THIS WEEKEND: Winter Celebrations, Unique LA Shopping, Giving Back, Auto Fun and Theater for the Holidays

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Snow in Studio City this Sunday.  Photo: Courtesy Studio City Residents Association

BY KAREN YOUNG TONIGHT! FRIDAY Downtown Burbank Holiday Cheer:   Downtown Burbank kicks off a month-long celebration filled with free seasonal events from December 1 through January 1, 2013. It all begins with the Mayor's Tree Lighting … [Read more...]

Fashion’s Night Out: Woodland Hills, Sherman Oaks and Studio City Joins Los Angeles to Take Part in a Global Celebration

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BY KAREN YOUNG Westfield Topanga  and Wesfield Sherman Oaks  are the the top spots in the 818 for  Fashion’s Night Out  (FNO) on Thursday, September  6,  along with select stores in Studio City. The San Fernando Valley joins  Los … [Read more...]

Worth the Drive: High Low Vintage Features Exclusive And Finely Curated Collectibles

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BY KAREN YOUNG There seems to be all kinds of shops popping up declaring to be "vintage." Indeed some do have real vintage goods, but oftentimes it just means there's lots of 'old' stuff. It's rare to find a shop that truly mirrors the essence of … [Read more...]

Unique Vintage and Antique Market Premieres in the San Fernando Valley

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BY KAREN YOUNG If you’re one to drive out to the Rose Bowl, Long Beach or Santa Monica  for authentic vintage finds, you’ll be happy to know that there’s finally a monthly vintage and antique show close to home  in Woodland … [Read more...]

Sneaker Warehouse: A Best Kept Secret in Encino

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BY JOCELYN FREID If you are an avid runner, walker or just love sneakers, Sneaker Warehouse is a must visit. It has been on the same Ventura Blvd strip in Encino for 21 years, but it's one of those 'best kept secret' kind of places. You have … [Read more...]

Sy Devore Features a Pop-Up Fashion Collection Plus Hot Trends

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The Artisan De Luxe "pop up" collection is vintage inspired fashion for men and women.  Photos: Karen Young

BY KAREN YOUNG Since 1944, Sy Devore has been on the cutting edge of fashion — from the glory days of the Rat Pack and Presidents to the likes of George Clooney and Brad Pitt—and now, to hosting a fashion "pop up" shop in the store with deep … [Read more...]

West Hollywood Boutique Brings Fashion Forward and Budget Friendly to Ventura Boulevard

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BY ALANA BRAGER Melrose style has come to the 818 in the form of Timeless — a hip and budget friendly women’s clothing boutique in the heart of Studio City. Fashionable and funky, this is the third location for the seven-year-old Timeless which … [Read more...]

Phidippides becomes Fleet Feet Sports and offers new exercise program

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Nancy Wong Bryan

BY NANCY WONG BRYAN Those who have made and already abandoned New Year’s fitness resolutions will find the No Boundaries run/walk program may be the least painful way to get and stay on course. Beginning February 1, with an information session on … [Read more...]

Soto Lifestyle: Affordable, creative, upscale and eclectic gifts

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Left; Center; Right. Photos: Karen Young

BY KAREN YOUNG The Soto brand is starting to feel like an empire — but one built on friendship and exceedingly good taste. Five stores have popped up in just over five years —two of them in the last few months. Soto Boutique, a clothing … [Read more...]

Western Costumes makes Halloween a special treat

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Get your Yabba Dabba Do on and be a Flinstone!    Photos by Carole Rosner

BY CAROLE ROSNER If this is the year that you really want to "wow"  everyone with an awesome Halloween costume, check out the selections at Western Costume Company in North Hollywood. These high end, professionally made costumes are usually not … [Read more...]