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table of contents fall fashion 45 From Runway to East Bay

Make summer staples work for fall. By Donna Kato. Photos by Joanne Ho-Young Lee

Driven 60 Clothes and cars that make a statement.

By Hasti Kashfia. Photos by Delbarr Moradi



What women want ... in a car. By Lyndon Conrad Bell

icons 54 On the Money

Emily Bach comes into her own as a star financial adviser – and new mom. By Donna Lynn Rhodes

body & soul special report 35 Eating for Beauty

Surprising foods to improve your inner – and outer – glow. By Bonnie Wach


39 At the Table

Recipes to boost skin, hair and so much more. By David Wolfe, Joy Bauer, Julie Morris

the rest 19 The Insider

Working girl on the run, Danville’s consignment paradise, cocktail rings. By Stephanie Simons and Melissa McMillan

24 Shop Talk

Glamora by Sadia, Scotts Valley Artisans. By Jasmine Duarte and Crystal Chow

27 Beauty Report


The latest ways to love your neck. By Melinda Sacks

84 Home & Design

The kitchen of the future – is here. By Janet Kim Paik

93 Getaways Glamping puts nurture in nature. By Katharine Fong

99 My View

Living in a Costco culture. By Donna Lynn Rhodes

105 Seen

Big fun around town.

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Fast cars, fall fashion, inner glow Eye-candy! We’ve got it, any way you want it: strong and silent, muscle-bound, or sensitive and socially conscious. We’re talking, of course, about the hot and haute new cars gracing this issue’s fashion pages (“Driven,” Page 60). From classic Jag to in-your-face Camaro, these rides perfectly complement fall’s racy fashion trends. Go ahead – take a spin. Other things rolling ’round: Recently there’s been a lot of talk, and news stories, about women who are embracing their older, beautiful selves. Instead of running to the hairdresser or skin doctor, they’re letting hair go gray and shrugging off laugh lines. They’re still fit and fabulous – and also 50-plus. That women feel empowered enough to defy the prevailing youth culture is wonderful. Equally wonderful is that women have multiple choices when it comes to looking and feeling their best. Which brings me to our story on the neck (“Chin Up,” Page 27), a part of our anatomy that often doesn’t fare too well as we age. (Silver hair and laugh lines project character, but a “turkey neck”? Please.) Nora Ephron famously wrote that the neck is a dead giveaway to a woman’s age. “You have to cut open a redwood tree to see how old it is,” she wrote, “but you wouldn’t have to if it had a neck.” Ah, but that was a few years ago. Contributing writer Melinda Sacks talks to local experts about the latest procedures, from lunchtime lifts to full-on surgery, that can streamline your jawline – and give you the confidence to carry on. Just as important as our outer selves is our inner glow. Our story “Eating for Beauty” (Page 35) updates you on the surprising foods that, in addition to being good for you, may help ward off those wrinkles and gray hairs in the first place, and includes a few recipes you’ll want to try. Enjoy the fall.

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contributors Cover photographer Delbarr Moradi’s first name means “steal my heart” in Farsi. She transferred from business school to art school to pursue her dream to study photography, which had stolen her heart at an early age. She loves capturing people in their most authentic state, and has always been inspired by fashion and design.

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Lyndon Conrad Bell (“What Women Want”) fell in love with cars as a young boy riding in the Sierra Nevada in his dad’s Porsche 911. Today, Lyndon and his son are frequently found in sports cars in the mountains at sunrise — continuing the drive. Lyndon’s automotive musings have appeared at and in Automotive News and Essence magazine.

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Happily, there’s little duplication of goods at Danville’s multiple consignment boutiques — the four we showcase here are so vastly different in their aesthetic, merchandising and target audience that a visit to all is well worth the time. Best of all, shoppers can find great deals on current brand-name clothing and accessories.

Consignit Couture 398 Hartz Ave., Danville, 925.837.7100 OWNER Sandy Adamich LABEL LOVE Anne Klein, Gucci, Trina Turk, Stella McCartney, Michael Kors, Prada, Coach, Manolo Blahnik THE FINDS The shop follows runway trends closely and features ready-to-wear, high-end fashion along with a huge collection of designer shoes. RÉSUMÉ Adamich’s experience as a showroom manager is evidenced by the store’s excellent fashion merchandising and product selection. RETAIL RHAPSODY “Sometimes we just get here in the morning and decide it’s ‘Make an Offer Day’ — instead of the marked price, we tell customers, ‘Make me an offer!’ NEW ARRIVALS Daily. GIVING BACK Con­ signit for a Cause allows consignors to donate a portion of their proceeds to the school, charity or foundation of their choice.

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the insider

A Dress Change

125 Railroad Ave, Suite B, Danville, 925.855.5581 OWNER Donna Read LABEL LOVE Christian Dior, Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, Valentino, Chico’s, Ann Taylor THE FINDS Clothing “from jeans to minks,” including plus size and maternity wear, and accessories at a wide range of price points. The handbag collection is by far the area’s largest. RÉSUMÉ Laid off from her corporate human resources job, Read followed her passion for consignment shopping and opened the store in November 2009. RETAIL RHAPSODY “Within eight months of being open, I had to move to a location twice the size of our original location — and I had signed a five-year lease!” NEW ARRIVALS Daily, but appointments can be booked a month in advance. GIVING BACK Unsold items can be picked up, or donated to Wardrobe for Opportunity, Shepherd’s Gate, Hospice of the East Bay or One Warm Coat.

The Savvy Shopaholic 411 Hartz Ave., Suite G, Danville, 925.362.3677 OWNER Debbie Rosenberg LABEL LOVE Betsey Johnson, BCBG, Juicy Couture, 7 for All Mankind, Miss Me THE FINDS Teens and 20-somethings (and those craving youthful style) can find new and used premium denim, shorts, prom wear and contemporary casual wear, in addition to colorful jewelry and handbags. RÉSUMÉ Rosenberg spent 10 years as a retail buyer for women’s and juniors’ contemporary apparel, so her knowledge of what young women want is spot-on. RETAIL RHAPSODY “My two daughters, as well as my time spent as a buyer, inspired me to open a contemporary store for young women and girls — I have always loved buying for juniors.” NEW ARRIVALS Daily. No appointment necessary to consign. GIVING BACK All unsold items are donated to Hospice of the East Bay, Wardrobe for Opportunity and the Princess Project.

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Something Old, Something New 155 Railroad Ave., Suite E, Danville, 925.838.4492 OWNER Saundra Jones LABEL LOVE St. John, Ferragamo, Taryn Rose, Burberry, Marc Jacobs, Kenneth Cole THE FINDS With its sizable trove of career clothing, this boutique appeals to a mature, polished clientele, and its jewelry arsenal could rival any department store’s. RÉSUMÉ Jones, last year’s Danville-San Ramon Woman Entrepreneur of the Year, left a career in human resources to open Something Old, Something New in 1986. RETAIL RHAPSODY “We carry women’s labels from Ann Taylor and up, so that everything in the store is mid to high-end.” NEW ARRIVALS Daily. Consignments accepted by appointment, usually with a limit of 25 items. GIVING BACK Jones developed a four-week program called “A Clear Day” with Next Step Learning Center in Oakland, where she helps disadvantaged women complete their GEDs, and assists them in reaching positive life goals.

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Strawberry Gold flower petal ring with diamonds, Le Vian, $12,397. Macy’s, Kay Jewelers;

“Fleurs de Psydelic” Day 5 Petal multicolored crystal ring, Baccarat, $595. Baccarat boutiques;

cocktails, anyone? Platinum ring with oval and Marquise cut emeralds and diamonds, $17,500. Cegielski Jewelers in Concord,

“Blushing Suite” rose amethyst over pink mother-of-pearl and diamond ring, Tacori, $2,120. Lustre Precious Gems, Santa Clara, lustreprecious

With their pops of color or bursts of glitter, cocktail rings are the ultimate statement pieces. Generally oversized, dramatic rings set with precious or semiprecious stones, they became popular during the 1940s and ’50s. Worn on the fourth finger of the right hand, or sometimes the index finger, they dazzle and delight. “Paradise Beach,” KumKum, $569. Bryn Walker in Berkeley and Palo Alto;

Polki carved pink flower ring, Isharya, $150.

Gold ring with mother of pearl and diamonds, Kabana, $2,680. Fred Meyer Jewelers in Concord, Na Hoku in Santa Clara;

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Dawn Teall, top, and her mother, Pam Nielsen, above, started out with a holiday boutique, which proved so popular they made it a year-round venture.

