SUMMER 2016 TOP ZEN LIST
$$ · Raw Food Meal Delivery Service – 118DegreesLA.com
This Tarzana hot spot creatively presents organic raw cuisine for the most discerning health-conscious foodie. The reviews have been astounding, and 118 Degrees is launching an entirely new meal plan that is not only convenient, but painstakingly designed for optimum nutrition.
As our Top Zen Restaurant pick for February, now they are launching their unique plant-based and raw food Meal Plans, taking away the guess work and the burden of managing this transformational lifestyle on your own.
Recently we saw a post on Facebook showing a person’s eye color changing after going raw! So you can imagine that miraculous transformations are happening on so many levels when you start to eat live food that improves your overall health and wellness on every level. We know personally that Chef Ross will provide all you need nutritionally for each and every delicious gourmet meal you experience and can’t wait to hear back on how it serves to elevate your life.
Good to Know: Mention TOP ZEN and receive $10 OFF the $210 weekly plan.
Address: 18636 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana, CA 91356
Hours: Open Daily · 11AM–9PM
“Great food, awesome menu selection, yummy smoothies and entrees.”
“One of the best Raw Vegan restaurants out here.”
“Shitake Miso Soup- amazing!”
$$ · Organic Skincare – OneLoveOrganics.com
One Love Organics Skincare
To continue our plant-based theme, what better choice than the phenomenal skincare by One Love Organics. What sets them apart in addition to plant-based ingredients, is that their organic, award-winning skin care products are produced in micro-batches at the company’s ECOCERT® licensed manufacturing facility in St. Simons Island, Georgia. Its worth noting that One Love Organics owns the only ECOCERT® licensed manufacturing facility for natural and organic cosmetics in the state of Georgia and is 1 of only 10 such facilities licensed in the United States. They are serious about your skin.
Attention to detail, quality and efficacy have garnered OLO products a devout fan base, multiple industry awards, press attention from around the globe, and distribution in fine retailers, holistic centers and spas throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. You can find them online at their website above as well as another local favorite of ours, The Detox Market.
Founder, Suzannne LeRoux has always believed in the power of a well-executed beauty ritual. Indulging in self-care is how she made it through college and law school with her sanity intact. She loved it so much that she embarked on formal studies in aromatherapy, integrative herbology, holistic nutrition and cosmetic chemistry while practicing law full time. It was my husband, Chase, who encouraged me to focus my passion, expertise and business skills on developing One Love Organics. He is passionate about simplicity and is the inspiration behind the line’s ‘luxury of less’ ethos. Love is indeed the most powerful force on earth and they bring it to work with them every day, making each batch with that extra something special.
What Elevates Their Products?
Organic plant oils and waterless formulas are at the core of OLO products. They recently added even more value with clinical strength levels of proven ingredients to boost their formulas’ efficacy. For example, boosting the new Vitamin C Facial Brightening Serum with an extract of hops, a botanical active proven to increase luminosity for a more radiant, even-toned complexion. They also added organic acerola to their plant-powered C Complex.
Some of Our Favorites
Yogis Anonymous Yoga Studio
At Yogis Anonymous, you’ll experience community; a gathering of teachers and students who not only want to be with you as you’re finding your bliss, but actually believe that the journey ought to be fun!
We Love their “Yoga for Busy Moms” program, which is all about taking care of yourself in order to nurture others in your life. These classes are short, thorough and deep, designed to strengthen your core, shoulders and upper back so that lifting your littles is not an issue. When you quiet your mind, tune into your breath, and connect to that deepest, truest part of yourself you have more to share with the world.
About the Owner: Ally began practicing yoga during her senior year at Columbia University. During the course of her 20 years of practice and 15 years of teaching, she has studied with Dharma Mittra, Bryan Kest (at whose studio she taught for over 5 years), Jörgen Christiansson, with whom she began practicing Ashtanga in 2001 and later assisted, Baron Baptiste, Max Strom, and Saul David Raye. In September 2009, with the help of her business partner Dorian Cheah, she opened her own yoga studio in Santa Monica. She has also pioneered the use of technology in yoga with a first-of-its-kind yoga video website which provides live-streaming and on-demand yoga videos featuring top yoga instructors from around the world.
Good to know: If you don’t live near Santa Monica or prefer to practice with world-class instructors in the comfort and privacy of your own home, just register for a free 15-day trial and you’ll be up and running in about a minute! Unlimited access to their site is only $15 per month!
1221 Second Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Phone: (877) 958-9664
Mon-Fri: 8:00 am – 10:00 pm
“The price is fair. Most studios in this area get ridiculous with their prices. And with your studio membership you get free online vids as well.”
“I love yogis anonymous! Amazing teachers, great for all levels, comfortable & welcoming atmosphere. It feels like home to me!”
Spiritual Dating Site – MeetMindful.com
Meet Mindful Online Dating Website and App
If you’re ready to meet someone who values healthy living, personal development, sustainability, spirituality, yoga, meditation, self-awareness, authentic connections and more, we’ve found the online dating site for you!
When you join for FREE, you get access to not only like-minded singles, but also hand-picked local events, plus conscious dating and love advice from nationally recognized relationship experts.
