From TikTok’s Ticketmaster Partnership, SoulCycle and More! | Tech News

It’s time for another week of the latest in tech news! We have you covered with the leading headlines from around the world wide web. Read on major tech news from TikTok’s Ticketmaster Partnership, SoulCycle, and More!

Microsoft Teams now allows users to send short video clip messages

Microsoft has announced this week a new asynchronous video chat tool from Inspire, including collaborative annotations and the Excel Live app in Teams meetings. When text messages and emojis don’t cut it, Microsoft has given Teams users another option for communicating: the ability to send short video clips using the chat function. The video clip feature can be accessed by clicking on a small video camera icon in the Teams text chat box. A pop-up screen lets a user record a short clip and edits the length before posting it into the Teams chat.  Excel Live will be available in public preview at the end of August.

iPhone Users should Clear Your Cache Regularly

Over time, if you don’t clear your cache, the data stored in your web browsers get cluttered and might slow the phone. Whether you browse in Chrome, Safari, or any other browser, your phone gets digitally cluttered over time. Clearing your cache, reset the browser, thereby speeding up your web browsing. You can also manage your iPhone’s storage to help get it running fast again. Clearing your cache removes the website data the phone stored locally to prevent having to download that data with each new visit. Mostly, the cache requires clearing once every month or two. You should clear your cache more often if you frequent many sites.

Seattle nonprofit works to expose underrepresented youth to space industry careers

iUrban Teen, a Seattle-based nonprofit, hosted a Space Summit (iSpace) featuring the leading space industry partners such as Virgin Galactic, Blue Origin, NASA, and Starfish Space. The nonprofit wants to help expose underrepresented youth to the industry and potential careers. The program had an intentional reach to BIPOC students but was open to all middle and high school students. iUrban Teens wants the iSpace Summit to become part of an annual program and plans to expand to other cities like Portland and Dallas. 

SoulCycle Launches New Campaign to Give Free Classes to Peloton Users

Popular cycling studio Soul Cycle has launched a new campaign to bring back its former riders. The SoulCycle ‘Souls Reunited’ campaign will give up to 47 classes free for clients that trade in their Peloton bike. “We’re dead set on seeing you back with your pack, so we’re giving you the opportunity to trade in your bike for the equivalent value of in-studio classes at SoulCycle,” reads SoulCycle Souls Reunited campaign site. Likewise, the offer is only valid for the first 100 people within the United States. The offer launched this week and with winners to be announced on August 12th. 

TikTok Launches Ticketmaster Feature to Bring Big Shows to App

With its ongoing popularity and usage, TikTok has launched a new integration focused on music. This latest feature partners with Ticketmaster to allow performers to sell concert tickets directly on the app. The integration will take advantage of TikTok’s recommendation feed by helping artists to reach more fans. With music playing such a big part of the app, this latest move from TikTok makes sense. According to reports, the company also recently filed a trademark for “TikTok Music.” The filing states that the platform would allow users to download, purchase, play and share music all from the app.

Amazon Brings Mall Favorites to Same Day Delivery Offering

E-commerce giant Amazon will be partnering with select stores to bring mall favorite shops direct to consumers. The new initiative will allow for same-day delivery from places like PacSun, GNC, Superdry, and Diesel. The service is also limited to certain cities, like Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Las Vegas, Miami, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Seattle, and Washington, DC.  “The expansion of Amazon’s Same-Day Delivery to include beloved brands delivered directly from nearby retail locations is just another way we are offering customers even greater selection, at faster speeds,” Sarah Mathew, Amazon’s director of delivery experience, said in a statement.

 

Weekend Events | August 5 – August 7, 2022

The weekend has arrived, and so has your list of fun things to do locally. Enjoy all that this August 5 through August 7 has to offer with our roundup of community entertainment. Read on for this weekend’s most exciting events!

LOS ANGELES WEEKEND EVENTS | August 5 – August 7

The Allyson Felix Race for Change

 

When: August 7 

Where: DTLA

What: Join the most decorated U.S. track athlete in history, Allyson Felix for her retirement sprint this weekend. Felix invites you to the Arts District for an Athleta-presented event at ROW DTLA. The August 7 event will also feature a community street race to raise awareness for accessible child care and live music.

