Landscape designer Tom Stout—featured on HGTV's Outer Spaces and Get Out, Way Out!—helps home landscapes spring to life through sustainable and eco-friendly methods. Tom will offer ideas to spruce up outdoor spaces during a 90-minute landscaping consultation, in which he looks for ways to capture each client's lifestyle and personality while integrating their collection of spitting-cherub fountains. After touring the grounds, Tom will discuss how to put yard, garden, pergola, and water-feature plans into action using bioswales and water-retention devices, as well as climate appropriate and drought resistant plant material. Click here to sift through a gallery of Tom's past projects, ranging from outdoor grilling areas to well-manicured replicas of the Garden of Eden.
With festive specimens starting at 2 feet and stretching skyward to more than 10 feet, the Christmas tree lot at A1 Christmas Trees holds an array of evergreen offerings destined to liven up home interiors. Holiday hunters can peruse and pick from the rows of Douglas Firs, admired for their dense, bushy shape; Grand Firs, dark green and soft to the touch; and ever-popular Noble Firs, soft blue-green and grown only in the Pacific Northwest. When not showing visitors around their tree farm, the professional merry-makers also adorn homes with holiday lighting installations, removing the hassle and danger of climbing up on the roof and lassoing fluorescent reindeer.
Specializing in rare and exotic plants, The Tropics delights fans of vegetation with a 20,000-square-foot indoor/outdoor jungle overrun with the tentacles of unusual plants snaking around pots and up tree trunks. Thousands of one-of-a-kind members of the kingdom Plantae, including interior plants, sprout within the 40-year-old garden, such as towering kentia palms ($50+) and spindly rhapis palms ($50+). Other leafy residents include ruffled staghorn ferns ($50+) and manicured bonsai ($40+) trimmed to resemble a weatherworn tree or the shape of a perfect explosion. The Tropics’ well-respected plantscapers cultivate shrubbery for various notable clients, from Disney and Universal Studios to the Oscars, the Emmys, and the Grammys. The Tropics does not carry citrus, roses or other flowers, vines, or ground-cover plants.
CUSP, a sister boutique of Neiman Marcus, lines its shelves with apparel and accessories that set wardrobes afire with the flames of fashion. Labels range from trendy (J Brand) to ultra chic (DVF). Protect your hands from atmospheric wear with a pair of ivory knit mittens with a faux fur lining ($44), slick up kickers with zebra-print fleece welly socks ($40), or stand out in a Amanda Uprichard red silk dress ($194). Torsos, which threaten secession whenever they're not dressed in classy duds, can be appeased with a Phillip Lim 3.1 tank ($95), a black burnout linen piece with a racerback and the words "cool," "easy," and "nice" on the front.
Dr. John Kahen studied at UCLA and Ross University School of Medicine, where he learned the surgical and medical techniques he now uses to treat male pattern baldness. To suit individual needs, the team employs varied methodologies, such as follicular unit extraction, which transplants one unique snowflake of hair at a time, or hair-transplant surgery, which subtly relocates large swaths of hair. Medical hair-loss therapy impedes the conversion of testosterone to DHT, the hormone that causes male pattern baldness. Kahen and company treat both men and women, and their services can apply either to the scalp or to other body areas.
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.