Category Archives: CULTURE + HAPPENINGS

WHAT’S NEW ON CATALINA ISLAND (Hint: I’m obsessed with them!

July 3, 2018

  Consistently named one of the best island getaways by media outlets nationwide, Catalina Island, located just 22 miles off the Southern California cost, is a unique blend of laid back vibe, rich and historic past, features water and land activities to suit any taste and modern-day amenities and services for every budget.

The island is constantly evolving to offer visitors the best experience, whether it’s to relax and rejuvenate or rev up the action. Following are a few of the new happenings on the island this year. What do you say? C’mon and visit!


photo credit @adventurpro

ESCAPE ROOMS

Ahoy…me hearties! Feel free to dress and talk like a pirate at Catalina Room Escape, one of two new Escape Rooms to open on the island. The Pirate Challenge allows participants one hour to solve a variety of riddles, discover clues and escape from the room. Info: 310.510.2777. CatalinaRoomEscape.

The rules are much the same at Escape Room Catalina. You and your group of two-to-eight confidants have one hour to crack the code, solve the mystery and escape the room. Room themes change with the season, so the company promises they always have fresh puzzles to solve. The company can set up a challenge at their location, or at a hotel room or vacation rental. Info: 310-510-8575. Escape Room Catalina

ADVENTURE ACTIVITIES

Catalina Aerial Adventure is flying high. Be sure to try it to get your adrenalin pumping. The new ropes-and-planks course weaves through a  grove of towering eucalyptus trees deep within Descanso Canyon. Other adventurous activities nearby include  Zip line Eco Tour and  Catalina Climbing Wall.

HIKING

You haven’t seen the real Catalina if you just visit Avalon. Take a hike into the backcountry on the new-and-rehabbed  Trans-Catalina Trail, part of a 165-mile system of recreational roads and hiking trails on the island. Catalina Conservancy has added 27 miles of new trails, refurbished restrooms and is eradicating non-native plants. In other big news for the Conservancy, the  Catalina Trailhead Visitor Center, being built in downtown Avalon, is expected to be completed in late 2018 or early 2019. Info: 310.510.2595 CatalinaConservancy.com

More good news for hikers and backpackers: Catalina Backcountry is operating a concierge service for outdoor enthusiasts. The company will take a load off your back by transporting supplies and equipment. It also offers a naturalist-led hikes, can set up comfort camping or create an adventure expedition. Info: 310.510.1212, Catalina Back Country

TWO HARBORS

Yes, there is a second city on the Island of Catalina. Two Harbors, at the island’s West End, is known for being low-key and rustic. But it has undergone a face-lift, with a new sandy beach, plush palapas, lounge chairs, a group gathering place, food and beverage service on the beach and a small business center. You can take a Catalina Express ferry from San Pedro to Two Harbors. Info: 800.613.1212 Catalina Express; 310.510.4205 Visit Catalina

TOURS

Hope on an eco-friendly bus to tour the island. The all-electric buses are operating on Catalina Island Company tours of Skyline Drive and on Inland Expedition tours. In addition to eliminating the need for diesel or gas, the buses have huge windows, air conditioning and quiet, smooth rides. Info: 877.778.8322, Visit Catalina

About Catalina Island and Catalina Express

Located 22 miles off the coast of Southern California, Catalina Island is accessible by boat from three ports via Catalina Express: San Pedro, Long Beach and Dana Point. Catalina Express offers up to 30 daily departures and year-round service to Avalon and Two Harbors, transporting nearly one million passengers annually. It offers comfortable airline-style seats and grouped table seating. Traveling to Catalina Island in as little as one hour, each vessel was designed and built/purchased specifically for comfort and speed. Catalina Express is an unparalleled resource in Southern California, and one of the world’s most respected ferry fleets. For information and reservations call 800.429.4601, or visit Catalina Express

Catalina Island’s clear blue waters and Mediterranean climate and ambiance are a Shangri-La. The laid-back island town is chock full of places to eat, drink, shop. Catalina has a wealth of natural and cultural resources, unique animals and plants found nowhere else on earth. Sightseeing opportunities are numerous and varied from escorted tours around town, adventure rides into the interior, jeep eco tours, hummer rides, to zip lines, rock climbing and undersea adventures. Independent activities are plentiful, such as camping, hiking, snuba, to diving, snorkeling, kayaking, spa treatments, as well as beach lounging, golf, motor boating, parasailing, fishing, boat rides down the coastline and more.

 

The Arc’s One Year Anniversary Party! Cocktails, Shopping and Modern Feng Shui with Meghan Wallace James

May 24, 2018

My favorite people are coming together – you must come! The Arc is the most stunning shop for objects for your home and life. It’s owned by the most lovely woman who became my dear friend while working on the brand development and website. Tiffany has curated a selection of items that are as much poetry as they are useful. We will celebrate The Arc’s one year anniversary with another woman who has personally changed my life with her work. Meghan Wallace James, who does a form of Modern Feng Shui that changed my home and so so deeply – my entire life. Come learn, mingle, meet, chill, vibe and shop!!

