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COPING WITH LIFE’S SECOND ACTS
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features spring fashion 56
the guide for brides The Perfect Dress The latest trends, from the spellbinding to the sublime. By Hasti KashďŹ a. Photos by Delbarr Moradi
109 Singular Sensations Unique spots to tie the knot. By Erika Kittler Brown
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Indulge Vow wows: Gems, hairpieces to complete your look. By Janet Kim Paik
Bold & Bright Vivid hues and soft, clean lines. By Donna Kato Photos by Christina Hernandez
Beauty Report Be your best on your big day. By Melinda Sacks
116 Haute Stuff Fun and festive wedding favors. By Crystal Chow
122 In the Garden Succulent bouquets and boutonnieres. By Joan Jackson
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departments icons 70 Just Between Us Alison van Diggelen coaxes thinkers, activists and the merely famous into talking about green tech – and themselves. By Julia Prodis Sulek
body & soul special report 39
Medical advances in fertility mean women have more choices than before. By Melinda Sacks
76 A Radical Idea Sonia Arrison believes science and tech will soon let us live till we’re 150, so we might as well prepare for it. By Julia Prodis Sulek.
83 Second Acts
New Ways to Conceive
Lynette’s Story Chemo treatments could save her life but leave her unable to bear children. How one woman was able to preserve her fertility.
Big changes in your life or career? Embrace them – or at least learn how to make them work for you. By Donna Lynn Rhodes
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The Insider Summer trends, and the best locally based fashion sites. By Stephanie Simons
Shop Talk The Pickled Hutch in Paciﬁca, and The Red Box in Walnut Creek
129 Getaways Southern California resorts lure visitors with sun, sand – and recycling. By Katharine Fong
134 At the Table Fig’s Ray Garcia. By Katharine Fong
140 Home & Design Designing with soul: doing the right thing with decor and materials. By Donna Kato
152 Seen Big fun around town.
154 Just for You A reader contest, and more.
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Join us! Our Fall 2011 issue publishes August 12, full of fashion, design, health and wellness, and locals you’ll want to know.
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Of babies, weddings and fresh starts It’s an unthinkable situation: Lynette Leighton was 37, divorced and childless when she was diagnosed with invasive breast cancer. The treatment that could save her life – chemotherapy – would also leave her infertile. She had to act quickly. Under the guidance of Dr. Mitchell Rosen, head of UC San Francisco’s Fertility Preservation Center, she chose a sperm donor, fertilized her eggs, harvested and froze her embryos, then began chemo – all the while not knowing if she’d live long enough to be a mother. “Lynette’s Story” (Page 45) ends on an upbeat note, as Leighton has been cancer-free for two years. It underscores the lengths to which many will go to bear a child. “Everybody takes it for granted that if they want to, they will be able to have children, and they spend much of their lives trying to not get pregnant,” Rosen says. “Then when they want a child and can’t have one, it is heartbreaking.” Our larger story on cutting-edge fertility treatments (Page 39), by Melinda Sacks, broadened my understanding of how science and technology, and professionals like Rosen, are making it easier to conceive, and to ensure that babies will be healthy and normal. These innovations allow women and men to get past common infertility issues, such as endometriosis, low sperm count and age – and also more complicated problems such as Leighton’s. It’s a provocative read. The rest of this issue? We have weddings on the brain, what with William and Kate’s spectacle coming later this month, and the annual nuptial season gearing up. I invite you to join in: Check out our spellbinding bridal fashions layout on Page 90, styled by Hasti Kashﬁa, then debate Erika Kittler Brown’s picks of the best local spots to tie the knot (Page 109), and peek at some creative wedding favors and ﬂorals (Pages 116 and 122, respectively). And don’t miss Donna Lynn Rhodes’ look at “Second Acts” (Page 83), where a few locals well acquainted with life’s curveballs talk about turning unwanted changes in career and life into inspiring, positive transitions. Getting married, being able to choose from more fertility options, moving on to a new chapter – they are but a few paths of many. In the spirit of weddings and babies and fresh starts, I wish you rich and joyous life-afﬁrming experiences, whatever path you are on.
