S H O PPE EDI T I ON
ROSS M ATHE W S
THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED
S TR AIGHT TALK
GENEVA OF COSMIC AMERICAN SHOWS US AROUND HER HOOD
MEET THE CHEF PUTTING PURPLE PALM’S MENU ON YOUR RADAR
ALL I AVO WANTED
BREAKFAST, LUNCH OR DINNER, THIS AVOCADO FLATBREAD WILL BE YOUR NEW GO TO
WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE THE LIVING DESERT ZOO AND GARDENS’ VETERINARIAN BREAKS DOWN HER DAY
KIMPTON ROWAN PALM SPRINGS
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This Desert Dweller is Giving Us All the Home Decor Envy ®
EDITOR'S NOTE I have a black-and-white print in my home that reads, “Work hard so you can shop harder.” It’s one of my many life mottos; it pays proper homage to my shop first, ask later lifestyle. When I was little, I used to think my grandma’s home was the mall because we’d go shopping so much. “This is where GiGi lives!” I’d say walking through the mall’s automatic doors. Now, that I’m attempting to ‘adult,’ I’d say not much has changed. I own too many shoes and my romper collection is getting out of hand. For this Shoppe issue, we brought you our favorite trends from back in the day in Year We Go (pg. 51), a group of men with some serious style (pg. 31) and a fashion spread that details why it takes us women so long to get ready (spoiler alert, it’s because we’re sipping Lillet Rosé) (pg. 67).
We also met up with our Shoppe Profile, Janelle, where ‘all roads’ lead to handcrafted fashion (pg. 62) and the blogger of Cosmic American who takes us on a stylish tour of all our favorite spots in Joshua Tree (pg. 75); they’re super cool, trust me. We are totally fangirling over our cover star, Ross Mathews, and his contagious smile. We’re used to seeing him on live TV, and our Los Angeles Editor Charlotte did a really great job bringing his story to life. Flip to see how we captured his out-of-the-box personality and exactly how much he loves Palm Springs (and the Seattle Seahawks?) (pg. 42). P.S. We have a new Greater Palm Springs Editor, Marissa! Drop a nice note in her inbox and say hello!
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MAKING ISSUE the
Photographed By: Andrea Domjan, andreadomjan.myportfolio.com, @andrea_domjan_photography Model: Ross Mathews, www.helloross.com | @helloross Location: Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs,100 W Tahquitz Canyon Way Palm Springs, CA 92262 | 760.904.5015 | www.rowanpalmsprings.com Written By: Charlotte Farrell, @charlottefarrell Styled By: Neil Cohen, neilcohenstyle.com | @neilcohenstyle Grooming By: Brian Keller, kellerhairps.com | @briankellerhair Blazer Provided By: Tallia, www.talliaorange.com Shirt Provided By: Michael Stars, www.michaelstars.com Jeans Provided By: AG Jeans, Saks Fifth Avenue Palm Desert, www.saksfifthavenue.com
Set atop the only rooftop pool scene in the Greater Palm Springs area, the surrounding views and mountainscapes at the Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs were presented exactly how they should be; from high above the hubbub and with a quiet atmosphere that forces you to slow your roll and take a deep breath— maybe the first real one you have taken in a long time.
Ross Mathews, the TV personality, podcast pro, author and more, was happy to spend some time in the presummer sun as we snapped shot after shot trying to capture a personality that truly cannot be contained in one image. The atmosphere was playful and full of joy, just like Mathews as he laughed and equally made us giggle through the entire process. Photographer Andrea Domjan said, “I very much enjoyed working with Ross; he is such a sweet and very funny guy. He is a natural in front of the camera so it was very easy for me to take portraits of him that reflect his personality. For most of the shots I used one studio light to compensate the bright Palm Springs sun.” Stylist Neil Cohen, who was the mix master on set, used pieces that best showed off Mathews’ sense of style with some added flair, adding, “Working with Ross was as fun as you’d think it would be!” As the shoot wrapped, Mathews didn’t skip a beat. He was off to enjoy some fun in the sun with friends nearby, while the crew parted ways ready to take on the traffic home with a smile on their faces. Anyone who has met Mathews knows he has this effect on people, and I was grateful my commute was filled with a lot more positivity and a bit less yelling at the guy who cut me off.
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THIS ISSUE: SHOPPE 31 Experts
FASHIONâ€™S FOR THE BOYS These Men Know Style
42 Cover Story
Ross Mathews Talks Celebrities, Seahawks and Why He Loves Palm Springs
That's What She Said
THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED
Geneva of Cosmic American Shows Us Around Her Hood
51 Shoppe Guide
YEAR WE GO
Style These Past Trends With a 2018 Twist
This Desert Dweller is Giving Us All the Home Decor Envy
67 Fashion Spread
READY OR NOT
Just Five More Minutes...
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TA BL E CO NTEN T S of
M AY 2 0 1 8
LOS DOS SE CONVERTIRÁN EN UNO - THE TWO BECOME ONE
PURSUIT OF HOP-PINESS
These Pairings Are a Match Made in Beer-Lovers’ Heaven
Meet the Chef Putting Purple Palm’s Menu on Your Radar
88 Bubbles 101
STOP AND SMELL THE ROSÉ
From White to Rosé, Here Are Your New Favorite Sparkling Wines
90 Poolside With Lillet
LILLET, S’IL VOUS PLAÎT
We’ll Take This Summer Drink Poolside
93 Meals Deconstructed
ALL I AVO WANTED
Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner, This Avocado Flatbread Will Be Your New Go To
96 Insta-Worthy Cocktails
Get Your Camera Ready for These SoCal Cocktails
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Our Publisher Erik Hale Marries His Longtime Fiancé in a Dream Ceremony in México
128 Rooom Essentials
CONTOUR YOUR CLOSET
After This Re-Do, Your Modern Closet Will Be Your New Favorite Room
100 SMaRT Education
Full STEAM Ahead
SMaRT Education Teaches Kids That Robots and Science are Cool
102 Humanitarian Profile
DOING MORE TOGETHER
Desert AIDS Project’s CEO Talks Community Efforts and How You Can Help
WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE
The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens’ Veterinarian Breaks Down Her Day
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LOCALENDAR 20 GREATER PALM SPRINGS EVENTS IN BLOOM NOW WRITTEN BY: JACQUELINE SMITH
GET INTO THE “DANGER ZONE” THIS SUMMER
ATTEND THE PALM DESERT INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION
¢ If the songs called
“This Is It,” “I’m Alright” and “Danger Zone” do anything to your blood pressure, then you know exactly where you need to be on this night to listen to the one-and-only Kenny Loggins: Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa. See you there.
¢ If you are in the east side of the valley this Independence Day, consider celebrating at Palm Desert’s Civic Center Park. The evening will start at 7:15 p.m. with our National Anthem followed by a concert, and at 9 p.m. there will be a glorious 25-minute fireworks display.
TEQUILA & TACO FIESTA
THAT’S SO VINTAGE
¢ From 6-9 p.m. at Old
Town La Quinta & Village, celebrate Cinco de Mayo with an authentic fiesta vibe and Mexican flavors from some of La Quinta's best restaurants. Sip on tequila and munch on tacos for a special price while listening to lively mariachi music.
¢ Head to Camelot Theatres for the Palm Springs Vintage Market! For only a five dollar admission fee, you’ll get to shop till you drop for vintage items with cacti as your backdrop. Bring your pup too! This market is dog friendly.
GET EXCITED “FORE” WOMEN’S GOLF DAY June 5
¢ Within two short
years, Women’s Golf Day has become a global movement, engaging women of any golf level to come out, learn, play and appreciate the sport! Take a lesson to improve—or perfect— your game and play a round of golf while socializing with other like-minded women!
PARTY WITH THE STARS
May 12, June 9, July 14 ¢ Take in the beauty of
the cosmos with other amateur astronomers at the Sawmill Trailhead. The only requirement: a curiosity of what lies beyond our world!
EXPERIENCE THE STREET FAIR AT COLLEGE OF THE DESERT Starting June 2
¢ For over 30 years, The
Street Fair has been the place to find artisanal wares, home goods, fashion, furniture, vintage cars, a farmers market, live entertainment, gourmet food—all you could want in a street fair and more! www.codaastreetfair.com
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GET TICKETS TO “THE WEDDING SINGER” July 6-15
¢ If you loved the
movie, you’ll love the live musical comedy performance of The Wedding Singer! With evening performances and Sunday matinees, sing along to the classic songs and laugh out loud to your new favorite live show!
CELEBRATE MOM AT THE LIVING DESERT ZOO AND GARDENS May 13
¢ Treat mom to a memorable brunch at The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens this Mother’s Day! With a buffet-style brunch, live entertainment, all-day access to the zoo and, not to mention, animal encounters, this holiday will be one she won’t soon forget. www.livingdesert.org
PUNCH YOUR TICKET June 19-25
¢ Take advantage of the largest short film event in North America! With around 325 unique and original short films to view at this event, your need for creative #inspo is bound to be found here. In its 24th year, The Palm Springs International ShortFest is a must visit for forums, screenings and a film market! www.psfilmfest.org
EXPERIENCE FLOWER POWER
VISIT ˮTHE ROAD LESS TRAVELEDˮ ART EXHIBIT
March 17 - July 29
¢ Come out to the Palm Springs Air Museum for this special event honoring the memory and ultimate sacrifice made by our country’s service men and women with a breathtaking flower drop of over 3,000 red and white carnations from a B-25 Mitchell bomber. Flight exhibitions are planned all day long, and you are encouraged to take a flower home.
¢ Palm Springs Art Museum brings us ˮThe Journey Through The Desert – The Road Less Traveled,ˮ a collection of works by 20 American photographers, which depicts diverse interpretations of each individual’s unique journey through the deserts of the American West. Get ready to see the road less traveled through their eyes!
WATCH FOURTH OF JULY FIREWORKS
ENJOY “GYPSY” THE MUSICAL
¢ Come out to enjoy
¢ Arthur Laurents’ “Gypsy” is considered a favorite musical by many theater professionals, and could be yours too! Hosted at the Palm Canyon Theatre, you won’t want to miss it to one of these memorable performances!
America’s pastime this Fourth of July and watch the Palm Springs POWER play, and following the game, watch a brilliant fireworks display put on by the City of Palm Springs.
DIVE INTO SPLASH HOUSE
June 8-10 & August 10-12 ¢ Have a fun time
splashing around in some of Palm Springs’ best pools while listening to the world’s top DJs! With prime Palm Springs locations like the Saguaro, Riviera and the Palm Springs Air Museum, it doesn’t get much better than this…Oh wait, there’s now two more days? I guess it does! www.splashhouse.com
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COME CELEBRATE AT LOCALE’S LAUNCH PARTY May 31
¢ Enjoy tray-passed
appetizers and a welcome drink at ARRIVE Palm Springs’ Draughtsman from 7-9 p.m. Let live music whisk you away as we celebrate our Greater Palm Springs May issue release! Your $10 ticket goes towards the charity spotlight, Desert AIDS Project. See you there!
PARTY AT THIS ULTIMATE SUMMER EVENT June 7-10
¢ The Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs is hosting Utopian Summer this year—an adult-only, unique lifestyle event complete with worldrenowned DJs and firstclass sound and lighting. Get your tickets to one of the hottest parties in the desert this season! www.luxxparties.com
LISTEN TO AMY WINEHOUSE CLASSICS May 12
¢ Michael Holmes’ Purple Room, located in the historic Club Trinidad Hotel, will play host to the surreal sounds of Mia Karter and The Winehouse Experience. Paying tribute to the sounds of the late Amy Winehouse, this performance brings her music back to life.
TRY SOMETHING NEW DURING GREATER PALM SPRINGS RESTAURANT WEEK June 1-17
¢ Over 100 restaurants
are taking part in this tasty event, so there will be something new for everyone! specially priced lunch and dinner options give guests a taste of what local restaurants are serving up. Reservations are encouraged as you explore this 17-day event with #dineGPS; we’re getting hungry already.
JAM OUT TO BILLY IDOL LIVE May 27
¢ You will be in for a rockin’ good time with Billy Idol at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino starting at 8 p.m. Dance to all the classics and hear some new tracks from his latest album, and we promise you’ll be fangirling in no time.
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NATIVE KNOWLEDGE BY LOCALS FOR LOCALS /// WHERE TO BE MONDAY-SUNDAY
“If you don't know Castelli’s, you don't know Palm Desert.”
The Jewellery Guru Gives Us a Sneak Peak of Her Week in the Desert
EXPERT: Ruth Dresser CREDENTIALS: Founder, Ruthless Fine Jewellery
MONDAY ¢ I do all of my errands and have brunch at JC’s Patio Cafe on El Paseo. Then I glance around El Paseo for ideas of places to visit next. wwwjcsonelpaseo.com
TUESDAY ¢ I visit the new exhibit at El Paseo’s D Gallery, which showcases modern and contemporary art. We have "Pieces for the People," and are the one and only unique high-end jewelry design that is available inside the gallery. www.dgallery.me
WEDNESDAY ¢ For all the music lovers, go to The Nest. They always have great live performances, which are updated on their website regularly. www.gotothenest.com
THURSDAY ¢ I shop for clothes at The Gardens on El Paseo, then visit Vicky's of Santa Fe for happy hour and enjoy their music.
RUTHLESS FINE JEWELLERY 73111 El Paseo, Ste 106A Palm Desert, CA 92260 760.776.0033 www.rithlessjewellery.com
Their bartender Joe Demarco will make you feel at home!
