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WHEN DRESS-UP FEELS DIVINE

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E D I TO R’S L E T T E R

With journalist Jessica Yellin (page 42) and her dog, Bruno

About a year ago we returned from a fabulous weekend

And we don’t need big plans to go to a hot Westside or

with friends at their Newport Beach house to discover a

downtown restaurant. We just get together, and most of

plumbing leak in our kitchen. Our entire kitchen had to

the time it is totally impromptu. Meet me at so and so for a

be gutted, and ultimately the wood flooring throughout

glass of wine tomorrow at 6! Hey, come over and see this new

had to be redone. While everything was ripped up, my

dress I bought; can’t decide whether to keep it. We’re just grill-

husband and I decided to make some other changes. We

ing tonight by the pool—wanna come over?

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When with me, my girls can let it all out. I’ve had

called a butler’s pantry) and moved the laundry room to

girlfriends burst into tears at lunch at a taco stand and

an unused bedroom. Having lived through two previous

get in spats with their husbands at our “white table-

renovations, I just couldn’t do it again. (Anyone who has

cloth” dinner parties. It doesn’t matter. They are human

rinsed dishes in the bathroom sink will understand.) We

beings, and they can be their not-so-best selves when

moved into a rental in Manhattan Beach for the seven-

they’re with me. Life and people are complex, but to me

month duration. My husband’s office is in the South Bay,

the rules of friendship are simple.

and we thought it would be fun to experience a different way of life. Living in MB was wonderful. You just can’t beat seeing

I must point this out: Several of my close girlfriends are people I’ve met over the past 12 years while working on this magazine. I’d be at an interview or photo shoot

the ocean and feeling that delightful breeze every day.

and the work would be done, but we’d still be chatting.

Plus being able to walk to everything was just heavenly.

The conversation would continue over lunch, then at a

We’d park our cars on Friday and not get back in them

dinner with spouses, and the friendship—meaningful

until Monday. I wore flip-flops the entire time and spent

friendship—would evolve from there. Honestly, it’s been

every single night I was home on the balcony staring at

one of the greatest rewards.

the mesmerizing sunset. As an avid gardener, I did miss tending to my flowers

Hope you all enjoy our annual Women’s Issue. The people you’ll meet on these pages are an inspiring

and veggie garden. But the thing I missed most was my

group—women who are pushing boundaries, stepping

Valley girlfriends. I have friends all over the city, but it is

over the no’s, and defining success on their own terms.

my gal pals in the Valley I see most. We don’t need to go

My kind of women.

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was trying to keep calm and carry on during the COVID shutdown. But it

ing snazzy, freshly painted in its original dark moss green factory color. As we admired the car on a summer morning, Isabelle explained that she made it look

Zoom calls with friends that got her

“meaner” by giving it fatter tires, a slightly lifted sus-

You might say she came by it naturally. She grew up

pension and vented hood (the engine she built was larger than the original, so it needed a taller hood). When Ford marketed this car, women were the target audience.

in the Valley and her father, chef Giovanni Bola (his

The Mustang was even called a “secretary’s car” by the

company, Giovanni’s Tiramisu, was featured in the

famous high-performance modifier of Mustangs, Carroll

December 2019 issue of VB), exclusively drove vintage

Shelby. When I ask what a “boss’s car” would have been,

cars. When she was 16, he gave her an ’85 Mercedes.

she points down the block at a Mercury Cougar.

She recalls shuttling around her then-hometown of

Isabelle’s Cougar, also from 1967, came her way by

Reseda and liking it more than any modern car she ever

happenstance. She was at a gas station earlier this year

drove. But the iconic Ford Mustang—beloved since its

in Leona Valley when she saw the vehicle and struck up

1964 debut—was always the car of her dreams.

a conversation with the owner. He had been its second

The dream became a reality in early 2020 when

and fourth owner, he said, driving it with his daughter,

Isabelle spotted a 1967 Mustang for sale on Facebook.

then selling it, only to buy it again after his daughter

It had been sitting in a field near Rancho Cucamonga

died. When he mentioned his plans to sell the Cougar

for years, but it didn’t have any rust on it, which was a

once more—in a couple of weeks at the local cherry

good sign. Isabelle took the risk. She bought the car and

festival—Isabelle offered to take it sooner. She bought

towed it back to her house in Encino. Within a month,

it four days later and has been working on it ever since.

Isabelle had completely stripped down the body and was hard at work at getting the engine running. It was her first go at a rebuild, and Isabelle admits

These stories are part of the draw for Isabelle. She likes to drive, certainly—Mulholland, Laurel Canyon, and Sunset are among her favorite cruising routes—but

that she often got frustrated. She taught herself as

she also finds satisfaction in just being part of the car’s

she went—fixing broken stem seals in the engine, for

life and journey. And she likes the sheer act of classic-

example—and leaning on others when necessary. Her

car driving. They may not have AC, but as she sees it,

husband, Roger, is into classic cars too—the two work

it’s a happier experience.

together designing post-purchase hardware for electric

“Part of the allure is that indescribable feeling most

cars—so he provided encouragement. And a buddy of his

Angelenos have at one point or another: when there’s

with more experience lent a hand. Isabelle also found

no traffic, and you’re just driving, the sun is golden

online forums helpful, and she hunted down Valley re-

and beautiful, and your favorite song is playing. That

pair shops with experts willing to share insights.

inspires you to want to drive something you love.”

“I knew it would be hard, but I didn’t know how

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six months, the Mustang was up and running and look-

wasn’t sourdough bread making or through; it was restoring classic cars.

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No matter the setback, Isabelle persisted, and within

Isabelle knows she’s not alone. Maintaining a classic

hard,” Isabelle says. “A lot of it was asking questions,

car may be a dying craft, but there’s a thriving com-

and not being afraid to ask questions. And you have to

munity of locals who continue to love and maintain

mess up, do it again, mess up, then do it again.”

their automobiles, and in-person meetups take place

BOTTOM LEFT PHOTO COURTESY OF @CNCPICS ON INSTAGRAM

Like so many of us, Isabelle Rosa


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all over the Valley. There’s a monthly classic-car cruise that starts at Cupid’s Hot Dogs in Winnetka; the weekly Cars & Coffee event in Northridge; and Valley Cruise Night, which usually kicks off at Carneys in Studio City or Fosters Freeze in Burbank on Friday evenings. Isabelle was a regular for some time at the Classic Car Show at Bob’s Big Boy in Burbank. Every Friday, classic-car owners park in the diner parking lot, peruse the awesome collection of cars, and talk shop. The couple’s car collection continues to grow. As we walk around their front yard, where car body parts are strewn about in what she affectionately calls the “car garden,” she shows me a baby blue 1973 Chevy K10 truck that Roger bought (and disassembled), plus a 1969 Dodge Charger that may be an actual stunt car from the TV show Dukes of Hazzard. If they had the space, they’d likely take on more. “My dream is to have a wine garage,” she muses as we walk away from the cars. “We’ll find one of those old auto shops in the Valley, use it as an actual garage to fix our cars, and also have a cool wine and beer space. We’d do classic-car drive-ins and sell vinyl records and books. I would get to work on my cars for fun and have something I love doing as work.” Here’s to dreams coming true. ■

“PART OF THE ALLURE IS THAT INDESCRIBABLE FEELING MOST ANGELENOS HAVE AT ONE POINT OR ANOTHER: WHEN THERE’S NO TRAFFIC, AND YOU’RE JUST DRIVING, THE SUN IS GOLDEN AND BEAUTIFUL, AND YOUR FAVORITE SONG IS PLAYING. THAT INSPIRES YOU TO WANT TO DRIVE SOMETHING YOU LOVE.”

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When Dress-Up Feels Divine WITH HER NONPROFIT THE PHOENIX EFFECT, STYLIST JEN PRINCIPE GIVES GIRLS AND WOMEN WHO HAVE SUFFERED TRAUMA A DECADENT DAY OF FASHION AND BEAUTY. Written by Chelsee Lowe

To see LA stylist Jen Principe today, with a twinkle in

and helped them shop for key pieces that were missing.

her eyes and a quick smile, always impeccably attired

Others began asking for her services, and a business

and coiffed, you’d think she grew up in a household of

was born.

privilege. Nothing could be further from the truth. Her parents separated when she was a baby, and

reward, she says, is seeing that look of joy on someone’s

stepmother.

face once they see themselves transformed by her vision. “There have been so many psychological studies that

tactics. If she was hungry, she went on a scavenger

support the fact that what we wear can transform the

hunt, gathering snacks from Woodland Hills neigh-

way we feel, how we perform tasks, how we behave,”

bors. If she was scared or needed to get away from the

Jen says. “I have seen the transformation with every

house, she played dress-up in whatever she could find.

one of my clients.”

She continued to play dress-up amid piles of donated

One day while Jen was on a run, she experienced a

clothes at the Jewish Federation in Boyle Heights, where

sort of divine intervention: What if she could do more

she went with her grandmother on weekends.

with this gift she had been given? A friend of hers

“Even then, I knew there was an energy to these old

had mentioned visiting a young girl fighting cancer at

pieces,” Jen shares. “I was a kid, so I’d fantasize and

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Jen envisioned styling

imagine who had worn them.”

this child, Zoey, lifting her spirits and offering a mo-

Jen left home at age 18 and joined the working world as a successful mortgage broker. Over the course of

ment of beauty and respite. Zoey was the first of many girls and women whose

many years, she untangled some of her childhood

spirits Jen would raise through what became The

trauma, healing through forgiveness and humility.

Phoenix Effect. The nonprofit aims to support people

She got married and had two sons, and once the kids

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from celebrities to stay-at-home moms. The biggest

Jen experienced neglect and physical abuse from a She says she learned to be clever with her survival

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Ten years later, Jen has styled for clients who range

impacted by trauma—from a teenager struggling

were a bit older, her passion for fashion reemerged. She

through the foster care system to a girl in a wheel-

put together what she calls a personal look book—a

chair who has undergone more than 70 surgeries. With

binder of photographs of head-to-toe outfit options

donations raised entirely by Jen, selected recipients are

culled from her own closet. She felt she was on to

transformed from head to toe for a magical photo shoot

something, so she made look books for a few friends,

with a professional photographer. Jen orchestrates all


Jen styling a woman for a photo shoot via her nonprofit The Phoenix Effect.

the details, from hair and makeup to clothing and accessories and scene setting. “This metaphor of the phoenix is so important—it is the legendary story of rising and birthing a stronger self. This work is why I think I’m here on this earth.” With a life so full of stories, it is no wonder Jen put pen to paper and wrote a book. A Common Thread, which Jen describes as her fashion memoir, debuted in June. In it, Jen weaves together personal stories from her life, interspersed with styling advice. She hopes that her story will inspire others to reflect on and share their own. “I want people to know that trauma is not a destination,” Jen says. “If we are vulnerable with others, we can overcome hard things. We really do need each other for stability, and to grow and connect.” To learn more about Jen and The Phoenix Effect, go to jpstyles.com. ■

“THERE HAVE BEEN SO MANY PSYCHOLOGICAL STUDIES THAT SUPPORT THE FACT THAT WHAT WE WEAR CAN TRANSFORM THE WAY WE FEEL, HOW WE PERFORM TASKS, HOW WE BEHAVE.”

