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REAL ESTATE & DESIGN ISSUE

CELEBRATE DISCOVER EXPERIENCE

FRANK GEHRY’S

SOUTHLAND ARCHITECTURE

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IMPASSIONED DESIGNER LUIGI IRAUZQUI By Robyn Flans

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FRANK GEHRY CONSTRUCTING THE EXTRAORDINARY By Dustin Clendenen

On Life, Love And NCIS By Robyn Flans

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ARTEMESIA LEONARD FENTON’S HOLLYWOOD HILLS MASTERPIECE By Sheryl Nance-Nash

50/ EMILY WICKERSHAM Photographed by BENNY HADDAD

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10/ AFFAIRS TO REMEMBER Bloom

12/ LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER/ EDITOR.IN.CHIEF Monique Reidy

15/ ENCHANTING ESCAPES Vacationing In High So Cal Style BY LINDA LANG

20/ SIGNATURES & LANDMARKS

From Nat King Cole To The New Face Of Soul, Capitol Studios Celebrates 60 BY ERIKA THOMAS

25/ SO CAL CULTURE

The Fantastic-Four “Castles” In Southern California

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30/ TRENDING TALK Are You Living A Lopsided Life?

BY ESTHER C. BLEUEL, MA, MFT, MDR

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Doughnuts To Donuts To Cronuts BY LINDA LANG

74/ THE HOOD

LA JOLLA: The Jewel Of San Diego BY LINDA LANG

80/ TO-DO-LIST

PIER REVIEW: So Cal’s Beachside Recreation Sites BY LISA KESTENBUAM

85/ FAMILY FUN

The Best So Cal Strolls With A Stroller BY MACKENZIE MILLER

88/PERFECT PICKS

Mother’s/Father’s Day Gift Guide BY NICOLE POLLASTRINI

93/ ON THE CALENDAR 96/ SOOO CAL Trash?

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32/ FAB FINDS

Spring’s Fabulous Goods BY NICOLE POLLASTRINI

34/ OFF THE BEATEN PATH

The Best Hikes In Los Angeles BY BENNY HADDAD

52/ BUBBLES & BREWS

VODKA: For The Charitable And Health-Conscious Consumer BY GINA MCGALLIARD

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CHEF RICHARD BLAIS Takes Charge Of San Diego BY IMAAN JALALI

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EDITORAL MONIQUE REIDY

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ENTERTAINMENT AND PROFILES EDITOR

ANTONI PHAM

ERIKA THOMAS

CREATIVE DIRECTOR

LANDMARKS AND HISTORICAL FEATURES EDITOR

BENNY HADDAD

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY

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MONIQUE REIDY

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CHERYL DALTON

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CIRCULATION CONSULTANT

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A CENTENNIAL GUILD FUNDRAISER FOR CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL OF LOS ANGELES BLOOM:

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FOUR SEASONS HOTEL IN WESTLAKE VILLAGE, THE CENTENNIAL GUILD OF CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL LOS ANGELES hosted its successful biennial fundraising event, BLOOM women’s health conference. Returning as the Mistress of Ceremonies, the charming and inspiring KYM DOUGLAS welcomed more than 350 Mothers, Daughters, Sisters and Friends who shared a full day of substantive and informative keynote speakers, break-out sessions, inspiring live entertainment, luncheon and an all day juried boutique. 1

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Musso, Kym Douglas, Kim Fardad 2. Melissa Gissinger, Nina Rice, Lena Alexander 3. Teine 'Dana' Kenney, CPO in her break-out session ''The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up'' 4. Judy Kerner 5. Paulette Lambert's Cookbook was included in the price of the break-out session 6. Shannon Sorrenson, Marilyn Wabby 7. Shawn Sheffield, MBA, MHSA USC Keck School of Medicine 8. Paulette Lambert 9. Thank You to our lead sponsor, Nordstrom with Maria Ramirez, Jennifer Mizon, Tishia Bouchez 10. Lori Corbin, Food & Fitness Coach for ABC-7 interviewing BLOOM Co-Chairs Angela Cabrera & Jennifer Loper


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T’S ENTIRELY COINCIDENTAL THAT OUR Home and Design issue happens to fall into our editorial cycle during the months we celebrate Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. But since many of us derive our concept of “home” from the place we shared life with our parents or the one in which we live with our children and loved ones, it seems quite suitable. Even though as a child my family moved numerous times and most relocations were stressful for my brother and me, I have warm memories of each place we called home. It isn’t because the physical structures had any particular significance, but the experiences we shared as a family contributed to my psychological and social development and helped shape me emotionally. My parents have now both passed away, but I often recall the persistent effort they exerted to fill our home with unconditional love and support. As I raised my own children, the tone of our home was always of great “IT TAKES HANDS concern as I sought to institute a secure and stable setting where each child TO BUILD A knew she was cared for and valued. My daughters, now adults and establishHOUSE, BUT ONLY ing homes of their own, are seeking to create warm and stable environments HEARTS CAN for their respective families. BUILD A HOME.” Even though a home has more to do with human experiences than AUTHOR UNKNOWN material construction, a well-designed residence, whether lavish or modest, is always admirable. Those who live there, as well as those who visit, appreciate the time and creativity involved in forming a house into a home. We take a look at a few such properties in this, our Home and Design edition. From unique castles to Frank Gehry’s work and Leonard Fenton’s renovation, we explore some notable and historic architecture throughout Southern California. We also examine a few extraordinary designers who have helped to establish the Southland as one of the most coveted real estate communities in the nation. This issue also reveals luxury rental opportunities (in case you feel like experiencing some of those amazing homes personally!) as well as uncovers trails where hikers can enjoy nature and view landmark buildings along the way. We hope you find this May/June issue inspiring, and wish you a Mother’s and Father’s Day surrounded by those you love. Warm wishes,

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ACATION TIME IS HERE. FLOWERS COLOR MULTITUDES OF GARDENS, TREE-DOTTED HILLS AND LUSH MOUNTAIN SLOPES. THEY ALSO FILL THE AIR WITH FRAGRANCE. Majestic trees shade picnic tables and patios, sunrises are their most glorious, and blazing sunsets rippling upon the Pacific seldom fail to meet expectations. In planning your escape, don't dismiss luxury house and villa rentals as budget-breakers. If anything, they can be the most economical vacation choice for multi-generational families and friends. There are lots of great rental agencies specializing in a wide range of options. LET’S LOOK AT A FEW LOCATED HERE IN SUNNY SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. H

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Overlooking the foaming waves of the blue Pacific, the entire glass front of this 3600 sq. ft. Neo-Victorian house provides mesmerizing views from anywhere in the living room, kitchen, dining room, and master bedroom. The living room is complete with plush seating, 52" TV, and 21' high, open-beam ceilings encasing a long skylight. French doors open onto the expansive deck with a table seating six, sheltered by a remote-control retractable awning. The large, newly-remodeled open kitchen with granite counter and bar-stool seating for eight and neighboring dining room accommodating eight all overlook the sand and surf. This property can be rented as a 6-bedroom, 3-bath home for 12 or 13-14 with the 1-bedroom lower level apartment. The master king's all-glass front opens onto its own private deck with sofa, table for six, fireplace and retractable awning. On this level are two more bedrooms with obstructed views. On top of the house is another bedroom with a king bed, daybed, pullout single and 180-degree ocean view and private deck. The house sits just yards from its private beach and its own jacuzzi with easy access to kayaking, surfing, and sailing, fishing, diving, swimming, tide pools and more. Represented by VRBO, you can check it out at www.vrbo.com/210306. Owners/managers Diana and Alan Armstrong are also nearby if needed. You can also call them at 310.210.7156.

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SPLENDOR IN THE MOUNTAINS

If you're a mountain lover, Big Bear Vacations' Fox Tower Manor on 1.87 acres in the exclusive Fox Farm area is an exceptional luxury escape sought after by celebs and other notables. Custom-built, this exquisite 5000 sq. ft. lodge-style home overlooking the valley has hand-hewn wood siding, tile and slate rock, huge beamed ceilings, granite travertine gourmet kitchen with stainless steel appliances, a flat screen Dish TV, and every other conceivable amenity. The living room with fireplace accesses the expansive back deck complete with BBQ and outdoor spa. The formal dining table seats eight and an additional eight can be accommodated at the granite counter bar. The grand staircase leads up to a second living area with fireplace, wet bar, fridge and balcony with expansive views. The first master on the main level has a king bed, fireplace, bath with jetted spa tub, and access to front deck seating. The second and third bedrooms are queens which can also access the front deck. On the second level is another master with a king bed, huge private bath, Dish TV, fireplace, and private balcony. The fifth master has a queen bed and back deck access. There's also a media room, flat Dish TV, plush furnishings and amazing panoramas from the back deck. Minutes away by car are Snow Summit or Bear Mountain Ski Resort. www.bigbearvacations.com/fox-tower-manor-1594 | 877.417.6504 CONTINUED

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On an acre hidden behind high gates in the heart of Palm Springs’ 13 legendary movie colony neighborhood is Sandacre, a Spanish estate reminiscent of Hollywood’s golden era dating back to 1933. While retaining its historical grandeur, amenities have been updated to today's luxury standards. The great room features elegant beamed ceilings, Spanish-style doors while the living area and other rooms house many technological toys including a home-theater system, media center, Wi-Fi and more. Sandacre’s magnificent five bedrooms include the master with a four-poster bed to four-poster bed and fireplace. The second and third bedrooms interconnect while the fourth has a double bed. It is rumored that Marilyn Monroe, when visiting, preferred the comfort of the fifth bedroom in the tower. The tiled patio with views of the San Jacinto Mountains features a pool, hot tub, stylish deck furniture, poolside cabana and a second covered patio. You can also test your skills on the private tennis court then unwind during an al fresco feast from the grill and after-dinner drinks around the outdoor fireplace under the stars. Nearby is Palm Canyon Drive with its upscale shops, art galleries, dining spots and vibrant nightlife. And, of course, the area's many golf courses await. Represented by Outvilla by Luxury Retreats, the property accommodates 10 guests over the age of 25. Pets considered. www.outvillas.com/villa.aspx?villa=107070 | 866.205.1624

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11. The living room reflects old movie colony elegance. 12. Sandacre sits behind high gates on nearly an acre in Palm Springs’ famous Movie Colony neighborhood. 13. The five spacious bedrooms sleep 10. 14. A secluded pool and stylish patio furniture are just steps outside. 15. The gourmet kitchen is a cook's dream. COURTESY OF LUXURY RETREATS

