A new, hip, trendy coffee shop pops up on every street corner just about every month, each with its own schtick -- rainbow lattes, veganism, cats. It's like the mythological Hydra -- one goes under, two more appear the next day -- and your choices them become overwhelmingly varied. In distress, nearing hysteria, you scream to the heavens, how can I choose? Where do I shamelessly spend $4 on coffee? Which café's aesthetic will get my overhead latte-and-scone shot the most likes on Instagram?!
Never fear. I've got you.Read More
BYWOOPS is a quaint, colorful bake shop based in New York City, offering DIY macaron classes to kids, adults, and anyone with a good sense of fun and adventure. At the helm is Chef Arbel, a French-trained mastermind who whips up their picturesque cookies like a machine -- and then some. Formerly serving in the army, Arbel found her calling as a pastry chef. Read on for her story and sage advice!Read More
Caught the travel bug? Believe me, so have I. I wish I could be out there exploring a new place, but for the moment, I'll have to satisfy myself by offering you a few pieces of advice for your own travels. It's easy to let something like planning a big trip stress you out, but there's no need to let it get to you! Here's how to make the most out of your vacation, as well as a couple do's and dont's for when you're on the fly.Read More
A farm smack-dab in the middle of Los Angeles? Seems unlikely. But for Roe Sie, bread making master of The King's Roost, it's a dream-turned-reality. His path from raising chickens developing a fully-fledged urban farm was not without hiccups, but resulted in a business that encourages city folk to get in touch with their roots.Read More
Sometimes you just need a break. From work, from routine and from stressful over-scheduling. But planning a trip can be daunting and -- more importantly -- expensive. If the thought of air fare and hotel fees gets you down, try spending your time off in your own city! Here are some ways to approach your home with fresh eyes and get the most out of your staycation.Read More
WARNING: Do not read this while hungry!
I've always believed there's nothing like a burger to brighten the day (except during the brief, dark period of my life in which I decided to become a vegetarian.) However, when people ask me where the best burger in the Bay is, I can never choose just one! So, I've compiled a list of all my favorites, from fast-food to gourmet.Read More
Summer has just begun, and you need a soundtrack to accompany all the road trips, pool parties and barbecues you'll be attending. Here are our picks for this month: perfect smoothie-sipping, toe-dipping, easy listening tunes.Read More
As an artist, selling your products online can often be a challenge. Etsy is one great way to do so; many vendors have found extreme success building their Etsy empires. However, sometimes you need an extra boost spreading the word about your business, and a little extra publicity can never hurt.Read More
It's an age-old joke: you see a DIY product on Etsy that catches your eye, and you think: I could make that. Many paper cuts and Google searches later, you've executed another #diyfail. Here’s how to become a DIY master and make your own Etsy-worthy pieces!Read More
Get to know NYC jeweler Ayaka Nishi, Japanese jeweler who now runs her studio in New York. Though she struggled initially to spread awareness about her brand, hers is an inspiring success story -- read on to find out more about her journey as a craftswoman and how her designs came to be featured in the latest Marvel movie, Avengers; Infinity War!Read More
This summer, why stay put when you could explore your beautiful state? Here are some fantastic day trips or weekend getaways virtually in your backyard. Get out there and celebrate the joys of micro-climates! Not from CA? Just all the more reason to visit the Golden State.Read More
This morning, we lost another incredible member of the creative community. Bourdain, thank you for giving us your wise words, fresh perspectives, and love for food. You will be missed.Read More
In cities across the nation, residents are invited to spend time in the sun at one of the countless summer street festivals held almost every weekend. What better way to spend a warm afternoon than walking the streets of your favorite city decked out with food, music, and art? These are some of my personal favorites from cities big and small.Read More
Kate Spade, the face of a brand with a colorful, modern flair, was found dead on her apartment on Tuesday in an apparent suicide.
Like so many other young women, my first "grown-up" piece of designer clothing was Kate Spade. At age fifteen, I saved up as much money as I could to buy a pink wallet half the size of my head. It was one of the first "nice" things I ever owned, and I was captivated by the brand ever since. My mom, sister and I would go into the her store just to stare at the brightly colored bags, so often that the salespeople began to recognize us.Read More
I've always been a huge proponent of quick and (somewhat) reasonably priced meals, so I naturally gravitate towards food trucks, and here are a few of my absolute favorites. For each one, I'll recommend a dish or two, but I encourage you to go with your gut (literally). The best part? You can learn how to make all of these dishes with a Verlocal class!Read More
As a college student at University of Southern California, finding ways to explore the city of Los Angeles while sticking to my ramen-and-cheap-beer budget was a bit of a challenge. However, I somehow managed to discover a few hidden gems that made the city feel like home, and it didn't cost me a dime (if you disregard the constant surge pricing on Lyft).Read More