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Westlake Staycation

27 Aug

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Sometimes a girl needs a little staycation. Something with a spa. Somewhere not too-too far. Relaxing. Indulgent.

I had the perfect staycation this month at the Four Seasons Westlake Village. A gorgeous property that truthfully seems a little out of sorts in this particular location… but with a golf course could easily become a destination spot.

Less than an hour from West Hollywood, I highly recommend making the drive for a quick overnight. The deep marble 2-person tub alone is worth the trip. Just BYO bubble bath. Or request their intoxicating what-I-can-only-guess-is lemongrass-scented bath cubes.

Make sure to visit the pool, too. Once you make your way through the spa maze, it’s well worth reserving a cabana if you can swing it. Lovely spacious patios surround the pool, fully equipped with daybed, chaise lounges, television, ceiling fan & storage space. You can easily make a day of it out there.

I however had a spa and salon to visit. If you book a treatment, make sure to leave time to experience the spa amenities. Especially the sauna. It’s huge. Two rooms! I actually wasn’t counting the minutes ‘til I could bolt for the steam room. If you’re concerned about losing tone or firmness in your face, treat yourself to the Swift Lift Firming Facial. It’s as effective as it is relaxing—and they’ll do extractions if you want. Yes please.

The hotel is also home to the award-winning California Health & Longevity Institute — a facility with onsite doctors and specialists to help guests achieve individual wellness and total body rejuvenation.  

Recently taken over by the Four Seasons, the new Rhythm & Hair salon is modern beauty convenience at its best. Grab a cut, blowout, manicure… it’s all at your fingertips. Heh heh, punny. The stylists use some of my favorite Oribe products, and there’s even a special barber-esque area just for men.

Before I knew it, it was time to return to the real world. Perhaps the time I plan a staycation, I’ll plan to stay a little longer.

For more info, go to https://www.fourseasons.com/westlakevillage/

xo

Spa Party at The Ritz DTLA, July 16th

2 Jul

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Beauty enthusiasts take note. The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Los Angeles is bringing back the Summer Spa Soiree for one fab evening of head-to-toe indulgence on Thursday, July 16. And, it’s open to the public! Think: Complimentary poolside yoga, healthy treats, champagne, and a selection of random fun prizes.

Guests can also take advantage of personal hair and skincare consultants who will be on hand. Brand reps include Eminence Organics, African Botanics, BAR Skin and Body, Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare, Clarisonic, NuFace (!!), Salon 11, and Jane Iredale Cosmetics.

Attendees can also book 15-30 minute mini spa treatments. Each one costs $25, but you can apply that toward any retail purchase over $75 – so that’s cool. During the event, also enjoy 15% off retail shopping.

The event is complimentary but reservations are suggested, so email the contact below. Hey lookit us thinking in advance…

Here’s the breakdown:
Summer Soiree event | Thursday, July 16th from 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Yoga | 5:00pm or 6:30pm
Valet parking | complimentary with spa validation

Mini treatment appointments available:
• Peach Bellini Hand Treatment
• Eminence Mini-Facial
• Chair Massage
• Dr. Dennis Gross Peel
• NuFace Contour & Lift Treatment
• African Botanics Marula Experience
• Nail Polish Change

RSVP to Spa Manager Kory Keith by July 9th:
Kory.keith@ritzcarlton.com

The event itself is a tease for what’s yet to come in August. Ask about their Wellness Retreat coming up on Sunday, August 16 from 10:00am to 4:00pm. It’ll be the first one of a new quarterly series!

The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Los Angeles | 900 West Olympic Blvd. | LA, 90015

xo

Ritzy Pampering for Mom| No. 8

4 May

Screen Shot 2015-04-27 at 4.53.53 PMIf Mom can make it downtown, you can handle the rest! Here’s how. The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Los Angeles has launched a few special options to pamper Mom in May – my favorite being a sweet day package called The Sugar Mama. 

