Podwall Entertainment’s Star-Studded Annual Halloween Party Returns

Podwall Entertainment’s Star-Studded Annual Halloween Party Returns

In the name of good old spooky fun, Podwall Entertainment is bringing back its annual “The Halloween Party” for the 11th year! Hosted at The Peppermint Club and sponsored by Remy Martin, Trip CBD, and Avión Tequila, the event takes place on Thursday, October 27th, making its highly anticipated return to LA’s nightlife scene to deliver the most sought-after, costume-clad event of the season.

An iconic evening that – over its 10-year tenure – has become synonymous with its equally iconic guest list, will be an exclusive, invite-only affair featuring a signature performance by Café Wha House Band. Flying in every year from Greenwich Village’s Swingingest Coffee House, Café Wha has historically housed some of the worlds greatest musical talent at the onset of their careers, including the likes of: Woody Allen, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, and more.

Since its inception, special guests (such as Matthew Morrison, Adam Lambert, Nathan Sykes, Darren Criss, Lucas Grabeel and Kevin McHale) have also jumped on stage with the band to perform during the party.  Other VIPs who have historically attended include Chace Crawford, Paris Hilton, Taylor Lautner, Nina Dobrev, Lucy Hale, Colton Haynes, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Niall Horn, Tyler Hoechlin, Joey Fatone and beyond.

It will be yet another night to remember, complete with thrills and chills just before Halloween weekend kicks off.

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

A Beginner’s Guide to Pot

A Beginner’s Guide to Pot

There is a smell rampant in Los Angeles—it fills the air with a sweet, earthy, herbal and periodically “skunky” smell. It is the smell of Marijuana running through the airstreams of Los Angeles. It all began in November 2016, when the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (Proposition 64) was approved and what was once illegal became legal — and it also became big business. Today, it is reported that there are thousands of unlicensed dispensaries and over 200 licensed. It is with this brief knowledge that we decided to ask an expert about pot. We turned to Geza Frey, Jr. for some answers:

During the lockdown and afterwards, as an industry how as the pot trade fared?

During the lockdown sales soared. The industry was booming and if you needed a job, the cannabis industry was the place for you. Cannabis workers weee labeled essential in the state of California. Since then, sales have slowed a bit and I know that a lot of brands/ dispensaries are in the red these last two quarters.

Where is the greatest concentration of dispensaries?

The Greater Los Angeles area but as cities and states begin to legalize and adopt cannabis, more and more dispensaries are opening. Some of my favorites are in DTLA, Venice, and Fairfax/ Melrose.

What determines price? There seem to be endless kinds of pot?

Indoor flower is the highest quality and most potent

Outdoor is more affordable and less potent

Indoor typically hits higher price points vs outdoor

There are also edibles, concentrates, oils, topicals and more.

What is the good stuff?

Everyone has their preferences and reacts differently to each strain. I love me a good indoor indica dominant strain in the Glue or OG family rolled in a leaf wrap with a glass tip. It’s my version of the canna-cigar

If you are a beginner, what would you recommend?

For beginners I would recommend starting with CDB products and than moving up to 1:1 CBD + THC and than go from there. There are a ton of options it’s best to start small and gradually build up a tolerance/ find out what strains you like the most.

What is the law regarding driving under the influence of pot?

If it is determined that you are driving well high on cannabis you can potentially get a DUI or DWI

https://amp.sacbee.com/news/california/article232688547.html

Do they have statistics on the people buying as in age, etc?

This article breaks down some mind blowing stats when it comes to cannabis sales and who is buying (in the legal market)

https://financesonline.com/cannabis-industry-statistics/#recreational-usage

Geza Frey, Jr. is a multi-talented artist that specializes in sneakers, fashion, cannabis, tech, sports, and lifestyle. He has worked both in front of the camera and behind the scenes in various global marketing campaigns over the last eight years.

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SmashBox Brings on the Art

SmashBox Brings on the Art

Last week at the luxurious photo studio compound in Culver City, Smashbox Cosmetics presented a unique artistic event to celebrate the pilot of their inaugural Open Studios Program that drew a fascinating crowd.

