Brittany Martin is Time Out's former Los Angeles Associate Editor, Blog and Social.
A guide to SantaCon Los Angeles 2023
SantaCon is a holiday celebration with a pretty simple premise: Get a whole bunch of people to dress up like Santa Claus and hit the town. They party and pub crawl and have a jolly old time. Want to join in? Here’s everything you need to know. And don’t forget, you’re (really!) going to need a costume. It may seem like it’s still too hot outside to don a furry red cap and coat, but a committed Santa will find a way. Get into the spirit with a scroll through our favorite photos of SantaCon from previous years. When does L.A. SantaCon take place? SantaCon 2023 will be held Saturday, December 9, 2023. Where does SantaCon take place? Exact location details will be announced on the organizer’s website as well via Facebook. Do I need a ticket to attend? No. Unlike the “sleigh” year in 2022 (in which Santas piled into school buses), 2023 will be back to using the Metro, so all you need is a TAP card. Are there rules for SantaCon? More like guidelines, and in fact there are 25 of them for SantaCon. First of all, Santa Claus costumes are mandatory—and they’re not just talking about a cute Santa hat. The expectation is that you’ll go all red, get creative and really do it up (we’ve also seen Christmas hams, candy canes, etc.). Other rules include referring to all attendees and not speaking to the press. You’ll want to brush up on the official rules page. Is SantaCon safe for kids? While kids aren’t explicitly banned from participating, SantaCon has a pretty rowdy reputation which mig
The oldest bars in Los Angeles
When we’re out for a drink, you’ll usually find us at one of the best cocktail bars in L.A., but sometimes we’re looking for something a little more old school. To marvel at the city's short (yet long) history, we like to stop by a few of the oldest bars in L.A., all of which have stuck around long enough and become essential museums of local culture. From Downtown bars to Hollywood and beyond, these places will let you step back in time for the night—or at least until you’ve finished a cocktail or three.
The best LGBTQ Pride parties of 2017
June is LGBTQ Pride month and we think that is a pretty good reason to party. In addition to the festivities in our official LA Pride 2017 guide, there are plenty of unofficial parties happening all across the region. From raging dance parties at the best clubs in Hollywood to events organized by the folks to know in L.A.'s queer women scene, there's something for every taste and type at these Pride parties. Love is love!
L.A.'s top design hotels
L.A. is a creative capital, from the Downtown art galleries to the Rodeo Drive fashion, and hotels here are no exception. Check into one of the city's best design hotels for a stylish stay, from a restored Art Deco gem to a modern Koreatown hotspot, and get ready to Instagram your heart out. A booking at any of these chic properties, many of them among our picks for the overall best hotels in L.A., will have you feeling like the glamorous jet-setter we know you are.
The best avocado toast in Los Angeles is at these restaurants
We're still obsessed with avocado toast—and if the menus of many of the best resturants in Los Angeles are any indication, so is everybody else. The trendy toast is more than an Instagram-worthy treat, it's a kind of testament to what makes SoCal cooking so great: simple preparation of fresh produce, presented with finesse, adding up to a casual yet oh-so-stylish dish. Avocado toast is also versatile, showing up everywhere from elaborate offerings at the best hotel brunch services in the city, to more grab-and-go versions at some of L.A.'s best coffee shops. Make your way to these spots and you'll see why we think they're the toast of the town.
The best stationery stores in Los Angeles
Sometimes an email or text just won't do. From letterpressed cards and textured stock paper to stylish notebooks and writing essentials, these charming boutiques have everything you need to compose a more personal, handwritten message. Pick up a card from one of Los Angeles' best stationery stores to go along with your gift from a local wine store or gift shop—or take your new writing paraphernalia to your favorite coffee shop and write those letters you've been putting off.
Dragon boat festivals in and around L.A.
