Amboy, CA: The lion-dogs that guard the desert (Part Two)

Preserving this imperiled piece of history isn’t easy. What was once Amboy’s blessing — its remote location, which made it an oasis for travelers needing to make a pit stop for some gas and a bite — has become its curse.

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Amboy, CA: The lion-dogs that guard the desert (Part One)

No one knows how the lion-dog traveled to the Mojave Desert, or who brought it there. No one knows why, for a few months, she disappeared and came back again. And yet, there she stands at six foot tall, one paw patting the head of her cub. Her tooth is chipped, knocked off by a bullet from when a traveler thought it a target and shot up the statue with a high-powered gun.

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Santa Paula, CA: At this haunted historic inn, spirits abound

I feel a chill cross my back, as I climb the floral carpeted staircase to the third floor. I feel another one as I cross a sitting area and make a left into the hotel’s corridor. The hallway is dim. The dark, burgundy walls are illuminated by tired daylight shining through the window of what seems like a little reading nook. (It’s the perfect weather outside for something like this — gray, damp, dreary.) Under my foot, the floor sinks and creaks with every step I take, breaking the silence. Squeak, croak, pop.

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Roundup: How to recreate Carrie Bradshaw’s iconic newspaper dress

If you read last week’s post, you might already know that my friend Kristin and I dressed up (all matchy-matchy) in a newspaper dress, as a nod to the slinky backless number Carrie Bradshaw wore in season three of Sex and the City when she semi-crashed Natasha’s lunch in a cringeworthy attempt to apologize for…

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Did ‘Emily in Paris’ satiate my wanderlust?

“Emily in Paris is a new dramedy created by producer Darren Star, best known as the brains behind shows like Beverly Hills 90210, Younger — and you guessed it — SATC. Which is really why I’ve been waiting for this as impatiently as a tot on Christmas eve. The truth is, I’ve been watching SATC on repeat throughout this pandemic.”

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Home, CA: Stuck at Home? Here’s How We Brunched While Social Distancing

Los Angeles’ traffic is made up of an intricately connected network of arteries, veins and capillaries. On any given day, it’s humming and red — sometimes grapefruit-orange, if you time your commute just right. The city’s busy roads are as much a part of its identity as its ubiquitous palm trees and film industry.  Now,…

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Los Angeles, CA: Inside FIDM’s 13th Art of Television Costume Design Exhibition

In downtown Los Angeles, at the 13th Art of Television Costume Design exhibition—where, every year, the FIDM Museum puts some of television’s finest costumes under a literal and metaphorical spotlight—there’s a dress that can’t be overlooked. I don’t have a thing for supernatural sprites, but as we pause in front of this floor-length winged gown,…

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Met Gala 2019: Favorite Red Carpet Looks, Updated

There are two red carpet events I get excited about every year: The Academy Awards and The Met Gala. But really, if I had to pick—like, really had to—I’d probably choose to tune into the spectacle that’s the first Monday in May. The Met Gala, aka the annual fundraising shindig thrown for the Costume Institute…

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