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Our A-Z Guide of Shopping Through Southern California

MAN OF THE HOUR

CLIVE STANDEN

HOMIES HELPING HOMIES The Story of the Largest Gang Rehabilitation Center in the World

AN INSIDE LOOK AT Loaded Bagel Sandwiches—on the Move

LA’s First Flower Truck That’s Pretty in Pink

A Salad That’ll Make You Want to Eat Your Greens

THE DESERT YACHT CLUB


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The Little Pink Truck That Could How LENITA by GRITA Transcended its Floral Roots and Became a Vessel for Inspiring Connection and Cultivating Community

editor's note We began making this magazine a few months back when there wasn’t a question of uncertainty. A lot has changed since our pitch meeting where the editorial team excitedly presented ideas for our Shoppe Guide. The team is thrilled to see how the issue came together. It showcases truly incredible people in our community, from savvy entrepreneurs to passionate individuals sharing their love for their work. But now, more than ever, small businesses need our love and support. Everyone could use a helping hand and a little extra kindness. Within the pages of our Shoppe Guide (pg. 53), we’re shining the spotlight on shop owners, artisans who handcraft everything from candles to jewelry, creative ceramic pieces to liven up your space, cozy sleep essentials and a variety of other irresistible goods. If you need weekend plans, 2nd & PCH (pg. 102), LENITA by GRITA (pg. 114) and a

hunt for Yeastie Boys Bagels (pg. 88) are all definitely worth checking out. Looking to revamp your home? Raili Clasen (pg. 132) and our Design Duos Feature (pg. 121) will be sure to spark some major creativity. And if you’re searching for an inspirational story, read about Homeboy Industries, the largest gang rehabilitation center in the world (pg. 104). It’s been an unexpected couple of months, but I’m going into the rest of the year with optimism and a fresh perspective on life. So smile, not only because the sun is shining, but because you get to live and experience the beauty of California each and every day in a community of inspiring and creative individuals. Whether you’re reading this over your Sunday morning cup of coffee or your Monday night glass of cabernet sauvignon, thank you for taking a second out of your day to read our words and each other’s stories.

TAYLOR GORSKI Content Editor taylor@localemagazine.com | @taylorgorski


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Photographed By: Tae Kwon taekwonphoto.com | @taekwonphoto Model: Clive Standen, @clivestanden Location: The Desert Yacht Club, Yucca Valley, CA | @desertyachtclub Written By: Jordan Nishkian wordsbyjordan.com | @wordsbyjordan Styled By: Neil Cohen neilcohenstyle.com | @neilcohenstyle Groomed By: Aiprll Patino aiprll.com | @aiprll_hmua Shirt Provided By: Towne Palm Springs, MACKEENE, www.towneps.com Pants Provided By: 7 For All Mankind, www.7forallmankind.com

Yucca Valley

The day of Clive Standen’s photoshoot began with blue skies, brisk, 45-degree weather and a dirt road off the beaten path. Music filled the airstream at The Desert Yacht Club, as hair and makeup stylist Aiprll Patino and stylist Neil Cohen got Standen photo-ready for the day. The group, accompanied by Pippo the resident cat, walked out to the Stargazing Boat, parked on the peak of a hill, where Standen was ready to soak up the sun—and the spotlight. Leading Man “I am in the middle of Joshua Tree, shooting in the beautiful surroundings, and I’ve got Mumford & Sons playing in the background with some lovely people and great clothes,” said Standen. “This is pretty much the perfect day!” An Idyllic Setting The Desert Yacht Club was an incredible location for the photoshoot, not only for its plethora of backdrops and helpful staff, but for its natural surroundings as well. “I love how surreal this location is,” Patino said. “It’s gorgeous— the clouds, the sky, the landscape—it’s beautiful, it’s bizarre, it’s amazing.” Nothing But Blue Skies “Clive was so kind to everyone and eager to try different looks, locations and poses,” LOCALE’s production coordinator, Lauren Lewellen, said. “When the production team arrived the night before, it was pretty windy, but we woke up to blue skies. It’s been a perfect day with the perfect team and the perfect subject.” Desert Daydream “Anytime you’re shooting out near Joshua Tree or Yucca Valley, I’ve always felt that it was a dreamland,” photographer Tae Kwon said as he was setting up between shoot locations. “You can just do whatever.” And with a subject like Standen, who was eager to climb around and experiment, the results were nothing short of incredible.

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table of contents May 2020 /// Shoppe Edition

Los Angeles

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Shoppe Guide

Shop, in the Name of Love Look Good, Feel Good—This Is the Only Los Angeles Shoppe Guide You’ll Ever Need

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Artisan There’s Nothing Like Handmade

MADE SOLID www.madesolidinla.com @madesolidinla

PHOTO BY: CHARLIE CHIPMAN

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table of contents May 2020 /// Shoppe Edition Rancho Santa Fe

Pg. 114

Los Angeles

alive 102

Newport Beach

24 Hours

DRUM ROLL, PLEASE

2nd & PCH Is Sure to Make Your Day

104

Humanitarian Feature

HELPING OUT A HOMIE

How Baked Goods and a Second Chance Are Changing the Lives of Thousands In Downtown Los Angeles

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5 Pro Tips

Pg. 91

foodie 80

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MAKING YOUR POUR DECISIONS BETTER

Follow the Yeastie Boys Bagel Truck For the Best Bagels in the Game

What You’ll Need

How to Successfully Survive a Boujee Bar Crawl in Beverly Hills

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Meals Deconstructed

ALWAYS BRUSSELIN’

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Native Knowledge

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Generation Starter Pack

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Cover Story 18 LOCALE MAGAZINE

Stark’s Roasted Vegetable Salad Is Light, Filling and Packed With Flavor

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For the Fridge

BYOB

Be Your Own Bartender With These 4 Corona Hard Seltzer Recipes

Two Things We Love

HERE FOR THE SCHMEAR

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Feature

IN FULL BLOOM

You Can Count on These Creative Cocktails to Liven Up Your Garden Party

HOLLYWOOD’S IT GIRLS

VIPER Girls Do It Best and Share How You Can Too

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THIRTY, FLIRTY & SURVIVING

Candice King and Kayla Ewell Keep it Real on Their Podcast, Directionally Challenged

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Spotlight

THE LITTLE PINK TRUCK THAT COULD How LENITA by GRITA Transcended its Floral Roots and Became a Vessel for Inspiring Connection and Cultivating Community

escape 118

10 Things We Love

SALTY AIR, NOT A CARE

It’s Beach Day Every Day at Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel

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Feature

BETTER TOGETHER

These Dynamic Design Duos Prove That Two Heads Are Better Than One

Pg. 132

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Hot Spot

SACRED SPACES

The Spa at Séc-he Is Set to Offer Indulgence in Relaxation

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How to Make

THESE INTERIORS ARE TO DIY FOR

Interior Designer Raili Clasen Is Redefining California Chic

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Behind the Brand

FIRE, WATER AND STONE

This SoCal Company Is Shaping the Art of Pottery as We Know It

CHECK OUT EXTENDED STORIES AND MORE ON OUR WEBSITE AT Localemagazine.com


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Point You in the Right Direction Christian Irwin Gives You the 4-1-1 on The Point in El Segundo

El Segundo NAME Christian Irwin JOB TITLE Director of Leasing at Federal Realty

3 FAVORITE ITEMS PURCHASED FROM THE POINT

RESIDENT OF El Segundo by day, Pacific Palisades on nights and weekends

1. Downing sunglasses from Warby Parker 2. Hightide Collection shirt from Outerknown 3. Riviera short sleeve from Bonobos

LOCAL LIVING Grew up in Santa Monica

PARTNER IN CRIME

My wife is my secret weapon. She has incredible instincts, understands retail and gives me fantastic advice.

”There’s nothing better than the beach communities of LA. All the access to the hustle and bustle of a big city with a laid back vibe. I wouldn’t want to live, work, play anywhere else.” —Christian Irwin

PEOPLE FOR THE PLANET

THE POINT 850 S Pacific Coast Hwy El Segundo, CA 90245 310.414.5280 | www.thepointsb.com Photoshoot Location: OUTERKNOWN 310.853.5405 | www.outerknown.com

www.outerknown.com

CHOOSE YOUR FLAVOR

Ò I’m excited for Van Leeuwen Ice Cream to open at The Point—who doesn’t love ice cream? They have classic and vegan ice creams, cookies, sundaes and milkshakes. www.vanleeuwenicecream.com

QUALITY SEAFOOD

Ò UMI by Hamasaku is fantastic! Chef Takahashi is an LA sushi legend who has been operating Hamasaku in West LA for years. If you’re local, you know all about Hamasaku; and if you don’t, you should! I order the Deluxe Sushi Mori. Fish is fresh, cuts are clean and they keep the ginger flowing! www.umibyhamasaku.com

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FOR THE LITTLE ONES

Ò Rabbit Ladders is a hidden gem at The Point. The owners and staff know how to create an engaging retail experience and make you feel like part of the family. www.rabbitladders.com

LET’S GET MOVING

Ò Lululemon at The Point is my favorite place to shop for athletic clothes. Technical, comfortable and tasteful. I mostly shop for workout shorts here. www.lululemon.com

Photographed By: Wil Cohen | Illustrations By: Vicente Martí Solar

Ò Outerknown at The Point has a greater purpose of furthering the movement of eco-conscious clothing through responsible and transparent materials, sourcing and supply chain. Outerknown walks the walk. Plus, the clothes look great. The fabrics are high quality, fashionable and it just feels good to support their brand.


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Peruse With a Purpose Hannah Skvarla Shows Us How Shopping Small Makes a Big Difference

Pacific Palisades NAME Hannah Skvarla JOB TITLE Co-founder, The Little Market

3 THINGS TO LOVE ABOUT THE LITTLE MARKET

RESIDENT OF Santa Monica

1. We have the best gifts! 2. Our Shop by Cause feature 3. We put the planet first

LOCAL LIVING 10 years

HEART FOR CHANGE

We are a mission-driven nonprofit organization committed to alleviating poverty and empowering artisan women in underserved communities around the world.

“I’ve been so honored to be surrounded by an incredible community that inspires and motivates me every day.” —Hannah Skvarla

FRESH IS BEST

THE LITTLE MARKET 1010 N Swarthmore Ave, Ste 5-102 Pacific Palisades, CA 90272 424.266.4660 www.thelittlemarket.com

www.smgov.net/portals/farmersmarket

FOR THE HOMIES

Ò I love buying baked goods from Homegirl Café. I always buy their rainbow bread for my daughter—it has the most incredible tie-dye look. I love that every purchase supports job opportunities for people who were previously incarcerated. Ask for a tour to learn more about the amazing work they do! www.homeboyindustries.org

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Ò I like to support small businesses that are run by women. Cami and Jax is a very cute bathing suit store on Montana Avenue that is founded and run by two sisters! You are likely to meet one of the sweet sisters while you shop in their cozy store. Try on a few different styles—you will be pleasantly surprised by how flattering their cuts are! www.camiandjax.com

GLOBAL GOODS

Ò At our shop, The Little Market, global one-of-a-kind items are our specialty. Each item we sell is handmade, so each piece is truly special. The kantha quilts are stunning and each is unique—it’s so fun to shop them in person! They are hand-stitched by women who are at-risk and survivors of trafficking. www.thelittlemarket.com

FOR THE LITTLE ONES

Ò Little Moon Society produces their adorable line of tie-dye clothes right here in LA! My kids have grown up in their soft and colorful pieces. If you love it, buy it because each collection sells out quickly. www.littlemoonsociety.com

Photographed By: Valorie Darling | Illustrations By: Vicente Martí Solar

Ò I go to the farmers market once or twice a week to buy all of our produce. I love buying seasonal fruits and vegetables, and I love supporting local farmers. Make sure to stop by Lily’s Eggs for delicious eggs and beautiful fragrant roses! If you go on Saturday, I recommend getting there early to get the fresh pastries before they sell out.


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Clothes-Minded This LA Influencer Knows Where to Go for Fashion-Forward Finds

Los Angeles NAME Bruno Leandro JOB TITLE Influencer, Blogger

3 THINGS I LOVE ABOUT FASHION

RESIDENT OF Hollywood

1. Expression. My style often reflects how I’m feeling. 2. Individuality. When deciding what I’m going to wear, I always try to make it my own. 3. Confidence. Nothing compares to how you feel when you love what you’re wearing.

LOCAL LIVING 8 years

MOST IMPORTANTLY, BE YOU When it comes to style, you can’t ignore what’s trendy, but I think the fun part of fashion is being creative and being yourself.

“I am so grateful to have a career that allows me to travel the world and eat some of the best foods and experience as much as I have.” —Bruno Leandro

HATTERS GONNA HAT

Photoshoot Location: GOORIN BROS. MELROSE 7627 Melrose Ave Los Angeles, CA 90046 323.951.0393 | www.goorin.com

www.goorin.com

IT’S CALLED [FASH-UHN]

Ò I don’t necessarily believe that fashion needs to be expensive, but I do love to splurge every once in a while. Maxfield is a luxury boutique that merges highend fashion with modern art. They often have rare designer pieces and an ever-changing art gallery. And you never know if you’ll find yourself shopping alongside a famous actor or rapper. It’s always an experience. www.maxfieldla.com

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ONE MAN’S TRASH…

Ò At Wasteland, not only will you find designer pieces and one-of-a-kind items for a low price, but they also have a large consignment selection as well. I started buying designer jeans here when I was young because they were cheaper than full price, and now I just love the thrill of what I’m possibly going to find! www.shopwasteland.com

FRESH-FACED

SHOES ARE A MAN’S BEST FRIEND

www.skinlaundry.com

www.bdgastore.com

Ò With several locations, you’re probably within minutes of a Skin Laundry. They specialize in laser facials, and in about 15 minutes, you can leave there with a noticeably improved complexion. They have a full range of products for all skin types—I always leave feeling rejuvenated. Also, your first facial is completely free!

Ò Reminiscent of a speakeasy, Bodega is a shoe shop disguised as a produce market, but once you go through the warehouse door, you’re in an 8,000-square-foot shoe Mecca. Bodega carries a wide range of shoes, including a whole floor of luxury brands and exclusive collaborations. If I’m looking for it, chances are Bodega has it.

Photographed By: Matt Misisco | Illustrations By: Vicente Martí Solar

Ò The folks at Goorin Bros. really know hats. With a wide variety of designs and styles, they’re on the forefront of hat fashion, and I really trust them with fit and quality. A good hat is worth the investment. They have several locations, but my favorite store is located on the renowned Melrose Avenue, so you can show off your new hat as you shop, walk and live your best LA life.


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Perspire & Inspire Holly Eve Shares Brands Worth the Buy

Pasadena NAME Holly Eve JOB TITLE CEO, Founder & Creative Director of Madame Lemy

1 OF MY FAVORITE MADAME LEMY SCENTS

RESIDENT OF Pasadena

Lime! It has oakmoss that gives it a rich aroma, which I source from France.

LOCAL LIVING 7 years (But I’ve been bi-coastal throughout that time in NYC)

CHANGING PERSPECTIVES

Madame Lemy has been a platform for me to educate people on the importance of switching to natural products and to speak about my own struggles with mental health. Even if I can impact just one person, then it’s worth being vulnerable.

“My best friend tragically lost her life to breast cancer, and she was the person who informed me why I should stop using antiperspirants and switch to natural deodorant. It’s been my mission to pass on her legacy and inspire people to switch to clean products.”

ETHICAL SHOPPING

Photoshoot Location: NATURAL FEELING SPA 8042 W 3rd St Los Angeles, CA 90048

www.tenthousandvillages.com

CLEAN BEAUTY

Ò The Whole Foods in Pasadena is my favorite place to shop for beauty products. They are, of course, clean and organic. I love to buy essential oils and use them to mix in other products while I’m making my own concoctions. It’s very well-curated, and they often have new brands. www.wholefoods.com

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CHIC LADY

Ò I love Blaque Label because their items are high-quality and unique. They’re edgy and sexy yet still appropriate to wear for a business meeting. I’ve met the owners, and they are great people. My favorite item has been a lilac silk trench coat—it’s elegant, sexy and badass all in one. www.blaquelabel.com

SPA DAY!

