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Let’s Talk Fall Rituals – LOS ANGELES HAUNTED HAYRIDE

October 11, 2018

FALL RITUALS: Sure, there’s your moon ceremony, fall equinox dance and organic apple picking to make whatever the latest adaptogenic, keto approved dessert is on the menu. But there’s a ritual in town, come Halloween, that I personally LOVE to celebrate, all in the name of fun – and isn’t that the most important health hack of all?

And that’s the Los Angeles Haunted Hayride.

Not familiar with this? Then you’ve been dipping into way too many CBD edibles. The Los Angeles Haunted Hayride is an immersive scary, hilarious night of entertaining live fun  and most importantly – it brings my fam together. Yup – you heard me. Anything where both of my kids (8, 12) and begging to go – together –  means they are amped for an adventure where we all can connect IRL (hard these days when we are buried into screens). Not to mention we are on all the hayride hugging “for dear life”  because it’s all with a clear understanding of the wink. That’s the good news. They understand it’s all entertainment…they are growing up in Hollywood after all. Here’s some info on the history of it – created by a bad ass woman entrepreneur – Melissa Carbonne (Shark Tank_) ( hail yes!) and more deets on how to get tix etc. We cannot wait to hit it this Saturday. See you there?!! BTW, her company is almost all women so hell yes!

The Los Angeles Haunted Hayride is in the haunted Old Zoo area of Griffith Park and Tickets are currently on sale with limited pre-sale tickets available until September 1st. You can purchase your tickets here.

As this is Hollywood, you just might catch David Beckham, Pete Wentz, Katy Perry, Nicole Richie getting their spook on. You’ll want to Instagram the crap out of it.   You’ve got your heart-pounding House Of Shadows Dark Maze, the disturbed neighborhood of Trick Or Treat and everyone’s favorite haunted village, Purgatory.

Oh HEEYYYY!!     I can’t WAIT for my kid to freak our over this one
Some carving inspo? You got a live jack-o-lantern Pintetest board right here.  Don’t forget the carousel. 

Some more history:

For fans that have been to every hayride, it will be an unforgettable ride through the nightmares the hayride has been inducing for years.  You will also be treated to new surprises and some larger than life additions that one would expect for a celebration as grand as a 10 Year Anniversary. For first timers, the experience will be a hayride on steroids as every memorable demon and apparition returns to say hello once again. Do you remember the demon church of “The Congregation”? Or the legions of psychopathic clowns from “Though The Eyes Of A Child”? Maybe you’d love to take a ride back through “The Rift”? Then, this is your year and then some! If you haven’t been to the Los Angeles Haunted Hayride, you will not want to miss out on this limited run special edition.

“I can’t believe it’s been ten years!” said Los Angeles Haunted Hayride founder/creator Melissa Carbone (@MelCarbs). “I want to send out the biggest ‘Thank You’ to everyone who has bought a ticket, worked for us and given their blood to make LA Haunted Hayride the most popular independently owned Halloween attraction in the country. Bringing back the content that the fans have told us they love and want more of is my way of doing that. I’m so excited to see the incredible characters of the past. Oh how I’ve missed them,” Carbone smugly laughs.

When you visit the Los Angeles Haunted Hayride your evening will include a stop in Purgatory. The charm and magic of our old world ‘haunted village’ invokes the nostalgia of Halloweens past; smell the freshly cut hay and see the deep, rich, orange glow of jack o’ lanterns as you pass through our gates. Become a part of the show at Theatre Macabre, ride the ‘Scary-Go-Round’, enjoy fair food & drink faves at the Grub Shack, have a clandestine encounter with a psychic, and don’t forget to grab your limited run anniversary swag in the Bootique.

Returning for this massive anniversary, the park will bring back cult favorites House Of Shadows and Trick Or Treat. The legendary House Of Shadows sends you into complete darkness as you grasp onto your group and stumble through Southern California’s only true dark maze! It is a disorienting, claustrophobic experience where you might find yourself totally alone in the shadows. At Trick Or Treat, it’s Halloween every night. Check out our ALL-NEW ghoulish residents as we have amped up the fright factor for this annual freakish block party.