Traditional Chinese dragon boat festivals go way back—about 2,296 years, in fact. The tradition began as a celebration of Chinese poet Qu Yuan, after his death in 278 BCE. Legend says that he died by drowning; the local fishermen rushed to their boats to save him, then upon finding his body, drummed and splashed with their paddles to protect it from evil spirits. That evolved into launching rowers and drummers into boat races every summer to mark the anniversary of his death. Contemporary festivals honor the tradition with races, art, music and food, so even if you don’t paddle through the water yourself, it’s worth enjoying the spectacle from the comfort of dry land. If you're looking for things to do outside in Los Angeles, these annual traditions offer a far more unique experience than an ordinary day at the beach or on a hiking trail. From Echo Park Lake to Mission Bay in San Diego, check out our guide to the dragon boat festivals in and around L.A.
The best restaurants and bars in Anaheim
The resturants and bars in Anaheim might not be the primary thing that draws you to the area; more likely you're in the neighborhood to visit Disneyland or catch one of the upcoming concerts at the Honda Center or House of Blues. Nonetheless, there are plenty of solid places to drink and dine. Follow our guide to find some of the best sushi, best rooftop bars and other offerings available in this Orange County town.
Step through the secret door to these hidden bars within bars
Your favorite neighborhood watering hole might be great, but sometimes you're in the mood for a more intimate experience—and sometimes the bartenders want a chance to craft cocktails that take time and effort beyond what they can pull off at a larger bar. Thus the rise of bars within bars, more intimate spaces tucked away behind, above and below some of the best bars in L.A. The originals, including one that's among the oldest bars in Los Angeles, started their lives as actual Prohibition-era speakeasies, but most are newer spots that put their own spins on the idea with hidden doors and unmarked passages. We're letting you in on all their secrets here so you can look in-the-know (making these some pretty impressive bars in Los Angeles for a first date, if you ask us).
A shopper's guide to the Rose Bowl Flea Market
The Rose Bowl Flea Market is all about superlatives: It’s one of the largest, oldest and most famous flea market options in Los Angeles and maybe the whole country, not to mention one of the most Instagrammed locations in L.A. Approaching all that can be daunting, so arrive with cash, comfortable shoes and plenty of time. You’ll find plenty of antiques and vintage items from every era, alongside crafts, clothes and unexpected treasures, all mixed up with no particular rhyme or reason, which, we happen to think, is all part of the charm. It may not be as organized as the best antique stores or stores for vintage clothing, but that's fine with us. When does the Rose Bowl Flea Market happen? The market’s 2,500 vendors set up on the second Sunday of each month. For 2017, that means the remaining dates are May 14, June 11, July 9, August 13, September 10, October 8, November 12 and December 10. Shoppers can peruse between the hours of 5am to 4:30pm. How much do tickets cost? Ticket prices vary based on how early you want to arrive. The pros typically pay the premium to get in earlier in the morning, before the crowds pick over the goods. Tickets sold between 5 and 7am are $20, 7 to 8am is $15, 8 to 9am is $12 and from 9am until 3pm, when ticket sales end, tickets are $9. All tickets are sold at the Rose Bowl box office and are not available for advance purchase. Where does the Rose Bowl Flea Market take place? The flea market sets up in a sprawling ring around the outside of th
Martin Scorsese talks about his Oscar-nominated opus 'Silence'
Shortly after the release—and controversy—of his film The Last Temptation of Christ in 1988, Martin Scorsese travelled to Japan. As he rode a train through the country, he read Shūsaku Endō’s novel Silence, which follows two priests searching for their missing mentor in Japan in 1639, when Christianity was brutally repressed. The priests are captured by the shogunate and forced to choose between renouncing their faith or watching the executions of their fellow Catholics. The novel resonated deeply with Scorsese, who spent almost 30 years obsessed with adapting it into a film. He has finally realized his long-delayed opus, with actors Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver as the priests—and has even taken the film to the Vatican to screen for the Pope. Time Out spoke with the filmmaker just after that special screening. When you were a young altar boy at St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral in New York, did you ever imagine that you would meet the Pope? Those were fantasies I never thought could happen. The Church in New York in the 1950s was a refuge for me. You needed to survive with the rough-and-tumble kids, and you needed to be respected. Some of those kids got involved in difficult things, really bad things. A couple got killed. [St. Patrick’s priest] Father Principe was our mentor in the streets. He had a different take on who we could be. There is a theme in this film of guilt and internal conflict that harks back to your early films. Do you see a thread from Jake LaMotta in Raging
Great hotels with indoor pools around Los Angeles
Indoor pools are relatively rare around Los Angeles, where many of the best hotels with pools opt for outdoor facilities. But when the SoCal sun ducks behind a cloud (yes, it really does happen) or you just prefer to swim some peaceful laps without interrupting any raging pool parties, these hotels around the region will let you get your feet wet after a day of checking out some great L.A. attractions.
