Travelocity and Thrifty Car Rental Give Away $25,000 Road Trips

Travelocity and Thrifty Car Rental Give Away $25,000 Road Trips

The travel bug has spread as the weather heats up, and Travelocity is reporting that family travel is at the top of the wishlist for those who have not roamed since the start of the Pandemic. This summer is forecasted to be the season of family reunions, and as such, Travelocity, the trusted resource for all things family travel and safety, is teaming up with Thrifty Car Rental to take two family reunions on the road with an all-expense paid road trip worth up to $25,000.

From Monday, May 17, 2021 through Monday, May 31, 2021, individuals will have the chance to score the best family reunion around the Lone Star State or American Southwest, and the entry rules are incredibly easy!

On TravelocityxThriftyRoadTrip.com, customers can submit a short essay on why they want to take their family on a road trip of a lifetime to enter the giveaway. Travelocity and Thrifty Car Rental will select two winners, who will receive an email notice in early June. Winners will be able to invite nine family members (10 individuals total) to hop aboard their road trip with a predetermined, curated itinerary, to either central Texas or across southwestern US national parks.

The Spare Room Reopens with Live Jazz at The Roosevelt Hollywood

The Spare Room Reopens with Live Jazz at The Roosevelt Hollywood

Summer is on the horizon, people are getting vaccinated, and mask rules are loosening up a bit. You know what that means: everyone’s social life is set to make at least a limited return!

And just in time, hospitality duo Med Abrous and Marc Rose of the newly named Call Mom announced the reopening of their alfresco cocktail experience, The Spare Room…Somewhere Else, at The Hollywood Roosevelt last Thursday, May 13th.

Nestled behind the hotel’s iconic David Hockney painted pool, Abrous and Rose created an intimate outdoor oasis perfect for safely gathering together and enjoying cocktails alongside small Italian-inspired dishes. Playing games continue to be a focal point of The Spare Room DNA thanks to their custom pencils + paper pads of single-use games (like Battleship, Mad Libs, M.A.S.H.) and a new bocce court.

Recently named the “Best American Hotel Bar” by the Spirited Awards (Tales of the Cocktail), guests can expect incredible cocktails from the award-winning bar team like Birds Aren’t Real with Appleton Rum, cognac, Campari, pineapple, hazelnut and lime and the Highway to Bell with Aperol, red bell pepper, yellow chartreuse, lemon, black pepper and sparkling wine. They’ve developed a stellar low- and no-ABV cocktail list perfect for sessionable, summer drinking – think Chonkey Monkey with Westward whiskey, creme de banane, walnut, brown butter, cream soda; Finocolada with Fino sherry, pineapple, coconut, makrut lime leaf, lemongrass, lime; and, Matcha Fizz with Peach calpico, matcha green tea, yuzu, vanilla, aquafaba, fizzy water and kiwi bursting boba. Rounding out the list are natural and organic wines by the glass and bottle, canned + bottled beers, and more.

Complementing the drinks are small plates like burrata with apricot agrodolce, hamachi crudo with pea salsa verde, mushroom sott’olio with truffled ricotta and ciabatta, and “cacio e pepe” beef tartare.

The Spare Room has remained a top-tier destination in Hollywood for over a decade as an intimate meeting place for socializing over innovative cocktails and nostalgic games complete with vintage bowling lanes and the inside is now available for private events upon request.

In addition to finally opening, The Spare Room… Somewhere Else will be partnering with record label, Blondie Beach, to host their first-ever live jazz night “Cabana” this Thursday, May 20th with Los Angeles-based artist, Justin Esposito (aka @freejboosie)!
 
 

Details:

When:
Thursday, May, 20
9:00 p.m. -2:00  a.m.
(Two jazz sets with a DJ in between)
Reservations: Resy
Where:
The Roosevelt Hollywood
7000 Hollywood Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90028.

Hours & Reservations:
The Spare Room…Somewhere Else is open Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday from 5-12pm, and Friday and Saturday from 5pm-2am. Reservations are recommended, and can be made via Resy. Stay tuned for The Spare Room…Somewhere Else updates by following @spareroomhwood.

A 2021 Mother’s Day & Father’s Day Gift Guide

A 2021 Mother’s Day & Father’s Day Gift Guide

Let Mom & Dad Know How You Feel

Every year it seems like Mother’s Day and Father’s Day creep up on us faster and faster. Which weekend do the days fall under this year? Well, Mother’s Day is on Sunday, May 9th, while Father’s Day is on Sunday, June 20th. There’s still plenty of time to get those gifts, and if you’re looking for some help in deciding what’s best for your fam, you’re in the right place!

Our Mother’s Day & Father’s Day Gift Guide for 2021 will highlight all the things that your parents are bound to love, and even a few that may be questionable. Who knows? You might find their new favorite drink! Whether you play it safe, or take a chance, let them know how you feel with a special surprise!

Food & Drink

Dahlia

If you’ve ever heard your parents exclaim that you would someday “drive them to drinking,” why not give them a little help?

Dahlia launched in February with its sights set on a new wave of tequila aficionados — offering an enchanting, modern and masterful Cristalino expression that can be sipped or mixed, day or night. In this 100% Blue Weber Agave Reposado Tequila, each drop is filtered through charcoal for purity and balance. The end result is a smooth, clean, true transformation of agave into art that straddles time by honoring the past.

Cann

Okay, so maybe helping drive your parents to drinking alcohol is a bit much — and who wants to see their parents get sloppy drunk, anyway? Well, what if the alcohol was replaced by cannabis? Yup. Imagine mellow mom and dandy dad — with the best part: no hangovers!
 
With 3 classic flavors and 3 relatively new refreshers, Cann is both light in calories, and in additives. Each Cann has a fast onset for a light buzz, and gets packed with flavor.

Poppi

Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) is known for a ton of health-boosting properties, but who ever thought about sneaking it into a soda? A carbonated beverage that’s good for your gut is too good to be true, right? Wrong.

Poppi is the replacement to your parents’ old-fashioned sodas — complete with all their favorite flavors! Welcome to the 21st century, mom & dad. Poppi, low on sugar (5g or less) and calories (20 or less), is good for you due to being packed with probiotics and big on flavor (which isn’t ACV flavor).

The Chef & The Dish

What’s a parent who can’t cook? Time for them to learn! Help your parents liven up their meal options with The Chef & The Dish. The Chef & The Dish features a chef from around the world, hosting a monhtly cooking class to bring together food lovers to cook, connect and educate over a delicious traditional dish, in their Wednesday night Supper Club classes!
 
If you’re not quite sold, check out tthe upcoming schedule, which makes a perfect excuse to spoil mom and/or dad early:
  • Wednesday April 28th-  Empanadas with Chef Lucia from Peru 6-8 PM EST 

  • Wednesday May 5th – NOLA BBQ Shrimp With Chef Gaston from Louisiana 6-8 PM EST 

  • Wednesday May 12th – Mastering Risotto with Chef Carlotta from  Italy with her mom 6-8 PM 

Who would pass up the convenient opportunity to randomly drop by for risotto!?

Beauty & Health

Underlining

Eyebrows, cosmetics, skincare, and nails are Underlining’s specialty, and everyone wants to look their best these days. Underlining is one of the most innovative beauty companies out there, featuring top brands like TatBrow, Hide, and Nailboo. The best part is that each of these brands are holding their very own Mother’s Day sales right now!
 

Dr. Squatch

Dads and dudes everywhere have at some point struggled to find a deodorant they like — that actually works. Dr. Squatch has somehow found the perfect formula for long lasting freshness, refreshingly natural scents, and an aluminum-free product!

