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We each have time-tested O.C. spa indulgences that always hit just the right spot. But a new year (and V-Day) means venturing out for enticing new offerings at SoCal’s best retreats. > > > If you already love the magic hands at the Spa at the Island Hotel , try the Aromatherapy Massage ( $140 ) using intensely sensual, organic Jamu oils for a supremely relaxing head-to-toe rubdown. > > > Meanwhile, at St. Regis, Spa Gaucin ’s CoffeeBerry Facial ( $180 ) delivers the ultimate in anti-aging by way of rich infusions of the miracle-working coffeeberry. > > > For further rejuvenation, Clarins ’ spa at Nordstrom Costa Mesa intros a completely hands-on, customized Radiance Reviver facial ( $90 ), using new brightening PRO potions. > > > If you need to travel to escape, visit Ojai Valley Inn for a breakthrough HydraFacial ( $360 ), the gentle alternative to microdermabrasion, which improves texture and fine lines. > > > To banish the winter blues, Spa Las Palmas at Rancho Las Palmas debuts the Salty Mango ( $200 ), a scrub-massage combo followed by a dish of mango sorbet. > > > To take hedonistic opulence totally over the top, try Spa by La Prairie at the Beverly Hills Hotel ’s Ultimate Indulgence ( $500 )—two hours and four hands’ worth of full-body exfoliation, hydrating wrap and caviar massage. –K R kicksTAnD cool Huntington Beach bike advocate eva lewington. 32 | | Februar y 2011 s pa o ja i p hoto courtesy oF o ja i va lle y inn ; e va le w ington p hoto by jacob duehring the radar | now ! surrenDer sTops The tranquil entrance of spa ojai at ojai Valley inn. sweet retreat who’s that girl Reinventing the Wheel W hether we’re heading to a gala or Pilates, we refuse to sacrifice style. At the helm of fusing fine fashion, green living and community, are Huntington Beach’s Eva Lewington , 25, and O.C.’s chapter of the Cycle Chic movement ( cyclechicsundays. com ). Originated in Copenhagen, the blog spurred a global movement and documents fab t wo-wheel commuters. Lewington leads rides in O.C., encouraging riders to wear their Sunday best. – Stefanie Phan it’s a social project. It’s about spending time with friends and making new ones while riding bikes and looking chic. Our approach to cycling is “style over speed,” and once a month we meet on Sunday afternoon and take a scenic spin around town. We want to show that the bicycle is an alternate mode of transit for daily activities... we’re an accidental advocacy group. Have you been into bikes long? My boyfriend is a cyclist and I’ve worked as Felt Bicycles’ creative designer for three years. Fave local route? My boyfriend and I love riding around east Costa Mesa, admiring all the cute and quirky houses. We always stop at Eat Chow. You never ride without... A scarf ! If not around my neck or tied in my hair, then it’s fastened to the front of my bike basket. W hat’s up next? We’re having an event soon at The Lab, with a ride and big fashion show. Explain the blog. It’s more than a blog; Skin Picks!