Author: The Argonaut

Healthy Toothpaste

Bite oral care products are good for teeth and the environment By Haley Beyer Bite is an oral care line that was founded by Lindsay McCormick in 2018 after she realized just how many plastic toothpaste tubes she was throwing away. McCormick worked as a reality TV producer and was constantly traveling. She noticed there were refillable containers for products like shampoo and conditioner, but nothing for toothpaste. After further research, she discovered that over 1 billion toothpaste tubes are disposed of annually, contributing to the plastic that ends up in the ocean. Through her research, McCormick found that by 2050, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish. McCormick already had some background knowledge on just how bad plastic was for the environment. She has lived in Marina del Rey for 15 years, where she spent her winters as a snowboard instructor and summers as a surf instructor. Spending so much time on the beach and in the ocean showed her just how big of a problem plastic has become. “Living on the Westside, you become so in touch with the ocean because it is such a special place,” McCormick said. Between living in Marina del Rey and paying close attention to her traveling habits, McCormick knew it was time for a change. She began experimenting with different ingredients and spent 2017 creating the cleanest and...

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Keynote Speaker

Actress Viola Davis will be featured at LMU’s commencement on July 31 By Kamala Kirk Loyola Marymount University will welcome award-winning actress Viola Davis as the keynote speaker for its 109th commencement exercises on Saturday, July 31. The ceremony will be held at SoFi Stadium, and will honor and celebrate LMU’s undergraduate, graduate and LMU Loyola Law School Classes of 2020 and 2021. Davis is a critically revered, award-winning actress in film, television and theater, known for her intriguing and groundbreaking roles. She is the most Academy Award-nominated Black female actress, and has been named as one of the world’s most influential people twice by Time Magazine. In 2020, Davis was ranked ninth on the New York Times’ list of the 25 Greatest Actors of the 21st Century. Most recently, Davis was honored with a Screen Actors Guild Award and nominated for an Academy Award in the category of Best Actress for her role in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.” She was thrice nominated for her role as Annalise Keating on the hit ABC and Shondaland Drama, “How to Get Away with Murder,” and became the first African American to receive the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. The Screen Actors Guild honored her twice for the same role. Davis also garnered Critics Choice, Golden Globe, SAG, BAFTA and an Academy Award in the category...

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Clean Eating

Provenance Meals heal and nourish from the inside out By Kamala Kirk As a certified holistic health coach, entrepreneur and mother, Caroll Lee understands the challenge of maintaining a daily diet that is clean and nutritious. She recommended recipes and meal plans to her clients to help them reduce their weight, increase energy and become the best version of themselves through nutrition. Lee noticed that as long as she was actively coaching her clients, they were successful at reaching their goals. But when they stopped eating nutrient-dense food, they would revert back to unhealthy routines. In 2012, Lee created Provenance Meals, which provides clean, organic, sustainably sourced nutrition, to help people achieve their wellness goals, nourish their bodies and replenish their spirits. “The No. 1 request I received was, ‘I know what I’m supposed to eat, but I just can’t find the time. Can you help me find the food?’” Lee said. “Because nutrition is the foundation on which health is built, I know that the fastest way from Point A to B in anyone’s wellness journey is the food we eat three times a day. I realized that by providing convenient meals prepared with delicious and nutritious ingredients, I was able to help my clients stay on the path toward health and longevity. So, I made it my mission to create and provide meals that met my incredibly...

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Redefining Travel

Luxury Travel Hackers makes vacations bookable via social media By Meera Sastry Luxury Travel Hackers is seeking to redefine the travel industry for the Instagram era. The Santa Monica-based company is pioneering a new model of travel planning by integrating the business of booking trips with the untapped gold mine of advertising material that is social media influencers. As co-founder Gary Kohn described, “80% of all millennials are choosing their next vacation on social media, but nobody was really leveraging that influence.” When Kohn, a former producer for film and television, and his co-founder, Katie Warner, noticed this empty niche in the travel industry, they sought to fill it — and thus Luxury Travel Hackers was born. “We look to these influencers to see and make decisions around where we want to go,” Kohn said. “But people are spending hours of additional research to build a vacation that was just presented to them on social media. That’s the big problem we’re solving — people wanting to purchase something they’re seeing and not being able to.” The company seeks to fold the browsing and buying processes into one by, in Kohn’s words, “Shooting and repurposing travel content with influencers and making vacations clickable via social media.” To break this down further, consider Luxury Travel Hackers as a three-pronged venture — two of which being the way their content interfaces with...

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A Community of Artists

These Hands Maker’s Collective flourishes in new location By Katie Lulla These Hands Maker’s Collective is back to in-person classes with a permanent brick-and-mortar space at Pour Vida Art and Plant house on Lincoln Boulevard. Over the last year, Denise Ambrosi has not only adjusted to the pandemic but has made a thriving business that gives people the ability to make art. “(At the beginning of the pandemic), I just had to like stop and kind of regroup and think ‘people need this and I have to figure out a way to help them get it,’” Ambrosi said. “A lot of people have told me that taking my classes or being able to continue to be creative or even just having that community had really helped them through the pandemic. I’ve met so many artists and Makers, my students, since then, and I feel like this community has grown so much. These Hands Maker’s Collective was first started in 2019 and came from Ambrosi’s desire to form a creative community. Ambrosi looked for artists that she admired and rented art spaces for her classes. The workshops focus on giving Makers a foundation in art techniques. “That’s one of the main things that I tell my artists, I don’t want them to feel that someone is going to be stealing their work or learning how to do what they do,”...

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