Academy Award Nominated Star Shops at The Children’s Place

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Fabulous dresses in bright summer colors

Walking into The Children’s Place in Los Angeles in the Farmers Market shopping center, is like walking into a rainbow. Embellished T-shirts, dresses and summer outfits burst with neon colors. Best of all, half the clothing in the store is on sale.

I immediately noticed the purple dress that Quvenzhane Wallis (brilliant actress in the Academy Award nominated movie, Beasts of the Southern Wild) wore at the recent MTV Movie Awards.

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Girl’s Swim wear has UV Protection

According to The Children’s Place Senior VP of Design, Michael Giannelli, “Quvenzhane rocked three great summer trends in her red carpet look – A colored denim jacket, a printed dress and neon color block Hi-Top sneakers.”

You can buy your daughter Quvenzhane’s look for under $75 by stopping into any Children’s Place store or logging onto http://www.childrensplace.com to pick up these summer must haves:

Butterfly Hi-Low dress ($25), Denim Jacket ($23), Neon Hi-Top Sneakers ($23) and a Crystal shine flower pony holder ($3).

Bathing suits are all UV protection. As are the matching rash guards. Hi-Low dresses come in all your child’s favorite colors.

Little girls love the neon rompers, especially the ones off one shoulder.

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I wish I could wear this T-shirt

Babies clothing can match older siblings. Ruffled skirts are big this summer for sweet babes, as are rompers, shorts and colorful dresses.

Other great summer outfits for girls include bright tank tops with colorful seahorse, flamingo, butterflies and beach themes. Neon pull on shorts, skorts, accessories, flip-flops and gem sandals complete super cool outfits.

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Great Boy’s Tees

Boys are wearing a Cool Club look button downs and Polo shirts. Casual musts are the trendy graphic T-shirts with button shorts. Be sure to check out the sneakers accented in neon. Hats are a must to keep the UV rays off your son’s precious face. Plus they are so stylish.

The Children’s Place sells fashions for boys and girls. Infants and children sizes 0 to 12 months, 6m-4T, and sizes 4-14. Selections include play clothes,dressy ware, bathing suits, pajamas, tops, bottoms, dresses, onesies, shoes and accessories.

The Children’s Place at Farmers Market is the best place to shop for good quality children’s clothing at affordable prices. Why would you shop anywhere else?

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Peace Loving Rash Guards

Farmers Market
110 South Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036 US
323-939-1813
Sun: 10am-7pm | Mon: 9am-9pm | Tue: 9am-9pm | Wed: 9am-9pm | Thu: 9am-9pm | Fri: 9am-9pm | Sat: 9am-9pm

  • Payments accepted: American Express, Cash, Debit Card, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Services: Gift certificates
  • ATM: No
  • Public restrooms: Yes
  • Parking: Parking lot in front, get your ticket validate for FREE parking
  • Clothing and accessories brands: The Children’s Place

Celebrate Earth Day With Food and Events

Here are some great Earth Day meals and fun events:

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A garden menu and special Earth Day cocktails are offered in April. Executive Chef Kris Morningstar showcases herbs and vegetables from his on-site garden in his 3-course menu for $35. An Earth Day Collins for $12 features Aviation Gin, lavender basil syrup, fresh juice and fever tree soda water.

Sample Earth Day menu includes: Pig’s Ear Salad, Ray’s garden Kale & Mustard, Horseradish Vinaigrette, Marinated Beets. Ricotta Gnocchi – Ray’s garden Pea Greens & Snap Peas, Bianco Sardo. Rose Geranium Panna Cotta – Rose Wine Soup, Shortbread Cookie, Strawberries from Ray’s garden.

 Ray’s & Stark Bar is closed Wednesdays. Self-parking, located on Sixth Street and LACMA Way, is available in the museum parking garage. $10 flat fee will be offered before 5:00 p.m.; complimentary after 5:00 p.m. with minimum purchase and validation. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, 323-857-6180.  www.raysandstarkbar.com.

Descanso Gardens

306On Sat. 20 at 10:30 a.m. Outdoor Living Expert Debra Prinzing and author “Slow Flowers: Four Seasons of Locally Grown Bouquets from the Garden, Meadow and Farm. The book presents 52 recipes for floral arrangements using twigs, seedpods, edibles and posies. Debra demonstrates sustainable floral design in a hands-on workshop. Create beautiful bouquets that reflect your personality.

