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favorite things

It’s all about finding people and services you LOVE and making friends with neighborly businesses. ! Here are some of my favorite vendors and services. Please note: I don’t receive any compensation for recommending them, but I have either used their services, I know them personally or they come highly recommended.

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    • Business Services
      Lisa Sandler Custom Graphic Design
      Graphic Design:

      Don’t forget I am also a Graphic Designer. I do logos, business cards, brochures + postcards, invitations, announcements, stationery + thank you cards, web banners, trade show signage and more.


      Have family photos that turned out too dark or need to be restored? I’ll take your old prints, slides and digital files and fix them.

      GoGraphics Printing

      Quality printing since 1982. Business cards, brochures, postcards, banners, signs, marketing materials.

      Ameriprise Financial - Richard Alan Brende
      Alan Brende/private wealth advisor:

      Are you looking for ways to reach your financial goals in today's volatile market? You may be unsure about what to do next or whether you can do anything at all. Together, we'll review your dreams for your future and work to find investing opportunities that are aligned with your financial goals.

      RSC Business Group Coaching
      business coaching + consulting:

      RSC Business Group is a full service coaching and consulting firm, with a diverse roster of consultants with a variety of expertise to help you develop your business and life.
      We provide Business Coaching, Marketing Consulting, Custom Life Design Services as well as other Consulting services for entrepreneurs, small business owners, executives and individuals alike. We serve those who are seeking to not only improve their results in business but their experience in their life as well.

      Hyler Real Estate
      kate kennedy/residential real estate broker:

      Kate Kennedy is a Real Estate Advisor with the Heyler Realty Team who specializes in the Westside of Los Angeles. Living in Santa Monica and proudly serving her community as a Board Member of the Ocean Park Association, Kate appreciates first hand how special it is to live by the sea, and is committed to helping her clients find their own perfect place in the sun. Her commitment to her clients is unwavering. Kate’s communication skills, attention to detail and ability to focus on the big picture help to ensure easy transactions and positive results for her clients. Above all Kate prides herself on her honesty, integrity and ability to bring good humor to all of her business dealings.

      Sarah Leonard Jewelers

      Three generations of Family and Friendship serving the Westwood & UCLA communities since 1946. We continue to stand For Quality, Ethics, Value & above all, Service. A true full service jeweler we specialize in loose diamonds and colored gemstones, carry some of the worlds top designer brands (Tacori, Simon G, Verragio just to name a few), have an amazing collection of vintage and estate jewelry, and offer custom services as well. Engagement rings, wedding bands, fashion jewelry, exclusive diamond brands like the Royal Star, Royal Asscher, & Crisscut all grace our cases. We also have watches and numerous affordable sterling collections for your gift giving needs.
      Other services include: Jewelry repair, watch repair, gemological appraisals (done in our American Gem Society accredited lab and accepted by all major insurance companies), pearl and bead restringing, engraving, and of course complimentary cleanings and inspections!Let us be your family jeweler for decades to come...

      Doggie Bliss
      dog walking + pet sitting:

      Serving the Westside of Los Angeles, Doggie Bliss is a highly rated and dependable dog walking and pet sitting service based in Santa Monica, CA. Our goal is to provide our clients with the very best, personalized pet care, while allowing them to be completely relaxed and worry-free. We are comprised of a very small group of professionals that have turned their passion and love for pets into a career. Each of us strive to give your pet just the right amount of affection and exercise to guarantee his or her maximum health and happiness.

    • Health + Beauty
      Zak Lee Guarnaccia
      fitness trainer:

      Fitness trainer, martial arts, actor, model.

      YogaNest Venice
      yoga studio:

      Yoga classes a few steps from the beach. My favorite teachers: Lori Snyder and Kasey Kilmer

    • Entertainment + Dining
      The Dollface Dames
      theatrical burlesque troupe:

      The Dollface Dames founded in 2008, bring you everything you want in one show! Show-stopping group numbers, sultry singers, atmosphere dancers, & more. These ladies combine the art of the tease with fan dances, balloon popping comedy, belly dance, fire, aerial, magic, hoop, pointe, tap, clogging …the list goes on and on. With 12 fully developed themed shows (Vintage, Geek, USO, Rock n’ Roll, just to name a few), you couldn’t ask for more. The Dames also customize shows to fit any request.

      The Rift
      The Rift/A band:

      We like making rock n roll. Music has gotta to be from the heart and from your bones, all of our songs are written with this in mind. Sometimes great things can come out of a tragedy and that was how we began as musicians. We turned to music during a dark time in our lives and we've been rocking out ever since.

      Pearl Street Sound
      Pearl Street Sound/A band:

      Pearl Street Sound is a Santa Monica-based band comprised of three friends who share a passion for music that is eclectic and soulful. Our song choices range from rhythm and blues to jazz and rock.

    • Charities + Organizations
      Messengers of Light

      The Messengers of Light is dedicated to promoting the empowerment of people, protection of the environment, and to helping relieve the suffering of those in need. Established in 1996, The Messengers of Light is a tax-exempt 501(c) (3) non-profit organization.

    (323) 538-5773


    (323) 538-5773




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