Katharine Fong Editor & Publisher
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Michael Turpin Vice President, Advertising & Marketing Bay Area News Group John Stoeser Director, Community Information & Targeted Delivery Bay Area News Group Ginny Banuelos Director, Retail Advertising Bay Area News Group Steve Weimer Targeted Publications Director
Erika Kittler Brown (“Singular Sensations”) has planned events for years, ranging from parties for the ESPN Classic at Super Bowl XXXVII in San Diego to gala fundraisers in Silicon Valley. As well as handling events for the Bay Area News Group, she currently is planning her sister’s wedding – and blogging about it on SceneBayArea.com.
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scene advisory board Karie Bennett Founder Atelier Aveda Salonspa and Atelier Studio at Santana Row Collette Navarrette West Coast Marketing Manager Federal Realty - Santana Row Amanda Sinclair Strategic Account Manager Future Electronics Dawn L. Thomas Broker Associate Intero Real Estate Services
Monica Balistreri Product Manager Scene Magazine Ginny Banuelos Director, Retail Advertising Bay Area News Group
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Kalpana Trivadi CEO World Information Network Laura Vestal Marketing Director Westﬁeld Valley Fair
Oakland-based Christina Hernandez (“Bold & Bright”) admits to getting emotionally invested in her work, as it allows her “to become totally immersed in the moment.” A photojournalist at the San Francisco Chronicle for 13 years, she learned to embrace changing environments and conditions, and the unexpected. She shoots portraits, weddings and more.
Nanci Williams Founder/CEO Orloff/Williams Lily Yacobi CEO Sarah and David Interactive
Donna Kato Contributing Fashion & Beauty Editor Scene Magazine
Donna Lynn Rhodes (“Second Acts”), a Chicago native and self-proclaimed Anglophile, has a passion for words and a keen sense of humor. She left a successful 21-year career with Diablo Magazine to launch her own business, donnalynn Creative. Knowing ﬁrsthand what it takes to star in your own second act, she takes us behind the scene in this issue.
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AP R I L 1 2 - 1 7 www.broadwaysanjose.com Call 408-792-4111 for tickets All shows held at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts.
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Alexander Barantschik plays Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto Thu Apr 7 10am K ATHARINE HANRAHAN OPEN REHE ARSAL Thu Apr 7 8pm FLINT CENTER, CUPERTINO Fri Apr 8 8pm Sat Apr 9 8pm Osmo Vänskä conductor Alexander Barantschik violin San Francisco Symphony Thomas Larcher Red and Green (San Francisco Symphony Commission—World Premiere) Mendelssohn Violin Concerto Vaughan Williams Symphony No. 2, A London Symphony Inside Music, an informative talk with Susan Key, begins one hour prior to rehearsal and concerts. Free to ticketholders. Off the Podium, an informal Q&A moderated by Rik Malone, with Alexander Barantschik and Osmo Vänskä, begins immediately after the April 9 performance. Katharine Hanrahan Open Rehearsal is a working rehearsal. The pieces rehearsed are at the conductor’s discretion. The Open Rehearsal Series is sponsored by PG&E Corporation.
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Loungewear meets lingerie. This trend takes its inspiration from camis, bodices and slip dreses. Marie Saint Pierre
Bell-bottoms are back! Wide-leg trousers make a comeback. Pair them with the season’s towering platform heels or ﬂats.
Bright hues Move over, LBD. Mini and maxi dresses in spring-fresh hues are having their moment in the sunshine.
Ladylike blazers The (itty-bitty) ﬁtted blazers of the moment have a distinctly Chanel-inspired feel.
Espadrilles reach new highs Woven heels are higher than ever. Expect a bevy of fresh new colors, prints and shapes. Kate Spade, Bloomingdales
runway to south bay The top trends to take you through summer By Stephanie Simons
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Polyvore Polyvore.com lets you play fashion editor while simultaneously feeding a scrapbooking ﬁx. Some 30,000 magazine-style collages (aka “sets”) are created every day, featuring everything from lipstick to Louboutins — all of which are available for impulse purchase on the site. The social networking aspect allows a global community to tag, rank, share and “favorite” everyone else’s latest fashion obsessions.
one-click wonders Valley tech savvy rules online shopping New York may have bragging rights to the biggest names in fashion and beauty, but Silicon Valley is revolutionizing the way we shop, one addicting website at a time. By Stephanie Simons
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On Kaboodle.com, fellow Kaboodlers answer your stylerelated questions and help you choose what to wear for a speciﬁc occasion by leaving Facebook-style comments on the photos you upload and styleboards you create. Adding to the allure is the fact that intrepid shoppers have a say about what goes on sale: Most “hearted” handbags, jewelry and clothes are given a killer discount.
