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t’s been such a pleasure producing this fall’s fifth anniversary issue of bask Magazine, which means the opportunity to work with some of our amazing partners. It was really exciting for the team to shoot our Fall Fashion Shoot onsite at one of my favorite places to visit, Isamu Noguchi’s hidden public sculpture gardens in Costa Mesa. Often referred to as “California Scenario,” the gardens were commissioned by the late Henry Segerstrom, founder of South Coast Plaza. If you, too, have a chance to visit, you’ll be mesmerized by the gardens’ open plaza with seven separate “scenarios” of nature. It maintains an otherworldly tension amongst the two perpendicular white walls and adjacent corporate high-rises that enclose it. Naturally, the space was the perfect fit for our newest fashion partners, Cottage Colour in Corona Del Mar. If you haven’t visited the store, please take time to go—we guarantee you will love the artisan-designed fashions, which we preview in this issue’s fashion pages.
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This issue’s second fun shoot involves Nancy Pellegrino, owner of NP Aesthetics in Newport Beach, and her entire team (as the group shot on this page depicts). Further peruse these pages to find bask’s Q & A with Nancy. But when it’s time to lose yourself, let bask whisk you away to the gorgeous Ocho Cascadas in Puerto Vallarta (page 67), which the late Edward Giddings originally envisioned. One look and you will definitely want to book your next getaway to paradise, but there is plenty more in this issue to discover and share too. Enjoy bask this fall, before winter returns with great finds in festivities, food, gifts and holiday getaways. Until then…
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ON THE COVER...
hen I was a little girl, I loved to color. I would spend hour upon hour drawing, tracing and shading flowers and rainbows to proud perfection, paying special attention to coloring within the lines. (I’m pretty sure my mom can attest to that!) It wasn’t until years later, as an adult, did I realize that not all things considered art were painted on a canvas, nor perfect because they were created within the lines. Now, I tend to see most things in life as art… and when I look at it that way, as if there’s a story behind the creation—something unique, something crafted from someone’s idea—the world just seems a little more beautiful.
In this issue, I feel we are celebrating just that: art and the stories that lie behind it. From an impressive oceanside estate in Corona del Mar designed by architect Paul McClean (page 96), to Moulin owner Laurent Vrignaud’s new resto bringing a stunning array of delicious pastries and Parisian fare to Newport Beach (page 134), to Andrea and Russell Young, creators of the OC Mix at SoCo, launching the similar, oh-so-cool retail concept Union Market Tustin (page 32) on Jamboree in Tustin, Orange County has some pretty cool stories to tell. Including one about Cottage Colour owners, Gift Sripoowong and Ellis Wongsearaya, who recently opened a retail boutique on Pacific Coast Highway in Corona del Mar. The first time I visited their store was to pull clothes for our Fall Fashion shoot (page 76). Not only are their pieces incredibly beautiful and unique, the story behind their artisan-crafted creations made me fall in love with their concept even more. So, whether you’re coloring in—or outside—the lines, I hope that there’s something within the pages of bask to inspire your inner artist.
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A true Renaissance man, James Magni has mastered everything from art to architecture to interior design, all with a simple yet stunning aesthetic, which Jenn Thornton brilliantly details in “Magni’s Opus.” “There’s such a fluidity to his work that although he works on a number of different projects, all are tied with this wonderful yet invisible thread,” says Jenn. “Call it the Magni magic.”
JOSEPH ALDRICH writer
Gracing the pages of bask Style is pioneering menswear designer Jonathan Skow and his debut collection for the “Mr Turk” line, which style expert Joseph Aldrich describes as “fun, festive, vivid and bright; tailored suiting with a dash of panache!” Joseph’s must-have fall menswear essentials: a sublime pair of suede loafers, a sharply tailored, patterned blazer and a vintage Cartier watch.
Jenn’s fall home decor picks: shiny apples in a wooden bowl, a wreath of dried lavender on the front door and layered textiles on outdoor chairs.
BETH FHANER writer
On a sunny afternoon in picturesque Dana Point, Beth Fhaner sat down with celebrated author Anita Hughes at the St. Regis Monarch Beach to discuss her latest novel, Rome in Love, capturing their conversation in “The Glamorous Life.” “Anita Hughes really knows how to move a story along, so her books are definite page-turners, where readers are racing to the end to discover the fate of her characters,” she shares.
Beth’s top tomes: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Secret History by Donna Tartt and Without Reservations by Alice Steinbach.
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Take a journey through the vibrant city streets, serene beaches and breathtaking cultural sites of Thailand exquisitely detailed by Jenny in “Thailand’s Enchanting Allure.” “The island of Yao Noi (and the Six Senses Resort there) was one of the most serenely beautiful places I have ever experienced,” says Jenny. “The views of the Andaman Sea are spectacular, and the scuba diving in those warm, lovely waters was sublime.” Jenny’s most-favored destinations in Thailand: Chiang Mai, Koh Samui and Yao Noi.
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While exploring Mexico’s stunning beach city, Puerto Vallarta, Edie Barvin found sanctuary at the enchanting Ocho Cascadas resort, which she wonderfully describes in “Divine by Design.” “Ocho embodies all my requirements for a perfect vacation in its design aesthetic: a sense of timelessness, harmony with nature, and total tranquility,” she shares. Edie’s top three activities in Puerto Vallarta: lounging by the penthouse pool while the chef makes dinner, taking the bus to the Botanical Gardens for a hike and dining at La Palapa.
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MARKET WATCH Desiring a different kind of retail therapy this season? Then head directly to Union Market Tustin at the District in Tustin, where Andrea and Russell Young, creators of OC Mix at SoCo, have brought their unique retail CONCEPT featuring small vendors offering distinctive, high-quality products. Food and beverage purveyors such as Portola Coffee Lab, Kettlebar and Front Porch Pops join niche retailers such as Luella, Woodsnap and Artisan Candle Company to create a truly ECLECTIC mix. With its curated selection of fun shops and ORIGINAL eateries, Union Market Tustin continues the Youngâ€™s retail revolution in OC. The District, 2493 Park Ave., Tustin, 949.375.0749; UnionMarketTustin.com
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APPEAL For leading skincare expert Nancy Pellegrino, NP, the field of aesthetic medicine has always appealed to her. Her skills in giving skin care injections, coupled with her background as a makeup artist, eventually led Pellegrino to develop a deep zeal for creating and restoring beauty. Today, she owns her own practice, N.P. Aesthetics Inc., and is still as enthusiastic and dedicated to aesthetic medicine as ever.
How did you get your start in aesthetic medicine? From the moment I discovered the blossoming field of aesthetic medicine I was hooked. Botox was just becoming a mainstream procedure when I started, and I was privileged to work in one of the first med spas in the country to solely utilize nurse practitioners to deliver care. There were no professional certifications in the field of aesthetic medicine at that time; I was, however, very fortunate to have been personally trained by a leading dermatologist. Hungry for more knowledge, I traveled across the country and attended every conference and lecture, as well as read every article I could, about the growing field of aesthetic medicine. I was quickly recognized for my skill with the needle, my eye for beauty, and for teaching my fellow nurse practitioners the art and science of Botox and filler injections. Fifteen-plus years into my aesthetic medicine career, I can honestly say I’m even more passionate about what I do now. It is a dynamic world and I get excited every day working in what I call “Happy Medicine” —transforming, sculpting and recreating beautiful faces. The gratitude expressed by my patients, the smiles and giggles of excitement, and the tears of happiness when they look in the mirror is priceless to me. It’s the secret to my success—I just love it!
What makes your practice unique? My practice is solely dedicated to aesthetic medical treatments and procedures. In other words, we only perform injectable and laser skin treatments for the purpose of anti-aging and restoring/ maintaining the beauty of our patients. We are 100-percent committed to the art and science of beauty, and all of my patients appreciate the time and care we put into every face. As both a makeup artist and skin care expert, I can take it a step further and advise clients on how to make the right choices and navigate the ever-growing number of products available. Can you elaborate a bit more about your experience as a makeup artist? Prior to my entry into aesthetic medicine, I went to makeup school. I already had my masters degree from UCLA and was working as a nurse practitioner, but the beauty field was calling my name. I attended classes at night at the Empire Academy of Makeup, received formal training and eventually became a professional makeup artist. The academy also had an agency run by owner and makeup guru, Donna Mee, that I joined as a makeup artist, with jobs ranging from weddings to commercial photo shoots to films.
Can you explain your “less is more” philosophy for treating clients? I am known for my conservative approach to skin injections with Botox and fillers. It is important to use the lowest dose of Botox to produce the desired effect. I have done tens of thousands of injections and have developed unique techniques and dosing recipes based on each client’s anatomy and beauty philosophy. We start with “baby steps” and do treatments in phases to allow for healing and settling of the product so that subsequent sessions can refine and balance the asymmetries of most faces. It is vital to discuss an individual’s beauty philosophy and properly educate all patients that walk through our door, carefully managing expectations and informing them of all options. What advice would you give to clients looking to put their “best face forward” with skin care? Educate yourself. Go to someone with extensive experience or trained by a master. Discuss their philosophy of beauty and approach to procedures. Do not allow someone to inject permanent products; they can result in mistakes that cannot be reversed or corrected. Not knowing what products are being used, how much experience the injector has or basing your choice on the price of the service may lead to disaster. The person approaching you with a needle must have knowledge and skill that goes beyond medicine and reaches into art, translating into a skilled assessment and the hand-eye coordination necessary to establish a life-long plan to restore beauty and maintain a youthful appearance. What is the most rewarding part of your work? I am fortunate to have a busy, thriving practice full of patients whom I adore. I know their stories; I have listened to their heartaches and have shared their happiness. I am their cheerleader, counselor and beauty expert. I can soften lines and wrinkles caused by years of living life, and celebrate that first look in the mirror after making them look years younger. It’s why I share these precious moments with patients away from my family: I create beauty and bring joy into the lives of my patients. I am so lucky. NP Aesthetics Inc. is located at 180 Newport Center Drive, Suite 160 Newport Beach, CA 92660, 949.706.9919; NPAesthetics.com baskmagazine.com
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FOR JONATHAN SKOW—THE MIND BEHIND CALI-COOL MENSWEAR BRAND MR TURK—MOTIF MAKES THE MAN Anyone who follows men’s fashion to any degree has, most assuredly, run across Mr Turk, the menswear brand attached in more ways than one to California style maven, Trina Turk. Equal parts fashion dandy and pop art, the brand has become a quiet favorite with cool cats looking to make a statement without saying a word, much like Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, bedecked in head-to-toe Mr Turk, at the 2014 Grammy Awards. The man behind the brand is Jonathan Skow, who in addition to designing for it, also dons hats as a fashion stylist, photographer and husband to the aforementioned Ms. Turk.
