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FROM BLASÉ TO “OH HEY!”
When Tyra Banks and Heidi Klum dominated the fashion industry through their dramatic yet iconic reality TV shows, my middle school self dreamed of rocking six-inch heels and couture dresses with all the grace and confidence that the legendary models had embodied. I went from flipping through channels to flipping through the pages of Vogue, completely and utterly enamored by the world of fashion. What mattered most to me wasn’t my appearance, but how I discovered my own style during a time when my self-identity crisis was at its peak. It’s not what you wear but how you wear it. The same can be said for this magazine, which I hope guides you through all the different poses of life like Banks and Klum did for me. Strap yourselves in for a shopping trip around Orange County, Los Angeles, San Diego and Greater Palm Springs with our Shoppe Guide (pg. 63), and then slow down and meet some local Shoppe Experts (pg. 51) who are dedicated to their (hand)craft. We’ll then introduce you to the incredible women of MADE by DWC in our Humanitarian Profile (pg. 80) before transporting you to our futuristic fashion photoshoot (pg. 72).
Once you seize your style, we’re calming our grumbling tummies with Cafe Gratitude’s vegan “Whole Bowl” in Meals Deconstructed (pg. 98) and getting a taste of Cal Mare’s Mediterranean Branzino (pg. 86). Then we’ll explore the Downtown Arts District (pg. 104) before crossing paths with Shelby and Sandy and their vibrant art in our Artist Spotlight (pg. 110). To round it all off, we’re escaping to the desert to marvel at the various exhibits at the Palm Springs Art Museum (pg. 114). The highlight of this magazine for me was meeting our cover star and pro athlete, Christen Press of the US Women’s National Soccer Team (pg. 40), who not only taught herself how to stay grounded during life’s highs and lows but also how to kick the expectations away. Our conversation still resonates with me, and to all the beautiful and strong women reading, I’m sure it’ll do the same for you. Los Angeles is not only rich in fame and luxury but also diverse in lifestyles and cultures. Whether bright or hidden, we are all gems, and there is no better place to polish ourselves than the City of Angels. As the woman behind the iconic smize will always say: “Never dull your shine for somebody else.”
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Photographed By: Travis McCoy, travismccoy.com | @travis_mccoy_photography Model: Christen Press, @christenpress Location: Smash Photo 2225 E 28th St, Ste 511, Signal Hill, CA 90755 310.807.5752 | www.smashphotolb.com Written By: Deanna Nguyen, @deefordaydreams Styled By: Sara Borgese, saraborgese.net | @s_borgese Style Assistants: Gina Checchia, @ginachecchia & Kyle Kagamida, kagamidastyling.com | @kylekagamida Hair By: Julia Savitskaya, juliadoeshair.com | @juliadoes.hair Makeup By: Ada Trinh, adamua.com | @trangadatrinh Apparel Provided By: Nike, www.nike.com
In a room full of stars, Christen Press undeniably shined the brightest. There was a gravitational pull coming from her, whether by stares of admiration or a curiosity that prompted casual conversation. While most would recognize her on the soccer field by the number on her uniform, everyone on set knew the professional athlete by her aura—confidence, grace and profound strength.
When trying on different sporty outfits picked out by Stylist Sara Borgese and assisted by Kyle Kagamida and Gina Checchia, Press stood in front of the mirror with certainty and familiarity. She knew herself better than anyone, and when she sat down for hair and makeup, compliments only poured out from Hair Stylist Julia Savitskaya and Makeup Artist Ada Trinh for Press’ sweet and down-toearth personality. During our interview, Press never turned her attention away even though Savitskaya and Trinh danced around us to get her ready for the photoshoot. Press’ unwavering, magnetic, green eyes held me in place; not once did she hesitate with her words or her thoughts. Her focus was palpable, and throughout our conversation, it’s no wonder so many people
were allured by her presence. Intelligent, well-spoken and sincere, Press was that humble, all-around friend that you’d want to keep in your life forever. Each outfit came from an athlete’s dream wardrobe—Nike shoes, sports bras, workout pants and a tropical tracksuit—and each look was paired with a different monochromatic backdrop. For the first look, Press had her hair down and wore a uniform, holding a soccer ball comfortably against her hip. The second look offered more edge with an athletic jacket hanging off one shoulder. Savitskaya created two different ponytail ‘dos for the last two looks, bringing out Trinh’s natural-inspired makeup. Photographer Travis McCoy praised Press for her professional and calm demeanor, and in between shots, Press couldn’t help but break out a smile from the compliments. All the while, pop music played in the background, and even though the studio was small, the intimacy only amplified. As Kagamida fixed Press’ outfits with precision, she appeared as flawless as she was comfortable. Despite being on a tight schedule, by the end of the shoot, Press snuck in some shots outside the studio with McCoy before snapping a picture with me and smiling as though nothing could stop her.
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THIS ISSUE: SHOPPE
GET IN, WE’RE GOING SHOPPING
Grab a Friend and Hop in Your Car—We’re Taking a Style Roadtrip
LOVE IS IN THE DETAILS
Meshell “Mimi” Sohl Is the Audrey Hepburn of Jewelry
These Looks Are Lightyears Ahead
80 Humanitarian Profile
Made By DWC Is Taking Women’s Homelessness From the Streets to Boutiques
WHAT’S YOUR CRAFT? Through Passion and Patience, These SoCal Locals Are Handcrafting Perfection
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Downtown Arts District
See, Stay, Eat
Fall in Love at First Bite With Cal Mare’s Pasta-Baked Branzino
Downtown Arts District Has Transformed From an Industrial Scene to a Hipster Paradise
Here's Our Itinerary for When You Visit the Desert Oasis
JEWEL OF THE SEA
RAISING THE BAR
FROM BLASÉ TO “OH HEY!”
Local Mixologists Show off Their Takes on Seasonal Ingredients
LET KARMA TAKE THE WHEEL
Two Things We Love
Cajun and Asian-Inspired Flavors Are Rock ‘n’ Rolling Our World at Rock & Brews
Artists Shelby and Sandy Are Tugging at Strings of Nostalgia
98 Meals Deconstructed
Cafe Gratitude’s Whole Bowl Gets to the Root of PlantBased Living
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Drive in Luxury With KARMA’s Electric Vehicles
NICE GUYS MAKE ART
116 That’s What They Said
¡VIVA LAS VEGAS!
These Vegas Experts Show Us the Best of Their City
128 24 Hours in Sedona
RED ROCK REJUVENATION
How to Spend 24 Hours in Sedona
130 Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce
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Get Down to Business at the Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce Co-Work Space
LOCALENDAR KICKSTART YOUR SUMMER WITH THESE UPCOMING LA FESTIVITIES WRITTEN BY: EMILIE KEFALAS
TAKE TO THE STAGE ¢ This millennium’s
reigning song-and-dance man, Hugh Jackman, will perform “The Man. The Music. The Show.” for two nights at the Hollywood Bowl. Accompanied by a live orchestra, the beloved Aussie actor will perform some of his hits from The Greatest Showman and Les Misérables.
POP TALENT ¢ KCON USA continues
to grow as the best fan-oriented convention highlighting the best idols and entertainers from South Korea. Fans who’ve attended in years past have seen Girls’ Generation, BTS and G-Dragon among other famous K-Pop artists or bands. www.kconusa.com
TALK IT OUT ¢ In their pursuit of
no-bullshit discussions about politics and the press, hosts Jon, Jon, Tommy, Dan and a few special guests are blessing The Greek with their cross-country tour, Pod Tours America. The live conversation will begin at 8 p.m. www.lagreektheatre.com
SERIOUS GIRL POWER April 25-May 26
¢ Get your girls together at the LA Waterfront to experience a Cirque du Soleil show that is brimming with female empowerment, a forlorn love story and incredible acts that defy nature. If you’re seeking a show that’ll leave you breathless, then look no further than “Amaluna.”
JOURNEY TO THE EAST July 5-7, July 12-14, August 9-11, August 30-September 1 ¢ Inspired by Asia’s illustrious, open-air, nighttime bazaars, 626 Night Market returns with its large-scale market in Santa Anita Park. This epic, all-ages event summons up to 100,000 wanderlusters over its three-day span to sample and celebrate its diverse array of food, merchandise, music and entertainment. www.626nightmarket.com
OUT AND ABOUT July 18-28
¢ Outfest has showcased
thousands of films from across the globe, mentored hundreds of emerging filmmakers and preserved over 20,000 LGBTQ films. It is the leading nonprofit organization that promotes LGBTQ equality by sharing LGBTQ stories on the big and small screens. www.outfest.org
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HE’S STILL GOT IT
COSPLAY WITH ANIME
¢ Witness history as Paul McCartney performs live at Dodger Stadium with all the energy and enthusiasm he first showed the world 50 years ago. This concert will feature classics from McCartney’s last halfcentury in the industry.
¢ Join the annual celebration of Japanese pop culture at Anime Expo! Organized by the Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation, the anim-azing nonprofit is dedicated to inspiring fans and soon-to-be-converts of anime around the globe.
CELEBRATE THE RED, WHITE AND BLUE July 4
¢ The only proper,
patriotic venue for a grand Fourth of July is none other than Grand Park. Ring in the US’ birthday with music, dancing, eating and enjoying an evening of fireworks set above the Downtown LA skyline.
RIDE THE WAVES July 31-August 4
¢ Channel your inner Johnny Utah at the 57th International Surf Festival which stretches across Hermosa, Manhattan and Redondo Beaches. Whether you’re a seasoned surfer or a savvy spectator, don’t miss out on the waves! www.surffestival.org
Photos - KCON USA: CJ ENM | Cirque du Soleil: Matt Beard
LOCALENDAR KICKSTART YOUR SUMMER WITH THESE UPCOMING LA FESTIVITIES WRITTEN BY: EMILIE KEFALAS
FIT FOR A PRINCE May 24
¢ Aladdin flies its
magic carpet into a “whole new world” of cinema experience at any Cinépolis in LA. This reimaging of the 1992 animated classic is sure to have any ‘90s kids singing along from the comfort of the US’ leading, world-class, cinema exhibitor. www.cinepolisusa.com
WHEN BOWL MEETS BODY August 11
¢To Death Cab for
Cutie, we say “Thank You For Today”—they will return to the Hollywood Bowl for an evening strum together by the melodies of their nine albums. Wave your phones in the air as they rock out with special guest Car Seat Headrest. www.hollywoodbowl.com
Ends June 2
ONE DAY MORE ¢ Do you hear the
people sing? They want to see Les Miz again! After breaking box office records during its pre-Broadway tour, “Les Misérables” is set to transform the stage of the très élégant Pantages Theatre into the streets of Paris. hollywoodpantages.com
THEY WILL ROCK YOU ¢ Queen + Adam Lambert equals an unforgettable, once-ina-lifetime experience. They will rock you at The Forum during their “Bohemian Rhapsody Tour.” Find somebody to love and sing along to the original band members, Brian May and Roger Taylor, as they harmonize with frontman Lambert. www.msg.com/the-forum
GAME ON! June 11-13
¢ Connect with video gamers and developers at Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3)—the world’s premier event for all things gaming. Play demos, compete with others and stay tuned for the latest new releases or announcements from major video game publishers.
DRAG YOURSELVES May 24-26
¢ Hold onto your lashes because RuPaul’s DragCon is about to grab 2019 by the hair for another weekend of entertainment, runway shows, meet-and-greets and panels fit for all ages. Queens Adore Delano and Trixie Mattel will show up in style alongside, of course, RuPaul. www.rupaulsdragcon.com
Through August 18
HIP-HOP TO IT
¢ From Barron Claiborne’s Biggie Smalls portraits to early images of Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar and Kanye West, the “Contact High: A Visual History of Hip-Hop” exhibit at the Annenberg Space for Photography is a visual treat for fans of hip-hop culture. annenbergphotospace.org
HERMOSA BEACH TRIATHLON June 23
¢ Train and register for the Hermosa Beach Triathlon, an entry-level race perfect for athletes of all skill levels. Weather permitting, take a victory stroll down Pier Avenue and strike a power pose with your newly earned medal and race bib. www.hermosabeachtri.com
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GET TIG-GED OFF ¢ For anyone who’s enjoyed her stand up or her series “One Mississippi,” Tig Notaro’s monthly show at Largo, “Tig Has Friends,” cannot be missed! Get ready to laugh out loud and enjoy the mix of performers and comics she’ll be bringing to the stage. www.largo-la.com
WHAT A CONCEPT! May 29
¢ Party with the LOCALE
team during our Social Hour at BoConcept's Los Angeles Showroom from 6-8 p.m. Who can say no to a stunning atmosphere, a complimentary welcome drink and a chance to support a local charity?
Photos - RuPaul’s DragCon: Movi Inc for World of Wonder | Contact High: Jamil
NATIVE KNOWLEDGE BY LOCALS FOR LOCALS /// WHERE TO SPEND YOUR DAYS
Be My Boo-Tique PRISM BOUTIQUE OWNER DAYNA MANCE SHARES HER 7 FAVORITE VINTAGE SHOPS
EXPERT: Dayna Mance CREDENTIALS: Owner, Prism Boutique
HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS ¢ Of course, my first recommendation is my beautiful [Prism Boutique] in Long Beach; our home decor is my favorite. We have so many beautiful ceramics, plants, candles and textiles. We carry a wide variety of women’s clothing, jewelry, vintage and accessories. www.prismboutique.com
SIXTH SENSE ¢ I love to shop at 6th And Detroit for one-of-a-kind vintage furniture and decor. The shop is always bringing in fun new finds, but beware, they go quick! www.6thanddetroit.com
KIDDING AROUND ¢ Make sure to visit Wild Child for all the cutest party supplies, gifts and their famous balloon bar. Snap a cute Instagram photo in front of their brightly colored mural. wildchildparty.com
THREAD-Y OR NOT ¢ Sweet Threads is my go-to spot to outfit my two daughters
PRISM BOUTIQUE 406 Termino Ave Long Beach, CA 90814 562.433.4341 www.prismboutique.com
and also for kids’ gifts and shower presents. [The] playful shop has the best kids’ books and clothing for hip little ones. shopsweetthreads.com
BURKE’S PERKS ¢ Burke Mercantile is my favorite for eco-conscious and design-focused brands. [They] also have unisex clothing and hard-to-find brands. They share a space with Kuarto, who has the coolest objects for home and life. burkemercantile.com
YOU GROW, GIRL ¢ Peacock & Co. is the best place to shop for unique house plants and pots. [They] will even give you tips [on] how to keep your new plant[s] alive! @peacockandcompany
YOU TEES! ¢ Ay, qué Vintage always has the best vintage dresses, tees and denim. Very wearable and great prices for the vintage lovers. @ayquevintage
“Sweet Threads is my goto spot to outfit my two daughters and also for kids’ gifts and shower presents.”
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NATIVE KNOWLEDGE BY LOCALS FOR LOCALS /// WHERE TO SPEND YOUR DAYS
This Is How She Rolls ROLLER SKATE PRO SHAYNA PIGEON MEIKLE TELLS US HER FAVORITE PLACES TO SKATE IN VENICE BEACH
EXPERT: Shayna Pigeon Meikle CREDENTIALS: Owner of Moxi Skate Shop
ROLLER GIRL PARADISE ¢ The Moxi Roller Skate Shop in Venice Beach is the new headquarters for everything to do with roller skating in LA. On top of being right next to the boardwalk, the shop has free workshops and events which provide easy guidance for anyone. Serious roller girl paradise right here! Skates for the whole family as well. www.moxilongbeach.com
ANOTHER KIND OF SUPER BOWL ¢ The Venice Skate Park is one of my all-time favorite concrete playgrounds. The transitions in the bowls are super smooth, perfect for the brave roller skater! My goal is to drop into the deep end by summer time. www.veniceskatepark.com
THE WHEEL DEAL ¢ I skate-dance with roller skaters from all backgrounds at the world famous Venice Roller Dance Circle. It is located down at “skate plaza” next to the skate park. It’s very popular on Sunday afternoons. So many unique moves on eight wheels. www.venicebeachsk8dance.org
SHE’S GOT MOXI ¢ I love meeting up with my friends to go for a long
MOXI ROLLER SKATE SHOP 1501 Main St, Ste 105 Venice, CA 90291 310.310.3744 www.moxilongbeach.com
skate (aka “roll out”) along the boardwalk and finish with brunch at The Waterfront. The food is delicious, the vibe is lovely and it’s right on the Venice Beach Boardwalk! www.thewaterfrontvenice.com
NAMA-STAY FOR A WHILE ¢ There is no exception to the rule—everyone can benefit from stretching of some sort. Studio Surya Yoga is where I get down. www.studiosuryayoga.com
ROLL WITH IT ¢ Before heading home on Sundays, I try to catch the Venice Electric Light Parade at sunset which consists of hundreds of bicyclists all in lights. They meet up at Windward Plaza, skate plaza and skate shop! From there, we all “roll out” in one huge group. www.veniceelectriclightparade.com
“The Venice Skate Park is one of my alltime favorite concrete playgrounds.”
