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Dear Reader, Not only does this book mark the beginning of my favorite time of year, but it also marks the 100th issue produced by LOCALE Magazine. As you can imagine, turning 100 is a big deal, so at the turn of this significant milestone, I couldn’t help but be reminded of fellow centenarian, my 101-year-old great grandma (whom I call GG). GG was born in 1918 and has lived through world events that most of us only know of due to our history textbooks. Her family immigrated from Portugal, and lived on and worked a rural farm in California’s Central Valley. She grew up in that countryside, fell in love with her high school sweetheart and then raised a family of her own. Two generations later, she helped raise me, and my childhood was full of stories of her spirit and stubbornness (two things she was never short on) as well as her signature pearls of wisdom. So when it came to building this issue, I tried to keep those pearls in mind, and I hope you can find them as important as I do: 1. “Find what you love to do.” Through these pages, we have found so many different passions to bring to you. From the “visual optimism” that is Leslie Schneider’s Instagram page (pg. 70) to tips from Danielle Nagel on how to transform your home into something bright and beautiful (pg. 72), this issue is chockfull of artists, creators and business owners who have made a career out of their true callings.
2. “So long as you’re healthy and have your family, that’s the main thing.” We hope this issue finds a home inside yours throughout this holiday season; that it’s thumbed through by friends and relatives as they cozy-up on your couch, finding all the things they want to try while with you—whether it’s the home-style cooking of Coyote Grill’s Desirée Gomez (pg. 134), planning a trip together while reading our Hotel Guide (pg. 93) or creating a few Lillet cocktails (pg. 143). 3. “Just have fun.” There are two people gracing the pages of this issue that sum this up perfectly. The first is Neal Hruby, creator of Date the City, who ventured to La Quinta with his gorgeous girlfriend Shaelee Hansen and planned a fun-filled, day-long date in the charming town (pg. 115). The second is Cover Star Kira Kosarin (pg. 74), whom I had the pleasure of interviewing. Meeting her in-person was nothing short of a good time, and her humble and hard-working attitude still resonates with me to this day. So to those of you reading this, I hope that both GG and this issue leave you feeling inspired, especially in this season of reflection and upcoming change. I hope that you find your passions, and I hope that as you’re surrounded by the ones you love, you’ll cherish the health and time that you share. But most importantly, don’t forget to have fun. After all, “that’s the main thing.”
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Photographed By: Tae Kwon, taekwonphoto.com | @taekwonphoto Model: Kira Kosarin, @kirakosarin | www.youtube.com/user/kikirules97 Location: American Recycled Clothing, Los Angeles, CA 310.329.9933 | www.arclothing.com Written By: Jordan Nishkian, email@example.com | @wordsbyjordan Styled By: Teresita Madrigal, bornorigingal.com | @bornorigingal Hair By: Malena Villavicencio, @mariposa.stylist Makeup By: Brian Bond, brianbondmakeup.com | @brianbondmakeup Jacket Provided By: ReStyled Vintage, www.shoprestyled.com Top Provided By: Michelle Mason, www.michellemason.net Bottoms Provided By: Shopbop, Ulla Johnson, www.shopbop.com Necklaces Provided By: Dalmata, www.shopdalmata.com | Iris Trends, www.iristrends.com Ring Provided By: Iris Trends, www.iristrends.com Glasses Provided By: Vogue Eyewear, www.vogue-eyewear.com Shoes Provided By: Evaluna, www.evalunashoes.com
“My eyes can take a lot of makeup,” Kira Kosarin said to Makeup Artist Brian Bond as she took a seat in his chair, bare-faced and beautiful. From the moment she walked into the makeshift dressing room at American Recycled Clothing, Kosarin’s confidence flooded the space. And while her energy was bold and tenacious, it was an energy that lifted those around her, filling everyone with inspired anticipation.
While Bond and Hair Stylist Malena Villavicencio buzzed busily around her, Kosarin remained calm and conversational. Despite her youth, Kosarin was the picture of professionalism—although that didn’t stop her from exchanging nerdy millennial jokes with me. Talking to and being around Kosarin was like meeting a friend of a friend, and it was easy to see that feeling was mutual throughout the room. Even as our interview veered offtopic, it turned into a conversation that drew in nearly the entire production team. Even Production Manager Renée Calder took a few moments’ pause from her tasks to listen in as Kosarin spoke of her travels to Malta.
After getting all glammed up, Kosarin was ready for her closeup. “I went for the polished look of expensive skin with a ‘90s metallic eye,” Bond explained. And it was a choice that vibed perfectly with Kosarin’s personality, the edgy looks Stylist Teresita Madrigal had curated and the photoshoot location itself. “The look of flawless skin against the rough background of vintage denim photographed beautifully and gave [us] the contrast and pop we needed!” Villavicencio added, “The clothing choices really inspired my looks for hair! I loved the tight pony I created by pulling three sections of hair into one, guaranteeing a long-lasting style that could be photographed for hours.” And with the way Kosarin was moving to classic ‘90s R&B as she danced in front of Photographer Tae Kwon’s camera, the structural integrity of that ponytail was definitely put to the test. After the photoshoot was called to wrap, everyone packed up and began to make their way out of the labyrinthian warehouse, but not before hearing a “thank you” from Kosarin. “I love you guys,” she said with a smile. “Thank you so much!”
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OVER 50 HOLIDAY GIFTS TO IMPROVE YOUR 2020
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LOCALENDAR CHILL OUT AND CELEBRATE THE COLDER SEASON WITH THESE OC EVENTS WRITTEN BY: BRITTANY LAWRENCE
SQUAD GHOULS Ends October 31
¢ One of the best-kept
secrets for all things Halloween is your local Orange County Goodwill store. Run to the nearest Goodwill store to create your very own Halloween monster creation that will send chills down your spine! Share your costume on Instagram or YouTube with #ItCameFromGoodwill. www.ocgoodwill.org
THIS IS JUST THE VEGAN-ING! October 19-20
¢ The SoCal VegFest is coming back with its fifth annual event at the OC Fair & Event Center. This vegan festival features free food samples, music, celebrity chefs, yogis, games, kids area and more! Plus, you can help support the volunteers of the Animal Protection and Rescue League. www.socalvegfest.org
ARE YOU PHO-REAL?
Anticipated mid-December ¢ One of Vietnam’s
most popular homestyle dishes is taking Fountain Valley by storm! Inspired by the tasty rice noodle soup, the Pho Festival embraces Vietnamese culture through live music, cooking demonstrations, a carnival and other traditional dishes. Plus, admission is free! www.ocphofest.com
LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW December 19-January 5
¢ Prepare yourself to tube down a nine-lane, 150-foot ice tube slide, skate through the new Ice Skating Trail, play in fresh snow blown in daily, go on carnival rides and see Santa and his reindeer fly over the fairgrounds at this year’s Winter Fest OC. Oh, and did we mention that there will be nightly snowfall and fireworks? www.winterfestoc.com
WE ARE THE WORLD October 12-13
November 23-December 22 ¢ Get into the holiday spirit at this year’s Sawdust Winter Festival! Explore your most magical winter fantasy with falling snow, Santa photo-ops and a threeacre handcrafted village featuring 180 artists and makers, festival classes and live entertainment. It will run for five weekends only, so don’t miss out! www.sawdustartfestival.org/ festivals/winter-fantasy
Select Nights Through November 2
¢ Calling all adrenaline
junkies! Knott’s Scary Farm features innovative mazes and attractions with over 1,000 creatures lurking in the shadows— watch out and make sure to grab a buddy as you don’t want to face these fears alone! knotts.com/play/scary-farm
November 30-December 24 ¢ Get the family and
go see a Christmas classic! Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” is being put on by South Coast Repertory on the Segerstrom Stage in Costa Mesa. Bring the whole family and experience the spirit of this timeless classic! www.scr.org
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PUT ON A HAPPY FACE ¢ Smile—the Joker is back! Thanks to Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas, you can reserve your own premium leather, fully reclining chair and take a load off while you watch the origin story of one of DC’s most iconic villains. www.cinepolisusa.com
AHOY, SANTA December 18-22
¢ Gather the family to watch the 111th Newport Beach Boat Parade as it makes its way down Newport Harbor. Enjoy the festivities at one of the free public viewing sections. From yachts and boats to kayaks and canoes, you and your family and friends are sure to enjoy! christmasboatparade.com
Photos - Irvine Global Village Festival: Courtesy of the City of Irvine | Knott’s Scary Farm: Knott’s Berry Farm
¢ Experience the diversity of over 50 cultures at the 2019 Irvine Global Village Festival at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine! Come enjoy food, art, music and a Kids Village with crafts and activities at this funpacked, two-day event.
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GET OOGIE WITH IT
¢ Oogie Boogie is
¢ Get ready for La
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taking over Disney’s California Adventure for a Halloween party oozing with mischief and mayhem! With Halloween-themed entertainment, attractions, merchandise, food and character greetings—including a new World of Color show called “Villainous”— Oogie Boogie Bash is a genuinely spooky time. www.disneyland.com
Habra’s annual Tamale Festival—this evergrowing event features, you guessed it, tamales! But the fun doesn’t stop there. Enjoy live performances, discover what all the local vendors have to offer, keep an eye out for the churroeating contest and don’t forget to sign up for the tamale-making lessons! lahabratamalefestival.com
HAPPY NEW YEAR, OLD SPORT ¢ What better way to ring in 2020 than a ‘20s-themed party? Come to GATSBY’S HOUSE for a Roaring ‘20s NYE party at the Paséa Hotel & Spa in Huntington Beach. With top-rated OC DJs and open bars, your trip back in time will be the perfect way to carry you into the future. www.eventbrite.com
TAKE ME OUT TO THE 5K ¢ The Orange County Alzheimer’s Walk is headed back to the Angel Stadium of Anaheim, and this year it’s packing a 5k with it! Whether you walk or run, know that 100 percent of the proceeds raised stay in Orange County to support local families and research. www.eventbrite.com
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TREAT YO’SELF October 20
¢ A donut fest? Yes please! Head to the 2019 Donut Fest at Golden Road Brewing Anaheim to help name OC’s favorite donut. Tickets include donut samples, one Golden Road beer, a live DJ and a donuteating contest! Nonalcoholic beverages will also be served. www.eventbrite.com
October 18 and 25
THE OG THRILLERS ¢ Take it back with a couple of scary classics. Scary Movies in the Fox will be hosting special screenings of Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho on Oct. 18 and John Carpenter’s Halloween on Oct. 25 to raise money for their restoration project. www.foxfullerton.org/scarymovies-in-the-fox
DASH TO THE FINISH! Every Sunday through October 20
¢ If wiener dogs weren’t
already the cutest, just wait until you see them race! Come cheer on the dachshunds during Oktoberfest at Old World Huntington Beach, and save room for German food and drinks. www.oldworld.ws/ dachshund-races.html
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WINE NOT ¢ Put on your best cocktail attire and visit the 29th Annual Taste of San Clemente at the Casino San Clemente! Guests will not only enjoy wine tasting from local wineries and samples of microbrews, but will also receive an engraved, limited-edition event wine glass or beer mug. www.scchamber.com/events
IT’S GONNA BE LIT November 16
¢ What brings the holiday
spirit more than lighting up your Christmas tree for the first time? Head to Bella Terra in Huntington Beach for their annual tree lighting ceremony in mid-November and enjoy music, hot chocolate and, of course, Santa! www.bellaterrahb.com
Photos - Tanaka Farms Pumpkin Patch: Courtesy of Tanaka Farms | Taste of San Clemente: Michelle Marie Photography
¢ Looking to make a delicious pie, or want to carve the meanest jack-o’-lantern? Grab the family and come pick a pumpkin or two, take a wagon ride, make new friends in the petting zoo and more at the Tanaka Farms Pumpkin Patch!
NATIVE KNOWLEDGE BY LOCALS FOR LOCALS /// WHERE TO SPEND YOUR DAYS
Coffee Break AUSTRALIAN-BORN COFFEE SHOP DIRECTOR SHARES WHERE TO SHOP LOCAL IN NEWPORT BEACH
“With its monthly fresh flavors and killer coffee, Sidecar Doughnuts has become part of our family ritual.”
EXPERT: Ed Moffatt CREDENTIALS: Director, Common Room Roasters
HOOKED ON A FEELING ¢ Sitting on the water at Circle Hook and watching the people and boats go by all while eating fresh, local line-caught fish and drinking local craft beer? Yep, that’s me. lidomarinavillage.com/cirlce-hook
DOUGHN’T WORRY, BE HAPPY ¢ With its monthly fresh flavors and killer coffee, Sidecar Doughnuts has become part of our family ritual. The quality and care that go into making these delicious doughnuts is simply mind-blowing. www.sidecardoughnuts.com
G’DAY, MATE! ¢ Being a Melbourne lad, gourmet breakfast has always been a big part of our culinary world. Haute Cakes Caffe is my local go-to, with the Mexican scramble being my favorite. @hautecakescaffe
FRESH CUT, STRONG RAPPORT ¢ As far as fun and cool barbershops go, Ra’pôr is it. Not only do I enjoy the...people I meet..., but I also appreciate
COMMON ROOM ROASTERS 882 Production Pl Newport Beach, CA 92663 949.220.7868 www.commonroomroasters.com
the sense of community and professionalism each barber has. www.raporsalon.com
NOT MAINSTREAM, BUT... ¢ Gulfstream is my top pick for date night. After getting the Dip Trio, my wife and I order the chilled jumbo shrimp and the house-made Heavenly Biscuits— they’re all amazing. The staff is extremely nice, and the peoplewatching is very entertaining. www.gulfstreamrestaurant.com
HANG TEN ¢ When I moved here from Australia, I needed a surfboard, so I went down to the original OC surf shop. Ever since, I have always surfed on Russell boards. The handmade boards are both modern and retro, and glassed in their very own glass shop. www.surfboardsbyrussell.com
DON’T KALE MY VIBE ¢ Jan’s Health Bar, aka my daily lunch hit, is fresh, busy, fun and full of locals. The Surf Shop Special is my go-to meal, consisting of the Spicy Fresco Wrap and a kale salad. www.janshealthbar.com
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DIY Diva JOANIE SPRAGUE SHARES HOW TO DO-IT-YOURSELF WITH THE HELP OF THESE OC BUSINESSES
EXPERT: Joanie Sprague CREDENTIALS: Former Model-Turned-Carpenter and DIY Expert
FOR THE LOVER OF RUSTIC SIMPLICITY ¢ Located in Pacific City, Heirlooms & Hardware has everything you need for affordable decor, gift and DIY ideas. Whether you want to create a whole room or a small planter box, they have something for everyone.
FOR THE EAGER LEARNER ¢ Want to learn how to build your own rustic furniture? This shop has classes for anyone at every level. If you are ready to DIY but need to learn a few tips on woodworking or power tools, Urban Workshop is the place to go. www.urbanworkshop.net
FOR THE SEEKER OF ALL THINGS RECLAIMED ¢ If you’re ready to buy those reclaimed panels to do your hallway wall or you want to design your own wood piece, True American Grain is where you need to go. www.trueamericangrain.com
FOR THE TREASURE HUNTER ¢ If you like to repurpose old chairs or refinish tattered dressers, Country Roads Antiques should be the first
stop on your list. The store itself is an inspiration for decor ideas! @countryroadsantiques
FOR THE BEAUTIFUL BREAK IN YOUR DIY DAY ¢ In between your DIY shopping, stop at Morning Lavender to peek at their great ideas for living walls, flower arrangements and DIY plant displays all while feeling beautiful, sipping on a milky libation. www.morninglavendercafe.com
FOR THE PARTY PLANNER WITH THE DIY MENTALITY ¢ No matter the event, Fullerton’s Found Rentals has been an inspiration for “what can be” when it comes to the use of an old chaise lounge or tattered window frame. www.foundrentals.com
FOR THE GREEN THUMB CREATOR ¢ Tucked away inside the rows of vegetation at Roger’s Gardens is a cute classroom filled with horticulturists and clever gardeners. If you want to learn how to DIY your own hanging basket or make your own edible floral arrangement, these tutorials are the perfect curriculum to add to your life. www.rogersgardens.com
JOANIE SPRAGUE @joaniesprague Photoshoot Location: HEIRLOOMS AND HARDWARE 21046 Pacific Coast Hwy, Ste H210 Huntington Beach, CA 92648 949.291.0090 www.heirloomsandhardware.com
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Old Sport THIS OC BUSINESS DUO SHOWS YOU WHERE TO PLAY AND DINE
EXPERT: Casey Wheat and Ziggy Williams CREDENTIALS: Co-Owners, Sport of Kings
GIMME SOME SUGAR ¢ The go-to breakfast spot after a surf is Sugar Shack on Main Street. Breakfast specials are on point, and you always get a good laugh with Timmy and Ryan Turner at their familyowned cafe. www.hbsugarshack.com
FOR THE LOVE OF PETE ¢ Pete’s Mexican Food has the most authentic Mexican breakfast in town. Try the chorizo and eggs combo! It’s been family-run for over 40 years—we’ve been going here since we were groms.