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naturally mobile ARTIST KAROLINA MASZKIEWICZ CREATES STRIKING KINETIC SCULPTURES FROM ITEMS FOUND IN NATURE. Written by Hadley Hall Meares | Photographed by Monica Orozco

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Karolina Maszkiewicz stands in her

Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising and

bright, cozy studio near LA’s Miracle

started a career as a designer in the fashion industry.

Mile, showing off her vast collection

Although her endeavors focused on clothing design, she believes it helped her become the artist she is today.

of dried seed pods. She is all smiles—

“What fashion taught me is to pay attention to details,”

sunny, warm and as graceful as the

she says. “When I first started working, one of the

light and airy mobiles that have made her a go-to artist for interior designers and private collectors. Her delicate but sturdy mobiles are created with a colorful, earthy

biggest surprises I was not taught in school is that you have to pick a thread, the thread size, the colors, the buttons, the hem width, and just tiny little details. So I think my attention to detail comes from that.” While Karolina had always pursued art as a side project, her second career as a full-time artist kicked off when she began studying with the modernist

collection of dried seed pods, charred

sculptor Brad Howe at his studio in Malibu. She was

wood, brittle flowers and the hard

drawn to kinetic sculptures and uses them to tell the

hats of acorns. “Whatever drops on the ground, I pick it up. I collect

story of the environmental crisis currently enveloping the world. “I feel like kinetic form really suits the issue of the environmental conflicts that we’re in

nature’s trash and make it into these guys,” she says,

right now,” she says. “It’s like the passing of time and

gesturing to her work.

nature, how it moves.”

What Karolina does with “nature’s trash”—along

After the devastating Woolsey Fire in Ventura County

with a few man-made elements and metal wire—has

in 2018, the artist turned her anguish into “Woolsey,”

made her sculptures the star of exhibits at Ochi Projects

a series of mobiles made with charred wood left behind

in LA, Ellsworth Gallery in Santa Fe and G/ART/EN in

by the flames.

Como, Italy.

“Brad’s place was destroyed in the Woolsey Fire. I

Her love of the outdoors and the calm and seren-

went there as soon as the streets opened, which I think

ity she feels when working with natural materials is

was maybe a week or two after,” she says. “I wanted to

rooted in her childhood in northern Poland. Her father,

express my personal feelings about the fire itself, this

a professor, is an artist, and her mother is a biologist

particular one, but also just what’s going on with the

and avid gardener. From a young age, Karolina and her

environment and how much we’re not paying any at-

sister, now a costume designer, learned to create things

tention to it. It’s just so frustrating because there’s no

on their own.

future if there is no environment. So I wanted to turn

“We were always super crafty. We’d sew our own clothes, sew toys. Also, this was part of post-Communism, so there wasn’t much around,” she says. “If you wanted something, you had to make it yourself.” In 1995, Karolina moved to LA. She attended the

it into something beautiful that would draw attention to it.” Like her mother, Karolina is an avid gardener and a naturalist, often foraging for materials in Griffith Park, on sidewalks—anywhere she can. Her current series

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“I FEEL LIKE KINETIC FORM REALLY SUITS THE ISSUE OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL CONFLICTS THAT WE’RE IN RIGHT NOW. IT’S LIKE THE PASSING OF TIME AND NATURE, HOW IT MOVES.”


“Sepsates” (a word she made up) focuses on dried clippings from jacaranda, sapphire cypress and eucalyptus trees. The mobiles twist and curve elegantly, displaying their muted earth tones. Karolina sees “Sepsates” as a meditation on the way we ignore the natural world. “It takes all this effort to spread the seeds, and they just go on the ground, on concrete, on the streets, not being able to really do the job that they’re meant to do,” she explains. “And we don’t really notice it.” She hopes her work will help those around her become more attuned to the natural world, and she’s encouraged by the fact that her community has helped forage for natural specimens perfect for her sculptures. “Once I started doing it, a lot of people started helping because they felt like, ‘Oh my God, I see those everywhere. Can I bring you some?’” she says. “My boyfriend’s mom, who lives in Hawaii, sends me things now.” For Karolina, her art is her message, and her practical attitude toward success keeps her pushing forward. “I just had to do it and did it, and somehow it’s working, thank God.” ■

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W

hen she was a college student

hundreds of buyers and sellers in various

and Larger Than Life, an organization that

studying business law at

price ranges. “Each client is different and

gives Israeli kids with cancer a dream trip to

California State University,

unique,” she says. “A good agent needs to

the United States.

Northridge, Adi Livyatan never

recognize the individual needs of each client.”

dreamed that she would be a top luxury

Specializing in new construction, Adi works

A couple of Adi’s passions are traveling and focusing on fitness and nutrition. “It’s not

home specialist for the San Fernando Valley,

with residential buyers and sellers as well as

easy with such a busy schedule, but I do my

selling more than $300 million annually.

developers. She advises her clients through-

best to do things that make me feel good.

Fast-forward to today, and that’s exactly what

out each step of the process—from finding

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she’s doing—and the accolades are there to

the land or the teardown property to select-

give to your family, your clients and people

prove it.

ing finishes and design choices to staging.

in general.”

In 2021 Adi was recognized for her sales

A marketing whiz, she and her team take

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volume and ranked #41 in the nation by

a comprehensive approach to promoting

been breaking records all over the Valley—

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their clients’ properties: creating videos,

specifically Encino. “I currently hold two of the

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custom websites, international listings and

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says Adi, who has watched the area transform

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takes a high-end marketing campaign to

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“I love what I do. Every day I get to meet new

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the process, and people began to approach

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her to list their homes for them. Adi says it

munity,” she shares. “People walk in the neigh-

became “an addiction,” so she began to

borhood, greet each other, have community

work in real estate full time.

meetings. It gives me a sense of belonging.”

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naming rites WHEN YOU’RE A MEMBER OF A CELEBRATED LITERARY DYNASTY, NAMES MATTER. NOW, A MULTIGENERATIONAL TEAM OF EPHRONS HAS WRITTEN A BOOK LOOKING AT NAMES AND THE MEANING THEY CARRY. Written by Anne M. Russell | Photographed by Michael Becker Family photographs courtesy of Amy Ephron

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The dynasty began with New York City natives Phoebe and Henry Ephron, playwrights who achieved screenwriting success as a team in the 1940s after moving to Los Angeles. In addition to hit movies such as Three Is a Family (1944), Daddy Long Legs (1955), and Take Her, She’s Mine (1963), they also produced four daughters: Nora, Delia, Hallie and Amy. Nora, the oldest, who died in 2012, is the best known of the second generation of Ephrons, as a screenwriter for several blockbuster romantic comedies that include When Harry Met Sally and Sleepless in Seattle. She also wrote the screenplay for Silkwood and, with sister Delia, You’ve Got Mail. But younger sisters Hallie and Amy are also successful authors in their own right, with dozens of books to their credit, spanning genres that include essays, memoir, novels, suspense and young adult fiction. Both have written for magazines and newspapers as well, including Vogue, O, and the Los Angeles Times and New York Times magazines. Now a third generation is blossoming. Amy’s daughters, Anna Ephron Harari and Maia Wapnick (Amy also has a son, Ethan Harari, a talent manager in LA), have teamed up with their mom to author The Amazing Baby Name Book: A (Possibly) Helpful and Slightly Amusing Guide from A to Z (September 2022). As Delia once wrote in The New York Times in an essay about the cyber theft of her own name, “My mother made a huge fuss about her daughters’ names. She bragged often that we had names that no one else had.” As you would expect in a family of self-described storytellers, Ephron origin stories vary. While Amy, who narrowly escaped being named Irene, notes in the new book, “(I) never asked if (my name) was a nod to Little

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Phoebe Ephron. Below: the Ephron sisters: Nora, Delia, Hallie and Amy


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Sisters Nora, Amy and Delia Ephron. Above left: the Ephron family at their home in Beverly Hills. Above right: Amy Ephron with her children, Maia, Anna and Ethan.


Maia Wapnick, Amy Ephron, Anna Ephron Harari

Women,” her sisters believe she was indeed named after

although Amy wielded veto power over her daughters’

one of the protagonists of the classic Louisa May Alcott

suggestions. One of the names that Maia, a former

novel. (In an ironic twist, at one point in Little Women,

ballerina and now a professional brand strategist and

Amy March sets fire to her sister Jo’s literary output in

corporate-naming veteran, says she was very sad to see

a fit of jealousy.)

on the cutting-room floor was “Ikea.”

