Though it’s the least tangible of the senses, smell is oddly powerful. You can’t touch or taste it, but your nose knows, and a wafting scent can bring you back to a treasured memory and of a certain place or time. Such is the inspiration for elizabethW, the perfumery started by Albert Nichols and Michael Lindsay. Building on his childhood memories of the violets, lilacs, roses, magnolias, lavender, rosemary, and sage filling up his great grandmother Elizabeth Wightman’s ranch in the Sierra Nevadas, Albert brings these lovely notes to the masses with a line of perfumes, creams, candles, bath products, and drawer liners named after the matriarch of his family.
Based in San Francisco, elizabethW has spread far and wide, winning praise from Oprah Winfrey, Naomi Watts, and Christina Aguilera; lining the shelves of chic Los Angeles boutiques such as Fred Segal and Daily Planet; and shipping out to fashionable stores on five continents. But this small perfumery has stayed independent and thriving, even in the face of competition from huge corporate conglomerates.
It certainly helps that elizabethW has found such a passionate following, among celebrities and discerning consumers alike. Oprah Winfrey likes to tuck away elizabethW’s drawer liners into her pillowcases so that she can drift off amid lavender-scented thoughts. Danielle Steele’s holiday home is filled with the company’s soaps, lotions, and drawer liners. Sharon Stone also picks up her favorite products right in San Francisco, the home of elizabethW’s workshop, where the products are still designed and made.
Everyday customers have raved about elizabethW’s candles, creams, and customer service, but what brings users of all persuasions back to the company are the scents themselves. Albert is the “nose” of the company, creating the perfumes and odors (the good kind) that made elizabethW’s reputation. Albert strives to assemble scents that are simultaneously clean, sophisticated, simple, elegant, classic, memorable, and unique. As long as his great grandmother’s name is on the label, elizabethW will emphasize quality, beauty, and the values taught by the family matriarch.
Though Albert does not claim any formal training in perfumery, he draws on his experience as an architect to create fragrances. Whether you’re building a scent or a building, you start with a strong foundation, and from there, you can add embellishments, such as the scent’s heart and top notes. Rounding out the elizabethW team is Michael Lindsay, who brings to the team a long family history in textile and fashion design. While Albert concentrates on the products, Michael applies his skills to making elizabethW into a worldwide brand, without sacrificing Albert’s visions for the company.
The worst scents have a way of hitting you over the head and overstaying its welcome for hours, much to your dismay. The best scents, however, work their way into your brain, sometimes without your realization, until a memory is triggered, and the enticing smell comes back to you all over again. Even if you didn’t spend your formative years taking in the sights and smells of a fragrant ranch in the Sierra Nevadas, you can enjoy the fruits of one who has. With elizabethW’s bath, home, and body products, you can partake of Albert Nichols’ sweet memories as if they were your own. elizabethW
Catalina Island Celebrates 100th Birthday with The Catalina Express – Summer Adventures Awaits
This year is the 100th birthday of the City of Avalon and to celebrate, the leaders in boat transportation to the island, The Catalina Express are giving riders throughout the year of 2013 a free ride which will include an Avalon centennial planner with hundreds of dollars of savings to take advantage of. Even if it’s not your birthday you can still take advantage of the special offers just visit www.catalinaexpress.com and download the planner and bring it with you on your trip. The Avalon Centennial Planner gives customers some amazing themed quarterly offers with events including history, island secrets, reviews and trivia and many more fun plans to celebrate the Island of Romance.
Between April 1st and June 30th 2013 you can celebrate “Light Camera Action: one hundred years of Hollywood, Island Style” where you will celebrate the islands association to Hollywood with over five hundred different film shoots taking place in Avalon over the past century. Riders can be upgraded to the commodore Lounge and Captains Lounge which include airline seating privacy while you enjoy beverages and snacks. Guests to the island can discover A-list hangouts including Luau Larry’s, El Galleon, The Marlin Club and Chi Chi Club which have all been graced by singer Katy Perry recently.
Below are just some of the fantastic offers with The Centennial Planner:Catalina Island Vacation Rentals – Feel like a star and stay with CIVR you will also receive a complimentary Hollywood Swag Bag fit for any celebrity and for a limited time the goodie bag will include CIVR’s Loyalty Card with some amazing special offers to use while on your stay, valued at $250. To take advantage you can call 855-890-3436 or visit their website atwww.catalinavacations.comThe Avalon 1920s Movie Theater Event – Receive a fifty percent discount to the annual Catalina Island Museum Silent Film Benefit “Make ‘em Laugh” the event will be held on Saturday May 11th 2013 and 1920s dress is a must to receive the discount. Call 310-510-2414 or visit www.CatalinaMuseum.com to book your day at the theater.
Catalina Adventure Tours – If you want to tour the city while your stay on the island you can buy one ticket and get one free and take the tour which begins with a four hundred feet elevation along the coastline and then see the Avalon Canyon, Golf Course and see the site where the Chicago Clubs held Spring training for thirty years. *Taxes and fees are not included call 877-510-2888 or visit the website www.CatalinaAdventureTours.com to book your tour.
From July 1st to September 30th is the sports, adventure and Eco tour deals including the Catalina Sandtrap for tacos, DC3 Grill at the airport in the sky where some pilots have been know to fly to just to get the chocolate chip cookies, you can try Mr Ning’s for Dave’s shrimp, visit backside island for surfing and Hermosa and La Paloma hotel if you want to try scuba diving. The oldest golf course west of the Mississippi is the Catalina Island Golf Course, it is noted that Tiger Woods has played there and the Chicago Cubs held their spring training on the island between 1921 and 1951. Instead of walking around the island you can hire Electric Bikes, submarines, para-sail, zip line, jet skis, Bio fuel Hummers and not forgetting helicopters.
