Category Archives: SPA + TRAVEL

Facial Bungalow Offering Outdoor Facials, Massages And More!

November 19, 2020

The lovely and talented Trina Renea of Facial Bungalow has organized a covid safe outdoor facial + massage paradise. 
Trina put together a little outdoor situation that is lovely and perfect for a safe outdoor facial and more (massage, waxing, lashes!) She nabbed her favorite massage therapist and aesthetician to support her outdoor biz. The room is gorgeous with French doors and windows to make it very ventilated for Covid. The bed is heated, there is heat in the room and the windows and doors stay open. They are all getting tested every two weeks, wearing gloves masks, and shields. There is a HEPA filter and everything needed to keep people safe. The space is very private – one on one.
I have always loved Trina’s facials and can’t wait to get over there.
Also! Look at this outdoor pergola in La Crescenta for the massages.

11128 Ventura Blvd Studio city

Locked and gated. By appointment only.  EMAIL TO INQUIRE

They also offer massage sessions at The Bungalow and in your home.
– private massage at your home in an outdoor space for an additional travel fee.
 
– private massage from our therapist’s home in her private backyard gazebo in La Crescenta
They adhering to strict COVID-19 safety protocols:
– All service providers tested every 14 days
– All service providers wear gloves, Mask, and Shield. 
– Each room is cleaned and aired out for 30 minutes between services, following all COVID safety regulations and strict sterilization protocols 
– Each client’s temperature is taken at the door 
– HEPA air filtration system in place, and all windows and doors are open for maximum air circulation
To read the full list of services, please visit:
https://www.facialbungalow.com/treatments/
To book, please email us here to inquire:
facialbungalow@gmail.com
OTHER cool businesses on the property:

BURKE WILLIAMS WELCOMES THE 2020 HOLIDAY SEASON WITH ALL-NEW SPA PACKAGES AND EXCLUSIVE SPECIALS

November 10, 2020

Tis the season to find comfort, joy, and relaxation at your spa home away from home

Burke Williams will become the spa home away from home this holiday season by combining all the luxurious elements of a day spa with the comfort and warmth of being at home. In celebration of the most wonderful time of the year, California’s leading luxury day spa will launch gift card and gift kit specials starting Thursday, Nov. 5 through the end of the year, as well as promotional offers for Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

Burke Williams is bringing the holidays home this season by offering gift card packages, stocking stuffers, and spa service-inspired gift kits within each location and online. Because we all deserve a little more this season, Burke Williams is pleased to extend an exclusive week of deals for Black Friday and Cyber Monday for guests to enjoy or give as gifts to their friends and family members. Please see below for a taste of Burke Williams’ holiday offerings:

Burke Williams Black Friday and Cyber Monday Week

From Monday, Nov. 23 through Monday, Nov. 30, Burke Williams will be offering a week-long Black Friday and Cyber Monday deal consisting of exclusive 2-for-1 Merry Little Spa Day gift card packages. The gift card packages are listed below:

Have Yourself a Merry Little Spa Day 2-for-1 Package – $380
A Spa Day for You
· 50-minute Pure Relaxation Massage
· 50-minute Spa Style Facial
· Spa Manicure with Dazzle Dry
· Spa Pedicure with Dazzle Dry

A Spa Day for Me – Free!
· 50-minute Pure Relaxation Massage
· 50-minute Spa Style Facial
· Spa Manicure with Dazzle Dry
· Spa Pedicure with Dazzle Dry

Guests may upgrade to an 80-minute massage and facial plus luxe spa manicures and pedicures for only $140 more.

Pricing and services will vary by location. Please contact directly to learn more about gift card packages offered at Mission Viejo, San Jose, and San Francisco locations.

Black Friday One-Day Only Flash Sale
With the New Year approaching, Burke Williams has prioritized spreading awareness about the benefits of self-care and is excited to bring back its one-day only flash sale for Black Friday where guests can receive a three-month spa membership to any Burke Williams location. This membership will include three monthly massages or facials, gifts, and spa days for just $300 plus a 20% discount off any H2V products. Prices will vary by location.

