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Forget puzzles — if you want to improve your brain function, look to music

For companies like BrainHQ, Luminosity, and Cogmed, it's actually a multimillion dollar business that is expected to surpass $3 billion by 2020.<p>But do they actually benefit your brain?<p>Research doesn't believe so. In fact, the the University of Illinois determined that there's little or no evidence …

6 Social Media Trends to Prepare for in 2018

2018 is only four months away, and brands have to prepare to take advantage of the opportunities social media presents -- or their competitors will.<p>When it comes to reaching audiences, effectively distributing your content, and building a following around your brand, social media offers a wealth of …

10 Unique Ways to Get Your Name Out There

In this busy world, it's more important than ever to find unique ways for you and your business to stand out.<p>This story originally appeared on Personal Branding Blog<p>In this busy world, it’s more important than ever to find unique ways for you and your business to stand out.<p>Selling yourself and your …

5 essential tips to sell anything to anyone, according to a 'Shark Tank' Shark

Most people don't realize how important selling is — unless your paycheck depends on it!<p>Every time I mention selling, I always hear, "It's not for me", "You have to have knack for sales", or ;"I just can't do sales" — but this can't be farther from the truth.<p>Salespeople aren't the only ones selling …

California

The Seven Smallest, Coolest Destinations Around Los Angeles

<i>Welcome to Curbed's first-ever Micro Week, five days' worth of stories, photos, and minuscule floorplans that celebrate the grand tradition of small-space living. We'll tour small homes, explore the city's smallest neighborhood, and so much more!</i><p>Los Angeles is known for its sprawl—the idea of …

16 comparisons to show exactly how enormous Los Angeles is

Is it as big as it feels?<p>A common, frequent complaint about Los Angeles is that it’s so big and so sprawling that it feels like it goes on forever. Is it really? Does it really?<p>To get a better grasp of LA’s relative size, self-storage-focused website Spare Foot has used a mapping tool …

The 22 Best Bars in California

If we're being honest, we pretty much love every bar in California. Because, well: alcohol. Still, there are a few Golden State drinkeries that raise …

A Brief History of Los Angeles Neighborhood Naming

<i>This weekend, Heyday Books will launch LAtitudes: An Angeleno's Atlas, with 19 "maps" of Los Angeles (some literal, some impressionistic) accompanied by 19 essays on topics ranging from street grids to fish to missiles to radio DJs. We're exploring one map from the book every day this week.</i><p>[Image …

Think you've 'done' SoCal and California? Think again. Surprises await up and down the coast

If you're traveling the Golden State this summer, here are some of the surprises in store for you at a changed and changing slate of hotels, spas, museums and more, from San Diego to the Coachella Valley to Napa Valley.<p><b>Palm Springs & Coachella Valley</b><p>Sure, it's blazingly hot in Palm Springs and …

Where to Find L.A.’s Most Instagrammed Walls IRL

It’s an essential truth to social media addicts: no urban adventure is complete until it has been documented for Instagram, preferably in front of a …

Los Angeles

Off the Boulevard of Broken Dreams: The Knickerbocker Hotel's Haunted History

I stepped onto the 1700 block of Ivar Avenue on an overcast Sunday afternoon. One block over, across Hollywood Boulevard, the farmers and …

Actually Cool Things to Do in LA When Someone Visits

Eventually, all your posts touting “another perfect day on the beach” and “the best hike ever” are going to catch up with you -- as in, some of those …

Ethnic Enclaves of Los Angeles (and Orange)

Los Angeles County is, by many measures, the most diverse spot on Earth. Its human diversity is in part reflected in its many ethnic enclaves. North …

Iconic Neighborhood Restaurants: Hollywood & Hollywood Hills

Like many of Los Angeles County's neighborhoods, Hollywood is rife with film locations and star sightings, but Hollywood has the distinction of once …

Dining Rooms

How Did Hollywood End Up in...Hollywood?

<i>Union Bank is a proud sponsor of Lost LA.</i><p>“When you get stranded out there in the West I will send you your railroad fare — as usual.”<p>In 1913 William …

L.A.'s Lost Cahuenga Valley

The Santa Monica Mountains loom large in L.A.’s cultural topography, dividing the city into “the Valley" to their north and a sprawling coastal plain …

Santa Monica

Discover the Hidden Stairs of Los Angeles

<i>Total Steps: 282</i><br>Jagged, uneven stairs surrounded by dirt and brush rise from an industrial stretch of <b>Culver City</b> to a circular hilltop terrace. From …

This Huge Map Will Show You Almost Every Hiking Trail In California

Need a fresh hiking spot? There's a new, gigantic map that will show you nearly every trail in the state of California.<p>The map comes via Jason …

Everything You Always Wanted To Know About The L.A. River, All On One Site

Did you know that 25 percent of California's population lives within 30 miles of the L.A. River? Or that the L.A. River watershed has the potential …

Hidden Gems in Culver City

The <b>Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook</b> offers an urban retreat with a 511-foot peak and beautiful city views. Accessed via hiking trails or concrete …

The Ultimate L.A. Farmers Market Guide + Google Map!

A note: Markets change, days and hours fluctuate, locations shift. Also, remember that market dates that fall on holidays are likely to be closed or …

Behind the Sign: The Lost Meanings of the Original Hollywood Sign

It seems a little crazy, Lost Landmarks spotlighting one the most recognizable landmarks in the world. Just below the summit of Mount Lee, this …

Griffith Park's Lesser-Known Wonders

Title<p>Griffith Park's Lesser-Known Wonders<p>Sandi Hemmerlein is a writer and photographer. In addition to her work for KCET, she also contributes to …

How Did L.A. Become a City of Palms? And Other Questions About California's Trees

It's the dead of winter, but the Southland's urban forest knows no season. Skyduster palms sway in the breeze. Sprawling Indian laurel figs shade …

Southern California

The Hollywood Sign (Mount Lee) Moderate

Get up close and personal with two of L.A.’s landmarks on this moderate 6.5 mile out-and-back in Griffith Park — the iconic Hollywood Sign AND the …

A Brief History of Palm Trees in Southern California

If you close your eyes and imagine a typical Southern California landscape, chances are that you've pictured at least one palm tree, if not several, …

San Diego, so close yet so far from L.A.

On a clear afternoon, you can see 23 miles into the horizon from the top of the California Tower in San Diego’s Balboa Park.<p>Grant Barrett, the co-host and co-producer of national radio show <i>A Way with Words</i>, points out three mountain ranges, where he enjoys hiking and camping with his nine-year-old …

The best travel quotes of all time

The Most Beautiful, Little-Known Spots in the American West

<i>By: Jay Gentile</i><p>Yeah, we get it. You've ogled Yosemite's Half Dome. You've bathed in Yellowstone's Old Faithful. But just because you live-tweeted your Aspen ski vacation or your family trip to the Grand Canyon doesn't mean you've seen the American West. Because you haven't. Not until you experience …

Columbia River