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Beverly Hills

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Dr. Nigma Talib at the Four Seasons Hotel Beverly Hills
300 S. Doheny Dr., Beverly Hills
Naturopathic doctor Nigma Talib is something of a legend, and for good reason. A session with her starts with face mapping, where she takes a long look at your skin to discover what’s happening within (dairy-, wine-, and sugar-face are all common diagnoses). She uses blood tests, stool samples, and a deep but gentle line of questioning to get at underlying issues before she works her magic. You’ll walk out of the treatment room looking fresh and renewed but note that these are no ordinary facials or one-off treatments. Dr. Talib gives each of her patients “homework” —lifestyle and dietary changes to make and maintain for long-term healthy, beautiful skin.
Skin Worship
9001 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills
We go here for gua sha treatments (an ancient massage technique in which a rose quartz tool is smoothed across the face for brightening, smoothing effects), microneedling, facial cupping, microdermabrasion, and more. The mother of all treatments, though, is the Transformational Facial Ceremony, two hours of skin-energizing, pore-refining, high-vibrational bliss. You start off lying on a healing infrared-heated BioMat embedded with amethyst crystals. Then comes a triple microexfoliation session, followed by LED light therapy, nourishing serums, and ointments galore, topped off with a thirty-minute chakra healing treatment.
Sonya Dakar Skin Clinic
9975 S. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills
Legendary aesthetician Sonya Dakar’s famously firm touch (she uses more than a little elbow grease) is in full force at her gorgeous five-story clinic. Her team of aestheticians are masters at restoring balance to even the most finicky complexions with a menu of phytic acid peels (derived from legumes, phytic acid is packed with antioxidants), healing infrared therapies, and more. The Total Lift facial is especially fantastic: Radiofrequency heats collagen fibers for an awesome tightening effect. Post-facial, there’s nothing better than hanging out on the clinic’s roof deck overlooking Beverly Hills while sipping one of the protein smoothies.
Armadillo & Co.
8715 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills
You likely don’t spend much time thinking about rugs. And why should you? Jodie Fried and Sally Pottharst do it for you. In 2009, they launched Armadillo & Co., a line of rugs handwoven by artisan weavers in India. The rugs are known for being incredibly soft—and truly meant for living. In fact, Pottharst and Fried—who has three young kids at home—personally wear-test each of the rug styles before sending them to market. The Beverly Hills flagship is the first US retail and showroom space for the brand, so it’s meant to be a place where customers can come in, review samples, see pieces in situ, and ultimately customize the rug-buying experience based on what they need.
Momed
233 S. Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills
With an outpost in Atwater Village and another in Beverly Hills, Momed has both sides of LA covered. The focus here is on the zesty, refreshing North African and Mediterranean soups, salads, mezze, and mains that are so well suited to the soupy Los Angeles heat. We’re partial to the Beverly Hills location—super casual with small tables running the length of the deli-style bar—which is an ideal spot for a healthy lunch that doesn’t break the bank. The chicken souvlaki (a Greek word for anything grilled on a skewer) is doused in a citrusy sumac vinaigrette with tomatoes, a scattering of herbs, and some lavash to mop up the chickpea aioli.
Shorty Yoga
333½ S. Robertson Blvd., Beverly Hills
Kids are tiny balls of energy. Yoga burns energy. Put the two together and you have Shorty Yoga. Picking the right class is blessedly easy. There are three: one for preschoolers, one for elementary-school-aged kids and up, and one called Mamastay, for the under-two set and their caretakers. The space is cute but not cutesy, meaning that you won’t mind hanging out while your child is busy learning simple positions, dancing, and letting loose. (La Colombe coffee and free Wi-Fi also help.)
West Coast Music
9595 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills
Jim Eppolito has been running his full-service production company for over two decades: He knows what he’s doing. West Coast Music specializes in what the company describes as “record-industry quality” music for events—which could be as large as the Golden Globes or as small as an intimate wedding for less than a hundred guests. The company has relationships with big-name talent like Bruno Mars and Stevie Wonder, as well as full orchestras, dance troupes, bands, and DJs.
Casa Perfect
address upon request, Beverly Hills
When David Alhadeff first opened the Future Perfect in Williamsburg, he made waves by selling contemporary, well-designed furniture and small home goods by young, totally unknown designers. Nowadays, the store has grown up a bit and moved to Manhattan (Alhadeff added a store in San Francisco, too), highlighting the work of talented designers both burgeoning and established, mixed together and contextualized in a home-like setting. Last year, Alhadeff opened a West Coast showroom in a mid-century modern LA villa in the Hollywood Hills, and now it's moved to a new location—a Trousdale Estates house that Elvis Presley previously called home. The sprawling space, designed in 1958 by architect Rex Lotery, has serious Hockney vibes, in addition to floor-to-ceiling windows throughout. Look for lighting by Lindsey Adelman and furnishings by Piet Hein and Neri & Hu for De La Espada. Visits to Casa Perfect are by appointment only and you'll be given the exact address upon confirmation. Photos: (c) Pia Riverola.
Avalon Hotel
9400 W. Olympic Blvd., Beverly Hills
Originally called the Beverly Carlton when it opened its doors back in 1949, the Avalon was recently remodeled by LA designer Kelly Wearstler to become the ultimate staycation spot in Beverly Hills. (Visitors should consider staying here, too, but it’s the locals who are especially psyched for somewhere fun to escape for a night or two.) The mid-century modern décor takes you back to a time when Marilyn Monroe called this boutique hotel her home. The pool and cabanas are a great place to relax with a mimosa in hand—even the guest rooms feel light and airy. Because of the emphasis on outdoor space, it may be best to plan your stay during the warmer spring or summer season.
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