House of the Dragon: The Targaryen Dynasty

When: August 5 – August 7 

Where: USC/Exposition Park

What: Westeros comes to the Natural History Museum for a Game of Thrones-inspired dragon-filled exhibit. The in-person promo for the upcoming release of the prequel series House of Dragon invites you to view props and customs from the HBO show. The exhibit will also include tutorials on the Valyrian language, dragon eggs, and a replica of the House of Dragon version of the Iron Throne.

Back to the Future screening with the LA Phil

When: August 5 – August 6 

Where: The Hollywood Bowl

What: ‘Great, Scott!’ Join Marty McFly and travel back in time this weekend only for the LA Phil’s screening of ‘Back to the Future’. The Steven Spielberg-produced hit will be accompanied by the LA Phil’s orchestra and David Newman.

WESTSIDE AND BEACH COMMUNITIES WEEKEND EVENTS | August 5 – August 7 

The Actors’ Gang Free Shakespeare in the Park

When: August 5 – August 28 

Where: Culver City Media Park

What: The Actors Gang brings a fresh take on the Bard’s greatest works. Join the Culver City theatre for its unique take on Shakespeare at this family-friendly, high-energy production. This summer will feature a Halloween-inspired adaption of ‘As You Like It’, dubbed ‘As BOO like it’, so you get the jest.

KCRW Summer Nights

When: Until September 29 

Where: Westwood

What: Summer is better with KCRW Summer Nights. Enjoy open-air tunes on select nights from July through September at various locations. Some of the spots for sounds include the Hammer Museum, CAAM, and more!

US Open of Surfing

When: July 30 – August 7

Where: Huntington Beach

What: The US Open of Surfing rides the waves into Huntington Beach this weekend for a week-long competition. Bringing together the world’s elite surfers, thousands of competitors will face off for the big prize. The event will also feature live bands, a sports expo, and after-parties.

CONEJO VALLEY WEEKEND EVENTS | August 5 – August 7 

145th Annual Ventura County Fair

When: August 3 – August 14 

Where: Ventura County Fairgrounds | Ventura

What: It’s time for the 145th annual Ventura County Fair, “A County Fair with Ocean Air.” This year’s fair takes place at the Ventura County Fairgrounds for two weeks of fun! Enjoy arts, crafts, food, exhibits, displays, demonstrations, farm animals, petting zoo, carnival rides, games, and entertainment. 

Free Movies on the Green Featuring ‘Encanto’

When: August 6 

Where: Warner Ranch Park | Woodland Hills

What: Enjoy the instant Disney classic ‘Encanto’ on the Green at Warner Ranch Park. Spend your Saturday evenings with family-friendly flicks in Woodland hills for a night of fun and film. Make sure to bring your own blankets and lawn chairs to settle down comfortably.

Heritage Square Concert Series

When: through August 19 

Where: Oxnard

What: With the arrival of summer you can always expect one thing…summer concert series! Heritage Square invites you to join them for the return of their 10-week music series run. Enjoy musical styles ranging from Reggae to Latin, Jazz, and rock. 

SAN FERNANDO VALLEY WEEKEND EVENTS | August 5 – August 7 

Movies on the Roof

When: until August 27

Where: Fashion Square Mall | Sherman Oaks

What: Westfield Fashion Square invites you to a joy-filled alfresco film series this summer. Catch flicks like Austin Powers and Shrek, and with ticket sales, support Hope of the Valley.

Moonlit Saturdays

When: August 6 

Where: The Nitecap | Burbank

What: Treat yourself to some comedy and laughs this weekend. Head to The Nitecap for Moonlit Saturdays. The comedy show features LA’s best comedians, many of whom have appeared on HBO, Netflix, and Showtime. Don’t miss out!

Valley Relics Museum Experience

When: Every Saturday and Sunday

Where: 16781 Stagg Street Hangar C3 & C4 | Van Nuys

What: Visit the Valley’s beloved museum of Pop Culture this weekend! The Valley Relics Museum invites you to join them for a day full of nostalgia and fun. Their one-of-a-kind museum features neon signs, classic cars, a playable retro arcade, and more! Tickets for Valley Relics Museum can be purchased on Eventbrite.

The Best Luxury Cocktail Bars Around Town | LA Eats

Besides being one of the best places to invest in residential properties and live, Southern California also has some of the best cocktail bars in all of California. The following is a compilation of several fancy cocktail bars and restaurants around the area where you can have a good time with friends, family, or colleagues.

