Blood Circulation for Healthy Glowing Skin

Blood Circulation for Healthy Glowing Skin

How to Improve Blood Circulation for Healthy Glowing Skin

Every organ needs continual blood flow to function. You might not think of your skin as an organ, but it is. If your veins struggle to transport blood, you could experience symptoms like dry skin, a paler countenance, or rashes. Use these tips to improve your blood circulation and enjoy healthy skin that glows.

1. Exercise More Often

When you need to jog a short distance, you likely experience a flushed face and shortness of breath. The movement forces your heart to pump faster and send more blood through your veins.

Exercising regularly improves blood flow by strengthening the heart muscles that operate every minute of the day. If you do light to moderate cardio exercises, your heart will pump blood more easily when resting. Your body will function more efficiently, including your skin.

2. Give Yourself Massages

The lymphatic system clears toxins from the body by draining waste from your cells. It may not do this as efficiently when you have poor circulation, though. Massaging your skin stimulates the lymphatic system, like recharging a battery.

Give yourself daily massages or visit the spa frequently to engage this natural system that results in glowing skin.

3. Drink More Water

Iced coffee and bubbly sodas taste great, but they don’t do much for your skin’s health. Even though both have water, they aren’t as hydrating as water by itself. Drinking more water hydrates your body, allowing thinner blood to travel through veins more easily than when you drink mostly sodas, coffee, or other beverages.

Consider carrying a water bottle throughout your day so it’s always accessible, and you may notice your skin improving within days.

4. Quit Any Smoking Habits

Smoking introduces chemicals directly into your bloodstream. The toxic mix from cigarettes contains over 7,000 chemicals that pollute your blood after transferring through your lungs. The blood then carries less oxygen to your organs, leading to vessel and heart damage.

You might think vaping is a better option, but recent research proves otherwise. When researchers studied participants who smoked nicotine-free e-cigarettes, they noted a 17.5% blood flow reduction due to the chemicals affecting blood vessel lining.

Instead of smoking to reduce your anxiety, you could eat healthier foods to support your brain health and maintain improved mental wellness. Other stress-relieving habits like exercising, journaling, and meditating could supplement your new routine so you experience healthier skin and inner peace.

5. Get More Omega-3s

Fatty acids, also known as omega-3s, are great for your blood circulation in moderation. They come from foods like salmon, tuna, some seeds, and canola oil. When you ingest it, the fatty acids lower your blood pressure, among other health benefits. Lower blood pressure allows your arteries to open more easily, promoting better circulation.

Talk with your doctor if you believe adding omega-3s to your diet could help your skin. They’ll know how to balance it with your medical history if it’s a sustainable option for your health.

Achieve Healthier, Glowing Skin

Moisturizing and washing your face aren’t the only ways to achieve better skin. You can also improve your blood circulation with these tips. You may find that you have a healthier, more glowing appearance by making these slight adjustments to your daily routine.

Inset photo by Mateus Souza

Cover Photo by Nathan Cowley

Your 2022 Holiday Gift & Event Guide (Plus NYE)

Your 2022 Holiday Gift & Event Guide (Plus NYE)

Contributions by Dennis Richardson

We’re in the thick of it, and all you can do is embrace the holiday stress, along with the holiday cheer. If you’re caught up in figuring out what to do and what to get who, our 2022 Holiday Guide should help lift some of the stress from your shoulders. From products, to restaurants, and holiday events, we’re covering some of the top must-get, must-see, and must-do’s through New Year’s Eve. Buckle up for a break-neck rundown!

Westfield Century City

Westfield Century City’s iconic Holiday Market! From November 25 to December 24, shoppers can enjoy moments of snowfall in sunny Los Angeles and live performances while shopping at unique popups in the magical wonderland.

The Holiday Market will include popup shops from:

Santa’s Bungalow and Mrs. Claus’ Bakery: Guests are invited to embark on a journey to the North Pole where they can visit with Santa in his Bungalow and Mrs. Claus in her Bakery. After checking-in with Santa’s helper, guests will enter Santa’s backyard, and help him plan out his big trip using the Navigation Station. Guests will also visit Mrs. Claus in her bakery and peer into the windows to see what goodies she is cooking up for everyone on the nice list. sweet treat from Mrs. Claus’ bakery and a postcard to mail to Santa will be ready for you upon departure, if you made the nice list.

The Holiday Market is the perfect place to get holiday gifts for everyone on your list while experiencing a winter wonderland. You can even make a whole day out of it by grabbing a meal at one of Westfield Century City’s delicious restaurants afterwards.

Squad Harmonix Performance: Guests are invited to an acapella performance by singing group, Squad Harmonix on December 4th and December 11th at 12pm PST in the Holiday Market.

Hanukkah Celebration: From November 18th to December 26th , celebrate Hanukkah at Century City with a seasonal and changing mural on Level 1 near Nordstrom Court.

Westfield Culver City

It’s important to remember the impact that shopping local – including smaller and family-owned businesses – can have on both a small and large scale. As shoppers buy gifts this holiday season, Westfield Culver City invites the community to shop their locally owned businesses. In a recent consumer survey conducted by Westfield, more than half of survey respondents expressed the desire to shop local merchants throughout the holiday season as a way to directly invest in their communities.

Westfield Culver City guests are encouraged to visit a number of locally-owned retailers including:

  • Malik Books, an independent bookstore that specializes in books, calendars, cards and gifts full of cultural diversity. Malik Books has a large selection of diverse children’s books because children are 100% of our future.

  • Uplift Marketplace, a beautiful and fun place to shop over 80 Black owned brands including men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, a huge variety of personal care items, home goods and so much more.

  • Pro Image Sports, a sports fan’s dream come true with a wide offering of licensed sports apparel and novelty items from all your favorite sports teams including the NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB and NCAA.

After all, it feels good to support your community!

Westfield Topanga & The Village

Up until December 24th, Westfield Topanga is officially opening their trolley, which allows shoppers to go back and forth between Westfield Topanga & The Village. From pictures with Santa at Westfield to a fun snowfall surprise at The Village, there is something for everyone!

This weekend, join Neiman Marcus at Westfield Topanga for their annual holiday feast & festivities with Santa, all the way from the North Pole! On Saturday, December 17th, from 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM families can join Santa and his helpers visiting Neiman Marcus Cafe for a very special holiday breakfast experience. *Tickets are $65 for Adults, $55 for Children 3-12, and $55 for General Admission. (Tickets include Breakfast, Tax and Service Charge.)

Santa’s breakfast of champions is expected, complete with:

  • Coffee, Hot Chocolate, OJ & Apple Juice

  • Mimosa for adults 21 and over

  • Assorted Breakfast Pastries

  • Brioche French Toast with Whipped Cream, Fresh Berries & Vermont Maple Syrup

  • Scrambled Eggs with Herbed Creme Fraiche (kids served plain)

  • Apple Wood Smoked Bacon & Breakfast Sausage Crispy Red Bliss Potatoes with Red Peppers & Onions

  • Winter Fruit Compote

  • and Additional specialty beverages available for purchase

Location: Westfield Topanga: 6550 Topanga Canyon Blvd

*Tickets must be pre-purchased online, here.

In addition, Modern Bread + Bagel at Westfield Topanga & The Village has the most delicious gluten-free and dairy-free sweets and treats to make your party planning stress free! These are so good, that even the non-gluten-free and dairy-free guests will want to get their hands on them.

Their Holiday menu includes festive goodies such as Peppermint Brownies, Thin Mint Cookies, Nutella-Filled Donuts, and more! They are also offering Nationwide Shipping, which customers can purchase from HERE.

Finally, on Friday, December 16, Dan Modern will officially open the doors to its newest location at The Village at Westfield Topanga. The opening marks the modern Chinese eatery’s continued Los Angeles expansion.  

 

Specializing in handmade dumplings and noodles, the restaurant also features wok-fried rice, vegetables, noodle soups, and other appetizing delicacies. Each dish on the menu is made from scratch and prepared using centuries-old techniques with fewer ingredients to let the food speak for itself. Committed to sourcing the best quality ingredients and providing exceptional customer service, allowing guests the opportunity to pair a focused menu with an array of tea, beer, wine, and craft cocktails. Their prized “xiao long bao” is a warm, comforting soup dumpling filled with various protein options, perfect for warming up during these cold winter nights.

American Cancer Society’s New Discovery Shop

The recently opened American Cancer Society’s New Discovery Shop is the perfect place for sustainable gifts for your friends and family, not to mention, all profits go towards cancer research and the fight to end the disease. Owned and operated by American Cancer Society, proceeds from the shop help fund lifesaving patient programs and services, and ground-breaking cancer research.

Discovery Shop stores support the fight against cancer through the sale of high-quality, gently used, and new merchandise, donated by the community then curated and sold in our upscale stores. Featuring items such as designer and casual wear, accessories, and jewelry; collectibles and vintage; artwork; antiques; furniture; home décor and other household items; Discovery Shop raises millions in support of the ACS lifesaving mission while playing a leading role in the sustainable goods effort.

The Discovery Shop Enterprise is the upscale resale retail business owned and operated by the American Cancer Society, Inc. More than $372 million has been raised to date by West Coast Discovery Shop locations over the past 57 years since the first shop opened its doors in 1965 in San Fernando, California. From types of donations, local volunteer support, to residents shopping, donating, and seeking cancer information for themselves or a loved one, each Discovery Shop location offers an experience unique to every community. Discovery Shop locations utilize and benefit from volunteers to ensure that the most dollars support the Society’s mission to save lives, celebrate lives, and to create a world without cancer.

For more information visit cancer.org/discovery About the American Cancer Society The American Cancer Society is a leading cancer-fighting organization with a vision to end cancer as we know it, for everyone. For more than 100 years, we have been improving the lives of people with cancer and their families as the only organization combating cancer through advocacy, research, and patient support. We are committed to ensuring everyone has an opportunity to prevent, detect, treat, and survive cancer. To learn more, visit cancer.org or call our 24/7 helpline at 1-800-227-2345. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Location: 3516 W Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, CA 91505

Turo

In honor of the smash-hit series Wednesday, Netflix and Turo are offering Los Angeles-based fans the chance to drive the Addams family’s famous hearse to their holiday parties. Guests can open the door to Wednesday’s world by booking the 1950 Cadillac hearse on Turo until December 19th for $13/day, a nod to Wednesday’s birthday on Friday the 13th.

Since premiering on Nov. 23, Wednesday has become Netflix’s most-watched debut for an English-language series, dethroning the last season of Stranger Things and Jenna Ortega’s depiction of the moody teen has permeated the worlds of fashion, music, and TikTok. Vanessa Hudgens has even been snapped with the ride!

The 1950 Addams family Cadillac hearse is a custom, one-of-a-kind design from the famed body shop West Coast Customs. Guests interested in booking the car can book through this listing link.

Genghis Cohen

It may be cooler out, but there’s never a wrong time for ice cream! Genghis Cohen, the iconic nearly 40-year-old Chinese-American restaurant on Fairfax, is bringing back their beloved, and fan-favorite Hanukkah ice cream collaboration for the third year running. This year Genghis Cohen owners Marc Rose and Med Abrous of Call Mom teamed up with Konbi on the special limited-edition Hanukkah treat: Thuggish Ruggish Cohen.
This rugelach-inspired ice cream features milk bread ice cream with chocolate fudge ripple and toasted, salted cracked almonds ($17/pint); and is available now for pick-up orders via ChowNow — only while supplies last! Get it while you can!

Lemonade

The beloved California-based modern cafeteria serving colorful, seasonal and healthy fare is getting into the holiday mix with their own festive deal! Known for offering their beautifully prepared salads, signature grain bowls, hearty braised proteins, flavor-packed sandwiches and of course, trademark handcrafted lemonades, Lemonade’s holiday offering land the sweet deal of a $5 free code with the purchase of a $25 e-gift card.

With approximately 20 locations spread throughout SoCal — including WeHo, Downtown, Santa Monica, Burbank, Studio City Manhattan Beach and more — why not treat a few people to an unforgettable lunch and dinner, while also treating yourself!?

This offer is available until December 31st, and can be purchased here: https://onelink.quickgifts.com/merchant/lemonade-restaurant

Nothing Bundt Cakes

Nothing Bundt Cakes offers customizable Bundtlets and Bundtlet Towers that make delicious holiday gifts. Guests can choose from a single Bundtlet Tower, which retails from $7.25-$7.50, and can build up to a double ($12.50-$13.00) or triple Bundtlet Tower ($17.75-$18.50).

The Towers are beautifully gift-wrapped in cellophane and can be topped with a flower for an extra festive touch. Plus, mix and match from a variety of flavors like Nothing Bundt Cakes’ limited-time Peppermint Chocolate Chip, a decadent chocolate cake packed with chocolate chips and peppermint pieces, available now through January 8.

To find your nearest Nothing Bundt Cakes, visit www.NothingBundtCakes.com.

Eriness

Erin and her eponymous brand launched in 2015, after spending years hand making jewelry pieces. In fact, her handmade items were so exquisite, that major stores started to buy them off of her body — including Fred Segal and Anthropologie — at the age of 18!
Now, years later, Eriness is carried by luxury retailers around the world, including Goop and London Jewelers — while adorned by a loyal clientele, including Michelle Obama, Taylor Swift, Lupita Nyong’o and Miley Cyrus. Eriness is recognized in the industry for their cheerful mix of diamonds and gemstones, and stands out in the fine jewelry space due to how colorful yet luxurious the pieces are.
Their recently launched Art Deco Collection and collaboration with YONY means a broader selection of gifts for anyone, spanning feminine, unisex and versatile looks, while still tapping into the fun DNA of Eriness in stacked or solo styles.

