Best Of LA 2012

Published October 16, 2012 by

Best of LA 2012

We went down the rabbit hole. We drank from strange bottles and tasted mysterious cakes. We even, yep, ate the mushroom.

We found our fairy tale, and now we present it to you: 435 of the most fabulous things in all of Los Angeles. From the city’s most amazing restaurants to its tawdriest dive bars, from its edgiest art exhibits to the top spots for live music, we’ve got it all covered. It truly is the Best of L.A. — and, in a city this awesome, that’s really saying something.

Start exploring our favorite things, and you’ll totally live happily ever after.

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Best Of L.A: Discount Designer Jean Shopping

Published September 27, 2012 by

Skinny, boot or straight – jeans are a staple in any fashionista’s closet. And you can never have too many pairs, especially when you find the perfect fit. But if spending next month’s rent on those long-coveted designer denims is not an option, we’ve got the hush-hush scoop on LA’s deep discount jeans shops.

That Jean Shop
5658 W. 3rd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(310) 975-4626
That Jean ShopAll over the Internet, Israeli-born Neta Tov is showered with her clients’ praises. Opened for only three years, Tov’s That Jean Shop has a wide selection of high-end and exclusive jean brands at low prices, with some that haven’t even hit most stores yet. A mathematician at heart, Tov can take one look at you and calculate which designer jeans will fit best, sending you out of the shop’s doors looking fabulous. Featured brands include American Rags, Fred Segal, RRL Selvage Denim by Ralph Lauren, J Brand, Hudson Denim, Bleu Lab Reversible Denim, Black Orchid, SIWY Jeans, Paige Premium Denim, Ksubi Jeans and Prvcy jeans. The denim boutique also carries designers on your man’s coveted list such as 12 oz. Denim, Dylan George, Agave and Rich & Skinny. Tov predicts denim fall trends to debut a mellow color palette accentuating caramels, olives, golden browns, grays, dark washes, straight and slim cuts. She says skinny is not completely out, but we will see less of it this year. Tov is putting herself through school while running That Jean Shop and will give a 10 percent student discount to anyone with proper identification.

Related: Best Denim Shops in LA

Maria’s Fashions
134 E. Valley Blvd.
Alhambra, CA
(626) 281-0080
www.mariasfashiononline.comMaria’s Fashions has catered to the chic, designer jean-aholics crowd in Los Angeles for more than 40 years. The family-owned denim boutique outfits you in trendy brands including Blue Cult, Joe’s Jeans, J Brand, Genetic Jeans, Hudson Jeans and Chip & Pepper. Maria’s Fashions will not only blow you away with its rock-bottom prices on jeans, but when you catch a glimpse of the accessories and handbags, you will definitely leave the shop with a completed ensemble. In addition, the store has an expert tailoring department where you can get alterations on what you buy or bring in your favorite jeans from home.

Related: Best Fabric Stores In Los Angeles

Shopaholic Sample Sales
>8032 W. 3rd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 930-9909
www.shopaholicsamplesales.comSample sales are known for a last-minute invite and a scramble to get there, but Shopaholic Sample Sales is an everyday occurrence where you are welcome to come shop and then return the next day. This rare find will treat your eyes and your wallet to designer denims including Tag Jeans, Mulholland Hi-Rise Skinny, Welland Slim and Smooter Straight with slashed price tags. To be updated regularly on the new goods coming in, make sure to get on the Shopaholic Sample Sales’ mailing list (via the website). Looking for your fall theme? Shopaholic Sample Sales’ racks are categorized by color – you’ll want to take a snap shot on your phone so your fall wardrobe can be just as organized.

J Brand Factory Outlet
1225 E. Washington Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90021
(213) 748-1408
www.jbrandfactoryoutlet.comAn exclusive, under-the-radar outlet, the J Brand Factory Outlet is really an insider’s favorite. And if you get the invite, you too will discover what a find this one is. To begin the process of being in-the-know, email and the outlet’s fairy godmothers will get you started on celeb-inspired styles. Fans include Debby Ryan, Katie Holmes, Jessica Alba and Charlize Theron. For the fall season, J Brand is all about velvety soft corduroy and buttery leathers in skinny, straight and boot cuts. Definitely check out the Love Story boot cut in dark vintage. When paired with a washed denim vest and biker boots, you will be looking your best this fall.

DNA Clothing
411 Rose Ave.
Venice, CA 90291
(310) 399-0341
www.dnaclothing.comDNA is our genetic fingerprint and a pair of perfect-fitting, designer jeans is the fingerprint of each shopper’s personalized fashion statement. Venice’s DNA Clothing, one of the first jean shops to make designer digs accessible at extremely low prices, has been a shopping hot spot for the last 20 years. Back in the 1990s, a pair of Levi’s 501 blue jeans was dirt cheap and at DNA Clothing, it won’t cost you much more than back in the day. The shop also features Level 99 Jeans and the fall collection includes the Janice Ultra Skinny in colors and mixed metals and the Sasha Slim Boot Super Navy Corduroy. Other brands spotted at the denim boutique include Rock n’ Republic, 7 For All Mankind and Blue Cult.

