Holiday Gift Ideas

November 16, 2018

Buddha Board  – De-Stress Low-Tech

Buddha Board is inspired by the Zen idea of living in the moment. You simply paint on the surface with water and your creation will come to life in bold design. Then as the water slowly evaporates, your art will magically disappear leaving you with a clean slate and a clear mind, ready to create a whole new masterpiece. Buddha Board is environmentally friendly as it only uses water – no ink, no paint, no chemicals – and it will last for years with proper care. Live for the moment and enjoy!

Honey Pot -Cannabis Craze

Honey Pot combines cannabis with honey, coconut oil, teas and essential oils.

Strong Board– Perfectly Imbalanced

Facile Dermatology for Neck Rejuvination – Anti-Aging Treatment During Down Time


Royal Ghee – Adaptogen Treat Stocking Stuffer

Raw Honey | Ghee | Greens | Adaptogenic Herbs 

A whipped spread made from the most nutritive ingredients on earth.

Inspired by the traditional nutritive Ayurvedic spread, Chyawanprash – we’ve taken the same principles, and Westernized and modernized the overall vibe and ingredients into a whipped honey butter (ghee) with benefits.

Sourced from the finest organic ingredients including grass-fed, pastured and traditionally made ghee, raw California wildflower honey, and a blend of medicinal and alkalizing greens, adaptogenic herbs, grounding roots, and immunity-boosting mushrooms, Royal Ghee provides a daily boost of nutrition and energy with the flavor of a decadent treat.


Royal Ghee is a thick and creamy, whipped spread that can be consumed daily as a nutritive boost by the spoonful, added to smoothies, “bulletproof” tea, coffee and tonics, spread onto toast, and slathered as icing…the possibilities are endless.


A proprietary blend of grass-fed and pastured ghee, raw California wildflower honey,

Tocotrienols derived from organically grown brown rice. (It is a super concentrated source of bioavailable vitamins E and D, with a high antioxidant count.)

Greens and Algae: Moringa, cracked cell-wall chlorella, nettles, barley grass, wheat grass, spirulina, spinach, alfalfa, dandelion leaf, kelp, dulse

Roots, Berries, and Fruit: whole schizandra concentrate, beetroot, lemon and orange peel

Mushrooms: reishi extract, maitake extract, shiitake extract, Chaga extract, turkey tail extract, beta-d-glucans, reishi triterpenoids

…and a touch of pink Himalayan salt.

Suggested Serving: 1 teaspoon up to 1 tablespoon, daily. For a more detoxifying effect, consume one spoonful or dissolved in herbal tea on an empty stomach upon arising.

Packaged in amber glass to protect delicate ingredients from UV rays and oxidation.

Store in a cool, dark cabinet away from heat and sun, or in the refrigerator for longest shelf-life.

*Individual results may vary. This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. 


Golden Door Marmalade – Stocking Stuffer

Can’t make it to the spa? Bring a little Golden Door goodness right to you!

Neck Hammock

Need I say more? NO. It’s incredible.

XX Lila

Restylane® Lyft for Back of the Hands at Ava MD

November 15, 2018

Looking for a little pick me up during the holidays? I am in love with this super easy hand rejuvenation using Restylane® Lyft. 

You don’t have to be over 40 to feel your hands are looking a bit…deflated. I am an artist and work with my hands. They are strong and because of this – muscle-y. They look…welp…tired.  This treatment is incredible. Restylane® Lyft totally restored them to looking refreshed and well, younger. It’s a top rec treatment from all the editors here at Groomed LA.

Here are some deets:

  • The first and only hyaluronic-acid based filler that is FDA-approved for the hands.
  • Hyaluronic acid is already found in the body and keep skin looking younger and smooth. As we age, it diminishes and we loose volume in the skin, including the skin on the hands. This causes the bulging veins, and visible bones and tendons that make the hands look older.
  • Restylane Lyft restores volume to the hands and softens the appearance of these lines and wrinkles, making hands look younger.
  • The treatment is safe, and dissolvable, with natural looking results.
  • According to a recent survey conducted by Galderma, 78% of women ages 40 or older wish they could change the way their hands look, 2/3 said they would have a non-surgical treatment to improve the appearance of their hands, and 65% think their hands make them look older than their age! 

Restylane® Lyft is the first and only hyaluronic acid (HA) dermal filler FDA approved to correct age-related volume loss in the back of hands.1,2 The injectable gel helps restore fullness to the back of the hands, resulting in more youthful-looking appearance.3 

The Restylane® brand offers the broadest portfolio of HA fillers in the U.S., and Restylane Lyft is the first-ever HA dermal filler to receive FDA approval for an area other than the face.1,2

Actual user*. Individual results may vary. Treated with 3mL of Restylane Lyft in the left hand. 4 weeks after treatment.

