by Ariana Valencia

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If you’ve logged in to any major social media platform within the last couple of years, you’re familiar with the term “body positivity”. The movement has gained a lot of traction among young women especially, because it encourages people to love their bodies despite what the media may portray as the “ideal body type”. A term you’re probably less familiar with is “body neutrality”, but it’s beginning to gain popularity among those who believe body positivity feels like too much of a stretch. Body neutrality focuses more on the extraordinary things your body can do, rather than…


Don’t be a sour apple because summer is over! Ring in the fall season by having some hardcore fun and pick some apples at some of LA’s local farms and orchards. Here are our top picks!

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WILLOWBROOK APPLE FARM

12099 S. Oak Glen Rd, Yucaipa, CA 92399

This farm not only lets visitors pick their own apples but also press their own apple cider! Apples will be ripe and ready for picking the first week of October. Until then, there’s wine tasting every Saturday in September complete with a bon fire. Need I say more?


This Thanksgiving season we want to relieve you of holiday feast-making stress by sharing our list of places in LA offering Thanksgiving dinner and pies an desserts to go The best part is you can still impress family and friends with your holiday spread without all of the stress of actually having to work a hot stove and oven all day. Don’t worry, your secret is safe with us!

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GRACIAS MADRE

8905 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood, CA 90069

Just in time for holiday planning, Gracias Madre is offering sweet and savory vegan tamales, available for pre-order now through Sunday, Dec. 22. Choose…


After a hectic day filled with decking the halls and crowded shopping malls, one of the best ways to unwind is with a yummy seasonal cocktail highlighting the flavors of the holidays. Don’t let the stress get to you, check out our list of the best places to grab a seasonal cocktail that will surely give you visions of dancing sugar plums!

HOTEL CASA DEL MAR

1910 Ocean Way, Santa Monica, CA 90405

This season, guests are invited to skip the snow and enjoy the beach at the luxury oceanfront at Santa Monica’s Hotel Casa Del Mar while sipping festive seasonal cocktails. Whether a…


Tyler the Creator presents…

CAMP FLOG GNAW CARNIVAL

November 9th & 10th • Dodger Stadium

Tyler the Creator is bringing his Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival back to Dodger’s Stadium on November 9 and 10. The festival draws in thousands of music lovers for a one of a kind experience completed with two ferris wheels, giant cartoon cat heads, food trucks and epic surprise performances!

For years, the festival was held at Exposition Park, but just last year was moved to Dodgers Stadium to accommodate the growing number of concert-goers eager to experience the unique brand of music and atmosphere that…


Looking for something to do off-the-beaten path in LA? From the Philosophical Research Society to the secretive Magic Castle, or a tour of Randyland… Los Angeles’ strangest experiences await you.

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THE PHILOSOPHICAL RESEARCH SOCIETY

3910 Los Feliz Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

In the early 20th century, one Manly Palmer Hall found himself drawn into mysticism and esoteric teachings. He became a minister of the Church of the People and collected followers including a wealthy oil family who would go on to subsidize his travels across Asia and Europe, collecting an elaborate library of ancient metaphysical texts as he went. Those volumes and others…


We can’t talk about the Los Angeles food scene without mentioning perhaps the most popular street food on the West Coast: tacos! Celebrate National Taco Day (October 4) by checking out our top picks for the best places to get a damn good taco right here in LA.

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TACOS DELTA

3806 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

The only thing you’ll enjoy more than the festive backyard patio at Tacos Delta is the food that comes with it. The family-owned shop is often praised by visitors as is their fast and friendly service. The fish and shrimp tacos are some of the…


The tiny house trend will make you rethink everything you’ve ever known about designing and buying a home.

Tiny homes aren’t necessarily a new trend. Native Americans and other indigenous tribes from around the world first created small tents, like tipis or yurts, that were fully livable and portable homes.

In more recent years, this trend has evolved from its humble origins of portable tents to more sophisticated tiny homes fully equipped with big house amenities that rival the traditional single-family home. In fact, since the cost of living continues to rise, especially here in California, some first-time home buyers…


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Earlier this year, Hulu and Netflix released documentaries that for the first time gave audiences a behind the scenes look at the rise and absolute disastrous fall of Fyre Festival.

New details have surfaced suggesting the Netflix doc, may actually have been Jerry Media’s thinly veiled attempt at a public relations campaign, after the Hulu doc exposed the marketing company for their role in Fyre Festival.

Jerry Media was the marketing team behind the first promotional video for the “best music festival that never happened” and subsequently continued to promote Fyre Festival just days leading up to the…


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Journalists, and various news outlets alike, have recently been getting a bad rep almost completely due to the birth of “fake news”. A new study actually revealed 45% of people claim to have lost trust in news media citing “misleading/inaccurate/fake news” as the top reason for their lack of trust. In the digital age, it’s getting increasingly easier for anyone to fabricate a news article to make it look completely legitimate, but what about video? …

Ariana Valencia

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