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Fashion & Style, The Manual Wind

The Manual Wind: Weiss Watch Company Standard Issue Field Watch

Quality timepieces are often associated with the same few countries of origin; Switzerland of course, and Germany.  One brand that is hoping to change this perception is The Weiss Watch Company.  At the...
helm is Swiss trained watchmaker Cameron Weiss.   WOSTEP certified, Weiss spent years training under the masters at watch houses Audemars Piguet and Vacheron Constantin.   Working hard to resurrect watch...
manufacturing in the United States circa the late 1800s early 1900s, Weiss is hitting the niche hard with its latest offering; the Standard Issue Field Watch. At 42mm in diameter, this Stainless Steel...
cased watch is...

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Food & Drink

Bartender’s Choice: Summer Cocktails to Beat the Heat

Some say the cocktail is on the comeback but did it ever really go away? Yes, beer and wine are all the rage currently but what’s better than a classic drink redefined using organic and local...
ingredients? In the fall and winter, drinks tend to center on darker spirits such as bourbon and whiskey. In the lazy hazy days and nights of summer, rum, tequila and gin reign supreme. We asked three of...
the best bartenders around the country to give us their choices for top summer cocktails. Here’s what they had to say: At Expatriate in NE Portland, bartender/owner/DJ Kyle Linden Webster...

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Living, New Music Monday

New Music Monday: Kaiser Chiefs

Leeds based, Kaiser Chiefs are one of the most successful rock bands of the last decade. They have released 4 albums which have amassed millions of sales worldwide. Ricky Wilson, the band’s front-man,...
was recently chosen to be a coach on the UK’s version of the wildly popular, TV show The Voice, alongside Will.I.Am, Kylie Minogue & Sir Tom Jones which airs there on BBC ONE. Education, Education,...
Education & War, the band’s fifth album, will be released on April 1st, 2014 via ATO Records. The ten-track collection was written in London, Los Angeles and Nashville, recorded at The Maze...

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Travel

9 American Towns, 9 Romantic Getaways

Here’s an “oh S$!*,” moment for you: Valentine’s Day falls on a Friday this year. And more, it’s a long weekend, should you happen to have President’s Day off that Monday...
the 17th. There’s no pressure to do anything special (that’s according to every girl we’ve asked) but since it is on a weekend, why wouldn’t you do something above and beyond (which...
is what they’re really thinking). So, here’s the deal—take advantage of the Hallmark enforced romance of the weekend of February 14th, or constantly be compared to the dude who did....
There’ll be no shortage of couples “deals”...

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Travel

Top Spots Around the Nation to Ring in the New Year

Millions of Americans face a crisis of epic proportions every year: what shall I do on New Years Eve? You don’t want to embarrass yourself in front of your work colleagues come January, especially...
that annoying frat boy who tries to top everyone in the office with his stories. Most of us have a game plan already but for those that don’t, here are four unique celebrations around the nation sure...
to make you the envy of your co-workers. Bayside Marketplace Miami Miami is known for its posh nightclubs and celebrity-drenched scene, which can get annoying very fast. For a...

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Fashion & Style

Alchemy Works Opens in L.A.

If you’re planning to tour downtown LA’s buzzing Arts District anytime soon and want to glimpse the future of retail, be sure to stop by Alchemy Works. The latest mixed-space project by Raan Parton,...
who pioneered social entrepreneurship in fashion almost eight years ago with his Apolis brand, Alchemy Works functions not only as a rotating gallery but also an event space and lifestyle retail...
environment representative of Parton’s coastal upbringing in Santa Barbara. “This project offers an entirely new sense of flexibility, creatively,” Parton explains. “From a wider perspective,...
there’s a myriad of brands that we respect and have always...

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Fashion & Style

Wittmore Goes West

If you’re a West Coast fan of Wittmore, the fashion retailer best known for its curated assortment of hard-to-find, lifestyle brands, you’re in luck. Wittmore has officially opened a permanent retail...
brick-and-mortar space on West 3rd Street in Los Angeles. We say permanent, because the company operated a pop-up from June to August just west of its current location, near iconic neighborhood amenities...
such as Toast Restaurant and Gogosha Optique. This space, however, features an oversized, abstract Wittmore graphic along one wall, custom-fitted warehouse lights and a cement gray floor for a cool,...
modernist sensibility—all the better to showcase the...

