Aside from getting some sun on your face, some sand between your toes, and the seas to splash happily in, you can make your trip to the golden state worthwhile by getting some shopping in. And while you’re getting a cardio workout hopping from one shop to another, a great time and money saver is checking out the numerous outlet malls in California. Don’t knock it till you try it – shopping in outlet stores doesn’t mean you have to go into messy warehouses to peruse defective or damaged products and settle for cheap-price-for-cheap-quality goods. Outlet malls these days are exactly like your usual retail malls, minus the fancy-schmancy décor and hoity-toity ambiance. If you’re a seasoned and serious shopper who’s on a mission to find more bang for your buck, these outlet malls are crammed with stores you can check out:For people with a heightened appreciation for designer fashion, bargains from brands like Armani, Coach, Kenneth Cole, and Ralph Lauren may be too hard to pass up. Sporty adventurous types will just love checking out last season’s athletic shoes from shops like Nike, New Balance, Puma, Reebok, and Saucony. Boasting a total of 160 stores, this outlet mall located North of Los Angeles is a popular stopover for out-of-town road trippers and locals alike. Looking for something to give your mom? Get her classic pieces to wear from Ann Taylor, shoes from Aldo, a handbag from Kate Spade, or lotions and fragrances from L’Occitane. Check out Bose and give your dad the gift of home gadgetry. Is your gal-pal beauty conscious? Get her a goodie bag of assorted cosmetics and skin care products from Clarins or Crabtree & Evelyn. Whoever it is that you’re shopping for, there’s a little bit of something for everybody in this outlet mall comprised of over 130 stores located within the Los Angeles area. If you happen to be in the San Francisco Bay Area, this outlet mall located South of San Jose is one of the more popular outlet malls to hit – you’ve got over 140 stores to choose from. Go nuts and hoard your favorite scented products at Bath & Body Works for both yourself and your friends. Binge-shop for baby’s clothes at Carter’s, OshKosh B’gosh, Gymboree, and The Children’s Place and never come empty-handed to baby showers, birthdays, and baptisms. And for the teen girls in your life, you can get cute outfits from shops like Juicy Couture, Justice, Rue21, and Wet Seal – you’ll surely be a hit! San Diego is a major surf city and home of the very first triathlon held in the country, making it the ideal destination for athletic adventure-lovers. So of course, if there’s anything you should shop for in this outlet mall, it would be tons and tons of sports apparel and accessories! Go to Adidas for their latest discounts on footwear. Head to O’Neill or PacSun for your surf apparel. If you need sunglasses, there are at least 5 stores you can check out for that. Out of over 125 stores, you can rest assured that you will come out of your shopping spree decked in your sporty best.
Just hours after admitting that he had opened the Dumb Starbucks store as a prank and in order to gain footage for his Comedy Central show, 'Nathan For You', Nathan Fielder was asked to shut down his coffee pop up in Los Angeles by health inspectors for not obtaining the correct permits. With lines out the door for "Dumb coffee", the shop was able to open it's doors and use the same logo because it was considered a parody. What do you think? Would you have waited in a two hour line for a Dumb Venti? Source: CBS News
With all of the talk going around about Richard Sherman as the Superbowl approaches, everybody seems to be obsessed with his levels of confidence. Richard Sherman actually grew up in Compton, one of the toughest parts of LA. Good for him growing up strong, pushing through, and becoming successful. California grown and now title holder bound, what do you think about Richard Sherman? Source: Fox Sports
Want to explore Los Angeles, but on a tight budget? Check out these FREE things to do around the city and you will have plenty to keep you busy.
LA farmers market Off of Third and Fairfax, the LA Farmer's Market offers fresh produce, shops, and restaurants from local growers Saturday through Monday.
Hollywood Walk of Fame One of the world's most famous sidewalks, the Hollywood Walk of Fame honors celebrities and famous people with their very own star. Go search for your favorite actor!
Get on a Game Show Most networks have first come first serve seating for FREE tickets to their game shows. If you show up early, prepared with enthusiasm, and looking good, they may even seat you in the front!
Check out the murals That's right, LA has it's very own Mural Conservancy, which is a group of artists, public art advocates, city and state officials, and restorationists that have come together to protect and promote the numerous murals that have been painted on buildings and in other places. Go searching and you will find some amazing art!
Hollywood sign hike Want to break a sweat and simultaneously catch an amazing view? Well go no further than the Hollywood Sign hike. Iconic, and FREE - you can't go wrong.
Exposition Park Rose Garden Looking for some peace and quiet and to pretend like you aren't in the middle of a city? Then go check out the beautiful expanse of roses taken care of by the City of Los Angeles.
Free Yoga Classes Along with meditation, Archery, etc. you can find many places offering free classes around LA. Try something new! Runyon Canyon offers free yoga classes daily outside.
Stargaze at Griffith Observatory Late night adventures in LA are easy to find, but when it comes to FREE and includes stars, it can be hard to find in the city. Take a trip up the the Griffith Observatory and park in their parking lot, you will be sure to find a blanket of stars awaiting your viewing above you.