The four-week incubator provided artists with premium resources to create, along with a physical studio to develop and showcase their work. The artists were also offered mentorship from Smashbox veterans, including the brand’s founder, Davis Factor, and Global Lead Pro Artist Lori Taylor Davis, on photography, branding, design, and makeup in science and practice.
 
The program culminated in a group show on the evening of the 31st, unveiling three new projects from artists Uzumaki Cepeda, who creates faux-fur environments designed as safe havens for communities of color;  Randijah Simmons, a photographer, and co-founder of community creative studio The Babe Cave LA, and Gabriela Ruiz, a mixed media artist who works with vibrant color palettes to explore ideas of self, home, and environment.
 
 

How to Keep Your Skin Healthy

How to Keep Your Skin Healthy

Taking vitamins and nutrients can keep your skin looking beautiful. You probably have multiple steps to your skincare routine, so why not add one more? Incorporate these essential vitamins and nutrients into your daily regime.

7 Most Important Vitamins and Nutrients for Healthy Skin

Having healthy skin makes you look and feel good. Washing your face regularly is one way to maintain clear skin, but vitamins are also useful. Here are 7 essential vitamins and nutrients to add to your skincare routine.

  1. Vitamin D

Vitamin D is produced when your skin absorbs sunlight. That’s why it’s important to get outside at least once a day. Vitamin D can help with skin cell growth and repair and improve your metabolism. It can increase your skin’s immune system and reduce inflammation.

There are products containing this vitamin that help with psoriasis. To get Vitamin D naturally, eat foods containing this vitamin, such as salmon or tuna fish. Try to get at least 600 IU’s of Vitamin D daily.

  1. Vitamin C 

This vitamin is found in the outer and inner layers of your skin. It produces collagen which plays a role in skin elasticity. Vitamin C also decreases cell damage, heals wounds, and prevents wrinkles.

Plus, it can lighten your skin and make it appear more radiant. To get Vitamin C you can find over-the-counter products and dietary supplements. Another idea is eating citrus or plant-based foods, such as oranges or strawberries.

  1. Vitamin E

This antioxidant helps to protect against sun damage by absorbing harmful UV light. This then prevents dark spots and wrinkles. Vitamin E is produced through an oily substance emitted by your skin’s pores. This substance keeps your skin conditioned reducing dryness. You want to get at least 15 mg a day of Vitamin E.

You can do this by taking supplements or using a topical cream. If you take any medications, talk doctor about drug interactions. For example, Vitamin E may interfere with some cholesterol-lowering medications.

  1. Vitamin K

Vitamin K helps aid in the process of blood clotting. They can also help with certain skin conditions, such as stretch marks, spider veins or dark spots. This vitamin can be found in multiple topical creams, including Aroma Naturals products. Doctors use these creams for people undergoing surgery to reduce swelling and bruising. Along with medication, you can eat foods rich in Vitamin K, like kale or spinach.

  1. Protein 

The protein you eat turns into amino acids which are the building blocks for your cells. They’re also used to make important proteins, such as collagen, which form the structure of your skin. Some amino acids protect your skin against UV rays or heal and repair damaged tissue.

To get more protein, consider eating more meat, such as beef or chicken. You can also make simple swaps such as eggs or yogurt for cereal. Another tip is to include a source of protein with every meal.

Here is some food containing protein to add to your plate:

  • Lean meats
  • Fish
  • Seeds and nuts
  • Dairy
  • Beans and lentils
  1. Vitamin A

Vitamin A prevents sun damage by interrupting the process of collagen breakdown. It may also protect you from sunburn, help your oil glands, and heal scrapes and cuts. The recommended daily intake of Vitamin A is 900 mcg RAE for men and 700 mcg RAE for women. To increase your daily intake, take supplements or eat leafy green vegetables.

  1. Calcium

Calcium can strengthen your bones and prevent serious injury. It can even rejuvenate your skin, by regulating cell turnover. Calcium improves your skin’s barrier by keeping out pathogens and locking in moisture. So, if you have dry skin, this nutrient is beneficial.

