Life Magazines (Los Angeles editions) January 2017

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ello and welcome to our first issue of the new year. This month we are of course, ready to start 2017 on a good note by eating healthily and introducing some fitness into our day. Personal trainer Betsy Mendel explains how you can make your (often short-lived) resolutions into commitments to the future, and keep on track (page 40). She also discusses how taking a detox could help kick-start your new year (page 48). Becoming healthier need not be difficult! Take up a local fitness session (page 38) or improve mental wellbeing by getting in touch with your creative side this January with a class (page 34). If you really want to get away from daily life and focus, take a trip to the We Care Spa in Long Springs (page 50). Or, if your schedule won’t allow you time away, you can simply take short breaks to really start to relax and connect with nature again, Kady Hoffman explains how (page 44). For those ready for normal life to resume, there is plenty to do in Los Angeles this month – take a look at our calendar (page 12) for a range of events, and if you are getting married this year, page 32 has our round-up of wedding fairs to visit. Frequent fliers can step back in time with the Pan Am experience at Air Hollywood (page 24), whilst those who travel by water can read about Aston Martin’s AM37 powerboat (page 20), and road users can check out the Lamborghini Huracán Rear-Wheel Drive Spyder (page 16). However, if you want to keep your feet firmly on the ground, check into Beverly Hills’ ‘Pink Palace’, the Beverly Hills Hotel (page 26). Enjoy the issue.


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the home workout Tone up in the privacy of your own home with this compact device. With dual resistance, the Wonder Core® Smart works your muscles on the way up and the way down. You can set the resistance level, and work out. Great for sit-ups/crunches, pushups, bridge, scissor kicks, forearm/ biceps work, triceps, ab tucks and bicycling. The Wonder Core™ Smart comes with a Workout DVD combining two 35 minute workout videos, user manual, and exercise and nutrition guide. From $99.75-$144.75 plus shipping,

Make working out fun by sharing your personal records with friends, or challenging them to beat you. The Surge Fitness Super Watch from FitBit is much more than a pedometer, it’s equipped with everything a fitness fanatic needs – from GPS tracking and heart rate measure, to wireless syncing and smart notification. Plus it’s subtle enough for daily wear. Fitbit Digital Surge Fitness Super Watch, $249.99, Macy’s, Beverly Center, 8500 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048, USA



Keep on track this new year with our round-up of healthy helping hands

the water bottle Created by Carl Kostler, this water bottle can help you hydrate responsibly and satisfy your sweet tooth cravings with its inventive design. Simply place fruits or herbs in the lower compartment, and fill the bottle with water. The built-in strainer keeps pulp from clogging the spout, and the re-freezable base keeps things ice cold. Flavor Fusion Water Bottle, $19.99,

the swimming tracker

Finally, a tracker that was made for swimming specific use. Completely waterproof, the Speedo Shine is made of durable aircraft-grade aluminum, and being extremely thin and comfortable, was meant to be worn both in and out of the water. The lap countdown functionality enables swimmers to understand in real time the distance remaining vs. the set target. Waterproof to 50m. Speedo Shine 2 by Misfit, $119.99,

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the blender It’s time to eat smart. Built with innovative technology and a powerful motor, this hardworking tool extracts even more nutrients from you food, so everything you make is full of the good stuff. Whip up a cup for yourself or treat the entire family to something tasty – from heated soups to chilly beverages, or simply a postworkout smoothie. NutriBullet Rx 1700-Watt Blender by Magic Bullet, $179.99 Macy’s, Beverly Center, 8500 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048, USA

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January 15

WHEELS & WAVES Malibu Country Mart, Southern California’s premier lifestyle center, will be the official host of vintage and exotic car meet-up, Fireball Tim’s Wheels and Waves. Beginning Sunday January 15, the ongoing event series will continue every third Sunday of the month. Auto-enthusiasts will show their collections and the entire community can join in to experience eye-catching automotive inspiration. Families, kids, and guests of all ages are invited to enjoy vintage, exotic, and rare cars of all types. Photo-opportunities are welcome and all events are free and open to the public. Fireball Tim’s Wheels and Waves was created by accomplished car designer, award-winning filmmaker, and automotive T.V. host, Fireball Tim. A legend in the car design industry and in Hollywood, Fireball has designed vehicles for over 400 A-list projects and major motion pictures. 7am-9am. Free. Malibu Country Mart, 3835 Cross Creek Road, Malibu, CA 90265


the calendar

january 21

Women’s March on Washington The Women’s March is a national movement to unify and empower everyone who stands for human rights, civil liberties, and social justice for all. March to support and inspire each other and the nation to celebrate, honor and protect our diversity, freedom and human rights. Washington Boulevard, Downtown Los Angeles, CA 90013

January 18

Network After Work Mingle, socialize, and network with hundreds of local professionals from 6pm-9pm. With over four million members and 80 events across the country each month, Network After Work gets America networking. You’ll make friends and valuable connections in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. Build relationships with local businesses, entrepreneurs, and career-minded professionals looking to share advice, resources, referrals, and leads to help you achieve your goals. Bring your business cards and name tags will be provided, color-coded by industry to help attendees find the right contacts. Bardot, 1737 N. Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028 1 2 j a n uary 2 0 1 7

“Interactive performances designed for young audiences and their families to inspire creativity, imaginations and fun”

january 28

A Faery Hunt’s Amazing Adventure A Faery Hunt shows are interactive performances designed for young audiences and their families to inspire creativity, imaginations and fun. We’ll go searching through the forest for faeries, we’ll find them, and they’ll send us on a lovely, musical adventure! Many children come in costume. Wings, garlands, wands and wizard hats and CDs of Faery Music from the shows are available there for $5-$10 for sale. Groups and parties are welcome! Griffith Park, Fern Dell, 2332 Fern Dell Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90068

“These tours feature fascinating stories about how the Pier has changed over 100 years�

january 19

Sleeping With Mark & Albert: A Stand Up Comedy Show The only stand up comedy show in El Sereno. Located at Holy Grounds Coffee and Tea on a beautiful outdoor stage, mark Alexzander and Albert Huber hand curate an amazing stand up comedy show optimized for maximum laugh output.. Seats are limited so reserve yours early. A $5 donation is encouraged to pay the comedians but it is not mandatory. Holy Grounds Coffee and Tea, 5371 Alhambra Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90032

January 14

FREE HISTORICAL WALKING TOURS OF THE SANTA MONICA PIER These tours feature fascinating stories about how the Pier has changed over 100 years, the apartments above the Merry Go-Round, hidden nooks and crannies of the pier, the original Muscle Beach, celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe and Charlie Chaplin and even a certain fishing boat captain who became immortalized as a world-famous cartoon character. There is no need to book or RSVP unless you are requesting a private group tour. Interested visitors need only to show up at the pier shop at the historic Merry Go-Round Building before the tour time and look for the blue-shirted Pier Docents. Tours begin at 11am and 12pm. 200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA 90401

january 23

4K Photography & the Canon 1D X Mark II: An Exploration with Jimmy Wilson AbelCine and Canon are excited to bring special guest Jimmy Wilson to LA where he will be speaking about his dynamic work shooting some of the best surfers in the world for Surfing Magazine (both in print and on their 1.2 million follower-strong Instagram account) as well as his experiences with the Canon 1D X Mark II. He will also be screening some of his newest surf footage for the first time. AbelCine, Los Angeles, 801 South Main Street, Burbank, CA 91506

January 26-29

Art Los Angeles Contemporary 2017 This international contemporary fair presents established and emerging galleries from around the world, with a strong focus on Los Angeles galleries. Participants present some of the most dynamic recent works from their roster of represented artists, offering an informed cross-section of what is happening now in contemporary art making. The fair provides a sophisticated yet accessible environment for art collectors, curators, and patrons of the arts alike to enjoy. In addition, the fair hosts a comprehensive programming series, including world class artist talks, museum curator led panel discussions, and a film screening series. Special events are staged on site at the art fair as well as throughout the city. Home to internationally renowned museums, leading art schools, hundreds of contemporary galleries, and a prodigious number of practicing artists, Los Angeles serves as the perfect landscape for a progressive, international contemporary art fair. The Barker Hangar, 3021 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90405 j a n uary 2 0 1 7 1 3

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“The Beach House was a hot spot on Santa Monica’s Gold Coast, with Hearst and Davies entertaining luminaries from the Hollywood set”

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he Annenberg Community Beach House at Santa Monica State Beach is a public facility located on 5 acres of oceanfront property. The Beach House story is one of evolution from private to public, starting with the development of the property at 415 Pacific Coast Highway as an opulent private estate in the 1920s. The five-acre oceanfront site upon which the Annenberg Community Beach House now sits was originally developed during the Gold Coast era of the 1920s by William Randolph Hearst for actress Marion Davies. The Davies estate featured a mansion of 100-plus rooms and an ornate marble swimming pool. As with many Hearst projects, the vision of architect Julia Morgan provided a cohesive grace to the rambling estate. The Beach House was a hot spot on Santa Monica’s Gold Coast, with Hearst and Davies entertaining luminaries from the Hollywood set, such as Charlie Chaplin, Louis B. Mayer, Samuel Goldwyn, Greta Garbo, Clark Gable and other stars of the day. In 1947, Joseph Drown purchased the property from Davies and converted into Oceanhouse, “America’s Most Beautiful Hotel,” along with the Sand & Sea Club, a limited-membership beach club. After the Oceanhouse venture ended, the main mansion was demolished in 1956. The popular Sand & Sea Club continued to operate.

Community Events Happy Birthday Marion Sunday, January 15 11am-2pm Join the Santa Monica Conservancy in celebrating Marion Davies -- silent film actress, famed party hostess and the original Beach House resident. Music, dancing, stories… it’s a slice of Gold Coast era history come to life!

Becoming the Beach House

The property was sold to the State of California in 1959, continuing to operate as the ever-popular Sand & Sea Club under a concession agreement. In the 1990s, the City of Santa Monica ran the facility, known as ‘415 PCH,’ until the 1994 Northridge Earthquake severely damaged all structures on site. In recovering from the earthquake, the City embarked on an extensive public input process to re-envision the role of 415 PCH as an important public gathering space. Although a reuse plan was adopted in 1998, the project sat on hold while the City tried to secure funding. Wallis Annenberg of the Annenberg Foundation, held fond memories of visiting the Sand & Sea Club. When she learned of the City’s struggle to identify funding to realize its vision for a year-round public beach facility, she enthusiastically offered to help. The Annenberg Foundation provided a $27.5 million grant that paved the way for the site’s rehabilitation. Staff from the Foundation and the City worked with Frederick Fisher Partners, Architects; Charles Pankow Builders; Historic Resources Group; Mia Lehrer & Associates; AdamsMorioka; and Roy

Beach Walk & Sketch Sunday, January 22 9-11am

Bring your sense of wonder and take to the sands to sketch nature’s offerings on our beautiful stretch of beach. We’ll provide the binoculars, drawing boards, pencils and newsprint, or bring your own easy-to-carry sketching tools.


Reservations and membership fees are never required! Playground, splash pad, beach courts and fields, beach access, and parking lots are open daily. Free wi-fi is available. Tables & chairs with umbrellas are available in the courtyard and view deck. Amenities available in summer pool season include the pool, game room and canopies. During summer pool season, the majority of parking and pool passes are available on a first come, first served basis, with a limited number of reservations available for pool and parking. Pop Up Pool Days are days that the pool is open during the offseason, between October and May. No reservations are available and all passes are only available on a first-come, first served basis. Normal pool rates and rules apply.

McMakin to form the new Beach House. The project involved rehabilitation of the historic Marion Davies Guest House and pool, as well as construction of new recreation and event spaces. Three overarching themes guide the interpretation of the site with our year round cultural programming reflecting those themes. • Three Remarkable Individuals: William Randolph Hearst, Marion Davies, and Julia Morgan shaped the site’s historical legacy. • A Beach Like No Other: The Southern California beach occupies a unique place within the physical and cultural landscape of America. • A Public Place Henceforth: The site of the Beach House has seen an evolution from private ownership to public management and ownership leading to today’s universal access. The Beach House is another step forward in the City of Santa Monica’s commitment to sustainability - it has been awarded a Gold LEED rating from the US Green Building Council.

The Beach House today The site opened to the public as the Annenberg Community Beach House on April 25, 2009. The Beach House combines elements of the historic Marion Davies Estate with new amenities to create a truly unique community destination that’s open to all - no membership required. With spectacular views, splash pad, children’s play area, gallery, historic pool, and Marion Davies Guest House there’s something for everyone to enjoy at the Beach House!

Planning A Party At The Beach? The Beach House grounds are available for small

get-togethers and children’s birthday parties on a first come, first served basis. • Reservations are not available for the public spaces (courtyard, splash pad, or sandy areas); all areas are first come, first served. • Canopies in the sand are available beginning Memorial Day weekend through the pool season. • Guests are welcome to bring a canopy for the sandy area. • Beach volleyball courts and soccer fields are available to reserve year-round. First come, first served courts are also available.

“The Beach House is another step forward in the City of Santa Monica’s commitment to sustainability - it has been awarded a Gold LEED rating from the US Green Building Council” Fine out More Discover the rich history of the Beach House with Santa Monica Conservancy docents. There’s no charge to visit, and reservations are never required. Hours vary by season. Check website for updated hours to drop in. Drop-in between 11am - 2pm when docents are available to share history, answer questions and provide brief tours. Scheduled tours are available at 11am, 12pm and 1pm. Tours are free, last approximately 30 minutes, and accommodate up to 15 people. Annenberg Community Beach House, 415 Pacific Coast Hwy, Santa Monica, CA 90402 Phone: 310.458.4904 j a n uary 2 0 1 7 1 5


thrilling open air driving The Lamborghini Huracán Rear-Wheel Drive Spyder L

amborghini presents the Lamborghini Huracán rear-wheel drive Spyder, combining the lifestyle appeal of the convertible with the pure on-road experience of the Huracán’s rear-wheel drive technologies. “The rear-wheel drive Spyder enlarges the Huracán family’s core product range,” says Automobili Lamborghini Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Stefano Domenicali. “It offers the lifestyle appeal of open-air motoring with the pure thrill of rear-wheel drive engineering. This is a Lamborghini for those with a passion for life and the purest driving experience on the open road. It’s also a Huracán for those entering the Lamborghini family, wanting a true Spyder experience without compromising on the performance and dynamic handling of a rear-wheel drive car.” The rear-wheel drive Huracán Spyder features a newly designed front and rear with a dynamic but more aggressive look distinguishing it from the four-wheel drive version. Its naturally aspirated V10 5.2 l engine sends 426 kW / 580 hp to the rear axle, with its dry weight of just 1,509 kg providing a weight-to-power ratio of 2.6 kg/hp. Acceleration from 0-100 km/h is achieved in 3.6 seconds with a top speed of 319 km/h. The rear-wheel drive Spyder will be available in markets worldwide from January 2017, priced between the two and four-wheel drive coupe models and completing the core Huracán product range.

