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THESE BROADWAY BITES ARE STEALING THE SPOTLIGHT IN LONG BEACH
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Editor's Note 62
How to Make
DAZED AND AMUSED
Dear Reader, Not only does this book celebrate my favorite time of year, but it also marks the 102nd issue produced by LOCALE Magazine. As you can imagine, turning 102 is a big deal, so at the turn of this significant milestone, I couldn’t help but be reminded of a fellow centenarian, my great-grandma, GG. GG was born in 1918 and has lived through world events that most of us only know of due to our history textbooks. Her family emigrated from Portugal, then lived on and worked a rural farm in California’s Central Valley. She grew up in that countryside, fell in love with her high school sweetheart and then raised a family of her own. Two generations later, she helped raise me, and my childhood was full of stories of her spirit and stubbornness (two things she was never short on) as well as her signature pearls of wisdom. So when it came to building this issue, I tried to keep those pearls in mind, and I hope you can find them as important as I do: 1. “Find what you love to do.” Through these pages, we have found so many different passions to bring to you. From the “visual optimism” that is Leslie Schneider’s Instagram page (pg. 32) to tips from Dani Nagel on how to transform your home into something bright and beautiful (pg. 62), this issue is
chock-full of artists, creators and business owners who have made a career out of their true callings. 2. “So long as you’re healthy and have your family, that’s the main thing.” We hope this issue finds a home inside yours throughout this holiday season; that it’s thumbed through by friends and relatives as they cozy-up on your couch, finding all the things they want to try while with you—whether it’s helping out your community like Khloe Kares (pg. 136), planning a trip together while reading our Hotel Guide (pg. 49) or creating a few Lillet cocktails (pg. 101). 3. “Just have fun.” There are two people gracing the pages of this issue that sum this up perfectly. The first is Julie Pinzur, who’s bringing nostalgia back in style with her shop, Mokuyobi (pg. 116). The second is Cover Star Nick Bateman (pg. 36), who talks about what it’s like to own your craft and live your life—regardless of the labels others try to put on you. So to those of you reading this, I hope that both GG and this issue leave you feeling inspired, especially in this season of reflection and upcoming change. I hope that you find your passions, and I hope that as you’re surrounded by the ones you love, you’ll cherish the health and time that you share. But most importantly, don’t forget to have fun. After all, “that’s the main thing.”
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The sound of barking isn’t something that’s often heard at a typical LOCALE shoot, but today is a special day. Sharing the spotlight with our cover model, Nick Bateman, are five precious pups from local rescue organization Bark n’ Bitches, who are as adoptable as they are adorable.
Rambo, a four year old boxer/ American bulldog mix, waits patiently in the wings as Bateman finishes up in the makeup chair, getting lastminute touch-ups by our on-set hair and makeup artist, Jennifer Mau. “Sleeves are a little long, eh?” Bateman notes as he steps into his first look of the day, letting the first hints of his Canadian roots slip out. His eye for detail is sharp, as he inspects the cuffs of his jacket and adjusts the hidden clip that keeps his dress shirt from buckling. Once fully outfitted in a snappy navy suit with an open-collar pink dress shirt (plus a pocket square for added flair), Bateman and his four-legged costar mug for photographer Corey Wilson, making quite a pair. Up next, stylist Joseph Rene slips Bateman into a gray turtleneck sweater, layered under a sky blue blazer with sleek dress pants. Reclining in a camel-hued, midcentury-modern leather chair, Bateman works the vintage vibe, which is given a modern twist as kicky white tennis trainers win the footwear
debate, beating out a pair of traditional brown leather dress shoes. The scene is complete when twin tenweek-old pitbull/boxer-mix puppies Shai and Tal are set loose to scamper around the set, joining Bateman and covering him with kisses in their matching bow ties. For the cover shot, Bateman suits up in his own geo-patterned smoking jacket and matching pants, putting 11 years of professional modeling to good use, as he runs through his arsenal of poses and steely expressions, transitioning seamlessly from pensive to cheeky, irreverent to happy-go-lucky. Finally, Bateman plops down on a tufted white leather sofa, clad in a honey-colored corduroy blazer. Hopping deftly onto his lap is Preacher, a sassy husky/German Shepherd mix who is barely out of puppyhood at 1½ years old. Styled in a red and black plaid kerchief, Preacher takes playful nips at Bateman’s hands as the camera snaps away to document this dynamic duo, while fellow canine pal Cali, a senior pit bull who’s all of 11 years old, waits patiently nearby, eager for treats. We hope this shoot will serve as a friendly reminder that there are plenty of homeless pups around Los Angeles who are in need of a forever home. If any of our featured pups are no longer available, we welcome you to visit Bark n’ Bitches to be united with your perfect companion.
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TA BL E CO NTEN T S of
THIS ISSUE: ESCAPE 49
43 Amazing Hotels You’ll Never Want to Check out of
Get Ready for a Date out on the Town
DO NOT DISTURB
62 How to Make
DAZED AND AMUSED
Moroccan Meets Art Deco Decor in Dazey LA’s Dazeywood Penthouse
70 Instant Jungle
IF WALLS COULD TALK
These Living Walls Are Bridging Agriculture and Decor for a Natural Flair
DATE THE CITY OF LA QUINTA
76 5 Pro Tips
THE CREATION OF A DREAMY OASIS System Pavers’ Jennifer Ressler Shares How to Build Your Own Backyard Haven
AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN NORTH ENOUGH
Get in Touch With Nature in the Canadian Rockies
Catalina Island Has Us Craving a Classic Californian Escape
BRIANNA ROMANO @briannaontheweekend
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PHOTOGRAPHED BY: BRIANNA ROMANO AND ANDREA MARTINEZ
TA BL E CO NTEN T S of
Tura Alcoholic Kombucha
South Bay BMW
THANKS A BOOCH!
Raise a Glass to Tura Alcoholic Kombucha for a Healthier Alternative
94 Meals Deconstructed
UNI TO TRY THIS
Herringbone’s Seafood Pasta Steals the Spotlight With Fresh Ingredients and Rich Flavors
Shopping Sustainably Has Never Looked so Good
SKULL IS IN SESSION
The Owners of Mercado Bring Contemporary Flair to Traditional Dishes
PARIS FOR THE HOLIDAYS
American Recycled Clothing
WEAR, RECYCLE, REPEAT
110 That’s What He Said
LET’S TAKE THIS DOWNTOWN
Take a Stroll With George LaBoda for the Perfect DTLA Day
116 SENZOGAERI MOKUYŌBI
10 Things We Love
Holiday Gift Guide
On the East Coast, Broadway Is Known for Musicals. On the West Coast, It’s Leaving Its Mark on Food and Drink
Prepare for the New Year With This Holiday Gift Guide
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South Bay BMW Is Cutting Edge, Not Cutting Corners
136 Humanitarian Profile
A LITTLE KARE GOES A LONG WAY
Khloe Kares Is Taking Kindness to the Streets
140 Artist Spotlight
THE COLORS OF HIS ENERGY
“Boring” Isn’t in Artist MadSteez’s Vocabulary
142 Ken Grody Ford
DIRT BY DAY, DATE BY NIGHT This Ford Raptor Cleans up Nicely
These Festive Drinks From Lillet Will Be the Highlight of the Evening
A CHORUS LINE OF EATS
A REV-OLUTIONARY IDEA
For Julie Pinzur, Every Day Is Throwback Thursday
OVER 50 HOLIDAY GIFTS TO IMPROVE YOUR 2020
CHECK OUT EXTENDED STORIES AND MORE ON OUR WEBSITE AT Localemagazine.com
LOCALENDAR 20 EVENTS TO END 2019 AND WELCOME IN 2020 WRITTEN BY: TAYLOR HAYNES
PREPARE TO POP-UP! Daily
¢ 3-D illustrations
November 17 through January 5
November through December
TAKE AN ENCHANTED EVENING STROLL
¢ As soon as night falls in
the Descanso Gardens, guests are enchanted by a brilliant light show along a meandering, one-mile walk through the botanical gardens. See the gardens “in a new light” at the Enchanted Forest of Light through the end of this year and the beginning of 2020.
ROMP WITH THE REINDEER
¢ Get a chance to see
a real-life reindeer at the LA Zoo during the annual Reindeer Romp! A fun holiday event for parents and children alike, zoo guests can get close to these majestic animals. Plus, guests can enjoy holiday decor and themed activities throughout the season. www.lazoo.org
LIGHT THE WAY November 21 through January 5
¢ Traditional Chinese artisans demonstrate their craftsmanship at the Magical Chinese Lantern Festival, alluring festival-goers with the colorful, glowing lanterns that have enchanted people for centuries. There will be music, food vendors and other live entertainment—making for a unique and incredible family event. chineselanternfestival.com
NAMASTAY AWHILE January 4
¢ Whether you’re just starting out in yoga or you’re a seasoned yogi, you won’t want to miss the fifth annual Yoga Expo in Pasadena. The expo includes classes and meditation workshops, and attendees are invited to try local and sustainable food options as well as browse a “one-of-a-kind yoga marketplace.” www.theyogaexpo.org
December 4 through February 2 ¢ Not quite ready to “Let it Go?” Neither are we. Revisit the iconic Disney film, Frozen, as a Broadway musical, with an incredible live cast and breathtaking set. Disney’s “Frozen, The Musical,” is showing at the Pantages Theater. hollywoodpantages.com
Fourth Sunday of every month
¢ Considered one of
the best flea markets in Southern California, the Topanga Vintage Market is the ideal place to find one-of-a-kind houseware, clothing and much more. Meander the aisles of vendors selling their unique wares every fourth Sunday of the month.
¢ Two of the most fiercely defended football teams in California face off at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara. Whether you plan on flying out or tuning in, it’s time to get out your jersey to rep your team: this Rams vs 49ers game shouldn’t be missed.
ART ON THE MOVE ¢ Did you know that
one of the best ways to see public art in LA is on the Metro? An array of installations and murals celebrate the city’s neighborhoods and history. Guided tours help illuminate the thought and effort behind these incredible installations. www.metro.net/about/art
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READY, SET, HIKE!
GO FOR THE JOE ¢ Attention all caffeine fiends and coffee aficionados: the LA Coffee Festival—boasting more than 100 vendors, unlimited coffee tasting, live music, food booths and a barista competition—is making its debut in Downtown LA. www.la-coffeefestival.com
Photos - Pantages Theater: 15-Caissie Levy (Elsa), Patti Murin (Anna) and the Company of FROZEN on Broadway Photo by Deen van Meer | Chinese Lantern Festival: Hanart Culture
produce mind-boggling visual illusions that are truly hard to believe. Museum-goers could find themselves face-toface with hyper-realistic African elephants, on a precipitous ledge high above city streets or chilling out on an upside-down couch. Don’t miss this “popup” museum (and its excellent photo ops)!
CINEMA CLASSICS ¢ Take it back with
Gremlins for the film’s 35th anniversary. With its Handpicked program, Cinépolis Luxury Theaters kicks vintage films up a notch with upscale, reclining chairs for ultimate comfort, along with top-of-the-line projection and sound. www.cinepolisusa.com
LOCAL THROWDOWN ¢ The NBA Clippers and
Lakers both call LA their territory—but who will claim bragging rights for the city? Nothing’s quite like seeing some of the most skilled players in the game in action (including new Laker Anthony Davis and new Clippers players Kawhi Leonard and Paul George), especially when it’s at the Staples Center in the heart of downtown. www.staplescenter.com
THAT’S PUCKED UP
¢ Longtime in-state hockey rivals Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks battle it out on the ice to see who the true champions of California are—at least until the next time they meet. If you’ve been to the rink before, you’re familiar with the high energy that ignites the stands. The stands are sure to fill up quick for this game! www.staplescenter.com
ALL THE FIXINGS
¢ The Shade Hotels offer an unparalleled seaside experience for your Thanksgiving dinner festivities. The Redondo Beach Sea Level Restaurant and Lounge and the Manhattan Beach zinc@shade will be offering lush buffets brimming with creative takes on some seasonal favorites, enjoyed best with loved ones and the sound of crashing waves nearby. www.shadehotel.com
SHARE THE LOVE December 14
¢ ‘Tis the season for giving, and what better way to give back than at The Point’s Holiday Block Party and Toy Drive with Children’s Hospital Los Angeles? Swing by to donate a new toy or household item and receive a special holiday passport as a thank-you. www.thepointsb.com
Photos - Zislis Group Thanksgiving: Jenna Ritter | The Point’s Holiday Block Party: The Point
November 19 through December 25 ¢ One of LA’s top
shopping and dining destinations, The Grove transforms into a magical winter wonderland. Every inch of the outdoor plaza is decked out in festive décor—you might even forget you’re in Southern California!
CALIFORNIA CHRISTMAS December 1
¢ Even Hollywood gets
into the Christmas spirit with the Hollywood Christmas Parade. It might be a classic, sunny Southern California winter’s day, but this
event is guaranteed to feel festive with impressive floats, marching bands and talented performers. It’s an unforgettable experience for the whole family.
FROM RUSSIA, WITH LOVE December 4
¢ Ignite your imagination with a rendition of “The Nutcracker” by The Moscow Ballet. The renowned dance company performs this holiday favorite at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium this December. It’s sure to be a breathtaking show featuring 10-foot tall puppets, a Russian troika sleigh and stunning costumes.
GET IN SOME OM TIME December 24
¢ Longing to feel centered during the hectic holiday season? Catch a calming Christmas Eve yoga, mantra and meditation class at Yoga West LA with Guru Singh. This all-levels class offers an opportunity to relax, stretch and feel rejuvenated. www.yogawestla.com
FLOAT ON! January 1
¢ The 131st Rose Parade
in Pasadena will kick off 2020 with a series of flower-covered floats, marching bands, and equestrian units. Tune in or join the masses for this spectacular celebration!
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AL L ABOARD ! BOARD THE QUEEN MARY FOR THESE SPECTACULAR EVENTS! WRITTEN BY: BRITTANY LAWRENCE
Witness the apparition of the spirits who haunt the hallowed halls of the Queen Mary.
A HAUNTED HISTORY
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Holiday Dining Aboard the Queen Mary ¢ This holiday season, the Queen Mary is offering seasonal specials and superb dining options for Thanksgiving and Christmas at her highlyacclaimed restaurants: Sir Winston’s Restaurant and Lounge, Chelsea Chowder House & Bar, along with her
THE QUEEN MARY 1126 Queens Hwy Long Beach, CA 90802 877.342.0742 www.queenmary.com
legendary, awardwinning brunch. The staff of renowned chefs will prepare upscale versions of traditional favorites while guests enjoy impeccable service and breathtaking views of the Long Beach coastline. For more information on holiday dining reservations, private parties or hotel stays, visit www.queenmary.com. A Haunted History ¢ Ever wonder where all the haunted stories about the Queen Mary came from? Experience master magician and apparitionist Aiden Sinclair as he presents Illusions of the Passed; Legends of the Queen Mary—a story-driven, 90-minute interactive theatrical séance that takes you back in time to meet the ghosts and legends that haunt the ship, every Thursday through Sunday from 8-9:30 p.m. Feel the touch of a ghostly hand. Hear the voices of those long gone. Witness the apparition of the spirits who haunt the hallowed halls of the Queen Mary. This production is presented in the exclusive and intimate Revenant Room Theater and Lounge, located on B-Deck Forward. Remember though, children under 13 years old are not permitted without special permission from the performer.
Photography Provided By: The Queen Mary
NEW YEAR’S EVE
It will definitely be a night to remember...
Sail Into the New Year ¢ The new year is on the horizon! Sail into 2020 in style on Dec. 31 aboard the worldfamous Queen Mary and celebrate decades of decadence with New Year’s Eve: Past & Present celebration from 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. The ship’s decks and ballrooms will be brought to life with themed parties, music and immersive entertainment, with a nod to Art Deco styling and the decadent Roaring Twenties. It will definitely be a night to remember, not to mention one of SoCal’s top New Year’s Eve firework displays. You can also make the night last and stay aboard in one of the first-class staterooms! Get VIP passes when you book a special New Year’s Eve hotel package. This party sells out every year, so purchase your tickets or book your room today at www.queenmary.com.
NATIVE KNOWLEDGE BY LOCALS FOR LOCALS /// WHERE TO SPEND YOUR DAYS
BrentFood DEAN YAMASHITA’S RESTAURANT ROUTINE IS GOOD ENOUGH TO EAT
EXPERT: Dean Yamashita CREDENTIALS: Director of Sales & Marketing, Hotel Angeleno
DOUBLE-TAP THAT ¢ Harajuku Taproom has a craft beer scene with a Japanese twist. Enjoy some great Japanese craft beers featuring Baird Beer, rotating guest taps, great sake and shochu tastings and cool events with breweries and sake makers. www.hjtaproom.com
MANGIA, MANGIA! ¢ Located in a somewhatindustrial section of Gardena, this is some of the best-tasting Italian fare around. Wood-fired pizzas are to die for—try the Scagliarini with mozzarella, prosciutto and arugula. The pastas are delicious and freshly made. www.eataliangroup.com
HOW DO YOU BREW? ¢ Three Weavers is one of the best brewing companies in LA. They feature core beers plus interesting seasonal and limited offerings. It’s the perfect spot for those days after work when you say, “I need a beer!” www.threeweavers.la
SMALL SETTING, BIG FLAVORS ¢ Yuca’s Hut is literally a small shack sitting on a parking lot on Hillhurst, serving up
one of the best carne asada burritos around. The final third of the burrito sends you to a different place. www.yucasla.com
STICKING WITH IT ¢ Who doesn’t enjoy skewered meats grilled over an open flame? Torimatsu is Japanesestyle yakitori; all parts of the chicken (along with veggies) are grilled over Japanese charcoal. Sit at the counter to watch the chef grill them before your eyes.
“Nagomi is a hidden gem that serves Japanesestyle cakes and desserts.”
