Sunday, November 20, 2016

The Hotel Bel Air: Every Guest Gets the Royal Treatment


What could be better than being a guest in the palatial ‘home’ of a royal? When Prince Jefri Bolkiah, member of the Brunei Royal Family (BIA, Brunei Investment Agency) purchased the Hotel Bel Air in Los Angeles, California, they closed down this landmark for over 2 years to remodel the already posh property. According to wiki, “His elder brother is the Sultan of Brunei, Hassanal Bolkiah. While Prince Jefri is known for his extravagant lifestyle, he has assisted in creating a stunning portfolio of the finest hotels, His personal holdings (were at one time) a huge art collection, the British jeweler Asprey, The New York Palace Hotel, The Beverly Hills Hotel, also in Los Angeles and Plaza Athénée in Paris.” Without digressing into the mystery of this backstory, suffice it to say that the level of taste is beyond extravagance.

Even a true Royal appreciates the warmth and ambiance of this secluded hideaway. As Prince Charles once described, “it’s like staying at a rich friend’s home.”
The 3 most adored guests are still the gems of the Swan Lake in the picturesque front lawn. The original vision of “creating a natural California oasis, planting palms, coastal redwoods, ficus trees and perennial blooms” are still the focal point. Sun worshiping at the shimmering oval-shaped pool is still a private affair. The Celebs still love the secluded privacy and anonymity.


When it opened in 1946, Hollywood flocked to the see and be scene at the fresh and luxe retreat. Even in the glam era, Hotel Bel-Air was a haven for camera shy celebrities including Grace Kelly, Jackie Gleason, Cary Grant, and Marilyn Monroe, served celebrities, heads of state and dignitaries. It is still visited by the uber rich and famous.

According to, “Virtually everyone who is anyone has stayed at the original 92-room Bel-Air hotel, including Britain’s Royal Family, Presidents, and the biggest names in Hollywood, who prize the hotel for its charm and its seclusion. Warren Beatty and his wife Annette Bening stayed here after the 1994 Northridge earthquake. Jim Carrey was recently spotted singing at the piano bar. Nicole Kidman and Hillary Swank were also guests. Oprah Winfrey threw a slumber party here when she turned 40, while Diana Ross recently stayed here to unwind.”
“Oprah Winfrey has a long history with Hotel Bel-Air. As Oprah stated on her 50th birthday to People magazine and on national television, “Hotel Bel-Air is my favorite hotel.” She gathered friends on the front lawn where Celine Dion sang “Happy Birthday” to her as a surprise. She hosted a luncheon at which she was the guest of honor alongside 50 women, including Diane Sawyer, Toni Morrison, Ellen DeGeneres and Salma Hayek. As a frequent guest, the beloved Chalon Suite was also made over at Oprah Winfrey’s request.”


“The hotel offers 103 rooms, all of them Mediterranean-style villa/bungalows, yet no two the same. Room 160 is known as the Princess Grace Suite, and according to L.A. Magazine, Carly Simon likes to stay there. Joan Collins prefers room 166. Room 138 is known as the Swan Lake Suite, because of its view of the swan pond. Other guests have included Prince Charles, Marilyn Monroe, Cary Grant, Elizabeth Taylor, Grace Kelly, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tina Turner, Al Pacino, Whitney Houston, Mike Nichols, Diane Sawyer, Val Kilmer, Martha Stewart, Kenneth Branagh, Robert De Niro and even the very private, Michael Jackson.”

