Learn more about Scratch Academy LA Grad & YourShot USA 2015 Contestant, KRZA. She keeps the dance floor electric in nightclubs & bars around Los Angeles & Orange County. Her unique blends & energetic, music curations sure bring on the sexy & sassy vibes.
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In this ever expanding world of products deciding which ones are best for you and your family can be very challenging. As someone who is mindful of everything I put into and/or onto my body, I prefer knowing the product or medicine is of the highest quality. I read the ingredients and search for questionable things like added chemicals, most I cannot pronounce. I immediately become overwhelmed with an unsettling feeling of uncertainty that these chemicals will help heal me and may hurt me. Since I became more aware of the chemicals added into every non-organic lotion as well as the over-the-counter medicine I occasionally would take, I decided to seek for a more honest and health conscious way of healing my body with natural ingredients. Luckily, I had a close connection to some answers by Tasha Rein of Tasha Rose Remedies and decided to give her medicines a try. Tasha is very knowledgeable and more so inspirational in the way she is committed to helping others and herself live a well balanced and clean lifestyle connecting the mind, body, and spirit.
Tasha loves what she does and it shows in her work. Her passion comes from over a decade of experience and most recently her apprenticeship with Marysia Miernowska at The Gaia School of Healing and Earth Education. She spent over two years researching and learning about the power of plants. She fell in love with making medicine and integrated her plant based medicines into the business that is: Tasha Rose Remedies.
Tasha Rose Remedies
Fire Cider By TashaRose Remedies
Tasha moved to LA from Boston a little over 5 years ago with dreams of warmer weather and connecting with other like-minded people in the community. She has since jumped into the yogi world in Los Angeles and has been teaching and practicing yoga since 2003. She grew up with her mom, an artist, owning a small business and creating masterpieces through the love of the earth and making things valuable, useful and most importantly beautiful. Tasha began making jewelry with her mom as a young girl (another one of her hidden talents). Her mom’s inspirational life gave Tasha the confidence to begin her own small business and share her crafts – medicines – spirituality and connection with mother earth- with the community.
Tasha’s remedies are affordable, yummy and all organic. She produces many healing medicines like Fire Cider – made to strengthen the immune system against bacterial and viral infections. Each product is carefully crafted and made in small batches to ensure the the highest quality of product. Tasha believes in creating honest products safe enough for her own family and friends to indulge in, which they all do. Tasha says, “My favorite medicine to share with my friends is the cough syrups I make because they are so tasty and feel amazing when you have a sore throat! It is a thick consistency, it’s yummy, and is perfect for dry weather and scratchy throats”
In addition to making plant based medicine, Tasha offers Reiki sessions, yoga classes, and soon a baby line of herbal remedies. Her Reiki sessions are energy work paired with aromatherapy and she is located in Venice beach. She is even willing to make some house calls around Los Angeles. Meeting Tasha is like stepping into a very happy and zenful place. Her energy and warmth make her such a breeze to be around.
We chatted for a bit about the challenges and the benefits of having small businesses and finding the right time and place to do what you love. It can be very difficult but Tasha’s positivity and belief in her remedies make her a wonderful person to guide you to a happier and healthier you! She smiles, laughs, and says,
“This has been in the works
for too long – and it is time to start
sharing this passion
with everyone who is seeking a balance of
a healthy life and overall happiness.”
This year Tasha really felt inspired to begin to sell her products and share her medicines with a larger part of the community outside her immediate friend circle. As a supporter of small businesses and natural products she made the decision to package her very own. Tasha is currently finalizing her product labels and her product line, but is always accepting orders now and would love to hear from you and hear feedback for her next line.
“It is a way of life really. To be in tune with
nature and your mind, body, and your soul.
Actively working to balance everything.
Your internal energy and everything else
you may touch.” -Tasha describing Tasha Rose Remedies
Check out her website and see more about her products and services. She is so excited about her work and you will be too.
You don’t know sexy until you know Kelsea Polk, known to some as Alabama. The alias has nothing to do with the state but rather taken from the movie True Romanceand it’s character Alabama played by Patricia Arquette.
Why do I put Miss Polk up on a platform of sexy status? Well, this woman is genuine in her craft. She’s a professional pole dancer, stripper, teacher and co-creator of a burlesque showcase called Wicked Woman. She’s also a sister, a daughter and a friend. I have the pleasure to be one of her friends and give you some insight to a world you may be confused, intrigued, misinformed or simply just interested in.
