Our list of the best places to shop and things to buy in L.A. this year

Our list of the best places to shop and things to buy in L.A. this year includes an eco-friendly nail salon, a hub for L.A.-made fashion, and a shop where you can craft your own roller skates. Resale sneakers often go for about a third of their original retail price, and it has become a huge online business. But wouldn’t you rather pick out your “lightly worn” kicks by Adidas, Air Jordan, and Nike in person? Holy Grail offers hundreds of coveted preworn styles (and 2,000 brand-new ones) in multiple sizes for men, women, and kids. Sure, used shoes will still run you about 200 to 300 bucks, but they cost 600 to 800 new. And talk about a treasure trove: Holy Grail has a healthy selection of Air Jordan 1s—streetwear’s definitive sneaker. Modern Bathroom stocks six types of claw-foot tubs (with names like Shropshire and Wessex) designed by London-based Victoria + Albert. Each is made with a unique material called Englishcast, which has high heat insulation, and comes with a multitude of foot options (white metal, polished chrome, polished brass, polished nickel, brushed nickel) and a variety of drain finishes (chrome, polished brass, oil-rubbed bronze). You can also dip a toe into it...

Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story + Bowser Jr.’s Journey Review (3DS)

When the Switch came out nearly two years ago, few would’ve expected that Nintendo would still be supporting the ageing 3DS with new first-party software as far as 2019, yet here we are. Picking up the ball that the Paper Mario series has long since dropped, the Mario & Luigi series of RPGs has been a celebrated mainstay of Nintendo handhelds since the GBA, and this latest release only continues that legacy of quality. Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story + Bowser Jr.’s Journey is an enhanced remake of the third entry in the series, and while it may not be an enormous overhaul, it definitely deserves the title of being the definitive edition of an RPG classic. The story opens with the Mushroom Kingdom falling to a terrible epidemic where toads are stricken by the bizarre Blorbs disease that causes their bodies to bloat to incredible size. Princess Peach calls an emergency meeting of the kingdom’s leaders, and things quickly go awry when Bowser is tricked into coming onto the scene by Fawful and inadvertently sucks up everyone in the room Kirby-style – including Mario, Luigi, and Princess Peach. From this point on, the game oscillates between the perspectives of Mar...