Category Archives: CULTURE + HAPPENINGS

Camp Los Angeles Opens Doors to Newly Expanded State-of-the-Art Studios in Santa Monica

June 1, 2023

Camp Los Angeles – the multi-disciplinary yoga and fitness destination in Santa Monica –opens the doors to its newly expanded state-of-the-art studios, doubling the size of the campgrounds and bringing the best of four programs to one location.

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To celebrate the grand opening weekend from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m on Saturday, June 10 and Sunday, June 11, Camp Los Angeles invites class-goers to tour the new campgrounds and take part in sponsored Sculpt, Circuit, Yoga and Stations classes in partnership with brands including Vuori, Lululemon, Essential Elements and Athletic Lab – with lots of giveaways up for grabs. Promising a vibrant scene, local pop-ups from known and loved local brands will be on-site throughout the weekend providing complimentary bites and beverages and experiences, from ice baths to permanent jewelry and flash tattoos.

To join the community of CAMPers during the grand opening weekend, secure your spot on the Yoga, Circuit, Stations or Sculpt class taking place that weekend across the four studios, led by L.A.’s very best instructors.

Visit to learn more and book classes. Saturday, June 10 line up: LINK x LOU Permanent Jewelry Experience, Essential Elements, Celsius, Holy Grail Donuts Sunday, June 11 line up: Pause, Christians Tattoos, Ritual, nocco + barebells

“The grand opening is just the start of our next chapter as an all-encompassing fitness and yoga playground where our wellness-centered community can grow and thrive. We have the crème de la crème of collaborators all in one place who are bringing the nostalgic summer camp experience to life,” said Jamie Lanza, Co-Founder of Camp. “We’re so excited to bring the best of all worlds to our campgrounds and share it with our campers from all walks of life – right from that first class on a Monday morning to enjoying food truck fare at our campgrounds on a Friday night.”

How Does A 68 Million Dollar House Smell? Ask Ex Nihilo

January 28, 2023

There is a new architectural marvel in Bel Air’ that recently launched on the market. It’s branded as 1859 and after taking a tour of this incredible home last week, I am left thinking about it non-stop. Think: One of a kind finishes, rare art pieces and luxury furniture…and wow, a bespoke fragrance collection, personalized for the home by Parisian house of perfume Ex Nihilo. 

Known for its one-of-a-kind fragrance creations and with a focus on personalization, Ex Nihilo debuts into home fragrances with this project. Bespoke 1859 products include custom CandlesPerfumed Mists for the spa, a Body Line for the primary bedroom and powdered room as well as a surprise Fragrance Box for the primary bedroom. To further enhance the olfactory experience, Ex Nihilo also introduces custom Diffusers created in collaboration with a leader on the luxury market also known for creating diffusers for prominent hotels like Le Crillon, Paris.

Some more about this house…It sits on a 1.6 acre lot, boasting three expansive stories, 9 bedrooms and 12 baths across 20,000 square feet of interior space. Masterminded by Los Angeles-based development firm, Balakhani Estates in partnership with award-winning architectural firm, Tag Front and world-renowned Los Angeles-based interior designer, César Giraldo of César Giraldo Design, 1859 exemplifies venerable beauty and an artful abundance of sophistication. Parisian fragrance brand Ex Nihilo collaborated with the 1859 project to create a custom olfactory experience designed exclusively for 1859. This partnership between design and fragrance will kindle a personalized sensory ambiance. Ex Nihilo’s vision behind the custom fragrance is to form a sustained artistic atmosphere, turning a house into a home.

Known for its one-of-a-kind fragrance creations and with a focus on personalization, Ex Nihilo
debuts into home fragrances with this project. Bespoke 1859 products include custom Candles,
Perfumed Mists for the spa, a Body Line for the primary bedroom and powdered room as well as a surprise Fragrance Box for the primary bedroom.

To further enhance the olfactory experience, Ex Nihilo also introduces custom Diffusers created in collaboration with a leader on the luxury market also known for creating diffusers for prominent hotels like Le Crillon, Paris. The most stunning diffusers I have ever seen.

Conveniently managed through a digital app, all settings can be personalized based on preference of intensity, schedules, scent levels, and more. The 1859-branded products, an estimated $25,000 value, will be made available with the purchase of the home. All of these components make the property a unique sanctuary that can soothe all senses.

