By Dee Clarke

West Coast living for East Coast dwellers… the best of what to do next time you’re in California.

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Holiday Lashes

If your eyes are the windows to your soul, as they say, then framing them with wonderful lashes can only help to captivate anyone daring to catch your gaze.

D’Lashes founder and lash guru Dionne Phillips tells Bella NYC that this beauty accessory is a must-have this holiday season.

“Lashes are the secret weapon to a polished look,” Phillips explains. “All a girl needs is a fantastic lip, Louboutins and lashes.”

Dionne is behind the lovely lashes of stars like Victoria Beckham, Rachel Zoe, Naomi Campbell, Sharon Stone and Jenna Dewan-Tatum, to name but a few.

Lashes dress up your entire face and give you that youthful wide-eyed look that we all want and there’s nowhere better on the West Coast to get lashed out than D’Lashes.

Pop in for an appointment at the Beverly Hills salon or order the D’Luscious Lashes kit online, which will give you a fuller, thicker, volumizing lash – perfect for the holiday sparkle.

Mastros Seared Ahi Tuna; photo credit Mastro's Restaurants

Steak By The Sea

LA’s favorite steakhouse Mastro’s is bringing more culinary pleasure to the city with the opening of their newest location right on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu.

Mastro’s Ocean Club is serving up some of the best seafood the west coast has to offer, as well as their legendary steak dishes. Guests not only get to savor their meal while overlooking the beach with breathtaking views, they also get serenaded with live entertainment seven nights a week.

The patio at Mastro’s Ocean Club also boasts an outdoor fire pit, which is perfect in the cooler months, and like its Beverly Hills counterpart, is already streaming with celebrities clamoring to savor the lobster mashed potatoes, melt-in-your-mouth rib-eye and artisan handcrafted cocktails.

Taking over from the Chart House, Mastro’s is just the latest in a great line of high-end eateries dominating the famed strip of prime beachfront real estate. Great food, amazing vistas and wonderful entertainment – everything you want from a night out in LA.

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Somerville Skin

With the change in season and inclement weather upon us, it’s now more than ever that we need to take extra care of our skin.

Celebrities like Olivia Wilde, Lea Michele and Molly Sims entrust their radiant complexions to Kate Somerville and flock to her Skincare Clinic on Melrose Place to have their moneymakers preened to perfection.

A client favorite is the DermaLucent Red Facial where a red light illuminates the skin to increase the production of collagen and helps protect the skin from sun damage. Another must-try is the DermalQuench Oxygen Treatment, one of Somerville’s favorites. This procedure gives amazing hydration and a signature glow. The skin is first soaked with a hyaluronic serum and vitamins and oxygen are then applied while that penetrates into the skin, promising the disappearance of fine lines and leaving you with a soft and beautiful complexion.

The clinic recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary and after visiting, it’s easy to see why the LA-based skin care specialist is such a hot favorite with all the glowing starlets in town.

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The Beverly Wilshire Experience

“Pretty Woman’s” 25th anniversary is coming up (can you believe it’s been that long?) and if you’re a big fan of the Julia Roberts and Richard Gere classic rom-com then The Beverly Wilshire has just the thing for you.

Book yourself a romantic weekend for two at the famed Beverly Hills hotel and recreate your favorite moments from the 1990 flick. Take a bubble bath in the “Pretty Woman” suite (a.k.a. the luxurious Presidential Suite), get a personal shopping consultation on Rodeo Drive (but without the snooty sales assistant) and enjoy a chauffeur-driven Rolls-Royce ride to Greystone Mansion for a romantic “shoeless” picnic.

And when the sun sets get ready for an amazing date night, you and your significant other will get styled privately in your suite before being whisked away to the new Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts or the LA Opera.

To top it off, a photographer will be on hand for you to recreate classic scenes from the movie so your special time will be immortalized with your own unique twist.

Whether you’re a big fan of the film or just want the most luxurious weekend, booking this ultimate, extravagant experience won’t be a big mistake and you can write your own fairytale ending!

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Set apart: Special Spotlight

After 23 years of serving as the primary caregiver for her autistic son, it sent Syrenthia Farris close to burnout. She knew that something needed to be done to better support parents and caregivers of those with disabilities, so the dedicated mom set up non-profit, Parents of Children with All Special Needs (POCWASN).

“Many parents, including myself, often lead lives that are consumed by our children’s disability, which can in many cases, lead to isolation,” Farris told Bella NYC. “Our goal is to provide services to rejuvenate the mind, body and soul of those who dedicate themselves to the care of people with special needs. Parents and caregivers who feel nurtured and supported are able to better nurture their families.”

POCWASN offers a number of services, including group meetings, individual and family counseling, health and fitness, beauty and fashion tips and entertainment outings. The organization also provides services under the Eileen’s Care Program, which consists of laundry, cleaning and personal cooking services for their terminally ill parents/caregivers.

To find out more about the amazing work being done by Farris and her LA-based charity, visit

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