(Contributing Editor: Anthony C. Stafford) If you’re seeing a blissful, colorful, vacation-like ad recurring on social media, chances are you’ve seen Vital Proteins‘ coveted Collagen Waters! This hot new must-have refresher is taking over by storm, and SoCal residents can now purchase Collagen Water at Costco, who’s selling variety packs nationwide.
What is Collagen Water?
Collagen Water is Vital Proteins first ready-to-drink product that offers 10 grams of proprietary Collagen Peptides, 3g of sugar or less (from real fruit juice), and reverse osmosis H2O to help you hit refresh on your morning routine, during a cool down after a much-needed sweat session, or as a grab on-the-go anytime, anywhere hydrator. Collagen Water is packaged for convenience and comes in 5 different flavors, including Original, Blackberry Hibiscus, Lemon Ginger, Blueberry Mint and Strawberry Lemon. Delicious!
What does this Collagen Water intend to do as it hits the scene? The goal is to ween everyone off of the not-so-healthy “ades,” and onto something natural, that’s also packed with essential nutrition that the body can use more efficiently. Each drink is the perfect single-size serving to throw in a bag while traveling out and about this summer. Vital Proteins Collagen Water offers hydration, protein, and… That’s right — collagen, as the name implies! Using only high quality, all-natural ingredients, Vital Proteins contains key proteins and nutrients needed to look and feel your best while the collagen improves hair, skin, and nails within just a few weeks! It’s only become easier to make this summer heat bearable, so go easy on yourself with Vital Proteins.
Delicious Ways to Drink More Water
Read on for tips directly from the Vital Proteins team on how to improve and increase your consumption of Earth’s essential life-giving ingredient. (Courtesy of Jenn Randazzo, Associate Director of Education at Vital Proteins)
How can someone know how much water they should actually be drinking? While the general recommendation is to drink eight glasses of water a day (sigh), hydration needs are truly different for each of us! When working with my clients, I encourage them to take a peek at their urine to best determine their hydration status. The ideal color should be a pale, or light, yellow. Dark yellow means you’re probably dehydrated, while completely clear could indicate you’ve maybe drank a little too much. Drinking water is incredibly important because it helps to support the body’s ability to achieve fluid homeostasis, or fluid balance. Along with eating a diet rich in water-dense fruits and veggies, drinking water helps to support optimal hydration and electrolyte status. I always make sure to have easy access to water, whether it’s having a hydroflask on my desk at work or sipping a refreshing beverage in my car, like Vital Proteins’ new Collagen Water.
Some of us may have had a rough start when it came to getting our bodies and health summer-ready. Guess what, though? It’s never too late to hop aboard the fitness and wellness train! Vital Proteins is popping up at The Grove this summer, from July 26th through August 4th with lots of fun activations — including workout classes, afternoon mani, cocktail hours, meet & greets and more. With yoga, dancing, boxing, and so much more, it’s a good idea to check out Vital Proteins for more information and scheduling on each event (or read on) in order to get prepared for full-body wellness!
All attendees are required to RSVP for each event.
Here are a few highlights attendees can look forward to:
Meet & Greet w/ Gold Medal Gymnast Nastia Liukin
Cycle House Spin Class w/ Nichelle & Aaron Hines
Summer Slim Down Class w/ Katie Dunlop
WEEK 1 Friday 7/26
RISE & SHINE FULL BODY WORKOUT w/ LINDSEY HARROD (@LINDSEYHARROD) 8:30 AM
Get ready for the weekend with Lindsey Harrod’s full body workout
SUMMER FRIDAY MOCKTAILS 1 pm
Raise a glass to Summer and stop by for Collagen Water inspired mocktails
MEET & GREET w/ GOLD MEDAL GYMNAST NASTIA LIUKIN (@NASTIALIUKIN) 10am – 1 pm
Meet Nastia Liuikin, an Olympic gold medalist and sip on some complimentary celery juice (her fave!)