You need at least 1,000 mg of calcium per day. One easy way to obtain this goal is by drinking milk. You can also eat other dairy products, such as cheese and yogurt. Another idea is taking dietary supplements, like calcium carbonate or calcium citrate. Keep in mind calcium carbonate should be taken with food.

10 Ways to Throw a Killer Dinner Party

10 Ways to Throw a Killer Dinner Party

There’s nothing quite like the rush of hosting a successful dinner party. Creating an environment for conversations and laughter is an art form with practicing. If you want to invite your loved ones over for a meal but don’t know where to start, read about these simple ways to throw a killer dinner party. Hosting will come naturally to you after using this guide to plan a fantastic event.

1. Give Yourself Time

It isn’t wise to announce a dinner party just a few days before it occurs. People need time to work the event into their schedules and you’ll need to plan every detail. Give yourself at least two weeks to prepare everything you’ll need to transform a meal into a party.

2. Pick a Theme

Seasonal holidays are a classic reason to invite people over, but you don’t have to wait for them to find a reason to celebrate. Think about popular themes for people of all ages, like DIY pizza night or a sushi extravaganza. Themes dictate everything from ingredients to decorations, so find one that excites you and start planning.

3. Pair Drinks With Food

Dinner parties always have fun drinks for guests. Create a menu with beverages that go well with your main meal. If you want to host a charcuterie board party, you could serve sake in small glasses. The traditional Japanese drink pairs well with most cheeses and has many different types. Don’t forget to offer alcohol-free beverage alternatives if you want to invite guests who prefer a non-alcoholic drink.

4. Plan for Allergies

Your dinner party will come to an unfortunate end if one of your guests can’t eat with everyone. Request allergen information when you decide to invite people so you can get food that’s safe for the entire group to eat. Eliminate allergens from appetizers, entrees and desserts and label everything for clarity during the party.

5. Think About Decor

Decorations turn a meal into an event. Consider where you’ll host your party to determine which decorations will work in the space. You could hang fairy lights around your kitchen if you live in an apartment and create floral arrangements for centerpieces if you have a long dining room table. Decorations will also complement your party around the outside of your house or down the driveway.

6. Announce a Dress Code

Do you want people showing up to your party in fancy clothes or sweatpants? What they wear will set the tone for the evening, so announce your dress code once you find one that fits with your theme. You could ask everyone to dress up in black-tie clothes or arrive in their funkiest costumes. Having fun with a dress code is one of the easiest ways to throw a killer dinner party.

7. Include the Kids

Remember that some of your guests may bring their kids. Children don’t care for fancy adult food and typically want to sit away from boring grown-up conversations. Set up a kids’ table at your party and fill it with hassle-free foods that will please the pickiest eaters. Mac and cheese, chicken nuggets and cubed fruits are just a few ideas to start your menu started.

8. Save the Perfect Playlist

Background music sets the tone for your party as your guests walk in. If only two or three guests arrive and they don’t already know each other, the resulting awkward silence can start a party off on the wrong note. Find a playlist with music that fits your party’s theme. It can start playing softly in the background before your guests arrive so no one feels pressured to fill any silence.

9. Send Desserts Home With Guests

Most dinner parties end with leftovers. If your friends work nearby, you can always send them home with the remaining desserts and other foods in small bags or cardboard boxes. They could even match your party’s theme or have a message painted across the top. People will love taking a snack home, especially if your food was a big hit.

10. Get Extra Household Supplies

Your guests won’t only need something to eat and drink. They’ll also need napkins during the meal and a bathroom stocked with toilet paper throughout the night. Get extra household supplies and set everything up before people arrive. Add helpful items to your next grocery list, like:

  • Toilet paper
  • Paper towels
  • Handsoap

If everything’s in place before your party starts, you won’t need to step away from your guests to get what they need while you’re in mid-conversation or sitting down to eat.