A LITTLE SWEET, A LITTLE SALTY ¢ Finish off the day with my favorite new ice cream spot on Abbot Kinney Blvd...Salt & Straw! They have odd flavors that I love like olive and goat cheese! Vegan options as well! www.saltandstraw.com
PHOTO BY: Matt Misisco
NATIVE KNOWLEDGE BY LOCALS FOR LOCALS /// WHERE TO SPEND YOUR DAYS
Tress to Impress LA CELEBRITY HAIR STYLIST SHOWS US HOW HE STAYS RED CARPET-READY
EXPERT: Sean James CREDENTIALS: Celebrity Hairstylist
HEALTHY START ¢ Start at Gold’s Gym from 4-5 a.m., then head to Huckleberry for breakfast. I love everything there, but at the moment I’m on a no-bread kick, so it’s probably something boring like egg whites (even though I’d prefer Dad’s Pancakes). www.goldsgym.com www.huckleberrycafe.com
TREAT YO’SELF ¢ On cheat day, I’ll go to Santa Monica Seafood Market and Cafe. Their Fish and Chips are to die for and the deli there has the freshest seaweed salad. Then, I’ll surf or swim in the ocean, go home and get ready for whoever’s hair I’m fortunate enough to get to do! www.santamonicaseafood.com
FRESH OFF THE RACK ¢ For the best fashions, I’ll call Vivienne Westwood on Melrose and let them know I need something in my size. I’ll also check in with my friend at Just One Eye, an exclusive department store gallery. www.viviennewestwood.com www.justoneeye.com
BEST TRESSED ¢ You can always find me at Matthew Preece Salon to get my hair done or to prep [one
MATTHEW PREECE SALON 1122 Wilshire Blvd Santa Monica, CA 90401 310.907.4022 www.matthewpreece.com
of my clients]. My go-to hair products and tools are from FHI Heat. High Altitude Root Lift Spray is a must! www.matthewpreece.com www.fhiheat.com
LET LOOSE ¢ If we go downtown, then we for sure will stop at Precinct. Every night is different there, and even though I don’t drink, it’s my favorite gay bar to go to in LA. The people are friendly and not so self-conscious like in other parts of town. www.precinctdtla.com
WORK/LIFE BALANCE ¢ Hollywood’s fun, but always family first! If the call comes in that there’s someone who needs [their hair done], then I jump to action, [but family] takes priority over everything. For example, this year I’m [prepping a party] the night before leaving for my nephew’s wedding in New Zealand.
“My goto hair products and tools are from FHI Heat. High Altitude Root Lift Spray is a must!”
COMING UP NEXT ¢ I always check in with Armando Daniel, my agent at Photogenics Army, to see how my schedule is going. This year I have Weird Al Yankovic and Jamie Lee Curtis [to name a few]. www.photogenicsarmy.com
PHOTO BY: Matt Misisco
NATIVE KNOWLEDGE BY LOCALS FOR LOCALS /// WHERE TO SPEND YOUR DAYS
It’s Always Shop O’ Clock TRAIN TO SHOP WITH THESE TWO SISTERS FROM MANHATTAN BEACH
EXPERT: Anne Sandera & Cathy Johnson CREDENTIALS: Owner & Director of Operations, Super Sports
GET IN THE GAME ¢ One-stop shop! If you’re looking for the latest in specialty athleisure clothing and footwear, Super Sports is the best in town. Inside scoop: family-owned and operated since 1980. Stop in for your local discounts all year long! www.supersports90266.com
DELIZIOSO! ¢ Mangiamo Restaurant is the closest place to Italy we have found. It’s an upscale and stylish spot for fine Italian dining. www.mangiamorestaurant.com
HAT’S OFF TO THEM ¢ We are obsessed with this handmade jewelry. Bone By Dawn makes custom, one-ofa-kind jewels for just the right price. She manages to stay original in design—including her unique hats! www.bonebydawn.com
PARTY ALL NIGHT ¢ South Bay’s best DJ duo, The Latenight—Cody and Tanner know how to keep the energy high and the dance floor packed, playing all the right tunes for any occasion. @thelatenite
SUPER SPORTS 2930 N Sepulveda Blvd Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 301.545.5272 www.supersports90266.com
STICK ‘EM UP! ¢ What makes us spend $5 on a Monster Flat White? Two Guns with its cool vibe, delicious coffee and tasty pastries! www.twogunsespresso.com
CARE FOR YOUR HAIR ¢ Small boutique salon in downtown Manhattan Beach, Aqua Salon, uses environmentally-friendly products with high-end style such as Davines, which comes in recyclable containers, and Pure Brazilian, a way healthier alternative to traditional Brazilian Blowouts. It’s a hidden gem in the area. www.aquasalonmb.com
FULL SHOP ¢ Don’t let the construction stop you—come check out all the shops at Manhattan Village. We are here every day and manage to find something new from a cute sundress at Francesca’s Collections to a salad at Tin Roof. Exciting changes are happening every day! www.shopmanhattanvillage.com
“Bone By Dawn makes custom, one-ofa-kind jewels for just the right price.”
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WE “I really like highlighting my face to really accentuate those areas and make them more noticeable.”
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Create content you love and have fun with it.
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LETTER TO... SISTERS WRITE A LETTER TO FUTURE DESIGNERS
Dear Future Designers, We are so honored to write you—you should feel so invigorated at this very moment in your accomplishments thus far. We write to you in the hope that you’re finally looking at this career choice as the one you’ve been called to be in—to be an example of true value systems and to stand strong in your foundation of virtues. Remember, fashion is more than just clothes—it’s an embodiment of expressing character. So, don’t worry so much if someone will like what you make. Get excited about how you’re going to help someone express themselves—on their best and worst days! Put your heart into each piece and think through the functionality so your muse is feeling confident in every way. Stay away from feeling like “you only work in fashion” and use your environment as a motivator to positively influence the business you are in. The difference between you and another designer isn’t competition—it is how you uniquely craft your story and what you are inspired by. Design isn’t about adhering to a set of rigid guidelines. It is about being unafraid to try. Often, we forget our purpose. Take the time to sit in silence, humble yourself and remember your purpose is ever-evolving as is our lives. If ever you feel lost, which you will, of all the loud voices to listen to, listen to God, your creator. Always know the path you are on but be prepared to pivot. You’ll come to find life is all about the pivot. Seek to be brave, wiser and more resilient. We all have the choice to fill our cups with worry, fear and anxiety, but isn’t it so much more fulfilling to fill it with joy, adventure and freedom?
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Better Together • Bridgette and Brittney are sisters and are five years apart.
Start with a morning routine and set your intentions for the day.
Take time to enjoy your accomplishments!
Be grateful for what you have and work hard for what is to come.
BRIDGETTE SANOSSIAN @bridgette__sanossian BRITTNEY OSBORNE @brittney__osborne www.bcauseyoucan.com
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B+B’s Words of Wisdom
Oh, Reely? • They both graduated from USC School of Cinematic Arts.
Leave typical behind. You are so much more than that!
Owners and Co-Founders, B’CAUSE
One Day at a Time
Making Her-Story • B’CAUSE is an homage to iconic women in history and for those about to make history.
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FOR SOCCER STAR CHRISTEN PRESS, STAYING GROUNDED IS THE NAME OF THE GAME
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CHRISTEN PRESS @christenpress Photoshoot Location: SMASH PHOTO 2225 E 28th St, Ste 511 Signal Hill, CA 90755 310.807.5752 www.smashphotolb.com
“MORE IMPORTANT THAN BEING A
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PROFESSIONAL ATHLETE IS DOING WHATEVER YOU’RE PASSIONATE ABOUT. THAT’S WHAT I WOULD LIKE THE WORLD TO KNOW. JUST FIND YOUR PASSION.” —CHRISTEN PRESS
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An athlete is always on the move, and for pro soccer player Christen Press, there’s no stopping her adrenaline kick both on and off the field. From winning the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup with the US Women’s National Soccer Team to participating in the 2016 Summer Olympics, Press continues to run, aim and shoot no matter the number of victories and losses. With the spotlight following every moment of her athletic career, you might wonder how Press manages to contain the exhaustion solely within soccer matches. The formula to her physical and mental health is staying rooted and knowing when to slow down to catch her breath during life’s quiet moments.
In the city of Palos Verdes Estates, California, there was a family that was obsessed with soccer. Press and her two sisters started playing the sport, among many others, after their parents decided that learning about the principles of team dynamics was very important. “It was definitely a family affair with my mom and dad managing, coaching my teams, watching videos online, studying how to play soccer and understanding the rules—all of that,” Press recalls. “Before I was even in high school, we were like a crazy soccer family.”
Come high school, Press never really thought about shooting for the big leagues. Her goal setting was and still is in the present. During her younger years, she didn’t play for any of the US national teams, but once she attended Stanford and saw that her teammates were making the National Team, that’s when her perspective shifted. That shift led to a whirlwind of highs and lows. Press lost in the NCAA College Cup two years in a row despite becoming Stanford’s all-time leading scorer. After college, Press was drafted to magicJack in 2011 and hoped to attract the USWNT’s attention, but it wasn’t enough—even with ‘Rookie of the Year’ attached to her
name. Then in early 2012, the Women’s Professional Soccer league folded. Without another moment’s hesitation, the disheartened athlete packed her bags and moved to Sweden where she would sign with Kopparbergs/Göteborg FC. Though one opportunity slipped out of reach, another unexpectedly fell into her hands. Press let go of all the validations and expectations that she’d carried from back home and simply played for fun during her time abroad. A few months after signing with the professional team in Sweden, by a stroke of luck, the Head Coach of the USWNT, who is originally from Sweden, was visiting her native country and watched a few of Press’ matches. Shortly after, Press got her first call up. “It was such a good lesson for me because sometimes letting go is how you come into things,” she explains. “We try to force things in our life. We try to shove ourselves through these small holes. If we just let ourselves flow, we fit so easily.” Press believes there shouldn’t be a word for failure because everything is transient. “Nothing's finite,” she declares. “If you lose a game, you've lost—that's definite, but you haven’t failed because you’ll play another game.” By adjusting her mindset, Press has allowed herself to play more freely, and regardless of what happens, she has a strong hold on her sense of self.
“WE TRY TO FORCE THINGS IN OUR LIFE. WE TRY TO SHOVE OURSELVES THROUGH THESE SMALL HOLES. IF WE JUST LET OURSELVES FLOW, WE FIT SO EASILY.” —CHRISTEN PRESS
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Native Knowledge • For anyone who visits the South Bay, Press recommends going to Manhattan Beach. Hit up Fishing With Dynamite or Two Guns Espresso, her favorite restaurant and coffee shop, respectively. Story of Her Life • During high school, Press’ favorite courses were English and essay writing. She’s kept a journal since third grade and reveals that she has a high stack of journals at her parents’ house.
Pump It (Louder)! • When Press is gearing up for a workout, she puts on her playlist called CP 2.0 which is mostly rap music.
Women’s League • One of Press’ most inspirational athletes is Serena Williams. “The way she plays is amazing,” gushes Press. “She’s so powerful [and] so beautiful.” Around the World • While Press doesn’t have the travel bug, she loved living in Madrid and Sweden. Tuscany, Italy is on her list of places to explore.
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Awards and victories are natural indicators of success, but for Press, success comes from the quiet moments after failure. “It's like the people who fail the most are the best,” says Press. “It’s a crazy thing to think about and I think in other realms of the world, it’s hard to accept that. But in sports, it's 100 percent about getting back up.”
And picking herself off the ground is exactly what Press did. “I think each time that I handled it, each time that I had grace myself, each time that I said I'm not gonna let someone else determine my own self-worth, my own value, I got better and I became a better player,” expresses Press. “I became a more joyous player.” As a seven-year veteran on the USWNT, Press feels fully embraced and loved by the team. “I think that just as much as I enjoy the sport and being technically good and physically good, I think even more than that, I enjoy feeling trusted and respected by my teammates,” she says with a smile. “And a lot of that stuff happens off the field. It happens when there [are] no cameras around in the quiet moments... that's the most rewarding part, I think.” That love and support not only emanate from her teammates but from the fans as well. With half a million followers on Instagram, Press thinks it’s all surreal. She keeps a careful distance from social media but at the same time, she can connect with her fans by sharing parts of herself and her truth. At the games, Press still can’t believe that “people are going nuts” over her and her team. Other than earning trust and respect from her teammates, the most rewarding part about the job is bringing joy to people. “Joy is underrated,” Press shares. “I think we have so many American goals of what you need to do to be happy, but actually, happiness should be the goal. To be able to give people reasons to celebrate, to spend time with their family, to laugh and to yell and to embrace that human experience—I think that is super cool, and seeing it in the stadiums is one of the best parts.” As someone who speeds along the field, Press admits she has too much energy. Over the years she has learned to expend that abundant energy in healthier ways.
Meditating and walking with her bare feet on the field before a match keeps her grounded. Coming to terms with stillness is especially important. “I've learned, specifically as an athlete, I used to have more of a mentality of, the more I do, the better I am,” Press explains. “Now it’s the smarter I am, the better I am, so [that stems from] managing what I'm doing on the field and what I'm doing off the field… It's very much become a holistic, allencompassing job.” The countdown to the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup leaves even less time for Press to do anything non-soccer related. “You're only on the field for two hours,” states Press. “You've got 22 hours and you have to manage that time perfectly so that when you're there for two hours, you’re the best that you can be.” In preparation for the World Cup, Press believes that embracing every moment leading up to the event will build a foundation and strengthen her determination rather than letting stress take over. “You have to be ready because my experience in the last World Cup was that crazy things happened,” explains Press. “It's never going to be the way you think it's going to be so you have to be emotionally, physically ready for everything. And that's a really hard thing to do, but I think we can do it. I have full belief in our team. I have full belief in myself.” Press’ fighting spirit along with her neverending determination to become better plants hope in her team and the rest of the country that will cheer them on. Despite all the national and international acclaim throughout her soccer career, Press wants to remind the younger generation that “it’s not about being famous or being successful and having the world tell you that you’re great.” Passion is what will drive you to your end goal. “I think it's about being great for yourself and deciding that you're perfect and beautiful and that you [can] make mistakes and that doesn't take away from that,” emphasizes Press. “In sports, it's such a great opportunity to learn those things and to stay focused on the process on playing… More important than being a professional athlete is doing whatever you're passionate about. That's what I would like the world to know. Just find your passion.”
“TO BE ABLE TO GIVE PEOPLE REASONS TO CELEBRATE, TO SPEND TIME WITH THEIR FAMILY, TO LAUGH AND TO YELL AND TO EMBRACE THAT HUMAN EXPERIENCE—I THINK THAT IS SUPER COOL, AND SEEING IT IN THE STADIUMS IS ONE OF THE BEST PARTS.” —CHRISTEN PRESS
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SHOPPE LU X U RY / / / LI F E STY LE / / / LOVE
68 PROFILE Love Is in the Details
Meshell “Mimi” Sohl Is the Audrey Hepburn of Jewelry
EXPERTS From Luxe Leathers to Lessening Landfills, These SoCal Makers Are Handcrafting Incredible Goods
SHOPPE GUIDE You’ll Want to Leave Extra Room in Your Suitcase for This Style Roadtrip
PROFILE Mimi et Cie Polishes Luxury With Love
FASHION SPREAD Step Into the Year 3050 With These Futuristic Fashion Looks
HUMANITARIAN PROFILE This Boutique Is Putting an End to Women’s Homelessness One Sale at a Time
MIMI ET CIE 696 E Colorado Blvd, Ste 7 Pasadena, CA 91101 626.628.0880 www.mimietciejewels.com PHOTO BY: Charlie Chipman
WHAT’S YOUR CRAFT? Through Passion and Patience, These SoCal Locals Are Handcrafting Perfection
When it comes to accessories, it is imperative to pay attention to the fine details. Take a closer look and you’ll notice that accessories can not only make or break an outfit, but they also have the ability to transform and re-energize your look. What you choose and how you wear it speak volumes. So, we’ve handpicked some of the top, local accessory designers and got a chance to speak with them about their craft. Whether they’re designing handbags, custom shoes or jewelry, one thing they all have in common is their painstaking attention to detail and their own unique spin on what it means to have style.
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Rodriguez completed education in fashion in Miami and began designing custom clothing for celebrities. The shift to shoemaking was a natural process that came about from the relationships he cultivated with industry leaders and factories over the years in New York. With his move to Los Angeles, he decided to turn his passion into a business and opened Shoemakers of Los Angeles.
Yes, the Shoe Fits
MIGUEL RODRIGUEZ CREDENTIALS: Footwear Developer, Designer and Manufacturer, Shoemakers of LA “I design with an uncompromising aesthetic that’s comfortable and [has an] effortless feel.”
He now helps clients nationally for their footwear development needs, focusing on domestic manufacturing and technology. Not only is he able to create and develop any design from concept to prototype with a domestic and international capacity, but he can also create dream shoes and make your shoe business dreams become a reality.
“Shoes are a mix of fashion and sculpture. They’re mysterious and intriguing, like art.”
“Right now, I am designing the next collection of Runway Heels, a convertible heel that transforms from a low wedge into a high heel with a push of a button. Its technology and design make this one of my favorite collaborations so far.”
“I develop designs from ideas to reality, manufacture unique handmade products and teach the art of shoemaking and new technologies to help create dream shoes to life.”
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A Nice Finish • Rodriguez’s favorite materials to work with are Turkish leathers. “The craftsmanship of the finishes on the leathers is so unique,” he says. Creative Minds Think Alike • “[I get my inspiration from] other creative minds in the art world, engineering, textile trends and my dreams from time to time.” Shoed in • “I’m a bit of an introvert,” Rodriguez says with a smile. “But I love talking about shoes.”
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SHOEMAKERS OF LA 687 Clarence St Los Angeles, CA 90023 213.260.1373 shoemakersla.com
Locating the Source • “I deconstructed old Louboutins to see how they were made.”
