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Kick-Ass T-Shirt Tote

The ban on plastic bags went into effect Jan 1st in our Los Angeles neighborhood. Also, my husband cleaned out his closet.T-shirt Tote

These two events magically coincided to create a stack of very kick-ass t-shirt totes.  Continue Reading…

Random, Things To Do In L.A.

How to Win on The Price is Right

Years ago, my best friend Lisa said something I never forgot: “I wanna be on The Price is Right!”

So for her birthday this year, I decided to help her knock this item off her bucket list. I clicked out of, clicked into and put 4 tickets in my basket. Careful what you say around me, people. I might hear you.Price Is Right_1

I was the one who got on stage, but Lisa was thrilled to have a story for the ages. And even though I didn’t go home with the car, the kitchen or the trip to France… I totally know what went wrong. Here’s how to avoid making the same mistakes I did and WIN on The Price is Right. Continue Reading…


Hidden Treasures

My 2-year-old doesn’t nap. Crazy, right? The truly koo-koo part is that at the end of the day instead of melting down like most children would, Vivi is a bundle of freaking joy. It ain’t natural. But today was different– lots of eye-rubbing and yawning– so I decided I’d nap her in the car.Hidden Treasures_1

Despite her history, I was pretty sure she’d fall asleep on the way to Topanga Canyon. Topanga is one of my favorite neighborhoods in LA mostly because of this thrift store: Hidden Treasures. I figured if she was still awake when I got there, I was destined to shop.Hidden Treasures_2

Lo and behold… There was still a fire in her eyes and a skip in her step.Hidden Treasures_3

Everything in this store speaks to me.  Buy me…. not her…. Hear that?Hidden Treasures_4

The walls speak too. Yikes! Look away. Wait– Is that Captain and Tennille?Hidden Treasures_5

My first find was this killer black peacock jacket (because I really am a 75-year-old former showgirl at heart. That, or Liberace.)Hidden Treasures_6

I also got this adorable yellow dress. I’ve always had a thing for bright prints and chinoiserie. Someday I’ll show you my collection of muumuus. My poor husband. What he endures.Hidden Treasures_7

I don’t know if feathers are in or out but I don’t care. These were five bucks and I’m obsessed with them.Hidden Treasures_8

Shopping with a rambunctious 2-year-old is like speed dating. There’s no time to waste talking to pieces you’re not attracted to. We were in and out with three purchases in 15 minutes. Boom! Fast, furious and frugal.Hidden Treasures_9

But the true hidden treasure in this trip was that moments after pulling out of the parking lot, Vivi finally fell asleep. Praise God!

It lasted 28 glorious minutes.