The story of Mr Turk, though, begins in 1981, with Skow and Trina meeting as students at the University of Washington. Despite being a business major, Skow began snapping photos of Turk’s projects for her fashion portfolio. The plot thickened when the two moved to Los Angeles after graduation, with Skow spending the next 14 years honing a career as a commercial
photographer and respected fashion stylist.
Then, in 2002, life took a turn for the colorfully brilliant, with the launch of Mr Turk. What began in a small corner in the Trina Turk flagship in Palm Springs (“I used to know our men’s clothing clients personally!” says Skow) has become a shopping experience unto itself. Capitalizing on the brand’s signature retro-inspired prints, Mr Turk projects Skow’s vivid version of California style, which is centered on “men who want to look casual, but not too put together,” he explains. “There is a certain playful sense about life, without taking it all so seriously.” The line displays some decidedly contemporary silhouettes, with an obvious nod to the past. “I’ve always had a love of old clothes,” Skow adds. “Back in the ‘80s and ‘90s, I did a lot of shopping in vintage and thrift stores. Most of the items for sale back then were from the ‘60s and ‘70s, so that era just kind of stuck with me!”
“There’s a certain playful sense about life, without taking it all so seriously.” As with all things in Turk Land, design frequently begins with a print. Both Skow and Trina develop most of their own textiles, so oftentimes a particular fabric dictates how it will be used in a specific season. “Sometimes I just look at a fabric and know it would be great as a jacket, suit or whatnot,” says Skow, who is “heavily inspired by the people who wear our clothes. … guys who really don’t consider themselves fashion guys. They are just sociable guys who like clothes that fit and that get them a bit of attention along the way.” This male, in Mr Turk terms, is the very definition of today’s “modern man.” Which isn’t to say that things are always fluid and easy.
“People today are so over stimulated,” Skow says. “They have so much stuff coming at them; it’s sometimes a challenge to get them excited. It’s not always enough to have clothes that are fun, interesting and unique; guys want to be wowed these days. But in all honesty, some of our most loyal customers are men who started with a single pair of shorts that their girlfriend or someone bought them. … I like to say that our shorts are a gateway drug. They bring guys in and get the ball rolling. They are also a simple, great way to introduce color and fun pattern into a wardrobe.”
For fall, Mr Turk is serving up Northern California inspiration with “an eclectic blend of bohemian and cutting-edge” patterns and fabrics. Deep, rich hues combine with exceptionally luxe fabrics and tailoring details in a striking departure from last season’s ultra-vivid patterns. Ever mindful to keep a “something for everyone” balance to the line, Skow offers up a tightly curated range. “I’m obsessed with the jacquard camouflage pants in this collection,” he confesses. “They’re my current go to pant. Everyone should have them!”
To say that the future looks bright for Jonathan Skow and Mr Turk is more than just a simple play on words. Will there be more standalone shops? Perhaps. Will he have a chance to dress his “dream clients” Justin Timberlake or Pharrell? Perhaps. With a rather happenstance road behind him, Skow knows that a general direction is sometimes better than a detailed path. In any case, you can bet your bottom dollar shorts are involved.
(clockwise from left) Jonathan Skow and Trina Turk at home in Los Feliz, CA. Looks from the Mr Turk Fall 2015 line. Jonathan Skow. Skow and Turk at New York Fashion Week, September 2013.
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Striking and classic accessories Jackets and heavy layers shouldn’t be the only accessory you add to your wardrobe this season. From vintage-style earrings to bold-hued bags, these feminine staples are sure to be a flattering fit—even after the season is over.
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Midwesterner turned Modernist James Magni determined, at age 5, that he’d be an artist. But when a university art professor suggested the aspiring sculptor “switch majors,” Magni unmoored himself from the idea and earned a graduate degree in architecture. Then, while working at a large architectural firm, he was “loaned” to the interior design department, where his talent—and a new career path—became clear. While designing in Dallas during its mid-80s building boom, Magni caught the eye of FritoLay founder Herman Lay. At the industry titan’s urging, Magni moved to L.A.—a breeding ground for his contemporary leanings—to spearhead the design of Lay’s La Jolla home. Building on the momentum, Magni’s portfolio now includes a number of other projects for the Lay family, and countless more from Moscow to Mexico City. Each of these endeavors is a manifestation of Magni’s penchant for simplicity and restraint. “I
find contemporary work, when done well, very spiritual; there’s a peacefulness about it,” says Magni, suggesting that his particular “brushstroke” sprang from an interest in the linear, geometric and graphic. “Whether it’s poetry or literature or design, doing something with less, editing it down to the bare essence, is always more difficult.” But in Magni’s case, less is more—more considered, and more classically beautiful. Today, Magni—an enthusiastic traveler who credits sojourns to the likes of Morocco, Istanbul, Tahiti and Sicily for widening and enriching his design vocabulary—celebrates a full oeuvre, which includes the monograph, Magni Modernism, and the Magni Home Collection. Likening the line’s 150 pieces to fine “jewelry” in that artisan precision takes precedent over mass production, Magni describes them as “pieces of art that you don’t see everywhere,” but that do express a real vision—one always true, and wholly his own.
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JULIE LAUGHTON BUILDS UPON HER REPUTATION AS OC’S REMODELING MAVEN Early on, Julie Laughton built her hopes on the one thing she’s always had: aptitude. Her ability to draw freehand to scale and in great detail resulted in a near mastery of technical drafting (as a seventh grader). It also proved to be the foundation for a career that’s spanned more than three decades, a company of her own and 350plus projects, from remodels to custom builds. While most can only dream of doing it all, namesake and CEO of Julie Laughton Design Build flawlessly manages this most unmanageable feat. After a 10-year stint in high-speed New York City, where she worked as a draftsman, space planner and interior designer for top developers, Laughton landed in Los Angeles and eventually settled in Laguna Beach. Making her mark in the residential realm as a custom kitchen guru, Laughton’s efficiency as a licensed designer, space planner and certified custom kitchen and bath designer led her to pursue the contractors license she now holds, and today she’s on speed dial of clients from all corners. To date, her endeavors
span the breadth of her ability, everything from a Wallace Neff-designed residence to a home in Corona Del Mar and another at The Wedge. Southern California continues to be a breeding ground for Laughton’s designs. “There is,” she explains, “a freedom of design since there are many styles of homes here” which allows her to flex her creative muscle, whether it’s remodeling a vintage bungalow, a cottage at the beach or her own abode. Also behind Laughton’s longevity is her commitment to no-stress client satisfaction and, of course, her talent in hammering out a solid plan—the backbone of a new book she’s writing on the nuts and bolts of remodeling. This latest chapter in Laughton’s repertoire is very much in keeping with her solution-minded approach. “Finding a solution that works for a client design-wise, style-wise and function-wise is what drives me,” she says. “It makes me happy to create and build.”
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Prepare to be dazzled as the stages of SCFTA transform into the wilds of Africa for the bestloved musical Disney’s The Lion King. Giraffes strut, birds swoop, gazelles leap and lions play as the music soars and the iconic Pride Rock appears, setting the stage for an unforgettable performance. Honored with six Tony Awards, this landmark musical event will bring to life the epic story of hope, courage and adventure with captivating visuals and an award-winning score.
LOS ANGELES BALLET photo courtesy of SCFTA
October 3, 24 and November 1
One of the world’s great romantic ballets, Giselle is a profound tale of love, tragedy and redemption that celebrates the pure beauty and spiritual nature of dance. This exquisite interpretation of the time-honored ballet, which has captivated audiences for over 170 years, showcases Los Angeles ballet dancers at their finest and features an exquisite score and breathtaking costumes, making for a truly memorable evening. Premiered by the Los Angeles Ballet in 2011, this ethereal and haunting masterpiece is a living example of the ultimate romantic ideal.
HOLLYWOOD PANTAGES THEATRE
October 13 - November 1
The beloved musical Annie is set to hit the stages of Pantages Theatre with a new incarnation of the iconic original. The heartwarming story follows charismatic orphan Annie as she wins the heart of the wealthy “Daddy” Warbucks, finally gaining the family she always dreamed of. This rendition of the timeless classic, directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin, features unforgettable tunes like “It’s the Hard Knock Life” and the eternally optimistic “Tomorrow.”
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LA JOLLA ART & WINE FESTIVAL
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For a true taste of San Diego, experience the acclaimed La Jolla Art & Wine Festival, showcasing over 40 world-class wineries. Sip on some of California and Baja’s finest wines while enjoying all the sights and sounds of picturesque La Jolla. Just as captivating as the scenery is the festival’s exquisite works of art, a display that will highlight the creations of 150-juried artists from across the world working on a multitude of mediums.
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DAVID LIGARE: CALIFORNIA CLASSICIST
October 18 - January 17
Contemporary Classicist David Ligare has always drawn inspiration for his work from antiquity—from landscape and architecture to figurative paintings. Creating a one-of-a-kind visual experience with his immaculate figures and the hyper-purity of his paint application, Ligare’s works seem to transcend from the real to the ethereal. Yet all of his paintings, including those in this stunning display of oil paintings, watercolors and drawings, are distinctly grounded in the details of California, with most of them featuring elements from its landscape, such as the omnipresent Pacific and wondrous coastal light.
JOANNE ARTMAN GALLERY
November 1 - December 31
Inspiring, engaging and absolutely mesmerizing, JoAnne Artman Gallery’s Lei• sure explores the cultural phenomenon of free time. Dive into the luminous water imagery of American photorealist and mixed media artist Eric Zener as he explores water with a new vision, while oil painter extraordinaire James Rieck focuses on another common form of leisure, the television, capturing the essence of relaxation and contemplation.
