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V-Day Gift Ideas for Him and Her

February 9, 2012  
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V-Day Gift Ideas for Him and Her

By Alicia Olivares — The legend of St. Valentine’s Day varies over time and culture. Some say the tradition of celebrating love began during the Middle Ages when women were courted by men in hopes to marry. Others suggest the tradition began during the 1800s with the publication of The Young Man’s Valentine Writer, a […]

Shopping Tips: Where to Find the Best Deals Online

November 28, 2011  
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Shopping Tips: Where to Find the Best Deals Online

Chances are, you can get a discount for almost anything—yes, even Apple goods that usually never budge in price. The good thing is that you don’t have to wait every year for Black Friday or Cyber Monday to roll around or linger for the next big Groupon deal to arrive in your inbox to get […]

Thinking Outside the Box with Unique Home Furnishings

October 3, 2011  
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Thinking Outside the Box with Unique Home Furnishings

Whether you’re a furniture designer, teacher, lawyer, doctor, actor, executive assistant or restaurant hostess, we all know that creativity isn’t limited to just the artist-types.  It means going above the norm and challenging the obvious. Check out the following home goods that inspire us to think outside the box on a daily basis. Lila Jang […]

Sock’em Good: Fashion Tips on Wearing Socks

August 22, 2011  
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Sock’em Good: Fashion Tips on Wearing Socks

Rule number one: If your socks are holey, tattered, worn out or runs on the sides or bottom, it’s time to get rid of them. The socks you put on during a frenzied morning could be the day your boss decides to try out a new team-building activity involving feet. And what an impression you’ll […]

What to Take on Your Carry-On

June 27, 2011  
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What to Take on Your Carry-On

By Alicia Olivares — Long lines: check. Security screening: check. Flight delays: check. You finally board, reach into your carry-on for your eye mask, book, or iPod and realize it’s not there: check. The process of leaving for that summer vacation is full of excitement and stress, so much so that packing everything you need, […]

How to Dress for Work–and Play

June 2, 2011  
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How to Dress for Work–and Play

Step inside a room and say nothing, but you’ve already made a statement about who you are with your hair, clothes and shoes. Work is work, but after work is another story–time to relax, unwind, play and, while you’re at it, network. To make it easy to transition from work to play with a little […]

Your Summer Bucket List

May 16, 2011  
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Your Summer Bucket List

{The Monastery monument: Petra, Jordan} Summer’s almost here, which means one thing: travel season. If you’re planning to fly out, it’s best to get your tickets now before prices skyrocket. The optimal time to look for fares is usually after the New Year and before mid-May (not including spring break and holidays) or between Labor […]

TOMS: Buy a Shoe, Give a Shoe

March 28, 2011  
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TOMS: Buy a Shoe, Give a Shoe

By Alicia Olivares — I love my TOMS (olive green and glitter gold). You may have seen them on the feet of many Angelinos—and for good reason. They’re comfy, versatile and make an understated-cool fashion statement. But that’s not all. TOMS shoes change the lives of impoverished children all over the world. When founder Blake […]

A Weekend Staycation: What to Do in Palm Springs

March 7, 2011  
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A Weekend Staycation: What to Do in Palm Springs

By Alicia Olivares — {Ace Hotel photos by D.L. Thompson; Jon Johnson} Since I was a child, Palm Springs was a second home to me. Today, it’s one of my favorite places to escape to when the congestion and smog of LA becomes a bit overwhelming. The tranquility and stillness of the Mojave Desert makes […]

Color Play: Spring Wardrobe Essentials

February 14, 2011  
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Color Play: Spring Wardrobe Essentials

IF ALL YOU’VE BEEN WEARING this past winter has been black, brown, a little red, and then some more black, that means it’s time to alter your game plan for spring. Downplay the neutrals and play up bright colors because this season, it’s all about color. Pantone, the world’s color authority reported the top colors […]

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