Orbitz’s Roadtrip Guide to Honoring LGBTQIA+ History Month

Orbitz’s Roadtrip Guide to Honoring LGBTQIA+ History Month

Did you enjoy Pride month this year? Surely it was enough to make up for lost time in 2020, right? If not, you’d be glad to know that the celebration continues.

Celebrating Pride goes beyond the month of June, and as we look for new ways to honor and celebrate LGBT History Month this October, Orbitz has created an interactive LGBTQIA+ Civil Rights Road Trip Map featuring 14 iconic destinations that have shaped the history and pride of the LGBTQIA+ community.

Orbitz’s newest guide for planning a historic-drive road trip or digital adventure features landmark destinations in every corner of the U.S., including the Equality House in Kansas, the Transgender Memorial Garden in St. Louis, and well-known favorites such as the Harvey Milk House in San Francisco and Stonewall Inn in NYC. Below, you can find the full list of popular destinations featured in the interactive map, as well as LGBTQIA+ friendly hotel partners. The Orbitz team have also broken down the list by region for those looking to travel closer to home this fall.

Orbitz LGBTQIA+ Civil Rights Trail

Northeast

  • Stonewall Inn – New York City, NY

  • Dr. Franklin E. Kameny House – Washington D.C.

  • Arch Street Friends Meeting House – Philadelphia, PA

Midwest

  • The Legacy Walk – Chicago, IL

  • Transgender Memorial Garden – St. Louis, MO

  • Equality House – Topeka, KS

  • Matthew Shepard Bench – Laramie, WY

South

  • The Jungle and Juanita’s – Nashville, TN

  • UpStairs Lounge Arson Attack – New Orleans, LA

  • Pink Dolphin Monument – Galveston Island, TX

West

  • Mattachine Steps – Los Angeles, CA

  • The Castro Camera and the Harvey Milk Residence – San Francisco, CA

  • Bailey-Boushay House – Seattle, WA

  • Liberace House in Las Vegas

LGBTQIA+ Friendly Hotels

VYBES and PizzaSlime Launch Limited-Edition Functional Wellness Drink

VYBES and PizzaSlime Launch Limited-Edition Functional Wellness Drink

When you think of Halloween treats, candy might come to mind. However, there’s a new special spooky drink on the scene – if you can find it.

Streetwear and meme brand PizzaSlime has partnered with functional wellness brand, VYBES, to launch their limited-edition Watermelon Slime beverage, available now! Both brands collaborated on this new flavor to help consumers slow down and destress. Watermelon Slime is a professional-grade drink for the ultimate chiller: the easy-going, go with the flow person (or those who TRY to be).

VYBES has created a celebrity cult-following, including Benny Blanco, Seth Rogen, Kim Kardashian and more, thanks to its emphasis on using ingredients to boost mind and body, while fighting off stress. Together, these highly effective plant-derivatives improve mood, mental clarity, and the body’s immunity & vitality.

The limited-edition Watermelon Slime flavor is available for purchase online at idrinkVYBES.com and exclusively at Erewhon for $35.94 for a 6 pack.

  • 40 calories, 7 grams of sugar. Certified Vegan & Independently Lab Tested
  • Fresh watermelon & sour cherry juices make for a delicious, exhilarating, refreshing and mind & body stimulating beverage.
  • Not too sweet, you get that nice burst of tartness from the sour cherry & lime juices.
  • Activated by 25mg hemp CBD
Care for the Different Layers of Your Skin

Care for the Different Layers of Your Skin


You may remember talking about the various layers of the skin in biology class, but how does that apply to taking care of your own face in your beauty routine? Taking care of your skin means going deeper, and taking care of all the layers beneath. Depending upon which source you consult, most people consider the human skin to have between seven and eight layers. Although certain skincare practices Are purely surface level, there is so much more that you can do to take care of the whole of your skin. Here are a few things that you can do to make sure that you’re taking care of the different layers of your skin.

Use Chemical Exfoliators

Although chemical exfoliators might sound a bit harsher than physical exfoliators, the truth is actually the opposite. Most products can only penetrate the uppermost layers of the epidermis, as the skin’s natural barriers are designed to keep harsh and abrasive particles out. When you use scrubs and washes with beads, you can cause breakage and damage that ultimately harms the skin. Instead, go for a chemical exfoliator.

