Archive for March 2019

6 Bedroom Style Trends to Watch For In 2019

March 29th, 2019

With 2019 well underway, we are seeing bedroom style trends that draw on influences from a number of different eras ranging from the 1980s1970s and even Art Deco styles. Bedrooms are following these trends but are also becoming more warm, inviting and sanctuary-like overall. Your bedroom is a room that is receiving special treatment to make it ultra relaxing. This theme runs through all the elements of bedroom furniture, fabrics, lighting and wall treatments.  

bedroom style trends

FOUR-POST AND CANOPY BEDS

Let’s start with the largest furniture item in the room. This year we’re seeing more interest in bedrooms becoming more of a sanctuary, an oasis where you can relax as though you live in a luxury resort. Four post beds set the scene for an ultrarelaxed experience, cuddling you in thinner and thicker designs to suit your taste. Add canopies for an ultrainviting home to sleep.  

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GET COZY UNDER THE COVERS

With a new year of home trends come new fabrics, and bedrooms are taking full advantage of it. With a full range of bold and soft colors, bedrooms are becoming more a place to comfortably relax, and the textures reflect it. We’re seeing more interest in thick wools, velvets, silks, and other luxurious materials that are designed to wrap you and put you in a dream state. We’re seeing more fabrics on headboards and footboards for an ultrasoft feel.  

a modern boho master bedroom with dark teal, copper and white colors.

HANDCRAFTED CHIC DESIGNS

The new trend toward BoHo design is creating an appreciation for more natural beauty and handcrafted designs. And in this style, the whole range is present. From antique styles to more rustic, simple styleswe’re seeing an emphasis on pieces that are more individual and special, even telling a special story in its design and use of materials. Finish the look with art pieces, lighting, and artwork.  

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EYE-CATCHING WALLPAPER

Wallpaper continues to excel in creating atmosphere, and a bedroom is an ideal place for it.  The new styles range from colored florals to bolder solids and geometric designs to suit your taste. New technology is providing more 3-dimensional textures, coating your room in padded luxury. The trend in gold, metal and other natural elements are easily added in your bedroom through wallpaper’s leafed treatments, adding rich texture.   

MIXED METALS 

Combine nightstands in silver handles with lamps of gold, and add in more metal accessories to the mix. We are now seeing a bolder mix of metals. Not everything is matching, making pieces stand out more to be appreciated individually 

The focal points are very central and linear. First the painting above the bed, then to the hanging lights, then to the pillow.

BLEND BEDROOM COLORS

In some cases, the past trends in neutrals made bedroomappear a bit matchy, but the new trend is to make each piece unique, and color is an excellent way to do it. Like mixing metals, colors are now brought together for visual interest and to slow the eye down, bringing more appreciation to your room and each piece in it. And what is a more comfortable place to appreciate the designs in your home than in the relaxed setting of your bedroom?  

 

The LA Guide to Health and Wellness

March 27th, 2019

It can be easy to scoff at LA’s devotion to sweat lodges, juice cleanses, and cryotherapy, but there’s something about living in a sunny metropolis that makes us want to look and feel our best—all the time. Luckily, the metropolis makes it easy. Not only are there miles of hiking trails and countless waves to surf, virtually every zip code in the city has an incredible farmer’s market (or two), restaurants that cater to every quirky dietary restriction, and more yoga and Pilates studios than you could possibly try in a year. Welcome to the world capital of wellness.

The Gentle Wellness Center

910 Broadway St., Suite 112, Santa Monica | 310.576.6360

For thirty-odd years, this Santa Monica institution has been focused almost singularly on colon hydrotherapy (to the extent that they train and certify practitioners). There is also an on-site infrared sauna.

Tikkun Spa

1460 4th St., Santa Monica | 310.319.1111

Tikkun is the next level when it comes to Korean spas, combining high-tech far-infrared heat with traditional Korean sauna therapies. So if you want to lie down in a Himalayan-salt-brick-tiled sauna or sit in a Hwangto clay room, you get the added benefit of far-infrared heat. And in addition to the sauna rooms, there’s a long menu of massages and kick-ass body scrubs to complement the sauna time. We’re burying the lede though, because the real golden ticket here is the Mugworth V-Steam: You sit on what is essentially a mini throne, and a combination of infrared and mugwort steam treats you to an energetic release. If you’re in LA, you just might have to try it…

