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EDITOR'S NOTE The holiday season is here and admittedly, it’s my favorite time of the year. Sometimes, I’m with my mom’s family making my grandma’s famous homemade mashed potatoes, and other years I’m hanging out with my dad’s family, hoping I end up with the best gift from the white elephant gift exchange. Although how I spend the holidays changes from year to year, it still feels perfect because I’ve come to realize it’s more about what you do with where you’re at, who you’re with and what you have. I hope this issue inspires you to come to the same realization for your own holiday season. Flip the pages and take a lesson from our six Escape Experts (pg. 41) who really know how to turn places into head-turning spaces. Whether it’s how to make a centerpieceworthy floral bouquet or transforming your nursery into the must-see room of the house, you can learn it all. Expecting your holiday to be Griswald-like? Our Escape Guide (pg. 47) has the perfect list of what to eat, see and do to keep the
family happy. Hint: we even listed the best places to stay so you don’t have to bunk with your brother. Our cover star, Lauren Bosworth, is the epitome of how to make a name for yourself. This woman is all about making moves and after reading her story, (pg. 110) you will be inspired to channel your inner #girlboss and do the same. No more overdone family recipes. It’s possible to put a twist on a traditional meal that will leave everyone happy, even the one who invented the recipe. Don’t trust me? Take it from Chef Arthur Gonzales in our Meals Deconstructed (pg. 100). When it’s time to shop, flip to our Gift Guide (pg. 121). We literally laid out what you can get every person in your life whether they are the “I’m happy with whatever you get me!” type or the person with exclusive, expensive taste. No matter how you spend your holiday, I hope you make it memorable—after all, the best place to be is exactly where you’re at.
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Photographed By: Travis McCoy, travismccoy.com | @travis_mccoy_photography Model: Lauren Bosworth, www.thelodown.com | www.lovewellness.co | @lobosworth Location: Gracias Madre, 8905 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069 323.978.2170 | www.graciasmadreweho.com Written By: Erica Nichols, @ericajnichs Styled By: Kaylee Jackson, kayleejacksonstyle.com | @kayleejacksonstyle Hair & Makeup By: Chelsea Gehr, chelseagehr.com | @mermaidpuss Apparel Provided By: Finders Keepers, www.finderskeepersthelabel.com.au Rings Provided By: Jacquie Aiche, www.jacquieaiche.com Shoes Provided By: Jaggar, www.jaggarfootwear.com.au
Lauren Bosworth is a pro in front of the camera, even if she doesn’t think so. “I’m not a model, I don’t know how to make this look natural,” she laughed as photographer Travis McCoy snapped away on the patio of Gracias Madre, our set for the LA November cover story. She may not be a model, but Bosworth’s natural golden glow made every shot look like second-nature, as if she’d been doing this her whole life.
In a way, she has. Since her start on “Laguna Beach” in high school, Bosworth was propelled into the entertainment industry and in front of the camera. Still, her humble hesitancy reflected what we’ve all come to love about Lauren: her down-to-earth vibes that make her feel more like a friend you’ve known for years than a cover star you only met a couple hours before. “Lo was so personable and engaging from the minute she walked on set,” said hair and makeup artist, Chelsea Gehr, who kept Bosworth’s makeup natural with warm tones to complement her features. “She knows what she likes and that is all in the confidence she carries herself with—all the qualities of a true role model and business woman.”
Bosworth’s eagerness to be part of the creative process was a highlight for everyone on set. Wardrobe stylist Kaylee Jackson brought a vibrant selection of fall finds that Bosworth immediately snapped to post on her Instagram story. “Lo was hands-on during the entire shoot with helping to select the clothing and accessories for each look,” Jackson said. “It let her personal style shine through.” With gorgeous shades of yellow, orange and pink, Bosworth made Gracias Madre’s already-beautiful monochrome backsplashes and brick walls come to life. “Lo can seriously rock any color,” Jackson continued. “I wanted each look to have a colorful, effortless California vibe, and she definitely nailed it!” This was evident with every one of McCoy’s shots, even the testers. With his keen eye for photography, McCoy captured Bosworth’s refreshing and confident energy in every look. “Lo was amazing to photograph,” McCoy said. “She brought so much fun energy to the shoot.” That energy lasted throughout, from an early 7 a.m. call time to when the shoot ended four and a half hours later. Then, she was off to meetings for the rest of the day, channeling the #girlboss attitude that makes her the perfect cover star for our November issue.
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Local Chefs Show Off Their Take on Seasonal Ingredients
Meet the Nonprofit Helping Pet Owners and Their Furry Friends Avoid Ruff’ing It
IT’S A COOK-OFF!
MAKING A PAW-SITIVE IMPACT
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TRADITION WITH A TWIST
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How the Founder of GEM Took Matters and Minerals Into Her Own Hands
This Beauty Pro Has a Plan for the Cosmetic Industry
Alexa Meade Creates Art That Lives and Breathes Beyond the Typical Canvas
Chef Ray Garcia’s Creative Menu Comes to Life With Dynamic Interior Design
WHAT A GEM
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ART OF YOUR WORLD
LO AND BEHOLD
Lauren Bosworth Is Building Businesses and Placing Her Bets on Women
Chef Arthur Gonzales Is Creating Dishes That Will Tantalize Your Taste Buds
Consider Your Shopping Done—Flip the Page for Our Editors’ Hand-Picked Holiday Hotlist
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LOCALENDAR 20 EVENTS TO DANCE, EAT AND CELEBRATE THROUGH THE HOLIDAYS AND INTO THE NEW YEAR WRITTEN BY: LAUREN MCCARRAN
ELTON JOHN FAREWELL YELLOW BRICK ROAD TOUR
SAY ALOHA TO THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SLACK KEY FESTIVAL
January 22, 23, 25 and 30
¢ See the legendary
music man at the Staples Center for his final tour. Elton John is one of the most highlyacclaimed solo artists of all time. Don't miss your chance to see him live, Tiny Dancer!
¢ For the last decade, the Southern California Slack Key Festival has been the largest Hawaiian music event on the mainland. Enjoy a day of incredible music from Grammy Award-winning slack key guitarists, guest performers and great hula dancing.
WRITE YOUR LETTER TO SANTA AT THE POINT
November 15-December 10
JOIN US AT OUR LOCALE ISSUE RELEASE PARTY
¢ We hope you’ve been good this year! Drop off your letter to Mr. Claus in the mailbox at The Point—you may receive a personalized letter back from the man himself.
¢ Join LOCALE Magazine at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel to celebrate the launch of the November LA issue! Cheers to ocean views, delicious food, drinks and another amazing LOCALE release!
EXPLORE THE TOMB OF KING TUT Through January 13
PRACTICE YOUR REINDEER TROT AT THE REINDEER RUN
MARCH FOR THE MEMORY OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. January 21
¢ Join the march’s 34thyear anniversary to honor civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The march will have floats, bands and thousands of marchers for this televised event. www.kingdomdayparade.org
December 11 and 13
BRING YOUR TOYS FOR THE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL AT THE POINT ¢ Stop by The Point’s
Holiday Block Party for fun, in-store activities, carolers, special holiday shopping discounts and to drop off your toys for the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles from 12-4p.m.—’tis the season of giving!
AN EVENING WITH FLEETWOOD MAC AT THE FORUM
ENJOY THE SLICE OF LIFE AT THE PIZZA EXPERIENCE
¢ Don’t stop thinking
¢ Visit the multi-sensory,
about Dec. 11 and 13! You can groove to Fleetwood Mac, one of the most iconic and enduring bands of all time, at The Forum—don’t forget your crystals! www.inglewoodarena.com
Through January 29
pop-up museum dedicated to the wonderful world of pizza. As you walk through pizza-themed rooms, be sure to stop by the selfie station and don’t forget to grab a slice! the-pizza-experience.com
¢ Run, run Rudolph! Don your antlers and take your pick of a 5k, 10k, 15k or halfmarathon for the Long Beach Reindeer Run. abetterworldrunning.com
Photography Provided By: Alonya Photography
¢ In celebration of the 100-year anniversary of the discovery of King Tut’s tomb, the California Science Center welcomes you to step back in time in this highly-anticipated exhibit. The world’s largest touring King Tut exhibit includes over 150 rare artifacts, 60 of which have never been seen outside of Egypt.
THANKSGIVING LUNCH AT THE AQUARIUM OF THE PACIFIC
SHIFT INTO GEAR AT THE LA AUTO SHOW
November 30-December 9 ¢ One of the world's largest auto shows is back with all the best of the auto world. Enjoy the high-gloss showrooms while you ‘ooh’ and ‘ah’ at 1,000 state-of-the-art vehicles, from luxury to concept!
¢ Give thanks with your family and some animal friends at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Experience a traditional Thanksgiving meal at Cafe Scuba's buffet and meet over 11,000 animals from the ocean.
KICKSTART YOUR RESOLUTIONS WITH THE NEW YEAR’S RACE
DECK THE HALLS AT THE 24TH ANNUAL PIER LIGHTING
Photography Provided By: Ice at Santa Monica, Aquarium of The Pacific, Los Angeles Auto Show 2018
¢ The annual Pier Lighting and Holiday Open House kicks off the holiday season in Downtown Manhattan Beach. Get in the holiday spirit with music, shopping and dining among the Manhattan Beach community.
¢ Ring in the new year
and get a jump start on your resolutions with the New Year’s Race 5k or 10k. Not a runner? Cheer from the sidelines and take advantage of the beer gardens, food trucks and entertainment!
HUNT FOR ANTIQUES IN TORRANCE
SPEND THE NIGHT WITH JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE
November 25 and December 23
¢ Now in its 20th year, the Torrance Antique Street Fair offers over 200 antique vendors for you to hunt your way through. Whether it’s jewelry, art or home decor, you never know what treasures you’ll find! www.torranceantiquefaire.com
SEE FROSTY THE SANDMAN AT THE SAND SNOWMAN CONTEST December 8
¢ In sunny Southern
California we don't have snow to build a standard snowman, so we do the next best thing and build a sand snowman! Bring the family to check out the amazing sand holiday creations. www.hermosabch.org
TURN UP FOR THE TURKEY TROT November 22
¢ This three-mile run on Thanksgiving morning is as rewarding as it is inspiring. It's also a fun way for the fam to pregame the turkeyeating festivities! www.torranceca.gov
WATCH AQUAMAN AT THE CINÉPOLIS THEATER IN WESTLAKE VILLAGE December 21
¢ Catch the release of
Aquaman in luxury at the Cinépolis Luxury Theater in Westlake Village and take your experience to the next level with reclining seats and fullservice dining options. www.cinepolisusa.com
SKATE THROUGH THE SEASON AT ICE SANTA MONICA November 3-January 21
¢ Every holiday season there's a little extra winter magic in Downtown Santa Monica. Ice Santa Monica is an 8,000-square-foot ice rink where you can skate with no time limits and enjoy food vendors at the Gallery Food Hall. Time to practice your twirl!
¢ JT is bringing his “The Man of the Woods Tour” to the Staples Center this November. Grab your friends and dance the night away to all of your favorites. From originals like "Cry Me a River" to his latest “Say Something,” this is a night you won’t want to miss! www.staplescenter.com
NATIVE KNOWLEDGE BY LOCALS FOR LOCALS /// WHERE TO BE MONDAY-SUNDAY
Wild, Wild West This Baker Loves Beach Walks, Authentic Eats and an Ice Cold Beer
EXPERT: Hiro Saito CREDENTIALS: Owner of Kirari West Bake Shop
MONDAY ¢ My Mondays are definitely happier when I eat at Happy Veggie. Although I am not vegan, when I finish a meal at Happy Veggie, especially the Lemon Grass Chicken, I am completely satisfied. www.happyveggiela.com
TUESDAY ¢ On Tuesdays, after hours of baking bread and pastries, I head over to my favorite Indian restaurant, Addi's Tandoor. Saag Paneer is my favorite dish. It's made with homemade cottage cheese and sauteed with spinach and spices. I can’t get enough! www.addistandoor.com
WEDNESDAY ¢ Wednesday is a great day to visit Big Mike's Philly Steaks & Subs to find an authentic Philly cheesesteak right here in Redondo Beach. I'm taken back to my college days on the East Coast. It’s such a trip! THURSDAY ¢ I sneak out of my store after the first round of baking and head to Phanny's for a Stumptown Coffee Cold Brew and a ham and egg burrito.
KIRARI WEST BAKE SHOP 707 N Pacific Coast Hwy Redondo Beach, CA 90277 310.376.5313 www.kirariwest.com Photographed By: James Kao
Since it's so close to the beach, I'll usually walk down, looking out at the water knowing that my home country of Japan is on the other side. www.phannysredondo.com
FRIDAY ¢ Fridays are the perfect nights for me and my friends to head over for omakase sushi at Sushi Chitose. Of course, the meal is accompanied by a frosty cold Sapporo, and finished off with some soju on the rocks. www.sushichitose.com
SATURDAY ¢ I head over to Dominique's kitchen with my lovely wife, Trish. Some of the most enjoyable meals we’ve had there are at the bar. We sit and chat about our dogs, while consuming amazing authentic French cuisine. www.dominiqueskitchen.com
SUNDAY ¢ I love taking a long walk on the Redondo Beach Pier. Even though I have to get up the next day at 3 a.m., I still find that it's worth it to stop into R10 Social House at the end of my walk for some wings and an IPA. www.r10socialhouse.com
“I'm taken back to my college days on the East Coast. It's such a trip!”
NATIVE KNOWLEDGE BY LOCALS FOR LOCALS /// WHERE TO BE MONDAY-SUNDAY
Kate the Great The LA Mom and Designer Loves to Stay Centered and Eat Great Pizza in South Bay
EXPERT: Kate Lester CREDENTIALS: Founder of Kate Lester Interiors
MONDAY ¢ A week of back-to-back job site visits and design meetings means two things: one, I need an enormous coffee, and two, a Monday is always better with avocado toast. To make sure I start each week right, I hit the adorable family-run Gum Tree Cafe in Hermosa Beach. www.gumtreela.com
TUESDAY ¢ It’s time for some cardio at the Avenue C stairs in Redondo Beach. Afterward, I stop by The Solution IV where I get a weekly B12 booster shot. I have noticed such a difference in my energy levels since I started doing this, these shots are an effective way to boost the immune system and metabolism. www.thesolutioniv.com
WEDNESDAY ¢ Time for some mid-week inspiration, so I hit the road to visit one of my favorite design shops, Hollywood at Home on La Cienega. Designer Peter Dunham has the most amazing eye, and has curated a space where custom furniture, hand-printed textiles and vintage finds create a unique atmosphere. www.hollywoodathome.com
THURSDAY ¢ With our crazy schedules and a toddler, a family dinner out
KATE LESTER INTERIORS 837 Pacific Coast Hwy Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 310.372.0504 www.katelesterinteriors.com
needs to be close and easy. A quick walk to Mama D's means authentic Italian pizza, pasta, garlic knots and some good old-fashioned family time. No phones allowed! www.mamadsredondo.com
FRIDAY ¢ TGIF doesn't always mean what it used to in my younger days, but when I get a chance, I love to catch up with my girlfriends for happy hour at Tower 12. This spot combines vintage with the laid-back surf and beach scene. www.tower12hb.com
SATURDAY ¢ Saturday is synonymous with Alba's class at SoulCycle. This is my weekly ritual that helps me get centered and reconnected to my "why." So much positive energy flows through this studio. It’s more than a workout; it's a community. www.soul-cycle.com
SUNDAY ¢ Sunday just wouldn't be right without a trip to the local flea market! I try to hit one every Sunday, but my current fave is the Long Beach Antique Market, which takes place every third Sunday of the month. I always score great vintage band tees, art and midcentury pottery here!
“Time for some mid-week inspiration, so I hit the road to visit one of my favorite design shops, Hollywood at Home on La Cienega.”
