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bask culture Music, theater and art

Novel Ideas: Curl up with fall’s best reads


in the glow Find elegant wares and timeless styles at Heath Ceramics


bask well Seeking sanctuary and relaxation in Napa’s wine country



bask beyond A seaside escape in coastal Vietnam


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bask @ home Aimee Wilder’s bold, innovative approach to wall design


faces + places People and events in the spotlight


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s I sat down to pen this note, one word kept coming to mind: time. So, I decided to research various thoughts on the subject and it was a quote from Coco Chanel—“There is no time for cut-and-dried monotony. There is time for work. And time for love. That leaves no other time”—that really struck a chord. It suddenly dawned on me that this Fall 2014 Issue marks the fourth anniversary of bask Magazine. “Can that really be; where did the time go?” I said to my partner and friend Paula Ansara-Wilhelm as we laughed and quickly re-capped how it all started. And, as the timing seems appropriate, I will share with you, our readers, a little bit of how bask came to be. Fittingly, it all started with a phone call from Paula, Co-Founder of Surterre Properties, which, by the way, just celebrated its 8th anniversary—talk about time flying! Now, Paula and I go way back (14 years to be exact), so little did I know that this call would be different from the usual, “Lets meet for lunch!” But, trusting my publishing skills and reputation in the community enough to share her vision, Paula presented to me the brilliant idea of launching a magazine together. “…It’s the right time, and it’s the right thing to do,” she said. I still remember sitting in her living room, the two of us brainstorming for a name and a profound tagline, like it was yesterday. Then, it came to us and bask Magazine, luxury in balance, was born.

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Of course, it wasn’t quite that easy. It was, however, a labor of love between two friends and a handful of very talented people. When our first issue launched in Fall 2010, many people were losing their homes, companies and jobs. So it was our mission to produce a magazine that not only made sense economically, but would also touch lives in a positive way. Today, bask is still passionate about its mission and purpose. Maintaining the integrity of the magazine and its quarterly content will always be our main goal. I especially want to give a big thank you to our Editor-in-Chief Amy Adams, as she works tirelessly with our writers and is always on the hunt for that wonderful diamond in the rough to share—keeping bask fresh, new and interesting each issue. I also want to thank everyone that works so hard behind the scenes to make the magazine so beautiful and engaging. Without their amazing efforts, and the ongoing support of our readers and advertisers, none of this would be possible. So, with this milestone, I can’t help but reflect on time passed with the upmost of gratitude. Enjoy the Fall 2014 Anniversary Issue!

Jolie Adams, Publisher & Co-Founder

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s the days grow shorter and the cool summer breeze becomes more of a crisp chill in the air, it is undeniable: fall has begun. This, however, is no reason to fret, because although the long careless days of summer may be coming to a close, fall holds an abundance of promise for the open-minded—whether that means planning a getaway, entertaining friends or seeing a spectacular performance.

Still, as autumn approaches, I can’t help but reminisce about all of the spectacular gatherings and people that made this summer unforgettable. Take, for example, Oceana’s SeaChange Summer Party, a truly inspiring event that raises awareness about preserving the health of our oceans. It is by far one of my favorite evenings of summer because everyone relies on the ocean in some way. Whether near or far, its preservation is essential to all—the ocean is, after all, its own cycle of life.

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And, just as everything must cycle and change, the page must turn from summer to fall. Of course, our fall fashion shoot helps make this transition a flawless one. Set on a gorgeous property in Trabuco Canyon, the old-world charm of this classic estate created a warm, inviting atmosphere that perfectly complements the deep, rich hues and thick, textured outerwear featured. Furthering our transition into fall, this edition spotlights every season essential—from Quill London’s time-honored paper traditions and Heath Ceramic’s handcrafted wares to a bespoke journey through the rolling hills and lush vineyards of Italy’s wine country. And, as I am a huge advocate of the arts, this issue also features the best of fall exhibits and performances, with special tribute paid to SCFTA’s Arts Education Program and its continued dedication to cultivating Orange County’s performing arts world. Fall will always be a favorite season of mine because, as this issue so beautifully highlights, it’s a time of change, transition and countless opportunities, so enjoy every moment of this new—and wonderful—season.

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1 Jenn Thornton writer In “London Calling,” Jenn Th ornton gives a noteworthy look into fi ne paper curator Quill London and its elegant, bespoke collections. “I’m wild about their Palomino Blackwing 602 pencils, which none other than John Steinbeck used,” she says. “Th ey are—and I say this without hesitation—the smoothest writing tool of all time.” Jenn’s top fall accessories: A Tolani scarf, Supergoop Forever Young Hand Cream SPF 40, and a Tory Burch Vintage Box Bag

3 Jenny Peters writer In “Sparkling Wonders,” Jenny Peters recalls her experience touring the lush hillside vineyards of Piedmont, Italy, while sipping some of the region’s fi nest wines. “Both the Piedmont and the Conegliano-Valdobbiadene wine regions of Northern Italy share a similar wondrous beauty,” she says. “From high on a hill you can see for miles; some of the most picturesque vistas in the world.” Jenny’s top wines to sip: Prosecco Superiore, Brachetto d’ Acqui and Barolo

2 Melinda Serra interior designer In “Home Scents,” Melinda Serra shares her secret how-to’s for adding depth, warmth and personality to a room with elegant candles. “I have two scents for the fall, and lighting both at the same time is double the happiness,” she shares of this “perfect blend of fragrance and botanical—Cinnamon Spice and Pumpkin Cider by Aromatique.” To complement these enticing scents are Melinda’s top home accessories: lighting (lamps and chandeliers), pillows and area carpets

4 Robert Palmer writer Robert Palmer is certainly no stranger to SCFTA, making him the perfect proponent of Segerstrom Hall’s Arts Education Program. “Segerstrom is bringing the arts to students (and adults) all over the county on a daily basis, from pottery and painting classes, to master level voice and dance instruction, to hosting a summer stock theater program for at-risk youth,” he shares. Robert’s top shows at Segerstrom Hall: Lang Lang with the Pacifi c Symphony, Queen Latifah and her jazz band, and The Phantom of the Opera

5 Danielle Accovelli writer A favorite pastime for Danielle has always been curling up with a good book; and, in “Culture in Print,” she shares some of the season’s top tomes. “When I’m not entranced in a novel, I enjoy perusing the pages of home design books because their images are always so vivid and inspiring.” Danielle’s top fall reads: The Paris Wife by Paula McLain, My Salinger Year by Joanna Rakoff and Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty 6 Tony Florez photographer Tony Florez flawlessly captures the essence of fall in this issue’s fashion shoot, incorporating everything from colors and styles to lighting and location to bring out the best of the season. “I wanted to feature the estate in Trabuco Canyon as much as possible because it is such an amazing and unique spot, with a classic, rustic Eastern look to it,” shares Tony, “Then, it was just a matter of tying in the fall colors and fashion look we wanted to create.” Tony’s top fall destinations with a view: Crystal Cove, Cape Cod and Northwestern Chicago

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With three thousand children arriving at Segerstrom Center for the Arts to attend a performance by the renowned Alvin Ailey Dance Theater (one of many arts experiences offered by the Center’s educational arm), class is always in session!



CENTER Culture Art

CLOCKWISE from top left: Tony Award winner Kristin Chenoweth; Emmy and Golden Globe nominee Meghan Mullally; Wicked, Pippin and Godspell composer Stephen Schwarz; and Hamburg Ballet Mistress Laura Cazzaniga 28

by robert e. palmer | bask culture

Some things need no introduction. Many know, for example, that Segerstrom Center for the Arts is one of the nation’s top cultural institutions, one presenting a staggering variety of related worldclass programming. Of these, is the internationally acclaimed Dance Series; top Broadway shows; intimate jazz and cabaret acts; classical music; family shows; indie bands; and contemporary theater troupes from across the globe. Amazingly, as the largest not-for-profit arts organization in Orange County, the Center is funded solely by private donations, corporate sponsorships, and ticket and rental income. With the 3,000-seat Segerstrom Hall, the 2,000-seat Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, the 500-seat multifunction Samueli Theater, the 250-seat Founders Hall, and the 46,000-square-foot Arts Plaza, the Center is, in all ways, a cultural juggernaut.

channels, the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program and classes aimed at second language learners to share the beauty of the arts. ON STAGE AT THE CENTER brings school children to the Center’s venues to witness leading performances and stimulate a love of the arts.

SUMMER AT THE CENTER is a nationally recognized undertaking granting at-risk high school students the opportunity to learn various aspects of theater and, at the same time, helps build self-esteem by pushing them towards previously unreachable goals in an intense two-week song and dance program.

SIX DAYS OF BROADWAY teams top performers and teachers from the Great White Way to coach

INTERNSHIPS offer opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to gain professional experience by working handin-hand with the administrators, artists and technicians at the Center.

Of the broad assortment of programs offered via assembly-style presentations at schools, and on-site performances for younger audiences, the diversity of performers—and performances—is staggering. Included among these ranks are Gaelic Irish music and dance displays; Aman dance educators presenting native folk dances; hip-hop shows; indigenous South American musicians; “Baba the Storyteller” and his world-renowned Kora stories of African culture; Moscow Nights featuring Russian song and dance; the BOXTALES Theatre Company and its exquisite masks, music and storytelling; Rogue Artists Ensemble’s creative use of puppetry, multi-media and music to create imaginationstirring visual programs; the Italian Street Painters; Melanie Van Latum and her celebrated oil painting; and visual arts residencies.

Segerstrom Center for the Arts’ outreach efforts give Orange County an arts education.