MEAT YOUR MATCH ¢ The brisket is the star, and you can get lean or fatty in a sandwich or on a plate. The combo is the way to go, with some great items like the ribs and pulled pork, along with good biscuits and sides. www.mapleblockmeat.com
THIS TAKES THE CAKE ¢ Nagomi is a hidden gem that serves Japanese-style cakes and desserts. Located in a small strip mall, this independent shop turns out some of the best cakes around: light, not overly sweet—just delicious. www.nagomi-cakehouse.com/eng
HOTEL ANGELENO 170 N Church Ln Los Angeles, CA 90049 310.476.6411 www.hotelangeleno.com Photoshoot Location: MAPLE BLOCK MEAT CO. 3973 Sepulveda Blvd Culver City, CA 90230 310.313.6328 www.mapleblockmeat.com
PHOTO BY: Travis McCoy
NATIVE KNOWLEDGE BY LOCALS FOR LOCALS /// WHERE TO SPEND YOUR DAYS
Her-story Lesson JESSICA CAMACHO SHARES HER FAVORITE BITS OF LA HISTORY
“I absolutely LOVE heading to the 101 for endless cups of coffee, a hot stack of pancakes and some serious 1960s vibes.”
EXPERT: Jessica Camacho CREDENTIALS: Actress
HOLLYWOOD HANGOUT ¢ When I’m in need of a serious dose of Hollywood nostalgia, I head to the Smokehouse Restaurant in Burbank. Established in 1946, it’s like stepping back into the heyday of Hollywood. Order a dirty martini—they’re amazing here! www.smokehouse1946.com
GOOD, CLEAN FUN ¢ It seems strange for me to include a dry cleaners on my list of favorite LA spots, but Milt & Edie’s is such a special place. Open 24/7 (since 1962), this is your go-to place for last-minute dry cleaning and tailoring. www.miltandediesdrycleaners.com
LIGHTS OUT ¢ This is one of my favorite spots for a date, whether it’s a self-date or, you know, a date-date. I love a good dose of artistic inspiration, and [LACMA‘s] light post exhibit is the ultimate LA photo op! www.lacma.org
BEST IN THE WEST ¢ The Autry is a must for stepping back into the time of the Wild West. Its exhibits tell the stories of the West with amazing murals and life-sized
dioramas depicting life in those dusty days.
ALL FUN AND GAMES ¢ I love any place that transports me back in time, and Pickwick Bowl takes me all the way back! There’s some serious retro vibes in this bowling alley, with its ‘80s arcade games and old-school cocktail lounge. www.pickwickbowl.com
TARANTINO PICKS THE FLICKS ¢ This old-school movie theater is a must for film lovers, especially those of the Quentin Tarantino fandom community such as myself. Tarantino himself programs the movies being shown in this doublefeature theater, all of which are shown on 35mm film. www.thenewbev.com
HOME AWAY FROM HOME ¢ I absolutely LOVE heading to the 101 for endless cups of coffee, a hot stack of pancakes and some serious 1960s vibes. The food is great, and the midcentury diner vibes are in full-effect. www.101coffeeshop.com
JESSICA CAMACHO @jcamacho Photoshoot Location: LACMA | LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART 5905 Wilshire Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90036 323.857.6000 www.lacma.org
PHOTO BY: Aldo Chacon HAIR BY: Paige Davenport MAKEUP BY: Kimberly Bragalone
NATIVE KNOWLEDGE BY LOCALS FOR LOCALS /// WHERE TO SPEND YOUR DAYS
Eat, Drink, Hike, Repeat SCOTTISH ACTOR GRAHAM MCTAVISH IS LIVING HIS LA LIFE TO THE FULLEST
EXPERT: Graham McTavish CREDENTIALS: Actor
HOP TO IT ¢ The nearest I’ve found to a British pub is Father’s Office on Montana Avenue. I’ve had some great evenings there over the years, and they have the best bar staff. Get there early to avoid disappointment! www.fathersoffice.com
BEAN THERE, DONE THAT ¢ Having spent so much time in New Zealand (where coffee is like a religion), I take it very seriously! So depending on where I am, my go-to places are any of the Cafe Luxxe shops or Intelligentsia. www.cafeluxxe.com www.intelligentsiacoffee.com
ROUND OF APPLAUSE ¢ People think theatre in LA is limited, but the Broad Stage in Santa Monica is a fantastic space with world-class productions. www.thebroadstage.org
BEACH, PLEASE ¢ One of my favorite beaches is Point Dume in Malibu. It’s quieter, and you have to search for it. You’re rewarded with a great wooden staircase to the
GRAHAM MCTAVISH @grahammctavish Photoshoot Location: CAFFE LUXXE BRENTWOOD COUNTRY MART 225 26th St Santa Monica, CA 90402 310.394.2222 www.caffeluxxe.com
beach. Pop along to Paradise Cove for lunch. www.parks.ca.gov/pointdume
SLÀINTE! ¢ For a great end-of-theweek vibe, try R+D Kitchen on Montana Avenue. R+D also has a full liquor license if you fancy starting the evening with cocktails while you catch up with mates. www.rd-kitchen.com
CAN’T WE ALL JUST GETTY-LONG? ¢ I first went to the Getty Center when it opened… I was going to perform a Van Gogh play… I’ve always loved the Getty. Its grandeur and its architectural statement never cease to thrill. It’s a special place. www.getty.edu
TAKE A HIKE ¢ Hiking is abundant in the Los Angeles area, but I’ve always reserved a special place for Malibu Creek State Park. I think that’s because “M*A*S*H” was filmed there. It’s a great, accessible, family-friendly park area with some great hiking. www.malibucreekstatepark.org
“People think theatre in LA is limited, but the Broad Stage in Santa Monica is a fantastic space with world-class productions.”
PHOTO BY: Tae Kwon
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“Create a world that makes you happy; mine happens to be a colorful one.” —LESLIE SCHNEIDER
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N S I H T O S W E B NICK BATEMAN IS LIVING LIFE UNLEASHED FROM LABELS AND LIMITATIONS
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“ YOU CAN’T TEACH SOMEONE HOW TO HAVE A GOOD HEART. YOU EITHER HAVE IT OR YOU DON’T.” —NICK BATEMAN
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BATEMAN BEGAN DABBLING IN MODELING AT AGE 17 AFTER A FRIEND ENTERED HIM IN A CATWALK AS A JOKE DURING A CHAMPIONSHIP COMPETITION IN MIAMI.
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SPOILER ALERT: THERE’S MUCH MORE TO NICK BATEMAN THAN MEETS THE EYE. THE 6.4 MILLION PEOPLE WHO FOLLOW HIM ON INSTAGRAM MAY SEE A SHIRTLESS HUNK-TURNED-FAMILY MAN, BUT THE MULTIHYPHENATE MODEL-ACTOR-PRODUCER HAS BEEN WORKING TIRELESSLY BEHIND THE SCENES ON A CONTINUOUS STREAM OF PROJECTS IN PRINT, FILM, TELEVISION AND (NOW) MUSIC SINCE HIS EARLY DAYS AS A TEEN MODEL. AT 32 YEARS OLD, BATEMAN HAS AMASSED NOT ONLY A SERIOUS SOCIAL MEDIA FOLLOWING, BUT ALSO A STRING OF PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENTS; NOT TO MENTION, AN IMPRESSIVE BODY—OF WORK, THAT IS!
As a boy growing up in the small town of Burlington, Ontario, Canada, Bateman didn’t initially have aspirations to work in entertainment. Raised by a supportive single mother, he focused his energy on martial arts, winning four world championship titles in his teens and opening his own karate school by the age of 20. Unlike many models, Bateman pursued a higher education, using his modeling profits to fund his schooling at a university in Vancouver. However, when the recession hit and student enrollment dropped, it was time to forge a new path.
Bateman began dabbling in modeling at age 17 after a friend entered him in a catwalk as a joke during a championship competition in Miami. It turned out to be no laughing matter, as it led to meetings with Calvin Klein and a plum campaign with Abercrombie and Fitch, which most millennials will fondly remember as the pinnacle of youth fashion in the mid-aughts. With his face featured on shopping bags and in malls across America, the 6-foot-4-inch model’s career blossomed, leading to three-month stints in New York City, Miami and Milan. However, the desire to spread his wings and explore other avenues—namely acting and producing—took hold as his enthusiasm for a solo modeling career started to wane. “[Modeling is] lonely,” Bateman says. “If you’re a successful model, you’re traveling all over the
world from agency to agency, place to place, and you’re alone 90 percent of the time. And as soon as you learn your angles and your poses and get what the photographer needs, it’s time to move on.” Acting, on the other hand, excites Bateman, giving him a chance to flex a different kind of muscle. “Acting is something that you train for,” he explains. “It’s similar to martial arts; you have to keep your acting muscle going or you’re not going to perform well.” That desire to constantly improve and evolve is what has led Bateman to continue to forge new paths and find success in so many areas. After being introduced to Israeli-Canadian film producer Niv Fichman, Bateman found his entrée into the acting world, in the form of a stunt role that transformed into a full character part in the 2011 Sundance indie film, Hobo With a Shotgun. Fully bitten by the acting bug, Bateman continued to star in a variety of film and television projects, finding a niche in romantic comedies, including Winter Wedding, The Matchmaker’s Playbook and the 2019 Hallmark romance, A Brush With Love. Eager to delve into meatier territory and show a broader range of skills, he’s also been inspired to write and pitch his own passion projects, which tackle heavier social and cultural issues like police brutality and domestic violence. And then there’s music.
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By providing exposure to smaller Canadian music groups through his online following, Bateman began to create relationships in the music world, stoking a growing interest in producing songs through collaborations with vocalists and musicians, including the single “Red Flags,” with singer Jocelyn Alice and producer Elijah Woods (not to be confused with the actor of Lord of the Rings fame).
In addition to coordinating the tracks, Bateman played a prominent role in inspiring the song’s composition, cementing his position as an industry jack-of-all-trades. “I hate how people are labeled,” he says. “I’m not Nick the Model, or Nick the Actor; I’m a human being. I can do whatever I want if I try, and if I work at it.” It’s this passion for forging new creative paths and disdain for labeling that has Bateman refusing to be pigeon-holed. “My idol, who I’ve always looked up to, is Forrest Gump,” he adds. “I love that anything he wanted to do, he just did it blindly, with passion.” That blind passion is what brought Bateman to Los Angeles five years ago, along with the support of his now-wife, Maria Corrigan. Their relationship began like any good Hollywood meet-cute. Back in Canada, circa 2008, Nick discovered Corrigan on Facebook and sent her “a winky face.” Although he didn’t get the response he had hoped for, fate stepped in two weeks later when Bateman’s buddy convinced him to join in on a night out at Emma’s Back Porch, a popular local watering hole. Sure enough, the girl from Facebook was there, enjoying the evening with friends of her own. “She walked over and said, ‘Are you the guy who sent me that winky face?’” Bateman recalls fondly. By the end of the night, Bateman had won her over, and the two “pinky-swore” to meet again. And meet again, they did. The two tied the knot this past July 17, their eleventh anniversary, in a stunning affair at the Calamigos Ranch in Malibu. The pair was feted by family and friends, with a pint-sized VIP in attendance: their nearly one-year-old son, Chase. “He’s the happiest kid in the world,” Bateman beams while describing his little one. “It’s so fun to see him grow and watch him experience things for the first time. I’ve had more fun doing this than any of the other years of my life.”
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“I HATE HOW PEOPLE ARE LABELED. I’M NOT NICK THE MODEL, OR NICK THE ACTOR; I’M A HUMAN BEING. I CAN DO WHATEVER I WANT IF I TRY, AND IF I WORK AT IT.”
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“IT’S SO FUN TO SEE [CHASE] GROW AND WATCH HIM EXPERIENCE THINGS FOR THE FIRST TIME. I’VE HAD MORE FUN DOING THIS THAN ANY OF THE OTHER YEARS OF MY LIFE.” —NICK BATEMAN
Having grown up without a strong paternal presence in his own life, Bateman is all the more excited to finally be a father himself. “A lot of people see [having one parent] as a negative thing, but I had such an amazing mom. She always taught me that I can do anything I want, so not having [a father] didn’t really affect me growing up because she was both.”
Becoming a family man has changed Bateman for the better, although it came with a price. His social media following took a hit, with a loss of nearly 300,000 heartbroken fans who jumped ship after discovering his picture-perfect personal life. “It didn’t matter to me,” Bateman shrugs. “I didn’t want to keep misrepresenting who I am. It’s this whole fantasy thing: people unfollowing you when they think you’re not available anymore…but now people tell me all the time that they follow me just to see pictures of Chase.” Hiding his personal life was a challenge when moving to Los Angeles five years ago with his long-time love. Quitting her job as a cardiovascular tech, Corrigan joined Bateman on his professional journey from Canada to LA, which eventually led to opportunities for her as an influencer in the social media world. Presenting himself as a single man about town in the land of youth and beauty was an adjustment, but his relationship with Corrigan has remained strong, withstanding the temptations of Hollywood.
“She just has such a beautiful heart,” Bateman gushes. “To me, a personality is so much more important [than looks]. I would see beautiful girls here, but she was so much more beautiful to me just for who she was. She’s so giving, she’s trustworthy and she’s always been there for me. You can’t teach someone how to have a good heart. You either have it or you don’t. I got so lucky that I found someone who’s from my hometown and really relates to me.” In the future, Bateman plans to document more of his family life on Youtube, giving fans an inside look at his daily life with Corrigan and baby Chase. “I don’t get any sleep,” Bateman laughs when describing fatherhood. “And when we do have a babysitter, there’s really no leisure time; we’re just catching up on work. Some people might feel trapped by that, but I love it. Every time I leave, I wish I were back home. My life is pretty much all about my son now.” As for other future endeavors, Bateman plans to continue with more music, as well as more acting and modeling, which continues to be his bread-and-butter. Always carving new avenues for himself, Bateman’s career is brighter than ever and always promises something new. “If I want to do something, I just do it,” Bateman says. “Two years from now, I could be doing something completely different and totally loving it.”
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DREAMS DO COME TRUE Bateman is now good friends with his one-time crush Nicole Scherzinger.
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Two pups who weren’t featured in the shoot are Bateman’s Yorkies, Joey and Keeva, who reside in the Santa Clarita home he shares with wife Maria and son Chase.
Bateman’s original childhood aspiration was to become a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle.
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SCENTSATIONAL One of Bateman’s most recent campaigns is a series for Bulgari fragrances.
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Fun fact: According to on-set hair and makeup artist Jennifer Mau, Bateman cuts his own hair.
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ORANGE COUNTY OUR GUIDE TO THE BEST HOTELS IN ORANGE COUNTY FOR ANY OCCASION
Well-Cultured Trendsetter Who Wants to Experience Quintessential Orange County Culture, fashion and great food intersect perfectly in Costa Mesa, and the Four Diamond awardwinning Avenue of the Arts Hotel is the ultimate destination for the sophisticated traveler. Located in the Theatre and Arts District as well as adjacent to shopping mecca, South Coast Plaza, this luxurious, contemporary hotel that offers attentive service is loved by guests. For the last two years, Avenue of the Arts has won the Hotel of the Year Award from Marriott as well as glowing reviews from happy travelers. Rooms are beautifully appointed with hardwood floors, modern art and free WiFi. Relax at The Silver Trumpet’s newlyrenovated outdoor patio with fire pits and TVs, workout at the fitness center or take a dip in the sparkling pool. If you have come to see a show or shop till you drop, indulge in either and then end your day in complete satisfaction in the cozy comfort of your lovely suite.
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TA K E A V O W Ú Avenue of the Arts Costa Mesa, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel is the perfect spot for your event and is a favorite of OC couples who want an unforgettable wedding experience. Say your vows in the beautiful Garden Retreat or lakeside and then celebrate with delicious cuisine in the Grand Ballroom. TH A NK S A BR UNC H Ú Even if you are not a hotel guest, you can enjoy a fabulous Sunday brunch lakeside with bottomless mimosas and bloody marys at
The Silver Trumpet Restaurant and Bar. C URTA IN C A L L Ú The best location in OC for theater buffs and shopaholics, Avenue of the Arts Hotel is within walking distance to Segerstrom Center for the Arts and South Coast Plaza. L IFE’S A BEA C H Ú Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm and your choice of OC Beaches (Huntington, Newport, Laguna, Dana Point and San Clemente) are all within 30 minutes of Avenue of the Arts Hotel.
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In many ways, Avenue of the Arts Hotel is one of the most quintessential Orange County hotel destinations. Whether you’re the type to stay on-property and enjoy the amenities or venture off and explore, making this hotel your hub won’t disappoint. From the stylish suites that’ll make you want to stay in all day to the hotel’s bounty of near-by attractions like sandy beaches, luxury shopping and amusement parks, Avenue of the Arts Hotel surely proves that OC lives up to the hype.
AVENUE OF THE ARTS COSTA MESA, A TRIBUTE PORTFOLIO HOTEL 3350 Avenue of the Arts Costa Mesa, CA 92626 714.751.5100 www.avenueoftheartshotel.com
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3 FO R TH E BO UG IE BEA C H BUM CRYSTAL COVE BEACH COTTAGES 35 Crystal Cove Newport Beach, CA 92657 949.376.6200 www.crystalcove.org/ beach-cottages
Wedding festivities will be as breezy as the blue Pacific right in
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front of you on the Ocean Lawn at the Paséa Hotel & Spa.
Dreamy Wedding Destinations SAY “I DO” TO THESE OC HOTEL VENUES
FO R T HE WILD C HIL D COU PLE Ú Wedding festivities will be as breezy as the blue Pacific right in front of you on the Ocean Lawn at the Paséa Hotel & Spa. After the vows, you and your guests will love dancing the night away overlooking the beautiful Huntington Beach. PASÉA HOTEL & SPA 21080 Pacific Coast Hwy Huntington Beach, CA 92648 855.622.2472 www.meritagecollection. com/pasea-hotel
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F OR T HE C OU P L E W HO LOVES THE OCEAN
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Ú The Rotunda at The Resort at Pelican Hill is the ultimate spot for the perfect dream wedding. The ocean views and lush green lawns coupled with the Renaissance dome and columns all make for something out of a fantasy. With all the incredible amenities the resort has to offer, you’ll realize wedding dreams can come true, right on the Newport Coast.