Photographed By: Tae Kwon
NATIVE KNOWLEDGE BY LOCALS FOR LOCALS /// WHERE TO BE MONDAY-SUNDAY
King of the Hill This TV Personality Talks Hollywood Nightlife and Family Time
EXPERT: Frankie Delgado CREDENTIALS: Actor and Co-Star of MTV’s “The Hills: New Beginning” MONDAY ¢ I schedule most of my meetings on Monday at my favorite local coffee shops like Aroma Coffee and Tea and ALFRED. I usually end the day on the basketball court in the adult league at Beverly Hills High School. My team is currently the champions. www.aromacoffeeandtea.com www.alfred.la
TUESDAY ¢ I take my daughter to school in the morning and make sure to pick her up and spend the afternoon together. If she is off, I usually take her to her favorite lunch place, Umami Burger at The Grove, which has a kids playground area. Usually, an ice cream run to Baskin Robbins is in the mix too, then my wife and I do dinner and a movie. www.umamiburger.com www.baskinrobbins.com
WEDNESDAY ¢ [Today] is typically back-toback meetings all day regarding Hyde Sunset Kitchen + Cocktails and my various projects. To finish the day, I hit Prevail Boxing for my favorite workout, and punch my stress away. www.sbe.com www.prevailboxing.com
THURSDAY ¢ [This day] usually includes a noon hike up Runyon Canyon, afternoon hang with my wife and kids, and then finish the day with
a nice dinner at one of my venues, Doheny Room. Followed up by drinks in the upstairs lounge while listening to my favorite classic ‘70s and ‘80s jams. www.sbe.com
FRIDAY ¢ I hit the gym in the morning and then text the day away making sure everyone is coming to my other baby, Hyde Sunset, for the best night in town. Before we kick off the Friday night party, which is always a legendary night, I always hit Cleo Third Street for dinner. www.sbe.com
SATURDAY ¢ First, I love getting woken up by my kids. Then, I spend Saturday daytime sweating out the night before at the basketball gym at the JEM Community Center. We have a long-running entertainment industry basketball league with actors, pro athletes, musicians, agents, managers and all of our old school ‘peeps.’ www.jemcommunitycenter.com
SUNDAY ¢ I start my Sunday by going to church in the morning with my wife and kids, and then it is all about watching football with the guys. If my favorite team, the LA Chargers, are in town I make sure to be at the game in person cheering them on to victory. Once my son is old enough to watch, I will teach him all about football.
“If my favorite team, the LA Chargers, are in town I make sure to be at the game in person cheering them on to victory.”
FRANKIE DELGADO @kingfrankiedelgado Photoshoot Location: HYDE SUNSET KITCHEN + COCKTAILS 8117 Sunset Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90046 323.940.1650 www.sbe.com
Photographed By: Jared Schlachet and Joe Magnani
NATIVE KNOWLEDGE BY LOCALS FOR LOCALS /// WHERE TO BE MONDAY-SUNDAY
She’s Got Soul This Creative Spirit Spends Her Time in LA Eating Yummy Vegan Eats and Rockin’ Out
EXPERT: Kim Baise CREDENTIALS: Artist, Designer and Maker at Makers Mess
MONDAY ¢ Celebrate the coming week at Good Luck Bar. I'll order the "Good Luck" cocktail and request a cute glass. I recommend the "Potent Potion." It's the strong house special with spiced rum, pineapple juice and more, served in a ceramic coconut, of course! www.goodluckbarla.com
TUESDAY ¢ Tuesday can be the toughest day of the week, [but] an outfit from Worship LA always makes me feel good! It's my favorite vintage shop in Echo Park with the coolest sunglasses and unique designer finds! www.shopworship.com
WEDNESDAY ¢ Head to Solar Return for a shot of sweet color—instant happiness! This dessert boutique is mostly known for its rainbow vegan cheesecake, but I'm hooked on their organic popsicles. www.solarreturnshop.com
THURSDAY ¢ If it's a heavy work week, I need a pick me up by 2:30. Time to get down to Lucky Wheels Garage and treat myself to my favorite latte. It's a full-service coffee bar next door to the DIY motorcycle garage, a
MAKERS MESS 602 N Hoover St Los Angeles, CA 90004 213.448.4002 www.makersmess.com @makersmess Photoshoot Location: BOB BAKER'S MARIONETTE THEATER 1345 W 1st St Los Angeles, CA 90026 213.250.9995 www.bobbakermarionettetheater.com
real cool place to hang out! www.luckywheelsgarage.com
FRIDAY ¢ TGIF! Forget about cooking dinner and order a pizza from Town, a quality, handmade pizza joint with gluten-free and vegan options. My favorite is the Mushroom and Rosemary with pesto. They have a fantastic selection of beer and wine on the menu, too. www.townla.com
SATURDAY ¢ I love rock ‘n’ roll, and Teragram Ballroom is the place to go on Saturday night. I'm a Ty Segall fan, and this is one venue he's known to play, and usually does a double show since they're always sold out. It's standing room only, but you don't need a seat when you're there to rock! www.teragramballroom.com
SUNDAY ¢ Take the kids out to Bob Baker's Marionette Theater to sing along with the dancing puppets! It's been around since 1963 and is the oldest children's theatre company in LA. The children are mesmerized by the colorful marionettes. www.bobbakermarionettetheater.com
“Tuesday can be the toughest day of the week, [but] an outfit from Worship LA always makes me feel good!”
Photographed By: Charlie Chipman
I N S TA G R A M
years have gone by since she created her blog
years living in Rivera Maya, Mexico
different pairs of sunglasses in her closet, carrying three pairs on her at all times
“My blog is called Mes Voyages à Paris because at the moment I created it I thought I will be only posting [pictures] taken in Paris.”
Monica’s Gram THE TRAVEL BLOGGER SHARES TIPS, STATS AND WHO TO FOLLOW
TIPS FOR BECOMING A SUCCESSFUL TRAVEL BLOGGER 1.
Love traveling and do it for yourself, don't think about it as a business.
Save inspiring travel pictures, use them as an inspiration for your own material but don't imitate them.
Find something that identifies you and your Instagram (a pose, a color, an edition).
Keep doing [it] (because remember… you love it) until maybe someone (agency, brand) calls you for a collaboration. Trust me; if you love it and you keep doing it, it will happen.
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OMNIA BALI This Resort Is the Reason for International Travel
EXPERTS These Experts Show How They Turn a House Into a Home
GUIDE We Have the Ultimate Guide to Show Your Fam What SoCal Is All About
ROOM ESSENTIALS Use These Tips on How to Bring Upscale Coastal Design to Your Home
FEATURE Whether You’re Relaxing or Rallying, Mexico Is for You
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LIGHT LAB Light Up a Room
Light Lab’s Founders Are Sharing How to Make Your House Glow
FEATURE These Palm Springs Resorts Will Have You Packing Your Bags ASAP
LIGHT LAB 3405 Glendale Blvd, Ste D Los Angeles, CA 90039 213.545.1976 www.lightlabla.com PHOTO BY: Echo & Earl
OMNIA BALI Jl. Belimbing Sari, Banjar Tambiyak Desa Pecatu, Uluwatu Bali 80364, Indonesia www.omniaclubs.com/bali +62.361.8482.150
Tropic Like It’s Hot PACK YOUR BAGS AND ENJOY THE BLISS OF OMNIA BALI
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The Indonesian island of Bali is known for its legendary surf, lush rice fields and stunning ancient temples—there’s truly something for every traveler to explore. Now, with the opening of OMNIA Bali, it’s safe to say the island is as close as one could get to heaven on Earth. OMNIA Bali is located on the picturesque cliffs of Uluwatu. Boasting panoramic views of the dazzling Indian Ocean, an on-site Japanese restaurant and impressive infinity pools from which guests can listen to world-class DJs, those who visit OMNIA Bali are sure to head home feeling as though they’ve found a piece of paradise.
SOUNDS LIKE A GOOD TIME
• The Cube is an architectural marvel that floats over the day club’s outdoor bar. The massive feature’s silver embellishments catch and reflect sunlight as the sun sets over the Indian Ocean.
• Some of the world’s top DJ talent will perform at OMNIA Bali, including Marshmello, Martin Garrix and more. The venue features a state-of-the-art sound system so guests can enjoy the musical acts to the fullest.
JUMP RIGHT IN • With infinity pools, VIP cabanas and bungalows with private plunge pools available for guests, OMNIA Bali is the ultimate party location in Uluwatu.
EATIN’ FRESH AND FEELIN’ FINE • The menu at Sake no Hana, the property’s contemporary Japanese restaurant, focuses on using fresh, seasonal ingredients to create a masterful dining experience.
AN ISLAND ACCESSORY • Offering luxury service and ample spaces for lounging, the venue was designed to highlight the natural beauty of Uluwatu. The cliffside location plays off the area’s captivating limestone formations and stunning ocean views.
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HOMEGROWN PROS THESE LOCAL EXPERTS SHARE WHY THEY’RE AT THE TOP OF THEIR GAME WRITTEN BY: KANDACE CORNELL
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It doesn’t take much to find inspiration in a city that’s full of dreamers like Los Angeles, but no one, even the most clever of the creative bunch, is completely immune to the occasional bout of stagnation. From a breakup that ignited a love of welding to the magic behind the nurseries of some of Hollywood’s most anticipated babies, we chatted with six of the city’s experts—designers, artists, CEOs and hoteliers alike—about what they love most about their enviable professions, and how they keep the passion alive.
Ñ Shalena Smith Ö Meyghan Hill Ø Spencer Falls
Õ Nicole Caswell Ñ Rick Gluth Ø Ariel Kaye
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ESCAPE CALIFORNIA CLOSETS SANTA MONICA 1627 Montana Ave, Ste A Santa Monica, CA 90403 310.438.6823 www.californiaclosets.com
The MAN WITH A PLAN
Credentials: General Manager, Hotel Angeleno GREAT EXPECTATIONS • The upcoming lobby renovation will be focused on creating an environment where guests want to hang out, work and socialize in a setting that will give you the feeling of being a true Angeleno.
SHAPE-SHIFTING • “Our ‘We’re Not Square’ culture is not just our tagline, it has a literal connection (the building is cylindrical in shape) and figuratively it’s our approach to how we want to deliver our guest experience.”
GLUTH’S PHILOSOPHY • “Be authentic, genuine, consistent and pay close attention to the details.”
For Hotel Angeleno General Manager Rick Gluth, an after-school job working in a hotel as a means to escort his girlfriend to prom turned into a career. Stepping in nearly nine years ago for the redesign of Hotel Angeleno, Gluth made it his mission to provide outstanding customer service. “We are always thinking of new ways to differentiate Hotel Angeleno from the pack and keep our service delivery fresh.” With stunning 360-degree views of LA, this hotel makes for a perfect stay. “We live and work in a great city for inspiration. There is a great deal of new supply and renovations that enables us to evolve the design and refine our guest experience.”
NICOLE CASWELL Credentials: Design Consultant, California Closets INTERNATIONAL INSPIRATION • “I try to go to places like Paris, the South of France and Italy, where I’m able to study and enjoy food, music, colors and architecture at every step. Design is not only something you see, it is felt.”
CLOSET HACKS • “Change out your closet seasonally and store items in bins or storage spaces. It is also fun to unpack bins and be surprised to see what you have!”
California Closets was an easy choice for design consultant, Nicole Caswell. Starting her career as a florist, Caswell moved to Italy to marry her husband (couple goals!) and studied architecture and design for three years before moving back to the States. With a knack for spatial creativity, Caswell finds her passion in designing a personal oasis for her clients.“What I love most about my job is that it is never the same from day to day,” Caswell said. Now with 20 years of design experience under her belt, she’s dishing on her dream closet design and sharing her top tricks to help us all stay organized. 42 LOCALE MAGAZINE
FAVORITE PROJECT • An acquaintance needed an organized and functional space for her family. “After a year, almost every room...had a California Closets system. I felt immense gratification knowing I played such a large part in helping improve their home.”
HOTEL ANGELENO 170 N Church Ln Los Angeles, CA 90049 310.476.6411 www.hotelangeleno.com
Credentials: Founder and CEO, Parachute FIND IT OUTDOORS • “I’m always inspired by the outdoors and the casual beauty of the Southern California landscape. Bike riding, sunset yoga or a quick walk to the beach always boosts my creativity.”
ALWAYS WELCOME • “My goal is to always design welcoming spaces. My home is full of items that create a cozy and relaxing environment—oversize pillows, throws, a gallery wall full of personal photos and artwork.” MIX ‘N’ MATCH • “Today, people are designing their interiors as a whole, not room by room. I like when pieces can be mixed, matched and layered across all rooms.”
For Ariel Kaye, Founder and CEO of modern bedding brand, Parachute, a trip to Italy changed everything. While staying at a boutique hotel on the Amalfi Coast, Kaye fell head over heels for her sumptuous sheets and began a quest to find a similar set back home. Seeing a gap in the bedding market, Kaye put her 10 years of brand development experience to work and created her line of high-quality home essentials, designed in signature soft tones to combine comfort with luxury. “Starting a business is the wildest ride imaginable,” said Kaye. “Becoming a founder has been a completely transformative experience—and I love it!”
GAGA DESIGNS 818.366.8787 www.shalenasmith.com Photoshoot Location: PORTER RANCH, CA
The NURSERY DESIGNER
SHALENA SMITH Credentials: Founder, GaGa Designs
INSPIRATIONAL MOMS • “I look to my clients as my resource. Most of them are already in a creative industry so it’s about translating their ideas in a way that’s decorative and tells their story.”
ON TREND • “Creating unique accent walls are my favorite right now! From wood paneling and molding to wallpaper and murals, I can’t get enough!”
For preparation for a new baby, GaGa Designs has everything covered. “Most parents don’t think of baby safety from a crawling perspective, so I’ll literally crawl around the room on the floor to see what [babies] see,” said Founder of GaGa Designs, Shalena Smith. Gaga’s services help new parents with everything from designing an elegant nursery, stocked with top-of-the-line decor, to arranging for pediatricians and doulas. After a chance encounter led her to her first high-profile client, Wayne Brady’s wife, word got out and today, the devoted mom of two counts the tots of big-time celebs like Mariah Carey and Tamera Mowry among her faithful clients.
FAVORITE PROJECT • “Sean [P. Diddy] Combs’ nursery for his twins [with Kim Porter in 2006]. It was the entire west wing of the house. How could you not enjoy decorating a space that big?”
PARACHUTE 3436 W Sunset Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90026 323.741.0045 www.parachutehome.com
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ESCAPE (WH)ORE HAÜS STUDIOS 748 Kohler St Los Angeles, CA 90021 213.988.7379 www.whorehausstudios.com
SPENCER FALLS Credentials: Founder, The Unlikely Florist TAKE A LOOK AROUND • “I’ll look to the space for inspiration. I'm inspired by my surroundings so I'm always curious what I could create in a particular space that I couldn't create anywhere else.”
FLOWER POWER • Spencer’s favorite? The Protea—a flower that has around 1,600 species!
FAVORITE PROJECT • “I made a flower room in San Francisco at the beginning of the year. It was pretty sick to conceive such a thing, and then to realize the idea.”
A lot can change in two and a half years. For Spencer Falls, The Unlikely Florist, creating a business out of selling flowers from a van seemed, well, unlikely. “I had no idea that I was starting a business,” Falls said. “I needed to make a living, had a van and knew there was this street called Abbot Kinney that was crawling with people.” Not your typical dozen of roses, Falls’ unique selection is unlikely as well. Incorporating a surprising variety of lesser-known stems to create artisanal bouquets and transform event spaces, Falls puts his own stamp on the floral market.
MEYGHAN HILL Credentials: Founder, (wh)ORE HAüS Studios DREAM PROJECT • “I would love to explore the idea of a boutique hotel where each room is themed… so I can design the furniture and bring in an amazing band of misfits I’ve found in the maker community.”
ENDLESS INSPIRATION • “I tend to fall in love with a material, and like anyone with a crush—I see it everywhere. I also am hugely driven by fashion, and I am a voracious reader.”
Breaking up is hard to do, but it opened the floodgates of creativity for Meyghan Hill, Founder of (wh)ORE HAüS Studios. To channel her emotions, the former model began to literally rebuild her life in the form of handmade furniture before throwing herself into the craft of welding. “[As a female welder], I feel grateful I live in a society that allows me to just be a welder...I was pleasantly surprised at how feminine I found the trade to be.” Studying under a group of auto mechanics, Hill cut her teeth on discarded scrap metal before ultimately merging her new skill with her love of craftsmanship. 44 LOCALE MAGAZINE
ALL TIME FAVORITE • This piece makes for fun and interesting parties at her studio—a Ouija Board! “The asymmetrical base is one of my favorites…I decided to have a Ouija Board pattern laser-burned into the stone and built a brass planchette.”
THE UNLIKELY FLORIST 715 Hampton Dr Venice, CA 90291 www.theunlikelyflorist.com
Oh, there’s no place like home for the holidays— especially when you live in Southern California! With so many
Written By: Allison Belda, Taylor R. Haynes, Justine McGrath and Tatiana Servin De Maio
unique shops, restaurants and activities, we’re always feeling #blessed to live where others vacay. And this year, with family coming into town, you can take your tour guide skills to the next level with our ultimate guide to SoCal. No more obvious tourist stops—okay, just the cool ones—this guide is jam-packed with the best of what Orange County, San Diego, Greater Palm Springs and Los Angeles have to offer, local-style!