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FLAVORS OF ALOHA: COOKING WITH TOMMY BAHAMA
by Tommy Bahama, Rick Rodgers and Jeff Morgan In what amounts to cookery couture from mega-brand Tommy Bahama, Flavors of Aloha will kickstart a series of follow-ups in an extended culinary expedition into cultures and cuisines for the epicurious. Synonymous with an upscale island vibe, the label’s inaugural release celebrates authentic Hawaii, telling its story through the islands’ indigenous ingredients and spices. Making this one a true palate pleaser is its 100 recipes (some Tommy Bahama restaurant signatures) and equally tantalizing photos. $40, TommyBahama.com 52
ROADMAP: THE GET-ITTOGETHER GUIDE FOR FIGURING OUT WHAT TO DO WITH YOUR LIFE by Roadtrip Nation In this entertaining and insightful overhaul of the “career guide,” the minds behind documentary series Roadtrip Nation encourage readers to take off their training wheels and get serious about who they are and what they have to contribute to the world. Full of applicable, real-world advice from those who’ve done precisely this—names you’ll recognize and those you’ll be eager to know—as well as visual exercises designed to stimulate sustained change, the book is equally suited to those starting out and those switching gears. $19.95, ChronicleBooks.com
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by Anne Sage In this vivid reminder to not just exist in our surroundings but thrive in them, author Anne Sage doles out nothing but sage advice. Looking at the connection between happiness and home, Sage delves into 28 dwellings showing how the most creative and productive spaces are those that reflect our dreams. One space tells of a media guru who launched a consulting career from the corner of a San Francisco apartment, another of how an artist turned her bedroom into a replica of her favorite boutique hotels. All show how to mindfully design for the life that inspires us, and that we aspire to. $30, ChronicleBooks.com
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COLOR: TRANSFORM YOUR HOME by Abigail Ahern Designer, stylist and master of unconventional color combinations, Abigail Ahern turns her cool-girl style on this exuberant effort—a kaleidoscope of color-saturated spaces that show how the right hue can enliven any room. Brimming with a series of high-octane photos, this guide teaches readers how to tap into a preferred color palette, select individually suitable shades and find a home for any hue, from chartreuse to magenta. $29.95, ChronicleBooks.com
by William Banks-Blaney Dropping this fall, the meticulously curated volume from William Banks-Blaney—the man Vogue has anointed “The Vintage King”—is certainly a crowning achievement. Cutting a wide swath through twentieth-century couture, the book examines fashion through exquisite examples of famous frocks and their many intricacies. Sumptuous color images bring the dresses back into fashion, while insight into their legendary couturiers (and a forward by stylist-to-thestars Rachel Zoe) further intrigues. $35, ChronicleBooks.com
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Anita Hughes’s new novel Rome in Love is a valentine to Audrey Hepburn and Italy’s Eternal City Author Anita Hughes is known for writing women’s fiction that takes place in chic locales such as Lake Como, the French Riviera, San Francisco, Monarch Beach, and now, Rome. Australian-born to European parents, Hughes has always had a cosmopolitan worldview, so it’s no surprise that her books feature the dazzling sites, fashion and food of these alluring destinations. In her fifth novel, Rome in Love, a young actress lands the Audrey Hepburn role in a remake of Roman Holiday, and amidst the beautiful backdrop of Rome, she is forced to make some difficult choices about life and love. Here, bask talks with the prolific author about the writing life while sharing a coffee break at the St. Regis in Dana Point, where Hughes and her family have lived for nearly a decade.
What inspired you to write a novel that pays homage to Audrey Hepburn and the film Roman Holiday? I was watching Roman Holiday at Christmas and remembering how much I always enjoyed it. I love everything about it—the location, the story, the fashion, and, of course, Audrey Hepburn and 56
Gregory Peck. I started thinking about a novel with the movie in mind, and the characters and plot just came to me. What kind of research did you have to conduct for Rome in Love? I read a lot of books about Audrey Hepburn and watched all her movies. I loved watching her movies, especially ones I hadn’t heard of, like Two for the Road with Albert Finney. Audrey Hepburn had such a unique presence; I tried to really capture her voice in my novel. How do you decide on the destinations for your books? My parents were European and I grew up in Australia, so I think I have a wide worldview. I think of places I have visited and loved, then I sit at the computer and scroll through gorgeous images of locations I’m considering: Cannes, Majorca, Rome, Lake Como. Can you briefly describe your creative process? I have a somewhat unusual process. Every night I sit in my dark closet for at least an hour and think up everything I’m going to write the next day. I go over and over it, including dialogue. The next morning,
I can just sit right down at my computer and get it down quite easily. What authors have influenced you the most in your career? I read all the eighteenth and nineteenth century British authors and many of the French authors. I think they taught me that a good story has characters that you care about, and quite a bit of drama. My very favorite author is Somerset Maugham—I read all his books and think you can learn everything you need to know by reading his writing. What do you and your family enjoy the most about living at the St. Regis? We love everything about living at the St. Regis: the beach club, the spa and the swimming pools. I love walking down to the beach and just sitting on the balcony and looking at the sunset. Mostly, I like how nice all the staff are. It’s been a wonderful place for my children to grow up. What’s next for you? I have another book, Island In the Sea: A Majorca Love Story, coming out next April. And I’m working on a new book in another gorgeous location.
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BUILD & DESIGN | ALBERTINI + BASK
For Marco Albertini, love of craftsmanship and a keen business sense has always been in his blood. His grandfather, Francesco Albertini, started the family-run business Albertini S.p.a. in Italy in 1954. Now CEO of Albertini-IWD, LLC, a USA-based company opened in 2010, Marco is helping elevate his grandfather’s vision of providing quality, inventiveness and client satisfaction to an international level. Here, the savvy business mind behind the family business shares his formula for success. Tell us about Albertini. How and when did the concept begin? My grandfather, Francesco Albertini, started the company in 1954. Postwar construction offered tremendous opportunity for the company’s growth. Needless to say, Albertini flourished and grew into a state-ofthe-art production facility based just outside the historic town of Verona, in Northern Italy. My father, Paolo Albertini, who is now the CEO, started working for the family business, along with his siblings, at age 15. Today, Albertini is one of the largest privately held window and door manufacturers in Italy. Innovation in design and technology has allowed Albertini to secure its place in a rapidly changing world. With over 200 dealers in Italy in the early ‘90s, my father directed his vision for the company off shore by focusing his energy and company resources into East Germany after the collapse of the Berlin Wall, which was another victory for the company. This success launched Albertini into other foreign markets, namely Israel, the UAE, Russia and the United States. In 1996, we delivered the first project in the USA, and have since delivered well over 300 projects. What’s the scope of the services the company offers? Our focus is to help architects and designers recognize their vision by providing the best possible solution for each project. We like to say, “We are limited only by their imagination.” We offer a wide range of customizable windows and doors and the entire process is managed locally, with an emphasis on creating trusting relationships with all involved in the process. The test of our success is that we have many repeat clients! Has being a part of the family business always been a passion of yours? Absolutely! My focus
and passion is to honor my grandfather’s original vision. I am achieving this by developing the Albertini name into a recognized brand in the USA that is synonymous with quality. Service and customer satisfaction is our top focus. It is my belief that this focus has made the difference between Albertini and other European brands that have unsuccessfully tried to penetrate this market. What influences your work? Architects have probably played the biggest role in this regard. They are constantly pushing the limits. As a result, we have been forced to adapt and change over the years to accommodate their visions. High-end, custom homes being built today are far more complex than ever before. Delivering fenestration into these homes requires tremendous commitment and coordination. Meeting these challenges is what we as an organization thrive on, and the results of our collective efforts are truly a marvel. But as I said, it all starts with the architect’s vision, and although we play a small role, windows and doors are an important part of the puzzle. What sets your firm apart from others in the same industry? Our company is recognized to be different for the level of customization, quality of the products, and service that is provided after the sale. What’s your ultimate goal with every client? We want them to come home to a sanctuary, a space that embodies the richness that one experiences while traveling in Italy or Europe. Regardless if the architecture of the home is contemporary or traditional, our products must deliver both form and function that meets their expectations. What do you enjoy most about this business? The end result. Each of our projects take between
6 to 13 months to complete, and each has its own story. Seeing each of them come to a successful end, and having that recognized by our customers, is really rewarding. What are the popular trends you see currently? We just came out from a classic, Tuscany-style trend, but although this is still influential, we have seen more of a dramatic shift toward modern architecture. How inventive can people get? Again, our inhouse mantra is: “We are limited only by your imagination.” I am confident that we are the last company that would say… “It cannot be done!” What is the most creative project you’ve worked on? It is actually a project we are working on right now. The home has panoramic views of Los Angeles with 21’, floor-to-ceiling windows with motorized sliding doors that only have a 3/4” vertical meeting style in your line of sight! When completed, this home will be spectacular and certainly win one or more architectural awards. Words to live by when starting a new project? I have been using this for the past two years: “If you’re not willing to risk, you cannot grow. If you cannot grow, you cannot be your best. If you cannot be your best, you cannot be happy. If you cannot be happy, what else is there?” --Les Brown If you weren’t involved in this particular industry, what would you do? This is a tough question. I’ve worked every summer since I was 12 with windows and doors, and have been in the architectural and construction industry for years. I really don’t know. I love wine, even more if it is from Italy, so maybe combining these other passions would be a possibility. The truth is, I am blessed to be in the United States working in an industry that is so dynamic!
