Pole Dance Your Way to A Buff Bod

If you look at and listen to Dionne Dominique (pictured here) you’ll want to head out to your nearest pole dancing studio and learn how to shimmy like this super buff 40-year-old dancer/instructor.

Here’s an idea for a Valentine’s Day gift  to give your gal  and you can watch!  It’s an hour-long, in-home pole dancing lesson that teaches how to wiggle and twirl sensuously just like you’ve seen done at those wild strip clubs.

Not only is this one of the most sensuous sessions, an hour burns mondo calories, firms, tones and reaches and touches that all  important Pilates core.

Dionne Dominique of Dionne Star Body charges $100 for an hour in your home and will offer series discount on request. She brings the pole but if you want one of your own she’ll get it for you wholesale, about $300. You can learn three spins and four sexy moves and 4 floor moves in 60 minutes. 

Dionne’s based in West Los Angeles and will  travel  up to 40 miles.

combo of both.
What to wear:    Dionne advises yoga pants or boy shorts and a tank top, need your skin to stick to the pole–you burn about 1000 calories  in one hour of pole dancing–it’s a little more  difficult than  expected.  
Will you fall: maybe some do. Even Dionne fell  performing Scorpions (which is as it sounds), need to squeeze, makes you super lean.
 
   Book a session at: 310-806-2279 or one line at www.dionnestarbody.com

The Diva Discovers Alexander’s for hair

Not your typical salon, Alexander’s for hair, a  family-run operation  that originated as a sort of Hooter’s hair salon for men called Reeder’s Barber Shop, concentrates on making men feel like men and women feel feminine.

Krissy Smith (whose mother, Jeanne Phares owns the shop) worked at Reeders where the requirement was well-endowed women in tight or revealing tops to groom macho men.  A successful formula it was, but alas all good things come to an end and Krissy was right there to pick up the pieces and open shop.

Her Alexander’s for hair, is hip and cool. You feel comfortable, which is important, plus the prices rock. It’s darn cheap at that for what you get.

he chic, but casual shop now favors both sexes. There are flat screen TVs at each styling station selected mostly for men who want to watch sports during preening, but of course women can watch shows of their choice, too.

There’s also wine, beer and soft drinks on tap, snacks and of course a full menu of services from head to toe at what Krissy calls, “five star services at three star prices.”  Indeed the fees posted are very reasonable. “You can get a color and cut for $100,” Krissy beamed.

You can even have a facial or $55  to $75, a back treatment for $65, custom peel for $25, mani/pedi for $35—complete with hand and foot rub and softening treatment), massage for just $75 for an hour and $90 for a hot stone rub.

Then there’s waxing, barbering (shave for $30, beard, beard rim for $15, a buzz cut for $25 and more).

I  was treated to an excellent mani/pedi and my hands and feet massaged and softened to a baby’s skin. I will be going back to try the other services especially since the salon is offering a 30% discount for all my readers of this blog as well as my LA Travel Diva Examiner.com  at:  www.examiner.com/travel–diva-in-los-angeles/patti-pietschmann    through the end of February.

Alexander’s is located at 11515 W Pico Blvd. 310-473-0462, www.alexandersforhair.com.

During Media Day, I  was introduced to Dr. Bernard Gramlic, founder of GRAM Skincare, who performs facial analysis with the Reveal Imager, who treated me to a session and let me tell you, it was revealing. But you’ll have to check out my LA Beauty Products Examiner site www.examiner.com/beauty-products-in-los-angeles/patti-pietschmann  for more on that.

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Alas things went south for the old salon and Krissy, who was an employee at the time, got her family into the act, remodeled the place and changed the name to Alexander’s For Hair.

The chic, but casual shop now favors both sexes. There are flat screen TVs at each styling station selected mostly for men who want to watch sports during preening, but of course women can watch shows of their choice, too.

There’s also wine, beer and soft drinks on tap, snacks and of course a full menu of services from head to toe at what Krissy calls, “five star services at three star prices.”  Indeed the fees posted are very reasonable. “You can get a color and cut for $100,” Krissy beamed.

You can even have a facial or $55  to $75, a back treatment for $65, custom peel for $25, mani/pedi for $35—complete with hand and foot rub and softening treatment), massage for just $75 for an hour and $90 for a hot stone rub.

Then there’s waxing, barbering (shave for $30, beard, beard rim for $15, a buzz cut for $25 and more).

I  was treated to an excellent mani/pedi and my hands and feet massaged and softened to a baby’s skin. I will be going back to try the other services especially since the salon is offering a 30% discount for all Examiner.com readers through the end of February.

Alexanders for hair is located at 11515 W Pico Blvd. 310-473-0462, www.alexandersforhair.com.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Chef Mavro’s in Hawaii

Lovers looking for a special way to celebrate Valentine’s Day might consider a trip to Hawaii. There’s still plenty of time to book a flight (for added Aloha consider Hawaiian Airlines (www.hawaiaanair.com) and dinner at Chef Mavro on Oahu (www.chefmavro.com).

My favorite chef  (picrtured here with his wife, Donna)  and island favorite, Mavro’s created  automatical  week long 3, 4 and 6 course   menus for the occasion from February 8 th menus (and Grand Tasting) highlighted by an irresistible Valentine’s Pavlova dessert with any menu. 