TOUR Where to Take Your Family to Dine, Shop and Play Your Way Through SoCal
ESCAPE /// GUIDE MUST- O R DER LATTE “My favorite drink is an almond milk piccolo latte and I have to say that Butcher’s Daughter Abbot Kinney is my favorite place to get it.”—Dave Harper, Principal of Bower Hospitality
For the Foodie
LOS ANGELES EXPLORE THE CITY OF A N G E L S W I T H Y O U R FA M
LA’s Best Eats for the Best Fam
DogFriendly Locations ANGEL CITY BREWERY Fido-Friendly Brewery 216 S Alameda St Los Angeles, CA 90012 213.622.1261 angelcitybrewery.com @angelcitybeer
METRODERMIC A(maze)ing Game Fur Everyone 630 W 5th St Los Angeles, CA 90071 www.metrodemic.com/ locations/los-angeles
3RD STREET PROMENADE Tail-Wag-Worthy Shopping 1351 3rd Street Promenade Santa Monica, CA 90401 www.downtownsm.com @dtsantamonica THE BUTCHER’S DAUGHTER
Los Angeles is known for its impressive culinar y scene, unmatched shopping and offering fun for the entire family—whether you’re hosting your kid cousins or great aunt.
CAFÉ GRATITUDE Dog-Approved Patio 512 Rose Ave Venice, CA 90291 424.321.8000 www.cafegratitude.com @cafegratitude
F OR YOU R M U STB R U N C H C OU S IN Venice Expansive patio seating, charming rustic details and an impressive plantbased menu makes The Butcher’s Daughter one of the best places to enjoy an indulgent brunch. Make sure to explore their impressive juice selection alongside a perfectly creamy, salty and savory avocado toast. THE BUTCHER’S DAUGHTER thebutchersdaughter.com
F OR YOU R V EG A N S I S T ER Venice Nestled along the bohemian Abbot Kinney Boulevard, Plant Food & Wine is a vegan favorite. Focusing on locallysourced and minimallyprocessed ingredients, this eatery is embracing an
environmentally-conscious approach to food. PLANT FOOD & WINE www.matthewkenneycuisine. com/plant-food-wine-venice
FO R Y O U R M E ATL O VING BRO Redondo Beach You really can’t go wrong with classic barbecue. Bartz is an LA-based pop-up with mouthwatering meat perfectly smoked over oak for 12-16 hours. Other menu items include the smoked barbecue beans and peach cobbler. Find where they will be next on their Facebook. BARTZ BARBECUE www.bartzbarbecue.com
FO R Y O U R NIGHTO WL U NCL E Hollywood Seeking a midnight snack with retro vibes? Make sure to cruise to Fred 62. Open until 4 a.m., this allAmerican diner is slinging classic food, deep fried mac and cheese and waffle sliders well into the night. FRED 62 www.fred62.com
For the Shopper Just Watch Out for That Luggage Weight Los Angeles is one of the best shopping destinations in the world. There’s something to satisfy the thrifter, the casual browser and those wanting a more luxurious experience. Highlights include Melrose Trading Post, an expansive flea market taking over the corner of Melrose and Fairfax every Sunday where the family can go for the lively atmosphere and one-of-a-kind treasures. Or there is the Manhattan Village Shopping Center, offering a laid-back, beachside mall experience—ideal for the whole family. And, finally, how could we forget Rodeo Drive? This iconic boulevard is a historic hub for designer wear, high-end jewelry and the occasional celebrity sighting.
The holidays call for relaxation and quality time with family, why not spend it in this special city? While there’s admittedly no
RODEO DRIVE Beverly Hills, CA 90035 rodeodrive-bh.com
chance for snow in this region, there are still plenty of ways to feel festive. Our curated list offers a few places to start. Written By: Taylor R. Haynes 48 LOCALE MAGAZINE
MELROSE TRADING POST 7850 Melrose Ave Los Angeles, CA 90046 melrosetradingpost.org
MANHATTAN VILLAGE SHOPPING CENTER 3200 Sepulveda Blvd Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 310.546.5555 shopmanhattanvillage.com
Photos - The Butcher’s Daughter: Travis McCoy | Hollywood Pantages Theatre Carol Rosegg0837 | Aquarium of the Pacific: Provided by Aquarium of the Pacific | Manhattan Village Shopping Center: Provided by Manhattan Village Shopping Center
B R EA K I N G R EC OR D S In 2017, LA welcomed a record-high number of 48.5 million overnight and day tourists, 7.3 million of them from different countries!
N AT I V E K N OW L ED G E The little beachfront cottage visible from Loews Santa Monica’s restaurant, Ocean & Vine was once home to Charlie Chaplin.
LOEWS SANTA MONICA BEACH HOTEL
HOLLYWOOD PANTAGES THEATRE
Spend Your Nights at These LA Getaways
S TAY HER E FO R T HE EC O- F R IE ND LY S PA 15.5 Miles From City Center Lounging on sand and playing in the Pacific— exactly what you’ll want to be doing while at Loews Santa Monica. This beachfront hotel is the best place to explore the picturesque coast. We love the eco-friendly spa onsite, making your stay even more relaxing.
Places Worth Any Traffic FOR T HE PARENT’S DATE NIGHT Hollywood The Hollywood Pantages Theatre is a great place to treat mom and dad to a unique and historic date night. Check ahead of time to see what shows are available, but whether they see Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Cats,” the Tony Award-winning classic “Kinky Boots” or any other show, they’re bound to have an unforgettable experience. HOLLYWOOD PANTAGES THEATRE www.hollywoodpantages.com
FOR T HE COOL, C OL L EGE COU SIN Downtown As far as rooftop bars go, PERCH is pretty much at the top of our list. This classy spot offers dizzying views of downtown Los Angeles from several stories up, creative cocktails and delicious small plates. Impress even your most cultured relatives.
FO R T H E FI T G RA N DPARE N T S Venice Pick a sunny day to take grams and gramps to the Venice Canals walkway. They are sure to love the quaint bridges and historic homes. A step away from the more energetic boardwalks, a stroll along the canals offers a peaceful moment of reprieve. VENICE CANALS WALKWAY
FO R T H E KI DS Long Beach Young kids (and adults too) are sure to love the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. Aquariums highlight the magic of the deep sea, igniting curious imaginations and bringing awareness to this ecosystem that covers the majority of the Earth’s surface.
S EA T HE C HR I S T M A S S P I R I T Enjoy holiday decorations, gingerbread houses, daily penguin walks, watching Santa Diver give the fishes on his ‘nice list’ gifts and more daily throughout the month of December!
AQUARIUM OF THE PACIFIC www.aquariumofpacific.org
PERCH LA www.perchla.com
TO U RIST TRAPS YOU C AN’T MISS
LOEWS SANTA MONICA BEACH HOTEL 1700 Ocean Ave Santa Monica, CA 90401 310.458.6700 www.loewshotels.com
S TAY HER E FO R A L I V ELY R OOFTO P 8.1 Miles From City Center For those seeking a buzzy social scene, nightlife and the glamor of Hollywood, consider staying at Mama Shelter, perched six stories above Hollywood Boulevard. This quirky retreat is a great homebase for
touring the funkiest parts of Hollywood and surrounding areas. Make sure to take advantage of the rooftop restaurant offering panoramic views.
MAMA SHELTER HOLLYWOOD 6500 Selma Ave Los Angeles, CA 90028 323.785.6666 www.mamashelter.com
S TAY HE RE FO R THE P RIM E L O CATIO N 3.9 Miles From City Center Perfectly nestled between downtown and Hollywood is Koreatown: an exciting cultural center in the heart of Los Angeles. Its central location makes getting anywhere quick and easy. Brunch at Commissary—a breathtaking, plant-filled dining space—or take a dip in the second-floor pool.
LINE HOTEL IN KOREATOWN 3515 Wilshire Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90010 213.381.7411 www.thelinehotel.com
SANTA MONICA PIER 200 Santa Monica Pier Santa Monica, CA 90401 310.458.8900 www.santamonicapier.org @santamonicapier
UNIVERSAL STUDIOS 100 Universal City Plaza Universal City, CA 91608 800.864.8377 universalstudioshollywood.com @unistudios
GRIFFITH OBSERVATORY 2800 E Observatory Rd Los Angeles, CA 90027 213.473.0800 www.griffithobservatory.org @griffithobservatory
HOLLYWOOD SIGN HIKE Hollywood www.hollywoodsign.org
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ESCAPE /// GUIDE “At Taco Maria, I want to honor my family’s culture and their hard work by making Mexican-inspired food while using the bounty of Southern California.” —CHEF CARLOS SALGADO
For the Foodie
S H O W Y O U R FA M I LY THE VERY BEST OF OC
OC Has All Your Foodie-Bases Covered
DYNAMIC DUO Every day at 5 p.m., Grits Fullerton turns into an Asian fusion pub called Grits Pub with dishes including sweet and spicy wings and fried dumplings.
On the Move • Prefer the oldfashioned way? Look into taking the toll roads to save time or the PCH for unbeatable views.
Ever yone glamorizes
• Pick up the pace around town and rent electric scooters to sightsee on the go.
sunny California and more specifically, Orange County. When
F OR YOU R TA C O L OV I N G C OU S I N Costa Mesa Voted Restaurant of the Year in 2018 by the LA Times, this taco shop has an awesome prix-fixe menu that will change Mexican food as you know it. TACO MARIA www.tacomaria.com
F OR YOU R M EATL OV I N G U N C L E Garden Grove The meats are smoked daily at this hole-in-the-wall barbecue favorite. If you dare, take on the “Kings Challenge,” you’ll get your meal for free, along with a T-Shirt and photo on the wall if completed. THE SMOKING RIBS www.thesmokingribs.com
FO R Y O U R BRU NCH-O BS E S S E D S IS TE R Fullerton Head over for a lifechanging brunch from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., seven days a week. They serve classic American comfort food, such as their house favorite: Pork Belly Benny. GRITS FULLERTON @gritsfullerton
FO R Y O U R V E GA N NIE CE Orange This vegan/vegetarian cafe is full of flavor thanks to filling dishes like stuffed French toast sandwiches and its colorful atmosphere. The cafe is decorated with vibrant art pieces to add to the coziness of Old Towne Orange. MEAD’S GREEN DOOR www.meadsgreendoor.com
For the Shopper We Hope the Fashionistas Brought an Extra Suitcase A little retail therapy never hurts, and Orange County will have your guests covered whether they’re here just to peruse, or stuff their suitcase with SoCal finds. Everything at De Lany Clothing in Newport Beach is total boho chic and $18 or less without skimping out on quality. And there’s something for everyone at the outdoor Irvine Spectrum, from trendy boutiques to classics like Nordstrom—you’ll find it here! Have a big spender in town? Take them to Grayse, where they’ll fall in love with luxury items, including everything from evening wear to leather jackets. We’ll see you on the catwalk!
family comes to visit, they expect only the best beaches and the best weather. We’ve created the ultimate guide to all the great tourist spots and hidden gems in Orange
• No unnecessary trips to LAX—Orange County’s main facility is John Wayne Airport.
GRAYSE 231 Newport Center Dr Newport Beach, CA 92660 949.640.0025 shop.mkgrayse.com
IRVINE SPECTRUM 670 Spectrum Center Dr Irvine, CA 92618 949.790.4871 irvinespectrumcenter.com
County. Your fam will be left with a full tummy, an empty bank account and an unforgettable holiday vacation. Written By: Allison Belda 50 LOCALE MAGAZINE
• Cruise along the coast via Amtrak from SD to San Francisco— hello, Pacific Coast!
DE LANY CLOTHING 306 Marine Ave, Ste D Newport Beach, CA 92662 949.791.2845 delanyclothing.com
Gorjana at Irvine Spectrum
Photos - Taco Maria: Provided by Taco Maria & Heather Young | Rancho Capistrano Winery: Guisepe Demasi | Monarch Beach Resort: Provided by Monarch Beach Resort | Keys on Main: Provided by Keys on Main
RANCHO CAPISTRANO WINERY
S HOW M E T H E NU M BE RS OC visitors spent a whopping $12.5 billion in 2017—it’s no surprise thanks to our awesome shops, eats and entertainment.
MONARCH BEACH RESORT
GAME GANG Bringing the kiddos? Monarch Beach Resort offers a variety of lawn games including Giant Jenga, cornhole and a ping-pong table to keep everyone occupied!
Stay Here Catch Up on zzz’s at These OC Getaways S TAY HER E FO R T HE P OOL D E CK 26 Miles From City Center It’s hard to beat the view at this hillside, oceanfront property. You can dive into fun activities, make a round on the golf course or continue soaking up the view from the pool deck.
Play Here Reconnect With Each Member of the Fam Over What They Love FOR T HE ME L L OW MAMA San Juan Capistrano This winery offers 40 award-winning wines and was recently voted San Juan Capistrano’s best restaurant, perfect for your sommelier-inthe-making mom. It is located in the heart of Capistrano, which is a great place to stroll and window shop. RANCHO CAPISTRANO WINERY www.ranchocapwinery.com
FOR T HE GOLFING GR ANDPA Tustin Voted Best Golf Course in Orange County, your grandpa will spend the day happier than ever teeing away. It is open to the public and contains special in-store promotions.
F O R T H E A RT S Y A U N T Santa Ana Take your “artsy aunt” here every time she visits. They have rotating exhibits so there is always something new. With their already wide collection of cultural art, she will never fail to be impressed.
BOWERS MUSEUM OF CULTURAL ART www.bowers.org
FO R T H E C O O L C O US I N Costa Mesa Not one, but two performers duel on grand pianos on the weekends. The audience is in charge of the song choices, so make sure your cousin has good taste in music.
MONARCH BEACH RESORT 1 Monarch Beach Resort Dana Point, CA 92629 949.234.3900 monarchbeachresort.com
B I RT HD AY B OO Celebrating something special? You and your fam can let the staff know and one of the pianists will bring you up on stage!
KEYS ON MAIN www.keysonmain.com
TUSTIN RANCH GOLF CLUB www.tustinranchgolf.com
TO U RIST TRAPS W ORTH THE HYPE
S TAY HER E FO R T HE P R I VAT E B ON F I R E A ND S ’ M OR ES 14 Miles From City Center With a newly-renovated, lagoon-style pool and luxurious spa, this resort is ideal for relaxing the day away before a private family bonfire complete with s’mores, blankets and the works.
S TAY HE RE A ND L E A RN TO S U RF 30 Miles From City Center There are only seven rooms at this hotel, each one is surfer-themed, ideal for families looking for the quintessential, SoCal-surfer vibe. You can even book an all-inclusive surf package which comes with a ride in their 1971 “surfmobile.” NOMADS HOTEL 101 Avenida Serra San Clemente, CA 92672 949.492.6000 www.stayatnomads.com
HYATT REGENCY HUNTINGTON BEACH 21500 Pacific Coast Hwy Huntington Beach, CA 92648 714.698.1234 www.hyatt.com
DISCOVERY CUBE 2500 N Main St Santa Ana, CA 92705 714.542.2823 www.oc.discoverycube.org @discoverycubeoc
DISNEYLAND 1313 Disneyland Dr Anaheim, CA 92802 714.781.4636 www.disneyland.disney.go.com @disneyland
SURF CITY NIGHTS Main St Huntington Beach, CA 92648 714.536.8300 www.surfcitynights.com @surfcitynightshb
BALBOA ISLAND 206 Marine Ave Newport Beach, CA 92663 www.balboaisland.com @balboaislandca
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ESCAPE /// GUIDE HO ME CO O KIN' Wilma and Frieda’s offers comfort food with a twist. The heartiness of their dishes have won the hearts of visitors.
GREATER PALM SPRINGS
For the Foodie
TA K E A T O U R O F T H E B E S T GPS HAS TO OFFER
Open Your Mouth and Say ‘Ahh…’
SO CHEESY Babe’s Half Pound-Cheddar Burger will come as advertised— hefty and cheesy—or opt for their Thick Cut Applewood Bacon Cheeseburger.
