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PUBLISHER Billie Marshall EDITOR Irene Marshall ADVERTISING DIRECTOR Linda Perry CREATIVE DIRECTOR Elissa Linick STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Marvin Steindler CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Irene Marshall Debbie Vaccarello STAFF WRITERS Susan Hale Elena Richards CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Marc Cohen Wayne Duling Dr. Anna Guanche Beth Cone Kramer Fred Levine Mark Wendell

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pring is here. While the rest of the country thaws from a particularly rough Winter, we in Southern California may feel spoiled by our continual days of sunshine. We welcome a few days of rain to bring green to our parched hills and the blossoming spring flowers. The fresh scents of spring lure us to outdoor activities. Also, as you’ll read in this issue, exercise can lead to a happier life. Meet the Wood family who returned to the area after 23 years in New England. The owners of Tempt show us how style can be timeless. Ultimate Skin shares advice to help us look and feel our best. Find out how MUSE School engages students with challenging learning opportunities while promoting sustainability. Model Interiors invites you to “shop the world” at its full-service home furnishings and interior design center. The community spirit is evoked by the Rogue Warriors, Hidden Hills residents who have bonded over a shared interest in outdoor activities to become each other’s key supporters through challenging times. See how people celebrated the memory of Calabasas resident Kevin Cordasco at a tribute at the Calabasas Library. Read about Dr. Paul Dougherty and his Andrew Dougherty Vision Foundation that he established in his son’s memory to help restore vision to less-fortunate patients here and abroad. Finally, toast the spring by joining Calabasas Style for a wine tasting at our local wineries and tasting rooms.

Irene Marshall, Editor

ON THE COVER: The Wood Family Photographed by: Marvin Steindler


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Plays it FORWARD By Beth Cone Kramer Photos by Irene Marshall


pproximately 60 guests gathered at Calabasas Country Club on Feb. 8 for a fundraiser to benefit Play It Forward, a nonprofit founded and headed by Emily Eisner, a ninth grader at Sierra Canyon. Eisner founded Play It Forward as a 12-year old to engage students in exercise and athletics by providing sports equipment to schools in need. Play It Forward’s first event was a relay at Sierra Canyon, collecting new and gently used sporting equipment for a Pacoima elementary

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school. Eisner also headed an equipment drive for an Oklahoma school devastated by a spring tornado. Eisner’s organization has been recognized as a 501(c)(3) since 2013 and is run by and for kids. The organization solicits donations from corporate sponsors and individuals. Emily Eisner has been recognized as a Cool Kid by ABC-TV Channel 7 in Los Angeles. For more information, see n

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Interior designer Tammy Randall Wood, a member of the American Society of Interior Designers, and husband David Wood returned to their Southern Californian roots two and a half years ago after twenty three years in New England. The couple’s Spanish-style home on Kanan Road above Lobo Canyon is adjacent to the estate used in ABC-TV’s The Bachelor. Tammy said the shared private driveway makes for some interesting stories. Tammy, who grew up in Newhall, is the daughter of Glenn Randall, Jr., a stunt coordinator and second unit director associated with such classics as Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T., the Extra-Terrestrial and Return of the Jedi. As a child, Tammy spent time with her father on the sets of westerns and admired him in full primate makeup on the original Planet of the Apes movie, which was filmed just a couple of miles from her current home near Paramount Ranch. “It is ironic to think that after a generation of being away, we now have come back to the very spot that formed my childhood memories,” Tammy said. David grew up in Calabasas and was in Calabasas High’s second graduating class in 1980. “Growing up here in the ‘70s, I remember a time when Calabasas was comprised of the old wagon at the corner of the town entrance, the Leonis Adobe and the Sagebrush Cantina,” he remembered. “For several years, my family lived across the street from the tennis club on Park Sorrento.” Tammy and David met working after-school jobs at the Robinson’s department store in the Promenade mall and married two and a half years later. “She was a gift-wrapper and I worked on the loading dock

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providing supplies, and her co-workers were amazed at the level of service they received from me once Tammy started working there,” David joked. Following his collegiate years at Cal State Northridge and then UCLA, David started his career at Bose as its Southern California sales rep, and by 1988 was recruited to the company’s headquarters in Massachusetts. David went on to graduate from the Harvard business School’s Executive Management Program and earn an MBA from Boston University. While at Bose, David conceived, developed and expanded its national retail chain to 110 locations as vice president and general manager. “It was an exciting time as we were one of the first consumer electronics companies to get into the retail business,” he said. “In fact, we consulted with Apple’s team ahead of their retail launch, and even did a partnership store with Starbucks in their early expansion days.” Tammy, who also spent her undergraduate years at CSUN, went on to study interior design at Parsons The New School for Design in New York City, earning her National Council for Interior Design Qualification Certificate and professional membership in the American Society of Interior Design. Today, she owns Interior Archaeology, an upscale


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interior design firm that specializes in custom interiors coast to coast, with offices in Agoura Hills and West Hartford, Connecticut. Following twenty years at Bose, the Woods came back to Southern California when David accepted the CEO position at Human Touch, a private equity company specializing in heath and wellness products sold worldwide. “We never thought we would be so fortunate to find our way back to the Calabasas area and a lifestyle that is so resonant with our childhood experiences,” David said. The couple’s network of longtime friends in the Calabasas and Agoura Hills areas were a draw when they were choosing a Southern California locale. “With a natural beauty and specialized spaces for our diverse activities, our home here makes for an undeniable fit in the next chapter of our lives,” Tammy said with delight. David enjoys cycling the canyons with friends. The family hikes on nearby trails, dogs in tow, and enjoys quick trips to the beach for shopping, lunch, or a walk in the sand. Tammy appreciates the climate and the properties in the area, which allow her to create gardens that complement the dramatic interior designs her company develops. With the Pacific Design Center and La Cienega Design Quarter just 40 minutes away, Tammy has convenient access to the

hub of the design community to serve high-end projects across the country. She also gets to raise the chickens she has always wanted in the custom Spanish-style chicken coop she designed. “The warm climate and happy environment yields us nearly one egg per chicken per day!” she exclaims. The Wood family has an artistic pedigree. Son Daniel, a writer, and his actress wife, Katherine LaVictoire are graduates of the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. While at NYU, Katherine studied at the Experimental Theatre Wing and Stonestreet Studios. Daniel, who studied at Playwrights Horizons Theater School, wrote several plays produced in New York and is currently writing the first in a series of historical fantasy novels.

produces Aubrey Wood and other artists at the recording studio on the property. Tammy shares, “A typical day sees my staff and I with the french doors wide open to hear the fountains trickle, designing, drafting, sketching and specifying furnishings and accessories for our clients all over the country. Musicians, clients, and friends alike enjoy stopping in for a visit to be inspired. It truly is wonderful to be back home.” n If you know a great family or individual to profile, please contact us at:

Daughter Aubrey, 19, a singer/songwriter and musician (www., has just released her second EP of indie pop tunes, Picking Petals, which is available on iTunes. Big Smile Magazine said she has “a voice that is reminiscent of a younger Taylor Swift with more edge and pop, and mixing in hints of Carly Rae Jepsen and Demi Lovato.” Aubrey takes advantage of the home’s recording studio and the proximity to locales such as Universal CityWalk and the Sunset Strip House of Blues, where she regularly performs. Artist and music producer, Gia Sky is a third generation family friend who

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Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts organizers hosted the “Empty House Party” to kick off the 50th Pasadena Showcase House of Design. The media and invited guests had the opportunity to tour an English country estate and meet this year’s leading designers in charge of preserving and updating the estate.

about town A portrait of Calabasas resident Kevin Cordasco was unveiled in the Calabasas City Library in memory of the teen who died last March. Local artist Maureen Gaffney-Wolfson had painted the portrait of Kevin for a cookbook fundraiser several years ago.


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Health Update

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es, we all know exercise is good for us, and most of us don’t do enough of it. It helps us keep our weight maintained, makes us stronger, and it keeps us feeling young. But did you know that exercise can also make you a happier person? It’s true! When you regularly work out and stay active, it’s not just a coincidence that you feel less stressed, less anxious and usually happier. • We have all heard of an endorphin rush, that feeling of exhilaration that can be brought on by exercise. Endorphins (also known as endogenous morphine) are produced during exercise, excitement, pain, eating spicy food, love and sex. They are the body’s own natural morphine, which is why they resemble a natural high, producing feelings of happiness and well-being. • Dopamine is a natural chemical that makes you happy when released into your brain. It is a neurotransmitter in the brain that is necessary for feelings of pleasure and happiness. As we age, we constantly lose our dopamine supplies, which is why we need to seek out experiences that release it. Exercise is the best way to increase your brain’s dopamine production. • Working out will make you feel less stressed. If you have stress and go to the gym, you can sweat away the day’s worries, and regular exercise will help you handle stress better in the long term as well. When you exercise and raise your heart rate, you are actually subjecting yourself to a low level of stress and triggering a burst of


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hormones. When you exercise regularly, your body eventually gets better at handling the rest of life’s stresses, leaving you happier. • There are days we are just too exhausted to exercise, and working out is the last thing we want to do. Yet it is in our best interest to force ourselves -- no matter how tired we are after a long day at work or taking care of the kids -- to muster the willpower to exercise. Usually, you will feel more energized and happier and after your work out. Plus, you’ll have a sense of accomplishment. • When we don’t feel good about some aspect of ourselves such as how we look, it is easy to have lower self-esteem. This can have a negative effect on many areas in your life, including relationships, career and achieving your goals. When you start to exercise, you can start to see yourself slimming down, feeling stronger and more confident. There is nothing like a boost in confidence to increase your overall happiness. • Exercise also fights insomnia. For those who have trouble sleeping, skip the sleeping pill and instead try exercising. Staying active and exercising on a regular basis has been shown to improve other sleeping disorders and insomnia. Regular exercise can significantly improve your sleep quality, and it can give you the energy to want to get out of bed in the morning. When we are well rested, we are happier people instead of overtired and cranky. n


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Health & Beauty

Shop the World at

Model Interiors

By Susan Hale Photographed by Marvin Steindler


here are hundreds of furniture stores in Southern California – and then there is Model Interiors. Model Interiors is not a furniture store but a full-service home furnishings and interior design center, with one of the largest retail showrooms in all of Southern California.

