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10 Things I've Learned as a Debut Novelist

(1) Comments | Posted August 20, 2015 | 3:50 PM


Seeing my new novel, The Things We Tell Ourselves, out in the world has been exciting, surreal, and educational. Here are 10 things I've learned in the last month:

1. I can actually write. This seems ridiculous since I have been a...

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The Best Advice I Ever Received

(0) Comments | Posted April 17, 2015 | 11:47 AM

Last summer I finished writing my first novel, The Things We Tell Ourselves, and was sitting in a Santa Monica café talking about it with an artist friend who always has good advice to share. While we should have been celebrating with a drink, I was instead in a mild...

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Will John Cho Be Television's First Asian Romantic Lead?

(6) Comments | Posted September 25, 2014 | 12:34 PM

When I was growing up, Asian American men were virtually absent from television and popular culture. And when they were present -- Bruce Lee or Lieutenant Sulu, for example -- they never got the girl. While Asian faces are better represented today on...

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'The Theory of Everything' Shines a Light on Stephen Hawking's Love Life

(0) Comments | Posted August 22, 2014 | 6:14 PM

If you've seen the trailer for The Theory of Everything, the forthcoming film about Stephen Hawking and his wife Jane, you may have felt your heart swell and eyes tear up. After all, their story is filled with love, dedication, groundbreaking science and inspiring teamwork. Shortly after falling...

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Kimchi and Latkes: Growing Up Korean and Jewish

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2014 | 10:09 AM

I recently ran into a Korean-American friend who I went to high school with at a dinner party in Los Angeles. As we caught up on life, he told me that he fell in love with a Jewish woman, got married and had two beautiful daughters. "They're like you," he...

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Linsanity Arrives in Los Angeles

(1) Comments | Posted July 14, 2014 | 5:59 PM

As a former fashion and celebrity journalist, I never write about sports. And while I enjoy attending a Lakers game or two each season, I'd hardly call myself a passionate fan. But on Friday, while everyone was busy freaking out over LeBron James' letter announcing his return to Cleveland, I...

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A Chat With the Sunset Marquis GM of 20 Years, Rod Gruendyke

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2011 | 1:59 PM

West Hollywood's Sunset Marquis has served as a hideaway for "the famous, the infamous (and, occasionally, the indicted)" since 1963. I recently caught up with one of L.A.'s top hotel general managers, Rod Gruendyke, who has been at the luxury hotel for more than 20 years.

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'An Unforgettable Evening' Raises $1.5 Million for EIF's Women's Cancer Research Fund

(4) Comments | Posted February 11, 2011 | 5:44 PM

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Last night at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, the EIF's Women's Cancer Research Fund Honorary Chairs Rita Wilson, Kate Capshaw and Steven Spielberg along with EIF's Women's Cancer Research Fund co-founders Kelly Chapman Meyer, Anne Douglas,...

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A Chat With Decades Denim's Cameron Silver and Angelique Soave

(0) Comments | Posted December 14, 2010 | 9:41 AM


Decades owner and fashion icon Cameron Silver and former financial analyst, executive and fashion enthusiast Angelique Soave have teamed up to create Decades Denim, a new line inspired by the past. The Holiday collection, featuring 11 styles with...

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A Chat With New John Tracy Clinic President and CEO Dr. Maria E. Garay

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2010 | 7:43 AM

Just minutes from the USC campus is the John Tracy Clinic, the nonprofit that provides parent-centered services to young children with a hearing loss -- all without charge. This month, JTC is in the running for a Pepsi Refresh Project grant. I recently caught up with...

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Why I Care About Tanzania

(2) Comments | Posted September 15, 2010 | 2:00 PM

In 2005, my family started a school lunch program in Tanzania, East Africa after my father George Namkung climbed to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro. Upon taking a tour of some local schools, he realized that the students in the region surrounding Africa's highest peak were not given a school...

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10 Questions for Top American Menswear Designer John Varvatos

(0) Comments | Posted August 17, 2010 | 6:54 PM

After a successful career working under Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein, John Varvatos launched his eponymous menswear label 10 years ago this fall, adding a rock and roll attitude and masculine edge to the mix. Today the designer, who originally hails from Detroit, is widely regarded as America's...

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Eco-Friendly Hair Guru Chaz Dean Gives Back

(0) Comments | Posted July 28, 2010 | 2:25 PM

Renowned celebrity hairstylist Chaz Dean was recently honored with the "Angel On The Path" Award by the HollyRod Foundation at its 12th Annual DesignCare fundraising event, held at Ron Burkle's sprawling Green Acres Estate in Beverly Hills. HollyRod provides medical, physical and emotional support to those...

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The Turf Meets the Surf at Del Mar Racetrack

(0) Comments | Posted July 20, 2010 | 1:43 PM


This week, the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club opens its gates once again, and thousands of racing fans will be in attendance. From exciting horse racing to a summer concert series featuring bands such as The B-52s, Ozomatli, Weezer and...

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Comfortable Heels Are No Longer An Oxymoron

(0) Comments | Posted June 14, 2010 | 1:17 PM

Get ready to say goodbye to skinny stilettos for good. "We've found a genuine way to make beautifully crafted, sexy footwear that's actually good for your feet," explains Dana Davis of her eponymous line that is revolutionizing the industry with fashion forward comfort shoes. Since being diagnosed with...

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Nightclub Opens in Original L.A. Stock Exchange Building Downtown

(0) Comments | Posted June 10, 2010 | 11:22 AM

Nightlife in Los Angeles can be a fickle scene, but it helps when you have an impressive structure, plenty of space and a one-of-a-kind vibe. At the new Exchange LA, you'll find 25,000 square-feet of history (not to mention bottle service and a secret elevator). I recently caught...

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Burlesque Exhibit "Take It Off" Opens in Los Angeles

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2010 | 4:15 PM

Douglas Freidman has found everyone from Christina Aguilera and Laura Bush to Giorgio Armani and Donatella Versace in front of his lens. The native New Yorker's stylized work, which includes some of the world's most beautiful homes and interiors, has been featured in Vanity Fair, The New York...

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"Mixed: Portraits of Multiracial Kids" Exhibition in L.A.

(2) Comments | Posted April 19, 2010 | 12:31 PM

Mixed: Portraits of Multiracial Kids from artist, slam poet, UCSB professor and filmmaker Kip Fulbeck, features over 70 framed photographic images of multiracial children along with own their statements or drawings. Also a book by the same name, Mixed has a foreward by Dr. Maya Soetoro-Ng (President Obama's...

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LA's First Blowout Bar Hits Brentwood

(2) Comments | Posted February 25, 2010 | 10:31 PM

You know that feeling when you leave the hair salon. Your tresses have volume, bounce and shine and you feel like you can take on the world. But no matter how hard you try at home, you can't replicate the look of a professional blow out. Enter Drybar,...

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Five Things Not to Do on Valentine's Day

(1) Comments | Posted February 9, 2010 | 10:35 AM

Whether you look forward to the day that celebrates love and affection or you think it's simply a holiday constructed so that we spend lots of cash on chocolates, flowers and greeting cards, Valentine's Day is just around the corner. As the co-founder of My Very Worst Date,...

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