win a trip to sunny santa fe

September 28th, 2012

Autumn is one of the most beautiful times of the year, not only in Santa Fe but everywhere! The clear blue fall skies make the perfect backdrop and make every color seem more dramatic, from the burning gold of changing leaves to the flowering autumn perennials and the bright orange of falls favorite vegetable, the pumpkin. Every scene is breathtakingly beautiful, making it a photographer’s favorite season.

To celebrate its favorite season, the Inn on the Alameda is inviting photographers of all kinds to enter their autumn glories in its Facebook Photo Contest, where one evocative image will win its creator a two-night stay in a Deluxe King Room with a fireplace at the Inn! Simply post one colorful autumn picture on the Autumn Photo Contest tab, which will be activated and live on the Inn’s Facebook page beginning on Friday, October 5th. The contest runs for only 10 days, so be sure to get that photo up by end of day on October 14. The image with the most Facebook “likes” will win their own two-night stay at the cozy Inn in Santa Fe.

Now, put on your boots and fall jackets, grab your camera (whether it’s your iPhone or professional Nikon!), and start snapping some colorful autumn pictures!

park hyatt masters of food & wine september 2012 series

September 19th, 2012

The final weekend of the 2012 Park Hyatt Masters of Food and Wine, a global series of seasonally- and locally-inspired culinary weekend workshops, will occur at Park Hyatts around the world from September 21 – 23, 2012.

Through engaging and interactive programming, resident and visiting gourmands and oenophiles can become ‘masters’ of regional cuisine. Park Hyatt chefs and sommeliers will lead masters-in-training in three hands-on ‘courses’ on the designated day:

In the Field: Interaction with artisanal food or beverage purveyors
In the Kitchen: Onsite cooking and prep workshops
In the Moment: Tips on service and presentation

Sample hotel itineraries during the September series include:

- Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi will introduce guests to a culinary weekend that will focus on the local and sustainable resources of the region. It will open with a “Sustainable Grill Dinner” hosted by Executive Chef Laurent Pommey and will feature a seven-course menu with dishes such as Seared Tuna and Omani Lobster Carpaccio with Coriander, Local Mackeral Fillet with Herb Crust, and more. The hotel’s signature restaurant, The Park Bar & Grill, will be offering a special four-course vegetarian grill menu throughout the weekend that will include specialities such as Orange Couscous and Mint Salad and Stuffed Purple Kohlrabi with Sweet Potato-Chili Puree and Kenia Beans. Chef de Cuisine Maik Lilenthal will also be hosting a cooking class that will focus on vegetarian cooking and feature a three-course menu.

- Park Hyatt Aviara will take guests to Orfila Vineyards & Winery where they will be greeted with a unique tribute to the European tradition of tasting the Bourru, a young wine derived from fermentation of the Must. Long celebrated during the harvest season, this tasting of the Bourru traditionally takes place from early September to late October and is generally served with savory foods or chestnuts. Masters of Food & Wine is honored to introduce guests to this unique and rarely seen experience. Guests will experience a tour of the winery and enjoy a family-style lunch led by Park Hyatt Aviara’s Executive Chef, Pierre Albaladejo, that will incorporate different types of estate grapes into each dish.

- Park Hyatt Buenos Aires will host an “Organic Springtime” event where organic producers and suppliers create a premium Organic Market in the gardens of the hotel, inviting guests to experience a uniquely organic universe. Attendees will be able to meet, taste, and learn about organic trends while celebrating spring’s arrival in Buenos Aires.

- Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme will offer a special workshop with Mr. Cohen at Les Vergers St. Eustache, the official supplier of all the Michelin-starred restaurants in Paris. Guests will have the opportunity to discover amazing and forgotten vegetables thanks to Mr. Cohen, a real fruit and vegetable storyteller.

For more information and additional itineraries for Park Hyatt Masters of Food & Wine September series, please click here.


back to (skin) school with espa and guinot

September 6th, 2012

Leaves will be turning and the kiddies are heading to school, so we thought we’d pass along some lessons in skincare to share in the back-to-school ethos. Experts Elizabeth Murchison from Guinot and Katrina Lynam from ESPA have answered some of our most pressing skin regimen questions, so whip out that trapper keeper and take notes!

How do you know if you should be using a mask?