Throw a Killer Dinner Party

You’re about to become the best host in your friend group now that you’ve read a few ways to throw a killer dinner party. No matter where you live or what you want to serve, your guests will have a great time because you planned every detail.

All You Need Is Los Angeles! Celebrate Local Brands and Show Love for Our City Post-Pandemic.

All You Need Is Los Angeles! Celebrate Local Brands and Show Love for Our City Post-Pandemic.

All You Need Is Los Angeles! Celebrate Local Brands and Show Love for Our City Post-Pandemic.

Presented by the newly renovated & reopened iconic Venice Beach House

 

On October 14th, the iconic Venice Beach House celebrated it’s post-pandemic reopening and renovation by hosting “All You Need is Los Angeles” an event created by Press Pass LA’s PR division to celebrate local brands and founders who are bringing back business and culture to our great city!

Model Joy Corrigan & Mehran Moghaddam

Model Joy Corrigan & Mehran Moghaddam

Tik Tok star Jake Gould

Tik Tok star Jake Gould

Guests had the chance to meet the tastemakers behind the revitalization of Los Angeles and mingle with industry professionals including executives in attendance from Netflix, Tik Tok, Capital Records, Interscope Records, Forever 21, AEG and more.

The VIP opening night of the newly renovated Venice Beach House featured brands including Kurvana, luxury cannabis products;  Naked Species, clothing brand by model Joy Corrigan supporting Wild Life Tomorrow Fund to help end animal extinction; Our/Los Angeles vodka, distilled in the arts district of downtown Los Angeles; Smile Natural Products, personalized oral care and vegan lifestyle products; Art Botanica, moss art by local artist Kelley Anderson; and Ruben, iconic art and streetwear brand by artist Ruben Rojas.

Gleb Savchenko & Elena Belle

Billed as a night of “Food, Weed, Vodka, and Art” the more than 300 guests enjoyed delicious plates from Green Olive Food Truck known for their local Mediterranean cuisine with a menu that featured hummus and pita, greek salad, greek potatoes, chicken skewers, gyro, falafel and more.

Kurvana features samples of their cannabis products including vape pens and tinctures, as well as offered custom engraving on their hardware. Naked Species gifted guests with T-shirts, bathing suits, bracelets and more from their new Funghi line.

DJ Shai

 

The sponsored bar featured a martini tasting cart from Our/Los Angeles plus curated cocktails, as well as highlighted their recent collaboration with local artist Ruben Rojas on a custom bottle. In addition, Better Booch kombucha was on hand to satisfy your tastebuds providing non-alcoholic beverages to attendees.
Ruben Rojas also showcased his signature art and sculptures on the property and his fashion line Ruben featuring his “love” hoodies.  Kelley Anderson of Art Botanica, known for moss art, created a custom step & repeat for guests to capture their most Instagrammable moments!
Smile Natural Products was on hand sharing their oral care and vegan products with guests for a picture perfect smile, and is co-owned by the event’s entertainer, DJ Shai, who kept the party vibing throughout the evening. E! Host, Scott Tweedie, served as the night’s host and created some amazing pre and post event content to entertain those on site or streaming at home on Instagram!

Melissa Gisoni & BP Major

 

E! News Scott Tweedie and Katrina Powell

History of Venice Beach House

Venice Beach House was created by newspaperman Warren Wilson in 1911. Wilson was friends with Abbot Kinney, known for creating the Venice of America with its own canals, and Venice Beach House quickly became one of the area’s most iconic buildings. Perched on white sand dunes overlooking the Pacific, this Craftsman landmark was listed by the U.S. Park Service in the National Register of Historic Places. It has always been filled with families like the Kinney family, who shared the grounds as Kinney’s sons married Wilson’s daughters.

A hub of social life, the Venice Beach House has always welcomed the biggest celebrities of the time, from Charlie Chaplin on “retreat,” to the very end of the run from Athens to LA of the Olympic Torch Relay. Through all the years, the Beach House has remained a quiet constant in a Venice that attracted beatniks, then hippies, and then tourists from all over the world. A hidden oasis, faithfully restored by the Boesch family and maintained as a bed and breakfast for travelers and, for all of Venice, the Venice Beach House remains a throwback to an era gone by, a mysterious gem in a city where discovery and tranquility are hard to come by.
It’s in the Stars!

