Author: Jill Weinlein

Achieving Healthier Skin with DerMend

Share: As a child I didn’t like the word “immature.” Now as an adult woman, I’m trying to get used to the word “mature.” I’ve noticed as I get older, my skin is getting thinner, developing some darker spots and bruises more easily. After a scare with a pre-melanoma on my leg, I scan my skin often and visit my dermatologist once a year. Recently, I’ve noticed some dry patches, fine lines and a few dark spots. Looking in the mirror, sometimes I’m not  happy with the direction my skin is heading–not only on my face, but on my...

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Staying in a Mansion in Cusco, Peru

Share: Just two blocks from Cusco, Peru’s historic Plaza de Armas is a 16th century mansion that once belonged to the city’s mayor, Don Domingo de Artaza, from 1573-74. Built in the colonial architectural style, the estate was the essence of luxury and comfort. His granddaughter sold the home in 1618 to Alonso Perez de Villarejo, a priest from the Cusco Cathedral. In 1980 the mansion became a National Historical Heritage site, and now the Aranwa Boutique Hotel chain runs the property. While maintaining the integrity of the structure, they also take care of numerous museum pieces, including historic...

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Elegant Food & Wine Festival at Chef Fest in Hawaii

Share: Food always tastes better in a beautiful setting, especially if it’s at the luxury Four Seasons Hualalai resort. Coming up in October, celebrity chefs Neal Fraser (Los Angeles chef and Iron Chef winner), Jonathan Waxman (James Beard winner), Andy Ricker (Two-time James Beard Award winner and Michelin star recipient), Gabrielle Hamilton (Three-time James Beard winner, Iron Chef winner and Emmy winner for Mind of a Chef), Edward Lee (James Beard finalist), and Ivan Orkin (New York Ramen Genius), will all fly to the Big Island of Hawaii to cook and bake with Executive Chef Thomas Bellec of the...

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The Luxe Life in Las Vegas at Vdara Hotel

Share: Checking into the Vdara Hotel, I was pleasantly surprised to walk into the lobby and not smell cigarette smoke. Vdara is one of the few hotels on the Strip that has no casino and is a non-smoking hotel. As I unlocked the door to my Vdara’s Studio Parlor suite, I noticed a large kitchenette and three spacious rooms. With floor to ceiling windows, the suite has million-dollar views of Vegas and the surrounding Red Rock mountains. What is appealing is the dividing wall separating the living room and bedroom with a comfortable king-size, pillow-top bed. There are two...

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Four Seasons Westlake: So Near, Yet So Far From LA

Share: The Southern California Four Seasons Westlake is a great halfway spot between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara. From Los Angeles it’s about a 40-minute drive north, if you time the traffic right. Owner billionaire American businessman and philanthropist David Murdock built the resort was after losing his mother and later his wife Gabriele to cancer. Murdock focused on helping researchers find a cure for the disease, while extending life through wellness and nutrition. He  established the Dole Nutrition Institute, and in 2006 opened the California Health and Longevity Institute and Four Seasons Westlake. Walking inside, one feels as if...

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