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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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Veda Spa – Your WeHo Home For Holistic Ayurveda Everything

April 9, 2019

How is it possible such a precious healing center is so close to me and it’s taken me months to get here? NO IDEA!
Anyway – let’s get right into this beauty. The ONLY true integrative wellness and treatment center in town.  

VEDA is the perfect combination of holistic ancient modalities with a totally savvy modern flair.

The perfect balance of our physical and spiritual selves. 

The treatments are a combo of Ayurveda, Acupuncture, Chinese Medicine, Astro Psychology, Physical Therapy, Cupping, Hypnotherapy, Energy Healing, Physical Release Therapy, Craniosacral Therapy, Visceral Manipulation, and Diet Management for preventative measures and in healing the mind, body, soul.

Seriously, what else IS THERE?

Panchakarma - 5 Day

“We are not your standard wellness center, our approach encourages the maintenance of health, strengthening the immune system, removing toxins and renewing energy by paying close attention to balance. Starting with a Consultation, our Therapists work with you to determine what internal imbalances may be causing discomfort, food sensitivities or intolerances, a sluggish metabolism, digestive issues, infertility or skin problems (just to name a few). Our Therapists use your test results to customize a dietary, physical and supplement protocol that fits your lifestyle to repair and balance your biochemistry to promote optimal health and happiness.”

Panchakarma - 7 Day

I walked into this gem of a retreat nestled right across from Urth Cafe. It is so pretty, you’ll want to sit and chill and well, never leave. Especially after being greeted by the loveliest of women, warm and open-armed – clearly in the mode to give and share their expertise.

The Ayurvedic principles seek to balance the natural elements: Water, Air, Earth and Fire. I need this is spades. 

Panchakarma is something I have been dying to do. It’s a daily commitment ( 5 to 7 days) and this is the only place in town that offers it.

“This traditional healing system promotes deep relaxation in the mind while balancing the entire nervous system. All treatments integrate herbal oils from traditional recipes and are prescribed according to your specific body and mind type. Panchakarma also includes a unique diet program and counseling, basic yoga therapy, herbal teas and recommendations on herbal supplements. Panchakarma can be effective for addressing acute ailments and is highly recommended on a yearly basis as a comprehensive part of health maintenance to promote longevity, beauty along with overall mental health and wellness. Private consultations with our professional certified practitioners, will determine your mind / body type to create a unique Panchakarma health program for you. Pancha Karma programs are designed to various health care needs from preventative health, for weight reduction, sleep issues, stress and even toxicity.”

Shirodhara Balancing Oil Treatment

Two Hand Abhyanga & Swedan

Abhyanga and Swedana therapy begins with Abhyanga, a rhythmic gentle body massage that uses warm medicated herbal oils to stimulate the circulation of blood, lymph, and prana (energy). After this relieving massage, you will enjoy Swedana, a herbal steam tent that removes toxins from the cells, stimulate lymph movement, improves circulation, detoxifies, relieves stiffness, loosens muscles and helps skin tone. This treatment combination improves blood circulation and reduces stress while nourishing the skin and opens up blockages.

Duration – 70 Minute

Ayurvedic Face Lift Massage

This Natural Face Lift Massage & Facial Rejuvenation is an anti-aging technique based in Ayurveda and is a gentle face massage that relaxes the facial muscles and stimulates the marma points (Energy Points) which helps remove physical and emotional energy blockages. It increases facial micro-circulation, lymph flow and, the natural metabolism of the skin tissue, thereby promoting regeneration of healthy, younger looking skin, as well as; improving the skin’s natural capacity to retain moisture. Through the use of warm fragrant oils and strokes, this treatment not only leaves the skin feeling smooth, glowing and revitalized, but also, relaxes the mind. Combining outer beauty and inner balance.