You’ll feel the difference from the moment that you enter this magnificent showroom. More importantly, you’ll understand why Model Interiors can make the undisputed claim that you can “Shop the World” from more than 150 of the world’s leading fine home furnishings, accessories, art, lighting and rug manufacturers, all under one roof and all at offretail pricing. Model Interiors growth has been organic. The company was established in 1990 as a model home design and furnishings firm catering exclusively to the building industry. Top interior designers and decorators from all over the country quickly learned about this furniture and design mecca that was quietly tucked away among other wholesale showrooms in Newbury Park – and the business flourished. Over the years, the requests for interior design services from homeowners continued to increase, so Model Interiors added the retail component to its business model. In 1999, an expansion to its current 40,000-square-feet Newbury Park location took place. Calabasas Style spoke with owner Wayne Duling to ask about his unique business model that sets him apart from every other furniture store owner


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and why he decided to bridge the gap between wholesale and retail. “It was a bold move at the time we decided to open to the consumer because we serviced many of the best interior designers and interior design firms in the business,” Wayne said. “But new home construction was booming all over Southern California, and we started to see an abundance of newly constructed luxury homes and gated communities. We also knew these homeowners wanted to see more than furniture; they wanted to see fabrics and designs, rugs, lighting fixtures, artwork, drapes and accessories. The problem was that they still needed the benefit of being able to work with a designer who could help pull together the complete design. “It was decided that if we could offer consumers everything they needed to customize their home interior from one source and location, the benefit to would be tremendous. We are one of the few companies in the U.S. that offers this breadth of product and expertise all under one roof, and all at off-retail pricing. Today, Model Interiors offers complimentary in-store design services that act as an integral starting point for a cohesive and complete interior design project, from concept to completion. They gather the essential pieces of information for planning, designing and budgeting of each homeowner’s project, as well as information regarding the homeowners’ lifestyle, traffic-flow patterns, style preferences, and possessions of special meaning to be incorporated in the final design.

In addition, Model Interiors provides an in-store design consultation with a complete conceptual design and layout that will include space planning, suggested major furniture purchases, color coordination, windowcovering design and any other necessary design elements discussed during the initial in-home interview. His top designers “shop the world” to bring their customers the absolute best selection of top designs in home furnishings available to homeowners. Said Duling, “I rely on my deep knowledge and understanding of the architecture of the vast majority of homes in Southern California, and only select the styles and brands that I know will fit perfectly with the design and features of the homes that make Southern California so unique. Outdoor furniture is also one of the biggest trends, since our climate lets people literally live outdoors for many months of the year.” Model Interiors designers serve all of Los Angeles, Thousand Oaks, Conejo Valley, San Fernando Valley, Ventura County and Santa Barbara. The showroom is open seven days a week and has a comprehensive website that provides consumers with an in-depth overview of the styles and designs they carry. n Model Interiors 1171 Tourmaline Drive Thousand Oaks, CA 91320 805.499.0678

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Spring Trends By Fred Levine of M. Fredric


t’s always fun when the new season’s clothes begin to appear in the shops! Our mood picks up and we get excited as we begin snatching the first of the spring looks. We are tracking a few of this season’s fresh new trends to have you springing with style.


While floral prints tend to be the perennial cliché of spring trends, other types of prints are promising to be bold, energizing and endless in array. Designers were thinking globally this season, transporting us to a faraway bazaar with a variety of tribal and worldly prints. Folksy ethnic prints will be spotted alongside (but not paired with) the tropical hibiscus and palm frond prints. The abstract world will involve a diversity of themes from 3-D florals to simple modern prints and works of pop art and large illustrations. Geometric patterns will reinvent themselves in grid and block patterns, checkerboard, laser cut and lattice cutouts, Mondrian grids and tribal prints.


Transitioning to your casual side, prepare yourself for an athletic aesthetic. Sporty layering pieces get contemporary this season with luxurious textures such as silk and leather, technical mesh, colorful prints and overall sporty detailing. A sophisticated bomber jacket will complement dressy shorts while tennis-inspired dresses; sleek track pants and sporty jumpsuits will call for heels instead of sneakers. Wear your alluring athletic pieces as separates or together. The perfect less-than-formal material that we can’t get enough of: denim! Denim will be on double duty, from rugged and frayed to clean and polished. Colored denim will take a backseat to basic indigo. Light washed denim is the new player this season, which always pairs great with a plain white tee; or go for a head-to-toe look with darker skinnies and a chambray shirt. Denim isn’t exclusive to your lower body—get in the scene with shirts, overalls, tops and dresses! n


Over the years, Fred Levine has been one of the ‘go-to’ people for fashion reporters looking for the fashion direction as it emerges from the streets of L.A.




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Styles We Love for Spring 1. BESITOS Discover modern and designer collections for the fashion-savvy woman. You’ll love this new Zelda of New York black and white leather jacket and this timeless Zelda black embroidered jacquard jacket that pairs well with skirts, pants and jeans. Other great designer brands include Alberto Makali, Eva Varro, XCVI and Paige Jeans that deliver high style at affordable prices.


Besitos Fine Women’s Boutique 23504 Calabasas Road Calabasas (Next to Pedaler’s Fork) 818.591.7300


2. BLUSH Blush Boutique specializes in contemporary fashions at affordable prices from the hottest designers. Discover the new “Mommy & Me” collection of young girl’s fashions that every daughter will love to wear starting at under $20! Mommies will love their selection of dresses, fabulous skinny jeans, leggings, jackets and tops perfect for spring, with great styles for their daughter fashionistas! Blush Calabasas The Courtyard at the Commons 23671 Calabasas Road 818.222.5874 Blush Encino 16101 Ventura Bl. 818.788.3893

3. OPTX OPTX by Wayne Fletcher has provided high-quality, personalized optical service for more than 30 years. His new store in Calabasas offers stylish prescription eyewear and sunglasses that are technically advanced and made on the premises. OPTX features the hottest designs from CÉLINE, the designer known to set trends for modern glamour, with these oversized sunnies and frames that look sleek and stylish on men and women. OPTX Fine Eyewear 23673 Calabasas Road Calabasas Courtyard at The Commons 818.789.7600


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4 GERIE’S FASHION CLOSET Discover how fun shopping can be at Gerie’s Fashion Closet with “nose to toes” fashions by owner Gerie Davies. Call or email for private appointment shopping and personal fashion consulting. You’ll love her new Victorian jackets that flatter every shape (great for year-round wear), and her fashion lines that are perfect for effortless travel and vacation packing! Gereie’s Fashion Closet 4930 Calle Robleda Agoura Hills 818.426.7631

5. DUNGAREES Los Angeles’s original denim boutique features cutting-edge active wear from today’s fashion-forward brands for men and women. These striped denim jeans for women look great dressed up or down, and men can find their individual look with a timeless assortment of shirts and jeans for a pulled-together sophisticated look. Dungarees Calabasas The Courtyard at the Commons 23655 Calabasas Rd. Calabasas 818.222.5326 Dungarees Studio City 12230 Ventura Blvd. Studio City 818-508-5326 6

6. ESCENTIALS Spring has sprung at Escentials, where you will find everything you need for your body, face and well being. Shop for aesthetic skin care, luxurious bath and body products, exclusive cosmetics, fragrance lines, beautiful hats, scarves, jewelry and accessories. See why Escentials is everyone’s favorite gift store! Escentials 26527 Agoura Rd #106 Calabasas (Next to Albertsons) 818.880.5411 For inquires about “Styles We Love:” Contact us at 310-494-6250 Shop Local for the Season’s Best Styles!

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Announcing the Grand Opening of the High School

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By Beth Cone Kramer Photographed By Marvin Steindler


isters Suzy Amis Cameron and Rebecca Amis launched MUSE School in 2006 with just 11 students. Today, the school has progressed into a learning environment that emphasizes teaching the importance of sustainability and supporting each student’s passions and interests. In keeping with its name, MUSE pays homage to the nine muses, goddesses who have inspired literature, science and the arts. “We wanted to create a school that would engage students with interesting and challenging learning opportunities to work on topics and issues related to a sustainable planet,” Cameron says. “Parents seek out our school because they want their sons or daughters to be acknowledged and individualized for exactly who they are.” The school’s missions are to transform learning and promote sustainability on a global scale. Touring the elemen-

tary school campus, one will see countertops made from recycled glass and classrooms constructed using repurposed wood, as well as the installation of five 28-feet diameter solar panels that evoke a sunflower. The school’s Seed-to-Table program teaches students how to grow and cook nutritious food. At the new middle- and high-school campuses, students have been harvesting produce from the student-created produce beds. The middle school has formed partnerships to sell studentgrown produce at two Calabasas restaurants, SALT and Pedalers Fork. In keeping with the commitment to sustainable living, all students learn about recycling and composting. At least 75 percent of the foods served for snack and lunch are plant-based.