Burke Williams Gift Card Packages
Silent Nights, Peaceful Days – $160 ($145 for members)
· 80-minute Pure Relaxation Massage or Spa Facial with two enhancements of choice.

I’ll Be Home for Spa Days – $270 ($245 for members)
· 80-minute Pure Relaxation Massage; 50-minute Spa-Style Facial; Spa Manicure; and massage or facial enhancement of choice.

Walking in a Wellness Wonderland – $500 ($450 for members)
· 80-minute Specialty Massage of choice; 80-minute Radiance Facial; Herbal Spa Bath; Luxe Spa Manicure; Luxe Spa Pedicure; Advanced Eye Lift; and massage and pedicure enhancement of choice.

The Most Wonderful Gift of the Year – $1,100 ($990 for members)
· 80-minute Burke Williams Signature Massage; 80-minute Specialty Massage of choice; 80-minute Nourishing Facial; 80-minute Radiance Facial; 80-minute Regenerate Anti-Aging Facial; Luxe Spa Manicure; Luxe Spa Pedicure; Seasonal Scrub and Heel Honey pedicure enhancements; Herbal Spa Bath; two massage enhancements of choice; two facial enhancements of choice; and Advanced Eye Lift.

Pricing and services will vary by location. To see all Gift Card Package offerings, please visit https://www.burkewilliams.com/holiday-2020.

Burke Williams Stocking Stuffers
Burke Williams is offering delightful spa treats perfect to gift as stocking stuffers for loved ones and are available at just $36 or under. These items include:

· Body Bliss Bath Soak
· Body Bliss Wintergreen & Arnica Salve
· Sonoma Lavender Essential Oil
· Sonoma Lavender Massage Oil
· Burke Williams Vanilla Lemongrass Tea
· Sonoma Lavender Spa Eye Mask
· H2V Prepare Toner
· Eucalyptus & Lemongrass Shower Spa Mist
· Eminence Stone Crop Body Oil
· Dazzle Dry Mini Kit in rose quartz
· H2V Travel Kit

To learn more about these offerings, please visit https://shop.burkewilliams.com/.

Burke Williams Home for the Holidays Spa Gift Kits
In addition, guests can bring the luxury of a Burke Williams day spa Home for the Holidays with spa gift kits consisting of different spa services and packaged in a Burke Williams exclusive gift box. Ranging from $35 to $200, each holiday gift kit is listed below.

· Merry Massage – $35
· Includes Sacred Earth Warming Massage Lotion, Sacred Earth Muscle Rub, and a self-massage tool
· Snowed in Wetroom Retreat – $60
· Includes exfoliating gloves, Farmhouse Fresh Sweet Tea Scrub, and Farmhouse Fresh Sweet Tea Shea Butter
· Mistletoe Manicure – $80
· Includes Dazzle Dry Mini Kit in rose quartz, Spa Ritual Anti-Aging Hand Salve, Dazzle Dry Cuticle Oil, and a Burke Williams manicure/pedicure tool kit
· A Partridge and a Pedicure – $100
· Includes Dazzle Dry Mini Kit in rose quartz, Farmhouse Fresh Agave Oil, Diamacel Foot File, and a Burke Williams manicure/pedicure tool kit
· Spa-lala Facial – $120
· Includes H2V Complete Facial Cleanser, H2V Buff Exfoliant, Stone Crop Masque, travel size H2V Balance Moisturizer, and a Burke Williams mini mirror
· A Merry Burke Williams Spa-liday – $155
· Includes Burke Williams robe, signature Vanilla-Lemongrass Tea, Eucalyptus ShowerSpa Mist, and a Sonoma Lavender Eye Pillow
· My Favorite Things Facial – $205
· Includes H2V Hydrate Creamy Cleanser, G10 Serum, Defy Anti-Aging Masque, Youth Cell Serum, travel size Advance D3 Moisturizer, and a Burke Williams mini mirror

Burke Williams takes pride in being guardians of health and wellness within the community and has dedicated crews cleaning and disinfecting all 11 facilities throughout California. Burke Williams has invested more in the health and safety of its employees and guests by implementing new safety measures to its locations, including the installation of 300 HEPA-certified air purifiers in every treatment room and common area, high quality lavender and eucalyptus spray containing antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, and extra hand sanitizing stations among others.

