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Category: Spas + Salons

Equinox opens in Marina Del Rey

The opening of Equinox Marina Del Rey is a reminder that swimsuit season is fast approaching
If the calendar isn't enough, the location of the Equinox Marina Del Rey, which opened Monday, is more than a sufficient reminder that swimsuit season is fast approaching.

Attention to the fitness club's seaside location starts at the entrance. Aaron Richter, Equinox vice president of design, points out that the check-in desk is made of fiberglass. "An homage to surfing," he said.

The beachy vibe continues throughout the airy, 30,000-square-foot club -- Equinox's 13th in Southern California. Retractable glass doors in the cafe (think roll-up garage doors made of glass) open out to the patio, and there's driftwood-colored paneling on some walls, hand-carved stone reminiscent of waves on the walls outside the men's and women's dressing rooms and cross-cut bamboo flooring in the yoga studio. Instead of a conventional ceiling, the main exercise studio has a room-size skylight, which suffuses the room with light. The cardio and weight areas are flanked by floor-to-ceiling windows.

There's no hiding from the light -- or the knowledge that it's time to get ready for that swimsuit.

13455 Maxella Ave., Marina Del Rey. (310) 306-1000. Open 5:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 5:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Friday; 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.  


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-- Nancie Clare

Photo: The check-in desk at Equinox at Marina Del Rey. Credit: Nancie Clare / Los Angeles Times

Discounts for teachers? We think that idea deserves an A-plus

Graduation season is here and while cards, gifts and attention are lavished upon students who’ve managed to muscle through their classes to completion, it’s also an opportunity to say “thank you” to the teachers who helped them.

And teachers, if you’re ending the year feeling unacknowledged, stressed or tense, there are places in the world of beauty and fashion that are ready to give you a break.

With proper identification, J. Crew, Banana Republic, Ann Taylor Loft and the Limited all offer teachers a 15% discount -- just call to confirm whether an individual store participates.

Some spas and skin clinics also offer teacher specials. Here are a few of the good deals we found:

Glen Ivy Hot Springs
25000 Glen Ivy Road
(888) 453-6489
The admission rate per person is regularly $39, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday; $52 Friday, Saturday, Sunday and holidays. Teachers can receive 15% off admission any day when they show valid ID.  Later this summer, Glen Ivy plans to offer programs and classes with a “back to school” theme, including hair, makeup and skincare workshops and tips on stress relief, work/life balance and lifestyle. The teacher-friendly beauty programs and classes are complimentary with admission this summer.

Kalologie Skincare
317 S. Robertson Blvd.
Los Angeles
(310) 276-9670
Teachers receive 10% off facials, massages and products Monday through Thursday.

La Quinta Resort
49-499 Eisenhower Drive
La Quinta
(800) 598-3828
Teacher Appreciation package valid June 1-Sept. 30, includes two-nights starting at $99 per night, no resort fee, $25 resort credit that can be used toward spa treatments.

If none of these works for you, don’t be shy about calling your local spa or salon to see if it offers discounts. They just might want to say thank you, teachers.

-- Alene Dawson

Photo: Guests relax in a pool at Glen Ivy Hot Springs. Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

Mother's Day Gift: Discounted beauty packages from Ona Spa

Wet-room Still haven't picked up that perfect Mother's Day present? If mama prefers mud wraps and salt scrubs to silk scarves and bling, Ona Spa's Mother's Day packages may fit the bill.

The swanky salon on Beverly Boulevard has put together a menu of mom-inspired beauty services, bundled and discounted for the occasion.

There's the Classic Mom ($145), which includes Ona’s Signature Blue Facial (using seaweed, marine elastin and collagen), eyebrow shaping and a Classic Manicure with an exfoliating hand treatment.

The Mom To Be ($125) is a gift for pregnant women that's comprised of a full body massage adapted to any stage of pregnancy, while the Mom and Me ($294), features two side-by-side 65-minute Ona Smooth Massages (a straight-up Swedish massage style), followed by two blow-outs. 

For the mom who deserves more (or, rather, the son or daughter who can afford it), there's the Mama Mia ($365), which includes an Oxygen Facial, eyebrow shaping, an Ona Stoned Massage with Reflexology (an 80-minute massage that uses smooth heated basalt stones and therapeutic bindi oil) and a Classic Manicure and Pedicure with exfoliating treatments for both hands and feet. 

And, if you bring mom in between May 1 and May 10, the spa will give you a complimentary blow dry. Because it's OK to indulge yourself a little, too.

Ona Spa, 7373 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 931-4442.
-- Emili Vesilind

Photo: A wet room at Ona Spa. Credit: Ona Spa.


