Georginna Feyst Actor and Film Producer Wed, 12 Apr 2023 17:33:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 193365894 Women-Owned Businesses to Support for Women’s History Month Wed, 12 Apr 2023 17:15:32 +0000 The post Women-Owned Businesses to Support for Women’s History Month appeared first on Georginna Feyst.


In honor of Women’s History Month, I’m promoting the support of women owned businesses. Here are some amazing women-owned businesses to support in the Los Angeles area. According to the World Bank, only one in three businesses globally are owned by women. During Women’s history month and beyond it is important to support the businesses of extraordinary women who took the courageous leap to establish wonderful businesses across LA. If you don’t live in L.A. take some time to find and support amazing women-owned businesses in your area. 


  1. The Little Branch Vintage

    1091 Gayley Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024



    Owner:  Margie Warriner

Located on Gayley Avenue in Westwood Village, The Little Branch Vintage specializes in wedding bouquets. Founded in 2008, The Little Branch Vintage offers its clients creative, avant-garde and designer floral arrangements. Whether it’s a centerpiece bouquet or a large-scale bouquet, the goal of this company is to reflect the style and personality of each of their clients. Margie Warriner is the founder of Little Branch Vintage. Her business has been featured in various magazines such as: People Magazine, California Wedding Day, Junebug Wedding, and Once Wed. 

  1. Westwood Flower Garden

     1091 Gayley Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024

     (310) 208-4000


     Owner: Margie Warriner

Located in Westwood Village, Westwood Flower Garden is a flower company that offers bouquets for all occasions including weddings, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, etc. 

Westwood Flower Garden serves the surrounding areas including UCLA, Santa Monica, Bel Air, Beverly Hills, Brentwood, West Hollywood, and other Westside cities. Owner Margie Warriner owns and operates both the Westwood Flower Garden and Little Branch vintage which are connected storefronts. 


  1. Yogurt Stop

     8803 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

     (424) 527-0154 


     Owners: Marta Knittel and Shoshana Joseph

Located on Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood, Yogurt stop is a self-service frozen yogurt store that opened in 2009. It offers its customers different products such as: smoothies, cookie and donut sandwiches, custard, gelato, antioxidant drinks, and pies as well as 100 flavors of yogurt. The business was created by Marta Knitten and Shoshanna Joseph to provide an experience where friends, family, and colleagues can come together in a community setting.

In addition to being an original and unique concept store, it also attracts celebrities such as Kim Kardashian. One of the things I love about this business is how LGBTQ+ friendly it is and there’s a rainbow flag wall inside the shop which makes me feel right at home. 


  1. The Bees Knees Studio

     1051 Glendon Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90024


      Owner: Gina G.

The Best Knees Studio is a hair salon that was opened by Gina G. This hair salon, located near  UCLA in Westwood, offers complete hair services including: cutting, coloring, care, advice, and maintenance. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Gina graduated from UC Davis with a degree in Textiles and Clothing. In fact, her first passion was not hairdressing but rather fashion design. After graduation, she began her career as a buyer for a large corporation. Realizing some of the realities of the working world, she decided to change course and become her own boss. She moved to Hollywood and launched her own clothing line. After failing to see the benefit of her clothing line’s return, she decided to turn to hairdressing. Having an innate talent with hair, she began her career as a hairstylist in Santa Monica at Toni & Guy Hair Academy. Later, after graduating and perfecting her hair techniques, she left the comfort of the salon to open her own private salon in Westwood. Gina’s top priority is keeping her clients’ hair healthy.


  1. Côte


         Owners: Mary Lennon and Leah Yari

Côte was founded in 2014 by friends Mary Lennon and Leah Yari. Côte is a nail polish brand with 109 nail polishes that are five-free, meaning they don’t include formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate (DBP), toluene, camphor, or formaldehyde resin. Côte’s polishes are also vegan and cruelty-free. Lennon and Yari decided to create Côte together to provide a nail polish line that is free of harmful ingredients and allergens to promote health and clean enjoyment in nail care. 


