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elcome to our November issue! This month we are looking forward to relaxing with our families for Thanksgiving, and eating plenty of turkey and pumpkin pie. Enjoy beachfront luxury at the Hotel Casa Del Mar, admiring the views of Santa Monica pier with friends and family (page 24), take in some local Thanksgiving events or dine out with your nearest and dearest (page 48). If you’re not completely stuffed, and all that food has inspired you to learn more about cooking, sign up for next year’s Meat Camp run by Belcampo Butchers. Read about this trip that’s a little out of the ordinary, on page 60. Alternatively, if you’d prefer to make way for all that food before the main event, lace up your sneakers and trek the length of Pico Boulevard with 400 others for the Great LA Walk on November 19. Page 44 has all the details. We also hear from some of Los Angeles’ most creative residents. Photographer Dominick Aznavour talks to Josephine Stevens all about his work and inspirations and we find out about the stories behind some of his brilliantly captured images (page 36). Beverly Harris is The Beverly Hills Insider – just the person to turn to if you’re looking for a luxury concierge with an exclusive address book and must-have contacts (page 52). Also residing in Beverly Hills is Alexandra Anderson Bower, who is balancing her busy life as a mom blogger with being creative in the art and interior design industries. Find out what makes her tick, and meet her muse on page 32. If cars are more your thing, head to the LA Auto Show at the Los Angeles Convention Center from November 18-27. AutoMobility LA (the industry show preceding the public event) already has over 50 debuts confirmed, so this is definitely not one to miss (page 28). Enjoy the issue.

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editor’s picks

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CONTENTS OUT AND ABOUT

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FOOD & DRINK

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FASHION & BEAUTY

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TRAVEL

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HOME & REAL ESTATE

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We put fantastic local businesses and exciting events in the spotlight each month Bringing you updates on the Los Angeles food and drink scene Fashion, health and beauty news to keep you looking and feeling your best Heading out of Los Angeles to explore the rest of the world Local property news and stunning furnishings from the finest interior companies


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Compartes Chocolatier

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Swiss chocolate is renowned for being delicious and Teuscher is no different. The iconic Beverly Hills store has been trading since 1983, and has a fabulous café where you can sit outside with a handcrafted coffee or chocolate drink. You’ll also find a selection of daily baked goods. 9548 Brighton Way (at Camden) Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Compartes has been going since 1950, and their gourmet chocolates are handcrafted each day. This is definitely a trend-setting place where chocolate meets art, style and design – seen in their stunning truffle tops. We love this Californian Love Bar ($9.85) – dark chocolate with crushed San Francisco sourdough pretzels. It’s vegan too! 912 S Barrington Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90049

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FIVE OF THE BEST Chocolate shops

With the run-up to Thanksgiving well underway, it’s time to get some delicious chocolate treats in

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Jacqueline Kennedy, Andy Warhol, Katherine Hepburn, Henry Ford and Estee Lauder can’t all be wrong. They have all favored this chocolatier which has been going since the seventies. From mini bars and truffles to chocolate covered fruit, there is something for everyone. The red mini drums make perfect party favors ($15 each). 3835 Cross Creek Rd Malibu, CA 90265

see’s candies See’s is the perfect choice for those who love a touch of nostalgia when buying chocolate. They have an extensive range – peanut butter brittle and toffee nuggets candy bars sit alongside soft centerd chocolates and truffles. Kids will love the little seasonal novelty shapes (there were plenty of offerings for Halloween) and adults can indulge in treats such as the Milk Pecan Buds ($23.80) and Caramel Apple Scotchmallow ($6.50). If you’re indecisive, the Fall Favorites Box ($7.50), is perfect. 10250 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90067 12 NOVEMBER 2016

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Edelweiss Chocolates has been a Beverly Hills tradition since 1942. The chocolates are produced by hand. Frank Sinatra’s favorites were reportedly the Maple Creams, and today, you can find Edelweiss Chocolates in the dressing rooms of the biggest stars. They have boxes of unusual marshmallows and molded chocolate alongide the traditional varieties. This Thanksgiving we have our eye on the large chocolate basket ($94.95). 444 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210


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ICE AT SANTA MONICA Every holiday season, Downtown Santa Monica brings a little ice skating to the beachside community and transforms the corner of 5th Street and Arizona Avenue into ICE at Santa Monica, a premier outdoor ice skating rink. The 8,000 square foot rink by the beach offers residents and visitors a little taste of winter without the bite. A great location to celebrate the holidays, ICE at Santa Monica is the perfect place to hang out with friends and family, throw a party in a private event cabana, enjoy a first date or sign up for skate lessons. Join the fun and visit Downtown Santa Monica this season to experience ICE. Corner of 5th Street and Arizona Avenue, Santa Monica 90401

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the calendar “You’ll learn the basics of footwork, musicality, how to lead and follow, and many other fun skills”

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November 11, 18 & 25

Salsa with Javier Campines Check out these Salsa classes with world class teacher, Javier Campines. You’ll learn the basics of footwork, musicality, how to lead and follow, and many other fun skills. Not to mention meeting some new and interesting people. There is no age limit for class, but this is considered an adult level class, so anyone roughly age 16 and up would be welcome. There is street parking available on Montana, no meters after 8pm. You should bring a towel, gym bag, water bottle, etc. Please do not bring street shoes with black soles. You can book via Eventbrite and either bring your printed ticket or your e-ticket on your smart phone. Whether your goal is to go out social dancing, put together a routine for a special event, spice up your workout, perfect your technique/styling, or to perform and compete, Javier can help you meet your goals. Beginners 7.30-8.30pm, $12 or $22 for 4 classes for new students. Intermediate 8.30-9.30pm, $12 or get the 5 class card for $50. 11943 Montana Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90049


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throughout November Downtown farmers market Spend a morning out enjoying one of Santa Monica’s farmers markets, widely considered to be among the best on the west coast. The markets feature field-fresh produce, hundreds of kinds of vegetables, brilliant cut flowers, breads, cheeses and other delicious foods. You’ll also be treated to live music and more. 8.30am and 1pm. Wednesdays Arizona Ave & 2nd St Saturdays Arizona & 3rd St. Arizona Avenue (between 4th & Ocean), Santa Monica 90401

throughout November K Vintage Pop-Up Boutique If you love all things vintage, head to the K Vintage Pop-Up Boutique to seek out gorgeous vintage and collectibles. You’ll find vintage glasswares and bar sets, plus books, artwork and film projectors. There will also be items such as cameras and slide projectors, lighting and props, decor and wardrobe items. Saturdays and Sundays, 12pm to 7pm 305 North Fairfax Ave at Beverly Blvd

Shop & Brunch Head to Avalon Hotel in Beverly Hills on Saturday, November 19 from 12-3pm for an afternoon of shopping from local designers. Plus, enjoy a poolside coffee or smoothie, and brunch at the Viviane Restaurant. The event will be featuring local designers Nadi and Lo demo by Juicero. This is definately a good day to spend time with friends, kick back by the pool and book a brunch reservation for you and your besties via OpenTable. Avalon Hotel Beverly Hills, 9400 West Olympic Boulevard, Beverly Hills, CA 90212

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The Shine LA The Shine is a mindfully-curated variety show currently scheduled in Los Angeles and New York once every couple of months. This alcohol-free event features meditation, music from local bands, inspiring short films, grassroots philanthropy, delicious food, and storytelling. Our mission is to create a fun and welcoming social environment where attendees can strike up meaningful conversations and make lasting connections that leave them feeling inspired to do more, give more, and be more. The line-up will be announced soon, but you can still reserve your seat now. 7pm-10pm. Los Angeles, CA 90232

November 13, 20 & 27

SHARK SUNDAYS AT THE SANTA MONICA PIER AQUARIUM Don’t miss this favorite weekly feature at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium. At 3.30pm every Sunday, you can watch and listen to an informative presentation about these often misunderstood animals while our horn and swell sharks cruise around the tank, noses out of the water, mouths open, anticipating the meal to come. Expect a splash of seawater if you’re close enough to the exhibit. Everyone is invited to make a fun shark craft to take home. 1600 Ocean Front Walk, Santa Monica, CA 90401

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the calendar November 20

Shady Lady Accessory Bar Sip and Shop Get your girlie friends together for a fun evening where you can kick off your holiday shopping with the Shady Lady Accessory Bar and friends at the ‘Sip n Shop’. Spend your Sunday afternoon on Melrose Avenue browsing the variety of pop-up shops, have a glass or two at the wine bar and grab a snack at the savory food truck. There will also be music and raffles, making this a great afternoon to spend out with friends. 7513 Melrose Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90046

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ANDERGLAM16- LALALAND AnderGlam is Anderson’s annual rooftop fashion show and cocktail party. As one of the premier social events of the year, AnderGlam showcases fashion from various LA retailers to raise funds for Challenge for Charity - and help us win that golden briefcase! Drinking ticket includes access to full open bar. Times: 8pm on November 11 to 12.30pm on November 12. Rooftop @ ROC Santa Monica 604 Arizona Avenue Santa Monica, CA 90401

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Hollywood music in media awards The Hollywood Music in Media Awards is the premier award show honoring musical excellence in visual media, the music of mainstream and emerging artists around the globe. Recognized by The Hollywood Reporter as the “The annual celebration of music in film, TV, video games, commercials and trailers is one of the better predictors of the best original score and best original song Golden Globe and Oscar categories.” The Music Awards attracts lots of entertainment industry folks and their friends – It’s a great crowd of people who are there to celebrate and support their peers and like to have fun. This is not a stuffy intimidating formal event. It’s a party! So get ready to enjoy yourself. All nominees are granted ONE General Admission ticket for access to the main event and red carpet. Additional GA tickets are available to nominees at 50% discount. Nominees will be contacted directly with info and instructions. General Admission tickets are NOT guaranteed seating. The only guaranteed seats are banquet, booths and VIP balcony seats. THE SCHEDULE: 4.30pm: Media Check In • 5pm: Red Carpet Arrivals • 6pm: Banquet Seating & VIP Entrance • 8pm: Awards Show • 9.30pm: After Party on Sky Terrace. Fonda Theatre, 6126 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90028

“The annual celebration of music in film, TV, video games, commercials and trailers is one of the better predictors of the best original score and best original song Golden Globe and Oscar categories.”

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Auction Highlights Highlight of Contemporary Art Evening Auction in New York Woldgate Woods, 24, 25 and 26, 2006

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n 17 November 2016, Sotheby’s New York Contemporary Art Evening Auction will include Woldgate Woods, 24, 25 and 26, 2006, the first work from David Hockney’s famed Woldgate Woods series to appear at auction. With an estimate of $9/12 million, Woldgate Woods, 24, 25 and 26, 2006 is set to establish a record for the artist at auction. Grégoire Billault, Head of the Contemporary Art Department, noted: “David Hockney stands alongside Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud as one of the pillars of post-war British art. Ten years after we redefined the market for his work with The Splash, Sotheby’s is set to once again establish a new record. With the opening of the Tate retrospective early next year, along with collectors’ tremendous appetite for quality, now is the perfect time to

present one of the great accomplishments of the artist’s late career.” Throughout 2006, Hockney executed a limited series of paintings of the Woldgate Woods in his native Yorkshire, charting the changes in light and color as the seasons passed. Limited by the size of the canvas he was able to fit through the staircase at his Bridlington studio, he devised a method of using multiple canvases in order to achieve the desired scale. Woldgate Woods, 24, 25 and 26 October 2006, capturing the autumnal colors of East Yorkshire, is composed using six of these canvases. The huge public and critical success of this body of work has led to this quiet corner in the north east of England becoming known as ‘Hockney Country’, with the local tourist board even creating a Hockney Trail inspired by the locations immortalized in the series.