The baby-naming guide was a joint inspiration of Amy and Maia, Amy recalls. “We suddenly came up

Amy Bricking, eschews the traditional gender divide.

with the idea that there were a lot of words that were

Although some individual names are described as being

worthy of being names, but had been overlooked,” she

for girls or for boys, all the names are listed together

says. Adds Anna, who in preschool insisted on being

alphabetically. “A name can be for any number of

called simply “Ana” with no last name, “My superhero

genders,” says Maia. “We didn’t want to dictate that

name is ‘Sky.’”

for people.” And while the primary audience for the

The mom-and-daughters team deny there was any friction through the process of crafting the book,

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The hand-size book, with charming illustrations by

guide is obviously parents-to-be, Anna likes the idea of its potential to help people who are reinventing


themselves. “It would be cool if it were used by adults,” she says. “People choose new names for themselves for a variety of reasons.” Although the wholesomeness of a mother-daughter project and the shining legacy of the clan’s literary accomplishment may paint an idyllic picture of Ephron familial bliss, there are too many confessional memoirists in the family to let that illusion stand. Hallie, who is five years older than Amy, is the most blunt in her recollections of the trauma inflicted by their parents, who were alcoholics. In an essay in O magazine, Hallie wrote, “(M)y mother drank. My father drank, too. Alcohol ignited her anger, and sometimes they fought from midnight to dawn.” As far as the relationships among the sisters went, she recalls, “(W)e were more alike than we were different—all bossy and opinionated, witty and articulate, like our mother. At dinner, a three-course event that anchored every evening at 6:30 sharp, the competition for airtime was Darwinian.” In the essay, Hallie recalls that as Phoebe lay dying of cirrhosis, her mother exhorted Hallie: “Take notes.” That advice seemingly became the watchword of all the Ephron daughters, repeating itself at the deathbed of Delia’s husband, screenwriter Jerome Kass, where he observed as he lay dying of prostate cancer, “One day you will tell this story.” Has the unstoppable drive for storytelling reached the next generation? Yes, says Anna, who has two children and lives in Sherman Oaks. She recently left her job as a special-effects producer to write full-time. “It’s a prevalent theme in our family that whether it was happy or not, you tell the story,” she says. ■

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The News Whisperer WITH “NEWS NOT NOISE,” JOURNALIST JESSICA YELLIN AIMS TO DELIVER EVEN BAD NEWS IN A GOOD WAY. Photographed by Michael Becker

Meet Jessica Yellin, and within minutes it is apparent:

talking to swing or undecided voters, and they were

She set her sights high from day one. The LA native

overwhelmingly women. We always hear about

attended the Westlake School for Girls (now part of

the suburban soccer mom or the NASCAR mom. In

Harvard-Westlake) and graduated magna cum laude and

Washington, the notion was that they just didn’t care

Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard. From there she climbed

about politics. My take was that they care enormously;

the ranks of news, ultimately working at several national

they just weren’t getting the information they wanted

cable outlets. She felt like she’d reached the top when

from us. They’d say, “I watch you guys, and you’re not

she became chief White House correspondent for CNN.

telling me an answer. If I elect this guy, is he going

But in 2018, after eight years at the network, Jessica felt

vote for this or for that? Is this woman going to raise

frustrated at not being to share news in a meaningful

or lower my tax rates? What’s my health care going to

way—with proper context and relevant backstory. She

be like?” I’d ask my bosses if I could I break down how

left CNN and launched News Not Noise. Here VB editor

this impacts people’s lives, but there’s always breaking

Linda Grasso chats with the award-winning journal-

news that pulls you away from that.

ist about the success of her platform. With a viewership estimated at 800,000, more eyes are on Jessica now than

How did News Not Noise start?

when she was on CNN.

Prior to starting the Instagram account @jessicayellin, I kept pitching this idea of not-angry news to TV show

Let’s start with your departure from CNN in 2018.

producers in Hollywood. I got every version of “Oh God

Why did you leave?

no” that you can imagine. I thought to myself, “You

I was in TV news for 17 years. I had this idea that I’d

just have to do it yourself.” Friends kept saying, “Don’t

get to Washington and that by explaining what was go-

wait for permission; just pick up your phone and do it.”

ing on in national politics it would help get people more

And one day I did just that. I recorded a video explain-

engaged and motivated to vote. I started doing news the

ing something that was happening in D.C., posted it

way one does it in TV—with focus on conflict, partisan

to Instagram and got a positive reaction—mostly from

battles, and a lot of negativity. Eventually I became

friends at that point—and I just kept doing it.

chief White House correspondent at CNN. I was at the top of the game covering the back-and-forth between

What put News Not Noise on the map? You’ve

Congress and the White House and campaign dramas.

got more than 600,000 followers now on

But I had this awareness that I wasn’t doing what I got

Instagram alone.

into the business to do. I really wanted to help people

I started posting before the Brett Kavanaugh hearings.

make sense of this crazy reality. So I made the leap.

I had volunteered at a rape treatment center. As I was covering the hearings, I was explaining why that senator

What made you think there was an audience for

is doing what he or she is doing—explaining what was

what you wanted to do?

happening behind the scenes. Then I kept pausing and

As a political reporter I was out in the field constantly

saying, “Hey, I know some of you are probably survivors

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of sexual violence, and this is probably triggering for

You come from a family of doers. Your father, Ira

you. Here are some resources you can call to talk about

Yellin, was a prominent real estate developer in

it. Doesn’t matter how long ago it happened.” People

Los Angeles.

weren’t really doing that at the time—combining the

Yes, he was committed to helping restore historic LA.

hard news with a kind of empathy. That really took hold.

He redeveloped several iconic downtown properties

People felt like they were hearing about politics in a way

including the landmark Million Dollar Theatre, the

that was human-centered and empathic.

Bradbury Building and Grand Central Market. When he passed away in 2002 (from cancer at age 62), my mom,

And then I understand some celebrities noticed you.

Adele, took over the business.

Jessica Seinfeld found the account and told her audience, “You gotta follow this.” Amy Schumer is a friend

Your father was also the son of an Orthodox rabbi and

of hers and started following. Then I get a DM from

a past president of the American Jewish Committee.

Amy: “Hey, I have something kind of noisy, but if

Were you raised in a religious household?

you want it, it’s yours. I’m pregnant. Do you want to

We were not kosher and we did not go to synagogue

announce it on your Instagram?” On her account she

regularly, but I had a very traditional bat mitzvah. We

posted that she had some news—to find it, go to

had Shabbat and of course the big holidays. And I was

@Jessicayellin. She did a sister a solid! I jumped from

raised with Jewish values, especially tikkun olam—how

like 10,000 followers to 60,000 followers!

can you make a difference to help heal the world.

Share a bit about your audience.

You recently moved from the Westside to Sherman

They’re mostly women in their 20s and 30s. They don’t

Oaks. How are you liking it?

want to watch people screaming about world events or

I love it. People are friendly. I meet neighbors walk-

to deal with all the negativity and partisanship on cable

ing my dog, Bruno, on the street. They actually want

news. They don’t have time to read four newspapers

to say hello, which is amazing. I can go out without

to get different points of view. They want news told

makeup and no one gives me the once-over. There are

clearly, quickly and without excess drama.

so many great mom-and-pop shops—the woman at Maxwell Dog gave me tips on getting Bruno to sleep. At

How do you cover Trump these days?

Centinela Feed they helped me choose snacks for him.

I know people are exhausted by the deluge of awful in-

I got a P.O. box for business and the man who runs the

formation. But there’s a certain amount people need to

place gave me his cell phone to text if there are ever is-

know, whether we are talking about Jan 6 or the return

sues. It is always sunny and there is plenty of parking.

of classified information or the various investigations.

It’s like a small town hidden inside LA. ■

That’s not just to be an informed voter but also to understand what in our system needs repair or reform so

For more, listen to Jessica’s episode on the SheSez With Linda

our institutions and democracy are enduring.

Grasso podcast: shesez.com/journalist-jessica-yellindelivers-even-bad-news-in-a-good-way

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The seven female doctors at Facey’s Tarzana office offer primary and specialist care in a modern, welcoming space. Here, they share the joys of their careers. Dr. Dafna Trites is an OB-GYN who grew up in the San Fernando Valley and joined Facey in 2016 after 17 years at a private practice in Northridge. “OB-GYN is such a broad, exciting field of medicine,” she shares. “I love seeing the different generations of women, and my passion is helping them navigate the enormous changes of menopause with expert advice and treatment. My greatest joy is helping empower women to feel vibrant and healthy and lay the foundation for the most optimal second half of their lives!” Dr. Tina Verder earned her doctor of medicine degree at Chicago Medical School, interned at USC School of Medicine and

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and assess the clinical scenario with the help of lab testing and imaging,” she shares. “I enjoy helping patients gain control of their diseases with a personalized care plan so they can live their best lives.” Dr. Mina Moussavian-Assadi is a pediatrician who practiced in Boston for 13 years before joining the Facey team. She received her medical training at the University of Montpellier School of Medicine in France and completed a residency at Monmouth Medical Mina Moussavian-Assadi, MD

Center in New Jersey. “Our pediatric group at Facey Tarzana has the feel of a private

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consider myself an extension of my patient’s

many outstanding colleagues. I’m extremely

Hospital. “I have more than 25 years of expe-

family. Being a parent of a child with special

happy to have joined Facey Medical Group

rience in obstetrics and gynecology in the

needs has raised my level of compassion for

almost three years ago and honored to have

San Fernando Valley,” Dr. Verder explains. “I

all my patients, and I try to help patients and

so many of my previous patients join me at

specialize in minimally invasive surgery with

parents by being their advocate through their

Facey for continued care.”

the da Vinci robot for disorders of the female

emotional or physical challenges.”

genital tract. Over the years I’ve enjoyed

Dr. Jody Levy has practiced internal

Dr. Loren Leshan has practiced medicine for the past four decades in Mexico, Wisconsin

doing medical missions in the Philippines and

medicine for 39 years. She attended medical

and Florida, as well as here in her home state.

being able to provide surgery for women who

school at UCLA and completed residencies

She has worked with Facey Medical Group

might otherwise not be able to afford it.”

at Baylor College of Medicine and LAC-

for four years as a family medicine practitio-

Dr. Diana Wong has been an OB-GYN in

USC Medical Center. Her area of interest is

ner. In addition to diagnosing and treating

Tarzana since 1994. She earned her medi-

the prevention of cardiovascular diseases

illnesses, she focuses on disease prevention

cal degree from Wayne State University and

such as heart attacks and stroke. “I have

and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

performed a residency at USC L.A. County

practiced medicine in this community for 21

Women’s Hospital. “I initially wanted to be

years,” says Dr. Levy. “I enjoy working with so

“I educate patients to take good care of themselves,” says Dr. Leshan. “I try to integrate

a pediatrician,” she shares, “but while doing

physical and emotional and spiritual health

my rotations as a medical student I realized I

for myself and my patients.”

loved surgery and really enjoyed working with women. The positive of being an OB-GYN is

Facey Medical Group, along with

that you get to see the babies you delivered—

Providence, is a convenient, compassion-

years down the road when they come in with

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their moms for appointments. After 24 years of

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practice, I feel like I have seen everything!”

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Dr. Hitasha Singh, a rheumatology special-

a Facey doctor.

