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6 Crisp and Delicious Hard Ciders to Try This Fall

September 20, 2020

Whether you consider yourself a connoisseur or you’re looking to expand your alcoholic palette, it’s time you go for a crisp and refreshing hard cider.

There’s also no better time than the present to embrace the brisk and delicious specialty flavors they come in for fall. Scroll through below for all our top seasonal picks below!

1. Foggy Ridge Handmade Cider: $10.99

Touted as a true artisan hard cider made from uncommon apples, this beverage is a cooler months must. It’s handmade and can be enjoyed with your favorite tomato bisque or harvest soup.

2. Wolffer Estate No. 139 Dry Rosé Cider: $15.99

I mean, do we ever leave rosé off the list? 💁🏽. This epic choice is white cider with a rosy and sweet twist. We also deeply appreciate that it comes in both a bottle and a can.

3. Virtue Cider Michigan Apple: $9.99

If you prefer a dry champagne, you’ll love the taste of Virtue Cider’s Michigan Apple. With a hint of oak, it’s your go-to for a sweet but slightly sour vibe. Luckily, it’s sold in packs, so stock TF up.

4. Original Sin Hard Cider: $11.99

The name of this brand alone makes it an instant buy. They have an overwhelming amount of options including their original and black widow flavor. If you don’t bust these out in October, you’re just doing everything wrong.

5. Woodchuck Amber Draft Cider: $8.49

Major shoutout to Vermont for making the elite of hard ciders. It’s fermented with champagne yeast for a little extra punch, which is completely unique to them. This is the only kind of mixing we’ll ever approve.

6. Austin Eastcider’s Blood Orange Cider: $9.99

We adore Austin Eastcider’s blood orange flavor for its zesty notes of citrus and the tartness of a variety of apples. It’s bittersweet but tastes divine with brunch or your after dinner dark chocolate. This is aimed at fans of sour beer for sure.

Now that you know what to buy, HERE’s how to caption your fall beverage photos.


The Best Instagram Captions For All Your Fall Cocktails

September 17, 2020

Whether you’re warm and cozy by the fire with wine, or out on the porch with a crisp cider, we’ve pretty sure you want to capture the comforting moment on Instagram.

Scroll through below for all the cute, snappy captions you’ll need for your boozy autumn nights! 🍂✨

For when you’re mixing a new pumpkin-based cocktail that isn’t pumpkin spice:

“Stressed, blessed, pumpkin obsessed.”

– Unknown

For an autumn-seasoned rum cider cocktail pic:

“Spice, spice baby.”

– Unknown

For your warm and delicious mulled wine post:

“Warm drinks, warm heart.”

– Unknown

For the basic white wine photo with a blanket:

“The only thing getting lit this weekend are my fall scented candles.”

– Unknown

For your next glass of wine paired with your favorite gourd:

“Squash Goals.”

– Unknown

For your ghastly Halloween delights:

“It’s just a bunch of Hocus Pocus!”

– Unknown

For the shot of your refreshment with an autumn-themed garnish:

“If you don’t like fall, you can leaf me alone.”

– Unknown

Need some more fall cocktail content? HERE are the best autumn drink recipe videos we found on TikTok!


The 9 Best Twitter Reactions to ‘Keeping Up With the Kardashians’ Ending

September 9, 2020

The end of an era is upon us—KUWTK is actually saying farewell to reality TV cameras after 20(!) seasons.

Although we have mixed feelings about the long-running reality show, we have to give credit where credit is due. It was filled with iconic and hilarious moments we’ll truly never forget. Not only were we working at E! when the show premiered (crazy, right?), we also relate to much of its L.A.-focused lifestyle.

Whether you’re ecstatic about this news or completely heartbroken, check out the nine best Twitter reactions to the show’s 2021 demise below!

1. Some were most definitely in the ‘ecstatic’ camp:

2. While others were legitimately broken by this news:

3. Others simply celebrated the exemplary moments:

4. One knew what’s happening behind the scenes:

5. A few knew it’s all part of the grand plan:

6. And another uncovered an even more sophisticated scheme:

7. Some considered Kris Jenner’s prospective career in screen writing:

8. Many started popping the champagne:

9. And some threw major shade to both Kourtney and Zayn Malik:

For more reality TV content, click HERE for our 11 honest thoughts on The Hills: New Beginnings premiere.


Here’s How to Make the Best Fall Cocktails, According to TikTok

September 5, 2020

Ah, fall. It’s truly the most beautiful time of the year when breezy weather, apple picking, oversized sweaters and boots rule all. 

As you bust out the blankets and prepare for the holidays, you’ll obviously need a cocktail in hand every step of the way. Below, find all the best seasonal spirits and how to make them, according to TikTok.

1. Spiced Rum Caramel Coco

A drink and dessert all rolled into one? Sign us right up. This quick, easy hot chocolate is packed with spiced flavor and fall deliciousness. Adding caramel corn on top makes it the go-to guilty pleasure of the season.

2. Pear Drop Cocktail

We live for a refreshingly fruity, yet light cocktail. If that’s also your jam, try this lovely pear drop. It features banana liqueur and bitters, surprisingly—but it adds an unexpectedly enjoyable flavor you can’t find anywhere else.

3. Apple Gin Garden

If apples are more your thing, you have to try this Apple Gin Garden with elderflower, apple juice and gin, of course. Adding floral notes to the mix gives it a rich and elegant flavor. This one’s for enjoying that fall breeze on your balcony or porch in the evening.


Gin Garden 🍓🥒 Gin, Elderflower Syrup, Cloudy Apple Juice, Soda #cocktail #cocktails #gin #fyp #fypage #tipplesandtonics

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4. Apple Cider Cocktail

What’s a fall cocktail roundup without at least one apple cider refreshment? Crisp cider combined with orange slices and vodka equals instant autumn delight.

5. Pumpkin Spice Cocktail

We’ve all grown wary of the over-advertised pumpkin spice flavor, but hear us out on this one. This sweet little cocktail also has Irish cream, vanilla ice cream and a cinnamon stick for extra punch. And let’s be honest, adding alcohol to any classic flavor will always makes it worth your time.