Albertini-IWD, LLC 3303 Harbor Boulevard, Suite F3, Costa Mesa, CA 92626 949.207.6762 | ItalianWindows.com
BUILD & DESIGN | FLASHMAN + BASK
FLASHMAN DESIGN At Flashman Design, Inc.—a local hot spot for kitchens, bathrooms and cabinetry—it is all about curating custom styles for clients, whether it be contemporary, transitional or traditional. Conceived from the style-savvy mind of certified kitchen designer Andrew Flashman, the business has earned a loyal following of repeat clientele from across the country. Here, the top kitchen designer shares with bask his time-honored product offerings, style inspirations and how his passion for music has informed his work. Tell us about Flashman Design, Inc. How and when did the concept begin? I formed Flashman Design Inc. in 2008 whilst the recession was in full swing. For the decade prior to that, I was a design director at Clive Christian and had worked in Long Island, New York; Florida, as well as in Orange County and Los Angeles, on projects that varied from Manhattan apartments to Long Island estates. During the years of the recession, there seemed to be a distinct shift in taste, away from heavy traditional and towards a simpler aesthetic. Still classic and timeless, but towards transitional, modern and contemporary. It was the sense of this change that led to the eventual opening of the Flashman Design showroom. We are the West Coast importer for the German cabinetry company Rational GmbH, which has a 50-plus year history in the kitchen industry and is known globally for its contemporary kitchen cabinetry. What’s the scope of the services you offer? Our new design showroom features the rational brand of cabinetry along with Miele
appliances, and I work closely with Pirch for appliances and plumbing, etc. As part of the showroom, we have showcased beautiful marble countertops as well as durable countertop products from Neolith, all of which were fabricated locally by Epic Stone. There is a 36” Galley Sink on display that is a fantastic new concept in sinks, with workstation sinks up to seven feet in length. We offer full kitchen and bath design services when a client buys their cabinetry from us and consult on an hourly basis. I am also the local design associate for Christopher Peacock, which is an American-made product known in the design community for its highquality cabinetry. Has design always been a passion of yours? What attracted you to this industry? I was originally a musician, —it is still my passion to play the piano—and during those years I also learned cabinet making from a woman cabinetmaker in Hollywood. My understanding of cabinet making led to a design position in 1998 with Christopher Peacock Cabinetry in
New York. There is something about good music that has a lot of similarities to good design. The need for balance, texture and tone—a mix of the best coloring, patterns, structure etc. What influences your work? I am influenced by many different things, including contemporary and classic architecture and design, as well as classical and contemporary music. Music is a common theme for all of us and I believe that it is reflective of, and has an influence on, the future of design. It is hard to separate the arts from each other; just as the suit and tie has so often given way to a good pair of jeans and a button down shirt, so has traditional structured design given way to a mix of contemporary design, softened with reclaimed wood surfaces and real stone. I like to bring these varied influences into my designs. What’s your ultimate goal with every client? My ultimate goal with a client is to create a space that is reflective of them; their tastes and their needs. To create a cohesive space that is both current and timeless; and to do this on budget, and on time.
Flashman Design, Inc. 817 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651 949.892.9826 | FlashmanDesign.com
“THERE IS SOMETHING ABOUT GOOD MUSIC THAT HAS A LOT OF SIMILARITIES TO GOOD DESIGN.”
BUILD & DESIGN | SC HOMES + BASK
One of the most sought-after general contracting firms in Orange County, SC Homes was conceived from the creative mind of Scott Cross, who envisioned a company that would take a more youthful, sustainable and tech-savvy approach to construction. With his extensive business background, building expertise and state-of-the-art software system, Cross creates a truly enjoyable, and surprisingly fun, experience for his clients. Here, the master homebuilder and company president divulges to bask his passion for construction, dedication to his clients and what it means to be green. Tell us about SC Homes. How and when did the concept begin? I started SC Homes at the age of 21 with the intention to create a general construction company with a youthful, green and tech-savvy approach. As an entrepreneur, I feel that you can make a successful company when you have a problem to solve. I saw a large problem in the high-end residential contracting world with some of the ‘old-school’ mentality and felt that I could make a change. I found a young company building a software program for general contractors that connected the client with their builder in a new way, which would allow the client to be as involved or uninvolved as they would like. I also felt that the typical builder was someone without an extensive business background, and I thought that I could implement some of my business skills into an industry that wasn’t used to that and receive great results. My company has proven itself in the industry and is now one of the most soughtafter general contracting firms in the Orange County area. Did you always want to be a builder? I did not always want to be a builder; my passion was in radio and business. I studied communication at
SDSU, where I graduated in three-and-a-half years with a Bachelors of Science degree in Communication. I worked at the college radio station throughout those years and I was at a local radio station for a little over two years. Once out of college, I decided I wanted to do something else and my father had a tract home company he started a few years prior, so I decided to work with him for a year until I started my own company, building high-end residential work in Newport Beach. What sets SC Homes apart from others in the industry? Our relationship with our clients. We are a young group of individuals looking to create a fun atmosphere for our clients. It can get overwhelming and just plain tedious to build a home, and we try to have some fun with it. With our software system, the client is able to sit back and relax while feeling confident that we are building their dream home. I always tell clients when they walk into our office for the first time that we are as fun as our office shows. What’s your ultimate goal with every client? This is the easiest question of the bunch—to make my client happy. My guys in the field hear this day in and day out. Building a home can be
SC Homes, Inc. 949.723.4243 | SCHomesBuilder.com
stressful and we want them to just be happy and smile all the way through the process.
You’re a member of the Orange County Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council. Tell us about that. Green Building can be looked at as some sort of trend, and I like to look at it as a need. I believe that we don’t need to be building these certified homes in order to be called a green home. We can simply do things to the home with a green conscious and with little to no impact on the owner’s pocket book. If we can just implement green items in our normal everyday practice, it doesn’t get labeled a ‘green home,’ yet we are still being green conscious.
What do you enjoy most about this business? Design. I am really into making the home something special and putting that SC effect on everything I touch. I always try to find at least one ‘wow’ factor in every home without being over-the-top. When someone leaves one of our homes, I want them to remember one key component.
Words to live by when designing or building a home… Have fun and create something that will not die with time. Build something timeless.
“I ALWAYS TRY TO FIND AT LEAST ONE ‘WOW’ FACTOR IN EVERY HOME WITHOUT BEING OVER-THE-TOP.”
BUILD & DESIGN | SRS + BASK
SRS CONSTRUCTION For Scott Sanders, the foundation of his successful construction career was formed early, in the shadow of his hardworking family. Now at the helm of SRS Construction, Inc., Sanders applies his considerable tools of the trade to create premier outdoor living spaces for a variety of clients. Here, he builds on his reputation as one of Costa Mesa’s top craftsmen. Tell us about SRS Construction, Inc. How and when did the concept begin? I always knew I wanted to own my own construction business. I started working in construction when I was 13, and would work over 40 hours a week during the summer while all my friends were out having fun, but I always liked to work. I grew up in Missouri, and am from a family that has a very strong work ethic. My dad taught me while growing up the value of working hard, taking pride in your work and treating people the way you want to be treated. What’s the scope of the services you offer? SRS Construction offers turnkey outdoor living spaces with hardscape, softscape, pools and spas. What sets us apart from others is simply that we have the best craftsmen and customer service in the industry. I work directly with my clients through the whole process. When potential clients call SRS, they don’t get a salesman who has never picked up a shovel in
their life, they deal directly with me, who has actually done the work and knows exactly what it takes, from design to completion. What are the popular trends you see currently? I just see my clients spending more time on the outside rather than the inside of their homes nowadays. Outdoor spaces are being utilized as much as the inside of a home. With the right design, clients can make the outdoor space just as livable. Not a bad thing, considering how nice our weather is year-round. What’s the most creative project you’ve worked on? One of the most creative was when we cut into a hillside to give our clients an extra 1000 square feet for a pool, outdoor kitchen and fireplace. Most companies would have looked at this particular project and limited it to just the flat space. We excavated the yard and hillside to utilize the client’s property as much as we could, and they couldn’t of been happier. Sometimes you just have to think outside the box.
What’s your ultimate goal with every client? My ultimate goal is happy clients. I want them to be proud of the work that was done. I want them to have piece of mind that the job was not only done right, but also the fact that SRS stands by its work. What do you enjoy most about this business? I enjoy turning an ordinary front or backyard into something great. There is a great satisfaction that comes from watching a project evolve from paper to completion; to be able to say, ‘We built that.’ Words to live by when starting a new project… It’s all in the details. If you weren’t involved in this particular industry, what would you do? I really don’t know. I remember graduating college and actually trying some desk jobs, but I always liked being outside in construction. I enjoy doing this, and I think that’s what it takes to be successful in any career.
SRS Construction, Inc. 427 E. 17th Street, F221, Costa Mesa, CA 92627 949.290.4409 | SRSPavers.com | License #964148
“THERE IS A GREAT SATISFACTION THAT COMES FROM WATCHING A PROJECT EVOLVE FROM PAPER TO COMPLETION.”
BUILD & DESIGN | LIDO INTERIORS + BASK
LIDO INTERIORS At Lido Interiors—one of Newport’s finest interior design and general contracting firms—one can expect to find the utmost quality in both product and service when customizing their home. With over 20 years of experience, owner and interior designer Linda Thomas has developed a knack for realizing her clients’ visions, creating spaces that perfectly reflect their lifestyles. Here, the taste-making Thomas shares with bask her passion for design—and her love of the variety and creativity it affords. Tell us about Lido Interiors. It really began in 1989 when I attended the Interior Design Institute. I did everything I could to learn the business, and became an account representative selling carpet, wallcovering and fabrics. I moved to Chicago and managed one of the largest contemporary showrooms at the Merchandise Mart and worked with famous interior designers to create custom furnishings. In 2001, I took the CCIDC exam and became a Certified Interior Designer, then pursued my General Contractor’s License. Lido Interiors is an evolution after many years of learning and working with clients. Has design always been a passion of yours? When I was young, I was always rearranging my room. I loved interior design magazines. Now,
I enjoy helping others bring their vision to reality. Design work also offers an enormous amount of creativity and freedom. I have the opportunity to design something that is contemporary one day, and a rustic mountain retreat the next. What influences your work? My clients’ interests. My work is about my clients. I want to see my clients smile as they see their home transforming, and when they see the finished product. I listen to their needs and research the concept to create a functional space that they love. What sets your firm apart from others in the industry? Attention to detail and project management experience. I understand how houses are built, which brings a level of depth to the consulting and designing that I offer. My focus is to create customized solutions and deliver that vision through excellent service on a timely basis. What’s your ultimate goal with every client? It’s two-fold: to help make my clients’ unique vision a reality, and to create a space they love that is also a reflection of who they are. (above) During a two-year remodel, the formal great room and guest casita bathroom of a Shady Canyon home were transformed from authentic Tuscan to a Spanish Revival aesthetic.
