A Little Bird


Conquer your 2024 to-do list now. If you can't make our free seminar on long-term care, schedule a free one-on-one consultation with Jane and Meredith now. Long-term-care? Check!

ISSUE 16 January 17, 2024

*Investment advisory services are provided through Motiv8 Investments, LLC. Insurance products and services are provided through Coast to Coast Financial Planning, LLC, an individually licensed insurance agent.


This is the time of year for resolutions and fresh starts. That’s why we want you to meet our friends Jane Bourette and Meredith Pensack, a pair of financial planning pros with a three-word mantra: DO IT NOW.  

Jane, founder of Coast to Coast Financial Planning, does all the usual money stuff — investments, retirement strategies, estate tax planning — but she’s practically evangelical about the importance of long-term-care insurance. And that’s where her pal Meredith Pensack comes in.   

Early in her career, Meredith had to coordinate long-term care for an uninsured family member and it was a nightmare. The experience prompted her to invest in a policy for herself and to become a long-term-care specialist, offering tailored LTC insurance solutions to others.  

Do it now and forget about it. One more thing checked off your 2024 to-do list!

ISSUE 15 January 10, 2024

*Investment advisory services are provided through Motiv8 Investments, LLC. Insurance products and services are provided through Coast to Coast Financial Planning, LLC, an individually licensed insurance agent.


Whether you’re just looking to maintain your holiday buzz or preparing to ring in the new year with that just-right bottle of bubbles, we recommend a visit to Jill Bernheimer at Domaine LA. 

Bernheimer, a recovering film producer, turned her love of vino into a vocation in 2009 by opening a boutique bottle shop designed to highlight small producers and growers devoted to hands-on wine making. The result? Her small shop has become one of the most influential and low-key wine purveyors in the country.  

Holding fast to her motto of “more wine, less attitude,” Bernheimer and her staff educate customers with weekly tastings and a monthly wine club. But best of all, they believe that great wine doesn’t have to come with a giant price tag. Sure, they stock some sought-after foreign vintages, but also feature a “Wall of Affordable Deliciousness” with top picks under $15. No matter your taste or budget, you’ll find something to keep spirits bright!


ISSUE 14 December 27, 2023


Ever wonder what happens to T-shirts too tattered for Goodwill, jeans beyond patching, or bolts of upholstery in patterns no longer fashionable?  

Well, wonder no more. Since 2017 more than 250 tons of textile waste have been diverted from L.A. County landfills by the small-but-mighty sisterhood behind Suay (pronounced Sway) Sew Shop in East L.A., where founders Lindsay Rose Medoff and Tina Dosewell, along with production manager Silvia Acevedo, have created a sustainable movement focused on fashion, function, and garment workers’ rights.

Here’s how it works: The Suay team rescues fabric destined for landfills, then re-purposes it to create new items like quilts, jackets, throw pillows, placemats and pretty much anything else made from cloth. 

And not only are Suay garments good for the planet, they’re stylish, too. So give the gift of green fashion this season https://suayla.com

ISSUE 13 December 14, 2023


As Thanksgiving approaches, thoughts turn to food, family, and entertaining. But at boutique cooking school ABUNDANCE + COMPANY, those things are always top of mind.  

Best friends Claudine Watt, a classically trained chef, and flavor-and-styling expert Dana Kohler founded ABUNDANCE + COMPANY as a different kind of cooking school, part culinary classroom and part garden party. 

It works like this: Small groups (up to 10) convene at a charming private home in Santa Monica. After coffee, scones and chitchat, the fun and the learning begin. Harnessing the abundance of fresh Southern California ingredients, Watt and Kohler guide the group in creating a complete party — from market, to menu, to food prep, to wine. Everybody cooks. And then, everybody eats, enjoying the fruits of their labors together beneath the California sun.  

It’s a perfect group activity for a birthday, bridesmaids’ luncheon, or corporate event. A DIY luncheon party that guests can then re-create at home.  

 Click here to learn more https://www.abundanceandco.com


ISSUE 12 November 16, 2023


When Santa Monica resident Azi Rasson’s children began to fly the nest, she — like so many others in her position — found herself asking, “What now?” For inspiration as to the way forward, she looked back, way back to her childhood when one of her greatest joys was playing with treasures from her mother’s jewelry box. 


Azi always loved vintage charms, and when she began mixing and matching old baubles with new chains, voila! — from a past passion, she forged her future in jewelry design. 


Since 2018, Azi’s been designing, hand-crafting and selling timeless, one-of-a-kind pieces from her online shop where a portion of her proceeds benefit another passion: Local animal-welfare charities. Her favorite part of her new life? When clients become friends.  


