FUEL FOR THOUGHT
Redken's master educator Chris Baran has just launched FUEL Education Systems, which includes instructional DVDs in which Baran shares his proven cutting and finishing techniques with you. Also available are workbooks, lesson plans and much more. Call 877/383-5001 or visit chrisbaran.com. —M.D.
In a world where e-cards and e-vites are becoming the norm, receiving an actual handwritten note means more now than ever. Recently catching our eye are these new greeting cards from Hope Wallace, a Baltimore-based collage artist and graphic designer who loves working with images and papers that evoke a bygone era. The feminine, Victorian-inspired cards are blank inside. See more of Wallace's cards at her Web site paperrelics.com, where she also sells bundles of antique paper and a line of rubber stamps. —C.W.
Home Sweet Home
Lose yourself in a lavender field or a garden filled with pomegranates, pears and figs without ever leaving the room. Simply place reeds into one of Agraria's eight room-diffusing essences, inhale, and join a long line of sophisticated Agraria enthusiasts, including Giorgio Armani and Meryl Streep. Choose from either the beloved Nob Hill Petite Essence Collection or the Santa Barbara Collection, Agraria's first new collection in 38 years. agrariahome.com —R.A.
Lollia luminaries add a lovely touch to any home, and also to your salon's retail selection. The candles are categorized according to such scents as Breathe, Relax, Believe, Inspire and Wish, and can be burned simultaneously to create new fragrances. The delightful glass containers, which come with hanging crystal baubles, are reusable—and it's a good thing because they're way too pretty to toss. lollialife.com —C.W.
With clean lines, the Ghia chair from Takara Belmont is simple yet stylish. 866/482-5272
HAIL TO HOLLYWOOD
Taking a cue from its West Coast roots, KMS California created a new image campaign for 2008 that reflects the life of six young Hollywood celebrities as they experience life on and off of a movie set. KMS California's Artistic Director Kaycee Clark and her team used finger waves and pin curls to set the stage for genuine Hollywood glamour. The chic styles, including the one seen here, all boast perfect movement and texture for complete freedom of expression. —C.W.
Paul Mitchell Master Associate Sheila Gomez and her team relied on Paul Mitchell products to unveil quick and gorgeous styling options for the bride who's short on time on her big day. In this look, hair was swept to one side, split into sections and curled with a medium-barrel iron before ringlets were pinned into place. Paul Mitchell Extra-Body Firm Finishing Spray kept the look in place. —K.D.
This delicate floral headband from Jennifer Ouellette is just right for spring. 212/927-7451
Back to Basics
Redken's Sam Villa is a stickler when it comes to using the right tools, which is why he created an eight-piece Signature Series of combs that come in black and ivory for maximum visual contrast between the comb and the hair. Each comb is infused with carbon fiber for heat resistance up to 410 degrees, as well as a silicone and graphite compound to ensure the smoothest possible glide. samvilla.com —R.A.
Love Your Lips
Protect your lips from the summer sun with Ceci Cela's almond or spearmint-infused lip balm. Free of parabens and synthetic preservatives, it's enriched with vitamin E, SPF 15, aloe, beeswax and antioxidants that defend against sun damage. cecicelaessentials.com —R.A.
WHAT'S ON YOUR IPOD?
We asked Matrix Artistic Designer Nick Stenson what's he's been listening to.
"4 Minutes to Save the World" by Madonna and Justin Timberlake. "I love to listen to this song when I'm doing cardio at the gym. It keeps me motivated and pushes me to bring only the best to my work every day."
"Smile" by Michael Bublé. This song is a reminder that no matter what is going on in your life, when a client is in your chair, it's all about them; it's their time to vent and the best thing to do is smile. —C.W.
Carry on in Style
We found this fully lined cotton tote from TWO BUMBLES AND A BEE online and thought it was a fashionable solution for carrying a book, an iPod or even a change of clothes when traveling by plane. The Saltbox Tote with a medallion pattern has an inner zipped pocket, attached key fob and five snap closures for security. The company's founders offer stylish and current accessories that don't carry a steep price tag. twobumblesandabee.com —M.D.
