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Barre Crawl West: Pop Physique

If New York is known for exporting restaurants, Los Angeles is developing quite the rep for its cult exercise classes. There’s Tracy Anderson, Barry’s Bootcamp, Yoga for Athletes, and many more. I was in L.A. this past weekend and, in between eating and beaching, decided to give the local fitness scene a spin.

I had heard great things about Pop Physique, a chain of stylish fitness studios specializing in ballet-inspired classes. I’ve been hooked on these thigh-shaking sessions ever since our barre class test-drive earlier this summer, so I signed myself up for one of Pop’s signature classes. Their whole vibe is very L.A., from the American Apparel-like models on the website to the zen-ed out lounge area at the studio. But there was nothing laid-back about the hour-long class: it had familiar arm work with light weights, thigh-shaking exercises at the barre, and ab-crunching curls to finish. By the end, my legs felt like Jell-O and I swear my arms looked more toned. Best of all, the class was $20—not inexpensive by any means, but a definitely less than New York studios. On my next trip, I’m planning on trying out Yoga for Athlete’s hybrid yoga-cycling—two of my favorite things in one class!

—Mollie

Read our roundup of the best ballet-style exercise classes—plus tips for preparing for your workouts!

Packing List: Off to La La Land

I’m heading to L.A. tonight for a quick trip. As it turns out, I’ve picked the absolute worst weekend to go westward: starting Friday, the 405 will be closed for over two days. Still, I’m planning to make the most of Carmaggedon. Come hell or back-to-back traffic, I will get myself to farmers markets and the ocean. I have priorities, you know. I’m armed with Of a Kind’s extremely helpful L.A. recs, plus these carry-on helpers. 


Nuxe Huile Prodigieuser Multi-Usage Dry Oil: I’ve always dreamed of being one of those impossibly chic women you see strolling through airports in their slim cut jeans and oversize sunglasses, toting a Goyard bag with a French Vogue peeking out. That will never be me. But I imagine women like that pack products like Nuxe’s Parisian-chic dry oil, which gives arms and legs a pretty sheen, and can be mixed with foundation to make it more luminizing.

RMS Lip2Cheek in Smile: I use this creamy coral shade on my cheeks and eyelids to give my face some color. Bonus: No need to bring a blush brush. 

One Love Organics Easy Does it Cleanser: I discovered this waterless cleanser a couple months ago and have been hooked since. This concentrated wash foams up nicely and gives my skin a fresh, never dry, feeling.

Yumi Kim Kalyca Romper: My first job in New York was working for Yumi Kim designer Kim Phan. I’ve been wearing her printed silk pieces ever since—it’s a rare day when I’m not decked out in Yumi Kim. This is my latest favorite—a breezy floral romper named after my friend Kalyca!

Jouer Creme Eyeshadow in Cashmere: This L.A.-based line is perfect for traveling because all the products come in compacts that lock together (think Legos). In addition to my never-leave-home-without-it Luminizing Moisture Tint, I’m bringing this pretty taupe shadow.

—Mollie

Guest Blogger: Sniffapalooza Goes to L.A.

LA Sniffapalooza at Apothia Melrose. (Photo: Courtesy of Sniffapalooza)

This week we tapped Karen Adams, one of the co-founders of the event-based fragrance group Sniffapalooza, to guest blog about some of the best scents she’s discovered on her recent travels. First stop: Los Angeles.

As much as we love NYC—after all, some of the best fragrance shopping is found right here in the Big Apple—we also love to travel and sniff out the next great scent. One of our recent journeys brought us cross-country to Apothia at Fred Segal in Los Angeles where Sniffapalooza LA was hosted by Apothia’s president and founder, Ron Robinson. We gathered fifty fragrance fans at Mauro’s Café for a delicious breakfast, camaraderie, and an impressive agenda of perfumer presentations. Great shopping at Apothia Beauty (and a few celebrity sightings) followed. We just love this stylish boutique and its carefully edited selection of the best new and classic niche scents. We especially appreciate that Ron is a true scent connoisseur, creating his own Apothia Los Angeles line of fine fragrances and interior aromatics. We’re partial to the Apothia Juiced Candle, which has a sparkling scent of red currant with green touches of geranium and tomato leaf. This lively fragrance transports us right back to lush Los Angeles.

Our favorite Apothia candle is their signature If scent with its light, fresh, and floral aroma.