6. Frosé

We don’t know about you, but rosé is a must for us to kick off the season. Why not dial it up by blending it with fresh strawberries, ice and a touch of vodka? It gives this classic sweet wine a little zest that’s perfect for fall get togethers.


All the Summer #Staycation Instagram Captions You’ll Need This Season

August 26, 2020

The sunnier months may look a little different than we anticipated or hoped this year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t glow all out on the ‘gram anyway💁🏽😎. 

Scroll below for a few on point #Staycation captions for your summer lounge pics.

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For your ultra-relaxed hammock shot: 

“Relax, renew, refresh.”

— Unknown

For late nights and early morning coffee in bed: 

“I like to stay in bed. It’s too peopley outside.”

— Unknown

For the pic of you and your girls drinking White Claw on the lawn: 

“We’re cool for the summer.”

— Demi Lovato

For soaking up the sunshine and journaling by your window: 

“My goal is to build a life I don’t need a vacation from.” 

— Rob Hill Sr.

For an awfully adorable shot of you and your pup enjoying the fresh air:

“Paradise is anywhere you want it to be.”

— Unknown

For the Polaroid of your outdoor summer sanctuary (complete with candles): 

“Some people look for a beautiful place. Others make a beautiful place.”

— Hazrat Inayat Khan

For when you’re secretly daydreaming about the Bahamas: 

“If your work requires you to travel, you will understand that there’s no vacation destination like home.”

Park-Chan Wook

In need of some more Instagram caption inspo? HERE are the best quotes to accompany pics of you drinking White Claw!


Best Instagram Captions for All Your Margarita Mischief

July 24, 2020

Margarita Monday is absolutely a must… and Tuesday, and Wednesday.

Okay, but seriously, all days should be margarita days. Although you may be spending less time out and about this season given coronavirus conditions, it doesn’t mean you have to skimp on what’s truly important in life.

Scroll down below to find Insta caption inspo for all your tequila-infused shenanigans this summer!

For every Taco Tuesday post with your trusty marg in hand: 

“Life isn’t always tacos & tequila, but it should be.”


For when you’ve had one too many cups of coffee leading up to cocktail hour:

“Coffee keeps me busy until it’s acceptable to drink margaritas.”


When you realize your late night margs turned into early morning regret:

“I didn’t text you, tequila did.”


For a fabulous Friday kick-off post:

“Take life with a grain of salt, a slice of lime and a really big margarita.”


For a cute and classic saying, but make it tequila:

“But first, margaritas.”


For when you have no qualms about really kicking back after a long work-from-home day:

“Know when to give up and have a margarita.”


For when you’re feeling preachy, but not judgy:

“Two wrongs don’t make a right, but two margaritas usually do.”



Four Simple Ways to Heal Your Energy This Extraordinary Cancer Season

June 29, 2020

Just last week, there were three major astrological events, including the solar eclipse, new moon in Cancer and summer solstice. We have to ask, are you guys okay!? 

This Cancer new moon is quite extraordinary this year, as it’s the first in a duo of consecutive Cancer new moons. Heightened emotions may surface, riding the coattails of the potent solar eclipse and could continue with the next new moon in Cancer on July 20. It’s a fantastic time for healing, purging and releasing as we take a look at where we need true support in our lives. 

Below, you’ll find four incredible practices that will help you ground your energy, release negative emotions or patterns and grow into the awe-inspiring being of light that you are this season!

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Take a Crystal Healing Bath

If you’ve never taken a crystal healing bath, it’s time you get on that. Water, itself, is already an incredible healing force, but adding crystals to the mix amplifies the energy tenfold. Using simple epsom salt combined with an amethyst, rose quartz and clear quartz stone is our personal favorite way to clear out old stagnant energy that no longer serves. You can also add essential oils like lavender and frankincense for an extra boost of relaxation. You may not feel any different during the actual bath, but you’ll wake up the next morning feeling amazingly refreshed. You can find out more on ritual baths (including what stones shouldn’t be used in the tub) HERE.

Practice ‘I Am’ Affirmations

Never underestimate the effect of a simple ‘I am’ affirmation. By putting these short words in front of any dynamic or positive adjective, you’re reminding yourself of your own truth and divinity. They essentially train your subconscious to release blocks and negativity that may be holding you back from manifesting your dreams. Luckily, YouTube is a beautiful place filled with many meditations and affirmations for different conditions you’d like in your life including success, love, abundance—you name it.

Pay Attention to Emotional Triggers

The nature of Cancer is highly emotional and sensitive. That energy can also be amplified at the time of a new moon. Old emotional wounds may surface during this time that, let’s be honest, you hadn’t planned on revisiting. Instead of trying to bury pain or unpleasant emotions, let them rise to the surface for healing and clearing. Meditate on uplifting mantras to rebuild your confident spirit. Everything we experience is for our personal growth, and there’s no greater form of expansion than deep, soulful rejuvenation.

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♋︎ CANCER SEASON/ SUMMER SOLISTICE/ SOLAR ECLIPSE ♋︎. ⠀ Cancer Season begins today, bringing us a New Moon/Solar Eclipse to begin her four-week journey. The energy of Cancer takes us on an emotional rollercoaster, which starts with feeling, then shifts to understanding, to knowing, until we arrive at healing. This Season is a time to allow our emotions to rise, to see them, to honor them, and to learn from them. It takes courage to feel and first requires we put down our distractions and sit with all the uncomfortableness, which eventually leads to growth. ⠀ Solar Eclipses are powerful times that allow us to see the road we have traveled, what we are leaving behind, and where we are going. It’s a period of reflection when we can fully process the lessons of the past six months. This weekend, sit with any emotions you are experiencing. Set an intention to feel them, but then release them. Notice which ones want to stick around and ask them what they have to teach you. What messages are you emotions bringing you at this time? What are they helping you understand? ⠀ Solar Eclipses are supercharged New Moons. This is the first New Moon of Cancer Season. Set the intention to work with Cancer’s energy from one New Moon to the next, creating daily practices to focus on emotional understanding. Consider writing the statement “I feel” each day and letting your feelings run onto the paper. From emotions comes our intuition. The deeper you feel, the more you unlock your divine wisdom, which will lead you to the path forward. Release any need for a concrete plan. It’s 2020, after all- anything can happen. Instead, learn to trust your intuition and know you can rely on it. You can rely on yourself in the face of any challenge. The energy of Cancer reminds us of just how strong we really are and encourages us to lean into our inherent power every day. As you set intentions this weekend, create them from your intuition. Hold the highest vibration for the future of your life and the world. ⠀ Learn more about this Season/New Moon in the Cancer workbook. Available digitally, link in bio image via @becca_reitz #cancerseason #solareclipse #newmoon

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Make Moon Water 

Yes, moon water is totally a thing and it’s incredibly magical✨🌝. There’s no better way to cleanse and soothe your inner turbulence than by sipping on transformation-infused H20. The moon greatly influences the tides of the ocean, so why wouldn’t it have an effect on our physical bodies? You can make a batch by simply putting out a jar of water under a full moon to charge it with its energy and taking a nice, big chug of it the next morning. Take this practice further by adding a specific intention or something you would like to manifest to it before setting it out.

