| Aug 26, 2009
Is it possible to fall in love with a fruit? Six or seven years ago a young Web producer named Chip Brantley was browsing the Culver City farmers market when he encountered a yellow-skinned, outrageously sweet fruit that changed his life. It was a Pluot,...
| Jan 11, 2009
"The weave is gone. Forget about it," says Rebecca Opong, as she leans on the counter of African Image Beauty Supply & Salon on Western Avenue. She sighs. "The economy is bad. Now, they all want half-wigs."
On this recent Saturday afternoon, the chairs...
| Feb 8, 2009
Today, Steam Salon throws its first-ever Love Souk, a bazaar devoted to prepping and preening for V-Day. Steam's team of stylists will be doling out easy hair and makeup tips, along with $15 10-minute massages, $10 mini-manicures and love readings. You...
| Jan 4, 2009
Scent is a powerful thing, the perfumed envelope of memory. When I smell Gucci Rush, I'm back in a New York club I frequented in 2002, where the hostess bathed in the spicy scent. Cool Water by Davidoff is every guy who never asked me to dance in...
| Nov 9, 2008
Call it avant-garde for the masses.
Launching Thursday, Comme des Garçons for H&M is one of the most interesting fast-fashion designer collaborations to come along in a retail scene full of them. Because Rei Kawakubo, who designs the high-end Comme des...
| Jun 15, 2008
Shopping for designer jeans and shampoo now takes less time (and effort) than waiting for your order at the In-N-Out drive-through.
Several L.A. stores are offering curbside pickup service. Sales people at Kiehl's, Jonathan Adler and Kitson will take a...
| Dec 21, 2008
MAC Cosmetics never met a cross-dressing diva it didn't like.
Following in the footsteps of RuPaul, Amanda Lepore and Jeffree Star, Dame Edna Everage has teamed up with the beauty giant on a line of makeup arriving in stores Friday.
| Dec 21, 2008
It arrives most every year, that moment when you realize you need to find another holiday gift -- fast. The less-than-enviable fallback: a lackluster candle from the Hallmark store or a Starbucks gift card you either take out of your wallet or pick up...
| Jul 20, 2008
HEIDI MERRICK may not be a globe-trotting socialite from a high-profile family, but she is royalty. Surf royalty.
Her father is Al Merrick, the legendary board shaper whose Channel Islands surfboards are what surf gods Tom Curren and Kelly Slater ride....
| Jul 20, 2008
ERICA HOSSEINI is shy about showing off the surfing awards, trophies and oversized faux checks stashed all over her colorful bedroom. But she jumps at the chance to talk about her gadgets -- the desktop PC with a huge flat screen, the MacBook Pro laptop...
| Aug 19, 2007
WHAT does shopping smell like? According to the New York perfume house Bond no. 9, it's hard-hitting gardenia and creamy vanilla (if you're a girl) and grassy marine notes and woodsy incense (if you're a boy).
To us, Bond's new fragrances -- named Saks...