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departments 19 The Insider Must-haves for the small set for school, study and fun. By Stephanie Simons

21 Indulge Conflict-free diamonds can be a – good – girl’s best friend. By Leslie Harlib

26 Shop Talk Quintessence in Menlo Park. By Crystal Chow Drybar at Santana Row. By Katharine Fong


29 Beauty Report A new treatment helps you lose cellulite – maybe forever. By Crystal Chow


60 Home & Design


66 In the Garden

32 Home Run Jennifer Loving is leading the charge to end chronic homelessness through “housing first.” By Bonnie Wach. Photos by Nikki Ritcher.

fashion 38 A New Direction Fall’s twists and turns meld classics with futurist details. By Donna Kato. Photos by Chad Riley.

Eco-friendly fireplaces. By Carolyn Snyder

Go vertical. By Joan Jackson

69 Getaways Splendid Santa Barbara. By Katharine Fong Plus: Cambria wineries. By Bonnie Wach

78 The Bottom Line Beauty reviews you’ll want to read.

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WOMEN & WINE 49 Build a Wine Wardrobe Like the essential “little black dress,” a few goto wines let you create your signature style. By Leslie Sbrocco

51 Perfect Pairs Recipes that pair with the wines you love. By Jill Silverman Hough

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editor’s note

The games kids —  and grown-ups — play

Katharine Fong Editor & Publisher

Rebecca Hall Lucero Art Director

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We had fun figuring out what to include in our look at kids’ stuff (“Kiddin’ Around,” Page 19). At one point we thought of mentioning the hot new videogame or gaming app, but the choices were somewhat overwhelming. And, truthfully, it clashed with my feeling that gaming — even educational — is not necessarily to be encouraged over, say, going outside to play. Yes, I’m a mother who often has difficulty prying electronic devices out of her 7- and 9-year-olds’ hands. Then I heard about the new Games, Learning and Assessment (GLASS) Lab in Redwood City. The folks behind GLASS understand that digital media have revolutionized the way kids learn and acquire knowledge, and that gaming, in particular, can teach creative problem solving, collaboration and mastery of new technologies. GLASS will study and modify popular games and develop new ones, integrating state educational standards and measuring learning in real-time. Funded by $10.3 million from the MacArthur and the Bill & Melinda Gates foundations, and the gaming industry, GLASS will make its products available to students, school districts and families. Knowing that gaming can engage and educate kids with skills critical for college and career makes me feel better, though it’s still no substitute for fresh air and a good game of soccer. But enough about kids — let’s talk about us! Our fashion layout (“Shape Shifters,” Page 38) reflects designers’ move into uncharted territory, to paraphrase editor Donna Kato. Fall 2012 offers up tailored classics with sculptural, futuristic twists — as if the Edwardian styles in “Downton Abbey” were shot through a sci-fi portal. And check out “The LBDs of Wine,” Page 49, by our columnist and Thirsty Girl founder Leslie Sbrocco. Leslie tells you exactly what basics you need to build a fabulously versatile and tasty wine wardrobe, from “the crisp white shirt” of Sauvignon Blanc to the “sexy satin” of Pinot Noir. Her recommendations are complemented perfectly with a few recipes by Napa-based food and wine writer Jill Silverman Hough, author of two cookbooks that pair main dishes and small plates “with wines you love.” Enjoy, and let us know what you think. We raise a glass to fall.

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contributors Raised in Lemon Cove, Calif., Chad Riley (“Shape Shifters,” Page 38) studied photography at the Brooks Institute, then moved to NYC and worked with Annie Leibovitz before striking out on his own. He has shot for Vanity Fair, Wired, Vogue and – after relocating to San Francisco in 2009 – Apple and San Francisco magazine. A new father, he competes in Ironman Triathlons.

Wine expert, author and TV host Leslie Sbrocco (“The LBDs of Wine,” Page 49) is founder of ThirstyGirl. com, a community for women with a passion for wine, food and travel. In addition to hosting the KQED series “Check Please!” she is a regular guest on the “Today” show and is a soughtafter speaker and wine judge.

Makeup artist and stylist Jackie Tran, known as Joli de Jackie (“Shape Shifters,” Page 38), is based in the Bay Area. Her work has graced covers of myriad magazines, runways, commercial television, video and web productions, instudio and on-location photography sessions (including underwater shoots!) and weddings.


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On your Mark, get set! Kids 10 and up are hotly awaiting the release of “The Mark of Athena,” which hits stores Oct. 2. The book completes best-selling author Rick Riordan’s “Heroes of Olympus” trifecta (OK, we’re counting Riordan as a local because he used to teach in the Bay Area). Spoiler alert: Annabeth and Percy are together at last, as are the seven demigods of the prophecy. $11,

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Piperlime — the SF fashion website opening its first women’s apparel store in NYC this season — aces back-to-school cool with an edited selection of itty bitty Vans (pictured here), in addition to styles by Adidas, Minnetonka, Hunter, Sperry Topsider and more. $35,

Palo Alto-based LunchBots’ healthy and environmentfriendly food containers (sans chemicals from plastic) promise to make food more appetizing and come home from school empty. Handy dividers, high quality stainless steel and punch-bright colors make average lunch pails truly pale by comparison. $19.99, LunchBots. com

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Wee want more… When it comes to all-natural body care, TruKid is not to be missed. The homegrown collection, headquartered in Oakland, includes jumbosize bubbly body wash ($32), silly shampoo ($32), plus familysize SPF 30 sunscreen that’s totally safe for baby’s sensitive skin ($75).

Not surprisingly, there’s a lot of super-sweet kids’ stuff going on in the Bay Area, including gear and goods for all ages – from Mimi the Sardine in Corte Madera to TruKid in the East Bay to LunchBots on the Peninsula. On our list: KIDS continues on Page 75

Notorious B.A.G. Dress up their bedrooms with ultra-modern (and dare we say best-looking-ever) beanbags. A smaller spinoff of the Fatboy Original for grownups, the Fatboy Junior makes the perfect lounger or mattress for sleeping. $159, at the SF-based online retailer

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Recent fertility advances in technology now allow women the chance to freeze eggs and delay pregnancy until a more opportune time. The “right time” may mean you have finally found the right marriage partner, gotten to a place in your career where you can invest time in a family,or have overcome a major medical disease like cancer. In less than 2 weeks and 5 appointments, Reproductive Science Center can freeze your eggs and stop the clock on the aging process. Eggs can then be thawed, fertilized and placed back into your uterus when the time is right. • Call today for a FREE AMH Hormone test to see if you are a good candidate. • Women less than 38 years of age with normal hormones are ideal candidates.


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fair gems The Cascade matched set from Brilliant Earth, inspired by the sea. In 18K white gold or platinum, from $2,275.

Conflict-free diamonds can be a good girl’s best friend Conflict-free diamonds are hot. “People ask for them,” says Lori Brooke, manager of Alix & Company Fine Jewelry in Mill Valley. “It’s definitely a trend.” Books and movies — Leonardo DiCaprio’s “Blood Diamond,” for example — have fueled global concern over where diamonds come from as well as how they are mined. Fortunately, you can now buy stones and settings that are not only stunning, but also will make you proud to wear them. Keep these points in mind: By Leslie Harlib

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Koala brooch of diamonds, pink sapphires, tsvorites and onyx in 18K yellow and white gold, Tiffany & Co., $75,000.

Quadra shaped band of recycled palladium set with a one carat, environmentally friendly synthetic yellow diamond, Alix & Company, from $7,550.


Look for diamonds certified by The Kimberley Process, an effort among governments, industry and broader society to halt the flow of “conflict diamonds” — used by rebel movements to finance wars against legitimate governments. As of 2012, 50 participants representing 76 countries have signed on.

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Consider laboratory-made stones. Diamond-growing technology has been around for 50 years, but the ability to create gem-quality stones is a recent achievement. The best of these have brilliance, and even colors, comparable to mined diamonds, yet cost from one-quarter to one-tenth the price.