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The 5 Best TikTok Practices for Growing Your Business or Personal Brand

June 9, 2020

TikTok is easily the only platform where you can have zero followers, post once and still get massive amounts of attention.

This makes it a treasure trove of possibilities when it comes to growing your business or building your personal brand.

Scroll below for the best tips on how to harness this mighty app’s power, as told by marketing platform Later’s resident TikTok expert Taylor Loren.

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1. Leverage Their User Base

TikTok now has over 800 million active users. That’s right on par with Instagram’s active user base which is just under 1 billion. It’s important to note that TikTok prioritizes entertainment and authenticity over commerce—a stark distinction from Instagram. Users are looking for creators who are passionate, inspired and funny. Participating in things like TikTok challengers are fun yet incredibly strategic ways to creatively increase brand awareness. It’ll help boost your account, get more users to check out your content and increase your potential of landing on many users’ “For You” pages.

2. Know What Sets the App Apart

Another major distinction between TikTok and Instagram is that it’s more about the content of the video rather than how pretty it looks. When users first open the app, they’re immediately taken to their “For You” page, an area with content specifically tailored to their interests based on previously watched and liked videos. Most of the content featured here is actually from people they don’t already follow, making it a valuable tool when it comes to building brand awareness. It’s super critical to make this distinction as it determines what kind of content you should focus on pushing out. There’s less pressure in terms of aesthetic, but unfiltered videos should be kept short, sweet and have a clever angle. 

3. Create Fun, Short and Eye-Catching Content

TikTok is overflowing with effects and editing features that are incredibly easy to use. Never underestimate the value of eye-catching text as it helps users understand what you’re doing, who you are and why they shouldn’t scroll past your video. Another essential tip is avoiding the right side and bottom of the screen when adding text since they’re covered by the share icon and caption. These may seem like simple things, but those are sometimes the most overlooked. Initiating TikTok duets are also a great way to engage with other popular accounts and the perfect way to step out of your comfort zone.

4. Switch to a FREE TikTok Pro Account

If you haven’t already, definitely consider upgrading to a TikTok Pro account. This will give you access to analytics tools that’ll help you gain a better understanding of how your content performs. Use these tools to assess what content you should focus on, find your audience and ask yourself what trends are relatable to your brand. And as we noted, it’s completely free!

5. Know How the Algorithm Works

Trust us when we tell you the discover page is your new BFF. It’s majorly helpful in uncovering the latest trends and hashtags that are used for optimal audience-targeting, aka getting on more users’ “For You” pages. Because your main goal is to be featured on as many as possible, it’s important to contribute the kind of content that other users are interacting with most.

Hone in on your niche from there and you’ll eventually find an audience that likes and shares the same types of videos as you. Using specific trending sounds, songs, effects or combos of these also aid you in gaining TikTok success. The platform truly rewards users who are making the most of their features and actively engaging on the platform, so it’s also an excellent idea to post frequently.


The Five Most Devastating Brands Permanently Closing Due to Coronavirus

June 9, 2020

Many stores and businesses around the world have been deeply affected by the current pandemic. Some of them will make it while others simply can’t survive the devastation.

With a heavy heart, we’ve rounded up a few treasured gems we’re truly sorry to see go. Grab your tissues and keep scrolling.

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Pier 1 Imports

We’ve always admired Pier 1 for their charming seasonal decor and decorative centerpieces, so we were more than saddened to hear that they’ll be permanently closing their doors. The silver lining, however, is majorly inexpensive furniture deals. They’re currently accepting online orders and will begin blowout sales once stores can reopen for business. Now’s the time to pounce on that nightstand or coffee table you’ve always needed but haven’t found the extra cash to snag yet. 


‘Tis a dark day when you find out your all-time fave buffet is a goner. We would like to take a moment to properly mourn endless salad, soup, crispy bread sticks and, most importantly, mouth-watering pizza bread. It was fun while it lasted 😩.

Victoria’s Secret

As you probably already know, Victoria’s Secret has low-key been on the decline for a while now. The lingerie retailer recently announced that they’d be closing 250 of its U.S. and Canadian stores over the next several months to help strengthen their business. Luckily, you still have the option to buy online, but we’ll definitely miss their adorable giant pink dog in-store displays 🐶😔.


Another deep sigh for beloved department store J.C.Penney who’ll be axing 242 locations as part of the company’s bankruptcy. Although they won’t be completely liquidating their assets like Pier 1, we’re not sure what this means for the future of the company. Department stores have taken the biggest hit amidst the panic of coronavirus, but we’re hopeful that Penney’s will be able to rally and push through. Where else will we able to find affordable bedding, furniture and Sephora items all in one place!?


While J.Crew didn’t necessarily fit our SoCal style, we’re still bummed to hear the apparel provider filed for bankruptcy. It’s been a solid mainstay for as long as we can recall, and we really do appreciate the remarkably soft, rich and comfortable fabric of their pajamas, loungewear and sweaters. We’ll remain hopeful for an amazing summer sale to come through. 


Experts Share 5 Simple Foods You Can Incorporate Into Your Daily Diet to Boost Health and Wellness

June 9, 2020

There’s no shortage of information swirling around about what you should do to protect your health during the pandemic.

However, we’re here to share that there are simple and delicious food items you can incorporate into your daily diet that’ll boost immunity without having to go to extreme lengths.