For years our understanding of pole dancing has evolved. It’s not as commonly dismissed or judged as a low class act for fast money on the contrary, there are national and worldwide competitions that show off the athletics and artistry of what isn’t always just grinding of a pole to bad music. House wives are setting up poles in their living rooms to get fit while the kids are at school. I recently went to a bachelorette party and our stop was at a female strip club. A very confused guy came up to us and asked “Im just curious..why are you girls here?” I was confused myself by this question, “For the dancing of course!” I replied. Whether you are in it to get turned on or in it to be dazzled by the moves seems all types of us are enjoying this style of dance more and more.
“I never fit myself into a pole dancing box though and most of the women I dance with love the power pole side and the exotic side” She explains. Unfortunately, however with the trend growing comes some hypocrisy. Some women who only dance for fitness or only for their husbands or boyfriends on Valentines Day may also shame or look down on strippers. She refers to this as “Strip Culture Appropriation” She explains, “They’re wearing the heels and sexy outfit at the studio but slut shaming”. Kelsea embraces the roots of the craft and history of exotic pole dancing within strip clubs. She has no desire to put herself in a set category. She considers herself both a stripper and a pole dancer. Her current position at LA’s Cheetahs for the past 2 years is one where the dancers don’t get naked and can focus more on style, choreography and performance. She feels that this is one of the few blurred lines between “stripper” and “pole dancer” Getting naked or not.
In 2013 Kelsea started dancing at Ecdysiast, a pole studio in Porland, OR . It would be only a few months later that she would start to dance at strip club called Rose City Strip and another, DV8. The dancing gave her a sense of confidence, a confidence she saw in the women she admired and had previously watched on stage. “I was drawn to the idea of having a platform to be whatever you wanted to be without being judged”, she explains, “Confidence goes a long way” She now spreads this confidence herself in many ways.
When I or any of her friends tell her, “I wish I could do that” she’ll quickly say..”You CAN!, anyone can!” She believes all women can learn to be as talented and strong as her and gain the confidence she once did not have herself. She has begun teaching at Infit Dance in Woodland Hills. She found it to be a great way to think more about what was happening with her body and be able to explain it and break down the process. She teaches Exotic Pole, Lap Dance and Intro to Twerk.
Recently Kelsea and her friend, Noelle Bruno, started a burlesque showcase night called Wicked Woman. After practicing variations of arial together over the past 3 years they both wanted to create a new kind of strip club. They saw a need to create an environment with a vibe that was not only sexy but encompassed female empowerment hence Wicked Woman was born. The name came from brainstorming a variety of women in history that all went against the grain of society in some way, ‘Nasty Woman’ was already taken *wink. Kelsea feels the name resonates with that feeling of not fitting the mold society places on women. It’s a sexy, fun environment where she says she wants people to “..let their freak flags fly” but it’s also about creating a safe place for ladies to express themselves and step outside the norms that arial may usually dictate.
I was able to attend the Wicked Woman premiere event at Pour Vous in December and it lived up to all these ideals. The vibe of the bar is already both sexy and classy. A old french style decor with dim lighting and delicious cocktails. Kelsea also bartends at Por Vous so creating a specialty drink for the night is also part of the fun. The drinks get a creative, sometimes humorous, name which is an homage to the Wicked Woman of the month theme. The show is broken up into segments throughout the night mixed with pole dancing, burlesque, contortionist and ariel performances complete with a double arial finale show by the hosts themselves.
“I was very proud of the performers coming together and putting on a kick ass show” Kelsea says, describing her success from the first event
Wicked Woman Show December 2016
Kelsea on the pole
Do yourself a favor and step out of your average nightly hangs and enjoy a nice cocktail and an amazing show supporting talented women. Click here to find out how to experience the next Wicked Woman show.
Wicked Women is also a group page on Facebook where you can stay in the look about the events but also be a part of networking with other performers, hear about other events, gigs & more. Wicked Woman Artist Collective Group Page
Sometimes the things we at the Like Our Likes team likes to do is just spread some art around. My friend Craig Hubbard isn’t pursuing photography as a job, he’s not trying to sell you prints or bribe you to his next gallery show with a plastic cups filled with cheap wine but we think the pictures he’s taking are worth laying your eyes on.