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To talk with Dawn Teall about her business, Scotts Valley Artisans, is to witness passion in action. The boutique owner helps craftspeople and artists sell their work, but for her the goal is not about making money. “We’re here to promote the artists of Santa Cruz County, to expand their reach,’’ she says of the nearly 80 individuals represented so far in the store, which opened in mid-March. Their handiwork ranges from jewelry to furniture, from mosaics to candy. Paintings and other wall art are generously represented. Artists rent display space and set the prices on their wares, with 15 percent of sales going back to the upkeep of the store. “We’re really protective of them — it’s a nurturing environment,’’ says Teall, herself an artist and professional potter. “We’ve had to educate some of these women [in particular] to really sell their goods.” Bead earrings can run $25, necklaces $60, decorative boxes $50, larger pottery pieces several hundred dollars or more. There are no markups. “We’re so crazy about art, and there are so many talented people around here,” Teall says. “Many of them do this just for the love of creating.’’ The Scotts Valley resident showcased some of that creativity last winter at a holiday gift boutique she ran with her mother, Pam Nielsen. The venture was a hit (“Everyone went nuts’’), prompting the landlord of the storefront property that housed the boutique to approach them about staying on permanently. Nielsen had run a thriving scrapbooking store in Washington state before moving two years ago to be with her daughter. With Teall’s entrepreneurial spirit, their first-time partnership made sense. Teall aptly describes their spacious place as being “like a permanent street fair.” All that’s missing are the glasses of wine and beer in customers’ hands. —Crystal Chow

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Loyal clientele at Glamora by Sadia usually say that they’re drawn to the Brentwood boutique’s customer service and welcoming staff. Of course, the merchandise is also appealing – especially the designer handbags. “We sell consignment bags and offer layaway so average women can afford luxury,” says Sadia Ross, who opened her East Bay boutique in early 2010. Glamora also sells new bags, as well as designer samples. Best-sellers are the Louis Vuitton Neverfull totes and bags from the Vuitton Azur collection. Though the average price for a bag is $3,000, wallets start at $60. In addition to luxe leather goods, Glamora carries spanking-new accessories, jewelry, shoes, and men and women’s apparel with such high-end labels as Gucci, Hermés, Chanel and Dolce & Gabbana. Ross, who is from imperial roots in Mindanao, Philippines, has traveled the world, and brings in to her shop merchandise from boutiques and manufacturers in New York and abroad. Ross adds “island spice” to the mix with her own couture designs – flowing, sensuous gowns and dresses. The line sells for $150 to $2,000, and is inspired, Ross says, by her family, the positive people who surround her, and her dog, a Chihuahua named Trigger.

Sadia Ross, above, offers her own couture creations at her shop, in addition to designer handbags, accessories, shoes and designer clothing.

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chin up Unhappy with your neck? Here’s what you can do about it Some say it is the hands and the face that give away a woman’s age. But plastic surgeons, dermatologists, and yes, author Nora Ephron (“I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman,” Vintage, 2006) say it is actually the neck that can make a woman most unhappy when she looks in the mirror. “Turkey neck,” jowls, sagging or crepey skin, double chin and other unpleasant developments are all treatable, however, so there’s no need to wear turtlenecks the rest of your life. “There are typically three things patients with neck issues want to deal with,” says Dr. Hayes B. Gladstone, associate professor and director of the division of dermatologic surgery at Stanford University. “Skin aging and sun damage that produces blotchiness or spots; excess fat under the chin causing a double chin; and bands in the middle of the neck that produce a turkey gobbler appearance.” Neck skin is thin and has few oil glands, so it has no natural moisturizer. It is almost always exposed to the sun’s rays, but women often overlook neck skin when applying sunscreen. In fact, women often begin anti-aging regimens for the face long before they give any thought to the neck. Treatment of cosmetic neck problems varies from minimally invasive and


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relatively affordable (a day or two of downtime and it will only work for those with mild “turkey neck.” Some surgeons contend that while Botox can “soften” about $500 for laser or Botox treatments) to major surgery at great expense (a face- and neck-lift requiring two overactive muscles that are sticking out in the neck, it has to be repeated too often to be a viable alternative. weeks in hiding and around $12,000). Results from Botox are apparent in five to seven days. Other advertised approaches include neck exercises, yoga, acupuncture and even “The Neckline Slimmer” – One treatment ranges from $500 to $1,000. a device that promises results in just two minutes a day. “There has been a lot of progress in dealing with the aging neck,” says Dr. William Jervis, a plastic surgeon A variety of minimally invasive laser treatments that who has practiced in Walnut Creek since 1974. tighten skin are increasingly popular in treating the “Procedures have become more sophisticated and neck, says Dr. Yung Chen, medical director of Cuperas expertise grows, you become more accomplished in tino Medical Laser. “Patients come in thinking only surwhat procedure to use for gery will fix their problem, particular patients, what but these days there are so deep layers of skin to admany options.” dress. The first advice I Chen uses lasers and Bowould give anyone unhappy tox to treat mostly patients with his or her neck would ages 35 to 55. The nonablabe to do your homework. tive resurfacing laser, which Seek out an experienced doesn’t burn and helps board certified surgeon and tighten skin while stimuget more than one opinion.” lating collagen growth, What to believe, what A face-lift and chin implant can add definition to the produces redness that may to avoid? We asked the ex- jawline and the face’s overall appearance. last two days. Results are perts. subtle, so it is important to have reasonable expectations outlined by a boardcertified dermatologist or First and foremost, say plastic surgeon specializing medical professionals, is in laser treatment. A treatskin care. Your neck care ment package of five sesroutine should be very sions is about $500. similar to your face routine. Fraxel laser treatments Neck skin can be more senoffer another nonablative sitive, like eyelid skin, so laser approach that heals use “active” products sparA face-lift tightens the skin and removes fat from the “like a sunburn” in 10 days ingly. People with normal neck and jowls. The procedure requires several weeks of recovery. It is just one of many alternatives available. to two weeks, Chen says. skin can apply an anti-oxiYou will need two to five dant under their sunscreen. Reapplication of sunscreen is also important during the treatments to see improvement. The cost of a treatment day; consider carrying a thin scarf to tie around your is about $500. Fractional C02 lasers usually provide greater tightenneck when you are outdoors. Retin-A, a prescription cream for fine lines and wrinkles on the face, can be ing than nonablative lasers, but they also involve lonapplied to the neck three to five times a week, although ger downtime, Chen says, since they deal with deeper it can cause redness. Sensitive skin types can try less layers of skin and cause more damage. After five or six powerful retinols such as Replenix Retinol Serum or days, the patient will start to see improvement, particularly those with very light skin. Patients with darker skin glycolic acid. will see less of a change. The one-time treatment costs about $1,800. If the skin quality seems good but looseness is more of If “stringy” muscles and “cords” are problems for you, and the condition is not too advanced, some doctors will a factor, especially underneath the chin and jowl, Titan use a series of Botox injections. This treatment takes less or Thermage often are recommended. These treatments than 10 minutes in the hands of an experienced practi- use heat to promote collagen building, tightening the tioner, and can improve the neck appearance to some skin over time. Full results can take up to four months degree. Botox only lasts about three to four months, and to be visible. Neither treatment requires any downtime.


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beauty report Costs can vary greatly, depending on the doctor, clinic, newness of equipment, city, etc. While laser or light source devices such as Thermage can work on the right patients, doctors need to be very careful about selection of their patients, Chen says. “In someone who has mild sagging, laser or radio frequency treatments might work. Ultrasound is another new approach effective for mild laxity, but it will take multiple treatments, and you won’t get a dramatic effect.”

localized areas of fat,” Togba agrees. “It is usually best for younger patients, [whose] skin is quite resilient. Lipo on older patients could result in loose skin, in which case the next step would be a neck lift to pull up and tighten the skin.” The cost is usually about $3,500 for a one-time neck liposuction.

neck lift

The development of a “turkey neck” is usually the result of both genetic predisposition and aging, according to Gladstone. It occurs as a result of the separation Suture suspension, sometimes called contour thread- and thickening of a neck muscle known as the platysma, and is compounded by ing or a thread lift, is a relaloose skin. To correct this tively new development, irregularity in women over but according to Oakland 50, doctors say surgery is plastic surgeon Dr. Joseph most likely to produce the Togba, it is already falling desired results. out of favor because of un“This involves an incipredictable results. sion behind the ear and in Suture suspension is the the scalp and loosening the insertion and “threading” of skin of the entire neck,” criss-crossed stitches from Gladstone says. “I often ear to ear to correct mildly Neck liposuction gets rid of double chins or fat under the also combine neck lipo and sagging jowls and sharpen chin. Small incisions are made to remove the fat. this procedure to eliminate the angle between the chin excessive fat. It is done with and the neck. The surgery oral sedation, so it is very involves a small incision safe.” Recovery is a week of behind both ears as well as downtime with some bruisone underneath the chin to ing, and possible numbness insert special Gore-Tex suand soreness. tures. The sutures are then Neck surgery costs depulled tight to lift and tightpend on the clinic, extent en the skin without cutting. of the operation and how This procedure will not cormany procedures are inrect moderately or heavily A neck lift is used to reduce “turkey neck,” which is the volved (laser, lipo, removsagging jowls or tighten the result of genetics or aging or both. ing excess skin, etc.), but skin on the cheeks. the price can range from Temporary bruising and swelling can last a week or two. While suture sus- $5,000 to $10,000. pension was popular because it is less invasive than a face-lift, it can result in an asymmetrical smile for an extended period of time. Also, over time, sutures can cut Those with a large amount of skin hanging under the through tissue and stop providing internal support, so neck and prominent jowls can consider a lower face lift, sagging will return. Costs range from $2,000 to $3,500. which lifts the lower face as well as the neck. This procedure moves the skin of the face up and back. The excess skin is trimmed. The resulting scar is directly in For those in their 30s or 40s who have double chins or front of the ear and continues down and behind the ear. fat under the chin, “neck liposuction will do wonders,” Swelling and bruising last about 10 days, sometimes says Stanford’s Gladstone. “There are only a few days longer, depending on the individual. Costs depend on the clinic and number of proceof downtime. We make a couple of small incisions and remove fat so the skin tightens. This makes a 90-degree dures, but can range from $6,000 to $12,000. angle under the neck.” Results last from five to seven years, Gladstone says. “Liposuction is really a terrific procedure for removing Those who practice acupuncture claim good results Courtesy Dr. Joseph Togba

