5 Best Westside Spas for Mother’s Day

5 Best Westside Spas for Mother’s Day

What do Mothers want for Mother’s Day? Short answer: Relaxation and me time… Or, as we like to call it, a spa day. If you’ve been scrolling through Yelp wondering which is the best Westside spa for Mother’s Day, or if you’re simply scratching your scalp trying to find the perfect gift for your Mom, then you are in the right place.

This year we got together a group of Moms and asked them “which are the 5 best Westside spas for Mother’s Day?”. Below we’ve listed them.

Burke Williams

Mom will feel: Serene, peaceful
Perfect if she loves: Quiet, nurturing, European style spas
Price Range: $$$
Treatment time: All day

Burke Williams Spa is the classic Day-Spa choice for many women in the Westside. This European, dimly-lit space has various baths (both silent and social), private massage rooms, and a reading nook with coffee and fruit too. You can enjoy just a massage, or indulge in the the all-day Spa facilities too. Though this place is on the more expensive end of the Spa spectrum, it is absolutely worth it for the many hours of luxury and relaxation that is on offer here.

Learn more about Burke Williams here.

Hideko Spa

Mom will feel: elegant, pampered
Perfect if she loves: Japanese hospitality, luxury, grace, Japanese tea
Price Range: $$
Treatment time: Typically 1.5 hours

A Japanese luxury spa, Hideko is a modest yet elegant space that offers unparalleled hospitality and grace. With a deluxe Japanese massage experience, the spa uses only organic products and materials, including oils, woods, scrubs, wraps, and refreshments. After your massage you can enjoy your own private bath in a luxury tub adjacent to your massage room, as well as warm cup of herbal tea and a selection of Japanese cakes.

Learn more about Hideko Spa here.

Cryo Healthcare

Mom will feel: Energized
Perfect if she loves: Fitness, Biohacking, a less traditional wellness experience
Price: $
Treatment time: Typically 1 hour

Notoriously loved by Mom of three, Demi Moore and Mom of five, Tori Spelling, the Cryo Healthcare facility provides a uniquely elegant Cryotherapy experience on the Westside. Originating from Japan, Cryotherapy has quickly gained popularity with the ever-expanding biohacking community. Known for its immediate energizing effects Cryotherapy is the perfect gift for any Mom who likes keeping up with trends, and trying new things.

Before booking make sure you check out the list of medical conditions that determine your Mom’s suitability to the treatment.

Find out more about Cryo Healthcare here.

Raven Spa

Mom will feel: Healed and opened up
Perfect if she loves: Thai Massage, acupuncture
Price Range: $$
Treatment time: 1.5 hours

The Raven Spa is a sweet oceanside spa that is nestled in the side streets of Santa Monica. It specializes in Thai massage yet also offers an impressive menu of alternative treatments like acupuncture, infrared saunas, and Reiki. If your Mom prefers deep tissue massages with a focus on relieving tension and muscle soreness then this is the place for her!

Learn more about The Raven Spa here.

Willow Spa

Mom will feel: Grounded
Perfect if she loves: Soft touch, energy healing, Asian-inspired spaces
Price Range: $$
Treatment time: Typically 2 hours

Willow Spa offers a tropical Spa experience for any Mom who wants to indulge in soft healing. Nestled in a renovated home, WIllow Spa is the perfect haven-away-from-home for any Mom who wants to experience massage with a spiritual focus. There are a number of specialized treatments at Willow Spa–from their Blooming Lotus Massage (a treatment specifically designed for pregnant women), to their Reiki practice (an ancient healing technique used by the Tibetans to enhance the flow of life-energy), to Shiatsu (a Japanese method of unlocking energy in your body by using the meridians of your body).

Learn more about Willow Spa here.