Ú For ocean lovers, the perfect spot for a coastal-vibe wedding is The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel. High on a 150foot bluff overlooking the Pacific and surrounded by blooming flowers, this unforgettable location will amaze the happy couple and give their guests a ceremony they will never forget.
Ú Monarch Beach Resort’s luxurious atmosphere and views of the pristine coastline are perfection. Say your vows in the Mediterraneanstyle Botanical Garden under a white marble Roman gazebo. Whether you have hundreds of guests or just a few, your celebration will be uniquely impressive.
THE RITZ-CARLTON, LAGUNA NIGUEL 1 Ritz-Carlton Dr Dana Point, CA 92629 949.240.2000 www.ritzcarlton.com/en/ hotels/california/lagunaniguel
MONARCH BEACH RESORT 1 Monarch Beach Resort Dana Point, CA 92629 949.234.3900 monarchbeachresort.com
THE RESORT AT PELICAN HILL 22701 S Pelican Hill Rd Newport Coast, CA 92657 855.467.6800 www.pelicanhill.com
FO R TH E R O MA NTIC W H O WA NTS D INNER W ITH A S ID E O F S UNS ET LAGUNA CLIFFS MARRIOTT RESORT & SPA 25135 Park Lantern Dana Point, CA 92629 949.661.5000 www.marriott.com/ hotels/travel/snadplaguna-cliffs-marriottresort-and-spa
F OR T HE NATU RE L OV I N G CO U P L E Ú Calling all outdoorsy types: it doesn’t get better than The Harvest Lawn at The Ranch at Laguna Beach. The steep canyon walls showcase the rustic, natural beauty of the venue with Laguna Beach in all its glory just on the other side. A fantastic blend of serenity, nature and upscale amenities make The Ranch a truly unique wedding spot in Orange County. THE RANCH AT LAGUNA BEACH 31106 S Coast Hwy Laguna Beach, CA 92651 949.499.2271 www.theranchlb.com
FO R TH E S UR FER W H O W IS H ES TH EY C O UL D L IV E O N TH E S A ND NOMADS HOTEL 101 Avenida Serra San Clemente, CA 92672 949.492.6000 www.stayatnomads.com
FO R TH E S H O PA H O L IC O N A N UNL IMITED S H O P P ING S P R EE LIDO HOUSE 3300 Newport Blvd Newport Beach, CA 92663 949.524.8500 lidohousehotel.com LOCALE MAGAZINE 51
THE WESTGATE HOTEL 1055 2nd Ave San Diego, CA 92101 619.238.1818 www.westgatehotel.com
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SAN DIEGO BEST OF THE WESTS
World Traveler Who’s Homesick for California You don’t have to travel to the Palace of Versailles to experience French antiques and tapestries, Persian rugs and crystal chandelier decor, as The Westgate Hotel San Diego offers all of that and then some. Situated in the heart of downtown San Diego, the 223-deluxe room (160 of those are kings) hotel offers an exodus to another world, waiting with open arms for the ideal staycation hug. And since that hug comes in a world that is decidedly French-inspired, it makes perfect sense that The Westgate offers a restaurant that is très chic. French-style architecture and decor spill over into The Westgate Room, where you’ll find savory beef tenderloin, as well as an array of seafood from lobster to Bay scallops paired with Baja Prawn. Delicious California cuisine with French influences certainly supports The Westgate’s emphasis on wellness, as stimulated taste buds and warm bellies are evidence of that. But The Westgate Hotel takes it to a whole new level with its AquaVie Spa. There are few places in the heart of a major city where you can find relaxation, peace and quiet, but the AquaVie Spa not only offers just that within its private walls, but also advanced wellness treatments. Since health is a theme for staycationers at The Westgate, you won’t be disappointed by the 40,000 square feet of “sleek custom-designed workout spaces” at the AquaVie Fitness + Wellness Club. Not only does it offer 200 cardio and weight machines, which eclipses most local gyms, but also spin classes, pool access and even a running track on the fourth floor, all of which allow you to zone out while you workout, and zone in on stunning downtown San Diego views. WRITTEN BY: MATTHEW J. BLACK 52 LOCALE MAGAZINE
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CATAMARAN RESORT HOTEL AND SPA www.catamaranresort.com
ANDAZ SAN DIEGO www.hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/ california/andaz-san-diego/sanas
THE WESTIN CARLSBAD RESORT & SPA 5480 Grand Pacific Dr Carlsbad, CA 92008 760.827.2800 www.marriott.com/hotels/fact-sheet/travel/ sanwc-the-westin-carlsbad-resort-and-spa
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A GO O D WALK. . . SPO ILED? Ú Mark Twain said, “Golf is a good walk spoiled,” but he should’ve added that if the first tee is a short walk from your bed, golf becomes a walk improved. Hone your putting skills on The Crossings’ 10,000 square-foot green, while golfing in cool breezes with ocean views.
T h e Tr ave l e r Who Wa nts to L i v e a n d E at L i k e a S a n D i e g o L oca l
The Vacati oner Who ’s a Hotel Body a n d B a si cally Pai d f o r the Beach V i ews
L’AUBERGE DEL MAR www.laubergedelmar.com
TOWER 23 HOTEL www.t23hotel.com
Th e Influencer Wh o Wants to R ent a Cabana Wi th Th eir Insta- Famous Fr i ends THE LAFAYETTE HOTEL, SWIM CLUB & BUNGALOWS www.lafayettehotelsd.com
Local in Search of the Perfect Staycation The friendly Westin staff offers a free shuttle service within a five-mile radius of the resort, and within that area is Carlsbad Village and no shortage of activities and food to keep you occupied. But that’s assuming you’d even want to leave the resort in the first place, as the Mediterraneanstyle hotel offers everything from entertainment to first class relaxation. After a day out at the beach or golfing at the adjacent The Crossings 18-hole golf course, you may want to take time to treat yourself at the Ocean Pearl Spa. Their healing body treatments are enhanced by products and methods inspired by the sea, relaxing visitors with services such as the Vitamin Sea Massage or the Mermaid Facial. And of course, what day would be complete without a world-class dinner eaten while watching a stunning sunset view? The 20|Twenty, named for the picturesque, near-panoramic view of the western sky, will have you warming up next to a fire pit while the ocean breeze kisses you as it blows through your hair. Locallysourced food is the restaurant trend these days, but 20|Twenty is a class above, proven by their constant rotation of ingredients and cocktails based on the best locally sourced ingredients. For the casual eater and drinker, The Westin Carlsbad also offers the 7 Mile Kitchen, which serves pizza and beer on tap—‘nough said. But the designers of this coastal retreat had Southern Californians in mind when they included a complete rental service for athletic gear. So if you want to use “forgetting your runners” as an excuse for not working out during your staycation, you’re fresh out of luck.
The Brood ing W his k e y L ove r W ho Enjoy s t he Fine r Thing s in L if e PENDRY SAN DIEGO www.pendry.com/san-diego
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GREATER PALM SPRINGS
Instagram-Happy Travel Influencer One of the desert’s most iconic hot spots has been seducing high-profile guests since the late 1950s—even Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra have walked these heavenly halls. Today, social media influencers flock to this hotel, and it’s no wonder why! The Riviera seamlessly blends Old Hollywood charm with modern aesthetics, giving guests plenty of social content. From the moment you enter the hotel, you’ll be inspired to take an OOTD in front of the green, mid-mod wall facade that you’ll see upon your arrival and throughout the hotel. A perfectly-placed seat and mirror hanging on a wall of lush greenery is the ideal spot to take a selfie with your squad.
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With photo-ready backdrops to be found in every area of the Riviera, from the artsy cabanas to the boho-themed lounge areas, it won’t be hard to curate an enviable Instagram feed. WRITTEN BY: LAUREN MCCARRAN
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Be sure to take photo advantage at Cafe Palmetto—seated in front of the palm-themed wallpaper, of course! Boost your likes with one of their award-winning bloody marys or a handcrafted beer. The swanky Cantala Restaurant is reminiscent of Old Hollywood glamour and has a customizable California-inspired menu. For a more seductive ambiance, stop by the dark and retro Gypsy Rose bar and try one of their signature cocktails like the Jalisco Mule, made with Cazadores Blanco, lime juice, agave nectar and ginger beer, or the Anti-Oxidant Mojito, loaded with rum, berries, pomegranates and mint.
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e The first hotel to be built from the ground up in over a decade has become one of the best places to stay amongst influencers and one of the most Insta-worthy spots in Palm Springs. ARRIVE offers tech-savvy service, gorgeous aesthetics and plenty of photoops—everything an influencer could ever want!
GET THE GRAM AT THESE INSTA-WORTHY SPOTS IN ARRIVE PALM SPRINGS
RAISE THE ROOF Ú Upon your arrival, be sure to notice the sleek lines of the butterfly roof and maybe snap a quick selfie.
WEX ON, WEX OFF Ú Poolside bites and drinks are provided by Wexler’s @ ARRIVE.
CHECK IT OUT Ú Be warned—the chic modern vibe, poolside “divein” movies and rooms will make you want to take up permanent residency.
GET GROUNDED Ú The herringbone floors add more textural design leading into the ultra-modern and luxurious bathrooms.
Photography Provided By: ARRIVE Palm Springs | Jeff Mindell
LIFE OF THE POOL PARTY Ú Rotating DJs, live music sessions, bocce, poolside yoga, communal fire pits and beer pong tournaments are just some of the fun to be had.
Native Knowledge Ú All hotel guests must be over 21, but guests of all ages are welcome to the restaurants onproperty.
THE POST WITH THE MOST Ú The entire super-hip boutique hotel begs to be Instagrammed and its minimalist modern design will surely attract followers and increase your impressions. 9 4
SLEEK AND CHIC Ú All 32 rooms are decorated with a neutral palette, patterned wallpaper, leather chairs, wooden accents and king-sized beds.
OH, WHEELY? Ú You can even rent a retro bike to pose for a pic and take a cruise around Downtown.
HAVE A NICE DAY(BED) Ú The clean lines of the exterior extend through the hotel and out to the cabana and lounge chairsrimmed pool, which is open to the public!
People Who Have GeoTagged ARRIVE 1. @camillekostek 2. @iamrachelmccord 3. @shutthekaleup 4. @captainbarto 5. @engelauren 6. @dwrexx 7. @caseyharris_xa 8. @tylset 9. @undertheseascout 10. @cinnam_o.n
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MIRAMONTE INDIAN WELLS RESORT & SPA 45000 Indian Wells Ln Indian Wells, CA 92210 760.341.2200 www.miramonteresort.com
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GREATER PALM SPRINGS ALL FOR FUN AND FUN FOR ALL
Family That Stays Active Together A family that plays together stays together, so the next time you’re booking an escape to the desert, make sure to choose a resort that has something that kids of all ages can enjoy! Miramonte Indian Wells Resort & Spa is known for its plethora of activities for all ages and interests. The Miramonte also partners with Indian Wells Golf Resort across the street, granting their guests access to the course. Sprawling lush lawns are the perfect place to spend some quality time with the kids. Toss around some bean bags with a game of cornhole, test your strategy and balance with giant Jenga or team up and challenge each other to a few rounds of ladder ball and bocce ball. Once it’s time to unwind, this hotel with stunning views and sprawling gardens has three pools for you and the fam to splash around in. In addition to family-friendly suites, stay during the summer for special packages! And parents, if you’d like to take a break, Miramonte’s award-winning Well Spa offers nine indoor treatment rooms and three outdoor relaxation spaces that reflect desert tranquility. You don’t have to leave the hotel grounds to have a good time, and your children won’t have to frolic far to find entertainment. Miramonte is conveniently located close to many desert activities such as hiking trails, The Palm Springs Aerial Tram, The Living Desert Zoo & Gardens and the Children’s Discovery Museum—all perfect activities for a family outing.
The Saguaro Palm Springs
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Ú Bask in all the colors of the rainbow with a cocktail in hand at this always exciting desert oasis. The vibrant energy is kept alive by regular entertainment day and night, providing a sure-fire way to an unadulterated good time. THE SAGUARO PALM SPRINGS www.thesaguaro.com/palm-springs
Ace Hotel & Swim Club
Ú This go-to hipster retreat is the epitome of California cool with an eclectic vibe and a lively party scene. The retro-inspired bar has 21 craft beers on tap. Day passes are available for $20 from 12-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday. Weekend rates increase to $30. ACE HOTEL www.acehotel.com/palmsprings
LA QUINTA RESORT & CLUB, A WALDORF ASTORIA RESORT 49499 Eisenhower Dr La Quinta, CA 92253 760.564.4111 www.laquintaresort.com
Poolside Pur veyor of Cocktails As we all know, adulting is pretty hard, but at La Quinta Resort & Club, it’s all about celebrating your adulthood! And what better way to celebrate than by enjoying a poolside cocktail at a gorgeous resort in Coachella Valley? Hint hint: it’s a bubbly happy hour featuring champagne, sunsets and the sounds of splashing socialites.
Photography Provided By: Miramonte Indian Wells Resort & Spa | La Quinta Resort & Club
For many of us, the mere mention of a good happy hour is enough to spread smiles and spark inspiration. But you can take it to the next level in the desert, where the hour is happiest when it’s dipped in a pool while staring at a stunning backdrop of purple mountains and clear skies. PLUNGE is La Quinta Resort & Club’s adults-only pool, and together with Veuve Clicquot, they host a high-spirited soirée, Aprés Swim. The HH menu features bubbling libations sure to keep you refreshed while you chill hard at this super cool swim lounge. We recommend the local fave, the La Quinta Cooler made with mint, cucumber and the drink of the hour—Veuve Clicquot. Come dressed in your poolside best or whatever you’re comfortable in! The laid-back vibe is open to anyone with an interest in a good time. Escape your day or start your night at Aprés Swim every Thursday through Saturday from 3-6 p.m., with Fridays and Saturdays reserved for resort guests only.
Ú Your inner child can romp through Splashtopia Water Park’s 425-foot long lazy river while enjoying an Icee with an adult twist—vodka or rum, anyone? If you prefer to play with kids your own age, there is an adults-only pool as well. OMNI RANCHO LAS PALMAS RESORT & SPA www.omnihotels.com/hotels/palm-springs-rancho-las-palmas
Ú High Bar is a unique blend of style and sophistication with an array of artisan cocktails to sip on like the Highway 111, made with bourbon, demerara, roasted dates and bitters. Day passes are available Monday through Friday for $30, but the pool is closed to the public on weekends. KIMPTON ROWAN www.rowanpalmsprings.com
Ú When life gives you lemons, make a poolside order for a citron presse! Available to registered guests, Parker Palm Springs’ Lemonade Stand is a vibrant pop of color ready to add a little more sunshine to your already-beautiful day. PARKER PALM SPRINGS www.parkerpalmsprings.com
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LAS VEGAS MAKE TIME FOR ME TIME
STEP INTO PAR ADISE Ú The Waldorf Astoria is actually located in Paradise, Nevada, a very fitting place for a hotel located right next to some of Las Vegas’ most soughtafter sights, award winning restaurants and luxuriousness.
ESCAPE THE STR IP WITH A TR IP DO WN THE R ABBIT HO LE Ú The spa includes an option for a Wonderland manicure and pedicure, a perfectly topsy turvy tea party celebration for children ages six through 12, where young ones can have their nails painted and have a cup of the Mad Hatter’s tea.
Restless Vacationer in Need of Some Luxurious R&R
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WALDORF ASTORIA LAS VEGAS 3752 S Las Vegas Blvd Las Vegas, NV 89158 702.590.8888 www.waldorfastorialasvegas.com
The Waldorf Astoria spa was built to completely submerge people in 27,000 square feet of tranquility for both the body and mind. Not only do they offer massages, but they have 16 different treatment rooms, relaxation lounges, herbal steam rooms, experience showers, an ice fountain and even a salon to complete their pampering menu. Check out their tranquility day pass for an all day experience dedicated to immersing yourself in vitality pools, lancomium, herbal showers and much more. If you’re desiring some self-care time in between hitting the Strip, they also offer personalized massage combos to target just what you need on your vacation get away. Their spa services include restorative massages to ease any stress and quiet the mind, a crystal balance treatment which uses the healing energy of jade to restore harmony to the body, as well as aromatherapy oil massages with heated stones to relieve tension with ease. Are you heading to Las Vegas with someone special? They also offer a wide variety of couples massages, such as the karmic happiness ritual, heart of romance, and state of equilibrium to help two minds and bodies de-stress simultaneously and intimately. Of course, every spa experience wouldn’t be complete without putting on The Waldorf’s comfy robe and slippers to help you turn your vacation rest and relaxation dial all the way up. Vacation is always a great time for pampering, and the body scrubs, wellness awakening massages and detox wraps at The Waldorf Astoria spa brings enough luxury into your vacation to make you say ‘ahhhhhh,’ even if the slot games don’t.
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FO R TH E C L A S S IC IS T Ú The Vdara Suite puts a luxurious twist on what it means to be a home away from home, complete with a full living room and kitchen area with a cooktop, offering plenty of space to unwind after a long burning of the vacationers oil. VDARA HOTEL & SPA 2600 W Harmon Ave Las Vegas, NV 89158 866.745.7111 vdara.mgmresorts.com FO R TH E MO D ER NIS T Ú The Canyon Suite offers guests dazzling views of the canyon mountains, as well as two spacious bedrooms and an equally spacious bar that seats five for those nights when you choose to bring the party inside and dance the night away on beautiful marble floors.