During the Academy Awards week, 2013, a couple of award nominees had their hair coiffed by Sam Kavenchy at the exclusive salon, Joseph Martin. One of the nominees sported a totally new look and when his name was announced as the winner, he was almost unrecognizable from his powerful character role in the academy award winning film. Another winner also had his hair styled by Sam and they both were beaming with their new, award winning looks! So if you intend on winning an Academy Award, you should definitely get a winning hairstyle at this tony salon!
The private enclave in the heart center of the property is the favorite restaurant for all occasions,Wolfgang Puck at the Hotel Bel Air. “To be a part of this extraordinary restoration is a great honor,” said Puck.  “The Hotel Bel-Air is one of the most beloved icons in Hollywood history and has created many wonderful memories for such a long time.  It was important for us to respect its heritage, keeping menu favorites like the famous tortilla soup, while creating an entirely new concept that features the wonderful, fresh and local ingredients which surround us.”


Over the years, the hotel has developed into one of the most sybaritic and profuse properties, highly acclaimed throughout the world. As the hotel and city have matured, Hotel Bel-Air’s original ambiance has remained intact.  Some loyal guests are pleased with the new facelift, while others are reminiscing about this Grand Dame who has gone to the plastic surgeon and is now a bit too slick for her age. Whether you’ve been there before or are a newbie, it is still a must see beloved landmark in the shrinking style of true luxury and class in Los Angeles.
The makeover which took two years to complete boasts a new 12,000-square foot building with a fitness studio, loft guest rooms and a 4,134-square foot La Prairie Spa is a welcomed addition to this secret hideaway. The spa menu is a rich array of luxurious treatments and offers the one of the most exclusive, coveted skincare lines in the world.


“What could be more relaxing than the sensation of gently floating on the ocean? Not much. Well,
that’s the feeling the Advanced Marine Biology Facial will give you. For most people, ultimate relaxation is the destination. This is achieved when your brain sends messages to your entire body to release tension. This release of tension causes the blood to flow more easily allowing detoxification to occur. As you lay on a warm water filled mat, muscle tension is released and circulation is increased. The skin is then transformed using sea-born elements found within La Prairie’s Advanced Marine Biology Collection which work to encourage cell turnover, detoxification, hydration and provide anti-oxidant protection”  Joo-mee Song, aesthetician and beauty magician.


Many guests fly across the globe to visit the hotel and spa. Locals swear by Joo-mee’s gifts and make up about 50% of the spa goers. The Hotel Bel Air is so loved by it’s neighbors, all they have to do is walk down the street to get pampered. Many are high end celebs live in the tony neighborhoods of Bel Air, Brentwood and Beverly Hills and just need an escape close to home for some R&R. It is so hush-hush that the locals never tell anyone about it. The Los Angeles glitterati want to keep this best-kept secret hideaway hidden from the maddening crowd.


The most extravagant feature is the hotel’s new Presidential Suite, starting at $15,750 per night, is the piece de la resistance. For the uber rich and famous guests, it is over-the-top-luxury, this 6,775-square feet of suite with private dining for 10, a chef’s kitchen, a study, a great room with grand piano, even has a private pool! It is breathtakingly beyond words, and bank account. Unless you’re in the league with the Royals, perhaps this is just another place to hide away. There are a few more expensive suites around the world, like the Royal Penthouse Suite in the President Wilson Hotel in Geneva, at a whopping $52,000
The most fitting description of this enclave of pampering, is from a star of the glam years, Tony Curtis (Some Like it Hot) who lived at The Hotel Bel-Air.
He describes it as the “best wife” he’s ever had. “If I could, I would marry Hotel Bel-Air tomorrow,” he said. “She doesn’t ask me where I’ve been all night. She doesn’t mind if I bring a girl home. She makes my bed every day, feeds me regularly, takes my messages faithfully and puts my laundry in the little boxes tied up with ribbon.”

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Keeping it Real With Raw Food


Matthew Kenny is crafting the future of food
Update-New Location-Plant Food+Wine-

You can finally indulge in a fabulous ‘tasting’ experience at the new Matthew Kenney’s M.A.K.E. without guilt. Located inside the Santa Monica Place Market, in Los Angeles, California, M.A.K.E. is a living foods, raw restaurant, featuring cutting edge plant-based cuisine. Everything is alive, radiant, nutritious, plant based food that is so full of energy, it is a delight for all the senses. The rich fuschia colored Chidori kale for the eyes, the ears get the crunch of the sesame-flax crisps, Kenney is a master presenting the tastiest raw food recipes with the biggest wow factor. Each bite has a continuous surprise of flavors, layered to discover for the whole palate. The most fun is ‘deconstructing’ the dish and sharing the guess work with your fellow foodies.

