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Do You Hear What I Hear?

Listen to your favorite carols on A-Audio Legacy Headphones, with the first-ever three-stage listening technology, which allows for selection between base enhancer, active noise cancellation and audio modes – putting listeners in the driver’s seat to choose the sound that best suits them in the moment. Comes with a detachable phone cord with remote and mic for connecting to mobile devices and dual jacks for sharing music with friends. $299.headphones800

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If the unthinkable happens and you lose your smartphone or it crashes beyond recovery, all those great shots of holiday parties, kids opening the presents and other holiday pics could be lost forever.  Back it up quickly and easily with the SanDisk Ultra Dual USB Drive.  The thumb-drive-sized device lets you offload your content from your micro-USB enabled device onto the drive memory, and then connect to a compatible device or USB 2.0-enabled device to transfer and back up that content.  Available at retailers worldwide and on www.sandisk.com in 16GB to 64GB capacities, $19.99 to $49.99.

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I’ll Have a Blue-tooth Christmas without Wires

 

Fill the house with Christmas music, streamed on the beautifully designed Vers Q aptX Bluetooth sound system, with each Q speaker housed in a cabinet carved from a unique solid block of sustainably harvested natural wood that resonates as only real wood can. Its amazing design aside, the 1Q system ($129) delivers incredible 6.5W stereo sound powered by Bluetooth® v4.0, aptX technology that connects with almost any mobile device (smart phones, tablets, laptops) with a range of 30 feet and nine hours of battery life. Also available in a 2Q system ($199) featuring 13W stereo.  Available at www.versaudio.com and Apple Online Store and select Apple Retail Stores.

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Jingle Ball Rocks

 

Kids will gather round the Sphero 2.0 ($99) for hours of play as the remote controlled programmable round robot, Bluetooth operated with iOS, Android and Windows mobile devices, rolls at speeds of up to seven feet per second (4.5 mph) and carries out orders from more than 50 feet away. With over 30 apps, this smart sphere can run circles around a room, dodge through obstacle courses, act as a controller for games like Exile and Nyan Cat Space Party, and be the center of attention for tabletop games like Colorgrab and Pass the Sphero. Charges cordlessly through induction.  Recommended for ages 8 and up.  Available at Radio Shack.

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Grandma Got Emojis of a Reindeer

Now there’s no excuse for grandma and gramps to not get digital.  AARP has designed a powerful yet accessible tablet for the ages with RealPad, an out-of-the-box ready-to-go tablet with all the bells and whistles made easy enough for those more mature folks who might be intimated by a little too much tech.  It’s preloaded with all the apps a basic user needs, ready to connect to Wi-Fi for browsing online, getting email, video chatting, sharing photos and playing games.  For those who need a bit of help getting up and running, there are how-to videos and 24/7 tech support on call.  Available at aarp.org for $189.

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We Won’t Go Until We Get In

Whether your holiday houseguests arrive early or the nanny or handyman needs to get in the house, now you can let them in with a swipe on your smartphone, from wherever you are, using Kwikset’s Kevo Bluetooth-enabled smart deadbolt. The Kevo mobile app turns a smartphone into an electronic key to control the deadbolt remotely, and the app tracks activity for 30 days, so you know when the deadbolt was locked and unlocked.  Users can give unlimited guest eKeys to allow authorized guests to enter — for a 24-hour period or on a schedule – such as residents might need for dogwalkers and maids — instead of the old-fashioned and risky “key-under-the-mat” arrangement.  Kevo is compatible with Bluetooth Smart Ready/Bluetooth 4.0 supported smartphones, including iPhone 4S, 5, 5c and 5s, 6 and 6 Plus.

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Focus Upon a Midnight Clear

 

Love the convenience of a camera built into your smartphone or tablet but wish the quality was better?   Now you can have the best of both worlds and capture clear, crisp, wide-angle and up-close photos and 1080p HD video on your mobile device in a snap, with the Kodak PIXPRO SL10 Smart Lens Camera ($199), with a 1SMP BSi CMOS senor and 10x optical zoom.  Using a free app, you can use your device’s screen as a viewfinder to zoom in and out.  Then save images or video on a microSD card or transfer then to your device for instant sharing. Available at RadioShack.

