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

    Perfect Valentine’s Day Gift, Personalized Name Art Made With Love

    Looking for the perfect gift for your loving one in this Valentine’s Day? Name Stories® is one way to celebrate the people you love in a thoughtful and unique way. The name we carry throughout our lifetime can be a source of personal power and inspiration when we understand its source. With over 4,000 names available, Name Stories® art prints explore each name’s origin based on its meaning, historical context and usage through time.

    What’s in a name? Quite a lot, actually! Check out our review of the personalized art prints from Name Stories.





    Once upon a time…this name came to be. These personalized art prints celebrate the singular stories of the names’ remarkable journey through history, featuring a detailed account of the names’ origin, meaning and how they managed to survive the test of time. The descriptive words at the bottom of the name’s print reflect the spirit and energy of its “Destiny Number” according to numerology.

    Whether this name is a newborn, teen, or grown-up, a family member, friend, teacher, co-worker or any special someone, each story is an inspirational reminder of him or her core identity: the name, that one wonderful word by which he or she is known.

    As a gift or keepsake to honor and inspire the person in your life, Name Stories art print makes for smart, engaging and distinctive décor. Combining typography with artistic expression, the original content is a result of years of rigorous research and carefully curated pieces of history. Every story they tell, they tell with love.

    Framed and unframed artwork is made to order in Name Stories California and Oregon facilities. Art prints are professionally printed on heavyweight fine art paper with archival inks for vibrant long-lasting color, clear text and crisp imagery.

    Each solid wood frame is handcrafted and available in smooth matte black and soft matte white painted finishes. With a buffered acid-free mat and backing to beautifully showcase your art, framing-grade acrylic glazing filters UV rays for protection and longevity. Frame is finished with a dust cover, wall bumpers and wire ready for hanging!

    Your story starts with your name, and your name belongs to you in more ways than you know. We have made it our mission @ namestories to spread the meaning and magic contained in that one curious word by which you are known: your name.

    Your name, even when shared by scores of others, is your own private one-word poem. It contains multitudes, and it cannot be defined by its meaning alone, but by the spirit it gains through its historic evolution.

    Name Stories mine and explore the essence of names through rigorous research that traces their linguistic origins, meanings, context and relevancy through time. Part science, part art, their process is intense, scholarly, and driven by their insatiable passion for the curious words human beings call themselves. After all, every name is full of life. Telling its story keeps it alive, and helps them learn not just about each other, but ourselves.

    Name Stories products celebrate the essence of the identities by showcasing namely narratives in a beautiful, artistic rendering that’s worthy of being treasured for generations. Each represents years of study and countless travels through history as Name Stories trace names that span time and geography, from Judeo-Christian narratives in the Old and New Testaments, to the incredible survival of Celtic and Slavic names, to the spread of Germanic names and the historical context of names of Arabic and Sanskrit origins. The work has taught that nothing about a name is accidental. Their significance and survival through history is fascinating. When we pay close attention, we discover a story of beauty.

  • Beauty,  Gift Guide,  Los Angeles,  New York,  San Diego,  WorldWide

    A Valentine’s Day Treat to Your Skin – JUICE BEAUTY Stem Cellular Anti-Wrinkle Retinol Overnight Serum

    Have you stepped up your clean beauty skincare in 2021? It’s never to late to start with Juice Beauty’s Stem Cellular Anti-Wrinkle Retinol Overnight Serum which is made with powerful, organic and antioxidant rich ingredients. Grape and rich bio-retinol plant butters are key to the amazing new Stem Cellular Anti-Wrinkle Retinol Overnight Serum. Full of retinol goodness for glowy skin overnight!

    This formula combines 2% bio-retinol + .5% retinol encapsulated in evening primrose to assure stabilty and avoid toxic ingredients. Take the retinol challenge and see how good your results can be!


