Play :: Oktoberfest in Santa Monica, CA

Fan Fave Chris Crary (Top Chef, Season 9) works the grill at Viceroy in Santa Monica. (Photo Credit:  Maxine's Instagram @vanitygirlhollywood)

Fan Fave Chris Crary (Top Chef, Season 9) works the grill at Viceroy in Santa Monica. (Photo Credit: Maxine’s Instagram @vanitygirlhollywood)

Please enjoy my most recent post for uber-cool travel website JetsetExtra.com! 

According to Wikipedia, Oktoberfest is:

“… a 16-day festival celebrating beer held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany, running from late September to the first weekend in October. It is one of the most famous events in Germany and is the world’s largest fair, with more than six million people from around the world attending the event every year.” It’s also something we Angelenos like to celebrate.  From Alpine Village in Carson, CA to the swanky pool area of the Whist at the Viceroy in Santa Monica, we like to swig beer and eat bratwurst too!  So last Sunday, my friend Mylene and I headed over to the Kelly Wearstler-designed Whist, and right as the sun was setting watched as uber-cute chef Chris Crary grilled homemade sausages on an outdoor grill.  Do you remember him?  He was the fan fave on Season 9 of Top Chef.

And to wash it all down?  House-brewed beer.  Tony (who was an integral part of the beer-making process) proudly visited our poolside table with bottle in hand and explained each brew to us.  It really made me appreciate beer on a whole new level.   He served it as a flight (which I always love, sounds so much more elegant than “double-fisting”, nest ce pas?):

Hefeweizen: This lovely brew featured notes of light wheat, tropical fruit, ripe banana, brewed with grains of paradise and of course, hints of lemon.

Kolsch: The second in our brew trifecta was a medium-bodied, German-style beer.  It was slightly more hoppy and finished with complex fruit notes.

Dunkelweizen: Anchoring the experience was a dark wheat using German yeasts.  It was slightly malty, bready, and toasty, which made it a perfect complement, in my opinion, to these gorgeous pretzels.

These pretzels paired beautiful with the final brew in our beer flight. (Photo credit Maxine's Instagram @vanitygirlhollywood)

These pretzels paired beautiful with the final brew in our beer flight. (Photo credit Maxine’s Instagram @vanitygirlhollywood)

It had been a few years since I dined al fresco at The Whist at the Viceroy, Santa Monica.  I forgot how much I enjoyed it.

The Whist @ The Viceroy Hotel, Santa Monica

1819 Ocean Avenue
Santa Monica, CA
(310) 260-7511

Keep up with all of us on Twitter:

Chef Chris, Tony and the Whist crew:  @WhistChefs

The swanky hotel (get on the list to see what else they got going on: @ViceroySM

Worldwide Travel: @JetsetExtra (join the TweetUp on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. if you feel like sharing YOUR insider travel knowledge #JSETT

Fitness, food and fun: @MyleneDane of @TrainWeHo

And yours truly, for all things glam: @VanityGirl

More later!

 

Stay :: Paresa Resort in Phuket, Thailand

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One of my favorite things in the world, is when an infinity pool overlooks the ocean high on a cliff with the sky as a backdrop. It’s a study in blue. And when you add a bathtub, overlooking the infinity pool in your own private villa? Now you have a piece of heaven that is called Paresa.

Special thanks to the Thailand Tourism Authority and Paresa Resorts

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Welcome to WeHo :: The Chroma Studio

One of the fun things I get to do serving on the Board of the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, is welcome other entrepreneurs to the Chamber and participate in their official Ribbon Cuttings. The local politicians come out – people rooting for the business and we just get to celebrate the hard work and passion of a business owner.

And, this is a beauty biz to boot so you know I had to come say, “Bon Jour.”

The Chroma Studio

8229 Santa Monica Blvd. Ste. 101

West Hollywood, CA 90046 323.466.6353

www.TheChromaStudio.com

24 #FashionProblems That Aren’t Really Problems

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So the other day, I had a serious mid-day dilemna. With an event to get to that evening and short break in my workday – I had to decide if I would go get Botox or get some lashes (just the party flares) put on?

As any girl does, I texted my friend Mylene to get her opinion, and tagged it #vanitygirlproblems. She told me to get the Botox (since we were getting an amazing deal) and then sent me this article.

Love it. Yes, sometimes we don’t really have problems at all.

Please share some of your #vanitygirlproblems and or #fashionproblems with me. I’m doing a video roundup at the end of the month and I might just share yours!  You can Tweet them to me @VanityGirl or leave it here.

More later!

xoxo
@VanityGirl

Spa Time: Rarin Jinda Wellness Spa Resort in Bangkok, Thailand

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The Spa:  Rarin Jinda Wellness Spa Resort

The Treatment(s):  We began with Sensuous Herbal Foot Soak in a sort of foyer area, then were taken to a HUGE private room for an Aromatherapy Oil Massage With Herbal Hot Compress and a Classic Thai Massage. Price: This was a custom offering based on what we requested and I estimate it to be about $3,300 Baht (appx $107 USD excluding tip).  I always tipped 20% but I was told that 10% is more than generous.

Atmosphere: 
RarinJinda is an urban spa fully equipped with all of the latest spa technology and facilities that meet all of the high international standards. But it’s deeply entrenched in Thai massage (aka lazy man’s yoga) and healing traditions.

Facilities & Offerings:
State-of-the-art Indoor heated Hydrotherapy pool, Vichy Shower (one of my favorite things!) , Hydrotherapy Tub, Whirlpool with Chromotherapy, Rainforest Steam and Sauna. Alternative Medicine Specialists and nurses are also available on to provide consultation and guidance. For instance, they asked how I was feeling (I was super tired with achy feet) and they prescribed a specific oil for my therapist to use during the Western portion of my East meets West double massage extravaganza.

What I loved:

  • The soothing ambiance which like many of the spas in Thailand make great use of wood and natural flowers 
  • The huge private treatment rooms complete with private bath and shower 
  • The ability to share the spa experience with someone else (in my case, one of my best girlfriends) 
  • The mix of what I’m used to (Swedish/deeptissue massage) with something I don’t do often (Thai massage) 
  • The tea and fruit served after the treatment 

Don’t be surprised: 

  • The Thai massage can be a bit “rigorous” so you may be a little sore but I like that in a massage. Otherwise, I just feel like someone is slathering lotion on me, and I can do that myself.
  • You are given these tiny paper panties to put on. Don’t worry – they will fit ☺

Location:

Central Bangkok 

8th Floor, Grand Centre Point Hotel

 

153/2 Soi Mahatlek Luang 1, Ratchadamri Rd.,
Bangkok Thailand 10330
Tel.02-6705599, 02-6705000 ext.4441

Hotel contact: info@rarinjinda.com
Spa contact: majo@rarinjinda.com

 

Other locations:
Chiang Mai, Phuket.

Special thanks to the Thailand Tourism Authority and Rarin Jinda Spa

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