Ò At Natural Feeling Spa, I love the unique products that she sources for her treatments. She sells the products that she uses, so you can use them at home! The entire experience is meditative and spiritual—I always leave feeling rejuvenated and refocused. The owner, Adina Diaz, does a lot of workshops that are worth attending. www.naturalfeelingspa.com

SUPPORT THE GIRLS

Ò Jenette Bras in Pasadena sells highquality bras from Paris that I really like. They custom-fit you to the bras, and their sizing is extremely accurate. Their bras have changed the game for me. If you are looking for everyday simple and sexy bras, check them out! jenettebras.com

Photographed By: Wil Cohen | Illustrations By: Vicente Martí Solar

Ò I love supporting the local, high-quality artisanal store, Ten Thousand Villages. They create opportunities for artisans in developing countries by selling their products in their markets through longterm, fair-trading relationships. They have a good selection of spiritual and inspirational pieces with my favorite being their crystals.


starter pack: generation z

The Gen Z-er You were born between 1997-2017.

“Is mayonnaise an instrument?” —Patrick Star, “SpongeBob SquarePants”

You will do anything to keep your Snapchat streak.

WRITTEN BY: KAYLIN WAIZINGER ILLUSTRATIONS BY: VICENTE MARTÍ SOLAR

Something you always carry with you: Hydro Flask “Saturdays are for the boys,” as you like to say. Which really means you bought a 12 pack of Truly Hard Seltzers to sip on.

You’d rather be: Playing Fortnite

Breakfast, lunch, dinner—anytime is burrito time.

Somewhere in your room you still have your shark tooth puka shell necklace.

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You enjoy long romantic walks to 7-Eleven for a bag of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos.

You used to annoy your teachers by playing with your Tech Deck.

1. “Sicko Mode” by Travis Scott 2. “Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X 3. “Bad Guy” by Billie Eilish


starter pack: millennial

The Millennial

“You go, Glen Coco!” —Damian Leigh, Mean Girls

You were born between 1981-1996.

You love being healthy...with a Tura Alcoholic Kombucha.

WRITTEN BY: TAYLOR GORSKI ILLUSTRATIONS BY: VICENTE MARTÍ SOLAR

Before you were addicted to your phone, you couldn’t get enough of playing with your: Tamagotchi

Monday morning drink of choice: Matcha latte with oat milk

Frequently caught: Ordering food from Postmates (because why leave your house?)

On a Friday night, you’re with a group of friends playing Cards Against Humanity.

You’ll always find an excuse to pay $10 for avocado toast…but only if it has lemon pepper.

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You’ll never get rid of your Juicy Couture Sweatsuit because you’re secretly hoping it comes back in style.

Adulting is hard, you can’t get through the day without snacking on Annie’s Organic Cheddar Bunnies.

1. “Hollaback Girl” by Gwen Stefani 2. “She Will Be Loved” by Maroon 5 3. “Mr. Brightside” by The Killers


starter pack: gen x

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”—Ferris Bueller, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

The Gen X-er

For you, no trip to the gas station is complete without grabbing a Hostess Cupcake.

You were born between 1965-1980.

WRITTEN BY: TAYLOR GORSKI ILLUSTRATIONS BY: VICENTE MARTÍ SOLAR

You can still fit into your high school letterman’s jacket...sort of.

You don’t need to see a fancy cocktail menu—you’ll have a classic Corona with lime.

Facebook was invented for sharing your political views...right?

If it’s a degree over 75, you’ll crack open an ice-cold CocaCola and a smile.

Still sitting in a box in your garage: First concert ticket

The only all-nighters you ever pulled were when you were on your Atari 2600 trying to beat your brother’s high score in Pac-Man.

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In-N-Out will forever be the best burger and shake, and you still go through the drive-thru once a week.

1. “Sweet Child O’ Mine” by Guns N’ Roses 2. “Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson 3. “Livin’ on a Prayer” by Bon Jovi


starter pack: baby boomer

The Baby Boomer

“Mrs. Robinson, you’re trying to seduce me. Aren’t you?”—Benjamin Braddock, The Graduate Your wedding dress is hanging in your closet, perfectly preserved and waiting for your granddaughter’s special day.

You were born between 1944-1964.

WRITTEN BY: JORDAN NISHKIAN ILLUSTRATIONS BY: VICENTE MARTÍ SOLAR

You’d be absolutely lost without: Your phone’s News App.

You and your Scottie dog game piece ruled the board on Monopoly nights.

The classic ice cream sandwich— still good, but it tasted better when it was 5¢. Whatever happened to that white wine and hard-boiled egg diet?

What alarm clock? All you need is the smell of your Folgers Coffee.

You still have that framed picture of your favorite Hollywood Heartthrob from your teen years—is that a lipstick mark we see?

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Watching “I Love Lucy” just wasn’t complete without your TV dinner.

1. “I Can’t Get No Satisfaction” by The Rolling Stones 2. “Jailhouse Rock” by Elvis Presley 3. “I Want to Hold Your Hand” by The Beatles


Man of Action Clive Standen Discusses Perfection, Fatherhood and Modern Masculinity

Written By: Jordan Nishkian /// Photographed By: Tae Kwon Styled By: Neil Cohen ///Groomed By: Aiprll Patino

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“I’ve always been that person where you give me an incentive and I suddenly get tunnel vision, and I ride toward that goal.” -Clive Standen

CLIVE STANDEN @clivestanden Photoshoot Location: THE DESERT YACHT CLUB Yucca Valley, CA @desertyachtclub SHIRT PROVIDED BY: Towne Palm Springs, Allview www.towneps.com JACKET PROVIDED BY: Towne Palm Springs www.towneps.com SWEATER & PANTS PROVIDED BY: Eleventy www.eleventymilano.it/en SHOES PROVIDED BY: Michael Bastian www.michaelbastiannyc.com HAT PROVIDED BY: Gladys Tamez Millinery www.gladystamez.com SUNGLASSES PROVIDED BY: l.a.Eyeworks www.laeyeworks.com NECKLACE PROVIDED BY: John Hardy www.johnhardy.com

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“I didn’t want to be a historian; I wanted to be an actor.” -Clive Standen

SHIRT PROVIDED BY: Towne Palm Springs, MACKEENE www.towneps.com PANTS PROVIDED BY: 7 For All Mankind www.7forallmankind.com

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On the surface, Clive Standen is what you’d picture as the definition of manliness. He’s played warriors, is an athletic champion and does his own stunts. Get to know him a little better and you’ll find that beyond the biceps and the beard is a caring father of three, an ambassador for marine life and someone who loves singing along to Mumford & Sons. In other words, Standen represents less of what it means to be a “man’s man” and more of what it means to be a man of the modern age.

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“There’s nothing wrong with a man who cries and expresses emotion.” -Clive Standen

SWEATER PROVIDED BY: Scotch & Soda www.scotch-soda.com PANTS PROVIDED BY: 7 For All Mankind www.7forallmankind.com SNEAKERS PROVIDED BY: Eleventy www.eleventymilano.it/en

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Already very active with Muay Thai boxing and professional stunt training, Standen’s acting career began in his teens, which was around the time his mother had decided to go back to school so she could teach drama therapy to children with Down Syndrome. “I was 16 and very impressionable...and I really looked up to my mum and all the [21-year-old drama students] she was working with,” he says before cracking a smile. “At the same time, there was also a girl I really liked...and that’s where it started.”

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With the support of a mother and teachers who believed in him, Standen decided to take the idea of acting professionally more seriously. “I’ve always been that person where you give me an incentive and I suddenly get tunnel vision, and I ride toward that goal,” he explains. From there, he decided to take classes to further his education on the subject but was disappointed by the amount of armchair knowledge the courses required. “I couldn’t just do theater, which was frustrating to me at the age of 16. I was like, ‘Why isn’t there a course that is practical to being an actor?’” Standen recalls. “A lot of the courses were all theory...and I had already read all the books that were on the syllabus. So I did a year of theater studies and [then] dropped out—I didn’t want to be a historian, I wanted to be an actor.” Standen found his place in performing arts courses, which not only allowed him to practice his craft, but it also let him explore the more physical side to performing, and this is where he was able to tie in his knack for athletic training. “It all came in handy for the stunts I do now!” he says. “I’m a little insane and crazy and a bit of a lunatic when it comes to stunts.” Needless to say, the combination of his acting and physical training fared well for him in his career. Best known for his role as Rollo in “Vikings” and Bryan Mills in the “Taken” TV series, Standen’s acting career has taken him around the world, through ancient and modern times alike. When he wasn’t sword fighting in Camelot or throwing axes in Kattegat, he was pulling off a heist in Rhode Island or getting hit by a car (then stealing said car). “It’s simply not true that you just walk into jobs,” Standen explains. “Usually you get cast for what your strength is. I’m a very physical actor; I have a very physical presence, and I got into acting to play numerous different characters—and characters that were far removed from myself.” “I don’t actually like playing onto type,” he continues. “But usually, that one audition you get right at the beginning of your career is the one where people go, ‘I can just see him playing that role!’ I think I was thrown into the historical epics, the dramas that are more physical, and now I can branch out.” His roles have all been very different characters to play, but there is something Standen loves about each of them: they are flawed. “I don’t think anyone’s perfect,” he says. “There’s something I hold on to and think about quite a lot: in Chuck Palahniuk’s ‘Fight Club’ (the book), the first time the main character sees Tyler Durden is on the beach, and he’s getting driftwood and shoving it in the sand…” The passage Standen’s referring to continues: “What Tyler had created was the shadow of a giant hand. Only now the fingers were Nosferatu-long and the thumb was too short, but he said how at exactly four-thirty the hand was perfect. The giant shadow hand was perfect for one minute, and for one perfect minute Tyler had sat in the palm of a perfection he’d created himself.” (Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club). “The point of that scene in the book is all you can expect from perfection is a moment, and if you look for anything more, you’re going to be disappointed,” Standen explains, “and I think human beings are the same. You can have many moments of perfection in any one day, but you have to look for them and appreciate them.”

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Extracurricular Activities When he’s not working, Standen is an acting ambassador for Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.

He’s Got the Beat “I did a lot of contemporary dance training,” Standen shares, “and I think it actually helps with the choreography of fighting and the sword play—you pick up the moves and your movement ability is so much better.”

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Parental Guidance “We have this little game around the dinner table now where I go, ‘Say one good thing about your day and one bad thing about your day,’” says Standen, “and none of the other kids or anyone around are allowed to question that bad thing… It’s about being readily available to communicate your feelings with the people you love.”

Location, Location, Location Some of Standen’s favorite filming locations have been in the Wicklow Mountains of Ireland and Tybee Island in Georgia.

Nice Handiwork Standen is a former international Muay Thai boxer, a fencing gold medalist and is ambidextrous with a sword.

Standen never shies away from his characters’ flaws. Instead, he embraces them, letting those imperfections add texture and humanity to the roles. Aside from being flawed, the roles throughout his career have all tended to be rough around the edges. Whether he’s played the honorable knight, the battlehungry viking or the vengeful ex-CIA operative, they can categorically be called men of violence. However, Standen’s most recent role of Anthony Lavelle in “Council of Dads” is a change of pace.

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“There seems to be a big thing about toxic masculinity,” Standen says. “There’s nothing wrong with a man who cries and expresses emotion. And I wanted Anthony to be a hugger, a kisser. He’d hold his heart on his sleeve: when he’s angry, he’s angry; when he’s emotional, he’s emotional, you know?” Over the past few years, the term “toxic masculinity” has become an undeniable buzzword. The term not only challenges how our society sees men, but how our society shapes these men as well. It’s an idea that’s been around since the ‘80s, and it’s just now catching on in the mainstream. While the current rhetoric may seem like it’s mostly focused on calling out men for being

predatory or too aggressive, the term was originally created to question why our society raises our boys to feel shame for emotional expression, to utilize violence as an indicator of power and to be overtly self-reliant, among other points. While his warrior-type roles haven’t necessarily been poster boys for today’s idea of healthy masculinity (presumably due to the time periods the stories are based in), Standen has attempted to bring a more relevant portrayal of modern masculinity to his present-day characters. But not everyone has been on board with it. “I did have some time on ‘Taken’ [during] a very emotional scene...the scene felt very much like the scene in Se7en with Brad Pitt yelling, ‘What’s in the box? What’s in the box?’” Standen shares. “And I played the scene really emotionally—I had tears in my eyes— and the director came up to me and went, ‘Can we do another take? But can you stop the tears, because tough guys don’t cry.’” Despite this note, Standen felt strongly about this scene and continued to deliver an emotional performance, but by the time production was finished, each one of Standen’s tears had been edited out.

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“Anyone can be a father, but it takes a strong man to be a dad.” -Clive Standen

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In a stark contrast, Joan Rater and Tony Phelan, the producers of “Council of Dads,” were seeking the opposite from their actors. “One of the reasons I signed on [to ‘Council of Dads’] was Tony Phelan saying, ‘Let’s just stamp out this toxic masculinity,’” Standen says. “And I told him that story, and he said, ‘Well, you’re not going to get that from me.’”

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The NBC show, which aired this past March, follows the Perrys, a family that has just lost father and husband Scott Perry to cancer. In his remaining months, Scott had created a Council of Dads to help take care of his five children after he’s gone— from driving lessons to words of wisdom. “It’s been really great to play a character that’s emotionally ready,” says Standen. “There’s a lot of violence and gratuity in the world right now... and ‘Council of Dads’ has a really positive message, and it’s full of joy...and optimism about moving on, and finding humor through grief, and it’s about who shows up. It really mirrors the modern family today, I think.” Aside from its relevance, one reason Standen believes the show will resonate well with its audience is because he has seen the parallels between the story and his own reallife experiences firsthand. “‘Council of Dads’ works on so many levels, but what’s interesting to me, especially with my character, is the role of a father in our society,” Standen explains. “My dad left when I was eight years old, and I haven’t seen him since. I had an amazing man who stepped in and took over that role, and I don’t like calling my stepdad my stepfather—he’s my dad. Anyone can be a father, but it takes a strong man to be a dad.” “‘Council of Dads’ is about a man who dies of cancer...but it doesn’t have to be about death; there are lots of families out there where dads just walk out, they leave or they’re away on business for very long periods of time,” Standen continues. “So on one hand, it’s about the role of single moms and how hard they work, but it’s also about how important the role of a father figure is.” On-screen, Anthony Lavelle is a man without a family, whose superpower would be “the ability to talk to children on their level.” Standen describes his character as the “cool uncle” that kids can trust and talk to, but he’s still able to fill in as the strong male role model. “But what’s interesting is that he’s never had anyone love him,” Standen shares, “and he needs this family as much as they need him.” Another way that Anthony paralleled reality is that Standen plays the best friend of a man battling cancer, a role he has played in real life. “My best friend—best man at my wedding, best friend I have in my whole life—was diagnosed with cancer, and he was very, very ill,” Standen says. When he originally met with Rater and Phelan, who wanted him for the part of Anthony, Standen pitched himself to play the role of Scott Perry, who dies in the first episode. “I start crying in my interview with them, going ‘I’m not sure I can play this role because my best friend is dying of cancer, and I don’t want to be the guy on TV playing the best friend.’ And they said, ‘Well, maybe this is why you need to play this character.’” This is a man who has fallen backwards off a three-story-high wall (on purpose), but the role of Anthony daunted him on a much deeper level. “Most of the roles I’ve played in my career have been far removed from me,” he explains. “It’s very hard for me to go, ‘This is me. I’m playing myself.’” But Standen remembered advice he had received in drama class: if you’re scared of a role, you should play it. Fortunately, Standen’s friend is now in remission. “He’s a lot better now,” he says, “but it was terrifying at the time.” Standen’s hope for ‘Council of Dads’ is that it sparks real-time conversations within families and creates a platform where difficult, but important subjects can be broached. He believes that an open line of communication is key—not only to strong, inclusive families, but to raising the next generation as well. “It’s about communicating. There’s a lot of anxiety and depression and things that people are ashamed to talk about, and I think it’s important to vent by talking,” Standen notes. “And again [it comes back] to who shows up...about loving yourself and living in the moment,” he says with a grin. “All you can expect from perfection is a moment—so live that moment!” LOCALE MAGAZINE 47


“All you can expect from perfection is a moment, and if you look for anything more, you’re going to be disappointed, and I think human beings are the same. You can have many moments of perfection in any one day, but you have to look for them and appreciate them.” -Clive Standen

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PHOTO BY: Charlie Chipman • MADE SOLID www.madesolidinla.com | @madesolidinla

May 2020 /// makers. markets. materials.