Duration – 60 Minutes

Visceral Manipulation / Craniosacral Therapy with Accupressure

Visceral Manipulation / Craniosacral Therapy with Accupressure

The first part of the treatment will include a visceral massage that focuses on your abdominal organs such as liver, kidneys and intestines. This gentle manual therapy aids your body’s ability to release restrictions that cause pain and dysfunction. The second half of the treatment will include a gentle touch craniosacral therapy. During this part of the treatment you’ll experience a wave-like rhythmic pulse that goes through the entire body which helps to heal musculoskeletal diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Autism, Neck & Back pain, colic, migraine headaches and central nervous system disorders.
Duration – 90 Minutes

Shirodhara Balancing Oil Treatment

A deeply relaxing Third-eye Therapy where a stream of Ayurvedic herbal medicated warm oil is poured continuously over the forehead to promote physical and emotional balance. It calms the central nervous system as it opens up blocked energy channels. Benefits of this treatment include imbalances, stress, anxiety, depression, and  insomnia. Promotes circulation and detoxification giving you a peaceful state of mind.

VEDA

606 Westmount Drive
West Hollywood, CA 90069

Hours
Monday – Saturday
9am – 6pm

Phone
424.284.3800

WeHo Debuts A Gem: Bijou Boutique

April 3, 2019

I love discovering unexpected gems in my hood. West Hollywood, to be exact. BIJOU BEAUTY
is one such gem. Clean, bright and feminine, they have a tidy menu of facials, face waxing, microblading (have not tried any) but it seems as though their lash extensions and lash lifts are all the rave. I have also heard good things about their microblading services too. Perhaps they could use sites like Microblading Marketing (https://microbladingmarketing.co/blog/startup-microblading-business/) to help them let more people know about that service. I have always looked at my brows and thought they were a little sparse but I didn’t know this salon offered the service until I came in. I would be a little skeptical due to the small needles but I’ve heard that it barely hurts. It might be something I try if this treatment goes well.

That being said, lash extensions are the one thing that make my face all come together somehow. Like little frames around my eyes – without the mascara smudge that was my life all year. After a two year hiatus, I wanted to get back in the lash game. I was tired of looking…tired. Or just – lifeless.

I walked over – YES WALKED – and was greeted by a lovely staff and especially lovely Patricia.

Thank the lash gods for Patrica. She totally knows her lash game and gave me the most perfect set of natural, light, not too long, just right length extensions. A week into them and I have not lost one. They FEEL amazing. And her goal was to repsect the health of my very VERY short and fine natural, mostly non-existent lashes. Welp, now I’m hooked. I look and feel like a different person.

At Bijou, they don’t mess with junk, cheap synthetic lashes. They use silk lashes as the preferred lash material and also offer Siberian Mink (cruelty-free of course).

Of course you can pick your style:

CLASSIC EYE – CAT EYE – WHISPY-EYE – DOLL-EYEWHISPY -EYE

FULL SET

LASH FILLS

ADD-ON’S/CUSTOMIZE

A Lash Lift is a perming method to open and define your natural lashes. Lift your straight/downward/slightly curled lashes to open the eye and create a more lengthy and youthful appearance. Lasting around 8 weeks, this is an easy low maintenance solution to define your natural lashes! No extensions are used in this service, add a lash color to enhance your lash lift.


LASH LIFT

Lash Lift is a safe, natural looking alternative to eyelash extensions. Lashes are lifted up and curved. Hello to a younger sexy wide eye.

 

SAFE FOR THE LASHES

All Lash Artists are licensed estheticians/cosmetologist and have advanced lash training. Using only the highest quality products, this safe service is your ultimate answer for lifted, natural lashes. No one has ever had an allergic reaction, and the process is gentle on the lashes.


We loose our lashes naturally 3-5 lashes per eye, per day. Regular fills are highly recommended every 2-3 weeks to maintain the fullness of your fabulous lashes.

All Lash Extension Artists are licensed estheticians/cosmetologist and have advanced lash training. Using only the highest quality products, this safe service is your ultimate answer for longer, thicker, beautiful eyelashes.

…pretty little things

 

7974 Santa Monica Boulevard,
West Hollywood, CA, 90046,
3233662983

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RENAISSANCE INDIAN WELLS OPENS COMPREHENSIVE FITNESS CENTER, PROVIDING EXCLUSIVE NEW ACCESS TO THE INDUSTRY’S MOST ADVANCED TRAINING AND TECHNOLOGIES

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:

 

 

 

 

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

Address: 44400 Indian Wells Ln, Indian Wells, CA 92210

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WHAT’S NEW ON CATALINA ISLAND (Hint: I’m obsessed with them!