1. Thunderbolt, DTLA

The Best Luxury Cocktail Bars Around Town

Thunderbolt offers Georgia peaches and the finest barbeques in all of Echo Park.

2. The Cigar and Whiskey Bar, Beverly Hills

If your friends are looking to splurge on an elegant mezzanine bar serving some of the best classic cocktails in town, Maybourne Hotel’s Cigar and Whiskey Lounge is the place to be.

3. Death and Co., DTLA, Arts District

The Best Luxury Cocktail Bars Around Town

This bar has been listed as one of North America’s Best Bars, serving the most finely made cocktail with quality spirits and fresh ingredients. You will need a reservation to enjoy the fine drinks offered in this location.

4. The Spare Room, Hollywood

The Best Luxury Cocktail Bars Around Town

Launched in 2011 and located inside the charming Roosevelt hotel, this bar is famous for its classics and tiki-style cocktails, which come highly recommended by its regulars.

5. Little Bar, Mid-Wilshire

This bar is one of the best locations to wind down with a group of friends and enjoy heartfelt banter over the variety of liquor and cocktails.

6. Employees Only, West Hollywood

Featuring a sleek interior, this bar offers impressive classic cocktails and is best known for its unique espresso martini. This cool spot is also renowned as the outdoor hub for some of L.A.’s coolest up-and-coming chefs and pop-ups.

7. The Rendition Room, Beverly Hills

A nice atmosphere to catch a beer with friends at the end of a long day and try the Bloody Mary or the Spicy Mule cocktails.

8. The Lincoln, Santa Monica

They offer a variety of hand-crafted cocktails like the Picante Passion, Moscow Mule, and Whiskey Sour in an intimate and ambient atmosphere.

9. The Famous, Glendale

This hippy bar serves up a variety of cocktails, such as the Whiskey Sour, Moscow Mule, and Cherry Lime Rickey, meant to be sipped and savored after a long day of work or over a happy hour meeting.

10. Residuals Tavern, Studio City

The Best Luxury Cocktail Bars Around Town

With immaculately attired staff, this bar serves classic cocktails and several other drinks, such as craft beer and wine.

11. The Sherman, Sherman Oaks

This restaurant and bar offers a variety of foods and features craft cocktails that you will enjoy.

12. The Tipsy Cow, Sherman Oaks

The Best Luxury Cocktail Bars Around Town

This bar also offers craft cocktails and a selection of thirty-two draft beers, which you and your friends ought to love on a chilled evening.

13. VenTiki Lounge, Ventura

Enjoy the variety of modern Tiki drinks and select traditional drinks such as Mai Tai.

14. Herzog Wine Cellars, Thousand Oaks

The Best Luxury Cocktail Bars Around Town

This spot is easily one of the best places to hang with your colleagues after work over great wine and delicious food.

15. Oak and Iron, Thousand Oaks

You can enjoy various handmade crafted drinks like Daiquiri, Penicillin, and the gorgeous strawberry fields.

16. Alamo Bar and Grill, Newbury Park

The Best Luxury Cocktail Bars Around Town

Enjoy the variety of Mexican foods such as salsa and the wide array of wine and fancy cocktails.

Staycation in Carmel | Out & About

If you’re new to Carmel-by-the-Sea, you may already have decided that you’d need a very good reason to leave it even if you have time to travel. Carmel has everything to enjoy a fabulous staycation, from beautiful beaches and prestigious golf courses to eclectic shops and first-class restaurants. Its hotels and inns offer guests attentive service and luxury amenities and make an excellent base for your staycation or vacation. With all there is to enjoy in this charming seaside city, you’ll be glad you stayed.

Where to Stay in Carmel, CA

This idyllic town features a wide array of luxury hotels as well as charming inns that offer the comfortable accommodations you’ll need for your California staycation. If you’re a golf enthusiast, you might consider booking a stay at the renowned Quail Lodge & Golf Club, which features an outdoor pool and two on-site restaurants. La Playa Carmel boasts a four-star rating and features breathtaking ocean views. Other top hotels and inns include:

  • Carmel Valley Ranch by Hyatt
  • Tradewinds Carmel
  • Normandy Inn
  • Carmel Mission Inn