Blue Kazoo

Blue Kazoo creates artfully imagined jigsaw puzzles and focuses on a few 1,000-piece puzzles at a time to ensure they are beautifully and conscientiously crafted. Whether you’re looking for a very difficult puzzle for a challenge, or a puzzle that can double as a work of art, Blue Kazoo offers a ton of different puzzles that are sure to be a hit for anyone on your gifting list.

Right now you can get 35% OFF all puzzles, or buy 2 and get 1 FREE, by shopping directly at their site!

dryrobe

Essential for outdoor adventures, dryrobe is the original toweling robe designed for triathletes, surfers and cold water swimmers to change under and quickly get dry. The brand’s hero robe, the dryrobe Advance, is both unisex and sustainable, available in short and long sleeve lengths, a wide range of colors and made using 100% recycled nylon.

Pair Eyewear

If you aren’t familiar, Pair Eyewear uses a proprietary, two-piece eyewear set that features a magnetic Base Frame with prescription lenses starting at $60, and interchangeable $25 Top Frames that allow members of the entire family to change their glasses as often as they change their clothes.

Shop the latest from Pair Eyewear, here!

Misook

Misook  – Korean American Misook Doolittle founded her namesake brand in 1985 as a source of effortlessly refined style to meet the needs of distinguished, jet-setting women like her. Today, CEO Steven Wang and his family-owned company have further elevated MISOOK’s legacy of luxury through striking collections defined by modern designs and intricate, one-of-a kind details — all crafted with uncompromising quality. 

Misook’s Latest Release: Cashmere Collection

Shop Link: https://www.misook.com/collections/30-off-select-styles

Ming Wang Knits

After moving to the US from Taiwan with her young family over 30 years ago, Ming Wang founded her legendary brand, Ming Wang Knits, offering a bold range of luxury knits and distinctive styles designed to help all women feel comfortable and confident. Still family owned and operated, the brand continues to be passionate about the same things: Effortless fashion, the artistry of knitting, and a focus on enduring quality.

One of their newest releases, the Vegan Leather Trim Mixed Print Cozy Knit Wrap, Cherry Red/Black benefits not just the wearer, but those battling cancer as well. For every wrap purchased, one is donated to help comfort the incredible cancer fighters associated with The American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge.

Rebecca Crews

When Rebecca starting making her own apparel, she created six suits to her specifications that could be worn formally or informally. They are designed to outfit the woman who is strong, feminine, and powerful. Classic, yet on the cusp of modernism and flair. She utilized the most refined workmanship and expert tailoring to create a fabulously feminine –– careful to present clothing that’s fashionable and functional.

The key to a great suit is it can be worn multiple ways, as a set or separate. Her suits made appearances at the Golden Globes, the Night Before The Emmy’s Party, Gladys Knight’s 75th Birthday Celebration, and the People’s Choice Awards.

Shop Rebecca Crews, here!

Kooniez

Kooniez, the LA-based sustainable brand has fully transitioned to a direct-to-consumer model since 2020, and all products are made in-house in downtown LA, making it a local favorite.

With their page overflowing in rave reviews, their comfort-first wear comes in a variety of colors and sizes ranging from XS-XL, and is maternity & postpartum friendly! The unique harem design is also great for yoga, dancing and so much more!  

Styles are available on their website and retail from $108-$256, but right now they’re currently having a Holiday Sale with items up to 50% OFF site-wide up until Christmas. Their cutoff date for guaranteed Christmas delivery is Sunday, December 18th, so order now!

Esther Perel’s Where Should We Begin – A Game of Stories

Much more than a simple question deck, the game involves two separate decks of cards; Prompt Cards to guide you and the Story Cards to inspire you to share the stories you rarely tell. This is perfect for couples who are just starting out in a relationship and want to learn more about each other or couples who have been in a relationship for a long time and want to spice things up. The cards can say something like “share something cringe worthy” or “what’s something you wish you could tell your younger self” to really dive deep and share the good and the bad of one another.

Purchase: HERE (Also available on Goop, Uncommon Goods)

Vestaboard

The beautifully designed smart messaging display is the perfect unexpected, luxe gift for the interior design lover in your life. Vestaboard creates a focal point that enhances any setting every day and captures attention with a shared messaging experience from your smartphone, bringing messaging and entertainment with a touch of nostalgia.

Shop Vestaboard, here!

Kaiyo

Offers pre-loved furniture from your favorite high-quality brands with white-glove delivery right to your door in as little as 2 days. With great design, exceptional customer care, and a more sustainable planet always top of mind…Kaiyo’s large selection of vintage pieces are a perfect gift for new homeowners or simply the interior design lover.

Japandi decor is the latest and greatest trend, and there is no better place to shop your pre-loved furniture favorites than online marketplace Kaiyo. Japandi combines the clean and minimalist beauty of Japanese design and the cozy, simple designs of Scandinavian interiors. Neutral tones, natural textures, and organic shapes create a calm, relaxing environment that is both comfortable and sleek. With great design, exceptional customer care, and a more sustainable planet always top of mind… Kaiyo’s large selection of japandi pieces will help give your home a style refresh.

When you shop for japandi pieces on Kaiyo, you’ll receive up to 90% savings on top brands and shoppers within the greater New York City, Los Angeles, San Diego, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington D.C. metro areas, residents will receive white-glove delivery and pickup in as fast as 2-3 business days. 

Some Kaiyo faves include:

Belliwell

BelliWelli – who have introduced the first gluten-free, probiotic-packed, low-FODMAP, and vegan snack bars – might be just the healthy sweet treat you need to kick off the New Year. Coming down off the holiday eating can be a withdrawal nightmare, but Belliwell’s got you covered!

As the brand behind the “Hot Girls Have IBS” tagline, it has humorous merch including sweatshirts and mini pouches as well as tasty snack bars that are free from gluten, dairy, and sugar alcohols – plus include probiotics and fiber. We all know a hot girl with gut issues so BelliWelli is sure to be a crowd-pleaser for anyone with a sweet tooth. 

 

The bars are available in Chocolate Chip, Birthday Cake, Cinnamon Swirl, and Fudge Brownie and can be purchased on Amazon.com (box of 8 for $26.96) for any last-minute gift needs!

Supergut

Supergut, whose line of nutritional shakes, bars, and fiber mix are dedicated to balancing and restoring your gut to ensure a healthier and happier lifestyle. If you or your loved ones are looking to get 2023 kicked off with a healthy head start, Supergut is the way to go!

Supergut’s best sellers include:

  • Gut Balancing Shake – A delicious shake packed with resistant starch to balance your gut and boost metabolism. There’s a flavor for everyone including chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, mocha latte, vegan vanilla, and chocolate. 

  • Bars – A tasty snack to boost your metabolism while on the go or traveling. Flavors include chocolate brownie, peanut butter chocolate and strawberry almond. 

  • Fiber Mix – Add-to-anything, unflavored and unsweetened fiber mix lets you enjoy the power of resistant starch in your favorite dishes or drinks.

Everlywell

The one-stop shop for all at-home health needs. From tests to vitamins & supplements, Everlywell is revolutionizing the way consumers approach wellness. We can never be too healthy, and Everlywell is sure to have a well-rounded approached to staying ahead of life’s curveballs with their lineup. Shop Everlywell, here.

Dermalogica

Shop Dermalogica in one of their flagship stores at either the West Hollywood or Santa Monica — or where they’re offering free shipping for the holidays and huge savings! Dermalogica’s skin kits and sets are selling with worthwhile markdowns, up to nearly 50% OFF while supplies last. It’s a great way to get yourself or loved ones started off next year putting their best cheek forward.

Open

Open, an online mindfulness studio for breathwork, meditation, and movement has kicked off their own holiday promotion, sure to help you or your intended gift receiver get a kick ahead of the fitness curb into the New Year.

Through Open’s gifting program you can purchase 1 month for $20, 3 months for $60, 6 months for $90, or 12 months for $150. This includes all breathwork, movement (yoga & pilates), and meditation classes!

FORM

FORM — a groundbreaking app for all things physical, mental, and nutritional wellness —f ounded by celebrity trainer Sami Clarke, is also offering gifting options this holiday season, and they are worth the investment for anyone who is serious about their body and health.

The online platform offering HIIT and strength training workouts is priced at just $22 a month / $119 annual membership without sale.

Skylight

The holidays are right around the corner, and if you are looking to impress your loved ones this season, here is the perfect gift: the Skylight Digital Picture Frame. This high-tech, easy to use gadget will allow them to showcase they’re special memories in real time with wi-fi connection, making it easy to upload photos from a phone or computer anywhere in the world. 

Ordering is simple, and fast, with most orders arriving between 5-7 days after being placed. And for you extra-late shoppers, Skylight offers expedited 3-day shipping, just in-time to get to your in-laws house. 

The Frames retails for $299 (15 inch) with special features below that will help you showcase all your favorite family memories.. 

  • Month-in-Review tool allows you to create a summary video of all the photos uploaded to your Skylight frame at the end of each month

  • Users can comment and like each other’s photos to create a mini social network between loved ones

  • The highly rated mobile app gives remote capabilities to set settings from a distance.

  • Unlimited cloud storage

  • Automatic photo orientation based on the frame being landscape or portrait

Good Tide from Wyld

Good Tide products from best selling edible brand, WyldGood Tide is the latest addition to Wyld’s family of brands. Good Tide gummies are made with premium solventless hash rosin that delivers a true-to-plant high. The resin includes naturally occurring terpenes and minor cannabinoids from the cannabis plant which harmonize with the tropical real-fruit ingredients to create a delicious, full spectrum experience.

Good Tide offers a trio of irresistible vegan flavors including Mango, Guava and Pineapple, which are now available in Oregon, California, and Colorado.

Kiva Confections

Whether you’re hosting a holiday get together or cozying up with a Hallmark movie, Kiva has you covered with delicious, buzzy treats. This is the perfect chance to stock up on Kiva’s Pepper Bark Dark Chocolate bar before the season is over! Sharing Kiva’s full holiday lineup below:

Peppermint Pattie Terra Bites *NEW*

  • Features a soft and sweet peppermint core coated by rich dark chocolate, these bites have a bold, fresh minty flavor that melts in your mouth. A new take on an old classic, these limited edition treats are infused with NASHA’s cold water hash, which is made exclusively with small-batch, resin-rich cannabis, pure mountain water, and ice.
  • Link to buy: HERE

Holiday Punch Camino

  • Get all the feels of Christmas Morning with the limited edition Holiday Punch gummies. Energizing terpenes with notes of cranberry and cinnamon will have you leaping out of bed with joyful anticipation.
  • Link to buy: HERE

Peppermint Bark Dark Chocolate

  • Kiva’s limited edition holiday favorite is back! This festive and flavorful Kiva Bar is made of delicious, infused dark chocolate topped with swirls of white chocolate, completed with a dusting of crushed peppermint candy. Take it from us- this seasonal treat makes the perfect stocking stuffer.
  • Link to buy: HERE

Pacific Stone

This year Pacific Stone, recently named one of the best US cannabis brands of 2022 by Weedmaps, has partnered with RIP Medical Debt and participating CA retailers to contribute to medical debt relief for families across the state. Every Pacific Stone purchase from the following retailers will go towards supporting medical debt relief:

  • Wellgreens, San Diego

  • Chronic, Los Angeles

  • Body + Mind, Long Beach

  • Strain Balboa, Chatsworth

Additionally, check with your local CA dispensary to secure the newest strains from Pacific Stone, including: 

  • Cereal Milk: Dense and potent nugs that provide a sweet and savory experience. Creamy, and delicious with effects that will keep you in good spirits, laughing the night away, or relaxing with your favorite ways to pass time. Like its name, it will keep you coming back for more!

  • Grape Pipe: Grape Pie looks just like a classic old school indica purp strain with terpy trichomes that offer delicious sour and sugary grape aromas. This strain gives off a high that may initially bring you up with euphoria before landing you down on the couch for munchies and the television.

  • Sherblato: Sherblato is a THC powerhouse with heavy physical effects. Expect buds to be dark green in color with heavy trichome production. Flavors are freshly crushed earth and spicy, bringing about euphorically sedative effects. Lovers of couchlock strains or anyone seeking relief from anxiety should give this strain a try.

  • Mango Kush: Mango Kush tastes similar to the actual mango fruit, with a distinct kush flavor and hints of pine on the exhale. Its frosty heavily dense buds are covered with thick shiny trichomes and bright orange pistils. This indica strain will leave you happy and giggly with a relaxing body high.

Curaleaf

Recently, Curaleaf, a leading international provider of consumer cannabis products, announced it is expanding its premium flower brand, Grassroots, into California. This announcement coincides with the launch of its Grassroots Grower’s Reserve Program – an ongoing series of limited-edition collaborations between Grassroots and craft farmers & diverse operators in California, including Sonoma Hills Farm and Delighted Farms.

As California is grappling with unprecedented oversupply, Curaleaf is committed to partnering with established licensed farmers in the state to source premium flower for Grassroots. The first Grassroots product available in California will be Diamond Infused Pre-Rolls composed of finely ground, high-quality whole flower with a dusting of THCA diamonds for maximum purity and potency. 

Raw Garden

Firstly, just this week, Curaleaf, a leading international provider of consumer cannabis products, announced it is expanding its premium flower brand, Grassroots, into California. This announcement coincides with the launch of its Grassroots Grower’s Reserve Program – an ongoing series of limited-edition collaborations between Grassroots and craft farmers & diverse operators in California, including Sonoma Hills Farm and Delighted Farms.

 

As California is grappling with unprecedented oversupply, Curaleaf is committed to partnering with established licensed farmers in the state to source premium flower for Grassroots. The first Grassroots product available in California will be Diamond Infused Pre-Rolls composed of finely ground, high-quality whole flower with a dusting of THCA diamonds for maximum purity and potency.

Raw Garden’s Crushed Diamonds come perfectly shattered into an easy-to-use crystalline-crumble that can be sprinkled onto bowls, rolled up into joints, or enjoyed with a traditional or cold start dab. Take your Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving dinner to a higher level and say goodbye to the notorious wine hangover that follows.