Indie designers who aren’t backed by big companies or ﬁnanciers get their kudos on Moxsie.com. The Moxsie team handpicks men and women’s clothing, shoes and accessories from all over the world. A democratic approach allows shoppers to participate in buyer meetings real-time via Twitter and Ustream. During checkout, choose a charity from a list (featuring nonproﬁt, grass-root organizations such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving), and Moxsie donates a portion of proceeds from your purchase at no cost to you.
Disco Bracelet by Potluck Paris, $120, made from recycled silver, pewter and copper. Imported from Paris.
Couturious The virtual equivalent of playing paper dolls (or playing Rachel Zoe), Couturious.com boasts au courant labels such as Cynthia Rowley, Charlotte Ronson and Tory Burch. While Polyvore puts cutouts to virtual “paper,” this site helps you determine not only what to wear but also how to wear it. You can drag and drop photos of real, shopable sale items onto 3-D “photo-realistic” avatars spanning different ethnicities, body types and hairstyles. Impressively, you also can undo buttons on a blouse, perfect a scarf by folding it just so or tuck skinny jeans into a pair of hunting boots — no two looks are ever the same.
Adored for its incomparable selection of one-of-a-kind vintage ﬁnds (and for guaranteeing you’ll never ﬁnd an underpriced Prada handbag at a garage sale again), eBay.com has undergone some renovations that make its fashion section more fun. No longer regarded as a destination for attic-rummaging aunties, it harnesses a fresh new perspective from a team of stylists, plus deeply discounted high-end fashions sourced direct from designers.
Boutiques.com is owned by Google and works a lot like Pandora, which feeds you a shufﬂed selection of music based on your favorite songs. Algorithms determine your style preferences based on silhouettes, colors and patterns you love, and fashion suggestions come from the site’s collection of boutiques. Crushing on a certain handbag, but not the color? Find similar items for comparison shopping thanks to advanced visual recognition technology — a product of Google’s acquisition of visual search engine Like.com. You also can browse fashions handselected by celebrities, in addition to many other items the site predicts they would wear. Kathena satin clutch by Christian Louboutin with signature red lining, $977 at shop.savannahs.com
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Colored stones remain trés chic in wedding rings and other nuptial jewelry – not that traditional diamond sparklers have taken a back seat. We asked purveyors of pavé to show us what’s new and most in demand. You’ll be a luminous star, bride or not, adorned with one of these gems. By Janet Kim Paik
Round diamonds encircle oval-cut 2 carat sapphire center stone, with 0.35 carats in the diamond setting stones along the shoulders and band. Tacori, platinum $4,250 (not including center stone), Lustre Precious Gems.
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Triple strand of cultured South Sea white pearls with spessarite, pink sapphire and diamond orchid clasp set in platinum, $159,500, Tiffany & Co.
Fancy colored diamond rings in platinum, from left: $2 million, $410,000, $390,000, Tiffany & Co.
Handcrafted platinum ring with 9.38 carat cushion-cut paraiba tourmaline and 2.68 kite and round diamonds by JB Star, starting at $350,000, CH Premier Jewelers.
Engagement ring is 0.55 carat diamond, surrounded by 38 round, brilliant diamonds equaling 0.77 carats. Matching 11 diamond, 0.5 carat, 18-karat white gold wedding band. $8,890, Heller Jewelers.
Handcrafted platinum ring with 5.20 carat fancy yellow radiant diamond with 2.07 carat kite and round diamonds by JB Star, starting at $110,000, CH Premier Jewelers.
Hand-fabricated platinum ring with cushion-cut 2.21 carat diamond accented by French pavé set halo with French pavé set band. $26,500, Joe Escobar Diamonds. Diamond drop earrings with pear-shape pink tourmalines set in platinum, $14,500, Tiffany & Co.
