Customizing a massage requires blending various modalities. When certified massage therapist Amaris Amezquita incorporates another modality into the mix, the shift occurs so seamlessly, many clients never notice the change. As her hands deliver long, rolling Swedish strokes, they may chance upon knotted muscles and petrified tendons, which require the firm cross-grained strokes of deep-tissue techniques. Rather than breaking the spell by starting over or pausing for an intermission, Amaris smoothly transitions to the new modality. Amaris makes massages easy not only with smooth delivery and transitions. She also saves clients the trouble of commuting by traveling to their homes.
The Vault houses finer pieces of decorative accessories and custom-made adornments, and Viva La Vault showcases fashion jewelry. The Vault displays decorative chains and pendants ($120+) and fancier baubles ($250+) made by famous designers such as Judith Ripka, Roberto Coin, Hidalgo, and Mastolini. Whimsical watches ($295+), pendants ($250+), and diamond hoops ($595+) spruce up outfits like a burning kite spruces up a night sky.
Since 1955, the family-owned Orloff Jewelers has served diamond-adorners with considerate, no-pressure service and a high standard of jewelry excellence. Pair a jewelry-worthy neck with a sterling silver necklace while letting Orloff Jewelers' staff tend to finger-bands with a complimentary ring cleaning. Your diamonds will be in good hands with certified gemologist and member of the Gemological Institute of America James Orloff, whose supreme care and attention has earned Orloff Jewelry a place in the American Gem Society. Only 100 necklaces are available, so act quickly lest your neck be left shamefully naked.
Stationed in the inviting Allure Salon & Supply, stylist Andy Gonzales employs his extensive haircare expertise to transform unruly boyish locks into attractive masculine manes. Whether desiring a springtime spruce up or an emergency Juicy Fruit extraction, clients sink into a comfy chair for a scalp-scrubbing shampoo. Scissor snips and clipper caresses remove excess length, split ends, and craft a flattering shape. For an expert finishing touch, Andy applies professional styling products to mold a head-turning mop-top.
The brand American Apparel, which recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary, conjures up images of stylish and well-fitting fashion basics. It also likely brings to mind sassy advertisements featuring long-haired beauties in natural makeup posing in skin-bearing bodysuits and loungewear.
But what many don't know about the brand?despite its name and the slice of apple pie that comes with every purchase?is that all of its clothes are made in America. Everything from sewing and cutting to accounting and marketing happens in one building in downtown Los Angeles, and the rest occurs within a 30-mile radius. Not only that, every slim-fitting pair of pants, spandex bodysuit, and v-neck T-shirt is made in a sweatshop-free environment.
Plus, keeping everything in house means the company eliminates unnecessary and wasteful factors, such as shipping fuel and packing materials, as well as provides jobs to Angelenos, instead of outsourcing them.