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CONTENTS 016 A SOCIAL AFFAIR – CV LUXURY SPRING RELEASE PARTY More than 150 guests enjoyed CV Luxury’s March release at The Standard Restaurant and Lounge
018 A SOCIAL AFFAIR – BARREL TASTING WITH SENATOR TOM BERRYHILL Cru Wine Company hosted a fundraiser for Senator Tom Berryhill on March 20th
020 HIGH PROFILE – AN INTERVIEW WITH DARIUS ASSEMI Ann T. Sullivan Whitehurst sits down with the owner of Granville Homes to see exactly what makes him tick
022 TRENDSETTER – SUMMER STYLE AND BEAUTY GUIDE You will melt for what’s hot this season
026 HAUTE MAMA – THE HOME STRETCH Hang with our resident mom-to-be as she slides into her third trimester
029 IT’S IN THE BAG – THIS SEASON’S MUST-HAVE ACCESSORIES Summer’s latest designer bags are here for your perusing pleasure
032 SIMPLY SATURATED – THE FORECAST Make a splash at your next summer soirée with these cool looks
039 ACTING OUT – AN INTERVIEW WITH ACTRESS JESSICA COOK An in-depth conversation with one of Hollywood’s budding stars
044 BEAUTY AND THE BEAM – 101 WITH DR. MARK CHIN 047 LOOK AS GOOD AS YOU FEEL – THE LATEST ON FILLERS AND INJECTABLES 050 A WORLD APART – GRANVILLE HOMES ANNOUNCES VENTANA HILLS
the COVER STORY
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WHEN IN HOME
053 WHEN IN HOME – SIMPLISTICALLY CHIC HIGH-STYLE HOME DESIGN Step inside this exquisite local estate
058 PURA VIDA – LIVING THE SIMPLE LIFE Plan your next trip to the colorful Costa Rica shoreline
061 EL DORADO ROYAL – A SPA AND RESORT BY KARISMA 064 NECESSARY LUXURY – ALL THAT GLITTERS
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DAVID MANNING Editor-in-Chief Creative Director DONNA KACZMARSKI Art Director BREE WILBER
Editorial Editor-at-Large LINDSEY ASHJIAN Fashion Editor LAUREN K.T. WILSON Accessories Editor GEOFFREY WHITMAN Travel Editor SHARON DUNCAN Lifestyle Editor ASHER COREY High Profile Editor ANN T. SULLIVAN WHITEHURST Contributors GENELLE TAYLOR KUMPE and CORTNEY SNAPP
Art Director of Photography EDDIE MELIKIAN Contributing Photographers DOUG MORGAN and JOSH TOUSEY
West Coast Division Supervising Director KIMBERLY ROBINSON BLOOM Public Relations GONTORWON BORH
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a letter FROM THE EDITOR SUMMER IS BEST VIEWED THROUGH THE YOUTHFUL, playful and inquisitive eyes of a child. There is something about this time of year that makes everything seem possible.
I distinctly remember my summers with my grandparents. There was always an abundance of late nights, swimming and lots of sun. I’d spend all day looking around, finding little treasures here and there, which captured my imagination and allowed me to dive deep into the land of make-believe. My mind would wander and I would become immersed in tales of Arabian princes and dragons. There was nothing I felt that couldn’t be accomplished or dreamed up.
As I matured, so did my ideas. This summer edition of CV Luxury was truly a fun, creative journey. I had lots of help along the way and worked with some pretty amazing people.
When I was in LA, I met with our darling cover model, Jessica Cook – a talented young actress with a blooming career. She reminded me of a younger version of myself. The world is there to conquer and with a new film coming out in 2015, she has the right platform to do so.
I was also very fortunate to work with one of the Valley’s foremost creative geniuses, George Garcia. He is a welcome addition to our CV Luxury team and as our content grows, so will his involvement with the publication, bringing hair-raising fashion to the pages of each issue.
Something everyone likes to do in summer is travel, and to do so lavishly is an added perk. There are two breathtaking travel features in this edition. My personal favorite takes us to the prestigious El Dorado Royal Resort, located in the beautiful Mexican Caribbean. This simply stunning seaside oasis ensures its guests will relax, unwind and forget the world they left behind.
As you flip through the pages of this issue, I encourage you to take some time and enjoy the summer scenery. So, as always, sit back, relax and observe… who knows what you may discover?
fashion editor -in-training ~
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Christine Woodward and Tiffanie Jensen | Dave Fansler and Roxanna Santiago | Darius Assemi and Rita Carpenter | Wendy Kalpakoff, Tatiana Kalpakoff and Stacy Peters | AlizĂŠe Gaillard and and Darrin | John and Christine Ferdinandi | Victoria Adam and Audrey Clark | Roxanne Santiago, Donna Oâ€™Neill and Sharon Duncan | Jim and Irene Palmer | Pat and Judy Camaroda | Scott and Cindy Smith | Dr. Jose and Ivette Ibarra
A SOCIAL AFFAIR CV LUXURY SPRING RELEASE PARTY
On March 28th, CV Luxury hosted our Spring Release Party, complete with signature martinis, assorted appetizers and live jazz. More than 150 people were in attendance as we celebrated in style at The Standard, located in the River View Shopping Center. Cover model AlizĂŠe Gaillard and family were also in attendance. For additional pictures from the event, visit www.cvlux.com.
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A SOCIAL AFFAIR
BARREL TASTING WITH SENATOR TOM BERRYHILL
Cru Wine Company hosted a fundraiser for Senator Tom Berryhill on March 20th. At the reception, patrons sampled a variety of wines from Cru and hors d’oeuvres provided by Pardini’s Catering. Richard and Karen Spencer hosted the event in conjunction with Ann T. Sullivan Whitehurst. For additional pictures from the event, visit www.cvlux.com.
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Aida Alvarez and Bianca Echeveste | Andreas Borgeas, Tom Berryhill and Ann T. Sullivan Whitehurst | Leslie Hertzig and Eileen Smith | Barry Bedwell and Joanna Garcia-Botelho | Richard and Karen Spencer, Ann T. Sullivan Whitehurst and Tom Berryhill | Dan and Barbara Douglas | Matthew and Karen Boos | Carson and Sonja Smith | Michael Berdinella and Ann T. Sullivan Whitehurst | Raj Beasla and Ann Kloose | Mika Petrucci, Joe Taviano and Alicia Wolfe | Steve and Shannon Crass
HIGHPROFILE ANN T. SULLIVAN WHITEHURST AN INTERVIEW WITH DARIUS ASSEMI OCCUPATION: Building with love and passion.
compassionate and respect with the people you deal with.