WILMA & FRIEDA’S
The Southern California sun shines on the dreams of our visiting friends and family as they anticipate the warm nights and cool attractions to come. And what’s better than making their wishes come true? Cruise beyond their expectations into an experience distinctively inspired by their creature comforts. We’ve done a little reconnaissance so you can deliver some of that sweet, Southern California hospitality. Whether you are tailoring a trip for epicureans, shoppers, socialites or kiddos, we’ve got you covered—like the umbrellas lining the coast of their California dreams. Written By: Tatiana Servin De Maio 52 LOCALE MAGAZINE
WET ‘N’ WILD PALM SPRINGS 1500 S Gene Autry Trail Palm Springs, CA 92264 760.327.0499 wetnwildpalmsprings.com @wetnwildps
PALM SPRINGS AIR MUSEUM 745 N Gene Autry Trail Palm Springs, CA 92262 760.778.6262 palmspringsairmuseum.org @psairmuseum
CHILDREN’S DISCOVERY MUSEUM OF THE DESERT 71-701 Bob Hope Dr Rancho Mirage, CA 92270 760.321.0602 www.cdmod.org
THE LIVING DESERT ZOO AND GARDENS 47900 Portola Ave Palm Desert, CA 92260 760.346.5694 www.livingdesert.org @thelivingdesert
F OR YOU R B R U N C HI N ’ S I S T ER - I N - L AW Palm Desert Dine on pleasant provisions like Blackberry Custard French Toast and catch up with your guests in this charming oasis of all things comfort food and mimosas. WILMA & FRIEDA’S wilmafrieda.com
F OR YOU R V EGA N D A U G HT ER Palm Springs Delight the hearts and stomachs of your ardent vegan brothers and sisters with a macrobiotic bowl you found, just because you knew they would be in town.
FO R Y O U R CA RNIV O R D A D Rancho Mirage Share love and laughter over a rack of St. Louisstyle ribs while surrounded by the hilariously kitschy decor of pigs and family portraits. Can you say home, sweet home? BABE’S BBQ AND BREWHOUSE babesbbque.com
FO R Y O U R P U P P YL O VING M O M Rancho Mirage Show her you care by thinking about her fur baby too! Choose a chic spot that allows dogs, giving you and your guest the best of both worlds. PINZIMINI AT THE WESTIN MISSION HILLS GOLF RESORT & SPA pinziminipalmsprings.com Palm Greens Cafe
PALM GREENS CAFE palmgreenscafe.com
For the Shopper Get Ready for a Closet Makeover Whether your guests came prepared to save or splurge, Palm Springs never leaves you stranded. Revivals is a place for nifty thrifting among midcentury modern treasures in Cathedral City, while Old Town La Quinta features an array of local boutiques with style befitting its unique California desert flair. If designer garb is the name of the game, The Shops on El Paseo will dazzle with its impressive cast of clothing brands. No matter one’s penchant for shopping, treat your friends and family to souvenirs they can proudly proclaim, “I got it in California!”
THE SHOPS ON EL PASEO On El Paseo, Between Hwy 74 / Monterey & Sage Palm Desert, CA 92260 760.341.4058 theshopsonelpaseo.com
OLD TOWN LA QUINTA 78-100 Main St, Ste 203 La Quinta, CA 92253 760.600.0758 oldtownlaquinta.com
REVIVALS 68401 Hwy 111 Cathedral City, CA 92234 760.969.5747 revivalsstores.com
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F U N I N T HE S U N With more than 50,000 pools, Greater Palm Springs has more pools per capita than anywhere else in the country.
A M ER I C A N S T YL E Sparrows Lodge has refined lodge-style vibes down to an art—every detail will make you forget you’re in the desert.
Stay Here The Perfect Place to Lay Your Head
INDIAN WELLS GOLF RESORT
S TAY HER E FO R T HE R U S T I C VIBE S 3 Miles From City Center Guests here are treated to a completely restored, bungalow-style, 1950s retreat featuring rustic, poolside rooms and a fun restaurant called The Barn Kitchen that’s central to the city.
Relaxing, Clubbing and Golfing...Oh My! FOR T HE GOLFING GR ANDPA Indian Wells Ranked “Best Course You Can Play in California” by Golf Magazine, take your golfing enthusiasts to the frequented hot spot of Golf Channel and PGA. INDIAN WELLS GOLF RESORT www.indianwellsgolfresort.com
FOR T HE ARTSY AUN TIE Palm Springs Show off your town’s artistic prowess by touring the permanent collection featuring work from artists like Henry Moore, Louise Bourgeois and Mark Bradford, or peruse the exhibition Narratives in Glass, featuring amazing depictions of the human form in glass. PALM SPRINGS ART MUSEUM www.psmuseum.org
MUSTVISIT TO URIST TRAPS
FO R T H E C LUBBI N ’ C O US I N S Indio When you are looking for one of those memorable all-nighters, head over to LIT, which lines up concerts, Latin nights, country nights and themed events, offering something for everyone.
F EED YOU R S OU L At Spa La Quinta, wellness rituals like “Find Your Zen” will renew your mind, body and spirit.
LIT AT FANTASY SPRINGS RESORT CASINO www.fantasyspringsresort.com
FO R T H E PE A C E F U L PARE N T S La Quinta Take your folks to a truly gorgeous desert hideaway. This Waldorf Astoria resort sports 41 sparkling pools to suit those with kids, seeking privacy or down for some good oldfashioned relaxation.
STAY HERE FOR THE FOUNTAIN POOL 26 Miles From City Center About 35 minutes from downtown Palm Springs, you can rent out an ultraluxe estate for the whole crew featuring a fountainfilled pool, three-hole golf courses, a beach volleyball court and more.
OMNI RANCHO LAS PALMAS RESORT & SPA 41000 Bob Hope Dr Rancho Mirage, CA 92270 760.568.2727 www.omnihotels.com
OLD POLO ESTATE 51270 Jackson St Coachella, CA 92236 wlcrentals.com/old-polo-estate
SPA LA QUINTA AT THE LA QUINTA RESORT & CLUB www.laquintaresort.com
SPARROWS LODGE 1330 E Palm Canyon Dr Palm Springs, CA 92264 760.327.2300 www.sparrowslodge.com
S TAY HE RE FO R THE 5 0 S PA TRE ATM E NTS 11 Miles From City Center Everything at this property is focused around comfort, relaxation and wellness. With over 50 treatments that range from dreamy massages to revitalizing body treatments, all of their ingredients are certified organic and locally sourced from plants that are native to the California desert.
PALM SPRINGS AERIAL TRAMWAY CABAZON DINOSAUR MUSEUM 50770 Seminole Dr 1 Tram Way Cabazon, CA 92230 Palm Springs, CA 92262 951.922.8700 760.325.1449 cabazondinosaurs.com www.pstramway.com @cabazondinosaurs @palmspringsaerialtramway
JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK 6554 Park Blvd Joshua Tree, CA 92252 760.367.5500 www.nps.gov @joshuatreenps
ELVIS HONEYMOON HIDEAWAY 1350 Ladera Cir Palm Springs, CA 92262 760.322.1192 elvishoneymoon.com LOCALE MAGAZINE 53
ESCAPE /// GUIDE “I want the restaurant to be a full experience. I want guests to walk in through the door and feel welcomed as if they are a guest in someone’s home. I want them to leave feeling happy and full.” —DUVINH TA
For the Foodie
SAN DIEGO BE THE U LT I M AT E TOUR GUIDE I N A M E R I C A’ S FINEST CITY
Where to Eat Good in the ‘Hood F OR T HE I S L A N D L OV ER Del Mar Celebrated for its oceanfront views, classic California vibes, and chefinspired cuisine, Jake’s Del Mar is a must for your time in San Diego. With curry and cumin roasted fish, surfing steak, and lobster tail, you’ll feel like you’re operating on island time. JAKE’S DEL MAR www.jakesdelmar.com
Breweries to Get Hoppy
JAKE’S DEL MAR
BIER GARDEN OF ENCINITAS 641 S Coast Hwy 101 Encinitas, CA 92024 760.632.2437 biergardenencinitas.com
Home to more than 1.4 million people, San Diego is perhaps less talked about than its California counterparts, Los Angeles and San Francisco. And yet, there’s something enchanting
NORTH PARK BEER CO. 3038 University Ave San Diego, CA 92104 619.225.2946 northparkbeerco.com
about America’s Finest City that draws people in. Perhaps it’s the incredible marine life and breathtaking beaches, or maybe it’s the abundance of authentic Mexican food and Tony Award-winning theaters. Whatever your reason for coming
PURE PROJECT BREWING 9030 Kenamar Dr, Ste 308 San Diego, CA 92121 858.252.6143 purebrewing.org
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GREEN FLASH BREWING CO. 6550 Mira Mesa Blvd San Diego, CA 92121 858.622.0085 greenflashbrew.com
F OR YOU R V EG A N M OM North Park What started as a speakeasy brunch featuring only vegan fare morphed into potluck vegan brunches, and eventually, Anthem Vegan was born. Serving up plant-based tacos, burgers and more, Anthem Vegan
offers some of the best vegan cuisine in the city. ANTHEM VEGAN www.anthemvegan.com
FO R Y O U R P ICK Y BRO THE R Point Loma, Liberty Station Liberty Public Market is home to over 30 local restaurants and retail vendors. Pick up a decadent lobster roll at Wicked Maine Lobster or relax with craft beer from Bottle Craft Liberty Station or cocktail from Mess Hall. LIBERTY PUBLIC MARKET www.libertypublicmarket.com
FO R Y O U R S O FTS E RVE QU E E N Kearny Mesa Tucked away in San Diego’s Convoy District, Angels & Hearts Harajuku Crêperie is a Japaneseinspired creperie and soft serve establishment. Try a shaved ice creation or do it for the ‘Gram with a photoworthy charcoal-caramel soft serve cone. ANGELS & HEARTS HARAJUKU CRÊPERIE @angelsandheartssd
For the Shopper Those Who Splurge or Ball on a Budget, Try out These Hotspots San Diego is known for its sun and surf, but there are also tons of places to shop during your stay. From small shops to luxe boutiques you’ll find everything you’re looking for (and a few you didn’t know you needed). From home decor to jewelry, Hi Sweetheart has it all! Their items start at around $5 so you’re sure to find items to give and to keep! Want a variety of shops to choose from? Visit The Headquarters where there’s something for everyone who’s coming to town. In the mood to treat yourself? Shop at Alexia María and wear your new, cute outfit for a night out in SD!
ALEXIA MARÍA 1261 Prospect St La Jolla, CA 92037 858.412.4120 www.alexiamaria.com
HI SWEETHEART 7920 Ivanhoe Ave La Jolla, CA 92037 858.729.1985 www.hi-sweets.com
THE HEADQUARTERS AT SEAPORT VILLAGE 849 W Harbor Dr San Diego, CA 92101 619.235.4014 www.seaportvillage.com
Photos - Jake’s Del Mar & Battle Axe San Diego: Bhadri Kubendran | North Park Beer Co. & Pure Project Brewing: Hayley Smith | The New Children’s Museum: Chris Woods
S EE S A N D I EGO According to Visit San Diego, 35 million people visited San Diego in 2017! Plus, 17.6 million were overnight guests and 17.4 million enjoyed a day visit.
C HA M PA G N E MAMI The #ChamPendry vending machine dispenses mini bottles so you don’t have to wait at the bar or leave the hotel. Visit the on-site Provisional Kitchen or Fifth & Rose to purchase a Moëtbranded gold coin to get your bubbly on.
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Stay Here Because You’ll Need a Good Night’s Rest After All the Fun S TAY HER E FO R T HE C HA M PAGNE V EN D I N G M A CHINE 0.9 Miles From City Center As the hottest new hotel in the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter, the Pendry has already won the hearts of locals and visitors alike. With six on-site dining and entertainment venues, you’d be remiss to not stay at Pendry San Diego.
BATTLE AXE SAN DIEGO
Play Here Bring the Fam Along to These SD Activities FOR T HE KIDDOS Downtown With a multitude of hands-on installations and activities for kids, The New Children’s Museum is a must if you’re traveling with kids. Let them explore Wobbleland or encourage them to get involved in the outdoor garden project.
FO R T H E C O O L C O US I N Gaslamp Quarter An upscale approach to the standard nightclub experience, Oxford Social Club is located at Pendry San Diego. With a seasonal cocktail menu, eclectic music and captivating ambiance, it’s the perfect place to end a night out on the town.
FOR T HE RISK TAK E R Mission Valley If you enjoy activities that get your adrenaline pumping, a visit to Battle Axe San Diego is in store. Like a game of darts with higher stakes, visitors throw axes at a wall, trying to hit a bullseye.
FO R T H E A DV E N T URE S E E K ER Escondido Located in Escondido, this spot will provide hours of entertainment for visitors of all ages with sightings of giraffes, rhinos, lions and more.
THE NEW CHILDREN’S MUSEUM www.thinkplaycreate.org
BATTLE AXE SAN DIEGO www.battleaxesd.com
TO U RIST TRAPS YOU C AN’T MISS
OXFORD SOCIAL CLUB www.theoxfordsd.com
THE SAN DIEGO ZOO SAFARI PARK www.sdzsafaripark.org
PENDRY SAN DIEGO 550 J St San Diego, CA 92101 619.738.7000 pendryhotels.com/san-diego
T HE G I F T OF C R EAT I V I T Y Head to the New Children’s Museum’s pop up shop to grab a fun and educational souvenir! With over 12 different vendors, you’ll find the perfect little something for your little one.
S TAY HER E FO R A N EXC L U S IV E A RT C OL L EC T I ON 0.3 Miles From City Center When you’re looking for a sophisticated stay in San Diego, look no further than the US Grant Hotel. The hotel originally opened in 1910 and remains an icon of class and exclusivity with impeccable dining, spa and entertainment services.
S TAY HE RE FO R THE RO M A NTIC CO U P L E S M A S S A GE S 9.5 Miles From City Center Just steps away from Pacific Beach, Tower23 Hotel is San Diego’s best kept secret. Home to JRDN, a bustling restaurant offering casual coastal fare, an indulgent spa and suites with ocean views, Tower23 Hotel is the place to stay with that special someone. TOWER23 HOTEL 723 Felspar St San Diego, CA 92109 858.270.2323 www.t23hotel.com
THE US GRANT 326 Broadway San Diego, CA 92101 619.232.3121 www.theusgrant.com
SEAWORLD 500 SeaWorld Dr San Diego, CA 92109 619.222.4732 www.seaworld.com/san-diego @seaworldsandiego
BALBOA PARK 1549 El Prado San Diego, CA 92101 619.239.0512 www.balboapark.org @balboapark
LEGOLAND 1 Legoland Dr Carlsbad, CA 92008 760.918.5346 www.legoland.com @legolandcalifornia
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HOTEL CASA DEL MAR 1910 Ocean Way Santa Monica, CA 90405 310.581.5533 www.hotelcasadelmar.com
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Close your eyes and imagine this: you’re soaking up sparkling ocean views of the Mediterranean in a private villa filled with gorgeous decor, a sun-filled interior and elegant surroundings. Wish this room could be yours forever? Open your eyes! Your dream is a reality at Hotel Casa Del Mar resort in Santa Monica. Not only can you experience this luxury in your own backyard, but you can bring it right to your humble abode with similar pieces. Designed and furnished by Santa Monica-based Rooms & Gardens, Hotel Casa Del Mar’s accommodations are the epitome of seaside chic. Take note, General Manager Charlie Lopez-Quintana is sharing his tips on how to recreate their upscale-casual and coastal vibe for your very own space.
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LET THERE BE LIGHT “Abundant, natural light is central to mastering the coastal chic motif. If your home is lacking large windows, create brightness with white or neutral walls, duvets, furniture or large mirrors.”
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Malta Lantern-Silver Finish in Grand $249 Pottery Barn www.potterybarn.com Giovanni Serving Tray $64.99 Wayfair www.wayfair.com
Annagrove Throw Pillow $42.99 Wayfair www.wayfair.com
Hollis Throw $119.80 Birch Lane www.birchlane.com
Marlena Antique Rectangular Mirror $399 Pottery Barn www.potterybarn.com Rivera Garden Stool $264.60 Birch Lane www.birchlane.com Mini Sago Floor Plant in Basket $68.99 Birch Lane www.birchlane.com
Celine Slipper Chair $183.99 Birch Lane www.birchlane.com
Cherita 100% Cotton Throw Pillow $33.99 Wayfair www.wayfair.com
GO BOLD OR GO HOME “Go bold with patterns on chairs, pillows and vases that incorporate your color scheme.” CLASSIC COMFORTS “Crisp white linens are an ideal canvas for plush, textured pillows and throws in rich colors and patterns. Don’t cut corners with your linens.”
Not only can you experience this luxury in your own backyard, but you can bring it right to your humble abode with similar pieces.
7 STAY NEUTRAL “Subtle hues of blue and whites are often read as a neutral, which makes them easy to introduce into a number of styles. These multipurpose accents can be used in a number of places around the home for a timeless look.”
MAKE IT BIG “Mirrors make small spaces feel larger. Make an entire wall in the powder room mirrored, or swap out closet doors for mirrored ones.” LOCALE MAGAZINE 59
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Close your eyes and picture paradise. White sand beaches, cerulean waves and endless time to relax and explore as you see fit. Can you imagine it? Your dream destination probably looks a lot like Cabo San Lucas. The stunning Mexican location is home to opulent resorts, none of which are more sought after than Marquis Los Cabos Resort & Spa and OMNIA Los Cabos. Letâ€™s explore!
