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EDITOR'S NOTE TBH, I think I was born in the wrong

with an updated twist. Everything old is new

dress up in my mom’s closet as a kid.

we think you should rock leather pants à la the

decade. I couldn't help but play

I would layer a peasant blouse with a camel-

colored leather jacket, hip-huggers and lace up boots—none of which fit, of course. Or if I

was feeling fancy, I would slip into a pantsuit

that dragged on the floor as I strutted around

imagining myself on the silver screen as a ‘70s

it-girl. May or may not have topped it off with a floppy hat, but I’ll leave it to your imagination. Very Ali Macgraw-meets-Charlotte Rampling-

meets-Bianca Jagger. No matter what era you

align your sartorial choices with, we all have our own curated sense of style. This has rung true for the last 100 years, with trends constantly evolving as a result of political, global and media influences.

At the center of our Shoppe issue, we go back about 40 years, diving into the best—and the worst—of iconic pieces that defined specific

decades. From Farrah Fawcett’s blown-out hair

again, so you will have to see for yourself how

‘80s, or ‘90s high-rise, relaxed denim—YouTube “Saturday Night Live Mom Jeans” for an

example of what not to do with that one. To give you more style inspo, Instagram

influencer Tania Sarin walks us through the

best of Platform in Culver City (p. 77), while our Humanitarian Profile on COMUNITY

shows why they are getting off on the right foot—literally—in order to make a change in the world (p. 72).

And if fashion isn’t in your wheelhouse, this

issue is packed with goodies like our “Bubbles

101” guide to all things rosé and sparkling wine (p. 100), a breakdown of some drool-inducing

Chestnut Spaghetti (p. 102), a profile on one of the LA Chargers’ starting players and more.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a suede fringed jacket in my closet that is calling my name.

to bedazzled denim, we cover all the bases but

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Photographed By: Joe Magnani and Jared Schlachet, jsquaredphotography.com | @j2pix Model: Danny Trejo, @officialdannytrejo Location: Trejo’s Cantina, 21550 Oxnard St, Ste 125, Woodland Hills, CA 91367 818.805.3165 | www.trejostacos.com Written By: Caroline Thompson, overcomeordinary.com | @carodime Styled By: Claudia Alvarado, claudiaalvarado.co | @extrahaute Grooming By: Brian Bond, brianbondmakeup.com | @brianbondmakeup Shirt & Jacket Provided By: Friar Tux Shop, www.friartux.com

As I made my way from Orange County to Woodland Hills, my anxiety started to bubble up at the thought of interviewing Machete himself. What in the world would this hardcore, ex-convict think of a blonde girl from Alabama with vocal fry that could put valley girls to shame? Surely, he would take one look at me and roar with laughter, shaking his head and putting a halt to the interview before it even began. I wondered if it was too late to turn around and crawl back into my comfort zone that was Newport Beach.

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But, as I sat down with Mr. Trejo, the warm smile that greeted me told of a completely different story than the one I had imagined on the drive over. Immediately, I felt welcomed into his life, like I was an old friend he had known for years. Because that is just one of Danny Trejo’s endearing personality traits; no one is a stranger.

Photographers Jared Schlachet and Joe Magnani snapped pic after pic of the star, adding that “Danny Trejo is one of those guys that we have grown up watching on TV and in movies. He very often steals the scene with just a look or a word or two. We also knew his background story and how he got started in show business. We were a little intimidated to meet him at first but he quickly changed all that with a joke and a smile. It is a day and a shoot that we will always remember.”

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From rioting in prison to becoming one of the most successful names in Hollywood, Danny Trejo is a positive example for all men and women whose odds are stacked against them. He has lived a life that no one could ever dream of, and all of his experiences—good and bad— have shaped him into the generous, caring soul that he is today. Danny Trejo, with his rough, tattooed exterior, truly is the human embodiment of the expression ‘Never judge a book by its cover.’

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That's What She Said

These Men Know Style

Jonathan Van Ness Talks Netflix, Hair and Everything Cute

FASHION’S FOR THE BOYS

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YEAR WE GO

Style These Past Trends With a 2018 Twist

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YOU BETTER WORK

65 Fashion Spread

READY OR NOT

SLEEK IN THE CITY

Tania Sarin Spends a Day at Platform to Shop the Best of Their Boutique Scene

Just Five More Minutes...

Eve European Salon

GET GLAM

Eve European Salon is Bringing a Bit of Europe to LA

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IF THE SHOE FITS

COMUNITY is Making a Change One Step at a Time

COMUNITY 584 Mateo St Los Angeles, CA 90013 www.comunitymade.com

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Poolside With Lillet

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We’ll Take This Summer Drink Poolside

Harrah’s Resort Southern California Covers All Your Vacation Needs

SPRITZ AND SPLASH

ALL FOR FUN, FUN FOR ALL

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Feature

LOS DOS SE CONVERTIRÁN EN UNO - THE TWO BECOME ONE

The LA Timesʻ Food Editor Hopes to Bring Awareness to Some of the City’s Most Pressing Issues

Our Publisher Erik Hale Marries His Longtime Fiancé in a Dream Ceremony in México

90 Insta-Worthy Cocktails

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Get Your Camera Ready for These SoCal Cocktails

Avenue of the Arts

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Cover Story

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HEART CORE

Danny Trejo Serves Up Some Reality With Wisdom and a Smile

100 Bubbles 101

STOP AND SMELL THE ROSÉ

Alive

From White to Rosé, Here Are Your New Favorite Sparkling Wines

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Meals Deconstructed

The Brains Behind Some of the Most Successful SoCal Dealerships is Making Buying a Car Fun Again

GLOBAL TASTE

Santa Monica’s Native Restaurant Takes This Classic Dish to a New Level

THE WHEEL DEAL

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Beer Pairings

Corey and Faven Liuget Talk Parenthood, Living Their Best Life and Preserving Legacy

WISH YOU WERE BEER

These Pairings Are a Match Made in Beer-Lovers’ Heaven

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TOO LIUGET TO QUIT

140 Room Essentials

CONTOUR YOUR CLOSET

After This Re-Do, Your Modern Closet Will Be Your New Favorite Room

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LOCALENDAR 20 LOS ANGELES EVENTS TO SPRING FOR IN 2018 WRITTEN BY: AUBREY FREITAS

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CRUISE THE FATHER’S DAY CAR RIDES

SIP AT LAWINEFEST June 2-3

June 17

¢ The festival that celebrates all things wine serves vinos from all over the world, as well a wide selection of brews to shake things up a bit. The event also features a bunch of boutiques, amazing food and artisan goods to keep yourself occupied while you sip that rosé.

¢ Show your dad that he

is the father of the year by taking him on a ride in three classic cars at the Automobile Driving Museum in El Segundo. Plus, you and dad can enjoy a tasting of several complimentary craft beers offered at the event.

automobiledrivingmuseum. org

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WATCH ˮTHE COLOR PURPLEˮ

SET SAIL ON A FATHER’S DAY CRUISE

¢ Alice Walker’s Pulitzer

¢ Take dad to the Marina del Rey Harbor for some quality time with brunch on the water, complete with unlimited beer and Champagne, a dessert station, live music and more. Book your tickets before the big day!

May 29-June 17

June 17

Prize-winning novelturned-show is back at the Pantages Theatre and offers people the opportunity to experience one of the most moving pieces of literature. Plus, see all of the incredible renovations that have been made to preserve the theater in all of its glory.

www.hornblower.com

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SAY “ARGH!” AT THE PIRATE INVASION June 30-July 1

¢ Featuring sword

fights, a real pirate ship and black powder demos, this event will have stages with live music and DJs, costume contests, food courts and even a Kids’ Zone with treasure hunts, story tellers and rides.

www.alfredosbeachclub.com

FILL UP AT BRUNCHCON LA

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CHEERS AT TASTE OF BREWS August 18

¢ This authentic

craft beer festival is celebrating its eighth anniversary, so if you like beer, hard cider, oceanfront views and great food, then this event is for you! The fun will take place at Lighthouse Park in Long Beach. Book your tickets soon, because they’re limited! www.tasteofbrews.com

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HANG TEN AT THE INTERNATIONAL SURF FESTIVAL August 1-5

¢ Surf’s up! Even if you haven’t quite mastered the sport, you can certainly appreciate the skill and talent of the surfers that will take part in the event. Participants range from 8 years old to 80, and other events include a volleyball tournament, paddleboard races and more! www.surffestival.org

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HULA AT THE PACIFIC ISLANDER FESTIVAL June 2-3

¢ This event offers

a chance for Pacific Islanders to come together to celebrate their diverse culture and introduce it to the greater Long Beach area. The festival will include traditional dances, games, crafts and more! www.aquariumofpacific.org

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PARTY WITH LOCALE June 7

¢ Celebrate the launch of the May Los Angeles issue of LOCALE Magazine at South Bay BMW! Join us from 7 to 9 p.m. to sip on specialty cocktails by LA Speakeasy, nosh on dishes from local favorites Sea Level, Rock & Brews and Kirari West, and jam to live music by Follow MDA. Proceeds from the evening will benefit the Torrance Memorial Foundation. locale-bmw.eventbrite.com

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August 5

¢ All of LA is obsessed with our favorite weekend meal—brunch. And now you can bask in the glory of all of your favorite brunch foods and drinks this summer. Purchase tickets at the website before they sell out and get your brunch on! www.brunchcon.com


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SEE ˮLONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHTˮ

WATCH THE INCREDIBLES 2 AT CINEPOLIS LUXURY CINEMAS

June 8-July 1

¢ This Pulitzer Prize-

June 15

winning play delves into the complexity of the love and hate relationship experienced by all families, and stars Oscar-winning actor Jeremy Irons as well as Olivier award-winner Lesley Manville. Bring the tissues!

¢ The wait is finally over! Celebrate the movie release with your friends and family at the luxurious Cinepolis theater in Westlake Village, where you can order wine for yourself, juice for your kids and gourmet bites for the whole gang at the push of a button from your seat!

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CHOW DOWN AT THE LA TACO AND BEER FESTIVAL

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CELEBRATE ON A FIREWORKS CRUISE

August 18

¢ Geared towards

July 4

supporting and raising funds for homeless youth, this soirée will boast tacos, beer and doing something good for your community, all rolled up in one event. Sign us up!

¢ Head to Long Beach Harbor to celebrate Independence Day on a boat with amazing fireworks surrounded by your family, friends and loved ones. The show will be sure to amaze viewers on America’s beloved patriotic holiday.

www.latacofestival.com

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SPREAD HOPE AT THE FIGHT CANCER FESTIVAL

EXPERIENCE HARRY STYLES

July 28

¢ On the Santa Monica

College football field, the American Cancer Society has partnered with a number of bands, merchants and community members to host a music and food festival to celebrate survivors and help raise money for further research to fight cancer. There will be plenty of food vendors, performances by local musicians and lots of hope to go around. www.eventbrite.com

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July 28

PARTY DURING LA PRIDE WEEK ¢ The annual Pride

Parade will take place in West Hollywood, and it’s going to be one to remember! If you plan on attending, purchase your tickets soon so you can see headliners Kehlani and Tove Lo. www.lapride.org

EAT AT TASTE OF THE NATION ¢ This is a one-day event

that is being held from 12:30 to 4 p.m., so be sure not to miss it! The event showcases wines, brews, mixologists, food, products and more than you can imagine from all over the country. www.10times.com

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SING ALONG TO LUKE BRYAN

SOAK IN THE SUMMER MUSIC SERIES

¢ Catch your favorite

¢ The Summer Music

country singer “Shake It” at Dodger Stadium at the What Makes You Country tour with special guests Sam Hunt, Jon Pardi and Morgan Wallen. www.mlb.com

July 11-August 29

Series is back at The Point in El Segundo! Enjoy free live music every Wednesday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in The Point Plaza, with each week featuring a different genre.

¢ Run, don’t walk to The Forum, because whether you were a One Direction fan or just love great music, Harry Styles will be singing away your stresses. Bonus? You get two opportunities to listen to your favorite British import. www.ticketmaster.com

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NATIVE KNOWLEDGE BY LOCALS FOR LOCALS /// WHERE TO BE MONDAY-SUNDAY

It’s a Brew-tiful Day

“Quintessential #PasadenaSaturday starting with brunch at Magnolia House.”

The Pasadena Mom and Business Owner Walks Us Through Her Caffeine-Fueled Week

EXPERT: Melanie Porter CREDENTIALS: Owner, Lavender & Honey Espresso Bar

MONDAY ¢ I wake up with either a cortado or cold brew before reviewing all weekend business. Then I wind down with The Gladiator Pizza and a glass of red wine from The Luggage Room.

kimchi fried rice at Daisy Mint to finish the day.

TUESDAY ¢ This is typically my day off and mommy-daughter time while my husband writes. [My daughter] Eloise and I go to PlayLab where we burn energy and earn Lark Cake Shop treats—the cold brew icebox is a must!