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In prestigious Sunset Cliffs estates by Point Loma is Villa Del Sol, a 4400 sq. ft. private oceanfront escape complete with a seven-hole putting green, jacuzzi, private pool, outdoor oceanfront kitchen, billiards room, media room and grand piano. Sweeping ocean panoramas are unmatched and the two-mile long unspoiled urban coastline of Sunset Cliffs Nature Park enjoyed by joggers, walkers, hikers and bicyclists is a step outside. The oceanfront deck spans more than 70 ft. and the living room is equipped with high-powered tripod binoculars for dolphin and whale watching and telescope for stargazing. The six bedrooms include a king and queen with en suite baths and ocean views, a king with two twins, a queen, one with three twins, and a king with a queen futon. Just two blocks away is a little village with shops and restaurants and just beyond is the famous Ocean Beach Pier, the longest pleasure pier on the West Coast. Just 10 minutes from downtown San Diego, you are just minutes from all the major attractions including Sea World, San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park, the historic Gaslamp District, Little Italy, and new Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum. Contact Cal Vacations Homes' owner Joseph Rohn directly at 619.224.4643 | www.calvacationhomes.com/#!villa-del-sol/cmc5. â?–

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16. The flow of rooms on the main level features views from almost every corner. 17. Villa Del Sol, with its unobstructed view, is one of the few oceanfront luxury homes available for rent in the Sunset Cliffs area. 18. The inside gourmet kitchen also comes with a view. 19. A billiards room awaits your pleasure. 20. A spacious 70-foot deck runs the length of the house. COURTESY OF WWW.CALVACATIONHOMES.COM

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tower in 1956, the year it opened. 2. A reel-to-reel Studer recording machine is part of Capitol's vast collection of vintage gear. 3. Frank Sinatra with Welton Becket's architectural model for the new Capitol Records tower. 4. Studio A's elaborate, state-of-theart console. BISON ARCHIVES

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IX DECADES AFTER OPENING, THE ICONIC TOWER WITH THE STACK-OF-RECORDS SHAPE REMAINS A CULTURAL ICON AND A HUB FOR THE RECORDING INDUSTRY’S BRIGHTEST STARS. Designed by Welton Becket and Associates, Capitol Records would be the first circular office building in the world. Construction on the opulent 13-story structure began in 1955 and was completed in 1956; and from the start, it not only became an instantly recognizable landmark, it was a mecca for the hottest acts in the business. Peggy Lee, Keely Smith, Bobby Darin, Kay Starr and Dean Martin were only some of the mega-talented performers on the label’s star-studded roster. It would become synonymous with Frank Sinatra — most notably Studio A — where the Chairman of the Board belted out innumerable hits, many of which were accompanied by the flawless orchestral arrangements of Nelson Riddle. During the 1960s it was the Beatles and the Beach Boys — bands that not only recorded at Capitol Studios, but whose music would define an entire era and gain unprecedented popularity as the decades went on. In later years, everyone from Tina Turner, Elton John and the Beastie Boys, to 50 Cent and the Foo Fighters would record under the Capitol label. More recently, it’s the place Ringo Starr celebrated his 75th birthday and when a major renovation was completed in Studio A, Paul McCartney was the first artist to make music in the newly refurbished space. Now, the iconic tower with the 90foot spire — its bright light still blinking out the word “Hollywood” in Morse code — will celebrate its sixth decade by opening its doors to the public, hosting the first-ever Studio Open Day. The festival-style event will take place May 21 and 22 and will include H

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founders (L-R) Johnny Mercer, Glenn Wallichs and Buddy DeSylva. 6. A southward view on Vine Street of Capitol Records in 2013. The street and the building are virtually unchanged in six decades. 7. Nat King Cole's Steinway and Sons grand piano.

Vinyl Fest (for vinyl records enthusiasts), tours of the recording facilities and even the opportunity to work the equipment; and although the festivities will commemorate 60 years, the legacy of the West Coast’s first record label goes back even further. Record store impresario Glenn Wallichs would team up with former Paramount Pictures producer and songwriter, Buddy DeSylva and composer Johnny Mercer, officially launching the Capitol Records label in 1942. Situated directly above Wallichs’ record shop, Capitol Records and Wallichs Music City became the go-to spot for all-things music, hosting record signings and other events. By the time the tower was completed in 1956, Capitol Records had gained major momentum as a label. Though it would enjoy decades of unprecedented success, it would eventually face a downturn. Former Columbia Records President, Steve Barnett, stepped in to run the label in 2012. He set about reestablishing Capitol Records as a creative brand that stands as much for its music super-talent and state-of-the-art technology as it does for its legacy. A renovation would not only give the inside of the tower a facelift (new paint and décor as well as new studio consoles, speakers and other upgrades), the iconic music label would sign new talent — including Grammy winner Sam Smith (who recently earned the moniker “The New Face of Soul”) and Aussie boy band 5 Seconds of Summer — and merge with Universal Music Group, a partnership that’s reinvigorated Capitol Records. Today, the newly restored entertainment landmark is still home to the top names in the business (Mary J. Blige and Katy Perry) and is one of the few-remaining labels with its own studio. And although a major renovation took place, the studio maintains a vast collection of legacy recording equipment, still perfectly intact, with Smith and John Legend often requesting Sinatra’s original microphone. 7 Capitol’s Vice President of Studios, Paula Salvatore, says, “Our legacy is defined by our unprecedented history of classic recording artists such as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Nat King Cole and so many more. We’re often referred to as ‘The house that Nat built’; we want to balance that legacy with the quality of our vintage gear, but also with technical excellence and state-ofthe-art advancements.” Here’s to another 60 years of making music that’s “Unforgettable.” ❖

For tickets to Capitol Studios 60th anniversary event, www.capitolstudios.com

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HEN YOU HEAR THE WORD “CASTLE,” YOU MIGHT IMMEDIATELY THINK OF STONE-SPIRALING RELICS OF ANTIQUITY THAT SERVE AS REMINDERS OF A BYGONE ERA OF HUMANITY WHEN VASSALS, LORDS, AND FIEFS RULED THE LAND. BUT “CASTLE” CAN ALSO BE USED TO DESCRIBE POSTMODERN ARCHITECTURAL PHENOMENA THAT ARE AS RELEVANT TODAY AS THEY WERE WHEN THEY WERE FIRST ERECTED. HERE ARE FOUR PRIME EXAMPLES OF “CASTLES,” RE-IMAGINED WITH CLASS, DIGNITY,

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WHERE: Palm Desert

The Desert Castle in Palm Desert is one of the foremost

vacation retreats in the area. The 7-bedroom, 7.5-bath mansion is what opulent and lavish dreams are made of. The castle is situated rather unexpectedly on the 18th fairway of the DESERT SPRINGS GOLF COURSE. The main house is beige in color and wonderfully rustic in design, with plenty of palm trees and welcoming archways for visitors. At night, the castle lights up with an attractive orange incandescence that infuses the observer with inspiration. Inside the GREAT HALL of the property is a particularly classic overhead mural on the vaulted ceiling featuring women (of possibly the Baroque era) playing instruments and dancing, in addition to a loving couple holding their babies. The living room, moreover, is spacious with an open view of the verdant patio. There is, of course, the dining room with gold-plated chairs, bedrooms/beds with ornate-column wood designs and bathtubs carved out of marble. Not to mention, there is a pool/spa replete with a waterfall. www.desertcastle.com

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Opened on January 2, 1963, the Magic Castle is one of those exclusive places, with a strictly-adhered-to dress code, that you hear about, but unfortunately can't attend and witness firsthand if not for being a member (there are only around 5,000 in all) or receiving an invite from one who is. If you are one of the lucky ones, you'll enter the heart of the roughly 20,000 square-foot establishment once you tell an owl statue next to a bookcase in the lobby to "Open Sesame." From there, you'll be among five wood-shined bars, including one from the 1969 film “Hello, Dolly!�, and find yourself nestled inside an ambiance with furniture primarily imported from abroad. Furthermore, you'll be among the vintage HARRY HOUDINI seance room (which costs $1,000 per person to have dinner in) his well-kept artifacts, including his old handcuffs, milk jug, and one of his straitjackets. The origins of DISNEYLAND'S HAUNTED MANSION is also explained at the castle with the actual prototype, crafted by MAGICIAN MASTER GRACEY, for the famous scene where Victorian-era ghosts are circling a candlelit dinner. Of course, there is the magical sleight of hand by a lineup of legendary connoisseurs of magic, which changes on a weekly basis. Four rooms in total and two bars (The Close-Up Gallery, Parlour of Prestidigitation, and The Palace of Mystery, The Peller Theatre, Hat and Hare Pub, and W.C. Fields Bar) house the acts. One tenured magician at the castle who must be seen is the fantastically charismatic, playing cardillusionist, BODINE BALASCO. Certainly, the dinner offered at the restaurant on the premises is fabulous, highlighted by the calamari and garlic/rosemary-marinated and the incredibly tender Colorado Rack of Lamb. www.magiccastle.com

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Standing since 1921, after 12 years of conception, design (taken from Middle-Eastern and Asian influences), and construction that were commissioned by owner and San Diego fashion designer, AMY STRONG, this castle features 27 rooms and an intercom system. It is also known for a gorgeous windmill (historically used for pumping water from the underground springs) and a blessed roof, the tiles of which were borrowed from the San Gabriel Mission. Today, the castle and its surrounding property are primarily used for weddings, receptions, and parties. The original essence of the castle has been left mostly untouched, as well, given the fact that the only difference in the last 95 years since the castle was completed are modern amenities.

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COURTESY ENCHANTED FOREST CASTLE

Many dream of the perfect wedding on a peaceful, private hideaway far away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, but very few find the ideal location. The Enchanted Forest Castle is that and more with cobblestone walkways and a stone-brick design right out of the KING ARTHUR epoch; in fact, the only thing missing is a moat. But it does have a helipad for those who want to arrive or depart in style with a helicopter or small plane. Having been the vision of a husband and wife team since 1998, it satisfies goals of grandeur for aspiring spouses between the months of May and November. That being said, weddings aren't the only rite of passage that transpire at the castle, either, as it has been also known to host birthday parties, anniversaries, and school proms. www.thepromiseweddingvenue.com â?–

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ARE YOU LIVING A LOPSIDED LIFE? ✒ BY ESTHER C. BLEUEL, MA , MFT, MDR

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HE FAST PACE AND EVER-INCREASING INTRUSION OF TECHNOLOGY ALL TOO OFTEN DISRUPT THE BALANCE IN OUR LIVES. PROBLEMS NEED TO BE SOLVED AND TENSIONS, CAUSED BY DIFFERENCES OR COMPETING INTERESTS, NEED TO BE MANAGED.

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Achieving balance is challenging to be sure. Accommodations and adjustments must be made during different stages of life, and when opportunities and unexpected circumstances occur. The key, however, to creating balance is to build your life on a rock-solid foundation that is based on your values and principles. Taking time for introspection and planning will reap great rewards. Here are some tips for guidance.

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Building a foundation. Clarify your values and principles in life. Understand why each is important to you because you can’t adhere to something that you don’t believe in. Establishing boundaries and clarifying expectations becomes much easier when you are self-respecting and make choices accordingly.