Leaf and vine band in recycled 18K white gold. Set with a rose-cut diamond of approximately one carat and at least .40 carats of diamond pavé. Alix & Company, from $10,100.


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Some jewelers specialize in conflict-free diamonds. Others are happy to provide supporting information. Says Cherl Spitz, owner of Spitz Jewelers in Walnut Creek, “Consumers can ask for a guarantee that the diamonds have been tracked from site holder to cutter to seller to retailer.”

Intense yellow diamond ring in 18K white gold, Lustre Precious Gems, from $8,000.

Lazare Tesoro diamond ring or band available in platinum or 18K white gold. Ring: .26 total carat weight, 7 stones. Band: .18-.23 total carat weight, 10 stones. Spitz Jewelers, from $10,000.

indulge Platinum double bail four-prong pendant with Canadian diamond, on a delicate cable chain. Brilliant Earth, from $1,300.

Vivid pink diamond ring in 18K white gold; custom designs available with various center stone options, Lustre Precious Gems, from $8,000.

Pear-shaped, 18K white gold teardrop earrings, 1/2 total carat weight. Brilliant Earth, $1,475.

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Eco-friendly settings for your jewels are a glam alternative. Brilliant Earth, which sells only Canadian as well as Namibian and Botswana diamonds mined, cut and polished with fair labor practices, uses recycled gold and platinum in settings to great effect.

Make a long-term commitment: The Bay Area-based Clarity Project creates and sells fine jewelry that is also ecologically and socially sustainable. Founded in 2009 by three childhood friends and entrepreneurs, it works directly with nonprofits to improve quality of life for gem miners and their families.

Leaflet and droplet eternity bands, available in recycled white and yellow 18K gold or recycled 14K rose gold, Alix & Company, from $2,200.

Artisan ring, hammered bezel, shown with .7 ct stone in 18K Fair Trade yellow gold, The Clarity Project, from $3,000.

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enchanting displays For most newcomers, discovering Quintessence in Menlo Park happens by way of the charming window displays fronting the downtown’s Santa Cruz Avenue. Owner Adrienne Powers creates captivating scenes with decorative seasonal items that are sure to grab fans of unique home decor. Surprisingly, though, the door is locked — a necessity because there’s so much inside, it would take workers stationed at both ends of the store to monitor everyone. But don’t be deterred. Just walk around the building, past several businesses, to get to the main entrance next to the parking lot for Draeger’s market. The short stroll is well worth it for the enchantments tucked seemingly into every corner, literally from floor to ceiling. It’s an eye-filling mix of party ware, home accessories and frivolous yet fun adornments, joined by serious art, paintings and furniture, mostly from the 18th and 19th centuries. The antiques — such as the massive French hutch or the inlaid bureau/desk — are statement pieces with price tags to match. A secretary that once belonged to the late entertainer Merv Griffin and obtained through auction goes for the “lower end” of $7,000.

Powers and her international attorney husband, Pat, buy most of these luxury articles on their global travels; eventually, they become the “bones’’ of Quintessence. All of the goods are a reflection of Adrienne’s exacting taste. “I won’t buy anything for the store that I wouldn’t have in my home,’’ she says. Obviously, hundreds of devotees share her vision. “I have customers who come here weekly from San Jose and Los Gatos just because my merchandise changes constantly,’’ says Powers, who opened the shop nine years ago. Other loyalists from as far away as the East Coast and Oregon make a point of visiting whenever they’re in town, all eager to see what new treasures have shown up. Any time is good to drop in, but the don’t-miss season lasts between late summer and winter, when Adrienne and her seven staffers begin an all-out decorating assault for Halloween and then Christmas. The Halloween vignettes start to form in mid-August, while the Christmas transformation kicks off in mid-October. Last year the team put up and festooned 14 full-size trees. In that main display window? A real sleigh and a family of faux reindeer. – Crystal Chow

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Best-Tressed List Longing for Gisele Bundchen’s beach-kissed waves, or Jennifer Aniston’s shiny sleek locks? Unless you’re an accomplished master with a blow dryer, curling iron and a cabinet full of products, it’s a rare day that your ’do matches your expectations. Now every day can be a good hair day in Silicon Valley. Drybar, which has been giving women around the country the tresses they’ve treasured, opens Aug. 10 at Santana Row. Drybar started in 2010 with a revolutionary concept: offering women a shampoo and blow-dry styling for a flat rate of $35 with the motto, “No cuts. No color. Just blowouts.” The founder, Alli Webb, opened the first salon in Brentwood (in L.A.), and Drybar has quickly grown to 16 locations across the U.S. “After the incredible reaction from the women of San Francisco to our shop on Fillmore, we immediately began seeking out additional Bay Area locations,” Webb said about choosing San-

tana Row as its first South Bay location. A second Silicon Valley location is scheduled for Stanford Shopping Center in Palo Alto in late fall. Celebrity regulars to Drybar include Jennifer Love Hewitt, Cindy Crawford, Miley Cyrus, Maria Shriver and Rose McGowan, who liked the concept so much that she became an investor. The company CEO is Webb’s brother, Michael Landau, a former Yahoo brand marketing manager. The 1,499-square-foot location at Santana Row features all the whimsical components that make Drybar such a hit: bright yellow ionic hair dryers that hang from ceiling fixtures and a menu of blowout styles named after cocktails. Ask for a Mai Tai and you’ll get Gisele’s sexy beach look. The Manhattan is a sleek city blowout, a la Demi. A Cosmo-Tai gives you Jennifer Love Hewitt’s curvy curls. They’re served with complimentary wine, champagne, coffee or tea. Parties and stylin’ for little ladies are offered, too. – Katharine Fong

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This technology, known as the Acrysof ReSTOR lens, is one of the biggest breakthroughs in cataract surgery in the last decade.


s the space shuttle Discovery carried the rotor that he helped design and develop to the space station Ben Murach had his mind on another type of space: his immediate environment. For more than 30 years Ben Murach had been wearing glasses or contact lenses to see objects at near and far distances. A recent advance in eye surgery allowed him to eliminate glasses and contact lenses permanently. This technology, known as the Acrysof ReSTOR lens, is one of the biggest breakthroughs in cataract surgery in the last decade. “I don’t need my glasses or contact lenses for reading, working at my computer or driving,” said Ben Murach. He was convinced to have cataract surgery performed by Dr. Randal Pham, founder of Aesthetic & Refractive Surgery Medical Center, after meeting Odine Wiens, who wore glasses since she was 5 years old. Odine Wiens who just retired from her 20-year job as a child nutrition assistant at Evergreen school district, had the procedure done by Dr. Pham more than one year ago. “My grandson asked me why I don’t wear glasses anymore?” said Odine Wiens. “I told him ‘grandma had eye surgery and doesn’t need to wear


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glasses’ and he said ‘but grandma always wear glasses; if she doesn’t wear glasses she can’t be grandma’,” laughed Odine Wiens. The human lens is like a camera lens. It helps focus light onto the retina, which is like the film of the camera. The human lens is made up of mostly water and protein. The protein lets light pass through and focus on the retina. As the eye ages the protein clumps together and starts to cloud a small area of the lens. The clumps also make the lens hardened; this hardening of the human lens causes people to have difficulty seeing up close. This loss of ability to see up close is called presbyopia. The cloudy area in the human lens is called a cataract. For years surgeons across the U.S. removed cataracts and implanted manmade lens to replace the natural lens. This procedure is called cataract surgery. “This is one of the safest procedures performed in the U.S. today,” said Dr. Pham. Each year millions of Americans undergo cataract surgeries across the U.S. Patients who undergo conventional cataract surgery still need to wear reading glasses after surgery. Because the Acrysof ReSTOR lens works like progressive glasses patients who have this lens can perform most daily activities without any glasses. “To implant the Acrysof ReSTOR lens, however, requires very precise and skillful work,” said Dr. Pham. Because patients who undergo implantation of the Acrysof ReSTOR lens have high expectations-they expect to be less dependent on glasses after the procedure, measurements made before the surgery and the surgery itself must be extremely accurate. The natural lens of a normal eye stays in a clear sac called the capsule. To remove the cataract, the surgeon first makes an opening in the capsule. The