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www.theluggageroom.com

www.goplaylab.com www.larkcakeshop.com

WEDNESDAY ¢ Early morning coffee— obviously—followed by a Lavender & Honey picnic at the Rose Bowl. Next is storytime at Vroman’s if we can swing it before I start a long night of work.

lavenderandhoneyespresso.com www.vromansbookstore.com

THURSDAY ¢ A later start to the day and a walk to Lavender & Honey for a cappuccino where I check in on the morning crew. I’ll enjoy

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FRIDAY ¢ Ramen at Modan or sushi at Matsuri, then we rent movies at Vidéothèque—one of the few great and remaining video stores.

SATURDAY ¢ Quintessential #PasadenaSaturday starting with brunch at Magnolia House; I go big with a pork belly breakfast sando and a cold brew to power me. Win(e)d down at the best little wine shop, Everson Royce. www.themaghouse.com www.eversonroyce.com

SUNDAY ¢ If you couldn’t already tell, my days generally revolve around my daughter, coffee and wine or beer—in that order. Sunday Fun Day takes us to The Huntington for morning coffee and then to Golden Road Brewing. www.huntington.org www.goldenroad.la

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NATIVE KNOWLEDGE BY LOCALS FOR LOCALS /// WHERE TO BE MONDAY-SUNDAY

Good Habits This #GirlBoss Takes Us Through Her Busy and Fulfilling Week in Los Angeles

EXPERT: Katerina Schneider CREDENTIALS: Founder and CEO, Ritual

MONDAY ¢ On Mondays, I’m fired up to get back to the office with fresh ideas. I love taking new team members on a walk to Destroyer. It’s Jordan Kahn’s minimalist daytime-only spot that feels like eating in the future. destroyer.la

TUESDAY ¢ Tuesday night my husband and I will go on a date night ritual to Crystal Spa, a bathhouse in Koreatown. They use higher-end products than some of the other spas and offer massages and hightech facials. www.crystalspala.com

WEDNESDAY ¢ I try to make dinner for my family a couple times a week. Sometimes I’ll try to get some shopping in early in the morning or late at night. I’m obsessed with Erewhon; it’s the greatest, with everything from macrobiotic ingredients to a world-famous tonic bar. www.erewhonmarket.com

THURSDAY ¢ I’m addicted to hot yoga, and you can find me at Hot 8 in Francesca Asumah’s class, which is so packed it usually

has a line out the door. She might be one of the greatest teachers in LA. www.hot8yoga.com

FRIDAY ¢ I love to treat myself to a manicure and a hot stone foot massage at Côte in Brentwood. They have their own line of beautiful nail polishes that are safer, nontoxic and cruelty-free. www.coteshop.co

SATURDAY ¢ Sqirl has the best brunch in LA. On Saturdays, you have to get there incredibly early and opt for a Sorrel Pesto Rice Bowl and a matcha latte. Nothing is better.

“On Mondays, I’m fired up to get back to the office with fresh ideas.”

www.sqirlla.com

SUNDAY ¢ Sunday is my favorite day of the week. We have a family ritual of going to the Beverly Hills Farmers’ Market. We pick up Lodge Bread, fresh-made pasta, Dave’s Gourmet Korean tempeh and lots of veggies to make for dinner that night. We bike there and have lunch at Café Gratitude afterward. www.beverlyhills.org/ farmersmarket www.cafegratitude.com

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Hey, Mr. DJ! This Angeleno Says Korean Food and Electro Music Gets Him Through the Week

“If you’re an electronic music nerd like me, make a trip out to Burbank to check out Perfect Circuit Audio.”

EXPERT: Lincoln Jesser CREDENTIALS: DJ, Producer and Composer

MONDAY ¢ Love starting my week with an iced coffee and a breakfast burrito at Millie’s Cafe in Silverlake. I used to live around the corner, and even now that I’ve moved, I can’t kick the craving. Amazing menu and low-key vibe. www.milliescafela.com

TUESDAY ¢ BoxUnion is my favorite workout. You get your own heavy bag in a dark room with blaring music and awesome instructors who lead you through 45 minutes of shadow boxing, HIIT and conditioning. It’s right next to the Santa Monica boardwalk, so I’ll often walk straight into the ocean after class. www.boxunion.com

WEDNESDAY ¢ The whole Melrose strip is a great place to kick it, but I specifically like going to Wasteland to search for cool vintage gear, especially t-shirts and sunglasses. www.shopwasteland.com

THURSDAY ¢ If you’re an electronic music nerd like me, make a trip out to Burbank to check out Perfect Circuit Audio. It’s basically a showroom where you can play

around with high-end boutique synthesizers and drum machines. I can spend three hours in there, easily. www.perfectcircuitaudio.com

FRIDAY ¢ In West LA, Sawtelle Boulevard is home to some awesome Japanese and Korean restaurants and markets. I love Seoul House of Tofu. Get some bibimbap then check out the Japanese toy store next door. www.seoulhouseoftofu.com

SATURDAY ¢ DTLA has grown up a lot since I first moved out to LA. Hauser & Wirth is a dope art gallery where you can check out different exhibitions, typically for free. Great area to just walk around and enjoy a nice LA day, too. www.hauserwirthlosangeles.com

SUNDAY ¢ I wouldn’t be a respectable Angeleno if I didn’t hike, right? There’s a ton of different trails to cruise in the Palisades, and then afterward I’ll grab a bite to eat at Cafe Vida. They have great breakfast quesadillas and brown rice pancakes that will leave you feeling satisfied and holier-than-thou at the same damn time. www.cafevida.net

Photoshoot Location: WASTELAND 7428 Melrose Ave Los Angeles, CA 90046 323.653.6297 www.shopwasteland.com LINCOLN JESSER www.lincolnjesser.com www.soundcloud.com/lincolnjesser @lincolnjesser

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Veggie Tales From Vegan Ramen to Cruelty-Free Beauty Products, This Local Loves Her Hood

EXPERT: Katie Bogue Miller CREDENTIALS: Co-Founder, LOVE GOODLY

MONDAY ¢ Zinc Cafe is a block from our LOVE GOODLY office in DTLA and it seems kind of like our second office. We do a lot of lunch meetings here with potential investors and partners. The menu is vegetarian, but a lot can be made vegan for me, which is important as I have been [vegan] for 25 years! www.zinccafe.com

TUESDAY ¢ Late afternoon hike at Griffith Park with my two kids. It’s so magical to hike by the Hollywood Sign and the beautiful Griffith Observatory. This trail seems more local and is less busy than Runyon Canyon in Hollywood. www.griffithobservatory.org

WEDNESDAY ¢ I’ll go shopping and get all my beauty [products] from LOVE GOODLY; all nontoxic and cruelty-free. Then I’ll head to Reformation on Melrose—the sexiest, most feminine dresses that are all sustainably made. Plus, their new jeans are zero waste—it's about time! www.lovegoodly.com www.thereformation.com

THURSDAY ¢ I eat at Ramen Hood

LOVE GOODLY 1308 Factory Pl, Ste 309 Los Angeles, CA 90013 844.466.3593 www.lovegoodly.com

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DTLA—I love the energy in Grand Central Market and it is so exciting to finally find a vegan ramen spot. They even have an ‘egg’ in the soup and it looks real! It’s fun to grab a beer or bottle of wine in the market and sit with it here. www.ramenhoodla.com www.grandcentralmarket.com

FRIDAY ¢ It’s date night at Botanica in Silverlake. Being connected to the owners through my husband, we are always happy to dine here. [Everything] is Instagram-ready and is super healthy and very good with vegan options.

“Menu is vegetarian, but a lot can be made vegan for me, which is important as I have been [vegan] for 25 years!”

www.botanicarestaurant.com

SATURDAY ¢ I go to Huntington Library in Pasadena. It’s so beautiful, and kid friendly! My kids run nonstop through the gardens for hours and when I have the chance to go alone, it is an amazing meditation sanctuary. www.huntington.org

SUNDAY ¢ Two words: Hot. Yoga. It's a little like fitness boot camp and it is kind of addicting. It is so worth it for your mind and body. I can't recommend it enough! www.tantris.com

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“I started my blog and Instagram account because I needed a creative outlet for myself that focused on my love of personal writing and my admiration for photography.” —STEPHANIE LIU HJELMESETH

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TIPS TO BEING A FASHION BLOGGER 1.

Have a clearly defined, consistent aesthetic and style.

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Learn how to use your camera and editing programs like a professional.

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Don’t be afraid of “no.” It usually means “no, not right now.”

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Connect with your audience by engaging with questions, thoughts, etc. Majority of people follow for your unique personality, so show it off!

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3 OF STEPHANIE’S FAVORITE INSTAGRAM ACCOUNTS

“My style is romantic and effortless. I’m a collector of dresses and vintage pieces that have a special story or thoughtful detail that you don’t often see.”

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—STEPHANIE LIU HJELMESETH

“I love all three of these accounts because they are each their own visual artist, using different tools like photoshop and text to create a captivating story unique to their style.” @luciazolea @siduations @sarahbahbah

You don't have to start blogging with an advanced website and a $2,000 camera—start with your unique voice and content and the audience will come.

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EXPERTS These Stylish Men are Giving us Serious Outfit Envy

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SHOPPE GUIDE Our Favorite Trends With a Modern Take

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EVE EUROPEAN SALON Get Glam, European-Style

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PROFILE The “Queer Eye” Star Gets Real

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FASHION SPREAD Get Ready With These Fresh Looks

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HUMANITARIAN PROFILE Shoes for the Greater Good

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THAT'S WHAT SHE SAID The Best Boutiques in Platform

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GENERAL ADMISSION 52 Brooks Ave Venice, CA 90291 310.399.1051 www.generaladmission.us PHOTO BY: Matthew Misisco

EXPERTS Fashion’s For the Boys These Men Know Style

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WRITTEN BY: KIERSTEN MORRIS AND CHARLOTTE FARRELL • PHOTOGRAPHED BY: MATTHEW MISISCO

Let us introduce you to seven gentlemen that we believe are the epitome of curated style. They all have impeccable yet very distinctive takes on what fashion means to them, with looks ranging from urban edgy to high-end and polished. And whether it’s a watch, a hat, a ring or a pocket square, each signature twist comes together to show off a look that will set them apart from the rest.

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John Terzian “[My watch] is the yellowgold Daytona. The one item I have always loved is watches, so I promised myself that whenever we had a big moment, my only purchase for myself would be [this] watch.” “I like classic and simple looks often more on the formal attire mixed with some casual.”

THE H.WOOD GROUP 9229 Sunset Blvd, Ste 305 West Hollywood, CA 90069 310.274.7500 www.hwoodgroup.com Photoshoot Location: PETITE TAQUERIA 755 N La Cienega Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90069 310.855.7223 www.petitetaqueria.com

Brian Toll “[My watch] is a Rolex rosegold Daytona and it’s a watch I always loved and purchased a few years ago.” “Personal style is 100 percent a direct reflection of someone’s personality. I’m an LA native and a pretty laid back guy. Safe to say my style says a lot about who I am.”

EXPERTS:

Brian Toll & John Terzian

BEST BUDS Ò Brian and John really got to know each other at USC. They started working together when they opened a club called LAX in Hollywood in 2005.

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C R E D E N T I A L S : C O - F O U N D E R S , T H E H .W O O D G R O U P COPA, COPACABANA Ò One of the first jobs that John tried to get was as a cabana boy at The Beverly Hills Hotel. He was rejected for "not having experience."

NATIVE KNOWLEDGE Ò Brian’s favorite places to shop are rag & bone, James Perse and A.P.C., whereas John leaves the shopping to his fashion stylist wife.


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“The black leather shoes go with the black leather strap on the watch and the black belt. To finish it off, the multicolor socks add a pop while working with the colors of the pocket square and shirt.” “I would describe my personal style as elegant, unique, on point, colorful, classy, coordinated and dapper.”

THE HIGHLAND RESIDENCES 1411 N Highland Ave Los Angeles, CA 90028 844.432.0166 www.thehighlandapts.com

“My favorite accessories are watches; I can’t leave without them. My love for them is so great that sometimes I wear two different watches on the same day.” “The blue pocket square complements and ties with the color of the shirt.”

PIN. SCROLL. LIKE. REPEAT. Ò He draws inspiration from different style boards on Pinterest.

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EXPERT:

Juan Carlos Batalla CREDENTIALS: COMMUNITY MANAGER, THE HIGHLAND RESIDENCES

POPPIN’ TAGS Ò Some of the brands that Juan Carlos loves and wore at the shoot are Zara, Cole Hann, Penguin, Torgoen Swiss and Gordon Rush

NATIVE KNOWLEDGE Ò Here are a few local spots close to The Highland Residences: Trejo’s Coffee & Donuts, SugarFish, The Hollywood Bowl, Grauman's Chinese Theatre, ArcLight Cinemas, Fat Sal’s, Gwen Butcher & Restaurant


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“The watch I was wearing was from Audemars Piguet, which I love. I think a watch can really complement any outfit and it brought the look together.” “I am a big fan of jackets. Casual, formal or artistic, I think a jacket can push an outfit over the edge and make it go from something that looks good to an outfit that really stands out. I have a pretty wide range of jackets in my closet that I love to pair with different looks.”

