10 Best Hostess Gifts for Summer

Memorial Day is almost here and it's that time of year where we are invited to someone's home for a party, BBQ or some sort of soirée. Everyone knows a hostess with the mostess and when we get invited to an event, we want to bring something creative and unique. Since we would never dare show up empty handed, what do we get our generous host? The classic bottle of wine option feels a bit corked so below are my top ten hostess gift ideas for you to use as a guide. Tip: Purchase your hostess gifts in advance and keep them in your closet for upcoming events. This way you are ready to be a guest at a moment's notice and won't scramble last minute or rely on that same old bottle of wine.

1. Tisch New York Coasters

These Tisch New York coasters have a modern design that pair nicely with any style glass and home decor. I discovered them at a private sale in LA and quickly purchased two sets. The LA designer is originally from the East Coast and mentioned that she sold them at Barneys so I thought I would share. They make a great gift for just about anyone!

Tisch graphic lines coasters shown in gold and silver. I purchased these in advance and styled them here on top of my favorite coffee table book, "Dior Couture" by famed photographer Patrick Demarchelier, $98. They are sold individually and come in different colors and patterns.

 

2. Olive Oil Sampler Set

Compliment your hosts' love of cooking and entertaining with this delicious Olive Oil Sampler Set. The quartet of oils and rich balsamic vinegar are from the Coldani family who have blended their Italian tradition with harvesting and farming olives in California for over 70 years. The set includes an award winning extra-virgin oil, basil, garlic and lemon-infused oil plus the aged vinegar from Modena Italy.

3.  ANNA New York by RabLabs spreaders

These stylish and minimalist natural agate and stainless steel ANNA New York spreaders are by RabLabs. These look sleek on any table and can be used for a variety of spreads and cheeses. The set comes in a choice of three colors including azure, eggplant and smoke brown.

4. Jonathan Adler Serving Plate

Help your host serve in high style with this chic serving plate. The Jonathan Adler 1948◦ Oval Serving Plate is made of porcelain and the splatter of solid gold is a vintage design that is sure to please anyone who receives it. This is a nice statement gift and perfect if you are staying the weekend as someone's house guest.

5. Mehari Blanket by FASHIONABLE

This gorgeous Mehari blanket is handwoven in Ethiopia and is from a socially responsible e-commerce company called FASHIONABLE. They sell products that range from leathers to jewelry to home goods. All of the items found on the FASHIONABLE site are designed and made by women in developing countries and each product helps to create jobs for women around the world. These blankets make lovely hostess gifts and can be used inside or outside.

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6. Tiki Clean Burn Tabletop Firepiece

This Tiki Clean Burn Tabletop Firepiece is a perfect addition to any outdoor table décor. Built to provide warmth and light to any evening, the unique burner system reduces less smoke and soot than other similar styles. These pieces are priced well and can be bought in several gorgeous shades (shown in brushed silver below). This gift idea is a creative alternative to bringing a candle.

6. Spiralizer

Noodles made out of vegetables are a delicious way to indulge in yummy pasta recipes with all of the flavor minus the carbs. Bring over this spiralizer for your host who is sure to experiment with the clever and useful kitchen gadget. You can be the perfect guest and encourage healthy living with this one!

Boules/Bocce Ball Set

I love this retro Boules/Bocce Ball Set from CB2. Perfect for a summer game night, the set comes with six etched steel balls that have been officially weighted as well as a target ball and scoring jack. This makes a great gift for the host who likes to entertain outside and throw backyard parties during summer vacation. 

9. Rawmantic Chocolate Truffles

One of the great indulgences in life is a chocolate truffle. Delight your host with a dessert they won’t need to feel guilty about with a box of 12 Rawmanctic truffles. This NYC based chocolate maker specializes in sweet and nutritious treats. All of the chocolates are hand crafted and made from organic ingredients. They are fair trade as well as dairy, soy, and gluten free. The set of 12 lets you mix and match the flavors to create a unique gift that your host with a sweet tooth will love.