After nearly seven years in development, 1859 is now known as one of the premier tri-level
estates in coveted Bel Air offering impeccable attention to detail, an unmistakable eye for global
design, and one of the finest vast view lots in Los Angeles. The sleek curvature of the exterior of
the house is a work of art in itself, with clean lines, geometric shapes, and a contemporary design that exudes sophistication and elegance. An eco-green living wall, and a manicured pathway above a striking water feature encompass the 350-foot width of frontage and lead to a moment of arrival, peering above the clouds and extending to the views of the Ocean, Catalina Island, and the canyons from Bel Air.


Ex Nihilo was Founded in 2013 by a young trio from Paris. Ex Nihilo aims to express its own conception of personalized luxury through the use of unparalleled know-how and the most splendid raw materials available.

The brand is inspired by both the creative Avant-Garde and the French spirit of pure refinement. Ex Nihilo is loved and worn by celebrity powerhouses like Hailey Bieber, Justin Bieber, Drake, Barbara Palvin, Lebron James, Future, Olivia Culpo, and Devon Windsor.

Olfactory Notes: Gold Immortals An Oriental Eden Shining for Eternity Family – Floriental TOP – Bergamot, Pear HEART – Lysyland, Peony BASE – Tonka Bean, Musk, Amber


If you don’t have 68 million to grab this house, you can easily experience the scenes of Ex Nihilo here.

The Crème Shop x Hello Kitty Lunar New Year Collection

January 20, 2023

Went to an adorable event to celebrate the new collection from the K-Beauty Brand that has brought you best-selling collabs with BT21, Disney.  Best part – it’s Hello Kitty and Friends !


Honoring their Korean heritage & a new year with Sanrio! Since 1988 they are proud of their Asian-founded heritage, reflected truly in this limited edition capsule collection with Sanrio.


Full Collection Offerings:


NEW: The Crème Shop Kuromi Lunar New Year Macaron Lip Balm – $10.00

Lucky Lychee scented



LUCKY FORTUNE inside! For lips as soft and decadent as a freshly baked macaron! Made with love, Vitamin E, and Shea Butter to care for lips.


NEW: The Crème Shop Hello Kitty and Friends My Lucky Star Printed Essence Sheet Mask – $10.00 (Set of 3)



Stay bright and pure like the lucky star you are! Help revitalize your skin with smoothing Royal Jelly, youth-promoting Collagen, and antioxidant-rich Strawberry Extract.



  • Royal Jelly – Rare essence extracted from honey to help hydrate and reduce the appearance of fine lines.

  • Collagen – Promotes plump, soft, youthful skin.

  • Strawberry Extract – Rich in Vitamin C to help brighten, calm, and reduce puffiness.

NEW: The Crème Shop My Melody Gold Fortune! Hydrating Hydrogel Under Eye Patches – $4.50



Wishing you good luck and positively bright eyes! Start the year off fresh as caffeine and 24K Gold help depuff and brighten eyes.



  • Caffeine – Helps depuff and reduce inflammation

  • 24K Gold – Helps hydrate & smooth for a youthful glow


NEW: The Crème Shop My Melody Lunar New Year Nail File Duo – $5.00


A collection of printed, double-sided files to help shape & smooth your nails to perfection.


  • Double-sided for maximum efficiency

  • Extra fine grit for easy shaping

  • Long-lasting & reusable

NEW: The Crème Shop My Melody Lunar New Year Nail Decal Set – $10.00


A lucky addition to your nails! Instantly give your nails a luxe makeover with the help of The Crème Shop x Hello Kitty. This set includes 50 easy-to-apply decals that are the perfect addition to any manicure, plus a clear nail polish infused with Calcium and Protein to help set and seal them into place.


  • Clear polish infused with Calcium & Protein

  • Includes 50 easy-to-apply decals

  • Long-lasting


  1. Wash hands with soap and water.

  2. Once dry, paint your nails with your favorite base color.

  3. Peel decal off of clear film and apply to your nail.

  4. Add top coat to seal and allow to dry.

NEW: The Crème Shop Hello Kitty and Friends Lunar New Year Moon Gaze Eyeshadow Palette – $16.00


Lunar New Year Moon Gaze 9 Color Palette

The perfect day-to-night palette, inspired by Lunar New Year festivities. A stunning, everyday palette with 9 ultra-pigmented shades that easily blend and build.