RED ROCK CASINO RESORT & SPA 11011 W Charleston Blvd Las Vegas, NV 89135 702.797.7777 luxurysuites.sclv.com
Photography Provided By: The Bathhouse Spa at The Delano: MGM Resorts International | The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
FOR T HE C ULTURALLYINC L INED WHO W O ULD LIKE TO E XP E RIENCE A H AMMAM Ú The Sahra spa was inspired by the beauty of the desert’s vast sky, moonlit nights and sand, to provide a unique experience of tranquility. Natural walls threaded with silver, mirroring the looks of slot canyons, guide guests into their oasis. Their Hammam massage is a modern take on the historical tradition of purification through heat and renewal. It provides a unique combination of body detoxification and steam treatments with a heated motherstone slab, two whirlpools and stone loungers. THE COSMOPOLITAN OF LAS VEGAS 3708 S Las Vegas Blvd Las Vegas, NV 89109 702.698.7000 cosmopolitanlasvegas.com
FO R T H E W I LD C LUBBE R I N N E E D O F A W E LLN E S S DE T O X FRO M T H E S T RI P Ú Canyon Ranch has been providing an award winning space for rejuvenation since 1999, and is the largest day spa in North America. Their spa suite, Aquavana, is complete with thermal spa cabins, purifying salt grotto and multisensory experiential rains. This is just one of 150 spa, fitness and wellness experiences offered at Canyon Ranch, to create the perfect blend of rejuvenating relaxation and bursts of energy to recharge. What a break from the bustle! CANYON RANCH SPACLUB 3355 S Las Vegas Blvd, Ste 1159 Las Vegas, NV 89109 877.220.2688 canyonranch.com/las-vegas
F OR T HE T EN S E W OR K A HOL I C W HO N EED S A R EJU V EN AT I N G B AT H S OA K Ú The Delano BATHHOUSE Spa offers steam rooms and saunas,12 treatment rooms providing massages, wraps and facials, as well as a complete workout facility (just in case you get the workout bug while on vacation). Try out a Coconut Lime Escape Massage, Hydration Wrap or Wild Honey Body Treatment to truly relax the mind and body. THE BATHHOUSE SPA AT THE DELANO 3940 S Las Vegas Blvd Las Vegas, NV 89119 877.632.9636 delanolasvegas. mgmresorts.com
F OR T HE F I R S TT I M ER W HO HA S N ’ T HA D A T HA I - I N F L U EN C ED D EEP T I S S U E MASSAGE
F OR T HE T R AV ELE R IN N EED OF A M OR OCCA N OI L FA CIA L R EJU V ENATIO N
Ú Located inside the Wynn Tower, the spa at Wynn Las Vegas offers an intimate setting for visitors to relax and unwind. Their spa experiences are designed with maximum flexibility and customizable treatments, so that every guest can leave with their own unique and fulfilling experience. The Thai oil infusion massage, provides a higher level of relaxation through a combination of Thai stretching and Thai-influenced deep tissue techniques, leaving visitors feeling energized with a wider range of motion.
Ú The Bellagio Spa, Salon & Barber aims to bring a bit of nature into the world of health and wellness, providing varying treatments to complement each of the seasons. The Moroccan oil treatment provides the ultimate level of luxury and pampering, complete with a warm hydration wrap, a nutrient packed body soufflé massage, followed by the sprinkling of a delicate gold shimmer to leave your outside radiating as much as your inside.
WYNN LAS VEGAS 3131 Las Vegas Blvd Las Vegas, NV 89109 702.770.7000 www.wynnlasvegas.com
BELLAGIO LAS VEGAS 3600 S Las Vegas Blvd Las Vegas, NV 89109 702.693.7111 bellagio.mgmresorts.com
FO R TH E C H IC Ú The Sunrise/Sunset Suite offers a wide expanse of windows to allow guests to rise with the sun in the morning and fall asleep staring at the colorful lights of Las Vegas at night, while also showing beautiful views of the Red Rock National Conservation Area to perfectly balance out the human and nature made masterpieces. FOUR SEASONS AT MANDALAY BAY 3960 S Las Vegas Blvd Las Vegas, NV 89119 702.632.5000 www.fourseasons.com/ lasvegas FO R TH E BA L L ER Ú The Hardwood Suite has enough beds to fit 10 people, and it’s not a coincidence that that’s the perfect number for two pick-up teams, as this suite comes with a private basketball court and locker room. It’s perfect for those looking for some sporty competition while on vacation. Basketballs and scoreboard are included, but the game-winning shot is not. PALMS CASINO RESORT 4321 W Flamingo Rd Las Vegas, NV 89103 702.942.7777 www.palms.com LOCALE MAGAZINE 59
HOTEL ANGELENO 170 N Church Ln Los Angeles CA 90049 310.476.6411 www.hotelangeleno.com
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LOS ANGELES W E S T C O A S T, B E S T C O A S T
Tourist Wanting the LA Experience Having trouble deciding on a spot for your stay in LA? The Hotel Angeleno combines the best of all worlds. With its central location on the west side just off the 405, it’s never been easier to get where you’re going. Plus, with the hotel’s unique cylindrical shape, you can choose a city view from any angle. Face oceanside to the west for a glimpse of Santa Monica, or east for the glittering skyline of downtown, and everything in between. Perched at the very top is WEST Restaurant, the crown jewel of the Angeleno. With a sleek bar and 360-degree views, “You can’t beat the view on a clear day,” says General Manager Rick Gluth of the posh eatery. If you’re feeling spendy, spring for one of three Fit For a King suites, which features a separate entertaining area, a media center with Bluetooth streaming and a personalized bar cart with handpicked liquors and snacks. When you curl up in a plush robe and take in a sunset from your private balcony on the 16th floor, you’ll feel as if you’ve landed among the stars.
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Th e Posh Beach g oer Loung i ng i n Luxur y
Th e Couple i n Need of a Second Honeymoon
HOTEL CASA DEL MAR www.hotelcasadelmar.com
THE SHADE HOTEL www.shadehotel.com
The S e e k e r of G ol d e n A g e G l a m our MILLENNIUM BILTMORE LOS ANGELES www.millenniumhotels.com
LOEWS SANTA MONICA BEACH 1700 Ocean Ave Santa Monica, CA 90401 310.458.6700 www.loewshotels.com/santa-monica
Vacationer Craving Coastal Culture If beaching is your aim, you can’t get much closer than Loews Santa Monica. Just steps from the sand, you can get the full seaside experience right from your very own guest room, or treat yourself to an upgrade in a luxury suite with a variety of customized features (think fire pits and beach-level terraces). Light and airy just like the breeze along the coastline, each room is outfitted in creamy tones with coastal aquamarine accents. Enjoy various dining experiences located downstairs, including an alfresco feast of seafood and local cuisine at Ocean and Vine, curl up by a fire pit on a chilly late night at Blue Streak or take in casual, farmto-table fare at Bar Belle. Expect to be dazzled from your front-row seat of the sweeping views of the sparkling Pacific, and the dizzying lights of the Santa Monica Pier framed by the majestic mountains.
Photography Provided By: Hotel Angeleno | Loews Santa Monica Beach
“We take care of everything for our guests to ensure they have a well-rounded stay for the ultimate coastal getaway,” says Director of Sales and Marketing Marta Hagan. By day, get down with the local culture by taking a boogie boarding class or a private surf lesson (all arranged for you by the hotel concierge), and come nightfall, kick back and relax with a drink in hand.
T h e A r ti s a n With an A f fi ni ty f o r B ou ti q u e s
T he A r ti st Inspir ed b y Q u intessential Lo s Ang eles
FARMER’S DAUGHTER HOTEL farmersdaughterhotel.com
LINE LA thelinehotel.com/los-angeles
Th e Dr eamer Cr avi ng th e Celebr ity Li festyle WALDORF ASTORIA BEVERLY HILLS www.waldorfastoria3.hilton.com
The S oc ia l it e W ho D rink s P ink y - Up R e g a rd l e s s of W ha t ’s in The ir G l a s s MONTAGE BEVERLY HILLS www.montagehotels.com/beverlyhills
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HOW TO MAKE
Dazed & Amused Moroccan Meets Art Deco Decor in Dazey LA’s Dazeywood Penthouse WRITTEN BY: JENNIFER PELLERITO • PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED BY: DANIELLE NAGEL
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“We wanted it to be very bubbly and chunky and soft and pink.” —Danielle Nagel
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Expert : Danielle Nagel Credentials: Founder, Owner and Designer, Dazey LA
Welcome to Dazey Den, the latest venture by Danielle Nagel, the entrepreneur behind the wildly popular clothing company, Dazey LA. If you haven’t already heard, Dazey Den is Nagel’s newest undertaking into the world of interior design. Lucky for us, her latest creative endeavor is only just beginning to blossom.
Creativity can barely be contained within the walls of Nagel’s latest project, the Dazeywood Penthouse—an apartment in Los Angeles’ Beachwood Canyon. The 2,000-square foot apartment sits on the top floor of a Spanish-style triplex. Nagel and her boyfriend, Phillip Butler, decided to move into the space after designing their Dazey Desert rental home in Palm Springs. “After spending time at the desert house and then coming back to our relatively small, little, uninspired apartment in LA, we were like, we should really use the money we’ve been able to make with the rental, and just get a spot that we really, really love in LA,” says Nagel. She took the opportunity to design their new apartment as a space that potentially could be rented for photoshoots, although those plans eventually fell through. Now, the Dazeywood Penthouse is the space that Nagel and Butler call home. “It’s such a game-changer: living in a space that you’re really inspired by, especially as a designer,” she says. Naturally, Nagel dreamt up a grand color scheme that entirely transformed the space. Using paint by DunnEdwards, Nagel and Butler painted the apartment in pink, yellow, blue and green shades. Surprising as it may sound, the colors flow cohesively from room to room without skipping a beat. A fusion of glam furnishings and bohemian accessories tie the look together. The space now represents a shift in Nagel’s personal design aesthetic. “Even as a t-shirt designer, I’m doing more funky, Art Deco, ‘90s, artsy kind-of design, versus my super ‘70s stuff that I was doing a few years ago,” she says. Nagel’s selection of artwork hits this point home—a Matisse print complements the pink wall opposite, and one of Nagel’s own whimsical print designs incorporates the same color scheme. In the living room, soft pink walls and a sage-green tiled fireplace come together with a statement rug—a vintage Moroccan that features both colors effortlessly. “We wanted it to be very bubbly and chunky and soft and pink,” Nagel says. “There’s some midcentury touches in our new apartment, but it’s very Moroccan meets Art Deco—it’s super fun.” 64 LOCALE MAGAZINE
HOW TO COMMIT TO COLOR Make Your Apartment More Awe-Worthy With the Power of Pigment
The power of color is a strength that Nagel knows how to wield in fashion, art
and design. Featuring bold colors in every room, the apartment is emblematic of Nagel’s identifiable signature style—fearless, feminine and uplifting. “When you
really commit to a color, that’s when you’re going to make something awe-worthy,” says
Nagel. Steeped in funky, Art Deco and ‘90s-inspired décor, the design infuses lush, velvety
textures in sunny yellow, bubbly pink, sage green and baby blue. How can you get the look? We spoke with Nagel to get the inside scoop.
• “It’s okay to mix different shades. If you’re going to mix shades, mix a lot of different shades so it looks intentional.”
• “Test swatches—it will blow your mind how different it looks on the wall versus a swatch. Even just one shade up or down can have an entirely different look. Our room was shockingly bright [yellow]; it wasn’t cute! But then we went with a slightly more gold, subtle yellow and it looked so much better.”
• “Not being afraid of color and just going for it is a statement in of itself. It does tie everything together because it’s so bold. It’s all so bold.”
• “We have green in our living room and green in Phillip’s office. We have pink in the kitchen, and also my office is blue and pink and then we have pink in the living room. You can tell there’s a theme throughout.”
• “Accent walls are a great way to start exploring color. They’re easy to paint and paint back or paint different—it’s just one wall. If our entire room was yellow, the whole room would have a yellow hue that bounces off the walls. What’s great about an accent wall is it doesn’t really mess with the light in that room as much.”
• “Pulling together inspiration from images and different Pinterest boards can really help get a clear vision of what colors you want.”
• “It can be really helpful to keep [colors] in the same tint. Our kitchen and living room are both lighter shades of pink and sage.”
If you haven’t already heard, Dazey Den is Nagel’s newest undertaking into the world of interior design.
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AINâ€™T NO MOUNTAIN NORTH ENOUGH
GET IN TOUCH WITH NATURE IN THE CANADIAN ROCKIES WRITTEN BY: BRIANNA ROMANO PHOTOGRAPHED BY: BRIANNA ROMANO AND ANDREA MARTINEZ
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A road trip
through the Canadian Rockies has always been on my bucket list, but it seemed so daunting that I postponed it until I was better equipped. Little did I know that there is something there for even the most novice of adventure seekers. From the turquoiseblue lakes and the towering jagged mountains to the abundant wildlife amid dense forest, this drive was undoubtedly the most scenic of my life. And if you’ve driven on the 74 Freeway in the summer months, navigating the stretch between Banff and Jasper is a piece of cake.
Banff Stay Ú A 90-minute drive from the Calgary airport, this little resort town is a perfect home base for exploring the surrounding area. Stay right in the heart of downtown at Mount Royal Hotel to be close to plenty of shops and restaurants, or for epic views of one of Banff’s most famous glacial lakes, experience the luxurious Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. MOUNT ROYAL HOTEL 138 Banff Ave, Banff, AB T1L 1A7 Canada 866.606.6700 | www.banffjaspercollection. com/hotels/mount-royal-hotel FAIRMONT CHATEAU LAKE LOUISE 111 Lake Louise Dr, Lake Louise, AB T0L 1E0 Canada 403.522.3511 | www.fairmont.com/lake-louise
Explore Ú Take the Banff Gondola to soak in a panoramic view of six mountain ranges from above. Pro tip: take the first gondola at 8:30 a.m. to secure a parking spot and have the viewing deck almost completely to yourself. The two most famous turquoise glacial lakes in the area are Lake Louise and Lake Moraine. Going later in the day in the summer (after 4 or 5 p.m.) is encouraged if you want to ditch the crowds, and since there is daylight until about 10 p.m. in the summer, there is still plenty of time to enjoy the sights. Rent a canoe for an hour or enjoy one of 68 LOCALE MAGAZINE
the many hikes around the area. We rented a canoe at Moraine Lake, as it seemed to be less crowded and just as picturesque. If you’re feeling adventurous, take on The Devil’s Thumb climbers’ trail—a 7.4-mile hike with an elevation gain of 2,897 feet—for an incredible view of both lakes at the top. If you’re like me and begin panting profusely at the slightest incline, the 1½-mile hike to Fairview Lookout at Lake Louise is good enough to catch a sight from above. Eat & Drink Ú If you’re a whiskey drinker, Park Distillery Restaurant & Bar is a must-stop. Be sure to try the Plain of Six Glaciers cocktail served with their housemade Park Glacier Rye, or try a Skoki Lodge, served with their Park Maple Rye and a scorched piece of wood on top of the glass to give it that smoky flavor. Maybe even take a bottle or two home with you to go along with a pizza from The Bear Street Tavern. Don’t forget their signature chili oil and honey mixture to dip the crust in! THE BEAR STREET TAVERN 211 Bear St, Banff, AB T1L 1A1 Canada 403.762.2021 | www.bearstreettavern.ca PARK DISTILLERY RESTAURANT & BAR 219 Banff Ave, Banff, AB T1L 1A7 Canada 403.762.5114 | www.parkdistillery.com
FAIRMONT CHATEAU LAKE LOUISE
[The Icefields Parkway] takes about 2 ½ hours to traverse, but keep in mind you will want to stop about every five minutes because the views are that amazing, and you might spot a bear like we did! COLUMBIA ICEFIELD DISCOVERY CENTRE
STARTING LINE Ú When planning your trip, note that there will most likely be no snow or ice in the summer, but driving in the winter is a completely different story. If you are not experienced in driving through snow, I recommend going from June through August. If you are going back to Calgary, you will be taking the same road back, so plan for stops on the way up and the way down. We did the Icefield experience on the way up and explored Peyto and Moraine Lake on our way down.
PAY THE FEES TO SAVE THE TREES Ú Be sure to pay the Banff National Park and/or Jasper National Park fees when driving into the city. It’s easy to drive past the toll booths; there are open lanes for cars that already have passes, so keep an eye out. If you don’t have your ticket on your dash, you will be fined. WHY SO BLUE? Ú As a glacier melts into a lake, it scrapes the bedrock, creating sediments or glacial silt that causes the water to appear bright turquoise and milky.
The two most famous turquoise glacial lakes in the area are Lake Louise and Lake Moraine. Jasper Ú Once you finally make it to Jasper, book a stay at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, or for a little more rustic feel, drive a little further north to the secluded Overlander Mountain Lodge. Enjoy breakfast at the Sunhouse Cafe before making your way to Maligne Lake, one of the most Instagrammable places in Jasper National Park. FAIRMONT JASPER PARK LODGE 1 Old Lodge Rd, Jasper, AB T0E 1E0 Canada 780.852.3301 | www.fairmont.com/jasper
The Icefields Parkway Ú As you make your way up toward Jasper, you can catch a glimpse of Bow Lake from the road, and Peyto Lake is only a short 10-minute hike (and well worth the stop). The Icefields Parkway is the road between Banff and Jasper. It takes about 2 ½ hours to traverse, but you will want to stop about every five minutes because the views are that amazing, and you might spot a bear like we did! You can’t miss the receding Athabasca Glacier as you drive down the parkway. Ride in one of the massive buses up onto the glacier to see it up close or take a quick look at the bottom. If
you aren’t afraid of heights, a little bit down the road is the Columbia Icefield Skywalk, where you can step out onto a glass platform separating you from a 918-foot drop. Both of these experiences require a checkin and tickets at the Columbia Icefield Discovery Centre, so book in advance. Also, keep in mind that these experiences will take a few hours, so be sure to factor that in when planning your day. COLUMBIA ICEFIELD DISCOVERY CENTRE AB-93, Jasper, AB T1L 1J3, Canada 866.506.0515 | www.banffjaspercollection. com/attractions/columbia-icefield
OVERLANDER MOUNTAIN LODGE 27010 Hwy 16, West Hinton, AB T7V 1X3 Canada 877.866.2330 www.overlandermountainlodge.com SUNHOUSE CAFE Jasper National Park of Canada 610 Patricia St, Jasper, AB T0E 1E0 Canada 780.852.4742 PEYTO LAKE
My Road Trip Essentials:
1. SPOTIFY PLAYLISTS Ú Be sure to download them before you leave!
Ú I take my Canon 6D with 24-195mm lens with me everywhere—don’t forget the extra SD cards and batteries.
