April 30, 2013 |
Sisters of Los Angeles , the line of haute-modern gifts and souvenirs celebrating local pride, has unveiled some new products for the summer season that are too good to pass up. Following on the heels of SOLA's popular Los Angeles and Malibu drink glasses, friendship bracelets, T-shirts and key chains, the company is now offering beach towels ($39.95) just in time for the warm weather. Also new are glass candles ($14.95*) inspired by traditional Mexican seven-day candles, which I will be buying by the armload for festive outdoor entertaining.
December 5, 2013 |
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Some came in what they were wearing when they heard that Nelson Mandela had died -- their pajamas. Some draped themselves in South African flags. Others brought candles, flowers and pictures of him. Hundreds of people gathered outside his house in the early morning Friday, in a gathering striking for the absence of weeping and tears. It was more of a spontaneous celebration of the man's life and the gifts he left South Africa. A few vuvuzelas -- the South African trumpet normally found at football matches and celebrations -- blasted into the night.
December 12, 2013 |
With luxury candles often costing $100 or more per wick, the hand-poured soy wax candles of Pommes Frites Candle Co. are a welcome respite. Each candle may be poured, labeled and packaged by Kristen Pumphrey and husband Thomas Neuberger in their downtown Los Angeles studio, but each still retails for about $18. Pumphrey said she wanted to create "an affordable but quality candle -- simple packaging, fine fragrance, domestically grown soy...
July 25, 2013 |
Maggie Carey envisioned her feature directorial debut as a dirty “Sixteen Candles. " Think Molly Ringwald's Samantha Baker looking to lose her virginity rather than get the guy. What she ended up with is “The To Do List,” a low-budget romp centering on the overachieving Brandy Klark, played by Aubrey Plaza, who devotes the same fastidiousness that nabbed her the valedictorian slot at her high school to shedding her prudish ways before she...
February 21, 2013 |
Miguel appears to be taking advantage of his new renown. Hot on the heels of his head-turning performance last week at the Grammy Awards (where his "Adorn" won an R&B song prize), the L.A.-based soul singer released a politically charged music video Wednesday for his track "Candles in the Sun. " Unlike "Adorn" and many of the steamy love songs on Miguel's acclaimed 2012 disc "Kaleidoscope Dream," the eerie "Candles in the Sun" ponders a laundry list of societal ills, including "babies on crack," "white-collar war crime" and "mindless bureaucracy.
February 25, 2000 |
Burning candles could put enough lead into the air to endanger children under 6, said a study released Thursday by a consumer advocacy group. Of 285 candles bought in the Washington area, the cotton wicks in 86 were stiffened with metal and nine of those used high amounts of lead, the Public Citizen study said. Seven of the candles in the nine that contained lead came from China or Taiwan, one from Canada and one from the United States, the study found. U.S.