Scenes from the LA Street Food Fest in downtown


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Photographer Watchara Phomicinda captured these scrumptious images from the LA Street Food Fest this weekend.
Were you among the thousands that swooped in upon downtown L.A. on Saturday for a morsel of food-truck goodness?
The lines were outrageously, crushingly long. But if you previously had trouble tracking down the individual trucks as they cavort about town, it was a way to kill about 30 birds with one stone — provided you had good company for the queuing.

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Photo gallery: Rodarte Fall 2010 collection


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Pasadena’s own denizens Laura and Kate Mulleavy came out strong at New York Fashion Week this morning in Rodarte‘s fall 2010 collection, worthy of an ethereal ghost bride with a penchant for neutrals, lace and a touch of pearls.
Still present were their bold textures and patchwork layering, but the muted color palette put a dreamlike haze over the affair. Where before their designs were almost tribal, that quality was overtaken by a spectral, romantic glow.
The Mulleavys have said they were inspired, among other things, by the notion of sleepwalking.

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Shop the Block: Attitude!, 90 W. Sierra Madre Blvd.


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A bit like an upscale Melrose shop, Attitude! is a gem in the crown of Sierra Madre’s boutique shopping scene. The owners create many of their own designs and execute them in craftsman-like detail. Handbags, in particular, are a specialty here, from the offbeat to the glamorous to the everyday. Expect to pay a bit more for the high-quality of each piece, but know it’s an investment worthy of your hard-earned moolah.

90 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre, 626-355-3929

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Shop the Block: La Bella Rouge, 34 N. Baldwin Ave.


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French provincial touches meet the Montmarte-ian in La Bella Rouge, a women’s clothing and accessories boutique. Notebooks and knick-knacks put a hint of Anthropologie in this roadside shop, but without the sky-high prices and with a little more love. La Bella Rouge caters to women of all ages, making it a best-bet when your shopping buddy is an older or younger gal than you are.

34 N. Baldwin Ave., Sierra Madre, 626-355-1427

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BabyCakes, BabyCakes … bake me a cake as fast as you can


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If these photos don’t make you drool, you’re seriously lacking a sweet tooth (or even a sweet taste bud, for heaven’s sake!)
Erin McKenna, founder of BabyCakes NYC, has brought her brand of healthy baking to a new storefront in downtown Los Angeles.
That conspicuous H-word is not a misprint: BabyCakes products are all-natural confections that can fit deliciously into even the most persnickety of diets. Check the menu and take note: There are gluten-free, wheat-free, soy-free, casein-free, egg-free and refined-sugar-free goodies. Vegan and kosher items, too!
Virtually everyone can eat here, except for those who don’t like cupcakes. And we honestly can’t confirm the existence of such people.
Mon., day-old stock, all 50 percent off, noon-6 p.m. or until sold old; Tues.-Weds., 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Thurs.-Sat., 10 a.m.-12 a.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 130 E. 6th St., between S. Main Street and S. Los Angeles Street, 213-623-5555, babycakesnyc.com

More images over which to salivate after the jump.

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Behind the scenes: Rose Magazine cover shoot


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For our February issue on health and wellness (with a pinch of Valentine’s Day), we worked with staff photographer Watchara Phomicinda to create this blissful cover look.

Lots more photos after the jump.

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Rooted in love: Valentine’s Day at The Folk Tree


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The Folk Tree has the art of romance boiled down to a science — or is it the other way around?

Its 23rd annual Hearts & Flowers Exhibition runs through Feb. 20, with love and all its requisite — and some unexpected — symbols the focus of the show.

Expect a variety of mediums, including jewelry, as 50 local artists display their works. Small-scale decorative works and whimsical objects are balanced against emotionally-charged pieces reflecting the ups and downs of love.

An array of related Mexican folk art is also on view, including ceramic figures, repousse hearts cut from tin, and paper and cornhusk flowers.

Lots more amazing photos after the jump.

217 S. Fair Oaks Ave. Mon.-Wed., 11-6; Thurs.-Sat., 10-6; Sun., 12-5. (626) 795-8733, folktree.com

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Ambassador College 1969 yearbook

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On the heels of news that a 10-acre portion of the old Ambassador College property has been sold to a builder that plans to start constructing town houses there in 2011, Gawker Media’s women’s blog Jezebel shares this gem: Clips from the college’s 1969 yearbook.

The whole gallery of pages from the yearbook, called the ENVOY, is really worth checking out, particularly the entries on science and technology. Quoth the ENVOY:

“NEVER was the world like it is today! Gigantic leaps ahead in technology and certain sciences — men walking and cavorting about on the moon, yes — BUT, unsafe to walk on sidewalks here on earth. …

The principal contribution of Science and Technology has been the production of constantly more terrifying weapons of mass destruction. Pushbutton world? Yes, today either of two men could push a button and destroy two whole continents, probably ending in the extinction of mankind!”

The liberal-arts college was rooted in the evangelical tradition of the Worldwide Church of God. Its founder, Herbert W. Armstrong, preached very non-mainstream beliefs. From a 2003 Star-News article:

Armstrong believed, for instance, that Jesus Christ will return to Earth to assume the throne of England, where he’ll reign in peace and prosperity forever.

He also preached that members earned salvation through their commitment to the Old Testament law. Christ may have died for the sins of the world, he taught, but acceptance of his death wasn’t enough. The believer must also obey Christ. …

Obedience was Armstrong’s key to qualify for God’s grace, and in the former Worldwide Church of God parlance that meant following the rules.

As with Orthodox Jews, members didn’t eat “unclean” things such as pork and shrimp. They observed all the Jewish festivals in the Old Testament and celebrated the Sabbath on Saturdays. Members were discouraged from voting, serving in the military, marrying after a divorce, relying on doctors, using cosmetics, or observing Christmas, Easter or birthdays.

The emphasis on obedience was apparent in some of the headlines from the church’s newsletter.

“HOW YOU DRESS FOR CHURCH Could it keep you out of the KINGDOM?”

“OUR LIGHT IS SHINING! and not the cosmetics on our faces.”

After Armstrong’s death in 1986, the church dropped the controversial teachings.

A report by Janette Williams in tomorrow’s Star-News will have more details of the sale and building plans, which revived what had seemed to be an interminably delayed real-estate development.

(Photo via Jezebel)

Save me a seat: Rose Parade madness in full effect on Colorado Blvd.

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Empty chairs cast a shadow along Colorado Boulevard on Thursday afternoon, as the masses turn out to claim a spot on the Rose Parade route.

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Let the Silly String/shaving cream/tortilla hijinks ensue.

(Photo by Keith Birmingham / Staff)