Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Free & Fit, Free Exercise Classes at Westfield Century City Mall & by SHAPE Magazine & Free Latin Dances at Glendale Galleria

By Laura Medina

Love it, how here in Los Angeles, Bikini Season is the same season as the Food and Booze Food Festival Season.  Blame it on the God-given climate and soil but just because all this ripe fruit and vegetables are bursting out, it doesn't mean you have to burst out.

Bless these free fitness classes for arriving at the nick of time.  They'll help you deal and burn calories and detox so you'll be bikini-ready on the beach then foodie festival fab later at night.

SHAPE Magazine & Men's Fitness Summer Takeover tour with Jamba Juice! FREE workout classes, giveaways & Jamba Juice samples is happening this Friday in West Los Angeles for all those stressed-out office workers.

Friday 7/25 at Speed X (LA) - 3pm, 4pm, 5pm
Saturday 7/26 at Fitmix Studio - Endurance Pilates + Tread (LA) - 1pm, 2pm, 3pm
Sunday 7/27 at Mansion Fitness (West Hollywood) - 10am, 11am, 12pm

Email to reserve your spot NOW!

Westfield Workout Wednesdays,

This scribe wishes malls, especially ones carrying upscale, fancy fitness wear boutique chains, would do of what Westfield Mall in Century City is doing, Westfield Workout Wednesdays.  If they do more of these free fitness classes, people will have the reason to shop better and newer fitness clothes.

These are the free exercises under Westfield Century City Mall's "Burn This" Fitness Series:

Last Wednesday was the first free workout, July 16th Body By Simone - Cardio Dance.

Tonight, it's July 23rd's Pilates Platinum - Mat Pilates.

July 30th is Best U - Cardio Barre then August 6th's Physique 57 - Barre / Toning.

Take advantage of all these free fitness, for this weekend's SHAPE Magazine & Men's Fitness Summer Takeover tour with Jamba Juice andWestfield Century City Mall's "Burn This" Fitness Series, for the next 2 Wednesdays by emailing

If all those fitness classes sound monotonous and routine and you want to exercise your knowledge and brain as well, Glendale Galleria and Glendale Arts are offering Free Latin Dance Classes, taught by Sergio Leal, owner of Latin Dance Pro in Pasadena, California.

Starting July 29th to September 23rd, at 2nd Level of the Bloomingdale's Wing, Summer Pop Up Series at Glendale Galleria will have Sergio teach 5 different types of Latin dances over a nine-weeks course.  Glendale Galleria and Glendale Arts will be hosting free dance classes every Tuesday for our Summer Pop Up Series. 

Each Tuesday night, starting at 6pm until 8pm, will offer different style of Latin Dance:

July 29th:Salsa
August 5th: Bachata
August 12th: Merengue
August 19th: Cumbia
August 26th: Salsa
September 2nd: Bachata
September 9th: Merengue
September 16th: Cumbia
September 23rd: Bobby Rivas & Band

As a reward for hanging in there, on the final night of September 23rd, Bobby Rivas & Band will play while the students show off what they learned.

Not only did you learn something new for your brain and burn calories, the next time you hit any dance floor, you got new moves.

Want to get your groove on, go to, to find out more.




Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Lucky Rice LA 2014 is moving to Create Nightclub in Hollywood on August 7

By Laura Medina

There's more to Chef Sang Yoon, other than the reinterpreted classic cheeseburger, gooey and gourmet, at the game-changing My Father's Office.  He used that as his launch pad into a Chinese restaurant he always dream of, Lukshon with it's Bhutan red rice dotted with lamb bacon.  He makes the basics fancy.

This Summer, Chef Sang Yoon is taking the booming Lucky Rice LA, Asian food festival/party and decamping to Create Nightclub in Hollywood next month on August 7th.

Yes, to all you cultivated Culver City folks, this is a big cultural shift and shock but there's only so much hungry party people H.D. Buttercup and Book Bindery can hold.  Besides, progress and growth are signs of success.

For those who are too busy to take advantage of DineLA Lunch and Dinner special at Lukshon or too busy to hit every hip Asian restaurant there is in greater LA, Lucky Rice LA is collected and gathered the best of the best Asian restaurants underneath one roof, such as:
Lukshon, Jet Tila, Hamasaku, Sunny Blue, RockSugar Pan Asian Kitchen, Parks BBQ, Ayara Thai for Thai Tourism, Komodo Food, BEP Vietnamese Kitchen, Carb & Nation, Hopscotch, Asian Box, Phorage, Seoul Sausage, Bling Bling Dumpling, Michael’s Santa Monica, Fluff Ice, Doma Kitchen Café, Starry Kitchen and Katsuya.

