Fabulous Zoomer Fins for snorkelers on your list

These fins rock, so light, easy to pack and fit like a glove. Best fins I ever had, you and anyone on your Christmas gift list will dive for them.

FINIS, a world leader in technical swimming products that maximize your fitness potential and technique, announces the immediate availability of Zoomers® Fit Swim Fins, swim fins that encourage easy propulsion and active legs while you swim.
Comfortable and lightweight, these fitness fins use a Surflex material that floats the legs for an ideal body position. The fitness-oriented fins use patented Zoomers® technology to generate easy propulsion in the water so that you can increase leg strength while making swimming easier.
Available in multiple sizes for a custom fit, these encouraging swim fins are available now for $27.99 at www.FINISinc.com/zoomers-fit/.
 
“As a fitness swimmer it’s very important to have the correct body position during your workout to prevent muscle injury and to maximize your workout potential,” says John Mix, President of FINIS. “Our new Zoomers® Fit fins are the softest of our fins and provide a swimmer with a tool that will improve their overall swim technique and results.”
The Zoomer® Fit feature a closed-heel design which creates a soft and secure fit, and a short blade construction that promotes a shorter and faster kick specific to swimming. By being buoyant, the Zoomers® Fit encourages an elevated body position to keep the legs active during your swim. The Flex Box on the underside of the fins will catch water during the up-kick, targeting and strengthening the hamstrings and glutes.
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Morongo the Second Time Around– and, it was all good

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Cinco de Mayo the gave us sombreros

And it was all good…. Especially celebrating Cinco de Mayo, got sombreros, too…. My husband, Richard surprised me with a birthday visit to Morongo Resort & Casino in March. We enjoyed our two-night fling so much we recently returned this Desert Oasis for Cinco de Mayo. This time we booked a very attractively appointed two-room suite on the 23rd floor with flatscreen TVs, huge bathroom with Jacuzzi tub and shower, two sinks, big closets, mini bar (which the Travel Diva never touches), robes, slippers, lush toiletries and great views of the magical mountains that at different times of the day change colors from purples to blues, grays and amber. Suites are definitely the way to go.  You also get private access by your room key in the elevator.

Las time we went into Palm Springs for dinner, this time we dined at the hotel’s Cielo–a penthouse restaurant offering awesome views of the surrounding mountains and softy lit by gorgeous chandeliers that change colors almost on cue with your mood. Our yummy meal began with ahi tuna presented beautifully and tasty and moved along to an exceptional Chilean seabass with a lobster salad, and Porterhouse steak cooked just right, bottle of so-so wine (the prices were a bit high for our budget so opted for a $38 bottle, about the cheapest on the list that was just okay). We skipped dessert because we gave at the earlier Potrero Canyon Buffet buffet (a really fantastic deal folks, lots of fine food from breakfast choices to Asian and pizza and awesome desserts). The all-you-can eat affair is less than $15 a person and really good quality. In fact Morongo’s breakfast, lunch and dinner buffet is among the best for any hotel casino we’ve ever visited. And this from a dining diva, too.

IMG_0388The weather was warm and wonderful and we spent a lot of time at the Oasis Pool–an inviting area with tiny sandy “beaches”, private cabanas and lots of comfy chaises. IMG_0393

We also booked massages which came with an extra bonus “express mani or pedi”, I took the mani, he opted for the pedi. My rub was deep and thorough, but Richard didn’t fare as well, his therapist was a little too light handed for his tastes, but he said it was still relaxing. The little spa is quite satisfying with steambaths, saunas, whirlpools, cold plunge, lockers and assorted beverages to sip on. We were there for “Mimosa Monday” and enjoyed the cool drink after our steams.

Morongo offers assorted specials on just about everything from 30 percent off spa purchases, 20% off sservices, 1/2 price wines in Cielo on Tuesday and Thursdays (our waitress forgot to remind us and we goofed or we would have order a better bottle), and discounts depending on the day of the week, obviously Monday through Thursday getting the better rate, higher fees on weekends.