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Recognizing and identifying your own emotions. This is the essence of emotional intelligence. The ability to handle your feelings appropriately and exercise emotional selfcontrol while interacting with others is key to building trusting relationships and creating balance. Awareness of other people’s non-verbal cues, listening deeply, having empathy and concern for other’s needs and feelings are the essence of social intelligence. They help to ensure smooth interpersonal relationships.

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deterred or distracted from addressing the primary issues or goals. Remember, not everything can be the top priority, but you can accomplish what you are willing to work for you just can’t do it all, all at once.

Understanding that people need people. We all know that we can’t do every job by ourselves, even if we want to. When you do help others, clarify expectations and establish appropriate boundaries. Communicating clearly. The ancient Chinese proverb, “A journey of

a thousand miles begins with a single step” is similar to how each conversation and each interaction with someone matters. Earning trust and respect is key to developing meaningful and lasting relationships.

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Unplugging. Take a break from technology - really! Designate a specific time to unplug. No car radio. No headphones. No television. No emails, computer or games. No cell phone or texting. Better yet, take a physical break for at least a few days to refresh and restore.

You can achieve balance in your life! But remember, don’t be seduced by other people’s urgencies, demands and requests. Decide how, when, where and with whom to invest your precious time, talent and energy. Create a life that really works for you and is meaningful, fulfilling and joyful! ❖

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An eye cream that does it all! This innovative, anti-aging moisturizer offers SPF protection while addressing the signs of visible aging with powerful dermatologically proven skin rejuvenators. This eye cream will leave the eyes looking and feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. The Ultimate Miracle Worker Eye Cream, $70, Sephora.com

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A simple, lightweight all-in-one leash system that can be used for short-leash heeling, medium-leash running, and off-leash training. The leash becomes hands-free for those off-leash moments because your dog carries the leash around her neck through the original hands-free leash system. Go to leisureleash.com/how-to-useleisure-leash-video to see how simple Leisure Leash is to use! A 22” leash is $21. A 27” leash for larger breeds is $22. Extensions are available. Visit: LeisureLeash.com

LAVANDE SOY CANDLE

This isn’t just a run-of-the-mill candle – it’s a hand-poured soy candle that is loaded with therapeutic essential oils. It is the perfect gift for anyone who needs a moment of relaxation. $32 / ShopArchipelago.com RUGGABLE

Ruggable's 2-piece system allows the top part of the rug to be removed and cleaned in a washing machine! Ruggable comes in several different styles to match any room and you can even use it outdoors for a convenient and clean floor covering. Instead of paying for expensive, inconvenient rug cleaning, you can simply buy a Ruggable® rug! Prices range from $79.99 to $199.99. Ruggable is available at Lowes' California stores and Joann.com, Sears.com, Kohls.com, Diapers.com and Ruggable.com.

NUDY PATOOTY

This line of high-tech tailored undershirts for women tackles the problem of sweat stains for any body and fashion style. Worn inconspicuously under lightweight fabrics, it boasts Dual Dry technology to wick away sweat under the arms so stains don’t happen! It even regulates body temperature with ultra-soft bamboo fabric that is also certified organic. Prices vary. Visit: NudyPatooty.com

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EMINENCE ORGANICS

This natural, fragrant and oh-so-amazing body scrub is THE scrub for tired, dry and dull looking skin. Eminence’s Biodynamic® farming practices regard the farm, the plants and the animals as a self-supporting ecosystem that lives and breathes. This renders fruits and herbs that are unusually high in nutrients and active compounds then harnesses these potent ingredients into a collection of products that are the ultimate in pureness and results-driven skin care. Coconut Sugar Scrub, sold in spas nationwide and at EminenceOrganics.com. M AY. JUN E2016


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S SPRING MOVES INTO SUMMER, HIKING SEASON GEARS UP INTO FULL SWING. People come from all around to enjoy our famed Mediterranean climate, and what better way to decompress and enjoy the sun than to hit the trails. Surrounding the bustling Los Angeles metropolitan area are a plethora of canyons, woodlands, and tall peaks with stunning vistas, and following this winter’s El Niño rains, they promise to be extra lush. HERE ARE THREE OF OUR FAVORITE HIKES THAT ARE SURE TO PLEASE LOCALS AND VISITORS ALIKE.

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At 10,064 feet MOUNT BALDY, as it is colloquially known, is the highest point in Los Angeles County.

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w With more than 8,000 acres of rolling tallgrass plains, rugged peaks, and oak savannahs, Malibu Creek State Park is a beautiful and diverse hiking destination. This hike is an easy, family friendly trek following the Grasslands Trail to the Rock Pool. The trail starts from an unmarked parking area on Mulhulland Highway, just West of Las Virgenes Road and provides a gentle and scenic stroll over rolling hills and the eponymous grasslands. After rounding a hill it connects to the High Road. Overhung with shade-providing oak trees and following beside Malibu Creek, the High Road’s level trail gives you time to enjoy the views of the surrounding mountains and chat with your companions. Stay left at the fork to continue on to Rock Pool Trail. If you’re lucky, as you pass by Ape’s Wall you’ll have a chance to watch the rock climbers maneuvering their way up this popular climbing spot. At the end of the trail is a cool rock pool surrounded by high cliffs. While it can be a very tempting swimming destination in the hot summer months, you should exercise caution. Injuries are common in the shallow rocky pools. A quick foot soak can be very refreshing though, before heading back to your car. H

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w For advanced hikers looking for a leg-busting climb through subalpine scenery to claim a coveted peak, Mount San Antonio is a hiking destination that can’t be missed. At 10,064 feet Mount Baldy, as it is colloquially known, is the highest point in Los Angeles County. The most popular route up Mount Baldy is a loop going up the Baldy Bowl – Ski Hut Trail and coming down the Devil’s Backbone Trail to Baldy Notch. You’ll want to start your day early to avoid overheating in the summer sun on the sparsely shaded mountain slopes. Park by the trailhead on Mount Baldy Road just past Manker Flats Campground. You’ll quickly see why this hike is so popular as you pass by the lovely San Antonio Falls only half a mile into it. Keep your eyes peeled as you continue past this for the narrow unmarked trail on your left that will take you up to the Ski Hut (a great place to stop for a breather) and past the Baldy Bowl. Your reward for conquering this steep trail is a treeless summit with 360-degree views of Southern California. Be careful as you descend the exposed and vertigo inducing Devil’s Backbone Trail. This trail is not for those with a fear of heights. You can celebrate with a beer and food at the Baldy Notch Ski Shack. Continue back down the trail when you’re ready, or save your knees the beating by buying a one-way ticket down the ski lift, which is open on weekends. ❖

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If you love art, it will find a way to find you.”

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LUIGI IRAUZQUI

If it can be styled, LUIGI IRAUZQUI is doing it. He’s styling homes, clothes, film sets, parties, furniture, accessories, vacations. If it exists, he is inspired to design with an abundance of energy. The world contains limitless possibilities.

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His dreams of designing weren’t realized until he broke free of the bonds of his father’s career expectations, though, while growing up in South America and Europe. While his mother was creative and designed shoes, Irauzqui allowed his banker/architect father to choose his direction. “He gave me an option. He said, ‘You are either a doctor or a lawyer or come work for me in South America.’” Irauzqui went into law for three years and then transferred into economics in London. He was plucked to be a model, while walking down a Paris street, throwing him into an entirely new world. “At the end of the day, if you love art, it will find a way to find you,” Irauzqui says. H

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R A U Z Q U I After that company disbanded, Irauzqui formed Cassavecchia Design Concepts in 1997, which later transitioned into the current Casavecchia Design Group. He was working on a home in Beechwood Canyon one day when Ben Stiller happened to walk in and admire the library he had designed. Word of mouth brought him to the attention of such actors as Reese Witherspoon and Christina Ricci. He also designed the entire last season of “The Hills.” Irauzqui says his goal is to turn blank spaces into amazing spaces. “At the end of the day, my passion has been to conceptualize a room, keep an open mind and always try new things,” he

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explains. “Because my orientation hasn’t come from formal training, I’m always relying on my sense of aesthetics and my curiosity for color.” He says his Peruvian roots often influence his choices in color. He has a line of cushions coming out soon in reds and pinks and the colors with which he was raised. Color may come in the form of an accent - “I love putting a dark, grey hallway with a moroccan lamp with color in it, in the middle,” he says. He likes using art and mixing it up traditional, sketches, Dali, antiques and whatever fits the space. “Eclectic is the word I use to describe

my interior design concept,” he says. “Houses do not have to be boring. I don’t want a house to be so sterile that you can’t live in it. At the same time, it has to be luxurious, have textures and colors, but be livable and practical. It has to be inviting and intimate. Most important, it has to reflect the client’s personality, not mine.” He specializes in outdoor/indoor spaces because, he says, that’s what Southern California is all about. “We are privileged and blessed to live in a place like this where you can open your window and have bougainvillea right over your window and the pool outside. I live in a house surrounded by gardens. Every window is open all the time. I love listening to nature. I love that a squirrel runs by. “I pay a lot of attention to landscaping because that’s what brings the outdoors in,” he says. “The fact that you can have this weather is wonderful for designers. The sun is an oasis for designers - from San Diego to Santa Barbara to Ojai. There is something so distinctive about the landscape and trees. You don’t have that on the East Coast where everything has to be cozier when I decorate. We are so blessed here.” For Irauzqui the sky’s the limit. He’s developing a line of cufflinks, a line of cashmere and llama travel blankets and candles, as well as a line of flatware and glassware with his husband. On his list of to-do’s is designing a hotel - there have been offers, but not yet the perfect one. In development is a lifestyle show called “The Style Hunter” where he and his team travel the world to find the perfect piece to finish off a project. “Or hunting for a fashion accessory or for the best, not well known destination,” Irauzqui says. “It’s traveling abroad to find the best of.” As international style editor at Harper’s Bazaar Interiors since 2013, traveling extensively helped open his eyes to the big world. He explains how that translates into lifestyle design. “It’s not anymore just about where you live or how you live, it’s where you dine, where you vacation, what you drink, what cigars you smoke,” Irauzqui explains. “The definition of style has become much broader.” He has redefined the term “design” to include everything from a client’s travel, wardrobe, to travel accessories and their dining experience. “Design is limitless,” Irauzqui says. ❖ SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA LIFE

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The corner of Sunset & Havenhurst in Los Angeles is about to go down in history. 8150 Sunset is already across the street from the legendary Chateau Marmont on the most famous stretch of boulevard in the world, but now the southeast side of this intersection is being “utterly transformed” by a $300 million mixed-use project designed by architect FRANK GEHRY. H MAY.JUNE 2016

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F R A N K Whether you’re familiar with his name or not, you’ve seen Gehry’s work, and you know his curvy, reality-bending aesthetic. He’s the visionaire behind world-famous attractions such as The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, the Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles, the Experience Music Project in Seattle and Prague’s surreal Dancing House. In 2010, the World Architecture Survey cited his contemporary works as among the most important in architecture, and Vanity Fair named him “the most important architect of our age.” It’s no surprise that when Gehry’s name is on something, people pay attention. And the kind of clout he brings also eases minds. He was actually hired onto 8150 Sunset after an outcry from the neighborhood’s residents over the original designs for the lot. When Gehry was brought on board, the project was elevated to a work of art before the famed architect even revealed his breath-taking vision. Gehry has achieved something few architects have: universal notoriety and name recognition. His brand has extended beyond architecture and landed him jobs designing jewelry for Tiffany & Co., furniture, and a bottle for Wyborowa Vodka. In 2005, he even appeared on an episode of The Simpsons. A full 10 years after standing under such a massive pop-culture spotlight, 2015 proved Gehry is more relevant than ever, both culturally and in the design and architecture industry. Starting in September, LACMA hosted a beautiful retrospective on the architect’s career. In the same influx of recognition, Paul Goldberger also released his groundbreaking biography on the legend: “Building Art: The Life and Work of Frank Gehry.” Though he was born in Canada, Los Angeles is proud to claim Gehry as one of its own. He became a Southern California native after relocating to attend university in 1947. Gehry established his first practice in 1962, and from his Los Angeles office, has had a transformational effect in every area he’s worked, changing the way the entire architecture industry operates, evolving the look of modern design, and molding the aesthetic of Southern California, itself. Christopher Mercier, founder of (fer) studio and a former Gehry associate, said, “His work really took what was happening to the 40s and 50s in terms of early modernism and retranslated it into something more eclectic. [More uniquely] Los Angeles.”