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Shop, in the Name of Love Look Good, Feel Good—This Is the Only Los Angeles Shoppe Guide You’ll Ever Need

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Look SHOP NOW Good, Feel Good— This Is the Only Los Angeles Shoppe Guide You’ll Ever Need

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> There’s something so exhilarating about embarking on a shopping spree. Whether you’re “just browsing” or on a mission to find the perfect gift or gadget, there is an abundance of creatives, collectors and stylists that are eager to make your outing an amazing adventure. But before you whip out your credit card and head to the nearest shopping mall, thumb through our A-Z Shoppe Guide, featuring everything from the best of beauty and custom ceramics to spring swimwear and today’s top tech.

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There’s Nothing Like Handmade

• Woodworker • Woodworking for: 1.5 Years

Kristen Pumphrey and Thomas Neuberger

“I love the design process. Placing and replacing different designs until I’m happy with the final pattern takes hours and is so much fun. My absolute favorite part, though, is adding finish to the final product and seeing all of the grain come to life beneath the different finishes. My Patriarchy Portrait illustration and my Sunburst Mosaic are my favorites—I never tire of looking at them.”

“For us, making things provides a break from our hectic world. It’s an opportunity to unplug and truly enjoy the process— not just the end result. That’s what we’re really into; it’s not just going through the motions of making something, it’s experiencing each step of the process, both as an effort to improve your skills and to just zone out.”

Kalah Bernardo

Woodn’t You Like to Know

P.F. CANDLE CO. www.pfcandleco.com @pfcandleco

Coachella Valley

No Place Like the Present Santa Ana

Culver City

Oceanside

Los Angeles

Knotting Much

Rachel Breuklander • Fiber Artist, Owner of The Lark’s Head • Fiber Artist for: 3 Years

“Creating an intricate wall hanging often starts at my sketchbook. Once I have a design, I spend hours or days just tying knots. Finally, I meticulously trim until each piece is complete. My favorite part is stepping back to see the piece right before the final trim. I love seeing how a sketch can evolve into something completely new as I progress.”

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THE LARK’S HEAD www.thelarksheadshop.com @thelarksheadshop

Gusta MUCHO

Sofia Enriquez • Artist • Artist for: 10 Years

“One of my favorite moments was displaying my summer MUCHO collection as a performance piece with several models that interacted with my large-scale art installation of six paisley sculptures at Coachella 2019. It’s surreal to see my work living outside of my studio, [not to mention] outside of my head. Seeing my work outside for people to experience is incredibly motivating.”

SOFIA ENRIQUEZ www.sofiaenriquez.com @sofiaenriquez

Photos - Ash + Iron: Kalah Bernando & Brandon Bernardo | The Lark’s Head: Chelsea Maras Photography & Rachel Breuklander | P.F. Candle Co.: Grant Puckett | Sofia Enriquez: Ed Zabel & Jane Chouteau

ASH + IRON www.ashandironco.com @ashandiron

• Co-owner and CEO; Co-owner and COO, P.F. Candle Co. • Candlemakers for: 13 and 7 Years


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Kelly Keane McCullough

A.J. Woodruff

“Seek inspiration, visualize, sketch ideas, convert sketches to designs, communicate designs to weavers, await the magic. [The best parts of designing are] experimenting with colorways and shapes, awaiting the final product and unveiling what a drawn design becomes as a woven piece of art. Creativity is the manifestation of my thoughts and vision into reality—it is my freedom.”

“I work a little backwards. I create an item first, and from that item I formulate a mood and story. Production... is almost always challenging and oftentimes painful but a necessary evil. It looks a lot like Band-Aids and broken nails—I’ve worked with my hands for years now, which basically means never having a decent manicure, but it comes with the territory.”

• Owner and Designer, Tribe + True • Curating Artisan Goods for: 5 Years

TRIBE + TRUE www.tribetrue.com @tribeandtrue

Trust the Process

• Designer and Owner, Respect the Chief • Designer for: 10 Years in Fashion, 4 Years in Jewelry

RESPECT THE CHIEF www.respectthechief.com @respectthechief

Tool and Nail San Diego

Los Angeles

Photos - Tribe + True | Made Solid: Charlie Chipman | Respect the Chief: Laura Perkins | Cage & Lantern: Kambria Fischer

Costa Mesa

Palm Springs

Hide and Seek

Peter Maxwell

• Owner and Designer, Made Solid • Leatherworker for: 40 Years

“[I love] finding unexpected elements in the character of a hide and using those in our pieces. The life is in the use of my work— the patina, after years of love—so seeing anything that has transformed from light leather to a deep dark creates an instant connection for me. Everyone that uses Made Solid anything is a friend.”

MADE SOLID www.madesolidinla.com @madesolidinla

Sew It Goes

Teddy and Marissa Kovach

• Creators and Designers, Cage & Lantern • Artisans for: 7 Years

CAGE & LANTERN www.cageandlantern.com @cageandlantern

“It’s fun to start with a product idea and piece it all together. I personally love making our baby shoes, which were one of the first products I designed, and because all of my children have worn them. Teddy, on the other hand, is excellent with hand stitching, so he loves making wallets, briefcases and basically anything that requires hand stitching.”

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Liquid Eyeliner $9.99 HONEST BEAUTY www.honest.com

Agave+ Daytime Lip Balm $14

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BITE BEAUTY www.bitebeauty.com

Dandelion Brightening Finishing Powder $30

BENEFIT COSMETICS benefitcosmetics.com

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5 Holographic Stick $20 MILK MAKEUP www.milkmakeup.com

ROWS, BLUSH & BALM

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Boy Brow $16

GLOSSIER www.glossier.com

Because We Don’t Always Wake up Like This WRITTEN BY: LIZ ROMERO • PHOTOGRAPHED BY: JOHN GLOVER • HAIR AND MAKEUP BY: HEATHER BALAAM MODEL: CHELSEA RASHOFF OF BRAND MODEL & TALENT AGENCY, www.brandtalent.net

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The “no-makeup makeup” trend is still in full force, and we have the iconic beauty products to create the look. One swipe of Glossier’s Boy Brow creates super full and feathery brows. Fake false lashes with Fenty’s Full Frontal Mascara that delivers with volume, and add a pop of pink to your cheeks with Benefit’s Dandelion Blush. These one-swipe products are meant for easy application and long-lasting wear for a fresh face of no-makeup makeup. 56 LOCALE MAGAZINE

7 Diamond Sharts Liquid Eyeshadow $9 KIMCHI CHIC BEAUTY www.kimchichicbeauty.com

Product Photos - KimChi: Natasha Nielsen | Glossier: Colin Voigt | Benefit Cosmetics | BITE Beauty | Milk Makeup | Honest Beauty | Fenty Beauty By Rihanna

Full Frontal Volume Lift & Curl Mascara $24


Stein $45

Lumpy Vase $50

Sm Raw Planter $45

Feminine Flair Creative Creations

Orange County

Photos - Costa Mesa Ceramics: Jach McKeown | Rex Design Co.: Catherine Rex | Alyssa M Julian | Prelude & Dawn: Sara Winkle | Dust Ceramics: Artur Tarkowski | One Bright Morning: Colin Voigt | Shop Isiko

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Painted Faces Travel Mugs $50

COSTA MESA CERAMICS www.costamesaceramics.com

REX DESIGN CO. www.rexdesign.co

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Handmade and created with love, these local ceramic pieces are sure to brighten up your space. Drawing inspiration from everyday life, earth and adventures, these creations are made to serve a purpose in your home, at the office or even on the go.

Tall Muse Vase by Sara Winkle $70 PRELUDE & DAWN Los Angeles www.preludeanddawn.com

It’s the Little Things

WRITTEN BY: TAYLOR GORSKI

Global Goods

Los Angeles

Dip and Drip Mugs $32 SHOP ISIKO San Diego shopisiko.com

San Diego

Earth Tones

Marble Lidded Vessel I $70 ALYSSA M JULIAN www.alyssamjulian.com

Taste of Minimalism

Palo Santo Burner $40

ONE BRIGHT MORNING www.onebrightmorning.com

Blue Ocean Black Sand Ceramic Cup $30

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FRED SEGAL

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Then and Now: How to Take Your Tresses from Throwback to Trendy

Rachel Temko

The Best Products at the Ultimate LA Cool Shopping Destination

Founder, Whimsy + Row

Then: Pompadour

Grunge Waves

Circa: 1950 Worn by: Elvis Presley Get the Look With: Matte Pomade

Circa: 1990 Worn by: Drew Barrymore Get the Look With: Texturizing Surfspray

Los Angeles

> Founded in West Hollywood in 1961, nothing screams California cool like the iconic red, white and blue Fred Segal store (that’s made its fair share of mentions in movies, i.e. Clueless, Entourage and Legally Blonde). With locations on Sunset Blvd, at the Malibu Country Mart and in the LAX Tom Bradley International Terminal, the store has also expanded internationally with locations in Switzerland, Taipei and Kuala Lumpur.

Now: Fade Circa: 2020 Worn by: Cristiano Ronaldo Get the Look With: Classic Pomade

Slicked-Back Ponytail Circa: 2020 Worn by: Zendaya Get the Look With: Light Pomade

BYRD HAIRDO PRODUCTS byrdhair.com | @byrdhair

CO-FRIENDLY Whimsy + Row Strives for Sustainability and Style

WHIMSY + ROW 12801 Venice Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90066 424.500.2405 www.whimsyandrow.com

Founder Rachel Temko studied sustainable fashion while in school, and after seeing the limited options available, she decided to create her own brand. “Our story began with vintage and supporting other brands,” Temko explains. “When we transitioned into creating our own ecoconscious collections, we took a pledge that every decision we made would be the most sustainable option.” Being that the fashion industry is the thirdlargest polluter in the world, all items at Whimsy + Row undergo a strict regimen for sustainability.

WRITTEN BY: ALLIE LEBOS PHOTOGRAPHED BY: CHARLIE CHIPMAN

“Made in limited-run batches in Los Angeles, our clothing is handmade

under ethical conditions, using the most sustainable materials,” states Temko. “We produce everything locally, use low-impact dyes, zero water printing, recycled water, upcycled fabrics and fabrics made with natural fibers like linen, Tencel, certified organic cotton and cupro.” Through the efforts made at Whimsy + Row, nearly two million hours of light bulb energy have been saved, along with almost 500 pounds of waste. “Without sacrificing style, fit and quality, we are an attainable and approachable eco-conscious brand. We’ve got the best of both worlds,” says Temko. While Whimsy + Row has plenty of options when it comes to giving your wardrobe a stylish yet conscious upgrade, Temko’s favorites are their Flora Pants, Jordan Jacket, Maya Top, Linen Valentina Sets and Lola Dress.

1. “During spring and summer, we offer Boy Smells, which are amazing candles that have been flying off the shelves.” 2. “Saint Luis is a brand we carry in Recess. These are the premium vintage T-shirts that you can’t find in any other store (besides Jeffrey’s). 3. “TS(S) is a new brand we are carrying in our men’s store. The brand is a highend, contemporary line with a variety of unique silhouettes.” 4. “We have an amazing sunglass and optical provider called Framed Ewe. They have a multitude of high-end sunglasses. The one that stands out the most to me is Jacques Marie Mage. JMM has a cult following with specific frames selling out before they even hit the floor.” 5. “Assouline has done a great job bringing an assortment of coffee table books that range from a watch collector’s dream to the history of the cigar.” 6. “Proenza Schouler, a staple for most women, released the new collection of their White Label with us. It has done extremely well with an amazing selection of outerwear!”

FRED SEGAL 8500 Sunset Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90069 310.432.0560 www.fredsegal.com WRITTEN BY: TAYLOR GORSKI PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED BY: FRED SEGAL SUNSET

D Written By: Jordan Nishkian | Photography Provided By: BYRD Hairdo Products

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While following the latest and greatest trends is always important, sustainable shopping has recently made its way to the top of the priority list when looking to add to one’s closet. Luckily, Whimsy + Row makes finding eco-friendly options easy.

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Max Feldmann

Assistant Manager, Fred Segal Sunset


ADGETS + GIZMOS These Toys Are Every Techie’s Dream

> Technology is everywhere. It’s a part of our morning routines, our daily commutes, our workdays and our days off. It’s a part of how we cook, how we clean and how we keep ourselves entertained. Let’s face it, to deny technology would be to deny yourself of a lot of today’s conveniences—but for some, the tech world has lost its luster. Don’t worry though; these eight products may sound like they’re just for kicks and gigabytes, but we think your love for gadgets and gizmos is about to feel fully charged.

Photos - Tontion Lux Video Projector and iClever Keyboard: Colin Grey Voigt | Elago | XY Find It: XY The Persistant Company | Breville | quip | Stagg EKG Electric Kettle: Fellow Products | Polaroid

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For the cinephile who always wants their favorite flicks onhand:

“Let’s face it, to deny technology would be to deny yourself of a lot of today’s conveniences…”

For the barista who’s more DIY than goand-buy:

Stagg EKG Electric Kettle $149

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Joule Sous Vide $210

For the memorymaker whose phone storage is packed with photos:

The Polaroid Lab $129.99

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2400 Lux Video Projector $69.99

For the good listener who has a playlist for every occasion:

For the on-the-go professional who can make any place a workspace:

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For that person who’s always losing their keys (you know who you are):

BK03 Bluetooth Portable Keyboard $36.99

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AirPods Wireless Charging Case $11.99

XY Find It $39.99

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For that smiley someone who’s always keepin’ it fresh:

Electric Toothbrush - $40

1. FELLOW PRODUCTS www.fellowproducts.com 2. TONTION www.amazon.com 3. XY FIND IT www.xyfindit.com 4. QUIP www.getquip.com 5 POLAROID www.polaroid.com 6. BREVILLE www.breville.com 7. ICLEVER www.iclever.com 8. ELAGO www.elago.com WRITTEN BY: JORDAN NISHKIAN LOCALE MAGAZINE 59


OLISTIC Cosmic Creations for a Better You WRITTEN BY: KANDACE CORNELL PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED BY: MOON JUICE

NSIDE deKor LA Is Here to Help Make Your House a Home WRITTEN BY: AUBREY FREITAS PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED BY: BETHANY NUERT

MOON JUICE Melrose | Silver Lake | Venice www.moonjuice.com @moonjuice

> Finding pieces that make your house a home is no easy task. Is it the color of the walls, the books on the shelves or the aesthetic of your kitchen that speaks to you? It’s a delicate recipe that Isabelle Dahlin, the founder and curator of deKor LA, has decided to take head on with her passion for interior design.

> In LA, new wellness brands and products pop up nearly every day, so finding the perfect combo can feel impossible. Moon Juice is a comprehensive line of holistic supplements, skincare products and snacks that are definitely worth mooning over.

MISSION

> “Moon Juice was born from my own experience of putting an autoimmune condition into remission,” says Founder Amanda Chantal Bacon. “Through simple daily practices, big changes were made, and I wanted to share it with as many people as possible.”

WHAT YOU’LL FIND

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> Best-selling targeted products like SuperYou ($49) and SuperHair ($60) work from the inside out to manage stress levels, while the collagen-boosting Cosmic Cream combats premature aging.

MISSION

> Dahlin sees a strong connection between wellbeing and homestyle. She notes how “your environment changes how you feel; it changes people’s energies.” Her goal is to “help others create their own escapes.”

