Juicy tidbits of chocolate-dunked fruit arrive on the doorsteps of family and friends, done up in colorful bouquets and candy boxes by the skilled fruit arrangers at Edible Arrangements' more than 1,100 franchises worldwide. The company's in-house chocolatiers drizzle albion strawberries and daisy pineapples in a trio of chocolate flavors. Once properly chocolated, the workers organize the preservative-free sweets into lush arrangements that resemble flowers in bloom. Customers can choose to plop their bouquets in a variety of vessels, including vases, mugs, and sports- or holiday-themed containers that add a personal touch to the edible gifts. Alternatively, customers can opt to adorn gifts with the cheery, red lids of candy boxes, nestling 12 chocolate-dipped morsels inside to build anticipation and determine if loved ones have x-ray vision as they guess whether fruit will come dusted in shredded coconut or drizzled in white chocolate.
Featured in Bloomberg Businessweek and frequented by celebrity parents from Gwen Stefani to Halle Berry, Giggles N' Hugs caters to kids' boundless energy with a spacious play area alongside a restaurant that fuels little bellies with healthful fare. On the colorful play space's pirate ship, mini swashbucklers can climb rope ladders to the deck, ascend the crow's nest, or swoop down the slide to sword-fight with imaginary narwhals. Elsewhere, a lavender castle protects princesses from the wall mural's cartoon dragons, as rocking horses and a jungle gym distract the kingdom's squires. All the while, friendly staffers, certified in CPR and first aid, supervise and play with children, ensuring their safety and full engagement. The play center also sates hungry tummies of all ages with a catering menu, brimming with fresh fare and rich cupcakes. Party hosts and their guests can tuck forks into salads featuring everything from beets to barbecue chicken, or snag sandwiches and wraps such as the Asian-inspired citrus tuna wrap cradled in whole-wheat lavash. Chocolate and vanilla cupcakes fulfill everyone's sweet cravings, salvaging the party when the magician accidentally saws the cake in half.
A woven basket of berries, foraged greens, and a wild boar with a spear in its side––these were the feasts of Paleolithic humans, who ate only what they could hunt and gather on the move. Grains, dairy, and legumes were inedible to our early ancestors, and adherents to the paleo diet maintain that our bodies are best served by eating that same pre-agrarian diet. Nutrition coach, accomplished Ironman athlete, and exercise instructor Nell Stephenson guides her clients to vibrant healthy lifestyles within the diet's parameters.
In an interview with Lava magazine, Stephenson outlined her journey to the paleo diet, which began by identifying a latent gluten allergy in 2006 and continued on with her co-penning cookbooks with Dr. Loren Cordain, the “father” of the diet. Her experiences led to her current philosophy, which mimics the Hippocratic view that food should be medicine and vice versa. On CBS, Stephenson demonstrated some of her recipes and explained that one of the goals of her Paleoista book was to assure women especially that despite the caveman-esque name, the diet is accessible to anyone.
Stephenson channels her enthusiasm for and expertise in paleo living through diet and lifestyle services designed to introduce clients to pre-Neolithic ways. Phone or Skype consultations help determine individual plans of action and abilities to hunt and trap wild avocados. After that, clients can commission her for custom nutrition plans, more hands-on coaching, cooking lessons, and kitchen makeovers. :m]]
The ARCONA Studio opened in 1989; its namesake was a chemist whose interest in holistic skincare was, at the time, a progressive idea. She began developing products made from cosmeceutical-grade ingredients such as enzymes, plant extracts, amino acids, and antioxidants. By cold-processing all her products in small batches, she was able to maintain the natural ingredients’ freshness and create highly active formulations. Because her anti-aging products are designed to speed up the skin’s renewal cycle from 30 days to only seven, she quickly gained a following among LA’s elite. With the philosophy that “skin can and should look beautiful at any age,” the Studio’s aestheticians perform an extensive selection of skincare treatments fueled by professional-grade ARCONA products. Their signature facial contouring treatments were originally developed by Arcona herself, and use lymph drainage and deep facial massage to “exercise” the 55 muscles of the face, giving clients a more toned and tightened appearance. Additional services include peels with organic fruit enzymes and red-carpet radiance treatments with a combination of oxygen spray, LED, and a brightening eye treatment. Like many of the complexions maintained here, the studio itself is flawless. Out front, soft lighting glows in the store, where the brand’s iconic ivory boxes are lined up immaculately on floating shelves. In the waiting area, creamy white chairs sit beside rich brown cabinets; from here, aestheticians guide clients back to private treatment rooms that bloom with the smell of fresh flowers.
With customizable tops and bottoms to each photo template, the client’s choice of backdrop, and personalized props, chalkboards, and signs, LA Photobooth Rentals’ six booths can take on any event's theme. The LED-powered booth can be set to match the colors of an event, change colors with the beat of the music, or camouflage into the wall when nonphotogenic partygoers pass by. Inside, a touchscreen system lets guests select their preferred color scheme—sepia, black and white, or color—before striking a pose as the high-resolution digital cameras snap four hopefully memorable images. The booth's external monitor plays a slideshow of all the event's pictures, and in between setting up and breaking down the booth, a professional attendant stands by all night to assist guests with package perks and add-ons, such as social-network tagging or assembling a guestbook.