| Jan 18, 2009
Michelle Obama may be a trained lawyer with an Ivy League education, but on Tuesday night she will be America's Top Model. What she wears to the inaugural balls will set the style agenda for the administration and hold a mirror up to what it means to be a...
| Jul 9, 2009
While at Frankie & Johnny's, a relatively new restaurant on East Oakland Park Boulevard, we ordered their sauteed eggplant appetizer. Wow, was it ever good. It is made up of multiple layers of thinly sliced eggplant in an egg batter that has been...
| Nov 12, 2008
A new big O is ascending on the fashion scene.
Incoming First Lady Michelle Obama is poised to be the new Oprah and the next Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis—combined!—for designers, retailers and fashion aficionados. (Does that make her a double-O...
| Sep 29, 2009
The Champagne Bar at the Hotel Bel-Air is dark as a lair. Ice clinks as men and women on caramel-colored leather chairs and forest-green couches imbibe, converse and laugh. A roaring fire blasts light and warmth, which is welcome, despite the heat of a...
| Mar 28, 2009
I'm having a hard time forming an opinion about First Lady Michelle Obama, mostly because there are already so many out there, and they're almost uniformly inane.
There's the constant clucking about her wardrobe: the election night "lava lamp" dress, the...
| Dec 6, 2009
William A. Wilson, a Los Angeles businessman and a member of President Reagan's "kitchen cabinet" who was appointed the first U.S. ambassador to the Vatican, has died. He was 95.
Wilson died early Saturday in Carmel Valley, Calif., where he had a home,...
| Feb 17, 2011
| 1:21 PM
Take a picture, it'll last longer – much longer than any president's stay in the White House.
A recent exhibit at the National Geographic Museum is proof. With dozens of stunning photographs, "The President's...
| Feb 17, 2011
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Laguna's own "Antiques Road Show" rolled into town last week, and I wanted to get in on the action. Bonhams and Butterfields held its second art appraisal clinic at Laguna Art Museum, and for $5, professional appraisers mulled over everything from...
| Sep 13, 2010
| 9:51 PM
IRVINE — A performance of the Ninth Symphony is always full of eagerness.
When is that massive choir in the back going to sing? When do the soloists come out? Is the third movement over?
Big questions, to be sure. But then, after some 45 minutes...
| Oct 24, 2010
Red was a distinct note on the fall runways, and plenty of red accessories are turning up in stores this season, adding a punch of color to wardrobe staples.
It's a longtime "power" color (remember the power tie? Nancy Reagan red?) and is traditionally...
| Jun 2, 2010
I've worked in organizations ranging in size from a handful to tens of thousands of employees. An interesting experience was when I was part of the formation of a public relations firm in Washington, D.C., called Powell Tate. I was one of a dozen...