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Exclusive See’s Candies Chocolate Tour

Meeting Dave Chapman Production Coordinator at See’s Candy Corporate office in Los Angeles, I “robed up” in a white See’s Candy jacket and donned a blue hair bonnet before he escorted me into one of California’s most beloved chocolate and candy companies. For over 28 years, Chapman has made sure that Mary See would be proud of her candy company. He told me: “We make the finest, freshest ingredients and still use Mary See’s recipes to make our delicious chocolates and candies.” It’s almost been 100 years since Mary See started making candy back in 1921. Today the privately...

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Tallest Skyscraper West of the Mississippi in Los Angeles

Sitting in a booth eating sushi at the Sora restaurant located on the 69th floor of the Wilshire Grand, I commented to my friend about the magnificent views of Los Angeles. Located inside the newly opened Wilshire Grand, this upscale, world-class and state-of-the-art 73-story high-rise, offers multiple dining options in the tallest building west of the Mississippi. Inside the office building is the InterContinental Hotel Los Angeles, with 889 guest rooms on the 31st to 68th floors. Everywhere you look are million-dollar views. The lobby on the first floor is not the registration area for the hotel; instead hotel...

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Magnificent Marin French Cheese

California is known for many contributions to the world, including cheese. Since 1865 the 700-acre Hicks Valley Ranch has provided fresh cow and goat milk cheese. Located in Sonoma, this cheese company was fortunately untouched by the nearby California fires. In 2011, Marin French Cheese was purchased by Rians, the respected French family of cheese producers. Rians also owns Laura Chenel’s Chèvre in neighboring Sonoma County. What makes Marin French Cheese extra special is a blend of milk from three dairy breeds: Jersey, Guernsey and Holstein. These cows live less than 15 miles from the Marin French Cheese company...

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The Elegance and Essence of Bees

Inside the Hotel Bel Air Spa, I met fascinating urban beekeeper Paul Hekimian during a Valmont beauty event. Valmont has been a pioneer in the world of luxury cosmetics for over 30 years. The Swiss skin care company draws inspiration from the latest scientific research to restore and repair skin. In addition to  using Switzerland’s pure natural resources, including glacial spring water and essential plant extracts grown in Valmont’s own conservatory in the Swiss Alps, they are now using beneficial ingredients made from bees. Hekimian is the Director of HoneyLove, an organization with a mission to protect the honeybees by...

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The Most Luxurious Rental in Los Angeles

Oh the parties you will have at the sprawling four-bedroom, ten-bathroom penthouse that sits atop downtown Los Angeles’ luxury LEVEL high-rise on the 34th and 35th floors. Professionally designed by Robert Bailey, you and your guests will gaze out the 13-ft floor to ceiling windows offering 360-degree views of Los Angeles and beyond. From the minute you exit the security elevator on the 34th floor into the elegant entry, one notices the opulent natural limestone flooring that continues through the kitchen, living and dining areas, as well as outdoor terraces. Warm woods include walnut, ash, and oak. The expansive window walls...

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Christmas Harry Potter Style at Universal Studios Hollywood

Christmas has arrived at “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter,” inside Universal Studios Hollywood.  As night falls, Hogemeade Village sparkles with snow capped roofs and storefronts are decorated with holiday garland and decorations. The Hogwarts Castle is lit with color illuminating Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry during designated times. The awe-inspiring light projection show is choreographed to the musical arrangement from the Harry Potter movies.Walking down the cobblestone streets, I felt as if I traveled to the historic British land of Harry Potter’s world. Karen Irwin, President & COO, Universal Studios Hollywood wanted her team to create an interactive and “exciting...

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Exploring the Enchanting Channel Islands from Oxnard

Touring the Presidential Suite at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Mandalay Beach Resort in Oxnard,  I admired the 1,600 sq. ft. space that includes a spacious master bedroom complete with a king-size bed and balcony looking out to the Pacific Ocean. There is an adjoining bathroom with a large inviting whirlpool soaking tub. The second bedroom features two queen-size beds and a full bathroom with walk-in shower. The grand living room and dining area have another balcony looking out to the picturesque Channel Islands. Appreciating the views, I wanted to learn more about the Channel Islands chain that runs from...

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Paris Can Wait: An Elegant Cinematic Travelogue

While watching actress Diane Lane tour Southern France in Eleanor Coppola’s first motion picture, Paris Can Wait, I thought: This movie will appeals to women and lovers of good food and travel. Eleanor Coppola is the wife of Academy Award winning filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola, and mother to filmmakers Sofia and Roman Coppola. She caught the movie-making virus from her family while in her 70s. Married to Francis for 54 years, she accompanied him with her children while he made such blockbuster films as Apocalypse Now. Later, Eleanor helmed behind-the-scenes documentaries for her husband and daughter. After telling a friend...

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Fun Halloween Treats at Disney’s California Adventure

Now that it’s autumn, Disney has decorated their parks with happy haunting decor, selling devilishly divine treats to enhance their guests’ experiences. Get your Park Hopper ticket to experience All Hallows’ Eve Celebration at both Disney theme parks in Southern California: Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure until Oct. 31, 2017. During Halloween Time, stroll through the stores, restaurants and visit the food carts for creative themed treats that are only offered once a year. Here’s some of my favorite treats: Throughout both parks guests can purchase a souvenir Poison Apple stein drink with a choice of fresh grapes or...

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The 2017 Emmy Awards Cocktail at The Governors Ball

After the 69th Television Academy Emmy Award show, host Stephen Colbert and over 4,000 nominees, award winners and entertainment luminaries, walked the red carpet into the Los Angeles Convention Center for the largest after-party in Los Angeles. The room was aglow in gold for this year’s Governors Ball produced by Cheryl Cecchetto’s Sequoia Events. Award-winning bartender Charles Joly designed the signature Emmy cocktail for the Governors Ball – The Hilhaven Lodge Fireside. He handed one to Colbert celebrating his successful night hosting The Emmy Award show at the Microsoft Theater. This special cocktail is made with The Hilhaven Lodge Blended...

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Enjoying Island Flavors on a Catalina Island Tasting Tour

When in Southern California, locals and visitors can sail over to Catalina Island in one hour on a modern Catalina Express boat. Upgrade your ticket to the Commodore Lounge for special privileges that include early boarding, larger seats, a complimentary drink and snack. Once you arrive at the island take a stroll through the Mediterranean-looking town of Avalon to savor the flavors of six restaurants. The Catalina Food Tour is a three-hour culinary experience that offers enlightening cultural, architectural and historical insight about the island, while offering tastes of a variety of flavors by the bay. We met our...

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Achieving Healthier Skin with DerMend

As a child I didn’t like the word “immature.” Now as an adult woman, I’m trying to get used to the word “mature.” I’ve noticed as I get older, my skin is getting thinner, developing some darker spots and bruises more easily. After a scare with a pre-melanoma on my leg, I scan my skin often and visit my dermatologist once a year. Recently, I’ve noticed some dry patches, fine lines and a few dark spots. Looking in the mirror, sometimes I’m not  happy with the direction my skin is heading–not only on my face, but on my arms,...

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