Groom + Beauty: Grooming In the GoldenHour

Groom + Beauty: Grooming In the GoldenHour

For National Men’s Grooming Day, it was important to me that I find a grooming service worthy of publication. It had to be memorable, it had to be satisfying, it had to be “Golden”. I also threw in a convenience factor as I wanted to be sure it was in the San Fernando Valley being that I reside in North Hollywood. Thankfully, I didn’t have to travel too far as I was directed over to GoldenHour in Sherman Oaks. Owned and operated by young entrepreneur, Jalon Webster, GoldenHour takes pride in being the Valley’s best men’s grooming experience available because they hold themselves up to the highest standards in town.

The vibe of GoldenHour is established as soon as you walk into the shop from  the minimalist design with street art accents along with a music playlist that sets the mood to unwind.  Jalon says, “We like to take you away from the hustle and bustle of the outside world and bring you to a place of serenity within the shop. We utilize curated playlists to set the tone with music. Then pairing our full service haircuts with our men’s manicures, pedicures, or facials allows for an experience that is truly ‘Golden’. I believe you have to give to yourself before you can give to others. The more you give to yourself, the more you can give to others.

I received a fresh haircut from Jalon himself and a professional manicure from the on-site aesthetician and nail tech. The signature haircut also called “The Golden Hour” takes a complete 60 minutes because Jalon focuses on precision and giving his clients the best treatment available. He attributes his skill to the time he’s spent cutting hair altogether. “I’ve been cutting hair for over 14 years, which is more than half of my life. I love what I do and I love interacting with people. There’s something very therapeutic about getting a great haircut, and I want to stick to the old school idea that I’m not just your barber, but I’m also a type of therapist when you’re in my chair.

It’s no wonder why GoldenHour has been able to establish itself as prime location for male grooming. Their services have garnered a celebrity clientele that includes the likes of Sarunas Jackson, Shannon Sharpe, Andre Berto, Donovan Carter, Omar Bolden, Duke Ihenacho, and more.
The flagship Sherman Oaks location opened in March 2018, but GoldenHour has been in operation for 2 years servicing the San Fernando Valley area. They take pride in being a local business as Jalon is a Valley native. “I love that I get to operate my passion in this community. I even celebrate the Valley on “818 Day” which is on August 18th, as a means to commemorate our famous area code. We make it a community effort, and I’m proud of this town.
GoldenHour is located at 14084 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA 91423 and accepts appointments via their booking site HERE.

Make sure to follow them on Instagram as well at @goldenhourgrooming.

Groom + Beauty: Keeping Your Hair with SeroVital Hair Regeneres

Groom + Beauty: Keeping Your Hair with SeroVital Hair Regeneres

I’m still on a very specific search for the best products and regimens relating to hair thinning/loss prevention. Within my own personal circles, I’ve come across other men my age struggling with the same concerns about hair loss, so I felt like I could find something of value in my search not only for myself, but for my peers and the thousands of people across America looking for a solution that works best for them.

Launching this Summer is SeroVital Hair Regeneres, a combination treatment of supplemental capsules through their Hair & Scalp Revitalizing Corrector and the topical Advanced Hair Thickening Serum comprising of SeroVital’s trademarked proprietary compound called Chromaviv. The two-step system features a dietary ingredient that delivers melanin to the hair roots and a topical serum that impacts the scalp environment with external bioactives. I’ll be undergoing a trial using this product to see just how much my personal hair thinning decreases. I’m personally very excited to see any results and share SeroVital Hair Regeneres with our readers as a solution.

This is a unisex product that also works on the reversal of graying hair. SeroVital Hair Regeneres will be available online in July retailing at $99 for a 30-day supply, with a full release to national retailers August 2018. Check out more at www.SeroVitalHair.com

Groom + Beauty: The Kiehl’s Man Fuels Up

Groom + Beauty: The Kiehl’s Man Fuels Up

     

Summer is well underway, and men, I’ve seen the glory as it pertains to products for retaining youthful, well-moisturized skin this season. Kiehl’s partnered with Equinox in Century City to provide a media preview to two of their latest products within their Facial Fuel & Body Fuel Lines.

