Brandon Ravare’s Unique Curated Fall Cocktails At The Los Angeles Athletic Club

October 18, 2018

Nothing says FALL like a swanky cocktail.   

Growing up in NYC, come Fall, my friends and I would walk down to the Plaza and use our fake ID’s to order whatever the” cool” grown up cocktail of the season was. It was usually something dark and mysterious that I would pretend to enjoy, when all I really wanted was a Shirley Temple. I never developed a sophisticated taste for cocktails, despite growing up in the most precocious of cities. That being said, when I taste a craft cocktail – it’s almost as if I have loved them all along. Thank you Brandon Ravare for ushering me into an adult cocktail palate when it comes to your stunning creations.

If you haven’t been over to the historic, swanky and sexy Los Angeles Athletic Club, you are missing out on a true LA classic.

Looking for a chic after-work cocktail spot or somewhere cool to suggest to that Raya date? What about sexy spot for a get together or event? Look no further that the LAAC. This is where bar director Brandon Ravare has created a unique new fall cocktail program for you – alas, your bespoke craft cocktail fantasies are all about to come true. And in one of LA’s coolest settings.

Bar Director Brandon Ravare  creations include Carnard Pretentieux – with ingredients including duck fat and thyme-infused cognac – to a very tropical Christmas on Lanai and a refreshing Eastside option – made up of Brokers gin, lime juice, cucumber slices, simple syrup and mint leaves – as well as Autumn Sonata, featuring a clover sliced pear. Is it 5 o’clock yet?!

Brandon was mentored by Marcos Tello – often credited as the originator of craft cocktails in LA – and, oversees the Club’s bar programs, including the newly-debuted and surf-inspired Kahuna Room as well as Invention, Blue Room and special events.

(The secret recipes you see here!)

Canard Pretentieux –2 oz. Duck Fat and Thyme infused Cognac, .5 Demerara Syrup, .5 Cream, 1 Entire Egg (Tri-Shake and Fine-Strain. Garnish with grated Nutmeg. Whiskey Dram)

Christmas on Lanai’ – .25 oz. Lime Juice, 1.5 oz. Pineapple Juice, .75 oz. Coco Lopez, .25 oz. Hamilton 151 Rum, 1.5 oz. House Made Spiced Rum (Whip and Dump. Garnish with grated cinnamon, mint bush and cinnamon stick. Pilsner Glass)

Paloma with grapefruit and limes – .5 oz. Lime Juice, .5 oz. Agave Syrup, 2 oz. Grapefruit Juice, 1.5 oz. Los Altos Blanco Tequila (Top with Tonic Water. Toss and Strain. Salted Rim and Lime Wedge. Pilsner Glass)

Autumn Sonata with Absolut Elyx and pear – .75 oz. Lime Juice, .75 oz. Ginger Syrup, 1 oz. St. George Spiced Pear Liquer, 1 oz. Absolut Elyx (Top with Shramsberg Blanc de Blanc. Toss & Strain.Garnish with Cloved Pear Slice.Collins Glass)

Eastside with the cucumber ribbon -6 to 8 Mint Leaves,  2 Cucumber Slices, 1 oz. Lime Juice, .75 Simple Syrup, 2 oz. Brokers Gin (Muddle, Shake and Fine-Strain. Garnish with Mint Leaf)

American Trilogy –1 oz. Rittenhouse Rye, 1 oz. St. George Apple Brandy, 1 Brown Sugar Cube, Dash of Orange Bitters (Muddle, Stir and Strain. Garnish with an Orange Peel. Double Old-Fashioned Glass)

Los Angeles Athletic Club
431 West Seventh Street, Los Angeles, CA 90014
(213) 625-2211


VERITAS Farm to Table Cannabinoids Veritas Farms, A new cannabinoid-rich full spectrum hemp oil beauty and wellness brand

October 16, 2018


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Our studio is filled with so many incredible CBD brands – they are simply exploding the wellness market. Over the next few months we will be sharing our top picks with you. Veritas Farms is on our radar. Below we shared their breakdown of top products with you.

Here is why we love it:  Veritas Farms uses sustainable farming methods that utilize high-altitude virgin land and pure Rocky Mountain water, with focused attention to detail, strict processing protocols, ensure products are of the highest quality and purity.  All products contain .03% or less of THC.


Veritas Farms, the only all natural, farm to table, full spectrum hemp oil brand, has launched its new product line of hemp oil and extract products for both humans, pets and horses.

Phytocannabinoid-rich products have proven to help decrease stress, anxiety and age-related issues and increase mobility and overall wellness. Unique to the market, Veritas Farms’ line is grown, harvested and produced at the company’s 140-acres from in the foot of the Rocky Mountains in Pueblo, Colorado. The products are organic and vegan and include lotions, tinctures, salves, lip balms, gummies, oils, soaps, capsules, massage oils, vapes for humans in variety of sizes and flavors. For animals, the company has introduced their dog and cat tinctures and hemp horse crumble, which have the same benefits.

