April 6, 2013 |
If you and your spouse are traveling together and your credit cards are from a joint account, one spouse should carry one card and the other spouse a different one. That way, if one of you has a purse or wallet stolen, the other still has a usable credit card for the rest of the trip. Ginny Gibbs Woodland Hills For your return from a foreign trip, be sure that all your purchases are packed in your own luggage. Do not share with anyone else; you must go through customs with all your purchases Jeri Taylor Indio When things go well, praise the person who has provided good service.
March 24, 2013 |
Just when Lena Dunham and a handful of tech geniuses seemed to corner the market on wunderkind status, along comes Maria Stanley. At just 25, the Minnesotan is hoping to take L.A. by storm as head designer of new contemporary clothing line Harlyn. The guiding aesthetic for the brand, which hit stores including Planet Blue and Anthropolgie in February, could be described as "It's Jess!" - as in Zooey Deschanel's character in "New Girl. Girlie "fit and flare" dresses, collared jumpsuits, cap-sleeved peplum blouses and discreetly tailored peg-legged trousers in sand-washed almost suede-like silks with heavier drapes are spiced up with signature prints that play on classics like a navy and ivory chain link motif.
March 1, 2013 |
On Thursday night Stephen Colbert had some fun at the expense of the “world's most powerful religious leader. " Nope, not Pope Benedict XVI (though he got some air time too ) but, rather, televangelist Pat Roberston. “In a world full of war and poverty and moral decay, Pat is always willing to confront the eternal questions,” Colbert said -- questions like, “Are the clothes I buy at Goodwill possessed by Lucifer?” Earlier this week on “The 700 Club,” Robertson counseled a viewer worried that her frugal secondhand wardrobe might be tainted by evil spirits.
February 10, 2013 |
The year 2012 was full of films that captured the essence of memorable time periods through costume. Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" was brought to life by designer Joanna Johnston's stovepipe hats and wool shawls, for instance. And what would the film "Anna Karenina" be without costume designer Jacqueline Durran's lavish bustle-back gowns? The FIDM Museum and Galleries in downtown Los Angeles is celebrating those magical feats in costume design by showcasing more than 100 designs from 2012 films during its 21st annual "Art of Motion Picture Costume Design.
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February 6, 2013 |
David Beckham is losing more than his bathrobe in Guy Ritchie's film promoting Beckham's bodywear line for H&M. "David is the perfect leading man," Ritchie said. "For me, this felt like more than a campaign - it was like directing a short film. " "I loved doing it and people will get to see me play a role I've never done before!" the soccer star told the New York Daily News . "it was great to work with Guy, who is an amazing director. " Beckham, 37, who will be leaving Los Angeles to play for the Paris-St.
February 5, 2013 |
Jaclyn Shanfeld moves from garment to garment with the unbridled joy of a little girl rummaging in her mother's closet. From the "wall of Chanel" Shanfeld retrieves a light pink and lavender jacket that once fetched $3,200 but was priced for resale at $750. She shows off the unmarked soles of a pair Nicholas Kirkwood boots, originally purchased for $1,500 that are now offered for $700. She unveils a sheer black, sleeveless Alaia gown bought for a special occasion - but never worn.
January 28, 2013 |
The way Wynand Mullins tells it, a flight attendant at Qantas Airways failed to see the humor in what was written on his T-shirt. "Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die," read the quote from the 1987 cult film "The Princess Bride. " (A quick Google search turned up several versions of the T-shirt with this quote.) Mullins told the New Zealand news website stuff.co.nz that he was asked to change his shirt on the flight from Sydney to Auckland on Jan. 20. "The flight attendant said to me: 'Are you able to remove it because some of the passengers are quite intimidated by it,' " Mullins said in the story.
January 26, 2013 |
Islamic clothing is getting a bit more hip in Southern California. Home to one of the largest Muslim communities in the nation, the Southland has become fertile ground for a new generation of designers crafting clothes for women who are limited by faith and conviction from flashing too much skin. Although Muslim women have been dressing fashionably for years, many in the U.S. say they still face tricky challenges when getting dressed - and especially dressed up. "We are Muslim and we can still express ourselves, be fashionable, as long as we do it in a halal way" or in keeping with Islamic law, said LaTanya Maassarani, 30, a postal carrier from Long Beach.
January 3, 2013 |
Remember when Vegas was cheap? It can be again, except it's not Vegas, it's Reno. There are better reasons to come here than its reputation for quickie divorces might have you believe. For instance, big casinos just like in Vegas but not as pricey and definitely not as raucous. The bed We chose the Tuscany-flavored Peppermill (2707 S. Virginia St.,  821-9996) and had a price flashback. Even though it was a holiday weekend, our small suite at this AAA four-diamond property was $130 for Friday night and $160 for Saturday.
December 20, 2012 |
Actors and costume designers have a rare relationship on set: They're both involved in building a person, using the actor's body as the raw materials. It's a relationship built on trust and talent, and when everything goes well, clothes really do make the man (or woman). Here's a peek behind the scenes of four such recent partnerships. 'Hitchcock' Toni Collette (as Peggy Robertson) Julie Weiss (costume designer) The character: As Alfred Hitchcock'sreal-life assistant, Collette's outfits had to establish her as a mid-century working woman but never be too flashy, since Peggy always stood in the reflected glow of the master of suspense.