Few know, however, the extent of the Center’s community outreach efforts. Its arts education program—one of the largest of its kind in the nation—affects more than 375,000 students, teachers and families annually. But given that education programs were actually part of the Center even prior to its opening, with some events modeled after the Kennedy Center’s Imagination Celebration, the venue continues to make the grade while also making a universal impact.

After all, “The arts matter to each of us for personal and communal reasons since they provide us a common language that speaks to people across the globe,” notes the Center’s Vice President of Education and Community, Talena Mara. Hence, the sheer scope of the Center’s outreach and educational arm—much of its programming, as diverse as anything it stages, involves a close alliance with boards of education, school districts and local universities. From this cultural array emerge the Center’s major programs, including:

ARTS TEACH offers a roster of more than 75 professional artists, representing the realms of music, dance, theater and visual arts to schools, hospitals and community venues. ARTSCONNECT’s teaching artists reach out to students with special needs via, among other

aspiring musical theater students. At the end of the weeklong program, friends and parents are invited to view an informal presentation showcasing the cast and highlighting the week’s efforts.

MASTERS AT THE CENTER provides careerbound young artists the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work with a variety of leading artists. CHOC OUTREACH sees Center artists regularly visit patients at the Children’s Hospital of Orange County, bringing joy to ill children by brightening their spirits in their hospital rooms.

DISNEY MUSICALS IN SCHOOLS, which aims to help students develop self-confidence and artistic skills, grants four lucky schools a 17-week musical theater residence that concludes with a 30-minute Disney KIDS Musical performed at the respective institutions.

Expanding its community events programs and relationships with local organizations is also a Center objective—Hispanic community outreach, in particular, is a top priority. There are also both on- and off-site outreach efforts working with Costa Mesa’s Concerts in the Park series. Meanwhile, there are free plaza concerts, featuring guests like prominent jazz musician Chris Botti, and, more recently, Movie Mondays, which have become increasingly popular, with the latter serving as a new vehicle to expand the Center’s fan base.

“We believe that we have a professional and moral obligation to reach out to the community, and we embrace the opportunity to do so,” explains Center President Terry Dwyer, who took the helm in 2006. And, with a staff of 102 fulltime personnel and an annual budget of over $40 million at his disposal, Dwyer has the personnel and resources to accomplish the Center’s goals— principally, the very one to which its slogan aspires, “Impacting our Community Through the Arts.”


bask calendar | by robert e. palmer



September 21

Yanni, whose audiences total more than 2 billion viewers, has sold over 40 platinum and gold albums worldwide, and still captivates with his unique blend of classical and contemporary styles. Now, he brings his famous world orchestra to Segerstrom Hall, featuring an evening that includes selections from his new album, Inspirato.


South Coast Repertory opens its season with a groundbreaking retelling of a Bard classic: The Tempest. Adapted and directed by Aaron Posner and Teller (from the magic-comedy duo Penn and Teller), with songs by Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan, choreography by Matt Kent and talented dance troupe Pilobolus, this is Shakespeare as you’ve never previously seen.

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August 29 - September 28


October 7

Catch an amazing double header—Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and Steve Winwood—at the Honda Center, all in one action-packed show. Since he hit the musical scene in 1976, Petty has sold over 60 million albums, secured a hit radio show on SiriusXM radio, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002. And, if one legend wasn’t enough, Steve Winwood will open the show. Rising to fame with the Spencer Davis Group at age 15, Winwood went on to form and play in two iconic bands, Traffic and Blind Faith, only to create his own Grammy Award-winning albums years later.

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The Bowers Museum brings yet another amazing collection of treasures to its showrooms with China’s Lost Civilization: The Mystery of Sanxingdui. The exhibition includes objects— more than 200 ancient jades, tools, bones and bronzes—from the discovery termed “the ninth wonder of the world” by Chinese state-owned television and many scholars.


November 2

Celebrate Halloween in style with Danny Elfman’s Music from the Films of Tim Burton, complete with the Hollywood Studio Symphony (featuring 87 musicians and 45 singers) conducted by John Mauceri at the Honda Center. Spotlighting newly created suites from all 16 film collaborations between two creative masters, the concert will feature large-screen film clips and the artwork of Tim Burton. Elfman returns to the U. S. fresh off sold-out concerts in seven countries.


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November 11-30

The six-time Tony Award-winning triumph, Kinky Boots, struts onto the Pantages stage for a two-week run. This Best Musical victor tells the tale of a shoe factory owner who turns his business around thanks to Lola, an entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos. Inspired by a true story, and featuring a score by Cyndi Lauper and book by four-time Tony Award-winner Harvey Fierstein, come see why sometimes the best way to fit in is to stand out. And better practice your encores; the show is slated to arrive at Segerstrom Hall for a December 30 through January 11 stint.


bask culture in print | by danielle accovelli

Wandering Words


Whether perched on a park bench or curled up on the sofa, getting lost in a good book is easy this fall. Explore the rolling hills of Tuscany; take a culinary journey ‘round the world, or at home; tour sprawling architectural masterpieces, or embrace the simple beauty of your surrounds. Here, some truly novel ideas to take you away.

A MOUTHFUL OF STARS by Kim Sunée | This delightful and enticing tome takes readers on a whimsical culinary journey across the globe with an appetizing array of culturally-inspired cuisine and delectable photography of both food and place. More than a mere cookbook though, this thoughtful, carefully curated title is the author’s deeply personal collection of her most cherished travel recipes and memories as she searches for a taste of home.


2 THE HILLS OF CHIANTI by Piero Antinori translated by Natalie Danford In this charming memoir, Marchese Piero Antinori shares his family’s famed winemaking history and deep love for the Tuscany they call home through the seven iconic bottles that define their past. At its heart is the passion, tradition, love of craft and connection to the land that has led this noble Florentine family to become Italy’s oldest and most celebrated artisan-wine curator.


MELT: THE ART OF MACARONI AND CHEESE by Stephanie Stiavetti and Garrett McCord In this exquisitely curated cookbook, Stephanie Stiavetti and Garrett McCord turn simple macaroni and cheese into gourmet fare via a fusion of fresh ingredients and handcrafted cheeses and pastas. The richly decedent dishes inside, along with a host of mouthwatering photographs, will tempt and tantalize even the most sophisticated palates.



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SUPERMODEL YOU by Sarah DeAnna | In this intimate, inside look at the world of modeling, international catwalker Sarah DeAnna shares the new health and beauty habits of today’s models. Detailed and insightful, the book abounds with tips on how to adopt a supermodel mindset by embracing the most beautiful, healthy and empowered version of oneself, while focusing on ways to find balance and happiness.


by Nancy Braithwaite Positively elegant in every way, Nancy Braithwaite’s contemporary-chic designs showcase the true art of simplicity. At once classic and refined, luxurious and sensuous, her interiors exhibit the power of paring down a room to its essential elements. Flourishing with striking images of country, classic and contemporary settings, this charming volume speaks to the beauty and ability of spare, sophisticated spaces to balance function and comfort.

5 BEACH HOUSE BAKING: AN ENDLESS SUMMER OF DELICIOUS DESSERTS by Lei Shishak | Inspired by her love of sand and sea, pastry chef and owner of Sugar Blossom Bake Shop, Lei Shishak, takes readers on a tropical journey with sweet, simple desserts. Featuring the most celebrated of Lei’s homemade beach-themed sweets, including her Cocoa Island Cookies, Beach House Seashore Cobbler and Dulce del Mar, and accompanied by a host of delectable photographs exuding pure bliss, this delightful cookbook is sure to stir summer memories this fall.


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LONDON CALLING Quill London’s eclectic assemblage of refined wares proves that paper is still noteworthy.

The notion behind fine paper purveyor Quill London came from the same wellspring of every worthy inkling: passion. In this case, founder Lucy Edmonds’ persistent love affair with stationery. From a notebook Edmonds toted and cards she sent friends to a sundry of objets and curios, all reflected her own style—an ethos she carried to Quill London, its impetus to bestow Britain with “beautiful, trend-led paper products” she felt missing in missives.

Today, Quill London stocks a variety of stationery products from a bustle of burgeoning independent design talent and letterpress studios, along with appearances from familiar luminaries like Christian Lacroix and Kate Spade New York. “Our collection is unique in the way we curate a blend of very different contemporary styles, capture style trends, and present hand-crafted, quality products in a very affordable way,” says Edmonds, whose brand savvy approach appeals to the style-conscious set; creatives, in particular, clamor over her mélange of merch. From correspondence cards, gift tags, invites and pompoms to an array of desk accessories recalling both vintage (a letter opener) and modern sensibilities (an iPad cover), the Quill London aesthetic is au courant and contemporary.

“We capture style trends, and present hand-crafted, quality products in a very affordable way.” As for the enduring appeal of Quill London product picks? Credit more than mere nostalgia. For Edmonds, her lingering ardor for paper indicates a universal longing to mark the moment. Paper, she allows, is “a time-honored form of communication that can also act as a keepsake of [an] event, as texts, emails and tweets are so fleeting and temporary.” It also works wonders in romancing just about any space; given a few chic accessories (may we suggest a fashionable fountain pen and tasseled storage box?), for example, and even the lowly home office comes to life. Upcoming for Quill London is the debut of a beautiful holiday collection comprising lines from StudioSarah, Sugar Paper, Choux à la Crème and—take note, travelers!—a series of holiday pop-up shops across the pond. Now that’s something to write about.


by jenn thornton | in the glow

HEATH CERAMICS More than half a century after its founding, the California-born brand is still one of the design world’s most reliable producers of warmly minimal wares.