On February 13 and 14 Chef Mavro has created a “gourmet’s dream” 6-course Valentine Menu ($140) with caviar, oyster, foie gras, truffles, lobster & wagyu beef and of course the Pavlova with the option of specially selected wine pairings ($63).
 

Reservations from 5:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. (808) 944-4714 Confirm a table 24/7 on our website www.chefmavro.com.  AAA Five Diamond award 2011; the only Hawaii restaurant to hold the Three Toques 18/20 rating from Gayot; and Honolulu magazine “Chef’s Choice 2011.”  Farm-to-table contemporary regional cuisine.

‘gourmet’s dream’ valentine menu

the best of Provence and Hawaii

February 13 and 14, 2011  

OSETRA CAVIAR & OYSTER

california white sturgeon caviar, poached pacific oyster

celery root remoulade, champagne emulsion

paul & jean-marc pastou, 2009 sancerre, la côte de lury

foie gras parfait

green apple kanten, ume coulis, baby shiso

dr. f. weins-prüm, 2008 estate riesling, mosel

truffle poached egg “osmose”

peterson’s upland farm egg served with a potato mousseline

serrano ham ribbons

domaine zind humbrecht, 2008 pinot blanc, alsace

keahole lobster a la coque

cream of kahuku corn, chorizo puff, crustacean essence

dusted valley, 2009 viognier, yakima valley

or

our sommelier rare wine selection

henri clerc, 2008 puligny montrachet

(add 6.50)

100% wagyu beef

sautéed strip loin & braised short rib duo, no egg béarnaise

red cabbage marmalade, essence of sumida farms watercress

domaine serene, 2006 pinot noir, evenstad reserve, willamette valley

or

our sommelier rare wine selection

château rauzan segla, 2007grand cru classe  margaux

(add 6.50)

pre-dessert 

honeydew in champagne gelée

 Valentine’s pavlova

hawaiian vanilla meringue, raspberry poached in maple syrup

crème fraiche, valrhona chocolate bavaroise

domaine la tour vieille, 2008 banyuls

$140.00

wine pairings 63.00

 chef mavro – 1969 south king street, in Honolulu, jus to outside Waikiki, (808) 944-4714,  www.chefmavro.com.

Spice up your meal with some mighty fine win.

Flying to Honolulu on Hawaiian Air adds to the romance with the onboard Aloha spirit and amazing meals (yes you can still find good food aloft). Cupid’s tip: book in First Class, Hawaiian is offering special up grade fares at www.Hawaiianair.com.

Rock Your Lover’s Mojo on Valentine’s Day

Rock your lover’s mojo and amp up your own at a romantic resort with dreamy pampering, massage lessons, champagne and more….

Offered for the month of February at Terreana Resort and Spa, the package include:

Love Yourself Package:  two 30-minute mini services and a glass of champagne or smoothie (pick the bubbly). Cupid’s choices:  Rose Petal Soaking Bath; Chocolate, Vanilla or Rose Body Scrub; Reflexology with Rose Petal Foot Bath; Facial; or Massage. The package costs $150 per person and includes gratuity.

Loving Touch- In Room Spa Package for Couples:  Learn how to rub each other the right way with this in-room lesson by a massage therapist.  After you’ve mastered the techniques, you get to relax in a candle-lit rose petal bubble bath and sip champagne. The 75-minute Loving Touch Experience costs $250 per couple. 

 Couples Massage Package:  a 50-minute couples massage for $100 each is offered from Monday through Thursday and $125 on Friday and Saturday. Spa Couples Fireside

Couples Flickering Embers:  You get to canoodle and cocoon  in VIP spa suite by a warm fireplace wrapped up in nutrient-rich, detoxifying volcanic ash and washed off a neutral bath of fragranced essential oils and healing magnesium.  There’s an herbal elixir included along with a balancing abdominal massage of the Hara, the energy center of the body. Warm, comforting marine poultices are placed across the lower back, knees and neck, inspiring a deep relaxation and reconnection. Flickering Embers lasts 120 minutes and costs $325 per person–so it’s for the big spender.

For spa reservations, call 310-265-2740, 866-802-8000 or go to www.terranea.com

About Terranea Resort  is located 20 miles from Los Angeles International Airport, above the Pacific Ocean on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. Managed by Destination Hotels & Resorts.

Resort amenities include The Links at Terranea, a 9-hole par 3 golf course; The Spa at Terranea, a 25,000 square-foot oceanfront spa; and three unique swimming pools, one with children’s play area and a 140-foot waterslide. Three ocean view restaurants offer a variety of food and beverage experiences including Catalina Kitchen for casual, all-day dining; mar’sel, the free-standing signature restaurant; and Nelson’s, a cliff-side restaurant and bar with spectacular vantage points for whale watching. Designed to reveal the Resort’s dramatic outdoor vistas, Terranea’s conference and meeting facilities include 135,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting and event space. Other amenities include a children’s center with interactive programs and several miles of scenic bluff-top trails that connect miles of off-property coastal trails. A secluded beach cove also adds to the unique experiences at Terranea Resort. For more information visit www.terranea.com.