surgeon then removes the cataract from the capsule using ultrasound. The surgeon must save the capsule in order to place a man-made lens inside the capsule. If the capsule is broken during the procedure and there is a large tear in the capsule the substance that normally stays behind the capsule moves forward. This substance is called vitreous. When this happens, the surgeon cannot place the man-made lens inside the capsule where the natural lens normally sits; the surgeon may place a different type of lens either in the corner between the iris and the capsule or in front of the iris. These lenses are called sulcus-fixated if they are placed in the corner between the iris and the capsule. If they are placed in front of the iris they are called anterior chamber lenses. When sulcus-fixated or anterior chamber lenses are used because their locations are not where the natural lens sits, the resulted power of the eye may differ from the calculated power which was measured before the surgery with the natural lens sitting inside the capsule. This difference in the calculated power and the resulted power may cause patients to require glasses or contact lenses after surgery. Ashley Stice, representative of Alcon Inc., the manufacturer of the Acrysof ReSTOR lens, confirms that of more than 150 Acrysof ReSTOR lenses implanted by Dr. Randal Pham, there has been no conversion to sulcus-fixated lens or anterior chamber lens implanted. “It is of utmost importance that you choose the right surgeon for this procedure,” said Odine Wiens. Ben Murach agreed: “You only have two eyes; for a procedure that requires exceptional skills and knowledge of refractive surgery I did extensive research to find a surgeon who is competent in both lasik and cataract surgeries.”

*An independent study found 85% of patients who received the Acrysof ReSTOR intraocular lens never had to wear glasses. Mrs. Odine Wiens and Mr. Ben Murach are actual patients of Dr. Randal Pham. Neither of them receives any monetary compensation for their testimonials. This ad was reviewed and approved by the Medical Board of California.

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so long, cellulite Cellulaze promises to banish that lumpy look – possibly forever By Crystal Chow

that pull skin down to form those dreaded dimples. Cellulaze, according to its maker, Cynosure, “reduces cellulite by restoring the normal structure of the skin and the underlying connective tissue.” Thanks to its extraordinary promise, people like board-certified dermatologist Dr. William Ting of San Ramon are happy to offer Cellulaze, especially given the FDA’s imprimatur. “There is a straightforward formula that every surgeon has to adhere to,’’ he says. “The protocol is very stringent.” Moreover, according to Dr. Daryl K. Hoffman, a board-certified plastic surgeon with offices in Palo Alto and Los Gatos, what’s

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Whatever the shape of your figure — whether goddess or zaftig or something in between — cellulite is likely a frustrating fixture. Only about 15 percent of women escape the scourge of bumpy, lumpy skin on their buttocks and thighs. It even shows up on our arms and stomach. Unfortunately, that cottage cheese or orange peel texture can form as early as one’s teen years. But good news, ladies: Cellulite may finally have met its match. In January, a laser called Cellulaze received the approval of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use in correcting the three causes of cellulite: bulging fat, skin laxity and the connective fibers

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home run Jennifer Loving is leading the charge to end chronic homelessness through “housing first” By Bonnie Wach Photos by Nikki Ritcher

Finding a solution to homelessness is not a career that many people know they’re destined for at an early age. But Jennifer Loving could probably have predicted it from the time she was 10. While she grew up in a tiny Southern California mountain town near Big Bear, she spent a lot of her formative years at the Bible Tabernacle church in Venice Beach, an ersatz homeless shelter where her uncle was the minister.


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“It was a church where anyone could come. People slept in the pews. It was eye-opening for a white middle-class 10-year-old,” remembers Loving, the feisty, down-to-earth executive director of Destination: Home. The public-private partnership is working to permanently house homeless individuals and end chronic homelessness in Santa Clara County. “My uncle and his family lived in the church to keep it open just so people could have a place to go. And I remem-


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Jennifer Loving speaks with Richard, a 54-year-old veteran who has been living on the “outside” for 10 years. He has a severe leg injury that has required medical attention multiple times. Loving is trying to place him in permanent housing, if he agrees.

ber thinking, ‘That’s just what you do. When somebody’s struggling, you do something.’” That experience left a deep impression on Loving, one that she carried with her through college at the University of Redlands, where she interned at a women’s domestic violence shelter and saw firsthand how circumstances could conspire to put people out on the streets. Later, while earning her master’s degree in psychology at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, she worked as a counselor at a group home for emotionally disturbed teenage girls. “There’s an interesting mythology around homelessness,” says the 42-year-old San Jose resident. “It’s easy to raise money about cancer. Anyone can get it. But people can’t get their heads around homelessness. It’s hard to understand ‘that person could be me.’ Homeless people personify what we’re afraid of.” Since assuming the directorship of Destination: Home in 2010, Loving has set a one-way, no-detours course to end homelessness in Santa Clara County. Partnering with the local Housing 1000 campaign (a branch of the national 100,000 Homes program), as well as some two dozen organizations ranging from the city of San Jose and charitable groups to private companies and philanthropic foundations, she has helped create a face-by-face registry of the county’s chronically homeless population (those who have been on the streets for more than a year, or more than four times in three years), with the goal of permanently housing 1,000 of them by 2013. Despite all its blue-chip tech companies and an IPOrich workforce that places it among the top 25 wealthiest counties in the nation, Santa Clara also ranks among


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the highest in the state for homeless people. In 2011, when the last U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) survey was done, there were upwards of 7,000 men, women and children living on the streets in Santa Clara County, 2,500 of them chronically — more than double the national average. “Santa Clara is so big and spread out. The homeless population is not concentrated like it is in San Francisco, but there are more homeless here than in S.F.,” Loving says. “The housing costs in Santa Clara have risen, and wages have not. To be able to afford housing here [$1,222 for a studio apartment, according to latest HUD estimates], the average person needs three or four jobs. Between the haves and the have-nots, it’s really a tale of two cities.” The registry process began in July of 2011, when Loving and 350 volunteers went to every street corner, underpass, encampment, creek, bridge, nook and cranny in Santa Clara County seeking out and documenting homeless individuals and families. “We got a really good snapshot of who was out there, what their vulnerabilities are,” Loving says. “We used that information to say to our partner organizations, ‘This is how we need your help.’ When we started, we had no housing. Today, we have 430 units or subsidized rentals lined up and available. We housed 10 people just this week.” The aim of Destination: Home is to keep those people housed by “removing whatever barriers stand in the way,” Loving says. “We raise money online for furniture, get security deposits paid for, coordinate care, make sure they’re getting all their veteran and Social Security benefits. Each person we house has intensive case

icons management, with daily contact if necessary.” Loving stresses that for many, getting housed is more important than finding work. “For the chronic vulnerable folks, regaining successful employment may not always be possible. We are working with a lot of folks over the age of 60 who’ve been outside for 20 years and have multiple disabilities. For them, success means accessing benefits they are entitled to and reducing the costs associated with longterm homelessness.” If Loving sounds determined and a little impatient, it’s because she is. “Sixty-one people died in the streets [of Santa Clara County] last year, often from treatable illnesses. The longer people are outside, the more likely they are to die prematurely,” she says. “And it costs us more. The ambulance rides, trips to the ER, psychiatric treatment — public services are far more expensive to the taxpayer than housing them. “No one likes stepping over people on the way to work. Once we know it costs less to house folks, it’s a total home run.” The idea of “housing first” represents a 180-degree shift from the piecemeal approach to homelessness that most cities and counties tried in the past — an entrenched and expensive system that emphasized temporary shelters, counseling, soup kitchens and other short-term services. Loving admits that convincing people to think outside the established comfort zone and embrace a completely new model has been challenging at times. For her, however, starting from scratch is nothing new. Before Destination: Home, she worked at EHC (Emergency Housing Consortium) Lifebuilders in San Jose, an organization that helps house homeless people and teaches them life skills. Over the course of a decade,

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In December 2010, Loving and EHC Lifebuilders CEO Jenny Niklaus hug after the names of 51 homeless who died on the streets of San Jose were read during a national event.