(fer) studio partner Doug Pierson, another Gehry alumni, said, “[Gehry has] had so much influence on the look of Southern California over the decades. But he [was a leader] in the re-interpretation of modernism. He [is largely responsible for] the shift from typical modernism to what we have now.” The theme of transformation comes up over and over in Gehry’s history, something deeply entwined in his legacy. He has been credited with changing the way the entire industry functions, evolving the design process from simple drawing and scale-modeling to a largely digital artform. His innovations in this realm haven’t just increased workflow efficiency, it’s actually expanded the scope of what can physically be built. The Guggenheim Museum

in Spain, the aesthetic progenitor of Los Angeles’ famed Walt Disney Concert Hall, was only possible because of Gehry’s use of design software originally meant for developing aeronautics and fighter jets. Mercier was actually an associate at Gehry’s firm during the pioneering process of creating that building. He says, “When we [first started] designing Bilbao, we actually drew the initial sections of the building by hand because we didn’t have enough autoCAD stations, and there wasn’t enough digital work being done yet. [But] during that project [the design process actually] evolved to become fully digital.”

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G E H R Y It’s this innovation, rapid adaptation and the unique beauty that resulted from it, that catapulted Gehry into international acclaim in 1997. New Yorker Magazine hailed the Spanish Guggenheim as “a masterpiece of the twentieth century,” and the amazing work he had been doing on Southern California projects like Santa Monica Place, the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium and the California Museum of Science and Industry became worldclass attractions. It’s also when he began to make his biggest contributions to the architecture industry as a whole. “I think more important than the aesthetic contributions is the way [Gehry] developed

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how computers and digital technology could be used in building what we thought were unbuildable forms,” said Mercier. Still, in spite of Gehry’s revolutionary work, he hasn’t totally abandoned the basics. Pierson, who was with Gehry’s firm until 2005, recalled some of the fundamentals he learned from working with the master. He said, “Pretty much every building in Gehry’s office is built from a model. You’re constantly building models. And those models are checked against a digital format. If you make a rendering, and a 3D computer model and a physical model, each model will tell you little bit different story about the building. You ultimately go back to the physical model for the ultimate verification.” Gehry’s renown is worldwide, but he seems to be sticking close to home these days. Besides the 8150 Sunset project, Gehry is leading the design for The Children’s Institute headquarters, which (fer) studios will carry through its subsequent phases. He’s also overseeing a massive overhaul of the Los Angeles river. With almost 100 projects to his name, the majority have been located right here in the sunshine capital of the world. Gehry’s aesthetic may have evolved from the eclectic modernism the region is known for, but he’s undeniably defined the look of Southern California for more than half a century. ❖

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ARTEMESIA LEONARD FENTON’S HOLLYWOOD HILLS MASTERPIECE

always had an eye for detail. He remembers being three years old, sitting on his front porch in Los Angeles holding a wooden crate used for shipping fruit. Somebody had given it to him to play with. There was a label on the crate. He says he couldn’t resist the temptation to take it off.

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“I peeled it off and underneath, in solid ink, was beautiful artwork. It was old and beautiful. It made an impression on me,” says Fenton. That’s his earliest memory of falling in love with things old and beautiful. It’s not surprising then, that he would become a restoration and design expert, preserving and restoring grand homes and estates. Without a doubt, his masterpiece is Artemesia, the legendary, 13,000 square foot home atop the Hollywood Hills. The 1913 mansion is the largest Craftsman that’s still a residence. Fenton bought the house in 1987, when he was just 24 and had started his own advertising company. Fenton says he had been looking for a house for a couple of years when he heard about Artemesia. When he first laid eyes on the exterior, it was “monolithic, dark brown, and had no gradation between architectural elements. “It looked like a Artemesia is for someone sophisticated horror movie house,” says Fenton, who admits that he didn’t and artistic. It’s a very particular property.” know anything about Craftsman style back then - only that the house reminded him of what he’d seen in Oslo, Norway. Perusing the outside, he was disappointed. But everything changed the moment he walked through the doors. “It was sophisticated, Elizabethan, classical. I decided to buy it immediately. I didn’t think I was embarking on a major, multi-year restoration project. I was a boy. I thought I might work on it during the weekend and be finished in a few months,” says Fenton, laughing at his naiveté. H

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A R T E M E S I A With eight bedrooms, two master suites, seven bathrooms, six fireplaces, carriage house, gate house, fireplace pavilion, upper terrace, ballroom terrace, sleeping porches, ponds, patios, walking paths, the to-do list was long. The elaborate restoration would take more than two decades. “There hadn’t been much maintenance since 1939. But on the plus side, no one had remodeled, so it was a virgin house. It was like being in a time machine,” says Fenton. His goal was to retain Artemesia as a virgin house, but updated for modern living, with sophisticated technology, without destroying it in the process. To say that the renovation was a process is an understatement. Men on scaffolds spent 8-10 months stripping with a nontoxic solution and then coated with an environmentally friendly stain, that ugly brown color on the exterior. It took more than two years before color and painting would satisfy Fenton’s high standard. There was partial rotting on the outside of the home and his crew went through an intricate, scientifically and technically complicated process grinding new redwood to save the beams and to make new beams look like old. Another big part of the restoration was the carriage house. “I wasn’t sure that it wouldn’t fall down,” says Fenton. “We built a new box inside with decorative brick work to help stabilize and protect the building.” ENTRY HALL Perhaps the biggest challenge, he says, was finding smart contractors with solutions. “The issue is that most contractors don’t do museum quality restoration on homes. They get in and KITCHEN out of a project. Some are into demolishing,” says Fenton. He wanted to waterproof the terrace and keep the 400 tiles on his patio. “I didn’t want to disassemble the terrace, but I couldn’t find anyone who thought they would be able to maintain the original tiles. I figured out how to do it with small saws and other tools. I had to teach a couple of guys how to do it. I told them to take as long as they needed, to go inch by inch because I didn’t want any broken tiles. My guys spent months on their hands and knees and only broke two tiles, which was okay because I had a few spares,” says Fenton, who for many years during the renovation continued to run his business. It was only five years ago when he sold his successful business to Microsoft that he decided to beef up the project and added more crew. “I made it my full-time job.” Of all the work, the kitchen is a special point of pride, says Fenton of the last of the renovations that were completed more than a year ago. With Artemesia, restored and now “art you can live in”, with its coffered ceilings, mahogany paneling, silk tapestry, built-in 1913 Murray Harris pipe organ, Fenton, who shared the home with his wife until her death, is satisfied and ready to move on to his next great project. He put the house up for sale about a year ago for just under $10 million.

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I didn’t want to disassemble the terrace, but I couldn’t find anyone who thought they would be able to maintain the original tiles.”

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Where else could he live after such a majestic setting? “It’s time to lighten my load, to free myself up for other focuses. Artemesia has been wonderful, fantastic. I have a private canyon. I see deer walking on my property,” says Fenton. He plans to stay in the area, he loves Griffith Park. He believes a modest 3,000 square foot Craftsman house will do. “I don’t need all this space. When you forget something in this house, you need to leave bread crumbs as a trail to find your way back.” Is he disappointed that someone didn’t immediately snap up what has been a big part of his life’s work? “Artemesia is for someone sophisticated and artistic. It’s a very particular property.” ❖ MAY.JUNE 2016

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SCLM: You’re the number one sales team in the area here and have sold more than 200 properties in this community – where do most of your clients come from?

Keith and Arlene: Our largest draw is the San Fernando Valley market, followed by Santa Clarita, Valencia, Ventura County and Bakersfield. When people come here from Los Angeles they are blown away because the harbor is so vast and lovely. Channel Islands Harbor is an hour from Los Angeles, so it’s easy to get here then quickly get back home.

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are buying second homes as weekend properties. The beach is always a big draw, but the astronomical home prices in most coastal communities make this option cost-prohibitive. The Channel Islands harbor area in Ventura County offers exceptional value in beachfront and harbor living and the easy access makes that community a desirable choice. Southern California Life magazine caught up with the leading experts in the Channel Islands real estate market, Arlene and Keith Beckwith, to get their take on this unique seaside region. SCLM: Who are the primary residents in those beautiful Channel Islands harbor homes?

Keith and Arlene: This area is a big second home market so we have a lot of weekenders. More than 40% of our buyers are second-home buyers and a number of them have purchased these properties with a plan to live here full-time after retirement.

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Also many of our buyers have raised their kids and now are down-sizing and looking for a lifestyle of boating to restaurants, yacht clubs and out to the islands. SCLM: How did you two discover this area?

Keith and Arlene: We bought a second home in this community 13 years ago. About seven years ago we sold our primary residence in Thousand Oaks and couldn’t get here full-time fast enough. SCLM: Why did you choose the harbor/marina area?

Keith and Arlene: We loved the idea of being on the water, the mild coastal environment and the views. We live, work and play here and we’re five minutes away from everything we do. SCLM: What do homebuyers find most appealing about this region?

Keith and Arlene: Most people are drawn to this community for its affordability, climate and accessibility. The Channel Islands area offers the lowest-priced waterfront homes in Southern California, both for beach and marina properties. While properties in Malibu are about $15-20M dollars per home and in Montecito they’re $40-50M, here they’re $3-5M for a house on the sand. Harbor homes with docks are a third of the price of those in Huntington Beach, Newport and Balboa Island. In addition, this area is one to two-hours from most of Southern California, as opposed to the length of time it takes to get to other beach communities.

SCLM: What types of recreational activities do homeowners enjoy in the Channel Islands?

