October 18, 2010 |
RV manufacturers can make beds fold out of walls, TVs swivel and couches collapse into kitchens all with the push of a button. One thing they can't do with a button: make people buy. Salespeople were trying their best Sunday at the 58th annual California RV Show, which runs through next Sunday at the Fairplex in Pomona. Salesmen rubbed their hands in the cold as families strolled, sipped beer and stopped to watch the football games on the flat-screen televisions that seem built into every recreational vehicle.
March 8, 2009 |
PRADA Leave the shoulder pads in the past. Tough tailoring is Miuccia Prada's answer to the new power dressing trend -- tweed coats sculpted in at the waist and slit up the sides, fringed suede and crystal-studded tunic dresses. Compared with last season's killer heels, which sent one model tumbling to the floor, the shoes were almost sensible -- chunky high-heeled shoe-boots, fringed and studded pumps. And who doesn't need a pair of Prada waders?
November 16, 2008 |
The beauty market is flooded with gadgets promising people with curly hair frizz-free, angelic ringlets. And some of us with temperamental tresses want to believe. We'll try anything to get soft, sculpted and lightweight curls. If you've got a drawer at home jammed with blow dryers, nozzles, diffusers and a tangled mess of cords, chances are you've been looking for a solution too.
December 9, 2007 |
This Playa del Rey house has walls of glass in almost every room that slide open to large decks with views of the ocean, the mountains and the lights of the city. The three-level house, completed this year, has an urban-chic feel with dramatic, loft-like open spaces, hardwood floors and high ceilings. Its sprawling terraces are cooled by ocean breezes.
November 11, 2007 |
I couldn't resist him, sitting there alluringly in the sultry darkness of the W Los Angeles-Westwood. He was small, dark and handsome, and I just had to put my fingers all over him. But then he froze and refused to issue a single word. The nerve. The W management had set out this gorgeous, black antique typewriter in the lobby, along with a tray of paper and a sign encouraging guests to compose a love letter, yet they had neglected to put in a ribbon. "What a tease!"
May 10, 2006 |
LATELY, while pondering a new set of wheels, I'm wrestling with a notion shared by many car shoppers today: Do we buy one last great ride regardless of the gas costs and mileage, sensing that the end of an era is at hand? Or do we give in to the good angel on the shoulder, who whispers that it's not just about us anymore. Decisions like this are now about bigger things: geopolitics, global warming, living within our means.