Nirmala Nataraj

SF Station Writer

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Whisk Mom Away to This Affordable Haven
By Nirmala Nataraj (Apr 08, 2009)
If youíre fortunate enough to have your mom in close proximity, pass on the banal Motherís Day options and head over to a special spot nestled deep within the rolling vineyards of Napa Valley -- complete with tranquil, lushly manicured landscapes and a clean sophistication that doesnít play itself up with unnecessary extravagance. More »
Karuna Healing Arts and Urban Oasis
By Nirmala Nataraj (Apr 01, 2009)
Just so you know, holistic bodywork is about way more than incense, aromatherapy and New Age music. In fact, the more effective the practitioner, the less likely it is that your massage will be accompanied by hokiness or fluff. Case in point: here are two therapists who understand the old adage, ďHealer, heal thyself.Ē More »
Hotel Resto Remodel Yields Mixed Results
By Nirmala Nataraj (Mar 23, 2009)
In June 2008, the JW Marriott Hotel's "is it a bar or is it a lobby?" Pacific Restaurant, which sat pretty above Union Square, underwent a much-needed makeover. Jazzed up by an airy new design and revamped interior (complete with atrium, vaulted skylight, marble floor, and a sprawling assortment of lounge, lobby, living, and restaurant spaces), the newly christened Level III appears to be part of a larger sea change among chains like the Marriott: forego the default mode of generic, muzak-infused hotel restaurants, and opt for chill-out environments meant to attract all types -- from brunching girlfriends to the pre-theatre Friday night crowd More »
Four Top Pampering Picks
By Nirmala Nataraj (Mar 15, 2009)
Youíve been good this year -- paid your dues to Uncle Sam before the ides of April, took your Sigg to the gym instead of springing for environmentally unfriendly plastic water bottles, tightened the belt enough so you felt it but didnít get too uncomfortable. Thatís why itís time to treat yourself. And Iím not talking about a Louis Vuitton bag or a new iPhone. After all, any excessive non-essential purchases made in the heat of a stressful moment might just yield diminishing returns, if not for your wallet, then certainly for your health. Letís try an alternative, shall we? More »
Illuminata Skin Care & Mirsada Skin Care
By Nirmala Nataraj (Mar 03, 2009)
Maybe youíre the kind of person who puts off going to the dentist every six months or getting your physical, despite those persistent little postcard reminders they send you in the mail. But taking care of your skin shouldnít feel quite so daunting. Spring is in the air, and given our heat-driven susceptibility to clogged pores, as well as the propensity for those of us who don skin-baring clothes to dispense with the sunscreen, a little seasonal cleaning is just what the doctor ordered. Check out these two skincare studios, which specialize in getting your pores squeaky clean and all geared up to face the light of day. More »
Whimiscal Holiday Items
By Nirmala Nataraj (Feb 27, 2009)
Modern legends often conjure a time when holiday gifting actually meant something. Back when families and communities gathered Ďround the Yule log, making merry and celebrating the fruits of the season, meaningless consumption and obligatory but grudgingly given gifts were unheard of. Which means generic gift certificates for the hard-to-shop-for, as well as mass-manufactured Walmart fare, was refreshingly absent from all the festivities. More »
Treatments Worthy of a Splurge
By Nirmala Nataraj (Feb 19, 2009)
With all the unrelenting media coverage of bailout scandals, foreclosure fiascoes, and the generally dismal state of affairs, it seems a bit half-baked to justify emptying our wallets for pleasant yet inessential creature comforts. But while Iím all for downgrading to basic cable or saving your pennies instead of springing for a latte, some things are just too important to pass on: a damn good massage, for instance. More »
Pampering Without Excess
By Nirmala Nataraj (Jan 27, 2009)
Simplicity is the order of the day, economic stimulus plan or no. Cutting down extraneous costs and adopting a more introspective approach to your spending is the imminent result of the current financial debacle and the so-yesterday American raison díÍtre of mindless luxury. But getting mindful doesnít mean giving up pampering. It just means trading in your regular olí day spa -- debutantes, amenity-packed locker rooms, pretentious Ďtudes and all -- for a place like Avra Organic Spa. More »
Romantic and Family-Friendly
By Nirmala Nataraj (Jan 06, 2009)
Solvang isnít your typical road-trip stopover. Founded in 1911 by a group of Danish educators, itís filled with architecture reminiscent of Copenhagenís cobbled streets and quaint European charm. Solvang is also where youíll find Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort, a getaway that has become a rustic home away from home for harried city dwellers, especially of the LA variety. More »
The Best Facials
By Nirmala Nataraj (Dec 23, 2009)
New Yearís resolutions are no longer a novelty, but for lots of indulgence-deprived folks, facials are. Certainly, juggling your beauty needs against a mile-long list of other priorities (beating the recession, for one) is going to take some practice, but as seasonal wear and tear takes its toll, you might find yourself using those Starbucks dollars for a loftier cause. Here are three aestheticians whose innovative approaches to skincare have many a guy and gal thanking the gods of glowing complexions. More »
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