Soft-top design for a true Spyder The front and rear of the car have been redesigned, with its dynamic good looks accented by the large front air intakes that direct cooling air and headwind to increase down pressure on the front axle. Pirelli PZero tires, exclusively developed for the rear-wheel drive Huracán, sit on 19” Kari rims. Specially contoured steel brakes with aluminum brake disc pots assist in weight reduction and improved

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cooling. Inside, the cockpit features the latest Lamborghini Infotainment System II with a 12.3” hi-res TFT instrument panel. The latest addition to the Huracán family adopts the soft-top solution of a true Spyder, distinguishing the convertible from its coupe sibling through a unique profile, with roof both up and down. Opening and closing in just 17 seconds at speeds of up to 50 km/h, the lightweight soft top is efficiently stowed to maintain the Spyder’s perfect center of gravity and highlight the dynamic design of the open car. With the roof down, two distinctive fins rise out of the folding roof-casing to perfectly define the unique lines of the open car. Accenting the Huracán Spyder’s low, powerful appearance, the rear fins start at the seatbacks and continue the roof line to the rear, creating the Spyder’s flowing profile. The two fins contribute to optimizing airflow through the engine compartment, which is covered by a

“The rear-wheel drive Huracán Spyder features a newly designed front and rear”

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slatted engine bonnet specific to the Spyder. An integrated duct reduces turbulence in the headroom during open top driving. With soft top both up and down the driver can also electronically open the rear window, which functions as a windshield when up and highlights the V10 engine’s unique sound when down. Two removable lateral windguards dampen lateral aerodynamic noise in the cabin, permitting conversations even at high speeds.

Engineered for rear-wheel drive performance As it does in the rear-wheel drive Huracán coupe, the Spyder’s V10 5.2 l naturally aspirated, midmounted engine provides a maximum 426 kW (580 hp) power output at 8,000 rpm and 540 Nm of torque at 6,500 rpm, with 75% of torque already available at 1,000 rpm. Like the coupe, the rear-wheel drive Spyder promises the thrill of two-wheel drive dynamics, roof up or down. Weighing 1,509 kg dry, the rear-wheel drive Huracán Spyder achieves a weight to power ratio of just 2.6 kg/hp. The Huracán’s exceptionally stiff hybrid aluminum and carbon fiber chassis is complemented by springs and antiroll bars on double wishbone suspension, optimized for two-wheel drive. The power management system of the rear-wheel drive includes a specific steering set-up and recalibrated stability and traction controls, connecting the driver as directly as possible with the road. Weight distribution is biased 40% at the front / 60% at the rear, reducing inertia on the front axle compared to the Huracán 4WD version. The Lamborghini Doppia Frizione (LDF) sevenspeed dual clutch architecture ensures the fastest gear changes and includes ‘launch control’ for maximum acceleration from a standing start. The electronic power steering and optional Lamborghini Dynamic Steering (LDS) are tuned specifically for

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the rear-wheel drive Spyder, ensuring maximum agility and control in every driving condition, depending on driving mode and speed. Rear kinematics heighten the car’s ‘centered’ feeling and the new Spyder features the Lamborghini Piattaforma Inerziale (LPI), the Huracán’s sensor system placed in the center of gravity of the car, tracing all 3D movements. It provides real time information to the optional Magneto Rheological Suspension (MRS), steering and stability control systems: the ESC has been regulated to adapt to all adherence conditions yet emphasize the rear-wheel drive behavior in each driving mode.

“Like the coupe, the rear-wheel drive Spyder promises the thrill of two-wheel drive dynamics, roof up or down” The ANIMA (Adaptive Network Intelligent Management: ‘soul’ in Italian) button on the steering wheel allows the driver to adopt different driving modes, calibrated to suit the spirit of the rear-wheel drive model. STRADA for daily use, SPORT for sporty driving fun, and CORSA for maximum track-oriented performance are tuned to provide over-steering characteristics, emphasizing authentic rear-wheel drive behavior. As in all Huracán models, cylinder deactivation improves engine efficiency, reduces fuel consumption and reduces CO2. When full engine capacity is not required, five of the ten cylinders are temporarily deactivated by switching off one cylinder bank. When the driver accelerates, the system switches back instantaneously to tencylinder mode, with the changeover being virtually impossible to detect by the driver.

OUT & ABOUT feature

introducing the Aston T

he 37-foot Aston Martin AM37 powerboat made its world debut at the Monaco Yacht Show recently, marking the luxury British brand’s entry into the nautical world. The new day-cruiser is offered in two versions with the AM37S expected to reach speeds of 50 knots. The AM37 is the result of two years of research and development, challenging the status quo of the nautical world and combining the best in innovative technology and bespoke craftsmanship. The AM37 was a true team effort, bringing in the most experienced Aston Martin designers to style and create a truly unique product. Aston Martin’s master craftsmen who worked on cars such as One-77, Aston Martin Vulcan and the new DB11, provided their automotive experience, which was reinterpreted onto the boat with outstanding results. Aston Martin’s EVP & Chief Creative Officer, Marek Reichman and his design team collaborated closely with naval architect Mulder Design to ensure every element of the project was carefully considered. Sharing creative expertise and specialist skills, Quintessence Yachts engineered the Aston Martin design into an innovative powerboat for the yachting world. Reichman commented: “AM37 is a pure translation of the Aston Martin DNA into an

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entirely new maritime concept. The powerboat reflects our values in terms of power, beauty and soul. The most important attribute for Aston Martin is the design language and proportion, we have transferred this DNA into AM37. It was important to us when considering this project to make sure that the boat design was as beautiful and timeless as our cars, the AM37 is a striking boat with fantastic proportion and elegance.” The AM37 is a day cruiser that can be transformed into an overnight berth by transforming the table into a comfortable bed. The cabin is well appointed with mood lighting and

“AM37 is a pure translation of the Aston Martin DNA into an entirely new maritime concept” air-conditioning. With a refrigerator, microwave oven and coffee machine – and a lavatory on board, absolute comfort is guaranteed. Crafted from the finest leathers, elegantly laid out rear seating is available for up to eight people. The exterior of AM37 features dynamic proportions in a design that is simple, yet immaculately executed. The boat is set apart by the

Martin AM37 powerboat attention to detail in every element of its design. The wraparound windscreen has been created from a single piece of sculpted glass fluidly draped over the AM37’s foredeck. With extreme double curvature it sets a new industry standard. Sliding deck technology allows owners to cover the cockpit of the boat completely at the touch of a button. The three lightweight carbon panels, operated by the AM37 key, fold under the aft deck when the cockpit is uncovered. An electro-hydraulic carbon fibre bimini top is stowed under the engine hatch when not in use and, extending from the aft deck, a swim platform allows for easy access to the water. At the helm, the AM37’s carbon fibre dashboard echoes styling elements from Aston Martin’s most advanced sports cars. It includes fine leather with functional features, such as the steering wheel, throttle handles and joystick in polished metals. The boat’s navigation, control monitor and entertainment systems are all integrated, with advanced multimedia functions. CEO for Quintessence Yachts, Mariella Mengozzi said: “It’s been an exciting journey and we have relished partnering with Aston Martin on such a special project that blends craftsmanship with futuristic technology – the perfect mix for this unique powerboat. We took on the challenge

“At the helm, the AM37’s carbon fibre dashboard echoes styling elements from Aston Martin’s most advanced sports cars” to create a true revolution on the water and an extraordinary powerboat, and I’m delighted to present the AM37, a new way of experiencing life at sea”. The 37-foot model is available in two versions – the AM37 with an estimated top speed of 45 knots and a choice of two 370 hp Mercury diesel or two 430 hp Mercury petrol engines. And the AM37S version with an estimated 50 knots derived from its twin 520 hp Mercury petrol engines. Katia Bassi, VP of AML & Managing Director of AM Brands commented, “We are so proud to present the AM37, an exclusive powerboat for the yachting world. With this project Aston Martin, the icon of style and technological innovation, confirms its place as a top luxury brand. The Aston Martin Art of Living is a way of life that captures the very essence of the Aston Martin brand, and AM37 is a fine example of this philosophy.” j a n uary 2 0 1 7 2 1


Pan Am Flies Again…

Relive the magic of flying onboard a luxurious Pan Am 747. An experience available only at Air Hollywood, Los Angeles, California.


rom its birth in 1927, Pan American World Airways was the pioneer airline whose routes spanned six continents and more than 80 countries. Almost a century later, the name PanAm is still a very powerful brand, and inside this Southern California motion picture studio sits an exact replica of the airline’s Boeing 747 and everything that made it so special. Your Pan Am Experience begins at the exclusive First & Clipper class check-in desk, where a Pan Am customer service agent provides each passenger with a 70’s style boarding pass, ticket jacket and first class carry-on tags. You’ll be invited into the Clipper Club where there will be the opportunity to peruse the vintage Pan Am memorabilia including authentic uniforms, airline seats, handbags, artwork, and more. Soon thereafter, you’ll board “Clipper Juan T. Trippe”, a dedication to Pan Am’s first Boeing 747, where you’ll travel back in time to the 1970s. As soon as you set foot inside the aircraft, your Stewardesses adorned in original Pan Am uniforms will welcome you onboard with a fine cocktail of your choice, while Frank Sinatra’s soothing voice transports you back in time. With libation in hand, you are encouraged to explore the aircraft – from First Class on the main deck, to Clipper Class aft of the galley, and the Upper Deck dining room. The interiors of each cabin have all been uniquely restored to Pan Am’s original cabin décor and branding elements. Before

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we “take off ”, the crew will perform an in-flight safety demonstration followed by a brief welcoming message from the flight deck. Soon you will be asked to take your seat as a stewardess sets your table for a truly memorable dining event. Main Deck passengers will sit back in plush Sleeperette seats and relax in a quiet, intimate dining setting. Upper Deck passengers will climb the winding staircase and enjoy a dynamic social atmosphere. Everything from the china to the glassware

All photos courtesy of Daniel Sliwa / Air Hollywood

“Main Deck passengers will sit back in plush Sleeperette seats and relax in a quiet, intimate dining setting”

is authentic with careful attention to the exquisite service delivery of the era and menu offerings of Pan Am. In classic Pan Am style, you will be served a delightful, gourmet five-course meal, starting with warm nuts and fresh bread selections, followed by an appetizer choice of shrimp cocktail or tomato and mozzarella salad drizzled with a pesto glaze. For the main course, a delicious Chateaubriand tenderloin is served, carved from the trolley and alongside a demi-glace sauce and garden fresh vegetables and roasted potatoes. For guests with dietary restrictions, there is an alternate entrée choice of roasted chicken with vegetables and potatoes on the side or a vegetarian pasta that are sure to please. The fourth course is a fine selection of fruit, cheese and biscuits, accompanied by port wine. And finally, the fifth course is a dessert cart with a large selection of digestifs. Tea and coffee completes the meal. At the end of your flight, all passengers are offered an optional tour of the various production sets at Air Hollywood, including the original cockpit from the cult classic Airplane! as well as sets and props used in major motion pictures such as Bridesmaids, The Wolf of Wall Street, and the hit television show Lost. For the first time since Pan Am ceased operations, you can now relive the magic of this golden era in travel. We cordially invite you to personally experience this unique ‘flying’ opportunity in the tradition of Pan Am. January 21 and a variety of other dates, 6.30pm10.30pm. Air Hollywood , 13240 Weidner St, Los Angeles, CA 91331. For more information, please visit

Photo courtesy of Daniel Sliwa / Air Hollywood

This photo courtesy of Vatche Karagozian / Air Hollywood Circles: Photos courtesy of Danny Liao / Air Hollywood

“At the end of your flight, all passengers are offered an optional tour of the various production sets at Air Hollywood including the original cockpit from cult classic Airplane”


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Timeless glamour at the

Beverly Hills Hotel The Beverly Hills Hotel is the perfect place to relax. Take a dip in the elegant, sun-bathed pool amidst the palms, or break away and treat yourself to a visit to the Spa by La Prairie. The pristine grounds are tended by expert gardeners all year round and offer a natural retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life.

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ffectionately known as the ‘Pink Palace’, The Beverly Hills Hotel is famous for legendary service and legendary guests Over the last century, Hollywood stars have enjoyed the timeless glamour of this dramatically beautiful setting, drawn in by the relaxed surroundings and seamless service. The five star Los Angeles hotel is located on Sunset Boulevard, in the center of Beverly Hills, and is surrounded by 12 acres of lush, tropical gardens and exotic flowers. Remaining faithful to the original architecture and interior design, the luxury hotel has been carefully renovated to preserve its supreme level of comfort and flair. Relax in style with their wide range of deluxe rooms and spacious suites or opt for a

“A 20th-century tale of glamour, riches and romance”

Remaining faithful to the original architecture and interior design, the luxury hotel has been carefully renovated to preserve its supreme level of comfort and flair.

The Beverly Hills Hotel has 208 rooms and five star hotel suites including 23 one-of-a-kind bungalows. Guests may choose the comfortable elegance of the main building or the beauty of the bungalow gardens. The refurbished rooms and suites in the main building offer a variety of unique features such as private garden patios, kitchens, fireplaces, and balconies with gorgeous views of the palm-lined avenues of Beverly Hills.