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Sweet Sensation SATISFY YOUR DESSERT CRAVINGS WITH CREATIVE OFFERINGS AT TANG & JAVA IN WOODLAND HILLS. Written by Joshua Lurie

How, you might reasonably ask, did a vape shop owner

preservatives or coloring.” As for the java, “You can

and a fashion designer/jewelry maker come to join

taste the quality. Once you have that first sip, it gives

forces on a coffee, gelato and dessert shop?

you that ‘aah’ feeling and reminds you what a good cup

Soccer, of course. Entrepreneurs Diana Lua and Sjareska Martina

of coffee should be.” How people are treated is also paramount to the

Karni met during one of their kids’ soccer games. The

owners. Diana strives for “a staff that’s welcoming and

friendship ultimately spawned a partnership, with the

a place where everyone is not judged.” A mom of four

duo opening the Tang & Java shop in a strip mall a few

boys, including twins with autism, she strives to create

doors down from Diana’s other business, Hidden Vape.

a safe space where children with disabilities can feel

The creative concept, kicked off last December, is a

comfortable. She envisions Tang & Java as a popular

fusion of their backgrounds and heritages. Diana, who

hangout spot, “not just a coffee or gelato shop, but a

completed her culinary arts training in 2019 to become

space for the community.” ■

a chef, is from the Philippines. Sjareska grew up in Curacao, a Caribbean island and former Dutch colony. So their shop incorporates popular Filipino ingredients like ube (purple yam) and calamansi (a tart citrus) in

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signature beverages, while griddled poffertjes—tiny Dutch pancakes sweetened with powdered sugar and

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syrup—are also on the menu.

A colorful play on the popular multi-textural Filipino frozen

The shop’s name is also a fusion, combining java

dessert halo-halo. It combines a choice of fior di latte or

(coffee) and Tang, a reference to China’s Tang Dynasty,

ube gelato with nata de coco (coconut jellies), kaong (palm

which is supposedly when people first made ice cream.

sugar), ube, jackfruit, crispy rice and leche flan.

Tang & Java devotes 16 gelato bins to inventive flavors like Madagascar bourbon vanilla, goat cheese with pas-

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sion fruit, and a caramelized cookie called Biscoff. Scoops

A signature fior di latte gelato sundae topped with nutty

fill house-made waffle cones, affogatos (dessert drinks),

tahini sauce, crumbled halva (sesame confection), pine nuts

cups, crinkle cookie sandwiches and brioche buns.

and crunchy sesame brittle.

“I want food for the soul,” Diana says. “Something that will give you an experience.” The gelato “reminds

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you that life is too short, and you can have that little

On Sundays, Tang & Java utilizes their poffertje molds to

goodness in your life without guilt nor tons of sugars,

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Tagliatelle al Ragù

Yellowtail Crudo


The Egg Comes First UOVO MAY BE IN STUDIO CITY, BUT WITH FRESH HOMEMADE PASTA FLOWN IN DAILY FROM ITALY, IT’S ABOUT AS CLOSE AS YOU CAN GET TO THE REAL DEAL. Written by Joshua Lurie

For aficionados of Italian food in LA, the goal is often

tagliatelle, a generous pile of flat, medium-wide noo-

to find dishes that are as authentic as possible. That’s

dles topped with ground pork and grass-fed Wagyu beef

certainly the case at UOVO, the Santa Monica-born

from First Light Farms that coats the pasta beautifully

restaurant that flies in temperature-controlled pasta

after mixing. Their vongole (clam) pasta is also defini-

overnight from Bologna. Their sfogline (people who

tive, utilizing tonnarelli (spaghetti’s thicker, square-

hand-craft pasta) make fresh pasta using farm-fresh

edged cousin), white wine sauce and chile flakes in a

Italian eggs (uovo) in that ancient city. UOVO’s own-

coveted Massimini family recipe.

ers, Rome natives Lele Massimini and his brother

The focused menu offers just 15 pasta preparations.

Carlo (along with two business partners), say that they

At the higher end, tagliatelle tossed with white truffle

simply couldn’t replicate the pasta they revere us-

butter sauce runs $25. Other pastas cost between $17

ing California eggs and hands. They take that same

and $19, a relative bargain given the efforts involved.

approach at UOVO’s fourth and newest location, which debuted in March at The Shops at Sportsmen’s Lodge. UOVO sources their eggs exclusively from a purveyor

UOVO’s most noteworthy menu addition since debuting in 2017 has been their three tasting menus— Classic, Cheese & Truffle, and Regional. Each serves for

outside Bologna. “They are of a much darker, deeper

two people and includes a starter like yellowtail crudo

yellow/orange color. But far more importantly, they

or hand-cut beef tartare, three pastas, and unique

have a different density and viscosity, and the result is

tiramisu served in a glass inspired by Rome’s Felice

a pasta with a far superior texture and mouth feel that

a Testaccio restaurant. Lele considers these tasting

bonds with sauces in a whole different way,” business

menus the best way to experience UOVO.

partner Jerry Greenberg says. Carlo also credits trusted sfogline for their superior

Most of the menu is available for takeout, but a few dishes are excluded. “While some pastas after 20 or 30

pasta—specifically their remarkable skills that “simply

minutes are still good enough for us to be comfort-

come from a lifetime of repetition of making pasta in

able serving, others are not, as they simply don’t travel

the old-school way.” UOVO’s pasta, Carlo adds, re-

well and really don’t meet our quality standards when

minds him and his brother of the fresh pasta they grew

served to go,” Carlo says. Pastas like cacio e pepe,

up eating in Italy.

tagliatelle al tartufo and carbonara are among those

The UOVO menu divides pasta into three categories—La Pasta di Bologna, La Pasta di Roma and Pasta

available for dine-in only. LA has more interesting Italian restaurants now than ever

Classica—and details key ingredients and backstories

before, but UOVO stands out from the pasta pack thanks to a

for many of their dishes. For instance, UOVO sourced

consistently clear commitment to craft and sourcing ■.

their ragù recipe from Bologna’s Antica Trattoria della Gigina. They collaborated with Rome’s Trattoria da

UOVO

Danilo on their cacio e pepe recipe.

12833 Ventura Blvd., Studio City

Highlights include delectable ragù, featuring delicate

@uovopasta.

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For Body & Soul A CANCER DIAGNOSIS CATAPULTED ELINA FUHRMAN INTO A JOURNEY OF SELF-HEALING THROUGH HEALTHY EATING THAT EVOLVED INTO HER SOUP DELIVERY SERVICE SOUPELINA. Written by Heather David | Photos by Pär Bengtsson and Rose Dupont

Most Sundays you’ll find Elina Fuhrman selecting organic vegetables at the colorful stands lining Ventura Place at the Studio City farmers market. She carefully chooses seasonal ingredients like lemongrass, cauliflower, yardlong beans and beech mushroom for the soups she prepares for her home delivery company, Soupelina. “I know all the farmers and they know me; it’s where I get most of my produce,” says Elina. Becoming a chef, cookbook author and owner of a bustling soup delivery service is a far cry from her former life. After relocating to the U.S. in 1997 from the former Soviet republic of Moldova, Elina went on to have an award-winning journalism career, writing for outlets like CNN, The New York Times and NPR. But a breast cancer diagnosis in 2009 changed everything. “My tumor was very aggressive. I took a walk into wellness,” Elina remembers. She spoke with experts in the fields of modern and ancient naturopathic remedies. She studied Chinese herbs and how they change the chemistry of the body. She also took an odyssey to India, learning first-hand about the ancient practices of Ayurvedic medicine. “I had this aha moment: Medicinal herbs and plants affect your body on a cellular level. So that was my task—to change the way my cells behave. I thought, ‘How about I combine all of these great ancient medicines in one bowl and create a soup?’” After a period spent experimenting with ingredients, Elina created vegan recipes that were not only delicious, but also aimed at health and wellness. She underwent a lumpectomy and had radiation, but she largely credits those recipes—and the overall more healthy direction of her diet—for why she is cancer-free today.

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SOUPELINA’S EXOTIC SPICY TAMARIND-CAULIFLOWER SOUP 4 cups water or Soupelina Lemongrass Cleansing Broth

Bring pot of water to boil over medium heat. If using

¼ cup tamarind juice

Soupelina Broth, warm broth until hot over medium-

1 ½ tablespoons red curry paste

low heat. Add tamarind juice, tamari and salt. Then add

1 ½ tablespoons tamari

mushrooms and cook until done—approximately 10 to

1 package beech mushrooms

15 minutes.

½ cup daikon rounds

Add daikon, carrots and cauliflower and cook for

½ cup carrot rounds

another 15 to 20 minutes until al dente. Then add yard-

1 cup cauliflower, cut into florets

long beans and cabbage for another 10 minutes on heat.

4-5 pods of yardlong bean, cut into 1-inch pieces ½ cup Chinese cabbage, cut

Remove from heat and let sit for 15 to 30 minutes for flavors to mature.

sea salt to taste

As for Soupelina, it evolved naturally. Elina started out just sharing her soups with friends and family. They ultimately encouraged her to take her healing hobby to the next level in 2012. “My daughters bought me a ladle for New Year’s and engraved it Soupelina and made a T-shirt for me. They said, ‘You have no choice; you’re doing this!’ That’s how it started,” Elina laughs. Soupelina offers three- to five-day cleanses with entrées like Kale-orfornia Dreamin’ and Sweet Coconut Thai, Oh My. She works closely with her clients to meet their specific needs. “People come to me with all types of things, from celebrities wanting to debloat before a red-carpet event to cancers, psoriasis, autoimmune conditions, menopause and post-surgeries,” she says. “It’s definitely not a conveyor line, and every soup is a magic bullet.” To learn more, go to soupelina.com. ■

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Restaurant Guide The Valley is out and about, and our restaurants welcome your business. We offer a closer look at venues ready to take your reservation and give you a wonderful dining experience.

Boneyard Bistro

Granville

Lovi’s Delicatessen

A staple of Sherman Oaks for 17 years,

Specializing in wholesome, handcrafted

An homage to New York delicatessens

Boneyard Bistro serves regional BBQ

recipes and libations. With warm hospital-

with a contemporary edge. The menu

and inspired bistro fare along with an

ity, good vibes, globally inspired food and

features traditional Jewish fare and

extensive craft beer list and more than

music, we are a culture—not a concept.

an eclectic array of international and

100 bourbons.

