CV LUXARY MAGAZINE
JAN / FEB
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BLACK, WHITE & BRIGHT ALL OVER!
COLORS AND TRENDS TO KICK YOUR WARDROBE INTO SPRING
WHEN IN HOME
At Home with Ivette Ibarra
BABY IT’S BOLD OUTSIDE
PUT THE chill IN YOUR OUTERWEAR
OUT WITH THE GOLD AND IN WITH THE NEW A Metallic Mad Dash
FROM PARIS AND PROVENCE
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THE COVER STORY
016 A SOCIAL AFFAIR – BMW AND PORSCHE WEST COAST DEBUT The Grand Opening of Fresno BWM and Porsche. Over 500 people were in attendance as the dealership showcased some of its latest models of sport and luxury vehicles.
018 A SOCIAL AFFAIR – SAINT AGNES FASHION SHOW This year the Saint Agnes Women’s Club presented a Las Vegas themed fashion and entertainment event featuring several local boutiques and department stores including Eleganza, Patrick James and She She.
021 THE FORECAST – BABY IT’S BOLD OUTSIDE Trends to perk up your Winter ensemble.
022 PS – WITH LAUREN K.T. WILSON Black, white and bright all over. Spring in your wardrobe with this season’s array of must have colors and trends.
026 TO YOUR HEALTH - NEW YEAR, NEW YOU Ten tips for staying healthy in 2014.
027 HAUTE MAMA The first ‘try’-mester: One woman’s journey on her way to motherhood.
029 IN HER SHOES What every woman has ever really wanted to do; build an enormous closet to house her collections of clothing, handbags and shoes. A designer refuge where Vuitton and Dior mingle with vintage and yes, even a littl Forever 21.
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HIGH FLYING ADORED
CONTENTS CONT. 032 BLING IN THE NEW YEAR Fulfill your metallic urges and take this Winter trend into Spring... after all, every day is really a celebration.
041 WHEN IN HOME Where Roman architecture meets contemporary design, and impeccable style reigns supreme. A profile of the Ibarra estate.
048 HIGH FLYING ADORED Where truly inspiring fashion takes flight.
058 PAS DE DEUX – FROM PARIS TO PROVENCE Explore the treasures of France and plan your next overseas vacation.
062 BACARA – A WEST COAST HAVEN Nestled in the hills high atop Santa Barbara sits Bacara Spa and Resort; a picturesque sanctuary where the elite come to revive their inner spirit and play along the Gaviota Coast.
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DAVID MANNING Editor in Chief Creative Director DONNA KACZMARSKI Art Director BREE WILBER Editorial Editor at Large CIARA NORTON Fashion Editor LAUREN WILSON Accessories Editor GEFFORY WHITMAN Travel Editor SHARON DUNCAN Lifestyle Editor ASHER COREY Contributors COURTNEY SNAPP and DR. KANMAR T. MAHAL Art Director of Photography NIKKI GRUENSTEIN TIBBETT Contributing Photographer ALAINA KACZMARSKI Senior Fashion Stylist RUTHIE INOCENCIO CVLux.com Director NIK ASHJIAN Business Chief Financial Officer EDDIE MELIKIAN Executive Assistant to the Publisher GINA STORY Business Development West Coast Sales Director AMANDA EDWARDS Account Executive CHARLOTTE HAULLFERD Account Executive MAXWELL REMINGTON
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A LETTER FROM THE EDITOR This is a birthday of sorts, a harkening of a new beginning and a new chapter, not only for me personally but also for the entire CV Luxury team. The triumph of this first issue does not rest solely on the shoulders of any one person, but rather this group of creative spirits who came together with one common goal; the desire to make something that no one else has ever attempted to do in the Valley. I could have never started this endeavor without my friends and partners, Donna Kaczmarski and Eddie Melikian. Without their support and belief in this product, CV Luxury would not have been possible. Between Donna’s optimism and Eddie’s attention to detail, I know that we have a winning combination. They have become more than just business associates but rather family, a family which I have chosen carefully and you will come to appreciate as well. Along the way I have made new friends in old acquaintances. Bree Wilber, a kindred spirit, who can translate the vision of the magazine with such ease and dexterity that I find myself pondering how exactly she can see what is in my head before I ever actually go to say it. Lauren Wilson, whose out of the box philosophies on style and life in general make me giddy with excitement. Ruthie Inocencio, who with one flick of her wrist, can deliver magic on any given day, especially on Sunday’s. And finally, Ciara Norton, whose lyrical writing takes every piece from drab to fab in less than 15 minutes. If there is one thing I have learned during this process, it’s that it is not about the work you do, but rather the company you keep. It is this group of people that make up CV Luxury, and I am so honored to share everyday with them. It is with great pride and excitment that we kick-off the New Year with our first edition. Within this issue you will find inspiration to change up your life, your appearance and even your wardrobe. So, take some time, sit down, relax and redefine yourself this New Year. Who knows what you may discover.