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MARQUIS LOS CABOS RESORT & SPA Carretera Transpeninsular 21.5km Fracc. Cabo Real, San José del Cabo Baja California Sur, Mexico 23400 877.238.9399 www.marquisloscabos.com
TAKE A CHILL PILL Marquis Los Cabos "Marquis Los Cabos is the perfect spot for honeymooners, romantic getaways, friends' retreats and more. It’s a universal getaway—a place to reconnect with loved ones and yourself.”
Photography Provided By: Marquis Los Cabos Resort & Spa
—PAMELA LLONIN, DIRECTOR OF SALES
Resort & Spa Will Bring Out Your Inner Cool Kid After arriving at Marquis Los Cabos Resort & Spa, an all-adult, all-suite resort, you might never want to leave. This stunning accommodation is located near the southernmost tip of the Baja California Peninsula, just minutes away from San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas, and alongside the crashing waves of the Sea of Cortez. The luxury property features a sunrise and sunset infinity pool, original Latin American artwork and an utterly pampering, full-service spa. Seven outstanding dining locations, ranging from sit-down restaurants serving fresh ceviche to casual eateries preparing pizza poolside, are on site to make your stay as accommodating and delicious as possible. Your stay at Marquis Los Cabos Resort & Spa will be reinvigorating and indulgent, and with 24-hour room service available, how could you possibly pass up a visit to this dream destination?
WORK OF ART
SKIP THE CUCUMBERS
• Explore an on-site art gallery that features more than 400 pieces of work by Latin American artists. The property’s public spaces also include captivating sculptures, paintings and pottery.
• You’ll want to enjoy this view while you relax. The property’s spa features a massive fitness room and 10 stunning treatment rooms, all of which include sizable windows with ocean views.
CHILL POOLSIDE • Relax at the poolside restaurant, Dos Mares, and enjoy seven different ceviche varieties. Each dish is representative of a different region in Mexico or South America.
HOLE IN ONE • Looking to work on your game? Take advantage of Marquis’ golfing partnership with the Cabo Real Golf Club. You can also come out swinging at the on-property tennis court.
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OMNIA CABO Vidanta Los Cabos Boulevard San José s/n Lote 12 Campo de Golf San José del Cabo, Baja California Sur, México C.P 23406 800.887.0376 omniaclubs.com/los-cabos
VIVA LA MUSICA OMNIA Cabo Invites “OMNIA Los Cabos is very exciting for us, as it is one of the first day clubs for the brand. We thoughtfully designed the venue to be an oasis in the desert of Los Cabos.”
Photography Provided By: OMNIA Los Cabos
—CHRIS LABARBERA, DIRECTOR OF MARKETING
You to Shake Off Your Worries on the Dance Floor Located at Vidanta Los Cabos, OMNIA Cabo creates a world-class clubbing experience that can’t be beat. Nestled alongside the mesmerizing Sea of Cortez, the Hakkasan Group has developed a seaside club around a luxury pool, at which guests can come to see internationally-acclaimed DJs, book VIP cabanas complete with private pools and enjoy some of the most indulgent dining opportunities in Los Cabos. Those looking to celebrate a special occasion can not only receive the ultimate VIP treatment, but also opt for customized embellishments such as engraved bottles for celebratory bottle service, custom apparel and more.
DJ’S GOT US FALLIN’ IN LOVE • OMNIA Cabo is the best destination in Mexico to see world-renowned DJs. Headliners like Steve Aoki, Calvin Harris, Thomas Jack and ZEDD have brought highenergy sets to the seaside location.
ON ANOTHER LEVEL • Located at Vidanta Los Cabos, OMNIA Cabo guests are invited to experience breathtaking architecture throughout the property—including the OMNIA Skywalk and outdoor terrace, which provide the perfect backdrop for coveted Instagram pictures and swoon-worthy snaps.
WHAT THE FORK! • The Hakkasan Group is responsible for bringing two incredible restaurants to the venue—Herringbone and Casa Calavera. Herringbone offers fresh, locally-sourced ingredients and an air of elegance, whereas Casa Calavera provides a more casual, beachside feel with a mouthwatering menu full of Mexican drinks and delights.
COASTAL COCKTAILS • Swim up to SHOREbar, an open air pavilion, to sip on craft cocktails, enjoy ocean views and strike up good conversation with other guests all while sticking your feet in one of the resort’s main pools.
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ESCAPE “Nothing helps us un-stick like getting outside and exploring somewhere new.” —Caroline Lee
JUST GET OUT • “Nothing helps us un-stick like getting outside and exploring somewhere new. Even staying local and checking out a neighborhood you’ve never been to can be a fruitful way to get inspired!” —Caroline Lee 2
PIN IT • “We first gather a ton of inspiration images on Pinterest, then we create a vision board by selecting the top photos that represent our final intention for a project.” —Caroline Lee
ANNE SAGE, CAROLINE LEE & ht Lab Co-Founders of Lig
• “Before you think about how you want your space to look, identify all the ways you want it to make you feel! Once you come up with an intention for the space, use it to guide your design decisions.” —Caroline Lee
LIGHT LAB’S FOUNDERS ARE SHARING HOW TO MAKE YOUR HOUSE GLOW
WRITTEN BY: KIERSTEN MORRIS PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED BY: ECHO & EARL, MONICA WANG PHOTOGRAPHY
“Be sure to consider all your senses when decorating. Design is visual, but it’s also about the way a knit throw feels to the touch.”—Anne Sage
Inspiration Spectrum • “We love the history of art and design and love to imagine contemporary iterations of iconic motifs,” Sage said. “At the other end of the inspiration spectrum, we ask, ‘What’s something we’ve never seen before?’ and then go from there!”
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Light Up a Room
FOLLOW YOUR HEART
Collectively run by Co-Founders Anne Sage and Caroline Lee, Light Lab is a creative studio and event venue where you can have a photoshoot or host an event. These two eclectic and free-spirited women have a knack for turning spaces into bright, vibrant and vintage-inspired backdrops for people to envision and create their own magic. Now, they’re sharing their tricks of the trade so you can create your own magic, too!
Favorite Project • Their studio makeover for Lee’s sister. With an open-minded client and amazing brands to partner with, they were able to push the boundaries and create a colorful, sophisticated space.
SEE THE END GOAL • “The most important tip we suggest is to have a clear vision from the outset of any project! That way, you’ll have a filter to run all your decisions through down the line.” —Anne Sage
FEEL IT OUT • “Be sure to consider all your senses when decorating. Design is visual, but it’s also about the way a knit throw feels to the touch or the way a vintage leather chair smells when you sit in it.” —Anne Sage
“Before you think about how you want your space to look, identify all the ways you want it to make you feel!” —Caroline Lee
LIGHT LAB 3405 Glendale Blvd, Ste D Los Angeles, CA 90039 213.545.1976 www.lightlabla.com
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Y OU YOU HER E Weekenders, eat your heart out! Greater Palm Springs has a wealth of outstanding warm-weather resorts ideal for your next getaway. Here, itâ€™s warm, sunny and endlessly summer. Pack your bags and book your tickets, these four properties are the perfect combination of location, service, decor and desert charm.
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AT YOUR SERVICE
FOR THE SOCIAL BUTTERFLIES ARRIVE Palm Springs
ARRIVE is built for the neighborhood in the Uptown District Palm Springs, and prides itself on being a lively social intersection for visitors and locals. The 32-room boutique hotel’s innovative design and spectacular mountain views immerse visitors and locals in the food, drinks and lifestyle that typically define the desert. For the sun-worshipping kind, and to further bring the community together, you will find a large, central pool area surrounded by the popular private cabanas, a bocce court and games area, communal fire pits and spa. Poolside movies are provided for guests the last Friday each month. See you around the neighborhood!
DESIGN DETAILS • Designed by Chris Pardo, a co-founder of ARRIVE, the hotel’s architecture is a nod to midcentury modern design with an open, inviting plan to foster a sense of community.
• Check-in is at the bar. Start your stay on the right foot with a welcome drink and easy text messaging for anything the staff can help you with. CAFFEINE FIX • Cartel Coffee is making its way from Arizona to Palm Springs this November! Your next cup of coffee at ARRIVE will be carefully curated and give you the energy you need to have a fun-filled stay. SWEET TREAT • The property houses the delicious Ice Cream & Shop(pe), offering gourmet ice cream desserts—flavors changing every day—for when you get that sweet tooth. DELI DE-LIGHTS
ARRIVE is built for the neighborhood in the Uptown District Palm Springs, and prides itself on being a lively social intersection for visitors and locals.
• Wexler’s Deli is venturing outside of LA for the first time and opening a new location at ARRIVE Palm Springs this fall. The popular, modern Jewish deli will be serving breakfast, lunch and dinner from a menu mixed with classics and new items.
The 32-room boutique hotel’s innovative design and spectacular mountain views immerses visitors and locals in the food, drinks and lifestyle that typically define the desert.
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FOR THE R&R SEEKERS Miramonte Indian Wells Resort & Spa
GOING GREEN • Play golf on your choice of two premier 18-hole courses, both ranked in the Top 25 “Best Municipal Courses in the United States.”
Nestled in the foothills of the Santa Rosa Mountains, Miramonte Indian Wells Resort & Spa is a serene, intimate location for weddings or any special occasions, especially in October. The exquisite resort is near many golf courses, Palm Desert’s prestigious El Paseo and close to Palm Springs. You will be delighted with guest rooms with modern decor in spacious suites with home-like conveniences. Treat yourself at Citrus & Palm Restaurant, their farm-to-table haven and the resort’s world-class spa, the award-winning Well Spa, which provides a tranquil environment to rejuvenate your mind, body and soul. Breathe in relaxation, breathe out stress; you’re on Miramonte time now.
• Treat yourself to an experience at the Well Spa. Enjoy the Rain Therapy Massage that incorporates essential oils to reduce fatigue and calm the nervous system, or the Himalayan Salt Stone Mineral Massage to soothe your stress and re-energize your body. HAPPIEST HOUR • The Tavern Bar is a comfortable lounge ideal for toasting the end of a relaxing day. Enjoy handcrafted cocktails inside or take them out on the patio overlooking the Santa Rosa Mountains. Happy hour is from 2-6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Enjoy live music every Friday and Saturday night. FARM-TO-TABLE FOODIE
Nestled in the foothills of the Santa Rosa Mountains, Miramonte Indian Wells Resort & Spa is a serene, intimate location for weddings or any special occasions, especially in October.
• Citrus & Palm Restaurant Executive Chef Paul Hancock utilizes items grown on the property, as well as from partnerships with local farmers, to provide one of the best Indian Wells farm-to-table cuisine dining experiences.
Treat yourself at Citrus & Palm Restaurant, their farm-to-table haven and the resort’s world-class spa, the award-winning Well Spa, which provides a tranquil environment to rejuvenate your mind, body and soul.
WEDDING BELLS • With 11 acres nestled in lush outdoor settings, Miramonte provides a combined 35,000 square feet of wedding space for the celebration of your dreams.
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FOR THE EXPLORER
NIGHT ON THE TOWN • VillageFest is right out the front door, stroll the weekly street fair for great food, art and activities.
Hyatt Palm Springs
• Go ahead, bring that extra suitcase. All rooms at the Hyatt Palm Springs are suites, large enough for family (or spare shoes) with king-size or two queen beds, marble bathrooms and private balconies. GAME ON • Participate in some friendly competition over giant chess and Jenga, ping pong and cornhole on the pool deck.
A true travelers hotel, the Hyatt Palm Springs is a perfect place to visit any time of year. The hotel’s unparalleled location is right where the action is in downtown Palm Springs within walking distance of shops, restaurants and entertainment—especially the weekly VillageFest street fair. Embraced by desert warmth, Hyatt Palm Springs grabs your attention year-round with its outdoor pool and whirlpool hot tub, well-designed cabanas and 197 beautiful suites with private balconies for enjoying breathtaking views of gorgeous desert sunsets. Wind down with in-room spa services, their 24-hour gym or an evening bike ride from their complimentary bike rentals.
OUTDOOR SIPPIN’ • Take your cocktail hour outdoors at the Hoodoo Cocktail Garden with a daily happy hour from 4:30-6 p.m. complete with chefpicked nibbles, cocktails, wine and beer. SUNSET TOAST
A true travelers hotel, the Hyatt Palm Springs is a perfect place to visit any time of year.
• Toast to the best getaway ever at the Hyatt’s Sunset Celebration where you can meet management, other guests and enjoy complimentary wine, beer or cocktail of the day paired with light bites.
Embraced by desert warmth, Hyatt Palm Springs grabs your attention year-round with its outdoor pool and whirlpool hot tub, well-designed cabanas and 197 beautiful suites with private balconies.
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READY, SET, OHM • Practice your meditation at one of the incredible indoor or outdoor yoga locations. Morning yoga, anyone?
La Quinta Resort & Club
The La Quinta Resort & Club, a luxury Waldorf Astoria Resort, is your total oasis for relaxation located in the Coachella Valley. Set within 45 acres, it’s a vacationer’s paradise with nine golf courses (four semi-private), a world-class spa, yoga retreats, 23 tennis courts and 41 climatecontrolled pools (yeah, you read that right). The Spa La Quinta provides a peaceful sanctuary for optimal well-being and vitality. You’ll be delighted with seven outstanding restaurant choices (Adobe Grill, Centre Court Café, MD Grill, Morgan’s in the Desert, Ernie’s, Twenty6, and Wallaby’s West). Consider a stay during the upcoming holiday season. You’ll love the lush surroundings and warm nods to the merriest time of year around the property— especially the 50 foot tree that welcomes guests at the resort lobby. Consider a stay during the upcoming holiday season. You’ll love the lush surroundings and warm nods to the merriest time of year around the property.
LET ME UPGRADE YA • In 1926, the La Quinta Hotel welcomed its initial guests on its 1,400 acres of land offering only 20 guest casitas. Over the past 92 years, the resort has grown from those original 20 to nearly 800 casitas, suites and villas. HOLLYWOOD GLAMOUR • The resort became a special escape for Hollywood stars like Clark Gable, Greta Garbo and a script-writing retreat for Director Frank Capra. FEEL THE RHYTHM • Enjoy live music on the open-air plaza and imbibe in hand-crafted signature cocktails. PUPPY POWER • Bringing your pup? The resort is pet friendly with a bone on arrival and a pet spa.
Set within 45 acres, it’s a vacationer’s paradise with nine golf courses (four semi-private), a worldclass spa, yoga retreats, 23 tennis courts and 41 climate-controlled pools (yeah, you read that right).
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FOODIE CO CKTA IL S / / / D E S I G N / / / N U TR I TI O N
B.S. TAQUERIA Tradition With a Twist
Chef Ray Garcia’s Creative Menu Comes to Life With Dynamic Interior Design
EXPERTS Chefs Go Head to Head With Seasonal Ingredients
B.S. TAQUERIA Learn the Inspo Behind the Design of the Popular Mexican Eatery
PROFILE Here's Why Gem Vitamins Is About to Take Over Your Medicine Cabinet
FEATURE Spice Up Your Traditional Holiday Drinks
MEALS DECONSTRUCTED The Stacked Enchiladas at Panxa Cocina Are a Nod to the Chef’s Roots
B.S. TAQUERIA 514 W 7th St Los Angeles, CA 90014 213.622.3744 www.bstaqueria.com PHOTO BY: Victoria Wall Harris
COOK OF F
WRITTEN BY: JARONE ASHKENAZI PHOTOGRAPHED BY: VICTORIA WALL HARRIS & CHARLIE CHIPMAN
Local Chefs Show Off Their Take on Seasonal Ingredients
Chefs in California are lucky to have bountiful produce year-round, but this fall, these four chefs are focusing on the best of the season’s harvest: sweet potato and squash. Locals and travelers revel in the bountiful farm-fresh and seasonal ingredients chefs prepare in Los Angeles, and we reached out to some of the city’s very best to see what they have cooking in their kitchens. Creating a dish with their own unique twist, Chefs Lunetta and Dreux Ellis accepted the challenge of a dish centered around squash while Chefs Gonzalez and Aliaga tackled the sweet potato.