Le Posh day spa and salon debuts in West Hollywood


West Hollywood has a brand-new beauty haven — Le Posh, a day spa and salon that boasts a comprehensive, luxury hotel-style menu of services.

The spacious outpost — which is armed with the mission of providing 5-star service at relatively affordable prices — features a salon for hair care and manicures/pedicures, and a full spa, encompassing treatment rooms for facials, waxing and body treatments.

It's also big on the small details, which always heighten a spa or salon experience. There's complimentary Veuve Clicquot champagne, ergonomic chairs throughout and a low-key DJ spinning tunes, to name a few.

Birch trees are a theme throughout — and not only in the wood-accented decor (the salon features a mini birch forest). The spa boasts both a proprietary product line and a series of treatments (i.e. the Signature Seaweed Birch Wrap) that employ the natural ingredient. Birch-infused cream, for example, is used for the spa's Signature Massage.

Prices for treatments and services range from $35 for a no-frills blow out and $45 for the Revitalizing Foot Treatment, to $210 for the Le Posh Signature Facial, which uses Biologique Recherche products.

Le Posh salon and spa, 7551 West Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 851-5558. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

--Emili Vesilind

Photo: The lounge at Le Posh. Credit: Le Posh. 


Bliss throws a spa sale for college kids and discounts products for Labor Day

Bliss Bliss Spa -- which has outposts at the W Hotels in Brentwood and Hollywood -- is reaching out to college set by offering 20% off any single spa service when students present their valid college ID upon checking in. The special will continue through Oct. 30.

But the deals don't end there. The Bliss website is silly with discounted products.

To celebrate Labor Day, the company is offering 20% off all Bliss and Laboratoire Remede products through Sept. 8.

And if gift sets and skincare regimens are what you're after, the company maintains a permanent outlet section on its website that knocks roughly 10% off product sets and duos.

Items on sale include Bliss' Cleanse and Protect Set, down from $57 to $51, and Bliss' Age Defying Duo, down from $123 to $114.

The user-friendly site also has a section specifically for travel-sized products, including the coveted M Cream from boutique skincare line 3Lab -- which, at $19 for .5 ounces, is an astounding bargain considering that a 2-ounce jar sells for $250. Snatch up four jars of the dreamy cream for $76 and you've just saved yourself a whopping $174.

Now that's what we call a Labor Day deal.

-- Emili Vesilind

Photo: Bliss Hot and Unheavy set, $58. Credit: Bliss

The Luxe Beauty Team creates one-stop beauty shop at Warren Tricomi salon

Most hair salons that offer other beauty services usually treat it as an afterthought - think dusty mirrored tables for manicures tucked against a back wall and a menu full of facial treatments that hasn’t seemed to change in decades.

Photo Makeup artists Sarah Uslan and Amy Hollier are giving the idea behind a full-service salon a face-lift with their makeup, mani/pedi, tanning and eyebrow shaping studio set up in the Warren Tricomi salon in West Hollywood.

The 26-year-olds started as mobile makeup artists shellacking the faces of socialites and celebrities before they hit the red carpet. But with at-home service rates being high ($250 and up, per visit) the two wanted to bring the personal attention to the civilian population, hand-picking 7 other artists (from manicurists to spray tanners) to join their Luxe Beauty Team.

At the end of April they started taking appointments at Warren Tricomi and are also at the ready for anyone who wants to get some eyebrow threading after their blow-out or feels they need their face done after their layers are trimmed.

Or, with this being L.A., someone may need that extra touch to get ready for an audition. On the particular morning I was in the salon, a man ran in on his way to a casting where he needed to fit the role of a flamboyant nightclub owner. He plopped down in a chair and two speedy makeup artists applied bronzer, some smudgy eyeliner, painted one of his fingernails black and sent him on his way in 15 minutes.

Uslan and Hollier are also starting to expand into retail territory, carrying a couple of beauty lines (La Rocca and Kevyn Aucoin) as well as selling a few products they select for something they call the “Artist’s Pick,” which can be a favorite blush or on-trend item they carry in their makeup bag and can’t stop using (this month Uslan is loving a fuchsia shade from Lipstick Queen and Hollier likes a peachy-orange blush from Paul and Joe).

Anything the artists use in their makeup kits are also for sale if a customer likes it, but unlike a department store, the ladies use a wide array of products from dozens of lines and have no sales quota to meet, alleviating the usual pressure that comes along with department store counters.

But even though the goal is to have a wide array of services at the ready, don’t expect anything that doesn’t fall in line with the taste level of their Luxe Beauty vision, meaning no French manicured acrylic tips a la "Real Housewives" or oompa-loompa orange tanning inspired by "Jersey Shore."

Luxe Beaty is located inside Warren Tricomi salon, 8327 Melrose Ave.

