...Southern California Golden Retriever Rescue
As the only organization in SoCal specializing in golden retrievers, SCGRR works tirelessly to ensure that they find loving, lifetime homes for the dogs they rescue, regardless of conditions or circumstance. They strive to heal the sick and injured, rehabilitate the neglected, and nurture the aged and unwanted. Best of all, their rescues are never kenneled and each is kept in an attentive foster home until the right family is found. A year-and-a-half ago, my husband and I adopted an adorable six-month-old with a handful of health issues. Today he’s healthy and happy and has brought so much joy into our lives. SCGRRescue.org
...Fred Hersch Alone at the Vanguard
Considered by many music lovers to be the finest jazz pianist of his generation, Fred Hersch has been a regular on my iPod for years. Released earlier this year, Alone At the Vanguard was recorded on the final performance of a six-night engagement at New York’s Village Vanguard. What makes this album special is that instead of cutting together the best takes from multiple performances, Hersch opted to go with the final set, unedited and in its entirety, which provides an unmanipulated listen at a true master. “In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning” is one of my faves.
…Energizer’s new Accent Lights.
I will admit to being a bit of a lamp fetishist, but in order to earn a spot in my home, illuminating devices must look stylish and provide cool effects. My new Accent Light from The Edge Collection looks great on my nightstand and casts dramatic shadows on the wall thanks to its stylish, etched panels. Even cooler are the innovative touch controls at the base that allow you turn it on, off, and dim with a wave of your hand. Best of all, thanks to long-lasting LEDs that never need replacing, my Energizer lamp will keep going and going.
…John Fluevog shoes
Comfort and grooviness don’t always go hand-in-hand (or foot, as the case may be), but you can find both in the designs of John Fluevog. From his classic Angel boot (featuring his signature swirl design) to his new black and hot pink Brandenburg shoe that was patterned after the color schemes featured in Canada’s OPUS Hotels, Fluevog’s footwear has remained on the cutting edge of cool and deliciousness. Fluevog.com
…Abbot’s Pizza Company
I could eat pizza for every meal — some days I actually do — especially when it comes from Venice, California-based Abbot’s Pizza Company. The owners, two Bronx, New York-born brothers, opened shop almost two decades ago on funky Abbot Kinney Blvd. and recently made my day by landing their third location not far from my house in Culver City. Their famous bagel crust and creative varieties like Five Onion (leeks, shallots, red, green, and yellow onions with fontina, mozzarella and romano cheeses and an olive pesto sauce) and Cheese Bomb (parmesan, romano, fontina, gouda, ricotta & mozzarella cheeses with an Alfredo sauce) make their slices to die for. AbbotsPizzaCo.com
Why read a celebrity’s autobiography when they can read it to you? Since I tend to fill my daily reading quota (and then some) each day at the office, the last thing I want to do when I get home is stare at the printed word. Yet I love memoirs. Luckily for me, most celebrity tell-alls come in audiobook form, which I either check out from the library or buy on iTunes. Some recent sure-to-be-classics include Rob Lowe’s Stories I Only Tell My Friends (his impressions are hilarious), Rick Springfield’s Late, Late At Night (hearing him alternate between his Australian and American accents is fun), and Tina Fey’s Bossypants (she could crack me up reading an insurance brochure).