Jennifer Loving's... Nightstand reading: “Global Girlfriends” and “The Last Flight of the Scarlet Macaw” – both are about women trying to make a difference in our world. Inspiration when she’s down: My daughter (now 7). Every week she asks me how many people we’ve housed. It’s so simple to her: “What’s taking you so long?” “People shouldn’t sleep outside.” “Hurry up already.” Whenever I feel discouraged, I remember she’s counting on me – and seeing it through her eyes makes it seem easy even when it’s not. Role models: I’ve met countless heroes living on the streets of Silicon Valley over the last 16 years. People who raise their families, work full-time jobs, fall in love, vote, go to school, get sick — all without a home. I remember when I was very pregnant and feeling sorry for myself. A woman walked into my office – as pregnant as I was, but she’d been sleeping outside in her car with her 3-year-old daughter – and her attitude was better than mine. Talk about a reality check. She was a terrific mom who simply didn’t have the resources most of us take for granted. With just a little bit of help, she got out of homelessness, went back to school and got a job — all while being a single mom with two kids. She’s my hero. She should be everyone’s hero. Biggest fear: The idea that an individual matters more than our community — this notion we’ve somehow adopted domestically that in reality only serves a few. Individual gain at the expense of our community, our environment, our children isn’t really success at all. It doesn’t have to be either/or; I much prefer both/and. I’m happy with a little less if it means you can have a little more. Wish for the world: I’d make sure that everyone in our world has access to clean water. I see domestic homelessness as our nation’s greatest crisis, but we still have so many more fundamental resources compared to other places in the world, like access to clean water and sanitation. That’s why I love organizations like Charity: Water and others that are tackling these problems head-on. There’s so many ways to be involved in making our world a better place.

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Loving with her daughter Maya, 7. Maya is inspiration for Loving’s work to end chronic homelessness. “Whenever I feel discouraged,” Loving says, “I remember she’s counting on me.”

she moved her way up from caseworker to programs director, chief operating officer and eventually CEO. During those years, she and husband Jesse, a startup entrepreneur whom she met through friends in 2002, gave birth to daughter Maya, spent time traveling in Belize and fell in love with a small island in the Cayo District of that country on the border of Guatemala. Loving left EHC in 2009, but instead of settling down to suburban domesticity, she and her family decided to sell everything, pack up the car and move to Belize. “I wanted my daughter to grow up understanding how people in other less consumer-driven societies live. I never thought I couldn’t do it. I mean, who doesn’t take their 4-year-old to live off the land in the jungle?” she says, laughing. Loving spent the next year volunteering at a rural children’s arts foundation in Belize and helping Jesse build an ecologically sustainable house on the two-acre plot they’d purchased. Then, in 2010, she got a call from San Jose Director of Housing Leslye Corsiglia offering her a job with Destination: Home. Her mandate: Change the system and end homelessness. She jumped in with both feet. “Jennifer really has an understanding of and passion for the mission and a vision of how we get there,” Corsiglia says. “She brought leadership to the table. She’s been able to open doors and bring in high-level people from both government and the private sector. And I think they have confidence in her and her ability to make this work.” Santa Clara County Supervisor Mike Wasserman,


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chair of the county’s Housing, Land Use, Environment and Transportation Committee, praises Loving’s “intelligence, can-do attitude, and limitless energy and optimism,” as well as her success in raising awareness and changing mindsets. A member of Destination: Home’s Honorary Council, Wasserman adds that “Jennifer’s leadership is changing the prevailing attitude on homelessness, which is very positive for our community and for our homeless population.” For Loving’s part, she sees Destination: Home as an effective and expedient means to an end. “There’s been lots of people here interested in addressing homelessness, but this was the first initiative that made a case for ending it. If I really do what the mandate asks, I won’t be in my job for long. That’s good marching orders for me,” she says. Loving feels that with all its tech know-how and resources, Santa Clara County is uniquely positioned to succeed. “The idea is to take the elegance and innovation of Silicon Valley and apply it to homelessness, by being data driven, by using crowdfunding, by joining forces with other organizations involved with homeless care and tapping their resources and expertise. And I think it’s working. For the first time ever, the county invested $1.2 million in permanent housing subsidies. It’s the beauty of what a community campaign can do.”

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shifters Fall’s twists and turns meld classics with futurist details Rare is the moment when fashion comes to a fork in the road, pauses for a season and decides to take the unpaved path. We’re about to take that decidedly critical turn for fall 2012. The new direction melds Edwardian elements with futurist details. What could have looked like period pieces on the runways Continues on Page 47

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Strong colors, wasp waists and clean lines: Above, Stella McCartney peplum dress, $925, Neiman Marcus; Vintage charm bracelet, $195, Alina B., Walnut Creek; Kate Spade faceted clip earrings, $78, Bloomingdale’s. Diane von Furstenberg Oka fitted dress in red, $465, Neiman Marcus.

Daringly bare yet structural: Herve Leger one-shoulder dress in cool grays, $1,590, Nordstrom; Debbie Merle Designs charm bracelets in agate and Austrian crystals, $58 each, and agate drop earrings, $38, all Nordstrom.

A shapely dress defines fall’s sculpted silhouettes: Alexander McQueen dress with shaped shoulders and fringe detailing, $3,645, and python clutch with sculpted closure, $1,995, both Neiman Marcus; Miu Miu suede peep toe shoes with sculpted heel, $750, Nordstrom; Carolee Lux tassel earrings, $65, Bloomingdale’s.

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Separates that transition from late summer to the chilly months ahead: Ted Baker leather jacket, $640, Ted Baker, Santana Row; Rachel Comey collage skirt with transparent panels, $395, and ALC Italian waffle crepe top, $325, both Crimson Mim, Palo Alto and Los Altos; Linea Pelle harness belt, $195, Alina B, Walnut Creek; Donald J. Pliner slingback wedges, $225, Donald J. Pliner, Santana Row; Lauren by Ralph Lauren gold hoop earrings, $30, Nordstrom.


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Street style translated into urban sophistication: Marni mad plaid sweater, $610, Nordstrom; Gary Graham herringbone jacket, $695, cropped trousers, $495, both Crimson Mim, Los Altos and Palo Alto; Via Spiga oxfords, $198, Bloomingdale’s; Tory Burch geometric earrings, $145, Nordstrom.

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Classics never fade, they’re just reinvented: Burberry wool trench coat, $1,295, and Chanel “Jodhpur” boots in black and silver, $1,595, both Nordstrom; Alice+Olivia “Harriett” knit dress, $368, Neiman Marcus; Kate Spade faceted clip earrings, $78, Bloomingdale’s.


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Dramatic and sexy can also be cozy: Missoni wrap coat, $2,530, Neiman Marcus; Gucci suede boots, $1,250, Nordstrom; Carolee Lux faceted stone necklace, $175, Bloomingdale’s; Marc Jacobs Manhattan Tribeca colorblock satchel, $1,450, Nordstrom.

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Unexpected combinations: Alina + Nicoletta cropped puffer jacket, $398, and Room #13 leather bracelets, $139, both Alina B., Walnut Creek; Alice + Olivia leather skirt, $396, Neiman Marcus; “Little Feather” Yoana Baraschi scarf, $155, yoanabaraschi. com; Stuart Weitzman leopard and horsehair clutch, Stuart Weitzman stores, Stanford Shopping Center in Palo Alto and Westfield Valley Fair in San Jose.


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instead had an edgy, modern appeal – as if the elongated proportions, controlled volume and sculptured tailoring of “Downton Abbey” shot through a sci-fi portal to emerge with attitude and power. Strong, extended shoulders and exuberant silhouettes that emphasize the narrowness of a waist and the rounded curves of hips may seem overscale and overly exaggerated but oddly, it’s a combination that translates into strong femininity. Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney and other bold designers know that modern women want both, and deliver it in deliberate contradictions of elegance and whimsy, softness and street edge.


