Monday, October 17, 2016

17th annual Dia de los Muertos festival at Hollywood Forever Returns Oct.29

By Karen Ostlund

Hollywood Forever Cemetery and Mexican beer Estrella Jalisco will present the 17th annual Dia de los Muertos festival October 29th 2016:This year's theme: 


"The Tree Of Life"
Each year, Hollywood Forever Cemetery celebrates the rich heritage of Mexican Art and Culture as it relates to Día de Los Muertos (Day Of The Dead). This year's theme is THE TREE OF LIFE, and is inspired by ‘El Árbol de la Vida’, the sculptural traditions of Metepec and their evolution to include elements and themes taken from Día de Los Muertos. The inspiration, El Árbol de la Vida also represents the celebration of the Universal Tree of Life, a common central spiritual idea to many cultures and world religions, as we embrace the fact that we are all branches and leaves of one great Tree of Life. 
The sculpture for the tree was commissioned to the Soteno Family in Metepec.They were discovered by Diego Riviera and have over 100 years of craftsmanship and tradition.The tree took over 30 days to complete.

Luis Villanueva, Catherdral Art Exhibit curator
The historical roots of El Dia de Los Muertos celebration go back to the pre-Hispanic cultures of Meso-America of the indigenous people, especially the Nahua, and others native to Mexico more than 3000 years.
Indigenous people believed that the souls did not die, that they continued to live in Mictlan (Place of death) a special place for them to finally rest.
On the Day of the Dead, tradition holds that the dead return to earth to visit their living relatives. It is also believed that even if these relatives can’t see them, they can feel them.
It’s a way to come to terms with our mortality and become aware of the cycle of life and death.
The hosts of the MainStage will be TV and radio personalities Fernanda Kelly and Kevin Ramirez.

The Ceremonial Altar Set-Up: Friday, October 28th, 2016 – 3pm onward
Location : 
Hollywood Forever Cemetery
6000 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90038
Headliner Julieta Venegas

Artists on the Main Stage: Saturday, October 29th, 2016: 12pm until 12am

Tango inspired songwriter Mitre will perform
  • Dia de Los Muertos attire strongly encouraged – Come dressed in your finest Calaca apparel
  • Spend an eventful day relaxing and watching the evening stars appear as the cemetery comes to life with joyful celebrations
  • Enjoy fine Mexican cuisine and a wide spectrum of Day of the Dead arts and crafts available for purchase
  • Plan ahead where to park and please carpool
  • Pre-Purchase your tickets to avoid lines day of the event

Peruvian pop duo Alejandro and Maria Laura

Event Features:

  • A vibrant traditional procession in the home of Hollywood’s Immortals with traditional Aztec blessings and Regional Musical-Dance group dedications
  • Musical performances by Grammy Award winning recording artists
  • 100+ Altars created by members of the community to their ancestors and loved ones
  • Hundreds of Aztec Ritual Dancers in full costume
  • Four stages featuring music and theatrical performances
  • An Art Exhibition in the Cathedral Mausoleum curated by Luis Villanueva
  • A costume contest for the best dressed Calaca (skeleton)
  • A children’s arts project area
  • Arts and Crafts vendors
  • Food vendors from around Los Angeles
  • Presentation of Altar winners – The judges will select the best altar of each of the following categories: Theme of Event, Traditional Altar, Contemporary Altar – the best of each category wins $3,000