MARITAL STATUS: Single BEST ADVICE I EVER GAVE: Just imagine that you are FIRST JOB: Clothing store clerk in Fresno, CA
sitting on your deathbed; look back at your life and decide what you would change, and what you would
BIRTHPLACE: Tehran, Iran
do differently if you could. Then try to change things for the better.
FAVORITE COLOR: My favorite color is blue… anything blue, as in a beautiful blue sky or the reflection on a lake
MOST DIFFICULT TIME IN MY LIFE: Losing my best
or even better, the ocean. Just blue.
friend… my own little dog, Leya. It has been said by many that a dog is a man’s/woman’s best friend. This is
MOST VALUED MATERIAL POSSESSION: It would have
so true because dogs love their master/mistress/family
to be a tie between my eyeglasses and my iPhone!
unconditionally. I was lucky to have that gift from my little friend for over 14 years.
“ FRESNO IS HOME TO ME AND I AM HOME TO HER.
WORST HABIT: Running late... but I do try to improve on this daily!
I AM A SUCKER FOR: Puppies, puppies and puppies!
LAST MEAL: Tomato, broccoli and onion salad, with
BEST TIME OF THE YEAR: Springtime
olive oil and balsamic vinegar FAVORITE MUSIC: Disco FAVORITE CITY OUTSIDE OF USA: Berlin MOST ROMANTIC SPOT: Cambria FAVORITE RESTAURANT: Too many great local eats to pick one… we are so fortunate to have so many choices
IF I COULD LIVE ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD, I WOULD
to pick from on a daily basis.
CHOOSE: Fresno. Fresno is home to me and I am home to her.
PERSON WHO HAS HAD BIGGEST IMPACT ON MY LIFE: My parents and my brothers
I’M ALWAYS FASCINATED BY THE WAY WOMEN: Are better at relationships than men
ONE THING I CANNOT STAND: Injustice in our world, especially in our own backyard
FAVORITE MOVIE: The Verdict and Adjustment Bureau
PEOPLE WHO KNEW ME IN COLLEGE THOUGHT I
THE BEST THING MY PARENTS GAVE ME: A great col-
WAS: A nerd. They really did.
lege education and the gift of giving back to someone or
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of my time, talent or treasure – sometimes all three!
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WITH GENELLE TAYLOR KUMPE OWNER, BLOWN AWAY
he Central Valley’s four seasons change before our eyes faster
transform these natural beauties into modern, ‘60s doe-eyed pin-ups
than watching animation in a flipbook. Only, for us, the pages
with feathery strip lashes on the top, and dramatic bold-winged liner
of people sweltering under the Valley sun are becoming more
using Youngblood’s brand new Eye-Mazing liquid liner pens. They come
and more prominent. This year, Mother Nature quickly forced
in so many on-trend, fun colors and allow you to create sleek lines to
us to transition our trends from one whole week of autumn
dramatic strokes. Strip lashes drive you crazy? Then try the more semi-
to the beautiful spring/summer looks you see adorning the clothing
permanent look of NovaLash eyelash extensions. They last about four
racks. What’s good is that instead of the looks being months ahead
weeks before having to go in for a touch-up.
(like seeing bathing suits when it’s raining outside), our weather was right in sync with the new trends. Personally, I love the warm weather,
Trend #3: Eye-Catching
sunshine and bright colors that come with it. This beauty and fashion
The eyeshadow trends range from natural beauty to the colors of a
shoot made me want to run home and take a dip in my pool while
flowery bouquet. One thing is consistent – spring/summer trends say
listening to a little Nancy Sinatra.
ta-ta to the smoky eye. For our look, use soft matte eyeshadow in natural or pastel colors. Try Youngblood’s Alabaster (matte creamy
Blown Away is here to show you the best spring/summer makeup looks
nude shade) and Revue (pearlised vanilla). To create a slight contour
and fun hair trends for these hot seasons. I mean, have you seen Blown
in the crease, use our Moulin Rouge eyeshadow quad colors, Can-Can
Away’s VIP lounge? The walls are laden with these ‘60s style icons!
and Cabarets. White eyeliner was used in the water line to open up the
The blond beauties in this photo shoot can be your inspiration for the
eyes and give them a bright-eyed look. This trick is also good for that
sunny days that we already have. Find your look and wear it every day
early morning meeting when you couldn’t get eight hours of shut-eye
this spring and summer!
the night before.
Trend #1: The Bright Kisser
Trend #4: Golden Glow
As weather changes, there are a lot of changes in the makeup palette,
It’s no secret that during the warmer months our skin needs a sun-
too. Spring/summer is full of vibrant colors and pastels. These sunny
kissed glow. To achieve this look, we did some cheek-contouring
seasons are bold, fun and flirty. The perfect way to make it look like
magic using Sunshine bronzer, and added a pop of color using Nectar
you put some effort into your look is to add a bright lip. For our looks,
(medium true peach tone) and Tangier (a rich peach with metallic
we used cheery, matte colors. Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics’ lipstick
sheen) pressed mineral blush. Your skin looks flawless with liquid min-
in Debalicious (bubble gum pink matte) and Tangelo (sheer luscious
eral foundation in Sun Kissed and Pebble, and set with Youngblood’s
orange) were our go-to colors, and ones in popular demand. For those
pressed mineral foundation in coordinating colors.
of you not used to such a vivid lip color, be daring and try it! You never know how amazing and fashionable you can be until you step outside your comfort zone!
What Goes Around, Comes Around: Style Icons of the ‘60s ‘60s film actresses like Jane Fonda and Raquel Welch made big hair
Trend #2: The Lash is Back/Cat Eye
popular. Meanwhile, style icons Catherine Deneuve and Brigitte
Our makeup artist extraordinaire, Jennifer Nicole, was thrilled to
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and headbands. With the right amount of hairspray, backcombing and bobby pins, the bouffant could easily be achieved by women with short or long lengths, bangs, and even curlier textures.
Today’s stars like Sarah Jessica Parker, Drew Barrymore and Anne Hathaway have all tried their turn at ‘60s bouffant hair (sometimes falling short of success). Blown Away’s super stylist, Louann, is here to show you how to get it right.