Keith and Arlene: They enjoy cruising the harbor, fishing, fine dining, spending time in nearby downtown Ventura or simply sitting out on the deck and watching the boats and kayakers. There are recreational boating tours to the islands, skin and scuba diving, paddleboarding and much more. We’re only 35 minutes south of Santa Barbara and there’s much to do there as well. SCLM: In your expert opinion, how’s the real estate market in this area?

Keith and Arlene: The real estate market in general has been on an upswing but Channel Island homes have always been in demand simply because they’re the lowestpriced properties on the water. This is the busiest we’ve ever been in the first quarter of the year. We currently have 14 listings and have sold more than $175 million in real estate since we began. People can own marina properties with boat-docks to keep a 50-foot fishing boat or an electric boat. Condos on the harbor start at $450K, boat dock homes start at $825K, beach properties are from $500k, and oceanfront homes start at $2.5M. The market here is definitely thriving. ❖ Have more questions about buying a second home in the Channel Islands? Contact:

Arlene and Keith Beckwith Keller Williams West Ventura County 4310 Tradewinds Drive #700 Channel Islands, CA 93035 (805) 338-4466 Cell (805) 984-3000 Fax

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Russian expat and Los Angeles resident Ilia Lerner is the creator of WHITE TIGER VODKA, which takes its name from the endangered Siberian tiger, and his vodka has the distinction of being made in one of Russia’s oldest and largest distilleries. Proceeds from sales also go to the Zoological Society of London and the World Wildlife Fund to help conserve the tiger population, meshing nicely with the California ethos of social responsibility. Four years ago, Lerner didn’t know anything about the liquor business. But today Lerner is not only the proud proprietor of Amur Spirits, but one of his main motivators to succeed in business is to save Amur Tigers - the very inspiration of his line of spirits - from extinction. Los Angeles is also home to the pop music industry, and the 58th annual Grammy Awards was officially sponsored by CÎROC ULTRA PREMIUM VODKA. The company featured several specialty beverages for the occasion, with names like Rising Star and Grammy 58. Taraji P. Henson, who won a best actress award for her portrayal of Cookie on the hit show "Empire," inspired an exclusive CÎROC® Ultra Premium Vodka cocktail recipe in her honor, aptly named "The Empress." In addition to its standard French grape-made vodka, CIROC also carries flavors such as apple, pineapple, coconut and peach. Rapper Sean Combs is even the face of the brand. In the downtown Los Angeles arts district one can find the Young State America distillery, owned by Paul Ryan (no, not that Paul Ryan), which creates the handcrafted LOFT AND BEAR VODKA. Ryan is one of the youngest distillery owners in the country, and five percent of the proceeds go to a charity to help the homeless. Southern Californians are known for being health conscious, and TRU ORGANIC VODKA, made by Greenbar Distillery, is in line with this somewhat true stereotype. The distillery, run by the married couple Melkon Khosrovian and Litty Mathew, carries an extensive line of organic-only spirits and plants a tree for every bottle they sell. Even the labels are 100 percent recycled. Check out their website for an in-depth carbon footprint analysis of their products. If you’re the ethical consumer type, this company is definitely for you.

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Way down south in the rural Spring Valley area of San Diego county, KILL DEVIL SPIRIT CO. makes gluten-free Rx Unfiltered Vodka, providing a viable option for those who may not be able to tolerate other vodkas made from wheat. Kill Devil’s other products are the cleverly-named Ugly California Rise & Shine and Valor West Coast Gin. More centrally located in San Diego is BALLAST POINT BREWING LOFT AND BEAR VODKA & SPIRITS, known for their varied MexicanKILL DEVIL inspired Fugu line SPIRIT CO. of vodkas. Originally started by two young hobbyist beer makers at UCLA, they eventually expanded into creating a line of spirits, including vodkas, rums, and whiskeys. ❖

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GRAMMY 58 (CÎROC’s spin on the French 75) 2 oz Cîroc Vodka .75 oz Fresh Lemon Juice .75 oz Simple Syrup Prosecco Garnish: Lemon twist and curl Preparation: Add the CÎROC Vodka, fresh lemon juice and simple syrup into a shaker tin. Add ice, shake and strain into a champagne flute, top with prosecco. Garnish with a lemon twist (curled) Tools: Shaker tins, strainer Glassware: Champagne flute

Rising Star 1.5 oz Cîroc Vodka 1.5 oz Unsweetened Cranberry Juice .75 oz Fresh Lime Juice .5 oz Ginger Syrup Garnish: Crystalized Ginger on a pick Preparation: Add the CÎROC Vodka, unsweetened cranberry juice, fresh lime juice and ginger syrup into a shaker tin. Add ice, shake and strain into a rocks glass with ice. Garnish with a piece of crystalized ginger Glassware: Rocks glass Tools: Shaker tins, strainer

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Rose Gold • 1.5 oz Cîroc Peach • .75 oz Amontadillo Sherry • .25 oz Acacia Honey Syrup (2 cups of Acacia Honey, 1 cup of warm water, shake vigorously) Preparation: Add all ingredients into a mixing glass. Add ice and stir to dilution. Julep strain into a cocktail coupe, squeeze the lemon twist and discard the peel, no garnish Glassware: Champagne coupe Tools: Stirring spoon, mixing glass, julep strainer

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“Tasty food in a welcoming atmosphere at a good price. That's kind of the key for any restaurant. But I think it's an energy thing honestly. The restaurants have a fun, young-at-heart energy.”

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MBITIOUS DOESN'T EVEN BEGIN TO ADEQUATELY DESCRIBE WELL-REGARDED CHEF AND FOOD NETWORK STAR, Richard Blais, WHO HAS ALREADY EARNED A SUPERB REPUTATION IN THE CULINARY WORLD. He's a family man, TV reality star, author, entrepreneur, but most of all, a nationally-renowned restaurateur and chef. San Diego foodies in particular are acquainted with his wares and talent, which are hands-on, daily, at two restaurants situated side by side on Kettner Boulevard. They are The Crack Shack, a fantastic spot for the diners who love chicken and eggs, along with Juniper & Ivy, a high-end, classy destination that is already considered one of Southern California's best eateries. Juniper & Ivy, specifically, is a revelation in the fact that each plate is an exquisite celebration of the taste and artistry of food. Though the menu there offers novel choices daily, there are some items that are more recurring than others because they are a sight to behold and a taste to savor. These include the Deviled Eggs, Baja Yellowtail (mini tostadas), Carne Cruda Asada (featuring quail egg with cotija and jalapeño), BBQ Carrots (with peanuts and apricot purée), San Diego Chicken (with amazing brie bread pudding), and the Yodel (a unique spin on devil's cake) for dessert. H

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Southern California Life recently had the opportunity to catch up with the exceedingly busy, jet-flying, renaissance chef, Richard Blais. SCL: What is the biggest difference between The Crack

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and less expensive, but that's the only difference. As far as demographics, we cook for everyone at both places. SCL: Juniper & Ivy has been a big hit with

San Diego residents and critics. Why do you think that is? BLAIS: Tasty food in a welcoming atmosphere at a good price. That's kind of the key for any restaurant. But I think it's an energy thing honestly. The restaurants have a fun, young-at-heart energy. SCL: What are must-try items at Juniper &

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like the weather, always moving. With that being said, get a buttermilk biscuit (listed under “snacks� on the menu).

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faced artistically and business-wise with regard to Juniper & Ivy? BLAIS: Especially now, it's fighting against your own success. When things are going

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SCL: Future expectations for the restaurants? BLAIS: To continue to purchase ingredients and cook them well, and to continue to provide value for our guests. My biggest wish is that our growth enables us to keep our team and family together and that employees become managers and cooks become chefs and that our staff's lives become better. SCL: Paint a “picture” of your day-to-

day responsibilities. BLAIS: Each day is different. I travel a ton, I'm always gaining inspiration, communicating with my team, tasting food, and taking pictures with guests. In general, my biggest role is just being aware of how our amazing team is operating.

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well, it's easy to get complacent, so we actively try to challenge ourselves to get better in each facet of the dining experience.

ous all the time. That probably makes me a bit different. SCL: How do you balance your time between your personal and professional obligations? BLAIS: I'm on a treadmill in LA right now. I have a 5 a.m. call time for a new TV show tomorrow. I haven't seen my kids in 6 days, and when I get home Friday it will be right to the restaurants, and then back on the road. So, I'm constantly pushing with almost zero downtime, but I love it. I've found the passion in trying to do it all well. The cooking, the mentoring, writing, performing, even a little acting, whatever it is I'm doing on that day, I'm focused on the craft and art of it.

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inclusive, what are you proudest of – being referred to as a chef, restaurateur, author, or TV personality? BLAIS: Good question. My origins are as a chef, a cook, and I'll always be doing that. I still cook every day. It may be at home or in front of a camera, but I'm always around it. For a while it bothered me, the fact that it seems like you have to choose one definition at a time. I've become comfortable with all the descriptors, but I'll always be a chef and a cook. Always. So I guess I'm proudest of being a chef who has become all of those other things the most. SCL: What has the "Top Chef" and "Hungry Games" experience been like for you, and what is the biggest lesson learned from doing the shows? BLAIS: My goal is 100 episodes of television this year and we are more than halfway there and there's still many months to go. So, my answer isn't about one or two shows; it's about performing in front of a camera. The lesson is a simple one of hospitality. That's what chefs do, and what actors, comedians, and writers do. If you make people laugh, or engage, or wonder, and certainly smile, that's the key, and my television work has rounded out my ability to be hospitable. Does that make sense? ❖

For more information about the restaurants, visit juniperandivy.com and crack-shack.com

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EMILY WICKERSHAM On Life, Love and NCIS By R OBYN FL A N S Ph o tog ra ph e d by BEN NY HA DDAD

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For some fans, the transition went relatively smooth. Wickersham says for others it was not seamless. “A lot of them were very invested in the Ziva character, so it was a little hump to get over for a little while,” she confesses. It was a hump not just for the fans to accept the new character Ellie Bishop, but the network powers that be needed to have confidence in the actress. Originally, she was only slated for three episodes. Obviously she made the grade due to the chemistry she has with her co-stars, which she must have displayed from the start, during what she calls an unconventional audition. Unlike most auditions in rooms with executives, this one was with the actors on the set. Wickersham had one scene with Mark Harmon, “who plays Gibbs”, and then another with Sean Murray (McGee) and Michael Weatherly (DiNozzo). “It was neat in that way and I know it was to see if they all got along with whoever they hired, but for me it made it so fun,” she says. “And it really has been fun since day one.” Fun, but admittedly overwhelming, to walk H

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“The Bronx is Burning” , “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” , “Gossip Girl” and “The Bridge.” During this time, she met her husband, musician Blake Anderson Hanley while dating one of his good friends for a very brief time. Then she kept seeing Hanley around town over a 6-month period and he finally asked her out. “And that was kind of it,” Wickersham says. When they began looking for apartments on Craig’s List to move in together, for fun, they began to look at Los Angeles apartment prices. “The difference in prices were shockingly different. It was so much cheaper out here,” she says. They came out to Los Angeles on a whim, found an apartment within a week and moved to Los Angeles in 2009. They got engaged a year later and married in November, 2010. “Blake has been very supportive,” she says. “He knows this is what I’ve been working towards since he met me. He goes over my lines with me. He has a better memory than I do.” Moving to Los Angeles has given her a life changing experience - getting to go to work every day to do what she loves and even finds therapeutic. “You’re able to learn a lot about yourself through these roles and even in auditions. Interesting things come up,” she says. Ellie Bishop on NCIS, Wickersham says, is very different from her. “I’m not an academic. She eats junk food, I’m really healthy. She’s kind of by the book, I’m a little more loosey-goosey,” Wickersham notes. “But I love how strong she is and how she’s such a hard worker. I love that she totally doesn’t give up. She grew up with three brothers and is a super strong girl who is not afraid of much.” Wickersham admits she, unlike Bishop, is afraid of guns. “Guns really scare me,” she admits. “That’s part of the job, so I went down to Camp Pendleton with our tech advisor, Leon Carroll, and I got to meet some of the real NCIS agents. I learned how to handcuff people and went to the gun range and learned how to shoot a gun. I had never held one in my entire life.” She loves the challenges of the job and the discoveries it brings her and looks forward to her future with the show. Her co-star, Michael Weatherly (Tony DiNozzo) will be departing after this season which she knows will bring changes to the canvas.

