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Contents F E AT U R E S


TREASURED MOMENTS Exquisite jewelry from Swiss Watch Gallery & Fine Jewelry compliments the season with impeccable design and inspired gifts for you and your loved ones.


SPA HAVEN The best-kept secret in North County reinvigorates the mind, body and soul. The Vista area resort and retreat reveals comprehensive guest programs.


ART Erik Skoldberg Meet Erik Skoldber, a local artist turning the San Diego sunset and other natural beauty into works of art.


Movember Raising awareness one ‘stache at a time. Get the scoop on this charitable trend.

On The Cover | Etiqueta Negra dark gray suit and button up light blue shirt. Tag Heuer watch provided courtesy of Swiss Watch Gallery & Fine Jewelry in La Jolla. Photographed in Coronado, CA. Cover Photo By: Giorgio Daveed



Home Sweet Home San Diego Companies share the latest in home entertainment systems.


Model: Fred Jolly

Estate provided by: Scott Aurich

New in Town Keep up with San Diego County’s latest additions and changes to the local business scene. |



Big Apple Pickings An insider’s look at New York City’s fall fashion scene. Where to shop and where to party.

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LETTER From The EDITOR If there’s anything “It’s a Wonderful Life Taught Us,” it’s that life is not made up by what we get out of it, but what we give to it. All the riches in the world cannot compare to the love of family and warmth of community. As the cooler temperatures come to the coast and the valleys, San Diego is preparing for the busy holiday season, which kicks off with a Thanksgiving feast and doesn’t stop until the ball drops into the New Year. So before we leap in to this joyous time of year, FINE Magazine decided to set aside this issue to celebrate a season of giving. This month, we unveil Leonard Simpson’s “Best Dressed”—some of the most generous and inspirational philanthropists in the county—and we give a nod to prostate cancer awareness by wishing our readers a Happy “Movember.” We also offer floral and decorating guides to set the best table in town, and reveal the secret to keeping your kitchen sparkling clean. (Psst—it involves letting someone else prepare the gourmet feast.) So before the hectic holiday schedule sets in—and before we see James Stewart too many times to learn anything from him—let’s remember what really matters this time of year. As Arthur Ashe said: “From what we get, we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life.”

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Contributors Whitney Butler |

Whitney Butler has worked

and studied abroad, developing her cultural palate and personal blog, which has been featured online and in print. She currently works at FINE magazine, where she hopes to grow her career in media.

Suzanne Broyles |

Suzanne is the owner of

Coastal Home Design Studio and Del Rio Construction

Natalie Neece |

An intern for FINE magazine,

Natalie is a mass media and communications major at Cal-

and Design. Passionate about creating life-changing

ifornia State University San Marcos. A San Diego native,

experiences for her clients, Suzanne invests herself in

Natalie enjoys writing, fashion and traveling.

the art of design coupled with construction expertise for a perfect blend of artistry and quality with every project. She lives in San Diego County with her husband and five children.

Sarena Cowles |

Sarena Cowles is the owner

of Shoes Me Boutique in Pacific Beach and the designer of the “Sarena Cowles” private label. She travels around the world to find the most beautiful and fashion-forward items, and combines them with accessories from local designers. She is currently launching Supporting Entrepreneur Women (SEW), a non-profit organization.

Luke Travis |

After graduating from U.C.

Berkeley with a degree in English, Luke began work as a

Rosalie Cushman |

grant-writer for the Community Rejuvenation Project—a Rosalie has been

nonprofit organization committed to blight-abatement

writing in one capacity or another—in public relations,

and child-development. Luke is a monthly contributor to

marketing, events coordination and advertising—for 25

FINE Magazine, and continues to work as the Bay Area

years. In the last six years, she has dedicated her time

Correspondent for BxC Baron, a music journalism website

fully to writing articles for magazines, websites and

that seeks out new and emerging talent.

blogs. Rosalie has written two books, and is currently working on a third. She enjoys art, music and good food, and is the world’s fastest speed typist!

Jeanne Ferris |

As a former actor, writing

is a natural medium for storytelling. Researching for non-fiction feature articles requires the same in-depth quick study as researching a fictional character. Contributing for FINE is a welcome relief along with beach walks, karaoke and volunteering for favorite charities with her family.

Nicolette Laverty |

Having lived in six

Giorgio Daveed is a Pho-

states, Nicolette has worked in marketing, commercial

in the former Soviet Union. His first experience in film

writing, design and the fitness industry. She uses her

was developing it with his Grandfather (Grant G Gazarov)

diverse talents and experience with the magazine to

when he was 4 years old.

develop business, produce editorial and help promote FINE Magazine. Nicolette has strong ties to several charities in San Diego including the Cardiovascular Disease Foundation and BIANCA.


Giorgio Daveed |

tographer and Cinematographer. He was born in Baku, |

Treasured Moments This harvest season, gather your heirlooms while ye may.

Photographer Giorgio Daveed Produced By FINE magazine Location Swiss Watch Gallery & Fine Jewelry Stylists Heather Winfield Giorgio Daveed Hazel Pepper Hair & Makeup Johnny Wynn [Diesel Salon]

Models Tessa Elizabeth [Zarzar Models]

Chris Pavlik

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Tessa - Royal Blue dress French Connection and Ralph Lauren Black belt From Nordstrom. Reversible Rose gold cross with black and white diamonds 3.50cttw. Rose gold vintage diamond bangle with white gold accents and 6.80 cttw. Rose & Yellow gold pave set diamond ring 6.40 cttw. Rose gold flower ring with 2.25cttw pave set diamonds. Chris - Gray Sweater By Hugo Boss provided by Maggie B’s. Jeans by D Squared, 18k rose gold Rolex Daytona timepiece. Hand crafted Jewelry & Rolex available at Swiss Watch Gallery & Fine Jewelry, La Jolla 858-622-9000.

