The Best of Pasadena in March and April 2022

The best places to go and things to buy in and around Pasadena

Live Well

Found along shelves at Anthropologie, J.Crew, Madewell, Neiman Marcus, and Ojai Valley Inn, Bodewell Living’s fragrant candles are inspired by L.A.-based founder Effie Tanji’s memories—from her childhood in rural Pennsylvania to summers in Greece. Rooted in an eco-conscious and philanthropic ethos, the candles are made with all-natural soy wax, lead-free cotton wicks, and dynamic synthetic fragrances—free of phthalates and synthetic musks.

Bodewell Living recently released its Pastel Collection to raise money for the Los Angeles LGBT Center. The collection includes five dynamic scents—Tender, Noble, Radiant, Human, and Bold—that represent positivity and hope for humankind and are intended to push us forward, give us strength, and remind us to see the good in others.
From $42

Best Brows

Put down the tweezers and finally achieve the brows you wish you were born with. In September 2021, certified microblading technician Selena Dailey opened LA MicroBrow in Pasadena’s Burlington Arcade and has quickly become a go-to destination for those seeking natural, full-figured eyebrows that can last up to two years. Microblading, a semi-permanent enhancement that gently fades over time, mimics an eyebrow hair through small incisions made with a microblade.

Nervous about going under the blade? No need—Dailey numbs the area for a pain-free procedure and uses top-quality disposable microblades to keep everything sanitary and safe.
From $600

Shop Small

Inspired by the intention of creating something meaningful to impact society in a positive way, Burbank resident Lisa Allen founded Good Spark, an ethical online marketplace that bridges the gap between handmade creativity and consumerism. The brand offers small-batch, sustainably sourced goods handmade by independent brands in the U.S.

For a chic, eco-friendly storage solution for farmers market produce, books, toys, odds and ends, and everything in between, Good Spark stocks Creative Sacs, handmade in Los Angeles from a consciously sourced textile fabric of blended recycled polyester felts and lightweight virgin pulp fibers created through cultivation, not deforestation, so your space can look good while you do good.
From $24 

Sustainable Snacking

Sun & Swell

California-based Sun & Swell makes delicious and sustainable snacks that are better for people and the planet—over 75% of products come in compostable packaging and the family-owned company offers eco-friendly, carbon-neutral shipping. Sun & Swell makes everything with organic, plant-based ingredients that are free from added sugars, preservatives, and flavors, and prioritizes sourcing from U.S. farms, close to home.

For the ultimate guilt-free indulgence, Sun & Swell’s Energy Bites are perfect for any snacking occasion. Eat them as a pre-workout snack, breakfast in a pinch, while hiking Eaton Canyon, or as an afternoon treat. Crave-worthy flavors include Apple Pie, Fudge Brownie, and Oatmeal Cacao Chip.

Smart Sips

It’s time to swap the single-use plastic for a smarter solution. Path reusable water bottles can be infinitely refilled and recycled so you can fuel your body while helping break the world’s addiction to single use. Made from durable aluminum in the U.S., the BPA-free, lightweight aluminum bottle is 100% recyclable and designed with a wide mouth opening for easy refilling. Path comes in three options: Still, pure reverse osmosis filtered water; Sparkling, delicately carbonated with added electrolytes; and Alkaline, featuring a pH of 9.5+ with specialty electrolytes.
$3/bottle or $19/9 bottles

Book Reading at Vroman’s 

Shadows of Pecan Hollow

On March 8 at 6 p.m., literary landmark Vroman’s Bookstore will host Caroline Frost, author of the newly released novel Shadows of Pecan Hollow for a reading and Q&A session.

Originally begun as a screenplay, Pasadena resident Frost decided instead to explore the story more in depth for her own personal pleasure—not publication. “When my daughter was 6 months old, I got this huge burst of energy and a powerful urge to leave her something when I’m gone, something that I made,” explains Frost. “So, I went to work during naps and feedings and in the middle of the night until I had something I could send to an agent.”

What became Frost’s debut novel is a Texas-backroads thriller that tells a gritty but tender story about a fierce woman and the partner in crime she can’t escape. If you’re a fan of Where the Crawdads Sing or Valentine, this is the book to pick up next.
$30/ticket (includes book)