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PettyCure: Where Posh Pups Go to Clean Up Their Act Blueberry facials, candlelight, therapeutic hydro-massage baths, a blow dry and even a bow to boot. Sounds like a typical afternoon with your girlfriends. It’s actually a day of pampering for your furriest friend at Amber’s Pet Spa & Boutique. The puppy pampering spot is the genius of Amber Lewin, professional dog groomer, former reality television contestant and unapologetic pet lover. Amber, who’s been “styling” IE (and beyond) pups for over fifteen years took her know-how to Hollywood for season one of Animal Planet’s, “Groomer Has It” and then to the “Today Show,” for a groom-off where Amber gave her standard poodle a serious makeover. The pooch went pink and Amber won a “Best Groomer” title on the show. Corona her home base. This home base isn’t your average groomer. Amber’s Pet Spa & Boutique could best be described as a little candy-coated haven for dirty dogs. It’s outfitted with the company’s signature brown and pink motif and sprinkled with colorful accessories and necessities. From the most luxurious pet products on the market to the unique art of Hand Scissoring, Amber’s differentiates itself one nail polished puppy paw at a time.

IE pups have been coming here to get their pretty on since the spa’s debut last June

This hometown girl turned television highlight knew that her first love were the yappers that filled her days, so she bid farewell to the glitz and focused on growing her empire. As Amber’s mobile spas (she’ll come to you in a state-of-the art “puppy-washer”) continued to grow and spread across the U.S.-currently there are over sixty--she decide to make Corona her home base.

And surely, the IE Diva has many options when deciding who’ll give “Trixie” her wash ‘n go, but this spot is an A+ plus choice as you can score holistic grain-free dog food, diabetic dog treats, and fresh baked doggy cookies. What’s more, Amber’s tends to your dog’s needs as the top-notch staff is well-versed in the ways of the tail-wagger. The Pet Spa team gently handles special needs dogs as well as seniors and they are prepared to work with a range of temperaments. Amber doesn’t hesitate to tell clients that this is a safe place for your pet and they actually enjoy coming in. “My biggest joy is seeing the animals come in. It’s like seeing family, because some of these clients have been coming in for years,” said Amber. Get your groomer on too, as Amber will teach pet owners the odds and ends of keeping your pooch posh. So even if you’re rushing out to a fete and there just aren’t enough hours for your pup to hang in a private kennel and zen out, you can get her squeaky clean (and as polished as her owner) via Amber’s Self-Serve Pet Wash. Ahhh a dog’s life.

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OMG, it’s a (NEV)! “‘Charm’ — I thought this was very important,” says Peter Arnell, inventor and chief designer of the electric Peapod vehicle. “’Happiness’ — this was part of the conversation too. I wanted to convey that the car was happy to be a car, to say transportation can be happy.” He adds, “It’s smiling at you and you smile back.” All electric. No gas. No emissions. Lots of love. Meet Peapod, the revolutionary new neighborhood electric vehicle (NEV) 22

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that will put a smile on your face and keep some green in your wallet. Oh yeah, and they’re super cute. We all grew up with visions of the future in our heads. One day there would be magical electric cars, and they would be simple, beautiful things. When the design team sat down to create the electric vehicle, they thought back to those visions from childhood and set their sights on something incredible. In the end, they created a new form of transportation as forward-looking as the one that existed in our imagination from the very beginning. The result of their inspiration is the Peapod. It’s a neighborhood electric vehicle (NEV), and a total redefinition of eco-friendly, people-friendly mobility. All electric. No gas. No emissions. Lots of love. The Peapod is a street-legal, battery-powered electric vehicle that is limited to roads with a posted speed limit of 35 mph or less - perfect for local trips to the store, to school, or for errands. A neighborhood electric vehicle runs solely on batteries which wholly eliminates its emissions of harmful carbon dioxide and thus diminishes the greenhouse effect. One more reason to smile - As part of the recently passed Emergency Economic Stabilization Act, consumers of plug-in electric vehicles can qualify for a tax credit of $2,500 - $7,000. With those savings you can treat yourself to a new pair of Manolo Blahniks’ and a matching hand bag, or two.


FALL into Fabulous

Four stops on the road to fab you will want to make this season by: Candace Abbott photos in part by: Diane Lopez

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Star Treatment From the Kardashian sister’s luxurious locks to Fergie’s sky-high footwear and Heidi Klum’s effortless chic looks, women spend their days fashioning themselves after A-list celebrities.With imitation being the sincerest form of flattery it was only fitting that Inland Empire trendsetters venerate the styles of Hollywood’s golden girls.

It wasn’t uncommon for distraught buddies to knock on her door seeking a littel assistance in the dud department.Two years of default personal shopping lead Heather to Redlands. Since Shop Suey’s online launch in 1999, looks for less has been the name of the game. Pulling together an entire outfit for under a $100, is Heather’s knack. Naturally, the Angeleno turned Inland “Empiress,” would be an authority on style, as she is constantly surveying the fashion forecasts and eyeballing the design shows.

Shop Suey the sweet boutique tucked into the corridors of Redlands’ shopping district is known for dishing up “Tinsel Town” looks without price tags that’ll make you choke. Heather Gray, the boutique’s buyer and owner has devoted her days to bringing celebrity inspired looks to the IE. This selfproclaimed “shop-a-holic,” kicked off her styling days when friends looked to her for fashion advice.

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As for the boutiques latest moves, you can catch your favorite celebs in the window. That’s right, big names like Laguna Beach and The Hills alumna, Lauren Conrad can be spotted in the IE. Or at least that’s true of her coveted fashions.


Heather and the Shop Suey team have lent their genius to the windows where visuals takes on a whole new meaning. Each week the boutique’s window is met with a new “it girl.” Scarves, hats, “leather like” handbags, oversized shades and undersized gems are all to be had, not to mention celebrated behind the boutique’s doors. If you’re on the Olivia Palermo bandwagon, look no further.

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usting after Jessica Simpson’s Sonia bag? Pass up the trip to Saks and score the goods in your own backyard. Seasoned fashionistas are well-versed in the art of resourcefulness, but a trip to Shop Suey takes your luxe to new levels. According to Heather, she, “watches styles and trends trickle down. They start with the forecasts, move through the big fashion magazines, like Vogue and interpret what’s really going to work.” Moreover, while the fashions that “bibles” like Vogue and Elle produce are beautiful, “they aren’t accessible to the everyday woman,” said Heather. Thanks to Shop Suey, you can pretty much consider yourself, the next big thing.

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True Colors One Rancho Cucamonga Medical Spa Steps Up as the IE’s Palette Pioneers

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ou’ve moisturized. You’ve tanned. You’ve swapped lipstick shades and changed your hair color. Still, nothing’s working. Your autumn wardrobe seems dreary and your complexion isn’t far behind. Now that lush hues govern the fall spectrum, you want to know should you opt for lilac over violet, or scarlet over crimson? Shift your gaze to the past to make for a more coordinated future. Sure we’ve all taken part in botox and chemical peels, but an often overlooked component in an I.E. woman’s day to day is Color Analysis--until now. The Rancho Cucamonga based med spa, SkinCrafters, rolls into autumn with the celebrated and fresh trend, that apologetically dominated the 1980’s. 26

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As Color Analysis makes it’s comeback, you’re still asking, “what exactly is it?” Simply put, it’s a non-invasive, aesthetic treatment based on the theoretical developments of Michel Eugene Chevreul, a French chemist and tapestry firm owner, who once noted that colors interact with each other when placed side by side. Out of Chevreul’s observations grew an interest in the relationship of skin and hair color with clothing. Color Analysis allows for an examination of an individual’s season, whether she is a winter, summer, spring or fall as well as her cool and warm undertones.

Nanci Saad, the Executive Director and a certified Color Analyst who brings thirty years of beauty expertise to each session, speaks candidly of the relevance of the treatment in terms of the I.E. beauty maven. “For all of the money invested in clothes it’s important that we select what looks best,” said Nanci. According to Nanci, a common notion among several women is that there are roughly five colors available to them, and a woman should stay within that safe zone because those shades suit her best. But a session with Nanci will convert even the most devout of noir subscribers.


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ecause the treatment is non-invasive and there’s no recovery time you could come out a new woman before lunch time. What goes into a the three hour session? Nanci welcomes her clients and invites them to slip into something more comfortable--a neutral colored cloth and hair cover. The only rule is that you must arrive make-up free so the natural skin tones are visible. Once you’ve settled into your seat, Nanci places “indicator drapes” over the decollete to determine your season. You gain a new appreciation for detail as you see colors drown you out or brighten you up, whiten your eyes or yellow your smile. According to Nanci, this process can, without sounding overly dramatic, “change your life.” And after you’ve been “seasoned,” you’ll learn more about what hues (roughly thirty) within your seasonal palette suit you best as Nanci rates them one thru three. So, with your season revealed and your palette decided upon, you’ll receive full make-up and see how radiant you look. “When the first thing someone comments on is your outfit and not your face, it means you’re wearing the wrong colors. You’re not wearing the colors, they are wearing you,” said Nanci. (You just thought you had great style.) No one’s discounting your eye for cutting edge clothing, but as a former conventional artist, Nanci has a trained eye for color and believes that one must work with the spectrum, not against it. Color Analysis defies common thought by proving a red head can wear red.