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Let There Be Peace En Route

 

While heading to grandma’s for the holidays keep the kids content (and quiet) on the trip with the Vivitar Camelio tablet, featuring Android 4.1 (JellyBean) and a 7” screen, perfect for children to play games, listen to music and watch videos on long rides on planes, trains and automobiles.  Up to five users can create their own profiles on the tablet and customize their account with Camelio “Personality Packs” with cool wallpaper, widgets, and a themed bumper case with characters like Hello Kitty, Monster High, Barbie, My Little Pony, WFF and Hot Wheels.  Features included wi-fi, camera, HD video and preloaded apps ideal for kids.  $99 at Walmart.comAmazon.comTarget.com.

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Holiday Cheer Check

 

Had one too many egg nogs?  Check your alcohol level before you hit the road with the BACtrack Mobile Breathalyzer, ($99) a smartphone breathalyzer that uses police-grade sensors to track your BAC level so you know, for sure, the impact alcohol consumption has on your body and brain. Make sure you are unimpaired and safe to drive so that the only flashing lights you see this holiday season are on the Christmas tree.

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Yule Logs Should Crackle, Not Your Smartphone Screen

 

Snowflake patterns look beautiful on a window pane but not the screen of your smartphone.  Wrap your phone in the protective armor of a NuguardKX Kenetic Energy X-Orbing case ($29)  for iPhone 5/5S, 4/4S and Galaxy 4. The KX case is constructed of US-made X-Orbing gel that has been military drop tested – which apparently means dropped from incredible heights just as if soldiers put them to the test. The cases have access to all ports and buttons and are easy to install.  Enhanced with th4e KX NuGuard ($14.99) hammer-resistant screen protector, your smartphone will be nearly indestructible.  Both products carry a lifetime warranty.  Available at AT&T Stores and other retailers listed at www.newertech.com/kx

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The Mouse (Pad) King

 

Son of a nutcracker, who would have thought a mouse pad could have such style!  The computer user on your gift list who has everything probably does not have a NuPad Leather Mouse Pad, made of luxurious Brazilian leather, handcrafted in the US.  The closed-cell sponge rubber underside keeps the pad from slipping, and the fine leather surface makes for accurate tracking for optical, laser or rollerball mice. Available starting at $19.99 from newertech.com.

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Four Devices a Powering …

There may be 12 days of Christmas, but who wants to wait that long to charge up all the new tech gadgets you get under the tree?  With the Power2U – AC/USB Wall Outlet ($29.99) you can charge multiple devices at once conveniently and energy-efficiently.  The in-wall outlet eliminates cable clutter, and it uses smart technology to determine if a device is a phone, tablet or other devices and provides the appropriate power.  When a device is fully charged it cuts off power to avoid overcharging your battery and wasting power. Compatible with all models of Apple iPads, iPhones, USB chargeable iPod models, Android tablets and phones, gaming systems and other devices that charge via standard USB plug.  Designed for standard 15A circuits in homes and can be installed in 20 minutes.  Find a local retailer at Newertech.com.

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CervetecamenuGuest post by Stephanie Houfek

Just open a month, Cerveteca Downtown LA is bustling on a Friday night like a trendy and happening spot that’s been around for years. Other than a few newbie servers still learning the ropes, the place seems settled in like the artsy-techie neighborhood’s mainstay it is destined to become, serving up delicious Mexican comfort food blended with modern style, straight from the generations-old recipe box of the Hermosillo family owners.
Operations Manager Yvonne Garcia says the restaurant is a family affair. She works the floor along with her brother, who is one of her fellow business partners, along with her two strikingly handsome grown-up twin sons. Her mother, known as Chef Mama, is busy getting prepped dishes out of the kitchen, with the help of a cousin.

cervetecainteriorThe eatery’s signature family inspired dishes include the La Puente Backyard Original, a fat and tall burger dressed with a thick cut of pork-belly bacon — just like Mama used to make on the grill; Pescado a la Veracruzana, a red snapper heaped with castelvetrano olives, capers, tomato and garlic with arrozajillo; and the restaurant’s already famous Hangover Spicy Soup, a mouth-enlivening concoction of shrimp, clams, fish, chayote squash and carrot.
Other specialties on the menu include appetite-whetting starters called Chicano Cheese Pots, a trio of like a trio of stringy cheesy dips with mixed with corn and spices, served with guac; and sides like grilled plantains with a mild sour cream; and healthy options like Quinoa ‘n Kale, tossed with roasted corn and spiced cashews.