In addition to deodorants, Dr. Squatch has a line of amazing shampoos and natural soaps to complete a B.O. squashing trifecta that not even Big Foot himself could go up against. 

 

Ritual

You want the best for your parents and their health. If they aren’t already taking supplements, Ritual is quite possibly the one they didn’t know they needed.

With traceable nutrients, a vegan-friendly profile, and no artificial colorants or synthetic fillers, Ritual give men and women the best in what they need based on their age range and most likely nutrient gaps. Couple that with a minty taste, and Ritual is definitely an easy pill to swallow.

Fashion and More…

Chérie

Imagine jewelry for mom, made to order. Chérie has you covered, so that bracelet means more than just something picked out at a store counter. What helps Chérie stand out from other jewelers is that this brand is Direct to Consumer — cutting out the middleman — and keeping your costs low. Check out some highlights and favorite pieces below:

  • Diamond Circular Ring – $810
  • Double Diamond Loop Earring w/ Detachable Bottom Hoops – $2100
  • *Spiral Pendant Necklace – $1100
  • *Spiral Diamond Earrings – $600

(*):Great as a set!

All33

This as-seen-on-Shark-Tank item boasts incredible benefits for (aging) spines like those of the mom and dad in your life. Jokes aside, we really should all do more to watch our posture and take care of our backs.

All33 created the perfect office chair for back pain, preventing the user from slouching, effectively moving all 33 vertebrae within the spine.

Flare

Do you ever wish you could be a super hero and watch over your mom when she’s alone in public? Thanks to Flare, this is more of a reality than ever before. Flare is a discreet, “invisible bodyguard” that can initiate pre-recorded incoming calls for exit cues, call 9-1-1, and alert friends and family when in danger. The bracelet connects to the Flare smartphone app via bluetooth simple operation.

Stylish and functional, Flare has saved lives, and helped women get out of unsafe and uncomfortable situations before they escalate. For everyone who worries about their mom, Flare is here to help save the day.

Open Now: U Street Pizza in Pasadena

Open Now: U Street Pizza in Pasadena

 

Marie Petulla, co-owner and visionary behind Pasadena’s beloved and award-winning Northern Italian restaurant UNION, Grand Central Market’s Knead & Co Pasta + Market and Red Jungle is excited to announce the opening of U Street Pizza. This chef-driven, casual neighborhood pizza joint, featuring New York- style pizza made with high-quality, market-driven ingredients from California, is located in Old Town Pasadena and opened its doors on Wednesday, April 14th for dine-in, pick-up and delivery. 

Led by Executive Chef Chris Keyser – currently UNION’s executive chef and a protégé of Philly’s Marc Vetri – the New York-style pizza at U Street Pizza is an homage to the pies Keyser grew up with in upstate New York, but with a distinctly LA spin. This translates into a hyper-specific pie where the dough is fermented for over two days and made from a blend of artisanal wheat from Washington and Vermont, layered with CA-grown tomatoes, topped with produce from a veritable “who’s who” of local farms (like Girl & Dug and Wieser farms), and finished with 18-month aged Fiscalini cheddar used in lieu of traditional parmesan — all cooked in an impressive electric deck oven, resulting in the quintessential super crispy, chewy crust.

The pizzas are centered around classic, nostalgic pies from red versions like the housemade fennel sausage with Italian long hot peppers, bell peppers + fior di latte mozzarella and Petaluma pie with Petaluma organic mozzarella, grandma sauce, Fiscalini cheddar and California olive oil; to white pies like the little neck clams with garlic, Fiscalini cheddar, lemon zest, parsley + mozzarella; and with square pies coming soon.

Rounding out the menu are rotating seasonal salads like an red salanova, Weiser Farms baby squash, muscatel ranch and basil breadcrumbs, alongside their rendition of the requisite Caesar and chopped salads. In addition, guests can look forward to their arancini of the day (think saffron risotto and pork ragu), and sides like Japanese eggplant with Calabrian chili agrodolce, Spanish onion and basil. Chef Keyser and team will be spinning fresh soft serve and swirling in seasonal fruit in addition to housemade zeppole, risotto rice pudding and more.

U Street Pizza is aptly referred to as UNION’s “little brother”, as it’s located next door to UNION and shares a strong team that Petulla has curated over the years comprised of longtime beverage director and operators, David Castagnetti and Francis Castagnetti, and newcomer Logan Bates (Jon + Vinny’s) who completes the stellar front of house team. 

In the walls that originally housed a Cuban choreographer’s dance studio, interior designer Andee Ferrer has reimagined the space to evoke a classic New York slice joint vibe, but with a modern, spunky touch. To strike that perfect balance of old and new they retained the original stained glass along with exposed brick walls and added glossy, glazed white subway tiles, copper light fixtures, and an impressive white terrazzo bar. The aforementioned electric deck oven anchors the space and allows guests to watch Chef Keyser and the team work their pizza magic.  A custom, hand-painted mural by a local artist Eric Junker and neon art complete the space giving it a new voice within a familiar context. Additionally, the dining room and open kitchen is adjoined to a forthcoming event space with a private bar.

Ideal for families, pizza connoisseurs, and everyone in between, U Street Pizza will be open daily from 4-10pm for indoor and outdoor dining, pick-up, and delivery. Even more, they will open for lunch with beer, wine, and cocktails coming soon.

U Street Pizza is located at 33 E Union Street in Pasadena and is open seven days a week from 4:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. More information can be found at ustreetpizza.com or @ustreetpizza.

 

Field Trip Health Opens Doors in Los Angeles + Q&A

Field Trip Health Opens Doors in Los Angeles + Q&A

2020 was a lot on our brains. Life can also be a lot on our brains. How do we cope with all of the trauma, anxiety, and baggage so that we’re not weighed down? A few options may have come to mind, but it’s unlikely that you’ve ever thought about anything like this!

Introducing Field Trip Health, the groundbreaking company redefining mental well-being and consciousness through psychedelic-enhanced psychotherapy, recently opened its doors to Los Angelenos. We’re excited to share the news of Field Trip Health’s Los Angeles clinic opening, and highlight the revolutionary work FTH is doing to revolutionize mental health treatments using psychedelic-enhanced psycho-therapy.

Super exciting for frequent travelers — Field Trip Health now has Clinics opened in Toronto, New York, Atlanta, Chicago, and Houston, so far, with a clinic coming to Amsterdam soon! At the FTH clinics, legally administered psychedelic-enhanced therapy, mindfulness, and self-care are blended with a series of sessions with trained psychotherapists. Field Trip Health takes a step-by-step, medically-supervised, integrated approach using ketamine-enhanced psychotherapy to help people heal from tough-to-beat mental conditions like depression, anxiety, and trauma.

 

Field Trip’s forward-thinking and progressive therapy methods are revolutionizing the health-care industry as we know it, with the continuing embrace of psychedelics leading to a mental health revolution.

And, while you may imagine a clinic to be sterile, the clinic space is intentionally designed to promote the healing journey — clean, quiet, and alive with light + plant life, reimagined to replicate a nature-inspired oasis of peace.

 

A Q&A With founder Ronan Levy

Ronan Levy at Mastermind Talks 2014 in Toronto, Ontario. ©2014 Mark Adams www.MarkAdamsPhoto.com

Q: There’s therapy, and then there’s psychedelic-enhanced psychotherapy. How did you discover all that this alternative approach to mental health had to offer?

RDL: My journey to psychedelic enhanced therapies started about 15 years ago when I started work with meditation and metaphysics as part of my personal growth journey. (I was in the process of a breakup so sought support to help through that process.) But my interest in psychedelics was really piqued when I read Tibetan Peach Pie by Tom Robbins, in which he described his first psychedelic experience in the 1960s in a psychologist’s office. This opened my mind to the expansive potential of psychedelics. Fast forward a few years and my work within medical cannabis showed me just how therapeutic plant medicines can be. The combination led to the birth of Field Trip.