As a regional pioneer of the treatment, SkinCrafters builds in Color Analysis to existing treatments. You just catapulted into the world of fillers, why not take it to the next dimension by setting yourself up to look stunning in the fall’s brightest purple or sultry combo--black and red? As Nanci herself said, “Why look good, when you can look gorgeous?”

SkinCrafters Med Spa, located at 8250 White Oak Ave (between Foothill Blvd. and Arrow Rte.), Suite 106, in Rancho Cucamonga. 909.944.3333. www.skincraftersrc.com

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Fashionably Stranded: Jade Aveda Salon Turns Heads with New Looks for Fall Social season marks its return with an impressive list of sleek, modern looks that will dominate 2009. Gone are the days of over-bleached, over-teased, sun damaged and limp tresses. Fall 2009 calls for a resurgence of chic with looks that are runway approved and easy to manage. Rancho Cucamonga’s JADE Aveda Salon is surely an authority on how to tame, train and style hair. Taking into consideration the local climate and how it can affect your ‘do, Jade Aveda provides clients education to pair with their Autumn looks on everything from tips on how to conserve extreme color and gloss methods, to washing tips and UV protection. This season’s collection showcases swift updates on favored styles.

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Most ladies are plagued with whether or not they should chop their locks. Jade’s meticulously trained stylists work with you to determine if the latest bob (or long wavy look) suits your face shape, brow shape, and even skin tone. The fall 2009 bob isn’t the soccer mom chop you’re used to or even the cropped side-bang that everyone else has. This season’s cut gives a big nod to Anna Wintour. It’s a sweet little ‘do with some serious edge thanks to straight cut fringe--a look that’s owning the runway right now. Slightly gamine, unapologetically vintage and extremely high fashion, the style is as manageable

as it is sexy. Big names like Roxanne Pallet and Natalie Portman (even Rihanna at one time) show of a gorgeous display of the cropped cut with fringe. As for dames who wish to keep their strands, it’s important to know that stick-straight hair is a thing of the past. Frying hair with flat irons and sky high teasing and ratting are tres passe. The new approach to long means making it appear natural with soft waves and a touch of volume so to create a fuller, messy look. The ladies recommend a trim every 4 to 6 weeks to keep hair looking polished, not straggly, in addition to the use of light serums and minimal hold products. The tousle is totally you.


With fall’s top two styles covered, it’s time to talk color. It’s standard to go darker in the fall and winter months to coincide with your wardrobe, your tan and the annual energy. This year, color takes a huge leap from a traditional chestnut to black, ashy brown and even gray. But for if you really want to capture fall, go red. Crimson hues were well received on the runway and have made their way into mainstream by way of a dozen sculpted shapes and styles. It’s no secret that by the time trends come off the runway, they’ve been muted to accommodate the everyday girl. That’s why Jade stylists are cool as cucumbers and make it a point to treat their clients to ensure a successful coloring session. So, while the shades may seem out of range for your day to day, stylists are confident that you’ll leave in love with your look--whether you go for one of the cutting edge collection colors or a more demure shade--as they add warmth with color panels and strategically placed high and low lights. And know that you’re never stuck with anything. The salon offers a range of plant-based permanent as well as demi-permanent color that are gentle on your crown. Get tressed out. You’ll thank yourself later. Photos by Diane Lopez, Mood Indigo Fashion Event

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Tease Don’t Stop: How We Toss and Tone in the IE You heard silence was golden? Well, forget what you’ve heard. Delicate whispers go a long way.

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From your walk you fall into the devices of the pole. With dips, plies, pirouettes, pivots and spins you’ll soon master that pole and start working the aerial angle. From there the elements of grace, strength and flexibility will come into play, turning you into a levitated goddess. But the tellings of whisper extend (much like those new found gams you’re showing off ). Exotic movement will hook your honey and have you loving every inch of your womanhood. Want self-expression and self-discovery? Stop Facebooking and embrace the exoticism of the female body. Zumba kicks up the cardio factor with Latin beats and an Ashtanga Yoga practice will center your being as you achieve harmony within. American Idol’s Bikini Girl, Katrina Darrel of Chino Hills, has been quoted as saying she uses pole fitness as a fun way to stay in shape.

ith the leaves on the ground and the night rolling in early, it’s time to take your workout routine indoors. Whisper Studios knows how to keep a secret and get your booty firm for those leather leggings you’ll be rocking all season long. It’s Temecula’s first pole dancing studio packed with an overtly inspiring way to message on toning up. An alternative method to training -- because you’re so over the elliptical -- pole dancing offers saucy senoritas and even the demure dames to break free of the conventions associated with strip tease. The inviting studios You’ve always been all about you, but this doesn’t balk at your bust or bugles. And they’re is taking care of you in a new way. Whisper certainly not concerned with your age or fitness Studios presents a generous schedule, which level. Every lady deserves the means never having an excuse as to chance let her hair down, feel why you can’t love yourself today. If comfortable with her figure and it’s self-awareness IE ladies are after, grow (as she’s losing). they can forgo silent retreats and start The strip tease workout, made whispering...out loud. popular by hyper-vixen, Carmen Electra, incorporates exotic moves, classic ballet and carb-busting cardio. At Whisper, you’ll start with the basics -- your walk. 30

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What does your pet say about you?

Discerning owners who would rather not settle for just the pick of the litter may want to check out The Savannah Cat Shoppe – the world’s very first retail outlet for this one-of-a-kind exotic breed.

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Savannah Cats are unique, intelligent and loving felines with the sleek look of a wild plains hunter and the docile nature of a family’s most loyal pet. A cross between an African Serval, (Swahili for “Wildcat”), and a domesticated breed, Savannah cats can be walked on a leash, learn how to fetch and often enjoy playing in water. They’re sexy and sweet – nine lives all rolled into one….and the closest you can get to owning a wild cat in California without breaking any laws.

The Savannah Cat Shoppe 2795 Cabot Drive, Suite 180, at Dos Lagos in Corona 1-800-881-0006

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Savannah Cat breeders Kimberly and Lee Draper opened The Savannah Cat Shoppe in September at The Promenade Shops at Dos Lagos, in Corona, to help build awareness of the breed and offer local clientele the opportunity to purchase a kitten cub at the store.


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“People are coming in from everywhere. Not only people from the Inland Empire, but Orange County, San Diego and LA.” A giddy group of girls cross my path as I pull up to the valet. They’re outfitted in traditional clubwear--short dresses and oversized heels. Their hair is carefully coiffed. Nails are manicured, make-up meets perfection and breasts sit sky high. “Where are you?” one club goer yells into her cell phone. It’s obvious that her party is set to grow when she ends her call and with a model’s ease she throws back her dark tresses to inform her entourage that, “they’re almost here.” This group of girls, like so many, hold death grips on their phones and text with an unmatched dexterity all with hopes of ensuring a smooth entrance into the venue. It’s an unusually humid August night, so exchanging the sticky air for air conditioning is welcomed. After a breeze through the casino, I notice that most twenty, thirty and forty-somethings have made their way up the escalator and into one of the many lines that lead to the Holy Grail that is Silk, where Sin City exclusivity is at an all-time high for these parts. But the party goers are naturals, some shamelessly sweet talking bouncers, (surely a tactic learned from Las Vegas excursions) and handing over I.D’s, reapplying lipstick, chattering over what they’ll do once they get inside, eyeballing potential dance partners, while others scramble to find their friends or stand in awe the mega-club’s presence.