CYCLE HOUSE SPIN CLASS WITH NICHELLE & AARON HINES 4 PM
Come ride with us as Cycle House takes over the Grove on Bow Street
SUMMER SLIM DOWN CLASS WITH KATIE DUNLOP (@LOVESWEATFITNESS) 9:30 AM
Sweat it out with Katie Dunlop and her full body workout
COLLAGEN & SNO CONES 10:30AM-1:30PM
Chill out with an ice cold treat at the Cabana brought to you by Sno Cone Amore
YOGA W/ RENEE BARGH 8 AM
Start your Monday right with a class with fellow yogi Renee Bargh
AFTERNOON MANIS by OLIVE & JUNE 3-6 PM
Get pampered by manicurists from Olive & June for complimentary Vital Proteins inspired nails
BOXING CLASS w/ DILLAN OSTROM (@DILLANOSTROM) 8 PM
Stop by for a boxing inspired workout with Dillan Ostrom
WEEK 2 Wednesday 7/31
COREPOWER YOGA CLASS 8 AM
Stretch it out with a morning yoga class brought to you by CorePower
MOLLY GREEN HANDSTAND WORKSHOP 9:15
CHARLOTTE TILBURY REFRESH
Swing by the Cabana for an afternoon touch up
BOOTY WORKOUT w/ BETINA GOZO (@BETINAGOZO) 7 AM
Wake up and sweat with Nike Master Trainer Betina Gozo for an AM booty workout
AFTERNOON MANIS by OLIVE & JUNE 3-6 PM
Get pampered by manicurists from Olive & June for complimentary Vital Proteins inspired nails Friday 8/2
SUNRISE YOGA w/ MARY BETH LARUE (@MARYBETHLARUE) 9 AM
Rise & shine at the Grove with an early morning yoga class by Mary Beth LaRue
MOLLY GREEN HANDSTAND DEMO 10 AM
Get some one on one tips from yogi Molly Green
SUMMER FRIDAY MOCKTAILS 1 pm
Raise a glass to Summer and stop by for Collagen Water inspired mocktails
DANCE CLASS + MEET & GREET WITH ANGEL MERINO (@MAC_DADDY) 9:30 & 10:30
Dance with your favorite beauty influencer & say “hi” after class
LIVE PODCAST TAPING WITH ALMOST30 6-8 PM
Join us with Krista Williams and Lindsey Simcik from Almost30 for a live podcast taping in Alo Yoga’s studio as they discuss all things lifestyle & wellness
WELLNESS PANEL WITH CARINA WOLFF (@KALEMEMAYBE), MAX LUGAVERE (@MAXLUGAVERE), & JENN RANDAZZO 1-3 pm
Come listen to wellness influencers Max Lugavere & Carina Wolff chat with our in-house RD Jen Randazzo on all things wellness & nutrition
LAUREN GORES MEET & GREET 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Stop by and talk all things beauty with Summer Friday’s Co-founder Lauren Gores
Lights, cameras, action… Food, music, fashion! These are the staples that make up almost all of Southern California’s events, and it would be a disservice to attendees if even one of those necessities were forgotten. It’s a perfect formula, and emerging denim brand, Majority Denim, is looking to take advantage of what much of SoCal’s population thrives on — while also directly connecting to striving artists and influencers for amazing opportunities.
On Thursday, July 25, 2019, from 7 pm to 10 pm, Majority Denim will hold their first major event, titled “Meet the Majority – How Style Sounds”. This free special event is a celebration of a new beginning in Los Angeles for Majority Denim. This innovative, high-quality fashion brand, is designed to style all genders, and proceeds from every item purchased from the brand will be donated to charity. While designated to be an evening where fashion meets music, Majority Denim plans on introducing their new influencer program, “Meet The Majority”. The Majority influencers will unveil their creative craft by showcasing their custom denim pieces in collaboration with Majority Denim’s Creative Director/Co-Founder, Christian K.
Even more exciting, the event will feature live music performances from Jeff Bernat (@jeffbernat) & Nathi (@nathiofficial) with their original music. Fortunately, the fun doesn’t stop there, as the evening will also include a Majority Denim pop up shop with a DIY Custom Station, complimentary bites and drinks, a live DJ (DJ Street Fox) & live music, a performance by The Mob Dance Company (@themobdanceco), and a night of mingling with the trendsetters and tastemakers of LA. This special event will be held at As We Dwell, located in the Arts District of Los Angeles, at 440 S. Alameda St. More information about this new and beautiful location can be found on their website, while more details about the event can be found on Eventbrite.
Features and benefits of the “Meet The Majority – How Style Sounds” event include:
An estimated 1K+ attendees throughout the event.
An expansive network of fashionable artists, musicians, actors, dancers, and business entrepreneurs.
An innovative denim company fresh to the fashion scene introducing high quality styles fit for all genders.
A showcase of the “Meet The Majority” Brand Influencers custom denim styles created with the Creative Director/Co-Founder Christian K. The influencers collective network spans over half a million followers across digital media platforms.
“Sharing a sense of style through community, innovation, and unity. We don’t need to fit in, we stand out” – Majority Denim
“An innovative, high quality fashion brand, designed to style all genders. Made in Los Angeles. A team of veteran denim makers with over 30 years of experience using high quality Italian, Japanese, Brazilian and American denim. We are on the path of discovering the ‘nu’ generation movement and merging it with consistent high quality and tradition.”
Majority Denim also has a recently launched YouTube Channel where they give exclusive access to their business, their partners, lifestyle, and design process. Click the play button below for a deeper glimpse into what the fresh LA. brand is about.
LA nights are often subject to parties and gatherings all over the city, but on the evening of July 11th, a different kind of gathering took place. From 6 pm to 10 pm, this event gave back in one of the most heartfelt ways possible, and helped to cast away darkness encompassing the lives of today’s innocent children. The Bohemian Ball, a charity event created by Natalie Backman and The Young Leaders Council, gathered notable guests of the Agoura Hills community to raise funds for powerful social change. Among the crowd was Actress/comedian, Anjelah Johnson; Musician, Manwell Reyes; Singer/songwriter, Tyrone Wells; Buzzfeed actress and comedian, GloZell Green, and Actress/comedian, Angel Laketa Moore, to name a few.
