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  • 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...

  • Shopping: Only by Israel

    April 25, 2011 | 11:31 am

    Dive into all things Israeli this month in support of the country’s 63rd birthday. From the unique and creative beauty of Israeli fashion designers’ lines to Israel-based organizations that have made it their mission to help the less fortunate, these pieces reflect the Jewish...

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  • Bargainista Fashionista: Part One

    By Annie Korzen

    March 30, 2011 | 10:32 am

    Have you ever noticed how frumpy some rich women are? I’m thinking Barbara Bush. I’m thinking Margaret Thatcher. I’m thinking Queen Elizabeth. Well, it’s no accident: it’s deliberate. Someone from a ritzy old-money family explained to me that, “Being fashionable shows...

  • Live large, but pay little!

    By Annie Korzen

    March 28, 2011 | 10:43 am

    The market goes up, the market goes down. We’re in a boom, we’re in a recession, we’re in a depression. None of this economic see-saw has ever affected me, because I’ve been a thriftaholic all my life. As we follow this roller-coaster ride we call the economy, skills in the...

  • About

    By Annie Korzen

    March 22, 2011 | 10:47 am

    Annie Korzen is a comedy writer and performer. Her humorous essays have been printed in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and more. She has delivered commentaries on NPR’s Morning Edition and appeared on Oprah. She was the recurring Doris Klompus on...

  • Pretty for Passover

    March 16, 2011 | 11:50 am

    Quickly approaching are those festive spring nights marked by a plethora of matzah, reclining comfortably in your chair and — just maybe — hitting your neighbor over the head with stalks of green onion during the “Dayenu” (an Afghani and Iranian Passover tradition). Whether...

  • Good Blog, Bad Analysis—Misrepresenting Reality

    February 23, 2011 | 4:33 pm

    This is a response to a blog post “Good Radio, Bad Facts - Misrepresenting Reality” by David Lehrer on The Wide Angle.

    As Jewish leaders who have worked alongside residents in East and South LA while they work to increase their access to regular food and groceries, we are compelled...

  • The deal maker

    February 15, 2011 | 11:57 am

    Rob Jaffe was 47 and working in advertising on a product he described as a hard sell. He was looking for something new, when his sister forwarded him a “deal of the day” e-mail and suggested he find a way to get involved in this new concept.

    Deal of the day sites like Groupon...

  • Virtual gifting

    February 15, 2011 | 11:20 am

    Tally Oliveau loves gift cards so much that she hopes to do away with them altogether — in their physical form anyway.

    The Woodland Hills entrepreneur last month launched iCardMall, a service specializing in virtual gift cards and e-greeting cards. More than 80 brands are...

  • Fabulous friends, fabulous gifts

    By Mihal Levy

    January 27, 2011 | 1:08 pm

    They planned your bachelorette party, brought you soup when you were sick, baby-sat your kids, rescued you from a bad date and jump-started your car when you got stuck. Thank the remarkable friends in your life with a unique, personal gift.

    A rosewood Jewish Chess Set ($133),...

  • Vests and other useless articles of clothing!

    By Julia Bendis

    January 3, 2011 | 5:28 pm

    Let’s talk about Vests.  Maybe I am the only person that doesn’t get this, but what is the point of a Vest?  And more importantly, what the hell is the point of a warm winter jacket if its missing sleeves!  I don’t get it.

    If you need a warm jacket or coat to keep you warm,...

  • VideoJew’s VideoGuide to L.A. #3—Jewish Los Angeles

    October 16, 2008 | 4:56 pm

    Dining, shopping, living, praying—VideoJew Jay Firestone shows you how it’s done Los Angeles-style.

     

  • Lighter me, lighter wallet

    By Mrs. Shoshana F

    August 22, 2008 | 7:20 pm

    Who knew that losing weight would be so expensive?

    Vegetables and fruit cost more than McDonalds. Weight Watchers costs money. A 24-Hour Fitness membership costs money. And, worst of all, buying new clothes in a smaller size costs money.

    I know there are ways to get around that. I...

  • Missing Matzah? It’s a Chain Store Problem

    By Adam Wills

    April 24, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    The hunt for matzah stretched beyond the afikomen this year. A matzah shortage this week left many Southern California shoppers driving to multiple supermarkets in search of the unleavened bread, which plays a leading role during Passover seders and is used throughout the week.

    Linda...

  • Twas the week before Passover

    By Mrs. Shoshana F

    April 16, 2008 | 1:13 pm


    Being as it is the week before Passover, I barely have time to get the house ready, let alone write a lot of posts on this blog. So in the spirit of that, today’s post will be a short homage to the newbees. Those who will be hosting seder at their home for the first time.