Q: Drugs typically make people feel good, right? What was the mindset you had when you decided that psychedelics were the way to go in helping treat mental health issues? Did you think it would be taken seriously from the start?

RDL: Drugs, when used therapeutically, can act as a filter that helps people tap into different levels of awareness. This is true about certain pharmaceuticals as well as plant-based medicines. I remember the moment when we decided to lean into psychedelics. It was electric. Everything in me knew that it was not only an incredible entrepreneurial opportunity, but also an incredible opportunity to create global scale impact. I had no concerns about being taken seriously — the objective data and evidence speaks for itself.

Q: Could you describe one of your favorite success stories?

RDL: I can’t speak to individual experiences out of respect for privacy, but we’ve seen incredible results both objectively and subjectively. Objectively, people’s depression and anxiety scores drop markedly and for an extended period after a journey with Field Trip. Subjectively, we’ve had survivors of sexual trauma report being able to see themselves as beautiful for the first time that they could remember, military veterans saying they’ve felt empathy for the first time in years. Powerful, beautiful stories of just how transformative these experiences can be.

Q: Based on the photos, it’s clear that FTH wants visitors to feel comforted from the moment they first step foot inside. What can visitors expect the process to be like upon their first visit?

RDL: Yes, we’ve designed all of our Field Trip Health locations to be bright, warm and inviting. The evidence indicates that set and setting (the preparation as well as the physical location) play an important role in the therapeutic outcomes so we’ve leaned into that very thoughtfully in the design of our locations. Similarly, we want people to feel safe, comfortable and supported every step along the way, from the initial assessments (to make sure psychedelic assisted therapy is appropriate for you), to meeting your therapeutic team, to all the information and tools you are provided with throughout the journey.

Q: Can you share a bit about why you chose LA as a location for one of your clinics and the main reasons that LA patients have for undergoing treatment?

RDL: As persuasive as the data is around psychedelic assisted therapies, we knew that it’s going to take time to challenge old stigmas and ideas around psychedelics. So we focussed on opening our first locations in cosmopolitan centers such as Toronto, New York and LA that have greater influence on social and cultural trends. Also, these cities are generally known for their progressiveness so we anticipated a more receptive audience. In LA, we are seeing people for a wide range of reasons but primarily it’s people dealing with the anxieties of a fast-paced life, as well as depression.

Q: What were some of the challenges you faced while creating FTH, and how did you overcome them?

RDL: Truthfully, as far as startups goes, launching Field Trip has gone as elegantly as we could imagine. For those who have been touched by psychedelics, there is a palpable desire to see legal access to these therapies and we’ve been able to tune into that momentum.

Q: What do you say to a doubtful reader struggling with mental health conditions to convince them why they should pay FTH a visit?

RDL: Don’t ignore your doubts! All emotions are valid and real and should be considered. But also don’t ignore information and evidence. Seek to be fully informed and I think you’ll find that the reasons that support exploring psychedelic therapies outweigh the risks and reservations. But ultimately the decision is yours to make and we’ll be supportive of you whatever path you choose.

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to add?

RDL: For anyone looking to get an understanding of psychedelics or what the process of psychedelic integration looks like, download our app, Trip, from iTunes or Google Play, or find it here www.tripapp.co. You can also learn more about Field Trip Health on our podcast: Field Tripping with Ronan Levy

Website: https://www.fieldtriphealth.com

Instagram Page: https://www.instagram.com/fieldtriphealth/?hl=en

 

Renowned Mexican-American Duo Launch New Cristalino Tequila, Dahlia

Renowned Mexican-American Duo Launch New Cristalino Tequila, Dahlia


The Mexican-American entrepreneurial duo behind the largest independent mezcal brand in the country, El Silencio, has  just added a new, bright and seductive Cristalino Tequila, to their portfolio: Dahlia!

 

Dahlia launched in February with it’s sights set on a new wave of tequila aficionados, offering an enchanting, modern and masterful Cristalino expression that can be sipped or mixed, day or night. A 100% Blue Weber Agave Reposado Tequila, each drop is filtered through charcoal for purity and balance. The end result is a smooth, clean, true transformation of agave into art that straddles time by honoring the past.

 

Made in Jalisco, Dahlia is the vision of Fausto Zapata and Vicente Cisneros — the Mexican-American entrepreneurs behind the largest independent Mezcal Brands in the World — known as El Silencio. As is the case with their award-winning mezcal, there is no famous face of the brand – the star of this show is in the bottle. Packaged in a captivating glass vessel reminiscent of a classic perfume bottle, Dahlia is created for the new wave of tequila aficionados as an enchanting Cristalino Tequila that can be sipped or mixed, day or night. Dahlia is available nationwide at here at a retail price of $39.99.
 

About El Silencio

El Silencio has revived the ancient art of artisanal mezcal, pioneering a unique approach and delivering the hand-crafted spirit to a new generation of creative drinkers and cultural innovators. El Silencio is made in Oaxaca, Mexico using the traditional process carried on by generations of Mezcaleros. Meticulously picked agaves are roasted, crushed and double distilled resulting in a full-bodied flavor. El Silencio goes beyond the bottle, transforming the ordinary and disrupting the status quo.
 

About The Founders

Co-Founder and CEO, Fausto Zapata’s affinity for Mezcal, along with the creative inspiration that came from both his love of craft spirits and a deep passion for the storied state of Oaxaca, drove him — along with his business partner Vicente Cisneros — to launch Mezcal El Silencio in September of 2013. Since then, Silencio has become the leading premium artisanal Mezcal and a focal point in the spirits industry currently being served in establishments across the Country.

 

Prior to Mezcal El Silencio, Mr. Zapata was a private real estate developer and investor with projects in both Los Angeles and Mexico. A serial entrepreneur at heart, Mr. Zapata has helped launch more than a half-dozen companies, many in the food and beverage industry, but also in financial services, media and technology.

Through Mr. Zapata’s leadership, Silencio has been a strong supporter of The Chase Foundation, LAPD’s Hollenbeck PAL, LA Loves Alex’s Lemonade, #PorOaxaca and Keep the Memory Alive, among other charities. A Mexico City native, Mr. Zapata resides in Pacific Palisades with his two children, Alexia and Adriano. In his spare time you’ll usually find him skydiving, rock-climbing, skiing, or trail running on the Santa Monica canyons, all of which are usually followed by a glass of Mezcal El Silencio on the rocks.

President and CMO, Vicente Cisneros, has been the creative force behind the explosive brand Mezcal El Silencio since the spark of its conception over seven years ago. Throughout the company’s thrilling journey, he has led the emergence of product design, aesthetic development, and marketing implementation strategies. He is responsible for taking a unique product and expanding it into impactful images that deliver a distinctly provocative, mystical and cutting-edge experience.

With over twenty years of expertise under his belt, Vicente has directed the company’s creative output by developing a unique in-house digital marketing machine. This powerhouse of content creation and production remains in constant pursuit of cultural innovation and imaginative evolution, creating an unmistakable image for a quality product that promises elevated design to consumers. Establishing a clear brand identity has been fundamental to his work and vision for the company.

 

Travelocity is Giving Away $1k for a Family Getaway!

Travelocity is Giving Away $1k for a Family Getaway!

$1,000 For a Special Getaway

Stay up late to wait for the Roaming Gnome… like waiting for Santa.

