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SUMMER TRAVEL & SHAMELESS SELF-PROMOTION [Ritz Spa Treatments, Elie Saab Perfume, Elkin’s Launch, Bachelorette Gossip & More]

By Nora Zelevansky / August 11th, 2011

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Not that I have been nearly as attentive to you chickadees as I should be, but I'm about to be even worse.

Wait — there's worse than one or two posts a week?  Why, yes.  There is.

I'm about to take a hiatus from all things work and writing and instead loll by, well, wherever they'll let me.  (And by "they" I mean the authorities.)

Still, in the meantime, I did want to leave you with some light reading that spans many different genres.  A little bit for everyone, perhaps?  Here goes:

Okay, first, I am OBSESSED with this brand new line by two sisters out of Downtown LA (see above Lake dress).  Their newest collection — the first full one — launched August 1.  I wrote about them for C Magazine and then about their official launch for Daily Candy.  Read up and shop!  How much do you want this lace dress?

Of course, my SELF.com blog "Fit Like Us" (which will be continuing over the next few weeks, despite my hiatus) covers all things fitness and health throughout the week.

For all you brides-to-be, I have a feature in the new Martha Stewart Weddings about wedding music and the country's best bands, DJs and D.I.Y. playlists.

Elie Saab has a new fragrance launching, which you can read about here in my story for elle.com.

The Ritz-Carlton Downtown just launched an insane, entirely new Spa menu, really their first major endeavor — very red carpet etc.  Read about it here at Style.com.

Also, I didn't write this article, but for all you fellow Bachelorette whores, here's some gossip on how Jennifer Love Hewitt and Ben F. "The Wine Guy" started dating.  Um. Yeah.

And … I have nothing to do with this show either, but I am OBSESSED with the new MTV show Awkward and I feel like I need to spread the word, so it doesn't get canceled like Huge.  The opening line to this last episode, "It was homecoming week and like an uncomfortably misguided tampon, it was impossible to ignore."

GENIUS!

Lastly, if you haven't yet, you MUST try the chocolate Zico coconut water.  It's INSANE.  Lactards, it will change your life.

And, with that, I guess I'm out.  Talk to you later, dudes.  Happy end of summer!

xo – N.

NYC (AND BEYOND): SHAMELESS SELF-PROMOTION

By Nora Zelevansky / June 24th, 2011

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So, in addition to "Fit Like Us" for self.com, I've been working on a thing or two about a thing or two.  (I don't even know what that means.)

But anyway, I wanted to share this link to my recent essay about H&H Bagels closing its Upper West Side location.  If you've already seen it, my apologies.

Also, check out this story about brand new amazing clothing line ELKIN out of Downtown LA in C Magazine.

Happy weekend!

xo – N.

LA (MALIBU): DETOXING IN STYLE [THE RANCH AT LIVE OAK MALIBU]

By Nora Zelevansky / September 9th, 2010

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Not to be repetitive, especially when tooting my own horn (get your mind out of the gutter), BUT a couple months ago I blogged about an article I wrote for C Magazine about new luxury holistic escape with a gourmet chef, The Ranch at Live Oak.

Well, now the story is online, so I wanted to offer it up!  I think you actually get karmic detox points just for reading.  Seriously.  You're burning calories and becoming a better person as we speak.

xo – N.

LA (MALIBU): SHAMELESS SELF PROMOTION TIME [RANCH AT LIVE OAK; C MAG]

By Nora Zelevansky / July 28th, 2010

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You may think you're healthy, but you're not.  After all, when was the last time you hiked a canyon, ate only 1200 calories in a day or had an afternoon stress-reduction massage?

Seriously.  You might as well be Lindsay Lohan, you're so toxin-filled.

Oh, wait.  That's me.  You probably HAVE taken a canyon hike lately, especially if you live in LA.

Still, we could all stand to be a little more health conscious, so–with that in mind–check out my story in the new C Magazine on the brand new Ranch at Live Oak retreat, which opens in Malibu in September.  This is a super exclusive 6-day/7-night program on the most beautiful sprawling property and is meant to help you recalibrate physically and mentally.  C Mag was lucky enough to get the regional exclusive.

You know what else makes you recalibrate mentally and physically?  Alcohol, drugs and jail time.  But not in a good way.  Just ask Lindsay Lohan.

I think I'd rather visit The Ranch.  Wouldn't you?

xo – N.

LOOSE CHANGE: My Articles and Essays

By Nora Zelevansky / January 19th, 2009

A few samples of my work below . . .

C MAGAZINE:

California’s First Fortunes“–10/08

Lubov Azria–On Schedule“–04/08

Making A Scene“–08/06

Members Only“–10/08

Private Practice“–01/08

Skin Savior“–06/08

The Biodynamic Perspective“–10/09

Earth First“–10/09

DAILY CANDY (Just a few examples):

LA: Undesigned by Carol Young

LA (MINI-BREAKS): Wellness, Nearby Vacation Spots

NYC: Rima Dolgoff-Kaspar Hoodlets

SF: 86 Recipes

EVERYWHERE: Buddha Nose Girl Balm

TRAVEL:

Rio de Janeiro

Condesa, Mexico City

Bangkok, Thailand

Austin, Texas

Spas . . .

Home Grown Green Round-Up

DAME:

Labor Goes Luxurious“–05/08

Poli-Sci or Poli-Psycho?“–04/08

Oh, The Humanity!“–03/08

ELLE:

The New White House“–05/09

HOSPITALITY DESIGN:

Palm Springs Has Sprung“–11/08

JANE:

“Spaz Free Curls“–05/07

LA CONFIDENTIAL:

Animal House“–10/08

How Bazaar!“–09/08

LA TIMES:

The Local Flavor“–05/08

LA WEDDINGS (LA MAGAZINE):

Skin Training“–03/09

LA WEEKLY:

14 Hairstyles of the Pundits“–12/04

MEN’S JOURNAL:

South America’s Hot Spot“–10/08

RIVIERA (S.D.):

 “The Flower Brokers”–06/07

RIVIERA (O.C.):

Bag Check“–02/09

SALON.com:

 “May We Congratulate You On Your Divorce”–10/07

TOWN & COUNTRY:

VARIETY:

Stealing Beauty“–02/06