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A SOCIAL AFFAIR BMW AND PORSCHE WEST COAST DEBUT
The Grand Opening of Fresno BWM and Porsche took place on October 16 and 17. Over 500 people were in attendance as the dealership showcased some of its latest models of sport and luxury vehicles. The event was catered by International Catering; meticulously appointed with black and white accents throughout and large feathered center pieces. It was a truly fabulous evening as the dealership kicked-off the new year.
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A SOCIAL AFFAIR SAINT AGNES FASHION SHOW
This year the Saint Agnes Womenâ€™s Club presented a Las Vegas themed fashion and entertainment event featuring several local boutiques and department stores including Eleganza, Patrick James and She She. Proceeds from various silent auction items went to the Holy Cross Center for Women, located in downtown Fresno. For more than 28 years the Center has been a refuge for homeless and underserved women and their children. Each day the Center welcomes an average of 130 women and their children, providing daytime shelter and counseling. For more information regarding the services provided by the Holy Cross Center for Women, please contact the Foundation office at Saint Agnes Medical Center (559) 450-2040.
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BABY IT’S BOLD OUTSIDE… WHEN THE TEMPERATURE DROPS THIS WINTER, LET US HELP YOU FIGHT THE CHILL IN YOUR STYLE.
CHECKMATE BLACK AND WHITE NEVER LOOKED BETTER. PAIR THIS HOUNDSTOOTH WOOL, REVERSIBLE JACKET (available at posh) WITH SOME EQUALLY STUNNING ACCESSORIES; VINTAGE GOLD NEVER GOES OUT OF STYLE (whiting and davis cobra). ADD A SPLASH OF RED, AND YOU’RE READY TO FACE THE WINTER DAY.
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BLACK, WHITE & BRIGHT ALL OVER WITH LAUREN K.T. WILSON
may seem a tad ambitious to start planning exactly what we’ll be wearing come spring, but it never hurts to get a jump on things. After all, it was way back in September when designers showcased their spring collections on the illustrious catwalks. Fashion editors everywhere were all a twitter, (pun intended), instagraming images before they even set foot back in their office to pen their favorite pieces and which looks synthesized across all four fashion capitals. Now, here we are in January, after months of trend anticipation, and the department store merchandising teams are hard at work. Resort collections are beginning to drop, windows are being impeccably styled, and the lure of heated showrooms is beckoning us inside to investigate the pieces we’ve only seen in the pages of our favorite magazines.
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FASHION CHANGES, BUT STYLE ENDURES. - COCO CHANEL
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Ladies, I have to be honest with you; as you can probably tell, fashion makes me giddy. I look forward to seeing my favorite designers’ interpretations of the seasons. There are few things in life that spark a serotonin rush quite like the idea of finally getting to see in person their newest shoes, bags, clothes and other wearable art. But, of course it’s January. Winter is in full effect and as thrilling as the prospect is to finally be face-to-face with some of those amazing pieces, reluctantly I have to admit, I get cold easily. That being said, with all the pretty popping up, I’d like to think that where there is a will… there is definitely a way to incorporate a few into our winter wardrobe. So, while some of the more prevalent looks seen across the board were amazing sheer chiffons, complete color shifts from bold to pastel, and even the trend that won’t let go of its 15 minutes, crop tops. There are innumerable ways to update your look that will leave you dressed for the elements while feeling pretty and modern at the same time. Now, the jackpot question in advance. When thinking about the spring runway trends, which can we incorporate now? So, from our fashion notebook to yours, here are a few of the latest and greatest that will keep you warm through winter and always in style!
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REFINING THE PALLET ... One of pantone's most prevalent colors as seen on nearly 20% of the spring runways was dazzling blue. Looking for a way to incorporate it now, you can't go wrong with a pop of color and a statement bag.
SIMPLY SHEATH... Willowy and about to slink off the
FRINGE, EMBELLISHMENTS AND TASSELS, OH MY!…
shoulder, this wardrobe staple of the 90’s is experiencing a resur-
Neither grungy or hippy, fringe became the embellish-
gence this Spring. Make it wearable
ment of choice this season. Try and not find it. Skirts,
now by throwing on an oversized
dresses, sweaters, purses, shoes and boots, (did I leave
chunky cardigan or Moto jacket.
anything out?). Take advantage of this uqbitious trend and add it into your wardrobe. Still not your thing... you can’t go wrong with a pair of these red soled shoes… Edgy studs are holding too! Wink, wink!
