FAN CLUB BY NEHA GANDHI
Following her insightful Expert interview, Girlboss COO and Editor in Chief Neha Gandhi shares a selection of her favorite products and places to primp, dine, replenish and sweat in New York and Los Angeles.
U.F.O. Face Oil by Sunday Riley
This is the dream serum for anyone who deals with some acne but not a ton of it. I break out here and there and see bumps, and this gets it under control and keeps my skin looking bright—but unlike most salicylic acid products, it doesn’t dry your skin out.
Golden Folk Wellness, Los Angeles
This Silver Lake wellness boutique is where I go for acupuncture. I see a wonderful woman named Daphne Lim who is kind and lovely to be around, and also really good at her work. I feel instantly relaxed when I step foot inside this place.
It took me a long time to find a great nail place in LA, but this is it. The space is lovely, there are a few location (I go to the West Hollywood one), and their extended wear polish really does last a few weeks (without the challenges of removal that gel nails pose).
I used to hate hot yoga, but this works for me. I like that it’s drier infrared heat, and I really like the format of the class. You do three cycles of three series of poses. The first cycle you go slowly, the second you do one more per breath, and the third you go at your own pace. I love tracking where I am in the class and pacing myself accordingly. I don’t do well with freeform, in case you were wondering.
Mh Zh Restaurant, Los Angeles
This is my favorite restaurant in LA so far. It’s this tiny, unassuming Israeli place that only serves dinner and writes out the menu on paper bags.. But you don’t need the frills when the food is this good. Get the hummus. Get the cabbage. Really, get everything - it’s called the fire menu, and for around $120 you literally get everything on the menu.
Laser by Monica in NYC
Monica Heller is this incredible entrepreneur and technician who operates an independent laser hair removal studio. She is the loveliest person and so wonderful to be around when you are being tortured by hair removal - but even more importantly, she has a method where she numbs the skin with cold air instead of a cream of some kind, and it really does make the process easier.
BKR Water Bottle
Sophia, my boss, gave me mine, and I love it. It’s beautiful, it’s huge, and it’s glass. That means I drink a lot more water than I would out of a tiny 500 mL bottle. It also means I’m not creating plastic waste. And it kind of functions as an accessory (which gets many compliments on zoom calls).
It’s hard to think of a time before I realized that spending $45 to have my hair blown out was entirely worth it. That time was approximately 18 months ago, but still. There is nothing quite like the confidence a blowout gives me, and I love that this is close to my home, easy to book day of, and I can be in and out in 45 minutes.
UCLA Guided Meditation
I try to do this every day. It’s free, it’s online, it’s not too intrusive (I don’t like to meditate solo, but at the same time, I don’t like guided meditations that are too ‘talky’). It’s the perfect way for meditation beginners to build their practice.