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Best Places To Make Over Your Look In Los Angeles

January 8, 2013 6:00 AM

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It’s 2013; the dawn of a new day has risen. Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to leave your old look behind and uncover the best version of you. Seize the opportunity to look and feel like a billion bucks from the inside out and from head to toe. Don’t fret; you’ll be geared with an arsenal of professionals with the know how to make it all possible.

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Salon Republic

8000 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90046
(323) 654-6500
www.salonrepublic.com

Located in the Trader Joe’s complex at the corner of Crescent Heights and Sunset Boulevard, you’ll find a state-of-the-art facility housing private studios run by a variety of seasoned beauty experts. At Salon Republic, there is essentially every service at your disposal under one roof. The West Hollywood location offers hair, nails, eyelash extensions, facials, make up, waxing/threading, henna design and tattoo removal. Studio Vasi offers the coveted ReTex permanent straightening system for traffic stopping, brilliant tresses.

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1710 Camino Palmero Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(310) 877-1706
www.iconimage.net

Val is arguably the most talented and capable of all make up artists in the industry. With make up brushes that become magic wands in her fingers, she accentuates her clients’ best features and brings out the beauty in the faces of those lucky enough to be graced with her mastery. Most clients are overwhelmed by how incredible they look after Val is done with them. She also does incredible hair styling and airbrush tanning. The mirror on the wall will be declaring you as the fairest of them all if Val has anything to do with it.

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Earth’s Power Yoga

7901 Melrose Ave. #208
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 655-9642
http://www.earthspoweryoga.com

Yoga is a practice that will help make you over on a physical, spiritual and mental level. In this airy, bright yoga studio, classes combine the spiritual foundation of yoga with the latest anatomy-based techniques and universal principles of movement. Earth’s Power Yoga offers a variety of yoga formats that provide a physical workout that is appealing to athletes and traditional yogis alike. Owner Steven Earth Metz opened the studio to share the athletic improvements and rehabilitative benefits he experienced through yoga. He invites students to apply the principles of their practice outside of the studio, encouraging them to create their own luck and manifest what they want in life. After class, go to nearby Glow Bio for delicious bio-available, cold-pressed juices and smoothies by celebrity nutritionist Kimberly Snyder. Detoxify from the inside out for glowing skin, revitalized energy and knockout skin.

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Heavenly Couture

133 N Larchmont Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90004
(323) 871-4054
www.getheavenly.com

You’ll find this fashionista utopia on the boutique-lined streets of Larchmont Village. Here you’ll find a well-organized, decidedly stylish selection of on-trend and classic clothing, shoes and accessories that are outrageously priced at $15 or less. Score designer brands like Naked Zebra and Romeo & Juliet Couture amongst others and still have enough cash to go to brunch at Larchmont Bungalow afterward. Check their website for additional locations throughout L.A.

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Milk & Honey

117 West 9th Street, #205
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(310) 691-3000
www.milkandhoneyshoes.com

If you have trouble finding the perfect mass-produced pair of shoes, channel your inner Louboutin and take the reigns in designing your own custom shoes. In the footwear lover land of Milk & Honey, pick from a variety of design elements such as toe shape, heel height, straps, material and so on to design the shoes of your Cinderella induced dreams. Your pair is then custom made to your specifications, handcrafted from the finest materials with quality workmanship. Owners and sisters Ilissa and Dori created their own lasts (the mold around which shoes are made) to ensure that your shoes are as comfortable as they are visually appealing.

Joy Bitonio has the phrase “Joie de Vivre” tattooed on her shoulder, a reminder to enjoy life every single day. She has a voracious appetite for fun, adventure, food, good cocktails and works out like a madwoman to keep it all together. Her fitness articles can be found on examiner.com. Follow her on Twitter.

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