A few weeks back, we taught readers about Travelocity’s ‘Toe-Dip-Trip’. If you need a recap on what that is, you can learn more here. Now that we’re all caught up on the term, perhaps you’re feeling eager to set sail on your own trip to test the waters. Well, how does $1000 to help you get started sound?

That’s right — Travelocity’s Roaming Gnome is giving out $1000 for a family getaway! As vaccine rollout ramps up in the U.S., Travelocity is seeing strong demand for spring and summer vacations. As a result, Travelocity’s ‘Early Bird’ sale is timed to launch on Daylight Savings (March 14) when clocks spring forward. This incredible opportunity is arriving just in time to give families a little help getting their plans together.

The extremely limited time offer is taking place on Travelocity’s Twitter during the lost hour when clocks spring forward. At 1:59 am CT – when clocks spring forward to 3:00 am CT – Travelocity will drop a 1-hour ‘Early Bird’ flash sale. The first 25 people to reply to Travelocity’s Tweet and creatively answer the travel prompt will claim a $1,000 vacation package voucher to book their upcoming family travel and vacations.

To give early bird bookers and families everywhere some travel inspiration, the brand has also compiled a list of the 5 most popular family vacation destinations reserved on Travelocity so far in 2021. Pair this with the list of Top Spots for Spring Break from Travelocity’s team of experts for “toe-dip” destinations, and the possibilities are endless!

  • Top 5 Most Popular Family Destinations:

1. The Ozarks: Branson, Fayetteville, Table Rock State Park

2. Southern California: Los Angeles, Anaheim, San Diego

3. Central Florida: Orlando, Kissimmee, Lake Buena Vista

4. Rocky Mountains: Colorado Springs, Denver, Rocky Mountains

5. South Texas: San Antonio, Galveston, Padre Island

  • Top Spots for Spring Break:

Tennessee is the top family-friendly destination so far in 2021 – Home to 4 destinations in the top 20 most reserved and most loved by families so far in 2021. 

Top TN Cities:

1. Pigeon Forge

2. Gatlinburg

3. Nashville

4. Chattanooga

Orlando and Vegas remain popular, even in pandemic times – Resorts in both locations are popular for families with extra amenities and safety built in, like free cancellations, giving travelers time to change their trips if they change their minds. 

In the West, families are road tripping for lake views and tiny mountain towns. Lake Tahoe, Big Bear Lake and Lake Havasu City are among the top road trip destinations, in addition to smaller ski towns with mountain views. 

Lake Destinations:

1. Lake Tahoe

2. Big Bear Lake

3. Lake Havasu City

Mountain Towns:

1. Blowing Rock, NC

2. Mammoth Lakes, CA

3. Glenwood Springs, CO

Midwest cities are popular for weekend getaways. Chicago, Detroit and Minneapolis are seeing the greatest demand for weekend getaways and shorter stays (2-night stays or less). Kansas City, Lincoln, NE, Indianapolis, Oklahoma City, and Columbus, OH are also in the top 25 most reserved by families.

Travelocity’s Top Travel Tips

1. Change your mind, change your trip.

Shop hotels with free cancellation and flights with free
change fees on any future travel. That will make it easy for you to alter plans if you need to. Many hotels are offering free cancellation up until the week of the reservation.

If you’re flying, consider skipping basic economy fares
which often don’t come with as much flexibility right now.

2. Prioritize what makes you feel safe when traveling in the short-term.

Enhanced cleanliness filters can help you sort for hotel,
VR and resort properties going above and beyond right now.

Look for 3 things in particular:

Additional safety measures (like PPE and temperature checks)

Social distancing (such as limited use of amenities such as pools and extra vacancy time between bookings)

Cleaning practices (including use of disinfectants and hand sanitizer for guests)

3. Pack and plan with pandemic prep in mind

Cover the basics by packing clean masks and sanitizer and do your prep by
familiarizing with local guidelines at destination and when you return home.

Travelocity is Giving Away $1k for a Family Getaway!

Travelocity Introduces a New Trend: the “Toe-Dip Trip”

Take a Dip

Toe-Dip Trip(noun) A shorter getaway to help rebuild confidence in traveling, before taking booking bucket-list trips.  

 

Travelocity —  the source for all things family travel, has been keeping an eye on how families are thinking about travel throughout the pandemic. During the summer of last year, Travelocity ignited the space with their idea of a ‘Safecation,’ and are now back with the latest trend, the ‘Toe-Dip Trip. As more and more of the world gets vaccinated, it’s important to consider the ways that travel will continue to evolve throughout the pandemic.

Recent survey data shows 60% of travelers say they’re ready to roam again and are planning a post-pandemic trip within the next 9 months. “We may be dreaming of that big bucket list trip, but what travelers are actually planning so far this year are visits to familiar destinations nearby, weekend getaways or road trips and beach trips,” says Melissa Dohmen, travel expert from Travelocity. 

Travelocity’s team of experts even created a list of the top “toe-dip” destinations for Spring Break — which for many, are just a a road trip away. Check it out:

 

TOP SPOTS FOR SPRING BREAK

  • Tennessee is the top family-friendly destination so far in 2021 – Home to 4 destinations in the top 20 most reserved and most loved by families so far in 2021. 

    Top TN Cities:

1. Pigeon Forge

2. Gatlinburg

3. Nashville

4. Chattanooga

Orlando and Vegas remain popular, even in pandemic times – Resorts in both locations are popular for families with extra amenities and safety built in, like free cancellations, giving travelers time to change their trips if they change their minds. 

In the West, families are road tripping for lake views and tiny mountain towns. Lake Tahoe, Big Bear Lake and Lake Havasu City are among the top road trip destinations, in addition to smaller ski towns with mountain views. 

  • Lake Destinations:

1. Lake Tahoe

2. Big Bear Lake

3. Lake Havasu City

  • Mountain Towns: 

1. Blowing Rock, NC

2. Mammoth Lakes, CA

3. Glenwood Springs, CO

Midwest cities are popular for weekend getaways. Chicago, Detroit and Minneapolis are seeing the greatest demand for weekend getaways and shorter stays (2-night stays or less). Kansas City, Lincoln, NE, Indianapolis, Oklahoma City, and Columbus, OH are also in the top 25 most reserved by families.

Travelocity’s Top Tips

1. Change your mind, change your trip.

Shop hotels with free cancellation and flights with free
change fees on any future travel. That will make it easy for you to alter plans if you need to. Many hotels are offering free cancellation up until the week of the reservation.

If you’re flying, consider skipping basic economy fares
which often don’t come with as much flexibility right now.

2. Prioritize what makes you feel safe when traveling in the short-term.

Enhanced cleanliness filters can help you sort for hotel,
VR and resort properties going above and beyond right now.

Look for 3 things in particular:

Additional safety measures (like PPE and temperature checks)

Social distancing (such as limited use of amenities such as pools and extra vacancy time between bookings)

Cleaning practices (including use of disinfectants and hand sanitizer for guests)

3. Pack and plan with pandemic prep in mind

Cover the basics by packing clean masks and sanitizer and do your prep by
familiarizing with local guidelines at destination and when you return home.

Your 2021 Valentine’s Day Guide

Your 2021 Valentine’s Day Guide

Love is in the Air

Valentine’s Day is nearly here, and some of you out there were prepared, while some others have forgotten or just waited until the last minute to get your plans together. No matter where you fall on that spectrum of readiness, it’s okay! Guides like this one were made for people who need a little help for the day of love.

Our Valentine’s Day Guide for 2021 will highlight some great offers and innovations in various markets and industries — including the useful, the fun, and the steamy. Treat yourself, and your love before it’s far too late and you’ve commited the worst, completely unforgiveable sin!