It’s in the Stars!

We turned our attention to the heavens and local astrologer Rachel Lang to answer some of our urgent questions about astrology. If you have questions that you would like answered—let us know!
Should I believe the astrology pages in magazines? 
Astrology is so much more than your sun sign. Sun sign columns just consider one aspect of astrology. So, it’s more accurate to receive a reading from a professional or even to read your customized astrological transits from a site like astro.com or an app like Time Passages. That said, I know excellent astrologers who write horoscopes for magazines and websites. If you’re looking for guidance, astrology columns can be a source of inspiration. 
 
What’s a rising sign? 
Your rising sign is the eastern horizon at the time of your birth, and it represents your first impression. It’s the face you show the world. It’s a significant factor in determining the way you look and your personality. It also represents how you interact with the world around you. 
 
What’s this Mercury-in-retrograde we keep hearing about? 
It’s actually Mercury retrograde (no in)! 3-4 times a year, Mercury gives us the appearance of going backward in the heavens. It’s similar to the optical illusion you see when a car is driving right next to you at approximately the same speed. Mercury is the planet of communication, our thinking patterns, and transportation. When Mercury goes retrograde, we have a chance to reflect on how we communicate as well as what we’re holding back that needs to be said. It’s a more introspective time. So, sometimes, we do deep personal reflection and have insights about our lives. It is always a good idea to back up computers and communication devices. Also, if you have delays, be patient! Mercury is a trickster and lets us know if we’re taking things too seriously.
 
Is astrology a science?
Astrology is similar to psychology in that our knowledge of astrology is based on observation and case studies over thousands of years. We can watch cycles repeat themselves over and over, and each time a cycle retreats itself, we see similar themes playing out in our lives and in the world. It works with archetypes and symbols, and astrologers interpret these symbols to gain context for what’s happening here on earth. It maps out the skies for any moment in time, like your time of birth. So, many of my astrological colleagues know astronomy and math. 

Meet Rachel Lang

Rachel Lang is a professional astrologer, healer, and psychic medium who has worked for the past 15 years with businesses and individuals, including A-list celebrities, tech startup entrepreneurs, bestselling authors, activists, and students. Rachel holds a master’s degree in theology from Loyola Marymount University and as an internationally recognized speaker, she offers classes, lectures, and workshops on a variety of topics to her clientele.  Some of her business collaborations have included workshops on Goddess asteroids, Solar Returns, Money and Love, Astrology 101, among other topics.  She serves as the Vice President of the Los Angeles chapter of the National Council for Geocosmic Research (NCGR), is the Outreach Director for the international board of the NCGR, and is also a member of the International Society for Astrological Research.  Additionally, Rachel writes a monthly horoscope column for the Omega Institute’s Omega News, as well as LVBX Magazine and she has contributed to publications such as Bustle, Well+Good, and Romper. Rachel recently released her book, Modern Day Magic, across the US, UK, Canada, and Australia via publisher Hardie Grant.

VYBES and PizzaSlime Launch Limited-Edition Functional Wellness Drink

VYBES and PizzaSlime Launch Limited-Edition Functional Wellness Drink

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

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

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

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

  • 40 calories, 7 grams of sugar. Certified Vegan & Independently Lab Tested
  • Fresh watermelon & sour cherry juices make for a delicious, exhilarating, refreshing and mind & body stimulating beverage.
  • Not too sweet, you get that nice burst of tartness from the sour cherry & lime juices.
  • Activated by 25mg hemp CBD
Introducing whisl: Innovative CBD Vape to Manage Mood

Introducing whisl: Innovative CBD Vape to Manage Mood

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

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

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

Sketches of Spain Pt. 1

Sketches of Spain Pt. 1

It was a crazy idea.

Travel the length of Spain from the South to the North in a very hot August.

