July 18, 2018

The Best Yoga Studios in Silicon Beach

 

The West Coast is known for being more “chill” than the East Coast, but anyone who has lived in Los Angeles knows that in the City of Angels there is little time to stop and breathe. That is probably why yoga is such a popular activity in Los Angeles, it forces us to stop and reflect on everything we are grateful for. At the end of a long and stressful week, there are few things more relaxing than taking an hour of your day for yoga. That is why we have compiled a list of our favorite yoga studies in the Silicon Beach!

 

Mind Body & Soul

Mind Body & Soul on Pacific Promenade focuses on much more than just physical strength. The instructors focus on connecting your mind, body and soul, to find your inner self.  

 

Mind Body & Soul Yoga was founded in 2017 by Chech Chapdelaine. “Her life-long passion for yoga manifested into a space rooted in the principles of truth and love. Mind Body & Soul is a dynamic community of yogis, teachers, students and everyday people who strive to be the best version of themselves in this lifetime,” boasts the website.

 

Mind Body & Soul has classes 7 days a week-- morning, afternoon and night -- so no matter what your schedule is, you can find an hour to relax. Pricing varies, but newbies get to try 3 different introductory classes for just $30!

 

YogaWorks

YogaWorks Playa Vista is a 7500 square foot studio located at the new Runway Playa Vista development. Surrounded by healthy restaurants, shops, parks, art, entertainment, schools, creative and technology business, going to YogaWorks never feels like a chore.

 

The studio contains two beautiful practice rooms with plenty of natural light, a room dedicated for Pilates Reformer classes, and a large yoga boutique with everything you might need. To add to the stress free ambiance, the studio is equipped with large spa-like locker rooms, featuring full showers and lockers and a community space.

 

YogaWorks schedule features classes for novices and experts alike, that will both invigorate and challenge you. They offer everything from Vinyasa Flow, Hatha, Gentle Yoga, and YogaWorks signature classes in various expertise levels. YogaWorks also offers fitness classes including BarWorks®, SculptWorks®, Pilates, and TRX® for those of us looking to work up a sweat.

 

Power Yoga

Power Yoga in Santa Monica changes the way you think about pampering yourself. Unlike other yoga studios, Power Yoga donates part of your class fee to one of 3 charities: Children’s Tumor Foundation, Smile Train and Veterans Yoga Project.

 

Creator of Power Yoga, Bryan Kest, began teaching classes in 1979 at the age of 20. Since then, he has traveled the country spreading his zen and strength to many. His Santa Monica studio is unique, and not only because of their donation concept. The studio was created to give yoga instructors a space “to share their practice without the need to conform to a studio lineage. Instructors simply rent time slots, while keeping all donations. Within these time slots, the space is theirs. This has created an eclectic group of instructors who seem to carry a similar torch,” states the website.



July 11, 2018

The Best Hidden Beaches in Malibu

 

This summer, take a break from the chaos of life and drive up to the Malibu beaches for that much needed weekend getaway. Today, we’re listing the best, and quietest, beaches in Malibu!

 

Carbon Beach

Nicknamed “Billionaire's Beach,” Carbon beach is the perfect place to go if you’re looking to soak up some sun or dive through the waves. It is a particularly amazing beach if you enjoy laying in the sand. While some of the other beaches on this list might get pretty tiny at high-tide, this beach is a lot wider so it’s less likely to disappear during high tide. .

 

To get to Carbon Beach, look for the coastal access signs just south of Malibu Pier and Nobu. These brown signs are gold if you’re looking for a relaxing, secluded beach.

 

Big Rock

Big Rock, named after the massive rock sitting just off-shore, is a picture perfect beach located just North of Topanga State Beach. When driving North on the Pacific Coast Highway, there is a coastal stairway that leads down to the beach about ¼ mile after passing Big Rock Drive. This beach is perfect for instagramers and photographers who can enjoy posing on rocks and taking photos of the tide pools.

 

Pro tips: This probably isn’t the best place to come if you’re looking for lots of sand, especially during high tide because the because beach disappears when the tide rises.