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beauty report for improving the appearance of the face and neck without any downtime. Research-based findings are not readily available other than one 1996 German study that appeared in the International Journal of Clinical Acupuncture, according to San Francisco acupuncturist Marina McBrearty. McBrearty says that the study found noticeable differences in the tightness of skin in patients who underwent a series of treatments. “It is not a face or neck lift; it is very subtle,” McBrearty says. “Fine lines will disappear, and deeper ones will lessen. The skin looks more plump, more even. You don’t look as dehydrated or as wrinkled. Acupuncture is working from the inside out.” A full course of cosmetic acupuncture treatments is $1,900 and includes a one-hour consultation and skin analysis plus 10 acupuncture sessions, a book of facial exercises and sample “high potency essential oil.”

neck and throat exercises

Carolyn’s Facial Fitness advertises a program of 15 minutes of facial exercises four days a week that will eliminate or drastically reduce wrinkles, lines and sagging of the neck. Carolyn’s photo of herself at 62 doing the “Gulping Fish” exercise is impressive ( Physicians are skeptical. The Neck Slimmer, a “chin press” with a spring device to give progressive resistance, claims it “does for your neckline what exercise does for your body” in only two minutes a day, for $19.95. There is no scientific research, however, to show that this device works. Can exercise for the face and neck really make a difference in your appearance? “If that could happen, everyone, including me, would

be doing it,” Togba says. “The more tension these muscles are under, the more likely they will become spastic or more visible from loss of fat and thinning skin. The idea of lifting weights or tightening the muscles in the face and neck just doesn’t make sense.” S

The neck – in the past “Oh, the necks. There are chicken necks. There are turkey gobbler necks. There are elephant necks. There are necks with wattles and necks with creases that are on the verge of becoming wattles. There are scrawny necks and fat necks, loose necks, crepey necks, banded necks, wrinkled necks, stringy necks, saggy necks, flabby necks, mottled necks. According to my dermatologist, the neck starts to go at forty-three, and that’s that. You can put makeup on your face and concealer under your eyes and dye on your hair, you can shoot collagen and Botox and Restylane into your wrinkles and creases, but short of surgery, there’s not a damn thing you can do about a neck. The neck is a dead giveaway. Our faces are lies and our necks are the truth. You have to cut open a redwood tree to see how old it is, but you wouldn’t have to if it had a neck.” Excerpted from “I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman,” by Nora Ephron (Knopf, 2006).

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eatingfor beauty Surprising foods that improve your inner – and outer – glow By Bonnie Wach

It may be true that beauty is only skin deep, but the secret to keeping that skin beautiful likely lies in a slightly more primitive proverb: You are what you eat. Lately, beauty experts and beautiful people everywhere — from Joy Bauer of the “Today” show and TV medicine man Dr. Oz to celebrities such as Victoria Beckham, Angela Bassett and Kim Kardashian — are touting the benefits of “superfoods” — nutrientdense fruits, nuts, grains, herbs and minerals that can purportedly make your skin glow, your hair shine, your acne vanish, your teeth sparkle and your wrinkles disappear. Remember to add to these glowing endorsements a grain of salt: Consumers should always do their own homework, look into all claims with care and figure out what works for them. Here are a few of the latest and tastiest beauty treatments hitting the market and what their proponents have to say about them:

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Most of us think of aloe vera as the stuff you rub on a sunburn, not something you eat. But serving up the succulent, it turns out, has many more benefits. “Probably the single most important discovery of the last 15 years are essential sugars, particularly mannose, which is found in abundance in aloe vera,” says David Wolfe, a natural health and nutrition guru, and author of the best-selling books “Eating for Beauty” and “Superfoods: The Food and Medicine of the Future.” “Mannose is associated with long-burning energy, healthy skin and immunity. It’s the No. 1 anti-wrinkle superfood.” In addition to mannose, aloe vera gel also contains large amounts of vitamins C and E, calcium, magnesium, zinc, selenium, chromium, antioxidants, fiber, amino acids and enzymes. To get the full benefits of mannose, Wolfe suggests filleting whole aloe vera leaves (found at health food stores and online), scoop-

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ing out the clear, tasteless gel, and blending it into drinks, salad dressings, soups or dips. Wolfe, a raw-food diet advocate who has offices in San Rafael and other cities, also touts the properties of sulfur and silica, which he says are abundant in cucumbers and radishes. “Silica is a beauty mineral for the skin, hair and nails. It cleans proteins out of your kidneys and is great for clear skin,” says Wolfe, whose celebrity fan base includes Woody Harrelson, Tony Robbins and Angela Bassett. “Radishes are full of silica, Vitamin C and sulfur, which will make your hair, skin and nails soft and supple and shine with radiance. Sulfur especially keeps tissue pliable and flexible, and its ability to rebuild collagen and keratin makes it the most beautifying of all food nutrients.” For people who don’t like these vegetables, Wolfe suggests boosting sulfur levels with methyl-sulfonylmethane (MSM), a naturally occurring sulfur compound available in powder form. “It’s almost like a miracle substance. I’ve seen it heal long-standing injuries, break up scar tissue and even repair sun damage.”

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“Today” nutrition and health expert Joy Bauer is also a proponent of vitamin and mineral-rich superfoods, but maintains you don’t have to spend a lot of money on specialty products or go to the ends of the Earth to find them. “There’s a lot of hype in marketing these days for exotic berries and seeds. Many of these products are great, but people don’t have to spend a ton for new kids on the block when the regular kids on the block are just as healthy.” Bauer, who devotes four chapters of her just-updated best-seller, “Food Cures,” to edibles that can improve appearance, plugs red bell pepper as one of her top choices. “Red peppers are loaded with more than 200 percent of your daily vitamin C requirement in a single pepper,” Bauer says. “They help with collagen production for hair and skin, and they’re also full of beta carotene, which is terrific for your skin.” Bauer’s other favorite beauty foods include avocados, which “have tons of Vitamin E that protects the cell

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beverages and berries

The popularity of açaí, a tiny berry from the Amazon palm tree packed with antioxidants, amino acids and essential fatty acids, has opened the floodgates for a variety of other superfruits that allegedly combat the effects of aging. Vying for top berry these days are the mulberry, maqui berry, camu camu, goji and the all-powerful sea buckthorn berry. “We’re all looking for better ways to nourish our bodies, and nowadays more people are turning away from synthetic supplements and turning toward the grocery aisle to find healthy alternatives,” says Zach Adelman, president of Novato-based Navitas Naturals, an organic “functional” foods company. “There’s a growing awareness for not just organic foods, but indigenous foods — rediscovering foods that have been around forever, but haven’t been promoted around the Western Hemisphere.” Navitas Naturals offers a full line of specialty superfruits, nuts and seeds, many in powder form, including antioxidant-rich goji, maqui and mulberries, whose beauty and health benefits have been hailed by celebrities such as Victoria Beckham. Mulberries contain a high concentration of resvera-



membranes of your skin from the aging process”; sweet potatoes, which are loaded with beta carotene; kale, which contains both beta carotene and Vitamin C for collagen production; shrimp for iron-rich protein that’s good for keeping hair healthy; and wild salmon, which is packed with omega-3. “Omega-3s help protect skin from certain cancers and keep toxins out,” Bauer says. “Salmon is also one of the best sources for Vitamin D, which is incredibly helpful for healthy gums and teeth.”

body & soul trol, an antioxidant compound that is said by some to combat free-radical skin damage (aka wrinkles) and to slow down the graying of hair. Maqui, a berry from Patagonia, reportedly contains more antioxidants than any other berry, and camu camu has been heralded as the world’s highest known source of Vitamin C, which is essential to tissue growth and the formation of collagen, according to Navitas. Adelman says mixing these superberry powders in smoothies, yogurt, juice or water (as opposed to taking a vitamin pill) maximizes their nutrient potential. Another berry, the tiny Himalayan sea buckthorn, available as a liquid or soft-gel dietary supplement through Salt Lake City-based Sibu Beauty, has been called a “miracle fruit” by the likes of Dr. Oz for its high concentration of omega-7 essential fatty acids, as well as omega-3, -6 and -9, which help with collagen production that nourish skin, hair, and nails. All three superfoods advocates cite blueberries as a top beauty food, especially for your eyes. “Blueberries contain antioxidant pigments that add sparkle to your eyes, plus they’re loaded with Vitamin C, E, A and phosphorus, all of which are good for eye health,” Wolfe says.