Craig Hubbard photography
He started off as a motion graphic designer by trade but always incorporated photographs in his work.
His photos are action shots of surfers and skaters. “I’m a big surf enthusiast and former skater”, Craig says “Capturing epic moments in and out of the water really excites me”
Shots by Craig
If you own a magazine or a gallery and you want to help make Craig famous in his endeavors he’s all for it but in the meantime follow, like, support and take a peek at his work. You’ll love it.
It’s been a long time since I’ve shared any stories on all the amazing talented people I know but rest assured, more is coming. This page will be under construction as it becomes an online magazine, Like Our Likes. http://www.likeourlikes.com will still showcase various artists and events in the southern California area but with better quality photos, more articles and notifications on what you want to know about and more unique fun events to share. In the meantime find me on facebook where I often post and promote events you may like.www.facebook.com/DBAevents Love, Dawn B Alexander
“Me” in the sense that I am booking a night of music that I’m happy to announce is back for another round this spring and summer. Once again we can avoid that pesky weekend crowd in search of a good night of dancing and fun people. Pesky weekend crowd meaning that just turned 21 overly drunk, overly horny, selfie taking, bathroom puking, woo hooing before taking every single fireball shot kinda crowd. We can avoid it by enjoying a Thursday night listening to good diverse music with fun people. Forgive me if I sound judgemental but we all know that is what the weekends are like and rather than fight it, I avoid it and let everyone find happiness their own way. But what of the others left behind? Those that want to just have some drinks, take a shot with a simple “cheers!”, meet their pals on the dance floor and just want to move to the music until last call? Where can these people find solace? Thursdays at Main on Main 2941 Main St Santa Monica.
Sure Main is exactly all of those pesky things on the weekend complete with auto pilot style DJing for those only interested in hearing just the chorus and the hook of the very latest overly played Top 40 hits but find yourself there on a Thursday and you will be pleased to experience something better.
Thursdays are for the others.
DJs typically must play to fit the norm of what the general crowd wants but the DJs I book spin music they believe in and spend their personal time mixing with passion rather than simply hitting the play button. These DJs are inspired by the crowd dancing in front of them and the crowd dances inspired by the DJs.
<Sigh> what a beautiful thing.
Last spring/summer we featured a wide variety of DJs such as DJ ROD WADE, DJ COLECO, ROOM SERVICE (formally Fresh +Sunny), JUSTROC THE PARTY (break dance nights) CABRILLO & MC LOX, PIKEYS, ESO VENTURES & many others. They all filled the club with sounds in genres such as old-school and new school hip-hop, 80s/90s, Electro-Funk, Electronic, Nu-House & and all sorts of alternative dance.
This main street lounge becomes a cozy diverse place embracing a new vibe on a street desperate for something different. There is plenty to drink, plenty of space to dance and I’m sure you have plenty of friends to join you one of these nights coming up so join us for the kickoff night Thursday April 3rd with DJ COLECO. DJ EARCHUB will bring his “neo-vintage” electro-funk tunes on the 10th and then an exciting night on April 24th featuring several DJs from Scratch Academy Los Angeles, a fund-raiser event hosted by DJ MAASHA
So if you like to move your body to good music slip into your dance pants and join in. Check the calendar at www.mainonmain.com for information on the nights coming up.
Apologies to those unfortunate souls that have been in ear shot of my raucous cackle but I’m sorry, I LOVE to laugh. I adore and I am inspired by artistic and creative people which is what this blog is set to focus on but I almost forgot how much I gravitate towards those with good humor. I love hilarious, funny and witty folks. Where am I going with this? well not far from my home actually, I’m going to M.I Westside Comedy in Santa Monica.
I first visited this place in its humble beginnings a few years back to see a friends improv show when it had more of a stripped down, warehouse, ‘we’re still fixin’ this place up’ kinda vibe but finding myself there more recently for my friend Tim Harrington’s stand up during the stand up night, “Glory Hole” (which you should check out) I learned that the seating is better, the stage lighting and sound is good, the vibe is cozy and more importantly the bar is fully operational with bottles, drafts and wine. Laughs are just a bit better with a buzz, am I right? am I right? …anyway…
My friend and improv student herself, Liz, wanted to check out the local scene of improv acts so naturally being westsiders and not daring to cross the 405 for the more well-known comedy clubs we end up at this little spot and we have a blast.
