Category Archives: LIFE + STYLE

Gift Guide by The Arc / Hollywood

December 13, 2018

To combat the holiday stress, The Arc curated a personalized Gift Guide
to launch the arrival of their stunning customized gift boxes. The Arc is 
my go-to for all things home, gift, and more. You must check out this
gorgeously curated space. It is simply divine. 

Gift boxes include a lid, beautiful Italian ribbon, and flourish. Each box is finished and sent with a sage blessing

A preview of some of the boxes

Carafe, 4 Handblown Glasses, and a set of Linen Coasters
A Ceramic Cone Incense Holder, Handmade Bath Bomb, Rose Quartz
Stone, a Small Brass PlatePalo Santo Incense, and a Ceramic Dish.

Handwoven Basket from RwandaThin Tasting Spoon from Bali, Geode Salt Cup, Ceramic Match Striker, and a Set of Linen Napkins.

Marbled Nepal Journal, Appointed Gum Eraser, Notebook Set in Black and Gold, Bunny Paper Clips, Linen Tape, and a Japanese Pencil Set.

Tea Time
Handmade Ceramic Tea Cups, OneTea Loose Leaf Tea, Glass Fairness
Cup, Brass Plate, Brass Tea Caddy Spoon, and a Set of Serviettes.

The Arc Wood Boxes and wrapping services are
available for purchase for your gifting needs.

Please contact for customized boxes.

Follow along on Instagram. @thearcshop

The Arc
5121 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA
(323) 522-3278

Espressotoria For The Espresso Lover In Your Life

December 9, 2018

If you’re like me and sending holiday cards via Paperless Post this year, then you might be one for, well, efficiency and ease. And that’s exactly how I like my coffee, tasteful, fast, best in class and NOW. 

Enter the Espressotoria – a gorgeous, space-saving, affordable little barista machine. The pods are not outrageously pricey (have you seen the cost of some of the others? What the –?!) The milk frother is simply adorable and the espresso is quite delish. Right now, you can buy Espressotoria’s Barista 2.0 Machine via on rollback now through December 31. Additionally, Espressotoria also is offering the Caprista Machineavailable in sleek black or bright white on Amazon for 50% off now through Dec. 17. Perfect for all you last minute holiday shoppers!

They can be bought online, at Walmart and now Amazon is having a 50% off sale on the Caprista Capsule machine. 

Perfect gift for everyone from the barista wannabe in your life to your friend or lover who just got a promotion and bigger office. It’s thin, sexy and elegant. I have the red and it’s stunning. I just started with it today (yes, that is how excited I am about it!) so I have yet to try all the various espresso recipes but you can be sure I am going to be full pro in about a week. Christmas for sure came early this year! 

Product highlights

  • Espressotoria Barista 2.0 Espresso Coffee Pod Machine
  • Compact, stylishly designed machine, with a bold red and black finish
  • Make cafe quality espresso right in your home
  • Compact, stylishly designed machine, with a bold red finish
  • Make cafe quality espresso right in your home
  • Utilizes a 19 bar pump pressure and a variety of programmable pour functions
  • Energy-saving mode
  • Water level and waste capsule indicators 
  • Hot water dispenser
  • Americano button
  • Comes with a one-year Espressotoria product warranty

The Espressotoria Barista 2.0 is a premium espresso coffee pod machine that delivers cafe quality espresso at the touch of a button. Compact and stylishly designed, the Barista 2.0 is available in a high gloss red finish that is sure to make a statement in any kitchen.

This premium coffee pod system features (4) pour button functionality; 19 bar pump pressure; waste capsule and water level indicators; energy-saver mode; and innovative dual tubing dispenser for both coffee and hot water, making this a versatile coffee machine and kettle in one!

The Barista 2.0 is perfectly paired with the Espressotoria Milk Frother (sold separately) via an integrated power dock which allows you to create Italian style coffees such as cappuccinos, flat whites, Americanos, lattes, cortados, iced coffees and more.

The Barista 2.0 comes with a 1-year warranty. The Espressotoria System features a range of compatible 100% Arabica coffee blends, designed to provide you with an easy and convenient way to enjoy specialty espresso coffee. Espressotoria, cafe quality coffee made easy.