Tessa - South Sea Pearl & Diamond Necklace, over 9.00 cttw of pave set diamonds & 15 mm exquisite pearls.18k white gold hugs and kisses tennis bracelet with 8.00 cttw. 7.00 ct Pear shape Tourmaline with 2.50cttw, interchangeable rose gold channeled set diamond bands. 18k Rose and White gold pave set stackable diamond ring with 2.76cttw. 5.00 cttw pave set inside outside hoops. All Jewelry handcrafted by Swiss Watch Gallery & Fine Jewelers, La Jolla 858622-9000. Chris - Bell & Ross Heritage Timepiece, Mens 18k white gold black onyx and diamond ring, 5.00 cttw channeled set diamond link bracelet, 18k and mother of pearl diamond Gecco with 4.50cttw pave set diamonds and blue sapphire eyes, hand crafted by Swiss Watch Gallery & Fine Jewelry, La Jolla 858-622-9000.

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Living Lifestyle Luxury HOME SWEET HOME

Home Sweet Home

San Diego companies share the latest in home entertainment systems.

By Luke Travis


an Diego is a city of abundance. There is a material abundance, which manifests in an average household income that ranks fifth of all U.S. cities. There is a cultural abundance, with world famous zoos, aquatic parks and beaches dotting the landscape. There are an abundance of days where the weather never drops below 70 degrees. And there is an abundant supply of technicians willing and ready to install entertainment systems into your house for less than the industry standard. Since choosing from the plethora of options can be daunting, we here at FINE Magazine have done our best to narrow down the selection process to a few of the very best in the area. Kiwi Audio Visual Kiwi Audio Visual ( is the crème de la crème. They have made their reputation on service, and it has brought

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them success. In the words of founder and CEO Brian Bass: “We look after our customers and systems at a level that others are unwilling to provide.” Kiwi also places special emphasis on custom installations. “It all starts with our client,” Bass said. “Our sales and design specialists carefully document the client’s needs and desires.” After the project is designed, the customer is able to communicate directly with the operations manager to provide a “seamlessly integrated” system, according to Bass. Kiwi also prides itself on its sustainability practices. “We believe in saving costs,” Bass said, “both for our clients and for the environment.” Using remote monitoring systems that update, reset and perform service-related tasks straight from the office saves a great deal on fuel consumption and keeps customers’ electronic equipment from being damaged. And old electronics end up in recycling facilities all around the world.


Kiwi is also at the cutting edge of technological advancements in the field. “We find it exciting to work with computer-based home entertainments systems—everything from Apple TVs and iPads to Dell Zinos,” Bass explained. With its superlative customer service and vast expertise, Kiwi never garners a poor review or an unhappy customer. Beyond Audio and Video Another company at the forefront of customizable installation services in San Diego, Beyond Audio and Video ( is one of the few that offers fully customizable home theaters, as well as one-touch, all-home automation. Its other services range from security cameras to lighting control to computers networks—and the list goes on. Beyond’s slogan—“From simple to sinfully over the top”— sums it up perfectly. It carries products from the largest and

most reliable names in the industry, including Artcoustic, AMX, Audioquest, Denon, Fujitsu and Home Logic. For the quality and service of products Beyond provides, its $90/hr setup rate is more than fair. HD Hookups The services and installations at HD Hookups (hdhookups. com) are even better than the discrete innuendo embedded in the company name. It is one of the few local theater installation companies that advertises itself as a provider of corporate and home installations. HD Hookups’ website façade is impressive, and the layout and photos do a grand job of speaking for themselves. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then the preponderance of high-def, gauzy-looking photographs should be enough to make heads spin with anticipation. HD Hookups’ services run |


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the whole gamut of electrical and entertainment installation pieces. Not only does it offer home theater installation, it also specializes in security cameras, universal remote systems and “whole house music” systems. Home automation is perhaps the most fascinating feature, as it allows you to seamlessly integrate the function of lights, shutters, video and sound systems into one button on a remote control. But what speaks loudest of all though, as always, is the sterling Yelp reviews, which rank this business as high as any can be ranked in terms of customer service, price-to-service ratio and overall product quality. It’s a solid choice for anyone looking for the latest in home theaters. Visolution Visolution ( is a paragon of professionalism within the local industry. You will be hard-pressed to discover a single negative review of its services. Visolution’s installations are quick, its prices are fair and its employees even clean up after themselves—the most universally underappreciated

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virtue for all handymen everywhere. Its two-year warranty on all its workmanship is also extraordinary. Keith’s SoCal Home Theater Keith’s SoCal Home Theater ( is and has been a major player in the region for 11 years. What differentiates this business from hordes of competitors is a commitment to customer education. The pedagogues of product maintenance and upkeep, Keith’s will tell you how to avoid costly repairs and how to keep your equipment at optimum functional capacity—all with grace and easy smiles. And Keith’s covers a very wide area of service between San Diego and Los Angeles, so chances are it will be able to make it out to you. With great abundance at every turn, it should be no great surprise to find so many viable options for home electronics installation in San Diego. The greatest problem with such abundance, of course, is the burden of choice. We’ve narrowed it down, but will have to leave the rest up to your discretion.


New in Town




Meet San Diego’s latest additions.


