| Apr 16, 2010
The mild climate along California's coast enables its strawberry growers to dominate commercial production of this fruit; last year they accounted for some 88% of the nation's crop. For strawberry lovers, that's both a blessing, of abundance and...
| Mar 23, 2011
| 9:05 PM
Elizabeth Taylor, the glamorous queen of American movie stardom, whose achievements as an actress were often overshadowed by her rapturous looks and real-life dramas, has died. She was 79.
Hospitalized six weeks ago for congestive heart failure, Taylor...
| Feb 22, 2010
| 1:34 PM
It might happen tonight. Or tomorrow. But it won't happen gradually. It will come all at once. All over Los Angeles, the first pink buds of jasmine will erupt into sprays of new white flowers. The display will be chaste enough for a wedding arbor -- until...
| Apr 10, 2011
Southern California weather doesn't change too drastically from winter to spring and there's no specially branded latte being served at Starbucks to nudge us into the next season, but we can count on lighter fragrances to bring on the feeling of bright...
| Oct 31, 2010
It's not difficult to imagine Elizabeth Barrial, 36, the chief perfumer for Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab, as a sorceress of the night. Besides practicing her potion-making craft, the esoteric perfume house's matriarch appears otherworldly. She wears her...
| Oct 31, 2010
Lather, rinse, repeat. We all do it. Whether it's with a product that's foamy and fragrant or runny and medicinal, green and pearlescent or clear and perfume-free, Americans spend $1.4 billion on shampoo annually, according to SymphonyIRI Group, a...
| Nov 21, 2010
Holiday travel is right around the corner, and you probably already dread some of the beauty pitfalls.
Try to breeze through airport security with regular-size beauty products and you may find yourself pulled to the side of the line, in your stocking...
| Dec 12, 2010
The holidays are a season of beauty — if the abundance of offerings related to looks is any indication. We've culled the outpouring to bring gift-givers some ideas in a range of prices for a variety of pretty predilections. Don't be surprised if...
| Dec 19, 2010
This time of year — pretty much from Halloween through New Year's Day — we're tempted at every turn by rich, sugary high-calorie foods, from candy corn to candy canes, with plenty of pumpkin pie, fruit cake and chocolate decadence in between....
| May 8, 2011
Whether perusing the beauty and personal care products at Target or Whole Foods or shopping online at Sephora, consumers are increasingly encountering the phrase "paraben-free."
What exactly does paraben-free mean, and why might it matter? We take a...
| Jan 30, 2011
It's almost February, and with luck and willpower, maybe you're still sticking with that New Year's diet resolution. Or maybe you're still gearing up to start.
But although the right diet may help you gain a svelte figure, the wrong one might be a...