Drinks containing beauty-promoting vitamins, minerals and electrolytes also are gaining popularity with celebrities such as Kardashian and Drew Barrymore. Among the new wave of beverages are GliSODin Skin Nutrients supplements, which use modified melon extract with claims of promoting skin health; Sonia Dakar’s Ultima Power soy protein shake; and Crystal Light Skin Essentials, made with antioxidant vitamins and plant extracts designed to nourish the skin. “Superfoods are really not new, but our access to them has gotten easier,” Wolfe says. “There are many more products available today than there were before. You just need to pick your battle, pick the things that really matter to you, try them out and really get into it. The results can be extraordinary.” RECIPES on Page 39

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You look like you eat Good food for skin, hair, nails and more David Wolfe’s Silicon Beauty Salad For elastic skin, as a remedy for brittle nails and to keep hair from turning prematurely gray. In the dressing, garlic with the skin is used because the skin and area just under it contain unique flavors, as well as powerful, immune-system boosting elements. 1 head Romaine lettuce Dressing: 1 tablespoon nettles (chopped) (whole leaf, dried) 4 pickling cucumbers ¼ cup stone-crushed (sliced with skin) 3 extra virgin olive oil 6 okra (sliced) Juice of 1 lemon 2 nopales (finely diced) Juice of 1 lime 4 radishes (sliced) 1 clove garlic (with skin) 1 Burdock root ¼ cup Italian parsley (sliced with skin) 4 basil leaves 4 tomatoes 2 red bell peppers (diced) Garnish: fennel, dill, rosemary, lemon twists Combine salad ingredients in a large bowl. Blend the dressing ingredients, from low to high speed, until completely smooth and creamy. Add the dressing to the salad. Mix and serve. Garnish with fennel, dill, rosemary and lemon twists. Serves 4. From “Eating for Beauty,” fifth edition (August 2011).

Joy Bauer’s Beauty Blend Get a great big blast of complexion-friendly nutrients — Vitamins C and E, beta carotene, selenium and omega-3 fats. 2 cold oranges, peeled and cut into sections ½ chopped mango, cold ½ cup sliced frozen (unsweetened) strawberries 1 medium carrot, peeled, shredded ½ cup plain, nonfat yogurt, chilled 2 tablespoons wheat germ 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 1 tablespoon granulated sugar Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Makes 2 servings. Nutrition analysis (one serving) Calories: 250 Protein: 9 g Carbohydrates: 48 g Total fat: 4 g Saturated fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 72 mg Fiber: 9 g

Skin-specific nutrients: Vitamin C: 126 mg (209% DV) Beta carotene: 2859 ug Vitamin E: 3.9 IU (13% DV) Vitamin A (all from beta carotene): 5839 IU (117% DV) Selenium: 9 ug (14% DV) + omega-3 fats

From “Food Cures,” revised and updated August 2011. For Bauer’s “Beautiful Meatballs” recipe, see

The Silicon Beauty Salad

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at the table Apple-Mulberry Breakfast Squares To make these bars gluten-free, use an all-purpose gluten-free flour mix in place of the oat flour – it will not affect the flavor.

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3 large, sweet apples (like Fuji, Gala, etc.) 1 cup oat flour ¼ cup Navitas Naturals Sprouted Omega Powder ½ cup quinoa flakes 1½ teaspoon cinnamon powder ½ teaspoon ginger powder ½ teaspoon sea salt

1 teaspoon lemon zest 1 tablespon Navitas Natu- rals Coconut Oil, melted 3 tablespoons. Navitas Naturals Yacon Syrup ½ cup chopped walnuts 3 tablespoons Navitas Naturals Mulberries (or raisins, or combination)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8-inch-by-8-inch glass baking pan. Use a hand-held grater to grate the apples into fine shreds (peels are fine to include). Collect 3 cups total and set aside. In a large mixing bowl, combine oat flour, omega powder, quinoa flakes, cinnamon, ginger and salt. Sprinkle in lemon zest, then add the coconut oil and yacon syrup. Mix in the apples, walnuts and mulberries until incorporated. Spread in prepared baking pan, cover and set inside refrigerator for 20 minutes to allow the quinoa flakes to soften. When ready, bake the mixture at 350 degrees for 40 minutes, or until top turns golden brown. Cut while still warm into desired shape. Makes eight 2-inch-by-4inch squares. From, courtesy Julie Morris (author of “Superfood Cuisine; S

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Make summer staples work for fall By Donna Kato Photos by Joanne Ho-Young Lee

layered neutrals Your favorite summer broom skirt makes the transition to fall by adding low-heeled boots and layering a motorcycle jacket over a loose-knit sweater. Accessorize with a stack of bangles and a cleverly tied scarf.

jacket Ted Baker leather jacket, $640, Ted Baker, Santana Row

sweater Kain linen cropped sweater, $195. Pink Stripes, Santana Row. Worn over Ted Baker racer-back tank, $65, Ted Baker, Santana Row, San Jose

bracelets Mixed bangle bracelets, $38 for 14, Nordstrom

boots Jimmy Choo suede biker boots, $875, Nordstrom

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Aqua broom skirt, $78, Bloomingdale’s

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Make a summer jacket and pencil skirt work for fall with a dot-print blouse. Blouson sleeves are fresh, as are whimsical hats, such as a cloche or beret.

jacket The Limited Collection charcoal checked shortsleeve jacket, $128, The Limited, Stoneridge Mall, Pleasanton, also other locations

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Sariah Carson green silk dot print blouse, $118, Anthropologie stores

dress Jenny Han fall collection tiger lily print dress, $194, Neiman Marcus

shoes skirt


The Limited Collection pencil skirt, $59.90, The Limited, Stoneridge Mall

Felt cloche, $14.99, Target stores

boots Ferragamo “Fersia” riding boots, $690, Bloomingdale’s

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Lisa for Donald Pliner “Kasi” snake wedges, $325, Donald Pliner, Santana Row

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sweater Theory jersey cardigan, $160, Bloomingdale’s

Missoni knit scarf, $155, Anthropologie

jacket Alina+Nicoletta gray leather bomber jacket, $1,400, alina b., Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek

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Abstract florals

sweater Vince metallic knit sweater, $320, Bloomingdale’s

Ward off chill with a topper or cardigan in a jewel tone that complements the print of a floral summer dress. Finish the look with chunky shoes, black tights and a piece of statement jewelry.

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Pop art “Clarissa” earrings by Carlos Sobral, $45,

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pants J Brand red denim skinny jeans, $176, Bloomingdale’s

A slightly oversize sweater and leather bomber jacket in a dark neutral say “autumn” when worn with the red denim jeans of summer. Artfully knot a scarf for neck interest. Anchor slim pants with platforms in a textured leather.

shoes Coach “Moreen” platform shoes, $198, Coach stores

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Donna Karan cashmere cable pullover, $2,495, Nordstrom

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Slim cropped pants in fuchsia can still be worn for fall with tops that have pops of the hue against a dark background. Or, tone down the hot pink by wearing it with black or gray.

Burberry juniper camocheck trench, $1,595, Nordstrom

pants J Brand skinny fuchsia jeans, $176, Bloomingdale’s

shoes Lisa for Donald Pliner “Damo” peep toe platform booties, $335, Donald Pliner, Santana Row

skirt Free People lace maxi skirt, $128, Bloomingdale’s

boot bag Tuxedo satchel, $89.95 Big Buddha, Santana Row

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Donald Pliner tapestry boots, $360, Donald Pliner, Santana Row

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jewelry Agate pendant, $150, Pink Stripes, Santana Row

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A breezy lace skirt becomes chic for fall when topped with a chunky cable sweater and boots. Add a little feminine gleam with jewelry, like a sliced agate pendant on a chain.

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Classic cuffed trousers and a fitted jacket move into cooler weather by covering the neckline with a high-neck blouse or multiple rows of pearls. Keep the look neat and feminine with a small structured bag or clutch. Always wear flats or fatter heels with cuffs, never stilettos.

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3.1 Phillip Lim cuffed trousers, $375, Crimson Mim

shoes Ferragamo “Varina” patent flats, $395, Bloomingdale’s

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A.L.C. maxi halter dress, $778, McMullen, Oakland

Do something unexpected with your red dress, such as wearing an overcoat that contradicts proper proportion. Booties and tights instantly turn lighterweight dresses into fall classics.

earrings “Dare to Dream” green quartz and garnet earrings, $85. See for list of stores in the Bay Area

FLOW INTO FALL Maxi halter dresses go from resort wear to holiday by adding the right jewelry and strappy sandals styled to cover more of your foot. For warmth, add a pashmina or featherweight sweater.

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bracelet Ben-Amun enamel bangle, $130, Ben-Amun jewelry also available at Neiman Marcus stores

jacket Burberry aviator jacket, $795, Bloomingdale’s

dress Michael Michael Kors reptile print dress, $89.50, Macy’s

shoes Michael Michael Kors “Tracy” suede platform sandals, $160, Macy’s

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on the money Emily Bach took on the family’s financial planning biz and built up a powerhouse

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Are winners born or bred? In the case of Emily Bach, it’s definitely both – though it took her awhile to figure out what was in her genes. Her mother, Bobbi Bach, had been a leading local musical theater actress for years, and Bach was so involved in theater growing up that she went off to college as a music and drama major. “I got rejected for so many parts that it didn’t take me long to change my major to political science,” laughs Bach, 40, who eventually realized her talents lay in the other family business. She now heads The Bach Group at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in Orinda, which provides financial planning services.The firm was founded by her father, Martin Bach, in 1965. He dissuaded his daughter from entering law school after college, instead suggesting an internship with what was then Dean Witter. Bach was hooked, finding great satisfaction in making a difference in people’s lives with something important – their money. She joined The Bach Group in 2001 to fill the gap left by brother David Bach, who moved to New York to continue his writing and media career after writing several best-selling financial books. With a family such as Bach’s, it could have been hard to establish her identity. But Bach has become a leader in her field, including recently landing on Barron’s “Top 100 Women Financial Advisors” list for the sixth consecutive year. The Bach Group, whose clients range from individuals and families to corporate executives, handles more than $750 million in assets. On the home front, it’s been a rockier path. Bach and her husband, Tom Moglia, struggled for several “heartbreaking” years to have a child. But in April of this year, they welcomed their daughter, Melanie Rose. Bach sat down with Scene in her Blackhawk home to talk about work, family and the keys to finding success with both.