SEBASTIAN LLETGET @theylovedaboy Photoshoot Location: STUBHUB CENTER 18400 S Avalon Blvd Carson, CA 90746 310.630.2000 www.lagalaxy.com

“Zara just has so many options of classy and urban sort of style, so it's easy to mix and match with this particular brand; that's why l love it so much.“ “I have been exposed to so many different types of fashion, styles and cultures that I feel like I am able to blend those together and that’s what helps me create my unique personal style.”

HERE, THERE AND EVERYWHERE Ò Sebastian is from NorCal, his parents are from Argentina, and he has spent time in numerous places throughout the world.

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EXPERT:

Sebastian Lletget CREDENTIALS: MIDFIELDER, LA GALAXY

LIKE FOR LIKE Ò Follow Sebastian on Instagram— @theylovedaboy—to see more stylin’ outfits and #relationshipgoals with his girlfriend Becky G.

NATIVE KNOWLEDGE Ò Want to see Sebastian in action? Buy season passes, which offer benefits like 35 percent off the regular ticket price and 20 percent off at the LA Galaxy team store.


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PERKENS BIEN AIMÉ www.garconalamode.com @perkensbienaime Photoshoot Location: LOS ANGELES, CA

“I prefer larger frames when it comes to glasses; I like a more bold and stylish vibe. This pair of Tom Ford’s was one of the few sunglasses that fit perfectly, so I turned them into readers and wear them everyday.” “I chose to wear a turtleneck because it was a gloomy day. Being at home, I like to keep my windows open and let the air in. A turtleneck is cozy enough to keep me warm without having to layer.”

“[I] wore my new favorite green, micro-houndstooth, pleated pants to add a bit of texture and black wingtip bluchers. This look is effortless yet sophisticated, which pretty much describes my style.” “My dad passed away when I was very young. I don’t remember much about him, but one thing I remember is that he had an all-gold, square-faced, vintage watch that I loved. I'm still looking for the perfect one, but in the meantime, this classic Casio does the trick.”

ICONIC Ò Perkens draws inspiration from style icons like Michael Jackson, Prince, Miles Davis and James Brown.

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EXPERT:

Perkens Bien Aimé CREDENTIALS: MENSWEAR INFLUENCER, STYLE EXPERT AND GQ INSIDER

ALL ABOUT THE DETAILS Ò His blog is full of style, travel and skincare tips. For example, some of his go-to skincare brands are Kiehl's and Chanel.

NATIVE KNOWLEDGE Ò He prefers shopping online. “You get more options and better deals [in] the comfort of your home,” he said. His go-to sites are SSENSE, Barneys Warehouse and Mr. Porter.


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“I also [have] on the ‘Sean Wotherspoon’ Air Max...he personally gave them to me as a gift to wear before they released. He’s a great dude.” “I wear a lot of vintage jeans; mostly light blue [and] more on the baggy side or a straight cut.”

CYRIL “C ROY” PALMER www.soundcloud.com/ cyril-roy-palmer @watchyoudie

“I think I’ve had it for about seven years now. It’s a vintage Lakers letterman jacket, back when Kobe was running things. It reminds me of an era that I will never forget, when the Lakers did their three-peat. Good times.” “Vintage Magic Johnson jersey from my sister a while back, which means a lot to me because she gave it to me while she was a Laker girl.”

HE WANTS TO MOVE Ò Cyril’s style icon is Pharrell Williams circa 2005, and he also finds inspiration from early 2000s hip hop couture.

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Photoshoot Location: ARCANA: BOOKS ON THE ARTS 8675 Washington Blvd Culver City, CA 90232 310.458.1499 www.arcanabooks.com

EXPERT:

Cyril “C Roy” Palmer C R E D E N T I A L S : S K AT E B O A R D E R A N D R A P P E R

LEGACY Ò Cyril is named after his grandfather, Earl Cyril Palmer, who was a famous drummer in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. “I have to, now represent and hold it down for him,” he said.

NATIVE KNOWLEDGE Ò Check out @iloveyoudadlyd for some of Cyril’s skaterfriendly swag.


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“The shades are from a local brand Garrett Leight. His dad started Oliver Peoples and he's created the most insane California-inspired eyewear brand. We sell them at the store and we're all big fans.” “The shoes are a classic pair of Vans. Not the ones you can get anywhere though; [they’re] the vault edition, so slightly more premium and comfortable. I got them at our store.”

“The hat is from our brand’s creative director’s brand, Brain Dead. It's an art/musicinspired brand that has a huge following and definitely sits above the pack in the streetwear world.” “Cast Of Vices is our go-to jewelry brand. On any day of the week you'll see their designer/founder in the surf in Venice. He takes what we'd conceive as cheap goods and puts a luxury spin on them through various mediums. I'm wearing the cracked signet and gold zip tie.”

GENERAL ADMISSION 52 Brooks Ave Venice, CA 90291 310.399.1051 www.generaladmission.us

Damien Fahrenfort

LOW-KEY COOL Ò General Admission carries some underground brands that you won’t find at the average department store. Think Born x Raised, Mister Green and Soulland, to name a few.

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EXPERT:

CREDENTIALS: CO-FOUNDER, GENERAL ADMISSION LOCAL IMPORT Ò Damien hails from Cape Town, South Africa.

NATIVE KNOWLEDGE Ò They aren’t just about having a stylish wardrobe. General Admission also sells some killer home goods that will upgrade your living situation.


1970s Look - All Apparel Provided By: Maven | Earrings & Rings Provided By: Flashback Recycled Fashion | Antik Batik Handbag Provided By: elizabeth&prince | Marc Jacobs Shoes Provided By: REVOLVE

Year 1970s

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WRITTEN BY: PRISCILLA THOMAS-NAKANE • PHOTOGRAPHED BY: SAMMY ZARGARAN STYLED BY: BEBE JEAN AND JANELLE AREOLA • HAIR & MAKEUP BY: JENNIFER MAU MODELS: DANIELLE CIPOLLO AND ALLISON VAUGHN OF BRAND MODEL & TALENT, www.brandtalent.net

They say fashion evolves in cycles; everything old is new again, and what goes around, comes back around. In 2018, many of the “best ofs” from the past decades are making an appearance once again, but with a fresh new spin that’s relevant and now. With the bright colors of the ‘70s, edginess of the ‘80s, everything plaid from the ‘90s and let us not forget the early 2000s with pops of bubblegum colors and bare midriffs à la Britney Spears. Today’s twist on decade couture will give you life this fashion season, and we’ve got the 411 on how to put these looks together.

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Get This Look Delfi Collective Mara Dress $350 elizabeth&prince, elizabethandprince.com

Petit Alistair Bag Clare V., $345

Kiki Heel

Tony Bianco, $122 REVOLVE, revolve.com

GET THE ‘70S VIBE WITH THESE FAR OUT LOOKS

XL Classic Hoops

$70 Maven, mavensd.com

Retro looks from the disco era are back with a hint of Boho-chic. Stylish slinky kaftans, worn belted with abstract colors, corduroy mini-skirts, jumpsuits, chunky heel booties and geometric-shaped accessories are looks you can find at boutiques like Elizabeth & Prince.

White Oval Sunglasses and Statement Rings Flashback Recycled Fashion

1970s

The Love Tempo Sunglasses

QUOTABLE FILMS

Crap Eyewear, $62 Ban.do, bando.com

1. “Tell me about it, stud.” - Grease

Astrid Knotted Tassel Earrings Vanessa Mooney, $40 REVOLVE, revolve.com

2. “You’re gonna need a bigger boat.” - Jaws

Soundtrack TO THE ‘70S

3. “I got the golden ticket.” - Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

1. “I Want You Back” by The Jackson 5

4. “Yo Adrian, I did it.” - Rocky

2. “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Diana Ross

18K Gold Teardrop Earrings

IPPOLITA, $1,095 Bloomingdale’s, bloomingdales.com

5. “Leave the gun. Take the cannoli.” -The Godfather

$95 Ban.do, bando.com

5. “Stayin’ Alive” by Bee Gees

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EXPERT: Jeff Hafler CREDENTIALS: Owner, Beauty Bubble Salon and Museum

Katz Sunburst Pleat Mid Length Skirt

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Layers are key for getting the feathered-hair look of the ‘70s. Ask for the “Gypsy Shag;” it was the go-to cut for the [decade]. Camilla Calf Hair & Leather Platform Sandals

Tory Burch, $358 Bloomingdale’s, bloomingdales.com

BEAUTY BUBBLE SALON AND MUSEUM 61855 Twentynine Palms Hwy, Joshua Tree, CA 92252 760.366.9000


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Get This Look Belt Blazer

OFF-WHITE, $1,745

Handbag

OFF-WHITE, $1,140

Vedette Booties

Jeffrey Campbell, $220

Geometric Hoops

LARUICCI, $132 REVOLVE, revolve.com

Arora Ring

STAND OUT WITH THESE TOTALLY ROCKIN’ ENSEMBLES

Wolf Circus, $120

Magnes Ring

Wolf Circus, $105 Maven, mavensd.com

1980s looks are all about bold and bright! Bright colors, bold shoulders and boy-cut blazers. Make this “new wave” of ‘80s-style fashion work for you with vibrant colors, leather pants, rocker tees and a fitted silhouette. Find the pieces you need for edgy ‘80s glam at retailers like REVOLVE, where all the top trends are right at your fingertips.

Boyfriend Belt

Rag & Bone, $160 Nordstrom, www.nordstrom.com

Rock ‘N’ Roll Songs of the ‘80s

‘80s Slang

1. “Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey

1. Tubular

2. “Livin’ on a Prayer” by Bon Jovi

2. Gnarly

3. “Pour Some Sugar on Me” by Def Leppard

4. Grody to the Max

4. “Sweet Child O’ Mine” by Guns N’ Roses

5. Take a Chill Pill

5. “Here I Go Again” by Whitesnake

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Babaton, $195 Aritzia, aritzia.com

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Arie Threader Earrings

BaubleBar, $28 Nordstrom, nordstrom.com

Rain Booties

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Half Moon Faux Leather Crossbody Bag Street Level, $68 Nordstrom, nordstrom.com

EXPERT: Joseph Henry CREDENTIALS: Hair Stylist, Salon Kazumi

A lot of ‘80s hairstyles are already back again. I think it’s highly due to going back to our hair roots! Embracing our natural side and natural hair textures. SALON KAZUMI 9725 S Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210 818.359.9635 | www.josephhenryhair.com


Get This Look Karma Earrings

Eight by Gjenmi Jewelry, $57

Guns N’ Roses Tee Daydreamer, $64

Fuego Flare Leather Pants EAVES, $498

Kendall Heel

Tony Bianco, $147

Handbag

OFF-WHITE, $935 REVOLVE, revolve.com

Arora Ring

Wolf Circus, $120

Magnes Ring

Wolf Circus, $105 Maven, mavensd.com

So Extra OVER-THETOP ‘80S TRENDS 1. Shoulder pads 2. Fishnets 3. Excessive hairspray 4. Leg warmers

Balfern Leather Biker Jacket ALLSAINTS, $498 Nordstrom, nordstrom.com

Celeb Inspo 1. Madonna 2. Sarah Jessica Parker 3. Grace Jones 4. Molly Ringwald

Micro Beyeren Backpack Auxiliary, $99.99 Aritzia, aritzia.com

Premium Kick Flare Crop Leather Pants Topshop, $209.99 Nordstrom, nordstrom.com

Arizona Graphic Tee

Topshop x Tee & Cake, $45 Nordstrom, nordstrom.com

Landen Ankle Strap Sandal Steve Madden, $89.95 Nordstrom, nordstrom.com

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Get This Look Wool-Blend Cabby Hat

$17.90 Forever21, forever21.com

Pearlina Earrings Jennifer Behr, $128

Round Metal Ray-Ban, $153

Cobra Pant

I.AM.GIA, $120

Empire Chain Link Sneaker

TAKE A CHILL PILL AND CHECK OUT THESE ‘90S LOOKS

Marc Jacobs REVOLVE, revolve.com

Choker Necklace

Fashion from the ‘90s is all about mixed plaids, bold colors and rad hats. Think comfortable pieces that are functional for layering, like oversized sweaters, flower-print mini dresses, plaid skirts, full-coverage jeans, half shirts and denim jackets. Mixing textures and prints were big in the ‘90s and shops like A’maree’s have a great selection of authentic-looking throwback threads with today’s luxe and modern feel.