MUSE currently serves more than 150 students on two campuses, from early childhood through the 8th grade. At the end of the 2013 school year, the decision was made to expand to a high school, and this September, 25 ninth graders will make that a reality ( With the addition of the high school, and continued growth from early childhood program through the 8th grade, MUSE officials anticipate doubling the enrollment over the next four years. “We have been very intentional about creating a different learning context that ignites and nurtures students’ passions,” Amis said. “Over the past few years, parents have approached me stating that MUSE kids are happy, engaged and learning, so why would you stop at the eighth grade?” Another aspect of the MUSE curriculum is that it’s shaped around each student’s interests. Central to this approach is a passion - and project-based curriculum with an emphasis on not only sustainability but also self-efficacy (individual belief in one’s ability to accomplish goals and tasks) and the Process Communication Model, fostering effective communication with each other). At the high school, a corps of talented teachers advise and mentor students while adeptly weaving science, technology, engineering, performing and visual arts, math, literacy and world languages into group and individual projects.

Although MUSE uses the California Common Core State Standards as its baseline, a challenging set of milestones has been developed to push beyond these standards. At the high school level, students will be assessed on their demonstrated understanding and competency through their work on projects, internships and service. Encouraged to delve deeper into their passions supported by a dynamic academic program, students will also participate in regular outdoor education activities. Teachers work closely with students to craft individual learning plans that are responsive to each student’s interests, social and emotional development. “MUSE graduates will have well developed sensibilities about the environment, and generating a sustainable planet while being well prepared for a lifetime of learning and opportunities to positively impact their community,” Head of School Jeff King said. For more information: 818-880-5437, n “MUSE School inspires and prepares young people to live consciously with themselves, one another and the planet.”

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The art of AgingGracefully PERFECTLY DONE OR OVERDONE? By Dr. Guanche

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hat does it mean to age gracefully? I can’t tell you how many times patients have come to my office, asked for a procedure and mused, “I just want to do a few procedures so that I’ll age gracefully.”

It has occurred to me that the definition of “aging gracefully” has made a 180-degree turn. In the 1950s and 60s, it meant refraining from having any procedures done. Now it refers to the exact opposite: doing a few procedures to slow signs of aging. The key to aging gracefully is to choose the right physician, one who has proper training, experience and a range of tools. The goal is to have and maintain a natural-looking result without going down the slippery slope of overdoing it. The best beauty work is imperceptible. Recently, I was on a panel for the TV show “Extra” where three plastic surgeons and me were asked to conjecture what cosmetic procedures Christie Brinkley has had done. She is 60 and looks fabulous in her swimsuit on the cover of People magazine. We hemmed and hawed, four experts unsure of any specific procedure. This is the hallmark of great cosmetic work, combined with maintenance and prevention. A 60-year-old model looks fabulous, ageless and beautiful because she exercises, eats right, wears sunscreen and uses skin care—and because she has likely had some artful cosmetic work done.

Achieving a natural look is definitely technique-dependent. Who is doing your procedure? Usually, less is more. However, there are cases where more is more. For example, in past years, it was common to laser only the face and not the neck or chest. Remember the old laser resurfacing, where the whole face was bandaged and oozing for two weeks? There would be a distinct line where the new, rejuvenated porcelain skin would end and the relatively sun-damaged, pigmented skin of the neck and chest would serve as a contrast and a telltale sign that something was done. Nowadays, that is not so common; we use the Fraxel® laser on the face, neck and chest and blend the entire décolleté, with little or no down time. The same phenomenon can happen with fillers. When only one area is volumized and the remaining areas are not, it becomes obvious that a procedure has been done. One area may be corrected, such as the cheeks, but the temples are left hollow, and the face is not in balance, leaving a Cruella De Vil-type of facial contour. Sometimes, the lips are plump, but the remainder of the face is still hollow and sagging, creating a platform of contrast for the outsized, smooth lips that punctuate its center. A filler procedure should be done conservatively with the 3-dimensional appearance of the face in consideration.

I am taken aback. “Which lady?” I say, but I think I know which lady it is. “The one with the giant lips in the Saturday morning class,” she says. Everyone knows a lady at the gym who is completely overdone. She looks unnatural. You don’t want to look like her. She is your example of why you are afraid to do fillers. Why does she look like that? Some of it is her own personal preference: She likes big lips. Some of it is her lack of ability to see herself objectively. This is called body-dysmorphic disorder, so she keeps going back for more. But I would guess that in most cases, she just hasn’t chosen the right physician. She looked for a bargain and got what she paid for. Here’s how it should go. A person comes in for her first procedure — let’s say Juvederm® in the lips — and loves the result. She enjoys the response she gets from her peers, and she wants more of that positive feeling. She returns for more, in the same area. Unless the patient really needs it, it is the physician’s job to redirect. Otherwise, this person will look unnatural and overdone: “The lips is not the answer right now. How about correcting the nasolabial folds? Or doing Botox® on the crow’s feet? Or a firming procedure such as Ultherapy? Or nothing.” If the patient insists they need something, then a simple anti-aging skincare regimen or oxygen facial could be the answer. It is the physician’s responsibility to guide the patient on these matters, and not simply sell more Juvederm® to this person when it is not time. If the physician has the tools, he or she can address a different concern and enhance the appearance instead of overdoing one feature. “The lady is not my patient,” I tell the woman, “but I do have a number of other patients at the gym. It’s just not obvious they’ve had anything done.” We all would love to age gracefully. To get the best results, choose a board-certified physician who offers a range of procedures. If you go to a place that has only one device, then that device will be “right” for you. Remember, “When you have a hammer, everything is a nail.” Choose a reputable doctor who is more concerned with doing the right thing for your appearance than selling another procedure. Trust your skin to the best. n Dr. Guanche is not a consultant for, nor receives consulting fees or compensation from, any of the product or device companies mentioned in this article.

I always say: One bad filler procedure can deter hundreds, if not thousands, of people from ever trying it. Here in Calabasas, there are many women who have had fillers and Botox®, laser procedures and Ultherapy that look completely natural. It is the training, talent, esthetic eye and ethics of the physician performing the procedures that determine the outcome. Great cosmetic work should be artfully done, with an eye for not only the patients’ concerns but also their overall balanced, gender-specific appearance. I can confidently say that many of my patients are walking around Calabasas right now, and one would never guess what, if anything, they’ve had done. They just look great! “Well, I just don’t want to look like that lady at the gym,” says my 44-year-old patient. “Do you do her?”

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TEMPT: The Business of Style By Beth Cone Kramer Photographed by Marvin Steindler


empt’s Tracy Berkus Dekel and Allison Kanter have parlayed a 37-year friendship and their timeless style into a successful Calabasas business. Their store offers unique and rare jewelry from Italy, Turkey, India and Paris, as well as Tempt’s own collection, T & A. Their flagship boutique opened in September 2012 in the former Dash location on Park Granada. Tempt is also very excited to announce a product expansion, adding an incredible selection of gift items that have a very edgy and sophisticated appeal. Tracy and Allison have been close friends since meeting as 12-yearolds and have been through junior high and high school, college, weddings and births before becoming business partners in 2007. Tracy spent years as a radio producer on hit shows such as “Rick Dees Weekly Top 40,” “American Music Magazine,” and “Rick Dees in the Morning” on KIIS-FM. During her time at the Los Angeles radio station, Tracy worked as a stylist with many of the musical artists she interviewed on air. After her daughter was born, Tracy managed a high-end retail boutique where she developed a loyal customer following. She eventually started her own styling business. Today, she continues to style a few special clients but has channeled her talent and passion for fashion into Tempt and her innovative jewelry collection. Tracy finds inspiration by her travels through Europe, where she finds unique and beautiful pieces.