It’s in the Science

50 Shades of Style

Senté Inc., a private cosmeceutical company in San Diego, created a new medical skincare product based on glycoproteins, molecules of sugar attached to proteins that control what nutrients get into your skin. Senté Dermal Repair Cream aids in cell renewal, hydrates and engages in new collagen development. Sold through dermatologists and aesthetic practices, the product is available through the company’s website.|

Locally owned, The Sunglass Cabana is the Del Mar Highland’s new hot spot. The New-York based retailer features luxury and high fashion brands at an affordable cost, and carries unique specs you wouldn’t find anywhere else. In addition to its stunning selection of the best prescription eyewear available—from Dior to Versace— The Sunglass Cabana offers a buy-one-get-one deal during the holidays. |

Sidewalk Cafe

Brands in the Sand

Located in the heart of the design district in Solana Beach is Cedros Café. This trendy sidewalk cafe offers a full smoothie bar where you can create your own refreshing blend of fruit and juices. Try their breakfast of traditional scrambled eggs, bacon and toast, or opt for a lunch selection—the Rainbow Salad with grilled chicken breast on a bed of mixed greens with mango, kiwi, strawberries with walnuts and fresh mozzarella tossed in a balsamic vinaigrette. |

Opening in the Del Mar Highlands is Diane’s Beachwear, a name that has been in the business for more than 50 years. Diane’s offers designer swimwear and clothing for blooming fashionistas to confident vacation vixens to plus-size beauties. When it comes to beachwear, it’s your one-stop shop—and it’s finally come to San Diego. Choose from hundreds of one- and two-piece suits, tankinis and coverups, or opt for an off-the-beach romper or sundress. | |

Living Lifestyle Luxury SPA HAVEN

Spa Haven Health spa Cal-a-Vie is one of the county’s best-kept secrets. By Rosalie Cushman


erched among whispering canyons and voluptuous vistas unfurling themselves as far as the eye can see is the best-kept secret in North County. The Spa-Havens, otherwise known as Cal-a-Vie, is a Vista area resort and retreat spread over 220 acres of luscious vegetation and undulating hills. This health spa extraordinaire awaits three-, four- and seven-night guests, all arriving to reinvigorate mind, body and soul. The beauty of the place is nearly heart-stopping, except that, in a flash, it is compelled to beat again—and regularly, as guests sign up for regimens that will transform their being. “It is all about the program, to unleash the passion of exercise,” quipped marketing director Lin Alvarez. For more than 26 years, the program has been perfected to include an ideal combination of workout and exercise offerings, along with both conventional and exotic treatments. “Guests fill out a questionnaire about goals and desires for their stay upon arrival. Typically, there is a fitness evaluation, weigh-in and blood tests, if guests choose, to identify any sensitivities or allergies,” Alvarez said. Then, they receive a specially designed program for their visit here.” Guests begin their day in The Forum, a focal-point for meetings, classes, workouts and the Great Room, an overlarge room gazing out on tranquil lily pads lit by the sun glistening off the water. “Each day begins at 6:30 a.m., when guests receive their program for that day,” Alvarez explained. Some

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guests may hike the hills on the 23 acres of developed trails snaking their way through the canyon. Others may start with a round of golf on neighboring Vista Valley Golf Course. “We are always adding new classes, looking for cutting-edge workout styles based on what guests want,” Alvarez continued. Indeed, mainstay classes include a wide variety of Pilates, an ample amount of workout equipment—from weights to bikes to treadmills—or—selecting from numerous Tai Chi and yoga offerings. Cal-a-Vie has recently even introduced an underwater spinning class and a hydro-rider class, always with an eye for the next innovation. In addition, the resort boasts a clay tennis court and two swimming pools. “People come with different goals,” Alvarez said. But what all guests have in common is a desire to restart and rejuvenate themselves through an intensive workout, treatment and meditative-style getaway from the grind of daily life. All the food is organic, with meals consisting of tasty and nutritious dietary combinations of fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs, lean meats and fish, all presented with gourmet flair. The days are filled with numerous activities. “Actually, people spend little time in their room. By 3 p.m. the first day, guests want to know ‘what’s next,’” Alvarez said. “They’ve already recognized a transformation has taken place.” says Alvarez. Following morning exercises comes afternoon treatments like a seaweed wrap, massage or a hot stone foot treatment, then

dinner at 7 p.m., with evenings inviting fireside chats or local musicians performing in the Great Room. All of this rejuvenation is not to be eclipsed by Cal-a-Vie’s physical beauty. Owned and developed by John and Terri Havens of Houston, Texas, the resort’s design displays an unmistakable French motif. Terri Havens said she wanted to recreate as much of the tranquil French countryside feeling as possible. Indeed, the Forum’s Great Room is constructed with reclaimed wood, brick and stone and includes gorgeous tapestries and art throughout. Furnishings are exquisite with intimate seated groupings designed to draw one into conversation or solitary reflection. Guests stay in one of the 32 villas on the property, equally designed with the same impeccable elegance. Equipped with a king-sized bed and finely-crafted furnishings, no detail is left unacknowledged or need unmet. “We even had a 400-year-old French chapel brought over and reconstructed brick by brick,” states Alvarez. “Guests can rent out the entire spa for weddings or any other themed get-together like a family reunion,” she adds. An exquisite combination of comfort and style, revitalization through rest and restorative exercise, Cal-a-Vie truly takes your breath away. |


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Living Lifestyle Luxury BIG APPLE PICKINGS

Big Apple Pickings San Diego boutique owner Sarena Cowles shares an insider’s look into New York City’s fall fashion scene.


t’s no surprise that New York is a fashion mecca—and nowhere does this show itself more than in the autumn. The arrival of stunning fall foliage heralds highly-anticipated fall fashion that debuts on the runway and quickly spreads to the fashionable streets of Manhattan. Models, buyers and celebrities from around the world descend upon the city that never sleeps for New York Fashion Week, a semi-annual event held in February and September. As the owner of the Shoes Me boutique in Pacific Beach, I was a designer in this year’s event, which jumpstarted a busy season in the fashion world. When I wasn’t busy preparing for show at the Metropolitan Pavilion, I was taking in the sites that set New York City apart. Here’s my advice for taking a bite of The Big Apple in the fall. Where to eat Gottino Neighborhood: West Village Cuisine: Wine bar, Italian Price range: $11-30