Schedule:October 29th 2016

Altar Exhibits

ALTAR EXHIBITS 12pm – 12am
Winners announced at 8:00pm at Main Stage
Aztec Circle on the Lake and also throughout the cemetery grounds
Arts & Crafts • Face Painting
From main entrance to main stage 2:00pm – 2:30pm
COSTUME CONTEST 1pm – 7:30pm
Photo Booth – at reflecting pool north of Main Stage
Winner announced at 8:00pm at Main Stage
OFFICIAL ARTIST OF THE YEAR: Juan Jose Sorteno and Alfonso Soteno of Metepec MX
OTHER ARTISTS: Adriana Mateos ● Alfredo Davalos ● Antonio Alcantar ● Armando Lopez ● Arturo Martinez ● Erbey Villanueva ● Isabel Martinez ● Joe Alcala ● Luis Villanueva ● Mario Sibaja ● Milena Mortati ● Sergio Arau
EL MOSAICO STAGE 3:00pm – 9:00pm
3:00pm Xocoyote Aztec Group
3:30pm Ballet CoCo
4:00pm Mariachi Arcoiris de Los Angeles
4:30pm Folklor Cielo Y Tierra
5:00pm Mariachi Arcoiris De Los Angeles
5:30pm Ballet Folklorico Las Alazanas
6:00pm Danny Munoz- Cantante Internacional
6:30pm Pacifico Dance Company
7:00pm Grupo Folklorico Nanahuatzin
7:30pm Ballet Folkorico Aztlan de CSUN
8:00pm Ballet Folklorico Flor De Mayo
8:30pm Pacifico Dance Company
LA CATRINA STAGE 3:00pm – 9:00pm
3:00pm Tato Monraz – Singer
3:35pm Eli Presser – Puppeteer
3:55pm 3-19 Dance Art
4:15pm Gabriela Crowe – Singer
4:50pm Los Ángeles Theatre Academy – “El Fiestón de las Calaveras”
5:25pm Carlos Porcel “Nahuel” – Singer
6:00pm Tato Monraz – Singer
6:35pm Eli Presser – Puppeteer
6:55pm 3-19 Dance Art
7:15pm Gabriela Crowe – Singer
7:50pm Los Ángeles Theatre Academy – “El Fiestón de las Calaveras”
8:25pm Carlos Porcel “Nahuel”/Singer
4:00pm Ballet Xhanat
4:30pm Ballet Internacional De Guadalajara
5:00pm Marimba Tropical
5:30pm Proyecto E
6:00pm Along for the Ride
7:00pm Aqquarela
7:30pm Sin Color
8:00pm Ensamble son de Oaxaca
9:00pm Cuñao
10:00pm Betty Mustache
11:00pm Orquesta son Cache
MC’s: Fernanda Kelly & Kevin Ramirez
2:30pm Aztec Blessing – Tonakakawitl
2:45pm Ballet Folklorico Tapatio de Oceanside
3:30pm Mariachi Flor De Toloache
4:30pm Mitre
5:30pm Alejandro y Maria Laura
6:30pm Pasion de Mi Tierra – The Tree of Life
7:00pm Buyepongo
8:00pm Announce Altar & Costume Winners
8:30pm Special Jenni Rivera Musical Tribute
9:00pm Tree of Life – Aztec Cermony
9:30pm Julieta Venegas
Mexican Beer Estrella Jalisco
 is Hollywood Forever
"Day Of The Dead" Presenting

Makeup sessions at The Hollywood Forever Cemetery

General Admission: $20 per person 
Children 8 years and under free until 4pm
Seniors 65 and over free until 4pm
Parking and more info:

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

WestEdge Design Fair returns to LA November 3-6 2016

By Karen Ostlund

November 3-6, 2016
This November 3-6, WestEdge Design Fair returns once again to The Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, and bringing the best of designers,manufacturers and makers from across the nation and the world.
For three days, attendees will have an opportunity to shop from 150 exhibiting brands and products for the home, ranging from furniture and lighting, to kitchen and bath lines.
Anticipated to be the largest show to date, this year’s fair will showcase high-end international
manufacturers like never before. As Los Angeles continues to be recognized as an increasingly
important global hub for design and culture,
WestEdge is presenting one of the most sophisticated designs hailing from Italy, New Zealand, Sweden, Switzerland, Brazil, Canada, Japan, Germany, and more by brands like David Trubridge, Missoni Home, Minotti, Cappellini, Roche Bobois, B&B Italia, Tecnogas Superiore, and Tidelli.
Most their showrooms are located in West Hollywood LCDQ district.