When you feel your skin needs an extra boost of radiance or if the skin appears dull (especially during summer or winter months when sun and cold weather can dehydrate the skin), it’s time for a mask. A deep cleansing mask can balance and cleanse skin prone to blackheads and pimples.

Masks are a necessity for any age and all skin types. For instance, if you receive a deep cleansing treatment, part of the maintenance should be regular use of a mask, which should be purifying and will make pores appear smaller.


Guinot Pure Balance Mask will keep pores clean between facials.

ESPA Skin Radiance Mask will revitalize and renew dull, tired skin to visibly brighten and even skin tone.


2013 trend alert: dual purpose products from espa and guinot

September 4th, 2012

For 2013 beauty trends, all signs point to dual-purpose products.  Dual-purpose products are cost efficient space savers.   These dual purpose products from ESPA and Guinot will help make room for the boyfriend’s shaving kit or add more room on the makeup table for your ever-growing eye shadow obsession.

ESPA’s Refining Skin Polish:  Quick fix for cracked lips and dry cuticles

Price: $50

Skin & Lip Exfoliator

This gentle, naturally brightening skin exfoliator is a miracle worker. Spherical Diatomaceous Earth exfoliates to clear pores, lift impurities, balance uneven skin tone, and stimulate cell renewal, while nourishing Rose Damascena and Shea Butter soften to refine, smooth, and revitalize. Want to know a secret? Use it on cracked, dry lips before puckering up for instant kissable lips.

Hangnail Hero

Those same ingredients that work so well to leave the face soft, smooth, and revitalized will do the same for dry fingers. Slather some of this polishing cream on cuticles for a quick fix to hangnails. Nails will look beautiful – with or without polish!

ESPA’s Body Silk Spray:  Radiant body and glossy nails

Price: $49

Multi-tasking Body Oil

This lightweight, moisturizing dry body oil spray will nourish and soften skin, enhance a glowing tan, and give a radiant finish. Nourishing Inca Inchi Oil gives skin a light moisture boost, refining Rosehip leaves it beautifully soft, while antioxidant-rich Pomegranate and Chia protect from environmental aggressors and pollution.

One-Minute Manicure

In need of an emergency mani? ESPA Body Silk Spray to the rescue! This nourishing oil will give nails the same radiant finish that it gives skin. Spray a little on the nails, buff, and voila – nails will shine as if they’re polished!

Guinot Longue Vie Soleil:  Prolongs a tan and rescues a burn

Price: $75


Summer’s almost over and soon that tan will be long gone. Prolong the sun-kissed radiance for a few extra weeks with the help of this after-sun face cream. Its 56 active ingredients will regenerate the skin and protect the youthful appearance of the face while making a suntan last as long as possible.


Forget the sunscreen over Labor Day weekend as a final attempt for a summer tan, and now you’re looking more like a lobster than a swimsuit model? Slather on some of this comforting cream as a face mask and watch that red turn to brown.

ESPA’s Purifying Tea Tree Gel:  Blast blemishes and relieve bug bites

Price: $37

Blemish Banisher

This targeted Tea Tree gel gently and effectively purifies, clarifies, and calms skin, banishing those pesky blemishes. Antibacterial Tea Tree oil and antiseptic Thyme extract help clear skin, while hydrating Evening Primrose extract calms inflammation and redness.

Bug Bite, Sunburn, and Ingrown Hair Vanquisher

Rich in natural antibacterials and antiseptics, this gently effective gel can also be used on insect bites, sunburns, ingrown hairs, and other minor skin irritations that plague us on a daily basis. Suitable for all skin types, this purifying gel will leave soft, clear, healthy-looking skin.

Guinot Mousse de Cotton:  Gently cleanse and closely shave

Price: $39

Shower Mousse

This soap-free, luxurious shower mousse gently cleanses all skin types, leaving an amazing sensation of softness and well-being that pampers throughout the day. Sacred Lotus milk, rich in polyphenols and anti-inflammatory properties, protects blood capillaries and soothes sensitive and delicate skin, while Lamesoft gently cleanses, softens, and protects the skin.

Silky Smooth Shaving Cream

Ideal for all skin types, this creamy foam makes the perfect shaving cream. Cotton oil reinforces the hydrolipidic film while regenerating and nourishing the epidermis, leaving legs supremely soft and silky smooth – no razor burn here!

ESPA products are available for purchase at

Guinot products are carried in over 1,000 spas and salons within the US.  To locate a spa, visit