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Allison spent a decade in licensing, product development, design and marketing. As a buyer for The Walt Disney Company, Allison oversaw product development and manufacturing. She traveled extensively through Asia, where she managed the pricing, design, quality control and styling of a multi-million-dollar business. Following the births of her three children, she consulted with a licensing firm on accounts such as Disney and Warner Brothers. In addition to her creative background, her flare for fashion and style gives her inspiration in finding the incredible selection of jewelry to add to the Tempt collections. Allison and Tracy say that they believe fashion can be fleeting, but style and good taste are truly timeless. The partners work hard to find the “hot” look of the moment that all women want to capture. Tempt combines timeless style and fashion with quality and reasonable prices. There is something for everyone. Tempt is on the Calabasas fashionista’s map for, according to the website, “all the things you can’t resist.” n

Tempt 4774 Park Granada Suite 5 Calabasas, CA 818.225.8758

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By Irene Marshall and Beth Cone Kramer


veryone seems to appear a bit more cultured with a wine stem between his or her fingers, sipping wine with an expression that connotes an understanding of wine’s complexities. Whether you are a well-versed connoisseur or one who enjoys the social aspect of a gourmet meal paired with a favorite bottle, you may find wine enhances a meal or experience. Wine has always had an alluring quality that can make any evening more pleasant. But what is it that draws us to a particular cabernet, pinot noir or sauvignon blanc? Like a song that reminds us of a moment in our lives, the bouquet and flavor of a wine can evoke a particular memory. The challenge is to capture that impression as you swirl the first taste in your mouth. Does the wine remind you of berries, dark chocolate, vanilla? A glass of wine can stimulate the senses of taste and smell. Wine can play a featured role at lunch with a friend, a romantic dinner with a spouse, a dinner party or a tasting. Wine brings people together. Over the years, many vineyards have open in our backyard. It turns out our coastal regional climate is perfect for growing grapes. Visit these splendid local wineries for a tasting. Check out some of our favorites on the following page... Cheers!

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Rosenthal-The Malibu Estate Driving along Pacific Coast Highway, four miles north of Topanga, you’ve invariably noticed two massive turquoise Adirondack chairs near a sign reading “Rosenthal Wine Tasting.” You’ve probably wondered about the tasting room directly across from the Malibu beaches. Maybe you’ve made a mental note to return when you aren’t toting kids and paraphernalia to Zuma Beach. The Malibu Estate and Surfrider Tasting Room pours the eponymous vineyard’s award-winning varietals, including Block M Cabernet Sauvignon, Rosenthal Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, and Rosenthal Estate and Surfrider chardonnays. Enjoy a bottle or glass on the back patio or inside the tasting room. Sample a flight of the estate’s wines. Cheese, crackers, sliced meats and other packaged noshes are available for purchase. Back in 1987, Los Angeles businessman and trailblazer George Rosenthal began planting vineyards on his 250-acre Newton Canyon Malibu retreat. The area is now recognized as its own American Viticulture Area. Thirty-two acres of hillside vines are planted in this unique microclimate, where cool evening breezes temper the day’s sunshine. Wine is aged in French oak barrels. 18471 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA 90265 | Tasting Room: 310.456.1392 |

aa Malibu Wines Tasting Room/Malibu Family Wines Nestled between PCH and the 101 freeway on a bucolic stretch of Mulholland Highway, the Malibu Wines Tasting Room and Malibu Family Wines pour Semler and Saddlerock varietals. An evening listening to live music or watching a movie under the stars while enjoying a bottle of wine with friends is one of our favorite summer activities, along with a concert at the Hollywood Bowl or Greek Theatre. The tasting room is open year-round, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., with the last tasting at 5:30 p.m. Summer hours are extended to 9 p.m. from Memorial Day through Halloween. Check the website’s calendar for special events, performances and parking information. Guests must be 21 or over. No outside alcohol may be brought onto the premises, but guests are free to bring picnics, as no food is available. The tasting room charges no admission but requires one bottle minimum per two to four guests. Flights or samplings of four wines are available. Tables and chairs are provided, so no outside furniture is permitted. Semler wines are estate wines produced from the grapes grown on the 65 acres and 60,000 vines just across from the tasting room. The Saddlerock wines are produced from a blend of grapes and juices from the central coast. A fairly wide variety of whites, reds and sparkling wines is available for purchase to enjoy on the grounds or to bring home. Check website for parking information, special events and extended hours. 31740 Mulholland Highway, Malibu, CA 90265 | 818.865.0605 |

aa Cielo Estate/SIP Malibu Wine Bar Just off Kanan Road in the heart of the Santa Monica Mountains, SIP Malibu Wine Bar is a casual hangout offering flights of local wines as well as wines by the glass and bottle. The intimate tasting room has just a few seats at the rustic bar, but there’s extra seating on the patio, which features individual fire pits and some interesting plants. SIP has a California ’60s or ’70s vibe, the kind of place you’d expect the Eagles or Linda Ronstadt to walk through the door. Many of the labels evoke the macramé era, with featured wines from the Woodstock Collection such as Deep Purple. SIP Malibu Wine Bar pours Cielo wines and special varietals from the Malibu Estate, Cielo Vineyard and Estate, in addition to the Woodstock Collection. Cielo Farms wines are poured at high-end Southern California restaurants, hotels and venues including Café Pinot, Shutters on the Beach hotel and the Hollywood Bowl. Select from several options on the flight menu, with creative names such as Monster Flight and Endangered Flight. The Rustic Canyon General Store and Grill sells victuals to enjoy with your wine. The tasting room is open from noon to 8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and noon to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. with complimentary valet parking Saturday and Sunday. 2589 Sierra Creek Road, Agoura Hills, CA 91301 | 818.865.0440 |

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Stonehaus Westlake residents have a vineyard and wine tasting room in their backyard. The Stonehaus, a boutique evocative of Tuscany, opened in November 2012 at The Westlake Inn, approximately halfway between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara. The vineyard, at the corner of Lakeview Canyon and Agoura Road, will produce grapes to be harvested for The Stonehaus private label. Wine steward Daryke Cassar notes the process of creating wines from the proprietary vineyard may take some time. However, The Stonehaus creates private-label varietals sourced from California appellations available by bottle, half-glass, full glass and flights as part of The Stonehaus Wine Clubs. Private-label wines include a cabernet/Syrah, a house cabernet, a house merlot, a house pinot noir, a house chardonnay and a house pinot grigio. The wine stewards at The Stonehaus can help you select the perfect wine from a list featuring pours from around the world. If you’d prefer a tasting, choose from eight red flights, seven white flights and a sparkling wine/champagne flight. Pair a lunchtime salad or panini with a half-glass of your favorite varietal or join friends by the outdoor fireplace for a glass of wine with a charcuterie or crostini plate. Cigar or beer aficionados can choose from a selection of cigars and craft beers. Cordials are also available. The Stonehaus has become a popular gathering place from morning to night, serving custom coffee that is roasted in-house, espresso drinks, fresh baked muffins, scones and other options. The lunch crowd can select from a variety of salads and paninis. Wood oven-baked thin-crust pizzas are available Thursday through Sunday evenings. 32309 Agoura Road (at The Westlake Inn), Westlake Village, CA 91361 | 818.483.1152 |

aa Cornell Winery and Tasting Room The stretch of Mulholland Highway between Paramount Ranch and the famed biker hangout The Rock Store is known as Three Magical Miles. Paramount Ranch and 20th Century Fox Movie Ranch was the setting for numerous films and TV shows, including westerns and M*A*S*H. Set in the midst of this pastoral area is Cornell Winery and Tasting Room. The motto at The Cornell Winery and Tasting Room is “Drink Local Wine,” so the focus is on local winemakers including Topanga Skyline Vineyards, Cielo Farms, Rosenthal Estate Wines, Semler Estate Wines, Calabasas Peak Wines, Malibu Rocky Oaks and other labels. The Santa Monica Mountains boast what the folks at Cornell Winery refer to as “incredible terroir geography,” an ideal setting for quality wines. The historic tasting room provides a perfect spot to experience the wide variety of pours from wineries and growers in the Santa Monica Mountains and Malibu. The area is home to 50 independent and boutique wineries. Cornell pours a number of hard-to-find varietals. If wine tasting piques your appetite and hunger, don’t miss The Old Place restaurant, located next door to Cornell Winery and Tasting Room. Tom Runyon has been serving guests steaks grilled over a red-oak fire, baked potatoes and crusty sourdough bread for more than 40 years. Stars including Steve McQueen, Jason Robards, Sam Peckinpah, and Burgess Meredith once dined in the former Hank’s Country Store locale. 29975 Mulholland Highway, Agoura Hills, CA 91301 | 818.735.3542 | The Old Place: 29983 Mulholland Highway, Agoura Hills, CA 91301 | 818.706.9001 |

aa Cuveé Terrace When Jackie Shane purchased the Plug Nickel, a long-popular Conejo Valley restaurant for locals and visitors alike, she decided nightly wine tastings would complement the restaurant’s breakfast and lunch business. Cuvée Terrace offers weekly special wine flights featuring a different region. Wine-label representatives sometime visit to pour and inform. Guests can sit at the eight-seat wine bar to enjoy a flight or a glass. Share a bottle of wine and small plates with friends on the outdoor terrace. The Cuvée Terrace breakfast menu includes omelets, variations of eggs benedict and other specialties that were popular with Plug Nickel customers. The lunch menu includes a wide variety of sandwiches, wraps, salads and soups. Plan a special event or meeting in the private room. Catering is available. Sample boutique wines by the glass as you work on your laptop. The restaurant and tasting room offer complimentary WiFi. Cuvée Terrace hosts special events, some featuring artisan wine labels. 717 Lakefield Drive Suite H & I, Westlake Village, CA 91361 | 805.495.2613 |