Use code WHTNOW at https://azirasson.com for 20% off. 


ISSUE 11 October 26, 2023


 More like, “Pickleball, everyone!” 

According to Sports & Fitness Association, pickeball — a mash-up between tennis and ping pong — is the fastest growing sport in the nation. Between August 2021 and August 2022, 14% of adult Americans (that’s 36.5 million people!) played pickleball at least once.  

Why? It’s great exercise, easy to learn, and people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds can play. Jessica Improta, a former Princeton tennis player who’s now a part-time pickleball teaching pro at the Santa Monica Pickleball Center, says the game is “easy to learn, but hard to master. And it’s fun. You won’t go to the court without hearing people laughing and having a good time.” Plus, there’s something hypnotic about the sound of the pickle paddle meeting the ball. 

So what are you waiting for? Click LINK and use code WHTNOW for 10% off your first clinic or lesson.

ISSUE 10 October 04, 2023


 Meet Hollywood costumer/designer Karla Stevens Flannigan, the serial entrepreneur behind luxury candle and lifestyle brand Hollywood & Maine. When not busy in Los Angeles running the wardrobe departments for hit television shows Bob Hearts Abishola and Call Me Kat, Karla runs a cottage industry making candles in Kittery Point, Maine.  

Inspired by her life on both coasts, Karla’s created candle fragrances that capture the laid back vibe of sunny California and the majesty of Maine. West Coast scents include Malibu’s Endless Summer, redolent of surf, sand and salt air, while East Coast aromas like Snowy Owl Magic evoke memories of a winter walk in the woods.  

 Karla’s take on regionally inspired luxury also includes a line of bespoke accessories such as sea bags, cabana towels, and bucket hats emblazoned with Hollywood’s palm tree and Maine’s iconic pine.  

Use code WHTNOW for 15% off your first order.

ISSUE 9 September 6, 2023


The hottest summer on record got you down? Try catching a wave with Ventura-based surf sensei 

Mary Osborne.  

After gaining fame as the winner of MTV’s “Surf Girls,” competitive long-boarder Osborne travelled the world winning titles and shredding the gnar. These days you’ll find her balancing her duties as an environmental activist and mother with introducing newbies (or “groms” in surf lingo) to the transcendent joy of catching a wave.   

In addition to organizing surf vacations to exotic locales, Osborne teaches private and group lessons at Mondos Beach in Ventura which she calls “California’s Waikiki.” From bridesmaids’ surf weekends to her annual Mother’s Day Surf and Brunch, Osborne takes special pride in getting women of all ages into the sport. Her youngest student to date hadn’t yet mastered potty training and her oldest remembered the end of World War II. 

No matter your age or how hot the weather, surfing is always cool. Use code WHTNOW for 10% off your first lesson.


ISSUE 8 August 9, 2023


Ever wonder why it took so long for beer to be marketed to women? Imagine the commercial: A woman in the delivery room sweating and pushing for hours to deliver a baby, and when she’s done? A kindly nurse pops open a cold one and says, “Mama, this Bud’s for you.”  

According to Lynne Weaver, founder and CEO of Three Weavers craft brewery in Los Angeles (technically Inglewood), women have always been beer drinkers, but in recent years have become more vocal about their presence. In fact, historically speaking the first brewers were female.  

Named for Lynne’s three daughters, Three Weavers makes a variety of highly quaffable summertime brews (try the Seafarer lager!) available in retail stores but best enjoyed at the Three Weavers brewery and beer garden after a day at the beach. 

Mention WHTNOW for 10% off a perfectly crafted cold one. 

ISSUE 7 July 25, 2023


When comedian Julie Lofrano was just starting out in show business in her mid 20s, someone advised that she should never reveal her age. Think about that, Julie says now: “Even when I was young I was basically told I was already too old.” 

“I’m old enough to work, vote, drink, and rent a car. Anything beyond that isn’t about age.” It’s about stereotyping. When people ask your age, they should be asking about your experience. And Julie’s is vast. And funny.  

Her standup skewers relatable topics ranging from online dating (“There’s a 50% chance you’ll get murdered, but if you do they’ll make a Lifetime movie about you so it’s a win win.”), to being a single gal with a dog (Or as Julie calls it, “Giving up.”).

These days when someone asks Julie’s age, she says: “I’m older than Princess Kate but younger than the late Queen.” In other words, a fully adult woman doing her best to enjoy the sweet spot between puberty and death. 

Catch Julie and friends at The Comedy Store on Sunset on Fridays for laughs born of experience.

ISSUE 6 July 6, 2023


The shimmery trees that make Aspen beautiful can do the same for you. Really.   


