• Eco,  Fashion,  Gift Guide,  Los Angeles,  New York,  San Diego

    Spending time in beautiful outdoor spaces, without the fear of mosquitoes with ​​​Pang Wangle Essential Wrap

    Imagine enjoying your time outside without sticky bug sprays and lotions. Pang Wangle gives you the elegant solution to biting insects with the Essential Wrap with an Insect Shield bug barrier. EPA approved built-in bug repellent is odorless and lasts 70+ washes. First developed for the U.S. military, the Insect Shield process binds a small amount of permethrin to the clothing fibers and it lasts for more than 70 washes. Its odorless and approved by the EPA for everyone, including infants, children, and pregnant or nursing women.

    The Essential Wrap with Insect Shield is perfect for a tropical vacation, garden party, day at the beach, camping or glamping trip – anywhere the bugs will bug you.

    The wrap is large – 6 feet long – and drapes effortlessly across your shoulders, around your waist as a sarong, or covering your head and neck. You’ll find many versatile styling options that will add sophistication to any outfit, making the Essential Wrap your new go-to outdoor and travel accessory.

    From the all-natural and renewable materials Pang Wangle uses in their fabrics to how those fabrics are made, every decision is guided by their mission to minimize waste and contribute to a healthy and productive environment. Fabric dye colors are processed in a closed loop water system that recycles 100% of the water used in processing. Fabric dyes are non-toxic, water-soluble, and re-enter the public water system without negative environmental impact.Pang Wangle California-based textile manufacturer exceeds all state, regional, national, and international carbon emission standards. The Essential Wrap not only protects you from biting insects, it lets you be part of the solution in reversing the negative impacts of the textile industry on our environment. Pang Wangle invite you to look polished, stay protected, and have fun!

    Insect Shield remains fully effective for 70+ washes. Normal home laundering is recommended – it may be bleached, starched, pressed, etc., without effect on the repellent quality. Clothing that’s fashionable and functional? One soft wrap gives you so much to smile about! Pang Wangle best-selling, bug repellent Essential Wrap effortlessly checks all of the boxes. Look sophisticated while staying safe in Pang Wangle versatile, eco-friendly clothing with Insect Shield technology built right in.

  • Los Angeles,  New York,  San Diego

    Let Qapital Help You Take The Stress Out of Navigating Your Finances The Wedding Season

    Wedding season is here…and it’s expensive! According to a study from The Knot, 80% of all wedding took place between May and October, combine that with findings noting a major recovery boom for weddings in 2022, and you have a wedding season in full effect! With wedding season, (and honeymoon season) comes tons of expenses… not only for the couple, but for their guests. Qapital, an award-winning financial service app, can help take the stress out of navigating your finances this season!

    Qapital helps users take the stress out of money management. Using behavioral science and automation, Qapital supercharge users savings, spending and investing efforts, allowing them to seamlessly hit all their money management goals – like saving for a wedding or a honeymoon!