Note: Matthew Kenney Culinary is right next door, with a state-of-the-art raw food Academy. It feels as if the student chefs are creating these unique recipes all at once and the dishes are designed in the moment, just for you.
This whole-food centered eating extravaganza is the result of innovative ideas inspired by seasonal, local produce, as well as many of Matthew’s classic raw food dishes.
“Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.”
Albert Einstein
The manager and servers were very helpful and explained the dishes so that even a neophyte would understand. When each serving arrives it is like a gift, where you are aroused by the attention to detail and the artfulness of the plate designs.  Here’s a fun game: try to keep the beauty of the plate arrangement in tact (almost impossible) while awakening to the ingredients and enjoying the cacophony of flavors with a surprise in each bite.
Matthew Kenney is taking on the food industry, and leading the global vegan/raw food movement, considered a top chef and trainer in the field, an author of several best selling raw food recipe books. He is also the founder of the renowned Raw Food Culinary Institute “105 Degrees” in Oklahoma City. In addition, “PlantLab is an experimental kitchen and laboratory redefining plant-based cuisine. PlantLab utilizes modernist techniques to develop new culinary innovations, pairings, and recipes. Through strategic partnerships, PlantLab is outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment, some of which is straight out of a laboratory. We believe that plant-based cuisine deserves the level of attention and analysis that only PlantLab can provide.”
Follow him on the new afternoon cooking show, Fresh Take, on the Health and Wellness Channel. “Matthew is a wonderfully inspiring chef who is on the forefront of the movement to bring nature back into cooking and the culinary arts. We’re very lucky  to have tapped into Matthew and his enthusiasm for something so worthwhile and needed in society today,” says Health & Wellness Channel founder Drew Nederpelt.
FYI-Tony Robbins says, “If you want to be alive, eat live foods”. He also brings up the point that our planet is 70% water and our bodies are 80% water. He says then, that it only makes sense for us to eat mostly water rich foods such as fruit, vegetables and sprouts. He explains that proper diet increases one’s energy, which is necessary for total success.
For further information, books and the Apothecary of Chocolate, check out his site:
He’s got two other restaurants:
IN THE RAW, a vibrant raw food bistro located in the beautiful North Shore region of Chicago.
And soon to be:THE WHITE LOTUS, located at The Space Miami, in Miami’s Wynwood Arts District, The White Lotus will be a living foods restaurant, featuring cutting edge, plant-based cuisine with local influences.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Davy Jones:Teen Dream Comes True

The year was 1963, and Davy Jones was everybody's favorite teen dream in New York, starring as the Artful Dodger in the original Broadway production of the musical, Oliver, based upon the novel Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens.

It also happened to be the year my father had his favorite Thoroughbred racehorse, a stake winning filly at the track at Belmont Park, in New York. Her name was Miss Twist. This was no ordinary horse; she won a famous race at Santa Anita and took home a big purse. For my Dad, it was like winning the lottery. When his prize filly returned home, she was running at the track at the same time Oliverwas playing on Broadway. This was a winning year, for my Dad, Davy Jones and Miss Twist, which had some breeding, and ties to the name Oliver Twist.