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Do you contribute to your brother’s books? Do you agree with his financial philosophy? Funny you should ask. His first book “Smart Women Finish Rich” was most of what we (my dad, my brother and I) taught in our adult education investment classes. The three of us kept saying we should write a book and, well, David just beat us to it! [Now] he may say something on “The View” or “The Today Show,” and I’ll think, “Wait a minute, I just said that last week when we had dinner!” Does gender play a big role in being a successful financial adviser? What qualities do women bring to the job? Women naturally make good financial advisers because, let’s face it – we’re better listeners. We tend to be very

Emily Bach says her role model is her grandmother Rose Bach, above with Bach in 1993. Bach with her brother David, who is now a best-selling author, in 1973, right.

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detailed, experts at multitasking and relationship-driven – traits that are a must in this industry. As a financial adviser, I am part business partner and part therapist. Whether working with individuals or couples, I am asking very personal and thought-provoking questions that sometimes they haven’t asked themselves, let alone each other. Talking about money can stir up a lot of emotions, and I think women are better at facilitating that than men are. Did you ever consider not returning to work and becoming a stay-at-home mom? Never. I love what I do, and there was never any doubt I’d go back to work. I am very grateful that my husband left a management position at another Morgan Stanley branch to be the main child care provider for the next few years. For me, I’m a better mother because I’m a working mother. How do you “dress for success” in your profession – what’s your style? I was only 22 when I was licensed – and I looked 22 – so it was imperative that I dress professionally and be taken seriously by the people I worked for and with. Wearing a suit became a habit, and I have worn a suit to work every day since. It wasn’t until Hillary Clinton started wearing pantsuits that I did. I figured if she can wear them and be taken seriously, then I can, too. I really don’t like to shop. I go to the Jones New York or Kasper outlet with coupons and buy seven to 10 new suits at a time. I probably have 60 suits in my closet at any one time and every season, I donate a dozen or two to Wardrobe for Opportunity. I hope they like navy blue or black suits in

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Your brother David has 11 bestsellers on the New York Times best-seller lists, and your parents have made quite a name for themselves, too. Were you close growing up, and did you get enough attention with such a star-studded cast? [Laughing] I really had a great childhood. It helped that my brother is four years older than I am, so he was in high school when I wasn’t and then in college while I was in high school. That’s the time I really came in to my own, and I was a very good student. I grew up in Moraga, went to Campolinda High School and then to UC Irvine to major in music and theater. Yes, my mom is quite an accomplished singer and dancer and starred in more musicals than I can count. I guess all that rubbed off on me, and I thought that’s what I’d end up doing, too. Boy, was I wrong.

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an 8 petite – because that’s what they’re getting! Who is your role model? Easy – my grandmother Rose Bach. From the 1940s through the 1970s, she worked as a buyer for Gimbels department store in Milwaukee. She was a career woman long before there were career women and taught me how hard work and dedication pay off. When she retired and moved to California, she became my best friend, mentor and grandma all rolled into one. How has your family influenced your professional goals? I learned about the stock market when I was a little girl. I was at Disneyland with Grandma Bach, and I wanted some trinket in the gift shop. She said I shouldn’t waste my money on something so silly and should buy a piece of Disneyland instead. I didn’t understand until she explained what owning stock in a company meant. She bought me some Disney stock just to prove her point. I remember in middle school going to a store or a restaurant and asking if they were publicly traded and if so, what was their stock symbol. If I asked my mom or dad to buy me something, they would ask if I was willing to spend my own money (allowance) on it. If I said no, they would say that if it’s not im58  •  Scene  •  fall 2011

portant enough for you to spend your own money on it, why should we spend ours? If I said yes, then many times they would split it with me. So between my grandmother and my parents, I was learning the ins and outs of the financial world at a very young age. My grandmother had quite a knack for picking stocks. I remember when she told my dad she wanted to buy stock in a new hardware store, and he told her that it was silly – there are enough hardware stores, who needs another? She didn’t let it go, though, and told my dad that if he didn’t purchase the stock for her, she’d go to another broker who would. So my dad gave in – oh, and by the way, it was Home Depot. How would you sum up your career choice and success? I think I surprised everyone in my family when I decided to make financial advising my career. After college, I worked in the Concord branch of Dean Witter and built a $100 million business. My father and brother were already in business together, and I never had any intentions of joining them. But never say never! It’s important to keep an open mind and a positive attitude. I truly believe that the more successful you are, the more you probably failed. And whether it’s personal or business, you are going to fall down BACH Continues on Page 104

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driven Shift into fall with cars and clothes that make a statement What we drive can reflect who we are: multitasking soccer mom in the SUV, pampered princess in the luxury car, early adopter in the electric ride. What we wear can say the same. While no single auto or outfit can adequately represent the many facets of our lives and personalities, we submit that car and ensemble together make a powerful statement. With their sleek lines and edgy glam, fall fashion – and fall cars – demand attention. Here, and on the following pages, the trends: Styling Hasti Kashfia Photography Delbarr Moradi Automotive editor Lyndon Conrad Bell

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Fantastic fur, real and faux Obakki Malta faux-fur jacket, $800, and skirt, $160, Nordstrom. Georgie top, $165, Simply Smashing! TOMS Classic flats, $44, She She Shoes. Candy Rubber bag, $128, Furla

Nissan leaf Motor: 80 kw (110-horsepower) synchronous alternating current (AC). Transmission single-speed reducer. 196 miles per gallon (equivalent) city/92 mpg (equivalent) highway (electric car). $33,720

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Soft hues, bright accents Azadeh Couture dress, $1,250, Azadeh. Obakki coat, $680, Nordstrom. Pour La Victoire Vanna gladiator platforms, $170. Tabbisocks tights, $16, and arm warmers, $16. Aqua set-Clare Ullman Design necklace $7,950, and earrings, $1,850, Smythe & Cross

jaguar xj-l 385-horsepower, 5.0-liter V8. Six-speed automatic. 15 mpg city/22 mpg highway. $79,700

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Hats, Russian-style Kangol printed fur hat, $60, Nordstrom. David Meister gown, $695, Neiman Marcus/Nordstrom. Pearl necklace, $150, Smythe & Cross

range rover supercharged 510-horsepower, 5.0-liter supercharged V8. Sixspeed automatic. 12 mpg city/18 mpg highway. $94,615

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Fiat 500 101-horsepower, 1.4-liter inline four cylinder. Five-speed manual or four-speed automatic. 30 mpg city/38 mpg highway. $17,500

Hemlines stay south Winter Kate dress, $195, Nordstrom. Horiyoshi III scarf, $416, Saks Fifth Avenue. Juicy Couture Dale boots $325, She She Shoes. Gold cuff, $495, Smythe & Cross. Kangol hat, $75, Nordstrom. 64  •  Scene  •  fall 2011

Prints have legs M.Patmos shorts, $675, Barney’s New York. Flavio Castellani gilet fox vest, $836, Bella Rosa. Tabbisocks tights, $16, and printed dragon socks, $20. House of Harlow Whitney boots, $295, She She Shoes. Furla bag, $398, Furla. Gold cuff, $795, Smythe & Cross

BMW 650i convertible 400-horsepower, 4.4-liter twin turbocharged V8. Eightspeed automatic or sixspeed manual. 16 mpg city/24 mpg highway. $90,500

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Tuxedo tailoring Flavio Castellani Giacca fox jacket, $726, and pants, $244, Bella Rosa. DVF Millie booties, $360, She She Shoes. Pearl necklace, $150, Smythe & Cross

Tesla Roadster Sport 2.5 Motor: 215 KW (88-horsepower) alternating current. Singlespeed transmission. 124 miles per gallon (equivalent) city/112 mpg (equivalent) highway (electric car). $128,500

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Leather looks Flavio Castellani Abito leather dress, $453, Bella Rosa. Seychelles suede Biography boots, $150, She She Shoes. Tabbisocks over-the-knee, printed skeleton socks, $16

Chevrolet Camaro SS convertible 426-horsepower, 6.2-liter V8. Sixspeed manual or six-speed automatic. 16 mpg city/24 mpg highway. $39,650

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Georgie dress, $220, Simply Smashing! Tabbisocks tights, $16, and cable leg warmers, $28. Sam Edelman Effie bootie, $130. Pearl necklace, $150, Smythe & Cross

Obakki dress, $720, Nordstrom. Georgie faux leather jacket, $298, Simply Smashing! Tabbisocks tights, $16. Pour La Victoire Bryn sandal, $160, Bloomingdale’s/ Nordstrom/Saks Fifth Avenue

Lafayette 148 poncho, $798, Bloomingdale’s/Neiman Marcus/Nordstrom. David Meister cocktail dress, $460, Neiman Marcus/Nordstrom. Tabbisocks tights, $16, and socks, $16. KORS Michael Kors Quincy clog, $195, She She Shoes. Bead necklace, $585, Smythe & Cross

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Luxe coats Suit Rebecca Taylor dressing blouse, $265, and silk pants, $295, Nordstrom. Obakki Acadia coat, $760, Nordstrom. Tabbisocks arm warmers, $16. DVF Millie booties, $360, She She Shoes

Camilla and Marc dress, $650, Bella Rosa. Tabbisocks tights, $16. Pearl necklace, $150, Smythe & Cross. KORS Michael Kors Stormy rainboots $125, She She Shoes

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Shot on location at Villa Lauriston, Portola Valley.