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Squash It WOOD GRILLED SHORT RIB INGREDIENTS
DRINK THIS W I T H T H AT • Order the Tired But Wired! This drink has Blanco tequila, Mezcal, chamomile-tumeric syrup, lime, Blackstrap bitters and coconut cream
• Herb Roasted Zephyr Squash • Caramelized Celery Root • Parsley Gremolata • Natural au Jus • Horseradish Cream • Celery • Shaved Red Onion Salad
FA M I LY R O O T S • Chef Lunetta was born and raised in Southern California, but his culinary influences stem from his parents’ French and Italian backgrounds. TWO SIDES TO THE STORY • Lunetta is two restaurants in one. Lunetta All Day is their daytime diner serving all-day breakfast, lunch and dinner. In the evening, the restaurant becomes Lunetta At Night and The Moon Bar—serving rustic cuisine and handcrafted cocktails. LUNETTA 2424 Pico Blvd Santa Monica, CA 90405 310.581.9888 www.lunettasm.com
RAPHAEL LUNETTA Chef and Owner of Lunetta Dining Room & Bar
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GETTIN’ SAUCY “The bright and aromatic parsley gremolata and rich sauce bring out the essence and freshness to the dish.”
LIVIN LA VIDA SOCAL “I enjoy using what Southern California has to offer with incredible local produce and influences from all around the world.”
Wood Grilled Short Rib
I am Inspired: Butternut Squash and Truffle Mushroom Risotto
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• Chef Dreux Ellis suggests pairing the risotto with Eastern Medicine, a cocktail with Japanese whiskey, yuzu, ginger, raw honey and a peated mist.
I AM INSPIRED: BUTTERNUT SQUASH AND TRUFFLE MUSHROOM RISOTTO INGREDIENTS • Butternut Squash • Carnaroli Rice • House-Made Mushroom Broth • Shallots • Oyster • Shiitake • Trumpet Mushrooms • Black Truffle Salt • Smoky Cashew Sour Cream Photoshoot Location: GRATITUDE 419 N Canon Dr Beverly Hills, CA 90210 424.389.1850 www.cafegratitude.com
I TA L I A N I N S P I R AT I O N • Before leading the development and execution of the organic, plant-based menu at all Café Gratitude locations, Chef Dreux Ellis spent nine years training and cooking in Venice, Italy. KISS THE GROUND • In 2013, Café Gratitude Co-Owner Ryland Engelhart attended a conference on using soil as a solution to climate change. He then created Kiss the Ground, a collaboration project to educate and motivate the community to build healthy soil.
SEIZAN DREUX ELLIS Executive Chef of Café Gratitude and Gratitude Restaurants
ALL ABOUT RISOTTO “We added risotto to the menu as it is the perfect comfort food for autumn and a great way to feature seasonal produce like butternut squash and new crop mushrooms.”
TIS’ THE SEASON FOR VEGGIES “Featuring risotto on the menu allows me to feature Arancini, fried risotto balls, filled with more delicious seasonal vegetables— [they] are always a crowd-pleaser on our happy hour menus.”
NEXT BEST “The smokey cashew sour cream is a great non-dairy alternative, and it’s made with a probiotic so you still get the health benefits of fermentation.” LOCALE MAGAZINE 83
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The Sweet Stuff RICOTTA CAVATELLI INGREDIENTS
DRINK THIS W I T H T H AT • Chef Gonzalez’ drink pairing of choice is the Cedar Smoked Old Fashioned, made up of bourbon, simple syrup and bitters, then garnished with an orange peel, luxardo cherry and cedar smoke.
• Sweet Potato Puree • Oven-Roasted Rosemary Sweet Potatoes • CitrusMarinated Salmon • Grilled Asparagus • Micro-Rainbow Greens • Apple Cider Gastric • Rosemary • Thyme
FRISKY WHISKEY • Steak & Whisky offers over 278 different types of whiskey to choose from—drink up! DREAM TEAM • Steak & Whisky is the fifth collaboration from dream team Jed Sanford and Tin Vuong, the executive chefowner duo of popular Little Sister and Abigaile.
STEAK & WHISKY 117 Pier Ave Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 310.318.5555 www.steakandwhisky.com
JAVIER GONZALEZ Chef De Cuisine at Steak & Whisky
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S TAY F R E S H “I tried to keep everything fresh and light, so a citrusmarinated salmon came into the dish.”
FA L L I N L O V E “What inspired me was fall and different flavors that reminded me of fall. I looked to seasonal herbs to help enhance the sweet potato.”
Sweet Potato Veggie Burger
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Photographed By: Charlie Chipman
SWEET POTATO VEGGIE BURGER INGREDIENTS: • Sweet Potato • Sweet Potato Bun • Fennel • Cilantro • Carrots • Onions • Celery • Bread Crumbs • Eggs
• Chef Aliaga suggests pairing the dish with Salt Bae by Los Angeles Ale Works. The refreshing pilsner is brewed with kosher salt and lime. “The slight saltiness balances out the sweet potato while the lime complements the cilantro.” EUROPEAN BEGINNINGS • Chef Aliaga went to culinary school in Europe and spent a few years in Italy honing his craft before moving to the US to be part of The Rockefeller, where he made his way to executive chef. LOCAL LIVING • The Rockefeller ownership team puts a huge emphasis on their love for the South Bay community. Born and raised there, they associate the community with much of their success.
THE ROCKEFELLER 418 Pier Ave Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 310.372.8467 www.eatrockefeller.com
MICHELANGELO ALIAGA Executive Chef at The Rockefeller
MO’ OPTIONS, MO’ DISHES “[California] gives us a wide range of fresh vegetables, which is a pleasure to work with when crafting a menu.”
U P T O PA R “As Rockefeller is famous for its burgers, I wanted to offer a veggie burger that was up to the level of the others.”
KEEPIN’ IT REAL “To create the illusion of a veggie burger to look and taste like a meat burger, I think, is the first mistake because the flavors of the vegetables are unique... As a chef, I believe we are fortunate to cook with everything California has to offer.” LOCALE MAGAZINE 85
“When we design, it’s directly related to what the chef will be cooking. It hits the notes and tone of what’s happening on the plate.” —Jason St. John
B.S. TAQUERIA 514 W 7th St Los Angeles, CA 90014 213.622.3744 www.bstaqueria.com
YOU’ VE GOT TO TRY THI S!
• You’ll want to sink your teeth into the Beet Torta. “Ours showcases beet milanesa, Kewpie mayonnaise and seasonal escabeche on a telera roll we make in-house,” said Chef Garcia. Add a side of their tongue-in-cheek version of Rice and Beans with puffed wild rice and two types of fried white beans, and to top it off? Chef Garcia suggests ending on a sweet note. “Churros are a staple Mexican dessert, but ours are lighter and crispier,” he said.
Tradition With a Twist CHEF RAY GARCIA’S CREATIVE MENU COMES TO LIFE WITH DYNAMIC INTERIOR DESIGN WRITTEN BY: JENNIFER PELLERITO • PHOTOGRAPHED BY: VICTORIA WALL HARRIS
There’s a time and place for authentic Mexican food—just as there is a time and place to throw tradition to the wind. B.S. Taqueria hits both notes by celebrating Mexican flavors while creating its own uniquely Los Angeleno approach. Step inside, and you’ll
find an awe-inspiring design that matches the glory of Chef Ray Garcia’s tantalizing dishes. “When we design, it’s directly related to what the chef will be cooking. It hits the notes and tone of what’s happening on the plate,” says Jason St. John of Bells + Whistles interior design firm, who, alongside Co-Founder Barbara Rourke, formulated the concept behind the interior. “We wanted it
to feel like it was someone’s home. It’s more authentic than just, ‘Oh, this is what Mexican restaurants are: chips, salsa and sombreros.’” St. John and Rourke crafted their vision by calling on motifs rooted in Mexico’s rich and legendary history. For the back patio dining area, the designers created the illusion of the outdoors by constructing a wooden pergola engulfed in a canopy of lights and leaves.
NATI VE KNOWL EDGE
• In 2013, Chef Ray Garcia was praised by the late and acclaimed LA Times food critic Jonathan Gold, who said, “If you could design a perfect chef for Los Angeles, he might seem a lot like Ray Garcia.”
Exposed lightbulbs peek out from a ceiling of vines, matching walls painted with a rowdy mural of cacti and other untamed vegetation. Bold colors, serapepatterned pillows and handpainted pottery make the rest of the interior flow seamlessly. Look up and you’ll find a collection of molinillos, traditional wooden whisks used to make hot chocolate, hanging from the ceiling. Each molinillo features
its own star-like pattern, creating an unusual element when combined all together. “For most of our projects, we tend to use black and white or more natural color palettes, so it was a fun experience for us to really go for it with vibrant colors,” says Rourke. “It’s an homage to the spirit of Mexico.”
H AT A W
G E M How the Founder of GEM Took Matters and Minerals Into Her Own Hands WRITTEN BY: AUBREY FREITAS PHOTOGRAPHED BY: TAE KWON PRODUCT PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED BY: GEM
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GEM www.dailygem.co Photoshoot Location: PARAMOUNT COFFEE PROJECT AT ROW DTLA 1320 E 17th St, Ste 100 Los Angeles, CA 90021 213.372.5305 www.pcpfx.com
SARA CULLEN FOUNDER OF GEM
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S I G H T- S E E R • “I’ve traveled to more than 40 countries,” Cullen said. Her favorite? “The most magical place [was] Myanmar.”
“ I H A D A LW AY S BEEN A SKEPTIC O F V I TA M I N S , B U T [AFTER] LEARNING I HAD BEEN DEFICIENT IN KEY NUTRIENTS I TURNED TO S U P P L E M E N TAT I O N TO HELP FILL THE
There’s nothing more important than taking care of our health. With health-consciousness at an all-time high, there’s been an upswing of positive changes brought about by yoga, meditation and physical wellness practices. But Sara Cullen, CEO and founder of GEM, has made it her mission to change the way we talk, and think, about vitamins. Cullen is one of the masterminds creating better ways to live a healthy lifestyle with her femalefocused vitamin brand, which is shaking up the vitamin industry with a new shape, transparent ingredients and real food.
G A P S I N M Y D I E T.” —SARA CULLEN
NEW IN TOWN • Cullen only moved to LA less than a year ago, but she’s already enjoying the Southern California way of life by learning how to surf. P E T PA L • Cullen is no stranger to living with pets—she grew up with more than 15 different species, including a peacock!
GEM started in 2017 when Cullen was going through her own intense health journey which included breakouts, inflammation, testing out new diets, months of allergy tests and, eventually, taking vitamins—all of which were unsuccessful in relieving her ailments. But, the lack of a solution sparked the idea to start her own entrepreneurial journey. “I had always been a skeptic of vitamins, but [after] learning I had been deficient in key nutrients I turned to supplementation to help fill the gaps in my diet,” said Cullen. This turn to vitamins led her to be shocked at how unregulated the vitamin industry was—full of artificial, synthetic, over90 LOCALE MAGAZINE
“I COULDN’T FIND A N Y T H I N G I T R U ST E D, SO I DECIDED TO B U I L D M Y O W N .” —SARA CULLEN
“I HOPE BY S E E I N G V I TA M I N S IN A DIFFERENT F O R M AT T H E Y N OT O N LY Q U E S T I O N W H AT A V I TA M I N SHOULD LOOK L I K E B U T W H AT
INGREDIENTS • CHLORELLA • CURRY LEAVES • PUMPKIN SEEDS • MUSHROOMS • ASHWAGAHNDA HERB • COCONUT • RED ALGAE • SEA MINERALS • SPIRULINA • D AT E S • QUINOA • CHIA SEEDS • CHICKPEAS
T H E Y ’ R E M A D E O F, WHERE THEY COME FROM AND HOW T H E Y ’ R E B U I LT.” —SARA CULLEN
processed, mislabeled junk—and motivated her to propose an empowering, transparent solution. “I couldn’t find anything I trusted, so I decided to build my own,” stated Cullen. “My obsession led me to figure out ways in which we can better diversify and complete our nutrition with real food in cleaner, more delicious ways.” Forty prototypes later, GEM was born. They chose a name that would evoke what the brand is at its core—a gem. Cullen followed her passion for women’s health and nutrition to make supplements that aren’t branded as diet pills or a way to get skinny, but rather a way to better nourish the body. “Women have different anatomies than men,” said Cullen, “We need different things. We need to nourish ourselves differently.” GEM vitamins are here to create a supplement that raises women up, instead of beat them down. Cullen added, “A healthier, more empowered womankind is better for everyone.” GEM is completely transparent with their ingredients and, unlike other supplements on the market, they are regulated by the FDA, “because we’re real food,” emphasized Cullen. “Women always know what they’re putting in their bodies when they take GEM,” she added.
A lot of products brag about how they stand out from the rest, but GEM sets itself apart from the wave of traditional and unregulated supplements from the very moment you open the container. You won’t find the familiar capsules or gummies you’ve taken in the past. Instead, you’ll find a cube of 100 percent real food, real nutrition and real health. “I hope by seeing vitamins in a different format they not only question what a vitamin should look like, but what they’re made of, where they come from and how they’re built,” said Cullen. GEM has come a long way from launching their first of 40 prototypes. What’s new in GEM vitamins’ journey? They just launched their 30-day monthly subscription packs in September with two flavors—peppermint and lemon, and are constantly brewing up new ideas. They’re a brand to watch for many reasons: their passion for improving and nourishing women’s lives, their trailblazing efforts in creating a real and true vitamin, and, of course, their fearless leader, Sara Cullen.
POUR DECISIONS THESE COCKTAILS ARE SURE TO SHAKE UP YOUR HOLIDAY SEASON
WRITTEN BY: EMILY TORRES PHOTOGRAPHED BY: LESLIE GROW STYLED BY: JACLYN KERSHEK AND JESSICA BOONE
Temperatures sink while the party turns up every holiday season. While we don’t typically play bartender on the daily, ‘tis the season to test out some new recipes. That’s why we’re gifting you an exclusive guide to our favorite spiked holiday beverages that will impress every party guest. Trust us: these cocktails are anything but “pour” decisions—no matter the occasion. So, read on, prep that Insta filter for your photogenic party favors and let’s start (responsibly) shaking it up this season!
Trust us: these cocktails are anything but “pour” decisions—no matter the occasion.
APPLE OF MY EYE Can’t make it to the apple orchards for some fresh fall apples (or more importantly, apple pie and cider)? This cocktail serves up fall in a cup, and is the next best thing. It’s sweet, spicy and packs a punch.
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Hot Apple DEW Ingredients:
» 2 oz. Tullamore DEW Original
» Preheat your favorite coffee mug or glass
» 0.5 oz. Honey » Hot Apple Juice or Apple Cider (if using cider, reduce whiskey to 1.5 oz.) » 2-3 Cloves Studded » Orange Peel
» Add Tullamore DEW, honey, hot apple juice or cider and mix well » Garnish with 2-3 cloves, orange peel and cinnamon stick
» Cinnamon Stick
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WHITE CHRISTMAS We may never see a white Christmas in Southern California, so we are making our own. This hand-crafted wintery eggnog punch steps up the Christmas-time cocktail game with a nutty, cream flavor that speaks for itself.
â€˜Tis the season to test out some new recipes.
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Spiked Eggnog Punch Ingredients:
» 1 c. Sailor Jerry Rum
» Separate egg whites and yolks
» 5 Large Eggs, Separated
» In a large bowl, whip sugar and yolks together
» ½ c. Granulated Sugar » 2 c. Heavy Cream » 3 tsp. Almond Extract » 3 tsp. Vanilla Extract » ½ tsp. Nutmeg » ½ tsp. Allspice (Makes 10 servings)
» Add in cream, almond extract, vanilla extract and allspice » In a separate bowl, whip the egg whites until they form peaks » Gently fold egg whites into the mix » Pour in Sailor Jerry Rum and mix in » Refrigerate for one hour » Garnish with nutmeg and serve with a ladle
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SWEET TOOTH Cozying up by the fire with a piping cup of hot cocoa is one of our favorite Christmas memories. So, weâ€™ve updated it with some adult fun thrown in. This new winter classic cocktail is both salty and sweet, and totally delicious.
[It's] both salty and sweet, and totally delicious.
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The Sailor Jerr y Hot Chocolate Ingredients:
» 1 oz. Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum
» Heat milk and dark hot chocolate until combined smooth
» 1 oz. Butterscotch Schnapps » 1 ½ c. Almond Milk » 3 Parts Dark Hot Chocolate » Dash of Sea Salt » Whipped Cream » Cinnamon
» Add Sailor Jerry Rum, butterscotch schnapps and sea salt and stir » Serve in a tall mug and garnish with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon
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Chef Arthur Gonzales Is Creating Dishes That Will Tantalize Your Taste Buds
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PANXA COCINA 3937 E Broadway Long Beach, CA 90803 562.433.7999 www.panxacocina.com
In Chef Gonzalesâ€™ cooking, there are no shortcuts, no cheat codes. Each dish at Panxa embodies time, balance and purpose.
