Online Community, Unicorn Moms Launches New App Along With UniCon

Online Community, Unicorn Moms Launches New App Along With UniCon

This past weekend, SoCal moms were treated to the first ever Unicon by founder, Maria Hunt. The event took place at the SLS Hotel on September 23rd and invited members of Unicorn Moms, an online community of more than 70,000 women, along with celebrity moms and media.  The event featured the announcement of the Unicorn Moms mobile app live today!

The Unicorn Moms app allows moms to embrace their individuality and connect with like-minded Moms in their area through increased geo-location capabilities.

“There are a lot of online support groups, communities, and even apps on the market that target moms but most of those apps focus around your child with tips ranging from finding the best babysitter to setting up playdates for your kids. Unicorn Moms is different because we focus on the mom as an individual and on her identity outside of motherhood. Moms love our Facebook community and website because they find it to be a safe place where they are free to express themselves and talk about their hopes, triumphs, and struggles without fear of judgment. With the mobile app, we’ve made it easier for moms to connect while on the go and set up grownup playdates with other like-minded women in their area,” said Maria Hunt, Founder of Unicorn Moms.

 

Both the Unicorn Moms site and app cover topics that Moms want to talk about, ranging from their favorite deals, cocktails, and recipes, to airing their dirty laundry or seeking advice on their career goals or marital challenges.

Unicorn Moms has one of the biggest national mom followings on Facebook. Unicorn Moms from all over the nation including Florida, New York, Texas, and San Francisco to attend the UniCon experience, with 300+ attendees in total.

We had the chance to sit down with Maria and ask her about founding both her company and the convention, as well as her experience with motherhood.  Check out our Q&A below.


  1. Q) Why did you decide to focus on the “bad/imperfect moms” or moms that don’t always follow the set rules with your community? Do you think taking that approach is what attracts people to your group because you transparent that parenting isn’t easy?

I think we are all bad moms to a certain extent. It’s exhausting and hard most of the time to be a mom these days. We are doing a lot more than our mothers did with us, it’s more pressure, time and energy. So it’s easy to be a “bad/imperfect” mom with all we have to do. Lunchables, TV & video game time, Youtube, ice cream for breakfast (yeah, I did it), etc. And despite what we see in social media, more and more moms can relate with this and not feel that they are failing because they are not the only ones. This is why I feel my group attracts so many moms, they can be themselves, get the support and the laughs.

  1. Q) What do you love most about motherhood? What has been the biggest challenge?

Well, I love it being a mom. I love to see my sons develop their own personalities and to see them grow, even if at times it makes me sad. I can’t wait for the day I can have a drink with them, instead of because of them.  The biggest challenge was trying not to lose myself in this whole mom thing. It’s difficult when you have to do so much for your family and still make time for yourself. It’s harder when our kids are younger, but like I always tell the group, your kids will leave you one day and then what? Make time, make friendships, and surround yourself with people that support you- your ideas and goals throughout this mom journey.

  1. Q) How was the first Unicon received. What did you learn and what are your plans for the future of the con? 

UniCon was so well received; the turnout was amazing! The moms had this event to look forward to for months, and I am glad I didn’t disappoint. I learned that it’s very stressful to put on and event like this, but hearing how this group has helped so many moms in all aspects of their life made it all worth it. I plan to take UniCon across the country in the future and give these moms an experience they all deserve.

Unicorn Mom Founder, Maria Hunter.

Ely Anne Vedar

Fashion & Lifestyle Editor

While California feels like it’s always been her home, Hawaii, San Francisco, Las Vegas and the Philippines are just a few places Ely Anne has lived thus cultivating her lifelong appetite for finding, trying and sharing new adventures, especially through food and wellness activities. She loves how food can always bring people together – anywhere, any time – and that’s what fuels her passion for public relations and marketing. Ely finds it invigorating to have a hand in seeing brands thrive in their community by using her PR, marketing and event production skills.

Halloween Happenings

Halloween Happenings

Dark Horse
WHAT:  
Dark Harbor, Southern California’s most authentically terrifying haunt, returns to the Queen Mary on select nights Sept. 28 – Nov. 1 with MORE monsters, MORE nights, and MORE mazes than ever before. All-new maze, FEAST, and Dark Harbor’s newest resident spirit, Chef, will make their horrific debuts along with the return of the infamous spirits of Iron Master, Captain, Samuel the Savage, Graceful Gale, Half-Hatch Henry, Scary Mary, Voodoo Priestess, Ringmaster, and hundreds of their bloodcurdling henchmen.