Food & Restaurants

MÍRAME

What better way to get in the mood for Valentine’s Day than with an aphrodisiac-focused dinner? MÍRAME, the highly revered Beverly Hills restaurant, is featuring a Valentine’s Day special, priced at a cheeky $69, and the meal includes 2 dozen grilled or raw oysters with 6 mezcal dark chocolate spiced truffles.

Of course, the offering is best when enjoyed with cocktails to-go from Bar Manager Bryant Orozco, or a bottle of bubbles sourced from Mexico’s Valle de Guadalupe wine region. Available for pick-up from MÍRAME on Valentine’s Day. Pre-orders can be made here, or at the button below. Go ahead and book yours now, before the rush!

Pulp Culture & 101 Cider House

You know what else screams Valentine’s Day? Pulp Culture’s new blend called LOVE! Yearning something that screams romantic? Try their sister company, 101 Cider House’s, lovely blend called Cactus Rose.
In creating their first limited-edition blend, Pulp Culture’s goal was to bring light to love, enhancing the unrivaled feeling in the form of a guilt-free libation.
 
101 Cider’s Cactus Rose – bursting with sour and fruity refreshment – is a southwest style cider crafted for cocktail lovers. A mouth watering blend of California cactus pears and lemon peel, this lovely libation is packed with antioxidants and vitamins. Freshly picked basil spices things up, while hibiscus adds a cooling crimson finish.

La Brea Bakery Café

What’s Valentine’s Day without strawberries and chocolate? It doesn’t exist! 

La Brea Bakery is offering a sweet deal for lovebirds: long stemmed chocolate covered roses ($3.00 each), and heart shaped sugar cookies ($3.50 each). Time ticks, and these lovely roses are only wilting, so it’s best to prolong them with the love they thrive on as soon as possible!

Beauty & Health

B GREAT

B GREAT is a premium, women-owned CBD wellness and skincare brand committed to quality and transparency. Tony-winning actress, singer, and entrepreneur Patina Miller, a woman of color who has appeared on Madam Secretary, Pippin, The Hunger Games, etc. joined the company last year as an investor and partner.  
 
Smooth, soft, ultra-moisturized skin is here just in time for Valentine’s Day – The Kissable Face Bundle contains Hemp After Shave Serum – (Unscented) 100 mg CBD per bottle, and Hemp Lip Defense – (Mint flavor) 15 mg CBD per tube. The after shave serum minimizes inflammation and irritation to protect against razor burn, creating softer, smoother skin. Perfect for that overdue quarantine shave! The Lip Defense is an intensely moisturizing balm with a blend of CBD, coconut oil, jojoba seed oil, and shea butter to soothe and protect lips while outdoors or in. For both men and women, there is the B GREAT Skincare Bundle, which repairs, protects and revitalizes skin using the power of CBD. This bundle includes signature anti-aging Antioxidant Cream, Relief & Recovery Cream for aches, and nourishing Lip Defense.
 
In addition to the skincare line, B GREAT offers passion fruit-flavored Relax Shots containing 20MG of full-spectrum hemp extract (plus melatonin, gingko biloba and lavender water), and have received rave reviews as a powerful and effective sleep aid. The brand offers 15mg CBD Focus Shots to get you moving — a cognitive-boosting caffeinated blend with energizing vitamins B6, B12, and ginseng root to help you power through a long day. Their Day & Night Starter Bundle offers anyone an introduction to these products at a low price.

Fleur Marché

  • Fleur Marché’s new Transdermal Wellness Patches are the fuel all women (and men) need to help them power through their days. Made only with clean, plant-based ingredients such as USDA-Organic Certified cannabidiol and hemp, Fleur Marché’s patches will allow customers to utilize CBD as a wellness tool and incorporate its healing properties into their daily self-care routines.

    In terms of benefits and uses, Fleur Marché’s line of Transdermal Wellness Patches include:

     

    • Energy, Plz. Wake up, get focused, or turn it up a notch! 
      • Ingredients: B12 (for a natural energy boost) + CBD (for balance) = the perfect coffee replacement! 
    • Sex, Plz. Get in the mood to get frisky! 
      • Ingredients: L-Arginine (for increased blood flow) + Maca (for arousal) + Tribulus (for stimulation) + CBD (for relaxation) = a truly amazing release
    • Relief, Plz. Rebound from a tough workout, a night of drinking or daily wear and tear.
      • Ingredients: Peppermint with menthol (for topical relief) + CBD (for full body support) = relief for wherever it hurts
    • Sleep, Plz. Hit the pillow (hard) and stay horizontal longer
      • Ingredients: Melatonin (for sleep) + CBD (to quell your worries and calm the mind) = a perfect night’s rest, finally.

     

    Fleur Marché’s Transdermal Wellness Patches are available to order via its website for $6 per patch, or with the shop button below. Patches will also be available in variety multi-packs containing 4 patches (1 of each) priced at $22.

J.R. Watkins

Nothing says R&R (rest and relaxation for the workaholics) like J.R. Watkins newest line that envelops you + your partner with all those lovey-dovey, ooey-gooey feelings. New to launch, the Love Line is crafted with a unique combination of natural aphrodisiac extracts to induce a state of sexual desire. Products include our fan favorite and award winning Aromatherapy In-Shower mists, Body Wash, Bath Elixir and Body Oil Mist! This collection is guaranteed to surround you and your love with those warm and fuzzies.
  • LOVE Bath Elixir ($14.99): A naturally derived, liquid bath soak infused with a powerful blend of natural pink peppercorn, guarana, and chamomile extracts to promote sexual wellness.

  • LOVE Body Oil Mist ($14.99): A naturally derived, body oil mist infused with a powerful blend of natural pink peppercorn, guarana, and sunflower seed oil extracts to promote sexual wellness.

  • LOVE Aromatherapy In-Shower Mist ($14.99): A naturally derived, in-shower spa mist crafted to transform your shower experience.

  • LOVE Creamy Body Wash ($14.99): A naturally derived, creamy body wash infused with a powerful blend of natural extracts, crafted to induce a state of sexual desire.

And More…

Kiva Confections

2021 definitely needs to be the year of less stress and more sex. To help with that, the leading cannabis confections brand, Kiva Confections, wants to bring its illustrious out of body experience to an on the body experience. 

For a Valentine’s Day that is sure to bring sugar, spice and everything nice, Kiva Confections is launching their first ever cannabis infused body chocolate – Love Sauce. This delectable and oh so lickable dark chocolate sauce has 10mg THC per serving and makes for the perfect addition to any Valentine’s Day. So skip the spoon, add some sauce, and spread the love this year. 

Kiva Confections is no stranger to bringing THC to any situations in need of a little TLC. Kiva’s Love Sauce is the brand’s next venture into unexpected cannabis-infused confections following the buzz of Kiva’s award-winning infused Turkey Gravy

Lost Farm by Kiva Confections

Lost Farm by Kiva Confections launched Lost Farm Chews on February 2nd.

Chews are the second product to join the growing Lost Farm brand portfolio, following the wildly successful October 2020 launch of Lost Farm Gummies.

Like Gummies, Lost Farm Chews (a new form of edible in the cannabis space) are infused with 100% live resin, contain 10MG THC per serving, and are specifically geared towards experienced cannabis consumers. In addition their unique format, Chews offer the kind of full-spectrum cannabis experience usually exclusively available to smokers. The effects from Lost Farm edibles feel distinctively richer, brighter, and more complex in comparison to traditional edibles that utilize standard infusion methods.

Chews will be available at dispensaries throughout CA, and available for purchase directly to your doorstep via Kiva‘s newly launched online store, Kiva Direct.