This is heaven for the woman who’s running around all day, from carpool to career. Indulge her from head to toe with over two hours of sweet spa sanctity. The decadent package includes The Ritz-Carlton signature Hot Chocolate Stone massage and Cream & Sugar Manicure/Pedicure. They even throw in a Cream & Sugar Scrub to-go so she can keep her skin glowing at home. You can not however take home the gorgeous hand blown glass chandeliers in the nail salon. I know, I asked.

Have her get there an hour early to experience the steam room and quiet sanctuary. Prosecco anyone?

The steam room is an experience in itself – complete with gorgeous tile lounge chairs, benches, and (my favorite!) a cold rinse shower that feels like a scene out of Flashdance when you pull the chord.

Whether you join Mom or send her solo for the day, there’s no chance of her not finding bliss at this full-service haven in downtown LA.

The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Los Angeles

900 West Olympic Blvd. | Los Angeles, 90015 | (213) 743-8800
xo

Experience Swiss Luxury in Bel Air

10 Jan

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It’s Golden Globes weekend in Hollywood and I happily spent the first half of my day at Hotel Bel-Air. Not too shabby, can’t complain. Breakfast at Wolfgang Puck, followed by a much-needed facial at the La Prairie Spa.

I really find it impossible to grow tired of Hotel Bel-Air. In fact, if you aren’t from here I highly recommend taking a wrong turn (anywhere!) before turning into the hotel valet entrance. Homes in this elite neighborhood are breathtaking – and those are just the few visible from the road. The mind reels picturing what must behind those other gates and hedges.

Another suggestion when visiting this property: make time to enjoy the Hotel Bel-Air Spa by La Prairie. Don’t just go in for a spa service. Use the steam room (twinkly ceiling lights!), the relaxation room (wonderful treats & tea!) and Do. Not. Skip. The Showers! Complete with an overhead waterfall shower head, 360-degree streams, and warm towel waiting on a heated rack, this will hands down be your favorite shower ever. Short of George Clooney waiting inside to join you, it lacks for nothing. No disrespect, Amal.

Okay, enough shower talk. My esthetician today was Bette. She was lovely, knowledgeable about the brand, and charming with the 5-Star professionalism one would expect from such a facility.

My facial was 60 minutes of heaven – and she didn’t even make me feel like I had to apologize for going almost a year without having one. Truth be told, La Prairie products are so luxurious that they’d probably feel just as effective if she slathered them on me with a butter knife. That said, Bette hit all the right pressure points and instinctively honed in on the exact areas that were concerning me.

She introduced me to a few wonderful products, as well. If La Prairie fits into your budget, you honestly needn’t try another brand. Just save yourself the time. And, if you’re over 30 and serious about fighting signs of aging (!!!), consider investing in the La Prairie Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Dry Oil, Ice Crystal Cream, White Caviar Illuminating Eye Cream and Illuminating Serum. It’ll be a decent price tag – but I know you’re worth it.

And by now, you should, too.

xx

The Gift We All Deserve.

23 Dec

BW FacialSo you’ve been working you’re a** off and somehow Christmas is less than 72 hours away. And now you need a can’t-miss holiday gift…

Easy. No one will ever be disappointed with a gift card to Burke Williams spa. The only people who aren’t fans are the ones who’ve never been there.

No matter how stressed you think you aren’t, one trip to BW will teach you that in fact you ARE. But it just isn’t about the massages.

I went in last for an Anti-Aging Facial at the West Hollywood location. Hands (wrapped in paraffin!) down, one of the best facials I’ve ever experienced.

The esthetician evaluates your complexion thoroughly first and then customizes your facial to follow. From illuminating and regenerative concentrates to firm skin, brighten and even out tone, to transformative peptides said to lift and repair damage—this treatment covers everything you need (or that I apparently needed!).

There’s even a scalp and foot massage plus paraffin treatment, so you actually feel pampered head-to-toe.

Wanna show an employee some appreciation – or a teacher? How ‘bout a Shower gift… that you’ll feel better about giving than the bride’s horrible registry choices? Yes, yes and YES. The Burke Williams gift card truly cannot miss.

NOTE: Maybe not the best idea to specify an anti-aging anything on the card. I’m no Miss Manners, but this much I know.

burkewilliamsspa.com

xo