ESTIMATE $9,000,000 - $12,000,000 Auction TAKING PLACE AT SOTHEBY’S NEW YORK, 1334 York Ave, New York, NY 10021 on november 17 AT 7PM EST www.sothebys.com 18 NOVEMBER 2016


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et into the holiday spirit this November. The City of Beverly Hills & The Rodeo Drive Committee invite you and your family to kick off the holiday season in style at the annual Beverly Hills lighting ceremony on Rodeo Drive. The event will take place on Sunday, November 20, and will include live musical performances, holiday themed theatrics, and a countdown to the lighting of Rodeo Drive. Festivities to begin at 6pm, with the show at 6.30pm.

See the spectacular shimmering glow of nearly 150,000 lights and fabulous performances See the spectacular shimmering glow of nearly 150,000 lights and fabulous performances this holiday season. In the past, the ceremony has featured the grand illumination of 16 handcrafted crystal Baccarat chandeliers, fireworks, the season’s first ‘snowfall’ of confetti and much more. Rodeo Drive, internationally recognized as the intersection of fashion and entertainment, is a unique destination for both Southern California residents and visitors from around the globe. The 100+ distinguished retailers all help create an unparalleled atmosphere only found on the three blocks of this famed street. 20 NOVEMBER 2016


southern california

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Adult Men’s Soccer in the San Fernando Valley and Ventura Country The Southern California Futbol Association (SCFA) consists of several adult soccer leagues (Over35, Over-40, and Over-48) serving both Los Angeles and Ventura County. Each division consists of three events per year; League, League Cup, and a Summer Cup. The SCFA League Cup tournament, which runs monthly starting in October and ending in March, is very similar to the English League FA Cup in that the teams in the various division are distributed randomly into groups. After group stages, the advancing teams go directly into a knock-out phase until we have a League Cup champion. All games are currently played on Sunday morning, starting as early as 7:15am and ending before 1 pm. Our goal is to provide a first class, well organized, and respectful soccer league for various adult age groups where they can compete with their peers and receive recognition for their efforts and achievements in an atmosphere of friendship and support. In this way, we can encourage adults to participate in a health and fitness oriented lifestyle in a well organized social structure.

Southern California Futbol Association (SCFA)

22704 Ventura Blvd. #422, Woodland Hills, CA 91364 O: 818.796.3474 alberto@socalfutbol.org | socalfutbol.org


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Beachfront luxury in Santa Monica

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riginally built in 1926 as the grandest of the opulent beach club hotels and the premier playground for Hollywood A-listers, Hotel Casa del Mar re-emerged in October 1999, following a $50 million restoration by Edward Thomas Hotels, parent company to the property. Today, Hotel Casa del Mar remains one of the most well-appointed addresses on the West Coast, with luxurious décor, sophisticated accommodations, lively public spaces, and an overall indulgent and relaxing ambiance. The hotel is adjacent to the historic Santa Monica Pier, the dynamic Third Street Promenade, the popular upscale shopping and dining areas of Main Street and Montana Avenue, as well as the gardens, walkways and expansive ocean panoramas of clifftop Palisades Park. Founded with a commitment to extraordinary service and privacy, the beachfront escape provides 129 beautifully appointed guestrooms, including 17 suites; the inviting and eco-minded Sea Wellness Spa; the private, guest-only Palm Terrace Pool; and a variety of dining options that explore the bounty of Southern California’s seasonal, farmers’ market driven fare. Signature dining destinations include Catch, offering a modern American take on seafood favorites, and The Lounge, featuring live music nightly and an expertly curated list of crudo and plates intended for sharing; and the brand new Terrazza, featuring inspired Italy-meets-California seasonal small plates. This entirely redesigned space will open at the ocean-facing end of the grand lobby lounge, offering guests nearly floor-to-ceiling views of the Pacific Ocean.

HISTORY Built in 1926 in Renaissance Revival style by Los Angeles architect Charles F. Plummer, the original “Club Casa” served as both an upscale hotel and beach club to the well-heeled. With plush Oriental rugs, intricately hand-painted ceilings, and heavy bronze statuary, the Club soon became the Pacific Coast’s “see and be seen” spot, renowned for its swinging social scene and frequented by many of L.A.’s Hollywood stars and moguls. The revelry lasted until World War II, when Casa del Mar was converted to a military hotel, followed

by—in 1959—the headquarters for the Synanon drug therapy program. The historic property’s final incarnation, prior to reemerging as today’s Hotel Casa del Mar, was as a Pritikin Longevity Center, which it maintained from 1978-1997. The property was later purchased by E.T. Whitehall Seascape Partners, LLC and, in 1999, restored to its landmark style.

“Additionally, colors that evoke both land and sea— drawing in the property’s coveted location just steps from the Pacific Ocean—are seen throughout” DESIGN Though Club Casa’s original furnishings do not remain, Hotel Casa del Mar was restored with the historic look and feel of the 1920s. To achieve this classic aesthetic, Los Angeles-based Darrell Schmitt Design Associates and Cheryl Rowley Design, who collaborated on the interior, used soft and simple lighting, as well as elegant materials favored in the 1920s such as damask and velvet draperies, fruitwood, and bronze furnishings. Additionally, colors that evoke both land and sea—drawing in the property’s coveted location just steps from the Pacific Ocean—are seen throughout, including elegant gold and greens, alongside shades of blue and apricot. The eight-story property features a brick-and-sandstone façade, red-tile roof, and brown iron balconies. Elaborate relief work surrounds the building, including escutcheons over the front door and intricately sculpted angels, cupids, and other Renaissance figures. Hotel Casa del Mar’s exterior was restored to its original state by HLW International, in conjunction with affiliate Thomson Design Associates.

GUEST ROOMS Hotel Casa del Mar offers 129 elegantly appointed guest rooms and suites, imparting the ambiance of a chic beach estate, with a historic sense of place. Most rooms offer panoramic views of the Pacific coastline from Palos Verdes to Malibu, while others offer cityscapes of Santa Monica. Each large guest room is accented with shades of calming

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blue that draw upon the hotel’s iconic seaside location, stately windows adorned with ivory sateen draperies, and high ceilings. The centerpiece, a rich walnut four-poster bed, is accented with luxurious white linens, an etched and hand-silvered mirror, responsibly harvested white coral, a bisque-colored ceramic garden stool, lush chenille throws, and a selection of novels and thoughtfully chosen artifacts unique to the property’s beach location. In addition, each room is outfitted with the latest technology, including a 42-inch LCD flat screen television in the main room, as well as a flat screen television in the bathroom, complimentary movies, wireless internet access, and an iPod docking station. Opulent baths feature white Italian Calacatta marble walls and floors, light fixtures finished in silver leaf, white porcelain fixtures, alabaster soap holders and glassware, plush white robes, glassenclosed showers, traditional pedestal sinks, and whirlpool tubs with frosted pan-windows opening into the guest rooms. Specially designed rooms to accommodate the needs of the physically challenged are available. Three extravagant, multi-level Penthouse Suites, reminiscent of Italian seaside villas, feature eclectic Venetian-designed furnishings, a living room with fireplace, a formal dining area, and either one or two bedrooms with separate sitting areas. In addition, one penthouse features an exercise studio—ideal for the hotel’s offered one-on-one training sessions with a fitness professional. A single Presidential Suite offers two bedrooms, a living and dining room, guest bath, bar, hydrothermal massage tubs, and a separate shower and vanity.

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BY THE BLUE SEA: FOOD AND BEVERAGE By the Blue Sea restaurant group is a family of dining and lounge concepts located at Pico Boulevard and Ocean Way, in picturesque Santa Monica, CA. Housed within the iconic Hotel Casa del Mar and its sister property Shutters on the Beach, each destination offers a distinct dining experience, unparalleled views of the Pacific Ocean, and is just a short distance from the famous Santa Monica Farmers’ Market and Santa Monica Pier. Dining destinations within Hotel Casa del Mar include Catch, a modern American seafood restaurant, and The Lounge, offering seasonal small


plates, sushi, and live musical entertainment nightly. The hotel’s newest concept, Terrazza, is inspired both from a culinary and interior design standpoint by the Italian seaside. Terrazza boasts a floor-toceiling redesign, ranging from gorgeous sage green and aqua tiles imported from Europe to all-new fixtures and furniture, including rattan ceiling fans, wicker chairs, turquoise printed cushions, glass sconces, and hand-carved wood tables. The menu features a selection of market-driven small plates intended for sharing, such as a rotating selection of fresh daily seafood, crudo, pizzas, hearty salads with seasonal ingredients sourced from local farmers, housemade pastas, artisanal cheeses, and charcuterie. Guests can look forward to unique culinary experiences with a nod to Italy, such as regional olive oil tastings, and more.

SEA WELLNESS SPA An intimate retreat within a luxurious, eco-minded setting, the Sea Wellness Spa at Hotel Casa del Mar is one of the leading spa and wellness retreats within its seaside location of Santa Monica, CA. Redesigned in 2010 by Rachel Winokur of Etta Designs, the spa offers five treatment rooms, including a couple’s room and a yoga studio and fitness room. With a focus on eco-luxury, Winokur utilized green materials throughout the space, including repurposed wood from a 19th-century Amish barn in Western Wisconsin, alongside luxurious touches such as silkworm curtains and original artwork. This unique spa destination incorporates both revitalizing and health-benefiting spa treatments, as well as a variety of fitness programs for mind and body. The spa’s professional HydraFacial Treament, which incorporates the expertise of a certified technician, is a non-irritating treatment that improves the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, congested pores, hyperpigmentation, and brown spots using a hydradermabrasion technique; this procedure cleanses, exfoliates, extracts, and hydrates simultaneously, resulting in clearer, firmer, more beautiful skin with no discomfort, no laser, and no downtime. The hotel proudly enlists personal trainer to the stars Dave Shamash and his crew of fitness professionals, each of whom have a competitive athletic background and specialize in guiding guests through custom workouts—from Kinesis equipment that allows for sports-specific training to TRX suspension training, yoga on the beach, and more. The Sea Wellness Spa features the Natura Bisse line of products from Barcelona, Spain—a celebrity favorite known for combining luxury with scientific innovation—as well as the H. Maloha line of organic and natural Hawaiian skin care products. Guests may enjoy their treatments in the intimate five-room spa or on the hotel’s pool terrace with an ocean view.

“Meeting spaces include the elegant Colonnade Ballroom, featuring Venetian glass chandeliers, sculpted ceilings, and stunning beachlevel ocean views”

Ballroom, featuring Venetian glass chandeliers, sculpted ceilings, and stunning beach-level ocean views (accommodating 400 guests theatre style and 250 for banquets). Offering multiple event layouts, the ballroom can be divided into three separate, more intimate spaces: the 3,000-squarefoot Colonnade I, the 900-square-foot Colonnade II, and the 900-square-foot Colonnade III. Additionally, the 550-square-foot Boardroom serves conferences of up to 18 attendees, the 340-square-foot Indigo room accommodates up to 24 guests for banquets and 21 for meetings; and the 500-square-foot Crimson Room provides ample space for 50 for banquets and 35 for meetings. Both the Boardroom and Crimson Room have private, attached living rooms. For smaller, more informal group events, the Lobby Lounge at Casa—located just above the property’s grand main entrance—offers several inviting spaces, including the Library, a semi-private area with shelves of hardcover books and plush sitting chairs (accommodates 15-30 guests). Room rates starting at $495. 1910 Ocean Way Santa Monica, California 90405. 310.581.5533. www.hotelcasadelmar.com

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More Than Debuts Confirmed for 2016 LA Auto Show’s AutoMobility LA

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Clockwise from main: by Samuel Bendall; photo by Jim Donnelly; by Samuel Bendall; by Samuel Bendall; by Samuel Bendall; Image courtesy of Los Angeles Auto Show; by Samuel Bendall

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“Olli, the world’s first self-driving cognitive vehicle designed by Local Motors will also be present at this year’s AutoMobility LA”