  • *For the cannabis newbies, bring some Raw Garden cannabis joints infused with crushed diamonds and rolled in small batches for an enhanced experience.

Select & Autumn Brands

Today Select announced its partnership with Autumn Brands, a woman-and-family-owned farm in Santa Barbara County, on its third installment of “The Farmer’s Select” program – an ongoing series of collaborations with licensed craft farmers and diverse operators in California to create limited-edition offerings of Select’s Elite Live Oil. 

Autumn Brands cannabis is grown using sustainable farming techniques, natural sunlight and pesticide free, 100% no-spray cultivation that is then transformed into Select’s Elite Live Oil. Select previously partnered with Sonoma Hills Farm and Delighted Farms, with both collaborations selling out within two weeks. 

The limited-edition Elite Live Oil with Autumn Brands is now available at dispensaries across CA in three strains:

  • Jetlato (Sativa)

  • Pineapple MAC (Hybrid)

  • Banana Jelly (Indica)

Bowlero

If you’re looking around for things to do on New Year’s Eve, why not throw a favorite pastime into the mix? Bowlero is offering packages to ring in the New Year and celebrate with your crew – a NYE Family Package (daytime) and a NYE Ball Drop Package (nighttime). Bowl the minutes away ahead of the big countdown, complete with food and drinks!

Bowlero’s daytime NYE Family Package includes 2 hours of unlimited bowling and shoe rental, a selection of speciality menu items, and a champagne toast, while the nighttime NYE Ball Drop Package offers 4 hours of unlimited bowling with shoe rental,  a selection of speciality menu items, drink packages and ticket bundles, and a champagne toast. While the NYE Family Package is available on 12/31/22 and 1/1/23, the NYE Ball Drop Package is  available on 12/31/22 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

For more details and pricing for a Bowlero location near you, visit https://www.bowlero.com/nye.

The h.wood Group NYE Celebrations

On Saturday December 31st, LA’s most beloved venues: Poppy, SHOREbar,  Sant’olina, Bootsy Bellows, The Nice Guy, Delilah, Peppermint Club, and Harriet’s Rooftop are throwing the best New Year’s Eve celebrations to ring in the New Year. With a lineup like no other, the below events from h.wood will ensure that 2022 ends strong.

Read on to learn more about each venue, and what their specific plans are for NYE:

Harriet’s: 

Harriet’s, located on the rooftop of the 1 Hotel, preserves the values of an old-fashioned cocktail lounge. Revelry with a view, our bar is stocked with fresh and seasonal ingredients alongside some of the finest and approachable spirits. Harriet’s Rooftop will have a 5 hour premium open bar 9PM – 2AM with special live DJ performances. Ticket Link Here 

SHOREbar:

Step aboard. Located on one of the most storied blocks in Santa Monica, SHOREbar is a nautical lounge, evoking the wonder of sea travel. Guests experience seaside nightlife in a warm, welcoming environment, just steps from the crashing surf. The secluded, locals-only top deck provides hidden perks and increased privacy. Upscale yet approachable, SHOREbar is the perfect place to enjoy an after-work cocktail or late-night drinks by the sea.

SHOREbar will have a 5 hour open bar 9PM – 2AM with special live DJ performance. Ticket Link Here

Delilah:

Swing and jive through this homage to the roaring ‘20s. With its lavish chandeliers and plush interiors, Delilah is a modern-day supper club with a vintage aesthetic. Nostalgic touches like a crackling fireplace offer a warm and welcoming atmosphere as guests dine on refined American fare. Dining turns to dancing as a troupe of female entertainers move to the sounds of a live jazz band. Eating, drinking, and dancing converge in this luxury space as guests enjoy lounge style bottle service as the evening unfolds. Elegant yet alluring, the charm and vivacious energy of Delilah is like stepping back in time.

Delilah is offering:

  • First seating: Choose between 6PM, 6:30PM & 7PM. $200 / person.
  • Second seating: Anytime after 8:30PM. $300 / person and 1 bottle of champagne for every 6 guests, reservations: www.delilahla.com
The Nice Guy:

Tucked away in the heart of West Hollywood, The Nice Guy is an intimate restaurant and lounge, complete with world-class culinary offerings. A step above a restaurant, but not quite a club, the venue is a cozy, reservations-only destination for h.wood friends and family. Its aesthetic evokes the decadent lore of mafia bars and restaurants, where the owners and their friends could enjoy an evening together. Whether grabbing an early dinner or mingling into the early morning hours, the space cultivates a feeling of camaraderie among its clientele, which keeps guests coming back night after night.

The Nice Guy will offer:

  • First seating: Choose between 6PM, 6:30PM & 7PM. $250 / person.
  • Second seating: Anytime after 8:30PM. $300 / person and 1 bottle of champagne included, reservations: www.theniceguyla.com
Poppy:

Immerse yourself in a fantasy where nightclub meets high-fashion playground. Located on one of Los Angeles’ most bustling boulevards, Poppy is a nightlife concept unlike any other. Surrounded by a menagerie of characters from a storybook setting, guests are transported to a world of whimsy and mischief. From the colorful garden to the opulent library, this dream-like venue is meant for exploration and discovery.

Poppy will offer a 5 hour premium open bar 9PM – 2AM with special live DJ performance. Ticket Link Here

Bootsy Bellows:

Step into the residential haven that is Bootsy Bellows. First introduced in 2012 by actor David Arquette and The h.wood Group, the space mirrors Frank Sinatra’s 1940s Palm Springs home. From the pink banquettes to the lush greenery, the venue breaks the mold on traditional nightclub aesthetics with its luxurious, residential feel. Combining a variety of live entertainment, including DJs, music performances, and puppets, the locale is a decadent playground for adults. Named after Arquette’s mother, a burlesque dancer and pinup model in her time, Bootsy Bellows is a spectacle in a class of its own. 

Bootsy Bellows will offer a 5 hour premium open bar 9PM – 2AM with special live DJ performance. Ticket Link Here

Sant’olina:

Sant’olina is a melting pot of Mediterranean cuisine with a Southern California spin. Chefs Michael Teich and Burt Bakman combine vibrant herbs and spices to create a healthy menu packed with flavor. Each dish tells a different story – from the traditional recipes straight out of the Tel Aviv shuks to the modern Californian touches. With its timeless Mediterranean color palette and open-air views of Los Angeles, Sant’olina captures the essence of a seaside escape. Located atop the historic Beverly Hilton, Sant’olina offers nightly dinner service.

Sant’olina is offering a 5 hour premium open bar with special live DJ performance. Ticket Link Here

Peppermint Club:

Peppermint Club is offering a 5 hour premium open bar 9PM – 2AM with special live DJ performance. Ticket Link Here

About The h.wood Group

The h.wood Group is a Los Angeles-based, hospitality and lifestyle marketing company with an iconic portfolio of luxury nightlife and restaurant venues. The vision of longtime friends John Terzian and Brian Toll, The h.wood Group was founded in 2008 as a way for the consummate hosts and entrepreneurs to bring their high-end, thoughtful concepts and passion for service to life.

From Delilah and The Nice Guy, to Bootsy Bellows and Harriet’s, The h.wood Group is responsible for some of the most iconic brands in the world. With eleven venues in Los Angeles, three across the country and six new ones on the horizon, The h.wood Group is rapidly expanding thanks to its multi-concept portfolio uniquely positioned to cater to different markets. This growth is guided by the brand’s core values – distinct design, exceptional service and palpable atmosphere – which combine to create extraordinary moments for every guest. The h.wood Group experience is known well beyond the walls of their brick-and-mortar locations, through its work as one of the most reputable event producers in the world.

With passions for art, fashion, sports and entertainment, The h.wood Group’s signature approach to service and storytelling unites brands, consumers and talent at some of the world’s most iconic cultural events including Coachella, F1, Cannes, Art Basel and more. The h.wood Group offers corporate branding, catering, event production and marketing services at both private events and international pop-ups, reflecting and shaping popular culture on both local and global scales. 

Come Celebrate Zinc Cafe & Market – Melrose, West Hollywood

Come Celebrate Zinc Cafe & Market – Melrose, West Hollywood

Zinc Café & Market recently opened a 2nd location in L.A. on Melrose in West Hollywood. SoCal Magazine caught up with restaurateur extraordinaire, John Secretan at his latest Zinc. I’ve known John for a long time and continue to be impressed with the effortless ease with which he expands his Zinc horizons. The Melrose location is Zinc number 4 (with 5 & 6 already in the pipeline).

The name, Zinc Café & Market, comes from the French colloquialism for a bistro/café/bar: “le zinc”. Le zinc was the omnipresent Parisienne neighborhood bar, named after the zinc countertops which were a standard feature of the cafés. “Le zinc” came to characterize the type of café/bar that typically served coffee, wine, beer and snacks.

Secretan opened the first Zinc Cafe in Laguna Beach in 1988, with the idea in mind that you could simply walk in and eat at the counter top like its namesake in France. The place grew in popularity and flourished into a sit down restaurant and since then, Zinc has replicated in Corona Del Mar, LA’s Arts District, and now, the Melrose area.

John is thrilled to be a part of the dynamic, vibrant, historic West Hollywood area. Community is important to him and John strives to support the neighborhoods of his Zinc cafes. For example: Zinc Café & Market in Laguna Beach supports School Power; Zinc in DTLA supports the arts; and now Melrose Zinc is looking to support the LGBTQ community that call West Hollywood home.

In the spirit of community building and to celebrate their new extended hours and dinner menu, the Melrose Zinc team is throwing a community party on Wednesday 12.14 from 4-7pm featuring tastings of Caroline Juen’s new “Best Coast Wines” and samples of the dinner menu.

New menu items at the Melrose location include the Middle Eastern Breakfast with fresh herbs, labneh, a jammy egg & sourdough, a Sugar Kiss Melon Salad with fennel & parmesan and a Fried Egg Sandwich with herb cream cheese, pickled onions & persian cucumber. Signature Zinc menu items from existing locations are also available. All in all, a menu that is healthy, nourishing and delicious. Melrose also serves beer and wine and offers light alcohol cocktails on their menu (ie- spritz). The price range for meals is on average $22-$26. Go and check it out.  For more information please click here

The Melrose Zinc’s space includes an indoor dining room, a peaceful and expansive outdoor veranda, a retail market area and new private dining room. Street parking is best, and the Design Center has lots of available parking and is two short blocks away.

John Secretan holds up the latest trend…wine in a can. Photos credit: Zuke Oshiro

Cover photo: Jenn Emerling

Does Liver Health Affect Your Skin?

Does Liver Health Affect Your Skin?

Organs couldn’t function without each other, and your skin is no different. It relies on your entire wellness to thrive, but many people don’t realize how essential it is to have a comprehensive skincare routine. Read more about the importance your liver has on your skin’s health to better understand how to improve and maintain your appearance.

1. It Processes Everything

Your liver’s primary function is to remove toxins in your blood and process them into bile. Afterward, the blood that exits your liver is clean and ready to support your health.

Your liver also regulates your thyroid hormone production, which can clear your skin or cause breakouts. Although you might not always think of your skin as an organ, it’s intricately connected with your liver.

Everything you eat and drink contains nutrients, ingredients, and chemicals that will pass through your liver. When it can’t process everything, the rest of your body doesn’t function properly because your bloodstream is polluted. Having less-clean blood and oxygen means you’ll have poorly performing skin cells.

You can easily support your liver and skin health by drinking more water. Beverages with water and no added ingredients are easiest on your liver because they provide liquid with little need for processing. You’ll flush toxins out and prevent them from affecting your skin.

2. It Banishes Toxins

As toxins build up in your bloodstream, your body will expel them in other ways if your liver can’t handle them. That includes processing the toxins through your sweat glands. The sweat will be more toxic than usual, leading to skin irritations and potential acne.

Revamping your diet is an excellent way to strengthen your liver. Try adding more whole foods free of processed ingredients and you’ll have an anti-inflammatory diet. This type of diet typically includes many foods high in antioxidants, which may reverse liver damage caused by poor diets.

Every unhealthy food you swap with fruits, veggies, or another healthy alternative will support your skin health. Look for options that lack artificial ingredients or sweeteners to get started. A nutritionist can always assist with your dietary needs while you’re figuring out what works with your lifestyle.

3. It Breaks Down Fats

You might not think of fat as a toxin, but it’s another nutrient your liver expertly breaks down. It comes from foods and drinks, so your body will have more of it on some days than others. When your liver is too inefficient, the fat remains in your bloodstream. Sebaceous glands will try to expel the fats to clear your bloodstream, which often results in more oily skin and clogged pores.

While protecting your pores by ingesting better foods and drinks, you should also protect them from outside factors. Applying sunscreen each morning is an excellent way to shield yourself from ultraviolet (UV) rays, even on cloudy days. When inner or outer factors don’t damage your cells, your skin will thrive.

4. Revitalize Your Skincare Routine

Your liver health directly affects your skin, so take control of your health and appearance with these tips. They’re easy to work into any routine, even if you’re always busy. Eating healthier and drinking more water could be the secret to the gorgeous skin you’ve been working to achieve.

Cover Photo by Guilherme Almeida

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Thanksgiving Meals & Deals for 2022

Thanksgiving Meals & Deals for 2022

Thanksgiving is rapidly approaching, and it’s possible that many still have their plans up in the air. Most importantly, there are some people out there who are still planning out who’s doing the cooking! Isn’t it convenient that some of our favorite SoCal restaurants have released Holiday Menus to make life a bit easier (and delicious)? From mediterranean classics, to Mexican flair, Thanksgiving 2022 has a whole host of options that solid competition to even Grandma’s traditional feast.

If you’re in the market for Thanksgiving meal planning, or even-postThanksgiving meals (because who wants leftovers?), consider this a one-stop shop full of some of the best offers you can find.