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Stacked Enchiladas Deconstructed
Hatch Green Chile
Chimayó Red Chile
Hatch Green Chile Sauce
Braised Short Rib
House-Made Corn Tortillas
Must-Try Sides • Panxa Cocina’s borracho bean side is made up of beer-stewed pinto beans, ham hock, chorizo and bacon. Trust us, you won’t want to skip out on these.
Walk This Way? No, Huacatay • Chef Gonzales sources his ingredients from a local farm and has them grow specific things for him like huacatay, a Peruvian, mint-like herb that can be used dry, fresh or made into a paste.
“Find your niche, find what really gets you motivated and you just go after that.”
Puppy Pals • Panxa loves pups. They have a delicious dog menu and host a Mimosas and Mutts event every third Saturday of the month, offering halfpriced Champagne and free ceviche. Breaking Bad • Chef’s favorite TV show is “Breaking Bad,” which made it all the more special when he was chosen to cook for the cast in the Winnebago for their Omaze charity experience.
—CHEF ARTHUR GONZALES
As a first generation
American, Chef Arthur Gonzales is making his mark in the restaurant world through combining his German heritage with his Oaxacan roots to create his very own brand
of food that is authentically inauthentic in fusion. Born and raised in Southern California, Chef Arthur’s introduction to gastronomy took place in his childhood kitchen where his grandmother artfully crafted a symphony of sabores (Spanish for “flavors”) each and every night. It was here that Chef realized his affinity for food was much more than just an interest. “I felt like I had a story to tell,” he said. And thus his journey began.
After an injury left him sidelined at his firefighter job, Gonzales decided to enter the wild world of restaurant work. As the story goes, he started as a dishwasher and slowly worked his way up, taking advantage of any extra work he could get his hands on to prove himself worthy of the big leagues. He educated himself through experience, soaking up any advice he received like beer to a borracho bean. “Every chef finds their place in the kitchen, whether you’re a sous chef, a banquet chef [or] an executive chef,” Gonzales said. “Find your niche, find what really gets you motivated and you just go after that.” He did. And Chef Gonzales’ culinary quest led him to critically-acclaimed chef, Eric Distefano. The two became fast friends culminating in Gonzales being named chef de cuisine at Distefano’s successful New Mexico restaurant, Geronimo. The Santa Fe way of life seared itself into Chef Gonzales’ soul, and its culture inspired him on a personal and professional level. Eventually, Chef’s appetite for autonomy was sated with the opening of his restaurant Panxa in 2015. When you walk into Panxa (pronounced pawn-zah), you are transported to a whimsical world of war horses, wildly creative dishes—like the Stacked Enchiladas—and a window into Chef Gonzales’ mind. The name Panxa, which is Catalan for belly, provides that additional x-factor (literally and figuratively). “We were all just sitting around one day and someone asked the question ‘How do you want your food to affect people?’” said Gonzales. “The first thing it affects is their belly—and it just kind of evolved from there. There’s a huge Spanish influence in the Southwest so I looked up the definition and thought it fit.” The menu at Panxa is a mezcla or mixture of mixtos tequila and moles and margaritas—oh my! When it comes to creating a dish, Chef Gonzales is always changing, experimenting and improving.
To him, the evolution of a dish is never complete. When it comes to creating the perfect paradox of a simple yet complex dish, there is no better example on the menu than the Stacked Enchiladas. This is a dish that embodies the essence of Gonzales with each layer of flavor another chapter to his story. “This dish is my interpretation [of a classic] with my own influences,” explained Gonzales. The dish, served a la carte, combines impossiblytender, eight-hour braised short rib perched on tortillas made in-house and then stacked, almost like a New Mexico version of a Napoleon. Each layer is delicately dusted with cotija, a Parmesanlike cheese that gives the dish an unmistakable umami, and a confetti of queso Oaxaca. The stack comes swimming in a red and green sauce mirroring the Mexican flag as a subtle ode to its roots. The tasty tower is topped with a sunny-side up egg and a sprinkling of cilantro. “I added these enchiladas to the menu because I wanted to highlight some of the wonderful New Mexican dishes and flavors that I fell in love with while living in New Mexico, while also featuring a dish that Californians could relate to,” he explained. “As a chef, I want to touch every palate on your tongue, every taste bud.” In Chef Gonzales’ cooking, there are no shortcuts, no cheat codes. Each dish at Panxa embodies time, balance and purpose. Even the decor is deliberate with its nod to the culture of New Mexico. From the turquoise accent wall to the aprons that pay homage to the adobe homes of Santa Fe, Panxa is the definition of soigné. “For me, being here in California, I wanted to bring chef-driven food. I didn’t want to have tablecloths; I didn’t want it to be so formal,” Gonzales said. “I want people to feel like they’re in my house, but they’re getting a meal from a badass chef.” Well done, chef, well done. LOCALE MAGAZINE 103
SHOPPE MA K E U P / / / B O S S B A B E S / / / G I F TS
COVER STORY Lo and Behold
Lauren Bosworth Is Building Businesses and Placing Her Bets on Women
PROFILE Sona Gasparian Is Recreating the Cosmetic Industry for Good
COVER STORY Take Note, This Entrepreneur Is Sharing All Sheâ€™s Learned About Business
GIFT GUIDE The Ultimate Gift Guide for Everyone in Your Woman Squad
LAUREN BOSWORTH @lobosworth www.thelodown.com www.lovewellness.co Photoshoot Location: GRACIAS MADRE 8905 Melrose Ave West Hollywood, CA 90069 323.978.2170 www.graciasmadreweho.com PHOTO BY: Travis McCoy
makeup TH IS B E AUTY P RO HA S A PLAN FOR T H E CO SMETIC INDUSTRY WRITTEN BY: JESSICA OURISMAN PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED BY: PÉRSONA COSMETICS
Meet Sona Gasparian, the Armenian beauty guru behind Simply Sona, a beauty, lifestyle and fashion blog based out of Los Angeles. Gasparian first entered the scene as a YouTube sensation, whose fan-favorite videos paved the way for her own lifestyle brand and line of cosmetics, Pérsona Cosmetics. With over 10 years as a professional makeup artist under her belt, she took to social media to share her vast beauty wisdom on a platform with great potential. "After discovering YouTube, I realized that I could bring my knowledge and love of the makeup world to a much larger audience through blogging and social media," Gasparian shares.
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Sona’s Beauty Icons • “I am inspired by a ton of makeup artists. Lisa Eldridge, Mario Dedivanovic and Pat McGrath have all been such an inspiration to me. Each one is so creative in their own way,” explains Gasparian. Must-Try Beauty Hack • “To make your eyelashes look fuller and more defined, tightline both the top and bottom with a long-wear eyeliner!” suggests Gasparian.
“Aside from launching the brand, all the positive feedback has been the most exciting part for me.” —Sona Gasparian
With a combined social media following of one million, her digital success is undebatable. Her growing fanbase opened the door for the beauty's entrepreneurial spirit to shine through, bringing her lifelong dream of owning her own cosmetics line to fruition in 2016, proving to young women around the world that pursuing their passions really can lead to a successful career.
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Upon Pérsona's unveiling, the makeup artist and beauty blogger was able share her love of cosmetics with her audience in a more interactive way. However, as Gasparian can attest, becoming a public figure comes with certain burdens. "It's a lot of responsibility knowing young girls follow and look up to me, so I try and be extra careful with what I post or say," she says. "But of course, it is also very exciting to know that I am empowering girls to go after their dreams." Gasparian's success makes her a trailblazer in the beauty industry, especially in the Inclusive Beauty movement. As the mainstream media has been criticized for historically overlooking women of mediumskin tones, Gasparian works with some of the industries biggest names—Clarins, Estée Lauder and Neutrogena—to encourage and show women how to highlight their natural beauty with products that
are affordable and inclusive. Not only is Gasparian collaborating for change, but she’s also creating it as well, managing to develop eye kits, eyeshadow palettes, liquid lipsticks and highlighters that complement a range of skin tones. Founding Pérsona Cosmetics is a milestone in her career. The success of launching her own makeup line didn’t come quick or easy. Ever since she was a little girl watching her mom work in a salon, Gasparian was inspired to be a part of the beauty industry. Getting to this point in her career has involved a great deal of hard work, from studying at Makeup Designory (MUD) and working at MAC Cosmetics in the earlier stages of her journey to rapport-building with her audience and creating a community among her followers. "A huge factor in the blogging world is trust,” says Gasparian. “Starting my own brand was always a goal for me, so once I felt that I had a stable community of followers that trusted me and believed in what I was doing, I knew it was time to make that goal a reality. And so, Pérsona was born!"
The line's first season consisted of some of the cosmetic industry’s most popular products: three matte shades of liquid lipstick, 12 hues of eye pigment—both matte and shimmering—in a compact palette and three different tints of millennial-adored highlighters. The line's popularity (highlighter sales are limited to three per customer) is a likely indication of the greatness to come. Meanwhile, each of her products is infused with her personal taste and vast knowledge of makeup. Each of her beach-themed highlighters bears a special significance to the bubbly California woman. "I love the beach and that glow you get after spending a few hours under the Cali sun," Gasparian says. "I wanted to replicate that glow with my highlighter collection. As far as shade names, each of these beaches [Laguna, Zuma and Del Mar] are very near and dear to me. I have such beautiful memories soaking up the sun and relaxing on these beaches!" Pérsona Cosmetics demonstrates Gasparian’s ability to attune to the industry's beauty trends. From shimmering highlighters perfect for accentuating cheekbones to musthave matte lipstick and eye pigments picked for complementing brown eyes, Gasparian’s makeup line successfully taps into cruelty-free and ethical cosmetics, two themes that are shaping the contemporary beauty market and aiding the industry’s emerging push for the future of cosmetics. Now a seasoned boss lady, Gasparian continues to be thrilled by the process. "Aside from launching the brand, all the positive feedback has been the most exciting part for me," she says. "It's always so nerve-wracking to hear what people think of your product, especially with the world of social media. But every comment, story, direct message and review is always so exciting and makes the whole process worth it."
Sona’s Skincare Routine STEP
Cleanse with the Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel.
Favorite Face Feature • “Definitely the eyes. There is so much more you can do to make your eyes pop compared to other facial features,” says Gasparian. “I love how versatile you can be with color on the eyes!”
Apply serum. In the mornings, use Clarins Double Serum, and at night, the Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair. Breaking out? Use iS Clinical Pro-Heal Serum Advance Plus. STEP
Use a Jade Roller. STEP
Moisturize with La Mer Cool Gel Cream. STEP
Sunscreen! Apply PCA Weightless Broad Spectrum SPF.
The opportunity to provide feedback should be the green light to give Pérsona Cosmetics a try. When else will we have the opportunity to influence the future of the brands we love? Gasparian welcomes everyone, whether they’re a makeup pro and new to the cosmetic world, to try her products with video tutorials about how to use Pérsona Cosmetics to “get the look” whether it be an everyday look or a dramatic smokey-eye for a night out. "We have some very exciting new developments for Pérsona Cosmetics in 2018 and 2019," she says. As for the future of Pérsona Cosmetics, Gasparian leaves us with the promise of more to come, and we’re ready for it—clean makeup brushes, new beauty blenders and all.
“After discovering YouTube, I realized that I could bring my knowledge and love of the makeup world to a much larger audience through blogging and social media.” —Sona Gasparian
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LO & BEHOLD Lauren Bosworth Is Building Businesses and Placing Her Bets on Women
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Lauren Bosworth has been a little busy these days. With reality TV far behind her, the SoCal native has been able to focus her energy on building businesses around one of her most treasured values: championing women. Now with a successful female wellness company, a podcast she co-hosts with her two besties and a thriving blog to her name, Bosworth fosters an empowered community with the spirited passion she’d always planned to bring into the world. You may think you know all there is to know about Lauren Bosworth, but the 32-year-old boss babe is only getting started. Although Bosworth’s entrepreneurial ventures are less than four years old, her keen intuition with business speaks to a drive she’s had since high school. “I’ve always been interested in being an entrepreneur, and using my voice has always felt second nature to me,” Bosworth said. “But one day when I was still in high school it really clicked for me that I wanted to be a positive force in my own life, and as a daughter, sister and friend. Since I had this platform, I wanted to be able to use it for something good.”
In fact, Bosworth may have been one of the first from those early days of reality TV to use her platform for a greater purpose. In 2009, when “The Hills” was still airing and Bosworth was already an MTV household name, she launched her blog, The Lo Down, with a few of her friends. It began as a place for newsworthy content, with articles written by her peers studying journalism. Over time, the blog shifted to a more lifestyle-focused beat based on how she saw the world around her. But it also lent a helping hand in deciding what was going to hold weight in her life. “I was still on television when I had the realization that it was not the path for me,” she said. “I strongly disliked not being able to have a say in my own narrative. So when the show was coming to an end, I made the decision to take back control of my destiny.” A decision that set her on the path to where she is now, as an outspoken, yet humble ally in empowering women. First, through co-hosting the podcast Lady Lovin’ with her two friends Jilly Hendrix and Greta Titelman, where they share their advice and experiences in love, career and personal growth.
Then, through Love Wellness, where she continues her role as founder and CEO of the company. Love Wellness, which offers women natural, safe and doctor-recommended personal care products, came about for Bosworth after a period of chronic health issues. Frustrated with products on the market that were doing more harm than good, she began her own research into the industry. “A lot of traditional feminine hygiene brands are actually full of chemicals that are distressing for the female microbiome,” she said. “I realized there was a huge space and category for a new company to try to change the self-care culture and discussion.” And it has. Love Wellness’ brand has challenged the industry by bringing products like pH-balancing cleansers, vaginal health kits and skin-care vitamins to the table with bright, colorful packaging and a clear dialogue on the ingredients they use. They’re the kind of products that you want to reach for in the morning and products that you don’t feel embarrassed about having in your medicine cabinet. For Bosworth, that was no mistake. “The onus is really on brands and consumers to both create and demand better products,” she said. “I’m very passionate about giving women a new experience in this category because frankly, we deserve it.” But what makes Bosworth so successful in business is her sincere interest in helping all women, not just those that already embrace their bodies openly. “I’m acutely aware that not everyone is ready to adopt the language and culture we’re trying to create, and that’s okay,” Bosworth said. “We’re not trying to force or pressure anybody. We want to be here for the women looking for a brand that represents who they are without fear, whenever they’re ready to do that.”
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• When she needs to take a break and hit the ‘reset’ button, Bosworth has one place in mind: her hometown of Laguna Beach. “My family is there, so when I need help or comfort, I always return to my hometown.”
Taco ‘Bout the Future
• Bosworth’s love for tacos— specifically ones from Baja Fish Tacos— had her joking about opening her own taco stand one day.
• In addition to running her business and recording her podcast, Bosworth is an avid cook and is always testing out new recipes— she even graduated from The French Culinary Institute in New York City.
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“We want to be here for the women looking for a brand that represents who they are without fear, whenever they’re ready to do that.” —Lauren Bosworth
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“I want to maximize the time that I have on this earth and do good with that time.” —Lauren Bosworth lead the charge of their own life,” she said. “I think I know more women that own businesses than not, at this point.”
With that mindset, it’s no surprise why Bosworth has hit her stride. Still, even she is no stranger to the self-doubt and criticism that many women can experience in their careers. Though she’s worked hard to launch her business, she can’t help but consider her position as a stroke of luck. “Anyone with the right message and basic set of skills can use their voice to change the world. Ten years ago, that wasn’t the case; you had to get lucky and land on a TV show like I did. Literally, I got lucky,” Bosworth said. And while her time in the entertainment industry often portrayed her in a light that made her feel uncomfortable, Bosworth said, “I very much know that I’m in the position I am today because I was granted that opportunity.”
Female empowerment is popular these days. In most cases as a way of life, a value that companies and influencers use their platforms to promote and discuss within their communities. But in others, female empowerment can be used as a phrase, something to tack onto products or content as a way for a company to remain relevant. The meaning can get muddled. But without a doubt, Bosworth’s mission to champion other women is something she comes by naturally. Whether it’s through sharing her advice on Lady Lovin’ or creating new products for Love Wellness, Bosworth doesn’t just talk about female empowerment; she authentically rallies for it in every part of her life.
She may be right. And it would be easy to attribute her achievements to the luck of landing on a television show. But by doing so, you ignore Bosworth’s obvious, natural knack for business. When she first launched Love Wellness, she ran the company on her own for 18 months. “Everything from conception to design and execution fell on my shoulders,” she said.
“The more women [who] take the risk to start a business continue to inspire those around them,” Bosworth said. “Women are no longer satisfied with the general 9-to-5 anymore. There’s been a huge awakening that we can do it, that the only person stopping you is yourself.”