A proprietary complex derived from the bark of the humble aspen tree has for centuries provided an antidote to aging skin.  


Borrowing from the traditions of Colorado’s indigenous people, Aspenite Karina Marconi, the founder of ANTEDOTUM, has formulated a line of minimalist serums, oils, and creams for those too busy for fussy beauty routines.  


From the Essential Daily Sunscreen to the Elixir Firming Serum, all Antedotum products rely on minimal ingredients to deliver maximum results — ideal protection and renewal for modern life. 


Get your own antidote to troubled skin at ANTEDOTUM. Use code WHTNOW for 10% off.   

And head over to @whtnowinc on Instagram for a special Antedotum giveaway.

ISSUE 5 June 21, 2023

Vintage x Two

Fashion, like a fine wine, only gets better with time. Hence, DIVINE VINTAGE in Santa Monica, a jackpot of perfectly aged items to drink and wear.  

Restaurateur Jenny Rush, the mastermind behind the Blue Plate seafood venues and The Divine Pasta Company, combined a family passion for recycled fashion with her partner Nick Dumergue’s genius for wine to create the ultimate vintage shopping destination.  

Everything is carefully curated. Rush grew up browsing the vintage clothing shops of San Diego, a tradition she continues with her daughters today. A seasoned sartorial treasure hunter, she personally selects the wearable items in the shop with an eye for craftsmanship and authenticity. While Dumergue scours the globe for interesting, often under-the-radar wines. 

Rush’s favorite fashion era? The 1970s of her youth.  

Favorite vintage designer? Gucci, of course.   

What she’s drinking now? Pigato and Ceretto Blanche, two reasonably-priced, summer potable Ligurian whites. 

Find your vintage at Divine Vintage

ISSUE 4 June 9, 2023


Susan Wicks comes from a family of baymen, boat builders, sea captains and the occasional rumrunner. After a Hall of Fame basketball career and stint as a sports ambassador for the U.S. State Department, Sue came home to Long Island to grow oysters. 

You read that right: The former standout forward with the New York Liberty now happily spends her days raising sustainably grown Violet Cove Oysters on an idyllic aquatic farm.  

And get this: Sue’s Violet Cove Oysters can be shipped directly from the farm, to you. Order a couple of dozen today and they’ll be at your door tomorrow, packed fresh from the sea. Pop open a bottle of rose to wash them down for an instant summer party. 

Use code WHTNOW to score a free oyster knife and shucking instructions with your first order.

Click. Shuck. Savor the sea.

ISSUE 3 May 23, 2023


On the island of Nantucket, baskets are a thing. And not a new thing.


In the second half of the nineteenth century, the U.S. government deployed lightships — essentially floating lighthouses — to mark dangerous waters off Cape Cod. Not too surprisingly, the seamen manning these vessels found themselves with lots of downtime. To fill the hours, they began weaving distinctive rattan baskets which they then sold in island shops once they returned to shore. Learn more here.

Pretty soon, the government got wise to the sailors’ side hustle and put the kibosh on ship-board weaving. So the making of lightship baskets returned to shore, where it continues to thrive today thanks to island artisans like Christina Rose Manca. Combining her passion for Nantucket and all things crafty, Christina founded The Manca Studio where she makes lightship basket purses, furniture, and lighting with a distinctly modern vibe.  

Take a classic Nantucket lightship basket, add a vintage Hermes or Pucci scarf, maybe some faux fur and tassels and voila — your handbag is a work of art.  

Click here and use the code WHTNOW for 5% off your purchase

ISSUE 2 May 16, 2023


Got dirt? If so, you can farm. Just ask Lauri Kranz, the garden guru behind 

Edible Gardens L.A. 

Singer-songwriter Kranz came to gardening almost by accident. When her son’s kindergarten asked for parent volunteers to oversee the student garden, Kranz answered the call. Pretty soon, she was hooked. And oh how her garden grew! 

Impressed by the bounty of the school’s harvest, fellow parents soon began asking Kranz for help setting up their own vegetable plots and Edible Gardens L.A. was born.   

In addition to creating gardens for schools, restaurants, and private clients, Kranz and her husband and partner Dean Kuipers immersed themselves in the area farming community. When the pandemic shut down local farmers’ markets, Kranz and Kuipers came to the growers’ rescue, shuttling fresh produce directly from the farms to buyers’ homes.  

Next, as interest in urban farming continued to bloom, Kranz and Kuipers shared their horticultural secrets in a book, A Garden Can be Anywhere

And now, they’ve opened a brick-and-mortar HQ, the Edible Gardens LA Home Farm Shop to empower people to make healthier choices and seek out new avenues of beauty in their lives. 

ISSUE 1 May 5, 2023