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  • Gifts for a retiring boomer

    By Julie Bien

    June 25, 2014 | 2:10 pm

    For many baby boomers, retirement is just around the corner. Why not celebrate their hard work and this golden milestone with a retirement gift? Whether they plan to spend the next phase of life jet-setting or pursuing more domestic interests, they deserve something special to mark...

  • Special gifts for that special day

    By Julie Bien

    May 14, 2014 | 2:17 pm

    Finding the perfect gift for a 13-year-old can be difficult. You can always give a new bar or bat mitzvah money — in the traditional multiples of $18  — but if you’d rather give a more personal or meaningful gift, make it something they’ll remember.

    1. Recently considered...

  • Chanukah shopping: Revisiting some classics

    By Julie Bien

    November 25, 2013 | 4:18 pm

    Take time this holiday season to slow down and catch up on your pleasure reading. We’ve gathered a list of classic books to suit everyone’s taste  — from spine-chilling science fiction to classic modern novels. Whether you’re looking for a humorous Sunday afternoon read, an...

  • Shopping: Gelty pleasures

    By Julie Bien

    November 22, 2013 | 11:46 am

    Make sure your Chanukah accoutrements are up to snuff this year. We’ve got fair-trade gelt, dreidels for a cause, and ultra-modern menorahs for your 2013 festival of lights. So sit back, enjoy the latkes, drink some wine, and light the candles. L’chaim!

    1. The BLUE BEL AIR...

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  • How to buy the best diamond wedding ring for your buck

    By Kylie Jane Wakefield

    October 23, 2013 | 4:50 pm

    When Jeremy Ziskind of Pico-Robertson proposed last year to his then-girlfriend, Allyson Marcus, he had a basic idea of what kind of engagement ring he would give his future wife.

    “Allyson told me pretty early on in our relationship that she loved the idea of a heart-shaped...

  • Kenyan police search mall wreckage after militant attack

    September 25, 2013 | 10:02 am

    Bomb disposal experts and investigators searched through the wreckage of a Kenyan shopping mall on Wednesday after a four-day attack by Islamist militants that killed at least 72 people.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta declared three days of mourning after troops defeated the al...

  • Top toys for baby boomers

    July 19, 2013 | 1:37 pm

    The kids have finally moved out, and retirement is on the horizon — it’s time you spoiled yourself with a few must-have toys. Whether your idea of luxury is never having to mow the lawn again or being able to pursue your favorite hobby, technology has ushered in a new era of...

  • eBay’s Israel social center

    January 23, 2013 | 4:12 pm

    Online auctioneer eBay’s hot new social commerce platforms aren’t coming from the giant Internet marketplace’s California headquarters. They’re conceptualized and launched by a team of 14 young Israeli geeks (and Marti, their “inspiration dog”) on Tel Aviv’s yuppified Rothschild...

  • Grocery Store Etiquette

    By Ilana Angel

    July 17, 2012 | 4:07 pm

    I like grocery shopping.  I cook most everyday and I especially love the produce section of my local market.  I am big on fresh ingredients and tend to buy a lot of organic.  I don’t use recipes or cookbooks unless I’m making something I’ve not made before.  I cook a lot of my...

  • Trader Joe’s comes up against some tough cookies

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    May 17, 2012 | 5:50 pm

    Trader Joe’s got slammed last week by a combination of hysteria and hoarding by kosher bakers when word leaked out that its semisweet chocolate chips were going from pareve to dairy.

    “It’s just really sad,” said Shana Fishman, a Beverlywood mother of four who stocked up on...

  • 20 Minutes in Hell

    By Ilana Angel

    February 22, 2012 | 6:56 am

    There are moments during the course of any given day when I wonder if I am in hell.  Sitting in traffic on the 405 freeway, watching reality television, teaching my son to parallel park.  Yesterday however was special, because I am certain I actually saw the devil.  He was laughing...

  • Does Loud & Greasy = Old?

    By Ilana Angel

    January 17, 2012 | 1:39 pm

    This weekend I went shopping with my son.  He is going to a winter formal and needed a new outfit so we headed out to Santa Monica to spend the day shopping, walking around, and having lunch.  It was a beautiful day, there were a ton of people out and about, and we had a wonderful...

  • Opinion: In defense of acquiring material things

    By Dennis Prager

    December 22, 2011 | 11:00 am

    Every year around Christmas and Chanukah time, writers, commentators, pundits and many rabbis, priests and ministers exhort Americans against spending money on things. We are too materialistic, we are told every year. Happiness, not to mention a meaningful life, depends on our having...

  • Shopping malls get in Chanukah spirit

    December 19, 2011 | 10:37 am

    Westfield, the world’s largest shopping mall empire founded by Holocaust survivor Frank Lowy, will welcome in Chanukah on three continents.

    Shopping malls in America, the United Kingdom and Australia, where the company is headquartered, will unveil menorahs, a spokesperson for the...

  • Splurge-tastic Chanukah gifts

    November 18, 2011 | 1:06 pm

    The great gifting season is upon us, so why not treat our loved ones (and ourselves) to something outrageous, something splurge-tastic that will be treasured, and remembered, for years to come. Whether you’re a natural big spender or someone who is looking to make a statement with...