My dad was also a big theater buff and occasionally invested in Off-Off Broadway shows. (That's another story). After seeing Oliver on Broadway, he read that Davy Jones was also an apprentice to becoming a jockey before he became an actor. Miss Twist was running in another big race at Belmont Park, and my dad thought it would be fun to have Davy come and join us in the winner's circle (assuming the horse was going to win again). Somehow, my artful Dad got in touch with Davy and invited him to come to the track, to watch the horse race and invited the main star, Georgia Brown to join us. (This was before Jones was in the Monkees)

As a pudgy faced pre-teen, I was beyond words with excitement and also mortified. I was going to spend the day with teen idol, Davy Jones and my father. As the days rolled by before the big event, I decided to invite one of my best friends along, so we could enjoy it together. Suffice it to say that I was also very, very shy and my Dad was proud, yet a bit pushy with guys and me.

The big day came and when we met we were eye to eye; Davy was about my height, so he seemed like a pint-sized teen (he would turn 18 that December). I was spellbound and speechless, like most teenaged girls in those days, blushing and giggling with my girlfriend in our box seats at the racetrack.

I don't think I said more than one word to the guy, but my dad seemed to be having the most fun. There we were, my Dad, Davy Jones, Georgia Brown, (I can't even remember my mom in this scenario). We all went down to the paddock to meet the jockey, and watch the horse saddle up. Davy had never been to Belmont Park Race Track and he was thrilled to meet our jockey who was quite famous at the time. (Can't remember his name, maybe Manuel Baeza).

As luck would have it, Miss Twist won the race and we all ran down to the winner's circle for the traditional photos. It was a thrilling day for all and we had the photos published in our hometown news, with me standing next to Davy in the winner's circle.

About a year later, February 9, 1964, Jones appeared with the Broadway cast of Oliver! on The Ed Sullivan Show, the same episode on which The Beatles made their first appearance. Jones says of that night, "I watched the Beatles from the side of the stage, I saw the girls going crazy, and I said to myself, this is it, I want a piece of that." (Wikipedia) Then his big break came when he was chosen as one of the stars of the Monkees, and the rest is history.

Around 20 years later, after moving to Los Angeles, I was walking down the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica (one of the only walking streets in LA) and noticed this really cute short guy with a tall gorgeous lady on his arm. As I got closer, I realized it was Davy Jones, all grown up (as I was too). As I passed by, I found the courage to stop and say hello and reminded him of that day in 1963. He was quite polite and said he remembered the day, and especially my high-spirited dad.

It is now all a blur, but since that day in 1963 Davy Jones has always had a special place in my heart.

Good-bye, Davy and thanks for reminding me that dreams can come true and you can still make this grown-up-little-girl blush again!

Thursday, November 10, 2016

2016 Brighten UP! Blended Holiday Hair Trends Even Trump Approves!

The latest news in hair is C-O-L-O-R! Some are even referring it to Botanical Blends-inspired by succulents, with a multi-toned look that is cropping up all over Instagram. There are different degrees of intensity but the best is the more subtle tones.

Great colors are sprouting up from the best of the best stylists, especially for the Hollywood Haute Beauty set. Nelson Chan, an innovator and style maker, owner of NelsonJ Salon in Beverly Hills is experimenting with the most tasteful tones. You can spot his styles strutting down Rodeo Drive and swaying in the breeze on the beaches and the city streets of Los Angeles. The key to Nelson’s mastery is that he makes sure your hair is in perfect condition. His products are so nourishing, all of his clients can be spotted in the trendy shops and cafes.

Another trend is Rose gold, featuring pink tones on the bottom with deeper brown hues on top.
The best are the hombre looks enhanced by loose curls and swingy waves. Not only is the hair color a standout, but the use of hot tools to enhance the flow of the hair makes for the most unique and attractive styles to hit the runways for this season and beyond. From sun-kissed tresses to sassy bright colors, the future of shiny, healthy hair is bright!

Nelson is a stickler for NOT using toxic chemicals. As an official Aveda Concept Salon, NelsonJ is known for being ‘natural’.