Where to Shop

If you’re planning to go shopping, you’ll want to explore the shops on Ocean Avenue as well as the charming courtyard and specialty shops nearby. Carmel features a veritable maze of shops and boutiques that sell everything from artisan-made clothing and jewelry to art and antiques. Popular shopping destinations in the city include:

  • Cottage of Sweets, a British-style candy shop
  • Fjorn, which sells Scandinavian furniture
  • The Mole Hole of Carmel, a gift and souvenir shop
  • The Pilgrims Way Community Bookstore and Secret Garden
  • Nielsen Brothers Market, a gourmet foods shop

Whether you’re searching for designer brands like Kate Spade and Tiffany or more unique offerings like consignment couture and custom perfumes, you’re sure to enjoy exploring the city’s plaza shops, malls, and boutiques.

Where to Eat in Carmel

Carmel is home to outstanding restaurants as well as charming cafes. You’ll find French, Japanese, Mexican, Californian, and other cuisine types in the city’s many specialty eateries. Some of the city’s best restaurants, like Aubergine feature seasonal ingredients and tasting menus. Find everything from rustic pubs to romantic seaside gourmet fare when dining out in town. Some of the city’s best-loved restaurants include:

  • La Bicyclette
  • La Balena
  • Brophy’s Tavern
  • Pescadero
  • Akaoni

What to Do in Carmel

While shopping and eating out can certainly help you fill in your time during your staycation, you’ll definitely want to enjoy some of the city’s notable attractions and other fun things to do. When making your plans, be sure to include some of the following:

Carmel Mission

The Carmel Mission dates to 1770 and features lovely grounds strewn with gardens as well as the mission itself that boasts a dazzling interior and Spanish Colonial art.

Point Lobos State Natural Reserve

With its dramatic coastal views, the Point Lobos State Natural Reserve is a must-see spot for outdoor enthusiasts. It features trails, coves, tide pools, and, often, glimpses of coastal wildlife like seals and otters.

Pebble Beach Golf Links

As the site of numerous championship golf tournaments, Pebble Beach Golf Links attracts throngs of golf lovers from all over the world.

Carmel is also known for its myriad of outdoor events and festivals. The city has long been known for its art scene and cultural celebrations. With so much to enjoy in Carmel, you’ll be glad you chose it for your staycation.

The Best Neutral Decor Ideas For Your Home | Home Tips

When people think about neutral decor ideas, they usually picture boring tones of beige, but with the right combination of colors, contrasts, and textures, you can end up with absolutely fantastic results. When you start considering a palette of neutral colors, try not to stick to the most obvious ones. Neutral colors include shades like browns, grays, whites, and even metallic hues! So, with this in mind, let’s move forward with our favorite decorating ideas for awesome neutral decor.

1. Getting Started on Neutral Decor : Choose The Color For The Walls

One of the best ways to get started on neutral decor is to remember that “neutral” doesn’t mean you must use a single color. When you go for a neutral look, simply choose a range of colors that “go” with everything else. You’ll want to achieve a down-to-earth, relaxing space. With this in mind, the first step should be to work on your room’s background. By background, we are referring to the walls of the room you want to decorate. Choosing a pale ivory color can create the illusion of a room that is airy, fresh, and filled with light. Likewise, and in many cases, a few well-placed mirrors can help to make your room look larger.

2. Up Next: Your Windows And Floors

The most important part of neutral decor is your flooring and the color of your window treatments. These two will set the stage for everything else you place in that room. In addition, they are flexible enough to allow you to stray from the color of the walls. In the case of flooring, a nice earth tone will help your room look clean and fresh. Make sure your window treatments provide a contrast to your floors in order to make your room feel warm and welcoming.

3. Furniture: The Icing On The Cake

When you are looking to achieve the perfect neutral decor, you should consider using colors that contrast with your flooring. A great look is achieved by using a darker brown color for your furniture. Additionally, you should keep in mind that you can add throw pillows in a variety of tones to add an even more welcoming sense of warmth to the room.

4. Wrap It Up With Awesome Seasonal Neutral Decor 

While it is understandable that seasonal decorations will add a bit of color to your neutral decor, it is possible to maintain a wonderfully classical look all year round by selecting decorations that are crafted out of natural materials, such as wreaths made out of twigs or dry branches, and even a beautiful ceramic vase with colorful flowers that will give a touch of life to your space. It is at this point you can highlight a certain accessory by using brighter colors in a neutral room. Remember that a neutral decor doesn’t require overloading but can achieve a perfect look with a few great accessories in the right places.