Engagement ring for the new “Millenia,” 18-karat white gold “micro pavé” design set with 1.62 carat round brilliant diamond, $16,500, Derby Jewelers.
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indulge 18-karat white gold LovePods necklace with 0.07 carat pavé diamonds, $825, Pandora. Morganite briolette swag necklace with diamonds set in platinum, $18,000, Tiffany & Co. 18-karat white gold LovePods earrings with 0.06 carat pavé diamonds, $675, Pandora.
Crescent blossoms interlace in special, gossamer-woven diamond-shaped earrings for the Aﬂeuress collection by Tacori. 18-karat gold $3,290, Lustre Precious Gems.
Drop earrings with round diamonds in luxurious cushionshapes on a compass-like orientation; from the Dantela collection by Tacori. 18-karat gold $1,890, Lustre Precious Gems.
Matching bracelet with diamonds at the center of petite crescent blossoms; 18-karat gold $16,390, Lustre Precious Gems.
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jewelry CH Premier Jewelers Westﬁeld Valley Fair, 2855 Stevens Creek Blvd., Suite 1235, Santa Clara, 408.983.2688, chpremier.com Derby Jewelers 411 Hartz Ave., Danville Hotel, Danville, 925.855.0700 Heller Jewelers 2005 Crow Canyon Place, San Ramon, 925.904.0200, hellerjewelers.com Joe Escobar Diamonds 450 E. Hamilton Ave., Campbell, 408.341.0300, joeescobardiamonds.com Lustre Precious Gems Westﬁeld Valley Fair, 2855 Stevens Creek Blvd., Suite 1099, Santa Clara, 408.296.3686, lustrepreciousgems.com Pandora Westﬁeld Valley Fair, 2855 Stevens Creek Blvd., Suite 1040, Santa Clara, 408.615.1417, pandora.net Tiffany & Co. 1119 S. Main St., Walnut Creek, 925.939.6300; 149 Stanford Shopping Center, H-149, Palo Alto, 650.328.2552; Westﬁeld Valley Fair, 408.243.7771, tiffany.com
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inspired by nature From feathers to handmade ﬂowers, these hairpieces are guaranteed to make heads turn
Let this dragonﬂy 18-karat gold plique-á-jour brooch with pink sapphires alight on your tresses $40,000, Tiffany & Co.
Playful eyelash feathers set off a goose nagoire and silk ﬂower base, highlighted with a sparkly center. $50, Oooh La La Headpieces.
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A blooming ivory dahlia made of feathers and silk, with velvet leaf accents. $135, Twigs & Honey.
Hand-formed 5-inch peacock feather ﬂower on a metal hairpin. $165, Sara Gabriel.
Bridal mini hat made from rooster, stripped coque and bleached peacock feathers; fabric ﬂower; and vintage velvet leaves. $185, Lo Boheme.
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On her days off, Lisa Wilson scours estate sales, ﬂea markets and antique shops, hunting for one-of-a-kind items for her eclectic shop. Since moving the Pickled Hutch from San Francisco to Paciﬁca in 2008, she has added gift items such as cards and candles to her lineup of vintage and vintage-inspired jewelry and decorative items for home and garden. It’s the vintage lighting, usually in the form of chandeliers, that customers adore the most, Wilson says, and she understands why: “I always ﬁnd myself gravitating toward crystal chandeliers for their added glamour and sparkle.” Chandeliers run anywhere from $375 to $3,200, depending on size, materials, condition and value. Most of the lighting at the Pickled Hutch is from the Art Deco period, the 1920s to 1940s. Wilson says her other bestsellers are mirrors, also from the Art Deco period, running $275 to $300. Much of the jewelry carried at the shop is designed by Wilson herself and Debby Anderson, whose line is called “Romancing the Bling.” (Both artists’ work is also on Etsy.com.) Other jewelry pieces are vintage or items found at estate sales. Furniture is also on display. A classic, repainted vanity from the 1930s runs $295. “When you have a store this big, you have so many different things you can offer,” Wilson says. “It’s like a big puzzle where the pieces change all the time.” —Jasmine Duarte
the red box Luxe standout makes a splash At The Red Box in Walnut Creek, exclusive and one-of-a-kind accessories are culled from Paris, Milan, Germany and beyond. Some of them you likely won’t ﬁnd anywhere else in the U.S. (such as handbags by former designers for Chanel, Hermés, Armani and Dior). Owner Mojde Esfandiari, a former high-powered corporate retail exec, also searches closer to home to ﬁnd the choicest items for her boutique. “I like supporting American designers and U.S. manufacturing,” she says. It’s the luxe touches and textures that make these pieces stand out among mainstream department store items: buttery soft leathers, velvety suedes, and unexpected studs and fringe. Necklaces are made for layering and carved from agate and mother of pearl. Bright and glossy cell phone cases, wallets and iPad cases have that coveted “candied” effect. Making a splash at the front of the store are sea-diver watches and ties for men. And at the back? A glass case displaying evening clutches, reminiscent of the way a patisserie shows off its most exquisite frosted goods. These lace, silk and Swarovski crystal stunners can run upward of $2,000, though other ﬁnds are a steal at under $20. Expect a wider array of goods very soon. Esfandiari says she’ll be adding hats, belts, shoes, sandals and tops, and expanding the men’s category, later this spring.