Flashbacks Recycled Fashion

Denim Jacket

Lucien Pellat-Finet A'maree’s, amarees.com

Magnes Ring

Wolf Circus, $105

Arora Ring

Wolf Circus, $120 Maven, mavensd.com

Mila Coral Handbag $542 Salar Milano, salar.it

Emmy Wool Cap

Hat Attack, $55 REVOLVE, revolve.com

Top Tech 1. Power Wheels Barbie Jammin’ Jeep Wrangler 2. Girl Tech Password Journal

501 Skinny

3. Tamagotchi

Levi’s, $118 Aritzia, aritzia.com

2. “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” 3. “Seinfeld” 4. “The Simpsons”

Glow Two Tone Mule

Topshop, $120 Nordstrom, nordstrom.com

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5. “Rocko’s Modern Life”

W E’ R E

EXPERT: Alli Hayes CREDENTIALS: Owner, Waylon Salon & Boutique

For the “Rachel” look, find a great hairstylist who is familiar with long and short layered cuts. WAYLON SALON & BOUTIQUE 5726 La Jolla Blvd, Ste 105, San Diego, CA 92037 858.230.7992 | www.waylonsalon.com

Photos - Alli Hayes/Waylon Salon & Boutique: Kambria Fischer

1. “Friends”

IR F O YOU

Topshop, $135 Nordstrom, nordstrom.com

1990s TV SHOWS

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Get This Look Ane Blouse $65

Bralette

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Magnes Ring

Wolf Circus, $105

Arora Ring

Wolf Circus, $120 Maven, mavensd.com

Giselle A-Line Ruffle Skirt

RESTOCK YOUR CLOSET WITH THESE ESSENTIALS, FO SHIZZLE

Grlfrnd, $168

Bibi Heel

Raye, $158 REVOLVE, revolve.com

Though not too long ago, the early 2000s were a fashionista’s playground. So many pop culture looks came out of Y2K—Juicy Couture velour tracksuits, Uggs, cotton candy-colored pieces that bared a midriff and distressed denim on denim on denim. Today, instead of the velour Juicy tracksuits, opt for a trendy sheer top like this one from Maven, with a denim skirt that still screams “hip.”

Laruicci Beautiful Ones Earring

$125 LARUICCI, laruicci.myshopify.com

Mini Hana Studded Leather Crossbody Bag See By Chloé, $320 Neiman Marcus Beverly Hills, chloe.com

Yikes! 4 TRENDS WE DON’T WANT TO COME BACK 1. Ed Hardy Shirts

Metal Yarn Cowl Camisole

FROM THE PAST PLAYLIST

Spray Studded Denim Skirt Topshop, $68 Nordstrom, nordstrom.com

3. “Say My Name” by Destiny’s Child 4. “Bye, Bye, Bye” by ‘N Sync

Chain Drop Earrings

Topshop, $30 Nordstrom, nordstrom.com

Arianna Heel

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5. “Thong Song” by Sisqo 6. “Livin’ La Vida Loca” by Ricky Martin

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4. Scarves Around Waist

1. “Oops! . . . I Did It Again” by Britney Spears 2. “Hot In Herre” by Nelly

Le Specs x Adam Selman, $119 REVOLVE, revolve.com

3. Trucker Hats

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by the way., $92 REVOLVE, revolve.com

2. Studded Belts

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EXPERT: Cerissa Nevins CREDENTIALS: Owner and Hair Stylist, Salt Hair Lounge

Instead of the old-school butterfly or plastic claw clips from the early 2000s, try gold and silver hair jewelry like hoops or simple metal pins. SALT HAIR LOUNGE 410 Main St, Ste 104, Huntington Beach, CA 92648 714.465.9037 | www.salthairlounge.com


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THE WAY WE WORE

WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND

DECADES

334 S La Brea Ave Los Angeles, CA 90036 323.937.0878 www.thewaywewore.com

9520 Brighton Way Beverly Hills, CA 90210 310.858.0250 www.whatgoesaroundnyc.com

8214 Melrose Ave Los Angeles, CA 90046 323.655.1960 www.decadesinc.com

SWELLEGANT VINTAGE CLOTHING

ELSEWHERE VINTAGE

FLASHBACKS

3409 Newport Blvd Newport Beach, CA 92663 949. 673.3604 www.swellegantvintageclothing.com

105 W Chapman Ave Orange, CA 92866 714.771.2116

3849 Fifth Ave San Diego, CA 92103 619.291.4200

HUNT & GATHER

REVIVALS STORES

FUNKY AND DARN NEAR NEW

2871 University Ave San Diego, CA 92104 619.297.3040 www.huntandgathershop.com

611 S Palm Canyon Dr Palm Springs, CA 92264 760.318.6491 www.revivalsstores.com

55812 Twentynine Palms Hwy Yucca Valley, CA 92284 760.449.7717 www.funkydarnnearnew.com

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A one-stop shop for hair, skin, nails and lashes, Eve European Salon takes hospitality seriously.

Get Glam EVE EUROPEAN SALON IS BRINGING A BIT OF EUROPE TO LA WRITTEN BY: JODY MILLER PHOTOGRAPHED BY: MATTIA CAZZOLA

Ksenia Eve Oster-Miller Sorgenstein grew up surrounded by beauty. As a child, she cultivated her talent and love of the arts, studying music and fine art. As she blossomed into a concert pianist, her admiration for harmony and proportion deepened, however she experienced a serious dilemma. The hands that played such heavenly music were not allowed to wear colorful polish or grow to the length she desired. Unwilling to compromise her love for aesthetics and harmony, she opened her first salon in Italy in 2003. “Beauty is a form of art that allows each of us to express our idea of perfection,” Oster-Miller Sorgenstein said. The salon’s success motivated her further, and she took her philosophy of beauty to Santa Monica, where she opened Eve European Salon.

As a child, she cultivated her talent and love of the arts, studying music and fine art.

A one-stop shop for hair, skin, nails and lashes, Eve European Salon takes hospitality seriously. From the moment you step inside, Oster-Miller Sorgenstein and her staff make sure every client feels welcome and a part of the family. Soothing jazz music and complimentary beverages,

including wine and mimosas, are only the beginning. All hair services include a blissful scalp massage with essential oils to reduce stress and anxiety, relieve tension headaches and stimulate circulation. This is followed by a nourishing mask to leave hair in tip-top shape. What really sets Eve European Salon apart is their unique and exceptional imported products and services. According to Oster-Miller Sorgenstein, the European ThermoCut Treatment brings in clients from near and far. A remarkable cure for split ends, the heated blades trap moisture and protect the hair from external damage. Clients will see incredible growth, volume, shine and strength. And because OsterMiller Sorgenstein travels abroad frequently, she is able to bring back the best trending products, like the Keratin Nutrition from Roby Nails Milano. A big hit with customers, it is applied daily to natural nails to promote healing and fast growth. Oster-Miller Sorgenstein and her staff are waiting to see you soon to spoil you from head to toe!

Oh You Fancy • The drinks at Eve European Salon are served on fine china and stemware, of course! Around the World • Ksenia traveled the world to learn European hair, skin and nail techniques. Native Knowledge • Make your appointment and get updates and special offers with Eve European Salon’s smartphone app. 58 LOCALE MAGAZINE

EVE EUROPEAN SALON 318 Wilshire Blvd Santa Monica, CA 90401 310.393.5466 www.evesalon.com


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WORK JONATHAN VAN NESS TALKS NETFLIX, HAIR AND EVERYTHING CUTE

WRITTEN BY: CHELSEA RAINERI /// PHOTOGRAPHED BY: WIL COHEN

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“ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS SO IT’S YOUR WAY OF SHOWING UP FOR YOURSELF, EVEN IF IT’S A SMALL AMOUNT OF TIME. AND I THINK THAT THAT LITTLE COMMITMENT CAN POSITIVELY CHARGE YOUR DAY.” —JONATHAN VAN NESS

JONATHAN VAN NESS www.jonathanvanness.com @jvn Photoshoot Location: SHADE HOTEL REDONDO BEACH 655 N Harbor Dr Redondo Beach, CA 90277 310.921.8940 www.rb.shadehotel.com

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SHOPPE Netflix and Chill After a long day of doing hair, Jonathan enjoys Postmates and hanging with his cats on Saturday nights. #GOT (From left to right) Bobby Berk, Karamo Brown, Antoni Porowski, Jonathan Van Ness, Tan France

Jonathan most identifies with Arya from ˮGame of Thrones.ˮ

FROM HANGING WITH CELEBRITIES LIKE EMMA STONE TO HIS PODCAST TOPPING THE CHARTS, HE HAS BECOME THE PERSON MILLIONS OF NETFLIX VIEWERS LONG TO BE BESTIES WITH.

Meeting Jonathan, it’s hard to believe that someone so comfortable with his femininity grew up in a small town in Illinois where he was one of the only openly gay kids. In an episode on his podcast, he referred to the way he was treated as “tormented,” and that bullied really didn’t cover the extent of it. Despite the challenges he faced, he pushed through, stayed true to himself and became the amazing person you’ve seen using a blow dryer to get some wind in his locks for a photo. “I’m grateful for going through what I went through because it made me a very resourceful, funny, quick-witted person. It was tough, but I think that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger,” he said, nodding his head. For kids growing up in a similar situation, Jonathan advises, “to remember that everything is impermanent, it won’t last forever and you will get out.”

When the new “Queer Eye” series came out, I was ecstatic. If you’re anything like me, you immediately fell in love with the longhaired, spirited grooming expert who “hunny-ed” his way through the show and gave life advice that brought a tear, or several, to your eye. Jonathan Van Ness, the man behind the stylists’ chair on the reboot, has blown up overnight. From hanging with celebrities like Emma Stone to his podcast topping the charts, he has become the person millions of Netflix viewers long to be besties with. I had the pleasure of meeting my newfound celeb crush where we talked about “Game of Thrones,” all things hair and new ways to use the word “cute.” 62 LOCALE MAGAZINE

Top 3 Grooming Tips 1. Don't rush. 2. Don't be impulsive. 3. Treat yourself.

And get out he did! Having always had an interest in styling hair, Jonathan completed school before making his way down to Arizona where he pursued his career. But he didn’t stay put for long—in 2009 he decided to move to California. “I felt like I wasn’t really learning so much straight out of hair school and then [working for myself]. So coming to California...felt like the next natural step,” he explained. Jonathan found a job working at a salon, and a few years later in 2013, he made his big break while doing his friend’s hair, an employee of Funnyordie.com. He began recapping “Game of Thrones” in a way only Jonathan can when the idea for “Gay of Thrones” was born. “I thought she meant something [where] we would like selfie on the phone. I didn’t realize she meant such a proper thing,” he said with wide eyes. The hilarious, Emmy-nominated web-show features guests who sit in Jonathan’s chair while they recap the show like you’ve never heard before, giving each character a nickname like Christina Aguilera for Khaleesi and Baby Kill Bill for Arya. Although he’s not quite sure who we’ll see in his chair for the final season, Jonathan hopes to have Vintage Mia Farrow, aka Cersei, help recap season nine. Jonathan’s unique perspective can also be enjoyed on his podcast, “Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness,” which, at the time of our interview, was ranked second among the top trending podcasts on iTunes. From discussing interior design trends to the bail system, Jonathan approaches each episode with honesty and genuine curiosity as he asks the expert on the show questions about the topic, making sure nothing remains unclear. “I’m not afraid to sound stupid. I think that you have to ask

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questions if you don’t know [the answer], even if you’re afraid that it might be basic,” he smiled. Although Jonathan’s been successful in every field he’s entered, “Queer Eye” is what really brought him into the spotlight and all over your Instagram feed. But landing the spot was no easy feat. “It was like cheerleading tryouts from hell,” he joked. After several rounds of auditions, he was finally called back with around 80 people to come to LA for a group audition. “It was a really interesting energy because everyone was there to make the best show and get the best chemistry that there could be. Everyone wanted the show to be successful,” he said. “But it was stressful because obviously everyone wanted to get that job.”

“I’M NOT AFRAID TO SOUND STUPID. I THINK THAT YOU HAVE TO ASK QUESTIONS IF YOU DON’T KNOW [THE ANSWER], EVEN IF YOU’RE AFRAID THAT IT MIGHT BE BASIC.“ —JONATHAN VAN NESS

Fortunately, Jonathan landed the part, assisting the show's subjects in creating a selfcare routine by giving them the tools they need to step out of their comfort zone. “Actions speak louder than words so it’s your way of showing up for yourself, even if it’s a small amount of time. And I think that that little commitment can positively charge your day,” he said. With the second season of “Queer Eye,” the final season of “Gay of Thrones” and more curiousness on his podcast to come, we can’t wait to see what the future has in store for this Netflix sensation with the good hair. LOCALE MAGAZINE 63


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IF THE SHOE FITS COMUNITY IS MAKING A CHANGE ONE STEP AT A TIME WRITTEN BY: DAMON GONZALEZ PHOTOGRAPHED BY: MATTHEW MISISCO

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• In the future, Sean would like to see COMUNITY grow beyond LA. “Pods in other US cities like Philadelphia, Detroit and San Francisco or even Italy. Any areas in need of giving,” he said. PERFECT FIT • Check online for how to find your size in COMUNITY shoes. With a natural mold to your foot, the shoes will stretch out a bit over time. NATIVE KNOWLEDGE • It’s important to take care of your shoes. COMUNITY has a page on their site with instructions on how to keep your shoes looking pristine.

While it may be more cost effective to start a footwear company with shoes mass produced overseas, the cofounders of COMUNITY, Sean and Shannon Scott, alongside fellow co-owner and business partner Ryan Gumienny, had something else in mind—and in their hearts. Having worked at major global brands like TOMS, Vans and ASICS, each collectively has years of experience in footwear, design and marketing and they wanted to create something more than just shoes; a movement, so to speak. Putting “people before profits” and “changing perspectives from me to we” is the mantra they lead with.