  1. Heather Taylor Home

     1101 Glendon Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024

     (323) 305-4343


     Owner: Heather Taylor

Heather Taylor Home is a home goods company that was founded in 2013 by LA-based textile designer Heather Taylor. Heather Taylor is an art consultant, textile designer, home goods entrepreneur, wife, and mother. Her design inspirations come from her admiration of how other cultures set their tables. Heather Taylor Home is known for their neutral table linens with vibrant embroidery and textures, striped pillows, hand-woven wall hangings, towels, and scarves. Heather Taylor Home is a mix of her tastes, love of travel, and eclectic style of entertaining. Everything is designed by Heather Taylor herself. Heather Taylor Home has a colorful storefront located in Westwood Village on Glendon Avenue. Heather Taylor Home pieces are also sold at West Elm and online. 



     1920 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90404

     (310) 451-1655


     Owners: Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken

Socalo was founded by award-winning chefs/owners Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken in December 2019. Socalo is located inside Santa Monica’s Gateway Hotel on Santa Monica Blvd in Santa Monica and offers conscientiously-sourced, seasonal SoCal Mexican food along with cocktails, Mexican wine, and tap craft beers. Socalo is committed to using locally sourced produce and hormone-free meat and poultry. Since its debut, Socalo has been featured in “101 Restaurants and People that Define How LA Eats in 2020” from The LA Times and “18 Superb Santa Monica Restaurants” and “Hottest Happy Hours” from Eater, along with many other food publications. Owners Milliken and Feniger, long-time chef duo, together opened their first restaurant, City Cafe on Melrose Avenue, 38 years ago. Soon after, in 1985, the duo opened Border Grill in Hollywood which gained significant media attention and established the chefs nationally. 


  1. Chit-Chat Cafe

     1854 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

     (310) 820-9191


     Owner: Chelsea Khakshouri

Chitchat is a laid-back coffee and matcha cafe located on Sawtelle in West Los Angeles that serves trendy Instagram-able drinks and tasty breakfast offerings. Chit-Chat is owned by small business owner Chelsea Khakshouri. Chelsea was studying to receive her Master’s in Social Science at UCLA with the intention of pursuing a Ph.D. afterward when she took the leap to open Chitchat. Chitchat opened the same month she graduated in 2018. As she finished off her master’s research project, she simultaneously launched the business. Chelsea was inspired to create Chitchat from her experiences witnessing how getting coffee can be a small act that can turn your day around. She opened Chitchat with the intention of creating an atmosphere to bring people together through creative flavor combinations and curating quality products to bring a moment of joy to people’s day.

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Opinion Piece: More Diversity for the Golden Globes Awards this Year, including Chloe Zhao Winning Best Director Tue, 23 Mar 2021 22:08:57 +0000 The post Opinion Piece: More Diversity for the Golden Globes Awards this Year, including Chloe Zhao Winning Best Director appeared first on Georginna Feyst.


Opinion Piece: More Diversity for the Golden Globes Awards this Year, including Chloe Zhao Winning Best Director

This year’s 78th annual Golden Globes made history. Chloe Zhao won best director for her film Nomadland, starring the wonderful Frances McDormand. She is the first Asian woman to win the Best Director award and the second woman ever to win this award. The only other time a woman has won at the Golden Globes for best director was back in 1984 when Barbra Streisand won for her musical romance film, Yentl. Zhao’s film is much different from the normal winners at Hollywood awards shows, as it was uniquely shot as a narrative film but documentary-style. In Zhao’s acceptance speech, she thanked everyone that worked on Nomadland and the nomads that had shared their stories with her.


Thankfully, this year’s Golden Globes seemed to be more diverse all around. Nomadland star Frances McDormand was nominated for her performance at age 63. This is huge considering the amount of alienation that women over 40 have experienced in Hollywood historically. Even more amazing, is that she was not shown in glitz and glamour, but the exact opposite. We are finally seeing less glamour at Hollywood awards shows and now seeing real stories with gritty and raw representations.


Two other women, Regina King and Emerald Fennell, were also nominated for best director. King, a woman of color, was nominated for her film One Night in Miami and Fennell for her film Promising Young Woman. It was clear that this year the Golden Globes were showing more ethnic diversity. Along with King and Zhao, Daniel Kalyuula, also a person of color, won best supporting actor in a motion picture for his incredible performance in Judas and the Black Messiah. Viola Davis, a woman of color, was nominated for best actress in a motion picture drama. Andra Day, also a woman of color, won the best lead actress golden globe award for her performance in The United States Vs. Billie Holiday. The late Chadwick Boseman, man of color, won best actor in a motion picture drama for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.


