Pretty Cool Things

10 Feb

Valentine’s Day is this weekend. Yay for pink and red? To all the haters, I say the “holiday” is like anything – If you don’t like it, ignore it. No one is MAKING you watch the Kardashians… Just change the channel.

But I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t wearing my favorite Wildfox sweater with the big sparkly pink heart today. Nope, never too old for a big sparkly heart.

I’ll let you decide what’s best to spoil your significant other with on Saturday. But if you wanna surprise your girlfriends with some feel-good gifts, here are a few ideas:

Every girl looks beautiful in a sheer red or pink lip balm – whether she knows it or not. Throw some cellophane and raffia around one of these star-products to bring out her naturally rosy side.

Or give her a little at-home lip spa(ish) treatment! LOVE these two – both now available at Sephora:

Best part about any of the above, you’re guaranteed to make her smile. And that’s always a pretty cool thing.

xo

Dr. Lancer and his new Venus

22 Jan

-2You know when you’re having one of those “If money was no object…” fantasies and you start thinking about who you’d want as your personal stylist (Petra), personal trainer (Harley), personal chef (Undecided.)… and so on? Well, I’ve recently added to my list.

If I could have someone on-call daily to stand with me in the anti-aging battle and ensure my complexion was receiving the world’s best care (Not vanity… FAN-TA-SY!), I’d enlist the skill of Dr. Harold Lancer.

First off, his style isn’t to sugar coat anything. I appreciate that. I’ve met Dr. Lancer a few times and he is always quick to say what he recommends – and what’s a waste of time & money. Truthfully, I’m not often a fan of doctor-endorsed or namesake products. Much like some of the fashion houses that launch makeup lines, I find these can sometimes be simply pretty packaging.

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While the Lancer products come in cool sleek containers, the superiority is truly in their formulas. If you’re going to invest in a dermatologist’s skincare line, definitely visit his office or go to Lancerskincare.com.

Among my favorites: The Lancer Method trio, Volume Enhancing Lip Serum (!!!), and Body Polish.

SOFIA LIKES IT!

If you are going to make an appointment at Dr. Lancer’s Beverly Hills office, make sure to ask about his latest treatment machine – Venus Viva. It’s the newest machine from Venus Concepts that (in simple terms) offers an alternative to injectables and invasive procedures.

The Viva isn’t offered anywhere else at this time. NOTE: Sofia Vergara’s over-40 fabulousness isn’t just in her genes. She’s a huge devotee of the original Venus Legacy machine for firming and shaping.

Personally, I’ve got my eye on the Viva for skin tightening, but here are some other benefits:

  • Ultimate solution for skin rejuvenation
  • Diminishes deep wrinkles, acne scars, large pores
  • Fades uneven texture, pigmentation, irregularities & stretch marks
  • Safe, non-invasive and effective with immediate and long-term results
  • Safe for all skin types

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DOWN TIME

First, you’ll want numbing cream. But there’s minimal downtime and discomfort. Treatments can take less than 30 minutes, so you can appreciate the immediate and long-term benefits shortly after a treatment. Expect to do at least 3 sessions.

IN TECHY TERMS

Venus Viva operates with the new, revolutionary NanoFractional Radio Frequency and SmartScan technology that delivers superior results through selectional dermal heating process with minimal discomfort. The use of NanoFractional delivers energy through the epidermis, to the dermis, to generate heat and initiate skin change, rebuilding collagen and fibroblast stimulation, all resulting in tissue remodeling.

Lancer Dermatology | 440 North Rodeo Drive | Beverly Hills, 90210 | 310-278-8444

Watch & Share #LoveYourCurls

20 Jan

As always, I adore the Dove messaging for women. This new campaign is for little curls who grow up watching their moms hate on their own kinky locks. They see the Disney princesses with straight blonde ponytails and actresses with flat-ironed strands every day. Let’s show them a new image!

#LoveYourCurls

Experience Swiss Luxury in Bel Air

10 Jan

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It’s Golden Globes weekend in Hollywood and I happily spent the first half of my day at Hotel Bel-Air. Not too shabby, can’t complain. Breakfast at Wolfgang Puck, followed by a much-needed facial at the La Prairie Spa.

I really find it impossible to grow tired of Hotel Bel-Air. In fact, if you aren’t from here I highly recommend taking a wrong turn (anywhere!) before turning into the hotel valet entrance. Homes in this elite neighborhood are breathtaking – and those are just the few visible from the road. The mind reels picturing what must behind those other gates and hedges.

