Postcards From LA: Snapshots of West Coast Living

West Coast living for East Coast dwellers…the best of what to do the next time you’re in California.

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Featured Image: Inn at Laguna Beach: The Perfect Beach Escape

Laguna Beach is a jewel in the California coastline. It’s close enough to LA to make it easily accessible, but far enough to feel like you’re in a different world when you reach the Orange County enclave.Known for its arts, culture, and enjoyed for its beautiful coves and beaches, one of the best places to stay while you’re there is The Inn at Laguna Beach. Perfectly appointed and right on the beach, this boutique hotel is the ideal place if you love being lulled to sleep by the sound of the ocean waves and awakened to the most beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean.

With just 70 rooms and suites, The Inn has the classic feel of a beach bungalow, but with modern comforts to make you feel right at home. Choose from an ocean view, poolside, or village view room. Each comes with an iHome docking station, flat screen TV with HBO, a Starbucks coffeemaker, and the most comfortable bed imaginable.

Just steps to the main beach, The Inn at Laguna Beach offer umbrellas, towels, and beach chairs, so you have everything you’ll need for your leisurely days out in the sun.

The dining options at the hotel are phenomenal. The Rooftop Bar provides amazing sunset views while you indulge in delicious cocktails and bar eats like ahi poke, Cobb salads, and burgers. The bacon-wrapped dates are not to be missed. They also offer a daily wine reception from 5-6 pm, allowing you to try wines from all over the world.

The other neighboring choice, Las Brisas, has been a landmark restaurant in the area for nearly 40 years. The local favorite serves up amazing Mexican cuisine from fresh California produce, and their seafood dishes are some of the best you’ll find anywhere. Charred lobster tails with Sriracha butter, sea bass tomatillo, and shrimp tampiqueños are highlights on the menu.

The Inn at Laguna Beach is the perfect weekend hideaway with easy access to the beach and just a few steps to the village for shopping, art galleries, and restaurants. Its cozy boutique feel and amazing staff make it feel like your personal beach house to enjoy with friends or for a romantic retreat.


Spring into Summer with Parsley Health

With springtime here and summer around the corner, our thoughts are turning to getting bikini-ready and losing some extra pounds. But the groundbreaking medical practice, Parsley Health, has an innovative way to get and stay healthy all year round—and battle underlying issues keeping you from your optimum best.

A team of doctors and health coaches work together to create a personalized medical, mental health, nutrition, and fitness plan tailored specifically to your individual needs.

Anything from weight issues, hormonal imbalances, digestive problems, or troubling skin issues are tackled at Parsley Health. Their goal is getting to the root of the cause rather than just treating ailments. Their promise: To heal from the inside out.

With practices in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York, their approach is to combine diagnostic testing with personalized support from their team of experts to give you that one-on-one help to live your healthiest and best life.


The Spa on Rodeo

The Spa on Rodeo is a luxury wellness spa located on famed Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills.

Founder and foot and ankle surgeon Dr. Bobby Pourziaee, known as the “High Heels Doctor,” specializes in creating wellness from the ground up with therapies like sole reflexology and cupping. He believes healthy feet are the foundation for optimal well-being.

The Spa on Rodeo also has a new line of products created by Dr. Bobby to get that perfect California glow just in time for spring. A favorite is the 9021-O, an oxygenated spray that can be applied throughout the day to refresh your face and applied over makeup. Restoration + is a recovery serum that helps repair the skin for a youthful appearance, and Pro Coll is their deep-penetrating Vitamin C crème to help with collagen production. Stop in to get beautified from head to toe on Rodeo.


Special Spotlight: Erin Rank

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles does amazing work, rallying volunteers to build sustainable homes for families in need. At the helm is president and CEO Erin Rank who does outstanding work for the organization. Starting with Habitat as a volunteer in 1995, and joining as the affiliate’s first employee three years later, Rank has seen more than 1,000 homes built in the nearly 20 years she has been with Habitat, a
role she sees as her personal calling.

Not only content with building homes in LA, Rank and her team have raised over $3 million to help build homes in other parts of the world, including Thailand, Vietnam, Haiti, and Philippines.

Rank also helped found “Hollywood for Habitat for Humanity,” a partnership that aspires to get celebrities involved in the organization’s work both here and abroad. Her phenomenal dedication has been a gift to many families.


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