For more information, please visit www.burkewilliams.com.

 

ABOUT BURKE WILLIAMS
Burke Williams created the original urban day spa in 1984, elevating the spa experience to a new art form. Drawing inspiration from world-class European day spas, the destination worked to combine the finest traditions with nourishing innovations to transport guests from the stress of everyday life. Today, with 11 locations across California, Burke Williams is a luxurious sanctuary, a place for wellness and beauty, inspiration and optimism. For more information, please visit burkewilliams.com.

KIRKWOOD COLLECTION USHERS IN A NEW ERA OF BOUTIQUE HOSPITALITY WITH HIDEAWAY SANTA BARBARA

October 7, 2019

Kirkwood Collection, a new luxury hotel brand, underwent the grand opening of Hideaway Santa Barbara in June.  Blending “old world” charm with “new world” accoutrements, Hideaway is the newest addition to the family-owned and operated collection of uniquely boutique, design-driven properties. Kirkwood Collection focuses solely on boutique properties in iconic California destinations, currently including Santa Barbara, Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage, and San Luis Obispo.

        Introducing a new standard of understated luxury, Hideaway Santa Barbara is meticulously curated with a casual elegance.  Housed in a 1908 California Craftsman and a secluded Carriage House, the intimate nine-room hotel is comprised of deluxe guest rooms and spacious suites, offering views of the Santa Ynez Mountains and the historic Fernald Mansion. The enviable pedestrian-friendly location is just blocks from the beach, harbor, and walking distance to some of Santa Barbara’s best restaurants, the Urban Wine Trail, and the Funk Zone.

“We are delighted to present Hideaway Santa Barbara, our flagship boutique hotel located in one of the most iconic destinations in California,” said Alex Kirkwood, founder & president of Kirkwood Collection. “Hideaway is a highly personal milestone and achievement in the expansion of our collection and we hope the community of boutique travelers will share in our excitement for the hotel.”

The property is designed by Kirkwood Collection’s design director Michelle McClory, who has worked alongside acclaimed designers Jeffrey Alan Marks and Michael Smith.  Delivering a high-end residential, California Coastal aesthetic to a hospitality setting, Hideaway Santa Barbara evokes understated elegance with a modern edge. The governing design principle is use of natural light, which is reflected in the choice of skylights, finishes and artisan materials throughout the property.

A canopy of trees flank the west drive of the hotel, which ushers visitors through a light, bright, and airy entry hall featuring an oversized print of a captivating blue rowboat beached ashore.  To the left, guests enter the sun-drenched solarium and then relax with complimentary champagne in the well-appointed Lounge featuring a welcoming fireplace. The light-filled breakfast room doubles as a co-working space by day, with its triple-height windows and French bistro-style seatingBeautifully-appointed guest rooms are bright and breezy with contemporary organic furnishings and high-end residential elements that incorporate an overall feel of California coastal whimsy; a nod to the iconic setting where land meets the sea – the American Riviera.

A boutique hotel offering complimentary breakfast, Hideaway Santa Barbara caters to the international traveler and promises its guests a true “home away from home” experience. With thoughtfully incorporated features including Apple TVs and fireplaces, Hideaway guests that book rooms direct will also receive a complimentary glass of champagne upon check-in. Guests can also purchase champagne, wine, or beer at reception to enjoy in the comfort of their rooms. Nightly rates start at $350 and guestroom amenities include French amenity products, luxury linens, and a dual-zone wine cooler minifridge. 