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A rotating crew of ladies decked out in seductive bra and panty sets and furry boots wiggled, wobbled, thumped, twisted, rolled and swayed from the second level balcony down to main bar. As if presiding as princesses of a hip-hop palace, the go-go’s pose for photos, taunt with covet-worthy figures and wink whenever appropriate. “People are coming in from everywhere. Not only people from the Inland Empire, but Orange County, San Diego and LA,” said James Thompson, the well-spoken second level bartender. When James tells me people have come in from LA, I can’t help but furrow my brow. With the boutique clubs that line La Cienega and the swank party spots that own Hollywood nights, an Angeleno making a trip to Temecula didn’t make much sense. But Silk grabs hold of an untapped market in the Southern California nightlife scene. The ultra-club makes its debut so to stand alone, so Temecula becomes a prime location. “Yeah, LA. There’s nothing like this around. We’re flying in DJ’s. Tonight after our resident DJ Hollywood who dj’s at LAX is here. So, it’s big,” James goes on to say. It is big. So big that the club fills and shuffling through a crowd of dancing people with drinks ilk, which shut its doors in March of in hand becomes no easy feat. Arms and drinks 2008, reopened seventeen months are in the air, infectious movement spreads later to reveal a slight facelift. Once a throughout, and the throwback sound of notably white space with posh white leather Montel Jordan’s This is How We Do It sends the booths and soft hued backgrounds has party goers into a fury of excitement. tapped into the dark side, replacing those former lounge pieces with contemporary I watch a cool dressed gentleman veer away black seating, sexy leather booths and red from his group, (a set of leggy girls in floral curtains meant to separate VIP tables. A print frocks and silver pumps) to bob his head silver speckled black floor remains. The solo. “It’s my birthday,” he starts. “We drove up illuminated staircase still leads clubbers from San Diego. We used to come every Friday, to new heights (or another bar) remain. but then they closed it. I’m pretty happy it’s And the 28,000 square foot dance hall is still home to the most dazzling centerpiece open again. The crowd is good and I just want to have fun.” That’s Loi. He won’t share his last in modern nightlife--the world’s largest fiber optic chandelier. Touches of glamour name but is determined to convey his high level were everywhere to be had with glittering of happiness. “diamonds” strategically set into the main Silk isn’t limited to one room. Just off the main bar, flat screens displaying shadow dancing and the VIP menu--a swift recognition of the dance floor, lives another smaller dance floor, two additional bars and at least a dozen VIP times offering up carafes of mojitos, chocolate truffle lollipops and cotton candy booths. This is where Griselda, from Menifee to boot. As with any lascivious club scene, and her girlfriends are partying it up. “I’m here with a couple of friends...there are five of us the go-go’s were in tow. girls. 36 ieStyle Fall 2009

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We normally party in downtown San Diego, but this is Silk and everybody knows Silk.” Assuming that’s a reference to the spots popularity, I probe her a bit more. “There’s a diverse group here. We like to get different vibes and meet different people.” Sure, nightclubs are a breeding ground for hook-ups, but it’s clear that Griselda wasn’t hinting at that. Silk’s crowd couldn’t been described as a young Hollywood set, an older crowd, a college crowd, a cougar den or another other nighttime descriptive. Thirtyyear olds share ground with freshly legals, while the mid-twenties crew mingle with thirty-seven plus on the club’s outdoor patio--home of more VIP space, outfitted with deep booths that were made for sinking into. Patio chatter is light-hearted and fun. You can overhear people expressing hunger (it’s almost midnight, after all) or going on about a dance floor happening or how quick “they” were to exchange phone numbers or how painful “these” shoes are. A seasoned club goer from my Las Vegas days, I know that to really get the lowdown on how people are responding to the christening of Temecula’s spoiled baby, I’d have to venture into the ladies room. It’s that place where the florescent glow is painful, the perfume smells are offensive and the conversation is loud and honest. “These shoes are killing me,” are the words that come out the door as I go in. No doubt, I concur with the pain-stricken lady. “I’m having an OK time. I just want to sit down,” says Candice Cook from Vista. I give up my seat to her and her friend, who clearly are unable to walk an inch further. “There are about six or eight of us.” Candice doesn’t share much more than that, probably because she’s gone into shock from the pain. Regardless, a trip to the ladies room still proves successful. Pseudo vixens walk by and “average” girls arrive by the dozen, waiting to get in the stalls, saying how much they “love this place,” and snapping photos of themselves at their most glam. And as a classic night out would have it, a dolled up princess stands outside of the ladies room, displaying what seems to be a new dress and a teased ‘do, in tears. I stand nearby and listen to her friend try to convince her that it’ll be fine. Before the night is up, they’ll be back in the spirit of bar side photo shoots and booty shakes.

It’s still hot out when I leave around 12:15. The casino is still brightly light and the spotlights wave back and forth. Inside, people continue to party to the latest beat, sip on the savviest of cocktails, take enough photographs to make a Facebook “Silk” album and belt out laughter like it’s their last. The good times carry-on and the promise has been fulfilled.

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s her daughter celebrates her first day of second grade, seasoned actor, former beauty queen, ovarian cancer activist and Norco native, Eva La Rue, sits down with ieStyle to celebrate her personal discoveries, her travels, where she’s come from and what’s to come. It’s no doubt, Eva’s cool demeanor and her passion is as undeniable as her beauty. The “All My Children” alumna brings with her a storied past of success from commercials to pageants to soap opera stardom to “sexiest federal grant writer” per TV Guide, proving she’s no novice. Eva, who owned the all-American town well before Starbucks, has bid farewell to her days of hitching her horses and riding down the Santa Ana River bed, but her nostalgia is ever present as is her classic meets sexy style, her love for lipgloss and desire to see the whole world...one elephant trek at a time.

Everyone remembers you as Maria from “All My Children,” how much did Maria & Eva have in common? I think Maria had strong family values. She was immersed in her family, especially as the oldest and more responsible sibling. Maria had a stable marriage too. That’s how my family and I are. I’m the oldest of four, the most responsible. I often become the “go-to” sibling. My family is really tight, much like Maria’s. We have similar backgrounds and...we married the same person! 40 ieStyle Fall 2009

What gets you through the tough times? Working in entertainment can be tough-- do you do anything like yoga, meditation, or workouts to get you through and stay balanced? I used to do yoga. Now I do a lot of Pilates. For me it’s all about a balance of gym and working out. Time with my daughter is key. I love having my famiily over at my house. I find that to be best for my soul

Ever come back to the IE? If so, what brings you back? Family, friends, etc.? My mom still lives there in Norco. She lives in the house I grew up in. When I moved to New York I kept my horse there. But then it got to be too much and I moved back to LA. But my daughter just got a horse and we recently went on a trail ride; it was a blast.

If you hadn’t forayed into acting what else would you have chosen as a profession? A ballerina. But I realized ballet was not as lucrative as acting. It was not so much pageantry that led me to acting. I really got a taste of acting when I was around six and a half or seven. I did my first commercial. I then did some modeling off and on until I was about ten. And at age ten, I decided I wanted to be a ballerina. I was doing Before we chat about CSI pageants up until then. Then it Miami, lets take you back to was more commercials. Finally where it all began.. NORCO! at eighteen I got a soap opera What was it like growing up and took off from there. in Norco? Did your family groom you for a career in act- Does your daughter show an ing or did you just fall into interest in acting? it? Did pageantry play a role No, no, no. In fact, she abhors at all? acting, which is actually kind If ever someone was born to of a good thing. This is a grow up in Norco, it was me. tough business and I’d much I was actually born in Long rather her do something else. Beach and when I was eight, It’s funny because she’s the my family and I moved to product of two actors. She Norco. I loved horses. We had (Kaya) is definitely a dynamic horses in our backyard and it personality. I’m pushing her just allowed for an amazing towards a career in plastic way to grow up. We would surgery (laughing). ride down the river bed of the Santa Ana River everyday after school. Or we’d ride to 7-eleven, hitch our horses and get our candy and sodas. We’d have picnics. It was really a magical way to grow up.


Time to dive into your beauty secrets! You always look so glamorous - how do you describe your style? Are you jeans and a tee/casual, vintage classical?

What’s the one beauty product you never leave home without?

I don’t leave home without gloss. My expensive favorite is this YSL gloss. It’s like a The everyday me is jeans and push pin. You just click it a tank top. Or if it’s summer, and the color comes out. It’s I’ll wear shorts and a tank top. super sparkly, which I love. I get to do a lot of combinations My regular favorite is the which is a lot of fun. I can be Victoria’s Secret gloss. I love a “sexy me,” “a conservative the smell, I love the taste me,” or “luncheon me.” There and it’s sparkly. I have it in about fifteen different are so many events where colors. Kaya loves them I get the chance to change my look. I get to be a bit of a too (because of the taste). chameleon. I’ve never really been trendy--I’m more classic. Any beauty tips you’ve I prefer pieces that will work learned from TV & Film that long term and perhaps fill you want to share with our in with a trendy piece here readers? and there. I’ll buy one or two trendy pieces. It’s just such a Yes; blotting papers. I love waste to buy something that the MAC blotting papers. With these you don’t have to you’re only going to wear once. I’m more into dressing constantly re-apply powder, which can make you look classically. If you’re going to wear a mini, then cover it all wrinkly -- especially when it fills in the cracks. These are on the top. If you’re going to great. And if you’re ever out wear a plunging neck, then at a restaurant or anywhere, cover it all on the bottom. really, and you’ve run out One at a time. of blotting papers, grab a Too much is too much. toilet seat cover. They’re brillant oil blotters. And, they’re Heels or Flats? free. That’s the recessionista way! Heels. Favorites right now are Manolos. These are my What has being a mother summer shoes. I have four pair of these Manolo sandals. taught you, both personally I like them because they have and professionally? a low heel, maybe and inch Professionally it’s taught me and a half. So, they’re casual, a lot. You know, you think but always sexy. And they your career comes first and go with everything. I have a then you have a child and black pair, a white pair, a gold you never have that same pair...they’re staples. fervor for your career. Now your child comes first. Drive and ambition seem to take a backseat.