What is clear is that travel in the year 2021 was not like any other year—we’re not just talking the masks, the social distance, the lessened crowds, but the fact that flight took a strange turn, and not for the better.

We leave Los Angeles, on a bright August day. The airport feels usual, there are cars and crowds, kisses and waves, people coming and going. Security is as it always is, and the casual glance at the flight board suddenly registers a delay. We are to head to Dallas and catch a flight to Madrid, all in the span of 45 minutes.

It does take a least half an hour for the plane to leave the ground and touchdown in the sweltering heat of Dallas, Texas. The stewardess erroneously mentioned that people with connecting flights would be given priority—not sure. We slowly make our way out and as it turns out, and head to another terminal. Running through the airport we are accompanied with fellow passengers who are also attempting to make their connection. We arrive at the gate. It is seven minutes after the departure time—they are gone. American Airlines.

Dallas. American provides us with hotel lodging and a voucher for a driver to get us to the near town of Irving, Texas. We drive past the George Bush Turnpike—we really are e in Texas.

A pleasant enough hotel in the middle of nowhere, we make plans for the next day as we will not be leaving for Spain till 5.

Dallas. The first stop is the site of the Kennedy assassination. An event we have seen over and over in films, documentaries, resurrected every November 22. It is a tourist attraction, no not widely visited at this time, be it the heat, the Covid.

There are x’s in the street, we are told put there by conspiracy theorists indicating that Lee Harvey Oswald could not be the lone killer. In Dallas, nearly everyone we ran into called him the “accused assassin”. They have their doubts. It’s a sad, quite a boring little stretch of road that changed history.

Madrid. Spain

Its 6:00 and time for drinks at El Corte Inglés, Spain largest department store with a rooftop experience similar to the one found in Century City.

This experience is wild though. It is prime time, people are happy finally out of their houses, enjoying the view, the cocktails, and the company. It is popular. Find a chair in the outside ring is impossible. People jockey, watchful of movements to din that moment to claim the space. People are casual, leisurely in their drinking and time—it’s simply too pleasant to leave.

Madrid. A city of a thousand dances, mostly flamenco. A thousand hotels, parks and restaurants—it’s a big city. We found great comfort in H10 Villa de la Reina, hotel situated in the middle of the city on the Grand Via. Luxurious and even glamorous the hotel has an old-world charm combined with modern amenities—and, you walk out the door into the hustle and bustle of a Madrid Summer day ready to shop, visit the museums and play.

Art. At the Palacio de Gaviria, Ta 19th-century palace located on Calle Arenal, a stone’s throw from Puerta del Sol, is showing an exhibit about gay life in Madrid in the 1920s. The art is great, the exhibition, which seems thorough does not contain one word in English. No matter, the “international language of love” was being spoken at the Boyberry bar, right behind the El Corte Inglés, which turns out to be, the bohemian Lavapiés neighborhood. A small bar, the Boyberry is what is known as a cruising/darkroom bar. It works like this: buy a drink from a very friendly waiters, and head to the literal dark corners, which are cruising areas, glory holes (don’t ask) and a labyrinth of rooms that lead essentially to nowhere. A staircase takes one down, into the depths where men silently mingle, adjusting to the darkness in search of something. The ads, of course, promise a pride of young lions, full-haired muscle boys, shirtless, eager to engage, Maybe. It is the time of Covid, social distancing and such. No asking for vaccination records in the dark here. We move on.

What does become apparent about Spain and frankly about most of Europe is that they LOVE their cafes. A large portion of time is spent in these outdoor cafés, or terraza. Maybe its the Summer Wind, the ever-rising temperature (it hit 100 degree Fahrenheit quite often) on cobbled stone streets, but the umbrellas are unleashed, the tables set and the people arrive. So many asked if Covid was an issue (in the States) and yes, but the great news is that Spain was diligent in its keeping the masks on, not allowing crowds of large sizes to gather.  Was it different? Did Europe, Spain feel different? Yes, the crowds were not as intense; the ferries between Spain and Morocco was not working; for the most parts hotels were ample (except in the seaside resorts).