When ceramicist Edith Heath founded Heath Ceramics in 1948, she did so with GreatDepression durability and postwar practicality in mind. Her reverence for process and material would become mainstays for the producer of classic, simple, clean design, with its non-porous products stressing function over fuss. Although Heath died in 2005, her imprint on the heritage brand to which she leant her name, and her legacy as an industrialarts pioneer (much of her own work is housed in permanent collections at MOMA and LACMA), endures.

It’s a proper coda for the craft-first company; one that in making only what can be sustained has inadvertently sustained itself while continuing to attract a far-and-wide audience for its refined, no-frills wares. While some things haven’t changed for the enterprise—namely its focus on responsible, small-run production practices and base of operations in Sausalito, Calif.—others have. Expanding its retail roots, Heath Ceramics now boasts stores in Los Angeles and San Francisco, with the latter city also hosting the brand’s tile factory and the Heath Clay Studio, a hub for new product design. Although purchased from the Heath family in 2003 by Robin Petravic and Catherine Bailey, Heath Ceramics has not shirked its craftsman code—all 60 artisans in the company’s employ continue to create simple products of everyday allure. These range from Heath’s now iconic tableware and tile to an array of collaborations with top design talent. Clearly, by continuing to rally design aficionados with its heirloom objets—pieces that now enjoy a plum presence in private residences, restaurants and museums worldwide—Heath Ceramics is still in good hands.



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bask well | by jenny peters

Wine, dine & feel fine Embracing wine, and wellness, in the Napa Valley IF YOU’RE LIKE MOST PEOPLE, “fine wine” (followed closely by “fabulous food”) springs to mind when you first hear the words Napa Valley. But there are other expressions used to describe an experience here, among the most enticing being “wellness,” “balance” and “relaxation.” These days, visiting Northern California’s renowned valley can, in fact, be a holistic experience —one that seamlessly melds all these things into one wonderful, therapeutic whole.

With a feeling of Zen inherent in Napa Valley (virtually every one of its resorts and hotels is in some way devoted to creating a haven of relaxation for guests), a wellness-and-wine trip amongst its vines necessarily starts with choosing a home base, especially since so many resorts have made inner-you indulgences a focal point.

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The valley’s overwhelming sense of calm is immediately felt. While making your way up Route 29 (or, better still, the Silverado Trail), soak in the light bouncing off the vineyards and mountains, inhale deeply, exhale the same way, and experience the sensation of dying and going to heaven. Add in some spa treatments, yoga classes, mud baths and sunny poolside moments, and any lingering stress you may have brought with you simply flies away. At the south end of the valley, both skirting and in the town of Napa, is the inn crowd—Napa River Inn, Carneros Inn and Milliken Creek Inn. All are brilliant options, with cozy Milliken Creek making it possible to enjoy a deep-tissue massage outdoors while overlooking the water. Meanwhile, midway up the valley, in Yountville, the beautiful LEED Platinum-certified Bardessono Hotel is an oasis of calm, with 62 rooms, a sleek spa and regular yoga classes.

Further north, in Calistoga, which marks the top end of the valley, wellness has been a part of the fabric of the community since 1862, when the area’s first resort designed for visitors to “take the waters” (and mud baths) in abundant local, natural hot springs opened. While in town, choose to stay at the Chanric Inn—a charming bed and breakfast—and visit one of the pastoral town’s many day spas offering these same treatments today. Or, move to sumptuous Solage Calistoga, where a truly astonishing spa, fitness and yoga center await. (Even if not bunking here, be sure to experience the Mudslide Experience.) For the ultimate wellness sanctuary, check into Calistoga Ranch, a place consistently awarded top accolades—and for good reason. This 157-acre enclave laced with hiking trails is tucked into the woods, with each of its freestanding guest lodges taking shape as a stunning rustic retreat, complete with an outdoor living room. The spa is spectacular, featuring spring-fed mineral pools, outdoor treatments, yoga sessions (some private) and wellness classes daily.


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“finding true happiness in Napa Valley means striking a BALANCE between experiencing its WELLNESS possibilities and CULINARY indulgences”

Dedicated to keeping the valley a place where connecting with nature beyond the vineyards is always an option, the Land Trust of Napa County protects thousands of acres and regularly offers kayak and canoe trips along with scenic hikes (climb high above the valley for a great workout and a fascinating lookdown to the wineries below).

Get even closer to liquid gold by renting bicycles at Calistoga Bikeshop, where wellness and wine really do collide. Here, they’ll happily chart a meandering route down less-traveled byways for you, but one that eventually leads to places like Chateau Montelena (home to fantastic Chardonnays and Cabernets), which, at a famous blind tasting in Paris, put Napa wine on the map back in 1976.

Of course, finding true happiness in Napa Valley means striking a balance between experiencing its wellness possibilities and culinary indulgences, including world-class fare and delicious wine relished in magical surrounds. A stress-free way to enjoy all of this while also seeing much of the valley is on the Napa Wine Train, a relaxing roll through the vineyards, with fine wines and food at your beck and call. Or, simply roam from winery to winery, hitting favorites like Shafer Vineyards in the Stags Leap District, its Relentless Syrah red blend recently named the world’s number-one wine or, Judd’s Hill Winery in Napa, where, via a blending seminar, you can try your hand at making your own top-tier vintage. (Tote home your creation too!) While on Howell Mountain, visit CADE Estate Winery for spectacular views and highly-rated vino, then stop to see legendary filmaker Francis Ford Coppola’s reinvention of Inglenook Winery on the valley floor in Rutherford.

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All along the way, sustain yourself with incredible eats. In Napa, do breakfast at Model Bakery, where the line filters out the doors for very good reason. For lunch, swing by Oxbow Public Market, where a variety of organically grown tastes await. At the modern Italian mainstay of the valley, Bistro Don Giovanni, there’s a sunny patio and local attitude to go with great pizza and handmade pasta. Or, try Norman Rose Tavern, where the Disco Potatoes alone will make you swoon. Stop by Lulu’s Kitchen at 1313 Main for a quick bite, or go all out with a world-class dining experience at Morimoto. Speaking of class, in Yountville, famed Thomas Keller concept The French Laundry marks the crème de la crème of culinary options. But while in the tiny valley town, also sample the garden-grown freshness of Lucy at Bardessono and the succulent wild boar at Hurley’s Restaurant. Up the road in St. Helena, find two wonderful classics in Tra Vigne and Terra Restaurant & Bar, while further still, in Calistoga, dining is a simply delicious prospect with venues like JoLe, the Calistoga Inn and Michelin-star-rated Solbar at Solage Calistoga. So whether it’s wine, wellness or a combination of both—once you’ve wined, dined and felt fine in Napa Valley, you’ll be raising your glass for more.


photos: Jenny Peters, Russ Widstrandt and Calistoga Ranch

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THE SPIRIT OF NAPA . THE SOUL OF AUBERGE . Where mountain touches sky, indulgence stirs healing and discovery inspires the ultimate escape.

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photo: Thiery Beyne

Beyond iNtro

Find tranquility by lamplight with one of Evason Ana Mandara Nha Trang’s many beachfront dining options.


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A stay in a beachfront villa comes with a private plunge pool, garden and direct access to the beach.

Beyond Six Senses


Brilliant beauty abounds at Vietnam’s best beachfront resorts.


photos: Basil Childers

A wine cellar tucked into a natural cavern sets the scene for a romantic dinner for two.

Beyond Six Senses

NINH VAN BAY Arrive à la James Bond to the white sands and exotic cliffs of a private bay on the East Vietnam Sea. Here, the Six Senses Ninh Van Bay, accessible only by boat, is the epitome of forbidden bliss and the ultimate escape—a combination of modern luxuries and all the natural, holistic beauty Vietnam has to offer.

At Ninh Van Bay, guests stay in private villas dotting both the shore and hillside. Some feature lush, private gardens or direct access to the beach, but all come with breathtaking views, absolute privacy and—topping it all off— infinity plunge pools. Add rustic wooden features bathing in natural light to crisp linens floating in the ocean breeze and you have the ideal atmosphere for total relaxation.

The simple serenity stemming from this immersion in nature is integrated into most aspects of resort life; guests can dine on daybeds or enjoy patio seating with panoramic views at one of the three resort restaurants. Or, should you grow weary of watching the sun set over the sea (as if that might actually be possible), make a reservation for the wine cave, a private wine cellar nuzzled into a rustic natural cavern in the hillside. Tucked into the same hillside is the Six Senses

Spa, where locally grown plants and herbs are used for holistic rejuvenation.

Six Senses also offers a number of excursions, water sports and other activities for the more restless (or merely curious). Center yourself with morning Tai Chi or a hike to the top of Heo Mountain, where the views are nothing short of enlightening. Take to the shallows of crystal waters for some snorkeling, or go slightly farther out via speedboat on an outing to three of Ninh Van Bay’s neighboring islands. For a true escape from reality, join the boat expedition down the Cai River and lose yourself to the hot mud bath waiting at journey’s end. If hustle and bustle is more your scene, take a trip to the city of Nha Trang, where you can pay your respects to Yan Po Nagar, goddess of the country, at the Po Nagar temple and shop local streets for a piece of culture by which to remember your travels.

Naturally, many offerings at Six Senses Ninh Van Bay are rooted in Vietnamese tradition. As such, guests can immerse themselves in indigenous culture by taking cooking classes for instruction in how to cook traditional Vietnamese fare (followed by indulging in the self-prepared meal with a nice glass of wine).


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CON DAO Fly over crystalline blue seas and breathtaking tropical landscapes to one of the most well-hidden destinations in all of Vietnam. Just off the Southeast coast of the mainland, the Six Senses Con Dao is renowned for its uninhibited natural beauty and stunning ocean views—and for good reason. Inspired by the native fishing villages of coastal Vietnam, the contemporarily architected property allows guests to indulge in all the modern luxuries of a premier resort, only in an exotic, remote, unsullied locale. And, in true village style, the resort is home to 50 carefully curated villas. Each of these open-air options boasts a spacious floor plan, and, of course, a private infinity pool with awe-inspiring panoramic ocean views—perfect for enjoying a cocktail and watching one of many magnificent island sunsets.