CASA Escobar The 90-Year Family Tradition

Written by Elena Richards Photographed by Marvin Steindler


he word “tradition” isn’t one that many Angelino families can relate to, much less boast about. For restaurant owner Kathy Escobar Harvey, owner of Casa Escobar in Westlake Village and the brand new Casa Escobar Malibu Beach at the site of the legendary Malibu Inn, the tradition of owning and managing restaurants has been a part of her family’s DNA for the past 90 years. Kathy’s great grandparents, Pasquel and Simona Escobar, opened a small taqueria (taco stand) in west Los Angeles in 1924. In 1946, Kathy’s grandparents, Juan and Rosa, continued the tradition by opening the first Casa Escobar in Los Angeles, which was built close to the site of the original taqueria. Kathy’s father, Peter, helped run that restaurant until he opened his own Casa Escobar. Peter has since owned and operated several restaurants all over Southern California, including Casas Escobar in Santa Monica and Marina Del Rey, and he was responsible for making the family name synonymous with the best and most


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authentic Mexican food and ambiance found anywhere in the area. Today, the 87-year-old restaurateur and martial artist is now retired but still plays a vibrant role in maintaining the family heritage. Kathy and her husband, Russell Harvey, owned and operated the Casa Escobar at Cross Creek in Malibu for many years until fire destroyed it in 2003. Although the couple rebuilt their business, the property owners bought them out to build retail stores. The buyout came before the Great Recession, and in 2011, Kathy and Russell opened the new Casa Escobar in Westlake Village. This restaurant has quickly become a favorite destination for lunch, dinner and happy hour in the Conejo Valley. Kathy and Russell’s daughter, Jessica, is also involved in the family business, working at both venues while also working at Karma Tequila in Malibu. This past year, Kathy and Russell, along with new partner Craig Austin, bought the legendary Malibu Inn, an iconic beachside restaurant, bar and live-entertainment venue dating back to the 1930’s, and transformed the venue into the new Malibu Beach

Dining In Style Casa Escobar. Legendary singer-songwriter Neil Young owned the restaurant when the venue was called the Crazy Horse, and it featured some of music’s most recognized performers, including Eric Clapton, Tom Petty and Kid Rock. The newly remodeled Casa Escobar in Malibu Beach is reminiscent of the rich Sonoran traditions of the 1940’s, contrasted with a lively and colorful ambiance. The venue occupies 6,500 square feet plus an entire 2,000 square-feet patio for outdoor beachside dining. Like her father and grandfather before her, Kathy has continued to blend the authentic Sonoran recipes of her grandmother, Rosa. Chef Enrique, a chef from Mexico City, whose dishes from the coastal region of Veracruz and Oaxaca have been well received at the restaurant, has introduced new dishes. Both Casa Escobar locations combine old traditions with a modern flair. The menu is a modern mix, with a special emphasis on both traditional and health-conscious eating. Casa Escobar uses plenty of organic

ingredients and offers many vegan dishes, including organic tequilas for their margaritas. “Chef Enrique is very creative, innovative, and health-conscious with his recipes,” Kathy said. “Everything is made to order. We use a variety of fresh fish, only chicken breasts and a lot of fresh vegetables. People think Mexican food is unhealthy, but it is not when prepared the way we prepare our food.” Food presentation is also a key factor to Kathy, who understands the importance of making sure that each dish looks as wonderful as it tastes. For example, the house specialty, Molcajete, made with chicken, steak and chorizo, is served in a traditional stone bowl normally used for grinding corn. The dish is presented with cactus leaves, fresh cheese, fresh salsa, avocado and a sprinkling of Grandma Rosa’s sauce. The Ceviche de la Casa is fresh mahi mahi that is tastefully served in a colorful handblown glass. The Caldo Siete Mares is a soup in a mild tomato seafood broth featuring shrimp, clams, fresh fish, octopus, scallops, abalone, crab and fresh vegetables.

Traditional favorites such as tacos and enchiladas are also on the menu. Enchiladas en Mole Poblano is prepared with a mole sauce that, according to Escobar-Harvey, uses 25 to 30 ingredients. Deep in flavor, the sauce tops two enchiladas filled with shredded chicken breast. Casa Escobar also boasts an unbelievable five-page tequila & mescal menu that offers more than 300 different brands that can ordered by the shot or tastefully prepared in a margarita or margatini. n

Casa Escobar Malibu Beach 22969 Pacific Coast Hwy Malibu, CA 310.456.1160 Casa Escobar Westlake Village 2809 Agoura Road, Westlake Village, CA 805.777.7747 Open daily for Lunch & Dinner Happy Hour: M-F 3-7 p.m. Inquire about catering, private parties, weddings and special events

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Health & Wellness

Rogue Warriors Navigate Life’s Torrents

By Beth Cone Kramer


n September 2010, a group of Hidden Hills neighbors decided to get away from it all and take a whitewater rafting trip. Craig Aaronson, Shawn Antin, Charlie Goldwasser, Gary Simons, Marc Spellman and Vasi Vangelos spent a mostly rainy Pacific Northwest weekend facing some choppy waters that foreshadowed life’s challenges ahead. The neighbors called their group “Rogue Warriors” after the Oregon river they conquered. The men bonded during this trip and on subsequent adventures. As life began to throw some serious challenges their way, the Rogue Warriors began to appreciate how valuable it is for men to form deep friendships. The Rogue Warriors didn’t start out as lifelong friends but met each other after moving


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into the close-knit community of Hidden Hills. The men felt fortunate to have many good friends, new and old, but their shared interests in mountain biking, mud running and other outdoor sports led them to spend considerable time with each other, doing the activities they loved. Like the course of a river, life can hit some rough waters. The Rogue Warriors began facing some personal challenges including cancer, a broken neck, car accident and deaths of family members. These tough times helped the men realize just how important their friendships had become. The men put the needs of each other first, willing to drop whatever they were doing to drive someone to treatment, accompany a friend to therapy, deliver food or whatever was needed.

The men who faced these challenges share that they felt their friends’ support directly contributed to their recoveries. But the support didn’t only impact the “fallen warriors.” The rest of the men felt inspired by their friends’ attitude and spirit as they worked to recover. The Rogue Warriors are doing well, busy living each day to its fullest with family and friends. The friends are planning more trips with their Rogue pals. The men didn’t want to call attention to themselves through this article but believed sharing their experience might help other men build deeper relationships with other men. Each man has watched his wife build close relationships with other women, but the men suspect it’s more difficult for men to do the same. The Rogue Warriors hope to inspire others the way they have inspired each other. n

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By Beth Cone Kramer Photographed by Marvin Steindler


alabasas Mayor Fred Gaines shared the city’s successes in the 16th Annual State of the City Address on Jan. 15 at the Calabasas High School Performing Arts Education Center. The mayor hit on high points from 2013, including the city’s spot as 13th safest city in California by SafeWise, a business consortium of home security providers. Calabasas also won first place in the America in Bloom Awards, as well as the organization’s highest five “bloom” rating and recognition for the community’s floral display. Gaines said resident Ellen Pangarliotas was honored as Citizen of the Year. Pangarliotas is one of city’s founding mothers and Calabasas Library Commissioner. Last year, 217,113 people visited the library, which hosted more than 260 children’s programs, 110 teen programs and 104 adult programs.


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The mayor noted Calabasas remains fiscally sound with the highest credit rating for a city of its size by Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s. Calabasas is home to six of the largest 25 companies in the San Fernando Valley, and there has been a resurgence in Old Town with the opening of the Anza Hotel and The Six restaurant, joining Pedalers Fork, Bernard’s Wine Gallery and the relocated Popular. In September, the city gave building permits to convert the former Volvo dealership to a Bob Smith Mini dealership. Other points the mayor touched on, according to an outline of his address given to Calabasas Style: • Calabasas provides programs for residents of all ages. More than 650 residents have participated in the Savvy Seniors program, which offers classes from the arts to exercise for residents older than 50. The Tennis & Swim Center has 75 different fitness classes on its schedule. For young residents, the city continues to offer a range of programs, including the popular summer Beach Bus, day camps, and after-school enrichment classes. • Mayor Gaines cited a number of environmental and open-space accomplishments, including the collection of 178,097 pounds of electrical waste, which includes 87,040 pounds of TVs and computer monitors. November marked the 10-year anniversary of the acquisition of Ahmanson Ranch, now known as the Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve. n


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Club Life at Calabasas Mollie’s Bat Mitzvah

Titleist Performance Institute

Calabasas resident Mollie Wiviott celebrated her Bat Mitzvah with friends and family the CCC. Rikki Ladenheim of RL Events produced this beautiful and memorable event.

Titleist Performance Institute certified golf fitness launches at Calabasas Country Club. This one-of-a kind fitness certification is designed to improve a golfer’s body function to yield the most powerful and efficient golf swing possible. Shown is Scott Kettner, CCC’s Titleist Performance Institute certified instructor working to improve Billy Wagner’s body mechanics, swing efficiency and accuracy.

Snow Day Getting Fit

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Let it snow! Kids big and small loved a chance to enjoy the “polar vortex” at the Calabasas Country Club during the Snow Day event.

Staying fit inside and out! Club members “just do it” to look and feel their best every day!

Country Club Golf Day

Casino Night

West Hills Hospital

Raising the stakes at the Tri-school Texas Hold ‘Em Poker Tournament fundraiser to benefit Chaparral, Bay Laurel and Round Meadow elementary schools on Feb. 6.

West Hills Hospital & Medical Center kicked off Heart Month with a free seminar at the Calabasas Country Club to educate guests about heart disease and prevention.

Sunday Brunch Pity all your friends back East! Golfers enjoying a perfect January Day at the Calabasas Country Club!

