THE GOOD LIFE

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Beach-Minded Contemporary

A local design-build duo plants a hub of modern design in an up-and-coming arts and design neighborhood in Hermosa WRITTEN BY CONSTANCE DUNN PHOTOGRAPHY BY PAUL JONASON “I think there are memories attached to products, and it’s nice to have a product ...

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Reading Corner: Organic Beauties

Organic Beauties A flourish of fresh tomes to inspire a naturally beautiful abode Written by Jenn Thornton Habitat: The Field Guide to Decorating    by Lauren Liess  Fall under the spell of meticulously curated spaces with this October release from the...

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Lights, Camera, Local!

The forthcoming Monica Film Center—another Laemmle limelighter—preps to premiere this fall Written by Jenn Thornton Photo courtesy of Laemmle Theatres When the Monica 4-Plex—a cultural touchstone for the communities of Santa Monica and West L.A. for...

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Track Season Trifecta

Three luxury resorts offer the perfect place to relax in between races at the Del Mar Turf Club Written by Michelle Lyn Photos courtesy of L’Auberge Del Mar, Rancho Valencia and Fairmont Grand Del Mar As the old Bing Crosby song goes, there’s a “smi...

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City Guide: RIDE &...

RIDE & REFORM Westside studio combines Pilates and Spin for rapid results Written by Michelle Lyn Photos courtesy of Studio Elevate Anyone who challenges themselves. People who embrace change. Warriors. These are the people who inspire Leah Kitching, ...

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CUBA CALLING

A tour through Havana offers a behind-the-scenes look at Cuba’s thriving art and jazz scene. Written by Michelle Lyn Photography Michelle Lyn Walking through the streets of Old Havana, every multi-hued crumbling wall, every woman hanging laundry on her ...

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City: Dion Gallery

If the Frame Fits… Jeff Dion is keeping local art alive and raising our frame consciousness, too. Written by Constance Dunn Photography by Paul Jonason “It’s kind of like buying a custom suit,” says Jeff Dion, standing behind a colorful wall of ...

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The Good Life: Irises...

A Lasting Impression Reflecting on Vincent van Gogh’s enigmatic Irises at the Getty. Written by Jenn Thornton Architectural Images © J. Paul Getty Trust Irises images Digital image courtesy of the Getty’s Open Content Program Truly great are the ar...

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Jeff Marshall

Overseeing up to 30 potential properties in various states of completion each week, Jeff Marshall— owner and principal of one of California’s leading home staging operations, Marshall Design Group— is on the speed dial of real-estate agents statew...

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Little Sister in the...

Chef Tin Vuong’s one-of-a-kind eatery is  headed to Downtown LA’s Restaurant Row. Written by Constance Dunn Photos courtesy of Little Sister For Chef Tin Vuong, opening his Manhattan Beach restaurant Little Sister in 2013 was all about carving out...

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City Guide: El Tarasco

Satiation by the Sea For over 40 years a tasty Mexican counter has fed hungry beach-bound locals and late-nighters alike.  WRITTEN BY CONSTANCE DUNN  | ILLUSTRATION BY JAY BROCKMAN Next time you’re in the North End of Manhattan Beach, and craving a...

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City: Shanna Shryne

Designer Shanna Shryne creates spaces  to elevate everyday exuberance. By Constance Dunn Cruise into Shanna Shryne’s design center on Pier Avenue and you’re guaranteed to bump into a positive message or two. They’re everywhere, from an oversized p...