Accommodations within the bungalow gardens offer guests a taste of the ultimate California lifestyle with lush greenery, winding pathways and separate entrances through charming gates or pathways, up to four bedrooms, spacious living and dining areas, fireplaces and kitchens. The most exclusive bungalows offer grand pianos, private garden patios and private outdoor showers and plunge pools. Many of the bungalows have interesting histories as well: Elizabeth Taylor honeymooned with six of her eight husbands, Marilyn Monroe and Marlene Dietrich, among others, enjoyed them as well.

The Polo Lounge

The Polo Lounge has been the favorite breakfast spot and watering hole for generations of stars secluded private bungalow (the crème de la crème and staple of movers, shakers and movie stars). Featuring full marble bathrooms, luxurious, bespoke bed linen, and a range of complimentary extras, your stay will be extravagant, yet comfortable. Relax by the palm-tree lined pool – complete with luxury private cabanas – and enjoy a refreshing complimentary poolside delight. You can also wine and dine in style at the acclaimed Cabana Cafe and experience the best in al Fresco eating experiences from our signature menu. Alternatively, discover the world famous Polo Lounge restaurant and bask in the relaxed atmosphere amongst the light jazz tones of our live musicians. A regular haunt of Hollywood’s finest, the Polo Lounge is sure to impress and is guaranteed to enrich the memories of your stay. Bar Nineteen12, named after the year the hotel opened, is a must for signature cocktails and spectacular views of the vibrant California sunsets. Experience the wonders of classic and contemporary mixology, courtesy of the celebrated bar staff, or indulge in a light bite. j a n uary 2 0 1 7 2 7


and Hollywood deal-makers. Guests enjoy indoor and outdoor seating for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner, and late-night suppers. Adding to the iconic atmosphere, The Polo Lounge is one of the best restaurants in Beverly Hills and offers live entertainment every day for lunch, dinner, and Sunday Brunch.

The Cabana Cafe

One of the most romantic spots in L.A. to dine alfresco, the recently refreshed Cabana Cafe serves breakfast all day, fresh salads, wood-fired pizzas, sandwiches, burgers and smoothies in a casual-chic poolside environment.

Fountain Coffee Room

A historical landmark, the 19 seat Fountain Coffee Room – a vintage soda fountain – first opened in the 1940s. Serving breakfast all day, the Fountain Coffee Room also serves an array of specialty salads, hot and cold sandwiches and burgers grilled to order. And for dessert; homemade natural ice creams, fresh baked pastries, pies, cakes and gourmet coffees.

Bar Nineteen12

Named in honor of the year the hotel first opened, Bar Nineteen12 offers an elegant indoor bar and a beautiful terrace overlooking the pool, gardens and towering palms of Beverly Hills.

Spa by La Prairie

The Beverly Hills Hotel Spa by La Prairie is a luxury spa located on the Promenade level of the hotel. La Prairie has been in the forefront of the anti-aging revolution for the past half century. La Prairie’s unique cellular facials, therapeutic massages, and impeccable attention to elegance make it a luxurious, restorative oasis to help you de-stress, rejuvenate, and pamper yourself with age-defying science and skincare expertise. One of the best spas in Los Angeles, the 1916-square-foot spa has six treatment rooms including two couple’s suites and separate steam rooms and saunas for men and women. The spa offers a treatment menu with more 2 8 j a n uary 2 0 1 7

than 40 different remedies, including signature services that allow clients to experience La Prairie’s one-of-a-kind body therapies. For the ultimate in relaxation and tranquility, the spa provides a selection of in-room services.

Fitness Center

Recently upgraded and enhanced to best meet the needs of fitness enthusiasts, the Fitness Center at The Beverly Hills Hotel is located on the Promenade level. It features brand new state-ofthe-art strength and cardio products offering a full connected and balanced workout experience. For your comfort, complimentary amenities include fresh fruits, bottled water, towels and reading material. Those who prefer working with a personal trainer may contact the Concierge to arrange an individual session. Yoga classes are also offered complimentary for hotel guests every Saturday. Enjoy a pre or post workout smoothie in Cabana Cafe, located poolside.

Guest Services

Beverly Hills Hotel offers a wide range of luxury services to guests such as complimentary transportation within a three mile radius, 24-hour room service, valet parking, business center and an array of business services. The five star guest relations team will handle any requests from assisting a wedding proposal, arranging an in room massage to selecting the right pillow. Whatever your heart desires, The Beverly Hills Hotel will make it happen. The Beverly Hills Hotel, 9641 Sunset Boulevard, Beverly Hills, California 90210

Hotel Highlights Complimentary transportation and check signing privileges at Hotel Bel-Air Vintage 19 stool coffee shop, first opened in 1946 Underwater music at swimming pool featuring famous movie soundtracks Only hotel in L.A. with suites featuring private swimming pools and outdoor showers Kid’s VIP card for free soft drinks, bottled water and juices Pool cabanas and complimentary pop-up refreshments at the pool like mini soft serve ice cream cones 23 residential-style private bungalows Located in a residential neighborhood of estates Live entertainment in the Polo Lounge daily All event rooms have open views of lush gardens or the city 24-hour in-room dining service includes an all-night menu, breakfast, lunch, dinner, appetizers, wines and specialty liquors


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weddings Our top January events for 2017’s bride-to-be

Wedding Workshop Bridal Experience

Tired of attending bridal expos that leave you tired and overwhelmed? Good... So are we! How about attending a wedding workshop that will teach you the ins and outs of planning your wedding from start to finish without all the hustle and bustle? Let our talented team of professionals pamper you and deliver valuable content that will help you create a plan for the most important day of your life! January 15, City Club Los Angeles, 555 S Flower Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071

“I Do! attracts upscale attendees and prestigious media coverage”

I Do! An Event for the Stylish Bride

Fancy That! Events is proud to present the Sixth Annual I Do! An Event for the Stylish Bride. With over two thousand guests in attendance each year, I Do! is LA’s premier luxury bridal event. Featuring some of the hottest, hand-selected vendors in the industry, I Do! attracts upscale attendees and prestigious media coverage. For the sixth consecutive year, we are producing an industry event that is more than just a bridal show; it’s an experience for vendors and brides alike. The stunning Vibiana, located in the Historic Core of Downtown Los Angeles, will set the scene for a day of networking with brides, wedding planners, and the press. Originally the City’s first 3 2 j a n uary 2 0 1 7

Archdiocese Catholic cathedral, Vibiana has been beautifully transformed into an exquisite, full-service event facility specializing in luxury weddings and events. We are delighted to invite you to be a part of the bridal event of the year. Join I Do! An Event for the Stylish Bride on Sunday, January 29 as this distinguished show plays matchmaker by linking brides-to-be with vendors just in time for wedding season. Space is limited. Please note the show hours are 11.30am-4pm . You must arrive at the show during your ticket time frame. 29 January, Vibiana, 214 South Main Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Bride World Expo

Shop and compare this year’s largest gathering of wedding venues, photographers, bridal gowns, florists, invitations, tuxedos, videographers, vintage decor, entertainers, photo booths and more. Discover new ideas and inspiration from local decorators and designers. Activities include a giant gown sale, runway-style fashion shows, DIY planning seminars, door prizes and wedding exhibits from 10am to 4pm each day. Register an engaged couple at to reserve an event shopping bag, printed correspondence labels and a 100-page wedding planning workbook*. Details online at *Worbooks limited to the first 200 brides/groups attending. 21 January, Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 South Figueroa Street (Parking at 1200 L.A. Live Way), Los Angeles, CA 90015

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Color Management Made Easy

As a photographer you know perfect color is essential. In this hands-on course you will learn the simple way to color calibrate your camera, monitor display, and printer with a broad range of options and control to ensure the color you see is exactly the color you will get. By learning these techniques you will guarantee your files can be captured, viewed, shared, printed and reproduced accurately every time. Without frustration. Without wasting expensive media and ink or your valuable time. You’ll be amazed at how simple getting professional color truly is. Runs from 10am-5pm, taught by Natasha Calzatti. January 29, Samys Camera Photo Schoo, 475 South Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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creative classes If your resolution is to take up a creative hobby, you’ve come to the right place

MindfulnessBased Art Workshop This monthly workshop, conducted in a studio environment, is designed to foster self-care practices, respite, and enjoyment for participants. Each month we will focus on the needs of a specific audience. The topic for January’s workshop is compassionate communication with self and your loved one. The workshop will integrate creative self-expression and basic mindfulness practices with an emphasis on loving-kindness, and self-compassion. Learn to cultivate loving-kindness, self-compassion, and therefore, well-being. Discover the role of mindfulness practices as a pathway to stress reduction and compassion for self and others. Enjoy using art materials with a focus on color, movement, symbolism, and textures. No artistic talent needed. January 29, OPICA Adult Day Program & Counseling Center 11759 Missouri Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90025 3 4 j a n uary 2 0 1 7


Paint and drink! Paint Affair style. This is a two hour social event led by a local artist who guides participant of all skill level in painting their interpretation of the selected piece that you get to take home. No experience is necessary and all supplies including an apron are provided. You must be 21 or over to attend this event. January 15, Bavi Lounge, 1546 Purdue Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90025

Outdoor Portrait Photography

We all take more photos of people than of any other subject – but we can make them much, much better with planning for the activity, the light, and the camera settings. This one-day workshop starts at 10.30am, with a couple of hours of planning and practicing: we will cover capturing models candidly or engaging them directly with the camera; the quality of soft vs. hard light, the direction of the light, and the use of reflectors; and the best camera settings for more effectively focusing attention on the subject. We will move to a nearby park, and start photographing, working in small groups, and rotating locations, that everyone has a chance to photograph different models in different activities. By 3pm we’ll be back in the classroom, reviewing the images made, and discussing what approaches worked best! Back Sunlight VS. Back Sunlight Diffused. Taught by George Simian. January 21, Samys Photo School, 475 South Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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A healthy


year There’s no such this as being totally immune to all illness, but some people fare better than others. Our immune systems are all built differently but there’s also a lot you do to start this year on a healthy note. words: Jeananne Craig, Press Association

reduce stress High stress levels can weaken the immune system. Along with relieving stress, a study found that participants who had a 45-minute massage had an increased number of disease-defending white blood cells. Having a favourite activity or pastime keeps us active and boosts our happy hormones - helping us to stay healthy and keep sickness at bay. Cooped up in an office full of germs all day? Tear yourself away from the computer and step outside for some fresh air. Also, treat yourself to an early night every once in awhile – studies have shown that plenty of sleep helps the immune system to function, while a lack weaken it. Having a good laugh with friends will get your heart beating and also helps reduce stress levels. So book those comedy tickets, or switch on your favourite sitcom. Cold showers are also good to get the blood pumping, help reduce migraines and strength immunity.

stock up on superfoods Ginger can sooth sore throats, reduce fever, and aid circulation. Sweet potatoes contain beta-carotene, an antioxidant which helps protect our immune system. Not only that, they’re delicious. Garlic may not make you popular with your other half, but it boasts compounds which help our immune system 3 6 j a n uary 2 0 1 7

fight germs. Berries are a great source of vitamin C, a key cold-busting nutrient, and dark chocolate could help you fend off illness, because it contains immune-boosting cocoa. And of course, water has loads of health benefits too – it helps flush out bad bacteria and can prevent dehydration, constipation and kidney stones.

Hands to yourself Keep handshakes to a minimum when germs are doing the rounds, and get yourself some hand sanitizer. Also, be sure to wash hands after using public transport. If you have young children who like to chew on everything, rub their toys with a sterilising wipe after a playdate to avoid germs spreading.

fight it early The native American herb echinacea is known for its healing qualities and is a popular choice for fighting the first signs of cold and flu. However, remember that it can lose impact if used longterm. Coldsores are a symptom of being - and can leave you feeling - really run-down. So keep some coldsore-busting cream in your desk drawer or bedside table, and zap it at the first tingle. Hover over a steaming bowl of water with a towel on top of your head to clear the sinuses.