3. NOCO JUMP STARTER
Ú There is nothing worse than your battery dying because someone left the lights on in the car.
4. PAPER OR DOWNLOADED MAPS OR A SATELLITE DEVICE
Ú You may find yourself without any cell service on the Icefields Parkway; I always bring my Garmin InReach Explorer+ with global satellite messaging and navigation.
5. MY ‘STICKY SITUATION’ GEAR
Ú Because I’m an overpreparer I also like to carry bear spray, five gallons of gas, an air compressor, tow rope, tire repair supplies, fuses and a shovel.
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If Walls Could Talk THESE LIVING WALLS ARE BRIDGING AGRICULTURE AND DECOR FOR A NATURAL FLAIR
• “I’ve always been intrigued by fishtail palms,” Wallace muses. “It’s one of those plants where you either love them or hate them.”
• Wallace reveals the next trendy plants are Philodendron Monstera, Calathea varieties and Fabian Aralias.
WRITTEN BY: JANE ADLER PHOTOGRAPHED BY: NATHAN WHELAN
In the plant kingdom, one man reigns as king of the jungle. That man is Greg Wallace. Nearly 40 years ago, a seed was planted that Wallace grew into a blooming—eh hem— we mean booming business. Stemming from his own Southern California roots, Wallace took over an Orange County botanical business in 1980 and, what started as a simple side gig, developed into four decades of working in the field of plants, and his company, Instant Jungle, is still thriving today.
Instant Jungle is an industry leader when it comes to the latest plant furnishing trend: living walls. These installations act as living, breathing art that can complement any personal or public space. When it comes to choosing your living wall, there are three different types of applications (tray, module or TerraScreen wall) to consider after deciding whether the plants will live inside or outside. Design concepts and aesthetic are meticulously mulled over, and a method to frame the wall and how it will adhere to its new vertical home are picked. Depending on which system is chosen, a living wall can take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months to install from start to finish. Instant Jungle works hand-in-hand with landscapers
and customers to ensure that the wall is functional, aesthetically pleasing and matches its surroundings. This form of agricultural art can range in scope from a single wall to an entire rooftop and everything in between.
Greg Wallace CEO, Instant Jungle
“Plants create a nice environment and ambiance and they just really enhance [an area]. We stage with plants to soften things, make them look warm and friendly,” says Wallace. While the living walls still remain one of the top trends in the flora field, Wallace acknowledges that “architectural plants are really popular again…[they are] coming back and making a stronger statement because it also kind of ties in with the drought-tolerant trend.” If you recall, droughttolerant plants began sprouting like weeds with all sorts of species of succulents invading the industry. Wallace jokes, however, that “we’ve had rain and we have short-term memory,” so he predicts this trend may soon be watered down, so to speak. Wallace explains, “The cool thing is we can use anything that is on the property. We have different decorative containers. We have different ways to wrap [our plants]. We offer underplanting so you can do a forest, a jungle…we can create the whole element or illusion, whatever you want to create.”
INSTANT JUNGLE 2560 S Birch St Santa Ana, CA 92707 714.850.9227 www.instantjungle.com
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When planning the perfect desert day trip, there is no place better than La Quinta. To capture the essence of this escape, we turned to the date-planning guru himself, Neal Hruby, Creator of Date the City. Follow Hruby and his date, Shaelee Hansen, as they explore five of the best date spots La Quinta has to offer. From channeling their artistic side at a pottery studio to raising their margarita-filled glasses at Adobe Grill, here’s where to go for your next La Quinta outing—Hrubyand-Hansen-style.
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Ù Art From the Heart • The Artisan Studios was originally a family’s house complete with a pool where the pond is now. After that, it became three different restaurants before finally converting to an artists’ playground.
Stop #2: Old Town Artisan Studios Ú As you enter into the Old Town Artisan Studios
amongst artists ranging from preschoolers to elderly retirees, your private art soirée awaits as you find your personal studio. This day, you’re opening your world to acrylic drip painting—a simple art style blended with incredible fun. You mix, stir, pour and watch as your creation comes to life. Blown away by what you’ve just created, you leave your masterpiece to dry as you head out to enjoy something still dripping. OLD TOWN ARTISAN STUDIOS 78046 Calle Barcelona La Quinta, CA 92253 760.777.1444 www.oldtownartisanstudios.org LA QUINTA RESORT & CLUB
Date The City La Quinta Edition
Stop #1: La Quinta Museum
Ú The calm corners of Calle Estado inspire a calm
tucked into the Coachella Valley. To escape the heat, you sneak into the Spanish-styled La Quinta Museum. The friendly volunteer shows you where to discover the history of the valley's first inhabitants, the Cahuilla Indians. Dive into the origin of the valley's settlement, then finish things off with a ride down the iconic Route 66. Once you've had your fill of history, step back out to the present for a new kind of local past-time.
state of mind when you enter Casa Mendoza. You are likely to spot the day's social atmosphere: couples canoodling in the corner or friends clinking drinks at the bar—each revelling in a universe all of their own makings. After your first sip, you feel like family as you’re welcomed to chips, salsa and a front-row seat to the Mendoza’s second home. Opting out for seconds, it's time to hit the road for a golden era original.
LA QUINTA MUSEUM 77885 Avenida Montezuma La Quinta, CA 92253 760.777.7170 www.playinlaquinta.com/arts-culture/la-quinta-museum
CASA MENDOZA 78110 Calle Estado La Quinta, CA 92253 760.564.1463 www.casamendozamexicangrillandbar.weebly.com
Ú The hot desert sun pierces every inch of La Quinta, a quaint resort village
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Stop #3: Casa Mendoza
2-6 Friends or 1-3 Couples
Start at 3 p.m.
La Quinta, CA
$175-250 per Person
Casual Desert Vibes
Stop #4: Morgan’s in the desert Ú Towering palm trees welcome you as you cruise
into the La Quinta Resort & Club. Hidden like an oasis in the corner of the original hotel is your dinner destination: Morgan’s. Passing by a welldressed gentleman smoking a cigar on the patio, you fall back into a classic era of elegance. A perfectly refreshing cocktail from the bar becomes your compadre as you enjoy a few oysters to start. When you’ve had your last drop, it’ll be time to enjoy a more nouveau moment. MORGAN’S IN THE DESERT 49499 Eisenhower Dr La Quinta, CA 92253 760.564.7600 www.morgansinthedesert.com
“You realize tequila is king [at Adobe Grill] as your margarita is mixed, poured and presented in a glass the size of your head. Dance like a Cahuilla, shake like a local artist or bop to the tunes like a Hollywood movie star.” ADOBE GRILL
Û Dinner and a Show • Enjoy live music at Adobe Grill every Friday and Saturday evening from 7-10 p.m.
Ü No Trail Mix Here • Morgan’s in the desert doesn’t just have an exquisite cocktail program—they have a sensational bar bite menu, featuring items such as Pacific oysters, burrata salad and chocolate bombe.
Stop #5: Adobe Grill Ú Bubbling fountains and man-made streams
flow down the manicured entrance to the Adobe Grill. The night is young as you step into the bustling bar. You realize tequila is king here as your margarita is mixed, poured and presented in a glass the size of your head. Dance like a Cahuilla, shake like a local artist or bop to the tunes like a Hollywood movie star. As the night twinkles on, the clashing of history, art and cuisine blend perfectly into the cultural oasis—La Quinta. ADOBE GRILL 49499 Eisenhower Dr La Quinta, CA 92253 760.564.5700 www.laquintaresort.com/dining/adobe-grill
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“Cancel out noise pollution from traffic and neighbors by adding a water feature…” —Jennifer Ressler
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BACKYARD ESCAPE • “Cancel out noise pollution from traffic and neighbors by adding a water feature, thus creating a tranquil meditation oasis or place to kick back and read your favorite book!”
RELAX AND UNWIND • “Catch up with family and friends, from morning coffee to a relaxing dinner with a beautiful sunset, by adding a pergola for shade throughout the sun hours.”
SYSTEM PAVERS’ JENNIFER RESSLER SHARES HOW TO BUILD YOUR OWN BACKYARD HAVEN
WRITTEN BY: JORDAN NISHKIAN
PARTY HEADQUARTERS • “Patio parties are awesome! Don’t run indoors when the sun sets, keep the fun going all night by adding a firepit to help cast a warm, illuminating glow over your outdoor entertaining space.”
After work, you walk into your kitchen to pour yourself a drink, and that’s when you see your backyard through the window. Barren and unused, youʻve always fantasized about transforming that patch of dirt into that lowered firepit you saw on your vacation in Maui. Fortunately, there are seasoned, passionate professionals who can help you turn these dreams into reality. One of these professionals is Regional Vice President Jennifer Ressler, and here are her five tips on transforming your backyard into a dreamy oasis.
Picture This • Having a hard time visualizing the end result? System Pavers’ Online Design Discovery session allows you to preview your desired space before you decide!
DINING DONE RIGHT • “Al Fresco dinners featuring steaks and seasonal vegetables grilled to perfection make for an evening well spent, so head to your outdoor kitchen and give your indoor kitchen a break. Accent tables with festive décor—it’s all in the details!”
GAME STOP • “Whether you want to play bocce ball, host a putting contest, or simply play fetch with Fido, adding turf will give you a yard to bond with your favorite people and pets.”
“Don’t run indoors when the sun sets, keep the fun going all night by adding a firepit to help cast a warm, illuminating glow over your outdoor entertaining space.” —Jennifer Ressler
SYSTEM PAVERS 1570 Brookhollow Dr Santa Ana, CA 92705 844.569.7788 www.systempavers.com
Photography Provided By: System Pavers
“...Adding turf will give you a yard to bond with your favorite people and pets.” —Jennifer Ressler
Go Green • System Pavers offers a variety of SP Turf® to accommodate every lifestyle, including residential lawn turf, petfriendly turf and performance grade putting green turf!
The Creation of a Dreamy Oasis
T IME Catalina Island Has Us Craving a Classic Californian Escape
WRITTEN BY: MICHELLE JACO PHOTOGRAPHED BY: BRADLEY BLACKBURN | PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED BY: CATALINA ISLAND COMPANY & CATALINA EXPRESS
TSA screenings, endless lines, luggage restrictions and the enigma that is Airplane Mode— traveling has grown to be quite a chore. With a hop, skip and a jump just a mere 22 miles off the coast of SoCal, you’ll land on the local Channel Island wonder that is Santa Catalina Island. With translucent waters as blue as the Caribbean, a town reminiscent of the Greek village of Santorini and lush hillsides as green as the Scottish Highlands, this gorgeous stretch of land and sea is the premier destination hotspot. Whether you’re running low on PTO and in need of a weekend escape or simply want to get away, Catalina is calling. CATALINA ISLAND COMPANY 866.332.4669 | www.visitcatalinaisland.com CATALINA EXPRESS 800.838.6685 | www.catalinaexpress.com LOCALE MAGAZINE 79
ESCAPE CATALINA EXPRESS 800.838.6685 www.catalinaexpress.com Photos - Bradley Blackburn | Provided by Catalina Express
HOW TO GET THERE Sail Across the Sea With Catalina Express
In just an hour’s time, the Catalina Express will transport you to historic cities and breathtaking lands.
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Oh, to be whisked away to paradise—if only it were so easy. Great news: it is! In just an hour’s time, the Catalina Express will transport you to a historic city and breathtaking lands. With 30 departures per day from San Pedro, Long Beach and Dana Point, all mainland ports are simple to get to and offer plenty of overnight parking. Once aboard, expect to feel at ease as you will be surrounded with friendly and attentive crew members. Upgrade options are also available, in the “Commodore” upgrade, granting priority check-in, priority boarding, secondstory seating, cabin attendant service, leather reclining seats, plus a complimentary beverage and snack. Take your luxury travel one step further, and upgrade to the “Captain’s Lounge,” which will include all of the Commodore features, as well as a semi-private room, great for larger parties traveling together. Before you know it, you’ll be stepping onto the gorgeous Island, ready for all the breathtaking sites and wild adventures you’ve been dreaming of!
BRING YOUR BAGGAGE
GET YOUR SEA LEGS READY
• Luggage accommodations for all passengers include two suitcases and one carry-on per person.
• To plan your trip, you may book online or call 800.838.6685.
Once aboard, expect to feel at ease as you will be surrounded with friendly and attentive crew members.
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BE A GOOD SPORT
• Descanso Beach Ocean Sports offers all the necessary equipment needed for all ocean sport activities. Short wetsuits are provided upon request and full-length suits are an option in the cooler months.
Plan a Trip That Has Something for Kids of All Ages
HOLE-IN-ONE FOR FUN • Catalina, also known as “Kidalina,” is filled with a number of family-friendly activities that are appropriate for all age groups. Shaded under strong palms and complemented with an array of perennial flowers, the colorful Golf Gardens Mini Golf offers 18 challenging—but enjoyable—holes and is open every day, year-round. GOLF GARDENS MINI GOLF 10 Island Plaza, Avalon, CA 90704 866.332.4669 www.visitcatalinaisland.com/things-to-do/golf/mini-golf
UNDERSEA EXPEDITION • Hop aboard a semi-submersible and let your imagination descend into the deep sea waters. This vessel will take your family on an adventure through kelp forests and underwater gardens, and as you observe the exotic ocean inhabitants, you’ll find the exploratory experience is both educational and entertaining. THAT’S FIN-TASTIC! • Catalina’s crystal-clear waters are ideal for experienced and first-time snorkelers. With the opportunity to observe the fascinating marine life, snorkeling is a great way to relax while taking in the natural beauty of the island—and the friendly Descanso Beach staff is always on deck to assist in making the experience more enjoyable. DESCANSO BEACH OCEAN SPORTS 5 St Catherine Way, Avalon, CA 90704 310.510.1226 | www.kayakcatalinaisland.com
THE CLIMB • Need activities that don’t require wetsuits or dipping your feet in the water? Step up to the challenge with the rock climbing wall near the Zip Line Eco Tour base camp! At 32 feet, the wall welcomes anyone who wants to rise to the top.
The crystal-clear waters surrounding Catalina Island make it the ideal spot for experienced and firsttime snorkelers.
A BEAUTIFUL JOB • With over 1.2 million members in over 200 countries, Rotary International is a humanitarian service organization, with the Avalon chapter restoring and beautifying the island. The organization holds several fundraisers throughout the year to support the community such as the Two Harbors Wine Festival and community outreach to support Avalon School. SO MUCH TO SEA • Receive 15 percent off adult tickets when you book your reservation for the Undersea Expedition at least seven days in advance! You can book on visitcatalinaisland.com or call 866.332.4669. FOOD FOR THOUGHT • The semi-submarine features a fun fish-feeding tool that allows its users to launch food torpedos into the water, allowing you to feed the fish from your seat.
Shaded under strong palms and complemented with an array of perennial flowers, the colorful Golf Gardens Mini Golf offers 18 challenging—but enjoyable—holes and is open every day, year-round. Photos - Bradley Blackburn | Provided by Catalina Island Company
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ZIP-FACTOR • The Zip Line can reach speeds up to 35 mph and offer unmatched views of the island. You’ll glide approximately 600 feet above the ground.
THE ENGAGEMENT PARTY Let the Good Times Start Through Adventure (and Tee Time)
RIDE THE LINE • Planning a bachelor or bachelorette party? Let’s make it legendary! Catalina’s spectacular Zip Line Tour features five consecutive zips and will take you and your friends soaring to new heights. With aerial views of the island, prepare yourself for two hours of adrenaline-fueled fun above Descanso Canyon and through Catalina’s green kingdom. ZIP LINE ECO TOUR 1 St Catherine Way, Avalon, CA 90704 866.332.4669 visitcatalinaisland.com/things-to-do/land-tours/zip-line-tours
TEE UP • Built in 1892, this 2,100-yard course is California’s oldest operating golf course. With a friendly staff and green landscape, this nine-hole course is sure to keep the “par-tee” going. CATALINA ISLAND GOLF COURSE 1 Country Club Dr, Avalon, CA 90704 310.510.0530 www.visitcatalinaisland.com/things-to-do/golf/golf-courses
ONE IN A PAVILION • With a number of amazing amenities, including a full hot breakfast and complimentary tours and activities through the island, Pavilion Hotel is the place to rest up for your next-day adventures. Plus, it’s just 14 steps from the beach. PAVILION HOTEL 513 Crescent Ave, Avalon, CA 90704 866.332.4669 www.visitcatalinaisland.com/lodging/avalon/pavilion-hotel
TWO HARBORS www.visitcatalinaisland.com/things-to-do/ocean-tours/discovertwo-harbors
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With aerial views of the island, prepare yourself for two hours of adrenaline-fueled fun above Descanso Canyon and through Catalina’s green kingdom.
JOIN THE CLUB • The golf course was built in 1892 and top pro golfers, including Craig Stadler, Corey Pavin and Tiger Woods, have golfed the course. ALL’S FAIR IN LOVE AND PAR • Previously an 18-hole course, the layout was redone to a nine-hole course, featuring five Par 4s and four Par 3s following World War II. TREAT YO’SELF • Guests can enjoy the ultimate vacation amenities of in-room lunch, dinner delivery options, personalized concierge service, as well as access to Island Spa, Catalina’s Wellness Studio. SHIVER ME TIMBERS • This small town was once inhabited by pirates. Because of its rich history, the island holds a four-day long bash, Buccaneer Days, where attendees are encouraged to dress up in their Buccaneer best.
Departing from the Green Pier in Avalon, you’ll embark on a brisk, 40-minute journey aboard the Cyclone Power Boat to Two Harbors. Photos - Provided by Catalina Island Company
SANDS AND SEA • Departing from the Green Pier in Avalon, you’ll embark on a brisk, 40-minute journey aboard the Cyclone Power Boat to Two Harbors. There, you’ll have the option to relax at Harbor Sands or venture off through the land. Perhaps, all of the above with overnight accommodations available if you so choose.
Planning a bachelor or bachelorette party? Let’s make it legendary!
JOIN THE FESTIVITIES • The beach club hosts a number of festive events each year, including the Annual Catalina Wine Mixer.