Beauty & Essex

If something more traditional is your speed, Beauty & Essex doesn’t disappoint, elevating the Thanksgiving experience, as one could only imagine they would. Guests can expect Beauty & Essex dinner staples like the famous grilled cheese and tomato soup dumplings, and the half roasted chicken – along with special Thanksgiving offerings like a roasted free range turkey with stuffing, pan gravy, and cranberry sauce, and a green bean casserole with creamed mushrooms and crispy onions.

Some of there other offerings include a double cut 20oz pork tomahawk, aged cheddar mac & cheese, and blueberry cobbler and pumpkin pie desserts. Make your reservation now!

Hours: 3:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Address: 1615 Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Delilah

The convenience of having specialized chefs take on the challenge of preparing Thanksgiving dinner is unparalleled. And that’s something that the Delilah team hopes will keep you coming back year after year.

Serving 4-6 people at just $300, Delilah is preparing some household favorites with their own twist, like candied yams with caramelized marshmallows, roasted Brussels sprouts, and roasted turkey breast with confit turkey legs sage and black pepper gravy. Additional options include endive and gem lettuce salad roasted fingerling potatoes, wild mushroom stuffing, cranberry sauce, completed by pumpkin pie or pecan pie for dessert.

Preorders must be in by 19th, while pickup is available at Delilah on November 23rd, from 11 am – 3 pm.
Order here!

Lavo Ristorante

If you’re someone who scoffs at tradition, perhaps going the Italian route is what you’re looking for. LAVO Ristorante is shaking things up with their own special menu tacked with seasonal options that are sure to bring on an evening snooze.

Guests can celebrate Thanksgiving at LAVO Ristorante’s gorgeous al-fresco dining room with dinner staples like the famous 1-pound wagyu meatball and cacio e pepe pizza, alongside a special seasonal specials like the cannelloni al forno with fresh ricotta, fontina cheese, pomodoro, and the zucca al forno with  farro, dried cherries, and a pomegranate vinaigrette. Make your reservation here!

Hours: 2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Address: 9201 Sunset Blvd Suite 100, West Hollywood, CA 90069

Mírame

Sometimes you need to step outside of the box, and who better than Mírame for trying new things? Full of Mexican flair, stepping up the Thanksgiving game this year sounds more delicious than ever at Mírame, where there’s a variety of everything for everyone.

The Beverly Hills modern Mexican restaurant’s menu provides a creative take of the holiday classics and is priced at $450 for 6-8 people. The Thanksgiving feast includes: a Pipian Brined Organic Smoked Whole Diestel TurkeyFall Caesar Salad with little gems, roasted kabocha, cotija, chicharron, pomegranate, pepitas and sourdough croutons, Mayacoba Charros made with Sonoran white heirloom beans with smoked short rib and pickled chilies, Mushroom and Pine Nut Bread Pudding with setas mushrooms and porcini and Pumpkin Pie with a masa crust and hoja santa meringue to complete the meal. Orders can be placed here for pickup on November 24th.

SLAB

Another solid choice for this year’s Thanksgiving feast, SLAB isn’t holding back when it comes to your family’s dinner. From crowd pleasers like sweet candied yams, roasted turkey legs and turkey gravy complete with SLAB’s signature BBQ sauce, you’ll want to leave the cooking to the h.wood pros year after year.

Coming in at just $275, this feast will serve 4, and comes complete with a whole smoked turkey, an optional 2 pounds of brisket (additional $75), turkey gravy and SLAB BBQ sauce, cranberry sauce, creamy mashed potatoes, cornbread stuffing, collard greens, mac and cheese, dinner rolls, and pumpkin or pecan pie. There’s a whole lot here, and if you’re yearning that southern comfort touch, SLAB’s got you covered.

Preorders must be in by 19th, while pickup is available at SLAB on November 23rd and 24th, from 11 am – 3 pm.
Order here!

Nossa Caipirinha

Thanksgiving is the start of this month, but some people don’t enjoy the constant focus on the holiday’s main course — let alone eating leftovers for days. Let’s change that with some options throughout November, and even into December!

Nossa Caipirinha Bar, which the Last Word Hospitality team rebranded and reopened with partners John Borghetti of Farfalla and Xandre Borghetti (Nopa, Blue Hill) this past summer, draws inspiration from the neighborhood bars in the Borghetti’s native Brazil.

Running Nossa Caipirinha Bar are partners Executive Chef Rory Cameron (Found Oyster) and bar leads Shannon Inouye (Imperial Western Beer Co.) and Steven Zakarian (All Season Brewing Co.) who are serving bracing variations of the bar’s namesake cocktail alongside classic Brazilian bar snacks like pão de queijo (cheese bread), xixo (grilled skewers) and coxinhas (croquettes) in addition to salads and larger dishes like a traditional prawn moqueca baiana (seafood stew).

The bar has been building a very fun Brazilian vinyl night on Wednesdays (including infectious Brazilian funk, jazz, tropicalia and more) and is super excited to share that KCRW DJ Jeremy Sole is taking over the turntables to spin his personal collection of Brazilian vinyl from 7-11pm. Upcoming residency dates are December 7 and December 14.

Nossa Caipirinha Bar:
1966 Hillhurst Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90027

When:
Wednesday – Monday
4pm – 11pm (until midnight Friday and Saturday)
Walk-ins only; indoor and outdoor seating available

Lemonade

Lemonadea California-based modern cafeteria serving colorful, seasonal and healthy fare is now offering beautifully prepared salads, signature grain bowls, hearty braised proteins, flavor-packed sandwiches and of course, trademark handcrafted lemonades as part of their seasonal menu options. The renewed menu features an updated Build-Your-Own Protein Plate, two new Chef’s Bowls, two new hot sides and a new vegan handcrafted sandwich. The lineup also includes a seasonal Raspberry Mint Lemonade.

The full list of Lemonade’s new seasonal items follow below:

  • Sustainable Salmon Bowl – sustainable Atlantic salmon, roasted veggies, crispy onions, lemon herb chimichurri, rosemary sweet potato hash ($15.95) 
  • Comfort Bowl – choice of overnight braised Angus beef or slow roasted pork shoulder, creamy mashed potatoes, crispy onions, au jus, roasted veggies ($14.95) 
  • Brussels Sprouts, Dates & Parmesan Marketplace Side – shaved Brussels sprouts, Medjool dates, parmesan cheese, sage white balsamic vinaigrette ($3.95) 
  • Rosemary Sweet Potato Hash roasted sweet potatoes, roasted bell peppers, red onions, fresh rosemary ($4.95)
  • Roasted Veggies cauliflower, broccoli, green beans, cherry tomatoes, red onions, red & yellow bell peppers ($4.95) 
  • Golden Cauliflower Sandwich – roasted cauliflower, beefsteak tomato, pickled onions, arugula, almonds, golden raisins, vegan curry aioli, Rockenwagner ciabatta ($10.95)
  • Raspberry Mint Lemonade – Lemon juice, water, cane sugar, muddled raspberries, mint, lemon ($3.95)
  • Updated Build-Your-Protein Plate that features seven new proteins and six new sauces to pick from for a fully customizable guest experience.

With just under 20 locations in San Diego and Los Angeles, Lemonade is sure to be there for you when the leftovers are no longer desirable, or when you just want to change up the Thanksgiving game, You can find Lemonade’s exact locations here: https://lemonadela.com/locations.

Konbi

Dessert is just as important as the main course, and anyone who tells you otherwise is probably on a diet. Bring something to Thanksgiving dinner that will end the feast with a bang!

A powerful new collaboration, LA’s ever-popular Konbi and Bay Area-based artisanal Japanese inspired chocolatier Deux Cranes are teaming up for the month of November. The two collaborated to create a Hōjicha Caramel Chocolate Bar. The one-of-a-kind bar inspired by Konbi’s iconic hōjicha latte, which features beautiful tea from Kettl and creates a rich, deeply aromatic roasted green tea flavor profile. Deux Cranes Owner and Chocolatier Michiko Marron-Kibbey worked with Konbi Owners Nick Montgomery and Akira Akuto to draw on the hōjicha latte’s palate while adding caramel notes throughout the bar, creating a rich, crunchy and cocoa-intensive experience to be savored.

The bar retails for $15 and is sold at Konbi as well as at the Deux Cranes storefront in Los Gatos, CA. It can also be purchased online at www.deuxcranes.com.  Additionally, Deux Cranes will be popping up outside the new Konbi location in Culver City this Saturday, November 12th from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. sampling the limited edition bars. Purchase a few and be the dessert hero no one knew they needed!

And More…

Sometimes you don’t need the meal or the dessert, but some of the things in-between that bridge it all together. Here’s a brief list of offers that can help complete your holiday gatherings.

Non-alcoholic drinks: Embracing the non-alcoholic wave? The PNW-based non-alcohol botanical distillate, Wilderton Botanical Spirit, is offering a special trio bundle of their three expressions (including the brand new Bittersweet Aperitivo) for $88.99!

Spirits: Francis Ford Coppola Winery just added two new Italian sparkling wines to their award-winning Diamond Collection portfolio: Diamond Collection Prosecco DOC and Diamond Collection Prosecco Rosé DOC, in time for New Year’s Eve toasts, holiday celebrations and gifting. Both are extra dry, and are ideally sipped on their own, with a meal or as an aperitif. You can order each here and here.

Sauces: Why not try the incredible new LA-based sauce line, Our Pantry, founded by Carolyna De Laurentiis and made by chefs using high quality, traceable ingredients? Our pantry is sold online and at McCall’s Meat & Fish Co., Gjusta Grocer and more in LA.

4 Natural Ways to Keep Your Skin Moisturized

4 Natural Ways to Keep Your Skin Moisturized

Whether you have a dry skin type frequently or it’s a new development as the seasons change, keeping your skin moisturized can save you a lot of irritation while improving confidence in your appearance. Fortunately, there are dozens of remedies to treat dry skin, and most of them require little change to your normal regimen.

Before you head to your dermatologist or the skin care section of your local drugstore, let’s take a look at some of the best ways to naturally attract and retain moisture in your skin.

1. Drink More Water

Our first tip is the most obvious — keep your moisture levels up by increasing your water intake. Most people don’t drink enough water throughout their day, and your skin may be paying for it. If you want to decrease your risk of dehydration:

  • Find a good water bottle: Keeping a water bottle on hand ensures you can sip on it any time you feel thirsty. Find a reusable bottle you love and decorate it so you never want it to leave your side.
  • Make your water fun to drink: Don’t like drinking normal water? Any water is better than none. Try drinking more sparkling water or water infused with fruit to add extra flavor.
  • Cut your caffeine intake: Caffeine can dehydrate you. If you drink a lot of coffee or other high-caffeine drinks, you may be lowering the moisture levels in your body, even if you drink enough water. Try substituting coffee with herbal and low-caffeine teas.

2. Use Moisturizers and Sunscreen

If you think about your skin’s moisture, you likely already use a moisturizer regularly. But what about sunscreen? When applied after moisturizer, sunscreen creates a barrier that retains water inside and prevents UV rays from damaging skin and further affecting your natural moisture barrier.

Follow these moisturizer and sunscreen tips:

  • Apply directly after bathing: Swimming, showering, washing your hands and other water-based activities deliver moisture right to your skin. Make sure it stays there by applying your skin care products as soon as possible after you’re finished.
  • Reapply often: Sunscreen in particular has a limited life span. If you’re going to be outside for a while, reapply it every two hours or more often if you’re swimming.
  • Look for humectants, sealants and emollients: When deciding which sunscreen and moisturizers to use, look for ones with humectants, which attract moisture, sealants to keep moisture close to the skin, and emollients that fill the space between skin cells to prevent water from escaping.

3. Eat More Seafood

Lobster, sardines, oysters and other delicious tastes of the sea — a decadent, tropical meal can be more than a good time for your mouth. Seafood is high in omega-3 fatty acids, which can give your skin that radiant glow you love while protecting it from free radicals, like UV rays and smog. It’s also a good source of fish oil, which can prevent or ease acne breakouts.

Certain types of seafood are high in other minerals, too. Salmon is packed with vitamin A, while tuna can boost your vitamin D levels. These nutrients improve wellness from the inside out, enhancing bodily functions for all organs, skin included.

4. Avoid Dry Air and Irritants

Sometimes, the reason your skin is dry may have more to do with your environment than your skin type. If your moisturizing measures aren’t working as well as you’d hoped, it may be time to consider external factors.

First, equip your home and workspace with a humidifier. Humidifiers give your skin a constant boost of quality air to fortify its barriers. Then, explore whether you may be unknowingly exposing yourself to other irritants.

Irritants can range from uncomfortable textures to personal allergens. Common irritants include fragrance products, wool and textured fabrics, soaps, detergents and plants.

Start Experimenting Today

As you can see, there are several methods for moisturizing your skin and bettering that natural glow. Try them one by one to discover which works best, or incorporate them all into your daily routine to experience better wellness overall.

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Kiva Confections Brings Back Cannabis Infused Gravy

Kiva Confections Brings Back Cannabis Infused Gravy

It’s the most unlikely mashup you never saw coming — and it’ll be great on your mashed potatoes! Cannabis leader Kiva Confections is doing it yet again, with an unthinkable combination that will satisfy countless savory teeth and lovers of November’s big feast.

Kiva Confections is officially bringing back their limited edition cannabis infused ‘Kiva Turkey Gravy’ for the second year ahead of the holiday season! Just in time to take your Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving dinner to a higher level, this cheeky take on a normally mundane holiday staple is back after its explosively viral debut in 2019, and is available beginning today, for purchase at dispensaries across California for just $5!

With increasing social, political, and cultural divisiveness driving apart families and friends, Kiva Cannabis-Infused Gravy is back to unite us all around the dinner table. Turkey, mashed potatoes, awkward conversation – you can drown them all in the flavors of rosemary, thyme, and oregano. And thanks to 10MG of THC, your household will be back in harmony in no time – each remembering that it’s all… truly… gravy.