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health & fitness Now that the new year has well and truly started, keep on track with your fitness promises

Free Yoga session

Free yoga suitable for all levels, beginners encouraged. Mats available. Destress, recenter and revitalize. Come treat your mind, body, heart and spirit out in this beautiful park with this practice. Whether you come for fitness or meditation, yoga has numerous benefits for all – it is the journey of the self, through the self to the self. This class will be geared towards adults. Yoga is a silent movement meditation that requires focus to get into poses correctly to prevent injury. There will be moments of silent and still meditation so please keep this in mind when considering bringing children. January 14, Grevillea Art Park, 100 East Kelso Street, Inglewood, CA 90301

Run To Remember - call for volunteers

This run is to honor our first responders, including firefighters, police, and paramedics. This race is quite popular on the east coast, and now we have brought it to Los Angeles. Starting and finishing at The Grove in the Fairfax area of Central Los Angeles, this is an event you will not want to miss. We are in need of volunteers to put on this great race. Donate one or two days of your time to help us put on this amazing event. We will happily provide you with a complimentary event t-shirt and community service hours. Positions include packet pickup, start line, finish line, water stations, and kids run. For more information, e-mail February 7, The Grove, 189 The Grove Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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South L.A. Gets Fit Join Special Needs Network and Anthem Blue Cross Foundation in a free nutrition, training and empowerment program. Meet other members of the South LA health, autism, disability, education and social justice community while getting in the best shape of your life. Experience the thrill of victory by walking or running in a professional race, win prizes, a medal and become a role model for your family and community. For more information contact Connie Chavarria at 323.291.710. January 30, Rancho Cienega Recreation Center, 5001 Rodeo Road, Los Angeles, CA 90016

Kids Ultimate Fitness Challenge

The Kids Ultimate Fitness Challenge is the nation’s largest mobile fitness event travelling from coast-tocoast dedicated to helping keep kids healthy and active. Kids of all ages get the opportunity to flex their physical fitness by participating in a time-based obstacle course that includes sprinting, jump roping, wall crawls, hurdles, jumping jacks, sit ups, and tunnel crawls, before finishing off the course with a 20 foot confidence climb and 60 meter dash to the finish. The event features loads of activities for the whole family to enjoy including Xtreme gaming fun for all ages and on-site programming designed to inspire kids and families to live a more active and healthy lifestyle. If you think you have what it takes to take on the challenge, come test your fitness and conquer the challenge! 10am-6pm. January 21, UCLA, 405 Hilgard Road, Los Angeles, CA 90095

“This session will clear up the mystery and invite you to an understanding of what it is and how to work with it to realize your full potential as a radiant creative being”

Taking Part In The Race On The Base Triathlon? SIGN UP FOR THE Triathlon Clinics The Southland Credit Union Annual Los Alamitos Race on the Base is set to take place on Saturday, February 25 and all triathlon participants are invited to the free Triathlon Race Clinic. Register now and don’t miss valuable training tips and techniques from excellent guest trainers Scott Tuttle, Ironman Triathlete and Talese Fernbach, Sports Psychologist. Whether you’re a first-time triathlete or veteran, let us help you be your best on race day. 10am-12pm. Pre-registration is required. Topics included are: Run technique, mental prep, race day event logistics, bike technique, stretching/ injury prevention, nutrition, swim technique and transition basics/set-up/simulation. The Jr. Rev. Triathlon Clinic conducted by RUN racing staff for children ages 7 to 12 and their parents will be held on Saturday, February 11 from 8.30am to 9.30am, prior to the clinic for adult participants. It is recommended for those who have never participated in the Jr. Reverse Triathlon before. February 11, Los Alamitos Community Center, 10911 Oak Street, Los Alamitos, CA 90720

Kundalini & The Radiant Body with Kia Miller

Shrouded by mystery and secrecy, the concept of Kundalini is often misunderstood and/or avoided. This session will clear up the mystery and invite you to an understanding of what it is and how to work with it to realize your full potential as a radiant creative being. You will learn the process and guidelines recommended for Kundalini awakening, and explore the techniques, practices and disciplines necessary to support it. This workshop includes a 90 minute practice followed by a short break and then a 2 hour workshop. January 20, Wanderlust Hollywood, 1357 Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90028 j a n uary 2 0 1 7 3 9

Resolutions vs. Commitments?


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Los Angeles personal trainer Betsy Mendel shares her top tips for making sure your resolutions cease to be short-lived, and in 2017 become commitments to a healthier lifestyle


ow many times have you made wellintentioned New Year’s resolutions on January 1, only to break them weeks later? Statistically 92% of people break their resolutions. Only one out of 12 people are successful. Not very good odds. Get off the resolution roller coaster! Instead of resolutions let’s talk about commitments. Frankly, resolutions are simply intentions you make on January 1, whereas a commitment involves an actual action plan to obtain your goal. Really making a commitment and holding yourself accountable is critical. Personally I don’t make resolutions. I am committed to being my best, feeling and looking my best all year round, not just on January 1. Here are some simple steps you can take to accomplish this: • Don’t try to change everything at once. Pick one thing and stick to it. • Seek a habit, not a result. Focus on the behavior not the outcome. • Change your environment. If you want to lose weight and get healthier stock your pantry with healthy wholesome foods. • Small changes add up. Create achievable goals. • When you slip, get back on track quickly. Avoid black and white thinking. • Schedule your new habits into your life. Write it down and stick to it.

Step by step ways to keep your commitments to yourself: Don’t try to change everything at once. Pick one thing and stick to it. It seems like we try to change everything at once rather than prioritize and work through our list one thing at a time. We try to take on everything at once, our weight, our relationship, our career, our family and our finances. But it is completely unrealistic to think we have the bandwidth and capacity to actually live our lives and be true to our day to day responsibilities and have time to fix all the things we just mentioned. In fact, sometimes the more we try to do, the less able we are to do any of these tasks and everything suffers. Oftentimes we actually go backwards rather than forward. First step in this process is to prioritize. How do we do this? Start by making a list of everything you have on your mind you want to change. Now really look at your list. Take a moment don’t rush through this critical first step. Think about how each thing affects the other and which of these steps makes the most sense to start with. Take your list and write it out. Next take your list and cut it apart with each thing on a separate piece of paper. Arrange them in order of importance. Take a minute, look at it again. Rearrange the list if you need to. Keep doing this until you feel you have the list in order from most important to least important, now number them with “1” being the most important on down to the last number.

Now look at your first thing you what to change, the next step is to set a tangible and achievable goal you know you can attain. I’m not saying it’s going to be easy but something you know you can do with work and commitment. For instance, you say “I want to lose 10 pounds by Valentine’s Day this year.” That is a realistic and obtainable goal. Now it’s time to make the commitment. Take a new sheet of paper and write down your commitment and put it in a place you see every day. Now we have prioritized and are starting with our first goal. We are on the pathway to success one step at a time.

Seek a habit, not a result. Focus on the behavior not the outcome. Let’s continue with our goal of losing 10 pounds by Valentine’s Day. There are two ways to obtain this goal. Through a change in our what and when we eat and the other is through exercise, just getting up and moving. It is important to not be so locked into the result of losing those 10 pounds and addicted to the scale. What we need to do is look at what behaviors we are going to change and what positive behaviors are we going to reward. Again we want to look at things in a way we know we will succeed and with that the outcome follows. Let’s start in the kitchen.

Change your environment. If you want to lose weight and get healthier stock your pantry with healthy wholesome foods. Next step, walk over to your refrigerator. Bring a trash can close to where you are working. Let’s take out each item one by one and put them into three groups. The first group is foods you know are healthy. The second group are those items you’re not really sure about and the third group you know is unhealthy. The first group contains fruits, vegetables, lean meats, low fat milk or soy or almond milk, water, yogurt, eggs and everything else you truly know is a healthy food. Healthy foods are typically raw or whole foods. The second group are those items you were questionable about. Now look at each item. Is it something from the first group we just talked about. If so, move it into the first group. If not, it goes into the third group. Now your third group. Are there items that could be donated to a needy person or group of people? If yes, put it in a separate bag and deliver it to those that need it most. The rest goes (as hard as it is) straight to the trash. Next, repeat this process in your pantry.

lose that 10 pounds. There are many small steps we can take. Park your car so you have to walk a little farther to where you are going rather than wasting time hunting for “the perfect spot”. Take the stairs once you’re inside instead of the elevator. Think of each step as a calorie burned. Ditch the diet drinks and drink water instead. There have been so many studies and reports that show that diet drinks only make us hungrier negating the effects rather than helping. Create an exercise plan you can commit to four days a week. Working with a local personal trainer keeps you motivated and on track. But, many people are able to do this on their own. The choice is yours as long as you not only commit to exercise but actually follow through with it.

“Statistically 92% of people break their resolutions. Only 1 out of 12 people are successful”

When you slip, get back on track quickly. Avoid black and white thinking. It’s so easy to think of things as “black” or “white”, all or nothing. I myself fall into this thinking much too easily. I know this too well. I feel either I’m eating an incredibly healthy diet or I’m just eating what I want, when I want it. The truth is there is a middle ground and sometimes when I’m in that middle ground I don’t even see it. Ask the people around you for a reality check from time to time. You may be surprised at what you hear. We are all human, there are times we make choices that we know are not in our bodies best interest. We grab that super sugary dessert or skip a few days of our workout routine. One of the hardest things to do is to forgive ourselves and move back into our best behaviors. Remember, the change in behavior will bring about the outcome (losing that 10 pounds). So look in the mirror, know it’s a new day and yes indeed, you can get back on track and commit to doing exactly that. You don’t need to overcompensate to try to undo yesterday

Small changes add up. Create achievable goals. Let’s continue with the original goal of losing 10 pounds by Valentine’s Day. Remember we are focusing on changes to our behavior not the outcome of losing that 10 pounds. I promise if you make the changes to the behavior you WILL j a n uary 2 0 1 7 4 1


as this only makes getting back on track harder. Just get back into your healthy routine. Look at that goal you put up when we first started. Look in the mirror and smile. Appreciate all the hard work you have already done! Don’t focus on the one day you got off track. Back to your small changes, back to your positive behaviors and right back to achieving that outcome!

Schedule your new habits into your life. Write it down and stick to it. To really ensure our changes to our behavior continue; that our small steps make a difference, we have to make sure we follow through. Remember, we are talking about commitments. Commitments to ourselves. Taking something from a good idea to an actual plan that we promise ourselves we will do the work to get there. Commitments are not meant to be taken lightly. They are how we can truly judge ourselves. Are we strong enough to make a commitment and follow through? Of course we are, if we make and use the realistic plan we’ve outlined and remember that each of these behavioral changes is to our own best interest. The outcome almost seems silly at this point as we know we are going to achieve it. How could we not? We’ve done all the right things and we are committed! It is critical to make these changes we must change our routine, our schedule. It’s not automatic that we will change this schedule. We have to remember we are changing behaviors that we have had possibly for decades. Take your calendar, whether you use an app, your computer or a paper calendar write your schedule down for each day. Write the behaviors you are going to do that day. Set alarms if that helps. Wake up earlier, make a healthy smoothie before work, bring a bag of carrots and take a mile walk during lunch rather than sitting at your desk and eating. If you’re going out to dinner write a note to remember to order a light and healthy dinner and skip the wine. Do this every day. Remember thoughts become your words, your words become your actions, your actions become your habits, your habits become your character. With positive thinking in this entire process your character becomes your destiny. And your destiny is plain and simple right now - lose those 10 pounds. Somehow it was one of the easiest things you ever did. In fact,

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you lost those pounds by not focusing on losing weight at all. You lost those pounds by just making positive changes to your behavior through small and achievable steps. Now go out and buy that new outfit you know looks amazing on you and have a great Valentine’s Day.

So now we have achieved a goal and we know we can do it. Take this positive and amazing result and use these same steps to achieve all of the most important goals you laid out at the very beginning of this process. Look at them one at a time achieve them one at a time. Step by step, day by day you are living your commitments and seeing the strength of your true character. This year care about yourself and commit to being the best you that you can be. The bottom line is there’s no secret sauce, no quick fix. Commitment to good habits is the magic bullet!

about Betsy mendel Betsy Mendel is a certified personal trainer who has been helping her clients look and feel their best for over two decades. She is based on the Westside of Los Angeles and offers one-on-one and small group training. Her philosophy for fitness is that as people engage their minds and bodies, they will feel better, sleep more soundly and eat healthier.

THE BOOK Betsy is the author of the bestseller “Move A Muscle Change A Mood: The transformative power of exercising, eating health and thinking positive” (CreateSpace 2014).

“Did you know that moving your body every day can actually make you smarter? Or that there is a fruit that can boost your metabolism, neutralize the acid in your stomach and give you extra energy? Learn a simple way to cut your sugar cravings. Find out how to live longer, weigh less and have a reduced risk of heart disease. “Move a Muscle, Change a Mood” is written in an easy to follow format. At the end of each chapter Betsy gives her “Bets kept secret” along with a proactive action step for you to complete. Read this easy to follow guide and enjoy a lifetime of a happier, healthier and stronger you!”

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Reflections on

Nature’s Gift words: kady hoffman

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ave you ever noticed, walking along a beach or strolling through Pine trees, that you experience a general sense of wellbeing? For me, something is triggered by the time spent in Nature, that produces a sense of profound equanimity. Sometimes a pleasant memory from my past floats by….. the smell of the pinesap or the texture of the trunk of the tree returns me to from another time. For that brief moment, I am taken out of the cycle of worries. Wonderment and curiosity surfaces, stress recedes. There is an experience of a different sense of time. I merge into my surrounding. Inner calm sets in. “Where did my turbulence go? I am not circling around inside myself like usual. My stress - producing patterns have quieted.” Nature sidetracks me from the inner spiraling dialogue, just for a moment, melting the edges of my stress. Everything slows down…nice and for a moment, we experience a deep sense of calm, wholeness, settling into the surrounding aliveness, letting go of separation, as my teacher would say. The Oxford dictionary defines Nature as “innate essential qualities. The physical power causing all the phenomena of the material world.” Getting close to this kind of power has the potential to help heal our inner turbulence, straighten out all those jagged and tangled lines causing stress. We sense we are part of the larger community of sentient beings. It is OK, we are Ok, we have a place. Even a brief glance into the sky, as ordinary as that might seem, nurtures our sense of stability - the rightness of it all. A slight pause is all that is required. Allowing

the presence of Nature to soak in, to soothe us, is all it takes. It will do the rest. Nature just needs to be noticed. And actually the more ordinary a moment, the better…it always is there waiting. You do not have to fly anywhere exotic to connect and relax, Nature just waits for us to notice it, absorb it, honor it, no matter how humble an example of its existence. I live in a congested urban environment; many people are bothered, daily life is stressful. I could not travel as I once did, to far away places, experiencing rare moments of Nature’s beauty. I felt trapped. Something began to change, as if coming out of a fog. I was in the middle of a particularly stressful phase of my life. I started

“It is possible to connect with Nature without fanfare. That is one of its beauties, just noticing and acknowledging its presence helps us with our stress” noticing the mocking birds singing early in the morning before going to work. I decided to let my attention rest on their songs, allowing them to enter into my inner life and radiate their beauty. While at work, I began to spend my short lunchtime, outdoors eating under a tree, turns out it was time well spent. I noticed what a difference this made as I completed my afternoon shifts in my stress filled environment. The power of

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About Kady Hoffman

those moments, in the grace of Nature’s rhythms, even for a short time, was noticeable. During this time, I was asked to create an inspiring event for forty educators… I suggested it be based on cultivating wonderment while in the outdoors. Now I have ongoing explorations with various groups, connecting Nature and how it can add tranquility to our inner life. It is possible to connect with Nature without fanfare. That is one of its beauties, just noticing and acknowledging its presence helps us with our stress. There are different qualities to Nature, from benevolent to menacing. I prefer encounters with Nature that gently enriches the soul within. Different people tolerate various levels of intensity to find their inner peace. For some, looking at a serene sunset releases stress, others need to dangle on a sheer granite cliff. When I walk out each morning, there is this patch of big sky I pause at, just for a moment. Inhale, inspire from it. Done. Simply, sweet, nurturing, calming. Then it is into the car and deal with urban life. Some feel they must travel to extraordinary places to experience their connection with “spectacular Nature.” For the privileged amongst us, it is an opportunity to later have incredibly inspiring moments of connection with Nature. Yes, traveling to Michoacán, Mexico

to see the annual migration home of the Monarch Butterflies was beyond wonderment. That memory of the amazing moment immersed in a cloud of butterflies, calms me, relaxes my breathing, and lessens my worries. Traveling generates exquisite memories of connection, but ordinary moments, such as a singing bird can also be impactful and soothing. What gives an outdoor experience such vibrancy… its immediacy, its aliveness, its spontaneity? Perhaps our everyday bombardment of manufactured visual experience, with its barrage of technology, facts and consumer capitalism exhausts us on unperceived levels. The Japanese call the act of strolling through large trees, “forest bathing.” Doesn’t that just relax you to think about it? The

“What gives an outdoor experience such vibrancy… its immediacy, its aliveness, its spontaneity?” trees have been found to emit phythoncides that are absorbed through our skin to uplift our mood. This has been proven to physically alter our bodily chemistry, helping us to decrease our inner stress. Have you found yourself walking pass a nearby tree and later commented how you enjoyed the outing? Have you ever noticed yourself, while looking at the sea, effortlessly merge into the immensity of the scene, the endless sounds of waves becoming clearer? Next time you find you dragging around stressed, thoughts swirling, venture out, let your curiosity wander, inhale the great outdoors and the gift of wonder that Nature offers.