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Stylist: Hasti Kashfia, Photographer: Delbarr Moradi,

With a rich and compelling history, picturesque setting with city and bay views, and a refined sense of seclusion, Villa Lauriston in Portola Valley is only minutes from town. The elegant and handsome 13,000-squarefoot, 30-room Florentine villa was built in the 1920s and is strategically sited on approximately 28.4 lush acres. Boasting historic materials and artifacts from European palaces and churches as well as San Francisco mansions, the estate is a perfect blend of modern living with awe-inspiring architecture and craftsmanship. Villa Lauriston is currently being offered for sale through Hilton and Hyland – Christie’s International and Sereno Group. For more information, visit or contact Listing Agents: Marcie Hartley, 310.691.5950; Sylvia Seufferlein, 650.823.5819; or Brian Chancellor, 650.303.5511. Staging provided by Meridith Baer and Associates of Beverly Hills.

Makeup: Asal, Hair: Amanda Silva, Marissa deLory, VE Salon, vesalon.webs. com Styling assistance: Paria Amini, Franci Gire

Bay Area stylist Hasti Kashfia has produced high-energy fashion shows and styled red-carpet looks with a keen eye for trends and upand-coming designers. Currently styling for the second season of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” she specializes in making each woman she works with feel unique, beautiful and comfortable in her own skin. See modebayarea. com for more; follow her at Fashion resources on Page 102

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Back in 2004, Volvo assembled a team of female engineers and car designers to develop a concept car with features specifically for women. Around the same time, a female lead engineer at General Motors had the men on her team interact with a large SUV while wearing heels, presson nails and tight-fitting garbage bag skirts — to experience firsthand how driving was different for women. While both exercises garnered loads of late-night laughs for Letterman and Leno, 2012’s cars feature a number of the resulting innovations. A few examples: fall 2011  •  Scene  •  75

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Easy rider Chrysler’s 300C flagship sedan has audio system controls on the back of the steering wheel to permit operation with the pad of a finger rather than a fingertip, so fingernails don’t come into play. Power-adjustable pedals enable women more comfortable access to the brakes and gas pedal. Carpoolers and other heavy drivers will appreciate Chrysler’s uConnect system’s traffic, news and gas price information. The 300’s remote start feature enables starting the car before entering to cool the interior on hot days and warm it in winter. It also activates the seat and steering wheel heaters if the outside temperature is 40 degrees or less.

Keeping it clean Ford’s Flex is a crossover, built on a car-based platform but with SUV features. It uses a door design that covers the lower panel of the car where road grime tends to collect, so your hosiery won’t get soiled or snagged when you get out. Flex’s 115-volt AC outlets allow you to run small plug-in household appliances such as bottle warmers and video game consoles. Like a number of other cars with automatic rear hatches, a button on the Flex’s key fob raises it, another button on the inside of the cargo compartment lowers it. Many manufacturers offer power-operated rear hatches, but Ford is among the few to place the “close” button down low for ready access by women.

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Built for moms Nissan’s Quest minivan has touch-sensitive buttons on its sliding doors to open them automatically – no more digging out keys to unlock the doors, nor trying to grasp a handle while juggling groceries and/or children to open it. Once under way, the Quest (as does a number of other minivans) has a drop-down “conversation” mirror moms can use to keep an eye on the kids in the back. Quest’s rear cup holders are placed so that toddlers in car seats can reach them easily, while the rear-view camera and electronic parking sensors provide peace of mind when reversing. Additionally, the rear seats automatically fold flat (and unfold) at the touch of a button.

Ergonomically correct Volvo’s S60 sedan uses a door handle you pull, rather than lift. This allows you to wrap your hand around it, rather than trying to lift it with your fingers, placing your manicure in harm’s way. Similarly, the main controls for the audio and climate control systems use large round knobs to make them easier to grasp, particularly when wearing gloves. The Volvo also will stop itself at low speeds if traffic in front of it suddenly stops and you don’t notice — say, while attending to the needs of a cranky child in the back seat.

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a hot hood Who knew that “sexy” could ever be used to describe a range hood? Often overlooked and clunky, the hood gets a modern twist in the Best Sorpresa line — its Lipstick model pictured above is a sleek Italian design that kisses the wall with a bold splash of color. The vibrant red column ventilates your kitchen with a four-speed joystick control; unique Heat Sentry™ technology automatically can adjust settings to match the necessary level of ventilation. Each Best range hood is individually handfinished and personally inspected for perfection. $1,459,

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the kitchen of the future – is here A peek at some innovative new appliances that take convenience, function and style to a whole new level By Janet Kim Paik

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Thermador calls its 48-inch Pro Grand Steam range the “ultimate cooking experience,” and we can see why. It has seven distinct cooking options — steaming, convection baking, burner cooking, simmering, grilling, griddle cooking and warming — with a combination steam and convection oven, a large-capacity convection oven, a six-burner gas cooktop and a warming drawer. The range offers 30 easy-cook food programs and preprogrammed modes to automatically set the oven temperature and humidity to ensure perfect cooking results. Available at high-end appliance retailers later this month. $13,995.

Miele’s built-in Coffee System (model 4062) lets you take back counter space while turning your kitchen into a corner café. You and your pals can enjoy frothy cappuccinos, bracing espressos or just a good cuppa joe anytime with this stainless-steel wonder, which uses plumbed-in water, or water from a 60-centimeter reservoir. A personalized user profile lets you program your favorite blends under your own name. The integrated Nespresso capsule carousel within the system holds 20 individual capsules, enabling you to offer 5 different blends. There’s also a hot water dispenser for tea and a milk frothing system. Concealed below is a warming drawer for cups. $2,999.

peak performance Form and function converge in the Peak sink collection by Franke. Swiss-made and hand-fabricated, these sinks are minimalist in style and maximum in performance. The square drain cover is designed to complement the overall design while also acting as a strainer. The signature integral ledge halfway up the wall of the sink is made for a stainless steel grid that raises the work surface; the grid can also fit at the bottom of the sink. Must-have accessories include an eco-friendly Iroko wood cutting board and stainless steel colander with propylene handles (which stay cool to the touch while straining hot foods). Starting at $995.

the thinkers When LG’s Thinq lineup of connected, smart appliances, including refrigerator and oven, become available in the U.S. later this year, they should delight tech lovers, and help many save time and money. The refrigerator, for example, has an LCD screen that tells you what’s inside, where it is and reminds you when it expires. It will even recommend healthy recipes based on what foods are available. All of the info is accessible via your smartphone or tablet, which is handy when you’re in the grocery store. You can program the appliances, which also include a washer and dryer and vacuum cleaner, for energy efficiency. With the oven, choose the cooking time that will save on your utility bills or matches your commute time. Set the fridge so it adjusts its functions at peak usage times, and ramps up cooling power when energy rates are low. If anything goes wrong, LG’s smart technology lets repairmen know exactly what to fix and when. For minor problems, such as a door left open, the appliance alerts the owner on its display panel or, in future models, via Wi-Fi. Pricing not yet available.

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lift no more Tired of lifting heavy casserole dishes in and out of the oven? Hate it when the temperature drops each time you have to check on food in the oven? Gaggenau’s 24inch lift oven comes to the rescue. Press a button, and the glass ceramic base lowers itself to your countertop. Load your dish, then watch it raise itself up into the oven, eliminating the need for heavy lifting. Since heat rises, the heat remains in the oven cavity, resulting in minimal energy loss. The fully integrated oven features 11 heating methods (including convection), and precise electronic temperature control, as well as a pyrolytic self-cleaning program that burns off splashes and residues left behind by cooked food. The oven is encased in sleek stainless steel with a tinted glass front, illuminated by halogen lighting. It can be mounted on a kitchen wall or placed into cabinet space. $4,639.

Well, not exactly. But if you’re one of those who by design have your washer and dryer in the kitchen area, you’ll want visitors to see the luxury car-inspired Whirlpool Vantage washer/dryer. Like many cars, these machines have have full-color LCD touch screens, chrome accents, rounded corners and a high-gloss shine. They boast the industry’s first built-in USB ports, enabling you to download the manufacturer’s cycle and programming updates, and set customization options for specific fabrics or stains. Washer and dryer each have 33 different cycles, and can handle everything from stuffed animals to swimwear to shoes. The touch screens monitor energy and water usage; Whirlpool claims the washer uses 76 percent less water and 75 percent less energy than a pre-2004 conventional washer. The dryer does its part, adjusting heat according to the dampness of articles thrown in. $2,499 each.

