Category Archives: CULTURE + HAPPENINGS

Is The Grove The New Beauty Mecca? Sephora Opened (Bigger and Better) And Meet OrangeTwist

December 2, 2019

And I just moved out of the hood too – ARGH! What kind of timing am I on?!

The mecca of all things beauty, Sephora, just opened across from the old Sephora at The Grove, only more massive. And OrangeTwist which I recently checked out at their Brentwood Location, is now also here – offering injectibles and lasers. I could have walked to get my Botox? WHAT THE HECK?!

I had an amazing session at OrangeTwist in Brentwood with a wonderful low-key natural nurse for botox and fillers – Her name is Neda! SEE HER!

And I’m certain only the best providers will be at this location.

ORANGETWIST / SEPHORA 

189 The Grove Drive, Suite J1A, Los Angeles, CA 90036

(323) 543-7400

 

Thanksgiving Just Got Yummier And A Helluva Lot Easier – Eat at Cleo Third Street This Year!

November 27, 2019

If you’re like me, you are lucky enough not to have to cook this year. You might even be able to go out for dinner because you don’t have to deal with any family whatsoever (me!). Imagine! One of 3rd Streets yummiest restaurant is having a Thanksgiving dinner that will save you from the royal nightmare of cooking, cleaning and dealing in general.
Cleo Third Street‘s Thanksgiving menu is making me salivate just reading it.
Cleo Third Street Thanksgiving Menu
Warm Butternut Squash Salad $16
House-made stracciatella, pumpkin seeds, champagne vinaigrette, watercress, aged balsamic
Turkey Dinner $28
Roasted turkey breast, confit turkey leg, brown butter sweet potato mash, stuffing, collard greens, gravy
Turkeyless Dinner $18
Brown butter sweet potato mash, stuffing, collard greens, gravy
Pumpkin Pie Tart $10
Whipped crème fraîche, pumpkin and sunflower seed brittle
Maybe see you there?!
 Dinner served from 5:30pm to 10pm. A la carte menu items $10 – $28.

DANNY ELMALEH

Chef Danny Elmaleh, the culinary mastermind behind many of sbe’s most renowned restaurants, is best known for his award-winning concept, Cleo. He draws from diverse cultures to create richly textured shareable plates, which encourage a warm, social dining experience.

Elmaleh’s interest in cross-cultural cuisine was first inspired by his experience growing up with a Moroccan father and Japanese mother. He trained at the prestigious Culinary Institute of America in New York and began his career at Jean Moulin in Japan. He went on to work in the kitchens of Ristorante Giannino in Milan and Melisse and Lemon Moon in Los Angeles. In 2006, Elmaleh opened his own restaurant, Celadon, and was dubbed a Rising Star Chef by StarChefs.com the following year. At Celadon, he met Katsuya Uechi and their relationship led him to his current role at sbe.

8384 W 3rd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90048

Mercado Sagrado THIS SATURDAY!

November 13, 2019

This coming Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th of November will see the 6th annual iteration of Mercado Sagrado arrive in the Santa Monica Mountains. With live music, workshops, panels, a food fair, kid’s classes, and a huge artisan marketplace, Mercado Sagrado is part festival, part retreat, part family-friendly weekend outing, centered around earth-friendly and ethical practice, art, and business.
The fair takes place at King Gillette Ranch in the Santa Monica Mountains, and will be open from 10am-6pm on Saturday and 10am-5pm on Sunday. Kids under 12 enter free.
Some of the programming this year includes:
Music (presented by Dublab): Babe Rainbow, Anna St. Lewis, Claude Fontaine, Matt Taylor (The Growlers), Mapache, Reverberation DJs, DJ Callie Ryan, and more.
 
Food (presented by Healthyish): Broad Street Oyster Co, La Morra Pizzeria, Canyon Coffee, Amara Kitchen, Frankie & Jos, Mary Joe, Four Sigmatic, Better Booch, Corsa, Ojai Energetics, Prismatic Plants, and our first ever Chef in Residence – Greg Arnold of Darkhorse.
Panels / Conversations (moderated by Jerico Mandybur of Miss Grass): Compton Jr Posse with Mayisha Akbar, Suze Randall & Kathy Clark, How To Feel Good About Feeling Good with Amanda Shapiro of Healthyish, Mel Nahas of Conscious City Guide, and author Lalah Delia, The Longevity of the Lama Foundation with Jodi Wille (The Source Family documentary) and Siddiq and Clifton Coughlin from Lama Foundation.
Sagraditos – kids programming by Everwild, who aim to foster a connection to the environment and nature from an early age through outdoor learning.
On Mercado Sagrado:
Mercado Sagrado returns in November 2019 for its sixth year, with a slate of expansive programming designed to inspire a more connected, conscious way of living. Five areas of unique event programming will feature interpreters of ancient wisdom, stewards of the earth, systems of alternate-technology, art, and design through panels, demonstrations, talks, documentaries, and ceremony. The music stage, presented by Dublab,  will feature two days of performances, and an artisan marketplace will showcase art, design, high craft, and wares from our community of Mercado Sagrado vendors. 
Please head HERE to see all programming & participants announced so far. 
— Tickets — 
General admission day passes ($65 + fees) and full weekend passes ($120 + fees) include access to all programming, and are on sale now. Purchase tickets HERE.
Children under 12 will be admitted free. Parking is on site at King Gillette Ranch and is also free.
— On Mercado Sagrado — 
Mercado Sagrado was founded in 2014, with the intention to bring together artists, makers, and community leaders who value conscious, earth-honoring practices, and provide them a physical space to connect with a larger community. The fair has expanded considerably in the five years since its inception, and now features a full weekend of programming curated by founder Heather Culp and produced in collaboration with Conscious City Guide—workshops, panels, participatory experiences, live music, an artisan marketplace, children’s activities, and food & beverage vendors who all exemplify the core ethos of Mercado Sagrado. 
Held in the beautiful Malibu Canyon, Mercado Sagrado offers a family-friendly weekend of learning and experience for an ever-growing demographic of people who wish to find deeper community, embrace personal expansion and deepen their connection to the planet, purchase goods made with reverence, and engage in more joyful and sustainable practices across all facets of their lives. The fair has grown from 500 attendees in its first year to almost 5,000 in 2018—a tenfold increase in just five years—and the 2019 fair promises an abundance of new sights, sounds, and experiences for attendees. 