Kady Hoffman is an LA insider and the creator of unique art tours called LA Walk & Paint. Her paintings are featured in collections in Europe, Mexico and also throughout the US. She has dedicated many years not only to her art, but to cultivating calmness through Buddhist meditation traditions such as Aikido, Iaido, and Vispassana. Working in the Education Dept at LACMA, she has created art curriculum, conducted workshops for corporations and schools, and given private classes for all ages.

“I see my world through the lens of an artist. This perspective consistently contributes to the rich quality of my everyday experience and every aspect of my art tours. It adds playfulness and joy. My wish is that you have a very good time as you partake it this unique journey of art by the sea.” Palisades Park Tour (year round) Wander through beautiful Palisades Park, located walking distance from downtown Santa Monica. Modeled after the great strolling parks of Europe, the park overlooks sweeping vistas of the Pacific, north to the Malibu mountains, south to the Santa Monica Pier with its picturesque Ferris Wheel against the distant Palos Verdes hills.

Del Rey Lagoon & the Pacific (seasonal) From Sept-May, explore the Del Rey Lagoon nestled next to the immense Pacific Ocean. The lagoon is home to fresh water birds living in a serene protected environment. Your eyes will rest on assorted pruning waterbirds and seagoing Gulls, then move on to the mountains of Malibu silhouetted against the horizon. For more information or to book a tour, visit

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Detox or not to detox? Are detox programs really that good for your health? Betsy mendel reports


here seems to be an equal amount of warnings and recommendations for detoxing, which can make it confusing for the would-be detoxer. While it is possible to get it wrong, as long as you get it right you’ll be helping yourself in several different ways. Personally I think it is good to give the body and digestive system a rest once in a while.

Boosts Your Energy Many detox program followers report feeling more energetic. This would make sense because while you’re detoxing you’re stopping the influx of the things that caused you to need a detox in the first place. By cutting out the sugar, caffeine, trans fat, saturated fat, and replacing them with fresh fruits and vegetables, you’ll be getting a natural energy boost, one that comes without a resultant crash. It’s vital to stay well hydrated while on any detox program, and that can also be a source of increased energy if you typically don’t get enough water throughout the day.

Rids the Body of Any Excess Waste The biggest thing that detoxing helps with is allowing the body to rid itself of any excess waste it’s been storing. Most detox programs are designed to stimulate the body to purge itself, helping the liver do its thing as well as the kidneys and colon. Cleansing the colon is an important part of the detoxing process because those toxins need to exit 4 8 j a n uary 2 0 1 7

the body, and a backed up colon can cause them to be reintroduced into the body, rather than exiting as planned. Sticking with fruits and vegetables even after the detox program is completed is a good way to keep things moving.

Helps with Weight Loss It’s easy to see how a detox diet would cause you to lose weight in the short term, but a healthier way to look at it would be to establish long-term eating habits, and rid yourself of unhealthy habits. Many times it is the drastic reduction in calories and rapid weight loss that is focused on, especially in the media. But these short-term results won’t last if you don’t make it a point to replace bad foods with good, and use your newfound energy to exercise more and be more active overall.

Stronger Immune System When you detox the body you free up your organs to function the way they should. This helps to give your immune system a boost since you’ll be able to absorb nutrients better, including Vitamin C. Many of the herbs you take while on a detox will help the lymphatic system, which plays a big role in keeping you healthy and firing on all cylinders. Many detox programs also focus on light exercises which help to circulate lymph fluid through the body and helps it to drain, strengthening your immune system in the process.

Improved Skin Your skin is your largest organ, so it only makes sense that it would show positive results from a detox program. One way to help your detoxing efforts is to take a sauna to help the body sweat out additional toxins. You can expect clearer, smoother skin at the end of your detox plan. It’s also been reported that detoxing can help with acne, although the condition may worsen before it gets better as the toxins are released. You may find that your skin itches or gets patchy before clearing up, but this is part of the process and is a sign that you’re on the right track with your program.

crunchy foods you can use a detox program to help you kill those cravings. Often if you just try to quit eating those foods or drinking those beverages you’ll have limited success, and go back to your old ways. But if you cleanse the body and replace those foods with healthier choices, you can retrain yourself and be more likely to stick to your new habits.

Clearer Thinking A good detox program will pay some attention to your state of mind during the cleanse. The use of meditation is often recommended as a way to get back in touch with your body during this time of purging and cleansing of toxins. Detox followers often say that they lose that sense of fogginess, and are able to think more clearly during a detox than when not on it. It makes sense, since many of the sugar-filled and fat-filled foods that surround us each day will cause us to feel lethargic and can factor heavily in the quality of our thinking.

“Detox followers often say that they lose that sense of fogginess, and are able to think more clearly during a detox than when not on it” Healthier Hair By the time you can see your hair, it’s already considered dead, as all of its growth occurs within the hair follicle. This is why it’s important to keep your body functioning at its full potential through a regular detoxing strategy. When your hair is able to grow uninhibited by internal toxins you’ll see and feel the difference in your hair. In many instances hair gets shinier, and feels softer to the touch. Detoxing isn’t enough to stop male pattern baldness, but many report that their hair grows more quickly, a sign of healthier hair.

Better Breath Follow a detox program that includes a colon cleanse because those toxins need to be released from the body. It’s been theorized that one contributor to bad breath is a backed up colon. When you are able to clear it out and get your digestive system functioning well again, you may find that your breath improves. Be aware that your breath may actually worsen during the detoxing process, but when it’s finished it will be better. This is natural, and occurs as toxins are released from the body.

Promotes Healthy Changes It’s hard to change a long-standing habit, and a detox program – no matter how long – is one way to put a wedge between your old ways and your new ones. If you have addictions to sugar, caffeine, fried, or j a n uary 2 0 1 7 4 9



NEW YOU heads to We Care Spa to find out how to start the new year on the right note

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WE CARE SPA PACKAGES 8 Day Renewal Package (PLAN A)


e all know we live in a toxic world, there are pollutants in every breath of air we breathe, in every drop of water we drink and even in the food we eat. Your body is perfectly designed to handle internal bio waste but when you are overloaded with toxic chemicals in addition to your natural waste, your five organs of elimination can’t function effectively. The result is that you get sick. We Care Detoxification Spa claims to change people’s lives, and their celebrity guests return again and again for rejuvenation, detoxification, relaxation and proven anti-aging treatments. The aim of detox is to get the pollutants out of your body, and learning how to keep them out. We Care Spa is a beautiful desert oasis spanning 60 acres and surrounded by nature, and everyone who works there is dedicated to each client and their need to get healthy. They have been helping people with the cleansing and anti-aging program to look good and feel better for over 30 years. The holistic program really works because it is not just dedicated to juice fasting and cleansing your body – that alone is not enough. The ultimate goal is to balance body, mind and spirit.

the Detox Program In a toxic world you need to know the healthy benefits of juice fasting and juice fasting weight loss. With a world filled with pollution; the air we breathe is filled with chemicals, the water we drink is tainted and even the food we buy has to be checked and checked again because of the chemical preservatives and additives that make it pretty and last a long time but impossible for our body to break down, digest and assimilate. The effect on our health and well being is profound; we often feel drained, stressed and just not our best. We Care Spa has the detox and anti-aging answers to get back to feeling and looking good everyday. The We Care Spa program has a detoxification answer that has been working for guests since 1986. The key is to stop eating solid foods and replace them with juice fasting including nutritious drinks and supplements that contain things like Spirulina, wheat grass, and barley greens, include organic vegetable juices, carefully designed therapeutic teas, pureed vegetable soup and add in powdered fiber drinks and natural laxatives to loosen internal waste and create a deep detoxification spa regimen. The energy freed up while juice fasting – from not needing to breakdown and digest food powers up

the five organs of detoxification your body needs to break up and release waste. Now throw in colon hydrotherapy which is absolutely the fastest way to flush out the waste that is released. Added to this are therapeutic treatments while you are juice fasting to support the body, like the lymphatic stimulation well-being treatment to encourage the lymphatic system (the vacuum

8 Day, 7 Nights From Sunday to Sunday or Friday to Friday Includes: 6 Colonics, 2 Digestive Release Massages

“The aim of detox is to get the pollutants out of your body, and learning how to keep them out”

6 Days, 5 Nights From Sunday to Friday Includes: 4 Colonics, 2 Digestive Release Massages

cleaner of the body) to detoxify and remove waste from cells, raindrop therapy to boost the immune system, and magnesium detox wrap to deepen colonics. Plus, reflex foot massage to hit the release points in the feet that may bring overall balance to the body and reconnect the entire nervous system with system recovery. Specialized equipment detoxify cells and exercise your body along with your lymphatic system. Educational classes are also included, designed to detox your thinking about food and your body and learn how to shop and cook and prepare food that gives you a chance at detoxifying and overcoming your toxic lifestyle. Experience breath work classes, yoga and sound meditation, and book a private hypnotherapy session that taps into your subconscious creating shifts for powerful results. Put this all together in a beautiful desert oasis where you are taken care of, literally two staff members to each guest, and you have a life changing, deeply detoxifying experience. We Care Spa, 18000 Long Canyon Road, Desert Hot Springs, CA 92241. Call to book: 800.888.2523 or 760.251.2261

6 Day Retreat Package (PLAN B)

3 Day Tune-Up Package (PLAN C) 3 Days, 2 Nights From Friday to Sunday Includes: 2 Colonics

All Plans Include: Tour and orientation to the program; Organic room amenities: shampoo, conditioner, & body soap; All juices, teas and supplements needed for the cleanse; Access to all of our classes; Use of all of our Specialized Equipment and Healing Installations; Complimentary Wi-Fi; Satellite TV / DVD player; A selection of DVDs and books in your room to enjoy during your stay; An opportunity to purchase an Advanced Booking Rate on your next stay; Organic boxed green salad on check-out day.

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L.A. Beer and Food Festival

The Los Angeles County Brewers Guild is proud to present the first annual L.A. Beer and Food Festival at the historic Mack Sennett Studios in Silverlake. Join over 40 independently-owned craft brewers from the Los Angeles County for unlimited tastings of over 100 beers plus complimentary bites from some of our favorite local restaurants and purveyors of fine foods. A series of educational panels discussing beer and food pairings and the art of fermentation will also be on the schedule. We are excited to bring this intimate event to L.A. to elevate craft beer culture and showcase our local businesses. January 28. Mack Sennett Studios, 1215 Bates Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029

Food truck bazaar at California heritage museum Every Tuesday night a diverse array of gourmet food trucks bring their delicious, and affordable, cuisine to one of the first food lots in the Santa Monica area. Bring a blanket and enjoy a picnic on the Museum lawn, or wander over to The Victorian where you can sit on the patio or hang out in the bar. Dogs are always welcome. 5.30pm-9.30pm. California heritage Museum, 2612 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA 90405 5 4 j a n uary 2 0 1 7

“Bring a blanket and enjoy a picnic on the Museum lawn, or wander over to The Victorian where you can sit on the patio or hang out in the bar”

MLK Day Clothing Collection & Community Breakfast On MLK Day, Big Sunday will host a bevy of volunteers, friends and community members in collecting and sorting clothing for disadvantaged and grateful people. Everyone will enjoy a community breakfast with friends, neighbors and people from all walks of life who have come to share in this unique experience which carries on Dr. Martin Luther King’s spirit of togetherness and communitybuilding. All participants are invited to meet someone new and participate in Big Sunday’s memorable “Something in Common” photo project. Big Sunday is collecting clothing of all sorts for men, women and children now through the morning of the event. All items can be dropped off at the venue. 9am-12pm. January 16. Big Sunday, 6111 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038

SAUCE: comedy Show and pizza

Uncorked: LA

Uncorked: LA is coming back to Union Station Saturday January 21. This is more than your average wine tasting. This is a complete experience for wine lovers. Enjoy over 150 wines, champagne bar, international wine section, gourmet food trucks, live music, custom wine themed photo booth, blind tasting bar and more! VIP admission ($70) is at 5pm and includes an extra hour to taste, shorter lines and some special wine selections. General admission ($60) is at 6pm. The event ends at 9pm. Both tickets include all your wine tastings with food sold separately. Cocktail attire is requested but not required. Must be 21+ to attend (sorry this includes babies and infants). A portion of the proceeds go to benefit MOSTe ( January 21. Union Station, 800 North Alameda Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Wine, Cheese, & Chocolate