SNACKS WITH ZACK’S ¢ The Ali family purchased Zack’s Beach Concessions from Casey’s grandfather in the early ‘90s. A must-have is the cheese strips. Nothing better on a hot, sunny beach day. We grew up on these. www.zackssurfcity.com
SURF’S UP ¢ HSS has been the go-to surf shop in town for years. Stop by, grab a coffee at Java Point and check out the killer board selection while having a chat with Pupa and Speeder.
DELICIOUS AND NUTRITIOUS ¢ Another iconic spot in HB is Jan’s Health Bar. They have great-tasting healthy lunch options. Try the Surf Shop Special (we like the soy turkey sandwich with the broccoli cheese soup) and lemonade with cayenne pepper. www.janshealthbar.com
HOT POT HOTSPOT ¢ One of our favorite dinner spots and one of the top shabu spots in OC is Shabu on Fire. It’s a super fun environment with great energy. If you’ve never had it, it’s a must-try. www.shabuonfire.com
A LOT TO OFFER ¢ Pacific City’s Lot 579 has some great grub—and make sure to stop by our new Sport of Kings location on your way in. Check out our butter-soft fleece collection—designed by us and made in Los Angeles. www.sokfy.com www.gopacificcity.com/lot579
SPORT OF KINGS Located in Pacific City 21046 Pacific Coast Hwy, Ste H110 Huntington Beach, CA 92648 www.sokfy.com
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From OC to Shining Sea
“Everyone should experience part of California’s history at the Mission San Juan Capistrano.”
A LOCAL BLOGGER SHOWS US HOW TO EXPERIENCE THE MOST WHILE SPENDING THE LEAST
EXPERT: Heather Saez CREDENTIALS: Creator, That OC Girl
BIKE TO SEE THE BEST OF HB ¢ You just can’t beat the views and the vibe in Surf City. Rent a beach cruiser from Huntington Beach Surfboard and Bike Rentals and ride up and down the boardwalk to take it all in. The pier at sunset is a must-see! www.surfboardandbikerentals.com
CRYSTAL CLEAR ¢ Whether you like to hike, bike, walk, swim or just lounge on the beach, there’s something for everyone at Crystal Cove State Park. Check out the Historic District for restaurant options as well! www.crystalcovestatepark.org
JUAN OF A KIND ¢ Everyone should experience part of California’s history at the Mission San Juan Capistrano. Tickets are very affordable and you could spend an entire day here. Check out the special events and activities for the kids! www.missionsjc.com
RAISE THE ROOF ¢ Enjoy some of the best views in Laguna Beach at The Rooftop Lounge. Have a date night out or bring the girls for happy
hour. They have great specials almost every day of the week! www.rooftoplagunabeach.com
PRACTICE GOOD KARMA ¢ The best yoga class I have ever attended is Karma Yoga in the Park. This donationbased class takes place above Laguna’s gorgeous Treasure Island Beach. The Saturday class with Laura Love is my absolute favorite! @karmayogainthepark
MAKING WAVES ¢ Rent a kayak or SUP from the Newport Aquatic Center to spend a day exploring Newport’s Back Bay and Marina. Guided tours are also available. And, as a special bonus, the kayaks are dog-friendly! www.newportaquaticcenter.com
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How to Commit to Color Dazey LA’s Danielle Nagel Makes Her Apartment More Awe-Worthy With the Power of Color WRITTEN BY: JENNIFER PELLERITO • PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED BY: DANIELLE NAGEL
“Not being afraid of color and just going for it is a statement in of itself.” —Danielle Nagel
Expert : Danielle Nagel Credentials: Founder, Owner and Designer, Dazey LA Tip 1
• “It’s okay to mix different shades. If you’re going to mix shades, mix a lot of different shades so it looks intentional.”
• “Test swatches – it will blow your mind how different it looks on the wall versus a swatch. Even just one shade up or down can have an entirely different look. Our room was shockingly bright [yellow]; it wasn’t cute! But then we went with a slightly more gold, subtle yellow and it looked so much better.”
• “Not being afraid of color and just going for it is a statement in of itself. It does tie everything together because it’s so bold. It’s all so bold.”
• “Pulling together inspiration from images and different Pinterest boards can really help
get a clear vision of what colors you want.”
• “It can be really helpful to keep [colors] in the same tint. Our kitchen and living room are both lighter shades of pink and sage.”
• “We have green in our living room and green in Phillip’s office. We have pink in the kitchen, and also my office is blue and pink and then we have pink in the living room. You can tell there’s a theme throughout.”
• “Accent walls are a great way to start exploring color. They’re easy to paint and paint back or paint different— it’s just one wall. If our entire room was yellow, the whole room would have a yellow hue that bounces off the walls. What’s great about an accent wall is it doesn’t really mess with the light in that room as much.”
The power of color is a strength that Danielle Nagel, Founder and Owner of Dazey LA, knows how to wield in fashion, art and design. One of her latest interior design projects is the Dazeywood Penthouse, an apartment she shares with her boyfriend, Phillip Butler, in Beachwood Canyon, Los Angeles. Featuring bold colors in every room, the apartment is emblematic of Nagel’s identifiable signature style—fearless, feminine and uplifting. “When you really commit to a color, that’s when you’re going to make something awe-worthy,” says Nagel. Steeped in funky, Art Deco and ‘90s-inspired décor, the design infuses lush, velvety textures in sunny yellow, bubbly pink, sage green and baby blue. How can you get the look? We spoke with Nagel to get the inside scoop. 72 LOCALE MAGAZINE
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“Find as many things as you possibly can that you’re passionate about, pursue a lot of them, stick with the ones you're somewhat good at and then try to make them all work.”
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Fresh-Faced and Fearless Kira Kosarin Is Giving Show Biz a Run for Its Money
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she may be known for her four-season stint as superhero Phoebe on Nickelodeon’s “The Thundermans,” but since the show ended in May of last year, Kira Kosarin has begun to explore—and conquer—the industry on and off-camera. Never one to shy away from hard work or from showcasing her many gifts, Kosarin is turning heads and wowing the world with her can-do spirit and multifaceted talents. With a debut R&B album, an international album tour, a role in a HULU hit and a co-directed TV pilot episode under her belt in 2019 alone, it’s clear that Kosarin is just getting started.
Coming from an incredibly gifted home, Kosarin attributes her interest in performing to her family, particularly to her composer uncle, her actress mother and her music director father. According to Kosarin, her whole family “did Broadway Theater in different capacities,” and her early childhood is vividly marked with memories of watching them from the wings. “I grew up, basically backstage, watching my mom perform and my dad produce music and my uncle conduct—so I always knew I wanted to be in show biz.”
“I specifically knew I wanted to do TV and film by the time I was 12,” Kosarin continues. “I took a comedy acting class in Florida and I got hooked immediately.” Young Kosarin’s childhood continued to blossom with more memories of theater life, only this time she was the one taking a bow. “I had done regional theater in Florida, community theater, school plays and all that good stuff,” she says, “and then this acting teacher who found me in Florida invited me out to LA for a summer workshop. I went, met my agent and sort of never left.” From there, Kosarin’s name speckled the credits of various shorts and TV shows as small roles, but by the time she was 14, she had landed a leading role on “The Thundermans.” “It’s so hard to sum up what I learned on ‘The Thundermans’ because it was ages 14 through 20—I learned everything!” she explains. Her time as Phoebe Thunderman not only offered her an incredible, first-hand learning experience, but it also provided her with a network of amazing people and resources. “It set me up in every way; it set me up for directing and just being on-set. It set me up for how to have a full-time job at 14 years old and have people relying on my ability to, you know, be a responsible, adult human-being and do my work every day,” Kosarin says with a smile. “We also traveled a lot for the show, so that was my opportunity to see the world for the first time, which was really cool.”
Now as an adult, Kosarin wants to pay what she learned forward to the next generation of young talent. This summer, she worked with Camp Hollywood, a “summer intensive acting camp” put on by Kosarin’s old acting school, to co-direct a pilot episode of “The Lerners.” Not only does this program build professional experience for its students, but it also creates short films for their reels. “When I first moved to LA, I did [Camp Hollywood] for three years before I booked ‘The Thundermans,’ and it sorta taught me everything I knew,” Kosarin notes. Little did she know, Camp Hollywood would later re-enter her life to help her hone in her skills behind the camera. “I’d been shadowing sitcom directors all over the country for the past couple years kind of waiting for an opportunity to direct for real, and I got a call from the school saying ‘Hey, Japheth Gordon is going to do our first sitcom, come direct for us,’” Kosarin recounts as an eager smile illuminates her face, “and I was like, ‘Yes, yes, yes!’” Kosarin was ready to accept this new role with all of its challenges, and building a sitcom pilot in 10 days from start to finish surely presented its own obstacles. “It’s crazy because I wasn’t just directing—I was in editing for seven nights and built the laughtrack from scratch. We actually built a sitcom in 10 days...and we were making it work as we go, trying to make it the best sitcom it could be. And it totally worked out,” she says. “I’m really proud of it.” Co-directing “The Lerners” pilot and being back with Camp Hollywood was an amazing experience, but for Kosarin, working with the next generation of talent was the highlight. “That’s the whole reason I want to direct kids’ shows,” Kosarin explains. “There’s so much that I wish people had told me when I was that age starting off, so to be able to see these kids literally, exactly at the same point in their journey as I was nine years ago, [I want to] try to interject with things that would have made my life easier back then.”
“When I started writing music, it was a means of clarity. It was my diary. It was a way of articulating things that I couldn’t figure out how to articulate any other way.”
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Have No Fear • “When you first start performing, your body is going to know, it’s going to feel that adrenaline and give you a response,” Kosarin advises. “So your job is to take that feeling and consciously interpret it as excitement and anticipation, rather than nerves and anxiety.”
To All the Boys She’s Loved Before • According to Kosarin, each Off Brand song is directly inspired by a prior relationship. She laughs, “There are only seven songs on this album, so if you were one of the boys who made it in there— even if we only dated for like, three weeks, you’re welcome.”
A Swift Learner • The first song Kosarin learned to play on the guitar was “Our Song” by Taylor Swift. After picking her up from a voice lesson, Kosarin’s dad stopped in a guitar shop with her. At the time, she could already play the flute and piano, but he thought a guitar would be a better accompaniment for her vocals. By 5 p.m., Kosarin was back at home with her new guitar and a Taylor Swift songbook, and by 2 a.m. she had learned to play every song in the book.
6lack and Blues • One of Kosarin’s dream song collaborations would be rapper 6lack. “His features are just nextlevel,” she says.
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“With the industry I’m in, there’s so much intersection of art and commerce, so it’s easy to lose the joy in the art that I’m making, and I find that rotating between different facets of my creative career keeps me going.”
While acting and directing are both paths she definitely plans on continuing to explore, her music career currently takes precedence. “Music’s kind of the number one true passion,” says Kosarin. Even though it meant the world to her, Kosarin made an active choice to not pursue music for a while. She felt what many of us feel when pursuing our passions—fear. There’s a fear that our dream will betray us and it won’t work out, or if it does work out, it becomes a career, which would strip the joy from it. “And to be quite honest,” Kosarin adds, “the industry threatens to take the joy out of music at every turn, but then, every once in a while, I get to be in a room with some really talented, creative people who remind me how wonderful it is to be in an environment where you can make things you’re really passionate about with other people who are equally as passionate and talented. That collaboration makes it worth it.”
When going through the seven songs in Kosarin’s Off Brand album, the passion in her voice is apparent, but upon closer listening, you hear the spirit of her words. Each song, from the upbeat confidence of “Area Code” to the sultry, confrontational nature of “Crazy’s Your Type,” takes on its own meaning. When you press play on her songs, you feel that you’re instantly transported inside an intimate conversation or eavesdropping on an emotional encounter— hearing words that, if merely spoken, would fall flat with the weight they carry. Instead, they come alive with her music—and this was exactly Kosarin’s intent. “When I started writing music, it was a means of clarity,” she explains. “It was my diary. It was a way of articulating things that I couldn’t figure out how to articulate any other way.” Through Off Brand, listeners can directly hear and relate to how different relationships have affected Kosarin and how she worked through different emotions, such as writing “Wandering Eyes” and her single “Vinyl” when she was 16 and dealing with heartbreak. She wrote, and continues to write, experiences which are true to her. “It’s funny; I really write music for me and for things that I need to say, and maybe for a person I want to say something to but I can’t, so I say it to an invisible version of them in a song,” Kosarin divulges. “The problem with that is that it wasn’t until I released my album that I realized, ‘Oh, wait—
other people also hear these lyrics and are now hearing my deepest, darkest secrets while listening to the radio.’” Off Brand is brimming with power and hyperconfidence, and Kosarin attributes that to her alter-ego, “Bad Bitch Kira,” who exudes sass and can speak unfiltered in a way Kosarin sometimes struggles with in real life. “A lot of [Off Brand] was to make me listen to that super-confident, sassy part of me,” Kosarin laughs. “Because in real-life, I’m super-nice!” (Totally true, by the way). While her songwriting had its start as something therapeutic, Kosarin is ready to focus more on expression. “Now that it’s my job, I feel like [music is] a means for me to try on different versions of myself,” she says. “Each song emphasizes a totally different part of my personality, and being in rooms with other writers dramatizes those differences even more.” And with musical inspirations stemming from her “dad’s music,” such as James Taylor and the Eagles, from singer/songwriter-based artists like Colbie Caillat and Sarah Bareilles, and from the worlds of modern R&B, hip hop, trap and EDM with artist like SZA, Kehlani, H.E.R., Childish Gambino, Frank Ocean, Chance the Rapper and Bryson Tiller (whose Trap Soul majorly influenced Off Brand), there is so much more for Kosarin to delve into and explore. That exploration isn’t just confined to music. While 2019 has shown endless promise for her music career after her album release, her Off Brand tour and her first performance at Slimefest in the UK, she has big plans to continue to broaden her horizons in other fields of interest. “With the industry I’m in, there’s so much intersection of art and commerce, so it’s easy to lose the joy in the art that I’m making, and I find that rotating between different facets of my creative career keeps me going,” Kosarin notes. And she hopes to inspire others to do the same in their everyday lives. “Find as many things as you possibly can that you’re passionate about, pursue a lot of them, stick with the ones you're somewhat good at and then try to make them all work,” she advises. “Keep planting seeds—you have more time than you think. Just keep training, keep getting better at all those things, look out for opportunities and keep working. I don’t know, man, wanting to do something creative is really tough, but if it works, it’s a really great way to live.”
“Music’s kind of the number one true passion.”
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ESCAPE AG R ICU LT U R E /// A R C HI TE CTU R E / / / A DV E N TU R E
INSTANT JUNGLE Stay Green and Make Your Space Seen With Instant Jungle’s Living Walls
PROFILE Garrett Weston Shares How He Built the Foundations to His Career
BALTIC SANDS Meet the Minds Behind These Completely SelfSustainable Homes
PROFILE Mr. Weston Has Arrived
Let This Compass Real Estate Agent Navigate You to Your Dream Home
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COMPASS NEWPORT BEACH BAYSIDE 341 Bayside Dr Newport Beach, CA 92660 949.438.4340 www.compass.com
FEATURE Four Itineraries That’ll Help You Explore and Experience the Best That Catalina Island Has To Offer
Photoshoot Location: 1842 Park St Huntington Beach, CA 92648 PHOTO BY: Ryan Garvin
If Walls Could Talk THESE LIVING WALLS ARE BRIDGING AGRICULTURE AND DECOR FOR A NATURAL FLAIR
• “I’ve always been intrigued by fishtail palms,” Wallace muses. “It’s one of those plants where you either love them or hate them.”
• Wallace reveals the next trendy plants are Philodendron Monstera, Calathea varieties and Fabian Aralias.
WRITTEN BY: JANE ADLER PHOTOGRAPHED BY: NATHAN WHELAN
In the plant kingdom, one man reigns as king of the jungle. That man is Greg Wallace. Nearly 40 years ago, a seed was planted that Wallace grew into a blooming—eh hem— we mean booming business. Stemming from his own Southern California roots, Wallace took over an Orange County botanical business in 1980 and, what started as a simple side gig, developed into four decades of working in the field of plants, and his company, Instant Jungle, is still thriving today.
Instant Jungle is an industry leader when it comes to the latest plant furnishing trend: living walls. These installations act as living, breathing art that can complement any personal or public space. When it comes to choosing your living wall, there are three different types of applications (tray, module or TerraScreen wall) to consider after deciding whether the plants will live inside or outside. Design concepts and aesthetic are meticulously mulled over, and a method to frame the wall and how it will adhere to its new vertical home are picked. Depending on which system is chosen, a living wall can take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months to install from start to finish. Instant Jungle works hand-in-hand with landscapers
and customers to ensure that the wall is functional, aesthetically pleasing and matches its surroundings. This form of agricultural art can range in scope from a single wall to an entire rooftop and everything in between.