For the sexy look of Jane Fonda circa 1963, Louann prepped the hair with UNITE Eurotherapy’s 7 Seconds Dry Shampoo. Dry shampoo isn’t just used to absorb natural oils after the second or third day of a blowout; it’s also used to provide texture and grip. Next, Louann started curling the hair using a 1.5” styling wand (that curling iron without a clamp) to create body, and went straight to pin curls all over. Be sure to give a good once-over to each curl with setting spray. We LOVE UNITE’s Max Control Hairspray and go through it at the salon like it’s going out of style! Let your hair sit for about 10 minutes – check your emails, get a snack or our favorite: a glass of bubbly! Remove the pin curls and brush out your hair with a bristle brush. Boar bristle brushes
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make hair smoother and shinier than regular brushes. Boar bristle and
of hair underneath, wrap it around your ponytail and secure with a
nylon mix brushes are exceptional for styling hair. For the finishing
bobby pin – also in the same color range as your hair. Use your bristle
touch, don’t forget to tame your fly-aways and add separation with
brush to sculpt your new Bardot-esque look to perfection and finish
UNITE’s Conundrum Paste.
off with Max Control Hairspray!
Bardot High Ponytail
Beauty Trend Summary:
This look can easily be achieved at home. Start by applying UNITE’s
This season is about bright colors and fun, fresh makeup with a pop.
Expanda Dust – the magic powder that adds height to your hair – to
For the eyes, you can use pastels and metallic, but winged eyeliner
the top root (crown area). Section off about a 2” square at the top
and blue eyeshadow are going to be popular, too. We’ll see a lot
back of your head and separate the section into two. Take your teas-
of bold, bright lips for these spring/summer seasons. I recommend
ing comb to the under section and gently push the hair down. We like
bubblegum pink, tangerine, sheer, berry and orchid lips.
this way of teasing the hair so it doesn’t break. Repeat to the second section of your hair. If you’ve created a huge bump, not to worry; just
Stylist: Lauren K.T. Wilson
take your bristle brush and smooth it out by gently brushing over it and
Hair Stylist: Louann Pascua
brushing out some of the height. Louann then slicked the sides of the
Makeup Artist: Jennifer Nicole
hair back using UNITE’s Versa Gel for a sleek, structured look. Gather
Clothing provided by: Stella Laguna Beach and Khloe California
your hair in the back to create a ponytail as low or high as you’d like.
Location: Sunnyside Country Club
We liked the cute high pony for this shoot. Be sure to stock up on hair ties that best match the color of your hair so you don’t need to con-
All tools and products can be purchased at Blown Away in the Shops
centrate too much on covering the rubber band. Grab a small section
at River Park.
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ur little family is currently in the third trimester. There is no mistak-
Balance of Life/Work/Home/Family: It’s ironic that I’m recommending balance when
ing that I am pregnant now! Strangers giving me hugs, family members
my coordination has taken a record plummet in this third and final trimester. For
cooking us meals, baby showers - this stage is great! Well, unless you are
example, trying to tie my shoes (helloooo slip-ons!) and brushing my teeth (my hus-
reserved and shy, but for an outgoing gal like me, this stage has been the most “fun.”
band still cracks up when toothpaste drips onto my protruding bump). On a serious note though, maintaining balance is key! My husband calls it the “take-away theory.”
I am deeming this trimester the “Home Stretch.” Let’s break it down:
I can take on one thing, but have to remove another. My tendency is to say yes to
Home: What was once your place of solitude and rest will now be overtaken by a little
everything (because I truly like to), but when you’re pregnant, your body naturally
infant that requires more space for his “stuff” than your collection of handbags and
slows down. I’m still in shock-mode about this. If you have a husband or friend that
shoes! Chad and I are really trying not to have our house look like a baby store win-
can keep you on track and hold you accountable, consider yourself lucky! When I
dow display. Instead, we are de-cluttering and creating empty storage space for the
start listing off our family plans for the week, Chad says, “Great, babe. What are you
newly acquired items. It’s a great time to have a yard sale or donate to your favorite
taking off?” I laugh, but then I remember that when I don’t remove plans, my body
local charity (some will even pick up the items for you). No heavy lifting, mama! It will
and brain get fried. Not only is it unattractive to see me fried, but it takes a while to
feel good to have a clean slate to work with BEFORE baby comes.
center myself again. The best bet is to avoid piling things on and try to be the best pregnant you can be. The other tip is to delegate, delegate, delegate. I’ve been very
Stretch: Your belly is stretching, your calendar is stretched to the max, your patience
surprised that I’ve taken up offers by friends and family when they say the generic,
is being tested almost minute by minute… but there IS a stretch you can feel good
“Is there anything you need help with?” or “Call me anytime.” Guess what? It feels
about! Just simply stretch your aching body. I know, I know, you don’t feel like it –
great! Guess what else? They like to help! They wouldn’t have offered in the first place
you are tired, big, exhausted… it’s a project just to get up from a chair. But alas, you
if that weren’t the case.
won’t be like this much longer, and (assuming your doctor gives you the green light) you NEED to stay flexible and active. When I get a “pregnancy glow” compliment,
Pregnancy Post-its: No gals, I’m not referring to your obsession with your weekly
I’m convinced it’s from staying as fit as possible during my pregnancy. It’s imperative
bump posts on Facebook. I’m referring to the old-fashion, yellow, sticky tabs of paper
not only to help with your confidence and for a smooth delivery, but also to help get
that I wouldn’t be able to live without during my pregnancy. My co-workers laugh and
that post-baby bod back into shape. My personal motivation for staying active during
say I should win the “Dashboard Post-it Award” because they’ve taken over my car
my pregnancy is knowing that when Campbell comes, I will want to have as much
dash. Hey, I have a busy life. I can’t expect to still move and shake, and assume that
energy as possible. It’s not realistic to think that if I had been sedentary for 9 ½ months
everything will just “happen.” Life, work and home life are all still happening. In fact,
that I would have the same amount of energy had I kept up some sort of ritual to
instead of milking my pregnancy brain, I feel that now is the most important time
keep my circulation going. In last month’s Haute Mama shopping column, I featured
to be as organized as possible. Yes, yes, give yourselves some slack; don’t expect to
Tracy Anderson’s Pregnancy Project video – she has been my workout date at home
conquer the world when you are creating a little human inside of you, but you also
every morning (ok, ok, not every morning, but close). I also take yoga classes. I’ve
need to find what works for YOU. Post-its happen to be my little secret. I have them
loved seeing what my body can do even when pregnant. There are several prenatal
EVERYWHERE. I even put one on my keys if I need to remember to take something
classes available around town – Coil Yoga, Sisters Yoga and Perfect Balance are a
home from the office. I like the idea of embracing “The Brain” because instead of me
few options. Both keep my mind and body energized to face each new phase! This
feeling weak and embarrassed by my forgetfulness, it empowers me to take action
trimester has definitely been the hardest on my body – so I take it easy, but still keep
when an idea or to-do strikes (write the reminder note). Then you can forget about
as active as I can.
