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Marilyn Monroe’s Los Angeles

Marilyn Monroe’s Los Angeles

If she were alive today, Marilyn Monroe would have celebrated her 91st birthday on June 1. But even though she died at the young age of 36, 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. Here are 10 places to experience Marilyn Monroe’s Los Angeles.
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7 Weird Beauty Treatments Celebrities Love

7 Weird Beauty Treatments Celebrities Love

Celebrities go to extreme lengths for beauty, especially during Awards Season when being red-carpet-ready is a must. So what exactly are A-listers doing to achieve those flawless close-ups? Check out these bizarre beauty treatments that might make you wince before delivering glam results.
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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, which means he would've turned 82 this year, not really that old at all. 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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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A Legendary Night with John Legend

A Legendary Night with John Legend

What do you do when you’re invited to spend an evening at a sprawling ranch outside of LA amid a gorgeous setting with deliciously prepared food, hot air balloon rides and a private concert by none other than nine-time Grammy winner John Legend? Ummm… you go!
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Bridal Guide to Beauty & Fitness

Bridal Guide to Beauty & Fitness

Getting married? Not to worry, girlfriend. As a new bride myself, I know how stressful it can get no matter how laidback and simple you want your wedding to be. But now that I’ve been through the experience (it was so wonderful I wish I could do it all over again!), I have some tips on the products, places and people that will help you look and feel your best on your big day.
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LA’s Ultimate Beachside Adventure

LA’s Ultimate Beachside Adventure

Surf, sand, sun and fun. You get it all in the beachside cities of Santa Monica and Marina Del Rey. I should know, I live here. But I have to admit sometimes I forget just how many cool things there are to see and do. Whether you’re planning a leisurely staycation or an adventurous vacation, one thing is for sure: You will love the LA beach lifestyle!
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Cinco de Mayo in LA

Cinco de Mayo in LA

Cinco de Mayo is on a Tuesday this year, but that just means you'll be partying all weekend AND on a weekday. Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican army's unexpected victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, but here in the States it's really just an excuse to excessively eat and drink and wear sombreros. Here's my list of celebrations to check out around SoCal.
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Vinyl Revival: Record Stores in LA

Vinyl Revival: Record Stores in LA

Lookin’ for a rekka sto’?? Ease up, old school. Downloading and streaming aren’t the only game in town. Vinyl is making a comeback in the digital age. And just in time for Record Store Day on April 18, you can stop by for exclusive releases and celebrations at participating stores. From a hidden album haven in Hollywood to a high-minded pop vault in Highland Park, read on to find out where you can enjoy your own vinyl revival.
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St. Patrick’s Day in LA

St. Patrick’s Day in LA

St. Patrick's Day is on a weekday this year, but that just means the party starts early this weekend. Whether you plan to click your heels with Gaelic glee, dig into some corned beef hash or take a swig (or two) of green beer, there's plenty to do. Aside from all the Irish pubs celebrating the holiday, there are lots of other places that will be toasting St. Patrick's Day in Los Angeles and beyond. Erin go Bragh!
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4 Ways to Spring Clean Your Skin

4 Ways to Spring Clean Your Skin

It might still be rain, sleet and snow outside your window, but spring is on its way. (Promise!) And that means it’s time to slough away the rough, dry, dull layers that winter wreaked on your skin and get ready for a bright new season. Here are four surefire ways to help prep and pamper yourself into smooth, clean and radiant skin from head to toe.
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Awards Season Beauty Treatments

Awards Season Beauty Treatments

Awards Season is in full swing and you know what that means: Hollywood is abuzz with A-listers getting primped and pampered for flawless close-ups. But even if you’re not walking the red carpet there’s no reason you shouldn’t look like a million bucks. Check out these star treatments that will give you real results to last long after the party’s over.
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10 Romantic Restaurants in LA