Greg Wallace CEO, Instant Jungle
“Plants create a nice environment and ambiance and they just really enhance [an area]. We stage with plants to soften things, make them look warm and friendly,” says Wallace. While the living walls still remain one of the top trends in the flora field, Wallace acknowledges that “architectural plants are really popular again…[they are] coming back and making a stronger statement because it also kind of ties in with the drought-tolerant trend.” If you recall, droughttolerant plants began sprouting like weeds with all sorts of species of succulents invading the industry. Wallace jokes, however, that “we’ve had rain and we have short-term memory,” so he predicts this trend may soon be watered down, so to speak. Wallace explains, “The cool thing is we can use anything that is on the property. We have different decorative containers. We have different ways to wrap [our plants]. We offer underplanting so you can do a forest, a jungle…we can create the whole element or illusion, whatever you want to create.”
INSTANT JUNGLE 2560 S Birch St Santa Ana, CA 92707 714.850.9227 www.instantjungle.com
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“I don’t think anybody can argue that customer service is always at the top of their list and I want to create an experience that is truly next-level” — GAR R E TT WE STO N
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From handing out market update flyers across the city to placing Fourth of July flags in residents’ front yards, Weston did it all.
ALL ACCORDING TO PLAN • Growing up, Weston remembers always being fascinated with building homes or models of homes. He chose to take part in architectural drafting as an elective before ultimately getting his California Association of Realtors Salesperson's License.
From a young age, Garrett
Weston thrived in environments where he could truly exhibit
his expertise, first joining the
workforce at 15 years old. He
reminisces about his first job,
stating, “After obtaining a work permit from Dwyer Middle School, I followed my hobby as a surfer and landed a job at Huntington
Surf and Sport.” His unprecedented drive and focus on providing an excellent experience for customers is what motivated Weston to
work as much as possible while still attending Huntington Beach High School. It was while
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STREET-SMART • Weston suggests renting in the area or the specific neighborhood you are looking to purchase a property in before making your final decision. Immersing yourself directly into a community is the best way to get an unbiased sense of the true culture and dynamics of an area.
Weston was thrilled to be working in an environment where his strong work ethic would be rewarded. “In a very short period of time, I was Strouds’ top salesman,” Weston recalls “In fact, I was so quick to move the vendor’s product that they incentivized me so I could motivate the other employees I worked with to push more product.” Jim Klisanin, broker and owner of Baytown Realty in Seal Beach, was purchasing linens with his wife when he first met Weston. Back at home, Klisanin’s wife discussed with him how impressed she was with the young man’s professionalism, insisting her husband invite Weston to Baytown Realty. After meeting with Weston, Klisanin urged him to quit his job and come work for him instead. From handing out market update flyers across the city to placing Fourth of July flags in residents’ front yards, Weston did it all. After months of assisting Baytown Realty, and just after his 18th birthday, Weston obtained his California Association of Realtors Salesperson's License. “While going to school and working as a licensed realtor, I was able to make $96k my first year in the business,” explains Weston.
“Individuals are now, more than ever, understanding the importance of a seasoned real estate agent.” — GAR R E TT WE STO N
For those interested in further pursuing a career in real estate, Weston explains how tough starting out in the business can be. He says, “Picture a dirt football field, and every morning you wake up and dig a 10-foot deep by 10-foot round hole for an entire year, without stopping.” His work ethic and drive to provide clients with his expertise is what pushes Weston to wake up every morning and dig that “10-foot deep by 10-foot round hole.” Over the next several years up to the present day, he was able to join outstanding companies, gradually becoming a leading real estate authority in Orange County.
is a modern real estate platform focused on pairing the industry’s top talent with advanced technology in order to make the search-andsell experience utterly seamless for consumers. “It truly is anything and everything you want out of a real estate platform and is very user-friendly for the not so technologicallyadvanced,” he explains. In just this last year, Weston has closed nearly $100 million in overall sales thanks to his continued attention to detail and the same high standard of professionalism he has held since he first joined the workforce. While discussing the real estate industry today, Weston adds, “Individuals are now, more than ever, understanding the importance of a seasoned real estate agent.” For Weston, being a seasoned real estate agent is only part of what customers get to experience when working with him. “I don't think anybody can argue that customer service is always at the top of their list and I want to create an experience that is truly next-level,” he explains. When asked how Weston creates a genuine sense of trust and understanding between him and a client, he answers, “When you tell someone something at 10 in the morning, tell them the same thing at three in the afternoon.” Being someone who continually sticks to their word and always stays truthful with clients is one of the many aspects that has led Weston to great success. Looking towards the future, Weston continues to focus his efforts on creating an unparalleled customer experience when working with him. From humble beginnings as a 15-year-old with big dreams of becoming one of the top realtors in Orange County, Garrett Weston’s story is nothing less than the American Dream.
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Saving the World One Home at a Time
“Off the grid doesn’t mean rustic,” explains Ida Alwin, one of the owners of Baltic Sands Properties, an environmentally sensitive desert design company. The idea of fully sustainable homes was born in the winter of 2016, when Ewa & Jacques Marais came to the desert to visit Alwin, their niece. Today, Alwin is Owner and Operations Manager of the company, and Ewa Marais is the CEO. Marais is an interior designer whose work has been featured in many décor magazines and has designed homes for many years in South Africa. Alwin comes from a career in TV production in London. Her love for the desert brought her to Johnson Valley, California, where she built a prototype sustainable home.
“They’re completely solar powered… We use minisplits—one of the most energy efficient products on the market—to heat and cool the homes.” —Ida Alwin
“We were always interested in environmentally-sensitive housing, but Ida approached us with a business plan,” Marais says. “My husband and I thought it was a really great idea. Who better to partner with than somebody who’s as passionate about it as Ida?”
EXPERIENCE OFF-THE-GRID LIVING WITH BALTIC SANDS PROPERTIES
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According to Alwin, Baltic Sands homes are completely 100 percent off-grid, and each has its own well. “They’re completely solar powered,” she points out. “We use mini-splits—one of the most energy efficient products on the market—to heat and cool the homes.” In addition to their ability to control the temperature in individual rooms, mini-splits utilize air purifiers, she adds. They’re powered by solar panels, and energy is converted from the solar panels to the homes. Each home also comes with its own backup generator.
According to Alwin, Baltic Sands homes are completely 100 percent off-grid, and each has its own well.
“We were always interested in environmentally-sensitive housing.” —Ewa Marais Home Sweet Home • Who is Baltic Sands’ ideal home buyer? “Because we’re not building in highly populated areas, they’re usually vacation or secondary homes,” Alwin states. “Or people who run businesses like Airbnb.” Good for All • Marais notes that as their company expands, they would like to build homes for people in various economic brackets. “In the future, we could build sustainable low-cost cabins for communities in rural areas.” 90 LOCALE MAGAZINE
The first Baltic Sands home, JT1, sold very quickly as an Airbnb property, and JT2 is currently on the market at $799,000. Both have sleek, contemporary designs, an open floor plan and high ceilings. Two more sustainable homes are being designed in nearby Pioneertown, in addition to a third in Joshua Tree. “We have a strong vision,” says Alwin. “We want to bring off-grid, sustainable living to a mass market.”
BALTIC SANDS PROPERTIES 7355 Church St Yucca Valley, CA 92284 760.853.0077 www.balticprop.com Photoshoot Location: JOSHUA TREE, CA
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ORANGE COUNTY OUR GUIDE TO THE BEST HOTELS IN ORANGE COUNTY FOR ANY OCCASION
Well-Cultured Trendsetter Who Wants to Experience Quintessential Orange County Culture, fashion and great food intersect perfectly in Costa Mesa, and the Four Diamond awardwinning Avenue of the Arts Hotel is the ultimate destination for the sophisticated traveler. Located in the Theatre and Arts District as well as adjacent to shopping mecca, South Coast Plaza, this luxurious, contemporary hotel that offers attentive service is loved by guests. For the last two years, Avenue of the Arts has won the Hotel of the Year Award from Marriott as well as glowing reviews from happy travelers. Rooms are beautifully appointed with hardwood floors, modern art and free WiFi. Relax at The Silver Trumpet’s newlyrenovated outdoor patio with fire pits and TVs, workout at the fitness center or take a dip in the sparkling pool. If you have come to see a show or shop till you drop, indulge in either and then end your day in complete satisfaction in the cozy comfort of your lovely suite.
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TA K E A V O W Ú Avenue of the Arts Costa Mesa, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel is the perfect spot for your event and is a favorite of OC couples who want an unforgettable wedding experience. Say your vows in the beautiful Garden Retreat or lakeside and then celebrate with delicious cuisine in the Grand Ballroom. TH A NK S A BR UNC H Ú Even if you are not a hotel guest, you can enjoy a fabulous Sunday brunch lakeside with bottomless Mimosas and Bloody Marys at
The Silver Trumpet Restaurant and Bar. C URTA IN C A L L Ú The best location in OC for theater buffs and shopaholics, Avenue of the Arts Hotel is within walking distance to Segerstrom Center for the Arts and South Coast Plaza. L IFE’S A BEA C H Ú Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm and your choice of OC Beaches (Huntington, Newport, Laguna, Dana Point and San Clemente) are all within 30 minutes of Avenue of the Arts Hotel.
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In many ways, Avenue of the Arts Hotel is one of the most quintessential Orange County hotel destinations. Whether you’re the type to stay on-property and enjoy the amenities or venture off and explore, making this hotel your hub won’t disappoint. From the stylish suites that’ll make you want to stay in all day to the hotel’s bounty of near-by attractions like sandy beaches, luxury shopping and amusement parks, Avenue of the Arts Hotel surely proves that OC lives up to the hype.
AVENUE OF THE ARTS COSTA MESA, A TRIBUTE PORTFOLIO HOTEL 3350 Avenue of the Arts Costa Mesa, CA 92626 714.751.5100 www.avenueoftheartshotel.com
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Wedding festivities will be as breezy as the blue Pacific right in front of you on the Ocean Lawn at
Dreamy Wedding Destinations SAY “I DO” TO THESE OC HOTEL VENUES
FOR T HE WILD C H IL D COU PLE Ú Wedding festivities will be as breezy as the blue Pacific right in front of you on the Ocean Lawn at the Paséa Hotel & Spa. After the vows, you and your guests will love dancing the night away overlooking the beautiful Huntington Beach. PASÉA HOTEL & SPA 21080 Pacific Coast Hwy Huntington Beach, CA 92648 855.622.2472 www.meritagecollection. com/pasea-hotel
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FO R T H E C O UPLE W H O LO V E S FAI RY TA LE S
F OR T HE C OU P L E W HO LOVES THE OCEAN
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Ú The Rotunda at The Resort at Pelican Hill is the ultimate spot for the perfect dream wedding. The ocean views and lush green lawns coupled with the Renaissance dome and columns all make for something out of a fantasy. With all the incredible amenities the resort has to offer, you’ll realize wedding dreams can come true, right on the Newport Coast.
Ú For ocean lovers, the perfect spot for a coastal-vibe wedding is The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel. High on a 150foot bluff overlooking the Pacific and surrounded by blooming flowers, this unforgettable location will amaze the happy couple and give their guests a ceremony they will never forget.
Ú Monarch Beach Resort’s luxurious atmosphere and views of the pristine coastline are perfection. Say your vows in the Mediterraneanstyle Botanical Garden under a white marble Roman gazebo. Whether you have hundreds of guests or just a few, your celebration will be uniquely impressive.
THE RITZ-CARLTON, LAGUNA NIGUEL 1 Ritz-Carlton Dr Dana Point, CA 92629 949.240.2000 www.ritzcarlton.com/en/ hotels/california/lagunaniguel
MONARCH BEACH RESORT 1 Monarch Beach Resort Dana Point, CA 92629 949.234.3900 monarchbeachresort.com
THE RESORT AT PELICAN HILL 22701 S Pelican Hill Rd Newport Coast, CA 92657 855.467.6800 www.pelicanhill.com
LAGUNA CLIFFS MARRIOTT RESORT & SPA 25135 Park Lantern Dana Point, CA 92629 949.661.5000 www.marriott.com/ hotels/travel/snadplaguna-cliffs-marriottresort-and-spa
F OR T HE NATU RE L OV I N G CO U P L E Ú Calling all outdoorsy types: it doesn’t get better than The Harvest Lawn at The Ranch at Laguna Beach. The steep canyon walls showcase the rustic, natural beauty of the venue with Laguna Beach in all its glory just on the other side. A fantastic blend of serenity, nature and upscale amenities make The Ranch a truly unique wedding spot in Orange County. THE RANCH AT LAGUNA BEACH 31106 S Coast Hwy Laguna Beach, CA 92651 949.499.2271 www.theranchlb.com
FO R TH E S UR FER W H O W IS H ES TH EY C O UL D L IV E O N TH E S A ND NOMADS HOTEL 101 Avenida Serra San Clemente, CA 92672 949.492.6000 www.stayatnomads.com
FO R TH E S H O PA H O L IC O N A N UNL IMITED S H O P P ING S P R EE LIDO HOUSE 3300 Newport Blvd Newport Beach, CA 92663 949.524.8500 lidohousehotel.com
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the Paséa Hotel & Spa.
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THE WESTGATE HOTEL 1055 2nd Ave San Diego, CA 92101 619.238.1818 www.westgatehotel.com
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SAN DIEGO BEST OF THE WESTS
World Traveler Who’s Homesick for California You don’t have to travel to the Palace of Versailles to experience French antiques and tapestries, Persian rugs and crystal chandelier decor, as The Westgate Hotel San Diego offers all of that and then some. Situated in the heart of downtown San Diego, the 223-deluxe room (160 of those are kings) hotel offers an exodus to another world, waiting with open arms for the ideal staycation hug. And since that hug comes in a world that is decidedly French-inspired, it makes perfect sense that The Westgate offers a restaurant that is très chic. French-style architecture and decor spill over into The Westgate Room, where you’ll find savory beef tenderloin, as well as an array of seafood from lobster to Bay scallops paired with Baja Prawn. Delicious California cuisine with French influences certainly supports The Westgate’s emphasis on wellness, as stimulated taste buds and warm bellies are evidence of that. But The Westgate Hotel takes it to a whole new level with its AquaVie Spa. There are few places in the heart of a major city where you can find relaxation, peace and quiet, but the AquaVie Spa not only offers just that within its private walls, but also advanced wellness treatments. Since health is a theme for staycationers at The Westgate, you won’t be disappointed by the 40,000 square feet of “sleek custom-designed workout spaces” at the AquaVie Fitness + Wellness Club. Not only does it offer 200 cardio and weight machines, which eclipses most local gyms, but also spin classes, pool access and even a running track on the fourth floor, all of which allow you to zone out while you workout, and zone in on stunning downtown San Diego views. WRITTEN BY: MATTHEW J. BLACK 98 LOCALE MAGAZINE
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CATAMARAN RESORT HOTEL AND SPA www.catamaranresort.com
ANDAZ SAN DIEGO www.hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/ california/andaz-san-diego/sanas
THE WESTIN CARLSBAD RESORT & SPA 5480 Grand Pacific Dr Carlsbad, CA 92008 760.827.2800 www.marriott.com/hotels/fact-sheet/travel/ sanwc-the-westin-carlsbad-resort-and-spa
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A GO O D WALK. . . SPO ILED? Ú Mark Twain said, “Golf is a good walk spoiled,” but he should’ve added that if the first tee is a short walk from your bed, golf becomes a walk improved. Hone your putting skills on The Crossings’ 10,000 square-foot green, while golfing in cool breezes with ocean views.
T h e Tr ave l e r Who Wa nts to L i v e a n d E at L i k e a S a n D i e g o L oca l
The Vacati oner Who ’s a Hotel Body a n d B a si cally Pai d f o r the Beach V i ews
L’AUBERGE DEL MAR www.laubergedelmar.com
TOWER 23 HOTEL www.t23hotel.com
Th e Influencer Wh o Wants to R ent a Cabana Wi th Th eir Insta- Famous Fr i ends THE LAFAYETTE HOTEL, SWIM CLUB & BUNGALOWS www.lafayettehotelsd.com
Local in Search of the Perfect Staycation The friendly Westin staff offers a free shuttle service within a five-mile radius of the resort, and within that area is Carlsbad Village and no shortage of activities and food to keep you occupied. But that’s assuming you’d even want to leave the resort in the first place, as the Mediterraneanstyle hotel offers everything from entertainment to first class relaxation. After a day out at the beach or golfing at the adjacent The Crossings 18-hole golf course, you may want to take time to treat yourself at the Ocean Pearl Spa. Their healing body treatments are enhanced by products and methods inspired by the sea, relaxing visitors with services such as the Vitamin Sea Massage or the Mermaid Facial. And of course, what day would be complete without a world-class dinner eaten while watching a stunning sunset view? The 20|Twenty, named for the picturesque, near-panoramic view of the western sky, will have you warming up next to a fire pit while the ocean breeze kisses you as it blows through your hair. Locallysourced food is the restaurant trend these days, but 20|Twenty is a class above, proven by their constant rotation of ingredients and cocktails based on the best locally sourced ingredients. For the casual eater and drinker, The Westin Carlsbad also offers the 7 Mile Kitchen, which serves pizza and beer on tap—‘nough said. But the designers of this coastal retreat had Southern Californians in mind when they included a complete rental service for athletic gear. So if you want to use “forgetting your runners” as an excuse for not working out during your staycation, you’re fresh out of luck.