July 3, 2018

  Consistently named one of the best island getaways by media outlets nationwide, Catalina Island, located just 22 miles off the Southern California cost, is a unique blend of laid back vibe, rich and historic past, features water and land activities to suit any taste and modern-day amenities and services for every budget.

The island is constantly evolving to offer visitors the best experience, whether it’s to relax and rejuvenate or rev up the action. Following are a few of the new happenings on the island this year. What do you say? C’mon and visit!


photo credit @adventurpro

ESCAPE ROOMS

Ahoy…me hearties! Feel free to dress and talk like a pirate at Catalina Room Escape, one of two new Escape Rooms to open on the island. The Pirate Challenge allows participants one hour to solve a variety of riddles, discover clues and escape from the room. Info: 310.510.2777. CatalinaRoomEscape.

The rules are much the same at Escape Room Catalina. You and your group of two-to-eight confidants have one hour to crack the code, solve the mystery and escape the room. Room themes change with the season, so the company promises they always have fresh puzzles to solve. The company can set up a challenge at their location, or at a hotel room or vacation rental. Info: 310-510-8575. Escape Room Catalina

ADVENTURE ACTIVITIES

Catalina Aerial Adventure is flying high. Be sure to try it to get your adrenalin pumping. The new ropes-and-planks course weaves through a  grove of towering eucalyptus trees deep within Descanso Canyon. Other adventurous activities nearby include  Zip line Eco Tour and  Catalina Climbing Wall.

HIKING

You haven’t seen the real Catalina if you just visit Avalon. Take a hike into the backcountry on the new-and-rehabbed  Trans-Catalina Trail, part of a 165-mile system of recreational roads and hiking trails on the island. Catalina Conservancy has added 27 miles of new trails, refurbished restrooms and is eradicating non-native plants. In other big news for the Conservancy, the  Catalina Trailhead Visitor Center, being built in downtown Avalon, is expected to be completed in late 2018 or early 2019. Info: 310.510.2595 CatalinaConservancy.com

More good news for hikers and backpackers: Catalina Backcountry is operating a concierge service for outdoor enthusiasts. The company will take a load off your back by transporting supplies and equipment. It also offers a naturalist-led hikes, can set up comfort camping or create an adventure expedition. Info: 310.510.1212, Catalina Back Country

TWO HARBORS

Yes, there is a second city on the Island of Catalina. Two Harbors, at the island’s West End, is known for being low-key and rustic. But it has undergone a face-lift, with a new sandy beach, plush palapas, lounge chairs, a group gathering place, food and beverage service on the beach and a small business center. You can take a Catalina Express ferry from San Pedro to Two Harbors. Info: 800.613.1212 Catalina Express; 310.510.4205 Visit Catalina

TOURS

Hope on an eco-friendly bus to tour the island. The all-electric buses are operating on Catalina Island Company tours of Skyline Drive and on Inland Expedition tours. In addition to eliminating the need for diesel or gas, the buses have huge windows, air conditioning and quiet, smooth rides. Info: 877.778.8322, Visit Catalina

About Catalina Island and Catalina Express

Located 22 miles off the coast of Southern California, Catalina Island is accessible by boat from three ports via Catalina Express: San Pedro, Long Beach and Dana Point. Catalina Express offers up to 30 daily departures and year-round service to Avalon and Two Harbors, transporting nearly one million passengers annually. It offers comfortable airline-style seats and grouped table seating. Traveling to Catalina Island in as little as one hour, each vessel was designed and built/purchased specifically for comfort and speed. Catalina Express is an unparalleled resource in Southern California, and one of the world’s most respected ferry fleets. For information and reservations call 800.429.4601, or visit Catalina Express

Catalina Island’s clear blue waters and Mediterranean climate and ambiance are a Shangri-La. The laid-back island town is chock full of places to eat, drink, shop. Catalina has a wealth of natural and cultural resources, unique animals and plants found nowhere else on earth. Sightseeing opportunities are numerous and varied from escorted tours around town, adventure rides into the interior, jeep eco tours, hummer rides, to zip lines, rock climbing and undersea adventures. Independent activities are plentiful, such as camping, hiking, snuba, to diving, snorkeling, kayaking, spa treatments, as well as beach lounging, golf, motor boating, parasailing, fishing, boat rides down the coastline and more.

 

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