 

Latigo

Talk about a diamond in the ruff. Latigo is a local favorite, but many people have no idea that it even exists. The beach is located about 3 miles North of Malibu Pier on Latigo Shore Drive. There is good news and bad news about this hidden gem though. The bad news is that locals don’t like anybody using their beach, so they often hire a security guard and make sure that unauthorized people don’t park on Latigo Shore Drive. The good news is, however, that Latigo is public, and so is the staircase going down to the beach. There is an abundance of free parking on PCH, so just avoid parking on Latigo Shore Drive and you’ll get to enjoy this beautiful beach without worrying about a parking ticket.

 

Malibu Road

It’s hard to call this a “beach” because it expands a massive 2.5 miles along the ocean, with at least 5 access points. The first access point is arguably the best if you’re looking for a spot to surf. The only problem with this spot is that there is no direct access to the best surf spots, so it does take some agility to get down to the beach. The plus side though, is that it makes the area that much quieter and that much more rewarding!

 

Pro tip: You can usually find free parking along Malibu Road! And you’re almost alway guaranteed some sand, even during high tide!

July 3, 2018

Life Rolls On at Venice Beach

 

On July 7, join hundreds of volunteers, as people of all ages with disabilities, and entire families come together for an epic day at the Venice Beach Skatepark.

 

“We invite you to join us in making a meaningful difference for young people who have sustained spinal cord injury. Our work is only possible through the support, compassion and enthusiasm of others. Help us bring hope to some of the six million Americans living with paralysis,” states the Life Goes On website.

 

About Life Rolls On

Founded by world champion and quadriplegic surfer Jesse Billauer, Life Rolls On is dedicated to improving the quality of life for young people affected by spinal cord injury. Billauer believes that adaptive surfing and skating can inspire those with paralysis to see beyond their disabilities. Life Rolls On began as a splash into the unknown on September 11, 2001, achieved 501c3 nonprofit status in 2002; and now touches the lives of hundreds of thousands.

 

About Founder Jesse Billauer

On March 25, 1996, Jesse Billauer suffered from an accident that changed his life forever. He was one of the top junior surfers in the world, just about to turn pro, when he got thrown headfirst into a sandbar. The impact broke his sixth vertebrae and he instantly became a quadriplegic.

 

Billauer has worked every day to make sure his story didn’t end the day of his accident. In September 2015, Billauer became the world champion of adaptive surfing. Billauer is a leader of change and an advocate of kindness, starting Life Rolls On in 2001, and since then inspiring hundreds of young people with spinal cord injuries to follow their passions.

 

When and Where

Life Rolls On takes place on July 7 from 9:00am to 4:00pm at the Venice Skatepark.

 

  • 7:30 am Event Setup and Registration Prep
  • 9:00 am Check In
  • 10:00 am Welcome Speech
  • 4:00 pm That’s A Wrap!





June 27, 2018

How to Celebrate the 4th of July in Santa Monica

 

This Fourth of July, celebrate our country’s birthday with  family-friendly activities, a parade and of course, fireworks, all in Santa Monica!

 

Enjoy the Parade!

Pack some snacks, grab the kids and head on over to Main Street for the 12th annual Santa Monica 4th of July Parade! Produced by the Ocean Park Association, the Santa Monica Fourth of July Parade has grown every year and brings together families, musicians, civic groups and exhibitionists of all stripes. The parade will begin at 9:30am at Pico Boulevard on Main Street and will conclude at noon at the southernmost beach parking lot.

 

Pre-Holiday Fireworks!

This year the 4th of July lands on Wednesday, so instead of staying up late in the middle of the week to catch some fireworks, enjoy the festivities on Saturday, June 30! The festivities start at 4:00pm, so come and picnic on the lawn, enjoy Independence Day entertainment and special exhibits, and end the evening with a spectacular fireworks show!

 

Other Local Celebrations!