CROPPING UP... Speaking of the 90’ s, crop tops are maintaining their 15 minutes and about to be merchandised at a store near you. But don’t panic yet, the resort lineup also brings with it plenty of high-waisted pants and skirts
THE COMEBACK KICKS... The sneaker craze is everywhere this Spring and this old-school fave has been reinvented in almost every
in fuller cuts. So grab the sweater version and rest easy knowing your midriff is covered.
designers lineup... literally. So go ahead and give your feet a break from the sky high heels and throw yourself into the skater chic style.
POP ART CULTURE... You’ve seen many a celebrity wearing a playful message in the center of their cashmere, well for the second season in a row, the cheeky statement is back. If this of-the-moment look is a little much for you, then baby step the trend up with art inspired coin purses and accessories.
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to your health NEW YEAR, NEW
EVERY YEAR WE MAKE NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS. THEY ARE PROMISES WE MAKE TO OURSELVES INTENDED TO IMPROVE OUR LIVES. THIS TRADITION GOES BACK THOUSANDS OF YEARS TO THE BABYLONIAN TIMES WHEN PROMISES WERE MADE TO THE GODS FOR WELLBEING AND FORTUNE. UNFORTUNATELY STUDIES SHOW THAT ONLY 10-12% OF PEOPLE WILL ACTUALLY ACHIEVE THEIR NEW YEAR’S GOALS, AS THEY SHOULD BE A LIFESTYLE AND BEHAVIOR CHANGE. HERE ARE SOME RESOLUTIONS THAT MAY HELP YOU TO LIVE A HAPPY AND HEALTHY LIFE.
BY: DR. KANWAR T. MAHA
Kanwar T. Mahal
CONSUME A PROPER DIET:
PRACTICE SAFE SEX:
Limit total calories to maintain a desirable weight (BMI 21-25 kg/m2). Keep trans
Enough said, you would have to be dumb not to.
fatty acids (partially hydrogenated vegetable oil/shortening) consumption as low as possible and consume more fiber. Reduce intake of red meat, egg yolk,
AVOID STRESS OR LEARN NEW WAYS TO COPE WITH STRESS:
fried foods, added sugars, and consume more fish, poultry, fruits, vegetables,
Yoga and meditation are just some examples. Don’t sweat the small things in
and whole-grain products.
life, learn how to let some steam off.
REDUCE ALCOHOL INTAKE:
Not a very cool thing to do... and health wise, we all know the consequences.
Alcohol should not exceed 4 ounces a day (preferably red wine). Alcohol should not be consumed by pregnant and lactating women, children or adolescents.
Individuals taking medications that may interact with alcohol and those engag-
30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity daily
ing in activities that require attention, skill, or coordination, such as driving or
60 minutes daily to prevent weight gain
operating machinery should not consume alcohol either.
60-90 minutes daily to sustain weight loss BUY A CAT OR DOG: Achieve physical fitness by including cardiovascular conditioning, stretching
Cat owners have 30% less chance of cardiovascular disease and heart attacks
exercises for flexibility, and resistance exercises or calisthenics for muscle
according to a study done by the Minnesota stroke institute. Dogs help to lower
strength and endurance. Consult your physician before beginning an exercise
high blood pressure and cholesterol. I personally prefer a dog.
routine. BE AN OPTIMIST: TAKE YOUR MULTIVITAMINS:
Pessimistic explanation style is associated with increased death rates.
Folic acid (0.4mg/d) for young women planning to become pregnant Vitamin B12 for older adults
FINALLY TO STAY HAPPY AND HEALTHY:
Vitamin D for older adults, postmenopausal women, people with darker skin,
You should be honest, control your anger, love your family, help others in need,
and people exposed to insufficient sunlight.
and conduct towards all should be guided by love, righteousness and justice.
