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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 will make you feel as though you're a world away.
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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 Vegan Beauty Products

Best Vegan Beauty 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 they are totally vegan and cruelty-free.
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Elvis Presley in Los Angeles

Elvis Presley in Los Angeles

Although Elvis left the building on August 16, 1977, 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. (Yes, at least one of them involves a peanut butter and banana sandwich.)
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Marilyn Monroe’s Los Angeles

Marilyn Monroe’s Los Angeles

It’s been more than five decades since Marilyn Monroe passed away, but she remains one of the most famous celebrities of all time. Those of us in LA can retrace Monroe’s footsteps in the city where she was born, raised and spent most of her life until her untimely death on August 5, 1962. She was just 36 years old. Here are 10 places to experience Marilyn Monroe’s Los Angeles.
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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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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 recently met up with Trejo at his restaurant to talk tacos, tofu and life transformation.
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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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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 an oceanside retreat you won't soon forget, here are eight hotel spas in Southern California that are well worth the cost of admission. Overnight stay not required.
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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. (Seriously. $120 for a thong, Agent Provocateur? Really??) Read on for your best bets on affordable lingerie.
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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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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, Mastro's and STK, not to mention sceney standards like Spago, Nobu and Mr Chow. But there are other places that celebs flock to for a little noshy nosh. Here are the best places where I've seen celebs repeatedly getting their grub on.
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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 my niece is now. So when I learned about Boo at the LA Zoo, I knew a trip to this Los Angeles landmark was in order. The kid-friendly Halloween event includes a “Graveyard Safari" adventure, “Boneyard” education station, themed crafts, storytelling, live music, strolling characters, pumpkin carving demos, animal feedings and more. Read on for our top picks of the season!
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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. It might seem a bit morbid, but on this tragic anniversary (and as a huge fan of his work, particularly "East of Eden"), here are some 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 sitting-around-the-campfire tradition, you can do that, too. Here are my fave ooey gooey chocolatey favorites when you're in the mood for "some more."
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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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Ballin’ with “The Professor” & Wild Animals!

Ballin’ with “The Professor” & Wild Animals!

It was a fun time hanging with YouTube basketball superstar "The Professor" to talk about the game (and how he got 100+ million followers!) but even he couldn't compete with Kingston the squirrel monkey, my favorite little primate. With the recent tragic killing of Cecil the lion, I think we're all more aware about the importance of wildlife conservation and treating animals with dignity and respect.
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Syncopated Ladies & the Nail Truck

Syncopated Ladies & the Nail Truck

Hey, ladiesssss!!! It's time to get tappy because the Syncopated Ladies, my favorite all-female tap crew (and last year's winners from “So You Think You Can Dance") are part of the new movie Tap World, an inspiring documentary that shows how dance changes lives for people around the world. The movie opens on Friday, August 7 at the Nuart Theatre in LA.
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Collabro Makes it to LA!

Collabro Makes it to LA!

What do you get when you put five British boys in skinny suits and ask them sing live without any help from instruments? An AMAZE performance if it's Collabro! The winners of "Britain's Got Talent" were in the States for the very first time, so of course I had to get them on Good Day LA. Although we were all mesmerized by their voices, they were just excited to see the Walk of Fame in LA. Who knows? Maybe they'll end up with their own star one day.
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French Kisses & Cool Cars with Gilles Marini!

French Kisses & Cool Cars with Gilles Marini!

I didn't even have to ask Gilles Marini to pucker up for the camera. This guy knows what ladies like and he also knows what men like--cars! He's a bit of a collector, so he and Barry Weiss from “Storage Wars" talked with me about cars including the 1955 Ford “Beatnik Bubbletop" which looks like it's straight out of the Jetsons!
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Catching Up with Eddie Gomez

Catching Up with Eddie Gomez

LA based musician Eddie Gomez is an emerging Latino singer & songwriter known for his thoughtful lyrics and catchy songs like his new single “Catch Me If You Can (Bad Man)." As soon as I heard this song, I knew I wanted to share it with as many people as possible. It has such a fun throwback sensibility that you can't help but tap your feet and rock out like some teeny bopper from another era.
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The Special Delivery You’ve Been Waiting For!

The Special Delivery You’ve Been Waiting For!