Holiday Gift Ideas

November 16, 2018

Buddha Board  – De-Stress Low-Tech

Buddha Board is inspired by the Zen idea of living in the moment. You simply paint on the surface with water and your creation will come to life in bold design. Then as the water slowly evaporates, your art will magically disappear leaving you with a clean slate and a clear mind, ready to create a whole new masterpiece. Buddha Board is environmentally friendly as it only uses water – no ink, no paint, no chemicals – and it will last for years with proper care. Live for the moment and enjoy!

Honey Pot -Cannabis Craze

Honey Pot combines cannabis with honey, coconut oil, teas and essential oils.

Strong Board– Perfectly Imbalanced

Facile Dermatology for Neck Rejuvination – Anti-Aging Treatment During Down Time


Royal Ghee – Adaptogen Treat Stocking Stuffer

Raw Honey | Ghee | Greens | Adaptogenic Herbs 

A whipped spread made from the most nutritive ingredients on earth.

Inspired by the traditional nutritive Ayurvedic spread, Chyawanprash – we’ve taken the same principles, and Westernized and modernized the overall vibe and ingredients into a whipped honey butter (ghee) with benefits.

Sourced from the finest organic ingredients including grass-fed, pastured and traditionally made ghee, raw California wildflower honey, and a blend of medicinal and alkalizing greens, adaptogenic herbs, grounding roots, and immunity-boosting mushrooms, Royal Ghee provides a daily boost of nutrition and energy with the flavor of a decadent treat.


Royal Ghee is a thick and creamy, whipped spread that can be consumed daily as a nutritive boost by the spoonful, added to smoothies, “bulletproof” tea, coffee and tonics, spread onto toast, and slathered as icing…the possibilities are endless.


A proprietary blend of grass-fed and pastured ghee, raw California wildflower honey,

Tocotrienols derived from organically grown brown rice. (It is a super concentrated source of bioavailable vitamins E and D, with a high antioxidant count.)

Greens and Algae: Moringa, cracked cell-wall chlorella, nettles, barley grass, wheat grass, spirulina, spinach, alfalfa, dandelion leaf, kelp, dulse

Roots, Berries, and Fruit: whole schizandra concentrate, beetroot, lemon and orange peel

Mushrooms: reishi extract, maitake extract, shiitake extract, Chaga extract, turkey tail extract, beta-d-glucans, reishi triterpenoids

…and a touch of pink Himalayan salt.

Suggested Serving: 1 teaspoon up to 1 tablespoon, daily. For a more detoxifying effect, consume one spoonful or dissolved in herbal tea on an empty stomach upon arising.

Packaged in amber glass to protect delicate ingredients from UV rays and oxidation.

Store in a cool, dark cabinet away from heat and sun, or in the refrigerator for longest shelf-life.

*Individual results may vary. This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. 


Golden Door Marmalade – Stocking Stuffer

Can’t make it to the spa? Bring a little Golden Door goodness right to you!

Neck Hammock

Need I say more? NO. It’s incredible.

XX Lila


November 14, 2018

So, you know I have a little thing about working out while traveling. Ok, let’s just say, I like to travel to work out. Yah, I know. Weird. I love nothing more than visiting hotels and checking out their gyms (and spas, duh) and writing about my experience.

In the case of Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa, I’ll talk mostly about their gym, as the hotel was an after thought for me. I went solely to experience their revolutionary new Fitness Center which seeks to redefine the hotel workout experience and present an unprecedented roster of advances for guests of all fitness levels.

And that would be totally correct. The gym is lit, as the kids say.

The transformed venue provides access to leading workout breakthroughs, from on-demand classes and shared training to customizable apps and functional zone activities. The Center also honors travelers’ increasing interest in high- and low-intensity interval training, and in strength and body weight exercise and technological assists to help maximize performance.

The equipment is extensive, including the innovative Peloton Commercial Bike – a technological first for regional travelers. Futuristic enhancements also include the new Max-Trainer from leading cardio manufacturer Octane, along with recently introduced Life Fitness cardio machines which synch with Apple GymKit.

I had two sensational workouts – fueled myself at the pool restaurant which actually had healthy choices and took two or three massive walks around the hood – which is a golf course and a desert. Both stunning, spacious and a gorgeous break from LA.