*user = clinical study subject

Treating Bony, Wrinkled or Veiny Looking Hands with Restylane Lyft

As we age, we lose volume in the hands, which can result in the appearance of prominent wrinkles and bones, bulging veins and visible tendons.4 These signs of aging can make our hands look less youthful.4 Restylane Lyft is the first and only FDA-approved HA injectable solution for patients who are seeking more youthful looking hands.2,3

What to Expect from Treatment:

  • Hands That Don’t Give Away Your Age
  • Natural-Looking Results
  • More Youthful-Looking Hands
  • Results that May Last Up to Six Months3

Restylane Lyft is made of hyaluronic acid, a natural occurring substance in the skin that helps provide fullness and elasticity. It diminishes as we age, and causes the skin to lose volume, increasing the chances for wrinkles to appear.

Restylane Lyft has a long track record of proven safety and efficacy and has been on the market for over 10 years.1,5 It is also the first and only dermal filler with three FDA-approved treatment areas – midface/cheek, nasolabial folds and now back of the hands.1,2

Restylane Lyft is clinically proven to last up to six months.3 The treatment is injected by a trained specialist, and works to add fullness to the back of the hands.1

The most common side effects include bruising, redness, swelling, pain, headache, tenderness, itching at the injection site, and impaired hand function. To learn more about serious but rare side effects and full Important Safety Information visit

For more information about Restylane Lyft for Hands, visit

Go to the professionals at AVA MD. 

Ava MD | Skin Care by Dr. Ava Shamban‎

(310) 828-2282

9915 S Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA


November 14, 2018

So, you know I have a little thing about working out while traveling. Ok, let’s just say, I like to travel to work out. Yah, I know. Weird. I love nothing more than visiting hotels and checking out their gyms (and spas, duh) and writing about my experience.

In the case of Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa, I’ll talk mostly about their gym, as the hotel was an after thought for me. I went solely to experience their revolutionary new Fitness Center which seeks to redefine the hotel workout experience and present an unprecedented roster of advances for guests of all fitness levels.

And that would be totally correct. The gym is lit, as the kids say.

The transformed venue provides access to leading workout breakthroughs, from on-demand classes and shared training to customizable apps and functional zone activities. The Center also honors travelers’ increasing interest in high- and low-intensity interval training, and in strength and body weight exercise and technological assists to help maximize performance.

The equipment is extensive, including the innovative Peloton Commercial Bike – a technological first for regional travelers. Futuristic enhancements also include the new Max-Trainer from leading cardio manufacturer Octane, along with recently introduced Life Fitness cardio machines which synch with Apple GymKit.

I had two sensational workouts – fueled myself at the pool restaurant which actually had healthy choices and took two or three massive walks around the hood – which is a golf course and a desert. Both stunning, spacious and a gorgeous break from LA.

The hotel is massive and I could not quite figure out who it’s for – golfers? People heading to casinos? Who knows. Who cares. IF you are in the area and need to kick ass in a gym, head over to this one.

The gym is open to registered guests and area residents joining the hotel’s new fitness membership program, the Fitness Center presents the following innovations:

  • Advanced new Peloton Bikes with commercial-grade hardware and software – now regarded as the most socially-connected and immersive indoor bikes available. The commercial Peloton is Fitbit-compatible and offers unlimited access to studio cycling classes. Guests can ride to daily live cycling classes streamed directly from Peloton’s NYC studio, or they can choose from 4,000+ on-demand workouts ranging in difficulty, length, and theme. They can track their progress with in-depth metrics and can race other riders on a real-time leaderboard. The bikes’ 22-inch high-definition, sweat-proof touch-screens fully immerse riders in every class, bringing the power of studio fitness directly into the Renaissance Indian Wells hotel setting. Local desert trails are among the included workout video options.

  • Octane makes its first hotel appearance, and its only fitness center appearance anywhere in the desert, as it presents its new Max-Trainer at Renaissance Indian Wells. The Max-Trainer hybrid climber is a bold new high-intensity interval training machine which delivers ultra-efficient metabolic conditioning. It fuels major results in cardio, functional training and small group workouts.


  • Life Fitness brings its treadmills, ellipticals, PowerMill Climber and recumbent bikes to the Fitness Center, all providing Apple GymKit connectivity. This allows guests to pair their Apple Watches wirelessly and seamlessly to exchange data between the watch and machine. Once connected, Apple Watch and the machine exchange data such as heart rate, calories burned, distance, speed and incline, ensuring that the metrics on the machine match what users sees on their watches.

  • TRX brings further innovation to the Renaissance Indian Wells Indian Wells Fitness Center, thanks to its new TRX Suspension Trainer body weight suspension training products. Workout highlights include functional training zones as well as body weight suspension training.


  • The Woodway Curve Trainer, another very rare find in the hotel world, is a completely manual treadmill which allows a user to accelerate and decelerate at any desired pace, without the need to push a button.


  • Fitness On Demand: Virtual on-demand classes such as yoga, plyoga, tone & shred and Jillian Michaels “Hard Body” are available in the Center’s newly created, semi-private “Virtual Fitness Class Zone.”

  • Sandbags, widely used in boutique fitness centers including elite performance, Crossfit, Bootcamps, MMA, and Boxing Clubs, are available as an additional training option to the standard dumbbells, barbells or medicine balls.