Kiva’s single-serve gravy uses traditional Thanksgiving ingredients like turkey stock, salt, onion and garlic, to create a familiar taste with an uncommon ingredient – cannabis. Simply whisk the gravy powder with one cup of water in a saucepan, bring to a boil, and stir occasionally to achieve the desired level of thickness.

Don’t be surprised if there are no leftovers for once!

Fall & Winter Must Haves (and Dos) for 2022

Fall & Winter Must Haves (and Dos) for 2022

Contributions by Anthony C. Stafford
UPDATED Oct. 25, 6:30 pm. (More Brands and Events added.)

Cozy Weather, Crunchy Leaves, Crispy Air – Fall is Here

Summer 2022 has come and gone, hopefully leaving lasting memories and callbacks to a more “normal” time in our lives. It won’t be long before the Summer-esque heat waves take a break and, with that break, we all begin to seek the utmost comfort and activities to get us into the seasonal mood.

Whether you’re making sure you’re all set for the cooler weather, or you’re beginning to knock out your holiday shopping early, below you’ll find a variety of innovative, useful, chic, fun, and noteworthy favorites, brands, products, and activities & events to secure this Fall & Winter season.

Blue Kazoo

Just picture it: you and your family sitting by the fireplace this holiday season, sipping eggnog, nibbling gingerbread people, and putting together a beautiful puzzles that doubles as a work of art for your home. It can’t get any better than that right?

No matter the occasion, Blue Kazoo is a premium jigsaw puzzle company that creates artfully designed and consciously crafted puzzles for everyone to enjoy! Blue Kazoo creates artfully imagined jigsaw puzzles and focuses on a few 1,000-piece puzzles at a time to ensure they are beautifully and conscientiously crafted.

Whether you’re looking for a very difficult puzzle for a challenge, or a puzzle that can double as a work of art for your home once you’ve completed it, Blue Kazoo has something for everyone.

Chamberlain Coffee

A coffee fix never waits — even in Fall and Winter! For a brief period of time (Oct. 28 – 30), Emma Chamberlain’s coffee brand, Chamberlain Coffee, is taking over Los Angeles hotspot Carrera Cafe, where attendees will be in for a truly spooky treat.

Throughout the spooky Halloween weekend, Carrera Cafe will serve a variety of Chamberlain Coffee’s delicious blends, such as their Social Dog Blend and Sneaky Bat Pumpkin Spice blends, along with Carrera Cafe’s delicious signature Matcha. They will also be selling some of Chamberlain’s Tote Bags, Double Walled Mugs, Mason Jars and Transparent Tumblers on-site for customers to purchase.

Carrera Cafe is located at: 8251 Melrose Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90046

Cha Cha Matcha

Sometimes, you just need that special drink to match the season and complete you. If PSLs (pumpkin spice lattes) aren’t your thing, how about matcha!?

Back in August, cult-loved matcha cafe, Cha Cha Matcha, officially opened the doors to their third Los Angeles location at Westfield Century City to fulfill all the growing matcha cravings! Located on the center’s first floor between Scotch & Soda and Kiehl’s, the gorgeously green storefront is as delicious to drink as it is to look at.

Featuring the brand’s quintessential pink and green color scheme matching the beverages it serves, the store is the perfect mix of style and substance for Angelenos and tourists alike to get their caffeine fix. Even better, their menu items include toasts, sandwiches, their delicious soft serve, and of course, their famous matcha drinks.

Big Little Bar

What do you call a little bar with big nutrition? Big Little Bar!

Big Little Bar is a new revolutionary daily wellness bar that works for your body from the inside out. Until now, the only way for women to get all the essential nutrients they needed was to either eat a meticulously crafted and large nutrient-dense diet, or take supplements that don’t absorb as well as nutrients through food. Big Little Bar tackled this challenge head-on through its unique approach to combining essential nutrients and clean ingredients in an easy-to-eat, easy-to-love bar.

The delicious, and benefit-focused, bars have 100% of your daily essential vitamins and Omega-3s and pack a burst of flavors including chocolate, cranberry and lemon.  Whether you’re rushing out the door for a meeting, or dropping the kids at soccer practice, Big Little Bar makes it easy to give your body the nutrients it needs while on the go. Big Little Bar is available here.

NEW: Phyll

With the start of cold and flu season — including the rise in COVID infections — it’s best to make sure our bodies our suited up for a fight. And with holidays on the horizon when we’ll be in close contact with others, it only makes sense to take the best care of ourselves with something that isn’t just healthy, but also tasty! The simple convenience of Phyll is here to help us do just that!

Complete with 15 grams of plant-based protein, 3 grams of dietary fiber and 0 grams of added sugar, Phyll is packed with everything you’ll need to maintain your health, energy and your relentless drive throughout the day. The clean-pressed smoothie, which is available in Greenfest, Mixed Berry and Chocolate, does not need to be refrigerated, so you don’t have to worry about jeopardizing the taste if you have it in your bag for a few hours while out and about. 

NEW: ONRU

If health and wellness is on your list of priorities this Fall and Winter, ONRU is perfect for cold weather and flu season! LA based wellness brand, ONRŪ formulates supplements to ensure nutritional efficacy in one single dose, to boost all aspects of the immune system for real life moments — including travel, low-quality sleep, stress, vitamin deficiency, diet, and the environment.

Their Travel Bundle ($120) is great for total support, keeping you safe and worry-free with Travel Immunity, which provides potent anti-viral properties, stress relieving adaptogens, digestive enzymes to mitigate digestive issues and immunity support. Fight jetlag, insomnia, or uncomfortable hotel beds with Sleep + Immunity to ensure a quality night’s sleep wherever you are.

The Day & Night Bundle ($120) is designed to provide 24-hour support. The Day & Night bundle includes Essential Immunity which provides daily immune support and essential vitamins for wellbeing, and Sleep + Immunity which helps provide a quality night’s sleep, while also containing immune boosting ingredients. Stay supported and feel your best, day & night.

NEW: Hammitt Presents Hammittland

Consider this your invitation to an iconic event! If you’re looking to start holiday shopping for yourself or friends and family, join Hammitt as they present a selection of specially priced Retiring Styles – in a whimsically imagined Hammittland. Watch as Manhattan Village’s outdoor plaza transforms into a sweet shopping and entertainment destination that’s fit for handbag lovers and eager gift givers alike. In addition to the unbeatable offers, Hammittland will have special complimentary offerings and activities available for the general public, plus activities.

Whether you pick up a one-of-a-kind sample for 40% off or sip on an icy fresh frosé, there’s a bit of festive fun for the whole crew. Be sure to bring a friend, as this is set to be a record-breaking party.

Location: Hammitt LA is located at 3200 North Sepulveda Boulevard Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

About Hammitt

Hammitt LA is a US-based luxury handbag company known for their unique riveted accents. You can see Hammitt handbags and accessories in-person at their South Coast Plaza and Manhattan Beach Locations. Hammitt handbags are also sold in many retailers across the US, including Von Maur. Plus, they partnered with Purse Strings for an exclusive location in Indianapolis, as well as a store in La Jolla, coming soon! Hammitt designs to surprise and delight with every innovation, staying one step ahead of their customers’ wildest wishlists.

Whether it’s an accessible cell phone pocket, laptop sleeve, six-way reversibility or straps that adjust for every height, there are nuggets of functionality in every Hammitt silhouette. Plus, every zipper and piece of hardware is covered with a lifetime promise, so the Hammitt woman can plan to pass her favorite styles down for generations to come. Hammitt bags are also available at hammitt.com.

American Cancer Society Annual Walk

On Saturday (10/15), American Cancer Society is holding its annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk at Grand Park in Los Angeles to celebrate the survivors and thrivers in support of Breast Cancer Awareness month. The 5k walk will begin at promptly 9am with registration starting at 8:30am and will feature a DJ and special programming. Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is a movement to support the funding of breakthrough research, provide 24/7 support for breast cancer patients, and access to lifesaving screenings. For individuals unable to attend the celebration, they can still donate at cancer.org.

This year, American Cancer Society estimates that 31,720 California women will be diagnosed with breast cancer, and 4,690 will die from the disease. Not to mention, racial disparities and access to cancer care can severely impact a patient’s survivor rate. Black women face a higher death rate compared to white woman, even though Black women have lower breast cancer incidence rates according to a new report from ACS.

The death rate from breast cancer dropped by 42% from 1989 to 2019 as a result of earlier detection through increased awareness and mammography screening, as well as advances in treatments. Yet, about 43,250 women will die from the disease in 2022. ACS estimates that 31,720 California women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year, and 4,690 will die from the disease. Arecent ACS studyshowed in 2020, during the first year of the COVID pandemic, there was asix percent dropin the number of women who reported having breast cancer screening within the past year compared to 2018. This amounts to more thantwo million fewer womenscreened across the U.S. in 2020.

  • Date & Time: Saturday, October 15, 2022 | 8:30 AM Registration | 9:00 AM Walk Start
  • Address: Grand Park, 200 N. Grand Ave. Los Angeles, CA
  • Wear: A sea of pink envelopes the neighborhood as teams of walkers come together to celebrate survivorship and honor loved ones lost to the disease. Many teams attend dressed in costume and themes.

UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital’s Party on the Pier

The events continue, with UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital’s annual Party on the Pier back in-person for the first time since the pandemic. They’ll be returning to Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier on November 6th from 10AM to 2PM with a variety of fun experiences for all guests to enjoy, including:

  • Carnival games with Mattel toys as prizes
  • Celebrity appearances and photo booths
  • Meal vouchers and carnival treats
  • Creative crafts and activities in the Power of Play Kids Activity Tent
  • VIP tent access for sponsors with lunch by Wolfgang Puck Catering
  • UCLA Health People-Animal Connection therapy dogs

Proceeds from the event provide unrestricted funding to launch high-priority programs that benefit children being treated at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital and around the world. For tickets and sponsorship opportunities, please visit partonthepier.ucla.edu.

LOCATION: Pacific Park on Santa Monica Pier
WHEN: Sunday, November 6 from 10AM to 2PM
WEBSITE: https://partyonthepier.ucla.edu/ 

*Tickets for carnival games and experiences sold separately. Credit card payment only – no cash accepted.*

About UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital:

As a vital part of UCLA Health, UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital has the unique ability to care for children of all ages, from newborns to young adults. The state-of-the-art facility is designed to serve the most critically ill with sophisticated, compassionate pediatric care in an environment that is both welcoming and healing to children and their families. General pediatricians work alongside leading specialists and subspecialists, and our physician-scientists discover new treatments and innovations that transform pediatric health care. The vision of this extraordinary team and the generosity of our dedicated philanthropic partners help ensure a brighter tomorrow for all children.

SHAQTOBERFEST

It’s spooky season! Through Halloween, the first SHAQTOBERFEST  is taking place in LA, and it’s already become a hit! The interactive experience is the ultimate Halloween destination for family-friendly trick-or-treating, ghoulish games, delicious treats, specialty libations, frightfully fun nighttime haunted trails and exciting live entertainment that encapsulates O’Neal’s playful personality.

15-time All-Star and basketball Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal and ABG Entertainment began the partnership with Thirteenth Floor Entertainment Group, the producers of world-class live events and location-based entertainment experiences including LA’s own Haunted Hayride.

Each afternoon will provide family fun trick-or-treat offerings and entertainment for children of all ages who are encouraged to dress in their favorite Halloween costumes. Come nighttime, the energetic lights and music turn on as the witching hour begins, unleashing O’Neal’s ghoulish minions into the haunted trails and midways as the spirits of SHAQTOBERFEST are brought to life. “We are incredibly excited to launch the first-ever Shaqtoberfest,” said Matt Goldstein, SVP, Entertainment and Special Projects at ABG Entertainment. “Fans of all ages are going to have the time of their lives celebrating Halloween with Shaq.”

For more information and to stay up to date on ticket information, activations and location announcements visit Shaqtoberfest.com and follow on Instagram at @Shaqtoberfest.

NEW: Trick or Treating @ Westfield Century City + Topanga

Looking for alternatives to traditional neighborhood trick-or-treating in LA this Halloween? Enter Westfield Century City and Westfield Topanga! Whether your neighborhood isn’t trick-or-treat friendly or you don’t feel like going door-to-door, participating retailers at both centers will be handing out candy to shoppers – costumes encouraged!

Regardless of if you’re in the Valley or in the city, Westfield has an evening of spooky, family-friendly fun awaiting:

Westfield Topanga

Trick-Or-Treating at The Village | October 31 | 5-7 PM – In addition to “window to window” trick or treating, the center will also be offering arts, crafts, games, music, face painting, and more!

 Westfield Century City 

Trick-or-Treating at Century City | October 31 | 5-7 PM – Families are invited to celebrate Halloween at LA’s chicest mall where little ones can enjoy a safe, fun, and festive trick-or-treating experience.

With locations in both LA and the Valley, Westfield Century City and Westfield Topanga are premier destinations for shopping, entertainment, dining, and now spooky szn festivities! This Halloween, make sure to stop by either location and participate in everyone’s favorite Halloween tradition – trick-or-treating.

Haunted Hayride x Hulu

There’s a lot of scary fun to go around this year, and even Hulu is throwing their hat into the mix in collaboration with an old LA Classic: Haunted Hayride! On Wednesday, October 26th from 8-9 pm, Hulu will be hosting an exclusive drag show at Haunted Hayride, featuring some of the world’s most iconic drag queens, including Jackie Beat, Monét X Change, Lady Bunny, and Manilla Luzon.

In addition, the show will take place between Monte Revolta’s sets for a musical and surely comical, frightening time!