Always Moisturize

Speaking of protecting your skin’s natural barriers, moisturizing is always important, no matter what skin type you have. By using a moisturizer at the end of your skincare routine, you can offer a bit of extra protection by locking in moisture and preventing transepidermal water loss from taking place.

Avoid Alcohol In Your Skincare Products

Although it can sometimes feel satisfying to use products that contain alcohol — think of that clean, refreshing feeling that many toners and witch hazel products can leave on your skin — alcohol can actually throw your skin’s layers completely out of balance. Specifically, alcohol can strip your skin of the natural oils that it needs for protection and hydration, drying out the epidermis and causing damage to your skin over time with repeated use.

Try a Deep Mask

Just because you don’t want to cause deep damage doesn’t mean you can never go deep with your skincare treatments. In fact, there are plenty of times that going a little beneath the surface is important. In the case of things like blackheads, using masks and products that are intended to go deeper into the epidermis can help fish out excess debris and sebum that you can’t get from traditional products. Ingredients like clay and activated charcoal can be fantastic for this.

Head to a Professional

At the end of the day, the only person that is specifically qualified to go deeper into your skin on a consistent and regular basis is a skincare professional. Whether you schedule regular visits to the dermatologist to plan out your skincare regimen or you book a bi-monthly facial with your favorite aesthetician, putting your face in the hands of a professional is a great way to cover all your bases.

Taking Care of Your Skin, Top to Bottom

There are so many ways that you can take care of your skin from the top to the bottom. By avoiding harsh products and chemicals, moisturizing regularly and going to a professional when you can, you can make sure that your skin is always at its best, even in the places you can’t see.

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Chamberlain Coffee Now Available at Erewhon Locations

Chamberlain Coffee Now Available at Erewhon Locations

What goes with coffee better than doughnuts? Shopping!

Emma Chamberlain’s coffee brand, Chamberlain Coffee is doing big things – and in doing so – is now available at all Erewhon Market locations. That’s right, your favorite store just got even better! What’s better than coffee and shopping? Coffee and doughnuts, and shopping!

To celebrate, Chamberlain Coffee will be hosting a pop up on October 23rd at Erewhon’s Palisades location (15285 Sunset Blvd, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272) hosted by Emma Chamberlain. There, guests will enjoy a special $5.99 cold brew + a free salad — Emma’s favorite: Kale, Avocado and White Bean salad — while supplies last.

Even if you are unable to make it to sip on one of the biggest coffee brands making waves this year, you can still catch the below Chamberlain Coffee items at all Erewhon Market locations.

  • Social Dog Blend – Coffee Bag (Ground): A Sweet & Velvety, Medium Roast

  • Family Blend – Coffee Bag (Ground): A Smooth & Rich, Medium Roast

  • Fancy Mouse Blend -Coffee Bag (Ground): An espresso blend

  • Family Blend – Steeped 10 Pack: A Smooth & Rich, Medium Roast

  • Social Dog Blend – Steeped 10 Pack: A Sweet & Velvety, Medium Roast

  • Cold Brew Elephant – Large Cold Brew Bags: A handy, fashionable, and functional accessory to help you carry all that stuff you just bought.

Introducing whisl: Innovative CBD Vape to Manage Mood

Introducing whisl: Innovative CBD Vape to Manage Mood

It’s that time of year when we start contemplating the upcoming holiday season. What’s a good gift for him, her, and them? Well, as always, we’re in the business of making gift searches a little easier. With that said, you can mark one, or even a few people off of your holiday gift list with this innovative company, whisl.

Last month, Canopy Growth Corporation, a world-leading diversified cannabis, hemp, and vaporization company, announced the launch of the company’s first-ever CBD vape, whisl. The sleek, nicotine-free CBD vaporizer is designed to deliver the wellness effects of CBD from morning, throughout the day and into the night.
 
With an innovative design that incorporates custom, interchangeable pods, whisl offers three uniquely formulated options to help consumers dial into their desired effect – focus, calm, or winding down before bed – as their needs and activities shift throughout the day, including:
 
  • Tune In Pod: Focus on the task at hand.
  • Intermission Pod: Relax throughout the day.  
  • Fade Out Pod: Get ready for bed.
 
Crafted with Canopy Growth’s category-leading science and rigorously tested for quality, safety, and efficacy, whisl offers a convenient and immediate way to manage your mood and experience the benefits of CBD – conveying effects within seconds or minutes as compared to longer onset CBD ingestibles.
 