  • New Kettlebells at Renaissance Indian Wells have been imported from the UK’s leading fitness product designer and supplier, Jordan Fitness.

For local membership information, which also provides access to the resort’s outdoor lawn and aqua aerobic programs, please contact +1-760-836-1265. The new Fitness Center at Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa was custom designed, developed and equipped by Growth Fitness Marketing & Design of Laguna Beach, California.

Limited Number of Local Memberships Available to Area Residents

Address44400 Indian Wells Ln, Indian Wells, CA 92210

Tushy. Bidet For The People.

November 13, 2018

Many moons ago (no pun), I was in a restaurant in Waikiki digesting lightly seared and “freshly caught” fish. Something immediately wasn’t sitting right. I scrambled to the bathroom. Upon entering, I was greeted by a futuristic looking commode. My diner’s remorse soon turned to joy when I realized this toilet was made in Japan. It featured a heated seat and warm water bidet.

For years I pondered purchasing one of these gifts from God, but they are costly!

Then along came a genius who invented Tushy, a bidet attachment that installs in just minutes with no extra electricity or plumbing.

This simple addition to my toilet has not only made my life more pleasant, it is actually saving me money. I barely use the amount of TP I once did and the amount of extra water used is minuscule compared to what is used to plant more trees.


TUSHY fits all standard toilets and some one-piece toilets. No electricity, plumbing or significant other required. Just unscrew the toilet seat, pop the Tushy on, connect to water, and get on with it. IT comes in various colors, and the spa features warm water.

Tushy Classic: $69

Tushy Spa: $99

Visit to orde

– CM

CBD 101 Review For Those Of You Still Confused

November 9, 2018

If you still think CBD and “pot” are the same – let’s get this straight. It’s not even close. You clearly know by now that CBD is the biggest wellness craze of 2018.  Let’s keep this simple:

Is CBD oil the key to a better night’s sleep?

CBD is a fantastic medicine with some pretty wild benefits. It’s been proven to help manage epilepsy, to help people prevent and manage the symptoms of cancer, and has even helped people manage chronic pain that has bothered them for years.

Sounds like pretty intense stuff, right? But the fact is, CBD is just a natural medicine found in the hemp and cannabis plants. And, while it can be used to help people with serious illnesses, the majority of people use it for daily problems: anxiety, depression, stress relief, and the like.

Many people have wondered if using CBD oil can help them get a better night’s sleep. The short answer is a solid yes!, but we’re going to explain it a bit better than that.

What Is CBD?

CBD is the short form of the name cannabidiol, a compound that occurs naturally in the marijuana plant. CBD has been shown to have a huge number of medicinal benefits.

It’s a lot different than THC, despite the fact that the two compounds have a lot of similar properties and are structurally almost identical. The main difference is that THC is known to cause a number of psychoactive effects and results in a significant change of headspace, whereas CBD can provide its benefits without actually

CBD, and other cannabinoids (including the ones that our bodies produce on their own) work by influencing a system in the body known as the endocannabinoid system, or the ECS. This system is highly involved in regulating and performing a huge number of our bodily functions.

CBD works on this system indirectly. That means that it doesn’t directly bind to the receptors in the system like THC does. This is one reason for the significant difference in the effects of these two compounds. By indirectly affecting these receptors, CBD helps to bring the endocannabinoid system back into balance.

CBD and Insomnia

To understand why CBD is useful for treating insomnia, then you should know a bit about insomnia first. CBD is unique in that it functions a lot differently than traditional sleeping meds, which aim to simply knock you out flat regardless of what’s going on.

By regulating a system that affects our whole body – the ECS – CBD helps us target problems at their roots. This means that we can actually address or identify the cause of our insomnia easier when we use CBD because we will still be cognizant while we’re falling asleep.

CBD has been proven to treat many forms of insomnia caused by many reasons.

  • Many people have insomnia because they are anxious. Their worries and thoughts can keep them awake for hours. CBD helps to fight anxiety and can thus reduce related insomnia.

  • Some people have imbalances in their neurotransmitter systems. For example, people with GABA imbalances often have insomnia. By restoring balance to these systems, CBD can help fight insomnia.

  • Some people have insomnia because they struggle with conditions like PTSD, marked by flashbacks, anxiety, and paranoia. CBD has been shown to improve sleep in patients with PTSD.

  • Some people simply have insomnia for reasons like drinking coffee too late in the day. CBD can promote relaxation in almost all cases and make it easier to fall asleep.

Not only is CBD great for helping people identify and manage insomnia, but it doesn’t cause many side effects.

Sleeping pills – even over-the-counter ones – are notorious for their dangerous side effects. The most common side effects include extreme sedation, grogginess the day after, and a reduced quality of sleep. Ironic – they knock you out, but you feel even less rested the day after.

CBD doesn’t really cause any side effects. If anything, it will leave you feeling better than before you took it.

CBD has emerged as a fantastic alternative to a number of dangerous and addictive drugs. One thing that CBD has shown remarkable potential for is helping people manage their insomnia. Hopefully this article has helped you better understand how this compound works and why it’s so great for sleep.