A New Boutique Hotel in Palm Springs – V

Driving on Palm Canyon Drive, I noticed downtown Palm Springs is being redeveloped into a new pedestrian friendly urban village with retail shops, restaurants and two hotels (Kimpton and Virgin Hotel) being built. Continuing on to East of Palm Canyon Drive, I pulled into the driveway of the recently opened V Palm Springs resort. The…

The Monkey Tree

The Terra Cotta Inn was a clothing optional resort for over 30 years in Palm Springs. During this time, the owners Tom and Mary Claire had a great time running the nudist resort. As they got older, they felt it was time to sell the property. When Gary and Kathy Friedle were getting ready to…

My Ultimate Handbag – Laudi Vidni

I recently received a gift card to make my own handbag inside a Madison & Mulholland Awards Season Gift Bag. Eager to see how the process works, I logged onto Laudi Vidni https://laudividni.com and found it surprisingly fun and easy to create the ultimate purse for my own needs and styling. Prices start at $75. Laudi Vidni…

10 Unique Benefits of Australia’s Magical Honey

As a lifestyle enhancement journalist and blogger, I receive products to sample, review and write about. Some are fantastic, others don’t make the cut to share with my readers. When Peter Berk sent a box from New Zealand importer Pacific Resources International (PRI), I was intrigued, especially when I saw a bottle of Australian Leatherwood…

Bison Roam Freely on Catalina Island

Even though they are non-native, bison have roamed Catalina Island for almost 100 years. The first to arrive by boat were a herd of American Bison in the 1920s. Some Islanders will tell you these furry mammals starred in Zane Grey’s silent film, The Vanishing American. Others will tell you, it was another movie that…

Free For Mom’s on Mother’s Day

To show appreciation for the women who do so much for us, I’ve compiled a list of different dining destinations that are offering something FREE today for Moms. Here are some fun spots that will make your mom feel special – FREE Mimosa at Doma Kitchen Unwind after a long week at Doma Kitchen’s Sunday…

Kentucky Derby Festivities Around Town

This Saturday is the 142nd Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. For those who aren’t flying to the yearly event, you can watch it on NBC. There are 20 horses running in the Kentucky Derby this year. Don’t want to watch it alone? Here’s where you can get dressed up and celebrate – 1. Kentucky…

Celebrating Cinco de Mayo in LA

Here is my roundup of fun Cinco de Mayo venues in Los Angeles celebrating with Mexican-inspired dishes and drinks – Cinco de Mayo in Century City The InterContinental Los Angeles has some festive food and drink specials going on in its newly renovated lobby lounge all day and night on May 5. Enjoy three Mexican…

Same-Same, but Different Thai Food

Longtime Rambutan Thai in Sliver Lake recently received a three week nip and tick transformation. Gone is the gold ceiling, and peachy colored walls. Instead of a small bar in the back, an additional long bar was added in the front and lined with wine bottles. The newly painted black ceiling offers an illusion of…