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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.


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.


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.


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


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


-       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


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.


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.


I love my Microsoft tablet, a Nokia Lumina 2520 , with a foldable keyboard case that can go anywhere, especially if I want full functionality but not a heavy and bulky laptop to take on blogging assignments, etc.  Now Microsoft has their own stores like the Apple store but done better in my opinion.  They have their version of the genius bar with well trained techs who can show you who to use your device to suit your needs.


The new Microsoft Store at Topanga Westfield shopping center is a sparkling new location with a great friendly and helpful staff .http://bit.ly/1uztF1A  #MicrosoftCA #BH #ad

564442_10151135848687480_872468495_nIf you have not already been to the new Microsoft Store at Westfield Topanga check it out. The new location features Surface, Xbox, Windows Phones and more. Friendly Answer Techs can show you all the features, and after you buy you can enjoy worry free technical support and protection. The knowledgeable techs can answer your questions, resolve your problems, and help safeguard your new device. There are also opportunities to learn, create and achieve more with free classes for students, educators and adults at Microsoft. More info at http://bit.ly/1uztF1A


Eat something healthy and support a great cause.  The Panera Bread pink ribbon bagel is back for October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Baked fresh each morning in the shape of the iconic pink ribbon, the bagel is made with cherries, cranberries and vanilla. 65 Southern California Panera Bread bakery-cafes in Los Angeles, North Orange, Ventura, Riverside, Santa Barbara and San Bernardino counties will donate 10 cents from each Pink Ribbon Bagel sold to the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation for their groundbreaking research into the cause and prevention of breast cancer. On Friday, October 10th, 100% of Pink Ribbon Bagel sales at participating bakery-cafes will be donated to the Foundation, so remember to mark your calendars!


564442_10151135848687480_872468495_n 10629753_10152664867502480_7504117292528510766_nGood news for Windows fans!  The Microsoft Store is opening at Westfield Topanga on Saturday, September 20, at 10:30am.

On Opening Day, customers can purchase a Toshiba Encore 8” Tablet for $99.  This offer is valid on September 20 only at the Westfield Topanga location.  Also at the grand opening, customers can pick up free tickets to meet hockey star, Dustin Brown.  This in-store event will take place September 20 from 6-8pm at the Microsoft Store.

The first 500 customers in line at the Grand Opening will get a gift card with a surprise amount ranging from $10 – $1,000.  For more information, go to http://bit.ly/1pcfY38.

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