Let’s Raise a Toast to Ol’ Blue Eyes at the Rivieria Resort & Spa

In a fitting tribute to Palm Spring’s favorite son, Frank Sinatra,

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  The  Riviera Resort & Spa in Palm Springs  is featuring  favorite cocktails of  Ol’  Blue Eye’s and his pack beginning on the 14th of March. 

 Little known fact:   Frank Sinatra signaled the start of cocktail hour by raising a flag pole, situated between two palms on his Palm Springs Estate. Once the flag was up the rat pack knew it was time to party.

 In honor the Ol’ Blue Eyes’ ritual, the Rivieria Resort & Spa, in Palm Springs, continues  the tradition with daily happy hour specials at the Bikini Bar with innovative cocktails along with a class Jack Daniel’s cocktail.  The hotel is also ringing in the tippling hour with Sunday specials at sidebar and live entertainment from the Art of Sax on Sundays, with mixologists concocting adult drinks like the Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Cherry Polka Dot Bikini (Grey Goose, Le Citron Vodka, Bacardi Cherry rum and lemonade. Also on the menu. The Candy Man, Sammy Davis Jr’s favorite  Rum Daiquiri (Bacardi blended with mango, strawberry, peach or lime; and Sinatra’s favorite Jack Daniel’s Single
Barrel Whiskey cut with water over ice, poured in an old-fashioned glass.

Bikini Bar’s open for Happy Hour from 5 to 6 PM. 

Live Entertainment from Art of Sax:   Sundays, 5 to 9 p.m.

Sidebar Small Plate Special:  Sundays, 5 to 7 p.m.

 Riviera Resort & Spa, 1600 N. Indian Canyon Dr. Palm Springs, (760) 327-8311, www.psriviera.com



The Montage Beverly Hills Lays out the Red Carpet During Oscar Week

As happens each year at this time, the  Montage Beverly Hills is spreding the proverbial  red carpet for celebrity out-of-towners who stay there during the 82nd Annual Academy Awards. 

Of course ordinary mortals  who happen to be caught up in the cross hairs,  and are lucky enough to score a room there during Hollywood’s biggest, most hyped, ginormous week,  can  also enjoy such luxuries as: Services of the “Bow Tie Butler” who does exactly what it sounds like, helps gentlemen tie their ties. Everyone gets personalized note cards; a monogrammed director’s chair in their room to use while preening; and to relieve stress, the spa’s open longer for facials, massages and body pampering (at additional fees). FYI: I’ve had, hands-on, some of the best facials and massages at this facility.

 The spa is gorgeous and the treatment menu creative with salubrious selections such as:

 “Essential Waters” — that starts with hydrotherapy bath infused with essential oils of neroli, bergamot and sandalwood coupled with underwater massage serves as the relaxing prelude to a soothing, long stroke, warm-oil massage,  ending  with exfoliation and a revitalizing Vichy rain shower. “Montage Anti-aging Facial” — that combines an antioxidant serum with a firming and contouring facial massage and a marine mask to firm and lift. “Body sculpting” –Mineral-enriched mud is combined with a contouring and lifting connective tissue massage, followed by a cool mud compress, to encourage the removal of cellular wastes and improve the skin’s appearance. ·

Seamstresses and laundresses trained in the care of fine fabrics are in-house to attend to any last-minute alterations or garment pressing requirements.

· Hair styling and coloring appointments are available at the onsite Kim Vo Salon and the in-house barber shop, Gornik & Drucker, who have been ministering to the famous and infamous since 1936.

 · Complimentary shoe shines by butlers certified by world-famous bespoke shoemaker John Lobb. · The valet department staffs two distinct arrival areas to ensure additional privacy for guests.

· An ever-alert security department  to keep the paparazzi at bay, with  all entrances and exits kept private and secure. Just in case you were worried.

 · A well choreographed  transportation department making to ensure seamless  limousine arrivals and departures so that Oscar® guests can expect on-the-dot service.

· The gift shop has fully stocked with creature comforts such as breath mints and additional supplies of socks and stockings.

Montage Beverly Hills, 225 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, (310) 860-7800, www.montagebeverlyhills.com

Opi Opens New Nail Salon in San Fernando Vally

opi-nails1nail-barGet readyfor the  new Opi Salon on Ventura Blvd. in Studio City, California. More to come after my mani pedi. In the meantime here’s the

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ROB/B, an OPI Concept Salon

It’s the first Concept Salon in the United States. 

 100% green, Gold LEED Certified, ROB/B is a breakthrough salon model,

 grounded in the nail care standards consistently set by OPI.

“Everyone has asked for it, and now we have a salon that takes OPI’s world-renowned quality and literally pours it into distinctive professional services,” says Robbie Schaeffer, CEO of ROB/B, son of OPI President and CEO George Schaeffer and nephew of OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director Suzi Weiss-Fischmann.  Robbie highlights that the key to showcasing nail care at its best is combining OPI’s product excellence with professional treatments, provided by expertly trained technicians, in a safe and sanitary, yet refreshingly relaxing environment.  In addition to top of the line manicure and pedicure treatments, ROB/B hosts results-oriented facial and massage treatments.

A certified nail technician, Robbie melds years of hands on experience in the beauty industry into ROB/B and shines a spotlight on nail care, technology, trends and service.  He acknowledges client well being is paramount.  Every treatment is complemented with a menu of nail amenities.

 There’s even two VIP rooms complete with steam and stand up Vichy Showers for manicures, pedicures, facials and/or massages and one VIP room just for  manicures and pedicures outside-patio-opi


Another  room  is dedicated to facials and massages,with steam and aromatherapy, stand up Vichy Shower and a rooftop patio for outdoor services for four or more (manicures, pedicures, massage and facial).  Available for private parties (complete with sound system and BBQ)
ROB/B is located at 12246 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604. www.robbsalon.com.

USA Hudson River Emergency Brings Back Memories of Southwest Flight 1767

On April 30, 1996 I was in an emergency landing on a flight that originated in Las Vegas and was bound for Burbank, California. We never made it to our  destination but we did finally land safely. The landing gear was stuck, the pilot contacted headquarters and the decision was made to try various methods of  fixing the situation. Two of the scariest maneuvers I’d ever experienced. The first was series of “roller coasters” in the sky, in an effort to jar the errant gear. Didn’t work,but scared the you know what out of most of us passengers. The second was two “touch and goes”, the pilot  heads for the runway at full speed, bounces the wheels and takes off again in an attempt to jar the wheel lose.  We did this two times. After two hours flying around unsure whether the plane was going to land and dumping fuel into the Pacific Ocean the pilot and crew braced us for an emergency landing, much like the USA Air pax must have gone through. We landed on a wing and prayer, flat on the plane’s belly limping off to the side with a runway covered in foam.  It was scary, stressful, one of the worst flying experiences of my life save for the fact that we all survived physically. Which brings me to the point of this–anyone who goes through such an ordeal MUST SEEKS COUNSELING. The post traumatic stress is debilating and hits when you least expect it. I am still suffering the affects more than a decade later.

God bless Sully for getting everyone out alive and ditto to the Female captain and male co-captains on my flight.