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of wine Like the essential little black dress, a few go-to wines let you build your signature style By Leslie Sbrocco

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Just as you pull together outfits to reflect your style, you can build a wardrobe of wines to please your palate. Start with the basics, then layer and accessorize. From classic picks to exotic and less-recognized wines that add sparkle to your staples, creating a wine wardrobe is deliciously simple. The following suggestions are good in any vintage.

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Women & Wine whites Chardonnay: Wine’s basic black What’s not to love about black? It’s classy, slimming – and you keep buying more. The same is true of Chardonnay. Crafted in styles from light to lush with only about 125 calories a glass, it’s America’s most popular wine for a reason. From elegantly crisp versions that pair with Brie to creamy, fleshy ones to match grilled salmon, there are shelves full of choices.

Places: Iconic spots planted with the grape variety Chardonnay are the Burgundy region of France and throughout California. The latter versions are often noted for their ripe fruit flavors and kiss of oak barrel aging, while French styles lean toward lightness. Tastes:

Classic Picks • Beringer, Napa Valley, California, $17-$20 • Ponzi, Willamette Valley, Oregon, $18-$22 • Joseph Drouhin “Puligny-Montrachet” Burgundy, France, $48-$53 Avant-garde Options • Felton Road, Central Otago, New Zealand, $34-$36 • Patz & Hall, Sonoma Coast, California, $33-$36 • Antinori “Cervaro della Sala” Umbria, Italy, $48-$52

Accessorize: If you like Chardonnay, try Grenache Blanc. A unique white variety hailing from northeastern Spain and southern France, this full-bodied, spicy dry wine is one to watch for in California, too. Try Tablas Creek from Paso Robles and Beckmen “Le Bec Blanc” from Santa Ynez Valley.

Riesling: The dressy wine Autumn in the Bay Area is usually the best weather of the year, perfect for racy Riesling. With zesty freshness, floral aromas and flavors that span the spectrum from bone-dry to delicately sweet, Riesling is the ideal sip to ring in fall. Whether pairing alongside fiery Latin fare or sausages topped with spicy mustard, it’s as versatile as your favorite frock.

Places: Germany’s Mosel region produces ethereal, sweeter versions, while France’s Alsace area begets richer, drier bottlings. Australia’s Clare and Eden valleys produce bonedry, citrus-scented wines. Washington and New York states are home to a rainbow of Riesling styles. Tastes:

Classic Picks • Dr. Konstantin Frank “Dry Riesling,” Finger Lakes, New York, $14-$17 • Chateau Ste. Michelle “Eroica,” Columbia Valley, Washington, $20-$22 • Dr. Loosen “Blue Slate,” Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, Germany, $20-$22 Avant-garde Options • Wolf Blass “Gold Label,” Clare Valley, Australia, $18-$22 • Grosset-Hill Smith “Mesh,” Eden Valley, Australia, $20-$22 • Craggy Range “Te Muna” Riesling, Martinborough, New Zealand, $20-$22


If you like Riesling, try Moscato – a lightly sweet, lemony sip that’s lower in alcohol and often slightly frizzante. Well-regarded wines come from northern Italy and are called Moscato d’Asti. Look for bottles from Marchesi de Gresy, Batasiolo or Michele Chiarlo.


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PAIRS A good wine is even better with food that enhances and complements. Napa-based cookbook author and food and wine writer Jill Silverman Hough couldn’t agree more: She created simple, mouthwatering recipes to pair with specific wines in her books “100 Perfect Pairings: Small Plates to Enjoy With Wines You Love” (Wiley, 2010) and “100 Perfect Pairings: Main Dishes to Enjoy With Wines You Love” (Wiley, 2011). A few choice excerpts:

WITH RIESLING Seafood and Andouille Jambalaya From “100 Perfect Pairings: Main Dishes to Enjoy With Wines You Love” Jambalaya might sound exotic — and it does have deliciously haunting flavors — but it’s basically a simple, one-pot meal that, after a little chop­ping and cutting, comes together quickly and cleans up even more so. Serves 6 to 8 2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) unsalted butter 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 9 to 12 ounces cooked andouille sausage, halved lengthwise and cut diagonally into 1/2-inch slices 2 stalks celery, cut into 1/4-inch dice 1 red bell pepper, cored, seeded and cut into 1/4-inch dice 1 green bell pepper, cored, seeded and cut into 1/4-inch dice 1 onion, cut into 1/4-inch dice 4 cloves garlic, pressed through a garlic press or minced 2½ cups reduced-sodium chicken broth One 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes 3 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme 4½ teaspoons smoked paprika 4½ teaspoons coarse kosher salt ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper 1½ cups white long-grain rice 12 ounces large, raw, peeled shrimp, preferably with tail on 12 ounces bay scallops or sea scallops, halved or quartered if very large In a medium stockpot over medium heat, warm the butter and olive oil. Add the sausage and cook, stirring occasionally, until it begins to brown, about 3 minutes. Add the celery and bell peppers and cook, stirring occasionally, for 2 minutes. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring occa­sionally, until the vegetables are tender, about 1 minute. Stir in the broth, tomatoes (with their juices), thyme, paprika, salt and cayenne, scraping up any browned bits on the bottom of the pot. Stir in the rice, bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Cover and cook until the rice is almost tender, about 20 minutes. Stir in the shrimp and scallops, cover and cook until the seafood is cooked through and the liquid is almost all absorbed, about 4 minutes. Serve hot. Copyright Jill Silverman Hough. All rights reserved.

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Women & Wine Sauvignon Blanc: The crisp white shirt An impeccably pressed white shirt under a jacket or atop a pair of jeans is the fashion equivalent of Sauvignon Blanc. With bracing vibrancy and aromas of green apples and fresh herbs, you can smell sunshine in the glass. Sauvignon Blanc marries beautifully with fresh-from-the-garden salads or rounds of goat cheese.

Places: New Zealand’s Marlborough region is famed for its pungent, sassy savvies, as they’re dubbed in Kiwi country, while France’s historic Loire Valley spots Pouilly-Fumé and Sancerre are also planted with Sauvignon Blanc. California’s fruit-driven versions (some called Fumé Blanc) express the state’s warm climate. Tastes:

Classic Picks • Robert Mondavi Fumé Blanc, Napa Valley, California, $18-$20 • Villa Maria “Cellar Selection,” Marlborough, New Zealand, $17-$20 • Pascal Jolivet Sancerre, France, $19-$21 Avant-garde Options • Middle Sister “Surfer Chick,” California, $10-$13 • Casa Marin “Cartegna,” San Antonio, Chile, $16-$18 • Efeste “Feral,” Columbia Valley, Washington, $20-$22

Accessorize: If you like Sauvignon Blanc, try Albarino. Hailing from northwestern Spain’s Rias Baixas region, this grape variety produces crisp yet fleshy whites ideal for shellfish. Seek out Fillaboa, Vionta and Martin Codax.

reds Cabernet Sauvignon: The classic suit Whether it’s the designer version or inexpensive but well-built, a classic suit gives structure and sophistication to your wardrobe. Cabernet Sauvignon is powerful yet plush, and because of its palate-cleansing grip of tannins (the healthy component in red wines that lets them age well), it’s the ideal pairing for a power lunch of filet mignon.


An equal-opportunity grape that thrives in a variety of climates, Cabernet is planted worldwide. From its home in the blends of France’s Bordeaux area to its perch in the Golden State’s Napa and Sonoma valleys, Cab is king. But don’t miss versions from Chile and the sunny reaches of western Australia.


Classic Picks • Silver Oak, Alexander Valley, California, $70-$75 • Louis Martini, Napa Valley, California, $30-$32 • Chateau Greysac, Medoc, Bordeaux, France, $18-$22 Avant-garde Options • Leeuwin Estate “Art Series,” Margaret River, western Australia, $46-$48 • Simi “Landslide Vineyard,” Alexander Valley, California, $30-$35 • Montes, Colchagua Valley, Chile, $12-$15

Accessorize: If you like Cabernet Sauvignon, try another hearty red, Malbec. Part of the blend in Bordeaux’s reds (along with Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petite Verdot), Malbec has become a star in Argentina. Check out Argentinian Malbec from Alamos by Catena, Bodega Colomé and Massimo.