Not only did this prepare Bosworth for when she was eventually ready to hire, but it also affected her view of every part of the process. From the creative side to the operational and administrative, Bosworth has a tenacious drive that fuels every move she makes. It’s not luck that’s propelled Bosworth to where she is now. It’s her intuitive nature, her unmatched work ethic—her very own, innate qualities that have carried her all the way to the top. And a group of irreplaceable friends. “So many of my friends are business owners making their own mark, and it’s inspiring to see that,” Bosworth said, “Everyone is so successful in their own right, and we’ve still been able to maintain positive friendships with each other.” Now in their early 30s, Bosworth and her closeknit group of friends have “gotten over the hump” of heartbreak, loss and change that comes with transitioning from your 20s to your 30s. It’s a period of time that Bosworth admitted can be difficult, but saw every hardship or setback as a chance to better herself. “It’s a compounding effect really, because I know so many people now who’ve made the decision to
And as for herself? Bosworth is still fueled by the simple promise she made as a 16-year-old in high school. “I want to maximize the time that I have on this earth and do good with that time. Whether it’s empowering women through business, being a thoughtful friend, daughter and sister, or trying to do my part to take care of the earth we live on,” Bosworth said. “I’m fortunate to have the lifestyle I lead. I have the ability to start a business, to speak to millions of people, and most people don’t have that chance. I’m trying to take advantage of that opportunity for the betterment of everyone, not just myself.” Turning her dreams into actions and making big changes in her life, like packing up and moving to New York City in 2012, has come with many challenges. But Bosworth has always looked at each big decision as a chance to grow, even if it feels a little scary in the moment. “One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned is that nothing is permanent, we’re constantly evolving,” she said. “I’m looking forward to what’s coming next, understanding that half of the adventure is not knowing what that is just yet.”
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The Doctor Is In
• Love Wellness is backed by three medical experts, each in their own specialty based around women’s health. Dr. Christine Sterling, Dr. Shweta Pai and Stephanie Howard, PA-C, are available to Love Wellness gals for all of their body Qs!
• Bosworth’s advice for young entrepreneurs? “Give it a go on your own for a period of time. You learn every detail of your business that way, and can play any position on your team once you start to hire.”
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“I know so many people now who’ve made the decision to lead the charge of their own life. I think I know more women that own businesses than not, at this point.” —Lauren Bosworth
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ALIVE CR E AT E / / / E XP LO R E / / / R E S C U E
PROFILE Art of Your World
Alexa Meade Creates Art That Lives and Breathes Beyond the Typical Canvas
HUMANITARIAN PROFILE Downtown Dog Rescue Is Changing the Lives of Owners and Their Pets
24 HOURS IN CULVER CITY Explore All There Is to See, Eat and Do in Culver City
PROFILE Meet the Artist Who Worked With Ariana Grande to Bring 2-D Paintings to Life
ALEXA MEADE www.alexameade.com @alexameadeart Photoshoot Location: LOS ANGELES, CA PHOTO BY: Don Lupo
PA W - S I T I V E
Meet the Nonprofit Helping Pet Owners and Their Furry Friends Avoid Ruffâ€™ing It
WRITTEN BY: GABY MUNGARRO PHOTOGRAPHED BY: TAE KWON
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DOWNTOWN DOG RESCUE 1309 E 7th St Los Angeles, CA 90021 213.403.0129 www.downtowndogrescue.org
LORI WEISE FOUNDER & PRESIDENT OF DOWTOWN DOG RESCUE
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There is no better company than that of a furry, four-legged friend. As man’s best friend, dogs provide a significant companionship that many are unaware they need, and only a few are rewarded with. For Lori Weise, founder and president of Downtown Dog Rescue, those who need dogs the most are the sole reason she founded the shelter in 1996. With the help of dedicated volunteers, Weise works endlessly to provide lowincome Los Angeles pet owners and dogs with the attention and support they need and deserve.
For Downtown Dog Rescue, finding dogs a happy home is just a scratch below the surface of greater issues Weise has faced since opening of the shelter. What first began as a small operation intended to spay and neuter the dogs of low-income or homeless owners in Skid Row, with the help of founding member and secretary Richard Tuttelmondo, later turned into an establishment at an abandoned tow yard in 2013. “It was all we could afford,” said Weise with a humble laugh as she remembered the initial stages of Downtown Dog Rescue. But little by little, the nonprofit shelter was transformed into a home filled with a warm atmosphere for its canine residents. Weise and the team keep the dogs on a predictable schedule in order to avoid causing anxiety for the dogs. Every dog is in tune with the routine and aware of the no barking policy while in the kennel. However, there is always time for fun, and unlike most shelters, Downtown Dog Rescue encourages the dogs to leave their cages to play and interact on a daily basis, as they believe this helps dogs relieve aggression and become social. Although shelters can be thought of as a place that houses abused dogs, that is not the case for this rescue. The majority of the dogs at Downtown Dog Rescue are there due to their owner’s economic conditions and financial neglect. Weise strongly believes shelters are meant to provide help, and not guilt owners who are unable to properly care for their pets and are forced to surrender them. 136 LOCALE MAGAZINE
With the help of dedicated volunteers, Weise works endlessly to provide low-income Los Angeles pet owners and dogs with the attention and support they need and deserve.
Puppy Love • Weise got her love of animals from her mother who always had pets around, and from a young age, Weise used to ride her bike and feed animals near her home in Temple City. Tail-Wagging Praises • Weise was recognized as a CNN Hero, honored as a part of Those Who Make a Different For Animals in the Huffington Post in 2015.
“This is more than just animal welfare or rescuing dogs. It’s social welfare. It’s social justice.” — Lori Weise
Extending a Paw • Weise will soon be a certified counselor and wants to implement a people and animal support system to help owners and animals with trauma.
A dog’s loyalty and intelligence can make for great protection—their natural instinct makes for a great, reliable bodyguard. But what is often overlooked is the healing therapy and support they can provide to their owners. Weise realized that in many instances, pets were the only thing that brought happiness and encouragement to people who were homeless or living in temporary housing. With this in mind, Weise and the rescue set out to deliver veterinarian aid once a month with their mobile clinic to low-income communities in Skid Row and Compton. By providing vaccines, spay and neuter, and other case-specific surgery to dogs in need, the shelter has helped well over 5,000 pet and owners stay together. Even greater, the shelter has helped to significantly reduce euthanasia rates for often-overlooked breeds, like pit bulls, in the county shelter in Compton. “[The mobile clinic is] helping people who don’t have anywhere to turn,” shared Weise. Downtown Dog Rescue asks for nothing in return when it comes to providing aid through their mobile clinic, no IDs or contracts are required. “If they’re willing to stand in line at 8 a.m., it means they care,” Weise said. The rescue volunteers work endlessly to provide those in need with numerous resources, whether it be tenants facing pet-related discrimination to people in need of housing, Downtown
Dog Rescue partners with legal centers, food banks and counselors to lend a hand anywhere they can. Weise and Downtown Dog Rescue aim to find loving homes for all animals in the shelter and recommend those who are looking to adopt to fully get to know the animal before adopting, to prevent pets from being returned. Weise suggests visiting the pet two or three times as an effective way of seeing if the pet is the best fit for you. “Pick a dog that suits your lifestyle, not just because it's sad,” said Weise. While the shelter has found success in becoming organically sustainable since its establishment, the future holds great potential for Downtown Dog Rescue as Weise says she hopes to develop a program in the next three years that aims to train qualified shelter dogs as service dogs and pair them with veterans to provide trauma and recuperation support. Currently, Weise is expanding the mobile clinic’s reach and will soon add Watts to their list of monthly stops. For Weise, her mission has always gone beyond simply opening a shelter. “This is more than just animal welfare or rescuing dogs,” Weise said, recalling when she was nominated as a CNN Hero, “It’s social welfare. It’s social justice.”
Weise realized that in many instances, pets were the only thing that brought happiness and encouragement to people who were homeless or living in temporary housing.
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The Heart of Screenland
Morning Coffee Ú Start your day off bright and early with a coffee from Bar Nine. Since 2014, the duo behind Bar Nine has been serving thoughtfully-crafted coffee with locals in charming, reusable glass jars.
Filling Breakfast Ú Stop into Cafe Vida to fill up on breakfast faves like the California Scramble with applewood bacon and avo, or the Huevos Rancheros with two eggs over a quesadilla, topped with a roasted tomato jalapeño sauce.
BAR NINE www.barnine.us
WE HAVE YOUR NEXT 24 HOURS IN CULVER CITY TAKEN CARE OF
CAFE VIDA www.cafevida.net
WRITTEN BY: ASHLEE POLAREK
Within the borders of its fivesquare-miles, Culver City is a diverse host to restaurants with delicious eats, cool shops, exciting hikes and a rich history. It’s also home to a number of notable radio, television and movie studios, giving the neighborhood the affectionate nickname, “Heart of Screenland.” Enjoy a Latininspired breakfast at Cafe Vida, watch a play at the Kirk Douglas Theatre and update your wardrobe at Reformation. Ready to go? Here is how to spend a full 24 hours in Los Angeles’ cool hidden gem, Culver City.
Tour the Lot Ú Get your tickets for the two-hour walking tour around the famed Sony Pictures Studio lot, where you can check out the sound stages that were once home to movies including The Wizard of Oz and Spider-Man.
Shopping at PLATFORM Ú What you’ll find at PLATFORM are a community of independent merchants and pop-up shops. Check out the cool photography gallery at House of Spoils and Reformation for stunning clothes designed in LA.
SONY PICTURES STUDIO LOT sonypicturesstudiostours.com
11:45 a.m. Lunch Like a Local Ú Grab a table at The Wallace, where you can find delish dishes made from local and sustainable products. Try the El Cubano made with scrumptious pork belly, ham, Gruyère and dill pickle. THE WALLACE www.thewallacela.com
THE CORNER DOOR www.cornerdoorla.com
Take a Hike Ú Don your workout gear and get ready for a sweeping view of the LA basin at Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook, also known as the Culver City Stairs. Choose between a winding trail or tackle the ultimate Stairmaster and take the steep stairs to the top. BALDWIN HILLS SCENIC OVERLOOK www.parks.ca.gov
Drinks and Dinner Ú Indulge in exquisite dishes, like the Hazelnut Risotto, by Executive Chef Chris Martinez at The Corner Door. To drink? Sip on the Viking Martini, made with Old Raj Gin, aquavit, Lillet and blanc vermouth.
See a Show Ú Spend the evening enjoying a performance at the Kirk Douglas Theatre. The 2018-2019 season is a “Season of Power Plays” with works that push boundaries. Encore! THE CULVER HOTEL
KIRK DOUGLAS THEATRE centertheatregroup.org
10 p.m. Rest and Recover Ú Turn in for the night at the Culver Hotel. Built in 1924, this historic hotel offers modern luxury mixed with its glam past—it welcomed actors from Gone with the Wind! THE CULVER HOTEL www.culverhotel.com
Ú Check into Mayumi
for a hotel that offers privacy and community. Enjoy your ensuite rain shower and Bluetooth keyless access. In the morning, head to the common area to mingle with other guests around a firepit.
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YOUR WORLD Alexa Meade Creates Art That Lives and Breathes Beyond the Typical Canvas
WRITTEN BY: EMILIE KEFALAS PHOTOGRAPHED BY: DON LUPO
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ALEXA MEADE www.alexameade.com @alexameadeart Photoshoot Location: LOS ANGELES, CA
“ I N M Y W O R K , YO U C A N P H Y S I C A L LY M O V E T H R O U G H T H E S PA C E , A N D F R O M E V E R Y P O S S I B L E A N G L E I T W I L L LO O K L I K E A T W O D I M E N S I O N A L PA I N T I N G .” —ALEXA MEADE
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THE TOY INVENTOR • Meade’s creative interests extend to tinkering with toy design. “I even optioned one to a major toy company and made money,” she says. “So I can officially say I’m a toy inventor.” ART BEYOND SENSES • Meade volunteers at the Los Angeles Braille Institute. She even helped one of her students, a deaf and blind man in his fifties, with producing an art show of his own work. SEEING IS BELIEVING • Meade’s artistic heroes go beyond painting. Her favorite artist? Robert Irwin. “His biography ‘Seeing Is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees,’ is one of my favorite books. It’s been highly influential in how I think about space, light and shadow.”
“ I T H I N K I T ’ S R E A L LY C O O L T H E R E W A S T H I S F E M A L E A R T I S T, G E O R G I A O ' K E E F F E , W H O M A D E A PA I N T I N G T H AT H A S I N S P I R E D Y E T A N OT H E R PA I N T I N G R E I N T E R P R E T E D B Y T W O F E M A L E A R T I S T S N O W A L M O S T A C E N T U R Y L AT E R .” —ALEXA MEADE
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Alexa Meade does not have any room in her medicine cabinet to store her contact lenses. This is not a cause for concern. The cabinet is, in fact, a gift shop; open it and behold an arrangement of items for sale. Meade’s bathroom closet guards the portal to a neon spandex jungle. Her house stairs, painted in rainbow order, are lined with mirrored film. The result is a reverberating, rainbow hallway ascending to infinity—or Wonderland. Meade refers to this as “the fun house,” her own hometurned-test kitchen for experimental optical illusions and, well, fun. “The main artwork I’m known for involves paintings on people and three-dimensional objects to make them look like a two-dimensional painting,” Meade explains. “What people don’t know is that I create a multitude of artwork and projects unrelated to my main body of work. I’m always creating. I’m always making things.” As one of today’s most sought-after installation artists, “making things” became Meade’s calling after dismounting a fast track in political science. She interned on Capitol Hill well into her undergraduate years at Vassar College, and even worked as a press assistant on Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign. During her senior year at Vassar, she had, as she puts it, “the seed of an idea” to apply black paint on shadows she saw outside, not in a studio. “I was curious to know what it would look like to put paint on a shadow. In 2009, I tried painting shadows on my friend. It did interesting things with spatial depth cues, and all of a sudden my friend looked like a painting. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I looked at the camera and I thought that there was something wrong with the camera, rather than this was something new that I had stumbled upon by accident.” Call it an accident or an epiphany, the shadow genesis ignited Meade’s ardor for this untraditional art. The world might as well be Meade’s mobile fun house, existing in between spaces not unlike her subjects, people with pulses, patience, and, with their consent and her genius, paint in their ears. “It’s so dynamic, and it allows for so many more possibilities than the traditional static painting,” Meade discusses. “In my work, you can physically move through the space, and from every possible angle it will look like a two-dimensional painting.” One truly must see Meade’s body of work in order to comprehend the what of its process and performance. Her art is part painting, part sculpture and as previously stated, part performance, when a live person participates as a canvas-come-to-life. Take her collaboration with dancers Lil Buck and Jon Boogz. Together, they created a short film, “Color of Reality,” which weaves the story of gun violence and racial tension in America through Meade’s painting and Buck and Boogz’s choreography. A favorite piece for Meade, the film
garnered the “Art as Impact Award” from CNN Great Big Story and was included in the National Civil Rights Museum “Freedom Awards Ceremony.” In addition to “Color of Reality,” Meade literally dipped her hands in the music video industry with Ariana Grande’s track “God Is a Woman.” The video’s director, Dave Meyers, contacted Meade with a request to paint Grande in an abstract bath of colors. This concept drew from a project Meade collaborated on with performance artist Sheila Vand titled simply “Alexa//Sheila.” “The idea was to take this ‘Alexa//Sheila’ aesthetic and have Ariana in the center of a liquid painting. Part of the inspiration for the colors in the ‘God Is a Woman’ painting came from a Georgia O'Keeffe painting [‘Grey Lines with Black, Blue and Yellow’].” Not even 20 seconds into the video, Meade’s stamp appears, O’Keeffe’s influence evident with Grande’s subtle arm movement signaling a small wave of pink paint. “I think it’s really cool there was this female artist, Georgia O'Keeffe, who made a painting that has inspired yet another painting reinterpreted by two female artists now almost a century later.” Indeed, Meade’s art celebrates the play of illusion and interaction. One cannot help but smile while staring at her subjects in their settings, all arranged as props and characters gone swimming in a Van Gogh. Paint reacts differently to various surfaces, save for skin and clothing, but Meade thrives in improvising with her materials not unlike how she taught herself to paint when she moved back into her parents’ basement post-college. “It took a lot of hard work to build my career, and while they perhaps saw how hard I was working, they still didn’t really believe that it could be a viable career path,” she explains. “One of my proudest moments was when a friend of theirs had seen my artwork online and told them, ‘Wow, I love Alexa’s artwork.’ Something clicked for them that this wasn’t just something I liked to do, but this was something that other people liked to see.” Impacting the modern art world aside, she lives as her own piece of performance art with paint almost permanently decorating her jeans in her studio, from a camera’s lens, on a music video set and in her very own fun house.
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