Founder and Designer Analisa Jimenez of Marloe began designing leather items back in 2014 with the goal of creating the opposite of fast fashion. Believing that great design and craftsmanship shouldn’t come with a hefty price tag, she produces hand-prepped and handmade leather goods with attention to detail.
Simplicity Is Key
ANALISA JIMENEZ CREDENTIALS: Founder and Designer, Marloe
Each bag is thoughtfully designed and handmade in Marloe’s Bellflower studio and always produced in small batches in order to help reduce waste and to create unique items. A big effort goes into using the majority of each hide to reduce their carbon footprint. Whatever isn’t directly used goes into scrap bins that are then used for small leather goods and their interactive community workshops.
“Just like our products, the name Marloe is timeless and can be carried over though ever-changing styles and trends.”
“I’ve adopted the Danish philosophy of design, which is ‘Everything should have a purpose.’”
“Marloe doesn’t mean anything significant to me personally, but rather, it’s a strong yet soft name that effortlessly represents the tone of my brand. I went through many options but Marloe stood out to me and looked well graphically while being a name that’s easily memorable when introducing it to a new audience.”
[Enter Your Style Here] • “I think, especially in LA where I spend most of my time, I clearly see that California style has no single category. It’s simply a matter of having fun, and getting creative with your wardrobe choices and owning it.”
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It’s All in the Framework • “I get most of my inspiration from modern architecture. So many iconic modern architects have figured out how to combine simple functionality and iconic design all in one and that’s what I strive for.” Best of Both Worlds • “I split my time between LA and Long Beach. One thing I love about LA is that it’s constantly changing and evolving; there’s always something new to try. In my hometown of Long Beach, I love the quietness and the sense of community. It is currently on this evolution of foodie-meets-stylist wave—so many new restaurants to try and so many boutiques to shop at.”
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MARLOE 10145 Maple St Bellflower, CA 90706 shopmarloe.com
“Our version of the circle crossbody bag, called ‘Velita,’ evokes minimalist simplicity yet allows you to go handsfree without compromising your sense of fashion.”
Leathersmith Ray Lansburg started out with a graphic design degree but worked for many years with a master handbag maker/designer before embarking on creating his own brand, The Black Acre. His primary focus is creating men’s leather wallets in his studio—a fully renovated 1920s carriage house in his Fullerton backyard. From here, Lansburg crafts leather goods with a salt-of-the-earth sort of appeal—creating designs that have simple beauty yet are carefully constructed with meticulous detail in every stitch. And if you have been watching the new version of television hit, “MacGyver,” then you may have seen a couple of Lansburg’s goods: one of his belts was even crafted into a slingshot!
Hide and Seek
RAY LANSBURG CREDENTIALS: Designer and Founder, The Black Acre “My phantom wallet is a current favorite. It’s a long snap wallet with lots of cool subtle details inside.”
“My design philosophy is to always have a unique silhouette to every item and make goods that are fun to carry and use.”
“My main focus is men's wallets, particularly taking vintage styles, wallets you would have bought at a truck stop or swap meet, and reinventing them and decking them out with the best leather and hardware possible.”
School of Rock • Lansburg draws his style inspiration from rock and roll legends Lemmy Kilmister and Elvis Presley.
Back to Black • When asked what his favorite color is, Lansburg’s answer was simple: “Black! Come on!”
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Have Some Class • Lansburg’s favorite place to shop is Snake Oil Provisions in Long Beach, a shop known for its “working classic” vibes and specially-selected menswear offerings. Can’t Rush Art • “Dealing with demand is a challenge—making hand-stitched leather goods takes time.” Golden State of Mind • “California style means anything goes, really. I think the key is finding what ‘anything’ means for you.”
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THE BLACK ACRE Fullerton, CA @theblackacre
“I would say I get most of my inspiration from movies and music. A lot of it comes from just drawing until shapes work together, and good tunes facilitate that.”
Yokishop’s philosophy stems from the Japanese term “mottainai,” a direct translation for “using the whole fish.” But for Designer Jeff Yokoyama, a veteran of clothing design for 39 years, it’s a business model.
Renew and Repurpose
JEFF YOKOYAMA CREDENTIALS: Designer, Yokishop
He creates unique clothing from existing products and materials that have been discarded in the market. Each pattern is created and each garment hand-cut and sewn in their Newport Beach studio with an aim to provide jobs and create a smaller carbon footprint. Selling directly to the customer as well as to a selection of handpicked boutiques in LA, Hawaii and Tokyo, their ethos is not only doing the right thing but also being different in the process.
Back to Vintage • “I get my inspiration from old clothing. This is a huge passion of ours as well as a huge responsibility.”
“I buy defected military shirts and jackets, from camo to khaki to just army green, and we repurpose those [materials] by putting different things on them from our other company called Mucho Aloha.”
“[My favorite item is] the beach towel hoodie. From the used beach towel, it becomes part of the body. Then I go to the Goodwill where they’re discarding tons of sweatshirts and purchase them for $2 a pound. I’ll use the sleeves, the hood, the rib, the zippers—I tear them all apart and add them onto the beach towel hoodie.”
Photos By: Hunter Cole
Baked Goods • Over-production is not something that’s a part of Yokoyama’s practice. “We’re like a bakery,” he explains. “We make every day and then every day someone comes in and purchases something.”
YOKISHOP 2429 West Coast Hwy, Ste 102 Newport Beach, CA 92663 949.351.5389 www.yokishop.com
“Across [many college campuses] there are [at least three] Starbucks. So, from the uniforms that are being discarded, we take the logos and make reusable coffee sleeves [for that campus].”
Throw in the Towel • “All these hotels use towels like it’s nobody’s business,” Yokoyama explains. “We would love to collaborate with hotels and resorts across the country and make cool beach towel hoodies for them and their gift shops.” Less Is More • “We take things that are already here, already accumulated its carbon footprint, already had three or four gallons of water usage, and instead of throwing it away... we could all work together in repurposing product rather than buying more product.” LOCALE MAGAZINE 57
What started as a personal project to sew a case for her laptop has now transformed into a fullfledged business. Case has a Masters in Arts Education and worked as a high school teacher for a decade before she took a leap of faith and changed careers.
Just in Case
JULIE RAIS ELLIS CREDENTIALS: Designer and Owner, Rais Case
With no formal training in sewing and design, Case found ways to use her background in art to guide her through the process that has slowly evolved into a study of quality, design and fashion. A mother of two as well as a wife, artist, traveler and conscious creator, she is passionate about designing the highest quality products that cultivate community and culture around local, handmade goods.
“My current favorite is our new zipper pouches that we are making with recycled plastic.”
“Our Vida bag is our most unique bag because it can be worn as a cross-body bag, a clutch or as a fanny pack.”
“The Vida is our signature bag, and with its birth came the true conception of our brand. ‘Vida’ means ‘life,’ intended to be worn-in by life, for life. The Vida gets softer with every use and textured by every adventure, transforming for you and aging with you.”
More Eco, Less Ego • “I’d like to expand the potential of making beautiful bags with recycled plastics,” Case explains in regards to the future of her line.
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“We use the best leathers, fabrics and hardware we can find. We use industrial threads and cut and sew techniques that ensure our bags last. Our bags work well for everyday use.”
Your Design in Mind • “Originally I designed for myself, but now I listen to our amazing customers and design for them.” San Diego or Bust • “I grew up in Fairfield Township, Ohio. I went to college 45 minutes from my hometown, and after graduating, went on an open-ended road trip which led me to San Diego. And I’ve been here ever since—it’s been 15 years and counting.”
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In Agreenment • “Sage green is my favorite color because it feels calm to me.”
Words have always had a way of helping Sarah Foster, Founder, Designer and Chief Foul Mouth of BAD BAD, overcome some of her struggles. It’s with a sense of unapologetic, foulmouthed appeal that she set out to create a jewelry brand that showed her “badass” attitude with simple explicit words and messages of encouragement.
Swearing Is Caring
SARAH FOSTER CREDENTIALS: Founder, Designer and Chief Foul Mouth, BAD BAD “My favorite design is the Desire bracelet, particularly the one that reads ‘JUST BE YOUR FUCKING SELF.’”
The uninhibited language used on her dainty jewelry presents empowerment to her and to her customers. Her jewelry is intended to be worn every day; she likes it to be reminder to persevere and be strong in whatever it is you’re going through in life—and all tinged with a tongue in cheek sense of humor that makes you proud to wear it.
“My very best work comes when I’m passionately frustrated about something whether it’s personal or something unjust in the world.”
“I want my designs to be worn by that single mom who needs something to remind her of her strength. I want my work to be loved by a group of girlfriends who all wear the same design to stay connected while they support their friend through a difficult time. I want the everyday woman who’s working towards her personal goals to wear my work to feel badass.”
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Stay Gold • Much of Foster’s work comes in rose gold, silver and yellow gold, but Foster’s favorite is the latter: “[Yellow gold is] warm, reminds me of the sun, honey and youth.” Sun-Settling Down • “[My favorite place is] any rooftop at sunset with drink in hand.” BAD BAD San Diego, CA 619.880.0260 badbadjewelry.com
“Being the face of the brand and putting myself out there in a way that’s honest and real but not too much has been a struggle for me. But I keep pushing myself.”
From Trench to Treasure • “In the beginning, I designed for professional athletes and brands like Nasty Gal and BuzzFeed. I also did commission work for multiple New York Times bestselling authors. I’m in the metaphorical life trenches with my customers and friends, so it’s easier and more real to design for them.” A Personal Touch • “I design for myself first and foremost unless it’s a custom order, of course. When it comes to creating from nothing, my best work comes from tapping into what I want to read and wear. It’s a personal process for me. I design to overcome my own internal struggles and fears.” LOCALE MAGAZINE 59
When a lady in a parking lot wanted to buy the simple leather clutch that Lili Tanner had made for herself, she knew she was onto something. That became the catalyst for what has now grown into a business. She now creates leather handbags and jewelry in her studio (open by appointment only) in Twentynine Palms, a city located in the middle of the Mojave Desert.
LILI TANNER CREDENTIALS: Handbag and Jewelry Designer, Lili T. California “It all comes out of my personal desire or need.”
Originally a writer, author and columnist, Tanner grew up in Switzerland and worked in advertising for many years before she found her true calling. Whether she is designing bags from the softest buttery leathers or making jewelry with precious metals and stones, her premise is always to create something she’d enjoy wearing first.
“I must really love the design and love wearing it. I discovered that if I’m really true to that, other people will love it too.”
“Simplicity done in a playful yet substantial way is how I would describe the jewelry. For the bags, the basis is always utilitarian simplicity with, again, a playful element be it color or a detail.”
Bought the Dream • “Diane von Fürstenberg bought two of my bags in Sun Valley, Idaho last summer. That made me happy.”
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Desert Oasis • “I love being swallowed by the solitary desert vastness that opens my mind in all directions and lets me be and work.” Anything Goes • What’s the epitome of California fashion for Tanner? “The simultaneousness of many different styles.”
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LILI T. CALIFORNIA 6905 Peterson Rd Twentynine Palms, CA 92277 310.508.0538 lilitcalifornia.com
When asked what her favorite item from her collection is, Tanner answered, “Always the latest one—new love and all.”
You may be surprised to learn that it takes Shoemaker Debra Hovel about 40 hours to make a pair of custom shoes. Her avant-garde style can be described as either Marie Antoinetteinspired, complete with bows, frills and embellishments, or veer to the other side of the scale with exotic skins and contemporary shapes that look like they’d be worn sometime in the future.
One Step Ahead
DEBRA HOVEL CREDENTIALS: Designer, Maker and Founder, Debra Hovel Footwear “I prize color, unique designs and comfort that make men and women want to stride. No mincing along for me. Strong powerful movement.”
Before embarking on her career, Hovel and her husband, Richard, had a design consultancy company, which meant she had always been involved in researching trends and colors. With shoes, she took that experience and turned it into something that she was able to create with her hands—but to be worn on the feet.
“My shoes are made to wear without socks— lots of color and happy combinations. Tan, happy feet in nice leather-lined shoes are my idea of great California style.”
“I love designs with references to the past but with something unique that will make people stop and ask me where I bought those shoes. I recently made several pairs for myself that illustrate this idea.”
She’s a Natural • “Nature puts all colors and patterns together and that amuses me to do the same with shoes.”
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Sole-ly Yours • Hovel never designs the same pair of shoes twice. Each pair is unique. DEBRA HOVEL FOOTWEAR 1611 S Calle Palo Fierro Palm Springs, CA 92264 612.483.0993 www.debrahovelfootwear.com
“Most of my clients end up being people who buy art. They seem to understand that my shoes are functional art.”
Step in Their Shoes • “Some models have worn my shoes, but I don’t court celebrities. I want to see strong, confident people, men and women, happy people, people who maybe have had pain in their feet, striding along, smiling. I love the idea that my clients tell the story of finding me, having custom handmade shoes made for them and they have a unique story to tell.” Play Matchmaker • “I want to design shoes that feature a collection of different lefts and rights to be worn together as you wish, depending on your mood and outfit. Every day a different combination, from the collection of shoes—a library of shoes that can be endlessly combined.” LOCALE MAGAZINE 61
Get in, We’re Going
Photos - BoConcept, Rolling Greens, Detox Market, The RealReal, Violet Grey, Bliss Home & Design
There’s a specific type of
shopper in all of us, from those who carry around a laundry list of items to those who window shop without having anything in mind—and this can change depending on the mood or day. But if you’re completely unsure of where to get a shag rug, vegan beauty products, retro sunglasses or Japanese flatware, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! In the following pages, we’ve split our guide into four categories: Vintage, Home, Beauty and Lifestyle. We’ve also sprinkled in a few extra bonus goodies for you to enjoy. So what are you waiting for? Treat yourself, your wardrobe and your home to a makeover for a luxurious upgrade!
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OFF TO THE MARKET Skip the mall for your next shopping spree and support some of your local businesses at these markets:
Seaglass Beads Bliss Home & Design
Home Decor Galore
BOCONCEPT 3311 Hyland Ave, Ste B Costa Mesa, 92626 www.boconcept.com
Fave Find: Fiesta Decor • Although Artelexia is our favorite one-stop shop for all sorts of Mexican goods, we’re especially fond of their home section. From beautiful milagros to stunning stoneware plates, it’s impossible to not fall in love with this shop. ARTELEXIA 3803 Ray St San Diego, CA 92104 www.artelexia.com
"Everyday is a journey, and the journey itself is home." —Matsuo Basho
Fave Find: Assorted Pottery • Let Rolling Greens’ massive selection breathe some life into your home and garden. From exotic orchids to custom-made artificial terrariums made at the Arrangement Bar, there’s nothing short of amazing here. ROLLING GREENS 9528 Jefferson Blvd Culver City CA 90232 rollinggreensnursery.com 64 LOCALE MAGAZINE
Fave Find: Bean and Bailey Porcelain Crystal Hanging Planters • In love with that gorgeously Instagrammable backyard aesthetic? Then GROW, with its outdoor-friendly decor, on-trend accents and gorgeous selection of planters, is the perfect place for you to pick up that next must-have item. GROW 1650 Abbot Kinney Blvd Venice, CA 90291 www.growvenice.com
Fave Find: Chilewich Shag Dot Floor Mats • This shop takes all the loud, bright styles of Palm Springs and tones them down into a selection of polished, colorful
items that are palatable yet still quintessentially midcentury modern. PELAGO 901 N Palm Canyon Dr, Ste 101 Palm Springs, CA 92262 pelagopalmsprings.com
Fave Find: One-Of-A-Kind Moroccan Ourika Rug • Inside The Shops At 1345 is a stunning oasis of authentic, handmade Berber textiles imported directly from Morocco. Brightly-colored handbags, intricate runners, traditional bridal cloaks—trust us, this is something you’re going to have to see to believe! SOUKIE MODERN 1345 N Palm Canyon Dr Palm Springs, CA 92262 www.soukiemodern.com
Orange International Street Fair Orange Fall 2019 orangestreetfair.org San Diego Vintage Flea Market Northpark Fall 2019 sdvintagefleamarket. com Unique Markets DTLA | Santa Monica Spring, Summer and Winter 2019 uniquemarkets.com/ losangeles Artist & Fleas Venice Saturdays, Year-Round artistsandfleas.com/ la-venice Palm Springs Vintage Market Palm Springs First Sundays Every Month, Year-Round palmspringsvintagemarket.com
Fave Find: Dunand Coffee Table • If you have exquisite taste in home furniture and decor, then step through the double doors of Bliss Home & Design where setups for bedrooms, living rooms and dining rooms exemplify their design skills. BLISS HOME & DESIGN 3321 E Coast Hwy Corona Del Mar, CA 92625 blisshomeanddesign.com
Fave Find: Norrebro Wool Throw Blanket • Founded in 2014 by a husband and wife duo, Norden is a minimalist’s paradise. With their neutral color schemes, close attention to craft and emphasis on functionality, there’s something to outfit any home. NORDEN 1053 S Coast Hwy 101 Encinitas, CA 92024 www.nordengoods.com
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Fave Find: Hampton Sofa • Modernity and simplicity go hand-inhand at BoConcept as furniture items are crafted with the utmost attention to detail and high-quality materials. From coffee tables to swanky armchairs, you will discover a new aesthetic for your home.