The undisturbed beauty of Con Dao infuses itself into every aspect of the isle resort, especially its delicious culinary scene. Perched atop golden sand dunes, By the Beach offers Asian fusion fare along with glorious ocean outlooks (enjoy dinner here, then saunter along the shoreline of the serene, moonlit sea for a truly spellbinding evening). For a more cultural dining experience, Vietnamese at the Market offers traditional, local flavors in a recreated fishing village. Or, 54

enjoy the resort’s custom Destination Dining for a bespoke alternative.

Further submerge yourself in the island’s natural serenity at the Six Senses Spa at Con Dao. Set amid the verdant Lo Voi Mountains, and surrounded by tropical gardens, this calming oasis offers holistic treatments in both indoor treatment rooms and outdoor salas for an afternoon, or evening, of uninterrupted tranquility.

For the slightly more adventure-minded, the resort avails a host of land and sea exploits. Venture into the lush tropical rainforests of Con Dao to experience its raw, uninhabited beauty, or plunge into the island’s pristine turquoise waters and explore colorful aquaculture while snorkeling. Meanwhile, more experienced marine types are invited to take a scuba diving excursion to one the island’s untouched coral reefs—home to slick rays, giant turtles and small bamboo sharks—for a most treasurable experience. At the heart of Con Dao is the vibrant, flourishing Vietnamese culture, which guests can glimpse while touring the island’s backroads, small dwellings and local farms, all exuding the destination’s old world enchantment.

photos: William Mitchener and Basil Childers

Enjoy endless views from a private infinity pool at one of the oceanfront villas.

Awaken to sweeping seaside visions during a sojourn at serene Con Dao.

Beyond Six Senses

Swing by the Elephant Bar for a refreshing, east-meets-west cocktail or mocktail.


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Beyond Six Senses

EVASON ANA MANDARA NHA TRANG Just a short stroll from the bustling Nha Trang city center, Evason Ana Mandara, another Six Senses Resort, is a seaside refuge perfect for enjoying a peaceful escape from city life. Reminiscent of a classic Vietnamese village, Evason Ana Mandara boasts 74 Garden and Seaview suites nestled into traditional-style villas. With their blend of refined luxury and handcrafted appeal, suites represent a bespoke take on Vietnamese village living. For an authentic dining experience, Beach Restaurant plates traditional lunches of native cuisine before transforming into a colorful Vietnamese street market for dinner. Finally, with holistic wellness treatments and indulgent pampering, Six Senses Spa doles out pure bliss.

Experience the best of Nha Trang with the resort’s land and sea journeys. Leisurely cruise through local street markets by bicycle; then, escape the city and get lost in the plush green paddies of the surrounding mountains. Or, experience the thrill of racing down the slick whitewater rapids of Khanh Vinh on one of many excursions. Also steeped in Vietnamese heritage, Nha Trang encourages cultural immersion. True to form, guests can learn to live like a local, farming and picking produce by sunset, then preparing with a personal chef a gourmet meal in a remote country house overlooking golden fields. Either way, this remote seaside destination offers an enchanting escape not soon to be forgotten.

photo: Thiery Beyne

The infinity pool at Evason Ana Mandara is the perfect place for relaxation and introspection.

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bask beyond | by jenny peters

Summer in the Brachetto d’Acqui district of Italy’s Piedmont wine region.

A typical street in Piedmont, this one is in Montabone.


photos: Consorzio Tutela Vini d’Acqui Archives

Beyond Italy

photo: (L) Conte Collalto Winery, (R) Relais San Maurizio

Susegana, one of the beautiful small towns that dot the Prosecco Superiore wine area known as the Conegliano-Valdobbiadene.

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The sumptuous spa at the Relais San Maurizio Luxury Spa Resort in the Piedmont.

SPARKLING WONDERS Toasting the Bubbly of Italy’s Lesser-Known Wine Regions


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Beyond Italy

photo: Conte Collalto Winery

Castello di San Salvatore and the vineyards of Conte Collalto Winery in the Prosecco Superiore region.

photo: Relais San Maurizio

Guido da Costigliole restaurant, located in the ancient monk’s wine cellar of Relais San Maurizio Luxury Spa Resort in the Piedmont.


“The fantastically BEAUTIFUL Piedmont—a winemaking region deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Cultural landmark for being ‘emblematic of the development of VINEYARDS and in Italian HISTORY’—is waiting.” Taking the road less traveled leads to some incredible discoveries, especially when the road winds its way through the gorgeous landscapes of the Piedmont and Treviso regions in Northern Italy. So fill your flute with a glass of Brachetto d’Acqui or Prosecco, and come along for a food and wine adventure—with a sprinkling of history and culture, of course. First, choose a time to visit. We’re partial to fall for many reasons: cooler temperatures; fewer tourists; a grape harvest in full swing; and truffles, glorious white truffles, along with porcini mushrooms—both in season.

There’s never a bad time to visit this part of the world, but before you leave the U.S., book a Rail Europe Eurail Italy Pass, which makes getting around by train a snap, and rent an XCom Global mobile hotspot, which allows you to run WiFi on up to 10 devices anywhere for just $15 a day (a real steal).

Ease out of your jet lag with a stay at the Four Seasons Milan, a former 15th century convent repurposed to perfectly blend old world and new. Shop the famed Corso Vittorio Emanuele and Via Della Spiga nearby; visit the imposing cathedral, Milan Duomo; and dine at the hotel’s exemplary restaurant, La Veranda, which plates to-die-for osso buco.

every turn. All of these pepper this picture perfect region; and take pause to savor all the locally-sourced cuisine, too. In Asti, seek out award-winning Ristorante Gener Neuv and taste the white-truffle-laden homemade pasta; and, in Acqui Terme, sample a spectacular antipasto platter of local meats and cheeses that you’ll dream about for weeks at Ristorante Enoteca La Curia. Next, move on to the Treviso region—and, more specifically, the ConeglianoValdobbiadene area within it. This is the home of Prosecco, Italy’s most famous spumante, which, like France’s Champagne, is a term only to be used for sparkling wine made in the specific Denominazione di Origine Controllata (DOC, the regional classification) of Prosecco from the Glera grape. Take the train across the breathtaking countryside of Conegliano and end up in Follina. Here, unpack at the lovely Hotel Villa Abbazia, a Relais & Chateaux property created from a 17th-century estate that boasts the one-star Michelin restaurant, La Corte.

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But as the fantastically beautiful Piedmont—a winemaking region deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Cultural landmark for being “emblematic of the development of vineyards and in Italian history”—is waiting, catch the train for a quick trip to the province and let the bubbly fun begin.

Let the Relais San Maurizio luxury spa resort be your home base. At this stunning monastery-turned-resort, perched high in the hills, you’ll find incredible views; impeccable service; a unique, water-centric spa; and the Michelin-starred restaurant, Guido da Costigliole, which is well worth visiting. Although the Piedmont is known for its big red B’s—Barolo and Barbaresco— we adore the region’s sparkling red iteration: Brachetto d’Acqui, which only grows here and is a light, aromatic bubbly made in the Acqua Terme area since Roman times. Blended to be imbibed when young, these delicately delicious wines usually offer up flavors of roses, raspberries and strawberries. Look for the Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG) designation on the bottle, which indicates that 100 percent Brachetto grapes were used in its creation. To taste spumante (“sparkling wine” in Italian) gems, make sure to visit some of its best producers: Bersano, also home to a fascinating museum; Braida, with a beautiful tasting room; Tre Secoli, the hilly vineyards of which yield some intensely delicious Brachettos; Cuvage, a modern addition to the more venerable wineries in the area; and Banfi, whose luscious Rosa Regale is the best-known Brachetto d’Acqui sold in America. Along the way, watch for castles, churches and other picturesque sights around

Luckily, from here you’ll be in the center of the Prosecco Superiore DOCG, where Italy’s best bubbly is produced. With similarly lush vineyards built on very steep slopes, the region is Piedmont’s equal in beauty. There’s even a Wine Road (Italy’s first, dating from 1966) that takes travelers right through the heart of this beautiful country.

Beginning at the iconic medieval castle Castello di San Salvatore, in Susegana, visit the Conte Collalto Winery, where the castle’s owners have made wine since the Middle Ages. Nowadays, their Spumante Brut Prosecco literally has tiny bubbles and wondrous tastes of pear and apple. The family-run BiancaVigna may not have a castle, but its varied Proseccos are some of the area’s best. Be sure to add Bortolotti Winery in Valdobbiadene to your agenda and stop at Bortolin Winery, in a picturesque little village. Then, just wander, for there are more than 100 wineries in Conegliano-Valdobbiadene, and you’re sure to discover many new loves along the way.

Finally, chase the bubbles all the way to Venice, just 40 miles south of the Prosecco Superiore region. Perhaps the most incredible city on the planet, it’s just the place for a fine finish. Stay at the Metropole Hotel, near St. Mark’s Square, and dine at its renowned Met Restaurant, or eat nearby at the Ristorante Wildner, where the slow food-localvore movement is in full swing, with outstanding results. Toast to bittersweet endings with a glass of Brachetto d’Acqui or Prosecco Superiore on the deck of the wonderful Centurion Palace Hotel’s Antinoo’s Restaurant, perched right on the Grand Canal (and sleep at the hotel, too, in one of its eye-popping suites featuring expansive views). That experience truly is a perfect way to conclude an unforgettable journey across some of Italy’s less-traveled, wine-filled landscapes. One that will most certainly sparkle in memory for years to come.


