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  • Unplug Meditation

    We’ve all heard the hype of how great meditation is for your mind, your body and well, pretty much everything. One of the biggest factors that keeps people from doing this scientifically proven practice though is not knowing how. Thankfully places like Unplug Meditation in Los Angeles are popping up to take the guessing game out of it and leaving you with pure, blissful, scheduled relaxation.

    The Ambience

    The second I walked through the door I noticed I took a deep breath. The space has all clean white lines, minimalistic but inspiring decor and a little tea & snack bar offering up some healthy treats to ease you back into real life when you’re done. The staff even speaks in quiet and comforting tones to help set the mood. Once you walk into the main studio all meditators are instructed to leave those cell phones outside or turn them off completely. Vibrate is not an option here. Instead of yoga mats they use unique cushions that bend in half to keep your body upright or your knees bended if your choose or you can just lay them flat. The lighting immediately puts you in the zone with pink filters and candles lit up front where the teacher sits.

    The Practice

    I took a 45 min class (30min classes are also offered) with a pro named Heather Hayward. The music she used was intoxicating. Even the novice meditator would immediately be swept into a deep relaxation with this music. Her voice was so relaxing and soothing without trying too hard and I immediately knew I was in a safe place where I could let go. 45 min went by like a breeze and I came out of the studio feeling relaxed, inspired and ready to purchase some cool stuff.

    The Merchandise

    I’m a total sucker for anything inspiring & motivating and Unplug has a lot of it to offer. To the right of the front desk is a book shelf filled with New Age and Self-Help books that cover everything from healing your heart to cleaning your home. There was a little section of handmade jewelry made with gorgeous crystals and another shelf lining a wall filled with inspired tea cups, aromatherapy, and plenty other desired purchases. Somehow I only ended up leaving with a watch that appropriately says the word “now”. Since after all, meditation is all about the present moment.

  • Best Workouts In Los Angeles

    Working out is important but it can often feel like a chore. Here are some of my favorite fun yet effective workouts in Los Angeles because if you're going to workout - you better see results!

    1. Barrys Bootcamp:

    What it is: combination of 30 min sprinting on a treadmill with 30 min of strength training divided up however the trainer is feeling that day. A full hour of strength training is also always an option. Each day of the week is a new body part (hello Thursday abs!) with the weekend dedicated to Full Body

    Atmosphere: A very in shape nightclub. Lights are low, music is loud, fast and filled with remixes of your favorite songs. 

    Best Trainers: Astrid, Chris Tye Walker & Allie Cohen. They all work you hard while paying attention to any injuries and making sure the class is fun (even if they're yelling at you to go faster).

    2. Studio MDR

    What it is: Pilates class on a reformer. Sorry, a VERY HARD pilates class on a reformer. This class is designed to build long and lean muscle.

    Why this class: I've never taken a class this hard. Because it relies so much on your core and using your own body weight to build muscle you'll find yourself shaking and wanting to sit down more often than not. As unpleasant as that sounds you at least know it's a good thing for getting the body you want!

    3. Soul Cycle Beverly Hills

    Why: If you've been to a Soul Cycle you know that it's a fun and intense way to burn a maximum amount of calories but more importantly, the class is only 45min.

    Best Instructor: I've been to many Soul Cycles around America and the best instructor is Jenny C at the Beverly Hills studio. Although I love SC I've had many chiropractors tell me it's not so nice for your posture. All that jumping up and down and clapping may make the class interesting but it's doing a number on your spine. Jenny's class has enough of the tap backs and side to sides we all love in SC but she does it in a way that is natural with the beat and doesn't hurt your back. The playlist is always fun, she's always chipper and singing along (in a beautiful voice) and making sure you're inspired to pedal faster!

    4. Physique 57

    What it is: A barre workout that ups your heart rate and tones your body.

    Why this one: I've been to many barre classes but this is the first that had me really break a sweat all while targeting muscles I didn't know were there.

    5. Body By Simone

    What class: Trampoline class is where it's at. Jumping on a trampoline is great for your lymphatic system and is a wonderful cardio if your someone who generally gets injured from running or spinning.

    What it is: A full body workout that incorporates jumping, dancing and running on a trampoline as cardio and toning. It's very challenging but also a lot of fun.

    Other +'s: The beautiful studio offers showers so if you go on a Sunday you can rinse off and do your makeup in time to meet up with your friends for brunch in Weho. Priorities.

    Where are your favorite places to workout?

     

  • Olive & June Pasadena -- Your Girls Day Extravaganza

    The newest salon from Olive & June creator Sarah Gibson Tuttle opened this week in Pasadena and if you’ve ever need a reason to head that way, this is it. The salon is identical to the OG one in Beverly Hills but a bit bigger and the surroundings a bit grander. As if getting your nails done at by far the best salon in all of Los Angeles wasn’t enough, the new shop shares a door with Dry Bar, across the way is Soul Cycle Pasadena, a Sugar fish is about to open and a Lemonade and a Veggie Grill are there already. This is your one stop shop Girl’s Day.

