We fell hard for Natalie Alcala last fall, when the LA-based writer and blogger spent a week guest blogging for us. In fact, we loved her posts so much that we asked her to be a contributing editor. In addition to blogging for us once a week, she’ll also be writing for the Birchbox Magazine and keeping us up to speed on all things fashion, beauty, and fun.
(Photo: Frozen Fashions)
There are a handful of local havens that are helping me nail the look. With my trusty bridal beauty game plan in tow, I’ll be hitting up these spots throughout the next few days. (Oh, and in case you’re wondering, anxiety levels are surprisingly moderate—for now!)
8591 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069; (310) 652-5874
This truly is a makeup lover’s paradise. In addition to offering star-quality services in their studio, they also make at-home calls for those looking for a more private experience. I think I’ve used them for just about every special occasion since they opened.
250 S Robertson Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211; (424) 278-1567
This is a new kid on the block that I’m utterly obsessed with. L.A.’s first braid and pony bar can whip up just about any intricate ‘do you’re dreaming of. Looking for a one-stop-shop? They also offer mani/pedi and makeup application services to boot!
434 N Larchmont Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90004; (323) 467-3000
Coined as an “urban sweat lodge,” this is a must-stop for a guaranteed glow on your wedding day. It may sound strange at first, but you literally lay in a designated pod and sweat your face off, which claims to rid your body of toxins, improves cardio fitness and clears up skin. You can burn up to 1,000 calories in just one session, which is pretty insane as well. I’ve been a few times and I’m hooked.
Kinara Skin Care Clinic and Spa
656 N Robertson Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90069; (310) 657-9188
I’ve sung the praises of this spa before. I’ve recommended this Halle Berry-approved haven to tons of friends, and they never cease to thank me later for their miraculously clearer skin. Olga is a genius, plain and simple.
8616 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048; (310) 550-5925
Nail art on your wedding day: would you, could you? If so, this is the spot. If not, this is still the spot because they offer a range of clean and classic styles in an unparalleled amount of standard and gel shades. I love a nude nail with a hint of sparkle.
For more great Los Angeles recommendations, don’t miss the rest of Natalie’s column.