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Nestled on the outer edges of the Arts District, you will find COMUNITY, a unique and interactive premium-footwear company that’s connecting, inspiring and collaborating with its neighbors, local artists, leather makers and customers. “Our customer cares about quality versus quantity. Goods that are handcrafted and locally-made. Our designs reflect the lifestyle of the area,” Chief Creative Genius, Gumienny said. Take a seat in one of the large sofas, pull out a materials book and create your own custom-designed shoe that is not only well-made but stylish and comfortable. Your trend-setting purchase will support local charities; fashion’s way of paying it forward. Their collection of unisex shoes are made out of high-quality materials like Italian leather. Can’t make it to the showroom? 74 LOCALE MAGAZINE

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Shop online to create your custom pair of Mateos, a popular pair named after the street they call home. “I recently wore a pair of Mateos to a wedding. You can wear them with yoga pants too,” Gumienny said. For every pair of shoes sold, COMUNITY donates $10 to locally-curated organizations like Street Poets, The People Concern and Youth Mentoring Connection. “Our products fuel our goal of creating change. We connect our customers with the charities and encourage them to participate as well. Participation is the best form of giving,” Sean explained. COMUNITY not only serves as a showroom but also as an event space. From networking to leather-making classes hosted by The Goods, chain stitching and even yoga can all be found under one roof. In less than a year, COMUNITY has become a creative, cultural hub. A place “to do good things,” Shannon expressed, beaming with a sense of pride. LOCALE MAGAZINE 75


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TANIA SARIN www.tsarin.com @taniasarin PLATFORM 8850 Washington Blvd Culver City, CA 90232 www.platformla.com

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REFORMATION Reformation is filled with chic, effortless garments that not only look gorgeous, but fit perfectly. I love how delicate the tops fit on my body and help me be more comfortable in something I don’t often wear. The final touch to this awesome spot is the floor-to-ceiling windows, I can see exactly what it is that I’m looking for visibly and with great lighting.

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delicate the tops fit on my body and help me be more comfortable in something I don’t often wear.”


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AESOP It’s my one stop shop for all skin, hair and body products. Aesop at Platform is home to their only treatment room in North America, meaning you can set up a facial appointment in-store. Skincare is super important to me and the fact that I can get a facial before I shop just adds to the amazing experience Aesop gives me both in-store and when I go home for the day. 8830 Washington Blvd, Ste 105 Culver City, CA 90232 310.256.2606 www.aesop.com

POKETO RESERVOIR

Bling, Bling!

The accessories in the gold cabinets are absolutely beautiful and you cannot miss checking them out.

The vibe of this store is beyond modern and eclectic. Reservoir gives me an amazing selection of brands from all over the world, like RE/DONE, This is Ground and Derek Lam 10 Crosby. It’s a concept store turned into my go-to shop for all my fashion needs. There is a huge mix of high and low prices so you don’t have to worry about breaking the bank! 8820 Washington Blvd, Ste 102 Culver City, CA 90232 323.300.5309 www.reservoir-la.com

Staying organized in the world of fashion is highly essential. That’s why Poketo is perfect for my stationary needs. They do design-driven artwork to add a little more personality. They hold frequent workshops, such as design, architecture, calligraphy and watercoloring, just to name a few. If you’re a creator living in Los Angeles, Poketo is definitely the perfect place for growth. 8840 Washington Blvd, Ste 104 Culver City, CA 90232 310.237.5752 www.poketo.com

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TOM DIXON Owning my own home has made me more crazy about interior design. Appreciating true art and process behind furniture is something British Designer Tom Dixon excels in. I own his Y Black Shell Chair, which made the perfect touch for my home office. It’s aesthetically pleasing, super comfortable and so unique in its design. I am completely obsessed! 8820 Washington Blvd, Ste 101 Culver City, CA 90232 310.237.5422 www.tomdixon.net

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You can schedule an appointment with one of the consultants at Tom Dixon to have a one-onone shopping experience.


“Known for her accessories, Janessa Leone provides handcrafted hats and purses.” Snack Break

Start your day of shopping at one of my favorite coffee shops in LA—Blue Bottle. Just a few steps away from Janessa Leone, you can have the perfect caffeine fix.

LINDA FARROW If there’s one thing you should know about me, it should be that I have a huge collection of sunglasses. I think it’s the perfect accessory to throw on and spice up an outfit. Linda Farrow has an amazing collection! From optical frames to sunglasses, this luxury brand feeds my obsession.

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SHADES OF GREY

JANESSA LEONE Known for her accessories, Janessa Leone provides handcrafted hats and purses. Immediately when you walk into the store, you get a glimpse of how simplistic and distinctive her style is. Walls are lined up with hats, purses, shoes and you might get a little too excited and want to buy everything. That’s how beautiful the store is. 8840 Washington Blvd, Ste 106 Culver City, CA 90232 310.256.2296 www.janessaleone.com

I live for androgynous pieces and Shades of Grey always hits the spot for me. I love everything the brand has to offer. From the delicate texture and the unique patterns to the classic fit, you can never make a purchase you’ll regret later. It keeps me coming back again and again.

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FOODIE MAY 2018

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COVER STORY Danny Trejo Means Business

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BUBBLES 101 Our Guide to Sparkling Wines and Rosé

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NATIVE RESTAURANT 620 Santa Monica Blvd Santa Monica, CA 90401 310.458.4427 www.eatnative.la PHOTO BY: Alan Gastelum

MEALS DECONSTRUCTED Global Taste Santa Monica’s Native Restaurant Takes This Classic Dish to a New Level

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Other Lillet Flavors We Love • Lillet Blanc • Lillet Rouge • Lillet Rosé

Spritz and Splash

How Do You Pronounce “Lillet”? Lee-lay

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Clink with this classy, French wine-based aperitif that can be mixed and mingled with simple ingredients for the perfect summer drink. Established in 1872, this light, refreshing wine is well balanced—not too sweet, not too bitter. Let the aromas of candied oranges, honey and exotic fruits whisk you away. Not only is this golden Lillet Blanc bottle Insta-worthy, it’s also great to toss in your straw purse to share with the rest of the summertime par-tay! Put on your sunnies and enjoy the rays with this drink in hand—if you need me, I’ll be by the pool.

MAKE A LILLET SPRITZ AT HOME

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“We can bridge the gap between idealism and practicality.” —Amy Scattergood

Amy’s Favorite Foodie Spots in LA • Mian Noodle House • Coni'Seafood • Leo's Tacos Truck

Amidst the ever-evolving restaurant scene in LA is Amy Scattergood, the Los Angeles Times’ Food Editor and all-around culinary badass. When she isn’t at her desk writing furiously about the newest foodie gems or profiling famous chefs, she is enjoying a city whose culture is one of the most diverse in the world. But Amy is aware of the drastic dichotomy between the haves and have-nots, as the LA Times sits just a few blocks from Skid Row. While the number of homeless and food insecure citizens climbs, she knows that one of the biggest steps we can take towards change lies in one simple task: having a conversation.

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Last year, the LA Times organized the inaugural LA Food Bowl, and its success has resulted in its second year with a highly anticipated lineup. The month-long event that started May 1 is designed to help raise awareness and funds to fight food waste, hunger and food insecurity, as well as promoting sustainability. Amy’s role is somewhat similar to that of an air traffic controller. “There’s so much going on. There are more people coming, and it’s just trying to coordinate who’s coming... and figure out how to have fun! Also, trying to emphasize what’s important. Food festivals are not new...but this is different,” she explained. That emphasis will be placed on fostering credibility and responsibility within the industry, with big names like José Andrés and Jonathan Gold taking part in this gathering of cuisine-minded individuals. 88 LOCALE MAGAZINE

Partnering with LA Kitchen, Midnight Mission, Food Forward and more, the LA Food Bowl is utilizing these organizations in a way that speaks to the city and the state we call home. The collab and the sessions within show how certain practices can be used at home in a way that makes sense and are doable for the rookies, but also on a level that is pro-chef approved. Amy believes that through this event and the partnerships, “We can bridge the gap between idealism and practicality.” One of the event’s underlying themes is one that Angelenos are very familiar with. “The homelessness problem in this country and in this city is just massive,” explained Amy. The fix goes beyond donations and good intentions. The public needs more context and

Her Favorite Cookbooks and Cookbook Authors • Bill Buford’s “Heat” • Anya Von Bremzen’s “Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking” • H.E. Jacob’s “Six Thousand Years of Bread”

access because it is hard to find out how to make a difference and do something on a practical level.

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Another issue is sustainability, which has become the hot-button topic gaining traction when it comes to talks of the world population increase and the growing disparity between the rich and poor. “We’re California, so we are used to talking about things like recycling and composting and local farmers markets,” she said, going further to describe small things people can do at home to make a difference. Stale bread can be turned into breadcrumbs. Small composting units can be used in your backyard. Grow herbs in small batches. Talk to your local farmer to find out ways to use what is in season. “There are ways of making the cycle work better, cheaply and in ways that make sense for our situation,” she reasoned.

• She is a big fan of Ethiopian food. One of her favorites is Meals By Genet off of Fairfax Ave in Little Ethiopia.

Digging deeper, politics have made their way onto our dinner tables, too. The minimum wage and the cost of food are rising, which will result in heavy turnover and closures. The people cooking our food behind the scenes don’t have a voice. “Food is cultural identity. Regardless of politics, we’re talking

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about family and culture, and a lot of that is knitted together, especially when you come from somewhere else... it is identity politics on the plate,” Amy said. “Food is by definition a point of sharing. It is itself an accent.” Essentially, when many immigrants come to cities, they open restaurants, and to view a microcosm of the world and other cultures, take a trip to Little Saigon or Watts or Compton. You are given access to these cultures through opening the door and eating their food. So when the curtain closes on the second annual LA Food Bowl, Amy hopes it has an impact beyond feeding the masses. Maybe it won’t end the homeless crisis, save the world’s food supply or even change the current political climate, but at least we’re talking about it, so listen up.

“THERE ARE WAYS OF MAKING THE CYCLE WORK BETTER, CHEAPLY AND IN WAYS THAT MAKE SENSE FOR OUR SITUATION.” — A M Y S C AT T E R G O O D


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Every cocktail has a story to tell. From ideation to presentation, these local libations illustrate the magic of mingling moxie, mixology and mood lighting. BRIAR PATCH

ELECTRIC LADYLAND

While Rebel Republic Social House veers staunchly towards dark spirits with a wall devoted to bourbon, single malts, whiskey and ryes, the Briar Patch is a pale, shimmering bouquet of light in a glass. The Bulgarian rose and cucumber notes in Hendrick's Gin marries beautifully with housemade blueberry shrub, lavender simple syrup and lemon juice. Earthy and ethereal, think granny’s gin cocktail with an herbaceous twist.

A staple in Costa Mesa’s effervescent bar scene, Mesa serves up a refreshing roster enabling spirit lovers of all persuasions to experiment with inventive drinks. Bar Captain Ryan Crabtree’s spotlight on seasonal strawberries is a summertime must. He draws on the structural lift of Hendrick’s Gin, the fresh strawberry, finishing with a splash of hedonistic alchemy from elderflower in perfect proportion.

REBEL REPUBLIC SOCIAL HOUSE 1710 S Catalina Ave Redondo Beach, CA 90277 424.352.2600 www.rebelrepublicsocialhouse.com

MESA 725 Baker St Costa Mesa, CA 92626 714.557.6700 www.mesacostamesa.com

DIRTY PROGRAM MARTINI

BLOOD ORANGE MARGATINI

The Noble Experiment’s Dirty Program Martini brings on the brine for those in the mood for a mouth puckering trip. Think Vodka layered with savory Fino Sherry, stirred with a housemade blend of distinct brines and a hot pepper tincture. Certainly, one to spark conviviality and conversation, this take on the speakeasy classic takes dirty out of the olive jar and into the light.

An overture to the influence of Instagram, the Blood Orange Margatini at Hotel Paseo’s AC3 is primed to fire up your feed, no filter required. Muddled citrus is shaken with Milagro Reposado Tequila, Cointreau, fresh lime juice, simple syrup and topped with a float of blood orange-flavored San Pellegrino. The bold crimson rimmed by rock salt makes for a striking shot.

NOBLE EXPERIMENT 777 G St San Diego, CA 92101 619.888.4713 www.nobleexperimentsd.com

AC3 AT HOTEL PASEO 45350 Larkspur Ln Palm Desert, CA 92260 760.340.9001 www.www.hotelpaseo.com

REBEL REPUBLIC SOCIAL HOUSE 1710 S Catalina Ave Redondo Beach, CA 90277 424.352.2600 www.rebelrepublicsocialhouse.com

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Shindig • The spot hosts fun events monthly, weekly or daily, with fun shenanigans like an “antiValentine’s Day” party or a featured cocktail of the month. Native Knowledge • Rebel Republic’s Social Hour is poppin’— literally. Enjoy $5 prosecco, craft beers and house wines, plus their classic cocktails Monday through Friday from 4 to 7 p.m.