Named as one of the top salons in Los Angeles Magazine, all of his clients are privy to ammonia free color, hair straightening (best from, Best Haircolorist- Allure Magazine and InStyle Magazine!
FREE of Harsh Chemicals in Haircolor, use 97% to 99% naturally derived color
FREE of Ammonia, PPD Haircolor available
FREE Formaldehyde smoothing treatments
Free of Sulfates, Parabens Hair care

Check out his video on you tube doing the French hair highlight technique "Balayage" (means Hair painting). Nelson j team performance this special technique to transform the client's hair from brassy orange to golden brown with sun-kissed highlight

Now here's the the latest trend for tresses is Gray blending for women/and men over 40:

This haircolor blending technique is for camouflaging gray hair by using lighter shades as well as richer tones. The key is to create depth and dimension, through the mixture of lowlights and highlights, making sure there is the right balance for the individual skin tone and texture. 

While most techniques end up working against the gray hair, this process actually creates long lasting hair color. The proof is when gray hair starts to grow out, it is not as 'strikingly harsh'.
Have you ever wondered how to stop the gray rooty look? This is the answer! Finally there's a way to avoid the constant touch ups and frizzy, dull, lifeless hair.

And we know why The Donald loves it, because it changes the hair strands to be thicker, fuller and to create more volume.
If you've got premature gray especially around the front or don't want to hassle the constant touch ups, this is your best bet!

Everybody's doing it!

Take a closer look at your favorite celebs, like Michelle Pfeiffer, Sharon Stone, Helen Mirren,
Sarah Jessica Parker, Diane Keaton,Jodie Foster, Hilary Clinton and even Donald Trump!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Through the Golden Door: Leaving the Rest of the World Behind

It’s a magnificently sunny Sunday in October, on the eve of the second presidential debate. One can feel the tension mounting and the news increasingly hunting for more turmoil, especially with the severe storms on the east coast. With unrelenting fever, the pressure is on and many of us are feeling the impending doom. Some of us are also experiencing a feeling of excitement in the air, a certain knowing that if we can seek out the beauty, the grace, the gratitude in the simple things, everything else will somehow be alright.

“The simple everyday experiences become the doorway to new thoughts and inspirations.”
― E.A. Bucchianeri
As a last minute gift to myself I accepted an invitation to visit the Golden Door Spa,  a sacred sanctuary in southern California. Part destination spa resort, part Japanese temple/monastery, part otherworldly, a place that has maintained it’s pristine nature for almost fifty years. After traveling on a meandering country road, I arrived at the secret entrance to a far away place, where I was beckoned to enter through the Golden Doors. After several tumultuous months of uncertainty, experiencing another life quake, I decided that the minute I entered the doors of this zen-retreat, I would let go and leave the rest of the world behind!

Labyrinth Photo by Jessica Sample

An immediate sense of peace and tranquility drizzled over me, as I stepped through the threshold into the secluded setting, inspired by an authentic Japanese honjin inn (which is a series of buildings).

It has always attracted the uber rich, successful and famous who frequented the serene setting and indulged in spa cuisine, body wraps and strenuous exercise. It still maintains it’s purity, as a sacred refuge from the outside world. It feels like you are entering into an authentic traditional village, with a bathhouse, Japanese gardens, a bamboo forest, labyrinths, koi ponds and a significant collection of Asian art (acquired over the years by the founder and spa diva Deborah Szekely.) Notables who have also crossed the threshold into this enchanted place were Natalie Wood, Elizabeth Taylor, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Burt Lancaster and others. These Hollywood icons found their bliss while getting into shape between film roles. Oprah Winfrey, Martha Stewart, Nicole Kidman and Barbra Streisand can be found chilling out while discreet fellow guests respect their privacy.