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Los Angeles Dragon Boat Festival
If you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at paddling (or drumming), this low-key, beginner-friendly event is the place to do it. Expect lion dancers on the sidelines and over-the-top outfits on many of the teams, some of which take the annual costume competition as seriously as the race itself.
San Diego International Dragon Boat Race
This race attracts teams from across the globe for two days of serious competition. It’s worth a road trip to watch top teams of paddlers make their way across San Diego’s scenic Mission Bay. Along the shore you’ll find vendors and festivities.
Long Beach Dragon Boat Festival
Dozens of teams in elaborately decorated boats hit the water every year at the biggest and most famous dragon boat festival in the region. Between races, see performances by Chinese acrobats and dancers, plus demonstrations of traditional crafts and martial arts.
Fred and Max Guerrero grew up obsessed with burgers—they are, after all, the kids of the founder of the Oinkster in Eagle Rock. They turned that obsession into a Tumblr called Burgerlords, which eventually inspired this Central Plaza takeout window with a menu almost as simple as In-N-Out’s, but updated, upgraded and, after a 2020 change of heart, completely plant-based. Housemade vegan patties dot both classic cheeseburgers and the Brainburner: a crunchy, spicy sandwich full of jalapeño chips, chopped banana peppers, garlic aioli and vegan provolone. Although the nutty-tasting tahini shakes and golden fries are serviceable, our favorite side order is the crispy tofu nuggets, served with a choice of two sauces.
Long Beach Marriott
Perfect if you're taking a jaunt down to Long Beach or flying out of the Long Beach Airport to which this hotel is adjacent, the Long Beach Marriott offers the best of both worlds with a large outdoor pool and deck for swimming and sun-worshipping and an indoor pool with a child-friendly focus.
Timeless distinguishes itself as the home base of celebrity piercer Chris Saint, famliar to fans of reality television (he's a regular on Tattoos After Dark, among his other appearances) or his own popular podcast. Even Forbes describes him as Hollywood's "body piercer to the stars." He'll adorne you with anything from a simple nipple or navel jewel to an elaborate custom job that will turn your skin into a lace-up corset.
JuL Head Piercing
The staff at Jul Head refer to themselves as "people pokers and hole pluggers," but despite the silly tagline, they've got a reputation for serious professionalism when it comes to piercing. This boutique, piercing-only studio offers both female and male practioners, and stocks jewelry from edgy to elegant, including ranges made with precious metals and gems. Stop by for a dainty nostril, bold navel or anything in between.
Somatic Body Piercing
The all-female staff of Long Beach's highly-regarded Somatic are known for their patience and meticiulous work. Even thier 'basic' menu of piercing services probably includes a handful of holes you've never considered before—but that's just a jumping off point, as they're also happy to perform complicated or custom work.
Studio City Tattoo and Body Piercing
Open since 1992, Studio City Tattoo and Piercing is considered by many to be among the region's best studios. One thing is for certain, it's certainly the most pirate-themed. Don't let that deter you, though. Even if you don't sail the high seas, this welcoming spot will set you up with the piercing of your choice (or tattoo, if you're in the market for one of those, too). The retail assortment of jewelery, both piercing-specific and standard, has been known to attract tastemakers like actress Chloë Grace Moretz.