  • 9 velvety, multi-finish pigments

  • Travel-Friendly

  • Cruelty-Free & Vegan


NEW: The Crème Shop My Melody Lunar New Year Multi-Use Makeup Blender – $7.00



For a natural, luminous finish! Dampen the sponge with water, it expands like magic when wet! Give it a squeeze and apply desired foundation or powder.

NEW: The Crème Shop My Melody Lunar New Year Macaron Lip Balm – $10.00

Golden Kiwi Flavored


LUCKY FORTUNE inside! For lips as soft and decadent as a freshly baked macaron! Made with love, Vitamin E, and Shea Butter to care for lips.


SOLD OUT: The Crème Shop Hello Kitty Lunar New Year Macaron Lip Balm – $10.00

Apple Blossom scented


LUCKY FORTUNE inside! For lips as soft and decadent as a freshly baked macaron! Made with love, Vitamin E, and Shea Butter to care for lips.


SOLD OUT: The Crème Shop Hello Kitty and Friends Lunar Brush Collection – $18.00

Set of 5!



Apply and blend with ease using this elite set of ultra-soft makeup brushes, crafted with plush synthetic bristles.


• Versatile & precise application

• Silky-soft bristles

• Durable & easy to wash


About The Crème Shop: Established in 1988, The Crème Shop is a whimsical and all-inclusive Los Angeles-based beauty brand with South Korean heritage that curates exceptional ingredients from all over the world to craft high-quality, 100% Cruelty-Free affordable products. The Crème Shop is available at, Macy’s, ULTA, CVS Pharmacy, Hot Topic, Forever 21, and other leading big box retailers.

About Sanrio® Sanrio, the global lifestyle brand best known for pop icon Hello Kitty®, and home to many other beloved character brands including Chococat™, My Melody™, Badtz-Maru™, Keroppi™, Gudetama™ and Aggretsuko™, is celebrating its 60th Anniversary this year. Sanrio was founded on the ‘small gift, big smile®’ philosophy – that a small gift can bring happiness and friendship to people of all ages. Today, Sanrio’s legendary breadth of products are available in over 130 countries and in retail locations including department, specialty, national chain retailers and Sanrio boutique stores.


November 29, 2022

The LA Art Show, LA’s largest and longest-running art fair, returns to the Los Angeles Convention Center on February 15–19 to kick off the city’s 2023 art season. Guided by the leadership of LA Art Show producer and director Kassandra Voyagis, the 28th edition will see a larger global presence along with the return of the fair’s signature curated program DIVERSEartLA. As a cultural anchor for the LA Art Show, DIVERSEartLA will continue its curatorial focus on the global climate crisis through a variety of thought-provoking installations, immersive experiences and performances. Representing the looming impact we face if the planet continues to warm, DIVERSEartLA 2023 will encourage visitors to confront the complex challenges of our global climate crisis and imagine potential solutions.

The popular program, which began in 2015 and is curated by Marisa Caichiolo, connects important local and international art institutions to generate thoughtful dialogue through art while honoring the unique biodiversity of Los Angeles. Expanding on last year’s environmental focus, the 2023 edition will feature eight participating interdisciplinary projects from video installations and immersive experiences to augmented reality and community-oriented projects, which examine not just how the environment is represented in art but how humanity’s place in the world is depicted.

“We are excited to continue facilitating this pioneering program, which showcases the power of art to bring people together and ignite transformative conversations about what it means to be human,” says LA Art Show’s director, Kassandra Voyagis.

Eight museums, nonprofits and art institutions will present a solo project and featuring in 2023 are both first-timers and important returning museums like MOLAA Museum of Latin American Art and Art Museum of the Americas (AMA). DIVERSEartLA’s curator Marisa Caichiolo expresses: “Humans are changing the Earth’s natural systems in rapid and unprecedented ways. This has propelled our planet into a new geologic era: the Anthropocene. Contextualizing the issues through immersive experiences and installations seeks to deepen our understanding and inspire solutions.”