FRIDAY ¢ I get some sparkle at Ruthless Fine Jewellery in El Paseo. For dinner, I love to visit Castelli’s Ristorante. If you don't know Castelli’s, you don't know Palm Desert. www.ruthlessfinejewellery.com www.castellis.cc
SATURDAY ¢ I’m craving a nice steak and great live music, so Mastro’s it is! This is the perfect way to end a Saturday. mastrosrestaurants.com
SUNDAY ¢ On Sundays, I like to relax and prepare for the next week of adventures to begin again!
Photographed By: Kenneth Alexander Scott
NATIVE KNOWLEDGE BY LOCALS FOR LOCALS /// WHERE TO BE MONDAY-SUNDAY
To Have & To Held
“Saturdays are for shopping! I love vintage finds.”
This Local Designer Breaks Down the Best of the Desert
EXPERT: Candice Held CREDENTIALS: Founder, Candice Held
MONDAY ¢ Cure a case of the Mondays with classic comfort food at Frankinbun. Count the Franks in my custom Chinoiserie wallpaper while you enjoy a gourmet sausage and the best fries in the valley. www.frankinbun.com
TUESDAY ¢ Browsing the boutiques in Palm Springs is a favorite source of inspiration. The Shops at Thirteen Forty Five in the Uptown Design District is a one-stop shop for new and midcentury treasures including furniture, art, clothing and jewelry. www.theshopsat1345.com
WEDNESDAY ¢ Tea time! A proper British High Tea is served at 3 p.m. Wednesdays and Sundays at Joey Palm Springs. THURSDAY ¢ After a light bite and a glass of French rosé at my husband Tristan Gittens' Persimmon Bistro in the Palm Springs Art Museum, it's time to experience some culture!
FRIDAY ¢ How to end the week? Ice-cold Gimlet at the bar at Melvyn's—Palm Springs tradition. The restaurant’s recently updated menu does not disappoint. www.inglesideinn.com/melvynsrestaurant
SATURDAY ¢ Saturdays are for shopping! I love vintage finds. The Fine Art of Design in Palm Desert is a beautifully merchandised treasure trove of vintage designer labels. www.thefineartofdesign.com
SUNDAY ¢ A Sunday stroll down El Paseo in Palm Desert is like walking on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. Visit my flagship boutique nestled near luxury retailers such as Gucci, Escada and Bottega Veneta. www.theshopsonelpaseo.com www.candiceheld.com
CANDICE HELD THE SHOPS ON EL PASEO 73080 El Paseo, Ste 2 Palm Desert, CA 92260 760.340.0430 www.candiceheld.com
Photographed By: Kenneth Alexander Scott
NATIVE KNOWLEDGE BY LOCALS FOR LOCALS /// WHERE TO BE MONDAY-SUNDAY
You So Fine This Palm Springs Local Is All About Hunting for Treasures and Exploring His City
EXPERT: Nicolas Delgado CREDENTIALS: Owner, The Fine Art of Design
MONDAY ¢ I have breakfast at the French Corner Cafe in Palm Desert, then a margarita after work. [I’ll head] next door at Casuelas Café for outdoor music [on the] patio. www.frenchcornercafe.com www.casuelascafe.com
TUESDAY ¢ I work out with trainer Jaime Jimenez at One Eleven Conditioning Club, followed by the best chicken salad sandwich at La Quinta Baking Company. www.111conditioningclub.com www.laquintabaking.com
WEDNESDAY ¢ Morning hike at the Whitewater Preserve with Ranger Jack, then antiquing at Victoria’s Attic. [Next it’s] dinner at one of the oldest sushi establishments in Palm Springs—Kiyosaku. kiyosakusushi.menutoeat.com
THURSDAY ¢ Yoga class with Jenn at Yoga Bliss, then I grab a Chupacabra Chicken sandwich at Chef Tanya’s Kitchen. I’ll end
THE FINE ART OF DESIGN 73717 CA-111 Palm Desert, CA 92260 760.565.7388 www.thefineartofdesign.com
the day with a glass of wine at Dead or Alive. www.yogablissps.com www.cheftanyapetrovna.com
FRIDAY ¢ Vegan cheese and glutenfree pizza at Piero’s PizzaVino in Palm Desert. Then [I catch] a show from a local theater production at [either] Palm Canyon Theatre, College of the Desert or Desert Theatreworks. www.ppizzavino.com www.palmcanyontheatre.org
SATURDAY ¢ I explore the Uptown Design District by visiting my favorite tastemakers such as Soukie Modern at The Shops at Thirteen Forty Five. www.theshopsat1345.com
SUNDAY ¢ My favorite brunch and bloody mary at Las Casuelas Nuevas with my niece and nephew and then off to explore the Palm Springs Art Museum with them. www.lascasuelasnuevas.com www.psmuseum.org
“My favorite brunch and bloody mary at Las Casuelas Nuevas with my niece and nephew and then off to explore the Palm Springs Art Museum with them.”
Photographed By: Kenneth Alexander Scott
NATIVE KNOWLEDGE BY LOCALS FOR LOCALS /// WHERE TO BE MONDAY-SUNDAY
ALL APPAREL PROVIDED BY: BG’s El Paseo www.bgselpaseo.com ALL JEWELRY PROVIDED BY: The Jewelry Bar www.thejewelrybar.com
On the Move This Desert Local Talks Everything From Horses to Hiking
EXPERT: Stephanie Greene CREDENTIALS: CEO, FG Creative, Inc. MONDAY ¢ Up with the sun to feed the horses, cats and dogs then off to work at FG Creative. I catch up with clients, then head to El Paseo to enjoy a little retail therapy! Lunch on the patio at Mitch's on El Paseo to enjoy sushi and friends. www.fgcreative.com www.dineelpaseo.com
TUESDAY ¢ Up early for a trail ride in Sky Valley, then off to work! I’ll sneak in a workout at Orangetheory Fitness on El Paseo and a poke bowl at Pokehana in Palm Desert for a healthy and yummy lunch. After work, I head to Vue Grille & Bar in Indian Wells for a well-deserved glass of pinot noir and a front row seat for the spectacular sunset.
WEDNESDAY ¢ I enjoy an early lap swimming at Palm Desert Aquatic Center where the water is always perfect. Quick visit to J. Russell! The Salon for a post-swim blowout, then head up Highway 62 for meetings in Joshua Tree. On the way home, I’ll grab a bite at Pappy & Harriet's—the best hamburgers in the high desert! www.pdpool.com www.jrussellthesalon.com
THURSDAY ¢ Make a pot of artisanal coffee from the new Coachella Valley Coffee Co. No time for lunch,
Photoshoot Location: BG’S EL PASEO 73520 El Paseo, Ste 1D Palm Desert, CA 92260 760.779.9947 www.bgselpaseo.com
but there's always time for cocktails and mouth-watering butter cake at Mastro's on El Paseo after work! Then schedule a Yellow Cab of the Desert to whisk me home after enjoying that extra-dirty martini. www.coachellavalleycoffee.com www.yellowcabofthedesert.com
FRIDAY ¢ Start the day with a hike to the Palm Desert Cross and watch the sunrise over the valley. The hiking trails are just too fantastic to pass up! Time to play hooky and enjoy an afternoon massage at Hotel Paseo and work remotely poolside. Shhhh, don't tell anyone! www.hotelpaseo.com
SATURDAY ¢ So much to do, so little time! Hit the Street Fair at College of the Desert, then Wilma & Frieda’s on El Paseo for a bloody mary and pancakes. Oh look, we ended up at Okura Robata Grill & Sushi Bar in La Quinta for happy hour! www.wilmafrieda.com www.okurasushi.com
SUNDAY ¢ Head to Palm Springs to hike Indian Canyons, then Sunday brunch at Spencer's Restaurant before a matinee at the fabulous McCallum Theatre. End the day at home to lay by the pool to enjoy the mountain views and the night skies. www.spencersrestaurant.com www.mccallumtheatre.com
FG CREATIVE, INC. 74020 Alessandro Dr, Ste E Palm Desert, CA 92260 760.773.1707 www.fgcreative.com
“Start the day with a hike to the Palm Desert Cross and watch the sunrise over the valley.”
Photographed By: Kenneth Alexander Scott
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Fashion Accounts Followed
231 Posts in 2017
Impressions Per Week
“I love vintage shopping and often do vintage shopping tours on my [Instagram] stories.” —KRYS MELO
THE GREATER PALM SPRINGS BLOGGER SHARES TIPS, STATS AND WHO TO FOLLOW
TIPS TO BE A SUCCESSFUL INSTAGRAMMER 1.
Find your niche.
Keep going even when you don’t grow as fast as you want.
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SHOPPE STYL E /// B E AU TY / / / B O U TI Q U E S
EXPERTS These Stylish Men are Giving us Serious Outfit Envy
COVER STORY A Chat With Your Favorite TV Personality, Ross Mathews
SHOPPE GUIDE #Throwback Trends With a Modern Take
PROFILE This Pro is Weaving the Way to Greatness
FASHION SPREAD Get Ready With These Fresh Looks
THAT'S WHAT SHE SAID Where to Shop in Joshua Tree and Yucca Valley
BKB CERAMICS 61705 HWY-62 Joshua Tree, CA 92252 760.821.3765 www.bkbceramics.com PHOTO BY: Jane Chouteau
THAT'S WHAT SHE SAID The Road Less Traveled Geneva of Cosmic American Shows Us Around Her Hood
FA S H I O N ’ S F O R T H E B OY S These Men Know Style
WRITTEN BY: NIA YATES • PHOTOGRAPHED BY: KENNETH ALEXANDER SCOTT
Welcome to Palm Springs where the style icons have never been few and far between. With the desert landscape as our backdrop, it’s easy to blend in, but these Shoppe Experts decide to stand out when strutting through the desert streets. These men are leading their industries and setting trends in the fashion world.
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“I prefer a nice pair of sneakers or dress shoes.” “Calvin Klein and Boss are my go-to for white shirts because they fit my body well.”
RENOVA ENERGY 75-181 Mediterranean Ave Palm Desert, CA 92211 760.568.3413 www.renovaenergy.com Photoshoot Location: HYATT PALM SPRINGS 285 N Palm Canyon Dr Palm Springs, CA 92262 760.322.9000 www.palmsprings.hyatt.com
“My watch is my everyday work watch. I use a watch because I like to be fully engaged with my clients.” “I chose the tie as the one piece that’s ‘loud,’ but ties into the jacket. That was my piece of flare.”
NATIVE KNOWLEDGE Ò Isaac used to race mountain bikes professionally when he was a teen.
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C R E D E N T I A L S : V I C E P R E S I D E N T O F O P E R AT I O N S , R E N O VA E N E R GY FIVE-STAR SERVICE Ò Founded in 2006, Renova Energy is headquartered in the Coachella Valley and offers SunPower solar panels and Tesla Powerwall batteries. An employee-owned company, Renova has 160 team members, gross revenues in excess of $40 million and a consistent five-star rating on Yelp.
CAREER PATH Ò Isaac was in the film industry, and is an electrician by trade.
MR TURK 891 N Palm Canyon Dr Palm Springs, CA 92262 760.416.2856 www.mrturk.com
“[Studebaker Metals] are a traditional metalsmith workshop in Pittsburgh, PA. They use classic methods to hand-forge their collections.” “The frames are by a brand called Ultra. The style is the Goliath. They became popular in the 1970s. I’ve been wearing them since 1992.”
“It’s a lightweight suiting we developed with a mill in Portugal. It has stretch and is really comfortable for the desert.” “The idea [for the sweater] basically came from Instagram since the heart is the most popular emoji. I just thought it was a way to say, ‘I like myself and maybe you’re going to like me too.’”
PALM SPRINGS STYLE Ò What are go-to men’s fashion trends for the desert? “Sandals are always good and I love a caftan,” he says.
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Jonathan Skow C R E D E N T I A L S : D E S I G N E R A N D S T Y L I S T, M R T U R K
COME AS YOU ARE Ò Kurt Cobain is Jonathan’s style icon because “he knew how to mix it up.”
NATIVE KNOWLEDGE Ò Jonathan is married to notable fashion designer Trina Turk, a nod to the name of the brand “Mr Turk.”
“I love tuxedo shoes because they are so comfortable and they can dress something up or down.” “For me, [style] means being completely comfortable in your skin and clothes.”
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“I love jeans with a jacket. The colors [I chose] are some of my favorite colors. The plum blazer with the pink pocket square and a black shirt to me is something that goes from lunch to dinner to late cocktails.” “The ring is Tiffany and Co. I only wear rings as an accessory, and I only wear a watch to remind me that I need to put a battery in it.”
FASHION FORWARD Ò Warren’s style icons were his aunts and sisters because he was able to see fashion evolve with them.
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Photoshoot Location: HYATT PALM SPRINGS 285 N Palm Canyon Dr Palm Springs, CA 92262 760.322.9000 palmsprings.hyatt.com
Warren Jones C R E D E N T I A L S : C E O, T H E J O N E S G R O U P
HAPPY HOUR Ò Warren’s favorite place to grab a cocktail is TRIO or Eight4Nine Restaurant & Lounge.
FRESH START Ò Warren got his start in this industry because he would help dress his friends.