  • Esters Wine Shop & Bar

    • Esters Wine Shop and Bar opens early on the 4th for a very special boozy brunch! From 10:00am-2:30pm, enjoy new dishes from Executive Chef Jessica Liu He, like Frittatas made-to-order with onion, kale, shiitake mushroom, sun-dried tomatoes and a reading, provolone and cheddar cheese blend or Shrimp ‘n Grits with fresh corn, bell peppers, honey, BBQ beer glaze and pickled Fresno chiles.

 

  • Sweet Rose Creamery

    • Satisfy your sweet tooth early on the Fourth of July at Sweet Rose Creamery! They’ll be serving up sweet and savory breakfast hand pies, cold brew and hot coffee until noon (or until supplies last) to help hold everyone over until the parade starts at 9:30am. The Sweet Rose delivery truck will also be driving in the parade, with the team passing out free, mini fruit popsicles!

 

  • The Bungalow

    • Join Bungalow for the best 4th of July party in town! On July 3rd and 4th, The Bungalow will offer specialty striped cocktails, a hot dog cart and hits  hits from DJ MaxV. Open 5:00pm - 2:00am on July 3rd and Noon-10:00pm on July 4th.

 

June 20, 2018

Caruso Has Big Plans for Marina Del Rey!

 

 

In Los Angeles, almost any time you go to a prestigious shopping center, it was built by Caruso. Caruso is “a privately owned, industry-renowned company that blends best-in-class real estate with five-star hospitality to create a timeless collection of town centers, residences, offices, streetfront retail and more,” boasts their website.

 

Their prior masterpieces include the Grove and the Americana at Brand, both of which are always bustling with people. For nearly three decades, Caruso has been creating extraordinary destinations in some of the most desirable locations in and around Los Angeles. “Over the years, we have evolved across multiple lines of business, continually breaking new ground and redefining the shopping and lifestyle experience. While each has its own rich history, every Caruso property is deeply rooted in a dedication to delighting guests, both present and future,” says the website.

 

The next big venture by Caruso is in Marina del Rey. About a year ago the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a staff recommendation that will begin the process of transferring control of three properties in Marina del Rey to developer Rick Caruso. He bought what was previously known as Commodore Club, Inc. for a reported $2.75 million.

 

Though Caruso’s plans for the space have not been specified yet, the lot is just a 3 minute drive from one of Caruso’s other properties - Waterside at Marina del Rey.

 

Waterside is a 133,000-square-foot center that features luxury boutiques, gourmet and casual dining restaurants, and essential local services for the community. A popular stop for the many Southern Californians who come to visit Marina del Rey regularly, this combination of local and regional shops is the perfect place to spend an afternoon.

 

Thanks to its carefully curated and hand picked shops and dining, the Waterside has an inviting ambiance, that has enjoyed double-digit year-over-year sales growth since its redevelopment by Caruso in 2005.

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June 13, 2018

The Best Things to do on Your Catalina Island Getaway!

 

A picture perfect paradise just 22 miles aways from the mainland, Catalina Island is the perfect weekend getaway from the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles. Below, we list the best of Catalina Island, so that you have everything you need to know for the perfect weekend away!

 

Best Places to Stay

The Avalon Hotel

The Avalon Hotel on Catalina Island is the perfect place for a weekend splurge. Though more pricey than the others on the list, there is nothing that Avalon doesn’t offer. From romantic getaways with couples massages, to helicopter rides and snorkeling, Avalon offers getaway packages for everyone.

 

Mt. Ada Bed and Breakfast

Experience style, sophistication and service while overlooking the ocean at Mt. Ada. The bed and breakfast is the former island escape of William Wrigley Jr. and his wife Ada. You’ll be treated like royalty in this one-of-a-kind inn, which offers six en suite guest rooms, each beautifully appointed to reflect a bygone era.

 

Pavilion Hotel

Pavilion Hotel gives you more reasons to stay and more ways to play than any other hotel on the island! At Pavilion you can use Island Spa Catalina’s Wellness Studio, you have access to Descanso Beach Club, and you get complimentary Tours and Activities.

