July 10, 2011 |
French luxury brand Longchamp will premiere its first West Coast boutique on Monday at Costa Mesa's South Coast Plaza, bringing its Le Pliage leather-trimmed nylon tote -- among other "it" handbags -- to Orange County shoppers. The 1,722-square-foot shop is an elegant study in wood, lacquer, glass and leather, and features a feminine enclave for the brand's growing ready-to-wear collection that "doesn't exist in any other U.S. store," said Stephanie Disegni, chief executive for Longchamp North America.
May 30, 2011 |
Sarah Palin's much-publicized "One Nation" bus tour got off to a chaotic and rumbling start Sunday in Washington, with no bus in sight and the potential presidential candidate only occasionally popping into view. The former Alaska governor, who has indicated she is still contemplating a run for the White House in 2012, showed up at a motorcycle rally for veterans in a Pentagon parking lot, clad in black leather, a black helmet and sunglasses. She arrived with her husband, Todd, and two of their three daughters in tow. "We're here to honor our vets," Palin told NBC News.
May 5, 2011 |
As gas prices escalate toward $5 a gallon, one novel fuel saver is generally overlooked: the street-legal golf cart. These electric, low-speed vehicles, or LSVs, have been available since 1998 but have yet to catch on with urban commuters who may not be keen to avoid freeways and chug along at 25 mph. LSVs are essentially golf carts equipped with seatbelts, a safety-glass windshield and other street-legal features required by the National Highway...
February 7, 2011 |
Tiger Zhang browsed the sweaters at the Hugo Boss boutique at the upscale Oriental Plaza mall looking for fashionable additions to his wardrobe. The 41-year-old investor was dressed in the unofficial uniform of Chinese businessmen: dark blazer, crisp white shirt, designer slacks, silky tan socks, hand-tooled loafers ? and an expensive purse. Lest anyone think the $500 Dunhill clutch with dual bronze zippers belonged to his wife, he proudly explained how his business cards, cash and two cellphones fit neatly into its buttery leather interior.
December 12, 2010 |
The new Devon store in Beverly Hills feels less like a fashion boutique and more like an airport hangar. But the striking 10,000-square-foot space ? which features concrete-and-steel décor, lighted up by huge graphic glass panels ? is the first outpost for one of fashion's most distinctive lifestyle brands. FOR THE RECORD: The headline on an earlier version of this article misspelled Devon as Devvon. Founded by Scott Devon ? a lifelong student of architecture, art and design ?
August 23, 2010 |
For parents looking to sneak some nutrition into their kids' school lunches, brightly packaged fruity snacks — many of which promise they're the equivalent of a serving of fruit or more — are undoubtedly tempting. After all, the plastic-wrapped bars, sticks, rolls and strips contain no pits, seeds or cores and require no washing, peeling or slicing. And kids tend to eat them without any fuss. But convenience aside, parents shouldn't kid themselves. "They're not as good as eating regular fruit," no matter the promises on the package, says Mark Kantor, professor of nutrition and food science at the University of Maryland in College Park.
August 19, 2010 |
The good, the bad and the ugly. It's cliche, it's trite — and it's exactly how to describe Infiniti's 2011 QX56. The "good" includes this full-size luxury SUV's interior, its drivetrain and its (relative) maneuverability. The "bad" describes its gas mileage, its aversion to getting dirty and some practical elements of the vehicle's design. And the "ugly' describes ... well, look at it. In short, the QX looks weird. Which is unfortunate because if you're in the market for this type of vehicle, and you can get past the styling, it has a lot to offer.
July 15, 2010 |
A thought crossed my mind as I rolled the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee over what appeared to be the edge of a cliff: "Why am I doing this?" Before my nose dive down the cartoonishly steep and rocky grade of the Hollister Hills State Vehicular Recreation Area in Monterey County , my impression of modern Jeeps was that the "S" had been stripped from these SUVs — that there was little sport involved in these supposed utility vehicles....
July 11, 2010 |
Don't want to stumble through the sand on laser-cut platforms at a Malibu beach party? Rubber flip-flops too casual? Tkees, a collection of dressy leather sandals, are a beachy choice with an interesting slogan: Cosmetics for your feet. Tkees were introduced in 2009 as foundation-matching flip-flops for a barefoot effect. The basic "nude" colors range from the lightest Seashell to the darkest Mocha. Last summer, the brand expanded the makeup concept to include other cosmetic-inspired shades in different leathers such as patent for glosses, soft suede for creams, shimmery-finishes for eye shadows and matte leathers to match lipstick and eyeliners.
June 10, 2010 |
Archaeologists from UCLA and Ireland have discovered the world's oldest leather shoe, an exquisitely preserved 5,600-year-old woman's size 7 lace-up, in a cave in Armenia. The shoe, 1,000 years older than the great pyramid of Egypt and 400 years older than Stonehenge in England, was in such pristine condition that at first researchers thought it was just a few centuries old. It was stuffed with grass, which may have been used to keep the wearer's foot warm or to preserve the shoe's shape for storage, the researchers reported Wednesday in the online journal PLoS One. Both the grass and shoe were well-preserved, like other organic materials discovered in preliminary excavations of the cave on the border between Armenia and Iran, including a winemaking apparatus complete with grapes and three human heads preserved in jars.