Showing posts from October, 2006

Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach, Garden City Hotel

Lxury Snob Gone Wild--okay I admit, I am a slave to first classs everything from airlines to hotels and ship accommodations. A seat up front and a sumptuous suite makes for a happy camper. Which is why the recently renovated Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach Hotel shocked the snob out of me. While it's definitely not the Ritz, the 258 former Holiday Inn is a real charmer with its ocean front setting, graciously hospitable staff and upscale $15 million redesign.  Just within walking distance from eclectic Main Street filled with  boutiques, bars and ethnic eateries (Thai, Italian, South American, California, you name it)  and steps from the ocean and a bustling beach and waterfront promenade abuzz with surfers, sunworshippers, skateboaders, cyclists, joggers and other fitness buffs, the hotel is perfect for a weekend getaway. Only about an hour's drive from Los Angeles it's a great way to recharge your batteries without having to hop on a plane.  We went on Friday to attend a gala…

Miracle Makers in a Jar, No Kidding

I did it! I just discovered the holy grail of skin care products.Miracles in a jar that really work!The first is (true)Promise Uplifted!!, which lived up to its name with my first application. Created by soap opera star turned makeup artist to the stars, Gail Johnson, (true) promiseUplifted!!seems to erase fine lines and wrinkles after one use. No more waiting 30 days to see results. I advise anyone in need of a quick fix to log onto the website and order this brand new miracle maker right now.($89) Available www.truepromisebeauty.comMy next discovery, directfrom Estee Lauders’ Rodan+Fields collection, two doctors age 51 and 49 who created Prescribedsolutions (customized skincare) for distressed, aging skin, that can only be obtained through a doctor who prescribes a personalized regimen for each skin type. Of course I raced out to get my customized care package, which includes a morning anti-oxidant serum with C and E ($95) and an evening anti-aging cream correction fluid. Since I’m …