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  • Versace rethinks athleisure styles for spring 2017

    Versace rethinks athleisure styles for spring 2017

    What? Didn’t peg Donatella Versace for the athletic type? She’s more invested in the sports world than one might assume. She hits the gym, at least according to Instagram, where she recently posted a few photos of herself midworkout on a Pilates reformer, as well as bikini shots to flaunt the fruits...

  • Tom Hiddleston to appear in Gucci tailoring ads

    Tom Hiddleston to appear in Gucci tailoring ads

    Gucci tapped British actor Tom Hiddleston to appear in the advertising campaign of its cruise 2017 tailoring collection. Photographer Glen Luchford lensed Hiddleston at Tony Duquette’s Dawnridge Estate in Los Angeles, where rooms are filled with antiquities and paintings. Joe McKenna styled the...

  • Ireland Baldwin, Corinne Foxx and Alessandra Garcia take center stage in Wet n Wild advertising

    Ireland Baldwin, Corinne Foxx and Alessandra Garcia take center stage in Wet n Wild advertising

    Talent and beauty don’t skip a generation. Exhibit A is Wet n Wild’s “Generations of Wild” advertising campaign breaking in January starring Jamie Foxx’s daughter, Corinne Foxx; Andy Garcia’s daughter, Alessandra Garcia, and Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger’s daughter Ireland Baldwin. Pictured alone...

  • Giorgio Armani’s spring line radiates a chic charm that's fresh and alluring

    Giorgio Armani’s spring line radiates a chic charm that's fresh and alluring

    The show notes proclaimed the collection’s name: Charmani. Find an American of a certain age who didn’t think “Mr. Whipple” first and “charm,” second. That idiomatic quirk aside, the handle proved accurate. The collection Giorgio Armani showed on Friday, his first in his new, midweek time slot,...

  • Gwen Stefani reflects on her whirlwind year and success in fashion, music and TV

    Gwen Stefani reflects on her whirlwind year and success in fashion, music and TV

    If success is the best revenge, then Gwen Stefani is slaying those who’ve done her wrong.One culprit in particular is ex-husband Gavin Rossdale, who allegedly caused the demise of their 13-year marriage with a cheating scandal. Stefani is bouncing back from what she admitted was “the crazy year...

  • Bruce Springsteen on keeping life honest, real in 'Born to Run' autobiography

    Bruce Springsteen on keeping life honest, real in 'Born to Run' autobiography

    Anyone who has ever experienced the uniquely soul-stirring amalgam of musical celebration, spiritual rejuvenation, intellectual provocation and physical release-to-the-point-of-exhaustion that is a concert by Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band will feel right at home in the 508 pages of “Born...

  • Prada rethinks the classics for spring 2017

    Prada rethinks the classics for spring 2017

    Miuccia Prada isn’t so shy after all. You know all those peek-a-boo show bows she’s famous for, the quick blink-and-you-missed-her half-steps from backstage? It turns out, they have nothing to do with reticence or stage fright. Rather, Prada just may not be into going out there to soak up the applause....

  • La Mer brings luxury touch to the makeup counter

    La Mer brings luxury touch to the makeup counter

    Plain old foundation just won’t cut it anymore. This was La Mer’s thinking, too, and on Oct. 3 the brand will bring its first major makeup collection to market. The 50-year-old company’s signature Creme de la Mer is getting pigmented counterparts in the form of a foundation that’s being introduced...

  • Ashley Graham, Danielle Brooks and Gabourey Sidibe step up for Lane Bryant's fall campaign

    Ashley Graham, Danielle Brooks and Gabourey Sidibe step up for Lane Bryant's fall campaign

    Furthering its efforts to break stereotypes of plus-size women, Lane Bryant will on Monday launch a fall ad campaign titled “This Body Is Made to Shine.” “With previous campaigns we’ve helped disrupt the dated and ridiculous views and depictions of the ‘perfect’ body displayed in the media. With...

  • Facebook encourages visits to physical retailers through customizable ads to local inventory

    Facebook encourages visits to physical retailers through customizable ads to local inventory

    The world of digital advertising might be “mobile first,” but it’s increasingly setting its sights on the physical realm.This week, Facebook introduces a new mobile ad capability that aims to encourage in-store traffic and purchases — while also courting bricks-and-mortar advertisers. The product...

  • How to plan a beer crawl along the Metro Red Line

    How to plan a beer crawl along the Metro Red Line

    Bar crawls are fun, but the logistics can be tricky, especially when you’re looking for craft beer, as the best destinations for beer in the city are often spread wide and thin. So forget about parking or a long chain of Uber rides and explore L.A.’s craft beer scene with the help of public transportation....