10. Chandanni 4-Pack Gift Bag

Pamper your host with this wonderful set of organic skin care products by Chandanni. The set includes one of my favorite organic moisturizers, an eye gel, face wash, and toner. Chandanni uses the highest grade natural products that offer healing for whole health and well-being. All products are vegan and cruelty-free. This is the perfect gift to help your host unwind or recover from a day or night of entertaining!

Friends & Family Deal: Non-Invasive Anti-Aging Procedures for the Face, Body and More in Beverly Hills

I am thrilled to announce that I am collaborating with Dr. Jaime Schwartz's office and his Nurse Practitioner Chelsea Hagopian for my favorite non-invasive skin tightening services offered there! The famed plastic surgeon  Dr. Paul Nassif also holds court in this medical office and the environment there reminds me more of a day spa. From now until June 30th, friends of Melissa will receive a discount for the ThermiSmooth and ThermiVa skin tightening treatments. These treatments REALLY work can be performed on the face, neck, eyes, and yes--the vajayjay. Read on for details.

One week following my ThermiSmooth eye and neck treatment with Chelsea. The results are instant and improve with each treatment. P.S. My earrings by are by Buccellati

ThermiSmooth is a non-invasive procedure for smoothing fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin. A hand-held device delivers radiofrequency energy to the surface of the skin, which heats the cells and stimulates the body’s own collagen production. Treatments can be repeated several times to get the desired results.*

Getting ThermiSmooth (painless) on my neck.

After the left side is done. I felt some heat but the redness goes away quickly.

Chelsea works in collaborative practice with Medical Director, Dr. Jaime S. Schwartz at the Beverly Hills Breast & Body Institute performs the non-invasive treatments at his office. What I like so much about working with Chelsea is that her clinical practice is focused on providing comprehensive, evidenced-based care to offer patients the best results. I enjoyed my consultation with her and appreciated her honest recommendations.

Below are some actual before and after photos of patients treated with ThermiSmooth.

Patient treated sagging skin over knees. 

Patient treated sagging skin over knees. 

Patient who had ThermiSmooth on the tummy! Big results here.

Patient who had ThermiSmooth on the tummy! Big results here.

ThermiVa is a non-surgical vaginal tightening treatment for women who want to reclaim what childbirth or aging may have taken away. Using the same technology that’s used inThermiTight and ThermiSmooth, radiofrequency energy is sent to the desired area (internally or externally), heating the tissue and stimulating the body’s own collagen. ThermiVa is performed in three treatments over the course of three months.*

Melissa Meyers Friends and Family Thermi treatments offer through 6/30/16:

Purchase 4 sessions and receive the 5th session complimentary OR 10% off each session if purchased as a single session. Multiple treatments are recommended for optimal results.

ThermiSmooth Face $500 per session
ThermiSmooth Neck $500 per session
ThermiSmooth Eyes $250 per session    
ThermiSmooth Face, Neck and Eyes-$1,000 per session

ThermiVa - $3,500 for 3 treatments, regular price $5000
*This treatment has a 97% approval rate on realself.com
Only available as a package and not sold as a single treatment.

Beverly Hills Body Institute
120 South Spaulding Drive, Suite 315
Beverly Hills, CA 90212

To schedule an appointment with Chelsea including a complimentary consultation, please call Tam at 844-411-2424. Mention Melissa Meyers when calling for an  appointment to get the family and friends discount listed above.

 

 

*Source: realself.com

Chelsea Hagopian, MSN, AGACNP-BC, Nurse Practitioner for Dr. Jaime Schwartz and performs the non-invasive treatments at his office.

