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A collection of the best places to buy smoothies in Los Angeles!

Our Favorite Smoothies in Los Angeles

Nothing feels more like summer than a smoothie.  While it takes us back to ice cream from childhood, a smoothie not only seems like a treat, but it’s also great fuel for your body. Circulating constantly all over Los Angeles has made the homework easy, as a result, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite smoothies in the city.

The Glamazon at Locali

A collection of the best places to buy smoothies in Los Angeles!

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Local vegan chain Locali is always a great go-to for a healthy meal without all the trappings of it feeling like you’re giving something up (you must try their Baaadasss Breakfast Sandwich!). The Glamazon is orange juice, banana, spinach, celery, cucumber, romaine, kale, and avocado and is as refreshing as it is delicious.

Coconut Kale at Naturewell

A collection of the best places to buy smoothies in Los Angeles!

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With everything from acai bowls and organic juices to poké bowls and daily wellness shots, Naturewell is a full-service organic juice bar. They’ll customize any smoothie to your liking and you’re welcome to create your own combination. Their most popular the one we love as well, the coconut kale. Made with the meat of the coconut, coconut water, banana, kale, cinnamon, and agave, you’ll want to be lounging by the pool and sipping this smoothie with an umbrella in the glass.

Refresh at Simply Wholesome

A collection of the best places to buy smoothies in Los Angeles!

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Dedicated to the providing the proper resources to enable its customers to live a healthy lifestyle, Simply Wholesome does more than make amazing smoothies and food, they also empower you with information. Our pick on their menu is the #50: Refresh. The refresh is made of spinach, pineapples, kale, coconut, and cucumbers and delivers on the promise that its name makes.

Muladhara at Glowing Juices

A collection of the best places to buy smoothies in Los Angeles!

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Full of raw almonds, hemp seeds, chia seeds, sati inch protein, dates, and spiraling, Glowing Juices’ Muladhara smoothie is the perfect balance of smooth and sweet with that extra boost of protein – ideal for an afternoon boost. The family-owned business is 100% vegan and includes a store and market.

Doggie Smoothie at Pussy & Pooch Rawbar

A collection of the best places to buy smoothies in Los Angeles!

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While you’re out and about running errands, be sure to bring your four-legged friend along and make a stop at Pussy & Pooch’s Rawbar for a smoothie for your dog! Not only will they help you create the best and healthiest diet for your dog, they’ll also craft a delicious doggie smoothie that will make you an even bigger hero in your pooch’s eyes.

It looks like it’s time to go out and get a smoothie! So, tell us, which one have you tried or are you ready to try?

Hollywood Cemetery Movie Nights

Hollywood Cemetery Movie Nights

On a warm summer evening in Los Angeles imagine sitting out in the comfortable summer air with friends watching a movie among the dead? Since 2002, Hollywood Forever Cemetery has hosted screenings of movies in the summer. The wildly popular event, produced by Cinespia, sells out every showing today and, if you’re in the area, is a must for a perfect Los Angeles summer activity.

Post-Mortem Picnic Prep

Hollywood Cemetery Movie Nights

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Your first stop on the way to the cemetery will be to gather your provisions. You’ll be surrounded by options on your way, but our picks for the perfect picnic would be a stop to Whole Foods, Gelson’s, or Bristol Farms. Whether it’s chicken and salads from the self-serve bar or your own version of charcuterie and crudité, you’re welcome to pair your meal with your favorite wine or beer. There are no restrictions on your food and beverage, but they do have a few rules: walk on the paved paths only, no open flames including candles and barbecues, smoking in designated areas only, no ins and outs, no tall chairs, and, no dogs. Rules aside, the walk through the cemetery to get to the open lawn space where the movie is shown can be as entertaining as the movie itself. It’s fun to read the headstones along the way – just be sure to respect the graves on the way out at the end of the show.

Arrive Early

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As you may imagine, there are no reserved seats and since the lawn space is first come, first served, you’ll want to arrive early. The line snakes out from the gate at 6000 Santa Monica Boulevard (at Gordon) long before the 7:15 doors open time. Plan on arriving at least an hour early to stake out your seat on the lawn. As we mentioned previously, there are rules beyond the no tall chairs rules and they have to do with seating and some strict seating protocols. There are sections of the lawn where people sit or lay on the grass (bring a blanket, preferably one of the kind that has a gore-tex side to block moisture, if not, they recommend laying a tarp down first) and sections for seating in lawn chairs. Don’t even think about using a lawn chair in the ground seating section – you won’t be there long!