The observant fridge The Built-in Freedom Column refrigerators from Thermador offer a seamless built-in look with modular flexibility. Independent cold circuits and electronic sensors keep temperatures and humidity levels consistent, preventing the transfer of odors, and always keeping food fresh. A special mode reduces freezer temperatures to balance temperatures between frozen goods and newly placed goods. Going on vacation? There’s a mode to help you conserve energy while away for a prolonged period. Observe the Sabbath? Use the special Sabbath mode to comply with certain religious holiday observances. Starting at $8,026.

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magnetic attraction Induction stovetops are more popular with Europeans, but they are catching on in modern American kitchens. Miele’s induction cooktops efficiently heat food twice as rapidly as cooking with gas or electric, and conserve energy at the same time. They do this by generating a magnetic field that turns your [magnetic] cookware into the heating element. Each burner works independently, only generating heat where a pan sits, and automatically stopping the flow of heat when a pan is removed. Features include power boosters to quickly reach a high cooking temperature, or to reduce cooking time by raising the temperature at intervals. The cooking surface is eco-friendly ceramic with a stainless frame, for durability and easy cleanup. $2,299$3,299.

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gone glamping What’s wrong with a little nurture with nature? Absolutely nothing By Katharine Fong

Safari West's African tent cabins overlook a lake.

Glamorous camping, or “glamping,” conjures up images of exotic landscapes where spacious tents are luxuriously appointed with ridiculously thick duvets and Egyptian linens, valets attend to one’s every need and gourmet suppers are served by candlelight. That kind of trip exists, of course, but not everyone can swing it, and not everyone needs candlelight. What’s a girl to do? Glamping locally is the answer. It’s

greener (no plane trips or long drives), offers great variety in terrain and features, and can be as upscale, romantic or familyoriented as a girl wants it to be. Commune with nature, hike mountain and valley, breathe in fresh sea air – then stargaze from a chaise lounge and snuggle comfortably into bed? The great outdoors never sounded so good. Throw in hot water and indoor plumbing and we’re there! Some options:

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a slice of americana Glamping in an iconic Airstream at Kampgrounds of America Santa Cruz/ Monterey Bay isn’t quite partaking of the full-on RV experience. After all, it’s not as if we were on the road with it, and with the sites packed tightly with tents, pre-fab cabins and RVs, we were hardly on our own. But the gleaming silver 25-foot trailers are nicely stocked with linens and kitchenware, and have all the comforts of home, including stovetop, refrigerator, microwave and TV. Every inch of space is used, including for ingenious storage areas. The Airstream sleeps four comfortably. The “bedroom” in the back, in fact, had a cushy queen mattress and high-enough ceiling so that claustrophobia – often a problem with RVs – was not an issue. If you and your pals are not supermodels, the quarters can be tight, with a lot of “excuse me” and “sorry” as you all try to move around. But you’ll be outdoors most of the time anyway (La Selva Beach is nearby), and it’s a small trade-off to enjoy “both a technological and aesthetic masterpiece” (says Paola Antonelli, senior curator at the Museum of Modern Art, which has an Airstream in its permanent collection). Glamp on: Well-lit bathroom and sink area, the better to touch up makeup in the large wall mirror. Glamp off: The shower’s water tank only holds six gallons; use the communal showers, which have hot water in abundance. Kampgrounds of America Santa Cruz/Monterey Bay

1186 San Andreas Road. Watsonville, CA, 800.562.7701, From $165 per night. Activities and entertainment for all ages, including jumping “pillow,” pool, banana bike rental, mini-golf. Free Wi-Fi

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out of africa When Bulldozer the giraffe leaned down into the open Land Rover, we thought that he might nuzzle one of us, but no, he merely nibbled on the vehicle’s canvas top and posed for photos. We felt a little more tense passing the Cape buffalo, who according to our guide are right up there with lions and elephants as one of the most dangerous animals in Africa. But like the kudu and wildebeest, the buffalo just stared placidly as we trundled by. While there are no lions or elephants at Safari West, the glamper thirsting for a little adventure with her hot shower and (votive) candlelight dinner should book a night at the Santa Rosa wildlife preserve, pronto. Not only will the three-hour safari drive and walking tour through the “Sonoma Serengeti” thrill with its 80 species of animals – cheetah, lemurs, addax, rhinos and zebra among them – but also the accommodations are fabulous: authentic African tent cabins on platforms with decks that overlook a lake; hardwood floors; deluxe beds and plush bedding and linens; en suite bathrooms with copper basins and toiletries. The mission of 22-year-old, 400-acre Safari West is wildlife preservation through breeding, education and research, and public awareness and interaction. This means a girl can get up close and personal with many animals threatened with extinction – and because of the classy setting, barely mess up that pedicure. Glamp on: Wake to the sound of the African savannah – in the midst of wine country. Glamp off: If you really need your cellphone to work, you may be out of luck. Safari West

3115 Porter Creek Road, Santa Rosa, 707.579.2551, Tent cabin rates $200-$295; breakfast included. Safari tours: adults and teens $68; children 3-12 $30; infants 1-2 $10 A variety of private animal encounters, and Swedish pressure-point massage and other events/services are available. Restaurant serves safari ranch-style lunch and dinner with reservations only; snack shop; gift shop. No pets

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yes to yurts What a difference a heater makes. Purists no doubt cringe at the thought of such a modern contraption inside a yurt – a circular, domed tent with canvas sides, used by nomadic peoples of central Asia. But consider: Our yurt at Mount Madonna County Park, in the redwoods in the Santa Cruz Mountains, was set up well above ground. Nighttime in late May, however, brought bone-chilling temperatures that permeated the yurt, the sleeping bags, the streetclothes we slept in. Yes, glam girl slept, unsuccessfully, in her performance fleece – socks, even. Warmer weather would no doubt be more pleasant, and with such budget rates, a girl can’t really complain. The clean yurt interior had a small table and two bunk beds and a futon couch, all with mattresses encased in vinyl. The skylight and two “windows” were made of heavy-duty, clear plastic and let in decent light during the day. The park, a hiker’s paradise, currently has five yurts from 16 to 24 feet in diameter, each with wraparound deck and locking door. All campsites have a picnic table, food locker and fire pit, should you get a yen for S’mores. Glamp on: Historical ruins of cattle baron Henry Miller’s summer home; fenced areas with cute white fallow deer; archery range for glamazons. Glamp off: Bathrooms are ice cold-water only! With no mirrors or surfaces to place toiletries! Showers are a bit of a walk from many of the campsites! Back to the heater. Big Sur is close to heaven on Earth, and the yurts at Treebones Resort get you that much closer. You have to drive along Highway 1 almost to Gorda to reach the place, well south of the more familiar Big Sur landmarks like Nepenthe, Deetjen’s and the (writer) Henry Miller Library. Treebones’ 16 yurts all boast decks with Adirondack chairs that look out onto ocean or mountainside. Showers and restrooms are close by. And – each yurt has its own heater (hallelujah!), insulated walls and ceilings, modern sinks with hot and cold running water (and mirror), lighting to read by and electrical outlets to charge gadgets, polished wood floors, super comfy beds and linens. The eminently drinkable tap water, in fact, is from Treebones’ own mountain source. Plus, a glamper can crush on the ocean views from the restaurant, whose veggies and herbs come from the resort’s organic garden; outdoor sushi bar; lounge with Wi-Fi; and sweet-but-smallish heated pool and Jacuzzi. Complimentary breakfast includes make-your-own waffles, scrambled eggs from the property’s chickens, homemade granola and yogurt, yummy fruit. The area around Treebones abounds with picturesque beaches (listen for the barking seals at dusk), hiking trails, picnic spots. But with a “massage treehouse” on-site and free morning yoga classes three days a week, why leave the property? Glamp on: Wonderfully romantic, what with sunsets at sea and a remote “end of the Earth” feel to the locale. Glamp off: The serenity encourages quiet whale-watching, bookreading and hushed conversations, so kids are best left at home (everything is audible through a yurt). S 96  •  Scene  •  fall 2011

At Treebones, all yurts feature decks with Adirondack chairs looking out to sea or mountainside.