Join wineLA for a special class bringing together three divine creations... wine, cheese and chocolate. You will explore the sensual contrasts and delights that each element brings to the experience -- the crisp acidity, mouth-filling robustness or smooth viscosity of great wine; the sharp, subtly sweet or complexity of fine cheese; and the rich luxuriousness of superior chocolate ranging from creamy milk to intensely dark. 3.30pm-5.30pm. February 11. 923 E 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Join Barbara Gray, Jeff Wattenhofer, Erin Lampart and Eric Dadourian as they host some of the best comedians in the country in one of the best pizza spots in Los Angeles. Have some pizza, drinks, and laughs to get your weekend started. DeSano Pizza Bakery Los Angeles is just west of Santa Monica and Vermont. Large and free parking lot, artisan pizzas, gelato, primo comedy, $5 beers, friends, memories. Reservations not necessary. Past guests include Maria Bamford, Kyle Kinane and Dana Gould. 8pm, $5 Suggested Donation January 20. Desano Pizza Bakery, 4959 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029

ChocXO tour and tasting Tour a real chocolate factory in Irvine, see the process from start to finish of creating chocolate. Enjoy some truffles at the end of the tour. Children age six and over welcome. This event is open to ilead exploration learners and their families only, visit February 3. ChocXO Bean to Bar Chocolatier, 9461 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine, CA 92618

farmers market

Enjoy one of Santa Monica’s farmers markets, widely considered to be among the best on the west coast and featuring field-fresh produce, hundreds of kinds of vegetables, brilliant cut flowers, breads, cheeses, delicious foods, live music and more. Starts at 8am. January 14. 2200 Virginia Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90404 j a n uary 2 0 1 7 5 5


The art of sophisticated dining at The Gallery About the Owner Karim Megji is the Executive Chef and Owner of The Gallery


he Gallery is a casual yet sophisticated restaurant serving a seasonal, modern American menu that is refined yet approachable and highlights multicultural influences and flavors such as Indian, Asian, Thai and more. The restaurant offers the freshest seafood housed in the sprawling raw bar, sustainable protein, and farm fresh produce to create a classic menu. Featuring unique, seasonal offerings through food and cocktails, guests are provided with a truly special dining experience unlike anywhere in Westlake Village. Their attention to detail is unmatched and can be seen through their innovative cocktails, locally farmed herbs and ingredients, and hand-selected fish straight from the source.


The menu is a collaboration between Chef Moez Megji and his son and the Gallery’s owner, Karim Megji. The menu gives guest a multi-cultural flavor experience focused on seasonal, high quality ingredients, sustainable seafood, carefully sourced protein, and fresh, local produce. Signature menu items include our expansive raw bar selections including Yellowtail and watermelon with chili oil 5 6 j a n uary 2 0 1 7

Megji is a California native who grew up in Calabasas, California to a family who was deeply engrained in the restaurant industry. Growing up Megji always had a passion for food and watched his father own and run restaurants from Los Angeles to Westlake Village to Malibu. Karim studied at University California Santa Barbara and went to work in financial management upon graduation. He then decided to transition to food and worked at his father’s restaurant, Fins Seafood and Grill, a well-known establishment in Westlake Village. Karim took his culinary passion to the next level and started training at the Arts Institute in Santa Monica where he studied and trained to be a Chef. After years of working at Fins, Karim completely ran the restaurant until it closed in late 2013. He then decided to open The Gallery Restaurant where he and his father, Moez Megji, are both the Executive Chefs. Karim strives to create a unique dining experience to Westlake Village. The seasonal new American menu highlights a breadth of flavors from Indian, Asian, Mediterranean and beyond which accent his classic dishes. Along with a seasonal craft cocktail menu and a curated beer and wine list. In Karim’s spare time you can find him surfing and exploring Los Angeles’ culinary scene.

About the Chef

Moez Megji is The Gallery’s Executive Chef

and ponzu; Cajun Gumbo with chicken, andouille sausage, calamari, shrimp and grilled bread; Lobster Pot Pie with housemade puff pastry; Deconstructed Short Rib Wellington; and Shredded Duck and Seared Scallops with a potato pancakes, blueberry and cassis reduction. The Gallery serves lunch and dinner daily as well as weekday happy hour.

“The Gallery offers high-quality craft cocktails focusing on seasonal ingredients”

Bar Program

& Rose (Hendricks gin, mint, grapefruit juice, rosemary simple, splash of soda); and Mexican Flowering Squad (muddle raspberries, jalapeño simple, Tres Agaves silver tequila, lime juice and ginger beer). In addition to craft cocktails The Gallery also serves a wide selection of curated beer and wine. 30768 Russell Ranch Road St. C, Westlake Village, CA 91361

The Gallery offers high-quality craft cocktails focusing on seasonal ingredients. Signature cocktail favorites include New Fashion (cherries marinated in brandy bourbon and cinnamon, buffalo trace bourbon, orange bitters and orange wedge); Out of Fashion (lavender simple syrup, black walnut bitters, Woodford reserve); Henry

Moez Megji was born in East Africa of Indian Ancestry. He was educated in England and Canada and moved to Santa Monica when he was a teenager. Although he didn’t grow up in California he still feels as though he’s a native to the state. For Moez, restaurants have always been a family affair. Growing up he was introduced to the business through his family’s hotels in Nairobi, Kenya where he grew to love the hospitality industry. After migrating to Canada, his kitchen experience was gathered from working in other family run restaurants; including a fish and chips restaurant in Chilliwack, British Columbia then with his brother at an international cuisine restaurant in Vancouver. In 1977 the Megji family moved to Santa Monica. At the time they opened up Fish Kitchen on Pico Blvd. in West Los Angeles. Working closely with his brothers they expanded to a small chain of four restaurants. In 1985 Moez went solo and opened his first restaurant Fins Seafood Grill in West Los Angeles then in Westlake Village in 1990. Moez was one of the first to open a fine dining restaurant featuring live music and a fantastic wine program. It was there that his successful concept of casual elegance was born. In 1996 he decided to expand Fins Seafood Grill to Calabasas. Two years later, in 1998 he brought Fins to Malibu and opened up Fins Bambu in the Cross Creek Center, eventually selling the restaurant to Nobu. In 2002 Moez began the renovation for MOZ Buddha Lounge in Agoura Hills featuring an Asian fusion menu and a lively club-like bar atmosphere. In 2004 he opened up Zin Bistro on the lake in Westlake Village. The concept would reflect classic American dishes with a twist. In 2011 Moez decided to revamp Moz Buddha Lounge. He then decided to cash in on the exploding beer market as well as provide a new gastro pub to Agoura Hills, an area that was currently lacking any. He closed the Buddha Lounge and turned it The Lab Brewing Company, a gourmet gastro pub / brewery. After many successful restaurant endeavors, Moez is currently the Executive Chef of The Gallery at The Shoppes at Westlake Village along with his son and owner, Karim Megji.

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Taste of Place in the

Ojai Valley From now until October, Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village offers an Ojai Olive Oil experience as part of the new Four Seasons Taste of Place global initiative.


our Seasons Hotel Westlake Village has partnered with award winning boutique olive oil orchard Ojai Olive Oil Company to bring guests an insider look at California’s world renowned olive oils. Ninety-five percent of the nation’s olive oil is produced within California, and the state is proud to create some of the best olive oils in the world. The history of olive oil has deep roots in California, with the first olive oils produced in the 1700s. Ojai Olive Oil company is located just an hour from the hotel, and hosts an organic olive orchard, olive oil pressing facility, and tasting room on-site. Each olive is hand picked and sorted to produce specific flavors and qualities in the olive oil. Guests of the Taste of Place package will receive a private tour of Ojai Olive Oil Company’s orchard and ranch with the proprietor of the brand, an olive oil tasting, and will learn first hand about the production and health benefits of olive oil. The apex of the experience is a dinner prepared by Executive Chef Jesse Hansen on the ranch, highlighting Ojai Olive Oil in each dish and paired with local Malibu Coast wines.

About Ojai Olive Oil Company

Set in the charming and picturesque town of Ojai Valley sits one of Southern California’s largest and most pristine olive oil orchards, owned and operated by Ojai Olive Oil Company. Hundreds of the olive oil trees that surround the ranch were planted from 1860 to 1880 and produce some of the world’s purest olive oils. Today, seven varieties and more than 3,000 olive trees stand on acres upon archers of cultivated land. The trees are organic and sustainably pruned yearly according to European practices. The fruit is harvested by hand and the oils produced on site in an olive mill manufactured in

“Ninety-five percent of the nation’s olive oil is produced within California”

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Tuscany. Ojai Olive Oil Company produces three award-winning extra-virgin olive oils, five extravirgin olive oils infused with fruits and herbs, and ten balsamic vinegars imported from Modena, Italy.

About Taste of Place

Taste of Place features a curated collection of culinary experiences, available only through Four Seasons, that invites guests and local gourmands to step “behind the scenes,” and take a look at the diverse local culinary practices, traditions and experiments. Participating properties worldwide have created comprehensive itineraries that will explore uncharted aspects of the local food culture, building on the personal relationships and intimate connections between Four Seasons and local food vendors, farmers, butchers, distillers and mixologists. The exclusive experiences range from private tours of regional breweries and vineyards to deep sea fishing excursions and farm-to-table mixology classes. In addition, several curated itineraries will immerse guests in progressive dining experiences that unfold in unique settings with remarkable views of the natural landscape.

“The exclusive experiences range from private tours of regional breweries and vineyards to deep sea fishing excursions and farm-to-table mixology classes”

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The Taste of Place package includes: Transportation to and from Ojai Olive Oil Company Private tour of Ojai Olive Oil Company orchard and production facility Four-course olive oil dinner by Executive Chef Jesse Hansen prepared at Ojai Olive Oil ranch including wine pairings from local Malibu Coast vineyards Ojai Olive Oil gift basket Overnight accommodations The package starts at $2,200 per night for two people, and is available for booking by calling the Hotel at 818 575 3000.

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Khaki Reigns

The military-inspired hue is now on the frontlines of fashion

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TAG Heuer congratulates Cristiano Ronaldo An extremely proud TAG Heuer congratulates its loyal ambassador – an award in recognition of the best footballer on the planet. Cristiano Ronaldo has been wearing TAG Heuer watches since 2014. He has also supported the watch brand in all of its international communications. This is the fourth time Cristiano has won the Ballon d’Or. A TAG Heuer ambassador since 2014, he received the trophy last month while sporting a TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer-02T – the famous proprietary Tourbillon paired with a COSC-certified chronograph. This unique piece – specially made for Cristiano – is set with 68 baguette diamonds, which sparkled under the ceremonial lights. The "Fit" of your clothing tells others your rank in society and the degree of respect that you should be accorded. As in the military, a General attracts greater success than a Private. Our uncommonly rare hand made custom clothing is the way to project the look of success and to enjoy optimum results.

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The elegant perfect fitting suit on the right was made from an individual pattern made to our client's unique shape, posture and distribution of some 35 separate measurements. The larger front panels accommodate his full chest without having to put him in a larger size off-the-rack suit with shoulders too wide. The sleeves were set into his custom made jacket to accommodate the backward hang of his arms, the result of his erect, almost military posture! His pattern addresses each aspect of his physique separately, the depth of his crotch and the shape of his seat address his required out seam and inseam measurements, having nothing to do with the size of his chest.

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lamorous, gorgeous and opulent - the heavily embellished frocks that floated down the Alexander McQueen and Dolce and Gabbana catwalks were truly out of this world, and those shows have gone on to fuel one of autumn’s biggest trends. Embroidered detailing is now everywhere, here’s how to work the edgy embroidery trend into your wardrobe...

DRESSES TO IMPRESS If you’re in possession of an invite that calls for a really show-stopping ensemble, look no further than the McQueen-inspired black dresses that combine mesh or tulle with oodles of embellishment. Long or short, sleeved or not, these fabulous frocks can really hold their own, so just add simple black suede, or velvet heels and a boxy clutch, and you’re ready to wow.


Butterfly by Matthew Williamson Black Winter Bird Embroidered Shift Dress

Bringing a hint of elegance to the everyday, delicate embroidery takes a sweatshirt from workout to work wear, and adds interest to the classic jeansand-jumper combo. Likewise, stylised floral stitching elevates a simple pinafore dress or sleeveless tee without being OTT.

JACKET IN Whether bomber or biker, this season it’s imperative that your trusty black jacket is adorned with colorful stitching. Just a smattering of roses or a Japaneseinspired motif is all it takes.

EVERYBODY SKIRTS Give your midi Dolce&Gabbana skirts a rest and discover how useful a little A-line mini is, teamed with tights and a chunky pair of boots. Featuring pretty symmetrical embroidery, and in faux and leather fabrics, this season’s minis are detailed enough, so keep your silhouette sleek - a soft roll-neck or cropped sweatshirt hits just the right note.