Casa Mariquita hotel “Centennial Package” – Enjoy a Skyline Drive Tour and you can see “where the Buffalo Roam” package includes one night stay between Sunday and Thursday and round trip boat transportation. Prices are from $450.68 for two people/one night with a %15 savings. To book your stay call 800-545-1192 or visit www.casamariquitahotel.comIsland Water Charter Para-sail – Don’t miss out on the buy one tandem flight and you can get an upgrade from the 600’ flight to the 800’ flight to maximize your adventure. Book now by calling 310-510-9280 or visit www.islandwatercharters.comCatalina Adventure Tour Glass Bottom Boat – Come aboard the sea view glass bottom boat and feed the fish through specially designed feeding tubes while learning about the ocean inhabitants with the guides. To buy one get one FREE* call 877-510-2888 or visit www.catalinaAdventureTours.comtaxes and fees are not included.Botanic Garden – Enjoy the “Sky Hike” which will give you breathtaking views of both sides of the island starting at the Wrigley Memorial and Botanic Garden. Buy one ticket to the Botanic Garden and get another completely free. Get your tickets in advance by calling 310-510-2897 or visit www.CatalinaConservancy.org
Between October 1st and December 31st 2013 Catalina Island celebrates the arts with twenty two Miles to Island Style music, art, parties and festivals. Some notable facts from the Island, the Four Preps recoded “26 Miles Across the Sea” in 1957 on the island and “Avalon” named after the city was sung by Al Jolson. Katy Perry, Spencer Davis and American Idol’s Phillip Phillips have been known to give impromptu performances and some of the many bars in Avalon. Musicians and other artist have been known to use the Catalina Flying Boats or barge to transport their equipment during festivals in preparation for performances.
Villa Portofino Fall Jazz Romance Package – Receive a twenty percent discount with packages starting from $169 per person and enjoy round trip boat transportation, taxi transfers, continental breakfast, romantic CD and don’t forget the champagne. You will also receive a 15% discount coupon to shop at the store Threadz and Island Style. Visit www.hotelvillaportofino.com or call 888-510-0555 to book now.
A Touch of Heaven Spa – Receive $40 off the couples “Sweet Thai” Massage with presentation of your centennial certificate. Enjoy a massage with elements of Swedish and modern style massage in a relaxing candlelit environment to put you right at ease. (Massage regularly $220 per couple but only $180 with this certificate). Call (310)-510-1633 to book your massage or visit www.ATouchOfHeavenDaySpa.com and do not miss this great offer.
Jazztrax Festival – Visit the Jazztrax festival buy a Sunday night ticket and use the certificate to get one free Sunday afternoon session ticket for weekend one. If you come to the Jazztrax festival with your certificate you will get a free Catalina Island Jazztrax Festival poster. Book now by calling 866-872-9849 or visit the website www.jazztrax.comZip Line Eco Tour – Try out five separate zip lines going from a thrilling 500’ to 60’ above sea level. When you buy three zip line tickets you can get a fourth complimentary ticket for all four people to enjoy the zip line experience together. Visit www.visitcatalinaisland.com to buy your tickets now.
Starting from now until April 30th 2014, passengers can get a Free Round Trip on Their Birthday from all Catalina Express mainland ports, which will save adults up to $75.50 on a round trip. In order to get your free trip you must start your journey on your actual birthday, subject to availability, return must be completed within thirty days. In order to take advantage of this fantastic offer you must pre-register online art www.catalinaexpress.com make a reservation and don’t forget to print out and bring your free pass along with valid ID.
More Information about Catalina Island and the Catalina Express
Catalina Island is located twenty two miles off the coast of Southern California, with three ports via Catalina Express, San Pedro, Lon g Beach, and Dana Point Catalina Island is easily accessible. Transporting nearly one million passengers annually the Catalina Express has up to thirty daily departures and runs all year round. Each vessel offer comfortable airline style eating or group table seating and is designed specifically for comfort and speed. To book you trip on one of the most respected ferry fleets please visit www.catalinaexpress.com or call 800-429-4601.
Upcoming Events on Catalina Island
The week of June 20th The City of Avalon hosts a series of events from Xceptional Music Concert to a community fish fry, Catalina movie night on the beach and much more. Go to www.catalinachamber.com/Avalon100 for more details.
Catalina Island Gran Fondo (5/11), 9th Annual Taste Around of Avalon (5/30). Summer concert series (5/26-9/1); Annual Silent Film Benefit and Avalon Ball (5/11); Riviera Catalina Classic (5/4-5), Annual Flying Fish Festival (5/30-6/2), Summer BBQ at DC3 Grill (6/25-9/7) and Kid’s Fishing Derby (every Wed. 6/26-8/21)
Annual July 4th parade and fireworks display, BBQ at DC3 Grill, 23rd Annual Church Mouse Marlin Invitational (8/26-27), Catalina Island Women’s Forum Wine Festival (9/14), Catalina Island Conservancy Half Marathon (9/28), 9/18-9/22 Catalina Film Festival (9/18-22), 55th Annual Catalina Festival Of Art (9/19-22), National Museum Day (9/28, Free Admission)
Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival (10/3-6, 10/10-13, 10/17-20), Halloween Costume Party and Parade (10/31), 29th Annual Catalina Island Triathlon (11/2), Catalina Island Eco Marathon (11/9), Catalina Island Swing Dance Festival (11/8-10), Holiday Open House at the Catalina Island Museum (12/14), 2nd Annual Catalina Christmas Parade, 12/31 Annual New Year’s Eve Parties at EL Galleon & Antonio’s (12/31), 41st Annual New Year’s Eve Celebration in the Casino ballroom.
Visitors can go to www.catalinaexpress.com and download and bring the Centennial Certificate to the island for all your great offers.
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