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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

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11th Hour Holiday Gifts

20 Dec

Ok party people, it’s super-crunch time! The apps are being passed and the cider’s being spiked. Now it’s time to get your gifts on! Here’s a quick rundown to cover some of the coolest chicks you know…

For the” girly girl” beauty lover:
Tarte’s Puttin’ on the Glitz (limited-edition) color collection & clutch includes an old Hollywood-inspired metallic faux-python leather silver clutch, three interchangeable palettes chockfull of shadows, bronzer, blush, and a one shade-fits-all gloss. tartecosmetics.com

The Smashbox Be Discovered holiday palette has got everything—quite possibly the only thing you’d ever need to skip town carrying! Among the wonder-set’s highlights are 45 shadows, 9 Cream Eye Liners, 4 mini brushes, and 6 glosses. Check it out at smashbox.com

For the “keepin’ it real” skincare lover:
Clarisonic is a must-have for any skincare fanatic, and Sephora’s Mia Sonic Skin Cleansing System is a can’t-miss gift! The kit includes the awesome travel-friendly Clarisonic Mia and four award-winning skin care formulation samples. Head over to the Westfield Sherman Oaks Macy’s or Sephora to pick one up.

The TRIA Hair Removal Laser is a godsend for the smooth ‘n’ bare-obsessed. It’s truly the ultimate gift this season for these skincare enthusiasts! This laser technology provides the same lasting results as the doctor’s office, but done from the comfort of home. Check it out at triabeauty.com.

DISCLAIMER: it’s probably best to make sure you know someone is interested in hair-removal before gifting this type of item. Just a suggestion.

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Girls Getaway: Bacara Resort & Spa

10 Oct

THE PLAN: Escape from the city for a girls’ getaway weekend road trip. 

THE MOTIVE: Decompress, unleash and indulge a little.

THE PLAYERS: Three 30-something So Cal women – a doctor, a therapist and a writer.

This trip has become somewhat of a tradition in our circle. A few days of sheer girl-time to get away from the stress of Los Angeles (Yes east coasters: stress exists here, too), career pressure and if we’re being honest: men. Flip flops, bathing suits and cool car music are the necessities; Makeup and Manolos are optional. The quick getaway’s an attainable dangling carrot we look forward to months prior.

More often than not, we travel north to avoid any drama the 405 would surely introduce. This late spring, we opted for Bacara Resort & Spa in northern Santa Barbara. With the exception of attending a few sporadic weddings, we hadn’t actually stayed there since the resort’s launch almost a decade before.

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