Hotels raising the barbell on fitness facilities make it easier to hit the gym on the road

There's no excuse not to workout when you travel with these innovative options By Patti Pietschmann
When ever I leave Los Angeles, which I do often as a travel writer, one of things I miss most is CrunchWHo where I work out daily. There's nothing like the fun classes and no judgments, no attitude at the nationwide chain. Thank heavens for hotels and cruise ships that continue to raise the bar on fitness facilities such as Crystal Cruises, Princess, Silversea, Seabourn, Cunard, Carnival and more, as well a hotels such as:

Element Boston Seaport,  which sports  a stationary kinetic bike in the fitness center that powers your  personal electronics while you pedal. The hotel also provides a virtual  personal trainer via the Your Trainer app, which features three Element branded workouts – Circuit: Whole Body Blast; Yoga: Rise & Yoga; and Strength: Energized by Element.  Book at
Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa (Paradise Valley, Ariz.) …

Bliss out for summer with a Skin Authority facial at the Oaks at Ojai

And get bikini ready while you're at it Patti Pietschmann
The Oaks at Ojai is an affordable spa fit for all shapes and budgets that's nestled in the picture postcard  town just inland of Santa Barbara California. Founded by fitness guru, ice skating champ Sheila Cluff the spa provides a sanctuary from stress while whipping you into bikini shape with exercise and diet.  It also offers face and body treatments from Skin Authority--a skin care company is known for its clean, high performance products and technological innovations. Skin Authority is available at top spas and resorts and used by celebrities, athletes and professionals on the sets of acclaimed productions such as E! News, Dancing with the Stars, The Late Late Show With James Corden, and Breakout Kings.Oaks’ guests get  access to a free, certified skin coach via phone, email and even live video chat, once their treatment is completed. The Nest – The Oaks at Ojai’s retail shop – has an interactive iPad display…

Coppertone 'whips' it up for summer

Company creates heavenly, effective sun care products

Patti Pietschmann
The company, which has been around forever, is one of most trusted names in sun protection products. And with summertime living in full swing at the beach, pool, boat, cruise ships or back yard we all nee to shun the harmful, skin damaging and cancer-producing rays.

Now Coppertone has come up with luscious  Whipped, a transformative sunscreen unlike anything you've ever felt before. Not only is Coppertone introducing the first ever whipped sunscreen, it is rolling out a series of engaging activations throughout the summer to launch it, and partnering with everyone from beauty influencers to the Skin Cancer Foundation.

The Whipped line comes in both CLEARLYSheer® and WaterBABIES® Pure &Simple formulas. It changes how sunscreen is applied into a pleasant experience without feeling  heavy or sticky, Whipped has a rich and creamy texture, absorbs quickly and feels light on skin. Plus it won't clog pores an…

Summer must for great hair: Kerabotanica’s Shore To Please Beach Girl

Save your hair from sun damage with Kerabotanica’sShore To Please Beach Girl
Patti Pietschmann

Here I am in Maui
wishing I had this product right now as we are in an out of the ocean several times a day and in the sun a lot of course,  While we slather sunscreen on our bods, we really should also protect our hair--especially my processed, colored tresses.

It's easy to forget about the sun’s damaging effects to our hair, including hair protein loss and color changes. So enter Kerabotanica’sShore To Please Beach Girl,
a light and refreshing hair fragrance, made with red raspberry seed extract for a natural shield against harmful UV rays. A member of the rose family, raspberry seed extract contains a SPF of 45 and is filled with antioxidants for the ultimate nutrition, protection and shine. Spritz into dry hair to bring out the best in your locks while preventing faded highlights.

Shore To Please Beach Girl is $22 and available online via

Expert hair-styling tips to rock it at the beach, party or clubs this summer

Go BoHo chic with three easy steps by Redken Patti Pietschmann

 Redken-ready braids with top tips and tricks from Redken Educator Spencer Henry:
Step 1: ·Mist the hair with Redken Pillow Proof 2 Day Extender Dry Shampoo to remove excess oil and create texture. Follow by prepping your sections with Redken Iron Shape 11 to protect the hair using a  1 1/2” barrel iron to create loose waves throughout the entire head.  o**Hot tip: Leave out the ends for maximum texture. 
Step 2: ·Isolate the front left and front right quadrants of the hair to create a traditional 3-strand braid, incorporating a ribbon of your choice onto the middle section securing with a clip. ·Braid the hair as normal utilizing Redken Forceful 23 Super Strength Hairspray to keep things tidy, and finish by taking an elastic to secure the ends, and replacing your clip with a hair pin to hold ribbon in place. ·Repeat on the opposite side of your head. Using your fingers or a wide-tooth comb to mess up those cur…

IT's got you covered for your Memorial Day getaway coverage

Take IT minis to beach or where ever you'll play on Memorial Day Patti Pietschmann

Don't you just love IT! If so you'll want to take IT with you and the popular makeup/cosmetics company just made it easier to do just that with convenient grab and go sizes of IT's best sellers:
Your Skin But Better™ CC+™ Cream with SPF 50+ Travel Size$15 IT’s Your Skin But Better™ CC+™ Cream now available in travel size to perfect and protect your skin on the go! Clinically shown to hydrate skin, smooth texture, and enhance skin brightness while camouflaging skin imperfections.  
Travel Size Bye Bye Under Eye™ Anti-Aging Concealer$10 IT's  best-selling waterproof concealer effectively conceals skin imperfections while improving the appearance of wrinkles with the help of skin-loving ingredients- hydrolyzed collagen, hyaluronic acid, vitamins and high performance pigment.
Brow Power™ Universal Eyebrow Pencil Mini $12 The revolutionary, budge-proof formula adheres to skin for l…

Pucker up with 30 shades of Estee Lauder lipstick

The choices are endless for luscious lips

Estee Lauder makes lips shine with 30 shades of infinite possibilities. Go ahead make your mouth go from meh to kissable.

By Patti Covello Pietschmann