WHEN:
Public Opening: Thursday, Sept. 28, 8 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Dates: Select nights, Sept. 28 through Nov. 1

WHERE:
The Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90802
NEW EXPERIENCES:

  • Swelter with fear in FEAST Maze, 4th maze onboard the ship, for a terrifying journey into the legend of Chef
  • Venture into the frozen depths of Chef’s Meat Locker for a unique 7-degree ice bar experience
  • Stumble upon the secret hidden sidebar inside one of Dark Harbor’s mazes for a one-of-a-kind experience

NEWLY-INTENSIFIED RETURNING MAZES:

  • INTREPID: Meet the mastermind, the creator and now the protector of the Queen Mary, Iron Master.
  • CIRCUS: Step right up as the Ringmaster startles with disorienting illusions, maniacal magic acts, and a cadre of sideshow freaks.
  • DEADRISE: Captain and the dark vessel’s crew have risen from the deep for a battle against the living.
  • SOULMATE: Escape the gloves of Graceful Gale as she feverishly searches for her eternal mate.
  • B340: Descend into the insidious mind of Samuel the Savage to face his worst nightmares.
  • LULLABY: Hush Hush don’t cry; Scary Mary is just looking for her next playmate

ADDITIONAL ATTRACTIONS:

  • SIDESHOW: Step ‘backstage”, rub elbows with resident freaks, take in a show or a drink at the secret bar
  • CREEPY CABANAS: Host a private soiree, order a freak show, enjoy instant access to Sideshow & Swings
  • R.I.P. LOUNGE: Hover above Dark Harbor at the exclusive ghost-eye-view VIP bar with all-you-can-eat tacos
  • SINISTER SWINGS: Take a spin on the infamous Neverland Ranch Ride
  • MAINSTAGE: DJ spins between a variety of nightly entertainment shows, plus special guest performances.

TICKETS: General admission tickets start at just $24 online. Fast Fright, VIP and the Ultimate Scream Experience are available. Purchase tickets: http://queenmary.com

PARKING:

  • $40 for Premium Parking located in the Queen Mary parking lot
  • $15 for all-new Dark Harbor Express6pm – 1:30am
    • Board the Dark Harbor Express boat service (operated by Aqua Link) at Shoreline Village at the Aquarium of the Pacific for your short boat ride over to the Queen Mary. Round-trip fees on the Dark Harbor Express are $8 per person and the parking structure is located at 248 W. Shoreline Drive in Long Beach.  Cash only.
  • $15 for parking at Long Beach Courthouse6pm – 1:30am
    • Board a shuttle bus for your complimentary ride over to the Queen Mary located at 101 Magnolia Avenue in Downtown Long Beach. Cash only.

 Mr Bones Pumpkin Patch
A Boo-tique Pumpkin Patch by Mr. Bones is located at Platform LA – 8850 Washington
Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232
A Boo-tique by Mr. Bones opens from October 7 – October 31, Wednesdays – Sundays
(except October 30 & 31)
The hours are:
Saturday – Sunday, 10am-6pm
Wednesday – Friday, 11am–6pm
October 31, 11am-4pm
Additional hours available for special events and by reservation
This location offers a bountiful selection of fresh and unique pumpkins, exciting
activities for the six and under set, and a posh boo-tique featuring unique and curated
Halloween items for the most discerning witches and ghouls.
A Boo-tique Pumpkin Patch by Mr. Bones sells pumpkins in an incredible array of sizes
and varieties, and at all price points, ranging from just $1 for baby pumpkins to $80 for
jumbos.
 Daily activities at A Boo-tique by Mr. Bones include:
Kid’s Tipi Village
Pumpkin Cottages
Jumping Spider Bounce House
Maze-oleum
 Additional weekend activities include:
Face painting
Glitter tattoos
Pumpkin decorating

ADMISSION PRICES:
Weekday admission at A Boo-qitue Pumpkin Patch by Mr. Bones is $5 per person over 2.
Children and Adults receive a $5pumpkin coupon with admission.
Activities are always additional Weekday and Weekend.
Special Events have unique pricing.
 Weekend entrance fee is $10 per person, under 2 are free. Children receive 3 free
activity tickets with admission. Adults receive $5 pumpkin coupon with admission.
 Opening Day Special: October 7th, $5 admission to the patch all day, activities are
additional, under 2 are free. Adults and children receive $5 pumpkin coupon with
admission.
 Parking is available at the Platform parking structure at 8850 Washington Boulevard and
is not validated.