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THE MAMA SHOP CORTNEY SNAPP
Verdalee – “Fun, Fancy & Floral” Dress by Mayoral (Spanish company) $67.95
Baby Moon: What the heck is a Baby Moon?! Well, it’s a time for you and your husband to reflect, and feel the anticipation (my husband says it’s his favorite part so far) of your soon-to-be little one. I know all moms want to think that when you bring your baby home, it will look like a scene out of a movie – a perfect nursery, birds chirping, spring blossoms floating through the air as you enter your driveway… but alas,
Make Pie Not War – “Classy Kid’s Birthdate Keepsake” Roman Numeral Custom Date Necklace by local jewelry creator, Alana Little $36
there are sleepless nights and hard times ahead. So, building the foundation of your relationship is essential. Plus, it’s an excuse to get out of town! Chad and I took a much-needed, casual trip to Pismo with our dogs in the middle of our second trimester. Red Box was our friend that weekend and it was so cozy to just sleep in and be with our favorite companions – our dogs and each other. We try to do it at home as much as possible, but with baby stuff piling up, to-do lists – errr Post-its – it is next
Vonda’s at Villaggio – “It’s a Snap!”
to impossible to truly relax. Discuss your ideal trip with your partner and decide what
Magnolia Baby Stork Gown/Onesie
your budget and schedules allow. Wherever you decide to go, keep it as stress-free
as possible and just RELAX, reminisce about pre-baby life and soak in these magical moments!
Day Spas: We all know women love day spas. This isn’t a well-kept secret, guys! Yes, I am talking to you… especially if you have a wife that doesn’t like to splurge on herself. I would recommend, at the minimum, one treatment per month. Her body is always maneuvering and juggling different feelings, and her senses are through the roof. Most
The Spa & Hungry Hair Salon at Fig Garden
day spas offer pregnancy facials (products that will help with pregnancy acne) and
Village – “Wash & A-Go-Go!”
other types of facials that are safe for you and your growing baby. You can also put a
Bumble South Surf Spray by Bumble & Bumble
pedicure gift certificate on your babylis.t.com registry.
It’s important while soaking your tired toes that you also soak in these last couple of months. How often do you get to have so much attention (good and bad) wherever you go? You get to hear the awkward comments and questions that make you wonder if the general public has their own version of “pregnancy brain.” Just embrace and enjoy because in the blink of an eye your baby will have center stage. So, take a bow
Kisch Women & Children’s Boutique
(or at least lean forward as much as your belly will allow)… your production is headed
– “Cuddly & Clever Cover”
for the grand finale!
“Dylan the Octopus” Bottle Pet $20
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IT’S IN THE BAG WRITTEN BY: LAUREN K.T. WILSON PHOTOGRAPHY BY: EDDIE MELIKIAN
HE SUMMER SEASON IS OFFICIALLY UNDER WAY! YOUR INSTINCTS TO SWAP OUT YOUR BLACK HANDBAG RIGHT NOW ARE SPOT-ON – A RADIANT CARRYALL IS A MUST FOR SUMMER! SO, IN HONOR OF BRIGHTER DAYS, WE COMPILED A FEW INSPIRING BAGS TO ADEQUATELY PREPARE YOU FOR A SEASON’S WORTH OF EYE-CATCHING LOOKS.
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IT’S IN THE BAG
LOUIS VUITTON MILARIS LOUIS VUITTON OPENED THE LACQUERED DOORS OF ITS FIRST WEST COAST MADETO-ORDER HANDBAG SALON IN UNION SQUARE: SALON HAUTE MAROQUINERIE, WHICH LITERALLY TRANSLATES TO “HIGH-LEATHER GOODS.” CUSTOMERS CAN PICK FROM FIVE SHAPES, SEVERAL SIZES, EIGHT TYPES OF ULTRA PREMIUM LEATHER AND MORE THAN 25 COLORS. THE NAME, MILARIS, IS A COMBINATION OF MILAN AND PARIS, AND WAS CREATED FOR THE FIRST SALON H.M. IN MILAN IN 2011. IT IS BOXY, AND WIDER AT THE TOP THAN THE BOTTOM, IN A MODERN WAY.
LOUIS VUITTON ALMA MM IN MONOGRAM VERNIS LEATHER SPICE UP ANY HOT-WEATHER ENSEMBLE WITH LOUIS VUITTON’S ICONIC ALMA IN BRILLIANT INDIAN ROSE. THE BOLD COLOR, IN COMBINATION WITH THE STRUCTURED TOP HANDLE, IS YOUR NEW PERFECT SUMMER COUNTERPART.
CHANEL CLASSIC FLAP BAG SPRING ACT 2 THE ADDITION OF A HALLMARK CHAIN-STRAP PURSE DRAPED OVER YOUR SHOULDER FEELS SPECIAL NO MATTER WHAT TIME OF YEAR. FOR A SUMMER UPDATE, WE RECOMMEND THIS VERSION. FIRST SEEN ON THE CHANEL SPRING 2014 RUNWAY, IT OFFERS THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF COLORFUL WHIMSY.
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IT’S IN THE BAG
GUCCI NEW JACKIE LEATHER SHOULDER BAG STREAMLINED AND SIMPLIFIED, GUCCI FANS WILL IMMEDIATELY RECOGNIZE THE NEW JACKIE. FEATURING THE ON-POINT GIANT TASSELS AND INTERLOCKING “G” GUCCI LOGO, THE DESIGN FEELS LANGUID AND SUMPTUOUS ALL AT THE SAME TIME. TO SAY THIS IS A PERFECT BAG FOR EVERYTHING – FROM A MUSIC FESTIVAL TO A TRIP TO THE COAST – WOULD BE AN UNDERSTATEMENT!
FENDI SELLERIA PEEKABOO LOOKING FOR A LUXURIOUS REFRESH FOR YOUR HOLD-EVERYTHING WORKBAG FOR THE WARMER SEASON? FENDI’S SLEEK PEEKABOO BAG IS DEFINITELY DROOL-WORTHY.
