Fall Decor Ideas 2016

It's that time of year where nature's colors take over and everything turns fall. Halloween is the first holiday of the season where people eagerly pull out their decor as the air turns crisp and coffee turns pumpkin. If you're looking for inspiration on how to decorate for Halloween or fall, look no further! Below are some tips to make your home feel a bit more festive. 

Painting pumpkins

Pumpkins are essential in addition to the traditional orange lights and fall flower bouquets. Painting pumpkins, as opposed to carving them, is becoming more and more popular each year. One can use warm colors like gold, black, burgundy, and white to add that fall pizzazz, or bundle pumpkins together to make a more subtle statement inside or outside your home. 




To save money and add some color, candy corn is a great and tasty idea for table tops to treat your guests (or yourself). You might even add a small candle in the middle of the jar to keep it simple yet more decorative than a typical candy jar. Another great alternative to traditional table top center pieces is numerous fall-colored candles with natural fall brush and/or pine cones along the table runner. 


Skeletons are an easy way to decorate without requiring too much effort. When it comes to skeletons, use this as your decor splurge. The cheaper they are, the cheaper they tend to look. This is something that can be re-used every year and is easy to pack away - so try to shop for one in stores such as Michael's, Hobby Lobby, or Target. Avoid dollar stores, Walmart, and other thrift-type stores for this item.  

There are many ideas and inspiration waiting around the corner, if you're in need of a jump start just take a walk around the neighborhood to get inspired!

Diana Roberts on supporting EverWalk with Diana Nyad

Ever Walk is a new initiative that aims to get America walking. The founders Diana Nyad and Bonnie Stoll are aiming to create a nation of walkers because they say that “sitting is the new smoking” and over decades we have become one of the most sedentary societies on earth.

Founder Diana Nyad knows her fair share of obstacles and she pushes every day to overcome them. On September 2, 2013, at the age of sixty-four, Diana Nyad became the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without the aid of a shark cage, swimming 111 miles in fifty-three hours from Havana to Key West. This new movement of walking across the US is aimed at sparking a revolution for millions of people. It started in Los Angeles last weekend and Diana Roberts (Owner of Pier to Pier Brokers) was there to join Diana Nyad on the start of this incredible journey. 

So how did you find out about the EverWalk?

I first heard of Diana Nyad through an interview I watched with Brian Buffini. It was a very inspiring story and she is great at motivating people. So I read her book right away and finished it in a week, it was so fascinating. Then I started following her career online and I mentioned her to a friend and we decided to join the Ever Walk. 

So where all did you walk? 

We walked from Santa Monica Civic Center through Venice and Playa Del Rey, all the way down to Redondo Beach. It was 20.1 miles and it took us from 9 in the morning until 3 in the afternoon, so 6 hours. Diana Nyad walked with us and was chatting and having a good time the whole way. You can see just feel how strong and focused she is when you see her in action. 

So why do you support her movement? 

Being from Europe it was a totally different lifestyle when I first moved here. In Europe, everyone walks or bikes because everything you need is in walking distance, it's just a way of life there. When I first came to the US I fell in love with the beach communities of Los Angeles because there were so many people who were into health and fitness, that I was immediately attracted to the area.

I think it's very terrifying that there is so much obesity in the US and we need to physically make an effort together to change. 

Anything you want to say to someone thinking about joining the EverWalk moment? 

I think if you want to meet her and you want to have a fun day with people who are like-minded and funky, then definitely do it. It’s not like doing a marathon that takes thousands of people, its more of an intimate group and hopefully it grows and the message keeps growing as well.

Also, I would tell people to join this movement because you see things in your city which you have never seen before. I got to walk on streets that I have never walked on and it gave me a new perspective on the city that I love. 

For more info on joining EverWalk or to see more about this movement visit their website here.

October Activities in the South Bay

As the weather starts to get colder and the leaves start to change October is here and there is so much to do around the South Bay to get in the seasonal spirit. We put together a list of our favorite activities so you can stay up on the latest in our community. 


First off we have the annual Sketchers Pier to Pier Friendship walk starting at 8 am on the Manhattan Beach Pier. Participants will walk from the Manhattan Beach Pier to the Hermosa Beach Pier and back to support local education and children with special needs. Online registration is $25 per person. On-site registration is $30. Everyone receives a free t-shirt with registration. The event will also include a Kids Zone featuring bounce houses, children’s games and various booths. The whole family can participate in this annual walk along the shore!


Alpine Village is the home of the oldest Oktoberfest celebration in Southern California and also happens to be the longest running Oktoberfest in Los Angeles. Traditional Bavarian fun is supplied by Oom Pah Pah party bands, your belly is sated by traditional German fare, and your thirst is quenched by delicious German beers brewed by Warsteiner. This event delivers an authentic-yet-modern Oktoberfest each and every year…and all within 10 miles of Southern California’s beautiful beaches. The Oktoberfest is open on Fridays: 6:00 PM to midnight, Saturdays: 5:00 PM to midnight, and Sundays:  1:00 PM to 6:00 PM


Whether you race for the pure fun of it, or to support a loved one, the World Famous Manhattan Beach Pumpkin Race is a thrilling, family-friendly experience that will rekindle your childhood delight.  Enjoy heart racing thrills and jump for joy in your fun-spirited quest for the Championship trophy and team awards including Best Design, Worst Crash, Most Adorable, Top Fundraisers, and more! The pumpkin race is on October 23rd and starts at 12 pm in Downtown Manhattan Beach. 

While you are watching the pumpkins race by, don't forget to trick or treat around to the local shops and fill up on treats, but make sure you wear a costume. 


New Shade Hotel opens in Redondo Beach

Shade Hotel in Redondo Beach - Pier to Pier Brokers Blog

The ribbon has officially been cut at Redondo Beach’s brand new Shade Hotel. After 5 years and $22 million, the grand opening ceremony was attended by retired Los Angeles Rams Rosey Grier and others from our new LA Rams family. 

The newest Shade Hotel sits at 655 N. Harbor Drive and has unobstructed views of the harbor from its rooms and restaurants. Redondo Beach's newest luxury boutique hotel boasts 54 rooms which are beautifully designed and event space accommodating up to 250 guest. The restaurant named SeaLevel is headed by Chef Aaron Robbins and features “California costal cuisine” with everything from a Raw Bar to Angus Burgers as well as an impressive selection of wine and beer. Oh and how could we forget about the incredible rooftop pool with ocean views. 

Book your stay now here or follow them on Instagram @shadehotelrb to stay up on the latest events happening at this new oasis on the Redondo Beach pier.