Forget Pumpkin Spice, Maple is Having a Moment

Forget Pumpkin Spice, Maple is Having a Moment

Love it or hate it, pumpkin spice has become a flavor that’s synonymous with fall – especially the ubiquitous Starbucks pumpkin spice latte, which isn’t vegan and doesn’t even have real pumpkin! But there’s another flavor in the spotlight: Maple. Not just for pancakes anymore, maple is having a moment.
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Lisa Vanderpump’s Tom Tom Restaurant & Bar Does Vegan

Lisa Vanderpump’s Tom Tom Restaurant & Bar Does Vegan

Even if you don't obsess over the "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills," chances are you still know Lisa Vanderpump. I was invited to the Friends & Family Night on the eve of her latest restaurant opening for Tom Tom in West Hollywood. It was a fantastically fun time and I loved the space's romantic-industrial steampunk vibe. Best of all, I soon realized that practically half the menu is vegan! Finally, a restaurant that also keeps us non-meat eaters in mind.
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Everything You Need to Know Before Staying at Half Dome Village in Yosemite

Everything You Need to Know Before Staying at Half Dome Village in Yosemite

A huge tourist attraction, Yosemite welcomes more than four million visitors from all over the world each year. And 2018 was the year that my husband, father-in-law and I would be among them. If you are planning a visit to Yosemite and staying in a canvas tent cabin at Half Dome Village, read on for a first-hand account of what to pack and other helpful tips to make your trip as fun, safe and stress-free as possible.
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Elvis Presley in Los Angeles

Elvis Presley in Los Angeles

Ready to retrace the steps of your favorite hunka hunka burnin' love? Elvis Presley was born on January 8, 1935 and passed away at just 42 years old on August 16, 1977. It was a shocking loss not only in the music universe, but for the world at large, yet the King lives on. You can still visit those places in LA where you would've seen the King of Rock & Roll way back when ... and a few where you can honor his memory today.
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Disrupt Aging: Why Getting Older Doesn’t Suck

Disrupt Aging: Why Getting Older Doesn’t Suck

So you’re getting older, huh? So am I. Whether you’re in your teens, 20s, 30s, 40s or beyond, the reality is that we all are getting older. I think the real question is: Are we getting old? Much like those four-letter words we were taught to avoid as kids, “old” is a three-letter word that is loaded with so many negative connotations that it puts some of those four-letter words to shame. The thing is, getting older is not what you think.
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Marilyn Monroe’s Los Angeles

Marilyn Monroe’s Los Angeles

Marilyn Monroe was born on June 1, 1926 and passed away on August 5, 1962 at the age of 36. Though she's been gone more than five decades, she remains one of the most famous celebrities of all time. From her humble beginnings at an orphanage as Norma Jean Mortenson to her rise to stardom as the immortal Marilyn Monroe, here are 10 places to retrace her steps and experience Marilyn Monroe’s Los Angeles.
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I Love You, Dad. A Tribute to My Father.

I Love You, Dad. A Tribute to My Father.

My Dad passed away this week. I cannot believe I am writing this. I knew it would come one day, just not so soon. But rather than focus on the pain and the profound void, I choose to celebrate my father and what he meant to me and all those who met him. While I hope you never have to experience such a life-altering loss, the truth is, we all will. And the truth is, once you do, you can grow and be stronger more than you ever thought possible.
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The Henry in West Hollywood Opens

The Henry in West Hollywood Opens

It looks like Robertson Boulevard is finally getting some life back! The Henry is a welcome (and welcoming) all-day addition to the famed shopping stretch. Located on the ground floor of the Robertson Building across the street from The Ivy (remember that place?), The Henry is luxe yet laidback, lush and absolutely lovely. Oh, and it's huge! Do yourself a favor and go check this place out for yourself. But first, read on for a sneak peek...
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Crustacean Beverly Hills Reopens

Crustacean Beverly Hills Reopens

Hello, gorgeous! Long a celebrity favorite, Crustacean Beverly Hills has finally reopened after its nearly one-year remodel and it was certainly worth the wait. The stunning new space is a study in understated elegance. And, with new vegan options like a hearts of palm "crab cake," kung pao eggplant and more, the menu has been updated as well to better serve all palates. (Yes, those famed garlic noodles are now offered in vegan and gluten-free versions!)
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Lancome’s #WriteHerFuture Campaign

Lancome’s #WriteHerFuture Campaign

It was a beautiful way to kick off International Women's Day (and National Women's History Month) at the global launch of the Lancôme #WriteHerFuture campaign. This partnership provides funds to raise awareness about female illiteracy and help diminish its prevalence. I had no idea that 35 million people read below a third grade level in the US, so this isn't just a problem in developing countries, it's happening right here at home.
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The Truth About Marilyn Monroe’s Life & Death

The Truth About Marilyn Monroe’s Life & Death

What's the truth about Marilyn Monroe's life ... and her death? Although she is one of the world's most beloved icons of all time, so much about her remains a mystery. I recently appeared on the popular Chilean TV series "Las Últimas Horas" (The Ultimate Hours) to talk about Marilyn Monroe and the many struggles she endured before her untimely end.
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Best Vegan Beauty & Body Products