Oak and Poppy Tattoos and Piercing
Fashion girls flock to Oak and Poppy where piercer Sean David Roth gives celebs like Kylie Jenner, Chissy Teigen and Emily Ratajkowski their signature piercings. The setting is a bit more refined than the average tattoo shop, too, with a decor of reclaimed wood panelling, exposed brick and Edison bulb light fixtures that make it look like a trendy cafe. Suiting the clientele, the jewlery on offer here skews hip and chic over hippie or rocker, and, yes, you can get everything in rose gold.
Vintage Los Feliz 3
Los Feliz's other old-school movie theater may not be as famous as the Vista, but it has its own historic charms (and the same ownership). The auditoriums at the three-screen cinema are tiny, in some cases not more than a couple of seats wide, but the starry ceiling, neon sign and Art Deco touches make this a unique place to catch a mix of wide releases and indies.
This two-stage space located in a Los Feliz strip mall is a community-run project where the performers work together to operate the theater and classes. Shows are always free, though donations are happily accepted by the improv teams that perform nearly every single day of the year. Aspiring improv squads looking to get out on stage can apply to be added to the rotation.
Celebrate 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' at these L.A. release parties
Years ago, it looked like J.K. Rowling was walking away from her most famous fictional character and no more Harry Potter stories would be published. However, like a popular band that just couldn't resist the siren call of a reunion tour, she has now changed her mind and given the world another volume in the Potter library. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a two-part play that debuted on the London stage last month and, this weekend, will hit bookstore shelves in printed form. Officially available at 12:01am on Sunday, July 31, there are plenty of parties where fans, young and old, can gather to count down the hours until the book hits their magical hands. So pull that Hogwarts costume you wore for Halloween 2007 out of storage and join the wizarding world at these local events. Skylight Books: Los Feliz institution Skylight will be hosting a release party on Saturday starting at 10pm. To pass the time until books are handed out at midnight, there will be Trivial Pursuit Dueling, face painting and—for the adult Potter-lover—wine to sip. Barnes & Noble at the Grove: Barnes & Noble is going all out with their release party, which starts at 8pm on Saturday. There will be a ‘Muggle Wall’ where fans can publicly share special memories, giveaways for limited-edition cover prints, ‘fantasy rock’ band Blackhaven will play a live set of music from the Harry Potter films and a Potter-themed improv troupe, The Show That Shall Not Be Named, will perform. For those who can’t make it
17 signs it is just too hot in LA right now
If you live your whole life inside an air-conditioned glass tower and never go outside, you may have yet to notice the crazy heat that the rest of us are just trying to get through right now. We’re not sure if it’s just because it comes so abruptly after that recent cooldown, but this particular heat wave is really getting us down. Sure, there are plenty of ways to cool off, but we’ve come to the conclusion that it’s just too hot—and these signs are how we know. 1. The breeze from the subway grate is a welcome, cooling respite on your walk to work. 2. You actually hope for traffic to be bad so you can spend more time in your air conditioned car. 3. The coastal forecast is looking like a typical forecast for the Valley. 4. Pho doesn't sound like a good lunch choice for once. 5. Guys are just walking around shirtless, and not just in the South Bay. 6. You see more than one person with a seatbelt clasp-shaped welt from burning themselves in their cars. 7. The entire city is sold out of box fans. 8. Any fresh, post-shower feeling is gone within three minutes. 9. Not even your favorite taco truck is worth standing in line for outside. 10. The glare off the Disney Concert Hall looks like it might be melting the Broad. 11. You find yourself Googling “DIY swamp cooler.” 12. Crop tops and short shorts seem like an excellent fashion choice. 13. That girl you secretly hate starts looking like a best friend when she mentions having a pool. 14. When you finally plug in the new air conditi
Take in musical mediation with a sound bath at these top LA spots