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WE WISH YOU LUXE Here’s where to find these must-have luxury items:
Photos - Violet Grey: Photo Courtesy of Violet Grey | ROOTS the Beauty Underground: Elizabeth Ann Photography | Credo Beauty: Photo Courtesy of Credo Beauty | The Detox Market: Photo Courtesy of The Detox Market | Shop Good: Natasha Boote Photography
Saint Jane Microdos Lip Gloss Credo Beauty
Beauty Revamp Your Routine Fave Find: Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum • When it comes to skincare and makeup, take a lesson from Hollywood. Each of VIOLET GREY’s products is approved by the Violet Code—a testing process with standards set by experts in the industry. VIOLET GREY 8452 Melrose Pl West Hollywood, CA 90069 www.violetgrey.com
Agent Provocateur Saffi Body Suit DESERT HILLS PREMIUM OUTLETS premiumoutlets.com/ outlet/desert-hills
Fave Find: COOLA | Mineral Face SPF 30 Matte Tint Moisturizer • With the tagline “Inspiring self-love through clean cosmetics,” ROOTS the Beauty Underground nurtures various skin types and helps each unique individual’s beauty grow naturally. Skin, hair and makeup—your journey to a healthy, glowing look starts here! ROOTS THE BEAUTY UNDERGROUND 384 Forest Ave, Ste 9 Laguna Beach, CA 92651 rootsbeauty.com
"Confidence breeds beauty." —Estee Lauder
Fave Find: Arnica Concealer • Motivated by her own wellness journey, Founder Leah Kirpalani launched her own beauty brand in an effort to help others discover the “power of clean living” by cultivating trustworthy, healthy products. SHOP GOOD 3030 N Park Way San Diego, CA 92104 shop-good.co
Fave Find: Living Hair Shampoo and Conditioner • Fresh, organic ingredients all blend together to give your body exactly what it needs—no, this isn’t a juice cleanse, it’s The Body Deli, Inc. skincare! Treat yourself with all-natural products like Blueberry Fusion Micro-Scrub or Lavender Chamomile Body Oil. THE BODY DELI, INC. 73560 El Paseo, Ste B Palm Desert, CA 92260 www.thebodydeli.com
Fave Find: Balancing Clay Exfoliant With Tea & Thyme • As soon as you walk in Qet Botanicals, you’re greeted with shelves of glass vials and a floral aroma. With skincare
products made out of plant-based ingredients, your body will undergo rejuvenation! QET BOTANICALS 223 Avenida Del Mar San Clemente, CA 92672 qetbotanicals.com
Fave Find: Herbivore Botanicals After Sun Body Mist • You’re conscious about what you put into your body, but what about what you put on to it? If you’re looking to go au naturale, look to fresh lines at H2O Closet such as Harper + Ari, Herbivore and Fazeek. H2O CLOSET 800 N Palm Canyon Dr Palm Springs, CA 92262 www.h2ocloset.com
Mattia Cielo Five-Row Bracelet in Rose Gold LEEDS & SON leedsandson.com Yellow Sapphire Mobile Butterfly Ring WINSTON’S CROWN JEWELERS www.winstonscrownjewelers.com Tibi Micro Pleated Midi Dress ATELIER 7918 www.atelier7918.com Rose Gold 18K Ribbon Earrings IRENE NEUWIRTH FINE JEWELRY ireneneuwirth.com Round Brilliant Cut Tennis Bracelet DAVID & SONS FINE JEWELERS www.davidandsonsjewelers.com In2Designs Black Pearl Earrings SIGI’S BOUTIQUE www.sigislajolla.com
Fave Find: Goop Himalayan Salt Scalp Scrub • A leader in clean beauty, all products carried by Credo have to meet The Credo Clean Standard; no “dirty” ingredients such as aluminum, animal by-products and phthalates, no surprises and absolutely no animal cruelty. CREDO BEAUTY 4305 La Jolla Village Dr, Ste 2460 San Diego, CA 92122 www.credobeauty.com
Fave Find: Los Feliz Botanicals Huntington Eau de Parfum • Whether you have sensitive skin or you are just looking for a more natural, sustainable beauty regimen, Detox Market has an array of organic goodies for you to choose from.
DETOX MARKET 1231 Montana Ave Santa Monica, CA 90403 www.thedetoxmarket.com
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Lifestyle A Little Bit of Everything Leather Necklace Zense
THE REALREAL 1901 Avenue of the Stars, Ste 300 Los Angeles, CA 90067 www.therealreal.com
Fave Find: Rope Chain Necklace • Full of unique finds from local and global artists, Zense has two incredible galleries for you to stop by and add an eccentric piece to your home or wardrobe. ZENSE 73255 El Paseo, Ste 20 Palm Desert, CA 92260 www.zensecollection.com
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"Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself." —George Bernard Shaw
Fave Find: Rustic Modern Planters • No matter what sort of ceramic style you’re into, Brian Bosworth can create it. From his signature Rustic Modern style pottery to his brightly-colored tiles, BKB Ceramics has a little something for everyone. BKB CERAMICS 61705 CA-62 Joshua Tree, CA 92252 bkbceramics.bigcartel.com 66 LOCALE MAGAZINE
Fave Find: Japanese Ceramic Tableware • Born out of wanting to share their favorite Japanese products from their yearly travels, it's clear to see that every item has been selected by Darrell Baum and Osamu Sagara with love. WABI SABI JAPAN LIVING 258 N Palm Canyon Dr Palm Springs, CA 92262 wabisabijapanliving.com
Fave Find: Reina Del Bosque Print by Gustavo Rimada • An amazing spot located in the heart of the Barrio Logan Arts District, Simón Limón is a showroom featuring an incredible collection of works from
local artists and designers. There’s never been a better opportunity to support your local makers! SIMÓN LIMÓN 2185 Logan Ave San Diego, CA 92113 www.shopsimonlimon.com
Fave Find: Terra Cotta Hanging Planters • Tucked away in a compact storefront lies everything you need to turn your home into a desert oasis. With its abundant selection of rare cacti and plant containers, the Cactus Store is a garden guru’s paradise. CACTUS STORE 1505 1/2 Echo Park Ave Los Angeles, CA 90026 www.hotcactus.la
Fave Find: Broken Top Candle Company Linen Spray • There’s something about a store that carries everything from lip balm and scarves to baby onesies and tea kettles that just makes our heart sing. Kiko and Sven has everything you didn’t know you needed...and then some! KIKO AND SVEN 3723 Adams Ave San Diego, CA 92116 www.kikoandsven.com
Fave Find: Floral Memo Pad • Nestled in Old Town Tustin, Sugar Press is where Chrissy Teigen got her wedding invitations done. The cute, stationery boutique displays cards and invitations made out of an assortment of paper for a classic, quality touch! SUGAR PRESS 145 W First St, Ste A Tustin, CA 92780 www.sugar-press.com
Fave Find: Joven Classic Crew Socks • Socks galore! Whether you’re looking for athletic, comfortable or just fun and uniquely designed socks, Stance’s collection is worth stopping in your tracks. Their graphic t-shirts are stylish and made for the adventurer. STANCE 839 Spectrum Center Dr Irvine, CA 92618 www.stance.com
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Fave Find: Louis Vuitton x Supreme Red Epi Leather Keepall Bandoulière 45 • Leave the guesswork out of it when shopping consignment. The RealReal’s is chock-full of authenticated, exclusive, high-quality designer items such as kid’s Christian Dior Oxfords or a men’s Burberry jacket.
Photos - The Fine Art of Design: Zoe Michelle | What Goes Around Comes Around: Photo Courtesy of What Goes Around Comes Around | Swellegant Vintage: Photo Courtesy of Swellegant Vintage | The Way We Wore: Adam Gentry | Revivals: Dean Mayo
Vintage Discovering the Decades Fave Find: Vintage Gowns • From stacks of pillbox hats to a colorcoordinated wall of luxurious womenswear, The Fine Art of Design has everything you could possibly need to give your wardrobe a midcentury pop.
THE FINE ART OF DESIGN 73717 Hwy 111 Palm Desert, CA 92260 www.thefineartofdesign.com
Fave Find: Hermes Leather Belt With Gold H Buckle • Timeless treasures, classic chic and retrofabulous fashion all come together under the roof of What Goes Around Comes Around. If you’re looking for authenticity and collectibility, you’ve come to the right place.
"Elegance is the only beauty that never fades."—Audrey Hepburn
Fave Find: Leopard Print Coat • True vintage comes from quality and rarity. At Swellegant, exclusive finds range from colorfully-patterned shirts and dresses to timeless accessories; there’s an item worth catching your attention in every corner.
SWELLEGANT VINTAGE 3409 Newport Blvd Newport Beach, CA 92663 swellegantvintageclothing.com
ELSEWHERE VINTAGE 105 W Chapman Ave Orange, CA 92866 @elsewherevintage
Fave Find: ‘60s “Catalina” Playsuit • If you’re looking to amp up your green shopping game, Frock You Vintage is a great place to start. You may enter with an urge to browse, but there’s no
doubt in our minds that you’ll be leaving with a piece of history. FROCK YOU VINTAGE 4121 Park Blvd San Diego, CA 92103 www.frockyouvintage.com
Fave Find: 1970s Roncelli Two-Piece • Whether you like to dabble with band tees or your closet looks like a time capsule from the ‘70s, La Loupe Vintage has a little something for everyone who’s looking for that rock’n’roll sort of edge. LA LOUPE VINTAGE 3337 Adams Ave San Diego, CA, 92116 www.laloupevintage. squarespace.com/home
Popsikle Shop En Route in: OC and LA popsikleshop.com Selvedge Dry Goods En Route in: OC and LA www.selvedgedrygoods.com
WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND 9520 Brighton Way Beverly Hills, CA 90210 whatgoesaroundnyc.com
Fave Find: Retro Sunglasses • Swing and jazz music invites you to Elsewhere Vintage where flapper dresses hang on the walls and glass display cases show off dazzling rings, watches and bracelets. Dapper Day outfits are abundant!
THE WHEEL DEAL Where to find these boutiques on wheels:
Freehand Boutique En Route in: Los Angeles freehandboutique.com Sugar and Spiked Boutique En Route in: Los Angeles www.sugarandspikedbeautique.com Wear on Wheels En Route in: Los Angeles wearonwheels.com Le Fashion Truck En Route in: Los Angeles lefashiontruck.com Therapie En Route in: San Diego therapieboutique.com Kitty James En Route in: San Diego @lovekittyjames
Fave Find: Designer Handbags • No matter what decade or designer you’re looking for, The Way We Wore is THE destination for exquisite, high-end vintage wear. Looking for inspo? Make an appointment to explore Owner Doris Raymond’s personal resource library. THE WAY WE WORE 334 S La Brea Ave Los Angeles, CA 90036 www.thewaywewore.com
Fave Find: Midcentury Furniture • Whether you’re looking for clothing or furniture, when you see the expansive selection of resale finds at Revivals, you’ll know why it’s such a local favorite! Plus, shopping here helps support client services at Desert AIDS Project. REVIVALS 611 S Palm Canyon Dr Palm Springs, CA 92264 revivalsstores.com
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MESHELL “MIMI” SOHL IS THE AUDREY HEPBURN OF JEWELRY WRITTEN BY: ANNIE KIM PHOTOGRAPHED BY: CHARLIE CHIPMAN
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“I want people to feel like they’ve come home at Mimi et Cie. I want them to feel like they’ve entered a world that is not stressful, not cluttered. It’s just a calm and soothing experience.” –MESHELL “MIMI” SOHL
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Heart and Sohl
Meet Meshell “Mimi” Sohl. She is the Founder and Owner of Mimi et Cie, a French-inspired jewelry boutique comfortably nestled in the quaint and charming Pasadena Playhouse District. With decades of industry knowledge and a zest for life that’s rarely encountered, Sohl is redefining the luxury experience in the realm of high-end jewelry. From miniscule details to seeing the big picture, Sohl spends countless hours planning every inch of the shop to ensure that her clients receive the highest quality of care in their Mimi experience. You can bet that each sparkle is accompanied with a whole lot of love!
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• Sohl doesn’t leave the house without wearing her platinum channel-set diamond bracelet that was gifted by her husband, Nelson A. Holdo, who is an exceptional private jeweler.
“I touch every single piece of jewelry that comes into this store before I buy it.” –MESHELL “MIMI” SOHL
• Sohl is a born and raised Pasadena native. She is passionate about giving back to her community in various forms of charity work. “I spread the love in all the ways I can,” says Sohl.
“Love is in the details”–a motto Sohl lives by professionally and personally. At Mimi et Cie, you may find a few chic necklaces with rare Tahitian pearls or one 6.35-carat, pristine yellow diamond ring on display, but there’s no shortage on love. Despite being a partner with some of the most prestigious jewelry brands in the world– Mikimoto, Roberto Coin and Parmigiani Fleurier to name a few–jewelry isn’t the first thing you notice when entering Mimi et Cie. To your right, you’ll be greeted with a delectable assortment of seasonal candy in various, elongated vases waiting to be enjoyed. The boutique’s Parisianesque designs and walls colored in a custom blend of cool blue with notes of pastel, known as the “Mimi Blue," will immediately make you feel welcomed and relaxed. After years of perfecting her craft as a jeweler while climbing the ranks of management and working for a large established jewelry store, Sohl felt that it didn’t need to be grandeur to sell a half-a-million-dollar piece. “It needs to be something that everyone feels comfortable coming to. I want people to feel like they’ve come home at Mimi et Cie,” shares Sohl. “I want them to feel like they’ve entered a world that is not stressful, not cluttered. It’s just a calm and soothing experience.” The idea to redefine the true luxury experience dawned on Sohl when she was in Paris in 2002. She was
• Every Christmas morning, right before Sohl and her family begin opening presents, she’ll announce, “Okay everyone, stop! Now think of all the presents that are opened by Mimi et Cie and what’s happening in those moments.”
exclusively handpicked by Cartier–one of the most distinguished jewelry manufacturers–to visit their design center in France and train at their watch school in Switzerland.
the feeling–the blissful feeling of adoration and appreciation that stirs in the lucky person who opens a gift personally handpicked with every detail catered to suit the receiver’s lifestyle and taste.
Mimi et Cie–Sohl’s vision to combine luxury and love–came to life on Nov. 1, 2010, and has become a safe haven for her clients, whom she calls her second family. Sohl’s clients, who are all referralbased, will come in throughout the year, not even to buy jewelry, but to hang out and wind down with their favorite drink.
“I had a client call me and say I’m not doing jewelry this year, but I need a cactus. I let them know I’ve got it covered,” explains Sohl. “If it’s not jewelry, I still want them to give her something that she’s gonna be thrilled about!” Sohl’s genuine passion to do what’s best for her clients is the reason why they trust Mimi et Cie to find a jewelry piece that captures the importance of all their crucial life milestones.
“We do a lot of business with men who are buying for their significant other, hence the alcohol,” explains Sohl. A two-story, rusted gold stand occupies the corner closest to Sohl’s office and is where her regulars will find their favorite drink: the Macallan 12, WhistlePig 10, Grey Goose Vodka and so on. In her office awaits a wet bar stocked with Perrier, Champagne and a secret stash of Coors Light (a preferred drink for one of her clients). “It’s an interesting thing what we do–we start with these clients and we watch them get married, have kids and sometimes, there’s tears in this office, sometimes there’s laughter in this office,” shares Sohl. “We pour our hearts and souls into every single interaction, and there weren’t lots during our humble beginnings, but every single one was handled with white gloves and filled with love.” For Sohl, it has never been about selling jewelry; money is never the motivation. It’s all about
But if the occasion calls for gifting jewelry, which is almost always the case, clients can rest assured that Mimi et Cie only partners with brands that adhere to the highest standards of quality. “I touch every single piece of jewelry that comes into this store before I buy it,” shares Sohl. During the inspection phase, she takes on the perspective of her clients and runs each piece of jewelry through a series of tests for design and aesthetics to material and packaging. “It’s the best job,” raves Sohl. “I love people. I think people for the most part are so good and so kind.” And love is the steady heartbeat of Sohl’s that brings joy into the homes of her clients and keeps them coming back again and again to visit Mimi et Cie. After all, love is in the details. “The littlest details,” adds Sohl. LOCALE MAGAZINE 71
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PURPOSE Redefined MADE BY DWC IS TAKING WOMENâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S HOMELESSNESS FROM THE STREETS TO BOUTIQUES
WRITTEN BY: ANNIE KIM PHOTOGRAPHED BY: ANGEL MANUEL
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DOWNTOWN WOMEN’S CENTER 442 S San Pedro St Los Angeles, CA 90013 213.680.0600 www.downtownwomenscenter.org Photoshoot Location: MADE BY DWC RESALE BOUTIQUE 325 S Los Angeles St Los Angeles, CA 90013 213.225.8020 www.madebydwc.org
“I wanted to make sure she knows that we haven’t forgotten about her. Even though she came here for one objective, we still need to stand behind her and support her, not just the objective.” —Stephanie Gentry
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Stephanie’s Mantra “I had to realize that there was nothing I had to fear—absolutely nothing. I’m taking the opportunity and I’m running with it. So, being fearless is my thing,” said Gentry.
Like most people who move to Los Angeles, Stephanie Gentry had envisioned big dreams for herself and was determined to follow them. In March of 2018, Gentry moved from her North Carolina home of 13 years to find herself homeless on the streets of Skid Row. “When you hear LA, most people immediately think of Hollywood, but when you come from a place like Skid Row, it really changes your whole idea of what LA is about,” said Gentry. We never expect the worst, but great organizations like Made By DWC are here to help women like Gentry find hope and regain their spark.