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Millie Mackintosh at Red woman of the Year Awards ceremony


Ladies Scuderia Ferrari casual vest $120; Ladies Scuderia Ferrari leisure wear pants, $45

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or Fall-Winter 2016/17, Ferrari has created a sporty yet sophisticated look featuring the kind of detailing that makes this collection the perfect choice for people that adore superb quality garments. The signature of all Ferrari’s collections is, of course, detailing inspired by iconic elements of its legendary GTs: from colours to bodywork liveries, cabin trim to steering wheels. The Fall/Winter Collection’s signature colours are dark yet warm, spanning varying shades of red, black, navy blue and even a bright blue. That said, in the women’s collection, some concessions have been

“The signature of all Ferrari’s collections is, of course, detailing inspired by iconic elements of its legendary GTs” made to pastel shades such as beige and powder pink, which are often paired with exclusive crystal detailing. The men’s and women’s capsule collection inspired by the Ferrari 488 Spider, however, centres around “Blu Corsa” with all the pieces in shades of black and Blu Corsa as well as featuring auto and motorsport-derived detailing. Numerous accessories, many coordinating, add a brilliantly rich finishing touch to the overall look. Debuting this year are lovely rectangular and square scarves with newly-designed motif and the Trademark bag range which includes a practical Travel Bag, the original Helmet Case launched last season, a laptop case, shoulder bag and beauty case. All made from buttery soft calfskin with red stitching, linings and patent leather piping. j a n uary 2 0 1 7 6 9


SHE WEARS: Ladies Cavallino Rampante genuine leather jacket, $625; Ladies’ Prancing Horse Trousers, $80; Ferrari GT Shoulder Bag, $120 HE WEARS: Men’s Cavallino Rampante Padded Leather Jacket, $900; Men’s Cavallino Rampante casual cotton shirt, $70

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HE WEARS: Men’s Scuderia Ferrari 3-Layer Jacket, $154; Men’s Ferrari Shield Sports Pants, $51 she wears: Ladies Scuderia Ferrari classic collar polo shirt woman, $45; Ladies Scuderia Ferrari le sports pants, $51

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SHE WEARS: Ladies Cavallino Rampante woollen pullover, $125; Ladies Cavallino Rampante blouse with pockets, $70 HE WEARS: Men’s Cavallino Rampante woollen turtleneck pullover, $120

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Berry Beautiful Marni AW16 backstage lip look. Image courtesy of MAC Cosmetics


smoothed - absolutely ‘done’.” Precision may be the key to applying color, but it’s free and easy when it comes to texture. Choose from high-shine vinyl gloss, through to plush uber-matte lipsticks.

All images courtesy of PA Photo/Handout

PANDA EYES If you’re a traditionalist, keep the focus firmly on your eyes. In contrast to precise pouts, this season’s eye is all about blown-out, blended smudginess. It’s like “Use a top coat of morning-after make-up, black polish with a deep but better. To achieve the crimson underneath, so panda effect, combine worn-in kohl with blurry you get an intriguing 3D mineral shadows in offred-black that changes black shades, like smoky slate or burnt taupe. “What with the light” makes these smudgy eyes modern is that you can see By Lisa Haynes, Press Association the skin through the make-up,” explains Terry Barber, MAC UK hrow away your nudes and director of make-up artistry. “Aim to cast aside your brights; you’ll work the make-up into the skin in veils.” have to dive to darker depths for the one color palette you need in your cosmetics bag this season. As far as current beauty trends go, it’s all a bit, well, blackcurrant. Imagine deep cherry on lips (if you dare), through to rich plum on nails. These fierce, forbidden fruit colors are not quite full-on ebony, but the berry twist gives them the major wearability factor. Pick your feature and be fearless with your black-current beauty statement.



MAC Liptensity Lipstick in Burnt Violet, $21.00,

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A Dracula-esque mouth is this season’s lip de jour. Think blood-black red against pared-back, minimal make-up so your loud lips are the ultimate focus. But, a word of warning from the make-up pros: this is one look you don’t want to attempt to apply on the bus.“Dark red lips on a nude face used to be considered effortless,” says Gordon Espinet, MAC global senior vice president of artistry. “This season, they’re painstakingly shaped, curved, layered,

Dark lips backstage at Rodarte AW16, PA Photo/NAR

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DEVILISH TIPS If the all-out goth look just isn’t for you, the easiest way to dabble with the dark side is via your nails. “It’s all about the noirs,” says backstage nail technician, Marian Newman. “Prune noir, bordeaux noir, maroon noir - these rich colors that read as off-black feel really interesting right now.’ How to nail the look? Use a top coat of black polish with a deep crimson underneath, so you get an intriguing 3D red-black that changes with the light. If you like your nuances to be a little more obvious, cheat with printed nail wraps or press-on nails, where the dark (nail) arts are all done for you.

Moschino AW16 backstage eye look. Image courtesy of MAC Cosmetics

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coat By Katie Wright, Press Association


t was a tail of two nail trends backstage at the autumn/winter shows. “Some designers treated nails as an accessory to the look, others as a subtle finishing touch,” says MAC senior make-up artist, Keri Blair. At one end of the spectrum, the blackest blacks and deepest reds packed a punch, while at the other, nude ruled the day. There’s no grey area this season, so choose a side and pick a polish...

Black Beauty

The prevailing fashion mood right now is gloomy glamour, so goth-tastic pitch black nails are bang on trend YSL has just released its first ever black polish, in fact, called Noir Over Noir, alongside blackened fuchsia and rouge shades. “It’s the noirs,” says nail expert “YSL has just released its first ever Marian Newman. “Prune noir, black polish, in fact, called Noir Bordeaux noir, maroon noir... These rich colors that read as Over Noir, alongside blackened off-black feel really interesting fuchsia and rouge shades” for now.”

Nude Ambition

“’Young and clean’ was a request we heard a lot from designers this season,” notes Newman. Variations on the nude nail were seen at Stella McCartney, Jason Wu, David Koma and Christopher Kane, and according to Newman, the chicest way to recreate the look also happens to be the easiest. “No base coat, no top coat - they can feel too manicured - just one coat of MAC Nail Lacquer to look groomed,” she suggests. 7 8 j a n uary 2 0 1 7

In The Navy

Subtler than black, but just as chic, navy nails were seen at DKNY and Daks, two brands known for their polished, pulled-together clothes. “Using two colors, Salon Hansen Complete Salon La Laque Couture in Manicure in Nightwatch, a noir overnoir, $28, deep navy, and Commander in Chic, a muddy grey-purple, we created four different nail looks which were randomly applied to the girls backstage,” explains Sally Hansen global color ambassador Madeline Poole, of the DKNY look. For a simpler option, apply a gloss navy to short, neat nails, a la the Daks catwalk.

m.a.c. Helmut Newton Studio Nail Lacquer in call time, $13,

Left: A model backstage at Stella McCartney, Paris Fashion Week


“At Sibling, long rounded talons were painted with a bright pillar box red”

Cream of the crop? Do cream shadows have more staying power than powder? We put these two to the test... “This cream shadow is both durable and practical. It has a soft texture and good pigmentation, with just the right balance of subtle and shimmer - but it does dry quickly so make sure you blend straight away.” By Terry Ombre Blackstar in Misty Rock, $44 (

A model backstage at Manish Arora, Paris Fashion Week

Red Alert

Scarlet talons never go out of style, and sure enough they cropped up on a couple of influential catwalks for AW16. At Erdem, Nailberry’s rich rouge Le Temp des Cerises matched the bold matte red lip, while at Sibling, long rounded talons were painted with a bright pillar box red.

French Fancy

All images courtesy of PA Photo/Handout

For an elegant twist on the rouge trend, take your cue from the Teatum Jones show, where Orly polish in Ruby was topped and tailed with nude crescents, resulting in an edgy take on the classic French manicure.

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Nightwatch, $8.50,

“The chunky wand has the perfect angle to apply just the right amount to your lid. It dries quickly and stays put all day long - true to its promise of 16 hours without creasing, flaking or fading, so you can go day-to-night without having to reapply. The shimmery copper color is subtle but noticeable and perfect for fall.” Yves Saint Laurent Full Metal Shadow in Bonnie Copper, $30 (

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Rolls-Royce Trent XWB powers Airbus A350-1000 first test flight The latest version of the Rolls-Royce Trent XWB, the most efficient large aero engine flying in the world today, has powered the Airbus A350-1000 aircraft to the skies for the first time. The Trent XWB-97 is the sole powerplant for the longer range A350-1000, which will enter service this year. The first test flight, which took place at Toulouse, France, marks another milestone for the highly successful Trent XWB programme. The Trent XWB-84 has already delivered outstanding performance and reliability since it first went into service in January 2015. The Trent XWB, specifically designed for the A350 XWB, is the fastestselling widebody engine ever, with more than 1,600 already sold. Eric Schulz, Rolls-Royce, President – Civil Aerospace, said: “This is a great moment for Airbus and Rolls-Royce and I am proud our engines power this outstanding programme and this particular flight today. We are absolutely committed to continue to deliver new types of engines to meet the evolving needs of the industry.” Didier Evrard, Airbus EVP of Programmes, said: “Today’s successful A350-1000 first-flight is an encouraging milestone for our newest and largest member of the A350 XWB family. Over the months ahead we look forward to a successful flight-test campaign, together with our partner Rolls-Royce – whose new Trent XWB-97 engine promises to deliver the performance to help make this aircraft the most economically efficient and capable in its class.” The Trent XWB-97’s increased 97,000lb thrust is achieved through a combination of new high-temperature turbine technology, a larger engine core and advanced fan aerodynamics, allowing Airbus to increase the A350-1000 payload range and maximum take-off weight. 8 2 j a n uary 2 0 1 7

Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock has been named as having the “Best Hotel Gym” in Shape Magazine’s 2016 Healthy Travel Awards. Year after year, Shape Magazine finds the spots with the most cutting-edge wellness offerings to pamper, energize and inspire travelers. This year, Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock was recognized for its one-of-akind boot camp playground, the Outdoor Warrior Pit. Equipped with tires, ropes, sledge hammers and anchors, the Warrior Pit serves as a cross training facility where resort guests can exercise at their leisure or attend one of the weekly classes led by seasoned instructors. Nestled along the Red Rock Scenic Byway featuring sweeping views of the iconic Bell Rock, Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock offers a respite where guests can continue their essential journey toward health, wellness and renewal. The resort offers 25,000 square-feet of wellness, fitness and spa amenities including complimentary fitness classes from Tai Chi and Qi Gong to Yoga and Aqua Pilates, a 25-meter heated lap pool, steam rooms and saunas, nine treatment rooms, fully equipped circuit fitness center and three lighted tennis courts. For more information on Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock, please visit the property’s website on

Yat Tung Heen at Eaton, Hong Kong Awarded One Michelin Star Eaton, Hong Kong is delighted to annonuce Yat Tung Heen has been awarded the coveted One Michelin Star in the 2017 Michelin Guide, Hong Kong and Macau. This accolade affirms our renowned reputation for authentic culinary excellence in Hong Kong. Sherona Shng, General Manager of Eaton, Hong Kong said, “We have always pride ourselves on offering some of the most authentic home style Cantonese cuisine at Eaton Hong Kong Yat Tung Heen and it is indeed a great recognition to Chef Tam and the team in Yat Tung Heen to be awarded a Michelin Star this year! ” We are honoured for Yat Tung Heen to be recognised by the prestigious Michelin Guide,” says Executive Chef Tam Tung. Yat Tung Heen, Eaton Hong Kong, 380 Nathan Road, Yau Ma Tei, Hong Kong

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A safari with a conscience By Sarah Marshall, Press Association

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oiling and curving like swirls of bent iron, hardy welwitschias burst through the rust red basalt landscape. Living for more than 1,000 years, Namibia’s national plant crawls slowly from somewhere deep inside the Earth’s core only to gradually wither away. There is, after all, plenty of time to grow old in the desert. One of the least densely populated countries in the world, Namibia is vast and frequently empty; the kind of place you could spend all day travelling to get nowhere. I’m here to explore the northwest region on a very unconventional safari with conservationist Garth Owen-Smith, a man who doesn’t like to do anything by the book. Crammed into a clattering 4WD with a Jack Russell perched on the dashboard and two overexcited Staffordshire terriers licking my face, we head inland from the mist-shrouded Skeleton Coast with no clear plan in mind. Fog thins to reveal ochre sand dunes latticed with oryx trails and rows of gnarled, prehistoric welwitschias, and very soon I’ve lost my bearings completely. Rugged and sun-crisped like the land he inhabits, 72-year-old Garth is a man of the bush. Although born in South Africa, he’s been living in Namibia since the Sixties and his work with local communities has earned him numerous awards - including last year’s prestigious Tusk Award for

Conservation in Africa, presented by the charity’s royal patron Prince William. Garth was instrumental in getting conservancy legislation written into Namibia’s constitution, making it one of the most environmentally progressive countries in Africa, and in 2010 he set up Conservancy Safaris Namibia with long-term partner, anthropologist Margaret Jacobsohn. The couple acts as trustees for the company, with profits divided between the stakeholders, five Himba communities. Although there’s no set itinerary, our journey will gently wend through the Kunene Province, a wild, remote region where Garth feels most at home. Over time, the landscape changes slowly. Red becomes black as we drive through abandoned mining areas where shiny dolomite columns soar like organ pipes and the presence of petrified tree logs defies explanation. Veiled mountain peaks fade into infinity as pronging, dust-churning springboks are silhouetted against a setting sun. Our simple camp for the night is in the dry Huab riverbed. A support team erects tents and prepares dinner for a group of five tourists; Garth only guides small groups and past guests have included members of the wealthy Rothschild and Goldsmith families. It’s a world away from a sumptuous, five-star safari set-up, but the closest you’ll get to really understanding Africa’s wildlife and people.