Tickets are available at ticket web.com. The workshop is in the Van de Kamp building and costs $75. The workshop includes floral materials, lunch and a signed copy of Debra’s new book. Bring a vase, pruners and gloves. 418 Descanso Dr  La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011

(818) 949-4200. http://www.descansogardens.org

Cakes for a Cause at La Monarca Bakery 

From April 22 (EARTH DAY) to 28 La Monarca Bakery will donate 10% of the proceeds from all cake sales to ECOLIFE Foundation, a program IMG_1491in Michoacan, Mexico that protects Monarch butterflies. The butterfly population is down to its lowest level since 1976, due to the the decimation of forests.
ECOLIFE is protecting existing forests by constructing fuel-efficient stoves to reduce the cutting of wood for fuel. They are replanting thousands of trees in Mexico and helping to build up the Monarch Butterfly population. butterflies in Mexico.” La Monarch Bakery will distribute a coloring page to all kids and families visiting their stores featuring Monarch butterflies in their natural habitat. For more information on La Monarca Bakery, visit www.lamonarcabakery.com.
Eat only Vegetables on Earth Day. Studies show that reducing your meat consumption by enjoying meals of 80% vegetables and 20% protein is not only good for your health, but it’s better for the environment. Here are some great places to celebrate on April 22:
Urban Garden
A new fast casual restaurant from George About-Daoud, is serving vegetarian and vegan-friendly dishes based on George’s Lebanese heritage. Enjoy locally-sourced and organic ingredients such as Chickpea & Quinoa Falafels; Kale, Quinoa & Beet Salad; Lentil Mujadarra; and Vegetable Kibbeh. 446 N. Fairfax Ave. Los Angeles, (323)951-0990.
STREET 006Tom Bergin’s 
Chef Brandon Boudet and Warner Ebbink have updated the iconic classic Irish pub’s fare. Enjoy the vegetarian Portobello Steak marinated withGarlic Rosemary; Mushroom Pie with Braised Mushrooms, Peas & Carrots, and topped with Potatoes & Dubliner Cheese; “Colcannon” Salad with Kale, Grilled Potatoes & Roasted Spring Onion Crème Fraiche; Jacket Potatoes, Twice-baked with Butter, Chives, Crème Fraiche, & Aged Cheddar; and Creamed Kale. 840 S. Fairfax Ave. Los Angeles (323)936-7151.

Susan Feniger’s STREET

STREET offers greens with a global twist. The menu offers a plethora of vegetarian and vegan dishes. Enjoy some of their newly launched happy hour dishes that include Spiced Potato Samosas, Laundry Day Fritters, Tatsutage Tofu Fingers and their famed Kaya Toast. 742 N. Highland Ave. Los Angeles (323)203-0500.

 Del Mar Earth Day at L’Auberge

Located in the picturesque coastal village of Del Mar, L’Auberge Del Mar overlooks the Pacific Ocean and offers 120 guest rooms and suites, 404dining options, cozy spa, a private path to the beach and peaceful pool area.

On Monday, April 22 attend the first annual Ocean Preservation Paddle Out event to raise awareness for Ocean Preservation. Concierge will arrange board rentals. Meet at Powerhouse Park at 9 a.m.

The Hotel will feature “Green” dining, drink and spa specials. Executive Chef Scott Thomas Dolbee prepares an Earth Day entrée: Roots, Leaves & Shoots. This green-friendly, vegetarian dish features local, sustainable and seasonal ingredients including carrots, sunchokes, pea shoots, romanesco, cauliflower, morels and steel-cut oats. The entrée is priced at $19 and will be available in KITCHEN 1540 on April 21 and 22.

In the Living Room Bar, guests can savor ocean views while sipping the hotel’s eco-friendly Lovely Lavender Lemonadecocktail. This refreshing “green” concoction is made from organic lavender vodka, strawberries, mint and lemonade. In honor of Earth Day, the cocktail will be priced at $10 (normally $12) on April 21 and 22.

The Green Spa Treatment is offering a Seaweed Scrub is a soothing, purifying and detoxifying treatment that nourishes the body. This 80 minute treatment is offered for a special price of $165 (reg. $185) from April 20-22.