The Brood ing W his k e y L ove r W ho Enjoy s t he Fine r Thing s in L if e PENDRY SAN DIEGO www.pendry.com/san-diego
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GREATER PALM SPRINGS
Instagram-Happy Travel Influencer One of the desert’s most iconic hot spots has been seducing high-profile guests since the late 1950s—even Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra have walked these heavenly halls. Today, social media influencers flock to this hotel, and it’s no wonder why! The Riviera seamlessly blends Old Hollywood charm with modern aesthetics, giving guests plenty of social content. From the moment you enter the hotel, you’ll be inspired to take an OOTD in front of the green, mid-mod wall facade that you’ll see upon your arrival and throughout the hotel. A perfectly-placed seat and mirror hanging on a wall of lush greenery is the ideal spot to take a selfie with your squad.
RIVIERA PALM SPRINGS 1600 N Indian Canyon Dr Palm Springs, CA 92262 760.327.8311 www.rivierapalmsprings.com 100 LOCALE MAGAZINE
With photo-ready backdrops to be found in every area of the Riviera, from the artsy cabanas to the boho-themed lounge areas, it won’t be hard to curate an enviable Instagram feed. WRITTEN BY: LAUREN MCCARREN
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Be sure to take photo advantage at Cafe Palmetto—seated in front of the palm-themed wallpaper, of course! Boost your likes with one of their award-winning bloody marys or a handcrafted beer. The swanky Cantala Restaurant is reminiscent of Old Hollywood glamour and has a customizable California-inspired menu. For a more seductive ambiance, stop by the dark and retro Gypsy Rose bar and try one of their signature cocktails like the Jalisco Mule, made with Cazadores Blanco, lime juice, agave nectar and ginger beer, or the Anti-Oxidant Mojito, loaded with rum, berries, pomegranates and mint.
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e The first hotel to be built from the ground up in over a decade has become one of the best places to stay amongst influencers and one of the most Insta-worthy spots in Palm Springs. ARRIVE offers tech-savvy service, gorgeous aesthetics and plenty of photoops—everything an influencer could ever want!
GET THE GRAM AT THESE INSTA-WORTHY SPOTS IN ARRIVE PALM SPRINGS
RAISE THE ROOF Ú Upon your arrival, be sure to notice the sleek lines of the butterfly roof and maybe snap a quick selfie.
WEX ON, WEX OFF Ú Poolside bites and drinks are provided by Wexler’s @ ARRIVE.
CHECK IT OUT Ú Be warned—the chic modern vibe, poolside “divein” movies and rooms will make you want to take up permanent residency.
GET GROUNDED Ú The herringbone floors add more textural design leading into the ultra-modern and luxurious bathrooms.
LIFE OF THE POOL PARTY Ú Rotating DJs, live music sessions, bocce, poolside yoga, communal fire pits and beer pong tournaments are just some of the fun to be had.
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THE POST WITH THE MOST Ú The entire super-hip boutique hotel begs to be Instagrammed and its minimalist modern design will surely attract followers and increase your impressions. 9 4
SLEEK AND CHIC Ú All 32 rooms are decorated with a neutral palette, patterned wallpaper, leather chairs, wooden accents and king-sized beds.
OH, WHEELY? Ú You can even rent a retro bike to pose for a pic and take a cruise around Downtown.
HAVE A NICE DAY(BED) Ú The clean lines of the exterior extend through the hotel and out to the cabana and lounge chairsrimmed pool, which is open to the public!
People Who Have GeoTagged ARRIVE 1. @camillekostek 2. @iamrachelmccord 3. @shutthekaleup 4. @captainbarto 5. @engelauren 6. @dwrexx 7. @caseyharris_xa 8. @tylset 9. @undertheseascout 10. @cinnam_o.n
ARRIVE PALM SPRINGS 1551 N Palm Canyon Dr Palm Springs, CA 92262 760.507.1650 www.arrivehotels.com/palmsprings
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Native Knowledge Ú All hotel guests must be over 21, but guests of all ages are welcome to the restaurants onproperty.
MIRAMONTE INDIAN WELLS RESORT & SPA 45000 Indian Wells Ln Indian Wells, CA 92210 760.341.2200 www.miramonteresort.com
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GREATER PALM SPRINGS ALL FOR FUN AND FUN FOR ALL
Family That Stays Active Together A family that plays together stays together, so the next time you’re booking an escape to the desert, make sure to choose a resort that has something that kids of all ages can enjoy! Miramonte Indian Wells Resort & Spa is known for its plethora of activities for all ages and interests. The Miramonte also partners with Indian Wells Golf Resort across the street, granting their guests access to the course. Sprawling lush lawns are the perfect place to spend some quality time with the kids. Toss around some bean bags with a game of cornhole, test your strategy and balance with giant Jenga or team up and challenge each other to a few rounds of ladder ball and bocce ball. Once it’s time to unwind, this hotel with stunning views and sprawling gardens has three pools for you and the fam to splash around in. In addition to family-friendly suites, stay during the summer for special packages! And parents, if you’d like to take a break, Miramonte’s award-winning Well Spa offers nine indoor treatment rooms and three outdoor relaxation spaces that reflect desert tranquility. You don’t have to leave the hotel grounds to have a good time, and your children won’t have to frolic far to find entertainment. Miramonte is conveniently located close to many desert activities such as hiking trails, The Palm Springs Aerial Tram, The Living Desert Zoo & Gardens and the Children’s Discovery Museum—all perfect activities for a family outing.
The Saguaro Palm Springs
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Ú Bask in all the colors of the rainbow with a cocktail in hand at this always exciting desert oasis. The vibrant energy is kept alive by regular entertainment day and night, providing a sure-fire way to an unadulterated good time. THE SAGUARO PALM SPRINGS www.thesaguaro.com/palm-springs
Ace Hotel & Swim Club
Ú This go-to hipster retreat is the epitome of California cool with an eclectic vibe and a lively party scene. The retro-inspired bar has 21 craft beers on tap. Day passes are available for $20 from 12-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday. Weekend rates increase to $30. ACE HOTEL www.acehotel.com/palmsprings
LA QUINTA RESORT & CLUB 49-499 Eisenhower Dr La Quinta, CA 92253 760.564.4111 www.laquintaresort.com
Poolside Pur veyor of Cocktails As we all know, adulting is pretty hard, but at La Quinta Resort & Club, it’s all about celebrating your adulthood! And what better way to celebrate than by enjoying a poolside cocktail at a gorgeous resort in Coachella Valley? Hint hint: it’s a bubbly happy hour featuring champagne, sunsets and the sounds of splashing socialites.
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For many of us, the mere mention of a good happy hour is enough to spread smiles and spark inspiration. But you can take it to the next level in the desert, where the hour is happiest when it’s dipped in a pool while staring at a stunning backdrop of purple mountains and clear skies. PLUNGE is La Quinta Resort & Club’s adults-only pool, and together with Veuve Clicquot, they host a high-spirited soirée, Aprés Swim. The HH menu features bubbling libations sure to keep you refreshed while you chill hard at this super cool swim lounge. We recommend the local fave, the La Quinta Cooler made with mint, cucumber and the drink of the hour—Veuve Clicquot. Come dressed in your poolside best or whatever you’re comfortable in! The laid-back vibe is open to anyone with an interest in a good time. Escape your day or start your night at Aprés Swim every Thursday through Saturday from 3-6 p.m., with Fridays and Saturdays reserved for resort guests only.
Ú Your inner child can romp through Splashtopia Water Park’s 425-foot long lazy river while enjoying an Icee with an adult twist—vodka or rum, anyone? If you prefer to play with kids your own age, there is an adults-only pool as well. OMNI RANCHO LAS PALMAS RESORT & SPA www.omnihotels.com/hotels/palm-springs-rancho-las-palmas
Ú High Bar is a unique blend of style and sophistication with an array of artisan cocktails to sip on like the Highway 111, made with bourbon, demerara, roasted dates and bitters. Day passes are available Monday through Friday for $30, but the pool is closed to the public on weekends. KIMPTON ROWAN www.rowanpalmsprings.com
Ú When life gives you lemons, make a poolside order for a citron presse! Available to registered guests, Parker Palm Springs’ Lemonade Stand is a vibrant pop of color ready to add a little more sunshine to your already-beautiful day. PARKER PALM SPRINGS www.parkerpalmsprings.com
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LAS VEGAS MAKE TIME FOR ME TIME
STEP INTO PAR ADISE Ú The Waldorf Astoria is actually located in Paradise, Nevada, a very fitting place for a hotel located right next to some of Las Vegas’ most soughtafter sights, award winning restaurants and luxuriousness.
ESCAPE THE STR IP WITH A TR IP DO WN THE R ABBIT HO LE Ú The spa includes an option for a Wonderland manicure and pedicure, a perfectly topsy turvy tea party celebration for children ages six through 12, where young ones can have their nails painted and have a cup of the Mad Hatter’s tea.
Restless Vacationer in Need of Some Luxurious R&R
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WALDORF ASTORIA LAS VEGAS 3752 S Las Vegas Blvd Las Vegas, NV 89158 702.590.8888 www.waldorfastorialasvegas.com
The Waldorf Astoria spa was built to completely submerge people in 27,000 square feet of tranquility for both the body and mind. Not only do they offer massages, but they have 16 different treatment rooms, relaxation lounges, herbal steam rooms, experience showers, an ice fountain and even a salon to complete their pampering menu. Check out their tranquility day pass for an all day experience dedicated to immersing yourself in vitality pools, lancomium, herbal showers and much more. If you’re desiring some self-care time in between hitting the Strip, they also offer personalized massage combos to target just what you need on your vacation get away. Their spa services include restorative massages to ease any stress and quiet the mind, a crystal balance treatment which uses the healing energy of jade to restore harmony to the body, as well as aromatherapy oil massages with heated stones to relieve tension with ease. Are you heading to Las Vegas with someone special? They also offer a wide variety of couples massages, such as the karmic happiness ritual, heart of romance, and state of equilibrium to help two minds and bodies de-stress simultaneously and intimately. Of course, every spa experience wouldn’t be complete without putting on The Waldorf’s comfy robe and slippers to help you turn your vacation rest and relaxation dial all the way up. Vacation is always a great time for pampering, and the body scrubs, wellness awakening massages and detox wraps at The Waldorf Astoria spa brings enough luxury into your vacation to make you say ‘ahhhhhh,’ even if the slot games don’t.
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RED ROCK CASINO RESORT & SPA 11011 W Charleston Blvd Las Vegas, NV 89135 702.797.7777 luxurysuites.sclv.com
Ú The Sahra spa was inspired by the beauty of the desert’s vast sky, moonlit nights and sand, to provide a unique experience of tranquility. Natural walls threaded with silver, mirroring the looks of slot canyons, guide guests into their oasis. Their Hammam massage is a modern take on the historical tradition of purification through heat and renewal. It provides a unique combination of body detoxification and steam treatments with a heated motherstone slab, two whirlpools and stone loungers. THE COSMOPOLITAN OF LAS VEGAS 3708 S Las Vegas Blvd Las Vegas, NV 89109 702.698.7000 cosmopolitanlasvegas.com 108 LOCALE MAGAZINE
FO R T H E W I LD C LUBBE R I N N E E D O F A W E LLN E S S DE T O X FRO M T H E S T RI P Ú Canyon Ranch has been providing an award winning space for rejuvenation since 1999, and is the largest day spa in North America. Their spa suite, Aquavana, is complete with thermal spa cabins, purifying salt grotto and multisensory experiential rains. This is just one of 150 spa, fitness and wellness experiences offered at Canyon Ranch, to create the perfect blend of rejuvenating relaxation and bursts of energy to recharge. What a break from the bustle! CANYON RANCH SPACLUB 3355 S Las Vegas Blvd, Ste 1159 Las Vegas, NV 89109 877.220.2688 canyonranch.com/las-vegas
F OR T HE T EN S E W OR K A HOL I C W HO N EED S A R EJU V EN AT I N G B AT H S OA K Ú The Delano BATHHOUSE Spa offers steam rooms and saunas,12 treatment rooms providing massages, wraps and facials, as well as a complete workout facility (just in case you get the workout bug while on vacation). Try out a Coconut Lime Escape Massage, Hydration Wrap or Wild Honey Body Treatment to truly relax the mind and body. THE BATHHOUSE SPA AT THE DELANO 3940 S Las Vegas Blvd Las Vegas, NV 89119 877.632.9636 delanolasvegas. mgmresorts.com
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Ú Located inside the Wynn Tower, the spa at Wynn Las Vegas offers an intimate setting for visitors to relax and unwind. Their spa experiences are designed with maximum flexibility and customizable treatments, so that every guest can leave with their own unique and fulfilling experience. The Thai oil infusion massage, provides a higher level of relaxation through a combination of Thai stretching and Thai-influenced deep tissue techniques, leaving visitors feeling energized with a wider range of motion.
Ú The Bellagio Spa, Salon & Barber aims to bring a bit of nature into the world of health and wellness, providing varying treatments to complement each of the seasons. The Moroccan oil treatment provides the ultimate level of luxury and pampering, complete with a warm hydration wrap, a nutrient packed body soufflé massage, followed by the sprinkling of a delicate gold shimmer to leave your outside radiating as much as your inside.
WYNN LAS VEGAS 3131 Las Vegas Blvd Las Vegas, NV 89109 702.770.7000 www.wynnlasvegas.com
BELLAGIO LAS VEGAS 3600 S Las Vegas Blvd Las Vegas, NV 89109 702.693.7111 bellagio.mgmresorts.com
FOUR SEASONS AT MANDALAY BAY 3960 S Las Vegas Blvd Las Vegas, NV 89119 702.632.5000 www.fourseasons.com/ lasvegas FO R TH E BA L L ER Ú The Hardwood Suite has enough beds to fit 10 people, and it’s not a coincidence that that’s the perfect number for two pick-up teams, as this suite comes with a private basketball court and locker room. It’s perfect for those looking for some sporty competition while on vacation. Basketballs and scoreboard are included, but the game-winning shot is not. PALMS CASINO RESORT 4321 W Flamingo Rd Las Vegas, NV 89103 702.942.7777 www.palms.com
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FO R TH E C H IC Ú The Sunrise/Sunset Suite offers a wide expanse of windows to allow guests to rise with the sun in the morning and fall asleep staring at the colorful lights of Las Vegas at night, while also showing beautiful views of the Red Rock National Conservation Area to perfectly balance out the human and nature made masterpieces.
HOTEL ANGELENO 170 N Church Ln Los Angeles CA 90049 310.476.6411 www.hotelangeleno.com
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LOS ANGELES W E S T C O A S T, B E S T C O A S T
Tourist Wanting the LA Experience Having trouble deciding on a spot for your stay in LA? The Hotel Angeleno combines the best of all worlds. With its central location on the west side just off the 405, it’s never been easier to get where you’re going. Plus, with the hotel’s unique cylindrical shape, you can choose a city view from any angle. Face oceanside to the west for a glimpse of Santa Monica, or east for the glittering skyline of downtown, and everything in between. Perched at the very top is WEST Restaurant, the crown jewel of the Angeleno. With a sleek bar and 360-degree views, “You can’t beat the view on a clear day,” says General Manager Rick Gluth of the posh eatery. If you’re feeling spendy, spring for one of three Fit For a King suites, which features a separate entertaining area, a media center with Bluetooth streaming and a personalized bar cart with handpicked liquors and snacks. When you curl up in a plush robe and take in a sunset from your private balcony on the 16th floor, you’ll feel as if you’ve landed among the stars.
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HOTEL CASA DEL MAR www.hotelcasadelmar.com
THE SHADE HOTEL www.shadehotel.com
The S e e k e r of G ol d e n A g e G l a m our MILLENNIUM BILTMORE LOS ANGELES www.millenniumhotels.com
LOEWS SANTA MONICA BEACH 1700 Ocean Ave Santa Monica, CA 90401 310.458.6700 www.loewshotels.com/santa-monica
Vacationer Craving Coastal Culture If beaching is your aim, you can’t get much closer than Loews Santa Monica. Just steps from the sand, you can get the full seaside experience right from your very own guest room, or treat yourself to an upgrade in a luxury suite with a variety of customized features (think fire pits and beach-level terraces). Light and airy just like the breeze along the coastline, each room is outfitted in creamy tones with coastal aquamarine accents. Enjoy various dining experiences located downstairs, including an alfresco feast of seafood and local cuisine at Ocean and Vine, curl up by a fire pit on a chilly late night at Blue Streak or take in casual, farmto-table fare at Bar Belle. Expect to be dazzled from your front-row seat of the sweeping views of the sparkling Pacific, and the dizzying lights of the Santa Monica Pier framed by the majestic mountains.
