| Dec 4, 2013
| 5:52 PM
Fred Sands, whose name once was posted on for-sale signs on houses all over Los Angeles' affluent Westside, quit selling homes more than a decade ago. But he has quietly built another real estate empire.
The striving son of a New York cabby and small-...
| Dec 7, 2013
| 7:00 AM
We love our shopping malls and big box stores, but sometimes the right place to find a holiday gift is slightly off the beaten path. What follows is a brief survey of a few such establishments:
BEATRICE VALENZUELA, ECHO PARK
Four years ago, Mexico...
| Oct 17, 2013
| 12:51 PM
Guys hoping to pique the interest of the cool ghouls and lady demons this Hallow's Eve should consider donning a Batman costume or dressing up as Jay Gatsby.
That's one of the takeaways from a recent survey of more than 2,000 singles conducted by dating...
| Dec 20, 2013
| 10:00 AM
The era of the peacock pro-basketball player is upon us. Having an off-court look is as important as on-court play, stylists are de rigueur and a player's presence in the front row of fashion shows no longer turns heads. Since the City of Angels is now...
| Dec 23, 2013
| 8:00 AM
Whether you're looking for a gift for an aspiring fashionista or a treat for yourself, a couple of books published this fall might fill the bill.
In "Rock in Fashion," menswear designer John Varvatos breaks down the elements of rock 'n' roll style...
| Nov 6, 2013
| 7:32 AM
The phone call came on July 2, 2012 – Ann Feanny Mahfood’s 49th birthday.
“You have been diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer,” said Mahfood’s doctor.
At the time Mahfood thought, “Some birthday gift.”...
| Nov 14, 2013
| 12:37 PM
At a talk at the Wadsworth Atheneum a few years ago, interior designer and lifestyle philosopher Alexandra Stoddard of Stonington described how she keeps calm.
Every morning she starts the day with a "one-flower" meditation, which, she said, leaves her...
| Aug 26, 2013
| 3:46 AM
I have a weakness that could be considered a character flaw for designer shoes, purses and sunglasses.
I confess that I've paid full price, gasp!, for the later, because I just could not control the impulse to own them. The purchases were almost...
| Aug 6, 2013
| 4:49 PM
PARIS — Full disclosure: I love-love-love this city. In the springtime. In the fall. In the summer, when it sizzles. In the winter, when it drizzles (though not so much when it snows!) Merci, Cole Porter.
I visit twice a year on business, for...
| Jul 28, 2012
| 8:02 AM
With the London Olympics in full swing, even those of us whose usual activity level consists of pressing buttons on the remote may get inspired to become more active. And to get started, it wouldn't hurt to look the part....
| Jul 27, 2012
| 4:12 PM
The Hudson's Bay Company has released sketches of the opening ceremony uniforms created for the Canadian Olympic team to wear in the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games. They include a parade jacket inspired by the 1976 Montreal Olympics,...
| Nov 25, 2012
It's not just any fashion brand that can get A-listers Cameron Diaz and Reese Witherspoon to come out for a store opening on a Friday night in L.A. on a stretch of Melrose that until now has been a retail wasteland.
But British-born, New York-based...