The revolution that is SoulCycle scooped up Hollywood hottie Nick Pratley and planted him in New York City two years ago. We were sad to see our friend go, but now HIH is happy to have him back in Los Angeles where he is leading the pack at the latest and greatest SoulCycle studio (in Beverly Hills). It's number 20 for the ever-expanding and popular SoulCycle franchise -- and the fourth in L.A.
With up to 60 studios set to open by 2016, this fitness giant is changing the face of indoor cycling, and with Nick Pratley (pictured, right) as one of its top instructors, it's sure to maintain its position as a leading brand for years to come.
With over a decade of experience in the health and wellness arena, Pratley continues to inspire and motivate, and he has a gift when it comes to showing people their "inner rockstar or warrior." We took Nick's class pre-SoulCycle and post-SoulCycle and found that he kept the essence of who he is, added some soulful dance and sexy moves, and has taken things to a whole new level.
Pratley says, "I think people want to dance, want to have fun. It's the dance that allows people to feel free on the bike. You get a whole studio of people feeling freedom and joy in their workout. The energy blows the roof off."
We can attest to that!
"How we show up on the bike isnt just how we show up in life. It IS our life. We dance for freedom, we breathe for power, we ride for soul. Every part of the ride represents something in life. You can see life change, and you refine your ride. I see people lives changing everyday. I have the best job in the world."
We are glad to have you back, Nick.
Get yourself to SoulCycle and take a trip to Planet Pratley!
Thursday night saw the unveiling of the Top 12 on NBC's The Voice, and after the live broadcast, we were lucky enough to join the contestants and celeb judges (Xtina! Adam! CeeLo! Blake!) at a private party at Boulevard3 on Sunset.
Before the talented bunch of competitive singers took to the stage, Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine, CeeLo Green, and a tipsy Blake Shelton (he admitted it before strumming his guitar) performed some rockin' renditions of "I Love Rock and Roll" and "Crazy."
Christina, wearing a gray T-shirt that read "Cray" looked cute in a petite jacket (the girl looks goooood -- like 2001 good). Which begs the questions: What regimen is she on?
Unfortunately, Voice host Carson Daly was nowhere to be seen, but Valentine, everyone's favorite DJ from 104.3 myFM, emceed the festivities. Our favorite of the night though? Tessanne Chin (below, right), who blew us away (or maybe it was the three mojitos we were nursing at the open bar right below the stage).
I recently attended the Palm Springs Cinema Diverse Film Festival where my film, Big Gay Love, was selected to play at the festival...and received the Festival Favorite Film Award!
Joined by HIH's very own Hiko Mitsuzuka, we hit up several local spots that should be on everyone's PS Must List...
Brunch: Jake’s Restaurant(664 N Palm Canyon Dr.)
The best brunch place. Hands down. The Stand-Out: the BLT Bloody Marys (with bacon-infused vodka). Favorites: the “Eggs in Purgatory”: sunny side up over a bed of baked tomatoes, cheese, olives and sausage served with potatoes and fruit...and “The Lobster Po-Boy," their version of a lobster roll with generous heaps of lobster inside a brioche bun. To. Die. For.
Dinner: Wang’s in the Desert (424 S Indian Canyon Dr.)
This place has the mid-century modern American Chinese kitsch you’d expect in a place like PS. We had a table for 8, and the hostess was very rude and unaccommodating. The food was oily and bland. But if the company is fun, you’re fine. Redemptive are the $5 Mai Tais they had during dinner.
Most of the time I love Ma-and-Pa restaurants. A little divey and a little disorganized I’m fine with. But when they have Western restaurant prices, I expect my bowl of pho not to be the size of a rice bowl. That’s just plain wrong. Size-wise, their mediums are really small, and their larges are really regular.
Comfort Food: Sherman’s Deli & Bakery (401 E Tahquitz Canyon Way)
Across from the famed Renaissance Hotel is a Jewish deli. Who knew? What I love about this place is the American-style hospitality. And the portions are generous! I ordered matzoh ball soup, and it was huge! I couldn’t eat anything else afterward. Their bakery also has a wide selection from lemon bars to blintzes.
Dessert: Over the Rainbow (1775 E Palm Canyon Rd Ste 150)
I’m a sucker for red velvet cake -- or any cake for that matter -- and this place delivers. It’s so moist and without being oily, I don’t know how they do it. Next time I must come back for their bacon and pancake cupcakes!
Caffeine Break: Koffi (515 N Palm Canyon Dr.)
The aromas are so powerful here you can easily get a contact buzz. A regular cup of Joe will wake you up...And hands down the best getaway place in town to do a little writing.
And then there were our accomodations...
Renaissance Hotel (888 E Tahquitz Canyon Way)
The rooms are luxurious, and the pool is endless. No wonder: they hold the annual White Party here. Off season or during the film festival, it’s a perfect palce to have a drink on the porch with friends and catch up. The prices? Pretty decent.
Triangle Inn (555 San Lorenzo Rd.)
Clothing optional + gay men = trouble? If you’re looking for a relaxing time and a chance to do your own thing, this place is a piece of old-school Palm Springs that’s not to be missed. The owner is also one of the festival organizers for the Palm Springs LGBT Film Festival (filmmakers, get friendly).
The iconic musician and one of the hottest actors from the UK were on hand for a presentation promoting Rocketman, a new musical based on Elton's discography (prinicipal photography starting next year).
We recently dug up some footage from last year's Comic Con in San Diego...and look who we found! It's Scandal's very own Guillermo Diaz working the red (er, black) carpet for The Walking Dead's 100th Issue Party.
Had we been caught up on Olivia Pope & Associates like we are now, we definitely would've had a major nerdgasm back then. If only...[sigh].
Check out what Huck, er Guillermo, had to say about his first Comic Con experience (and why we're looking forward to running into him again):
Two beachside cocktails, one champagne brunch, and several more cocktails later, it was time to check out Rihanna along with 18,000 other fans for a Saturday night we'll never forget (it was her first trip to the DR...and our favorite moment? Her medley of dance hits and, of course, an encore that included "Stay" and "Diamonds").
Coming off the moderate success of this summer's "American Girl," pop singer-songwriter Bonnie McKee has unleashed her second single (and video), "Sleepwalker."
It's one of those mini-movies in which Bonnie and a fellow gal pal party til the break of dawn -- only to discover that everyone around them is turning into bloodthirsty zombies. It's The Walking Dead in The Hills! The song is a slick piece of electro-pop trash, but yes, the video itself will have a hard time escaping the inevitable "Thriller" comparisons (even the opening credits and cliffhanger ending seem a little too familiar). Don't worry though, these zombies don't come fully equipped with any choreography.
Still, it's quite fitting now that we're 2 weeks away from Halloween...
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