“I have an attitude for gratitude.” —Danny Trejo

DANNY TREJO @officialdannytrejo Photoshoot Location: TREJO’S CANTINA 21550 Oxnard St, Ste 125 Woodland Hills, CA 91367 818.805.3165 www.trejostacos.com

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Heart

Core DANNY TREJO SERVES UP SOME REALITY WITH WISDOM AND A SMILE

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“Any situation I come into, I want to leave better.” —Danny Trejo

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PARTY STARTER • Get Trejo’s Tacos catered at your next party! They provide the event planning, staffing, bar service and more. INSTA-FAMOUS • Stay on top of all the specials and foodie deals via Trejo’s Instagram accounts @trejostacos and @trejosdonuts. NATIVE KNOWLEDGE • Not a fan of dairy? Trejo’s also serves vegan-donut options when you need something sweet, minus the animal products.

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After spending 11 years in and out of prison, Trejo faced a critical point in his life on Cinco De Mayo in 1968. He and his fellow inmates in Soledad State Prison incited a riot that ended with him facing three gas chamber offenses. “I asked God if he would let me die with dignity. I would say his name every day and I would do whatever I can for my fellow man,” Trejo said. “By the grace of God, the charges were dropped and I really tried to be a better person because I had made this deal,” he revealed. After his release, Trejo completed a 12-step rehabilitation program and eventually became a drug and alcohol counselor for struggling addicts. “I was mentoring a kid in 1985 that had an audition and he knew he would be tempted,” Trejo said. “Around that time cocaine was everywhere, so he wanted a positive influence around him.” This twist of fate led to his incredibly successful acting career that landed him in over 100 movies.

“I test out all my food with five of my closest friends and tell them to give me notes on how to improve.” —Danny Trejo

From there, he became an extra, then a boxing trainer for the actor Eric Roberts. Eventually, director Andrey Konchalovskiy discovered that his talent deserved much more than just a behindthe-scenes role, and he then began his long-term trek to stardom. Time and time again, actors and actresses request his presence on set because of his positivity and genuine charm. “My friend Eddie Bunker would always say that the secret to my career is everyone that has worked with me wants to work with me again. He would always tell me not to think I’m a movie star. I saw how people talk about them when they leave and I never wanted to be talked about like that,” he added. Even though he is consistently portrayed on film as the hardcore, inmate-type, don’t let the Machete star’s tough, tattooed exterior fool you. According to his son Gilbert, Danny Trejo is a gentle, kind soul that truly cares about his family, friends and fans. “My dad always taught me that if you're nice to everybody, you've got nothing to worry about,” Gilbert said. “Everything good that's ever happened to him is a direct result of helping someone else.” Now that Danny Trejo has done it all in the movie business, it’s no surprise that he is getting his feet wet as a restaurateur. Growing up in Echo Park, he thanks his mother for his culinary prowess. “My mother...was such a great cook,” he explained. “We always joked about opening our own restaurant, but my dad was like the Mexican Archie Bunker and would’ve never allowed that.” After his mother passed away, Ash Shah, the producer of Bad Ass, approached Trejo with the idea to open a

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BOW WOW WOW • When he’s not on set or overseeing his restaurants, Trejo is spending time at home with his four rescue dogs. He has a soft spot for animals and advocates for spaying and neutering dogs to prevent overpopulation.

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restaurant. Trejo first laughed at the idea and jokingly suggested the name Trejo’s Tacos. He brushed it off until after Bad Ass 3 had wrapped and Ash brought him a business plan. “It was the first time someone had brought me a business plan that didn’t require me to put down $50,000 up front,” Trejo said. “I showed it to my friend Mari and she told me I couldn’t lose.” From there, the two opened the first Trejo’s Tacos on La Brea and it was a massive success. He then set up Trejo’s Coffee and Donuts to appeal to LA’s sweet tooth. His most recent venture is Trejo’s Cantina in Woodland Hills. This multifaceted restaurant combines his taco shop and donut cafe so you get the best of both worlds for breakfast, lunch and dinner. With six diverse locations already open all over LA, Trejo approaches his famous tacos the same way he built his acting career. “Any situation I come into, I want to leave better,” he said. “I see these celebrities open restaurants and businesses and just walk away, expecting for everyone else to run it for them. I test out all my food with five of my closest friends and tell them to give me notes on how to improve.”

Time and time again, actors and actresses request his presence on set because of his positivity and genuine charm.

Now that Trejo has his sights set on a tastier profession, you would think that his acting career would take a turn towards retirement. But Trejo is currently working on a project with his son called From a Son that tells the story of a drug addict and his father. “Every film like that starts out with a beautiful girl and the cartel, but this is what drugs actually do. It's the real thing,” he expressed. “This is the first time anybody's ever captured this side of me. Some of the shots you see, it looks like I'm about to cry. It's shocking.” You can also expect to see an inside look at his life with an upcoming film called Inmate #1: The Rise of Danny Trejo by director Brett Harvey. The name of this documentary is based on his acting career and the character he was always given as an extra on set. “Whenever I was cast in a movie, I would always get the part of Inmate #1 or Bad Guy #1 because of my appearance. My friend Eddie Bunker eventually told me that I needed to stop scowling at people and actually say hello every once in a while, which helped me soften up,” he laughed. He has come a long way from the troubled child that was thrown into the California Youth Program at the tender age of 16. With all odds set against him, other Hollywood actors have a lot to learn from the Bad Ass and Spy Kids star. He explained, “I have an attitude for gratitude. I have been through it all and whenever I hear someone complain, I just think, ‘You’ve got to be kidding me.’”

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If you like things on the sweeter side, start with prosecco. If you like wines on the drier side, go with Cava. MARISSA A. ROSS Wine Columnist, Editor and Author of “Wine. All The Time: The Casual Guide to Confident Drinking” www.wine-allthetime.com

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“My main focus is to heal and hug the soul.” —Nyesha Arrington

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“There’s a sort of nostalgia along with a seasonal component; that’s how I chose the ingredients.” —Nyesha Arrington

Executive Chef/Partner Nyesha Arrington first realized the power of cooking in her Korean grandmother’s kitchen as a child. While her neighborhood peers played outside, she remembers peeling pounds of garlic, learning and internalizing her grandmother’s disciplined technique. Despite finding fame by competing on Bravo’s “Top Chef” and winning the Food Network series “Chef Hunter,” Arrington is unwaveringly loyal to those formational childhood days cooking with her grandmother. Her distinctive approach effortlessly combines thoughtful intention and fresh, seasonal ingredients, or as Arrington herself describes, “celebrating the legacy of grandmas, family tradition and fine dining technique.” Diners can fully experience Arrington’s individualized cuisine at her new Santa Monica spot, Native Restaurant.

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A few blocks from the busier, touristsaturated Third Street Promenade, Native finds a balance between simplicity and sophistication, offering the ideal setting to highlight Arrington’s culinary expertise. Hugging the corner of 7th and Santa Monica Boulevard, slightly below street level, Native doesn’t boast its presence to passersby, but gently beckons to them with low lighting, jewel-toned decor and the occasional brass accent. Diners can enjoy a lateafternoon sun on the semi-outdoor patio, relax by flickering candlelight in the plush seating or sip on a cocktail at the impressive bar. While Native is a beautiful sight with a knowledgeable and welcoming staff, what most encourages patronage are the diverse and unexpected flavors offered on Arrington’s menu. Arrington is inspired by bringing global cuisines together, while simultaneously maintaining a dedication to her local Los Angeles community. She was born and raised in the city and for the past 17 years, she has been a regular at the Santa Monica farmers markets, perusing the produce, meats and cheeses she’ll eventually utilize in her cooking. “I’m an Angeleno, but I’m also a global citizen,” Arrington says. “I’m not an Italian chef, I’m not a French chef, but my cooking is heavily [influenced by] world cuisine and the California farmers market.” One of Arrington’s most inventive dishes is the Chestnut Spaghetti. Chestnuts are not usually found in American fine dining, much less in a pasta dish. They’re somewhat labor-intensive, with a thick shell and astringent taste when raw. However, these tree nuts—when prepared correctly—offer a complex flavor and a surprisingly healthy dose of vitamin C. Their addition allows this hearty vegetarian dish to stand on its own as a main course. Arrington lovingly created this menu option—she mentions it was pretty much a success from the beginning—by starting with a classic pasta recipe: Doppio zero flour, olive oil, egg yolk and salt, gradually adding in pureed chestnut. She then creates a chestnut confit by slowly cooking the nuts over a long period of time at 200 degrees. She is able to make a chestnut butter from this

mixture, which is added into the spaghetti as a luxurious last step. With the addition of whole shiitake and maitake mushrooms, a rich mushroom broth and aged soy sauce, the umami elements of the spaghetti delight the senses. Local burrata cheese adds to the creaminess and uniformity. On top, a handful of bright green, julienned sweet peas and pea tendrils. This interaction between the fresh peas, velvety burrata and pungent broth rounds out the intricate, textural dish. Arrington’s creativity is central to the Chestnut Spaghetti. She is able to envision each ingredient in more than one form, whether it is the fresh mushrooms alongside the broth, or chunky chestnut bites next to buttery confit. “There’s a sort of nostalgia along with a seasonal component; that’s how I chose the ingredients,” Arrington says. “There’s the umami, chestnuts, aged soy and then the local produce comes in and dances around those salty and fresh notes really beautifully.” The Chestnut Spaghetti pays homage to classic Italian food—what is more Italian than spaghetti?—while also introducing Japanese and Korean influences. Eating the Chestnut Spaghetti is uniquely pleasurable and comforting, with each bite revealing another unexpected layer. It is best eaten slowly and during the springtime or early summer, savoring each note of umami and crunch of pea tendril. “My main focus is to heal and hug the soul,” Arrington says. “I think I gravitate toward the development of soups and stocks because it’s a blanket for the mindset that can heal a person.” Anything Arrington creates is infused with her respect for the seasonal bounty the earth offers. With her cooking, she showcases the work of the local farmer, the neighborhood artisan and the small-scale crafter—the friendships she has developed over the years at the farmers market. Most importantly, she sticks to her roots. Even though Arrington’s grandmother was never able to taste her work as a professional chef, she maintains a steadfast influence over the kitchen at Native.

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Were Beer THESE PAIRINGS ARE A MATCH MADE IN BEER-LOVERS’ HEAVEN WRITTEN BY: AZI SAFAVI PHOTOGRAPHED BY: MATTIA CAZZOLA

What better way to break up your day than with a cold Mexican beer and delicious meal to pair it with? We rounded up some of our favorite dishes in Southern California and paired them with top-notch beers so you know exactly what to order when you’re looking to kick back in the beautiful Cali sun with a Corona or Modelo in hand.

GRANDE TACO SALAD

PAIR WITH: MODELO ESPECIAL Æ Avila’s El Ranchito’s Grande Taco Salad is a long-time fan favorite. This salad comes with all of your favorite Mexicanfood components and your choice of meat. Crispy carnitas and grilled chicken are amongst the most popular choices for this salad. With a variety of flavors, this pairs perfectly with an ice-cold Modelo Especial. AVILA’S EL RANCHITO 2515 E Coast Hwy, Corona Del Mar, CA 92625 949.644.8226 | www.avilaselranchito.com

SURF ‘N’ TURF

PAIR WITH: CORONA EXTRA Æ Duck Dive’s popular Surf ‘N’ Turf plate features a grilled, eight-ounce filet mignon, a charbroiled lobster tail topped with housemade mole negro and served with roasted poblano and corn cilantro rice. The

depth and earthy flavors of the mole are complemented by the light, crisp Corona. DUCK DIVE 4650 Mission Blvd San Diego, CA 92109 858.273.3825 | www.theduckdive.com

PRIME ANGUS BEEF, BLUE CHEESE, BACON BURGER PAIR WITH: MODELO NEGRA

Æ Have a hankering for something juicy? Head over to Fortun’s Kitchen + Bar to try the Prime Angus Beef, Blue Cheese, and Bacon Burger with all the right flavors to satisfy your cravings. The combination of the fresh, delicious ingredients pair amazingly with a Modelo Especial for a crisp and refreshing finish. FORTUN’S KITCHEN + BAR 78085 Avenida La Fonda, La Quinta, CA 92253 760.564.8744 | www.fortunskitchen.com

FILET MIGNON TACOS

PAIR WITH: CORONA EXTRA

El Cholo's award-winning filet mignon tacos are a perfect match for the light and refreshing taste of Corona.

