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Nick Shattuck

Beach City Life Style - Nick Shattuck

Growing up in the South Bay and being able to spend every summer enjoying the beaches literally from sun up to sun down, one can take for granted this lifestyle. When you meet someone who would pack up everything they own leaving their family and everything they've known behind just to live the beach-city life and pursue their dreams, it's important to recognize the magnitude of that.  It's a realization of being fortunate enough to have grown up in a place others dream about living, but also sheds light on the perserverance on one's part to make the decision to leave home and find their way in an unknown place. Nick Shattuck did just that when he left his small town in Wisconsin. "I think I always had an urge to leave," is what he told me after I asked him about making that decision. After falling in love with Southern California and continuing on his path of singer/songwriter, he knew this was the place he wanted to settle. Read more about Nick Shattuck

Neena Creates

Beach City Life Style - Neena Creates

Penelope Valencia creates inspired designs with words and phrases that remind us about all the good things in life. Printing on soft fabrics using a hand crafted technique, her end product is whimsical and beautiful like the life that inspires her creations. We caught up with Penelope and found out a little more about what's behind artful technique and way of thinking.

 Introduce yourself to our readers and explain a little bit about your business

Hello! My name is Penelope and I'm a hopeless romantic, daydreamer, Jane Austen devotee, and all around book nerd living in Redondo Beach. I uniquely hand print/paint clothing and accessories using a homemade silk screen Read more about Neena Creates


Beach City Life Style - RADDISH

Recently we were looking for unique gift items for kids and came across this amazing company RADDISH. Owner and creator Samantha Barnes believes learning to cook as a child inspires a lifelong pursuit of healthful eating, and that meals made together always taste better! She is passionate about teaching kids to cook, and encouraging families to eat together. Since 2006 Samantha has been in the business of finding ways to get kids more involved with what they eat. She started  Kitchen Kid which is the premier mobile culinary school for kids and families in the Los Angeles area. KItchen Kid offers things like in-home lessons and birthday parties, after-school enrichment classes in 30 schools, and deliciously fun summer camps. Read more about RADDISH

4 charities we love

Beach City Life Style - 4 charities we love

The South Bay of So Cal is a giving population with many wonderful charities and organizations that were begun by locals to serve and fill a need. These are just 4 of the many special groups that we're listing today, and we know there are so many more that constantly need help, volunteers, and support: 

Surfrider Foundation whose mission is is the protection and enjoyment of oceans, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network. Started by 3 people in Malibu 25 years ago, Surfrider Foundation is near and dear to Southern Californians and beach lovers alike. They have many programs and campaigns including local chapters to get involved in and help educate about ocean health and the wildlife it houses, conservation, and preserving natural reefs and surf spots from disappearing, plus so much more! Read more about 4 charities we love

Good Gab- Laura Hooper Calligraphy

Beach City Life Style - calligraphy

We have so many creatives from the Beach Cities. One of them  is Laura Hooper-Leader, whose passion for lettering and calligraphy began at age 12. Since then, Laura has worked with countless brides and grooms on their wedding invitations and stationery.  Her art of lettering is also well published in many wedding magazines and publications. We got a chance to gab a bit with Laura and find out a little more about her business.

Please introduce yourself to our readers and explain a little bit about your business.

Hi! I’m Laura Hooper-Leader and I own Laura Hooper Calligraphy. I have been in business for over 12 years working with brides, wedding planners and various clients looking to give their entertaining a special touch of hand-written calligraphy.

Specifically, what do you make or do? Read more about Good Gab- Laura Hooper Calligraphy

Nicole Leigh of Left Beach Fotos

Beach City Life Style - Nicole Leigh of Left Beach Photos

As residents of the beach cities, we can sometimes take the ocean that's right outside our door for granted. Nicole Leigh of Left Beach Fotos has a local business which brings the beach to everyone and creates lifelong personal memories with her photographs. We dropped in on Nicole to see first hand how she creates and to ask her a little bit about what she does and how she stays inspired. 

Please introduce yourself to our readers and explain a little bit about your business-
My name is Nicole Leigh and I am the owner and artistic photographer of left.beach.fotos.
Taking the natural beauty of the ocean, a lifelong love for the beach, a creative eye for photography and an ambitious spirit, these things were the foundation for how my business was built. Read more about Nicole Leigh of Left Beach Fotos

Bikinis, Covers, and Bettinis

Beach City Life Style - Bikinis, Covers, and Bettinis

Bikinis are the talk of the nation as of late with the presentation of the 50th anniversary SI cover. We couldn't let the opportunity pass without mentioning that the winning cover shot has one of the models (Chrissy Teigen) wearing our friend Bettina's creation! We featured Bettinis Bikinis here a couple years ago and they still remain a best selling swimsuit line. We're so proud of South Bay local, Bettina Bell, and all her success!



{SI cover shot by James Macari for Sports Illustrated/photo used w/out permission} Read more about Bikinis, Covers, and Bettinis

Savvy Girl: Brittany Deal

Beach City Life Style - Savvy Girl: Brittany Deal

"In 2010 I took a leave of absence to get perspective. My time in Bolivia was part of this four month sabbatical where I searched for perspective and meaning in life, and ended up finding Savvy Girl.   I came back to Los Angeles after the sabbatical and worked in the same job for another year while I planned out Savvy Girl. I read everything I could find, I filled up notebooks with ideas, I took classes, and I dreamed." Read more about Savvy Girl: Brittany Deal

Good Gab: Liza Theval of Jiwa by LTheval

Beach City Life Style - Good Gab: Liza

January has come and gone, and can you even remember your New Year’s resolutions? Sometimes we need a boost to stay on track and that’s where jewelry comes in. Yes… jewelry. Depending on the stones you wear, many believe you can promote different energies. Even if you aren’t into them for their energetic benefits, they sure are pretty to wear. And that itself can give you some good energy.

We talked with local artisan Liza Theval about her line of jewelry Jiwa by L Theval that incorporates different stones for different energies. On top of making a creative line of jewelry she can also be found running Redondo Beach’s Dominique’s Kitchen with her husband Chef Dominique. She’s got a lot on her plate and the energy to do it, so she just might be on to something!

BCLS: How did you get into making jewelry? Read more about Good Gab: Liza Theval of Jiwa by LTheval

In the Garden with Linda Ly of Garden Betty

Beach City Life Style - In the Garden with Linda Ly of Garden Betty


Fascinating, adventurous, adorable, and filled with so much knowlegable about so many things, are how I would describe Garden Betty a blog by Linda Ly that I can't get enough of. I was so intrigued by it that I reached out to Linda and asked her if I could come see what this garden is all about. Not surprising by any means, she was warm and welcoming as she opened the door to her little piece of heaven. I was amazed that such a property (10,000 sq ft lot) still existed in our area of So Cal. So, I wanted to know every detail about how she became "Garden Betty." Read more about In the Garden with Linda Ly of Garden Betty