You can’t beat this hotel for charm, service, cleanliness (even the public loos are spotless), buffets and pay outs at the slots–if you keep it you can win, alas most of us toss it back in. They also have a rewards club, “Winner’s Circle” which gives gamblers cash back for play.

www.morongocasinoresort.com or 888-MORONGO

The Diva Gets a Good Hair Day

Wow, my hair never look better after my session at  the new Loft Hair Lounge & Green Spa in Beverly Hillsimg_00642lofthowever that’s not me below but I will be posting a photo of my new, spiffy do…that’s Clay, the owner of the Loft and colorist extraordinaire doing someone’s hair, the other is a photo that truly reps the salon. Here’s one of  Liz doing someone else, wish I’d brought that camera….img_00671

 

 
Pun intended, it was a lofty experience. My hair needed help.  When I heard they only use organic products and were dedicated to fostering “green”, I knew I had to go there. And I was right. I loved the place from the minute I stepped into the highly stylized salon. The staff was welcoming and so were the little nooks and crannies where you can wait for your appointment while sipping some mighty fine coffee I might add. Bless their hearts they brew a good, strong, tasty cup of Joe. 
Anyhow Clay and his assistant Liz took me under their wings and did a fab make-over in a couple of hours, all naturally of course.  I left my hair in Clay’s hands to do with what he wanted. He selected a deep brown with nifty lighter highlight using non-amonia,  yogurt based hair coloring and  Balyard paint on color. No tin foil, no long stretches under the hair dryer, all comfy, cozy with me catching up on magazines and sipping that rich coffee. A little buzzed, I might add. Anyhow Liz did the shampooing with all natural “Go 365” that left my hair silky and shiny. She also added an awesome scalp massage that left me swooning. Then she blew out my hair in a new style. I didn’t think my hair could look like that, straight and smart, and my husband remarked, “sexy and great.” Wish I’d taken my camera so I could show you, because I will never be able to replicate it on my own. Twenty-four year old Liz did it effortlessly and but painstakingly straightening out every strand. She was my new best friend. Actually, like her boss, Liz is a pure delight. No attitude, no edginess about this place which looks like it belongs in a fashionable section of New York and with a little lower prices.  Color ranges from $80 to $130, highlights  are $150 to$20O. Cuts range from $85 to $115 for women and $45 to $75 for men. 
The full-service salon also offers body massages, face and scalp rubs, waxing, hand and feet treatments, lash and brow extensions, tints,etc., facials and lots of bliss.
Clay and his life partner are proud parents of a baby and planning on another, he credits the birth of their son with his ecological enlightenment. “We want to live a good legacy,” he beamed while showing me the photo of his handsome mate and son.
The Loft Hair Lounge & Green Spa also features Eminence handmade organic skin care products of Hungary, really wonderful, natural scented cosmetics available for purchase there. www.eminenceorganics.com.
110 North Doheny Drive, just north of Wilshire Blvd. on the east side of Doheny, 310-275-9002

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: www.liasophia.com 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. www.b2stuf.com or www.blueboxtoys.com

 

 

More Great Gift Ideas for Your Holiday Shopping

Patti’s Annual Holiday Gift Guide, Bigger, Better, More Exciting Than Ever

 

Patti’s Holiday Gift Guide From Beauty Products to Cookies

 

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 www.zianatural.com.

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, www.zianatural.com.

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 www.perriconemd.com.

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 www.perriconemd.com 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. www.uppercanadasoap.com, 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® (www.verikira.com) 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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Patti’s Ultimate Guide to Great Gifts Part 2

Okay it’s almost September and really time to get a leg up on holiday  shopping which you can do by checking out my annual gift guide entries.

For starters here’s one for every digital camera buff, it’s really nifty. Lets you print photos on the road, at home or wherever you are instantly. Works great–just tried it out. Anyhow it’s called the Polaroid PoGo–abbreviated or Polaroid-on-the-go–a  pocket-sized, inkless digital photo printer that produces full-color photos wirelessly from Bluetooth-enabled cell phones and via PictBridge from digital cameras.  

It was really amazed how easy it was to use with my Canpm PowerShotA530–I thought I was going to fumble and stumble, but just shot a photo, clicked on menu, clicked on print and voila a perfect picture came out. Your friends will love for it, of course you should probably get one for yourself while you’re at it.
 
Polaroid PoGo™ –    inkless digital photo printer that produces full-color photos wirelessly from cell phones and via PictBridge from digital cameras. The full-color digital photos are created without ink cartridges or ribbons using ZINK Photo Paper™, keeping the printer to about the size of a deck

Check out www.thenewinstant.com or http://www.polaroid.com/PoGo

Sneak Preview of Patti’s Prattles Annual Holiday Gift Guide

Every year I publish a popular holiday gift guide on my AOL Patti’s Prattles Blog which I’d like to share with readers on WordPress.com–go shop, fuel our economy and make someone happy this Christmas.