LINDA THOMAS Owner, Interior Designer & General Contractor 949.350.5678 | LidoInteriors.com
DIVINE by DESIGN
An architectural icon in Puerto Vallarta, renowned Ocho Cascadas shines even brighter after a multi-million rejuvenation
written by Edie Barvin photos by Edie Barvin & Austin Barvin
he late Edward Giddings was a visionary. Who else could have looked at an impossibly steep jungle hillside and seen nine open-air villas stair-stepping down its face, connected by a continuous flow of water from eight infinity pools? This, in an undeveloped area of 1970s Puerto Vallarta, where it would be necessary to bring in building materials by burros and carts. As an architect and artist, a romantic and a revolutionary, Giddings created structural art forms, radically modern for their time, that continue to be relevant and wholly unique to this day. Julius Shulman, the preeminent architectural photographer, once said of Giddings, “[He] completely changed my view of what architecture was. His spaces were infinite—they enveloped and embraced the very dreams of humanity: a reaching for the very spirit of existence.” Although Giddings built prominent homes and office buildings along coastal Southern California, his creative genius was given free rein in the Mexican resorts he constructed more than 30 years ago. Ocho Cascadas, completed in 1979 after three years of construction, is considered his masterpiece. Winner of the prestigious American Institute of Architects Honor Award in 1981 and featured in
Architectural Digest and House Beautiful, Ocho Cascadas was hailed by the Orange County AIA Design Awards jury as a “marvelous exuberant fantasy.” Influenced by his native Pacific Northwest, Mayan ruins, and the ocean where he loved to skin dive and spearfish, Giddings’s concept for Ocho Cascadas expresses intimacy with its environment, embracing both the spirit and landscape of Puerto Vallarta. Built with indigenous sustainable materials and open to the elements, the villas seem to grow organically from the cliff above Playa Conchas Chinas and the vast Bahia de Banderas, the pools mimicking mountain streams cascading down to the sea. Building a resort of this magnitude normally involves a host of architects, engineers and designers, but Giddings and his wife and business partner, interior designer Patricia Giddings, oversaw every aspect of construction, hauling themselves up the nearly vertical lot on ropes, flying in bulldozers that were assembled on-site, placing each stone. “Building in Mexico, though complicated in many ways, was an absolute joy,” shares Patricia of constructing Ocho Cascadas. “It allowed Ed to express his architectural concepts to the fullest.”
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In the two-story penthouse, an enormous wheel of sculptured concrete spans the length of the upper level, providing both open and sheltered spaces, with white concrete surfaces offset by textured curvilinear walls, rock facings, and wooden railings and beams wrapped with jute and leather. Palapas and thatched overhangs are supported by palm tree trunks, some with fig tree roots wrapping seductively around them like tangled limbs. The free-flowing floor plan, featuring multiple seating areas, makes transitioning from sun to shade a matter of exchanging one choice spot for another, the sight lines from every seat somehow providing both maximum privacy and panoramic views. Through it all, the pool meanders like a river. Two years ago, Edward Giddingsâ€™s widow, Patricia, and their sons, the stewards of his lasting legacy, recently completed an extensive renovation of the resort, enhancing it to todayâ€™s standards while keeping true to its original concept. Every surface was refinished, but in a testament to the integrity of Giddingsâ€™s design, only one column in the entire property had to be replaced due to structural degradation, according to General Manager Miguel Torres, and only because its base had been standing in the penthouse pool for 30 years.
(opposite) Penthouse pool. (this page) Cascading pools. Lalo and Felipe making margaritas. Penthouse dining area.
After purchasing the lot next door, the Giddings family added a grand lobby to the upper level and a two-stage elevator providing access to all of the villas. Each villa has been modernized with new plumbing, electrical, granite countertops and kitchen appliances. The bedroom suites, each with their own large walk-in stone and tile showers, originally open with only privacy walls around them, are now enclosed with moveable glass panels and air conditioning has been installed for greater comfort and privacy. Patricia’s flair for rustic artistic elegance, using the natural materials her late husband so loved, is apparent throughout the villas’ interiors. She commissioned local craftsmen to create hanging basket lanterns, handblown glass globe light fixtures, and chairs made of rattan and cowhide with mesquite bases. Authentic copies of pre-Columbian figures and fanciful animal sculptures based on Edward Giddings’s drawings,
adorn niches and column tops. Accent pillows that match exactly the hot-pink blossoms of the bougainvillea trailing along the walls and overhangs add a pop of color. “We’ve gone above and beyond what we needed to do, taking what was really great and improving upon it,” says David Giddings. His brother, Mark, took on their father’s role as overseer during the renovation, while the son of the property’s original foreman assumed the same role, making Ocho, as it is fondly known, the next generation’s labor of love. Since reopening in January 2015, fractional ownerships of the eight private villas and the penthouse are now available. Ownership includes rights to the land, pre-arrival food shopping and concierge services, an on-call chef and masseuse, 24-hour security, and reciprocal exchange with sister resort Club Cascadas in Cabo San Lucas. Until all units are sold, villas are available for weekly rental. OchoCascadas.com
“We’ve gone above and beyond what we needed to do, taking what was really great and improving upon it.”
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8 THINGS TO love ABOUT OCHO 1 The surf below and the gentle splash of the water cascading between villa pools are the only audible sounds. 2 Felipe (your house man), and Lalo (your chef)—two men with distinct charms and talents. Felipe: mindreading and gracious attentiveness; Lalo: serving up to-die-for sushi and stellar presentation. But, as they work together so seamlessly, these two count as one. 3 Front desk staff can summon taxis in seconds and procure last-minute dinner reservations in the unlikely event that you may want to leave your villa.
6 No TV, but (if you must) there’s free Wi-Fi in each villa. 7 Doing nothing more strenuous than watching the ever-changing sky: from sunrise to gathering clouds; lightning, rainbows, sunset, the moon and stars. Expect brief interruptions from soaring pelicans and magnificent frigate birds, flitting butterflies and bright-orange dragonflies. 8 Arriving at Ocho in less than three hours via Southwest’s nonstop flight from Orange County to Puerto Vallarta.
4 The private pool in each villa.
(opposite) Sunset over Bahia de Banderas. (this page) Poolside hammock in the penthouse. Lalo’s sashimi salad.
5 Taking a dip before breakfast, after breakfast, before your first nap, after your nap—and dining in your bathing suit. baskmagazine.com
The stunning Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai resort replicates an ancient Thai royal city
THAILAND’S ENCHANTING ALLURE Find pure bliss in the less-traveled parts of Southeast Asia’s most irresistible destination written by Jenny Peters
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he long-tail boat skims across the water, its teak surface gleaming as the sun begins to peek through the morning mist. We’re all alone, not another boat in sight, as we head across the Andaman Sea in Thailand. We’re motoring into the Ao Phang Nga Marine National Park for a morning of scuba diving, wending our way between the breathtakingly beautiful, massive limestone islands that dot the seascape on our way to the pristine dive site. It’s so serene near Yao Noi island (where we’ve made our home at the Six Senses Resort), one can scarcely believe that we are just a few miles across the Phang Nga Bay from Phuket, where hordes of tourists and countless hotels, restaurants and nightclubs crowd the landscape. Instead, we’ve chosen to take the less-traveled route through Thailand—and it is spectacular. Of course, every trip to Thailand begins in Bangkok, a noisy, dirty, outrageously traffic-jammed sprawl of a city. It’s a place that certainly has its charms, including lovely sky-high luxury hotels like the 135-year-old Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, the Four Seasons Bangkok and the Lebua at State Tower, with its famed Sky Bar affording a spectacular view of the whole city. Stay in town for a day or two to take in everything. Experience the sublime by seeing famed wats (extravagantly constructed Buddhist temples) like The Grand Palace, Wat Pho and Wat Arun and taste delicious cuisine at the Amita Thai Cooking Class, a lovely way to spend an afternoon on one of the small arteries of the Chao Phraya River in old-town Bangkok. And if the spirit moves you, add the outlandish Ladyboy cabaret shows to your itinerary, too. Round out the trip with a ride in a tuk tuk for an authentic city experience, have an inexpensive massage and do some shopping in the vast night markets for artwork and souvenirs. baskmagazine.com
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owever, to begin those really sublime Thai experiences far away from it all, get out of Bangkok fast. We went north first, to the lush, mountainous area around Chiang Mai, the region the Asian elephant calls home. This storied land was once the epicenter of the powerful Lanna Kingdom, founded in the 13th Century. Visit the sacred and lovely Wat Phra That Doi Suthep that sits high above the city to find a white elephant shrine. See that temple, as well as the massive Wat Chedi Luang complex, which boasts massive elephant carvings, and find zen-like peace at both places. Peaceful surroundings await at the incredible Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai, the award-winning 60-acre resort built to reflect—right down to the last detail—an ancient royal Lanna city. That means moats, fortified walls, a central palace, a market and even a rice paddy complete with a resident water buffalo. We doubt that the luxurious villas with private pools, worldclass restaurants or spectacularly ornate spa were parts of the ancient city plan, but they sure work beautifully here. Tear away from that idyllic retreat and go deeper into the mountains, where a truly transcendental experience awaits at Patara Elephant Farm. Unlike many exploitative elephant ride experiences to be had in Thailand, the Patara “elephant owner for a day” is designed to help visitors understand every aspect of the animals’ lives. We were immersed in the elephants’ world, joining those gentle creatures lumbering through the woods with two inquisitive young calves trailing along in their group. Those babies are part of Patara’s 20-year natural breeding program, a portion of which the 5,800 baht (± $170) per-person fee is used to fund; there are two pregnant females in the herd that greets us, too. One is over 19 months pregnant and we can see the baby protrouding from her side, moving and shifting now and again. She even lets us touch her there; and those adorable six-month-old calves come right up, looking to smell us with their long trunks. Then it’s time for our elephant immersion experience, doing everything from feeding and grooming our charge to taking a long walk together in the woods. Then the day goes into overdrive as we jump into an incredibly scenic river pool and get soaking wet while scrubbing down our elephant, climbing
all over and eventually ending up on top for a ride. It’s an incredibly personal and emotional experience; don’t be surprised if you cry by the time you have to say goodbye. But say goodbye we must, as there’s so much more to see in tropical southern Thailand. Before we return to that sublime long-boat trip off Yao Noi, a stop in Koh Samui is in order. That’s the breathtakingly scenic island in the Gulf of Thailand dotted with exclusive luxury hotels, including the ultra-modern W Retreat Hotel, with its incredible lobby, infiniti pool, gorgeous beach and cozy private villas. Or choose the vast hillside-built Four Seasons Koh Samui as a spectacular vacation home (complete with a private pool and villa) and enjoy sweeping views of the warm, clear turquoise waters that surround every inch of this idyllic place. Try out Muay Thai kickboxing with a full-day immersion experience right at the resort, and be sure to reserve a Thai massage treatment at the resort’s beautiful, private-hut spa center immediately after taking that full-body Muy Thai pummeling. Leave either resort and find plenty to do around the island, from snorkeling or scuba diving to hiking, playing traditional golf, or even trying out disc golf, at the Samui Disc Golf course built by SoCal native Nigel Mills. It’s the only one in all of Thailand. Stop in at any local restaurant and
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(clockwise from bottom left) The spectacular view of Ao Phang Nga Marine National Park from a private villa at the Six Senses Yao Noi. The lavish pool at Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai resort. The floating DJ stand and Infiniti pool that are part of the chic Woobar at the W Retreat Koh Samui. Elephant love at the wonderful Patara Elephant Farm in Chiang Mai. The Grand Palace in Bangkok is a golden sight to behold.