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This Italian-themed gastropub, wine bar and coffee shop features a beautiful outdoor garden, which is open until 3 a.m. The restaurant specializes in cicchetti (or tapas) and is famous for its cheeses, pates and even a seasonal rabbit pot pie. WD-50 Neighborhood: Lower East Side. Cuisine: Molecular gastronomy, American Nouveau Price range: $61 and up Chef Wylie Dufrense has made a name for himself with his ecclectic cooking style, and WD-50 certainly delivers on that front. Dufrense relies on science and chemistry to create one-of-a-kind dishes— like a sunny-side-up egg salad with carrot puree and coconut broth. The Meatball Shop Neighborhood: Lower East Side Cuisine: Italian, American Price range: $11-30 Home to the best homemade meatballs in the city, the Meatball Shop is a cheap

alternative to the other pricey Italian restaurants. I highly recommend the ice cream sandwich, which features two homemade cookies and a sizable portion of ice cream. Landmark Neighborhood: Upper West Side, Tribeca Cuisine: American Price range: $31-60 Chef Marc Murphy’s menu caters to all appetites. This after-work hangout boasts an incredible wine list and sells only by the bottle. The catch—all wine is served at a minimum markup. The steaks are cooked to order and I’m told the sweetbreads are to die for. Tea & Sympathy Neighborhood: West Village Cuisine: British Price range: $11-30 An English-owned and operated tea house with a pub. Far better than your mum used to make. Where to party The Box Neighborhood: Lower East Side This spot is very exclusive. You need to know someone to get in or you pay $500 per person. Once in, prepare yourself for celebs and freaky behavior.

Brandy Library Neighborhood: Tribeca What sets Brandy Library apart—aside from its sizable selection of whiskeys, brandy and spirits—is its level of style and sophistication. It’s not the rowdiest bar in New York, but it may be the classiest. Bar and Books Neighborhood: West Village This chain has four sites in New York, including one of the last cigar bars in the city. Max’s Tobacco Shop boasts an immense scotch selection and more Bond Girls in red dresses than the opening credits sequence to “A View to a Kill.” Little Branch Neighborhood: West Village Sasha Petraske, the man behind the members-only speakeasy Milk and Honey, founded this drinks-only establishment. The bar features live jazz, tin ceilings and not a stitch of food. Drinks are served with hand-carved ice. Order a beer and get a frown; order vodka and get kicked out. Little Branch Neighborhood: Chelsea A secret door in an unassuming coffee shop leads to this |


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1920s-style speakeasy. The decor is meticulous, from the memorable entrance to the copper bathtub in the middle of the room to the pull-chains toilet flushers. Where to shop Jesse James Boutique Neighborhood: West Village This stylish boutique is casual—it serves up Coronas or sparkling wine while you shop. The collection includes an amazing selection by women with great taste—Walter, Shoshanna and some cool designers you may not know. This place is very stylish but relaxed. Amarcord Vintage Fashion Neighborhood: Soho Best known for its trendy collection of high-end vintage and hard-to-find designer pieces, this shop also has a premium selection of mint-condition handbags and footwear. The stock is constantly replenished and features the most sought-after trends and styles. Also find deadstocks, runway inspirational-pieces, costume jewelry and chic accessories. A.P.C. Neighborhood: East Village If you want to invest in clothing, then invest in well-made basics and classics that will go with everything. There’s no better place to shop for such items than at A.P.C., which stands for Atelier de Production et de Creation. And you really do feel as if you’re shopping for items that were thoughtfully and artfully created at some atelier. This is one of my favorite places in New York.

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Living Lifestyle Luxury FALL MASTERPIECE


Masterpiece Capture the beauty of the season in your own floral arrangement. By Suzanne Broyles


utumn is a marked by its own singular beauty, introducing bright reds, oranges and yellows into nature’s color palette. And when it comes to bringing these colors into your home, the next best thing to flying in a New England maple tree is to create floral arrangements that celebrate the harvest season. You don’t have to be a pro to create a striking arrangement to centerpiece this fall. Just look for inspiration in a few places and follow some easy tips. You’ll be amazed by the beauty you can easily capture.

Think Outside the Vase Before automatically picking up your usual glass flower vases, consider unusual containers you can use for arrangements. Baskets, metal containers, pottery, old pitchers, a wood box are great choices. Even beautiful blue and white porcelain shouts “It’s fall!” when filled with sunflowers. If your new container is waterproof, arrange the flowers in flower foam that has been soaked in water for 15 minutes. However, if your container was not meant to hold water, place the flowers in a small glass of water inside. A grouping of three vases of the same color but different shapes—or of three baskets of different sizes and textures— creates a lovely arrangement. Arrange the same flower in each

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container or fill each with a different flower in autumn hues of yellow, orange and burgundy. These can be all the same height or three varied heights, small or very large, depending on the space you are filling. Look for loose fall flowers at grocery stores and farmers’ markets, and combine with dried grasses, wheat and pussy willows available at craft stores. Sunflowers and chrysanthemums are fall favorites, and they can look quite different in unusual containers—especially when mixed with different sizes and types. Some of the most beautiful harvest arrangements are elegantly simple. Begin with a floral frog—a multi-pronged stand that holds flowers upright—in a shallow bowl. Place three tall flowers, such as bird of paradise, at different heights. Then arrange one or two large leaves, perhaps from the flowers themselves or from your yard, and scatter smooth stones at the base.

Look for Harvest Inspirations Fruits and vegetables can also serve as containers or as a striking element of the arrangement. Now’s the time of year to pick up pumpkins of all sizes, which look best in groupings. Place the flower arrangement inside a hollowed pumpkin and place two smaller pumpkins beside it. And don’t forget white pumpkins—they can make a great statement.

