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September 28, 2013 | Dana Sullivan Kilroy
We all expect our skin to change with the decades. But who knew that time takes a toll on our tresses in much the same way? While some changes are inevitable, some are the result of the insults we hurl at our hair every day: coloring, curling, straightening, taut ponytails. Want to make the most of what you've got? A few tips: -- The 20s Your crowning glory This is as good as it gets: The 100,000-150,000 strands that cover your scalp are the healthiest they'll ever be. "Most damage at this age comes from experimentation with color and using too much heat," says Rona O'Connor, a Beverly Hills-based stylist who tends to the lush locks of celebrities, including Blake Lively and Brooke Shields.
September 25, 2013 | By Jasmine Elist
When comedian, writer and producer Dan Levy learned he would be a new father, he solicited parenting advice from an unsung group of experts: actual kids. In April, Levy collaborated with Jensen Karp, a producer and former rapper, to create "Baby Talk" - a monthly comedy show based around three to four comedians asking children between the ages of 5 and 10 questions like "What should I name my son?" (one child suggesting the name Ritzy Skittles) and "What should I do if my kid wakes up in the middle of the night and says he had a nightmare?"
September 20, 2013 | By Alene Dawson
There's something about fall - with its back-to-school, new-start feeling - that compels many of us to revisit our plans to diet, and sometimes those plans involve fads. Even celebrities who can afford the best personal trainers, nutritionists, doctors, therapists and private chefs are susceptible to diet gimmicks. And when "Hunger Games" star Jennifer Lawrence says that by Hollywood standards she's "obese," something's wrong. "Women across America are weight-crazed, but women in L.A. are probably more so," says Paulette Lambert, director of nutrition at the California Health & Longevity Institute, a medical and fitness center in Westlake Village.
September 14, 2013 | By Deborah Vankin
Here's Eli and Edythe Broad's advice to budding, young art collectors: take your time, do the research, don't rush to buy. “You got to invest time, it's not just about money,” Eli Broad said this week at a talk for the Los Angeles Public Library's ALOUD series . “It's about meeting new artists -- at MFA shows, at universities -- and it's about getting all the publications and going to museums.” “Spend time looking, go to galleries,...
September 11, 2013 | By Lisa Schweitzer
Over the last few weeks, the California High-Speed Rail Authority both lost and won fairly significant battles. It lost when a Sacramento County Superior Court judge ruled that its proposed funding plan violated the voter-approved law, Proposition 1A, that created the agency. The judge has set a hearing to give the state a chance to show that it can comply with the law and environmental reviews. The state scored a victory when it was decided that the Federal Surface Transportation Board has jurisdiction and would subject the project to federal environmental review rather than California's version.
September 9, 2013 | By Paul Thornton
Those watching Jenny McCarthy's debut on ABC's "The View" this morning should keep in mind one thing: She's not qualified in the least to give you advice on vaccinating your children. McCarthy, the model and TV personality who moonlights as the anti-vaccine movement's most influential (read: dangerous) voice, sells plenty of books , speaks passionately about parenting and cracks off-color jokes. She also peddles the discredited , poisonous claims that the way we vaccinate our children against the diseases that were once regular killers of children places our young ones at greater risk of developing autism -- the kind of conspiracy theorizing that will draw only more eyeballs.
August 30, 2013 | By Jessica Ogilvie
As children return to school this fall, parents likewise return to worrying about ailments, both physical and emotional, that might befall their children on their way to - and in - the classroom. Whether it's bullying or head lice, thinking about what could go wrong can be overwhelming. But not all school-related issues are created equal. In order to maintain their own sanity and the sanity of their kids, parents should try to think objectively about what issues truly warrant their attention.
August 19, 2013 | By Stuart Pfeifer
Samuel Adams brewer and founder Jim Koch says he hasn't forgotten how hard it was to start a small business. He's offering free coaching -- and perhaps some start-up funding -- to small Southern California food, beverage and craft brewing companies. The program, “Brewing the American Dream,” is scheduled for Wednesday from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at downtown's L.A. Mart, 1933 S. Broadway. Business owners who want to attend can register in advance on this link . Those who attend can participate in up to six 20-minute coaching sessions with representatives from Boston Beer Co. and the Valley Economic Development Center.
August 10, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
No matter the occasion, my friend Rafael inevitably shows up with a platter of prosciutto di San Daniele, the sweeter cousin of Parma ham, that he's purchased at Roma Deli in Pasadena. It's always perfectly sliced, the way they do it in Italy, so thin the ham almost melts on the tongue and you can taste every bit of its salty-sweet goodness. That's an example of sumptuous minimalism in a charcuterie or salumi plate. And it used to be about the only option if you wanted to put together one at home.
August 7, 2013 | By Paul Thornton
Weighing in on Time magazine's cover story on adults who choose to forgo producing offspring, The Times' childless-by-choice columnist Meghan Daum says the world needs "childfree" couples just as it needs procreators. Full disclosure: I'm the father of twin toddlers, an experience that may color my opinion of the column. And it has: Daum is spot on. Why? Because the discussion on the very personal decisions that couples and individuals make on becoming parents had started to resemble a debate, in which one side had to prove it was better than the other.
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