The Kirkwood Collection portfolio is currently comprised of five properties.  Just a mile away from Hideaway on East Beach, Blue Sands Inn features an outdoor pool along with stunning ocean and Stearns Wharf views.  In vibrant Downtown San Luis Obispo, Garden Street Inn is the idyllic vision of historic charm, nestled in central-coast wine country. Plans are in development for an extensive renovation in 2020 to elevate Garden Street Inn to Kirkwood Collection elegance while remaining loyal to its historic roots.  97 Lake Shore offers a glimpse into California’s lakefront living in Rancho Mirage. The Palm Springs Hotel, a joint-venture property, is midcentury modern with new-century passion nodding to the Rat Pack era of Palm Springs. Kirkwood Collection is currently seeking to expand into additional locations such as Napa Valley, Laguna Beach, Santa Monica and Seattle.

To book reservations or learn more about Hideaway Santa Barbara, visit www.hideawaysantabarbara.com or call (805) 965-2333.

We tried the Biologique Recherche Facial x Shutters on the Beach One Spa and It Gave Us Life

August 14, 2019

Biologique Recherche is nothing short of revelatory skincare. And the Biologique Recherche facial at ONE Spa at Shutters on the Beach is the facial for true obsessive skin care groupies. 

You may know the cult fave line already. I’m sure you do. Look what Refinery 29 has to say:

“Biologique Recherche’s P50 is now about as recognizable a name as it gets in the world of prestige beauty. It has been called “Jesus in a bottle,” “life-changing,” and “The Best Beauty Product in the World.” It smells like vinegar and the quart of milk you pushed to the back of the fridge and forgot about for three months. Its fans will still tell you it is the single best thing they have ever put on their face.”

I have met with and heard talks given by Dr. Allouche – Co-Owner and Head of Creation (his parents founded the brand) and when I tell you this skincare the top, top, top tier of brands, you’ll add a few more ‘tops’ to that after you’ve been on their very specific routine for a month.

Dijana Marjanovic is the lead esthetician at ONE Spa at Shutters on the Beach and her knowledge of skin blew me away, during my luxurious facial at this adorable luxury spa in Santa Monica’s classic Shutters. I was ga-ga over the whole nautical vibe. 


But this facial – oh my lord – and Dijana. There is nothing like being in the hands of an expert. Biologique Recherche has reigned as one of the most prominent international skincare lines, delivering the highest level of efficacy. Their formulas and treatments work together to rebuild skin and treat specific skin conditions.

I left with glowing skin and a serious regime, check it out:

1.Cleansing CareLait VIP O2 (every morning and evening) To clean your skin and prevent devitalized skins, apply a small amount of Lait VIP O2 to your face, neck and décolleté. Lightly massage for emulsification and then remove with damp cotton or rinse off with cold water. Repeat as required for complete removal of any impurities and makeup, then dry with tissue.

2.ExfoliatorLotion P50 PIGM 400 (every morning and evening) To gently exfoliate, purify, clean and regenerate the epidermis, apply a few drops of Lotion P50 PIGM 400 on a cotton pad (damp for the first two weeks only), and gently pat over your face, neck and décolleté. This multifunction lotion is the cornerstone of the Biologique Recherche methodology, it rebalances the pH of the skin for epidermal reconditioning and improves the efficacy of all Biologique Recherche products applied after it. Light redness and tingling sensation is expected if the skin pH is imbalanced – do not stop the use of the lotion, use it on damp cotton and the sensation will decrease after a few days. This product should not be combined with any other exfoliating product.

3.MasksMasque VIP O2 (once to twice a week) To revitalize the skin and brighten the complexion, apply Masque VIP O2 to your face, neck and décolleté. Leave on for 15 to 20 minutes then rinse off with cold water. Masque Visolastine + (once to twice a week) To durably moisturize the skin and strengthen the skin’s barrier to protect against dehydration, apply a thin layer of Masque Visolastine + all over your face, neck and décolleté. Leave the mask on for 15 to 20 minutes, then rinse off with lukewarm water. This mask provides a sensation of comfort and softness.