We’re in Pioneer Plaza, one of the most famous sights in downtown. Named after the pioneers that founded Dallas in 1841, the plaza, with its bronze sculptures, is one of the most-visited tourist spots in the city.

The bronze, life-like bulls built in the ’90s to honor the cattle drivers who passed through Dallas on the Shawnee Trail in the mid-1800s. No bull.

The Metropolis Building located in Gran Vía and Alcalá Street, 2014

The fantastic exhibit that had so little information that even now you cannot find out much about it.

8 Ways to Help Your Skin Age Well

8 Ways to Help Your Skin Age Well

Skincare has been all the rage in recent years, especially for the younger generation. Kids and teens are taking better care of their skin than ever before, and it definitely shows in the content and expertise that has emerged from millennials and gen z creators, as well as their products themselves. This means that in addition to the anti-aging methods and products already on the market, plenty of people are looking to treat aging before it even happens. This can be highly beneficial, as our skin actually begins to age as early as our 20’s.

With the rise of comprehensive sun protection and pre-aging skincare routines, there’s never been a better time to start caring for your skin so you age like fine wine! It’s never too early to get started. Here are eight tips to make sure your skin ages beautifully.

Moisturize

Yes, the proof is in the pudding. No matter how old you are and what your skin type is, you should still be moisturizing every day. In terms of anti-aging techniques, this holds true especially for those with dry and combination skin, as moisturizing can prevent wrinkles and protect the skin against damage.

Use an SPF

Many people will tell you that protecting your skin against the sun is one of the best ways to prevent rapid aging and skin damage, and those people would be right. Preventative, proactive maintenance tends to be more effective than reactive care. The sun can cause wrinkles and sun spots, and the sooner you start using an SPF, the more likely you’ll be to prevent those changes. Make sure you use a broad-spectrum SPF of 30 or higher for the very best protection.

Take Vitamins

Vitamins and minerals, in addition to a balanced diet, can grant your skin the elasticity and resilience it needs to age slowly and gracefully. Multivitamins and collagen supplements can often do the trick, in addition to amino acids, magnesium, iron and biotin, which you can supplement at your own discretion.

Stay Hydrated

You can never go wrong with drinking enough water every day, and staying hydrated is one of the best tips for skin health and longevity. It can help provide healthy skin resilience and protection, especially if you make it a habit.

Quit Smoking

While this one can be tough for people, smoking can have detrimental effects on the skin over time. Not only can smoking cause sagging, age spots and wrinkles, but it can also impact your overall health. While quitting can certainly be hard, it’s worth it to cut back or try to quit, both for your outer beauty and your internal health.

Use a Retinol

Retinol treatments are sometimes considered to be a magical fix for all sorts of skin concerns. Essentially, retinol helps skin cells regenerate themselves and heal properly from damage. In a sense, it’s a kind of exfoliator. This helps both skin clarity and helps to prevent aging, giving you the best of both worlds. Just make sure that you use your retinol at night and keep up with your sun protection routine, as retinol can make your skin more sensitive to sunlight.

Reduce Stress

Stress can cause the skin to age, just like other — arguably, more important — parts of the body. Too much stress can cause lines, wrinkles and other, more immediate problems like rashes, breakouts, acne scarring, bumps and other imperfections. Overall, if you’re looking to relax your skin, it can help to relax your life. While it isn’t always possible to zap all of your stress away, trying to reduce stress in little ways as much as possible can help reduce visible signs of aging.

Use a Chemical Exfoliator

We already talked about this a bit with the retinol, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Chemical exfoliators are far superior to their physical exfoliator counterparts. Not only are they gentler on the skin, but they also go deeper and help skin cell regeneration. Retinol, glycolic acid, AHA and BHA are all examples of chemical exfoliators.

Making Sure Your Skin Ages Well

Taking care of your skin has never been more popular, and for a good reason! The health of your face is a part of your overall health, and it’s never too late to start looking at longevity. Whether you’re opting for vitamins or a chemical exfoliator, you can take care of your skin and keep the wrinkles and creases away.