We’ve been lucky to have a relationship with The Ace Hotel in the past, so when they announced they were opening a downtown Los Angeles location we were over the moon with excitement. We had early access to the hotel site, which is literally across the block from where we hold Unique LA (the California Market Center), and knew once they were finished with renovations it would be stunning. They opened this year and all we can say is WOW – their 2nd floor bar has become a favorite, the cafe is a great place for meetings and breakfast, and the rooftop lounge and bar is to die for!
We are happy to share that we have partnered with The Ace Hotel DTLA! We encourage you to explore downtown Los Angeles during our events – shop with us during the day, then stay the night at The Ace and wander. There are great shops, restaurants and bars all over and within walking distance from the hotel. Use the code UNIQUE when you make your reservation to get 10% off!
That’s right folks, our 6th Annual Spring Market has arrived. We’ve curated over 350 of the best made-in-America brands to help you “buy local” and support our economy while finding unique goods and gifts… Which reminds us to remind you that Mother’s Day is around the corner, so give your mom some local love from UNIQUE LA – or better yet, bring her to the market and let her pick something out!
This Spring, sip on this… The season has finally changed and Spring is here! When we think of the season we envision flowers, the chirping of birds, picnic blankets in the park, and most definitely a fruity, refreshing Spring cocktail… We asked our friends at Art in the Age to visit the office to show us a fabulous Spring cocktail recipe. They thought a punch would be perfect and we agree. This recipe is sooooo good, and the pretty touch of adding flowers and slices of lemon is perfect! If you want to be creative, use a star-shaped cookie cutter on the lemon slices for extra pizazz. Enjoy!
Spring Fever Punch
1 Bottle of Hendrick’s Gin
1/2 Bottle Art in the Age RHUBARB
1/2 Bottle of Fresh-Squeezed Lemonade
1 Pint Earl Grey Tea (or any Fresh Brew)
1 Bottle Rose Champagne
Top with Lemon Slices & Edible Flowers
I love the idea of adding some color into my wardrobe for Spring. The easiest way to do so is with accessories. When I saw these necklaces from Tom Binns, I immediately knew what my next DIY would be. The DIY steps are simple and allow you to update a rhinestone necklace that may have been sitting in your drawer since prom.
It’s hard to describe the magic that took place last year at our first-ever CAMP, a creative conference I started to fill the void of uninspiring, boring, old-fashioned business conferences. There is relatively little trace of it online and in social media, namely because we take the attendees’ phones for the four days they spend at CAMP. Gasp! :) My goal is to make sure every Camper is truly present, connected and open to the experiences at CAMP. Which is part of the magic I mentioned before – only those of us who were there truly understand and know what went on. The deep, life-long friendships that were formed; the elation, fear and pure glee from jumping out of trees; the delicious cocktails that were enjoyed while watching the sunset in the mountains; the inspirational rush we got when we each had an “a-ha moment” about life, work, play, passion; even skinny-dipping.
Rediscover fresh air and the wilderness.
Rediscover that childlike wonder you had when you were 12-years-old.
Rediscover the dreams, wishes, hopes you’ve tucked away over the years.
In just four days you can completely change your perspective, gain clarity, increase confidence, embrace your dreams! The conference combines hands-on workshops, business classes and panel discussions, with campy programming like outdoor activities (archery, horseback riding, yoga) and arts and crafts (indigo dying, leather crafts, calligraphy), and curated evening events to allow for community building, networking and pure fun. Registration is open now and even though we added 75 spots, CAMP will sell-out, as it did last year. So hurry! Whether you work for yourself or a large corporation, give yourself the gift of play. Of growth. Of innovation and imagination. No excuses, just do it!
You know those crazy items people add to their Bucket Lists, like “swim with sharks” or “make a million dollars” or “meet the President of the United States”? Things they aspire to but most likely will never actually accomplish? For me, “grace the cover of a magazine” was one of those things. I mean, at some point during childhood every girl probably dreams of being on the cover of a magazine – even the tomboys, trust me, I was one of them. While I think I fantasized about being on the cover of Seventeen or Vogue or the now defunct Sassy, I knew that in reality my chances were very slim. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a Dreamer, so think that if I put my mind to it I can accomplish anything! But I’m not a model or an actress or a musician, I’m 5 foot 4 inches tall, and I’m half-Chinese/half-Finnish… Normally people like me are not on the covers of magazines. So imagine my FREAKING EXCITEMENT when I saw the cover of this month’s Southwest Airlines in-flight magazine, Spirit!
I cannot thank Southwest and the editors at Spirit enough for choosing to dedicate the cover and 20 pages (yes, twenty!) to The New American Dream and creative entrepreneurship! Small businesses across the country are what fuel the American economy and create jobs – creative, arts-based businesses also help to grow creative-thinking (which leads to enhanced problem-solving skills), encourage a love for art and design, can help people express themselves through tough times, aid in depression and more. I am honored to be included in the issue at all, let alone be on the cover. The lesson here is dream big, involve yourself in community and keep doing what you love to do… You never know where it might lead!