The Bohemian Ball was created to bring awareness to the non-profit, Unlikely Heroes, an organization that rescues and rehabilitates child victims of sex trafficking all around the world. The Young Leaders Council created a presentation demonstrating how important Unlikely Heroes’ work is by highlighting the success stories of children they’ve been able to save within their program. Singer/Songwriter Tyrone Wells performed a medley of songs while guests enjoyed a dinner, drinks, and desserts. The event managed to raise just under $50,000 for the organization’s efforts, which is sure to go a long way in helping children worldwide.
While it may be pretty straightforward to believe that the funds raised will provide a shelter for the children, they actually go much further to include healthcare, education, recreational activities, rehabilitation resources, love, and hope to the rescued victims of sex trafficking domestic and abroad.
About Unlikely Heroes
Unlikely Heroes, is a local non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating child victims of sex trafficking in countries such as Nigeria, Thailand, Mexico, and the Philippines, as well as the United States. The organization strives to rescue and rehabilitate all of these children — as well as post trauma therapy, education, medical care and job training and most importantly, a happy, healthy childhood.
About Natalie Backman
Natalie Backman is a yoga teacher, and the Founder of Imagine Fest. Originally from Washington State, Natalie has called Los Angeles home for nearly seven years and has been teaching yoga for five of them. She is currently a 500-hour Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher of the Himalayan Tradition and is working toward certification in ParaYoga with Rod Stryker. She teaches weekly at Agoura Power of Yoga as well as Horizons Senior Center, MUSE School, and for several private clients. She, along with the entire Imagine Fest family, donates her time and energy to offer healing and empowerment to their local community, as well as an opportunity to be the change we wish to see.
If you haven’t already taken a summer vacation, odds are you will soon. And if you have taken that summer vacay already, you’ll probably be taking another one or doing some outdoor activities at the very least. For that reason alone, we thought it would be a great opportunity to revisit footwear brand MOBS Design. After all, in LA’s summer fun (and heat), comfort is a top-notch priority — and MOBS is here to delivery just that. If you missed our previous coverage of MOBS’ amazing brunch event, you can catch up here. Otherwise, keep reading to learn more about why we’re revisiting this amazing brand!
MOBS Design is a staple for the shoe connoisseur, and they’ve been creating extremely comfortable, light-weight, and attractive shoes for both men and women. With a variety of eye-catching styles, the shoes truly fit whatever occasion life can throw at you. From running and exploring the city, to picking up the kids after work, MOBS has taken into account that we live diverse and busy lives. As a result, the company’s offerings transcend the demands of daily life.
In addition to the many styles, MOBS features an easy-on-the-eyes array of color combinations to further meet your particular tastes. Whether you’re feeling sporty and need a breathable knit finish, or life is demanding something more formal to match your slacks, this brand has your feet covered with all-leather finish options. When we last met with the MOBS team, they wore their favorite pairs of stylish designs, and spoke eloquently of their mission, creative and design processes, and what’s to come in the company’s future. Here’s what that vision is like today, plus a little more insight from MOBS’ Founder and CEO, Alexandre Benaim, in a special Q&A interview:
Where do you find inspiration for the aesthetic of MOBS?
“I find my inspiration in culture all around the world but also in design, architecture, art, photography, cartoons, sport wear, work wear, combat wear, materials, high end and any fashion to create versatile sneakers that work in any situation and allow to be active and dress-up.”
What sparks your ideas, visually? Why unisex?
“Sneakers are functional product by definition which makes our designs are driven by technics and comfort. Otherwise I believe that men and women can definitely wear the same colors and materials.”
What are your imperatives as a creative director?
“Find the meaning without losing the goals. Create the aesthetic without losing the comfort. Build the story without losing the identity.”
How do you keep creative integrity and originality within the footwear market, while so many brands are copying from each other?
“We are not chasing the trends, we are not reinventing the wheels… In fact we are just trying to offer the best version of classic silhouette by offering a minimalist timeless design.”
Who would you describe as the quintessential MOBS consumer?
“Any active, nomadic people with a free state of mind.”
What direction would you like to see MOBS grow toward in the future?
“I would love to establish MOBS as a relevant high-end, athletic lifestyle brand with a diversity of products.”
Everyone has remarked the extreme comfort of MOBS shoes. What is the secret?
“The magic recipe! We design and engineer a real athletic in-sole and out-sole combined with leather uppers, and even the entire linings of all our models are made from natural leather. We have been through all the details to offer the best possible comfort.”
What is your favorite shoe from the collection, and why?
“Tough question… But the high top is really an awesome version of what I think is the most emblematic sneaker’s silhouette.”
MOBS Design brings innovation, unique colors, high-quality materials and undeniable comfort to the table. LA summers have become notorious for all there is to do regarding entertainment and activities — as well as the scorching weather. The MOBS brand is a refreshing eye-magnet in the world of sneakers, and it’s reassuring to find a brand of shoes that can bring many miles of durability to the feet of consumers in an extremely versatile and stylish way. Simply put, the shoes are just so damn cool!