The best-selling TS-2 Detailer styling iron from the TS-2 Design Group comes in three fun, new colors to brighten anyone's day: pink, dark pink and red. The miniature tourmaline styling irons utilize all of the latest heat-straightening technologies, like ceramic-infused plates, far-infrared heat and crushed tourmaline, and the go-anywhere, shrunken size lets you get close to the scalp for precision detailing. ts2products.com —C.W.
IN THE MOOD
Essential oils have been used for centuries to alter mood and promote the health of the body, mind and spirit. Now Eufora International is harnessing the power of these oils with its new aromaTherapy collection, a line of wearable aromas and air mists made with 100-percent pure essential oils—no artificial substitutes or solvents—and candles made of 100-percent paraffin-free organic wax. The scents range from calming and balancing to energizing and stimulating, and include such essential oils as eucalyptus, ylang-ylang, rose, lavender, lemon, chamomile, rosemary, jasmine and sandalwood. www.eufora.net —L.A.
Do the Wave
Now any woman can easily and affordably add volume or nonchemical highlights to her own hair with the new hairdo 10-piece Vibralite Salon Clip-in Wavy Extensions from Jessica Simpson and Ken Paves. Affordable, lightweight and easy to attach, these virtually undetectable extensions can be put in and taken out in a matter of minutes. Choose from 16 multitonal shades that complement anyone's hair color. hairuwear.com —M.D.
Discover Your Passion, the newest release in Vivienne Mackinder's I'm Not Just a Hairdresser series of DVDs, stars Beth Minardi, Mary Brunetti and Kris Sorbie. Robert Cromeans was lucky enough to interview the three superstars of hairdressing, who talk about what it takes to be a successful artist in a commercial world. The bottom line: Talent without desire does not have power or direction. hairdesignertv.com —R.A.
Tom Julian, president of the Tom Julian Group, a brand-consultancy firm, checks out Santa Monica, CA.
Where Ocean Avenue meets Wilshire Boulevard in Santa Monica, an art deco statue of Saint Monica has been standing since 1934 and has been a symbol of her namesake community. The statue was a Public Works of Art Project and is perfectly positioned against a blue panorama of the Pacific Ocean, Santa Monica Pier and the bluffs of Malibu. This historic beach community has several miles of beachfront and is home to almost 90,000 residents. For a taste of the vibrant retail and cultural experiences available in Santa Monica, don't miss a visit to these hot spots.
Third Street Promenade. The original 1965 "park-and-shop" setting of Santa Monica's Third Street district included storefronts like JCPenney and Montgomery Ward. During the late 1980s, the City of Santa Monica joined forces with private partners to revitalize the urban shopping street. Today, the Third Street Promenade is considered to be one of the country's most popular pedestrian malls, complete with street performers and a farmer's market. With more than 100 stores and restaurants and numerous fountains and topiary dinosaurs, the Promenade is the ultimate outdoor shopping destination. Specialty apparel brands include Anthropologie, J.Crew, Gap, Abercrombie & Fitch and Urban Outfitters. International brands Zara International and MNG by Mango were recently added to the mix, while furniture retailers include Restoration Hardware, Sur La Table and Pottery Barn. Beauty brands range from Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics to Sephora and M.A.C. thirdstreetpromenade.org
THIRD STREET PROMENADE
Fred Segal. Located at 500 Broadway, the premier specialty retailer continues to lead the retail scene with two complete shops that merchandise men's, women's and children's apparel, accessories, gifts, decor and beauty. The two stores are set up as a series of mini-boutiques under one roof. fredsegal.com
Santa Monica Place. This Frank Gehry-designed indoor mall, which opened in 1980, is undergoing a major renovation. It will reopen as an open-air facility with an outdoor plaza and dining deck in 2009. The Vidal Sassoon Academy and TONI&GUY Hairdressing Academy are both located near this retail area. santamonicaplace.com
Hotels and Spas. Top-rated stays include The Fairmont Miramar Hotel, Viceroy Hotel, Le Merigot, Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel, Shutters Hotel on the Beach and Hotel Casa del Mar. Meanwhile, day spas like Burke Williams Spa, Forme and Exhale do a brisk business with locals and tourists alike.