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Leilani A. Wertens

  • News
    LAist looked out our window this morning and saw sunshine and bright blue skies, a seemingly typical Southern California day. We considered breaking out the flip flops to celebrate this spring weather. Upon leaving a climate-controlled building for a lunch break, however, we discovered the weather had taken an apocryptal turn. Teeth-chattering cold, with the trees whipping in the sudden gusts of wind and large clumps of pollen flying through the air and sticking...
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    So we tend to avoid photographing parades because a)they're always held when the sun is highest in the sky so the photos get washed out, b)dealing with crowds of people, c)composition is tricky because the people are moving so fast. Standing on that asphalt for several hours gives us a wicked tan but there's also the threat of sun stroke (especially when there's long lines at the boba shop). This year we tried to...
  • Food
    While I've always enjoyed shopping and strolling down the 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica, it's never really been on the top of my list of dining destinations. Most of the restaurants on 3rd Street are overpriced and/or serve mediocre food. Though I'm a fan of Angelato (they boast 100 flavors of gelato, what's not to love?) and usually stop by the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf for my usual ice blended drink, finding...
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    So, I've becomed obsessed with Eggs Benedict. Yes, it may be a heart attack on a plate. Or what one friend called a 'glorified Egg McMuffin' but there's something about the concept of a poached egg atop Canadian bacon and a toasted English muffin with Hollandaise sauce smothering the whole concoction that gets this foodie excited. The tricky part was finding the best Eggs Benedict in LA. Unlike omelettes, Eggs Benedict does not seem...
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    Yes, we know it's not even Thanksgiving yet and it's a little difficult to feel holiday cheer in the sweltering 80-degree weather, but Christmas has already begun in the mind of retailers across Los Angeles. In our family the Christmas season always 'officially' started the day after Thanksgiving, when we would put up the lights on the outside of the house. The Grove, however, has dictated the start of the season as tomorrow, November...
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    The Leonid Meteor Shower will be visible late tonight (around midnight) to early dawn on Sunday. While our pals at Londonist and Gothamist will catch the best of the show, with scientists predicting 100s of meteors an hour, us West Coast folks have to settle for a paltry 10 meteors an hour. Every November Earth passes through the debris left behind by the comet Temple-Tuttle, with more dense debris trails resulting in spectacular showers....
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    This LAist writer is a self-professed thrift junkie. I blame my parents -- on weekends we would hit every flea market in a 20-mile radius to look for salt and pepper shakers (for my mom), old fishing bait and tackle (for my dad), and '60s lucky troll dolls and vintage costume jewelry and compacts for myself. In the summer months of my teen years I would roll out of bed at 6 am to...
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    Yes, LAist will go slightly out of their way to step on that crunchy-looking leaf. Thankfully, for this Southern transplant (who used to rake dozens of bags of leaves every year as a kid), red and gold leaves do peep through the palm tree-lined horizon of Los Angeles during the Autumn months. It's already early November and the main indication of the season comes not from the sunny 70-degree weather but from the offerings...
  • Arts and Entertainment
    Do you fancy wool letterman's jackets from the '50s, slick yellow thigh high boots from the '70s, or delicate beaded flapper dresses from the '20s? Then you might be familiar with the Vintage Expo held three times a year at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. As a self proclaimed thrift junkie, this LAist staffer decided to check out the chichi event that attracts starlets, fashion designers, and magazine editors. Though the $10 entrance fee...
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    Did you miss the human spectacle of Decompression, an offshoot of the infamous Burning Man Festival? Luckily for LAist, area photographer Ryan Jesena documented the mimes, clowns, and crossdressers that converged in downtown (1st and Vignes) this past Saturday for a day full of art, music, and deviant fun. His thoughts on the event: "Decompression is really about sharing stories from the playa for people who have experienced Burning Man, and for people who...

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