After carving a pumpkin, you also can place live potted flowers inside by tilting the lid of the pumpkin on the side. These look beautiful on stairways and outdoor tables. Buy extra pumpkins early in the month and save them for containers for flower arrangements for Thanksgiving. Gourds, pomegranates and apples can also be placed around the base of your arrangement, or even used as candleholders. On a simple walk, you can often glean all you need to inspire a beautiful fall arrangement. Look for dead branches with interesting form, colored leaves and even dried weeds—but watch out for poison oak! It can be beautiful, but you will regret choosing it for your floral arrangement. You can also collect dried pods and seeds such as acorns and liquid amber pods to scatter around the base of the arrangement or used as filler in a clear vase with flowers. Try placing a glass filled with water for your flowers within a larger clear vase filled with unshelled walnuts. For this arrangement, golden marigolds or chrysanthemums would be especially pretty, as they would seem to be growing out of a field of walnuts.  And don’t always assume that bigger is better. It can be more charming to separate similar flowers from the typical fall bouquet and place them in separate smaller arrangements around your home.

Master Loose Arrangements For a no-fail way to make your arrangement stand out, follow these simple instructions: • If you don’t have flower preserver, fill your clean vase with water containing a few drops of bleach and one teaspoon of sugar to make the flowers last longer. Another option is to add a cup of 7Up to the water. • Strip stems so that no leaves will be covered by water and decompose. • Cut stems to about twice the height of your vase, leaving several stems an inch or two longer for the center of your bouquet. • Insert stems of foliage and filler flowers, crisscrossing the stems as you go to create a grid that helps hold the other flowers in place. • Starting at the rim of your vase and working toward the center, add other flowers, spacing them as if they were points on a triangle. Place the longest stems in the center of your bouquet. Don’t forget to stand back and review your bouquet, making adjustments as needed. [ continued on page 36 ] |


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rik Skoldberg is painting the town red—and a host of other colors. The San Diego artist’s work is on display at the Merrill Lynch Building downtown, and is also featured in famed art dealer Alexander Salazar’s La Jolla and downtown galleries. Skoldberg, a San Diego native and University of San Diego graduate, said his work is heavily influenced by his own experiences. His use of bright colors and broad strokes leave a lasting impression. “I want to build a collection that connects my travels, experiences and Mother Nature, and take a view into that world of emotional harmony,” he said. Skoldberg’s journey into art began at a young age. His mother, Gloria Skoldberg, has been teaching art for more than 30 years and operates the Skoldberg Art Academy in San Diego. Erik said he was fascinated by colors, color theory and the impact color can have. His work is typically done in an open-air setting. Using pictures from his travels, Skoldberg will look for color combinations that “most effectively carry out my image and fuse appropriately. “Once my colors are determined, my dance of brush strokes begins,” he said. If the colors from his work seem familiar, it’s because they are. Skoldberg said he relies on the icy blues of Alaska, the tropical greens of Fiji and the burning reds of a San Diego sunset. “I am following a road map from my experiences straight to the canvas, and hope the viewer will interpret it individually,” he said. In the summer of 2011, Skoldberg signed with Alexander Salazar Fine Art in San Diego. By the fall, he was featured at

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the Saving Station 9 charity event at the La Valencia Hotel in La Jolla. Earlier this year, Skoldberg was showcased in a FedEx marketing campaign for the Professional Convention Management Association. His art is in the corporate office and FedEx store in San Diego. But perhaps Skoldberg’s biggest achievement was his first solo show at the grand opening of Salazar Contemporary Art Exhibits in La Jolla. “I believe that great artists should also be great individuals, and Erik Skoldberg is passionate about his art and helping others,” Salazar said. “He has supported many charitable causes throughout his life by donating his beautiful artwork to various causes. I admire his commitment to painting, which is different than committing to art … he paints from the heart and by this, he gives his works a breath and life of their own.” It’s been a busy year for Skoldberg, and it appears things won’t be slowing down any time soon. His work was featured in the grand opening of the Palomar Hotel, and his unique style seems to fit in San Diego. “I approach each painting with the same technique,” he said. “My strokes and multiple layers are never the same order, causing new dimensions and new forms of expression. My style will continue with new ideas and new constantly changing results. My painting will always evolve.”

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ith GPS and Google Maps, getting lost in the city is hard to do these days. But getting lost in a menu of yoga practices can be easy if you’re unfamiliar with Sanskrit. The world according to Maharishi Patanjali’s “Yoga Sutras”—profound Hindu works of philosophy written about 2,000 years ago—is considered by adept devotees of traditional yoga meditation to be the map to finding balance. Focusing on external stretching while detoxifying through breath rewards a student with clarity and flexibility, which is both transformative and curative. Consider it an internal GPS for finding enlightenment and revitalization. On this map, there are eight limbs or disciplines practiced in sequential order. As the third limb, Asana postures are most common focal points in yoga. And the wildly popular practice of Bikram is comprised of 26 postures with two breathing exercises specifically guided with a verbal script by a teacher. The room is then heated to 105 degrees Fahrenheit with 40-percent humidity. Pranayama—mindful breathing—is a limb practiced in the more traditional shalas or studios. “Pranayama is my personal favorite and the most powerful tool to balance our mind, body and spirit,” said Beth Kupanoff, a Vinyasa yogini. “Our breath is the bridge from our body to our mind. It alone is the tool which can bring them together,” Kupanoff continued, quoting Thich Nhat Hanh, a Vietnamese Buddhist monk. From these eight limbs, 44 practices have evolved over time—