FOOD BY BOOKER @foodbybooker Photoshoot Location: WIL STILES 875 N Palm Canyon Dr Palm Springs, CA 92262 760.327.9764 www.wilstiles.com
“I think that style is a very important representation of who you are. I always dress current, and I always dress from the inside out.” “I am big on the silhouette, the outline; I like my clothes tailored. My clothes are a layer of skin and it must fit me well.”
“I am open to all prints and patterns; I wear it all.” “My blue suede shoes reflect my personal style because it is a color I wear often. The shoes are a focal point of the whole outfit.”
NATIVE KNOWLEDGE Ò Food by Booker is a catering company serving soul food with a French and Italian twist.
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Booker Hall CREDENTIALS: OWNER, FOOD BY BOOKER
#TBT Ò Before he was a chef, Booker started his fashion career as a buyer and then was promoted to a fashion coordinator.
DOING GOOD Ò Booker donates his clothes to those who are less fortunate.
“It is a piece of my suit that pops, even if I am wearing grey pants I have my bow-tie to give me that burst of excitement. I have been wearing them my entire life.” “What I put on is an armor. It is a sense of pride, pride in my business and doing my clients’ hair. I am representing them. I am representing every person who sits in my chair.”
BRUSH PALM SPRINGS 1090 N Palm Canyon Dr Palm Springs, CA 92262 760.399.0447 www.brushpalmsprings.com
“No matter what pants I have on, I wear great socks to show it off. Like women wear great shoes, I love great socks.” “My socks and bow-tie make everything pop. It makes me feel proud of who I am. I can carry myself in a different way.”
NATIVE KNOWLEDGE Ò Barry named his salon after his grandmother left him a brush when she passed away, and he feels like she is with him every step of the way.
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Barry Nadeau C R E D E N T I A L S : O W N E R , B R U S H PA L M S P R I N G S
I LOVE COLLEGE Ò He graduated from Loyola University with a major in Psychology at age 19.
EARLY DAYS Ò Barry grew up in New Orleans, where he started doing hair 30 years ago.
Ross, Unscripted R O S S M A T H E W S T A L K S C E L E B R I T I E S , S E A H AW K S A N D W H Y H E L O V E S P A L M S P R I N G S
WRITTEN BY: CHARLOTTE FARRELL // PHOTOGRAPHED BY: ANDREA DOMJAN STYLED BY: NEIL COHEN // GROOMING BY: BRIAN KELLER
I n H o l l y w o o d , i t ’s r a r e t o f i n d a p e r s o n a l i t y u n f a z e d b y t h e c o n s t a n t b a r r a g e o f c a m e r a s a n d s c r u t i n y. I t ’s e v e n h a r d e r t o k e e p y o u r s e n s e o f h u m o r w h e n your job in the world of glitz and glam is to make people laugh. But once in a while, someone finds the magic equation that allows them to succeed i n “ s h o w b i z ” w i t h o u t l o s i n g t h e i r s p a r k l e — o r t h e i r h u m i l i t y. R o s s M a t h e w s is that someone, and with enough energy that could power the state of C a l i f o r n i a o n h i s s m i l e a l o n e , i t ’s h a r d t o i m a g i n e t h a t t h e d a z z l i n g l y confident man you see on your TV came from humble beginnings.
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“Think about how different TV was then. I knew the audience was going to laugh at me, so I had to make them laugh with me by the end. I had to never apologize about who I was.” —Ross Mathews
Photoshoot Location: KIMPTON ROWAN PALM SPRINGS 100 W Tahquitz Canyon Way Palm Springs, CA 92262 760.904.5015 www.rowanpalmsprings.com ROSS MATHEWS www.helloross.com @helloross BLAZER PROVIDED BY: Tallia www.talliaorange.com SHIRT PROVIDED BY: COS www.cosstores.com JEANS PROVIDED BY: AG Jeans Saks Fifth Avenue Palm Desert www.saksfifthavenue.com SHOES PROVIDED BY: Adidas www.adidas.com
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I n M o u n t V e r n o n , WA , a y o u n g R o s s c o u l d n o t b e c o n t a i n e d w i t h i n t h e confines of the sleepy suburbs. “I grew up in a little farm town. I’m like a gay cartoon version of a human being, so it was a little different,” he said. Come 1998, he made the move south to Los Angeles, attending The U n i v e r s i t y o f L a Ve r n e b e f o r e f i n d i n g h i s b r e a k a s R o s s t h e I n t e r n o n “ T h e To n i g h t S h o w w i t h J a y L e n o . ” S i n c e t h e n , R o s s ’ s t a r p o w e r h a s m a d e h i m a trusted and beloved TV personality based on his positive disposition and genuine love for what he does. But even Ross can’t pigeonhole his official title. “My career is a little unorthodox. What am I? Am I a TV host? Am I a comedian? Am I an author?” he asked. “I want to be a little bit of all of it. I don't think that you have to be in a box. I'd love to do something unexpected next. Is it a cooking show? A game show? Why is there a box for me? I’m not going to put myself in one, so we’ll see what happens!”
One project after another, the man is relentless in his ability to keep up with demand. He attributes his stamina to his involvement in theater, debate and journalism back in the day.
“There were certain things growing up that really taught me work ethic more than confidence. I mean, I was stupidly confident,” he said with a laugh. “I never worried about getting on stage in front of people, but what theater and debate and journalism taught me was a strong work ethic. I remember realizing that if you rehearse and you practice and you put in the work, you get the reward. I [thought] ‘Oh that's how it works.’ I have called upon those skills in my life far more than I've called upon geometry or algebra.” In other words, Ross was destined to be in front of an audience rather than behind a desk, nine to five. In discussing Ross’ impressive resume, he feels he shines brightest under the pressure of being in realtime. “My favorite thing is doing live television,” he explained. “I’m not good at ‘take two.’ I'm not good at faking it and that’s why I don't do tours or stand up because I don't like saying the same joke over and over again. I like the energy of live. I like embracing the mistakes.” He has an innate capacity for cleverness and quick-wittedness that brings out the best in people, be it with celebrities or the average Joe. It is difficult not to open up to Ross as though you have been friends for years. There are no false pretenses, no angles and no shrewdness. He described his sense of humor as harmless. “There's never a victim at the end of my joke, and that's by design because I've been the butt of people’s jokes before and it's just mean. What if I made
a joke about somebody and their grandma saw it? I wanna make sure grandma is gonna be okay,” he joked with sincerity. Having seen that dark side of the industry, Ross never lets it burden his spirit. “I just struggle,” he sighed. “I just try, you know? It's tough. It’s long hours. It’s a lot, and you try to balance it all and you are only as good as your last project. You've just gotta be in the fight. I don't know how people get a big head in Hollywood because all you are is made humble every day. You're told ‘no’ every day. You're told you're too fat, you're too thin, you're not ‘this’ or ‘that’ enough. I don't know how people get big egos, but they do!” Dealing with those egos has become second nature to him. “I understand celebrities because I've been interviewing them now for almost 20 years,” he said, describing his time on “Celebrity Big Brother” as an example of how to tiptoe around difficult personalities. “That's why I did so well [on the show] because I knew how to deal with these people. You have to compliment them, you have to listen, you have to think they have great ideas.” And no matter what might be going on in Ross’ brain, you would never know if he has any jitters or fears being in front of the camera or in the face of big names in Tinseltown. “I don't get nervous; I get excited. If I'm nervous, it's for something that's important for others, like when I hosted the GLAAD awards,” an awards show that honors multiple media branches and their representation of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community, of which he has hosted six times. “That makes me nervous because I want to do right for them. I don't get nervous for myself because if I bomb I’m like ‘Okay, great,’ I go home, who cares. But I want it to be good for the people.”
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“It's rare that you bump into someone in a crappy mood in Palm Springs.” —Ross Mathews
Music Man • Most people don’t know that Ross can play the violin, and he learned to do so in the fourth grade. *Mic Drop* • Check out Ross’ podcast, “Straight Talk With Ross.” A Few of Ross’ Favorite Spots in the Desert • Eight4Nine Restaurant & Lounge • Mr. Lyons • Las Casuelas
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For the Fans • Ross may have been runner-up, but he was also voted America’s Favorite Houseguest on CBS’ “Celebrity Big Brother.” Native Knowledge • “I’m a huge football fan. I love the Seattle Seahawks,” he said. “I go to Hunters here in Palm Springs every Sunday and I wear my Seahawks jersey and watch all the games.”
He has an innate capacity for cleverness and quickwittedness that brings out the best in people, be it with celebrities or the average Joe.
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“ I ' m n o t g o o d a t f a k i n g i t a n d t h a t ’s w h y I d o n ' t do tours or stand up because I don't like saying the same joke over and over again. I like the energy of live. I like embracing the mistakes.” —Ross Mathews
Speaking to his involvement in the LGBTQIA+ community, Ross has been an integral part of the shift in attitudes and acceptance in his many years on America’s small-screens. “From the first day on Leno I knew that that was happening,” he said, referring to his initial start on the show in 2001. “Think about how different TV was then. I knew the audience was going to laugh at me, so I had to make them laugh with me by the end. I had to never apologize about who I was and I remember thinking on that first day, ‘Oh my God, some kid somewhere is watching this and seeing this.’ Now we're at a point where I was just on CBS—one of the most mainstream networks—for ‘Celebrity Big Brother,’ and America voted me as their favorite. So, think how far we’ve come. It's amazing,” he said with a smile and that lovable twinkle in his eye.
He is no stranger to the plight of those feeling trapped in the expectations of traditional sexual orientations. “I see my role as being what I didn't have growing up as a kid, which is someone who is on national TV with a national platform being unapologetically themselves and telling me at home that I was fine just the way I was,” he said, “I remember growing up and looking at TV, looking out my window in my little farm town and not knowing what a grown up gay person looked like. Imagine being that kid and thinking ‘Can I be a grown up? What could my life be like? Will I be alone? Will I have to keep a secret my whole life?” Regardless of how far we have come, kids are still burdened with stigmas and fear. Ross wants them to listen up: “I understand if you look around and you look out the window and you feel like there’s nobody like you, but I want you to know that you just have to go a couple neighborhoods away and there are communities of people who won't just tolerate you, but instead they'll celebrate you.”
The celebration continues as Ross’ future shows no signs of losing its current speed. Fan favorite “RuPaul’s Drag Race” is in its 10th season, and viewers can’t get enough of all the sass and shenanigans. “Drag Race is a phenomenon. I’m so proud to be on that show. I think it’s the best show on TV,” Ross said as he straightened up in his seat, looking tall, tanned and fabulous. Oh, and that tan? You can thank the Palm Springs sunshine for that. Ross’ love for the desert runs deep, as he gushes about the first time he came to Palm Springs: “I thought, ‘This is home,’ so I did everything I could to get a house here, and now it’s been seven years and I am here every single second I’m not working [in LA].” The people made a big impression on him, too: “Everyone here is happy because they're either on vacation or they're old and gay and fabulous, or they're people who like all of that stuff. It's rare that you bump into someone in a crappy mood in Palm Springs.” As the man about town, Ross loves maintaining the 50-pound weight loss he achieved two years ago by going on three-mile walks every day around the city: “I’m like Belle in Beauty and the Beast; I say, ‘good morning, good day, bonjour’ to all the neighbors.” He is also a huge fan of trivia at Toucans every Friday, going to QUADZ for show tunes on Friday and Saturday nights and heading over to Shanghai Reds for the fish tacos. “Grilled, not fried, because look at my body,” he boasted as he pointed to his abs. When asked if he plans on eventually being a full-time desert dweller, he answered with an emphatic “Yes. Yes!” Until then, don’t hesitate to say “hello” if you spot him strolling down Palm Canyon Drive or lounging on a floatie by the pool with a cocktail in hand. In the meantime, we will watch as he continues to steal our hearts with his sincerity and social prowess.
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1970s Look - All Apparel Provided By: Maven | Earrings & Rings Provided By: Flashback Recycled Fashion | Antik Batik Handbag Provided By: elizabeth&prince | Marc Jacobs Shoes Provided By: REVOLVE
We Go STYLE THESE PAST TRENDS WITH A 2018 TWIST
WRITTEN BY: PRISCILLA THOMAS-NAKANE • PHOTOGRAPHED BY: SAMMY ZARGARAN STYLED BY: BEBE JEAN AND JANELLE AREOLA • HAIR & MAKEUP BY: JENNIFER MAU MODELS: DANIELLE CIPOLLO AND ALLISON VAUGHN OF BRAND MODEL & TALENT, www.brandtalent.net
They say fashion evolves in cycles; everything old is new again, and what goes around, comes back around. In 2018, many of the “best ofs” from the past decades are making an appearance once again, but with a fresh new spin that’s relevant and now. With the bright colors of the ‘70s, edginess of the ‘80s, everything plaid from the ‘90s and let us not forget the early 2000s with pops of bubblegum colors and bare midriffs à la Britney Spears. Today’s twist on decade couture will give you life this fashion season, and we’ve got the 411 on how to put these looks together.
Get This Look Delfi Collective Mara Dress $350 elizabeth&prince, elizabethandprince.com
Petit Alistair Bag Clare V., $345
Tony Bianco, $122 REVOLVE, revolve.com
GET THE ‘70S VIBE WITH THESE FAR OUT LOOKS
XL Classic Hoops
$70 Maven, mavensd.com
Retro looks from the disco era are back with a hint of Boho-chic. Stylish slinky kaftans, worn belted with abstract colors, corduroy mini-skirts, jumpsuits, chunky heel booties and geometric-shaped accessories are looks you can find at boutiques like Elizabeth & Prince.
