On first impression, J Raw Fitness seems a strange name for trainer Jude Lee’s Westlake Village fitness studio. Having refined his workout programs over the course of 20 years in the fitness industry, Lee’s skills are anything but raw. No moniker, however, could more fittingly describe the personal and group workouts he and his team of trainers lead students through on a daily basis—intense, no-nonsense routines that sculpt muscles and take no calories prisoner. The large, brightly lit facility hums with energy as students of all abilities sweat and grunt through high-intensity cardio classes, yoga stretches, and dumbbell lifts. The diverse list of classes is just one means by which the trainers strive to keep workouts interesting and varied; on the first Sunday of every month, they head down to a local beach to conduct fitness boot camps and arm-wrestle muscle-bound octopuses.
From intimate VIP dinners to pro-football events for thousands of people, the team behind Barcelona Event Planning has the experience to coordinate a successful gathering of any size. A division of marketing virtuosos Barcelona Enterprises, they can create lighting designs and special effects, custom chuppas, and floral centerpieces that make parties both personalized and glamorous, much like a red carpet woven out of the guest of honor’s hair. Their event expertise has fueled shindigs ranging from St. Patrick’s Day festivals and pirate festivals to charitable events that benefit animal shelters and children’s hospitals, including the Beverly Hills Wine Festival and the Indulge Los Angeles Chocolate Festival and Pastry Show.
In the 1930s, using stone quarried from his nearby ranch, silent-movie actor Francis Lederer finally made noise building a horse stable for his wife, Marion. Over the years, the site became a historical and cultural monument that now houses the Hidden Chateau & Gardens, an event space rented out for weddings and parties. Outside the chateau's impressive façade, swatches of greenery trim stone paths, and sprays of water trickle down the tiers of garden fountains. Towering shade trees wrapped in twinkling lights and lush, verdant flora sprout throughout the 1.5-acre property.
Inside, under a Spanish-style roof, two private rooms ensure brides and grooms don't see each other before their blind date down the aisle. Aside from weddings and other private parties, the gardens also play host to public events such as wine pairings, art shows, and bridal expos. Additionally, an onsite boutique collects everything from furniture to work by local artists, with some items available for rent for events that take place on the property.