LOUIS VUITTON SUHALI LEATHER L’EPANOUI PM THE FEMININE SILHOUETTE OF THE SUHALI L’EPANOUI IS IMPECCABLY MODERN. IT IS ULTRA VERSATILE AND BY FAR THE EASIEST TO TRANSITION YOU FROM WORK TO AFTER-WORK COCKTAILS. WE DON’T KNOW IF IT’S THE STUDS OR THE TIMELESS STRUCTURE WE LOVE MORE, BUT WE’RE SURE THAT THIS LOUIS VUITTON IS A WARDROBE STAPLE FOR YEARS TO COME.
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SimplySATURATED THE FORECAST
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WHEN THE TEMPERATURES RISE, THE MAXI DRESS IS DEFINITELY THE WAY TO GO FOR A HOT SPRING AND SUMMER LOOK. TRY FABRICS CUT FROM FILMY GAUZE AND SLIGHTLY FLARED PROFILES TO CREATE CHIC AND EASY MOVEMENT.
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ELONGATED SLITS AND BOLD MIXES OF FUN, VIVID COLORS ARE ALL YOU NEED TO CONJURE UP YOUR OWN BRILLIANT RUNWAY LOOK.
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COLORFUL ENSEMBLES AND FEMININE SILHOUETTES BECOME FLIRTY AND MODERN WHEN COMBINED WITH A SLIGHT GEOMETRIC EDGE.
DRESS: BLU MOON SUMMER LOVIN’ SHORT DRESS IN RED AZTEC
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THE FORECAST WRITTEN BY: LAUREN K.T. WILSON
inally, the bright lights of summer. The sun is out longer, your social calendar fills with seemingly endless events, the pool becomes a frequent place of repose and the mood just seems to
elevate with the temperature. Maybe it’s the extra Vitamin D, maybe it’s the idea of impending vacations, or maybe it’s just that time of year. Whatever it is, it goes without saying that there is no better excuse to revitalize your closet than a climate change.
It is the season of mindless dressing – the time of year where hemlines can be shorter and flirty, or flow long, barely skimming the floor with every step. Beautiful floral prints, exotic flair and carefree style abound. It’s when you can’t help but want to swap out all those neutrals or LBDs for something a little more show-stopping. The color palette ignites across the board from bright shades intermingling via pattern to monochromatic, punchy neon hues. Beachwear-inspired looks, breezy fabrics and swoon-worthy accessories are accentuated in layer upon layer of gold, shown in irreverent flights of fancy. The best part of all: there are a bevy of effortlessly glam choices and all options are interchangeable.
Not being one to deny our sartorial senses, the rise of the thermostat lends perfectly to the ubiquitous cleaning out of closets. It’s time to turn out a few new summer essentials and take note of a little speculative collecting. Some trends come and go, but the fundamental carefree stylTHE PERFECT EXAMPLE
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SPEND A FEW MINUTES WITH JESSICA COOK… OUR EFFERVESCENT AND COLORFUL COVER MODEL WHOSE ACTING CAREER IS ABOUT TO EXPLODE WITH THE 2015 FILM, “STUNG.” GET A BEHIND-THE-SCENES LOOK AT THE GIRL IN FRONT OF THE CAMERA. Central Valley Luxury: Tell us why you wanted to become an actress. Jessica Cook: I’ve been performing in front of people since I was a little girl and my favorite thing in the entire world was to make people laugh. I wanted to become an actress purely because I love having an effect on people and being relatable… maybe change some lives in the process because watching movies helped change mine. Growing up, I watched a lot of Jim Carrey and Lucille Ball films; they made me laugh hysterically and forget all my worries. I want to be able to have that same effect on people.
CVL: Tell us some of the challenges you had in filming the movie “Stung.” JC: It was so cold in Germany where we were shooting, and I was wearing a shirt and skirt every day for a few weeks. The crew would pile up hand warmers, blankets and hot water bottles, and sit me in front of a heater between takes. It was funny, because the production crew are natives and they kept saying how it wasn’t cold at all and would poke fun at me for being cold all the time. Although, the last day, we used a couple of them as background; they couldn’t wear their big jackets in the shot and they were shivering the entire day. It was hilarious.
CVL: Any behind-the-scene anecdotes from making the movie you can share? JC: We were covered in fake blood for the last three weeks of the film. One of those days was a night shoot and we were drenched in blood, tired and ready to go home. We wrapped around 3:30am and all the actors wanted fast food, so we were too tired to care and went to McDonalds with blood all over our faces. The gal working the drive-thru was so nervous and too polite to say anything. Haha!
CVL: Do you have any desire to write, produce or direct? JC: I love to write, and I’ve produced and directed a couple of my own personal projects. I’m writing a romantic comedy right now and eventually would love to write a book. Other than that, I’ve been writing sketch comedy and performing with my improv group in the Los Angeles area.
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CVL: Who is your celebrity crush and why? JC: I think I’ll have to go with Brad Pitt on this one. He seems like such a gentleman. Did you see him at the Oscars when he was handing out paper plates to everyone in the audience so they could have pizza and not make a mess all over their gowns and tuxes?! I’ll take a slice of that!
CVL: Name three people you admire and tell us why. JC: Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt AKA “the power couple of Hollywood.” Not only are they extremely talented actors, but also they are humanitarians and are changing the world in a positive way. I admire how in love they are with each other, as well. Dick Van Dyke is also someone who I admire greatly. He’s a living legend. That man can do just about anything. He’s a singer, actor, comedian, producer, writer and dancer, and he does all of them well. I mean, that’s insane to me… AND he has a golden heart? That’s a star. Not only is he talented and charming, but also he gives back to the community and serves at the mission from time to time.
CVL: What is your guilty pleasure? JC: Backstreet Boys. I love them and always will!
CVL: Who is your favorite designer and how does that influence your own style? JC: Oh gosh, I love Marc Jacobs. It’s sleek, simple and he uses beautiful, clean lines. I also love the gowns and clothing from the 1940s. I love that “Old Hollywood” look.
CVL: When thinking about your career, where do you see yourself headed? JC: I don’t know what will happen. I’ll do my best and take a lot of risks, but everything is beyond my control. I just want to do what I love for the rest of my life – entertain people, and have the ability to make the audience laugh and cry along with me. I see myself making faces with Jim Carrey in a movie and taking on unique characters throughout my career. I love challenges and would love the opportunity to act in many different genres. CVL: Pick three words to describe yourself. CVL: Name one thing in your handbag that you can’t live without.
