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Travel Tips & Gizmos

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RTSA-friendly Travel Tips Frequent fliers listen up. There’s a rocking Internet company that sells a thousand travel-size products perfect for today’s heightened carry-on restrictions.They actually have anything from cosmetics to toiletries, cereals to laundry detergents. In case you haven’t heard passengers are allowed one quart size baggy of personal care items to carry on (you take all you want in bags you send through). So before you pack for you next trip go to www.minimus.biz and stock up. They even sell plastic travel kitsfilled with goodies for about $50, however they are too large to meet current TSArestrictions so you have to take a few items out and repack.
ecord your trip   easily and co nveniently with CVS new One-Time-Use Digital Video Camcorder with  1.4 inch color LCD preview screen.  The handy little, lightweight gismo goes with you to take up to  20 minutes of fun-filled film which you watch on a DVD, TV or even email to friends and relatives eager to hear (and see) all…

Feeling great, smelling good

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Oh My Aching Back!I just tested three super products from Sunbeam Health at Home which could be really thoughtful gifts to give, or for personal use. All are geared to aches and pains. First there's Therabeads, a cordless, portable moisture-release pad that fits around the back or shoulders that can be cooled or heated as necessary.  Man does this feel good after exercising or a long flight.  No batteries or wires to worry about either.  The Simply Cozy Microwaveable Neck Warmer can also go everywhere with you. Just nuke it for a few minutes and place over your shoulder to reduce aches and pains ($12.99). Now for my fave, the Flexible Heating Pad, which just replaced the age old worn out, passe one I've been using for year. This ergonomic gadget has five heat settings that target specific muscle groups. Feels great on a cold night or again after extreme sports or exercise ($30-$40).  I discovered the perfect beauty tool: Light Tweez from Angelica Beauty-- a precision tweezer w…

Savvy Seafarer

I'm a cruise writer and self professed savvy seafarer. Afterall I've taken more than 200 cruises on just about every cruise line afloat. Not all by choice. I penned a cruise guide called ACCESS Cruise (Harper Collins Publishers) for which it was mandatory to test the high seas.  During the course of my gruelling research I found a few favorites. My Number 1 pick of all time is, was and will probably remain for ever, Silversea Cruises. This tiny fleet of three provides the most seamless service, tastiest food, best accommodations and experience at sea. The ships are small by today's standards with room for fewer than 400 passengers. While the fares are steep, they are also all-inclusive. Translated this means: gratuities, beverages (wines, even French champagne, liquor, soft drinks), and some shore excursions are included in the price. This is refreshing in an age when cruise passengers are being nickled and dimed by larger companies that charge for just about everything ex…

Spa Blog

Very few people understand the differences between a day spa, a spa and destination spa. So let me clarify. A day spa is just like it sounds. You go for the day -- or of course an hour or more and have assorted treatments like facials, massages, manicures, etc. A spa is usually an adjunct to a hotel  where a hotel calls it self blah blah hotel & Spa. There is usually is a fitness center and a service area for pampering. A destination spa is where you bliss out for days at a time with proper nutrition, exercise and pampering.There are only two of these really worth your time and money in California: The Golden Door in Escondido, and Cal-A-Vie in Vista. Since this is my blog and I can be subjective and say that the Golden Door is the best, the penultimate, unrivaled spa in the world. Why you ask? Because there is no other facility that offers a seven day program that rejuvenates, revitalizes and renews your mind, body and spirit like the Door. Founded in 1958 by doyenne of spa, Debo…

Marvey Manes and other beauty tips

Marvey Manes:  I color my hair. Who doesn't these days. Before I began using chemicals on my tresses, my hair was soft and silky. So I am always hunting for product to bringback that shine. And voila I found it. Clairol's Natural Instincts Shine Happy is a miracle mane enhancer that works after one application and lasts four weeks. I just did my first treatment and my hair is bouncy, silky and even a little more curlier. I love it, love it. And it costs less $10.  Clairol also has the perfect quick fix for those times when you just can't make it to your hair stylist. It's Nice'neasy color boosting glaze, a real color-saver that works in five minutes. I just tried it and my color looks new again. My hair is as silky and shiny as those models who do hair commericals. No kidding. It works great. And like I said it only takes five minutes from start to finish.  I have one more Clairol product to test, this one is Herbal Essences Colorflirt mouse, another quick fix for …

Fabulous Fragrances & Super Scents

Ooh la laI just received a fabulous birthday gift (I'm a March 19th Pisces fyi). Anyhow it's a retro perfume brought back to life by the French fragrance called Habanita De Molinard. I must admit I never heard of it before. But I love th heady (it is quite strong) scent and the gorgeous Lalique-designed gold etched bottle. Curious to learn more about the perfume, I went online.  I discovered it was just lunch in the US under  The Molinard 1849 Collection which is made of seven  fragrances (Nirmala, Verveine, Un Air, Habanita, M De Molinard, Iles D'Or & Gardenia), designed for seven types of women. The bottles were originally created by Lalique in 1921 and are recreated with  with gold atomizers and silk fringe.  My friend was quite generous as I saw the suggested retail price for my Habanita is $295. Thank you honey. If you want to impress your sweetie or drop a hint, Molinard is available at selectHenri Bendels, Barneys New York and Saks Fifth Avenue locations, Fred S…

Las Vegas Ramblings

Actually spent Christmas in Las Vegas. It was nothing like we expected. The Strip was jammed with people parading around in all sorts of attire. There seem to be a preponderance of Asian faces among the crowds.  Anyhow it was wacky and wild.  We spent two nights in a great suite at Bally's. Had a Jacuzzi for two in the bedroom  and came with special club lounge and spa privileges. A modest breakfast is set out in the club lounge and hors d'oeuvres served in the afternoon. Liquor is extra but soft drin are part of the deal. So is the fitness center and spa. The workout area could use some work. But the spa's great.  We didn't dine at Bally's. Instead we opted to walk across the Strip to Caesars and eat at Bradley Ogden's and Mesa Grille. Both superb but pretty pricey. We spent the next two nights at the Monte Carlo. Our room was less lavish and not to our liking.  We enjoyed steak dinners at Blackstone's though and the Lance Burton show ($70 plus a person fo…