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Pamper Me Fabulous, 3/7 @ Vibiana

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Pamper Me Fabulous had this spa-lover sold within the first minute of being there. Welcomed by a kind, gentle man dressed all in white (God? Is that you?), I was escorted to a leather chair and bade sit down. "Congratulations," he said, "for taking time to do something for yourself."

Congratulated for attending a spa day? So far, we're on the right track.

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Held inside Vibiana, a beautiful repurposed church, the event was billed as a day for women to be pampered and celebrated. Tickets were $100 for V.I.P. and $35 for general admission, and ten percent of sales went to Step Up Women's Network. While speakers on the patio outside covered topics ranging from plastic surgery to career advice, beauty and spa professionals were busily at work inside, doing their thing in pint-sized versions of their salons.

Guests could sign up for 15-20 minute treatments, but where to begin? You had your hair salons, nail salons, make-up studios, facials, massages, even teeth whitening. Fortunately, small platters of chocolate, cupcakes, brownies, coffee and tea were on hand to make sure that an unanswered craving didn't impede your decision-making process.

After careful consideration, I decided to stick to basics and go with a mani and a massage. The mani was from O.P.I., which recently opened a concept salon called ROB|B in Studio City. The treatment: outstanding. The color: glorious. And while I panicked for a split second that my wet nails would hamper my ability to pick up the free chocolate, they dried in minutes and never even smudged.

In the spirit of celebrating successful women, the Fabulous Female Awards ceremony was held at noon on the patio. Councilwoman Jan Perry introduced the host, Panney Wei, an energetic lady who doled out awards and recognition to the nominees and winners, Alice Crisci and Dr. Marjorie Domingo.

The event wrapped up at 1:00 p.m., but I was able to squeeze in my massage at The Lounge Spa before grabbing my swag bag and heading to the parking lot. And sweet Jesus, am I glad I did. Anita, my massage therapist, worked magic in the 20 minutes of quality time she spent with my back. I'm not always much of a massage person - if it's not good, my mind begins making to-do lists, rendering the experience highly stressful - but by the time she was done my neck was relaxed, my back was relaxed, even my semi-unemployed brain was relaxed.

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The event is held during Women's History Month, to emphasize that this is all about the ladies. While it may be a bit of a stretch to call a spa day "empowering," overall, very well-played, Pamper me Fabulous. An excellent event for an excellent cause.