2 posts tagged "Olympic Spa"
It’s a trick of only the cleverest designers: Take an item once deemed hopelessly uncool and, with a bit of style wizardry, succeed in giving it an entirely new spin. That is precisely what sprightly New York designer Rachel Antonoff did for the humble penny loafer via her collaboration with G.H. Bass & Co., transforming a tired preppy stalwart into the uniform for an entirely different set. Antonoff, who started her fashion career as a writer before cofounding the much-loved label Mooka Kinney and eventually launching her eponymous label in 2009, has, as far as style sensibility goes, the corner on quirk. Offbeat prints, rompers, tented baby dolls, prim collars, and sharply tailored high-waisted shorts and pants are all Antonoff hallmarks—so too are the perfectly idiosyncratic women (Aubrey Plaza, Alia Shawkat, et al.) who serve as models in her biannual lookbook. This spring marks the release of her second short film and another soon-to-be-announced collaboration. Here, Antonoff shares some of her bicoastal beauty favorites.
THE RELAXATION PIT STOP: Olympic Spa
“This place is the best. You go and sit in a hot tub with a whole bunch of naked ladies, which is an interesting experience unto itself, and then you get an incredibly thorough body scrub that leaves you feeling like a new person. They also do great manicures and massage.”
3915 W. Olympic Blvd., L.A.; olympicspala.com.
THE PETITE RETREAT: Angel Feet
“One of my favorite places ever. It’s tiny, they can only take two people at a time, and it’s just fantastic foot reflexology. So basically you get an amazing foot massage and then they tell you cool things about your body that they learned from your feet.”
77 Perry St,, #2, NYC; angelfeet.com.
THE ONE-AND-ONLY WORKOUT: Ballet Beautiful
“I really can’t say enough good things about Mary Helen Bowers and Ballet Beautiful. I started with her when it was five of us in an apartment, and it’s been thrilling to see her take off. It is genuinely the only workout I’ve ever done that actually changed my body.”
THE SIGNATURE FRAGRANCE: Comme des Garçons Wonderwood
“I’m not a big fragrance person, but I adore this cologne. It’s really clean and distinct.”
THE HOTEL PAR EXCELLENCE: Sunset Tower
“This place is so cozy and special, and they have a way of making you feel like Eloise even if you’re there just a few nights.”
8358 Sunset Blvd., L.A.; sunsettowerhotel.com.
THE HAIR HONCHOS: Tabitha Baker and Rheanne White
“There are two people without whom I would perpetually be in a hat. Tabitha Baker at Arrojo is a sensational colorist. She brought me from dark brown to platinum blond, and she is the only colorist I want to see for the rest of time. Rheanne White cuts my hair and is a real dream. She just opened up her own salon in Tribeca and it’s heaven. Bonus perk: She has the most adorable daughter who sings like Aretha Franklin-meets-Barbra Streisand and will serenade you if you ask.”
THE FOREVER FAVORITE: Jason Lavender Body Wash
“Simply put, it’s what I imagine parts of heaven smell like.”
Available at drugstore.com
Her personal choices might often elude us, but when it comes to all things hair-related, Rihanna always has our undivided and rapt attention (like, say, last week, when she went gray, or, as she dubbed it, “brrrr”). And the woman usually responsible for RiRi’s chameleonic hair ways is stylist Ursula Stephen. Her three favorite moments in Rihanna’s hair timeline? “When we went red, the short black ’do we did for the Teen Choice Awards a couple of years ago, and the short blonde look for her ‘Hard’ music video,” she says. Besides tending to celebrity tresses (she also counts Mary J. Blige and Kerry Washington as clients) and working as a Global Ambassador for hair-care line Motions, Stephen recently opened her first salon, in Brooklyn’s Fort Greene neighborhood; a thrill for those of us who call the 718 home. “I’d always thought of opening my own place, but this just feels like the right time in my life and career to do it, so when I got a call about a space, I couldn’t pass it up,” she explains. And lest you think she’s too busy to attend to us common folks, Stephen insists that though her schedule will vary from week to week, she will definitely be logging plenty of time at Ursula Stephen the Salon, 66 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, (347) 457-5834. Here, the busy stylist shares some of her own beautifying go-tos.
THE SERIOUS SCRUB: Olympic Spa
“At the Olympic Spa in L.A., you get scrubbed down like a baby by these superstrong women…in front of everyone! Don’t be shy about it. You will leave feeling like you have new skin!”
3915 West Olympic Boulevard, L.A., (323) 857-0666; olympicspala.com
THE SIGNATURE SCENT: Stella by Tocca
“This fragrance manages to be so many things at once: pretty, sophisticated, rich. And I have to say, the men love it. I first discovered it at a spa in New York, and now it’s absolutely one of my faves.”
$68, at sephora.com.
THE GO-TO COVER-UP: Kevyn Aucoin
“Hands down the best concealer out there. It’s always a lifesaver for me.”
Available at shop.nordstrom.com.
THE BARGAIN HYDRATOR: Vitamin E Oil
“I actually first discovered it after I got a bad burn from a curling iron. It helped heal that and turned out to be such a great moisturizer. I especially like it for the rough areas, like my knees and elbows. Plus, it gives skin an amazing glow.”
Available at drugstores.
THE FLUSH FAVORITE: MAC Blush in Peaches
“The perfect blush for summer, if you’re going for that ‘I don’t have on any makeup’ kind of look.”
THE HAIR THERAPY: Motions Deep Penetrating Treatment
“It’s the best conditioning treatment around. I recommend it to all my clients and, naturally, use it on myself religiously, too.”
Available at drugstores.
THE FASHION STOP: Topshop
“It really is one of my favorite stores. I find all my trendy pieces there that I then mix in with designer stuff.”
THE MANI REGULAR: VP Nail Lounge
“I love this place in Brooklyn. They do next-level mani-pedis! The ambience is beautiful, the staff is attentive, and every service is great. Also, mimosas. Enough said.”
1082 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, New York, (718) 636-0600; verypolishednails.com