After ten hours of slow-cooking, the barbecue ribs at Joe’s American Bar & Grill land on tables tender and ready to fall of the bone. Served with fresh-made coleslaw, these ribs are the centerpiece of a menu overflowing with upscale comfort food. Chefs cut potatoes by hand to accompany bacon cheeseburgers topped with aged cheddar and bread-and-butter pickles made in-house rather than flown in by a talking stork. Grilled pizzas are made fresh to order and never frozen, and hefty sandwiches and hand-cut steaks stack plates with sustenance. On the weekends, brunch dishes come out of hibernation to sate guests with made-to-order omelets and specialties such as eggs benedict and prime-rib hash. Diners enjoy the fresh air on the outdoor patio or cluster around the bar to keep track of sports scores or find out who really got married on Days of Our Lives.
Flawless skin, rosy cheeks, and red lips are the trademark of the vintage pin-up girl. Inspired by this classic look, the trio of licensed aestheticians at Sweet Cheeks Boutique paint faces with Jane Iredale makeup products, but without clogging pores. As they apply micro-pulverized minerals and pigments to the skin, flat overlapping particles allow pores to breathe while deflecting environmental pollutants such as exhaust fumes and jealousy. The aestheticians also buttress their makeup applications with skin-care treatments that range from gentle facials and waxing to on-site Botox injections.
Zaggora's founder Dessi was scrambling. She needed to lose a little weight before her wedding, but none of the weight loss products she used seem to move the needle. Eventually, she took matters into her own hands, inventing her own effective method for slimming down. Zaggora's multi-layer capris, tops, shorts, and blazers put the heat naturally emitted by the body during exercise to work burning more calories. A 2012–2013 study conducted by ETScience at University of Southern California showed users wearing Zaggora used less energy to achieve high cardio levels and burned anywhere from 6–18% more calories and than those wearing standard exercise clothing.
Made from a comfortable bioceramic material, the shorts' ThermoFit technology smoothes thighs and other dimple-prone areas by warming body tissues and increasing their metabolic rate. This process boosts energy expenditure before and after exercise, and aids in eliminating cellulite-causing toxins.
My Pacific Pearls gathers pearls from the Pacific region that go on to live above-sea-level lives as opulent necklaces, earrings, and other classic and contemporary pieces. The Maria-Theresa Reef Collection—whose pearls measure 9–10 millimetres each—is made up of 18-inch pearl princess-style necklaces in eight tasteful colours, including classic white, Tahitian black aubergine, Tahitian black peacock, peach, gray, pink, golden, and multicolour. A 14-carat white-gold clasp unites the land's precious fabric to the sea's, and after a long day of neck draping, a complimentary satin or velour pouch securely tucks necklaces in with a kiss and a bedtime story. The pearls, which hail from oyster villages that stretch from the South Pacific to the Celebes Sea, link to form a bauble whose versatile length is intended to complement necklines. Each necklace comes with high ratings for luster, nacre, surface, shape, and pearl matching.
The brand American Apparel, which recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary, conjures up images of stylish and well-fitting fashion basics. It also likely brings to mind sassy advertisements featuring long-haired beauties in natural makeup posing in skin-bearing bodysuits and loungewear.
But what many don't know about the brand—despite its name and the slice of apple pie that comes with every purchase—is that all of its clothes are made in America. Everything from sewing and cutting to accounting and marketing happens in one building in downtown Los Angeles, and the rest occurs within a 30-mile radius. Not only that, every slim-fitting pair of pants, spandex bodysuit, and v-neck T-shirt is made in a sweatshop-free environment.
Plus, keeping everything in house means the company eliminates unnecessary and wasteful factors, such as shipping fuel and packing materials, as well as provides jobs to Angelenos, instead of outsourcing them.
Today's Groupon drapes you in silver and gold and douses you in gems and jewels from Sonny's Rocks, the enchanted enclave of dazzling diamonds, bridal jewelry, and fashion and estate pieces. For $25, you get $75 toward timeless and feminine sparkling jewels and treasures, perfect for decorating your Valentine like a queen or a special-edition Barbie doll that looks like Sharon Stone.