OUT ON THE TOWN: Brunch, Boots, and Bites

by Hiko Mitsuzuka (@TheFirstEcho)

“You’d show up to the opening of an envelope.”

This is something I’ve been told whenever I respond to friends’ questions about my social calendar. (It also happens to be a lyric from “Dignity,” one of my favorite Hilary Duff songs.) And autumn in Los Angeles is proving to be a season jam-packed with events that are keeping us busy day in and day out.


The “early morning dance movement” known as Daybreaker recently celebrated its 4th anniversary with a killer dance party in Santa Monica that included a guided yoga session, DJs, and a slew of musical guests. Guests enjoyed coffee, kombucha, organic snacks, and a special copy of Daybreaker Co-founder Radha Agrawal‘s Belong, a wonderful new book that discusses the importance of community.

This being our first Daybreaker, we didn’t quite know what to expect. We arrived before the sun came up (gotta love that Santa Monica marine layer) and were immediately greeted with a warm welcome. The party was a fantastic jolt, filled with adrenaline-pumping tunes and beautiful vibes. (Imagine being sober at a mini-rave in a nightclub before commuting to work — everyone should try it.) Some attendees even dressed for the occasion in Burning Man-esque outfits with a dash of glitter in the air.


Over in Venice, Captain Morgan himself hosted a happy hour to celebrate the arrival of his new lip-smacking Apple Smash, just in time for the fall weather.

The festivities took place at James’ Beach where guests sipped on specialty cocktails (we loved the Ginger Apple Smash) munched on grilled cheese bites, chicken skewers, and teriyaki meatballs, and goofed off at the photo booth with complimentary tees. The Captain and his Morganettes also brought some fun in the form of prizes and unique shot glasses for guests to enjoy the new apple-flavored rum.

Vanessa Hudgens wore the Loma Over-the-Knee Boot in Black


UGG hosted an exclusive event to celebrate its 40th anniversary and global brand campaign on October 4th at the iconic Chateau Marmont on the Sunset Strip. Celebrating the brand’s past and future, the event featured musical performances by H.E.R.Cherry Glazerr and Heron Preston, and included art installations by Gianni Lee and Cleo Wade.

The brand also announced the launch of its global anniversary campaign, “UGG: 40 Years”, to celebrate its deep-rooted California heritage over the last four decades.

The brand, which started as a men’s surf brand in 1978, has transcended over the past forty years into a fashion industry authority. After H.E.R. performed, she announced her role as the new UGG brand ambassador and star in the brand’s Autumn/Winter 2019 campaign.

Lucky guests also had the chance to receive free anniversary tote bags with T-shirts and boots featuring custom artwork by Gianni Lee and Cleo Wade.


Saturdays in Los Feliz just got a lot more fabulous — thanks to Ross Mathews and his weekly brunch event at Rockwell Table & Stage, specially curated and featuring top drag queens from the Emmy-winning RuPaul’s Drag Race in a unique and interactive experience that’ll rival all other L.A. brunches.
Bringing his signature bubbly charm and charisma to the Rockwell stage, Ross presides over the festivities, wrangling the queens, and entertaining audiences as they sip on Rockwell’s expertly crafted cocktails and, of course, mimosas. “I make a living judging drag queens,” Mathews says, “and now I want to give back by putting them to work, using champagne to lure in my favorite queens…I want to create the brunch that I would want to go to — and to share it with all of my friends and fans from L.A. and around the globe!” A full-price ticket gets guests a mimosa as soon as they step in the door. And on top of all the fun, there’s a “lip sync for your drink” contest, in which guests will take on the iconic “lip sync for your life” challenge and duke it out for a free cocktail.
Consider us signed up! (Tickets: ​http://rockwell-la.com)

About The Author

Hiko Mitsuzuka
Entertainment Editor-at-Large

Hiko Mitsuzuka is a self-proclaimed pop culture connoisseur who resides in L.A. and obsesses over songs months before everyone else obsesses over them. He has worked in TV and commercial production ever since he left his native New York in the early 00s. He has worked at the world-renowned Anonymous Content and Carsey-Werner and freelanced as a treatment writer for award-winning directors as well as a contributing writer for 'Instinct.' In addition to writing about entertainment and travel for 'Bello,' Hiko can currently be seen in the roles of Manager of Creative Planning at Stun Creative (PromaxBDA's North America Agency of the Year, 2013, 2014, 2017), film critic for ScreenPicks.com, and contributor for The Huffington Post. He's also currently working on the novel 'Slasher Movie Girl.' His obsessions include quoting old sitcom dialogue and stalking people on Instagram. His vices include chocolate chip cookies and movie theater popcorn. Tweet him @TheFirstEcho.

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