TIFF Essentials Lounge for Media

The Awesome Essentials Lounge Swag Bag

On Tuesday, I had the good fortune to be invited to the Toronto International Film Festival 2010 Essentials Lounge for Media at the Ra Sun Spa (388 Richmond Street West, Toronto) for a little pre-TIFF pampering. Organized by super cool babe Esther Garnick, this lounge was catering to media who tend to work long hours over the ten day festival.

When I arrived, the awesome Lisa from Brill Communications was on hand with her clients from Ecco Shoes who gave my patent leather heels a nice little buff while I watched the super hot ET Canada producer Angie Smith interview a Playmate. (Watch it here.)

Then while sipping on a VitaminWater, I got my nails did in Essie’s “Lollipop”-  a fab bright red.

I wish I had time to take advantage of the other services, which included eyebrow threading, spray tanning for legs, underarm waxing, and hair styling with Alain Larivée from John Frieda.

We each left with an incredible goody bag filled with great hair products form John Frieda, a bottle of my fave VitaminWater (orange), a couple great colours of Essie nail polish, a mini Ecco shoe care kit, and my TIFF lifesaver, Elizabeth Grant’s Socializer.

Just as I was leaving, Esther was explaining to author and Globe & Mail columnist Leah McLaren how she had inspired the lounge from an article that she had written in 2005 and that Esther had held onto ever since. So great to see how an idea can be made into a reality.

Thank you Esther for a wonderful afternoon treat. See you on the red carpet!

About Gail McInnes (320 Articles)
Originally from Glasgow, Scotland, Gail McInnes has made an indelible mark on the Canadian fashion and entertainment scenes; managing and guiding the careers of some of the country's most notable talents, including Lucian Matis, Hilary MacMillan, Stephen Amell (CW's Arrow), Natalie Brown (The Strain), Brad Goreski (E! Fashion Police), and more. Visit for more information or email

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