    Even better, Qapital newest product, Dream Team, is designed specifically to help couples (or any team) work together to hit shared saving, spending and investing goals. Dream Team allows users to aggregate accounts into a shared dashboard, set up goals,  and work together to reach these goals. Plus, there’s in-app communication platforms to remove the stress out of shared money management.  One less thing to worry about while planning for your special day!
    Katherine Salisbury, co-founder and co-CEO of Qapital, has provided tips below:
    • Know what makes you happy – Write down what is important to you and what makes you happy. This will help guide your goals and budget. You’ll be better able to make necessary tradeoffs to reach your goals based on what you really want. At Qapital, we think that financial success isn’t about how much money you have, but rather about your confidence and control over it, and your ability to put it toward the things that bring you happiness.
    • Create financial goals – Pinpoint your financial goals–like a honeymoon, down payment for a home or whatever you’re saving for–and track your progress to achieve them. At Qapital, we’re all about automating finances to help you reach your goals.
    • Set a spending target – Customize a budget that fits your spending habits and income so you can maintain the quality of life you want while avoiding overspending. At Qapital, we designed Spending Sweet Spot to let you customize a budget that fits your spending habits and income. It will automatically send you notifications that keep you updated throughout the week so you always know how you’re doing. You can adjust your budgeted amount at any time so you have the flexibility to learn and grow with your spending habits. You can also rate how your weekly spending made you feel and use that rating to adjust your weekly spending goal until you find the spending amount that makes you happiest—your own Spending Sweet Spot.
    • Save automatically – Set up a direct deposit from your paycheck into your goals to have more control over your finances and build up your savings more easily. With Qapital’s Payday Divvy, you can automatically divide up your paycheck the moment you get paid and set aside the right amount for savings, investing and everyday spending. Plus, you can set up automatic-savings rules to boost your goals–like rounding up to the next $2 or $3 every time you make a purchase and saving the change.
    • Make saving fun – Set up challenges for yourself, like making Sunday your meal-prep day or canceling one of your subscriptions, and then add the savings to your goals. At Qapital, in collaboration with our chief behavioral economist Dan Ariely, we created Money Missions–fun challenges that help you unlock helpful insights into how you use your money now so you can use it better in the future. In that sense, Missions are not about success or failure, but about helping you learn more about what matters to you.
    • Have debt strategy – Make sure you are optimizing your debt-payment strategy. Tools like refinancing and loan consolidation may help you pay off your loans faster, freeing up more money to save. With Qapital’s Student Debt Freedom, you can manage, pay and refinance your student loans in one place. And, we have more debt-management tools on the way.
    • Save with your partner – Keep each other motivated to reach your shared goals–and achieve them faster.With Qapital Dream Team™, you and your partner can share financial goals, balances and other account info to help you communicate better about finances and reach your goals faster together.
    • Make the most of tax-advantaged retirement accounts – Try to contribute the max to your 401(k) via payroll deductions and to an IRA to maximize your retirement savings and tax advantages.At Qapital, we will soon offer Traditional and Roth IRAs and help you choose the one that’s right for you.
    • Build a cushion – Stash some cash for unexpected events–experts recommend at least 3-6 months worth of expenses.At Qapital, you can set up an emergency fund goal to build and maintain your cushion.
  • Gift Guide,  Health,  Los Angeles,  New York,  San Diego

    Skip The Line, and Drink Your Best Matcha Tea at Home

    Matcha Ice Cream, Matcha Late, Matcha Tea… what’s so good about Matcha? Regular green tea is already touted as an antioxidant Storehouse, but matcha has even more health benefits because it is more like 4 cups of tea in one. Here’s why: when you make other forms of green tea, you steep the leaves in hot water and then discard them. When you make matcha, you whisk the powder into hot water and or milk. As a result, you actually consume the entire tea leaf when you drink it! The antioxidants it contains may lower blood pressure, reduce your risk of heart disease, and even boost your metabolism.

    Matcha is very similar to other green teas, however, it is grown slightly different. Matcha contains nutrients from the whole tea leaf as opposed to just a part of the tea leaf, and this results in increased caffeine levels, nutrients, and benefits. Matcha is made from green tea leaves. It can be traced back to 8th century China. It is a method in which you utilize green tea leaves to make powdered tea, which is then mixed with hot water to create tea. It eventually became popularized in the 12th century, used in the Japanese tea ceremonies.

    Today, the Matcha flavor is popular in lattes, ice cream, and other delicious drinks and desserts. Storehouse Organic Ceremonial Matcha is a type of powdered green tea made of Tencha – a specially treated shade-grown tea that is high in chlorophyll and low in tannins, from the Zhejiang Province, China. When Tencha tea leaves are de-veined, de-stemmed, and ground into emerald-green, talc-like powder, the product is known as Matcha. The taste is slightly bitter taste with a vibrant green color that results from the leaves’ high chlorophyll levels.

    How To Make Matcha

    Matcha Ingredients: 

    100% Organic stone ground Ceremonial Matcha Green tea. Zhejiang Province, China.