 Up to 1 hour/ $1
 Up to 2 hours/ $2
 Up to 3 hours/ $5
 4 hours/$10
 5 hours/ $15

 Valet parking is available on Landmark St. and is $12.

Haunted Little Tokyo

WHAT:  Go Little Tokyo proudly presents the inaugural Haunted Little Tokyo for “spook”-tacular events in the heart of LA on select nights October 1 – 31, 2017. Ghosts and Goblins of all ages are invited to experience Little Tokyo this October as the neighborhood transforms with pumpkin patches, ghoulish games, trick-or-treating, free Halloween movie screenings, Little Tokyo ‘haunted’ walking tours, themed drink specials, scrumptious food, and more culminating to the hair-raising fun block party and costume parade on Saturday, October 28.

DETAILS: 

Experience Little Tokyo like never-before as the heart of Downtown LA transforms for the month of October with spooky themed-activities and frightening fun. Pick your perfect pumpkin at the weekend pumpkin patches by Tanaka Farms at the Japanese Village Plaza and the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center. Dress up your little monsters for ghoulish games, trick-or-treating, and FREE family-friendly movie screenings including Studio Ghibli’s “Kiki’s Delivery Service” and “My Neighbor Totoro.”  Learn of the legendary Little Tokyo ghost tales and the city’s history in the Little Tokyo haunted walking tours, or test your fears watching classic Japanese horror flicks including the 2002 supernatural film “Ju-on: The Grudge.” Dress your best on October 28 as the month-long celebration culminates to a Little Tokyo block party with a costume parade, bar crawl, live entertainment, special food and drink discounts, and more.

WHEN:

Select nights October 1 – 31, 2017

Block Party is on October 28, 2017

For a full calendar of events visit: www.hauntedlittletokyo.com

WHERE:

Little Tokyo – Downtown Los Angeles

TICKETS AND REGISTRATION:

Free, depending on the activity. For more information please visit www.hauntedlittletokyo.com

PARTICIPATING STORES AND RESTAURNATS:

Proudly presented in partnership by Little Tokyo Community Council, Go Little TokyoAnime for HumanityCafe DulceWolf & CraneEast West PlayersJapanese American Cultural & Community CenterKizunaLittle Tokyo VibesMonkey PantsSeoul SausageTanaka FarmsJapanese Village PlazaLittle Tokyo Business Association, The Koban,Baldoria, and Japangeles.

My/Mo Mochi Takeover Day at the Museum of Ice Cream L.A.

My/Mo Mochi Takeover Day at the Museum of Ice Cream L.A.

Ice Cream and art… It’s the perfect combination of childhood dreams when referring to the Museum of Ice Cream in downtown Los Angeles. This Instagram-worthy exhibition has made waves across social media with its deliciously curated rooms of America’s favorite frozen dessert. The museum has gotten so popular that it even caught the attention of Beyoncé, who paid a visit with daughter, Blue Ivy, on Mother’s Day. Getting tickets to isn’t easy, though, as the website has been sold out for months. You have to sign up to MOIC’s newsletter to be notified once additional tickets become available. I had the pleasure of getting the inside “scoop” for SoCal Mag by being invited to celebrate the newest addition to the museum, My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream.

If you know anything about mochi, you know that it’s an absolutely delightful treat made up of ice cream wrapped in a unique mochi dough. For the My/Mo Mochi Takeover, MOIC is introducing patrons to some of My/Mo’s most indulgent flavors like Sweet Mango, Mint Chocolate Chip, and Ripe Strawberry throughout the tour. The pairing couldn’t be anymore ideal, and I loved it so much, that I just had to share the experience with SoCal Mag’s readers. The museum alone is already such a fun experience, mixing in multi-flavored ice cream treats only amplifies the event to another level.