“At Canopy Growth, we are pioneering the concept of using CBD to help consumers manage their moods at any given time of day,” said Andy Lytwynec, Vice President, Global Vape Business at Canopy Growth. “With whisl, we want to empower consumers to quickly achieve focus, calmness or prepare for sleep with a modern CBD solution that is fast-acting and can fit seamlessly into anyone’s daily routine.” 
 
Each whisl pod contains 200 mg of premium CBD isolate, a purified form of CBD, sourced from licensed hemp providers within the United States and no THC. whisl devices come in two sleek colorways – Warm Grey and Deep Blue – and feature a rechargeable aluminum battery and a host of industry-leading safety and quality features, including: 
 
  • Automatic shut-off temperature control 
  • Precise glass-atomizer heating 
  • UL-certification 
  • Rigorous third-party testing and inspection
 
Through an exclusive partnership, whisl will be available on store shelves at 3,000+ Circle K convenience stores nationwide beginning October 1 – marking Canopy Growth’s largest national retail launch yet. With an MSRP of $39.99 for the starter kit and $19.99 per package, whisl delivers an effective way to harness CBD wellness at an accessible price point. Beginning today, whisl is also available for purchase online at Canopy’s one-stop U.S. ecommerce destination, www.shopcanopy.com
 

For more information about whisl, visit www.enjoywhisl.com

Earth & Star Launches Organic Ground Coffee, Dark Chocolates, and Tinctures

Earth & Star Launches Organic Ground Coffee, Dark Chocolates, and Tinctures

If you’ve been paying attention to the food and supplement space, you’re very aware of the mushroom wellness wave. A number of companies have sprouted up offering their own spin on wellness foods and supplements using fungi. One brand, however, has an interesting approach to the market, offering all the amazing benefits, but without impeding upon your routine. Earth & Star, the functional mushroom brand bringing powerful immune-supporting benefits by way of ready-to-drink lattes, has expanded their product portfolio and launched Organic Ground Coffee, Dark Chocolates and Tinctures

The launches mark exciting growth for the brand, and Earth & Star founders and wellness industry veterans Zoë Sakoutis & Erica Huss – who are the former co-founders behind the wildly successful BluePrint Cleanse of the mid-2000s – believe that fungi is the future. As the power duo owned the juice cleanse space, they are now taking over the functional mushroom category and rather than expecting consumers to add yet another product to their wellness repertoire, Zoë and Erica’s line of RTD lattes, Ground Coffee, Dark Chocolates, and Tinctures serve as a seamless integration to supercharge our daily routines, making wellness easier and accessible for all.

As founders at the forefront of the mushroom movement upon us, the pair offer incredible insight into the mushroom movement, and benefits of their products:

  • BluePrint Product Pioneers + Fungi Forerunners – As creators of the multi-billion dollar cold pressed juice industry through BluePrint Cleanse, pivoting to the crowded adaptogen and functional foods category wasn’t the most expected step for Zoë and Erica. Explore why they’re leaning into the true, enriching roots of wellness and how Earth & Star is developing the magical world of mushrooms differently (100% fruiting bodies vs typical mycelial-based products on the market).

  • Adaptogens For XY & Z – In the midst of the pandemic and political + social turmoil, consumers have sought out ways to boost immunity, ward off viruses, ease anxiety and discover simple, yet effective, ways to be well. As such, the ‘magic mushroom’ market within the wellness industry has skyrocketed, offering an adaptogenic product for just about every need. Products made with functional ‘magic mushrooms’ offer everything from focus & clarity to immunity, muscle recovery, and balancing hormones.

  • 4th of Wave of Fungi – Adaptogenic mushrooms have been used for centuries, but there is still a lack of education and stigma surrounding some mushrooms. The 4th Wave of Fungi will take the combined power of industry leaders in the health & wellness industries to show how mushrooms can deliver on the promise to create homeostasis in the body — from relieving depression and reducing physical stress to providing glowing skin, and more.

The line-up of new and existing products feature the brand’s signature synergistic blend of mushrooms that provide lasting therapeutic doses of calm, focused energy, immune support and more. Never sacrificing on quality or taste, the adaptogenic infused products tastes just like your favorite brew, matcha latte or chocolate, and are plant-based, organic, and without refined sugar, preservatives.