JC: Ambitious, caring and stubborn.
JC: My “glue stick.” I have this lip balm that my friends make fun of me for because it’s huge. It’s called The Mint Balm by Glō Minerals. It’s the best lip balm I’ve ever used!
CVL: In the movie of your life, who would play you and why? JC: Molly Shannon in her 20s, because she’s someone who I looked up to and emu-
CVL: Where is your favorite place to travel to and why?
lated. I just love Molly Shannon and I think she would do one hell of a job because she
JC: I just went to Paris for two weeks, for the first time, a couple months ago and I
is so goofy. I mean, she’s Molly Shannon!
loved every second of it. I’m a hopeless romantic and I fell in love with how magical it all seems to be. There is beautiful architecture, delicious food, and musicians
CVL: What’s the best tangible gift you have ever received?
that hang out on the cobblestone streets playing their instruments and singing their
JC: My grandmother gave me an original 1965 “The Sound of Music” movie poster that
hearts out. It’s so surreal how beautiful everything is over there.
she had bought when the movie came into theaters.
CVL: What makes you laugh?
CVL: Barney’s or Bergdorf’s?
JC: I love standup comedy. I once drove almost 900 miles to see Louis C.K. perform
and it was incredible… well worth it. He’s hilarious. I also love watching old comedies with people like: Charlie Chaplin, Dick Van Dyke, Lucille Ball, Danny Kaye, Steve
CVL: Where can we get updates on you and your life?
Martin, Carol Burnett, Victor Borge, etc.
JC: Follow me on Twitter and Instagram: @Jessicamcook!
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Written By Mark Chin, MD – Aspire Medispa
Let me take you through a typical consultation appoint-
rejuvenating effect by stimulating the formation of
ment. The friendly staff will ask you what conditions
collagen, a protein that we tend to lose in our skin
you’re interested in improving (complexion, acne, hair
with age, and elastin to improve the elasticity of the
reduction, wrinkles, texture, color, aging appearance,
skin. Each device is chosen based upon the treatment
etc.) and direct you to a provider, such as the aesthe-
or the condition. Fotofacial RF is not a laser, but uses
tician, nurse, physician assistant or with the doctor,
intense pulsed light (IPL) in combination with radiofre-
depending on the procedure that will address your
quency (RF) to treat hyperpigmentation, age spots and
problem. The consultation is an opportunity to meet
fine wrinkles. ReFirm, using ELOS technology as well,
Glowing skin. Even coloration.
the staff, explain your concerns, and express your
combines RF with infrared energy to tighten the skin,
expectations and desires for a treatment. This is a
while eMatrix uses pure RF to treat textural irregulari-
Smooth texture. Wrinkle free. Ah,
chance to gather information so that you can make the
ties, improve wrinkles and dyschromia. Ultherapy uses
the signs of youth. Who doesn’t
most informed decision.
ultrasound energy that penetrates below the level of
want that? Beauty has often been
To help with the assessment of your skin, a compli-
improving the jowls and area under the chin for better
called skin deep, but it goes deeper
mentary computerized VISIA Complexion Analysis
ferent factors, such as texture, pore size, wrinkles, UV
There is not just one “cure all” laser, but lasers have dif-
the skin to lift the tissues by tightening the facial level,
(canfieldsci.com) will examine your face for eight dif-
damage, red and brown spots, vascular lesions, and
ferent wavelengths and specific applications. Vascular
There has been a rise in nonsurgical procedures, such
melanin- and acne-prone areas. It will then generate
lasers, such as the VBeam Perfecta, treat a variety of
as lasers and “injectables,” for facial rejuvenation over
a facial assessment report evaluating your skin condi-
redness and skin lesions, such as telangiectasias, and
the past decade. Discussion with a knowledgeable
tion and compare it to others your age. This may help
spider veins to small caliber veins. Larger vessel may
professional is a must to optimize a treatment plan
you target the areas of concern and direct the treat-
require sclerotherapy. More comfort and longer-lasting
for your skin. The first step toward a brighter com-
ment options (Fotofacial, BOTOX, skin resurfacing,
results with laser hair removal using the Gentlelase is
plexion and improving your skin is just a phone call
etc.). The VISIA can also track treatment progress and
far less painful than the cheaper alternative of waxing
away, but do your homework first. Find a reputable
compare your skin to earlier analyses. Then the options
(remember 40-Year-Old Virgin?). And if you are consider-
board-certified physician who has been treating skin
to treat the problem areas can be addressed. Perhaps
ing a Brazilian bikini line, I, personally, would opt for the
problems for several years and then make a no-obliga-
a Hydrafacial (microdermabrasion) or a chemical peel
most gentle procedure!
tion consultation. The consultation is often free with a
may be beneficial to create a glow, firm the skin and
licensed esthetician (LE), aesthetic nurse or physician
control acne. The Micropen, using microneedling, is our
Do you have that tattoo (a permanent reminder of that
assistant, who often administer the procedures. With
latest offering to improve fine lines, acne scars, texture
temporary feeling) that you would like removed? The
more severe conditions of aging, surgery may be the
Revlite is a good solution for tattoo removal. There
best option to meet your expectations; if so, cut to
are also nonablative, sublative and ablative technolo-
the chase. Make a consultation with a board-certified
There are many energy-based system such as lasers,
gies increasing in the aggressiveness of the treatment,
plastic surgeon who can discuss the pros and cons, and
intense pulsed light, radiofrequency and ultrasound.
which correlates to recovery and downtime. While
the spectrum of surgical and nonsurgical procedures.
The application of energy or heat to the skin has a
most treatments have little to no downtime, the most
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aggressive, longest lasting, and most visible changes
the variety of products such as Zein Obagi (ZO), Skin
Dermal fillers, such as Juvederm, Voluma or Restylane,
occur with the fractionated CO2 (carbon dioxide) laser,
Medica, Neocutis and others. Sunblock is a must in any-
contain hyaluronic acid, a natural product to plump and
applying Active FX and Deep FX treatments. This proce-
one’s regimen. Just look at the inside area of your upper
fill cheek creases and cheek bones, enlarge lips and add
dure is very effective in tightening the skin, evening out
arm… is the texture smooth with an even, lighter color?
volume that is lost in the face with aging. However, I
the skin tone, and reducing the wrinkles by removing
That area has been generally “sun protected.” You also
see far too many marshmallow faces from aggressive
the superficial layer of the skin and promoting col-
have other areas of your body “where the sun don’t
overcorrection and I wonder if that person ever looked
lagen regeneration. It takes about one week to heal
shine” that have nice texture and color. Now, don’t you
like that before. So please don’t overdo it. Trying to look
with fresh skin, with improvements that continue for
want other areas to be just as good? So wear sunblock
as good as you can for YOUR AGE should be your goal
with high SPF or opt for a quick spray tan with SUN FX.
in the most natural appearing, nonsurgical look, even if you HAD surgery.