If you don’t get a chance to visit the museum, My/Mo Mochi is available at grocers all across Southern California. Find the retailer closest to you HERE, and be sure to follow their mouth-watering Instagram, @mymomochiicecream. The Museum of Ice Cream is currently sold out at both its L.A. and San Francisco locations, but you can sign up for their newsletter HERE for updates on when tickets become available. Follow the #MOIC at @museumoficecream on Instagram.

(Photography by: Sebastian “Bash” Johnson)

 

Dunkin’ Donuts Teams Up With University of Southern California to Offer Free Beverages

Dunkin’ Donuts Teams Up With University of Southern California to Offer Free Beverages

“TROJANS WIN, YOU WIN!

 

WHAT: 

Dunkin’ Donuts, America’s all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods, has teamed up with the University of Southern California to launch the new “Trojans Win, You Win” program helping to celebrate college football season in true Trojan spirit. With each USC football win this season, Dunkin’ Donuts will offer DD Perks members a FREE medium hot or Iced Coffee the Monday after every Win. Anyone can join the DD Perks Loyalty program by downloading the Dunkin’ App and registering.
As an additional tasty treat to celebrate one of Southern California’s favorite teams, participating Dunkin’ Donuts locations will also serve USC themed donuts between Friday and Monday each week for the rest of the season.

WHEN:

The “Trojans Win, You Win” program kicked off on Sept. 4, 2017 and will run through the remainder of USC football’s 2017-2018 season.
Upcoming September games include:
o   Sept. 23 – USC vs. Cal (away)
o   Sept. 29 – USC vs. Washington State (away)

WHERE:

Participating Dunkin’ Donuts locations within Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and San Diego.
 
Enjoy while it lasts!
Win Fashion, Jewelry and More in 90 Seconds With Tophatter

Win Fashion, Jewelry and More in 90 Seconds With Tophatter

In perfect timing for when we all need to revamp our Fall wardrobes and start thinking about holiday shopping Tophatter is revolutionizing the e-commerce landscape with their 90-second auctions where bidders can score amazing fashion, jewelry, electronics and beauty products for up to 80% off

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Bids start at just $1.00 and buyers are protected by the company’s Buyer Protection program which allows buyers to return any item within 30 days of delivery to receive a full refund.

Tophatter is Co-Founded by Ashvin Kumar (Pictured Right) and Chris Estreich (Pictured Left) and based in San Francisco and Shanghai, China.

Tophatter’s app is now available in the Apple App Store and Google Play.

Ely Anne Vedar

Fashion & Lifestyle Editor

While California feels like it’s always been her home, Hawaii, San Francisco, Las Vegas and the Philippines are just a few places Ely Anne has lived thus cultivating her lifelong appetite for finding, trying and sharing new adventures, especially through food and wellness activities. She loves how food can always bring people together – anywhere, any time – and that’s what fuels her passion for public relations and marketing. Ely finds it invigorating to have a hand in seeing brands thrive in their community by using her PR, marketing and event production skills.

Jennie Garth Hosts Project Mc2 Part 5 Netflix Premiere at The London Hotel

Jennie Garth Hosts Project Mc2 Part 5 Netflix Premiere at The London Hotel

The London West Hollywood served as the venue to the Project Mc2 Part 5 Netflix Premiere, hosted by Jennie Garth along with her teenage daughter Lola, Tori Spelling and her daughter Stell, Jamie Lynn Sigler. Project Mc2 cast members Genneya Walton, Belle Shouse, Victoria Vida, Mika Abdalla, Ysa Panaerjo and girls from DIY Girls and Black Girls Code were also present to celebrate earlier this month.


Guests were treated to a private viewing of Project Mc2 Part 5 followed by a rooftop reception featuring interactive stations of the best-selling S.T.E.A.M. based product line for girls. Guests and girls from DIY Girls and Black Girls Code were able to create their own scents with the Project Mc2 Perfume Maker, apply Project Mc2 Experiment Dolls inspired Glue Tattoos, and play with the Project Mc2 Pixel Purse!

Jennie Garth and MGA Entertainment host the Netflix Series 'Project Mc2' Part 5 Premiere

The Emmy nominated series’ theme of “Smart is the new cool” was further celebrated by a special choreographed dance performance powered by Itel SMART bracelets to recreate a fun scene from the Project Mc2 series.