Surya Spa

15539 Via De Las Olas, Pacific Palisades | 310.459.7715

Surya Spa is no joke—in fact, it’s one of only a handful of Panchakarma spots in the States. That said, it takes a pretty intense level of commitment that’s a bit out of reach unless you have the vacation time and budget: It requires three to four hours a day, for three, five, or seven days (we recommend the full week, though it’s tough, as you have to abide by the very ascetic menu that they prescribe). The house-made organic food and authentic Panchakarma treatments reach far beyond what you’ll find in a traditional wellness spa (people come here for help with parasites, for instance). The results—which can range from better skin to weight loss—speak for themselves. Beyond being a wonderful detox resource, mothers, babies, and mothers-to-be are in for a treat with Surya Spa’s special approach to pregnancy and babies’ first six weeks.

Shape House

1169 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena | 855.567.2346

Also known as the sweat lodge, this spot, which boasts a pretty major Hollywood following, is exactly that. Equipped with small, cozy rooms where you get into an infrared bed, the idea is that you sweat it out for sixty minutes at a time, while you watch TV, read, or listen to music. People tend to sign up for memberships and come several times a month (or week) and complement the sessions with lymphatic drainage, which is meant to boost the detox process. There’s also a location in Santa Monica and one in Hancock Park.

Be Hive of Healing

5017 Lewis Rd., Agoura Hills | 818.452.4483

Founder Dr. Habib Sadeghi believes that with the right healing protocols—he focuses on homeopathy, osteopathy, and anthroposophical medicine, the belief that we’re able to access the spiritual world through inner development—the body can be restored back to its natural equilibrium and heal itself. He and his staff integrate techniques from Eastern and Western medicine to get to the root of issues, and on top of providing rehabilitating treatments like the Integrative Medical Colon Hydrotherapy and Integrative Neural Therapy, they’re also remarkable at balancing skin. During the Integrative Medical Facial, you get a thorough cleanse and deep exfoliation. The aesthetician traces a scalpel along the side of your face to smooth away the top, dull layer of skin, revealing radiance beneath. It’s enormously detoxifying and brilliant for pores. A rousing facial massage follows, as well as layers of beautiful hydrating and antioxidant-infused formulas that nourish and melt into skin. It’s the only facial on the menu, and it’s beyond.

Vicky Vlachonis

Vicky Vlachonis is one of a few very special practitioners who take a holistic approach to the body, linking the emotional state to physical health. She is an expert in her field, specializing in osteopathy and cranial osteopathy, acupuncture, cupping, and therapeutic massage with healing oils. Vlachonis is now based in LA and travels widely when needed to treat her patients.

Tomoko Spa

141 S. Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills | 310.205.7300

Tomoko in Beverly Hills is a transformative experience from the moment you walk through the door, where it’s likely Tomoko herself who will hand you a pair of slippers before leading you into the traditionally minimalist, Japanese-style pretreatment relaxation area for tea, the first of many pots they’ll brew for you. There’s no communal changing area or locker rooms, as each of the four treatment rooms is set up with all the amenities of a luxury hotel room (shower, closet, bath, vanity, etc.). A single treatment can take up to four hours with all the trimmings—starting with a foot soak and reflexology massage and ending with post-massage herbal tea and mochi ice cream.

Striiike

9278 Civic Center Dr., Beverly Hills | 310.205.2600

It can take years of trial and error to find a go-to spot for cuts, facials, brows, and makeup, so finding a salon that offers all four is kind of like hitting the beauty jackpot. Striiike in Beverly Hills is owned by a trio of sisters—Kristie, Ashley, and Jenn Streicher. Each has a specific beauty talent: Kristie (aka The Eyebrow Whisperer) has a cult following thanks to her famous feathered-brow technique, Ashley is a hairstyling genius, and Jenn is an incredible makeup artist. Striiike is also one of the best under-the-radar spots for facials, thanks to resident aesthetician Melanie Simon. Her two-hour Physics Facial tones and repairs skin with low-frequency electric current and sleight of hand that leaves you unfathomably radiant for days afterward. In a rush? The fifteen-minute Lightning Striiike brings all three sisters together for a quickie mini makeover.