  • Shop for you, shop for the world

    October 21, 2011 | 12:09 pm

    Consumerism is often dubbed the antithesis of all that is good, but that doesn’t have to be so. More and more, businesses are adopting ethical labor practices, Earth-friendly materials and altruistic causes. We found a few ways for you to flex your consumer power — with a...

  • Turning a Shopping Addiction into Income

    By Annie Korzen

    October 19, 2011 | 2:58 pm

    My name is Annie and I’m a shopaholic.  Years ago, I was at a dinner party in New York and I was talking to Garrison Keillor’s then-wife, who was Danish.  She told me how insulted she was that her new American friends invited her to go shopping.  “Shopping? Why? Is there...

  • The skin under skinny jeans

    September 16, 2011 | 2:33 pm

    Those once-coveted outfits in your closet now elicit sighs of “I have nothing to wear” as last year’s trends take their inevitable plunge. While you’re hunting for the hottest fall fashions this month, remember also to invest in what will never go out of style: soft skin,...

  • Bargain Sites: Not Your Mother’s Coupons

    By Annie Korzen

    September 12, 2011 | 7:22 pm

    So many coupon sites and mommieblogs are restricted to small stuff like supermarket mac ‘n cheese, diapers, and pet food.  There are more substantial savings to be found if one knows where to look.  Here are just two examples.

    www.Dealcatcher.com  They point you to online...

  • Labels: I Don’t Promote Them – And I Don’t Believe Them

    By Annie Korzen

    August 31, 2011 | 8:33 pm

    Every primitive tribe has its status symbols.  Who owns the most goats?  Who wears the most beads?  Who has the largest lip plate? In the supposedly advanced culture we inhabit, people strut around proudly displaying their labels.  Maybe we’re not as advanced as we think we are:...

  • High Hosting by Adler

    August 19, 2011 | 1:59 pm

    Renowned Jewish American designer Jonathan Adler has all the right elements for a “happy chic” High Holy Days table. Mix and match bold colors, funky graphics, white glazed accents and a splash of metallic shine for a dinner setting that radiates sweet vibes for a sweet new year....

  • Just how expensive is it to live in Israel?

    August 16, 2011 | 10:33 am

    What began in Israel in June as a Facebook-driven rebellion against the rising cost of cottage cheese, then morphed in July into tent encampments protesting soaring real estate costs, has since turned into a full-scale Israeli social movement against the high cost of living in the...

  • A fast last getaway

    July 21, 2011 | 6:23 pm

    We all head excitedly into the first days of summer with visions of epic beach days and star-worthy bronzed skin. Yet after weeks of long office hours and errand-filled weekends, the end of summer is already in sight. Before the flurry of back-to-school and the High Holy Days, grab...

  • NEGOTIATING PRICES

    By Annie Korzen

    July 11, 2011 | 12:28 pm

    You’d be surprised how many store owners are open to friendly haggling.  For starters, you can always ask for a discount if you’re paying cash, or if you’re buying multiple items.  My Danish brother-in-law Søren is a champion negotiator who gets markdowns in clothing...

  • Northern Israel’s boutique mystique

    July 5, 2011 | 5:45 pm

    When Lisa Edelstein, Omar Epps, Jesse Spencer and Amber Tamblyn paid a visit to Northern Israel with “House” creator David Shore as part of a weeklong trip sponsored by America’s Voices in Israel, the stars of the hit Fox series admired the tranquil beauty of the Galilee...

  • Vintage Stores and the big Dilemma…

    By Julia Bendis

    June 20, 2011 | 2:12 pm

    I absolutely love shopping at Vintage and Second-Hand shops.  The thrill of getting a one of a kind piece of jewelry or dress is indescribable!  Finding that beautiful 50’s dress that no one else has is one of the reasons I enjoy Thrift stores, another is the fact that I absolutely...

  • Noshing in the Grass

    May 19, 2011 | 3:59 pm

    Take a bold chance this summer by ditching the frigid shopping malls for the natural breeze and oak-tree shade of a gorgeous outdoor picnic. Your al fresco dining guests will marvel at these bright summertime items that capture the fun of the season. And to help you actually locate...

  • Bargain Fashionista Part Six: The church, school, or charity rummage sale

    By Annie Korzen

    May 3, 2011 | 11:10 am

    It’s large, it’s varied, and prices are rock-bottom. Plus, the money will hopefully be used for a good cause. I say “hopefully” because not every cause is equally dear to my heart. When I questioned the high price of some scuffed-up Uggs, one lady said “But it’s for...

  • Bargain Fashionista Part Five: The Schmooze Factor

    By Annie Korzen

    May 1, 2011 | 11:08 am

    Besides saving heaps of money, enjoying the thrill of the hunt, and exploring some beautiful homes, there’s another reason I love yard sales: the social aspect. I come from New York, where strangers speak to each other all the time. They chit-chat at the theatre box-office; they...

  • Bargain Fashionista Part Four: My Husband and Mrs. Garrison Keillor

    By Annie Korzen

    April 28, 2011 | 10:55 am

    Years ago, I was at a dinner party in New York and I was talking to Garrison Keillor’s then-wife, who was Danish. She told me how insulted she was that her new American friends invited her to go shopping. “Shopping? Why? Is there something wrong with the way I dress?”

    Poor...

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