Nowadays there’s almost nothing you can’t get delivered to your door. (I just learned about an app that will send a seamstress to your door to tailor your clothes.) But there’s one delivery service you will not want to live without: Farm Fresh To You! It’s ridiculously easy to order and saves tons of time and money and it's all organic. Read on to get the scoop.
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Dinosaur Encounters & LA Street Food Fest

Dinosaur Encounters & LA Street Food Fest

Forget going to the movies ... you can get up close and personal with a Jurassic world of your own at the Natural History Museum of LA. It doesn't matter how old you are, everyone loves (or is at least intrigued by) dinosaurs. I was absolutely amazed at how realistic these life-size puppets look and sound, although it seemed all T Rex and Triceratops wanted to do was eat donuts. That's something you wouldn't have seen 65 million years ago!
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Summer Fashion Trends on Extra!

Summer Fashion Trends on Extra!

Hey friends! I made my debut on Extra and it was all about fun and affordable summer fashion from designer Maggy London. I have the hottest trends of the season including palm print (no, I'm not talking about your hand), florals, vibrant colors and silhouettes that flatter every body type. (Seriously, you don't need to be a size 2.) Now that's something we can all get excited about!
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Keeping it Real with John Quiñones

Keeping it Real with John Quiñones

What would you do if you had the chance to meet John Quiñones, award-winning ABC News correspondent and host of the highly popular “What Would You Do?” primetime TV show? Well, you’d probably do exactly what I did, which was jump at the chance! It was a fabulous evening of inspiring, straight-up conversation with plenty of laughter and unforgettable life lessons.
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Wagakki Band: Backstage with Japan’s #1 Band

Wagakki Band: Backstage with Japan’s #1 Band

With more than 22 million YouTube fans, Japan’s one-of-a-kind Wagakki Band are definite head turners with their unexpected fusion of Japanese music, ancient costumes, Wagakki (traditional Japanese instruments) and Western rock. So when I found out that this 8-piece group would be in town, I knew I had to book their first-ever performance in the United States!
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A Jurassic World with Reptile Zoo

A Jurassic World with Reptile Zoo

I always know I'm in for a creepy-crawly good time when I bring in Jay Brewer and Savannah Boan from the Reptile Zoo in Fountain Valley! This unusual destination offers a world of educational entertainment with over 100 exotic species of reptiles, amphibians, arachnids and other "prehistoric pets" from around the world.
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My Top Summer Essentials

My Top Summer Essentials

Hot days, cool nights and time for a vacay or two. Summer has arrived and with it comes the burning question: What do I need to get through the season? From my favorite skin-saving products to must-have fashion and accessories, here are my top picks to make sure you have it made in the shade all summer long.
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My Top 5 Best Beauty Secrets

My Top 5 Best Beauty Secrets

As a lifestyle expert, I’m always asked for my advice on the best beauty products, the latest fashion finds or which restaurant I recommend. But one of the areas where I've been most challenged is in the skin department. My skin is sensitive and can be quite moody ... ummm, not exactly the best scenario for someone who's on TV ... in HD! But there is a little silver lining thanks to a few changes I've made along the way.
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Rocking with the Million Dollar Quartet

It was all about the Man in Black, the King of Rock & Roll and a few other musical titans when I brought in the Million Dollar Quartet tribute band from the Roadshow Revival Music Festival. It was a great performance featuring Eddie Clendening from the original Broadway musical cast. These guys know how to rock the house!
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Race Car Driving with Graham Rahal

Race Car Driving with Graham Rahal

Vroom vroom! Things are getting a little racy this weekend when the IndyCar Series revs up at the Auto Club Speedway ... and let's not forget the Roadshow Revival's Million Dollar Quartet tribute and festival. It's time to put the pedal to the metal and crank up the rock & roll!
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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 weigh in at 150 calories or less. Now that's something to toast. Cheers!
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Caribbean Carnival & Flying Trapeze

Caribbean Carnival & Flying Trapeze

Break out the feathers and steel drums because it's time to celebrate Carnival... Caribbean style!!! June is National Caribbean-American Heritage Month so naturally I'm celebrating with Success Steel drummers and gorgeous Carnival dancers! It's time to party, mon!
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Top 5 Healthy Drinks When You Don’t Want Water

Top 5 Healthy Drinks When You Don’t Want Water

We all know water is the best stuff for us to drink. Without it we die. But even if you drink at least eight full glasses every day, sometimes don’t you feel like drinking something else that’s still good for you? Sugary, artificial drinks are not an option if you care about your health, so here are some of my favorite healthy drinks that are high on flavor and satisfaction without any of the bad stuff.
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I’m Spoofed on The Soup … Again!

Who knew that my earnest attempt to celebrate National Corn on the Cob Day would end up being seeing as some ridiculous faux-liday on The Soup?! Well, I'm glad they found it funny cos it landed me a few seconds of air time on one of my fave TV shows and had me grinning from ear (of corn) to ear!
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