Hey Mister DJ

Hollywood Cemetery Movie Nights
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A DJ at the movies? Yes! While you’re waiting for the movie to start, Cinespia has a pre-show DJ. Don’t be surprised if you witness a spontaneous dance party as they’re known to break out while the DJ spins until the sun goes down and the movie starts. Also, don’t be afraid to join in one of those parties.

Quality

Hollywood Cemetery Movie Nights

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We’ve all grown accustomed to high quality cinema with Dolby sound and now XD projection. You won’t find those at the cemetery, but the quality is better than those days when we were young and went to the drive ins. Those speakers that the DJs used for the pre-show music are the same speakers from which you’ll hear the movie – no need to bring any listening devices. You’ll hear helicopters hovering overhead sometimes interfering with the magic of the movie, but that only serves as a reminder that you are watching the movie outdoors and in the beating heart of the city.

Who’s Who

Hollywood Cemetery Movie Nights

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Hollywood Forever Cemetery backs up to Paramount Studios which means you often watch a film in the shadow of the studio where the film was shot. You’ll also likely run into a celebrity or two, remember, they like the movies just like us! James Franco was recently spotted catching a show.

One last pro tip – get your tickets EARLY! Every showing will sell out and most of them sell out early. And, be prepared for the themed photo booth.

A Tour of Eric Clapton's Former Home

A Tour of Eric Clapton’s Former Home

When visiting a gallery or museum space, one can easily drift off into a daydream of turning the space into a home, yet rarely do we have to opportunity to live in a space that embodies everything grand about a gallery or museum. The former home of Eric Clapton in Venice Beach is an exception. The only residence in the United States designed by famed architect Arata Isozaki.

Arata Isozaki

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Architect Arata Isozaki rose to fame in the United States having designed The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. His work is visible around the world having designed structures in Barcelona, Orlando, Kraków, Kyoto, Berlin, and beyond. It is said that his design style defies any school of thought or any characterization, in part, because he never assigns a signature style to his work. His influence on architecture goes beyond the buildings he’s designed, though, as he’s acted as a jurist for competitions and exercised his influence throughout many disciplines. He’s had an influence in the worlds of art, music, design, film, and theater over the course of his half century career.

History

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The Isozaki-designed Venice Beach home was built in 1986 for art collector Teresa Bjornson and the house was known as the Bjornson House.  That is until its next owner purchased it in 1999 and his fame eclipsed that of Bjornson and it became known as Eric Clapton’s Venice Beach home. Clapton, who was famous when he bought the house, rose to his fame with bands such as the Yardbirds, Cream, Blind Faith, and Derek and the Dominos, before ultimately establishing himself as an award-winning and chart-topping solo artist. He owned the home for five years and sold it to its current owner in 2004.

Style

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Even though the home was designed and built in 1986, it luckily escaped many of the unfortunate design trappings popular with homes in the 1980s. Boasting 30-foot ceilings in the grand room and 20-foot ceilings in the master bedroom, the home has been described as an architectural one-of-a-kind, and it truly is. Located just steps from the Pacific Ocean, the 2,946-square-foot home has three bedrooms and two baths and includes a gated entrance that opens onto a 600-square-foot patio – a must in Venice Beach. In addition to the master bedroom with the high ceilings, there’s a guest room in a loft that overlooks the kitchen and dining area, a large office/workspace, and a beautifully spacious guest room/family room with a wet bar that may make your guests not want to leave.

The home is currently on the market and I’d love to show it to you. I encourage you to visit the listing to view more photos to fully appreciate this one-of-a-kind work of art.

Eco-Friendly Materials when Remodeling

Eco-Friendly Materials when Remodeling

Eco-friendly and sustainable building products are more than just a trend or an overuse of a couple of buzzwords. If you break down the meanings of these terms, implementing their use seems most logical. Eco-friendly is simply something that is not harmful to the environment, and sustainable means to use materials that are able to be maintained or regenerated and not depleted through their use. Today’s eco-friendly and sustainable products and building practices are accessible and bear great quality. When you’re remodeling, we recommend these eco-friendly materials.

