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!

  • WINEMAKER DINNERS 
    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
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    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 HotelCalifornian.com.

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

1-805-882-0100

hotelcalifornian.com

BITE – Zero Waste Toothpaste

June 29, 2022

Bite (Because It’s The Earth) products are all-natural, zero-waste, tube-free, 100% vegan, gluten-free and cruelty-free and on a mission to become the world’s most sustainable personal care company. The company started as an oral care brand and has now expanded into general care and makes non-toxic personal care products – ranging from toothpaste and deodorant to body balm, mouthwash, toothbrushes and whitening gel – and packages in a plastic-free and sustainable way. 

When LA resident Lindsay McCormick learned that over 1 billion toothpaste tubes are thrown out every year, that most body moisturizers are 60-80% water (meaning chemicals must be included for a stable shelf life) and 15 million pounds of deodorant packaging ends up in landfills and oceans every year, she made it her mission to create the world’s most sustainable personal care company.

Enter Bite (Because It’s The Earth).

Going from a side hustle in her LA apartment with only $6k in the bank to going viral overnight to turning down both Mark Cuban and Kevin O’Leary on Shark Tank to building out what’s now an 8-figure cult beauty brand business with fan favorites like Jason Momoa, Don Cheadle, and Iliza Shlesinger, the real question is – how does she do it?

Bite was started by Lindsay McCormick, named by Fast Company as one of its Most Creative People in Business, in her living room in 2018. She initially produced the first Bite tablets on a hand-press tableting machine after enrolling in a self-taught online chemistry course and speaking with hundreds of dentists and dental hygienists as a way to reduce her personal environmental footprint and to create a more eco-friendly oral hygienic routine. After being featured on ABC’s Shark Tank and going viral overnight, Bite wants to continue disrupting the personal care market, one tablet at a time.

Your Bedside Alarm Clock Just Got The Wellness Upgrade You Deserve

June 28, 2022

I have a new best friend. Fine, a new crush. Lover? Sure!

Meet LOFTIE.

I feel like I dreamed up this product-  seriously – I imagined a sexy, chic clock, with meditations, sound baths, a stunning body (look at her!), and a gentle light.

When I saw Loftie, I didn’t know how profoundly this would fit the bill. Upon arrival (with a gorgeous sleep mask and spectacular, artful adult bedtime story book – genius) I knew I hit the motherloade.

The mission: Sleep deeply, wake up refreshed, and kick the smartphone out of the bedroom.

With updatable soundscapes, meditations, & bedtime stories, a two-phase alarm that mimics your body’s natural waking process, and a gentle nightlight with dimmable display, the stylish and thoughtful Loftie Clock is all about getting you the healthy rest you deserve.

The Deets: 

• Two-phase alarm that first brings you out of sleep, then lifts you back to consciousness.
• Customizable alarm tone, volume, and day of the week settings.
• High quality white noise machine and nature soundscapes.
• Updatable wellness content, including breathwork, sound baths, and guided meditation.
• Bluetooth speaker to enjoy your own music and other audio content.
• Built in, adjustable night light provides a warm glow.
• Sleep timer and blackout mode for your perfect sleeping environment.

• 2.75” L x 6.5” W x 2.75” H
• 1.8 pounds
• Polycarbonate shell
• Steel top grill
• Lithium ion battery
• USB-C cable and power adapter
• 2.4 GHz WiFi connection required

Frankly, I want one in every room!

 

GLOBAL WELLNESS DAY AT FOUR SEASONS RESORT SCOTTSDALE AT TROON NORTH

June 9, 2022

In celebration of Global Wellness Day on Saturday, June 11, 2022, Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North will showcase a variety of offerings promoting mindfulness and holistic wellness. The day begins with Desert Bathing, incorporating a Zen Hike and mindful intention setting, followed by Soul & Sound Yoga and sound healing.

“Being mindful – and staying present – can often be quite challenging in our fast-paced, daily lives,” says Senior Spa Director Jaana Roth. “Global Wellness Day provides a great reminder to recharge, reconnect and take time to instill and support those overall wellness efforts.”

Resort guests and local residents are invited to take part in the Global Wellness Day line-up of activities, including:

6:30 am Desert Bathing

Take in the beauty of nature with a Desert Bathing experience that begins at The Spa. Approximately 60 minutes from start to finish, the class incorporates yoga poses, breathing and mindfulness with a light hike along the Resort grounds.  The experience concludes with a complimentary selection of fresh juices back at The Spa.

8:00 am Soul & Sound Yoga

Participants will enjoy a 45-minute flow yoga class – showcasing elevated desert and Valley on the Resort’s outdoor lawns – combined with a restorative sound bath. Sound baths are thought to help promote better sleep and mindfulness, allowing the body to more deeply relax.

In celebration of Global Wellness Day, the Desert Bathing and Soul & Sound experiences are complimentary and open to the public. Reservations are required.