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Personally, it’s everything. I’m a completely different person now that she’s in my life. Motherhood has taught me to focus on those things that really are important. Focus on things I want her to know. She’ll grow and learn and know things if I’m a better person for her. How do you balance motherhood with your busy work schedule? One big fallacy is that juggling is done beautifually and with control. It’s not easy. It’s the toughest thing in a woman’s life. Women have to forgive hemselves. No one else is doing it perfectly. There are going to be cracks. It’s a constant checks and balance system. Everyday is new. If you mess up today, it’s ok. There’s always tomorrow. But it’s so important to make “kid time.” And you always find a way to do it.

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What sort of activities do you What is your motto or words and your daughter do togeth- to live by? er? How do you spend time? There is one that I love, “When you change the Since she’s gotten the horse, way you look at things, the riding has been a blast for things you look at change.” us. We recently went on a trail ride. I love it because it’s Favorite thing about fall? something we can always do together. Lessons are good, I was never really a fan of but you’re restricted. This trial Halloween. I mean we always ride was fun. We were runhad fun, but as an adult I ning, playing, laughing. I’m didn’t really celebrate it. But glad she had a chance to have now that I have a child the that sort of fun. Even though fun is back. Over here, it’s one she isn’t growing up the way of the biggest holidays. We I did, she still gets to enjoy a have a blast. The last three part of it. We’re kind of afraid years have been such fun. Our to let kids go out now. We streets are like “Candy Cane watch them do everything. Lane,” but for Halloween. It’s sad that there’s no sense Usually my girlfriends come of freedom like there used to over with their kids and we be, because from that comes have a party. Then we have an a sense of responsibility. She adult party. We’ve had huge has her dog that she takes care caskets and I’ll stream the CSI of, but it’s not the same. crime scene tape all over. It’s such a good time! What is one thing most people don’t know about Signature fragrance? Eva, or would be surprised to I have about four or five, but know about you? my top two I’ll tell you. I love Well, this is something I was KAI. The smell is great. It stays actually surprised to learn on. I keep it in my purse -- the about myself; I am ridicuroller ball. It’s easy to re-apply lously lactose intolerant. I’m and so fresh. Also, I love Dipjust like, “what the heck?” It tyque perfume. They usually just happened out of the blue! make candles, but they have a An onset of lactose...out of fragrance. It’s called, l’ombre nowhere. vans l’eau. What is your most marked characteristic? I’d say being non-judgemental. I see everyone’s perspective.

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What is your motto or words to live by? There is one that I love, “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”

What’s on your bedside table? A silver alarm clock, a lamp, a vase of flowers, a few coffee table books. Right now I’m reading A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle. It’s long and a tough read. You just have to absorb it slowly. I’m also reading A Mercy by Toni Morrison. She won the Noble Prize for this book. It’s really great. Set in the 1680’s, about the slave trade. It’s well-written. Absolutely amazing.

Now onto CSI Miami… You’re filming CSI? What’s happening for the upcoming season? Can you divulge anything? We are filming. We’re on the fifth episode for the eighth season. This season, we’re actually changing things up quite a bit. Adam is leaving. Eddie just started. We’re going back to a lot of the original episodes. The focus is more on teamwork. This season is more about the cases, the science and solving the puzzles. You know you’ll see more of David in the lab coat.


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Do you film a lot of the show in Miami?

We visited Victoria Falls, went on an elephant trek. The whole experience was We used to film more of it there. But there have been a unbelievable. The food is lot of budget cuts. We used amazing. I had some of to film the first and last epi- the most incredible meals of my life. The wine sode there. It’s such a fun country was gorgeous city. So, it’s sad when we don’t get to film in Miami. -- similiar to Sonoma. Can we expect to see you working on any other projects in the near future? I want to do more feature films in my time off. It’s hard to shoot during the season but when there’s off time, for sure.

While we were there we met these people who were in a really tough situation. Things were happening politically and this group were sending things in What’s your favorite crates, because vacation spot? they were under Oh you hit a soft spot!! I siege. So we happened to am a travel fiend. There are make friends with a local so many places I want to businessman who told us go. I have files and files of the kids in the area had it where to go, what to see. I really bad, because of the travel like I’m running. As political happenings. soon as one trip is over, I’m planning the next one. So when we got back we My favorite place is Africa. sent things for the kids to My God, it changes your help -- jackets, shoes, pens, molecules. It’s one of those pencils, crayons, notebooks. places where you have to It was so wonderful. go back. I have to go back. I don’t know when I’ll go When I was there, I was on back. I really want to do an safari for a week. We went elephant trek in Thailand down to Cape Town and next. saw the city.

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Lindsay: Outfit by Nanette Lepore Handbag – Lockhart Boots – Frye Sunglasses – Roberto Cavalli


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Beau: Long Sleeve Tee – Howe Short sleeve tee – Monarchy Jeans – Monarchy Sunglasses – Roberto Cavalli

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Temecula Crush Get your grape-crushing fantasies out of the cellar and over to the â&#x20AC;&#x153;other wine countryâ&#x20AC;? for some ieStyle vino-tasting that will have you saying, Napa who?

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outhern California wine making in partnership with their winemaker, Celebration Cellars. Miramonte boasts a spectacular view and ideal elevation of 1,400 feet, and their varietal is a tip-off from the esteemed Rhone Valley in France. The Rhone grapes are held high on these some 44 acres and 12 extended estate acres. The Southern Rhone Valley, which reaches high temperatures, much like Temecula allows for production of a beautiful fruit. In the case of Miramonte, they’re delivering highly aromatic and sophisticated wines. The secret? Consistency and minimal intervention. The goal? Depth and character. The best choices? A 2006 Viognier that spends four months in French Oak or a 2005 Sauvignon Blac that’s distinguished “Relax,” “unwind,” “enjoy” serve as the only by a clean, crisp taste and cut grass aromas or instruction the eight year-old Miramonte Winthe house made bottled red Sangria. Such an ery gives. Upon entering, visitors who want to sip in a contempo setting will get just that. You’ll upbeat vibe and modern collection of wine find no vintage-esque decor, certainly no impos- should be met by a blocking off of the social calendar. ing visions of grapes on a vine to conjure the Miramonte wine-country feel. This is the winery that lets the stays as busy wine do the talking. However non-traditional as you with a the interior -- round highboys with triangle bar Girl’s Night stools, eye-catching pieces from Left Bank Art, reserved vats to your left, lounge space and flat screens for the first -- the offerings are more than ready to compete Thursday of with the best of them. Such a youthful spirit could every month. The right only be the doing a of a young entrepreneur. In 2001 a then thirty-two year-old Cane Vanderhoof, additions are in place so to make the girl’s only club ultra exclusive (to you and your founded the winery, and in a short time began set, of course) -- desserts, spa treatments, wine and chitchat. What more could you ask for? Probably more nights like this. But to hold you over for the femme fetes, grab a group and take in some sounds as you sip. Friday and Saturday nights (they’re open until 10:00) were made for fun at Miramonte as they always bring in live music with everything from blues to rock, jazz to vocal and sometimes comedy. And like any good winery, Miramonte offers etched bottles filled with your favorite wine. Think, Bon Jovi or Madonna, etched into a wine bottle make for quite the conversation piece. Up next, a six month expansion for the property. That producing award winning wines. But fresh off of would mean more wine and more fun. Mithe dot com bust, why Temecula? Because Cane ramonte, young at heart, seasoned in vino. believed Temecula is what Napa was 30 years ago Miramonte Winery, 33410 Rancho California Road, and there’s a harmonious effort to redefine

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indescribable as is the Bella Vista commitment to tradition. Even the tasting room features throwback details like the barrels used to prop the “bar,” the tapestries on the way and the half-moon windows offering views of Temecula’s landscape. Bubbles? Those like to come out and show off too at Bella Vista. One of the few producers of a sparkling wine, Bella Vista’s champagne is lightly colored and laden with fine bubbles for a smooth, not overly sweet or brut taste that makes you feel good inside. Bella Vista, 41220 Calle Contento, 951.676.5250