4.SerumsSérum VG Tensil (every morning) To tone and firm the skin, as well as smoothe fine lines and wrinkles, apply a few drops of Sérum VG-Tensil all over your face, neck and décolleté in a light ascending massage until the product has been completely absorbed. Sérum Collagène Natif (every morning, after the Sérum VG Tensil) To hydrate and restore the epidermis, as well as tighten the pores, apply a few drops of Sérum Collagène Natif on clean skin over the whole face, neck, and décolleté in a light ascending massage until the product has been completely absorbed. Sérum Colostrum (every evening) For intense hydration, apply a few drops of Sérum Colostrum all over your face, neck and décolleté, lightly massaging it upwards until it has been entirely absorbed. This intensely moisturizing serum contains milk proteins which enhance the skin’s natural defense mechanisms and improve its elasticity.

5.CreamsCrème Biofixine (every morning) To smooth and reduce wrinkles and fine lines, apply a hazelnut-sized amount of Crème Biofixine all over your face, neck and décolleté. This tensing first wrinkle cream will leave your skin soften and radiant. Crème MSR-H (every evening) To moisturize, firm and fight against signs of aging, apply a hazelnut amount of Crème MSR-H all over your face, neck and décolleté. Slowly massage from bottom to top, from the inside of the face moving outward until the cream is completely absorbed by your skin.

6.Finishing SerumSerum Grand Millésime (every morning and/or evening) To instantly brighten and rejuvenate the complexion, apply a few drops of Sérum Grand Millésime to your face, neck and décolleté, after using your morning cream. This serum is rich in revitalizing, antioxidant agents and Hyaluronic Acid. We would like you to follow the above instructions and your daily regimen as best as you can to ensure the success of this customized skincare program, created according to your skin needs. Yours in great skin, The Biologique Recherche Team.

Now that is a routine! I cannot WAIT.

When I posted my facial experience on my Insta-stories – immediately, all my true top tier skin care groupies wrote me – “But of course! “, “I only use Biologique Recherche!!” , “Duh!!”

I urge you to see Dijana Marjanovic to experience this for yourself. 

 1 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405

Travel Tips From Guest Editor Travel Expert Jared James

August 12, 2019

  For most of us, we go on holiday to relax. It is an opportunity to forget about everything that makes life stressful. Wondering about how to make this possible? Read on and we’ll share some tips on how you can have the most relaxing vacation ever!

Bring a Car to the Airport

Getting to the airport can be stressful. Going home after your vacation can also be a headache. To spare yourself from the hassle of booking a ride and to save money, it is best to bring your car. No need to worry about airport parking. There are now services that allow people to book their spot in advance.

If you are flying anytime soon and you want to bring your car as you head to the airport, ParkON can help you have a guaranteed parking space!

Go on a DND Mode

DND stands for Do Not Disturb. This is one of the best things to do for a relaxing holiday. Forget about work for a while. You don’t need to ditch your smartphone. That would be a hassle. Instead, what you need to do is to temporarily block emails and send automatic replies to let people know you are on a vacation and you cannot respond immediately. Avoid doing or thinking of anything work-related. You can also block calls from certain people, especially those that are related to work.

Take it Slow

Do not be in a rush when you are on vacation. Do not pressure yourself to see and experience everything in a short span of time. Be smart when planning your itinerary. List all the places you want to see and pick only those that you can realistically fit in your day. You are on a vacation to relax and not to see all the attractions possible.

Save and Spend

One thing that can make vacations stressful would be not having enough money for everything you want to do. Plan ahead to save. Do not hesitate to spend when you are on holiday. You deserve a bit of luxury while you are on a break.

Plan Relaxing Activities

You also need to be smart when it comes to the things to do while on a holiday. If the ultimate goal is relaxation, a yoga retreat is a good idea. You can also take a cooking lesson, go on a sunset cruise, or get a massage as you explore your destination. Try to avoid activities that require too much physical activity if you don’t want to be exhausted.

Choose the Right Time and Destination

Visit places that are known for being peaceful and relaxing. Stay away from the main tourist areas. Do not book in a large hotel. Pick the right time to travel. Make sure that you avoid peak season. The shoulder season is a good choice because you can enjoy your vacation sans the crowd while also saving money.

The next time you travel, consider our suggestions above! These tips will help you to have a calm and relaxing holiday, which is the perfect way to forget the hustle of the daily grind even for a while.

Happy Travels!
Jared James

 

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