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THE TEAM ERIK HALE Publisher + Founder erik@localemagazine.com @local_e ASHLEY SMITH COO + Co-Founder ashley@localemagazine.com | @ashleyelainexo REILLY HEINE Art Director + Co-Owner reilly@localemagazine.com @localereilly | @reillyek EDITORIAL KAYLIN WAIZINGER Senior Editor kaylin@localemagazine.com | @kaylinwaizinger TAYLOR GORSKI Senior Editor taylor@localemagazine.com | @taylorgorski CHRIS HUGHES Copy chris@hughescopywriting.comEditor DESIGN VICENTE MARTÍ SOLAR vicentemartisolar@gmail.comIllustrator PRODUCTION LAUREN LEWELLEN Production Manager laurenl@localemagazine.com | @lauren__lewellen SALES & MARKETING MIKE TODD SMITH Vice President of Sales & Marketing mts@localemagazine.com | @miketoddsmith JASON KOSKY Sr. Market Manager jason@localemagazine.com @locale_jason DANIELLE TROTTER Advertising Partnerships Manager danielle@localemagazine.com @danielleytrotter SAM PERRY Social Media Manager samantha@localemagazine.com | @graceperry_ FINANCE VALERIE KERR accounting@localemagazine.comAccountant THE CONTRIBUTORS WRITERS Allie Lebos allieandla.com | @allielebos Alyssa Burlingame akburlingame.wixsite.com/portfolio @alyssa.burlingame Ameihia Turingan iridescentglimmer.wordpress.com | @ameihia Ben Palajac @benpalajac Christian Waizinger @cwaizz Gennah Nicole themermaidmethod.com | @gennahnicole Jaclyn Keagy jaclynkeagy.myportfolio.com @jaaclyn Jordan Nishkian wordsbyjordan.com @wordsbyjordan Joy Sun @littlejoybigworld Juliette Arin Keri Bridgwater keribridgwater.com | @keri.bridgwater Makena Huey makenahuey.com | @makeup_by_makena Molly O’Brien metropolitanmolly.com | @mollyannobrien Noelle Dahl @urbabynoni Reyes Baca exploreytion.weebly.com | @exploreytion Vayunamu Bawa vaysplace.format.com | @vaybawa PHOTOGRAPHERS Erik Isakson erikisakson.com | @erikisakson Frank Ishman frankishman.com | @frankishman George Duchannes duchannes.com | @georgeduchannes John Glover johnglover.photography | @jgloverphotography Jordan Toves jordantoves.com | @jordan_toves Katie Nguyen thekatcreative.com | @thekatcreative Katie Oswald apt5creative.com | @apt5creative.com Mary Carol Fitzgerald marycarolfitzgerald.com @mcfitztography Stefanie Parkinson stefanieparkinson.com | stefanieparkinsonphoto.com | @sp_foto | @parkinson_photo Timothy Aukshunas aukshunasphoto.com | @tim_auks *For full information on our team & contributors go to www.localemagazine.com/about LOCALE MAGAZINE PO Box 2971, Newport Beach, CA 92659 • 949.436.8910 ® www.localemagazine.com • @localemagazine

I don’t know about you, but I’m feelin’ alive! Fall is in the air, and there’s nothing I love more than crisp California evenings, the start of football season and cozying up to my favorite bar with a cocktail in hand. And while fall in other regions of the country may bring rain, sleet and snow, us SoCal locals can continue to brag about our sunshine and clear days. If you ask me, there’s no better time to get outside and experience all that The Golden State has to offer. Allow us to be your guide—we’ve pieced together the ultimate local’s summer handbook to help you experience SoCal like never before (pg. 43)! From out-of-the-box date ideas in Newport Beach (pg. 66) to how to spend a night out in WeHo without hitting the nightclubs (pg. 76), this guide is sure to spark inspiration for all of your fall outings. Flip to our foodie section, and you’ll find our picks for the tastiest local BBQ joints (pg. 91), our favorite SoCal speakeasies (pg. 103), and the best spots to get a martini in LA (pg. 88). In our shoppe section, we’ll teach you how to thrift like a pro (pg. 112) and extend your summer glow up through the colder months (pg. 118). For those that haven’t had enough vacation time this summer, thumb through our escape section, where you’ll find all sorts of travel inspo. Here, you’ll discover the perfect, 72-hour Temecula itinerary (pg. 123), how to throw an epic bachelorette weekend in La Quinta (pg. 129) and more! There’s so much to explore, and we’re here to help you do it. Happy reading!

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“It’s not so much about putting people on a pedestal,” she says. So what’s to come for this social media star? Flip to page 32 to read all about it.

• Nothing but humble and sweet, Rocky discussed her journey as a social media influencer, entrepreneur and now mom of two boys during the cover interview. She talked about how social media has evolved from the need to come across as “perfect” to the importance of being relatable and authentic on each platform.

Written By: Taylor Gorski


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• September in Southern California is what is known as locals summer—the beaches are less crowded, the sun is shining and temps hover around 72 degrees. Our Alive Guide is packed with activities to make the most of it. Discover quiet and peaceful spots in bustling Los Angeles and plan a unique date for your next night out. So get out there and explore SoCal like never before. Travel ideas, BBQ spots and stories from inspiring locals are just a few things you’ll find inside this issue.

Creating the Cover • Rocky Barnes and her husband Matt Cooper are a dynamic duo. The two have been working together for around five years, with Matt behind the camera. They’ve created hundreds of stunning images for Rocky’s platform and dozens of brands. With Rocky gracing the cover of LOCALE’s 125th issue, the two styled and shot this cover shoot at a dreamy California Airbnb.

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COVER By: Matt Cooper, www.mattcoop.com | @matt_coop

What’s Inside?

Written By: Taylor Gorski, @taylorgorski

Model: Rocky Barnes, @rocky_barnes

table of contents September 2022 /// Alive Edition 43 Guide Let’s Go! 100+ Things to Do in SoCal That You’ve Probably Never Thought of Before AVENTON www.aventon.com PHOTO BY: TIMOTHY AUKSHUNAS MODELS: ISAIAH RICH AND PASCALE FRIEND WITH OTTO MODELS NewportBeach 66 Out-of-the-BoxDateIdeas Save the Date Enjoy an Ocean Breeze With These Newport Beach Date Ideas MAGAZINELOCALE16

table of contents Pg. 91 Pg. 114 Pg. 129 foodie 88 For the Fridge PINKIES UP Keep It Classy With a Classic Martini in LA 91 Feature HOLY SMOKES SoCal’s BBQ Scene Is Hotter Than Ever 96 Behind the Brand GRAIN TO GLASS Pacific Coast Spirits Offers a Smooth Sip of Adventure in O’side 103 Feature CALL US FASHIONEDOLD Our Favorite Speakeasies in Los Angeles and San Diego for a Roarin’ Good Time 106 Behind the Brand POP THE TOP You’re Going to Be Obsessed With the All-New Melograno Canned Cocktails shoppe 110 Mini Profile CONFIDENCE IS KEY This Award-Winning Plastic Surgeon Brings Beauty to Newport Beach—Here’s His Story 112 5 Pro Tips GET THRIFTY WITH IT 5 Tips for Your Next Thrifting Spree at Goodwill of OC 98 Behind the Brand TAKING FLIGHT Spice Things Up With Fly By Jing’s Collection of ChengduInspired Pantry Staples 100 Setting the Scene SETTING SAIL Hop Aboard and Savor a SoCal Sunset With an Ice-Cold Bucket of Corona Hard Seltzers 114 Behind the Brand THREADS BY THE SEA This Sustainable Clothing Brand Emphasizes the Importance of Slow Fashion and Creating With Purpose 116 Get the Deets MEET YOU AT BELLA TERRA This Huntington Beach Lifestyle Center Welcomes Exciting New Tenants in the Coming Months 118 Face the Facts WE TOGETHERGLOW LIKE… 5 Beauty Products and Treatments Dr. Ranat Can't Live Without escape 123 72 Hours 100% CHANCE OF WINE Spend 72 Hours in Temecula to Get Your Fix of Wine and Relaxation in SoCal 126 5 Pro Tips MODERN MEETS VINTAGE Interior Designer Kishani Perera Shares Her Tips on Creating Eclectic and Cozy Interiors September 2022 /// Alive Edition Carlsbad QuintaLa LOCALEndar Make Your Fall Unforgettable With These Adventurous Outings 32 Cover Story SOCIAL SUPERNOVA Rocky Barnes Talks All Things Social Media, Her Clothing Line and Life With Two Boys CHECK OUT EXTENDED STORIES AND MORE ON OUR WEBSITE AT Localemagazine.com 129 Feature GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE SUN A Bride’s Guide to Planning the Ultimate Bachelorette Party at La Quinta Resort & Club 18 LOCALE MAGAZINE

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WHEN: October 12 WHERE: Los Alamos WHY: Be in the moment of aesthetic bliss with a group of like-minded connoisseurs of food while savoring the outdoor meal of your dreams. www.outstandinginthefield.com

WHEN:22-OctoberSeptember31 WHERE: Knott’s Berry Farm WHY: Prepare yourself for an interactive experience of haunted mazes and guessing what lurks in the fog with your friends this spooky season. www.knotts.com/events/scary-farm

WHERE: Downtown Las Vegas WHY: Dance the weekend away listening to a widespread lineup of your favorite artists and comedians in everyone’s favorite party city. www.lifeisbeautiful.com Fight or Flight All Night

Fall Family Weekend

W HAT: Knott’s Scary Farm

W HAT: Elton John Concert WHEN: November 17 and 19-20 WHERE: Dodger Stadium WHY: Experience a oncein-a-lifetime performance from one of the greatest artists of our time for the grand finale of this pop superstar’s farewell tour. www.eltonjohn.com

W HAT: La Jolla Art and Wine Festival

W HAT: The Wonderfront Music and Arts Festival WHEN: November 18-20 WHERE: Downtown San Diego WHY: Cruise across the downtown SD waterfront at this diverse festival, featuring multiple concerts on yachts, galleries on the piers and sunset cruises. wonderfrontfestival.com

WHERE: Downtown Palm Springs WHY: Show your pride all weekend during the 36th anniversary of this growing festival during the famous Arenas Road block party and headline music events. apps.pspride.org

WHEN: October 8-9 WHERE: La Jolla WHY: Explore the wine and beer garden, try your luck at the silent auction or enjoy gourmet food at the art center under the San Diego sun. www.ljawf.com

W HAT: Palm Springs Pride Festival

W HAT: Outstanding in the Field

W HAT: Ohana Festival and Ohana Encore

W HAT: Los Angeles Rams vs. San Francisco 49ers WHERE: SoFi Stadium WHY: Don’t miss the continuation of the NFL’s hottest rivalry, as the 49ers look for revenge in the state-of-the-art SoFi stadium against LA’s defending champions. www.sofistadium.com Runnin’, Runnin’

30OCT NOV5 NOV17 toNOV 4 NOV 6 Doesn’t Get More Beautiful Than This

WHEN: September 24-26 and October 8-9 WHERE: Dana Point WHY: Head on down to Doheny State Beach for multiple weekends of beachside concerts and storytelling panels from experts in conservation.environmental www.ohanafest.com to SEPT 16 SEPT

W HAT: Run With Los Muertos 5K and Block Party WHERE: Old CoachellaTown WHY: Celebrate the community culture and beauty of life while getting your fitness on at the ninth annual Coachella 5K and block party. runwithlosmuertos.com Say Farewell to the Yellow Brick Road


W HAT: Life Is Beautiful Festival

Alfresco at Its Best

Written By: Ben Palajac JollaLa SpringsPalm AlamosLos DiegoSan Color in the Desert

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Social Supernova cover story 32 “It’s so much more about being relatable and real, engaging with your community and showing vulnerability now. It’s definitely done a 180 since I started, [but] in the best way possible.” —Rocky Barnes

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“It’s become more and more of a beast, to say the least.” —Rocky Barnes 34

Prior to the world of social media, fashion, creativity and modeling all played big roles in Barnes’ life. “I got scouted right after college,” Barnes recalls. “I was hustling, then working four jobs—two restaurant jobs, marketing part-time (which is what I went to college for) and then modeling part-time as well, driving back and forth from San Diego to LA.”

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And evolved, it has. The Instagram app, which might be unrecognizable from when it first launched, has become much more than users posting a pretty photo. “It’s become more and more of a beast, to say the least. At first, it was like one photo here or there. Now people want multiple photos, videos and stories,” Barnes says. Barnes has worked with a variety of incredible brands over the years like Revolve, American Express, Veuve Clicquot and Express.

Aside from being strikingly beautiful, her effortless style—California cool meets eclectic boho—mixed with the dreamiest of locations, high-quality images and all-around authenticity is all part of the secret sauce that keeps her followers coming back for more.

Once Instagram arrived 12 years ago, the career of the “influencer” was born shortly after. And if you were creative, smart and consistent enough back in those early days of social media, it might have changed the course of your entire life. For Rocky Barnes, who started blogging and posting on Instagram about 10 years ago, just that happened. With an impressive 2.9 million followers on Instagram and now a growing 2.8 million likes on TikTok, Rocky Barnes is undoubtedly known as one of the original social media influencers.