7 Destinations for Mother’s Day

IMG_1615Mother’s Day is approaching soon. What should you get that special lady in your life? It depends on what interests your Mother. Is she active? Does she enjoy being pampered? Is she a Nature lover?

Here are 6 of my favorite spots that your Mother will enjoy to experience on her special day.

1. Beach-Loving Mom

Book one night at The Beach House in Hermosa Beach. Across the street is the Hermosa Cyclery to rent a one speed cruiser bike for $7 an hour. Take a ride along The Strand. The 22 mile paved path winds from Will Rogers State Park in the Pacific Palisades to the Torrance County Beach.

Sit out in the sun at Good Stuff along The Strand for lunch of salads, sandwiches and burgers. Back at the hotel, grab a few beach chairs, beach toys and a boogie board. Enjoy the beach as the sun is starting to set.

Take Mom to Manhattan Beach for  dinner at MB Post. Soulful Chef and co-owner David LeFevre createsIMG_1633 fun small plates to be shared around he table. Start with a great glass of wine  and a cheese plate. A fresh fish, Diver scallops or meat dish will satisfy her appetite. Save room for one of his sweet and savory desserts.

In the evening, Jay Leno usually performs on Sundays at the Comedy and Magic Club in Hermosa Beach.

www.beachhouse.com/hermosabeach-hotels.html – 1300 The Strand  Hermosa Beach, CA 90254. (310)374-3001.

Hermosa Cyclery – www.hermosacyclery.com

eatmbpost.com – 1142 Manhattan Ave  Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 (310)545-5405.

Comedy and Magic Club Hermosa Beach – www.comedyandmagicclub.com

2.  Relaxed Mom

Drive or ride the Amtrack train up to Santa Barbara to enjoy the newly opened El Encanto Resort and Spa. Book a Vitamin Sea Facial for Mom IMG_1695with Esthetician Kelsey Webb. It’s an amazing experience. Mom will walk out completely relaxed, appreciative and content.

Reserve a seat out on the Terrace for High Tea from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.  Sit among eucalyptus groves overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Channel Islands while enjoying a Traditional or Bellini Tea. Bring your bathing suits, because the infinity pool is the perfect temperature. It’s tranquil and serene.

Stay overnight in one of the beautifully renovated suites or cottages. Take Mom for a divine dinner prepared by Executive Chef Patrice Martineau. His French dishes are spiked with a delightful Japanese fusion flair. www.elencanto.com. – 800 Alvarado Place, Santa Barbara – (800)393-5315.

3. Whimsical and Adventurous Mom

img450_LLH_day_ofA drive down to Carlsbad will put a smile on the face of  this type of mom. The colorful LEGOLAND California Hotel just opened. The 250-room, three-story LEGOLAND Hotel showcases three room themes: Kingdom, Adventure and Pirate. It’s the perfect complement for the mom who enjoys playing with her children, riding on amusing rides, and cheering at shows at LEGOLAND California, LEGOLAND water park, and SEA LIFE Aquarium.

If Mom gets tired, the outdoor pool area at the hotel features a gradual incline 5-foot-deep swimming pool and offers a plethora of lounge chairs to cool off after a day at one of the Parks. visitcarlsbad.com or LEGOLAND 1 Legoland Dr  Carlsbad, CA 92008 – (760) 918-5346 – california.legoland.com.

4. Palm Springs Loving Mom

For the mom who longs to play golf or lie in the sun and relax with a favorite book on her special day, Palm 2.1_splashtopia_1280x394Springs offers over 130 hotels and resorts, and over 100 restaurants.

Book a night at Rancho Las Palmas Resort and Spa. Children will enjoy the newer Splashtopia, featuring a 425-foot lazy river, two 100-foot water slides, a cliff-side Jacuzzi, and a sandy beach. Splashtopia also features unique water-play zones with fountains and sprinklers for the kids.

If the noise level gets too loud, mom can saunter over to the refurbished adults-only Azure Pool with its sleek decor and elegant teak furniture. Poolside service has an attentive wait staff  that will cater to her every need with great food and signature drinks. www.rancholaspalmas.com – 41-000 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage – (866) 423-1195.