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o much is in a name. Leonesse Cellars doesn’t escape this common convention. With a name that translates as “village of dreams,” the boutique producers (roughly 10,000 cases annually) spreads 70-acres of vines across the rolling hills of Temecula and has the potential to make your dreams a reality. A selected group of varietals call Leonesse their home: Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Riesling, White Merlot, Muscat Canelli, and Cinsault Port. The goal here is to create wines that parade the true flavors and nuances of the fruit through traditional fermentation in small French and American oak barrels. But perhaps you’re a novice, fairly new to the wine scene and don’t yet know how to pick apart the grape. Leonesse loves your kind. They’ve designed a tasting and touring program to turn you into and Inland oenophile or help you brush up on your wine-speak, whatever your level of experience with vino. Grab one or fifty of your best girls to explore all that Leonesse has to offer through one of their hosted tours. Finally an opportunity to learn the story behind your Sav Blanc. If you’re a little more privy to the fruit, a Private Signature Tasting might be your bag as you and your group will sample the vineyards limited production, signature and library wines, all paired with cheeses, naturally. Even opt for a charming sunset vineyard tour, where you’ll taste as you ride. Anything is possible in this little 60 ieStyle Fall 2009

village. Founded in 2003 by Mike Rennie and Gary Winder, the winery has its roots in agriculture, as both owners have over fifty years of agriculture and grape-growing knowledge combined. They’ve approached wine making with passion and commitment, which some could argue has been lost in the wine world. In fact, the entire wine experience at Leonesse takes on a spirit of enchantment as your tour the land, decompress in the cozy tasting room and dine at Small Bytes, the on property eatery. Wine country cuisine, much like the fruit should never be compromised, that’s why Small Bytes serves fresh fare using nothing short of seasonal ingredients. How are house made pate, soups, salad dressings, artisan sandwiches, boccadillos, thoughtful entrees and delectable desserts to pair with that estate white or red that you loved so much? Leah Di Bernardo and Daragh Matheson head up the kitchen taking it a cut above the rest, not only in flavor but in presentation as well. That heirloom tomato salad might leave you wishing you could work culinary wonders at home. That’s a cinch. Chef Leah hosts a cooking class and preps your palate for the next level in culinary mastery. Food, wine, views... All of your dreams come true. Leonesse Cellars, 38311 DePortola Road, 951.302.7601


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takes these babies to new heights. His vines will mesmerize as they’re gently handled and approached with care. You’ll want to tour them, and that’s not a problem. Wilson Creek Winery’s design is ideal for strolls and lounging. A delicate white bridge spans against the family dubbed “Wilson Creek” to make way to a sweet garden, where untouched buds are on display, and a sitting area. Along the modernized property are several wedding sites, including a 25-foot gazebo overlooking the stream. Fall weddings are an absolute at the winery. But before brides settle down into matrimony, many make their way to Wilson Creek for bachelorette shin digs. Ladies sip on glasses of the top-notch 2007 Estate Viognier that boasts of rose petal and tangerine aromas or the 2008 Estate Muscate Canello, that’s laced with tropical fruit, apricots and roses -- a must with a spicy dish or for the spicy bride-to-be. The Creekside Grille was designed with the wine enthusiast in mind. A covered patio sits against the vines and a few feet from one of the gazebos, looking at the entire property and all of its splendor. Savory dishes are easy to come by with the seasonal offerings on hand.

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hat better to be known for than sparkling wine? Almond Champagne (sparkling wine), of course. Thankfully, that sort of goodness hails from Temecula or more specifically, Wilson Creek Winery, one of the most well known vineyards in the valley. The 20 acre, mega-winery, keeps it all in the family from Rosie (the original owner with her husband Gerry) cooking lunch for the staff every day, Gerry spending time in the tasting room, to Libby Wilson Johns taking the reins on the wedding situations, Mick Wilson overseeing facilities and Bill Wilson working as the General Manager. The family acquired the winery in 1996, but Gerry and Rosie planted way back in 1969, so expect a substantial list of carefully crafted wines. Over 70 acres of vines are planted in the name of Wilson Creek and winemaker Etienne Cowper shows pride in each one and

Wilson Creek is the winery that knows how to socialize, without a doubt. No way you’ll be “tardy for the party” (thanks wigged out Real Housewife, Kim Zolciak) at this place. Wine Club appreciation nights, live music, Cigar Night (for the boys) and NYE events keep Wilson Creek’s dance card full. But the harvest time headliner is Sip, Savor & Stomp, happening October 4th. Channel your inner Lucille Ball and start stomping the grapes. Hay rides and light appetizers are only the beginning. Dancing, stomping and a good old fashioned BBQ (yes, the Zinfandel BBQ was invited) go into the night. Double up on the sweet nectar of “the Creek,” Almond Champagne was made for good time lovers like you. Wilson Creek Winery, 35960 Rancho California Road, 951.699.9463

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understated label adorns each bottle of wine from Baily Vineyard & Winery. That’s not to be confused with an understated quality. Every major competition in the state of California has awarded the winery with nothing less than gold medals. One could call gold the company’s signature color. The key to success behind the stately stone building is control. Established in 1986 by Carol and Phil Baily, the winery prides itself on involvement in each part of the wine making process. Their most recent efforts include the completion of an 8,000 square foot wine making facility that houses up to 50,000 gallons of wine

tanks, hundreds of barrels, case goods and a bottling line. But behind the state-of-the-art equipment, the Baily way is quite simple...a haiku: Wine, the gift of God, Who gives us vinegar, too. Art must intervene. In other words, detail and clean grapes yield a palate pleasing wine. Each of the winery’s 32 acres, aptly named for their physical space as well as space in time, grow specific grapes that produce specific wines. The Cabernet Savingnon and Sauvignon Blac grow in the La Serena Vineyard in a sandy clay soil for fruitful aromas, while the Riesling variety finds itself in the Mother’s Vineyard 62 ieStyle Fall 2009

(planted on Mother’s Day 1982) in decomposed granite facing southeast on a hillside for a sweet apricot finish. As though you weren’t already hooked by the rows of vines growing against the slate gray, almost Medieval-inspired property and the intricacies of the wine making at Baily, the family-owned restaurant seals the deal. Carol’s Restaurant is a lovely marriage of food and wine -- undoubtedly the world’s longest standing couple. This is a stellar ending to a day of tasting. A large room with a high ceiling and a captivating fireplace, a pergola covered patio sits between the inside seating and the Cabernet vines for that quintessential al fresco dining experience and the fare ranges from delightful salads, grilled fish and steak and pasta dishes, all created to pair with Baily’s impressive wines. No winery is complete without a club. Those who opt, get the esteemed title of “Baily Cellar Rat.” Not too bad when every other month, two bottles of a featured wine are delivered to your door along with tasting notes describing the grapes, the wine, and pairing suggestions. If that’s not the kind of club you want, don’t worry -- Baily’s Old Town (a swift jaunt to the other side of Temecula) has a nightclub, Eleven Afterdark. Golden ticket indeed. Baily Vineyard & Winery, 3340 La Serna Road, 951.676.WINE


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ff the main drag, but still deep into wine country, lives Falkner Winery. You’re taken aback as you pull up the hill to arrive at a sweet darkly colored “house,” outfitted in dancing vines and ivy. You’ll feast your eyes on the porch and the intricate stained glass windows and imagine sitting in that picturesque spot for the rest of your days, with a half glass of Falkner’s newly released 2008 Rosato in hand, of course. Falkner Winery is perched upon its hill like a little slice of heaven; the stunning property bears an equally charming narrative as it’s owned by husband and wife, Ray and Loretta Falkner. But before you can sit back and enjoy the narrative, it’s key that you breathe in the space. The vines encompass the entire winery to yield Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Best Riesling in California (gold medal), 2008 Best in Show Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah, Merlot, Sangiovese and a proprietary wine, “Amante,” a robust red Tuscan wine. Steve Hagata, a thirteen-year wine-vet is the guy to thank for all of the bounty. An afternoon on the property sets you back $15 and leaves you with an inside view of the wine vats, a logo glass, featuring the signature “F,” and perhaps even a boxed lunch option from the on-site resto, Pinnacle, which opened September 1, 2006, and is headed up by Executive Chef Gianni Ciciliot. Pinnacle resembles a coliseum from the exterior, while the inside is virtually life changing. How often do you dine on Mediterranean fare

at 1,500 feet? Surely not every day. Delicious eats, free jazz on Sunday afternoons throughout the fall, a wine club, a vintage Port and a VIP meeting room would seem like a dozen reasons to spend time with the Falkners. And they are. Until your beau decides to make it official, you won’t see yourself saying “I do” anywhere else. It’s only fitting that the winery who hosts the most nuptials in Temecula be under the ownership of a loving duo. Ray lends his time to crafting fine sips for the fete, while Loretta, a stunning and efficient woman, with a fashion heavy background, heads up the wedding world of Falkner. Up to six weddings in one weekend isn’t unusual for the crew. They do it with an unmet sophistication and ease so to help you create something that’s “yours,” as Ray says. This is the only winery that can legally stay open all night, as they’re not riddled with noise restrictions, they’ll cater the entire event and work with outside vendors to ensure absolute perfection. No need to go “bridezilla” here. Imagine, an afternoon exchange of the vows. You’ll wistfully walk through the ivy-laced archways, down to the lush courtyard a few feet from the merlot vines and pledge your allegiance to the love of your life. You always knew wine (especially Falkner’s) would end in a “happily ever after” kind of moment. Falkner Winery, 40620 Calle Contento, ieStyle Fall 2009 951.676.8231