5. Playing With Pastels

One of the most beautiful things about neutral decor colors is that they can be paired with certain shades of pastel to create a welcoming environment you will always love coming home to. Adding pastel-colored accents to your neutral setting will result in a sophisticated look that is hard to achieve any other way, especially if you have chosen the earthen range of neutral colors for your decor.

From Spotify’s Friends Mix to Google Nest and More! | Tech News

For this week in tech news, we’re dishing out the details on Spotify’s Friends Mix, Google Nest updates, and more! Read on for our weekly round-up of the latest headlines in the world of tech.

Nimbus pod-like EV offers urban commuters a scooter-car hybrid solution

Nimbus One, a pod-like electric vehicle (EV) of the future from the Michigan-based Nimbus company, has been created to tackle the two problems of urban parking and high gas prices as well as help the environment. It’s a three-wheeled EV; part car, part scooter, and its compact design make maneuvering around urban areas much easier.  The vehicle features two removable batteries that can be charged with an at-home plug or by using a traditional EV charger that is situated in the front of the pod. The Nimbus One can hold up to two people. It has a luggage rack on the back that offers additional storage. The Pod gets about 93 miles on a full charge and can go up to 50 miles per hour. The cost is just under $10,000 to buy or $200 a month to rent.  The company hopes to offer Nimbus Ones as daily rentals in some cities and is targeting 2023 for mass production.

You can finally see a live feed of your Google Nest cameras on your TV

Starting this week, Google is bringing an old feature to its new Nest cameras. Google will allow you to stream the video feed from all your Nest cameras and video doorbells to your TV using a Chromecast with Google TV.  All Nest Cams and Nest Doorbells will be supported by this new feature, including our latest devices that were released in 2021: the Nest Cam (outdoor or indoor, battery), Nest Cam (indoor, wired), and Nest Cam; with floodlight and Nest Doorbell (battery).” According to Google, nothing needs to be enabled to activate the new feature. Chromecast must be on the same Wi-Fi network as your cameras. You can either use the Google TV voice remote by pressing the Assistant button and saying, “show me the front door camera,” or ask your Nest speaker or smart display to show you the front door camera on my TV.”

How to Change the Name of Your Mac

Do you know your Mac automatically assigns a name to it when you set it up for the first time? Changing that name to anything you want is possible, though you might not realize it. It’s easy to do. Let’s take a closer look at where it is and how to change it.  To change the name of your Mac, follow the simple step-by-step instructions below:

  1. Click on the Apple logo in the upper-left corner of the desktop and choose System Preferences from the dropdown menu.
  2. Locate the Sharing icon and click on it.
  3. At the top of the window, click on your Mac’s current name and press the Delete key to remove it.
  4. Now, enter your new name and then close the Sharing window to apply your changes.

Additionally, you will need to update the local network address that any external devices use to connect to your Mac. This is also a straightforward procedure. Likewise, you can effortlessly change the name of your other Apple devices, whether it’s your AirPods, iPad, or iPhone.

JetBlue to acquire Spirit, creating the fifth-largest airline in the US

With the Frontier Airlines and Spirit merger falling apart this week, Jet Blue stepped in with a $3.8 billion dollar offer. The newly merged airline will now become the fight largest in the US. Likewise, this deal will create a potential challenge to the dominance if the “Big Four” carriers. Spirit airlines shareholders choose not to move forward with Frontier Airlines after receiving a more generous offer from JetBlue. Both airlines have been pursuing a purchase of Spirit Airlines for months in hopes of helping to reduce airline ticket prices. 

Spotify introduces Friends Mix playlists, an auto-generated mixtape from your pals

The modern mixtape has arrived. To Spotify, that is. This week the music streaming app announced its new Friends Mix feature. With Friends Mix creates a new big mixtape full of recommendations that all of your friends would give you. The new Friends Mix feature is now available globally for premium Spotify subscribers and free accounts. At this time, the feature only works on iOS and desktop apps. Android users will need to wait before the feature arrives on their device. Users looking for the Friends Mix feature can access it through the Made for You hub.

Weekend Events | July 29 – July 31, 2022

Summer is going by fast, and the last weekend in July is here. Enjoy all of the fun happening in your neighborhood this July 29 through July 31. Read on for our weekend roundup of fun events happening around town!