Best Vegan Beauty & Body Products

Looking for cruelty-free beauty that actually works? The ugly truth is that many makeup and beauty brands still test on animals and/or use animal products. But if it’s not safe enough to test on humans, then it shouldn’t be used by humans! Not every product on this list is 100% organic, but you can rest assured that they are cruelty-free.
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15 Must-See Movies That Take Place in Los Angeles

15 Must-See Movies That Take Place in Los Angeles

While there could never be just one film to fully sum up the experience of my beloved hometown of Los Angeles, there are certain movies that capture a timeless piece of it. Here are my top 15 movies that each have their own way of showcasing the many sides of LA in all its imperfect, beautiful, contradictory, glamorous, gritty, heartbreaking, hilarious, limitless glory.
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7 Easy Tips to Avoid Gaining Weight During the Holidays

7 Easy Tips to Avoid Gaining Weight During the Holidays

Most of us love the holidays. It means spending time with family and friends, putting up festive decorations and enjoying an overall sense of coziness, happiness and togetherness. The holidays also mean lots of eating and drinking. Which is great. Except when it's not. Here are my top tips to celebrate without gaining Santa-level weight.
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Get Spun: Cotton Candy in LA

Get Spun: Cotton Candy in LA

Cotton candy, fairy floss, fluffy stuff. Whatever you call it, the spun sugary treat conjures images of summertime carnivals and county fairs. But wait... this sweet snack is so popular it has its own holiday right in the midst of the holiday season on December 7. Find out where to get your fill of the frilly fun across Los Angeles.
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Top 10 Reasons to Visit Catalina Island

Top 10 Reasons to Visit Catalina Island

Ready for an island getaway? The holiday season is the perfect time for a Catalina Island escape with fewer crowds, cooler weather (the better to cozy up with that special someone) and beautiful decorations all around. Even though it's just 22 miles off the coast of Los Angeles, this gem of the Pacific feels like a world away.
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10 Best Places To See Celebrities Eat

10 Best Places To See Celebrities Eat

Contrary to popular belief, celebrities do eat. And they like to eat well. That often means multi-course meals at swanky steakhouses like BOA, Morton's and Mastro's, not to mention sceney standards like Spago, Nobu and Mr Chow. But here are some of the other places to see celebrities getting their grub on.
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5 Skinny Summer Cocktails

5 Skinny Summer Cocktails

Want the skinny on the best summer cocktails that won't have you busting out of your swimsuit this season? From fruity concoctions that'll keep you cool to a spicy spirit that will heat things up, here are five tasty cocktails that go perfectly with the easy-breezy weather and weigh in at 150 calories or less.
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8 Hotel Spas Worth the Splurge

8 Hotel Spas Worth the Splurge

Whether you need to de-stress from the pressures of everyday life or just want to treat yourself to a little pampering, there’s nothing like checking into a fab hotel spa for some rest, relaxation and rejuvenation. From an urban oasis in Downtown LA to a soothing oceanside retreat, these SoCal hotel spas are worth a trip.
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Happy Holidays on Rodeo Drive

Happy Holidays on Rodeo Drive

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas ... on Rodeo Drive. This iconic shopping stretch in Beverly Hills is always a top destination for tourists, but LA locals like me can't resist the festive scene during the holidays. I recently spent a Saturday afternoon strolling this famed street to get into the holiday spirit in true 90210 style.
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Ghost Town: LA’s Top Haunted Places

Ghost Town: LA’s Top Haunted Places

Unlike most people I know, visiting places or watching movies with the sole purpose of being scared is not what I consider a good time. (Yes, I'm a bit of a scaredy cat.) But I am fascinated by the idea of haunted places. So in that spirit, here's a list of "authentically haunted" places around LA to visit for a scary good time.
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Best Donuts in Los Angeles

Best Donuts in Los Angeles

We hear about random food holidays all the time, but did you know that National Donut Day was actually started by the Salvation Army during WWI?? Celebrated annually on the first Friday of June, this holey-day honors the women who first served the sweet treats to our armed forces. Read on to find out where to get the best donuts in LA.
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What It’s Really Like to Do Zoom Whitening

What It’s Really Like to Do Zoom Whitening

I've had the good fortune of having fairly white teeth most of my life, but like most people, I've always wanted them to be whiter. So I finally -- after many, many years -- decided to do it despite all the horror stories I had read online and heard about in person. (Shooting gum pain, what?!)
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Pop Star Becky G on Fame, Fortune & Family

Pop Star Becky G on Fame, Fortune & Family

She’s still a teenager, but success has been a long time coming for Rebbeca Marie Gomez, better known by her stage name Becky G. Discovered on YouTube for her J.Lo impersonating music videos, the self-proclaimed Latina "firecracker" is now a TV and movie star on the rise.
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Danny Trejo Does Vegan Tacos

Danny Trejo Does Vegan Tacos

He’s made a career out of being the guy you don’t want to mess with in movies such as "Machete,” “Desperado” and "From Dusk till Dawn." But actor Danny Trejo is sharpening his knives away from the silver screen and taking them into the kitchen. I sat down with the amazingly fun and down-to-earth talent to talk tacos, tofu and the power of transformative thinking.
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Weekend Getaway: Laguna Beach

Weekend Getaway: Laguna Beach

If you’re looking for a charming coastal destination, it doesn’t get better than Laguna Beach. By far my favorite getaway in Southern California, Laguna Beach is a seven-mile stretch of surf and sand with a laidback vibe, beautiful beaches, and a thriving art and culture scene that feels more like a charming European beach town than a city located midway between Los Angeles and San Diego.
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Facebook Live Pajama Party!