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hen a couple finds something they love and share, the desire to recreate it is almost inevitable. Buzz and Kimberly Olson purchased 20-acres along Rancho California Road in 2003, bringing their penchant for wine and Tuscany to the Inland Empire. Enter, Tesoro Winery. The sun-drenched paradise will soon become a sprawling vineyard and bed and breakfast villa. Buzz and Kimberly have worked closely with family, close friends Mary Might and Tom and Jamie Copenhaver and called upon the wine making talents of the illustrious Etienne Cowper to develop an unsurpassed experience in the Valley. As for the magical group’s current doings, they’re crafting a beautiful collection of Mediterranean style wines, that blossom so sweetly in the Temecula Valley. Tastings are a must. It’s nothing more than a visit to Old Town, just off of Front Street. Learn of the progress of the Tuscan wonderland while you sip on the 64 ieStyle Fall 2009

newly released 2006 Petit Syrah, 2005 Tempranillo (indigenous to South America) -- a deep, full-bodied varietal that brings forth Italian plums and notes of walnut, while showing off ample tannins and a palate coating texture. Or select a soothing on a light note, like the Dolce Innocenza -- an aromatic wine with spice, pear, apricot and a honeyed finish, who likes to linger on the tongue. And you wouldn’t dare pair this sweet, but not too sweet option with anything only than a light dessert. Crème brulee anyone? Tesoro is the winery that has you on your toes for now. So sit back and enjoy the tasting room and before you know it, you’ll be living la dolce vita as the valley’s most anticipated B&B. Tesoro Winery Tasting Room, 28475 Old Town Front Street, 951.308.0000


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ne of the older wineries in the region, Mount Palomar embodies a distinct Old World spirit. The traits often associated with the boutique or small family owned wineries of Europe manifest themselves within the forty-acre estate. Founded in 1969 by John H. Poole (a pioneer of the Temecula Valley wine country and culture), the luscious property sits upon rolling hills at 1,400 foot elevation overlooking the Palomar Mountains. The tasting room is situated into a precious alcove, showcasing a rustic building so reminiscent of Italian days gone by. The courtyard of tile, English tea roses and other carefully selected greenery, streamed bulbs and canvas shades held by Provencal poles seems the ideal fit for an evening of wine, laughter, dancing and good fortune. But Mount Palomar is more than a good time, it’s one-hundred percent self-sufficient, bottling their own production, and was the first in the region to grow Sangiovese and Syrah and was under family-ownership until 2006. As for the wines, Mount Palomar produces some of the most palate pleasing wines in Temecula. They are one of ten wineries in the nation to grow 2007 Castelletto (meaning castle in Italian) Cortese (meaning courteous

in Italian). The “courteous castle” wine makes Mount Palomar shine as this luscious white offers up hints of kiwi, ripe green apple, apricot and candied fruit aromas. With a 2004 Best of Class Southern California Syrah, a delightful 2005 Castelletto Trovato (spicy vanilla, black cherry red) and a list of others, the winery’s golden Solera Cream Sherry is a take-home no matter what the occasion. The rich hazelnut and caramel dessert wine is the definition of decadence, bearing the Castelletto crest -- a marker from the winemaker’s wife, Olivia de Reya Poole, the Italian family name, and offering up the taste of all things good in the world. Celebration of autumn is not approached with trepidation as October means an Oktoberfest with German bratwurst, strudel, lederhosen and Mount Palomar Riesling, while November is set aside for live music and every month means themed wine club dinners. Looks as though sipping fine Italian style wines doesn’t have to happen under the Tuscan sun, but in your own backyard. Mount Palomar Winery, 33820 Ranch California Road, 951.676.5047

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The focus at Ponte isn’t about being over-the-top, but taking an understated approach where wines are produced in smaller batches to help maintain that distinct taste that you’ll come to admire. Pinot Grigio, especially the 2007, is a light and crisp selection that never does a girl wrong and Muscato promises a gentle burst of bubbles to accompany your celebration meal. But beyond the property tours and pinots is Ponte’s progressive green initiative. They’ve taken so many steps to ensure conscious wine production and business practices -- something you like to hear -- from working with a “Green Team” to reduce their carbon footprint, making the switch VOC paints, using soy-based ink on labels, and lightweight bottles to restaurant compost re-appearing as soil for the flowers on-site. If Ponte becomes the spot where you and your suitor will become a Mr. and Mrs., you’ll find your wedding sprinkled with “greenery.” Wedding invites, save the dates, place cards and “thank you’s,” can all be “conscious” at Ponte as the winery works with eco-friendly vendors to help a new couple express their love while doing their part. The delicate flowers appear in a tranquil garden that the Ponte brothers have created; a manicured space where white English roses and whimsical greenery take up residence. The move towards sustainability includes providing this natural outlet and a place to relish in the valley’s beauty. Ponte Family Estate Winery is involved in so many facets that make ou’ve always known wine to be up the wine industry (a delightful brunch being that magic elixir that provides one of them), but they’ve also extended their you a slight twinge of joy. Ponte brand to support a number of local charities. Family Estate Winery comes to the vine Most recently, the winery raised over $15,000 in with a whole new outlook. Two brothers, honor of Ranch Damacitas, a nonprofit that Claudio and Roberto Ponte have allowed provides treatment to maltreated or neglected a host of Cabernet, Merlot and Chardon- children. In the past Ponte has hosted service nay to grow happily upon their 350-acre days, movie nights for a cause, and donated to property for the past 30 years. And while the Arts in Murrieta organization. Talk about Muscat, Sangiovese and Zinfandel call the sharing as caring. You never knew wine could be sprawling winery home as well, there’s so giving, right? Well, the family believes, “If you more to Ponte than the delicate nose or a like it, it’s good wine.” That goes for the pleasant finish. The country-style tasting environment too. Drink wine; give back. room, with its open beamed ceilings and oversized tasting counters, gives a chance Ponte Family Estate Winery, 35053 Rancho California Road, 951.694.8855 to sample a carefully curated catalog of wines.

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Keyways vineyard and winery Also, inducted into the Keyways empire was a 3500 square foot event center that dazzles under candlelight. The Rose Terrace reigns as a signature wedding destination, too. The philosophy behind Keyways is your favorite -- romance. Terri has sought to create the most romantic spot in all of Temecula Wine Country. Her success has been unmatched to date. Sundays mark a special day at Keyways as the unconventional cousin of wine, Sangria, makes “her” appearance with a delightful partner, the serenade. So

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am woman, see me wine? Yes; but only if you’re talking about Keyways Vineyard & Winery -the only female owned winery in Southern California. Two-thousand and four marked a change in the wine industry, a woman, Terri Pebley, was taking over. Originally planted in 1989, but taken over by Terri, a longtime businesswoman and wine enthusiast, Keyways was known for its Zinfandel, but change was quick to arrive. Terri’s digs have transformed to include a lush green and terra cotta wonderland, surrounded by mountains and horse ranches, situated beneath the dazzling blue sky. The enchantment of Keyways exceeds a wine lover’s expectations. Perhaps it’s a woman’s charm that has allowed this spot to resonate the way it does. Or, perhaps it’s Terri’s relentlessness for outstanding wines. Winemaker, Mike Tingley has helped to make Keyways a recognized and a continued champion, receiving 42 medals in 2008. Keyway’s 2007 Chenin Blanca is harvested from 40 year old vines and continues to please palates every time, while the winery’s 2005 Frolich takes the front seat as a premiere red. Crafted from a lesser-known varietal, the Lemberger grape was a favorite to little Frenchman, Napoleon Bonaparte. Shortly after Terri’s arrival, the tasting room underwent a makeover to reveal a gorgeous rustic and inviting decor. An angled wooden beam ceiling, buttery walls and vintage circular chandeliers set the town.

how do you spend a Saturday if Sunday is left to the devices of Sangria? Well, you’ll spend it appropriately sipping upon a Muscat Mojito and taking in the tunes. A signature beverage at Keyways, this nontraditional mojito skips the rum for the sweet wine. Magnificent, indeed. When the sun sets on the estate vineyards, a bevy of Viognier, Roussanne, Tempranillo and Grenache vines, and your equestrian (Keyways is a pony-friendly zone) adventure through the vines comes to an end, Keyways illuminates like no other winery in the valley. An ideal moment to sit back and gaze with a dainty glass of the winery’s revered ice wine. The 2006 Krystal Ice Wine with its peach and pear nectar notes and dry finish sums up the experience at Keyways -- delicate, refreshing, sweet, and worth savoring. There’s really no other way, but Keyways. Keyways Vineyard & Winery, 37338 DePortola Road, 951.302.7888 ��Style Fall 2009