Families enjoyed an endless Sunday brunch buffet at the CCC.

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Calabasas Day Spa Since 1997

By Beth Cone Kramer Photographed by Marvin Steindler


ou probably invest time and money to look your best. You pay for a good haircut. You get regular manicures and pedicures. You buy top-of-the-line cosmetics. But perhaps you don’t realize how skincare impacts your appearance. Healthy, vital skin provides a canvas for everything else. A luminous glow and radiant tone can showcase your best features to the world. If you could Photoshop yourself before leaving the house, would you? When the years and stress cause skin to lose its natural moisture and elasticity, dryness and fine lines can set in. Regular facial treatments, which involve a process of cleansing, exfoliating, massaging and aerating the skin increase circulation and bring oxygen to the delicate tissue, improving the skin’s ability to retain moisture. A consistent regimen of facial treatments can restore radiance and elasticity, giving you a more youthful appearance. Scientific advances have led to the development of injectable fillers and surgical procedures. Ultimate Skin owner Elise Kramer shares, “There’s nothing wrong with getting injectables such as Botox or collagen to improve your appearance; but what most people don’t understand is that by maintaining the health of their skin through consistent treatments and ongoing care, the


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effect of injections, as well as any surgical procedure, can be significantly improved.” Microcurrent treatments, for example, may be recommended as a complement to injectables. Low levels of microcurrents stimulate muscles, keeping the facial planes from appearing flat or concave, which happens with age. Facials and body treatments enhance our natural appearance. “Improving circulation and increasing moisture can’t be done through cosmetic surgery, but results-driven skincare services can immediately restore a healthy glow to skin,” Elise says. “Facial treatments every four to six weeks can dramatically transform the overall look of someone’s appearance, and visible improvement shows itself in a very short period of time.” Since Ultimate Skin first opened more than 16 years ago, the day spa has attracted clients from Calabasas and surrounding areas who enjoy the spa’s full spectrum of exceptional services and tranquil ambience. The expertly trained staff provides every guest with a one-of-a-kind escape from life’s everyday stresses. Top-quality services for men, women and teens include facials, advanced peels, waxing, body treatments and massage therapy. Elise has always aimed to provide a five-star experience set apart by a personal touch, a place to rest body, mind and soul.

Newcomers and regulars are treated like longtime friends. Skilled professional aestheticians provide customized treatments and educate clients to follow up with personalized at-home skincare. “By getting regular treatments, you’re really making an investment in yourself that brings benefits that carry over into other aspects of your life,” Elise says. “Our goal is to educate clients on how to care for their skin properly at home, while stressing the need for consistent treatments by professionals in order to gain the maximum benefits. We all want to look and feel our best, and when we live within that beautiful glow, our lives are all the richer for it.” n Ultimate Skin 22263 Mulholland Highway Calabasas, CA 91302 818.222.9797 Services: Facials, massage, waxing, microcurrent, microdermabrasion, body treatments, advanced peels, airbrush tanning and more. Facility: Six treatment rooms, boutique, changing room and shower. Product lines: DermaQuest, Jan Marini, Mark Lees and other top lines, as well as beautiful jewelry, lounge wear, candles, diffusers, lotions and more.

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The Andrew Dougherty Foundation

BringsVision Worldwide By Beth Cone Kramer Photographed by Marvin Steindler


n 2010, internationally renowned vision surgeon Dr. Paul J. Dougherty M.D., founded the Andrew Dougherty Vision Foundation. It’s a charitable, non-profit organization, dedicated to providing pro bono cataract and vision correction surgery to wounded veterans and the homeless in the U.S., as well as those in need throughout the world. The physician was inspired by the memory of his son Andrew who passed away suddenly at the age of 5 ½. A pioneer in the vision correction field, Dr. Dougherty fuses LASIK and cataract technologies, customizing procedures for the most positive outcome for vision correction. Dr. Dougherty helped pioneer many of today’s most used vision correction techniques, including the Staar Vision ICC implantable contact lens, which has been replacing LASIK for patients who want high-definition vision without the risk of dry eye or who are not candidates for LASIK. He has performed over 30,000 vision correction procedures and is an authority on LASIK, cataract surgery, and non-laser vision correction techniques such as implantable contacts and intraocular lenses, as well as treatments for corneal conditions.


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Dr. Dougherty was the first U.S. ophthalmologist to undergo LASIK surgery and notes, “It was one of the best decisions I have ever made for myself.” The physician is known as “The Doctor’s Doctor” because he is the personal surgeon of choice for many vision correction surgeons. Dougherty performs all refractive procedures in his practice, which includes a state of the art surgery center in Westlake Village as well as offices in Camarillo and Beverly Hills. The surgeon serves on the clinical faculty at UCLA’s Jules Stein Eye Institute and is involved in numerous clinical trials for the FDA. “I have a charitable organization named after my deceased son called the Andrew Dougherty Vision Foundation, whose purpose is to gift vision patients in need both in the US and internationally,” said Dougherty. Dougherty and his team have traveled to the Middle East to perform cataract surgery on refugees and they have recently gone to Haiti to provide eye care and cataract surgery to hundreds of citizens. “It was an extremely powerful and life-changing experience for my team and I” said Dougherty. Closer to home in Southern California, his foundation provides cataract surgery and

vision correction to many homeless citizens and wounded veterans. “I have received a tremendous amount of satisfaction over the years providing and improving vision for those whose vision is not clear,” he said. In addition to providing vision surgery, the Andrew Dougherty Vision Foundation provides local surgeons in underserved areas with ongoing training on the most up-to-date cataract and refractive surgery techniques. The Andrew Dougherty Vision Foundation helps raise funds for surgical supplies, travel stipends for volunteer surgical teams, customs fees, medical permits, insurance, and multilevel education programs. Upcoming fundraising events include an evening of magic, a celebrity poker tournament, and a golf tournament. The foundation is seeking donations and sponsors for a 2014 mission to Vietnam. Please visit for more information. n Photos from the last ADVF mission to Port-auPrince, Haiti May 2012

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Chamber of Commerce Installation GALA 2014 Photographed by Marvin Steindler


he Calabasas Chamber of Commerce held its 2014 Installation Gala at the Four Seasons Hotel in Westlake Village. The Chamber installed its 2014 Board of Directors during the event. Carol Washburn was honored with the Spirit of Calabasas Award. Chairman of the Board Trevis Rucci surprised chamber member Mike Higginbotham with the Chairman’s Award. The evening was a huge success. The chamber plans on making 2014 another spectacular year! n More photos on p. 72


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The 5th Annual

Dream House Raffle for Special Olympics Southern California By Susan Hale Photographed by Marvin Steindler


pecial Olympics Southern California (SOSC) has launched its fifth annual Dream House Raffle, offering either a $4.6 million Calabasas home or $3 million cash. Tickets are $150 each, three for $400 or five for $550.

Calabasas resident Gary Ford home owns the 9,000-squarefeet home. It features 360-degree views, an infinity pool, wooded trails, a basketball and tennis court, a pool house, a man cave and native landscaping throughout the property. Inside, the home is spacious, bright and airy, with a grand frescoed entrance, vaulted ceilings, gourmet kitchen and open floor plan. Funds from the raffle assist SOSC to offer competitions yearround to SOSC athletes at no cost. Leading up to the grandprize drawing are a series of early-bird drawings, awarding thousands of dollars in cash and prizes. To purchase tickets call 800.816.6108 or visit for contest rules and regulations, photos of the home, and lists of early-bird drawing dates and prizes. n


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ore than 150 Ferrari owners, Ferrari Club members and exotic car enthusiasts visited The Auto Gallery Ferrari in Calabasas on Jan. 9 to get an inperson glimpse of the new and much-anticipated 458 Speciale. Compared with the Italia it’s based on, the Speciale has a reworked body, engine, traction-control system and a multitude of other upgrades that refine and enhance the car’s already dynamic performance. The end result is that the 458 Speciale is able to lap the Fiorano test track almost 1.5 seconds a lap faster than any of the 400 Enzo Ferraris made between 2002-2004.


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During the event, the dealership’s general sales manager, Chadwick Hopkins, and guest-presenter/Ferrari expert Emile Bouret introduced attendees to the finer points of the Speciale’s features and aerodynamic package. At one point, the V8 engine came to life so guests could enjoy the car’s sound. Vox DJs provided the rest of the soundtrack for the event. The Auto Gallery Ferrari is currently accepting names of people interested in purchasing the 458 Speciale. Interested parties are encouraged to contact the dealership today at 888.704.5229 to inquire about availability. n

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The American Cancer Society hosted a charity fundraiser on Feb. 7 wrapped around a fun and lively beertasting event at the Agoura HillsCalabasas Community Center. Guests enjoyed a great evening of beer, food, music and a silent auction in which 100% of the proceeds benefited the American Cancer Society.

Kate & Lace Lingerie and Swim hosted a great evening of food and wine to make Valentine’s Day shopping extra fun for guys and gals alike! Kate & Lace Lingerie and Swim is located at 2900 Townsgate Road, Suite 107, in Westlake Village.

about town Besitos Boutique owners Eva Lucero, Tricia Lucero and Joy Palmer set the stage for a night of art and fashion. Guests enjoyed the display of original photographs etched in metal by local Calabasas artist Hillary Green-Pae while shopping for the latest apparel designs. Besitos Boutique is located at 23504 Calabasas Road, next to Pedalers Fork Restaurant.

