CALIFORNIA LIFE & STYLE

CALIFORNIA LIFE & STYLE

Wines of the Week: California's Alexander Valley Cabernets

It’s worth remembering that all California Cabernet Sauvignon doesn’t come from Napa. It grows in lots of places. Where there is warm sunshine, ample heat units and obliging autumn weather, there are winemakers taking a stab at making it. Where to find it? In the warmer reaches of Paso Robles,...

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  • Culinary SOS: Turkey chili from Panera Bread

    Culinary SOS: Turkey chili from Panera Bread

    Reader Joan Mack of Palm Desert is a big fan of the turkey chili at Panera Bread. Ground turkey is slowly simmered with a blend of black, pinto and navy beans in a rich tomato sauce flavored with garlic, peppers, cumin, chili powder and a cup of amber ale. The recipe, adapted from Panera head chef...

  • At Saint Laurent it's supple leather, slouchy boots and 'smoking forever'

    At Saint Laurent it's supple leather, slouchy boots and 'smoking forever'

    Like the under-construction Left Bank venue that will eventually become the Yves Saint Laurent headquarters, Anthony Vaccarello’s sophomore collection for Saint Laurent felt very much like a work in progress. Presented on a rainy Thursday night here in front of a star-studded crowd that included...

  • Obamas sign rumored $60-million book deal with Penguin Random House

    Obamas sign rumored $60-million book deal with Penguin Random House

    Don’t say the Obamas haven’t been busy since they left the White House. Bidding for the publishing rights to books from former President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama has hit the $60-million mark, according to a report in the Financial Times. On Tuesday evening, Penguin Random House...

  • A look at the sketches behind your favorite Oscar gowns

    A look at the sketches behind your favorite Oscar gowns

    Cameras flash, spectators ooh and ahh, and suddenly, a procession of gowns appear worn by the stars of the moment — or at least, those fortunate enough to make it to the awards season’s finish line, the Academy Awards. On Sunday on the plush red carpet in front of the Dolby Theatre, the energy...

  • Guerlain gets ready to launch new international women’s fragrance

    Guerlain gets ready to launch new international women’s fragrance

    Guerlain is poised to launch a new women’s fragrance — called Mon Guerlain — conceived to have strong resonance abroad. “We are entering a new cycle for Guerlain,” explained Laurent Boillot, chairman and chief executive officer of the LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton-owned brand. He said the house...

  • Giorgio Armani previews new eyeshadow gel backstage during fashion show

    Giorgio Armani previews new eyeshadow gel backstage during fashion show

    Giorgio Armani’s international makeup artist Linda Cantello had a mission to accomplish in conceiving the beauty look of the designer’s fall collection. “It’s all about making black easier for normal women to wear,” she said backstage. Although this may sound simple in terms of clothes, in the...

  • Hailee Steinfeld, Kelly Rohrbach appear in Michael Kors' L.A.-themed handbag campaign

    Hailee Steinfeld, Kelly Rohrbach appear in Michael Kors' L.A.-themed handbag campaign

    Michael Kors is hitting the streets of L.A. For the third time in an ongoing series, Kors will feature “The Walk,” a 360-degree street-style digital handbag campaign, that breaks today. Kors selected four young women for the spring ads: Actor and singer Hailee Steinfeld; actress Kelly Rohrbach;...

  • Alexander Wang, Adidas to release second collection of streetwear looks

    Alexander Wang, Adidas to release second collection of streetwear looks

    The second bundle of Alexander Wang’s designs for Adidas Originals will be released to retail Wednesday. On March 1, select global retailers will sell the 14-piece collection. Initial stockists include Barneys in New York, Colette in Paris, Boon the Shop in Seoul, Antonioli in Milan, Storm in Copenhagen,...

  • Amazon opens its first East Coast bookstore — in Dedham, Mass.

    Amazon opens its first East Coast bookstore — in Dedham, Mass.

    Online retailer Amazon is opening its fourth brick-and-mortar bookstore, undeterred by critics who accuse the company of trying to put independent booksellers out of business. The Boston Globe reports that Amazon Books held a preview of its store in Dedham, Mass., on Saturday, drawing crowds of...

  • The restaurant that charges different prices for the same meal based on neighborhood income is expanding

    The restaurant that charges different prices for the same meal based on neighborhood income is expanding

    From even more avocado toast in downtown to a restaurant inspired by a Hollywood backlot, here’s what’s happening in the Los Angeles food-and-drink world.  Prices will vary: Everytable, the South Central restaurant with the variable pricing model (the food is priced based on neighborhood income),...

  • 15 of our favorite frittata recipes

    15 of our favorite frittata recipes

    When you're looking for an easy one-dish meal, it doesn't get much easier than a frittata. Combine a few ingredients from the store, or use leftovers from the fridge as inspiration for breakfast, dinner or anytime in between. Here are 15 of our favorite recipes, perfect served hot or cold. noelle.carter@latimes.com...