CELEBRATE THE BIRTHDAY BABE Treat Your Squad to a Birthday Bash They’ll Never Forget
LET’S GO, BEACHES • Home to one of SoCal’s only beachside bars offering an array of festive events and jovial entertainment, enveloped by tall palms and a layered avenue of bright chaise lounges and cabanas, this outdoor party is where you need to celebrate your next birthday. Round up the girls, pack your bags and just add sun. DESCANSO BEACH CLUB 1 St Catherine Way, Avalon, CA 90704 310.510.7410 www.visitcatalinaisland.com/dining/avalon/descanso-beachclub-dining
A BEAST OF A GOOD TIME • Take a walk on the wild side and explore all that Catalina has to offer. With a variety of hiking trails and scenic day tours, all of which can be personalized with your very own tour guide. You and your party are in complete control of creating your own adventure. NON-STOP FUN • Steps from the Green Pleasure Pier, the beautifully renovated Hotel Atwater’s resort-style offerings are equally as impressive as the historical building’s metamorphosis. For a destination fee of $30 per room, guests can enjoy: $40 dining credit per night, two splits of sparkling wine upon arrival, a Discover the Casino Tour, a Glass Bottom Boat Voyage, bicycle access, fitness classes at Island Spa Catalina and access to Descanso Beach Club. HOTEL ATWATER 125 Sumner Ave, Avalon, CA 90704 866.332.4669 www.visitcatalinaisland.com/lodging/avalon/hotel-atwater
Take a walk on the wild side and explore all that Catalina has to offer.
Round up the girls, pack your bags and just add sun.
WHAT MORE COULD YOU NEED? • Different packages for cabanas can be reserved and come with presidential amenities such as a personalized beach butler, TVs and bottle service. JOIN THE CLUB • Descanso offers easy access to a number of water activities, Catalina Aerial Adventure and the Zip Line Eco Tour. HELLO, GOOD-BISON • North American Bison were brought to the island for the filming of The Vanishing American. They have been native to the land ever since. RUSTIC REVAMP • After being destroyed by a storm, famous artist couple Dorothy and Otis Shepard were hired to revive the rustic look of the city. In doing so, it was their decision to paint Green Pleasure Pier its iconic green color.
Steps from the Green Pleasure Pier, the beautifully renovated Hotel Atwater’s resort-style offerings are equally as impressive as the historical building’s metamorphosis. Photos - Bradley Blackburn | Provided by Catalina Island Company
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COUPLE’S GETAWAY Rekindle Your Love Connection at These Romantic Hotspots
ONE STOP SHOPPE • The Spa Shoppe sells a variety of souvenirs and cosmetic necessities to commemorate your travels, including apparel, swimwear, home accents, artisan candles and Catalina-inspired jewelry, handcrafted by a local artist.
Overlooking Avalon Bay, Avalon Grille serves its patron’s an exquisite dining experience. The Spa also offers a full-service hair salon and makeup studio to help get you ready for date night.
SPA-LA-LA • In Avalon’s historic El Encanto building, Island Spa Catalina offers a variety of amenities including: nine treatment rooms, private suites, a soaking pool, jacuzzi, dry sauna, eucalyptus steam room, as well as a men’s and women’s locker and shower facilities. The Spa also offers a full-service hair salon and makeup studio to help get you ready for date night. ISLAND SPA CATALINA 163 Crescent Ave, Avalon, CA 90704 310.510.7300 | www.visitcatalinaisland.com/island-spa
SAY AMEN-ITITES • This four-star hotel not only offers one of the island’s most breathtaking views overlooking the ocean and island in all its glory, but the list of amenities included with your stay is also exceptional. First-rate amenities include: appetizers and wines served every evening, use of a golf cart to explore the island, access to Island Spa Catalina’s amenities and fitness classes, priority cabana and chaise lounge booking at Descanso Beach Club and transportation to and from the ferry terminal, airport or heliport.
UNDER WRAPS • Mt Ada is the former home to William Wrigley Jr., the entrepreneur made famous by his chewing gum enterprise. He and his family resided there. SCREENTIME • Classic early-19th century flicks such as Treasure Island (1918), Male & Female (1919), Ten Commandments (1923), Ben Hur (1925), Old Ironsides (1926) and The Black Pirate (1926) were all filmed on the island. LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION • In honor of Catalina’s film history, the island plays host to two annual film events, The Silent Film Benefit and the Catalina Film Festival. EASY BREEZY • Formerly exclusive to Chicago’s landmark Wrigley Building, the famous Wrigley Martini, “The Windy City Classic,” is now available at Avalon Grille.
MT ADA 398 Wrigley Rd, Avalon, CA 90704 866.332.4669 | www.visitcatalinaisland.com/hotels-packages/ avalon/inn-on-mt-ada
HAVE A BALL • Home to the world’s largest circular ballroom, Catalina’s Casino is an architectural gem, housing nearly 100 years of culture and history. You’ll tour the grounds and conclude the night on the Casino’s Romance Promenade sipping wine, while taking in Avalon’s gorgeous twilight hour.
SIT BACK AND GRILL • Overlooking Avalon Bay, Avalon Grille serves its patron’s an exquisite dining experience. With premium dishes and a warm ambiance, this dining establishment is a great place to celebrate an important occasion. The restaurant is also open for happy hour. AVALON GRILLE 423 Crescent Ave, Avalon, CA 90704 310.510.7494 www.visitcatalinaisland.com/dining/avalon/avalon-grille
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Photos - Provided by Catalina Island Company
CATALINA CASINO 1 Casino Way, Avalon, CA 90704 310.510.0179 www.visitcatalinaisland.com/things-to-do/catalina-casino
Home to the world’s largest circular ballroom, Catalina’s Casino is an architectural gem, housing nearly 100 years of culture and history.
FOODIE FR E SH /// F E STI V E / / / F E R M E N TE D
FIRST BITE Skull Is in Session
The Owners of Mercado Bring Contemporary Flair to Traditional Dishes
TURA ALCOHOLIC KOMBUCHA Discover a Boozy Brew That’s Good for You, Too
MEALS DECONSTRUCTED This Pasta Dish From Herringbone Is Something You Have to Sea to Believe
FIRST BITE This Dynamic Duo is Bringing the Flavor of Tradition to Manhattan Beach
FEATURE Be the Host With the Most at Your Holiday Soirée Thanks to These Lillet Recipes
10 THINGS WE LOVE Check Out These Tasty Eats That Actually Made It on Broadway
MERCADO 3212 N Sepulveda Blvd Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 310.545.0388 www.cocinasycalaveras.com PHOTO BY: Philip Guerette
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Berry Good • Tura is available in two unique flavors, including Blueberry Ginger and Hibiscus Wildberry.
RAISE A GLASS TO TURA ALCOHOLIC KOMBUCHA FOR A HEALTHIER ALTERNATIVE WRITTEN BY: RAPHAEL MADRID PHOTOGRAPHED BY: JOHN GLOVER STYLED BY: JACLYN KERSHEK
It’s hard to believe that just 10 short years ago, the only libation choices widely accessible to us were regular ol’ beer and the variety of hard alcohol we are quite familiar with. Times have truly changed for the better with microbreweries and distilleries sprouting up in just about every able town in America. Now, the variety has ascended to the pinnacle with the addition of Tura Alcoholic Kombucha.
The phrase “You can’t have your cake and eat it, too,” doesn’t really apply here, does it? In fact, it looks like you can have your cake, eat it and reap its benefits too. Tura is the perfect brew with the benefits of kombucha and the crisp bite you expect from an alcoholic beverage. While all kombucha naturally contains alcohol, Tura takes an additional step to create this certified organic, gluten-free kombucha that is four percent ABV and only 120 calories, making it the best alternative to beer since beer itself. Tura was developed by a humble team of kombucha enthusiasts led by Product Developer Annette Fritsch. Brewed in small batches
TURA ALCOHOLIC KOMBUCHA www.turakombucha.com
with a base of fermented tea, organic cane sugar and carefully selected symbiotic cultures of bacteria and yeast, Tura is the synthesis of a refreshing alcoholic beverage that is the embodiment of kombucha’s ancient origins and today’s modern techniques. Before the creation of Tura, Fritsch found joy in experimenting in the complexities of kombucha’s fermentation. As a thirdgeneration yogi, meditation practitioner, student of Ayurveda, avid kombucha drinker and curious brewer, Fritsch wanted to craft a great tasting, hard kombucha that would fit within her lifestyle and the lifestyle of many others living well. “While I have dedicated most of my life to fermentation, I’ve found that kombucha fermentation is one of the most unique, given the interaction of different types of fermentation working harmoniously together— all to create something refreshing and delicious!” said Fritsch. It’s that spirit and dedication that birthed Tura’s natural greatness.
Brewed in small batches with a base of fermented tea, organic cane sugar and carefully selected symbiotic cultures of bacteria and yeast, Tura is the synthesis of a refreshing alcoholic beverage…
Any Way You Like It • Tura is available in six-pack bottles, 16-ounce cans and on draft.
Reap the Benefits • Kombucha contains probiotics and has been associated with reducing blood sugar and cholesterol levels.
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Herringboneâ€™s Seafood Pasta Steals the Spotlight With Fresh Ingredients and Rich Flavors WRITTEN BY: ASHLEE POLAREK PHOTOGRAPHED BY: STEFANIE PARKINSON
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HERRINGBONE 1755 Ocean Ave Santa Monica, CA 90401 310.971.4460 www.herringboneeats.com
At Herringbone, seafood is really the star; it’s blended into dishes so perfectly that you’ll be begging for seconds.
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Choosing the Chef Life • Chef Cataldo was inspired by Sunday dinners at his grandmother’s house and his mother’s cooking. He’s worked in New York and under French chefs before coming to Herringbone.
T H E R E ’ S N O K I T S C H TO T H I S R E STAU R A N T, J U ST B E AU T I F U L D E CO R A N D A M A Z I N G D I S H E S .
Anchors Aweigh! • Grab a group of friends and order the seafood platter with a few glasses of champagne to start your meal. This monster is packed full of fresh seafood goodies perfect for getting your palate ready for a meal.
it to ground turmeric, salt, white wine, shallots, red pepper, heavy cream, sour cream, olive oil and carrot to create a truly heavenly cream sauce. It’s one that reminds diners of pasta made by momma—except this one has turmeric, which adds a punch to the cozy cream sauce, taking it to the next level. Enter the headliner of the dish: the seafood. Tossed with the uni cream sauce and the sofrito blend, rigatoni noodles meet wondrous and copious amounts of seafood. Lobster, shrimp, squid, bay scallops and mussels showcase the bountiful harvest found in the ocean and create a unique texture and flavor palate. A bright gremolata tops the dish, adding acidity and herbal flavors to cut through the heavy cream sauce.
Smooth Sailing • On Wednesdays from 4 p.m. until the bar closes, you can order a lobster roll and rosé for only $30, aka a perfect pairing.
The texture is out of this world. “The muscles and scallops are soft; you get the chew from the lobster, the little bit of crunch from the breadcrumbs in the gremolata with the fresh parsley and you have the velvetiness from the sauce. So, you have all of these different experiences going on while you’re eating it. It’s a multisensory experience,” says Chef Cataldo.
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Herringbone has a fresh and unique take on seafood. With dishes like ora king salmon, pan-roasted dry boat scallops and one truly amazing Oyster Hour—a happy hour that will knock your oyster-loving socks off—it may not be as easy as imagined to order just one thing on the menu. One of the stars of Herringbone’s delicious menu is the seafood pasta. It combines everything fantastic about Herringbone: a fresh take on seafood mixed with cozy and familiar flavors. Crafting this seafood pasta takes a bit of time, but it’s a process filled with love and intention that is totally worth it. This seafood pasta is like nothing else, and Executive Chef Nicholas Cataldo describes it perfectly. “It’s combining a lot of different flavors and elements to create a warm and homey feel,” he explains. “Most seafood pasta dishes are bland and boring. We put some luxury items, uni and lobster, to give it an elevated class level.” Chef Cataldo begins with a sofrito mixture that combines onion, bell peppers, garlic, olive oil, celery, lemon and salt to create a flavorful, sweet yet slightly acidic blend to add to the uni cream sauce. Next, he takes uni and adds
Situated a half-mile away from the pier, Herringbone is close—but far enough removed to give diners an intimate and elevated experience. The inside of the restaurant is bright and relaxing; large windows flank one side of the building while an open kitchen, raw bar and bar and lounge cozy up in the other. An extraordinary living wall filled with a variety of lush plants draws the eye upwards toward the unique lighting fixtures hanging from the ceiling—rustic boats outfitted with vintage light bulbs. The whole space has a relaxed, modernmeets-rustic vibe that makes you want to sit and stay awhile. A chalkboard denoting the raw bar specials (like Oyster Hour) features stunning handdrawn art. The outdoor patio is perfect for cool evenings and Sunday brunch. There’s no kitsch to this restaurant, just beautiful decor and amazing dishes. The incredible and passionate staff make dining here a dream, and the food is truly delicious. At Herringbone, seafood is really the star; it’s blended into dishes so perfectly that you’ll be begging for seconds. “People need to eat more fish. It’s an important resource that’s very often overlooked,” Chef Cataldo says. “There’s a million fish out there that all taste good. I think it’s important people experience it all.” Lucky for you, the seafood pasta at Herringbone is the perfect place to start.
“. . .YO U H AV E ALL OF THESE DIFFERENT EXPERIENCES GOING ON W H I L E YO U ’ R E E AT I N G I T. I T ’ S A M U LT I S E N S O RY E X P E R I E N C E .” —CHEF NICHOLAS CATA L D O
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Skull Is in Session
THE OWNERS OF MERCADO BRING CONTEMPORARY FLAIR TO TRADITIONAL DISHES
September marked the opening of Mercado Manhattan Beach, the fifth location of the restaurant chain founded by owner Jesse Gomez and his partner, Chef Jose Acevedo. The pair’s collaborative fingerprint permeates the entire 7,000-square foot space, reflecting their personalities and style. “We call [Acevedo] El Nopal when he’s angry,” Gomez admits with a smile. “It translates to cactus or prickly pear, maybe even knucklehead. But it’s all good. It’s not really anger; it’s pure passion.”
WRITTEN BY: ELISE EDWARDS • PHOTOGRAPHED BY: PHILIP GUERETTE
KILLER ACCENTS • All of Mercado’s restaurants feature artists’ depictions of skulls. Pasadena has skulls constructed of bullets, Hollywood has skulls painted on skateboards, LA’s canvases are created with fire and smoke and Manhattan Beach features eerily muted craniums by Belgium artist Johan Van Mullem.
• An incredible fusion of family recipes passed down for generations and modern culinary mastery.
While these two may share a sense of humor, their food is no joke. Unlike some Mexican restaurants where rice and beans are piled high as though through obligation, each ingredient at Mercado is purposeful. Acevedo’s attention to detail launched his obsession with finding the best produce sourced from farmers markets, along with meat and fish from top suppliers.
DECOR • Mercado challenges the notion of the brightly colored traditional Mexican restaurant by making the Day of the Dead motif feel hip.
His favorite dish to cook is a recipe that has been in his family for 40 years, and it is (not surprisingly) one of his most popular. The carnitas, a slow-cooked pork that is braised in orange juice, peppercorn, garlic and water for three hours, then fried and coated with caramel to seal in the flavor, is an undeniable masterpiece. “Carnitas in Mexico are all salt. No sweetness,” Acevedo says. The meat is prepared every two hours at the restaurant to ensure its freshness and is served with homemade corn tortillas, slivers of onion, guacamole and cauliflower seasoned with chile morita.
PRICE • If you appreciate the true skill that goes into creating great food prepared with quality ingredients, you won’t mind that they charge more than the average Mexican restaurant.
Also try the Mexican kale salad, featuring queso fresco and cotija pesto bread crumbs, tamales topped with crema fresca and cilantro. Pair it with the spicy cucumber margarita infused with housemade jalapeno purée.
At Mercado, the extreme care that goes into the food also extends into the décor. No corners were cut in creating this stylish yet comfortable space outfitted with leather booths, industrial chandeliers and wooden accents. Look carefully and you’ll notice cacti hidden in murals throughout their restaurants. Here’s a hint––at Mercado Manhattan Beach, the cactus resides near the restrooms; it’s thoughtfully placed next to a heavyset version of Gomez’s dog. “It’s all about creating partnerships with people who get who you are,” Gomez says. “When we need to be here seven days a week, we are. When we need to fix things, we do. We’re leaving our mark and creating a legacy.” 98 LOCALE MAGAZINE
VERDICT • With craft cocktails, an extensive wine list and quality food, Mercado is poised to become a neighborhood staple.
MERCADO 3212 N Sepulveda Blvd Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 310.545.0388 www.cocinasycalaveras.com
Paris for the Holidays These Festive Drinks From Lillet Will Be the Highlight of the Evening
WRITTEN BY: JORDAN NISHKIAN PHOTOGRAPHED BY: JOHN GLOVER STYLED BY: JACLYN KERSHEK
LILLET www.lillet.com @Lillet.USA
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When it comes to holiday soirées, few entertain quite like the French do, and let’s be honest, is any bar cart truly complete without Lillet? From classic and simple spritzers to gorgeous, handcrafted cocktails, Lillet’s line of Blanc, Rosé and Rouge brings a refreshing, fruity smoothness that’s sure to please any palate. So break out the bottles, turn up the tunes and get this party started—Santé!
1 Drink Name:
Le Ruby de Lillet Ingredients: • 2 oz Lillet Rosé • 1 oz Cranberry Juice • 2 oz Ginger Ale • Ice Cubes • Orange Twist (Garnish) Recipe: • Pour Lillet Rosé over ice in a tall wine glass, then add cranberry juice and top with ginger ale. Stir together gently and garnish with an orange twist.
2 Drink Name:
Holiday Spritz Ingredients: • 3 oz Lillet Blanc or Rouge • 3 oz Tonic Water • 3 Large Ice Cubes • Cranberries (Garnish) • Thyme (Garnish) Recipe: • In a tall wine glass, build the drink over ice cubes and garnish with cranberries and thyme.