Read on for expert wellness advice from Kroma Superfoods founder Lisa Odenweller, Hello Me founder Julie McClure and beauty supplement brand Hush & Hush co-founder Janna Roberts.

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Vitamins D, C and A

To put it simply, vitamin D, C or A deficiencies equal higher risk of illness. Getting a sufficient amount of vitamin D is necessary for the development of bones and the regulation of calcium in your body. Vitamins D and C also improves resistance against certain diseases. Vitamin A also supports healthy immunity and lowers risks of certain cancers.

Matcha Green Tea

Extremely high in antioxidants, matcha green tea is the superfood to have on hand. Antioxidants are a powerful way to reduce cell damage and lower the risk of chronic diseases. In addition to this ultra superpower, it promotes heart health, boosts brain function, protects the liver and is beyond easy to throw into a shake, latte or even dessert.

Maca Powder

This root has a delicious nutty aroma and is high in vitamin C, copper and iron. This helps keep your metabolism on track, boosts your energy and fights free radical damage. All this in one little powder? Sign us up.


There are a ton of different brands of mushroom extract to try so its best to find one that’s right for you. Our personal favorite is Om Organic Mushroom Powder. Reishi mushrooms reduce blood pressure, elevate the immune system and are great for the skin.


Turmeric is known to have powerful anti-inflammatory properties and increases your body’s antioxidant capacity. This is crucial as it blocks free radicals directly, then stimulates your body’s own antioxidant defenses. A serious one-two punch.


Every Necessary Instagram Caption for Photos of You Sipping Wine

June 9, 2020

If quarantine has taught us anything, it’s the value of a solid wine collection. 

But even when we aren’t social distancing, wine gets us through pretty much anything. Whether it’s Cabernet, Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc or whatever else you’ve got in store, these are all the captions you’ll need to display your next-level assortment🍷✨.

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For any and every Zoom wine night: 

“Wine a little, laugh a lot.” —Unknown

For when you’ve sampled a few too many from your stash: 

Gone with the wine.” —Unknown

When you need an excuse for your current drunken state: 

“Everything happens for a Riesling.”It’s All Chic to Me

For when you need a glass to accompany your Bachelor marathon: 

“Will you accept this rosé?” —Unknown

For an ‘every last drop counts’ post:

“You can’t sip with us.” —Unknown

Just after your inner Martha Stuart emerges and you whip up dessert with your beverage: 

“I’m currently on cloud wine.” —Unknown

For the times you’re definitely not sipping wine on the clock: 

“Working nine to wine.” —Unknown

For turning off the news and going full hermit mode: 

“Either give me more wine or leave me alone.” —Rumi

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5 Ways to Show Support for L.A.’s Black Community If You Don’t Feel Comfortable Protesting

June 3, 2020

We’re living in unprecedented times of uncertainty, but more importantly, times of beautiful and powerful change

Although we at skyelyfe never condone violence, we see this as a time for the world to truly usher in greater levels of awareness, social justice, peace and harmony on this earth. It’s difficult to see the light when it feels like darkness is closely around us, but we’re here to tell you to keep the faith. Darker energies what’s been hidden in the shadows are now being brought to the surface for healing as the planet is flooded with light. Transformation is uncomfortable and it’s easy to get pulled into pessimism, but now it’s more important than ever to remember where we’re going. 

The black community of Los Angeles is facing major challenges, but if you don’t feel comfortable protesting, there are still ways for you to champion this cause. Scroll through below for a few fun and easy ways to provide assistance.

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Participate in Los Angeles Brand Valfré‘s NAACP Fundraiser

Rebellious and fiery L.A.-based clothing and accessory brand Valfré is standing in solidarity with the black community by donating 100% of the proceeds from orders placed within the next 24 hours to NAACP Legal Defense. This civil rights organization provides assistance to people of color that can’t otherwise afford legal counsel. Valfré has plenty of adorable items to choose from and you’ll be backing movements for change and social justice in the process.

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The Madeline Backpacks ❤️🖤💛 #valfre

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Donate to the People’s City Council Freedom Fund

The People’s City Council has a top priority of voicing the concerns of the people of L.A. They’ll aid with bail fines, medical fees, and legal assistance for protestors and community medics during this time through a GoFundMe that you can contribute to HERE. Excitingly enough, the fund has reached almost two million dollars! Help them further reach their goal by donating and sharing on social media.

Donate to Black Lives Matter Los Angeles

Show your support for the Los Angeles chapter of Black Lives Matter, who has dedicated themselves to organizing non-violent protests and compiling demands to help the black community, which has been severely impacted by coronavirus. Their vision, drive and passion for building a just and free society is something we deeply resonate with and admire. Donate to their chapter and cause HERE.

Order Food from L.A. Businesses Supporting Black Causes

Provide even more support for NAACP, Black Lives Matter and the ACLU by hitting some of your favorite local food joints. Many restaurants are giving a portion of their current proceeds (others donating 100 percent of them) to these causes, making it easier than ever for you to indirectly be of service to these organizations. To name a few, Highland Park’s Block Party, vegan Cuban pop-up Señoreata and Offshore Tea will dynamically contribute to these valiant causes.

Order From and Support Black-Owned Businesses Directly

Indirect support is always great, but make even more of an impact by ordering from black-owned businesses directly. Shoutout to incredible food writer Kat Hong for putting together and sharing a Google spreadsheet of restaurants owned by people of color in L.A. The list is broken down by area, Instagram, website and phone number, and can be shared on all social platforms. Grab some takeout from these places, be sure to tip generously and share the spreadsheet with friends and fam!

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Hello Sunshine’s Zoe Fairbourn Shares 5 Ways to Manifest Your Dream Career

May 5, 2020

Creating and manifesting your ideal career takes practice, perseverance and, most importantly, dedication.

Many of us feel restless and want to take concrete steps toward our dreams, but the current health situation requires us to have much more patience than usual. Luckily, in the meantime, The XX Project’s Thriving During Crisis series has been helping us cope by providing weekly webinars that are both engaging and valuable.

This week’s speaker, Zoe Fairbourn, head of partnerships for Hello Sunshine (founded by Reese Witherspoon), spoke about what you can do to create your ideal position and future, even in uncertain times. Scroll below for her tips.