WHY

> Moon Juice stands out with its simple mission. Bacon says, “We’re a community of people who trust their intuition, take responsibility for their education, become leaders and commit for life.”

WHAT YOU’LL FIND

DEKOR LA 3191 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039 323.522.6842 | www.dekorla.com

> Dahlin calls deKor’s style “global eclectic.” They offer a mix of textiles, textures and colors from Europe and Africa. Whether you’re

looking for vintage leather theater seats or a Tibetan brass gong, they have it.

PRICE POINT

> The price point is wide, ranging from $10,000 to as little as $200. Dahlin believes that everyone should be able to have pieces that they love.

WHY

> Dahlin handpicks everything at deKor herself and makes sure to use sustainable materials in custom pieces.


EWELRY

Sparkle and Shine With These Gems From Morgan’s Jewelers

> If diamonds are a girl’s best friend, Morgan’s Jewelers in Torrance is the ultimate destination for you. Whether you are in the market for a Rolex or trying to drop a major hint to a future spouse, this one-stop showroom boasts a wonderland of gems for any occasion. MISSION

> Since 1946, Morgan’s has been family owned and operated with a staff that now includes three generations. “The core of our business is integrity,” says owner Russ Varon.

WHAT YOU’LL FIND

> With a dazzling array of gems on display, you can find everything from engagement rings and wedding bands to artfully crafted necklaces, bracelets, earrings and luxury timepieces.

PRICE POINT

> Whether you are rolling in cash or on a budget, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for. Ranging from the low hundreds to five figures, you’ll find pieces of all shapes, cuts, colors and sizes.

WHY

> Investing in a sentimental statement piece that suits your personal taste is always a good idea. “Anything you can imagine, we can help you create,” Varon says.

MORGAN’S JEWELERS 22200 Hawthorne Blvd Torrance, CA 90505 310.375.4471 www.morgansjewelers.com @morgansjewelers WRITTEN BY: KANDACE CORNELL PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED BY: MORGAN’S JEWELERS LOCALE MAGAZINE 61


These Charming Items from Burro Kids Are Sure to Put a Smile on Your Little One’s Face

Erinn Berkson Founder, Burro

> Next door to Burro on Abbot Kinney is the bright and adorable kids counterpart, Burro Kids. “We have a great selection of products from newborn to six years old, and we really strive to have unique gifts that you can’t find everywhere, says Founder Erinn Berkson. “We are obsessed with baby blankets, kid’s books, toys and clothing, and we really love curating everything on the shelves. Plus, it’s a one-stopshop since Burro and Burro Kids are connected—you can really shop all your gifting needs in one place.” 1. “The Bamboo Feeding Set in blush by Ekobo is just one of those covetable items that every new mom wants for her baby. It’s also environmentally sustainable.” 2. “The Organic Stardust Swaddle by Pehr Design is easy on the eyes, and it’s organic. Their soft palette is sweet for a baby and looks great draped over a stroller to help shade your littles from the sun.”

OST & FOUND

KIDDOS

Embark on a Quest of SelfExpression and Discover Your Life’s Wardrobe

3. “The Sheldon Shrimp from Jellycat is irresistible. We love that Jellycat comes out with so many diverse and fun plush collections. I smile everytime I see this guy!”

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5. “The Taco Truck by Candy Lab looks great on a shelf. Candy Lab really does an excellent job with their bright, happy colors—makes cleaning up after the kids slightly more fun.”

BURRO KIDS 1405 Abbot Kinney Blvd Venice, CA 90291 310.450.6283 www.burrogoods.com

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LOST & FOUND Hollywood | Santa Monica lostandfoundshop.com @lostandfoundshop_la

Lost & Found offers more than clothing and home decor to its loyal patrons. It serves as a toolbox for those with an innate need to create— whether it be the transformation of a space or the declaration of a statement, fashionably draped on one’s physical canvas. It’s a Bohemian-inspired time machine that transports you back to an era when quality eclipsed quantity. It exists as a destination for curating an aesthetic that is daring and novel, but true to one’s identity and expression.

4. “The Maileg Metal Kitchen is a perfect compliment to all the wonderful Maileg mice—it’s fun to see kids’ imaginations go wild. Their attention to detail is swoon-worthy.”

WRITTEN BY: TAYLOR GORSKI PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED BY: BURRO KIDS

[Lost & Found] is a Bohemian-inspired time machine that transports you back to an era when quality eclipsed quantity.

Jamie Rosenthal Founder, Lost & Found

When Jamie Rosenthal opened her first Lost & Found location 20 years ago, she wanted to give Los Angeles a taste of what the world has to offer. “My father was a shoe designer and manufactured in Italy and around the world in the ‘60s and ‘70s,” says Rosenthal. “My aesthetic is influenced by this period in design and fashion, and where it

intersects with the intellectual and social ideals of this time.” Rosenthal prioritizes craftsmanship and offers a rotating inventory of European fabrics, art and furniture. She is thoughtful in her shop selections and hopes that her pieces “invoke a sense of curiosity and a human connection that does not exist with many mass-produced products and chain stores.” Lost & Found has now expanded to three locations. Like the treasures that take sanctuary inside their walls, these concept stores continue to stand the test of time and gently remind us that beauty doesn’t always fade. Rosenthal continues to remain curious and in motion, always on the hunt for hidden gems across the globe. WRITTEN BY: NICOLE JEFFRIES PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED BY: LOST & FOUND


Dual Sided Hat Bailey Hats $150 > “I’ve collected Bailey Hats over the years, and this one is my favorite in particular. It’s totally season-less, but a straw hat really is ideal anywhere that is nearly tropical and sunny everyday.”

Tommy Lei

Crossbody Belt Bag Fendi $1,490 > “I’ve been repping Fendi [since] I first started investing in luxury goods in my wardrobe. It’s an indulgent statement that is both functional and timeless.”

Styleteller, Consultant, Heart Whisperer, Real Estate Dabbler, Home Staging Enthusiast

Halyard Hans Wegner-inspired Lounge Chair Rove Concept $1,999 > “This Rove Concepts lounge chair is a remarkable replica of the Hans Wegner original. It’s also super comfy to boot.”

Stagg EKG Kettle Fellow $169 > “This kettle allows you to control the temperature of the water to the degree. Perfect for coffee pour-overs or a specific tea brew when you’re in need of a pick me up.”

Isamu Noguchi Table Herman Miller via Design Within Reach $1,995 > “A Noguchi table has been high on my wish list for my first real home for a long time. It’s an iconic table that comes with a swivel wooden base that looks good at any angle. Smitten!”

TOMMY LEI @mybelonging

Limited-Edition Serigraphs Fong Min Liao $500 per print (although a commission will start at $3,000 and up)  > “My dear friend, Fong Min Liao, is a homegrown artist whose body of work stems from the heart and nothing more. I’ve loved her take on organic forms and how they relate to selfgrowth (and identity).”

Y STYLE From Home Decor to Fashion, Tommy Lei Is the Epitome of Chic and Sophisticated Tommy Lei—the creator, founder and mind behind MYBELONGING— knows a thing or two about style. “The art of merging style and personal identity through a visual dialogue about high fashion and lifestyle,” is what Lei calls Styletelling. Working with brands such as Fendi, Louis Vuitton and Audi, Lei has made his mark in the creative and fashion worlds.

Camp-Collar Crinkled-Cotton Shirt COS $89 > “I have a tendency to live in basics that I can dress up or down depending on the weather or occasion. COS makes pieces that are livable, breathable and accessible—like this shirt!”  WRITTEN BY: TAYLOR GORSKI PHOTOGRAPHED BY: MATT MISISCO LOCALE MAGAZINE 63


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Santa Monica

MUST-TRY TREATMENTS Ocean Prelude THE SPA AT TERRANEA Rancho Palos Verde www.terranea.com

Caviar Lifting and Firming Facial

LA PRAIRIE SPA AT WALDORF ASTORIA BEVERLY HILLS Beverly Hills www.waldorfastoriabeverlyhills.com

Himalayan Salt Stone

WELL SPA AT MIRAMONTE INDIAN WELLS RESORT & SPA Indian Wells www.miramonteresort.com

Happy Couple

EW YOU

WHISPERS SPA AT LA SERENA VILLAS Palm Springs www.laserenavillas.com

Steps From the Sand and Miles Away From Worry, Your Utopia Awaits

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There’s something sacred in practicing self-care and allowing yourself to truly be nurtured by others. We go through life carrying unwanted stress, yet we so rarely take the time to unburden ourselves with what no longer serves us. As we look for ways to center ourselves, we turn to those who practice healing and recalibration. The Sea Wellness Spa–located in Santa Monica’s Hotel Casa del Mar–welcomes the vulnerability and intention that comes with this undertaking with reverence and gratitude. Rooted in care and attentiveness, the Sea Wellness Spa promises to cultivate an individualized experience for each client that passes through its doors. “Our intimate, boutique spa allows us to focus on only a handful of clients at one time,” says Spa Director Rachel Stacy. They continue to carry out their mission for health through a unique and varied 64 LOCALE MAGAZINE

California Citrus Scrub THE RITZ-CARLTON, LAGUNA NIGUEL Laguna Niguel www.ritzcarlton.com

set of treatments. The Soothing Waves at Sea Treatment offers a massage and mini facial incorporating locally sourced elements, blending ocean minerals, Malibu lavender and rose stones. Aside from common spa offerings like massages and facials, Sea Wellness Spa boasts advanced skincare services and private yoga sessions. Plus, their extensive line of local, organic products allows guests to continue their self-care at home. “Our retail offerings are diverse, providing a full range for each skin type and need,” states Stacy. “Our retail offerings are diverse, providing a full range for each skin type and need,” states Stacy. Regardless of your needs, finding moments of stillness and comfort amid the chaos that surrounds us is essential to our well-being. It’s never too late to treat yourself to a day of pampering and surrender your troubles to nearby waters.

Maximum Indulgence

THE SPA AT LAGUNA CLIFFS MARRIOTT RESORT & SPA Dana Point www.marriott.com

Herbal Reflexology

SEA WELLNESS SPA AT HOTEL CASA DEL MAR 1910 Ocean Way Santa Monica, CA 90405 844.880.1077 www.hotelcasadelmar.com/spa/ sea-wellness-spa WRITTEN BY: NICOLE JEFFRIES PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED BY: HOTEL CASA DEL MAR

THE CENTER FOR WELLBEING AT FAIRMONT GRAND DEL MAR Del Mar www.fairmont.com/san-diego

Fire & Ice Signature Body Wrap

WILLOWS HOTEL & SPA AT VIEJAS AT VIEJAS CASINO & RESORT Alpine www.viejas.com/willows-hotel-spaat-viejas


Photos - Vase: Zense Home | Popsicle: Elena Bulatova | Banana Lamp: Seletti | Magnetic Levitation Turntable: Touch of Modern | Chanel Basketball: The RealReal | Bottle: LOUIS XIII COGNAC | Star Wars Cufflinks: Neiman Marcus | D&G Toaster: Dolce & Gabbana

MG I Want It All > There’s cool. And then there’s really cool. And while money doesn’t grow on trees, if it did, we would absolutely spend it on these ridiculously expensive items. From limited edition champagne to magnetic levitation turntables, these products steal the spotlight in the dual categories of outrageous and sensational.

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Banana Lamp Phooey $330

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Vase $195

Magnetic Levitation Turntable $3,599-$3,899

6 Dolce Gabbana x SMEG Sicily I My Love Toaster $650

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The Sweet Life, Yellow/Orange Popsicle $899

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LOUIS XIII Black Pearl AHD $13,000

1. CHANEL www.therealreal.com 2. CUFFLINKS.INC www.neimanmarcus.com 3. ZENSE HOME www.zensehomecollection.com 4. LOVE & AESTHETICS www.loveandaesthetics.com 5. TOUCH OF MODERN www.touchofmodern.com 6. SMEG X DOLCE & GABBANA www.neimanmarcus.com 7. ELENA BULATOVA FINE ART www.elenabulatovafineart.com 8. LOUIS XIII COGNAC www.louisxiii-cognac.com WRITTEN BY: KAYLIN WAIZINGER LOCALE MAGAZINE 65


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RINTS + PATTERNS

ban.do Provides Products with Purpose

> What would life be without fun prints and patterns? Thanks to popular lifestyle brand ban.do, we may never have to know. Back in 2008, Jen Gotch, founder of ban.do, started her own business by handsewing one-of-a-kind hair accessories that featured vintage gems and trims from various thrift stores and flea markets. According to ban.do’s Senior Creative Director Ali LaBelle, “Things sure have changed over the last 12 years! Since the start of ban.do, we’ve evolved into a lifestyle brand and make a whole lot of products, including stationery, apparel, drinkware and bags.” While ban.do strives to inspire their customers with state-ofthe-art products, LaBelle says, “Our product design team draws inspiration

from so many places, but ultimately, we are inspired by our customers...We make and sell things we genuinely use and love.” Being that they curate an array of products and items, intention remains the focus behind anything crafted and sold at ban. do. “What sets us apart is that with everything we do—from designing and customer service to the brands we choose to partner with—we do with intention. We want to give our customers the tools to be their best...the idea is that we’re bringing joy and optimism into their day,” explains LaBelle. While ban.do promotes an impressive selection of lifestyle products, some customer favorites include ban.do’s yearly planners, notepads, intentionsetting necklaces and graphic tees.

BAN.DO www.bando.com @shopbando WRITTEN BY: ALLIE LEBOS PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED BY: BAN.DO

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REFORMATION

UARTZ Our Love for This Trendy Stone Is Crystal-Clear > From lighting fixtures to kitchen essentials, this crystalline mineral has found its way into our homes and hearts. Quartz is believed to have a calming and soothing energy that helps promote peaceful sleep, healing and harmony! Here are four products that will get you started on how to incorporate the benefits of this trendy crystal into your everyday life. WRITTEN BY: KAYLIN WAIZINGER

Photos - Q Massage Wand: Colin Voigt | Quartz Rough Lamp: Rock Paradise | Salt & Pepper Shakers: KelsiKitchen | Quartz Serving Board: BHF Home | R Alex Abercrombie

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GATHERED HOME www.gatheredhome.com

Quartz Serving Board $64.99 BHF HOME www.bhfhome.com

Quartz Rough Lamp $58 ROCK PARADISE www.rockparadise.com

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Sustainability, Femininity and Effortless Style— Reformation Has Your Back > Timeless staple items are what you can expect from Reformation. While revolutionizing the typical brick-and-mortar shop, Reformation stores have only one of each item on display, making for a minimalistic, aesthetically pleasing shop. The high-tech dressing rooms include adjustable lighting, touch screens (scroll through and request more items to try on) and speakers with an aux cord (to break out in your happy dance when those jeans fit just right). MISSION > Sustainability is at the core of Reformation. Releasing quarterly sustainability reports, being 100% carbon neutral and owning a sustainable factory in Los Angeles are just a few ways Reformation keeps it green. WHAT YOU’LL FIND > Classic jeans, printed dresses, classy tops, wedding attire, comfy sweats, swim and shoes: Ref has it all. PRICE POINT > Prices typically range from $50 to $250, depending on the product. The quality and assurance of sustainable practices is worth the investment. WHY > Fashion is the third-most polluting industry in the world. Reformation is here to change that. Fast fashion is out, and chic everlasting pieces are here to stay. REFORMATION Culver City | Melrose | Santa Monica www.thereformation.com | @reformation

Massage Wand $14-$28 THE CHAKRA SHACK www.thechakrashack.com

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TYLE LIKE THIS

Dress It up or Dress It Down—Here’s 4 Ways to Wear a Denim Jacket

> Create four looks using the same denim jacket for each look? Challenge accepted! The iconic denim jacket can be dressed up or down for four stylish looks—from running errands, enjoying bottomless mimosas with the crew, celebrating a casual Friday or dolling up for date night.