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and often, when East meets West, offshoots like “Hot Yoga”— which employs moist heat to work with sports injuries and lack of flexibility—develop with less strict adherence to precise asanas, as styles and techniques vary on the individual teacher. Follow the yellow brick road of yoga to a state-of-the-art, climate-controlled yoga shala named Yoga Six, the site that housed Haute Yoga until recently. Owner Bill Koman is a cancer survivor of two rounds of lymphoma. The St. Louis native said he found his way to balance with yoga and meditation seven years ago: “I wanted to branch out a little and try some different ways to balance my life, says Koman. “So yoga was one of the things I tried.” Still continuing with his yoga practice twice a week, Koman has now turned his passion into an investment, which he is creating into a chain across the heartland (St. Louis is the site of the first location) and San Diego. Koman met Haute Yoga founder, Dino Flacco—who succumbed to prostate cancer in last year—in St. Louis nearly 20 years ago. Koman admired Flacco’s studio concepts and became an investor, recently purchasing the Solana Beach and Carlsbad studios. Adding these to a Point Loma studio and a 4S Ranch location planned for 2013, Koman has put his money where his practice is. “The number six (in Yoga Six) refers to the six degrees of separation or the idea that everyone in the world is separated from everyone else by only six links. This interconnectedness, and the role each of us plays in it, is the common thread that holds infinite possibilities,” said Laurenn Cutshaw, director of marketing for Yoga Six. “It also represents the six pillars of Y6:

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o anyone who has attended one of his extravagant fashion events or witnessed him host a red carpet gala, Leonard Simpson is, quite simply, larger than life. Known for founding the trademarked fashion production company Fashion ForwardTM, Simpson has appeared on television for the last two decades, etching his moniker on San Diego’s red carpet as an expert in his industry. But his close friends and coworkers know his passion for fashion and eccentric personality are over-shadowed only by his generous heart and dedication to charitable causes. Despite his fame, Simpson still finds time every year to focus on charitable giving. Months before San Diego’s winter traditions begin, Simpson is busy planning the “10 Best Dressed Awards,” a celebration of some of San Diego’s most generous philanthropists. The award honors the winners for being positive role models in their communities and contributors to their perspective charities. “The beauty of giving and fashion go hand-in-hand,” Simpson said. “Recognizing people who wear gloves of compassion and a coat of courage to inspire others with style to serve a greater purpose in their community is what this event is all about.” Guests of this annual high-profile event behold Simpson’s vision come to life through meticulous attention to detail and keen eye for all things fabulous. This year’s “Style Land” theme,

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inspired by international fashions, will tour the world’s fashion capitals through a show written and produced by Simpson and Executive Director Joan Jiménez that will be debuting Nov. 30 in the the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina. The fifth anniversary of Simpson’s labor of love will itself raise funds for some of San Diego’s most respected charities. Celebrity Mary Murphy from Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance”—honorary chair and one of this year’s winners—will present with Founding Chairwoman Sally B. Thornton and Fashion Forward vice president Brittany Noelle Simpson, Leonard Simpson’s daughter. Twenty honorees—10 men and 10 women—will be recognized and awarded for their outstanding contributions to local nonprofit organizations. Thornton explains the selection process: “Well-rounded personalities with many interests…a passion for perfection in business and charity, enable them by virtue of their accomplishments to become role models.” Charities benefiting from this year’s event include Home Start, PAWS San Diego, St. Madeline’s Sophie Center, The ARC of San Diego and the San Diego Historical Police Association. The integrated programs at Home Start have been helping children living in poverty throughout San Diego since 1977. This private nonprofit agency is dedicated to preventing child abuse and supporting families with programs that increase

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Del Mar Annmarie D’ercole Jewelry & Apparel 207 15th St. 858-792-6953 Diamond Boutique 2710 Via de La Valle #B280 858-720-1800 Jolie Femme Deux 2690 Via de la Valle #D250 858-792-1222 Julie’s Beachwear 1414 Camino Del Mar 858-792-1359 Matti D 2689 Via De La Valle 858-523-0693 Ooh La La 1555 Camino Del Mar #207 Peaches En Regalia 1555 Camino Del Mar #318

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Downtown Dolcetti Boutique 635 5th Ave. 619-501-1559 Bubbles Boutique 222 5th Ave. Eden Boutique 520 5th Ave. 619-696-3336

Pebbles by the Beach in Del Mar offers a wide selection of swimwear, clothing, accessories and shoes.

Encinitas Deja Chic Boutique 191 N. El Camino Real Detour 594 S. Coast Hwy. 101 Lorielle Apparel & Gifts 530 N. Coast Hwy. 101 760-753-4822 Mog & Rue 937 S. Coast Hwy. 101 #C-102 760-635-2664

La Jolla Amore Boutique 7938 Herschel Ave. 858-729-1860 Capricorn Boutique 5544 La Jolla Blvd. #B 858-551-2660 Francesca’s Collections 1025 Prospect St. #160 858-729-0350 Kerut 7944 Girard Ave. 858-456-0800 Let’s Go Clothing & Footwear 1025 Prospect St. #110 858-459-2337

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Art Exhibits & Events San Diego Museum of Art Charles Reiffel, starts Nov. 10 “Behold, America!,” starts Nov. 10 Pacific Arts Movement San Diego Asian Film Festival, Nov. 1–9 Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego “Behold America!,” starts Nov. 10 Kettner Nights Nov. 9 and Dec. 14 Oceanside Museum of Art “Facing West/ Looking East,” through Jan. 13 Museum of Photographic Arts “Ruud van Empel: Strange Beauty,” through Feb. 3

theatre & dance San Diego Civic Theatre Vienna Boys Choir, Nov. 1 Cathy Rigby is “Peter Pan,” Nov. 13–18 Downtown with David Sedaris, Nov. 18