Two of DIVERSEartLA’s 2023 participating institutions that we are currently highlighting are:

·       The Washington D.C. based Art Museum of the Americas (AMA) returns with a curatorial proposal from Fabian Goncálvez who will present an immersive experience, featuring one of Mexico’s most prominent contemporary conceptual photographers, Alfredo De Stefano. Born in the arid air of northern Mexico, De Stefano has visited deserts on five different continents, resulting in stunning expansive photographs that address the natural environment’s elemental significance and our relationship to the land. Often employing ice, fire, and light, De Stefano creates enigmatic installations with both natural and man-made objects in an ethereal desert setting. With his evocative figures wrapped in blood-red cloth, long shadows under a hot sun and scorched shrubbery, De Stefano’s work conjures prophetic visions and hallucinations associated with dehydration and the unforgiving desert terrain. In doing so, De Stefano puts a contemporary spin on the “art religion” of 18th-century Romanticism and seems to argue, through fantastic visions that foretell Earth’s transformation into a desert planet, that this is the result of man-made global warming and widespread drought.

·       The Italian Cultural Institute in Los Angeles are participating for the first time and will present a collaboration between Italian artists Pietro Ruffo and Elia Pellegrini along with creative production studio Noruwei. “Il Giardino Planetario” will be an immersive experience and video installation that is an allegory of the planet as a garden. The feeling of ecological finiteness makes the limits of the biosphere appear as the closed space of what is living while also examining through DNA, the history of other species that have crossed this planet before us. The work, which will feature a large-scale drawing by Pietro, is presented as an analysis of the landscape, which highlights the changing character of what seems “naturally” present. The alternation of different climates has designed the environment as a carpet woven with dark and rough shapes along with alternating light surfaces.  

Since 2015, the LA Art Show has been a strong and unwavering supporter of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®  and, in 2023, the LA Art Show is donating 15% of all ticket proceeds to the charity and its life saving mission. Please visit to learn more and purchase tickets. 

Welcome To The Hotel Californian

June 30, 2022

A quick two-hour drive from Los Angeles and viola, I was transported…I arrived in Santa Barbara’s Hotel Californian to enjoy a fabulous midweek stay. Located in the heart of the Funk Zone, Hotel Californian is in the heart of SB’s finest wineries, cool boutiques, (great vintage) restaurants and cafés (Dart for coffee and matcha!).

Hotel Californian is a boutique, 121-room hotel, featuring super chic spaces from celebrity designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard. Elegant, clean and chic.

I attended a stunning dinner at Blackbird – part of their new summer calendar of engaging events and immersive experiences. (read below!)

Catering to visitors and locals looking to indulge in the hotel’s iconoclastic spirit, the chic urban hotel has curated a series of seasonal events that showcase its compelling indoor and outdoor spaces while embracing the vibrant vibe of the surrounding neighborhood. The exciting roster of activities includes the reintroduction of the hotel’s HOWL @ Djinnfull-moon event series and Sunset Sessions with live DJs on the Mirador rooftop deck – both back after a two-year hiatus –along with the hotel’s first-ever Winemaker Dinner Series at Blackbird restaurant and in person wellness programming – all designed to further demonstrate the hotel’s connection to the local community and position as the pinnacle destination along the American Riviera. Dedicated to the pursuit of getting lost in the experience, Hotel Californian invites guests to fill their summer days and nights with unforgettable happenings that capture the untamed essence of Santa Barbara through these invigorating summer programs.

What a treat this Winemaker Dinner was – divine food, top notch wines and amazing conversation with strangers who became friends!

    Monthly at Blackbird, 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. 
    The newest addition to Hotel Californian’s program lineup is the Winemaker Dinner series, a monthly food and wine pairing hosted in Blackbird restaurant by visiting winemakers from the Foley Family Wines portfolio. Traveling oenophiles and local wine enthusiasts can indulge in exquisite wines paired with a four-course meal curated and prepared by Hotel Californian Executive Chef Travis Watson. This special dining experience features a rotating selection of wines from across the Foley Family Wines portfolio paired alongside local, sustainable dishes for a contemporary upscale dining experience like no other. Guests who enjoy the wines featured at the Winemaker Dinners can experience them again by visiting The Society: State & Mason, which is now open daily, from Sunday through Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Serving as Santa Barbara’s newest refuge for wine aficionados in the bustling Funk Zone neighborhood, the intimate tasting room celebrates the intersection between world-class wines, exquisite cuisine, and immersive, memorable travel experiences. To learn more and book a reservation to the first Winemaker Dinner of the series on Thursday, June 23, visit Hotel’s Californian’s online calendar of events. Timing for each monthly event will be available online ongoing and pricing for each event varies.

