Hollywood’s most celebrated night is full of glamour, prestige and suspense. From the red carpet royalty to the history the awards ceremony celebrates, the Oscars are the event of the year for Hollywood.
A number of different species of honeysuckle grow indigenously throughout Southern California. While the flower gives off a sweet, tantalizing aroma and the nectar can be consumed, its berries are poisonous to humans, yet not to other animals. Because of its sweet nature, it is used to lure songbirds and butterflies into a garden to add to its beauty.
The honeysuckle is used holistically to treat fevers, inflammation, and skin infections, as well as for its calming properties.
Fun Fact: Honeysuckle can be found in cat toys as the smell attracts them. Because of its sweet nature, honeysuckle is also used to lure songbirds and butterflies into a garden.
Explore the scents of Malibu here: http://bit.ly/MalibuHoneySuckle
The concept for this store was conceived in 1998 a flight somewhere between New York and Paris by two business travelers, John Sencion and Brad John. Be the first to find this fantastic travel store to win a bottle of Nomaterra's Miami fragrance! Be sure to send a photo of yourself with the bottle to firstname.lastname@example.org!
If you find yourself near Melissa Akkaway's B-named boutique, then you're hot on the heels of the Nomaterra LA Scavenger Hunt! Be sure to stop in and ask for Heather to win your own bottle of Nomaterra's classic East Hampton fragrance!
Nomaterra Scavenger Hunt Los Angeles Clue #2: find a free bottle of our East Hampton fragrance at this gorgeous luxury clothing and accessories store that has locations in both Los Angeles and Las Vegas.
While I’ve had my fair share of “road trips,” from riding a debilitated bus for 3 days from Poland to Greece with 10-hour border checks to being stopped by guerrilla fighters in Ecuador en route to a local village, nothing compares to the classic Americana West Coast road trip. One of my most memorable childhood experiences was just that, a 14-day, back-to-back site-seeing extravaganza.
The trip started in the neon mecca of the nation, Las Vegas, where as a kid, I got to play a bit in the casino, and actually won my parents $300 at roulette—I’ve never forgot that exciting moment. Hoover Dam and the Grand Canyon followed, and then a long drive to Death Valley, where the temperature got to be 115 degrees, and our rented Toyota Corolla was struggling desperately to cool the inside of the car, even though the AC was set at max. The particles of heat felt so dense against your skin, as if it would momentarily envelope you into a black hole. There was also a port-a-potty located right smack tab in the middle of this dessert, and surprisingly was immaculately clean, as my mother vividly remembers it.
We then headed to the land of the stars, and I got a snapshot with my favorite Walk of Fame Hollywood star, Michael Jackson. I remember thoroughly enjoying the Warner Bros. tour, especially seeing the setting for the show, ER. We basically hit up all the tourist-y spots….hey, you gotta see them once in your life.
Departing the iconic Beverly Hills hotel, we made our way along the winding and breathtakingly scenic Route 1, first making a detour at Hearst Castle, and then heading up to Carmel. This deemed to be one of our favorites towns—understated art galleries, the beach, and cute ocean-side restaurants, what more could you ask for.
Being the avid nature lovers that we are, we couldn’t miss Sequoia National Park and Yosemite. Sequoia was so impressive—gigantic tree trunks that created this mystical boundless paradise. We got some great photos with General Sherman, the largest tree in the world. In comparison to Yosemite, Sequoia posed to be much cleaner and more natural.
We made our way to Lake Tahoe, and then Napa Valley (where we experienced a small earthquake, my parents utterly frightened, while I slept right through it) and finally San Francisco. I loved everything about San Francisco, the narrow, hilly streets, the cable cars, the artsy and foodie culture, Lombard Street, all of it. One evening we ventured into the landmark, The Stinking Rose, which my dad and I had heard about over the radio a few weeks back. Every dish was based on garlic, garnished with loads of garlic, and even dessert contained garlic. It was kitschy, but also great fun. I wonder if that place still exists.
I recall this venture with great fondness, and so I look forward to embarking on this new West Coast adventure, starting today. I hope to discover new off-the-beaten spots and return to some oldies but goodies. Looking forward to reporting back, so keep checking in daily. We will also be doing a Nomaterra scavenger hunt with our fragrances, so follow us on twitter and facebook to find out where we’ve hidden product in each of the cities.
Next Tuesday, March 19th, Nomaterra founders Ben and Aggie are hitting the road and heading west for our first Nomaterra road trip! The Nomaterra-mobile will be making stops all along the Pacific coast. Our trip will start in Los Angeles, CA and we’ll wrap up in Seattle, WA.
The best part? Giveaways! In each town we stop in we’ll leave one of our travel sprays hidden, and will post clues on our Facebook
pages to lead followers to the product! Once the product is found, the winner can take a victory photo with their trophy and send it to us so we can post their victory online!
As we make our way up the coast, we'll also be checking out restaurants, sites, and more and posting reviews right here on our blog for all of you lovely people. For those of you on the West Coast, we'd love to hear your recommendations! Where should we go, what should we eat, where should Nomaterra be? Let us know in the comments!
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El Matador State Park at sunset[/caption]
The beaches along the Pacific Coast Highway are generally amazing across the board, but the sunsets at the beaches in Malibu, CA, are some of the best we've seen. Be sure to check out El Matador State Park for some amazing beach shots of your own next time you're in the area!
photo c/o Extra Medium