Holiday Gift Guide Buy This, Not That: Alternatives for 15 Trendy Products

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Big brands love the holidays — a festive season of inflated budgets, snap decisions and impulse buying. In the summer, a smart consumer might take two weeks to research a purchase decision. But who has the time in December, with family get-togethers, winter travel and a manifest of gift recipients twice as long as the weekly grocery list?

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Gift Guide: Great Gifts and Gets for Foodies

If you’re looking for gift ideas for a food and drink-centric friend, co-worker or loved one, you’re in luck as I’ve cooked up a tasty assortment of items that’ll make your holiday shopping a snap. This season offers a veritable cornucopia of clever, inventive and downright delectable products like these sure to satisfy the gift giver and receiver, alike.

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Trendy Gear For Tots Review - Gifts To Keep Your Child Organized, Comfortable, Creative and Safe

From fun in the sun to getting organized for school, today's tots need stuff…lots and lots of stuff. Here's a list of cool tools that'll ensure your kid is covered on multiple fronts. Staying organized, stylish, fed and fit is child's play with this assortment perfect for the little ones in your life.

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9 Pretty Pick-Me-Ups – Home Gift Guide

Spring is that perennial time of renewal. Whether you desire to breathe new life into your personal care regime, beautify your home or add some trendy new styles to your wardrobe, here are some spring pick-me-ups that'll have you sitting pretty all season long.

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Valentine’s Day Delights - Sweet Gear for Sports and Fitness ‘Lovers’

Valentine’s Day is nearing and love is in the air. This enviable emotion isn’t shared just between the living, as untold millions adore their sports and fitness endeavors just the same. For many in this crowd, perspiration is as alluring as an Eau de Parfum. And, the only thing they love more than a good sweat are gadgets and gear that keep them at the top of their game.

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Haute Gastro Gifts for Wine and Food Fanatics

For a foodie, eating isn't just about filling the proverbial tank it's about stirring the senses and satiating the soul. It's about sourcing the best ingredients and the perfect way to prepare and present them. For a passionate epicurean, there's nothing like having the right kitchen tool for the job at hand. For this sect, killer kitchenware is more than a luxury—it's fundamental. With this in mind, enjoy this tasty buffet of gastronome gadgets and gear sure to satisfy.

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Haute Handy Holiday Travel Helpers

Holiday travel is tough enough in the best of circumstances and is all-too-often fraught with challenges, including crowded freeways, overbooked flights, Wi-Fi downtime and generally not having necessary items at hand. While on-the-go, trying to look stylish, feel good, remain safe, and comfortably tote important belongings around is often harder than it needs to be. Relief and assists are readily available as exemplified by the following collection of handy travel helpers—all of which will help keep the happy in your holidays.

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Gifts Guaranteed to Please a Trend-Loving Teen

Let’s be honest, today’s trend-focused teens can be hard to please. Sure, well-intended gifters can play it safe and go the gift card route but, in addition to these cards being decidedly boring to receive, they’re also easily lost and often forgotten.

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Men’s Gift Guides: 13 Man Cave Favorites

This holiday season help the special guy in your life trick out his man cave, making him the envy of his buddies.  Whether he uses his space to watch sports, enjoy home audio and video entertainment, play games, enjoy quality libations, or generally bask in secluded R&R, here's an array of gift ideas that'll help make the man cave a space he craves:

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  • Cottage and Bungalow - Perfect Luxurious Decor for the Summer Home

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    Cottage and Bungalow, the luxury home décor company, offers American made handcrafted coastal furniture, beach décor and accessories crafted from driftwood, seashells, and other types of luxury items are the perfect complement for any the summer home.

     
  • AUDREY from Manchego Pictures: A Sure Winner for the Hopeful Romantic

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    AUDREY, a touching romantic comedy, from Manchego Pictures, is slated to open early 2013 and already has buzz for its charming take on the emotional roller coaster of contemporary dating as boy meets girl suffering from relationship neurosis.

     
  • Casting By Review – Meet The Unsung Heroes of The Entertainment Industry

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    Casting By,” from Creative Chaos Ventures and Tashtego Films, brings to the screen the back story behind of the rise of the modern day Casting Director and the evolution of the Entertainment Industry.

     
  • Michael Skakel, Kennedy Cousin, Set To Be Released

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    Michael Skakel, nephew to the late Robert F. Kennedy, is set to be released from the Connecticut prison where he has spent the last 11years for the 1975 bludgeoning death of neighbor Martha Moxley.

     
  • Breaking News: Florida School Shooting Leaves 17 Dead

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    Seventeen were killed and fifteen others injured, five critically, at the hands of a lone gunman who, armed with multiple magazines and a single assault rifle, shot his way through Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

     
  • HL London: A Preview of Emerging Artists from The London Scene

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    Fall 2015 showcases the abundance of talent on the London Scene with drop dates and gigs from ILana J and her cheery pop anthem, England, to the gritty sounds of Angeline, post punk rock Zurich, Rent & Debt Records Skellums, and  indie band The Train Set

     
  • Loka To Release Third Album “Northern Oscillations” in October 2017

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    Loka releases their third album 'Northern Oscillations' in October 2017, featuring the critically acclaimed single 'Herculaneum Rock', takes us back to 1980 Liverpool and about hopes against hope that might still resonate, there and elsewhere, today.  

  • BLACKHAT Review - High Stakes Hacking Thriller

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    BLACKHAT, from Universal Pictures, presents a cat and mouse cyber terror thriller traveling the information super highway and back alleys through the streets of Hong Kong and Los Angeles where ingenuity meets the latest technology each vying for dominance.

     
  • HL World News: Countries with the Biggest Opioid Problem (Graphics)

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    This election season, candidates on both sides of the political spectrum have spoken of their personal experiences with drug addiction, garnering attention in the wake of an epidemic that has touched too many American families.  

  • Los Angeles Doctors Symphony Orchestra Returns to the Moss Theater in Santa Monica

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    The Los Angeles Doctors Symphony Orchestra returns to the Ann and Jerry Moss Theater with an exciting program entitled "The Four B's," featuring the brilliant technique and sensitive musicality of pianist Hye-Won Choi. The concert is Sunday, April 26, 2015 at 3 PM. 

     
  • Celebrity Interview: Rupert Everett Talks on The Happy Prince, Oscar Wilde and Studio 54

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    Rupert Everett actor, director writer of the Sony Pictures Classic film, The Happy Prince, recently spoke with media on Oscar Wilde, the film's subject, the idea of directing future projects and New York City in the 1970's.

     
  • New Year, New You: Seven Ways to Start 2017 Right

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    The New Year is upon us and it’s time to re-calibrate our self-care strategies, amp up our health, fitness and overall wellness. This is always a great time to turn to the marketplace for innovations that can ease and expedite our endeavors.

     
  • Australia Sizzles; Arctic Plunge Pummels U.S Again

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    The United States is entering its second polar vortex in as many weeks as record low temps are set to move in, beginning tonight and lasting five days, 2014 is shaping up to be the coldest winter in history.

     
  • Beltway Insider: Las Vegas; Trump Visits PR; Pence Follows; Gun Debate; Kim Wall; SNL/Tom Petty

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    President Donald Trump, who tossed paper towel rolls to the packed press conference in a condescending and demeaning act, visited Puerto Rico and after witnessing the devastation first hand he returned to Washington and promptly increased available funding.

     
  • HL London: Official Commemorative Album For The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebration At Windsor Castle Goes On Sale To Public

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    The official publisher for The Queen's 90th Birthday Celebration, St James's House, has announced that a limited-edition, commemorative album has been released to mark The Queen's birthday celebration in Windsor this year.