“It’s so much more about being relatable and real, engaging with your community and showing vulnerability now. It’s definitely done a 180 since I started, [but] in the best way possible. I think it’s really evolved with who I am as a person,” explains Barnes. Curating the most perfect image is not as important on social media as it once was. Followers and fans are searching for that vulnerability and genuineness, and Barnes explains how refreshing that is, especially since becoming a mom. “Now that I’m a mom—not just a mom but a mom of two, which let me tell you is a complete game changer from one—we’re still just figuring it all out at the moment,” she laughs. “I know moms are always trying to be perfect and hold everything together for their families, but being able to have an opportunity to connect with other moms and share our grievances is nice. It’s nice that social media has allowed that to be a safe place among other things.”

Barnes found her modeling niche within the swimsuit/lifestyle fitness world. She explains that while the modeling world is so different today, when she started 15 years ago, the modeling agencies wanted “all of the girls to be tall, thin and lightskinned—white, essentially.” “I was shorter, curvier (for modeling, per se), and I’m half Filipino, so I was always tan. I always liked different photos than the agencies did, so I started using Instagram as my personal portfolio,” Barnes explains. While the photos the agencies would choose were over-exposed and airbrushed, Barnes gravitated towards the more original and natural images of herself. “Modeling is creative for every other person on the team, except for the model,” Barnes says. This frustration led her to leverage her Instagram account as both a modeling portfolio and a creative outlet. Already traveling around the world for photoshoots wearing clothes she loved, Barnes began to snap images of her outfits in tropical locations and post them. “It kind of just turned into what it is today; it’s evolved over the past 10 years, but it’s what kind of gave me my initial start,” she humbly admits.


» “In New York, the fun spots are Lola Taverna and American Bar—they have the best chicken peanut salad. For sushi, we always go to Domodomo and Shuko for a special occasion. And there’s obviously great Italian food in New York,” she notes.

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» Barnes has a black belt in taekwondo, “I have studied martial arts since I was nine, so that’s kind of like my secret weapon.”

“Our n ew favorite restaurant in LA is Horses. It’s down the street from our house. It’s amazing, I would highly recommend it. It has a great scene too; it’s a fun spot to check out!” Barnes says.

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While the virality of TikTok has spread more rapidly than Instagram, Barnes was still hesitant to join the platform at all. “I didn’t want to just jump in with anything, having already established myself on Instagram. I wanted to do what felt right for me, and not just start off dancing or doing whatever everyone else was doing,” she explains. Barnes found her sweet spot on TikTok by posting “get ready with me” videos. She now coordinates her TikTok videos with her Instagram images, admitting she’s had a lot of fun on the new platform. “I think social media is constantly evolving, and I think in order to stay with it, you have to always be willing to evolve with it,” she notes. Apart from what you see on social media, Barnes lives her life off the screen with her family—two boys Jones and Charlie and husband Matt. Not only husband and wife, but she and Matt are also business partners; Barnes notes it was a learning experience to merge the two roles. “Learning how to deal with each other on a professional level and also still be loving and come together as husband and wife has definitely been a struggle—it’s not easy to find that rhythm, but when you do and it’s clicking and you’re having a good day, it’s like the best thing ever,” she says.

The family spends their time bi-coastal between Los Angeles and New York. Barnes is a California girl at heart, born and raised in Los Angeles, while Matt is originally from New York. “Our home base is LA, but we keep Matt’s apartment/bachelor pad in New York, so we try to get out there as much as possible,” Barnes says. The duo recently renovated their stunning Los Angeles home, which Barnes notes is one of her biggest accomplishments to date. While the family will certainly be enjoying their home, they also look forward to traveling the world as a family of four. Adding successful entrepreneur to her list of accomplishments, Barnes launched her own clothing line in the middle of the pandemic. The Bright Side is Barnes’ passion project that she’s dreamed of having since she was a young girl.

Undeniably a trendsetter, Barnes has utilized her platform to evolve both in and out of the social media landscape. With a loyal following and fiery passion for creating, Barnes continues to set trends and embrace her many roles as mom, wife, model, designer and social supernova.

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While keeping up with constant content on Instagram, a whole other social media platform emerged that viewers quickly turned towards in 2020: TikTok.

“I know moms are always trying to be perfect and hold everything together for their families, but being able to have an opportunity to connect with other moms and share our grievances is nice.”

Looking at what they have built together, however, the two wouldn’t want it any other way. “We work from home, we work together, we have two kids together now, we have our moments but it’s allowed us to have such an amazing life together— to be able to travel together and create our own schedule,” she says.

—Rocky Barnes

“Growing up, whenever they asked what I wanted to be, it was always a designer,” Barnes gushes. She notes that it’s been a humbling learning experience, having so much more respect for what brands have all gone through, especially with the supply chain issues from these last couple of years. “We’re trying not to rush into things and have everything we want on our time schedule. So, it’s slow-moving but I really love it, and it’s nice to have something outside of the social media space,” Barnes says. With the ever-changing, fast-paced social media world, it’s clear that Barnes continues to grow and progress each step of the way while remaining authentically herself, which certainly solidifies a space for her in the industry. But with her almost decade-old blog and growing clothing line, Barnes has her eyes set on even bigger goals and dreams. “I’ve always said growing up I wanted to be a combination of Rachel Zoe and Martha Stewart—like really taking a fashion brand and the lifestyle space and having a full lifestyle brand would be so fun.”

“I think social media is constantly evolving, and I think in order to stay with it, you have to always be willing to evolve with it.”

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Experience SoCal like never before! When you’re a local, it’s second nature to revisit your favorite restaurants, staycation spots and neighborhood nooks. But when you live in Southern California—a place that’s forever evolving—there’s always something new to experience. So we invite you to step off the beaten path with us as we take you on a tour through some of our favorite neighborhoods and unveil a handful of Southern California’s bestkept secrets. This guide will renew your love for the very place we call home. Thought of

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Whether you’re taking a trip to Southern California for a well-deserved escape or simply opting for a weekend staycation, one of the best ways to enjoy an area is to get outside and explore it. And while we may be a bit outspoken, we think exploring two cities is better than one! So if you’re in the mood for an outdoor adventure, slip on something cute and comfy, and hop on your Aventon electric bike to tour some of Orange County’s best spots in Costa Mesa and Newport Beach. And don’t worry about the miles—you’re in for a wheely good time. By: Jordan Nishkian By: Tim Aukshunas Models: Isaiah Rich and Pascale Friend, OTTO Models, www.ottomodels.com By: Vicente Martí COSTA RENTAL


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11:30 a.m. FIRST UP: COFFEE!

Neat Coffee in Costa Mesa is the perfect neighborhood spot to start your day. Order an iced oat milk latte and a few Meet the Source energy balls, and you’ll be off to a great start. Neat Coffee www.neat.coffee

After your coffee stop, it’s time to take a 1.6-mile ride down to 17th St to shop at Common Thread. Your Aventon bike can hit anywhere between 20 to 28 mph, so this trek will seem like a breeze. After you lock up your bike in front of the shop, head inside to browse everything from breezy sundresses to wide-brimmed www.shopcommonthread.comhats.


• What better way to end the day than with a stunning, cotton-candy sunset at The Wedge? As one of the top surfing spots in Orange County, we wouldn’t be surprised if you’ve been carrying your board with you all day. But even if you don’t plan on getting in the water, there’s a lot to see at this surfing hotspot! The Wedge and-parks/the-wedgewww.visitnewportbeach.com/beaches-




• After an all-day excursion, it’s time to treat yourself to some seafood at The Crab Cooker! This fast-casual eatery serves up delicious bites like chowder, crab cakes, cracked crab, lobster on a skewer and more, so be sure to come hungry. The Crab Cooker www.thecrabcooker.com 6:30 p.m.

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• Before your afternoon excursion on your Aventon Sinch Step-Through Foldable Ebike, caffeinating is crucial!

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After ringing up your purchase, gear up for a quick mile ride down to West Coast Hwy. Your ride will be smooth and steady thanks to your bike’s fat tires, which can take on nearly any terrain. Once you’re on the highway, look for A Market: a quaint red shop with tasty eats like stacked sandwiches and hearty salads. A Market www.riverjettyrg.com/a-market 3 p.m.

• Half a mile away from A Market is Vision Electric Boat Rental, where you can take some time off of your wheels and cruise the bay. Simply fold and lock up your Sinch Step-Through Foldable Ebike with one of Aventon’s bike locks and be the captain of your own boat around Newport Harbor. Vision Electric Boat Rental www.eboatsrental.com 5:30 p.m.

He may have amassed a number of nicknames—“the Robin Hood of modern times” and “the Forrest Gump of ecology” to name a couple—but Rob Greenfield sees himself as part of the change he wishes to see in the world.

To accomplish this, Greenfield set his sights on living in a way that’s beneficial to the planet and those around him, and to do that, he would need to radically transform his lifestyle. Over a period of two years, Greenfield set a goal of making at least one positive change a week. “If I made one positive change a week for two years, that’d be over 100 positive changes,” he explains. “I was able to radically and rapidly transform my life.”

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» One of Greenfield’s favorite ways to shop sustainably is through food co-ops like O.B. People’s Co-op in San Diego. “I really love food co-ops, and that’s one of my favorite ones,” he says.

—Rob Greenfield

Written By: Jordan Nishkian Photography Provided By: Rob Greenfield


How to Support » Follow Greenfield on social media, pick up his new kids book, “Be the Change,” or make a donation to his nonprofit organization, Regeneration, Equity and Justice.

Get Green Today » Three sustainable changes you can make today are: composting, riding a bike or walking instead of driving and reducing waste by opting for reusable items instead of single-use.


Like most transformational stories, Greenfield’s begins with realization. In 2011, he was living what most would consider a typical, consumerist lifestyle. “I was very focused on material possessions and financial wealth,” Greenfield shares. “I actually had a goal of being a millionaire by the time I was 30.” This goal shifted, however, once he began reading books and watching documentaries on the importance of sustainability. “I started to realize that almost everything that I thought was doing good was causing destruction,” Greenfield says. “I realized I was a hypocrite—my actions were not in alignment with my beliefs.”

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“What I strive to do is live in a way where my daily actions no longer cause destruction, are no longer part of inequitable and unjust systems and actually improve the world around me.”

The radical transformation didn’t stop there. In order to promote and garner more attention to his cause of environmental health and equity, Greenfield began taking on truly incredible projects. Some of these projects include living off the grid in a tiny house, wearing trash from products he used for 30 days and only eating food that he grew or foraged for a year—and he has plans to keep going and spread the good word.

“What I want to do in my daily existence is to be a radical reminder that there’s another way that’s possible,” Greenfield explains. “It’s not about sacrificing; it’s about releasing what doesn’t serve us and making space for what does.”




Visit • At the heart of Barrio Logan is Chicano Park, a scenic space located beneath the San DiegoCoronado Bridge. Since 1971, this park has been the pillar of the Barrio Logan community and houses the largest collection of Chicano murals in the world. This park honors the neighborhood’s history, generational residents and the fight for political and social justice. Chicano Park 1933 Logan Ave San Diego, CA www.chicanoparksandiego.com92113

Libélula Books & Co. 950 S 26th St San Diego, CA @libelula_books_co92113

If you love art, MexicanAmerican traditions and eating the best Chicano food on the West Coast, you’ll love spending time in San Diego’s Barrio Logan neighborhood. Known for its murals depicting the Mexican-American struggle, this neighborhood is full of cultural expression and charm. Spend time checking out local vendors at the neighborhood’s weekly Walk the Block event or snag a beer at one of the local breweries. Here are our favorite places to visit in Barrio Logan!

• When in the neighborhood, you’ll want to get a taste of Barrio Dogg. This Chicano comfort food joint serves Baja-style hot dogs out of a lowrider! Created as a champion for the Barrio Logan community, this local hotspot spot exists to provide soul-feeding comfort food to its customers. Try the El Bombero dog if you like a lot of spice!

Barrio Dogg 2234 Logan Ave San Diego, CA www.barriodogg.com619.546.788992113

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Don’t Miss • In the heart of Barrio Logan lies a queer- and BIPOCowned independent bookstore called Libélula. Here, you’ll find a variety of new and used books and fall in love with the small-town feel of this local shop. Be sure to check their Instagram page for upcoming pop-ups and events.

Do • Who doesn’t love an ice-cold beer? Border X Brewing is a local taphouse that stands for community, culture and local craft beer. Not to mention, they bring in a rotating roster of local food trucks. Every Tuesday, Border X has Loteria night at 7 p.m. Bring your family for food, drinks and prizes!

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Border X Brewing 2181 Logan Ave San Diego, CA www.borderxbrewing.com858.405.052892113


Pasta Sisters 3280 Helms Ave Culver City, CA www.pastasisters.com424.603.450390232

Culver City is a hotspot to plan a night out with friends or book a staycation at one of the boutique hotels. Here are four spots not to miss on your next visit to this upand-coming LA neighborhood.

Visit • Find The Shay, the city’s newest boutique hotel (and one of the few in this neighborhood!) at Ivy Station. Inside, guests will encounter an inviting lobby that doubles as contemporary coworking space, as well as a cocktail bar and a game room. The property also hosts Culver City’s first rooftop pool bar—Celestina.

