Explore and Conquer

When you think of the most important people in your life, you would probably say family, significant others, and close friends. But we often forget one very important person, ourselves. Finding time to care and center yourself is often overlooked but extremely necessary. One of our team members recently got back from a soul searching and inspiring trip to Peru and Ecuador, after hearing of their adventures it motivated us all at l&b to strive for more.

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Travel is a form of self-care that will always make you a better person in the end. Faced with the challenges of a being somewhere new,  you will lose and find yourself all at the same time. A different culture, language, and even cuisine, can push you to open your minds and hearts.

Travel gives you the confidence to break out of everyday comfortability and to never stop exploring and learning about yourself. So take the time, buy the ticket, go on the road trip. Experience all the world has to offer.

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Discover LA: The Standard Hotel

IMG_2241Has anyone opened the pool party season yet? Summer in LA means never ending pool parties. As every Angeleno, one of our go to spots in summer is the rooftop of the Standard Hotel.

The Standard Hotel is located in the center of Downtown LA surrounded by many restaurants and cafes. It provides you the perfect opportunity to get a small bite before going up to the rooftop pool or going back to your hotel room. Their contemporary and hip rooms have mood lighting and free Wi-Fi. For the ones who don’t mind paying a little extra, the upgraded rooms also have great city views.

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Their pool parties have always been so hip. They have a rooftop pool, which is heated year round. The area offers a variety of options from waterbed pods to outdoor fireplace. They also have a Biergarten close to the pool area, which provides tastes from Germany for beer lovers.

Besides their popular pool party, the Standard Hotel is also home to a really nice brasserie called 24/7. This restaurant is a downtown gem focusing on organic and locally sourced products for their daily served menu. Inside, they have a diner-like counter, which really is great for having a loft & bear cocktail with a friend or two. In the nice LA weather, if you prefer to be outdoors but still enjoy organic and local food, we are sure you will enjoy 24/7’s charming outdoor patio. You can also find our newest cocktail at the Spin Standard bar called Second Verse. With amontillado, vodka, lemon and strawberry, it’s sure to please.

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For sure, these are not the only offerings Standard Hotel has to offer its guests. It is a home for many restaurants so why not go check them out this summer?

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You’re Fucking Beautiful.

IMG_4106_editLove. It’s what the world needs more than anything, and we tried spreading some in DTLA last week.

Hugs. Flowers. Balloons. Telling Angelenos they’re fucking beautiful. Little things to brighten up people’s day was our strategy.IMG_4023_edit.jpgIMG_4080_editWe, as a company, strive to do good for the world and our community, and we implement that into every part of our business we can. From the drought-free California spring water we use for our product, to 5% of our profits being donated to charity every year.

We don’t do all of this purely for marketing purposes or to hop on a corporate trend, we do this because we feel it’s just the right thing to do, and we enjoy making the world just a little bit nicer.

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Things to Do With Pops in LA

Father’s Day is upon us. And with that in mind, we thought to share some possible activities you can do with your old man today. You may find this post especially useful if you still don’t know what to do and are trying to find something last minute. It’s okay, we all do it.

For the Outdoorsy Father

If he loves spending his time outside enjoying nature’s landscapes, you have to consider taking him hiking on the Sara Wan Trailhead at Corral Canyon. This is where mountains views meet the sea’s horizon. And best yet, Malibu’s Corral Canyon is the only coastal canyon in Los Angeles county that has never been developed. That’s right, raw nature, just as it was intended.

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The Art Lover

Just in time for the Father’s Day weekend, bring him to the Pasadena Chalk Festival where more than 600 artists gather to make street art in many styles from classical to contemporary. Held at the Paseo Colorado Shopping Center (280 E Colorado Blvd.) it’s the largest street painting festival in the world. In addition to the art, there’s plenty of food, shopping, and live music to enjoy. Oh and it’s free, so go.

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The Multi-Tasker

If he can’t resist the chance to kill two birds with one stone, you gotta take him to Blind Barber in Culver City. Not only can he get a traditional haircut and straight-razor shave here (please take him if he needs one,)  he can also enjoy crafted cocktails at their speakeasy space. Yes, this place doubles as both a barbershop and a bar; business in the front, party in the back. The atmosphere has a younger, hipper vibe, so make sure that’s cool with him. The happy hour is 6-8pm btw, if you’re into that.

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Sunlight and Sustenance

IMG_3821When was the last time you got the family/friends together and just enjoyed a picnic outside for an afternoon? Long time right? In our digital age, it’s even more uncommon than ever. So for International Picnic Day (June 18) treat your loved ones to sunlight and sustenance. Sometimes the simplest things are the ones most fulfilling.

Los Angeles is a bursting metropolis but within in you can find green, and sky and a welcome place to come enjoy the simple things in life. Grand Park in Downtown is a favorite with the corporate workers looking for a lunchtime escape and the families needing a place where their toes can explore the feeling of grass.IMG_3809_lowresIMG_3817_edit_lowresIMG_3812IMG_3823

Discover LA: The Line Hotel

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We are constantly in search of new, cool spots to get lost in LA. This week our pick is The Line Hotel in Koreatown. The hotel is set in a restored midcentury building. It differentiates itself from many surrounding hotels by its floor to ceiling windows, which provides stunning Hollywood Hills views and with its industrial-chic rooms and funky original art pieces, which creates a very hip atmosphere.

During the day, you can relax by the pool, which is surrounded by citrus trees or you can grab lunch in the greenhouse commissary. By creating a glass dome right in the middle of the city, The Line Hotel’s Commissary restaurant is for sure one of our favorite places. Or if you enjoy authentic food, you can please your palate at the Pot restaurant inside the hotel, which brings Korean culture to your table.

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While you are escaping from the city life and relaxing at The Line Hotel, we highly recommend trying The Locust & Lanfray cocktail. In this warm weather, this cool loft & bear cocktail will make you feel like you are on vacation.

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California Primary Is Here!

IMG_3742_lowresIMG_3763_lowresToms (you know, the charitable shoe company) recently held an event with Rock the Vote (you know, the organization that encourages young people to vote).

The event, in contrast to most political functions, was….fun! The people weren’t divided by political party, ideology, or socioeconomic status, but united by common interest and intrigued camaraderie. Politics, rather than being treated as something to never be spoken of, rather than being something consciously ignored by everyone as a topic unfit for comfortable discourse until the day of election, was made the center of the evening.

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You didn’t have to talk about politics to enjoy what transpired. Whether you spent the evening sitting back to the live music, loitering by the bar to indulge in cocktails, or listening to the speakers, everyone was there for encouraging charity, voting, and making the world a better place through purposeful and positive action.

The California Primary is June 7. You know what to do.

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