The terror of the Los Angeles Haunted Hayride begins on September 29th, 2018 and will be open select nights until October 31st, 2018. Operating hours are Sundays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 7pm-10:30pm and Fridays and Saturdays from 7pm-12am, with the exception of September 29th when we close at 11pm. General Admission and VIP passes that surpass the line are available, as well as a Platinum pass that includes VIP parking! There are also a limited number of Hayride Only passes starting at $26, all expected to sell out during the pre-sale. Pre-sale for tickets will end September 1st. Visit www.losangeleshauntedhayride.com for exact nights of operation and other details.

About Los Angeles Haunted Hayride Launched in 2009, Los Angeles Haunted Hayride (LAHH) is one of the most popular halloween attractions in the country. LAHH has quickly grown as one of the premiere horror genre attractions in the country being featured in Forbes, Fortune, Entrepreneur, The Today Show, The View, Bloomberg and many more.

Social Tags: #LAHH, #LAHH2018, #LAHH10Years
About Thirteenth Floor Entertainment Group
Thirteenth Floor Entertainment Group (13FEG) is the premier multi-state operator of theme park-quality haunted houses, escape rooms, and related immersive live-entertainment events. 13FEG’s platform includes 13th Floor, House of Torment, Fear Farm, Asylum, Terror on the Fox, Great Room Escape, Mind Spark Escape Games, and Zombie Apocalypse Live, among others. Headquartered in Denver, CO, 13FEG has offices in Austin, TX and production facilities in San Antonio, TX.
Photo credit: Scott Feinblatt

H FACTOR WATER

October 9, 2018

Katie Welch looking gorg with H Factor.

When a new hydration situation pops into view, we get excited – VERY EXCITED.

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Culture Alert

October 7, 2018

Here
October 25, 2018 through January 6, 2019
Opening Reception, October 21, 2018, 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. 


The City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA), the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (LAMAG), and the Barnsdall Art Park Foundation (BAPF) are pleased to present the group exhibition, Here, which will be on view at LAMAG located at 4800 Hollywood Boulevard in Barnsdall Park, from October 25, 2018, through January 6, 2019, with an opening reception on October 21, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Here is a group exhibition that examines shifting physical/geographical and conceptual/imagined boundaries (and boundlessness) in, and around, the metropolis of Los Angeles. Boundaries provide us the physical and conceptual framework to delineate the idea of “self” from “other,” and “here” from “there.” However, boundaries contain an inherent paradox; as political theorist William E. Connolly succinctly suggests, “Boundaries provide pre-conditions of identity, individual agency, and collective action; but they also close off possibilities of being that might otherwise flourish. Boundaries both foster and inhibit freedom; they both protect and violate life.”    

In addition to the natural and traditional human geography (such as neighborhoods), the artists assembled in Here investigate Los Angeles’s internal physical and conceptual boundaries, the bridges in-between, and permeability of these boundaries. Here explores these localized frictions – the hybridity and fluidity of Los Angeles – to uncover these bounded and unbounded landscapes within Los Angeles. 

Here features works by Heimir Björgúlfsson, Sandra de la Loza, Gajin Fujita, Gloria Galvez, Anna Sew Hoy, Iris Yirei Hu, Annetta Kapon, Patrick Martinez, Jane C. Mi, Alison O’Daniel, Renée Petropoulos, Nancy Popp, Umar Rashid, Sandy Rodriguez, Fran Siegel, Henry Taylor, and Mario Ybarra Jr.


Step2 presents the 7th Annual Celebrity Red Carpet Event

September 26, 2018

September’s Child Safety Month ended with the 7th Celebrity Red CARpet Safety Awareness Event, a fun-filled, educational, inspiring and engaging event for parents and kids that benefitted Baby2Baby!
The event aimed to help spread awareness about Car Seat Safety as well as other areas of safety (Activity Safety, Car Seat Safety, On-The-Go Safety, Home Safety, Body Care Safety, and Kitchen Safety) that affect parents and their precious loved ones.
As a mom, Baby2Baby has always been tucked away deep in my heart where it holds forever space. An incredible, inspiring organization that really holds to the simple words – give back.
Celebs stepped out to celebrate and bring awareness to this worthy life-changing cause.