 

Best Bites

Descanso Beach Club

Descanso Beach Club is, in fact, the only public beach on Catalina Island where you can drink alcohol, which means servers bring drinks straight to your chair. The restaurant is the perfect place to grab lunch after lounging on the beach, featuring wings, wraps, quinoa salads, burgers and more. While it's a blanket-to-blanket scene during prime-time beach hours, pros know that after 5 PM when everyone heads back to the hotels to get ready for dinner is the best time to be at the Beach Club. It also happens to be happy hour, which means half-price drinks!

 

Descanso Fresh

After you grab dinner and drinks at the Descanso Beach Club, head on over to Descano Fresh for handmade frozen treats, and some even have booze. One of the best sellers is the Buffalo Milk ice cream - made with vodka, Kahlua, banana and cream- in scoopable form, ice cream form. They also feature a flavor made with Bailey's Irish Cream and espresso that's studded with big chunks of donuts. And don’t worry, they have family friendly non-boozy ice cream too!

 

Luau Larry’s

This little tiki bar is just steps from the beach and is constantly full! The crowd favorite drink is the “Wiki Wackers,” filled with light rum, brandy, pineapple and orange juice and grenadine. They also serve yummy food like big sloppy burgers, oysters, Mexican seafood and coconut shrimp.

Best Things to Do

Catalina Casino and Avalon Theatre

Don’t let the name confuse you; the Catalina Casino is not a gambling hall, and residents of the island insist that it never will be. The massive building is home to the Casino Ballroom, Avalon Theatre, Catalina Island Museum and Catalina Island Art Association Art Gallery. Take a behind-the-scenes tour to learn all about the ballroom and the theater’s glamorous past, as it was once a regular host to big-band legends such as Jimmy Dorsey, Woody Herman and Harry James.

 

Catalina Zip Line Eco Tour

The Catalina Zip Line Eco Tour is perfect for anyone who likes an adrenaline rush! Though one of the island’s newest attractions the two-hour adventure is a must-do activity for Avalon visitors. Two experienced guides accompany each group of thrill seekers through five separate zip lines, which cover almost three quarters of a mile and send participants sailing through the air at speeds up to 45 miles per hour. The longest zip line stretches 1,100 feet, allowing guests plenty of time to take in the scenery as they fly over canyons filled with trees and native plants.

 

June 6, 2018

Charter a Yacht in Marina del Rey!

 

There are few things better than living in Silicon Beach during the summer. While the valley is experiencing heat waves well into the 100s, we get to enjoy the nice ocean breeze and sandy beaches. Another perk of living in Silicon beach? Boating. Whether you’re driving around a small speed boat or a beautiful sailboat, Marina del Rey is the place to be.

 

Sometimes though, the reality of owning isn’t as fun as the fantasy of it. There are docking fees, maintenance and other responsibilities that take away from the relaxing, joyfulness of having a boat. That’s when chartering a boat comes in handy.

 

Marina del Rey is the premier boating destination of the Greater Los Angeles Area and a good number of power yachts and sailboats in town are available to rent – some with a skipper to do the navigation for you, and others available as bareboat rentals to experienced sailors.

Here’s how you do it!

First and foremost you should make sure you are working with a company that is properly insured and licensed to operate from the Marina. Otherwise, you could get into some legal trouble that you really don’t want to have to worry about! Luckily, The Marina del Rey Convention & Visitors Bureau works closely with the Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors to maintain this list of vetted charter companies that have the proper certifications and insurance.

 

Some of the Charters listed on the site are single-boat operations, but many of them are co-ops or associations with access to multiple boats. This means that whether you’re looking for a romantic way to spend the evening, or planning a birthday party 30 people strong, you can plan a memorable sailing trip from Marina del Rey.

 

Oh, and just an FYI: The Visitors Bureau does not offer a booking service. Please contact the charter companies directly.

 

I rented a boat… now where can I sail?