The Now

2407 Main St., Santa Monica | 310.310.2914

By way of a serene neutral interior—complete with cactus plants and lots of driftwood—this massage spa aims to re-create a little piece of Tulum in the center of Los Angeles. It’s also open until 10 p.m., catering to a crowd that can’t always break away during the day for some spa time. The best part, however, is the pricing: $35 gets you a twenty-five-minute massage ($85 for eighty-five minutes). While you can book an appointment through the site or app, the spa also allow walk-ins. The original location is in West Hollywood; two others are in Santa Monica and Studio City.

Tenoverten

8830 Washington Blvd. | 310.878.9903

This is not your regular neighborhood mani/pedi/beauty joint. The thoughtfully designed space is outfitted with mid-century modern furniture (you won’t find any oversize massage chairs), and the technicians are incredibly well trained. It offers kiddie manicures, at-home appointments, and best of all, it’s open late. Culver City is just the newest outpost—the original is in Tribeca, and there’s a third outpost at the Parker Meridien hotel in Midtown, plus a location in the Financial District and another in Austin, Texas. Facials are the unsung heroes at Tenoverten, which is staffed with highly skilled aestheticians. The four treatments are all incredible—and all powered by beautiful, enriching, clean, and nontoxic True Botanicals formulas. You can’t go wrong with the Pure Radiance therapy, which restores balance with custom enzyme exfoliation, gentle extractions, vitamin therapy, tension-relieving myofascial jaw release to quell breakouts, and Reiki. It’s just heaven.

Loom

5259 W Pico Blvd., | 323.413.2404

Loom is doula Erica Chidi Cohen’s home base in LA for women and families in every stage of their journey—thinking about conceiving, struggling, expecting, parenting, and everything in between. During the Roadmap class, you’ll learn more about the menstrual cycle and reproductive health than years of sex ed and Google searches could teach you. Baby Care Basics is a giant parents-to-be chill pill in the form of a two-hour class covering everything—diapering, sleeping, swaddling, all of it. After the baby is born, there’s baby massage, parents-and-me playgroups, feeding support, and so much more. Sessions with Cohen should be mandatory for body, sex, and overall wellness positivity, plus she—and every therapist, doula, lactation expert that works at Loom—is just so cool. The adorable, pastel-and-wood space hosts special events, talks, and drop-in playgroups regularly. (If you happen to be a new mother and can’t catch Coehn in person, check out her book, Nurture.)

ModelFIT Los Angeles

8067 W 3rd St., West Hollywood | 323.852.3480

On a pedestrian-friendly stretch of West 3rd in WeHo, ModelFIT relies on small movements using hand weights, a resistance band, gliders, and mini exercise balls to target small muscle groups as opposed to more traditional jump squats, burpees, etc., in a bright, light-filled space. Among the best classes: ModelFIT Scuplt, which targets butt, thighs, and abs, and a dance-cardio version, featuring follow-along dance moves. A bonus? After class, fuel up with lunch at nearby Sweetfin Poké or Sweetgreen.

Natural Pilates

2894 Rowena Ave., Silverlake | 323.522.6108

Natural Pilates may seem mild, fairly easy, and somewhat gentle. Do not be fooled. In the hour-long class of small, subtle movements and dynamic stretching on the Reformer, you may hardly break a sweat, but your muscles will be aching for days afterward. The space is small, with eight Reformers in a sparkly clean, functional studio. Individual sessions are also available, and classes are at convenient times—like the popular 7 a.m., which means you can exercise and still make it to work on time.

Sauna Bar

11677 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood | 310.652.5522

This spot is famous for its custom-made infrared saunas. In the personal pods, which look super futuristic, you lie on a bed of jade stones believed to have healing properties, while your body is bathed in red infrared light. Your head is outside of the pod during the entire the forty-minute session, and the surrounding air is diffused with a custom blend of detoxifying aromatherapeutic oils—incredible. The lymphatic compression massage and unique Magnesphere machine, which aims to improve your balance and sleep by way of deep relaxation, are so very worth exploring.

WMN Space

10764 Washington Blvd., Culver City | 310.570.9492

This all-ladies clubhouse is welcoming (to women) and airy, perfect for healing, supporting, and learning from other women. If you’re imagining the stodgy members-only clubs of yore, don’t. WMN is deliberately unfussy. Founded by doula Paula Mallis, WMN Space offers everything from pre- and postnatal workshops, to meditation and movement classes, to full-moon circles. The roster of in-house specialists includes a vaginapractor (if you’re not familiar, it’s essentially a chiropractor for your vagina), healers, hypnotists, as well as talk and body therapists.

