Few professionals can credit Flashdance with rerouting the course of their career. In fact, Richard Giorla could be the only one. The unconventional dance moves he saw in the film motivated the former Pennsylvania Ballet Company member to hit the streets of his new home, Manhattan, and learn breakdancing from dancers at the heart of the movement, trading his own dance expertise as payment. Richard’s career was in full swing when, struck with an injury, he started teaching a ballet-barre class. Though he appreciated its stretching and toning components, Richard craved a more aerobic workout. So he created his own solution—Cardio Barre. The unique workout consists of high-energy, zero-impact movements that sculpt the long, slender body of a dancer without a student ever having to step foot in a traditional dance studio. As they balance on the ballet barre, or whichever classmate is closest, pupils direct all their focus to one muscle group at a time, while the entire body stays in motion for maximum fat burning. His approach’s pudge-busting abilities have made the fitness method a favorite of many health magazines and celebrities Allyson and Rob Carrier have always dreamed of owning their own business— so when Allyson started taking Cardio Barre classes, Rob took note as he saw her body change and heard her talk about how great she felt because of the class. When they moved to Costa Mesa in 2010, they decided to bring Cardio Barre to Orange County with their own studio.
The owners of Hush Hush Bang Bang have provided a fun, eco-friendly work environment for their team of stylists for nearly a decade. While designing and building their salon, Kara and Wade incorporated recycled and reclaimed materials to create a functional and convivial atmosphere established on sustainable practices. The space now welcomes guests into an airy environment accented by lime green and vibrant florals, invigorating minds as hair techs invigorate manes with cut, color, and extension services. The stylists stay up to date with tress trends and new styling techniques by taking regular "field trips" to industry classes, and they use a mix of high-end and vegan hair products to accommodate all clients regardless of which shampoo they prefer to squeeze onto a baked potato.
In an effort to give back to the planet and the community, stylists actively participate in recycling and water-saving initiatives and volunteer with the Make-a-Wish Foundation.
The brand American Apparel, which recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary, conjures up images of stylish and well-fitting fashion basics. It also likely brings to mind sassy advertisements featuring long-haired beauties in natural makeup posing in skin-bearing bodysuits and loungewear.
But what many don't know about the brand—despite its name and the slice of apple pie that comes with every purchase—is that all of its clothes are made in America. Everything from sewing and cutting to accounting and marketing happens in one building in downtown Los Angeles, and the rest occurs within a 30-mile radius. Not only that, every slim-fitting pair of pants, spandex bodysuit, and v-neck T-shirt is made in a sweatshop-free environment.
Plus, keeping everything in house means the company eliminates unnecessary and wasteful factors, such as shipping fuel and packing materials, as well as provides jobs to Angelenos, instead of outsourcing them.
Newport Kids Consignment culls a variety of high-end children's fashion and maternity consignments from top designers to quell clothing conundrums without depleting wallets. Delight in Newport's vast selection of maternity wear, or branch out post-pregnancy to search for accouterments tailored for children from newborns to teenagers. Newport's 1,800-square-foot selection includes premium designer brands such as Juicy Couture, Roxy, Quicksilver, Pea in the Pod, Mimi, and Citizens of Humanity. Their assortment of baby strollers, Peg Perego baby equipment, and stylish baby blankets are ideal for swaddling sprouts or crafting a chic cape for baby's first superhero routine. Fashion-free torsos are improved with a Roxy T-shirt ($7), and Baby Lulu dresses ($19.99) prepare little ones for tea times with etiquette-insistent imaginary friends. Keep teens trendy in Flowers by Zoe rompers ($19.99), Volcom denim ($12), or Oilily dresses ($25). Children are invited to romp their hearts out in Newport's play area, allowing guests to shop free from the worry of misplacing their children in an oversized trouser pocket.
After studying handmade jewelry design at New York City's Fashion Institute of Technology, jewelry artist Heather Kraty embarked on a globetrotting adventure, living on a catamaran off St. Martin, opening a Miami nightclub with Sean Penn, and mastering silverwork in Mexico. After her whirlwind of travels and enriching life experiences, Kraty settled in Huntington Beach. She now looks back to her childhood love of nature to inspire her as she crafts elegant rings, anklets, necklaces, and earrings infused with a charming rustic aesthetic.
Each sterling or 14k gold-covered adornment inspires wearers with hand-carved maxims and heartfelt advice, such as "Be your true self" or "Always buy plane tickets when petroleum prices are low on the world market." Kraty plies her trade with time-honored jewelrysmith techniques such as lost-wax casting, willing into existence handmade, one-of-a-kind works of art that beg to be cherished and worn forever.
Brunch, lunch, and dinner are served seven days a week at Bodhi Tree Vegetarian Cafe, where the menu offers numerous healthy ways to break bread sans MSG, cholesterol, and non-vegetarian ingredients. Ignore the allure of seductive chickens with an appetizer of eggless egg rolls (four for $4.95; eight for $8.95), sip curry noodle soup ($7.95), or savor sizzling black pepper steak ($11.95). All entrees are vegan, which means that diners can lock their lips on crispy “chicken” sandwiches ($6.95) or slurp pho ($7.95) without worrying about them not being vegan.