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Women & Wine WITH CABERNET SAUVIGNON Focaccia With CoffeePepper Dipping Oil From “100 Perfect Pairings: Small Plates to Enjoy with Wines You Love” You know how when you go to a nice, often Italian restaurant, they pour a little something into a shallow bowl for you to dip your bread into? This recipe is an enhanced version of one of those dipping sauces, the slight bitterness of the coffee making it especially perfect for Cabernet Sauvignon. Serves 4 to 6 ½ cup extra virgin olive oil 2 teaspoons coarsely ground unflavored coffee beans 2 teaspoons coarsely ground black pepper 1 tablespoon soy sauce 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard Half of a 9-by-12-inch loaf focaccia bread, homemade or store-bought, for serving In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the olive oil, coffee and pepper. When the mixture is almost at a simmer, remove the saucepan from the heat. Set aside to steep for 10 minutes. Whisk in the soy sauce and mustard. (You can prepare the dipping sauce up to 2 days in advance, storing it covered in the refrigerator. Return to room temperature before serving.) Cut the focaccia into about 1-by-4 1/2inch strips. Serve the dipping sauce in shallow bowls on the side.

Copyright Jill Silverman Hough. All rights reserved.

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Pinot Noir: Sexy satin Pinot Noir is my favorite red. It’s silky, sleek, sexy – the same feeling you get when slipping into a satin nightgown. With an elegance that’s the hallmark of the grape variety, it’s an ideal red to pair with fish, as it won’t overwhelm. But because of Pinot’s telltale vibrancy, it’s also a wine that will match spicy cuisine.

Places: The finicky grape (thin skinned, hence its lighter color) only grows well in select places. Anchored as the red variety producing the great wines of the Burgundy region of France, it’s also risen to prominence in California’s cooler reaches of Carneros, Russian River, Monterey and Santa Maria Valley, and Oregon’s Willamette Valley. It’s also a rising star in New Zealand, South Africa and even coastal Chile. Tastes:

Classic Picks • Irony, Monterey, California, $14-$16 • Elk Cove, Willamette Valley, Oregon, $25-$28 • Domaine de la Vougeraie, Gevrey-Chambertin, Burgundy, France, $45-$48 Avant-garde Options • Solomon Hills, Santa Maria Valley, California, $55-$58 • Cameron Hughes, Russian River Valley, California, $15-$17 • Hamilton Russell, Walker Bay, South Africa, $45-$48

Accessorize: If you like Pinot Noir’s elegance, try Chianti/Sangiovese. Chianti is a region in Tuscany, and the whole area is planted primarily with the grape variety Sangiovese, which produces wines of depth yet delicacy. Don’t miss affordable Banfi “Centine,” Antinori “Peppoli” Chianti Classico and Ornellaia’s “Le Volte” blend.

Merlot: The cashmere of wine You know the feeling of draping a luxurious cashmere scarf over your shoulders: It makes you feel special. The same is true of Merlot. When you sip a well-made bottle that showcases the succulent, stylish nature of the grape, it can be a special experience.

Places: An early-ripening grape, Merlot leans toward refinement in Bordeaux’s right bank areas of Pomerol and St. Emilion. Domestically, Long Island in New York is known for Merlot, and California sports famous versions, but Washington State’s warm/cold Columbia Valley is the star spot. Tastes:

Classic Picks • Northstar, Columbia Valley, Washington, $35-$38 • Shafer, Napa Valley, California, $46-$48 • Chateau Clinet, Pomerol, Bordeaux, France, $70-$72 Avant-garde Options • Wölffer Estate, Long Island, New York, $20-$22 • Bonterra (made with organic grapes), Mendocino County, California, $14-$16 • Buty, Merlot/Cabernet Franc, Columbia Valley, Washington, $40-$42

Accessorize: If you like Merlot, try Syrah – a spicy red with full-bodied flair. The grape’s most well-known expression is Australian Shiraz, but its home is in France’s Rhône Valley. Try French versions from Chapoutier, and California picks such as Miraflores Syrah from El Dorado foothills and Paso Robles’ Justin Winery’s “Savant” blend. From Australia, don’t miss Shiraz from iconic producer Penfolds, or Shingleback’s Sparkling Shiraz. WINE continues on Page 77

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fire power Burning passion leads to eco-friendly portable fireplaces By Carolyn Snyder

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Lucky us: Seasonal weather in the Bay Area means outdoor entertaining should continue full-tilt for the next few months. But in a nod to the impending fall, we propose adding a scene-setting, ever-so-trendy portable fireplace to your garden or patio. They’re not so big that they overwhelm, yet they’re still able to provide mesmerizing flames and comforting warmth. Fueled by bioethanol, portable fireplaces are ventless, smokeless and environmentally friendly. The alcohol-based fuel, be it liquid or gel, burns cleanly, creating a real flame and a crackling noise – just like wood but without the smoke. And there’s the gratification of an instant fire with no mess. They move with relative ease from indoors to out – handy when you’re ready to pull the party inside – and range in size from tabletop models to statement-makers. Prices start at $19.99 for a tabletop ceramic fire pot at Orchard Supply Hardware to upward of $2,000.*


* A 24-pack of gel fuel (13-ounce cans) starts at $68.24 and is widely available online and in stores; each can burns up to 2½ hours. Twelve 1-quart bottles of Brasa fuel online costs $60; each bottle provides up to two hours of bright flames.

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visual sizzle The sleek 4-foot-tall cone-shaped Hausfire by Modfire is designed to direct heat and provide a modern centerpiece for your indoor or outdoor space. The Eco-smart burner uses ethanol, puts out a toasty 5,800 BTUs and is seated in a bowl of beautiful fireglass. In natural steel or Ultralounge White, Avocado, Azure, Maraschino or Tangerine. $2,250. ABA Hearth and Home, 1499 Laurel St., San Carlos, or

lantern light Extend your outdoor living season and enjoy a real fire in the “Sierra” from Real Flame. The 29-inch-tall unit is made from powder-coated steel, glass and hand-painted cast concrete and comes with decorative lava rock and a protective cover. A slide-out drawer holds up to four cans of gel fuel. $299.; also sold at Home Depot, Target, OSH and other stores

angle of repose New Orleans-based Brasa Fire’s “Camden” has a unique asymmetrical shape. A glass backing means you can place the portable unit against a wall. It comes with a Slim Burner with Brasa home fragrance system, long lighter and control wand tool. 23.75 inches high by 20 inches wide by 10.5 inches deep. In silver or slate. $585., and other online vendors

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floating island German manufacturer Buschbeck is renowned for its bioethanol fireboxes. The “Boston” from the Fire Dance series by designer Michael Grebe provides up to four hours of romantic “fire art” indoors or out. The black-finished steel and glass unit weighs 38 pounds and measures 17.5 inches high by 29.5 inches wide by 12.5 inches deep. $799.99.

fired up Enliven any space with this Wesley Indoor/Outdoor Portable Fireplace, which fits conveniently on a patio, floor or table and provides instant relaxation. It holds two cans of gel fuel to provide a rich, fiery glow (each can lasts up to three hours on a single burn and puts off up to 3,000 BTUs). 20.25 inches high by 24 inches wide by 8.25 inches deep. $113.99.

tranquility hearth This fanciful name is an apt description for works of art created by Jamil Khayrulin, coowner of Great American Framing in Palo Alto, from slate, marble, wood, copper and brass. Used as a table centerpiece, the hearth burns cleaner than candles, according to Khayrulin. And it provides a cozy ambience for romantic evenings or dramatic flair for your next party. 20 pounds. $500 and up. Great American, 229 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto, or

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in the garden

Rebecca Sweet

Vertical gardens make walls – and fences – come alive

grow up! Up-front planning, careful construction and maintenance are key to wall gardens.

