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Hayley Woods
Hayley Woods is not a facialist. To be clear, Woods does facials—and exceptional ones at that—but she prefers the title therapeutic skin coach. To be clear, a treatment with Woods is as much a holistic body assessment as it is a facial treatment, thanks to her knowledge of the gut and how an imbalanced one can manifest as a blemish. Woods is also a licensed reiki practitioner, facial reflexologist, and of course, aesthetician—and the combination of all of the above leads to some unique treatments. (There are many to choose from but we recommend the Sonage facial.) Woods's touch is so gentle and so light that one goop staffer actually fell asleep during the extractions. Extractions! All of this dermalogical magic happens within the cozy living room of the non-toxic specialist’s Beechwood Canyon house.
VEDA
606 Westmount Dr., West Hollywood
Good Ayurveda spots are a rarity, and the newly opened Veda in West Hollywood tops the list. Their approach centers around the ancient healing modalities of Ayurveda and Panchakarma in space that evokes a modern and organic aesthetic. Appointments start with an in-depth consultation for Veda’s experienced practitioners to assess what treatment will best serve you. We loved experiencing Shirodhara—streams of warm oil pour onto the portion of the forehead known as the “third eye”, which is said to help stimulate an overall sense of calm. Conveniently there are post-treatment showers in the back, but, we like to keep the oil on for an added nourishing dose of calming aromatherapy.
The GREAT
8575 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood
Designers Emily Current and Merritt Elliott are known for their denim line Current/Elliott. In 2015, they launched the GREAT., a vintage-inspired line of denim, embroidered sweatshirts, and super soft tees. The 1,800-square-foot space sits on a well-trafficked stretch of Melrose Avenue, and features plenty of thoughtful details: Fixtures are inspired by antique brass buttons and rivets on denim, Venetian Murano glass chandeliers hang overhead, and there’s a wall lined with hand-painted green Moroccan tile—a nod to the brand’s signature army jackets. Another visual coup is the wallcovering, done in collaboration with Portola paint, and meant to resemble timeworn denim. There’s the core line, for which they’re best known, but there are also lots of one-offs: a hand-selected assortment of vintage clothes and jewelry, plus little things that make great gifts, like perfume from Coqui Coqui, embroidered bandanas, and beautifully wrapped sage bundles.
Body by Nonna
8981 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood
A one-time Olympic hopeful for the Ukranian gymnastics team, Nonna Gleyzer has an innate understand of how to stretch the human body to the limits of its potential. She’s also part of a long lineage of Kabbalistic Rabbis, so she understands some of the more nebulous stuff, too. While she can certainly work you out on a Cadillac (and does so with many of Hollywood’s leading ladies and men), you really go to Nonna for her capacity to immediately identify areas that are unbalanced and out-of-harmony, whether it’s postural or emotional (or both), and then set them right. She is a rare talent. While she has an unassuming studio in West Hollywood, she also occasionally does house calls.
Pigsty Studio
Venice, CA
If you’re going to open a flower company, you might call it something sweet and whimsical. If you’re going to open a flower company with wit and irreverence, you might call it Pigsty. Which is exactly what Hope Sword did. Sword’s wild and free-flowing florals have accented many of goop's haunts in California, including Little Prince and Jenni Kayne. When this Venice-based doyenne’s not tucking in a Malibu/Santa Barbara/Palm Springs wedding tent, she’s sprinkling her zero-waste bouquets in the windows, tables, and rafters of local eateries and boutiques. (You can also stock up on Pigsty’s sleeves of blooms at the Butcher’s Daughter, the Waterfront Café, Rainbow Acres, and more—weekly.) And when she’s doing none of the above, she’s usually foraging the California hills for grasses, poppies, passionfruit vines—anything green, wild, and beautiful. Sword's arrangements are nontraditional—imagine mashups of dahlias, garden roses, protea, ranunculus. And they're so rich with shape and quirky personality, you may catch yourself waving back at one of the hand-shaped leaves in her bouquets. She's hyperattentive to detail but also flexible when working with clients. After all, it takes a certain level of vision…
Holiday House
200 W. Arenas Rd., Palm Springs
Holiday House isn't particularly posh (honor bar in place of room service). And it isn't over-the-top luxurious (no spa here). What it is, however, is one of the most comfortable, and, like its name suggests, happy places to spend a weekend in Palm Springs. It looks like a revamped motel—an achingly chic, fun, cool revamped motel—set up a block behind the main drag of the city. The twenty-eight rooms and the surrounding property (pool, café-slash-bar, lounge area) are purposefully intimate. The pretty, blue-themed rooms—most with retro kitchenettes—look like they belong in Mykonos or Santorini; a breath of fresh air in the arid desert heat. Best of all, you can catch sweeping views of mountains and towering palms from pretty much every corner of the perfctly manicured property. Note: this is an adults-only place, so leave the kiddos with grandma.
Sands Hotel & Spa
44-985 Province Way, Indian Wells
Including this gem of a hotel in the Palm Springs guide is technically cheating. You have to go to Indian Wells, about 30 minutes outside PS, to soak up the Moroccan splendor that is this compound of 46 rooms, cabana-surrounded pool, unapologetically pretty restaurant, and small-but-mighty spa. There isn't much to explore in the town itself, which is just fine: this is a self-contained luxury retreat for those looking to stay put and disconnect. The light salmon tone that pervades the grounds gives you the impression that you're always looking through rose colored glasses. The rooms are done in gentle tones of blue, with massive bathrooms, complete with the kind of soaking tubs that keep you from getting to whatever you have planned. Don't be afraid to take all your meals at The Pink Cabana (find an abridged version of the Mediterranean dishes on the room service menu), everything from the amlou tartine for breakfast to the meze plate for lunch to the harissa chicken for dinner, is just that good. The spa has three treatment rooms, each one prettier than the next. Any of the masages are a…
Floom
A bouquet of wildflowers and roses landed on the desk of a goop editor recently, and everyone in the office gaped. The light pink and yellow flowers were stunningly arranged and so fresh you could smell them ten desks away. It was the Platonic ideal of a bouquet—thoughtful and artistic and perfect. This was our first introduction to FLOOM, a relatively new online floral-delivery service. It was founded by Paris-born Lana Elie, who has held creative roles at high-end luxury brands across the globe. The service is incredibly streamlined. The site is easy to navigate and the arrangements come looking exactly how you order them. The service works with local floral designers in both New York and Los Angeles to make sure everything is fresh and delivered intact.
Aldea Home & Baby
3825 Main St., Culver City
It’s perfectly logical that after nurturing a thriving community of parents and kids in San Francisco’s Mission District, kid’s store Aldea founder Johanna Bialkin would set her sights on an equally family-oriented LA neighborhood: Culver City. That’s because community is just as big a part of the Aldea ethos as sustainability (most toys, clothes, and furniture reside on the eco-friendly spectrum), creativity (there are things here we’ve never seen anywhere else), and aesthetics (Oeuf, Monte, and Aelfie are just a few of the design-y brands on offer). There are weekly wine nights (for parents), story time (for kids), mommy-and-me yoga classes, live music, and more (for parents and kids). Walk through shelves upon shelves of giftables and Iittle nooks you’ll want to lift directly from the store and plop in your home as is—and the good news is that you totally can, by setting up an Aldea registry.
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