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lobal vehicle debuts by leading automakers and startups include 3D-printed supercar and self-driving electric microbus. The LA Auto Show® has announced that it expects more than 50 vehicles to be unveiled in front of media, analysts and industry executives during its trade show, AutoMobility LATM, taking place November 14-17, 2016, at the Los Angeles Convention Center. While nearly every automaker is slated to unveil products and/or make significant announcements, a few have begun to share their plans for vehicle reveals. Among the more than 20 world debuts will be introductions by Alfa Romeo, Mazda, MINI, Subaru, Volkswagen and a compact SUV from Jeep. Other reveals confirmed are those from Infiniti, Jaguar Land Rover and smart. Audi, Mercedes-Benz and Nissan will have multiple reveals, while Porsche has confirmed five debuts. General Motors (GM) will have multiple global and North American debuts, including two reveals from Chevrolet. Cadillac’s debut lineup will include the Escala concept car, which has only been seen on the Concept Lawn at the 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. In addition to production and concept vehicles in the luxury and performance segments, this year’s unveilings will include a significant showing of SUVs and electric/hybrid options across several makes and models. As the automotive industry continues to transform, AutoMobility LA will also serve as a platform for product unveilings and significant announcements focused on technology, including

the global premier of Divergent’s Blade production vehicle. Built using Divergent 3D’s proprietary platform, the Blade supercar represents the future of automobile manufacturing and will be available to customers in 2017. Elio Motors, the start-up vehicle company bringing a low-cost, highly fuel efficient commuter vehicle to market, is planning on revealing the E1C (its latest E-Series vehicle), its P5 prototype vehicle and its interactive ePlus display at AutoMobility LA. With fuel efficiency of up to 84 mpg, the aerodynamic, 2-seater (tandem) has a set base price of $7,300 for non-refundable reservations (up to 65,000 total reservations). Olli, the world’s first self-driving cognitive vehicle designed by Local Motors will also be present at this year’s AutoMobility LA. Olli, an on-demand shuttle with capacity for 12, is currently being used on private roads in the Washington, D.C. area and is the first vehicle to utilize the cloud-based cognitive computing capability of IBM Watson Internet of Things to analyze and learn from high volumes of transportation data. Following AutoMobility LA, all of this year’s debuts will be on display at the 2016 LA Auto Show (open to the public November 18-27). AutoMobility LA is the culmination of a multiyear evolution of the LA Auto Show’s Connected Car Expo and its Press & Trade Days into a trade show designed exclusively for the new automotive industry. The four-day event will bring together the entire “new mobility ecosystem” comprised of automakers, tech companies, designers, developers, startups, investors, dealers, government officials, analysts, etc.

Left: photo by Roman Korotkov; Right: by Samuel Bendall; Above, right: by Betto Rodrigues; Circles, from top: by Jim Donnelly; by Digital Media Pro

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About the Los Angeles Auto Show and AutoMobility LA Founded in 1907, the Los Angeles Auto Show (LA Auto Show®) is the first major North American auto show of the season each year. In 2016, the show’s press and trade days merged with the Connected Car Expo (CCE) to become AutoMobility LATM, the industry’s first trade show converging the technology and automotive industries to launch new products and technologies and to discuss the most pressing issues surrounding the future of transportation and mobility. AutoMobility LA 2016 will take place at the Los Angeles Convention Center Nov. 14-17, with manufacturer vehicle debuts intermixed. LA Auto Show will be open to the public Nov. 18-27. AutoMobility LA is where the new auto industry gets business done, unveils groundbreaking new products and makes strategic announcements in front of media from around the globe. LA Auto Show is endorsed by the Greater L.A. New Car Dealer Association and is operated by ANSA Productions. www.automobilityla.com

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Beverly Hills Josephine Stevens catches up with blogger Alexandra Anderson Bower to find out about the challenging task of balancing being a mom with her interior design career, and her passion for art

alexandra… …On how it all started

…ON A TYPICAL DAY

In early 2006 my boyfriend (now husband) set up the URL AlexandraBeverlyHills.com and the Wordpress software for me to write about the design projects and events that were my life at the time. I didn’t really understand the concept – I didn’t want to share my sources and wanted to keep my clients’ privacy. Later that year we were married and the next year we had a baby. I was spending a lot of time on mommy message boards and social media because I had all this down time while the baby (aka The Critter) was sleeping. At that point the blog became the natural place to start writing about design and life in Beverly Hills, and the overriding theme became what it’s like to raise my son in a city that I watched on television as a child. A year after that we rebranded the blog to BeverlyHillsMom.com, and I haven’t run out of things to write about yet!

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I am a night owl and have had to make that work for me! Weekdays I rise at 7.30am and get The Critter off to school, then I write, paint, plan, go to events, or work on design projects until I pick him up after school. From 4pm until 9pm it’s family time. I then take a disco nap for an hour or two, get up and have personal time doing whatever is on the front burner until about 3am.

I think that sticking with my instincts has served me well. In every aspect of my business I have remained steadfast in my desire to be an authentic voice, so I can’t write about anything that doesn’t interest me or conflicts with my values. I am approached by many brands to review and write about them, but unless those elements come together, I really can’t do it. If I try something and


“I’d say that the biggest challenge is to make sure that my son knows how fortunate we are to live in such a beautiful safe place, and keep him grounded” it’s not a good experience, I don’t write anything about it and just let the brand know why. If I can’t say something nice, I don’t say anything at all. I also have never let the blog dictate our life – the access that this type of writing gives one is quite enticing, but I often say no to invitations that don’t organically fit into our real life story. I’m not particularly competitive in broadening my influence, so if what’s needed of me is to be present for my family, that has to be okay. Mom is job number one – I can’t be creative if my family is stressed out.

…ON BEING A BEVERLY HILLS MOM I wasn’t prepared for how much fun being a mom would be! I spend the same amount of creative angst on Halloween costumes and Cub Scout activities that I would on a design presentation. It all comes from the same well. I’d say that the biggest challenge is to make sure that my son knows how fortunate we are to live in such a beautiful safe place, and keep him grounded. I have been so pleased at our community of parents, also – with so many highly accomplished, educated people in such a concentrated area, the goal is always excellence. I can’t deny that the experience is a bit trippy sometimes, for example: the Golden Globes is held at the Beverly Hilton across from our school and Scout House. Last year the final security check point was right in front of the house, so it became the staging area for law enforcement. While the Globe nominees checked in and rolled past in their black cars, the Scouts were learning about Hazmat, bomb detection, and what it’s like to get arrested. Rebecca Eaton (Executive Producer of Masterpiece Theatre; Downton Abbey, etc) and Mark Pybus (Producer, Wolf Hall) stopped their driver and asked me what was going on, why were they handcuffing those children, and what is that vehicle? I had met her several times at PBS Press Tour, so I explained the situation. She and Pybus went on to win the Globe an hour later! Classic Beverly Hills.

“Do what it takes to really hear your child. We all have instincts about our own children, and if we listen to that little voice, it usually gives the answer.” “Don’t be afraid to do things your own way. I’ve always given my child a lot of free time to develop his own interests and he is never bored.” “I take advantage of the wealth of amazing culture that Los Angeles offers, and when we are in the car, I insist that he look out the window and be aware of where we are in the world. I think these things are small steps toward making him a well-rounded person.”

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THE INTERIOR DESIGNER …ON CURRENT PROJECTS I seem to be doing more accessory and branding type design work these days - I curated a collection of prop accessories for the displays of the new Liv GIANT bicycles brand, which is the first women’s bicycle gear collection from the world’s largest bicycle manufacturer. Each time a new Liv store opens I send them a “kit” of art and accessories to decorate their display fixtures. I am always working with my existing residential clients on art and accessory acquisition, and am designing a residential project on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. I also just started a new book that will be a picture book about chairs!

ALEXANDRA’S TOP INTERIOR DESIGN TIPS

…on inspiration

Designing a room is like doing detective work the clues are the in original architectural elements, the light, and the use of the room. Educate yourself on the existing style of the house or building and that will inform the scale of furniture and appropriate finishes for the room.

When starting a new project, whether it’s a painting or design, I usually thumb through my library that I have collected over the years to find motifs and shapes that I might use. I also find walking in Beverly Hills to be quite inspiring, as the light and vivid colors of the landscape change as the day goes by. I am very nostalgic – I love creating visual stories that I think I would have liked when I was seven years old. I think a lot about what might have delighted me at that time and if an idea passes that test, it stays in.

Choose one item to anchor the design – it can be a pillow, a painting, a collection of butterflies, a rug – anything. Your next selections can spin off of that. For example, my sister in law hand made a gorgeous Hawaiian quilt for my husband of blues and greens that later became the design element that anchored my son’s baby room, and further made apple green a color used throughout our home.

…ON DREAM PROJECTS I have created a line of affordable wall art for children’s rooms, and my dream would be to license these along with my fabulous baby and children’s soft furnishings so I can spread my love of design and art to babies everywhere.

I am a big fan of using many small tables in family rooms, from ottomans with inset trays to tiered side tables. They can be configured to accommodate the family activities without much effort, and are easily tucked away when you want to have lots of space to move around.

Use decorative trays and boxes to keep items that create visual clutter in check. People like their stuff like eyeglasses and hand cream within reach, but keep it contained in something pretty.

If you have a tendency to like to change things up, invest in solid color textiles on your large seating pieces and use decorative pillows with colorful patterns that can be changed occasionally. Use blankets and throws that complement your design. My workroom makes gigantic double velour blankets that are nine feet by six feet and match the pillow colors. When these are being used to make a fort, the room doesn’t look messy.

My top two pet peeves:

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1. Art and mirrors hung too high. The center of a painting or a mirror should be at eye level. 2. Candle wicks that are not burned off. I can’t stand seeing candles in a perfectly styled room with big unlit white wicks wagging at me. Burn them when you set them out – this is also for safety so that the long wick doesn’t ash onto a flammable surface.


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…ON louis xiv Louis XIV is my real life dog! He was my baby before I had my two-legged baby. I saw him at the pet store at Beverly Center, and he chose me. He really prepared me for motherhood.

“Once I was a mom, I decided it would be fun to paint Louis – I could do smaller pieces and create a story.”

…ON being creative I’ve always been involved in some type of creative expression. I studied painting electively for both my Theatre degree and my Interior Design degrees, but before I had my son I would paint really large canvasses that would take months to finish. Once I was a mom, I decided it would be fun to paint Louis – I could do smaller pieces and create a story.

…ON the picture book Louis XIV of Beverly Hills is a completed picture book with sixteen illustrations. The story revolves around the perfectionist neurotic Louis and his perfect routine, but a trip to the country shakes that up. All the illustrations have real life design elements from Beverly Hills and Mississippi, including the Electric Fountain and the mosaic at the pool of the Montage. While I search for the right publisher, I am offering framed prints and greeting cards with some of the illustrations from the book. I also have two other Louis stories in the works. BeverlyHillsMom.com; LouisXIVBH.com

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THE RestaurantS Roni’s Diner, or for more elevated occasions – The Belvedere at the Beverly Peninsula THE BAR I love to drink espresso martinis at the Bar on Four at Neiman Marcus. Au Fudge is also a new favorite place to have a cocktail lunch with the ladies but The Critter can play games and have fun there too. I walk to Bar on Four but for other places the Uber app is indispensible. THE RELAXATION SPOT Our swimming pool or my balcony. the family day out The Getty or a day at the beach in Malibu with a picnic from Doughboys. the pamper spot For an all day experience I love the Spa Montage or the Peninsula Spa. My regular mani/pedi appointment with Jennifer and Amy at Exquisite Nails also includes amazing massage.