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Like the surrounding ‘hood and the city center in which it resides, Cerveteca is a melting pot of LA cultures and tastes. Its inspirations include Mexican and Asian fusion and Greek and Peruvian influences. The restaurant also pays homage to its predecessor, R23, a Japanese restaurant that occupied the 923 East 3rd Street site for nearly two decades, by repurposing the sushi bar with a marble-top raw bar offering a changing menu of ceviche, oysters, and other raw fare. The desert menu includes Mama’s homemade bread pudding, flan and the Cerveteca sundae.

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The eatery’s hardwood floors and brick-walled interior remain intact, but the entranceway off of the alley has been altered to bring the outdoors into the dining space, which seats nearly 100.
Cerveteca Downtown LA is part of the Hermosillo restaurant family, joining its sister restaurant Cerveteca in Venice, which also features some of the elements from the new restaurant, such as the charcuterie and cheese, crafted beers and wines carefully selected by wine director and partner Norma Alvarado, but also with distinctions, such as the fully stocked raw bar with a wide variety of ceviche, and a daily happy hour from 3-7pm with the unbeatable deal of $1 oysters.

“Personally, I think there’s wonderful and similar creative and cultural energy between Venice and Downtown’s Arts District,” said Hermosillo. “The richness and artistic qualities of the two neighborhoods are connected, so being in both locations make perfect sense for Cerveteca.”cheesetrio

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handstandEvery year when daylight savings time begins and cold weather arrives, kids are stuck indoors afterschool.  When homebound kids start to get stir crazy, let them bounce off the walls, and roll with it, with some safe and energy-burning indoor tumbling.

“Tumbling is a great way for kids to burn off energy and learn new skills,” says Carrie Spender, Education Outreach Program Coordinator for Tumbl Trak, makers of a variety of mats for homes and institutions.

“Kids will bounce on the bed, the couch and sometimes ‘off the walls,’ so set up a place in your house where they can do this safely,” says Spender. “Clear away any unsafe obstacles like lamps and sharp furniture that can cause injury, and use proper matting.”

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With a few ground rules and pointers, teaching kids basic tumbling skills can be safe and easy.

First, talk with your kids about key body safe zones.  Gently warn kids of the risks of hurting their neck, head or back, and show them how to move safely while protecting these areas.

Basic moves to avoid injury include tucking the chin toward the chest to protect the neck when rolling, bending the knees slightly to absorb impact when landing feet first, and safe falling or rolling backward with the arms crossed across the chest or above the head, instead of reaching back to break a fall, which is a major cause of wrist, elbow and shoulder injuries.  These safety moves are great for the playground too.

Once safety basics are down, begin with the fundamentals.  Spender suggests playing a pre-tumble game, such as singing “head, shoulders knees and toes” to warm-up the muscles before activity, and also to teach anatomy awareness.  Another warm-up and strengthener is a log roll, where kids lie with a straight body, arms over the head, palms together, and roll sideways.

When muscles are limber and ready, begin with the most common first tumbling move, a forward roll.

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Forward Roll

The easiest way to begin a front roll is standing with feet apart.  Next, bend and place hands on the floor keeping the seat high in the air.  Have your child look toward the knees with the chin tucked to the chest.  Then, lean forward, lowering the back of the neck toward the ground.  Continue the roll onto the back and finally to the seat.  Eventually finish the roll on the feet.

“Unless your kid is Olympics bound, perfection is not the goal,” says Spender.  “Pointed toes and straight legs are important in competitive gymnastics, but they are not a necessary focus at home.”

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The next move is the handstand, the building block of more advanced gymnastics moves.  A safe handstand begins with strong arms and core.  Have kids start with a push up position to see if they can first support some of their body weight with their arms.  Gradually have kids move feet to higher levels, putting more and more weight on the hands and arms.  Walking feet up a wall, called “spider walk,” with the front of their body facing the wall, is a safe way to gain strength to work up to a handstand.

Handstand mats, which attach to the back of a door, can be used for practice, to protect both the kid and the door.

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Cartwheel

Once a kid learns a handstand, a cartwheel is a natural progression.  A helpful cartwheel starter is a “tick-tock.” Standing with feet apart and arms stretched outward, the child will lean sideways, reaching one hand toward the floor while lifting the opposite foot up off the floor.  They touch the hand briefly to the floor, then return to standing position.  Once they are ready to cartwheel, they start with hands above head, in a lunge position, and reach forward, placing hands flat on the floor, one hand more forward than the other while kicking the back leg up in the air.   The back leg will swing up and forward, landing on the other side of the hands.  Lift hands off the ground while the second foot lowers toward the floor.