  • Eye Fuel – Due to its thin, fragile skin, the eye contour is often the first area of the face to show signs of
    fatigue. Kiehl’s instantly cooling under-eye formula provides weightless hydration and refreshing
    relief for tired-looking eyes. With continued use, the formula with Caffeine and Vitamin B3 helps
    reduce the appearance of puffiness and dark circles. Fuel up after a long flight or a long night.
  • Body Fuel Antiperspirant & Deodorant – Kiehl’s delivers on its first ever global roll-on antiperspirant deodorant and provides 48-hour protection against sweat and odor. The quick-dry formula with Caffeine, Vitamin C and Zinc glides on easily without sticking.

So far, I can attest that both product samples we received are holding up to the standard of Kiehls’ brand quality that they’ve maintained for years. To further that claim, both are the perfect additions to these lines as the rest of the Facial & Body Fuel collection is particularly pleasing, with my favorite items being the No-Shine Moisturizing Lip Balm, the Energizing Face Wash, and the Facial Fuel Energizing Moisture Treatment.

What Kiehl’s is doing is starting a movement with their products and you can follow it on social via their #FindYourFuel hashtag.

Additionally, make sure to check out our media preview’s supporting partners who treated us so well during the product introduction before and after our Athletic Conditioning session at Equinox Century City.

    

            

Shirts by lululemon; athletic socks by Bombas; water bottles by Takeya; catering by SweetGreen; iced coffee by La Colombe; beverages from Beaming & Dirty Lemon, and health bars by Nutshell.

Make sure to follow Kiehl’s on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, SnapChat, and YouTube, and shop the whole collection HERE.

      

This edition of Groom + Beauty review courtesy of @jPinNotes and @MrScott10

The Eyes of Cannabis: Q&A with Cannapreneur, Sarah McDaniel

The Eyes of Cannabis: Q&A with Cannapreneur, Sarah McDaniel

With cannabis now legal in Southern California, there’s no question the industry is booming and a new wave off entrepreneurs are emerging. We sat down with “cannapreneur” Sarah McDaniel to discuss her CBD- based skincare line Walagoot, which was born from from her own struggle with clear skin as a working model and actor. We also spoke to her about her upcoming on camera roles and stop animation projects she is producing. Check out the full Q&A below! 

Q:  You’re a California local, correct? Tell us how you got your start in modeling and acting. 

A: Yes, I was born in Northern California then lived in San Diego and Calabasas and now near Oxnard. I actually got discovered as model through Instagram. When I was seventeen, I began posting modeling type shots to Instagram and this was before “influencers” was really a big thing yet. I started to build a following and caught the attention of photographer and videographer

I’ve always had a passion for filmmaking and recently acted in a psychological thriller, Perfect, alongside Abbie Cornish and Leonardo Nam which premiered at the 2018 SXSW Festival in Austin, TX. The film will also be premiering here in Los Angeles this fall.

Q: California is among the first states to legalize marijuana. The cannabis industry has since taken off. Tell us about your interest in Cannabis and your upcoming skincare line. 

A: Growing up, I used to struggle with acne and eczema.It just makes you feel so conscious of your skin. Worrying if people notice I would even lose modeling and acne jobs because of my skin and it took a lot of my confidence away. After trying Accutane, over-the-counter medication and every fad on the market with no results, I knew there had to be something else. At the time, I was aware of cannabis recreationally and knew it had some medical applications. I began doing research and eventually contacted a friend in Colorado who recommended isolate which is CBD in a crystal form. It had some positive affects but I wanted something stronger so I began experimenting with the full spectrum of CBD oils along with coconut, jojoba and other oils. Eventually I found the right blend and my skincare line, Walagoot, was born!

Q: What has been the biggest challenges you face in your business so far? 

A: I’m a young female in the cannabis and entertainment industry which brings a unique set of challenges.  To be able to pose in lingerie or act in a horror film while also having a huge passion for behind the scenes business and creating its hard to command authority in two polar opposite worlds. A lot of what you say gets overlooked and its hard to be heard but theres always a way to find sucess if you’re committed enough.