Basically, you're eating and sampling the best of the best of Asian cuisine under one roof in one location.  How convenient is that?

In addition to the best Asian munchies, the best bars and mixologists are pairing and matching meals with the best and freshest cocktails from No Vacancy and Pour Vous.  To refresh and wash down the cocktail, you can guzzle all you want from the snappy Bruce Cost Ginger Ales.  Their bottles of ginger ale have bits of real ginger floating in them.  This is when you know you'll get the real snap of healthy snap and heat of ginger.

Lucky Rice LA is Lucky Rice's second stop on August 7th,  Actually, Luck Rice is a touring Asian foodie festival, selecting the best of each city's Asian chefs and restaurants.  After Los Angeles, it'll hit San Francisco Feast hosted by Chris Cosentino on September 5th,  Las Vegas on Oct ober 16th and Miami November 14th.

New Yorker founder, Danielle Chang, has a special spot for Los Angeles,..

We are excited to bring the Feast to Los Angeles and San Francisco, which is home to every conceivable type of Asian cuisine and culture, from creative Pacific-rim dining to street food grub, said LUCKYRICE Founder, Danielle Chang. With Californias large Asian population, brilliant dining culture and proximity to Asia, Asian food is everyday grub." 

Okay, now that Angeleno Magazine's Live and Dine LA foodie festival is done and over with, it's time to put your party hat on then eat and drink like crazy at Lucky Rice LA on August 7th.


Monday, July 21, 2014

Fit & Fab Food Festival, Angeleno Magazine's Live & Dine 2014 with Bai Ling.

By Laura Medina

Chris Gialanella, the publisher of Los Angeles' high society magazine, Angeleno Magazine, was really amazed at yesterday's turn-out for Angeleno Magazine's 12th Annual Live and Dine LA' sip and nibble food festival where brand new restaurants and established restaurants with new dishes burst out with new flavors.  Mr. Gialanella kindly reminded people that the deeper purpose behind all this fun in the sun is to raise funds for Share Our Strength, ending childhood hunger.

He was so looking forward to meeting this year's guest celebrity, Bai Ling.

As the publisher, Chris was bummed he missed her.

The more apparent reason for the foodie fete is this is the formal launch party for their annual Restaurant Issue, a tableaux of a glossy profiling and highlighting the hottest chefs, the hottest meals, and the hottest restaurants.

Fishing with Dynamite's simply shucked oysters.

The less but more steadier reason behind Angeleno Magazine's 12th Annual Live and Dine LA/Restaurant Issue is this...regardless, if there's a drought or not, California is always bursting with a bumper crop of ripe produce and fruit right about now, Summer time.  Not everyone can eat it fresh, much less having the skill and the knowledge to cook them.  Leave it up to the professionals to do something with all this ripeness. 

Fishing with Dynamite's booth is a simple but classic bounty of freshly shucked oysters where people patiently lined up in a long line to slurp down all you can eat oysters.

Jose Andre's Saam Beet Meringue & Parmasan Macaroon.

With all this bounty of fresh vegetables and great diary up in "Nor Cal," (Northern California), you gotta do something with all this stuff.  Spaniard Gastromonist Chef, Jose Andre took a step further and debut his new "restaurant-within-a restaurant" concept, SAAM, at Live and Dine LA 2014. 

As always, his dishes were the most innovative.  They were savory desserts, diabetic-friendly.  The plating were Beet Meringue and Parmasan Macaroon.

This pairing was a mere tasting teaser of what to expect when you and your friends reserve a multi-course tasting dinner.  SAAM is Jose's challenge to the newcomer, the theatrical Barton G while digging his feet deep in that it is he that pioneered the whimsical, experimental cuisine genre.  Dining and feasting as theater.

Kalamansi Lime Creamsicles Pops.

Another innovation was pushing a traditional tropical fruit then making it even more Summer-time appropriate-Kalamansi Lime Creamsicle Pops smack dabbed in the middle of Summer when people desire it the most.  The dry ice wasn't theatrical.  Its purpose was to keep the popsicles frozen, coated in white chocolate...drool...

Crispin Apple & Pear Cider

Since it is the middle of July and the dog days of August are a mere two weeks away, people...especially the ladies...happily quaffed beer's sweeter cousin, Crispin Apple and Pear Cider,

For the British guests, this was a sweet taste of back home where cider is just as accepted as a pint of beer.