The Shay 8801 Washington Blvd Culver City, CA www.hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/california/424.361.670090232the-shay/laxdi

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• Pasta Sisters is a family-owned Italian restaurant and fresh pasta shop featuring ample outdoor seating in the Helms Bakery complex. It’s a casual affair, where diners order at the counter and then grab a seat. The menu offers a delectable lineup of pasta, including a selection of original dishes and weekly specials. The homemade gnocchi is a must-try!

Don’t Miss • Hi-Lo Liquor Market serves as an approachable and inclusive spot for visitors and locals to find the perfect liquid to say “cheers.” From seeking the ideal daily craft brew to planning a splurge on a top-shelf celebration, this shop offers it all. Stay awhile and enjoy a tasting at The Counter, where weekly tastings, wine by the glass and beer are offered. Hi-Lo Liquor Market 8582 Washington Blvd Culver City, CA www.hiloliquor.com424.298.844390232

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Do • This uber-trendy outdoor boutique retail center is housed in a repurposed and refurbished industrial building. At Platform, visitors will find fitness studios, offices, shops and restaurants. After some retail therapy, grab a latte at Blue Bottle Coffee for a quick pick-me-up, and end the day with a craft cocktail at Margot, an elevated rooftop restaurant and bar. Platform 8850 Washington Blvd Culver City, CA www.platformlosangeles.com90232

Laid-back but equally buzzy, Culver City sits perfectly between DTLA and the beach. Its downtown area is walkable, and there’s an impressive lineup of trendy eateries, cozy cocktail bars and new hospitality venues popping up across this already iconic neighborhood.



The Pink Cabana 44985 Province Way Indian Wells, CA www.sandshotelandspa.com/dining-bar760.321.377192210

Visit • The Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa is a family- and pet-friendly destination with spectacular amenities that include a waterpark, lazy river, bike trails, tennis courts, 24-hour fitness center, European spa and various places to eat and drink. Your luxurious room with a private balcony awaits at this sprawling resort in the heart of Indian Wells!

Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa 44600 Indian Wells Ln Indian Wells, CA www.hyatt.com760.776.123492210

Ideally located between Palm Desert and La Quinta, Indian Wells is the desert escape you’ve been longing for. The city’s small-town charm, superb weather and abundance of outdoor activities makes it a destination everyone under the sun will love. Not only does Indian Wells host the annual world-renowned tennis tournament, the BNP Paribas Open, but it also neighbors Indio’s Polo Fields, where two of the most popular music festivals in the world (Coachella and Stagecoach) are held. There’s so much to do in this enclave of the desert, so we put together a four-stop itinerary that highlights our favorite places to dine, play and explore.

• First stop: brunch! At The Pink Cabana at the Sands Hotel & Spa, you can enjoy traditional brunch favorites with a Mediterranean flair, including made-to-order French toast with orange blossom syrup and chantilly cream. The restaurant’s polished brass fixtures and jewel-toned palette of pink and emerald green will make you want to snap some photos while you brunch. But remember—at The Pink Cabana, the phone eats first!

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• Head back to Hyatt Regency Indian Wells to soak up the sun at the HyTides Plunge Waterpark! This recreational pool area features dueling water slides, a splash pad and a lazy river that will beckon you and refuse to let you go. Snag a cocktail or bite from Roadrunner Café while you catch some rays poolside. HyTides Plunge Waterpark Indian Wells Ln Indian Wells, CA



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Do • It’s time to soar with a hot-air balloon ride from Fantasy Balloon Flights! This family-owned hot air balloon company based in The Village at Indian Wells will help you soar to new heights. Enjoy views of the rugged mountains and the colorful desert landscape with this exotic adventure—an experience you won’t soon forget. Fantasy Balloon Flights 74901 Hwy 111 Indian Wells, CA www.fantasyballoonflight.com760.568.099792210

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Visit Hotel Joaquin is a charming boutique hotel located just above the blissful bluffs of Shaw’s Cove. With a passion for art and antiquity that permeates the grounds, Hotel Joaquin is perfect for those seeking serenity off the beaten path. The property’s proximity to the beach, handcrafted sandalwood furniture and on-site bar and restaurant make it an excellent escape for adventurers from all over. Hotel Joaquin 985 N Coast Hwy Laguna Beach, CA www.hoteljoaquin.com949.494.529492651

• Adding to the growing list of impeccable spots to stop and grab a bite or drink, Mozambique takes the rooftop-dining concept to a whole new level. Featuring an expansive menu inspired by wood-fired cuisine from all over the world, Mozambique is as scenic as it is delicious. There are three unique dining atmospheres to enjoy, including a patio garden and a panoramic rooftop lounge.

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Mozambique 1740 S Coast Hwy Laguna Beach, CA www.mozambiqueoc.com949.715.777792651

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While Southern California is chock-full of amazing escapes, destinations and stays, no place captures the essence of the SoCal coast better than beautiful Laguna Beach. Nestled between lush canyons and crystal clear coves, Laguna has won the adoration of locals and tourists alike with its unrivaled display of both natural and artistic beauty. But what many don’t know is that this small but mighty beach town is also home to some of the best boutique hotels and resorts in the entire state.


Do • No Saturday morning in Laguna Beach would be complete without a trip to the bustling farmers market. Located just off Broadway St (adjacent to city hall), this open-air market features over 40 vendors selling fresh, self-grown produce, spices, honey, hummus, coffee, tea and more. Chatting with locals and indulging in the best empanadas has never been more delightful!

• For an upscale, boozy endeavor, take a trip to Rum Social Kitchen & Cocktails for craft cocktails in an atmosphere that is equal parts evocative speakeasy and tropical escape. Featuring an extensive array of signature cocktails, each highlighting a variety of specialty infused rums and liqueurs, Rum Social transports its guests to the shores of the Caribbean. Rum Social Kitchen & Cocktails 448 S Coast Hwy Laguna Beach, CA www.rumsocial.com949.549.401492651



After reacquainting herself with her body, it was time to explore her mind and spirit.

Yoga may have been the beginning of her journey, but Mostofi has since branched out into other forms of holistic fitness, including breathwork, sound baths and a unique take on personal training that combines different practices and techniques and focuses on strength and mobility.

favorite stretches before bed include folds, wall stretches, bridge poses, lizard poses, pigeon poses and, of course, happy baby.


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Growing up as a competitive dancer, Nikki Mostofi is no stranger to the hard work it takes to sync a body with movement, but after high school, she was looking for a new way to connect with herself. That’s when she found yoga—her first step towards a holistic lifestyle and a fulfilling career.

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“My goal is to make sure that my mental body, my energetic body and my physical body are all taken care of evenly and one isn’t highlighted over the other. They’re all intimately connected,” Mostofi says. This is a sentiment she shares with her students and clients as much as with herself. “My goal is to hold space for all of it, for myself, for living a holistic, wellrounded and balanced life.”

Just Breathe » “Essentially, the inhale brings energy into the body and the exhale calms the body,” Mostofi shares. “A simple breathwork technique is a four-count inhale and six-count exhale all through the nose and repeating it until your heart rate starts to slow down.”

“Curiosity led me to breathwork.

“It was everything I didn’t know I needed. I was still able to use my body, but the perspective was different; the approach was different,” Mostofi explains. “Instead of using my skill set for competition, I was using it as a way to get curious, feel my body and strengthen my intuition without having an end goal.”

I was expecting nothing—I had no idea what it offered, what the point was—I just wanted to try it,” Mostofi shares. Within the first 15 minutes of a 45-minute class, Mostofi had a deep, systemic response that led her to shake and burst into tears. From that moment she understood how essential breathwork practice was to her sense of emotional balance. “It’s one thing to know, but it’s another thing to feel,” she explains.


Morning Glory » Mostofi recommends starting the day with some cat-cow stretches, twists and figure fours on your back. “These help release any stagnation from the body and release any tension from our sleeping positions,” she explains.


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Curb your need for nature at AutoCamp Yosemite, housing luxury tents, Airstream suites and comfortable cabins with an inviting clubhouse as your campsite’s home base. Your stay next to the park’s entrance will allow you to immerse yourself in nature in the most comfortable way possible.

• Ditch the mainland and hop on a ferry to Catalina Island, a little slice of paradise off the coast of Orange County. Sign up for a ziplining experience, a buffalo sightseeing excursion or just simply enjoy your time in the sunshine on this charming island.

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It’s surely no secret that SoCal is packed with limitless activities and endless sunshine—but it wouldn’t be a proper California region without a few local hot spots. We’d say we’re pretty trustworthy, but not all secrets are meant to be kept. Some can be spread for the right reasons, and these SoCal secrets (from Palm Springs to San Diego) are the best examples. just keep it low-key, yeah?

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• Exceed your sensory expectations at Sensorio in Paso Robles, a 15-acre walk-through experience featuring light installations by artist Bruce Munro. Stroll through the dark hills of Paso illuminated by wine bottlebuilt light towers and vibrant fields of flashing lights set to a musical score. Paso Robles Catalina Island


• If fun is the goal, you’ll do nothing but score at an Angel City FC soccer game. Cheer on the home team at the Banc of California Stadium and enjoy delicious food and drink while you watch LA’s epic women’s soccer team. Los Angeles Pickleball at Fritz Burns Park

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• Step outside of the city and explore scenic hikes like the Santa Ynez Falls, a short halfmile trail ending in cascading 18-foot waterfalls. Looking to make a day of it? Drive over to Malibu’s Escondido Falls, a rocky four-mile trail with glistening falls.


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• Experience a ray of artistic sunshine at Ray Street in San Diego’s North Park neighborhood, a road packed with colorful murals and eclectic art shops. Bonus: this hip street is packed with unique breweries, restaurants and speakeasies too!

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• Swing into sport mode at Fritz Burns Park, a recreational pickleball center in La Quinta. It’s free to play, so bring a friend, find a match and hop in! Be sure to bring gripped workout shoes, a paddle and–of course–your A-game. La Quinta

• Get to the green at The Islands Golf Center, Orange County’s premier golf venue featuring 82 lighted stalls, two putting greens and a private chipping area. Try your skills on one of their 13 floating targets or relax with some grub from their full-service kitchen!

• Allow yourself to feel small inside Sunset Cliffs’ massive open-top sea cave, tucked away just enough to be overlooked. Most accessible during a negative tide, prepare for slippery rocks and knee-deep water as you explore the sea cave’s natural beauty. Point Loma BotanicalMoorten Gardens

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• Getting sporty isn’t hard to do in San Diego, especially with Volo Sports. Sign up for an adult rec league and try your hand at everything from beach volleyball to kickball. They offer leagues all over the city for every skill level!

• Succulents, bromeliads and cacti, oh my! Discover the botanical beauty of the desert at the family-owned Moorten Botanical Gardens located in Palm Springs. This 1-acre arboretum houses 3,000 varieties of plants as well as colorful crystals, rocks, ancient fossils and unique gold mining relics. Palm Springs Whale Watching in Dana Point • Whale, what are you waiting for? Book a boat tour with one of Dana Point’s many whale watching tour agencies. Experience everything from private tours and eight-hour day trips to harbor cruises with live music on board. Dana Point Volo LeaguesSports

• No night is created equal at Palm Springs Underground, a culinary dinner-and-a-show experience full of unique themes and unexpected twists and turns at every performance. Set the scene with everything from jazz over brunch or a classic musical with a cocktail at this unique venue. Palm Springs

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• What better way to spend a weekend with no plans than wandering until you’re intrigued? Hop on the Metrolink and travel through SoCal with stops all along the coast! With a $10 flat fee and endless sights to see, it’s about time we rethink the common commute.

• Make your way through Los Angeles museums every second Tuesday of the month, when entry is free and education is endless. View history through art at the LA County Museum of Art in La Brea or The Autry Museum of the American West in Griffith Park. Los Angeles Dana Point Tide Pools

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• It’s game on at The Spare Room, Hollywood’s premier gaming parlor and cocktail lounge located in The Hollywood Roosevelt hotel. A love of cocktails and healthy competition come together in this detailed space complete with everything from classic chess boards to moody bowling lanes.

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• Magic is on the menu at Fable & Spirit, Newport’s whimsical, Irishinspired restaurant. Here, you’ll find dishes like prime rib and roasted rabbit fricassee along with classic specialty burgers. Dine among the divine in this Celtic-inspired space dancing with images of goddesses and mythical creatures. Newport Beach An’s Hatmakers

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• Embark on a culinary adventure at Manzke, a refined space featuring a set tasting menu with optional wine pairings and various international cuisines. Specialty seasonal ingredients enhance the inspired flavors of Latin America, Asia and Europe, paying homage to the heterogeneity of Los Angeles. Beverly Hills

• Explore VillageFest on Thursday nights when Palm Canyon Drive in downtown Palm Springs is transformed into a festive, pedestrian street fair from 6 to 10 p.m. Think delicious food, artisan gifts and live music! Palm Springs

• No window shopping here; the laughs are always guaranteed. The iconic Comedy Store in La Jolla houses San Diego’s most hilarious stand-up routines, from casual open-mic nights to stand-up comedy shows, with every act bringing a new meaning to belly laugh.

