Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The Nightmare Before Christmas in 4D

It's just not Halloween without the Nightmare Before Christmas, the 1993 cult classic lovingly and magnificently directed by none other than Tim Burton.* And, if you live in the Los Angeles area, you're in luck, because the movie is showing at the historic El Capitan Theater for a limited engagement in (wait for it) 4D. Yes, 4D. Aside from the brilliance of Disney 3D, there is the added elements of lights, fog, snow and more that makes you feel like you are really part of the movie.

The story follows Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King of Halloween Town. Bored of doing the same thing year after year, he discovers the wonders of Christmas and enlists the help of his ghouls and goblins to recreate this holiday which is so new, and strangely exciting, to him.

If you've never been to the El Capitan before, that is a treat in and of itself. Right across from the hopping Hollywood and Highland Center, its a piece of old Hollywood. Pick up your tickets from an old fashioned ticket booth. Inside, you are greeted by a beautiful art deco lobby. The stage area follows a similar motif and is always decked out to match the theme of that month's movie.

In short, don't be a Halloween grinch! Get in the spirit, and go out and see this today! While later shows might be crowded, they offer some great matinee options as well. Spend a bit extra for a VIP ticket and get a souvenir bucket full of popcorn and your choice of soda, without waiting in line.

After the show, check out an all new display of Nightmare Before Christmas props and collectibles. You can even check out a new XBOX game based on the movie.
Tickets are available online and in person. The show runs now through October 31st.

*If you have not had a chance to catch LACMA's Tim Burton Exhibit, featuring pieces, sketches and more from all of his work, you still have a few days. The exhibit is open through October 31. Best to order your tickets online, because it's been selling out each day!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

My New Beauty Find – Ciel at the SLS Hotel

I recently had the opportunity to take part in a Mommy Blogger event at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills. They’re right near the Beverly Center. I’ve passed it a million times, but never had the chance to drop in.
The setting is totally Los Angeles – posh, perfect and totally chic. Loved it. But immediately it looked like something that I just could not fit into the budget – that is until they showed me their new flash service menu for their spa, Ciel. It was amazing. Each service is under $40 and all of them take just 30 minutes. Choose from a facial, mini massage, manicure or pedicure. Check back and the menu changes so you can sample all of their signature services from month to month. For a small price you can live it up and experience the Ceil spa and all it has to offer. It’s a great escape and fits perfectly into your everyday busy schedule.
I chose the mini facial for my flash treatment and was not disappointed. While only 30 minutes, I came out feeling refreshed and my skin was glowing. They even gave me a luxurious hand and arm massage while my clay mask was working its magic. Loved the products a ton, and will probably end up buying the lavish vitamin K serum they used on my face to reduce redness. It really worked. Pores be gone!
Would also recommend Ciel for a quick girlie get a way. Sometimes, you don’t have to have a marathon brunch to catch up with your girlies. Just quick mani, pedi and glass of champagne is all you need.   
The SLS Hotel is located at  465 South La Cienega Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90048

Cardio Barre Challenge SUCCESS

Harder than it me. Ballerinas are bad asses.

So, my two-month Cardio Barre challenge has come to an end, and what do I have to show for it? A lot ladies. A lot. I lost pounds and a lot of inches. I didn’t even have to stand on the scale or take a tape measure to my body to know that it had changed. I felt it and people were noticing. I even had to buy new pants. If that’s not proof, I don’t know what is. When I finally did get the tape measure and scale out, the proof was definitely there. Am I going to talk numbers? No. It’s not about that right now. All I know is that I feel amazing. It’s been a complete attitude changer for me. I feel strong physically and mentally. I have more energy than I’ve had in a while.
For those of you who don’t know, I went to Cardio Barre classes for two months straight, for at least three days a week. In addition, I ate better and worked to take the time for myself that I needed.
Could you do it too? Of course! I realized too that anything you do in a group setting helps add to your success. The Cardio Barre ladies were like my posse.  If I didn’t show up for a class, they wanted to know why. When they saw me working hard, they said so. When they saw me slacking of, they said so! I was able to commiserate with other ladies right before class about how tired we were and how we didn’t want to sweat. And then right after the class talk the same ladies about how glad we were that we did it. 
Committing and starting an exercise routine is hard. But once you get into the groove it’s hard to stop. Is this specific challenge over? Yes. But, will I stop taking these classes? NO WAY! I can’t. I’m addicted. I never thought I’d say that about exercise.