American cuisine. Silver Triangle District

13539 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks

12345 Ventura Blvd., Studio City

24005 Calabasas Rd., Calabasas

818-906-7427

818-506-7050 | granvillerestaurants.com

818-223-8777 | lovisdeli.com

boneyardbistro.com

IG: @granville

IG: @lovisdeli

IG: @boneyardbistro

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restaurant guide

Mora Italiano

Osteria La Buca

Sadaf Restaurant

A cozy, indoor-outdoor neighborhood

A casual, local gathering place for food,

A modern restaurant and bar with influ-

Italian restaurant offering delicious

friends and wine with a menu that reflects

ences from traditional Persian flavors.

pastas, pizzas, entrees and antipasti plus

an uncomplicated, classic, grassroots

Fresh cuts of meat and produce grilled

a great selection of wines. Off Ventura

approach to Italian country food inspired

over an open flame, served in a relaxed,

Boulevard and Encino Avenue.

by our Southern California backyard.

chic atmosphere.

17499 Ventura Blvd., Encino

4235 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks

16240 Ventura Blvd, Encino

818-386-0278

818-456-1216

818-981-8100

moraitaliano.com

osterialabuca.com

sadafencino.com

IG: @moraitaliano

IG: @osterialabuca

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Sushi|Bar Encino

The Oaks at Lakeside

Wood & Water

Chef Phillip Frankland Lee’s omakase

Located in Los Encinos State Historic Park,

Experience a modern American restau-

speakeasy at Scratch|Bar. A free-form

the restaurant offers a majestic and scenic

rant and bar with multicultural influences,

sushi-counter experience with 10 prized

dining experience and provides an inviting

featuring the freshest seafood, produce,

seats and unexpected riffs on beloved

ambience for any special occasion.

proteins and oyster bar.

standards from land and sea. 16817 Ventura Blvd., Encino

13359 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks

16101 Ventura Blvd., Second Floor, Encino

747-217-4002

818-855-1661

sushibyscratchrestaurants.com

theoaksatlakeside.com

woodandwaterla.com

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The Medicinal Garden Illustrated by Yuiko Sugino

Valley-based Ayurvedic practitioner and wellness lifestyle coach Leslie Thorn believes that a medicinal garden is akin to having a potent medicine cabinet at your fingertips.

HOLY BASIL Benefits: decongestant, treats acne, reduces

“Our ancestors understood that healing is an intuitive process and used medicinal plants as part of their everyday lives to recalibrate their

respiratory infections, pain reliever, anti-cancer, lowers blood pressure “This sacred plant is known in India as tulsi,

health and prevent disease. Medicinal gardens

which means ‘the incomparable one.’ It is

are relatively easy and inexpensive and plants

commonly used in Ayurveda for tea, but can also

make the freshest medicine. When you build a

be used as a tincture, infusion or essential oil.”

sacred relationship to your garden, it gives back to you with abundance.” She says it is not necessary to have full sun to

Benefits: loaded with vitamins,

such as lemon balm, peppermint, red raspberry

enzymes and minerals; strengthens

and ginseng, actually do well in the shade.”

hair and nails, builds milk supply

Leslie follows seasonal cycles with planting starting in the spring. It’s also the time for picking flowers and making flower essences. In

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grow medicinal herbs. “Some of my favorite herbs,

in lactating mothers, rebuilds tissue, anti-inflammatory “Nettles is one of my foundational

the fall, medicinal roots are ready to harvest,

plant allies because it is so rich in

and she makes immune-boosting tinctures and

nutrition. I make overnight infusions

syrups. Here she shares seven key plants—along

using a large handful of dried plant

with some recipes—whose benefits range from

material in a quart-size mason jar of

relieving menstrual cramps to boosting immunity.

cold water.”


RED RASPBERRY LEAF

ASHWAGANDHA

Benefits: strengthens

Benefits: helps with

the uterus, relieves

anxiety, stress, fear and

menstrual cramps and

panic attacks; helps build

menopause symptoms,

muscle, increases sperm

improves labor and

count, improves erectile dysfunction,

delivery (always check with your doctor before taking any herbs while pregnant) “Speed up your metabolism with

regulates menstrual cycles “This is a staple Ayurvedic herb and the supreme tonic of the nervous system. Add 1/4 to 1/2

this delicious tea: Use 1 teaspoon

teaspoon powder to turmeric-spiked

dried crushed red raspberry leaf per

milk before bedtime to get a great

8 ounces of boiling water. Steep five

night’s sleep.

minutes or more, strain and drink.”

ELECAMPANE Benefits: supports immune health; antiviral, antibacterial and deep lung tonic; great for asthma patients, helps expel mucus “For honey cough syrup: combine 1 ounce dried elecampane root to 2 cups water. Bring to boil. Simmer until water reduces to 1 cup. Let cool. Strain. Add 1/2 cup raw honey to 1 cup elecampane mixture. Stir and refrigerate. Adults take 2 teaspoons hourly; children over 2, take 2/3 teaspoon.”

BURDOCK Benefits: blood purifier, aids lymphatic drainage, increases

COMFREY

absorption of nutrients,

Benefits: healing,

moves things along the

cell regeneration

digestive tract “I use the leaves for

“I make a tea with the leaves to heal ulcers. I also combine it

poultices to treat acne

with calendula and lavender and

and reduce wrinkles.”

make a deliciously intoxicating salve that speeds up the healing of wounds, burns and fractures.” For more on Leslie’s practice, go to lesliethorn.com. ■

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artist in residence WITH THOUGHTFUL CURATION AND A KEEN APPRECIATION OF THE OUTDOORS, AN ARTIST AND HER HUSBAND CREATE A DRAMATIC YET PEACEFUL ABODE IN THE HILLS OF ENCINO. Written by Linda Grasso Photographed by Shane O’Donnell

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Sitting in the backyard at the midcentury modern hillside home of Laurie Raskin and Rick Shuman, you feel like you’re at an exclusive resort somewhere far away. The unobstructed views of the San Gabriel Mountains from their Encino perch are breathtaking. Palm trees delicately sway in the slight breeze. The sounds of nature play out like a soothing soundtrack. Indeed, that’s exactly the way the couple designed it. “When we first saw the property, we’d been on vacation in Costa Rica, and we thought this home could potentially have that vibe. Out here you feel like you are on vacation. It is so peaceful. The light is lovely, and gazing at the mountains is healing,” Laurie shares.

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A colorful painting by Sarah Awad takes center stage in the living room. Left: Laurie and Rick walking down the light-filled staircase from the guest suite.

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Rick, who takes guitar lessons, likes to kick back in the family room.

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The family room spills out into a patio garden with an Asian vibe. “I added lots of tropical succulents. I moved plants around and had my gardener plant them; the same way I collage images, I collaged plants,” Laurie notes.

“I love nature,” Rick concurs. “We are living in LA, but it feels like an island or nature refuge. Not a day goes by that I don’t open the drapes and think I’m so lucky to live here.” The couple bought the property in 2004, moving to the Valley from Westwood. They wanted to be closer to their son’s school, and they needed more space—wall space. Laurie is a mixed-media modern artist. Her works have been showcased at a half dozen galleries all over the world including Skidmore Contemporary Art at Bergamot Station Arts Center in Santa Monica and the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art. Laurie’s pieces, and those of others, grace every wall. “We have been collecting seriously for the past 15 years,” she says. Some works are by famous artists. There’s a Picasso drawing as well as a series of original vintage black and white photographs by Bauhaus in the kitchen. A Lichtenstein lithograph hangs in a hallway.

“ALL THE PIECES HERE ARE ABOUT LIVING ARTFULLY. THE SOUL OF AN OBJECT MATTERS TO ME. WHEN YOU CHOOSE AN ITEM INTENTIONALLY AND PURPOSEFULLY, IT ENHANCES OUR EXPERIENCE OF LIVING.”

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Asian art, including a Buddha collection that dates from

explains. Antiquated glass sliding doors were replaced

the 1300s to the 1700s, is scattered throughout.

with oversize Fleetwood sliders. Because Laurie loves

Laurie also takes great pride in helping discover

was used in the kitchen and a bathroom, and a lush

nook, she says, “See this? It is a commissioned piece

outdoor “inner garden” with cherrywood French doors

that we bought 18 years ago by Sarah Crowner. She was

and a waterfall was created off the family room.

a nobody. We just bought it because we loved it. Now

by building an upstairs guest suite. “It’s the perfect

New York.”

space for when our son and his wife come to visit from

art collection happened gradually. Originally built in

Paris,” Laurie says. Both Rick and Laurie have their own private spaces.

1965, the one-story, 3,100-square-foot, three-bedroom

Rick, a psychologist who specializes in treating victims

home needed updating. One of the first changes: rip-

of crime and trauma, runs his private practice out of a

ping out the wall-to-wall carpeting. Concrete floors

spacious, light-filled office. And on most days you’ll

were laid throughout (except for the bedrooms) “and

find Laurie hard at work in the garage, which has been

it took two weeks of stripping and then layering and

converted into an art studio.

buffing to make them look like a gallery,” Laurie

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More recently, the couple added 500 square feet

Sarah is at the Whitney Museum of American Art in Creating a space suitable and worthy of the couple’s

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the vibe in Japan, cherrywood, stained a reddish brown,

artists. Pointing to an abstract painting in the kitchen

Describing the home’s decor as “Frank Sinatra in


This page: the kitchen nook. Left: The dining room features two noteworthy works of art: an oil painting of a man by Evita Tezeno and an enamel-on-wood painting of a room with a yellow curtain by Kirsten Everberg.


Palm Springs meets a vacation resort in Costa Rica,” vibrant color coupled with a plethora of lush textures are its hallmarks. Large area carpets—actual replicas of Laurie’s paintings—are in several rooms. With a company in Brussels she created her own line called Tiger Lily Rugs. “People can go to my website, laurieraskin. com, and if there is something they especially like, they can have a custom carpet made.” Every item displayed in the couple’s home has a story and was carefully selected—from the red contemporary metal sculpture that was bought from an artist in Mexico and craned into the backyard, to Rick’s favorite piece, a black-and-white photograph of a couple in a car. “It was taken by Fred Lyon, a longtime, well-known photographer who is based in San Francisco. There is just something about it I love,” says Rick gazing at the shot. “For me,” Laurie says, “all the pieces here are about living artfully. The soul of an object matters to me. When you choose an item intentionally and purposefully, it enhances our experience of living. In this house, I feel like we can live artfully. Honestly, I came over the hill from the Westside and I was kicking and screaming. Now I love the Valley and feel like I’ll never leave.” ■


The backyard features a red metal sculpture from an artist in Mexico City who goes by “Otto.” It was recently delivered to the couple’s home and placed in the backyard with the help of a crane. Left: One of Laurie’s mixed media on | 69 canvas paintings in the couple’s bedroom.