Photoshoot Location: EL CHOLO 1025 Wilshire Blvd Santa Monica, CA 90401 310.899.1106 www.elcholo.com CORONA USA www.coronausa.com @coronausa

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Æ El Cholo's award-winning filet mignon tacos are a perfect match for the light and refreshing taste of Corona. The tender grilled cut of beef in handmade corn tortillas with the perfect amount of garnish mirrors the clean fresh flavors of the Corona. EL CHOLO 1025 Wilshire Blvd Santa Monica, CA 90401 310.899.1106 | www.elcholo.com


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DANNY MCKENNA South Bay BMW is All About Family

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COREY LIUGET www.chargers.com @coreyliuget94 Photoshoot Location: IRVINE, CA

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Corey and Faven Liuget Talk Parenthood, Living Their Best Life and Preserving Legacy

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THE BRAINS BEHIND SOME OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL SOCAL DEALERSHIPS IS MAKING BUYING A CAR FUN AGAIN WRITTEN BY: ASHLEE POLAREK PHOTOGRAPHED BY: JOE NARDELLO

The McKenna brand has been around since the ‘50s. Danny McKenna took over the family VW store from his father and uncle, and has continued to expand the McKenna name and brand with his eight dealerships across Southern California, including his newest South Bay BMW & MINI stores.

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access to as many quality things at their fingertips as possible; that's how we grow our society. They are our future.” When you walk into a McKenna store, it feels like you are with family. When the South Bay dealership went up for sale a few years ago, he saw the opportunity to reintroduce the homestyle feeling to a big store. “I give every customer my cell phone number … to let them know I’m here for the big stuff, even if we drop the ball. You don’t get that in any business—where the owner of the store gives them their real cell phone number. I think it's really important that you know you can talk to the guy at the top.” At McKenna, they want to make buying a car fun again. “I love taking care of people. I want to make the process of buying a car different. It should be a fun experience; you’re buying a new car!” he exclaimed.

Drive Time • Danny is a car and motorcycle collector. He owns a plethora of beautiful and pristine cars and bikes, including the rare 2005 Mondial Piega motorcycle, the only one in the United States. Must Haves • Danny suggests signing up for an auto club and having the dealership's number. You should have a flashlight, flares and a safety kit. Native Knowledge • For first-time buyers, know the answer to two questions: What is the lifestyle of the car you want, and what can you afford? That is going to be the best way to streamline the process.


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HAIR & MAKEUP BY: LEXI KLEYLA

HAIR & MAKEUP ASSISTANT: BRIANNE ROSS

When nothing is guaranteed, the path to fulfillment can take many directions. Typically it’s a career, seeing the world or building a family. What about having it all? Few get a shot and most can only fathom such success. For LA Chargers’ starting defensive tackle Corey Liuget and his wife Faven, these blessings fuel their livelihood. They masterfully accomplish a work-life balance raising young children, handling a hectic NFL schedule, traveling the globe and exploring Los Angeles. Recently, Corey and Faven relocated with the team after the Chargers moved from San Diego to Los Angeles. The pair boldly take on the world while never forgetting what brought them here.

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The energetic pair have embraced transitioning from San Diego to Los Angeles with wholehearted enthusiasm.

FAVEN LIUGET www.maceoo.com @favenliuget COREY LIUGET www.chargers.com @coreyliuget94 Photoshoot Location: IRVINE, CA MAKEUP PROVIDED BY: Anastasia Beverly Hills & Amika

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online dating became mainstream, Corey and Faven met in 2011 at a mutual friend’s birthday party. Sparks flew and laughter erupted. At first, Faven thought Corey had a job in security. With his towering six-foot-two stature, it’s a pretty fair assumption. “I actually told her I was a security guard for a while. Then, I also told her I was a garbage man,” Corey said with a smirk. Despite being one of the top draft picks for the Chargers, Corey didn’t reveal his status until later. Taken aback by the news, Faven was in disbelief when he pointed to Qualcomm Stadium on a date and said, “That’s where I play.” Flash forward six years and a couple beautiful children later, the enamored duo wed in July 2017. Today, Corey is approaching his eighth season with the Chargers while Faven is bringing her fashion aspirations to life.

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During the Chargers’ off season, the Liugets get in touch with Corey’s roots by making trips to Miami, aka the Magic City. “I love the food, I love the culture, I love everything,” Corey said affectionately. When they aren’t soaking up Miami’s ambiance, Corey and Faven take up traveling as a family. They manifest their wanderlust by traveling to exotic places. Some voyage highlights include Egypt, Turks and Caicos, Bahamas and, of course, Faven’s birthplace, Ethiopia. “Corey adapted to the culture so quickly. When we went to Ethiopia he got along with the locals,” Faven said while reminiscing. “When I travel, I like to go out with local people. I don’t want to do all the tourist stuff,” Corey explained. As parents, passing on heritage is fundamental, and Faven makes a continued effort to incorporate her Ethiopian culture. Four-yearold Eden, the eldest daughter, is bilingual and fluent in the Ethiopian native language Amharic. “Sometimes it’s really fun. She’ll speak it to me because she doesn’t want daddy to know something,” Faven laughed. “I love that we’ve introduced her so early, and it’s a part of who I am and I want her to always have it.” Corey aims to keep their kids grounded through his Miami background and childhood experience. “I just want them to understand where I came from and how tough it was to grow up in inner-city Miami,” Corey said. A primary message they actively instill is to “be an understanding person, be humble, be


respectful and work hard for everything in life,” Corey affirmed.

Fish Out of Water Outside of football, Corey enjoys all things water sports. “I’m an outdoors guy. I either fish, spearfish or scuba dive. Those are my hobbies,” he added. Fashionista Being exposed to LA’s fashion scene, Faven is inspired to keep going. “[I’m] trying to see what would be the best next look or idea,” Faven said. “I want to put a little of my culture into it.” Native Knowledge Their favorite local LA restaurant is Bossa Nova.

The energetic pair have embraced transitioning from San Diego to Los Angeles with wholehearted enthusiasm. Discovering hangouts and shops are a few ways they’re adapting to LA. “The shopping in LA is amazing. Very different than what we’re used to in San Diego,” Faven compared. While describing the San Diego scene versus LA, Corey expressed, “The beaches up here are more active. You get more activities and ambiance.” Outside of careers and a busy NFL schedule, the couple enjoys exploring Los Angeles, entertaining their kids together, engaging in hobbies and, of course, date nights. An average weekend for the Liugets can vary from grabbing a bite to eat or embracing their fiercely competitive sides. When you’re married to a professional athlete, how can you not love a challenge? “We do a lot of activities, but it’s always a competition because we’re very competitive,” Faven added. If it’s up to Corey, they’ll face off in a classic game of air hockey at Dave & Busters. Now and then, the battlefield of choice is a bowling alley where Faven assures she outshines her husband. Parenthood and hyperactive schedules don’t obstruct their personal goals. Faven launched a clothing line tailored to male athletes with luxury menswear brand Maceoo. She also hopes to innovate the fashion industry with her Ethiopian influence. As for the Miami native, Corey recently founded the Coach Aaron Feis Scholarship Fund with a personal $10,000 donation. His generous act of charity towards Stoneman Douglas’ football team is a benevolent response to February's Parkland shooting tragedy. With a lot of love and perseverance, there’s no doubt more greatness is to come from the Liugets.

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FEATURE It’s Time For a Vacay at Harrah's Resort SoCal

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SHERATON GRAND LOS CABOS, HACIENDA DEL MAR Corredor Turistico KM 10, Lote D Cabo Del Sol Los Cabos, Baja California Sur, 23450, México 52.624.145.8000 www.sheratonhaciendadelmar.com PHOTO BY: Fabi Rosas

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Our Publisher Erik Hale Marries His Longtime Fiancé in a Dream Ceremony in México

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Harrah’s Resort Southern California Covers All Your Vacation Needs

WRITTEN BY: ELIZABETH MORRIS PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED BY: HARRAH’S RESORT SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

HARRAH’S RESORT SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA 777 Harrah’s Rincon Way Funner, CA 92082 760.751.3100 www.harrahssocal.com

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ESCAPE I Fear No Beer • Beer aficionados unite! Harrah’s Resort SoCal’s “Oh Hoppy Day” package offers guests a room of their choice, a brewery tour, a flight of craft beer and two pints of their choice.

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the vacation countdown has begun. Kickstart the summer season by visiting a city founded on fun. Harrah’s Resort SoCal makes up the entire city of Funner, boasting its own zip code and ˮBaywatchˮ star David Hasselhoff as its mayor. Not only is Harrah’s Resort SoCal bending the rules of English grammar, they are redefining what it means to vacation. Whether you are planning a family vacation, a business trip, a couple’s retreat, some well-earned R&R or a girl’s trip, this resort offers more than enough activities to create the perfect getaway. FAMILY VACATION • If you’re vacationing with the family, Harrah’s Resort SoCal’s luxurious hotel rooms give you that home-away-fromhome experience. Your family will love drifting down the 400-foot-long Lazy River under the shade of palm trees. It comes with inner tubes and features two waterfalls, making it both entertaining for kids and relaxing for adults. As for food, every family has a picky eater. To end the dinnertime debate, check out the Buffet! With everything from sushi rolled in Flamin’ Hot Cheetos dust to Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza, the menu is sure to satisfy every family member’s tastes. BUSINESS TRIP • Who says you can’t mix business with pleasure? The atmosphere here 120 LOCALE MAGAZINE

Native Knowledge • Although Funner is the epicenter of fun, the surrounding area has a few adventure-worthy detours. Try a wine tasting at the Hill Top Winery, soar through gorgeous scenery at La Jolla Zip Zoom or hike to picturesque Palomar Mountain.

provides plenty of opportunities for group bonding with your coworkers. If you and your team are feeling lucky, you can try your hand at the casino. If you can’t seem to find your winning streak, gather the crew and head to SR76 Beerworks for an ice-cold craft brew. Heads up, if you forgot to get a haircut before the big meeting, your secret is safe with us! An on-site barber shop and salon are available in case you need to freshen up your ends. COUPLE’S RETREAT • For the couples looking for a vacation reminiscent of paradise, look no further than Harrah’s Resort SoCal. You can start your day off by reserving a poolside cabana or daybed. Equipped with food and beverage service, snacks and

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Olé! • Bring your dancing shoes and visit Courtside on Thursdays for Latin dance instruction and live music.

Wine Not? • On Wednesdays, “Wine Down” at Corked and test your knowledge at their trivia night!

a TV, the cabanas essentially move your hotel room to the pool. Finally, end the day with a romantic dinner at Fiore. For couples seeking to reignite the spark, consider the couples massage or take a stroll on the one-mile Nature Trail. R&R • In need of rest and relaxation? This is the place to rejuvenate your body and mind. The Fitness Center is filled with cardio and strengthening equipment for full-body conditioning. After your workout, pick up a juice or smoothie at Robeks and head to the main pool to soak up the sun. A true R&R vacation

wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the spa. Harrah’s Resort SoCal’s spa includes features like saltwater baths, massages, saunas and a salon. GIRL’S TRIP • Plan a girl’s trip to remember! Before hitting the casino, register for Harrah’s Resort SoCal’s Total Rewards Program for a chance to win free hotel stays, concert tickets, free play and more. Before you head out for your big night, hit the blow dry bar or get a relaxing pedicure with your besties. Finish off the evening by visiting the resort's bars like ‘ritas Cantina, Corked and Spiked. LOCALE MAGAZINE 121


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“The best week of my entire life.” That’s what she said on the day we left Mexico after a whirlwind week of wedding activities and nuptials, and it was exactly what I needed to hear. When we were engaged two years earlier, we struggled to pick an exact date because both of us liked the idea of being engaged. We also had the hardest time imagining what the perfect wedding would look like or even where it would be. As with most newly engaged couples, we scoured Instagram feeds, wedding websites and asked for advice from friends, pouring hours into finding the perfect place to say “I do.” After what seemed like thousands of hours searching, nothing felt like “us” and we nearly gave up. Once we stopped looking, we discovered there was another way. Sometimes you are inspired and sometimes inspiration finds you. Mexico feels like a second home to me and Erin. We love taking last minute road trips to Rosarito, feeling the pressure instantly leave our bodies as we cross the border. We head to Tulum regularly to experience a laid back, coconut-watered-down version of Los Angeles and have flown south to Cabo and Todos Santos for everything from restorative couple weekends to full-blown, outrageous birthday celebrations. It was on one of these trips to Todos Santos, sipping on tequila and not thinking about our wedding, that it hit us—Mexico. We almost said simultaneously, “We need to get married in Mexico.”

SHERATON GRAND LOS CABOS, HACIENDA DEL MAR Corredor Turistico KM 10, Lote D Cabo Del Sol Los Cabos, Baja California Sur, 23450, México 52.624.145.8000 www.sheratonhaciendadelmar.com

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• I’m not your boyfriend, I’m your husband. • We no longer discuss our age because it simply doesn’t matter. • We have to stay together forever. • “I’m sorry, you’re right.” I will say this often. • I will always bring flowers to a date. (Including this wedding ceremony) • You can change your outfit three times for any occasion. • I will be your cheerleader the way you are mine. • From now on, I will be mad if you don’t finish my stories. • I will always make spending time with you a priority. • I promise to always be young, adventurous and ready to explore the world with you.

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close to the airport and close enough to the city for our friends to make nightly excursions. Its oceanfront pool was large enough that we often came downstairs to find 40 or 50 of our friends swimming or riding the shore-breaking waves. Plus, the property was large enough that you weren’t bumping into someone around every corner. We flew from Orange County to Cabo San Lucas about one year in advance to view the property in person and they catered to our every need. They helped us arrange the flowers, DJ, rooms, transportation, cakes and food. They even arranged a wedding coordinator to answer all of the questions we didn’t remember or know to ask. We left after that weekend confident that we wouldn’t have anything to worry about.


