Emerald Forest: A Treasure Chest of a Gift Shop

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Bling. Photos: Karen Young

BY KAREN YOUNG Emerald Forest is my Cheers of gift shops. I first found it when I moved back to the San Fernando Valley in 1990. Whether I visit weekly or after a few months, there’s always a warm welcome — and when I leave, it’s always … [Read more...]

The Positive Beauty of Leela Grace Jewelry

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BY CAROLE ROSNER Leela Grace Jewelry is not only eye catching, it’s whimsical, earthy and full of positive energy. Necklaces, earring, bracelets and rings are handcrafted by Jennifer Newton using semi-precious stones, gold wire and Swarovski … [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...]

Help Find a Cure: Save the Ta-tas

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Julia Fiske, Founder Save the Ta-tas.

BY KAREN YOUNG October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Save the Ta-tas in Canoga Park is doing their part to bring attention to the cause and help create a world without cancer through the sales of the Ta-tas® brand. Founded by Julia Fikse, … [Read more...]

Blow Drys and Cocktails — Dry Bar opens in Studio City

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BY KAREN YOUNG Calling all girlfriends (and others who need gift and party ideas) — it’s blow drys and cocktails at the new Dry Bar in Studio City opening Thursday, September 23. This is the second location for this innovative “blow dry” … [Read more...]

The Beauty Box: Luxury products and personal service for men, women and children

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BY KAREN YOUNG Want Lady Gaga’s nail color? Niche beauty products you can’t find in the 818, or some not even in Los Angeles for that matter? How about a good supply of products for men and children? And don’t your brows and eyelashes need … [Read more...]

Fashionista Frenzy: Westfield Topanga goes global with Fashion's Night Out

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An evening of food, fashion and fun.

BY MY DAILY FIND STAFF Westfield Topanga is the top spot in the 818 for  Fashion's Night Out on September 10, joining Los Angeles ("over the hill"),  New York City and other national and international cities for this one evening affair that … [Read more...]

A scrumptious dessert for your lips from the Lipstik Factory

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BY KAREN YOUNG Lip gloss is one of those things I buy for fun.  But after unwrapping the packaging,  I end up disappointed because it's either too sticky, it doesn’t stay put, the flavor is dicey or the color isn’t quite right. All that … [Read more...]

New! dtox Day Spa: A Ventura Boulevard Stay-cation

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BY KAREN YOUNG How often have you said that you need a getaway but can’t take the time or spend the money? Feeling stressed, you might go for a massage at any one of the quick fix cookie cutter facilities that seem to pop up on every other block. … [Read more...]