This year is waaaaaaay better than last year!  (A sign the economy is on the upswing…maybe?)  Incredibly generous and overflowing to the max, gift bags are a huge perk of being a registered member of the press for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.  There are a lot of cards, postcards, coupons, pamphlets, leaflets, and other extraneous papers about various brands and stores and events – but there is also product – and a lot of it!  You also pick up gift bags at various events, conventions, and private parties that you go to.  If you are really important and sit in the first couple rows at a well-established brand’s runway show, there might be a gift (or even a bag of gifts) on your seat.  The contents of the bags are from companies and sponsors wanting to get the word out about their products.  There’s good stuff, there’s useless, untargeted stuff [that I usually pawn off on my inlaws, hehe], and sometimes there’s stuff that makes you go wha…..???

Below is the contents of the gift bags from: the IFB blogging convention / Robert Verdi’s Retreat / official Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week press gift bags (4 bags total; sorry, I don’t remember what was in each individual bag):

 *L.L. Bean tote bag
*Madame Paulette Professional Stain Remover Kit [score!]
*Maidenform Lacy Blue thong in M
*Popcorn, Indiana Kettlecorn bucket
*4 oz bag of Popcorn, Indiana Kettlecorn [sooooo good!! totally addictive]
*Chambord Black Raspberry Liquer – colored nail file set (?!)
*music CD compilation from G-Star RAW
*an eco-conscious blank greeting card from loop
*2 boxes of NOZIN Nasal Sanitizer (they only had one of these in the press gift bag last year – definitely the economy is on the up-and-up now that there’s TWO in there!;-)
*O.N.E. Natural Spring Water
*pair of We Love Colors neon yellow tights [yay!]
*G-Star RAW rhinoceros head denim keychain
*Revlon Fantasy Lengths false eyelashes & glue set
*2 sample sized Honey Bee soaps
*sample size of Forever perfume by Mariah Carey
*voucher for 1 day’s worth of cleansing juices from BluePrintCleanse
*jouer locking lipgloss, eyeshadow, bronzer, and tint palette
*Shatobu waist-to-knee shaper
*Rums of Puerto Rica case for…something.  Maybe it fell out?
*Maidenform seamless collection boyshort and cami set [another reason to put off doing laundry:;-)]
*Glaceau SmartWater [the kind Jennifer Aniston was the spokesperson for]
*Diet Coke heart health pin
*maroon scarf from Affordable Scarves
*Degree UltraClear deodorant in Red Satin
*Phyto shampoo and conditioner sample sizes
*Martini Gold decanter spigot [since I don’t drink alcohol, I have no idea what it’s really called]
*Mercedes-Benz orange croc leather keychain
*purple folding umbrella from Vevant
*map and restaurant/bar guide to Lincoln Square
*mini-sketchbook from Designer Footwear from Spain
*AOL-branded earbuds
*gift set of Cambria Cove french-milled soaps [something nice for my mother-in-law, I think:-)]
*frappuccino-branded purse-hook
*pack of Zone Perfect Chocolate Peanut Butter Mousse bars [my breakfast tomorrow hehe]
*VKi Armada Lotion [because my armada is quite dry, come to think of it]
*Rowenta Travel Iron [yes! *pumps fist*….thinks for a moment….this is damn heavy. hmmm.]
*Maybelline new york eyestudio palette in Copper Chic, Stiletto Voluptuous Mascara, and Shinesensational lipgloss
*Tresemme FreshStart dry shampoo and shampoo/conditioner samples
*DHL-branded zipper garment bag
*plastic Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week tote

Can one say holy *&#*$* that’s a lot of stuff????!

Suffice it to say I probably won’t be getting anything else for the rest of the week…
I think some of these things I’ll do a giveaway of once I’m back from all this traveling!

I just have no idea how I’m going to fit the popcorn bucket into my suitcase…:-/



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