• Explore the ocean at your feet at the Dana Point Tide Pools, a several hundred-yard stretch of rocks just north of the beach behind the Ocean Institute in the harbor. Low tide is ideal for maximum sightings of anemone, crabs, snails, fish, mussels, barnacles and algae. Dana Point PalmVillageFestSprings


• Uncover a sweet secret at An’s Hatmakers, Del Mar’s unassuming storefront disguised as a hatmaker’s shop. This hidden gem of a gelato shop names scoops after types of hats, rotating flavors every two to four weeks to keep your sweet tooth satisfied. Del Mar

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• San Diego County’s largest farmers market awaits in Little Italy, featuring goods from local foodmakers as well as eclectic artisan gifts. Grab a coffee as you shop fresh and support local every Saturday and Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Little Italy Free Days at LA’s Top Museums

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• Take a walk on the wild side with a trip to The Living Desert Zoo & Gardens in Palm Desert. This nonprofit zoo is on a mission to protect natural desert environments and endangered species, and guests can see these beautiful habitats and animals up close. You can feed giraffes or enjoy non-traditional zoo activities like setting out on a hike or taking a private safari tour!

Ali Riley first discovered her passion for soccer at age four.

Close to Home » Riley never had the chance to play in SoCal and had been waiting for a team to come back here after the Los Angeles Sol folded in 2010. The most meaningful part of playing in LA is that she’s close to her mom and dad (who was her first soccer coach). Unrivaled Support » For Riley, there’s nothing like playing at the Banc of California Stadium. “It’s hard to compare the game experience at the Banc to anything else if I’m really honest…having the support not dwindle at all, that kind of atmosphere is unparalleled in this league.” » “I really try to focus on what I can control. If you’re prepared and doing everything you can when times are hard, you’ll be ready when the tides turn. That’s what’s helped me stay mentally healthy, especially as an athlete, [where] your career can change overnight,” says Riley.

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As an only child, soccer was an important social outlet growing up. “For the first probably four years, I tried to schedule playdates at soccer,” says Riley. “I tried so many different sports, but the team aspect is really what drew me in.”

As team captain of Angel City FC of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL), she’s even more motivated to enact change in her hometown and loves being surrounded by teammates, founders and staff that also want to drive social impact and connect meaningfully with communities. “This is a team that has a brand, vision and a goal that is so important and goes beyond soccer…” remarks Riley. “We have so much representation [at Angel City], which can inspire so many young girls not necessarily to play soccer, but to follow their dreams [since] that’s what we are all doing.”


Riley is motivated to discuss topics important to her, such as female empowerment, her experiences during the pandemic as an Asian American woman and addressing gender equity in sports. “I’m seeing the impact I can make using my platform, and that has been built through soccer. I still love game day…but I also realize I can do a lot more than [play],” describes Riley. “I really want to continue to use my voice to make positive change, share stories and hopefully open people’s eyes to new perspectives [and] encourage more equality and kindness.”

Team, community and family have been significant parts of the LA native’s career. Since going pro in 2010, Riley’s journey has led her to play for football clubs across the world and also represent New Zealand in World Cup and Olympic matches. While her love for the game has never changed, Riley has seen the importance of using her voice and the influence she has on and off the pitch.

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Reopening just in time for fall, Sunnylands Center & Gardens is a 15-acre desert art garden that is free to the public. It is home to over 70 species of plants, an abstract art exhibit and offers selfguided tours. You and your date will feel at peace wandering the immaculately landscaped grounds and reflecting pools. www.sunnylands.org

Take a Ride on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

• Once the sun sets, indulge in Mediterranean fare and craft cocktails by the fire pits on Miramonte Indian Wells’ olive grove patio for a truly romantic night! Sip the Day Away • Don’t skip the drinks at Porta Via! They use private-label liquors and local produce to make handcrafted drinks. For something spicy, get the La Piña Picante.

• Escape the desert heat and take your significant other 8,516 feet up on the world’s largest rotating tram car. The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway travels up the cliffs of Chino Canyon and drops you off at Mountain Station, where you’ll find hikes, observation decks, restaurants and a museum. www.pstramway.com


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• This trendy new restaurant is the place to fuel up after hitting the shops!


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Reopening just in time for fall, Sunnylands Center & Gardens is a 15-acre desert art garden that is free to the public!


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• If your date likes to draw or paint, bring some art supplies and an easel to capture some of the desert beauty at Sunnylands Center & Gardens.

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• Spoil your boo with one of 13 spa treatments at Miramonte Indian Wells Resort & Spa, a luxury resort just outside of Palm Springs. Achieve bliss together with their open-air showers and aqua well pool. With the Santa Rosa Mountains as your backdrop, you’ll never want to leave this sanctuary of relaxation. www.miramonteresort.com/the-well-spa

Porta Via is Palm Desert’s newest Cali-inspired bistro and bar. Bring your SO here for fresh seafood, salad and cocktails. The interior of this posh restaurant is super Instagrammable, so don’t forget to snap some pics of each other.


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• One of the world’s most iconic surf spots (and some say the birthplace of modern surf culture), right-hand break


• With only 20 rooms, The Surfrider feels like a quaint beach house that you’ll never want to leave. All in One • Can’t pick just one Malibu date? All of these destinations are near one another, so you’ll be able to really impress your sweetie by hitting them all.

• Spend a day treating one another to a little shopping at this high-end yet charming outdoor center. Here, you’ll find everything from homegrown boutiques like Sunroom (with one-of-a-kind finds from emerging designers) and Bleusalt (sustainable styles) to outposts for coveted Cali brands like Outerknown. For crystals and dreamcatchers, head to the metaphysical bookstore, Malibu Shaman. After shopping, hang out in the sunshine for a healthy picnic! www.malibucountrymart.com

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Retail Therapy at the Malibu Country Mart

• When you’re in The ‘Bu with your special someone, head to the legendary local hangout Taverna Tony for authentic Greek food. It can get lively when the belly dancers perform their shows on the weekend, which makes for a memorable meal. Feast on must-try menu picks like the saganaki flaming cheese, lamb souvlaki and classic moussaka paired with a bottle of Greek wine. www.tavernatony.com

“Surfrider” is tucked between the Malibu Pier and the Lagoon. Pack a cooler for a beach picnic, pop open an umbrella and surf the waves together for a California-cool beach date. beaches.lacounty.gov/malibu-surfrider-beach




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• For a romantic, low-key staycation, look no further than this 1950s motel-turned-boutique hotel, where there isn’t a bad view in the house. The second floor Surfrider Suite enjoys panoramic views, while the Malibu Suite packs major private beach house vibes. Head to the guests-only rooftop bar and restaurant for a coastal-inspired cocktail and beautiful ocean views. www.thesurfridermalibu.com

For a romantic, low-key staycation, look no further than this 1950s motel-turnedboutique hotel, where there isn’t a bad view in the house.

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• If you’re spending more than a couple hours on your Vision Electric Boat Rental, you’ll want to dock and dine at local restaurants like Buddha’s Favorite or Tavern House.

• If you’d rather stay near the ocean, bike down to The Wedge to watch the best waves in town. No More Crowds • September and October are some of the best months for locals to enjoy the Orangebeaches!County

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• Here’s what you do: schedule an afternoon with Vision Electric Boat Rental, pack a speaker and light snacks (think a small charcuterie board) and get ready to cruise with your date all evening long. Vision Electric Boat Rental makes it easy to explore Newport Harbor, and the process to rent a boat is seamless. Catch a cotton-candy sunset and revel in a fresh bay breeze. www.eboatsrental.com

• Grab your electric Aventon bikes for a long ride around the beach. Ride down the boardwalk on the peninsula before crossing on the Balboa Island Ferry. Once you’ve made it to Balboa Island, there’s a handful of local spots for food and drinks—we recommend Snipe Island Crafthouse or 501 Park Avenue Bistro. www.aventon.com Dock and Dine


Cruise the Harbor

• Spend an evening under the stars, on the sand and with s’mores in hand. Head to the fire pits in Newport Beach (or just down the road in Huntington Beach) for a cozy night not in front of the TV. You will need firewood and s’mores materials (naturally!), but don’t forget some warm blankets as well. This date idea is ideal for a little post-dinner surprise that they’ll never see coming!

• If you want to really impress your lady, surprise her with a beach picnic. There are local companies that will do everything for you from start to finish like Pop Up Picnic Co.—or you can plan it yourself! Nothing says romance like watching the sunset at the beach with a glass of wine. Dogs are allowed on the beach during certain hours, so bring your furry friend along for date night—always an icebreaker!


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With its authenticity and charm, Cesarina boasts the perfect setting to see how well you fit together over the famed spaghetti and fresh focaccia. “

• Experience the magic of local, husband-and-wifeowned Cesarina Ristorante! With its authenticity and charm, Cesarina boasts the perfect setting to see how well you fit together over the famed spaghetti and fresh focaccia. After you’ve “ciao-ed” down, sweeten your night with a scoop of the vegan coppa gelato or a slice of crème brûlée cheesecake. www.cesarinarestaurant.com

• Who doesn’t love a staycation with your SO? The Monsaraz offers stylish accommodations just steps from Fisherman’s Landing and is less than five minutes from downtown! The property also features a beautiful Aussie-inspired restaurant, a courtyard with locally inspired events, a coffee roaster and a cocktail bar. www.themonsaraz.com


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• Change things up with your date by renting a pedal boat with Eco Boat Rentals! You steer the boat the same way you ride a bike, and for up to three hours, you can share views of downtown San Diego. See places like Harbor Island from a new point of view while enjoying an afternoon out on the water. www.ecoboatrentals.com

• Italian cuisine isn’t known to be allergyfriendly, but Cesarina offers a variety of vegan and gluten-free options, so you won’t miss out on an ounce of flavor. Doggy Days • Eco Boat Rentals is pup-friendly, so your furry friend can thirdwheel on your date! Slice of Paradise

• The Monsaraz was Point Loma’s first new hotel in more than a decade and draws inspiration from the region’s early Portuguese heritage. The richhandcraftedabundanceproperty’softilesandbluehuesinfuseaseasideambianceyouwon’tsoonforget.

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• Get your fill of food and shopping at Liberty Public Market—San Diego’s first seven-day-a-week communal marketplace. This hub is home to an adorable artisan market, Sea Hive Station, and a handful of eateries, bars and craft vendors— trust us, it’s the perfect place for a leisurely date! www.libertypublicmarketsd.com

Industry Advice » Gilmore, Jaso and Reis agree that preventing burnout among employees is critical to maximizing creativity; amidst deadlines and launch days, team members spend time prioritizing their mental health.

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In their eyes, understanding a brand’s identity, no matter how demanding, is key to cultivating authenticity and, therefore, trust. “It’s always a balance— directing them toward something they need, gently nudging them into directions that are sometimes uncomfortable, while insulating them with dialogue and visuals to get them to where both sides are proud,” Gilmore, who is the chief creative officer, reflects.

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Super Evil Genius Corporation 2801 E Spring St, Ste 275 Long Beach, CA www.superevilgeniuscorp.com844.464.384590806@superevilgeniuscorp A EvilNecessary “YouTshould feel happy; you should feel calm; you should feel

The trio founded Super Evil Genius Corporation, a marketing and branding agency, in 2018 and has been redefining the industry ever since with intentional and inspiring content.

In just four years, the founders have gone from pitching themselves to anyone who would listen to being sought after by renowned artists and companies, including Flume, Black Book Records and Wynn Nightlife. With media consumption at an all-time high, the trio seeks to have a positive impact on their audience. “We want to elicit a positive reaction from the content we produce. You should feel happy; you should feel calm; you should feel ecstatic,” Reis, the head of accounts and content, explains. Most of all, they hope to be everchanging. “We keep learning not only as a company but as individuals, and that is reflected in the way the agency has grown and what we’re able to do,” Jaso notes. “It’s on us to continue to evolve.”

» Split between Los Angeles and Orange County, the founders draw inspiration from their neighborhoods.

“What we’ve done is really something unique and specific to Southern California,” Reis declares. ecstatic.”


“There are a lot of brands out there that take from culture but don’t give anything back, and so the concept behind ‘ideas for a new generation’ is that we’re building a new culture,” Reis says about the agency’s tagline. Specializing in the music, cannabis, craft spirit and beauty industries, the Long Beach-based company is the epitome of a full-service agency. “We wanted to create something where we could be an absolute home for every aspect of someone’s business,” Jaso, the CEO, recalls. By embracing their distinct perspectives, the three produce innovative yet timeless content that contributes to clients’ longevity.

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Startup Support » Though the three enjoy collaborating with established companies, they find it especially rewarding to empower new companies. “We’ve gotten really cool and unique opportunities to create something from nothing,” Jaso states.


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• From intentionsetting and breath work to Kundalini and restorative yoga, Hallowed Ground is a spiritual shop and studio with a widevariety of classes that will relax, heal and support your meditation practice. Marina Del Rey

• Take some time to nourish the body with breakfast at Breadblok. Using only the finest and purest ingredients, this gluten-free bakery is inspired by French roots and dedicated to bringing you a healthful indulgence of the utmost quality. Try their decadent vanilla brioche French toast, or enjoy a taste of France with a buttery croissant.


HauteMess • If the LA hustle has you feeling anxious, then stop by HauteMess for a personal pause. This European-inspired market and cafe has everything you’ll need for a midday delight. Enjoy a classic charcuterie board with the finest cheeses, get your caffeine fix with a cup of Italian coffee or better yet, relax with a glass of imported wine.


Den Mother • Combining ancient practices with a modern twist, this healing house is devoted to a wiser form of wellness. Their signature services include everything from meditative massages and cold plunges to acupuncture and Ayurvedic consultations.