    Brewing Instructions: 

    • 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon Matcha powder
    • 2 ounces of below boiling water
    • 4 ounces additional below boiling water or for a latte add steamed milk of choice, almond milk, coconut milk, dairy milk, oat milk, etc.
    • Maple syrup, honey, optional

    Take a 1/4 -1/2 teaspoon of Organic Matcha powder and add to your bowl, pour 2 oz of hot water into tea and vigorously whisking from side to side to create a frothy, nourishing tea, Add the remaining 6 ounces below boiling water or steamed milk and whisk again until foamy. Sweeten to taste, if desired. Matcha is energizing, calming and delicious.

      • Using a bamboo matcha whisk is recommended. If you make matcha often, I recommend investing in a bamboo whisk called a chasen. Tiny prongs closely spaced together break up clumps and create a frothy layer of foam on top of the tea. If you don’t have one, use a regular whisk or an electric milk frothier instead. Forks do not work well in breaking up clumps.
      • Sweeten to taste. Matcha’s grassy, umami flavor can be an acquired taste. If you’re new to making it, don’t hesitate to add a few drops of maple syrup or honey. Finally, top it off with more hot water or steamed milk for a latte. Enjoy!

    Want to buy our other Matcha accessories? Click Here to buy Storehouse Matcha Set!

  • Fashion,  Gift Guide,  Los Angeles,  San Diego

    Which power word speaks to you? Mine is Fearless!

    Life gets scary, especially for risk takers and those willing to put themselves on the line for what they love. This girl has felt fear and she’s never let it hold her back. She is determined, steady, and ready to grow through what comes her way.

    B Fearless is the missing link in The Power to B collection when nothing else seems to fit.

    If she’s not quite sure what she needs, but she knows she’s on the brink of something great, B Fearless is the power word for her. Fear tends to be the thing holding us back from the next big step or a chance to better ourselves. It holds all of the other power words within it, and prepares her to move forward as her best self. Even if you fail, get back up and keep going. Shift your mindset to think of the times you’ve stumbled as learning experiences, not failures. Like a maze in the dark, sometimes you’ll miss. Stay calm and focus, you must B fearless.

    The Power to B is so much more than a piece of jewelry. It’s a reminder practice that began after finding strength in positive affirmations during a very challenging time in our lives. Together, the founder sisters Raeann and Chrissy faced 6 years of fertility struggles. During this time, they were on an emotional rollercoaster. There were days they felt ashamed, fearful, weak & hopeless…

    Raeann and Chrissy never dreamed that the darkest days would lead to the brightest days ahead. They knew that this practice and jewelry could help so many more women. So, they listened to hundreds of women’s challenges and found the words that inspired them most. Raeann and Chrissy turned the most popular words into the core collection of Power Word Bracelets; STRONG, FIERCE, FEARLESS, LIMITLESS & BADASS. There were women facing challenges in school, relationships, cancer, financial debt, divorce, fertility, becoming new moms, grieving loss and so much more, all finding strength in wearing their Power Word.

    Words are Powerful. Please believe with great challenge, comes strength. Whatever you’re going through, The Power to B GOT YOU. Positive energy & POWER WORD Jewelry! Created by sisters and designers Christina Baribault Ortiz and Raeann Baribault Schwartz in 2019, The Power to B fine jewelry collection aims to bring women together in joyful empowerment. The stunning 14k gold- or gold-plated phrase bracelets, necklaces and rings remind women to B Strong, B Fierce, B Badass, B Limitless or B Fearless. The Power to B is about being fearless enough to speak your dreams into the world and being strong enough to turn them into reality. Learn more at thepowertob.com.

  • Fashion,  Gift Guide,  Los Angeles,  New York,  San Diego

    Deep in Ocean Love, A Beautiful Charm Tells My Story

    I grew up in a seaside city in east coast of China, and now I am living in San Diego, a seaside city in west coast of United States. I love ocean, that is where my memories started and is also where my life continues. I love everything related with ocean, such as a cute dress with whales patterns, or a jewelry with beach elements.