“The moment you enter through the golden doors, cross the yatsuhashi inspired footbridge and release your cares at the turn, you will be nurtured, guided and transformed in our legendary, all-inclusive, 5- or 7-day body and mind program.”
In recent years, the spa industry has become more corporate and sophisticated. When new owners came onboard, this unpretentious hallow ground has had to step up and become au courant with the other spa movers and shakers. By expanding the property, revitalizing the orange grove and bamboo forest and by utilizing the natural resources, each guest becomes enveloped into the specialness of this sacred land. The exciting changes by the new owners including the renovations, and new GM, Kathy Van Ness at the helm, (former fashion biz wiz), The Golden Door has taken a step ‘back to the future’. The newly restored rooms were upgraded and are back to some of their original furnishings while retaining the utmost serenity.

The latest trend in spas is becoming more eco-friendly, sustainable and green. The land has been revitalized with a transplanted olive orchard, new chickens for fresh eggs, a 3,000-square-foot computerized greenhouse and five biodynamic culinary, floral and herb gardens.
Jeff Dawson is the director of a new lands and farms division who previously created biodynamic gardens for Apple founder Steve Jobs. “Produce includes fruits and vegetables in multiple varieties (there are 50 types of tomatoes) and herbs such as lemon verbena and lavender that are mixed into fresh spa scrubs and a newly formulated, locally produced Golden Door skin-care and beauty line.”
Photo:Jessica Sample-bamboo grove

 This idyllic setting, with perfect weather today, and a smooth as silk breeze is just what the doctor ordered. The new guests from all over the world are immediately struck by the essence of beauty through simplicity and can detox immediately from their hectic travel encounters.
Although mostly women grace these sacred pathways, many men have become addicts too!
“Jim Pedas, a film producer and former movie theater owner, has visited the Golden Door 115 times since 1979. “I was a spa-hopper until I settled down there,” he said. “It is very special because of the spirit that Deborah ingrained in the place, and that basic spirit has not changed. Opening those golden doors is like entering the doors of paradise. Suddenly I feel very, very calm.”

Photo courtesy:Jessica Sample

My Immediate Experience Journal:

1. After the first 24 hours there was a notable release of stress. The property is sacred land, there is a feeling of safety, surrounded by the lush green Japanese landscape design mixed with the minimalist furnishings.

2. Noticing the water features and the FENG SHUI alignments which create a sacred space.

3. After the first night of almost complete silence, early to bed in my huge room with rice paper sliding shades and two opposite walls of windows, sliding glass doors, the slumber was deeper, the top quality sheets and mattress enveloped me like a cloud floating through the heavens.

4.The first full day flowed with ease and comfort. Beginning with a moderate walk in nature with my private trainer, I immediately felt comforted and released tensions. Then walking through the bamboo grove, it was apparent that this hallow land bathed me in a shower of tranquility. The arching of the bamboo stalks and leaves creating a tunnel of nurturing energy, soothed my soul from the daily onslaught of negative fears, worries and survival issues.

5. Meeting and communing with a few fellow feminine travelers on the path to self-mastery and discovery brightened my path. Meeting up in classes, sharing energized movements and new body awareness, strangers become at once new friends. Lingering over lunch, letting go of time constraints and hectic schedules allowed for more sharing and intimate life lessons.

 Bathouse courtesy Jessica Sample

6. In a nutshell-the daily flow of activities, from breakfast in bed, to early morning hikes, yoga to snacks, a variety of fun classes, gourmet lunch with new friends, and more classes, private trainer, snack, facial, massage in room, meeting up for hors d’oeuvres in Kimono, then another delicious gourmet meal and traditional walk to the main entrance after dinner, evening activity and early to bed, early to rise. The days just flew by too quickly.

7.The spa menu is filled with the finest luxury pampering, including many a la carte specialties.

8. Must try- Astrology Reading with Alex Bunshaft, who is not only right on target with your chart, but so entertaining, fun and uplifting, you will gain much encouragement from a private session.
Gourmet Dinner photo-Jessica Sample
9.The gourmet health food is a feast for the eyes and the mouth, with the freshest produce from the garden or local fare. Artfully presented, delicious and nutritious, you can eat as much as you want and still lose weight!