Bowlero

Holiday parties are on the horizon, and if you hate them there’s an even better reason to throw your own group party this Fall and Winter! Bowlero Corp., the world’s leader in bowling entertainment, is making it easy (and fun) to gather up a group of your favorite people and celebrate with over 300 locations across the nation.

This end-of-year and holiday season, Bowlero is offering a variety of promotions that take into account the things everyone loves: drinks, desserts, and gifts! The holiday party promotions and information about planning your next party at Bowlero can be found at https://www.bowlero.com/holiday.

In addition, Bowlero offers speciality packages and the ability to customize any event with one-on-one personal planners to assist. Sounds like a strike! Holiday Parties must be held between 11/28/22-1/15/23 to receive the offers above.

Bev

Bev, the cult favorite canned wine changing drinking culture for good, has officially launched their new Tasting Room in the heart of Venice, CA! Located across the street from Winston House and next door to the cult favorite Belles Beach House, this is an immersive destination serving as a discovery hub for female founded brands, local new music acts, and of course – a place to sip on the brand’s cult favorite, 0 sugar a canned wine.

Designed as an extension of their headquarters, the experiential destination is intended to highlight up and coming female businesses and creators. The tasting room has opened after the success of their Rosè Garden, which served as an outdoor destination for consumers during COVID.

When you need a little sippy pick-me-up, Bev’s the guilt-free go-to — now with an in-person experience!

Lo-Fi Aperitifs

If you’re looking to hold on to Summer just bit longer, or even if you’re only hoping to spritz up the Fall and Winter seasons a bit, Lo-Fi Aperitifs wants you to feel reassured that they’ve got you covered — recipes included!

From impressing friends and family, to just indulging for ourselves, there’s a Spritz for everyone, starting with the Amaro, or a Napa Negroni —  with both tapping into the Sweet Vermouth and Gentian Amaro. Lo-Fi has recipes covered for all types of drink preferences.Lo-Fi Aperitifs is made up of a team of spirits experts who have worked at iconic establishments, such as New York’s award-winning Italian café Dante and San Francisco’s beloved 15 Romolo.

CAMP @ Westfield Century City

CAMP, the immersive experience designed to help you and your family create playful and meaningful memories together! 

CAMP’s Magic Door is your family’s personal gateway to fun, creativity, and adventure! Known for its unique shop/play hybrid experience, CAMP offers rotating themed experiences all year long, ensuring that there is something new and different each time you visit. Each 45-minute immersive experience is family-friendly, however, CAMP also offers experiences tailored to specific age groups including kids ages 3 and up to tweens. There is something for everyone to enjoy at CAMP, so come zoom down the slides, explore cool toys and ways to play, dance in a disco cabin, or make some crafts!

NEW:
If you’re looking to feast on something new at the hot spot, there’s a notable newcomer present!

Ardi’s Organics, the fast food restaurant that prioritizes organic ingredients, is now open at Westfield Century City to curb all your fast food cravings. With no GMO’s hormones, soy, fillers or artificial ingredients, everything on the menu at Ardi’s will leave you feeling replenished, nourished and satisfied.

Founded by Ardi Entezam, a previous fine dining restaurateur, Ardi’s Organics was born out of his passion for food and desire to provide healthy fast food as a yummy alternative to local Angelenos. All burgers are made with organic grass fed beef, and gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian options are all available. A few of Ardi’s best sellers include the Nacho Cheese Burger, Turkey Club Salad, Fresh Cut Fry’s, and Turkey Nuggets! Of course, no meal is complete without dessert, and Ardi’s has delicious guilt-free desserts including chocolate chip cookies made with avocado oil, dark chocolate sun butter cups, and charcoal blast Ardi-o’s (Ardi’s take on the Oreo).

Restaurants @ Westfield Topanga & The Village

There’s a reason why Katsu-ya’s 25 restaurants are sold out pretty much every night. Known for their one-of-a-kind rolls, exquisite cocktails, and spectacular sushi, Katsu-ya is a dream destination for your next splurge-worthy date night! Sushi lovers, trust me, you will not be disappointed! 

Date night doesn’t have to mean fancy outfits and a prestigious restaurant, sometimes a casual outfit with delicious food can do the trick! If this sounds up your alley, be sure to check out Westfield Topanga’s Fresh Italian Kitchen. With everything from Ceasar salad to chicken Parmesan, Fresh Italian Kitchen’s simple, delicious meals are sure to leave you and your partner walking out happy.

If you’re looking for a spot to celebrate life’s special moments, Larsen’s Steakhouse is the place for you. Specializing in highly marbled, prime grade meat, and a unique, diligent method of preparation, Larsen’s makes sure guests are treated to the best steak they’ve ever eaten! This, combined with their charming, romantic atmosphere, makes this spot the perfect place for you and your partner to celebrate a romantic night out.

NEW:
Popular East Coast bakery Modern Bread & Bagel, has just opened its first West Coast location at Westfield Topanga & The Village! Modern Bread & Bagel is home of the famous hand rolled, kettle boiled, freshly baked gluten-free bread. From donuts and cupcakes to sandwiches and salads, Modern Bread & Bagel prides itself on being 100% kosher and gluten-free so that everyone can enjoy their favorite foods… without a stomach ache.

Head baker, Orly, developed Modern Bread & Bagel while she was catering to her husband’s celiac disease with a goal to recreate his favorite foods without compromising taste. After dedicating herself to years of school and research, Orly perfected her specialty gluten-free flour blend and mastered the craft of delicious GF baked goods, breads, and pastries. Shortly after, the first Modern Bread & Bagel opened in New York and was a huge hit among all foodies, even those who weren’t gluten-free!

With more than 50 restaurants to choose from, Westfield Topanga & The Village is the place to be for your next date night. And if coffee and snacks are more your thing, see their extensive list of available options here:

Genghis Cohen

Happy hour anyone? The nearly 40-year-old, New York-style Chinese restaurant Genghis Cohen from Marc Rose and Med Abrous of Call Mom is launching an incredible happy hour beginning Tuesday, October 18th. Guests can enjoy $8 cocktails and more at this iconic Fairfax District institution.

Every Tuesday through Thursday from 3pm-7pm, guests can enjoy $8 Szechuan Margaritas, Old School Mai Tais, Bloody Marys (add an egg roll garnish for $1) alongside $8 glasses of sparkling, white and red wine and $5 Tsing Tao beer. Additionally, the team has created a special menu of happy hour snacks like egg rolls, fried & steam dumplings, fried butterfly shrimp and cold sesame noodles (all $5).

It’s the perfect spot to wait out rush hour for a drink and a bite at their newly-opened patio or to meet up with friends before catching a comedy show or musical act at Genghis Cohen’s adjoined venue.

Happening @ Beauty & Essex

Whether it’s a date night or catching up with friends and family, Beauty & Essex is great for all occasions! The month of October brings some delicious menu options to the restaurant, as Dine LA begins, and as they do their part for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Check out the details below:

Dine LA: 
From October 14th- 27th, Beauty & Essex will be offering their $65 (per person) prix-fixe menu for Dine LA. Guests can expect fan-favorites from Chef Chris Santos like the grilled cheese and tomato soup dumplings, half roasted chicken with a charred green onion chimichurri, and a boozy milkshake shot for dessert.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month: 
For the month of October, Beauty & Essex LA will have a Pink Wonder Wheel dessert special and will be donating $1 per select desserts and $100 per select beverage packages throughout the month of October to the American Cancer Society.

NEW: Kite Beauty

Holiday season for many means travel season, and at this time of year, convenience wins. Kite Beauty gets that and has come up with the perfect solution with a new TSA-friendly, go anywhere glow-up travel essential: On the Glow Concealer!

Kite Beauty is here with the perfect stocking stuffer to make sure you and your loved ones look their best and travel lighter this holiday season! AAPI female founded by Nina Liu, Kite’s goal is to become the ultimate convenience beauty company by taking the stress and hassle out of beauty for those with busy lifestyles and tiny purses.

Kite is dedicated to making the lives easier of busy people everywhere – to the tired moms, stressed students, weekend warriors, boss ladies, and everyone in between. The super cute, business card-sized box with 6 pods of formula is specifically designed for optimized portability and formulated to build and blend seamlessly into bare skin or existing makeup. Smooth the appearance of worry lines, dark circles, and surprise pimples that arise throughout the travel day with the versatile product that can also be used as contour or highlighter in a pinch!

Whether a pre-holiday purchase, or a gift for yourself and those you know, Kite Beauty has you covered – literally!

Seratopical Revolution

Created by a female development team with all ages and skin types in mind, Seratopical Revolution’s skincare products were created to produce results without the need for surgery or botox. Seratopical Revolution’s serums & topicals will keep your skin illuminating all year long, making them the perfect gift for the women in your life.

Below are some of the best beauty favorites:

Emberela AURA Light Therapy Mask

Our skin can be fickle, and with the changing seasons and weather, it helps to have a little something around to help keep you in order. Meet Emberela AURA Light Therapy Mask — a mask that addresses different skin types and issues.
With five combinations of lights ( Red, Blue, Yellow and Multi-color), it’s a must-have mask for anyone that is trying to improve their skin tone, texture, acne issues, wrinkles, pigmentation and much more.
 
The Red Light has – 620nm
The Blue Light has – 460nm
The Yellow Light has – 590nm
The Multi-Color light has – 425nm
 
Lightweight, soft and flexible — unlike many hard, heavy, and stiff competitors — the Emberela AURA Light Therapy Mask is changing the skincare and beauty space by including built-in eye protection, and is made of food grade silicone which makes it easy to clean. This makes it easy to multitask, doing things like reading, watching tv, or cooking while enjoying your at-home therapy session. Another benefit the mask includes is it’s the only one that comes with a customized stand for applying the mask to your hands — which is one of the first places that aging shows. The AURA mask is available here for $119

OH.SO

Sweaty season doesn’t end with Summer for everyone! OH.SO is a small California-created self-care essentials brand that harnesses the awesome power of colloidal silver. The brand uses only the highest-quality, Mother Nature-inspired ingredients and contain no chemicals, cruelty, gluten, or GMOs. PITS & PARTS enables you to refresh your sweaty zones throughout the day without chemicals and with colloidal silver. Cedarwood + Vetiver has a unisex scent that works for everyone, and other options include Grapefruit + Orange, Coconut + Mint, Geranium + Lavender, and more. Certified USDA organic for your health. Break a sweat with confidence!

Kindly

Kindly is on a mission to make the world a kinder place by designing products that are kind to your body, kind to your wallet, and kind to the planet. Incredibly convenient, Kindly has partnered with Walmart to bring you the first-ever plant-based bra cup made from sugarcane, and a collection of intimates sourced from recycled materials. The brand can be found exclusively on Walmart.com, in over 3,000 Walmart locations nationwide and through Walmart’s affiliate program. With prices ranging from $10 – $20, you will never have to choose between function, planet, or price – and that’s a pretty kind thing to do!

Idyl

Idyl’s lab-grown diamonds include a modular design, meaning just one diamond stud (from $275) can be inserted into a variety of Idyl’s earrings and necklaces. Worn by Mila Kunis, Jessica Alba, Nina Agdal, Jamie Chung, Vanessa Hudgens, and more, they’ve become a celeb-loved classic. Diamonds and sustainability can exist together.

Eriness

Erin Sachse and her eponymous brand launched  in 2015, after spending years hand making jewelry pieces. Erin would take old camera parts and weave/twist them into chic jewelry, and when she was young, would sell them outside of her dorm room. Her handmade items were so exquisite, that major stores started to buy them off of her body including Fred Segal and Anthropologie at the age of 18!
Now, years later, Eriness is carried by luxury retailers around the world including Goop and London Jewelers and adorned by a loyal clientele including Michelle Obama, Taylor Swift, Lupita Nyong’o and Miley Cyrus. Eriness is recognized in the industry for their cheerful mix of diamonds and gemstones, and stands out in the fine jewelry space due to how colorful yet luxurious the pieces are.

Zany&Shy

Zany&Shy’s mission is to empower women to step into their femininity and desire to do good in the world without sacrificing luxury. With 18k solid gold, hand-made offerings include bespoke yet dainty rings, necklaces, and bracelets such as their Arielle Necklace ($1,348), Belle Hoops ($4,121), Emily Hoops ($2,662), Giselle Bracelet ($2,233), and much more.

SET Active

Honing in on the “Anywhere” element of the brand philosophy (intended to keep you SET for anything, anytime, anywhere), SET Active has introduced limited edition drops throughout 2022 inspired by a different location, allowing shoppers to experience these uniquely special places through the SET lens, no matter where they are in the world.

In August, The Miami Collection delivered the ultimate taste of The 305 with 6 brand new color ways, including Flamingo, Little Havana, Basel, Sunshine, Vice and Heat — plus a limited edition style, The Sporty Skirt: Just-mini-enough to take you from workout to night out.

Their most recent drop, The New York City Collection only continues the trend of turning up the heat and looks! Known for drops that sell out within hours, this capsule will be no exception. SET Active Collections can be purchased at SetActive.co 

dryrobe

No matter the season, it’s nice to get out to the beach, lake, river, or whatever body of water you enjoy. But once you’ve finished splashing around for a bit, you’re bound to need three things: warmth, dryness, and a change of clothes. dryrobe’s got you covered — literally!

dryrobe created the first weather-proof, versatile changing robe to make changing outside warm and easy. And even when you’re not changing, it makes for the perfect toasty overcoat in between your bouts in the water. If you’re feeling more daring and bold, be like Rita Ora and make a fashion statement, because there is no wrong way or time to stay warm! dryrobe helps to maintain your core temperature, and also wicks water away from your skin in order to dry you quicker after any water activity. It’s the ultimate all-season, multi-functioning coverall!

