Now that 2015 has officially arrived, I am sure you have lists of resolutions you are combing through and pacts you are trying to keep. But take it easy on yourself. It doesn’t have to be a laborious process to change up your routine and try a new spot or two. Join me as I list some favorite places to spice up your fitness routine, diet, and wardrobe! Here’s to a “A New Year, A New You.”
Get Your Fitness On!
When it comes to the New Year, everyone is trying to figure out what fitness routine works for their lifestyle. Living in Los Angeles, there is no shortage of workout options. So think outside of the box, and try one of these sporty activities. Ready to sweat?
A boutique gym located in the heart of Brentwood, Burn 60’s goal is to maximize calorie burn in just 60 minutes. Every class is different, mixing up treadmill interviews with floor work and free weights. As if the knowledgeable trainers were not enough to motivate you, the awesome music mixes inspire you to push harder. Your abs will thank you for giving Burn 60 a try. And you might even bump into a celeb or two. The first class is free, and parking is easy with a huge lot located across the street. www.burn60.com
#ConciergeTip: Commit yourself for at least a month, and you’ll see huge results!
The best hot yoga studio in the city! They are clean, offer a variety of classes, and have amazing teachers! From their regular Modo and Modo Flow classes, some are supplemented by groovy tunes (Downward Dog to Fleetwood Mac? Um, yes!), and a few classes are even offered in silence to live music to even candle light. No matter how you like to Warrior Two, you’ll find your happy place. Come prepared to sweat, so bring a change of clothes, towel, mat, and water bottle. Namaste my friends. www.modoyogala.com
#ConciergeTip: Arrive at least 15 minutes early. You don’t want to ruin your zen by stressing about getting into a class.
Dance to the beat while spinning? Don’t mind if I do! With six locations throughout Los Angeles (including Malibu and Pasadena), there is likely to be a studio in your neighborhood. Each class is a combination of jogging, sprinting, climbing—all to the beat of high energy songs! Unlike other studios, SoulCycle commits to providing a full body workout, complete with hand weights, so all you need is 45 minutes to burn fat and change how you look and feel. Convinced yet? I dare you to try it! www.soul-cycle.com
#Concierge Tip: Love Soul and travel? Not a problem. SoulCycle is so popular, there are locations in most major cities around the country. Spin on!
Tasty and Healthy? It’s Possible!
You told yourself you were going to try and eat healthier. Well, you’re in luck, because not only is it possible, but your taste buds will thank you! I bet you can’t eat at any of these cool restaurants just once.
Insanely delicious cocktails, a beautiful patio, great scene, and plate-licking-good-food are all on the menu at Gracias Madre. Part of the Café Gratitude family, Gracias Madre serves up plant-based Mexican cuisine. Seriously, don’t knock it ‘til you try it! With their tasty vegan twist on Mexican classics, you won’t miss the meat. The combination of fresh veggies and flavorful spices please the palate and the tummy. It doesn’t hurt that they have some of the best guacamole this side of the border! Don’t miss out on their fancy cocktail program or their brunch. www.graciasmadreweho.com
#ConciergeTip: You have to order the Butternut Squash Quesadillas, cauliflower smothered in cashew cheese, and the Boozy Popsicle. You can thank me later.
It’s a little, hidden gem of a vegetarian restaurant. Located in the heart of Echo Park, it only has about 14 tables and a few bar seats inside. The menu has a strong Mediterranean influence, and they use all organic, sustainable, and locally grown products. Their signature main dishes rock, like the House Risotto, Moussaka, and the Mushroom Kofta. The Seared Haloumi plate and Blackened Heart of Romaine top their list of starters. Be sure to make a reservation by calling or sending them an email. Yeah it’s that kind of place. Like a friend’s home! www.elfcafe.com
#ConciergeTip: They only have two tables outside, but they are some of the best seats in the house!
Located in the heart of Culver City, Lyfe Kitchen offers up healthy, American cuisine served in a casual, modern atmosphere. They have menus for every diet—from Gluten Free to Vegetarian to “Flextarian” (a menu with everything on it)! Whether your style is a filling Breakfast Burrito, a lighter Quinoa Crunch Bowl, or even a juice 100% Grass-Fed Burger, every dish is 600 calories or less. All ingredients are sourced from local farms. Food that makes you feel good and does good—sounds good! www.lyfekitchen.com
#ConciergeTip: Even their wine and beer selections are obtained from producers who are committed to sustainable and organic practices. Cheers to that!
Get Some New Threads!
Start off the New Year by rocking a new look, or at the very least, sprucing up your wardrobe. Everyone has their staple stores they love to shop at, but this year, think outside of the box and check out one of these unique boutiques!
Mohawk General Store
With three locations, two in Silverlake and one in Pasadena, the original store on Sunset Boulevard was started by a husband and wife team with a definite taste for style. From the feel of the store to the items on the shelves, the whole shopping experience been carefully curated to exude a sort of funky effortless. Their racks are filled with hand-selected styles that range from current independent labels to awesome vintage finds for both men and women. Looking for a gift? Mohawk General also carries cool apothecary items, stationary, and accessories. www.mohawkgeneralstore.com
#ConciergeTip: Don’t stop at the clothing! They also sell unique furniture and other mid-century wares, like a Hi-Fi Turntable. Sweet!
Located on La Cienega Boulevard in the space that used to be Charlie Chaplin’s dance studio, Opening Ceremony succeeds in creating a unique place for the special shopping experience they provide. Downstairs you will find their in-house brands, and the upstairs is designed as a “mini mall” home to brands like Top Shop and Alexander Wang. You can’t miss their “Little House of Accessories,” an adorable cabin filled with shoes, bags, and jewelry! Shopping here is like gaining access to a personal stylist’s closet!
#ConciergeTip: If you really want to get down with the fashion scene, check out one of the many events they host, from barbeques to bazaars to art installations.
Cameron Silver’s Decades is hands down one of the most famous vintage clothing stores in the world. Located in the heart of Melrose, next to some of the best shopping, Decades holds its own. Whether you’re looking for classic Chanel, an amazing Dior dress from the 70s, or pre-2000 pieces by Gucci, Valentino or Versace, they will have it. Known for their incredible selection of vintage couture that is continually replenished by celebrity closets, Decades gets a huge thumbs-up from the fashion world’s superstar-stylist, Rachel Zoe. With that endorsement, you know you can’t go wrong.
#ConciergeTip: It’s a great place to spot a celeb and snag a few Oscar-worthy frocks