Prices range from $30 for a manicure to $60 for full body tanning and $100 for makeup application.

-- Melissa Magsaysay

Photo: Left to right - Sarah Uslan and Amy Hollier/courtesy of Luxe Beauty

Events: Mother's Day at Juicy Couture, Trina Turk plus salon and spa specials

Juicy couture shirt Events

This Saturday (May 8), Juicy Couture is celebrating Mother's Day with an in-store party at its Beverly Hills flagship. Complimentary treats offered with "sweet" Juicy men. Spend $100 and get a Juicy Couture for Nice Moms T-shirt for $5 that goes to Baby Buggy, which provides infant necessities to needy families.

421 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills. (310) 205-2970. Noon to 4 p.m.

On Saturday (May 8), Trina Turk and friend "Good Day LA" host Jillian Barberie Reynolds celebrate Mother's Day with a day of shopping and pampering, including complimentary manicure. Mocktails will be sipped. A percentage of proceeds from day sales will be donated to the Breast Cancer Charities of America. Complimentary valet parking provided along with a special take-home gift. RSVP to

8008 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles. (323) 651-1382. 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
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Relax: Here are some spa treatment ideas for Mother's Day

Tikkun holistic spa

Earlier this week, we offered up some affordable last-minute Mother's Day gift ideas. Before that, we were a bit more subtle when we devoted last Sunday's Image section to jewelry. But for those still stressing on what to get, our friends at the Hot List offer up a few spa treatment suggestions.

Included on their list is Tikkun Holistic Spa in Santa Monica (pictured above), which writer lets Mom "choose between a Swedish massage or Detox Facial (60 minutes, $75, regularly $95), a Body Scrub-Swedish Massage-Detox Facial Combo ($195, regularly $255) or the Mother & Daughter Special, featuring a traditional Korean body scrub, oil massage, cucumber facial, shampoo, hair treatment and milk rinse (90 minutes, $250 for two, regularly $320)."

Haven't gotten all the spa news you knead? Then check this Sunday's Image section for more on the L.A. day spa scene. 

-- Whitney Friedlander

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Photo: Tikkun Holistic Spa. Credit: Keith Skelton

Bliss Spa's circa-1966 VW bus spreads the love about bikini waxing

REAR PASSENGER SIDE Bliss Spa, which recently opened its second L.A. location inside the W Hotel in Hollywood, is hoping to allay the fears of first-time bikini-waxers.

The spa chain, which also has an outpost at the W Hotel in Westwood, is offering 20% off your very first bikini wax from now through April 30 at all Bliss spas. Getting the discount is easy -- just drop the subtle code word, "virgin," when booking your appointment.

And to spread the word that getting your lady parts smooth-ified isn't as scary as it sounds, the spa has been driving its signature circa-1966, baby-blue Volkswagen bus all around town this week, giving out spa samples and offers. (No, no waxing takes place inside the bus; that would be beyond creepy.)

Today, the big blue will be parked at Universal Studios from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.; at Ventura Boulevard at the mouth of Laurel Canyon from 2 p.m to 3 p.m.; then at the Farmers Market on La Cienega Boulevard and 18th Street from 3:45 p.m. to 6 p.m.; and, finally, at the Grove shopping center from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Friday's schedule is equally jampacked with the bus spreading the love at the Santa Monica Pier from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.; then at Venice Beach from 3:30 p.m to 5 p.m.; and in downtown Culver City from 5:45 p.m. to 8 p.m.

-- Emili Vesilind

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Photo: Bliss' 1966 VW promo bus. Credit: Bliss

Kinara Spa offers Oscar nominees and presenters a free day of beauty

Kinara "We are a good luck charm," said Olga Lorencin-Northrup, owner of West Hollywood's Kinara Spa. "When nominees come to us, they win."

But then the proprietor -- who's been inviting Oscar nominees and presenters for a full day of free beauty treatments leading up to the big awards show for six years now -- already has a sizable celebrity clientele, including Halle Berry, Reese Witherspoon, Annette Bening and Helen Mirren (who, indeed, indulged in services at Kinara before her best actress win in 2007 for "The Queen").

Lorencin-Northrup, who opened Kinara in 2003, is tight-lipped about who will be sauntering through her frosted glass doors in the next two days, but said she is always surprised by how many celebrities take her up on her invite, which includes a gratis Red Carpet Facial (defined by a skin-smoothing lactic-acid-based exfoliation process), body treatment and Red Carpet Manicure and Pedicure (featuring hand and feet "masks" full of exfoliating peptides and red algae).

She considers the gift a "thank you" to the industry that has helped her business thrive -- noting, "It's like our Thanksgiving for Hollywood."

-- Emili Vesilind

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Photo: Inside a treatment room at Kinara. Credit: Kinara


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