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La Jolla Playhouse “Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots,” Nov. 6–Dec. 16. The Old Globe “Measure for Measure”, starts Nov. 10 “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” starts Nov. 27 Valitar World Premiere Nov. 12–Dec. 31 Lamb’s Players Theatre “Cabaret,” Nov. 11 “Around the World in 80 Days,” through Nov. 18 “Mixtape,” through Nov. 25 “Festival of Christmas,” starts Nov. 30 San Diego Repertory Theatre “A Hammer, A Bell, and A Song to Sing,” through Dec. 2 La Jolla Playhouse “Jesus Christ Superstar,” through Dec. 31

Musical Performances Anthology Poncho Sanchez, Nov. 3–4 Goapele, Nov. 9–10 David Sanborn, Nov. 17–18 Orchestra Nova “Nova Goes Hollywood,” Nov. 10–12 San Diego Symphony Mahler’s Fifth Symphony, Nov. 2–4 “Night at the Cotton Club,” Nov. 9–10 Philharmonica Orchestra, Nov. 15 Beethoven’s Pastoral, Nov. 16-18

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Museum of Making Music Global Spotlight: Debashish Bhattacharya, Nov. 4 Classical Sax, Nov. 9 “Saxophobia!,” Nov. 10 AFC Dixieland Jazz Society 33rd Annual Thanksgiving Dixieland Jazz Festival, Nov. 21–25

Non-Profit Events & Fundraisers 27th Annual Grossmont Hospital Foundation Gala, Nov. 3

San Diego Wine and Food on the Bay,

Nov. 14 – 18 14th Annual Crystal Ball Gala, Nov. 3 Signature Chefs & Master Mixologists Auction, Nov. 8 2012 Annual MS Dinner Auction, Nov. 10 42nd Annual Mercy Ball, Nov. 10 San Diego Air and Space Museum’s International Hall of Fame Gala, Nov. 17 Gingerbread City Gala 2012, Nov. 29

Food & Wine Blue Point’s “Menus with Meaning” “A Taste of Thanks,” through November San Diego Beer Week, Nov. 2–12 San Diego Wine and Food on the Bay, Nov. 14–18

Community Interest Old Town Dia de los Muertos Festival, Nov. 1–2 Carlsbad Village Street Faire, Nov. 4

Nova Goes Hollywood, Nov. 10 – 12

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2012 TEDxSanDiego, Dec. 1 San Diego Christian Film Festival, Nov. 9-11

HOLIDAY USO San Diego’s 21st Annual Holiday Concert, Nov. 17

Shelter Island 5K Run/Walk, Nov. 4


Fashion Valley Tree Lighting, Nov. 17 Holiday of Lights-Del Mar, Nov. 22 Surfin’ Santa at Seaport Village, Nov. 24 Scripps Memorial 83rd Annual Candlelight Ball, Dec. 1

Congratulations to the Studio Savvy Team VALITAR World Premiere, Nov. 12 –Dec. 31

SPORTS TOURNAMENTS AND WALKS Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Nov. 4 Shelter Island 5K Run/Walk, Nov. 4 Light the Night Walk, Nov. 6 Fifth Annual Wave of Future Golf Classic, Nov. 9

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Get Thanks, Give Thanks

Join the trend of ordering your Thanksgiving feast, then sit back and enjoy the day. By Nicolette Laverty


ith Thanksgiving and the holidays fast approaching, family and friends will soon gather to dine on a feast fit for kings. It should be a wonderful time filled with joy, laughter, love and thankfulness. But our busy schedules can create a time of high anxiety and stress, leaving little time for the host to enjoy the day—let alone be thankful. More and more people are starting a new tradition for the holidays, trading in crowded grocery stores and long hours in the kitchen for a more relaxed, stress-free day. Culinary professionals are only a phone call away, here to provide you with a fully prepared holiday meal, while still allowing you the option—should you choose—to take the credit. 333 Pacifica A Cohn Group Restaurant, 333 Pacifica is just one such place that can make a special day worth remembering. The stylish décor and unobstructed views of the Pacific Ocean and Oceanside Pier provide a backdrop for outstanding steak, seafood and a popular vodka lounge. Manager Holly Wickham describes the menu as “seasonally driven” with “special features daily.” Now it can be brought to your home. Brian Hyre, the executive chef for three years, will use his wealth of culinary knowledge, life experience and passion to prepare a holiday meal for you with special order requests. Give him at least two-weeks notice, describe what you would like and let him custom-create something special for you.

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Simply pick up your meal and enjoy being one of your own guests. | 760-433-3333, Prontos Prontos is a family-owned gourmet market and eatery that should be given serious consideration. Once the owners of a landmark Italian restaurant in Toronto, award-winning chef Gerry Daoussis and his wife Sylvia are now putting their personal stamp on delicious food in Carlsbad. It truly is a family affair here. Gerry Daoussis was busy cooking in the kitchen as his daughter and restaurant manager, Christina Inman, explained: “My sister, Fabiana Miriac, is the pastry chef too!” Each day, special soups, stews, homemade pastas and more are created. “Thanksgiving is one of our biggest days of the year,” Inman said. “One of the most popular orders is a traditional turkey dinner for two, served with a sage bread stuffing, mashed and sweet potatoes and a cranberry sauce with Grand Marnier. Our gravy is fantastic. Some people just order the sides from us.” A menu and order sheets are available online, and they have already been coming in since early October. Dinners are available for pick up between 9 a.m. and noon, “so people can come pick it up warm and bring it right to their table,” Inman said. | 760-434-2644, The French Gourmet The French Gourmet has been a long-time favorite in La Jolla. Flavors burst across palettes from its extensive menu