Waterfall Backward Roll

Backward rolls may seem basic but they are difficult to learn and commonly taught too early.  A replacement is a waterfall backward roll.  To learn this skill, a child lies on a bed or couch on his or her back with head toward the edge, with a tumbling mat, or other cushion on the floor.  The child reaches hands above the head toward the floor, and creeps the body backward until hands touch the mat on the floor.  With hands positioned flat, and arms strong and straight, the child raises feet toward the ceiling, then over head to the floor until child is kneeling, squatting or standing.

While teaching this and all tumbling skills, parents should take their time and talk with kids about how they feel every step of the way.  So that kids learn skills and build their strength, parents should avoid the temptation to grab a kid’s ankles and hold them up in a handstand, or, spotting them by holding them while they are learning.  On a safe, padded surface,  parents can help kids learn tumbling skills by letting them practice on their own to help them build a foundation of self-esteem in the sport.

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While moms and dads dream of ditching the family car for a more exciting ride, that two-seater hot-rod just won’t cut it in the drop-off line, but parents don’t have to put the breaks on a sexy sedan or convertible that fits the whole family, thanks to two hot-off-the-lien offerings from Audi.

The 2015 Audi S3 Sedan 2.0T Quattro S tronic, developed just for the US market, and 2015 A3 Cabriolet 1.8T FWD S tronic are two beautiful cars that feature seating for four along with Audi’s legendary German engineering and new exciting design lines that make the cars appear in motion, even when parked.

At a recent event at the exquisite luxury retreat Rancho Valencia Resort and Spa in Rancho Sante
Fe, California, the car manufacturer gave a special preview of the vehicles to a rapt audience of lifestyle media writers who also got a turn at driving the cars to and from the resort from Los Angeles.

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The S3 ($$41,100) was a pure pleasure to drive, with responsive handling that can be set to the driver’s preference, whether it is dynamic, comfort, or automatically adaptive according to the current driving conditions or custom-tuned to the individual’s style of driving.  The A3 ($35,600) cabriolet was equally thrilling, with the addition of going topless in Southern California’s sunshine, a true indulgence for anyone who loves to drive.

Both cars features the progressive power steering that adapts to type of driving and speed, so that it is as effortless to turn the wheels sharply into a parking spot as it is to change lanes at 65 miles per hour.  Both vehicles also sport Audi’s 6-speed tronic transmission that can be shifted into manual operation for open-road driving — a delight, once you get out of LA traffic.

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The Bluetooth programmable navigation/entertainment/media system is loaded with features, including the ability to post to Facebook and tweet through voice command via the car’s built-in SD card reader and Wi-Fi hotspot on AT&T’s 4G network, offered free for six months then at $9 per month. The GPS features Google satellite images, so the driver can zoom in and get a visual on their destination, down to the house number on the front door; and maps can be loaded rom a laptop and saved on the system via a My Audi account.  The cutting-edge technology also features a touch pad incorporated into the dial selector of the navigation system so that a driver can “write” directions using a fingertip as a stylus.

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While the Audi is built for speed, these models also abound in comfort features, such as heated seats that hug the passengers and recline and adjust with a myriad of lumbar positions. The cabriolet interior sports fine leather with a special reflective shield that keeps the seat surfaces cool even while driving under the sun.  The convertible top is insulated with an inch-and-a-half thick sound-proofing material making for a quiet rid;, and even while traveling at 30 miles per hour the top can fold away in under 18 seconds into a sleek one-piece molded cover.

While the peppiness of the A3 170 hp and the S3 292 hp engine appeals to Audi lovers who value the race car ride, these cars were also designed for beauty on and off the road.  The designer created a strong, bulked-up rear quarter inspired by the muscular haunches of a wild animal that drives the illusion of movement forward, even when the car is sitting still.

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Safety features include round-the-body air bags from the knees up, rearview camera, and automatic functions to close windows and the sunroof and tighten seat belts and move seats into crash positon in the event of an impact.

The Audi reps were enthusiastic about these new cars exceeding expectations of loyal Audi fans attracting many new Audi owners.

At the end of the weekend, the reps headed off in their Audis to the next stop, an 850-mile two-day trek from Albuquerque, New Mexico, to LA on an “efficiency ride” to illustrate how far the A3TDI cars can go on a single tank of gas.  It is hard to believe that a car with such performance is also so incredibly fuel efficient. Go Audi.