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Look For a Niche

One of the most important things you can do for your professional growth is ask where you can truly make an impact. Finding the right position for you can be tough, but start by asking yourself what strong qualities you posses and how you can make a difference with them. Once you narrow that down, it will guide you in calibrating to the right field and niche for those skills.

Ask For What You Want

This piece of advice applies if you’re currently looking for work or unhappy in your current job and seeking a greater challenge. Asking for what you want seems like such a simple task, but many people forget that it’s most often what will illuminate the path forward for you. Reaching out to your network, cold emailing or asking for advice on LinkedIn can get you much further than you ever imagined.

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Find joy in the little things today. 🔑

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Know What You Don’t Want

The key to discovering your dream career comes from knowing what you don’t want to manifest most of all. It may seem counterproductive, but this actually opens the door to more inspiration on what you are looking to build. What don’t you like about your current team, boss or position? Knowing your own personal dealbreakers can cause major light bulb moments on where you’re looking to put your energy, passion and efforts.

Find an Industry, Role or Company You’re Passionate About

If you’ve been laid off or are using this time to contemplate a completely new direction in your career, start by writing down your personal passions. This is a perfect jumping-off point to then research industries, roles or companies you’d love to be a part of, using your skillset to pursue a new avenue.

You Can Learn Something From Everyone on the Job

Challenging coworkers and bosses can test your patience like no other, but remember that there’s something to be learned from everyone on the job. Your most valuable position isn’t always your dream one, but the one with more difficult energy surrounding it. Learning to deal with unpleasant people and situations is an important lesson to overcome before stepping into your dream career. Keep the perspective by remembering that you’re only growing better, stronger and sharper from these experiences.


5 Simple Things You Can Do at Home to Manifest Your Dream Reality

May 5, 2020

If you’ve been feeling restless or agitated during quarantine, now is the ideal time to redirect your energy toward aspirations and goals for the rest of the year.

You can create a brand new reality for yourself just through the power of position intention, energy clearing and tapping into the flow of abundance already present in your experience. Scroll through for five simple things you can do in the comfort of your own home to manifest your new life.

Use the Law of Attraction

There’s an extensive amount of information out there on the law of attraction. With everything from The Secret to Notes from the Universe, it may seem overwhelming to try and harness this powerful yet simple principle. We’re here to tell you it doesn’t have to be in the slightest. Although there are many different teachers on the subject, the basic steps are always the same. You can manifest anything you want into your reality by shifting your thoughts and vibration into a positive one. A great place to start your journey is by watching manifestation success coach Amy Westmoreland’s YouTube channel.

Incorporate Simple Feng shui Into Your Space

The Feng shui Collective (mother and daughter Feng shui experts with 30 years of experience) share many adjustments you can make to your room for allowing the right kind of energy into a space. Even something as simple as covering your large mirror at night can help you get better sleep and feel more uplifted in the morning. Follow them for first-rate tips and valuable info.

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Let’s talk about Feng Shui and SLEEP!😴 Recently, a client of ours complained about nightmares and waking up at the same time every night, unable to fall back asleep. THE WORST! Here are some things that might be helpful: -Mirrors: do you have a large mirror in your bedroom? Bedrooms are for sleeping, yin energy! Mirrors are yang energy and reflect/excite the chi. If you have a mirror in your bedroom, simply place a scarf of cloth over it at night to calm the chi. – Electronics: most of us charge our phones next to our beds. It’s best if you charge your electronics outside of your bedroom. If you can’t, just place a handkerchief over them at night and make sure to turn Bluetooth off! Also, don’t watch TV in your bedroom. Bedrooms are for sleeping. If you can’t make this modification, place a cloth over it at night as well. – Under bed: keep the space under your bed clean and clear of storage. We know this can be challenging for small spaces so if you must keep things below your bed, go through everything and make sure it’s tidy, necessary and in working condition. The goal is to have the chi swirl above and below you like a fluid circle while you sleep. -Poison arrows: do you have beams in your ceiling? Are they vertical or horizontal over your body when you lay in bed? These can be harmful to restful sleep and your overall health. If you have beams, hang a flute or a crystal on them to lift the energy off of your bed (we have flutes in our store, link in bio). -Workout equipment: don’t keep workout equipment in your bedroom. If you do, you may feel worn out and tired all the time, again, bedrooms are for yin energy. -Dream catcher: buy or make a dream catcher and place it over or next to your bed with the intention of inviting healthy, restful sleep and pleasant dreams. -What’s over your head when you sleep? Heavy items like shelves, hanging plants and decor can represent the feeling of something falling on you while you sleep. Try replacing them with something lighter. • There are so many Feng Shui cures for sleep and they depend on your unique space, let us know if you’re having trouble sleeping and let’s turn your bedroom into a sanctuary.❤️ 📸 @zebodeko 📸

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Make a Gratitude List

Remind yourself of everything currently going well in your life. Making a list of people, places and things you’re immensely grateful for during this time will help you keep perspective. Although the situation is far from ideal, it’s important not to overlook the fact that you’re healthy, safe and have support from friends and family. We know it isn’t easy to do this, especially if you’ve lost a job, but do your best. You’d be surprised how much better you feel afterwards.

Practice Visualization

Never underestimate the power of visualization. Visualizing is a huge part of the manifestation process. Even if you’re feeling a little hopeless or stuck at the moment, envision exactly what you want your life to look like for 5 minutes every day. Holding this mental image is going to bring inspiration to take right course of action and find creative solutions to your current challenges.

Create a Vision Board

Make use of your current down time by creating a vision board. Many have reported it as a major success tool when looking to build a new aspect of their life. Acquire images from magazines, the internet or even Instagram that just speak to you on a soul level. Whether you’re discovering your life’s passion, or just planning how to get out of debt, it’s an incredible road map that will illuminate the path forward.

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L.A. Job Recruiters Share 5 Ways to Turn Your Layoff Into Your Next Major Career Move

April 14, 2020

We’ve discussed the of impact of coronavirus on mental, spiritual and physical health, but what should you do if your work is also in jeopardy or you’ve already lost your job?

Getting laid-off can be a traumatizing experience on its own, but now it’s even more challenging with the added layer of market uncertainty that comes with a pandemic. Luckily, the Los Angeles career experts at Eleven Recruiting held a webinar last week offering advice to those whose careers have been halted by coronavirus.