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PHOTOGRAPHY OF KRISTY ZINKIN
haute mama FIRST “TRY”MESTER
Baby steps into the world of motherhood little more than a year ago now, my last name
really is that simple. A few months ago we were having din-
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wasn’t Snapp and my ring finger was com-
ner with a couple who were “trying” to get pregnant; they
PHOTOGRAPHY BY BREE WILBER
pletely bare. Yet, here I am now, launching a
told us about a small window of opportunity that happened
column on motherhood. It’s been one heck of a fast ride, to
once a month. Since we had decided to take a more casual
say the least.
approach to getting pregnant; Chad and I didn’t think that
After a whirlwind and fabulous six month courtship, my now
we would need to be that couple who started calculating, tracking and obsessing about everything.
husband, Chad, and I got married last year. Since we were both in our mid-thirties when we tied the knot, everyone
expected us to start a family right away. We both wanted
There comes a time, an age rather, when most doctors and
children…eventually. So, we decided to take the laid back
fertility books recommend seeing a fertility doctor. I was
approach and just enjoy our first year of marriage.
fortunate enough that my OBGYN just happened to also be a fertility specialist. As my doctor advised, my considerate
MAKING BABIES TAKES MORE THAN JUST HAVING SEX.
husband consented to being tested… well counted. It took
Oh the little details that no one tells you. Chad and I thought
an entire week to get his positive results back. Ironically, and
that getting pregnant would be easy. For some couples, it
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I wanted to tell Chad immediately; I felt like I was going to burst with pure excitement. But, I knew I would regret it if I caved in and told him over the phone. Chad was excited to get home that night because we had plans to attend the Fresno State versus Boise State football game. I was pretty excited too, for obvious other reasons. But, I had a couple of fun ways to reveal the exciting news to him up my sleeve. One of which included giving him a Fresno State athletic-branded onesie. The other sneaky idea I had planned was to secretly balance my iPhone on the kitchen counter so that I could capture his entire reaction on video. BABY STEPS Standing in front of the baby book section at Barnes & Noble, I felt maternally THE MOMENT
insignificant. It was like the book shelves were getting closer and closer. This
Nothing could have prepared me for the feelings that poured over me when I
minor intimidation triggered a flight or fight reaction in me. It’s the little things
found out I was pregnant. Absolutely nothing. You can’t compare those feelings
that seem so overwhelming sometimes, and this was one of those times.
to getting a new car, finding a surprise at the bottom of your cereal box, or that giddiness when you find some extra cash in your old jeans. Nope, these feelings
At first I thought it was strange to feel so ignorant, but then I remembered that
are life changers and then seem to happen when you least expect it. Everyone
this is just a new chapter. I have faced challenges in the past. I am a 37-year-old
has their own story. But, the week Chad and I found out we were pregnant was
woman who has had several career changes, moved across states and moved
a bit unique.
across oceans. Relationships and other life moments had to be adjusted so that I could persevere and overcome those obstacles and changes. Why should this
That morning started just like any other morning. I began my day by taking an
chapter be any different?
at-home pregnancy test. The results came back negative. The next morning the same thing happened. The third morning, when I woke up I felt cramping
and slightly nauseous, which is always an accurate sign that I am about to start
I have finally come to terms with the fact that I can only handle so much at
my period. Just like clockwork, I grabbed a pregnancy test out of the bathroom
any given time. For the first few weeks I was trying to be perfect. My friends
cupboard. I glanced at the box that proudly boasted “find out in only 3 to 5
gave me a valuable piece of advice. “Your body will know. Your body will tell
minutes”. Let me give all of you ladies out there a hint, if the pregnancy test
you,” they said. Well, they were absolutely right. My body has had a crazy way
directions say to wait 3 to 5 minutes, wait 3 to 5 minutes.
of letting me know if I am eating something that seems “off”, and when I am overdoing it.
Just as the light bulb went off in my brain, I ferociously started rummaging through the bathroom trash can. I found my pregnancy test from the day before,
Ironically, listening to the right people has given me a sense of control. Why
and the day before that. But, this time it looked different than it had when I first
wouldn’t I get exercise advice from a friend who has a knock-out post-baby
glanced at them. This time, there were two lines. Positive.
body? Why wouldn’t I want to get nutrition advice from my friend who is neurotic about juicing? This is for certain: people love pregnant women. This can
If you’re ever wondering if it’s possible to be embarrassed when you’re alone,
be a complete blessing but also a hidden curse.
the answer is absolutely. Collecting myself from feeling like a complete airhead, I proceeded to cry. There were tears, shortness of breath, confusion, shock and
Listening and letting go seem to be a common remedy to all of the “problems”
absolute pure joy.
I thought I was facing. I don’t have to figure out all of the answers; trusted friends and family members have done it before me. I am soaking in the good
The doctor’s appointment couldn’t have come soon enough. It was there my
and the bad experiences, trying to learn as much as possible so that I can come
pregnancy was confirmed. I was four weeks and five days pregnant.
to my own conclusions.
