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LA LA LA . . . D O N U T S.

“People who love to eat are always the best people.”

– JULIA C H I L D

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Guys, it’s National Donut Day. Boom. The day is officially upon us and I’m patiently waiting for LA to begin the next installment of the Museum of Ice Cream, feat. these golden lifesavers. In the meantime, I figured I’d do a quick round up of my top 5 spots to grab the classic bite in Los Angeles based on my own personal experiences.

In case the only donut run you get to today is devouring this rundown, I hope your sweet tooth’s itchin’ and we up your donut game. Not all donuts are created equal so let the sprinkles fall where they may. Without further ado, here’s the breakdown of my favorites donut joints in Los Angeles.

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(Note: I have not tried every shop discussed, nor have I sampled all their donuts, however the ones I have, I will mention along with my favorite donut I feel is worth dishin’ the dough on. Sources will be provided at the end if not my own opinion.)

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| THE OG C H A M P |

California Donuts 

My first memory of this California landmark began with a late night adventure with the kid, Mitchell. I had never tasted ye old Cali Donut and he was about to school ya girl. We rolled up at maybe 11 PM and the line was stupid long. We decided to pass but I must say, from that day on, I craved those suckers.

How can you crave something you’ve never had you say? By catching glimpses of the funky vintage sign and Lucky Charmed donuts, naturally. That did me in and I felt nostalgia instantly. This old school spot was worth the wait. I’ve since enjoyed a variety of their flavors from playful outings with friends to classic donut walls at weddings.

MAV FAV: The Fruit Loop

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| THE CREATIVE I N D I V I D U A L |

Donut Friend

I must say, there’s something truly special about Donut Friend. I’m not sure if it’s the unique flavors with DIY customization or the passion and story behind the brand. DF sets itself apart with its tongue in cheek appeal, using wit and humor to name their donuts after famous bands. On top of that, they made it all so easy to Insta the crap out of it – an equally addictive “Supermassive Black Donut Hole.” (Ha, that’s my best attempt).

Then there’s the matcha. Game over – favorite flavor in the whole wide world, hands down. When you nail it, you got me 100%. Donut Friend, you do it, you do it so well. Top that with some freeze dried raspberry dust and call it a day….

MAV FAV: Green Teagan and Sara

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| THE C R O W D PLEASER |

SK Donuts & Croissants

Ah the good ‘ol donut birthday cake. This year I was surprised with a box full of SK’s from my girls. Low-key, I wanted to try each and every one myself. I somehow found the will power to share – a huge improvement from the time I had a whole confetti b-day cake to myself circa 2006). Ya, that happened.

Besides the point, I did sample many of their flavors and must say, they’re all winners. This is definitely a great option if you have a large crowd and a variety of tastes to cater to.

MAV FAV: Blueberry Glazed 

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| THE H E A L T H NUT |

Donut Farm

Similar in name but most certainly unique, Donut Farm packs a powerful and healthy punch. Not only do they serve all vegan donuts but they’re also on the food grind too. Their dough is certified organic and is made from scratch daily. It wouldn’t be LA if they weren’t using coconut milk for their glazes, which yes they are.

When given the opportunity I am super excited to sink my teeth into that Coconut Whiteout or their Lemon Poppeyseed. I mmmmmean, probably going to indulge in both, who we kiddin’.

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| ON MY L I S T |

Sidecar

(might see me thurrrr tonight, skrttt skrrrt).

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| CREATIVE DIRECTION + STYLING |

Morgan Ryan 

Fit: Dress Shirt: J.Crew | Dress, Vans + Trench: Crossroads Trading | Tiffany & Co Rose Gold Frames from Fairfax Optical Lab

| PHOTOGRAPHY |

Jordan Zobrist

| MAKE UP |

Emily Gruen

| HAIR |

Kelly De La Cerda

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SOURCES

| HAWAIIAN H E R I T A G E |

“From a small seed a mighty trunk may grow.” 

