The Original Farmers Market: People Have Been Meeting at Third & Fairfax for 80 Years
Jun21

The Original Farmers Market: People Have Been Meeting at Third & Fairfax for 80 Years

Cheerful greetings of “Hi” and “Good to see you” in a sunny Irish dialect can be heard on any given afternoon from behind the counter at Magee’s House of Nuts at LA’s Original Farmers Market. The infectious salutations come from Doris Perez, who has been serving customers there for over 50 years. “I came here from Ireland in 1959 with the plan to stay for one year.” Perez (formerly Leach), who briefly worked as a nanny for an Encino...

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Fields Market: One of LA’s Hottest Filming Locations
Oct10

Fields Market: One of LA’s Hottest Filming Locations

  Today it serves as the backdrop for countless television shows and movies. But at one time, the small, local grocery store—a throwback to midcentury America—had almost seen its better days.   “When we first took the place over in the early 1990s, the store was in pretty bad shape. It was like the worst house in the neighborhood type of thing; dirty, stinky, and the people who owned it were running it like a liquor store....

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Antiques Shopping in San Fernando Valley
Jan02

Antiques Shopping in San Fernando Valley

If you’re in the market for a vintage cashmere fedora, an antique letter opener or a Heywood vanity that would have done any golden-era bombshell proud, Canoga Park is an absolute must-visit. The small, west Valley neighborhood that came of age during the post-war era has become the place for in-the-know antique collectors, interiors decorators and set designers. It’s choc-full of the kind of old-town flair that harkens back to the...

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A Rare Look Inside the Life of Marilyn Monroe
Nov28

A Rare Look Inside the Life of Marilyn Monroe

A Hollywood Vassarette “Debutante” brassiere, style number 1225 in a size 36C, will go on auction next month in Beverly Hills. The dreamy, nude-colored underwire with mesh cups—which sold for a mere $5.95 in the 1950s—is expected to fetch upwards of $800., and is just one of the 329 items up for auction that once belonged to Marilyn Monroe. Part of the “Icons and Idols: Hollywood” series, Julien’s of Beverly Hills will unearth a...

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Alexander Vreeland’s Homage to Grandmother, Diana Vreeland
Oct17

Alexander Vreeland’s Homage to Grandmother, Diana Vreeland

When Alexander Vreeland first set out to create something in his grandmother’s name, he wasn’t sure what it would be. “My grandmother always lived outside of the box. So we really wanted whatever we did to represent who she truly was. My father and uncle came to me about five years ago when we were going to take over her estate. One of the first things we wanted to do was get some of her books back into print and around that same...

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