Meet The New Products

Earth & Star Ground CoffeeDark Roast, 1,200 MG Functional Extracts Per Serving, USDA Organic, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Small Batch
Pricing/Where to Buy: $24.99/bag | earthandstar.com/products/organic-ground-coffee 

Earth & Star Organic Mushroom Dark Chocolates: First certified organic dark chocolate that delivers on flavor and the functional benefits of adaptogenic mushroom extracts. Science backed ingredients that targets performance, brain function, and immune support.
Flavors: Minty (Defend), Coffee (Perform), Orange (Glow), Salty (Think)
Pricing/Where to Buy: $50/12 bars | earthandstar.com/collections/chocolate 

Earth & Star Tinctures: Take two dropperfuls daily and put them in any vehicle you like – coffee, tea, water, smoothies, etc! Flavors have different functions including cognitive support, glowing skin, immune support, and more.
Flavors: Brain Drops (w/ Lion’s Mane), Beauty Drops (w/ Tremella + Shiitake) and Everything Drops (w/ Lion’s Mane, Reishi, Chaga, Cordyceps and Turkey Tail)
Pricing/Where to Buy: $34.49/unit | earthandstar.com/collections/tinctures

About Earth & Star

Founded in 2020 by serial wellness entrepreneurs and thought leaders Erica Huss and Zoë Sakoutis, Earth & Star is a functional mushroom company bringing powerful immune supporting benefits through ready-to-drink lattes, coffee and chocolate, available nationwide. Enhanced with a therapeutic dose of the most powerful adaptogenic mushrooms (Lion’s Mane, Cordyceps, Reishi + Chaga) to create the ultimate “entourage effect”, Earth & Star’s products provide your daily dose of calm, mental clarity and immune support to supercharge your everyday routine. To experience Earth & Star, visit EarthandStar.com and @earthandstarco #thefutureisfungi 

Kiva Confections Gets Spooky with Blood Orange Camino Gummies

Kiva Confections Gets Spooky with Blood Orange Camino Gummies

When it comes to Halloween, there’s so much out there to help set the spooky mood.

Even when it comes to your favorite edibles, there’s something to help get you in the spirit. Kiva’s Blood Orange Camino gummies are exactly that. Kiva’s Blood Orange Caminos are the perfect match for any scary movie nights, pumpkin carvings, or costume parties you have planned this Hallow’s Eve. With a sweet, tart flavor and an exhilarating blend of sativa terpenes, Blood Orange Camino is the only treat you’ll want this Halloween — keep the tricks.

In addition to Blood Orange, Kiva is known for their wide variety of flavors, including Pineapple Habanero, Watermelon Lemonade, Midnight Blueberry, Sparkling Pear, Yuzu Lemon, and Wild Berry. As if that weren’t enough, Kiva Confections offers chocolates, chews, mints, and bites — all a variety of treats covered, stuffed, and made with dreamy goodness.

Grab them before they’re gone! Blood Orange Camino will only be available for the month of October at California dispensaries, while supplies last.

Cloud11 Launches for an Elevated Edible Experience

Cloud11 Launches for an Elevated Edible Experience

There are edibles, and now there are luxurious edibles. DTC brand Cloud11 made its debut on September 8th, merging culinary artistry with cannabis craftsmanship. Cloud11 offers a new wave to shake up the industry with artfully infused cannabis confections, all painstakingly hand-crafted in LA and deliberately low-dose to help individuals enjoy the multi-sensory tasting experience without the worry of overindulgence. 

Born out of a desire to offer more than just a traditional cannabis edible, Cloud11 is co-founded by Chef, Sommelier, and Entrepreneur Nicholas Pritzker, and Eleven Madison Park alum, Chef Manuela Sanin. The duo set out to create a newfound edible experience that marries creative passion, culinary excellence, and sophistication. Cloud11 kicked off their launch with an exclusive yacht party aboard the Ramble on Rose.

Cloud11’s three debut flavors include:

  • Salted Peanut: As an elevated take on the classic, beloved peanut butter cup, Cloud11’s Salted Peanut is a silken, creamy peanut butter ganache encased in delicate, decadent dark chocolate finished with small-batch hand-crafted sea salt from Amagansett Sea Salt Co. Wonderfully smooth, each bite brings subtle waves of sweetness balanced perfectly with a wash of slight saltiness.

