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Melissa Curtin covers charity and style related events and loves to cover LA's best in beauty, fashion, and culture. She is an educator who recently returned to the classroom to motivate and inspire third graders at a private school in Pacific Palisades. In 2012, she launched an educational T-shirt line called Wear2learn. When she is not working out, hiking a canyon, or at the beach, she is writing. Her latest dream come true has been travel writing for Johnny Jet.

After teaching in the Maryland public school system for almost a decade, she left the conservative East Coast environment in Washington, DC for West Coast living. Eager for adventure, inner growth, and a new environment, she packed her car and took to the open road on her own landing in her new home - Hollywood, California. As a Connecticut Yankee at heart, she has now lived in Los Angeles for six years surrounded by the stars.

Melissa graduated from Gettysburg College with a double major in psychology and art history. Soon after, she earned a Master's Degree in education. Melissa traveled around the world on Semester at Sea, and earned a Fulbright Scholarship which enabled her to teach in England. A lust for travel and learning has fueled her globe trotting ever since. Some of her favorite destinations are Costa Rica, Thailand, Fiji, Morocco, Vietnam, Belgium, Italy, Sicily, Prague, Egypt, Australia, Greece, and Paris.

Los Angeles has won over her heart. She is constantly taking advantage of what LA LA Land has to offer - new boutiques and restaurants, finding great deals, discovering new hikes and beaches, music, and West Coast fashion.

Spa Night Out Hosted By Eventbrite LA and Spaphile At Burke Williams West Hollywood


Eventbrite/LA Marketing Manager Leila Najafi with writer Melissa Curtin. (Photo credit: facebook/Eventbrite)

A night of pampering occurred Thursday, March 28 at my favorite spa – Burke Williams in West Hollywood. Thanks to the hosts Eventbrite LA and Spaphile, guests could get a private massage, hand massage, polish change, sample new products after putting their faces into a machine that analyzed their skin, and enjoy healthy treats and snacks from Pretzel Crisps, Sprinkles, and Cocomojoe Foods as well as drinks from Pom Wonderful, Resource Natural Spring Water, and Vita Coco.

This girls’ night out was a great way to meet new friends and have a night of relaxation. Eventbrite/LA Marketing Manager Leila Najafi and Spaphile did a great job at building awareness of brands and connecting people. I had no idea that connecting people is what Eventbrite is all about! Their online ticketing site enables anyone to be an event organizer. Whether you are hosting a cooking class, a charity event or a festival, Eventbrite has the tools you need to collect payment, promote and, sell out your event. If you  love to attend events, they have a directory of events at Eventbrite.com. Their motto is to bring the world together through live experiences.

Spaphile.com is also another way to save money on spa services. The members-only health and beauty community strives to connect consumers with the top local health and beauty businesses. In addition to its online membership program, Spaphile hosts many exclusive VIP beauty events introducing its members to featured companies and brands.  My massage by long-time Burke Williams veteran Amahit was off-the-charts incredible. I highly recommend her if you want expert hands making your aches and pains go away.

Guests took home generous gift bags filled with goodies.  Some of my favorite products, and newly discovered ones, are:


Guest Spa Night at Burke Williams thanks to Eventbrite Spaphile. (Photo credit: Facebook/Eventbrite)

OPI nail polish,
H2V Buff scrub sold at Burke Williams,
Funky Violet Love headbands,
gift cards to downloadable workout programs at www.itrain.com,
Uber ride credits, where you can use the UBER app and can order a car just about anywhere to pick you up,
Ziba beauty brows now at Fred Segal in Santa Monica,
Sumita beauty eye pencil – so creamy and stylie-style,
Diamond Radiance Eyepads by Knesko skin for under eye treatment that are perfect for on the go,
NYX Cosmetics – Love all their products like eyeshadow, eyeliner, and more,
an edgy braided gold leather bracelet from Santana Silver – custom leather and silver goods,
full leaf mango honey tea from Vibrant Culture,
nylon bath massage gloves,
and strengthening hair serum from Nick Chavez Beverly Hills


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