The hotel is massive and I could not quite figure out who it’s for – golfers? People heading to casinos? Who knows. Who cares. IF you are in the area and need to kick ass in a gym, head over to this one.

The gym is open to registered guests and area residents joining the hotel’s new fitness membership program, the Fitness Center presents the following innovations:

  • Advanced new Peloton Bikes with commercial-grade hardware and software – now regarded as the most socially-connected and immersive indoor bikes available. The commercial Peloton is Fitbit-compatible and offers unlimited access to studio cycling classes. Guests can ride to daily live cycling classes streamed directly from Peloton’s NYC studio, or they can choose from 4,000+ on-demand workouts ranging in difficulty, length, and theme. They can track their progress with in-depth metrics and can race other riders on a real-time leaderboard. The bikes’ 22-inch high-definition, sweat-proof touch-screens fully immerse riders in every class, bringing the power of studio fitness directly into the Renaissance Indian Wells hotel setting. Local desert trails are among the included workout video options.

  • Octane makes its first hotel appearance, and its only fitness center appearance anywhere in the desert, as it presents its new Max-Trainer at Renaissance Indian Wells. The Max-Trainer hybrid climber is a bold new high-intensity interval training machine which delivers ultra-efficient metabolic conditioning. It fuels major results in cardio, functional training and small group workouts.


  • Life Fitness brings its treadmills, ellipticals, PowerMill Climber and recumbent bikes to the Fitness Center, all providing Apple GymKit connectivity. This allows guests to pair their Apple Watches wirelessly and seamlessly to exchange data between the watch and machine. Once connected, Apple Watch and the machine exchange data such as heart rate, calories burned, distance, speed and incline, ensuring that the metrics on the machine match what users sees on their watches.

  • TRX brings further innovation to the Renaissance Indian Wells Indian Wells Fitness Center, thanks to its new TRX Suspension Trainer body weight suspension training products. Workout highlights include functional training zones as well as body weight suspension training.


  • The Woodway Curve Trainer, another very rare find in the hotel world, is a completely manual treadmill which allows a user to accelerate and decelerate at any desired pace, without the need to push a button.


  • Fitness On Demand: Virtual on-demand classes such as yoga, plyoga, tone & shred and Jillian Michaels “Hard Body” are available in the Center’s newly created, semi-private “Virtual Fitness Class Zone.”

  • Sandbags, widely used in boutique fitness centers including elite performance, Crossfit, Bootcamps, MMA, and Boxing Clubs, are available as an additional training option to the standard dumbbells, barbells or medicine balls.


  • New Kettlebells at Renaissance Indian Wells have been imported from the UK’s leading fitness product designer and supplier, Jordan Fitness.

For local membership information, which also provides access to the resort’s outdoor lawn and aqua aerobic programs, please contact +1-760-836-1265. The new Fitness Center at Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa was custom designed, developed and equipped by Growth Fitness Marketing & Design of Laguna Beach, California.

Limited Number of Local Memberships Available to Area Residents

Address44400 Indian Wells Ln, Indian Wells, CA 92210

Tushy. Bidet For The People.

November 13, 2018

Many moons ago (no pun), I was in a restaurant in Waikiki digesting lightly seared and “freshly caught” fish. Something immediately wasn’t sitting right. I scrambled to the bathroom. Upon entering, I was greeted by a futuristic looking commode. My diner’s remorse soon turned to joy when I realized this toilet was made in Japan. It featured a heated seat and warm water bidet.

For years I pondered purchasing one of these gifts from God, but they are costly!

Then along came a genius who invented Tushy, a bidet attachment that installs in just minutes with no extra electricity or plumbing.

This simple addition to my toilet has not only made my life more pleasant, it is actually saving me money. I barely use the amount of TP I once did and the amount of extra water used is minuscule compared to what is used to plant more trees.


TUSHY fits all standard toilets and some one-piece toilets. No electricity, plumbing or significant other required. Just unscrew the toilet seat, pop the Tushy on, connect to water, and get on with it. IT comes in various colors, and the spa features warm water.

Tushy Classic: $69

Tushy Spa: $99

Visit to orde

– CM