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photo Jenny Peters
find wonderful Thai dishes; the green curry chicken, for example, tastes a bit different (and equally delicious) at every place that serves it. A quick southeast flight from Koh Samui and we’ve come back to the tranquil Andaman Sea, staying at the Six Senses Yao Noi and ranging into those beautiful waters via a long-tail boat. The ultra-luxurious resort is a lovely, eco-concious place that proffers spacious private-pool villas that meld into the hillsides, complete with butler service, delicious farm-to-table chef ’s offerings and even delightful wines locally produced in Thailand. It’s so tranquil and beautiful here that it feels almost otherworldly. You can grab a kayak and paddle out, take a bike and explore the small island or grab your gear for an exhilarating long-tail boat trip and dive into coral gardens, where big fish and tiny seahorses share the crystal-clear waters. And if the need to see Phuket and delve into the crazy club scene that Patong offers still pulls after visiting Thailand’s sublimely serene places like Chiang Mai, Koh Samui and Yao Noi, it’s just a boat ride away. For the best of both worlds, stay north of Patong, at the five-star Anantara Phuket Layan Resort & Spa with its expansive private beach and large, welcoming spa. Range down to Patong and get your fill of the 24-hour party scene, then retreat back to the Anantara for some pampering and fine food – for it’s another one of the spots that help make an off-the-beaten-path Thai adventure such a wonderful experience.
PHOTOGRAPHER TONY FLOREZ MODEL OKSANA ORLAN PRODUCER JOLIE ADAMS DESIGN AMY ADAMS STYLISTS AMY ADAMS & JOLIE ADAMS HAIR LOIS KINSEY MAKEUP TRANGDO.NET FASHIONS COTTAGE COLOUR BOUTIQUE CORONA DEL MAR, WINSTON’S CROWN JEWELERS NEWPORT BEACH & THE PASSIONATE COLLECTOR NEWPORT COAST LOCATION NOGUCHI GARDEN
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SERENITY A SPRAWLING MANOR IN SHADY CANYON GRACEFULLY INSPIRES A DELIGHTFUL JUXTAPOSITION OF TRANQUILITY AND RESORT-STYLE LIVING
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IN THE GARDEN Situated on nearly one acre of land, every space on these groundsâ€”intimate or majestic, inside or outâ€”kindles the ultimate elixir of enjoyment and serenity. From a lavishly appointed entry laden with pristinely manicured, fragrant gardens to a sweeping outdoor pool and blazing fire pits, this property sweetly surprises the senses. Here, this verdant grass area, anchored by a magnificent, mature jacaranda tree, is one of many wondrous visions the eye captures from the expansive master quarters. The suite, designed with his-and-her bathrooms and wardrobes, encompasses the entire second floor, which also bestows panoramic views that overlook the pool area and beyond to glistening city lights and the San Bernardino Mountains.
CASE STUDY With a second floor that flaunts an extra-high ceiling, dual French doors opening from the main floor to a flowery garden and rhythmic water notes emanating from a nearby fountain, the library or office space, finely draped in rich, polished wood panels, also serves as an idyllic retreat. Whether for business or pleasure, the unruffled mood, complemented by natural light peering in from numerous windows on both floors, fosters a space quintessential for concentration and relaxation.
ART & ARCHITECTURE The spacious kitchen area is a comfortable and casual setting for family and friends to congregate. A lofty canopy, color-contrasted elements and unique architecture—including creamy stone columns, a deep plum custom island top, and groin vaulted ceilings punctuated by charming window peaks—add textural interest to the kitchen and breakfast nook.
Adjacent to the space, an opulent formal dining room echoes the same dramatic aesthetic. Here, accentuating the room height is washed oak beams and floor-to-ceiling, light-hued tapestries. Meanwhile, tufted silk walls perfectly frame and highlight handpicked art on display. The savvy combination of materials used—at once pastoral and regal—cohesively harmonizes luxury and comfort. Convenient for intimate gatherings, the room also features an easily accessible, temperature-controlled wine cellar and prominent, handcarved limestone fireplace, evoking a warm feeling on crisp nights. 92
AN ENTERTAINER’S DELIGHT With views such as this, it’s nearly impossible not to spend every moment outside, which is precisely why the focal point of the property is driven toward the outer environment. Thus, it’s no surprise that this bountiful view of the mountains is visible through the home’s entrance gates and from virtually every room in the house. The exterior of the property is a celestial mecca for entertainment and relaxation, with a palatial, infinity-edge pool that nearly spans the length of the backyard and features a unique fitting for umbrellas so that one can comfortably lounge in the shallow end on sun-drenched days; flaming fire pits that add an ambiance perfect for toasting marshmallows; a living area with TVs and fireplace; and a full, shaded—and concealed—kitchen with refrigerators, warming drawers, barbecue and wood-fire pizza oven. Framework like this would be a caterer’s dream.
PERCHED ON A QUAINT STREET WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE TO VIBRANT CORONA DEL MAR, A CONTEMPORARY, PAUL MCCLEAN-DESIGNED HOME EPITOMIZES THE ULTIMATE IN BEACHSIDE LIVING
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A SEAMLESS VIEW The first aspect one notices when walking up to the home at 232 Hazel in Corona del Mar is the subtle sense of deliberate privacy and striking attention to detail. From street perspective, passersby see very little beyond the facade: a sophisticated stainless-steel garage door, metal roof and smooth stucco walls in earth tones around the main structure accented by teak paneling and gates. After accessing a door from the street, one lands in a picturesque patio space that feels like a hidden sanctuary with a focus on modern grey river rock neatly surrounding cement pavers simply contrasted by drought-resistant plants and a whimsical Acacia tree embellished with delicate goldenyellow blossoms. From this point, it’s apparent, there is more to be seen and appreciated behind closed doors. Here, one can proceed to enter the front door, which is artfully illuminated by three singular 28-foot double-paned “starfire” glass panels with a thin, white melamine layer that can project up to 16 million colors—all easily operable by the touch of a phone. Pass the threshold and the eye is immediately seduced by a cerulean ocean panorama. Framed in customized Fleetwood windows, the kitchen and adjacent dining area also afford unexpected visions of the estuary below—where oftentimes herons, hawks and owls can be seen—to famous arch rock, Buck Gully, and a white-water vista of Little Corona Beach and beyond. Designed to be streamlined, the kitchen— fitted with modern appliances, a wine cooler and custom cabinetry made in Germany, while commanding an arresting view of the sea— presents itself as an entertainment marvel. Visions of nature are united with hand–stained riff cut oak ceiling panels (similarly modeled to reflect natural beach hues) and an overwhelming blue limestone view deck that spans the entire floor, curating a serene and surreal environ to relish.
UNIQUE BY DESIGN The staircase is a predominant focal point inside the house—in part via its location, but more so for its unique composition. What makes this fixture so compelling is how easily it manages to run the length of all three floors in the house, acting as structural art, while also allowing natural light to cascade through to each floor. Not to mention, it’s the only one of it’s kind in the U.S.—and was designed by the same team that developed the glass treads used in Apple stores globally. At close proximity, one can see the attention to detail in the treads: each consisting of four layers of “starfire” glass, with the top one slightly etched for safety, and to maximize aesthetics of lighting—all methodically trimmed in brushed stainless-steel railings. 100
LIGHTS & ACTION Adjacent to the kitchen and dining area is the living roomâ€” which also boasts a full-scenic viewâ€”with a fireplace and Crestron system used throughout the home to manage lighting, TVs, music and cameras. Nearby is the media room, complete with built-in speakers and dark drapes on one side that lead to an outdoor patio and solid oak pocket doors on the other, creating a picture-perfect backdrop for watching movies on the massive flat-screen TV.
AND ZEN SOME... The master suite (left), privately situated on the lower level, radiates an atmosphere akin to a remote and exotic spa. The space is expansive, and includes a custom headboard (with ample storage available behind push-touch cabinets)—anchored between the bedroom and bathroom with two pocket doors on either side, so the spaces can be closed off, if needed—in the direction of a fireplace and soothing visions of sweeping water vistas. A single night’s sleep in this sanctuary, and one will never want to get out of bed in the morning. The upper level (above) hosts an en-suite guest room and great room (which can also be used as a studio or office) with soaring 16-foot ceiling heights. Here, a fire-honed basalt stone wall, which sparkles against the sun’s reflection, accents a single pour, synthetic concrete floor. There’s also an incredible amount of illumination in this space, partly due to natural light that enters through oversized windows, but also from the use of mitered glass corners, a unique detail used throughout the home by architect Paul McClean.
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Wake up to the sounds of waves crashing, ocean breezes and the smell of the sea. Enjoy boats passing through Newport Harbor in the evening and a panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean and Catalina Island in the morning from this beautiful, oceanfront two bedroom, two full bathroom condominium that sleeps six. Features natural, bright skylights, granite counters, travertine and carpet flooring, wood fireplace and separate dining room. Includes refrigerator, stove, microwave, dish washer, plus washer/dryer. Master bedroom with walk-in closet and plantation shutters. Barbeque on the balcony. Conveniently located in the heart of Balboa near the Balboa Pier, Balboa Pavilion, Balboa Island Ferry, Balboa Theater, Fun Zone, Newport’s finest beaches and some the best restaurants in Orange County. Automatic gated entry to private subterranean garage with two assigned parking spaces and elevator access to the legendary Rendezvous Building, and the condominium which is located on the third level, so there is no one above. Private and secure gated entry. A wonderful place to live all year-round – can also be a great vacation home or an awesome rental investment property. It’s time to live in your dream home near the beach.
