While here you have to live it up like a celebrity and spend a day getting pampered. There are so many options I can't even begin to really do it justice so I will throw out a few options for people that may not have the time and or money to go to a spa. Here is my take on a do it yourself spa day. I started the day with Yoga to relax and soak up some sun. Then I had a hair appointment at my favorite salon. I go to Salon 36 in Bixby Knolls - a trendy neighborhood in Long Beach. The owner Jody is amazing and takes great pride in her art and skills. Next, eyebrow threading. I never had my eyebrows threaded until I came to California. I go to Ziba Beauty because its convenient, fairly cheap, and I had a groupon. Then of course a Mani/Pedi is essential especially if you're planning on wearing sandals. My place of choice is Happy Nails. There are plenty of locations and again a pretty decent price. Lastly, a massage to end the day is ideal. Massage Envy is great again because of there are multiple locations and they are consistent. All of the places I chose are chains so the products are simple and of course affordable. Everything above can be done for less than $200. You can do all of the services above or just stop in for one service on your way home from work. The only downfall about doing a spa day like this is having to drive to all of the places, so have a friend chauffer you around!
If you really want to have an unforgettable California experience spring for an all inclusive spa. Glen Ivy is a popular one that a friend has recommended.
After a great day of spoiling yourself, have a drink, throw a party, or go out and dance, all of which I did after my do it yourself spa day!