Project Mc2 Part 5 is now available on Netflix. #Smartisthenewcool

Ely Anne Vedar

Fashion & Lifestyle Editor

While California feels like it’s always been her home, Hawaii, San Francisco, Las Vegas and the Philippines are just a few places Ely Anne has lived thus cultivating her lifelong appetite for finding, trying and sharing new adventures, especially through food and wellness activities. She loves how food can always bring people together – anywhere, any time – and that’s what fuels her passion for public relations and marketing. Ely finds it invigorating to have a hand in seeing brands thrive in their community by using her PR, marketing and event production skills.

 

Not Your Usual Red Carpet -The 7th Annual HERO DOG Awards

Not Your Usual Red Carpet -The 7th Annual HERO DOG Awards

The American Humane Hero Dog Awards honors ordinary dogs who do extraordinary things.
LOS ANGELES, September 17, 2017 – Following nearly a million votes by the American public and the opinions of an expert panel of celebrity animal lovers and dog experts, Abigail, a one-year-old pit mix from Lehigh Acres, Florida has been named this year’s most courageous canine, besting 187 other heroic hounds and capturing the top title of “American Hero Dog” at the 2017 American Humane Hero Dog Awards®. The seventh annual Hero Dogs Awards will be broadcast nationally on Hallmark Channel October 26 at 8 pm ET/PT, 7 pm Central Time.

Abigail “Abi”

It wasn’t your usual red carpet style. Many of the honorees were naked and most paraded on all fours, though some reclined diva-like in their partner’s arms.  One was in a wheelchair—at least, her back half was.  Her front half, top-hatted, walked short and proud.
“Over here…Abi, Atlas, here…” the photographers yelled, gesturing for the honorees to face their way. Each immediately faced in the opposite direction. They weren’t being rude, that’s just what dogs do. It’s a syndrome.
One by one they inched along the carpet: mutts, most of them, not to the manor born. And though many were dressed to the nines, they remained canines nevertheless, with none of them a natural beauty queen.  Luca limped along with a plaster around her foot.  Atlas dragged his hips. Yet each had earned their place in the spotlight by the way they’d regularly comported themselves in life: with honor and dignity, despite the personal hardships that had elevated them from the doghouse.

Abi, in tutu and ribboned headgear, was the most affectionate pit bull I’ve ever come across.  When I bent down to pet her, she threw her arms (technically her legs) around my neck.  Her owner later explained that the elaborate red bow tied around her head camouflaged the place where her ear used to be.  “When we found her on the side of the road, half her face was torn off,” he explained. “We think she might have been used as a bait dog in dog fights.”

These were the kind of heartrending tales that abounded. The chihuahua “well, 99% chihuahua…we think she must originate from the Chi-Chi breed, ‘cause she’s so big,” was also found by the side of the road. After being adopted and trained as a hearing dog, that miniature animal hauled its hearing-impaired owner away from an oncoming train.
Then there was Mango, whose back was broken when she was run over by a car.  Despite her posterior wheeled support, she cut a star-studied picture in her turquoise sequined skirt and matching sequined hat.

“People send her clothes,” whispered the

Mango

chihuahua’s Dad, somewhat wistfully.  “She gets sent boxes of them from all over, you know, through Facebook and all those sites…people won’t stop sending her stuff.”  Mango was a runaway.  These days, she’s a fancy-dressed therapy dog, spreading the joy statewide.

After the red carpet, everyone trotted in for the Dinner.  Where, though, were the liver treats?  The meat-flavored waters?  This was a night when the doggy bags should’ve been the main event, but it was the owners who got fed.  It was fitting, though.  Seems to me those loving, caring rescuers were just as much the Heroes of the day.

Atlas the Wonder Dog

SHERAN JAMES IS A PRODUCER AND WRITER WHO HOSTS HER OWN RADIO SHOW AND PODCAST “THE SHARIN’ HOUR” on KX 93.5fm
THE HERO DOG AWARDS ARE ORGANIZED BY THE AMERICAN HUMANE ASSOCIATION 
Click here for this year’s finalists
Photographer:  Linnea Stephan/BFA.com
Celebrate National Cheeseburger Day with Umami Burger!

Celebrate National Cheeseburger Day with Umami Burger!

With the Fall season right around the corner, what better way to bid farewell to summer than with a Classic American staple? It’s nearly time to celebrate what is arguably the best food holiday in the entire year: National Cheeseburger Day! Monday, September 18th, is your chance to excuse gluttonous behavior and scarf down a burger or two, because this holiday only comes around once a year, and there is no better place to take advantage of National Cheeseburger Day than Umami Burger!