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Photographer Dominick Aznavour from Los Angeles chats to Josephine Stevens about his work and inspiration

ou’ll find Dominick Aznavour hard at work in the arts district in North Hollywood, where he moved from Santa Clarita. His photographic journey started at a young age and was influenced by his mother’s hobby of taking pictures. Spending time looking through family albums was ultimately what helped him distinguish a good picture from a bad one. “I started drawing at a very early age, then moved from pastels to oil painting. I believe that’s where I learned about color and composition. In high school, I joined theatre and started to pursue acting, which educated me on what a good performance was, and looked like. I will never underestimate the importance of a great performance. Being a performer also taught me how to get what I need out of the people I shoot as well. It truly brings out the best in your photography.” Dominick has always enjoyed experimenting with different media. His study of Film Production at college taught him a lot about lighting and different types of lenses. “In my opinion, knowing how to light your subject is the most important part of 36 NOVEMBER 2016

photography. Also, one of the most important things I learned was production value and how to make it or fake it. It completely changed my photography.” The subject of Dominick’s work is varied, from figurative and portrait shots, to rural and urban landscapes. “I absolutely love portraits. I love doing landscapes, but portraits feel more personal to me. With portraits, everyone brings something unique to the table. The expression on their face, what they’re wearing, where they are – all of these things combined create something unique and beautiful.” Details are important and a smirk or slight frown can completely change the entire image. When editing, Dominick will often scrutinize the difference between one image and another. While both pictures may look exactly the same, he knows that the smallest detail can really set them apart. “As a photographer, I have the ability to control, for the most part, how the viewer will feel when seeing a photograph. There are so many creative liberties a photographer can take, so it starts to become a question of how I want my viewer to feel.

“Being a performer also taught me how to get what I need out of the people I shoot as well. It truly brings out the best in your photography.”


Dominick’s top photography tips Truly understand the camera and how it works Know what every button does and know how to truly use the camera without assistance. When you are in complete control of your camera, you’ll be in complete control of your shot. Be patient. Learning how to use any piece of technology will always have a steep learning curve, but once you’ve owned it, you’ll be in full control of what your pictures look like.

Learn about lighting and how to utilize different types Once I learned about the different type of lighting, I went out and bought some umbrellas and speedlights to practice with. I spent months learning how to use those speedlights and it, hands down, changed my photography. The quality of my photos went from being good to great. I love natural lighting but not only are you limited to one source of light, your lighting source is never consistent since the positioning of the sun is changing throughout the day. This is why being knowledgeable about lighting is important; you take out the factors that are out of your control and put them in your control.

Shoot as often as possible. Everything in photography will be trial and error so as I said before, be patient, it will be worth it. You can’t be a musician, athlete or doctor without the practice. Those who are the best in their craft are the most experienced and the most knowledgeable. There is no way around that. We live in a generation where if you don’t know how to do something, you can simply go on Youtube and learn it, so take advantage of these opportunities and educate yourself.

Be creative Don’t limit yourself to one type of photography... but only in the beginning. I would encourage people to go out and shoot a wedding or shoot your friends’ headshots. Try something that’s out of the ordinary. Find what it is that makes you happy while you’re shooting. Experience can only help you discover what it is you’re great at. If you learn how to shoot incredible landscapes and meanwhile learn how to shoot gorgeous portraits, then you have the knowledge to merge the two together. Once you’re well rounded and you’ve found what it is you love, then I would spend your time becoming an expert in that one area. As they say, “A Jack of all trades is a master of none.”

Take risks Failing comes with the territory of becoming great at anything. Not every shoot has to be a masterpiece so don’t beat yourself up. If you can sit back and ask yourself why a picture didn’t come out the way you wanted and solve that problem, then you’re already better than you were prior to shooting. Try to find something about every shoot that you don’t like and ask yourself what you can do better next time. This is what makes experience so important. The more you shoot, the more you learn. Never stop asking yourself what you can do better and how you’re going to fix it next time. Sometimes the answer is as easy as changing a setting on your camera, and sometimes you have to invest in more equipment.

The most pictures with most impact I’ve seen have always been portraits.” He explains: “Imagine a picture of the streets Los Angeles; Now imagine the same picture with a fireman staring straight into the camera with tears down his face. It says so much more than just what the street itself can offer.” Dominick cites his inspiration in the creative arts as mainly being seeing pictures and movies, and the way in which a painting or film can allow the viewer to see emotion. A story is told, and sometimes, people be so affected by what they are seeing that they are deeply moved.

“I love that feeling you get, when you’re looking at a picture and it immediately makes you laugh or it takes you back to a specific time and place.”

“Sometimes people love an image so much they decide to put it up in their house or buy a product or relive a memory of their own,” says Dominick. Inspiration can come to him in many forms as well. “An article of clothing that catches my attention, the way light is sitting on someone’s face, a small expression on someone’s face. These could easily invoke an emotion in me which can further inspire an idea for a shoot. I love that feeling you get, when you’re looking at a picture and it immediately makes you laugh or it takes you back to a specific time and place.” Dominick has had a varied journey from first looking in family albums, to where he is today, via pastels, oils, film production and of course, stunning photography in many different forms. But what does the future hold? “I’ve always had an affinity for traveling, so I’m hoping to be able to travel more for my work. I absolutely love working with people, so being able to broaden my horizons in terms of seeing different cultures has always been something I’ve been interested in. I’d also love to spread my work to other formats as well, like, lifestyle, high fashion, live music, recording artists and film production stills. Film and music production is like unveiling the curtain in Oz for me. I love watching the process of how people create art. Ultimately, I’d like to work with as many creative people as I can. There’s nothing more satisfying than working toward a common goal with a group of your peers.” He feels Chuck Palahniuk had it right when he said, “The goal isn’t to live forever but to create something that will.” “I think this is the goal of every artist, regardless of their medium. The only time you can do that is by creating something that moves people. Period. As an artist, the highest flattery is knowing that something you created changed someone’s life or had some sort of impact on them.” www.dominickaznavour.com NOVEMBER 2016 37


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TOP LEFT: What I love about California is it’s seemingly infinite amount of places to eat and sightsee. You could easily pass these piers thinking they’re nothing more but you would absolutely miss out on an incredible experience. Drive down the PCH and pick a spot, whether you’re a photographer or a foodie, you will be satisfied. I think this is a great representation of California in the winter. It’s one of my favorites because I feel like so many people can look at a photo like this, and think back on a time they were at the beach during the winter with cloudy skies and the cool air. BOTTOM LEFT: I had the incredible opportunity of working with the LAPD’s Northridge division. I was asked to shoot all the different areas the police department had jurisdiction over. It was my first time flying in a helicopter shooting aerial shots and I’m hoping not the last. We decided to shoot the city during sunset since the lighting would be better. I’m so glad we did, once we landed I was walking away from the helicopter and looked back to see the following image. I had to take my camera out and take a picture. The sunset was gorgeous.

“This has always been on my top list of favorite pictures I’ve taken. This was shot in a wood barn out in the hills of Malibu” TOP RIGHT: My friend Devon Newberry and I decided to do a shoot that had a timeless look to it. We wanted to implement the 1950’s greaser combined with modern day styles. This was shot in the Downtown Los Angeles Union Station. I loved how the building itself maintained its history with its dark wood and archways. The interior architecture immediately caught my eye the first time I went inside. I knew I needed to shoot here, so we collaborated on this idea that revolved around the train station and Union station. BOTTOM RIGHT: This has always been on my top list of favorite pictures I’ve taken. This was shot in a wood barn out in the hills of Malibu. I remember the first time I took this picture, it made me further fall in love with photography. It was a defining moment for me because until then I was mostly shooting headshots. This was when I started experimenting with full scenes instead of just portraits and since then, I’ve never seen photography the same way.

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TOP LEFT: I loved the lines and expression on her face. There’s something so regal about them sitting back and smoking with wine glasses littering the table. I was with my family in Universal City when I took this. What caught my eye was the soft lighting coming from behind me as well as the lines on her face. I also loved how the reflection of the building behind me, was reflected behind both of them. It gives it another dimension. I feel like all the small accents of red really bring this picture together. MIDDLE LEFT: I absolutely loved doing this shoot. I started experimenting with action shots since a majority of my work was still. We went to the jewelry district in downtown Los Angeles and shot this on a Sunday. I probably had Ian run and jump more than a dozen times before we got the perfect positioning. I didn’t use any artificial lighting for this either, we were lucky enough to have it be somewhat overcast that day. I couldn’t be happier with the way this turned out.

“When Ian and I went to Downtown to do this shoot, I knew I was going to find an alleyway somewhere in Los Angeles but this one was perfect” BOTTOM LEFT: When the LAPD had me take aerial pictures of the Northridge area, I was excited to say the least. It was my first time shooting out of a helicopter so I made sure I was as prepared as possible. I came with two cameras, one with a zoom lens and one with a wide, just to make sure I had complete coverage. I shot this in December, so I was lucky enough to be able to capture the cloudy skies and trees which were changing color. RIGHT: When Ian and I went to Downtown to do this shoot, I knew I was going to find an alleyway somewhere in Los Angeles but this one was perfect. Between the red walls and the tiny gutter of water, we immediately walked down and began shooting. The reds made the blue in his suit pop. What I love about this picture is how timeless it can be. Even the content on the newspaper makes it appear as though it could be from a different era.

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LEFT: I took this picture in April while I was on a business trip in Chicago. There was something that was so calm yet busy about this city. The calm cloudy skies felt like they balanced what was going on down below. It didn’t have the hectic hustle and bustle that New York or Los Angeles had. Funny enough, if I would have taken this picture 5 minutes later, you would see nothing but white. Within minutes the city was covered in snow. ABOVE, LEFT: I absolutely love Los Angeles because of all the hidden gems that photographers have at their disposal. We drove around The arts district in Los Angeles looking for the perfect place to shoot, until we came across this location. Underneath the 6th street bridge we found a spot which we fell in love with. The lighting was perfect and I loved the reflective stream behind her. It adds another element to the picture. I did an entire series of her and her brother in this location.

“I absolutely love Los Angeles because of all the hidden gems that photographers have at their disposal. We drove around The arts district in Los Angeles looking for the perfect place to shoot, until we came across this location”

ABOVE, RIGHT: Sometimes you’ll find yourself somewhere that’s so surreal, you swear you died and went to heaven. This was shot in a small town called Montepulciano in Tuscany, Italy. It was sunset, and all the hill sides were beautifully lit. You can see all sorts of different vineyards and villages as far as the eye can see. It’s definitely one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been to. This picture alone does not even do it justice in comparison to reality.

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THE GREAT LOS

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n 2006, Michael Schneider organized a walk down Wilshire to mark his 10th anniversary in Los Angeles. He met many new people along the way, and enjoyed it so much that he did it again the following year, and every year since, using different routes. The walk has grown and last year around 400 people walked the 16 miles across the city via Olympic Boulevard with him. This year’s walk is on November 19 and returns to Pico Boulevard, a route first taken in 2007. Each year the walk proves to the world that it’s fun to walk in LA, and being the Saturday before Thanksgiving means you can be guilt-free gorging on sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie a few days later. It’s a relaxed affair with no agenda, simply to enjoy LA, exercise and have fun. There are plenty of places to stop along the way for a bite to eat, and some people just join in for part of the walk. Mike sums up the last Pico Boulevard walk: “Great Los Angeles Walkers who made it from end-to-end got to experience, along the way, the bustling (even at 9 in the morning) fashion district; the Convention Center (currently home to the Auto Show); the Central American-dominated ByzantineLatino Quarter; the city’s shortest street (Powers Place); the beautiful old homes of Alvarado Terrace; a slice of Koreatown; the gut-busting food of spots like Oki-Dog and Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles; the sight of a massive crane that tipped over (smashing

the roof of a yoga studio) in Mid-City; the closed (for the Sabbath) Jewish shops and restaurants west of Fairfax; the Fox lot; dodging golf balls next to the Rancho Park golf course; the cool ocean breeze once we hit Santa Monica; and much more.” To join in, email greatlawalk@mail.com or visit the Facebook page: www.facebook.com/greatlawalk

the great L.A. walk routes 2006 Wilshire Boulevard 2007 Pico Boulevard

“The walk has grown and last year around 400 people walked the 16 miles across the city”