The Veritas Farms Difference
• All-natural farm, on-site lab and manufacturing facility
means all products are 100% made on our farm.
• No pesticides, fungicides, herbicides, or unnatural
• Full spectrum & THC Free phytocannabinoid wellness
• Organic ingredients.
• Gentle and natural ethanol extraction.
• Pharmacist formulated.
• Third-party tested to ensure potency and purity.
• Shipped to you right from the farm!

Lotions – Made with premium organic moisturizer, Veritas Farms’ full spectrum hemp oil and organic essential oils for scents are made using advanced extraction techniques from both flower and leaves. Beneficial for anti-aging, dry skin, chronic skin conditions, pain relief, joint and muscle stiffness, inflammation, mood imbalance, and more.

Natural, Citrus, Minted Lavender, Fruity Pachouli

SalvesPharmacist formulated salves contain natural full spectrum hemp oil, organic beeswax, organic coconut oil, and organic essential oils and are made using advanced extraction techniques from both flower and leaves. Beneficial for a variety of ailments, including pain, muscle spasms, joint and muscle conditions, inflammation, and more.

Natural, Camphor, Lavender Eucalyptus

Tinctures –The pharmacist formulated tinctures contain phytocannabinoid-rich, first cut whole plant hemp oil, MCT oil, and essential oils for flavoring. Beneficial for pain relief, mental focus, insomnia, stress relief, nausea, mood imbalance, and more.

Natural, Peppermint, Citrus, Strawberry, Watermelon, Salted Caramel

Gummies Made with organic ingredients, isolates and Melatonin and shaped as red berries and hearts. Beneficial for mental focus, pain management, better sleep, stress relief and more.

Capsules – Pharmacist formulated capsules contain first cut, whole plant hemp oil and MCT oil made using advanced extraction techniques from both flower and leaves. Capsules are vegan, non-GMO, gluten-free, kosher, and contain no artificial ingredients.

Beneficial for a variety of ailments, including pain, insomnia, muscle spasms, nausea, mood imbalance, and more.

Lip BalmsMade all-natural, full spectrum hemp oil and all organic soybean oil, bees wax, sun flower oil, cocoa butter, shea butter, and aloe vera gel. Beneficial for dry and chapped lips.

Orange Crème / French Vanilla

SoapsA delicious blend of organic, full spectrum hemp oil, coconut oil, safflower oil, shea butter, and other natural ingredients that leave the skin feeling fresh and rejuvenated. Each soap is made using advanced extraction techniques from both flower and leaves and is beneficial for maintaining a youthful appearance, anti-aging, inflammation, fighting acne and moisturizing.

Orange Crème / French Vanilla

Massage Oil – A perfect combination of Veritas Farms’ all-natural, full spectrum hemp oil combined with organic golden jojoba oil. Beneficial for anti-aging, inflammation, fighting acne and moisturizing.

Dog & Cat Tinctures contain full spectrum hemp oil, MCT oil, and either bacon or tuna flavoring and are made using advanced extraction techniques from both flower and leaves.

Hemp Horse Crumble contains 800mg of CBD per gram, along with all the other beneficial cannabinoids found in their full spectrum hemp oil.

Veritas Farms uses sustainable farming methods that utilize high-altitude virgin land and pure Rocky Mountain water, with focused attention to detail, strict processing protocols, ensure products are of the highest quality and purity.  All products contain .03% or less of THC.

Veritas Farms’ wellness and beauty line is available through select retailers and healthcare providers and on the company’s new e-commerce website at

About SanSal Wellness Holdings, Inc.

The parent company of Veritas Farms, SanSal Wellness Holdings, Inc. (OTC Pink: SSWH) is a publicly traded company focused on producing superior quality, whole-plant, broad spectrum phytocannabinoid-rich hemp oils and extracts.  SanSal Wellness currently operates a 140-acre farm and production facilities in Pueblo, Colorado, and is registered with the Colorado Department of Agriculture to grow industrial hemp.


One of the most popular ways to take cannabinoids, this sub-lingual
oil contains full-spectrum or our THC free hemp oil. They are made
using advanced extraction techniques from both flower and leaves.
Veritas | Farms tinctures are made using a blend of cannabinoids,
MCT oil, and organic and natural essential oil flavorings.
Contains 0.3% or less THC 30 Capsules
Contains 0.3% or less THC

Veritas | Farms capsules contain either our full spectrum or THC free
hemp oil. They are made using advanced extraction techniques
from both flower and leaves. The capsule oil is blended with MCT oil.
Capsules are kosher, non-GMO, and vegan, and contain no artificial
Natural Peppermint Citrus
Strawberry Watermelon Salted Caramel

Our favorite edible! These gummies are made with organic
ingredients and CBD isolate. Your favorite red berries shaped as
hearts and mixed together. THESE ARE MY TOTAL FAVE
Peppermint | Salted Caramel | Mint Chocolate | Vanilla Coffee
Terpenes Skittle | Sour D | OG Gorilla | Tangie

Our lotions are made with premium organic moisturizer, our full
spectrum hemp oil and organic essential oils for scents. They are
made using advanced extraction techniques from both flower
and leaves. Used for various ailments such as pain relief, dry skin,
joint/muscle stiffness, inflammation, chronic skin conditions, mood
imbalance, and more.
Natural Citrus Minted