Will it hurt? “No pain, no gain” is not just an old
When it comes to what works, think combination
Chinese saying. But, topical medications applied to the
therapy: complementing the energy-based treatments,
So while we don’t have a magic wand and to just “zap
skin before the treatment make the procedure more
injections of BOTOX Cosmetic, a neuromodulator (say
this or zap that,” technology has advanced, and has
comfortable. A Zimmer cooling device also helps pass a
what?), and relaxing the muscles in a particular area
become safer and more effective. My advice is don’t let
cool breeze over the treatment area. Oral or injectable
to soften creases and keep them from getting worse. If
the hype of Hollywood determine your treatment, but
analgesics or relaxants can also help make you com-
wrinkles are caught early enough, treatment could even
let a trained professional, with their high-tech tools,
fortable and relaxed in the spa.
make them disappear. Having a skilled injector can help
help you make the right choice. You can always get a
you decide where to inject around the face to raise the
Many of the skin treatments are complemented with
eyebrows or lessen crows feet, as FDA off-label use is at
a good skin-care regimen. An esthetician can go over
the discretion of the provider.
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LOOK as GOOD AS YOU FEEL THE SECRET LIFE OF COSMETIC PROCEDURES
ermal fillers and Botox® have reached a fever pitch thanks to Real Housewives and Hollywood starlets. At a time when we are seeing unnatural-
ly distorted faces on every magazine cover in the checkout aisle, there is a doctor in town who’s artfully delivering the polar opposite. For Dr. Campbell Waldrop, medical director of The MedSpa at EYE-Q, wielding needles is more than chasing wrinkles; it is about helping rediscover a younger you. When asked what is commonly requested of him, Waldrop replied, “My patients are looking for natural outcomes that make them feel like a fresher version of themselves.”
People all over the country, the Central Valley included, are aware of how they look more than ever before. In fact, according to a recent study by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the rise of the ever-so-popular “selfie” has had a major impact on facial cosmetic procedures. The study revealed that one in three facial plastic surgeons surveyed saw an increase in requests for procedures due to patients being more self aware of looks in social media.
So what are people of the Valley doing to get a perfect portrait? Botox® continues to reign supreme when it comes to non-surgical procedures and is one of Waldrop’s specialties. When patients leave The MedSpa at EYE-Q they can expect to come out looking recharged – not unrecognizable. In fact, the staff says the most common description of patients post procedure, is rested. In truth, you would be surprised to know how many times Dr. Waldrop hears that co-workers are left wondering why their friends looks so refreshed. The MedSpa at EYE-Q allows you to walk away
with a perfected complexion; and best of all, it can be
recently purchased the Sciton JOULE – a state-of-the-
your own little secret. Like most things in life, there
art resurfacing laser that allows the ability to pinpoint
can be too much of a good thing, and a reassuring thing
specific problem areas versus the whole face. The
about Dr. Waldrop is his readiness to say no. “The last
same way a couture fashion designer works precisely
thing that we want for a patient is overdramatized
to match a seam, this laser allows Dr. Waldrop to work
results. I feel it is our responsibility to lead them in the
with precision and create flawless results.
right direction.” The JOULE is the world’s only expandable platform to
“I WANT PATIENTS TO OWN THEIR SELF IMAGE, NOT RUN FROM IT. KEEPING THAT IN MIND, WE WANT TO PROVIDE CONCIERGE-LEVEL COSMETIC MEDICINE THAT IS UNIQUE TO EACH FACE WE SEE.”
We asked what was on the horizon for this progres-
offer an unprecedented array of laser and light wave-
sive doctor and his staff, and his response was, again,
lengths through any of its three distinct delivery modes:
enlightening. “I want patients to own their self image,
arm, fiber and broadband light. As a result, the JOULE
not run from it. Keeping that in mind, we want to pro-
allows Dr. Waldrop the maximum versatility to provide
vide concierge-level cosmetic medicine that is unique to
the widest range of aesthetic procedures available from
each face we see.” With the recently launched MedSpa
a single platform. From superficial to deep laser treat-
at EYE-Q, Dr. Waldrop and his team are also rolling out
ment, the JOULE provides exceptional, patient-tuned
a few new, cutting-edge technologies for Fresno – the
outcomes. It addresses a broad range of patient needs
VISIA® Complexion Analysis, Sciton JOULE laser and
from the subtle to the dramatic, with superior uni-
Forever Young BBL (broadband light treatment).
formity and customizable thermal effects. Experience incredible results and minimal downtime while effec-
The VISIA® Complexion Analysis is a technology trans-
tively treating a wide variety of conditions.
forming skincare and cosmetic practices worldwide. This software provides on-screen skin evaluations, eye-
An additional solution is the Forever Young BBL. This
lash analysis, reports, and tracks treatment progress.
age-altering device has been proven to fix those pesky
Utilizing quantitative analysis, it provides a multi-point
red and brown sunspots. The Forever Young BBL rejuve-
facial positioning system and makes it easy to analyze
nates skin, leaving it clear, smooth and younger looking.
pigmentation, wrinkles, texture, pores, UV spots, brown
Not only are patients getting years back, but Forever
spots and red areas. From chin to hairline, VISIA® can
Young serves true to its name with procedures lasting
differentiate fine lines from wrinkles and project your
up to 10 or more years! Imagine, there’s just 12-15 min-
skin’s aging process for 5-7 years.
utes between you and a younger looking you.
Getting our daily dose of vitamin D isn’t difficult when
While we all may not be actively searching for the pro-
living in the Central Valley; however, monitoring sun
verbial fountain of youth, one thing is for sure – we all
damage can be. VISIA® offers a UV photo feature that
want to look as good as we feel. And, if you haven’t
provides sun damage assessments and analysis, includ-
already found out for yourself, Dr. Waldrop and his
ing UV fluorescence imaging to reveal porphyrins.
staff understand the dos and don’ts when it comes to portraying the beauty from within. When considering
How do you know you’ll get the results you want? Well,
dermal cosmetic procedures, we put our faith and our
with VISIA® you can see it for yourself. The MedSpa staff
face in the hands of a doctor; the fear of the unknown is
will make it easy to understand by comparing results
half of the intimidation when considering a change. He
side by side. After review, these personalized reports
practices the true balance of doing just enough without
will be developed into individualized strategies, help-
crossing the threshold of too much.
ing you reach your desired outcome. The focus at The MedSpa at EYE-Q is to develop unique treatment strat-
So while your first question at this point is, “when can
egies based on the patient’s interests.