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4 Drink Name:
Set the Mood
• “Non, je ne regrette rien” by Édith Piaf
Lillet Apple Pie
• 3oz Lillet Blanc • 2oz Champagne • 1oz Blackcurrant Liqueur • Dash of Vanilla • Ice Cubes • Orange Zest
• 2 oz Lillet Blanc • 5 oz Apple Juice •.5 oz Malibu Rum •.25 oz Fresh Lemon Juice • Cinnamon Stick (Garnish) • Apple Slice (Garnish)
• Combine the Lillet Blanc, champagne, blackcurrant liqueur and vanilla in a mixing glass. Then, add ice cubes and stir until properly chilled. Strain into a chilled champagne flute and garnish with orange zest.
3 Drink Name:
• “J’aime les filles” by Jacques Dutronc • “Que C’est Triste Venise” by Charles Aznavour • “Les feuilles mortes” by Yves Montand • “Couleur café” by Serge Gainsbourg
Recipe: • In a heat-resistant pot, gently heat the Lillet Blanc, apple juice, Malibu Rum and fresh lemon juice. Do not bring to a boil. Serve in a heat-resistant cup and garnish with a cinnamon stick and an apple slice.
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There are endless options for unique, exciting meals..
10 Things We Love About Broadway
Let Me Ex-Spain Ú Are we in Spain yet?
A Chorus Line of Eats ON THE EAST COAST, BROADWAY IS KNOWN FOR MUSICALS. ON THE WEST COAST, IT’S LEAVING ITS MARK ON FOOD AND DRINK WRITTEN BY: DEANA KABAKIBI PHOTOGRAPHED BY: NADIA HUBBI
In Long Beach, the stars of the show are typically the waterfront attractions. But don’t be fooled! The real hit is the ever-growing and diverse culinary scene—especially on Broadway. There are endless options for unique, exciting meals and creative, thirstquenching drinks to either start or close out the perfect day. We have the best places and must-try dishes on Broadway to get you started; you can thank us later! 104 LOCALE MAGAZINE
Ú With its hip, yet
inviting, New Mexican flair, Panxa delivers rich, mouthwatering dishes filled with special ingredients (we’re talking 12 varieties of chilis). Bar Manager Greg Goins says, “Most places pick their chilis early when they’re not completely ripe. We wait longer so the ripeness produces a richer, deeper flavor for our recipes.” Be sure to try the quail confit, “carnitas-style!”
PANXA COCINA 3937 E Broadway Long Beach, CA 90803 562.433.7999 www.panxacocina.com
It feels like it with such an authentic ambiance! Lisa Coglietti, assistant manager of Cafe Sevilla, says, “Our flavors are unique and authentic because a lot of our ingredients are shipped from Spain.” That is why the Paella Valenciana is a must! It’s the most flavorful, creamy dish overflowing with seafood, chicken and sausage. Make time to catch their Flamenco Dinner Show every Saturday! CAFE SEVILLA 140 Pine Ave Long Beach, CA 90802 562.495.1111 www.cafesevilla.com
Get Into the Loco Motion
Ú This beach-themed
restaurant is located right on the beach, so think brunch and spectacular views. The food and drinks are creative and fun—like the must-order Loco Moco. It’s a Hawaiian breakfast dish with a juicy Angus patty, fluffy rice and flavorful herbed mushroom gravy, topped with the perfect runny egg, furikake and microgreens. PLUNGE
1900 E Ocean Blvd Long Beach, CA 90802 562.373.7164 www.plungelbc.com 4
Feelin’ Hot, Hot, Hot
Ú This cozy, cute “house”
has no shortage of comfort food and is the home of a famous dish that does a remix on a cult classic. Manager Nikki Mark says, “Let it be known that we were the first with the flaming hot Mac N’ Cheetos!” Translation: you need to try this—yesterday!
THE ATTIC 3441 E Broadway Long Beach, CA 90803 562.433.0153 theatticonbroadway.com
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Lasagna Modenese LA PAROLACCIA OSTERIA laparolacciausa.com 6
Must-Order: Ginger-Soy Grilled Chicken
TASTE www.tastewbk.com 7
Must-Order: Lord Harvey
ROSCOE’S HOUSE OF CHICKEN AND WAFFLES www.roscoeschickenandwaffles.com 8
Must-Order: Sticky Toffee Pudding
THE FIREHOUSE KITCHEN 562.588.9468 9
Must-Order: Smoke ‘Em if You Got ‘Em
MEZCALERO www.mezcalerolbc.com 10
Nashville Hot Chicken Sandy and Donna Rosa Gin
PORTUGUESE BEND www.portuguesebenddistilling.com THE ATTIC
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AMERICAN RECYCLED CLOTHING American Recycled Clothing Brings a Sustainable Fit to the Fashion Industry
THAT’S WHAT HE SAID Menswear Guru George LaBoda Guides Us Through the Ideal Day in Downtown LA
MOKUYOBI Illustrator and Designer Julie Pinzur Is Putting Nostalgia Back in Style
HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE Buy Yourself Some Time With These New Year’s ResolutionThemed Gifts
GEORGE LABODA @atlasandmason @gentslounge www.atlasandmason.com www.gentslounge.com VISVIM EXPOSITION 304 S Broadway Los Angeles, CA 90013 213.265.7901 shop.visvim.tv PHOTO BY: Travis McCoy
THAT’S WHAT HE SAID Let’s Take This Downtown
Take a Stroll With George LaBoda for the Perfect DTLA Day
Wear, Recycle, Repeat SHOPPING SUSTAINABLY HAS NEVER LOOKED SO GOOD
WRITTEN BY: JAMEE LIND PHOTOGRAPHED BY: TAE KWON
For some, it’s the authentic faded wear of a nice pair of jeans from the ‘80s that brought them into the world of vintage clothing. For Greg and Ricky Kaplan, used clothing is a way of life. The brothers are partners at American Recycled Clothing, a wholesale vintage clothing retailer that is redesigning the way clothing companies think about used apparel.
It’s been a journey for the vintage entrepreneurs, to say the least. Being in the vintage clothing business today equates to a warm, eco-friendly welcome from many, but starting a wholesale vintage clothing company in 1992 was met with a lot of resistance. Unlike today, when a stellar knitted sweater from the ‘70s provides distinct vintage clout, the ‘90s were less open to the idea of used clothing. “It was very taboo up until the last five to 10 years. There was a lot of hesitation about wearing anything pre-used [or] pre-worn,” Greg said. However, what was previously looked down upon has more and more become a unique closet staple. “The world is changing and
AMERICAN RECYCLED CLOTHING Los Angeles, CA 310.329.9933 www.arclothing.com
is becoming more accepting of what people once considered as trash,” Greg said. Flash-forward to 2019, and their business idea has not only expanded sustainable fashion options but has blossomed into a new way of revamping vintage threads—7 million pounds of vintage threads to be exact. Now with three warehouses of vintage goodies, the brothers have moved past typical 21st-century manufacturing routines by taking old clothing and reshaping it into their own. Continuously getting in unique products, as well as releasing some of the old clothing that they specially stored, American Recycled Clothing is staying ahead of the new with the old. “We have goods we’ve been sitting on for 10 years that come back in focus,” Greg said. “We have a very diverse and complex supply chain.” He went on to explain that the world is becoming more open to what they do for sustainability and people being more conscious about what they are wearing and where it’s from. With an always-growing used consumer market, the brothers plan to continue to scale up, one vintage thread at a time.
“The world is changing and is becoming more accepting of what people once considered as trash.” —Greg Kaplan
T H AT ' S W H AT H E S A I D
LETâ€™S TAKE THIS
DOWNTOWN Take a Stroll With George LaBoda for the Perfect DTLA Day
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GEORGE LABODA @atlasandmason @gentslounge www.atlasandmason.com www.gentslounge.com
WRITTEN BY: KANDACE CORNELL PHOTOGRAPHED BY: TRAVIS MCCOY
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For George LaBoda, co-creator of menswear and men’s lifestyle platform Gents Lounge and the face of polished yet subtly rugged city-style brand Atlas and Mason, Downtown LA makes for the perfect creative canvas. As a downtown local—and a bonafide man-about-town—LaBoda took us around for an up-close and personal glimpse inside his perfect day in DTLA, and we happily came along for the ride.
11:15 a.m. CoCo Fresh Ú What better way
to cool down after a morning workout than by sipping on a cold beverage? Rip a page from LaBoda’s book and try a specialty tapiocabased boba tea, or stay hydrated with a handsqueezed mixed juice, a frothy latte or a creamy smoothie. “They make some of the best boba drinks in DTLA,” LaBoda explains. “I always get the mango green tea!” COCO FRESH 735 S Figueroa St, Ste 119 Los Angeles, CA 90017 213.372.5532 www.cocofreshdtla.com
9:30 a.m. Bespoke Cycling Studio Ú To kick off the day, a blast of cardio is the first order of business. Nestled inside the bustling downtown retail hub known as FIGat7th, Bespoke’s Los Angeles flagship location offers a full schedule of high-intensity spin classes, featuring carefully curated playlists that allow you to get in the zone as you sculpt your body. “I love taking spin classes at Bespoke,” says LaBoda. “It’s a great way to break up your normal workout routine and get in some great cardio.” BESPOKE CYCLING STUDIO 735 S Figueroa St, Ste 105, Los Angeles, CA 90017 213.228.2828 | www.bespokecyclingstudio.com
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12:00pm The Broad Art Museum Ú Time to take in a little midafternoon culture.
With free admission daily, there’s no excuse to skip the rotating exhibitions of contemporary art and photography installations. Plus, snapping a selfie in that irresistible infinity mirror room you’ve seen all over Instagram is a must! “The Broad has only been around for a few years but has quickly become a DTLA staple,” LaBoda explains. “From its stunning architecture to its great exhibits, this museum is a must-visit for tourists and locals alike.” THE BROAD ART MUSEUM 221 S Grand Ave Los Angeles, CA 90012 213.232.6250 www.thebroad.org
Photos - Bespoke Cycling Studio, Visvim Exposition & Ohana Poké Co: Travis McCoy | CoCo Fresh: Provided By CoCo Fresh | The Broad Art Museum: Mike Kelley
“[Visvim’s] attention to craftsmanship is second to none.” —George LaBoda
3:15 p.m. Visvim Exposition Ú Next on the agenda is a shopping
stop at one of downtown’s slickest boutiques. As a menswear style guru, LaBoda knows a thing or two about fashion. With a lookbook full of urban outerwear and sleek street apparel, this brand gets his seal of approval. “Their attention to craftsmanship is second to none,” he says. “You can see the work and detail that goes into every garment.”
VISVIM EXPOSITION 304 S Broadway Los Angeles, CA 90013 213.265.7901 shop.visvim.tv
One of LaBoda’s biggest fashion “don’ts” is over-accessorizing. “When guys first start putting on suits, they want all the accessories,” he explains. “So they’ll have the cufflinks, the tie bar, the lapel pin, the big flower, the pocket square…and it can just be too much.”
2:30 p.m. Ohana Poké Co Ú Lunchtime calls for some satisfying fare—with a kick!
Creating a custom poké bowl from the mouth-watering buffet of savory spices, rice and creative toppings, LaBoda opts for a tuna bowl with a half-rice, half-kale base, loaded with kimchi cucumber, ginger edamame, crispy garlic and scallions. “Ohana Poké is great for a quick, healthy lunch or even dinner to go,” LaBoda says. “My go-to is their Fire Tuna which is even hotter than the Spicy Tuna. I love spicy food, so the hotter, the better!”
OHANA POKÉ CO 735 S Figueroa St, Ste 118 Los Angeles, CA 90017 213.265.7833 ohanapokeco.com
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“Faith and Flower has it all—great food, great drinks, and atmosphere for days.” —George LaBoda
5:30 p.m. Faith and Flower Ú Blending right in with Faith and Flower’s art-deco
vibe (featuring vintage light fixtures, cozy banquette seating and pops of green accents), he sips on craft cocktails and snacks on crispy tempura fried green beans and kanpachi ceviche with salty Kennebec potato chips (for easy scooping). With his whistle wet and palate open, the next round of oxtail agnolotti arrives, marinated in a bone marrow butter and speckled with beef tendon chicharrones. This paves the way for the Bay King salmon, served atop a quinoa salad and a melange of summer vegetables. “Faith and Flower has it all—great food, great drinks, and atmosphere for days,” says LaBoda. “When you visit, be sure to order the English milk punch. It’s unlike any cocktail I’ve ever had!”
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With a solid base of brandy and several rums, Faith and Flower’s specialty English milk punch cocktail is infused with strains of Absinthe, Sencha green tea, cinnamon, clove, coriander and clarified milk, which is tempered to perfection over the course of four days for ideal consumption.
7:00 p.m. Video Vortex Ú A gamer’s paradise—this retro video store serves as a
homage to the classic games of yore. With a dizzying lineup of interactive arcade games, over 40,000 DVDs and BluRays, a fun variety of traditional board games and a full bar of libations at your fingertips, this place makes LaBoda feel like he’s gone back in time. “Video Vortex is like a blast from the past,” he says. “A taste of an old school video store, but better because there are cocktails!”
VIDEO VORTEX 700 W 7th St, Ste U240B Los Angeles, CA 90017 213.217.9028 videovortex.com/los-angeles
9:00 p.m. Freehand Los Angeles Ú Now fully satiated, it’s time to check in to the wildly popular
Freehand Hotel. Known for its eclectic decor and sweeping skyline views from the swinging rooftop pool and bar, this downtown hotspot is the perfect place to end a perfect day. “Freehand is a staple for me as a downtown local,” says LaBoda. “I always find myself there on the weekends. With multiple restaurants inside, there is something to fit the vibe of whatever type of day or night you’re trying to have!”
Photos - Faith and Flower: Travis McCoy | Freehand Los Angeles: Adrian Gaut
FREEHAND LOS ANGELES 416 W 8th St Los Angeles, CA 90014 213.612.0021 www.freehandhotels.com/los-angeles
Julie Pinzur Founder and Creative Director of Mokuyobi
Senzogaeri Mokuyōbi FOR JULIE PINZUR, EVERY DAY IS THROWBACK THURSDAY
WRITTEN BY: REED RYLEY GRABLE Rising behind a cartoonish mock-up of Mount Fuji are bright lines reminiscent of the sun’s rays. It evokes a sense of curiosity and wonder, provoking an eagerness in its viewer to pursue and explore. This is the logo for Julie Pinzur’s Mokuyobi, a clothing company hidden in South Pasadena which aims to put the fun in functionality.
With her company, Pinzur wanted to bring forth the world she had in her head and apply it to those around her.
• Pinzur enrolled in the Parson’s School of Design in New York and earned a degree in illustration, she then had the ability to create what she envisioned. Her senior project was a robot dress—a bright blue dress with switches, knobs and buttons.
Mokuyobi came from humble beginnings; Pinzur’s interests in sewing stemmed from when she was young, and
With her company, Pinzur wanted to bring forth the world she had in her head and apply it to those around her. “The whole idea is this: I felt like this stuff didn’t exist—like the stuff I like didn’t exist. Like cute, and not too cutesy... cool, but not, like, bad… It’s very rad and awesome. I wanted to expand that world I didn’t see at all.” A major inspiration came after she spent time studying abroad in Japan, which provoked her to apply bright colors, futuristic designs and even 1980s and ‘90s cartoons to her work—as Pinzur puts it, a “culmination of all her interests.” In fact, “Mokuyobi” is Japanese for the word “Thursday,” which Pinzur says is the absolute best day of the week. Why Thursday? Because with Thursday, there is still anticipation and excitement for the upcoming weekend that hasn’t yet been tapped into. “So, it’s about the anticipation—that feeling of being excited, and that’s what I’m trying to chase. When you see Mokuyobi, I just want for you to be excited.” In other words: Pinzur wants her buyers to look at her clothing and think, “Yes, this is where I want to be!”
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JULIE PINZUR @juliepinzur | @mokuyobithreads MOKUYOBI 99 Pasadena Ave, Ste 10B South Pasadena, CA 91030 www.mokuyobi.com
Photography Provided By: Thomas Henry Green, Gabriel Mendoza Weiss, Julie Pinzur, Annabelle Sadler
School of Thought
The niche company produces bright, colorful garments with illustrative designs on an array of items, ranging from watermelon-inspired fanny packs to funky-colored backpacks, noodle doodle shirts and crown-shaped hats. As the company grew from being a project in then-19-year-old Pinzur’s home to a full-fledged brand sold in retailers as big as Urban Outfitters, Pinzur has pushed herself with each creative design. “Each thing I make, I think, ‘That was cool… but this next thing…’” Pinzur says, as the company’s style and direction evolved. “I’m always trying to up myself.”
as she grew up, she would constantly have ideas she wanted to apply but hadn’t the artistic skill to pursue them. Now, Pinzur has all she needs to bring her whimsical creations to life; all of the work she produces is done by hand, starting with the print designs and then the textiles.
