Holiday Gift Wrapping

Once holiday shopping is finished, it’s on to wrapping all those wonderful gifts! And with the plethora of thought and prep that went into the selection of the presents, why not make the holiday gift wrapping just as special? It’s easy to do and also budget-friendly. It takes just a few minutes and a few pieces. It’s simple to create a selection of packages that will look amazing on display ...

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Conversation with a Queen of Confections

When strolling down north Canon Drive in Beverly Hills, there’s a quaint, little shop filled with unique delicacies as good as those you’ll find in Paris. Some of the creations by owner and chef Etty Benhamou at Le Mervetty are on glorious display such as full-size meringue cakes and her signature Merveilleux.What a delight to have had a conversation with a queen of confections as noble as she. Merveilleux Merveilleux, featured in ...

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Written in the stars

Just as people in ancient times were known to do, we read the stars as roadmaps of our destiny. Your sun sign is when the closest star, our planet’s sun, shone upon you at your birth. The starting point of your personal natal astrology calculation and ultimately a guide to what is written in the stars. At the close of another year, we look back at experiences, forward to what’s ...

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Wolf Connection

Driving through scenic stretches of Angeles National Highway an hour north of Los Angeles, a sign appears. It points drivers in the direction of the remote Aliso Canyon. Down a dirt driveway, one arrives at a small cabin. It's only the photos on the wall that might give away the hosts of this remotely beautiful destination. Until we step outside and hear the howling. Within seconds, the cry of one ...

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Holiday Gift Guide

It’s the most wonderful time of the year and also the most fretful. Ticking off shopping lists for family and friends can be super stressful and fraught with indecision. Especially today when instant purchasing ability for all makes buying for those who have “everything” even more tricky. Still, there are some gift ideas out there—from the very basic to the absolute eccentric—that might surprise. To help, we’ve categorized our holiday ...

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Setting a Holiday Table

Setting a holiday table for friends and family to gather around creates a special joy. As the holidays approach, plans form for menus, guest lists and creative ways for setting the holiday table. Living in Southern California allows for expanding the dining room experience to the outdoors, even in the winter. Here, the focus is on combining bucolic pieces with copper ones for a rustic and elegant result. And by ...

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An Attitude of Gratitude

The holiday season allows us to reflect on the many blessings in our lives. During this season of family gatherings, celebration and gratitude, also consider ways to give back. Donate time and resources to spread some joy into the lives of others. Think of it as an attitude of gratitude. Thanksgiving and beyond We are big fans of the work being done with LA Mission Thanksgiving. The celebration fed hundreds of people ...

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Fresh Holiday Music Hits

Each December we face the compulsory list that comes with properly celebrating the holidays. Has Miracle on 34th Street been watched? Has the tree been decorated? The menorah dusted off? Has the shopping list been ticked off, added to and ticked off again? Perry Como re-emerges into our homes as millions of Americans dutifully turn on their local holiday stations. Not because we’ve suffered at all without “Home for the ...

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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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Celebrities Who Give Back

These celebrities who give back raise millions, putting their star power—and sometimes their wallets—to good use. The oft cited maxim “to whom much is given, much is expected” doesn’t always hold true when it comes to celebs and charitable work. However, some stars align their names and fame to meaningful causes. They are a driving force, from  vocal advocacy for change to giving millions to those in need. Here’s a look ...

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