By Joan Jackson


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Gardening is reaching new heights — literally — thanks to a surging interest in vertical gardens. It’s not just a matter of space. The aesthetics of a vertical garden, and its versatility indoors and out, make it an appealing choice whether you live in a cramped apartment or an airy abode. A “living wall” of succulents and ferns in your home can be a dramatic focal point. An outdoors garden planted with lettuce, strawberries or other edibles can provide both beauty and sustenance. Some vertical gardens are easy enough: Simply stack planters against a wall or fence, starting with the largest planter on the bottom and working up three or four levels with progressively smaller planters. (Be sure to attach them to the wall or fence with bolts or anchor them with stakes.) Others require more creativity and care. Try repurposing a wooden pallet, often found at supermarkets or garden centers. Use a staple gun to fix a large piece of landscape fabric (not plastic) to the back, sides and across the bottom of the pallet, with secure squared corners. Then lay it flat on the ground, fabric side down. Use two large bags of quality potting soil to fill the pallet, tamping down the soil between the slats so there are no air holes or missed space. For a normal-size pallet, you will need 16 six-packs of herbs, compact flowers, bush-type vegetables and whatever else catches your fancy. Leave it flat on the ground for two or three weeks so the plants can spread their roots and grab hold of the soil.

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Then tip the pallet against your wall, fence or balcony space. Water gently to avoid washing away soil, and make sure plants toward the bottom get their share of moisture. Ready-made vertical garden systems may be best for indoor spaces. GSky Plant Systems, Plants on Walls, Bright Green and Woolly Pocket, among others, offer a range of options, from high-tech stainless steel and automatic drip watering to flexible and modular containers made from recycled plastic bottles. The Pocket system, for example, includes a moisture barrier to protect floor and wall, and hardware to hang the system. The recommendation is three six-inch pots per Pocket, which is about 22 inches wide and 15 inches high. You can use just one Pocket for a single interesting accent, or a dozen or more to cover a full wall. Depending on the

amount of light available, this could include herbs, succulents, compact vegetables or flowers. Pockets include a self-watering reservoir and water wicking system. Experts caution that a living wall, particularly indoors, is not for the lackadaisical. As Bay Area authors and über-gardeners Susan Morrison and Rebecca Sweet note in their 2011 book, “Garden Up! Smart Vertical Gardening for Small and Large Spaces”: “In addition to the meticulous up-front planning and careful construction of your living wall, maintenance is key. Ensuring that the irrigation system is functioning correctly and monitoring the health of the plants requires an ongoing commitment.” The benefits of bringing green into your home, however, are obvious, and some report that caring for a vertical garden adds a Zen quality to their lives. So grow up!

A living wall, particularly indoors, is not for the lackadaisical. In fact, it's an ongoing commitment.


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Santa Barbara is both splendid and sweet

queen coast of the

By Katharine Fong

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Santa Barbara has always been a magnet for Bay Area vacationers seeking a SoCal getaway that’s manageable: a picturesque, eminently walkable and bikeable town with a temperate climate, sweet parks and beaches, culture, shopping, excellent wineries and food. Not to mention its lush, jewel-like setting between the Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. Whether you’re in the mood for romance, keeping the kids busy or yearning for a touch of luxe or adventure, Santa Barbara has something for you. So go ahead, make plans for fall on “the American Riviera.”

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Take a walk at the harbor, where the breakwater is paved all the way around.

for romantics Stroll Santa Barbara Harbor at sunset; before or after, try the spicy oyster shooters at Brophy Brothers ( Another sunset hotspot: Butterfly Beach. Explore the Funk Zone, east of State Street near the waterfront, and SoCo (south of Cota), also east and just south of State; both neighborhoods boast an eclectic mix of artists’ studios and galleries, surf shops, wine tasting rooms, live-music venues and more. Check out Olio e Limone ( for sophisticated Italian food and a well-stocked wine cellar, or its more casual salumi-and-winebar sister next door at Olio Pizzeria (; the latter’s breaded cauliflower and artichoke hearts, and dramatic black ink calamari, are exceptional. Orchid Inn ( — Orchids everywhere, even on breakfast plates. Manager Francine Talmadge keeps them in perfect bloom with a tub soak and thorough draining every three weeks. Eight charming, intimate rooms; chat with other guests at the communal breakfast table.


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Artist Greg Ray, above, carves sculptural pieces in his palapa in Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone. The Orchid Inn, below, features the blooms everywhere.

out of town Bacara Resort & Spa, Miro restaurant (bacararesort. com) in Goleta. Superb, 42,000-square-foot spa features 60 different treatments, fitness classes, tasty cafe. Sunday brunch at Miro is an orgy of seafood, meats, salads, fruits, cheeses and charcuterie, made-to-order omelets and waffles, and over-the-top desserts. Wine country. Four official appellations and more than 180 wineries; home to the region’s famed varietals. A 30- to 45-minute drive from downtown. (Or just hit the Urban Wine Trail,, a cluster of tasting rooms in town.) Lotusland ( in Montecito. Made real by 1920s Polish opera star Madame Ganna Walska; 37 acres of exuberant greenery, including rare plants. Courtesy El Capitan Canyon

Root 246 restaurant ( in Solvang. Chef Bradley Ogden now calls the Santa Ynez Valley home; his New American menu draws locals and visitors alike.

Above, an El Capitan Canyon yurt lets you get closer to nature without sacrificing comfort. Below, lounge beside Bacara’s two saline-filled, ocean-view pools.

El Capitan Canyon ( offers “nature lodging,” from a luxe two-bedroom cabin with full kitchen, fireplace and sweeping views to spacious yurts with comfy beds. All include a firepit with grill and picnic table. Free beach cruisers, pool; wireless access.

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culture Old Mission Santa Barbara (santabarbaramission. org), founded in 1786, and nearby Santa Barbara Natural History Museum ( Santa Barbara County Courthouse, a National Historic Landmark; climb its 85-foot clocktower for a panoramic view and admire the luscious sunken garden. (The courthouse is a stop on the Red Tile Walking Tour, a 12-block, self-guided tour of 22 architectural and historic landmarks.) The renovated Granada Theatre ( downtown books local and global performing artists, and will host the Santa Barbara Symphony’s opening gala on Oct. 20. Love concerts al fresco? See the Black Keys at the Santa Barbara Bowl (sbbowl. com) on Oct. 2.

shopping Jay Sinclair

Diani, Dressed and Ready for women’s fashions, K. Frank for men, women and children, in Santa Barbara; Angel and Wendy Foster in tony Montecito. Plus gorgeous jewelry and home décor boutiques. Old Mission Santa Barbara

family fun Picnic and play at Chase Palm Park along the shore, Leadbetter and Miramar beaches. Ty Warner Sea Center ( at Stearns Wharf is small and hands-on for kids who want to reach out and touch ocean life.

La Super-Rica, 622 N. Milpas St. Julia Childs’ fave local restaurant. Join the line out the door, try the #16 especial: pork, cheese and green peppers on soft, fluffy tortillas. Hotel Oceana ( A prime location across from the beach near Stearns Wharf. Free bicycle cruisers, two pools and complimentary breakfast with hardboiled eggs, cheese, ham and fruit. Cafe Stella ( Booths perfect for families; kids’ menu includes an ice cream sandwich with vanilla ice cream between two chocolate chip cookies. Yummy sliders and a dog patio.


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Maritime Museum ( Older kids will like the permanent multimedia exhibit “Surf’s Up!”, homage to Santa Barbara’s surfing history and culture. The Granada Theatre, above, and Hotel Oceana’s complimentary bicycle cruisers, below.

wine on the way Eric Shiftlett

The Central Coast is home to one of the state’s top wine-producing regions

Outdoor concerts at the Santa Barbara Bowl.

mark your calendar A Month to Savor Santa Barbara,, Oct. 1-31. A month of culinary festivals, cooking classes, winemaker dinners, gallery-noshing and more. The California Avocado Festival, avofest. com, Oct. 5-7 Harbor Festival,, Oct. 13 Santa Barbara County Celebration of Harvest,, Oct. 13

get around Downtown’s main artery is State Street. Along the waterfront on Cabrillo Boulevard is a popular bike/walking path. Rent a bike, trike or Segway from one of the myriad vendors; hop the Downtown or Waterfront shuttle for 50 cents.