White Oval Sunglasses and Statement Rings Flashback Recycled Fashion
The Love Tempo Sunglasses
Crap Eyewear, $62 Ban.do, bando.com
1. “Tell me about it, stud.” - Grease
Astrid Knotted Tassel Earrings Vanessa Mooney, $40 REVOLVE, revolve.com
2. “You’re gonna need a bigger boat.” - Jaws
Soundtrack TO THE ‘70S
3. “I got the golden ticket.” - Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
1. “I Want You Back” by The Jackson 5
4. “Yo Adrian, I did it.” - Rocky
2. “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Diana Ross
18K Gold Teardrop Earrings
IPPOLITA, $1,095 Bloomingdale’s, bloomingdales.com
5. “Leave the gun. Take the cannoli.” -The Godfather
$95 Ban.do, bando.com
5. “Stayin’ Alive” by Bee Gees
Amigo Circle Bag
H AIR T
4. “Half-Breed” by Cher
3. “Maggie May” by Rod Stewart
EXPERT: Jeff Hafler CREDENTIALS: Owner, Beauty Bubble Salon and Museum
Katz Sunburst Pleat Mid Length Skirt
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Layers are key for getting the feathered-hair look of the ‘70s. Ask for the “Gypsy Shag;” it was the go-to cut for the [decade]. Camilla Calf Hair & Leather Platform Sandals
Tory Burch, $358 Bloomingdale’s, bloomingdales.com
BEAUTY BUBBLE SALON AND MUSEUM 61855 Twentynine Palms Hwy, Joshua Tree, CA 92252 760.366.9000
Get This Look Belt Blazer
Jeffrey Campbell, $220
LARUICCI, $132 REVOLVE, revolve.com
STAND OUT WITH THESE TOTALLY ROCKIN’ ENSEMBLES
Wolf Circus, $120
Wolf Circus, $105 Maven, mavensd.com
1980s looks are all about bold and bright! Bright colors, bold shoulders and boy-cut blazers. Make this “new wave” of ‘80s-style fashion work for you with vibrant colors, leather pants, rocker tees and a fitted silhouette. Find the pieces you need for edgy ‘80s glam at retailers like REVOLVE, where all the top trends are right at your fingertips.
Rag & Bone, $160 Nordstrom, www.nordstrom.com
Rock ‘N’ Roll Songs of the ‘80s
1. “Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey
2. “Livin’ on a Prayer” by Bon Jovi
3. “Pour Some Sugar on Me” by Def Leppard
4. Grody to the Max
4. “Sweet Child O’ Mine” by Guns N’ Roses
5. Take a Chill Pill
5. “Here I Go Again” by Whitesnake
Babaton, $195 Aritzia, aritzia.com
IR A P Y TI
Arie Threader Earrings
BaubleBar, $28 Nordstrom, nordstrom.com
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Half Moon Faux Leather Crossbody Bag Street Level, $68 Nordstrom, nordstrom.com
EXPERT: Joseph Henry CREDENTIALS: Hair Stylist, Salon Kazumi
A lot of ‘80s hairstyles are already back again. I think it’s highly due to going back to our hair roots! Embracing our natural side and natural hair textures. SALON KAZUMI 9725 S Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210 818.359.9635 | www.josephhenryhair.com
Get This Look Karma Earrings
Eight by Gjenmi Jewelry, $57
Guns N’ Roses Tee Daydreamer, $64
Fuego Flare Leather Pants EAVES, $498
Tony Bianco, $147
OFF-WHITE, $935 REVOLVE, revolve.com
Wolf Circus, $120
Wolf Circus, $105 Maven, mavensd.com
So Extra OVER-THETOP ‘80S TRENDS 1. Shoulder pads 2. Fishnets 3. Excessive hairspray 4. Leg warmers
Balfern Leather Biker Jacket ALLSAINTS, $498 Nordstrom, nordstrom.com
Celeb Inspo 1. Madonna 2. Sarah Jessica Parker 3. Grace Jones 4. Molly Ringwald
Micro Beyeren Backpack Auxiliary, $99.99 Aritzia, aritzia.com
Premium Kick Flare Crop Leather Pants Topshop, $209.99 Nordstrom, nordstrom.com
Arizona Graphic Tee
Topshop x Tee & Cake, $45 Nordstrom, nordstrom.com
Landen Ankle Strap Sandal Steve Madden, $89.95 Nordstrom, nordstrom.com
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Get This Look Wool-Blend Cabby Hat
$17.90 Forever21, forever21.com
Pearlina Earrings Jennifer Behr, $128
Round Metal Ray-Ban, $153
Empire Chain Link Sneaker
TAKE A CHILL PILL AND CHECK OUT THESE ‘90S LOOKS
Marc Jacobs REVOLVE, revolve.com
Fashion from the ‘90s is all about mixed plaids, bold colors and rad hats. Think comfortable pieces that are functional for layering, like oversized sweaters, flower-print mini dresses, plaid skirts, full-coverage jeans, half shirts and denim jackets. Mixing textures and prints were big in the ‘90s and shops like A’maree’s have a great selection of authentic-looking throwback threads with today’s luxe and modern feel.
Flashbacks Recycled Fashion
Lucien Pellat-Finet A'maree’s, amarees.com
Wolf Circus, $105
Wolf Circus, $120 Maven, mavensd.com
Mila Coral Handbag $542 Salar Milano, salar.it
Emmy Wool Cap
Hat Attack, $55 REVOLVE, revolve.com
Top Tech 1. Power Wheels Barbie Jammin’ Jeep Wrangler 2. Girl Tech Password Journal
Levi’s, $118 Aritzia, aritzia.com
2. “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” 3. “Seinfeld” 4. “The Simpsons”
Glow Two Tone Mule
Topshop, $120 Nordstrom, nordstrom.com
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5. “Rocko’s Modern Life”
W E’ R E
EXPERT: Alli Hayes CREDENTIALS: Owner, Waylon Salon & Boutique
For the “Rachel” look, find a great hairstylist who is familiar with long and short layered cuts. WAYLON SALON & BOUTIQUE 5726 La Jolla Blvd, Ste 105, San Diego, CA 92037 858.230.7992 | www.waylonsalon.com
Photos - Alli Hayes/Waylon Salon & Boutique: Kambria Fischer
IR F O YOU
Topshop, $135 Nordstrom, nordstrom.com
1990s TV SHOWS
x UNK Chicago Bulls Puffer Jacket
4. Nintendo Game Boy Color
Get This Look Ane Blouse $65
Wolf Circus, $105
Wolf Circus, $120 Maven, mavensd.com
Giselle A-Line Ruffle Skirt
RESTOCK YOUR CLOSET WITH THESE ESSENTIALS, FO SHIZZLE
Raye, $158 REVOLVE, revolve.com
Though not too long ago, the early 2000s were a fashionista’s playground. So many pop culture looks came out of Y2K—Juicy Couture velour tracksuits, Uggs, cotton candy-colored pieces that bared a midriff and distressed denim on denim on denim. Today, instead of the velour Juicy tracksuits, opt for a trendy sheer top like this one from Maven, with a denim skirt that still screams “hip.”
Laruicci Beautiful Ones Earring
$125 LARUICCI, laruicci.myshopify.com
Mini Hana Studded Leather Crossbody Bag See By Chloé, $320 Neiman Marcus Beverly Hills, chloe.com
Yikes! 4 TRENDS WE DON’T WANT TO COME BACK 1. Ed Hardy Shirts
Metal Yarn Cowl Camisole
FROM THE PAST PLAYLIST
Spray Studded Denim Skirt Topshop, $68 Nordstrom, nordstrom.com
3. “Say My Name” by Destiny’s Child 4. “Bye, Bye, Bye” by ‘N Sync
Chain Drop Earrings
Topshop, $30 Nordstrom, nordstrom.com
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5. “Thong Song” by Sisqo 6. “Livin’ La Vida Loca” by Ricky Martin
P AR T
The Last Lolita Sunglasses
4. Scarves Around Waist
1. “Oops! . . . I Did It Again” by Britney Spears 2. “Hot In Herre” by Nelly
Le Specs x Adam Selman, $119 REVOLVE, revolve.com
3. Trucker Hats
Topshop, $68 Nordstrom, nordstrom.com
by the way., $92 REVOLVE, revolve.com
2. Studded Belts
EXPERT: Cerissa Nevins CREDENTIALS: Owner and Hair Stylist, Salt Hair Lounge
Instead of the old-school butterfly or plastic claw clips from the early 2000s, try gold and silver hair jewelry like hoops or simple metal pins. SALT HAIR LOUNGE 410 Main St, Ste 104, Huntington Beach, CA 92648 714.465.9037 | www.salthairlounge.com
Kickinâ€™ It Old School V I N TAG E F I N D S I N S O U T H E R N CA L I F O R N I A
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FUNKY AND DARN NEAR NEW
MITCHELLS PALM SPRINGS
611 S Palm Canyon Dr Palm Springs, CA 92264 760.318.6491 www.revivalsstores.com
55812 Twentynine Palms Hwy Yucca Valley, CA 92284 760.449.7717 www.funkydarnnearnew.com
106 S Indian Canyon Dr Palm Springs, CA 92262 760.864.1515 www.mitchellsps.com
THE WAY WE WORE
WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND
334 S La Brea Ave Los Angeles, CA 90036 323.937.0878 www.thewaywewore.com
9520 Brighton Way Beverly Hills, CA 90210 310.858.0250 www.whatgoesaroundnyc.com
3849 Fifth Ave San Diego, CA 92103 619.291.4200
HUNT & GATHER
SWELLEGANT VINTAGE CLOTHING
2871 University Ave San Diego, CA 92104 619.297.3040 www.huntandgathershop.com
3409 Newport Blvd Newport Beach, CA 92663 949.673.3604 www.swellegantvintageclothing.com
105 W Chapman Ave Orange, CA 92866 714.771.2116
creating S PAC E
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“I have goals, but so much happens by chance.” —Janelle Pietrzak
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• Janelle is a motorcycle mechanic, “First, I got interested in motorcycles, then I learned to ride motorcycles, now I fix my own motorcycles,” she said.
Concealed behind a small storefront window on a side street in Yucca Valley sits textile and ceramic artist Janelle Pietrzak and her partner/welder Robert Dougherty’s “stordio,” All Roads. Named after the relationship between the co-owners, their motto is, “No regrets, everything leads you to who you are now. All roads led us to each other.” If you are there on a day when the studio is open, you’ll find Janelle at one of her many looms creating beautiful and intricately designed cloth and tapestry. On the other side of the glass, you’ll find an array of yarns, weavings, t-shirts and more.
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• All Roads has collaborated with the likes of Anthropologie, J.Crew and Urban Outfitters.
“All roads led us to each other.” —Janelle Pietrzak
• Check their Instagram for when All Roads will be open next!
Janelle describes herself as, “a strong, independent woman.” She started down her creative road at the Virginia Commonwealth University where she majored in fashion design, before working in New York as a design assistant, then in Philadelphia where she sourced fabric at Anthropologie. Eventually, she made her way to Los Angeles, where her job in the fashion industry demanded a lot of creative energy. “My job left me no time for my own creative pursuits. That is when I started weaving. After 11 months of weaving, I quit my job to weave full time,” she said. But this creative didn’t sit still for long. Just a few years ago, Janelle started taking ceramic classes as another creative outlet, which she now combines with many of her textiles. In July of 2017, Janelle and Robert made the move out to Yucca Valley, and with the cost of living being much less, they’re able to have plenty of space to create both physically and mentally. “In Los Angeles my studio was in my house and I didn’t want [it there]—I wanted to work in a shop-like, public space. In Los Angeles, I could never afford a storefront like we have here.” Not only did they meet other
creatives in their new home, but Janelle also found inspiration in the landscape, plants, colors and textures of the desert. “In Yucca Valley, we can live the dream life,” she explains. All Roads is a creative collective; not only does the studio display the work of Janelle and Robert, but also the artwork of their creative friends. “Either we made it or it was made by someone we know,” she said. In fact, the happy face and peace sign t-shirts sold in the studio were designed by Robert’s 12-year-old daughter, Ava. The “stordio” also donates $5 from the sale of every shirt to Inner-City Arts in Los Angeles, a nonprofit that offers arts education to children in the heart of Skid Row. As for the future of All Roads, Janelle explained, “I don’t even know where I will be in 10 months. I have goals, but so much happens by chance.” As for now, Janelle will continue to be inspired by the landscape and colors that change through the seasons, informing her design and texture of her textiles. “Textiles connect people culturally. It is the oldest craft in the world. The process has not changed in centuries. It is like a common language.” And All Roads’ language is one we are ready to learn. LOCALE MAGAZINE 65
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road less TRAVELED
Geneva of Cosmic American Shows Us Around Her Hood WRITTEN BY: GENEVA KARWOSKI PHOTOGRAPHED BY: JANE CHOUTEAU
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THE END BOUTIQUE Located in Yucca Valley, this festive little shop is hard to miss with its eye-catching, bright murals, garlands of paper tassels and painted rocks festooning the front walk. I have found many vintage scores here over the years, but this time I was particularly enamored with the selection of vintage turquoise jewelry.