Mojde Esfandiari ﬁnds exceptional items from around the globe for her shop on Main Street.
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oh, baby! New options for conceiving – now, or later By Melinda Sacks
Age, of course, is not the only reason women – and men – may be infertile; sexually transmitted diseases, endometriosis, hormone imbalance, anorexia or a partner’s low sperm count all can contribute. Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control show infertility rates for women ages 15 to 44 (considered childbearing years) have remained about the same over the past few years, at 11.8 percent. What has changed is that infertility treatment has improved signiﬁcantly, with decreased risks and increased safety, and options have expanded as clinics and specialists have grown more skilled. Preg-
When it comes to infertility and fertility, myths – and startling facts – abound. Among the myths: After age 40, you can kiss your chances of conceiving goodbye. If you’re fertile at 20, you’ll be fertile till you hit menopause, at least. Among the facts: At 70, Omkari Panwar gave birth to twins in India in 2008, the same year Rajo Devi Lohan, 70, delivered a son, all the result of in vitro fertilization (IVF). Hollywood stars such as Celine Dion, Marcia Cross and Halle Berry have made giving birth after 40 look doable and downright glamorous.
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nancy success rates nearly doubled at fertility clinics in the past decade, according to UCLAâ€™s School of Medicine. Better early evaluation and treatment increase chances of success, as do a combination of traditional and cutting-edge approaches. Worries of becoming the next Octomom through assisted reproductive technology (artiďŹ cial or partially artiďŹ cial methods used to achieve pregnancy) are lessening every year, experts say. At the same time, options for older women are expanding, but still with a few caveats. â€œThere are so many misperceptions,â€? says Dr. Mary Abusief, reproductive endocrinologist and infertility specialist at Fertility Physicians of Northern California, which has ofďŹ ces in Palo Alto and San Jose. â€œThe Hollywood fantasy we see is movie stars who had a baby at 59 or say they got pregnant at 60, and that can cause a lot of disappointment. If more of these people would say what they really went through, that would help.â€? â€œNo one is going to get pregnant on their own at age 60,â€? agrees Dr. Mitchell P. Rosen, director of the UC San Francisco Reproductive Laboratories and Fertility Preservation Program. â€œEvery physicians group has its own cut-off age at which they will treat infertility based
on ethics and risk. Our cut-off is 50. â€Ś We know that as we age, our organ function is not what it was. Getting pregnant is an incredible stress on the body, and studies show as you age there are complications that increase.â€?
Escalating treatments The ďŹ rst step when a woman is having trouble conceiving should always be evaluation, experts say. Most insurance companies cover this step, which runs about $350 for those paying out of pocket. From there arise a series of escalating treatments and associated costs, which are customized depending on the situation: s Clomid (generic is clomiphene), a prescribed medication that stimulates egg production. Can be combined with timed intercourse or insemination to increase the chances of conception. Side effects: mood swings, bloating, weight gain, headaches. Risks: increased chance of twins (6.9 percent) or triplets (0.5 percent). Success rate: about 10 percent per month (vs. 20 percent of couples with no fertility issues who get pregnant every month). Cost: about $1,000 per cycle.
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