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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

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 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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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

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

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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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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Chaya-Downtown - Photo by Mar Yvette

Late-Night, All-Night Happy Hour

Happy Hour. Two little words that bring such joy to so many. But who can get out of the office at four-frickin-thirty in the afternoon? Thankfully, restaurants and bars are figuring out that if they really want to entice all of us they're gonna have to come up with something beyond the typical happy hour window.
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The Last Bookstore in Downtown LA

LA’s Best Independent Bookstores

Read any good books lately? Even if you've forsaken the good old-fashioned paperback in favor of the iPad or Kindle, you have to admit there's something special about turning the page, feeling the paper and reading the print in an actual book. So in the name of helping the noble scribe, encouraging everyone to read and supporting local businesses, here's a list of 20+ indie LA bookshops that are worth checking out.
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STREET's Spicy Black Bean Veggie Burger

2014 Tax Day Deals in Los Angeles

IRS, IOU, OMG! Tax Day is that dreaded time of year when everyone's least avuncular Uncle Sam comes to cash in at our expense. Or, if you're one of the fortunate few, it's the one day when you get a little cash back to help ease the sting of all those taxes being taken from your paycheck the rest of the year. Either way, we could all use a good deal right about this time. And even better, a freebie. Here's a quick hit list of discounts around SoCal...
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Out & About: City of Claremont

Have you been to the cute little town of Claremont??? It seems so far away ... and it IS if you get stuck in traffic ... but you really must make some time to walk along the tree-lined streets filled with independently owned shops, charming sidewalk cafes and historic buildings, not to mention the Claremont Colleges. No wonder it's called "The City of Trees and PhDs."
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Weekend Getaway: Del Marcos Hotel

PS, I love you. Your beautiful palm trees, your peaceful mountains, your fabulous retro charm. It's no wonder I head out to this desert getaway as often as I can. Most recently, my friend was getting married in Palm Springs, so it was the perfect reason to go back. But where to stay? Well ... let's just say I found the cutest little mid-century modern gem just one block from historic downtown Palm Springs. And its name is the Del Marcos Hotel.
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Super Bowl Sunday in LA

Football's biggest game of the year is here. And you know what that means: Party time! Forget staying at home with a bag of chips and a six pack of beer. There are dozens of places all over LA to watch the Super Bowl on February 2. Whether you want a tropical hangout with cheap drinks, a hidden bar by the beach or vegan-style action, check out this list of where to watch the Super Bowl in Los Angeles. (And for you homebodies, there are a couple of take-out options, too.)
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5 Easy Winter Accessories You’ll Love

Accessories are necessities. After all, an outfit isn't complete without at least one. But rather than loading up on all sorts of trendy pieces that'll lose their luster by next fall and winter, focus on a handful of key accessories that will last you well beyond a season or two. I promise you'll look fab and you won't have to spend a fortune.
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Cheesepocalypse: Top 5 Cheese Snack Recipes

Never mind the real life crises of the world. It seems the biggest threat to humanity right now is that of an impending Velveeta shortage. At least that's what the folks at Kraft are hoping you believe. So you better hurry up and stock up on the "velvety" processed cheese block, right? Wrong. Consider this your chance to find better alternatives that will ensure you survive the Cheesepocalypse ...
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Get Quacking: Peking Duck in LA

It's the year of the horse according to the Chinese zodiac, but the bird is the word at Chinese restaurants across the country including here in Los Angeles. That's because Peking duck--that crunchy, crispy, crackly creation originally from Beijing--has become a star attraction on menus. Read on for some of the best places to quack up your tastebuds in LA.
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The Langham Huntington, Pasadena

LA Guide to Downton Abbey

It is a happy new year indeed now that the fourth season of Downton Abbey is here. But did you know you can have your own Downton experience right here in LA? Yes, darling. You can take a stroll through English rose gardens finished with a spot of tea or go for a wee bit of shopping at one of the best British clothiers right here in the City of Angels, for starters. Read on for a quick guide on how you can live it up Crawley-style around Los Angeles. Pinkies up!
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Roasted Manhattan @ Caulfield's in Beverly Hills

Spiced Cocktails in LA

Variety is the spice of life. But a cocktail with spice? Well, that's extra nice ... especially now that shorter days and cooler evenings are here. Spiced cocktails are a perfect way to change things up thanks to their intense aromas and warm, exotic flavors. Whether you feel like a mouth-tingling cayenne concoction or a nutmeg-and-cinnamon sensation, check out these must-try spots for a tasty spiced cocktail in Los Angeles.
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Mar Yvete in Lysse leggings

5 Fall Fashion Must-Haves

Ah, fall. I love this time of year when things get a little cozier and sweater weather is in full swing. You can pore through all the fashion magazines telling you to buy dozens of different products ranging from insanely expensive fur coats to some hideous lug sole boots, but ultimately it's going to be about getting what YOU want and choosing what's right for your own lifestyle. That said, there are some wardrobe staples you should consider adding to your closet that will keep you warm and looking good all season long.
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Top 5 Ways to Get Glowing Skin

Tired of looking tired? Done with being dull? (Skinned, that is.) Yeah, so am I. Unlike my fiance and every other man I know who follows no beauty regimen whatsoever yet somehow has flawless skin, I was not born with a perfect complexion. (Thank goodness for the overexposure options on Instagram!) But clear glowing skin can be achieved. I asked some well-qualified experts for their top tips on getting gorgeous glowing skin ... no airbrushing required.
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8 Ways to Beat Your Meat Habit

October is National Vegetarian Month, but adding meat-free options to your diet is a good idea any time of year. So why not do your body, the planet and all those adorable animals a favor by indulging in some meat-free nourishment? Even if you're the bloodiest of carnivores, you can beat your meat habit with these tasty vittles at some of my favorite LA area restaurants.
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Drink to Your Health: 18 Good-For-You Cocktails

Salud! It’s not just something you say while clink-clinking your way to buzzdom anymore. Now you really can drink to your health thanks to the growing trend of healthy cocktails that contain everything from immune-boosting herbs to liver-cleansing veggies. Ironic? Lest we forget, alcohol itself was originally a form of medicine. So go ahead and raise a glass… or two. Just don’t tell your doctor I told you so.
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