CALIFORNIA LIFE & STYLE

CALIFORNIA LIFE & STYLE

Books: Food and the stories we tell, plus glam rock and YA in the age of Trump

Are you still shopping for the holidays? Don’t miss our books gift guide! THE BIG STORY Susan Straight is one of our Critics at Large and writes an essay for us that’s really hard to sum up (that’s how you can tell it’s a good essay). Basically, it’s about an elk head and food and J. Ryan Stradal’s...

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  • 13 YA authors on writing in the age of Trump

    13 YA authors on writing in the age of Trump

    The raw, initial reaction to Trump’s nomination has subsided; now many young adults are processing how they might be affected by the new administration. Students expressed their support on Twitter for DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals immigration protection measure, sharing tweets...

  • A French chef makes a plate of vegetables into a work of art

    A French chef makes a plate of vegetables into a work of art

    We live in a time of outrageously beautiful food, when our Instagram feeds routinely show the latest garden on a plate from kitchens in Copenhagen or Mugaritz, when lunch at the corner restaurant can mean the chef’s market haul translated into a Caravaggio still life. Even so, the dish of seasonal...

  • Farmers market report: Cauliflower is in season. We have recipes

    Farmers market report: Cauliflower is in season. We have recipes

    What’s in season: A member of the cabbage family and a close relative of broccoli, cauliflower gets its name from the Latin caulis (“stalk”) and floris (“flower”). While you can typically find white cauliflower all year in supermarkets, the vegetable is generally in season from the winter months...

  • Forget about subtle makeup. For this holiday season, embrace gloss, glitz and shimmer

    Forget about subtle makeup. For this holiday season, embrace gloss, glitz and shimmer

    Stash those muted eye shadows and barely there lip glosses. For this holiday season, beauty brands want shoppers to forget subtle and embrace gloss, glitz and shimmer — with products often in gift-ready packaging. From micro-tubs of frosted eye creams to lip colors in metallic mauve, it’s the season...

  • Feast your eyes on the Ebell of L.A.’s treasure trove of vintage fashion

    Feast your eyes on the Ebell of L.A.’s treasure trove of vintage fashion

    Walking through the doors of the Ebell of Los Angeles building on Lucerne Boulevard, you can’t help but be filled with a sense of nostalgia. Perhaps it’s the walls, which are intricately wood-paneled, or the ceiling painted in hues of gold and aqua, or maybe it’s the jaw-dropping Persian rugs placed...

  • Great L.A. Walks: This short, steep hike takes you high above Burbank

    Great L.A. Walks: This short, steep hike takes you high above Burbank

    The Verdugo Mountains rise sharply and form a striking backdrop to Glendale and Burbank. Here is a short, steep hike that gets a good feel for them, and for the broad views they offer on the way up. Wear good shoes and be prepared for a good holiday season workout. 1. Begin this walk high above...

  • New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc widens its scope

    New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc widens its scope

    Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is like no other wine on Earth. If you’ve had so much as a sip of this New Zealand white, then you already know this. Pungent, herbaceous, redolent of grass and gooseberries, of Key lime and passion fruit and torn tomato leaves, renowned, if that’s the word, for its...

  • Buy that buttery soft tee and give back to L.A. nonprofit groups

    Buy that buttery soft tee and give back to L.A. nonprofit groups

    There are more than a few fashion trends that don’t age well — scrunchies, leg warmers, low-rise denim. But Los Angeles native Yvonne Niami has largely built her L.A.-based women’s wear brand, N:Philanthropy, around something that gets better with time — raising money for animal welfare and pediatric...

  • Former journalist David Savill's fiction debut, ‘They are Trying to Break Your Heart', is searing

    Former journalist David Savill's fiction debut, ‘They are Trying to Break Your Heart', is searing

    If, as Mahatma Gandhi wrote in 1959, “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated,” then things are not going at all well in the parallel lands that are the setting for David Savill’s searing debut novel, “They Are Trying to Break Your Heart.”...

  • Rebecca Moses and Ralph Pucci collaborate on mannequins that celebrate diversity

    Rebecca Moses and Ralph Pucci collaborate on mannequins that celebrate diversity

    Consider the gauntlet thrown. It’s as chic and provocative as an 11-button glove, and plenty joyful. It comes via “Imperfectly Perfect,” an exhibition by Rebecca Moses opening tonight at Ralph Pucci International, a cross-disciplinary wonder of illustration, one-off fashion and accessories and...

  • The Pantone trendsetters have spoken: Green is the color of 2017

    The Pantone trendsetters have spoken: Green is the color of 2017

    In the aftermath of the contentious 2016 presidential election, you couldn’t help but wonder what the Pantone Color Institute – which chooses a symbolic color every year to represent the mood of the country – would choose for its Color of the Year for 2017. Brooding Black? Angry Amaranth?  This...

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