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LUXE BY IVY Shopluxebyivy.com

Sweat Suit

Jacket

APIECE APART, ALCHEMY WORKS www.alchemyworks.us

LEVI’S, PRISM BOUTIQUE www.prismboutique.com

Jacket

LEVI’S, PRISM BOUTIQUE www.prismboutique.com

Jeans

AMUSE SOCIETY, STITCH AND FEATHER stitchandfeather.com

Shoes

CARIUMA Cariuma.com

Shoes

SAM EDELMAN www.samedelman.com

Earrings

PRISM BOUTIQUE www.prismboutique.com

Running Errands

Date Night

> Create an effortlessly casual look to run your errands in. Dress it down with an on-trend sweatsuit, sneakers, a messy bun and top it off with your go-to denim jacket.

> Feel like your best self in black denim, heels and a fits-in-all-theright-places bustier, topped with your denim jacket for the ultimate date-night fit. Now, the only thing missing is your arm candy!

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WRITTEN BY: LIZ ROMERO

PHOTOGRAPHED BY: JOHN GLOVER

STYLED BY: JANELLE ARREOLA

HAIR AND MAKEUP BY: HEATHER BALAAM

MODEL: CHELSEA RASHOFF OF BRAND MODEL & TALENT AGENCY, www.brandtalent.net

“When in doubt, wear denim.”

4 Top

3 Hat

LACK OF COLOR, PRISM BOUTIQUE www.prismboutique.com

Dress

FAITHFULL THE BRAND, PRISM BOUTIQUE www.prismboutique.com

TRÈS BIEN, STITCH AND FEATHER stitchandfeather.com

Jacket

LEVI’S PRISM BOUTIQUE www.prismboutique.com

Pants

STITCH AND FEATHER stitchandfeather.com

Shoes

CARIUMA cariuma.com

Jacket

LEVI’S PRISM BOUTIQUE www.prismboutique.com

Shoes

BLONDE CLOTHING blondeclothingboutique. com/store

Earrings

PRISM BOUTIQUE www.prismboutique.com

Sunday Brunch

Casual Friday

> Celebrate Sunday Funday with endless mimosas, your crew and the cutest brunch look. Start with a chic but comfy sundress, sandals, the shadiest hat you can find and hang your denim jacket over your shoulders (or tie it around your waist) for the ultimate ready-to-brunch look.

> Finally! It’s Friday! Show up to the office with the casual Friday look in your vintage band tee, comfy wide-leg pants, sneakers and your vintage denim jacket.

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RENDING Graf Lantz Is Here to Add a Personal Touch to Your Style > Graf Lantz is a crafty collection of wool, leather and canvas products designed to elevate and inspire. “Keep it simple. Keep it natural. Keep it different,” says Daniel Lantz, Co-CEO of Graf Lantz. From tote-ally cute bags and backpacks to trinkets like coasters, placemats and vases, Graf Lantz is determined to make a piece of their collection part of your story.

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Frankie Petite Granite/ Natural $389

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Bedford Backpack Granite/ Natural $348

Hana Boat Bag Canvas Horizon $138

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Toto Brief Granite $288

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NDERWATER Dive Into Summer With These Fresh and Fun Suits

310 Board Shorts $79.95

BIRDWELL BEACH BRITCHES www.birdwell.com

The Reversible Deep Jungle Top & Bottom $77 & $73

Sydney One Piece $148

INDIGO SWIMWEAR www.indigoswim.com

BEACH RIOT www.beachriot.com

Bedette Bodysuit $198

VITAMIN A www.vitaminaswim.com

RHYTHM. www.rhythmlivin.com

Pointelle Rib Cha Cha One Piece Swimsuit $187 LSPACE www.lspace.com

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Trestles Boardshort $65

SAN ONOFRE SURF COMPANY www.sanonofresurfco.com

Radical Roots 18.5� Boardshort $59.95 VISSLA www.vissla.com

The Reversible Traveler Swimsuit $149 INDIGO SWIMWEAR www.indigoswim.com

Photos - Beach Riot, San Onofre Surf Company, Rhythm. & Vissla: Colin Voigt | L Space | Vitamin A | Birdwell Beach Britches | Indigo Swimwear

Cuba Stripe Beach Short Vintage Gold $62


Irvine

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This Luxurious Line Will Give Your Skin the VIP Treatment

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Valmont Eye C-Gel $110

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Valmont Moisturizing Serumulsion $165

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Valmont Prime Renewing Pack $230

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1. The Medium Suitcase $275

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KARDO seedpeoplesmarket.com

HERE YA OFF TO?

AWAY www.awaytravel.com

2. Adirondack Blanket $128 FAHERTY www.fahertybrand.com

3. Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 $399.95

8. Collapsible Water Bottle $24.95 QUE BOTTLE www.quebottle.com

9. Est. 1960 Cap $35

FJÄLLRÄVEN fjallraven.com/us/en-us

10. Dodson - Sunglasses $140

Enjoy the Ride With These Top-Notch Travel Essentials

BOSE www.bose.com

RAEN raen.com

WRITTEN BY: KAYLIN WAIZINGER PHOTOGRAPHED BY: COLIN VOIGT

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W&P www.wandpdesign.com

5. The Manhattan Soap In a Tin $12

THE SCOTTISH FINE SOAPS COMPANY seedpeoplesmarket.com

6. Passport Sleeve $99

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> There’s nothing more exciting than packing your bags for a much-needed getaway—until you board that crowded, noisy plane. Take your travel game up a notch with top-of-the-line products that will make your ride in the sky that much easier. From luxury noise-cancelling headphones to a nifty carry-on cocktail kit for mile-high sippin’, these travel essentials are a must when it comes to planning your next vacation. 74 LOCALE MAGAZINE


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TechSweat Crop $45

> Empowered, strong and confident—this is how you’ll feel while working out in an outfit that’s functional and fitting. Power through your sweat wearing brands that know you’re going to push yourself and conquer your next workout class. Trust us, you’ll even look forward to your next sweat sesh!

Cidney Corpuz Founder, Hawt Yoga

WRITTEN BY: TAYLOR GORSKI PHOTOGRAPHED BY: JOHN GLOVER AND COLIN VOIGT STYLED BY: JANELLE ARREOLA HAIR & MAKEUP BY: HEATHER BALAAM MODEL: CHELSEA RASHOFF OF BRAND MODEL & TALENT AGENCY, www.brandtalent.net

4 FINCH Shoes $280 BLONDE blondeclothingboutique.com

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City Zen Duffle $198

Tribeca Blue Strap $18

ALO YOGA www.aloyoga.com

5 Electra Long & Lean Legging $128 KIRAGRACE www.kiragrace.com

YOGA DESIGN LAB yogadesignlab.com

6 Combo Mat Geo Night $78

YOGA DESIGN LAB yogadesignlab.com

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Ooh-La-Shavasanaaaah

OUTDOOR VOICES www.outdoorvoices.com

Break a Sweat in Style and Comfort

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RANCHO RELAXO www.ranchorelaxoca.com

> For a true yogi, your practice is more than a workout—it’s a holistic experience. “From wherever you’re coming from (work, school, traffic, life), feel like you’re walking down a runway in France or through the bowels of a stadium to enter the field. You become empowered simply by walking in [Hawt Yoga],” says Founder Cidney Corpuz. And just like any other journey, you’re going to need the right gear. Here are Corpuz’s top picks for his practice. Namaste! 1. “An affordable yoga mat is an accessible pick under $25. Indecision on what yoga mat to get can be an obstacle when it comes to practice. You can always stack mats for extra cushion!” www.gaiam.com 2. “Yogitoes is super durable and lasts forever. This pick is pricier but definitely worth it. A mat towel can soak up sweat, add grip and is washable (great for hygiene).” www.manduka.com 3. “A massage on demand—where you want it and compact! Rogue Lacrosse Balls are known for ‘myofascial release.’ That’s fancy talk for selfmassage. Get two!” www.roguefitness.com 4. “Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. It can take 15-20 minutes to process hydration. Once you are thirsty, it’s too late! This bottle from Kuarto is cool, and your purchase helps support a small business.” www.kuarto.co 5. “What to wear, what to wear. Fellas— get the tights. You don’t have to wear anything underneath. Breathable, durable and you can always layer shorts on top. Move with confidence.” www.virusintl.com

HAWT YOGA 2nd & PCH 6420 E PCH, Ste 165 Long Beach, CA 90803 www.hawtyogastudio.com @hawtyoga WRITTEN BY: JORDAN NISHKIAN PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED BY: MATT RYAN


Silk Sleep Mask $50

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Dream Dust Sachet Box $35

Lights Out, It’s Time for Bed > Ah, the best time of the day. Take off those stiff workday clothes and jump into something comfy and cozy. Dim your lights, pour a cup of tea and forget all the worries of the day. It’s what you’ve been waiting for since you woke up—that’s right—it’s bedtime. WRITTEN BY: TAYLOR GORSKI PHOTOGRAPHED BY: JOHN GLOVER

MOON JUICE www.cosbar.com

4 Washable Silk Pillowcase $74 LUNYA www.lunya.co

Sleep Plus+ Pillow Spray $46

THIS WORKS www.cosbar.com

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Nautico The Woven Cami $64

EBERJEY www.eberjey.com

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Aldon Two-Tone Luxe Fleece Pullover $139

VELVET BY GRAHAM & SPENCER www.velvet-tees.com

EBERJEY www.eberjey.com

Nautico The Woven Pant $84

EBERJEY www.eberjey.com

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PHOTO BY: Kambria Fischer • HENDRICK’S GIN www.hendricksgin.com | @hendricksgin

In Full Bloom You Can Count on These Creative Cocktails to Liven Up Your Garden Party

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Making Your Pour Decisions Better

Hit These 4 Bars in Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills

• Heritage Fine Wines • The Club Bar at The Peninsula

• CUT Lounge

H O W T O S U C C E S S F U L LY S U R V I V E A BOUJEE BAR CRAWL IN B E V E R LY H I L L S WRITTEN BY: LIZ ROMERO

CUT LOUNGE

THE BAR AT THE MONTAGE BEVERLY HILLS

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When it comes to bar hopping in Beverly Hills… Wait, you can bar hop there? With high class and a little sass, these top luxurious bars have the libations to spend through your Friday paycheck, and it’s so worth it! When you’ve stopped at your fourth place to splurge on that fifth (maybe sixth?) $20 cocktail, make sure you have these essentials with you just in case the sugar rushes too quickly to your head. Grab your Gucci and live your best life on this boujee bar crawl in Beverly Hills!

THINGS TO BRING

THE CLUB BAR AT THE PENINSULA BEVERLY HILLS HERITAGE FINE WINES 467 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210 THE CLUB BAR AT THE PENINSULA 9882 S Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90212 THE BAR AT MONTAGE BEVERLY HILLS 225 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210 CUT LOUNGE 9500 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90212 80 LOCALE MAGAZINE

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The Good Patch: Hangover

Canon - IVY Cliq+ Instant Film Camera

Drunk Mode App

Flask2go

• Bounce back like never before with a patch that contains premium hemp extract with B1, B complex and green tea extract.

• Snap pics and print them on the spot. This mini portable camera fits in almost any pocket or purse.

• Avoid the next-day shame by using this handy app that prevents you from calling specific contacts in your phone (ahem...your ex).

• Bring your booze with you! This pocket-sized, foldable flask is the ultimate bar-hoppin’ hack.

Photography Provided By: The Peninsula Beverly Hills | The Montage Beverly Hills | CUT Lounge: Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group | Hangover Patch: The Good Patch | Flask2go and Canon - IVY Cliq + Instant Film Camera: Colin Grey Voigt

• The Bar at Montage Beverly Hills


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M EALS DECONSTRUCTED

STARK’S ROASTED VEGETABLE SALAD IS LIGHT, FILLING AND PACKED WITH FLAVOR

A W Y L S A Marina del Rey

BR STARK’S RESTAURANT 13181 Mindanao Way Marina del Rey, CA 90292 310.437.7600 www.starksrestaurant.com

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Little Gems

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Pomegranate Vinaigrette Roasted Vegetable Salad Deconstructed 3

Carrots

“I JUST LOVE THE PURENESS OF THE INGREDIENTS. THEY’RE NOT MANIPULATED IN ANY WAY; THEY’RE JUST SPEAKING FOR THEMSELVES.” —CHEF ALFIE SALVATIERRA 4

Cashew Romesco

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Charred Brussels Sprouts

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“WHEN YOU EAT THE WHOLE THING, YOU DON’T FEEL THE GUILT AFTERWARDS LIKE YOU WOULD IF YOU PUT DOWN A 16-OUNCE NEW YORK STRIP.”

HE’S A PRO Chef Salvatierra went to culinary school at Le Cordon Bleu. He spent over four years at the neighboring J Nichols Kitchen in Marina del Rey before coming to Stark’s. SPOT STARK’S Find Stark’s in the parking lot that also includes Pure Barre and Pavilions Grocery Store, right on the corner of Mindanao Way and CA-90.

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When it comes to eating out, sometimes you want a scene, and sometimes you want something that feels like home. Meet Stark’s, a home to those who desire both.

All the stars align at first sight. Amid other restaurant-goers, you’ll find a match at first taste at Stark’s. A highlight of the menu is the roasted vegetable salad, an entree (or even a starter to share) that will leave you satiated in both mind and body. “I just love the pureness of the ingredients,” says Chef Alfie Salvatierra. “They’re not manipulated in any way; they’re just speaking for themselves.”

—CHEF ALFIE SALVATIERRA

The salad combines the earthy flavors of roasted cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, tomatoes and Brussels sprouts with a roasted red pepper and cashew romesco. Drizzle with a pomegranate vinaigrette and you’ve got yourself a salad that smells and looks as beautiful as it tastes. In keeping with Stark’s laid-back California coastal approach, the roasted vegetable salad brightens the day much like a warm ocean breeze. Seasonal, exploratory textures radiate with rich vegetable flavors, heightening the intensity of the dining experience. Vegetarians and meat-eaters alike can enjoy a dish that delivers on its promise to be hearty, flavorful and filling. “[First,] you have the crispness of the vegetable,” says Chef Salvatierra. “Once you get into the cashews, then you’ve got a different texture and a different layer. It’s that nuttyness, the roast from the red bell peppers, and then the olive oil that just finishes and gives it a nice sheen and flavor.” Sure, all the ingredients look pretty on a plate, but there’s a lot more than that. There’s depth, dimension and density all tossed together, particularly in the way the greens accent the colors present in the bold red pepper and—an even more daring—purple cauliflower. Combined, the salad becomes an intellectual powerplay; a tried and true delight. While the roasted vegetable salad is considered to be on the lighter side, it still delivers a muchneeded sense of fullness. Unlike other salads, this one isn’t only for cutting calories—it delivers on flavor too. “When you eat the whole thing, you don’t feel the guilt afterwards like you would if you put down a 16-ounce New York strip,” Chef

Salvatierra says. Yet, thankfully, you still feel full. Why does “healthy” always have to equal “starving” or “unsatisfying?” Wait a minute… it most definitely doesn’t have to be that way! In fact, at Stark’s, “healthy” is synonymous with mindblowing, give-me-more goodness. Naturally, most would say that a dish this good comes together through collaboration. It’s especially true in this case, explains Chef Salvatierra. “I’m very fortunate to have a great team on my hands,” he says. “This really does define teamwork at its finest. From front to back, they really work cohesively.” Just as intriguing as the food is the seductive interior at Stark’s. Dim lighting provided by bronze table lamps and hanging pendants give the space an alluring glean. As a refresh of the old Jerry’s Deli location, Stark’s stands out as a home away from home, glowing with warm wood tones that fill the space with an undeniable atmosphere that can only be witnessed to be truly known. “For me, as a chef, I just have one goal: I want my guests to walk in from beginning to end and say, ‘Wow, that was a good meal,’” says Chef Salvatierra. Much like a whisper, the buzzing scene at Stark’s is felt best within close distance. Stop by to fill up all your senses in a place that spins with modern charm and comfort. In a world of its own, Stark’s feels much like a dream that seems almost too good to be true. Until, yet again, you wake up and realize reality may be an even better version of the dream you first imagined. “Food should inspire a memory,” says Chef Salvatierra. “All we’re trying to do is give people a new memory.”