Welcome Onekind !

October 10, 2019

The new, inclusive and shockingly affordable skincare line fighting the pink tax is THAT GOOD.

ONEKIND

They recently launched online and at all Heyday locations. Loving this brand that set out to rewrite the rules of skincare – particularly when it comes to traditional (read: inflated) pricing. 

BACKSTORY:

Onekind is the brainchild of brother-sister duo Matthew and Madison Ruggieri who – along with their business partner, actor Darren Criss – have been players in the men’s grooming category for close to a decade. Now they have taken all they know about fair pricing and top shelf ingredients to create this clean, accessible new brand which is “Every bit as luxe as le crème, but at a much fairer price.”

Onekind was originally designed to tackle the pink tax (products marketed at women are priced much higher than similar formulations aimed at men) but Onekind is unisex – ingredients are ingredients/skin is skin after all – and Darren uses the products every night in his skincare routine. Onekind is the brainchild of brother-sister duo Madison and Matthew Ruggieri who founded the popular men’s grooming site The Motley as well as their own successful brands, Buckler’s and Port Products.

During this time, they learned a lot of good and bad things about the beauty industry including how unnecessarily marked up products for women can be (for example, they had experts tell them to price their men’s products lower “as men won’t pay enough as women”). This infuriated Madison but  she just looked in her own medicine cabinet and knew she was being ripped off…just for buying skincare marketed towards women. 

Their debut products for nighttime are heavenly – Dream Cream Moisturizer ($38) and Midnight Magic Serum ($42) – 

We are loving them both!!!

Scenes from the opening party at Heydey!

Imagine Fest Gathers Local Community in Yoga, Music and Conscious Conversation where 100% of proceeds benefits Non-Profit Organization, Unlikely Heroes

October 8, 2019

Founder Natalie Backman & The Young Leaders Council created a fundraising festival that united the Yogi community in helping carry out Unlikely Heroes mission to end human trafficking.  

Who: Founder of Imagine Fest, Natalie Backman and Non-Profit, Unlikely Heroes 

Notable Guests & Celebrities:  Satsang; Maya Jupiter; Dustin Thomas; Tubby Love

Amber Lily; Aloe Blacc; Inetra Brazil; Anisha Gibbs; Modern Tarzan; Sprout; Robot Nature; and Player WON

Sponsors: The Goldhill Group, California Commercial Investment, The Ave, Brian Fung, Quadranet, Andrea Gootnick, Pranamaya 

What:  Imagine Fest was a Yoga + Music + Conscious Conversation fundraising festival created by Natalie Backman and The Young Leaders Council to benefit the non-profit, Unlikely Heroes. Guests opted to enjoy a Sunday Funday full of live music, yoga, meditation and powerful panel sessions aimed at creating social change. 100% of the proceeds acquired at Imagine Fest were used to help fund Unlikely Heroes’ efforts in saving & restoring the lives of child victims of sex trafficking around the world. Performers like Maya Jupiter, Satsang, Tubby Love & Amber Lily; and Player Won provided music sets that fused entertainment with conscious healing and awareness. Acro yoga workshops were lead by renowned yogis, Modern Tarzan & Sprout. A wide array of artisanal vendors and food trucks were on site providing guests with a multitude of options to eat delicious, health conscious food and shop from local businesses. Panels were held by a number of thought leaders, including the founder of Unlikely Heroes, Erica Greve.

When: Sunday, September 22, 2019  12:00 PM – 10:00PM 

Where:  Agoura Hills Recreation and Event Center,  29900 Ladyface Court, Agoura Hills CA 91301

Why: To raise funds for Unlikely Heroes to provide healthcare, shelter, education, recreational activities, rehabilitation resources, love, and hope to rescued victims of sex trafficking domestic and abroad. 

About Unlikely Heroes: Unlikely Heroes, is a local non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating child victims of sex trafficking in countries such as Nigeria, Thailand, Mexico and the Philippines as well as the United States. The organization strives to rescue and rehabilitate the lives of these children as well as post trauma therapy, education, medical care and job training and most importantly, a happy, healthy childhood.

About Natalie Backman: Natalie Backman is a yoga teacher, and the Founder of Imagine Fest.  Originally from Washington State, Natalie has called Los Angeles home for nearly seven years and has been teaching yoga for five of them. She is currently a 500-hour Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher of the Himalayan Tradition and is working toward certification in ParaYoga with Rod Stryker. She teaches weekly at Agoura Power of Yoga as well as Horizons Senior Center, MUSE School, and for several private clients. She, along with the entire Imagine Fest family, donates her time and energy to offer healing and empowerment to their local community, as well as an opportunity to be the change we wish to see.