LOCALE MAGAZINE Holiday Gift Guide
50 H OLIDAY G IFT S TO IMPROVE YOUR 2020
PREPARE FOR THE NEW YEAR WITH THIS HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE
PHOTOGRAPHED BY: JOHN GLOVER STYLED BY: JACLYN KERSHEK
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Wrapped in Coconut Kit
Avanti Travel Yoga Rug
$68 La Vie Boheme Yoga laviebohemeyoga.com
$32 Kopari koparibeauty.com
GilletteLabs Heated Razor $200 The Art of Shaving theartofshaving.com
Lil’ Charcoal Charmers
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Beard Wash and Beard Conditioner $30 The Art of Shaving theartofshaving.com
$24 Collective 108 collective108.com
California: Living & Eating Book $29.99 Hi Sweetheart hi-sweets.com
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19 | Nano Softgels - 90 Count $120 Collective 108 collective108.com
$7.95 LUSH lushusa.com
The Yoga Man(ual) Book $24.95 Hi Sweetheart hi-sweets.com
Cinna-buns Scrub $18.95 frank body frankbody.com
Arcana Skin Mystics: “The High Priestess” Face and Body Mist $24.95 House of Intuition houseofintuitionla.com
Do One Thing Every Day That Centers You: A Mindful Journal $12.95 Hi Sweetheart hi-sweets.com
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LUA skincare - Daily Ritual Oil + Stone Blends $38 Hi Sweetheart hi-sweets.com
Q&A A Day For The Soul Journal $16.95 Hi Sweetheart hi-sweets.com
Turmeric Latte Bath Bomb
Valmont Moisturizing Booster $160
Valmont Prime Renewing Pack $220
Valmont Elixir Des Glaciers Masque Majestueux Votre Visage $425
Valmont Priming With Hydrating Fluid $125
WAVE Plastic Surgery waveplasticsurgery.com
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Sea Salt Giant Bombshell Bath Bomb $14.95 LUSH lushusa.com
Herban Essentials Lavender Towelettes
$17 H2O Closet Modern Apothecary h2ocloset.com
European Goose Down Sleeping Pillows
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Sleep Chic - The Long PJ Set $139 Eberjey eberjey.com
Frida Kahlo Lashes and Roses Sleep Mask $24 Hi Sweetheart hi-sweets.com
Living the Dream Sleep Mask
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Jane Inc. “Sleep” Personal Vaporizer (1 oz)
CBD + Melatonin Capsules $55.99 Medterra medterracbd.com
NANOCRAFT CBD Full Spectrum Melatonin $84.99
NANOCRAFT CBD Oil Night Formula $59.99
NanoCraft CBD nanocraftcbd.com
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FLX Babymaker Electric Road Bike
$1,999 FLX Bike flx.bike
$75 Wicked Skatewear wickedskatewear.com
Baldwin Boxer Lunch Bag
Impala Rollerskates - Marawa Rose Gold $119.95 Wicked Skatewear wickedskatewear.com
$39.95 Corkcicle corkcicle.com
S1 Lifer Helmet Gold Gloss Glitter
GS TORTOISE Sports Bra *Available in November $60 GOLDSHEEP goldsheepclothing.com
Sock It to Me Flamingo Knee-High Socks $12 Wicked Skatewear wickedskatewear.com
The Petite Tie Dye Float $25 Float Naked floatnaked.com
House of Blues Chardonnay $18.94 House of Blues houseofblues.com
Sugar Skull Mug $12 House of Blues houseofblues.com
Picnic Travel Rug $138 SKOVA skova.co
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Marianne Straw Rattan Handle Bag $73.99 Morning Lavender morninglavender.com
The Blowfish Surfboard $650 Thread Surfboards www.tdsurfboards.com
6-ft Pro Leash
$25 SYMPL www.symplsupplyco.com
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Crystal Pearl Leggings
$1,295 Grayse by Kelly and Marie Gray grayseofficial.com
John Hardy Sterling Silver Cuff
$795 Swiss Watch Gallery swisswatchgallery.com
ALOR Bronze Carnation Bangle With 18k White Gold Pave-Set Diamonds
$950 Swiss Watch Gallery swisswatchgallery.com
ALOR Bronze Carnation Ring With 18k White Gold Pave-Set Diamonds $750 Swiss Watch Gallery swisswatchgallery.com
Willow Chandelier Earrings $27,725 Mimi et Cie mimietciejewels.com
Hand Blown Glass Heirloom Artisan Seashell Candle
$250 Laguna Candles lagunacandles.com
Paratestes II Sunglasses $1,485 Chrome Hearts Available at: Vitra Eyewear South Coast Plaza
Sylvie 1969 Mini Top Handle Bag in Emerald Green Patent Leather $3,200 Gucci gucci.com
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Carl F. Bucherer Manero Flyback
Carl F. Bucherer Adamavi
Carl F. Bucherer Pathos Diva
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$178 Outerknown www.outerknown.com
Collins Cocktail Ring $78 Kendra Scott www.kendrascott.com
$242 27 Miles Malibu shopplanetblue.com
Vintage Inspired Halo Hoops
$88 Natalie B. Jewelry shopplanetblue.com
$95 Warby Parker www.warbyparker.com
Pearls of Wisdom Necklace
$84 Natalie B. Jewelry shopplanetblue.com
“Green Juice” Gummy Bears
$14 Pressed Juicery x Sugarfina www.sugarfina.com
Simon Drop Earrings
Tura Alcoholic Kombucha www.turakombucha.com
$68 Kendra Scott www.kendrascott.com
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UFO Dress Socks $15 Bonobos www.bonobos.com
850 S Pacific Coast Hwy El Segundo, CA 90245 310.414.5280 thepointsb.com
Glass Tumbler Candle $24 Madewell www.madewell.com
$95 Warby Parker www.warbyparker.com $98 Bonobos www.bonobos.com
Cruiser Backpack 22L $148 lululemon www.lululemon.com
“But First, Coffee” Cold Brew Gummy Bears $14 Alfred x Sugarfina www.sugarfina.com
Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum
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SHAY 18k White Gold Sapphire and Emerald Orbit Ring
Roberto Coin 18k Yellow Gold and Diamond Princess Flower Earrings
18k White Gold Black Opal Ring With Blue and White Diamonds and Tsavorites
Alternating Round and Baguette Cut Diamond Chain
Doves Deco Black Onyx and Diamond Earrings
SHAY 18k White Gold Diamond Pave Pinky Ring
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Rolex Ladies’ Datejust 31
Prices available upon request Morgan’s Jewelers 22200 Hawthorne Blvd Torrance, CA 90505 310.375.4471 www.morgansjewelers.com
Breitling Men's Premier B01 Chronograph
John Varvatos Blue Sodalite Bead Bracelet With Distressed Silver Beads and Silver Fold Over Clasp
Prices available upon request Morgan’s Jewelers 22200 Hawthorne Blvd Torrance, CA 90505 310.375.4471 www.morgansjewelers.com
WOLF Axis Single Watch Winder With Storage
John Varvatos Brown Leather Bracelet With Silver Clasp
Rolex Men’s Rolesor Cosmograph Daytona
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ARTIST SPOTLIGHT The Colors of His Energy
“Boring” Isn’t in Artist MadSteez’s Vocabulary
SOUTH BAY BMW Explore How South Bay BMW Has Evolved Into a Treasured Neighborhood Flagship
HUMANITARIAN PROFILE Meet the Kid Behind the Incredible Khloe Kares Organization
ARTIST SPOTLIGHT This Artist Is Taking His Masterpieces to the Streets
KEN GRODY FORD This Ford Raptor Cleans up Nicely
MARK PAUL “MADSTEEZ” DEREN www.madsteez.com @madsteez PHOTO PROVIDED BY: MadSteez
A Rev-olutionary Idea SOUTH BAY BMW IS CUTTING EDGE, NOT CUTTING CORNERS WRITTEN BY: DASH FINLEY • PHOTOGRAPHED BY: PETER KOVAL
In many circles, Southern California is considered the car capital of the world. With an estimated seven million vehicles on the road, it’s no wonder that the area is home to the most car dealerships in the United States. So, how is any individual dealership meant to stand out in the face of such voluminous competition? Enter South Bay BMW—a dealership with a unique approach to selling cars that has successfully managed to set itself apart from the crowd, all under the watchful eye of its forward-thinking general manager, John Hall. “It’s a neighborhood dealership,” says Hall. “A staple in the city of Torrance and the South Bay...we try to make a culture. Our owner Danny...takes such pride in this location.” Indeed, that’s Danny McKenna, patriarch of the McKenna Cars network—a family business stretching back over 50 years with nine separate dealerships. Despite this collection, Hall says, “South Bay BMW is our flagship.” From the get-go, Hall knew that he was taking the reins of something special. “The difference that we have...comes from the details...and [from] giving the customer an experience,” says Hall. Hall’s passion for cars is the natural crescendo of a young life largely focused around the automotive world. “I grew up abroad in Europe and primarily lived between England and Italy,” he shares. “But I remember being two years old, and cars were a fascination. I was obsessed with car shows, car magazines, collecting cars...” After graduating college, Hall moved to Los Angeles and responded to an ad in a newspaper for a job at a local dealership. Hall landed the job and quickly moved up the ranks, eventually securing a fixture position.
SOUTH BAY BMW 18800 Hawthorne Blvd Torrance, CA 90504 310.939.7300 www.southbaybmw.com
Today, Hall is able to put his depth of knowledge to good use with South Bay’s triad of top-shelf car brands. Each one of these labels brings something different to the table, providing customers with the widest possible pool of options. Per Hall: “BMW is iconic...the crossbreed of luxury, performance and safety. BMW is the one who starts the trends...as a benchmark for other brands, by way of design or technology. For Hall and his team, it’s all about creating a meaningful and pleasant customer experience. He explains that “when you purchase a vehicle, you want that smile on that customer’s face. South Bay is a great community of people who are warm and friendly… The businesses here are so attached to the community, and so are we.”
Hall of Famers • Hall struggles to pick his favorite car out of all the vehicles on the lot, but he eventually settles on the greenfriendly BMW I3 (his daily commuter), as well as the X5 SAV. Then, for Mini, he goes with the classic John Cooper Works threedoor hardtop; for Volvo, he selects the hybrid XC60/ XC90.
A Little Kare Goes a Long Way Khloe Kares Is Taking Kindness to the Streets WRITTEN BY: ELISE EDWARDS PHOTOGRAPHED BY: TAE KWON
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Khloe Kares estimates it has helped tens of thousands of people so far, and thereâ€™s no plan to slow down.
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“How do you not acknowledge a person just because they’re on the streets?” —Khloe Thompson
It took Khloe Thompson over an hour to get from her home in Orange County to our interview in Downtown LA. She used that time to get her homework done. She then grabbed an armful of clothes in preparation to pose for photos and answer questions in sweltering 90-degree heat. When I offered to assist with her wardrobe, she said, “I’m fine; I’m used to it.”
“She’s not your average 12-year-old,” her mother, Alicia, offered up. That much is clear. Thompson is the mastermind behind Khloe Kares, a non-profit dedicated to helping others that she launched at the tender age of nine. It all started with a homeless woman she passed by on her way to school each morning. “I wondered why she was out there and felt badly for her. I wanted to do something,” Thompson said. 138 LOCALE MAGAZINE
With her grandmother’s help, Thompson went home and sewed 25 bags that she filled with essentials. The first bag went to the homeless woman she came to know as Michelle, who served as her initial inspiration. “I was a little nervous,” Khloe admitted, “but I introduced myself and gave her the bag. She kept saying, ‘T hank you’ and ‘God bless you.’ It felt like the best day ever.” Soon, Thompson and her family found themselves sewing more and more bags while, at the same time, reaching out to friends and family for donations over Facebook. To date, they estimate they’ve donated over 5,500 bags. “I’m not nervous to go up to people anymore,” said Thompson. “I realize that they’re regular people. It’s just like talking to your best friend. That’s how I treat them.” In addition to assembling and handing out bags, Thompson speaks out about her mission with people all over the country. From the Mark Leadership Conference at Rutgers University and a crowd of 70,000 at The Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, to numerous Boys and Girls Clubs that she hit during a cross-country service tour, she has no problem sharing her goals. And her reach doesn’t stop in the US. In 2016, Thompson was invited to Ghana by a group of girls whom she now visits on a yearly basis. She managed to raise enough money to build a six-stall bathroom facility and filtered water pump in their school, and she plans to continue doing the same work at different schools each year. “I mentor the
Sharing Is Karing • “It’s important for me to help people because I want everyone to feel like there’s someone who cares about them,” Thompson explained. Perseverance Is Key • “I’ve learned a lot about running a business. It’s a roller coaster. Sometimes I don’t think I’m going to have enough bags finished in time or have enough money or supplies, but there’s always a part of me that knows I can do it,” Thompson said. “My advice to others is: don’t let your fears stop you. Just keep pushing even if you’re scared.” Dream It, Believe It • In Ghana, Thompson made vision boards with the girls. It’s something she does for herself each year as part of her New Year’s resolution. “I always have Paris on there,” she said. “I know I’ll get there someday.”
girls, they send me letters and sometimes we have video chats. Ghana is one of my favorite places to visit, and we’re always sad when I leave.” Luckily for both parties, after being gifted an acre of land by the chief of a village there, chances are she’ll get to spend more time in the country. Her dream is to eventually build a community center on the property with an attached Airbnb to generate income and keep it flourishing. Thompson’s schedule is so jam-packed that in fifth grade, she started being homeschooled. It’s a change her mother said she welcomed. “She knew if she were homeschooled, she could help more people. My youngest child is in regular school, but that just wasn’t Khloe’s path. I never wanted anyone to think I was pushing Khloe, but this is who she is. She has an incredible way of connecting with people. When she hands out those bags, she starts intimate conversations that make everyone feel important at that moment.” While most of us can see what a unique quality that is, especially for a child her age, to Thompson, it’s just second nature. “I once gave a bag to a woman at a women’s shelter, and she asked for a hug. When I hugged her, she burst into tears and said she hadn’t been looked at or acknowledged in so long,” Thompson recounted. “That was upsetting to me. How do you not acknowledge a person just because they’re on the streets?” Khloe Kares estimates it has helped tens of thousands of people so far, and there’s no plan to slow down. If Thompson has her way, she will eventually open a community center in Los Angeles where she can employ as many people as possible and give them the skills they need to start new careers. “They could clean up or help in the kitchen. There will be so many job opportunities, and it will be a place for all ages where everyone will feel welcome.”
The Colors of His Energy
Bali on the Brain • Bali remains Deren’s favorite place on the planet. Being there was a catalyst for him becoming an artist, so it always has this magical feel every time he goes back.
“BORING” ISN’T IN ARTIST MADSTEEZ’S VOCABULARY
WRITTEN BY: AUBREY FREITAS PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED BY: MADSTEEZ
He has provided his colorful twist to art pieces on Prince, Stan Lee, Shaq and Amelia Earhart (to name a few). He also worked with Nike to create a signature series shoe, designed a line of Evisu jeans and created art on snowboards with the ski company Armada. His portfolio is just as decorative as his art itself.
Los Angeles is one of the greatest art hubs in the world for all genres, mediums and people pursuing their passions. One artist, Mark Paul Deren (aka MadSteez), is adding a fluorescent touch of his own to the LA area and throughout the world. Deren is an artist whose particular medium includes murals that span the length of walls easily over 100 feet— his imagination seemingly just too large to fit a canvas of anything less.
Deren hopes that his art “leaves you feeling a sense of happiness and can inspire you and your day.”
Deren’s inspiration for such unique color use comes from a rare condition in his left eye that is considered a form of blindness, but it allows him to see “wild colors, gradients and kaleidoscope prism effects,” all of which he emulates in his art. Out of This World • Deren has been in talks for painting in space, but he isn’t sure he will be able to make it on a spaceship due to his fear of flying. 99 Problems, But a Beat Ain’t One • Deren’s creative process must involve music. He usually has a song on repeat for days, but when he’s in a song slump, he puts all 99 of his Pandora stations on shuffle to make the most genius DJ. 140 LOCALE MAGAZINE
Deren’s passion for art began when he had a quarter-life crisis at 20 years old that led to quitting his job and traveling to both Bali and other places throughout Europe for several months. This was his first time traveling the world, and he says his eyes were “woken with a bleeding sense to create.” When he returned home, he did just that, painting unbelievably vibrant and imaginative murals all over the US and beyond that would make even the Mad Hatter blush. Deren’s inspiration for such unique color use comes from a rare condition in his left eye that is considered a form of blindness, but it allows him to see “wild colors, gradients and kaleidoscope prism effects,” all of which he emulates in his art.
According to Deren, street art offers more “space and freedom, where you can really stretch out,” allowing the artist to “change the landscape of the entire area.” Deren hopes that his art “leaves you feeling a sense of happiness and can inspire you and your day.” Street art also fosters a sense of community—to the extent that the people of North Park in San Diego made local and national news trying to save Deren’s WEENosarus Rex from being painted over. Deren “had no idea [his art] would even last a month, let alone eight good years,” or mean that much to the neighborhood. In the future, Deren will be working on a lineup of commissioned art pieces, and his next 24 months are booked with special projects that are hush-hush. We will all just have to wait and see what enchanting madness Deren has up his sleeve, or rather, in his mind.
MARK PAUL “MADSTEEZ” DEREN www.madsteez.com @madsteez
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Dirt by Day, Date by Night THIS FORD RAPTOR CLEANS UP NICELY WRITTEN BY: JAMEE LIND PHOTOGRAPHED BY: AKIN ODEBUNMI MODELS: KATIE BOZNER AND JEREMY GRINACOFF OF BRAND MODEL & TALENT AGENCY, www.brandtalent.net
Sitting in your office parking lot Monday morning, spotted with the mud and the toils of the weekend, is your customized Ford Raptor. You’re obviously upset about the dirt, but you can’t be brought down too far when you know what lies underneath that dried inch of sand. Your only actual worry is getting it cleaned before your dinner date later on tonight.
But again, you know that the dirt can be managed; your expectations, however, cannot. When you’re trucking through the dirty bliss of an open California backroad, or zooming past the city lights of downtown, you need a vehicle as diverse and complex as yourself. You already know that the factory presets of a modern-day truck inhibit your free-flowing lifestyle and limit the travel capabilities of both you and your vehicle. That’s why you went with a customized KG Custom Ford Raptor in the first place, to hint at how bold you actually are compared to those around you. A customized Ford Raptor is considered “the best truck in the market,” according to Ruben Pina,
General Manager at KG Custom. Built for both athletes and other high-end professionals, Pina notes that this is a car no one is going to be able to not notice, and that’s exactly what you’re going to need to impress your date tonight—just cleaned up a little first. “In the social way we live, it’s a car that really pulls to our attention,” Pina said, furthering on about how their Ford Raptor caters to the needs of every highend driver. From cold air intakes to customizable brakes, the KG Custom design brings its clients the ultimate horsepower. “You have function, aesthetics and aggressive styling,” said Pina. “Contractors, construction, athletes, guys that want to go surfing— it’s the best, all-around getaway truck.” The car wash is squeezed in after your last meeting, something you were never too worried about in the first place. You are a little worried about how the date will go, but more excited to see what’s in store for the night, with your freshly cleaned customized Ford Raptor making it a much smoother ride (and first impression).
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