55872 Twentynine Palms Hwy Yucca Valley, CA 92284 760.418.5536 www.theendyuccavalley.com
MOON WIND TRADING COMPANY
Hi, I’m Geneva and I’m a desert rat. My family and I traded the modern conveniences of our bright, vibrant San Diego neighborhood to move to the unincorporated community of Joshua Tree a little more than two years ago and we haven’t looked back since. Some people might think Joshua Tree is in the middle of nowhere, but they’d be surprised how hip this town actually is. Since the area is home to so many creatives, we have got some seriously great shops to check out. Much like the area itself, they run the gamut from super cool to super quirky in the best possible way! 76 LOCALE MAGAZINE
Moon Wind is an eye-catching shop that you’ll need to venture off of the main highway to find. The shop showcases environmentally-friendly artists and practices. Even the shop itself is a little work of art and has lots of fun selfie locations, like the painted medallions that line the front walk, and a bed all made up in vintage textiles!
1141B Old Woman Springs Rd Yucca Valley, CA 92284 801.896.4352 www.moonwindtradingco.com
THE END BOUTIQUE
“Moon Wind is an eye-catching shop
that you’ll need to venture off of the main highway to fi nd.”
MOON WIND TRADING COMPANY
HOOF & THE HORN This shop has a bit of everything to achieve maximum desert vibes, from more mainstream lines like P.F. Candle Co. and Minnetonka to more indie ones like The Wild Unknown. Oh yeah, and my husband highly recommends browsing their curated selection of vinyl. 55840 Twentynine Palms Hwy Yucca Valley, CA 92284 760.365.6100 www.squareup.com/store/hoofand-the-horn
THE NATURAL SISTERS CAFE Natural Sisters is a great spot to get fueled up for your day! My daughter and I love to split their Berry Bliss Smoothie and sometimes we splurge on a cookie, too. On Saturday mornings, there’s a great farmers market in the parking lot out front. 61695 Twentynine Palms Hwy Joshua Tree, CA 92252 760.366.3600 www.naturalsisterscafe.com
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BKB CERAMICS BKB is always on my list of must-visit places when my friends come to town. Owner and potter, Brian, makes all the magic happen! The different styles showcased at the shop have become synonymous with the modern desert style, so I truly feel that every desert lover should own at least one of his pieces. 61705 HWY-62 Joshua Tree, CA 92252 760.821.3765 www.bkbceramics.com
â€œBKB is always on my list of must-visit places
when my friends come to town.â€?
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“I love taking my time to browse all the treasures to be found in their light, airy space.”
SHOP ON THE MESA
RICOCHET VINTAGE WEARS This eclectic little shop is a space that is cram-jammed full of desert treasures! Make sure to go out the back and check out their little courtyard, which sometimes has more gems and cacti to check out, too.
61731 Twentynine Palms Hwy Joshua Tree, CA 92252 760.366.1898 www.ricochetjoshuatree.com
SHOP ON THE MESA Shop on the Mesa is the showroom of mega-talented local furniture makers Fire on the Mesa. Even if you aren’t in the market for new furniture, it is definitely worth popping in to drool over their dreamy chairs and coffee tables. I love taking my time to browse all the treasures to be found in their light, airy space. 56636 Twentynine Palms Hwy Yucca Valley, CA 92284 www.shoponthemesa.com
Coyote Corner has lots of traditional souvenir items like magnets and a great selection of desert books. If you’re camping in the park, definitely take note of this place because not only do they stock some camping supplies you may have forgotten, they also have a bank of showers that you can pay to use!
6535 Park Blvd Joshua Tree, CA 92252 760.366.9683 www.jtcoyotecorner.com
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FOODIE B E E R S // / B U B B LE S / / / C U I S I N E
BEER PAIRINGS These Pairings That Will Make You Hoppy
Get Your Camera Ready for These SoCal Cocktails
PROFILE This Chef Dishes on His Delish Menu
INSTA-WORTHY COCKTAILS Sip...and Snap!
BUBBLES 101 Our Guide to Sparkling Wines
POOLSIDE WITH LILLET We Found Your Perfect Summer Spritz
MEALS DECONSTRUCTED Forget the Avocado Toast, Try This Fresh Flatbread
INSTA-WORTHY COCKTAILS Snap and Sip These Cocktails
AC3 AT HOTEL PASEO 45-350 Larkspur Ln Palm Desert, CA 92260 760.340.6069 www.www.hotelpaseo.com PHOTO BY: Jane Chouteau
The combination of the fresh, delicious ingredients pair amazingly with a Modelo Especial for a crisp and refreshing finish.
FILET MIGNON TACOS
PAIR WITH: CORONA EXTRA Æ El Cholo's award-winning filet mignon tacos are a perfect match for the light and refreshing taste of Corona. The tender grilled cut of beef in handmade corn tortillas with the perfect amount of garnish mirrors the clean fresh flavors of the Corona. EL CHOLO 1025 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401 310.899.1106 | www.elcholo.com
SURF ‘N’ TURF
PAIR WITH: CORONA EXTRA
Hop-piness THESE PAIRINGS ARE A MATCH MADE IN BEER-LOVERS’ HEAVEN WRITTEN BY: AZI SAFAVI PHOTOGRAPHED BY: JANE CHOUTEAU
What better way to break up your day than with a cold Mexican beer and delicious meal to pair it with? We rounded up some of our favorite dishes in Southern California and paired them with top-notch beers so you know exactly what to order when you’re looking to kick back in the beautiful Cali sun with a Corona or Modelo in hand.
PRIME ANGUS BEEF, BLUE CHEESE, BACON BURGER PAIR WITH: MODELO NEGRA
Æ Have a hankering for something juicy? Head over to Fortun’s Kitchen + Bar to try the Prime Angus Beef, Blue Cheese, and Bacon Burger with all the right flavors to satisfy your cravings. The combination of the fresh, delicious ingredients pair amazingly with a Modelo Especial for a crisp and refreshing finish. FORTUN’S KITCHEN + BAR 78085 Avenida La Fonda, La Quinta, CA 92253 760.564.8744 www.fortunskitchen.com
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Æ Duck Dive’s popular Surf ‘N’ Turf plate features a grilled, eight-ounce filet mignon, a charbroiled lobster tail topped with housemade mole negro and served with roasted poblano and corn cilantro rice. The depth and earthy flavors of the mole are complemented by the light, crisp Corona. DUCK DIVE 4650 Mission Blvd, San Diego, CA 92109 858.273.3825 | www.theduckdive.com
GRANDE TACO SALAD
PAIR WITH: MODELO ESPECIAL Æ Avila’s El Ranchito’s Grande Taco Salad is a long-time fan favorite. This salad comes with all of your favorite Mexican-food components and your choice of meat. Crispy carnitas and grilled chicken are amongst the most popular choices for this salad. With a variety of flavors, this pairs perfectly with an ice-cold Modelo Especial. AVILA’S EL RANCHITO 2515 East Coast Hwy, Corona Del Mar, CA 92625 949.644.8226 | www.avilaselranchito.com
TALL ORDER ME E T T H E C H E F P U TTI N G P URP LE PALM ’ S M EN U ON YOUR RADAR WRITTEN BY: GABRIELA MUNGARRO
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Under the direction of visionary Chef Tall, the Moroccan-decorated Purple Palm offers a dining experience solely focused on providing a creative, ultra-seasonal menu that is sure to make a loyal patron out of any diner.
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“I WOULD CALL THE DISHES A DECEPTIVE SIMPLICITY.” —NICK TALL
Native Knowledge • Colony Palms Hotel is pup friendly and welcomes all dogs.
All good chefs have incredible cooking abilities, but only great chefs have courage; courage to turn a list of ingredients into crowd-pleasing menus and transform produce into vibrant works of edible art. As Executive Chef Nick Tall nestles into his second year at the Purple Palm restaurant in the historic Colony Palms Hotel, he puts it all on the line as he takes his loyal patrons deep into a culinary rabbit hole and introduces them to a world full of gastronomic enchantment.
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Early Start • Chef Tall began working in the restaurant industry at the age of 15. Home Away From Home • The Palm D’Or was Frank Sinatra’s parttime home.
For decades the magic of Palm Springs has captivated the likes of those seeking to escape the daily routines of a busy life. The history embedded into this small, but thrilling desert city is deeply rooted in Hollywood’s glamorous lifestyle that embodied the silver screen’s top performers, singers and even gangsters from the late 1930s. From poolside lounging and martini-drinking afternoons to lively nights at private speakeasies, hotels have been the main attraction, especially the few that have withstood the test of time like the Colony Palms Hotel. Since its opening in 1936 by gangster Al Wertheimer, a member of the infamous Purple Gang, the hotel’s Spanish colonial architecture served as a meeting place for mobsters, and later as a retreat for Frank Sinatra. Fast forward a few different owners, name changes and a major renovation, the Colony Palms Hotel has grown to be a Palm Springs staple and known in particular for its restaurant, the Purple Palm.
“IT'S DEFINITELY THE LOCALS THAT ARE VERY IMPORTANT TO US BECAUSE WE WANT TO SEE THEM COME BACK.” —NICK TALL
Under the direction of visionary Chef Tall, the Moroccan-decorated Purple Palm offers a dining experience solely focused on providing a creative, ultra-seasonal menu that is sure to make a loyal patron out of any diner. At first glance, the menu may seem pretty straightforward, but by avoiding the traditional gourmet-fare terminology found on high-end menus, Chef Tall has made his more approachable by using simple wording to describe his dishes. “The menu itself is really stated simply, so when people get the food, they get really surprised,” said Tall. Tall enjoys challenging himself to develop fresh ideas by using key components to create sophisticated tastes for each dish. “I would call the dishes a deceptive simplicity. They seem simple, but when you start to eat them you realize there are many layers. We usually focus on a few ingredients and use them in many different ways,” Tall added. By grilling, puréeing or pickling the same vegetables in one dish, Tall believes the consistency of a few ingredients is the only way to fully experience its taste.
Tall gathers inspiration from both his Floridian roots, where the Latin and Caribbean flavors formed an essential presence for his palate, and the oriental cooking skills he acquired when he was sous chef at Amber, one of Hong Kong’s top Michelin-starred restaurants. This diversified flavor profile is always present in his rotating menu of culinary delights. Although Chef Tall loves making all his dishes, the duck dumplings are one of his favorites. “I love dim sum from my time in Hong Kong. So we always make sure we have some kind of dim sum on the menu,” said Tall. For his savory duck dumplings, Tall uses thinly sliced, roasted shiitake mushrooms and grilled Chinese garlic chives mixed with a rice wine vinegar infused inhouse with Sichuan peppercorns served with a smoked chili oil and garnished with fresh herbs and orange zest. Ultimately, Chef Tall’s biggest influence is his current location in Palm Springs, which is always as local and seasonal as possible. “We really started to make a great reputation with the local people. It's definitely the locals that are very important to us because we want to see them come back,” Tall said. As the Purple Palm’s standing has quickly grown into one of distinction for their constant inventive approaches, Chef Tall aims to stay away from popular trends at all times in his kitchen. “I want to make sure that all of my dishes are unique and original; I don’t ever want to copy a trend. I rather set trends and create my own path instead of finding out what other people are doing because I really want the people that come here to have a unique experience and have something they can’t get anywhere else,” Tall said. As the art of fine dining continues to expand into all corners of this magical desert city, Chef Tall hopes that one day the Purple Palm will have wide recognition as the greatest restaurant in Palm Springs.
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Juliette Rose Tasting Notes
CORK & FORK 47875 Caleo Bay Dr La Quinta, CA 92253 760.777.7555 corkandforkwinebar.com
$38 Per Bottle
Stop & Smell the R O S É
Elegant and Bone-Dry, With Hibiscus and Watermelon
FROM WHITE TO ROSÉ, HERE ARE YOUR NEW FAVORITE SPARKLING WINES
WRITTEN BY: QUINTAN VALLES • PHOTOGRAPHED BY: ED VISIONS STYLED BY: KALYNN NGUYEN
We all know the sound of that celebratory pop of a chilled bottle of bubbly. Whatever your bubbly bias is, be it the sweet sparkly pink glass of rosé or a decadently fizzy sip of prosecco, sparkling wines are a great option if you want to sip on something not only elegant and complex, but also fun and stylish. The experts in this guide will help you brush up on your fizzy facts and plan your next brunch or dinner date.
Esprit Gassier Rose Tasting Notes
Round and Delicate With Notes of White Peach, Mandarin and Grapefruit.
$36 Per Bottle JUSTIN 68784 E Palm Canyon Dr Cathedral City, CA 92234 760.904.4093 justinrestaurant.com
J Cuvee Brut Tasting Notes
Apple and Grapefruit, With Caramel and Almond Flavors
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J CU VE
$90 Per Bottle MÉLANGE 78120 Caleo Bay Dr La Quinta, CA 92253 760.564.7332 thechateaulakelaquinta.com
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Angry Orchard Rose Cider Tasting Notes
Apple-Forward Taste With a
THESE WINE-OS KNOW THEIR BUBBLES
Refreshing, Dry Finish
$7.99 Per Six Pack ANGRY ORCHARD HARD CIDER www.angryorchard.com
La Marca Prosecco Tasting Notes
Honey, White Flowers, Lemon, Green Apple and Grapefruit.
