New Shop: Hide & Seek Offers Choice Vintage Home Furnishing Finds

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Mother-daughter team Breeze Munson and Kimberly Curtis own Hide & Seek.  Photos: Karen Young

BY KAREN YOUNG Los Angeles is full of vintage shops, but most are so full that you can’t decipher the junk from the finds. Hide & Seek Vintage Home Boutique, which took over the space left vacant by Paula’s Pure Sense on Studio City's … [Read more...]

Bird is the Word: Come Join A Rockin' Feather and Fashion Party

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Celebs like Selena Gomez and Steven Tyler have created a feather buzz. Photo: Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic; AdMedia

BY KAREN YOUNG Feather hair extensions are THE fashion trend of the summer and a relatively inexpensive way to temporarily give yourself a fun, flirty, bohemian look. Feathers are unisex fashion and work on all ages. They last one to four months and … [Read more...]

Gourmet herbs and produce once privy only to top restaurants is now available to the home cook

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Photos: Carole Rosner

BY CAROLE ROSNER What started with a little plot of land in a Tarzana backyard 25 years ago has grown into Country Fresh Herbs— a family-run organic farm that produces high quality, hard to find produce used by some of L.A.’s top restaurants and … [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...]

Sherman Oaks’ Wild Wings brings birds and nature back to community

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Owners Bonnie McFarlin and Scott Logan hope to get the community back to the nature that used to surround them. Photo: Carole Rosner

BY CAROLE ROSNER Los Angeles is known for many things — Paris Hilton, the Sherman Oaks Galleria, birthplace of the ice blended mocha, earthquakes, picture perfect weather, and the biggest U.S. city without a football team. But, did you know that … [Read more...]

Pre-historic time meets western kitsch at California Cactus Ranch in Reseda

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BY ELLEN S. PRESSMAN It took years and a life-threatening illness before I could convince my husband, who is an architect, to redo our backyard.  When it finally took shape, I got more than I bargained for. He created a most beautiful oasis and … [Read more...]