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Jennifer Geisman is a freelance writer and faithful beauty junkie living in Los Angeles. Her work can be found at

Marijuana Dispensary Ban Considered at L.A. City Hall Tomorrow

Published May 29, 2012 by

Hope you’re getting your rest this holiday weekend.

Because tomorrow’s a big day for the medical marijuana scene in Los Angeles. The L.A. City Council’s Planning and Land Use Management (PLUM) committee will take up all facets of proposed bans on medical cannabis in town.

A complete obliteration of Los Angeles’ famous and numerous pot shops is on the table. There are two options that the committee will consider for its endorsement:

1). Imposing a “gentle ban” (PDF) proposed by city Councilman Paul Koretz. According his language it’s a …

… more reasonable approach to compliance could include a limited immunity approach whereby the City proceeds forward with a ban on dispensaries but uses its prosecutorial discretion to abstain from any enforcement action against the limited number of dispensaries that do not violate a set of City Council imposed restrictions. This approach would protect neighborhoods while still assuring limited safe access for patients within the confines of ever evolving case law.

Seems that it remains to be seen how the survivors would be chosen.

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Lauren Paulsen

2). Banning all dispensaries until California Supreme Court weighs in on a Long Beach case (Pack v. City of Long Beach) that prohibited that city from regulating pot shops in a way that’s being done in L.A. too (PDF).

In any case, a medical marijuana advocate told the Weekly over the weekend to expect “fireworks” at the PLUM committee meeting.

Pot supporters will be out in force.

The meeting starts at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow at City Hall’s Board of Public Works Roybal Hearing Room (Room 350), 200 N. Spring St. Info (PDF).


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Add A Loving Pet To Your Family!!

Published April 17, 2012 by
Lobo is a neutered male, black and tan German Shepherd Dog, about 12 years old and only 58 pounds. He's been at the shelter since April 3.
 Bruno is a 10-year-old brown and white American Pit Bull Terrier who was found on Feb. 23 and brought to the North Central LA City shelter. He weighs 36 pounds.
Penny is a 1-year-old female American Staffordshire Terrier who was found on Feb. 26 and brought to the North Central L.A. City shelter. Weighing only 46 pounds, Penny is a little girl with a lot of love to give.
Lady is a black and tan Rottweiler mix, about 3 years old and 30 pounds. Lady has been at the shelter since March 23.
Hailey is a spayed female, white cattle dog and American Staffordshire Terrier mix, 4 years old, and weighing 49 pounds.

Thinking about adding a furry friend to your family? Consider rescuing a pet from an L.A. Animal Services shelter.

The North Central Division serves Hollywood residents seeking to adopt an animal and picks up lost pets in the area.

The animals shown in our photo gallery are just a sampling of the many that are available in the shelter’s online adopt-a-pet database. Descriptions in the photo captions are provided by the shelter’s Facebook page.

The maximum cost for a resident to adopt a dog is $122. The maximum for a cat is $76. The fee includes vaccinations, spaying/neutering, microchipping and, for dogs, the first-year license fee.

The shelter is at 3201 Lacy St., Los Angeles.

Hours of operation: Tuesdays through Fridays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sundays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Leave race out of it: Cosby says Trayvon case about guns, not color

Published April 16, 2012 by


Bill Cosby: Calling Zimmerman a racist ‘doesn’t solve anything.’


WASHINGTON — Actor and comedian Bill Cosby says the debate over the killing of Trayvon Martin by a neighborhood watch volunteer should be focused on guns, not race.

In an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union” aired Sunday, Cosby said calling George Zimmerman a racist doesn’t solve anything. Cosby says the bigger question is what Zimmerman was doing with a gun, and who taught him how to behave with it.

The shooting of the 17-year-old Martin on Feb. 26 has ignited a nationwide debate about race and self-defense.

Cosby said during the interview, which was taped Thursday afternoon, that he once owned a gun but no longer does. He says there is a need to get guns off the streets, and that people should be taught to use every possible alternative before shooting someone.


626 Night Market in Pasadena this weekend!

Published April 12, 2012 by


626 Night Market
an Asian night market


626 Night Market
Eat enough Chinese food in L.A., and you know that “626” means the San Gabriel Valley — where Chinese restaurants abound. So it’s an appropriate name for what organizers are dubbing “the only Asian night market in Southern California.” Expect Chinese, Taiwanese, Japanese, Indonesian and Filipino foods among the 80 vendors converging on a single Pasadena street. Founder Johnny Hwang hopes to make the night market a regular event. 
WHAT: 626 Night Market
WHEN: 5 – 11:30 p.m., April 14
WHERE: N. Oakland Ave., between Colorado Blvd. and Union St.
COST: Free admission