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Playing the Game of Attraction in L.A.

Over the years, the “City of Angels” has rightly or wrongly acquired the reputation for being diabolically difficult for singles. The vast expanse of Southern California, which, while on the surface offers never-ending options, is considered to actually be a treacherous trap with no endgame and added stress (Rebecca Haithcoat, LAWeekly). In addition, as Damona Hoffman of the Huffington Post contends, many of Los Angeles’ inhabitants might be more preoccupied with the city’s culture of fame, making it a battle of on-the-spot analysis to determine true intentions. Yet, the answer to the love riddle, perhaps shrouded more than ever, has been the same…

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The Lowdown on “Tainted Love” in L.A.

Imagine a roaring heat rising through your body, up to your neckline and above. Your face, now colored with a red tint, is burning, and you can’t help but tug at your collar. But this is not an unwelcome or painful episode; it is the elusive rush of passionate attraction, an animal magnetism pushing you to overcome the inhibition of convention, and leap into the lips of your soul mate sitting across the café table. Sadly, many Southern California residents are growing cynical to the idea that they could ever find their true love, let alone be able to sustain eye…

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Ojai, California — The Perfect Escape

After completing a seriously demanding nightmare of a project, I realized it was time for some much-needed respite. Yet with only a few days before my next project began, I needed to find a place where I could recharge and rejuvenate in the quickest, dirtiest way possible. Luckily, I picked the perfect locale — the charming town of Ojai, California. It was exactly what I needed — in just two days, I felt like a completely new woman. I stayed at The Oaks at Ojai (www.oaksspa.com), which I chose because of its reputation for being comfortable and unassuming. It was a…

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Brande Roderick’s Recipe for Healthy Living

Brande Roderick, quintessential California girl — known for her role in “Baywatch” in 2000 and as a former Playboy Playmate of the month and Playmate of the Year in 2001 — says she’s had to work hard all her life to fight against the dumb blonde image. “You have to work extra hard to prove yourself,” Roderick says. “There’s always that expectation. Being blonde, for example, going into ‘Celebrity Apprentice,’ people thought I would not be a threat. I love shocking people and proving them wrong.” Roderick says “Celebrity Apprentice” and subsequent “All-Stars” was enriching. “I learned that you can…

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Sidecar Doughnuts: The Hipster’s Answer To An Old-Fashioned Treat

The doughnut. It’s a simply sweet, and utterly delicious treat that seemingly melts in your mouth with each bite. They come in all shapes and sizes – some crème filled, some glazed, and some sprinkled with sugar, with everyone from young to old enjoying this classic. Then there is Sidecar Doughnuts and Coffee Shop, a place that prides itself on taking an old-fashioned treat and infusing it with a modern-day hipster twist. Set in an ordinary strip mall at the 17th street corridor in Costa Mesa lays this gem of an eatery. Brooke Desprez, Executive Chef and Co-Owner, watches over her…

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