And that’s not all! dryrobe’s additional benefits include:

  • Waterproof and windproof outer shell fabric made from 100% recycled nylon
  • Super-warm synthetic lambswool lining made from 100% recycled polyester
  • Tailored, fitted sleeves with hook and loop fasteners at the wrist
  • Treated with eco-friendly BIONIC-FINISH® ECO water-repellent technology
  • Full length 2-way reversible YKK® zip
  • Minimal sealed seam construction
  • Deep, fleece-lined external zip pockets
  • Huge ‘A4’ size internal, soft-lined ‘poacher’ pocket
  • Internal waterproof zip entry pocket – ideal for phone/wallet
  • Super light construction – approx 1.3kg (dependant on size)

Rebecca Crews

With the holiday season slowly approaching us, it’s always important to show your loved ones how much they mean to you! If you’re stumped over what to give the women in your life that likes the finer things, look no further than to Rebecca Crews!

With prices starting as low as $40 for lipsticks and up to $22k for a crocodile duffle bag, you can find one-of-a-kind pieces for those with luxe, exquisite taste. From a wide range of bold colored lipsticks to exotic snakeskin accessories, leather pants and trench coats, Rebecca Crews has extraordinary gifts for the woman worth the splurge!

DRIVEWAY PARADISE

DRIVEWAY PARADISE is the sports-meets-streetwear lifestyle brand redefining “athleisure” through environmentally conscious, performance technology and a nostalgic aesthetic.

Officially launched on Friday, September 30th, DRIVEWAY PARADISE’s first Fall 2022 Capsule Collection features two new product categories that fuse the brand’s latest plant-based fabric innovations with an irreverently cool, retro-athletic vibe. Made from a proprietary blend of cotton, Isatis Root, and spandex, this collection will include a vintage-inspired, hybrid sports polo-meets-soccer kit and a turbo-juiced pair of athletic shorts designed to be worn in, worn out, and worn everywhere.

Istasis Root – traditionally used for its anti-inflammatory properties in Eastern medicine – contains the naturally antimicrobial extract of radix isatidis, which allows the fabric to maintain an always fresh look and feel – no matter how often you get your sweat on. During the plant-based fabric creation process, the use of a special technology distributes the extract of radix isatidis evenly to fibers promoting durability and product lifespan.

Istasis root also contains various amino acids and protein-polysaccharide, delivering a breathable, nourishing effect on the skin.
Built with speed, performance and comfort in mind, DRIVEWAY PARADISE promises to deliver the ultimate semi-performance essentials perfect for lounging, hitting the back nine, sneaking in a quick tennis match, and beyond.

The DRIVEWAY PARADISE Fall 2022 Capsule is available for purchase on DrivewayParadise.com.

Seraphine

Whether you want to give a gift for an expecting mom to practice some TLC like loungewear, a skin-to-skin top for a new parent to hold their new baby,  a mommy & me matching outfit, or an adjustable Sleepsuit, look no further than to Kate-Middleton approved maternity label Seraphine. Seraphine offers clothing & accessories for new & expecting parents across categories ranging from intimates to outerwear to baby-wearing clothing. You can learn more about Seraphine and see more of their offerings at their website.

Lisa Todd

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and there is no shortage of initiatives benefitting the cause. Throughout the entire month of October, Lisa Todd will donate 25% of net proceeds to The Pink Agenda from their top 3 Iconic heart sweaters of the season (Love Lines, Ice Breaker and Love is Back).

The brand, known for their mission to “create a line of decidedly ‘anti-basic’ basics,” brings together a seamless beauty throughout their pieces, complete with coziness, timelessness, and a confidence-boosting affect.

Forme

If you’ve got golf on the books this season, then how about minding your posture? Forme technology is embedded into each of their posture correcting wearables, whether it’s the athletic Ace Tee, the extra cushioned Arch Booster Socks, the eco-friendly Core Tee, or the Ace Polo.

Pro golfers and caddies alike love Forme’s wearable tech that improves their performance on and off the course, from active time to downtime.

The science lies in Forme’s ability to engage muscle memory, improving posture and reducing related musculoskeletal pain for better performance and faster recovery. Their performance wearables are perfect for daily wear, training, competition, travel, sleep, and general back care, and are the perfect device to stay injury free for more play and better play. All of Forme’s products are FDA registered and made in the USA.

Find more benefits for golfers below:

  • Correct alignment, naturally and sustainably

  • Increase rotation and mobility

  • Open up chest and hips

  • Decrease neck, shoulder, and back pain

Stratosphere 41

For some people, health and fitness never stop — even when it gets a little chilly out. Luckily, there is always a way to make things better, and with Stratosphere 41 Yoga Towels, they’ve done just that. Strosphere41 yoga towels launched earlier this year by Lauran Grant with the goal of enticing yogi’s to roll out their mats and get sweating! The mats feature incredible perks that you can’t find just anywhere, and are perfect for individuals that love fitness, yoga or pilates. Stratosphere 41’s Yoga Towels are available for $38.

What makes these towels so hot:

  • SUPER absorbent for your Hot Yoga or Pilates Sessions
  • Made out of microfiber – they dry in half the time of a cotton towel
  • Bright, stylish pattern to match your outfit! (no more boring, neutral yoga towels!)
  • Bring them to every workout!
  • Measurements: 24″ x 72″

SHALAJ

SHALAJ recently gathered numerous people who adore street culture and dressed in SHALAJ’s MOMENTS and DECEPTION collections to takeover Times Square. They created a unique experience presented to those passing by on the busy New York streets viewing SHALAJ’s collections with their bare eyes. A powerful scene was was on display, showing the core of the street culture using SHALAJ’s garments harmoniously with the powerful identity that the city of New York brings out.

Aligning with the value that the brand withholds from using the human figure as blank canvas, to perform their fine art on top of the canvas of New York City, SHALAJ created their own gallery in the middle of Time Square. You can shop their latest collection here.

SHALAJ is creating their paths rather than following the footsteps of others by persevering their very own attitude and creating moments to grab the eyes of people who have a love of street culture and art.

Pinsy

Women’s shapewear is one of the biggest trending markets these last couple of years, and this train won’t be stopping anytime soon! Pinsy’s mission is to create Shapewear that can be worn as outerwear, allowing women to “have it all: Style, Comfort, Support and Function.” With the goal of empowering women to love their bodies and ditch the idea that shapewear has to be hidden and embarrassing, Pinsy is innovative and size-inclusive, making them a great fit for holiday gifts or seasonal transition pieces.

 

Daniel Patrick

Australian-founded luxury streetwear brand, Daniel Patrick is here to make a statement!

Founder, Daniel Patrick moved to the US in 2011 and launched his first line with his wife Jenny in 2012. At a young age, Daniel was fascinated by clothes as early as the age of four and he only became more intrigued by age. From following his father’s footsteps and playing rugby he eventually made the switch to pursue fashion. Daniel pulls inspiration from his favorite cities, LA and NY, his love of hip hop music, while also combining his athletic background with a minimal and militant appeal, each collection unfolds. His pieces are now loved by NBA players and continues to expand. From RTW, to shoes and accessories – Daniel is taking luxury streetstyle to the next level.

All pieces are unisex and available on DanielPatrick.us starting at $45.

The Sunday Collective

The Sunday Collective is a NYC-based label that offers sustainably made clothing for ages 3-12. Their gender-neutral designs are made for growing children and incorporate adjustable straps, cuffed sleeves, and flexible waistbands for their perfect fit. Everything is made with the highest quality materials to ensure durability and can be passed down between children or amongst friends. The brand uses ethical production practices that utilize organic and post-consumer recycled materials and 100% recyclable tape, tissue paper, and packaging for all their items.

Their FW22 Collection is a must-have and the collection ranges in price $22-$180 and is available on their website

Robert Barakett

Robert Barakett just launched their Fall ’22 collection, which is now available on their site. With the SoCal weather finally cooling down, it’s about time  to make the seasonal wardrobe transition. The newest pieces from Robert Barakett are not only sleek and elegant, but they will give your wardrobe versatility. From sophisticated designs to the subtlety of the refined fabrics, the brand’s garments always combine beautiful form with comfort.

The Robert Barakett team takes pride in their factories’ superior workmanship and attention to excellence from design to finish.

Franco Sarto: FLEXA Collection

Franco Sarto, a brand born of Italian shoemakers and rooted in artistry and craft, is raising the bar on footwear innovation with the FLEXA Collection: boots with contour, form, and flexibility like never before.

Inspired by historic shoemaking techniques originating from Bologna, the Franco Sarto design team takes flex technology to new levels with an ultra-light, ultra-flexible shankless shoe construction with 7mm of luxurious handstitched foam for cloud-like cushioning and a contoured, glove-like fit unlike any other. The result: sleek, high-heeled styles with a destructed feel and tangibly increased comfort and flexibility like never before.

“Our vision for FLEXA was to craft the most comfortable boots we’ve ever made, looking to the heritage of Italian craftsmanship for inspiration,” says Creative Director Gionata Pagni. “With FLEXA, women can feel both beautiful and free to move in their own artful, inspiring ways.”

Comprised of three essential fall styles, the FLEXA collection features a tall boot (FLEXA Tall), mid-calf bootie (FLEXA Bootie), and square-toe slide (FLEXA Slide), crafted in stunning flexible leather with rich, fall-inspired hues. FLEXA styles are now available starting at $160.00 on FrancoSarto.com and select retail partners.

To embody the flexibility and contour of the FLEXA collection, we commissioned world-renowned Physical Poetry artist Erika Lemay in a gravity-defying performance, combining aerial artistry and awe- inspiring movement to put our FLEXA boots to the true test.

“Ultimately, details don’t lie. I thought performing in high-heeled boots would be challenging. When I tried on the FLEXA boots and started moving, they felt like a second skin. They are so flexible and allow for full ankle movement. My foot felt supported even when suspended by one foot,” shared Lemay.

Amani Saab

This season, some unexpected material trends have been seen on runways and walking SoHo’s streets. From sheer maxis to feather-overload and elevated sportswear, the trend is the reinvigoration of sequin-mania. Adding a light-catching sparkle to dress up any casual daytime fit has been an unexpected styling trick walking the streets of Fashion Week.

“With mindful design at the core of the brand’s values, Amani Saab releases exclusive capsule collections on a made-to-order basis to avoid over production. A refined selection of materials are carefully sourced, ranging from new, eco-friendly and surplus designer fabrics to create responsible, unique pieces.”

Trina Turk

Sequins, metallics, feathers, and fringes are just a few highlights from Trina Turk’s Fall ’22 collection. On the cutting edge of the next big fashion trends, Trina Turk encompasses all things luxury and fashion.

The brand is, “inspired by the multicultural mix, creativity, craftsmanship, architecture, and landscape of California – a synergy that permeates the contemporary, colorful aesthetic of her women’s clothing line. Bold signature prints and dynamic hues add playful character to dresses, tops, bottoms, suiting, sets, and swimwear. Trina Turk style incorporates beautiful fabrications and impeccable quality for effortless élan and carefree glamour, ready for your next vacation, weekend brunch, or any event on your calendar.”

NEW:
Trina Turk has partnered with BedHead PJs to launch her first-ever sleepwear collection! The capsule is a combination of Trina Turk’s iconic prints and BedHead PJs bestselling fabrics and silhouettes.  This chic collection features beautiful styles for women, men, and even your pup! Ideal for gifting your loved ones, your furry friends – and of course, yourself!

This new sleepwear collection features over a dozen key pieces, including sleepwear sets, caftans, chemises – and matching prints for your furry friends – in BedHead PJs luxe jersey and poplin fabrications, made with organically grown cotton and 100% silk charmeuse. Women’s sleepwear styles areavailable in sizes XS-XL, ranging from $98 – $248; men’s styles in sizes XS-XXL, ranging from $98 – $120; and we can’t forget nightwear for the pups – available in sizes XS-XL, at $30.

Elizée

Elizée delivers exquisitely designed heels, featuring buttery soft Italian leathers and a unique insole engineered to provide an ultra-wearable luxury experience. The brand’s signature Plush Contour insole, developed in collaboration with podiatrists, combines layers of memory foam and responsive gel cushioning to reduce pressure in the forefoot, absorb impact, and provide maximum cushion and stability.

Capturing the attention of celebrities, stylists and editors with its unparalleled beauty and comfort, Elizée was founded by its CEO and Creative Director, Erika Carrero who has a desire to reshape luxury footwear. Erika transitioned from the tech startup boardroom to the world of luxury fashion with a collection of exquisitely designed Italian high heels, engineered to empower the modern woman’s versatile lifestyle by delivering styles that are both gorgeous and comfortable. From heels to booties, each style is handcrafted in a family-run artisan factory outside of Milan, using breathable Italian leathers sourced from certified sustainable tanneries. All styles are available on their website, here.

Kaiyo

Kaiyo, the leading full-service marketplace for secondhand furniture, recently announced its West Coast expansion giving second-hand furniture lovers the option to now shop and sell pre-loved furniture. Kaiyo offers an incredible selection of furniture from top brands like Restoration Hardware, Design Within Reach, West Elm, and many more at up to 90% off retail for every home decor style and location. Whether you’re looking for a beach aesthetic or a more chic look, Kaiyo has your go to pieces no matter your California residence.

  • For the Los Angeles or Beverly Hills Home:

    • Explore Kaiyo’s selection of entirely unique and luxurious pieces to complete your Beverly Hills abode, whether it’s a vintage California Bungalow or Sprawling Estate.

  • For the Santa Monica or Venice Home:

    • Kaiyo’s selection of nature-inspired beige and white tones will add the perfect touch of Coastal Grandma Aesthetic to your beach house decor.

  • For the Los Feliz/Silverlake Home:

HUF x Lost Farm by Kiva Confections

What do you get when two iconic California brands collaborate? An impeccable result! Legendary skate brand, HUF, and edibles trailblazer, Lost Farm by Kiva Confections, teamed up for HUF’s first ever cannabis collaboration. Launched October 7th, the capsule collection includes a merch collection, alongside a limited edition Chew and Gummy that uniquely blends skate & streetwear roots with the strains and cities near and dear to both brand’s hearts — SF & LA. The collection aims to further highlight the synergies between cannabis, streetwear, and skate culture.