A.Marie Jewelry owner and designer Ashley Rosenblum hosted a special valentine’s event that showcased her latest jewelry and gift collection. A.Marie Jewelry is located inside the new Harris & Co. design studio at 23911 Ventura Bl., off Parkway Calabasas, north of the 101 Freeway in Calabasas.


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Mike Duran II, Family Ambassador of Silverado Memory Care Calabasas and his staff, invited the community to fall in love with everything Silverado has to offer. Guest were treated with a Valentine’s gourmet dinner prepared by their expert culinary team and a guided tour.

about town MD Wendell Wealth Partners and invited guests came together for a Wall Street Private Briefing at the Stonehaus Restaurant in Westlake Village. Speakers were: Mark Wendell, President; Michael Abelson Sr. VP, CFA, CIO, AssetMark; Tom McKean, VP, CFA, JPMorgan; Tamara Harper, ESQ, Estate Planning Attorney.

Coming Soon! Victor Grenner, V.P. Operations at the new Erewhon

Natural Foods Market

is excited to bring this Organic Grocery Store & Café to Calabasas. Erewhon will open this spring in the Summit Center at the corner of Lost Hills and Agoura roads in the space previously occupied by Maddy’s Market.


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Every Saturday, 8 am-1 pm Calabasas Farmers Market Rain or shine, residents and visitors flock to Old Town Calabasas where a weekly farmers market replaces the old general store. Local vendors bring their fresh and exotic fruits, vegetables, flowers, baked goods and prepared foods to go. ci.calabasas.

KOST-FM 103.5 radio personality Kristin Cruz and Sherry Thomas- Blaka, owner of Blush Boutique, hosted a special childcare panel featuring Club MomMe on Feb. 9 at the Blush Boutique in Calabasas. Moms and their daughters also previewed a new spring collection of trendy and affordable fashions for young girls.

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march March 9, noon-5 pm Let’s Bake a Difference The Cancer Support Community fundraiser Let’s Bake a Difference offers sweets, inspiration and hope at the Westlake Village Inn. Baking and cupcake competitions, sweet samples, live entertainment, free face painting and a cake auction with a silent auction will be available. Tickets are available online at or call the Bakers Cupcake Hotline at 805.379.4777 x241 or 818.706.1333. March 11-16 Theatre League Presents West Side Story From the first notes to the final breath, this is one of the most memorable musicals and greatest love stories of all time. The music by Leonard Bernstein and the lyrics by Stephen Sondheim – a collection of standards that include “Tonight,” “America,” “Maria,” “I Feel Pretty” and “Somewhere” – is widely regarded as one of the best ever written. And the extraordinary Tony Awardwinning choreography by Jerome Robbins completely changed the language of Broadway dance. For ticket information, visit March 15, 11 am-3 pm St. Patrick’s Day Celebration Don’t miss the 8th Annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration. This funfilled family day event is free and open to the public with free food, raffle prizes, kids games, photo booth, Irish music and great Celtic dance performances throughout the day. Agoura Hills/ Calabasas Community Center 27040 Malibu Hills Road, Agoura Hills. 818.880.2993.

Getting Fit and Pampered! Elise Kramer, Owner of Ultimate Skin, and Jaclyn Winters, co-owner at The Dailey Method gave clients a special treat of spa services at the Barre Studio. The Dailey Method is located at 3840 Old Topanga Canyon Rd, just minutes away from Ultimate Skin at 22263 Mulholland Hwy, Calabasas.


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March 22, 9:30 am-noon Arbor Day Celebration The City of Calabasas will host an Arbor Day celebration at Gates Canyon Park in Calabasas, located at 25801 Thousand Oaks Blvd. The event is free and residents are welcome to get involved in helping to create a beautiful and healthy environment in Calabasas. For more information about the Arbor Day Celebration, please contact Alex Farassati at 818.224.1680 or March 28-April 6 Cabrillo Musical Theatre Presents In The Heights Cabrillo is proud to present the regional professional premiere of this “new classic” – the multi-Tony-winning Best Musical of 2008. In The Heights tells the story of a vibrant community in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood – a place where the coffee from the corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open and the breeze carries the rhythm of three

generations of music. It’s a community on the brink of change, full of hopes, dreams and pressures; where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you and which ones you leave behind. For ticket information visit

april April 8-11, 7 pm and April 12 at 2 pm and 7 pm Young Frankenstein Don’t miss Calabasas High School’s performance of the new Mel Brooks musical in the beautiful Performing Arts Education Center. After the huge success of The Producers, Brooks masterfully adapts another film to the stage in this fun and zany musical. Purchase your tickets by visiting and clicking on “buy tickets.” Get them soon because this show is expected to sell out!

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April 12, 2 pm-5 pm Calabasas Earth Day Celebration/Green Expo The City of Calabasas Earth Day Celebration/Green Expo will take place at the Las Virgenes Creek site on Agoura Road in Calabasas. More than 50 exhibitors from all over Los Angeles and Ventura counties will participate in the event to help people take action that will save them money through efficiency while protecting our planet. The festival is free, and the event will have something of interest for everyone. The festival will also feature numerous children’s activities to teach kids about the environment while they have fun. For more information, please contact Alex Farassati at 818.224.1680 or at April 12, 9 am-1 pm Community Health Expo IV: Healthy Living For A Healthy Future There will be screenings, speakers, demonstrations, exhibits and interactive programs. For more information, visit the Future Foundation website at or call 818.880.1054. The Agoura Hills/Calabasas Community Center is located at 27040 Malibu Hills Road, Agoura Hills. April 27, 9 am-2:30 pm Canine Classic Dog Walk & Festival, Calabasas This fun-filled family fundraiser at Juan Bautista de Anza Park benefits the Agoura Hills/Calabasas Community Center, Calabasas Rotary, L.I.F.E. Animal Rescue and Healthcare for Homeless Animals. The event features a two mile walk-a-thon through the rolling hills of Calabasas, rescue dogs available for adoption, celebrities, entertainment, food, a silent auction, kid’s activities and more. Information: 818.880.2993 or at

West Hills Hospital & Medical Center kicked off Heart Month with a free seminar at the Calabasas Country Club to educate guests about heart disease and prevention. Medical experts and speakers included cardiologists Aamer H. Jamali, MD, Farhad Rafii, MD, Raluca B. Arimie, MD, and James Ong, MD.

April 30th 15th Annual Angels of the Alliance Luncheon Elegant Luncheon at the North Ranch Country Club, Entertainment, Live/Silent Auction all benefiting the Alliance for the Arts to support the Kids and the Arts program. $100 per ticket For more information and tickets, visit April 13-May 11 The 50th Annual Pasadena Showcase House of Design Celebrating 50 years of featuring architecturally significant homes! The show houses are meant to provide inspiration and reflect the latest styles and trends in interior design. To purchase tickets, visit

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Financial Brief

Preserving Your

Ones and Zeros By Mark Wendell


ticulated estate-planning instructions. hat in the world are digital assets? Intangible? Certainly. Ubiquitous? Absolutely. Important? Immensely.

Your digital assets are items of computerizeddigitized text, programming code or media in electronic form — ones and zeros stored on a device somewhere — that belong to you and must not be reproduced or accessed without your consent. Such assets might have been rare years ago, but as technology has evolved, a surprising amount of the most significant and precious aspects of our everyday life have become digitized. It makes sense, nowadays, to give as much attention to securing your treasured “digitized life” as we’re accustomed to giving to antiques and heirlooms, real estate or stock shares. We own these digital properties and, therefore, we might want to control, add value to or pass ownership rights to them by way of clearly ar-


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Some digital assets have value of their own, whether monetary or sentimental: years of accumulated email messages or blog postings, contact lists, photos and videos, purchased music and ebooks, those drafts of one’s memoirs, unpublished novels, ancestry records and stories, musical compositions or inventions — intellectual property of inestimable value. A sub-category of valuable digital assets includes the access keys - IDs, passwords, security challenges-and-responses - to the many “cloud” properties we accumulate: bank, investment and credit-card accounts, insurance policies, social-media accounts and their contents, loyalty-program rewards, and documentation of copyrights, patents, trademarks and domain names. In some cases, the distinction between new digital and traditional intangible assets, as defined for tax and legal purposes, can become blurred, requiring careful documentation for secure and accurate estate planning and after-death administration.