• Tomoko Japanese Spa takes relaxation to the next level by incorporating ancient Japanese methods. Using the healing powers of Chi (blood) and Qi (energy), their massages are intended to soothe the mind, body and spirit. Bring your significant other and book the couple’s massage with a decadent sushi experience.


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• Dive deep into an unique wellness experience at IntoMeSea. This sustainable studio is a safe space designed to help you care for, connect with and transcend the self through the healing benefits of water. Book a Floatation Meditation session and drift into oblivion or cleanse the spirit with a soak in one of their white quartz crystal tubs.

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• The Waste Less Shop is committed to making sustainable goods easily accessible, so together, we can achieve carbon neutrality. Not only can you shop for non-toxic cleaning supplies here, but you can also stop by and refill your recyclable containers at their bulk bar!

• Whether you schedule an appointment for a signature facial or partake in some physical enhancements, slip on the coziest robe and let your worries wash away—Milk + Honey is focused on making you feel like your best self.


CALLING ALL COUPLES Rush hour on the 405 got you feeling stressed? Maybe it’s the hustle and bustle of your day-to-day or the roaring sirens and city sounds at night? Sometimes LA can be strenuous on the spirit, but fortunately, there are plenty of places to escape the chaos and enjoy some quiet, quality time with yourself. From sound baths and float tanks to coffee shops and creative classes, here’s how to spend a serene and reflective day in Los Angeles.

• Get lost in a creative flow by taking a pottery class at Good Dirt LA. This pottery studio is both intimate and social, welcoming all levels of artists with open arms Del COMMISSARYCOFFEERey


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• Motion Fitness has a road map to open on the east coast and add another location in Orange County. They’re working hard to spread this contagious workout to as many cities nationwide. Stay tuned!

• At Motion Fitness, members are encouraged to write what they are thankful for on their “Gratitude Wall,” which brings good energy into the space and makes you appreciate life even more!

“When it comes to working out, you are your biggest competition, which is why Motion Fitness hosts personal challenges to make you feel like a champion! It helps build camaraderie.”—Scott Perry

“We are really into EDM, some hip-hop and house music. We go to festivals all the time… and we brought that upbeat element into our workout space.”

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• Since Motion is a place without mirrors, you can stop worrying about how you look and focus on how working out makes you feel. “It opens your lens to an outside experience, like, ‘Look at all this fun happening around me,’” shares MaryBeth.

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Sweat With a Squad

We get it—working out sucks, but thanks to Motion Fitness, it doesn't have to! Their classes are designed to provide results in a fun and lively environment. Imagine a music festival feel with heart-pumping music, entertaining trainers and a motivational community. When you crush a workout at Motion Fitness, not only will you feel strong, but your spirit will be lifted, and your mindset will improve.


• Having accountability keeps you motivated, and community is key at Motion. “Everyone is welcome; we want everyone to feel seen,” says MaryBeth. Vanity Isn’t the Vibe

Co-founders Scott and MaryBeth Perry believe your workout should be the best part of your day. Here are their five tips to make your workout suck less.

• Scott and MaryBeth are accountability buddies for life. After tying the knot in 2021, the dynamic duo proves that a couple that sweats together, stays together!


Pump Up the Bass • Music is the motive at Motion, and their festivalinspired playlists are curated to pump you up. “We are really into EDM, some hiphop and house music. We go to festivals all the time… and we brought that upbeat element into our workout space,” explains Scott.

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• From the equipment you use to the layout of the gym, each day looks different at Motion Fitness. “We change the room every day, so when you come in, it’s like this fresh energy every time,” says Scott. You vs. You


• “When it comes to working out, you are your biggest competition, which is why Motion Fitness hosts personal challenges to make you feel like a champion! It helps build camaraderie,” expresses Scott.

• Whether you’re looking to have a full sit-down dinner or you’re simply in the mood for some craft cocktails in a glamorous setting, Beauty & Essex is a 10,000-squarefoot stunner. The main dining room features a breathtaking skylight that sets the scene for a romantic dinner featuring tuna poke wonton tacos, crispy burrata, hamachi crudo and more. Beauty & Essex angelesvenues/beauty-essex-los-www.taogroup.com/

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• Located right off of Melrose, Bathtub Gin is a sultry speakeasy that transports visitors back in time to the Roaring ‘20s. Between the show-stopping wallpaper and the classic Victorian furniture, Bathtub Gin creates the perfect setting for live jazz paired with elegant cocktails and champagne. Be sure to snap a photo in the copper clawfoot bathtub!

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Pizza, Cocktails and Records • Sunset & Vinyl is a secret spot that can be found in the back of 800 Degrees Pizza in Hollywood. Explore a large variety of vintage records as you listen to some classic tunes at this groovy bar fit for a rockstar. Sunset & Vinyl @sunsetandvinyl Forget about crowded nightclubs in LA; instead, turn to entertaining cabaret nights and sultry speakeasies. West Hollywood, a lively and vibrant LA neighborhood known for its upbeat nightlife, upscale restaurants and vibrant social scene, is basically straight out of a movie. From the famous hills to the star-studded streets, West Hollywood provides a real-life “La La Land’’ experience for all who visit. So skip the sweaty nightclubs and vodka sodas—these seven spots in WeHo are a dream come true. By:

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• Bar Lis, in the Thompson Hollywood hotel, is a rooftop lounge that transports guests to the French Riviera with vibrant greenery, relaxing fountains and classic striped furniture. If you love live music, stop by on Tuesday evenings for their weekly jazz night series, and sip on one of their refreshing Strawberry Fields cocktails. Bar Lis www.barlisla.com

• The Roof at The West Hollywood EDITION has a modern and stylish pool deck that overlooks the entire city. Despite the fact that The Roof is a great spot to post up during the day, the glistening lights of the city at night make it a stellar place for craft cocktails and Latin cuisine by the pool. The Roof at The West Hollywood EDITION editionhotels.com/weho

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• Located in the heart of West Hollywood, La Boheme is a romantic hotspot with an enchanting atmosphere, complete with velvet couches, antique oil paintings and string lights. If you’re looking to plan a Sunday funday, count on La Boheme for bottomless mimosas and classic brunch dishes, or stop by on Saturday nights for a special cabaret. La Boheme www.labohemeweho.com


• Delilah is a snazzy and exclusive hotspot frequented by celebs like Drake, Justin Bieber and Kylie Jenner. Inspired by the Roaring ‘20s, Delilah will transport you back in time to the Golden Age of Hollywood, allowing you to live like the legends of Los Angeles did. After you’ve enjoyed a delicious dinner, stay for latenight dancing and a few Whangdoodle cocktails. Delilah www.delilahla.com


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» Spencer has over 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry and currently owns seven restaurants in San Diego.


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An art guy himself, no detail goes untouched—Spencer and his team put their all into intricately detailing each space. “We won an interior design Orchid Award for Vin De Syrah and years later, an architectural Orchid Award for Kettner Exchange,” he shares. Creating visually appealing spaces with a feminine flair brings eyes and attention, but the food is what truly brings people back.

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“Hey Siri, where can I find great food and fun vibes in San SeveralDiego?”options may pop up, but a handful of them are bound to be renowned restaurants by Matthew Spencer’s SDCM Restaurant Group.

Spencer’s humble busboy beginnings quickly became a lifetime of hard work, ingenuity and huge success in San Diego’s hospitality industry. Among a few of his successes are the Gaslamp Quarter’s Vin De Syrah, Pacific Beach’s The Grass Skirt and Little Italy’s Kettner VersatilityExchange.andelevated food and drink sets Spencer’s spread of restaurants apart from the rest, reflecting his own ideal weekend experience. “I realized that I like to get dressed up and have a classy Friday night dinner, but don’t get me wrong—I don’t mind getting a little dirty doing a Sunday funday.” Initially, he was resistant to admit that some of his more laid-back establishments were under the same ownership as his more upscale projects, but he has since embraced the beauty in balance.



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“I realized that I like to get dressed up and have a classy Friday night dinner, but don’t get me wrong—I don’t mind getting a little dirty doing a Sunday funday.”

» When it comes to grabbing a cocktail, Spencer says, “You can’t go wrong with a margarita from Javier’s!”



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“Just because you have a place in a great location doesn’t mean that you can skimp on the food,” he emphasizes. With an immediate ease about him, it comes as no surprise that finding like-minded staff is a stand-out when operating a restaurant. “An artist has his canvas and paints, and I feel the same way about my people, the location, the chef, the design and the food. It all comes together to create this amazing thing.”



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Some nights, it’s hard for everyone in the group to agree on where to go or what to do. Mavericks, however, is the guaranteed crowd-pleaser. With five indoor and outdoor bars, an expansive patio, TVs on almost every surface and endless lounge areas, everyone in your party will be entertained here. www.maverickssd.com

No matter your age, San Diego’s Pacific Beach will make you feel 21 again with its eclectic, youthful energy. Known fondly by locals as just PB, this chill beach town knows how to have a good time in true style, whether it’s day drinking or dancing the night away. Here, the drinks are always flowing, the taco possibilities are endless and the places to party are plentiful. These are our six favorite spots for some debauchery by the beach.


• Looking to impress your trendsetter friend from LA? Flamingo Deck, located inside the PB Promenade, is the perfect place to take them. The decor is eclectic and vibrant by day and sultry and hypnotic by night. Everything about this restaurant is Instagrammable, from their flamingo-shaped punch bowls to their funky bathroom wallpaper. www.flamingodeck.com

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• The word “dive” might be in its name, but there is nothing grimy about this local sports bar. The Duck Dive is known for its contagiously buzzy and raucous atmosphere and classic bar food staples made with coastal flair, such as their fish tacos, ahi poke and duck wings. The Duck Dive is also the place to be on Taco Tuesdays, where they whip up $3 tacos and $3 well drinks after 9 p.m. www.theduckdive.com

• Just steps away from the sand, PB Shore Club is the perfect place to party by the beach and immerse yourself in San Diego’s surf culture. They treat their locals right with a different themed party every single night, such as Industry Mondays (52% off drinks if you’re in the service industry), Los Locals Tuesdays ($3 drafts and DJs!) and College Night Thursdays ($5 Slushies and $3 tacos). And their goldfish races are not to be missed—IYKYK. www.pbshoreclub.com

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• Don your leis and Hawaiian shirts and make your way to PB’s The Grass Skirt. Don’t be confused when you arrive at a poké shop; you’re in the right place. Step through the “freezer,” where a tiki paradise awaits. Order the Jungle Bird in a whimsical parrot-shaped mug or the Chi Chi for the best frozen boozy drink—only $6 during happy hour! www.thegrassskirt.com

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• For a poppin’ bar where you can get your dance on, head to Firehouse. This two-story club has a seasonally rotating cocktail list, so you can grab a Firehouse Frosé and lounge in style. If you’re looking for more action, head upstairs to the open-air rooftop for private cabanas, a full bar and dance floor overlooking the PB pier. www.firehousepb.com

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• This restored 1887 bungalow, best known for its appearance in the 1986 film “Top Gun,” is now a charming pie shop set on the grounds of Oceanside’s Mission Pacific Hotel. Pop in and take a look! “Top Gun” House: Home of the Famous High Pie www.famoushighpie.com Take a Dip in the Children’s Pool

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• Appreciate the earth at The Ecology Center, a 28-acre regenerative organic farm in San Juan Capistrano. Check their website for community dinners and events. The Ecology Center www.theecologycenter.org

Head to the Fun Zone

• Take fun for a ride—or ride for fun, rather—at the Balboa Fun Zone! This coastal amusement area in Newport Beach is packed with rides, arcade games and treats along the harbor. Balboa Fun Zone www.balboafunzone.com

• Sweet salvation beckons you at Salvation Mountain, an outdoor art display made of adobe clay and donated paint. Ignite your imagination at this masterpiece.roadside Salvation Mountain www.salvationmountain.usGun” House: Home of the High

• La Jolla’s Children’s Pool is a small sliver of beach protected by a seawall that has become a popular viewing spot for harbor seals. Children’s Pool La Jolla www.sandiego.com/beaches/childrens-pool

• Get your groove on with a free concert at The Rock Yard, an outdoor amphitheater in Indio with two side-by-side stages. Shows run all fall long! The Rock Yard www.fantasyspringsresort.com/rock-yard


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• Experience the ocean at your fingertips (literally) at the Tide Pools in Dana Point, where you’ll find hermit crabs, sea anemones and other creatures. Dana Point Tide Pools www.californiatidepools.com/dana-point-tidepools



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• Experience four acres of serenity at the Faye Sarkowsky Sculpture Garden in Palm Desert, which features 14 outdoor sculptures and over 60 desert plants. Faye Sarkowsky Sculpture Garden www.psmuseum.org/visit/palm-desert

• Discover science in action at the La Brea Tar Pits, where scientists and paleontologists are working daily to excavate new fossils from deposits. Visitors get a front-row seat!