For the Americans, this was a big "Wow" moment.  They were shocked this wasn't heavily syrupy apple juice that you fed babies and toddlers.  Crispin was certainly living up its brand name.  Their apple and pear cider was certainly bubbly and crisp but a tad sweeter to the usual sparkling white wine.  It was a big hit among the ladies, across all generations.  Cider is the unassuming girl-next-door to the usual suspect of sparkling wine.  If you're searching for a simple but surprising alternative to beer, give cider a try.  Certainly, not your kid's fruit juice.

This scribe may had highlighted the hits and innovations but the running of theme, for this year's food festival, is hamachi, raw Japanese Yellowtail.  Chefs had slipped it out of its sushi rice blanket then made it a stand-alone meat, a low-calorie protein.   Angeleno's true foodies commented this was a lighter switch compared to last year's heavier and richer pork theme.  A counter-reaction to the rich and heavy pork fest of last year, Hamachi was the fit and fab backlash where people can feast on Yellowtail without the fear of fat.

Feasted they did because, within, an hour and half most of the food was gone! 

Angeleno Magazine's 12th Annual Live and Dine Food Festival is always about celebrating California's bountiful bumper crop of produce, America's "fruit basket" then twisting them into inventive dishes and unexpected cuisine.


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Frederick Fekkai Hair Fragrance, a Light Conditioner + Perfume for Hair with a Travel Kit to Hit the Road.

By Laura Medina

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Post-4th of July and the heart of Summer, right before you dump the kids back in school, people, single, married, or family are in the mood for escape...and rightfully so.

This scribe is also in the same mood and currently hunting down, researching, and gathering the newest, the latest, and the freshest in last-minute jaunts regarding clothes, makeup, and fashion.

As mention before, Smashbox's answer to Radiant Orchid (Pantone's Color of the Year 2014 and an universal makeup hit), Smashbox Spring Edit for Eyes and Lips (Stash All in 1 Tote Bag, the Get-Away Kit for 1 Day, 1 Night Get-Away & Smashbox's "Radiant Orchid." is jeans pocket potent, an all-in-one makeup you can pop in pouch then make a dash for it.

As for perfume and a light facial spritz on a hot, sticky, sweaty, humid day...typical Summer...and night?

Frederick Fekkai thought of that too, why not a perfume for hair that also calms down the frazzled frizz and the sticky straw strays one experiences from Summer...or even in the depth of Winter?

He came up with his Hair Fragrance Collection in three distinct fragrances, classy enough to stand the test of time.  His HAIR FRAGRANCE MIST CITRON ET MENTHE is simply Lemon meets Mint, great for the sticky Summer.

HAIR FRAGRANCE MIST ROSE FRAÎCHE is a great to jump-start Spring after...

HAIR FRAGRANCE MIST CRÈME VANILLÉE is rich enough to keep you warm during Winter in a deep, caramel scent.

The best way to find out how each Hair Fragrance will match and react with your own individual body pheromones is to, first, buy the HAIR FRAGRANCE MIST MINI KIT.  The $15 kit holds three vials of all three hair fragrances, great for trial and traveling.

This is the best to see which fragrance you'll fall in love with or which one is appropriate for each climate or season.  At $15 and at a few ounces, they don't hurt your wallet, wouldn't get you in trouble with the TSA, and equally nifty at toss and in escapades.,default,sc.html

Once you fall in love with a particular scent or realize scent is like clothes and makeup, certain scents are better off being paired with seasons, you can up the ante by buying the full-sized bottles for everyday usage.

This scribe never leaves the house, right now in the middle of Summer, without spritzing HAIR FRAGRANCE MIST CITRON ET MENTHE (Lemon & Mint) for that friendly fruity but clean and minty smell.

Since there is a tiny bit of conditioner in each fragrance, remember Frederick developed this collection to both refresh and tame frizzes and static in fried and frazzled hair, a tiny spritz of conditioning perfume in the face and the decolletage never hurts anyone.

This glam-slammed scribe loves perfuming both the hair and body with Frederick Fekkai's Hair Fragrance Collection.

Once Summer is done and over with, as Fall/Winter approaches, this scribe will switch on over to the warm, sweet embrace of the caramelized HAIR FRAGRANCE MIST CRÈME VANILLÉE.



Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Sailor Stripes for Summer from Bobi.

By Laura Medina

Dearly parted Juicy Couture may had started the fitted (not tight) comfortable tee contouring to a woman's torso and bust.  Splendid is now leading the packing in breathable and stretchy tanks and tee basics but you should keep an eye out for Bobi USA.

