Friday, June 20, 2014


……..…..nestled in the arty area of Frogtown/Atwater Village. On Riverside Drive, it’s in the most unassuming building so that you’d most likely drive right past it.


There is a Pilates studio on the ground floor.



And the amazing ‘Doll Face Skincare Studio’ of Lila Castellanos is right behind it on the ground floor.058

And here’s the Bettie Page lookalike and wonder worker beautician Lila C.


It was love at first sight but when I left it was jaw dropping awe!

I had Lila’s signature treatment, ‘The Doll Face’.

This particular treatment is customized for each client based on their skin needs.  Imagine getting a complete skin analysis before starting!  Amazing!!!

This was followed by a double cleanse and one of them was with the Clarisonic sonic cleaning system.  Next came an exfoliation, a lifting and toning massage followed by a lipid-intensive hydrating masque and at that same time I was on cloud 9 with a hot stone massage on my arms, neck & chest.  Then Lila gave me the most relaxing, awesome massage on my hands, arms and shoulders  which I desperately needed. Oh my….. Forget body massages, this is the real deal and will definitely do it for me!!!

The masque was removed and customized finishing products were applied which included a peptide-rich anti-aging serum, an antioxidant-rich hydrating moisture and eye cream.

Need I tell you I did not want to get up and was so calmed I staggered to my car.  Really!

Lila also offers Oxygen Facials, Microcurrent Facials, Diamond Microdermabrasion & Clarifying Acne Treatments as well as Eyelash Extensions, Tinting, Eyebrow Shaping & Tinting and Waxing Services.

I don’t usually do this but the new me is going to plan on seeing Lila at ‘Doll Face’ once a month! Join me & we’ll have a party!



Thank you Kat for this special treat….you’re a treasure!

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There is no avoiding the pull of the internet, the blogs, the YouTube imaginings. It's as if we're all 'On the Road' with Jack Kerouac each in our own world of meanderings. When we tell someone to 'get a life' it might be a bit difficult when you're dragged into other people's 24/7.

I've come to realize two foundational principals, there are no accidents and everyone has a purpose. More and more I'm desiring everyone to come into a full realization of their purpose as we all find our way on this little jewel of a planet.

For me, as a professional 'Western style artist', I stumbled into Chinese Brush Painting after a trip in 1980 to Monet's home/garden. Seeing all of his collection of Japanese woodblock prints was an ahh haa moment for me and when I returned to the States I started painting in the Chinese manner and never looked back. The first year was extremely painful for me as I felt that I should be able to master the technique since I was a 'trained' artist. Not a chance ... that just gets in your way.

Now, after teaching close to 3,000 students and having my book 'The Ch'i of the Brush' published by Watson Guptill, I can say that every one of my students does better their first day than I did my first year! Why? Because I insist that they leave their critical parent outside and just enjoy the journey, respecting the work that they do. I never let anyone throw anything away because that just ingrains frustration and defeat.

We really only begin to learn when we stop and figure out how to 'save' a painting. It works every time.I am so proud of my students, their receptivity and eagerness to express themselves is a continuing blessing for me.So, back to finding your purpose. Perhaps it starts with realizing 'it's not about me'. It so easy to want our needs met and to filter everything thru this attitude. When we realize that we're here to be of benefit to every life that we touch the universe really provides the ways and means.

The best part is that it's really exciting to not have yourself on your mind all the time!I'm re-reading a wonderful book about authenticity and in my next meandering I'll tell you about it. In the meantime I'd love to hear about your journey and am here to answer any and all questions about Chinese Brush Painting.