Erika Bloom Pilates LA

11611 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood | 212.288.3410

Erika Bloom Pilates has finally ventured west (until now, it was just New York and Connecticut that got to sculpt and tone with the best in the business), taking up residency in Brentwood. The open space is flooded with natural light, making it a relaxing and—oh yes, we’re going to go there—fun workout. The studio’s knowledgeable staff curates personalized routines that borrow from Pilates, yoga, Alexander technique, Feldenkrais, and weight training. There are also programs for pre- and postnatal women, osteoporosis, injury prevention, acupuncture, bodywork, and holistic health consulting.

Plumb Line Pilates

1913 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica | 310.453.2369

Plumb Line Pilates is like traditional Pilates, but with special attention paid to the female anatomy. Let’s back up: It was founded by women’s health physical therapist Allison Oswald to combine traditional Pilates with personalized physical therapy or pre- and postnatal care treatments. With a focus on pelvic health, Oswald and her staff take a highly individualized and holistic approach to each client’s specific needs. There is also a certified lymphedema therapist on site to target a sluggish immune system, hormonal imbalance, stress, or really any combination thereof.

The Wall

730 S. La Brea Ave., Mid-City | 323.745.0031

As the metaphor of its name suggests, the Wall is for anyone looking to break through her own individual physical boundaries. The Wall helps you do this by way of high-intensity interval training full-body workouts, paired with great motivating music. If you’re intimidated, don’t be: The staff is trained to keep everyone’s particular workout history in mind, guiding you through every step and making sure your movements and posture are in line. The signature classes combine core exercises with circuit training and indoor cycling, all set in a sleek and chic atmosphere.

Take Care

1617 Broadway, Santa Monica | 917.841.9868

Sadie Adams’s unique therapeutic approach is designed to help clients tease out energy and vitality from within. Her technique stems from her studies in anatomy at the School for Body-Mind Centering, and in Ayurveda and yoga therapy at the Ayurvedic Institute. After founding Take Care Face & Body in New York City, she has opened a second location, Take Care Center for Body Mind Regeneration, in Santa Monica. Adams combines science, ancient wisdom, and intuitive awareness to support physical and spiritual healing. Her therapies include microcurrent facials, a restorative therapy that stimulates marma points in your face, promoting deep relaxation and healing throughout your entire body.

HotBox Infrared Sauna Studio

835 S. Hill St., Downtown | 213.628.3221

The first thing you’ll notice when you walk into this sauna studio is how spotless it is. Impeccable, in fact. That can be said of the décor, as well: A streamlined, all-white aesthetic reigns—up until you enter one of the sauna suites. Here, you can choose to cast a colored light based on your mood (we chose orange for its mood-elevating, stimulating, feel-good effect) during your sweat. Then you sit back and do just that—sweat—for forty-five minutes. Each suite comes with an iPod and a vitamin C–infused rain shower. Given the potential benefits of using an infrared sauna, there are plenty of reasons to come here. But what keeps us hooked is simple: We always leave feeling calmer, clearer, and just all-around better.

Knockout LA

177 Culver Blvd., Playa del Rey | 310.927.7257

New spots continue to pop up in Playa del Rey, the beach neighborhood just south of Venice and Marina del Rey. One of the openings Westsiders are excited about most is Knockout LA, a fitness studio on the increasingly busy stretch of Culver Boulevard right in town. Knockout’s core class offerings are dance, yoga, meditation, and breathwork. There’s also a series of rotating workshops, like Disruption. Taught by Erin Ward (who also does Taryn Toomey’s The Class), Disruption is a feel-good mashup of everything you’ll find at Knockout—plus it manages to weave in a few minutes of writing as a form of emotional release. (Go with it: It works.) The front of Knockout is a pretty, curated beauty/wellness/workshop, so bring your wallet with you if you want to shop after om. The studio space itself is one long room that’s lit up by a wall of inset candles.

Vie Healing

360 N. Camden Dr., Beverly Hills | 310.927.3097

Acupuncturist Mona Dan runs her own spa in Beverly Hills, and has recently opened a second location in West Hollywood. You can see her for a single acupuncture session or buy a pack of five or ten sessions. Clients also come to Vie Healing for bodywork—massage, cupping, Reiki—and the rejuvenating variations of peels and facials. You can also sometimes catch intuitive energy healer and Reiki master Kelsey Patel if she’s in town.

