Emmy-Winning Actress Sheryl Lee Ralph & Actress Lisa Ann Walter Of Abbott Elementary join host Derek Warburton at the Gurus Magazine Pre Oscar Gifting Retreat at the Godfrey Hotel Hollywood

Sheryl Lee Ralph

There wasn’t a cloud in the sky as celebrities, influencers, and special guests started arriving on Friday morning,  Guests included Emmy-Winner, Sheryl Lee Ralph, as well as co- star, Lisa Ann Walter (Abbot Elementary,)SuttonStracke(RHOBH,)Camille Grammer(RHOBH,)Phaedra Parks (Married to Medicine,)Kelly Dodd(RHOC,) Lawrence Zarian(Kelly Clarkson Show,) TV personality, Katie Ginella, philanthropist, Nancy Davis, and Shaman Durek Veret.


As guests made their way off the red carpet, they were treated to the world’s newest ice cream sensation, My Mochi. Guests gushed over the mango, cookie dough, and vegan strawberry flavors as they stepped into the “Come as You Are,” photo studio. Sponsored by Saints and Sinners hair care company, celebrity fashion photographer Josh Fogel photographed all guests in stunning black and white portraits. Guests sat in custom “Gurus Sat Here” directors chairs by Film Craft LA, owned by event producer, Rachel Wlilson, while getting light hair and makeup touch-ups by Mr. Warburton Magazine’s Beauty Editor, Joel Sebastian. Fogel photographed stoic and dramatic moments with each subject and the participants understood that there will be no retouching, just beautiful, raw, authentic storytelling.

Already in the throes of the festive mood, guests made their way down the walkway of vendors including Beverly Hills board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Michael K. Newman, who offered consultations and aesthetic touch-ups with Jeuveau products by Evolus, refreshing boozy seltzers from Passion Tree, a large assortment of gourmet candies from Cocoa and Candy, and no one could resist sitting with art therapist and jewelry maker, Larson Arts LA, to make bracelets matching their chakras.

Photo courtesy of Robin L Marsh

The O Hollywood rooftop retreat was ablaze with positive vibes. Front and center, Fisher Stevens Beauty, the legacy beauty brand originally founded by Hollywood royalty Connie Stevens. Her daughters, actresses Joely Fisher and Tricia Leigh Fisher, have revived the brand and were on hand to give advice and educate guests on their brand history. Next, Shark Tank finalist, The Blonde Italian, showcased her many delicious sauces and treated guests to some of her newest recipes. Aumaro Gems showcased pieces from her latest collection of semi-precious stones and Texas bred, Mrs Momma Bear, founded by Lee Evans Lee, held court with her comfortable and stylish workwear.

Attendees flocked to the exciting activations, including a Kopu Water cold-water plunge. As an underwear-clad male model ascended from the icy plunge tank and proceeded to open the luxury bottle of water, Lisa Ann Walter of Abbott Elementary exclaimed in glee on her Instagram story, “only in Hollywood!” But that’s not all, Hollywood Beauty Guru, Robyn Newmark, offered red light therapy, along with a preview of her new skin care collection, Skin Rituals. Meanwhile, party planning company, Amber Walker Events, made custom floral arrangements and delicious Cosmopolitan cocktails, and fashion designer, Tadashi Shoji, gifted 100 of their stunning gowns and cocktail dresses. And in compliment of the dresses, jeweler Todd Sensoli, showcased estate jewelry for the guests to try on, worth up to two million dollars.

Sheryl Lee Ralph

As the VIP guests made their way through the retreat, El Cristiano Tequila tempted them with their unparalleled spirits, while Muse educated them on micro-dosing with their psilocybin mushrooms. A fan favorite was Wabi on Rose, who offered the most delicious sushi and gold leafed chocolate chip cookies. Guests could also relax on a daybed with a view, made with luxurious Cynthia Bailey Collection bedding from Sutton Brands. And when they weren’t relaxing, they were dancing to the sounds of guitarist,  Jules Martinez, and DJ Robby Hart, both provided by Gary Thomas Entertainment and production manager, Kent Burns.

Departing guests were gifted swag bags from Mrs Momma Bear, which included custom Gurus tee shirts from Equals Human, eye gel from Peter Thomas Roth, Juna Gummies, FACE Stockholm skin primer, hair care from Saints and Sinners, and beverages from The Plug Drink.