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Amazing, approximately 40-foot wide oceanfront corner lot with three-car garage. This home is situated on an prime corner lot located at 10th and Oceanfront on the Balboa Peninsula, directly between the Newport Pier and the Balboa Pier. With views of both piers, this home boasts stunning sit-down panoramic Catalina Island and ocean views. This home offers six bedrooms, six bathrooms, gourmet kitchen, and it also offers a desired downstairs bedroom and bathroom. This home features formal and casual dining rooms, with the formal having a sit-down ocean view, high-end accommodations for friends and family, Southern California’s best surfing in your front yard, and being minutes away to the best of what Newport Beach has to offer – it doesn’t get any better. 942 West Oceanfront in Newport Beach is paradise.
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Expansive homesites starting from $2.75 million. Set in the scenic Newport Coast hillside above the Pacific Ocean, Crystal Cove is ideal for a serene retreat or an evening of entertainment. It is conveniently located within reach of Southern California’s most desired destinations and venues, and the community offers pools, trails, parks and access to the beach. Crystal Cove is the perfect place for coastal luxury living. 19 Waves End | Homesite 15B | Offered for $7,990,000
10 Coastline | Homesite 4 | Offered for $3,490,000
9 Waves End | Homesite 19B | Offered for $6,550,000
16 Waves End | Homesite 6B | Offered for $3,390,000
6 Swimmers Point | Homesite 15 | Offered for $4,990,000
11 Coral Ridge | Homesite 47B | Offered for $2,750,000
10 Swimmers Point | Homesite 13 | Offered for $4,475,000
For more information please call 949.720.2683
2 Coastline | Homesite 1 | Offered for $3,795,000 Surterre Properties®, Seller’s Agent California BRE #01778230
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PAMELA HORTON & AMANDA HORTON
VILLA LA MER
M O N TA G E V I L L A | L A G U N A B E A C H
Presenting Villa La Mer, an exclusive Montage Villa. Craftsman-style architecture appointed with exceptional detail and quality of design. Three bedroom suites, approximately 2,874 square feet. End location on single level with private spa and patios. Ocean views, situated on the Montage Resort grounds for a true resort living experience yet with the privacy of a unique residence.
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PAMELA HORTON & AMANDA HORTON C 949.633.6667 | C 949.422.6122
OCEAN VIEWS THE VILLAGE | CORONA DEL MAR
This one-of-a-kind contemporary masterpiece exquisitely frames breathtaking white-water views of Little Corona Beach and Arch Rock with private beach access. Completed in 2015, the threelevel design is centered around a dramatic glass staircase and offers three bedrooms, three-and-one-half baths, a media room, great room and a fabulous kitchen. Every level welcomes stunning sit-down ocean views and each features an outdoor view deck.
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KELLY MORTENSEN C 949.629.8618
CHRIS | CRAIG | SHARON
TUSCAN ESTATE S H A D Y
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Designed and built with attention to detail, this is a home like no other in a setting of luxury and natural beauty. Located in one of the most prestigious communities in Orange County and embracing all the best of Southern California. The estateâ€™s architectural features and interior amenities provide a warm and inviting atmosphere. The setting allows for incomparable levels of privacy and beauty with the rear grounds abutting to a peaceful arroyo and the surrounding hillsides.
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SHARON VALLI C 714.883.4398
CRAIG VALLI C 949.584.7111
CHRIS VALLI C 714.883.4397
TERRI TRINIDAD LAGUNA BEACH Offered for $4,495,000 Premier oceanfront Village location. Private access to one of the best surfing beaches in Laguna. This unique property features three bedrooms, two baths with panoramic ocean, Catalina Island, coastline, sand and rock views. This special property has beautiful upgrades, including African Jatoba wood floors, mahogany French doors and windows throughout. Master bedroom suite with sitting area and walk-in closet. Lower level has additional family room/den with wet bar and large inside laundry room. Outside shower. Two-car garage with additional parking outside of garage.
NIGUEL SHORES MONARCH BEACH Offered for $4,495,000 Spectacular newer built custom ocean view home in the guard-gated community of Niguel Shores. This immaculate home features a spacious open floor plan with four bedrooms, four baths, and media/office. Close to beach, clubhouse, pool/ tennis, renowned hotel/resorts, Dana Point Harbor, surfing and trails.
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TERRI TRINIDAD C 949.929.5865
BLATCHFORD GROUP Newportâ€™s Connection to a Lifestyle in the Hills of North Tustin LEMON HEIGHTS NORTH TUSTIN Offered for $2,499,998 Custom Lemon Heights home sits in a much coveted gated small enclave of homes in the North Tustin hills. This four bedroom, four-and-one-half bath home is approximately 6,070 square feet. Built in 1999, this home has now been professionally landscaped, including Olympic-sized swimming pool, spa, vineyard, many fruit trees and incredible rose gardens. w w w.1 852Sharon. com
IN ESCROW | NORTH TUSTIN | $1,599,000 |
SOLD | NORTH TUSTIN | $1,855,000 |
Ultimate North Tustin four bedroom view home with beautiful pool
Another Exceptional Property Sold by the Blatchford Group
and deck. California-style kitchen and family room with fireplace
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LAURA BLATCHFORD C 714.612.6883
ED BLATCHFORD C 714.865.6348
FACES + PLACES
photographs by Nick Koon
SURF N’ SOIREE
It was a classic Southern California affair at Pacific Symphony’s 2015 Gala “Celebrating Carl St. Clair’s 25 Years in Orange County.” Held at Hotel Irvine, the brilliantly conceived, beach-themed soiree certainly made a splash with a lively reception featuring a mechanical shark and a mobile surfboard, along with a host of ocean-inspired appetizers. Transformed into an enchanting orange grove, the main dining hall glistened with dim purple lighting, with rows of fragrant orange trees setting the scene for a most memorable evening. As guests relished in a lavish meal, a heartwarming ceremony in honor of St. Clair
infused the affair with both nostalgia and inspiration. Friends of the maestro expressed their gratitude with an endearing video montage and framed picture compilation of his time at the Symphony, while St. Clair delivered a most heartfelt speech of his own. A thrilling live auction and donations to the “Fund-ADream” cause followed the commemoration, while timeless beach tunes made for a full dance floor. The highlight of the festivities: a surprise “flash mob” performance of Ode to Joy from Beethoven’s Ninth with rock overlay by Symphony musicians, who, as always, hit a high note.
LEFT to RIGHT + TOP to BOTTOM: David & Michelle Horowitz Janice Johnson, Carl St. Clair, Susan St. Clair, Lou Spisto Peter Keller, Ann Shih, Danny Shih Paul & Margo Folino Doug Freeman, Lynn Freeman, Mike Gordon, Ellie Gordon Chris Porteous, Bonnie Nolan, Jennifer Blanchfield, and Michelle Anderson David & Betty Tsoong
FACES + PLACES
photographs by McCune Photography
LEFT to RIGHT + TOP to BOTTOM: Youngsong Martin, Natalia Jung Carolyn Chen Jayme Vainer, Courtney LaPeter, Aiko Choi and Marisol Marteja Sally Shin, Christine Lee
The always chic and sophisticated Wildflower Linen debuted its new summer collection with a spectacular cinema-worthy soiree. The intimate affair, organized by Expressionary Events, was held at Wildflower’s brilliantly designed Costa Mesa showroom. The 40 Orange County wedding and event professionals in attendance delighted in perusing the elegantly adorned space, which showcased Wildflower’s exquisite wares on an array of cocktail and dining tables. Assemblages on display included the Coastal Collection, inspired by everything seaside, from rocky
cliffs and pebble beaches to sandy boardwalks; and the Hampton Collection, representing sophistication and luxury living while maintaining a natural, organic elegance. After pouring over the décor, guests sat down to a finely prepared and presented meal by Pueblo Restaurant, featuring a gourmet Tapas menu and handcrafted drinks. In true Wildflower fashion, layers of their signature, custom ballerina tulle graced the surface of a grand dessert table hosting an assortment of sumptuous sweet treats by Candy Girls Inc. A simply sweet finish.
FACES + PLACES
It was all sun, fun and play in picturesque Cabo San Lucas, Mexico for the 19th annual Stars & Stripes Tournament. The four-day festival, held at the Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort, saw 600plus participants enjoy breathtaking views and direct access to one of the area’s most exclusive beaches. Amid this backdrop, eager anglers launched lures into pristine seas off the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula at sunrise each day of the festival. On land, golfers playing the Chileno Bay Golf Course soaked in the beauty of the Sea of Cortez while teeing off; link lovers at the Club Campestre San Jose course, meanwhile, played among the stunning backdrop
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of the Baja California desert. The tournament came to a rockin’ close during the Saturday night dinner, where the stars came out by way of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Sammy Hagar, who played a spectacular beachside show with Cabo Uno. As always, at the heart of the weekend was the organization’s dedication to helping Orange County youth, with this year’s event benefitting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County, Miracles For Kids, Orangewood Children’s Foundation, CASA of Orange County and HomeAid Orange County. Truly inspirational!
LEFT to RIGHT + TOP to BOTTOM: Anthony & Shannon Mays Bren Fiona, Chris Ivey, Dan Fiona Dan Seebold, Kathryn Grant Caesar & Heather Cavaricci Debbie Masek, Wendy Slosson Sean Curran, Maxine Curran, Scott Larson, Christine Larson
FACES + PLACES
photographs by Ann Chatillon, Nick Koon & Ryan Miller
LEFT to RIGHT + TOP to BOTTOM: Andrew Sharpless, Jon Hamm, Enric Sala January Jones Kiernan Shipka Valarie Van Cleave, Eve Ruffatto Beth Behrs Oscar Nunez, Ursula Whittaker
The pristine blue waters of the Pacific seemed to stretch on endlessly from the shores of The Strand in Dana Point as gussied-up guests made their way to the beach for Oceana’s 8th annual SeaChange Summer Party. Over 400 ocean enthusiasts attended the event, featuring a host of notables, including Jon Hamm, January Jones, Sam Waterston, Beth Behrs and Kiernan Shipka. Partygoers chatted while sipping signature Nolet cocktails before sitting down to an exquisite meal. Oceana executives and celebrity supporters alike all spoke to the importance of this
year’s theme, “Save the Oceans; Feed the World.” Also taking the stage was the evening’s guest of honor, marine ecologist and National Geographic Explorerin-Residence, Dr. Enric Sala, who was given Oceana’s Ocean Heroes award. As event presentations wound down, the party revved up with silent and live auctions that got guests bidding for covetable prizes, while Bethany Joy Lenz gave a musical performance. As guests danced the night away in the Post Party Lounge, wafts of cool sea breeze reminded all of the great wonder worth saving.