Y7 Silver Lake

4300 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles

It’s hot and dark, and it can get crowded—but honestly, the more the merrier. Thanks to a booming soundtrack of Drake and 2 Chainz and the only light coming from candles, you can neither hear or see other yogis. It sounds a bit corny, but we’re saying it anyway: Y7 makes exercise fun. The beats, the upbeat teachers hollering encouragement, the lack of forced-upon-you Zen mean that an hour flies by. Prepare for a serious sweat and stretch, with a side of convenience. Mats and towels are available for rent at the desk, the lockers are the combination kind, meaning you don’t need to come prepared with a lock, and there are several showers (as well as deodorant, face wipes, and hair ties to freshen up) on the premises.

Speir Pilates

1427 7th St., Santa Monica | 310.260.4808

With only nine Reformer beds, classes at this beloved Pilates studio are small—which means plenty of attention from instructors despite the fact that classes are almost always fully booked. The space is sun-soaked and tranquil; the only wall not filled with mirrors or windows displays a white neon sign that aptly reads “sweat + good vibes.” Andrea Speir teaches many of the classes herself; they vary in purpose and intensity but all share the same challenging but gentle ethos (and heart-rate-upping playlists). Every instructor here is great, but we love Kit’s early morning cardio class prework, and Dane’s evening barre class if you require some extra motivation to push yourself after a long day. Also note: There’s usually plenty of free street parking before 8 a.m., and at any other time, you can park into the public garage underneath the Santa Monica Public Library a block away. For one-on-one instruction, book time at the private studio a couple of doors down.

Love Yoga

2110 Sunset Blvd., Echo Park | 310.905.9777

We spend a lot of time at the original Love Yoga in Venice, so news of its East Side outpost was thrilling. Just like the Lincoln Boulevard space, co-yoga directors Kyle Miller and Sian Gordon have created a paradise that smells more like white sage and Diptyque candles than a sweaty yoga studio. While the studio interior has obvious appeal, the teaching is where Love Yoga really shines. The overall vibe is laid-back—no heat, no mirrors, and definitely no weights—with a meditation and Savasana built into every class. Clear direction and game-changing adjustments will make seventy-five minutes go by extraordinarily fast, though there’s nothing about this that’s easy: Expect to sweat (a lot) and to feel it the next day.

Alchemie Spa

2021 Main St., Santa Monica, Los Angeles | 310.310.8880

The space is an eco-haven, designed with renewable, sustainable flourishes (the walls are made of cork, seagrass, and recycled wood)—and the facials are healing, pampering, and just: beyond. The Custom Superfood Facial floods skin with nutrients from tamarind, acai, turmeric, and manuka honey, while the Enlightening Ormus treatment’s miracle trifecta of microcurrent, LED light, and nurturing essential oil blends thoroughly revives skin. The infrared saunas are each tucked into a cozy private room with a shower—and they aren’t hooked up to Bluetooth, which means the promise of a genuine digital detox, too.

Los Angeles Yoga Club

1206 Maple Ave., Downtown | 323.977.4777

The Los Angeles Yoga Club is a traditional Ashtanga yoga school that follows the teachings of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois (an Indian yogi and Sanskrit scholar who’s credited with bringing Ashtanga into the mainstream). A sister school to Eddie Stern’s Brooklyn Yoga Club, the aim is to assist students in the development of their personal practice, with the disclaimer that it’s within a class setting. This sounds unusual, but it works in the sense that yogis take the asanas at their own speed, and the focus is on personal form and ability rather than keeping up with everyone else. This type of self-practice has all—or at least most—of the benefits of a one-to-one class minus the price tag.

CorePower

11819 Wilshire Blvd., Brentwood | 323.545.9642

There’s no doubt that the familiar forms of yoga, like Ashtanga and Jivamukti, can be incredibly rigorous, but typically we associate yoga with feelings of calm. CorePower combines the stretchy, lengthening magic of yoga with the strength-building power of weights. The studios are kept warm to help loosen up stiff joints, and the upbeat teachers make keeping up easy (or at least easier). Wear fitted, sweat-wicking workout gear if you have it—the combination of free weights and downward dog will have you breaking a sweat.