“IT’S A HARD JOB, BUT I LOVE IT SO MUCH. I HOPE I’M DOING WORK THAT IS CHALLENGING AND FULFILLING TO ME AND THAT I ENJOY.”

onto a set with a cohesive cast/family that has been essentially together since 2003. “There were a lot of things that made me quite nervous,” she says, admitting one was the show’s large viewership. “It was a little intimidating. But right when I got the job, I got a call from Pauley (Perrette who plays Abby) who is so sweet, to say hi. She gave me the low-down. They have been so great from the get-go and very inclusive and supportive.” NCIS is Wickersham’s first big job. She hadn’t even settled on acting until she dropped out of college feeling directionless and unfocused at her small liberal arts college in Allentown, PA. She moved to New York City where she enrolled in an acting class and public speaking class at the New School. Then one night, while at dinner at a restaurant in Union Square with her family, a woman approached Wickersham and said, “Wow, I love your face. I work with a modeling agency.” Wickersham figured she wasn’t legitimate, but it turned out she was and Wickersham began modeling for the Click Agency. Eventually, she expressed interest in wanting to go out on acting auditions and one of her first jobs was on “The Sopranos.” Actor Vincent Piazza turned her on to acting teacher Alice Spivak with whom she studied for the next three years and Wickersham continued to score small roles on such shows as

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“He’ll be missed for sure. It will be a big void,” she admits. “He’s obviously made the decision and I’m excited for what will come for him. As for the show, they will find a way to fill that void, although it will never be the same without Michael Weatherly. It will be different. I think change always brings on fresh, new creative endeavors. It’s not just hard for the fans, it’s hard for us.” As she looks to her future, she hopes it includes more good work like she’s doing now. “It’s a hard job, but I love it so much. I hope I’m doing work that is challenging and fulfilling to me and that I enjoy,” she says. “And I would like to have kids. Family and work. What could be better?” ❖

“YOU’RE ABLE TO LEARN A LOT ABOUT YOURSELF THROUGH THESE ROLES AND EVEN IN AUDITIONS.”

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w Established in the 1960s, up to four generations have visited this landmark which offers some of the tastiest treats for miles around. Now run by owner Teresa NGO and her team, Blinkies specializes in fluffy raised donuts that come with chocolate, maple, vanilla, and cinnamon crumble, glazed or filled with raspberry, Bavarian cream, lemon, cookies and cream, strawberries and cream and more. Their old fashioned come in plain or glazed with chocolate, maple or blueberry while the cake varieties are topped with vanilla, chocolate, maple icing and tasty bits such as chocolate chips, sprinkles, toasted coconut, peanuts, cinnamon sugar or powdered sugar. All are handmade daily on the premises and the shop closes when they are sold out. www.blinkiesdonuts.com | 818-884-4456

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w For more than four decades, The Donut Man, JIM NAKANO, and his wife, MIYOKO, have weathered every challenge with their modest shop on old Route 66. Not even the Egg McMuffin, health food fads, diets, or other deterrents have made a dent in their trade. It began with their now legendary strawberry donut which is sliced in half and filled with fresh berries. Today, you can choose from dozens of seasonal temptations including the French cruller with assorted glazes and/or filled with cream, a creamy peanut butter-topped raised donut, peanut butter cream puff, lemon-filled glazed, apples stuffed in a cinnamon crumbled donut and nearly every conceivable raised, glazed and filled option you can think of. The Donut Man has also been featured on The Food Network, The Cooking Channel and other media. www.thedonutmanca.com | 626-335-9111

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w Kettle Glazed Doughnuts opened on Franklin Avenue near the 101 freeway in 2013, the same year the cronut was born in Manhattan. A tasty marriage of the croissant and doughnut, the layered pastry is light, fluffy and has become a staple in many donut shops across the country. Kettle Glazed calls theirs "croissant style" and features the original cinnamon sugar and one drizzled in chocolate. Croissantstyle minis come in a variety of daily specials such as mocha, pistachio, and white chocolate raspberry. Kettle Glazed also offers old fashioned styles including chocolate topped with chocolate, blueberry maple bacon, and blueberry lemon. Filled options include Boston crème, lemon square, raspberry vanilla bean, even a PB&J, and Smores complete with a marshmallow and graham cracker topping the chocolate. www.kettleglazed.com | 323-462-2344

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w It began in 1939 when the PELTON brothers decided to create the perfect doughnut for their modest shop in Salt Lake City, Utah. Eventually, they came up with a recipe using Idaho potatoes in a specially blended flour and the Spudnut was born. That same recipe is used today in the chain of Spudnuts shops throughout Southern California and the U.S. Spudnuts are lighter and fluffier than normal raised donuts and come with a variety of toppings. The Doughssant or donut-croissant hybrid is their version of the cronut and comes in a variety of flavors including glazed, cinnamon, and powdered. Other favorites include the maple bacon donut bar, raised yeast donut bar with maple frosting topped with crispy bacon, and red velvet cake donut topped with a sweet cream cheese frosting. ❖

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up here. His father was the drug store's highlyregarded pharmacist. In 1947, the Colonial and other hotels welcomed some of Hollywood’s upcoming stars who were performing at the La Jolla Playhouse founded that year by Peck with fellow actors Mel Ferrer and Dorothy McGuire. During the ensuing years, it was also frequented by Groucho Marx, Jane Wyatt, Eve Arden, David Niven, Charlton Heston, Pat O’Brien and many other notables. In 2013, The Grande Colonial celebrated its 100th birthday and today welcomes guests in keeping with its storied past. 4

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The La Jolla coastline varies dramatically from high cliffs and rocky shores pounded by crashing surf to a few reefs providing ideal surfing conditions to small sections of beaches suitable for swimming. The most photographed is La Jolla Cove with its seven sea caves, calm deep waters, and soft white sand washed by azure waters. Paddling along the shore and exploring the caves is a kayaker's and snorkeler's dream while both snorkeling and diving enthusiasts revel in spotting colorful garibaldi, yellowtail, rays and leopard sharks and other marine life in their protected waters. No fishing, surfboards, boogie boards or other such toys are permitted. One cannot talk about the area without mentioning the internationally-renowned Torrey Pines Golf Course, site of the 2008 and 2021 U.S. Open Championships and host of the PGA Tour’s Farmers Insurance Open. Other options include Torrey Pines National Park; Torrey Pines Gliderport, the country's most popular soaring site for tandem paragliding and hang gliding and San Diego Fly Rides' Electric Bike Tour of La Jolla. H

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Tony Award-winning La Jolla Playhouse is featuring through July 12 the original rockinspired musical "Come From Away." For an eclectic year-round schedule of classical and jazz concerts, art exhibitions and studio art classes, check out The La Jolla Athenaeum Music & Arts Library. For all ages is the "Art of Dr. Seuss" at Legends Gallery. Although not a doctor per se, Theodor Seuss Geisel was one of La Jolla's most eminent residents who wrote and illustrated most of his beloved children's books here. Also not to be missed are the spectacular Murals of La Jolla highlighting internationally-renowned artists. The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego in La Jolla, whose collections include Pop Art of the 1960s and 1970s, also offers a Summer C.A.M.P. (Contemporary Art, Media & Process) for kid ages 5 to 17, led by local artist Michael Ano. An Architecture tour of the Salk Institute features the "Acropolis of Modernism" while the free self-guided tour of the Stuart Collection of outdoor art installations on the UCSD campus invites you to interact with the world-renowned sculpture collection. In addition to the high-fashion boutiques, jewelry stores, and art galleries on Prospect Street, San Diego's "Rodeo Drive," there’s the new La Plaza La Jolla, a luxury center reconstructed into an open-air shopping court with panoramic ocean views. For art aficionados, the La Jolla Design & Art District along Girard Avenue is home to galleries including the new Monarch Arredon Contemporary Art, and Joseph Bellows Gallery featuring photographic art.

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on every labels with local creations offering the latest in Southland world fashion. 11. Discover the "Art of Dr. Seuss" at Legends Gallery. 12. The new Catania Restaurant has been named one of Zagat's Hottest New Restaurants in the U.S. 13. Quint Gallery exhibits contemporary art by emerging, mid-career and established artists. 14. La Plaza La Jolla has been reconstructed into an open-air shopping center with ocean views and Spanish and Moroccan design elements. 15. An Architecture tour of the Salk Institute features the "Acropolis of Modernism."

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ON THIS PAGE: 16. Duke's La Jolla, overlooking The Cove, serves contemporary interpretations of traditional island plates. 17. Catania, on the top floor of the newly redesigned La Plaza center serves authentic Italian coastal cuisine. 18. Newlyremodeled Ocean Terrace at George's at the Cove is one of La Jolla's most popular rooftop bistros. 19. Celebrity Chef Brian Malarkey's new Farmer & The Seahorse creates inventive dishes with locally-grown produce and the freshest catch from the coastal waters. 20. Fresh ingredients, bold flavors, and fine art of Mexican cuisine are found at Chef Trey Foshee's new award-winning Galaxy Taco on La Jolla Shores.