    My...

  • Linens and things II: A bright idea

    By Mrs. Shoshana F

    March 24, 2008 | 11:53 am


    Our front light burned out … again.

    Of course, replacing it isn’t as simple as screwing in a new lightbulb. There is a process:

    1) Open garage door – carefully avoiding crickets, spiders and other creepy crawies – to obtain step ladder
    2) Get a screwdriver to...

  • Linens and things

    By Mrs. Shoshana F

    March 17, 2008 | 12:04 pm

    “We need towels.”

    I turn to my husband as we poke through the linen closet.

    “How is it we don’t have towels? We have a cabinet full of sheets for a bed we no longer have and yet we have no towels?”

    “We have the towels in the bathroom,” he tells me.

    “Yes, but those are the ‘show’...

  • Walking down the (grocery) aisle

    By Mrs. Shoshana F

    March 3, 2008 | 9:00 am

    They say money doesn’t grow on trees. Technically it does, just not with the presidents on it. This week, I took a journey down the road of money management in a way that I wouldn’t necessarily have before.

    I knew that this was a week for a “big shop”: what we term a visit to the...

  • VIDEO: Shopping in Israel can get intense

    January 30, 2008 | 10:25 pm

    Things are a little tense in Israel these days—even when you’re just shopping!

  • Saying ‘I do’ when you’re not a size 2

    By Paula Ganzi Licata

    October 11, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    It's your big day, and you want to look beautiful. But can you feel beautiful in a world that thinks you're too big?

    The average-size woman in the United States is a 14, but you wouldn't know it by today's wafer-thin celebrities. Keira Knightley, Paris Hilton and Victoria Beckham...

  • History and trends blend in Jerusalem as deluxe mixed-use center opens in historic area

    By  Orit Arfa

    June 7, 2007 | 8:00 pm


    Click to take a video tour with Orit Arfa With style, fanfare and fireworks, the $400 million Mamilla Alrov commercial and residential quarter opened its Jerusalem stone doors to the public on May 28.

    The only completed portion is a small section of the outdoor mall, but among...
  • Has your gift list got game?

    By Adam Wills

    December 7, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    With Chanukah gift shopping well underway, three video game systems are jockeying for the top position on teen wish lists. Demand for PlayStation 3 and Nintendo's Wii is outstripping the available supply, and analysts predict the shortage could lead to increased demand for...
  • Sheinkin Street meets superhighway

    By  Orit Arfa

    October 5, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Sheinkin Street is not what it used to be. At least that's the common sentiment among those who remember the street's heyday in the late 1980s to mid-'90s, when the neighborhood was Israel's bohemian center -- hip, funky, free-spirited, and on the vanguard. It is often dubbed the...
  • Shopping for Jews? Clean Up on Aisle 5

    By Sue Fishkoff

    April 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Anyone who walked into Albertsons in Los Altos on a recent Sunday would have run right into Margie Pomerantz's Passover table.

    There she sat, next to the kosher food display right inside the supermarket's front entrance. A big handwritten sign reading "Passover in the Aisles" hung...

  • Home Pampering Easy as 1, 2, Ahhhhh

    By Beth Gilbert

    February 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    No one deserves a spa experience more than you do. Just picture it -- warm tubs scented with essential oils, invigorating body scrubs, refreshing botanical blend face masks smoothed on in soothing circular massaging motions and misty showers with luscious gels.

    Sound divine? You...

  • Boutique Teaches Brides Love Lessons

    By Carin Davis

    February 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Where there's a bride to be, there's a bachelorette party. And for many Los Angeles women, that party means just one thing: The Love Boutique. For 25 years, the shop has entertained and educated parties of women about sexuality and sensuality. The Love Boutique parties are like...

  • Skip the Tsuris of Chanukah Shopping

    By Lisa Alcalay Klug

    December 15, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    With Chanukah coinciding with the rush for the "other holiday," why spend unnecessary time hunting for parking at the mall or waiting in line? We've surveyed some of the hottest catalogs and Web sites for eight nights of creative gifts. Best of all, you can order in a hurry online or...

  • Gifts for Your Honey Too Large to Wrap

    By Carin Davis

    December 15, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Those eight crazy nights are coming up fast. Still stumped what to get your sweetie? Think outside the giftbox and give your loved one a gift certificate for an experience. Whether it's a pampering, an adventure, or just some much needed help, Los Angeles is loaded with services that...

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