Scroll below for their top five tips to turning your job casualty into your next major career move.

1. Update Your Resume and LinkedIn Profile

Although this may seem like basic, even elementary advice at this point, it’s still extremely important. Keeping your resume up-to-date and revamping your LinkedIn may just be what lands you the job. If you have certain special skills you’d like to highlight on your profile, see if a few friends are willing to endorse you for them. It can make a world of a difference.

2. Add Highlights to Your Resume

We know by now that hiring managers are looking at thousands of resumes per day, each for only about 10 seconds. Adding a “Highlights” section is a considerable way to set yourself apart from the crowd. This can include everything from your strongest skills (campaign building, influencer marketing, etc.) to a summarized version of any meaningful and relevant career accomplishments.

3. Find Out What Skills Are in Demand

Because we now have more downtime than ever before, make use of it by researching what skills and career experience are in high-demand right now. Making yourself more marketable is the key to landing an interview for any position. A few skills Eleven Recruiting mentioned as a hot commodity are writing, editing, graphic design and web development.

4. Utilize LinkedIn’s Certification Program

In case you didn’t know, LinkedIn also offers one-month free trial access to their certification and higher education programs. Now’s an excellent time to take advantage of these opportunities to further your training in areas including management and software development. There’s also the option to learn Photoshop, WordPress and more.

5. Create an Organized Spreadsheet With Leads and Application Statuses

This may not seem like the most important aspect to focus on, but staying organized and proactive during the job search is absolutely crucial. How many times have you lost track of the applications you’ve sent out or if you’ve already applied to a position? Keeping a spreadsheet will help keep you on track, while feeling accomplished for all the energy you’ve invested in your overall career advancement.


Most Refreshing Instagram Captions for When You’re Sipping White Claw

April 3, 2020

With coronavirus-induced quarantine in full effect, many of us are doing the unthinkable—gasp—drinking alone.

But if you’re like us and trying to maintain some sense of responsibility during these haphazard times, you’re sticking to good ol’ White Claw.

The crisp and delicious hard seltzer has captured the hearts of many in recent years—so much so, that it inspires more-than-impressive quality photos of the beverage on Instagram. And what’s a gorgeous photo without a cute, clever caption to go along with it?

Regardless or whether you’re quarantining or finally able let loose in a group, below are the most refreshing Instagram captions for when you’re sipping White Claw!

For that photo of your girls night in:

On weekends, we drink White Claws.”


For when your crew starts to get greedy:

“Catch these Claws!”


For an exceptionally charming pic with your pup and a White Claw:

“Please keep your paws off my White Claws.”


For when you’re double-fisting:

“Nothing can stop the claw.”


For when the overused ‘hot girl summer’ caption needs a revamp:

White Claw Summer.”


For an extra rowdy bachelorette party:

“Ain’t no laws when you’re drinking Claws.”

―Trevor Wallace

For when you’ve had two too many😅:

“White Claw wasted.”


For when you need to finesse a White Claw into your healthy diet:

“Low sugar, no spice, but everything nice.”

―White Claw


The Best Wellness Practices Suggested by Experts During Coronavirus

April 2, 2020

Although there’s no lack of health and wellness information going around right now, it can still be difficult to discern what’s right for you, specifically.

To help navigate this particular problem, clean beauty brand MARA, luxury beauty supplement brand Hush & Hush and The Jane Club and The XX Project recently hosted enlightening webinars on how we should nourish our minds and bodies during self-isolation.

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Hush & Hush’s Wellness Wednesday discussion featured adept inner health education from founders Dr. Marc Ronert and Janna Ronert, while MARA Beauty’s roundtable-style Positive Perception panel highlighted the importance of listening to your own body’s needs. Meanwhile, The Jane Club and The XX Project hosted a calm-inducing Interactive Intuition workshop, led by Mindset Mastery Coach, Stephanie Kwong, and Personal Development Coach, Laura Greenberg.

Find the best wellness practices to incorporate into your routine from each seminar below!

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Take 4 per day to keep hair loss at bay.

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Incorporate Exercise Into Your Daily Schedule

This seems like such a simple task, but many people get so caught up in fear that they forget how vital it is to go out and stretch their legs. Dr. Ronert suggests a 30-minute workout in the morning and another in the evening—whatever that may be for you.

Journal at Least Once a Day

During MARA’s roundtable, Natural beauty and skincare writer, Jessica DeFino, strongly recommended taking the time to journal every day. It’s imperative to prioritize our mental health during this time and remember that it’s absolutely okay not to feel okay all the time. Getting your thoughts out onto the page will help you process your emotions in a safe (social media-free) way.

Add More Supplements to Your Diet

If you didn’t already get the memo, vitamins are major key right now. Holistic chef and co-founder of How You Glow, Tara Sowlaty, shared with MARA audiences how important it is at this time to incorporate more vitamin D and C into our everyday diets. Because many are spending more time inside, that means far less sun exposure, which can cause lower back pain and fatigue. Regularly taking vitamin D should help counteract this, along with immunity-boosting vitamin C.

Avoid Meat If You Can

According to Dr. Ronert, meat increases inflammation in the body, which can compromise your immune system. Although we know it’s unrealistic to completely cut meat out of your diet, try eating extra fruits and vegetables or buying impossible meat instead. As tough as this situation is, it can be an amazing opportunity to clean up your diet and discover new, likable ingredients you otherwise wouldn’t touch.

Rethink Your Beauty Essentials

Now that health is a top priority, DeFino reminded us that it’s time to reconsider what are really our skincare essentials. Use this as motivation to check the ingredients in your face wash or foundation, as you might be surprised how many of them are not as organic as you’d like. Now’s a great time to trash those synthetic products and try a new holistic beauty line you think is right for you.

Set Limits For Yourself

We know this is a challenge when those Doritos are sitting five feet away from you all day long. However, periodically creating boundaries with your diet (especially alcohol consumption😅) and news intake will work wonders for you. Instead, stock up on protein-rich snacks that keep you fuller longer, and disconnect from electronics for a while.