WestEdge will also continue to celebrate the best in emerging design talent in its
MADE:MODERN section. This feature area, sponsored in part by Design Milk, highlights more
than 40 cutting-edge independent designers and makers of contemporary furniture and lighting,
including brands blankblank, M. Shively Art + Design, Phloem Studio, MOQU, Zia Priven
and Oso Industries. All items will be available for purchase with makers also accepting custom
orders on-site.
Opening Night Party to benefit Los Angeles Ronald McDonald House
The show kicks off in style on November 3rd with an Opening Night Party to benefit Los
Angeles Ronald McDonald House. Guests will enjoy a festive evening of shopping the latest in
design, all while enjoying cocktails, fine food and a silent auction. The auction itself celebrates
Los Angeles’ growing bike movement and offers guests the chance to bid on 20+ unique
Schwinn Bicycles, each stylized by a different design personality or brand. Schwinn Bicycles
has teamed up with design teams from Pinterest, as well as designers Kelly Edwards of
HGTV, Gaurav Nanda of BEND, Estee Stanley and Brigette Romanek of Hancock Design,
designer and TV personality Nicole Facciuto, lifestyle maven Amy Devers and set
decorator Peter Gurski, among other taste makers, to offer lucky bidders one-of-a-kind bikes.
Proceeds from the evening will help renovate the 75-room Ronald McDonald House whose
mission is to provide accommodation and support to families of seriously ill children.

DIFFA’s Picnic By Design
In their first West Coast edition, Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA)’s Picnic
By Design has invited leading architects and designers, including FORMA International,
FOUR Points Design & Construction, James Hernandez Interior Design, Inc., Nicole
Sassaman, Mindy Matouk, and Nadia Geller Designs, Inc. to create
spectacular, over-the-top picnic baskets and tables that will be displayed at the fair. Each basket
will be available for purchase as part of an online auction to benefit DIFFA’s fight against
On Saturday, November 5th from 3:00-6:00 p.m., Picnic By Design hosts an
afternoon of delicious food and fine wine in the luxurious WestEdge Outdoor Lounge.

WestEdge Lounge
This year’s interior lounge will feature a collaboration between leading international brands
Missoni Home, Roche Bobois and Bolon, all brought together with an extraordinary structure
designed by Los Angeles’s own Matt Gagnon Studio. Standing 16’ tall and covering more than
800 square feet, the structure will utilize 7,500 pieces of Alder wood that are assembled by
hand, piece by piece.

Culinary Highlights
Culinary Pavilion- New for 2016
WestEdge is pleased to expand the culinary stage programming with an official Culinary
Pavilion sponsored by Fisher & Paykel. This space will host a full schedule of daily
demonstrations and tastings, offering guests the chance to engage with luminary chefs and
experience cuisine from several of Los Angeles’ hottest restaurants.

Grilling Demonstrations
The WestEdge Outdoor Lounge will be outfitted with luxury grilling brands, including DCS,
Alfresco, and Wildwood Ovens. Each brand will put their products to good use throughout the
weekend with demonstrations and samplings, including an official Grilling Showdown
competition on Saturday, November 5th from 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Jenn-Air Master Class Studio Educational Stage
The Jenn-Air Master Class Studio returns as the main educational stage where consumers
and trade alike will have the chance to enjoy a range of informative panel discussions and
seminars featuring leading industry experts. Topics include:
• Lounge-aholics: The Social Life of Furniture in L.A.’s New Public Spaces presented
by The Architect’s Newspaper
• Health and Wellness in Chic and Sophisticated Interiors presented by ASID Los
• Form, Function + Connectivity presented by Jenn-Air
• Understanding and Creating Healing Spaces presented by Los Angeles Ronald
McDonald House
• Owning Design: Protecting Originality and Eliminating Knockoffs presented by
Interiors Magazine
• Kitchens Intervention: Designing for Every Culinary Need presented by California
Homes Magazine
• Identifying the Luxury Home Design Consumer of the Future presented by Modern
Luxury Interiors California
• Defining Character: When Your Client Is A Script presented by the Set Decorators
Society of America

2016 WestEdge Design Fair Sponsors include:
Bolon, DCS, Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery, Fisher & Paykel, Jenn-Air, Matt
Gagnon Studio, Missoni Home, PEZ Cantina, Roche Bobois, Schwinn Bicycle Company,
Snyder Diamond, Southwest Greens, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, and Wallpaperdirect.
2016 media partners include:
Architectural Digest, The Architect’s Newspaper, California Home + Design, California Homes,
Convo By Design, Design Milk, Dering Hall, Designguide, Fabrik, Evolo, Image People, Interiors
magazine, Gray Magazine, KCRW, Landscape Architecture Magazine, LA Weekly, Luxury
Pools, Metropolis, Modern Luxury Interiors California, Ocean Home Magazine, Orange Coast
magazine, theTwentySIX, The Retail Observer, The Wall Street Journal and VENU.