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SHERATON GRAND LOS CABOS, HACIENDA DEL MAR Corredor Turistico KM 10, Lote D Cabo Del Sol Los Cabos, Baja California Sur, 23450, México 52.624.145.8000 | www.sheratonhaciendadelmar.com MARIE CAMILLI Wedding Sales Manager 52.624.145.6184 | marie.camilli@sheraton.com

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THE BRIDAL PARTY

A LINEUP OF THE PEOPLE CLOSEST TO US

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Officiant: Brandon Hale (Brother) Bride: Erin Price • Groom: Erik Hale Mother of Bride: Carolyn Dorsett • Father of Bride: Jim Price Mother of Groom: Dena Pomeroy Maid of Honor: Candice Heslington Jr. Bridesmaid: Makena Hale (Daughter) Bridesmaids: Alyssa Hartwick Amber Murphy Jacquelyn Post Jamie Kwang Karina Ellis Mikayla Speegle Mirissa Martinez 126 LOCALE MAGAZINE

Best Man: Jason Bogle Groomsmen: Mikey Klein Brian Conopask Mike Alagrin Andre Mataele Brett Lawrence Miles Kirchner Corey Wilson Anthony Rojo

Flower Girl: Kendra Mueller Ring Bearers: Trey Hale and Tyce Hale

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Erin made the trek from Orange County to Los Angeles where she had arranged four appointments in one day at various bridal showrooms. Her sister, Amber, and two of her bridesmaids, Karina and Jacquelyn, joined her. Her last appointment of the day was at Grace Loves Lace, an Australian company with a bohemian boutique in Venice. They served the girls endless Champagne and berries. Erin tried on dress after dress but it was starting to look like she wouldn’t find the right one that day—then she spotted it. It was hanging in a corner, something she wasn’t sure she would like at first, covered in French lace with a long train. As soon as she slipped it on, she immediately knew. All the girls loved it as well and could tell Erin did too. She began beaming as soon as she put it on. GRACE LOVES LACE 1510 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291 424.238.8190 | www.graceloveslace.com

SIX HAIR AND MAKEUP TIPS FOR THE BIG DAY F R O M P R O S TA S I A O S B R I N K A N D G I O VA N N A S I M I N GTO N 1. Always come with a clean face and unwashed hair. 2. The more water the better. Hydration equals shiny hair and dewy skin. 3. Waterproof mascara is a must on the day of—if you’re trying to fight happy tears, it’s proven to help if you always look up and breathe in through your nose. 4. Reduce frizz and blemishes by jumping into the ocean for perfect hair and skin. 5. Always carry an elastic hair band around your wrist in case you need to throw your hair up. 6. If you don’t have face blotters, toilet seat covers always work as an alternative.

Rene Larios and Paco Limon, Designers and Owners of Cabo Floral Studio

The Florals THE DUO BEHIND THE BUDS Q: How many weddings have you done or how many do you do per year? Rene Larios and Paco Limon: We do over 100 weddings per year. The most popular time is between March and June. We have done more than 8,000 weddings over the years. Q: What was the most unusual request you had from a bride? RL & PL: We had a request for...a surprise birthday party from the wife to husband. The request was for as many flowers as possible, including flowers and petals for the private pool and balloons everywhere. The hard part was to do something so stunning in only one hour!

KENNETH BROWN SALON 2700 W Coast Hwy, Ste 115, Newport Beach, CA 92663 949.764.9480 | www.kennethbrownsalons.com SALON GREGORIES 200 Newport Center Dr, Ste 103 Newport Beach, CA 92660 949.644.6671 | www.salongregories.com TASIA OSBRINK AT KENNETH BROWN SALON @get_pretty_with_misstasia | @tasiaosbrink GIOVANNA SIMINGTON AT SALON GREGORIES @get_pretty_with_missvanna | @missvanna

Q: How do you communicate with the bridal party? How do you make sure they will love the flowers if they only see them by email? RL & PL: We love to have phone calls and get in touch with the bride and groom so we can chat and make sure we understand their vision. Most of the brides will already [have] a file with pictures they downloaded from the internet or a Pinterest board, so we ask to see it and based on the pictures they share with us, we send the flower proposal with our own work similar to the vision they have. CABO FLORAL STUDIO Bodega No 54, Complejo de negocios Centro 21, Colonia El Arenal Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, 23460 México 619.780.9161 | www.cabofloralstudio.com LOCALE MAGAZINE 127


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Q: What is the most important part of the wedding to capture? Beatriz Hernández: For me, the essence of the couple is everything. I like to show their personalities as well as how they are as a couple. For example, in Erin and Erik’s video you can sense how much love they have and it just makes the video flow.

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prefer photographs that capture funny moments like the garter toss. Q: Do you have a special story from Erik and Erin's wedding to share? FR: When I got to the room where Erin was getting ready, I found her with thousands of emotions and feelings going on in her head. She was really nervous, excited and happy. She seemed to be crying a little but she really did not want to—she was worried about messing up the makeup. These kind of intimate moments are the ones I am very thankful to be part of. At the end, when she saw Erik for the first time, a beautiful smile appeared [on] her face.

FABI ROSAS WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER Cabo San Lucas, México +52 624.593.8060 www.fabirosas.com H-ART FILMS Cabo San Lucas, México +52 624.138.8150 www.h-artfilms.com

Q: What was your favorite part of Erik and Erin's wedding? BH: I really enjoy the photo session because they just had fun! We didn't direct them much because they just blend together so well; that makes the shots beautiful. The first dance was very emotional with Makena singing and fireworks were amazing! Q: How many cameras do you use to capture the event? BH: We have two videographers, three cameras and one drone pilot.


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Q: Tell us a little about your experience and accomplishments as a chef. Cristian Schwuger: My passion for gastronomy [started] at an early age and much of my professional development [was] at the hands of one of the most respected European chefs in Argentina. My passion for French gastronomy and my 10 years developing it have constantly motivated me to seek more experiences in several incursions to Europe and other countries, [and coming] to Los Cabos Mexico to take the position of Executive Chef.

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ice cream cart, custom Mexican beer bar and taco stations. They loved the wheelbarrow of Mexican candy and open-fire grilled meat. Chef Cristian offered a five-course, gourmet sit-down dinner when we met with him, but that wasn’t our style. What he created for us was a casual, foodie environment that felt curated from our tastes and got gold stars from all of our guests.

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E X E C U T I V E C H E F AT S H E R ATO N G R A N D LO S C A B O S , H A C I E N DA D E L M A R

Q: Which station did our guests love the most? CS: The stations that incorporate fire are something...I know that as soon as I present [it], I will have all the assurance for success. I try to incorporate a large part of the cooking that can be done in the firewood and outdoors.


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was decorated with cafe lights, flowers and rustic wood furnishings. The bridal party was welcomed by guests with the DJ playing “Now That We Found Love” by Heavy D and The Boyz, and the new Mr. and Mrs. Hale were introduced as we strolled into a round of applause with “Hold On, We’re Going Home” by Drake. We moved to our sweetheart table against the ocean and the party began in full. Then we had our first dance to the song “Latch” by Disclosure and Sam Smith that was sung beautifully by our daughter Makena.

Makena’s Song for the First Dance “ L ATC H ” B Y D I S C LO S U R E F E AT. S A M S M I T H


Welcome Cocktail

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"YOU LIFT MY HEART UP WHEN THE REST OF ME IS DOWN YOU, YOU ENCHANT ME, EVEN WHEN YOU'RE NOT AROUND IF THERE ARE BOUNDARIES, I WILL TRY TO KNOCK THEM DOWN I ’ M L ATC H I N G O N B A B E N O W I K N O W W H AT I HAVE FOUND"

Drinks A SNIPPET OF SELECTIONS F R O M T H E C U S TO M B E E R B A R • Pacifico • Corona Extra • Modelo Especial • Modelo Negra • Bohemia Weizen DRAFT BEER • Indio • Tecate SOME OF THE CRAFT BEERS ON DECK • Balam Baja Blond • Marea Roja El Tabernario Ambar • Mako American Ale • El Sancho Pale Ale • Baja Brewing

DEL CABO EVENT DESIGN Miguel Hidalgo S/N Colonia Primero de Mayo San Jose Del Cabo, Baja California Sur, 23400 México +52 624.142.0044 www.delcaboeventdesign.com

D R I N K S AT T E Q U I L A B A R LA SUERTE Just a Few From the Collection of 106 Labels Available for Premium Tastings • El Clássico 310 • Don Julio Blanco • Herradura Reposado • Reserva de la Familia Añejo • La Leyenda del Milagro Blanco

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D I R E C TO R O F C A B O F I R E W O R K S Q: We chose three minutes of fireworks. How many fireworks would you estimate exploded during our reception? Edson Contreras: About 110 per minute. Q: What was the largest explosion called? EC: Six-inch shells. Q: What is the longest firework show you have done for a wedding? EC: A nine-minute show. Q: What is the typical length of a firework show? EC: One to five minutes. Q: How much do fireworks cost per minute? EC: Traditional [shows cost] $1,300 plus 16 percent tax per minute.


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A FEW OF OUR FAVORITE THINGS There are so many options on the spa menu, but here are a few highlights we think you should definitely try: • Bamboo Scrub • After Sun Treatment • For the Lucky Groom Package • Newlyweds Package • Spa Manicure

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SKIN DEEP A FEW OF THE MASSAGES OFFERED AT THE CACTUS SPA • Swedish • Deep-Tissue • Sport • Aromatherapy • Chocolate • Hot Stone • In-Room • Neck, Back and Shoulders OH MY BOD LUXE BODY TREATMENTS • Green Coffee: detox and smooth skin • Chocolate: indulge and replenish • Tropical Escape: repair and rejuvenate • Mango Paradise: illuminate and reinvigorate • The O2 Relax: brighten and balance • Diamond Experience Rose Massage: restore and relax


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BOOK YOUR NEXT ESCAPE AT AVENUE OF THE ARTS HOTEL

WRITTEN BY: KELLI WITHANEYE

With hundreds of hotels all over Orange County, it can be difficult to strain through the countless options for your next business trip, weekend getaway or event space. Avenue of the Arts Hotel makes it an easy choice with a variety of amenities offered to their residents. With a cozy fireplace at the entrance, a restaurant known for its ever-changing food and beverage menu and exclusive rooms with unique individual design, you won’t have to think twice about booking your stay.

“We wanted to give it that Palm Springs and old-school Vegas feel, back when hospitality was hospitality.” —KENNETH CHOUINARD

Get Outdoors

Party Time

• Their outdoor seating space all around the property and natural lighting that fills the rooms and hallways has fostered an open and inviting space. “We wanted to create this whole outside-in and inside-out feel,” Director of Sales and Marketing Kenneth Chouinard explained. “We wanted to give it that Palm Springs and old-school Vegas feel, back when hospitality was hospitality.” With purple velvet couches, birdcage chairs, gold accent furniture and a warmly lit fireplace they’ve done just that.

• Positioned in downtown Costa Mesa, it has quite the appeal to shoppers and theatergoers alike—a “choose-yourown-adventure” kind of experience. With about 230 rooms, they can even host large parties. “We host about 50 or more weddings a year in addition to the 100 or more bridal parties that stay with us the night before their wedding,” Chouinard added. That’s no small feat! “It’s due to our large rooms, perfect for small parties, and our large windows that give wedding photographers the space and lighting they need for great shots.”

Start Your Trip Off Right

• Avenue of the Arts offers two complimentary signature cocktails upon arrival from Silver Trumpet's bar.

Breakfast in Bed • Their awardwinning restaurant, Silver Trumpet Restaurant & Bar, offers in-room dining 24 hours a day and your room booking includes a $50 food and beverage credit!

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• Book the Kiss & Tell package for the ultimate couple’s retreat including in-room breakfast, a bottle of Champagne and a rose petal arrangement.

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County’s most well-known spots—The Performing Arts Center, Santa Ana Courthouse and more. Bringing the whole family with you on this weekend away? Avenue of the Arts offers a Junior Suite that accommodates a separate wing for mom and dad to get some alone time while the kids get a living room of space to sleep, play and chat!

AVENUE OF THE ARTS COSTA MESA 3350 Avenue of the Arts Costa Mesa, CA 92626 714.751.5100 avenueoftheartshotel.com


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CARRIE BRADSHAW APPROVED “I would start by sorting like items together (shoes, dresses, pants, skirts), then I would sort them by color (left to right and top to bottom).”

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AFTER THIS RE-DO, YOUR MODERN CLOSET WILL BE YOUR NEW FAVORITE ROOM WRITTEN BY: TIFFANY CARTER & AMANDA BRENNER

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SMALL BUT MIGHTY “It’s really astounding how much ‘space’ you can gain with a closet system, even a basic one, at that! Storing seasonal items elsewhere is also a great way to maximize limited space.”


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