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

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LA hosts new deluxe hotels, eco-spa opens in Santa Monica and more

There’s a whole lot of happenings going on in and around Los Angeles, and your Diva on the Go is right on top them….

 Not a town that rests on its laurels, Los Angeles is booming with new hotels and attractions like the J.W Marriott and Ritz Carlton that side-by-side at the $2.5 billion L.A. Live sports and entertainment complex, 

The Marriot which opens in March, after a short delay, will have 878 rooms, 52 suites, a 4,000 square foot fitness center (yes!), an outdoor pool and a Gallery Collection with 77,000 square feet of meeting space. www.marriott.com.

The Ritz-Carlton (I adoree this chain), which opens soon, has 123 rooms, 14 suites and a full-service spa which the company claims is the only one of its kind in downtown Los Angeles. The hotels also sports a signature Club Floor Lounge—one of my favorite amenities offered by Ritz Carlton, which I have sampled from New York to Hawaii. For the initiated, Club Lounge privileges are available for an extra fee and include light breakfast, lunchtime snacks and afternoon cocktails and hors d’ouevres. www.ritzcarlton.com.

 The Divaonthego will be checking out both properties when they are fully operative in March , and filing a full report right here.

Meanwhile to keep up with competition the Holiday Inn at LA City Center (adjacent to L.A. Live), is undergoing a $10 million facelift and a name change to Luxe City Center Hotel. The property will be fitted for all the right stuff from a fitness center to outdoor pool, business center and restaurant. Heading west to Santa Monica, the Loews Hotel has reopened the Ocean Spa & Fitness as an “eco-conscious facility with all sorts of environmentally friendly materials like Ecoresin panels made from 40% post-industrial recycled resin, reclaimed-wood furniture and more. www.loewshotels.com.

In Beverly Hills:  The Spa at the Beverly Wilshire, (A Four Seasons Hotel) is launching Christopher Drummond beauty– t  a “smarter” brand of makeup, as an Oscar tie-in complete with a pre-Academy Award party.

After years of research and industry experience, working with some of the biggest names in beauty, Christopher says he  realized that titanium dioxide, bismuth oxycloride and zinc oxide were the culprits, so he created  brand that doesn’t fit in a category: beyond mineral makeup, Christopher Drummond Beauty products are a healthy alternative to mineral makeup and traditional makeup – free of chemicals and preservatives, that are good for you, look great, will not cause acne, and are appropriate for even the most sensitive skin.

 “I believe that knowledge is power and we have the option to educate and empower ourselves. Being a part of the Beverly Wilshire is completely in line with our message, because spa employees have the power to educate their customers about what they are putting on their skin,” said Christopher Drummond. “Every choice we make, from the food we eat, to the cosmetics we use sends a message about us, and people need to be sure that the messages they send are the ones that really reflect how they feel about themselves, their health and their world.” Check out the product line and great photos at:  www.christopherdrummond.com

Fall/Winter Color Collection: Straight off the runways. Christopher Drummond pulled the best looks from recent runway shows, which included a sexy, smoky eye mixed with a rich gem-inspired story to create the Fall/Winter Color Collection for Christopher Drummond Beauty. Includes luxurious colors with beautiful textures in all-natural, chemical free products. Items include: Feline/Charcoal, Amethyst/Purple and Mystique/Blue Grey Eyeshadows; Matte Fraiche/Mauve and Matte Tres Chaud/Warm Red Blushes; Noir, Cafe, Plum and Peacock Eyeliners; and Cinnamon, Brazilian Berry and Luscious Lip Glosses. ($17.50-$28)

Gift Set for Women: The Gift Set offers three foundation colors, the Sade Pele Radiance Booster, Bronzer, the Silky Flat Top Brush, and a 1/8 ounce bottle of the new Revitalizing Facial Serum. The Gift Set is perfect for the woman who is afraid of the commitment of buying one full-sized product ($95)

Creme/Cream Veludo Velvet Foundation: For very fair skin, the Crme Foundation is a shade lighter than the Christopher Drummond Luz/Light, and contains shades of pink and less yellow for those with a cooler tone to their skin. ($65)

The Diva’s Day at the Swag Fest

I scored a great pair of earrings and a tiger’s eye ring at this booth…..swag

Your divaonthego’s day at the swag fest.  It was a glam afternoon mulling around at the “Be The Change Oscar Lounge Presented by Sense Beautiful Science“–one of the many swag fests put on mostly for celebrities to promote products that hopefully they’ll wear on their famous persons. I love these events, which I attend yearly.
This year’s lounge was based at the Pali House in West Hollywood–an upscale residence hotel.

I started at Shemoni and worked my way upstairs where I scored a pair of MBT boots 08-w_tambo_chocolatelowresthat will be sent to me so I don’t have them now but they are worth waiting for. These are the best, most healthful footwear you can wear. I already own two pair of MBTs athletic shoes and love them so can’t wait for my new black leather boots. Once the nice folks from MBTs fitted me for my boots I moved on to a Tarot card reader who gave me a rosy outlook, that was good. After that I got lash extensions put on by a member of MM Makeup Mandy, http://www.makeupmandy.com/, they look sexy, this was followed a mini massage and mani from Mobile Spa–a nation-wide company that does in-home or office manis, pedis, massage and spa parties. http://www.mobilespalosangeles.com/, or 888-685-0885.

Next I visited a lovely designer at the Ogie Kanogie display who gave me a cool blue, strapless slip on dress. The creation of two So Cal girls, Ogies makes mostly cool coats which you must check out at dsc_0304http://www.ogiekanogie.com/. Since I’m not a celeb I didn’t score a coat,  but Leeza Gibbons did (seen to the right). I like the dress  though, it is cute and fits literally like a glove.

I also visited Storm London, a jeweler that creates unusual, innovative designs. They said they’d send me a watch that I fell for, can’t wait it’s really nifty. After I stopped by ADA handbags where to die for bags were displayed but alas only gifted to celebs, but they did give me a slim leather wallet. Check out their stuff at http://www.adahandbags.com/.

And before I left the lounge I stopped to meet the sponsor, Sense beautiful science which offers a line of natural skin-care products that the literature says is “combines purifying botanicals in protective liquid crystals, pure plant bio actives designed to revitalized cells and make skin appear younger and healthier. The company’s brochure claims extensive research and results. I’ll be the judge as I start my regimen with the generous bag of face and hair goodies they armed me with. I also got a handy, travel 5X magnification fold out mirror and polishing gloves. So come back for details. http://www.beautifulscience.com/.

As always the glam affair, put on by Melanie Segal of Platinum Publicity with Sense Beautiful  Science was a big hit with the celebs, writers and other invited guests who go to grab the swag, see and be seen.