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100 Things To Do In Los Angeles Before You Die Giveaway

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I am so proud of my friend Carrie Kim for having her first book published and it happens to be 100 Things to do in Los Angeles Before You Die. How cool is that? Carrie and the city of Los Angeles have a lot in common. They are both colorful and vibrant, full of energy and excitement, and someone/someplace that you really want to get to know. So, she was the perfect person to write this book. Like me, Carrie is always on the hunt for the fun and unusual adventures and experiences that are hidden all over LA. I have lived here since 1999 and have only done about half of the things in this book. That is one thing that I love about LA, there is always SO MUCH TO DO! Carrie has rounded up some really fun and diverse things in varied neighborhoods all over this vast city! Check it out and never be bored again!

Giveaway

Leave a comment below with one of your craziest LA moments, favorite things to do here, or something you would like to do in LA, and I will choose 1 winner at random on Tuesday April 1 (no, it’s not an April Fools Day prank) to win a copy of this book!! Good luck!

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALEXANDRA!!! YOU ARE THE WINNER! THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO ENTERED AND SHARED FUN STORIES! XO

 

Some Girls: My Life in a Harem

My favorite types of books to read are memoirs and autobiographies. I love taking an up close and personal peek into the lives of others. I just finished this book and it was fascinating on so many levels. I couldn’t put it down which turned it into a quick read. Although I was never a stripper or in a harem I felt I could totally relate to the Author Jillian Lauren as we were both teenagers in the 90’s. I loved that the voice in her head would always ask “What would Patti Smith do?” Check out this great interview with Jillian Lauren as well as a blog post of hers about her book being banned in at least 2 countries. Scandalous…

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A jaw-dropping story of how a girl from the suburbs ends up in a prince’s harem, and emerges from the secret Xanadu both richer and wiser. At eighteen, Jillian Lauren was an NYU theater school dropout with a tip about an upcoming audition. The “casting director” told her that a rich businessman in Singapore would pay pretty American girls $20,000 if they stayed for two weeks to spice up his parties. Soon, Jillian was on a plane to Borneo, where she would spend the next eighteen months in the harem of Prince Jefri Bolkiah, youngest brother of the Sultan of Brunei, leaving behind her gritty East Village apartment for a palace with rugs laced with gold and trading her band of artist friends for a coterie of backstabbing beauties. More than just a sexy read set in an exotic land, Some Girls is also the story of how a rebellious teen found herself-and the courage to meet her birth mother and eventually adopt a baby boy.”-Penguin.com

 

Surfin’ USA and Beyond

Surfing in places like Alaska, Iceland and Russia? I had no idea until this amazing book Distant Shores: surfing the ends of the earth, showed up on my door to review. Wow! My mind was blown. I myself am not a surfer but I have always lived near a beach and have always been surrounded by surfers and surf culture my entire life. I admire and can appreciate the passion that surfers have for the ocean, the waves, and the sport.

Chris Burkard is a native Californian and a global surf photographer. At 27 years old, Chris spent the last 8 years of his life seeking out the most remote surf in the world to photograph the humble placement of the human in contrast to nature. This gorgeous, hardcover book is perfect for the surfer in your life or any lover of beautiful photography.

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Along with amazing photos, this book also has a fascinating interview with Chris Burkard! It is definitely worth checking out!

 

Reading Resolution

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Every year it seems like my New Years resolutions just continue to roll over. Exercise more, floss more, read more and so on. I start out strong, like most of you, and then begin to let it go as the year progresses. Last year I can sadly say that I only completed one book. Thats pathetic. This year I have my stack ready to take by storm! This is what I have got lined up. Have you read any of these and if so what did you think? Some of them are lighter then others so it should be a good mix! What are you reading now?

Keith Richards: Life

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Dorothy Parker: What Fresh Hell Is This?

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Swell: A Girls Guide to the Good Life

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Life on the Other Side: A Psychic’s Tour of the Afterlife

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God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything

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How to Uncover Past Lives

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Makers: The New Industrial Revolution

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Bobbed Hair & Bathtub Gin

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Kelly Cutrone: Normal Gets You Nowhere and If You Have to Cry Go Outside

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Some Girls: My Life in a Harem

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Shutter Island

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No Kids: 40 Good Reasons Not To Have Children

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The Secret Government

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Cookbook Giveaway

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I am so excited to be able to giveaway 2 copies of this book, Fusion Food in the Vegan Kitchen. It was written by my awesome, talented friend/chef Joni Marie Newman, and the photos/styling were done by my hubby Wade. It is his first published work and I am so proud of him. Even if you aren’t vegan you should get in on this for the beautiful photos and hey, maybe you will be inspired to try something. You never know! To enter just leave a comment below with your favorite vegan dish!

Entries must be posted by Monday January 13th at 2pm PST. 2 winners will be chosen at random and contacted by email. The giveaway is open to readers in the U.S. only. The prize is valued at $19.99 and will be shipped directly to you from the publisher.

*Thank you to all who entered! Congratulations to Christian and Rebecca! You are my winners! Check your email!

 

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