Queer representation was also shown this year at the Golden Globes. Jodie Foster won for best supporting actress in a motion picture for The Mauritanian. She even accepted the award while sitting beside her wife, Alexandra Hedison, in their pajamas. Jim Parsons and Dan Levy, both gay men, were also nominated for their performances for best supporting actor in a television series. Parsons for Hollywood and Levy for Schitt’s Creek. Sarah Paulson, who is sexually fluid, and Cynthia Nixon, who is bisexual, were both nominated for Ratched. The Golden Globe 2021 winners and nominees showed a much more diverse group of people than they have in the past and hopefully we will see the Oscars and Emmys moving in the same direction!


It is extremely refreshing to see these changes for the better. For many years women, BIPOC’s, and the LGBTQ+ community have been overlooked and not given the appreciation and attention they deserve. Many people have criticized the Golden Globes in years past for their lack of diversity, and have continued to do so this year despite the progress. People were outraged that Miniari, which won best foreign language film, was not eligible to be nominated for best motion picture because it had more than 50% of the dialogue in non-English language. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, hosts for the 2021 Golden Globes, took jabs at the Hollywood Foreign Press for overlooking black-led films and black actors. They even discussed how there is not one single black member of the Hollywood Foreign Press.


Although this year at the Golden Globes was a huge win for women everywhere and there was more diversity shown than in previous years, it does not mean that we are anywhere near where we need to be. Unfortunately, we are still far from the representation and acceptance that is needed for women, BIPOC’s, LGBTQ+ community, and disabled people in the film industry. While we are overdue in diversity, and we want to see more abundance faster, it is important to celebrate the wins and progress we are making.


We have many women to thank for the progress we’ve made in entertainment, due to their hard work and dedication. Some of these women include Kathryn Bigelow, the first woman to win an Oscar for best director for her film Hurt Locker, Penny Marshall for her work on the female empowerment film A League of Their Own and for being the first woman to direct a film that grossed over $100 Million in the U.S. for Big, and Dorothy Arzner who was the first woman to join the Director’s Guild of America!


Although, historically, we have a lack of female, ethnic, and queer representation at film awards, including the Golden Globes, Chloe Zhao winning for best director and many other nominees such as Regina King and Dan Levy gives a glimmer of hope that the future will hold more representation for women, BIPOCs, and members of the LGBTQ+ community. It is crucial that we continue to take the steps in this direction and advocate for acceptance and representation.


Congratulations to Chloe Zhao, Adra Day, Regina King and all the other winners and nominees!

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The Power of Intention Sat, 23 Jan 2021 17:10:06 +0000 The post The Power of Intention appeared first on Georginna Feyst.

by Georginna Feyst

Definition –

Intention: to have in mind as something to be done or brought about; plan

Creativity starts with a spark, an idea, a Vision. The vision can come all at once, or it can develop over time, like a seed sprouting and growing as you water it. This is in the realm of intuition. When we add intention and aligned effort to our intuition, we can manifest amazing things that are far beyond the realm of logic.

When we put our attention on something it grows. When we put effort into something inspired and intuitive, it begins to manifest almost naturally. Aligning our intentions and efforts with intuition allows for more rapid creation.

The power of intention is incredible and when coupled with aligned efforts its transformational. When we put effort out without a plan or an intention, we can end up exhausting our creative energy with less than fruitful results.  When we plan and set goals (vision) without adding effort toward those goals, nothing happens. However when we use intention and effort to support each other, we can move mountains.

This is one of the reasons people are inspired to set New Year’s resolutions. Decide on resolutions/intentions that inspire and motivate you internally. Then put your intentions, goals, plans, resolutions up in your personal space, office, or studio where you will see them and be inspired to infuse them with your effort and energy every day and keep them alive.

Some days we just inch toward our goals; other days we seem to take major leaps, but it’s the consistent applied effort and intention over time that moves us in the right direction, transforming our goals into accomplishments, our dreams into real experiences and our inner landscape into a fulfilled life.  Mick Jagger was wrong… If you align your mental and physical energies with those things that are good for you and good for the world, there is satisfaction available to you, every day of your life.

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