LOS ANGELES WEEKEND EVENTS | JULY 29 – JULY 31

The Little Literary Fair

When: July 30 – July 31

Where: Downtown Arts District

What: Calling all literary enthusiasts! Don’t miss this weekend’s free literary fair of indie booksellers and creators in DTLA. LITLIT will take place at Hauser & Wirth and give attendees the chance to interact with over 40 publishers. 

Dog Adoption Event at Dodger Stadium

When: July 30

Where: Dodger Stadium | Los Angeles

What: If you are looking for a furry friend, then this weekend’s Dog Adoption event at Dodger Stadium is your destination.  L.A. Animal Services will have more than 100 adorable dogs available at its center field plaza this Saturday. Fees to adopt are $51 for dogs and $75 for puppies (excluding licensing fees), and only cash or check will be accepted.

Red Hot Chili Peppers

When: July 31 

Where: Inglewood 

What: It’s time for some “Californication” courtesy of the one and only Red Hot Chilli Peppers. Enjoy the funk rock group that weekend at SoFi Stadium. The band will be playing a homecoming show with support from two other local bands.

 

WESTSIDE & BEACH COMMUNITIES WEEKEND EVENTS| JULY 29 – JULY 31

Midsummer Scream

When: July 29 – July 31 

Where: Long Beach Convention Center

What: Hey there, horror fans! You won’t want to miss this weekend’s horror convention. The country’s biggest horror convention returns to LB to deliver scares and the biggest names in the genre. Enjoy panel discussions from horror film greats, along with autograph signing and photo ops. 

KCRW Summer Nights

When: Until September 29 

Where: Westwood

What: Summer is better with KCRW Summer Nights. Enjoy open-air tunes on select nights from July through September at various locations. Some of the spots for sounds include the Hammer Museum, CAAM, and more!

US Open of Surfing

When: July 30 – August 7

Where: Huntington Beach

What: The US Open of Surfing rides the waves into Huntington Beach this weekend for a week-long competition. Bringing together the world’s elite surfers, thousands of competitors will face off for the big prize. The event will also feature live bands, a sports expo, and after-parties.

 

SAN FERNANDO VALLEY WEEKEND EVENTS | JULY 29 – JULY 31

Movies on the Roof

When: until August 27

Where: Fashion Square Mall | Sherman Oaks

What: Westfield Fashion Square invites you to a joy-filled alfresco film series this summer. Catch flicks like Guardians of The Galaxy and Spaceballs, with ticket sales in support of Hope of the Valley.

Valley Relics Museum Experience

When: Every Saturday and Sunday

Where: 16781 Stagg Street Hangar C3 & C4 | Van Nuys

What: Visit the Valley’s beloved museum of Pop Culture this weekend! The Valley Relics Museum invites you to join them for a day full of nostalgia and fun. Their one-of-a-kind museum features neon signs, classic cars, a playable retro arcade, and more! Tickets for Valley Relics Museum can be purchased on Eventbrite.

1st Annual ASMAC Summer Concert: String Quartet, Harp, Piano, and Voice

When: July 31 

Where: Evergreen Stage | 4403 W. Magnolia Blvd. | Burbank

What: In tribute to the 100th anniversary of Warner Bros., the 1st Annual ASMAC Summer Concert will celebrate through sound. Featuring studio ensemble, arrangement will include new and exciting arrangements from the likes of Jonathan Allentoff, Chris Boardman, Dan Redfeld, Nan Schwartz, and more. In addition, there will also be appearances by special guest pianists.

CONEJO VALLEY WEEKEND EVENTS | JULY 29 – JULY 31

Free Summer Movies in the Park Presents ‘Hairspray’

When: July 29

Where: Constitution Park | Camarillo

What: The Pleasant Valley Recreation & Park District film series continues this weekend with a showing of ‘Hairspray.’ Catch this family-friendly flick at Constitution Park starting at 8:15 PM. In addition, there will be food trucks and pre-movie live music, and lawn games. 

“Down the Rabbit Hole” Music and Brewery Fest

When: July 30 

Where: Thousand Oaks

What: Don’t miss the inaugural Down the Rabbit Hole Festival of Music and Beer! The event features a packed lineup of great music happening simultaneously at both breweries. 