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foodie /// for the fridge

BYOB

BE YOUR OWN BARTENDER WITH THESE CORONA HARD SELTZER RECIPES

WRITTEN BY: JORDAN NISHKIAN • ILLUSTRATIONS BY: VICENTE MARTÍ SOLAR

Drink Name:

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Cherry the Moment

It’s official— you can’t have warmer weather without something that’s a little bubbly, and with Corona’s new Hard Seltzers, getting that “just whisked off to summer vacay” feeling has never been easier. With four delicious flavors, these sparkling sips are the secret ingredients your bar cart has been begging for. Cheers! CORONA HARD SELTZER www.coronausa.com

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Back in Blackberry

Ingredients:

Ingredients:

• 1 part Cherry Corona Hard Seltzer • ½ part Lime Juice • Maraschino Cherries • Ice • Slice of Lime (Garnish)

Recipe:

• In a stemless wine glass, add ice, maraschino cherries and lime juice. Top off with Cherry Corona Hard Seltzer and garnish with a slice of lime.

Drink Name:

• 1 part Blackberry Lime Corona Hard Seltzer • 1 part Limeade • Ice • Slice of Lime (Garnish)

Recipe:

• In a Collins glass, pour in ice and limeade, then top off with Blackberry Lime Corona Hard Seltzer. Garnish with a slice of lime.

Drink Name:

Drink Mule It Over

Mango Mojo

Ingredients:

Ingredients:

• 1 part Mango Corona Hard Seltzer • ½ part Mango Juice • ¼ part White Rum • Simple Syrup (to taste) • Ice • Mint Leaves (Garnish)

• 1 part Lime Corona Hard Seltzer • 1 part Ginger Beer • ¼ part Vodka • Simple Syrup (to Taste) • Ice • Lime Twist (Garnish)

Recipe:

• Pour ice, simple syrup and vodka into a mason jar, then top with ginger beer and Lime Corona Hard Seltzer. Garnish with a lime twist.

Recipe:

• Pour mango juice, white rum, simple syrup, torn mint leaves and ice into a hurricane glass. Top off with Mango Corona Hard Seltzer and garnish with a sprig of mint.


foodie /// 2 things we love

Los Angeles

Here for the Schmear FOLLOW THE YEASTIE BOYS BAGEL TRUCK FOR THE BEST BAGELS IN THE GAME WRITTEN BY: DASH FINLEY PHOTOGRAPHED BY: JAYME BURROWS

The Game Over Ingredients: • Scrambled Egg • Bacon • Tomato • Cheddar Jalapeño Schmear • Cheddar Bagel

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F I R ST B O R N FAVO R I T E THE GAME OV E R

• This hedonistic heavyweight combines the bagel and breakfast sandwich with stunningly satisfying results, pairing a luscious cheddar bagel with fluffy scrambled eggs, crisp bacon, fresh tomato and a thick “schmear” of zesty jalapeño cream cheese. “Game over, for me, exemplifies what we are,” reminisces Fox. “My goal was to create...an egg and cheese flavor bomb on a bagel.” YEASTIE BOYS BAGELS 1.855.569.2699 yeastieboysbagels.com @yeastieboysbagels Photoshoot Location: ALFRED COFFEE MELROSE PLACE 8428 Melrose Pl Los Angeles, CA 90069 88 LOCALE MAGAZINE

• The Game Over is the very first sandwich that Fox ever made when he was putting together the Yeastie Boys concept. No wonder it holds such sentimental value!


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One menu item that isn’t on LA’s list of hometown favorites is the good ol’ fashioned bagel. This absence was noted by Evan Fox, who turned his irritation into inspiration when he cofounded the now beloved Yeastie Boys bagel truck in 2014. “I lived in New York for a while and being Jewish… I was really surprised because there weren’t that many bagel options [when I got here]. I wanted to put a spin on the type of food I grew up eating,” says Fox.

The Lox Deluxe Ingredients: • Smoked Salmon • Scallion Schmear • Tomato • Red Onion • Capers • Sesame Bagel

Five years later, one truck has turned into three, and Yeastie Boys has become a ubiquitous force in the LA street-food scene. But, according to Fox, the root of this success can be traced back to two iconic sandwiches.

DRIVIN’ AROUND TOWN

T H E LOX D E LU X E

• Though Yeastie Boys is all about experimentation, this sandwich hews closer to old-school deli tradition with its time-tested blend of smoked salmon, scallion cream cheese, tomato, red onions and capers, all mounded atop a sesame bagel. “It’s got to be a staple,” remarks Fox. “The lox is something versatile and classic. It’s Yeastie 101.”

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A NEW WEIGHT CLASS

• Fox used the Lox Deluxe as a test subject for an experiment known as “The Heavy,” which involves the inclusion of a crisp, fried hash brown in the middle of the sandwich. Patrons loved the idea, and, today, one can order any sandwich on the menu “Heavy” style.

• Fox says he loves the “guerilla-style” quality of the food truck game and lists Kogi BBQ and Leo’s Tacos among his favorites. Nonetheless, he likes to think of Yeastie Boys as less of a food truck and more of “a street food experience...its own thing.”

BETTER BE HUNGRY • Another favorite at the truck is the signature Reuben sandwich. This beast is piled high with an exclusive brand of pastrami, which hails from Ugly Drum––an independent meat outlet founded by Erik Black, who works as an accountant by day. “If you want the craziest pastrami you can find, this is it,” muses Fox. “I buy 30 pastramis at a time like a drug dealer.”

BAGELS FOREVER • Fox’s ultimate aspiration for Yeastie Boys is not to turn the brand into a traditional bagel shop, but to open a drive-through one day. For now, though, he’s launching a latenight munchies menu consisting solely of pizza bagels! LOCALE MAGAZINE 89


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In Full Bloom

You Can Count on These Creative Cocktails to Liven Up Your Garden Party WRITTEN BY: JORDAN NISHKIAN • PHOTOGRAPHED BY: KAMBRIA FISCHER STYLED BY: DIJANA FIORENTINO • PROPS STYLED BY: LINDSEY CHRONERT AND LAUREN LEWELLEN MAKEUP BY: LIBBEY LAZARUS • HAIR BY: LISA BATIZ MODELS: BRIANNE COSTA AND MONI OF BRAND MODEL & TALENT AGENCY, www.brandtalent.net LOCALE MAGAZINE 91


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If You Can-Can The banana in a cocktail may seem unusual, but it really lends a sweetness to the If You Can-Can, which plays well with both the tartness from the raspberry and lemon and the refreshing essence of the muddled mint. INGREDIENTS: Hendrick’s Gin, crushed raspberry, smashed banana, pressed lemon, muddled mint 92 LOCALE MAGAZINE


PINK DRESS PROVIDED BY: Anthropologie www.anthropologie.com FLORAL DRESS PROVIDED BY: Macy’s www.macys.com SUNGLASSES PROVIDED BY: Anthropologie www.anthropologie.com PROPS PROVIDED BY: Hi Sweetheart Gift Boutique www.hi-sweets.com CUPCAKES PROVIDED BY: PURE Cupcakes www.purecupcakes.com

Fantastic Four

These four cocktails were created through a collaborative effort between Hendrick’s Gin and Snake Oil Cocktail Company for La Jolla Concours d’Elegance, a luxury and classic car show.

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foodie PINK DRESS PROVIDED BY: Anthropologie www.anthropologie.com FLORAL DRESS PROVIDED BY: Macy’s www.macys.com SUNGLASSES PROVIDED BY: Anthropologie www.anthropologie.com PROPS PROVIDED BY: Hi Sweetheart Gift Boutique www.hi-sweets.com CUPCAKES PROVIDED BY: PURE Cupcakes www.purecupcakes.com

Show Stopper The poppyseed reduction in the Show Stopper pulls the floral, outdoorsy notes out of the cocktail while the effervescence of the club soda and brightness of the oleo saccharum (a combination of citrus and sugar) are the perfect top-off. INGREDIENTS: Hendrick’s Gin, poppyseed reduction, oleo saccharum, club soda

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Ooh-La-La

According to Lindsey Chronert, senior marketing manager of Snake Oil Cocktail Company, the inspiration behind these cocktails was “French burlesque meets light and fresh.”

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Hendrick’s Society Sweet, light and positively stunning, the Hendrick’s Society can liven up any table! For their event, Snake Oil Cocktail Company made this cocktail graffiti (made with sugar and edible ink) in-house, perfect for that Instagrammable moment. INGREDIENTS: Hendrick’s Gin, smashed strawberry, pressed lime, almond, orange flower water, muddled basil, aquafaba

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Botanical Bliss

“We like to create culinary-forward cocktails, which is typical of Snake Oil Cocktail Company,” Chronert notes. “We include fresh produce and herbs and look to the kitchen first.”

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Cheers the Crowd

“For high-volume events, such as the La Jolla Concours d’Elegance, we focus on making crowdpleasing drinks,” says Chronert.

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Bubbled Up Fresh and sparkling, this cocktail gets its gorgeous hue from steeped hibiscus. The whole pink peppercorn, which is typically only used in a reduction, adds a kick, and the rosewater echoes the floral notes in Hendrick’s Gin. INGREDIENTS: Hendrick’s Gin, sparkling wine, pressed pomegranate, fresh lime, infused hibiscus, rosewater, pink peppercorn

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alive May 2020 /// friends. flowers. fresh starts.

Los Angeles

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PHOTO BY: Jayme Burrows • LENITA BY GRITA www.lenitabygrita.com | @lenitabygrita

The Little Pink Truck That Could How LENITA by GRITA Transcended its Floral Roots and Became a Vessel for Inspiring Connection and Cultivating Community

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alive /// 24 hours

Drum Roll, Please 2ND & PCH IS SURE TO MAKE YOUR DAY

Long Beach

WRITTEN BY: RACHEL BONILLA

7:30 a.m.

9:30 a.m.

Morning Sweat Ú Start your day with a heart-pounding workout at Barry’s. With expert instructors keeping you involved and playlists that make you want to keep moving, you’ll feel the burn (up to 1,000 calories) and be ready for the rest of your day.

Tall, Dark and Caffeinated Ú Head over for a caffeine kick at Caffe Luxxe to grab a croissant and coffee while you look out over the marina. They serve locally roasted coffees as well as Ethiopian and Montenegro blends.

BARRY’S barrysbootcamp.com

The corner of 2nd Street and PCH has a brand new shopping center right across from the marina. With upscale clothing stores, unique nail salons and a variety of restaurants, you can spend tons of time there if you have it. However, if you’re only spending the day at 2nd & PCH, here’s how to do it right!

CAFFE LUXXE www.caffeluxxe.com

2ND & PCH 6400 Pacific Coast Hwy Long Beach, CA 90803 424.217.2337 www.2ndandpch.com

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Lather, Rinse, (Definitely) Repeat Ú After your cup of joe, you’re ready to shop. As you wander through the center, head to LATHER and pick up high-quality hair and skincare products like their Bamboo Crème Hair Wash to give your body the treatment it deserves.

Rooted in Flavor Ú As the afternoon rolls around, you’ve worked up an appetite, so grab a table at Hungry Angelina. From waffles to seasoned fries and even vegan sushi, this plant-based restaurant strives to include a bit of everything on the menu.

LATHER www.lather.com

HUNGRY ANGELINA matthewkenneycuisine. com/hungry-angelina

Noon

4:00 p.m.

Do Your Hair Toss, Check Your Nails Ú Next, kick your feet up and get your nails done. Holly and Hudson Nail Lounge offers hand care gel manicures and cocktails—and uses cruelty-free, organic skincare products.

HOLLY AND HUDSON NAIL LOUNGE www.hollyandhudson.com

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5:30 p.m. Ay, Bay Bay Ú After dessert, you may be too stuffed to sit, so take advantage of this wonderful location and take a walk down to the beach or to Alamitos Bay. You might even catch some seals sunbathing!

Gimme the Sugar! Ú At Tuesday’s Sweet Shoppe, you’ll be able to satisfy your sweet tooth with a selection of over 300 candies. Feel like a kid in a candy shop again, and don’t leave without trying their very own cotton candy! TUESDAY’S SWEET SHOPPE www.tuesdaysla.com

THE ITALIAN HOMEMADE COMPANY

ALAMITOS BAY MARINA www.longbeach.gov

7:00 p.m.

HUNGRY ANGELINA

Use Your Noodle Ú Stomach starting to grumble? Then reserve a table at the Italian Homemade Company for an authentic meal. With a focus on simple, great-tasting classics like spaghetti and meatballs (but with

added extras like browned butter and sage), you can have an amazing meal that will hit the spot! THE ITALIAN HOMEMADE COMPANY italianhomemade.com

10:00 p.m. Raising the Bar Ú Before heading home, you’ll want

to make a pit stop and top off the night with a drink at The Bungalow. Famous for its laidback and beachy vibe, this bar has eclectic decor and a game room. Order one of their signature margaritas; then toast to a day well spent!

THE BUNGALOW www.thebungalow.com

Photography Provided By: 2nd PCH: White Oak Communications | LATHER: Coco Tigler | Hungry Angelina: Marissa Hughes | The Italian Homemade Company, M. Petrogalli, M. Bailoni, Ubereats

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alive /// profile

HELPING OUT A HOMIE

HOW BAKED GOODS AND A SECOND CHANCE ARE CHANGING THE LIVES OF THOUSANDS IN DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES

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WRITTEN BY: TAYLOR GORSKI PHOTOGRAPHED BY: MATT MISISCO

HOMEBOY INDUSTRIES 130 W Bruno St Los Angeles, CA 90012 323.526.1254 www.homeboyindustries.org

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Words of Wisdom •“If you don’t transform your pain, you’re just going to keep transmitting it,” states Father Greg. “The opposite of that is a cherished person will find their way to the joy of cherishing. So that’s kind of the principle of this place.”

alive /// profile

FATHER GREGORY BOYLE

The largest gang intervention, rehab and re-entry program in the world, Homeboy Industries is a place for hope. Each year, Homeboy Industries helps 9,000 people transform their lives. Offering a variety of social enterprises, programs and services, men and women are given the opportunity to change their lives—a second chance.

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The mission at Homeboy Industries, housed in a building situated on N Alameda and Bruno in Downtown Los Angeles, is “to provide hope, training and support to formerly gang-involved and previously incarcerated men and women, allowing them to redirect their lives and become contributing members of our community.” Started by Father Gregory Boyle in 1988, the nonprofit organization has expanded and grown over the years. “We started with a school, then we added a jobs program, then we added little businesses––I guess you would say. And then the bakery was the first social enterprise. Then, tattoo removal,” Father Greg accounts. “We added all of those aspects, but the main thing is that it’s about a community of tenderness.” The doors are open for all at Homeboy Industries, and nobody is forced to be there. It’s a decision an individual must make for themself. “It won’t work otherwise,” explains Father Greg, “So, having said that, people relapse all of the time. People start to look at their trauma, and then they end up getting high or something—they color outside the lines or they return to the gang life. But they receive a dose of what this life is. In the old days, we used to say, ‘Well, maybe they’ll come back.’ Nobody says that anymore; we all say, ‘They’ll be 106 LOCALE MAGAZINE

Future Plans • What’s next for Homeboy Industries? “I think we’re always interested in residential. That will be something down the line. Because 60% of gang members are homeless, we’d love to rectify that and help with that situation,” Father Greg explains. A Powerful Read • Father Greg’s book, “Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion,” accounts his compassionate stories and experiences from the gang capital of the world.