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atch out Carrie Bradshaw, Roxanne has done what every woman has ever really wanted to do. She has built an enormous closet to
house her collections of clothing, handbags and shoes. A designer refuge, some might call it, where Louis Vuitton and Christian Dior mingle with vintage and yes, even a little splash of Forever 21. It’s all here, in this space where dreams and plans are hatched and true taste and creativity emerges. Roxanne, known as “Rox” to her friends, wanted to create an organized, stylish environment to house her wardrobe. It needed to be clean, simple and above all, beautiful. The centerpiece of the room, yes, I said room because that’s how big this closet really is, is an oversized crystal chandelier which illuminates all of
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her treasured belongings. Color coordinated and organized by cut, style and
“I can fit anything in it,” Rox defended. “And it goes with everything.”
season, this space is the perfect place to escape from the craziness of the day
Rox’s outerwear collection is exactly that; a collection. With trenches in red,
and unwind with a glass of champagne and shop your own personal boutique.
black and white; all with boots perfectly paired resting below, Rox is not your
Rox is classically casual. This fabulous female feels most at home in a simple
amateur collector. Amongst all the variety of coats hangs a floral printed red
white tee, jeans and a strappy pair of wedges.
trench. She slipped it on in one swift movement and with a twirl said, “This was
“I love my Guess black patent wedges,” Rox said. “I have worn them every-
by far my best purchase.” It fits her like a glove and is a stand out staple piece
where, from New York to San Francisco and yes, even Fresno. They are easy
for any pre-fall ensemble.
and comfortable and I have looked to replace them and can’t find another pair
“There are five things every girl needs; jeans, a go to handbag, a fabulous outer-
wear piece (gestures to the one on), lip gloss and eyelashes” Rox said.
A once in a lifetime clearance rack find at Macy’s, these shoes have more sto-
This fashionista is not afraid of mixing patterns, metals, belts and jewelry to
ries to tell than most. They have been lovingly worn to the max, with a tiny
create an effortless look that takes you beyond what is considered mainstream
hole in the soul to prove it.
Another item Rox absolutely cannot live without is her oversize Luis Vuitton
Coco Chanel would be proud.
Artsy bag, one of her first designer bag purchases. She also had a couple other
“A girl should be two things: who and what she wants,” Chanel once said. Rox
LV’s hanging around but this is by far her favorite.
has mastered this rule, and she has the wardrobe to prove it.
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SILVER SEDUCTION This St. John, knee length cocktail dress, is the perfect statement piece to liven up your Spring collection (available at Posh). Pair with a strappy heel to complete your evening attire (available at Bloomingdales). 032 / CVLUX VOL.I ISS.I
Bling in the
OUT WITH THE GOLD AND IN WITH THE NEW: the metallic trends shine on for Spring. Designers have amped up mirror metallic finishes and iridescent fabrics bringing to life flirty feminine frocks. Shining on all of the major runways of fashionâ€™s capitals, these looks bring a fresh sense of opulence to the always-colorful season.
PHOTOGRAPHER: Eddie Melikian
MODELS: Dani Nicole Glenn and
ART DIRECTOR: David Manning
HAIR AND MAKEUP DESIGN: Juan Salcedo
CLOTHING AND ACCESSORIES:
HAIR AND MAKEUP ASSISTMANT: Jerry Sanchez
Bloomingdales, Mia Bella Couture,
STYLIST: Ruthie Inocencio
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IT’S IN THE BAG…
PYTHON PERFECTION Add a little venom to your ensemble with this Lily and Lionel snake print leather clutch (available at Bloomingdales).
PLUM EASY Keep it simple and chic with this leather, patent and jewel encrusted handbag by Botkier (available at Bloomingdales).
HEAVY METAL STRUCTURE Uniquely vibrant and show stopping is how to best describe this heavily sequin stunner by Sondra Roberts (available at Nordstrom).
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SHEERLY SIMPLE Barely there is how to best describe this short cocktail dress finished in pink, nude and sheer; a delightful twist on the traditionally vibrant Spring pallet (available at Mia Bella Couture).
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SASSY SEDUCTRESS Cocktail attire never looked so divine than with this gunmetal dress paired perfectly with a black beaver jacket and shades (available at Bloomingdales and Posh).
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PEEK-A-BOO PURPLE Keep it simple and ladylike with the clean lines, high neck and structure this Rachel Roy dress has to offer (available at Bloomingdales).
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MAGNIFICENTLY MAGENTA Let your back do the talking in this floor length evening dress, complete with jewel encrusted cuffs (available at Mia Bella Couture).