Taste of Camarillo Wine, Brew & Food Festival

When: July 31 

Where: 201 Camarillo Ranch Road | Camarillo

What: A Taste of Camarillo – Wine, Brew & Food Festival kicks off this Sunday. As one of the longest-running wine and food festivals in Ventura County, this festival is not one to miss. Enjoy an afternoon of sampling fine wines, craft beers, and gourmet foods on the grounds of the historic Camarillo Ranch. In addition, there will be live music and dancing, boutique shopping, and more. Children and pets are not allowed.

Best Coffee Bars Around Town | LA Eats

Searching for the best coffee bars in town? Look no further than our list of top spots for perfect brews in this week’s LA Eats blog!

LOS ANGELES COFFEE BARS

Sightglass Coffee

Location: 7051 Willoughby Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

If you frequent SF, you’ve likely heard of Sightglass Coffee. This spot is top-notch in coffee bars, and its Hollywood flagship does not disappoint. Enjoy top-flight espresso or tasty coffee alongside a range of pastries and entree options for breakfast and lunch. 

Hilltop Coffee + Kitchen

Location: 4427 W Slauson Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90043

Locals in South LA will tell you that Hilltop Coffee + Kitchen is where it’s at for coffee bars in LA. With a stunning view of Park-Windsor Hill, you’ll enjoy sites with your bites and beverage; enjoy brews like the lavender latte alongside yummy bowls and toast. 

Alchemist Coffee Project at The Pearl

Location: 687 S Hobart Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90005

Buzzing with busyness during the week, Alchemist Coffee Project is one of the most popular coffee bars in Koreatown. Patrons can enjoy coffee options like Onyx Coffee from Arkansas and top-notch latte art. 

 

WESTSIDE AND BEACH COMMUNITIES COFFEE BARS

Menotti’s Coffee Stop

Location: 56 Windward Ave, Venice, CA 90291

A beachside favorite, Menotti’s Coffee Shop in Venice is a must if you’re on the Westside. Serving up Espresso drinks with a creative flair, the shop also boasts some pretty great tunes. Enjoy your coffee on their patio as you soak in the sun’s rays. 

Viento Y Agua

Location: 4007 E 4th St, Long Beach, CA 90814

After 16 years of service, Long Beach’s Viento y Agua still keeps things simple. The coffee shop has a limited food menu, but everything on it is worthy of trying. From spectacular cafe con Leche to Mexican chocolate mocha, your taste buds will thank you. 

Goodboybob

Location: 9355 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

Make your way to the Citizen Public Market in Culver City for house-roasted beans and fantastic chapatis. The coffee shop has more than a few locations on the westside, but the service remains the same…stellar. When picking up your brew, be sure to grab one of their delicious house-made pastries as well. 

 

SAN FERNANDO VALLEY & CONEJO VALLEY COFFEE BARS

Basecamp and High Horse Dinette

Location: 1221 W Riverside Dr, Burbank, CA 91506

At Basecamp, you’ll find traditional espresso drinks, East Coast-style frappes, and more. As far as coffee shops go, Burbank’s cozy Valley spot is ideal for a morning start or afternoon pick-me-up. 

Highlight Coffee

Location: 701 E Broadway, Glendale, CA 91205

Sitting on the prime corner of a historic building in Glendale, you’ll find Highlight Coffee. The espresso bar and coffee shop offer strong shots and beautiful lattes. In addition, to the Glendale location, Highlight Coffee recently opened a standalone building in Pasadena that offers a variety of roasters.  

Aroma Coffee & Tea Company

Location: Studio City

Once a private home, Aroma Coffee & Tea Company makes for a delightful spot to enjoy a coffee or full meal. The menu here is expansive, with something for the inner espresso lover or chai latte enthusiast within you. In this library-like atmosphere, you’ll be able to get cozy near their fireplace or enjoy the summer season on their back patio. 

10 Speed Coffee

Location: 23504 Calabasas Rd, Calabasas, CA 91302

If the name does not give it away, 10 Speed Coffee appeals to bicycle culture while serving up great brews. Both the Calabasas and Santa Monica locations offer patrons traveling by bike or other well-crafted espresso drinks and a light menu of teas and tonics. 

Five07 Coffee Bar and Eatery

Location: 2036 E Avenida De Los Arboles C, Thousand Oaks, CA 91362

At the FIVE07, you can boost your caffeine level and your creativity. The Thousand Oaks coffee shop supports art and community while combining food, music, and drinks.

