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May 24, 2017

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Marula African Beauty Oil

by Valerie Summers Recently discovered, quite by chance as beauty enhancer, Marula Beauty Oil, a byproduct of an edible fruit, offers an organic substance for improving hair and complexion.  It all began when it was observed that the hands of the women who pick the fruit off these South African trees had extremely soft and […]

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May 18, 2017

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La Roche-Posay New Offerings for Beautiful Skin

By Valerie Summers Although I have been a fan of La Roche-Posay skin products, I was recently surprised to learn the background of the company and about several promising products recently introduced.  I learned La Roche-Posay products are named after the healing thermal spring waters which flow in the tiny French town of La Roche-Posay, […]

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July 25, 2016

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Lotusland, a Magical Garden

by Valerie Summers On a beautiful summer morning I arrived at the gate to Lotusland, a 37-acre botanic garden situated in the residential neighborhood of Montecito, just south of Santa Barbara. I had heard tales about its creator, Polish born opera singer, socialite and collector of several husbands, Madame Ganna Walska, a woman who lived […]

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June 28, 2016

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Complexion Care the Natural Way — Sulwhasoo

By Valerie Summers The fountain of youth, promising health and beauty, offers a fantasy of what we hope might be attainable. With so many products on the market, so many commercials and advertisements, it is difficult to determine fact from fiction….hoping the newest and latest will have the desired effect. I recently discovered a line […]

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May 10, 2016

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San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Reopens

by Valerie Summers     The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art has always been on my list of must see places each time I visit the city.   When I learned it would be closed for renovation I could not have imagined the scope of its new home which recently reopened.  I returned to the […]

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May 10, 2016

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Cave Temples of Dunhuang

By Valerie Summers More than 20 years ago, I traveled the Silk Road across China.  I was stunned by the many exotic sights but the one that captured my heart was my visit to the Mogao cave temples, Buddhist Art on China’s Silk Road…unforgettable. Situated near the town of Dunhuang at the edge of the […]

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April 14, 2016

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Kinky Boots at the Pantages

by Valerie Summers   Kinky Boots exploded onto the stage of the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood to a packed house and did not disappoint.  The colorful, high energy performers introduced the audience to some unusual characters in the unlikely setting of a gentlemen’s shoe factory in England about to go out of business.  Winner of […]

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March 14, 2016

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Dr. Weil’s Foot Health

by Valerie Summers Dr. Andrew Weil, long known as an advocate for a healthy lifestyle has added Vionic footwear products to his ever growing list for keeping fit.  A new technology helps align the feet from the ground up by helping to hug your arches and support your natural footprint. This orthotic technology often helps […]

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March 14, 2016

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The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

by Valerie Summers The Old West burst into life capturing the story of The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance now playing at the Rubicon Theatre. Written by Jethro Compton and adapted from the short story by Dorothy Marie Johnson, the action packed play follows the short story much more closely than did John Ford’s legendary […]

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February 3, 2016

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New Terminal 2 at LAX

by Valerie Summers At long last, Los Angeles International Airport has unveiled a new and greatly improved Terminal 2 with an updated look and a plethora of new amenities.  Sustainable design is a key component of the improvements which incorporate new technology including lighting and decreased water consumption.  Passengers will enjoy major upgrades to the […]

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February 3, 2016

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Dirty Dancing at the Pantages

by Valerie Summers Expertly choreographed to reflect the title of this high energy recreation of the 1987 film, Dirty Dancing exploded onto the stage of Hollywood’s Pantages Theatre.  The story takes place during the summer of 1963 in a Catskill Mountain resort where 17-year old “Baby” Houseman, her older sister and parents are vacationing for […]

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November 14, 2015

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Non-Surgical Beauty Miracle

by Valerie Summers Invented by Hollywood to perfect the appearance of the stars of stage and screen, Dermaflage scar cover and wrinkle concealer is now available to the public. Unbelievably easy to apply, this invisible silicone based waterproof product makes scars, frown lines and wrinkles disappear in less than two minutes. It is the perfect […]

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May 19, 2015

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Encountering The Barnes Museum

Story & Photos by Valerie Summers I hoped that rerouting my trip to Washington DC through Philadelphia to make a single stop was going to be worth the inconvenience.  Having heard and read about the much heralded Barnes Museum and its unique beginnings, I decided to investigate for myself.  Upon my arrival, as I approached […]

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April 10, 2015

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Emirates — A Heavenly Experience

by Valerie Summers When I overheard someone in the beautiful Los Angeles international Emirates airport lounge say that one of the best parts of their previous trip to Dubai was the flight, I found it hard to believe. However, from the moment I boarded the Emirates A380 airbus, my experience did turn out to be […]

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