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galaxys5 In today’s digital age, the most oft-heard refrain in the tech world is, “There’s an app for that.”  Well, there’s also a device for that.  Now there is a phone for the active lifestyle with apps to go with it. The Galaxy S 5 Sport is the smartphone for you if you are a guy or gal on the run; and using the app Sprint Fit Live, you can get instant access to favorite health and activity apps from the active wallpaper or the full screen experience to tailor workouts, music and healthy living content to fitness interests and routine.

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One of my favorites is Nudge, which gives you a score, like a Klout for fitness, so you can compare your fitness level to peers. Another is MapMyFitness, which uses GPS to track all your fitness activities and records workout details, including duration, distance, pace, speed, elevation, calories burned and route traveled on an interactive map.

At a recent demo sponsored by Sprint, total cutie personal trainer Nathaniel Gosslein showed users how to use the technology to motivate themselves and stay on track with an exercise program. In conjunction with a delicious light lunch nosh provided by Tender Greens, Gosslein explained how he uses the phone and favorite apps for his own program and the clients he trains.

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Nathaniel Gosselin, Health Coach, demos Sprint Fit Live

For many of us who juggle family, work and play and in between try to get in some exercise, these health trackers and lifestyle apps serve as a daily reminder to prioritize your program and to monitor your progress, so you can see how your regime is working or change it up if it is not.

As temptation is always present, these health platforms also act like an angel on your shoulder, whispering to do the right thing — put down that hot fudge sundae and pick up that dumbbell.

Since nobody has time for anything these days, it is helpful that these apps make it easy and quick to input your health info and note your status at a glance.  The Galaxy S 5 Sport is built for the busy body in more ways than one, such as a feature that allows users to measure heart rate buy touching the back of the phone using S Health.  Other apps like Activity Zone offer features, including a Barometer, Compass, Flashlight and Stopwatch, from a single screen, so you can hit the trails for a hike, bike or run day or night, time yourself, and not get lost or caught in the rain.

For true multi-taskers, you can get in your reps and keep working, with wireless Google Search, Gmail, and, Google Calendar, and use Quick Connect, which defaults to the best technology to share your content, send files, share your screen or control nearby devices. With Samsung Knox you can protect your sensitive files and not worry about the gym rat on the elliptical next to is stealing your data.

Aside from the heavy breathing in the middle of your cardio routine, the sound quality stays crisp thanks to HD Voice, which eliminates background noise, especially if on a call between two Sprint HD Voice-enabled devices on upgraded areas of the Sprint network.

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Sprint’s Heather Wong – Corporate Communications & Amy Johnsonbaugh – Communications Manager

If all these features are not awesome enough, the Galaxy S 5 comes in cool colors, Electric Blue and Cherry Red, and as the perfect gym mate, it can store and play plenty of high-energy tunes, and its textured body prevents slips and it is water resistant, so sweat away.

Book two hotel nights from Oct. 6 – Nov. 14 and receive up to 15% off select hotels and get free admission to L.A. museums

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This fall, just prior to the start of the city’s famed red carpet Award Season, Los Angeles puts the spotlight on its cultural offerings with the return of “L.A. Museum Season.”  From Oct. 6 – Nov. 14, visitors who book two hotel nights or more for stays during this time period receive two free admissions and museum store discounts at more than 20 premier Los Angeles cultural institutions. For more information visit http://www.discoverlosangeles.com/museumseason.

“As home to more museums than any other U.S. city, Los Angeles offers permanent and temporary exhibitions for every taste and temperament,” said Ernest Wooden Jr., President & CEO of the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board (L.A. Tourism). “From Picassos to pop hits, dinosaurs to diamonds, cowboys to classical sculpture, L.A.’s museum collections span the gamut.”

Institutions participating in the free admission offer include:  Autry National Center; Craft & Folk Art Museum; GRAMMY Museum® at L.A. LIVE; Hollywood Museum; Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens; Kidspace Children’s Museum; Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA); Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Museum of Latin American Art; Museum of Tolerance; Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County; Norton Simon Museum; Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits; Paley Center for Media; Pasadena Museum of California Art; Skirball Cultural Center; and USS Battleship Iowa.