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in VEGAS... INDULGE YOUR EVERY WHIM at the beautiful Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, where the epitome of the Sin City experience unfolds like nowhere else.

Suffice it to say, Aria caters to all desires. Take, for example, the lavishly chic rooms on offer. There’s something quite stunning about throwing open the blinds at daybreak—without leaving your bed, thanks to the touchscreen remote controlling just about every feature in the room—to look out at the Las Vegas skyline through a wall-to-wall picture window. And while the rest of the world eases into the cooler autumn months, guests of Aria start the day soaking up the desert sun, either by revving up or winding down poolside. Crank up the heat with cool drinks and hot beats at LIQUID Pool Lounge, or simmer down in a cabana (possibly stopping at the pool bar for a refresher piña colada before you get there) at one of Aria’s three ellipse pools. For true relaxation, escape to the Therapy Pool, a hidden infinity pool found on an exclusive balcony within the Spa & Salon. Afterwards, treat yourself to one of the restorative services headlining the spa’s complete menu in preparation for a night out on the town.

As a year-round desert oasis and a microcosm of Sin City splendor, Aria Resort & Casino simply sings.

This is Vegas, after all, and no trip to Sin City is considered complete without experiencing the local nightlife—much of it on-site at Aria. Miraculously, guests of Aria can enjoy all the electricity of the city’s after dark scene without leaving resort grounds. So, after satiating whatever your culinary craving calls—be it Spanish flavors, traditional steakhouse fare, Italian tastes or Thai cuisine (Aria caters to all these and more)—head to the resort’s grand theater for a whirlwind performance of Cirque du Soleil’s Zarkana. Or, saunter by HAZE Nightclub or one of the dozens of other lavish bars and lounges. Feeling lucky? Win big on the slot floor or at one of Aria’s high stakes tables. Dream the scene, and Aria will take you there. 62


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The onset of fall brings with it a sense of getting back to business, requiring the dapper and distinguished to seek a clean shave and sharp looking accessories to suit his sophisticated style.


1 Koppin SHADES by Barton Perreira sport a sleek sense of classic cool this fall—and beyond.

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2 Brunello Cucinelli Fall Fashion 2014 smartens up for the season, assuring a thoroughly finished, less-is-more look.


3 Elite watchmaker Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Grande Reverso Night & Day TIMEPIECE seamlessly transitions from the boardroom to happy hour with elegant ease.


4 Imperial Barber Glycerin Shave SOAP Puck & Travel Shave BRUSH puts its best face forward. 5 The handsome Sac Tennis from M0851 Leather Goods handles with care.






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Accessories with bright colors, clean lines and a sense of simplicity, countered by bold, textured coats and sumptuous leather-wares, make for beautifully enticing fall fashion.

1 The Tiffany T Square BANGLE in 18K Yellow Gold, by the always classic Tiffany & Co., is perfect when dressed for a night on the town or worn casually with denim and cashmere.


2 Gorgeous yet functional, exoticskin CLUTCHES made of crocodile and ostrich, in stunningly rich hues, perfectly complement fall fashion.

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3 Supple black leather LEGGINGS and an exaggerated, flowing silk blouse topped with a strikingly luxe shaggy lamb’s wool coat is right on trend this fall, creating the perfect look for day or night.


4 This Tonda Metropolitaine TIMEPIECE displays distinguished elegance with a diamond bezel and Mother of Pearl dial created by Parmigiani Fleurier. 5 The edgy motif of this Gucci Caged Suede CRISSCROSS BOOTY translates beautifully with this season’s mode and accessories.



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Home Coral Ridge

Home Coral Ridge PREVIOUS PAGE | After building custom luxury homes in Orange County for nearly 20 years, Haigh Builders is partnering with McKown Weinstein & Partners to list their newest estate, situated at the highest point of the Crystal Cove community. Here, the newly built site reveals a magnificent lookout where a cool-hued pool echoes vibrant reflections of the Pacific and Newport Harbor’s seamless seaside views, while an adjacent French stone-laden sitting area with a warm antique, reclaimed terra cotta fireplace cultivates a cozy atmosphere. THIS PAGE | Built on a 22,000-sized lot, the home allows for a 35-foot overall building height—resulting in soaring 14-foot ceilings on the first floor and 12-foot ceilings on the second floor— adding volume to the opulent “Northern Italian” vernacular, an amalgam designer Todd Haigh refers to as “the grandeur of Beverly Hills estates of the past with modern-day livability.” Enter the front door, and one is immediately embraced by a formal grand hallway and foyer that “pulls the eye directly through the home to the white water,” adds Haigh. Waiting at the end of the center-spined hall, and beyond the architecturally authentic handcrafted stone columns, is an ostensibly casual living area that opens to a splendid heated patio, affording expansive and unobstructed coastal panoramas.

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Home Coral Ridge OPPOSITE | Located off the main hallway and adjacent

to the kitchen, a Venetian chandelier adorned in hand-carved and polished semi-precious rock and lead crystals, illuminates the spacious formal dining area. ABOVE | Ensconced further back, an expansive kitchen with abundant windows filters natural light and coveted ocean views into the relaxed space, finished with classically detailed custom cabinetry and moldings; signature bleached and gray-washed walnut ceiling beams; state-of-the-art appliances; a butler’s kitchen; and a unique, hand-forged silver leaf wrought iron chandelier overhead. Combined, these features foster an idyllic sitting area.

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ABOVE | A fringe of lush foliage flanks the residential exterior, adding strength and maturity to the stately

living room. Reminiscent of a classically timeless aesthetic, the prominent geometric pattern modeled throughout the residence is applied as ceiling dĂŠcor, while tall vertical windows help further elongate the room. OPPOSITE | Intended as a library or music room, dark stained walnut walls and shelves juxtaposed with a French-stone fireplace fashion a warm, dramatic ambiance.

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Not only does the sprawling 13,400-square-foot estate claim five capacious bedrooms and nine beautifully appointed bathrooms, its scale also makes way for an impressive array of features. Of these, a 14-seat theater and 12-car garage flaunt considerable capacity for their respective holdings, while a climate-controlled wine cellar with custom black walnut racking and storage for 1,200 bottles complements a full-functioning bar and palatial entertainment area.

Home Coral Ridge

Home Coral Ridge

Beckoning memories of abundance, from plentiful open spaces to serenity at its finest, but all in proximity to the best of bustling SoCal, a premier West Coast property inside Coto de Caza’s exclusive enclave, Los Ranchos Estates, bridges old-world opulence with contemporary refinements for ultra-luxurious living.

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PREVIOUS PAGE | Surrounded by expansive natural

beauty, including lush lawns, rolling hills and towering palms, this palatial estate boasting state-of-theart technology is the very pinnacle of living and entertaining luxuriously. Further enhancing this prime stretch of real estate is the status of a Coto de Caza address and its bevy of amenities. Sitting on a flat, 1.9acre parcel, the property spans three buildings: a main residence, guest and pool house. (A six-car garage features oversize spaces for fine modes of transport.) A wide, formal walk leads to the 10,394-square-foot main house, which sports a spectacular statement foyer featuring custom iron and glass doors. Beyond are eight generously scaled bedrooms, most of which include private terraces, en-suite baths, and walk-in closets. THIS PAGE | Curated for the utmost in quality, the home’s open chef’s kitchen, which gives way to a family room, bar and more, is a professional-grade masterpiece—and a culinary dream for home cooks and top chefs alike. The finest of finishes, including exotic slab stone and custom Clive Christian cabinetry hailing from Europe, complement a state-of-the-art kitchen suite, which integrates a La Cornue range; Shaw Farm sinks, dishwashers, and warming drawers; an espresso machine; and dual Sub-Zeros. Also on the ground floor is a butler’s pantry and laundry room.

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ABOVE | Formal living and dining salons throughout

the home set the scene for all-occasion entertaining— from intimate get-togethers to grand-sized galas. With fittings to befit the social whirl, each salon flaunts a fireplace and uninterrupted access to adjoining alfresco spaces. These spaces also tout a sublime texture of rich woods, luxe fabrics and artisan-laid stone flooring to complement the columns flanking its points of entry—their presence adding a sophisticated element of architecture. OPPOSITE | Also on the main level is a full bar and executive study/library, where the combination of a fireplace and hand-selected furnishings and accessories create an elegant effect. The space’s floor-to-ceiling paneling comes courtesy of artisan millworkers, whose custom touch cultivates a sumptuous place for repose.

Home Trigo Trail

Home Trigo Trail

With five-star resort flair, the pool imparts an immediate sense of calm for an oasis-like effect. Complementing this is plush outdoor seating flanking a modern fireplace, which infuses the space with contemporary allure. Soaring over the scene, immense palms stand sentry. From here are unobstructed views of the estate’s spacious acreage. Sharing these meticulously manicured grounds are mature trees and a water well. Walled and fenced for privacy and security, the property also boasts a detached guest house that, like the main residence, has an elevator. With this uplifting feature comes two bedrooms and two baths, a full kitchen and an ample living room. The pool house, meanwhile, makes its own statement with a lineup of luxuries that include a kitchen and outdoor barbecue counterpart, as well as a media room.

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ART OF THE WALL Inspired by contemporary graphic art and the design world, Aimee Wilder creates innovative and fresh wallpaper motifs influenced heavily by both urban toy and logo design, along with rock-poster art. Whether used to cover a room’s walls entirely or to accent only one, wallpaper is, aesthetically, unmatched in impact by house paint (plus, it’s far more fun). Quality, hand-finished wallpaper, some subtle, others boldly graphic, is all you need—no art required. Truly transformative, let the vast choices inspire you to add personality and character to your space.