More fun activites! 

HOWL Monthly at Djinn, 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Guests can expect the unexpected as Hotel Californian brings back its popular HOWL @ Djinn full-moon event series with inventive cocktails by legendary mixologist Devon Espinosa. Happening monthly during each full moon in Djinn, the hotel’s library bar named after supernatural genies from Moroccan folklore, each event features mystic libations – with each month featuring a unique cocktail based on the lunar cycle, personalized Tarot card readings, and classic board games while local indie record label Val-Mar Records spins vinyl. Complimentary to join and open to guests and the public, visit Hotel’s Californian’s online calendar of events for more information or to RSVP for the next HOWL @ Djinn event:

      • Wednesday, July 13: Buck Moon
      • Thursday, August 11: Sturgeon Moon
      • Friday, September 9: Harvest Moon
      • Sunday, October 9: Hunter’s Moon
      • Monday, November 7: Beaver Moon
      • Wednesday, December 7: Cold Moon


  • Every Sunday from July 3 – September 4, Mirador rooftop deck, 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    Every Sunday from July 3 to September 4, audiophiles and sunset seekers alike can come together for Sunset Sessions at Mirador, Hotel Californian’s exclusive rooftop deck, to enjoy craft spirits, delectable bites, and live DJ sets. The ultimate wind down to the weekend, guests can take in 360-degree panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and majestic Santa Ynez Mountains as the sun sets over the American Riviera. The complete list of participating musical tastemakers, which will be unveiled on an ongoing basis, is being curated by popular local DJ Dan Dubinsky, who will also headline throughout the summer. Sunset Sessions is free to hotel guests and costs $15 presale and $20 at the door for locals. Space is limited so advance registration via Hotel Californian’s website is highly encouraged.
    Workouts don’t have to feel like work at Majorelle’s Saturday Sessions, which has returned in-person after being hosted virtually for the past two years. This summer, the exclusive fitness series will be curated by Los Angeles-based fitness instructor and founder of Recharge Wellness Co., Rachel McClusky, who also created The Recharge Method. Rachel has hand-selected a rotating lineup of all-star instructors and classes that emphasize the connection of mind and body while moving and creating a release, and she will also host her own series of classes during Saturday Sessions. From sun salutations to sculpt, HIIIT, barre, Pilates, dance cardio, healing meditation, and more, these feel-good fixes are suitable for all levels and provide the perfect excuse to hit pause, reconnect and recharge. Curious exercisers can continue to join these sessions via Hotel Californian’s Instagram LIVE every Saturday morning to get fit and fabulous from anywhere in the world. Upcoming Saturday Sessions include:
      • Saturday, June 18: Barre with Amanda Glassman           
      • Saturday, June 25: Sculpt with Katie Mullen                      
      • Saturday, July 2: Recharge Method with Rachel McClusky              
      • Saturday, July 9: Sculpt with Remy Kam                           
      • Saturday, July 16: Yoga with Marquite Rene                  
      • Saturday, July 23: Pilates with Alysia Pope

    Saturday Sessions classes are $10 for locals and complimentary for hotel guests and members of Majorelle’s membership program. This newly launched offering provides members with two 60-minute Custom treatments per month, complimentary Fitness Center access, 20 percent off additional treatments and spa retail, access to the Tan-Tan rooftop pool (blackout dates apply), 10 guest passes per year, and $10 daily valet parking. Members also receive 15 percent off the Best Flexible Rate for an overnight stay and a 15 percent food and beverage discount at The Society: State & Mason, Blackbird, Goat Tree, Djinn, and Tan-Tan poolside dining. More information about membership and Majorelle’s one-of-a-kind spa treatments can be found at

36 State St, California, Santa Barbara, California, United States, 93101