I schedule an appointment?” The next should be, “to reveal or not to reveal?” With your new subtle, yet
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Speaking of customization, one of the many options
beautiful results, the decision will be completely up to
available is achieving personalized results with the
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VENTANA HILLS A WORLD APART It’s hard to beat the explosion of wildflowers blooming right now in the lush green at Ventana Hills – California poppies, lupine and fiddlenecks are putting on a spring show.
This is just a taste of life in the fertile foothills near Fresno. Ventana Hills is a 300-acre gated community featuring custom lots made available by Granville Homes.
For buyers looking to build somewhere with a little elbow room, Ventana Hills is the place. You choose the lot, the architect and the builder, and begin the process of building the dream home of a lifetime. Home sites range from two to five acres, and many lots have breathtaking views of the surrounding scenery.
Ventana Hills has been designed with a trail system that meanders through the center of the community. More than 70 acres of open space help to preserve the postcard-like setting, giving homeowners room to breathe. Granville Homes has carefully designed this community to minimize impact on the surrounding environment. Special care has been taken to preserve the 1,000-year-old native oak trees. This commitment to sustainable design ensures that Ventana Hills complements its surroundings, rather than competes with it.
This community provides a tranquil sanctuary away from the bustle of the city, but it’s also just a short drive back to civilization. Golf, fishing and water activities are just around the corner at Millerton Lake, and Eagle Springs Golf and Country Club. Shaver Lake and Huntington Lake are a short drive up the mountain, providing close access to snow skiing, sailing, fishing and more.
To visit Ventana Hills, take Friant Road to Copper Avenue. Turn right on Copper, then left at Auberry Road. Enjoy the scenic 10-minute drive. To learn more about this unique community or to make an appointment for a personal tour, contact Michelle Brunn at (559) 445-9000 or visit gvhomes.com.
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| A PROFILE OF A LOCAL ESTATE |
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alm, inviting and prestigious is how I would describe this Fresno estate, located in one of the most sought-after neighborhoods in
Tucked away on an oversized estate lot sits this majestic compound. The main structure is roughly 10,000 square feet and is bathed in natural light, making the home feel bright and airy. Within the main residence, guests are welcomed into a variety of entertaining spaces.
The main living space is flanked by windows and anchored by an oversized fireplace. A grand piano sits center, while touches of modern art and accessories can be found throughout. â€œGrandâ€? is perhaps the best word to describe this space.
The most notable feature of this home is how the inside translates beautifully to the outside. When entering the backyard, you are struck by the sheer size of the manicured grounds. Three balconies jut from the house, offering aerial views of the oversized pool and lawns.
Back inside, the estate offers a lavish dining room, huge game room and an eclectically furnished family room.
The easy flow from each space ensures that guests are properly pampered. The owners paid careful attention to the design ensuring that the home would be casually impressive, and it certainly is.
It never ceases to amaze me what majestic marvels can be found in what some seem to think is a sleepy little farm town. How wrong they are!
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VIDA LIVING THE SIMPLE LIFE WRITTEN BY: SHARON DUNCAN | PHOTOGRAPHY BY: LINDSEY ASHJIAN
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escribing the people of Costa Rica is about as easy as explaining how you feel while basking in the sun there: relaxed, calm, happy,
easy-going. I was pleasantly surprised at their hospitality and eagerness to please. More often than not, the people would say, “Thank you for visiting our country.” While Costa Rica may be poor in many ways, they are very rich in life. It’s no wonder Costa Rica means “Rich Coast.”
“Pura Vida” translated literally means “Pure Life” or “Simple Life” and is very commonly used in everyday happenings. Costa Rica is considered one of the happiest countries in the world, mostly because they don’t stress about things that most of its visitors do. They have a very relaxed way of looking at life: no worries, no stress. To them, Pura Vida means being thankful for what they have. What better way to live than that?
While Costa Rica is simple and laidback, it offers a wide range of tourist pleasures: exquisite food, tropical rain forests, sparkling white-sand beaches, volcanic black-sand beaches, horseback riding, hot spring mud baths, enticing diving and boating… and did I mention some of the most exquisite food?! You may think I must really love to eat, but the truth is, I just really love their food! Some of my favorites included: seaside lobster, ceviche, fresh off the boat sushi, Caribbean fusion, grass-fed beef, freerange chicken, and the rice and beans unique to their cuisine. This all made for some of the most amazing food I have ever eaten. And it certainly doesn’t hurt to enjoy it while sitting on the beach at sunset.
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The fun definitely doesnâ€™t wait to begin once the sun goes down. Wake up to
During our outings, we were greeted by a family of Kota Mundi, the native spe-
some of the most captivating views and indulge yourself with a cup of gourmet
cies which is a cousin to the raccoon. We were also entertained by the occasional
coffee. Costa Rica, most notably known for its gourmet coffee beans, boasts
white-face monkey in search of any treats we might have!
some of the finest in the world. This was one of the most delightful, relaxing trips. I knew it would be from the Itâ€™s easy to indulge in Costa Rica and so, we did. We stayed in the north-west,
moment I arrived, but I was sure of it once I was on board a yacht making its
on the Pacific Coast, in an area called Papagayo. Our breathtaking private villa
way to a private cove where the crew prepared a fabulous barbecue lunch on the
had five master suites, marble floors and showers, including outdoor marble
beach, as we jet-skied and snorkeled, all while taking in the perfect 85-degree
showers for the adventurous! After settling in the villa, we took out the wine
weather. Cocktails and appetizers were enjoyed after a long day as we headed
and took in the view! From the patio, we enjoyed a full panorama of the ocean,
back home, gazing out at the beautiful blue ocean, listening to our family laugh
including the infinity pools, which could be observed from each master suite.
and recount the day. We all agreed it could be summarized in two words: Pura
Located next to the famous Four Seasons, we had access to the private beaches,
which were simply incredible. We also made a point to occasionally wander to the local beaches for cocktails and to see the sites.
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Travel Tip: Best time to enjoy Costa Rica is December thru April.
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