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CLOCKWISE Deliciosa, in Amazon, $175 per 5-yard roll. Swell, in Cloud, $165 per 5-yard roll. Boating, in Dolphin, $165

per 5-yard roll. LoveBirds, in Paradise, $180 per 5-yard roll. Pop Floral, in Greyhound, $165 per 5-yard roll.


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Adding an aroma to your home makes perfect scents. Even better, is one that mixes quality ingredients, beautiful fragrance and artistic design to lend a little more luxury to functionality. When free of sulfates and parabens, yet rich in essential oils and infused with natural fragrance, these accessories-turnedessentials are sure to spark conversation.

Luxurious and functional, this 10TH ANNIVERSARY candle fuses artistic integrity with material innovation. With paraffin encased in porcelain and luminous gold and platinum, you’ll wax poetic about this decorative treasure long after it has burned its last ember.

Rich in essential oils extracted from a natural VEGETABLE and HONEYCOMB, this citrus infusion imparts a beautiful fragrance with quality ingredients as its cornerstone. Found at Gate House, Newport Beach.

Guided by its maker’s rich HERITAGE, the beautiful, genderless fragrances in this hourglass diffuser create a unique ambience. Found at Diptique South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa.

Combining nature, innovation and fragrance to create a soothing multisensory experience, this candle features patented Ecowood Wick TECHNOLOGY, emanating the soft sound of crackling firewood. Found at Designers Resource Center, Costa Mesa.


Containing distinctive BOTANICALS, Aromatique fragrances emit a definitive essence. All handmade candles create enduring seasonal ambiance in any room they illuminate. Found at Roger’s Gardens, Newport Beach.

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SOUTH COAST PLAZA VILLAGE 1661 W. Sunflower Ave. (next to Morton’s) / Santa Ana, CA / Free Parking / 714.389.9300 / BEVERLY HILLS 242 North Beverly Drive / Beverly Hills, CA 90210 / Convenient Parking Next Door / 310.691.7910 / Featuring: JEAN-LUC SOFA in boulevard-ink ($2870) $2125, DIRECTOIRE CHAIR in royale-onyx leather ($2580) $1895, BROADWAY SQUARE COCKTAIL TABLE in mink $1430, BROADWAY SIDE TABLE in mink $745, VIENNA BOOKCASE $1495, PETRA LAMP in silver leaf $595, SHIMMER RUG in sterling $1895, SQUARE TRAY in polished stainless steel and mirror $248, PORCELAIN TEAR DROP VASES in white from $20 to $32, LACQUER BOXES in white from $150 to $355, DECOUPAGE TRAYS Bubbly and Matrix $120 each

bask @ home | by elizabeth summers

Built in 1862, this splendid, 23,000-square-foot New York City townhouse has eight bedrooms. Its aesthetic, achieved by Meridith Baer and her team, conveys elegance through a classic feel and wellchosen furnishings.

Meridith Baer It was by accident that Meridith Baer fell into the world of home staging 15 years ago, when the furniture and plants she was storing at a friend’s house helped him sell for half-a-million dollars above asking price. But it’s no accident that Meridith Baer Home is now at the global forefront of the home staging, furnishing and interior design industries, or that its talented namesake has her own hit show on HGTV, Staged to Perfection. After all, Baer’s innate eye for lived-in luxury transforms homes that consistently sell quickly and at the highest prices in their neighborhoods–– including the abodes of quite a few A-listers. And if there’s anything that mirrors the scale of Baer’s success, it’s her 135,000-square-foot company warehouse in Los Angeles, stocked to the rafters with trendsetting furnishings and décor in every design style imaginable. With her unlimited imagination and unparalleled ability to inspire, Baer continues to impress homeowners and buyers alike—this is hardly accidental.

Meridith Baer, DESIGNER


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A Ladera couple who love to entertain wanted to cultivate an experience for guests the moment they step into the home. In turn, Ribeiro staged a foyer with elegant, muted tones juxtaposed with chic, modern hardware.

Valerie Ribeiro “I’ve been a homemaker since the age of 5,” jokes Valerie Ribeiro, who, in addition to dozens of extravagant pillow forts, has 16 years as a professional design consultant for Greystone Homes, Shea Homes and K. Hovnanian Homes under her belt—not to mention kudos from more than 3,500 ecstatic new homeowners, all consistently ranking her at the top of customer satisfaction surveys. After leaving the world of new construction in 2009, Ribeiro hit the ground running with her own business, Sérendipité. And even now, she never does the same thing twice. By tapping into clients’ individual tastes, personalities and lifestyles, Ribeiro continues to create harmonious spaces that are uniquely theirs. After all, for Ribeiro, a home should reflect its homeowner. And so, she offers interior restyling. One of the most popular and unique services to come down the pike, the two-hour consultation sees the stylemaker reimagine a room to highlight clients’ already-owned heirlooms and special pieces. “Each client is very special to me, and I want to create an experience for them,” Ribeiro says. “I want everything in my wake to be memorable.”

Valerie Ribeiro, DESIGNER


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SURFACE BEAUTY The choices are as vast as one’s own personality. An area rug is, after all, an expression of personal taste that adds design value, warmth and practicality to a room. With its insulation properties against hard surfaces, the textural softness of this cornerstone décor element becomes infinitely more interesting. In design, one should buy the best that budget can afford— and rugs are no exception. Merging Western design with Tibetan and Nepali expertise, carpets from The Rug Company are made from the finest material to better wear, clean and appear over time—lasting for generations. Using wool of extraordinary properties, and dedicated to the importance of design, The Rug Company integrates a handmade technique more than 2,000 years old with current artistic designs to create the beautiful, aesthetic appeal of its floor coverings. Array Light, by Kelly Wearstler for The Rug Company, comes in 10 sizes at $134 per square foot.


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Extraordinary French Provençal custom estate with a spectacular view. Light, bright sun-drenched spaces include four bedrooms with en suite bathrooms, which are located in the main house, plus a separate casita with a private entry. Among many special features, this home also offers a wine cellar, pool/spa and private gated driveway. Enjoy a luxurious lifestyle secured by the privacy of a guard-gated golf community.

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Spectacular Villa within the gated community of Shady Canyon and situated on one of the most sought-after locations overlooking the putting green, featuring expansive views, privacy and peacefulness. This beautiful home offers four bedrooms and four-and-one-half baths.

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SHARON VALLI C 714.883.4398

CRAIG VALLI C 949.584.7111

CHRIS VALLI C 714.883.4397



A custom designed, newly built coastal craftsman inspired home, ideally located close to Fashion Island and Corona del Mar. The two story home boasts three (optional fourth) bedrooms, a master bedroom retreat, four baths plus a powder room, a loft/bonus room and three-car garage. The main level features a large gourmet kitchen and eating area which opens to a light, bright sun-drenched great room. This room is enhanced by custom stackable doors that open to the backyard with views of natural open reserve and greenbelt.

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Laguna Beach cottage located near Bluebird Park, the beach, and the Village. Wood floors, crown molding, French windows and doors add to the charm of this cozy cottage. Step into a light, bright, airy open space that includes a living room with fireplace, dining room and step-down den/family room.

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SHARON VALLI C 714.883.4398

CRAIG VALLI C 949.584.7111

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Located in the heart of Newport Beach, this stunning single-level home with panoramic views has been customized, upgraded and tastefully decorated. Located in the gated community of Belcourt Hill, it features three bedrooms, two-and-one-half baths, an amazing kitchen with a Carrera marble island.

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CHRIS VALLI C 714.883.4397

CRAIG VALLI C 949.584.7111

SHARON VALLI C 714.883.4398


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Listen to the waves from this renovated three bedroom, three bath condominium home on the ocean side of Coast Highway. Gourmet chef’s kitchen with marble countertops, open floor plan, patio area with built-in barbeque, master bedroom with private balcony and ocean views. Close to restaurants, shopping and art galleries.

Offered for $2,795,000

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This magnificent property was built to become an enduring legacy estate, rendered in timeless architecture and luxe traditional European interiors composed of the finest artisan finishes. Sited on one of Pelican Crest’s most picturesque lots - spanning approximately 17,912 square feet - the approximately 9,778 square foot residence features breathtaking views stretching from Catalina Island to Newport Harbor, to city lights and the coastline.

Price Upon Request www.5 o c ean c res t. c om

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The timeless romance of an Italian farmhouse meets modern-day luxury in exclusive Shady Canyon. Experience European-influenced living and entertaining in a magical setting amid lovely gardens, courtyards, and views. This very private custom estate has been constructed and designed with an attention to detail that blurs the line between homebuilding and art.

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Jacqueline Thompson has Sold Over $450 Million Since 2008 Currently has Over $30 Million In Escrow Jacqueline Thompson 的團隊,自 2008 年至今, 豪華房地產成功銷售總額達 4 億 5 千萬美元

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RITZ COVE | DANA POINT | 6 Ritz Cove | Price Upon Request

SHADY CANYON® | IRVINE | 51 Echo Glen | $7,995,000

This is a tremendous opportunity to build an oceanfront custom home

Welcome to Shady Canyon’s grandest estate. Gracing a premier corner lot

of your dreams on a prime lot in exclusive guard-gated Ritz Cove

on a scenic promontory overlooking hills, canyons, city lights and sunset

- one of the region’s most sought-after locations for coastal living just

views, this custom residence offers this exclusive enclave’s most elegant

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environment for luxury living and entertaining.