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| A PROFILE OF THE IBARRA ESTATE |
HOME WHERE IMPECCABLE STYLE REIGNS SUPREME
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he home Ivette Ibarra built with her husband is a true testament to their love for each other and their family. It is a place where memories have been created and shared, where lavish parties and gatherings have transpired; and if it were not for the family
that resides here, none of it would really matter. Welcoming and gracious is how I would describe its architecture and its lady of the house, the charming and refined, Ivette Ibarra. Her unique outlook on life and family is a breath of fresh air in this monumental home. She built it for her family. Amongst the paintings, the drapes and the marble sits a photographic journal of her family which is proudly displayed; a collection of snapshots commemorating special events and holidays.
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RESIDENCE: Ibarra Estate BUILDER: Concord LOCATION: Van Ness Extension SQUARE FEET: 10,000
When I chatted with Ivette it became clear how dedicated she is to her husband and children. She designed the kitchen to be a centerpiece for the home, a place where her family could gather and exchange stories from the day. “The kitchen is by far my favorite room,” Ivette said. “It is the place where all the action happens. It’s where everyone gathers around and shares whatever is happening in their lives and the place where we spend the most time together. I love this room because it allows us to enjoy each other, which is really what makes each day so special.” Ivette is no stranger to her kitchen. She prepares breakfast and dinner each day for her family. “One of my favorite meals to prepare is something I used to make for the children when they were younger,” Ivette said. “It’s called gallo pinto which is white rice with organic beans from Nicaragua. The reason why it is our favorite meal is because I grew up eating gallo pinto and my kids grew up eating gallo pinto as well; and to this point, it is our favorite meal.” To prepare the gallo pinto, you must first boil white rice and then boil the same quantity of beans separately. To get the original gallo pinto taste you need organic Nicaraguan beans. Then, you slice a quarter of an onion into small pieces and you place them together with virgin olive oil in a pan. You cook the
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onions for about five to seven minutes. Then, you mix in the boiled Nicaraguan
Giant, expansive windows allow light to come streaming in the main living
organic beans with the boiled white rice. You cook them for about 15 minutes
space of the home. The beauty of the outdoors seeps inside; a simply breath-
until the water evaporates. Finish with a dash of salt, and there you have it; a
taking sight. The main patio outside has a giant fountain in the middle where
simple delight for your taste buds.
water splashes down its sides, making you feel as though you are in a courtyard at a hacienda along the coast of Spain. The gardens resemble the foliage found
“I think that maintaining harmony in a family is very important,” Ivette said. “It
in Nicaragua. Lush succulents are doted along each planter which is something
is what keeps a family together. I feel that cooking and maintaining our house
commonly found in the homes of Nicaragua.
neatly help in maintaining our harmony as a family.” “Every summer we travel to Nicaragua,” Ivette recounted. “That is one tradition When you stand in the kitchen it’s easy to feel like you are in a different place
that has always kept our family together. We enjoy the traditional festivities
all together. The home is traditionally classic in design, but leaves guests feeling
of the area. This has helped my kids tremendously in learning Spanish and our
as though they have been transported to a coastal resort, which was important
traditions. One event that my family enjoys the most is called the ipica; which is
to Ivette. She wanted a place to entertain in a casual setting; a home her family
an event where everyone in town dresses up like cowboys and ride their horses
and friends would be comfortable in. She has certainly done that.
around the town all day.”
“I wanted the home to resemble my own personal style; classic, romantic,
Off the gardens sits a recreational room complete with its own bar. There is
sexy and fun,” Ivette said. “I was motivated to fashion the build of our home to
a sliding window that allows easy accesses for indoor-outdoor entertaining.
represent Roman and Italian design.”
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“We enjoy celebrating special events like graduations and birthdays,” Ivette said. “I am known for my cooking and the hospitality that we provide when we entertain. We go to the extreme to make people feel like they are in their own home. We enjoy making our guest feel comfortable and welcomed, as though they are part of our family.” The home itself is simply captivating, from its double staircase and oversized fireplace, to the classic fresco reliefs and art. The visual stimulation is ever present, from the foyer and great room to the sumptuous master bathroom. However, amongst all these treasures I was most taken by one thing, Ivette. Her hospitality was ever present and I realized that the real centerpiece of this home is the woman who had a vision, to create a space for her family to thrive.