Advanced Framing

Eco-Friendly Materials when Remodeling

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While this one isn’t visible on the surface, it can have a great impact on the overall sustainability and eco-friendliness of your home. This advanced technique is employed by green builders and meets building codes while improving the energy efficiency of your home. Using less wood in the framing process also means using less materials and reducing your labor costs – it’s a win all around. Green Building Advisor has tips on this technique as well as many others.

Reclaimed Wood

Eco-Friendly Materials when Remodeling

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Reclaimed is a fancy term for recycled and when it comes to wood, it’s an excellent tactic. No new trees need be cut down when you’re using reclaimed wood. You may not achieve any cost savings with reclaimed wood, but the cost will determine the condition of the wood.  The more work that needs to be done to make it look great, the greater the cost. To ensure a truly green floor, though, you’ll want to avoid volatile organic compounds and formaldehyde often found in flooring adhesive. Mountain Lumber Company is a good example of a company with a great deal of history and experience leading the reclaimed movement.

Recycled Glass Countertops

Eco-Friendly Materials when Remodeling

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Available in different varieties including a modern version of terrazzo with recycled glass cast into a concrete slab, recycled glass countertops have the rich appeal of granite, while keeping your home eco-friendly. While there are several creators of these countertops and surfaces, one of our favorites is Vetrazzo. They’ve been creating their products since 1996 and use a proprietary formula combining recycled glass with a binder of additives, pigments and other recycled materials.

Low-E Coated Windows

Eco-Friendly Materials when Remodeling

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More complicated than it sounds, the basic point of having windows with a Low-E coating, is to keep harmful ultraviolet light out of your home while letting in safe light; and, keeping cool air inside your home (or warm air when you want it). Windows are a lot more complicated than they used to be, but that’s a fact from which we all benefit in the name of energy efficiency and eco-friendliness. Available through a variety of manufacturers and vendors, Low-E coated windows are a must for an energy efficient home. Bowen Windows is a great example of a vendor of these windows and their website is an exhaustive resource.

So what steps will you take and what materials will you use during your remodel to make your home more eco-friendly? Or, perhaps you’ve already done it and you can share some tips.

Will & Estate Planning

Will & Estate Planning

Having your affairs in order at the end of your life is often one of those things people have on their to-do list, yet they keep putting off the task. Planning for your own death may seem morbid and depressing, but being prepared at any age can mean the difference between making your loss a little easier on your loved ones or creating a stressful burden. The process isn’t particularly difficult or painful plus there are a wide range of online resources to assist you.

Investopedia summarizes the importance of planning quite succinctly: “if you want your assets and your loved ones protected when you no longer can do it, you will need an estate plan. Without one, your heirs could face huge tax burdens and the courts could designate how your assets are divided, or even who gets your children.” Investopedia is indeed a great resource for no-nonsense answers for all of your investing questions.

Another great resource is The Money Guy Show, a podcast (available on The Money Guy Website as well as on iTunes) featuring Brian Preston and his co-host Bo Hanson, both carry the titles of CPA, CFP®, and PFS. They cover a wide-range of relatable financial topics. The appeal of The Money Guy Show is that Brian and Bo “help you go beyond common sense.”

GETTING STARTED

Getting started is easy.  Create a list of your assets and gather any documentation related to those assets, i.e. statements for bank accounts, retirement accounts, loans, etc. Be sure to include hard assets as well, such as your home and car, regardless of any pending liens on those items. Don’t forget vacation homes and even time shares as they are all assets.

Once you have all of your information pulled together – think of the information-gathering as being similar to gathering your information at tax time – it’s time to determine how in-depth you need to go. A great starting point for this step is a visit to LegalZoom. The best part of using LegalZoom is that they’ll have an attorney familiar with your state’s laws who can review your plan and make certain it meets the requirements of your state.

Should you or the attorneys at LegalZoom determine that your estate is complicated, you may want to find a local attorney who can help structure your will and your estate plan. Finding an attorney can be a daunting task. This is a great time to reach out to friends, business associates, or family members and ask them for a referral. There are online options for locating a local attorney to suit your needs. Lawyers.com and LegalMatch.com both have a find a lawyer tool.  You can also visit your state’s bar association to search for the type of attorney you need and ensure they’re in good standing with the bar.

With all the resources available, there’s really no reason to wait to start your will and estate planning, take the time to get your affairs in order! You’ll be happy you did, and so will your loved ones.

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