- ONE WOMAN ON A MISSION TO DISCOVER & EXPERIENCE ALL THINGS LOS ANGELES
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There are few better things in life than experiencing a festival in its first year of existence. With the growing popularity of music festivals in general, I’ve been fortunate enough to actually experience several “first festivals”. But my favorite “first festival” so far? Easily Arroyo Seco – a festival that’s actually held right here in Los Angeles. Last weekend on the grounds around the Rose Bowl in Pasadena the very first ever Arroyo Seco Weekend brought 25,000+ fans together to enjoy two days of live music, booze, food, and most importantly – fun.
[image via @jenvyjams on Instagram]
Have you ever pondered partying in another galaxy? Preferably amongst like minded Star Wars super fans? Well thankfully for us, dreams really do come true sometimes and places like Scum & Villainy Cantina quite literally “pop up”. Truth be told if you actually are a legit Star Wars geek and you live in Los Angeles, there’s a pretty good chance you’ve already been or at least heard of Scum & Villainy Cantina. Scum & Villainy Cantina is a temporary pop-up built to make you feel as though you have been transported to a bar in another Galaxy far far away – much like the one you’d find on the planet Tatooine in Episode IV. So as you can imagine, Star Wars fans are all over this like a slave bikini on Princess Leia.
Life is but a dream in the City of Angels. When us Angelenos reflect on how fortunate we are to live in such an incredible and diverse place, one of the first things we all agree on is that it doesn’t get any better than having immediate access to the best of what California has to offer: beach/mountains/desert and FORESTS. I feel like I’ve experienced quite a bit within the LA county borders, more than your average Angeleno one might say, but before last week I’d never been to the Angeles National Forest, nor even knew it existed.
I was actually recently inspired to find my nearest forest thanks in part to Boxed Water and learning more about their inspiring ReTree Project. Through this initiative the brand plants two trees for every social post on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter that features their product with hashtag #ReTree. In partnership with the National Forest Foundation, the goal of their ReTree Project is to plant ONE MILLION trees within a five-year period. This year alone they’re planting trees in the Sierra National Forest, Stanislaus National Forest, and Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest – they’re already up to over 500k trees!
As of this past weekend, Downtown Los Angeles is officially home to the brand new MUSEUM OF ICE CREAM. Correct. A museum dedicated to the worlds greatest treat. Right here in the City of Angels. I cant believe it either, but turns out it’s real people! And real awesome at that! Last week I got a sneak peek inside the “museum” and trust me, it’s just something you’ve got to see (or taste in this case) to believe. As if I need to give you any more reason to want to go to an ice cream museum besides “ice cream”, here are 10 more things to get you all geared up for your trip to sweet and sprinkle town!
There’s few things that make my heart go a’flutter quite like having an interaction with a cute animal. I. Love. Animals. Almost a little too much. (Did you cry your whole way through The Legend of Tarzan? Because I did.) Almost all of my extra dimes goes to local animal rescue organizations because it really is something near and dear to my heart, so when I’d heard LA got it’s first official CAT CAFE… you can only imagine my reaction. Embarrassing to some while perfectly acceptable to others! Crumbs + Whiskers is our very own LA based Cat Cafe where yes, you can sip on caffeinated beverages while playing with or petting kitties. The best part about THESE kitties is that they’re all up for adoption, and they’re all such great cats with their own funny little personalities.
First thoughts over the words “magic show” (for me at least) aren’t exactly “OOoOooO!” I’ll be honest, usually there more like, “…hmmm…” BUT that being said, say “magic show” and “Houston Hospitality” (Good Times at Davey Waynes, No Vacancy, La Descarga, Breakroom 86, etc.) in the same sentence and suddenly I’m sold. Black Rabbit Rose is the latest Houston Hospitality venture to hit Hollywood; born into the former Butchers & Barbers space, Black Rabbit Rose is the team’s latest concept that is centered around dining, entertainment, and of course cocktails. It’s been described by many as the “smaller, younger, more hip sibling” to the O.G. of Hollywood mystery, The Magic Castle. (Cheesy magician voice) Why that may be, you’ll have to see for yourself.
Like droves of Angelenos and travelers alike, last week I ventured to The Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve to catch a rare glimpse of what has been dubbed a “super bloom” that is sweeping through many parts of Southern California. Wild flowers be goin’ CRAZY right now thanks in part to all of the rain we got this year, and it truly is an absolutely remarkable sight to see. I had plenty of places to choose from to see these beautiful wild flowers flourishing, but something about seeing California poppies at a designated poppy reserve piqued my interest most.
If YOU have any interest in seeing these blankets of orange beauties IRL, this is what you need to know:
Have you ever wanted to go out and just have dessert? It happens to me more often than I think I’d like to admit, but if you’ve got a case of the sweet tooth you probably sympathize. Well. If you were looking for the perfect excuse to dine solely on sugar, I have found it! One of my favorite places in LA, The Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills, now offers a 7 course dessert tasting that is described as a celebration in honor of the intersection between art and taste. We’re talking about The Peninsula here, you can completely guarantee that not only will your food taste wonderful, it will look particularly wonderful as well. Think seashells, flowers, pretty plates, perfectly made treats and all that exemplifies “almost too beautiful to eat”. The best part about this dessert tasting? It comes with free flowing champagne for up to two people! So for $76, you and your date/mom/friend/grandma/colleague can indulge in some truly incredible sweets, AND drink all the champagne you want.
“It’s the mooost, won-der-ful tiiime, of the year!” SING IT WITH ME NOW! It’s especially wonderful if you’re in to receiving gifts with no strings attached! This will be the 2nd annual “12 Days of Christmas” giveaway campaign I embark on with you guys, and I am so excited about having the privilege yet again to parter up with some of my all time favorite brands – both local and national. All you need to know at this point is that every day December 1 – 12 I will be posting a new giveaway around 9am on my Instagram account (@loveandloathingla if you’re not already following along, get on that). I’ve got prizes that will pamper you, entertain you, feed you, and all around enrich your life and bring joy to you and your loved ones. The holiday cheer starts here. So without further adieu, allow me to introduce you to the brands I will be partnering with for the next two weeks to bring you special treats – all roughly worth between $100 – $250 each!
Teeecchhnically Summer is almost over, but in Los Angeles, regardless of the date or potential 3 degrees change in weather, the fun never seems to end. There are just around three weeks left of the Summer solstice and in the spirit of making those sun soaked, sweet and sandy memories here are 9 of my favorite summertime activities to get in on STAT! Don’t put those picnics, bathing suits, and sunscreen bottles, and that sense of adventure away just quite yet, we’re ridding this Summer thing out all the way to the end.