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ffectionately dubbed, the gateway to Southern California’s Temecula’s Wine Country sits a cozy Thorton Winery. The still family-owned winery moves into its twenty-first year of operation under the careful hands of a select few -- John, Sally and their son Steve Thorton and celebrated winemaker, Don Rhea. To understand Thorton, one must have a deep appreciation for quality, as you’ll find nothing less on these 20-acres. Don, who hails from Northern California approaches wine making with gusto. In his world, no two grapes are created equal; the care of each grape must be tailored to that varietal, from the temperature, the crush, picking and beyond, in order to bring out it’s characteristics and essentially make the grapes “shine” in the bottle. A real artisan approach, if you will. At harvest, Thorton’s Viognier settles for thirty-eight hours in massive temperature controlled vats, 68 ieStyle Fall 2009

allowing solids to fall and clear juices to rise (yeast gets added too) -- a prep for fermentation. The caution and care on this property is astounding, hence the mind-blowing product. Perhaps that would explain why Thorton is the only winery in Temecula to produce champagne (sparkling wine). And with success they’ve done it. So much that Thorton’s Vintage Brut Reserve comparable to Schramsburg, a leading California bubbly, beat out the famous Dom P. in a blind taste-test. The winery, “provides the highest quality and makes it work economically,” said John Thorton. So you’ve already decided that you’re infatuated with the mere mention of Thorton’s bubbles, so spend some time in their “Champagne ‘Cave,’” a cool room featuring the “must have” of wine -- beautifully crafted oak barrels. Thorton Winery, 32575 Rancho California Road, 951.699.0099


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n the midst of exotic travels, obsessing over Bravo’s Miami Social and lunch dates starring watermelon salad, IE Style Magazine had the honor of chatting with Mom, Hollywood Wife, Former Model, magazine contributor, author and Cosmetic’s new Wonder Woman, Keisha Whitaker (yes, Forrest is her main squeeze). The former glossyprincess and runway favorite spoke with elegance and ease as she waxed poetic about the happenings with the fall collection of her lip gloss line, Kissable Couture. Keisha also dished the details on some of her beauty “must haves,” and why the IE catches her attention. IE Style Magazine: After traveling the world and working with the top modeling agencies, Ford and Elite, what sparked your interest in cosmetics? Keisha Whitaker: “AJ Crimson (renowned celebrity make-up artist), who is my business partner, and I had worked together in the past and he had this idea that he really wanted to create the next big thing in cosmetics. We decided what we wanted to create was a go-to cosmetic--something women would gravitate towards and get the same satisfactions that Bonnie Bell gave them when they were young. 70

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Both AJ and I felt there was space in the market for this kind of product. With him having spent so many years in make-up and my modeling experience it just seemed like a perfect marriage.” IESM: Did you feel like something was lacking in the beauty industry before launching Kissable Couture? KW: “There was certainly an opening for a new product. It was time to do something fresh. I look at Kissable Couture as a way of “giving yourself a gift.” You know, the product is decadent- it’s not the average lip gloss. Even the packaging suggests that you’re “gifting” yourself. It’s sleek, black; the gloss is housed in a little box and finished with a ribbon. It’s meant to be opened and enjoyed. Especially in these times people want to make an “investment.” I think this product offers that to customers. It’s very special.”


KW: “Well, we’re doing a second release of Smooches, which is a collection of five mini lip glosses. The tones in Smooches reflect the fall hues, definitely decadent and feminine. Also, we’re releasing a new color, Elusive--this is a deep plum. A very rich tone. Finally, Awakening will be released as a mini for the fall, which is exciting. That’s a beautiful color. A lot of people really love it.” IESM: What are of your most trusted beauty lines or products that you swear by? IESM: By looking at your website, it’s clear that you work with a healthy, but exclusive group of partners. How do you select your retail partners? And particularly, Temecula’s Anela Apothecary? KW: “Well, the product is mostly offered at smaller retailers or boutiques. I’ve always been a boutique shopper. I find they tend to carry more unique products. And more so, I love the idea of the old fashioned apothecary, which is what led us to Anela. These places take the time to find quality products and they are quaint or often family owned. I did an in-store appearance last fall before the launch of our holiday set and I just loved Temecula. Michael [Bommarito] is great and the store carries wonderful products.”

KW: “I love Laura Mercier’s Tinted Moisturizer as well as Bobbi Brown’s Shimmer Bricks. Jessica is always a favorite for nail color. Ziba Gotty Illuminating Cream at night. I love to moisturize. I’m such a believer.” Meet Keisha Whitaker this fall at the Kissable Couture beauty event presented by Anela Apothecary and ieStyle Magazine November 7th RSVP to rsvp@iestylemagazine.com

IESM: Describe the name of the line--Kissable Couture. How did you arrive at this? KW: “Lips are kissable. AJ and I just married the worlds of make-up and modeling with this project and arrived at the name. It’s a glamorous product, but still suitable for the everyday gal, as well.” IESM: Fall is showing a return to decadence with a lot of plums, satin and not to mention sexy silhouettes. How does your fall collection reflect these themes?

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A jewel in the bathroom. And beyond. If a mosaic is comparable in flexibility and softness to a precious fabric made of light that skims the forms of the architecture, then more than ever it can become the adornment of objects whose everyday stage is the architectural space. The newest member of the dynamic range produced by SICIS is our collection of bathtubs covered in exquisite colored tiles, defining an autonomous object which is no longer restricted to the bathroom, its traditional setting. ieStyle Fall 2009 73


A decoration – whether geometric, floral, or stylized – often breaks the surface of reflections to create a note of uniqueness that is enhanced in the dialogue between the details: the feet in lion’s paw style, the rounded contours, the form of the bathtub.

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Obviously, there is no lack of the modern, with bathtubs characterized by a simple geometry where the mosaic decoration finds perfect surfaces on which to experiment with expressive languagesthat are bold in graphics and colors.

All demonstrating how the creative versatility of SICIS can interpret “time” and “matter” in every possible variation. From the past to the future and back.

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Latest protagonist of the collection is Audrey, a “shoe shaped” bathtub, whom has been designed by Massimiliano Della Monaca, an Italian designer. This new bathtubs show a new level of originality. Their shape - of an elegant pump shoe with a skyscraper heel (165 cm!!) - is perfect to receive a body in a comfortable embrace, as the water trickling from above massages the shoulders of their occupant. Like an oversized version of a... classic Barbie shoe.

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A decoration – whether geometric, floral, or stylized – often breaks the surface of reflections to create a note of uniqueness that is enhanced in the dialogue between the details: the feet in lion’s paw style, the rounded contours, the form of the bathtub.

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Palm Springs

Palm Pilot: The Only Way to do “the Springs”

It was once an Old Hollywood playground where silver screen gems like Marlene Dietrich, Joan Crawford, Elizabeth Taylor and a young Marilyn Monroe dominated the poolside in retro suits and oversized sun hats, studying scripts and sipping lazy day cocktails just to pass the time. With its glamour untouchable, unique and undeniable, Palm Springs reclaims its spot as the ambassador of desert sophistication.

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No surprise that Palm Springs mystique reveals itself best in the fall when the temperatures drop. Aside from the breathtaking landscape, you’ll find ways to do what one does best in California’s glittering oasis -- maximize pool time (don’t forget the sunscreen), thumb the glossies, dine al fresco, relax with a spa session, line your chakras, cocktail and leave town with a few trinkets from your favorite desert shops. Turn up the Sinatra and the let the desert splendor overcome you. ieStyle Fall 2009 79


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WHERE TO SNOOZE: ACE HOTEL

There are hearts, spades and diamonds and then there is the Ace. The Ace & Swimclub is the desert newbie that exceeds the weekender’s expectations in more ways than one. Once a Howard Johnson with a Denny’s at its hip, the Ace, which debuted last February, was transformed by Roman Alonso of Commune Design (known for famed work like Juicy Couture flagships in Beverly Hills, Milan, Malibu and NYC, Oliver Peoples in Malibu and SD, KiKi De Montparnasse in LA and NYC). With a focus on sustainability, innovation and “just getting it,” The Ace steers clear of shiny objects to get you hooked. You’re sold instantly, if not on the Johnny Cash spilling out of the speakers then by the photo booth in the lobby, the Stan Bitters artwork along the buildings and the staff strolling along on bicycles. The one-hundred and eightyroom property is smooth choice no matter which option you choose -- even the standard room has an outdoor fireplace. Each cozy sleeper features an indoor-outdoor feel with concrete floors and a natural palette. The bedding -- organic latex. The amenities -- Rudy’s Barbershop (utilitarian packaging and sweetly scented). The extras -- a vintage record player in each room, desert silk screens along the walls, a chance to create your own art and post in your room, the most comfortable beds in the desert (without a doubt), laundry service, and raining showerheads. The natural wonderland is still 80 ieStyle Fall 2009

highly sophisticated with its commitment to repurposing and sustaining at its core. As for the hotel as a whole you can feel free to check out a bike (no charge) and tour the city for the day, perch on the deck -- a must for the stargazer within, enjoy a poolside massage or brush up on your ping pong skills. The communal feel really comes to life in the celebrated Commune space builds on its name and achieves a true sense of community with the selfproclaimed “chill space.” A shallow pool and a community fireplace make up the oversized room that boasts lifting walls to marry indoor and outdoor activities. The home of music and the newly implemented wellness layer (yoga retreats, Pilates, health), shows the Commune is an exclusive find. Snacking is a cinch at the former