    Sample schedule:

    Saturday Day

    10:45am Soul Cycle Class

    11:30am Rinse off and change

    12pm Dry Bar. Get your hair looking fierce. Have a glass of bubbly while you’re at it.

    1pm mani/pedi at Olive & June Really want to treat yourself? Go for the Alice mani and pedi. This deluxe treatment will leave you feeling refreshed, revived and ready for the day.

    2pm Grab a healthy lunch at lemonade or cross the street to Veggie Grill for some healthy vegan food.

    3pm Head home, pick out the perfect outfit and make sure to have fabulous plans for the night!

    O&J Pasadena is now taking appointments. Book yours here.

  • Meet Olive & June Founder Sarah Gibson Tuttle

    Meet Olive & June Founder Sarah Gibson Tuttle
    Olive & June, the LA based nail salon, is not only a destination for the stars, but it’s also for women (and men) who care about beauty done right. Their dedication to proper practices, healthy products, and not only customer, but staff happiness is unlike any other nail salon you’ll visit. The salon is delightfully girly with an inviting hint of warmth, and a selection of 5-free polishes (that means they are free from these five toxic ingredients: formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate, toluene, formaldehyde resin and camphor) that will make you wonder why you ever bothered with the other stuff. We caught up with the owner and vision behind the chic salon, Sarah Gibson Tuttle, on what it took to get where she is, baby prep (she just gave birth to a new baby girl a few weeks ago), and what the future of nail beauty holds. (Read the full interview on Yahoo Beauty)
  • The Springs

    If you live in Los Angeles or have been here to visit, you know that it can take a lot to make you get in your car to drive to another part of town. Some things are worth the trek though and for this Westside girl, The Springs in Downtown LA is one of them. The Springs is a one stop shop for renewing, relaxing, and losing those few extra pounds. It’s a well-being playground housed in a giant warehouse that looks like it just stepped out of your last issue of Dwell magazine. Here’s what they have to offer: Keep reading

  • Cafe Vida

    Organic, Delicious & Healthy Oh My! Anyone who’s been to Cafe Vida will know, you just can’t get enough. Every dish is carefully thought out for optimal flavor & everything is as fresh & healthy as it can be. Their new location in Culver City even serves wine so if you want a more formal night out but still want to eat as healthy as possible, Vida is your spot. There are, of course, plenty of gluten free & vegetarian options to choose from. I recommend the tacos or the balance bowl (a perfect blend of brown rice, egg whites, vegetables & a chipotle sauce.) However, if you’re coming here for breakfast or brunch don’t miss out on the 2 + 2 + 2. That’s 2 Pancakes (The GF Brown Rice pancakes are mind-blowing, I often day-dream about them), 2 eggs any way you like em’ & 2 pieces of meat (if you’re vegetarian you can request a side salad instead). Online ordering is available for takeout if you’re in the neighborhood. Once you go you’ll be wondering why you haven’t been this whole time!

    www.cafevida.net

    9755 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 

    15317 Antioch Street, Pacific Palisades, CA

  • Cafe Gratitude Venice

    There are infinite amount of things in life to be grateful for. The water we drink, the people we love, our fingers, our toes, the list goes on & on. However sometimes we forget all these things to be grateful for. We tend to never forget that we’re hungry though, so thankfully Cafe Gratitude combines the two so not only can we be fed but be grateful for being fed & open up the floodgates for acknowledging all that other stuff in our lives that is pretty cool.

    When you walk in you’ll be greeted by a beautifully designed interior. Crisp white, neutrals, plants, clean lines & an overall feeling of peace & whimsy. Everything here is vegan & a whole lot of it is gluten free as well. Oh yea, it’s also all organic, environmentally friendly & they support local agriculture. AND the food is amazing & inventive. Come on, guys stop being so perfect. Just kidding, just kidding, please continue. They serve everything on these super awesome plates that are also available to buy in store, as is a variety of other home & health goods:

    When your server greets you they’ll ask if you want to know the question of the day. It’s always a thought provoking question to allow you to initiate some gratitude in your life. This is especially fun if you’re dining with someone else. It allows your conversation to dive a bit deeper & for you to get to learn more about the person sitting across (or beside) you.

    To keep your high going, all of their menu items begin with the words I AM, followed by something positive. Since “I AM” is such a powerful statement they’re guiding you to say nice things about yourself just by ordering your food. They also always say it back to you when they deliver your meal. My favorite things here to order are the “I AM fortified” (quinoa with roasted vegetables & a choice of some amazing sauces) & the “I AM transformed” (seasonal tacos). Unlike some hippy-ish places, Cafe Gratitude offers a full list of biodynamic & organic wine & champagne, yet another thing to be grateful for. Their desserts are also next level. Grab a tirimisu when you’re in there. You’ll thank me.

    Take out is also available. 

    Cafe Gratitude Venice: 512 Rose Ave Venice, CA 90291 424.231.8000

    Other locations: http://cafegratitude.com/category/locations/