The spotless environment of Limon Nail & Spa Boutique embodies a grown-up princess-chic look. Yellow and white stripes run across the walls, giving the space the sweet, sunny feel of a candy shop. White Queen Anne's chairs cushion guests as their nails are treated with color by expert manicurists. The therapy room is decorated in purple, where massages rejuvenate clients and waxing services release unwanted hair so it can go live on a farm in the country.
The West Coast is home to some of the most beautiful wine country in the world, with rolling vineyards and tasty nectars behind every cork. ALLuxury connects visitors to the land through private tours of these grape havens with wine tastings, cheese and chocolate pairings, and special gifts along the way. Best of all, many luxuries are at your fingertips inside ALLuxury’s limousines and other vehicles that shuttle you from winery to winery in comfort. In addition to Santa Barbara, Temecula, and Napa Valley tours, the company also takes groups to Las Vegas once a year.
Photographer Stuart Townsley uses a trained eye and high-tech equipment to capture memories into frameworthy prints and digital art, using 10 of LA's most attractive landmarks as backdrops. The famed local sites where he sets up camp—such as the roaring Pacific Ocean under Santa Monica Pier or the 1930s architecture and picturesque fountain of Union Station—elegantly complement subjects' smiling visages. His shutter snaps hundreds of times during each photo shoot, immortalizing the faces, poses, and secret handshakes of families and well-behaved pets. Well-versed in state-of-the-art retouching gear, Stuart unfurls his astutely edited creations onto glossy prints, canvases, and online albums.
Stuart's advice on what to wear and bring to shoots, garnered through 12 years of professional experience, conveniently resides online to aid in the selection of appropriate outfits for every mother, father, child, or hamster.
Metrolink's efficient, dependable rail service threads through a total of six SoCal counties, sending out seven raily runners to connect its network of 55 stations. Venture from Ventura County to North San Diego and all stops in between with a one-day pass, which gives the bearer unlimited access to trains and one complimentary rooftop brawl. Metrolink's comfortable double deckers satisfy latent older-sibling impulses to claim the top bunk. Due to yuletide shenanigans, there will be limited service on December 24–25, 31, and January 1, so read up on holiday service changes here; if you plan to ride on the 18th or 19th, watch out for the Holiday Toy Express, which steams in from the North Pole every year to drop off unwanted elves.
Hamburger Hamlet has its roots in the original Hamburger Hamlet, an upscale burger joint opened in 1950 by actor Harry Lewis and his wife, Marilyn. Much like the studio system and rampant anti-Communist paranoia of that time, however, that Hamburger Hamlet is no more. In its place is a chain of restaurants that have retained the original's commitment to quality food, A-list service, and morose Act III soliloquies. The new Hamburger Hamlet's menu, overseen by executive chef Tony Zidar, updates much of the original Ham Ham fare while expanding upon the available eats. Still on the roster are burgers with beef, turkey, or veggie patties, such as the all-American classic cheeseburger ($9.95–$10.95) or the avocado-topped Marilyn Burger ($10.50–$10.95), all served with regular, mesquite, or garlic fries. On the new menu, however, are entrees such as a pan-roasted chicken served with spinach and garlic-parmesan fries ($16.95–$17.95), a barbecue meatloaf sandwich with garlic mashed potatoes on its arm ($10.95–$11.95), and a California market salad loaded with nuts, vegetables, chicken, cranberries, and goat cheese ($13.50–$13.95). Chocolateers and fudgeistadors will hit pay dirt with Hamburger Hamlet's ultimate hot-fudge cake ($8.95–$9.95), just one of the several rich desserts offered.
The Hollywood sign looks a lot cooler when you’re parallel with it. Hollywood Air Tours provides aerial views of this and other famous LA landmarks that range from the Staples Center and Pacific Palisades to Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, and Will Rogers State Historic Park. The expert pilots, who double as tour guides, provide a variety of tours that include flights over Malibu Beach and celebrity homes, as well as the mega tour, which covers almost every conceivable landmark, from UCLA and the Sunset Strip to Dodger Stadium, city hall, and the Playboy Mansion.