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A City With Heart SOULFUL SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE OFFERS A FEAST FOR ALL THE SENSES. Written by Darren Elms

First, there’s anticipation. The private car rolls through

one- to two-hour car ride from any of these airports.

arid grasslands and hills of Guanajuato state in central

Fortunately, resorts like the Rosewood offer door-to-

Mexico, revealing the occasional cactus and roadside

door shuttle service to make your journey less hectic.

restaurant. The expectancy builds slowly during the

You won’t need a car in San Miguel, so skip the

two-hour ride from the nearest airport as signs begin

rental. If you’re feeling ambitious, package your trip

to appear for your final destination.

with a stop in Mexico City, about three hours away.

Buildings along your path transition from white and beige to earthy yellows, oranges and reds, as if a magic

WHERE TO STAY

paintbrush suddenly colored your journey. As the hues

Though only opened in 2011, Rosewood San Miguel

become more vibrant, so do the people—tourists and

de Allende skillfully recreates the historical charm of

locals commingling on a narrow cobblestone street, a

this beloved Mexican city. Dramatic courtyards, lush

vintage VW Beetle trying to navigate around them while

gardens and locally significant art pieces set a beautiful

a vendor with a dozen hats stacked on his head looks

stage upon arrival.

for customers. There’s the sweet fragrance of blossoms

Guests can choose from 67 handsome rooms and

and fresh fruit. There’s music. There’s joy. This is San

suites featuring wood-beamed ceilings, hand-carved

Miguel de Allende.

furniture, fireplaces, spacious bathrooms, balconies and

A missionary town that dates back to 1542, San Miguel

more. If you’re visiting with a large group, the resort

el Grande was an important stopover on Spain’s silver

also offers private residences for rent, each with a fully

route. It also played a vital role during the Mexican War

functional rooftop, Jacuzzi and grill—perfect for out-

of Independence and was renamed to honor the famous

door entertaining.

son and local hero Ignacio Allende in 1826. The most recognizable appeal of the hillside town is

WHERE TO EAT

the 16th-century Spanish Colonial Baroque architecture,

The Rosewood offers first-rate dining on property.

vividly painted in a warm and welcoming palette. But

Ideal for both breakfast and dinner, 1826 Restaurant

look deeper, and you’ll find that San Miguel is more

celebrates the region’s rich heritage and culinary tradi-

than just a pretty face.

tions. Dine inside or alfresco on farm-to-table cuisine featuring locally sourced ingredients from nearby farms

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HOW TO GET THERE

and food producers. The adjacent 1826 Tequila Bar of-

There are no airports serving the town of San Miguel

fers more than 120 labels of tequila and more than 20

de Allende, so you will need to fly to a neighboring city

mezcals—guided by a resident tequilier (tequila som-

like Guanajuato, Querétaro or León. Expect at least a

melier), who will gladly walk you through the process,



traditions and folklore behind the vast selection. Luna, on the Rosewood rooftop, is your destina-

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WHAT TO DO Once you’ve taken a dip in the pool and indulged in

tion for tapas, sunsets and spectacular city views. A

a signature treatment from Sense, A Rosewood Spa,

wonderful place to sit, sip and converse, it will be hard

it’s time to hit the town running. Although small, San

to keep your attention on your company with such an

Miguel de Allende is layered with quaint streets that

incredible city vista surrounding you.

climb to the Parish of St. Michael the Archangel and the

For special occasions, reserve a seat in La Cava, the

main square, El Jardin. Though the church itself dates

private wine cellar paying homage to iconic artist Frida

back centuries, the neo-Gothic facade was introduced

Kahlo, and sample one or more of 800 bottles of wine

in 1880 by self-taught architect and master stone

from Mexico and around the world. The resort will also

mason Zeferino Gutiérrez. A grand fantasy with soaring

happily arrange a grilled feast at a private residence or

turrets, the church is one of the most photographed in

elsewhere on the gorgeous grounds.

Mexico. On most days the plaza outside comes alive


with musicians and a variety of food vendors. Leisurely strolls off this main axis will introduce you to all kinds of shopping, including jewelers, artisans

storefronts with hand-painted pottery, textiles, toys, tableware and more. When your shopping bags and stomachs are at

and antiques. Lucas Rise, an Argentinian artist known

capacity, take some time to just wander. Enjoy the

for his vibrant patterns, recently opened a clothing

unevenness of the stone streets under your sandals.

store called Rise, featuring his flair for color and shape.

Reflect on the charming residential fountains that locals

If you’re interested in his technique, Lucas frequents

relied on as a water source. Dare to use one of the metal

Rosewood with private art lessons.

door knockers shaped like a hand on someone’s wooden

Fabrica La Aurora is home to the city’s largest col-

door. Who knows what waits on the other side? ■

lection of art galleries and design studios, housed in a former textile mill. If you’re looking for folk art, Mercado de Artesanías links three blocks of stalls and

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SEEN

Mission Accomplished Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center donors, clinicians, leaders and caregivers gathered to celebrate the culmination of the Minutes Matter Emergency Services Campaign, which raised $78 million to build the new Jaromír Střížka Emergency Department and Cusumano Family Health Center in Burbank. The event highlighted the vision of more than 3,000 donors

Nat and Alma Rubinfeld

and hundreds of volunteer leaders whose collective generosity made fundraising history at the medical center. The party featured gourmet food stations and tours of the new facilities. The Jaromír Střížka Emergency Department will open early this fall. Providence Urgent Care (housed

Paula and Tim Davis

in the Cusumano Family Health Center) opens in early 2023. The new facilities will dramatically help the medical center meet the emergency services needs of the community.

Bonnie and Walter Hill

Kathryn Barger and Michael Hastings

Emcee Mario Lopez on stage with Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center caregivers

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Kathy and Michael Daruty


SEEN

Emily Habibi, Tanner Cusumano, Caroline Cusumano

Steve Fishman and Michael Cusumano

Roger Cusumano, Carmen Italia, Gregg Garfield, Don Yorkshire

Members of the Cusumano family

Lisa and Mark Goldstein

The Spazmatics entertain the crowd.

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SEEN

Pet Fête The Studio City-based nonprofit animal rescue organization Wagmor Pets hosted friends and supporters to honor actor and animal activist Jenna Dewan with the Kindness Award at its inaugural Pet Gala. More than $60,000 was raised at the Tom Bergeron and Melissa Bacelar

event, which was held at Yamashiro Hollywood. Wagmor, formerly a luxury pet hotel, switched gears in 2020, becoming a nonprofit dedicated to rescuing needy pets (some stole the show at the event) and securing adoption. Jonetta Kaiser and Natalie Linez

Teilor Grubbs

Justin Wachmann and Micaela Ricca

Stephanie Weinberg, Dani Abraham, Melissa Bacelar, Jeff Spinner, Tracy Seip and Valentine

Peter Wasek and Christine Change

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Ruve and Neal McDonough and their children

Actor/honoree Jenna Dewan

PHOTOGRAPHED BY CHELSEA JONES

Ron Perlman and Allison Dunbar


SEEN

Carnaval Gala Discovery Cube LA, the children’s museum, held its annual gala at the nonprofit’s Sylmar location. This year the party theme was that of a Latin-inspired carnaval. Guests were entertained by stilt walkers, tightrope walkers and jugglers as well as the band Big Bad VooDoo Daddy. Money raised will benefit science education and will be used to support exhibits, educational programming and field trips hosted by Discovery Cube.

Pedram Salimpour, Wendy Greuel, Melanie Coto, Joe Adams

PHOTOGRAPHED BY STUDIO ALANI

Joe Adams, Dean Schramm, Pedram Salimpour, Renee Valdes, William Ahmanson, Wendy Greuel, Pep Valdes

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WOMEN OF THE VALLEY Regardless of their industry or trade, women have had to work harder and longer to achieve professional success. Here we salute several local women who have done that heavy lifting with dedication and passion throughout their careers—and now are at the pinnacle of their respective fields. From real estate to law to medicine to business owners, their talents and accomplishments are diverse. The common thread? A keen ability to get the job done and achieve optimal results for their clients. In this annual Women of the Valley business profiles section, you’ll meet some of the most accomplished, highly regarded professionals in our community.

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SHARON M. GROSS PROVIDENCE CEDARS-SINAI TARZANA MEDICAL CENTER

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YANA CHERNOV CHERNOV TEAM

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LISA HELFEND MEYER MEYER, OLSON, LOWY & MEYERS, LLP

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ANITA RICH THE RICH GROUP | COMPASS

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SHARON M. GROSS

Executive Director of Construction, Providence Cedars-Sinai Tarzana Medical Center

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s the executive director of construction at Providence Cedars-Sinai Tarzana Medical Center, Sharon Gross works with the architects, general contractors, subcontractors, regulatory agencies and hospital staff to ensure that the construction taking place at the facility does not interfere with patient care. Her team is involved in furniture, fabric, hardware, signage and artwork. Sharon has worked in health care for 38 years—27 of them at Providence Cedars-Sinai in a director’s position. Over the years she has provided leadership for departments including performance improvement, risk management, infection control, case management, social services, health information management, and all licensing and regulatory. Five years ago she took on her current role to support the campus redevelopment project, which includes a new employee parking structure (completed October 2019), the new patient tower, a new lobby, and the development of five new operating rooms and the Diagnostic & Treatment building. Providence Cedars-Sinai Tarzana Medical Center has been caring for San Fernando Valley residents since 1973. The hospital has been recognized repeatedly by Healthgrades® as one of the top 50 hospitals in the U.S. and as a distinguished hospital for clinical excellence. WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT YOUR CURRENT POSITION? This project is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. To be part of a building project from the ground up is unbelievable. It takes a huge team of people—each with unique talents—to make this happen. TELL US ABOUT HOW YOU CHOSE TO WORK IN HEALTH CARE. During high school, I worked nights and weekends in radiology developing film and transporting patients to and from the department. After college, where I earned a degree in health record administration, I worked in medical records as a coder in my hometown on the East Coast.