10.The staff and service are beyond 5 Star. The key to this experience is the bespoke attention, and each guest is catered to according to their needs and wishes. Each one is treated like a Queen (or King) for a Week!

Don't forget that even macho guys love it here, too!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Livin' it up on Melrose Place at the Exclusive Emmy Style Lounge and Party!

The awards season is now upon us! The Emmy’s paved the way for the upcoming new season. Thursday, September 15, 2016 we attended the Seventh Annual Style Lounge and Party in celebration of Emmy’s. The location was a star studded event at the posh Fig n’ Olive on the world renowned Melrose Place. From Emmy nominees, presenters to TV’s upcoming show stoppers and winners! The exhibitors were top tier, Red Carpet Fashion Statements and hot must have gifts of the moment.

The attendees were in perfect form, being honored and pampered so they could experience the accolades to come before the big awards show event.

While also in the spirit of giving back, guests & sponsors donated unwrapped gifts for young adults (ages 13-18) for a Pre-Holiday Gift Drive benefiting ‘Wednesday’s Child’ — a weekly segment airing on KTTV FOX 11 News, Los Angeles, with Anchor Christine Devine.

Here are a few stars/winners and nominees that enjoyed themselves:

Title Sponsor EIN DRINK with Jason Ritter, Former Primetime Emmy Nominee and currently a series’ regular on “Another Period” on Comedy Central. (below)

Primetime Emmy Winner, Patrika Darbo, Best Actress Short Form (“Acting Dead), Primetime Emmy Nominees, Jane Lynch (“Hollywood Game Night”), Ariel D. King (“People vs. O.J. Simpson”), Jeffrey Bower Chapman (“UnREAL”), Marsai Martin (“Black-ish”), Tye White (“People vs. O.J. Simpson”) joined Damien Whitewood, Edyta Sliwinska & Alan Bersten (“Dancing With The Stars”), Naomi Grossman &  Jamie Brewer (“American Horror Story”), Jason Ritter (“Another Period”), Kimberly Elise (“Hit The Floor”), Dot Marie Jones (“Glee”), Hollywood Icon Diedre Hall, Lydia Cornell, Areva Martin (TV Legal Analyst), Tony Denison (“Major Crimes”), Tasha Smith (“Empire”), Stephen Kramer Glickman (“Big Time Rush”), Michael Campion & Soni Bragas (Choice Teen Comedy/FOX Teen Choice Awards “Fuller House”),  Charlie Koontz (“CSI: CYBER”), Darius McCrary (“Transformers”), John Savage, Kelsey Scott (“12 Years A Slave”), Eric Millegan (“Bones”) & Lucy Butler (“The Last Ship”) and seasoned actress, Lydia Cornell (lovely, talented and with a heart of gold) to name a few, were among the cadre of celebrities and industry VIPS who were treated to the best of the best!

Jason Ritter and MOI

I had the pleasure of meeting Jason and getting a great selfie. FYI- He is even much cuter in person and taller, too! Loved him in Parenthood and anything he does, he brings his authenticity and from the heart appeal. Women love him, too! Handsome without ego, he has the generosity of spirit that reminds me of his Dad, John. What a guy! I loved Jason the award winning, short lived series, The Event, which seemed to have been aborted too soon.

Presenting Sponsor Dioo Audio with Edyta Sliwinska, “Dancing With The Stars”
VIP Sponsor The FootMate System with Primetime Emmy Winner, Patrika Darbo, Best Actress Short Form (“Acting Dead)

 VIP Sponsor Sue Wong Couture with Primetime Emmy Nominee, Jane Lynch

VIP Sponsor Personal Touch with Award-Winning Actress Kimberly Elise, currently starring in VH1’s “Hit The Floor”