Chelsea Hagopian is a board certified Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner specializing in aesthetic medicine with a dedicated focus on nonsurgical body contouring, skin tightening and skin rejuvenation procedures. She earned both her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in nursing from Emory University Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing in Atlanta, Georgia, where she had the honor of serving as the President of Graduate Nursing Council, Publicity Chair for the Alpha Epsilon chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International  Honor Society of Nursing, and other leadership roles. She maintains several professional affiliations, including, American Society of Plastic Surgery Nurses, California Association for Nurse Practitioners, Sigma Theta Tau International and Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association.                     

Top Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon Dr. Jaime Schwartz Dishes on Non-Invasive Anti-Aging Treatments

I met with top Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. Jaime Schwartz over the past year to find out about what could be done to avoid going under the knife in terms of anti-aging and body-sculpting procedures that really work. Besides his great bedside manner and menschy demeanor, Dr. Schwartz has some serious chops. He attended the prestigious Georgetown University School of Medicine and was personally chosen by Dr. Paul Nassif, M.D. (one of the best plastic surgeons in La La land and star of the Bravo show Botched) to join his practice. During my interview with him, he also mentioned that he accepts insurance for patients who have breast cancer and who need reconstructive surgery! Read on to see what Dr. Schwartz has to say about several of the popular non-invasive treatments performed from his office.

With Dr. Jaime Schwartz

With Dr. Jaime Schwartz

The treatments discussed with Dr. Schwartz are described below from realself.com, my favorite resource for researching cosmetic doctors or procedures. Dr. Jaime Schwartz has a five star rating on realself.com

CoolSculpting is a non-surgical procedure that uses a controlled device to freeze and destroy fat. Fatty areas are gently pinched between the CoolSculpting applicator, which cools the area to a temperature that causes fat cells to crystallize and die. This treatment isn't intended for massive weight loss, but for treating problem areas like love handles, stomach rolls, and arm fat.

SculpSure is a non-invasive laser treatment for the reduction of stubborn fat in areas like the abdomen and flanks. The procedure takes 25 minutes, is minimally painful, and requires no downtime. Clinical trials show an average of 24% reduction in fat volume after a single treatment.

Ultherapy is a non-invasive treatment used to lift and tighten loose skin on areas such as the eyebrows, jawline, and jowls, as well as improve wrinkles on the chest. Ultherapy uses ultrasound energy to heat targeted tissue under the surface of the skin, triggering the natural production of collagen. While some people might see an effect immediately after their treatment, most real results appear over two to three months as the collagen gradually improves skin’s tone and elasticity.

ThermiSmooth is a non-invasive procedure for smoothing fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin. A hand-held device delivers radiofrequency energy to the surface of the skin, which heats the cells and stimulates the body’s own collagen production. Treatments can be repeated several times to get the desired results.

MM: How many treatments are needed for desired results with each of the following modalities?

For CoolSculpting (fat freezing) and SculpSure (fat melting): 

JS: Many people have two treatments to an area, but it is very much dependent on the individual’s clinical presentation.

I tried CoolSculpting on my inner thighs a few weeks ago. It was uncomfortable when the applicator was removed and feels bruised and numb for several weeks following treatment. I will be reporting on the results in two months.

I also tried SculpSure and posted the results below from my flanks after one month. This was a painless treatment for me but I did feel a lot of heat during the procedure.

SculpSure before

SculpSure after one treatment

Ultherapy:
JS: This is a non-invasive treatment to lift and tighten loose skin with the use of ultrasound energy to heat targeted tissue. One to two treatments are typical. We evaluate at six months to see if patients need a second treatment.

Chelsea Hagopian, MSN, AGACNP-BC is Dr. Jaime Schwartz's Nurse Practitioner. Here, she is performing Ultherapy on me around and under the eye area. Yes it is painful but applying anesthetic cream one hour before makes is bearable.

ThemiSmooth:
JS: This is a painless tightening treatment that uses radio frequency. I recommend three to five treatments spaced two weeks apart (initially) and then one treatment every six months for maintenance. Many patients also love to get a radio frequency treatment right before an event because it offers a really nice immediate result.
 

I had instant results with the ThermiSmooth treatment on my neck and around my eyes. And, it was painless!

