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Located in Sorrento Valley, BARRE + bay wreath is an Insta-worthy, minimalist studio that’s raising the barre for fitness and community. And while you can definitely expect challenging, ballet-inspired, total-body toning workouts, the modern wellness brand is so much more than that.
BARRE + bay wreath is also connected to a bohemian floral studio, coffee shop, and charming retail boutique, making it the ideal spot to hang out with your barre besties after class or to stop in on a lazy Saturday for a latte and a fresh flower arrangement.
If you're swinging by for a workout, you're in for a real treat. The classes at this boutique space feature exercises studied and approved by physical therapists and are all about small movements and big results. Think isometric movements that fatigue, elongate, and stretch muscles to build strength and flexibility. That might sound easy, but trust us — it gets intense, fast.
Don't worry, though, they offer a range of classes for all levels, so whether you’ve stepped up to the barre more times than you can count or you’re a complete tuck and pulse newbie, you'll find something for you. Plus, between their quick, 45-minute express workouts and their extended, 75-minute sessions, you’ll be able to get into the studio no matter what your schedule looks like.
Get ROOTED with a classic technique breakdown complete with tried-and-true barre moves. Or, slow things down and sign up for their RESTORE class, a barre-based series that includes restorative stretching exercises meant to leave you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. But if you’re ready to kick things up a notch, you can’t go wrong with RISE, a challenging, cardio-based mashup that’ll push you to your edge. Fitt Tip: grip socks are required, but if you don’t own a pair, the studio has you covered.
While we can’t get enough of BARRE + bay wreath's full-body barre classes, it’s hard not to get distracted by the dreamy marketplace at the front of the studio. A picturesque space filled with flowers, retail items, stationery sets, and some seriously good coffee, we don’t blame you if you find an excuse to stay all day.
So, order a cold brew and catch up with friends, channel your creativity in one of their bouquet making workshops, or snag a pre-made seasonal bunch on your way out the door. One thing's for sure — whether you’re heading over for a solid sweat or a killer cappuccino, you’re in for an afternoon of fun and good vibes.
Things are weird. Times are changing. It seems like just when we’re starting to get a grip, there’s another surprise. When it comes to beauty, we've had to adapt on our own due to salon closures, keep an eye on preparations and protocol changes during those closures, try to know what we’re doing before booking an appointment once they reopened, and maybe even brave the journey back to the salon. Whether you live in a place where salons are open, you’ve experienced a second shutdown, or you straight up haven’t had a haircut since March, we can all probably agree that we’re expecting some differences in the salon and spa world thanks to COVID.
We wanted to gauge how everyone is thinking and feeling about all this, so we put out a poll on our Instagram, asking you all what you expect from beauty salons right now.
Here’s what you had to say...
53% of you have returned to the hair salon by now, while 47% of you have not. This makes sense, because every area of the country is different when it comes to cases, closures, and mandates, and every person is different when it comes to risk and safety.
While many hair salons have begun operating outdoors due to government regulations, 58% of you said you’re fine with getting your haircut indoors, while the other 42% are more comfortable keeping it outside.
58% of you said you’d rather go to your hair salon than have your stylist come to you. I get it, home is a safe space, probably shouldn’t let any outsiders in.
69% of you said you’re “totally!” going to tip more for services once you start receiving them again. During this time without our stylists and aestheticians, I think we all realized how much we need them and appreciate them, and many of us are willing to show them a little extra gratitude to make up for the time we spent apart.
But, most of you aren’t. 56% of you said you have not cut or colored your own or a friend’s hair, because it was too risky, while the other 44% just “had to!”
Only 29% of you have returned to nail salons, while the rest are sticking to at-home manicures. Maybe we’re all just getting really good at it? But probably, it’s because a lot of them are still closed down, or because it’s a little more difficult to get a pedicure outdoors (we need our massage chairs!).
Our last poll question asked about what differences you’ve all noticed when heading back to the salon, and you all had a lot to say...
It’s a beautiful thing to see how the salon and spa community has come together, taken precautions, and adjustments, all so they can continue to help us look and feel our best. If you haven’t spoken to your stylist lately (or even if you have), don’t forget to shoot them a thank you and let them know you appreciate them.