Fall brings a feeling a change, a hankering for new beauty rituals and trends to transform the damages of summer. Additionally, those who travel frequently are combating the stress of jet lag while dealing with the demands of work, family and new fall projects. My tips and suggestions this issue are related to simple ways to make your busy life more beautiful.
Little details like having a power lunch poolside on the rooftop of a beautiful oasis can turn a routine meeting into an opportunity to take in some fresh air and adds a sense of calm in an otherwise frantic day. I had a chance to enjoy a lunch alfresco recently at Montage Beverly Hills, a stunning urban retreat located just steps from Rodeo Drive. Taking in the Spanish Revival architecture and Mediterranean styling as I dined, I felt transported to the ambiance of Hollywood's glamour estates of the 1920s and 30s. An intimate place with dappled sun, many power lunches were in progress as I peacefully enjoyed a delicious light salad before heading to the spa.
If you read my column, then you know that I'm a firm believer in what a simple massage can do for your mind body and soul. For those of you heading to the west coast, Spa Montage Beverly Hills definitely fits the bill. A modern-day oasis in the busy Golden Triangle of Beverly Hills, this lavish two-story sanctuary offers a five-star range of treatments that will appeal to any combination of fitness, wellness and beauty desires you may have. For those of you seeking to involve your significant other, you'll love the spacious co-ed relaxation area at the heart of Spa Montage where couples and friends can reconnect with one another while lounging in or around the large mineral pool. This serene sanctuary is inspired by the 9th century Andalusia region of Spain and the two-story mosaic-tiled wall bathed in filtered sunlight provides an airy and relaxing escape conducive to a feeling of total relaxation. If you're in the mood for a more solitary experience, the private and luxurious showers, sauna, steam and Moorish-styled whirlpool will whisk away the stress before you enjoy a signature Spa Montage massage.
Spa-goers know that straggly hair is often the price of a steaming and being kneaded. Thinking twice about a day at the spa because you have an important event to attend later in the day? Not a problem. Spa Montage also houses Kim Vo, one of the premier hair salons in the country. Ready to take your over-processed dry locks and make them sleek and chic for fall? You're in luck, because I had the pleasure of sitting down famed hair stylist Kim Vo to talk about the latest colors and cuts, and tips on how to get your hair looking it's fall best. You may have seen Kim on his hit show, Sheer Genius on Bravo or on Extreme Makeover. It's easy to see why stars like Kate Hudson, Pamela Anderson, and Britney Spears flock to him--Kim is a master colorist with a friendly easy-going manner that makes you instantly trust him. With state of-the-art salons at the Mirage Las Vegas, the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills and Laguna Beach, CA, and a new salon in San Francisco, CA, Kim is dedicated to providing the most luxurious and individualized experience.
The # 1 thing to do for your hair this fall, according to Kim, is deep conditioning to address the harsh effects of summer. A mild Keratin treatment available at any fine salon will seal and smooth your cuticles, instantly curing the dried-out look and feel of summer tresses. I was lucky enough to have Kim work on my hair and can vouch that I entered his salon with over-processed hair that had a straw-like feel, and left with a soft, chic new ombre look.
If you've been wondering what cut and color to settle on this fall, Kim recommends choosing one of the richer vegetable colors that contain no ammonia. The improvement to vegetable hair dye has improved dramatically within the past year, and technology has taken the once drab vegetable hair dye traditionally reserved for pregnant women, and transformed it into a fantastic selection of rich gorgeous colors that are much safer for your health. The style that Kim is seeing the most of in his salons for fall is the mid-length, which is a godsend for those of you growing your hair out or yearning for a trim--it's versatile and right on trend. The other big news for hair this season is the ombre effect, which for brunettes means a dark chestnut brown with caramel ends. An ombre look is not going to appear washed out and gives a deeper polished look. Another fall hair trend Kim mentioned is the idea of working with your natural texture. This doesn't mean you have to suck it up and keep your hair curly if you've always wanted straight hair. The Keratin treatments available in fine salons make it easy to defrizz and defuse hair and offer people a wide range of options in terms of creating a desired texture. For example, the Kim Vo salon provides Keratin treatments in Whisper, Talk, or Shout, so that you can customize the treatment based on your hair type and the kind of texture you'd like to attain.
Last but not least, do not forget the power of beauty sleep. Guests staying at Montage Beverly Hills will understand immediately why it was awarded the Forbes Five Star in groundbreaking time. Little touches like a monogrammed pillow personalized with the guest's last initial perched on a plush bed, give this LEED Gold certified hotel a special sense of romance and glamour. My suite had a beautiful balcony that allowed me to take in a string quartet playing in the garden below, but the moment that I closed my sliding door, the room was completely silent and tranquil. The hotel offers a selection of 201 luxurious rooms, including 55 suites that pay tribute to the Golden Age of California. Classically elegant furnishings are complimented by all the latest modern amenities. Tucked discreetly within the beautiful interiors of the Montage Beverly Hills hotel, a limited collection of residences are also available. For more information on booking a stay, you may contact Montage Beverly Hills at (310) 860-7800 or www.MontageBeverlyHills.com.
Wishing you all things beautiful this fall!
Fashion designer Mary Jo Matsumoto writes a nationally syndicated style blog at www.trustyourstyle.com. She is debuting her natural perfume, as a new as well as expanding her successful line of fine jewelry, women's couture line, and luxury handbag line. For more information, please visit www.maryjomatsumoto.com.