I had instant results with the ThermiSmooth treatment on my neck and around my eyes. And, it was painless!

MM: Are there any side effects from any of these procedures? 

JS: Minimal side effect. Some individuals can experience some mild soreness/bruising for a few days to a week and sensation changes for up to a few weeks.

MM: Does the skin sag more after the fat burning procedures? If so, what can be done that is non invasive to remedy that?

JS: It can, but we are seeing (anecdotally) a really nice secondary outcome of some skin tightening with both CoolSculpting and SculpSure! Patients can also have nonsurgical skin tightening treatments as well such as ultherapy and thermi.

MM: Are the results of these treatments permanent? 

JS: For CoolSculpting and SculpSure - yes - these are permanent fat reduction treatments. The skin tightening procedures like Ultherapy typically lasts one to two years and we usually recommend a maintenance radio frequency (ThermiSmooth) treatment every six months.

MM: Do you recommend these treatments to patients before undergoing the knife?

JS: If a patient can improve their aesthetic concerns by maybe 40-50%, non-surgically, and be happy with that, then there is no reason to pursue surgical option.  On the other hand, if someone is seeking a faster and more dramatic outcome, then surgery will likely be best option. We like to make sure our patients are well-educated about all of their options (both surgical and nonsurgical) prior to undergoing a procedure. Many patients will try some of the non-surgical therapies if they are unsure about surgery.

MM: Is there a point in time (age wise) where surgery is just the best option? 

JS: Not necessarily - it often just depends on what bothers a person and by how much.  

MM: If you start these therapies in your thirties, does it slow down the aging process and by how much?

JS: Sure!  It provides a nice adjunct to a healthy lifestyle and good skin care!

Dr. Schwartz is offering a ThermiSmooth & ThermiVa Family and Friends Special to those of you who follow my blog. Details will be announced in the next post or call Tam at 844-411-2424 for more information. Mention Melissa Meyers to schedule a complimentary consultation and appointment with Chelsea for these discounts. Offer good through 6/30/16.

Check out special deals and offerings from his practice on realself.com here.

Dr. Jaime Schwartz, M.D., F.A.C.S., Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Jaime Schwartz, M.D., F.A.C.S., Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Jaime S. Schwartz, M.D., is a board-certified surgeon who graduated from Tulane University before attending the renowned Georgetown University School of Medicine. After Dr. Schwartz scored in the top three-percent in the United States on the medical licensing exam, he was accepted into the integrated plastic surgery training program at Georgetown University Hospital. From there, he went on to complete a fellowship in facial and body aesthetic surgery at the nationally ranked Cleveland Clinic, before Dr. Nassif personally chose him to join the team at Spalding Drive Plastic Surgery.        

Jaime S. Schwartz, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
National Expert & Educator in Aesthetic & Restorative Plastic Surgery
Director-Beverly Hills Breast and Body Institute
Adjunct Clinical Professor-Cleveland Clinic
p/f (844) 411-BHBI (2424)
www.BeverlyHillsBodyInstitute.com
www.BeverlyHillsBreastInstitute.com
www.SpaldingPlasticSurgery.com

To book an appointment with Dr. Schwartz, contact Melissa Brannen at 844-411-2424.

 

Chelsea Hagopian, MSN, AGACNP-BC
Nurse Practitioner for Dr. Schwartz who performs the non-invasive treatments

Chelsea Hagopian is a board certified Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner specializing in aesthetic medicine with a dedicated focus on nonsurgical body contouring, skin tightening and skin rejuvenation procedures. She earned both her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in nursing from Emory University Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing in Atlanta, Georgia, where she had the honor of serving as the President of Graduate Nursing Council, Publicity Chair for the Alpha Epsilon chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International  Honor Society of Nursing, and other leadership roles. She maintains several professional affiliations, including, American Society of Plastic Surgery Nurses, California Association for Nurse Practitioners, Sigma Theta Tau International and Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association.