Try Cupping at Home

Our favorite piece of guidance came from VIE Healing owner and Chinese medicine practitioner Mona Dan. For increased blood flow and a boost in immunity and chest health, try at-home cupping. VIE Healing offers a guide on this via their website and is also offering TeleMedicine sessions. They’re designed to help you build your own customized wellness kit at home that you’ll receive in the mail.

Practice Breathwork When You Experience Peak Anxiety

Our emotions are bound to get the best of us during these trying times, but when you feel your angst come to a head, Kwong suggests the 4-7-8 technique. Put your tongue behind your teeth in your upper mouth. breathe in for four seconds. hold it for seven seconds and breath out for eight seconds. Do this until your heartbeat slows and you feel more at ease.


The Best L.A. Lifestyle Newsletters to Keep You Busy During Quarantine

March 29, 2020

Under normal circumstances, newsletters are a welcome, yet fleeting addition to our inbox every day.

But now that the hustle and bustle of daily life has shifted drastically for most of us, there’s quite a bit more time to dig into these little gems. Below, you’ll find the best L.A. lifestyle reads to keep you busy during quarantine.

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Fitt Los Angeles

Fitt’s weekly rundown has been a total life saver to us lately. With everything from home workout recommendations to “social distancing dance parties,” their A+ content is bound to perk you up.

We Like L.A.

We don’t just like, we love this newsletter for featuring restaurants that are now also acting as grocery stores—an immensely smart move for the food service industry. They support local businesses and even feature chefs who offer recipes and free online cooking classes at the moment.

Love & Loathing L.A.

Love & Loathing L.A. blogger Caroline Juen spoke to our soul this week with her at-home cocktails feature in her newsletter. She also completely gets that we’re trying to avoid the #Corona20 and made sure to include only low-cal options.

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*TAP OPEN IN IGTV TO BE ABLE TO SEE DIRECTIONS 🤗* . Desperate times friends! But the good news is cocktails – really good ones – do not have to be complicated to make on your own. In your favorite “Quarantine Chic” look might I add 💁🏼‍♀️. These are a few of my absolute favorite: . *3-4 ingredient *low calorie *accessible ingredients *and f*!%ing delicious cocktails. . Which include: . SKINNY MEZCAL MARGARITA (which you can obviously sub for Tequila) – I love @delmagueymezcal – but also Montelobos/El Silencio/Dos Hombres 🍈 (is that a lime?) . APEROL SPRITZ (great for helping mentally transport yourself to a vacation, @aperolusa) – Prosecco is always pretty affordable too 🙌🍹 . GOLD RUSH-ISH (because I have a secret add on) – I love @EagleRareBourbon and that’s about it for me 😂 kidding kind of 🥃 . LEMON DROP (not the tacky overly sweet kind, like the one me and @celestethomas made a few months back!!) – I love @BelvedereVodka and I have my giant bottle to prove it 🍸🍋 . All of these ingredients *should* be available at your grocery store, but don’t forget @postmates and @sauceyapp deliver alcohol and other accoutrements too! . Thank you for watching my Sunday afternoon project, 🤣🙏🍹 NOW GO FORTH! CHEERS!! . #cocktailsathome #cocktailvideo #howtovideo #easycocktails #imbibe #cheers #drinkstagram #happyhourathome #mixology #mezcal #aperolspritz #vodka #bourbon #funathome

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Buzzbands L.A.

Buzzbands, who kills it on the regular anyway, has started a series in their newsletter called “Quarantunes,” which sees L.A. artists sharing what they’re doing to preserve their sanity during this time, along with a playlist of their current favorite jams. It also includes a daily roundup series of concerts you can livestream, aptly called “Notes on a Pandemic.”

Do L.A.

This wouldn’t be a “best” list without our most beloved newsletter, Do L.A. They’ve now shifted their focus to illuminating ways to help the community, donations for musicians and more. We were saddened to hear this week that they’re struggling to stay afloat through all this. If you can support them in any way, be sure to do so HERE.


5 Spiritual Wellness Accounts to Follow on Instagram While Practicing Social Distancing

March 23, 2020

We all know by now that mental health is equally, if not more, important than physical health.

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Social distancing has caused many of us to feel deeply isolated and detached from our own spirit during this unprecedented time. Staying grounded, focused and positive is, without a doubt, essential now. There are many notable Instagram accounts focusing on maintaining spiritual health to help us all cope, but we’ve rounded up the top five that will really help you find your center.

Thrive no matter what by following the below accounts.

Spirit Daughter

Spirit Daughter, our personal favorite account, has gotten us through some tough times. Whenever we’re feeling lost or anxious, their daily uplifting quotes always seem to know just what we need to hear at that moment. They also provide details on any specific astrological events going on at the time and include how we can harness this energy to our advantage. Their biggest celestial draws also include seasonal zodiac workbooks, moon guides and more.

The Hood Witch

If you’re not already following the Hood Witch, you’re doing everything wrong. Her everyday magic for the modern mystic breaks down the energies of the zodiac and the tarot into empowering yet digestible posts that leave us feeling ready to take on any obstacle in our path. Exactly the kind of big witch energy we all need to tap into at the moment✨.

Natalia Benson

Author, women’s empowerment coach, mystic and astrologer Natalia Benson is another gem we can count on for spiritual guidance. She’s been our saving grace for tools to remain calm, cool and collected while navigating the choppy waters we’re currently swimming through. Follow her account for crystal, yoga and online course recommendations.

Roxie Sound Healing

Roxie Sarhangi hosts live sound healings on her Instagram to help bring in more love, peace and ease for all souls who feel disconnected right now. For those who aren’t familiar with the practice, it’s a meditative acoustic symphony that brings you to a state of deep relaxation, activating self-healing. You can also visit one of her curated, immersive sound sessions at special locations that she hosts in L.A. once a month.

Moon Omens

Filled with insight and a touch of ethereal magic, Moon Omens not only provides profound wisdom, but has a website featuring affirmations, and astrological tools you can’t find anywhere else. They tune into the moon’s lunar cycle and give you a full guide on rituals to practice and how it may affect each of us moving forward. This account is the perfect reminder to always trust the process as it’s leading you to your highest good🙏🏽.


Best Quotes to Use as Instagram Captions for When You’re Drinking Alone

March 17, 2020

We understand social distancing is a safety mechanism during these unsettling times, but it can also be extremely dull, and frankly, quite isolating—especially on holidays like St. Patrick’s Day, birthdays, weekends, days that end in “Y”?

