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  • Instagram is making it easier for the brands that fill your feed to fill your shopping cart too

    Instagram is making it easier for the brands that fill your feed to fill your shopping cart too

    Instagram is stepping up its shopping functionality. The company, which began testing shopping on its app with 20 brands in November, said Tuesday it’s now ready to expand the program to thousands of brands in the apparel, jewelry and beauty spaces. Jim Squires, Instagram‘s director of product...

  • Pok Pok, Andy Ricker's Thai restaurant in Chinatown, is closing

    Pok Pok, Andy Ricker's Thai restaurant in Chinatown, is closing

    From the shuttering of a Chinatown Thai restaurant to the opening of a new jazz-inspired Hollywood bar, here’s what’s happening in the Los Angeles food and drink world: Bye pad Thai: Andy Ricker’s Pok Pok LA Thai restaurant in Chinatown will have its last night of service on Tuesday, reported Eater...

  • It's Taco Tuesday. Here are 11 recipes to help you celebrate

    It's Taco Tuesday. Here are 11 recipes to help you celebrate

    Taco Tuesday or not, sometimes nothing beats a great taco. So we’ve compiled 11 of our favorite recipes, from Guerrilla Tacos chef/owner Wes Avila’s sweet potato tacos with leeks and almond salsa (pictured) to tacos revolving around shrimp, halibut, duck and a range of vegetarian options. We even...

  • & Other Stories opens an L.A. atelier

    & Other Stories opens an L.A. atelier

    H &M-owned retailer & Other Stories, which launched in 2013, is expanding its design reach to Los Angeles with the opening of its third atelier after Stockholm and Paris, on Melrose Avenue in West Hollywood. Los Angeles-based designers Dakota Solt and Caity Knox head up the apparel design, which...

  • Should the fashion industry take a lesson from Kim Kardashian West?

    Should the fashion industry take a lesson from Kim Kardashian West?

    Kim Kardashian is not just everywhere online, she is the future of fashion. At least according to celebrity branding expert Jeetendr Sehdev, who argues on behalf of the publicity maven’s authenticity in his new book, “The Kim Kardashian Principle: Why Shameless Sells (and How to Do It Right),”...

  • A whimsical landscaping makeover in Long Beach

    A whimsical landscaping makeover in Long Beach

    Somewhere between DIY and hiring a contractor to do all the work is a home improvement sweet spot for those who aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty but respect the skill of professionals and know when to call in the cavalry. It’s a middle ground where Long Beach homeowners Wendy Manasse Wiese...

  • Norovirus outbreak continues at Santa Monica schools

    Norovirus outbreak continues at Santa Monica schools

    Nearly two months after a norovirus outbreak began during a class trip to Yosemite, students in Santa Monica are still falling sick with the stomach bug, according to school and public health officials. Cases appear to be falling, but 100 students still contracted norovirus last week in the Santa...

  • Nike celebrates the Air Max with 12 potential ‘RevolutionAir’ designs

    Nike celebrates the Air Max with 12 potential ‘RevolutionAir’ designs

    Nike is celebrating Air Max Month in a new way. The brand tapped 12 streetwear innovators to re-create its iconic Air Max shoe — and this time next year, you’ll be able to buy the winning design. The designers, dubbed RevolutionAirs, are based all over the world, but three in particular — Sean...

  • Derek Walcott's poetry had grandeur, an exuberance of language

    Derek Walcott's poetry had grandeur, an exuberance of language

    I discovered Derek Walcott in graduate school after a professor of Caribbean literature recommended “The Prodigal.” I read it slowly, over the course of several weeks, taking in a section or a stanza at a time. His poetry demanded a certain kind of work from me, and I resented that. But one afternoon,...

  • Machine Gun Kelly, Travis Mills attend Marcelo Burlon's West Hollywood dinner

    Machine Gun Kelly, Travis Mills attend Marcelo Burlon's West Hollywood dinner

    County of Milan creative director and DJ Marcelo Burlon returned to Los Angeles after a six-year absence to host a dinner at Chateau Marmont on Wednesday night for his pals Machine Gun Kelly, Travis Mills, Caroline Vreeland, Natalia and Alberto Bonifacci, Brandon Thomas Lee, Leila Yavari, Aleali...

  • Happy St. Patrick's Day! Celebrate with these beer-infused recipes

    Happy St. Patrick's Day! Celebrate with these beer-infused recipes

    Did you remember to wear green today? On this day, we’re all Irish. To help with your celebrations, we’ve compiled 26 of our favorite beer-infused recipes. Now you can eat your beer in addition to toasting with it. Happy St. Patrick’s Day! noelle.carter@latimes.com @noellecarter

  • 11 stylish 'Beauty and the Beast' products that will allow you to unleash your inner Belle

    11 stylish 'Beauty and the Beast' products that will allow you to unleash your inner Belle

    Gertrude Stein once wrote, “Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose.” But she might have ended up regretting those words after seeing the dizzying number of fashion and home collaborations inspired by that very bloom, which has a major role in Disney’s new, live-action film “Beauty and the Beast,” starring...

  • Elif Batuman turns her gifts to fiction in 'The Idiot'

    Elif Batuman turns her gifts to fiction in 'The Idiot'

    With her smart and deliciously comic 2010 debut, the essay collection “The Possessed,” Elif Batuman wrote one of the 21st century’s great love letters to reading. Ostensibly orbiting an academic cottage industry devoted to the mighty Russians — Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Chekhov, et al. — her true quarry...

  • If I don't pay all these medical bills, I could lose the house? Thank goodness

    If I don't pay all these medical bills, I could lose the house? Thank goodness

    “We’re hanging in there,” is what I tell people when they ask. Folks find this little lie sort of reassuring, as do I. Hanging in there is about the best you can hope for in the situation we’re in. In fact, the other night, I fell out of bed for the first time in my life, and then on Sunday morning,...

  • He told me he was crazy about me. And then he dumped me.

    He told me he was crazy about me. And then he dumped me.

    “He’s a director,” I told my friend L., absently fiddling with the lighter in my hand. “He’s not that cute, though. Did you think he was cute? It was pretty dim at that bar. Maybe I shouldn’t have given him my number. He’s like, 10 years older than me.” L. shrugged. “He thinks I’m funny. I don’t...

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  • Committed to care: Higher education institutions pledge dedication to student success

    Committed to care: Higher education institutions pledge dedication to student success

    The future of higher education is often the subject of debate; what constitutes a valuable education for students continues to shift as student demographics change. Recently, government regulators and other external stakeholders have been questioning the value of for-profit higher education, specifically,...

  • Secrets smart investors use year-round to save on their taxes

    Secrets smart investors use year-round to save on their taxes

    Come tax time, many people work to locate tax breaks. While this is always a smart financial move, a little-known way to help build your net worth is to keep taxes top of mind throughout the entire year. Reducing taxes means you keep more of what you earn, according to Nick Holeman, a financial...

  • 3 tax hints every investor should know

    3 tax hints every investor should know

    It's a common misconception that if you have investments you need to shell out a large chunk of change to have your taxes prepared by an accounting genius. The truth is, it's easy and affordable to do your own taxes and maximize tax savings — even if you're an investor. "First and foremost, gather...

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