Leune

They just released a limited-edition Piña Daydream 2:1 all-in-one vaporizer – a collaborative launch supporting criminal justice reform nonprofit, Last Prisoner Project to supporting its ongoing work to bring justice to those who have been incarcerated for nonviolent cannabis offenses. To honor their partnership, LEUNE has developed the Piña Daydream all-in-one as an ode to its ever-popular 3:1 sister SKU, Piña Dream.

The Piña Daydream all-in-one boasts a 2:1 ratio of THC:CBD, but with the same juicy flavor profile consumers love. Utilizing cannabinoid rich cannabis oil, this all-in-one vaporizer delivers potent fresh pineapple notes, balanced by aromatic herbs for a soft, serene high. For those always on-the-go, the Piña Daydream all-in-one comes packaged in a recyclable tin case for easy enjoyment.

Piña Daydream will be available in select dispensaries throughout California via leune.co and is available for on-demand delivery through Eaze.

PAIR Eyewear

Kids need love too!

That’s why PAIR Eyewear is introducing their new Valentine’s Day Collection — the perfect gift and accessory to celebrate the day. With their easy-to-remove magnetic toppers, these adorable glasses (available both in blue light and prescription lenses) are easy to match to family outfits, and are festive for the day!

The new collection designs are the perfect way to say “You Are My Valentine” with more than just sweets this year.

Price: $25 each

Say Hello to Domain Makeovers: Introducing .Beauty, .Hair, .Skin, & .Makeup

Say Hello to Domain Makeovers: Introducing .Beauty, .Hair, .Skin, & .Makeup

Forget beauty makeovers — it’s 2021! What’s in now is the domain makeover. That’s right, the XYZ Registry, owner of leading new top-level domain (nTLD) .xyz , has announced the launch of new domain extensions specifically for the beauty industry: .Beauty; .Hair; .Skin; and .Makeup. These new domain names will become available to the general public on March 2, 2021. While trademark holders have had the opportunity to claim “first dibs,” a buying frenzy could be on the way!

.Beauty, .Hair, .Skin, and .Makeup are the first new TLDs made to serve the booming beauty industry. The global cosmetic products market was valued at $532 billion in 2017 and is expected to reach a market size of $805 billion by 2023. This explosive growth is thanks in large part to online connectivity and the rise of beauty influencers promoting makeup, hair care, and skincare products on social media, with beauty related content reaching over 169 billion views on YouTube in 2018. The best part is that beauty retailers aren’t the only businesses that can benefit from these new domains. There are 1.3 million hair stylists, barbers, and other hair care professionals in the United States alone, who can claim the appropriate domain and apply it.

This affordable and unrestricted lineup of new domains is open to anyone looking for a head-turning brand presence. With an expected MSRP of $15-20/year, a beauty brand can utilize .Beauty, .Hair, .Skin, and .Makeup to attract niche and mass markets with modern, industry-specific domain names. Independent beauty professionals and social media influencers can establish themselves as makeup and hair authorities with polished .Beauty, .Hair, .Skin, and .Makeup URLs.

Beauty fans can share cult-favorite products, makeup tutorials, and hair care tips and tricks on .Beauty, .Hair, .Skin, and .Makeup blogs and online publications. “We are excited to launch these beautiful domain extensions to help small businesses and entrepreneurs tap the global beauty market,” says XYZ CEO Daniel Negari. “These extensions will give millions of beauty brands and professionals the chance to get a modern, memorable, industry-specific domain name.”

Photo by Kvalifik on Unsplash

The launch phases and pricing of .Beauty, .Hair, .Skin, and .Makeup show the XYZ Registry’s commitment to making the new domain endings accessible to a wide audience while helping businesses protect their brands. Once .Beauty, .Hair, .Skin, and .Makeup officially launch into General Availability on March 2, 2021, most domains will be available for only $15-20/year MSRP (depending on the retailer). While businesses who have trademarks registered in the Trademark Clearinghouse got first access to .Beauty, .Hair, .Skin, and .Makeup for an additional application fee, the general public first gets the opportunity to register their most desired domain names during the “Early Access Period,” where application fees start high on the first day and decrease over time until the domains go into General Availability.

As if that weren’t enough, XYZ Registry is launching .Beauty, .Hair, .Skin, and .Makeup alongside .Quest , the domain that proves to your audience that you will lead them to the destination they’re seeking. Made for gurus, experts, and authorities in any field, .Quest follows the same launch phases with trademark holder availability already underway, and General Availability beginning in early March.

You can learn more information about trademark protection at Go.Beauty, in addition to claiming your desired domain before its swept away by someone else out there in the world. For questions, reach out to hello@go.beauty.

 

Your 2020 Holiday Gift Guide

Your 2020 Holiday Gift Guide

Get in the Spirit

For many of us, it’s been hard to get what we really want out of life this year. Remember that list of New Year’s Resolutions you placed on an indefinite hold as the pandemic unfolded? Yeah. That’s why this holiday season should be about going all out.

Enjoy our helpful Holiday Guide, where you’ll find the innovative, the useful, the fun, and some of our favorite brands and products of 2020. Treat yourself, and your loved ones who probably haven’t seen you in months, or won’t be seeing you for the holidays. From mom and dad, to the kids and grandparents, there’s a little something for everyone in this handy guide!

Health & Wellness

Ritual

Give the gift of foundational health this holiday season with Ritual, the cult-favorite vitamin brand designed like no other before it, delivering key nutrients and fill any gaps in your diet. Unlike most other multivitamins that contain 20+ ingredients that you already get enough of from food, Ritual is made with 9 essential ingredients including Omega-3, Folate, Iron, Magnesium, Vitamin B12 and more.

Their team of scientists has done extensive research to create a vitamin that only includes what you need, in bioavailable forms your body can actually use. Additionally, their products all have a no-nausea capsule design and are vegan, gluten-free, non-GMO and made without colorants or synthetic fillers.

Shop for the whole family with their Essential Men, Women, Teens, and NEW Kids collections!

 

Spore

Spore, a new consumer wellness supplement company that is transforming health with functional mushrooms, will help people regain control of their health from the inside, out with their breakthrough line of science-based nutritional supplements. Spore’s supplements effectively improve immunity, increase energy, balance blood sugar, lower cholesterol, and improve sleep. Spore is ideal for individuals who want to gain lasting control over their overall quality of life.

HOLIDAY PICKS:

Better & Better

Delightfully designed, innovative and earth-friendly toothpaste system. The white, squeezable so toothpaste pouch shell, high-shine chrome plated cap, and base—eliminate the crumpled, rumpled, gunk-ied tubes oen hidden away from view. And the elegant 2-minute hourglass helps achieve a better brushing routine.

HOLIDAY PICK:

  • 1 Toothpaste Shell: White and with a transparent rear window—it’s satisfying to squeeze and reduces toothpaste waste.

  • 1 Cap: Polished to a high-shine, the chrome plated cap adds a touch of elegance. It secures the toothpaste pouch inside the shell and the shell inside the base.

  • 1 Base: Designed to display your toothpaste upright and seal the cap.

  • 1 2-minute Hourglass with base: Filled with black sand—it keeps your brushing routine on track for the dentist-recommended 2 minutes.

Centr

Founded by Chris Hemsworth, holistic health app, Centr, provides access to Chris’s team of world-class health and fitness experts on demand — anytime, anywhere. In one easy to use app, users are able to train, live, and eat better through Centr’s:

  • Personalized Training Planner: consisting of over 230 workouts including Boxing, Yoga, Functional Training, Pilates and more for all fitness levels.

  • Daily Meal Plan: Composed of 500+ unique recipes created by dieticians and world-class celebrity chefs with options for all dietary preferences from no limitations to vegan.