MÉLANGE 78120 Caleo Bay Dr La Quinta, CA 92253 760.564.7332 thechateaulakelaquinta.com
$37 Per Bottle
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STEVE PARKER Certified Sommelier and Server at Morgan’s in the Desert morgansinthedesert.com
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Bubbles range in size from tiny pinpricks rolling slowly up the side of a glass to a cascade of Osetra-sized fatties swimming up to the rim of the glass! The smaller the bubbles, the more effectively the flavor of the wine is carried into the mouth—to be tasted. CHRIS KAHN Sommelier at Cuistot cuistotrestaurant.com
Pere Ventura Tresor Brut Reserva Cava Tasting Notes
I don’t want the bubbles to interfere with the wine; I want the bubbles to complement the wine. I want the bubbles to enhance the flavor not take away from it.
Ripe Apples, Grapefruit, Lemon and Brioche
B IEN AL RECHT CR E
$33 Per Bottle JUSTIN 68784 E Palm Canyon Dr Cathedral City, CA 92234 760.904.4093 justinrestaurant.com
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Wines like prosecco tend to be pretty balanced, delicate and the residual sugar will be balanced with the acids.
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MATTHEW KANER Wine Director and Partner at Dead or Alive Bar deadoralivebar.com
Lucien Albrecht Cremant Sparkling Rose Tasting Notes
Strawberries, Wild Cherry, Creamy but Crisp
$52 Per Bottle CORK & FORK 47875 Caleo Bay Dr La Quinta, CA 92253 760.777.7555 corkandforkwinebar.com
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Other Lillet Flavors We Love • Lillet Blanc • Lillet Rouge • Lillet Rosé
S’il Vous Plaît
How Do You Pronounce “Lillet”? Lee-lay
WE’LL TAKE THIS SUMMER DRINK POOLSIDE
WRITTEN BY: JORDAN LIGONS PHOTOGRAPHED BY: CHAD MELLON STYLED BY: BEBE JEAN HAIR AND MAKEUP: NOEL SWEENEY MODEL: BRENDA CASTILLO OF BRAND MODEL & TALENT, www.brandtalent.net
Clink with this classy, French wine-based aperitif that can be mixed and mingled with simple ingredients for the perfect summer drink. Established in 1872, this light, refreshing wine is well balanced—not too sweet, not too bitter. Let the aromas of candied oranges, honey and exotic fruits whisk you away. Not only is this golden Lillet Blanc bottle Insta-worthy, it’s also great to toss in your straw purse to share with the rest of the summertime par-tay! Put on your sunnies and enjoy the rays with this drink in hand—if you need me, I’ll be by the pool.
MAKE A LILLET SPRITZ AT HOME
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Three Parts Lillet Blanc or Lillet Rosé
Three Parts Tonic Water
Build Over Three Large Ice Cubes in a Tall Wine Glass
Garnish With Raspberries and Mint
M EALS DECONSTRUCTED
JUNIPER TABLE Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs 100 W Tahquitz Canyon Way Palm Springs, CA 92262 760.904.5032 www.junipertable.com
BREAKFAST, LUNCH OR DINNER, THIS AVOCADO FLATBREAD WILL BE YOUR NEW GO TO
WRITTEN BY: MARLY BERGERUD PHOTOGRAPHED BY: YASIN CHAUDHRY
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The Avocado Flatbread, Chef Wambach’s signature creation, is a way he shares his passion for flavor and it is savored daily by guests as a unique culinary experience. When asked what was behind the creation of the Avocado Flatbread, Wambach said, “I felt there was a need for something other than avocado toast.”
GLOBETROTTER • Before joining the Kimpton family, Executive Chef Wambach trained with many distinguished chefs and brought his knowledge and passion to top-notch restaurants around the globe.
He went on to retrieve all of the ingredients from the kitchen and enthusiastically began to describe his preparation of the dish. He begins with turmeric dough that is made from fresh yeast, turmeric, fine flour and semolina flour, brushed with garlic oil then seasoned with sea salt and placed into the pizza oven for its initial browning.
SWEET CALIFORNIA • The New York native is a fan of Palm Springs. “I love the outdoor culture, the scenery is amazing and Palm Springs is close to major cities, mountains, the ocean, a national forest and so much more.”
Once Wambach removes the toasted flatbread from the oven, he places a few sections of pre-sliced, fanned shapes of avocado on top, adds salt, a few serrano chilis and a special spice mix (coriander seeds, poppy seeds, sesame seeds and hazelnuts) to provide a crunch with delightful flavor. Next, the spice mix is dusted on top of the avocado, which gives the flatbread a toasted background and unique flavors. The chef then described that he layers the two rows of pre-sliced and avocado pieces with julienned radishes on top, adds toasted pumpkin seeds and another layer of spice crunch on the soft dough.
NATIVE KNOWLEDGE • 4 Saints, the Coachella Valley’s only rooftop venue with a panoramic 270-degree view of the valley, offers a variety of different signature cocktails, local brews and a curated wine list all designed to complement Chef Wambach’s contemporary American cuisine.
Then, when you think that must be it, he sprinkles the avocado with a touch of additional extra virgin olive oil and a little micro sorrel. The micro sorrel is a favorite herb. “[It] has a distinct acidity on the flatbread and provides a nice lemon burst in your mouth that has flavor,” he said. He finishes this beautiful dish by cutting the avocado pieces into six pieces and finally serves Juniper Table’s Signature Avocado Flatbread.
An ethereal architectural gem awaits your experience at the Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs where urban enhancements meet epic scenery with transcendent mountain views. One of the locals’ favorite spots is Rowan’s refreshing seventh floor rooftop pool and bar, the hub of the action at Palm Springs’
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highest entertainment venue. Here, you may savor a leisurely brunch prepared by Rowan’s Executive Chef Stephen Wambach. Or after work you may find it extremely relaxing to just bask in the brilliant sunsets while enjoying your cocktails before dining at one of the hotel’s two chef-driven restaurants, Juniper Table. The views from the restaurant span across the very active downtown streets of Palm Springs and the panoramic vistas of the majestic San Jacinto mountains.
It’s everything Chef Wambach described it would be; the flatbread was soft and the combination of flavors along with the crunch of the amazing spice mix and ample spread of avocado was scrumptious—a dish you won’t want to share. It only leaves you wanting more. Juniper Table, located on the main floor of the hotel, provides you with Chef Wambach’s inspiration behind his fresh and simply prepared fare served for breakfast, lunch and dinner. “It is rustic Mediterranean inspired with a focus on freshness using vegetable-forward dishes such as white asparagus gazpacho,” he said. His lunch provides interesting salads and a dinner service with lighter bites such as simply prepared fish and vegetables. “I travel far and wide to bring in fresh fish and local vegetables,” Chef Wambach added. For dishes like the delicious Avocado Flatbread, and other tantalizing items on the menu, you just have to come try them for yourself.
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Avocado Flatbread Deconstructed
Avocado Flatbread Ingredients 1. Sesame Seed 2. Serrano Chili 3. Radish 4. Turmeric 5. Sorrel 6. Hazelnut 7. Pumpkin Seed 8. Coriander Seed 9. Avocado 10. Maldon Sea Salt 11. Poppy Seed 12. Semolina 13. Yeast 14. Caputo Flour 00 15. Finished Dough 16. Kosher Salt
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and Snap! GET YOUR CAMERA READY FOR THESE SOCAL COCKTAILS
WRITTEN BY: SI SI PENALOZA PHOTOGRAPHED BY: JANE CHOUTEAU
Every cocktail has a story to tell. From ideation to presentation, these local libations illustrate the magic of mingling moxie, mixology and mood lighting.
DIRTY PROGRAM MARTINI
A staple in Costa Mesa’s effervescent bar scene, Mesa serves up a refreshing roster enabling spirit lovers of all persuasions to experiment with inventive drinks. Bar Captain Ryan Crabtree’s spotlight on seasonal strawberries is a summertime must. He draws on the structural lift of Hendrick’s Gin, the fresh strawberry, finishing with a splash of hedonistic alchemy from elderflower in perfect proportion.
The Noble Experiment’s Dirty Program Martini brings on the brine for those in the mood for a mouth puckering trip. Think vodka layered with savory Fino Sherry, stirred with a housemade blend of distinct brines and a hot pepper tincture. Certainly, one to spark conviviality and conversation, this take on the speakeasy classic takes dirty out of the olive jar and into the light.
MESA 725 Baker St Costa Mesa, CA 92626 714.557.6700 www.mesacostamesa.com
BRIAR PATCH While Rebel Republic Social House veers staunchly towards dark spirits with a wall devoted to bourbon, single malts, whiskey and ryes, the Briar Patch is a pale, shimmering bouquet of light in a glass. The Bulgarian rose and cucumber notes in Hendrick's Gin marries beautifully with housemade blueberry shrub, lavender simple syrup and lemon juice. Earthy and ethereal, think granny’s gin cocktail with an herbaceous twist. REBEL REPUBLIC SOCIAL HOUSE 1710 S Catalina Ave Redondo Beach, CA 90277 424.352.2600 www.rebelrepublicsocialhouse.com
BLOOD ORANGE MARGATINI FROM AC3 AT HOTEL PASEO
AC3 AT HOTEL PASEO 45-350 Larkspur Ln Palm Desert, CA 92260 760.340.6069 www.www.hotelpaseo.com
NOBLE EXPERIMENT 777 G St San Diego, CA 92101 619.888.4713 www.nobleexperimentsd.com
BLOOD ORANGE MARGATINI An overture to the influence of Instagram, the Blood Orange Margatini at Hotel Paseo’s AC3 is primed to fire up your feed, no filter required. Muddled citrus is shaken with Milagro Reposado Tequila, Cointreau, fresh lime juice, simple syrup and topped with a float of blood orange-flavored San Pellegrino. The bold crimson rimmed by rock salt makes for a striking shot. AC3 AT HOTEL PASEO 45350 Larkspur Ln Palm Desert, CA 92260 760.340.9001 www.www.hotelpaseo.com
NATIVE KNOWLEDGE • While you enjoy your swanky sipper, enjoy bar bites from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m.
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PROFILE Where the Wild Things Are The Living Desert Zoo and Gardensâ€™ Veterinarian Breaks Down Her Day
SMaRT Education STEAM Education for Kids
HUMANITARIAN PROFILE This Organization is Lending a Hand
PROFILE A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Zoo
THE LIVING DESERT ZOO AND GARDENS 47900 Portola Ave Palm Desert, CA 92260 760.346.5694 www.livingdesert.org PHOTO BY: Jane Chouteau
SMaRT Education Teaches Kids That Robots and Science are Cool
WRITTEN BY: RACHEL VENSAND PHOTOGRAPHED BY: KENNETH ALEXANDER SCOTT
Coachella Valley native Maria Wren is passionate about providing an encouraging space for kids in her community and beyond to explore the wonders of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics). As a mom, Wren recognizes that childhood learning is a hands-on exploration and translates this philosophy into the business model for her nonprofit SMaRT Education. Together with co-founder Liberty Naud, Wren founded SMaRT (Science, Math and Robotics Technology) Education in 2010 to provide before and after-school programs, workshops, summer camps, field trips to nearby science destinations, hands-on building projects and more for K-12 students.
“WE LOVED THE WAY THESE COMPETITIONS WERE SO FOCUSED ON LETTING THE KIDS DO THE EXPLORING, AND LETTING THEM ASK AND ANSWER QUESTIONS FOR THEMSELVES.” —MARIA WREN
Wren noticed a lack of these programs for kids back when her son Diego began first grade at Palm Desert’s then newlyformed Ronald Reagan Elementary School. She explains, “There were no extracurricular programs in place, and we were lucky to just have books in the library.” With the growing popularity of their club, Naud and Wren began to realize the need for engaging extracurricular resources that got kids’ noses out of textbooks and into real life scenarios. Wren elaborates, “We loved the way these competitions were so focused on letting the kids do the exploring, and letting them ask
and answer questions for themselves. We really felt that it was a great way of teaching our kids some of these soft skills that we always talk about but are hard to build into a classroom lesson.” A cornerstone of SMaRT Education’s philosophy is to give youths firsthand experiences with potential career paths to which studying STEAM can lead. Wren and Naud provide a pathway for motivated students to learn more about the world around them. Wren comments, “I like to think that some of the trips we take maybe opens somebody’s eyes to something they didn’t even know they loved.”
Winner, Winner • SMaRT Education began as an afterschool competitive robotics club. Well Rounded • While SMaRT Education began in the STEM realm, the nonprofit eventually expanded to embrace STEAM, which honors STEM as an artform. Native Knowledge • Maria Wren starts getting calls about SMaRT Education’s summer camps as early as January, so don’t wait!
SMaRT Education 3111 E Tahquitz Canyon Way Palm Springs, CA 92262 760.848.4822 www.desertrobotics.com PHOTOSHOOT LOCATION: SciTech Academy 745 N Gene Autry Trail Palm Springs, CA 92262 760.848.4822
DOING MORE TOGETHER DESERT AIDS PROJECTâ€™S CEO TALKS COMMUNITY EFFORTS AND HOW YOU CAN HELP
WRITTEN BY: QUINTAN VALLES PHOTOGRAPHED BY: DEAN MAYO
The Coachella Valley is a vast, beautiful stretch of land filled with a diverse and vibrant population. The people that call the desert their home have a fierce love for this area and those they share it with. However, with a significantly wide disparity in income levels, it is clear that this beloved community is in need of not only people with big hearts but also big dreams, strong minds and hard-working hands to help those who are down on their luck. Coachella Valley needs people like David Brinkman, CEO and President of Desert AIDS Project (DAP), and those that nobly donate their time and effort to be a part of the team at DAP.