Show Details
WHAT: WestEdge Design Fair
WHEN: November 3-6, 2016
Thursday, November 3 - Media Preview, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Thursday, November 3 - Opening Night Party, 7:00-10:00 p.m.
Friday, November 4 - 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 5 - 10:00 a.m..-6:00 p.m.
PICNIC BY DESIGN Special Event 3:00-6:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 6 - 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
WHERE: The Barker Hangar, 3021 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90405
Parking: $10 cash
On-site Admission
$25 general admission
Registration for qualified design trade, design students and press is complimentary prior to
October 24th.
Advance Purchase Tickets
$20 one-day pass
$45 run-of-show pass (includes parking pass)
(Advance purchase includes a one-year digital subscription to Architectural Digest).
Opening Night Party (Benefiting Los Angeles Ronald McDonald House)
Thursday, November 3 - 7:00-10:00 p.m.
$80 early-bird (prior to October 15) or $95 ticket includes cocktails, passed hors d’oeuvres,
silent auction, all-access pass to WestEdge and a one-year digital subscription to Architectural
About WestEdge Design Fair (
WestEdge is a three-day event that offers the best in modern design, all in an environment
designed to engage, entertain and inspire. The fair offers the opportunity to shop from premium
home furnishings brands-many new to the West Coast and meet the designers behind
thousands of inspiring products. In addition, attendees gain insight from leading names in the
design industry with a full series of educational programs and special events.
Follow WestEdge on Instagram at, Facebook at and on Twitter at

Monday, October 3, 2016

'Celebrity Connected' Celebrated Emmys 2016 w/Natural Food & Practical Ideas

Photos & story by Karen Ostlund honored the Emmys 2016 with a gifting suite at W Hotel Hollywood, September 17th - one day before the 68 Annual Emmy awards at Microsoft theatre downtown Los Angeles.
The suite featured fun gifts and gift-ideas for the holidays. Natural food products dominated the sponsors, among skincare, design and practical inventions:
The Curious Creamery, makes ice
cream without the machine
The Curious Creamery is a revolutionary new way to make ice cream WITHOUT an ice cream machine. 
This ice-cream mix offers NUTRITION CONTROL at it's base form using water, The Curious Creamery has just 100 calories per scoop. Beyond that, you have the option of using juices, skim/whole milk, cream, almond milk or even liqueuers.
LOWER CARBON FOOTPRINT. By taking the process of adding liquids and freezing away from distant factories and long cold supply chains, The Curious Creamery is able to lower the carbon footprint of ice cream by nearly 90%. 

Video how to use The Curious Creamery: from Glendale
 offered many flavors of their
award winning frozen yoghurt. speciality is Himalayan salt.
Himalayan Pink Rock Salt contains 84 live minerals, which is the same found in the human body. The benefits of this natural salt are: Promoting healthy PH balance in your cells*; Increases hydration*; Prevents muscle cramping*; Lowers blood pressure*; Improves circulation* and helps the Intestines absorb nutrients*  are well known for their cupcakes,
Chocolate Toffee Crunch and Sweet Gold Collection
sprinkled in 24 K edible gold.
  Snack products Apple, Pear and Sweet Potato are made in Washington state's 
Yakima Valley, which is noted for being one of the best
apple producing areas in the world. Protein bars: vegan pea protein, whey protein and egg white protein.

 UNSTICK™ is made of a non-toxic, high quality Japanese PTFE coated material, FDA approved. All UNSTICK™ products have several layers of PTFE non-stick reusable coating  which allows food to simply glide off. The heat resistant is to 500F or C 260
The use of PTFE has been used for decades, but not as a cooking sheet in products as non-stick frying pans, cookie sheets, and cake pans.It is recommended to avoid using metal utensils or sharp objects will scratch the sheets/liners and deteriorate the non-stick coating.It is stored as rolled up.
An Italian idea, a washable paper bag that looks like suede. UASHMAMA® washable paper is made using a virgin fiber through cultivation and notdeforestation.  Paper washes like fabric holding it’s form so it can be used over and over again promoting sustainability perfect for catering and home wares.   Inspiration comes from its creator: Marco Marconi.     
NIL reusable food wraps food wraps. Nils are an alternative to plastic food wrap. They are a great way to convert to this healthier, more environmentally conscious way of living to keep your food fresher and more economical  You can use Nil wraps for wrapping cheese, covering jam or that last bit of milk. They are also great for wrapping a half of a tomato or cucumber etc. Just keep reusing your Nils. If they need to be washed or wiped, just use cold water and mild soap. Durability approximately 4-6 months. Ingredients Organic cotton, Organic New Zealand Beeswax, Manuka oil, Organic New Zealand propolis and Jojoba oil.

