| Dec 21, 2008
It arrives most every year, that moment when you realize you need to find another holiday gift -- fast. The less-than-enviable fallback: a lackluster candle from the Hallmark store or a Starbucks gift card you either take out of your wallet or pick up...
| Dec 21, 2008
MAC Cosmetics never met a cross-dressing diva it didn't like.
Following in the footsteps of RuPaul, Amanda Lepore and Jeffree Star, Dame Edna Everage has teamed up with the beauty giant on a line of makeup arriving in stores Friday.
| Jan 11, 2009
"The weave is gone. Forget about it," says Rebecca Opong, as she leans on the counter of African Image Beauty Supply & Salon on Western Avenue. She sighs. "The economy is bad. Now, they all want half-wigs."
On this recent Saturday afternoon, the chairs...
| Sep 5, 2008
So much for the slogan, "Still nothing over 99 cents, ever!"
After 26 years, the 99 Cents Only Stores chain is expected to announce Monday that it will raise some of its prices above 99 cents for the first time.
The City of Commerce retailer, faced with...
| Oct 7, 2008
Ever since Gov. Sarah Palin burst on to the national scene, I've heard more than I ever wanted to hear about hockey moms. Are they that different from soccer moms? Do they really wear lipstick? Or can they get away with lip balm or Blistex?
| Jun 15, 2008
Shopping for designer jeans and shampoo now takes less time (and effort) than waiting for your order at the In-N-Out drive-through.
Several L.A. stores are offering curbside pickup service. Sales people at Kiehl's, Jonathan Adler and Kitson will take a...
| Jun 21, 2008
Johannesburg, South Africa
A holiday commemorating the struggle against apartheid keeps South African financial markets closed for the day, but Charles Leishman, a gold trader wearing sweat pants, clutches his pocket-sized electronic gizmo and checks...
| Jul 20, 2008
HEIDI MERRICK may not be a globe-trotting socialite from a high-profile family, but she is royalty. Surf royalty.
Her father is Al Merrick, the legendary board shaper whose Channel Islands surfboards are what surf gods Tom Curren and Kelly Slater ride....
| Jul 20, 2008
ERICA HOSSEINI is shy about showing off the surfing awards, trophies and oversized faux checks stashed all over her colorful bedroom. But she jumps at the chance to talk about her gadgets -- the desktop PC with a huge flat screen, the MacBook Pro laptop...
| Jan 15, 2008
Altagracia Valdez is dreaming of a perfect pink Cadillac. All she has to do to win it, according to her boss at Mary Kay Inc., is expand her list of conocidos.
Those familiar connections, she says, can adorn Valdez's 60-year-old hands with diamond rings,...
| Aug 26, 2009
Is it possible to fall in love with a fruit? Six or seven years ago a young Web producer named Chip Brantley was browsing the Culver City farmers market when he encountered a yellow-skinned, outrageously sweet fruit that changed his life. It was a Pluot,...