2008 Santa Monica Boulevard 2009 Adams Boulevard and Washington Boulevard to Venice Beach 2010 Wilshire Boulevard 2011 Hollywood Boulevard 2012 Melrose Avenue 2013 Sunset Boulevard 2014 Ventura Boulevard 2015 Olympic Boulevard 2016 Pico Boulevard

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THANKSGIVING IN LOS ANGELES

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dining out for thanksgiving Artisan House A buffet with carving station. Pay $10 for bottomless mimosas. 600 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

“It combines a world class ambiance with a striking decor and state of the art high tech lightning and sound”

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cafe gratitude What are you grateful for today? Well, if you’re early enough, a free plate of food to include red lentil butternut squash holiday loaf, stuffing, mashed potatoes with mushroom gravy, roasted vegetables and more. 300 S Santa Fe Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Wine Tasting “Thanksgiving Wines” America’s biggest dinner of the year should feature wines perfectly paired for a traditional Thanksgiving feast. Pop down to taste wines made for the Thanksgiving table. Ticket includes a tasting flight of six great French wines, 10% discount on featured wines purchased the day and a cheese plate with Poilâne bread. 3pm-6pm. Héritage Fine Wines, 467 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

catch Get a three course turkey meal with all the trimmings, for $90. 300 S Santa Fe Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90013

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esterel Enjoy salmon and short ribs, along with turkey, creamed Kennebec potatoes and salad with butternut squash and pickled cranberries. Sofitel LA at Beverly Hills, 8555 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

saddle peak lodge Head to the mountains to this former 1920s Hollywood star retreat. The restaurant specializes in game (think partridge, elk and venison), and has a great view of the unset from the upper dining rooms. 419 Cold Canyon Road, Calabasas, CA 91302

Pre Thanksgiving @ ProjectLA PROJECT is one of SoCals most fascinating and exclusive venues, it combines a world class ambiance with a striking decor and state of the art high tech lightning and sound creating an atmosphere that is second to none. DJs will be providing the music and guarantees to have the entire club rocking all night long. 9pm-2am. Project Club LA, 6356 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90028

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turkey trot los angeles The Turkey Trot returns to Downtown Los Angeles on Thanksgiving morning before your special dinner at home. There are scenic 5k and 10k routes to choose from on the historic streets of Los Angeles. All participants will receive a Turkey Trot Trucker Hat and sparkly finishers medal! 5k starts 8am, 10k starts 8.30am. Downtown Los Angeles, for more information visit www.turkeytrot.la

FUN FACT The first Thanksgiving in the United States was held at Plymouth in 1621.


Thanksgiving Traditions

FUN FACT It was not until 1941, that congress declared Thanksgiving as a national holiday. It was declared to be the fourth Thursday in November

We usually stay at home and I cook all my traditional family recipes like cornbread dressing and holiday sweet potatoes. I set the table with the real china and silver and we have dinner in the late afternoon. We decorate our Christmas tree the weekend after Thanksgiving. My mother comes to town for three weeks right before Christmas, so we have a number of things we like to do together, like lunch at Mariposa Neiman Marcus, Christmas shopping, and going to see Santa at Two Rodeo. We order seafood from New Orleans and have a Revellion dinner for Christmas instead of turkey for my family and any “orphan” friends in town. My son usually performs in the beautiful Christmas Pageant at All Saints Episcopal and then we just relax afterward. We started staying in for New Years Eve the last few years, so I have tons of three-foot sparklers and loud (legal) fireworks to pop off at midnight. My mother makes traditional black-eyed peas and cabbage, so my Southern friends all drop by for a bite of good luck for the New Year. Because Beverly Hills has a much larger Jewish population than Christian, there isn’t quite the hectic Christmas rush that I grew up with, because everyone isn’t shopping all at once. Shopping on Rodeo at Christmas is FABULOUS – everyone is happy and festive, and it’s not too crowded.You can really enjoy yourself. My least favorite thing is that very few people decorate their houses for the holidays, so we don’t drive around looking at the crazy over the top decorations that I used to see as a kid.” – Alexandra Anderson Bower, Blogger, Beverly Hills

This Thanksgiving I will be getting very, very fat with my family. Our family tradition is to show up at my mother and father’s house and eat as much as we can until we can’t possibly eat anymore. Then, all the women of the family will drink coffee and socialize in the dining room, while all the men fall asleep watching Bonanza in the living room. My favorite parts are the conversations we have at the table and obviously the food. My least favorite part is looking at myself in the mirror later that night.” – Dominick Aznavour, Photographer, North Hollywood NOVEMBER 2016 49


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Time for Change THE HOLLYWOOD ROOSEVELT UNDERGOES a REVAMP

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he Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel is pleased to unveil a new design, starting with the iconic tower, built in 1927, where Gable and Carol Lombard had their tryst, which has undergone a 25milliondollar renovation with rooms designed by Yabu Pushelberg. Next up comes a full rebranding and a sophisticated poolside F&B outlet in the Spring. David Chang and Goodwin Gaw, owners of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, have appointed longtime hotel collaborator Brett Blass as their Chief Operating Officer to lead the repositioning efforts of the new look property and their new management company to be announced later in 2016. “The Hollywood Roosevelt’s reputation as an iconic, one of a kind lifestyle hotel has been forged with distinction in Hollywood’s history,” said Blass, “It’s an exciting time for the entire hotel team and for Los Angeles our stunning guest room renovation celebrates this landmark hotel’s character, charm and Hollywood roots while making us all very enthusiastic for the future ahead.” Yabu Pushelberg’s revamp features a palette showcasing subtle textures, beautiful leathers, and soft grey tones with persimmonred accents, the new design maintains the integrity of the hotel’s Spanish Colonial roots, but with a modern twist. Under the new management direction, the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel will continue to maintain the individuality that has allowed it to forge a distinctive place in Hollywood history for nearly 90 years, while tastefully revitalizing its storied past. The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel has long been a meeting spot for both the well-heeled Hollywood set and creative industries. Spaces within the hotel such as the Library Bar and prohibition era style cocktail lounge and handcrafted bowling alley the Spare Room draw creatives for its intimate and picturesque surrounding a welcome respite from the

bustling Hollywood neighborhood and a world away from the nearby boulevard. From secret spots to the vast Rooftop where revelers are invited to go behind the iconic sign the hotel boasts an array of choices and something for every mood or celebration. The Hollywood Roosevelt also includes one of Hollywood’s most cherished oasis: palm tree encased Tropicana Pool. In 1988, famed British painter David Hockney completed a multimillion dollar mural painted on the bottom of the Tropicana Pool, which has since been hailed as one of Los Angeles’s greatest artistic and architectural marvels. Both the hotel and the pool have been designated Historic Cultural Monuments by the City’s Cultural Heritage Commission.

The Hollywood Roosevelt’s reputation as an iconic, one of a kind lifestyle hotel has been forged with distinction in Hollywood’s history,”

HISTORY

The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel has built a legendary reputation on history and fame in just under a century. Its rich history began in 1929 when the hotel hosted the inaugural Academy Awards, and over it’s almost 100 years it has welcomed illustrious icons through its doors, from Clark Gable, Carol Lombard, Shirley Temple, Charlie Chaplin and Marilyn Monroe who resided there, to Prince, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. Today, the hotel is still buzzing with industry executives and talent, and stands as a landmark attraction and popular destination for locals and tourists from around the world. Offering 300 guest rooms and suites, guests can choose from a variety of accommodations ranging from poolside cabanas to the newlook Tower Rooms with stunning views of the city and Hollywood Hills. To top it off, the hotel’s heated outdoor swimming pool provides guests the only locale in the world where they can swim in a million dollar work of art painted by acclaimed artist David Hockney. 7000 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028 NOVEMBER 2016 51


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Images courtesy of Sabrina Hill www.thesabrina.com

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L.A. Confidential Josephine Stevens meets The Beverly Hills Insider, luxury Concierge, Beverly Harris

“You’re in safe hands if you decide to work with Beverly. She’s reliable, creative and cares about your needs. She got me dinner reservations at an exclusive Beverly Hills restaurant when no one else could. Beverly is definitely a Beverly Hills Insider.” A client does not have to live in Beverly Hills to hire me. I have clients throughout the USA as well as international who are looking for a unique Beverly Hills experience. And yes, I am open to travel anywhere in the world. We are a Luxury Lifestyle Concierge to Affluent Clients such as CEO’s, Business Executives, Professionals and Celebrities who enjoy the finer things pertaining to luxury, for both men and women.

I started blogging about Beverly Hills in 2012. Before and while blogging, I was also a wedding planner. I knew I wanted to blog about weddings, but I also wanted to blog about how to experience a Beverly Hills lifestyle. So I added Shopping, Beauty, Style, Fine Dining and Private Events. Then in 2015, I began receiving numerous phone calls and emails for recommendations on things to do in Beverly Hills. That is when the idea of launching a concierge service came about. That being said, I no longer blog so that I can put all my energy and focus in my concierge service. Most people want top-shelf experiences, but it takes time and local knowledge to make connections to get them. Not to mention the time it takes to make plans. That is when a luxury lifestyle concierge comes in. I create practical ways for you to save time, increase efficiency and rejuvenate your current lifestyle. My personal concierge service has been designed to enhance lifestyles by creating impeccable experiences in Beverly Hills that can only come from a true insider, ME. Perhaps a view from a privately catered dinner overlooking the Blvd. in a $30,000 Presidential Suite, a cooking lesson from a worldrenowned chef, a visit to a private art collection in a billionaire’s home, or a one-on-one shopping experience with the fashion director of Prada or Louis Vuitton. Clients get exclusive insider access to my “90210” rolodex filled with trusted resources that were developed through exclusive network and longtime leadership within the Beverly Hills community. My favorite part of being a Concierge is hearing from clients that they had an amazing experience. Here is one of many testimonials…

I love getting invited to all the wonderful events and parties. (I mean a girl has to have a little fun too!) Knowing when a product launches, a new boutique opens, secret private dining locations, etc. I guess you can say just being The Beverly Hills Insider is an awesome thing. When I am not working, I am spending time with my fur baby, Spunky. Spunky is my 11 year old Chihuahua that has been with me since she was three months. She helps me to keep balance in my life. For more information on how to create your Beverly Hills Experience, visit www.thebeverlyhillsinsider.com

“I guess you can say just being The Beverly Hills Insider is an awesome thing”

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THE RestaurantS Crustacean (seafood) /www.houseofan.com/crustaceanbh Mastros (steak) www.mastrosrestaurants.com THE BARS The Garden Bar inside the Montage Hotel www.montagehotels.com/beverlyhills/dining/garden-bar Heritage Fine Wines www.heritagebeverlyhills.com the pamper spot Aqua Star Barbor Beauty Spa inside The Beverly Hilton Hotel http://www.beverlyhilton.com/beverly-hills-spa

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FOOD & DRINK This star-studded event allows all guests to enjoy unlimited wine tasting

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STARS OF CABERNET A collectible cabernet showcase bringing the best producers together with a great audience in Beverly Hills. Meet the owners, winemakers and executives that can also help set you up with your upcoming visits to their respected wineries. This star-studded event allows all guests to enjoy unlimited wine tasting, tray passed hors d’oeuvres, and an assortment of breads, cheeses and chocolate. The VIP events guests enjoy a delicious VIP buffet, and receive a gift bag upon departure. Live auction with all proceeds to the TJ Martell Foundation, Funding Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. The Peninsula Beverly Hills, 9882 S Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90212

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iaedp LA Chocolate Soiree Head to Iaedp’s last event of the year – a fun-filled evening of a guided Chocolate Tasting led by ChocoVivo, plus food and drinks at the 2016 Iaedp LA Winter Celebration. The evening runs from 7pm-10pm. Advance tickets are $32.23, but prices will rise on the door. The sponsors are: Castlewood Treatment Center; Center for Discovery; Reasons Eating Disorder Center; The Renfew Center. Westside Tavern, 10850 West Pico Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90064 58 NOVEMBER 2016

WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL Toast life with an afternoon of delicious food, wine and live jazz music while enjoying the Museum of Flying. Great wines, and fabulous menu by Fig of the Fairmont Hotel. Listen to music by the George Kahn Trio, and bid in the live and silent auction. The event is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Santa Monica benefitting local, national and international charities. Made possible by the generous support of The Fairmont. 4pm-7pm, plenty of free Parking. Museum of Flying, 3100 Airport Ave, Santa Monica, California


japanese food festival schedule 11am Taiko Drum Performance 1 (Sushi)

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Eventrockit Food Market Eventrockit food market is an outdoor food and beverage tasting festival happening on Saturdays. The outdoor food market features over 50 culinary creators making delicious tapasstyle delicacies. Try all the delicious foods and taste the passion-driven creations of various chefs. The events run 3pm-10pm. Some of the chef ’s menu items feature upscale soul food, Hawaiian pancakes, Korean tacos, Ramen burgers, Creole cuisine, organic ice cream, and more. You need a ticket to enter, and menu prices range from $1-$7. Eventrockit Food Market Lot, 724 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90017

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japanese food festival Head to the Japanese food festival for a day of fun, food, beer, sake, and Japanese culture. This event is going to be exciting and delicious. There will be taiko drum performances, plenty of tasting, a sushi eating contest, a tuna cutting demo and much more. The event is located near the freeway for easy access. There will be an additional fee for parking on the day of the event. 1am-4pm, and tickets are for adults $55, children $28. 555 Universal Hollywood Dr, Universal City, CA 91608

11.15am Opening Sake Barrel (Fresh Sashimi) 11.20am Taiko Drum Performance 2 (Tempura Soba - Tempura & Buckwheet Noodle) 11.45am Ceremony Tuna Filleting (Chicken Karaage) 12.30pm Rice Ball Workshop Demonstration 1 (Ramen Noodles) 1.15pm Sake Tasting Contest (Rice Onigiri) 2pm Performance and Experience of making Sushi Roll (Beer) 3pm Rice Ball Workshop Demonstration 2 (Sake & Shochu) 3.45pm Door Prizes (Dessert)

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but ordinary If you are looking for a slightly different culinary escape, head to Belcampo’s Meat Camp to get back to basics, and learn the art of preparing meat whilst camping out at the foot of Mount Shasta 60 NOVEMBER 2016


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Belcampo Meat Camp 2017 Schedule Meat Camp (General) Friday, June 23 - Sunday, June 25

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elcampo is a lot of things: a farm, a processing plant, a neighborhood butcher shop, a restaurant. What unites everything they do is their singular commitment to provide delicious, organic, and compassionately raised meat you can feel good about buying and eating. They got started on their mission in 2012, and have been working ever since to build a sustainable and resilient company that will be here for years to come. They have several butcher shops and restaurants in the Los Angeles area, including

“The camp is a three-day intensive where you will quickly gain a thorough understanding of meat cookery with a focus on open-fire grilling” Grand Central Market and West 3rd Street where you can pick up delicious organic food and butcher meats. Belcampo Santa Monica features a restaurant serving rustic, elegant, meaty, California cuisine and farm-inspired craft cocktails, plus a full-service butcher shop where guests can order custom cuts or choose from a creative selection of grab ‘n’ go Ready Meals™.

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However, for meat lovers wanting to go one step further, Belcampo runs trips to Meat Camp. Based at the foot of Mount Shasta in California’s Cascade Range Belcampo Farms offers an inspiring and evocative retreat. The camp is a three-day intensive where you will quickly gain a thorough understanding of meat cookery with a focus on open-fire grilling. Meat Camp is all-inclusive, with participants lodged in luxury ‘glamping’ tents in the farm’s orchard and enjoying family-style meals. You will also have a chance to participate in morning and afternoon workouts. Those attending will be cutting, salting, and lifting, so everyone should be prepared to be active and get involved. The farm is easy to get around, however participants will easily be walking up to a mile each day between venues and to visit animals. Participants will be taught by chefs from the Belcampo company along with Belcampo CEO Anya Fernald and Belcampo Meat Co. Retail Company Director Bronwen Sterling. Courses will also feature members of the Belcampo Butchery and Farm teams where relevant. Because you will be tasting delicious meat all day long, abundant vegetables will form the main meals. The meal options will all be paleo and gluten-free friendly. The cost is $1,400 per person double occupancy (sign up with a friend or get paired with another camper) or $2,000 per person for single occupancy. Pricing includes lodging, food, all courses and any transportation used at the farm. If you are looking into chartering a plane to get to the farm, the cost is approximately $6,000 each way from Los Angeles for a plane that can seat 8 people. These charter flights land about 20 minutes from the farm at the Montague airport, Belcampo can provide transport to and from the airport. If there is interest from any single group in this option, Belcampo is happy to reach out to the broader group of participants to solicit involvement and lower the per-person cost. It’s the perfect opportunity to get back to basics and at one with nature whilst learning new skills and enjoying delicious food.

Women’s Meat Camp Friday, July 7 - Sunday, July 9 Meat Camp Family Edition Friday, July 14 - Sunday, July 16 Children under the age of 10 welcome; $250 per child Meat Camp Pro Thursday, October 5 Saturday, October 7 Advanced session for more experienced participants; potential activities include: sausage-making workshop and a tour of Belcampo Butchery Meat Camp (General) Friday, October 13 - Sunday, October 15

To inquire or book please email meatcamp @belcampo.com All images courtesy of Belcampo Inc.


SAMPLE ITINERARY day 1

1pm-3pm Participants arrive 3.30pm Welcome and facilities overview 4pm Knife skills and basic butchery lesson 6pm Cocktail hour 7pm Dinner under the stars 9pm Evening campfire

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6.30am Coffee service begins 7.30am Campfire breakfast 8.30am Farm tour 10.30am Braising lessons 12pm Woodfire grilling lesson 1.30pm Picnic lunch 2.30pm Hike and horseshoes/downtime 4pm Butchery lesson : chops 4.30pm Wine tasting with meat pairings 5.30pm Chop grilling workshop 6.30pm “Chopstrvaganza� dinner

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7am Coffee service begins 7.30am Yoga 8.30am Grilling workshop and breakfast 10am Hands-on cooking lessons 11.45pm Picnic lunch 12pm Departure

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The beauty events we are looking forward to this month

“Join AJ Crimson Beauty as he shares with you all the pro secrets used on his long list of a-list celebrity client”

My Face My Body Aesthetic Awards The My Face My Body Aesthetic Awards is the premier consumer and industry awards event for the aesthetic industry. This year, it’ll be held at the five-star Montage Hotel, Beverly Hills.

Beauty basics 101 tour

Join AJ Crimson Beauty as he shares with you all the pro secrets used on his long list of a-list celebrity client. Solutions for everyday women.

You will learn: • Recreating the hottest beauty trends • 7 minute slay with just two brushes • Flawless foundation • Beautify your brows • Simplify a smoky eye • Cut-crease like a pro • Wicked winged eyeliner • Red carpet ready contour! • Highlight to the heavens 66 NOVEMBER 2016

Perfect for makeup virgins, those who have room to improve, and those wanting to brush up on the latest trends. Take your make up bag (large or small) they will work with it all, your brushes - blush brush, powder brush, eyeliner brush, eyebrow brush, eye shadow brush, make up wipes, notebook and pen. Drinks, snacks, sponges and disposables supplied. Each participant will receive a $20 credit/ gift card to be used at ajcrimson.com. Enrolment: $175 for 4 hour Session. Pay in full $165. Payment Plan: $100 deposit paid today, $75 balance paid two weeks prior to event date. November 6, 729 North La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038

You’ll join them for an exclusive drinks reception, before being swept into the magnificent ballroom at the stunning Montage Hotel. The evening promises top quality entertainment and the chance to see the best of the industry celebrated with a stellar awards ceremony.  But the event won’t end there. The organizers are expanding their portfolio of events and networking opportunities throughout the year. November 5, Montage Beverly Hills, 225 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210


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Scents of success? By Katie Wright, Press Association

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Michael Kors Midnight Shimmer Eau de Parfum, $102 for 3.4oz, www.michaelkors.com

Louis Vuitton Roses des Vents, $240 for 100ml www.louisvuitton.com

Tom Ford Vert Boheme Eau de Parfum, $2250 for 50ml, www.luckyscent.com

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ot only is this time of year famous for Fashion Week, and high street fall/winter arrivals, it’s also when major beauty brands and fashion houses unveil their biggest fragrance launches. The product of months - if not years - of famous ‘noses’ beavering away in their laboratories, mixing and modifying hundreds of ingredients until their creations are ready to be revealed, the hope is that one of these scents will make it onto your dressing table very soon. And what a selection there is, with more than a few worthy of signature scent status. These are the perfumes vying to hit the sweet spot this year...

THE MODERN REDUX Offering a fresh take on the house’s eternally-adored perfume, Chanel No5 L’Eau, opens with a blast of bracing citrus, making way for familiar wafts of jasmine and ylangylang, and a masculine finish courtesy of cedar and vetiver.

THE HERBAL REMEDY Basil is a key component in one of Jo Malone’s bestselling scents, but the new Basil & Neroli Cologne, is like nothing else. A gorgeously green aroma inspired by London’s gardens, it blends two varieties of the distinctive herb with an orange note and white musk, bringing depth to the verdant bouquet.

THE EXOTIC ESCAPE Conjuring the fragrant air of a hot, humid paradise, frangipani and ylang-ylang are front and center in Prada La Femme Eau de Parfum. Married with creamy beeswax and vanilla, tuberose and vetiver round off this seductive fusion.

THE BOHEMIAN DREAM Part of the Les Extraits Vert Private Blend Collection, Tom Ford Vert Boheme Eau de Parfum, is a Seventies-inspired scent that opens with evocative notes of Sicilian mandarin before drying down to a heady magnolia heart, underscored with Gustavia wood - a rarely used ingredient from the plant known as the ‘Tree of Heaven’ - and heavenly it sure is.

THE BIG SMOKE Dreamt up after years of horse-riding trips in Montana, Jo Loves Smoked Plum & Leather, mingles firewood

Prada La Femme Eau de Parfum, 343 North Rodeo Drive Beverly Hills Los Angeles, CA 90210

Chanel No5 L Eau, Eau de Parfum, $132 for 3.4oz, www.chanel.com

facets with warm plum liquer and rich leather - one whiff and you can practically hear the creak of a saddle and the whinny of an ebony stallion.

THE BERRY BURST A tangy trio of blackcurrant bud, red ginger and bergamot lead the charge of Liz Earle’s Botanical Essence No.9, with rose, patchouli and vanilla fleshing out this dark, spicy composition.

THE FRESH FLORAL One of seven simultaneous new releases, Louis Vuitton Roses des Vents, pays tribute to the Queen of Flowers, the beloved floral buffeted with pepper, iris and cedar in a delicately feminine amalgamation.

THE EIGHTIES HOMAGE Inspired by the decade of shoulder pads, perms and excessive eye make-up, Floris 1988 Eau de Parfum, is a thankfully more tasteful affair. Sparkling citrus notes are joined by the savoury tang of rosemary and thyme, with musk and amber imparting an androgynous edge.

THE SWEET TREAT Undeniably rich and sophisticated, like a perfectly packaged box of Laduree macarons, Michael Kors Midnight Shimmer Eau de Parfum, falls firmly in the gourmand category. Emanating vanilla and amberwood, this warm, enveloping aroma will satisfy any sweet tooth.

THE POWDER PLAYER Powdery and proud of it, Amouage Lilac Love Eau de Parfum, frames the classic floral in swathes of jasmine and rose, with tonka bean and sandalwood providing a smoothly sweet finish.

GET THE LOOK Make-up artist Mario Dedivanovic says, for her MTV Video Music Awards appearance, he wanted to make Kim Kardashian look “like a Greek Goddess, with a dewy complexion and a natural glow”. The maestro achieved just that, with a trio of Laura Mercier products: Candleglow Soft Luminous Foundation in Maple, followed by Face Illuminator Powder in Addiction, and finished with a slick of Velour Lovers Lip Color in Sensual.

