Tag Archives: DTLA

HotBoxing is a (different) thing.

29 Jun

IMG_9456When HotBox was first mentioned to me, I laughed so hard a little spit came out. If you ever had a boyfriend who retaliated for your chick flick choice by holding your head under the covers after Mexican food, you too might have a different definition of hot boxing.

Turns out it’s more of a private sauna experience. Or “an infrared sauna studio,” as founder Jessica Mortarotti describes it. And it’s awesome.

HotBox is in downtown LA (with easy garage parking!) and houses eight private suites – each stocked with a state-of-the-art infrared sauna, mood-enhancing color chromotherapy, tablet with audio/visual options (even guided meditation!), and vitamin C rain shower.

The technology used in infrared saunas is said to support better wellness from the inside out. Each 45-minute sweat helps cleanse your pores, improve radiance, smooth fine lines, and create healthier cells. It also boosts your heart rate (burns up to 600 calories!) and human growth hormone (HGH) levels –crucial to breaking down fat and building muscle.

Building up this kind of sweat and raising your body temperature can help reset your circadian rhythm—enabling a deeper and more rejuvenating sleep.

All enough to pique my interest.

But learning that infrared heat boosts dopamine & serotonin levels, while also reducing cortisol (yes please.) got me to book an appointment.

Full transparency, it’s not inexpensive. Having said that, taking an hour to unplug from the world and come away feeling healthier, calmer, and a touch more radiant makes the price seem pretty reasonable.

I recommend treating yourself to a HotBox session (or three!) asap. Or you could be that cool friend who thinks to give one as a gift. We like that friend.

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Spa Party at The Ritz DTLA, July 16th

2 Jul

Ritz-Carlton poolside yoga

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