    Clean, vegan 2.5% Bio-Retinol + Retinol serum with breakthrough scientific technology encapsulating the vitamin in Evening Primrose to assure stability and to avoid toxic chemicals. Skin-rescuing technologies to help keep your skin looking and acting youthful while you sleep. This serum glides on smoothly and leaves skin feeling hydrated.

    Eco-Values: Made With Certified Organic Ingredients to protect humans, animals, and the planet.

    Sustainable Packaging: 100% Recycled Ocean & Land Waste plastic container that is airless to protect the ingredients. FSC paper.

    Benefits and Ingredients

    • Bio-retinol + retinol combination for powerful age defy results.
    • Minimize signs of aging with bio-retinol, retinol (Vitamin A), plant Stem Cellular technology, peptides and ubiquinone (coenzyme Q10).
    • Nocturnal Evening Primrose can protect Vitamin A (retinol) over time.
    • Moisturize with jojoba, coconut and shea butters.
    • Hydrate with sodium hyaluronate and Vitamin B5.
    • Rich antioxidant action with Evening Primrose, Vitamin E, CoQ10, grape and green tea extracts.
    • Instrument measured Clinically Validated results showing a decrease in the appearance of wrinkles, roughness and dark spots.

    Instrument Measured Clinically Validated Results

    • 67% reduction of dark spots at 56 days.
    • 36% reduction in roughness at 42 days.
    • 28% reduction in wrinkles at 42 days.
    • 17% increase in elasticity, with increasing affects from 28-56 days.

    Sustainability at its Highest Form:

    • Organic ingredients to protect the earth, humans and animals.
    • 100% Ocean & Land Waste Recycled Plastic container.
    • Opaque component to avoid light damage that can destabilize the retinol.
    • Airless component to avoid oxidation.

    Juice Beauty’s STEM CELLULAR™ Anti-Wrinkle Retinol Overnight Serum is designed for all skin types, and is especially beneficial for those looking for smoothness, reduction in the appearance of lines & wrinkles and evening of skin tone and texture.

    Target fine lines and wrinkles with this exclusive retinol + bio-retinol combo. Serum glides on smoothly, leaving skin feeling hydrated. Reservatrol from grapes gives your skin the ultimate results… while you sleep! Get a head start from this Valentine’s Day by adding Stem Cellular Anti-Wrinkle Retinol Overnight Serum into your PM routine.

  • Beauty,  Gift Guide,  San Diego,  WorldWide

    The Answer to Dry, Cracked Skin Without Leaving Lingering Scent Headaches

    Doesn’t Supreme Hydration and Subtle Perfume Sound Wonderful Right Now?

    Finding the solution to cracked and drying skin can be a real headache, quite literally. Fragrances and perfumes are great as long as they are not overwhelming. Butter By Keba aims to solve all those problems with their moisturizing body butters and organic, essential oil perfumes. She has eliminated the lotion/perfume-headache factor!

    Meet Butter By Keba, your new go-to premium moisturizing body butters and all-natural fragrance care line. It’s also unisex! The collection blends essential oils with fragrances using ingredients that prevent fragrance-induced headaches.

    Their latest unveiling is the new clean perfume, Unity Code, a light citrus, wood scent with floral accents.

    Body butters and perfume: It’s a combination your skin will soak up. Introduce your skin to the wonders of Butter By Keba. It’s a match made in heaven for the mind, body, and soul.

    Butter By Keba is a clean moisturizing fragrance and natural body care line created by Makeba Lloyd. Her educational certification in fragrance and her entrepreneurial spirit beautifully blend in with her collection. Her intention can be felt in each product, inducing a calming, natural aroma that isn’t overpowering but just the right amount of fragrance and moisture. She even created an “Unscented” scent! It is perfect for pregnant women sensitive to perfume!

    Makeba recommends layering her body butters. For instance, once you step out of the shower, use her brand’s light-weight hydrating lotion and follow with the waterless body butter.

    Take a look at the noteworthy best-sellers below, including the new clean fragrance, Unity Code, which incorporates all the goodness that the brand has to offer. It’s a great time to step up your self-care with this terrific, premium collection!