Bobi USA up the ante in finer gauged jersey knits.  This scribe's past Fall and Winter favorite long-sleeved tee was a Navy draped cowl-neck jersey tee where the cowl-neck can be switched side-to-side for the suggestive off-the-shoulder look or a deep but respectable deep plunged down the the middle.  A Fall and Winter classic.

Now, this scribe's new Summer favorite basic is Bobi's Light Weight Jersey Striped Cap Sleeve Tee in Bali & Yacht.  This is a new take on the Nautical staple of the black and white Sailor Tee.

Knitted in a finer gauge in vibrant red and navy, it adds punch to that Coachella Daisy Duke you wore back in April.

Bobi's Light Weight Jersey Striped Cap Sleeve Tee in Bali & Yacht is so clean-cut that it makes your cut-offs and dark denim skinny jeans look "tomboyish" on the dock and pier for yachting.

The gauged knit is above-average and breathable that it cools off the sweat, cooler than the heavy and stiff pique cotton polo, (save that for Fall and Winter).

The "Tomboy" alternative to louche "BoHo" chic.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Summer is for Shopping!

By Laura Medina at Glendale Galleria.

As long as there are tourists, there are souvenirs, and that means shopping.

Since the majority of fitness studios are saying the majority of their clients are away right now, on vacation, after July the 4th, the mall business in Southern California is booming with shopping tourists, local, regional, national,..and international.

With the recent revamp of Glendale Galleria, one of Los Angeles' largest mall, the new northern end, anchored  by the new upscale, fashion-forward Bloomingdale's, collects the brightest of LA trends underneath one wing.

Right before you hit Bloomingdale's, you'll swing by the three-part Martier Cafe, Boutique, and Salon.  It's one of those "why didn't they thought of this sooner" concept.

All under one umbrella of Martier, you have a fashionable European cafe, a luxurious salon and spa, then a boutique to buy a new outfit.  Glendale Galleria is the only one in the West Coast.

It's Summer Vacation for everyone, all over the world which international tourists are treating Southern Californian malls as a shopping mecca.

With all the other currencies over-powering the Dollar nowadays and the abundance of brand name products that most yearn for, international shopping tourists account for the majority of mall businesses in Southern California, especially the "bang-for-your-buck" bargain outlet mall shopper, which happens to be shopping tourists.

According to the Director of International Sales and Marketing at Citadel Outlet Mall, international shopping tourists pump a lot of money at outlet malls.

Being the Director of International Sales and Marketing afforded her the rare opportunity to go inside the reality of various markets around the globe then finding out directly what each country is looking for. 

For instance, a pair of Levi Denim Shorts for $24 at Citadel Outlet Mall will sell for a whooping $150 in Australia.  A pair of Nine West shoes selling for a mere $50 at the outlet mall will fetch $150 in New Zealand.

After the Chinese, the Australians and their Kiwi counter-parts, the New Zealanders, are the number 2 outlet mall shoppers.

Since resources are tougher to find down under and held at a premium price when sold there, these international tourists figure the what they spend at the outlet mall pays for the once-a-year trip.  

When these international shopper shop, they shop big!

While the international shopper is hunting for bargains for we Americans call "basics," jeans and shoes.  We American tourists tend to be pulled for the more rarefied, upscale boutique neighborhoods and malls that Middle America lacks, such as Beverly Hills' Rodeo Drive and the Bloomingdale's Wing of Glendale Galleria and Santa Monica Place Mall.

The national shopping tourist will enjoy the complete trifecta of Martier's Cafe, Salon/Spa, & Boutique in a friendly, air-conditioned, mall shielding them from the Summer Sun's harsh rays.

Whether you're the All-American shopping tourist who wants a taste of Europe or the international shopping tourist hunting for good quality American products at All-American prices, there's a mall for everyone.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Stash All in 1 Tote Bag, the Get-Away Kit for 1 Day, 1 Night Get-Away & Smashbox's "Radiant Orchid."

By Laura Medina

If you're lucky to be invited to a last-minute Summer Cocktail party being held at an upscale hotel for one night or you're in an emergency get-away and need a last-minute escape?

Either way, you have all of a few hours to organize your wardrobe and beauty/grooming kit for an one day/one night stay, you can easily pack and stash everything in your fashionable, over-sized giant tote bag.

If you're impromptu is somewhere sunny and dry like Palm Springs or sunny and beachy like Malibu, this last-minute stash kit will have you covered.

