Camila Alves on the Red Carpet
Jan26

Camila Alves on the Red Carpet

  When Camila Alves graces the red carpet  this season with husband Matthew McConaughey, she will  once again make it look effortless. But, she says, don’t be fooled, it doesn’t come easy. It’s an all day process each time and one that she says takes the assistance of an entire team.   “It’s great to play dress up and have people make you look better than when you wake up in the morning, but it takes a lot of work,” Alves...

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California Tower Reopens After 80 Years
Jan23

California Tower Reopens After 80 Years

  A lot can happen in 80 years. The United States, in particular, has braved wars, experienced positive social changes, as well as transformative cultural awakenings, to name a few things. Usually it’s best to just move forward, implement lessons learned, and not allow history to repeat itself. Though the official reopening of the California Tower on New Year’s Day, which had been previously closed to the public for a...

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Take a Hike: The Palm Canyon Trail
Jan19

Take a Hike: The Palm Canyon Trail

After you inch your way down the main drag of Palm Springs, past the restaurants, clubs, shops, noise and famed Palm Canyon Walk of Stars , a peaceful journey awaits.   Continue down South Palm Canyon Drive, along the dusty road dotted with flash flood signs warning “Turn Around or Drown.” At the end you will find yourself at the entrance to the Agua Caliente Cahuilla Indian Reservation and some of the most magical hiking trails...

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Without a Car in Santa Barbara
Jan14

Without a Car in Santa Barbara

It’s a little daunting to think about being anywhere in Southern California without a car. However, the Santa Barbara Car Free program is so organized it has you off the highways and on the road to fun.   There are discounts galore in the program, with the added benefit of a minimal carbon footprint. santabarbaracarfree.org   Getting There Amtrak offers a 20% discount aboard the Pacific Surfliner into the Santa Barbara train...

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Winter Warmers With a Kick
Jan12

Winter Warmers With a Kick

Tired of eggnog, are you? When the weather outside is frightful (or just cold and rainy as it’s been lately), nothing warms you up faster than a drink with a kick. Southern California Life asked Eric Shani, general manager of The Pikey Bar & Café in Hollywood, for some suggestions off his menu that’ll leave you and yours with that warm winter glow.   The Buccaneer A popular rum potable, The Buccaneer “makes you feel like...

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