What is “Umami“?

If you don’t know, “Umami” means “deliciousness”. There are five key flavor distinctions, but Umami was commonly overlooked until a few years ago when the taste became a newly understood craze in the United States. Beyond sweet, sour, salty and bitter- the fifth flavor, Umami, is rich and savory. A word coined by the Japanese, Umami is a powerful force behind many food cravings and they are serving up some of the most crave-able creations in the industry. Some examples of Umami flavor include soups, noodles, salads, (Umami Burgers!) or other dishes containing high levels of mushrooms, chicken, beef, celery, fish, potatoes, and more.

Where is Umami Burger?

Umami Burger @ Santa Monica

Umami Burger @ The Grove

Umami Burger found its humble beginnings in Los Angeles, California nearly a decade ago, and has 26 blooming locations today: 14 in Southern California, 4 in Northern California, 4 in New York City, 2 in Chicago, 1 in Las Vegas, and 1 in Japan, which welcomed over 5,000 guests in just 8 days!

Amazingly, in an effort to get more people to experience the euphoria of Umami, the chain is undergoing an international expansion planned through 2020, reaching Dubai, London, Bahrain, and Asia to name a few.

How Can I Participate in the Festivities?

Here at home, Umami Burger will help ring in National Cheeseburger Day with a special $2 discount, which will only be accessible by following their social media account on Instagram, @umamiburger, and liking a special “holiday” post. That’s all you have to do!

Cruise on over to Umami’s Santa Monica location, or their restaurant at The Grove on September 18th, 2017 to show that you’ve liked the post, and receive your discount — applicable to any burger.
You’ll find epic menu items with unique cheese offerings, like The Manly Burger — voted best burger of 2016 by GQ, and the Sunny Side Burger. Where else can you get a burger slathered in beer-cheddar cheese, bacon, smoked-salt onion string and Umami ketchup- all in one place? Probably nowhere.

(And the Sunny Side burger with Parmesan crisp, fried egg, truffle thyme compound butter, truffled arugula and truffle aioli… absolutely unreal!)

What if I don’t Eat Meat?

The best part about Umami is that it isn’t exclusive to meat heavy dishes. So, if you’re vegetarian or vegan, feel right at home! Umami Burger has delicious “burger” options like The Impossible Burger, the Ahi Tuna Burger, and the Falafel Burger for alternative or non-meat eaters. Isn’t it nice to know that Umami Burger caters to non-conventional burger lovers so everyone can celebrate National Cheeseburger Day?!

Need More Reasons to Celebrate with Umami?

It should be noted that Umami Burger has ongoing collaborations with numerous influencers and celebrities where $1 of every burger sold goes to a charity of their choice. Umami Burger gives back, and to show just how impactful their collaborations have been, The Montecristo Burger created by Michael Voltaggio has raised over $150k. Umami Burger continues to work with Cindy Crawford, Slash, Alton Brown, and Andy Samburg among many others. You can also expect to soon see collaborations with Jaden Smith and Connor McGregor, which are sure to expand their contributions and touch the lives of millions all over the world.

National Cheeseburger Day is the perfect celebration to welcome “bulking season,” otherwise known as Fall and Winter. Bid an official farewell to your 2017 summer with this special offer on September 18th, at Umami Burger in Santa Monica or The Grove, and look forward to next year’s celebration!

Love Tribe Launches New Peanuts Themed Athleisure Collection

Love Tribe Launches New Peanuts Themed Athleisure Collection

No stranger to collaborations, popular juniors label, Love Tribe, has just launched its latest offering of athleisure with a special Peanuts collection featuring classic American cartoon star, Snoopy. SoCal Magazine thinks this line is perfect for back to school, and quite frankly, anything featuring Snoopy and Woodstock works for us anytime of the year. Check out Love Tribe’s official announcement below, and shop the new collection HERE.

    

We’re excited to announce that we’ve partnered with Peanuts Worldwide to launch a new collection of Peanuts-inspired pieces, available now at 250 Macy’s stores, LoveTribe.com and macys.com. Featuring the iconic and lovable Snoopy and Woodstock, our new athleisure collection offers young women comfort and style in these timeless pieces.