In addition to Gummies and Chews, customers will be able to get their hands on limited edition merch including graphic tees, socks, clocks, and more. Lost Farm x HUF will be available in dispensaries across California, with merch available for purchase at HUF locations, select skate shops and Zumiez for a limited time.

Cann

With the holidays quickly approaching, beat your hangover and the post-holiday party regrets with a Cann Cranberry Sage! With a delicious mix of tart and earthy notes, this limited edition flavor will give you the uplifting buzz we all need this season without any of the alcohol induced side effects. With all-natural ingredients, a fast onset, only 35 calories per can, and the promise of no hangover, it’s perfectly crafted to be your go-to treat all winter long and the perfect beverage for your Thanksgiving spread!

Cann also recently just swept the Clio Cannabis Awards, taking home a total of 15 awards, including Brand of The Year. Since launching in 2019, the celebrity backed company has grown massively and surpassed over 10 million units in sales with support from fans and celebrity investors alike. Are you ready to ditch the eggnog and party like a true Hollywood celeb this holiday season?

Time Machine

Time Machine, the smalls brand quickly becoming known for its whopping 28-pack jar of pre-rolls, has officially introduced vaporizers into its product family. Even better, they’ve got something for everyone! With an assortment at their disposal, it’s like Halloween for adults.

Time Machine 510 vapes are currently available in 6 strains at over 400 retailers across California:

  • Mango Sunrise (Sativa): Calming & Uplifting with notes of mango, citrus, and candy

  • Banana Laffy (Sativa): Calming & Uplifting with notes of fruit and banana

  • Apple-a-Day (Hybrid): Energetic with apple, tart, and fruity notes

  • Kantaloupe Cush (Hybrid): Calming with fresh, sweet, and melon notes

  • PB&J (Indica): Peaceful & Relaxed with peanut, strawberry, and raspberry notes

  • Blueberry Puffin’ (Indica): Focused & Peaceful with blueberry, bread, and sugar notes

From the Pacific Stone family of farms, Time Machine first launched in April with a line of flower and pre-rolls. Each Time Machine product contains a QR code that directs customers to engaging graphic novel content meant to be enjoyed while smoking.

Wyld

Looking for a Wyld time? This might be the one for you!

The cannabis scene continues to expand at rapid pace with new innovations, profiles, and flavors. That’s no different for this brand, whose delicious product is formulated with the same real fruit ingredients and natural flavors as the rest of their existing product portfolio. Wyld has introduced a new Sour Apple flavored gummy that is sativa-enhanced, and also includes a proprietary blend of food-grade botanical terpenes to maximize the effects of each product’s cannabinoid profile.

Don’t pass up the sweet treats this holiday! Wyld is available in OR, CA, CO, NV, AZ, MI, and WA for an MSRP of $20.

Pacific Stone

Pacific Stone released six new strains, toward the end of Summer, and they’re only got more on the way. The drop included Gelato 41, Sherbert, Sherblato, Mango Kush, Grape Pie and The MAC.

In addition Pacific Stone has been working closely with Dear Cannabis to donate over $1M in retail value to medical patients, and will be continuing its partnership for the foreseeable future.

Here are the highlights from their hybrid strains and indica strains:

  • (H) Gelato 41 is a hybrid strain that is high in THC and offers a heavy, relaxing body high without clouding the mind. This strain has buds that grow in an array of colors, from light green to purple, with trichomes that put out a sweet and pine aroma alongside hints of lavender. Gelato 41 is potent and the high is best reserved for those looking for a new heavy-hitter.

  • (H) Sherbert is an indica-dominant hybrid that exhibits powerful, full-body effects that are elevated by a jolt of cerebral energy and carefree state of mind. Sherbert boasts a THC level that may be overwhelming to novice cannabis consumers. The high potency of Sherbert makes it an ideal choice for those seeking relief from symptoms associated with stress, tension, and mood disorders. This strain features a sweet, dessert-like flavor profile with notes of skunky citrus, sweet berry, and candy. Sherbert flowers into oblong fluffy nugs with rich trichome coverage and dark amber hairs throughout light and dark green foliage.

  • (H) Sherblato is a THC powerhouse with heavy physical effects. Expect buds to be dark green in color with heavy trichome production. Flavors are freshly crushed earth and spicy, bringing about euphorically sedative effects. Lovers of couchlock strains or anyone seeking relief from anxiety should give this strain a try.

Pacific Stone New Indica Strains

  • (I) Mango Kush tastes similar to the actual mango fruit, with a distinct kush flavor and hints of pine on the exhale. Its frosty heavily dense buds are covered with thick shiny trichomes and bright orange pistils. This indica strain will leave you happy and giggly with a relaxing body high.

  • (I) Grape Pie looks just like a classic old school indica purp strain with terpy trichomes that offer delicious sour and sugary grape aromas. This strain gives off a high that may initially bring you up with euphoria before landing you down on the couch for munchies and the television.

  • (I) The MAC (aka Mac1) will give you an uplifting, euphoric head high that you can enjoy at any time of day accompanied by its upbeat effects. It grows into fluffy buds with milky trichomes and aromas described as buttery, and citrusy!

Lo-Fi Wants To Spritz Up Your Spirit Game

Lo-Fi Wants To Spritz Up Your Spirit Game

There are some things in life that are just perfect, and able to create an unparalleled mood you always come back to. Some of those perfect things include lo-fi music, lo-fi aesthetic, and now Lo-Fi Aperitifs! If you’re looking to hold on to Summer just bit longer, or even if you’re only hoping to spritz up the Fall and Winter seasons a bit, Lo-Fi Aperitifs wants you to feel reassured that they’ve got you covered — recipes included!

From impressing friends and family, to just indulging for ourselves, there’s a Spritz for everyone, starting with the Amaro, or a Napa Negroni —  with both tapping into the Sweet Vermouth and Gentian Amaro. Lo-Fi has recipes covered for all types of drink preferences.Lo-Fi Aperitifs is made up of a team of spirits experts who have worked at iconic establishments, such as New York’s award-winning Italian café Dante and San Francisco’s beloved 15 Romolo. In addition to recipes, they also gave us some of the best tips, advice, and insight on fortified wines, vermouths, amaros, and the Lo-Fi team. Read on for more on what makes Lo-Fi a must-buy, with commentary straight from Victoria Canty, the spirits expert behind the magical team!

What are some top must-try recipes recommended by the Lo-Fi team?

“Lo-Fi is so amazing on its own so I love to start simple. Dry Vermouth and Tonic (we call it the V+T) is such an easy refreshing way to use our Lo-Fi Dry. Botanicals like elderflower, chamomile and fennel really play well with the bittersweet elements of tonic. Two of my faves come from Fevertree. Their Mediterranean and Cucumber tonics are so crushable with the dry and it’s my favorite go-to sipper. Garnish with a lemon or get creative with herbs-you can’t go wrong! 

For the Lo-Fi Sweet Vermouth, I gotta say the High Point– just that + coconut water. That’s it. There’s coconut in the vermouth and it just is shockingly good for being so simple. Do try at home. If you wanna up the ante, put it in a freshly opened coconut and live your best life! 

And for the Gentian Amaro, she is a spritz queen! That’s not the only thing Gentian shines in but it’s truly a delicious combo. A little Lo-Fi Amaro, some dry bubbly, a splash of soda and a grapefruit slice will be just the perfect combo to see how it shines. There’s a few things this expression does well. Use this to make any drink pink, anything with tequila or mezcal just gets better with it, it goes in as a replacement amaro and if you’re feeling adventurous, use it in place of anything with red (sweet) vermouth. 

Do try a Napa Negroni to have a California spin on the classic. It’s light and refreshing, a soft pink color, with a round and floral palette. The best part is it’s super easy with just equal parts Gin, Lo-Fi Gentian Amaro, and Lo-Fi Dry Vermouth all stirred together. If you like Negronis, you’ll love this CA twist.”

Where does Lo-Fi draw inspiration, and determine the best ingredients?

“I totally look at the label, all of the Lo-Fi Aperitif bottles have the ingredients on them which is so nice for both transparency and inspiration. I like to take the botanicals or the fruit elements that are on the bottle and use sodas, juices, bitters, liqueurs and garnishes that are either the same or super complimentary.  

As an example, Lo-Fi Sweet Vermouth is clear, barely has sugar in it and it has all these baking spice notes, one of the main ingredients is coconut. It’s not your average sweet vermouth with caramel coloring and a lot of weight from sugar. It’s clean and delightful. So… in comes the High Point cocktail: just sweet vermouth and coconut water! It’s a sure thing if you’re into coconut.

Don’t forget to think of complimentary flavors too. The Dry Vermouth for instance, has fennel. I love fennel with strawberries so working strawberries into a dry vermouth cocktail would be a total win win and compliments so much that’s in it! Again, look at the label for inspo. I love looking at the farmers market for fresh ingredients to experiment with too and I am a total sucker for following bartenders on instagram for cocktail recipes. On the @lofiaperirifs instagram, they have been doing a thing called Mod Squad where Lo-Fi is the go-to modifier. They repost a lot of amazing recipes with all of the expressions and it’s super fun to recreate those from the best in the biz. Lo-Fi Aperitifs is so fun and easy to work with. The possibilities are nearly endless!”

You can find where to buy Lo-Fi Aperitifs here, while also keeping an eye out for any upcoming recipes and releases from the brand!

The 2nd Annual Dog Jog is Upon Us

The 2nd Annual Dog Jog is Upon Us

Looking for some last minute ideas for things to do before summer ends? How about a run (or jog… or walk) with your dog?

If that sounds like something you’re into, fan-favorite pet brand Wild One has once again teamed up with lifestyle brand Outdoor Voices (OV) to host the second annual Dog Jog on Aug. 27th in LA

Wild One and Outdoor Voices are teaming up again to help people and their pups get moving. The two brands will be co-hosting a series of Dog Jogs from August 26th to August 28th at Outdoor Voices stores across the nation, including Austin, Boston, Chicago, and more!

In what is being described as a “run/walk/jog around the neighborhood,” participants can expect human treats from Cravers, Sanzo , and Topo Chico, pet portraits, an OV x Wild One raffle, and a pup cup station for four-legged friends.

The community event will begin with a jog and the first 10 people to arrive will win a goodie bag filled with awesome swag from both brands. Following the jog, there will be fun surprises and activities like pet portraits, raffles, and more! Talk about a good time for humans and animals alike!

About Wild One

“Wild One is a one-stop-shop for curated cross category essentials for dogs. We make everything you and your pup need to walk, run, play, and live in style, from water, dirt and odor proof leashes and design-forward carriers to all natural grooming products and biodegradable poop bags.”

Quintessential LA Experience

Quintessential LA Experience

Suddenly being back in the Arts District after a two year hiatus, as Bob Dylan once said, “Things have changed”.  Retail store, Warby Parker is gone. Hammer and Spear, gone. The Pie Hole will be closing September 17th. It’s an area hard hit by the pandemic. When the invitation to visit the Mulholland Room Hideaway arrived—we dashed. Located on the 2nd floor of the building that houses the Pali Wine Co., a building that feels like something about of a Raymond Chandler novel, the 2nd floor entrance is simply a small note on a door. The Mulholland Room Hideway was founded by actor Walton Goggins and cinematic cameraman Matthew Alper, the location has been described as a “love letter to LA.” The occasion? To sip their distilled Gin, Vodka and Whiskey, called, yes, Mulholland. This was a unique Los Angeles event; the name alone for those that know their LA history is that William Mulholland, a civil engineer that imported water into Los Angeles in the early 1900s. Mulholland Drive is a 21 mile excursion on the crest of a mountain that goes from Hollywood to to the ocean. It ihas been the subject of many a film, and it is home to many celebrities. It is distinctly a Los Angeles  road that separates the valley from Los Angeles with beautiful vistas of the Hollywood Sign, downtown and the San Fernando Valley. But tonight, we are here to sip and drink, have conversations and watch the slow descent of the summer sun on downtown Los Angeles. And while a PR event, here is the good news—everyone involved turns out to be beautiful, kind and appreciative. And here’s the even better news—the booze is great!

“At Mulholland, our mission is to create artisanal spirits that reflect and celebrate the diversity and vibrancy of our great city. We’ve traveled the entire country in search of the finest spirits available. We are working with master distillers to bring those spirits here for all to enjoy. This is our Spirit of Los Angeles™. You can find our 100 proof American Whiskey, our 96 proof New World Gin and 86 proof 100% Corn Vodka throughout California.”

To learn more about Mulholland Distilled products: https://www.mulhollanddistilling.com

Actor Walter Goggins (left) and cinematographer Matthew Alper

Meet JOYO – A New Line Of Adaptogenic Sparkling Teas

Meet JOYO – A New Line Of Adaptogenic Sparkling Teas

As we wrap up Summer there’s still time to grab a refreshing drink and sip what’s left of the season away.

During the week of August 15, Jay Shetty & Radhi Devlukia-Shetty launched JOYO, their new line of adaptogenic sparkling teas. 

JOYO’s sparkling teas offer a premier way for tea drinkers to enjoy their favorite healthy beverage while catering to the modern, grab-and-go lifestyle. 

The teas are available in five purposeful blends: Unsweetened Black Tea, Raspberry Black Tea, Black Tea with Lemon, Peach Black Tea and Tropical Green Tea.

Each tea is crafted with ayurvedic ingredients and a proprietary blend of five expertly sourced adaptogens to provide consumers with delicious and nourishing iced teas.

 

In today’s health-centric society, it couldn’t be a better time for sparkling tea to hit the market!

The new brand will be available at all Erewhon stores for $3.49 a can.