  • Strawberry Pink Peppercorn: Featuring strawberries from L.A. institution Harry’s Berries, Strawberry Pink Peppercorn is creamy and complex with a floral pink peppercorn twist to create bright and bitter bursts of flavor. Fresh and alluring, this one of a kind can’t help but melt in the mouth. 

  • Black Sesame Yuzu: With Wadaman sesame paste sourced from Japan, Black Sesame Yuzu is sensual and sophisticated. The toasted nuttiness of sesame unfurls alongside the fresh sharpness of yuzu. Earthy tones sit sumptuously alongside brilliant, bright citrus before fading away into a subtle smokiness.

Cloud11 is available via white glove delivery exclusively in Los Angeles at www.findcloud11.com. Each flavor is available in 11-piece tins with two dosage options: 2mg THC/2mg CBD or 4mg THC/4mg CBD. Single tins feature one flavor in one dosage and retails for $90, while double tins can combine two flavors and dosages, and retails for $170.

10 Bad Habits That Affect Your Skin

10 Bad Habits That Affect Your Skin

Skin care has become so much more popular in recent years, and for good reason! Skin care is about so much more than looking beautiful — although it can certainly do that too. Caring for your skin is about caring for the inside of your body as well as the outside, just like any other health and wellness routine.

There are so many ways that you can take care of your skin, and just the same, there are plenty of bad habits that might be impacting your skin. While of course everybody is different, there are a few universal skin care tips that are worth trying out no matter who you are. If you’re curious about the kinds of habits that can affect your skin, here are just a few of them.

Not Drinking Enough Water

Staying hydrated is one of the most important ways to keep your skin healthy, and therefore not drinking enough water can have its consequences on your skin. Whether it comes as a result of dehydration or drinking sugary sodas and coffees, lacking water can contribute to dryness and breakouts.

Eating Processed Food

Similar to sugary drinks, processed foods filled with artificial sweeteners, processed sugar, white flours and complex fats can cause breakouts, excess sebum and oil that you’re likely in the market to avoid. Of course, everything is okay in moderation, but it’s best to keep processed food to a minimum.

Using Physical Exfoliators

This is a bad habit that can often be in good faith — while using scrubs, brushes and loofahs can sometimes feel good in the moment, it can actually cause abrasion and break down the moisture barrier that your skin needs protection.

Extra Hot Showers

Super hot showers, much like physical exfoliators, can feel good in the moment, but they are often much too harsh, especially if you have sensitive skin. Instead, try to take warm showers so you can relax and take care of your face.

Going to Sleep In Your Makeup

It can be tempting to crash at the end of the day without doing your evening skin care routine — especially if you’re extra tired. But going to sleep in your makeup is actually a bad habit that can cause breakouts, irritation and excess sebum and oil. Try to at least cleanse with micellar water before you hit the hay.

Drinking Alcohol

Alcohol is another habit that can affect your skin. Specifically, if you struggle with rosacea, hyperpigmentation, redness or dryness, drinking regularly can often trigger those skin issues. Try cutting back on alcohol or even going completely sober to see how your skin reacts.

Changing Products too Frequently

It can be fun to change up your skin care routine whenever you catch wind of a fun new product you’re itching to try — but let’s not forget that skin care routines are important for a reason. When you find products that work for your skin, you should keep them in your rotation.

Smoking Cigarettes

Smoking cigarettes is bad for your health, but it’s also bad for your complexion. If you smoke cigarettes, try to cut back or quit, as they can cause premature aging, spots, hyperpigmentation and breakouts.

Skipping the SPF

Speaking of premature aging and spots, skipping out on sunscreen is one of the most common bad skin habits. Make sure that even during the colder months you keep applying an SPF of at least 30 before you leave the house in the morning — you’ll thank yourself in a few years.

Popping and Picking

Although pimple popping videos can sometimes be satisfying to watch and even satisfying to reenact, it can actually be a very bad idea to pop and pick when you have breakouts. Not only can it get bacteria underneath the surface of your skin, but it can also lead to scarring and spots.

Bad Skin Habits to Kick

Taking care of your skin is truly about going from the inside out. From the food that you eat to the way that you hydrate yourself, and even the temperature of your showers, there are so many places that you can improve your habits in order to take better care of your skin. Do you have a tendency towards any of these habits?

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