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Somona Wine Garden:  A Lovely Addition to Santa Monica

Somona Wine Garden: A Lovely Addition to Santa Monica

For those of you who have been hiding under a rock for the last 3 weeks, Santa Monica Place has recently opened in Santa Monica to mixed reviews.  I stopped in with @meresqla to the “Dining Deck” and had my first taste of the new mall which has finally been finished after over 2 years in the making. Somoma Wine Garden and the dining area as a whole is well done.  It its deceiving in that it...
Big Brother is Watching You on Facebook

Big Brother is Watching You on Facebook

In his classic novel, 1984, George Orwell described a society in which the government had almost total control  over the people.  The ruler of the party was called “Big Brother” and they utilized the “thought police” to invade the privacy of all citizens. In a social climate where getting a job is a major coup, keeping it could be just as challenging if you aren’t monitoring access to...
Anisette Bistro:  My New Local Favorite

Anisette Bistro: My New Local Favorite

Last night my culinary adventures took me to a little French Bistro in my neighborhood called Anisette Brasserie.   I must admit that I had an immediate aversion to the name for no other reason than it conjures up thoughts of star anise and black licorice both of which I have an aversion to. The ambiance was lovely with its dark wood paneling, high vaulted ceilings and floor to ceiling mirrored...
Networking the Right Way: Personality is Paramount

Networking the Right Way: Personality is Paramount

We have all been to countless networking events and have stacks of business cards from hundreds of people.  But which are the ones you remember?  The cards you remember and the people you remember undoubtedly have one thing in common.  They all had personality coupled with offering you a service or a product that you needed.  Let’s face it, there are thousands of people out there that do exa...
Fashion Camp LA

Fashion Camp LA

This weekend was the first annual Fashion Camp LA.  Fashion Camp is a weekend-long conference that brings together members of the mainstream fashion, independent fashion, and technology communities. Participants explore the future of fashion through workshops, panel discussions, and presentations. Anyone with an idea is welcome to present, lead a workshop, or organize a panel discussion. On...
Ideas are Fleeting Protect Yourself

Ideas are Fleeting Protect Yourself

What do you call 300 lawyers at the bottom of the ocean? We have all heard the jokes about how lawyers are the scum of the earth, tearing apart the very moral fiber of a civilized society. Unfortunately this idea has permeated the minds of entrepreneurs so much so that it ends up costing them more in the long run. The idea that someone has to be protected if not represented legally on any and...
Don’t Give it Away for Free But Showing a Little Brain Can’t Hurt

Don’t Give it Away for Free But Showing a Little Brain Can’t Hurt

These days everyone wants something for nothing. It’s a vicious cycle that we find ourselves in, needing services such as business, legal and financial planning, but being afraid to spend our hard earned (and fewer and farther between) dollars on it. In the last 3 months I have gotten more requests from friends and family members to look over papers, help re-work legal documents they have d...
Accidents 2.0

Accidents 2.0

As many of you know I was in a rear end accident two weeks ago. I was stopped at a red light and the other driver (probably on his phone), slammed into me going about 30 miles per hour. Over $10,000 in damages to my car and many doctors and x-rays later, I am still not feeling 100%. As an avid tweeter and facebooker , I decided to take to the internet while in my state of bed rest. I compl...
Social media: 3 Reasons Why You Need to be on Board

Social media: 3 Reasons Why You Need to be on Board

Even in today’s day and age I come across companies and brands who are fighting social media.  It amazes me.  Here are 3 quick reasons why you need to get over your fears and get on board. 1. It’s inexpensive marketing If companies are always worried about their bottom line, then why wouldn’t they do something that costs next to nothing when compared to traditional marketing methods?  Th...
The Technology of Wine

The Technology of Wine

The Pebble Beach Food & Wine Festival is one of the most highly anticipated and revered food and wine events of the season.  This series of wine tastings, luncheons, cooking demonstrations and dinners is undeniably one of the most decadent culinary events of the season.   Although it is only in its third year, the event boasts a collection of 60 of the most celebrated celebrity chefs a...
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