    Unity Code

    • Named after the founder’s desire to unify people of all races and genders, especially in these current times

    • A feminine blend that consists of essential oils, natural, and phthalate-free fragrance

    • Top Notes: Linen, Grapefruit, Cedarwood, Cassis, Fig

    Body Butter

    • Easily absorbs into the skin leaving a light whisper of moisturizing fragrance throughout the day

    • Paraben-free, made from shea butter

    • Full of Vitamins A and E, promoting skin elasticity and soothing chronic dry skin

    • Plant-based oils of grape seed, rice bran oil, and candelilla wax

    Gift Luxe Bundle

    • Select the desired aromatic blend for each gift item and enjoy extra savings when purchased as a set

    • Includes a 12 oz. Body Butter, 8 oz. Body Lotion, 8oz. Salt Scrub, and 10 ml. Body Oil

    Giving Back: 

    Butter By Keba donates a percentage of proceeds to two organizations:

    • The International Justice Mission (rescues young girls and women from trafficking) and
    • The COVID-19 Health Squad (assists families impacted by the pandemic).

    About Butter By Keba:

    Founded by Harlem-born Makeba Lloyd, Butter By Keba offers quality handcrafted and unique aromatic personal care products and moisturizing fragrances for the fast-paced multi-tasking modern individual. The brand’s unique product line is carefully formulated using a blend of natural ingredients, essential oils, and phthalate-free fragrances to appeal to every nose.

    Makeba honed her skills of perfumery at Pratt Institute under world-renowned perfumer Raymond Matts. She soon realized she had a passion for creating plant-based skincare coupled with sophisticated fragrances and Butter By Keba was launched. Follow them on Instagram @butterbykeba. For more information, visit https://butterbykeba.com.

  • Fashion,  San Diego,  WorldWide


    Pura Vida Bracelets, La Jolla-based jewelry and accessories brand with almost 2 million followers on Instagram, launched a line of new, engravable metal jewelry on January 21, 2020. The brand, widely beloved for its handcrafted string bracelets, is thrilled to introduce a completely new category to its community featuring customizable pieces, ideal for gifting. The launch marks the biggest product expansion since the debut of Pura Vida’s original metal jewelry pieces in 2016. Since launching the metal line, the brand has grown the collection to become 30% of its overall sales.

    This news comes seven months after Vera Bradley acquired a 75% majority stake in Pura Vida Bracelets for $130M; Pura Vida continues to operate independently.

    The new collection consists of two ring styles, two bracelet styles, and one necklace style, which are available in gold, rose gold, and silver. The pieces can be engraved with fonts including Lucida Handwriting, Courier New, or the Pura Vida brand font, as well as with Greek letters. All items can also be engraved with signature Pura Vida graphics, including a pineapple, tree, heart, and waves.

    “We’ve been discussing expanding our metal collection for some time now,” says Griffin Thall, CEO & Co-Founder of Pura Vida Bracelets. “Our original metal pieces were so well received – our wave ring is actually one of our best sellers! We’re always looking for new ways to provide our brand fans with items that we know they’ll love. We think our community will be thrilled with the option to customize their Pura Vida accessories, whether it be for a friend, family member, sorority sister, or coworker – the options are endless.”

    Pura Vida Bracelets is a Costa Rica-born and Cali-bred lifestyle brand that sources ethically-produced handcrafted pieces from over 800 artisans worldwide. Inspired by Costa Rica’s “pura vida” philosophy, the brand’s simple, bright, and colorful pieces embody a lifestyle that encourages the appreciation of simple pleasures and living life to its fullest.

    Pura Vida’s engravable collection is available on PuraVidaBracelets.com. Bracelets are $22, rings are $20 and necklaces are $30.