  • Time To Breathe: Compiles hundreds of new meditations and sleep visualizations, including the latest kid’s meditations narrated by Chris Hemsworth & Taika Waititi.

HOLIDAY PICK:

  • 12 month subscription – $10/month

J.R. Watkins

Treat yourself to peace, restoration, and relaxation. J.R. Watkins product line includes sets available in three different categories: AWAKEN, DETOX, and SLEEP.

 

Each line includes four incredible products made with a powerful blend of natural extracts to serve a different purpose:

  • AWAKEN: designed to stimulate and awaken the senses

  • DETOX: clears the mind and the body and washes away impurities
  • SLEEP: crafted to calm the mind, relax the body, and encourage a restful night’s sleep

Each line features a Bath Elixir, Creamy Body Wash, Aromatherapy In-Shower Mist and Sugar Body Polish:

      • Bath Elixir: A naturally derived, liquid bath soak made with a proprietary blend of relaxing natural extracts for a luxurious alternative to salt soaks and bath bombs.

      • Creamy Body Wash: Gently cleanses the skin and is made with a proprietary blend of soothing calendula and relaxing natural extracts to cleanse skin without stripping it of protective surface oils.

      • Aromatherapy In-Shower Mist: A naturally derived, in-shower spa mist crafted to transform your shower experience.

      • Sugar Body Polish: Made with fine sugar crystals to gently exfoliate skin, the Sugar Body Polish is skin-softening lathers into a foaming cleanser that ensures no oily residue is left behind. 

Natreve

Natreve is a fresh, modern approach to premium wellness that offers sustainably sourced products that are backed by science and packed with purpose. Natreve’s selection of protein powders include highly efficacious non-GMO, vegan, gluten-free, and probiotic ingredients to fit every lifestyle.

Their Whey Series, Vegan Series, and Keto Collagen Series, come in both neutral and decadent flavors such as strawberry shortcake, french vanilla, fudge brownie and more. The newest addition to the Natreve family, the Wellness Series, is perfect for wellbeing on-the-go and can be added to your favorite smoothie, breakfast snack or hot beverage for an immune-boost, stress relief, or sleep support.

Natreve cultivates a community rooted in diversity, equality and acceptance, and they champion a passion towards better health and a better planet – they are the world’s first plastic and carbon neutral wellness company.

Beauty & Fashion

Glamnetic

Glamnetic is an LA-based beauty brand that is committed to providing the highest quality products and experience to customers and finding ways to continually make your beauty routine easier! Glamnetic believes that their magnetic lashes and liners are going to be a game-changing experience, which will allow all women (and men) to finally be able to put on the lashes that they’ve always struggled with but dreamed of. Their goal is to share this with the world and build a community that shares a common passion for transformation and putting their baddest self out there, so that all women (and men) may feel their best everyday.

HOLIDAY PICKS:

The Clear Cut

DTC NY-based company that specializes in all things engagement rings and fine jewelry. They create timeless pieces and have go-to styles that make the perfect gift that will last a lifetime.

HOLIDAY PICKS:

Cult Gaia

Created in 2012 by Jasmin Larian, Cult Gaia designs beautiful heirloom pieces that will live in your closet forever. The cornerstone of Cult Gaia’s DNA has been forged with the ideal of creating Objets d’ Art that make you look twice. Since its inception, the company has grown from accessories into a full-fledged lifestyle brand, selling everything from ready-to-wear to shoes, a world of Gaia. Cult Gaia is inspired by nature and women. This is where the brand’s name comes from. Great brands are cult-like, uniting like-minded people in their aesthetic ideals. Gaia is the goddess of Mother Earth and the daughter of chaos, the most creative force there is.

HOLIDAY PICKS:

Flare

Flare was built on the story of #survivors. Technology enabled safety jewelry that comes in multiple styles, Flare is a discreet, easy to use and stylish product that empowers wearers to get out of uncomfortable situations at the push of a button. With Flare you can take control, get help, or exit situations before they become dangerous. A hidden button on the jewelry connected to your phone through an iOS app provides three options for you to discreetly take action and control the outcome.

HOLIDAY PICKS:

Kids, Family & Home

Cubcoats

These transforming stuffed animal to jacket lovables, are the perfect gift for kids this holiday season. A one-of-a-kind travel buddy, Cubcoats encourages kids to unfold their adventures as they sport their plush friend.

Featuring renowned characters from Paw Patrol, Winnie The Pooh, Star Wars, Marvel Super Heroes, Minnie & Mickey Mouse and the brand’s own cuddly critters, there is a perfect style for every cub. Protect any little one with their range of masks from standard, to transforming and reversible — and explore their new head-to-toe character outfits!

PRICE: $35-50
SIZE: 2T – 10T

PAIR Eyewear

PAIR Eyewear, the first direct-to-consumer, customizable children’s eyewear brand reimagining the consumer experience for kids with glasses, allows children to quickly and easily customize the look of their glasses anytime, anywhere. PAIR delivers their glasses to families with an engaging digital experience for just $60.00 per pair – well below the $300.00 average price point for a pair of kids’ prescription glasses. 

The brand’s large and expanding selection of over 300 combinations of base frames and customizable tops includes limited edition monthly drops and licensed designs for optical glasses, sunglasses, and blue light glasses, all available in both prescription and non-prescription forms. Since launching in October 2018, PAIR has helped provide over 5,000 children in need with vision care through their PAIR for a PAIR donation program with The EYELLIANCE. To learn more about PAIR, visit: www.paireyewear.com.

HOLIDAY PICKS:

  • Holiday Toppers

  • Harry Potter Toppers

 

Jiggy

JIGGY is a female-founded puzzle company that’s reinventing the humble jigsaw puzzle. Featuring art by emerging female artists, sustainable and elevated packaging, and specially formulated puzzle glue, JIGGY puzzles are art – in pieces.

HOLIDAY PICKS:

The Citizenry

The Citizenry is an ethically-crafted, hand-made home design company – specializing in a combination of smart design, premium quality, and true international style from around the world. Every collection from The Citizenry is made in different countries with limited quantities. The Citizenry products create fair wages and sustainable economic growth for artisans around the world, consciously crafted with the environment in mind.

HOLIDAY PICKS:

Wakeheart

Influenced by the beauty around us. Wakeheart’s passion for fragrances is driven by the people, places, and memorable moments that we experience daily. As we wander through life, we often fail to pause and appreciate the beauty around us. At Wakeheart, our goal is to discover, capture, and then convey this beauty through distinguished scents that encourage the confidence to be free.

HOLIDAY PICKS:

  • Clarity Crystal Candle – Amethyst clears your mind and removes cloudy perception. This crystal will help you focus, minimize indecisiveness, clear confusion, and allow you to have clarity and inner peace in your life. Notes: Beach air, jasmine, and salted cedarwood.

  • Self Love Crystal Candle – The Rose Quartz crystal inspires us to find love within, and guides us to accept and be true to ourselves. This crystal is warm, nurturing and loving. Notes: Rose, peony petals, and pears.

  • Positivity Crystal Candle – The Citrine crystal resembles sunlight, bringing you positivity and happiness. It helps you remain optimistic in difficult times, and see the light at the end of the tunnel. Notes: Fresh strawberries, vanilla, and crystallized sugar.

  • Courage Crystal Candle – The Tiger’s Eye crystal brings you the courage to achieve anything you set your mind to. It gives you strength and determination to go after your dreams. Notes: Sandalwood, iris, and cedar.

  • Relax Crystal Candle – The Amazonite crystal is warm and comforting — Pure bliss. In times of stress, this crystal helps you decompress, relax and find balance. Notes: Lavender, chamomile, and apple blossoms.