Salves are great for those painfully tough spots! They contain our
full spectrum hemp oil, organic beeswax, organic coconut oil, and
organic essential oils. They are made using advanced extraction
techniques from both flower and leaves. Used for various ailments
such as pain relief, muscle spasms, joint and muscle conditions,
inflammation, and more.
4oz bottle

Massage Oil
Our Shea Butter Body Soap is a delicious blend of our full spectrum oil,
coconut oil, safflower oil, shea butter, and other natural ingredients
to leave your skin feeling fresh and rejuvenated! They are made
using advanced extraction techniques from both flower and leaves.
Our massage oil is our newest product to our collection! A perfect
combination of our full spectrum hemp oil combined with organic
golden jojoba oil. Try it on yourself or on a friend!
Contains 0.3% or less THC 4 oz Bottle
Contains 0.3% or less THC

Shea Butter Body Soap
Orange Créme French Vanilla

Pet Tinctures Horse Crumble
Your horses need their cannabinoids too! That’s why we created
our Veritas | Farms horse crumble. A favorite amongst equines, this
crumble contains 800mg of CBD per gram along with all our other
Don’t forget your 4-legged friends! Our pet tinctures contain our full beneficial cannabinoids found in our full spectrum hemp oil.
spectrum or THC free hemp oil, MCT oil, and either bacon or tuna
flavoring! They are made using advanced extraction techniques
from both flower and leaves.


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 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


October 9, 2018

Katie Welch looking gorg with H Factor.

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

Here’s the deal – plain and simple:
“Because Hydrogen is the smallest molecule and it is a carrier, it bonds with the compound molecule of water and permeates the water directly into your organs and tissues and muscles. your brain is a giant muscle so it reduces inflammation and hydrates you in real time.”

People have had results of, clearer skin, energy boosts, relief from chronic pain, and so many more.




The water comes in both a can and eco-conscious pouches which are built to hold the perfect proportion of hydrogen. The pouches are my perfect handy go-to. I am never not thirsty. I seriously suffer from a chronic dry mouth. These light weight pouches save me from lugging around bottles of water all day and I now just make sure they are tossed into all my bags, my car…well…everywhere. My kids are obsessed and anything that makes drinking water fun for kids…I AM IN!!

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How to Turn On Your Creative Hormone By Dr. Laurie Steelsmith

 You don’t have to work in the arts to flex your creativity. After all, creativity can be a boon in nearly all aspects of our lives, from problem solving to relieving stress. On a personal level, it allows us for self-expression and a return to the playfulness we enjoyed as a child; on a public level, it has contributed enormously to advancements in science, medicine, and more.

But aside from writing prompts and paint palettes, how can you bring more creativity into your life—and naturally at that?

For answers, let’s turn to your hormones. Exerting a profound influence on your energy and behavior, these chemicals coursing through your bodily tissues allow you to feel galvanized and inspired—two of the main ingredients that nurture imagination, and build resourcefulness.

One hormone in particular plays a vital role in this process: Testosterone. Does that surprise you?

Though we may think of it as a “guy’s hormone,” testosterone is produced by both genders, providing both with bone strength and the development of lean muscle mass. Energizing you on a daily basis, testosterone spurs creativity by helping you feel more aware, more perceptive, and more attuned to new sensations. It can also amplify your assertiveness and accentuate the more dynamic side of your nature.

But to take advantage of the creativity that testosterone offers, you need to have adequate levels of it. To improve testosterone—and to avoid the despair, low sex drive, and indifference associated with insufficiency—take some simple steps:

  1. Address your fat intake. Diets low in fat may result in depleted testosterone, while diets rich in “good fats” (those found in avocados, eggs, nuts, and more) can contribute to optimal hormone balance.
  2. Hit the sheets. Skipping on sleep has been linked to low testosterone, a lack of vigor, and higher levels of cortisol—a hormone, released during stress, that diminishes testosterone production.
  3. …and the gym. Building muscle mass, meanwhile, enhances free testosterone levels, while zinc—found in turkey, pumpkin seeds, and rolled oats—can heighten it, ultimately giving you the edge you need to take advantage of creativity’s myriad benefits. Enjoy those as a pre- or post-workout snack.


Laurie Steelsmith, ND, Lac, is a naturopathic physician, acupuncturist, and passionate spokesperson for educating and empowering women to transform their lives with better health through natural medicines and practices that work with, rather than against, the body’s own healing processes. She is the Naturopathic Medical Advisor to Daily Wellness Company, and the coauthor of three books: the bestselling Natural Choices for Women’s Health, the critically-acclaimed Great Sex, Naturally, and her latest, Growing Younger Every Day. A leading advocate for natural medicine, Dr. Steelsmith is the medical director of Steelsmith Natural Health Center in Honolulu, where she has a busy private practice, and is an associate clinical professor at Bastyr University, America’s leading center for the study of natural medicine.

Adapted from Growing Younger Every Day: The Three Essentials Steps for Creating Youthful Hormone Balance At Any Age