Gwendolyn-Mary Candles and Perfumes: From Sherman Oaks to France and Back

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BY KAREN YOUNG Sherman Oaks resident Kathleen Laccinole  has always joked that "in my next life I'll be a perfumer."  As she explains,  "I have an extremely 'emotional' nose and love, love, love scent." In reality, Laccinole spent many … [Read more...]

Food News: Les Macarons Duverger for a Perfect Taste of Paris

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Les Macarons Duverger is now available online for gift packs, buffets, party favors and even wedding cakes!

BY KAREN YOUNG I've loved macarons since I first tasted the delicate almond meringue confection in Paris over two decades ago.  Pronounced mack-ah-rohn, it is not to be confused with the coconut  mound cookie (maca-roon).  The … [Read more...]

THIS WEEKEND: Spend it San Fernando Valley-Centric

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BY KAREN YOUNG       (PLACE THE CURSOR ON THE PHOTO AND SCROLL TO THE RIGHT OR LEFT) Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend: Harrisons in Tarzana has absolutely beautiful diamond necklaces (see above photo) in stock for … [Read more...]

Tasty Tidbits: New Restaurants, Sushi Party Platters, Henry’s Tacos, Loteria Grill and Gift Card Deals

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BY KAREN YOUNG Sushi Don in North Hollywood  (a fast casual offshoot of Sasabune in West L.A.) has one amazing daily deal on party platters through December 31. Mix and match any  four party platters for $100.  There are two kinds of platters: … [Read more...]

Holiday Gift Guide: Shop Local Small Businesses in the San Fernando Valley

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BY  KAREN YOUNG Stay away from the madness of the malls and shop local, independently owned businesses. Despite the holiday rush, it’s guaranteed you’ll receive personal service and beautiful gift wrap. Here’s a list of some of my … [Read more...]

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...]

THIS WEEKEND: Small Biz Saturday, Shopping Deals, American Idol’s Phillip Phillips and More What To Do

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BY KAREN YOUNG MY DAILY FIND FAVES OFFERING SPECIAL SALES FOR SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY AND THANKSGIVING WEEKEND     Sy Devore: This legendary Studio City store named after the man who was the “tailor to the stars” … [Read more...]

Fashion & Beauty: The Scarf—The Ultimate Fashion Accessory

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BY ALLISON RAE MARSH A scarf is one of my new favorite fashion finds of the season. It  is a versatile fashion accessory that offers many ways to change your look. From casual boho chic to  sleek and sophisticated, the possibilities are … [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...]

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...]