Gentry’s life in Los Angeles would have been different if it hadn’t been for Made By DWC. Made By DWC–operated by the Downtown Women’s Center (DWC)–is a social enterprise that aims to serve and empower women experiencing homelessness by providing job training skills and transitional employment in the realm of retail and product creation. For Gentry, DWC turned one of her life’s hardest moments into an opportunity that helped her discover her talents and allowed her to reinvent herself. “The intensity, the need that’s out there in Skid Row—it’s heartbreaking,” recalled Gentry. “And to actually be someone who had to experience that, I’m grateful that there were places like DWC that were available to keep my mind situated on believing that I can get past this.” The Downtown Women’s 82 LOCALE MAGAZINE
Center provided her with stable housing which allowed her to reflect and gain clarity with life; Made By DWC sparked her purpose and gave her a career to call her own. As a mother of two, Gentry devoted her entire life to caring for her children, who are now both grown adults. She has always seen herself as just a mother. “I had no idea that it was available for me to think of myself as more than that,” she said. In the past, Gentry worked a number of jobs but never considered it to be a career. “I only did it because I needed to do it at the time,” she admitted. Once she had transitioned out of the homeless shelter and into DWC, Gentry started looking at her talents and interests. Made By DWC has two locations: Resale Boutique and Café & Gift Boutique. Their main mission is to
Together We Can The Downtown Women’s Center gave Gentry hope, encouragement and a sense of community. “It’s a rarity to actually have a place where women are all gathered together,” explained Gentry. Made With Love At the front of the Resale Boutique store is a display of signature products: candles, bags with motivational messages, soaps, repurposed journals, cards and gift sets, all handMADE by DWC women. The proceeds contribute to ending women’s homelessness in Los Angeles.
help women get to a point where they need to be, described Gentry. The organization inspires women to become even greater than they already are. This past December, Gentry was hired as a Retail Associate for the Resale Boutique. “I don’t know what I did right, but they hired me and that was exciting! Surprising, too,” she exclaimed with a chuckle. Anyone who is lucky enough to cross paths with Gentry will immediately know the reasons for her hire. With her natural ability to make people feel welcomed, her kindness radiates through her sweet smile and her desire to help others. In the midst of the chaotic hustle on South Los Angeles Street, you’ll find the Resale Boutique, a brick-colored building with a beautiful art mural— known as “Teaparty” by Ann Alexandra Wolken— that displays women from all backgrounds, working alongside one another on a long kitchen counter covered with various foods. Near the top left corner, the word “LOVE” is in bold and filled with maroon red with cadet blue polka dots. The Resale Boutique offers a collection of vintage, contemporary and brand-named clothing items, shoes, purses and accessories for women, along with a small selection for men. As a Retail Associate, Gentry always looks forward to making the shop look its best and loves changing up the mannequins to provide outfit inspirations for her customers. “I love being able to come in and make sure that everything looks as fresh as it did from the day before,” she said. The layout of the store is neatly decorated with a variety of clothing racks and sections of shoes and
Made by DWC’s main mission is to help women get to a point where they need to be, described Gentry. The organization inspires women to become even greater than they already are.
accessories, all organized by styles—business attire, casual and streetwear, office outfits, semi-formal looks, party dresses and so on. The diverse fashion displayed at the Resale Boutique is the type of closet Gentry wants to have at her house. All items are donations that are resold at an affordable price. It provides women who may be financially struggling with an opportunity to purchase brand-named clothes—Adidas, Steve Madden, Michael Kors—to help them feel confident for any occasion. Whether it’s a power suit for the office or a cocktail dress for a party, Gentry loves helping her customers find the perfect outfit to help them get where they need to be. Recently, she helped a young lady find a blazer to wear for her job interview. Shortly after, Gentry gave the young lady a phone call to see how the interview went. “She got the job,” said Gentry with a grin. “I wanted to make sure she knows that we haven’t forgotten about her. Even though she came here for one objective, we still need to stand behind her and support her, not just the objective.” Gentry continued, “That’s what DWC has shown me. Even when you walk out those doors with what you need, they are still there to support you along the way. I had to return the favor.” She’s already returned the favor and will continue to do so. In the near future, Gentry’s goal is to get into entrepreneurship in hopes to spread awareness and fight together with DWC in the battle to end women’s homelessness. She added, “I want to help empower women to move forward in their journey.”
“The intensity, the need that’s out there in Skid Row—it’s heartbreaking. And to actually be someone who had to experience that, I’m grateful that there were places like DWC that were available to keep my mind situated on believing that I can get past this.” —Stephanie Gentry
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FIRST BITE Experience La Vita Bella at This Amalfi Coast-Inspired Restaurant
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MEALS DECONSTRUCTED Cafe Gratitude’s Take on a Macrobiotic Bowl Is Delicious and Nutritious
ROCK & BREWS 143 Main St El Segundo, CA 90245 310.627.2137 www.rockandbrews.com
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Jewel of the Sea
FALL IN LOVE AT FIRST BITE WITH CAL MARE’S PASTA-BAKED BRANZINO
WRITTEN BY: JENNIFER PELLERITO
It’s easy to imagine a gentle Mediterranean sea breeze wafting through the impossibly lofty ceilings and curved arches that define the mood at Cal Mare. The latest West Coastmeets-Amalfi Coast fusion restaurant from Chef Adam Sobel contains an immaculate indoor pergola adorned with luscious bougainvillea and twinkling string lights. Tufted, cozy half-moon booths and peacock-blue midcentury stools frame an all-white marbled bar, just enough eye candy to tempt you into sipping down an Aperol spritz—maybe even two.
FOOD • Cal Mare’s menu offers a vibrant taste of coastal Italian cuisine infused with Southern California influences.
It’s a scene that would be enough to satiate your senses, if only your stomach didn’t need filling, too. Hunger is a blessing in disguise at Cal Mare, especially with a dish such as Chef Sobel’s signature pasta-baked branzino on the menu. “I wanted to try a new way of preparing a whole fish that is elegant to present tableside. Instead of the usual predictable salt-crusted whole fish, I invented a way to use very salted pasta dough instead,” says Chef Sobel. The pasta noodle wrap is key to retaining moisture in the fish as it cooks, allowing the seasonings to work their magic. The fish walks a tightrope between too salty and not salty enough, a balancing act that Chef Sobel accomplishes without wavering. Seasoned with fennel flowers, oregano and extra-virgin olive oil straight from Corleone, Sicily, the fish is soft, delicate and simply falls apart, providing a buttery mouthfeel enjoyed in every bite. If you need a sauce, three options await—an intense smoked butter, eggplant caponata and an awakening salsa verde infused with basil, cilantro and avocado. Even the flour used to make the pasta that wraps the fish
DECOR • An outdoor patio gives way to the energy of street-side La Cienega Blvd, while indoor seating provides the trendy atmosphere of a modern Italian kitchen.
NOTHING FISHY ABOUT IT • The branzino is sourced from Dock to Dish, an international network of small-scale fishermen working to make local, low-impact and sustainable seafood more accessible.
PRICE • Guests can enjoy cocktails, spritz and wine by the glass starting at $12, and indulge in main courses starting at $19.
“I genuinely love to make people happy with delicious, soulful cooking. Being able to bring happiness to others through the craft is what fuels me,” says the chef. Handmade pasta and brick oven pizzas spice up the air with the vibrato of diners who come near and far, begging to be whisked away by Cal Mare’s dreamy Italian ambiance. Top off your meal when the after-dinner digestif cart rolls by, serving up a variety of limoncellos and liqueurs to help settle the six courses you’ve just consumed—like only a true Italian would, of course.
• Cal Mare hits all the high notes, delighting guests with awe-inspiring decor, drinks and innovative dishes.
CAL MARE 8500 Beverly Blvd, Ste 115 Los Angeles, CA 90048 424.332.4595 www.michaelmina.net
Photography Provided By: Joran Wise & The Social Kat
is authentically Italian, made from heirloom ancient grains.
Local Mixologists Show off Their Takes on Seasonal Ingredients
WRITTEN BY: DEANNA NGUYEN PHOTOGRAPHED BY: CALLIE BIGGERSTAFF Every drink that you see at the bar is one made with creative flavors and diverse ingredients. For six talented bartenders in Los Angeles, they will undergo LOCALEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s traditional mixology challenge and push themselves to go beyond their usual recipes. As summer would have it, the chosen ingredients are lemon, orange and passion fruitâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a burst of sweet and sour citruses for the taste buds. Find out how every two bartenders utilized the must-use ingredient along with which dishes from their restaurants that make the perfect pair.
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Squeeze the Day
WASTING THYME INGREDIENTS
E AT T H I S W I T H T H AT • “With a rich dish like [the] classic Bavarian Chicken Schnitzel, you need acid and effervescence to push back against the intense, heavy flavors. Lemon is an excellent weapon for that.”
• FreshSqueezed Lemon Juice • Scarborough Bitters • Dry Sherry • Demerara Syrup • Montenegro • Leopold’s Summer Gin • Tonic Water • Thyme Garnish
C R E AT I V E J U I C E S • “The creative aspect [of bartending] is a huge outlet for me… As an introvert, it forces me to use my social muscle that would probably atrophy otherwise.” WHY YOU A L WAY S L I M I N ’ • “If we’re talking cocktails, I’ll never be disappointed with a well-made margarita… Lime and tequila go together like a dream, and agave syrup and triple-sec really help to balance those two out with body, sweetness and a hint of orange.”
NEAT.LA 11780 W Pico Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90064 310.881.7081 www.neat.la
JAMESON ALGATT Partner at neat.LA
GIVE US SOME THYME “What I love about the Wasting Thyme is that it has a dryness you don’t typically experience in a shaken cocktail, without sacrificing the refreshing element of the gin and lemon.” 90 LOCALE MAGAZINE
SOUR POWER “Lemon sours are one of my favorites to play with because you can branch out in so many directions without breaking your creative bank.”
BALANCE IS KEY “neat.LA is a neighborhood bar that takes its craft seriously, but not its persona, ambiance, vibe—whatever you want to call it. Our goal is to be a place where people...feel welcomed, not marginalized.”
The Sweet Sprig
E AT T H I S W I T H T H AT
THE SWEET SPRIG INGREDIENTS • Lemon • Candied Lemon Wheel • Sugar • Yellow Chartreuse • Gin • Rosemary Sprig
• “It pairs well with the Cauliflower Calabrese because the sweetness and lemon from the drink balance well with the acidity and spice of the Calabrese brine. The citrus also highlights the flavor of the roasted cauliflower.” LEARNING CURVE • “[My favorite part about bartending is] learning about different spirits and liqueurs and their different stories and methods. [Also,] being able to share that knowledge through cocktails to my guests.” W H I S K E Y AWAY • “[My favorite drink is] a Sezarac. Not only for its history, but also because the mix of sugar, the anise in the absinthe and whiskey (sometimes cognac) is just the perfect cocktail for me.”
PLAN CHECK KITCHEN + BAR 1800 Sawtelle Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90025 310.444.1411 www.plancheck.com
Lead Bartender at Plan Check Kitchen + Bar
KICK IT TO THE HERB “[The Sweet Sprig] will be a sweet and herbaceous experience. The sugary lemon balances with the herbal sweet flavors of the yellow chartreuse but packs a decent punch. The gin helps bring out that fruity, herbal taste of the cocktail.”
YOU’RE THE ZEST “Lemon cocktails are usually sour and tart. I wanted to contrast that and make something sweet with lemon.”
ON OUR CHECKLIST “Plan Check Kitchen + Bar is an essential LA casual dining option— comfort food, fresh cocktails and the most friendly service. Each location is complete with a full bar, amazing burgers, a killer fried chicken sandwich, badass wings and relaxed vibes.” LOCALE MAGAZINE 91
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E AT T H I S W I T H T H AT • “The Azalea and the Tuna Tartare are both bright and complex... The orange in the Azalea pairs amazingly with the mild tangerine in the Tuna Tartare.” SOCIAL BUTTERFLY • “My favorite part about being a bartender is the social interaction while being able to showcase my creative abilities in a consumable form. I love meeting people who have stepped outside of their busy work/personal lives for a moment to take a load off.”
AZALEA INGREDIENTS • Orange Peel • Pierre Ferrand Dry Curacao • Cocchi Rosa Vermouth • Reposado Tequila • Lemon Juice • Tempus Fugit Creme de Cacao • Simple Syrup
IN HIGH SPIRITS • “My go-to drink is a Negroni… It is bitter and sweet while highlighting bright citrus, still being spirit-forward and maintaining the delicate flavors of a good dry gin.” ÉLEPHANTE 1332 2nd St Santa Monica, CA 90401 424.320.2384 www.elephantela.com
Bar Director at Élephante
READY TO MINGLE “The Azalea is a refreshing, poolside cocktail. It highlights bright citrus and mellow floral notes with a delicate undertone of chocolate.” 92 LOCALE MAGAZINE
ORANGE YOU GLAD? “When using oranges in cocktails, I prefer to utilize the aroma and mixers, such as liqueurs and vermouth, that embolden the flavor of oranges. [The Azalea] contains orange oils from the peel, resulting in a bold orange flavor without using any orange juice.”
THE ELEPHANTE IN THE ROOM “Élephante is a must-dine LA location because of the whole package that it offers. It’s upscale yet casual and you can truly feel comfortable while enjoying excellent food and beverage.”
Ketel One Botanicals Spritzer
E AT T H I S W I T H T H AT
KETEL ONE BOTANICALS SPRITZER INGREDIENTS • Orange Zest • Ketel One Botanical Vodka • Prosecco • Soda Water
• “The Garcia Farm’s Citrus & Avocado Salad Shaved Fennel’s warm citrus notes, buttery avocado, nuttiness and bitter fennel are perfectly complemented and enhanced by the cocktail’s balance of orange blossom and Prosecco.” BARTENDER LOVE AND CARE • “I love the creativity and camaraderie of bartending. It really feels good to create cocktails that bring joy to each individual and to assist people in creating happy, lasting memories.” OLDIE BUT GOODIE • “I love a good Old Fashioned. The spice of the whiskey, the balance of sweet and bitter and the freshness of the citrus oil from the orange twist make it lively, vibrant and heart-warming.”
THE BUNGALOW 101 Wilshire Blvd Santa Monica, CA 90401 310.899.8530 www.thebungalow.com
LUKE GERARD Mixologist at The Bungalow
H O M E AWAY F R O M H O M E “From the moment you step inside [The Bungalow], you feel like you have stepped into a world-traveler’s beach house and they are inviting you to hang out, relax and make memories of your own.”
G O L D E N S TAT E OF MIND “We wanted to create a refreshing cocktail to be reminiscent of California’s sunshine and orange groves, and the beautiful sunsets from our Bungalow deck.”
SUN WORSHIPPER “Notes of fresh and vibrant peach and orange blossom mix effortlessly with the clean and effervescent finish of Prosecco and a splash of soda water. This balanced cocktail awakens the senses and is the perfect drink to sip in the sun.” LOCALE MAGAZINE 93
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Back to the Tarte
E AT T H I S W I T H T H AT • “Henrietta’s Sling pairs nicely with the Grilled Cheese Panini because of the texture and flavors that bounce back and forth from each other. Combined with the sparkling wine and fruity flavor along with the gooey cheese, it really makes you smile.” STIRRED, NOT SHAKEN • “We combine all the ingredients into a mixing glass and stir rather than shake to maintain the silky texture of the drink.”
HENRIETTA’S SLING INGREDIENTS • Giffard Passion Fruit Liqueur • Plantation Xamayca Rum • Lustau Fino Sherry • Mead Syrup • Angostura Bitters • Fresh Lime Juice • Azimut Cava Brut Nature
YOU SO WINE • “I love natural wine… I’ve come to really enjoy mousey wines, which is essentially meant to describe the result of a wine’s imperfection, usually due to the lack of added sulfites during production.” BIBO ERGO SUM 116 N Robertson Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90048 424.343.0066 www.biboergosumla.com
DANIEL ZACHARCZUK General Manager of Bibo Ergo Sum
ALL GOOD IN THE HOOD “We see ourselves as a neighborhood bar, and our neighbors have been generous in welcoming us as we welcome them.” 94 LOCALE MAGAZINE
SLING ALONG “I knew I wanted to make a drink that would mimic a glass of vintage Champagne. Honey and passion fruit are common tasting notes for such a beverage so I ran with it and landed on Henrietta’s Sling.”
W H AT D O Y O U M E A D ? “The essence...is meant to be a glass of Champagne as a cocktail. Flavors you might experience in a glass of Champagne are much more pronounced by the use of mead syrup and passion fruit liqueur.”
Alma De Sol
E AT T H I S W I T H T H AT
ALMA DE SOL INGREDIENTS • Passion Fruit Juice • Avion Reposado • Arbol Chili & Tumeric-Infused St. Germain • Lemon Juice • Agave • Zucca Amaro • Merlot Float
• “The Merlot float [in the Alma De Sol] pairs well with the Carne Asada Hot Rock because red wine and red meat are always a great match. The heat from the peppers, salsas and juicy meat [complements] the bright turmeric and fruit flavors.” SIPS FOR THE SOL • “The Alma De Sol really does encompass everything that I love about being a Beverage Director. I love trying interesting flavors together and creating interactive elements for guests.” KEEP IT SIMPLE • “[My go-to drink is] tequila or mezcal neat! Usually, if I am getting a cocktail, I opt for a simple margarita.”
TOCA MADERA 8450 W 3rd St Los Angeles, CA 90048 323.852.9400 www.tocamadera.com
CHARITY JOHNSTON Beverage Director at The Madera Group
PA S S I O N AT E F R O M M I L E S AWAY “People already love passion fruit and they think it is sweet but it is actually really tart. By combining the passion fruit with other out-of-the-box ingredients, it makes the drink stand out. Also, the Merlot float makes the drink super interactive… Adding that extra element really rounds out the cocktail.”
