The area surrounding the Joshua Tree National Park is a rental-house goldmine. One of the best gems in the goldmine (to mix a metaphor) is Casa Mami. Each item—local ceramics, fragrant soaps, Marcel Wanders–designed sofas—within the chicly spartan home is a clear marker that the owners are very thoughtful about design. (And it’s all shoppable!) In the evening, stop by throwback bar Pappy & Harriet’s for a beer and seriously good live music before drifting home to stargaze from the porch.
Sofie Lyddon is an intuitive and empath who primarily works with Tarot. During her “Wild Wisdoms” sessions, she’ll immediately make you feel safe, connected, and seen. A standard Tarot healing session is 30 to 45 minutes and followed up with a recap of the reading. Lyddon also offers a quicker three-card spread, which she can guide you through in person or over email. We like the way Lyddon helps us reconnect to ourselves—and just reminds us that we’re okay, we’re normal. She’s also great at explaining Tarot—and making it fun—in groups. (If you want to host a workshop for friends, email [email protected])
Cassia Rice & Noodle Kitchen
1314 7th St., Santa Monica
Cassia’s chef Bryant Ng and his wife and partner, Kim Luu-Ng, are at it again, but this time with a new rice and noodle concept—or as they like to say, a kitchen within a kitchen—exclusively for delivery and takeout. It’s run by the same culinary team as Cassia and uses the same high-quality ingredients we’ve come to except and love, but the Rice & Noodle Kitchen churns out dishes—as the name suggests—that revolve around rice and noodles. If you’re a meat eater, don’t miss the grilled BBQ pork rice, where the pickled Chinese cabbage and jasmine rice balance the rich and spicy pork to delicious results. And if you’re looking for a filling vegetarian-friendly option, the spicy dry noodles should be first in your cart. Everything is made to travel well (during R&D, Bryant let dishes sit out for hours just to make sure) and comes at delivery-friendly prices.
Atelier Lan Jaenicke
431 Jackson St., Jackson Square
Savile Row, London, 1920s. That is what came to mind when we visited this impeccable atelier in San Francisco’s historic Jackson Square. Owner and designer Lan Jaenicke will fit you for a custom piece, be it one of her architectural dresses or a silk blouse that feels like you’re cloaked in a cloud. Jaenicke, who has an unparalleled skill for creating clothing that is poetic and timeless, wanted the space to show the entire design process, from the fitting to the construction. (She actually sews some of the pieces on the premises.) You can also eye the ready-to-wear collection, all in silk, cashmere, and linen. And even if you’re not looking to shop and you’re just wandering down Jackson Street to admire the old facades, this boutique is worth a visit. Jaenicke has considered—and honored—every element of this 1860s brick-and-cast-iron building that was once the original Ghirardelli chocolate factory. She punctuated the space with antique scales, shimmering selenite hearts, and dried lavender. Everything is in harmony here.
The Main Barre
560 S Main St., Downtown
This simple, spacious dance and barre studio is in an iconic old building downtown. There's exposed brick and huge windows that let in tons of light—and give a good view of downtown—as you work out. But the main draw is owner Audra Skaates. A dancer, boxer, and professional athlete, Skaates has been empowering clients through dance and movement for more than two decades. She’s so incredibly fun to be around. And she makes you feel confident—even when you’re mid-plank during one of her workouts. This is an inclusive, empowering place to feel your best.
Founded by Paris-born Lana Elie, FLOOM is an online floral delivery service. It is incredibly streamlined. The site is easy to navigate and the arrangements come looking exactly how you order them. The team works with local floral designers in San Francisco, New York, and Los Angeles to make sure everything is fresh and delivered intact.
1820 N. Vermont Ave., Los Feliz
If team goop were ever stuck on a deserted island, the dish staffers would dream of is an In-N-Out burger. The soft bun, the warm melty cheese, the sweet Thousand Island–style special sauce…we could go on. But there's no reason to be so dramatic, because now we can have a meatless version of our favorite fast burger with incredible sauce and eat it, too, at Honeybee Burgers. The plant-based menu at this petite sidewalk diner rivals that of the famous chain—and is far better for us (and the planet). You can have a meatless burger on a soft bun schmeared with a vegan house sauce that will win the heart of any meat lover. You can munch on crinkle sweet potato fries and crispy tater tots dipped in house-made plant-based buttermilk ranch and tangy ketchup. And if you’re really going for it (and we recommend you do), you can top it off with the Daisy—a coconut-milk-and-orange-blossom "milkshake" that tastes like a Creamsicle.
240 26th St., Brentwood
Every pregnancy is unique, but every pregnant person has had one shared experience: The moment you realize you can no longer get away with wearing your regular jeans. (Skirts, jumpsuits, and dresses are next.) HATCH in Brentwood is the next natural stop for many of the local women we know. The airy, achingly pretty store is lined with racks of easy, floaty dresses, some of the best bump-friendly denim, and everything else in between—all of which is cut to accommodate a woman’s body both during and long after pregnancy. In other words, these are things you won’t want to get rid of as soon as the aforementioned jeans start to fit again. And like the Manhattan store, there’s also a cravings bar with pickles, ice cream, and more. Cliché? Maybe. But we’ve yet to meet a mama-to-be who’d turn down a good dill.
1048 S La Brea Ave., Mid-City
Danny Trejo has built an LA-wide empire that reaches from Hollywood to Woodland Hills. Hit up any of the locations for an extensive menu that includes all the hits, served all day (including vegan options)—or head straight to happy hour for street tacos and drinks on the cheap. On top of supplying LA with carne asada and jackfruit with avocado cream, Trejo’s holds court at the Original Farmers Market on 3rd Street. We’d expect nothing less from the boxer-actor-seventy-something well of energy: The man has starred in over 250 films, and his life story is documentary material. He’s the kind of entrepreneur you expect to throw a curveball, and here it is: Trejo’s Coffee & Donuts in Hollywood, with flavors that include nacho, lemon papí, and dulce de leche.
2825 Bellevue Ave., Silver Lake
An unpretentious, inclusive community built around good, natural wine: That’s what owner Quinn Kimsey-White has set out to do with his low-key wine shop on a quiet street in Silverlake. What Psychic Wines feels like is the corner store you’d pop into for wine—but it’s really, really good wine from small, creatively minded winemakers all around the world, many of whom Kimsey-White has met and made connections with himself. Everyone who works here is friendly and happy to help, the suggestions are always on point, and we love the monthly wine club option.
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