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PAS DE DEUX FROM PARIS TO PROVENCE WRITTEN BY: SHARON DUNCAN | PHOTOGRAPHY BY: ALAINA KACZMARSKI
WITH ITS ARTISTIC AND ARCHITECTURAL HISTORY, ITS COBBLESTONE STREETS AND ROMANTIC AURA, FRANCE REMAINS AT THE TOP OF MY LIST AS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL AND MEMORABLE PLACE TO VISIT.
blue skies and a warm temperature as our back
masterpiece. Before you explore the Eiffel Tower
drop, drifted tranquilly by churches, castles and
itself, spend some time wandering around the
other historic pieces of architecture that were
grounds. Underneath you will find a multitude of
truly breathtaking. As I observed the beauty, his-
flowers, fountains and vendors. There are fami-
tory and talent all mixed into one beautiful sight,
lies and tour groups galore, but if you look close
I thought to myself, “Do the people of Paris real-
enough, you will find many Paris natives snuggled
First, you have the Westin Hotel, centrally located
ize they are living in historical ruins? And do the
together on the wide-open grassy area savoring a
in Paris within a few short miles of some of the
younger generations truly appreciate all that sur-
picnic, playing with pets and enjoying the beauty
world’s most famous and breathtaking works of
that is so often overlooked. Engulfed by lush trees,
art, such as the Eiffel Tower, an engineering mir-
shrubbery, and a serene, park-like setting, the
acle, and The Louvre’, the 12th century chateau
When we arrived at the Eiffel Tower, I was instant-
Eiffel Tower is just as beautiful underneath as the
turned museum, and home of the Mona Lisa. Of
ly struck with sheer amazement as I gazed up the
view from atop.
course, these are just a few examples of the many
1,000-foot structure that was built over 120 years
marvelous sights to see in France.
ago. Originally expected to last only 20 years, the
If you hop on the elevator and take a slow, some-
Eiffel Tower stands as strong and proud as ever,
what nerve wracking, ride up 81-stories, you will
serving as a landmark for all of France.
arrive at the top of the Eiffel Tower, and what
My French endeavor began in Paris, the heart of France, the city of lights, and the city where
seems like the top of Paris. From this point, you
romance and beauty are displayed daily. We
When most people think of the Eiffel Tower, they
can see the entire city and all of its splendor. Upon
hopped aboard the Scenic River Cruise and with
probably don’t stop to ponder what surrounds the
arrival at the top of the tallest structure in Paris,
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you can look out for miles at all the city has to
The street markets, selling the freshest produce
sites, the French vineyards and wineries offer an
offer. And, if you look toward the left and over the
and endless amounts of olives and cheeses, can
experience you wouldn’t want to miss. At the Paris
La Seine River, you will find yourself gazing at an
be dangerous for your waistline, but is worth every
Basin, there are one-hundred year-old vines grown
equally astounding Parisian monument, the
pound. We roamed the cobblestone streets that
in rock. Yes, I said rock! A marvel to the agricultural
wound into small alleys lined with restaurants and
world. After our tour we were treated to a fabulous
shops. Intermixed between all the produce and
luncheon complete with pairings of some of the
The Louvre’ museum, perhaps best known for
various edible items were hats, purses, jewelry,
wineries best reserves.
housing Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece, the
linens and other French trinkets, a true feast for
Mona Lisa, is also home to so many other astound-
ing forms of artwork. I paused at the Mona Lisa,
This trip was a once in a lifetime experience, and I am so grateful to have spent it with great friends
along with the throngs of other tourists, and then
We spent three days in Paris and savored every
and my loving husband. One note to think about
spent the next two hours gazing at the broad brush
second of it. After Paris, we migrated over to
when planning your French excursion: study up on
lines, delicate strokes and other unique techniques
Provence and enjoyed a beautiful villa, nestled in
the monuments and secret treasures the country
used by some of the world’s most notable artists
the rolling hills with shops and restaurants within
has to offer. It will make your trip more enjoyable
including Eugene Delacroix, Nicolas Poussin and
walking distance. We had the pleasure of inviting
and will help you decide what is most important
Francesco Vecellio. Visiting The Louvre’ was by far
chefs to visit the villa where they prepared deli-
for you and your family to explore. Above all, enjoy
the best part of my French excursion.
cious, delicate meals paired with an abundance of
the experience, embrace the cultural differences
and Vive la France!
While France is home to Renaissance history and amazing architecture that has stood the test of
While many who tour France often spend their
time, the country itself also has so much to offer.
time at the standout and marvelous historical
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SPA AND RESORT // AN OCEAN SIDE TREASURE
WRITTEN BY: ASHER COREY
Nestled in the rolling hills and high atop Santa Barbara sits
is perhaps one of the most notable landmarks in the city and finest examples
Bacara Spa and Resort; a picturesque sanctuary where the
of Spanish Moorish architecture. The mission was founded by the Franciscan
elite go to revive their inner spirit and play along the Gaviota
order in 1786 and was named after Saint Barbra of Greece, the virgin and martyr
Coast. There is no finer place to acoelomate one’s self in the
who was allegedly beheaded by her own father for following the Christian faith.