Additionally, the following institutions offer a discount off museum store purchases: Annenberg Space for Photography Skylight studios; California Science Center; Fowler Museum at UCLA; Getty Center; Getty Villa; Hammer Museum; USC Pacific Museum

A SAMPLE OF MUSEUM SAVINGS AND EXHIBITION HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:

-       Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens (A savings of $40 on two or more regular adult admissions) – In commemoration of the start of World War I in the summer of 1914, a centennial Posters of the First World War exhibition in the Library’s West Hall through Nov. 3 illustrates how a global war was waged not just by soldiers on battlefields and politicians in offices, but by civilian populations of men, women, and children on the home fronts of combatant nations including Canada, England, France, and the United States.

-       LACMA (A savings of $30 on two regular adult admissions) – Big Quilts in Small Sizes: Children’s Historical Bedcovers features diminutive quilts chosen from the museum’s collection, all of them made for children and presenting strikingly beautiful decorative designs, reflecting the same meticulous stitching and geometric patterns that have been used to create full-size bedcovers in the United States for centuries.

-       Hollywood Museum (A savings of $30 on two regular adult admissions) – Be among the first to enjoy a new collection of sorcery acquisitions from the Harry Potter film franchise including original wands, Harry Potter’s robe, his ultimate broom, blueprints of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and more.

-       Grammy Museum (a savings of $25.90 on two regular adult admissions) – California Dreamin’: The Sounds of Laurel Canyon, 1965-1977, explores the story of the Los Angeles rock scene during this golden age of music, creativity and culture.  See a broad array of items on display including Jim Morrison’s (The Doors) writing chair; Arthur Lee’s (Love) 6 String Flying V guitar; Cass Elliot’s (The Mamas and the Papas) c.1960s, hand painted chair; and original scrapbooks, handbills, and posters.

For more information on arts and culture or all of the endless entertainment options in Los Angeles, visit the official visitor information website of Los Angeles at www.discoverLosAngeles.com, and visit www.facebook.com/LosAngelesFan and Twitter @discoverLA.

 

 

Reported by Beauty, Health and Fitness Correspondent Daniel Carrilho

Today at the Andaz Hotel in Hollywood, beauty editors gathered for a special event to learn about the latest beauty products hosted by BeautyPress, the largest international PR network for the beauty industry.

The skincare industry is one of the most competitive industries in the world. So when skincare brands come out with new products, they better be extremely effective, novel and preferably devoid of too many chemicals. That’s where Stemology comes in. Made with both human and plant stem cells, Stemology products are infused with StemCore-3™ technology, which is a collagen and elastin boosting complex made of both human and plant stem cells. But that’s not all- the products are packed with skin goodies such as peptides to support collagen, organic aloe to soothe, probiotics, retinol to increase cell turnover, hyaluronic acid to deeply hydrate, caffeine to pep and firm, alpha lipoic acid, CoEnzyme Q10 and so much more. It’s a natural but effective line that contains no parabens, phthalates, or GMOs. It’s also cruelty free and uses organic ingredients. This is the future of skincare. Products that are delivered deeply to repair and protect and help boost the body’s own ability to support more youthful looking skin with clinic results.
The line is complete with cleansers, serums, masks and skin polishers.Www.stemologyskincare.com

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I’m in love with Cailyn Cosmetics’ new Dezzolv’It makeup melt cleansing balm. It starts out as a balm that turns into a luxury oil as it breaks down stubborn makeup on the eyes, lips and face. Then it turns into a creamy milky lotion by adding a few drops of water. It will take off all makeup and leave the skin refreshed, clean, and hydrated. It also has papaya enzymes to help gently exfoliate the skin. It’s a necessity to use this cleansing balm if you’re going to be wearing Cailyn’s new extreme matte tints, which look like an opaque lipstick but dry matte and stay on all day. Perfect for a date night because you won’t need to worry about getting your lipstick everywhere while you eat, drink and chat. Also perfect for those on-the-go gals who don’t have time to reapply.
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Mirabella Cosmetics is launching their new holiday line “Faerie” with- you guessed it- sheen and shine! The mineral formulation of their swirling pearl brilliant mineral highlighter uses a PrismaTech shimmer to add a subtle sheen that is both ethereal and hints at healthy looking skin. They also just came out with their new travel brush set, which includes two face and three eye brushes for perfect application on the go. I love Mirabelle products because they are talc-free, paraben-free, and gluten-free. The high quality pigments are made in Italy and are the perfect holiday accessory.
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