UN TOQUE ESPECIAL “When it comes to cocktail-specific bars, usually the food is not up to par. As a high volume, fast-paced restaurant, Toca Madera is able to create the ultimate experience. We have an amazing atmosphere, exceptionally elevated, modern Mexican dishes and an extremely strong and diverse cocktail program that is meant to be an integral part of the entire experience.” LOCALE MAGAZINE 95
Nashville Hot Wings Ingredients: • Roasted Chicken Wings and Thighs • Nashville Paste • Buttermilk • Bread and Butter Pickles • Served With Ranch and Coleslaw
NASHVILLE H OT W I N G S
Rockin’ Food CAJUN AND ASIAN-INSPIRED FLAVORS ARE ROCK ‘N’ ROLLING OUR WORLD AT ROCK & BREWS
WRITTEN BY: ASHLEE POLAREK PHOTOGRAPHED BY: STEFANIE PARKINSON
N AT I V E KNOWLEDGE N ’AW L I N S JA M B A L AYA
• The subtle spiciness of the N’Awlins Jambalaya perfectly complements the kick from the peppers and light sautee to the shrimp. “It’s a traditional, unbelievable jambalaya,” said Goldblum. You won’t feel guilty digging into the colorful display of cajun flavor as this comfort dish warms the belly and the soul.
The vibe at Rock & Brews is that of a summertime backyard party with friends. American regional food meets classic rock in the dining room of the original location in El Segundo. You don’t have to be into rock music to love this place; the family-friendly restaurant is suitable for kids, pop queens and foodies alike. We chatted with Bill Goldblum, Senior Vice President of Rock & Brews, about some new Cajun and Asian-inspired dishes on the menu.
• The dish is inspired by a recipe from the late New Orleans, Creole and Cajun specialty chef, Paul Prudhomme.
• The devilishly spicy coating on these wings will leave your fingers red and your mouth on fire. The skin is crispy even under the thick layer of spices and the meat inside stays perfectly moist, exploding into your mouth as soon as you bite into it. “You definitely must love spicy food to enjoy these wings,” Bill Goldblum explained.
N AT I V E KNOWLEDGE
• Rock & Brews uses Top Chef alum Bruce Kalman’s very own bread and butter pickles from BK Brinery to top the dish. They’re easily some of the tastiest pickles around and are the perfect way to accent the dish and combat the heat from the wings.
N’Awlins Jambalaya Ingredients: • Chicken • Red and Green Bell Peppers • Onions • Shrimp • Clam Juice • Garlic • Andouille Sausage • Rice
EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK • All menu development comes from the El Segundo location, where you’ll often see dishes that you won’t find at other locations.
FRESH OFF THE REGION • Rock & Brews uses top-quality, locally-sourced, fresh ingredients across their American regionalinspired menu.
BEER UP, FRIEND • Rock & Brews focuses on local breweries that have anywhere between 48-66 beers on tap and 100 different bottles for beer lovers. They rotate flavors on a regular basis so you can always try something new.
ROCK & BREWS 143 Main St El Segundo, CA 90245 310.627.2137 rockandbrews.com
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Cafe Gratitudeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Whole Bowl Gets to the Root of PlantBased Living
WRITTEN BY: JORDAN NISHKIAN PHOTOGRAPHED BY: VICTORIA WALL HARRIS
“I love the fact that we are creating food that...supports regenerative agriculture, animal welfare and a general sense of giving back as opposed to taking away.” —CHEF DREUX ELLIS
Photoshoot Location: CAFE GRATITUDE 512 Rose Ave Venice, CA 90291 424.231.8000 300 S Santa Fe Ave Los Angeles, CA 90013 213.929.5580 www.cafegratitude.com LOCALE MAGAZINE 99
Whole Bowl Deconstructed
“We're a scratch kitchen and we make everything on-site, but it's not fancy food. It's well-done, handmade food.” —Chef Dreux Ellis
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Cafe Gratitude named this dish the “Whole Bowl” because “it contains all of the nutritional elements that one would need to get through the day.”
#Blessed • “I’m vegan, and it’s been an incredible palette for me to work on for the past 10 years,” shares Chef Ellis. “Now we have seven restaurants—yeah, I feel really blessed.” Appetizing Affirmations • When ordering your food at Cafe Gratitude, use “I am” statements such as “I am Radiant” or “I am Invigorated.” Love Where You Work • “We have an aspect of transformation within the work environment,” Chef Ellis says. “People come to work and they feel, ‘Oh, I can be myself here,’ and feel supported by the community we are working for.”
The bowl is a gorgeous mix of a variety of deliciously good-for-you flavors.
Foodies, rejoice! Cafe Gratitude is serving up a
staple menu item that carnivores, herbivores and
omnivores can all
agree on. The Whole Bowl is Cafe
Gratitude’s take on a macrobiotic bowl, which, according to Executive Chef Dreux Ellis, has been on the menu
“since day one.” “It’s been the numberone seller on our menu for 12 years!” Chef Ellis says. “It’s crazy popular.”
A macrobiotic bowl, otherwise known as a Buddha bowl, is a convenient and tasty way to enjoy a macrobiotic diet, which stems from the Buddhist principle of yin and yang balance. “Traditionally, a macrobiotic bowl has a grain, a legume, a pickled item and usually a root vegetable as well,” Chef Ellis explains. “And then a sea vegetable—in our case it’s sea palm. Then we brighten it up with our Tahini dressing.” The root vegetable gets switched out seasonally, typically with a butternut squash for winter and garnet yams for the summer. “We tried other things, but those seem to be the crowd favorites, so I usually keep that switch-out,” explains Chef Ellis. Cafe Gratitude named this dish the “Whole Bowl” because it “contains all of the nutritional elements that one would need to get through the day.” Full of protein, carbs and good fats, the Whole Bowl has “all the elements of a complete meal,” which Chef Ellis believes is the reason why people gravitate towards it so much. The bowl is a gorgeous mix of deliciously good-foryou flavors. When it first comes out of the scratch kitchen, you instantly smell the intoxicating, earthy aroma of the adzuki beans and a garlicky bite from their house-made tahini sauce. Once on the table, you’re greeted by an amazing collage of color. The rich greens of the sauteed kale and strands of tender sea palm are only accented by the bright, warm jewel tones of the kimchee and the butternut squash. Served with a choice of quinoa, brown rice or both, each bite of the Whole Bowl offers a new mix of flavors and textures. The smooth, creamy butternut squash mixed with the slight chew of the grains comes alive with the acidic tang of the kimchee. The rich and delectable tahini acts as
a binding agent for all the elements of the dish. Bright and herbaceous, the tahini absolutely blossoms when mixed with the flavors of the bowl, particularly with the beans, butternut squash and sea palm, which offers a lovely, reminiscent taste of the ocean. The Whole Bowl is topped with almonds and sprouts, which brings a fantastic crunch to the softer elements of the bowl. The Whole Bowl is an incredible representation of the food Cafe Gratitude serves. “I love food that is fresh enough to have been cooked in a home kitchen,” shares Chef Ellis. “We’re a scratch kitchen and we make everything on-site, but it’s not fancy food. It’s well-done, handmade food.” Whether you’re a die-hard vegan or you’re looking for a healthier meal, Cafe Gratitude has a beautiful, plant-based menu that could impress even the biggest of meat-eaters. But Chef Ellis, a vegan chef, encourages a plant-based lifestyle for a number of reasons. “Personally, the benefits of a plant-based diet are a compassionate lifestyle first of all, and the health benefits are very clear—the reduction of heart disease and other degenerative diseases—and often the unspoken benefit of a plant-based diet is that it’s so delicious,” he explains. “There’s this perception out there that it’s a limited way of eating and it’s actually a rich and vibrant lifestyle.” Not only is there dedication to creating delicious food, but there is also a clear commitment to their community. “I love the fact that we are creating food that supports a number of things. It supports regenerative agriculture, animal welfare and a general sense of giving back as opposed to taking away,” Chef Ellis says. “That’s always been our primary operational mission since the beginning and it still is today.” LOCALE MAGAZINE 101
ALIVE A RT IST S /// A M B I E N C E / / / ACC E LE R ATI O N
DOWNTOWN ARTS DISTRICT Explore LA’s Downtown Arts District With Your Hipster Hats on
FEATURE KARMA’s Electric Vehicles Will Have You Driving in California Luxury
ARTIST SPOTLIGHT These Brothers Are Creating Euphoric Art From Their Childhood
ARTIST SPOTLIGHT Nice Guys Make Art Artists Shelby and Sandy Are Tugging at Strings of Nostalgia
SHELBY AND SANDY www.shelbyandsandy.com @shelbyandsandy Photoshoot Location: SHELBY AND SANDY STUDIO PHOTO BY: Travis McCoy
Welcome to the Circus
Ú Titled “Earth’s First
From Blasé to “Oh Hey!” DOWNTOWN ARTS DISTRICT HAS TRANSFORMED FROM AN INDUSTRIAL SCENE TO A HIPSTER PARADISE
Micro-Amusement Park,” Two Bit Circus takes you through all kinds of crazy but fun experiences. From escape rooms to VR games, you’ll be transported to different worlds—all in one place!
TWO BIT CIRCUS www.twobitcircus.com
Ú Feel inspired as you
walk into Hennessey + Ingalls, an openconcept bookstore that’s been around since 1963. With over 4.5 million books across all genres, you’re bound to pull a book from the shelf and stay glued to the pages!
HENNESY + INGALLS hennesseyingalls.com
WRITTEN BY: DEANNA NGUYEN
Breathe in the imaginative sights of LA’s Downtown Arts District and get a taste of the eclectic cafes and restaurants sprinkled throughout! The once-gritty, industrial area is now a splash of colors, becoming a wonderland escape for the curious adventurer. We’re putting on our newsboy caps, pinstripe pants and Elton John sunglasses to fulfill our hipster cred as we highlight 10 of our favorite spots in LA’s aesthetically delightful hub.
Journey to the Middle East
and your stomach with Cafe Gratitude’s vegan menu and share compliments with others and yourself. The Arts District location welcomes you into its minimalistic interior with wood accents and plenty of potted plants!
to Bavel where you’ll taste exquisite flavors of the Middle East while sitting under a roof of hanging vines. The white interior design and natural lighting are modern takes to traditional Middle Eastern restaurant design.
Ú Cleanse your soul
Ú For dinner, come
That’s a Bowlful of fruits and veggies, Amazebowls is the place to get an acai bowl. The ingredients are fresh, organic and dairy-free. Order the OG Coconut Bowl which will take you to the island of paradise!
CAFE GRATITUDE www.cafegratitude.com
That’s Bould of You
Art to the Heart
The American Sleep
Ú Looking for a
place to get active? LA Boulders is where you can climb to the top and stretch out your muscles! With their comprehensive fitness offerings, you’ll get the hang of bouldering in no time.
LA BOULDERS www.touchstoneclimbing. com/la-boulders
Ú If you’re an art
museum addict, then a visit to the Institute of Contemporary Art is a must! This curated gallery hosts artwork from international artists and fosters artistic experimentation and new ideas.
INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART www.theicala.org
THE AMERICAN HOTEL
Ú For a healthy dose
Ú Traveling all over LA
requires more than one day. For a place to stay, The American Hotel is the premier choice in the Downtown Arts District with its brick walls and world-famous murals. Don’t just see the creativity—stay in it!
THE AMERICAN HOTEL americanhotella.com
Garden of Eatin’
experience food and drinks out on the patio or visit the garden as you wait for a table! Their original artwork is always on rotation, so it’s a new scene every time you visit.
tooth, fall into The Pie Hole where every pie is baked from scratch and by hand. From the Mac ‘n Cheese Pot Pie to a Matcha Green Tea pie, their unique flavors are to pie for!
Ú At Manuela, you can
Ú If you have a sweet
THE PIE HOLE www.thepieholela.com
Photography Provided By: The American Hotel, Amazebowls, DYLAN + JENI, Victoria Wall Harris
Let KARMA Take the Wheel DRIVE IN LUXURY WITH KARMA’S ELECTRIC VEHICLES
WRITTEN BY: DIEGO E. GAXIOLA PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED BY: KARMA AUTOMOTIVE
The Southern California-based company KARMA Automotive is leading the world in electric vehicle technology with the Revero, its phenomenally-designed, extended-range electric vehicle. When KARMA Automotive says “Southern California-based,” they really mean it. The auto manufacturer is the first in the world to be designed, engineered, assembled and marketed all within their HQ in Irvine and production site in Moreno Valley. From the tranquility of the Anza Desert Valley to the thrilling energy of the dynamic coastline, the Revero derives its inspiration from SoCal’s natural landscapes.
KARMA ORANGE COUNTY 950 W Coast Hwy Newport Beach, CA 92663 844.527.6262 karmaoc.com
KARMA WESTLAKE 250 S Cord Ave Thousand Oaks, CA 91362 844.935.0800 karmawestlake.com
KARMA PASADENA 285 W Colorado Blvd Pasadena, CA 91105 833.205.6602 karmapasadena.com
From the sleek “Crystal Cove” interior design collection to the breathtaking “Balboa Blue” exterior paint collection option, each color was thoughtfullyformulated to allow individuals to create a vehicle that truly exemplifies uniqueness and unsurpassable luxury.
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“If an individual brings in a purple Hermes handbag with the hopes of purchasing a car in that same color, our team will be able to color match that exact piece.” —Laura Johnson 108 LOCALE MAGAZINE
The auto manufacturer is the first in the world to be designed, engineered, assembled and marketed all within their HQ in Irvine and production site in Moreno Valley.
NOT YOUR AVERAGE RENTAL
KARMA Automotive and Exotic Car Collection by Enterprise have partnered, allowing the Revero to be available to renters throughout their Southern California locations.
Each Revero badge is hand painted by a skilled artist and set in a ring of aluminum, allowing each vehicle to truly be one-of-a-kind.
KARMA Automotive has partnered with Italian-based automotive systems components supplier Magneti Marelli to construct a more compact and quieter state-of-the-art exhaust system for their all-new vehicles. The result is an innovative, side-toside exhaust system instead of the typical front-to-back system.
PRACTICE GOOD KARMA
Owners have their own personal KARMA representative assisting them throughout their entire ownership of a vehicle, including purchasing, delivering and providing roadside assistance.
The KARMA team includes individuals specializing in fields including technology, art and automotive, helping to bring perspective and expertise throughout the design and execution of every vehicle. Each Revero is designed with an emphasis on pristine visual elegance while still maintaining durability and top-of-the-line, eco-friendly technology. The Revero itself features a lightweight aluminum space frame construction with dynamic, dual-electric motors, allowing the luxurious work of drivable art to travel from destination to destination in style. The lithium-ion battery within every Revero model is what powers the electric motors, providing individuals with up to 50 miles of pure-electric driving range. Once the vehicle exceeds the 50 miles of naturally-powered electric driving range, the gas-powered generator automatically engages to create more electricity, allowing for nearly 300 more miles of travel. In instances of long-distance travel beyond 300 miles, the Revero’s lithium-ion battery may be recharged or the gasoline tank can be filled to proceed to the desired destination. Recharging KARMA vehicles is convenient: it only
takes an astonishing 24 minutes to reach 80 percent. Aside from the Revero’s vast array of ecofriendly characteristics, the customizable options available for owners are what set the automotive company apart from its competitors. Individuals are given the chance to design their Revero by utilizing KARMA’s interactive website features, enticing exploration and redefining the idea of what luxury electric vehicle customization entails. Potential owners are presented with a selection of stunning California natural landscapes, allowing them to determine which image resonates with their own unique lifestyle. The exterior and interior color options may sound familiar to most because, like KARMA Automotive, the available color schemes were inspired by the versatility and pure allure of SoCal. From the sleek “Crystal Cove” interior design collection to the breathtaking “Balboa Blue” exterior paint collection option, each color was thoughtfully-formulated to allow individuals to create a vehicle that truly exemplifies uniqueness and unsurpassable luxury.
deems as “an example of what customization can mean for KARMA.” The signature pearlwhite, layered glass flake exterior is utilized to encapsulate the moment sunlight gently shimmers through the tips of the ocean surf, while the ominously-dark carbon fiber wheels create a lively juxtaposition of colors. KARMA Automotive is thrilled to announce the renaming of their Moreno Valley facility. Now known as KARMA Innovation and Customization Center, or KICC for short, the name change is utilized to reaffirm KARMA’s core values as a company, highlighting both innovation and customization. KARMA Automotive’s West Marketing Manager, Laura Johnson, shares what the state-of-the-art facility has to offer, stating that, “If an individual brings in a purple Hermes handbag with the hopes of purchasing a car in that same color, our team will be able to color match that exact piece.” With the continued successes and exciting future plans for KARMA Automotive, the Revero truly proves to be an excellent fit for those seeking a vehicle that fully encompasses the SoCal lifestyle.
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Make Art ARTISTS SHELBY AND SANDY ARE TUGGING AT STRINGS OF NOSTALGIA
Artist Advice • “Don’t look at it as, where you’re at is taking away from your art because whatever you’re in, you can learn to apply it to art,” advised Sandy to aspiring artists.