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• Follow in the footsteps of whoever planted these famous letters and hike to LA’s Hollywood Sign for your sweaty 15 minutes of fame. Hollywood Sign www.hollywoodsign.org

Plan a Beach Bonfire in Mission Bay

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While it may not actually be the last, it’s up there among the coolest. Explore 22,000 square feet of vintage books, collectibles, comic books and more at this LA bookstore. The Last Bookstore www.lastbookstorela.com

• Wander along the waterfront at Seaport Village, an outdoor destination with over 70 shops, galleries and eateries. Seaport Village www.seaportvillage.com

• Stroll around Irvine’s Great Park that offers 1,300 acres of amenities and park space. There’s plenty of activities for the whole family here! Great Park www.cityofirvine.org

• As the name suggests, there will be trees, but Joshua Tree is also home to beautiful hikes and rock formations. Immerse yourself in desert beauty as you hike along various trails. Joshua Tree National Park www.nps.gov/jotr/index.htm Day at a of the Los Angeles lifestyle together at The Grove, an mix of takes

Explore the Faye Sarkowsky Sculpture Garden

• Discover what’s in orbit at the Griffith Observatory, one of LA’s most famous landmarks. Explore a planetarium, multiple exhibits and a panoramic view of the city. Griffith Observatory www.griffithobservatory.org

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• As the sun begins to set, break out the firewood and s’mores. Mission Bay is the perfect place to spend time on the sand and tell campfire stories. Mission Bay www.discovermissionbay.org

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Visit the Griffith Observatory

• This natural attraction is located on the Mt. Woodson summit and is famous for resembling a potato chip. Snap a photo at the right angle to give your loved ones a proper scare. Potato Chip Rock www.alltrails.com

• Find a close second to “The Happiest Place on Earth” in the Downtown Disney District. Pop into the unique boutiques and dine alongside live entertainment in this magical enclave of Anaheim. Downtown Disney District www.disneyland.disney.go.com



As someone who didn't grow up going to restaurants as a child, this was a pivotal moment for the East LA native who was figuring out his next career move. “I never knew that food could taste like that,” says Martin. “That experience really opened my eyes and made me feel like I too can be creative and enjoy what I do.”

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Chef Phillip Martin experienced his most memorable meal when he was 21 years old. During a visit to The Bazaar in Beverly Hills, he gained his first exposure to fine dining through a plate of delicious paella.

Not only did The Bazaar help Martin discover his culinary passion, but he also met his wife a few years later when they both worked at this restaurant. “It took me a couple of years to finally get a job [at The Bazaar], and when I did, it changed my life. I got to learn [from who] I was looking up to on a pedestal, and meeting my wife there was the cherry on top.”

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A performer, Martin found parallels between the high-energy world of the kitchen and the rush of adrenaline that he felt when playing music on stage. He gravitated towards the culinary field and honed his skills at Paris cooking school, Le Cordon Bleu, and restaurants in New York and Southern California. In particular, he gained pivotal experiences by cooking at LACMA and the Walt Disney Concert Hall—places replete with creativity that Martin resonates with. “Being in those types of venues where art and music flow really inspires me,” says DuringMartin.thepandemic, Martin worked as a private chef before becoming Executive Chef of TRIO this past April. “It was very gratifying to cook in people’s houses and hear how much they enjoyed [the meal]… that really helped me when I eventually returned to restaurants,” says Martin.

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For Martin, nothing’s better than enjoying fresh, handmade pasta with a simple sauce.

“[My favorite] is pasta [made] from eggs, flour and semolina. I like making everything by hand, rolling it out by hand and topping it with a nice sauce.”




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“You want people to be engulfed in the experience of enjoying themselves,” describes Martin. As he settles into his role, Martin looks forward to continuing to serve the Greater Palm Springs community delicious, memorable meals.



For Martin, food is a lens for creativity and a vehicle to bring people together to share an incredible moment—an atmosphere that he’s also found at TRIO.

» The ingredients used at TRIO are sourced locally from the Greater Palm Springs area. Many of the initial crop seeds that were planted when Martin started his job are now used in the fall menu. TRIO also collaborates with a local farmer (who was previously a chef).

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There is perhaps no drink classier than the iconic martini. From the sleek glass to the traditional olive garnish, sipping on a crisp martini can make anyone feel like royalty (just ask Kris Jenner). You can’t go wrong with a classic, savory martini made with olive juice. Situated in Santa Monica, just one block from the beach, The Victorian is a place to be seen. With three floors boasting epic DJ lineups, a Mediterraneaninspired menu and weekly happy hour, order a dirty martini with Reyka Vodka and dance the night away.

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S CaliforniaSouthern is known for its stellar surf, sandy beaches and creative cuisine. It is also home, however, to some bythe-book BBQ joints that are just as great as what you’ll find in the South. From juicy brisket to tender ribs that fall off the bone, these are our favorite spots in SoCal for a good ol’ BBQ meal.

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» Stop by Park 101 Monday through Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. for discounted drinks and smoked meats. BBQ by the Beach » After enjoying some tangy BBQ at Park 101, walk down the street to the beach and watch the waves roll in at sunset.

Whether you’re with family or friends, Park 101 in Carlsbad guarantees a good time. Located in the middle of Carlsbad Village, Park 101 boasts an 8,000-square-foot, multi-level property that is more of a complex than it is a restaurant. The stylish patio features striped umbrellas and string lights, creating a comfy and cozy space to unwind with a crisp brew and BBQ. The neon Carlsbad sign can be seen from the upper patio, and the plush booths are the ultimate place to sit during sunset. Though you’ll undoubtedly come for the BBQ brisket tacos, pulled pork sandwich and bacon-infused potato salad, you’ll stay for the live music and good vibes.

Gift a Grill Kit » No matter what the occasion is, the Brandt Beef Grill Kits from Ranch 45 are the perfect gift for your carnivorous loved ones.

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» Keep an eye out for fun events and occasions, such as butchery classes, while mingling with likeminded meat-eaters at Ranch 45.

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Looking for a barbecue joint that sources locally? Ranch 45 in Solana Beach places a huge focus on supporting local and humane farms, ensuring that you can trust where your meat is coming from. The restaurant itself is on the smaller side, but the spacious patio features plenty of wooden high-top tables where you can sit down for breakfast or lunch, and dinner is served from 5-8:30 p.m., Thursday-Saturday. Ranch 45 puts an elevated twist on classic dishes, such as crispy potato skins with truffle crème fraîche. Since it doubles as a butcher shop, grab your lunch and some high-quality meats to-go and feast at home.




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”What started off as undergroundanpop-upinEastLAhassinceturnedintooneofthehottestBBQjointsinthestate.“


» Bakman spent years perfecting everything from the food to the space at Slab before opening his brick-and-mortar shop in 2018.

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» Moo’s Craft Barbecue can be found at Smorgasburg LA (the largest weekly open-air food market in the US) every Sunday. In the Loop » Follow @mooscraftbarbecue to stay in the know about upcoming events and happenings.

» After emigrating from Israel, Slab owner Burt Bakman learned the ins and outs of Texas BBQ in the Lone Star State itself.

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» What started off as an underground pop-up in East LA has since turned into one of the hottest BBQ joints in the state. Moo’s Craft Barbecue blends traditional Texas techniques with CaliMexi flavors, resulting in mouthwatering barbecue that is innovative yet nostalgic. Though Moo’s still participates in regular pop-ups, their permanent location in Lincoln Heights is the perfect place to grab a pint and some pulled pork. While you can’t go wrong with any of the meats, definitely save room for dessert and order the banana pudding. Also, Moo’s Craft Barbecue has been known to sell out, so do your best to get there early and beat the dinner rush.



Everything at Slab is slow-cooked, resulting in melt-in-your-mouth meats that’ll have you drooling. From spare ribs to smoked chicken, everything is finger-licking good (literally). When it comes to sides, the creamy mac and cheese takes the cake, but the collard greens cure even the most savory of cravings. Though it is listed under dessert, order the cornbread with honey butter with your meal and let your taste buds soar with this sweet and savory combo.


» Slab is a special collaboration between the famous h.wood Group and Burt Bakman, the mastermind behind Trudy’s Underground Barbecue.

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Rotating Taps » The beer menu is constantly changing at Smoqued BBQ, meaning you’ll be surprised with a variety of local beers each time you visit. Pup-Friendly Patio

» Want to learn how to smoke your own meats at home? Sign up for a smoking class at Smoqued BBQ on the last Saturday of each month.




» Heritage BBQ is super dogfriendly, meaning you can bring your furry family members along for the delicious journey.

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Located in San Juan Capistrano, Heritage BBQ is best known for its Texas-style smoked meats and laid-back atmosphere. From the spacious picnic tables to the nostalgic metal lunch trays, everything at Heritage works together to create a casual and cozy space for the community. The portions are massive, making it a great place to go with a group. Once you make it to the front of the line (be prepared—there will be a line), order at the counter and snag a spot while you sip on a canned michelada or pint of Capistrano Brewing Co. beer. The menu changes based on the seasons, but some can’t-miss items include the brisket and pulled pork with potato bread on the side. San Juan Capistrano www.heritagecraftbbq.com

Between the rustic brick walls and the sports bar setup, Smoqued BBQ in Orange is one of the best places to watch your favorite teams while grubbing on some classic comfort food. The joint was started by two friends who wanted to bring locals together over great beer and food, and it has since become one of the most popular BBQ restaurants in the area. Start your meal off with Smoqued’s signature avocado fries and decadent smoked candied bacon. Once you’re ready for the main event, choose a combo plate so that you can taste a few different types of meat along with some traditional sides like coleslaw, BBQ beans and corn on the cob.

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Early Bird Gets the Worm » Heritage BBQ tends to get packed—it’s suggested that you get in line at least one hour before you want to eat on weekdays and two hours on weekends.

”The menu changes based on the seasons, but some can’t-miss items include the brisket and pulled pork with potato bread on the side.“

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The distillery’s restaurant and tasting room have a craft cocktail list that spans light and refreshing to spirited and boozy—plus three bourbon barrel-aged numbers and house favorites like the Sand Dollar.

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While San Diego may be known for its burgeoning beer scene, Oceanside’s Pacific Coast Spirits has put America’s Finest City on the craft spirits map. This small-batch distillery scooped eight medals from the American Distilling Institute last year and San Francisco World Spirits awards this year, including Double Gold in both Gin and American Single Malt categories.

Pacific Coast Spirits provides a little slice of paradise in the upand-coming city of Oceanside.


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Giving Back • Pacific Coast Spirits works with local businesses and nonprofits and continuously refines their production process in an effort to be more sustainable.



“All of our ingredients are sourced from the Pacific Coast— from Oregon to Baja, Mexico—to create one-of-a-kind craft spirits that taste and feel adventurous,” says founder and head distiller Nicholas Hammond. Stop by for lunch or dinner, and pair one of Pacific Coast Spirits’ craft cocktails with some California-inspired dishes. Top picks include the blue corndusted fried cauliflower tacos, seared ahi bowl with cilantro jalapeño rice and New York strip steak with truffle fries. And if the food and spirits aren’t enough to get you here, the airy,

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• Fly By Jing’s hot pot mix allows you to make your own hot pot at home for a special Chengdu-inspired night in.

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• The flavors of Fly By Jing are unique, creating a middle ground for Sichuan people and those who are unfamiliar with the local cuisine and culture.

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• “Fly” restaurants in Chengdu get their name from the idea that people flock to them like flies, proving just how amazing they are.

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There is no denying that sauces and spices can make or break a meal. Thanks to Fly By Jing, you can take at-home meals to the next level with the vibrant and vivacious flavors of Chengdu.

“Fly By Jing was inspired by the flavors of my hometown,” says founder Jing Gao. “Though I grew up living everywhere, I was born in Chengdu, and in my 20s, I went to China and was able to form a new connection with myself through flavor and food.” Despite the fact that a job in tech is what brought Jing back to China, a passion for Chengdu’s 5,000-yearold culinary heritage is what inspired her to stay. “I quit my tech job and decided to stay in China to open a restaurant that was inspired by the ‘fly’ or hole-in-the-wall restaurants that are so popular in Chengdu,” explains Jing. Eventually, Jing made her move to Los Angeles, and in 2018, she started the brand Fly By Jing. The flavors and products are inspired by traditional Chengdu cuisine, but Jing put her own personal touch on each product, ensuring everything she makes is fully aligned with her own vision. “When starting your own business, it’s really important to know your ‘why’...There’s no denying that it is a tough journey, but as long as you remember why you started, you will be able to stick it out and keep going,” she says.

“Though I grew up living everywhere, I was born in Chengdu, and in my 20s, I went to China and was able to form a new connection with myself through flavor and food.”

Though Fly By Jing is best known for its beloved Sichuan chili crisps, the brand has since expanded to include several other must-have pantry items. “Some of my ‘can’t live without’ items include the chili crisps (of course), the King Zhong sauce, which is sweet and spicy sauce, and our frozen dumplings.”

Savory, Sweet and One-of-a-Kind

Spice Things Up With Fly By Jing’s Collection of Chengdu-Inspired Pantry Staples

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Sip and Sail » There’s nothing we like the sound of more than cracking open a refreshing Corona Hard Seltzer! These fizzy beverages come in a variety of flavors, including mandarin starfruit, spicy pineapple, blackberry lime, strawberry kiwi and more.

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Hop Aboard and Savor a SoCal Sunset With an Ice-Cold Bucket of Corona Hard Seltzers

All Aboard » The Boat People Cruise started with couple Brooke and Elijah sharing a love for the sea. They decided to purchase their own sailboat and quickly became known as “The Boat People.” Since then, they’ve turned their passion into a business, offering on-the-water picnic cruises to those who love the ocean as much as they do.

