Beauty rituals

From the moment Cleopatra first outlined her eyes with crushed minerals, the beauty traditions of the past have intrigued and inspired women around the world.

For nearly two decades, the Dutch company RITUALS has won the loyalty of European women seeking ancient antidotes in modern times. The company has opened more than a dozen stand-alone boutiques in New York and California, and a namesake “shop-in-shop” just opened inside Macy’s at Fashion Show mall — the brand’s first foray in Nevada.

Every item in the line (there are more than 400, including fragrance, skin care, cosmetics, candles, clothing, home scents and more) is rooted in eastern wisdom. Each indulgence comes with the promise of boosting mindfulness and transforming a rushed pre-work or post-workout shower into an oasis of “micro-meditation.”

Signature collections include The Ritual of Sakura (the ethereal and symbolic cherry blossoms beloved in Japan); the Ritual of Ayurveda (based on principles of cleansing and balancing energies); the Ritual of Dao (the Chinese philosophy of harmony and energy), the Ritual of Hammam (based on purifying steam baths with refreshing eucalyptus and rosemary scents). There’s even a Ritual of Samurai for men and a Tiny Rituals collection made with gentle ingredients for sensitive skin.

Special pieces such as the silky Philo kimono ($260) with embroidered blossoms and cranes on the sleeves elevate the humble bathrobe to new heights.
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Constructed in 1906, Bently Heritage Estate Distillery’s mill was once home to the Minden Flour Milling Company.
The Napa Valley Wine Train offers a variety of excursions, including a new murder-mystery dinner ride. Photo by David H. Collier
The sisters also created a pair of pink sweats with a satin bow as part of their new clothing line.
After a two-year absence, Smith & Wollensky opened on the Strip and still features drinks with generous hand-pours. Photo by KeyLimePhotography
Bank Atcharawan is known for his expertise on rieslings, whose fruitiness complement Thai dishes. Photo by K.M. Cannon
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David Perrico’s Pop Strings Orchestra provided the evening’s entertainment.
Former Raiders quarterback Jim Plunkett, center, chats with attendees and shakes hands with Dave Melroy during the Raiders Foundation’s second “Celebrity Swing” at TopGolf.
American artist Aaron Taylor Kuffner created the sonic kinetic sculpture “Gamelatron Perhiasan Emas di Awn Hitam” or “Golden Jewels in a Black Cloud” for the new John Hardy store at The Forum Shops. Photo by Aaron Taylor Kuffner
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