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  • Have you ever wanted to go back in time, to the golden days of old Hollywood, but you didn’t want to sacrifice the luxury of today? This is The Beverly Hilton, an icon that first opened in 1955 and has probably had every celebrity walk through its doors. Today, The Beverly Hilton holds more than 175 Red Carpet events each year, including that famous awards show, The Golden Globes.

    The Beverly Hilton is location for manhy red carpet events, including The Golden Globe Awards.

    The Beverly Hilton is location for manhy red carpet events, including The Golden Globe Awards.

    I was hosted by The Beverly Hilton so that I could get a chance to have my own taste of stardom, if only for a moment or two. This hotel is the perfect base to feel like a celebrity while one is in town for a girlfriend getaway of shopping on Rodeo Drive or meeting with agents and producers.

    One of the first things I did when I arrived was to check out the bathroom – the one with the pink marble in the International Ballroom. I had an amazing moment, all alone in that large lavatory, looking at myself in the full length mirror, thinking of all the glamorous ladies who have stood in that same exact spot to check their lipstick before accepting their Golden Globe. What an experience!

    I jumped on the bed at The Beverly Hilton Hotel.

    I jumped on the bed at The Beverly Hilton Hotel.

    The Rooms – I stayed in a King Room at The Wilshire Tower. It may not have been the suite of rooms that most foreign kings stay in, but I sure did feel like royalty. One of the coolest amenities? The matini shaker with Starburst logo and all the ingredients for their signature cocktail. The bed was comfy, the room was clean, and the walls were soundproof. Of course, I had to check out the soundproof walls by blaring the music from the radio and dancing around, ending with throwing myself on the bed in glee. Shhh! Don’t tell the manager.

    Circa 55 Restaurant Crab Cake by Shannon Hurst Lane

    Yummy Crab Cake at Circa 55 Restaurant inside The Beverly Hilton Hotel.

    The Food – Circa 55 Restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I enjoyed the crab cake as a meal, even though it was listed as an appetizer. Trader Vic’s was a fun place for a meal, which isn’t complete without their famous Mai Tai. Of course, room service is always an option for superstars who just can’t leave their rooms. I even found out that a number of screenwriters and authors hole themselves up at The Beverly Hilton so that they can complete their projects. Of course, this hotel caters to the craziest of food requests in an effort to please visitors. My favorite place in the entire property? Le Chateau, a fine wine and chocolate boutique. It is conveniently located near an ATM, where one can watch the celebrities make a withdrawal!

    The Aqua Star Pool is the largest pool in Beverly Hills, CA.

    The Aqua Star Pool is the largest pool in Beverly Hills, CA.

    The Spa – The Aqua Star Spa is located right around the corner from Circa 55 Restaurant and near the Aqua Star Pool (the largest pool in Beverly Hills). The spa wasn’t always there, but the pool has played hostess to some of the most amazing events. Remember those old movies with water ballet and ladies in flowered swim caps? The most famous water artist of them all, Esther Williams, declared the Aqua Star Pool as her favorite and even took an inaugural swim during the hotel’s opening. Oh my, to have seen her dive through all those floating gardenias and entertain onlookers.

    Wine and Chocolate tasting room at Le Chateau in The Beverly Hilton Hotel.

    Wine and Chocolate tasting room at Le Chateau in The Beverly Hilton Hotel.

    The Location – Besides having the most famous zip code ever (90210) The Beverly Hilton is conveniently located to Rodeo Drive Shopping and popular nightclubs. I enjoyed an early morning stroll around the corner for a morning coffee and people watching. The hotel offers a car service that will drop visitors off within a certain area and pick them up, if available. I have to admit, it was really cool to be chauffered around in a black town car and dropped off behind Chanel. Crazy cool!

    The Price – The rack rate of The Beverly Hilton may be a bit steep, but when taking into account the location and the experience, it can’t compare. I’m saving up so that I can return with my daughter, who will hyperventilate should we ever get the chance to visit the Los Angeles area together. For those that don’t hang around celebrities, but want to pretend they do, just for a day or two (without the crazy stalker aspect), then The Beverly Hilton is just the place.

    Yes, having me at The Beverly Hilton was country come to town, but I will smile a secret little smile the next time The Golden Globe Awards air, knowing that I’ve been there and checked my own lipstick.

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  • October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and while I don’t have breast cancer, I do have numerous relatives and friends who have had this particular disease wreak havoc with their lives. If you know of someone who has been touched by cancer, take a moment right now to think about them and send positive vibes their way. You can make a meal and drop it off to show them you care. You wouldn’t believe how comforting it feels to be a mom who is feeling a bit poorly and a neighbor shows up with a hot meal that feeds the entire family. It relieves some of the stress the family is feeling (and plus a full belly always seems to make a man happier too).

