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After a fabulous late lunch at Tofu-Ya, window shopping led to real shopping at Black Market next door. Walking in, it looked like a clothing shop, but actually there are two parts to the store and the left side was full of fun goodies (think a hipper version of Aahs) including blinged out USB keychains and coin purses stamped with the words “My 2 Cents”. There are erotic comic artbooks, scented gift packages of travel candles and perfume, and gag gifts like a big shiny ring in a black velvet lined box that is actually the handle of a coffee mug. Whether you are a Hello Kitty fan or a lover of all things foreign and unusual, you are sure to find some unique gift here.

The clothing section of the store carries hip trendy clothes and shoes at high end prices; even the t-shirts run around $80. They carry quite a wide range of designers from name brands like Vivienne Westwood to yet to be known names in both jewelry and clothing. There is a sales rack with items 50% off, but even with the discount, expect prices to be in the triple digit range for a dress.

For something less pricey but nice, they have soy candles and perfumes for about $20 and some sunglasses for about $40. With a nice selection of shoes and clothes for men, this is definitely worth stopping by to window shop. If you have the cash, you might find something cool to buy; this is the perfect place to blow your bonus money on a new outfit.

>By now nearly everyone has tried Pinkberry, but the alarming thing about their frozen treat is the lack of actual yogurt. Yogurtland, as the name implies, serves real yogurt with 8x the active cultures found in most other frozen treats that are “yogurt like”.

I like the flavors that range from the sweet toasted coconut and tiramisu, to fruit flavors like tart pineapple and blueberry, and unusual flavors like green tea and vanilla wafer with cream. All the flavors I saw were nonfat (the peanut butter and Heath Bar flavors are the only ones that had 2.7 grams of fat) and only about 100 calories for 1/2 a cup. If you don’t think you like nonfat, then try a taste (they hand you a tasting mini cup when you walk in).

The whole place is self-service, so that keeps the cost low and you pay only $. 30 an ounce for your yogurt (any combination you like) and any fruit toppings you choose, which include fresh kiwi, blueberries, strawberries, mangoes and lychee; for candy and cereal lovers, there are also dry toppings like Captain Crunch, Oreo’s, brownie bites, gummy worms, and slivered nuts. They even have Ghiradelli chocolate sauce to pump if you want to create a sundae.

I love that you can pick your portion size and pay accordingly, so I pumped some toasted coconut and some tart pineapple into my cup which I topped with a kaleidoscope of fresh fruit and the whole thing only totaled $2.12!

They are running a promotion now; if you buy $10 or more, they will give you a free Yogurtland T-shirt, so bring some home to eat as you lounge around in your new free clothes!

By now nearly everyone has tried Pinkberry, but the alarming thing about their frozen treat is the lack of actual yogurt. Yogurtland, as the name implies, serves real yogurt with 8x the active cultures found in most other frozen treats that are “yogurt like”.

I like the flavors that range from the sweet toasted coconut and tiramisu, to fruit flavors like tart pineapple and blueberry, and unusual flavors like green tea and vanilla wafer with cream. All the flavors I saw were nonfat (the peanut butter and Heath Bar flavors are the only ones that had 2.7 grams of fat) and only about 100 calories for 1/2 a cup. If you don’t think you like nonfat, then try a taste (they hand you a tasting mini cup when you walk in).

The whole place is self-service, so that keeps the cost low and you pay only $. 30 an ounce for your yogurt (any combination you like) and any fruit toppings you choose, which include fresh kiwi, blueberries, strawberries, mangoes and lychee; for candy and cereal lovers, there are also dry toppings like Captain Crunch, Oreo’s, brownie bites, gummy worms, and slivered nuts. They even have Ghiradelli chocolate sauce to pump if you want to create a sundae.

I love that you can pick your portion size and pay accordingly, so I pumped some toasted coconut and some tart pineapple into my cup which I topped with a kaleidoscope of fresh fruit and the whole thing only totaled $2.12!

They are running a promotion now; if you buy $10 or more, they will give you a free Yogurtland T-shirt, so bring some home to eat as you lounge around in your new free clothes!

>Eve Ensler talks about what real security is all about in this short video; may we all be brave enough to become Vagina Warriors.

Eve Ensler talks about what real security is all about in this short video; may we all be brave enough to become Vagina Warriors.

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Let this short film Chicken A La Carte, inspire you to feed someone in need. Please take a basket of groceries or make a donation to your local food bank or to Feeding America.

Share whatever you have, even your leftovers can feed someone.

Let this short film Chicken A La Carte, inspire you to feed someone in need. Please take a basket of groceries or make a donation to your local food bank or to Feeding America.

Share whatever you have, even your leftovers can feed someone.

Let this short film Chicken A La Carte, inspire you to feed someone in need. Please take a basket of groceries or make a donation to your local food bank or to Feeding America.

Share whatever you have, even your leftovers can feed someone.


Main Street in Santa Monica has a plethora of both trendy chic and old fashioned mainstays, one of which is the store A La Mode which is selling everything in the store at 50% off. Like many businesses on this popular street, the economy has slowed business to a crawl and the owner says it is time for her to move on to the next phase of her life.

The store carries beautiful jewelry made with semi precious stones and various gifts, decorations and even some stuffed animals in the back for children. I could not resist the Austrian crystal necklace and earring set, so I bought it for only $52; I’ve seen quality sets like this sell upwards of $200, so it was priced well at the regular price, but it is a spectacular buy at 50% off. They carry all colors of gemstones from ruby red to carnelian and the intricate work on the jewelry belie real craftsmen, not factory made pieces.

This gem of a store will be missed, so go in and buy something to take home that you will remember and enjoy for years to come.


Main Street in Santa Monica has a plethora of both trendy chic and old fashioned mainstays, one of which is the store A La Mode which is selling everything in the store at 50% off. Like many businesses on this popular street, the economy has slowed business to a crawl and the owner says it is time for her to move on to the next phase of her life.

The store carries beautiful jewelry made with semi precious stones and various gifts, decorations and even some stuffed animals in the back for children. I could not resist the Austrian crystal necklace and earring set, so I bought it for only $52; I’ve seen quality sets like this sell upwards of $200, so it was priced well at the regular price, but it is a spectacular buy at 50% off. They carry all colors of gemstones from ruby red to carnelian and the intricate work on the jewelry belie real craftsmen, not factory made pieces.

This gem of a store will be missed, so go in and buy something to take home that you will remember and enjoy for years to come.

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