Melissa Goldstein, Senior Contributing Editor.
BEAUTY COUNTER I’m addicted to the nontoxic Protect All Over Sunscreen from this amazing Santa Monica-based skin-care and cosmetics brand. beautycounter.com. THE SPA AT TERRANEA This retreat in Palos Verdes is seriously dreamy, complete with a bougainvillea-adorned oceanfront relaxation terrace where you can spot passing whales. Their new Radiant Results Facials utilize noninvasive Nobel Prize-winning technology. 100 Terranea Way, P.V., 310-265-2800; terranea.com. CÔTE Visiting this airy Brentwood nail salon is akin to an instant vacation, complete with the ability to browse exclusive homewares (such as handcrafted porcelain from Limoges) in their expertly curated shop. 11714 San Vicente Blvd., L.A., 310-820-0906; coteshop.co. STORK’S SKIN THERAPY Whenever I’m in S.F., I book a visit with esthetician Caroline Stork, who administers heavenly facials. She just introduced a new series of monthly classes with topics ranging from at-home DIY masks to the art of multiple cleansers. 3520 20th St., Ste. C, S.F., 415-864-0447; storkskintherapy.com. THE GOOD COOKIES & BEYOND This under-the-radar bakery in Torrance serves up a range of wholesome gluten-free offerings (from double-chocolate peanut butter cookies to banana blueberry muffins) that melt in your mouth and are available to ship to your door. 2081 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, 310-320-7900; thegoodcookies.com.