In our dreams, we’re all those super-zen people who find time to dedicate to meditating amid a busy life of dreamily floating around, wearing tastefully billowy outfits and probably smelling subtly of sandalwood. In reality, however, we’re more likely to be harried by any number of stress factors and have difficulty finding the space and time for genuine mindfulness. Sound baths offer a pleasant entry to meditation, be it as an add-on to your existing yoga practice or a first way to dip your toe into Eastern wellness ideas. You’ll lay down with others in a distraction-free space where instructors create calming sounds to ‘flow’ over you. It can be pretty emotional—weeping at your first sound bath is definitely not unheard of—but it can also provide an intense sense of calm in a crazy world. Think of it like a spa treatment for your mind. No surprise, Los Angeles has tons of great options for taking in a soothing sound bath, from roving instructors who pop up at our favorite yoga spots to opera singers turned sound healers and even hip takes on sound baths with equal parts ancient technique and distorted-guitar drone. Explore some of our top picks below. Sound Baths with Jamie Ford Jamie Ford is one of L.A.’s most acclaimed sound bath leaders—and probably among the most prolific as well, with a calendar often packed with seven or more sessions in a given week. She rotates between several local yoga studios and her own studio, the Sound Space, in Eagle Rock, where she has a
Wizarding World of Harry Potter reveals Christmas magic to look forward to
We can’t really believe it’s time to start talking about Christmas-season plans, but when it combines the holidays with Harry Potter, we’re all ears. That’s why we’re obviously marking down the days until December now that Universal Studios has revealed what they have in store this winter for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. The entire zone of the theme park will be done up in holiday style. Special decorations will glow from the Hogwarts castle installation and storefronts in the Hogsmeade village area will transform into a more magical version of Christmas shopping. Seasonal food and beverage items, including hot butterbeer will roll out at the Three Broomsticks and Hog’s Head Pub and the a cappella Frog Choir will croak their way through holiday classics. After sunset, you’ll want to turn your eyes towards the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry to see “The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Castle”, a special show of lights and animated projections set to pieces of score music from the eight Harry Potter film adaptations. For reference, check out the theme park's summertime light show below. And maybe the best part of all for us SoCal residents? Everything will be dusted with a perfect coat of glittering snow. (Well, maybe it’s not really snow, but we choose to believe in the magic.) “Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” will take place daily from November 24, 2017 through January 7, 2018. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter attraction, opened in Ap
Cuties offers a sweet spot for L.A.'s queer community to gather
Cuties Coffee Bar is a friendly neighborhood café with a purpose. In addition to the artisan-roaster coffee and vegan pastries, it serves something the LGBTQ community has been craving: a relaxed, queer-oriented space that's inviting to all ages and types. "Intergenerational spaces are so important," says Iris Bainum-Houle, who cofounded Cuties with partner Virginia Bauman. "Bars and nightclubs are usually 18- or 21-plus, and some of the most vulnerable people in our community are under 18. And Cuties is a place where older people can feel comfortable, too. Since we're offering a space not centered around alcohol, Cuties is also a place where people who are in recovery or struggling with substance abuse can come to be social." Bainum-Houle and Bauman have been brewing the idea of building a community open to all of L.A.'s LGBTQIA+ "alphabet soup," as Bainum-Houle playfully puts it, since long before they signed a lease on the café space. While working to locate, crowdfund and build out Cuties, they launched Queers, Coffee and Donuts, a traveling event series that has grown to host around 100 attendees for each breakfast meet-up. Those gatherings will continue in the café and will likely expand from monthly to weekly. The pair also launched an email newsletter and online community around the Cuties concept, which shares queer-friendly happenings and resources, and now they're looking for new ways to use the café to identify and fill community needs. Cuties is all about
Then and Now: Disneyland in 1955 and today
