Here at Mr & Mrs Smith, we’ve long been fans of the charms of the West Coast – palm trees, poolside cocktails, convertibles and gorgeous beaches (not to mention some seriously chic hotels) – which is why we opened our Los Angeles office in Santa Monica last year. Since we’re proud of looking our age, we threw a birthday bash to mark our first year in LA on the rooftop of West Hollywood’s glamorously bohemian Petit Ermitage hotel and invited some of our favourite local members to help us toast with Pressed Juicery-infused cocktails and learn about the latest trends in wellness and travel from a panel of experts.
Moderated by Suzanne Hall, editorial director at The Chalkboard Mag, our founders James and Tamara Lohan (the original Mr & Mrs Smith) were joined by holistic nutritionist Kelly LeVeque, celebrity makeup artist Katey Denno and Body by Simone founder Simone De La Rue to chat about their favourite wellness destinations, packing advice and why Vietnam should be next on your must-visit list. Here are our favourite tips from the night…
- Bring a chocolate protein pack in a shaker bottle and add it to your airport iced coffee – LeVeque calls the mix ‘the roadie’. She also recommends bringing packs of almond or coconut butters and chia seeds to create bespoke snacks on the go, and notes that including a mix of protein, fat and fiber in every meal will stave off hunger (keeping you away from processed mini bar snacks).
- After being introduced to neurocranial restructuring (a tissue treatment thatcan help with chronic back pain) by a specialist at Soneva Fushi in the Maldives, James is convinced that wellness healers (think specialized treatments like acupuncture) are the most luxe way to be pampered when you need some R&R.
- Tamara’s pro packing tip? ‘As many pouches as you can get your hands on. Compartmentalize everything, then you just take out bits and pieces – it’s like traveling with shelves’.
- Denno tells her clients to arrive to their flights makeup-free, then apply their favourite masks, moisturizers and essences after take-off to combat the drying effects of stale cabin air. Essential oils will do the job as well (not to mention mask odours of less pleasant passengers). Denno’s top choices? Peppermint or lavender.
- Want a wellness retreat that doesn’t sacrifice style? Tamara recommends Vietnam’s Fusion Maia resort, an all-inclusive hotel and spa that boasts the largest day spa in the country. With 22 treatment rooms, the resort offers guests unique pampering options that run the gamut from aloe immersions to crystal wand reflexology.
- LeVeque swears by wearing glasses with amber lenses before bed to block sleep-disrupting blue light (your cell phone is a major culprit).