The style-savvy staff at Victorian Vogue and The Costume Shoppe bedecks customers in more than 10,000 full costumes, including authentic period garb from as far back as the 19th century, earning a spot on Lonely Planet’s list of things to do in Santa Barbara. Channel 1920s glamour in a flapper costume ($25–$85) while your date dons a gangster fedora ($10–$20) and an optional Martin Scorsese hand puppet. An ornate pair of Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI costumes ($50–$125) can help wearers to steal the spotlight at someone else’s wedding, and matching Antony and Cleopatra outfits help partygoers to ape ancient-Egyptian amours. Patrons can also rummage through the Amazing $5 Rack, restocked frequently with low-priced items, or browse Victorian Vogue and The Costume Shoppe’s five-page 2011 costume-idea list in hopes of squeezing inspiration from the mind’s creative oranges. For customers who miss the October 15 rental deadline, Victorian Vogue and The Costume Shoppe makes all costumes available for purchase between October 16 and October 31.
Tamara Peace found her calling when she graduated from beauty school in 1978, which likely came as no surprise as the profession runs in the family?her grandmother and her great aunt both practiced cosmetology. Tamara went on to work in relaxed salons where she specialized in coiffing hair into beach-friendly styles and developed the ability to create natural-looking, sun-kissed highlights beloved by Southern Californians. Throughout the years, the makeup artist and hairstylist has showcased her skills not only at salons, but also on the photography sets, where she has readied actors and models for their close ups and powdered camera lenses that were too shiny.
At Treat, aestheticians employ the skincare boutique's large assortment of all-natural and difficult-to-find products to rejuvenate clients' bodies and minds. To combat signs of aging, aestheticians nourish skin during all-natural facials using formulas from a choice of five different lines, including Darphin, Éminence Organic Skin Care, and Arcona. When patrons enter the store for waxing, tinting services, or a relaxing Swedish massage, they are greeted with scents such as the lily and jasmine home fragrances by kai, each reminiscent of a morning walk through the garden or a leisurely childhood as a Cabbage Patch Kid. Visitors the the spa can also browse a boutique of recommended products.
When Dave Compton needed food for his dog, Shorty, he didn't spend hours searching for deals on the Internet. He just invented an algorithm to do the work for him. Now patented, that algorithm—ShopGenius—helps shoppers on NetPlenish find the best deals on more than three million household products. When members place items in their NetPlenish shopping carts—such as batteries, coffee and tea, and haircare products—the website searches its trusted merchants, such as Walgreens, Sephora, and Walmart, to find the lowest total cost on both products and shipping. Shoppers can harness NetPlenish's powers through its website, NetPlenish.com, or through its iPhone and Android apps. Customers can also sign up for yearly Premier memberships, which grant perks such as free shipping, cash back, and the password to the Internet's secret clubhouse.
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.
Omiera Products CEO Amro Amer knows how difficult it can be to find the best health and beauty products. As a pharmacist with more than 15 years of experience, he has helped clients discover the ideal product, ranging from topicals for arthritis pain to products for thinning eyelashes. At Omiera Products, he and his staff continue to pair customers with top industry products, all of which are purchased over the counter, eliminating doctor's visits or potion trades in the wizard black market. The company's collection of beauty and health treatments includes roll-on pain relievers, Acdue acne-scar treatments, Exalt hair-growth-enhancers, and skin-firming creams, all of which come with a 100% money back guarantee.