  • Get the look: Here are the major beauty and hair trends from the Oscars

    Get the look: Here are the major beauty and hair trends from the Oscars

    The red carpet is a place where actresses are often referred to as goddesses because of their glittering gowns, flowing hair, chiseled cheekbones or statuesque frame (sometimes it’s because of all of the above). As it was Sunday at the 89th Academy Awards, where when it came to hair and makeup, goddess...

  • Cheer up, Oscars: Award mix-ups have happened in literature, too

    Cheer up, Oscars: Award mix-ups have happened in literature, too

    It's the nightmare scenario for any awards program, and Sunday night at the Academy Awards, it came true: An envelope mix-up led Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway to announce that "La La Land" had won best picture, instead of the actual winner, "Moonlight." It was the biggest blunder in the history...

  • We know what went wrong on stage. Here's the worst (and best) of the Oscars red carpet

    We know what went wrong on stage. Here's the worst (and best) of the Oscars red carpet

    Another year, another red carpet. The fashion at the Academy Awards in Hollywood was a retro rewind. Think throwback silhouette gowns, rich velvet fabrics, romantic lace details and trailing capes. And, of course, jewels. But while there were no fashion gaffes as big as what happened on stage (Björk...

  • We found good, reasonably priced omakase inside an Encino strip mall

    We found good, reasonably priced omakase inside an Encino strip mall

    Name: Okumura, named after chef-owner Ryota Okumura.  Who’s cooking: Okumura and a small crew of sushi chefs. Okumura studied at Hattori Nutrition College in Tokyo (if you’ve ever watched the original “Iron Chef,” you’ve probably seen Hattori students assisting competitors) and worked at Koi, Katana and...

  • 9 pasta recipes ready in 25 minutes or less

    9 pasta recipes ready in 25 minutes or less

    When you want to keep dinner fast but filling, pasta is always a great option. The noodles are a blank canvas, ready to work with almost any flavor combination you’d like to add, be it sausage, broccoli, seafood, fresh herbs or a creamy sauce studded with bits of cheese. Here are nine of our favorite...

  • Sugar snap peas are in season. We have recipes

    Sugar snap peas are in season. We have recipes

    What’s in season: Often referred to as just “sugar peas,” sugar snap peas are known for their sweet and bright but delicate flavor and great crunch. The peas are a cross between the English pea and the snow pea developed by a plant breeder named Calvin Lamborn in the 1970s. And, they’re a cook’s...

  • Costume designers and guests dress the part for the Costume Designers Guild Awards

    Costume designers and guests dress the part for the Costume Designers Guild Awards

    Doing what they do best, costume designers whipped up looks that not only killed on the red carpet but also told a story about character and craft. As the nominees and the stars they dress walked the red carpet at the 19th Costume Designers Guild Awards at the Beverly Hilton on Tuesday, they revealed...

  • Accessories brand Thalé Blanc goes from pop-up to permanent on Melrose Place

    Accessories brand Thalé Blanc goes from pop-up to permanent on Melrose Place

    Pop-up stores are a regular sight in Los Angeles as beauty and fashion brands briefly test out their lines, create buzz and then pull up stakes. But Deborah Sawaf, creative director and founder of accessories brand Thalé Blanc, put down roots, setting up a store that’s open Monday through Saturday...

  • When snowboarding and skiing get old, there's snow biking

    When snowboarding and skiing get old, there's snow biking

    “We’ve reached the point of no return,” Ken Long said, motioning to a snowy trail on the right that plunged down the mountainside. “If we do this, we commit. It’ll add an hour.” I looked at my watch. I looked at the snow packed so high it almost covered the trail sign. I glanced at the shimmering...

  • Non-Catholics use Lent as a chance for a resolution reboot

    Non-Catholics use Lent as a chance for a resolution reboot

    Allie Hanson was sitting  in a coffee shop when she found herself eavesdropping on the conversation between two men at the next table. The topic: What they planned to give up this year for Lent, the 40-day Catholic ritual of self-sacrifice that begins March 1. Hanson, 36, is more interested in...

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    Smart ideas for supporting your child's education in 2017 and beyond

    The education children receive today will help them throughout their lives. School is the fundamental component of the learning process, but education doesn't stop when kids arrive back home at the end of the day. "Education and family go hand in hand," says Ellen Marks, curriculum director of Bricks...

  • It's 2017: Do you know how old your farmer is?

    It's 2017: Do you know how old your farmer is?

    Smartphone? Check. GPS? Check. Seed, fertilizer and tractor? Check. Welcome to the world of modern agriculture, where high-tech is the rule and savvy millennials are in demand as U.S. agriculture embraces the many challenges of feeding a growing world. From planters guided by GPS to corn and soybeans...

  • Thinking outside the coop: 8 common myths about raising backyard poultry

    Thinking outside the coop: 8 common myths about raising backyard poultry

    From fresh egg production to natural garden fertilizer, there is no shortage of benefits in raising backyard poultry. But even as families become more familiar with sustainable living and keeping chickens, several poultry myths still exist. Here to set the record straight for our feathered friends...

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