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Nirmala Nataraj

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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 »
Seeing is Believing
By Nirmala Nataraj (Nov 27, 2008)
Iím not sure if it was my mild claustrophobia or the prospect of soiling the sequined evening gown I foolishly chose to don that evening, but I was feeling more than a little apprehensive as I walked down the narrow staircase into the Crimson Lounge, which doffs its red cape every Thursday through Saturday night and becomes Opaque ďDining in the Dark". Itís a dining experience like no other that may indicate a sea change in the epicurean raison díetre -- it also requires a dollop of courage and maybe a few extra napkins. More »
Gifts for the Naughty and Nice
By Nirmala Nataraj (Nov 19, 2008)
Yep, itís that time of year again, and if youíre anything like me, the hedonist in you will spring for only the finest products and services for loved ones and obligatory giftees alike. Certainly, itís the thought that countsÖbut what could be more thoughtful than exclusive spa treatments and beauty items that donít scream ďmass productionĒ? Your generosity will be remembered for years to comeÖ More »
Vanity Beauty Lounge and Silk Nail Salon
By Nirmala Nataraj (Nov 12, 2008)
Guys and gals, take note. We all know beauty must-doís like trimming the topiary even when it isnít bikini season and keeping bright colors in our wardrobe despite the descent into dismal weather are no-brainers. So why do so many of us think itís necessary to wait till porch-lounging, margarita-sipping conditions roll around before we pay attention to our tips and toes? No matter how you spin it, cracked, callused feet and hangnails shouldnít be part of the seasonal doldrums. Here are two nail spas that specialize in making it feel like sandal weather year round. More »
Systematic Landscapes
By Nirmala Nataraj (Oct 21, 2008)
The 49-year old sculptor and architect Maya Lin is best known for her design of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, a monument that attests to the artistís ability to elicit emotion from a viewer through minimal attempts at representation, and a concurrent reliance on the associative factors of vision and memory to create the desired response. Linís monumental approach to her sculpture can also be found in her recent exhibition at the de Young Museum, ďMaya Lin: Systematic Landscapes", which follows on the heels of her recent installation at the new California Academy of Sciences. More »
Rustic Perfection
By Nirmala Nataraj (Oct 21, 2008)
The Northern California resort town of Calistoga is known for its historic hot springs (whose therapeutic properties have been soaked up by locals and vacationers for centuries, dating back to the indigenous Americans who discovered the springsí healing potential) and Main Street soda-fountain charm, which makes this unassuming little hamlet of hedonism all the more appealing. And when it comes to luxury getaways in Calistoga, the apple doesnít fall far from the tree. Nestled in a private canyon with a view of the majestic Mayacama Mountains, Calistoga Ranch is an exclusive resort that tips its hat to the locationís built-in rusticity. More »
Best Beauty Sojourns for the Fall
By Nirmala Nataraj (Sep 24, 2008)
Cracked cuticles, flakey or sensitive skin, severely overworked muscles, the onset of seasonal affective disorder (aptly known as SAD)Ö these are just a few of the symptoms that tend to beset us as we march inevitably toward winter. But if 'tis the season to tie up loose ends before the new year sneaks up on us, 'tis also the season to get pampered pronto, and prettify yourself in the not-so-flattering darkening months. Here are some pampering mainstays -- ranging from holistic to deservedly froufy -- thatíll allow you to pack in a few good hours of spaah-induced bliss before, you know, taking care of all your less urgent seasonal duties. More »
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