Stylists and aestheticians at The Face & Body Spa cultivate coiffures and nourish skin using products with an organic, vegan focus. That means that body scrubs exfoliate with organic sugarcane, nails glimmer with SpaRitual vegan polish, and hair color is ammonia-free, an eco-friendly approach that makes pampering sessions feel simultaneously as virtuous and enjoyable as volunteering at Willy Wonka's soup kitchen.
The spa's Eastern influence shows up in both the services—body workers use acupuncture and Reiki energy therapy—and the decor. Stone buddha heads broadcast calm throughout lounge areas, and live bamboo and potted trees add a minimalistic reminder of the staff's natural inspirations.
Local Green Maid purifies homes and protects the environment with detailed cleaning services using nontoxic cleaning solutions and HEPA-filter vacuums. During green cleaning, a squad of uniformed polishing pros takes over dirty domiciles, using their training from the Green Clean Institute to expel dirt and grime. All of their eco-friendly products are both nontoxic and biodegradable, and are free of harsh chemicals, fumes, temperamental parsnips, and other volatile organic compounds. Two hours of cleaning will usually cover a kitchen and bathroom, three hours typically exhilarate an entire one-bedroom apartment with one bathroom, and four hours can cover a two-bedroom apartment with two bathrooms, provided they aren't super chatty.
DiamondPrincess.com stocks its digital display cases with an eclectic range of 14-karat and 18-karat gold pieces, diamonds, and precious metals. Peruse the selection or lighter finery from the exclusive Elle jewelry brand, such as the sterling key and heart pendant ($50) or silver heart chain necklace ($85). Stick it to ears with citrine stud earrings in 18-karat white gold ($52), and other accouterments to gussy up ear lobes for romantic dates, cocktail parties, or last-minute quantum leaps. Or build a customized engagement ring with a variety of solitaire settings for a more romantic way to tie the knot than tethering yourselves together with sailing rope. Men can also find glitzy gear to spruce up their appearance, such as a pair of black onyx cuff links ($49.99).
Dog On It Doggie Daycare & Boarding Not content to let dogs idly sit around and trade strategies for garnering extra treats, the pet-sitters at Dog On It Doggie Daycare & Boarding engage furry companions with a range of activities, including socialization. Pooches stretch their legs during three daily walks. During breaks from playtime, they relax on bunk beds, sofas, and window seats while watching a virtual fish tank and pet shows on a flat-screen television. Grooming sessions keep pets looking sleek during their stays, and the in-house chefs prepare freshly cooked meals, prefaced by a delectable amuse-bouche to get dogs’ juices flowing. For overnight accommodations, the staff provides roomy chambers appointed with plush bedding instead of keeping pups cooped up in crates.
Bikram Yoga @ the Palisades' experienced instructors usher bodies through a challenging form of yoga using a sequence of 26 postures and two breathing exercises in a heated studio. With a four-class punch card, yogites can choose any 90-minute class from the schedule to melt tension from muscles and minds and increase strength, flexibility, balance, and shininess. The high temperature is ideal to sweat out toxins or feral animal spirits still circulating in systems and softening muscle tissue to reduce the risk of injury and maximize workouts.
Mitch Lee, founder of Fit Figure Bootcamp, helps women achieve their fitness goals after aided his sister through her own weight loss. His online program challenges them to transform their bodies in 42 days with the help of equipment-free workouts, cardio routines, and fat-blasting Tummy Toner circuits. Women join a private Facebook page where they have access to supplemental training material including a nutrition video tutorial and grocery list as well as an exercise library. Participants can further quench their post-workout thirsts with 20-plus protein smoothie recipes while enlisting 24/7 coaching and support throughout the duration of the bootcamp.