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Some of the best gourmet tacos and Mexican food made from fresh local ingredients and house-made tortillas are found at Chef Trey Foshee's new award-winning Galaxy Taco on La Jolla Shores. Also new is Farmer & The Seahorse, Top Chef Brian Malarkey's new farm-to-table restaurant in the Torrey Pines area. For authentic Italian cuisine made from scratch, the new Catania Restaurant has been named one of Zagat's Hottest New Restaurants in the U.S. The new Duke's La Jolla serves contemporary interpretations of traditional Hawaiian fare while the newly-remodeled George's at the Cove, "featuring George's Gastrobar", overlooks La Jolla Cove. H

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The previously-mentioned Grande Colonial Hotel, a consistent AAA Four Diamond Award winner, offers sophisticated rooms and suites with stunning views of the Pacific, the village and garden courtyard. The historic La Valencia Hotel, known as the "Pink Lady of La Jolla," opened in December 1926 and looking better than ever at 90, offers 114 exquisite rooms and fine dining just steps from the coastline and Cove. For golfers, the famed AAA Five Diamond Craftsman-style Lodge at Torrey Pines has been awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for four years in a row. For beautiful boutique bed and breakfasts, the Scripps Inn La Jolla Cove is a romantic 14-room beachfront hideaway just one block from La Jolla Cove's cliffs, and La Jolla Inn offers 15 stunning, individually-designed rooms and suites, some with fireplaces and ocean views. â?–

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La Jolla Hotel & Spa blends casual California elegance with sophisticated furnishings, modern amenities, heated saltwater pool and whirlpool across from UCSD. 22. Scripps Inn La Jolla Cove offers the amenities of an upscale resort with the informality of a bed and breakfast. 23. The boutique La Jolla Inn offers 15 stunning individually-decorated rooms and suites. 24. Just steps from the stunning coastline and La Jolla Cove, La Valencia's vintage rooms combine elegance of the past with the chic comforts of today. 25. The award-winning Lodge at Torrey Pines sits atop the cliffs of Torrey Pines State Beach adjacent to Torrey Pines Golf Course. 26. The elegant traditions of the past are still evident throughout the lobby and other rooms in before the Grand Colonial Hotel.

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Orange County is home to SAN CLEMENTE PIER, where time seems to stand still and ocean waves crash on a pristine beach below. Travelers on the Pacific Coastliner Amtrak train can board and depart at the pier, which feels like a time warp, between the Spanish Colonial design of the homes surrounding it and the 50s style surfer dudes. Pop into the Oyster Bar for a casual bite or catch the last slivers of the sun as it goes down over the water.

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In San Diego, you can make an entire day trip out of visiting the CORONADO FERRY LANDING. Filled with shops, galleries and restaurants, this strip inside the City of Coronado offers a great view of San Diego across the water. On the weekends, there are often live bands and every Tuesday, you can visit the Farmer’s Market. If you’re feeling adventurous or want to do something active, the Ferry Landing also offers bike and kayak tours. You can also visit the pier by way of the Coronado Ferry, which runs hourly. Also in San Diego is CRYSTAL PIER, which features a different kind of pier experience with its Crystal Pier Hotel. Family owned and operated since 1961, the hotel is comprised of 26 cottages that sit above the water and give off a cozy vibe to those passing through Pacific Beach. Open year-round, the Crystal Pier cottages are the quintessential waterfront stay. H

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Built in 1909, the SANTA MONICA PIER was the first on the West Coast to be constructed by concrete instead of traditional wood. Now, the pier hosts popular fishing spots and restaurants. But what really makes the SANTA MONICA PIER stand out is PACIFIC PARK, the amusement park that takes up the majority of the pier. With rides like “Inkies Pirate Ship” and the classic Ferris Wheel, the park delights both young and old alike. Aside from the West Coaster high-speed rollercoaster, the Santa Monica Pier also attracts thrill seekers to its trapeze school. Or, if you would rather stay on your feet and learn the history of the pier, you can take a walking tour. The hour-long excursion includes a trip to famed Muscle Beach and secret nooks and crannies of the structure. There’s never a shortage of things to do in Santa Monica and the Pier is home to many of them. In June, hundreds of people climb on stationary spin bikes to raise money for the Harold Robinson Foundation, which raises funds to send inner-city kids to camp. Athletic enthusiasts also can sign up for the TOMMY BAHAMA PADDLE BOARD RACE & OCEAN FESTIVAL, which pays homage to the area’s first paddleboard races in the 1930s, or summertime Roga classes, which combine running and yoga for free every Saturday from September 19 – October 24. Rounding out the best of the summertime events is the Twilight Concert Series, every Thursday night July through September. The free concerts attract thousands of people who set up blankets and picnics on the beach below to listen to and watch that week’s band play on the pier.

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Ventura Harbor Fisherman’s Market VENTURA

If it’s fresh seafood you’re after, head a little north to Ventura. Every Saturday, dozens of fishermen bring that morning’s catch to the VENTURA HARBOR FISHERMAN’S MARKET. Visitors line up to pick up the best seafood the area has to offer. Once you stock up on everything from halibut to sea bass, settle in to watch the boats in the harbor or stroll across the promenade to California Street in the heart of downtown Ventura. To get the full pier experience, venture out to the end of the pier and turn around – from there, you’ll take in the marvelous view of the coastline and the Maricopa Mountains in the backdrop.

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Further up north in Santa Barbara is STEARNS WHARF. Originally built to handle the passenger and shipping needs of the area, the pier now hosts everything from fortune telling to water taxis and a Museum of Natural History. Visitors can also enjoy wine tasting, dining and shopping along the wharf, which was built in 1872 and has weathered many storms over the years. You wouldn’t know it, though, as the pier is immaculately maintained and always bustling. For a more leisurely experience, hop on board Celebration Cruise’s luxury yacht for a sunset, brunch or dinner cruise. The yacht is a favorite for private events while the Lil Toot Water Taxi is perfect for a waterfront shuttle. Stearns Wharf truly comes to life in July when Independence Day is celebrated with a live band, a front seat to the city’s fireworks show and celebratory fare. ❖

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Shoreline Park

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Sweeping views of the Santa Barbara coastline, the city, and the Santa Ynez Mountains on 14.6 acres of green grass to play on is what entices families to visit Shoreline Park. It appeals to all ages and is very stroller friendly. There are individual picnic areas with BBQ’s, group picnic areas, sidewalks, parks and benches, beach access, and playgrounds. During whale watching season, you can typically see the grey whale yearly migration easily from anywhere in the park.

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SEA LIFE Aquarium

1 Legoland Drive Carlsbad, CA 92008 (760) 918-5346

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Aquarium of the Pacific 100 Aquarium Way Long Beach, CA 90802 (562) 590-3100

Home to more than 11,000 ocean animals and more than 500 different species, this aquarium is not one to be missed. It’s a fan favorite amongst kids of all ages.

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Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens

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Shoreline Drive Santa Barbara, CA 93109 (805) 564-5418

With more than 140 species of birds on more than 200 acres, the birdsong that fills the air here is reason enough to visit. There are

areas for picnics and fishing, and The Audubon Center is a place of extensive play and exploration for the kids.

Reuben H. Fleet Science Center

1875 El Prado San Diego, CA 92101 (619) 238-1233

Reuben H. Fleet Science Center is filled with interactive, kid-friendly science exhibits. Children 5 and under should set aside a good amount of time for the Center’s Kid City where toddlers can enjoy playing on fire trucks, shopping at a mini-grocery store, playing music and more.

This aquarium is perfect for babies and toddlers because it’s stroller friendly and the aquarium windows are at a kid-friendly level so they can walk or crawl right up to the glass and come face-to-face with sharks, octopus, jellyfish and sting rays, just to name a few. Toddlers will also enjoy the tide pools where they can touch marine life like starfish.

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1549 El Prado San Diego, CA 92101 (619) 239-0512

Balboa Park is the nation's largest urban cultural park. Home to 15 major museums, renowned performing arts venues, beautiful gardens and the San Diego Zoo, the Park has an ever-changing calendar of museum exhibitions, plays, musicals, concerts, and classes — all in the beautiful and timeless setting of this must-see San Diego attraction. ❖ Balboa Park

These gardens are home to 75 unique tree and plant species and feature a koi pond, sensory garden, and butterfly gardens. It’s a peaceful atmosphere surrounded by lush beauty and warm sunshine, where visitors can explore the duck and turtle pond, relax on the grass with a blanket and a picnic, or walk among the beautiful plants on the dirt paths with your stroller or older kids.

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Skin Essentials 1 Bloom Give mom the gift of spring with

the complete facial skincare set from Bloom Essentials. BLOOM formulas are based on time-tested ingredients esteemed for their hydrating and rejuvenating properties. The rare botanical oils are known to repair skin cells and improve elasticity and tone. What's more, they will leave mom enchanted by their therapeutic aromas. Bloom Skin Essentials Kit, $150. BloomSkinEssentials.com

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Minimalism is a trend that we have seen grow in popularity. Clean simplistic designs and accents add a crisp finish to accent to any outfit. Dakota Watches offers trendy timepiece accessories, which are high style at an affordable price. The Ladies Leather Cord ($49.95) by Dakota Watches has dual genuine leather cords encircling the side of the case for an interesting minimalistic fashion look. Visit: DakotaWatch.com

Smart UV Swimwear™, designed for swim and sport. HydroChic offers modest styling options with superb sun protection and chlorine resistance. These fashion-forward styles are flattering on every size and shape and will be appreciated by any mom looking for a clever sun-style solution. HydroChic.com

4 PosyBox Make mom’s heart melt this Mother’s Day with a special gift that comes with your own personal touch. PosyBox bouquets offer a beautiful flower delivery service that you can customize. And, unlike other flower delivery options, PosyBox provides a tech twist: with each package, gift givers have the option to record a video for mom or include a photo to be delivered with her flowers! Not only will she be surprised by the brilliant bouquet, but she also gets to hear and see a personalized message that will likely bring her tears of joy! No hidden fees, delivery is always included with each order. Prices range from $30-$60. www.PosyBox.com

Ave 5 Madison Bond No. 9 introduces the world’s first shopping scent!

Named Madison Avenue, after New York’s most celebrated street of boutiques, the scent is a fresh chypre, that citrusy-woody-mossy fragrance breed that’s long been favored by fashionistas. Like all chypres, it has its own uniquely haunting couture signature. It awakens the fashion gene; one spray, and you’ll be transported to style-shopping nirvana. Price: 100ml, $300; 50ml, $200; Body Silk, $135; Swarovski Limited Edition, $375. Available at Bond No. 9 New York Boutiques, Saks Fifth Avenue nationwide, select Nordstrom stores, Harrods UK, and BondNo9.com.