Q: You also work behind the camera as a content creator. Tell us about your latest projects. 

A: I’ve recently been working in stop-motion animation. I created a rabbit character known as “The Professor” which was produced in partnership with Movie Mountain Studios. We are now working on a cyclops character for our next short. I was originally considering creating the cyclops for a comic book but I’ve found through my work as an influencer that people engage better with video content. Stop motion is a very expensive and time consuming way to make a film but I really love it and hope to continue working in this medium.

I also put out a variety of video and photography content on my Instagram. You can follow me @krotchy.

Q: And what are your long-term goals with your cannabis line? 

A: For my CBD line, I’d eventually like to expand from topicals to more medicinal tinctures for things like bone density, migraines, and eventually herbal chemo. I’d really like to use my knowledge of CBD oil to help people medically, and work toward creating cancer preventatives.

Q: Please share with us your SoCal Must Haves

Fav Restaurant:  FACE restaurant is the best in Ojai 

Fav Spot to Create Content:  Favorite place to create content is in my bathtub
Fav Area of this City:  Favorite area of the city is my friends house in Malibu canyon
     
Groom + Beauty: Breaking Down Skin, Hair, and Lifestyle

Groom + Beauty: Breaking Down Skin, Hair, and Lifestyle

If you were to go into your bathroom and took the time to write out an inventory log of your weekly regimen products, what do you think it would look like? Are you a beauty minimalist, or do you have an endless amount of products that you sometimes don’t even know what to do with? Trust us, it happens. With Groom + Beauty we like to celebrate all approaches to lifestyle routines and highlight items no matter how simple or complex they can be. What works for one person can be the complete opposite for another, which is the root of why this series exists and why sometimes you can gain some insight when looking through someone else’s daily process. Our Groom + Beauty editors, Chanelle Renee and Joshua P. both have different skin types, hair textures, and overall maintenance routines, but they wanted to highlight a few items from each other’s stock of products that they would switch out in their daily routine and hopefully find something new that they wouldn’t have considered before. Check out their list below:

 

1.  First up is Organic to Green. Two items from this line are the AIR Organic Eucalyptus Aromatherapy Spray, which can be used in any room, and the Arctic Coco Shea Vanilla for Skin + Lip Moisturizer Balm. What we particularly love about this brand is that everything is organic, vegan, and eco-friendly, on top of the fact that several of their products are artisan-made. (Retail $16 – $36)


2.  The DETOX Blue Clay & Eucalyptus Soaking Salts by Herbivore Botanicals are amazing because it infuses bath water with vitamins and minerals. Naturally scented with Eucalyptus and Lavender for a cleansing, refreshing aromatherapeutic soaking experience. (Retail $18)


3.  The BOURBON Fragrance from the Bath & Body Works Men’s Body Care Collection is by far quite the fan favorite of this retailer. The collection was created for men, but women appreciate the scent just as much as the guys do. (Retail $12.50 – $34.50)


4.  EDEN BodyWorks has a Coconut Shea Leave In Conditioner that both of us fell in love with. It’s a daily conditioning treatment formulated with one of nature’s best moisturizers, Coconut Oil, to penetrate and revitalize tresses. Blended with Shea butter to seal in moisture. Sulfate free formula is safe for color treated, chemically treated, curly, or straight hair. We love that it’s super affordable and available at so many beauty retailers. (Retail $8.99)


5.  A staple in American beauty products, MARY KAY offers their Skinvigorate™ Cleansing Brush, a lightweight, two-speed power brush that gently massages as it thoroughly cleans skin, removing residue, dirt and makeup in seconds. The brush is gentle enough for sensitive skin while still providing maximum cleansing results. (Retail $50)


6. A good moisturizer should be in anyone’s regimen, especially in SoCal. We particularly took a liking the Oil-Free Moisturizer from Baxter of California. This best-selling moisturizer features aloe vera and chamomile extracts to soothe inflammation while green tea extract hunts down and eliminates free radicals to keep skin healthy, hydrated and youthful. (Retail $26)