Washdolly microfibre makeup remover cloth is a Canadian product. The idea comes from Van deer Waals, a Dutch chemist (1827-1923) who won the Nobel Prize for discovering van derr Waals force which explains why geckos can walk on walls and ceilings - they use the tiny hairs on the bottoms of their toes.
Washdolly is a microfibre cloth made of two synthetic polymers: 75% polyester and 25% polyamide. Polyester likes to bind to fat, which is why the cloth works well to wipe away grease and dirt without using chemicals.  When water is applied to the cloth, it is stored between the pores of the fibre rather than binding directly to them. The result is a much faster drying fabric. 
This sticky force attracts dirt and grease with millions of microfibres in this highly porous material with a large surface area that fits in the palm of your hand, removes your makeup with ease while cleaning your face.
Deppatch reusable facial mask reduces the appearance of hyperpigmentation, wrinkles and rejuvenation of aging skin. The deep patch system is different from other competitors by the treatment solutions being applied to the face, before the beauty patches are placed on,to enhance and drive various vitamins, skin whitening and anti-aging ingredients deeper into the skin. The clinically proven micro current patches are reusable up to eight treatments. The Dep patch power system uses a micro current force that transports 20% C+ Liquid Gold Infusing Serum 300% deeper into the epidermis than topical application alone.
Instruction video:
UK CEO Joseph Begley for
"A brand new soft bum neon lamp to mount on your wall or place on your table, to brighten your day. 
Slap it, pinch it or gently squeeze this tantalizingly tactile tush to light up your room". craft mixers. Lemon Drop martini
ingredients, 3 oz Stirrings® Simple Lemon Drop Martini Cocktail Mixer, 1.5 oz Smirnoff® Vodka.
Blood Orange Margarita Ingredients: 1.5oz Stirrings® Simple Blood Orange Martini Cocktail Mixer, 1.5 oz Stirrings® Simple Margarita Cocktail Mixer 1.5 oz Don Julio® Blanco.
ThThe The new blazer collection at RuvaAfricWear features Kente Cloth Blazers for men and women. strives to be the best and number one online source for African art and fashion established RuvaAfricWear in 2015,  "We love African art and fashion and we regularly visit our home countries Ethiopia and Zimbabwe" sunglasses, KIYO and AKIKO

VIVON style from Okinawa

VIVON is an original jewellery brand based in Okinawa, Japan by KIYO and AKIKO, brother and sister. They both studied jewellery design at Central Saint Martins in London. VIVON’s creations come from mixing London’s exciting creative scene and Okinawa’s rich nature through exploring “life” from various angles. homemade dildo kit lets you make an EXACT vibrating silicone replica of ANY penis, safely and easily in the comfort of your own home. Clone-A-Willy's penis casting kit uses medically tested molding gel that captures incredible lifelike detail, making it the most personalized cock casting kit on the planet. It's fun and easy to do!
Clone-A-Willy Blue Glow

 Each Homemade Dildo Kit comes with everything you need:
  • Body Safe 'Light Skin Tone' Silicone
  • One Bag of Algae Based Molding Powder
  • Molding Tube
  • Vibrating Unit
Video instructions: How to clone a willy: 
Chakrubs healing sextoys of crystal 
 Sex toys are made from 100% pure crystal that bring a sense of sacredness and spiritual to your playtime.  The hand-crafted tools are created with the intention of opening oneself up to the healing properties crystals provide. Crystals have perfect molecular structures that have positive effects on our electro-magnetic fields and sexual wellness. is a group of creative, energetic people inspired by the dream of bringing you artistically driven cell phone cases to iPhone 6, iPhone 7, Samsung S6 and Samsung S7.  bling iPhone cases, glasses, headphones.