10 Romantic Restaurants in LA

Low lights. Delicious food. A cushy atmosphere that'll make you want to linger for hours. It's all so cliche but oh so true. If you're looking for a romantic night out, those are the essential ingredients. Oh, and the right person to join you doesn't hurt either. Check out this list of my picks for some of the most romantic restaurants in Los Angeles.
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Weekend Getaway: Grand Del Mar

Weekend Getaway: Grand Del Mar

Going on a long vacation isn’t always an option, so when it’s time for a weekend getaway, the key is to go somewhere that truly feels like you’re escaping your regular routine. That’s exactly what you get from the moment you arrive at the Grand Del Mar. This five-star resort is only about 20 minutes from downtown San Diego, but it feels like a world away.
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Holiday Cocktails in LA

Holiday Cocktails in LA

Tis the season to be jolly and sometimes that calls for a drink. Whether you're ready to celebrate the holidays or simply want to relieve the stress of the holidaze, here are 12 delicious cocktail recipes to get you in the spirit. In the immortal words of Willy Wonka: "Candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker!"
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DIY Latin Beauty Remedies

DIY Latin Beauty Remedies

Whether it's soothing a sudden breakout or adding some much-needed luster to your hair, there are dozens of homemade remedies that require no trip to the pharmacy or beauty counter. I spoke with a renowned Mayan healing instructor and author to share some easy tips on how to take advantage of Mother Nature's bounty for do-it-yourself Latin beauty remedies.
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E! News: Love It Buy It – Macy’s Holiday Gift List

E! News: Love It Buy It – Macy’s Holiday Gift List

Forget crowded malls and parking lot rage. Today's special Macy's edition of "Love It Buy It" has something for everyone on your list including men's sweaters for $24.99, the most ridiculously soft Martha Stewart plush robe for half off and the Keurig 2.0 K350 Brewer with carafe that regularly costs $219.99 for $149.99!
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Weekend Getaway: Santa Barbara

Weekend Getaway: Santa Barbara

With miles of stunning coastline and more than 300 days of sunshine a year (yes, that includes winter) it’s no wonder Santa Barbara is often referred to as the American Riviera. Located between the Pacific Ocean and Santa Ynez Mountains, this year-round destination beckons with world-class resorts, endless beaches, a bustling downtown scene and beautiful Spanish architecture. Whether you plan to stay a while or just want to take a day trip, one thing’s sure: You’ll have an unforgettable time in this fun, historic town.
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Your Most Gluttonous Meal Ever?

Your Most Gluttonous Meal Ever?

What and where was your most gluttonous meal experience ever? Do you even remember? Or were you left in a lead-bellied, food-overload haze of bacon grease, donut glaze and salty chocolate crumbs? I asked some of the country's most famed eaters this very question because, well, it's nice to know I'm not the only one who loves to pig out.
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Beyond Pie: Pumpkin in LA

Beyond Pie: Pumpkin in LA

We might be the only place in the country where fall feels like summer, but autumn in Los Angeles still means it’s time for pumpkin. Fortunately, there are tons of options that go beyond traditional pie and Starbucks lattes. From fabulous pumpkin facials to tasty pumpkin cocktails, here's where to enjoy everyone's favorite fall gourd.
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Hot Stuff: Cooking Classes in LA

Hot Stuff: Cooking Classes in LA

Admit it. You've watched every cooking show on TV, know all the chefs and down-home hash slingers by name, and yet you still don't know what the hell confit is or how to really use a knife. Well, it's time to get off the couch, roll up your sleeves, get into the kitchen, and actually make something other than reservations.
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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 is so popular it has its own holiday. But that's not until December 7 and there's no reason to wait that long to indulge. It's summertime and the sweet treat is in full swing not only at carnivals and county fairs, but it’s also showing up at some of LA’s hottest bars and restaurants.
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My Top 10 Beach Bag Essentials

My Top 10 Beach Bag Essentials

Summer is here, which means longer days for having fun and basking in the sun. You have your swimsuit, but what should you pack in your beach bag so you don't end up getting burned by poor planning? Here are my top 10 beach bag essentials to ensure you have it made in the shade.
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