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“We take care of everything for our guests to ensure they have a well-rounded stay for the ultimate coastal getaway,” says Director of Sales and Marketing Marta Hagan. By day, get down with the local culture by taking a boogie boarding class or a private surf lesson (all arranged for you by the hotel concierge), and come nightfall, kick back and relax with a drink in hand.
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FARMER’S DAUGHTER HOTEL farmersdaughterhotel.com
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“Cancel out noise pollution from traffic and neighbors by adding a water feature…” —Jennifer Ressler
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BACKYARD ESCAPE • “Cancel out noise pollution from traffic and neighbors by adding a water feature, thus creating a tranquil meditation oasis or place to kick back and read your favorite book!”
RELAX AND UNWIND • “Catch up with family and friends, from morning coffee to a relaxing dinner with a beautiful sunset, by adding a pergola for shade throughout the sun hours.”
SYSTEM PAVERS’ JENNIFER RESSLER SHARES HOW TO BUILD YOUR OWN BACKYARD HAVEN
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PARTY HEADQUARTERS • “Patio parties are awesome! Don’t run indoors when the sun sets, keep the fun going all night by adding a firepit to help cast a warm, illuminating glow over your outdoor entertaining space.”
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After work, you walk into your kitchen to pour yourself a drink, and that’s when you see your backyard through the window. Barren and unused, youʻve always fantasized about transforming that patch of dirt into that lowered firepit you saw on your vacation in Maui. Fortunately, there are seasoned, passionate professionals who can help you turn these dreams into reality. One of these professionals is Regional Vice President Jennifer Ressler, and here are her five tips on transforming your backyard into a dreamy oasis.
Picture This • Having a hard time visualizing the end result? System Pavers’ Online Design Discovery session allows you to preview your desired space before you decide!
DINING DONE RIGHT • “Al Fresco dinners featuring steaks and seasonal vegetables grilled to perfection make for an evening well spent, so head to your outdoor kitchen and give your indoor kitchen a break. Accent tables with festive décor—it’s all in the details!”
GAME STOP • “Whether you want to play bocce ball, host a putting contest, or simply play fetch with Fido, adding turf will give you a yard to bond with your favorite people and pets.”
“Don’t run indoors when the sun sets, keep the fun going all night by adding a firepit to help cast a warm, illuminating glow over your outdoor entertaining space.” —Jennifer Ressler
SYSTEM PAVERS 1570 Brookhollow Dr Santa Ana, CA 92705 844.569.7788 www.systempavers.com
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“...Adding turf will give you a yard to bond with your favorite people and pets.” —Jennifer Ressler
Go Green • System Pavers offers a variety of SP Turf® to accommodate every lifestyle, including residential lawn turf, petfriendly turf and performance grade putting green turf!
The Creation of a Dreamy Oasis
D AT E DAT T H E CITY TH OF LA QUIN TA
When planning the perfect desert day trip, there is no place better than La Quinta. To capture the essence of this escape, we turned to the date-planning guru himself, Neal Hruby, Creator of Date the City. Follow Hruby and his date, Shaelee Hansen, as they explore five of the best date spots La Quinta has to offer. From channeling their artistic side at a pottery studio to raising their margarita-filled glasses at Adobe Grill, here’s where to go for your next La Quinta outing—Hrubyand-Hansen-style.
GE T R E A DY F O R A D ATE OU T O N T H E T OW N
DATE THE CITY @datethecity www.datethecity.com
WRITTEN BY: NEAL HRUBY PHOTOGRAPHED BY: KENNETH ALEXANDER SCOTT
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Ù Art From the Heart • The Artisan Studios was originally a family’s house complete with a pool where the pond is now. After that, it became three different restaurants before finally converting to an artists’ playground.
Stop #2: Old Town Artisan Studios Ú As you enter into the Old Town Artisan Studios
amongst artists ranging from preschoolers to elderly retirees, your private art soirée awaits as you find your personal studio. This day, you’re opening your world to acrylic drip painting—a simple art style blended with incredible fun. You mix, stir, pour and watch as your creation comes to life. Blown away by what you’ve just created, you leave your masterpiece to dry as you head out to enjoy something still dripping. OLD TOWN ARTISAN STUDIOS 78046 Calle Barcelona La Quinta, CA 92253 760.777.1444 www.oldtownartisanstudios.org LA QUINTA RESORT & CLUB
Date The City La Quinta Edition
Stop #1: La Quinta Museum
Ú The calm corners of Calle Estado inspire a calm
tucked into the Coachella Valley. To escape the heat, you sneak into the Spanish-styled La Quinta Museum. The friendly volunteer shows you where to discover the history of the valley's first inhabitants, the Cahuilla Indians. Dive into the origin of the valley's settlement, then finish things off with a ride down the iconic Route 66. Once you've had your fill of history, step back out to the present for a new kind of local past-time.
state of mind when you enter Casa Mendoza. You are likely to spot the day's social atmosphere: couples canoodling in the corner or friends clinking drinks at the bar—each revelling in a universe all of their own makings. After your first sip, you feel like family as you’re welcomed to chips, salsa and a front-row seat to the Mendoza’s second home. Opting out for seconds, it's time to hit the road for a golden era original.
LA QUINTA MUSEUM 77885 Avenida Montezuma La Quinta, CA 92253 760.777.7170 www.playinlaquinta.com/arts-culture/la-quinta-museum
CASA MENDOZA 78110 Calle Estado La Quinta, CA 92253 760.564.1463 www.casamendozamexicangrillandbar.weebly.com
Ú The hot desert sun pierces every inch of La Quinta, a quaint resort village
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Stop #3: Casa Mendoza
2-6 Friends or 1-3 Couples
Start at 3 p.m.
La Quinta, CA
$175-250 per Person
Casual Desert Vibes
Stop #4: Morgan’s in the desert Ú Towering palm trees welcome you as you cruise
into the La Quinta Resort & Club. Hidden like an oasis in the corner of the original hotel is your dinner destination: Morgan’s. Passing by a welldressed gentleman smoking a cigar on the patio, you fall back into a classic era of elegance. A perfectly refreshing cocktail from the bar becomes your compadre as you enjoy a few oysters to start. When you’ve had your last drop, it’ll be time to enjoy a more nouveau moment. MORGAN’S IN THE DESERT 49499 Eisenhower Dr La Quinta, CA 92253 760.564.7600 www.morgansinthedesert.com
“You realize tequila is king [at Adobe Grill] as your margarita is mixed, poured and presented in a glass the size of your head. Dance like a Cahuilla, shake like a local artist or bop to the tunes like a Hollywood movie star.” ADOBE GRILL
Û Dinner and a Show • Enjoy live music at Adobe Grill every Friday and Saturday evening from 7-10 p.m.
Ü No Trail Mix Here • Morgan’s in the desert doesn’t just have an exquisite cocktail program—they have a sensational bar bite menu, featuring items such as Pacific oysters, burrata salad and chocolate bombe.
Stop #5: Adobe Grill Ú Bubbling fountains and man-made streams
flow down the manicured entrance to the Adobe Grill. The night is young as you step into the bustling bar. You realize tequila is king here as your margarita is mixed, poured and presented in a glass the size of your head. Dance like a Cahuilla, shake like a local artist or bop to the tunes like a Hollywood movie star. As the night twinkles on, the clashing of history, art and cuisine blend perfectly into the cultural oasis—La Quinta. ADOBE GRILL 49499 Eisenhower Dr La Quinta, CA 92253 760.564.5700 www.laquintaresort.com/dining/adobe-grill
MORGAN’S IN THE DESERT
3 p.m. La Quinta Museum
4 p.m. Old Town Artisan Studios
5:30 p.m. Casa Mendoza
7 p.m. Morgan’s in the desert
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All master bedrooms come with the LMC Dream Suite experience, which consists of smar t lights and roller shades.
Lounge in Your Backyard Oasis
Around the Town Core is minutes away from event spaces and fun activities such as Angel Stadium, Honda Center, Anaheim Garden Walk, Disneyland, breweries and so much more! CORE 1815 S Westside Dr Anaheim, CA 92805 657.245.4090 www.liveatcore.com
Hot to Trot Core has a walking trail that wraps around the complex designated for pets as well as a pet washing station and a pet park with open green spaces.
A Home You’ll Never Want to Leave THIS IS LUXURY OC LIVING AT ITS CORE WRITTEN BY: PRISCILLA NG PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED BY: CORE
Located in Anaheim, Core is the hottest modern-style residential complex. It has an open-concept design with every corner opening up into a larger space, allowing plenty of spots to lounge, work, study and relax in a comfortable environment. Core, which is managed by LMC, is the perfect mix of contemporary design and luxury living. If you’re going to live in Orange County, you have to do it right! And you definitely can’t go wrong with this trendy, high-end and tech-friendly atmosphere.
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• Comfortable, plush daybeds and chaise lounges are scattered all across the complex. You’ll have no trouble finding a quiet space to yourself to read, lounge, tan, relax, nap or anything else you want! “There is also a jacuzzi located in the spa area,” says Assistant Manager Diana Dela Cruz. Also, they have a resortstyle infinity pool! Be the Host With the Most • There are plenty of open spaces for you to throw a private party. “We have [three] fire pits,” Dela Cruz says. “We also have outdoor seating, dining tables and two barbeque grills. This is a great space to barbeque, lounge and mingle.” There is also a resident lounge equipped with a mini-kitchen so you can easily throw the best gatherings and parties. At-Home Fitness • “Our fitness center includes free
weights, dumbbells, machines, a squat rack, treadmills, ellipticals, spin bikes and a fit wall,” Dela Cruz says. “And very soon, we will be hosting a HIT class as an event, in addition to our yoga classes.” Work in an Office 10 Steps Away from Home • “We have eight private offices that require booking in advance,” Dela Cruz says. “The largest office can hold up to six people.” These conference rooms are fully-equipped, quiet and not open to the public, making them an ideal coworking lounge to study without any distractions. The OC Dream Suite • All master bedrooms come with the LMC Dream Suite experience, which consists of smart lights and roller shades. “This feature includes a remote and you also have the option of downloading the app,” Dela Cruz says. Residents can control the lights and shades through the app on their smartphone, which goes to show how tech-savvy their apartments are.
T IME Catalina Island Has Us Craving a Classic Californian Escape
WRITTEN BY: MICHELLE JACO PHOTOGRAPHED BY: BRADLEY BLACKBURN | PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED BY: CATALINA ISLAND COMPANY & CATALINA EXPRESS
TSA screenings, endless lines, luggage restrictions and the enigma that is Airplane Mode— traveling has grown to be quite a chore. With a hop, skip and a jump just a mere 22 miles off the coast of SoCal, you’ll land on the local Channel Island wonder that is Santa Catalina Island. With translucent waters as blue as the Caribbean, a town reminiscent of the Greek village of Santorini and lush hillsides as green as the Scottish Highlands, this gorgeous stretch of land and sea is the premier destination hotspot. Whether you’re running low on PTO and in need of a weekend escape or simply want to get away, Catalina is calling. CATALINA ISLAND COMPANY 866.332.4669 | www.visitcatalinaisland.com CATALINA EXPRESS 800.838.6685 | www.catalinaexpress.com LOCALE MAGAZINE 121
ESCAPE CATALINA EXPRESS 800.838.6685 www.catalinaexpress.com Photos - Bradley Blackburn | Provided by Catalina Express
HOW TO GET THERE Sail Across the Sea With Catalina Express
In just an hour’s time, the Catalina Express will transport you to historic cities and breathtaking lands.
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Oh, to be whisked away to paradise—if only it were so easy. Great news: it is! In just an hour’s time, the Catalina Express will transport you to a historic city and breathtaking lands. With 30 departures per day from San Pedro, Long Beach and Dana Point, all mainland ports are simple to get to and offer plenty of overnight parking. Once aboard, expect to feel at ease as you will be surrounded with friendly and attentive crew members. Upgrade options are also available, in the “Commodore” upgrade, granting priority check-in, priority boarding, secondstory seating, cabin attendant service, leather reclining seats, plus a complimentary beverage and snack. Take your luxury travel one step further, and upgrade to the “Captain’s Lounge,” which will include all of the Commodore features, as well as a semi-private room, great for larger parties traveling together. Before you know it, you’ll be stepping onto the gorgeous Island, ready for all the breathtaking sites and wild adventures you’ve been dreaming of!
BRING YOUR BAGGAGE
GET YOUR SEA LEGS READY
• Luggage accommodations for all passengers include two suitcases and one carry-on per person.
• To plan your trip, you may book online or call 800.838.6685.
Once aboard, expect to feel at ease as you will be surrounded with friendly and attentive crew members.
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BE A GOOD SPORT
• Descanso Beach Ocean Sports offers all the necessary equipment needed for all ocean sport activities. Short wetsuits are provided upon request and full-length suits are an option in the cooler months.
Plan a Trip That Has Something for Kids of All Ages
HOLE-IN-ONE FOR FUN • Catalina, also known as “Kidalina,” is filled with a number of family-friendly activities that are appropriate for all age groups. Shaded under strong palms and complemented with an array of perennial flowers, the colorful Golf Gardens Mini Golf offers 18 challenging—but enjoyable—holes and is open every day, year-round. GOLF GARDENS MINI GOLF 10 Island Plaza, Avalon, CA 90704 866.332.4669 www.visitcatalinaisland.com/things-to-do/golf/mini-golf
UNDERSEA EXPEDITION • Hop aboard a semi-submersible and let your imagination descend into the deep sea waters. This vessel will take your family on an adventure through kelp forests and underwater gardens, and as you observe the exotic ocean inhabitants, you’ll find the exploratory experience is both educational and entertaining. THAT’S FIN-TASTIC! • Catalina’s crystal-clear waters are ideal for experienced and first-time snorkelers. With the opportunity to observe the fascinating marine life, snorkeling is a great way to relax while taking in the natural beauty of the island—and the friendly Descanso Beach staff is always on deck to assist in making the experience more enjoyable. DESCANSO BEACH OCEAN SPORTS 5 St Catherine Way, Avalon, CA 90704 310.510.1226 | www.kayakcatalinaisland.com
THE CLIMB • Need activities that don’t require wetsuits or dipping your feet in the water? Step up to the challenge with the rock climbing wall near the Zip Line Eco Tour base camp! At 32 feet, the wall welcomes anyone who wants to rise to the top.
The crystal-clear waters surrounding Catalina Island make it the ideal spot for experienced and firsttime snorkelers.
A BEAUTIFUL JOB • With over 1.2 million members in over 200 countries, Rotary International is a humanitarian service organization, with the Avalon chapter restoring and beautifying the island. The organization holds several fundraisers throughout the year to support the community such as the Two Harbors Wine Festival and community outreach to support Avalon School. SO MUCH TO SEA • Receive 15 percent off adult tickets when you book your reservation for the Undersea Expedition at least seven days in advance! You can book on visitcatalinaisland.com or call 866.332.4669. FOOD FOR THOUGHT • The semi-submarine features a fun fish-feeding tool that allows its users to launch food torpedos into the water, allowing you to feed the fish from your seat.
Shaded under strong palms and complemented with an array of perennial flowers, the colorful Golf Gardens Mini Golf offers 18 challenging—but enjoyable—holes and is open every day, year-round. Photos - Bradley Blackburn | Provided by Catalina Island Company
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ZIP-FACTOR • The Zip Line can reach speeds up to 35 mph and offer unmatched views of the island. You’ll glide approximately 600 feet above the ground.
THE ENGAGEMENT PARTY Let the Good Times Start Through Adventure (and Tee Time)
RIDE THE LINE • Planning a bachelor or bachelorette party? Let’s make it legendary! Catalina’s spectacular Zip Line Tour features five consecutive zips and will take you and your friends soaring to new heights. With aerial views of the island, prepare yourself for two hours of adrenaline-fueled fun above Descanso Canyon and through Catalina’s green kingdom. ZIP LINE ECO TOUR 1 St Catherine Way, Avalon, CA 90704 866.332.4669 visitcatalinaisland.com/things-to-do/land-tours/zip-line-tours
TEE UP • Built in 1892, this 2,100-yard course is California’s oldest operating golf course. With a friendly staff and green landscape, this nine-hole course is sure to keep the “par-tee” going. CATALINA ISLAND GOLF COURSE 1 Country Club Dr, Avalon, CA 90704 310.510.0530 www.visitcatalinaisland.com/things-to-do/golf/golf-courses
ONE IN A PAVILION • With a number of amazing amenities, including a full hot breakfast and complimentary tours and activities through the island, Pavilion Hotel is the place to rest up for your next-day adventures. Plus, it’s just 14 steps from the beach. PAVILION HOTEL 513 Crescent Ave, Avalon, CA 90704 866.332.4669 www.visitcatalinaisland.com/lodging/avalon/pavilion-hotel
TWO HARBORS www.visitcatalinaisland.com/things-to-do/ocean-tours/discovertwo-harbors
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With aerial views of the island, prepare yourself for two hours of adrenaline-fueled fun above Descanso Canyon and through Catalina’s green kingdom.
