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West Coast living for East Coast dwellers … the best of what to do the next time you’re in California.

Best of the Bay

It really is easy to leave your heart in San Francisco … a recent trip reaffirmed my love affair with the Bay area. Down-to-earth locals, a vibrant social scene and an indescribable spirit make it hard to say goodbye.

I stayed at the environmentally friendly InterContinental San Francisco, which is dedicated to sustainable hospitality and is LEED-gold certified. Not to mention the incomparable service and amenities so good that it’s the choice of President Obama when he’s in town.

While there, I also enjoyed one of the best meals I’ve ever eaten. Chef Adam Tortosa served up a truly orgasmic culinary experience that I will never forget at the new 1760 Restaurant on Polk Street. From the lobster ceviche and crispy octopus to the Dungeness crab maccheroni and milk chocolate ganache dessert, my taste buds were sent on a gastronomic journey from which it has yet to recover. I’m still yearning for more!

Extensions Elevated

One-service beauty salons are quite en trend in LA and the city’s first hair extensions bar is the perfect place to stop in to give you that Hollywood makeover in time for spring. Whether you’re regretting your Jennifer Lawrence pixie cut or just want to add some extra volume, length or color, Just Extensions is the ideal spot to brighten up your ‘do and is a favorite with celebs like Ashley Benson. Choose from six different applications, including micro-links, keratin tips, sew-in or clip-ins; there really is something for everyone and all hair types. With non-exorbitant prices (services range from $100 to $300) and quick and expert service, Just Extensions is a much needed addition to the beauty bar trend we love so much.

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Luxury Candy Boutique

Who says Angelenos don’t indulge occasionally? And with the resurgence of new adult candy bars, we’re spoiled for choice when feeling a little naughty. Sugarfina is billed as “LA’s first candy boutique for grown-ups” and offers sweet treats from around the world. (Nearly half of the delights are from abroad!) This Beverly Hills boutique has a candy concierge for fashioning custom gifts and a tasting bar to whet your appetite. Champagne bubbles, single malt scotch cordials and rum and coke gummies are among the amazing array of candy flavors. They’re all packaged in signature turquoise boxes for the perfect present for the special someone in your life, and they even offer worldwide shipping. It’s no wonder stars like Oprah, Jessica Alba and Sofia Vergara get their sugar fix here.


Fabulous Facials

Gina Mari’s unique approach to skincare renewal has made her one of the vanguards on the LA beauty scene. Known for using the latest skin care technologies and advanced science, the meticulous maven will have you wondering why you’ve never experienced her treatments before and have you longing for your next session – just like her A-list client Heidi Klum. Gina’s philosophy is that maintaining healthy skin is a lifetime commitment, not just an occasional quick fix. Her progressive methods to treat signs of aging, acne and sun damage include the revolutionary technology of her latest treatment, LED Infusion, which dramatically diminishes the appearance of cellulite, scars and wrinkles. The results will leave your skin hydrated, glowing and truly able to rock that make-up free dewy look.

UEvolution fitness center in downtown Los Angeles was born from Pascale Rothman’s realization that we all need a new kind of gym that “gets you in shape not only on the outside, but on the inside too.” A human trafficking survivor who endured unthinkable abuse, this amazing woman encourages her clients to get their bodies in shape using state-of-the-art equipment while supporting their favorite charities. A monthly rewards program enables different organizations to benefit each month. In addition, Pascale and her company supports the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking, which provides services to help victims get back on their feet, and encourages communities to galvanize against the heinous practice.

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