“You don’t go to the margins to make a difference; you go to the margins so that guy will make you different. You don’t go there to reach them; you go there to be reached.” —FATHER GREGORY BOYLE


“You want people to have more reverence for how complex their lives are, and then have more humility as they come here and listen.” —FATHER GREGORY BOYLE

back.’ Because they always come back— absolute and total guarantee. In fact, everyone that runs this place are people who came back. Once you have a taste of this, it’s compelling.” Two-thirds of the senior staff at Homeboy Industries are graduates of the 18-month re-entry program, which is offered to over 400 women and men every year. The employee count stands at 176, and there are 125 professional volunteers. The dedication, understanding and support from Father Greg and those who are involved in and a part of Homeboy Industries is riveting and inspiring. He believes that gang violence is a community health issue. Systematic decisions are made without understanding the reason for the problem. “The outsider view drives the inside of our policy and the inside of how we see things. That’s part of the issue; we make these decisions from the outside looking in. ‘Why would a kid join a gang?’ ‘Oh, I know, he thinks gang life is exciting.’ Well no, absolutely no. And yet that’s the outsider view trying to rationally come to some conclusion. That’s the kind of thing that drives how we respond in terms of policy and such, which is a problem. You want people to have more reverence for how complex their lives are, and then have more humility as they come here and listen,” explains Father Greg. Father Greg sits in his office, located at the forefront of Homeboy Industries, where he can look out and see all who is there. It’s an office completely covered in photos–– with the Pope, with Barack Obama, with lives that he’s transformed and lives that have transformed him (and a sign that reads, “Chillin with my homies”)—and an office where he speaks with these people about their lives and futures. Individuals are cooking meals next door in the kitchen at Homegirl Cafe, serving tables, cleaning the building, working at the shop selling Homeboy merch, giving tours and sitting in the main room waiting to speak with Father Greg. “You don’t go to the margins to make a difference; you go to the margins so that guy will make you different. You don’t go there to reach them; you go there to be reached,” says Father Greg. “And by allowing yourself to be reached and allowing yourself to receive who he is, then everybody sort of inhabits their mutual dignity, and that’s the dynamic. So that’s what you hope for.” LOCALE MAGAZINE 107


alive /// 5 pro tips

“Build a relationship with the people at the front door…” —Celeste Durve and Kelsi Kitchener

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DRESS FOR SUCCESS • “Look the part. It is really important to dress according to the dress code and the venue. If you know that the club you’re going to is higher end, then definitely dress up.” 2

GUYS, BE WISE • “Come correct. If you’re a guy and you’re looking to walk right in, don’t show up with five other dudes. Unless you want to spend some money, you’re going to have a hard time.”

Hollywood’s It Girls

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KILL ‘EM WITH KINDNESS • “Be nice when you walk up! I know it’s LA and everyone has an ego, but I have let in two guys before just because they walked up and they were so nice. [Also] have good energy that’s going to add to the venue.”

VIPER GIRLS DO IT BEST AND SHARE HOW YOU CAN TOO

WRITTEN BY: ALLIE LEBOS PHOTOGRAPHED BY: JAYME BURROWS

While Los Angeles is known as the hub of SoCal nightlife, it can also be a bit intimidating to navigate. Thanks to Kelsi Kitchener and Celeste Durve at VIPER by KCH, an innovative and progressive hospitality agency, we’ve got the best tips and tricks on getting into LA’s most exclusive clubs. From dress code to punctuality, these nightlife gurus know how to set you up for success.

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BEYOND BUSINESS • “Build a relationship with the people at the front door. It really doesn’t take much. Even just saying ‘thank you’ will leave an impression. I always remember the ones who make that effort.”

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GRATITUDE OVER ATTITUDE • “Don’t do the whole ‘Do you know who I am?’ ego trip. It doesn’t work. Also, don’t ever threaten the front door, that definitely will not do the job.”

“Look the part. It is really important to dress according to the dress code and the venue.” —Celeste Durve and Kelsi Kitchener

Seeing Stars • Though it’s a relatively young company, VIPER has already made a name for itself by hosting some of Hollywood’s biggest events—from Drake’s birthday party to Billie Eilish’s Grammy party.

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Girl Power • Along with pioneering the “guest experience” market, VIPER boasts having an all-female team where these boss ladies are able to call all of their own shots.

VIPER BY KCH 310.435.0369 viperbykch.com @viperbykch

Lifestyle Photography Provided By: Jordan Knight

Being that the odds of spotting a celebrity are pretty decent, it is important to always be prepared when attempting to live it up at some of the city’s most popular clubs.


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THIRT Y, FLIRT Y Los Angeles

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“We wanted to find and figure out things in life that we felt lost in…” —Candice King and Kayla Ewell

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“Podcasts can fit your schedule; you don’t have to change your schedule for it. When you need to escape or need a little bit of wisdom or uplifting, just to have that resource and be able to put your earbuds in—it ’s a little bit like a friend.” —Kayla Ewell

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Candice King and Kayla Ewell are just your average 30-somethings—and by average, we mean starred on a hit CW series called “The Vampire Diaries” and have amassed over 7 million combined followers on Instagram. But you would never know that when listening to their hugely popular podcast, Directionally Challenged. The vibe they have created with their two-season series is akin to a chat with a best friend over a glass of wine. It’s coffee talk meets spilling the tea, tackling everything from surface level to below the skin topics, sparking a sliding scale of dialogue that ranges from lighthearted to intellectual.

“Sometimes you just bond with someone, and you go through parallel experiences in life, and we found ourselves going through life changes together,” says King. The two describe how our society of contrived social media posts and snapshots of glimpses into a person’s curated life have created a false narrative, especially for two career-driven women going through the throes of love, marriage and the baby in the baby carriage in the world of entertainment. So they wanted to add a dose of reality to an industry that tends to lack authenticity. Enter: the podcast. Podcasts are the ultimate vehicle to relay information to an audience these days. They don’t play by any rules––you can listen whenever; you can pause, play, rewind. It’s a no strings attached relationship. This is perhaps why there has been such a surge in their popularity. “Podcasts can fit your schedule; you don’t have to change your schedule for it. When you need to escape or need a little bit of wisdom or uplifting, just to have that resource and be able to put your earbuds in––it’s a little bit like a friend,” explains Ewell. Crossing over into their 30s provided perspective and an understanding of different walks of life, but this mature mindset came at the price of the blind confidence that infiltrates the 20-something stage. Directionally Challenged is the answer to the ever-present question, “What now?” This podcast aims to


g WHAT PODCASTS DO THEY LISTEN TO? •Ewell loves The Daily and King is a big fan of Terrible, Thanks For Asking and The Moth. DREAM PODCAST GUEST? •Nicole Byer. MOST MEMORABLE PODCAST SO FAR? •Shannon Watts, Founder of Moms Demand Action, taught them that “you have to build the plane as you fly it” when it comes to starting something new.

address everything you think you should know by now but without the ego of pretending to already know it. King’s thought of “If we feel this way, there has to be others that feel this way too” is the cornerstone of every conversation they have. “What’s been really beautiful is we’ve been able to engage with our audience,” says Ewell. King coattails with this description: “It’s incredible what you can do when you’re not listening to the reasons why you shouldn’t do something. It’s just noise, and we do live in a really noisy time. Sometimes, you just have to jump in. The worst that can happen is you learn a big lesson and maybe you fail, but failures are often the most important thing to lead you to something great in life.” When it comes to picking the right people to bring on their podcast, Ewell and King have had to adopt a somewhat self-serving mentality to best benefit their listeners. “We found ourselves initially feeling like we had to get certain guests, but then we realized that that’s not what we’re interested in. We wanted to find and figure out things in life that we felt lost in, so we bring guests on that interest us that we find in our local community or are making a difference on a broader spectrum. That’s what makes our hearts sing.” It does take a village, though, as Ewell and King admit that they rely on an amazing team of producers, editors and collaborators to get the job done. But what started off as just a “let’s see how this goes” endeavor has bloomed into a catalyst for change with a cult following. Sure, they started this for themselves, but close to 3,000 five-star reviews prove that this passion project is one hell of a pursuit.

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As for the future of this podcast, well, that just depends on what new life questions arise for the duo, but you can surely expect more honesty, less filters and the same amount of sass.

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The Little Pink Truck That Could HOW LENITA BY GRITA TRANSCENDED ITS FLORAL ROOTS AND BECAME A VESSEL FOR INSPIRING CONNECTION AND CULTIVATING COMMUNITY

BEFORE THEY GO

Every month, LENITA features a new, unique collaboration with local artists. These pieces are offered for a limited time.

WRITTEN BY: NICOLE JEFFRIES PHOTOGRAPHED BY: JAYME BURROWS

Chances are, you’ve spotted the LENITA flower truck, drawing attention with its bold, dark text juxtaposed against the soft, pastel pink backdrop— striking, yet modest. LENITA founder and GRITA owner Nemuel DePaula carries a deep affinity for the arts and dreamed of making beauty and joy accessible throughout Los Angeles. With this vision and his little pink truck, DePaula hit the road, determined to help LA’s vibrant community “stop and smell the flores.” What started as a creative outlet flourished into something much deeper. With this new venture came the opportunity to bring local artists together, forging a sense of community and highlighting

SPOT THE TRUCK

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LENITA BY GRITA www.lenitabygrita.com @lenitabygrita Photoshoot Location: WINE STOP DTLA 1025 S Santa Fe Ave Los Angeles, CA 90021 888.946.3329 www.mywinestop.com

“I DO IT FOR THE SMIRKS. FOR THE PASSERSBY WHO SEE THE TRUCK FOR THE FIRST TIME AND CAN’T HELP BUT SMILE.” —NEMUEL DEPAULA

the importance of connection. While patrons can expect an assortment of freshly cut floral arrangements, LENITA also offers ceramic pots, jewelry, candles, photography and more—all originated by local artists. “The fusion of the floral business and art is a natural one,” states DePaula. There’s something honest and true about supplying beauty in its most natural form— whether it’s plucked straight from the earth or drummed up into existence by the soul of an artist. When asked about his line of work, DePaula beams, “I do it for the smirks. For the passersby who see the truck for the first time and can’t help but smile.” And what a unique and fulfilling

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On Saturdays, LENITA is on the move! On Sundays, you can visit the little pink truck in the Arts District, in front of

Alchemy Works, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. LENITA updates their Instagram and website with Saturday locations.

CREATIVITY ACROSS COUNTRIES

DePaula moved to the US from Brazil. He first opened up a design studio, GRITA, which sparked inspiration for his flower truck.

position to be in—to have a hand in what just might be the best part of someone’s day. DePaula has shared beauty and joy with a variety of individuals from all walks of life. “Without LENITA, I would have never had the chance to interact with these people,” DePaula acknowledges, as he discusses the power of community and connecting with one another. LENITA’s most recent collaboration is with a local artist who’s curating the fragrance for a limited edition candle. The month of May marks the anniversary for LENITA, and it is one that is rich in history and intention. Four years ago, DePaula unveiled his truck on Mother’s Day—in honor of his mother, Lenita.


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PHOTO BY: Meilani Cottrell • RAILICA DESIGN www.railicadesign.com | @raili_ca_design

May 2020 /// renovate. relax. recharge.

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These Interiors Are to DIY for Interior Designer Raili Clasen Is Redefining California Chic

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For those who prefer to spend their time outside, Loews Santa Monica features one of the most luxurious pools in the area.

With an oceanside property and quality service that exceeds expectations, a trip to Loews Santa Monica will never disappoint.

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Fireside Lounge

Salty Air, Not a Care IT’S BEACH DAY EVERY DAY AT LOEWS SANTA MONICA BEACH HOTEL WRITTEN BY: ALLIE LEBOS

Located in the heart of downtown Santa Monica lies a hotel that features all of SoCal’s best amenities. With an oceanside property and quality service that exceeds expectations, a trip to Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel will never disappoint. Whether you’re wanting to relax by the pool and soak up the sun or take a stroll along the boardwalk and check out the pier, Loews is the place to stay.

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Loews Loves Families

Ú From the moment you arrive, your family is a part of Loews. Whether you’re looking to explore LA or spend time by the pool and beach, there is an experience and culinary treat for everyone. From family activities to special kids menus, they’ve got you covered so you can make the most of every memorable moment.

Ú Just past the hotel’s beautiful bar and restaurant, Ocean and Vine, visitors can find a lounge fit for royalty. The Fireside Lounge features two beautiful fireplaces decked out with the most comfortable couches and modern decor. Enjoy sipping on one of Loews’ refreshing signature cocktails as you take in the ocean view.

Loews Loves Pets

Ú Don’t want to leave your four-legged friend at home? You don’t have to! As a proud petfriendly hotel, Loews Santa Monica offers a pet menu that features a variety of treats, stateof-the-art pet beds, leash rentals and even a dog-walking route map. Your pet is sure to leave just as restored and revived as you. 4

Poolside Pampering

Ú For those who prefer to spend their time outside, Loews Santa Monica features one of the most luxurious pools in the area. Snag one of the reclining lounge chairs and take in the ocean view, or reserve a private cabana and enjoy some lunch as you unwind and relax.

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Santa Monica Pier • Stroll down the boardwalk and take in all of the views. 6

Pacific Park • Play some games and take a ride on the iconic Ferris wheel. 7

Santa Monica Beach • Whether you prefer to catch rays or waves, you can do it here! 8

Third Street Promenade • Shop till you drop...and then do it all over again. Santa Monica

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Venice Beach Boardwalk • Experience some of the best peoplewatching, all while getting a tan.

Photography Provided By: Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel

Santa Monica Farmers Market • Check out the city’s freshest produce while supporting small businesses.


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Maria and Max Isles Owner/Designer and Woodworker/ Furniture Maker, Isles Interiors

Brooks and Jenny Crawford Founders, Brookside Design

Newport Beach

Jen Robin and Nicole Dines Joshua Tree

CEO/Founder and COO, Life in Jeneral

Sara and Rich Combs Creators, The Joshua Tree House

Carlsbad

Better Together These Dynamic Design Duos Prove That Two Heads Are Better Than One WRITTEN BY: JORDAN NISHKIAN

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Creative Collaboration For This Husband and Wife Duo, It’s What’s on the Inside That Counts

Newport Beach

“I love our location. It’s so fun to get to know the whole design community out there!” —Maria Isles

Names: Maria and Max Isles Job Titles: Owner/Designer and Woodworker/Furniture Maker, Isles Interiors

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Ever since she was little, Maria Isles wanted nothing more than to be an interior designer and to own her own shop. And while life initially took her off-course from that dream, by the time her son was old enough, she went back to interior design school. That was eight years ago. Since then, Maria finished school, and she and Max found a space to turn Maria’s business goals into reality. “We found this little space on old Newport

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Boulevard. It was so cute, so ramshackled...it was perfect!” “Max is a woodworker and furniture maker,” Maria notes. “He’s awesome at fixing anything. We revamped the whole store; now I do my interior design out of here. We have our style, so customers and other designers can shop our look, and we have a lot of Max’s pieces in here, so they can get an idea of what they can [have] made by him.” It’s easy to see why a marriage between an interior designer and a furniture

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maker seems almost too good to be true. “When I started interior designing, I found that a lot of our clients needed one-of-a-kind pieces or custom furniture,” Maria explains. “[Max] can make anything—I was so lucky. I’d ask, ‘Can you make a coffee table in a week?’ And he’d be able to whip it up! He’s so talented—it was the perfect combination for us to start a business like that.” Isles Interiors is not only a culmination of the couple’s talents and skill sets, but of their styles as well. “It’s so nice to design [pieces] together with the client’s input,” she shares. “It all works out really well.” “It’s fun to bring out a story for the client—whether it’s the room or the whole house, it just really has to flow,” she explains. To achieve that, Isles Interiors’ process relies on finding or creating one-of-a-kind pieces that tie it all together.

1. Have a good relationship with your client. 2. Map out your story and your plan. 3. Don’t deviate from the plan! 4. Find unique or custom pieces.

From Max’s conscious selection when it comes to materials to Maria’s enthusiasm for antique and reclaimed pieces, the couple is putting an environmentally friendly stamp on a style that is uniquely and completely theirs. “We mesh really well together,” Maria says. “It’s fun being creative with him!”

5. Make the space look like the client!


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The Total Package

This Couple’s Design and Decor Know-How Goes Hand-in-Hand Carlsbad

“We’re always trying to find ways to educate people.” —Brooks Crawford

and a need in the landscape design industry to include exterior decor.”