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Travel

Three Unexpected Bike Friendly Cities

In just a few short days, it will be World Car Free Day, which aside from  spending the day not stuck in traffic, will be a prime moment to talk about the bicycle. So right off the bat, there are two...
things we should get straight. First—neither spring, nor summer, are the best times of year for biking. That accolade goes to fall, when weather is most moderate and crispy air constantly reminds that...
outdoor time is waning. Second—having a personal chauffeur drive you around a place you don’t know may be bad ass,but biking is really the best way to explore a new city....

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Fashion & Style, Worn Out Wednesday

Worn Out Wednesday – Tim Campbell

We appreciate men who dress the part. Take Tim Campbell. He is an interior designer based both in Los Angeles and New York. He is known for his work with modernist houses such as Vidal Sassoon’s Neutra...
designed Singleton House and his current work on a Rex Lotery house (which has an adult playroom -we love the Mod’s). Keeping this in mind, his style is all Mad Men. Originally from Ohio, Campbell has...
been in LA for 27 years and is most influenced by travel, art and fashion resulting in a very eclectic personal taste. “I pick up things from...

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Fashion & Style, Worn Out Wednesday

Worn Out Wednesdays – Donnie Madden

“I’m a walking dichotomy!” is the first thing Donnie Madden exclaimed when we got on the phone. Indeed he is, from his eccentric upbringing to his fashion sense, Mr. Madden mixes it up. Growing up in...
Northern California in a tiny town called Ukiah where the number one cash crop is marijuana, he has since relocated to Los Angeles and is establishing himself as a photographer to watch. His father was a...
photographer and when he passed away in 2006, Donnie bought a camera in his memory and started shooting. When he and his partner moved to downtown L.A. he...

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Fashion & Style, Food & Drink, Living

Hedley & Bennett Apron Strings Are for Big Chefs

This decade might be known for the rise of the celebrity chef. Thanks to blogs and the endless churn of culinary shows from Top Chef to No Reservations. But when it comes to gear, cuisine maestros still...
don the obligatory white or black apron. And, of course, there’s Mario Batali and his crocs. Ellen Bennett is the garde manger for the cold booth —oysters, fish, etc. — at Providence in Los...
Angeles, whose chef Michael Cimarusti is a frequent Top Chef judge. She’s also the founder of Hedley & Bennett, a line of chef aprons made from Japanese selvage denim...

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Food & Drink

LA’s Newest Destination Restaurant: Hinoki & the Bird

Hinoki & the Bird is spurring many Angelinos, and visitors alike to the fair city of Los Angeles, to do something they probably never considered before— driving to the isolated neighborhood of...
Century City for something other than a visit to, you know, their agents. Right across the street from famed offices of CAA (the agents everyone in Hollywood wants) and beneath luxury high rise residences...
of The Century, Hinoki and the Bird has built a culinary nest that’s become LA’s best new destination restaurant. Having renown chef and restaurateur, David Myers at the helm might have...
something to do...

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Living

Burpees ’til Dusk at CrossFit Sunset

As I write this, I’m sore in all the right places — my shoulders aren’t hunching like Quasimodo and my belly doesn’t look ready for ride on a Harley. Taking a CrossFit class appears to...
do the day after what some fitness regimens take weeks to achieve. And, yes, it kicks your ass. Living in LA, I’ve tried just about every fitness trend at least once.  I sweated in a Bikram box, did...
boot camp burpees, stretched rubber bands in Pilates and passed the bar workout (not hoisting beers but using a barre). Yet  I always go back to tried-and-true:...

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Fashion & Style

Not your Father’s General Store

Tastemaker husband and wife team, Kevin and Bo Carney decided to open a perfectly curated shop for the fashion elite in the heart of LA’s trendy Silver Lake neighborhood and we are a better city...
because of it. Mohawk General Store has a  brilliant way of meshing luxe brands like Dries Van Noten with vintage garments and modern furnishings (even the fixtures are for sale).  This makes Kevin and...
Bo retail wizards even JK Rowling wished she had conjured up. The genius of Mohawk General Store is that you may go in looking for a classic pair of APC denim...

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Grooming

Love for the Beard with Beard Buddy

Men’s grooming has become a serious business in the past decade but we still like to see companies that are a bit tongue in cheek about the whole thing as well. We discovered the Los Angeles company...
Beard Buddy recently and applaud them for truly taking beard culture to another level. Not only do they make a great all natural beard oil (with Grape seed, coconut oil and Vitamin E) to keep bristles soft...
and shiny, but they have a plethora of beard daily essentials. Our two favorites are the hand crafted bronze beard comb and the beard handkerchief to...

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