    About Pura Vida Bracelets:

    Pura Vida Bracelets was born when friends Griffin Thall and Paul Goodman crossed paths with two talented bracelet artisans, Jorge and Joaquin, while on a post-grad surf trip to Costa Rica in 2010. Jorge and Joaquin made colorful, handmade bracelets that seemed to capture the essence of the “pura vida” lifestyle, which means “pure life” in Spanish and is a philosophy that encourages the appreciation of life’s simple treasures.

    In an effort to help the artisans and bring a piece of Costa Rica back stateside, Griffin and Paul bought 400 bracelets to sell at home in San Diego. They sold out in a matter of days and the rest is history. Today, over 800 artisans in Costa Rica, El Salvador, and India can depend on a steady income and positive working environments, thanks to the support of Pura Vida’s community.

    Giving back has always a core value at Pura Vida. Since 2010, the brand has partnered with over 175 charities around the world as a part of their ongoing charity collection and has donated more than $1.9 million to environmental, health and humanitarian causes. The brand’s recent Australian Fire Relief bracelet sold out in under 24 hours and provided over $23K to the cause.

    During the summer of 2019, Vera Bradley acquired a 75% majority stake in Pura Vida Bracelets for $130M.

    Pura Vida has expanded its collection from bracelets to other jewelry items and accessories. Visit www.PuraVidaBracelets.com for more information or follow the brand at @puravidabrac on Twitter and @puravidabracelets on Instagram.

  • Gift Guide,  New York,  San Diego,  Technology,  WorldWide

    The latest headphones from Sennheiser – The Perfect Gift for Loved Ones

    Finding a perfect gift for Valentine’s Day is so difficult. But here I want to recommend some ideas – the latest headphones and earbuds from Sennheiser are great gift choices for loved ones. Sennheiser has pioneered how we enjoy sound for the last 75 years, and more recently have been leading the charge in high-quality wireless technology across a variety of price ranges.
    MOMENTUM Wireless – $399.95
    These wireless headphones feature comfortable leather ear pads with three different noise cancellation settings using patented NoiseGard® technology, for the ultimate listening experience. When you factor in Bluetooth technology, a TILE integration so you never lose them, one-tap access to voice assistants, 17-hour battery life, and a collapsible frame for comfort and convenience, the MOMENTUM Wireless becomes the obvious choice for on-the-go listeners who want a comfortable, high-quality listening experience with seamless performance. More info here: https://en-us.sennheiser.com/momentumwireless
    MOMENTUM True Wireless – Currently on sale for $229.95 (reg. $299.95)
    If you prefer earbuds to headphones, then MOMENTUM True Wireless brings you all the great features of MOMENTUM Wireless in a more compact format. These award-winning earbuds also come with a premium charging case for 12 hours of battery life. Transparent Hearing mode, auto on/off, and two-mic beam technology also ensure high-quality noise pickup in even the noisiest settings. They work with Bluetooth 5.0 and are voice assistant compatible. More info here: https://en-us.sennheiser.com/truewireless-details
    PXC 550-II – $349.95
    Sennheiser just launched a brand new pair of wireless, noise cancelling headphones built especially for travelers: the PXC 550-II.  The PXC 550-II is compact and ergonomically designed for the person on the move, and has adaptive noise cancellation to automatically adjust to any set of surroundings. The PXC 550-II also has exceptional battery life, hitting 30-hours with a single charge, meaning that it is essential for the globe-trotter looking to enjoy high-quality, wireless audio in a sleek, comfortable package. More info here: https://en-us.sennheiser.com/pxc-550-ii
    Sennheiser have also just launched a new line of more budget friendly wireless headphones and earbuds at CES this past month. These all come in black and white variants, and are fantastic for everyday use.
    The HD 450BT and 350BT are both wireless, and have 30 hours of battery life. The 450s also boast active noise cancellation. The HD 450BTs are $199.95, while the HD 350BTs are $119.95
    The CX 350BT ($99.95) and 150BT ($79.95) are both Bluetooth 5.0 compatible, and feature 10 hour battery life. The 350BT features AptX Low Latency support, making it ideal for movies and gaming; it also connects to the Smart Control app.