For Then and Now, we hunt through the archives of amazing vintage photographs of Los Angeles to find historic images—and then do our best to go out and recreate those same photographs today. We're curious about how far we've come and what's stayed the same in this constantly-changing city we love. Photograph: Security Pacific National Bank Collection/Los Angeles Public Library Disneyland, 1955 When Disneyland opened its gates more than 60 years ago, the first thing visitors saw was an idealized small town called Main Street, USA, and a train station, shown here, from which they could be whisked around the park. Main Street was a favorite project for Walt Disney, who built his own private residence over the faux town's fire station. Staff would know he was inside when a lamp outside the apartment was lit; today the lamp burns at all hours in tribute to him. Photograph: Rozette Rago Disneyland, 2017 The turnstiles and ticket scanners have become more high-tech since the early days, but otherwise the experience of arriving at Disneyland has remained true to Walt's original vision, including a view of the "floral Mickey." This flower bed is shaped like the iconic character and features more than 32,000 individual plants that are switched out seasonally by an expert team of gardeners. It has been a beloved first sight (and photo op) for generations of happy visitors. Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
The International Olympic Committee will award games to L.A. and Paris
UPDATE 7/11: The IOC has officially approved a proposal that guarantees an Olympic Games in L.A. The Olympic governing body will simultaneously award the 2024 and 2028 Summer Olympics in September, when Paris and L.A. will find out which specific year each will play host city. The IOC cites "exceptional circumstances and unique opportunities" for the unprecedented move. The International Olympic Committee is gathered in Switzerland today and have come out of the meeting with a pretty unusual announcement. Both Paris and Los Angeles will likely be Olympic hosts. Los Angeles and Paris are the only two cities in contention for 2024’s summer games at this point—and both bids were seen as strong options. The field for 2028, however, is currently wide open. Several cities have made initial statements of interest in the ’28 games, but, as the New York Times reports, hosting an Olympics isn’t as alluring of an opportunity as it once was. With all the infrastructure costs associated with being a host city—including building stadiums, investing in security and transportation and more—it can be an unpopular money pit for a municipality. So, given that, they couldn't ensure what kind of bids they might get for 2028. According to the BBC, the IOC unanimously approved a plan to award both games at the same time. Rather than lose the chance to work with either Los Angeles or Paris, the IOC will break with historic convention and award both 2024 and 2028 in a simultaneous ceremony. The p
The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art has officially selected Los Angeles
The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art has announced (finally!) that it will be opening in Los Angeles. San Francisco was in contention to host the museum until the very last second, but ultimately Exposition Park, part of the South Los Angeles Promise Zone, has won out. According to a press release announcing the decision, the museum’s board of directors ultimately picked L.A. because they feel that our city “best positions the museum to have the greatest impact on the broader community, fulfilling our goal of inspiring, engaging and educating a broad and diverse visitorship.” UPDATE: The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously (14-0) to approve the $1.5 billion venture, which will showcase the expansive collection of filmmaker George Lucas and his wife, Mellody Hobson. Construction is slated to begin in early 2018 with a 36-month timeline for completion in 2021. As a byproduct of the very lengthy and unusual process Lucas’s camp went through before picking a location, we actually already know what to expect from the design. L.A.-based architect Ma Yansong drew up plans for a dramatic, swooping structure that will fit snugly in alongside the Coliseum and near the existing Museum of Natural History and California Science Center. Lots of construction is underway in the area already from the forthcoming stadium for the L.A. Football Club as well as the USC Village mixed-use development with dining and retail offerings set to serve the onslaught of visitors the Lucas Museum is sur
Cinespia just announced their August 2017 film lineup
Cinespia is giving you a good reason to look forward to the end of summer this year. The last month of the season will be filled with some fantastic movies at the beloved outdoor screening series. Pack your picnic and head out to Hollywood Forever Cemetery for these favorites, including a special Movies All Night overnight marathon that blows any slumber party we threw as kids totally out of the water. Saturday, August 5: The Princess Bride Saturday, August 12: Movies All Night - The Big Lebowski, Half Baked and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Saturday, August 19: Some Like it Hot Saturday, August 26: Ghost World Snag tickets ($16 to $20) while you can, and we'll see you on the lawn! Want more? Sign up here to stay in the know.