 

Face Haus Santa Monica

1426 Montana Ave., Santa Monica | 855.550.4287

The idea and execution here are brilliant: Face Haus is a facial bar with treatment chairs spaced evenly apart in one huge, airy room. The therapies are excellent and varied, ranging from peels and eye-area pampering add-ons to more intense sessions that include LED light and microdermabrasion. Renowned Beverly Hills–based dermatologist Harold Lancer is the consulting physician, so you can rest assured your face is in great hands. Bonus: You can rent out the whole place for private bridal and baby shower facial parties. (The OG location is in West Hollywood.)

Rejuvenate with Nousha

726 Superba Ave., Venice | 310.740.4389

In a small white-washed bungalow on a leafy stretch of Venice, Noucha Salimi, a registered nurse, specializes in what she refers to as facial rejuvenation. While she’s able to administer Botox and Juvederm, it’s her wholly transformative reiki facials that keep us coming back. Here’s how it works: an hourlong session begins with a short facial massage and dermaplaning (to exfoliate dead skin cells) and then applies a concentrated face mask. While the mask is on, she’ll do a reiki meditation applying a gentle touch and doing light energy work to identify and help release tension. By appointment only.

Body by Nonna

8981 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood | 310.801.6621

A one-time Olympic hopeful for the Ukranian gymnastics team, Nonna Gleyzer has an innate understand of how to stretch the human body to the limits of its potential. She’s also part of a long lineage of Kabbalistic Rabbis, so she understands some of the more nebulous stuff, too. While she can certainly work you out on a Cadillac (and does so with many of Hollywood’s leading ladies and men), you really go to Nonna for her capacity to immediately identify areas that are unbalanced and out-of-harmony, whether it’s postural or emotional (or both), and then set them right. She is a rare talent. While she has an unassuming studio in West Hollywood, she also occasionally does house calls.

The Health-Conscious Los Angeles Guide

March 25th, 2019

It can be easy to scoff at LA’s devotion to sweat lodges, juice cleanses, and cryotherapy, but there’s something about living in a sunny metropolis that makes us want to look and feel our best—all the time. Luckily, the metropolis makes it easy. Not only are there miles of hiking trails and countless waves to surf, virtually every zip code in the city has an incredible farmer’s market (or two), restaurants that cater to every quirky dietary restriction, and more yoga and Pilates studios than you could possibly try in a year. Welcome to the world capital of wellness.

EAT

Zinc Café & Market

580 Mateo St., Downtown | 323.825.5381

Zinc got its start down in Orange County (there are similar outposts in Laguna Beach, Corona del Mar, and Solano Beach), before branching out to the Arts District downtown in the summer of 2014. The airy, bright space is marked by an open kitchen and a smattering of tables and chairs for low-key breakfast and lunch meetings, though many carry out. Baked goods, really delicious salads, and wood-fired pizzas round out the mix.

Café Gratitude

639 N. Larchmont Blvd., Hancock Park | 323.580.6383

Everything on the menu is an affirmation, so if you can stifle the giggles at names like “I Am Connected”—which is actually an amazing zucchini cilantro hummus—you’ll find that the vegan food here is delicious, even for those who normally refuse to go meat- and dairy-free. There are picks for every sensibility, from coffee milkshakes (made with almond milk) to cashew-cheese-topped corn tacos to Indian curried lentils. There are three locations—Hancock Park, Venice, and the Arts District—and the Café Gratitude team just opened Gracias Madre, a Mexican iteration, in Hollywood.

Malibu Farm

23000 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu | 310.456.1112

Malibu Farm is our go-to restaurant for impressing out-of-towners, thanks to its sweeping views of the ocean in both directions (and even of Catalina Island on a clear day). You can watch surfers and stand-up paddleboarders on iconic Surfrider Beach, plus the white sangria is perfectly refreshing on a hot day. Enjoying a zucchini pizza on the porch while you watch the sun set is pretty much as California as it gets.

Forage

3823 W. Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake | 323.663.6885

Local, sustainable, and fresh ingredients are the focus at this rustic-meets-modern spot, so much so that if you bring your own home-grown produce, they’ll exchange it for credit. And the credit is worth it: The roasted salmon bowl is particularly excellent, though there are very few misses on Forage’s constantly changing chalkboard menu.

SHOP

The General Store

4035 Judah St., Sunset District | 415.682.0600

There are two locations of this beloved shop, and the original is here. Set in a big, lofty space that could theoretically hold hundreds of items, the impeccably curated store is an exercise in restraint: You’ll find hand-made ceramics, brass trivets, thread-wrapped bows and arrows, and rare, vintage books. The second location is in Venice.