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Although Garth aims to educate, his teachings are never didactic. Instead, it’s a slow reveal; a sprinkling of shared insights, allowing people to draw their own conclusions. This mostly takes place around the campfire, as the night sky glitters with stars. Puffing on a pipe, Garth tells us about his work with communities and the NGO, Integrated Rural Development and Nature Conservation, which he and Margie set up in 1983. Back then Namibia was in the throes of a poaching crisis and people felt disconnected from wildlife. It belonged to the government. Margie and Garth believed the solution lay with communities, the Himba, Herero and Damara tribes. It was vital they regained stewardship of their environment. “No-one takes responsibility unless you give them responsibility,” says Garth, with a glinting, intent look in his eyes. “No-one was listening to the communities, and we changed that.” Their hunch proved right, and within two years rhino poaching stopped in Kunane. In 2000, 40% of the world’s black rhino population resided in Namibia and people are able to track them on foot in the arid, rubbly Damaraland region. We join local guards working with Save the Rhino to monitor and protect the animals. Sadly, another wave of poaching is passing through Namibia and so far, half the rhino here have been dehorned for their own safety. Crouching low to the ground, we move between sparsely scattered bushy euphorbias for cover. A young bull is resting 100 metres ahead of us, a muscular and resplendent example of prehistoric megafauna.Any charge could prove fatal, but our guide, Alpheus, who is hurriedly recording details of the sighting in a notebook, intimately understands the behaviour of these animals. One of the main reasons for the resurgence of poaching in Namibia is a three-and-a-half-year drought that’s ravaging resources and forcing wildlife and people into closer contact. Desertadapted lions are another species particularly at risk. Hearing the famous bachelor pride the Five Musketeers is in the area, we set up camp in the Barab. Boas, a local guide who also leads tours for CSN, tells me about the importance of allowing communities to select their own lion guardians and develop a sense of responsibility. He recalls his own lion, Rosch, who was sadly killed last year over a dispute with livestock. “My mum would complain and say, ‘Why not just the shoot lions’? I would tell her, ‘Then why not just shoot me?’” At night, I lie awake listening to the low, guttural roar of lions, so close I imagine the wind beating against my tarpaulin is in fact their heavy breath. But, like the breeze, they soon pass by. The following day, it strikes me there are no firearms in camp and I ask Garth why we don’t have 8 6 j a n uary 2 0 1 7

“In 2000, 40% of the world’s black rhino population resided in Namibia and people are able to track them on foot in the arid, rubbly Damaraland region”

any protection. “If we had guns,” he says wisely, “we might be tempted to use them.” One animal we’re still yet to encounter is the desert-adapted elephant, although Garth suggests we may run into them on our way to the startlingly beautiful Hoanib. Tyre tracks overlap in the sandy riverbed hugged by rippling mountain folds, and it’s hard to determine exactly where we’re going. “Garth doesn’t get lost,” reassures Margie, with a subtle hint of sarcasm. “Getting lost is a state of mind. It’s just that sometimes he’s not sure where he is.” We settle on a camping spot nestled between powdery white sand dunes and mopane trees, and drive through forest clearings in the hope of finding elephants. We don’t have to wait long. Sitting still, we watch a young bull tug at the branches of a winter thorn tree, dexterously rattling free its fruits with his trunk. Critically, as has been the case throughout our journey, there’s no-one else around. In Namibia, most wildlife occurs outside national parks, presenting both opportunities and challenges to local communities. While on the road, we bump into game warden Tommy Hall, a friend of Garth’s who’s heavily involved in anti-poaching efforts. Welling up with tears and weighed down by despondency, he’s clearly overwhelmed by the battle ahead. Days after I leave Namibia, three of the Five

Musketeers are also poisoned in retaliation for attacking a donkey. It doesn’t paint a positive picture. But Garth refuses to be downbeat;. He sees victory in sight and believes the solution lies in harnessing the power of numbers. “A country never won a war with one person,” he tells me. “The winning army is always the one with most people.” Garth’s words now seem more relevant than ever. “I just hope people will start listening to me again,” he says with typical modesty. Ears open, we’re ready and waiting. Sarah Marshall was a guest of The Ultimate Travel Company

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navigating the swiss alps words: Lauren Taylor, Press Association

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eonardo DiCaprio, Jude Law, and Bono are names that pop up during discussions of celebrities who regularly ski in the Swiss ski resort of Verbier, known for it’s excellent slopes, exclusivity and famous clientele. I’ve come here to see if it’s possible to enjoy Verbier on a more modest budget than the likes of Prince Harry might have at their disposal. “This is the Diana Ross lift,” our instructor Alex says, as we scale a mountain looking down on postcard-worthy views of the snowy peaks of the Swiss Alps. Singer James Blunt also has a lift named after him. He owns a chalet here and is well known to the locals. Even though the Beckhams, Jamie Oliver, and Pippa Middleton are said to ski here, it seems I’m in a bizarre parallel universe where James Blunt is practically royalty. But there’s a reason why big stars, and Blunt, make Verbier their skiing base. Part of Switzerland’s largest ski area, the 4 Vallees, there are 144 runs spread over 400km, connections to resorts including La Tzoumaz and Nendaz, and an altitude that guarantees an abundance of snowfall even in early season. The resort is south-facing and therefore sun-drenched if the weather allows, making the views as spectacular as they come. Having skied mainly in France and across the

Atlantic, I’m keen to see how the Swiss slopes compare. What’s most surprising in January is the lack of skiers and snowboarders around. Queues for lifts are rare and many of the runs are practically empty as we slice down the mountain as quickly or

“Mont Fort - the area’s highest peak at 3,330 metres has panoramic views over the Alps, where you can see the peaks of Mont Blanc and the Matterhorn”

as leisurely as we like. It’s also clear that the variety means it caters for everyone, from pure beginners to serious Alpine junkies. Mont Fort - the area’s highest peak at 3,330 metres - has panoramic views over the Alps, where you can see the peaks of Mont Blanc and the Matterhorn. The legendary run from the peak is well-known as a challenge for even the most seasoned of skiers. It’s accessible by cable car, so there’s no pressure to ski or board down. But after some deliberation, I take on the 1,750-metre slope, and it’s no surprise it’s a steep 40% incline, mogul-filled black run. Elegance took a serious hit but I made it to the bottom, largely thanks to Alex from the Altitude Ski j a n uary 2 0 1 7 8 9


“It wouldn’t be Switzerland without some cheesy raclette though, and in Le Chable, L’Escale is the place for it”

“The sheer size of the ski area is mindblowing, and they haven’t littered the slopes with lots of lifts that ultimately crowd the slopes and ruin the views”

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and Snowboarding School. And two minor stumbles doesn’t seem so bad when I learn that the run has hosted the World Speed Skiing Championships. I wonder if Dicaprio can get to the bottom without falling... We’re joined by Ski Sunday presenter and ex-pro boarder Ed Leigh, who I suspect is holding back when he leisurely takes on the famous slope with ease. “I fell in love with Verbier for a number of reasons,” he tells me. “The sheer size of the ski area is mind-blowing, and they haven’t littered the slopes with lots of lifts that ultimately crowd the slopes and ruin the views.” Even after 25 years of being spoilt by alpine scenery, the beautiful views at Verbier still make him stop and drink them in. Ed says the reputation as a prestigious resort hasn’t limited its visitors to just “billionaire froufrou crew” though. “Its freeride credentials have always drawn the less well-heeled powder pilgrims to town too. It’s the mixture that’s created the legendary nightlife.” And while in Verbier you could hire a £112,000 a week chalet (one Richard Branson owns) or stay in the fabulous five star Hotel W, you could also stay in Le Chable, a direct gondola or 15-minute bus ride away, and spend significantly less. Le Chable itself is more low key and unassuming than it’s more famous neighbor; it has restaurants, ski hire shops and a train station that’ll take you straight to Geneva. It may take ever so slightly longer to get on to the slopes, but it means you bypass any crowds at Verbier. If you want nightlife though, Le Chable is tame and Verbier is where you’ll find apres ski turning into cocktails and clubbing into the early hours. Bruson, on the other side of the valley, is quieter still. A charming but more modestlysized skiing area, it’s only recently become easily accessible thanks to a new gondola from Le Chable. There’s plenty of off-piste, forested

sections here for the more adventurous. My own adventure into the powdery snow (slightly) off-piste is helped by instructor and ski race coach Sega, who is encouraging with a dose of tough love. I’m sure my turns are better for it though. We stop for lunch at Dahu, perched on the mountainside with a breathtaking view. The pizza chef here is award-winning, but if you have more refined culinary tastes, the food at Brasserie 1 in Le Chable is by far the best in my experience. It wouldn’t be Switzerland without some cheesy raclette though, and in Le Chable, L’Escale is the place for it. Meanwhile, in Bruson, you can get a cheese-based lunch hillside at Restaurant de Moay. Later, we sip cocktails in La Farinet, where, Pixie Lott spent last New Year’s Eve. As skiing goes, the pristine slopes of Verbier and Bruson are among the best I’ve visited, and with an abundance of snow, they’re perfect for an early or late-season trip. Lift passes are 66 CHF ($65) a day or 340 CHF ($335) for six days (more for access to the rest of the 4 Vallees), which is very similar to the likes of St Anton, Chamonix and Tignes. Lauren Taylor was a guest of the Verbier Tourist Board (

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homeware from ANNA new york ANNA New York’s Tartufo lamp is crafted of mirror-polished nickel topped with natural amethyst. The beautiful lamp’s spherical shape is inspired by one of designer Anna Rabinowicz’s favorite foods, the mushroom. These mirror-polished stainless steel Forma spreaders come in sets of two, 5.5”/14cm length each (approximately). Tartufo Lamp $2,395; Set of 2 Forma Spreaders, $76. Both available at Barney’s New York, 9570 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills, CA; 395 Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica, CA

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Five tips for problem walls 1. Painting over wallpaper is an easy way to transform walls, and using a basecoat emulsion makes it even easier. Basecoats are designed to cover patterns and strong colors in fewer coats than it would take with standard emulsion, saving you time and effort. The problem with painting over wallpaper, especially if it’s been up for years, is that it will eventually start to come away from the wall, usually at the seams. If it’s already doing this, you can sometimes cut out the unadhered sections with a craft knife and then cover and blend with filler, but it isn’t a great long-term solution. 2. You can also, of course, paint textured wallpaper, but this only works if you like the texture. Textured wallpaper is often used to cover lessthan-perfect walls, so be prepared to replaster if you want to get rid of the wallpaper. Plaster can come away with the wallpaper when you strip it off and it’s usually in a poor state underneath. 3. If you can’t face the cost and mess of replastering, filler (or, if the wall’s really bad, DIY plaster repair and skim products) can work wonders, but filling and sanding walls in a poor state can be very time-consuming and will only go so far. Some walls are beyond repair and must be

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replastered, but even this has its problems. Newly plastered walls and ceilings can develop hairline cracks, especially over lath and plaster or if the plaster is ‘force’ dried too quickly. However much you fill them, cracks have a habit of reappearing and if this happens and you can’t live with them, lining paper or wallpaper should do the trick, but it’s a shame to wallpaper newly plastered walls. 4. Blown plaster (plaster that’s spongy and moves slightly when pressed on) can also be held in place with lining paper, as long as you don’t put any weight on it, such as tiles, shelves or coat hooks. However, removing the plaster and replastering is a much better and longer-term solution. Blown plaster can be skimmed over (by a plasterer), but this isn’t a good idea because the blown plaster isn’t adhered properly and may fall off. 5. If you don’t mind the fact your walls have seen better days, it’s important to use the right type of paint on them. The best way to disguise uneven walls is to paint them with a chalky or flat-matt emulsion. Paint with any kind of sheen, such as silk emulsion, will emphasise the flaws, so avoid at all costs. Words: Julia Gray, Press Association

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805 North Linden Drive, Beverly Hills Impeccably restored, classic Wallace Neff redesigned for today’s luxury lifestyle. Dramatic 2-story formal living room features hand painted cathedral ceilings and fireplace overlooking beautifully landscaped patios and gardens. Gorgeous white marble and beautiful wood floors offer a sophisticated look to this 5 bedroom, 5 bathroom home located in one of the most coveted locations in prime Beverly Hills. Formal dining room, gourmet kitchen with top of the line stainless steel appliances. Luxurious master suite with two walk-in closets and veranda. Office/den with charming fireplace and original details, authentic grill and iron work. Flexible floor plan and huge family entertainment/guest room overlooking the large al fresco dining area with BBQ, firepit, spa and pool. Ideal for entertaining or raising a family. FEATURES 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms Price $14,950,000 contact Myra Nourmand address 421 N. Beverly Dr. Ste 200 Beverly Hills, California 90210 tel 310.888.3333 WEBSITE 9 8 j a n uary 2 0 1 7

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22201 Carbon Mesa Road, Malibu Impeccably restored, classic Wallace Neff Trophy Malibu Tennis Estate with Panoramic Ocean Views Just moments above PCH, this six-acre plus private and secure compound offers breathtaking panoramic ocean views. This custom built masterpiece exudes an exceptional quality consistently showcased throughout the entire home. Designed with the finest materials and controlled by Crestron home automation, this property features an open floor plan with a spacious living room, library, theater, gourmet kitchen, gym, wine cellar 1 0 8 j a n uary 2 0 1 7

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and more. The master suite includes a sitting area, fireplace, exceptional coastline views, dual walk-in closets and a luxurious spa-like bath. The four guest bedrooms are generously proportioned and consist of en-suite bathrooms and walk in closets. This estate exhibits an extraordinary and serene setting with manicured grounds, a lighted tennis court, private pool, viewing decks, outdoor kitchen and pizza oven making this property perfect for entertaining. Accompanied with Malibu La Costa Beach Club rights make this complete package the ideal Malibu lifestyle. FEATURES 5 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms Price $14,750,000 contact SANTIAGO ARANA address 331 Foothill Road Suite 100, Beverly Hills, CA 90210 tel 424 231 2399 cell 310 926 9808 WEBSITE

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Rosemary Allison 805.491.2100 Spectacular Spanish Hills Luxury Estate Within the coveted Spanish Hills Country Club Estates, this sumptuous, estate shines like a rare jewel. Indoors, the gracious interior invites the outdoors in and lead you to your own five-star resort pool and entertaining spaces. Enjoy timeless, traditional design, crafted from the finest materials. Combined with an idyllic climate, this is the essence of California living. This impressive, refined estate truly shines in the details. Gourmet kitchen with chef’s center island with granite counters and garden window. Enjoy all the modern features of today with a thoughtfully-curated design destined to stand the test of time and impress throughout the years. Spanning over exquisite 9000+ under roof in this Spanish Mediterranean estate can be a family compound. Views of the rolling Spanish Hills Golf Course, this impeccably-landscaped one-acre estate has many superbly appointed out buildings, surrounded by greenery and mature plantings that are appreciated from every room. Boasting expansive living spaces, dramatic ceiling heights, intricate detailing, distinctive fireplaces and the finest finishes at every turn, this magnificent residence epitomizes class and style whether you wish to relax casually or entertain grandly, indoors or out. Outdoor kitchen with pizza oven, barbecue, separate building with full catering kitchen, space for recording studio plus separate office. Gated 6+ car garage. RV access Offered at only $3,400,000

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