Time Out and Rooftop Cinema Club are teaming up for a must-see screening series
We here at Time Out L.A. love spending a summer night watching a film under the stars, so we are teaming up with our friends at Rooftop Cinema Club to present a series of our favorite Los Angeles-based flicks—just for you. Join us at LEVEL in Downtown, Los Angeles for three fantastic showings in July. Clueless - July 16 While it feels like it couldn’t be more L.A., the 1995 teen movie hit Clueless is actually an adaptation of Jane Austen’s 1815 novel Emma. Follow Cher (Alicia Silverstone), Dionne (Stacey Dash), Josh (Paul Rudd) and friends as they navigate high school, do some matchmaking, learn to drive and make some truly iconic ‘90s fashion statements. Drive - July 23 A Hollywood stunt driver played by Ryan Gosling moonlights as a criminal getaway-car driver at the center of this neo-noir. Loaded with awards from Cannes to the Oscars, the film was considered by many critics to be among the best of the year when it came out in 2011. We love the memorable Cliff Martinez score and supporting performances from Oscar Issac and Carey Mulligan. Rebel Without a Cause - July 30 Can anyone see a photo of the Griffith Observatory and not think of Rebel Without a Cause? That’s how deeply the 1955 film imprinted on pop culture. Take this chance to catch James Dean in his signature role as a disaffected teen dealing with emotional turmoil, family conflict and suburban ennui, on the big screen. These are just three of the
At the Ganja Goddess Getaway, women meditate, restore—and smoke up
What happens when you want to get in touch with your inner goddess, but your personal goddess turns out to be a bit of a stoner? Enter the Ganja Goddess Getaway. This series of weekend retreats around Southern California offer creative and restorative activities for the cannabis-inclined. The overnight trips are designed to create a space for women to feel empowered, self-confident and, well, high. Being high is definitely a big part of the event. A glance through the schedule of events includes such activities as “Puff, Puff, Paint” art classes and “Cannabis Comedy” stand-up. There are talks on how cannabis can figure into women’s health and wellness, sexuality, body positivity and more. There are also lots of yoga lessons. The meditation leader known as Miss Bliss felt inspired to organize the getaways to share her own enthusiasm for including cannabis as part of her practice of mindfulness and spirituality. “I find that cannabis helps me connect to the divine within myself—the part of me that’s connected to you, and to all people, all animals, plants, and life on this planet, and perhaps the universe,” she writes on the Ganja Goddess website. “It is this place of unity or oneness which we are striving to connect to at the Ganja Goddess Getaway.” Three Ganja Goddess Getaways are currently scheduled: August 26 and 27 in Pescadero, California ($120 to, of course, $420); September 23 and 24 in a location to be announced; and one special edition on September 16 and 17 in Palm
The most Instagram-worthy wallpaper we've spotted in L.A.
Obviously, we love a wall with a bright splash of paint—that hot pink Paul Smith wall is a social media star for a reason—or a perfectly tiled floor, but sometimes a gorgeous wallpaper as a focal point can add an element of color and pattern that gives a space a real wow factor. Plus, in addition to our general design lust, we can’t help but acknowledge that these patterned walls do make particularly great backdrops for our Instagram staging. We’ve rounded up some places around L.A. that are giving us serious wallpaper envy. Cocobella Creamery A post shared by Laura Brown (@prettystarlaura) on Jun 3, 2017 at 4:31pm PDT Fountain Coffee Room at the Beverly Hills Hotel A post shared by ✨MONDO BABYLON✨ (@mondobabylon) on Oct 9, 2015 at 1:41pm PDT The Semi-Tropic A post shared by kristenelspeth (@kristenelspeth) on Dec 6, 2015 at 2:53pm PST The Unique Space A post shared by THREAD Events Co. (@threadevents) on May 5, 2017 at 11:44am PDT Chez Tex A post shared by CHEZ TEX (@cheztex) on Apr 8, 2017 at 7:56am PDT Red Herring A post shared by Sophie Carpenter (@sophiecarpenter) on Jan 8, 2017 at 4:23pm PST Winsome A post shared by Megan West (@missmeganeast) on Jun 9, 2017 at 9:20am PDT LONO Hollywood A post shared by Serena Herrick (@serenadherrick) on Jun 10, 2017 at 1:34pm PDT The Mar Vista A post shared by brooke lindsay (@ineedmylipstick) on May 18, 2017 at 5:58pm PDT Wan