Christmas Gift Guide by Patti

Only 2 Months Until Christmas ho,ho,ho so you better be nice…for those who qualify, here’s some nifty outside the box gift ideas…

My Christmas Gift Guide Just Got Better — Bling it on

Patti’s Holiday Gift Guide–Goodies from Bling & Beauty to Cookies and Gismos
Affordable Bling–set your browser at: for one-stop shopping for nifty pieces of jewelry like an exquisite 17 inch Trish  reversible necklace that goes gold on one side,silver on the other ($118), bracelets, earrings, baubles and bangles that look truly unique. lia sophia jewelry can be purchased exclusively from independent lia sophia Advisors — not through television, retail or Internet channels.


Great gizmos–the young and youthful will love the Mijam Drummer. Too cool for words with 2iPod or MP3 player with six real drum sounds. Bring out the musician in them *$29.99) from b2; or the PC Gizmo–a whimsical virtual pet that plugs into a USB port into the comp8ter and sends out email, instant messages or internet phone call alerts. It spins and flaps and provides fun for all ($29.99). Great for kids but acceptable for adults, too, I mean I really get a kick out of it. or



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Sunday Brunch at On Sunset

Must tell you about a great find, a delightful Sunday brunch at On Sunset at the Luxe Hotel. Met a friend there today who wanted to go somewhere in that vicinity. I picked the place out of my ACCESS Los Angeles Guide — I’d been there of course for dinner, but had no idea how great the brunch setting would be. We sat outside under a shady awning in big comfy chairs. White table cloths and napkins, nice silverware and china and a truly accommodating wait staff. The pretty patio has a gentle waterfall down one wall and looks out into the hotel’s yard. There was a trio playing soft music and really it couldn’t be nicer, especially the tab, only$29 a person for a choice of  any of 12 items, champagne or Mimosa, fresh oj, breads, rolls, danishes, desserts (had the cheesecake, yummmy). All good, I had an eggwhite omelette with asparagus, mushrooms and mozzarella that was perfectly prepared. Hubby devoured the seared Ahi tuna Nicoise salad, which he said was wonderful. Our friend Glenn opted for the seared Atlantic salmon on a Greek salad, he cleaned his plate. If all that wasn’t enough they even brought a basket of flaky croissants to the table. Other brunch options includeed multigrain Belgain waffles, Mascarpone-leek quiche; lobster cavair hash (tempting but we didn’t do it), smoked salmon, eggs Benedict. Again it’s only $29, $24 for seniors and $12 for kids under 12.  On Sunset at the Luxe Hotel, 11461 Sunset Blvd., LA, 310-476-6571. Tell them the Dining Diva sent  you.

Patti’s Ultimate Guide to Looking Good and Giving Great Gifts

Find a great gift, get younger-looking skin, feel better, relax


New Products/Great Gifts that go outside the blog

As always your intrepid beauty blogger unearthed some awesome supplies for you to try. And since I’ve been compiling my annual gift guide,  each one of these make perfect presents for under the tree or put in stockings (yes, I still hang my stocking and Santa fills it, too).

First the amazing Zia Natural Skincare’s Apple Refining Mask–which really perked up my skin after one use. The fruit-based product improves texture,reduces  lines and discoloration and contains organic apple juice, lemon juice and willow bark. Costs $23.95 at health foodstores or at

I followed this with Zia Natural Skincare’s Seaweed Lift Serum for normal, dry or aging skin.Made with vitamin A, red marine and blue green algae extracts and a co-enzyme I never heard of, Q10, it completed the job and left me ready for clubbing, also perfect to use both after a night a town, lifts you right up. $36.95,

For my body I applied Zia’s Ultimate Body Firming Botanical firming gel, man does it smell and feel good with its blend of caffeine, vitamins, ginkgo and licorice root. Supposed to tone and smooth, $17.95.

Another anti-cellulite, toner that seems to get the job done is Perricone MD’s Ala Body Toning Lotion SPF 15, which protects from the sun while possibly eliminating ugly stretch marks. $75 at Neiman Marcus,  Nordstrom, Sephora or

Then I plumped my lips with Perricone MD Cosmeceutical’s Lip Plump, $35.00, look out Angelina, you’ve got competition. Yeah right. Anyway it’s available at or at Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Sephora et al.

To complete my beauty routine I tested Citre Shine Shine Miracle Split End Mender, again it worked miracles on my over-colored tresses, and it’s only $3.99 at CBS, Rite Aid, Walgreens, Target etc.
This just in…just introduced to a great cosmetics line from Naturally by Upper Canada Soap & Candle Makers–love it. Slathered the Body Butter (Buerre Pour Le Corps) from neck to toes and am feeling so soft and smooth all over–not to mention heavenly-scented. It’s made with cranberry Moro Orange and other natural ingredients and is completely free of parabens, mineral oils and synthetic dyes. What’s best, it really does leave your skin tingling. Only $12, too, for a 6.4  ounce jar. You’ll love it for yourself or for gifting this holiday season., 800-548-4097.
Want to make your bathroom smell like a spa? Get a package of
 Verikira Naturals <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags” />Holiday Natural Aroma Shower Steamers — little scented balls that you put in the shower or near the bath tub that emit wonderful aromas that turn bathing into a luxurious, relaxing aromatherapy experience.  Verikira Naturals® ( Natural Aroma Shower Steamers are phthalate-free shower steamers made with the finest natural ingredients and pure essential oils.  Start your shower, unwrap the steamer, and place it to the back or corner of the shower floor.  As the moisture activates the steamer, the essential oils and flowing water make every shower a sensory journey.  And they almost gift wrapped in gold, red, and green aluminum foil!  Fragrances include: Cinnamon & Clove Comfort, Peppermint Awakening, and Eucalyptus Revival (my favorite) – and cost $24.00 for a 5.5 oz. set of 5).  Also, along with Verikira Naturals profound commitment to wellness and passion for creating truly superior products, Kira Peterson, the creator,supports mpoverished, malnourished, and orphan children through various non-profit organizations throughout the world.  With every sale, Verikira Naturals donates a portion of all profits to carefully chosen nonprofit organizations whose purposes align with Peterson’s core values – organizations that work to support human health and wellness. So you’re doing something for yourself, for those on your Christmas shopping list and for mankind.

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