of oven-ready gourmet foods and outstanding pastries, cookies and signature cakes. Owner Michel Malecot has created a special party-planning guide to help you entertain with ease and without the cost of full-service catering. Prosciutto-wrapped asparagus, Tourte Milanaise, fillet of Beef Wellington and party trays are just a few of many items that can be ordered from a six-page menu. The large variety will surely please even the most finicky of eaters, and it is particularly convenient for those who may have special dietary considerations. Also, an extensive wine list is available to complement your dining experience. Mr. Malecot expects to receive over 100 orders this year. “It’s definitely a growing trend, especially if people want a really good turkey,” Malecot said. “Ours are free range and produce up to 40 percent more breast meat. Many people will have us prepare the whole meal or just the stuffing with some other dishes.” Ideally, the French Gourmet would like to have orders by the beginning of November, but they can usually accommodate most requests up to three days before, which is when the majority of people begin coming in to pick up meals. The French Gourmet can also provide rentals for china, silverware and tables. | 858-488-1725,

entertain with grace and ease. They have racked up such awards as Best Restaurant, Best Caterer and Readers’ Choice Award, just to name a few. Owner Mary Kay Waters opened the catering business in 1990. Together with Steve Ferguson, executive chef of 18 years, she oversees a large staff to fulfill what “has always been such a huge day for us,” according to Terri Wedell, the marketing and beverage coordinator. The entire staff is dedicated to hand-making everything, from stocks to pastries, and uses hormone-free, organic ingredients. Dungeness Crab Cakes with Lemon Aïoli, Squash Maple Pecan Goat Crisps and a New England CranberryPineapple Relish are just a few of the things you can order to accompany a Turkey Roulade served with gravy. All the food is fully seasoned and par-cooked, and will come with simple re-heating instructions. Orders can be placed from a special holiday menu up to six days before Thanksgiving and will be available for pick up the day before. Also on that day, a certain number of meals will be prepared and available on a first-come, first-served basis— just in case someone has last minute plans or an unexpected emergency in the kitchen. | 619-276-8803, Think about making a change this holiday season and join in a growing trend. Take advantage of the skills and experience

Waters Fine Foods and Catering Waters Fine Foods and Catering, and Fibonacci’s Bistro by Waters, have a sole mission to help you dine and

from some of San Diego’s finest chefs, savor the flavors they create in recipes on which they have built their reputations— and by all means, relax, enjoy and give thanks. |


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Donovan’s Steak and Chop House Cuisine: Steak house 4340 La Jolla Village Drive George’s Ocean Terrace Cuisine: American 1250 Prospect St. George’s California Modern Cuisine: Californian 1250 Prospect St. Herringbone Cuisine: Seafood 7837 Herschel Ave. Manhattan of La Jolla Cuisine: Italian 7766 Fay Ave. The Marine Room Cuisine: Global-French 2000 Spindrift Drive Nine-Ten Cuisine: Californian 910 Prospect St. Roy’s Restaurant Cuisine: Hawaiian Fusion 8670 Genesee Ave. The Steakhouse at Azul Cuisine: Steak and seafood 1250 Prospect St.

Sushi on the Rock serves a full gamut of sushi, ranging from California rolls to live sea urchin.

Sushi on the Rock Cuisine: Japanese 7734 Girard Ave.

Island Prime/C Level Lounge Cuisine: Steak and Seafood 880 Harbor Island Drive

Tapenade Bistro and Catering Cuisine: French 7612 Fay Ave.

Katsuya by Starck Cuisine: Japanese 600 F St.

Trulucks Seafood, Steak and Crab House Cuisine: Seafood 8990 University Center Lane Whisknladle Bistro & Bar Cuisine: Cal-French 1044 Wall St.

Old Venice Restaurant Cuisine: Italian 2910 Canon St.


Red Pearl Kitchen Cuisine: Asian/ Chinese 440 J St.

Bertrand At Mister A’s Cuisine: Modern American 2550 Fifth Ave. Bice Ristorante Cuisine: Italian 425 Island Ave. Harbor House Cuisine: Seafood 831 W. Harbor Drive

Kelvin at W San Diego Cuisine: Contemporary Latin 421 w. B St.

Nine-Ten offers the perfect combination of sophistication and casual elegance in an ideal location. Special prix fixe menus are available daily.

Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse Cuisine: Steak house 1355 N. Harbor Drive Searsucker Cuisine: American 611 Fifth Ave.

Red Pearl Kitchen combines authentic Chinese/East Asian recipes with a hip and contemporary bar scene.

The Westgate Room Cuisine: Contemporary 1055 Second Ave. San Diego, CA 92101

CORONADO 1500 Ocean at the Hotel Del Coronado Cuisine: Contemporary Mediterranean 1500 Orange Ave. Brigantine Seafood Cuisine: Seafood 1333 Orange Ave. Candelas on the Bay Cuisine: Mexican 1201 First St.

The Edgewater Grill is located in Seaport Village on the San Diego Bay, with one of the finest waterfront views in San Diego. Spanning the length of the restaurant are outdoor patios where guests can enjoy an unobstructed view of Coronado Bridge and Coronado Island.

Coronado Boathouse 1887 Cuisine: Steak and Seafood 1701 Strand Way Edgewater Grill Cuisine: Italian 861 W. Harbor Drive Peohe’s Cuisine: Seafood 1201 First St. Primavera Ristorante Cuisine: Italian 932 Orange Ave. Vigilucci’s Ristorante Cuisine: Italian 1330 Orange Ave.

Old Town The French Gourmet Cuisine: French 960 Turquoise St. Firehouse American Eatery and Lounge Cuisine: American 722 Grand Ave. JRDN Cuisine: Contemporary Steak and Seafood 723 Felspar St. World Famous Cuisine: California Coastal 711 Pacific Beach Drive

PACIFIC BEACH Cosmopolitan Restaurant Cuisine: American 2660 Calhoun St.

The French Gourmet is well known for its casual and quaint San Diego French restaurant and bakery in La Jolla.

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