    I found this cute charm from Helen Ficalora Jewelry, which captured my eyes immediately. It is beautiful, charming and perfect to represent me, a girl who comes from ocean and lives by the ocean.

    If you love long walks on the beach or just want to memorialize your favorite coastal vacation, Helen Ficalora’s 14k gold sand dollar charm may be the perfect gift for you! Available in delicate rose, yellow, or white gold, this sand doll…
     

    Helen Ficalora’s Pendant Jewelry collection includes a wide variety of unique charm pendants. Discover handpicked styles made to help you build the perfect pendant necklace. Whether you’re looking for sterling silver or 14K gold pendant jewelry, you’ll be able to quickly shop by metal to find the best piece to round out your current jewelry collection. Choose between beautiful styles for everyday wear or find gorgeous fine jewelry pendants for special occasions. Plus, with diamond styles available across a wide variety of pendant styles and sizes, you can quickly upgrade your favorite classic pieces in no time! Check out Helen Ficalora’s birthstone, zodiac and letter pendants for a personalized spin on fine jewelry.

     

  • Black History Month,  Los Angeles,  San Diego

    Vacation time? Make your vacation unforgettable with a bottle of Loft & Bear Vodka

    Warmer temps are on the horizon…whether you prefer something fruity, refreshing or classic, Loft & Bear Vodka is the perfect ingredient for a cocktail to kick off the warm days!

    A minority-owned and operated company, Loft & Bear is handcrafted in the heart of South Central, Los Angeles and acclaimed as the “whiskey-drinker’s vodka” by Los Angeles Magazine for its smoothness and rich aroma. The soft mouth-feel and subtle vanilla notes characterized by the soft winter wheat grains are the reason Loft & Bear was named one of six spirits from Southern California for summer sipping by the Los Angeles Times.

    The spirits Loft & Bear produces and how it evolves in the beverage alcohol space will continue to be a reflection of their customer’s needs and their drive to innovate. Loft & Bear has a unique opportunity to fill a cultural void; to become the voice of a generation who’s shaping our future; getting more out of life, getting more out of yourself, getting more out of Loft & Bear spirit(s).

    Production 4x distilled
    exclusively in Downtown Los Angeles

    GRAIN
    Soft Organic Winter Wheat; planted in the fall and harvested mid-summer, low protein, more complex carbs – great for biscuits, cakes, cookies, pastries, pie crusts… and VODKA of course!

    H2O
    100% pure California mountain spring water. Slightly Alkaline. Cocktail Flavors: citrus-based & spirit-forward

    NOSE
    Full. Sweet vanilla bean & notes of floral.

    PALATE
    Mild. Buttery, smooth, understated mellow wheat notes. Soft with a pleasant herbal flavor.

    FINISH
    Medium. Elegant vanilla creaminess with a whisper of anise.

    Origins of Loft & Bear

    Loft & Bear is the brainchild of Paul Ryan Elliott, an east coast native and one of few black-owned distillery owners in the country.  A graduate of University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, Paul Ryan Elliott learned the art of distilling when his family’s construction company fell on hard times. While unemployed and living in Silver Spring, MD [where he’s from], Paul found himself with the decision to go back to school or continue with his distilling hobby. He put his business school hopes aside and invested a few years into diligent business planning. Set out with a strong desire to diversify and innovate within the beverage space, and after having lived in a hostel prior to opening his distillery [just the second distillery in LA since prohibition], it was during the summer of 2014, in a loft in downtown LA, loft & bear artisanal vodka was born, hence the name, loft & bear.
    Paul continues to work toward fulfilling long-term sustainable success and is encouraged by the opportunity to bring inclusivity and diversity of thought to the beverage alcohol industry. Loft & Bear’s commitment to social awareness is seen in its Distill.Drink.Donate program in which 5% of Loft & Bear profits are donated to PATH, a charity aimed at ending homelessness and providing support for distressed families, veterans affairs, and human services throughout Southern California.