We had the good fortune of connecting with Antoinette V. Càrdenas and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Antoinette, what principle do you value most?
I deeply value connection, it is what matters to me the most. And while we have lived in a society that seems favorable to independence I believe that interdependence is just as powerful, if not even more so. We, as humans, desire to be seen, heard, supported, valued and cared for. For me, connection is an energetic exchange that motivates and inspires purpose. In all areas of my life, whether I am creating space for connection or on the receiving end of it, meaning comes through like magic.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
At the moment, I am most proud of a recent passion initiative, #care4thepeople, birthed in June when I was out attending the protests and rallies. I noticed how much care strangers were having for one another, from handing out waters to snacks and hygiene kits. I wondered, how can I contribute to the world in this wild wild time we are living through? Immediately, the idea of wellness came to mind as it plays a big part in my life. So I thoughtfully curated a care kit that includes a few items that allows the recipient to practice self-care: -herbal tea to calm the system -incense rope infused with reiki for protection & peace -a face sheet mask to relax -chocolate for a sweet treat Along with the items, I include a brief guided experience to really tap into the moment. All in all, #care4thepeople, is a reminder to take time to care for yourself. It’s a crucial component of being able to continue showing up each day for yourself and therefore for the rest of us. Through out the months of distributing the kits I am constantly returning to what I value most as previously mentioned: connection. It has been more rewarding than I expected and for that I am truly thankful. I will continue distributing kits throughout the Los Angeles area and look forward to the possibility of connecting with you. Come 2021, I am excited to be resuming social.experiment’s Culture Immersion series -Los Angeles & Mexico City- in where bespoke travel prioritizes thoughtful curated trips and promise a post-modern renaissance experience that will delightfully satisfy the senses. In the meantime, take good care!

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I love this question! Being an Los Angeles native, I have always been privy to all wonderful bits this gorgeous city has to offer. L.A. culture is as enriching as you want it to be – in countless ways on many levels. It goes without saying that pandemic has certainly paused a lot but not to worry the following spots shall suffice and is completely COVID compliant:

Eat:

Brunch at Manuela, Arts District
Vegan cinnamon rolls at Just What I needed, Frogtown
Branzino at Speranza, Silverlake
Pizza at Triple Beam, Highland Park

Drink:

Coffee at Cafecito Organico, Atwater Village *walk up and down the blocks of shops, cafes, etc. **be sure to grab a croissant at Proof Bakery
Mezcal and a very nice selection of wine at Mirame, Beverly Hills *Modern Mexican menu to get into as well
Vegan matcha rose shake at Uncool, Larchmont
Fresh pressed juices from Aguas Locas, at local L.A. events and pre-orders & delivery

 See:

Art at Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles, Arts District
More art at UTA Art Space, Beverly Hills
Movies at Pasadena Rose Bowl *drive-in style
Memorial installation honouring Black lives lost to police brutality around the resevoir, Silverlake
David Byrne’s American Utopia documentary, HBO Max *directed by Spike Lee

Do:

Yoga at ROAM, Frogtown
Breathe Good Sundays 10am yoga w/ Walk Good LA at the LA Memorial Park, Mid-City
Picnic at Mulholland Memorial Fountain, Los Feliz
Farmers Market, Silverlake (Tuesday afternoons, Saturday mornings); Atwater (Sunday mornings)
Walk the historic stairs throughout Echo Park, Silverlake and Los feliz
Bike or walk along the LA River path
Get your hair done (haircuts, colour, blow outs, etc.) and sift through records at Artform Studio, Highland Park
Meditation mondays (8PM PST) with The Tropics X The Underground Museum lead by Ali Simon *IG
Volunteer w/ Selah
Get Covid tested (in-person) at Carbon Health, Echo Park, Pasadena along with pop-up containers in DTLA and elsewhere *appointment required

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Big big grateful love shout goes to my family & friends, teachers & healers, as well as communities such as ilovecreatives, art of freelance, nous tous, and p.a.w. for all the the insight, encouragement, inspiration, support, and love given time and time again. Thank you for showing up for me and with me, I strive to do the same for you all ways always.

Website: http://asocialexperiment.co/
Instagram: social_._experiment
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/antoinettevcardenas/

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