WRITTEN BY: ANNIE KIM PHOTOGRAPHED BY: TRAVIS MCCOY
T “This is our favorite thing. Art is job, hobby, escape and passion.” –Shelby
When entering the LA-based art studio of Shelby and Sandy, your visual senses are immediately greeted with splatters of clean, vibrant colors and playful patterns carefully laced in an intimate dance between nostalgia and fun. In the span of five years, Shelby and Sandy have brought a new layer into the coveted realm of art by painting classic characters and everyday items with a minimalistic look, fully dressed in a loud pop of euphoric color. They want their art to evoke happiness and melancholy, the kind that takes you back to the simple summer days of chasing after your local ice cream truck with the rowdy neighborhood kids.
“Sandy and I like to paint happiness into our painting. We’re easily able to draw from memories,” said Shelby, the older of the two with a goatee highlighted in a tinge of ginger. Brainstorming the vision of an art idea may come naturally to the imaginative pair, but their process to create a piece from start to finish is far from easy. From the canvas to the acrylic paint colors, everything is handmade from scratch and crafted by Shelby and Sandy. “We wouldn’t do anything sloppy or half-assed. We always like to make everything we do perfect,” explained Sandy with a halfsmile, as his animated mustache grooved along to the movement of his baby-like facial features. “We have to do it Shelby-andSandy-style.”
“We always like to make everything we do perfect. We have to do it Shelbyand-Sandy-style.” –Sandy Best Friends 4 Ever • The four brothers, each about four years apart, are best friends. They have a group chat that they regularly update. “Our mom kind of spaced us out so that she can enjoy us all. Enjoy us, have another. Enjoy us, have another,” chuckled Sandy. Got It From Their Mama • Shelby and Sandy’s mother was the big artist in the family. While they were still in strollers, she would take the brothers with her to attend museum shows and exhibit galleries. 110 LOCALE MAGAZINE
The talented artist duo, born and raised in Irvine, California, hit the trifecta of important b-lettered nouns—Brothers, Best friends and Business partners. Ever since they could remember, Sandy and Shelby have been making art their entire lives. They credit their picture-perfect family—mom, dad and a band of four brothers—as the fuel for their desire to tug at the strings of nostalgia.
To Shelby and Sandy, everything in, on or connected with their art piece becomes their art. Over the years, they started to produce their own special acrylic paint solution. Now, with a myriad of 209 color options that all match the standards of their exact hue and vibrancy, they essentially created their own acrylic crayon box. “We make it all. We build everything. It all matters to us,” Sandy added. When asked if they have ever been in a creative funk or artistic block, Shelby laughed: “The answer is no. This is our favorite thing. Art is job, hobby, escape and passion.” From building furniture to designing digital art to becoming an art professor later down the road, they are striving to do it all. They have truly mastered the art of, well, art. “I don’t think we can finish all of our ideas in 10 lifetimes,” exclaimed Shelby. “This is Shelby and Sandy’s world. This is just the beginning. We’re just getting started.”
SHELBY AND SANDY www.shelbyandsandy.com @shelbyandsandy Photoshoot Location: SHELBY AND SANDY STUDIO
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THAT’S WHAT THEY SAID ¡Viva Las Vegas!
SEE, STAY, EAT Discover Extraordinary Art, Luxe Hotels and Mouth-Watering Eats in Palm Springs
These Vegas Experts Show Us the Best of Their City
THAT’S WHAT THEY SAID These Locals Are Showing Us Their Favorite Hangouts in Las Vegas
24 HOURS IN SEDONA Explore All There Is to See, Eat and Do in Sedona
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PALMS CASINO RESORT 4321 W Flamingo Rd Las Vegas, NV 89103 702.942.7777 www.palms.com Photoshoot Location: DOUBLE DOWN SALOON 4640 Paradise Rd Las Vegas, NV 89169 702.791.5775 www.doubledownsaloon.com PHOTO BY: Michael Wesley
Desert Daytrippin’ HERE'S OUR ITINERARY FOR WHEN YOU VISIT THE DESERT OASIS
WRITTEN BY: ANGELA HATCHER
Palm Springs might conjure up dreams of hiking trails or casino adventures, but this desert oasis is also home to midcentury architecture and popular art museums. Whether a student of design or a fan of everything-old-becomes-new-again, checking out some of Palm Springs’ extraordinary exhibitions may become your new go-to adventure. Palm Springs Art Museum is the largest cultural center in the Coachella Valley and includes the 433-seat Annenberg Theater as well as the Architecture and Design Center, Edwards Harris Pavillion. Palm Springs, also known as the modernism capital of the world, is a breathtaking display of artistry which ranges across museum exhibitions, luxe hotels and gourmet dishes.
Hugh Kaptur Exhibit: Organic Desert Architecture
When: Now through June 17, 2019
PALM SPRINGS ART MUSEUM
ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN CENTER, EDWARDS HARRIS PAVILION
300 S Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262 760.423.5260 | www.psmuseum.org
Shoulder to Shoulder: Depicting the Figure When: April 27 through Sept. 15, 2019
In celebration of the Palm Springs Art Museum’s 80th anniversary, the Shoulder to Shoulder exhibition showcases the museum’s permanent figurative sculpture collection, and brings more than a shoulder or two into view. This extraordinary exhibit features work produced in the 20th and 21st centuries and considers a wide range of artists’ takes of the human body. The exhibition is integrated alongside works in various forms of media, and among the beautiful gardens of the art museum. Shoulder to Shoulder is worth a trip or two. PALM SPRINGS ART MUSEUM IN PALM DESERT 72-567 Hwy 111, Palm Springs, CA 92260 760.346.5600 | www.pmmuseum.org
Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs
Looking for a boutique hotel equipped with first-class dining and dramatic views from their rooftop pool? At Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs, you can enjoy a plethora of luxurious amenities all with a laid-back casual feel. Their professional and talented staff members are committed to offering the very best in service, accommodations and dining. The Rowan is nuzzled right in the center of downtown, so if it’s the seductive nightlife or the quietness of a retreat you are looking for, the Rowan will accommodate your needs. Dine in at the hotel’s 4 Saints restaurant, which offers fresh seasonal dishes served in a lovely social setting with a welcoming lounge area and outdoor patio bar. KIMPTON ROWAN PALM SPRINGS 100 W Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262 760.904.5015 | www.rowanpalmsprings.com
Hyatt Palm Springs
The Hyatt Palm Springs Hotel is synonymous with sophisticated elegance. This sleek and striking hotel is guaranteed to turn your getaway into a trip you will dream of going back to again and again. Conveniently situated in a prime location, The Hyatt Palm Springs Hotel is in perfect proximity to popular restaurants, exciting entertainment and outdoor attractions like Indian Canyons and VillageFest. After a day of exploring Palm Springs, come back to the Hyatt to enjoy an array of luxurious amenities which includes an inviting outdoor pool, state-of-the-art gym, a scenic view of San Jacinto from your balcony and much more. HYATT PALM SPRINGS 285 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262 760.322.9000 | www.hyatt.com
Workshop Kitchen + Bar Restaurant
Like Palm Springs itself, Workshop Kitchen + Bar Restaurant is a timeless and cutting-edge choice. It’s a delicate balance to strike, but the James Beard Award-winning restaurant has something for everyone. Tuck in at the communal table in the industrial-chic dining room alongside influencers on the hunt for the perfect Instagrammable cocktail, or enjoy an elegantly crafted meal of small plates in the airy courtyard. The Fried Cauliflower Steak is a dish that’s particularly emblematic of Michael Beckman’s culinary philosophy, exploring the avant-garde while remaining grounded in classical principles. Like its fare, Workshop invokes the effortless and elegant vibe that Palm Springs embodies. WORKSHOP KITCHEN + BAR RESTAURANT 800 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262 760.459.3451 | www.workshoppalmsprings.com
Kaiser Grille Palm Desert
For Kaiser Grille Palm Desert (formerly the Chop House in Palm Desert), serving good-for-you food is more than a work of art—it’s an act of love. From its all-natural USDA steaks and freshly-caught seafood to its free range chicken and local produce, everything on the menu is organic and responsibly-sourced. The restaurant has been a Coachella Valley staple for over 20 years, and its service has gone beyond taking down orders. Owner Eric Morcus, son of Founder Kaiser Morcus, is an active member of his community, holding titles such as President of Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week and a Board Member of Palm Desert Area Chamber of Commerce. KAISER GRILLE PALM DESERT 74040 CA-111, Palm Desert, CA 92260 760.779.9888 | www.kaisergrillepalmdesert.com
Photos - Erven Jourdan | Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs | Palm Springs Art Museum & Ella Merrill
Considered a true visionary, Hugh Kaptur played a significant part in the development of the architectural design for the Palm Springs community from the late 1950s through the 2000s. His designs are fluid and organic with features that add protection from the harsh elements of the intense desert heat. This first major exhibition of Kaptur’s work reveals his impact on midcentury architecture, and lectures and tours will complement this exhibition which includes Kaptur’s architectural models, photos, slides and other materials.
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LAS VEGAS! WRITTEN BY: JORDAN NISHKIAN, TAL COOPERMAN, ROBERT GAMCH, RYAN LABBE AND SARA DRAPER PHOTOGRAPHED BY: MICHAEL WESLEY
Whether for a bachelor party, a 21st birthday or even a convention, Las Vegas is always an unforgettable experience—as long as you don’t down too many tequilas. But while you were busy hitting up all the tourist hotspots on your last visit, you probably overlooked some hidden treasures. From food and drinks to entertainment and exhibitions, there’s a lot more to Vegas than meets the eye. So before you start planning your next itinerary, take a look at how these four locals live it up in their city. LOCALE MAGAZINE 117
“Clase Azul is so smooth and easy to sip on the rocks—it’s my favorite drink to order.”
WEALTH OF LIBATIONS
Æ For brunch, you can definitely catch me at The Black Sheep for souffle pancakes and bottomless bellinis. For the evening, Commonwealth offers a cool mixology menu in a unique ambiance inspired by preProhibition era design.
SHOOK ME ALL NIGHT LONG
Æ The espresso at Dutch Brothers is strong and gives me that extra kick for the late nightlife hours, especially if I’m going to watch the combo of humor and incredible circus-like acts in “Absinthe” at Caesars Palace, which I’ve already seen several times. www.dutchbros.com www.spiegelworld.com/ absinthe
MÁS PARA AMAR
Æ Please, stop day-drinking with tacky yardsticks, and start ordering bottle service.
2. Cool off from the 120-degree heat at the world famous pool party at WET REPUBLIC Ultra Pool at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino wetrepublic.com 3. Embrace the energy of the city! Soak it up, live in the moment and have fun
Expert: Robert Gamch Credentials: Executive Director of VIP Marketing, Hakkasan Group PROFILE: • Has lived in Las Vegas: 14 years • First job in Las Vegas: Passing out flyers for Light Group
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Hey, Batter Batter • I met Derek Jeter at a celebrity golf tournament. I deal with various celebrities in my
line of work and normally I don’t get starstruck, but I was a bit when I met Derek Jeter. Be a Good Sport • I am a die-hard San Francisco 49ers fan, but I also think bringing an NFL team to Las Vegas will do great things for the economy such as creating jobs, increasing the sports culture and attracting more visitors. It will be an added aspect to make this city even greater.
Æ Clase Azul is so smooth and easy to sip on the rocks—it’s my favorite drink to order. You can get it anywhere that carries high-quality
Æ On my day off you can find me walking down The Strip to people-watch and get reacquainted with the city, or hiking at Red Rock Canyon. It’s just a short distance from The Strip and features several paths, wild horses and burros and prime views of the city. www.redrockcanyonlv.org
Æ Since I prefer dayclubs, I’d head to WET REPUBLIC Ultra Pool at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino because it’s known around the world for its A-list artist lineup, famed Champagne showers and unrivaled setting. It’s a pool party like no other. wetrepublic.com
POP, ROCK AND DROP IT
Æ Yellowtail at the Bellagio Hotel & Casino offers delicious, fresh sushi with an incredible view of the famed Bellagio Fountains. My favorite dish is the “Popping Spicy Crab” specialty roll. It has cucumber, asparagus and pop rocks.
Photos - Yellowtail: MGM Resorts International | Absinthe Show: Erik Kabik
Three Things Everyone Should Do in Vegas: 1. Go see the famed kinetic chandelier at OMNIA Nightclub inside Caesars Palace www.omniaclubs. com/las-vegas
Æ The al pastor tacos at Tacos El Gordo are a must. It’s the best place to get authentic Tijuana tacos and everything is homemade with fresh ingredients.
tequila options, but my favorite spot is Hakkasan Restaurant at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino.
What Happens in Vegas... • Locals know everything. Vegas really is a close-knit community and nothing stays a secret for long.
Must Try: Omakase/Chef’s Menu KAME OMAKASE www.sushikame.com
Must Try: A5 Wagyu Beef, Seafood Pancake 8OZ KOREAN STEAK HOUSE www.8ozlasvegas.com
Must Try: "S’motherload" Burrito, "Weekend Benny" SKINNYFATS skinnyfats.com
Must Try: Phenomenal Menu Changes SPARROW + WOLF sparrowandwolflv.com
“Since I prefer dayclubs, I’d head to WET REPUBLIC Ultra Pool at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino… It’s a pool party like no other.”
HAKKASAN GROUP 6385 S Rainbow Blvd, Ste 800 Las Vegas, NV 89118 702.212.8804 www.hakkasangroup.com Photoshoot Location: THE BLACK SHEEP 8680 W Warm Springs Rd Las Vegas, NV 89148 702.954.3998 www.blacksheepvegas.com
Must Try: Skirt Steak Tacos, Churro Waffles, Custom Printed Lattes BRUNO'S TACO BAR www.brunostacobar.com
Must Try: Famous "86th Street" Square Sicilian Pie METRO PIZZA www.metropizza.com
Must Try: Patty Melt Dog, Elote Dog, House Dog DIRT DOG www.dirtdogla.com
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“Frankie’s Tiki Room is a cozy 24-hour tiki bar with exotic drinks that make me feel like I’m on vacation!”
COFFEE, TEA OR GÄBI?
Æ Gäbi Coffee & Bakery is a vintage coffee and tea house with a fresh bakery inspired from Korea circa 1920s. It’s hidden in Chinatown and can only be found by an enormous wooden door and an illuminated “open” sign.
RESELL-ABRATE GOOD TIMES
Æ ReBAR is an eclectic antique store that is also a bar, so everything is for sale! Furniture, wall hangings, trinkets, beer steins, etc. They have delicious vegan kielbasa, along with other nonvegan bar foods if that’s not your thing. www.rebarlv.com
TIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN
Æ Please stop taking off your heels to walk around the clubs and Las Vegas Blvd, and start wearing comfortable shoes that you can last all night in.
My Top Three Bars on Fremont St: 1. Corduroy www.corduroylv.com 2. Downtown Cocktail Room www.downtowncocktailroom.com 3. Evil Pie evelpie.com Piece of My Art • First Friday is a monthly arts festival with local artists and artwork, musicians and food truck vendors. What’s not to love?
Credentials: Flight Attendant, JetSuiteX PROFILE: • Has lived in Las Vegas: 2 years • First job in Las Vegas: Manager and Visual Merchandising at a retail store in Fashion Show Mall
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Rays for Days • I’m a sun worshipper and, call me crazy, but I love that Vegas summertime heat! There’s nothing like lounging by the pool with a cocktail (or two) in hand, good music playing in the background and getting tan!
Æ Frankie’s Tiki Room is a cozy 24-hour tiki bar with exotic drinks that make me feel like I’m on vacation! I love the Frankenstein because it’s super fruity. It’s hard not to like any of their drinks though! www.frankiestikiroom.com
WHOLE LATTE OPTIONS
Æ I love Makers & Finders because where else can you get a Beet Root Latte? I also really enjoy their Salted Caramel Latte and their
CHIP, CHIP, HOORAY!
Æ Go to Nacho Daddy and take a scorpion shot. It’s a pickled scorpion that you add to a shot of your choice! Then wash it down with an order of the Thai chicken nachos. You won’t regret it!
YOU GOTTA BE SHIPPIN’ ME
Æ Downtown Container Park has bars and restaurants built in and out of shipping containers. They host wine walks and live bands, and it’s especially fun over the summer. After that, you’re right in the middle of Fremont St, and that’s a whole other adventure!
PART OF YOUR WORLD
Æ Saying I have a mermaid obsession is an understatement, but Mermaid Lounge is so cute! They have interactive mermaids that swim in a huge 117,000-gallon saltwater aquarium with all sorts of ocean life. I hope to be a part-time mermaid one day when I’m not in the sky! www.silvertoncasino.com
Sky-High Miss American Pie • Life from 30,000 feet is always an adventure! You never really know who you are going to meet that day, and what’s in store for you. It’s pretty exciting!
Photos - Downtown Container Park: DTP Companies
Expert: Sara Draper
Broaden Your Horizons • A lot of people think all Vegas has to offer is The Strip. We are close to Mount Charleston so you can ski or snowboard during the winter; we have Red Rock Canyon as well as Lake Mead
and the Springs Preserve; and we are close to the Grand Canyon or the Valley of Fire, which make for great road trips!
Vanilla Chai Latte. Did I mention I like lattes?
“Saying I have a mermaid obsession is an understatement, but Mermaid Lounge is so cute!”
