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The Vitality Quest

The Vitality Quest

by Mark McDermott Dan Buettner was only a few years out of…

Dick “The Fox” Mobley gets bronze plaque on Surfers Walk of Fame

Dick “The Fox” Mobley gets bronze plaque on Surfers Walk of Fame

The best Christmas I ever had was the year I was 12…

Best of the Beach Winners 2011

Best of the Beach Winners 2011

The Best of the Beach is our celebration of all the people…

Making your special day green: How to plan an eco-friendly wedding

Making your special day green: How to plan an eco-friendly wedding

When Princess Diana and Prince Charles were married in 1981, Manhattan Beach…

The snake who would not bend

The snake who would not bend

The snake came to Robb Fulcher in the dark of night. Fulcher was dreaming. In the dream, the snake appeared. He wasn’t your typical snake. He was a snake with a story to tell. Curiously enough, the name of the snake was something Robb had already thought about in his waking hours.…

White Wedding : Julia Jones of Encore Bridal, Manhattan Beach

White Wedding : Julia Jones of Encore Bridal, Manhattan Beach

Julia Jones opened Encore Bridal in Manhattan Beach nine years ago. However, the dream started long before that. “I was sketching bridal designs when I was seven,” she said. “I’ve always loved fashion and everything ‘wedding’, to the point of obsession.” Yet, finding the couture dress of her dreams for her own wedding proved to be an ordeal. After scouring all of Los Angeles, she took her pursuits online. “But I didn’t feel comfortable buying on EBay or Craigslist,” she said. View photos and read about Julia Jones

Making your special day green – How to plan an eco-friendly wedding

Making your special day green – How to plan an eco-friendly wedding

When Princess Diana and Prince Charles were married in 1981, Manhattan Beach resident Lisa May threw a party. She wore a special dress, invited over all her best girlfriends and watched the fairytale spectacle over and over again all night. “That, to me as a young person, was a defining moment of what the whole wedding thing is all about,” May recalled. Today, May is just as obsessive about planning perfect weddings. But she’s equally passionate about making them eco-friendly.…

Flare for fashion – South Bay style embraces the trendy and the classic season

Flare for fashion – South Bay style embraces the trendy and the classic season

As our enviable Southern California winter rolls on to a close, South Bay residents may once more pack away their sweaters and coats in exchange for bikinis, board shorts and tank tops. It is time to clean out the closet and trade in last decade’s fashion trends for the new, burgeoning style of 2011. But what does this style entail exactly, and what are the major differences we should be watching for as we embark on a whole new decade of beach fashion?…

Wild Things – Legless lizards slither around in the sand

Wild Things – Legless lizards slither around in the sand

In honor of the New Year and trying new things, Wild Things is stepping out of the ocean wildlife comfort zone to examine a fascinating land-dwelling, sand-loving critter called the California legless lizard. A major challenge facing legless lizards is being mistaken for a snake. So it’s time to set the record straight and raise the public profile of legless lizards with some positive PR. …

Second story, first class: Chef Vania Almeida has a genius for combinations

Second story, first class: Chef Vania Almeida has a genius for combinations

There’s a stereotype about style and comfort being mutually exclusive, with things like high heels, Swedish modern chairs, and formal wear designed to for the enjoyment of the viewer rather than the user. I’ve heard the same about the food at some restaurants where sculpted presentations might win design awards, but leave diners dissatisfied. Certainly, it is possible to go overboard on cosmetics and forget that furniture is supposed to cradle the human form, clothes to fit it, and food to tease its palate.…