Here’s a short list of some of my fav featured guests and services:
Debbi DiMaggio, Realtor to the Stars & Author of “Real Estate Rules” (probably the most generous realtor, sharing her success secrets in her book), The FootMate System by Gordon Brush(nothing like a selfie foot massage), Nu Bra(best kept secret for that bra-less look), Personal Touch Lingerie, Rekorderlig Cider,Pretty Places, Twisted Silver, My Saint My Hero, Arbonne, Spongelle, Art Lewin Bespoke (GQ watch out, this guy has your back for being in style !), Couture Gowns & Fragrance by Sue Wong(luxury, glam at it’s best), Hint, Single Dress (got a great dress!), Kaya Di Koko, Single Underwear for Men, Shear Wear, Pura d’or Hair Care, FulHum Water, Cultures for Health, Josh Cellars Wine, Medium Fleur, Shahnaz Husain Ayurvedic Beauty Products, Hair By Lance Lanza and exquisite VIP Gift Bags provided by MD Sun Skin Care.

Andrea Gutierrez Jewelry (Got a great signature necklace)

The Coffee Chef (Also sampled a delish Chai liquer), Royal Elite Vodka (off the wagon today), Andrea Gutierrez Jewelry (Got a great signature necklace), Fibrum Virtual Reality Headsets (for your teenage ninja gameplayer), Skin Tech Studios(Must try out that The Venus Legacy for smoothing and tightening) and Dr Sal Nadkarni with his elite mobile med-spa for personalized med aesthetics, True Love Skin Care (A new fav organic, all natural healing cream that is beyond rich and creamy).

The best part of the event was that everyone who attends Doris Bergman’s pre-awards parties is always a winner!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

How To Live The 5 Star Life Without Limits? Top Tips Today (podcast link)

Fusion by, Marjorie Hope Rothstein
I have lived my life through the eyes of an artist. Everything is a work of art to me. Clouds in the sky coming to life as the sunsets; flowers illuminated, singing in the rain; a home with heart, where the flow of color, design and art moves throughout the spaces. It is my passion to assist people to live in beauty, harmony and balance. Even the Feng Shui Gurus love working with me. I’m a natural intuitive with space, form and energy. It must be because of my years of training as a fine artist.
                                                  Four Seasons Westlake Resort and Spa
My desire is to help people create the home of their dreams, and Live the 5 Star Life without limits, on any budget. After decades of studying different philosophies and spiritual pursuits, it just makes sense that we are here to experience the ‘Art of Living Well’ which comes from the inside-out. No matter what circumstances on the outside are occurring, home is where the heart is. To live well is to experience joy, bliss, gratitude and a reverence for life which can heal the soul. This is precisely why I teach my clients the process of learning how to experience Beauty for the Soul.While most design for a look, I design for a feel. After years of study, I have a degree in fine arts from NYU, and a post-graduate degree in Interior and Environmental Design from UCLA. I have learned more from the school of life and although I have worked with top designers, studio executives and celebrity clients, my desire is to be more than a decorator, I am a Life Stylist, who shares ways to live your life with style and grace

The Sanctuary Resort and Spa, Arizona  

As a professional Life Stylist, spa trends specialist, boomer-consumer expert and columnist who focuses on cutting edge breakthroughs in health, wellness and beauty for the boomer consumer. She urges everyone to live the 5 Star Life without limits!

In this podcast Marjorie will be revealing some insider tips to living your best life now. How you live your life is your greatest work of art, so it should be a masterpiece!

Live The 5 Star Life!

What is the 5 star life? How to you begin to build one?

Why should you work on feeling beautiful first? What’s the first step?

Are spa treatments realistic for the budget crunched boomer?

How do you create a life full of the finer things without breaking the bank?

What are some insider tips you can share?

Marjorie is available for personal coaching online to help women create a new blueprint for their lives! Contact her at for more information.

To learn more about the 5 Star Life Maven, Marjorie Hope Rothstein and the art of living well, see her columns on popular sites such as,, Fountain Of Youth/Spa/Travel,, among many others.

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