Guess what? That’s up to you, you can choose! Most companies start with a half-day or full-day sail package. Depending on your comfort level, you can ask for a gentle cruise down the harbor or you can ask to head out into the open ocean. You can enjoy the simple views of sunset on the marina, or you can decide to sail past world-famous Venice Beach and Santa Monica Pier, and the Malibu and Pacific Palisades cliffs. Another popular excursion is an overnight trip out to Catalina Island, where your ship stateroom can serve as your hotel. The world is your oyster!

May 30, 2018

Must See Waterfalls in L.A.

 

Hiking is a fantastic pastime, until Los Angeles summers hit and it’s suddenly too hot to walk through the California hills. That is unless you find a trail that leads to waterfall! Whether you find a swimming hole at the end of the trail, or just a magical waterfall, the cool water misting from the falls will cool you off even on the hottest of days! Below, we list some of the must see waterfalls in Los Angeles!

 

Solstice Canyon Falls

Solstice Canyon Falls in Malibu is more of a nature walk than a hike, but the outcome is still the same! Take the kids and enjoy this 2.1 mile trail through the ruins of the Roberts Ranch House and onto a beautiful waterfall. If you’re willing to try a bit more serious workout, continue onto the Rising Sun and Sosotmo Trails, two slightly more taxing hikes with an ocean view payoff, or the Dry Canyon Trail, which ends in a taller seasonal waterfall.

 

Sturtevant Falls

This 3.5-mile in Sierra Madre hike starts at the Chantry Flats trailhead in sprawling Angeles National Forest. The trail boasts beautiful  foliage, occasional wildlife, and a handful of privately owned rustic cabins nestled in the forest. This trail isn’t for beginners though, you should be prepared for a few obstacles -- like shallow stream crossings and a hilly incline toward the end.

 

Monrovia Falls

Monrovia

Looking to see a waterfall even in the middle of a the driest summer? Then look no further than Monrovia Falls. Though the waterfall is smaller than the others on this list (it’s only 30ft tall) it is the only one that is consistently a running waterfall. Monrovia Falls flows because of an underground spring that keeps the water moving no matter what time of year. Because of the consistent flow of water, the fall is surrounded by plants and greenery that you won’t want to miss! Another plus is that you the hike to the fall is pretty easy, even a novice hiker could do it with ease!

 

Eaton Canyon Falls

Eaton Canyon Falls in Altadena is not for beginners. This 3.4-mile hike is tough to navigate, with the terran that goes from moderate to rocky and rugged without warning. Even with it’s more difficult terrain though, this trail is popular for families and dogs, so be prepared to share the sight of the 40ft-tall cascade with a crowd of others.



May 23, 2018

2018's Top Summer Blockbusters!

 

 

One of the best parts about summer, are all of the blockbuster hits that get released! From romantic-comedies to animated films to action flicks, there are so many options to choose from! So pop some popcorn, buy a box of candy, and fill up that big cup of coca-cola as we break down the summer hollywood hits that we are most excited to see!

 

Deadpool 2 (May 18)

The foul-mouthed superhero is back, and this time he’s brought friends. Deadpool 2 follows the group of heroes as they protect a young boy with supernatural abilities from a villain cyborg, Cable. Though this is a superhero flick, it is not suitable for children, and is rated R.

 

Solo (May 25)

This highly anticipated Star Wars spin-off series follows a young Han Solo, played by Alden Ehrenreich, as he travels through a galaxy far, far away. Solo is an action packed adventure that takes place within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld. While there Han Solo meets his future copilot Chewbacca and encounters the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian. Though not as critically acclaimed as other Star Wars spin-offs, it is still reminscent of the Star Wars universe that we all know and love.

 

Ocean’s 8 (June 8)

This superb cast of hilarious women come together to give us one of the most anticipated movies of the summer. Follow these 8 women as they pull of the heist of the century. This all-female spin off to the George Clooney and Brad Pitt “Ocean’s” movies stars a powerhouse cast including Sandra Bullock, Anne Hathaway, Sarah Paulson and Helena Bonham Carter.