“We want girls to feel comfort in the clothes they wear, while having fun, hanging out with friends, lounging around, or being active,” said Bonnie Dogan, Vice President of Sales for Specialty Retailers at Hybrid Apparel. “This new collaboration brings girls that perfect combination of comfort and style, perfect for every day and every casual occasion. By mixing trendy Peanuts prints, inspirational quotes, and fun and flattering silhouettes, we made sure to have something for everyone in this collection.”

Bonnie said it all! We know comfort and style are the keys to satisfying today’s fashionable and active young women. Our new garments do just that and include inspiring and humorous slogans such as “Be Stronger Than Your Excuses,” and “Squad Leader.” We’re also pleased that the dynamic duo, Snoopy and Woodstock, are the two main featured characters in this collection.

“This new line is extremely different from our previous collaborations,” said Dogan. “Peanuts is an absolute classic cartoon that we all have a special place in our hearts for. We are happy to now offer our customers a sporty and athletic collection, versus one that is strictly fashion-based.”

    

Norah Introduces New Light Bite Menu

Norah Introduces New Light Bite Menu

   

Eclectic American restaurant Norah, situated in the heart of West Hollywood just launched a new light bite menu this week! Starting at 5:00PM daily before their full dinner menu begins at 6:00PM, ‘The Garden’ menu will offer refreshing cocktails, a rotating rosé of the week, and satiating bites including the Cauliflower Tartar and Smoked Trout Rillettes. Chef Mike Williams curated Norah’s menu to have an emphasis on locally-sourced seasonal produce, whole-animal butchery, and vibrant Los Angeles flavors. Norah recently expanded their space to allow for an indoor/outdoor lounge area perfectly suited for summer evenings and the new light bite menu. The open doors and skylights, leafy trees and foliage give Norah a captivating industrial elegance.

Adrienne D. Williams Presents MS.RPRSNTD – A Photo Exhibition Seeking That Spotlights The Misrepresentation of Women of Color in Media And The Skate World

Adrienne D. Williams Presents MS.RPRSNTD – A Photo Exhibition Seeking That Spotlights The Misrepresentation of Women of Color in Media And The Skate World

A passion project by Photographer Adrienne D. Williams, MS.RPRSNTD, is a four-day photo exhibition that seeks to bring attention to the overwhelming misrepresentation of women of color in media, and the underrepresentation of skater girls of color.

Williams states – “Growing up as a young black woman in the white suburbs of Metro Detroit, I always wanted to skate, but didn’t know how to articulate why I felt out of place or unwelcome at the time. I took a step back, and instead participated in the culture by working in skate shops and photographing skaters. The purpose of MS.RPRSNTD, is to inspire young women to overcome that fear, ignore that little voice of doubt and do WHATEVER it is they want to do. Whether that’s ride a skate- board, build a plane, be a Supreme Court Justice or a stay at home mom. This is why I’ve created images of beautiful and empowered women of color and I’m showcasing fearless girls who are out there skating every day.”

The exhibit – featuring skateboard decks adorned with portraits of women from Black, Hispanic, Asian and Middle Eastern decent, alongside phototographs of some of LA’s most promising skater girls – will take place at Space 15 Twenty, Urban Outfitter’s LA concept store, September 7th – 10th, 2017.

Daily activities include a Kick Push Workshop with Jazzmen Chavez, Adrianne Sloboh & Ruby York; A panel on September 9th hosted by Abby Allen and panelists being Mary Elizabeth Ellis, Ashlee Marie Preston, Candace Reels, Maricel Sison & Shawanna Davis and various open gallery hours.

A portion of proceeds from art and apparel sales will benefit Inner-City Arts, a non-profit organization dedicated to engaging young people in the creative process in order to shape a society of creative, confi- dent and collaborative individuals.

All events will take place at Space 15 Twenty, 1520 N Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028.

For more information and event tickets visit www.msrprsntd.com.

Ely Anne Vedar

Fashion & Lifestyle Editor

While California feels like it’s always been her home, Hawaii, San Francisco, Las Vegas and the Philippines are just a few places Ely Anne has lived thus cultivating her lifelong appetite for finding, trying and sharing new adventures, especially through food and wellness activities. She loves how food can always bring people together – anywhere, any time – and that’s what fuels her passion for public relations and marketing. Ely finds it invigorating to have a hand in seeing brands thrive in their community by using her PR, marketing and event production skills.

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