I have seen several improv comedy teams and I am always so excited and nervous for them. My first anxious thought is “They don’t know what they are gonna do” but luckily I have seen some well trained people and I have never seen an act fail to get laughs especially not my new favorites, a group of guys that go by the name Bear Supply.
Bear Supply is a 5 man team consisting of Joey Greer, Jordan Bull, Shaun Boylan, James Heaney and Morgan Christensen performing a fast paced, long form improv show every 2nd and 4th Wednesday at Mi Westside Comedy. The name is weird, the guys are talented and the entire show experience is hilarious.
They are unique in that they perform with a DJ, Rafael Britto, queuing in appropriate sound effects and music. Their stage entrance is usually set to a hip hop song and is much like a pep rally on adderall involving several chest bumps and yelling at the audience which is still somehow appropriate to people sitting in rows with tiny tables in front of them but remember, the bar is open so it’s all good, everyone gets hyped. They start the set by asking one audience member for a simple noun, yes, just one person, place or thing and then we are off to see where this takes us. Hilarity always ensues and I laugh loud and a lot. I swear I’m not drunk (yet) it’s just a solid funny show. I have yet to notice
any lagging moments or have that awkward moment of checking my phone wondering “how long is this show?”, nope, usually it seems to end too soon. It’s clear these guys have worked together for years and that they love what they do.
I asked what sets them apart from other improv acts, Morgan Christensen credits their high energy.
“I would say Bear Supply is one of the only long form improv groups that you can put in front of a non-improv group and still have them (the audience) be on board.”
Christensen calls it “Frat-Prov, very testosterone driven”
I could try to recap the jokes and scenes that I have seen so far but nothing would compare to the experience. I would say if you’re looking for a different way to spend a night that doesn’t involve checking out yet another new gastropub or you’re not in the mood for the movies but want to be entertained, check out this club. There are various shows including stand-up and sketch. Mostly check out Bear Supply because I like them and you will too.www.westsidecomedy.com/enhancedCalendar.cfm
Sure we swoon over Barry White’s deep vocals to Justin Timberlake’s tenor tongue and Marvin Gaye goes without saying but sadly some of this is just too cliche and not the tunes your gonna turn on to charm your lady or treat your boyfriend to during your “look what I learned at pole dance class” session but I find the songs that get my panties in a bunch are the ones that make me dance, paint a sensual picture in my mind and just make me want to have some crazy fun.
I put this together awhile back so I’m sure I’m missing some newer fun stuff so perhaps a part 2 but for now enjoy these random examples of what I like.
Dawns top 10 random sexiest songs
10. Edge of The world- Faith No More (1989)
Albeit a tad creepy with lyrical hints of an older man hitting on a younger girl this tune has a piano lounge vibe so not what you wouldn’t expect from these guys.
7. Everybody Here Wants You- Jeff Buckley (1998)
He’s the sexiest dead man I know. This track is so different from his usual sound being more R&B infused with his sexy vocals.
6. Sing It Back- Moloko (1999)
I heard this song randomly on a mix years ago so I don’t know much about the band but I enjoy singer, Roison Murhpy’s sexy take on being submissive in this slow electro pop tune.
5. Harder-PJ Harvey (The Harder B sides 1995-2001)
Yea, she made my list twice. My favorite loud mouth rocker chick opens this hard rock song with “Oh my, my mans up all night, works me ’til I moan”..you figure it out.
4. Nasty Girl- Vanity 6 (1982)
If you know me, you know this is my dance jam! This song was written by Prince and it’s fun and sexy as hell She is just a nasty girl living in her own nasty world, don’t judge her.
3. I Want Your Hands on Me- Sinead O’Conner (1988)
That’s right, even Sinead can get sexy. This track is sexy and danceable. Her passionate vocals repeat “put ’em on, put ’em on put on me” and your hypnotized.
2. Howl- Florence and the Machine (2009)
This one may make a girl seem crazy as it’s about her physical need for a man turning her into a crazy animal but with lines like “my fingers claw your skin, try to tear my way in” I will classify this passionate mess as sexy.