All we want to do is go out and let loose with friends, but given our current circumstances, it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen any time soon. Some might frown upon boozing alone, but we’d say the times are callin’ for it at this point.

But are you really having a blast drinking alone, though if you don’t post about it on the ‘gram? These captions show you don’t need a bar to say hakuna moscato.

For when you’re living your best work-from-home life:

“Work is the curse of the drinking classes.”

― Oscar Wilde

For when you’ve finished absolutely every available season of RuPaul’s Drag Race on Hulu:

“There comes a time in every woman’s life when the only thing that helps is a glass of champagne.”

― Bette Davis 

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The best medicine 😋 • • • • •

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For when it’s been a lackluster day and you’ve officially hit wine o’clock🍷:

“Either give me more wine or leave me alone.”

― Rumi

For your post-meditation pick-me-up:

“Drink happy thoughts.”


For when you’re re-evaluating the year’s goals and plans:

“Stop and smell the rosé.”


For when you just need a break from the news:

“We all deserve an alcoholiday.”


For your very adult shut-in lunch:

“Might be water, might be vodka.”


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This is what we call an adult lunch. 🍞🍓

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5 TikTokers Over 25 Who Are Totally Nailing the App

March 16, 2020

TikTok has easily become one of the most popular apps within the last year, and we’ll admit we didn’t fully understand the hype until now.

Initially, we wrote it off as being filled solely with tweens making bizarre dance videos, but now, we’ll admit we’ve seen some users over the age of 25 who are absolutely crushing it with exquisite content.

Scroll below for all our five favorite users who solidify that age is truly just a number!

Perfume (@perfumeofficial)

Hailing from Japan, girl group Perfume’s official account is filled with stunningly choreographed dance numbers, and we’ll admit we’re totally addicted. It’s also refreshing to see that each member of the group is 31 years old and still able to turn it out on such a teen-focused app like TikTok.

Zach King (@zachking)

I mean, considering he just made the most perfect TikTok with Selena Gomez, of course Zach King is a necessary addition to this list. Usually, we think magic tricks are in poor taste, but there’s something, dare we say… enchanting about his oddly-timed optical illusion videos. Before TikTok, the 30-year-old star also cultivated quite a bit of filmmaking and YouTube experience which morphed into what he calls “digital slight of hand.”

Montana Tucker (@montanatucker)

27-year-old actress, singer and dancer Montana Tucker’s A+ TikTok content includes super entertaining lip syncs and razor sharp dance routines in a variety of locations. From the bookstore all the way to a hockey arena, there’s no place Montana can’t make a fire video🔥.

Amanda Cerny (@amandacerny)

28-year-old actress and comedian Amanda Cerny originally began generating social media buzz on Instagram, Vine and YouTube after having worked with traditional TV channels like Comedy Central and NBC. Now, her talent has expanded to TikTok where she posts not only killer dance content, but more of her humor and acting projects. We expect her to make major waves through the rest of 2020.

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Best friend tings @kingbach

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Anna O’Brien (@Glitterandlazers)

35-year-old Anna O’Brien is an OG YouTuber, but her resume extends far past one platform. She’s also a plus-size model, author, TikTok creator and makeup enthusiast who posts incredible yet helpful hacks on her page. It’s rare an individual can combine wit, beauty and confidence so seamlessly and Anna excels at this, making her one of our absolute favorite accounts to follow.

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6 Hidden Gems to Visit in the West Hollywood/Beverly Hills Area If You Want a Fancy Cocktail

December 13, 2018

Even the most hidden spots don’t stay under the radar for long in the bustling, social cities of West Hollywood and Beverly Hills.

I mean, how many dates have you gone on at places with nondescript entrances a la Roger Room?

But even so, we’ve still managed to dig up a few remaining gems in 90069 and 90210—ones that serve up libations to be remembered (well, that is, depending on how many you drink!).

Whether you’re feeling a quiet date spot, strive for the highest quality liquor, or are just a sucker for a dreamy patio, we rounded up the six best hidden gem spots in Beverly Hills and West Hollywood if you want a fancy cocktail.

Chamberlain Bistro at the Chamberlain Hotel – West Hollywood

Located just off Sunset Blvd. (yet tucked just far enough away), the beautiful outdoor patio at the newly renovated Chamberlain Hotel is beyond perfect for sipping a few cocktails day or night. And in addition to their Hollywood-inspired libations, you also can’t go wrong with their risotto fritters and hand-cut Fries, yum.

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THE Blvd at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel – Beverly Hills

With seriously lush sofas and a Plaza-style chandelier, THE Blvd at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel is definitely an underrated spot. Whether you want to feel like a Breakfast at Tiffany’s character or just want to people watch, you can do both these things in style by grabbing a drink at their 18-foot onyx bar. It’s casual.

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Crescent Lounge – Beverly Hills

Warm summer nights are best spent at this airy villa-style terrace, located inside the boutiquey Crescent Hôtel. It’s the elegantly furnished patio we’ve only seen in our dreams. It’s a super versatile spot that can host anything from a birthday brunch or wedding shower to a classy and casual GNO. Tastebuds beware: Drinks are strong and pungent!

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CITIZEN – Beverly Hills

Sandwiched between some of the stuffier spots in 90210, this beautifully decorated bar and restaurant is a much more laidback addition to the area, making it easy to overlook. But it’s absolutely worth checking out. Their extensive food menu will send you straight to heaven, and their Avocado Toast cocktail (so L.A.) is one of the best and unlike anything we’ve ever had before.

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The Club Bar at the Peninsula – Beverly Hills

It’s easy to get lost in the shuffle when located on Santa Monica Blvd., but the Club Bar at the Peninsula shouldn’t be overlooked. If getting away from all the noise along the street isn’t already enough of a selling point, you should also stay for their impressive wine list.

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£10 (Ten Pound) at the Montage Beverly Hills – Beverly Hills

Tucked away on the Montage’s second floor, £10 is a go-to spot for any true whiskey lover. You’ll experience finely aged cocktails and old-style décor that’s reminiscent of the early 1920s. Who needs a speakeasy when you can get the same vibe at a sleek and modern hotel?

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