I have been in Los Angeles since 1987, first working at West Valley Hospital until it closed. I joined Providence Cedars-Sinai Tarzana Medical Center in 1995. I chose health care as a career because I was exposed to hospital work early on and realized the impact it has on everyone. I wanted to be part of something that helped others in need, where I had the opportunity to make a difference. I was lucky to have mentors along my career path who provided me with the tools and knowledge to get where I am today. I am forever grateful to them. DESCRIBE YOUR LEADERSHIP STYLE. My leadership style is to lead by example and to be available to my staff at any time. I like to explain the “why” when asking someone to do something. I like to see my team grow and succeed. My job is to make them successful in what they do, and I try to provide the same guidance that I received throughout my career. WHAT HAS MADE YOU SUCCESSFUL IN YOUR CAREER? What I have accomplished is due to hard work. I have also been fortunate to be at the right place at the right time and ready for the opportunities that came my way. I’m grateful for the bosses who supported me and allowed me to challenge myself. I have adopted their mentoring style and shared it with my staff over the years. WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE WAYS TO STAY GROUNDED? I stay grounded by appreciating the opportunities given to me and what I have today. I do not take things for granted. I do what I need to do to get the job done alongside those I work with. I feel privileged to work at Providence Cedars-Sinai Tarzana Medical Center. I have expanded my career opportunities here, and I have had the privilege to work with such talented and compassionate people who all have a common goal of providing a high quality of care and services to all those whom we serve.

HOW DO YOU ENCOURAGE HONEST, OPEN EMPLOYEE DIALOGUE? I collaborate with my employees and try to get to know them on a personal level. My job is to help them succeed in their job. If they succeed, then it is a win-win situation. I look for opportunities for growth for my employees just like I had. I like to challenge them so they are working to their full potential. I try to remain approachable and make myself available if they need me. IF YOU COULD BEGIN AGAIN, WHAT WOULD YOU WANT TO DO OVER IN YOUR CAREER? Looking back on my career, I would not want to do anything over. Each job I had and each person I met along the way got me where I am today. I am so grateful for what I get to do now. I was given an opportunity to be part of something big. It was all the lessons learned over the years throughout my career that prepared me to take on this challenge. I am still learning but also making a difference today and for the future of the Providence Cedars-Sinai Tarzana Medical Center community. WHAT ROLE DOES YOUR FAMILY PLAY IN YOUR CAREER? My family has always been supportive of my career. My husband, Marc, and I are fortunate to have careers that allow us to be part of our children’s lives. As they grew up, our children saw the work ethic that my husband and I had and how important a career is, and I think they benefited from it. My son, Jacob, has an MA in psychology and a doctorate of education. He now works for a large software company. My daughter, Emily, has her MBA and works for a Major League Baseball team. WHAT ADVICE HAVE YOU GIVEN YOUR KIDS OVER THE YEARS? I’ve always told my children to do their best and maintain their passion and drive for what they want. I encourage them to never take things for granted. I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason and it will all work out.

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YANA CHERNOV

Cofounder, Chernov Team

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hernov Team, owned and operated by husband-and-wife Dennis and Yana Chernov, works in luxury real estate throughout Los Angeles and has achieved more than $3 billion in sales volume throughout 12 years in the industry. Yana, as the head of marketing and operations, manages personnel, accounting, brand strategy, digital media and event production. She has a background in business development and has worked in real estate since 2015. HOW HAS YOUR PROFESSIONAL PERFORMANCE EXCEEDED YOUR EXPECTATIONS? When I started in real estate, the industry felt very boring to me. Every video looked the same, every photo looked the same. Coming from a marketing and branding background, I knew I could add a different twist to real estate marketing and how people looked at videos. We try to bring fun, energy, life and personality into the industry. Ultimately, this approach has helped us engage with a lot more people and grow our brand. TELL US ABOUT SOMETHING YOU HAVE LEARNED THAT SURPRISED YOU. One of the things I have learned during my real estate career and in running a business and managing a team is how many people I have the opportunity to positively impact. I have people reaching out to me daily and expressing their gratitude for my positive outlook on life, as well as my ability to balance being a mom, wife and business owner running this entire operation. I just love the fact that this industry has given me a platform to inspire and motivate other women, girls and moms. DESCRIBE YOUR LEADERSHIP STYLE. My leadership skills have changed and improved over the years. When I started working in this industry and we were just

starting to grow our real estate team, I was a lot tougher and my expectations were a lot higher—which may have led to people being unhappy in their positions. I’ve come to find that organic and positive energy in the team and people being happy in their positions are important because that leads to a happier overall environment for the team to thrive. I have definitely changed my ways and could not be happier with the outcome of our team today. HOW DO YOU ENCOURAGE HONEST, OPEN EMPLOYEE DIALOGUE? I always say the same thing I’ve said in my marriage: If you’re not happy to be with the person you’re with, you should not be with that person. The same goes for managing a team. I don’t ever want to convince anyone to be a part of our team. I want people who work with us to realize the opportunity that is in front of them. At the end of the day, I don’t need you and you don’t need me, but I want you to be here and I hope you want to be here as well. If you don’t want to be where you are, you should probably find a better path for yourself. HOW DO YOU BALANCE WORK TIME AND PLAYTIME? I don’t just balance playtime; I make it a priority. Life can get stressful and busy, and it is so important to be able to enjoy it. I make a conscious effort to make sure we enjoy life and have fun, and thankfully I have been blessed with many positive, amazing friends in my life who help me do so. WHAT ROLE DOES YOUR FAMILY PLAY IN YOUR CAREER? My family plays a huge role in my entire outlook on life. We immigrated to the United States from Ukraine when I was just 9 years old. At the time I didn’t understand why my family made that move, but I now know they chose to sacrifice their entire lives,

careers and friends and leave everything behind to give us a better life. Starting over in a different country, watching my family struggle and face barriers like learning another language—amongst many other challenges—definitely shaped me into who I am today. It made me realize how important it is sometimes to make sacrifices. In an alternative world I could be back in Ukraine today possibly seeking shelter and safety. My family taught me to appreciate everything I have but never be scared to make a significant change. You never know how things could end up. HOW DO YOU FIND TIME TO FIT IT ALL IN? It’s all about balance. It comes from organization and most importantly holding yourself accountable for every single goal you set for yourself. My entire life is a checklist. I have a checklist for my morning and night routine, for every position on our team, down to my exercise, eating habits, water intake, and even for follow-ups with friends and family. TELL US ABOUT YOUR BIGGEST PASSION. My biggest passion is self-improvement. I believe you have to love yourself for who you are, but you should never stop improving yourself while doing so. It is very important to not only put yourself first in everything you do, but you must invest time, money and energy into always improving as well. As I get older, I realize that my energy and health are everything. Without them, I can’t be a good mom or a good wife or continue to run a high-volume business. TELL US YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE. The best quote I have ever heard was: “She needed a hero, so she became one.” I have been asked who my hero is, and I realized that there are so many people in my daily life who inspire me. However, I truly believe you have to become your own hero.

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LISA HELFEND MEYER

Founding Partner, Meyer, Olson, Lowy & Meyers, LLP

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eyer, Olson, Lowy & Meyers is a female-owned and operated boutique family law firm that equally represents both men and women. Founder Lisa Helfend Meyer and her team specialize in all aspects of family law, including complex divorce, division of high net worth estates, custody cases, domestic violence, pre- and postnuptial agreements, dissolution of domestic partnerships and issues specific to LGBTQ+ families, and mediation. Lisa has worked in law for four decades. WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO WORK IN LAW AND START YOUR OWN FIRM? I was the first person in my family to graduate from college, earning my bachelor’s degree in communication studies from UCLA. Initially, I wanted to go into broadcasting and spent a summer working at a local television network. I saw how poorly women were treated. I didn’t like the atmosphere and felt disrespected, so on the advice of my dad, I decided to go to law school. After graduation, I practiced personal injury law and realized that wasn’t for me. I segued into working with victims of domestic violence and loved it, as I am a people person and love hearing about clients’ histories of their lives and helping them become better people. I love it when people transform themselves from victims to empowered and strong individuals. From there, I opened a domestic violence restraining-order practice, and then moved into the practice of divorce. I made appearances for people with very low incomes, and from there it took off. I established my own firm in 2000, and I couldn’t be happier. I love being a small part of women changing from someone who is controlled and oftentimes abused in her relationship to someone who is independent and assertive. I wanted to practice in an environment where female (and male) attorneys could be themselves and thrive.

HOW DO YOU BALANCE WORK TIME AND PLAYTIME? After 40 years, I am constantly trying to achieve work-life balance. Although I love what I do professionally and consider work “play” at times, I make sure I carve out time for my family and friends, shopping (usually online), AcroYoga and binge-watching my favorite TV shows. WHAT ROLE DOES YOUR FAMILY PLAY IN YOUR CAREER? My family is part of our firm and my career. My son, Eric, is a partner at our firm and is a rising superstar. We have tried cases together; it is an amazing experience to sit next to your son at the counsel table. My granddaughter Lila has been working at my office since she was a very little girl. Of course, she raids my closet before we leave for work. TELL US YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE. My favorite and often-used quote is “Mother Teresa doesn’t marry Attila the Hun,” meaning that it usually takes two to tango. DESCRIBE YOUR LEADERSHIP STYLE. I love working with the attorneys in my office. I believe I earn their loyalty, respect and honesty by being loyal, respectful and honest with them. I have an open-door policy where I encourage them to speak candidly with me and express their views even if different from mine, and I help them develop their legal skills. I also enjoy unwinding with them after work with a glass of wine and getting to know them personally. WHO HAS BEEN YOUR ROLE MODEL? I don’t have one role model but an amalgamation of strong women who preceded me. When I was younger, I looked up to Gloria Steinem. There was a dynamic professor at UCLA, Andrea Rich, who taught communication studies. I had the good fortune to meet

her again when I was an established attorney. I respect immensely Justice Sheila Prell Sonenshine, who “has it all.” Unfortunately, when I first started practicing, there were very few assertive and accomplished female family law attorneys I could seek guidance from, so I had to find my inspiration from many different role models and mentors. That is why it is important for me to mentor young women today. IF YOU COULD BEGIN AGAIN, WHAT WOULD YOU WANT TO DO OVER IN YOUR CAREER? I don’t think I would want a do-over. I have loved my career from my first case in front of a grumpy senior judge through today when I have a mediation on a Sunday followed by a barbecue at our home with our children and grandchildren. WHAT ADVICE DO YOU GIVE YOUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN? There are no limits, and if you believe there are—exceed them! Be the best you can be personally and professionally. Give to others. Crush it! WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE WAYS TO STAY GROUNDED? I stay grounded by religiously practicing AcroYoga followed by Thai massage every weekend in my home studio with my yoga ladies. It is definitely my favorite time of the week! DESCRIBE A RECENT HAPPENING THAT RESTORED YOUR FAITH IN HUMANITY. Being able to help a client who has been abused by a partner or someone unrelated to them. It makes me realize that there can be a silver lining—you can learn and grow from even your worst experiences.