Sneak Preview to Patti’s Holiday Gift Guide Shop Now

Sneak Preview to Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide

The weather outside may be sizzling, especially if you live in the east, but it’s never too early to start shopping for Christmas and just thinking about Yule time can make you feel cooler. Anyhow just a little teaser of what’s ahead,  here’s a sneak preview of Patti’s Prattles

 
Treats for your sweeties….Great American Cookies packaged in festive holiday tins for only $15.  You can even have the tins personalized with a band that includes a celebration message. 

 
For your gardening palsfashionista gloves from Ethel that make them look chic while they plant, dig and clean the yard. Perfect for toting the Christmas tree in and out and for working with thorny plants. Believe me, they are really cool and only $18 at www.ethelgloves.com

Wine ’em  and dine ’em– Napa Valley Kitchen — give a set of select Napa Valley wines alongside two delectable cooking rubs and a HALL Flour Sack Tea Towel. The fruit-driven 2005 NAPA VALLEY CABERNET SAUVIGNON with notesof ripe blackberry and cassis and the 2007 NAPA VALLEY SAUVIGNON BLANC comes packaged in a festive red gift box alongside Tulocay’s “Made in Napa Valley” Asian Accents Herb Rub and Mexican Fiesta Rub. $84

Absinthe makes the heart grow fonder, and Pernod Absinthe is just the gift to give this year. For single malt lovers  The Glenlivet XXV is just the right drink–smooth, rich and delicious and expensive at $350 for a batch numbered botle. www.theglenlivet.com/XXV.

For the gym rat

Wordlocks that use actual words  in lieu of numbers and they look cool, too. One size fits all, too, so you can scratch several people off your list at one time by ordering from: Amazon.com, Target, Walgreens, Sears, or Kmart’s, or check out Wordlock’s Web site at www.wordlock.com. Words are easier to see and more fun to program from and

they make cool stocking stuffers and are available in a range of colors.

 

Novelties– Okay this is just the thing to bring a smile on Christmas morning, a Johnny-Light that actually lights up  with a green glow the toilet bowl at night when the seat is up and turns off when it’s down. Perfect for the hit or missers on your list or mom’s who are potty training, single woman whose boyfriend  never puts the seat back down . . . or a working gal who shares a unisex bathroom at the office might all appreciate a Johnny Light (the “teaching” night light).    www.johnny-light.com, check out the online video while you’re there. Costs just about $15 with postage, get a bunch for all the guys on your list.

Jet Setters will love mysmartpac personal care carry-on kit that comes with toothpaste, face cleanser,deodorant, razor,  hair gel, body lotion and an approved plastic zip top bag. There’s about a 3-4 day supply and it’s much easier than measuring out each cosmetic to pass the security requirements. www.mysmartpac.com 

They might also like a Full Spectrum Solutions Dawn Simulator that mimics sunrise and sunset  that helps travelers adjust easier in new time zones. It  wakes you quietly without abruptly interrupting sleep and comes with a large backlit LCD display with tthe year, month, date, day and time, MP3 Player; optionalalarm, sound soother and is programmable from 10 to 90 minutes on a 7 day program schedule.

 

For tyke-coons–for those little tykes exhibiting tycoon-like traits, the Money Manger Kit for ages 4-7 is just the thing.  The interactive toy offers a 7-step program to teach youngsters the basics of money and increase financial skills. Talk about a Yuppy gift. Anyhow it comes with three books, calculation, posters,job charts and a 3-part bank showing how to save, spend and share. I think today’s tykes know how to spend. Check it out at www.tessyandtab.com/money

 
For the baseball fan–I’m a big time Yankee fan and never miss a televised game so I love the idea of giving a personalized Louisville Slugger baseball bat as a gift.  I just ordered one for myself with my name on it of course. www.sluggergifts.com
 
Techno gadgets–The shelves are alive this holiday season with all sorts of techno gadgets for your tech-savvy friends and relatives. Just got the hot new SanDisk Mobile Ultra high-performance card and it’s amazing. The tiny 2 GB flash drive  provides  accelerated transfer rates of digital files to and from  mobile memory cards and computers.  It downloads videos, photos, games in a literal ‘flash and increases storage in mobile phones. Perfect for amatuer videographers, it enables fast file transfers to websites, PCs or where ever they want to send them. It’s a must have for gift-giving or personal use.

 

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