Keep in mind the site is fairly new, so the dating pool is still growing. But, tell your friends and colleagues to spread the word and get more people buzzing about something more elevated than Bumble and more igniting than Tinder. 🙂
$ · Sacred Wings Organic Herbal Tea Blends – SacredWings.com
We discovered Sacred Wings Organic Teas recently at one of our favorite stores here in Sherman Oaks, Aum & Garden (See February’s Top Zen). They are amazing in their purity and authentic healing quality.
Jenell Cabrinha, Holistic Health Consultant and founder of Sacred Wings, offered us several samples of her amazing blends. Some of our favorites were the “I AM Well” and “I AM Sacred” blends. Jenell offers holistic consulting as well, which is helpful if you have any health concerns or would simply like a wellness plan regarding nutrition and food guidelines or even energy clearing. She is an intuitive as well, so she offers several services that tie into true holistic healing. You can find them at Aum&Garden or shop online at the website link above.
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Studio One Eighty Nine Artisanal Collections – StudioOneEightyNine.com
Created by Rosario Dawson and Abrima Erwiah, Studio 189 (headquartered in Ghana, West Africa and USA) is a social enterprise and fashion movement. Their artisans use various traditional techniques passed down from one generation to the next, and they pride themselves on their rich cultural heritage of artisanship.
Elevated Thinking: Studio 189 goes beyond fashion by using it as an agent for social change, turning challenges on the ground into opportunities. They empower their artisans by creating the space for their talent to produce high quality work, have the opportunity to receive credit for their own work and source as much as possible in local markets.
They provide a platform to help promote and curate African and African-inspired content and brands through worldwide distribution in addition to manufacturing their private label collections as well as supporting other artisanal brands.
Viva Terra Home Furnishings – VivaTerra.com
VivaTerra means?“living earth”, and is inspired by their dedication to operating in harmony with nature and a passion for blending?global inspiration with?modern, eco-conscious design. Born locally on the coast of California in 2004 from a vision to provide an eco-friendly décor option, their founders held a passionate belief that there was no need to compromise natural resources or environmental health in pursuit of a beautiful home. They now run their retail enterprise from the east coast, but haven’t lost that California vibe.
VivaTerra holds the vision for both globally-inspired modern design and goods created with sustainability and integrity in mind. They source from and support artisan communities in more than 20 countries across the globe, as well as seek out fair-trade partners and sustainable methods of production. Similar to our Top Zen Fashion Pick, Studio 189, VivaTerra also values?the expertise and talent of artisans from around the world, and the craftsmanship exhibited in their work. They strive to share the contemporary, artisan-crafted?aesthetic with their consumers through unique and earth-friendly goods. Today, VivaTerra continues its mission to help transform homes into natural sanctuaries filled with beautiful, uncompromising products.
They believe that ethical and sustainable conduct should be prioritized—not sacrificed. They are always concerned with the who, what, where and how surrounding their products, with the hope that each piece?created exemplifies social consciousness, global inspiration, quality workmanship, and one-of-a-kind?style.
$$ · Allura Nail Bar – AlluraNailBar.com
11925 Ventura Blvd
Studio City, CA 91604
Phone (Appointment Booking): 818-506-4447
Closed Mondays, Open Tue-Sat: 10:00am-7:00pm
Allura is a new luxurious full-service Nail Bar & Lounge in the heart of Studio City. They offers packages for Men, Women, & Kids, that include designer polishes, safe vegan polishes (Free of 5 harsh chemicals), soy non-toxic nail polish remover and organic moisturizers. They also specialize in creative 3D nail art, gels, acrylics, waxing services, and more. In addition to luxury amenities, they also serve complimentary snacks and drinks with free parking everyday. Their space is clean, light and bright and creates a relaxing experience for the busy Zen Woman.
Location: Alexandria II
170 S. Lake Avenue
Mon through Sat – 10:00am to 9:00pm
Sunday – 10:00am to 7:00pm
Alexandria II is an adorable little bookstore in the heart of Pasadena that offers unique gifts, music, books and metaphysical items including crystals for local mystics. They also have psychic readers available for those days you’re having a bit of anxiety about a situation and need some guidance. For those looking to maybe learn how to read themselves or in need of a new tarot deck or other fun oracle, this is a wonderful place to explore and discover another side of your spirit.
$ – TOM’s Coffee Roasters – Toms.com
Venice, CA, 90291 United States
You may know TOM’s shoes as the company that gives a pair of their shoes to a person in need somewhere in the world for every pair they sell. Its made them a true conscious capitalist brand that anyone can feel good about supporting with their dollars. Well, now they have a store in Venice Beach that takes it a step further. Inside there is an intimate coffee roaster that truly changes lives by donating a week of safe water for every product sold.
It’s just one more way they are giving back to the world and making a space for connection within their store. We are moving into authentic connection via the heart, and this is just one more reminder of how we vote with our dollars and what we support supports us. I know that TOMS is an amazing company, and this latest venture reminds me of when Fred Segal in Santa Monica had their cafe in store as well. All things are being expanded upon and integrated, even how we shop, connect and drink some awesome java.