JOIN THE CLUB • The golf course was built in 1892 and top pro golfers, including Craig Stadler, Corey Pavin and Tiger Woods, have golfed the course. ALL’S FAIR IN LOVE AND PAR • Previously an 18-hole course, the layout was redone to a nine-hole course, featuring five Par 4s and four Par 3s following World War II. TREAT YO’SELF • Guests can enjoy the ultimate vacation amenities of in-room lunch, dinner delivery options, personalized concierge service, as well as access to Island Spa, Catalina’s Wellness Studio. SHIVER ME TIMBERS • This small town was once inhabited by pirates. Because of its rich history, the island holds a four-day long bash, Buccaneer Days, where attendees are encouraged to dress up in their Buccaneer best.
Departing from the Green Pier in Avalon, you’ll embark on a brisk, 40-minute journey aboard the Cyclone Power Boat to Two Harbors. Photos - Provided by Catalina Island Company
SANDS AND SEA • Departing from the Green Pier in Avalon, you’ll embark on a brisk, 40-minute journey aboard the Cyclone Power Boat to Two Harbors. There, you’ll have the option to relax at Harbor Sands or venture off through the land. Perhaps, all of the above with overnight accommodations available if you so choose.
Planning a bachelor or bachelorette party? Let’s make it legendary!
JOIN THE FESTIVITIES • The beach club hosts a number of festive events each year, including the Annual Catalina Wine Mixer.
CELEBRATE THE BIRTHDAY BABE Treat Your Squad to a Birthday Bash They’ll Never Forget
LET’S GO, BEACHES • Home to one of SoCal’s only beachside bars offering an array of festive events and jovial entertainment, enveloped by tall palms and a layered avenue of bright chaise lounges and cabanas, this outdoor party is where you need to celebrate your next birthday. Round up the girls, pack your bags and just add sun. DESCANSO BEACH CLUB 1 St Catherine Way, Avalon, CA 90704 310.510.7410 www.visitcatalinaisland.com/dining/avalon/descanso-beachclub-dining
A BEAST OF A GOOD TIME • Take a walk on the wild side and explore all that Catalina has to offer. With a variety of hiking trails and scenic day tours, all of which can be personalized with your very own tour guide. You and your party are in complete control creating your own adventure. NON-STOP FUN • Steps from the Green Pleasure Pier, the beautifully renovated Hotel Atwater’s resort-style offerings are equally as impressive as the historical building’s metamorphosis. For a destination fee of $30 per room, guests can enjoy: $40 dining credit per night, two splits of sparkling wine upon arrival, a Discover the Casino Tour, a Glass Bottom Boat Voyage, bicycle access, fitness classes at Island Spa Catalina and access to Descanso Beach Club. HOTEL ATWATER 125 Sumner Ave, Avalon, CA 90704 866.332.4669 www.visitcatalinaisland.com/lodging/avalon/hotel-atwater
Take a walk on the wild side and explore all that Catalina has to offer.
Round up the girls, pack your bags and just add sun.
WHAT MORE COULD YOU NEED? • Different packages for cabanas can be reserved and come with presidential amenities such as a personalized beach butler, TVs and bottle service. JOIN THE CLUB • Descanso offers easy access to a number of water activities, Catalina Aerial Adventure and the Zip Line Eco Tour. HELLO, GOOD-BISON • North American Bison were brought to the island for the filming of The Vanishing American. They have been native to the land ever since. RUSTIC REVAMP • After being destroyed by a storm, famous artist couple Dorothy and Otis Shepard were hired to revive the rustic look of the city. In doing so, it was their decision to paint Green Pleasure Pier its iconic green color.
Steps from the Green Pleasure Pier, the beautifully renovated Hotel Atwater’s resort-style offerings are equally as impressive as the historical building’s metamorphosis. Photos - Bradley Blackburn | Provided by Catalina Island Company
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COUPLE’S GETAWAY Rekindle Your Love Connection With These Romantic Hotspots
ONE STOP SHOPPE • The Spa Shoppe sells a variety of souvenirs and cosmetic necessities to commemorate your travels including apparel, swimwear, home accents, artisan candles and Catalina-inspired jewelry, handcrafted by a local artist.
Overlooking Avalon Bay, Avalon Grille serves its patron’s an exquisite dining experience. The Spa also offers a full-service hair salon and makeup studio to help get you ready for date night.
SPA-LA-LA • In Avalon’s historic El Encanto building, Island Spa Catalina offers a variety of amenities including: nine treatment rooms, private suites, a soaking pool, jacuzzi, dry sauna, eucalyptus steam room, as well as a men’s and women’s locker and shower facilities. The Spa also offers a full-service hair salon and makeup studio to help get you ready for date night. ISLAND SPA CATALINA 163 Crescent Ave, Avalon, CA 90704 310.510.7300 | www.visitcatalinaisland.com/island-spa
SAY AMEN-ITITES • This four-star hotel not only offers one of the island’s most breathtaking views overlooking the ocean and island in all its glory, but also the list of amenities included with your stay is exceptional. First-rate amenities include: appetizers and wines served every evening, use of a golf cart to explore the island, access to Island Spa Catalina’s amenities and fitness classes, priority cabana and chaise lounge booking at Descanso Beach Club and transportation to and from the ferry terminal, airport or heliport.
UNDER WRAPS • Mt Ada is the former home to William Wrigley Jr., the entrepreneur made famous by his chewing gum enterprise. He and his family resided there. SCREENTIME • Classic early-19th century flicks such as Treasure Island (1918), Male & Female (1919), Ten Commandments (1923), Ben Hur (1925), Old Ironsides (1926) and The Black Pirate (1926) were all filmed on the island. LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION • In honor of Catalina’s film history, the island plays host to two annual film events, The Silent Film Benefit and the Catalina Film Festival. EASY BREEZY • Formerly exclusive to Chicago’s landmark Wrigley Building only, the famous Wrigley Martini, “The Windy City Classic,” is now available at Avalon Grille.
MT ADA 398 Wrigley Rd, Avalon, CA 90704 866.332.4669 | www.visitcatalinaisland.com/hotels-packages/ avalon/inn-on-mt-ada
HAVE A BALL • Home to the world’s largest circular ballroom, Catalina’s Casino is an architectural gem, housing nearly 100 years of culture and history. You’ll tour the grounds and conclude the night on the Casino’s Romance Promenade sipping wine, while taking in Avalon’s gorgeous twilight hour.
SIT BACK AND GRILL • Overlooking Avalon Bay, Avalon Grille serves its patron’s an exquisite dining experience. With premium dishes and a warm ambiance, this dining establishment is a great place to celebrate an important occasion. The restaurant is also open for happy hour. AVALON GRILLE 423 Crescent Ave, Avalon, CA 90704 310.510.7494 www.visitcatalinaisland.com/dining/avalon/avalon-grille
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Photos - Provided by Catalina Island Company
CATALINA CASINO 1 Casino Way, Avalon, CA 90704 310.510.0179 www.visitcatalinaisland.com/things-to-do/catalina-casino
Home to the world’s largest circular ballroom, Catalina’s Casino is an architectural gem, housing nearly 100 years of culture and history.
FOODIE SE A FO O D /// S P I R I TS / / / S U STA I N A B I LI TY
TWO THINGS WE LOVE Celebrate the Land and Sea at This Laguna Beach Hangout
MEALS DECONSTRUCTED We’re Fishing for the Red Snapper Veracruzana at Tavern House
FIRST BITE Cultivating Love in Every Bite Enter Cultivation Kitchen for a Fresh-Casual Dining Experience
THE DISTRICT Fuel Your Shopping Spree With Delicious Bites at The District
FEATURE Be the Host With the Most at Your Holiday Soirée Thanks to These Lillet Recipes
FIRST BITE Take a Bite out of This Fresh-Casual Greenhouse in Anaheim
TURA ALCOHOLIC KOMBUCHA Discover a Boozy Brew That’s Good for You, Too
CULTIVATION KITCHEN 350 S Anaheim Blvd Anaheim, CA 92805 714.603.7076 www.cultivationkitchen.com PHOTO BY: Ed Visions
Located on PCH in Laguna Beach, Coyote Grill is serving up Baja cuisine with a small-town feel. “We have regulars and it’s weird to see them grow up,” says Owner Desirée Gomez. “Their voices change, they go to college and then they come back with their kids.” With servers greeting every guest like they’ve been friends for years, it’s hard to feel unwelcome here. And with menu staples like calamari tacos and chicken enchiladas, there’s no wonder why guests continue to come back for years on end!
Livin’ la Vida Baja COYOTE GRILL BRINGS BAJA VIBES TO LAGUNA BEACH LOCALS WRITTEN BY: KATIE WEATHERLY PHOTOGRAPHED BY: CELINE HAEBERLY
CHICKEN E N C H I L A DA S
• There’s no question as to why the chicken enchiladas are a staple at Coyote Grill. The authentic seasoning on the chicken pairs beautifully with the housemade enchilada sauce. Garnished with melted cheese and green onion, these delicious enchiladas will delight everyone. Pair them with a margarita to perfect the meal!
Chicken Enchilada Ingredients • Shredded Chicken • Corn Tortilla • Homemade Enchilada Sauce • Green Onions • Shredded Cheese
N AT I V E KNOWLEDGE
• Gomez said that her partner at Coyote Grill, who also happens to be her father, Kim Bryant, was hesitant to hand over the kitchen to her. “I like to add spice to my food,” she confesses. “People want more authentic Mexican flavors. Now people aren’t afraid of a little salt.”
• While Coyote Grill boasts magnificent Mexican cuisine, they also offer American dishes, including ribs and fried chicken. Gomez says that it’s not about sticking to one type of food, it’s about making something great. She says, “We make what we like to eat—and we like to eat everything.”
Calamari Taco Ingredients: • Breaded and Fried Calamari Strips • Flour Tortilla • Secret Sauce • Red Cabbage • Shredded Cheese • Tomatoes • Cilantro
N AT I V E KNOWLEDGE Gomez said that the calamari tacos were the result of a customer request. “We were doing calamari as a special one year and a customer asked for them in a taco and it just stuck!” LOCALE MAGAZINE
• Every October through March, Coyote Grill offers local lobster as an addition to the menu. Fresh, delicious and locally-sourced, the lobster is prepared Puerto Nuevo-style, making it the ideal treat.
BAJA AND BEYOND
CA L A M A R I TACO S
ROUND OF A-CLAWS
• Coyote Grill’s calamari tacos are an adventurous take on tacos! With perfectly cooked calamari that is soft on the inside and battered in a delicious, crispy breading, it’s hard to go wrong. Topped with cabbage, tomatoes, cilantro and cheese, this inventive twist on a Mexican classic is their bestseller for a reason.
EVERY MEAL AND THEN SOME • Coyote Grill offers options for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and happy hour is seven days a week from 3-6 p.m. so anyone can go enjoy a margarita and a view of the ocean, no matter their schedule! COYOTE GRILL 31621 Coast Hwy Laguna Beach, CA 92651 949.499.4033 www.coyotegrill.tv
The Red Snapper Veracruzana is a baked red snapper immersed in a smoky ranchero sauce on a casserole dish. M EALS DECONSTRUCTED
Aw, Snap(per)! TAVERN HOUSEâ€™S MOST POPULAR SEAFOOD DISH IS THE TALK OF THE HARBOR
WRITTEN BY: AMEIHIA TURINGAN PHOTOGRAPHED BY: ROD FOSTER
Red Snapper Veracruzana
TAVERN HOUSE KITCHEN + BAR 333 Bayside Dr Newport Beach, CA 92660 949.673.8464 www.tavernhousekb.com
Greatest Hits • Many Tavern House guests have asked Wilhem to bring back their favorites from his other restaurant concepts like the Voodoo Shrimp Martini and fried chicken, which are on the current Tavern House menu. He hopes to revisit more classics as weekly specials.
Tavern House pays homage to the traditional Mexican recipe while also infusing Wilhelm's personal twist on the dish after experimentation.
It’s Always Happy Hour Somewhere • Catch Saturday Brunch Happy Hour from 10-11 a.m. for $5 Tavern Marys and Mimosas.
Wilhelm. “I wanted something that was a little lighter, a little cleaner and a little fresher.” While other Veracruzana dishes use different types of whole fish, Wilhelm chose red snapper fillets due to the snappers’ prevalence in Mexico and texture. When baked, the fish becomes extremely flakey and soft while bathed in the tomato, oregano and cumin flavored sauce. The soft texture of the dish pairs well with the side of paprika and turmeric-scented red rice.
Tavern House Kitchen + Bar is elevated above the water, lending a beautiful view of the Newport Harbor and the blue sky as you enjoy a meal. Like its name suggests, Tavern House is a place for gathering and celebration. Opened in July 2019, Tavern House is the newest offering by Orange County restaurateurs David Wilhelm and Gregg Solomon. Serving items from the coastal cuisines of Hawaii, Mexico and California, the restaurant celebrates the beach lifestyle through comfort food and flavorful drinks. With an emphasis on seafood dishes, one order that has quickly become a staple amongst guests is the Red Snapper Veracruzana.
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The Red Snapper Veracruzana is a baked red snapper immersed in a smoky ranchero sauce on a casserole dish. The dish starts with a tomato based sauce mixed with garlic, onions, oregano and cumin. Red snapper fillets are layered over the sauce and then topped with sliced heirloom cherry tomatoes, green sweet castelvetrano olives, capers, fresh oregano, garlic and olive oil. The Red Snapper Veracruzana is baked to perfection and oozing with flavor in just 10 to 12 minutes. “It starts [with] a little bit of ranchero on the bottom but the fresh heirloom tomatoes weep their juices out as the dish cooks so it creates a really highly flavorful sauce,” explains Wilhelm. “It’s super-healthy, light, but with tons of flavors all working together to compliment the flakiness of the snapper.” The dish is created in the style of Veracruz cuisine. Tavern House pays homage to the traditional Mexican recipe while also infusing Wilhelm's personal twist on the dish after experimentation. After testing different approaches to preparing this dish, Wilhelm developed one that worked for him, which satisfied customers. “[The dish is] oftentimes [served] with [a] premade sauce basted over the top of the fish and everything,” says
For Tavern House, using seasonal offerings and sustainable practices plays a big role in bringing the dish to the table. Due to his experience with Aquarium of the Pacific’s former Seafood for the Future program, Wilhelm has a deep understanding of aquaculture, the implications of overfishing in the ocean and the importance of using sustainably sourced ingredients which he brings to Tavern House. The restaurant adheres towards the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch list which suggests which fish to buy or consume based upon the environmental impact of the fishing or farming method. “We won’t serve any fish on or off the menu that isn’t compliant with the listing of acceptable species,” says Wilhelm. Due to its delicious flavors, the Red Snapper Veracruzana has made a big impression on Tavern House guests. “It’s already become one of our signature dishes; I didn’t intend it to be so,” says Wilhelm. “I thought people would really enjoy it and we’ve gotten lots of great comments on it. It’s the highest-selling seafood entrée on the menu.” And in just a few months, Tavern House has cemented its place in the Newport Harbor. Through new blue color palettes, light wood flooring, carpeting and decorative lighting, the space transformed from 3-Thirty-3 Waterfront into Tavern House. With a new contemporary look, Tavern House breathes energy into the space from the new decor and food. Combining coastal seafood with the Newport Beach lifestyle, the restaurant has become a place for the local community to celebrate together. “‘Tavern’ is in the name because the early taverns started out being a gathering place for people,” says Wilhelm. “Not just about food or drink, but [also] about socializing. [A] party of six or eight [can] walk in and everybody can find something on the menu that they enjoy.”
Red Snapper Veracruzana Ingredients: • Red Snapper
• Ranchera Sauce Red Snapper Veracruzana
• Minced Garlic
• Fresh Oregano • Cumin
• Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes • Olive Oil
• Castelvetrano Olives • Capers
• Red Rice
But First, Brunch • Brunch runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. With a diverse range of brunch options—bloody marys, bottomless champagne, buttermilk fried chicken and malted waffles and prime rib Benedict—your brunch cravings will surely be fulfilled. Native Knowledge • The Red Snapper Veracruzana pairs well with many different drinks including pinot noir, chardonnay or a margarita (Wilhelm’s favorite).
Devour by the Hour
The District is Tustin’s trendiest and downright comfortable shopping center, perfect for an all-day outdoor shopping experience you don’t want to miss. You can browse boutiques and get the most from your retail therapy and, more importantly, eat great food as you go! Why not treat yourself?