Nothing beats golden hour in California.SouthernThere’s something so magical about this period of daytime just before sunset that makes us fall in love all over again with where we live. And if you ask any local, they’d tell you the best spot to savor golden hour is on a boat. So we hopped aboard The Boat People Cruise, a charming sailboat that roams Newport Harbor, for a pre-sunset picnic cruise. With an ice-cold bucket of Corona Hard Seltzers and a sea breeze, we couldn’t think of a better way to spend a fall evening.


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Hyped up nightclubs aren’t everyone’s cup of tea—or should we say, glass of whiskey. Some night owls prefer to fly a bit more under the radar, and fortunately for them, Los Angeles and San Diego are both home to several hidden bars that are tucked away within popular restaurants through unassuming doors. The term speakeasy was coined based on the idea of “speaking easy” about the illegal underground bars that existed during the Prohibition Era, and though alcohol is (legally) flowing these days, the sentiment remains. Find your way in, but keep it low-key at these sultry watering holes in LA and San Diego. Los Angeles San Diego BY: MOLLY O’BRIEN

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» No Vacancy is stowed away inside a classic Victorian house— one of Hollywood’s most historic homes dating all the way back to 1902—which is now known as Hotel Juniper. The entrance to this speakeasy is so secret that there are no photos or video recordings allowed; you’ll just have to go and see for yourself. It’s a trendy bar that features three stories of vintage architectural elements emitting a Prohibition Era vibe, serving handcrafted cocktails crafted by quality bartenders.


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“Emerge into a dimly lit, art deco-inspired room and pick a classic or contemporary cocktail—all of which are made with premier spirits and housemade syrups.”



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» This stylish spot is located on the basement floor of The Wayfarer DTLA. Enter the hotel, go down the hallway on the right and descend down the fittingly red-lit stairwell. Emerge into Lilly Rose, which feels like a whimsical basement parlor bar where “bizarre meets beautiful.” Here, you’ll encounter a dimly lit space adorned with chandeliers and mismatched vintage-style furniture. Downtown Los Angeles www.wayfarerdtla.com

» Employees Only, an elevated neighborhood cocktail bar and restaurant in West Hollywood, is a favorite hangout among locals. It’s outfitted with a faux storefront through which guests venture into a trendy bar and restaurant. Emerge into a dimly lit, art decoinspired room and pick a classic or contemporary cocktail—all of which are made with premier spirits and housemade syrups. West Hollywood www.employeesonlyla.com



» Get this: Blind Barber is a speakeasy/barbershop combo that’s the best of both worlds for those who need a trim and want a drink. Make a reservation to step inside a secret area just past the barbershop’s exterior and into a space that’s outfitted with rad retro lighting, a DJ area and plenty of space to mingle.

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» Find the most dazzling of drinks at Young Blood, a hidden bar nestled inside The Neighborhood in East Village. A flat fee of $65 earns you a curated three-course cocktail experience, discussed in full with an experienced server over your welcome glass of bubbly. Tingle your taste buds in this warmly lit space that’s filled with comfortable velvet seats and carefully adorned decor. East Village www.youngbloodsucks.comof the 52 Remedies

» Raised by Wolves is hidden in plain sight among the shops at Westfield UTC in La Jolla. Everything in this space is carefully crafted: the cocktails, the detailed furnishings and even down to the storytelling nature of the menu items. Specializing in craft cocktails, you’ll find pretty much any libation under the sun—or should we say, moon—and if you’re unsure, knowledgeable bartenders will eagerly answer any questions. La Jolla www.raisedxwolves.com Tropical Italy www.oculto477.com de Syrah Vibe: Whimsical Wine Bar Gaslamp Quarter syrahwineparlor.com Room 56

» Come cure what ails you at the Realm of the 52 Remedies. This speakeasy pays homage to an ancient Chinese medical text dating back to 215 BC, which outlined over 250 cures for ailments through elixirs. Enter into the Apothecary, a world focused on traditional methods of healing, and venture on to find the Chinese-inspired bar, where you’ll discover a selection of noteworthy concoctions.



» Lei back at The Grass Skirt, a tucked-away tiki bar lined with colorful Polynesian decor. Find a top-notch drink selection offered by way of classic tropical cocktails and inventive twists on island favorites. Adorable parrot- and tikishaped festive glasses envelop the concoctions, but what really draws attention is the featured drinks arriving aflame. Some even trigger a restaurant-wide thunderstorm simulation when ordered! Pacific Beach www.thegrassskirt.com


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Wanting an alternative to sugary boozy drinks and mainstream seltzers, the Mortazavis created Melograno Cocktails. “We offer unique flavor combinations you can’t get anywhere else,” promises Shiva Mortazavi. “Our drinks have lower calorie content— only 5 grams of sugar per can; they’re vegan, glutenfree and made with 100% blue agave.” They managed to produce an elevated drink you can take anywhere, and the cans are beautifully designed. Each flavor has its own timeless look and was specifically made to be visually appealing. “We wanted to create a drink that not only tasted delicious, but that you don’t want to set down when you’re about to take a photo,” says Shiva. “The can enhances the aesthetic of the photo.”

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Melograno’s flavors are globally inspired, so you won’t find any renditions of triple berry or pineappleanything here. There are currently four flavors to choose from. “Everyone is using the same flavors, the same fruits. We use fruits that we grew up with and carry special meaning for us,” explains Shiva. The Pomegranate Cosmopolitan, their flagship flavor, is a nod to the Mortazavis’ Persian heritage in both the recipe and the packaging design. You’ll taste the sweetness of cantaloupe at its peak during summer in the Melon Margarita flavor, while the Orange Blossom Martini has a fragrant, delicate citrus influence. And last but not least, the Cucumber Lime Mojito is a sophisticated, refreshing take on the classic mojito, delivering a palatepleasing finish. Whether you’re lounging with your pals poolside at a luxury resort or pregaming before a wedding, Melograno’s canned cocktails are fit for any occasion. “This is something you will want to drink, not something you’re pretending to enjoy to fit in,” Reza guarantees. “We wanted to replicate that good feeling you get and put it in a can.”


BEST OF THE BEST • Melograno Cocktails are inspired by travels, crafted locally and can be enjoyed anywhere.

Move over, thecocktailsseltzers—cannedhardarenew“it” drink! These ready-to-drink beverages have become increasingly popular as of late, but not all of them are made equally. Noticing the lack of high-quality canned cocktails on the market, Shiva and Reza Mortazavi, a husband-and-wife team, set out to concoct their own canned cocktails that would rival those made bar-side. The result? Meet Melograno Cocktails.


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• The Mortazavis drew inspiration from their Persian heritage and chose flavors reminiscent of their culture. In Persian culture, the pomegranate is one of the oldest and most beloved fruits. It symbolizes abundance, blessings and life.

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This Award-Winning Plastic Surgeon Brings Beauty to Newport Beach—Here’s His Story

Dr. FACSGroverSanjayMD,isone of the top plastic surgeons in Orange County. The board-certified surgeon combines precise, refined technical skills with detailed artistry to create stunning results for clients. He holds nearly 25 years of experience in the field. From surgical to noninvasive options, Grover Aesthetics offers a full range of treatments for the face, nose, breast and body. He and his team focus on ensuring meaningful client service and attentive patient care in every interaction at his practice. This level of service and experience is even reflected in the interior of the facility, which includes a medical spa and a fully accredited surgical center. “Our office has nice lines, structure and shows that we pay attention to detail,” describes Dr. Grover. His highly sought-out services include face lifts, rhinoplasties, hybrid breast augmentations, eyelid procedures and female rejuvenation. He is known for using refined techniques in cosmetic procedures, including drainless tummy tucks and deep plane technique for face lifts to achieve natural results. Dr. Grover also prioritizes continually evolving his skill set by learning new technologies and perfecting his craft into other areas like injectables. “I’m very meticulous by nature and have an acute eye for beauty,” he mentions. Overall, whether a patient comes in for a mommy makeover or chemical peel, Dr. Grover’s intent is to help his patients achieve their desired appearances and positively impact their lives. “I’m helping my patients achieve their dreams. I feel like I’m a dream-maker. It’s really a rewarding experience when a patient expresses their true happiness by changing something that really was bothersome to them,” remarks Dr. Grover.

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• Dr. Grover was drawn to the field when he worked as an EMT on the UCLA campus. While at medical school at UCSD, Grover discovered his passion for plastic surgery during rotations.

Best of the Best • In 2021 and 2022, he was named by his peers as one of America’s Best Plastic Surgeons in Newsweek Magazine and is frequently recognized as a leading doctor by the Orange County Medical Association and Castle Connolly.

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Dr. Sanjay Grover Board Certified Plastic Surgeon and Founder of Grover Aesthetics “...It’s really a rewarding experience when a patient expresses their true happiness by changing something that really was bothersome to them.”

• “When you’re thrifting, you’re, of course, fromgoingandsomethinginsteadandunderstandyourYousecondhandbuyingclothing.canusethistoadvantageandtheweartearonclothingofbuyingbrandnewguessinghowit’stolook10yearsnow.”


One of her favorite go-to spots in Orange County is Goodwill of OC—a nonprofit organization that helps people facing barriers find their own pathway to employment and greater independence. But before you go and hit the racks, here are Bennett’s tips on how to find gems while thrifting.

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“Each tag at Goodwill has a different color, and a lot of times, specific colors are discounted on certain days.” Bennett Bennett SUSTAINABLE STYLIST @rachlizben


• “Each tag at Goodwill has a different color, and a lot of times, specific colors are discounted on certain days. The best way to snatch a deal is to be mindful of what color is on sale for the day.”


Run to the Racks

• “It’s really easy to become overwhelmed when walking into Goodwill, so my advice is to know what you’re looking for. Instead of scouring each and every rack, walk slowly through the aisles and keep an eye out for colors or materials that you think you’ll like—it saves so much time because you only pull out the pieces you’re interested in.”

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Savvy StainsThose • “From time to time, you’ll come across pieces that have stains or tears. That’s why you need to do your research and learn how to sew or even remove specific stains out without hurting the fabric. Trust me—it’s worth the time.”

Influencer and thrift-aholic Rachel Bennett spends her days prancing through Newport Beach with an americano in hand, producing content for her Instagram and combing through every local thrift shop in OC. An OC native, Bennett’s love of thrifting started many years ago when her grandmother would take her to thrift stores and teach her how to hunt for the best deals.

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• “When you see workers wheeling out racks from the back, run, don't walk! A lot of people don’t know this, but employees usually don’t mind if you go through the clothes that aren’t set out yet, and you could find gems that other people haven’t even had the chance to see.”

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Diamond in the Rough • Bennett’s holy grail thrift item found at Goodwill of OC is a pair of men’s vintage sailor jeans. “One of the younger, trendy workers at Goodwill actually showed them to me and told me I had to buy them, promising me they were cool. I only bought them because she talked me into it but later I realized she was right—they’re way out of my league, and by far the most fun denim I own. I get so compliments!”many Good Deeds Buying from Goodwill of OC not only benefits you as a customer, but serves the OC community. Every purchase at Goodwill supports the nonprofit’s mission to help people facing barriers find jobs. Plus, it’s good for the environment to shop secondhand!

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This Sustainable Clothing Brand Emphasizes the Importance of Slow Fashion and Creating With Purpose

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BeachHuntingtonO’Brien—aAngelanative who has traveled the world and now splits her time between Seal Beach and Bali—started her sustainable and ethical brand, Cleobella, in 2007. O’Brien began selling wrap skirts made from recycled material in India at local farmers markets in Hawaii, which led to her officially launching the brand at LA Fashion Week in 2008. Cleobella is now a household name and a go-to for statement pieces of all “Workingsorts.with artisan communities has always been my Sustainablepassion.income for artists around the world changes families' lives,” says O’Brien, who explains one of the core beliefs of the brand.

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“What’s so beautiful about Cleobella is the impact; 1% is given to different organizations that specifically help celebrate women and artisanal crafts and preserve our environment. I feel proud, honored and humbled to make an impact,” explains O’Brien.

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Angela O’Brien Founder of Cleobella

The design process of making Cleobella products is a close-knit, collaborative process with artisans from around the world, including India and Bali. “We draw all of the prints from an artisan, then the drawing is placed onto teakwood and hand-carved by a couple of families who have been doing this generationally,” says O’Brien. Using a heritage block printing technique and then printing with a water-based dye, Cleobella’s clothing is wearable art—each item perfectly imperfect and oneof-a-kind to celebrate each individual’s uniqueness. Everything from the lining to the handmade nature of the product is signature to this brand and uses the slowest form of fashion.

“I love that Cleobella gets to be a part of women’s journeys in a small way and allows them to feel confident,” describes O’Brien when referring to her customers. The passion for not only the brand but for the lifestyle of empowering women and supporting artisans comes from an internal light. “I try to always come from a heart-centered place; leading from the heart will always guide you to the right place. Whenever I have an opportunity, I connect with my heart space, and Cleobella really is a heart-lead company.”


While you can shop online, you can also visit one of these local shops to purchase a Cleobella product in person: Alchemy Works, Wendy Foster, Madison, Red Balloon, Vander in San Diego and Common Thread. Global and Local Impact

The name Cleobella comes from O’Brien’s mother’s name, Cleobelle.