All-Day Wellness Menu at Proof, An American Canteen

Proof, An American Canteen will celebrate Global Wellness Day with a range of healthy menu items on its Global Wellness Day Menu. Whether enjoying breakfast, lunch or dinner, guests can savour the menu’s fresh combinations of healthy ingredients crafted by the Resort’s talented culinary team. Items highlighted for Global Wellness Day include the Kaleberry Blue Smoothie Bowl, with blue spirulina, wild blueberry, kale and oat milk, and the TropiAZ Parfait, with lemon vanilla Greek yogurt, mango, kiwi and hemp seed quinoa crunch. Choose from lunch items including the AZ Citrus Salad with baby greens and Arizona citrus, pickled carrot ribbons and snap peas, complemented by a refreshing Wild Tonic Kombucha Blueberry Basil drink.

For information about Global Wellness Day activities or to reserve a spot in the complimentary Desert Bathing or Soul & Sound Yoga, contact The Spa at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North at 480 513 5145.

About Global Wellness Day

First celebrated in 2012, Global Wellness Day is a social project dedicated to the promotion of living well. Officially celebrated in 100 countries at 4,000 locations in 2017, the purpose of Global Wellness Day is to explore the question “How can I live a healthier and better life.”  According to its organizers, the main aims of the day are:

  • To recognize the value of our lives
  • To pause and think, even if for just one day of the year
  • To be free from the stress of everyday city life and bad habits
  • To make peace with ourselves
  • To raise awareness about living well

Here is what is happening at various Four Seasons around the globe!

  • At Four Seasons Resort the Nam Hai, Hoi An, start the day off with a newly introduced Kaoshikii dance (a psycho-physical exercise), followed by Cocooning Meditation (a practice relaxing the mind and assists the body into a deep sleep, comfortable cocooned in the Antigravity yoga Hammock), and a mindful eating vegan cooking class. 
  • Four Seasons Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo has a plethora of activities throughout the day, including complimentary sound healing meditation, chair massage treatments, homemade power bars, and more.
  • Four Seasons Hotel Prague will focus on the physical and mental health, with options such as: a blissful yoga session, a concierge-led run around the famous Charles Bridge, and a pampering hand-treatment.
  • Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square will start Global Wellness Day off with a one-on-one boxing session looking over London’s skyline, followed by rooftop yoga,mini massages, and a singing bowl meditation.
  • Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale has a full day planned around mindfulness and holistic wellness – starting off with a Desert Bathing experience, before a 45-minute yoga class.
  • At Four Seasons Resort & Residences Jackson Hole, start your day with a complimentary, one-hour outdoor yoga class, followed by a refreshing selection of juices.
  • Four Seasons properties in Japan has a flurry of offerings, including a guided run and meditation by the pond at Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto, while at Four seasons Hotel Tokyo at Otemachi, guest will find slow-flow yoga, Qi Gong session (direct energy flow), and seated meditation. And lastly, Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Marunochi will feature a class on the calming effects of Rusie Dutton (a traditional Thai exercise) and complimentary wellness gifts.Also!  Learn how to Aqua Spin at the Four Seasons Hotel Doha, along with pilates, and hatha yoga.A full’s day of activities at Four Seasons Resort Dubai, including NormaTec Air-Compression Boots sessions, Echeclon Bike Rider Challenge, and more. Paws and Relax at Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas, which includes relaxing time with four-legged joyologists (licensed therapy dogs), which happens right after a sun salutation yoga session. Tai chi at Four Seasons Hotel Westlake in a fusion class that includes the basic principles of Chinese martial arts, energy healing, gentle yoga and Indian classical dance. 

Owala Color Drop – Water Bottles Just Happier!

You know it. You love it.

FreeSip

OWALA – The bottle that’s taking the market by storm. Of course, it’s leak proof, insulated (24 hours cold) and easy to clean—those are all table stakes. The real magic is in the FreeSip® spout—which allows you to sip through the hidden, built-in straw or chug through the wide mouth opening. It’s like multiple choice, but the answer is always right. Comes in insulated stainless steel or BPA-free Tritan™ plastic—whatever floats your boat.

My kids have these in their daily rotation during the school year. And I always refresh our set come summer to make things feel different and fun! AJ starts basketball camp next week and he will brining this adorbs new Tangerine color along with him!

 

 

Here is a bit about the New Color Drop series!

 

What is this Color Drop you speak of?

We thought you’d never ask! The Color Drop is our brand new series of special-edition colors. These bottles will be sold in extremely limited quantities. Only 500 bottles will be up for grabs. Once they sell out, they’re gone forever (but never forgotten… especially if you get one of your own).

If we had to guess, these Color Drops will sell out lightning fast. So if the idea of getting a one-of-a-kind color makes your heart skip a beat, don’t miss your chance to bring it home.

Really? You won’t ever restock them?

Nope. Unlike 90s styles, these colors won’t be making a comeback. But that’s the beauty of it… you’ll receive a bottle unlike anyone else’s. Well, minus the other 499 people who are also able to grab one. But the chances of running into those people are pretty low.