Ali Fedotowsky checked out Cybex at STEP2 PRESENTS THE 7TH ANNUAL CELEBRITY RED CARPET EVENT – photo credit Stefanie Keenan Getty 


Benjamin Hollingsworth and his family stopped byOXO Tot at STEP2 PRESENTS THE 7TH ANNUAL CELEBRITY RED CARPET EVENT – photo credit Stefanie Keenan Getty

CULVER CITY, CA – SEPTEMBER 22: Ali Landry attends Step2 Presents 7th Annual Celebrity Red CARpet Event by New Bloom Media Benefitting Baby2Baby at Sony Pictures Studios on September 22, 2018 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Celebrity Red CARpet Safety Awareness)

CULVER CITY, CA – SEPTEMBER 22: Ali Landry attends Step2 Presents 7th Annual Celebrity Red CARpet Event by New Bloom Media Benefitting Baby2Baby at Sony Pictures Studios on September 22, 2018 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Celebrity Red CARpet Safety Awareness)

CULVER CITY, CA – SEPTEMBER 22: (L-R) Robin Thicke, April Love Geary and Ali Landry.attend Step2 Presents 7th Annual Celebrity Red CARpet Event by New Bloom Media Benefitting Baby2Baby at Sony Pictures Studios on September 22, 2018 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Celebrity Red CARpet Safety Awareness)

CULVER CITY, CA – SEPTEMBER 22: Adrienne Frantz (L) and Scott Bailey attend Step2 Presents 7th Annual Celebrity Red CARpet Event by New Bloom Media Benefitting Baby2Baby at Sony Pictures Studios on September 22, 2018 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Celebrity Red CARpet Safety Awareness)

Meghan Wallace James of Modern Feng Shui On Mission Sexy Zen

August 27, 2018

Mission: Sexy Zen

Or: The Allure of a Bare Bedroom

By Meghan Wallace James

Why does a gorgeous, minimalistic hotel room induce lust?

How does a dusty, cluttered bedroom incite dread?

What impact do aesthetics have on the energetics of intimacy & romance?

Here’s Your Modern Feng Shui Assignment, shall you choose to accept it:

Make your bedroom Empty yet Sensual… as Empty & Sensual as humanly possible.

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At the end of each day, you should enter your bedroom and have one of two thoughts:

I Feel Like Sleeping

or

I Feel Like F*cking, and then Sleeping

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More Sleep + More Sex = Creative Kismet Fuel for Life

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This is where everyone likes to tell me, “Sounds great, but…” to which I like to say, “Green Eggs & Ham”;  i.e., TRY IT.

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Nine Steps – equal parts Edit & Infusion – to Transform your Bedroom into Temple Oasis

   Or: How to Craft a Container for Tantric Vibes

  1. Purge; Ruthlessly Purge
  2. ‘Stock’ as opposed to ‘Shop’ your home; return all that is neither Sexy nor Zen to the body of your dwelling; Clue: electronics, trappings of daily life, children’s possessions
  3. Rearrange your furniture; open new neural pathways via new configuration
  4. Layer in regal aspects of Symmetry { Beauty }, Duality & Polarity
  5. Clean; Ruthlessly Clean, from bed to floors { Grounded } to windows { Clarity of Vision}
  6. Replace lightbulbs { Bright Ideas }; your Lighting Goal is ambient sans wires, so consider a dimmer switch
  7. Salt Burn & Sage
  8. Add Life: true art, a plant or two { Duality }, a weekly floral arrangement ritual
  9. Sex Magic: imprint your room with it’s new Mission

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Ms. Emily Wagner, the Matriarch of Groomed LA, accepted Mission: Sexy Zen & I invite her to share her Modern Feng Shui Diary below:

I started my overall Modern Feng Shui transformation with Meghan Wallace James not knowing anything more than I was desperate for help.  All areas of my life were stuck – and that’s an understatement.  There was not one area of it that did not need drastic upheaval and renewal.

I believe it was April when Meghan pranced into my home with a basket full of her Modern Feng Shui tools.  No chimes or wooden roosters but things like: an like EMF reader, a floor plan of my home, ingredients for a salt burn, a tarot deck, et al.  I was in love from the moment she stepped through the door.