FACES + PLACES
photographs courtesy of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club
REVELRYat the RACES
Things certainly got off to a running start at Del Mar Race Track’s Opening Day on July 16, featuring its renowned Opening Day Hats Contest, with eager racing experts and novices alike hoping to beat the odds with a winning ticket. After a thrilling day at the track, the party revved up at L’Auberge Del Mar’s famous Opening Day After Party. There, stunning ocean views from the resort’s Pacific, Sunset and Ocean Terraces provided a picturesque backdrop for the evening’s festivities. Party-goers relished
in delicious bites prepared by the award-winning culinary team at KITCHEN 1540 while sipping on handcrafted cocktails and taking in all the sights and sounds of Del Mar nightlife at its finest. The sweet sounds and smooth beats of Southern California DJ FishFonics and three-time winner of the San Diego Music Award for Best DJ, Gabe Vega, had guests up and on the dance floor well into the night. Gorgeous views, delectable cuisine and a lively atmosphere—all make for the perfect trifecta of fun.
LEFT to RIGHT + TOP to BOTTOM: Liliana Prieto Tanya Shubin Opening day guests After party scene at L’Auberge Del Mar Belinda Berry Opening day guests
FACES + PLACES
photographs by Tony Florez
LEFT to RIGHT + TOP to BOTTOM: Jim & Jessica Sears Johnny Marques, Anicia Bragg, Ilan Srulovicz, Lior Srulovicz, Isauro Mercado III Jason Ellis, Angie Sadeghi Dean Cain, Cherelle Reaves-Berrard, Joanna Krupa Violinist Steven Bud Mastropaolo, Kim Fisher, Richard McCay, Chiedza Mavangira Ribbon Cutting
The stars were out at Beverly Hills Rejuvenation Center as they celebrated the grand opening of their fourth location in Newport Beach. The elegant event, held at the brandâ€™s new Corona del Mar location, was graciously put on by ACCESS Production, Cherelle Reaves-Berrard and the BHRC team, and featured appearances from notable celebrities such as Joanna Krupa, Dean Cain, Gretchen Rossi of The Real Housewives of Orange County, Jim Sears of The Doctors and Richard Burgi of General Hospital. The 300 guests in attendance enjoyed exclusive promotions, facility tours and live demonstrations while relishing
exquisite vino from LYRA and Hamilton Oaks Fine Wines, handcrafted cocktails from Tres Sietes Tequila and delectable lite bites from local favorites, Sushi Roku and Port Street Restaurant. A lively silent auction sponsored by Red O followed, which included products and packages from Allergen, Merz and Galderma. All the glamour of the evening also came with a good cause, as 10 percent of the eveningâ€™s proceeds benefitted Angels for Animals Rescue. A truly stunning soiree well worthy of this lavish new locale.
B A S K TA B L E
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bask Loves Wine & Cheese THE BEST OF THE PERFECT DUO
A stroll through Laguna Beach’s charming Pottery Place will ultimately lead to Sapphire Laguna, the restaurant’s inviting patio offering shoppers a respite to partake in a glass of wine and an array of small plates featuring California and global cuisine. Diners can indulge in a superb wine list and a cheese sampling selection that includes a tasting of four hand-selected artisanal cheeses from Sapphire Pantry’s “Cave d’Affinage,” which offers a selection of more than 100 types of fromage. 1200 South Coast Hwy. #101, Laguna Beach 949.715.9888 | Sapphirellc.com
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With fine, limited-edition wines, and mouthwatering small plates, the Wine Gallery in Laguna Beach serves a delectable wine and cheese duo. An eclectic selection of domestic and imported bottles are available, as well as wines by the glass and wine flights, while various artisan cheeses (from California, France, Italy and Spain), charcuterie and bruschetta perfectly complement the vino. 1833 S. Coast Hwy. #110, Laguna Beach 949.715.8744 | WineGalleryLaguna.com
John Hughes & Juliette Chung
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JULIETTE KITCHEN & BAR
An impressive wine list and appealing selection of cheese and charcuterie await epicureans at Juliette Kitchen & Bar in Newport Beach. Wine director John Hughes (the bistro’s co-owner along with his wife Juliette) handpicks exceptional wines, including reds, whites and sparkling wines served by the glass or bottle, in addition to a wine flight option. To pair with the delicious sips, guests can select a combination of cheese or charcuterie with a choice of three or five items. Additionally, the artisan cheese is served with house-made seasonal jam, raisins on the vine and a grilled baguette. 1000 N. Bristol St. #11, Newport Beach 949.752.5854 | JulietteNB.com
DaVine’s perfect pairing
DAVINE FOOD AND WINE
At Dana Point Harbor, wine and cheese lovers can enjoy luscious sips and appetizing small plates at DaVine Food and Wine. Savor boutique wines—many from California’s Central Coast region—while noshing on artisan cheese and other tantalizing bites. Although the menu changes often, guests can select from two cheese plate options, including a choice of four artisan cheeses served with salami or fresh fruit, in addition to California almonds and assorted breads. 34673 Golden Lantern St., Dana Point 949.493.4044 | DaVine-Wine.com
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MOULIN OFFERS FOODIES A TASTE OF PARIS IN OC
DREAMING OF FRESH-BAKED baguettes and viennoiseries, but don’t want to contend with jet lag? At Newport’s Moulin, diners can tempt their taste buds with a culinary trip to the City of Light without ever having to leave Orange County. With a newly expanded space, owner Laurent Vrignaud’s authentic Paris bistro (complete with imported ovens for baking bread and pastries) stands as a favorite destination for Francophiles and foodies craving exceptional French cuisine. Chef Jeoffrey Offer and baker-pastry chef Patrick Sigaud, both trained in their native France, present traditional fare such as croque madame and le poulet frites (a classic dish featuring a roasted chicken, green salad, and hand cut pommes frites, mashed or rustic potatoes), in addition to mouthwatering crepes, tartes, eclairs and other desserts. An outdoor terrace with umbrella-covered tables and a water fountain adds to the cafe’s charming ambience. Don’t miss the weekly three-course chef ’s dinner on Tuesdays, or the Entrecote Steak Frites dinner (salad, steak and unlimited fries) on Thursdays. Bon Appetit!
Moulin 1000 N. Bristol St. Newport Beach, CA 949.474.0920 MoulinBistro.com
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Culinary Queen A TALENTED TOQUE FOCUSES ON ARGENTINEAN FLAVORS AND AWARD-WINNING DESSERTS IN LAGUNA BEACH
Chef Debra Sims
aro Wood Grill’s executive chef, Debra Sims, is known for her extraordinary confections, which earned her the 2013 and 2014 Golden Foodie Award for Most Delicious Dessert in OC. The Coloradoraised chef honed her culinary skills as a line cook under chef Andy Pastore, at Ritual Supper Club in L.A., and via various pastry gigs. Given that Maro owner Mariano Molteni and Sims share the same vision, the Argentinean-inspired steakhouse has been a hit with foodies since its arrival five years ago. Here, bask asks the personable, communityminded chef to share her recipe for success. Maro Wood Grill 1915 South Coast Hwy. Laguna Beach, CA 949.793.4044 MaroWoodGrill.com
What’s your philosophy when it comes to food, and your approach to the menu? I only serve our clients what we would eat. I love organic, fresh, clean food. We don’t use a lot of sauces and I use the wood grill as much as possible. We source grass-fed beef, organic chicken and sustainable fish. As for the rest of the menu, I design it around the seasonal produce or whatever has recently inspired me. Did you always want to be a chef ? No, I graduated from culinary school six years ago. Before that I was in the Navy, got
a bachelor’s degree from Chico State, went to law school for one year, sold boats and yachts in Long Beach, and was an escrow officer in the San Fernando Valley. Kudos on your award-winning bread pudding. Any idea what tempting treats might appear on the fall dessert menu? We serve seasonal items, so our fall desserts always include some apples, citrus, nuts, and of course, the Dulce de Leche. I recently did a gluten/dairy detox, so I’m researching and developing some of those types of desserts. I’m thinking some curds, yummy ice creams and some great gluten-free cakes. As a chef, I feel it’s very valuable to adjust your menu according to food trends. What’s one essential ingredient that’s always in your kitchen? All-natural Sonoma sea salt. It’s the foundation of all the dishes we serve. If there is no salt, there is no flavor, period. Even in the desserts. What’s next? Laguna Beach doesn’t have a butcher shop. I’m just sayin’.
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ON THE EVE OF HER REEMERGENCE ONTO THE WORLD STAGE AFTER A CLOSELY GUARDED OVERHAUL, BASK REFLECTS ON THE HOTEL RITZ PARIS
s the palatial Ritz Paris—that beacon of prestige lording over the Place Vendome in the city’s 1st Arrondissement— inches closer to reopening after a multi-million dollar renovation, the world waits. Although details of the high-profile overhaul remain shrouded in CIA-like secrecy, expect the City of Light landmark to emerge evermore luminous. A tall order, perhaps, given that few five-star hotels have endeavored to be as luxurious as the Ritz; its campaign to put one at home was waged long before “bespoke” was a buzzword. So luxurious, famed fashion designer Coco Chanel moved into the Ritz (with a suede settee and a folding screen from Coromandel, no less) during the 1930s. After her, there was Ernest Hemingway, who used the liberation of Paris to take credit for “liberating” the hotel bar in 1944. Royalty, celebrities and creatives of seemingly every stripe—all have roosted at the Ritz. While it is romantic to credit the sustained intrigue to je ne sais 138
quoi, the rightful crown-wearer is Swiss hotelier Cesar Ritz, who along with iconic French chef Auguste Escoffier, founded the hotel in 1898, then set about installing refinements considered extraordinary for their day, like indirect lighting and modern bathrooms. Today, the timeless hotel remains of-the-moment with bona fides ranging from the Imperial Suite, where it’s rumored to host a replicate room of Marie-Antoinette’s very own at Versailles; culinary atelier Ecole Ritz Escoffier cooking school; Bar Hemingway, which takes its name from America’s famously untamed literary lion; and the Ritz Club, with its glorious pool. As an imprint of collective memory, the grand-dame hotel cuts a wide swath, having appeared in such disparate fare as F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Tender is the Night, Hollywood comedies and fashion spreads in Vogue. Now, with buzz building for the hotel’s triumphant return, set for later this year, all of Paris poises to once again be putting on the Ritz.
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