JUST REDUCED | COTO DE CAZA | 31361 Trigo Trail | $6,480,000

SHADY CANYON | IRVINE | 10 Prairie Grass | $3,995,000

Ultra-luxe estate on 1.9 flat, private acres in Coto De Caza’s posh

Exceptionally private, Santa Barbara Spanish estate home in Shady Canyon.

Los Ranchos Estates. Eight bedroom, ten bath main residences, with a two

Six bedrooms, six-and-one-half baths, two guest casitas. Ultimate chef’s

bedroom, two bath guesthouse, poolhouse, and resort grounds with

kitchen, expansive master suite. Outdoor pavilion with fireplace

tremendous mountain and canyon views.

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Representing Buyer & Seller. Highly customized Shady Canyon estate on premier corner lot. ww w.2 1 B lu e G r a s s .c o m

Representing Seller. Romantic Spanish architecture and elevated ocean views from this very private estate. w w w.11 8V i aEnsueno. com



Represented Seller. Highest price per square foot sold in Pelican Crest, Pelican Hill and Pelican Point Since January 2013*.

Represented Seller. This meticulously maintained home is ideal for indoor/ outdoor entertaining. Approximately 6,000 square feet.



Represented Seller. Highest price sold in Shady Canyon since May 2013*.

Represented Seller. Highest price per square foot sold in Shady Canyon since March 2012*. *Per Multiple Listing Service as of August 2014

Jacqueline Thompson has Sold Over $450 Million Since 2008 Currently has Over $30 Million In Escrow Jacqueline Thompson 的團隊,自 2008 年至今, 豪華房地產成功銷售總額達 4 億 5 千萬美元

JACQUELINE THOMPSON 經驗豐富頂級豪華房產專 家 為 您 服 務

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THE SUMMER PERRY GROUP BALBOA PENINSULA NEWPORT BEACH Offered for $4,490,000 Situated along the boardwalk, this stunning oceanfront home features four bedrooms, including dual masters and one bedroom downstairs, five baths, bi-folding glass doors, surround sound, two fireplaces, crown moulding, custom kitchen cabinetry with granite slab countertops, stone and hardwood flooring throughout. Please call Summer Lynne Perry with any questions.

Surterre CAMEO SHORES CORONA DEL MAR Offered for $6,525,000 Live elegantly on one of the most coveted streets in Cameo Shores. Just south of Coast Highway in Corona del Mar, 4539 Camden Drive is just one house from the cliff side homes on Brighton boasting approximately 5,200 of living space with four bedrooms or five depending on your needs, six bathrooms a formal dining room, breakfast nook, living room and huge subterranean entertaining space. Enjoy living where others vacation. Please call Summer Lynne Perry with any questions. w w w.LoveCameoShores. com

THE SUMMER PERRY GROUP CAMEO SHORES CORONA DEL MAR Offered for $9,000,000 Off-Market, Not in MLS Mesmerizing ocean views of Santa Catalina Island, the Newport Harbor jetty and beyond to the Palos Verdes Peninsula, this home showcases a contemporary flair along with a slew of opulent amenities. Scott Cross of SC Homes plans to complete this extraordinary vision by Fall 2015. Please call Summer Lynne Perry with any questions. w w w.LoveCameoShores. com



CORONA DEL MAR Offered for $8,400,000 Off-Market, Not in MLS Extraordinary new construction masterpiece by Scott Cross of SC Homes. This stunning sanctuary will be completed Spring 2015. Approximately 7,600 square feet, five bedrooms, seven bathrooms, a workout room, movie theater, oversized spa, 300-bottle temperature controlled wine cellar and an elevator. Please call Summer Lynne Perry with any questions.




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THE SUMMER PERRY GROUP IN ESCROW TURTLE RIDGE | IRVINE $665,000 | Representing Seller Welcome home to bubbling cast stone fountains and piazzas reminiscent of Old World Italy. Upgraded end unit with three bedrooms, three bathrooms, chef’s kitchen and in-house laundry area in the Mediterranean inspired community of Ashton Green. Only three short miles to Corona del Mar Village, and an additional ten minutes in either direction to Laguna Beach or Balboa Peninsula. Please call Nicole Donovan with any questions.


TURTLE RIDGE | IRVINE | Offered for $430,000

HARBOR CITY | LOS ANGELES | Offered for $550,000

This off-market one bedroom, one bathroom condo makes a fabulous

Incredible opportunity to own a spacious three bedroom,

purchase for any investor, entrepreneur or student.

three bathroom Green Meadows home in Harbor City.

Please call Nicole Donovan with any questions.

Please call Summer Lynne Perry with any questions.




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“Nicole Donovan is a pleasure to work with and very professional. Her marketing plan was aggressive and extensive, which included a video invitation, and a Mega Open House Event. She reached for the stars and grabbed them. I would highly recommend Nicole Donovan for all your real estate needs.” ~ Alan Pott

Record Breaking High on Private Road and In Escrow in Seven Days on the Market Listed for $2,000,000 | Sold for $2,000,000 | Represented Seller




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25 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE SELLING IRVINE & TUSTIN RANCH Over $35 Million in Sales & Escrows in 2013 | Work With Your Irvine & Tustin Experts | Over 300 Homes Sold

NORTHPARK IRVINE Offered for $1,265,000 Exquisite guard-gated Northpark home. Aesthetically appealing, and boasting rich architecture and stunning finishes, a home of this caliber may be found in Architectural Digest. Beautiful hardwood flooring flows throughout the coastal inspired interior of approximately 2,700 square feet, offering four bedrooms and three baths. Ideally situated on a double cul-de-sac street in the highly coveted Northpark community, the home enjoys resort-like amenities


and close proximity to Irvine’s finest entertainment and top-rated schools.

SOLD | NORTHPARK | IRVINE | $1,775,000

NORTHPARK | IRVINE | Offered for $998,800 - $1,028,800

Represented Buyer & Seller. Beautiful Northpark Home with extensive

Perfectly situated in an outstanding cul-de-sac location, this elegant

living space invites you to enjoy all of its amenities.

Northpark home is approximately 2,300 square feet.

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This remarkable Northpark home, designed by Taylor Woodrow, encompasses approximately 4,404 square feet and boasts a premium location within the Cambria Tract. Traditional Monterey architectural styling defines this home, featuring five bedrooms plus office, four-and-one-half baths, and a grand entrance that leads to a private family room with fireplace. The backyard is perfect for entertaining with a pool, spa, fire pit and built-in barbeque. The master-planned community features include five resort style pools, three lighted tennis courts, numerous sport courts, clubhouse, community parks and trails. Close to shopping and restaurants.

Offered for $2,100,000 - $2,300,000

STACY MCKELLAR C 714.264.2294 w w w. St a c y M c Ke l l a r. c o m

MATTHEW INGALLS C 714.401.0878 w w w.T h e M I Te a m . c o m




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PELICAN CREST NEWPORT COAST 11 Pelican Crest | 15 Pelican Crest Each Lot Offered for $8,997,500 The best save, for last. A rare opportunity to own the last available lot or lots in the Newport Coast enclave of Pelican Crest. 11 and 15 Pelican Crest Drive lots are contiguous that may be purchased individually or jointly and have approved plans for any option. This front row location situates your future dream home with unobstructed views of Newport harbor down the California coastline with sunsets painted over a backdrop of Catalina Island along the horizon. w ww.Pel i c an C res tL o t s .c o m

Surterre CRYSTAL COVE NEWPORT COAST Offered for $7,900,000 Perched along the cliffs of Crystal Cove, 7 Del Mar is the last true front-row lot available with unimpeded views of Newport Harbor, Catalina Island and the deep Pacific Ocean, all the way to Palos Verdes. This site offers the much desired due-west orientation, which allows for year-round sunsets. w w w.7Del Mar. com




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This beautiful French inspired estate was the 2011 Philharmonic House of Design. With views encompassing Newport Harbor, Catalina Island, white water all the way to Palos Verde and beyond. Every amenity you could wish and view of all of Newport Beach.

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MARCY WEINSTEIN C 949.689.3550

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OVER $150 MILLION SOLD IN NEWPORT COAST BY MICHAEL FAWAZ SINCE 2013 Specializing in Newport Coast for the Last 12 Years | Over $800 Million in Total Closed Sales

SOLD** | NEWPORT COAST | 15 Pelican Vista Drive | $8,500,000

SOLD* | NEWPORT COAST | 27 Overlook Drive | $4,695,000

Surterre SOLD* | NEWPORT COAST | 4 Via Coralle | $4,650,000

SOLD* | NEWPORT COAST | 10 Via Diamante | $4,600,000

SOLD* | NEWPORT COAST | 7 Ocean Heights Drive $2,850,000

SOLD** | NEWPORT COAST | 1 Eucalyptus | $2,150,000

SOLD** | NEWPORT COAST | 5 Veranda | $2,349,000

SOLD* | NEWPORT COAST | 43 Ocean Heights | $3,550,000

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NEWPORT COAST 5 Overlook Drive Offered for $2,995,000 This remarkably unique and extraordinarily lavish Newport Coast estate is approximately 3,700 square feet, and located in one of the most desirable guard-gated communities in Newport Coast, Ocean Heights. Featuring three bedrooms, three-andone-half baths, and separate entrances that lead to guest quarters and large upstairs casita.

NEWPORT COAST 7 Catania Offered for $2,499,000


Very private and beautiful four bedroom, four-and-one-half bathroom home in guard-gated community on a quiet street in Coastal Canyon, Newport Coast. Gorgeous upgrades include granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, travertine floors and a sparkling private pool and spa. Beautiful library. Master bedroom with retreat has its own fireplace as well as a balcony overlooking the pool/backyard. The den and living room on the first floor have a beautiful fireplace to relax.