Square foot by square foot she took in my place.  From the wall of lazily hammered Ikea dog butt hooks that greeted visitors to the mountain of shoes underneath it.  “Hmmm.  Is this what you would want the man of your dreams to see the minute he steps into your home?”

“Hell no.”

From that moment I looked at everything in a new way.  Not through the eyes of a potential partner, as if to take away my own power, but symbolically.  More of: imagine walking into my home – is every single thing I see, a representation of who I imagine I want to be, in an ideal life?  Would I fall in love with me, if I didn’t know me, based on what I see.

“Hell no.”

The hooks were pulled out and tossed.  And from that moment on, I was on a rampant Mission, purging every single thing that didn’t meet the expectation.  Of course this meant I had to do deep self work on WHO I wanted to be.  This leads to WHERE I want to be in my life.  WHAT I want out of it.  Suddenly everything I no longer wanted in my home started leading me back to:

What I didn’t want in my life.

What I did.

Why I didn’t have it.

And how was I going to get it.

Stage One of Meghan’s process becomes a profound life evaluation, insight, and boot camp.  It was profound.

Weeks were spent on this Mission.  Corner by corner, drawer by drawer.  Meghan was there to advise me very step of the way.  Even though I dived in, in my mutual manically committed passion fashion, I needed immense hand holding.  She held it.  Layers were shed.  Actually a few physical pounds were lost too.  I wasn’t sure if it was all the labor of dumping – oh, my couch, dresser, side tables, etc. (to give you an idea).

As my surroundings upleveled, so did I.  I realized I loathed my job.  I was playing small.  I was those Ikea dog butts dangling out of a wall, too loose to even hold my son’s baseball hat.  Metaphors.  I started to see my home as a metaphor.  No handle on my kids closet door?  No handle on how to create home for them.  You see?

My life stated to reveal itself: “I hate this job.  I have to get out of here.”

Meghan:  “You’re not working there anymore.  It’s done.  Keep going.”

Soon we were onto the next layers.  How did I want my home to FEEL.  And from there we started painting.   I became obsessed with Portola Paints.  Room by room, I got rid of the Miracle Mile dominant strain of dirty Swiss Coffee and found rooms drenched in colors like Halfway Tree, Penny Lane, Simmer Down and Foxy.

My kids changed.  I changed.  There was space.  Lots of it.  I wanted to quickly fill it up.  New couch!  Side tables!  Furniture.  Late nights on Pinterest and every online shop.

No, she said. “Breathe.”  Live in the spaciousness for a while.  Your perfect furniture will find you.  Let it be empty for a while.  Alone with your thoughts.

Soon I was in love with the emptiness.  Soon I was called on a consulting job that led to my dream job.  Soon my kids were finding chill at home.  Soon I feeling different.

Soon I was happy.

My bedroom went from clutter (I’m too embarrassed to discuss) to empty.  It was painted a sunset peach with white trim.  It became a Caribbean sexy alcove with nothing it in but a large piece of my art that I could stare at all day.  It became a treatment of monochrome peaches and pinks and glows all day.  I changed the bulbs to amber.  It’s empty except for a bed, art, plant, and warm lighting.  It accomplished Mission: Sexy Zen.

I am five months into my work with Meghan.  My life has made a 180 degree turn.  I have never been more aligned than I am now, in every area.  My home is me.  I am me.  Finally.  I credit Meghan one million percent with this.  Her work is so profound, it feels like science and magic and Tony Robbins meets Ghandi meets Kate Moss.  I actually can’t even explain it but I hope that I somehow shared something that can give you a sense of the very grounded and practical wonder that is Meghan and her modality.

I would share photos, but I am not home.  I am writing from a world wide tour that my job is taking me on.  My Attraction gua – Helpful People & Travel – was overstuffed – a closet toppling with so much stuff you didn’t want to open the door.  Oh, and the hamster that ran away?  Turns out he was living in a corner, eating my artwork to survive.  Once it was cleaned, I was asked to go on a global tour making films.  Am I dreaming?  Is it magic?  Is it Meghan.  It is.

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Exhibit: Une “Sexy Zen” example par Axel Vervoordt