7. Lastly, our friends at LATHER created an amazing Bamboo Lemongrass Foaming Body Scrub that we just can’t get enough of. Formulated with exfoliating powdered bamboo, this foaming, cleansing body scrub gently sloughs away calloused or flaky skin. Sea algae extracts, herbal extracts and almond proteins are used to lift away impurities while leaving skin soft and supple. (Retail $39)

UVO – Drink your Sun Protection

UVO – Drink your Sun Protection

One of the perks of working for a magazine is you sometimes receive free samples, and recently, a box of 30 packets of powdered vitamins showed up on my doorstep. Meet UVO – the first drinkable sunblock. This little dynamo packet was formulated by Board Certified Dermatologist, Bobby Awadalla MD. to circumvent negative short and long-term effects of the sun’s harmful UV rays. UVO is the first vitamin supplement specifically formulated to help protect and repair your skin from the inside out. I place the powder in a bottle – add water – shake it well – and drink throughout the day. With an orange-peach flavor, it tastes great, and I feel like my skin has improved over the last few weeks while I’ve been using UVO. (Don’t drink on an empty stomach if you’re sensitive).

Yes, winter is headed our way, but in So Cal that doesn’t mean no sunshine. And perhaps your skin needs a boost after a summer of tanning? Plus, with no adverse effects, UVO is good for your entire body – so why not give it a try?

  • No Preservatives
  • No Artificial Flavors
  • 30+ Vitamins, Antioxidants and Phytonutrients Scientifically Proven to Work
  • Does Not Contain Chemicals Found In Sunscreen
  • Gluten Free
  • Vegan
  • Non-GMO
  • For more info click here
Heatwave Tips from Skin Expert, Cheryl Cotton

Heatwave Tips from Skin Expert, Cheryl Cotton

With this week’s heatwave, we wanted to approach our skincare regimen in the best, healthiest way possible. We spoke with skincare expert and licensed esthetician , Cheryl Cotton, who wanted to share her tips on taking care of your skin and protecting it from Southern California heat.

To keep your skin glowing in the SoCal heat, I usually stick to four principles that help protect you from the harsh Sun, particularly for delicate skin.

Stay Hydrated
By far, one of the most important things you can do for your skin (and your body) this summer. Drink lots of water throughout the day. Coconut Water is great for your skin. Also, try to snack on foods with high water content such as watermelon, cantaloupe, and strawberries.

 

 

 

Give Yourself a Boost of Vitamin-C
Vitamin-C is extremely nourishing for the skin. As a natural antioxidant and skin brightener, Vitamin-C shields your skin from environmental stresses and significantly improves hydration. It also helps promote collagen production which will keep your skin looking younger, longer!

 

 

 

Choose the Right Sunscreen
Zinc-oxide mineral sunscreens provide the best sun protection and help prevent wrinkles and uneven skin tone. Make sure you are using an SPF30 or above. Reapply every 2 hours, and keep in mind that the sun’s rays are strongest between 10 am and 2 pm. This is the perfect opportunity to rock a hat with a pair of sunglasses.

 

 

Avoid Wearing Heavy Make-Up
You have enough wreaking havoc on your skin from the sun, sweat, and excess oil production. The last thing you want to do is suffocate your skin with a layer of heavy make-up. A little eyeliner, mascara, and lip gloss is all you need. Let your skin breathe and be free!

 

 

 


Cheryl Cotton has been a licensed Esthetician for 10 years and was certified by the State Board of California. She received advanced aesthetics training from the world-renowned International Dermal Institute and is certified by PCA Skin in Advanced Chemical Peels. Her career in skincare was stemmed from her teenage years when she suffered from Acne and would feel very self-conscious during that time. She began researching treatments and causes of acne, and became fascinated with skin care and how the skin functions. She knew immediately that she had found her passion and all she wanted to do from that point moving forward was to help as many people as possible live acne-free.