Facebook Live Pajama Party!

Yep, that's right... Marcie and I spent Friday night chilling out on Facebook Live talking about everything from the OJ trial to first-job woes to singing along with everyone's most embarrassing favorite 80s songs for our random Homegirl Talk hangout. Stay tuned for more regularly scheduled chats coming in 2018!
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Cheap Frills: Affordable Lingerie

Cheap Frills: Affordable Lingerie

Valentine’s Day is here, and you know what that means. It's time to treat yourself to a sexy piece of lingerie even if you're the only one admiring it. The thing is, most specialty lingerie stores are so expensive they end up being totally worthless for the everyday person. Read on for your best bets on affordable frilly underthings.
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Mardi Gras & Carnival in Los Angeles

Mardi Gras & Carnival in Los Angeles

Not heading to New Orleans or Rio to celebrate Mardi Gras and Carnival this year? No problem. There are plenty of places right here in Los Angeles where you can celebrate Fat Tuesday on February 9. Whether you’re religious, hedonistic or a little of both, this is the time to get your grub on and let the good times roll!
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An Encore Performance for the Holidays

An Encore Performance for the Holidays

It’s not always easy to avoid stress this time of year. (There’s a reason it’s called the holidaze!) Amid all the shopping and celebrations, deadlines and meetings, events and appointments, end-of-the-year wrap-ups and New Year planning, it’s more important than ever to be thoughtful, stay centered and not lose sight of the real reason for the season -- faith, family, friends and helping those in need.
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13 Reasons to Visit Boo at the LA Zoo

13 Reasons to Visit Boo at the LA Zoo

It was hard to believe that the last time I visited the LA Zoo, I was probably around seven years old, the same age as my niece. So when I learned about Boo at the LA Zoo, I knew a trip to this landmark was in order. We loved getting to see so many wonderful animals up close and I enjoyed getting to experience it with the excitement of a child. Here are some of our fave moments.
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Gina Rodriguez on Being Latina in Hollywood

Gina Rodriguez on Being Latina in Hollywood

Ever since her breakout performance as a hard-hitting East LA rapper in 2012’s "Filly Brown," Gina Rodriguez has steadily risen as one of Hollywood’s hottest and most refreshingly honest stars. I spoke with Rodriguez about her stance on changing the industry’s standard of beauty and the importance of taking roles that positively represent Latinos.
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James Dean in Los Angeles

James Dean in Los Angeles

James Dean died on September 30, 1955. He was driving his new Porsche Spyder from Hollywood up to Salinas for a car race when he was killed in a crash. He was just 24 years old. Here's my list of places he frequented while living here in Los Angeles. A lot has changed since then, but the legacy of James Dean live on.
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Brazilian Beauty Buys on Extra!

Brazilian Beauty Buys on Extra!

I'm baaaack! I stopped by Extra to showcase deals from Sol De Janeiro, a new beauty line that captures the spirit of Brazil with products to help you shake your bum bum! It was a great time meeting Tracy Edmonds, who was so uber-glam I never would've guessed she's originally from Carson, CA! #Homegirls unite!
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The Best Vegan S’mores

The Best Vegan S’mores

National S'mores Day is August 10 but there's no reason you can't celebrate any day of the year ... even if you're vegan! All you need are three ingredients: Chocolate, marshmallows and graham crackers. But if you want to break from the traditional campfire version you can have that, too. Here are my fave ooey gooey chocolatey favorites.
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The 5 Easiest Ways to Enjoy Watermelon

The 5 Easiest Ways to Enjoy Watermelon

Ah, watermelon. Aside from longer days and warmer weather, it's my favorite part of the summer season. There's almost nothing better than biting into a fresh cold piece of watermelon, but sometimes it's fun to mix it up. But who has time for time-consuming recipes that require 20 ingredients you don't even have in your fridge? Here are five ways to enjoy watermelon without doing much at all.
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Good Times with Vaud & the Villains

Good Times with Vaud & the Villains

My favorite 19-piece, 1930s-style New Orleans orchestra and cabaret are back to sashay, shimmy, swagger, swing and sing ... and I'm joining the band! (Well, at least as a distant background dancer.) Vaud and the Villains are a melting pot of Moulin Rouge sultriness and American noir grit and glam, so believe me when I say it's a visual and aural feast you won't soon forget!
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