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10 A.M. STOP AND SMELL THE COFFEE • Utopia European Caffe offers a taste of Europe with a delectable, all-day breakfast menu. Don’t skip out on the buttery croissants, made daily and fresh from the oven at 8:30 every morning! www.utopiacaffe.com
AFTERNOON DELIGHTS • Prego Mediterranean boasts over three decades of experience delighting OC visitors and locals alike with its delicious and visually stunning plates! Indulge yourself on your next trip to The District with a meal done right. www.pregooc.com
MAMMA MIA! • If you want homemade pasta and quality wine selections, Luna Rossa Ristorante & Pizzeria is your destination at The District. Take a break from your shopping and tuck into one of their delicious wood oven pizzas!
• Make room for the next meal by visiting the AMC Theater at The District. Just kick back in the comfy lounge seats, grab some popcorn and soak up that movie theater vibe!
2:15 P.M. HOT DAMN! • Try The Yellow Chilli’s distinctive Indian cuisine, prepared by a chef the restaurant owner describes as, “the Wolfgang Puck of India.” Swing by during happy hour to take advantage of the exclusive Bites Menu! theyellowchillitustin.com
10 P.M. BOWL ME OVER • You won’t believe the epic menu at Bowlmor Lanes until you’ve had it for yourself. The next time you go bowling, try their signature 6LB Behemoth Burger and wash it down with local and craft beer! www.bowlmor.com
MIDNIGHT THE PARTY CONTINUES! • The party doesn’t stop until 2 a.m. at Bar Louie, and neither does the food! You can revel in the upbeat atmosphere while enjoying the huge drink selection and knockout bar food (especially the craft burgers). www.barlouie.com
• JT Schmid’s Restaurant and Brewery is The District’s own casual but upscale place to kick back and grab a drink (and bite). They offer a wide selection of handcrafted microbrews and a menu with enough variety to satisfy anyone’s palate!
THE DISTRICT 2437 Park Ave Tustin, CA 92782 714.259.9090 www.thedistricttl.com
Photos - The Yellow Chilli: Mora Film Co.
WINE AND DINE • Get a taste of contemporary Californian cuisine in a sophisticated setting at The Winery Restaurant and Wine Bar. For an unforgettable meal, order The Winery Seafood Tower, complete with lobster, crab, shrimp, oysters, and ahi tuna!
A CASUAL AFFAIR
Paris for the Holidays These Festive Drinks From Lillet Will Be the Highlight of the Evening
WRITTEN BY: JORDAN NISHKIAN PHOTOGRAPHED BY: JOHN GLOVER STYLED BY: JACLYN KERSHEK
LILLET www.lillet.com @Lillet.USA
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When it comes to holiday soirées, few entertain quite like the French do, and let’s be honest, is any bar cart truly complete without Lillet? From classic and simple spritzers to gorgeous, handcrafted cocktails, Lillet’s line of Blanc, Rosé and Rouge brings a refreshing, fruity smoothness that’s sure to please any palate. So break out the bottles, turn up the tunes and get this party started—Santé!
1 Drink Name:
Le Ruby de Lillet Ingredients: • 2 oz Lillet Rosé • 1 oz Cranberry Juice • 2 oz Ginger Ale • Ice Cubes • Orange Twist (Garnish) Recipe: • Pour Lillet Rosé over ice in a tall wine glass, then add cranberry juice and top with ginger ale. Stir together gently and garnish with an orange twist.
2 Drink Name:
Holiday Spritz Ingredients: • 3 oz Lillet Blanc or Rouge • 3 oz Tonic Water • 3 Large Ice Cubes • Cranberries (Garnish) • Thyme (Garnish) Recipe: • In a tall wine glass, build the drink over ice cubes and garnish with cranberries and thyme.
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4 Drink Name:
Set the Mood
• “Non, je ne regrette rien” by Édith Piaf
Lillet Apple Pie
• 3oz Lillet Blanc • 2oz Champagne • 1oz Blackcurrant Liqueur • Dash of Vanilla • Ice Cubes • Orange Zest
• 2 oz Lillet Blanc • 5 oz Apple Juice •.5 oz Malibu Rum •.25 oz Fresh Lemon Juice • Cinnamon Stick (Garnish) • Apple Slice (Garnish)
• Combine the Lillet Blanc, champagne, blackcurrant liqueur and vanilla in a mixing glass. Then, add ice cubes and stir until properly chilled. Strain into a chilled champagne flute and garnish with orange zest.
3 Drink Name:
• “J’aime les filles” by Jacques Dutronc • “Que C’est Triste Venise” by Charles Aznavour • “Les feuilles mortes” by Yves Montand • “Couleur café” by Serge Gainsbourg
Recipe: • In a heat-resistant pot, gently heat the Lillet Blanc, apple juice, Malibu Rum and fresh lemon juice. Do not bring to a boil. Serve in a heat-resistant cup and garnish with a cinnamon stick and an apple slice.
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Cultivating Love in Every Bite
E N T E R C U LT I VAT I O N K I TC H E N F O R A F R E S H - C A S U A L D I N I N G E X P E R I E N C E
WRITTEN BY: PRISCILLA NG • PHOTOGRAPHED BY: ED VISIONS
As you walk down the wooded pathway opposite from the Packing House, you see a glass structure sitting in the distance, gleaming under the gentle sunlight, surrounded by clusters of trees and bushes. The structure is made entirely out of glass and resembles a dreamy fairytale greenhouse, the perfect morning or afternoon spot to enjoy a delicious, healthy and organic meal. A wooden sign is posted by the entrance, spelling out “Cultivation Kitchen” in forestgreen letters.
FOOD • Within the first bite, you can taste how clean and organic all of the ingredients are.
When the owner, Dale LaFlam, first envisioned this concept of a healthy kitchen, he took it to the next step and created a business plan with another purpose in mind, to give back more than [they] take: “In terms of the food, our goal is to help other local purveyors, small farmers and pastry companies grow their businesses. That’s part of our way of giving back.”
DECOR • Sitting in a glass structure surrounded by beautiful plants is an unforgettable fairytale-like experience.
One of their most popular menu options is the Mix-N-Match Healthy Plate: choose a protein as your main entrée with two additional sides. The popular choice is the 100 percent sustainable salmon with freshly-sourced rainbow potatoes and the crunchy roasted broccoli with a cilantrolime vinaigrette that is to die for! Together, the combination comes at a very affordable price with the highest quality organic ingredients. You won’t be able to find any other restaurant who can beat these prices and LaFlam’s unwavering high-standard of health and sustainability. Another top choice is the Tropical Dragon pitaya bowl. Bright pink blended pitaya, aka dragon fruit, is topped with mango, pineapple, toasted coconut and gluten-
PRICE • Their prices are very affordable and reasonable, and just under $16 for their most expensive combination. WINE IN • All of their wines are organic and sustainable. LaFlam recommends the Furmint, a Hungarian white wine.
free granola. The pitaya is slightly sweeter than most blended fruit bowls, which really brightens up your palate. If you’ve never tried pitaya before, Cultivation Kitchen will whip up the best fruit bowl you’ve ever tasted. “We don’t take tips here,” LaFlam says. “We are not a full-service restaurant. We are fastcasual, or what we like to call ‘fresh-casual.’ We try to let our customers know that but the reality is, we can’t catch everybody, and sometimes we come out to find a couple bills sitting on the table. So...at the end of every month...any cash that comes from tips all goes to a local charity called Riverbed Farms, a full functioning, sustainable, urban farm right here in Anaheim.” 146 LOCALE MAGAZINE
• Cultivation Kitchen is the perfect place to bring a date, hang out with family, share a drink with friends and, of course, enjoy a delicious healthy cuisine in the heart of Anaheim.
CULTIVATION KITCHEN 350 S Anaheim Blvd Anaheim, CA 92805 714.603.7076 www.cultivationkitchen.com
Thanks a Booch!
Berry Good • Tura is available in two unique flavors, including Blueberry Ginger and Hibiscus Wildberry.
RAISE A GLASS TO TURA ALCOHOLIC KOMBUCHA FOR A HEALTHIER ALTERNATIVE WRITTEN BY: RAPHAEL MADRID PHOTOGRAPHED BY: JOHN GLOVER STYLED BY: JACLYN KERSHEK
It’s hard to believe that just 10 short years ago, the only libation choices widely accessible to us were regular ol’ beer and the variety of hard alcohol we are quite familiar with. Times have truly changed for the better with microbreweries and distilleries sprouting up in just about every able town in America. Now, the variety has ascended to the pinnacle with the addition of Tura Alcoholic Kombucha.
The phrase “You can’t have your cake and eat it, too,” doesn’t really apply here, does it? In fact, it looks like you can have your cake, eat it and reap its benefits too. Tura is the perfect brew with the benefits of kombucha and the crisp bite you expect from an alcoholic beverage. While all kombucha naturally contains alcohol, Tura takes an additional step to create this certified organic, gluten-free kombucha that is four percent ABV and only 120 calories, making it the best alternative to beer since beer itself. Tura was developed by a humble team of kombucha enthusiasts led by Product Developer Annette Fritsch. Brewed in small batches
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with a base of fermented tea, organic cane sugar and carefully selected symbiotic cultures of bacteria and yeast, Tura is the synthesis of a refreshing alcoholic beverage that is the embodiment of kombucha’s ancient origins and today’s modern techniques. Before the creation of Tura, Fritsch found joy in experimenting in the complexities of kombucha’s fermentation. As a thirdgeneration yogi, meditation practitioner, student of Ayurveda, avid kombucha drinker and curious brewer, Fritsch wanted to craft a great tasting, hard kombucha that would fit within her lifestyle and the lifestyle of many others living well. “While I have dedicated most of my life to fermentation, I’ve found that kombucha fermentation is one of the most unique, given the interaction of different types of fermentation working harmoniously together— all to create something refreshing and delicious!” said Fritsch. It’s that spirit and dedication that birthed Tura’s natural greatness.
Brewed in small batches with a base of fermented tea, organic cane sugar and carefully selected symbiotic cultures of bacteria and yeast, Tura is the synthesis of a refreshing alcoholic beverage…
Any Way You Like It • Tura is available in six-pack bottles, 16-ounce cans and on draft.
Reap the Benefits • Kombucha contains probiotics and has been associated with reducing blood sugar and cholesterol levels.
SHOPPE PU PS /// P R E S E N TS / / / P LA Z A S
OUTLETS AT SAN CLEMENTE Celebrate the Season in Style With This Premier Shopping Destination
HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE Over 50 Holiday Gifts to Improve Your 2020
Prepare for the New Year With This Holiday Gift Guide
HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE Buy Yourself Some Time With These New Year’s ResolutionThemed Gifts
CHARLIE & ME Pamper Your Pup With These Must-Buy Dog Products
THAT’S WHAT SHE SAID Plan Your Interior Design While Grabbing a Bite With This Interior Designer Blogger at SOCO & The OC Mix
THREAD SURFBOARDS www.tdsurfboards.com SYMPL www.symplsupplyco.com PHOTO BY: John Glover
At a whopping 110 feet tall, this year’s tree is a holiday sight to behold.
10 Things We Love About Outlets at San Clemente
Into the Vault Ú With authentic
A Shopping Wonderland OUTLETS AT SAN CLEMENTE HAS SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE ON YOUR GIFT LIST WRITTEN BY: CHAD CHISHOLM
Guests of Outlets at San Clemente know to expect great discounts on a wide variety of brands, but the center’s relaxed experience is the real star—alongside its scenic ocean views, ample parking, expansive walkways and unique offerings. With sparkling holiday décor and gifts for even the most discerning on your list, it’s clear that Outlets at San Clemente is a shopping wonderland.
Ú Even four-legged companions like to shop, and as one of the prime dog-friendly shopping destinations in Orange County, the readily available water bowls and pup-friendly shops welcome furry faces throughout the shopping center. Visit Customer Service for a free treat your dog is sure to enjoy!
designer offerings for up to 70 percent off retail price, shoppers can find luxury headto-toe looks for both men and women at MadaLuxe Vault. Knowledgeable associates guide shoppers through collections from over 25 of Europe’s premier fashion designers. And make sure to stop by Customer Service for a complimentary coupon book, which will point you in the right direction for even deeper discounts.
World’s Tallest Christmas Tree by the Sea
Ú Taking a week to decorate, the freshcut tree arrives in late October and is lit Nov. 16 during a tree-lighting ceremony from 4-6:30 p.m. At a whopping 110 feet tall, this year’s tree is a holiday sight to behold. 4
Santa’s Photo Express
Ú A staple of many, a Christmas card, photos with Santa at Outlets at San Clemente are free. Guests use their own cameras to capture Jolly Old St. Nick smiling with the kiddos. Special events for photos with Santa also include Santa Cares, an event in December for families with special needs, and Santa Paws, which benefits the local San Clemente animal shelter.
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Black Friday Weekend Sales • Friday, Nov. 29 from 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. • Saturday, Nov. 30 from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. • Sunday, Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. 6
5th Annual Tree Lighting Celebration • Saturday, Nov. 16 from 4-6:30 p.m. 7
Moonlight Madness Late-Night Shopping Party Thanksgiving, • Nov. 28 from 7 p.m. – 12 a.m.
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• Make Your Insta Feed More Festive With Holiday Art Walls! #HappyHolidays 10
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• Holiday Essentials Such as Gift Wrapping and a Tree Farm Will be Available
Photos - Kait McKay Photography and Ally Irons-Morris
• Nine Animated Reindeer Will be Looking Over the Christmas Tree From Balconies
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50 H OLIDAY G IFT S TO IMPROVE YOUR 2020
PREPARE FOR THE NEW YEAR WITH THIS HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE
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Wrapped in Coconut Kit
Avanti Travel Yoga Rug
$68 La Vie Boheme Yoga laviebohemeyoga.com
$32 Kopari koparibeauty.com
GilletteLabs Heated Razor $200 The Art of Shaving theartofshaving.com
Lil’ Charcoal Charmers
*Comes in pack with other products $36 Drybar x Kopari koparibeauty.com
Beard Wash and Beard Conditioner $30 The Art of Shaving theartofshaving.com
$24 Collective 108 collective108.com
California: Living & Eating Book $29.99 Hi Sweetheart hi-sweets.com
$28 Collective 108 collective108.com
19 | Nano Softgels - 90 Count $120 Collective 108 collective108.com
$7.95 LUSH lushusa.com
The Yoga Man(ual) Book $24.95 Hi Sweetheart hi-sweets.com
Cinna-buns Scrub $18.95 frank body frankbody.com
Arcana Skin Mystics: “The High Priestess” Face and Body Mist $24.95 House of Intuition houseofintuitionla.com
Do One Thing Every Day That Centers You: A Mindful Journal $12.95 Hi Sweetheart hi-sweets.com
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LUA skincare - Daily Ritual Oil + Stone Blends $38 Hi Sweetheart hi-sweets.com
Q&A A Day For The Soul Journal $16.95 Hi Sweetheart hi-sweets.com
Turmeric Latte Bath Bomb
Valmont Moisturizing Booster $160
Valmont Prime Renewing Pack $220
Valmont Elixir Des Glaciers Masque Majestueux Votre Visage $425
Valmont Priming With Hydrating Fluid $125
WAVE Plastic Surgery waveplasticsurgery.com
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Sea Salt Giant Bombshell Bath Bomb $14.95 LUSH lushusa.com
Herban Essentials Lavender Towelettes
$17 H2O Closet Modern Apothecary h2ocloset.com
European Goose Down Sleeping Pillows
$239 and up Between The Sheets betweenthesheetsinc.com
Sleep Chic - The Long PJ Set $139 Eberjey eberjey.com
Frida Kahlo Lashes and Roses Sleep Mask $24 Hi Sweetheart hi-sweets.com
Living the Dream Sleep Mask
$20 H2O Closet Modern Apothecary h2ocloset.com
$24 Hi Sweetheart hi-sweets.com
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Jane Inc. “Sleep” Personal Vaporizer (1 oz)
CBD + Melatonin Capsules $55.99 Medterra medterracbd.com
NANOCRAFT CBD Full Spectrum Melatonin $84.99
NANOCRAFT CBD Oil Night Formula $59.99
NanoCraft CBD nanocraftcbd.com
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Crystal Pearl Leggings
$1,295 Grayse by Kelly and Marie Gray grayseofficial.com
John Hardy Sterling Silver Cuff
$795 Swiss Watch Gallery swisswatchgallery.com
ALOR Bronze Carnation Bangle With 18k White Gold Pave-Set Diamonds
$950 Swiss Watch Gallery swisswatchgallery.com
ALOR Bronze Carnation Ring With 18k White Gold Pave-Set Diamonds $750 Swiss Watch Gallery swisswatchgallery.com
Willow Chandelier Earrings $27,725 Mimi et Cie mimietciejewels.com
Hand Blown Glass Heirloom Artisan Seashell Candle
$250 Laguna Candles lagunacandles.com
Paratestes II Sunglasses $1,485 Chrome Hearts Available at: Vitra Eyewear South Coast Plaza
Sylvie 1969 Mini Top Handle Bag in Emerald Green Patent Leather $3,200 Gucci gucci.com
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Carl F. Bucherer Manero Flyback $6,200
Carl F. Bucherer Adamavi $5,100
Carl F. Bucherer Pathos Diva $4,000
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FLX Babymaker Electric Road Bike
$1,499 FLX Bike flx.bike
$75 Wicked Skatewear wickedskatewear.com
Baldwin Boxer Lunch Bag
Impala Rollerskates - Marawa Rose Gold $119.95 Wicked Skatewear wickedskatewear.com
$39.95 Corkcicle corkcicle.com
S1 Lifer Helmet Gold Gloss Glitter
GS TORTOISE Sports Bra *Available in November $60 GOLDSHEEP goldsheepclothing.com
Sock It to Me Flamingo Knee-High Socks $12 Wicked Skatewear wickedskatewear.com
The Petite Tie Dye Float $25 Float Naked floatnaked.com
House of Blues Chardonnay $18.94 House of Blues houseofblues.com
Sugar Skull Mug $12 House of Blues houseofblues.com
Picnic Travel Rug $138 SKOVA skova.co
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Marianne Straw Rattan Handle Bag $73.99 Morning Lavender morninglavender.com
The Blowfish Surfboard $650 Thread Surfboards www.tdsurfboards.com
6-ft Pro Leash
$25 SYMPL www.symplsupplyco.com
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DOG TRAVEL TOTE CAMO-X BLACK | $240 u “It’s a daytime carrier that comes in two sizes. The small one fits a Chihuahua to a dachshund and the larger one fits a dog up to 35 pounds. It’s really cool because it’s...more genderneutral with a great camo pattern on it.” Mr. Dog New York www.mrdognewyork.com
u Taylor Beauchamp Owner of Charlie & Me
HOBIE NAUTICAL ROPE TOY | $14 u “It’s a really cute toy—it’s kind of nautical. It’s a rope bound together. It’s good for tough chewers because it’s bound really tight, [so it’s] great for tug of war!”