 

Incredibles 2 (June 15)

Millennials rejoice! The sequel to one of the best animated movies of the early 2000’s is finally here! This time, Elastigirl is going back to work, leaving Mr. Incredible home alone with their three kids. Did we mention the kids also have superpowers? Including the baby, Jack-Jack who has no idea how to control his powers. Chaos ensues as the Incredible family shows just how incredible they are.

 

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (June 22)

Join Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard as they venture back into Jurassic World in this 2018 sequel. Four years after the Jurassic World theme park closed, the two return to Isla Nublar to save the dinosaurs when they learn that a once dormant volcano on the island is active and is threatening to extinguish all life there. While there, they uncover a conspiracy that could disrupt the natural order of the entire planet.

 

Mission: Impossible - Fallout (July 27)

Tom Cruise is back to do the impossible. According to the movie’s wikipedia page, “When an IMF mission ends badly, the world is faced with dire consequences. As Ethan Hunt takes it upon himself to fulfill his original briefing, the CIA begins to question his loyalty and his motives. Hunt finds himself in a race against time, hunted by assassins and former allies while trying to prevent a global catastrophe.”

 

Crazy Rich Asians (August 17)

Based on the best-selling novel of the same name, Crazy Rich Asians follows Rachel Chu, an American-born Chinese economics professor, who travels to her boyfriend Nick's hometown of Singapore for his best friend's wedding. It doesn’t take long for her to find out that the man she has been seeing has a huge secret: his family is rich. Oh, he’s also perhaps the most eligible bachelor in Asia, , and every single woman in his social class is incredibly jealous of Rachel and wants to bring her down.





May 17, 2018

The Hot Spot: Culver City

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Let’s face it, in Los Angeles, trends come and go quickly. From makeup trends, to hairstyles, to fashion trends, it’s hard to keep up! One trend that doesn’t change overnight are the trendy places to live. Over the last few years, Culver City has cemented itself as one of the trendiest locations in LA.

 

The neighborhood—which sits just east of Santa Monica—is just a little over five square miles, but it’s trendiness reaches far beyond that! What makes Culver City so desirable is it’s location. It sits only a couple of miles away from both LAX and the ocean.

 

Though it's sandwiched between the notoriously gridlocked junction of the 10 and the 405, it's possible to ditch your car thanks to the Metro Expo Line. There is also a bike path that runs along the Ballona Creek will take you from Culver City to the beach, and the L.A. metro will get you downtown in 40 minutes.

 

Below we have listed some of Culver City’s trendiest locations to visit on your next day off!

 

Bar Nine

Bar Nine is no ordinary coffee shop, from directly sourced coffees from producers in Panama to Ethiopia, to meticulously crafted roasts Bar Nine is known for its incredible guest experience. Bar Nine is easy-to-overlook, tucked off of a quiet residential street, with a bare-bones warehouse feel. Coffee is served in glass jars and a tailored menu of breakfast staples like egg sandwiches, yogurt, and granola, makes this the perfect spot for a cup of coffee and an instagram worthy breakfast.

 

Bird

Bird is an established Brooklyn boutique that opened its first location outside of NYC in Culver City. Much like it’s well known east coast locations, the luxury shop stocks clothing and accessories from labels like Proenza Schouler, Apiece Apart, and Rachel Comey. The only difference between the locations on the two coasts is the size. The Culver City is larger than and more inviting than it’s east coast counterparts.

 

Hi Lo Liquor

Hi Lo Liquor is anything but your average liquor store! Hi Lo stocks everything from small-batch, bottled cocktails to gourmet yogurt. Owners Chris Harris and Talmadge Lowe curate the beer, wine, and spirits selection while their significant others collaborate on the market and sundries offerings.

 

Stanley’s Wet Goods

If you can’t tell, speciality liquor is a pretty hot commodity in Los Angeles. For example, Stanley’s Wet Goods on Venice Boulevard is dedicated to sustainable wines and small-batch beers and spirits. The shop also features a beer and wine bar where you can drink your purchase from the store, or order from their carefully crafted menu.