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Heidi Dvorak

Odd Market at Casa Vertigo

Imagine Etsy in person: artsy tees, bullet necklaces, pungent artisanal spices, handmade harmonicas, furniture crafted from exotic woods. The offerings at the city's newest alternative shopping experience, Odd Market at Casa Vertigo, are as unique as anything you can find online and kick any shopping mall's ass. No fewer than......

Working Women's Fashion/The Best of Everything

Hey, gals (and some guys): Want some insight into why you're wearing those ridiculously high heels to work? Your choice of garments and accessories speaks volumes about what's transpiring in the world, politically and culturally. Take working women during World War II: The time saw a diminished use of buttons,......

Vintage Fashion Expo

Fashionistas often are mystified by vintage apparel. They don't understand why anyone would buy used clothing instead of new items created by the hot designer of the minute. But vintage fashion represents iconic legends such as Coco Chanel, Elsa Schiaparelli and Madeleine Vionnet, who remain the inspiration for what appears......

Coping Mechanisms

Therapists take note: David Sedaris is on to something. In his humorous essay collections, notably Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls, Me Talk Pretty One Day and Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, the author hits home hard with a guilefully delicate touch. He reflects on growing up in Raleigh,......

Baubles, Bangles and Bakelite

As tempting as it is to don a Halloween costume that reflects popular culture -- an orange-faced John Boehner, a green-egged Ted Cruz or a twerking Miley -- why not make an effort to stand apart from the undulating asses? Seek out an authentic period costume at the Vintage Fashion......

A 50/50 Proposition

Reading fashion magazines is a dangerous pleasure. It's one thing to dream about wearing new creations from high-end designers. It's quite another to drum up the cash to buy them. Real-life example: An L.A.-based mag recently featured a Hermès bracelet for $276,500, a Balenciaga skirt for $2,950, a Thakoon dress......

Farm to Castle

Foodies come and foodies go, depending on the morsel of the moment -- whether it's mac-and-cheese, shaved truffles or (shudder) raspberry vinaigrette. A true culinary devotee, however, hungers for knowledge beyond questions like "Did the chef ever appear on The Great Food Truck Race?" They're more likely to ask something......

Community Chest Popping

Rather than listen to politicians drone on about the plight of the underserved, check out how smart street kids cope with stress: street dancing. Witness the latest in street dance with L.A.-based Underground Street Company's premiere production of The Underground: Street Chronicles. Accompanied by a rapper, krump founders Lil "C"......

Sink or Win

Life is but a dream when kids and adults can row, row, row their handmade boats in the very pool in which Marion Davies once submersed herself. The second annual Cardboard Yacht Regatta is a weird and wacky race for two-person teams who have constructed their own watercraft from corrugated......

Chicken Delight

Want to fall head over heels for beautifully appointed words, caressed by the lips of the poets who composed them? Then run, don't walk, to the Red Hen Press Poetry Series, sponsored by L.A.'s largest independent literary publishing organization. The publisher brings only beyond-exceptional writers to the printed page --......