Main image: PA Photo/ Thinkstockphotos; All images courtesy of PA/Handout

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Help for Men with Gynecomastia

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hile female breast enhancement and reduction surgeries have become an open topic of conversation, men too, are gaining confidence by going under the knife. Dr. Babak Dadvand, a double Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon in Beverly Hills, has dedicated his practice to the treatment of Gynecomastia in males. Gynecomastia comes from the Greek words “gyne” meaning feminine and “mastia” meaning breast, and is excess breast tissue, fatty tissue, or a combination of both in men. The causes of Gynecomastia include overdeveloped breast tissue resulting from puberty, steroid/growth hormone use, obesity, excessive weight loss, endocrine problems, long-term recreational drug use, use of certain medicines or herbal supplements, and heredity. Gynecomastia affects males of all ages and ethnicities. Studies have shown that up to 60% of men are unhappy with the appearance of

Studies have shown that up to 60% of men are unhappy with the appearance of their chests

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their chests. Despite its common occurrence, the general public is still unaware of how many men are affected by Gynecomastia, its causes, cost, and available treatment. As the topic is relatively silent in society, Gynecomastia remains the origin of embarrassment, shame, and low self-esteem for men. It is often the butt of jokes with hurtful, derogatory name calling such as “moobs,” “man boobs,” and more. It can lead to bullying, interfere with intimacy, and hinder the ability to lead a healthy sexual and emotional life. Five years ago, Dr. Dadvand became aware of the growing conversations about Gynecomastia among his male patients, who were coming in for other aesthetic procedures and cosmetic treatments. What

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surprised Dr. Dadvand was the scarce number of plastic surgeons who performed Gynecomastia surgeries. Never a subscriber to the “Jack of all trades, master of none” philosophy, Dr. Dadvand decided to dedicate a significant portion of his practice to the treatment of Gynecomastia and become an expert in male breast reduction surgery. Over the years, Dr. Dadvand has honed his techniques to provide hope to men in dire need of body confidence and this procedure. Dr. Dadvand’s personalized approach begins by spending a significant amount of time during the initial consultation to identify the underlying cause of Gynecomastia. He then develops a tailored surgical plan for that patient. Whether fat tissue is removed by incision and extraction or through liposuction depends upon the cause and type of Gynecomastia. The end goal remains the same, however. Patients enjoy the benefits of a flatter chest that suits their body without looking as if surgical work has been done. “For me, plastic surgery is a perfect marriage of science and art. I am fortunate to use my years of surgical training and artistic background as a Fine Arts major with a concentration in sculpture to help my patients reach their natural-looking goals. This is especially important for men, as they are more private by nature and do not wish for their Gynecomastia surgery to be publicly exposed,” stated Dr. Dadvand. The procedure costs $5,000 to $11,000 depending upon the case severity and involves minimal recovery time compared to other surgeries. Patients can return to their desk jobs 3 to 4 days post surgery and must eliminate exercise for only 4 to 6 weeks. A trusted treatment option for affected males, it is no wonder Gynecomastia surgery is gaining popularity in major cities nationwide. Dr. Dadvand offers free consultations and confidential, expert advice. For more information, please visit DrDadvandPlasticSurgery.com. Dr. Dadvand Plastic Surgery 8500 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 615 Beverly Hills, CA 90211 P: (310) 278-4200


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Left: Folli Follie Watchalicious Watch, available from follifollie.com. Words: Katie Wright, Press Association. All images courtesy of PA Photo/Handout

Have you got the date marked in your diary? It’s not long until the clocks go back (November 6), so why not cheer yourself up with a new watch - because the changing of the fashion seasons is something to be celebrated, not mourned

Michael Kors Ladies Autumn Lux Chronograph www.michaelkors.com

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Love Your Body Fashion Show & Shopping Event Karen Michelle Boutique has announced the 4th annual Love Your Body Fashion Event, an LA citywide event, focused on empowering women to accept their bodies and love themselves. Over 500 fashion forward attendees are invited to shop, network, and enjoy the many interactive offerings that will be onsite. Admission is free to the public. The event will feature two runway shows presenting emerging designers. Guests will be provided the opportunity to shop from a variety of vendors, network with professional individuals from the Los Angeles area, and enjoy an array of food & beverage. Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel 11461 Sunset Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90049 72 NOVEMBER 2016

GOING FOR ROSE GOLD

THIS BERRY MINUTE A major beauty trend on the fall catwalks, berry lipsticks were favoured by a whole host of designers, and now watches are getting a plummy makeover too. From darkest damson and deep burgundy, to grape and ultra-violet, a juicy hue will help you transition from the bright fashions of summer to a more wintry palette.

The rose gold jewelry trend has been around for a while now, but it’s still got legs. If you’ve yet to invest in a pinkygold watch to match your stacking rings and bangles, now’s your chance, as styles from the chunky and mannish to the delicate and dainty are reimagined this season in fashion’s favorite metal.

The Olivia Burton Lace Detail Black and Gold Watch WWW.oliviaburton.com (AND LEFT) Boss Classic Women Sport www.hugoboss.com

THE VICTORIANS The perfect match for this autumn’s gothic glamour trend is a Victorian-inspired watch, the key components being a white face, black leather strap and Roman numerals. Whether square, round, or something in between, this classic style will see you through this season and beyond.

FRUIT OF THE BLOOM If you’re loving the abundance of embroidery and embellished fabrics in the shops right now, you’ll need an equally opulent watch as the finishing touch for the fancy florals trend. Let wallpaper be your inspiration - think photographic flowers, lace detailing and embossed straps; the more intricate the better.


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fashion for him Clothing and grooming accessories for the season

Grooming with Mr Burberry

the pyjama collection, dolce & gabbana

Mr. Burberry Body Wash 250ml, $35 Jacquard-Knit Crewneck Sweater, $495, polo ralph lauren

Brushed Prince of Wales Check Alpaca Wool Chesterfield, $2,795, burberry

Tie pattern jersey pant, $690, gucci

Mr. Burberry Face Moisturiser 75ml, $55

Estate-Rib Cotton Pullover, $89.50, polo ralph lauren

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BLACK LEATHER WALLET, £300 (c. $367), christian dior


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For nearly three centuries, Jaquet Droz has placed time under the banner of astonishment, excellence and constantly renewed creativity. Jaquet Droz has also added a sense of exclusivity to this unique philosophy through customization.

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n the 18th century, the Jaquet-Droz family were pioneers in the art of luxury decoration. Through their work, they supported an entire generation of craftsmen. Enameled cases embellished with paillons, painting, sculpting and engraved ornamentation all contributed enormously to their success and fame. Pocket watches, urns, snuffboxes and cages with mechanical singing birds – all these masterpieces were decorated. To this day, the brand known by its twin stars offers discerning clients the opportunity to customize the dial of their timepiece to suit their taste and pay tribute to the tradition upheld by the Jaquet Droz Ateliers d’Art.

The Elegance of Privilege Jaquet Droz invites you to draft a design for your own timepiece by customizing and creating a unique piece on request - taking the time to explore the brand’s expertise and collaborate with its artisans. Prior to final validation, Jaquet Droz will need to communicate with you several times in particular with the model that will serve as a canvas for the design to be determined, as well as the craft techniques to be employed: enameling, painting, or sculpted and engraved ornamentation. Two to six months are required to complete the work, depending on the techniques chosen.

The Art of Enameling Relying on the subtle interaction of ultra-fine powders and precision kilns, our master dial-makers are sole guardians of the formula that yields these magnificent dials, whose color and graining are absolutely unique. Once a piece is finished, it is inalterable. The enamel will retain its beauty and gloss for centuries, withstanding the ravages of time indefinitely. A distinctive signature of Jaquet Droz timepieces since the 18th century, Grand Feu enameling has been reinterpreted by the brand in its contemporary collections.

The Art of Painting Jaquet Droz wishes to honor the art of painting in the 21st century and uphold the traditions of its founder by applying this painstakingly meticulous decorative technique to a few remarkable pieces in its collection... The painter does everything by hand, with the aid of a microscope; it takes at least one week to produce each one-of-a-kind piece. NOVEMBER 2016 77


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The Art of Sculpted and Engraved Ornamentation Drawing on a heritage of traditional skills that have been preserved with exceptional care, Jaquet Droz is reviving an ancestral technique to create several new decorative art masterpieces. Motifs, molded then sculpted, create the impression of relief. Also reflecting the trademark excellence of Jaquet Droz are the minutely worked hand-engraved designs, painted or left as they are, that take full advantage of the space on the mineral or gold dial.

“Minerals were always a particular focus for Pierre Jaquet-Droz, who held them in special affection�

Minerals Minerals were always a particular focus for Pierre Jaquet-Droz, who held them in special affection. Rocks, crystals and minerals remind us that nature is an artist. They inspire a rare emotion, constantly experienced anew. Jaquet Droz captures the natural brilliance of stones, using them to decorate its watch dials and create a customized product: aventurine, bronzite, imperial jasper, lapis lazuli, meteorite, mother-of-pearl, onyx, ruby heart, spectrolite... Thus adorned, each mineral watch naturally becomes one-of-a-kind. Official retailer: Feldmar Watch Company, Inc. 9000 West Pico Boulevard, CA 90035, Los Angeles 78 NOVEMBER 2016


The Art of Paillonné Enameling Paillonné enameling is a method of enameling that involves covering ornamental paillons (tiny motifs or paillettes, cut from gold leaf) with fondant (translucent enamel). It is a technique central to Jaquet Droz’s traditional expertise. During the 18th century the company’s founder transformed it into an art form. NOVEMBER 2016 79


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Book Now for More Paradise in 2017 While only 36 square miles (93 square kilometres), Nevis offers a surprisingly expansive array of options and activities for an unforgettable Caribbean resort vacation. With so much to experience, Four Seasons Resort Nevis is presenting the new Stay Longer – seventh night free offer, providing guests an extra day in paradise. Vacationers taking advantage of this offer can enjoy a complimentary evening stay with every six consecutive paid nights between January 5 and April 30, 2017. Guests can enjoy one more delicious, tropical cocktail while relaxing on the golden, pristine sands of Pinney’s Beach; savour the vibrant flavours of locally sourced fruits, produce and seafood one more time in the Resort’s five gourmet restaurants; and ensure every muscle and knot loosened with one more massage in the Resort’s 12,000 square foot (1,100 square metre), Eden-like garden Spa. Guest also will have extra time to wade in each of the Resort’s three infinity pools again, and revel longer in the Caribbean Sea with complimentary, non-motorised watersports. For the culture seeker, they can explore more historic sites and ruins, including the childhood home of US founding father Alexander Hamilton, or take a dip in the more than 100-degree Fahrenheit (38 degrees celsius) hot spring of the Bath Hotel, the very first Caribbean hotel. With luxury accommodations to please families of all sizes, Four Seasons Resort Nevis offers 196 spacious rooms and suites and more than 50 luxurious villas, all with the extraordinary service for which Four Seasons is world-renowned. Each private villa ranges from one-to-seven bedrooms, perfect for couples reconnecting or families looking for more opportunities to bond but with ample room to spread out. With captivating views of the 18-hole, championship Robert Trent Jones II Golf Course, 3,232 foot (986 metre) high Nevis Peak, and the Caribbean Sea, each villa features its own, full-size kitchen, expansive outdoor verandas and patios, private pool or plunge pool, a dedicated Villa Ambassador and a golf cart to get around the resort with ease. With so much to explore, getting to Nevis is made easy with twice-a-day, non-stop flights from Miami to St. Kitts on American Airlines and direct and connecting flights on JetBlue and Seaborne Airlines into Nevis International Airport. Weekly flights are also available from New York City’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, London Gatwick Airport, Atlanta International Airport, Charlotte Douglas International Airport, and Toronto Pearson International Airport. Caribbean residents can reach Nevis with connecting flights from San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Tradewind Aviation, Winair from St. Maarten, and LIAT from Antigua for non-stop flights to Nevis. One thing will always remain true; a trip to Nevis will be a vacation to remember. 82 NOVEMBER 2016