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of laser hair removal in the privacy of her own home! This handy gem is the first and only FDA-cleared hair removal laser available for home use. It targets and permanently disables the hair follicle to stop hair growth on the face and body for permanent results. Tria Beauty Hair Removal Laser 4X, $449. www.TriaBeauty.com

“When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child.” - SOPHIA LOREN Besame Cosmetics

7 Decades of Fragrance Sampler Set (MSRP: $45): A vintage twist on the classic fragrance gift, the Decades of Fragrance Collection Set is the fruit of 6 years of research and exploration to bring you the essence of a time gone by. This collection uses familiar ingredients from each period to create an impression of a decade of time. Each perfume extract is meticulously crafted from precious essential oils and natural vegan alcohol. Let mom be transported to her favorite era with each intoxicating scent. Set includes six 5ml glass roller ball vials each with a different fragrance. 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940, 1950 & 1960. Also available in full size bottles 1.7 fl. oz. for $68. BesameCosmetics.com H

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A watch for the sophisticated dad, it’s forged of wood and steel with a fresh approach to classic traditions. Each watch is handcrafted from a variety of sustainably sourced exotic hardwood from around the world. $189. OriginalGrain.com

Known for its masculine and luxurious worldwide grooming establishments, Gentlemen’s Tonic brings selfconfidence and style in the latest luxury men’s grooming product range launching in the United States. Gentlemen’s Tonic is taking grooming needs for men to the next level with a masculine, simple, yet sophisticated and classically packaged collection. Consisting of a striking blend of naturally based plant-derived materials from sustained and renewable resources. (Grooming Products Range from $24-$36 individually. GentlemensTonic.com

Spoil your dad with this classic, fresh and invigorating cologne from Creed. Creed is the world's only familyowned luxury fragrance dynasty and it has served royal houses and the discerning consumer for more than 250 years. Creed crafts timeless perfumes using the finest natural essences. Creed Green Irish Tweed Fragrance 2.5 oz., $305. Nordstrom.com

Cocobolo & Ox Paring Knife

If your dad is the manly-man that loves to cook, THIS is the knife for him. Unique, handmade and built to last, this paring knife is like no other knife out there. $395. www.BehringMade.com

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How can you help the dad in your life dress for success? Try the gift that gives each and every month. The Tie Fix is a subscription tie and accessories box service that, for a monthly fee of $14.99 or a prepaid subscription of $149.99, will have your guy looking sharp and stylish all year long! Each month, your lucky guy will receive a box containing two ties and two accessories (socks, bracelets, or cuff links) that are hip, fashionable and professional. He’ll look like a million bucks and you’ll feel great about a gift that keeps giving! TheTieFix.com 90

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LA FILM FEST JUNE 1-9 MAY.JUNE 2016

THIS LONG-RUNNING WEEK-LONG EVENT, PRESENTED AT DOWNTOWN’S NOKIA THEATRE/L.A. LIVE COMPLEX, INCLUDES A DIVERSE MIX OF NEARLY 200 FEATURELENGTH MOVIES. CONTINUED

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6th Annual Bags & Baubles May 1 www. face4pets.org FACE will be hosting its 6th Annual Bags & Baubles silent auction benefiting local pets in need of critical veterinary care. Held at a private estate in Rancho Santa Fe, Bags & Baubles will feature an extraordinary collection of new and “gently loved” handbags, vegan bags, jewelry, accessories and fabulous designer sunglasses. Along with the silent auction, this event will include wine, complimented by gourmet appetizers and delicious desserts. Estate tours and spectacular opportunity drawing items will also be available to help raise funds for pets in need. Gator By the Bay May 5-8 www.gatorbythebay.com This is San Diego’s celebrated Louisiana Zydeco, Blues and Crawfish Festival that includes blues, country and many other musical genres and it attracts more than 18,000 people. The Festival will feature more than 90 performances on seven stages.

Eat/See/Hear Festival Starts May 7 www.eatseehear.com This summer-long celebration of movies, food and music, Eat|See|Hear is LA’s original traveling outdoor movie series going to rotating venues around the city. The series features a wide mix of outdoor movies, live music and food trucks.

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AWBW Art in the Afternoon (Venice Skills Center) May 7 www.awbw.org This year’s event will be the biggest one yet, celebrating AWBW's 25 years of creativity and healing. Admission Includes: AWBW Art Workshops, food and drinks, live music, bubble play, face painting, and more.

Coup de Comedy Festival (Irvine) May 11-14 www.improvrevolution.org This is a four-day comedy extravaganza featuring improvisation, stand up, sketches, performances, workshops, panels and more. All events are free. Relay for Life SM/Venice: CampOut for a Cure May 14-May 15 www.relayforlife.org/SMVCA Events include a Survivor and Caregiver Celebration, a “Luminaria” Remembrance Ceremony, as well as familyfriendly activities all day.

Pacific Palisades 8th Annual Community Expo & Exotic/Classic Car Show May 15 www.palisadeschamber.com This annual event is where Health, Technology, Environmental, Financial, and Home & Garden experts will provide a variety of information and education in one afternoon. Live music and a classic auto display will provide extra enjoyment. Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival May 20-22 www.tvbwf.com The Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival offers top-name entertainment, hot air balloon flights, wine tasting, kids faire, arts and crafts, commercial exhibits and food. Hot air balloon lifts begin at sunrise. Wine tasting features different premium wines from numerous Temecula Valley wineries as well as others from Southern California. Garifuna International Indigenous Film Festival (Venice) May 26-30 www.garifunafilmfestival.com The 5th annual event will highlight leaders and members of the community for their contributions to the betterment and elevation of the dignity of humanity. GIIFF showcases a variety of films and documentaries created by Garifuna

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Los Angeles Film Festival June 1-9 www.lafilmfestival.com This long-running weeklong event, presented at downtown’s Nokia Theatre/L.A. LIVE complex, includes a diverse mix of nearly 200 featurelength movies, as well as eclectic shorts produced by local students, and the best in music videos. Special events include poolside chats with stars and filmmakers, an annual Spirit of Independence Award, and music and film events at the Grammy Museum. Hollywood Fringe Festival June 9-26 www.hollywoodfringe.org Hundreds of productions are presented by local, national and international arts companies and independent performers at more than two dozen venues in Hollywood and Los Angeles. This free-for-all approach underlines the festival’s mission to be a platform for artists without the barrier of a curative body. By opening the gates to anyone with a vision, the festival is able to exhibit the most diverse and cutting-edge pointsof-view the world has to offer. LA Pride Music Festival and Parade June 10-12 www.lapride.org In Southern California, the largest gathering of the TLGB community happens in West Hollywood.

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Topanga Days May 28, 29, 30 www.topangadays.com Topanga Days is much more than a fundraiser for Topanga’s Community House. The festival draws upwards of 10,000 people to listen to great music, buy crafts, clothes and eat a variety of foods. The Memorial Day Parade along Route 27 is a highlight, and ends at the entrance of the Community House.

SANTA MONICA PIER PADDLEBOARD RACE & OCEAN FESTIVAL JUNE 11

Pride events are truly the only opportunity for the entire diverse community, family, friends and allies to come together - by the hundreds of thousands - to celebrate their history, courage, accomplishments and future. Santa Monica Pier Paddleboard Race & Ocean Festival June 11 www.santamonicapier.org This year’s event offers an epic Paddleboard competition, with $15,000 in prize money to be given away. There are also free youth beach activities, a pop-up museum, board making demonstrations, live music, a beer garden, AAU Volleyball tournament and much more.

Los Angeles Vegan Beer & Food Festival June 18 www.veganbeerfest.com The 7th annual Los Angeles Vegan Beer & Food Festival takes place at the Rose Bowl Stadium and will feature the best of the regions craft beers, vegan eats, live music, and marketplace. Guests receive a 4 oz. VBFF glass and enjoy unlimited pours from

50 breweries. There will be 50 restaurants and food vendors.

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filmmakers as well as by many other indigenous people including feature films and short films as well as panel discussions, workshops and cultural presentations.

Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance June 19 www.lovebeverlyhills.com A Father’s Day tradition for more than 20 years, the annual Rodeo Drive car show is free and open to the public and draws high quality classic automobiles and luxurious new models to Beverly Hills. Some of the automobiles shown include the 2015 Ford Mustang, a 1927 Rolls-Royce Phantom and a McLaren 12C. The coveted automobiles are displayed along iconic Rodeo Drive for auto-enthusiasts of all kinds to admire up close. Mariachi USA Festival June 25 www.mariachiusa.com Now the premier mariachi music festival in the world and the only annual Latino themed event at the Hollywood Bowl for 27 consecutive years, the festival will showcase top Mariachi bands from the USA and Mexico, traditional folkloric dances and the legendary Fireworks display that together have made the event a cultural icon in the United States.

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HEN I WAS A KID, and my dad would yell at me to “take out the trash!” I knew exactly what to do. I’d stomp my way into the kitchen, letting everyone know how put out I was by this unreasonable intrusion on my valuable time. Then, I would pick up the paper bag full of trash, hoping it didn’t break, and dump it in what used to simply be called a “trash can.” The only deviation from this trash routine, was our fundraising paper drives for Boy Scouts, where everyone in the neighborhood would stack up their newspapers for the week and tie them up with twine (in the days when people still had newspapers delivered to their homes), and instead of taking them to the trash can, we would pick them up and deliver them to our Scoutmaster’s pickup truck. But, as with so many things in life, what used to be simple no longer is. Now, when my wife asks me to “take out the trash,” it triggers an entire process. What does she really mean? A run to Goodwill? Empty printer cartridges, which are always returned? Compost? Coffee grounds, which go directly to the rose bushes? Green trash (usually yard clippings and non-compost food) goes in the green cans. Bottles and cans also have their own special trash bin, and paper (is it coated or uncoated?) has its own can as well. And where does Styrofoam go? I’ve never been sure, so I put it in the recycling and cover it up, hoping for the best. I try my best, I really do, but I’m never confident that all of the “trash” has been distributed to the proper receptacle or destination. My wife, whose passion for saving water has been detailed previously in this column, takes trash distribution very seriously, which means I take trash distribution very seriously. Last week, for the first time, our blue trash can (reserved for actual “trash,”

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“ONLY IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA CAN WE TURN SOMETHING AS BASIC AND MUNDANE AS TRASH INTO AN ART FORM, EVEN A COMPETITION.” the rare item that cannot in some way, by someone, be recycled for some purpose) was completely empty. My wife showed a joy usually reserved for celebrating children being born and birthdays, as if we’d reached some sort of trash Nirvana. As we took our morning walk around the neighborhood and observed that every other house sported a blue trash can waiting for pickup, I sensed she had succumbed to the sin of pride. Only in Southern California can we turn something as basic and mundane as trash into an art form, even a competition. I was recently visiting a friend on the East Coast — a practical man with simple needs who leads an uncomplicated life. I was in the kitchen, and he asked me if I would take out the trash. It triggered a surprising set of complex emotions. He sounded just like my dad, so I was once again 12 years old and resentful, and of course, I wondered exactly what his trash distribution process was. I recovered and asked where to take it. He looked at me like I was an idiot and said, “the trash can.” I wept. ❖ M AY.JUNE2016


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Let us introduce you to the beauty of the desert.

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Let us begin your day with an unforgettable sunrise. Let us illuminate your night with a canopy of stars. Let us help you create memories that will last a lifetime.

Experience true luxury in the Palm Springs Valley with the uncompromising service only we can offer. For reservations, contact your travel professional, call The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage at 800-542-8680 or visit ritzcarlton.com/ranchomirage.

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