– A E S C H Y L U S

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Ever since I could remember, I’ve been visualizing. As a young girl in elementary school, I used to be the last person to finish reading. I blame my creative mind, which would wander to exciting places mid-sentence (side note: still happens). The only spot I truly loved was the art room – probably because it was the only place I felt I belonged. The time I spent daydreaming and visualizing was welcomed here.

With anything in life, I realize it’s not all daydreams (although I wish it was). It’s vision combined with hard work that brings what you want into being. Strangely enough, with any accomplishment I’ve made, it’s through a balance of activity and inactivity. Many times what appears to be inactivity, is in fact is very active after all. Taoist refer to this as Wu Wei, and in this case, I call it active visualization. Let me explain…

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Whenever I feel stuck, I pause, reflect and visualize. I’ve always been an advocate for vision boards. Not strictly for its artistic nature, but because it focuses energy and attention on the passion at hand. Love, fitness, career, whatever it may be, it helps the mind ‘go there,’ thus stimulating that dreamer we all have within.

In the midst of all the moving pieces of my career right now, which I’m extremely grateful for, I’ve had little time for inactivity. Feeling more pressure than before, I began to think, what’s next? As a result, I’ve negatively begun to doubt my creativity and the future. As dreamers, we should welcome if not anticipate the thought of what could be. In truth, I was running from the very person I am. When I slowed down to realize this, I knew I needed to take time some time out. I did just that in a rather unconventional way; when things picked up, I slowed down.

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There’s a method to my madness. When you’re speeding ahead, you fail to catch the glimpse of the pretty house along the street you’ve never explored. You overlook the excerpt in a book that will inspire your next project. In slowing down, you find everything you need. You’re re-inspired. Thus I found a way to combine my work with my passions.

As I prepped for my Mane Addicts Instastory Takeover (<- click for a highlight), I applied my new found knowledge to social media. The weeks leading up the gig, I used my account to play and test new ideas. Not only was this personally fulfilling, it also left me reassured I could do my best when it came time to take over their account. In fact this methodology helped me successfully accomplish my immediate goal (hitting over 9,000 impressions) while I created a road map for future ones. One of those destined ventures being Hawaii. The idea: reconnecting to the source.

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When I initially dug up information on the Awapuhi Farm and Nature Retreat, my ears were ringing, “ready, set, location, shoot!” For years now, I’ve had the reoccurring vision of being on a remote island, sourcing ingredients and creating botanical/herbal products. One thing many people don’t know about me is that I turn to natural remedies and concoct my own beauty products.

Ayurveda or life science, has always been a secret passion of mine. It became more prevalent in my life when I was diagnosed with ADHD. After years of taking medication, I desired a more long term and natural solution. Thus, I begun to self-educate myself on nutrition and natural means of healing. When I realized this ‘ailment’ made me special not slow, I began to use it creatively to my benefit. That’s when the holistic healer kicked in and I hope one day to help others heal and reach total wellness too.

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When I learned Awapuhi Wild Ginger was born and sourced in Pa’auilo, Hawaii, I saw the initial blending of my two worlds; the muse meets the the healer. I saw myself there, exploring the nature, science and culture of this area. I saw me hosting, traveling, educating, and most of all, learning through personal experiences. Clearly, the passion alarm went off.

Two weeks ago, I had the pleasure of taking the first step in that direction. In attending the Paul Mitchell Innovation Center in Santa Clarita, I learned all about the Awapuhi line. It was invigorating to be educated on a product I use often and is rooted in Hawaiian culture. The herbalist in me enjoyed hearing about the ingredients and putting a face to the scientists in the lab. To see the work that goes into perfecting and delivering a product into the hands of the consumer was something special to experience.

Later that afternoon I left feeling all the hope in the world. In fact, I used the positive energy of the day as an opportunity to make my own slice of HI in CA. I made my way to Malibu and created an experience that one could equate to the Aloha State. The strange thing was, that weekend I truly believed a huge leap was made in the direction of that island. I felt one step closer towards actualizing that goal.