    I had a golf ball sized mass removed last week and can I tell you, all those meals my family and neighbors have dropped off sure have comforted me in a way that medicine can’t. I haven’t had much of an appetite, but my mind is at ease knowing that my family is being fed something besides fast food.

    If you aren’t one of the culinary gifted, don’t despair. I’ve searched around for travel related gear that helps support breast cancer research so that we can all stop this disease before it affects the next generation. To learn more about Breast Cancer Awareness Month,check out www.nbcam.org. Be sure to check out the tips and facts available on the site, and if you find a lump, see a doctor as soon as possible because the earlier the detection, the better. Save the tatas!

    Plane Quiet PinkPink Plane Quiet Platinum Headphones – Oh how I love these noise reduction headphones. They block out the noise of an airplane and the whining of kids. Plus, they are in a gorgeous pink color and ON SALE. This item comes with a travel pouch and plug converters so that they will even work in airplanes with two-prong plugins. ProTravelGear.com is offering these limited edition Pink Plane Quiet Platinum Headphones at a discount when purchasing multiple sets. And the best part? 10% of the proceeds from each sale of this item will be donated to breast cancer research.

    Mom AgendaMomAgenda – This is the planner for the mom (or dad) that travels and needs to keep up with soccer practice, piano lessons, and when there’s an opening for a romantic weekend or girlfriend getaway to the spa. The MomAgenda will help the parent on the go keep up with what’s on the schedule for up to four kids so that there aren’t any conflicts when planning a trip to Las Vegas. 20% of proceeds go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. $44

    Sony Vaio VPCW111XXPCSony Vaio W Series Bundle in Berry Pink – I totally want one of these. This mini notebook comes in Berry pink with matching sleeve and mouse. It features 2 USB ports and 160GB of hard drive memory. It is perfect for web surfing, email, and light computing when traveling. It weighs only 2.6 pounds with battery and isn’t just stylish, but cause-worthy. The Vaio W Series Bundle is one of two special items that Sony is offering to support breast cancer research. Starts at $499

    Belkin DualFitBelkin DualFit for the CureUltra-comfortable armband is hand-washable and water-resistant. It gives you full-protection and easy navigation access to your iPod, while minimizing the bulk on your arm. Belkin will donate $2.50 from the sale of this product to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Available only at Bewst Buy. $24.99

    Aveda Pink Hand ReliefAveda Hand Relief – Avoid dry hands from flying with the Limited Edition Pink Hand Relief. This hand creme contains Licorice extract, Meadowfoam seed oil, Vitamin A, and Vitamin E. Four dollars from each purchase goes to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. $21

    blotting linensBlotting Linens by Boscia – Boscia is a preservative-free skin care line. Their Rose Blotting Linens are perfect for taking care of trip weary faces. The package is small, discreet, and will help keep you looking fresh when you arrive at your destination. Plus, rose scented linens will get your mind freshened too! 10% of the proceeds from the sales of boscia Rose Blotting Linens will be donated to the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation (www.dslrf.org) to support breast cancer research.

    Pink ToteEarth Tote – When I travel, I always pack and extra bag to carry home souveniers. Earth Totes has an eco-friendly bag where “Pink is the new Green”. Five dollars from the sale of each bag goes towards Avon’s Breast Cancer Crusade. $18

    Weekender Carry OnBMW Online – I was surprised to find that BMW offered an extensive collection of pink ribbon items at an affordable price. Their online store donates 80% of the gross proceeds from all sales of BMW Pink Ribbon Collection items to the Susan G Komen Foundation. Products include stylish travel mugs, travel document holders, and this rolling Weekender Carry-On that meets most airline carry-on restrictions. $60

    flipflopsFlip Flops with Bling – Imagine walking poolside or beachside as the sun glints off these Breast Cancer Rhinestone Flipflops at Avon. In fact, imagine lounging by the pool wearing these with a glass of bubbly in hand because you’re celebrating remission. Heck, they just look cute and not only are you helping raise awareness for breast cancer research, but you’re getting a great deal at only $10 per pair.

    tweezersTweezers – My friend Becky (who also does hair) breaks out her Tweezerman tweezers whenever anyone needs a brow cleanup. These pink tweezers feature a pink ribbon for breast cancer awareness and even a bit of glitter bling. One dollar from each sale of these Precision in Pink Slant Tweezers goes towards CancerCares. $25

    Insulated CoolerInsulated CoolerPinkRibbonMarketPlace.com has a new item that is darling for a road trip. This insulated cooler in pink holds up to 14 12-ounce cans. Features an easy to carry adjustable shoulder strap, double zip closure, outside front pocket and mesh back pocket. $14.95

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