Denny’s turned fresh Mediterranean cuisine spot, Kings Highway. Fresh lamb dishes anyone? If it’s a light snack you seek, snatch a gem from the hotel’s edible landscape. The trees on property include figs, citrus and then some. When you’re ready to slip into your bikini and kick back in the water, think “family style.” Weekends at the Ace pool usually include good spirit, hammock lounging, yummy BBQ bites, refreshing cocktails and a DJ spinning tunes. As for the nights, drinks at the Amigo Room are a no-brainer. The tiny dive bar on property offers a good time and on Monday’s they offer Sissy Bingo (don’t wuss out). If you play your cards right, you’ll end up with a handful of aces. Located at 701 East Palm Canyon Drive, 760.325.9900


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sanctuary within a sanctuary, the Buddha Lounge hosts a co-ed Jacuzzi and a Waterfall Watsu Pool (where you can score a Watsu massage). Carved out alcoves in the Buddha Lounge allow for unwinding, regrouping or reflection solo or with a friend. The entire spa embodies the Buddhist tradition approaching each treatment as Balinese, Thai and Indonesian rituals. Each of the eighteen treatment rooms features a unique mosaic of the face of Buddha, Couples

WHERE TO SPA: SPATERRE @ RIVIERA A holiday is hardly a holiday unless pure relaxation ensues. Once you’ve pulled up to the tricked out hotel and sashay through the lobby, past the Swarovski encrusted pool table and lounge vignettes, along the army of chocolate and orange poolside chairs, you’ll arrive at SpaTerre, the premiere unwind zone of the recently renovated, Riviera Resort and Spa. Like Alice down the rabbit hole, guests find themselves enraptured by the beauty of it all. Four structured chartreuse armchairs mark the lobby, crystal covered lights hang from above and a dark wooden floor supports your gait. Before you, a retail space with SpaTerre’s signature products and ultra-soft microfiber bedding line. To your right, a full service salon. Three hair stations are equipped to provide cut, color, extensions, blowouts and beyond. Mani/Pedi is on-hand (and foot) as well. Move through the twists of the circular hallway to be greeted by black and white photographs showcasing the Buddhist tradition, vintage stained mirrors and up a ways to the right, the Buddha Lounge.

Rooms play home to oversized tubs and showers, “Touch Rooms” are relegated for massage, “Wet Rooms” make for pleasant Vishi shower treatments coupled with scrubs, and the Zen Room is a space worth channeling your energy. Gather a group of girls to chitchat and decompress with a steam or shower, as the centered staff will bring in champs and berries. And for she who can’t go without her workout, Rivie Vinyasa Flow on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings with yoga instructor, Melissa Fogle. Be glad, energize, get back in line and salute the sun. Located 1600 N. Indian Canyon Drive, 760.778.6690

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WHERE TO NOSH:

PURPLE PALM RESTARANT @ THE COLONY PALMS HOTEL

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aunting the main drag in PS is always a treat, but searching for a vintage inspired eatery might be difficult among the funloving burger joints, patio spots and Mexican restos. Enter the Purple Palm Restaurant & Bar, which reigns as a desert supreme. Filled with a throwback spirit, the airy restaurant designed by, Martyn Lawrence-Bullard (one of the world’s most noted designers), is a decadent combination of colonial and luxurious. Photographic images of fan palms rest against a purple sunset while olive and eggplant hued furniture are situated throughout. Beautiful dark wood fans cool the spot and a splendid bar acts as the restaurant’s focal point. Take your eyes off impressive interior and peer out at the lush gardens of the property, where dainty purple flowers are scattered throughout. Of course, a place like this couldn’t avoid a captivating narrative: the name hails from Purple Gang mobster Al Wertheimer, who was the hotel’s original owner in 1936. The rich history makes for a unique dining experience knowing that the spot you’re perched in formerly paraded as a speakeasy, gambling spot and dare you know, a brothel. 82 ieStyle Fall 2009

This only makes that roasted beet salad all the more savory. Whether you opt for indoor or outdoor dining, poolside or patio, you and your brood are sure to be met with divine dishes inspired by the Mediterranean Coast. The impressive menu features a top-notch burger laced with caramelized onions, chipotle aioli and gruyere. But the epicurean fun hardly stops there. A grilled steak and feta salad, openfaced grilled tuna steak nicoise sandwich, Pacific prawns and house made falafel are all on hand. As for cocktails, the Purple Palm is full of them. The most noteworthy?

The lavendar mojito -- classic libation infused with a refreshing garden-fresh lavender. If you truly believe elegance starts from within, treat yourself to this quintessential Palm Springs restaurant and dine like a star. Located in the Colony Palms Hotel at 572 N. Indian Canyon Drive, 760.969.1818 (This spot even gets a top notch vote from our cover girl, Eva La Rue)


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WHERE TO SHOP: TRINA TURK, HOME 101 APOTHECARY, FITZSU SOCIETY wrap dresses, rompers, flowy blouses, structured jackets, charming sweaters and beyond. And there’s no fear of feature of brilliant shades or prints in this glamorous boutique. This season’s collection boasts beautifully crafted sweaters, wool corsetry, knit dresses, lovely scarves, and tiny gloves to boot. Bikinis and poolside faves are always in season at Trina’s. Bandeau tops sit pretty with intricate buckles at the hip, swirled scarves and Jackie O sunglasses are plentiful; naturally as are cocktail rings. If it’s a small take away you seek, choose from Trina’s residential collection, which seamlessly channels the Palm Springs spirit through pillows, candles, Atwater Pottery and even Missoni towels. Located at 891 N. Palm Canyon Drive, 760.416.2856

Gathering vintage goodies, household treasures, unique gifts and off-the-cuff fashions made easy... If you’re going to spend your days lounging in the desert, you’ll have to look the part. Where does a “palm princess”

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o for her royal garb? To the queen, of course -- Trina Turk. The 70’s retro interior is the things that California dreams are made of -- posh shag carpeting, pebbled flooring, saffron hued mirrors, crystal bead curtains, round light fixtures, svelte mannequins and a delicate floral foil wallpaper to adorn the ceiling. No doubt you’ll marvel at the design-the vintage meets modern genius of PS stylista, Kelly Wearstler -- but the duds will leave even the most glib of your girlfriends speech-less. The musings of Trina Turk are as chic as the designer herself, who donned the dark bob with fringe well before it was en vogue. Her collection is a mix of architectural, sophisticated and approachable silhouettes featuring all of the musts from mini-dresses to printed shorts,

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fragrance and skincare all call Home 101 Apothecary their place of residence. The lovely little Shoppe, owned by badland resident, Greg McDermott, threw open its doors in 2000 and now celebrates ten years as one of the town’s most revered spots. Collections of exotic candles fill the room. From lines like Diptyque and Votivo, Molton Brown and Nest, Home 101 waxes poetic on wick. The “can’t leave this place without it” in the candle department hails the ven Priscilla, Queen of the Desert knew the only AQUIESSE Portfolio Collection, the Ginger Mango scent. way to approach a desert Inspired by the essence of Central California the soy wax holiday was with maximum wonder is a fruitful marriage of scents, poured into a seductive fabulousness (she was a smoke colored glass, bearing the Aquiesse “crest” on its front. lavender bus after all). With As though you didn’t already crave the collection (eighteen lavish costumes, witty banter fragrances in all from linen to pink peony) the packaging is what and a peachy persona, you gives the product its flair. A luscious brown twill box houses will rule your surroundings. your glowing treasure, that’ll delight your mood for over 100 Nevertheless, you’ll have to hours. You’ve got your home covered and the focus moves know where to find the hidden to you. Stock up on the delicious scent of KAI. KAI is a pretty treasures before you can get your crown. After creating your blend of gardenia, jasmine, tuberose and lily that’s available in so PS look, you’ll want to stock many forms -- perfume, room spray, body wash, lotion and cult up on bath and body wonders favorite, body glow. Home 101 is also the place to go for Kate -- to leave you smelling like a Sommerville goodies. Gather armfuls of her top-notch line. How desert rose, naturally. High-end about the Goat Milk Anti-Aging Cream to keep those wrinkles at candles, exuberant home bay or maybe even Exfolikate, to enhance that glowing dermis?

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