Since both scenarios are sunny climates, you still can earn that tawny bronze without the burning by slathering on this nourish Drunk Elephant Umbra™ Sheer Physical Defense SPF 30 Sun Block.  Sure, it looks like that traditional pink baby lotion but watch out!  This Marula Oil and Raspberry Seed Oil (one of Mother Nature's sunscreen) cushion with Sunflower Shoot Extract and Astaxanthin, (a powerful carotenoid that protects DNA) wouldn't keep you pasty pale but it does allow you to earn that bronzy glow without the burn and the painful peeling.  However, your skin will left soft to the touch as it golden, like honey.

Now, you smothered Drunk Elephant Umbra™ Sheer Physical Defense SPF 30 Sun Block from head to toe, let's talk about color.

Pantone's Color for 2014, Radiant Orchid, a captivating harmony of rosy vibrant fuchsia, purple and pink undertones span across all universal skintones, proved to be a sold-out at Sephora that it gained coveted cult status among beautistas..;and Sephora lay claims to Pantone's cosmetic collaborations until they sold out.

If you missed out Sephora/Pantone's Radiant Orchid Collection, don't freak out.  There's an unsung alternative...Smashbox's Spring Edit: Eyes & Lips...

This is Smashbox's answer to the vivid but wearable Radiant Orchid.  In this pocket-sized kit, it contains three basic eyeshadows in Sugarplum, Seashell and Shimmering Taupe, Be Legendary Lipstick in Primrose and Inspiration that can double as a cream blush, and Lip Enhancing Gloss in Panoramic Pink to complete the look.

What happen to nifty but sometimes annoying travel/sample-sized body wash, shampoo, and conditioner/lotion?

If you're lucky escape to the lemon-themed Viceroy in Palm Springs, you have no need to worry...

This renovated motor courtyard has been re-done into cream and lemon-themed cozy cottages in a private backyard.  If you're fortunate enough to be invited to a Gin Party, consider yourself double-lucky since the party is practically on your doorsteps.  The Viceroy in Palm Springs is like a home-away-from-home escape.

Since you're hiding away in a lemon and cream nook, again consider yourself lucky to be pampered by the Viceroy.  They stock their cottages and room with Neil George Shampoo, Conditioner, Body Wash, and Lotion, refreshingly yummy stuff better than what you left behind...

Now that your grooming basics and shelter are taken care of, what to stash as an all-in-one wardrobe for one day/one night?

Believe it or not, your casual hip weekend gear with some extra Lycra will do.  Never hurts to toss some costume jewelry for the evening or for dinner.  Simple Chic will do; and it does goes a long way, stretching out its purpose like Lycra. Yes, pun intended.

A dark rinse pair of high-quality denim leggings-yes, you heard this scribe right-dark rinse pair of "jeggings" are the best things to toss into a your over-sized but yet-so-stylish tote bag for a one day/one night jaunt.  This scribe likes to buy her comfortably chic "jeggings" from Hue like their Denim Leggings.  Since Hue has a long tradition in making durable, good quality leggings since the Eighties (yes, that was this scribe first worn them), you can't go wrong when invited to an impromptu horse-riding or a polo party, paired with knee-high boots or with Puma Ballet Flats for yoga...which will happen when you stay at the Viceroy in Palm Springs.  They offer free yoga class on Saturday morning.  If this happens, do it!

This is where dark denim jeggings smack down their tacky image.  Dark and slimming enough to rock it the night before but stretchy and comfortable enough to do a Down-ward Dog the morning after.  Consider, this last-minute workhorse staple a travel essential.

Top, you say?

Since you left in the last minute, you can't go wrong with a form-fitting but comfortable black tank top from Splendid...

Light and cooling enough for the sun's UV rays and heat but form-fitting enough that your chest is not flopping out, you can't go wrong with a classic black 50% Pima Cotton 50% Modal tank top, especially topped with classic pearl jewelry for the night-out.  Price is not object if outlandish costume jewelry.

For that next morning yoga freebie class, swap out the jewelry, tie up the hair and complete your yoga Vinyasa circle in complete cooling comfort of a classic, form-fitting black tank top...with your stretch dark denim leggings.

The simple essentials of a "jegging" and tank top are easy to wash and care once you return home the next day.

Your Smashbox Spring Edit makeup kit can still be stash away in your carry-on or re-used in your own everyday purse.  Drunk Elephant Umbra™ Sheer Physical Defense SPF 30 Sun Block can be an essential moisturizer under your eyes or your makeup but still an essential everywhere else on your body.

But, this scribe still sure miss those Neil George Body Washes.