Simplifying Recycling Rules

PLASTIC. PAPER. GLASS. FOOD. CANS. COMPOST. LANDFILL. While most Americans try their hardest to be diligent about recycling, what to put where can be tricky. According to a recent article in The New York Post, more than half of all Americans are confused about recycling. According to the article, 62 percent of people surveyed worry that a lack of knowledge is causing them to recycle incorrectly. Do we recycle greasy ...

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Updating Passover Traditions

Passover this year, likely celebrated virtually with far flung relatives, will still be steeped in traditions old and new. Like, when I was growing up, I always knew that spring (and Passover) was in the air. There were the warming temperatures and blooming forsythias lining the houses of our suburban Long Island neighborhood. And the Passover preparations  began. Windows got washed. The Maxwell House Haggadahs (the book that tells the ...

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Art at Bergamot Station

Santa Monica’s 5-acre Bergamot Station is home to a thriving community of fine art galleries and creative arts spaces. Celebrating its 25th year, they are open for art at Bergamot Station. Its gallery owners balance the business of selling art with their passion for making art accessible to the Los Angeles community. Many a Saturday night will find gallery doors flung open with wine and light hors d’oeuvres flowing. Guests ...

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A Cleaner Slate

They were once the domain of limited shelf space at Whole Foods or a stall at the local farmers market. But in the last decade, natural beauty products have taken center stage. This as consumers navigate information available on health, wellness and the environment. A demand for a cleaner slate of ingredients that go in and on our bodies has created a burgeoning market for healthier, clean cosmetics and body ...

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Winter in L.A.

Searching for some seasonal spirit in the City of Angels may seem a challenge. Especially when the sun is shining and the surf is up. More so to those cold weather transplants who remember childhood snow days. But grab your jean jacket, order a red-cupped Starbucks Gingerbread Latte and head out to find your holiday vibe doing winter in L.A. From pop-up ice skating rinks to curated gift shopping, street events, ...

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Luxury Hotel Santa Monica Proper Opens

Sun-drenched Santa Monica welcomes a new addition to its luxe hotel offerings. This summer the Luxury Hotel Santa Monica Proper opens its doors. Located on Seventh Street between Wilshire Boulevard and Arizona Avenue, the Kelly Wearstler-designed hotel fuses a circa-1928, Spanish colonial revival building with new construction. The result is a sprawling 271-room lifestyle hotel just a short walk from the ocean’s edge. Above all, it's close enough to home ...

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Asian Fusion

Cooking and conversation with up-and-coming culinary star Kimlai Yingling   There is certainly no shortage of foodies in Los Angeles in awe over food trucks, farmers markets, pop-up culinary venues and endless restaurants. But the Asian food scene is perhaps one of the most prevalent. Kimlai Yingling, culinary producer, food blogger, YouTube star, writer and host, is a rising talent in the food world.     With her bubbly personality, funny family anecdotes about her ...

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Top Tips from a Duo of De-Cluttering experts

The craze of de-cluttering is taking our country by storm. To that effect, we get top tips from a duo of de-cluttering experts. In addition, we get their take on the emotion of it all. These veteran de-clutters, and sisters, discuss home in a way that inspires in many ways. It inspires a desire to clean out, pare down and take stock of what makes you happy and doesn't. A holistic ...

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Scent of a Woman

Sarah Horowitz’ destiny was determined in a small shop on Boston’s famed Newbury Street during her freshman year at Emerson College. It was there that the sight of glimmering crystals and the sound of Enya playing in the background first enticed her to enter the shop called “Essence.” But it was the scents of essential oils and the romanticism of the owner’s words, “May I anoint you?” that kept her ...

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