The General Store

4035 Judah St., Sunset District | 415.682.0600

There are two locations of this beloved shop, and the original is here. Set in a big, lofty space that could theoretically hold hundreds of items, the impeccably curated store is an exercise in restraint: You’ll find hand-made ceramics, brass trivets, thread-wrapped bows and arrows, and rare, vintage books. The second location is in Venice.

Dream Collective

1404 Micheltorena St., Silver Lake | 323.660.2000

This jewelry line has garnered a bit of a cult following in LA. And we get why: The subtly organic pieces—inset with semiprecious stones—feel unique and slightly imperfect.

CAP Beauty

8500 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood | 310.432.0560

New York wellness mecca CAP Beauty finally has a home on the West Coast at Fred Segal on Sunset. The tightly curated, quality-obsessed company—CAP stands for clean and natural—is one of our most-trusted resources for natural (and we actually mean natural—no synthetics, parabens, or other nasties) beauty. You’ll find all the wellness industry’s best players, like Moon Juice and Sun Potion, alongside beauty mavens Tata Harper, May Lindstrom, and Shiva Rose on the shelves. In the clean beauty space, it doesn’t get much better than this one-stop shop.

ACTIVITIES

Paseo Miramar

This five-mile round-trip hike offers epic views of the ocean—the trailhead is at Paseo Miramar just off Sunset, making it easy to get to, as well (just park on the street). Then end your trip with gluten-free pancakes at Café Vida.

Hollywood Farmers Market

1600 Ivar Ave., Hollywood

See and taste the best of organic California produce here. There are coffee carts and tamales, in addition to great people-watching.

Sunset Ranch

3400 N. Beachwood Dr., Hollywood | 323.469.5450

Sure, you can drive to the base of the Hollywood sign, but why not horseback-ride around it instead? Located in Griffith Park, Sunset Ranch leads one- or two-hour trail rides, offering unparalleled vistas of Hollywood (and the sign). Kids, in particular, love this adventure.

Venice Canal Walk

Court A to Court E, Venice

In the early 1900s, Abbot Kinney resolved to make a “Venice of America” and decided to turn modern-day Venice into a system of canals. While many of the waterways have been filled in during the intervening years, a small patch remains—though they had fallen into disrepair, they were restored in the ’90s and are now lined with some of Venice’s fanciest homes. It’s a totally random yet awesome enclave, and worth a stroll on a nice day.

BEAUTY AND WELLNESS

Tracy Anderson Method

11918 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles | 310.207.8751

We’re longtime fans of the Tracy Anderson Method for a million reasons: It’s a lifestyle approach to fitness, meaning that you never peak; it’s fun (and hard); and it works. The studios in Studio City and now in Brentwood make following the method easy, as everyone’s in it together. Membership is more expensive than your average gym but includes unlimited classes, and depending on the tier, semiprivate training sessions. The trainers are kind but tough—you will sweat (and melt inches).

Shani Darden

Beverly Hills, Los Angeles | booking@shanidarden.com

Shani Darden, one of the most talented aestheticians around, may work out of a beautifully appointed guest house in her backyard, but the niceties end there. Darden, who happens to be hilarious (and have poreless, perfect skin) is all business when it comes to results-driven facials. Her touch is magic, and the peels, extractions, microdermabrasion, and infrared-light treatments are excellent.

Alexandra Wagner

1636 Abbot Kinney, Venice, Los Angeles | 310.399.0123

Perched up above Abbot Kinney, this whitewashed space feels more like a tree house than a spa. Wagner, who also moonlights as a painter, is chill and wonderful, meaning that an hour spent with her skilled hands is kind of like hanging with a friend. A recovering tanning junkie herself, Wagner is nothing short of a magician when it comes to banishing sun spots and UV damage. Product-wise, the focus here is on holistic and organic lines, supplemented by Wagner’s own turmeric and plant stem cell serum.

Face Place LA

8701 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, Los Angeles | 310.855.1150

Don’t expect soft music and gentle massage protocols here. Face Place, whose minimalist aesthetic fits its no-nonsense treatment approach, takes a more clinical approach to skin care. The signature facial combines a round of extractions with oxygen therapy and pore-tightening galvanic current. Our other favorites: The Vitamin C Peel is excellent for softening hyperpigmentation, and the Enzyme Peel is superbly brightening.