May 31st from 7-9pm come to the shop to celebrate the one year anniversary of the website and the birth of The Arc.

 Let’s meet there and gather for a  night of cocktails, conversation and reveling in our future.

To mark the occasion, a special guest, Modern Feng Shui consultant Meghan Wallace James. Meghan will be demonstrating her unique approach to space and objects with an in-store installation.

Please RSVP to info@thearcshop.com

The Arc

5121 Hollywood Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90027

www.thearcshop.com

 

 

Crystal 101 Class @Varley Pop-UP: Manifest your goals and intentions by combining the power of healing stones with sacred geometry

May 22, 2018

Manifest your goals and intentions by combining the power

of healing stones with sacred geometry.

7pm Wednesday May 30th

Varley x Platform LA

8850 WASHINGTON BOULEVARD CULVER CITY,

The Crystal Manifest x Varley crystal grid
 

t h e  r e l a x e r

//the restorative manifest//
this grid attunes to the vibration of peace and tranquility. it assists one with finding relaxation, clarity of mind and focused awareness.
tcm stones// howlite + clear quartz

https://www.thecrystalmanifest.com/

Each crystal + crystal set offered is hand-picked and hand-crafted for its potency, high quality, and specific healing abilities.
All of the crystals are cleansed and supercharged by a Full Moon before finding themselves in your care.
TCM is intention setting and crystal activation taken to a new level. To strengthen and awaken our relationship with our own manifestation magic within, we work with crystals and sacred geometry to create grids that support and activate your desires and intentions. Each crystal is hand-picked for it’s special potency, high quality and specific healing abilities.
 

t h e  r e l a x e r

//the restorative manifest//
this grid attunes to the vibration of peace and tranquility. it assists one with finding relaxation, clarity of mind and focused awareness.
tcm stones// howlite + clear quartz

Barnsdall Park’s 10th Annual Friday Night Wine Tastings Start May 25th

May 7, 2018

Happy MAY!!

Barnsdall Park’s 10th Annual Friday Night Wine Tastings launches May 25th through August 31, from 5:30pm-8:30pm.

Celebrating its decade-long famed wine tasting fundraiser, opening night will be held in conjunction with Food Bowl featuring a special Q&A with famed American food critic Jonathan Gold and James Beard winner, Chef Daniel Humm, co-owner of Make It Nice, a hospitality group that currently includes the newly opened NoMad Los Angeles.

The NoMad Truck will be on-site for the event with other chefs to be announced. YUM.

Opening night tickets will start at $45 with the remaining wine tasting series events priced at $35.

Marking its 10th season, the renowned Barnsdall Friday Night Wine Tastings have become the Barnsdall Art Park Foundation’s signature fundraising event. With stunning views overlooking the City, four-acre Barnsdall Art Park in the heart of Hollywood welcomes Angelenos—21 years and older — to sip wine, picnic and watch the sunset for another not-to-be-missed season of wine tasting at this iconic cultural destination, which features Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House, a world-class art gallery, art center and theatre on its campus. DIVINE!!!!

Ongoing partner Silverlake Wine will curate their fine selection of boutique artisanal wines and there will be rotating food trucks on offer each week.

Music presented by KCRW DJs and this year’s series will also feature several globally-themed evenings, matching food and wine. For $15 more, guests can also tour UNESCO-nominated Hollyhock House (at 5:45, 6:15, 6:45 & 7.15pm every Friday) 4800 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027.

Check it out here!

Grab Your Tribe and Head to Wanderlust Hollywood For Lori Harder!

May 4, 2018

 

Have you met Lori Harder? Well if you haven’t, you must! This woman speaks my language!!! She’s a leading expert in the field of fitness, transformational work, mindfulness, and self-love and has grown multiple multi-million dollar businesses as a lifestyle entrepreneur, founding The Bliss Project, a women’s empowerment retreat, the Bliss Habit online course for mental transformation, and the Body and Soul Program, which includes E-courses, meal-guides, and a large online workout membership community. Lori is also a transformational speaker, fitness cover model, three-time fitness world champion, podcast host, and author of the soon to launch book, “A Tribe Called Bliss.” Lori’s intention for writing this book is to help women everywhere build a meaningful “tribe” or support system to get them through life’s tough moments and be unapologetic about the pursuit of their bliss.

The book comes out Tuesday, May 8th and lovely Angelenos, you can experience Lori up close and personally at her book launch event: signing and reading at Wanderlust Hollywood. The event is Tuesday, May 15th from 7-9pm; $59/ticket (gets you two books). Can’t think of a more perfect gift to give your favorite ladies in your life!

 

You can find more details about the event here:

https://www.loriharder.com/la/