By Bonnie Wach

Just north of Santa Barbara is the Central Coast, with more than 180 wineries and a winemaking history that dates back to 1790. Drive the Highway 46 wine route from Cambria to Paso Robles, a gently winding byway that meanders over grassy hills and past rows of verdant vineyards. Here are suggestions for a few wine-and-dine stops – most wineries are open daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; tasting fees vary. Turley Wine Cellars ( — One of the early champions of Zinfandel in the region; turns out big, brash zins from vines that date back 80 years. Cypher Winery ( — Tucked behind Farmstand 46 (a perfect spot for a farm-to-table picnic lunch; try The Badger, a pressed panini of roasted squash, eggplant, red peppers, tomatoes, onions and goat cheese), it focuses on “freakshow” wines and unconventional Rhône blends. If it’s available, try the Eclectic Red, a blend of Portuguese varietals, Carignane, Petite Verdot and Petite Sirah. Shale Oak Winery ( — A recent addition to the region, it’s a small, sustainably run winery housed in a building straight out of a Mondrian painting. Produces small-batch Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah.

Jay Sinclair

Pipestone Vineyards ( — This family-run organic winery is part of a fun renegade group of “Far Out” wineries (faroutwineries. com). Rhône-style wines made from Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre come from vineyards farmed by hand using draft horses.

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Summerwood ( — Set in a gracious whitewashed estate that also includes a nine-room inn, it features locally grown Rhône varietals such as Viognier, Syrah and Diosa Blanc — a blend of Roussanne, Viognier and Marsanne.

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WITH MERLOT White Cheddar With WineSoaked Cherries and Herbs From “100 Perfect Pairings: Small Plates to Enjoy With Wines You Love” This is an incredible — and an incredibly easy — dish, one that beautifully dresses up a familiar and easily accessible cheese. Serve it at a party or a picnic, or as an afternoon snack with your favorite bottle of Merlot. Serves 4 ¹/³ cup Merlot, or other dry red wine 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar 1 teaspoon herbes de Provence ¼ teaspoon coarse kosher salt ²/³ cup dried Bing or other sweet (not tart) dried cherries, coarsely chopped 8 ounces medium-sharp white Cheddar cheese Whole wheat crackers, for serving In a medium glass or stain-resistant plastic container, combine the wine, olive oil, vinegar, herbes de Provence and salt, whisking to dissolve the salt. Add the cherries, cover and refrigerate for at least 2 days, stirring occasionally. (You can refrigerate the cherry mixture for up to a week, stirring occasionally.) Place the cheese on a platter and let it and the cherry mixture come to room temperature. Spoon the cherry mixture over and around the cheese. Serve with the crackers on the side.

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the bottom line Beauty reviews you’ll want to read Scene tests beauty product for weeks at a time so you don’t have to: Is it just hype or a real find? Does it work for our skin type, age group, lifestyle? Is it worth the money? Nuance Salma Hayek Tinted Eye Brightener, with blue agave, lemon extracts, caffeine, Vitamin C. $14.99 for 0.11 ounce, at CVS pharmacy. “Helps minimize the appearance of wrinkles, puffiness and dark circles.” Application: “I’m fair-skinned, in my 30s and occasionally get dark circles after a late night. The formula was lightweight, went on easily and seemed to make the skin under my eyes look smoother and brighter.” Bottom line: “I would use this whenever I skip makeup and just want to look fresh. When I wear makeup, though, this is an extra step that I often don’t have time for.”

Miracle Skin Transformer SPF 20 Face, with ecophysalis, saw palmetto extract, passion fruit oil, CO Enzyme Q10, vitamins K, A and E. $48 for 1.7 fluid ounces, at Sephora. “5-in-1 tinted skin enhancer designed to hydrate, prime, enhance, mattify and protect.” Application: “My skin is sallow, with uneven tone. Initially this felt dry and chalky, as if I should have used moisturizer first. But after a few weeks the weather grew warmer and my skin turned oilier, so the cream went on nicely and blended well.” Bottom line: “Saves time in the morning. The tinted coverage is a little thin. You can use more to ‘build coverage and customize your look,’ but it still didn’t quite hide my hyperpigmentation.”

Honest Sunscreen, with SPF 20 and eight organic, natural and edible-grade ingredients. $13.95 for 3 ounces, at “Ultra-pure and highly effective mineral sunscreen.” Application: “I really wanted to love this product. It’s non-toxic, baby-safe, affordable and co-created by Jessica Alba, one of the cutest actresses around. But it was like clown face makeup — it simply did not absorb into the skin. The more I tried to rub it in, the whiter my face got.” Bottom line: “I was left smeary and low-budget-vampire-movie pale! But a co-worker’s skin absorbed the cream just fine.”

Keranique Follicle-Boosting Serum, with peptide and stem cell technology. $29.95 for 2 fluid ounces, at “Strengthens and fortifies thinning hair. … Helps hair look thicker, fuller and shinier.” Application: “This and related products are marketed as an anti-aging solution, and while my Asian hair is not exactly thin, I’m their target audience. Spritzed it on wet hair and scalp almost every day for a month or so, focusing on temples, sides and crown.” Bottom line: “My hair was definitely shinier, but later in the day also felt a tad oily. It also looked fuller, but was it from the serum bulking up individual strands, like Bumble and Bumble Thickening Spray, or helping ‘optimize the hair growth cycle’? I may try the entire system, which includes regrowth treatment.”


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in silicon valley The 4th annual Santana Row summer fashion shows drew a colorful crowd and featured the season’s essentials on leggy models – including quite a few guys, much to the glee of the largely female audience.

Navneet Singh, Iman Eskandari

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Drew Steliga, Jody Steliga, Savvy Spice’s Dale Steliga, Morgan Gulyas

Joanna Weinstein, Vong Przybylinski

Danny Chera, Yasmin Chera, Anne Averina

Shahram Nabipour, Hoss Zaré

Jayne Ruddy, Lori Roberson

Santana Row celebrates its 10th birthday on Nov. 7, so expect lots of festivities in the next few months. Mark your calendar now for “Fashion’s Night Out,” a shopping/music/food party on Sept. 6, and “Fall Fashion in the Park” on Sept. 8. The latter’s runway show features autumn and winter looks and special guest Whitney Thompson, a winner of “America’s Next Top Model.”

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arts galore Head to the Palo Alto Festival of the Arts on Aug. 25-26 for fine art and artisan craft displays, a kinetic sculpture garden, and street entertainment, food and wine. The fest, co-sponsored by Scene, takes place on University Avenue. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days.

The Zero1 Biennial will showcase multiple installations, public art, performances and events at the nexus of art and technology, Sept. 12 through Dec. 8. Distributed throughout Silicon Valley and the greater Bay Area, the fest’s hub may well be the Zero1 Garage. Part think tank, part incubator, part exhibition space, you’ll find it at 439 S. First Street in San Jose. Feeling drab? Make plans for Full Spectrum 2012: An Evening of Colorful Surprises, the annual fundraiser for the San Jose Museum of Art, on Oct. 13. In addition to the amazing art auction, guests will feast on a fourcourse meal and enjoy lively entertainment.




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1. Silicon Valley Heart Ball Chair Brad Smith, president and CEO of Intuit, with wife Alys 2. Marie LoPresto, and Sheila and Bob Swanson 3. Susan Sobrato, Joe Parisi, Nicki Parisi, John Sobrato

4. Cindy and Dr. Nicholas Leeper 5. Alison and Dean Cappellazzo 6. Denise Burns 7. Rama and Renil Komitla, CEO of Paxterra Solutions 8. Kath Tsakalakis


Courtesy Santana Row

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Scene • FALL 2012 

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More than 200 people wined and dined under the stars at the 16th annual Silicon Valley Heart Ball, held at the Los Altos Hills estate of Woodside Capital Partners’ Kelly Porter. The ball raised almost $800,000 to fight heart disease and stroke.

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