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          • March 20, 2018 Hyper-Local Guide to a Stellar Long Beach Weekend
            Hyper-Local Guide to a Stellar Long Beach Weekend

            The Long Beach you think you know is cooler than you realize…22 miles from downtown LA or an hour flight from San Francisco to the quaint LGB airport, it’s brimming with vintage charm and a growing number of thoughtful entrepreneurs, notable eateries, and talented makers. Our founder, Jenny Hwa and Cassandra Malone, founder of the cool kids destination California Drifters, partnered up to share their favorite spots and past times…if you love sunny skies, locavore culinary experiences, unique shopping nooks, artisanal coffee purveyors and retro flair keep reading, so you can curate a lovely long weekend in this often overlooked seaside town…

            Where to stay

            Women’s clothing

            Home decor

              Men’s clothing

              Food + cocktails 

              Coffee, Juice + Donuts

              Activities + to dos

              If you know and love Long Beach and its surrounding areas, please click 'continue reading' and leave comments to add your own contributions! 

              Photos courtesy of Design Sponge, The Varden Hotel, 6th and Detroit, Roe Seafood and Hollie Wood Style.

            • March 15, 2018 Beyond Waste: the Case Against Bottled Water
              Beyond Waste: the Case Against Bottled Water

              As of July 2017 we were globally buying a million plastic bottles per minute and 91% of all plastic waste is not recycled. As a result of these stats, it’s estimated that by 2050, the ocean will contain more plastic by weight than fish.

              As if we needed any more reason to stop purchasing bottled beverages, yesterday a major study across nine countries came out - the world's leading brands of bottled water are contaminated with tiny plastic particles that are likely seeping in during the packaging process. Read more here and we’re endorsing a commitment to reusable, refillable bottles. One of our favorites for health and style is Copper H2O.

              Photo credit: Copper H2O

            • March 13, 2018 Spotlight | California Drifters
              Spotlight | California Drifters

              Instagram is sensational for stumbling upon people you would never have otherwise found or had the chance to know; I recently came across California Drifters and was immediately smitten with their cool, yesteryear vibes and artistic curation of goods. It was founded in Long Beach by Cassandra Malone, who launched an e-commerce business a year ago and has now opened a brick and mortar shop in an up and coming neighborhood to create a more immersive experience. Conveniently, I was heading to Long Beach so I could check out the new intimate space in person…I was mesmerized with desert-inspired feel that reflected Cassandra's lifestyle; we had a great time talking shop and I loved learning more about her vision…In her own words:

              “I wanted to create a retail space that felt more like a museum filled with local craftsmen, infused with an authentic feel, that would stay true to the artist. Many of the featured artists in the shop are good friends that I love and support…I only offer products and brands that I truthfully love and believe in personally.

              After working with companies, like Seven For All Mankind, I’ve drifted consistently, always inspired by life and nature, while searching for well-imagined works from craftsmen to fill my home. Now I can share these works with the local community and abroad via our site.”

              A few of my shop faves (and items I went home with) include:

              Earth + Element - Moon Mug

              Luna Noel - Earth mood perfumes handcrafted in congruence with the moon cycle with only essential oils, living water and crystals

              Loft Creative - Cactus Print No. 16 (as featured on IG)

              Mohinders - Women City Slipper

              Earth + Element - Gold Triangle Cups

              Stop by California Drifters online or say hello in person - 2714 E. 4th Street, Long Beach, CA 90814

              Photo credit: Stephanie Castillo

            • March 12, 2018 Napping Is Not a Character Defect
              Napping Is Not a Character Defect

              Not sure about you, but we’re sleepy and need to catch up on the hour of sleep we lost due to the spring forward time change. And guess what? It’s National Napping Day! It’s always observed annually the day following the return of daylight saving time, so here are some nap hacks courtesy of the HuffPost:

              Tips For a Better Nap

              1. For the best experience, lying down will speed up falling asleep for a nap by 50%.
              2. Also, a dark, cozy place that’s not too warm or too chilly is optimum. And nap on a couch instead of in bed, so you’re less tempted to snooze for too long.
              3. Surprisingly, falling asleep in a hammock leads to faster and deeper sleep than in a bed.
              4. And finally, a sleep mask helps by eliminating light. 

              Effective Naps

              1. A quick power nap should last between 10 and 26 minutes.
              2. An hour-long nap will trigger rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, which helps improve memory.
              3. A 90-minutes snooze will get you through a full sleep cycle, which can boost creativity and emotional memory.

              Benefits of Napping

              1. Naps improve your health: A study of Greek adults found that napping at least three times a week for 30 minutes or more was associated with a 37% lower risk of death from heart disease.
              2. Naps make you smarter: In a study funded by NASA, David Dinges, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, and a team of researchers found that letting astronauts sleep for as little as 15 minutes markedly improved their cognitive performance, even when the nap didn’t lead to an increase in alertness or the ability to pay more attention to a boring task.
              3. They make you happier: Studies naps are a definite mood booster.
              4. Napping boosts your memory and: Research at Harvard Medical School found that napping, especially when accompanied by dreaming, was an effective tool for improving memory and learning ability.
              5. Naps make you more creative: Neuroscientists at the City University of New York found that taking a nap boosts a sophisticated type of memory that helps us see big picture ideas and be more creative.
              6. Even the thought of a nap is a plus: A British study suggests that just knowing a nap is coming is enough to lower blood pressure.

              Photo: Two Dawson