  • The price of free speech in Bangladesh

    The price of free speech in Bangladesh

    In February this year the authorities in Bangladesh took Shamsuzzoha Manik, a 73-year-old publisher, into custody for publishing a book titled “Islam Bitorko” (“Debate on Islam”).  His arrest and the shutting down of his stall marked a sour moment in the nation’s largest book fair, Ekushey Boi...

  • Mild little Japanese shishito peppers are having their moment

    Mild little Japanese shishito peppers are having their moment

    Go to almost any Japanese restaurant, and shishito peppers are as much a staple on the menu as bowls of edamame. Quickly sauteed until the vibrant green peppers soften and begin to blister, they’re often served in a small bowl, seasoned with soy sauce and a maybe a touch of vinegar, and garnished...

  • Where did the chimichanga, the glorious deep-fried burrito, come from anyway?

    Where did the chimichanga, the glorious deep-fried burrito, come from anyway?

    Recently, UNESCO designated Tucson as  a “capital of gastronomy,” naturally inspiring articles on the Arizona city’s long food heritage, as well as local chefs' use of ingredients from the Sonoran Desert like amaranth, cactus pads, tepary beans and cholla  buds, a superfood of de-spined, dried...

  • John Scalzi on writing great big books

    John Scalzi on writing great big books

    Writer Alan Moore, perhaps best known for the classic “Watchmen” graphic novel, has this month released a novel, “Jerusalem,” to generally very positive reviews. There are many words to describe the novel (“epic,” “Joycean,” “vast,” and “show-offingly brilliant” are some of them) but the one word...

  • Farmers market report: Pears are in season. We have recipes

    Farmers market report: Pears are in season. We have recipes

    What’s in season: Most of the pear crop grown in the United States is concentrated in California, Oregon and Washington. With a season that generally extends from August through late October, Bartletts are the most prevalent pear grown in California. In addition to Bartletts, other varieties you’ll...

  • Initially, she seemed a hot mess. And she was. Welcome to L.A. dating

    Initially, she seemed a hot mess. And she was. Welcome to L.A. dating

    It’s difficult to explain the downtown Santa Monica bar scene to an outsider for the joy and misery it has brought me over the years.  It is often the quintessential L.A. experience: $11 beers, ocean sunset views, upscale atmosphere, Ray-Bans, perfect hair and absurd cleavage.  Full of the most...

  • Meditation takes many forms. Quietly ponder these insights

    Meditation takes many forms. Quietly ponder these insights

    Scientific and secular supporters of meditation are using the ancient practice as an aid for modern afflictions such as high blood pressure, insomnia, depression and anxiety. “Thirty million Americans have tried meditation. It’s in the mainstream and it’s good for your mental health,” said Varun...

  • Can gadgets actually make you more zen? We give 3 a try

    Can gadgets actually make you more zen? We give 3 a try

    Maybe hacking your meditation practice with high-tech programs and devices also is the ultimate irony, but can they really be time savers? A brain-trainer? I tested three systems that promised to deliver more quickly the effects of meditation. As they say about traditional meditation, you don’t...

  • The Webster unveils its first West Coast boutique at South Coast Plaza

    The Webster unveils its first West Coast boutique at South Coast Plaza

    The Webster is thinking pink for the unveiling of its first West Coast boutique. The influential specialty store, which has become a destination for both brands that strive to wholesale to selective retailers and customers who yearn for its curated taste, is marking this week’s opening of its store...

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  • The cost of chores: How much should you pay your kids? (Infographic)

    Your son mowed the lawn while your daughter cleaned out the garage. How much do you owe them? A new COUNTRY Financial Security Index shows 68 percent of Americans believe children should receive an allowance for completing chores. Check out the going rate for some common chores in this infographic, and...

  • Prepare your home for winter with these smart home improvement projects

    Prepare your home for winter with these smart home improvement projects

    Fall is here, and with it, cooler temperatures. Home renovation experts suggest now is the ideal time for homeowners to prepare their home for winter and think about home improvement plans that they can complete during the fall months.   When it comes to home improvements, building experts recommend...

  • 6 unconventional jobs you can get with an IT or business degree

    6 unconventional jobs you can get with an IT or business degree

    Good compensation and benefits, doing meaningful work, and having the opportunity to advance – those elements have always been what employees desire in a career. But do these desired job qualities have to come at the expense of discovering new careers? "Demand for cybersecurity and finance professions...

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