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Treat Yourself to a Beauty Date This Saturday on West Third Street

Welcome to Perfect Saturday, a semi-regular Racked feature in which we outline the best places to shop and spend the afternoon in a particular neighborhood, starting with brunch and ending—who knows!

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Whether your Saturday evening plans include a hot date, a promising party, or just a solo binge-watching session of Orange is the New Black with a glass or two of vino, we're recommending an afternoon devoted to making yourself look and feel your absolute best—from the inside out. There's practically no better place to get all your beauty needs tended to in a three-block area than Beverly Grove's West Third Street, so we've compiled this list of to-dos for getting fit, fed, and feeling fly in the neighborhood.

Follow our guide, then hit the town—or the couch—with your newly upgraded style.


West 3rd Street

When we dream up our Perfect Saturdays, our first focus is usually food. But based on the butt-kicking you'll get with sweaty a session at AuraCycle (8231 W 3rd Street, Ste E), brunch might be better left as treat-yo-self moment after class. Take in either a 45-minute core-challenging class, or if you're really down to work, a 60-minute version that includes interval training. The good news is the studio makes indoor cycling less scary, and more like a party with upbeat, EDM-heavy playlists and cool, club-style lighting. Afterward chill out with complimentary cold eucalyptus towel and a shower (the studio offers two in the locker room).



Now that you're on a serious cycle-high and have burned close to 500 calories, you totally deserve to brunch like a chic Parisian at Little Next Door (8142 W 3rd Street). Grab a spot on the airy sidewalk patio (just like in France!) and enjoy poached eggs basquaise (with bell peppers, tomato confit, fingerling potatoes, kale, and goat cheese) or smoked salmon benedict plus a latte (if you're lucky you might get a kitty face artfully drawn in your foam). Then finish with a pain au chocolat because, why the hell not? This is your day.


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Start your beautification with a stop at Benefit (8387 W 3rd Street), a glamorous, 1950's style storefront for the beloved brand that always seems to make cosmetics super fun. The expert crew here offers services like makeup and lash application and waxing, but we're all about the brow-boosting combo of shaping (via wax, threading, or tweezing) and tinting. Snag any of their best-selling "fake-up" products (try the Posietint for a natural looking pink flush) and you'll probably even head out with a sample or two in tow.


West 3rd Street

Now that your face is fierce, let's talk about that hair. For a mere $40, Drybar (8379 W 3rd Street) will wash, dry, and whip that mane into submission. Choose from cocktail-inspired blowout styles like the Mai Tai (loose waves) or the Manhattan (classically sleek) and sip on a glass of bubbly for the ultimate pampering. Want to add roughed up texture, extra height, or a braid? Their list of add-on services will help further customize your desired 'do. Good hair day? Check.


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Upgrade your wardrobe with some of the elevated basics at Anine Bing (8130 W 3rd Street). Though the Danish designer's goods can get a bit pricey (buttery leather ain't cheap, you guys), consider investing in timeless but definitely-not-boring pieces like a lacy bralette or bodysuit, sexy silk maxi dress or romper, and perfect-in-every-way white silk blouse. You can ask Santa for those gorgeous moto boots or suede pumps.