Must Try: Ube French Toast, 10 ½ lb "Belly of the Beast" Burger TRUFFLES N BACON CAFE www.trufflesnbacon.com
Must Try: Famous Bobalati Italian Ice, Spicy Sandia, Cereal Soft Serve Custards CJ'S ITALIAN ICE & CUSTARD www.cjsitalianice.com
Must Try: Happy Hour 5-8 p.m. and 12-3 a.m. for 50 Percent off All Steaks HERBS & RYE www.herbsandrye.com
JETSUITEX 105 E Reno Ave, Ste 22 Las Vegas, NV 89119 800.435.9579 www.jetsuitex.com Photoshoot Location: FRANKIE’S TIKI BAR 1712 W Charleston Blvd Las Vegas, NV 89102 702.385.3110 www.frankiestikiroom.com
Must Try: Robata Skewer Menu RAKU raku-grill.com
Must Try: Famous Cheesesteak, "The Big Sexy" Pizza THOSE GUYS PIES www.thoseguyspie.com
Must Try: Adobada Tacos TACOS EL GORDO www.tacoselgordobc.com
Must Try: Arroz Con Pollo, Hand Muddled Mojitos HAVANA GRILL www.havanagrill.us
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“The Golden Tiki is a cool dive bar with pirate décor and awesome cocktails that always make for a fun night.”
GET UP AND GLOW
Æ For an unforgettable visit, I suggest visiting the iconic Neon Boneyard at the Neon Museum, Las Vegas, Nevada for postcard-worthy pics as well as exploring Downtown Fremont St— there’s always something going on there! www.neonmuseum.org www.vegasexperience.com
Æ Please, please stop walking around barefoot in/after the club, and start understanding that not everything is free.
Three Restaurants Only Locals Would Know About: 1. The Black sheep blacksheepvegas. com 2. Pier 215 pier215restaurant. com 3. Herbs & Rye herbsandrye.com
Tattle Tale • What happens in Vegas doesn’t stay in Vegas—social media has killed that! In My Honest Opinion • Day parties are better than night parties: they let you end your night early and not wake up as hungover.
WHATCHA CLINKIN’ ABOUT?
Æ Even locals can be surprised at The Barrymore, a great local spot for good food and a swanky outdoor patio, and at Commonwealth, which may or may not have a secret speakeasy called The Laundry Room. www.barrymorelv.com www.commonwealthlv.com
TIME TO UNWIND
Æ On my days off you can usually find me at home with my dogs doing not
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Æ If I want to live like a tourist for a day, I like to walk The Strip and head to Scarpetta for a great view of the Bellagio Fountain show while enjoying a delicious meal. www.cosmopolitanlasvegas. com/restaurants/scarpetta
Æ Las Vegas is known for its incredible live performances, but some of the best shows I’ve ever seen here are “Michael Jackson ONE” by Cirque du Soleil, “Opium” and “Absinthe.” www.cirquedusoleil.com/ michael-jackson-one spiegelworld.com/opium spiegelworld.com/absinthe
A PERSONAL TOUCH
Æ Being a regular has its perks. At Soho, I order off-menu and ask for the beef tataki roll, and Taco Y Taco knows how I like my chicken tacos—“white boy style!” www.soholv.com www.tacoytacolv.com
Expert: Ryan Labbe Credentials: Partner, Clique Hospitality—81/82 Group PROFILE: • Has lived in Las Vegas: 7 years • First job in Las Vegas: Developing parties and residencies at various Las Vegas venues
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Must Try: Chile Relleno Skillet, Hawaiian Breakfast Plate PEG'S GLORIFIED HAM & EGGS eatatpegs.com
Must Try: Famous Vegan Fried Chicken Sandwich, Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwich FLIPPIN' GOOD flippingood.com
Must Try: Ube Flan Cupcakes, Ube Butterbars, Ube Monster Milkshake, Ube Cheesecake CAFE 86 www.cafe-86.com
Photos - The Laundry Room: Charles Sicuso | Neon Museum: Neon Museum, Las Vegas, Nevada
Stay Tuned • March 2019 saw the opening of a new concept of ours: The Barbershop Cuts and Cocktails at The Cosmopolitan. Clean up your
fade and sip on a fine-aged whiskey before slipping through the Janitor’s Door to a hideaway bar.
Æ The Golden Tiki is a cool dive bar with pirate décor and awesome cocktails that always make for a fun night. But if you’re looking for something more rough around the edges, go to Double Down Saloon for live punk shows and bacon martinis.
a damn thing! But if I’m heading out, you can find me at The Unknown Bar sipping a superrefreshing, perfectlymade paloma or at Rose. Rabbit. Lie. with a New York Minute in my hand.
CLIQUE HOSPITALITY—81/82 GROUP 6445 S Tenaya Way, Ste 150 Las Vegas, NV 89113 702.489.2129 www.cliquehospitality.com Photoshoot Location: THE BARBERSHOP CUTS AND COCKTAILS 3708 S Las Vegas Blvd Las Vegas, NV 89109 702.698.7000 www.cosmopolitanlasvegas.com/loungesbars/the-barbershop-cuts-and-cocktails
Must Try: Pizzalzone, Lobster Stromboli BROOKLYN PIZZA CO. www.brooklynpizzacompanylv.com
Must Try: Filipino "Kamayan" Feast FULL HOUSE BBQ www.fullhousevegas.com
Must Try: Shoyu Ahi Poke, Mochi Donuts PAINA CAFE www.painacafe.com
Must Try: Secret Menu Ultimate BBQ Sandwich, Famous Mac & Cheese, Smoked Brisket BIG B’S TEXAS BBQ www.bigbztexasbbq.com
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“Trust me, make an appointment and head up to the fourth floor of the Louis Vuitton boutique in The Shops at Crystals to see Akhob, a permanent James Turrell installation.”
Æ Pioneer Saloon is a 100-year-old bar in Goodsprings, which is just 30 minutes outside of Las Vegas. It’s a taste of the Old West and so close to the beautiful mountains of Red Rock Canyon. www.pioneersaloon.info
DO IT FOR THE ‘GRAM
Æ Trust me, make an appointment and head up to the fourth floor of the Louis Vuitton boutique in The Shops at Crystals to see Akhob, a permanent James Turrell installation. It’s an amazing immersive space that is a true visual treat.
Æ Please stop with the oversized frozen cocktails, and start enjoying a hand-crafted cocktail.
My Top Three Favorite Shows: 1. KISS Where: T-MOBILE Arena When: 2019 2. Billy Idol Where: Pearl at the Palms When: 2019 3. Queen with Adam Lambert Where: Park MGM When: 2018
Expert: Tal Cooperman Credentials: Creative Director, Palms Casino Resort PROFILE: • Has lived in Las Vegas: 5 years • First job in Las Vegas: Director of Marketing at Drai’s Nightclub and Dayclub at The Cromwell
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Pte. Collection • Dr. Lonnie Hammargren, the former Lieutenant Governor of Nevada,
Æ Sen of Japan is the freshest sushi off the Strip. It’s located at the edge of Summerlin on the west side of town and has a casual setting
A DRINK IN MY PALM
Æ Palms has the best drinks! For a cup of the freshest coffee that always goes down smooth, I go to Lucky Penny for a J. Gursey Coffee espresso, and for a cocktail with less calories, I recommend a Kettle Rocks with lemon at The Unknown Bar. palms.com/unknown.html
Æ Boulder City, Nevada is an awesome town about 45 minutes outside of Las Vegas, near the Hoover Dam. If you’re in town in February, make sure to check out the DAM Short Film Festival. www.damshortfilm.org
IT’D BE A MYTHTAKE NOT TO GO
Æ People go out of their way to visit this store! Amber Unicorn Bookstore is a vintage bookstore with a huge collection of cookbooks. It’s cool to support a local business that has been selling actual books for years. amberunicornbooks.com
A Knight to Remember • My favorite Golden Knights player would have to be Marc-Andre Fleury because the goalie has one of the toughest jobs in hockey.
Photos - Lucky Penny: Clint Jenkins | Pioneer Saloon: darrellcraigharris.com
Tough Crowd • Las Vegas is living proof that change happens quickly, but one of Vegas’ most notorious bars, the Double Down Saloon, has been bringing live punk rock shows and wild drinks for over 25 years!
amassed this incredible collection of curious artifacts that he displayed prominently within and throughout his East Las Vegas home. It’s wild to even drive by, but inside, you see so many wild things he’s collected over the years.
Æ For the best pizza in town, head to Naked City Pizza. But when I’m craving tacos, you can catch me next door to Sapphire at El Dorado Cantina for their carne asada and chicken tacos.
and great service. My must-try? The Garlic Shrimp Sushi!
Love Where You Work • I get to work with some of the best hospitality professionals in Las Vegas and we are creating the next era of Las Vegas!
“Amber Unicorn Bookstore is a vintage bookstore with a huge collection of cookbooks.”
Must Try: Falafel Plate, Off-Menu Chicken Shawarma Fries MOTHER FALAFEL www.motherfalafel.com
Must Try: Spencer Steak, Short Rib Hash ECHO & RIG www.echoandrig.com
Must Try: Hawaiian Garlic Shrimp, Plate Lunch Burrito FIST OF FUSION www.fistoffusionislandgrill.com
PALMS CASINO RESORT 4321 W Flamingo Rd Las Vegas, NV 89103 702.942.7777 www.palms.com Photoshoot Location: DOUBLE DOWN SALOON 4640 Paradise Rd Las Vegas, NV 89169 702.791.5775 www.doubledownsaloon.com
Must Try: "BAR Gamble" BORN AND RAISED www.bornandraisedlv.com
Must Try: La Asada Skirt Steak With Chimichurri, Maine Lobster Ceviche MORDEO BOUTIQUE WINE BAR www.mordeolv.com
Must Try: Oysters in Rotation, Spicy Tuna Tartar With Waffle Fries, French Toast With Caviar, Prime NY Steak With Miso Hollandaise OTHER MAMA www.othermamalv.com
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“TOURISTY” ACTIVITIES THAT YOU STILL ENJOY AS A LOCAL Walking Around Downtown Æ It’s nostalgic! The Strip on New Year’s Eve Æ Always a new experience and what a celebration! Escaping to Red Rock for Hikes Æ It’s nature at its finest.
Expert: Ronn Nicolli Credentials: SVP Creative Strategy, Palms Casino Resort PROFILE: • Has Lived in Las Vegas: 17 years • First job in Las Vegas: Runway model for Fashion Show Mall
"The money doesn't come easy [in Vegas]. It takes hard work out here."
Favorite Sushi: Æ Kuruma Ebi no Tempura at Zuma
Æ Come to KAOS dayclub and nightclub Æ Stay at the Palms and get a drink at The Unknown Bar. I recommend the Bee’s Knees! Æ Go around properties and get the social experience
PLACES MOST TOURISTS WON’T KNOW ABOUT BUT PROBABLY SHOULD: Pho Kim Long in China Town Æ This place is open 24 hours, has excellent food and a very cool, authentic environment. 126 LOCALE MAGAZINE
Mr. Coco’s at Palms Casino Resort Æ It’s an amazing spot that’s brand new to Vegas and I really enjoy coming here. The Laundry Room in Commonwealth Æ This is a great place for connecting with friends, getting to know each other and networking.
Favorite Taco: Æ Carne Asada Tacos at El Dorado Cantina
Favorite Cocktail: Æ East-Coast Kali at CATCH
Æ Floating above the central bar in The Unknown Bar is the eye-catching artwork of British artist Damien Hirst. The Unknown (Explored, Explained, Exploded) features a 13foot, thrice-segmented tiger shark swimming in formaldehyde.
PALMS CASINO RESORT 4321 W Flamingo Rd Las Vegas, NV 89103 702.942.7777 www.palms.com Photoshoot Location: THE UNKNOWN BAR 4321 W Flamingo Rd Las Vegas, NV 89103 866.942.7770 www.palms.com/ unknown.html
Photos - The Laundry Room: Charles Sicuso | Red Rock Canyon: Bob Wick/Bureau of Land Management
WHAT EVERYONE THAT COMES TO VEGAS SHOULD DO:
Red Rock Rejuvenation
Lucky Ducks Ú Feed the ducks. L’Auberge de Sedona has pails of duck food near the creek and there always seem to be plenty of ducks to feed.
Fuel up Ú Enjoy a latte and peanut butter and banana toast at Creekside Coffee with views of the Red Rocks from comfortable indoor chairs or take in the panoramic views from their patio.
L’AUBERGE DE SEDONA 301 L’Auberge Ln Sedona, AZ 86336 800.905.5745 www.lauberge.com
HOW TO SPEND 24 HOURS IN SEDONA
CREEKSIDE COFFEE creeksidecoffeesedona. com
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Sedona is always a great place to get in tune with nature, but if you’re looking for the perfect mix of luxury and natural beauty, make a reservation at L’Auberge de Sedona. The Creekside Cottages at this five-star resort boast large rooms, comfortable beds, seating areas, fireplaces, outdoor showers and beautiful views of a heavily-forested creek. From here, you’ll be close to all the best hiking trails, curio shops and fine dining that Sedona has to offer.
ELEVATION 4350 feet DISTANCE FROM LA 477 miles WEATHER 76°-85° in May; 86°-94° in June; 92°-94° in July NEAREST AIRPORTS Flagstaff Pulliam Airport (FLG) and Phoenix Airport (PHX)
L’AUBERGE DE SEDONA
Is It Any Wonder Ú The Chapel of the Holy Cross, one of the seven man-made wonders of Arizona, is a beautiful building camouflaged into the Red Rock cliffside. The one-room chapel offers amazing views of the valley.
Crystal Clear Ú On your way back to town from the chapel, stop into Mystical Bazaar for an aura photo, buy a crystal or have a tarot card reading.
THE CHAPEL OF THE HOLY CROSS chapeloftheholycross.com
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Along for the Slide Ú You are going to be arriving when many are leaving and that’s the point. Sunbathing at Slide Rock State Park is a glorious way to spend an afternoon. Bring a towel, river shoes and your Bluetooth speaker, and hang with the locals and a generations-old watering hole.
MYSTICAL BAZAAR www.mysticalbazaar.com
1 p.m. Just in Queso Ú You will be hungry after the hike, and the Grilled Arizona Cactus appetizer, Oaxaca Burro and Red Rock Enchiladas at Oaxaca Restaurant will restore the energy that even a vortex may not. The reviews are not stellar but the views are.
SLIDE ROCK STATE PARK www.azstateparks.com
5 p.m. Vidi, Vici, Vino Ú Drive back to L’Auberge de Sedona, order a bottle of wine from room service, ask the front desk to build a fire in one of the creekside adobe fireplaces and feed the ducks again.
OAXACA RESTAURANT oaxacarestaurant.com
SLIDE ROCK STATE PARK
L’AUBERGE DE SEDONA www.lauberge.com
CRESS ON OAK CREEK
6:30 p.m. So In-Cress-ive Ú Reserve a creekside table for a three, four or five-course dinner at Cress on Oak Creek with cuisine prepared by Executive Chef Franck Desplechin. At this time of the evening, you will enjoy the incredible views the restaurant offers. Ask your waiter (many of them have worked this restaurant for multiple decades) for a recommendation—
they won’t disappoint.
CRESS ON OAK CREEK www.lauberge.com/cress
8:30 p.m. Out of This World Ú Find your place in the galaxy with a Sedona Star Gazing tour. Sedona offers some of the best views of the Milky Way. Make sure to take a light coat as the temperatures can drop quickly. SEDONA STAR GAZING eveningskytours.com
Photography Provided By: JPR of L’Auberge
One Hell of a Hike Ú This might be the hardest you’ll ever work for one Instagram photo, but the hike and ending photo will be well worth it. The Devil’s Bridge Trail is a two to two-and-a-half-hour hike and a can’t-miss in our opinion.
“You’re not sitting at home alone— you’ve got the energy of people working around you.”—Nona Watson
A Bright Future
Perfectly Situated • The Chamber of Commerce is conveniently located in Downtown Palm Springs. “Parking is free,” says Watson. “And there are 65 restaurants within walking distance.”
In the Know • The Co-Work space also offers its users opportunities to network and connect with other creatives and professionals at their mixers, guest speaking and class events.
You Goal Girl! GET DOWN TO BUSINESS AT THE PALM SPRINGS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE CO-WORK SPACE WRITTEN BY: LYNNE EODICE PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED BY: PALM SPRINGS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Whether it’s putting that startup plan in motion or collaborating with friends, let the Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce’s new Co-Work space be your creative HQ. Spearheaded by Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce CEO Nona Watson, the creative hub came from one simple idea. “We run the Chamber out of the office,” said Watson. “But had a huge space waiting to be put to use.” The result? A productive space where small business creatives can gather to put their ideas into reality.
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• “There’s a demographic that prefers to use a co-working space,” says Watson. It’s for people who have an idea, but perhaps don’t have an office, or for those at a company who don’t have office space. “We’ve just given them a place to go.” Your Plan, Your Way • The new CoWork space at the Chamber offers several options, like renting monthto-month. “We welcome drop-ins, or you can rent a permanent desk in a community space, or rent private office space,” says Watson.
for PowerPoint presentations. The space also offers printing, copying, scanning and shredding at a small charge. Good Eats • The Co-Work Space includes a kitchen, which is great for heating up lunch or even cooking up a gourmet meal for clients. The Chamber provides free coffee, tea, water and soda. In It Together • “You can work your own hours,” Watson points out. “You’re not sitting at home alone—you’ve got the energy of people working around you.” Using the space also comes with access to the Chamber’s database. “We have 1,100 members, the Chamber can help you connect.”
Speedy Service • “We offer speedy wireless or plug-in internet access at no extra charge,” notes Watson. Video conferencing is available at an additional fee. Office Amenities • “We offer access to boardrooms for meetings,” she says, adding that they’re equipped with LCD projectors
PALM SPRINGS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 190 W Amado Rd Palm Springs, CA 92262 760.325.1577 www.pschamber.org/co-working
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