Names: Brooks and Jenny Crawford Job Titles: Founders, Brookside Design

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Brooks and Jenny Crawford share more than a marriage—they share a business and a passion to combine their skills to create beautiful spaces. “At the beginning of January 2019, we started this adventure fully selfemployed, and it’s been great so far,” Brooks says. And while Jenny was always supportive of Brookside Design behind the scenes, her true niche in the company swiftly made itself apparent.

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“When Brooks started in January...I was helping him with social media and background things,” Jenny explains. “But then we decided to do photoshoots of his projects to really build our portfolio.” Upon seeing outdoor furniture à la Home Depot paired with her husband’s stunning work, Jenny decided to pull everything out and stage it herself for the shoot. When the clients saw the decor transformation, they were amazed, making her “realize that there was a real niche

Since then, the pair has been proudly offering clients the entire package—literally. “You’re not just seeing a landscape installation, like hardscape and plants,” Brooks says. “It’s all those furnishings that give the space that magazine-quality look, which everybody wants!” “It takes really great taste and curation to create that composition,” he continues. “That’s where Jenny has been really amazing.” Interacting with the couple, it’s clear to see that the bond they share is the epitome of what a healthy marriage looks like, and they’re proud of the efforts that they’ve put into that. “Working together has forced our relationship to grow—running a business is a pressure test on your marriage,” notes Brooks. “I really enjoyed growing with Jenny this last year. It

The Essentials: 1. Patience is a must. 2. Keep the goal in mind. 3. Be a good decision maker. means humbling yourself sometimes; it means standing your ground at the right time and just using better judgment across the board.” “One thing that’s really cool about working together is to share our successes and our victories,” Jenny beams. “It feels so good because we built it together. It was a collaborative team effort.” Together, Brooks and Jenny are changing the way the industry and their clients see landscape design and decor—both are valuable on their own, but they are even better paired together.

4. Collaboration is key! 5. Trust the process.


BROOKSIDE DESIGN Carlsbad, CA 858.847.5190 www.designbybrookside.com

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Jenerally Speaking

These Organizational Pros Are Helping Others Live Their Best (and Tidiest) Lives Los Angeles

“Your happiest self is when, at the core, you’re very organized.” —Jen Robin

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relationship with Robin— the two work so well together that their emails have started to look and sound alike!

Now, business is booming— so much so that Robin needed to expand her team, and that’s where Dines, the director of business development and sales, comes in. “Nicole is my righthand soulmate,” Robin says. “She used to be an organizer in the field, and I always knew there was something special… From the moment I brought her in-house, the company changed… She understood the heart and soul of helping people…”

Together, Robin and Dines are helping people find systems that not only work for them and their homes, but ones that will also grow with them. “Every space is different, and every client is different,” explains Robin. “But [both] the overall foundation of what we do and our goals to achieve are really simple. You pull everything out of the space, you sort like items, you purge what you no longer need, love or use and you come up with a creative plan for how you’re going to install it back in... then you create that system in a new way, and that’s what sticks.”

It’s clear that Dines was a natural fit for the role and for her close working-

The seamless synchronicity of Robin and Dines is at the helm, meaning that the sky’s

Names: Jen Robin and Nicole Dines Job Titles: CEO/Founder and COO, Life in Jeneral

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Birthed from a natural talent and a passion for bettering the lives of others, Life in Jeneral is the professional organizing company that’s making dreams come true for clients—and also for Jen Robin and Nicole Dines. When Life in Jeneral first came to fruition in 2014, it was sparked from founder Robin’s eagerness to help the people around her move and live more joyfully in their own homes. “My family thought I was so crazy,” Robin laughs. “I was doing it on the weekends for fun!”

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1. Start small with drawer dividers. 2. Containment for any space is key! 3. Matching hangers are a must. 4. Give yourself grace and stay positive—it’s okay to take breaks. 5. A label maker. the limit for Life in Jeneral. With the expansion of their brand to Closets in Jeneral and Products in Jeneral, along with the opening of their new 5,000-squarefoot HQ in El Segundo, the company is spreading joy the best way they know how— neatly folded and colorcoordinated, of course!


LIFE IN JENERAL El Segundo, CA www.lifeinjeneral.com @lifeinjeneral HEADSHOT PHOTOSHOOT LOCATION: Manhattan Beach, CA Interior Design By: RACHELLE STONE DESIGN 646.509.6692 www.rachellestonedesign.com

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In Their Element

These High School Sweethearts Are Bringing Desert Dreams to Life Joshua Tree

“Everything about [The Posada] was difficult, but we wanted it so badly.” —Sara Combs

Names: Sara and Rich Combs Job Titles: Creators, The Joshua Tree House

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For Sara and Rich Combs, what began as a cross-country road trip to escape the daily grind turned into a booming project, dedicated to helping others reconnect with themselves and with nature.

“without questioning it,” they bought The Joshua Tree House. While it originally began as a home for them to reset and work on their own projects, the Combs soon found success in listing their home as an Airbnb.

“We really fell in love with Joshua Tree on that trip,” Sara says. “After we went back [home] to New York, we kept thinking about how good it felt there, how creative we felt there with the open landscape.”

“We realized other people were craving a space like that as well,” Sara shares. “We eventually opened it up full-time for bookings, and then we fell in love with creating spaces for people where they can reconnect with nature and have that time to reset.”

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From there, the couple began renovating more spaces and taking on more projects, which has, in turn, shone a light on how they work together as a team. While both share a similar aesthetic, Rich is more detail-oriented, and Sara is more big-picture. “Even when we were [painting] in high school and college, Sara would always work with all these really big brushes and use her entire arm,” Rich explains. “Then I would come in with a very small brush and paint the little details.” While both their business and personal relationship sound worthy of a storybook, the journey hasn’t been without its obstacles. In 2019, the pair took on their largest and most challenging project yet: The Posada in Arizona. “We got this property in Tucson that was an old, abandoned inn, and we wanted to renovate it,” Sara shares. “It was the biggest space we’d ever done, and we just went for it because it felt perfect.” They soon found

The Essentials: 1. Vintage pieces are more ecofriendly and have more character. 2. Natural materials are perfect for the desert landscape. 3. Plants blur the line between indoors and outdoors. that perfection doesn’t come easily. The property was draining both their energy and finances, and the space was simply not cooperating with them. Not ones to turn away from a challenge, the duo pushed through, prevailed and opened the space, transforming their biggest obstacle into a joint victory. Now the couple is taking a well-deserved break—“resting, relaxing and reconnecting,” the Joshua Tree way.

4. Coffee—of course! 5. Get a good playlist going.


THE JOSHUA TREE HOUSE Joshua Tree, CA www.thejoshuatreehouse.com @thejoshuatreehouse

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Palm Springs

Sacred SPACES THE SPA AT SÉC-HE IS SET TO OFFER INDULGENCE IN RELAXATION

WRITTEN BY: CRYSTAL HARRELL

If you’re looking for an enriching and purifying spa experience, The Spa at Séche is the perfect pampering destination. Opening in late 2020, the spa will be part of the new Agua Caliente Cultural Plaza, which will also feature an Agua Caliente Cultural Museum, a Gathering Plaza, gardens and an Oasis Trail. With a beautiful location in downtown Palm Springs, the Agua Caliente Cultural Plaza and spa will be a unique way to celebrate the culture and significance of the sacred Agua Caliente Hot Mineral Spring. The spa will be the fifth at the site, with the first dating back to the 1880s.

TRIBE HISTORY • “Our new Cultural Plaza provides an incredible opportunity to share and celebrate our history, culture and traditions with this community and visitors from around the world,” explains Tribal Chairman Jeff L. Grubbe, of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians. “Each federally recognized tribe throughout this country has a distinct culture that includes traditions, language, historic clothing and housing styles.”

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DRAWING INSPIRATION FROM NATURE • Inspiration for the Cultural Plaza’s design encompasses Agua Caliente elements found in nature, including desert landscapes, Andreas Canyon rock formations and the Andreas Canyon stream.

HEALING WATER • The water from the Agua Caliente Hot Mineral Spring is estimated to be upwards of 12,000 years old and contains a mineral make-up that has not been found anywhere else in the world.

HOT MINERAL SPRING • The new spa includes 40,000 square feet to celebrate the ancient healing waters of the Agua Caliente Hot Mineral Spring with treatment rooms, private baths, a tranquility garden, salon, fitness center and outdoor mineral pools.


AGUA CALIENTE CULTURAL PLAZA 100 N Indian Canyon Dr Palm Springs, CA 92262 760.778.1079 www.visionaguacaliente.com

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HOW TO MAKE

These Interiors ARE TO DIY FOR Interior Designer Raili Clasen Is Redefining California Chic

WRITTEN BY: JANE ADLER PHOTOGRAPHY BY: CHAD MELLON, DAVID TSAY, KARYN MILLET, MEILANI COTTRELL & REBECCA TILLEY

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“I owe it to my clients to give them creative and new—I don’t just want to play my greatest hits.” —Raili Clasen

Raili Clasen is a gal who oozes California cool. Even the Orange County native’s everyday ensemble is indicative of her trendsetting design style, pairing classic pieces like jeans and a striped tee with her signature checkerboard sneakers for a look that is timeless with a twist. This is her approach: make it pleasing but with tons of personality. Clasen is known for mixing coastal and contemporary elements to create a new category of interior design that marries midcentury with maritime.

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escape /// how to make Rapid fire with Raili Favorite Trend? • Raw wood Trend to ditch last decade? • Hanging chairs Favorite project? • Kelly Slater Surf Ranch Dream project? • Boutique hotel (currently in the works) Best piece of advice for a new homeowner? • “Find the pieces that make you happy and start with white.” Best piece of advice in general? • “Count your blessings.”

Name: Raili Clasen Job Title: Interior Designer, RailiCA Design

A San Diego State alum, Clasen kick-started her post-college career in advertising before setting her eye on the sky for a brief stint as a flight attendant, which was a way to guarantee her travel itch would get scratched. She grounded herself after 3 years and made her way into the surf industry as an instrumental part of bigname companies like Raisin Swimwear, Roxy and Paul Frank. Clasen went on to co-found a company called Alice Supply Co.—a line of hip housewares that took your everyday items and candy-coated them in color. This was Clasen’s intro to the world of interiors, and she rode the wave into the industry and never looked back.

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Clasen launched her career as an interior designer six years ago and has quite literally branded her name into the business (seriously, she owns a brander). Clasen just does things differently. She puts the “fun” in functional and thinks imperfect is exciting. She loves to pair old and new, borrowed and blue and is always striving for that “big wow moment” in a space. Clasen often opts for oversized anything to give a project some pizazz and infuses her love of surf culture into her designs. Attention to detail is in her DNA, and every square inch of a room—from the floorboards to the ceiling beams—is fair game for extra flair. Clasen is someone who can’t help but color outside the lines, and the result usually falls somewhere between cool and crazy. “I owe it to my clients to give them creative and new–I don’t just want to play my greatest hits.” And people are obsessed. From hello to yellow, everybody is living for Clasen’s local-gone-loco design style that you can find plastered all over Pinterest. Clasen can go bright and light or moody and modern, but she always finds a creative way to incorporate elements of the ocean to pay homage to her hometown. She does this through playing with textiles like macramé or mudcloth to add dimension and texture to a room, sometimes even DIYing it to get the exact look she wants. But what really sets Clasen apart is her ability to get to know her clients, find their quirks and unique subtleties and then customize her creations accordingly. Whether it’s framing a forgotten flea market find, hanging a gallery wall of guitars or unveiling an installation featuring a family catchphrase, Clasen personalizes every project with pride and does so with a huge infectious smile on her face. Life is really a beach with Clasen by your side. 134 LOCALE MAGAZINE

HOW TO MAKE: DESIGNING A COASTAL -CHIC SPACE Raili Clasen’s 6 Steps to a California Cool Space

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Attempting a coastal cool makeover can often leave you shell-shocked. If you’re feeling un-shore of yourself, check out these tide and true tips from expert Raili Clasen to avoid looking like a fish out of water.


Step 1:

• Name Your Project. “That’s the first thing I do when I start a project... I name it in my own mind–I don’t even tell anybody. Everything we put in the house has to fit into that name.”

Step 2:

• Begin With a Blank Canvas. “Paint everything white and bring in natural elements; create as much natural light as possible. Bring in natural elements like any kind of woods. Oak is very chic, but I am loving pine and plywood at the moment. It’s very kitschy, but it translates really well into coastal.”

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• Pick a Personality Piece. “Whether it’s art, a mural, a gallery wall or maybe it’s an installation like the ‘Count Your Blessings’ wall I had in my house, you need a personality piece.” Clasen loves to use oversized prints or Almond Surfboards to create a “big wow moment.”

big bulbs and brass accents. Try trading ocean blues for bright yellows for a modern take on coastal cool design.

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• Opt for Functional Furnishings. “I’m nontraditional in that I bring everything close together–I call them conversation pits.” Clasen also believes that “rugs are for comfort; I love cushy.”

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• Be Open. Clasen is a big fan of “freestyle” when it comes to finishing touches. From pottery to pillows to plants, she recommends testing out different textiles.

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• Light It Up! “I love oversized lights.” Clasen tends to opt for over-the-top light fixtures with

What really sets Clasen apart is her ability to get to know her clients, find their quirks and unique subtleties and then customize her creations accordingly.

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Fire, Water and Stone Midway City

THIS SOCAL COMPANY IS SHAPING THE ART OF POTTERY AS WE KNOW IT WRITTEN BY: DIEGO E. GAXIOLA PHOTOGRAPHED BY: NIKI CRAM Founded over 45 years ago, ARCHPOT is a family-owned small business behind the design and creation of breathtaking fire and water features and gorgeous pottery, found in a multitude of locations around the country. “Something a lot of people don’t know, being a smaller family business, is that we are in some pretty well-known hot spots. The Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, Fashion Island and Pelican Hill in Orange County and the Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC,” explains ARCHPOT’s General Manager Tim Hall. An Orange County local, Hall, reminisces of his humble beginnings, detailing how the company transformed from a wholesale nursery to a highlyreputable manufacturer.

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Thinking back to his childhood, Hall states, “I have always been creative and originally wanted to become an architect.” After Hall and his family moved from Mission Viejo to Tustin, he began to shadow his father, immersing himself in the art of pottery creation and familiarizing

himself with the challenges often faced when running a business. “The family business started off with plants—we were a wholesale nursery. Later came the marriage of plants and imported pottery, creating Architectural Pottery in 1989,” he says. Hall attributes a lot of his creativity to others’ creations on social media. “People inspire me. I like to see what is out there, and I ask myself how I can do better. How can I put a product out there that people will want in their home or business space?” In 2019, 30 successful years later, the family decided to rebrand the company, unveiling the name ARCHPOT. “Of course, in every family business, there are challenges. Any challenge we have had has resulted in growth,” explains Hall. With the continued expansion of the company, Hall and his team are able to focus on delivering products that truly distinguish themselves from others in the market. From the material and finish process to ARCHPOT’s utilization of high-tech and lightweight cement, the company is constantly striving to create products that exemplify expert craftsmanship. Overseas Inspiration • When Hall was just 17, he took a trip to Greece where he watched handthrown pottery being shaped. It was at that moment he realized the creation of pottery was indeed an art form. In the Works • Currently, ARCHPOT is working on custom Belize fire tables for the historic Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego. “We are taking such pride in this project because of the historic location.”

ARCHPOT 15161 Van Buren St Midway City, CA 92655 714.895.3359 www.archpot.com Photoshoot Location: THE NURSERY BY SOUTHWINDS 7000 Marine Way Irvine, CA 92618 949.854.0540 www.thenurserybysouthwinds.com 136 LOCALE MAGAZINE


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thank you to our partners 1923 Restaurant Group Caliva Classic Club Constellation Brands Instant Jungle International JONES AGENCY, PALM SPRINGS Karma Automotive LLC Ken Grody Ford Konsist La Quinta Resort & Club Lillet Medterra CBD Morgan’s Jewelers Torrance Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa PIRCH SkinSpirit Stark’s Restaurant The City of Palm Desert The Gardens on El Paseo The Italian Homemade Company The Point William Grant & Sons Zislis Group

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Los Angeles May 2020  

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