New Year than in this ocean side abode, trimmed in a soft
neutral pallet and accented with cool coastal tones. I spent a week at Bacara
Another notable landmark is the Arlington Theatre, Santa Barbara’s largest
this past summer and experienced all that this resort and surrounding area
movie theater and principal performing arts venue. The Arlington Theatre, built
has to offer.
in 1931, was originally owned by FOX and now stands proud as one of the movie palaces of the past. It can be found on the grounds where the old Arlington
Santa Barbara is often referred to as the gem of California. Miles of beach front
Hotel stood before it was destroyed in 1925 due to earthquake damage. With
property grace the city, which is home to Stearns Warf where travelers and
a covered courtyard, a red-tiled roof and an elaborately decorated interior, the
guests can experience a myriad of local cuisine creations and entertainment
theatre is a true testament to the Spanish revival architecture of the 1930’s.
galore. When you enter the Arlington Theatre, off State Street, you begin to grasp just The architecture is predominantly Spanish Moorish, a holdover from when the
how magical this period of cinema must have been. The main space is lined
community was originally settled in the late 1700’s. The Santa Barbara mission
with facades of buildings and terraces, with tiny pin lights twinkling in the
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ceiling giving you the feeling as though you are seated in an outdoor courtyard
dishes, such as pastas and brick-oven flatbreads, complemented by lighter,
while enjoying the entertainment that plays out across the screen. The theatre
coastal cuisine. Signatures include Veal Milanese, Santa Barbara Cioppino,
and all of it embellished detail is a majestic and architectural treasure.
Rigatoni with Italian Fennel Sausage, and Brick Oven Roasted Sea Bass.
Once you have experienced all the city has to offer, it is time to return to your
After an extensive renovation, the new dining room incorporates hints of Santa
personal haven, Bacara, which is only minutes away. The resort was built in
Barbara’s beautiful panorama. Traditional elements such as chiseled ironwork,
2000 and boosts 354 guest rooms, set in villas and complete with private ter-
upholstered panels and Moorish archways help to create a fresh, modern
races and courtyards. Perhaps the most astounding feature of Bacara is the
aesthetic. Like California, the new look represents a measure of balance and
42,000 square foot spa and wellness center. Here guests can experience an
contrasts: Old World while modern, spacious while intimate and understated
array of sensory delights such as stone therapy, a light pressure, Swedish mas-
sage that uses cool and warm sea stones to promote deep relaxation. Other wellness specialties include a lavender lift, which is both hydrating and aro-
Patrons can relax indoors or outdoors on a spacious oceanfront patio while
matic and involves a lavender body scrub followed by a luxurious lavender
savoring time-tested family recipes by Chef Turano. Taking the helm of an
butter wrap that is sure to be the ultimate soul soother.
Italian restaurant is a natural progression for Turano, who grew up cooking Italian cuisine with his Sicilian-born father.
The staff at Bacara prides themselves in offering numerous locally inspired and European treatments for the body, mind and spirit. The spa at Bacara is recog-
Prior to joining Bacara, Turano served as executive chef of Chicago Firehouse
nized as one of the finest spas in the world. With over 36 impeccable treatment
Restaurant and the Quadrangle Club at the University of Chicago. In addition to
rooms and a one-of-a-kind rooftop terrace which features mud-based treat-
formal training at College of DuPage in Illinois, Turano’s impressive background
ments and scrubs, as well as a private European sunbathing area. Bacara is the
includes a stint under famed Chef Ted Cizma, Food & Wine magazine’s Best
perfect place to begin the New Year and reconnect with your core essence.
New Chef of 2001.
The resort is home to seven different restaurants and bars. The newly re-mod-
After a day of pampering, wining and dining, there is no better way to unwind
eled Bistro is led by Chef de Cuisine Chris Turano, who earned the prestigious
than to take a leisurely stroll along the coast or simply relax poolside at one of
role after competing on the Food Network’s Chef Wanted. The new restau-
the Bacara’s three pools. This oasis is one of the most breathtaking resorts I
rant blends flavors of Italy with the finest locally-sourced ingredients. Rich in
have ever traveled too, and I hope to return for a stay again this coming year.
fragrant olive oil and local vegetables, menu highlights offer traditional Italian
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GREEN WITH ENVY.
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