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This superior North Tustin home boasts an ideal location in the highly coveted Lemon Heights community. The approximately 4,600 square foot floor plan encompasses five bedrooms, and is complete with plenty of space for relaxing or entertaining. Enjoy close proximity to nationally recognized schools. This home will be available on the market by mid-September.

Price Upon Request

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This unparalleled corner lot home rests on the Peninsula, just moments from the beach. At approximately 6,840 square feet, this home has it all and is fully equipped. An elegant entryway with two-story ceilings and intricate moldings leads to the formal living and dining room, followed by a fabulous gourmet kitchen. Enjoy living in an ideal location, just one house from the bay.

Offered for $4,899,988


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Expansive homesites starting from $2,675,000. Set in the scenic

32 Midsummer | Homesite 21B | Offered for $6,975,000

Newport Coast hillside above the Pacific Ocean, Crystal Cove

7 Waves End | Homesite 20B | Offered for $6,550,000

is ideal for a serene retreat or an evening of entertainment.

6 Waves End | Homesite 2B | Offered for $3,675,000

It is conveniently located within reach of Southern California’s

11 Coral Ridge | Homesite 47B | Offered for $2,750,000

most desired destinations and venues, and the community

8 Waves End | Homesite 3B | Offered for $2,675,000

offers pools, trails, parks and access to the beach. Crystal Cove is the perfect place for coastal luxury living.

For more information please call 949.720.2683

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This recently upgraded and beautifully furnished home is completely turn-key and move-in ready. All furniture, plus art, is included in the sale, making this home an ideal purchase for an international buyer or investor. This exceptional two bedroom, two-and-one-half bath residence is located in the prestigious Venezia building and offers a luxurious master retreat with walk-in closets. The kitchen has been recently updated and is complete with granite countertops and professional appliances. Hardwood floors and custom Stark carpet are found throughout the home, and all furnishings boast custom designer quality. This gorgeous unit is an opportunity not to be missed.

Offered for $1,575,000

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FP Stars

bright stars! Among the dazzling seaside surrounds of the Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf resort in Mexico, fishing and golf enthusiasts stayed the course for a weekend of play and relaxation at the 18th Annual Stars & Stripes Tournament. During the four-day event, held June 26-29, more than 600 guests angled, putted and reveled to benefit Orange County youth charities. While enjoying all the spectacular luxury spoils the Hilton has to offer, guests also indulged in magnificent deepsea fishing excursions and put to use their putting skills at one of Mexico’s premium golf courses.

photographs by Mark Thomas Productions

And the musical entertainment certainly did not disappoint—actor Gary Sinise & The Lt. Dan Band gave a fabulous Saturday night performance, while speed painter Michael Israel and Super Diamond, a Neil Diamond tribute band, lit up the stage on other nights. Always, however, attendees kept in mind the tourney’s true stars: the children it aided. Especially true this year, the event reeled in record-setting numbers to benefit the cause. Remaining dedicated to creating lasting memories for both benefactors and beneficiaries, Stars & Stripes shines a little brighter each year.

LEFT to RIGHT + TOP to BOTTOM: Gary Sinise Craig Gibson, Jeffrey John Bitetti, Mike Meyer Tim Ryan, Autumn Strier, Al Baldwin Sophia Colby Stan Frome, Gary Standel Cliff Duernberger, Rob Kent, Bob Rozvar, Ken Gerdau, Brad Martin The Spoonhower Family, Dominic Aberl, Pegah Shakeri, Miriam Laird

FP Oceans

photographs by Ann Chatillon, Anna Gutierrez, Nick Koon, and Ryan Miller

LEFT to RIGHT + TOP to BOTTOM: Tim Bremner, Liz Gretz, Kristen Prosser, Eddie Prosser SeaChange after party Ted Danson, Valarie Van Cleave Leonardo DiCaprio Jim Simon, Wendy Aversano, Rick Aversano Mike & Eve Ruffatto Jennifer Segerstrom, Leonardo DiCaprio, Anton Segerstrom

heart of the ocean

Tucked away in a secluded Laguna Beach coastal villa, celebrities, conservationists and ocean enthusiasts alike gathered together for the 7th Annual Oceana SeaChange Summer Party. The scene was reminiscent of an underwater paradise with elegantly appointed décor, including marineinspired table settings, vibrant floral sculptures and luxe lounge chairs by Marc Pridmore Designs. Upon entering, the 400 guests in attendance, including eco-conscious A-listers Leonardo DiCaprio, Ted Danson, Oscar Nunez, and Laura Dern, among a host of other notables, mingled while enjoying spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and villa

gardens before sitting down to a sumptuous meal and presentations from Oceana members and supporters. And while it was California Campaign Director Geoff Shester who supplied the occasion’s inspirational keynote, environmental advocate and avid diver Leonardo DiCaprio was honored for his passionate commitment to protecting the world’s oceans. Towards evening’s end, guests were treated to a fire-dance performance and reveled in a live auction. Before dispersing, however, all made their way to the Post Party Lounge, where they swayed to soft rhythms amid cool, coastal ocean breeze— something they all came to protect.


breath of elegance As the sun set over Newport Coast on May 31, more than 425 exquisitely garbed guests entered the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel and Spa for the Cystic Fibrosis Guild’s 31st Annual Gala. Aglow with firelight, the hotel’s outdoor terrace hosted the cocktail hour, where mingling guests noshed on carefully curated hors d’oeuvres and sipped specialty cocktails. Gala Chairs Dan and Gayle Demsher commenced the evening festivities by introducing an emotional speech about the trials of living with Cystic Fibrosis that moved and further inspired guests on behalf of the cause. No

one, however, could have been more inspiring than the Stremick family, recipients of the prestigious “Breath of Life” award for their devotion to finding a cure. Things took an upbeat turn with the start of the live auction, which saw guests energetically bid on trips to New York City, Hawaii and Courcheval, along with bespoke items such as an autographed Katy Perry Guitar and a handsome Baume & Mercier men’s watch. Keeping the lively beat, guests danced to The Droppers while downing their cocktails—even as the evening came to a close. As always, the event was one to remember.

photographs by Ashley Swensen and Liana Rakijian

LEFT to RIGHT + TOP to BOTTOM: Russ & Megan Helgeson Julie & Sam Stremick Gayle & Dan Demsher Gianna & Nick Stremick Dave & Sue Hook The Droppers


soirée by the sea Vibrant lights, sweet scents and the sound of carnival games floated towards the skyline as more than 400 guests arrived at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa for Pacific Symphony’s annual “By the Sea” Gala. Set to the background of waves crashing along the iconic Huntington Beach Boardwalk, a truly stunning cocktail hour reimaged coastal amusement with dizzying delights. Adorned in black-tie attire and dazzling art deco dress, gala-goers were transported back to the classic 1900s-era of California coast amusement parks, complete with

carnival games, a giant Ferris Wheel and gourmet festival treats. Inside the hotel’s grand ballroom, tables draped with pale, sea green linens, and set with beautiful white orchid floral displays, reflected the evening’s elegant beachside ambiance. During dinner, guests indulged in a sumptuous multicourse meal and participated in the lively “FundA-Dream” auction, generously raising 1.6 million for the orchestra’s programs. The celebratory spirit continued with a lavish dessert hour, featuring live music, dancing and a delectable assortment of candied apples. A sweet treat by the sea, indeed.

photographs by Nick Koon Photography

LEFT to RIGHT + TOP to BOTTOM: Carl St. Clair, Susan St. Clair, Michele Forsyte, John Forsyte Dee & Larry Higby Nancy Muth, Rick Muth, Amy Dwyer, Terry Dwyer Jacob & Diane Coleman David Chonette, Suzanne Chonette, Josh Fields, Jessica Pearlman

bask table | by elizabeth summers

Anchors & Oceans Makes a Splash

Table A&O

NEWPORT DINING SCENE NEWCOMER, A&O Kitchen + Bar, is serving up an innovative gastropub menu with a delectable side of sunset. Nestled against the picturesque Newport Harbor, the latest addition to the Balboa Bay Club is on the fast track to becoming the area’s favorite new watering hole. Here, sports fans and socialites alike can indulge in games and good conversation around the horseshoe bar or at one of the indoor communal tables, all while sipping on one of eight craft beers or a signature cocktail. And, on a crisp fall evening, diners can warm up with one of two fire pits on the outdoor patio while lapping harbor waves set a soothing soundtrack for their A&O experience. The convivial atmosphere is even reflected in the food, with most plates made to share—although with one taste of A&O’s melt-in-your-mouth rack of ribs—and you may not want to.

WHAT: Reinvented bar food in a social atmosphere WHERE: Balboa Bay Club, Newport Beach 949.630.4285 144

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Table Saint Martha

IN CENTRAL LOS ANGELES, in the heart of Koreatown, a stark-red door marks a hidden treasure: Saint Martha. Enter this culinary realm, a delicious juxtaposition of urban and refined, where figures in Victorianera paintings don LA Dodgers caps and sea urchin is served on seaweed Doritos. Appropriately named after the Patron Saint of cooks and servants, Saint Martha boasts a beverage program of more than 50 wines, sakes and craft beers, along with an esoteric menu nothing short of divine. Executive Chef Nick Erven modernizes traditional American cuisine by integrating elements from Koreatown’s cultural melting pot. Delve into time-old, savory smoked brisket with Chinese flair and a hoisin glaze, served with tiny lettuce and root vegetables, or devour Santa Barbara Spot Prawn Tartare with hints of melon and citrus. So, just how heavenly is Saint Martha? Your world may never be the same.

WHAT: Refined cuisine with a modern twist WHERE: 740 S. Western Ave., Los Angeles 213.387.2300 146

photographs Mike Kelley and Ryan Phillips

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Fall 2014

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