Another suggestion when visiting this property: make time to enjoy the Hotel Bel-Air Spa by La Prairie. Don’t just go in for a spa service. Use the steam room (twinkly ceiling lights!), the relaxation room (wonderful treats & tea!) and Do. Not. Skip. The Showers! Complete with an overhead waterfall shower head, 360-degree streams, and warm towel waiting on a heated rack, this will hands down be your favorite shower ever. Short of George Clooney waiting inside to join you, it lacks for nothing. No disrespect, Amal.

Okay, enough shower talk. My esthetician today was Bette. She was lovely, knowledgeable about the brand, and charming with the 5-Star professionalism one would expect from such a facility.

My facial was 60 minutes of heaven – and she didn’t even make me feel like I had to apologize for going almost a year without having one. Truth be told, La Prairie products are so luxurious that they’d probably feel just as effective if she slathered them on me with a butter knife. That said, Bette hit all the right pressure points and instinctively honed in on the exact areas that were concerning me.

She introduced me to a few wonderful products, as well. If La Prairie fits into your budget, you honestly needn’t try another brand. Just save yourself the time. And, if you’re over 30 and serious about fighting signs of aging (!!!), consider investing in the La Prairie Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Dry Oil, Ice Crystal Cream, White Caviar Illuminating Eye Cream and Illuminating Serum. It’ll be a decent price tag – but I know you’re worth it.

And by now, you should, too.

xx

Gifts They Wouldn’t Buy Themselves

5 Dec

minjun bagI LOVE giving gifts around the holidays. Always have.

One of the things I love most is getting people things that they wouldn’t necessarily get themselves. Things I think they’d enjoy, but probably not think to buy for themselves out of “need.”

Here are a few from this year’s list.

For the woman who’s always running around LA, the list of options is long!

That said, I’m a teensy bit obsessed with the patent leather cuteness of this backpack by Harper Ave. It’s sleek, shiny, hands-free, and grown up enough to carry everything from your laptop to diapers. Who wouldn’t want one??

Another idea for those on the run (literally) is the Amopé Pedi Perfect Electronic Foot File. Sounds random, right? Wrong. It’s fantabulous – and it’s bladeless! This thing exfoliates with a roller head, leaving feet free from all signs of hiking and stiletto-wearing damage. Find it on Amazon or most national drug stores.

Stocking stuffers or fun hostess gifts?

The-Royal-3d-Liquid-Lustre-Set-Groupshot2-600x800I usually don’t opt for sparkly eye shadows but this LORAC The Royal 3D Liquid Lustre Set is awesome! Encased in a chic velvet box, the collection includes 4 Limited Edition Shades: Opal, 24K, Rose Quartz & Amethyst. They go on in liquid drops, so they look beautiful alone or over an opaque shadow. Plus, at under $30 they’re practically impossible to pass up. Look for it at LORACcosmetics.com.

33539198_060_b14Royal Apothic has come out with adorable Tinties Lip Butters made with sweet almond, grape seed and argan oils. Encased in a rose gold-colored jar, they make for a beautiful bedside balm. Again, who wouldn’t want that?? Pick up a few at Anthropologie in The Grove and keep them on-hand for charming hostess gifts.

Know a guy who grew up road-tripping with the fam?

original_a-licensed-vw-wash-bagSend him this sweet toiletry bag replica of a 1965 VW van from ModCloth.com! This vintage-inspired classic opens easily through a groovy retractable zip roof. Awesome. And, measuring 6 x 12.5 x 5”, it’s big enough for all his favorite hair products and travel essentials.

When it comes to kids, I generally get them the toy or gadget they want for their birthday… then opt for something their parents will appreciate for the holidays. Here are a few gifts I picked up this year for the cool kids in my life…

For the best nieces ever, I got fuzzy short-sleeved sweaters and mini skirts from GUESS Kids. They’ve got sweet ice cream colors that go great with striped tights and winter boots. The girls will love the short, foiled skirts and festive sweaters – and their mom won’t kill me for buying one more thing from American Girl! Everyone wins.

For your favorite little rugged guy, Joules’ Boys Brushed Cotton Shacket is super LA-cool. It’s lined in Sherpa fleece but looks like a plaid shirt. See above right. Half shirt, half jacket… hence shacket.

That’s all for now. I’ll try to put out a few more gift lists before the holidays are over. So stand by. ; )

xo

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