POOCI T-SHIRTS | $50 u “They are so cute. They have the [faux-Gucci] snake patch and stripes. They are one of our bestsellers for sure; they fly off the shelves!” Charlie & Me charlieandme.us
THE RALEIGH LEASH IN ROSE GOLD | $75 u Last but not leashed, the finn + me products are perfect if you happen to come across some pup-arazzi.
finn + me www.finnandme.com
THE FINLEY COLLAR ROSE IN GOLD | $50 u “There are so many different ones. We have a lot of their collars… The owner is adorable and she has these beautiful leather products.”
CHARLIE & ME 3505 Via Oporto, Ste 103 Newport Beach, CA 92663 949.877.0036 www.charlieandme.us @charlieandmeus
SHEEP BED | $190 u “It’s a beautiful bed. It’s a very soft color which would look good with any color at home because it’s a neutral color. And it’s easy to wash because you just unzip the cushion in the middle.” max-bone www.max-bone.com
CHARLIE & ME OWNER SHARES HER FAVORITE DOG PRODUCTS WRITTEN BY: JANE ADLER
Taylor Beauchamp’s first Frenchie was a birthday present that quickly became her muse and the inspiration behind her namesake shop, Charlie & Me. The business caters to both dogs and their owners with a curated selection of products. Beauchamp selects her goods like an interior designer or personal stylist would—with quality, appearance and utility in mind.
CARRARA MARBLE PET BOWL | $375 u “They are very heavy-duty but gorgeous. They are beautiful and come in five different colors and in small, medium and large sizes.” Stone Street Decor www.stonestreetdecor.com
Photography Provided By: finn + me | max-bone | Mr. Dog New York
finn + me www.finnandme.com
T H AT ' S W H AT S H E S A I D
JENNIFER G. WILSON @jenniferglifestyle www.jenniferglifestyle.com Photoshoot Location: SOCO & THE OC MIX 3313 Hyland Ave Costa Mesa, CA 92626 949.760.9150 www.socoandtheocmix.com
Day by Design This Interior Design Blogger Decorates Her Day at SOCO & The OC Mix
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I’m Jennifer G. Wilson and I write the blog Jennifer G. Lifestyle. I started my blog in 2013 and have loved it ever since. I typically post about all of my favorite things: fashion, beauty, travel, interiors and daily life. In addition to blogging, I work full-time as a residential interior designer. Juggling two jobs is definitely a challenge at times, but I love what I do and there is never a dull moment. Ever since I was a little girl, I have loved shopping and dining, so SOCO & The OC Mix is essentially a one-stop-shop for me!
9 a.m. Moulin Ú I begin my day
at Moulin, a quaint Parisian cafe that houses a gorgeous glass display case chock-full of endless rows of treats and a little patio bathed in sunshine. With vintage furnishings imported from France, red umbrellas and French art, Moulin is the perfect place to sit and enjoy delicious pastries and coffee while gearing up for the day ahead. MOULIN 3321 Hyland Ave, Ste H Costa Mesa, CA 92626 www.moulin.com
9:45 a.m. Famosa Ú Browsing the beautiful array of tile and stone
that make up the Famosa art gallery always puts me in a creative mindset. The showroom’s vast range of unique textures, colors and patterns create no shortage of design possibilities and always leaves me feeling inspired to take on my next interior design project, or to simply start my day on a creative note. FAMOSA 3323 Hyland Ave, Ste H Costa Mesa, CA 92626 714.800.1642 www.famosatile.com
11 a.m. BoConcept Ú BoConcept is one of my go-to design
destinations and one-stop shop for contemporary furniture, accessories and lighting for any room. The brand’s focus on individuality by design makes it easy to customize almost any piece in the showroom to fit any style and add personal flair.
BOCONCEPT 3311 Hyland Ave, Ste B, Costa Mesa, CA, 92626 657.267.0100 | www.boconcept.com
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12:15 p.m. Rich Elixirs Ú Midday rolls around, and I’m parched!
Nothing quenches my thirst quite like a fresh, cold kombucha from Rich Elixirs inside The OC Mix. My favorite flavors right now are blood orange and blackberry lavender—I honestly can’t get enough! A great perk about Rich Elixirs is that you can buy products in bulk, making it easy to enjoy your favorite kombucha at home, any time of day!
RICH ELIXIRS 3313 Hyland Ave, Ste A1B Costa Mesa, CA 92626 949.445.0102 www.richelixirs.com
More Fun in the Sun
I have a love/hate relationship with the sun. I love warm, sunny days but hate how bad the sun is for my skin. That being said, I’m obsessed with skincare and basically anything anti-aging. There is almost nothing I wouldn’t try at least once, and I blog about most of my experiences with products and procedures because I like to keep things real.
Ú Next stop: HAY! This haven for
Photos - BoConcept, Rich Elixirs, Kestan & HAY: Nathan Whelan | Moulin: Photography Provided By: Moulin | Famosa: Photography Provided By: Famosa
2 p.m. HAY cleanliness and modern-living inspired furniture emits a timeless and sophisticated vibe that is hard to find anywhere else. With so many colors and the most beautiful displays, every trip to HAY has me thinking of new ways I can incorporate different colors and styles into my own (and clients’) home.
“Every time I stop into [Kestan], I always emerge with something new to add to my closet.”
HAY 3303 Hyland Ave, Ste C-1 Costa Mesa, CA 92626 714.462.4055 us.hay.com
1 p.m. Kestan Ú Time for a quick stop at one of my favorite fashion boutiques: Kestan! The
store’s exceptionally designed and elegant garments are simple, comfortable and functional. Every time I stop into the store, I always emerge with something new to add to my closet.
KESTAN 3313 Hyland Ave, Ste A23, Costa Mesa, CA 92626 | 714.694.8181 | www.kestan.co
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3:30 p.m. Cisco Home Ú Cisco Home lives up to its name—it
really does feel like home! Each product is crafted with sustainable authenticity that evokes a relaxing and inspiring aesthetic. I never tire of browsing the variety of items in the showroom, and I love that the mix of textures and design elements can create rooms that speak true to each individual.
CISCO HOME 3303 Hyland Ave Costa Mesa, CA 92626 714.432.1630 www.ciscohome.net
Jen of all Trades
I have dabbled in a career in just about everything that I love, from jewelry designer to fashion writer to wardrobe stylist. I went back to school for interior design, became an interior designer and then launched my blog, Jennifer G. Lifestyle (formerly Modern Ensemble) and the rest is history.
Ú After a long day on my feet, it always feels good to end the day on a healthy
note, and an early dinner at Greenleaf is the perfect way to do that! They have so many menu options, all created using only the freshest ingredients. It’s hard to choose what to order, and I usually go for one of their delectable salads or handmade sandwiches. Regardless, I know I’ll be enjoying a colorful, nutritious (and delicious!) meal that I can feel good about eating.
GREENLEAF 3321 Hyland Ave, Costa Mesa, CA 92626 | 714.862.2480 | www.greenleafchopshop.com
Photos - Greenleaf: Nathan Whelan | Cisco Home: Photography Provided By: Cisco Home
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KEN GRODY FORD Dirt by Day, Date by Night This Ford Raptor Cleans up Nicely
AUDI FLETCHER JONES Meet the Audi Fletcher Jones GMs Who Are Putting the Brand Into Drive
SCOTT BURNHAM Meet the Man Behind Home Furnishing Plaza SOCO & The OC Mix
KEN GRODY FORD This Ford Raptor Cleans up Nicely
KEN GRODY CUSTOMS BUENA PARK 6211 Beach Blvd Buena Park, CA 90621 888.288.8924 www.kgcustom.com KEN GRODY FORD CARLSBAD 5555 Paseo Del Norte Carlsbad, CA 92008 866.376.9821 kengrodyfordsandiego.com Photoshoot Location: RED O 143 Newport Center Dr Ste M100 Newport Beach, CA 92660 949.718.0300 www.redorestaurant.com PHOTO BY: Akin Odebunmi
They’re Your Car People THE GMS OF AUDI FLETCHER JONES SHARE WHAT DRIVES THE DEALERSHIP’S FUTURE
WRITTEN BY: DIEGO E. GAXIOLA PHOTOGRAPHED BY: DAVID ALONZO HERNANDEZ
From the famous Fletcher Jones license plate covers that we are used to seeing on our daily commutes to the distinguished MercedesBenz center that has graced Newport Beach’s Back Bay since 1991, the premier auto dealer continues to lead the industry in unprecedented customer service and a refined inventory of luxurious vehicles. Utilizing the same core values and standards that the family-owned auto dealer is known for, Fletcher Jones is set to open its newest Audi location where Highway 73 and the 55 South freeway meet—literally! Complete with an all new management, philosophy and location, Audi Fletcher Jones’ main goal is to provide an exciting experience that every individual should enjoy when shopping for an Audi.
General Manager Dave Gonzalez and General Sales Manager Taylor Bradford are looking forward to the unveiling of the new Audi Fletcher Jones location, set to open in 2020. Growing up with an appreciation for cars thanks to his father, Bradford was first hired at Fletcher Jones’ MercedesBenz of Ontario and quickly learned the ins and outs of the auto business. Following his success at the Ontario location, he was hired at Audi Beverly Hills, another Fletcher Jones company. He quickly caught on to one key component distinguishing Fletcher Jones from other
luxury automotive dealers stating, “At Fletcher Jones, we are not interested in a one-off transaction—we want to be your car people.” Gonzalez began working as a sales manager for Mercedes-Benz Fletcher Jones in Las Vegas back in 2006. Over the next decade, he continued to excel, managing locations in Fremont, California followed by four franchises in the Chicago, Illinois region. Ultimately, Gonzalez was offered the position of General Manager of Fletcher Jones Motorcars in Newport Beach. From humble beginnings as a boy with a passion for cars, to managing the nation’s number one MercedesBenz dealership, Gonzalez’s story truly embodies the American dream. From expert guidance while shopping for an Audi vehicle to preferred owner benefits like complimentary car washes and a relaxing guest lounge, individuals will receive an unrivaled car-buying experience at the new location. Bradford adds, “We really wanted an opportunity to bring that same feeling that customers in the past have felt when buying from Fletcher Jones to our new location here in Orange County.” Whether you’re in the early stages of car shopping or ready to purchase a beautiful new Audi, take a moment out of your week to truly “experience the Fletcher Jones difference.”
Photoshoot Location: FLETCHER JONES MOTORCARS 3300 Jamboree Rd Newport Beach, CA 92660 949.718.3000 www.fjmercedes.com AUDI FLETCHER JONES 375 Bristol St Costa Mesa, CA 92626 949.791.1500 www.audifletcherjones.com
Paving the Way FOUNDER AND CEO OF BURNHAM USA EQUITIES SCOTT BURNHAM IS THE PROPERTY PRO OF NEWPORT BEACH WRITTEN BY: MICHELLE JACO PHOTOGRAPHED BY: NIKI CRAM
Deemed an innovator in the industry and a revered pioneer for his creative efforts in revamping a large stretch of Orange County’s retail and office landscape over the last four decades, Scott Burnham, founder and CEO of Burnham USA and BurnhamWard Properties, continues to prove, time and time again, that doing the right thing is good for the community—and for business.
Since his graduation at USC, Burnham has applied his innovative, community-driven approach to development throughout Southern California. Within Newport Beach’s Lido District, Burnham has also influenced a renaissance of the area. Burnham is credited with drawing various leading tenants to the Lido District and has been instrumental in reinvigorating the previously sleepy retail scene in the village. He has reimagined storefronts such as Honor Coffee, Jolie, Amour Vert and Aleph Gallery, ARC Butcher + Baker and more. Additionally, he has reinvented what is now considered to be some of Newport’s most creative office spaces, including “3700,” which now
BURNHAM USA EQUITIES 3700 Newport Blvd Newport Beach, CA 92663 949.760.9150 www.burnhamusa.com 176 LOCALE MAGAZINE
serves as HQ to notable tenants such as, Skin Laundry and Drunk Elephant (skincare product leader and media darling) among many others. The Burnham-Ward team has recently attracted global tech leader SAP to Newport Beach, together with the opening of its HanaHaus, both located within 3366 Via Lido. Parts of the building are open to the public, including the region’s first Blue Bottle Coffee. The Lido endeavors are close to Burnham’s heart, as he is a Newport native with a sincere passion for his hometown and a commitment to doing the right thing when it comes to property ownership. “Our team takes the responsibility of property stewardship very seriously, creating community through property,” he says. “This includes being respectful of the past, creating new concepts while maintaining the architectural and historic character of each property, and working with innovative, like-minded people and municipalities who can support our endeavors. Then, we go a step further to thoughtfully curate each environment with the right tenants who will add something important and special to our community.”
Property Powerhouse • Burnham USA Equities, Inc. was established in 1990, and together with BurnhamWard Properties, the company has thrived in the last few decades, now overseeing a wide portfolio of company-owned assets, including lifestyle centers, office, medical and residential properties.
Dirt by Day, Date by Night THIS FORD RAPTOR CLEANS UP NICELY WRITTEN BY: JAMEE LIND PHOTOGRAPHED BY: AKIN ODEBUNMI MODELS: KATIE BOZNER AND JEREMY GRINACOFF OF BRAND MODEL & TALENT AGENCY, www.brandtalent.net
Sitting in your office parking lot Monday morning, spotted with the mud and the toils of the weekend, is your customized Ford Raptor. You’re obviously upset about the dirt, but you can’t be brought down too far when you know what lies underneath that dried inch of sand. Your only actual worry is getting it cleaned before your dinner date later on tonight.
But again, you know that the dirt can be managed; your expectations, however, cannot. When you’re trucking through the dirty bliss of an open California backroad, or zooming past the city lights of downtown, you need a vehicle as diverse and complex as yourself. You already know that the factory presets of a modern-day truck inhibit your free-flowing lifestyle and limit the travel capabilities of both you and your vehicle. That’s why you went with a customized KG Custom Ford Raptor in the first place, to hint at how bold you actually are compared to those around you. A customized Ford Raptor is considered “the best truck in the market,” according to Ruben Pina,
General Manager at KG Custom. Built for both athletes and other high-end professionals, Pina notes that this is a car no one is going to be able to not notice, and that’s exactly what you’re going to need to impress your date tonight—just cleaned up a little first. “In the social way we live, it’s a car that really pulls to our attention,” Pina said, furthering on about how their Ford Raptor caters to the needs of every highend driver. From cold air intakes to customizable brakes, the KG Custom design brings its clients the ultimate horsepower. “You have function, aesthetics and aggressive styling,” said Pina. “Contractors, construction, athletes, guys that want to go surfing— it’s the best, all-around getaway truck.” The car wash is squeezed in after your last meeting, something you were never too worried about in the first place. You are a little worried about how the date will go, but more excited to see what’s in store for the night, with your freshly cleaned customized Ford Raptor making it a much smoother ride (and first impression).
KEN GRODY CUSTOMS BUENA PARK 6211 Beach Blvd Buena Park, CA 90621 888.288.8924 www.kgcustom.com KEN GRODY FORD CARLSBAD 5555 Paseo Del Norte Carlsbad, CA 92008 866.376.9821 kengrodyfordsandiego.com Photoshoot Location: RED O 143 Newport Center Dr Ste M100 Newport Beach, CA 92660 949.718.0300 www.redorestaurant.com
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