Hidden Gems in Malibu | Out & About

There is no shortage of hidden gems in Los Angeles County’s local neighborhoods. From DTLA to Malibu, there are sure to be sites you’ve yet to see. We are sharing our favorite hidden gems in Malibu for this week’s edition of Out & About!

Calamigos Guest Ranch and Beach Club

Tucked into the sprawling hillsides of Malibu is a hidden gem worth making a visit to. Whether you are in need of a staycation or simply want brunch, Calamigos Ranch is worth a visit. The property has endless things to see and do, an ideal venue for special occasions. Bonus: They also have a beach club where you can enjoy a sunny day in Malibu.

Topanga Lookout Trail

The Santa Monica Mountains have no shortage of ideal spots for scenic views. The same can be said for the Topanga Lookout Trail, a two-mile round trip hike. Once the site of a fire tower, the trail stands above the Red Rock Canyon Park and provides great views of the mountainscape. In addition, you will also get stellar views of Calabasas and the Santa Susana Mountains.

Pirates Cove

Another hidden gem in Malibu is the sand beach cove referred to as Pirates Cove. This secluded area is a must-visit on the west side of Point Dume. In addition to being a scenic spot, it’s been featured in films like the 1968 film Planet of the Apes. Access to Pirates Cove is from the southern end of Westward Beach. Once you have enjoyed your time in the cove, you can venture to the nearby nature preserve in Point Dume State Beach.

Paramount Ranch

As the name suggests, Paramount Ranch has been the home to a number of film productions. The ranch began being leased by Paramount Pictures in 1927 and has been featured in productions like Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, and Westworld, among others. This hidden gem offers several miles of scenic hikes through chaparral, riparian, and valley oak savannah plant communities. You can choose to walk, bike, or ride a horse through the ranches’ trail offerings and scenic environment.

Little Dume

Popular amongst surfers, Little Dume Beach is a small east-facing cove near Point Dume in Malibu. The scenic beach area is great for a walk along the shore or a quiet beach day. Visitors will need to walk from Paradise Cove Beach or Big Dume Beach in order to access this hidden gem in Malibu. 

 

Top Paint Color Trends of 2022 | Home Tips

Just because we are midway through the year doesn’t mean you can’t switch up the paint color in your abode. For the top color trends of 2022, read one below and give your home a fresh new look!

Pantone’s Very Peri

Of course, the color to kick off our top paint colors of 2022 list would be Pantone’s 2022 Color of the Year ‘Very Peri’. The hue made history as the first ever to be created specifically for the Color of the Year. Very Peri (17-3938) is a brand-new blue — mixing vivifying violet with electric red undertones to create the ultimate chic shade. This hue can be ideal for an entire room or accent wall. 

 

Sherwin-Williams’ Evergreen Fog

Reminiscent of nature, the soft green tones of Evergreen Fog (SW 9130) have made it a popular paint color for 2022. The color itself gives feelings of both revitalization and growth with a natural emblem of newness. As Sue Wadden, director of color marketing at Sherwin-Williams, explains, “From a color psychology standpoint, Evergreen Fog signals growth, emergence, and new beginnings.” All the more reason to give the right space in your home it’s a new beginning as well.

Sherwin-Williams’ Aleutian

As a stunning light-washed shade of indigo, Aleutian (HGSW 3355) promotes balance and wellbeing through its gentle hues. Aleutian is part of the HGTV Home by Sherwin-Williams collection and provides a crystalline calm that can easily complement any setting. This paint color works well with natural wood and rooms with rich sunlight. 

Behr’s Breezeway

Say hello to Breezeway (MQ3-21), a soft, silvery-green shade with cool undertones. The paint color brings to mind the thought of sea glass, making it ideal for an ocean-side abode. This color embodies both outdoors and nostalgia that one can find inspiration from. From casual to coastal and modern to vintage, this paint color works great for home offices and living rooms.

Valspar’s Gilded Linen

 For a more organic paint color of 2022, consider Gilden Linen from Valspar. This hue offers a warm natural white that works in multiple spaces. Valspar color marketing manager Sue Kim notes the following: “A simple neutral like Gilded Linen emphasizes our desire to have a clean and organized home. It is a great transitional color and is perfect for entries and hallways connecting spaces throughout our home.” Make your home extra cozy with Gilded Linen.