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Native Knowledge â€¢ Looking to donate furniture to Revivals Stores? You can schedule a free pick up by calling 877.770.7738.
Desert AIDS Project 1695 N Sunrise Way Palm Springs, CA 92262 760.323.2118 www.desertaidsproject.org PHOTOSHOOT LOCATION: Revivals Stores 611 S Palm Canyon Dr Palm Springs, CA 92264 760.318.6491 www.revivalsstores.com LOCALE MAGAZINE 103
Desert AIDS Project is a Federally Qualified Health Center in Palm Springs that has been seeking to help those living with HIV. “DAP was ‘founded in love’ by a group of volunteers in 1984,” explained Brinkman. “We have always been led by a grassroots community in action.” DAP has grown their staff to almost 200 members with volunteer numbers reaching as high as 550! This has allowed DAP to serve over 4,000 clients, some of whom are not HIV positive, as the health center is not limited to treating only individuals living with HIV.
“It is, in short, about the long-term health of our entire community,” Brinkman said. DAP is one of the most comprehensive HIV/AIDS service providers in the US. As a health service provider, it is thriving with volunteer hours being logged at more than 76,000 last year. The organization keeps its eye on health trends and has recently broadened its attention to the emerging threat of Hepatitis C in the community. At a time when the number of individuals living with HIV/AIDS is staggering, it is people like those at DAP who give a sense of comfort, hope and importance. DAP also seeks to help those who are unaware that they have been infected with HIV, and launched the Get Tested Coachella Valley program where more than 80,000 residents were tested for HIV and 500 were found to be positive. In this way, DAP is a seriously proactive force in protecting the health and well being of it’s community. It is not just reacting to a recognized threat, but actively seeking potential threats and ensuring that those who would otherwise fall through the cracks and go without treatment are not left behind. If you are feeling like this project is something you would like to be a part of but simply do not have the time to volunteer, you can lend a helping hand by taking a trip to Revivals Stores to do
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some shopping. That’s right, you can assist in DAP’s mission while decorating your home with a mixed-century modern aesthetic via new and resale furniture from Revivals Stores. Revivals has reinvented resale by adding a collection of new furniture and accessories while remaining a destination for bargain hunters and anyone seeking unique pieces for their home. With three locations, this exceptional resale store is staffed mostly by volunteers who support the mission of DAP The newly revamped Palm Springs location is also making waves. “We are very excited about our recent Revivals Store renovation in Palm Springs. The added space has allowed us to expand both resale assortments and our collection of new furniture and accessories,” says Brinkman. “One-hundred percent of all profits from Revivals Stores goes to support client services at Desert AIDS Project, but the store is also a community space for our clients who volunteer and shop there.” The store also regularly donates mattresses, home goods and clothing to those in need while supporting a variety of other local nonprofit organizations. In collaboration with designer Christopher Kennedy, Revivals donated the furnishings for the bedrooms of Sanctuary House, a transitional home for LGBTQ youth aging out of the foster care system. The partnership of DAP and Revivals Stores strengthens the mission of ending HIV while providing a great opportunity for concerned individuals to donate their time and gently used clothing or home goods to the cause. Volunteering can begin with just four hours a week and furniture/clothing donations are always needed. “We welcome anyone with an interest in supporting our mission to volunteer at DAP Volunteers are the heart of everything we do,” adds Brinkman. Whether you donate your time to DAP or your clothes to Revivals, supporting this incredible cause is time well spent.
From the Top • For the sixth year in a row, Desert AIDS Project has earned a “Four Star” rating from Charity Navigator putting them in the top five percent of nonprofits rated. Only the Best • Revivals has been voted best furniture store, best resale store, best vintage clothing store and best thrift store by residents of the Coachella Valley.
The growth of DAP is not only due to the overwhelming number of volunteers looking to make a difference in their community, but also the hard work and expertise of Brinkman. He joined the team in 2006, and since his arrival the organization has seen growth like never before. It was under his leadership that DAP gained its status as a Federally Qualified Health Center and increased its volume of staff, volunteers, services and budget by 100 percent.
That’s right; you can assist in DAP’s mission while decorating your home with a mixed-century modern aesthetic with furniture from Revivals Stores.
Where the Wild Things Are The Living Desert Zoo and Gardensâ€™ Veterinarian Breaks Down Her Day
WRITTEN BY: DR. PAULA TRIMBLE-FAMILETTI PHOTOGRAPHED BY: JANE CHOUTEAU
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THE LIVING DESERT ZOO AND GARDENS 47900 Portola Ave Palm Desert, CA 92260 760.346.5694 www.livingdesert.org
NATIVE KNOWLEDGE In the early years of The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, the zoo was devastated by monsoonal floods. Many valley teachers, on their summer vacations, worked in the summer heat digging out and rebuilding the zoo.
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EMPLOYMENT AND VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES Over 400 volunteers give tours of the grounds and the hospital at The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens.
From movies to childhood visits at the zoo, the awe that comes from seeing wild, exotic animals in real life is a feeling most can relate to. If you’ve ever been curious about what goes on behind the scenes at the zoo, or have ever wanted to get your hands on a cuddly fennec fox, Dr. Andrea Goodnight, veterinarian at The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens has a story or two to tell. She never has a typical day, but if she did, it would look a little something like this.
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“[My favorite part of the day is] the end of the day. Sitting back and thinking about what worked, how I helped the animals, what I am going to do tomorrow. I also like doing surgeries.”
ROOM TO GROW The Living Desert incorporates approximately 1,352 acres.
“I try to see the animals when they don’t need treatment so they do not have an adverse reaction to me and I can get to know them.”
“Zookeepers are on the frontlines. They get to know the animals and will call me if they see a problem. This is a team effort. If a zookeeper comes in with an emergency, we drop everything and care for that animal.”
“[Red flags include] changes in attitude, activity level, not reacting, more picky with food, lying in a corner and drinking more water or less water are the subtle observations. Not so subtle are wounds or blood.”
“I honestly have not picked a favorite here, yet. Of all the animals I have ever worked on, my favorite, hands down, is the California condor.”
“Our exams are a little different. Wild animals are not used to being handled. We anesthetize the bigger animals and teach cooperative training. Cooperative training trains the animals to allow us to put our hands on them. For example, we have a zebra that will open its mouth on command.”
“Shortly after I arrived, an Arabian oryx had dental issues. I worked with an equine dental specialist. We met via email and hashed out a plan to help her. When he arrived here, he did a lot in her mouth, including filing down the abnormal growth of her teeth. I did the rest of the exam. We worked well together. There is great cooperation between zoo veterinarians.”
“In the summer we don’t do any extra exams. We add misters, ice blocks and shade.”
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ESCAPE H O ME /// TR AVE L / / / W E D D I N G S
FEATURE Our Publisher and His FiancÃ© Tie the Knot
ROOM ESSENTIALS Give Your Closet a Face Lift
ROOM ESSENTIALS Contour Your Closet
After This Re-Do, Your Modern Closet Will Be Your New Favorite Room
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Los Dos Se Convertiran En Uno The Two Become One O U R P U B L I S H E R E R I K H A L E M A R R I E S H I S LO N GT I M E F I A N C É I N A D R E A M C E R E M O N Y I N M É X I C O
WRITTEN BY: ERIK HALE PHOTOGRAPHED BY: FABI ROSAS
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“The best week of my entire life.” That’s what she said on the day we left Mexico after a whirlwind week of wedding activities and nuptials, and it was exactly what I needed to hear. When we were engaged two years earlier, we struggled to pick an exact date because both of us liked the idea of being engaged. We also had the hardest time imagining what the perfect wedding would look like or even where it would be. As with most newly engaged couples, we scoured Instagram feeds, wedding websites and asked for advice from friends, pouring hours into finding the perfect place to say “I do.” After what seemed like thousands of hours searching, nothing felt like “us” and we nearly gave up. Once we stopped looking, we discovered there was another way. Sometimes you are inspired and sometimes inspiration finds you. Mexico feels like a second home to me and Erin. We love taking last minute road trips to Rosarito, feeling the pressure instantly leave our bodies as we cross the border. We head to Tulum regularly to experience a laid back, coconut-watered-down version of Los Angeles and have flown south to Cabo and Todos Santos for everything from restorative couple weekends to full-blown, outrageous birthday celebrations. It was on one of these trips to Todos Santos, sipping on tequila and not thinking about our wedding, that it hit us—Mexico. We almost said simultaneously, “We need to get married in Mexico.”
SHERATON GRAND LOS CABOS, HACIENDA DEL MAR Corredor Turistico KM 10, Lote D Cabo Del Sol Los Cabos, Baja California Sur, 23450, México 52.624.145.8000 www.sheratonhaciendadelmar.com
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• I’m not your boyfriend, I’m your husband. • We no longer discuss our age because it simply doesn’t matter. • We have to stay together forever. • “I’m sorry, you’re right.” I will say this often. • I will always bring flowers to a date. (Including this wedding ceremony) • You can change your outfit three times for any occasion. • I will be your cheerleader the way you are mine. • From now on, I will be mad if you don’t finish my stories. • I will always make spending time with you a priority. • I promise to always be young, adventurous and ready to explore the world with you.
VENUE F I N D I N G T H E P E R F E C T S P OT F O R O U R S P E C I A L DAY
Where we got married in Mexico was just as important to us as getting married in Mexico, so the search began again. Tulum was too far and Rosarito too close. Todos Santos was just the right distance and oh-so romantic, but lacked the hotel space we thought we needed. With 100 guests as our target, we wanted to find a place that was easy and inexpensive to fly to and could accommodate everyone at one resort. It was also our goal to find a location that felt like Mexico, not the modern, gentrified and reimagined version, but truly authentic—think Saltillo tiles and bright colors. Lastly, we wanted it to be oceanfront with an amazing pool. The Sheraton Grand Los Cabos, Hacienda Del Mar ticked all of our boxes. It was 114 LOCALE MAGAZINE
close to the airport and close enough to the city for our friends to make nightly excursions. Its oceanfront pool was large enough that we often came downstairs to find 40 or 50 of our friends swimming or riding the shore-breaking waves. Plus, the property was large enough that you weren’t bumping into someone around every corner. We flew from Orange County to Cabo San Lucas about one year in advance to view the property in person and they catered to our every need. They helped us arrange the flowers, DJ, rooms, transportation, cakes and food. They even arranged a wedding coordinator to answer all of the questions we didn’t remember or know to ask. We left after that weekend confident that we wouldn’t have anything to worry about.
Photos - Sheraton Grand Los Cabos, Hacienda del Mar: Provided by Sheraton Grand Los Cabos, Hacienda del Mar
SHERATON GRAND LOS CABOS, HACIENDA DEL MAR Corredor Turistico KM 10, Lote D Cabo Del Sol Los Cabos, Baja California Sur, 23450, MÃ©xico 52.624.145.8000 | www.sheratonhaciendadelmar.com MARIE CAMILLI Wedding Sales Manager 52.624.145.6184 | email@example.com
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D E TA I L S THE LITTLE THINGS THAT MAKE THE BIG DAY SO SPECIAL
THE BRIDAL PARTY
A LINEUP OF THE PEOPLE CLOSEST TO US
Officiant: Brandon Hale (Brother) Bride: Erin Price • Groom: Erik Hale Mother of Bride: Carolyn Dorsett • Father of Bride: Jim Price Mother of Groom: Dena Pomeroy Maid of Honor: Candice Heslington Jr. Bridesmaid: Makena Hale (Daughter) Bridesmaids: Alyssa Hartwick Amber Murphy Jacquelyn Post Jamie Kwang Karina Ellis Mikayla Speegle Mirissa Martinez 116 LOCALE MAGAZINE
Best Man: Jason Bogle Groomsmen: Mikey Klein Brian Conopask Mike Alagrin Andre Mataele Brett Lawrence Miles Kirchner Corey Wilson Anthony Rojo
Flower Girl: Kendra Mueller Ring Bearers: Trey Hale and Tyce Hale
N AV I G AT I N G T H E I N V I TAT I O N S
had no idea that picking colors, themes, papers, envelopes and fonts could be so difficult. Candy, Mimi and Kristen from Where’s The Party definitely knew. They sat down with us four or five times, made countless changes, even completely started over when we weren’t sure about the design. They did it all with a smile on their faces and a dedication to make sure we were happy no matter what. We loved our invites and were so proud to share them with our friends and family. WHERE'S THE PARTY 270 E 17th St, Costa Mesa, CA 92627 949.722.1803 | www.wheresthepartyoc.com
The Dress HOW ERIN FOUND “THE ONE”
Tasia Osbrink and Giovanna Simington
Hair and Makeup
Erin made the trek from Orange County to Los Angeles where she had arranged four appointments in one day at various bridal showrooms. Her sister, Amber, and two of her bridesmaids, Karina and Jacquelyn, joined her. Her last appointment of the day was at Grace Loves Lace, an Australian company with a bohemian boutique in Venice. They served the girls endless Champagne and berries. Erin tried on dress after dress but it was starting to look like she wouldn’t find the right one that day—then she spotted it. It was hanging in a corner, something she wasn’t sure she would like at first, covered in French lace with a long train. As soon as she slipped it on, she immediately knew. All the girls loved it as well and could tell Erin did too. She began beaming as soon as she put it on. GRACE LOVES LACE 1510 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291 424.238.8190 | www.graceloveslace.com.au
SIX HAIR AND MAKEUP TIPS FOR THE BIG DAY F R O M P R O S TA S I A O S B R I N K A N D G I O VA N N A S I M I N GTO N 1. Always come with a clean face and unwashed hair. 2. The more water the better. Hydration equals shiny hair and dewy skin. 3. Waterproof mascara is a must on the day of—if you’re trying to fight happy tears, it’s proven to help if you always look up and breathe in through your nose. 4. Reduce frizz and blemishes by jumping into the ocean for perfect hair and skin. 5. Always carry an elastic hair band around your wrist in case you need to throw your hair up. 6. If you don’t have face blotters, toilet seat covers always work as an alternative.
