Happy Wine Wednesday Oenophiles! Gotta love when someone is thinking about us wine luvahs and our needs. Case in point: You are entertaining and you have a gorgeous bottle of buttery Chardonnay that you want to leisurely sip on your patio, but it’s really hot outside, you don’t have an ice bucket, and if you leave your wine outside without putting it back in the fridge it gets warm and tastes awful. Oh yeah, and you also want to stay outside and enjoy your guests and the beautiful day! Guess what? I have found the perfect solution to this annoying wine dilemma, allow me to introduce you to: Corkcicle ($24.95)
I don’t know about you, but Valentine’s Day makes me feel sappy and romantic. And yes, I’ll admit it, I love being showered with gorgeous roses and artisanal chocolate, kinda cliche but it’s the truth. Anyhow, my perfect lovers day includes the one I love, a romantic atmosphere, a delicious bottle of red wine and gourmet chocolates. This gift guide for the Hopeless Romantic is short and sweet, but oh so perfect! Cheers to Passion & Romance!
Atelier Cologne Vanille Insensee Candle ($50) Vanille Insensée is a gorgeous aromatic candle that I am swooning over! This fragrance has a hint of sweet vanilla beautifully blended with jasmine, fresh lime, oak moss, woods and spicy coriander. It is an intoxicating scent that I would describe as sensual, warm and fresh all a the same time. This sultry candle will set the perfect mood for Valentine’s Day and romance.
2011 Robert Mondavi Private Selection Coastal Crush Red ($11) Coastal Crush Red is made from grapes that come from the cool-climate Central Coast. This is a bright, light and smooth wine that is primarily a blend of Syrah, Merlot, and Malbec. It features a juicy blend of ripe strawberry and red raspberry fruit with a hint of chocolate. This is a fresh, easy to drink wine that pairs easily with food, but tastes even better with chocolate!
Lula’s Chocolates Sea Salt Caramels ($12.95 for a 9 piece box) Lula’s is a California Coast artisanal chocolatier that people rave about. Lula’s is best know for their handmade caramels in smooth dark chocolate that are then topped with an eclectic selection of epicurean sea salts from around the world. The pairing of chocolate, caramel, and gourmet salt together is a sweet and salty feast for the senses and absolutely HEAVENLY!
So there you have it, three gift suggestions that engage the senses and will definitely put you in the mood for LOVE!
Disclosure: The above products were sent to me for editorial consideration, but all of the fun and fabulous gift suggestions are my very own.
The year is off to a roaring start my beauties! Lots of events, shows, awards season festivities and conferences have been filling up my calendar, so I thought I’d take a moment to catch you up on my latest whereabouts and discoveries. I have lots of fun trends, resources and experiences to share with you, here’s a glimpse of my latest adventures:
In the Fall, I was invited to attend the Season Premiere of The Talk with a group of fabulous bloggers and after the show we had a special opportunity to join the hosts for lunch and a candid Q & A. I am delighted to say it was a fantastic experience for three reasons: 1) The Talk is a fun positive show that totally embraces the impact of social media (they use the hashtag #TweetTheTalk during every show to increase engagement) 2) Having lunch with the hosts (Julie Chen, Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osborne, Aisha Tyler and Sheryl Underwood) was a real treat! They were fun, real, flawed and very intrigued by what bloggers do, and 3) We got a whole slew of health and wellness SWAG and left the show with a fabulous assortment of goodies, it was totally an Oprah moment!
I hate to brag, but my hair color is looking insanely awesome these days thanks to the brilliant hair coloring talents of Sherry Ratay. Sherry is a bi-coastal celeb stylist who is based in Orlando, and travels to Gavert Atelier in Beverly Hills once a month to service her West Coast clients. Sherry is a gifted colorist who has worked with many of Hollywood’s top celebrities and developed her own coloring approach she calls the “Ratay Way” which is all about taking in all of the person’s qualities and enhancing them with hair color that showcases their personality and features. I arrived in her chair with imbalanced color and hot roots, and I left with gorgeous, warm, rich chocolate redish brown multi-dimensional hair color, the kind I wish I was born with. FABULOUS!
Getting cozy with the FAB Amber of Beauty Junkies Unite
I adore the class and elegance of the The Peninsula Beverly Hills Hotel and was delighted to recently be invited to the Peninsula Spa for an intimate blogger event. A handful of beauty bloggers and myself were invited to spend the day at the spa for an intimate retreat to enjoy some healthy and inspired spa cuisine, experience the lovely Spa facilities and treatments, and relax and enjoy the gorgeous setting. During my spa visit, I had the opportunity to sample a Micro-Current Eye Lift (this was my fav because I noticed an instant lift and freshening of my eyes) an LED Light Treatment, a Mini Massage, a Foot Scrub and a Toe Nail Polish Change. The spa facility was intimate, serene and cozy and the services were all top notch and performed by seasoned spa technicians. I can’t wait to go back!
If you have ever gotten Botox from a skilled professional, you probably know that it can do wonders for your face and take years off your looks without looking fake, frozen or processed. Dr Vicki Rapaport is a fabulous down-to-earth Beverly Hills Derm who has expertly been administering Botox for many years and recently she opened the first ever walk-in Botox bar. SKN BAR offers high quality, professional Botox treatments in an unpretentious environment at an accessible price. Dr Vicki and her team are highly trained to administer the most up-to-date strategic Botox techniques that lead to smooth and natural results. In my opinion, Dr. Vicki’s Botox was hands down the best I’ve ever had! Just the right amount of Botox to give me a bit of smoothness, lift and a tiny eyebrow arch/lift while still looking natural. Her work is FLAWLESS!
I have been shopping at the Beauty Collection ever since I was a little girl. It was heaven on earth for a burgeoning beauty junkie and I loved going there to discover the latest beauty trends and products. Well, years later it is still THE place to shop for a wide assortment of the latest an greatest on the beauty landscape and now they have multiple locations. I was recently invited in to their Calabasas store for a pro make-up application and lesson. The artist used a variety of fabulous makeup brands to achieve a sultry smokey eye and shared useful tips and tricks along the way. I LOVED my finished look, how about you?