James, Samara Weaving, Iggy Pop, Clea DuVall, Princess Charlotte of Monaco, Elle Fanning, Helen Mirren, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman and many more.

This year, celebrities will receive a variety of sense-provoking goodies in bags designed by Bellroy.
• Browns Shoes: Media bag sponsor
• DAVIDsTEA: Valerian Nights tea pack of 15 sachets (retail value $9) Double walled glass perfect mug (retail value $26)
• Fairmont Royal York: Venue Partner
• Bellroy: Celebrity gift bag sponsor. Lite Duffel (retail value: $149) and Lite Pouch Duo (retail value: $49)
• Philips: Philip Sonicare 9900 Prestige (retail value: $499.99) and Philip Sonicare Cordless power flosser 3000 (retail value: $99.99)
• Victoria Beckham Eyewear: Sunglass models- VB651S and VB240S (retail value: $522)
• OPI: Big Zodiac Energy collection (retail value: $13.95); Repair mode (retail value: $29.95) and Nail Envy polishes (retail value: $24.95)
• SodaStream: SodaStream Art Sparkling Water Maker (retail value $169.99), SodaStream On-The-Go Bottle
• Marc Anthony: Repair Bond + Rescueplex Repair and protect leave in treatment MINI, Repair Bond+ Rescueplex Concentrated hydrating mask (retail value: $11.99), Repair Bond+ Rescueplex Repair and Protect leave in treatment(retail value: $11.99), Repair Bond+Rescueplex Defrizzing smoothening cream (retail value: $12.99), Repair Bond+ Rescueplex Concentrated hydrating mask MINI (retail value: $12.99)
• D.O. Rueda: Sapientia Verdejo Organic Wine from Bodegas Moha, V-Malcorta from Bodega Javier Sans Viticultor, AYRE from Bodegas Verdeal, Finca Montepedroso 2022 from Finca Montepedroso, Marques de Riscal Verdejo from Marques de Riscal, Protos Verdejo from Bodegas Protos, Castelo de Medina Verdejo from Bodega Castelo de Medina, Badajo 2022 from Bodega Gótica and Beronia from Bodegas Gonzalez, Nekora Verdejo 2021 from Diez Siglos de Verdejo
• Stila: Stay All Day liner (retail value: $30) ; Huge mascara (retail value: $33); Plumping Lip Glazes(all 3 shades) (retail value: $31) Stay all day brown eyeliner (retail value: $31); Stay all day waterproof liquid liner(retail value: $30); Suede Shade™ Liquid Eyeshadows (all 3 shades)(retail value: $33); Sculpt and Glow Contour and Highlighter palette(retail value: $30)
• St. Tropez: Luxe Body Serum (retail value: $59)
Celebrity Gift Bag Sponsor: Bellroy
This year’s celebrities will receive their goodies packed in bags provided by Bellroy, an Australian brand specializing in carry bags and accessories. In the spotlight are the Lite Duffel (retail value: $149), a traditional duffel with a twist and Lite Pouch Duo (retail value: $49) flaunting its sleek leather structure that is also water-resistant. Bellroy bags are known for being durable and spacious but light enough that it helps you move like the wind. The brand is dedicated to making high-quality products while nurturing and strengthening the planet.

NOW that’s what I call being pampered and treated like a celebrity! But that’s not all! I’ll get to see friends and colleagues I have been missing so badly, and hopefully snap a few photos in an outfit I’ve been planning for weeks!

A HUGE thank you to the GLO Communications team and special shoutout to Jessica for always helping to make my TIFF season so special. I can’t wait to bring you all along with me via social media!

I hope you enjoyed reading and that if you’re not already, follow me on all platforms at @dothedaniel

Photos: Daniel Reyes Cocka and participating brands 

Don’t forget to be kind & laugh a little more this year 

Daniel Reyes Cocka xo 

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