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I’ve always had this island dream and I always will. Who knows, maybe the dream is better than reality. What I do know is I will eventually realize this dream and find out one way or another for myself.

Aloha,

M

P O L E T T E GIVEAWAY | BE DIFFERENT

“Starting from scratch might have been the biggest chance life has offered me.”

PIERRE WIZMANCEO of Polette

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| MEET POLETTE |

Polette holds the golden ticket when it comes to unique and affordable prescription eyewear. Excuse my French, but this brand has their shit together! For those of you unfamiliar with Polette, it’s one of the most innovative optic retailers in the e-commerce game. With 1,000 frames to choose from online (all original designs created in house) and a new collection released every week, you’re guaranteed to find something to add to your collection. With their fresh approach and positioning, Polette has become a leading contender in the optic industry. 

Polette makes quality style accessible to all while encouraging you to be different. The one-of-a-kind frames range from $6.99 to $49.99 and lenses from $9.99 to $89.99, which are all anti-scratching/anti-reflective. You also have the option of customizing the lenses to suit your individual needs as well. The best part in my eyes is you don’t have to jeopardize quality for quantity. What makes Polette so innovative is their understanding of functional fashion. 

Each day of the week you can swap one frame for another and totally transform your look because they’re so cost effective. This opens the door to creating a wardrobe of eyewear, which for guys could be the simplest solution to your fashion accessory dilemma. Even if you’re not a fashion chameleon, Polette still finds a way into your heart because who doesn’t enjoy updating your look every now and then without breaking the bank?

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| CONCEPT |

If you’re anything like me, you might be curious how they keep prices so low. Here’s the deal, because the frames/lenses are provided straight from their workshops, there are no intermediaries. Their in house opticians also handle all the prescriptions, guaranteeing your frames are in good hands from start to finish.

This concept allows for an 80% discount and also makes the frames truly unique to Polette. From retro to vintage or classic to eccentric, there’s a design for every face and individual. If you’re interested in hand polished, high quality acetate frames, be sure to check out their ‘L’ATELIER’ selection. 

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The guy behind this revolutionary concept is, Pierre Wizman. Wizman began building his first company in France after quitting school at the age of 16. Beginning with only 2,000 E in his pocket, Wizman transformed his vision into reality and what we know today as Polette.

With the help of his associate, Pauline Cousseau, they launched the website in 2011 and made their first sale shortly after. Now fully up and running, they instill their young dynamic staff with their “self-taught” method, a-typical personalities and “be different” motto. With different perspectives, the one thing they all have in common is the strong desire to share a one-of-a-kind experience.  

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| THE POLETTE EXPERIENCE |

When I first arrived on Polette’s landing page I was excited by all the options. Right away I saw a handful of frames I loved for different occasions, each uniquely different. The only issue I had was narrowing down my selection. I usually dislike online shopping because I enjoy a more tangible experience. However, I was happy to find a virtual try-on station, which made it easy to find the best frame for my face.

I finally landed on a pair of Massimo transparent mirrored sunnies. I cannot begin to describe the amount of compliments I received (and continue to receive) whenever I wear them around. Unfortunately these particular frames are no longer in stock, however check out similar mirrored lenses here. Next on my list? A pair of Steve Jobs inspired wire frames from their new e-polette collection. This collection is specifically designed to protect your eyes from the harmful artificial light emitted from computer screens. (Like I said, function meets fashion).

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| GIVEAWAY |

Because I had such a pleasant experience with Polette, I wanted to extend the same opportunity to you. One lucky winner will win a Polette frame of their choice. Here’s how to enter:

| RULES |

1.) Leave a comment below providing a link to your favorite pair

2.) Follow The Maverick Muse on Instagram & Polette on Facebook  Instagram  Twitter

That’s it! Winners will be selected at random and announced next week on my Instagram, so be sure to follow the link above! So what are you waiting for? Get shopping on Polette.com. Can’t wait to see your picks. Stay tuned!