At left, from top: Mount Madonna's yurt, Henry Miller's summer home, Treebones comfort, a skylight view. Mount Madonna State Park

Pole Line Road at the summit of Highway 152 (10 miles west of Gilroy); reserve at 408.355.2201 or Yurt rates $35-$90 depending on season and size. No pets allowed in yurts. Treebones Resort

71895 Highway 1, Big Sur, 877.424.4787, 16 yurts, five campsites, one “human nest” (made of woven wood, perched in a tree). Yurts from $169; two-night minimum April to October. No pets or children under 6

Other glamping spots in Northern California Costanoa Coastal Lodge and Camp An upscale “eco-adventure resort,” 2001 Rossi Road at Highway 1, Pescadero, 650.879.1100, Kampgrounds of America – Petaluma Cabins and lodges (and the Petaluma Village Premium Outlets nearby!), plus family-friendly activities, 20 Rainsville Road, Petaluma, 800.562.1233, The Sequoia High Sierra Camp Luxury tent cabins with plush-top mattresses and down feather pillows, along with three-course alfresco dinners, in the heart of Sequoia Kings Canyon National Park, 65745 Big Meadow Road, Giant Sequoia National Monument, 866.654.2877, fall 2011  •  Scene  •  97

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my view ting a cup for them, too. We all say it. “I’m making a Costco run.” Every cart tells a story. It’s like watching Saturday mornIt’s never a Safeway run or a Target run. But it’s always ing cartoons – one cart has a slab of meat straight out of a “Costco run.” There’s a reason: No other store tests our patience, the Flintstones and another sports giant solar panels right endurance, willpower and perseverance the way Costco out of the Jetsons. I give the older couple with a cart full does. There’s something about Costco that transcends of booze the benefit of the doubt that they are actually hosting a party and aren’t just class and socioeconomic staalcoholics. And that stressedtus. Rich or poor, young or out mother – her cart overold, we all shop at Costco, flows with every convenience and no one judges us for it. food imaginable, but I know For me, planning and the second she gets home her executing a Costco run rekids will complain that there’s sembles a chapter from the nothing to eat. Then there’s NFL playbook or a covert the divorced weekend dad operation. The night before I with his two kids in tow, trygo in to battle, my mind races ing to buy his way back into with pre-shopping logistics: their life with a Kirkland kayShould I go alone? Should I ak, three air mattresses and a eat before I leave? What is the deluxe quick-pitch tent. absolute most I can spend? Is I spot an office manager my trunk empty? Where’s my stocking up on coffee, plascheckbook? Should I wait in tic cutlery, Clorox wipes and the gas line? Do I really have Goldfish crackers, and pass to go? a Power Shopper laden with The next day, armed with a box of Fuji apples, four an oversized shopping cart cooked chickens, a mound and Costco Connection couof denim, seven books, two pon book, I’m at the starting memory foam contour pilline. I flash my membership lows, designer sunglasses, card and nod to the greeter a humidifier and three dog while doing my best to ignore beds piled up higher than she the Samsung 55-inch diagois. Oh wait – that’s my cart. nal LCD HGTV on my right And present in everyone’s and the Jenn Air gas grill on cart, the ubiquitous fivemy left. No, I have a list, and pound tub of Red Vines. I’m sticking to it. But maybe With more than 55 milI should get a frozen yogurt lion members, it’s safe to say first. Costco and its brainiacs have With resolve and deterThinkstock mastered the art of waremination, dodging cart after house shopping. Even after cart, I join in the Running of we become accustomed to the Bulls and make my way to the maze of carts and conthe back wall of paper towels, By Donna Lynn Rhodes fusion, they still play with bottled water and toilet paper. our mind, enticing us to buy God, I hate Costco – why is it so crowded and why did all these people have to come something because it will probably be unavailable the next time we’re there. Why else would we put up with the today? Great prices may be in abundance at Costco, but man- teeming hordes, maze of carts, the sound of cellphones ners certainly are not. It’s damned near impossible to ma- ringing while husbands on one side of the warehouse call neuver around dozens of abandoned carts left in aisles by their wives on the other, and the ever-changing selection morons trying to grab free samples. People are practically of merchandise? And God forbid Costco should have helpful signage plowing each other down trying to score four Cheerios in a paper cup. And their imaginary childhood friend must telling us what’s in any given aisle. Just when I remember be back, because they push and shove a second time, get- where they keep the 10-gallon jugs of mayo or the bottles

living in a costco culture Rich or poor, young or old, everyone shops there. Why is that?

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At Costco, if you walk around long enough, you'll buy something you absolutely don't need.

of allergy medicine with enough gel tabs inside to stop an entire nation from sneezing – they move them. In the 1980s and early '90s Costco used to sell basic bulk products geared toward small businesses and families large enough to have their own sitcom or TLC reality show. Nowadays, Costco pretty much sells everything, including cars and coffins. One thing’s for certain, from a gumball machine to a pinball machine, if you walk around long enough you’ll buy something you absolutely don’t need. I check my list and realize I forgot the garbage bags, and make my way back to get them when I run into a friend and now wish I had taken the time to wash my hair. After 10 minutes of talking about how much we both hate Costco, I head to the checkout lines that stretch past the giant jars of Nivea and an endcap filled

with five-tier towers of Rocky Mountain Chocolate. While in line I check email and play three rounds of Words with Friends before it’s finally my turn to say, “How much? Are you sure?” On the way out, receipt in hand, I pass a little village of overweight people huddled together under indoor umbrellas eating hot dogs, pepperoni pizza and churros, protecting their carts like nomadic hunters and yelling at their kids to sit down. I show my receipt at the door, just in case I tried to hide that 55-inch TV in my cart. Finally outside, I make my way past the parade of minivans to my cute little sports car. I manage to just fit everything in, and dread finding a place to put it once I get home. Stuck in traffic, I realize that 48 Skinny Cows are slowly melting in my trunk. Tough. I’ll pick up another box on my next Costco run. S

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Emily Bach and her husband, Tom Moglia, had a child, Melanie Rose, in April.

BACH Continued from Page 58 – it’s what you do after that that matters. You call Melanie Rose your “miracle baby.” Why? Tom and I tried for five years to have a baby and for a while, it looked like getting pregnant was not in the cards. We were both devastated, but never gave up hope. Giving birth to Melanie after so many years of heartbreak was truly a miracle. What do you do in your down time? How do you and your husband have fun? My husband loves to golf, and we both have a lot of friends. We also enjoy collecting and drinking wine and hosting dinner parties. Tom and I love to travel, and often go on vacation with my family. I have an incredible team at the office who makes it possible for me to take time off and recharge my battery. Where do you see yourself in five years? For the first time in my life, I am really and truly just in the moment – and I couldn’t be happier. I have always been goaloriented and have an ongoing to-do list, but at this moment, I feel so incredibly blessed to have a wonderful husband, a healthy (and beautiful!) baby, a career I love and can happily return to, and incredibly supportive family and friends. I am truly content. S

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Emily Bach’s financial tips – for any economy Save! Even if you don’t think you have any extra money, you do. It’s like dieting and recording everything you eat. There is always something you can cut out – and even small changes can generate a big difference. Make going out to lunch the exception rather than the rule. By taking your lunch to work instead of buying it, you save roughly $7 a day – $140 a month. Save that $1,680 a year at a 7 percent return on investment, and it adds up to a whopping $45,000 in just 15 years. Pay yourself first. For example, if you have access to a 401(K) at work, you can automatically have money taken out of your paycheck and invested into that account. If you don’t have a 401(K), set up another retirement fund where money is saved automatically. Set long-term financial goals and review your goals with a professionael advisr at least once a year to see if you’re on track. In good times and bad, it’s important to understand the risk in any investment, and only risk what you can stomach. Diversify. Never have more than 5 percent of your portfolio be just one stock or bond. Don’t fall into get-rich-quick schemes. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.


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Danville consignment shop The Savvy Shopaholic held a fashion show in June in honor of Lauren Lindberg, a finalist in Seventeen Magazine’s “Pretty Amazing” cover competition. Models were students at Monte Vista High School, from which Lindberg just graduated. A percentage of the day’s sales went to Reachout, a group that helps prevent teen depression and suicide.

From left: Lauren Lindberg, models on the store’s porch, Savvy Shopaholic owner Debbie Rosenberg

From left: Jackie Hochhauser, Nick McLain, Beth Joyce, Nancy Clark, Alicia Sanchez, Luciano Barajas, Danny Sanchez, Laurie Aguirre, Greg Aguirre, Denise Hannah, Shelly Dress, Tracy Dietlein, Beth Rossi

On a Friday evening in July, local artists and designers presented and sold their latest work at F3 at the Cotton Mill Studios in Oakland. Along with fashion and jewelry, the event showcased kinetic artwork (including a piece that served margaritas), performance art and food.

Broadway Plaza celebrated its 60th birthday in June with a chic Little Black Dress party, inviting the community to join in the fun.

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Swoon in June: Residual Sugar in Walnut Creek was the place to be when a Guardsmen Bachelor event introduced a few good men in advance of its famed auction later that month. The bachelors were all brainy, big-hearted (the Guardsmen have a long history of supporting at-risk youth; see – and single, at least at press time. 1. Partygoer Bill Mastrangelo with bachelor Grant Imahara, host of “Mythbusters” 2. Jackson Garton, Tyler MacNiven (winner of “The Amazing Race”), Bradford Davis 3. Larry Chiang with partygoer Candice Jan 4. Bachelor Lucas Schumacher



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It was raining cats and dogs, so to speak, which may have helped Maddie’s Matchmaker Adoptathon in June connect 2,265 animals with loving families. Pets were available at more than 70 locations in Contra Costa and Alameda counties, but eager adopters came from as far away as Sacramento and Monterey.

Maddie’s Fund founder Dave Duffield and pit bull friend

Heidi, a deaf and blind 17-year-old who was adopted

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Former Oakland Raider Jarrod Cooper, who volunteers at Oakland Animal Services

Maddie’s Fund director of veterinary services Dr. Laurie Peek

Volunteer Linda Wong and friend at Hopalong & Second Chance Animal Rescue


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