The Connaught launches “Le Petit Chef” The Connaught in Mayfair, London has teamed up with Michelin starred Chef Hélène Darroze to launch of ‘Le Petit Chef ’ – the ultimate masterclass for children. The young budding chefs will be granted access to the hallowed kitchens of Chef Hélène Darroze’s restaurant when they are staying at The Connaught with their parents. The ‘Petits’ gourmands, who are checked into The Connaught, will embark on a step-by-step Connaught Culinary journey, armed with their very own personalised cooking apron, chef ’s hat and wooden spoon to learn how to make a crispy, crumbly and profoundly fruity crumble dessert a la Darroze from the best in the pastry world. ‘Les Petits Chefs’ will explore the underground of the hustle and bustle of a two Michelin starred kitchen as they gear themselves to shout two of the most important words ‘Oui Chef ’! Guided by Hélène Darroze at The Connaught’s pastry chef, children will be presented with this summer’s best ingredients at their designated cooking station, and complete the task of making the crumble dessert. Le Petit Chef masterclass and dining experience costs £206 (c.$252) for two parents and one child, or £222 (c.$272) for two parents and two children, including lunch or dinner for parents from the à la carte menu, and a masterclass with the pastry chef for children. The hour-long classes take place at 11am (before lunch) or 5.30pm (before dinner). ‘Le Petit Chef ’ masterclass is available weekdays and weekends only to children and parents who are staying at The Connaught. Valid until Spring, 2017. This offer is subject to limited availability. This offer can be booked as an add-on to your stay by calling +44(0)207 107 8945. www.the-connaught.co.uk

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Going wild for Alaska Sarah Marshall, Press Association

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ative American Eskimos have an old adage about dealing with bears: Don’t run or blink and they will know you are a wise one. Personally, I’m not convinced. Despite the national park warden’s firm advice to stand our ground, I imagine every sinew in my body stretching to sprint should I cross paths with 450kg of teeth and claws. In Alaska, where bears far outnumber people, heart-pounding encounters of this sort are a real possibility. Dominated by swathes of uninhabited plains and forest, and consciously set apart from the Lower 48s, this state straddling the Arctic Circle is often touted as America’s last true wilderness. Appropriately, I’m visiting in the centennial year of the US National Parks Service, a body set up with the intention to protect and preserve places just like this. On the country’s southwest peninsula, Katmai was originally declared a National Park Monument following the biggest volcanic eruption of the 20th century in 1912. But in recent decades, The Valley of 10,000 Smokes, an eerie plateau of ash sliced by deep gorges, has played second fiddle to the bears. On the beach or along a trail, chances are you will bump into one at Brooks Lodge, a relatively accessible camp (even though it’s still a flight and float plane ride from Anchorage) inland on the banks of Brooks Lake. Tents and wooden cabins are set back from the water, framed by charcoal-tipped birch trees spiralling like mascara wands and brushing the

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“Dominated by swathes of uninhabited plains and forest, and consciously set apart from the Lower 48s, this state straddling the Arctic Circle is often touted as America’s last true wilderness”


foothills of snow-streaked mountains. I meet my first ursus along a narrow forest trail. A nervous sow stands on hind legs with her cubs and utters a series of teacher tuts to send me scurrying into the thickets. I’m torn between fear and fascination; it’s hard to disassociate the cute, tufty-haired baby bears from their cuddly counterparts who used to accompany me on picnics as a child. I’m here early in the season (mid-June) when the sockeye salmon are starting to run, and bleary-eyed brown bears - hungry from hibernation - are slowly gathering at Brooks Falls to fill their boots. The elevated viewing platform overlooking the popular fishing spot can be packed with queues of 300 people in July, the height of the short season, but right now, I have the place to myself. As salmon struggle furiously upstream, catapulting over the weir, bears employ a variety of techniques to make their catch. Some energetically pounce, others snorkel below the surface and the most successful hunters simply sit in the ‘Jacuzzi’, a small whirlpool, and wait. A clear hierarchy is quickly set: a big warwounded male takes center stage, while timid females and juveniles wait in the wings. Entering the picture with a cowboy swagger, a young pretender digs his hind spurs into the soil, clearly demonstrating “there ain’t room in this town for the two of us”. Distracted by a bountiful, protein-rich food source, these animals show little concern for humans. But it’s a different story further north in Denali, Alaska’s first national park (designated 1917) and home to North America’s highest peak, where smaller but more dangerous berry-foraging grizzlies have rightly earned their name. Commissioned by President Woodrow Wilson in

1914 to open up Alaska’s mineral-rich interior, the Alaska Railroad now operates as a heritage tourist train with a route running from Anchorage to Fairbanks via Denali. Snaking through steep, climbing forest and sparkling lakes, we pass remote villages unreachable by road and off-radar regions where outlaws might easily hide. Avoiding the Disneyfied, built-up park entrance, nicknamed Glitter Gulch, I head to Denali’s ‘backcountry’, Kantishna Hills, where the only access is by light aircraft or a six-hour bus ride. Sixty-something New Zealander Kirsty has been driving the same daily route in and out of the park for 30 years, and as we hug hairpin bends and steer through gaping valleys, she shares fond memories of her individually nicknamed single-deckers as if they were cherished family members. Wearing a broad Stetson and permanent grin, flamboyant guide Steve welcomes us to Kantishna Roadhouse, one of the few lodges out here in the wilds. He’s one of the many young, seasonal workers who merrily spend days off exploring with just a backpack and sense of adventure. Following a briefing on the appropriate action to take should I encounter one of the park’s dangerous animals, I fail to share the same carefree confidence. “If you see a bear, stand still; for moose, you should break into a zig-zag run,” instructs a guide. What if you bump into a bear and a moose, I wonder, but decide it’s best not to ask. By now, bearanoia has set in so I join a guided hike through knee-height dwarf spruce and bouncy tundra decorated with the smallest azaleas in the world. We wind up at artists’ hotspot Wonder Lake, a location favoured by photographer Ansel Adams, where placid water presents the perfect mirror image of the Alaskan Range.

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At 20,310 feet and rising 0.5mm per year, Mount Denali (previously referred to as Mount McKinley, but now officially known by its native name) stands head and shoulders above neighboring mountains, but characteristically, it’s covered in cloud. “Don’t worry, we can cut through that,” says Greg LaHaie, pilot and owner of Kantishna Air Taxi. Our 45-minute scenic flight takes us within a breath of the peak, above ant lines of brave climbers and the curving trails of glaciers. Flying into the light, Greg loops rainbows into sugary doughnuts, reflected in a myriad of kettle ponds below. Glacial melt water drizzles through moraine in silvery threads, reaching into the vast, empty Alaskan interior, a realm of incomprehensible nothingness. More ice – and more people – can be found further south in the state’s most accessible national park, Kenai Fjords, a photogenic four-hour coastal train ride on the Alaska Railroad from Anchorage. On a full-day boat tour skirting the Harding icefield, mountains rise from rainforest and glaciers tumble into the sea. Salmon-feeding orcas prospect between islands numbed by petrified forests, while an attention-seeking humpback repeatedly breaches to a raptured audience of tourists. But I’m most charmed by the sea otter, a whiskered old man who paddles backstroke in the harbour and has a magpie instinct for collecting items and hoarding them in his pouch. In summer, 30,000 people descend on TRAVEL FACTS Kenai’s gateway town Seward - ten times Sarah Marshall was a guest the actual population. of Bridge & Wickers On a trip to Bear Creek Weir, where (www.bridgeandwickers.co.uk salmon are rumoured to be running and bald eagles glare from treetops, For more information about travel to I meet Nicholas, a 14-year-old native and around Alaska, please visit Athabaskan who prefers to steer clear of www.travelalaska.com and outsiders. www.VisitTheUSA.com. After striking up conversation, he deems I’m “OK” for a tourist and enthusiastically tells me about the Inuit Games he hopes to compete in this year. Eskimo One Kick is his favorite discipline, although he also likes Seal Hop, where competitors rest on their knuckles in a press up position and race by bouncing forward. Given his ancestry and local experience, I imagine he has the perfect escape tactic for dealing with bears. But when I ask, he simply shrugs his shoulders and without blinking replies: “I hope for the best.” Wise words indeed. 88 NOVEMBER 2016


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5 tips for making dark rooms lighter 1. Any room can be made to feel lighter simply by painting the ceiling white, so it reflects light instead of absorbing it, and, of course, the walls too. Specialist emulsions can help even more. Stick to warm tones when the natural light is cold, such as yellows and creamy neutrals. 2. One of the best ways to brighten up a kitchen is with pale – preferably white – high-gloss unit doors, as these bounce light around the room. Highgloss kitchens never seem to go out of fashion, so glossy doors are a great way to update the room and needn’t be expensive. In any dark room, but especially kitchens and bathrooms, it’s important to have good artificial lighting because you may need it on when it’s light outside. 3. In other rooms, consider going for glossy or mirrored furniture, and hanging mirrors on the walls - opposite a window will maximise the light coming in and make the room feel bigger. And don’t forget the floor – white-painted floorboards, or shiny white floor tiles in kitchens and bathrooms, will help to bounce light around. 4. Replacing, enlarging or adding windows can make a big difference to how light a room is, but 94 NOVEMBER 2016

it’s an expensive and disruptive solution to the problem, and planning rules can restrict what you do. Changing the window treatment is usually much cheaper - swap fussy curtains for sleek roller blinds, for example, and you’ll let in more light. 5. Another radical solution is to remove a wall. Knocking two rooms into one usually gives the new room more windows and it may get sunlight for most of the day. Words: Julia Gray, Press Association

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Paige Gordon Luxury Real Estate Agent Paige Gordon Closes $33 Million Dollar Deal in Simi Valley’s Renowned Hummingbird Nest Ranch in the quaint Simi Valley community rests 123 acres of pristine equestrian estate property, the opulent Hummingbird Nest Ranch. With Spanish inspired architecture and sweeping 360-degree views of the serene Santa Susana Mountains, the stunning Mediterranean mansion sold November 11th by agent Paige Gordon for $33 million. A convenient 30 miles from the entertainment epicenter of the world, Hollywood, the Hummingbird Nest Ranch has served as a scenic backdrop for television series and feature films alike. The Biggest Loser, The Mentalist, NCIS and Little House on the Prairie have featured the gorgeous 15,000 square foot Spanish-Colonial style villa. Most recently, the ranch was featured in the 2015 box office hit, Entourage, as leading character Vincent Chase’s (Adrian Grenier) relaxing home away from the hustle and bustle of Hollywood. Living up to its exclusive and relaxing on-screen reputation, the Hummingbird Nest Ranch is truly an oasis of tranquility and beauty. Curved columns, arched entryways, tiled staircases, French doors and intricate ironwork add a unique Mediterranean charm to the spacious 57 bedrooms, 40 baths, and 18-kitchen villa. Adorned with hidden gazebos and decorative fountains, the property features the perfect blend of unique sophistication and equestrian accommodations -- 60 stalls conveniently located in 3 barns stretched on 30,000 square feet of expansive Santa Susana property. Given the entertainment appeal and the opulent infrastructure that embodies the Hummingbird Nest Ranch, the stunning property sold for $33 million with the assist of Agents of L.A., Paige Gordon. Committed to his business mantra, “I don’t sell homes, I sell a lifestyle,” Gordon’s twenty plus years of real estate expertise have deemed him a leading luxury real estate agent in Eastern Ventura County. “The property is not only rich in design and architecture, but is also rich in history and accommodations. The Hummingbird Nest Ranch has managed to perfect Mediterranean opulence with equestrian charm and has caught the attention of entertainment and real estate enthusiasts in the process.” ••• POSITIONED OUTSIDE OF LOS ANGELES

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