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The distinctive prints and feminine styles can be recognized in an instant, but it takes time to get to that point. Investing in a Cleobella dress is an investment in slow fashion— extremely crucial nowadays considering the number of fast-fashion brands that currently exist—as well as supporting important artisan communities around the world.


Sender One will also offer day passes as well as memberships for those who want to utilize all that this facility has to offer.

• Known for their impeccable meat selection, Fogo de Chão’s dining experience itself is as exciting as the food. Their knowledgeable meat experts (aka Gauchos) visit your table with select cuts. Choose your meat and watch it get freshly sliced from the skewer after being grilled to perfection in their fire pits. Sephora • Beauty gurus know the importance of having a Sephora nearby, and this one makes it even easier to stop by. Bella Terra’s new Sephora location is open inside of Kohl’s and offers contactless drive-up and in-store pick up to get your beauty fix in a flash.

• With climbing walls, yoga classes and youth programs to go along with a fitness space, this unique gym will feature tons of options to make exercising fun.

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HANGIN’ OUT • Spend an entire afternoon at Bella Terra and never get bored! Terra 7777 Edinger Ave Huntington Beach, CA www.bellaterra-hb.com714.897.253392647

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• Known for its highquality gourmet take on an American classic, the hot dog, Dog Haus will be joining the amazing lineup of foodie destinations at Bella Terra. The menu will include a wide variety of perfectly curated hot dogs, all served on sweet, grilled King’s Hawaiian rolls—talk mouthwatering!about

• If the words locally sourced, sustainable and healthy pique your interest when it comes to dining, you’ll definitely want to stop by Hummus Republic. This restaurantfast-casualserves up modern Mediterranean dishes in a build-yourown-style menu.

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Bella Terra’s beautiful scenery and curated collection of shops and restaurants makes it the perfect place to dwell. This Huntington Beach destination offers more than your average lifestyle center with green lawns to relax on and various pop-ups throughout the year. And while Bella Terra is home to some of the hottest shops and eateries already (like Puesto and Silverlake Ramen), the center is gearing up to welcome six new businesses in the coming months. Here’s the inside scoop on what’s coming soon to Bella Terra!

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Written By: Reyes Baca J.Crew • Bella Terra is home to several clothing stores, and J.Crew will soon be the newest addition. In addition to well-made items, or should we say “Madewell” items, they are also known for their collection,cashmerewhichis certified by the Aid by Trade Foundation for responsibly sourced cashmere.



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• Check out Bella Terra’s website for upcoming happenings and events this fall.


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» “A lot of people are afraid to get Botox because of the stigma attached to it, but I’m a firm believer in Botox and fillers. Whether you’re in your early 20s or late 60s, Botox is going to enhance and replace volume in your skin, leaving you with a more refreshed and renewed look. I’d recommend starting Botox early on to preserve that natural glow.”

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Dr. Ranat is currently working on her own vitamin line—one that features a holistic approach to enhancing skin elasticity. Being Indian, Ranat is an advocate for Eastern medicine and ancient remedies that she uses in her daily routine. SunscreenHueguardTinted

» Not only is Dr. Ranat a renowned physician, but she is also a successful female dominatingentrepreneurdozensof real estate investments around the country. Undeniably driven and multifaceted at heart, Ranat has ambitions of becoming an educator on smart investing and building strong medical practices.

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“I know you’ve probably heard it a thousand times, but I’ll say it again—sunscreen is a must! I won’t leave my house without wearing it, and my go-to is the Live Tinted Hueguard Sunscreen. It contains SPF 30 and also works as both a primer and a moisturizer that leaves no white cast on my skin. I wear it under my makeup, and I honestly forget I even have sunscreen on.”

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Dr. Malini Ranat is the new face of the wellness community, serving her patients with the product recipe for an effective and affordable skincare glow-up. While Ranat is a hospitalist and was a frontline physician during the pandemic, she also is head and founder of multiple medical spas in Southern California. Having been a physician for nearly 10 years, Ranat is switching gears and focusing on the cosmetic side of medicine, sharing her favorite products and treatments to enhance our skincare routine. Here are five beauty products and treatments she can’t live without!

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» “Like the color corrector, I use green peels to remove dark spots and hyperpigmentation. It’s also an effective treatment to counteract wrinkles, sun-damaged skin and any impurities. I really like using a green peel because it’s a more natural solution for treating your skin. Unlike other skincare products, the green peel lacks any abrasive or chemical substances.”

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» “If I could choose one skincare product to use for the rest of my life, it would be the SkinMedica TNS Advanced+ Serum. This serum is the ultimate wrinkle remover, and I always recommend it to those who want to reduce sagging skin and improve overall skin texture. Not only does it work like a charm, but most people see results in only two weeks of use.”

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Order the Hatch Chili Honey Chicken Pizza paired with an Electric Lemonade cocktail and thank us later. www.thegoatandvine.com

• If you’re seeking modern, chic and accommodationsluxurious in the Temecula Valley, The New Inn is a must-stay. With only five rooms on property, this boutique bed and breakfast is Temecula’s latest gem. Each spacious villa includes a large patio with a private fire pit, outdoor shower and stunning vineyard views. www.thenewinn.com

Only an hour and a half from the SoCal beach cities, Temecula feels like a world away. Family-owned wineries, charming boutique hotels and delicious eateries fill this quaint town.

• After you’ve settled in, drive down to Old Town for a casual dinner at The Goat and Vine. Serving decadent, creative pizzas in a stylish yet playful setting, the food here is made from scratch, and it doesn’t go unnoticed.

While it’s possible to get in a solid 24 hours here, go ahead and extend your stay a couple more days to really immerse yourself in relaxation and get to know the spirit of Temecula Valley.

Day 1 4 Checkp.m. in at The New Inn

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2 p.m. A Family Affair • Marcelo Doffo bought the land 25 years ago, and Doffo Winery now produces small quantities of high-end wine. The passion behind this familyowned and -operated winery dates back to their Italian ancestors who immigrated to Argentina in the early 1900s. Vintage motorcycles (and of course, beautiful views) fill the space at Doffo. www.doffowines.com

Day 2 10 a.m. To the Countryside • Throw on your boots and start the day off with a guided horseback ride through wine country. Trot through the rolling hills while taking in scenes of the lush vineyards before you spend the day sipping various whites and reds. www.saddleuptours.com


• Elegant and exclusive, Bottaia is one winery not to skip. Lounge poolside with a glass of wine in hand, experience a delightful charcuterie pairing or create your own wine in the wineblending lounge. You’ll love the lavish terrace views and the relaxed, uncrowded setting. www.bottaiawinery.com

• Now that you’ve seen the valley by both horse and sidecar, it’s time to get another new perspective—this time from above. Soar to new heights with a hotair balloon excursion! Panoramic views in a picturesque setting will create memories that’ll last a lifetime. www.californiadreamin.com

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• After purchasing the land in 2010, the Patel family officially opened Akash Winery in 2019. Grab a bite from the food truck on-site, and let your biggest worry be what glass of wine you’ll try next. While you’re there, switch up the sips and try a draft beer from Akash Brewing. www.akashwinery.com Day 3 11 Cruisea.m. Through the Vineyards

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12:30 p.m. Let the Sips Begin • What happens when a few local Temecula families come together to bring a passion project to life? An expansive, Winery.isSpanish-inspiredelevatedwineryborn—meetAltísimaReserveawine tasting, enjoy a gourmet lunch and stay for the breathtaking vineyard views. www.altisimawinery.com

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• It’s time for an adventure on one of the world’s first and only fleet of tandem sidecars. This is an intimate immersive—notand to mention totally fun, cool and epic—way to experience your final day exploring SoCal’s wine country. temeculawww.sidecartoursinc.com/

LIVABILITY IS KEY • “I want a home to feel comfortable, cozy and inviting, and part of that to me is having this organic feel that’s not too tight. I want people to walk in and feel like they can sit down anywhere.”

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Interior Designer Kishani Perera Shares Her Tips on Creating Eclectic and Cozy Interiors



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• “I like to incorporate a lot of texture—it draws you in. You want to sit down and be enveloped with this chair, a shaggy carpet or the whereasfireplace,areally flat, hard, cold feel doesn’t draw you in as much.”

“People sometimes mistake eclectic for throwing everything and the kitchen sink in someone’s space. There has to be some level of restraint, and there definitely is an art to balancing it.”

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“I like to use a lot of wood. It feels grounded, has warmth and has an organic feel to it.”


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THE CREATIVE PROCESS • “It’s almost like when you write a paper in college; you have to come up with that thesis, otherwise the whole paper will meander and have no point,” Perera explains. “It’s the same thing with designing a space—you have to come up with the aesthetic.”





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• Want more design tips from Perera? Pull some inspiration from her book, “Vintage Remix: The Interiors of Kishani Perera.”


With a portfolio full of complex, lush interiors and beautiful, bold constructions, it’s safe to say that LA-based designer Kishani Perera has perfected the art of creating cozy, eclectic spaces. Not one to push a certain style onto her clients, Perera’s talent lies in building highly personalized scenes by layering textures, colors and unique, eye-catching pieces. Her work has caught the eye of celebrity clientele like Bruce and Emma Willis, Harry Styles, Curtis Stone and Lindsay Price, and now, she shares her tips on how to master that same look in your own home. biggest thing in creating a home is not overthinking things: don’t overthink, like, where is this going to go? Is it a weird shape? What if it doesn’t match the other things in the room? Don’t worry about it.” best rooms I've ever done are when we tooyou'respacesuniquethehave-itinteresting,collectedneed-to-piecesalongway.Themostandeclecticevolvewhennotmakingitperfect.”

“There’s a subtlety with the things that you choose—each piece kind of has to have that warmth to it, even if it’s just in the shape.”


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With a backdrop of the Santa Rosa Mountains and its scenic landscaped grounds, La Quinta Resort & Club is not only pretty as a picture, but its charming Spanish-style casitas, sparkling swimming pools and destination spa keep guests happily ensconced on the property for days. Being part of Hilton’s upscale Curio Collection, expect superlative everything from amenities like tennis and pickleball courts to attentive service and beyond. It’s the perfect bachelorette weekend destination for poise, polish and just the right amount of panache.

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• The 16th season of “The Bachelorette” was filmed at La Quinta Resort & Club. Its lavish El Presidente Suite (there’s a private backyard and swimming pool) starred in several scenes.

Retro Retreat • Stay in one of the 14 original 1920s-era cottages by booking a King Vintage Casita or the Frank Capra Suite. They’re scattered around the hotel waterfall near the lobby.

• There are 41 swimming pools in total across the property. On the eastern side, they’re all named after famous actors and actresses—think legends like Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall.

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» Round out the day with dinner at Adobe Grill. As mariachi music sets the mood, order margaritas (there are over 100 tequilas to choose from) or mocktails and tableside guacamole while perusing the menu. It covers everything from small and signature plates like ceviche and watermelon gazpacho to classic tacos and larger dishes like Chilean sea bass. Don’t forget to save room for the pastel de tres leches.


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» Being a bachelorette weekend, one last tipple is a must. Make a beeline for Hacienda-style eatery Morgan’s in the Desert and post up at the bar or nab an outside table underneath the twinkling bistro lights. Post-dinner cocktail suggestions include the CinnamonSmoked Old Fashionista (a spiritforward blend of Whistle Pig Ten Year Rye and smoked cinnamon) and The Rich Veuve, an effervescent beverage made with Belvedere Vodka, fresh lemon, Chambord,Veuve Clicquot Rich and a lemon twist.

» There’s no better way to greet the day or get the good vibes going than with a flow yoga class. Gather your yogis and yoginis and land on Manduka mats for a guided, suitable-for-all-levels session led by one of La Quinta’s pro instructors. Gliding through a series of poses will help reset your minds and bodies and energize everyone for the day ahead.


» Next, head over to the award-winning wellness sanctuary, Spa La Quinta. Arrive early to get shots for the ‘Gram (the Spanish Colonial-style building is gorgeous) and chill in the relaxation lounge before being whisked away for massages. Try the Wine Down Massage with a flight of wine or a facial like the Doctor Babor Pro Skin Therapy. You can also choose from any of the Knesko mask add-ons.

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Dotted with palm trees, bougainvillea and bee- and butterfly-friendly blooms, the grounds at La Quinta Resort & Club are exquisite, but at 45 acres, the best way to explore them is on two wheels. Rent bikes from the Tennis Pro Shop and cruise the seven-mile scenic cycle trail: it runs for a mile along the base of the mountain before looping around into a dedicated bike lane on Eisenhower Drive.

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“Keep cool and in the shade between dips by renting a cabana for your ‘I do’ crew.”

» After several Downward-Facing Dogs and Warrior 2s, appetites should be well and truly worked up, which means one thing: brunch time! Grab a shaded spot on the outdoor patio at chic but casual bistro Twenty6, where you can keep things light with the Coachella Valley breakfast bowl and oatmeal or go big with an order of buttermilk pancakes and classic eggs Benedict for the table.

From a three-lane lap pool beside the spa to private casita pools, La Quinta Resort guests are spoiled with choices. Today, you’ll be heading to the Plunge 21+ adult pool for day swims, signature cocktails (flag down the revamped roaming Veuve Clicquot Champagne cart) and lawn games. Keep cool and in the shade between dips by renting a cabana for your “I do” crew.

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