  • Healing Crystal Candle – The Clear Quartz crystal is known for being the universal healer. This crystal protects against any negativity and helps you restart, re-energize, and seize the day. Notes: Lush evergreens, iced citrus, and mountain air.

 

FUNBOY

FUNBOY is a California-based luxury purveyor of original summer essentials. Founded in 2015 by a family creative design house, FUNBOY launched with an exclusive collection of fancy floats for adults who refuse to grow-up. Since then, FUNBOY’s limited edition floats and forward design have garnered a global following of like-minded individuals, taste-makers and adventurers who collectively live life FUNBOY.

FUNBOY has changed the game when it comes to pool parties and with their latest winter collection, they’re taking winter sports and FUN to the next level. A retro-inspired, apres chic collection of essential snow accessories, the line is the perfect supplement to any winter get-away. Launching in October 2020, the collection includes:

  • The world’s best inflatable snowmobile – made for two & can hold up to 250 lbs!

  • An inflatable shotski you can (and should) take everywhere – 4 shot glasses included!

  • Alpine Winter Sleigh – made for two with dual handles for easy downhill grip

  • Oversized snow tubes – two designs, in both snowflake and retro plaid

  • The ultimate inflatable toboggans – designed for up to 1 adult and 1 child, 2 SKUs in winter bloom and retro plaid

Cannabis & Spirits

Off Hours

Off Hours is authentically crafted for today’s modern bourbon drinker. It’s made for the moments in between. Crafted with aromas of creamy vanilla, hints of nutmeg and a silky finish of lingering honey, Off Hours bourbon is meant to engage our senses and change perceptions. This is bourbon for creating memories, for celebrating each other, and for building real-life connections. It’s not about preconceived notions of artisanal cocktails and dimly lit bars. It’s for everyone, everywhere. Founded by Jake Ireland and launched in 2020, Off Hours is aged in American white oak barrels for over four years at MGP Distillery in Lawrenceburg, IN.

HOLIDAY PICKS:

  • Off Hours Bourbon: Smooth and balanced with aromas of creamy vanilla, hints of nutmeg and toasted pecans, rich notes of cinnamon and a silky finish of lingering honey.

  • The Off Hours Trio: 3 bottles of Off Hours Bourbon bundled together for 10% off

  • The Perfect Gift: The Off Hours YETI Lowball and Two Bottles of Off Hours Bourbon

Juneshine

Juneshine grew out of a frustration by the lack of honest transparent alcohol brands catering to a healthy, active lifestyle so they decided to start their own. They created a team of adventurers, artists, and creatives who share their passion and wanted to leave a positive impact on the environment. They fell in love with the refreshingly smooth taste of jun kombucha and made it their mission to brew the highest quality and healthiest jun kombucha. Their initial brew of organic green tea, honey, and JuneShine’s symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast (SCOBY) produces an unbelievably smooth and delicate kombucha, and after many interesting test batches they found the perfect recipe to elevate the alcohol.

They introduce organic cane sugar and brewers yeast for a secondary fermentation. Once complete, they add organic juices, spices, and cane sugar to taste, creating unique and refreshingly smooth flavors without the junk found in other mass produced alcoholic beverages. No artificial coloring, GMOs, pesticides, or processed corn or rice syrup. This makes JuneShine less toxic for both your body and the environment. Juneshine kombucha contains probiotics, antioxidants, vitamins, and of course, a good time for an alcohol you can feel good about drinking.

HOLIDAY PICKS:

Sweet Reason

Evening Blend, a collection of high dose CBD sparkling beverages created for the nights when you need to take the edge off naturally.

Sweet Reason’s Evening Blend is a powerful blend of calming herbs including ashwagandha, ginseng, l-theanine, chamomile, sceletium, lemon balm and limonene, all in effective, therapeutic dosages, adaptogens + 30mg of broad spectrum hemp extract, making it one of the highest dosed CBD beverages on the market.

Evening Blend is available in three flavors – Plum Blush, Peach Jasmine and Citrus Spice.

HOLIDAY PICKS:

PRICE: $45.99 per 6-pack, or $7.50 per bottle, also available in 12- and 24-packs. Same day delivery is available in Manhattan, Brooklyn and LA

    Cann

    Cann is a Los Angeles-based purveyor of CBD and THC-infused intoxicants founded by two former Bain consultants. They are the latest to take on the growing market for non-alcoholic intoxicants that use a combination of chemicals traditionally found in the marijuana plant to make their drinks.

    The beverages come with a 2 milligram dose of THC and 5 milligrams of CBD per can. Unlike other brands that are going for more fruity flavored beverages, they chose more herbaceous and floral flavors for their drinks – grapefruit & rosemary, lemon & lavender, and blood orange & cardamom.

    HOLIDAY PICKS:

    • Grapefruit & Rosemary

    • Pineapple Jalapeno

    • Lemon & Lavender

    • Blood Orange & Cardamom

    Kiva Confections

    Kiva Confections creates cannabis infused confections and is one of the most recognized cannabis companies in California. The company was born out of a need for an edible product that was potent, consistent, and enjoyable to consume. In early 2010 the cannabis edible market was desperately underserved; the products available were untested, unlabeled, and inconsistent in potency. Kiva’s gummies pair custom combinations of THC, CBD, and a range of carefully curated terpenes to produce a tailored cannabis experience like no other, and transport you to a “California State of Mind.

    HOLIDAY PICKS:

        • CBN Midnight Blueberry Camino Gummy

        • Pineapple Habanero Camino Gummy

        • Churro Milk Chocolate Bar

        • Espresso Dark Chocolate Terra Bites

    Fleur Marché

    Fleur Marché is for everyone out there who is curious about cannabis, but not sure where to start. The Sephora of cannabis, Fleur Marche is a beautifully-designed e-commerce platform that curates only the most premium CBD products and provides an experience that is intuitive, delightful, and easy for beginners.

    Created by former goop directors who have a history of building wellness experiences for women both on and offline, Fleur Marché is the intersection of exceptional CBD products, education, and community in one trusted space.

    HOLIDAY PICKS:

    PRICE: $15-$180

     

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        MÍRAME Cooks Up Exclusive Thanksgiving Takeout for Los Angeles

        MÍRAME Cooks Up Exclusive Thanksgiving Takeout for Los Angeles

        Thanksgiving is nearly here and many of us are still scrambling to figure out exactly how the holiday should work this year. No matter what happens, there is one thing that remains mostly reliable: food delivery and takeout. As most of us have grown accustomed to, food takeout options have prevailed, and will likely be used more than ever for the upcoming holiday season.

        If you’re looking to count on reliability, as well as something a little different (and delicious!), MÍRAME, the new Mexican inspired restaurant in Beverly Hills has your holiday needs covered. 

        Created by Chef Josh Gil, MÍRAME, have prepared a Pre-Hispanic Thanksgiving Feast available for takeout only, just for Angelenos and their families to enjoy from the comfort of home. Priced at $375, the meal feeds 6-8 people, and can be ordered in advance via OpenTable or Tock.

         

        Additionally, meals can be picked up on Thanksgiving Day at the restaurant, located at:
        419 North Cañon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210 

        More information can be found on www.mirame.la or by calling 310-230-5035.

         
        Highlights of the meal include: 
        • Organic heirloom pasture raised Diestel turkey with chile chilaca adobo 
        • Kamote – roasted sweet potato, hoja santa and brown butter 
        • Green Dent Corn Grits with butternut squash and pine nuts 
        • Pumpkin Pie with masa crust and toasted malva marshmallow 
        It’s not long until Thanksgiving is here, so get your orders in while you can — no matter what size your festivities.