Profile: Dawn Garcia

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A creative force, award-winning writer, editorial and publishing leader, Dawn Garcia believes that “Lifestyle” is more than an idea. Editorial content should take hold of you and – something that encourages readers and bon vivants alike to be a part of something more. A Los Angeles native, she has spent her life traveling the world surrounded by culture, film, food, wine, art, entertainment, and philanthropy.
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Of All The Gin Joints

How many times have we heard the notorious Casablanca line, “Of all the gin joints in all the world …” Well, Author Mark Bailey and Illustrator Ed Hemingway decided to take that line and bring it to life with the help of bartending consultants, Drew Jacobson and Paul Keo of Luminosity Entertainment. The gents have tapped into drunken gems that feed a glorious desire to sip with panache.

Category: Lifestyle

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Lamborghini Huracan

Much like all things in Los Angeles, wonderful synergies happen when you least expect it. Tonight, at the Mondrian Hotel’s SkyBar on Sunset in West Hollywood, eager car and music lovers gathered together to celebrate life’s luxuries.
Learn the story behind the CD that became the “soundtrack” of the hum of the engine lulling drivers as they took control of the road in their brand new Laborghini Huracan.

Photos © by Tram Tran

Category: Lifestyle

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Glenfiddich '63

Bond. Aston Scotch Whisky. On the rocks, and an interview with the debonair Glenfiddich Brand Ambassador Mitch Bechard....
photos by Tram Tran

Category: Cocktails

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New Hotels With Panache

“To experience the world, is to experience life. To travel the world, well, that is life’s greatest education. It awakens all of the passion stirring inside …”
– Dawn Garcia

We live in a world where design and architecture have freedom to be so much more than the confines of a singular thought. Architects and designers are coming together to create unique experiences around the world.
Below are several brand new hotels that have just opened around the world. Each one is distinctly authentic and rich with story. While some are meant for full luxury (perhaps a “bucket list” inclusion), some are so affordable it would be a shame not go.

Category: Travel

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Hotel Erwin - Venice Beach

Situated right near the notorious Venice Boardwalk -with streamlined Edison bulbs hanging from above - the beach is literally a few minute walk from your hotel room. With an oceanfront or street-facing room, a quaint outdoor restaurant, a streamlined bar, and a rooftop to escape to with a fully stocked bar and gorgeous views peering out into the Pacific, this was a fabulous stop for an overnight Staycation.

Category: Travel

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Restaurant Etiquette: The Art of Thank You

Customer Service 101 is saying – THANK YOU. Not because you’re required to or it’s in your employee handbook but because at the end of the day, if it wasn’t for your customers, you wouldn’t exist. Customer service is so important but honestly, it has become a lost art. With the digital age taking over our abilities to have face-to-face conversations and every other diner stopping to take photos of their food and drink, the close-knit world of culinary savants is dimming to make way for the contender: The hungry diner with iPhone camera in tow. So, this post is devoted to minding our manners and valuing the simple art of being grateful.

Category: Lifestyle

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Bill Phelps: Photographer

There is something magical about a photographer’s ability to tell a story with a single snap of the shutter, and capture the very essence of the person behind the lens. Bill Phelps is not your average photographer. Sure he takes pictures of well-known celebrities, and has won numerous awards (both an IPA Lucie Award and the Grand Prize of Portraits for the World Press), but it’s his ability to transcend time and space through whimsy that breaks boundaries, invokes thought and implores you to take a closer look. He is a beautiful photographer journaling the many facets of humanity through soulful imagery, fashion, and emotion.

Category: Arts

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W New York: Transformation—A Film

W New York has collaborated with cultural brand Liberatum to present a unique short film featuring notables discussing their most transformative moments. A nod to the life-changing instances that define us from childhood, gender, city and location, career to parenting and beyond, the discussion points of the various notables pay homage to the W passion points of music, film, design and fashion.

Category: Arts

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Untapped Festival: Beer Lover's Haven

It all started with a love of high-quality, craft beer and a passion for emerging local and national bands. UNTAPPED was specifically designed by us as an event equally focused on both, an uncommon balance rarely found at festivals and events. The aim never will be about the quantity of selection, but rather about curating the best in must-taste brews and must-hear music… a few of our favorite things, so to speak!

Category: Craft Beer

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A Quick Trip up the California Central Coast

At the beginning of this summer, I decided to do something rather spontaneous. I figured all the topics I’ve covered, the food I’ve enjoyed, and the cities I’ve been to, in fact everything I’ve written about has been planned out. It was time for something totally off-the-cuff – to just get in the car and drive up the California Coast – during one of the busiest holiday weeks of the year no less: the 4th of July. I wanted to see what was possible if and when any of my readers decided to take a last minute trip during a busy time. And so, the journey began.

Category: Travel

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The Legendary Millenium Biltmore Hotel

Los Angeles is a city that is flooded with beauty, chaos, the old, the new, the plastic, the real, art, music, food, film, history, architecture, but above all – story.” – Dawn Garcia
That said, one of the most beautiful buildings and hotels in Los Angeles is the Millennium Biltmore.

Category: Travel

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Jean de Lillet 2010 Reserve

Welcome to Maison Lillet!
Take the ACE Hotel Rooftop, with the Downtown Los Angeles skyline lit by starlight, add some Parisian music played live by the remarkable Trio Dinicu, offer cocktails made with an extra touch of je ne sais quoi and what you get is an evening that transcends the mundane and immediately transports you to simple chic. The rooftop is decorated with traditional parasols and quaint floral centerpieces, and set against the backdrop of the city. A roar comes from a crowd sprinkled with media, connoisseurs and local business owners, and yet the sound of Lillet cocktails being shaken required my attention.

Category: Cocktails

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