Given how much of our lives is quickly slipping into the digital realm, wouldn’t it be wise to apply the same degree of control over your digital valuables as you do over physical property? It’s not too soon to be proactive in organizing ironclad protections of your digital assets in the event of your incapacity or death, just as you would plan for the preservation and smooth transfer of conventional assets with solidly established wills and trusts. But have you considered what hurdles your executors, those holding powers of attorney (POA) or fiduciaries might be confronted with at the moment they need timely access to your digital assets just to fulfill their duties? Making things easier for your family in the event of your incapacitation or death is certainly a good reason to include your digital assets in estate planning. In addition, careful planning will help prevent identity theft or fraud that could add costs and headaches to administering your estate or even, in the case of fragmented records, malign your-

Financial Brief reputation when you’re no longer around to set the record straight or guard a secret. Attentive digital-assets planning will help assure that your privacy remains intact, your history remains accurate and your family remembers you as you truly wish to be remembered. The underlying issue with most digital assets is that they must be accessed via a tangible device, i.e., computer, smartphone or tablet. Access to digital information not stored on your device is usually governed by “terms of service agreements” (TSAs) that specify ownership, license agreements and privacy policies. TSAs are legally enforceable but are typically worded to protect the service provider rather than the subscriber and define the relationship between the account-holder and the storage/access service in a take-it-or-leave-it manner. Few TSAs include provisions covering the transfer of rights to a successor, which is why confusion and conflict frequently arise. It’s left to the account-holder to supply clear and definitive instructions via legal documentation for successors, trustees and fiduciaries. But precedents are still playing catch-up with technology; and even with TSAs’ extensive legalese, access to an incapacitated or deceased person’s accounts might not be assured, regardless of need, since subtle legal boundaries can be easily crossed that could inadvertently violate even a seemingly ironclad agreement.

How should you plan for securing your digital assets?

• Ensure that your estate-planning documents specifically address digital assets, since rights to them are typically not transferable, even to a fiduciary, trustee or POA. Often, each account must be treated separately by an estate planner to properly cover inconsistencies among even “boilerplate” TSAs. • Provide for account and/or asset disposition by specifically naming legal or personal representatives in your documentation. Your estateplanning documents should include a broad definition of your digital assets but include specific authorizations that grant your legal appointees access to each digital asset. These authorizations should, naturally, be revisited regularly to be consistent with inevitable technological changes in the real world. The areas of law governing digital assets are still uncertain, quickly evolving, complex and differing from state to state. An attempt to normalize legal considerations was drafted by the Uniform Law Commission in 2012, but as yet these recommendations have not been widely adopted by individual state legislatures. While there are digital assetmanagement and digital-estate-planning services already available, they may be of limited use because their actual legal standing has not yet been clearly established. Despite your best efforts to establish authorizations, legal roadblocks might arise that could prevent your estate’s appointees from effectively carrying out your wishes. And don’t forget the IRS, because estate taxes apply to an owner’s gross estate — all property of value owned at the time of death, real or personal, tangible or intangible. Ones and zeros, in the IRS’s eyes, are just another taxable asset.

• First of all, audit, inventory and document your digital assets. A comprehensive list of digital assets will reduce headaches for your family, especially if immediate access is needed to handle outstanding bills or receivables.

Despite the uncertain and evolving nature of technology, specific power-of-attorney or fiduciary instructions covering digital assets in your estate-planning documents can go a long way in making a difficult time less stressful for your family and in providing for a happy digital legacy. n

• Maintain an inventory of usernames and passwords, including security challenges-and-responses. Of course, it’s very important to keep such a list up to date and stored securely, perhaps behind a master high-security password or fireproof safe. Remember that usernames and passwords sometimes expire, potentially exposing to legal scrutiny anyone other than an account-holder trying to access the account. For exceptionally high-security applications, biometric security measures can present insurmountable hurdles for people administrating on behalf of a deceased account-holder.

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• Email accounts in particular can be problematic, since there are often issues of overlapping interests among employers, employees and customers. Questions should be posed to email-system owners to gain an understanding of possible what-if scenarios.

MD Wendell Wealth Partners: A multi-family personal wealth boutique for select clients. Phone: 805-230-1908 Website: Email: MD Wendell Wealth Partners is a Registered Investment Advisor in Westlake Village California and provides a broad range of investment and estate planning services in a multi-family office business model. The article is a brief overview and is intended to provide information only. Information is not legal advice and you should consult with qualified legal counsel prior to implementing any estate planning. The article covers some important considerations associated with living and posthumous estate planning issues and is by no means comprehensive. The accuracy of the article content is not guaranteed. Always seek the advice of a competent professional when making important financial and/or legal decisions. The information contained in this article is not a solicitation to purchase or sell investments. Investing involves risks and there is always the potential of losing money when you invest. Specific investments may not be suitable for all investors as the appropriateness of a particular investment or strategy will depend on an individual investor’s circumstances and objectives.

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Tech Talk

My New TV Costs

HOW Much? I By Marc Cohen

n January, I attended the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, and I have to say that for the most part, the highlight was the Wynn buffet.

Maybe I am a bit jaded, but working in the industry and having attended the show for the past six or seven years, nothing really stood out this time. Having said that, I think we can look forward to some cool new innovations.

Vizio announced a 120-inch Ultra-HD TV that will be available in the latter half of the year. The TV measures six feet high and nine feet wide and comes with a sound-bar system that will stretch across the bottom of the set. The graphics processors are 3840 x 2160 and use a six-core processor, which will pair a quad-core graphics system. I have to say it’s quite spectacular, but also rumored to cost around $150,000. So now you can spend $150,000 and still find nothing to watch on TV. The actual price will be announced later this year. The next big things in the TV and smartphone arenas are curved smartphones and TV sets. You might remember the days of movie theaters having a curved screen to give you a great cinematic experience. The same concept is now coming to our homes, but it’s up to you to decide if you like the idea. The curved cell phone is a bit more difficult to carry around in your pocket but does have an excellent viewing screen. My favorite item is made by 3D Systems. It will print food. Yes, that’s correct, I said a 3-D food printer.


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The ChefJet™ and the ChefJet Pro are countertop devices that instead of shooting out ink, out comes a very fine layer of sugar. The sugar recrystallizes when combined with water and hardens into a food item. All for about $5,000. Other food printers should be out at some point and cost around $1,300. It looks like a small microwave that can sit on your kitchen counter. Look forward this year to a plethora of smart watches and fitness apps and devices. The LG Lifeband Touch and the Pebble Steel won CES awards. The LG was a full touch OLED display that calculates the number of steps you take and how many calories you’re burning. It’s a Bluetoothconnected device with a battery life of about five days. The cost will run around $180, much less than $150,000 TV. The Pebble is more of a designer piece that supports iPhones and Androids. It will show you texts, tweets, Facebook alerts and Google map alerts. Instead of having to reach in your pocket every time you phone beeps, you can look down at your wrist. If you wear your watches as a fashion statement, this might not work for you. All in all, there are some things to look forward to in the coming months. But do you think my credit-card company will allow me to charge $150,000? n See you on the radio. Marc

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Wine & Dine ITALIAN


CAFé FIORE 21550 Oxnard Street, # 125, Woodland Hills 818.888.4514 |

RIVIERA RESTAURANT & LOUNGE 23683 Calabasas Road, Calabasas 818.224.2163 |

Casual trattoria with a modern twist on authentic Italian Food. Everything made in house by hand. Full Bar with Lunch and Dinner daily.

Savory flavors of Europe, Asia, South America – with a great bar menu and happy hour seven days a week. Private banquet rooms available.



MORTON’S THE STEAKHOUSE 6250 Canoga Ave, Woodland Hills 818.703.7272 |

MASTRO’S 2087 E Thousand Oaks Blvd, Thousand Oaks 805.418.1811 |

Morton’s The Steakhouse Woodland Hills is the perfect destination for dinner with an extensive wine collection, USDA primeaged beef, succulent seafood, and decadent desserts.

Mastro’s Steakhouse offers a menu of the finest prime steaks and premium fresh seafood, served in a sophisticated, classic atmosphere. The result is a truly unparalleled dining experience.

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THE STONEHAUS 32039 Agoura Road Westlake Village 818.483.1152 |

ROSTI TUSCAN KITCHEN 23663 Calabasas Road, Calabasas 818.591.2211 |

Excellent European fare with a tasty menu of salads, sandwiches, gourmet cheeses and pizza. Enjoy with a glass of fabulous wine or an expertly made café mocha in a beautiful vineyard setting.

Authentic & Comforting Tuscan Italian recipes made with fresh, locally grown ingredients. Dine In, Take-Out, Catering and Delivery make this a local favorite.

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KING’S FISH HOUSE 4798 Commons Way, Calabasas 818.225.1979 |

MARMALADE CAFé 4783 Commons Way, Calabasas 818.225.9092 |

King’s Fish House offers a fine assortment of fresh fish, including oysters and sushi. This Southern California seafood chain is comfortable and casual with pleasant patio seating.

This neighborhood café offers American comfort food with a Californian touch. A local favorite for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and special events. Inquire about Movie & Dinner Date Night offering.



Le Pain Quotidien 4719 Commons Way, Calabasas 747.444.5163 |

FRESH BROTHERS 4751 Commons Way, Calabasas 818.225.7555 |

Amazing bread is at the center of this well-priced Belgian bakery cafe offering mostly organic fresh, healthy daytime fare from lovely open-faced sandwiches and sweet little salads to quality pastries.

Fresh Thinking – Fresh Pizza, salads wings, a gluten-free menu. Catering Events & Parties for the kids. Delivery, Dine-in, or Take Out makes for a fun and easy option.



TOSCANOVA 4799 Commons Way, Calabasas 818.225.0499 |

SUGARFISH 4799 Commons Way, Calabasas 818.223.9966 |

Journey to Italy at this local Italian trattoria from Agostino Sciandri. Contemporary setting and picturesque patio and fire pit. This romantic restaurant offers pasta, seafood, steaks and delectable desserts.

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