Rene Larios and Paco Limon, Designers and Owners of Cabo Floral Studio
The Florals THE DUO BEHIND THE BUDS Q: How many weddings have you done or how many do you do per year? Rene Larios and Paco Limon: We do over 100 weddings per year. The most popular time is between March and June. We have done more than 8,000 weddings over the years. Q: What was the most unusual request you had from a bride? RL & PL: We had a request for...a surprise birthday party from the wife to husband. The request was for as many flowers as possible, including flowers and petals for the private pool and balloons everywhere. The hard part was to do something so stunning in only one hour!
KENNETH BROWN SALON 2700 W Coast Hwy, Ste 115, Newport Beach, CA 92663 949.764.9480 | www.kennethbrownsalons.com SALON GREGORIES 200 Newport Center Dr, Ste 103 Newport Beach, CA 92660 949.644.6671 | www.salongregories.com TASIA OSBRINK AT KENNETH BROWN SALON @get_pretty_with_misstasia | @tasiaosbrink GIOVANNA SIMINGTON AT SALON GREGORIES @get_pretty_with_missvanna | @missvanna
Q: How do you communicate with the bridal party? How do you make sure they will love the flowers if they only see them by email? RL & PL: We love to have phone calls and get in touch with the bride and groom so we can chat and make sure we understand their vision. Most of the brides will already [have] a file with pictures they downloaded from the internet or a Pinterest board, so we ask to see it and based on the pictures they share with us, we send the flower proposal with our own work similar to the vision they have. CABO FLORAL STUDIO Bodega No 54, Complejo de negocios Centro 21, Colonia El Arenal Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, 23460 México 619.780.9161 LOCALE MAGAZINE 117
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P H OTO G R A P H Y & VIDEOGRAPHY
VIDEOGRAPHER AND FOUNDER OF H-ART FILMS
MAKING THE MEMORIES
Q: What is the most important part of the wedding to capture? Beatriz Hernández: For me, the essence of the couple is everything. I like to show their personalities as well as how they are as a couple. For example, in Erin and Erik’s video you can sense how much love they have and it just makes the video flow.
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prefer photographs that capture funny moments like the garter toss. Q: Do you have a special story from Erik and Erin's wedding to share? FR: When I got to the room where Erin was getting ready, I found her with thousands of emotions and feelings going on in her head. She was really nervous, excited and happy. She seemed to be crying a little but she really did not want to—she was worried about messing up the makeup. These kind of intimate moments are the ones I am very thankful to be part of. At the end, when she saw Erik for the first time, a beautiful smile appeared [on] her face.
FABI ROSAS WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER Cabo San Lucas, México +52 624.593.8060 www.fabirosas.com H-ART FILMS Cabo San Lucas, México +52 624.138.8150 www.h-artfilms.com
Q: What was your favorite part of Erik and Erin's wedding? BH: I really enjoy the photo session because they just had fun! We didn't direct them much because they just blend together so well; that makes the shots beautiful. The first dance was very emotional with Makena singing and fireworks were amazing! Q: How many cameras do you use to capture the event? BH: We have two videographers, three cameras and one drone pilot.
ESCAPE “[OUR GUESTS] LOVED OUR ICE CREAM
C A R T, C U S T O M
B A R A N D TA C O S TAT I O N S .”
Q: Tell us a little about your experience and accomplishments as a chef. Cristian Schwuger: My passion for gastronomy [started] at an early age and much of my professional development [was] at the hands of one of the most respected European chefs in Argentina. My passion for French gastronomy and my 10 years developing it have constantly motivated me to seek more experiences in several incursions to Europe and other countries, [and coming] to Los Cabos Mexico to take the position of Executive Chef.
Q: What ingredients did you use at the wedding that are local to Los Cabos? CS: Mainly fresh fish, [the] majority are from distances not greater than 100 kilometers from the [area]. In this way, we secure optimum quality products and it is something that the clients [notice]. Also, the great majority of the vegetables we use come from local farms, largely certified as organic orchards.
ALL THE DELICIOUS DISHES WE DINED ON
There were so many memorable events at our wedding. There were fireworks and fully clothed pool parties, s’mores on the beach and wave womping. I can say that out of all the weddings I have attended the one thing people don’t mention after is the food. After our wedding, and even talking to our guests upon returning home, it was all they talked about. They loved our
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ice cream cart, custom Mexican beer bar and taco stations. They loved the wheelbarrow of Mexican candy and open-fire grilled meat. Chef Cristian offered a five-course, gourmet sit-down dinner when we met with him, but that wasn’t our style. What he created for us was a casual, foodie environment that felt curated from our tastes and got gold stars from all of our guests.
E X E C U T I V E C H E F AT S H E R ATO N G R A N D LO S C A B O S , H A C I E N DA D E L M A R
Q: Which station did our guests love the most? CS: The stations that incorporate fire are something...I know that as soon as I present [it], I will have all the assurance for success. I try to incorporate a large part of the cooking that can be done in the firewood and outdoors.
Food at Reception MOM’S DELIGHTS • Corn Flour Fried Empanadas Filled With Huitlacoche, Zucchini Flower or Roasted Poblano Peppers. • Shrimp Flauta • Potato and Chorizo Sopes • Guacamole and Tortilla Chips • Pastor Tacos • Pastas • Grilled Kebabs • Ceviches • Wood Grill • Paella • Caesar Salad Station • From the Sea of Cortez • Stew Station • Indian • Sushi Bar Station • Cheese and Cold Cuts Board • Pastries Station • Artisanal Ice Cream • Nachos Station • Chilaquiles Station • Candy Bar Station • Awaken Station
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RECEPTION A L L T H E P I E C E S O F T H E PA RTY
Energized from the exchange of vows on the beach at sunset, guests were escorted to the pool deck outside the reception area for tray-passed appetizers, a beersof-Mexico bar and a custom-crafted margarita. They enjoyed their drinks and bites while being serenaded by a traditional mariachi band dressed in white to match the bride and groom. After the cocktail hour was finished, the party was ready to start. Guests made the short walk to the reception area, which had panoramic ocean views and 122 LOCALE MAGAZINE
was decorated with cafe lights, flowers and rustic wood furnishings. The bridal party was welcomed by guests with the DJ playing “Now That We Found Love” by Heavy D and The Boyz, and the new Mr. and Mrs. Hale were introduced as we strolled into a round of applause with “Hold On, We’re Going Home” by Drake. We moved to our sweetheart table against the ocean and the party began in full. Then we had our first dance to the song “Latch” by Disclosure and Sam Smith that was sung beautifully by our daughter Makena.
Makena’s Song for the First Dance “ L ATC H ” B Y D I S C LO S U R E F E AT. S A M S M I T H
S H E R ATO N G R A N D M A R G A R I TA
"YOU LIFT MY HEART UP WHEN THE REST OF ME IS DOWN YOU, YOU ENCHANT ME, EVEN WHEN YOU'RE NOT AROUND IF THERE ARE BOUNDARIES, I WILL TRY TO KNOCK THEM DOWN I ’ M L ATC H I N G O N B A B E N O W I K N O W W H AT I HAVE FOUND"
Drinks A SNIPPET OF SELECTIONS F R O M T H E C U S TO M B E E R B A R • Pacifico • Corona Extra • Modelo Especial • Modelo Negra • Bohemia Weizen DRAFT BEER • Indio • Tecate SOME OF THE CRAFT BEERS ON DECK • Balam Baja Blond • Marea Roja El Tabernario Ambar • Mako American Ale • El Sancho Pale Ale • Baja Brewing
DEL CABO EVENT DESIGN Miguel Hidalgo S/N Colonia Primero de Mayo San Jose Del Cabo, Baja California Sur, 23400 México +52 624.142.0044 www.delcaboeventdesign.com
D R I N K S AT T E Q U I L A B A R LA SUERTE Just a Few From the Collection of 106 Labels Available for Premium Tastings • El Clássico 310 • Don Julio Blanco • Herradura Reposado • Reserva de la Familia Añejo • La Leyenda del Milagro Blanco
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CABO FIREWORKS COMPANY Blvd Mauricio Castro S/N, Col Ocho de Octubre San José del Cabo, Baja California Sur, 23406, México +52 624.178.5337 www.cabofireworks.mx
F I R E WO R K S YO U L I G H T U P M Y L I F E . . . A N D T H E S K Y
Erin is a firework junkie. We often position ourselves on the Fourth of July in a spot that allows us to watch as many shows as possible at the same time, tapping each other the entire time saying, “Oh, look at that!” There is little in this world that makes her as happy as the explosion of a firework. Edson from Cabo Fireworks Company gave me the controller to start the show. I’ll always remember the look on my new bride’s face when I handed over the controller. This will always be one of my favorite memories. She pushed the button and seconds later we had fireworks exploding over our heads for three full minutes, although it felt much longer. 124 LOCALE MAGAZINE
D I R E C TO R O F C A B O F I R E W O R K S Q: We chose three minutes of fireworks. How many fireworks would you estimate exploded during our reception? Edson Contreras: About 110 per minute. Q: What was the largest explosion called? EC: Six-inch shells. Q: What is the longest firework show you have done for a wedding? EC: A nine-minute show. Q: What is the typical length of a firework show? EC: One to five minutes. Q: How much do fireworks cost per minute? EC: Traditional [shows cost] $1,300 plus 16 percent tax per minute.
Photos Provided by Sheraton Grand Los Cabos, Hacienda del Mar
A FEW OF OUR FAVORITE THINGS There are so many options on the spa menu, but here are a few highlights we think you should definitely try: • Bamboo Scrub • After Sun Treatment • For the Lucky Groom Package • Newlyweds Package • Spa Manicure
S PA G E T S O M E R & R A F T E R T H E B I G DAY
The Cactus Spa, a European-style oasis inside the Sheraton Grand Los Cabos, Hacienda del Mar, offered us the relaxation we needed after this busy, exciting time. With a variety of body therapies, facials, skin treatments and more, we were able to further enjoy our special week.
SKIN DEEP A FEW OF THE MASSAGES OFFERED AT THE CACTUS SPA • Swedish • Deep-Tissue • Sport • Aromatherapy • Chocolate • Hot Stone • In-Room • Neck, Back and Shoulders OH MY BOD LUXE BODY TREATMENTS • Green Coffee: detox and smooth skin • Chocolate: indulge and replenish • Tropical Escape: repair and rejuvenate • Mango Paradise: illuminate and reinvigorate • The O2 Relax: brighten and balance • Diamond Experience Rose Massage: restore and relax
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CARRIE BRADSHAW APPROVED “I would start by sorting like items together (shoes, dresses, pants, skirts), then I would sort them by color (left to right and top to bottom).”
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Contour Your Closet
AFTER THIS RE-DO, YOUR MODERN CLOSET WILL BE YOUR NEW FAVORITE ROOM WRITTEN BY: TIFFANY CARTER & AMANDA BRENNER
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TRENDS GONE BAD “Shoes tucked under hanging clothes on the floor—when you can’t see what you have, you can’t wear it! Visibility and accessibility is so important in a closet design.”
Designing a closet as unique as you are is no small feat. Whether you have a spacious walk-in or a small coat closet, organization and design are key to creating a comfortable and appealing home for your clothes and accessories. And just like your favorite designer threads, closets have trends too, often mirroring that of the rest of the home to create a cohesive look. The trend is modern, which according to Erin Hardy, National Design Manager at California Closets, is “a clutter-free space with a timeless finish palette of materials, clean lines, and a place for everything.” Hardy shared valuable tips with us on how to stay on trend and achieve your best closets at home.
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SMALL BUT MIGHTY “It’s really astounding how much ‘space’ you can gain with a closet system, even a basic one, at that! Storing seasonal items elsewhere is also a great way to maximize limited space.”
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Aurora Pendant $149 Room & Board SOCO www.roomandboard.com Etoile Chair $507.45 Calligaris www.wayfair.com
Pure Eco-Friendly Wool Flokati Shag Rug $99 Super Area Rugs www.houzz.com
Brass and Clear Glass Test Tube Vases $16.99 Cost Plus World Market www.worldmarket.com
Menswear Dog Book $16.95 Cost Plus World Market www.worldmarket.com NuLOOM Diamond Rug $106.20 NuLOOM www.houzz.com Tiff Chaise Lounge $203.99 Latitude Run www.wayfair.com
Gold Geometric Stand and White Vase $14.99 Cost Plus World Market www.worldmarket.com
Modern Bedroom 6-Drawer Double Dresser Wardrobe $301.19 Fast Furnishings www.houzz.com
ISLAND PARADISE “My favorite aspect is an island—if there is space, of course. The look of a closet with an island is glamorous and it adds so much functionality that the customer never knew they had.”
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7 WALKING ON A CLOUD Add some texture to your closet with a luxe area rug. PAGE BY PAGE When in need of some outfit inspo, having some style books on hand will be a lifesaver.
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