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A Real Treat

A Real Treat

My health-conscious neighbors gave out apples for Halloween to the grave disappointment of any trick-or-treater not savvy enough to skip their house. If only A Real Treat had been open then! This all-natural candy boutique, the ingenious brainchild of Angeleno Vanessa Hughes, just celebrated its grand opening in Santa Monica last weekend. A Real Treat carries candies free of corn syrup, artificial dyes and artificial flavors, perfect for the children in your life with allergies or dietary concerns. The boutique is located inside the delightful children’s bookstore Books and Cookies. Stop by and grab a “pick and mix” bag for the kids in your life, or, you know, yourself, obvs…

What Is Spruce Juice?

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I was at a dinner recently where ten out of the twelve guests had the same question on their mind: what is Spruce Juice? Apparently the floral shop at the intersection of Akbar and the lube place (Sunset and Fountain) has only been advertising Spruce Juice for the past month or so, but to me it feels like ages. The shop’s marquee declares “We Have Spruce Juice” in such a confident, almost disarming way that my friends and I wondered if it was something important we had missed and thank god it wasn’t already sold out everywhere. But is spruce juice for plants or for humans? More importantly, would it taste good with vodka?

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A+D Museum Celebrates The Journey

A+D Museum Celebrates the Journey

Ding Dong!This is your captain speaking,” and so began every communication from our pilot for the evening. Last Saturday, the A+D Museum hosted their annual gala, Celebrate. To highlight the design process, this year’s theme was Celebrate: The Journey. For a museum that’s moved around more than NBC’s fall lineup, the travel motif was A+D’s tongue-in-cheek way to poke a little fun at itself while showcasing travel-themed artwork from a luminous list of artists, designers and architects.

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What You’re Doing This Weekend: Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair

Printed Matter's LA Art Book Fair

My love of print began in elementary school with the Weekly Reader. Here was a magazine that tailored to my adolescent interests (pandas, weaving, outer space) and you could also buy books from it. Last night I checked out the opening of NYC bookstore Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair at MOCA and could barely contain myself. I mean, a museum that I love and you can buy books from it?

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Butterfly Release Party Pavillion Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden

August 3 is the last day that the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden’s Butterfly Pavilion will be open. To celebrate and to have a befitting end, they are releasing the butterflies to the wild. Would be family fun!

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Yowsah Ace Hotel Ambrosia Salad Kim Ahn

The Ace Hotel’s Yowsah is coming back this Saturday, August 2, and will feature Kim Ahn (who always hosts and is the resident DJ) along with Ambrosia Salad. Check it!

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Steve Van Doren and Fara Howard Think Tank Gallery CreativeMorningsLA

This Thursday, July 31, CreativeMornings will be hosting a little talk with some folks from Vans. Join them at Think Tank Gallery!

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Queen Mary Art Deco Festival Labor Day

What are you doing Labor Day weekend? You should consider going down to the Queen Mary because they are having The Art Deco Festival.

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Carsick 13 Spazzkid Lovers

Local musician Spazzkid loves listening to music while in cars. He actually loves it so much that he actually did a “live performance” in a car. It’s called “Carsick #13″ and its rad. Catch the video below!

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