  • Walk across the street to The River for dinner or brunch at the popular California Bistro – Aqua Pazza restaurant. They offer outdoor dining on their water-viewing patio and special value menus that will appeal to every family member. www.acquapazzabistro.com

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Mom will enjoy getting away from the frenzied pace of the city, while driving up to an elevation of 5,106 feet in the San Bernardino National Forest. Treat Mom to a special Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet at the Lakeview Terrace at The Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa. Sit along the shores of picturesque Lake Arrowhead, with plenty of fresh air and clear-blue sky.

After brunch, go for a hike or walk with Mom to the Lake Arrowhead Village to peruse the quaint specialty shops, and outlet stores such as: Jockey, Bass, Famous Footwear, and Coach.

Before leaving book Mom a massage  at Spa of the Pines inside the Lake Arrowhead Resort. Kids and Dad can don bathing suits and swim among the pine trees. Lake Arrowhead Resort and Spa – http://laresort.com/ 27984 California 189, Lake Arrowhead, CA  92382 – (909)336-1511.

6. Ojai Yoga Mom

Send Mom to one of So Cal’s best all-inclusive destination spas, The Oaks. The staff offers guided hikes into the nearby hills and mountains, water IMG_1532aerobics and calming yoga classes.  Treat her to a day or 2-night stay. The Oaks provides a well-rounded 1,000 calorie a day food plan that consists of three meals, snacks and beverages. The varied menus feature natural foods, fresh fish and poultry, locally-grown fruits and vegetables, homemade salad dressings and soups – all without a touch of additional salt or refined sugar used in the preparation. Many meals feature freshly-grown herbs from their special gardens.

From May 10 – 17 is a  MOTHER-DAUGHTER special. Receive a 40% discount off program rates for each daughter sharing a room with Mom. Ends Friday, May 17, 2013 at noon. Book early, as this is a popular time!

Founder Sheila Cluff “The Mother of Aerobics” since the 1950s, has owned this wonderful resort since the late 1970s. Her daughter Cathy now manages the resort, while Sheila and her husband Don travel the world educating people about fitness, health and gratitude. Her latest book, Living Your Dream is a must read for every mother.

The typical Oaks guest at The Oaks is a fifty-year-old woman who just wants to relax and take in all the positive, nurturing elements of a healthy lifestyle. If this sounds like your mom (or You) this will be a memorable gift. http://www.oaksspa.com – 122 East Ojai Ave. (800)753-OAKS.

7. Beverly Hills Mom 

Baldemar Fierro - Montage Beverly HillsWould your mom like the red carpet treatment for Mother’s Day? The Montage Beverly Hills is offering the quintessential gift. Start with a heavenly brunch by celebrity chef Scott Conant. Bottomless Mimosas and Bloody Marys will be served for $22. Call to make reservations at (310)860-7840.

If Mom would prefer an Afternoon Tea served in hand-painted china with exclusive artisan tea varieties, small bites and divine desserts. Tea is served every Friday through Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Reservations are (310)860-7940.

For a light lunch, Mom can sit up at the rooftop at the Conservatory Grill near the pool and receive a complimentary rose and chilled glass of Rose wine.

Here are a few of the Spa services that they are offering for Mother’s Day –

·       Mother, Manicure and Mimosa: Treat your Mother on this special day for a Montage Manicure, while sipping on a Mimosa. She will also enjoy access to the rooftop pool, Fitness Center and Spa Montage facilities. $65 per person.
·       Mother’s Day of Indulgence: Delight in a day devoted to mom with the ultimate gift of relaxation:  a day at the lavish Spa Montage, which includes a 60-minute massage and 60-minute facial, Montage Manicure and Pedicure, poolside lunch at our rooftop Conservatory Grill and all-day access to the pool and Spa Montage facilities. $565 per person. Lunch is received in a credit of $50.
·       Mommy & Me Spa: Mom knows any day is good if it includes bonding time with her daughter. This package, designed for girls ages 5-12, includes a Montage Manicure and Pedicure and a Paintbox Manicure and Pedicure. Children will also receive a special braiding at the Kim Vo Salon. 225 N Canon Dr  Beverly Hills, CA 90210, (888) 860-0788
Show your appreciation to Mom everyday. On Mother’s Day pamper, spoil and love her even more.

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