Life & Style
After a longtime local passed away, residents paid tribute by helping her feline friends.
When my husband and I moved into our Toluca Lake apartment, the words of our new landlady, Judy Coates, caught me off guard almost as much as her galactic cats fanny pack did: “I want you to be neighbors.”
I quickly learned her reasoning — she lived next door and could see into our dining room from her kitchen window.
Our frequent interactions with Judy were unlike any other tenant–landlord ...
Research finds taking and sharing pictures can enhance wellbeing.
For something touted as a simple, modern way to connect, having a social media presence is complex. It can feel like a necessary evil—you want to stay in the loop and see your sister’s cat photos, but it’s easy to get sucked in and stumble upon a friend’s polarizing political discussion, or two, along the way.
The negative side of social media consumption is nothing new. After all, research indicates social media creates unreal...
One Saturday I was walking in my front door when my phone buzzed. It was a Facebook messenger notification from my boss. That’s strange, I thought. It wasn’t completely out of the norm to hear from her this way, since I worked remotely, but not on a weekend.
The note said to let her know when I had a few minutes. A sinking feeling. Had I done something wrong? I wrote her back and took a seat. I’m glad I did, since her next message was shocking: My co-worker had passed away in her sleep and wa...
Meghan Markle knows how to harmoniously blend the old and the new—a skill that will serve her well in making her new royal house with Prince Harry at the historic Nottingham Cottage feel like home. The property, designed by famed architect Sir Christopher Wren, is known for its coziness (in fact, Prince William had to stoop to avoid hitting his head on the ceiling when he lived there with Kate Middleton). Markle's love of natural light, neutrals, and exposed hardwood floors shines through on ...
From all the save-the-dates on my refrigerator, you’d think I was a wedding-attending superstar. But looks can be deceiving. I’m ashamed of the number of my friends’ weddings I’ve RSVP’d “no” to. The worst part? They came to mine.
You're all moved in. Now that the coast is clear, who's coming to visit? That's right, your parents. Whether you've painted the town red or your eyes are red from your main gig and side hustles, it doesn't matter. You're stuck. While you've enjoyed nights on the town, it's probably not mom and dad's thing. Fortunately, Los Angeles is full of activities that cater to all types of visitors. Spare yourself the Hollywood Walk of Fame and instead opt for these five things to do during your parents...
When Coco Chanel said “Luxury must be comfortable, otherwise it is not luxury,” she might as well have been talking about a cruise ship. At its best, a cruise is an ultimate luxury. Anyone can get behind the nowhere-to-be and nothing-to-do lifestyle. Those never-ending ocean views don’t hurt either.
While baseball may be called America’s favorite pastime, road trips come a close second. Perhaps, because instead of athletic ability, you need only time, a driver’s license, and access to a vehicle before you can hit the open road. Whether you’re driving from Maine to Key West along U.S. 1, or across the desert on the famous Route 66, one thing’s for certain: Road trips are about the journey more than the destination.
The first time I remember hearing Helen Reddy’s 1972 hit “I Am Woman,” I was on a camping trip with my Girl Scout troop. The empowering message of “I am strong, I am invincible, I am woman” became the anthem of our weekend as we pitched tents, canoed, and cooked dinner over the campfire.
When L.M. Montgomery wrote “I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers” in Anne of Green Gables, she noted the delightful complexity of the month that’s so often watered down to a one-dimensional celebration of pumpkin spice. While we love a good latte, we know there’s more to October than that.
Even if you’re not a Seinfeld fan, chances are you’ve heard the phrase “No soup for you!” In the show’s famous episode, the soup stand’s chef, who is a stickler for ordering properly, screams the phrase out of exasperation when George asks what the chef considers to be too many questions. Still, the crew keeps coming back to the soup stand, and George eventually gets to eat the dish Kramer was praising.
When I was in fifth grade, I was a peer mediator at my public elementary school. While I only mediated a handful of cases, they were pretty standard as far as our training went—a smaller child was tired of being picked on by a bigger student on the playground and eventually lashed out. My fellow mediators and I would talk through the situation with them, and they would leave on peaceful terms. But now, decades later, this bullying situation seems oddly simple.
So you’ve met someone. And things seem to be going well. You’ve had a couple dates, and this other person seems to think you’re pretty cool. You haven’t managed to scare them away yet, and you find them to be wonderfully intriguing. You’re slowly revealing your quirks, and somehow they seem to find the strange things you do endearing.
When Coco Chanel spoke about skincare, it was about one prominent area: the face. "Nature gives you the face you have at twenty," she said. "It is up to you to merit the face you have at fifty." While we all seem to have gotten on board with skincare recently as a means of self-care, it’s safe to say that while skin covers our body, our routines focus on our faces. While taking care of your face is nothing to be ashamed of, there’s another area just underneath it that we tend to ignore, and it tends to show age more quickly: the neck.
In life, there are milestones that come with fond memories and those you remember just because they happened, like the time you experienced your first breakout. For years, you got by with minimal skincare and then one day, it became clear: You needed to start washing your face a little better. If it’s been years since your first breakout, you may have found the routine that’s right for you. However, if you’re not in the clear, you’re not alone.