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ANITA RICH

The Rich Group | Compass

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he Rich Group, under the umbrella of Compass, was founded by Anita Rich, a Realtor® with more than 35 years of real estate experience. The group is comprised of Anita and four other Realtors. WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO ALIGN WITH COMPASS? Anita Rich: Compass is a firm that promotes integrity and ethics and has a true desire to back their associates with an unsurpassed level of technology. It is where my team and I can work with peers and professionals. TELL US ABOUT YOUR PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENTS. Anita: I am one of the top agents in my market. I feel honored to be included in this year’s Wall Street Journal RealTrends America’s Best Real Estate Professionals list. I have earned many certifications and designations and am a member of various Realtor associations. DESCRIBE A RECENT HAPPENING THAT RESTORED YOUR FAITH IN HUMANITY. Anita: In real estate, you have helpful and kind people and you also have envious and greedy agents! It’s similar to every other profession. I realized that in our office, we truly have an attitude of caring, sharing and cheering each other on. Watching our manager be very hands-on and supportive, I realized that we get to choose our environment and who to be around. Toxicity does not need to fill the center stage in our lives. TELL US YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE. Meadow Scott: “Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.” – Babe Ruth Anita: “You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help enough other people get what they want.” – Zig Zigler

HOW DO YOU FIND TIME TO FIT IT ALL IN? Anita: I plan at the beginning of each quarter. As a free spirit, I learned the hard way that there is freedom in structure. HOW HAS YOUR PROFESSIONAL PERFORMANCE EXCEEDED YOUR CLIENTS’ EXPECTATIONS? Anita: My clients appreciate that I often anticipate a question or concern by having the answer before they even ask. I always return phone calls or texts, and nothing is immaterial. Everything that matters to the client is handled and attended to very professionally. Ileana Lee: I love this question because exceeding my clients’ expectations is literally my mission and in my tagline! My clients often describe me as smart and an excellent listener, communicator and negotiator, but my favorite description is “relentless.” I treat every client like they are a member of my family and every home like it is my own. That means I am very honest and transparent with my clients, and I negotiate like the money being discussed is my own! My motivation to treat every client this way comes from my heartfelt viewpoint that real estate is a relationship business. With today’s technology and our clients and competitors having access to information, the only thing that truly sets Realtors apart is their ability to exceed their clients’ expectations in ways that can’t be found on the internet. And my clients tell me that I do! TELL US ABOUT SOMETHING YOU RECENTLY LEARNED THAT SURPRISED YOU. Anita: I had forgotten that we as a whole are pretty set in our ways and beliefs. Over the last two years, living with a pandemic has truly changed a lot of people’s outlooks. I am always surprised to find people choosing the negative over the positive! We seem to have a need to heal. I did not realize to what depth people have fallen after being cooped up for so long.

WHAT IS THE BEST ADVICE YOU’VE HEARD? Anita: Markets come and go. All you can do is keep your integrity, stay sincere and know that people come into your life with their agenda. It’s not about you! It’s not personal. WHAT ADVICE DO YOU GIVE YOUR KIDS? Anita: Learn as much as you can. Find a career you can love. Always save for a rainy day. Be kind and loving. Enjoy every day—it’s a gift. Meadow: When thinking about a career, find that one “thing” that you love to do and that you’re passionate about. That’s the key. WHAT ROLE DOES YOUR FAMILY PLAY IN YOUR CAREER? Anita: My family is very supportive of my passion as a real estate broker. Many of my referrals come from my hubby and my daughters. Meadow: My family, husband and children are the most important things in my life. Being there for them and showing up for them is a nonnegotiable. My career as a real estate agent provides me with the flexibility to make and manage my own schedule, which in turn allows me quality time with my family. I feel beyond blessed that I’m doing something I love to do without sacrificing the time I love with my family. TELL US ABOUT A FEW OF YOUR PASSIONS. Anita: Travel is my #1 passion. Music—all different genres. Theater and opera. Reading. Yoga and Pilates. Ileana: I am the proud mother of three remarkable children. In my spare time, I love to travel! I also enjoy being physically active—I run, hike, play tennis and am a Pilates enthusiast.

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VENTURA BLVD com, the articles celebrate our community— the people, businesses, organizations and locations that make it a great place to live.

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE WAYS TO CHARGE YOUR BATTERY? Sue Williams, Director of Brand Partnerships: I love road trips (especially to the Central Coast) with my husband and stumbling on unique places off the beaten path. I also love comfy nights at home bingeing TV with my kitties.

Sue: I try to listen to my clients’ needs and guide them toward solutions that will help them share their story with the community.

Michelle Villas, Creative Director: My husband and I do a lot of camping with our dog. Just getting away for a couple of days without being connected to work and social media is really refreshing. There’s a tranquility out there that I respond to. And then throw in a fire at night with some beverages, and you’re all set! Linda Grasso, Editor-in-Chief: Because I’m conversational and outgoing, people think I’m an extrovert. But the truth is, I’m an introvert. I charge my battery by being in my garden or cooking in my kitchen—in complete silence. Both things refresh and center me. Robin Sanders, Publisher: I have a daily practice that involves meditation, reading, floating in the pool and playing with my dog. HOW DO YOU HELP MAKE THE VALLEY A BETTER COMMUNITY? Linda: I feel like Ventura Blvd is a binding or vesting agent; it brings us together, shares who we are and gives us the feeling of knowing our neighbors. And whether in the print issues or online at ourventurablvd.

Robin: I love connecting people. Ventura Blvd’s magazine and platforms are my medium to do this on a large scale. On a smaller scale, I support Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission in their work to prevent, reduce and eliminate poverty, hunger and homelessness in our community.

DESCRIBE THE PROCESS OF CREATING A MAGAZINE FOR THE GOLDEN STATE COMPANY. Michelle: I design all of Golden State’s regional magazines, and there’s a major level of collaboration involved in preparing each issue for press. Working closely with our editors to craft the direction of each issue is a great experience. Every photographer and illustrator is another piece of the puzzle where we come together to find the creative vision. Beyond that, our publishers and sales team are always thinking of new offerings that we can present to our clients, and I love helping them bring that to fruition. I’ve been with this company eight years now, and I love where I am in my career. WHAT ARE SOME CHARACTERISTICS THAT MAKE YOU GOOD AT YOUR JOB? Robin: I’m a collaborator. It’s important to me to understand a client’s business and their goals. Every person I work with is important, and I believe it shows in how I interact with them. My entire team takes a holistic view on how we work with local businesses. Linda: As a longtime journalist who has worked in nearly every medium, probably my curiosity. My husband always says I’m either the best person to sit next to at a dinner party (if you are gregarious) or the worst (if you

are shy). Point of fact: I ask a lot of questions because I am genuinely interested. That said, Ventura Blvd as well my podcast, SheSez, are both learning adventures. I find things and people I’m interested in, and I get to satiate my curiosity and learn. It’s very fulfilling. Michelle: As creative director, I’m juggling a lot every day. There are so many components that go into every issue, so being able to multitask and prioritize is huge for me. The creative aspect of my job is where I think I shine—I love figuring out the best way to bring our stories alive through photography and illustration and then combining it all to make a compelling issue. Sue: I am a true people person. As a director of brand partnerships, I have built strong relationships with clients who have become friends, in many cases. HOW DID THE PANDEMIC CHANGE YOU? Robin: I’ve become more adaptive in all areas of my life. Can’t work things out the usual way? No problem; let’s flip it over and look at it from another angle. No matter what is thrown at me in my life or at my team at Ventura Blvd, we will figure out how to make things work for our clients and our business. Linda: It underscored the importance of spending time wisely and with loved ones. And it gave me a better understanding of the term “carpe diem”—seize the day. As we all learned, life can change pretty drastically in a mere moment. Lastly, it made me more of a minimalist. I really haven’t purchased much in terms of personal belongings since the pandemic. I just feel like I have enough stuff. Less truly is more. Sue: It made us all more appreciative of the little things. I enjoy going to local restaurants and live music venues with friends and family as often as I can.

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ow in its 12th year, the Ventura Blvd lifestyle platform provides compelling stories that emanate from the San Fernando Valley about the people who live here. Those stories are shared in an eight-times-a-year magazine, on the website ourventurablvd.com and through social channels. The through line across all Ventura Blvd content: focusing on the things that matter to our community. Here, meet the women who make it happen.


L to R: Robin Sanders, Michelle Villas, Sue Williams and Linda Grasso lunching at Osteria La Buca in Sherman Oaks


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STEPHANIE PAYAB

Realtor®, The Payab Group | Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties

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eal estate agent Stephanie Payab has been with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties since 2003 and started The Payab Group in 2016. Stephanie has consistently earned some of the highest awards presented to agents within Berkshire Hathaway. In addition, she has been recognized nationally in the top 1% of all BHHS agents. DESCRIBE YOUR LEADERSHIP STYLE AND HOW YOU LEAD YOUR TEAM. My leadership style could be compared to a teacher. I give the necessary information and then let my real estate “students” figure out what comes next. I am approachable and eager to see my team members grow and realize their potential. Nothing makes me happier than seeing the look in the eyes of a team member when they realize what they have accomplished!

THE REAL ESTATE MARKET IS STILL EXTREMELY BUSY. HOW DO YOU FIND TIME TO FIT IT ALL IN? While I am busy, I do find time for fun. And thankfully, my personal and professional lives overlap. Many of my clients are my friends, and others become friends along the way. Because of this, routine real estate procedures become a time for me to hang out and catch up with the people I enjoy. HOW DO YOU ENCOURAGE HONEST, OPEN DIALOGUE IN YOUR WORKPLACE? It is very important to me to be open and honest with my team members as well as my clients. Everyone on my team has the opportunity to grow and learn by speaking freely without judgment. I enjoy the conversations, both easy and difficult, that arise during a real estate transaction. My team members and I work together to make the real estate transaction a pleasant experience for everyone involved.

WHAT IS THE #1 THING YOU DO TO ENSURE THE PAYAB GROUP IS SUCCESSFUL? The #1 thing I do to ensure my success is to make sure my clients know they are included and aware of every aspect of the buying or selling process. My team and I provide detailed information every step of the way, which leads to a smooth transaction, no surprises and satisfied clients! IF YOU COULD BEGIN AGAIN, WHAT WOULD YOU WANT TO DO OVER IN YOUR CAREER? If I had a magic wand that could take me back in time, I would embrace my social media presence earlier in my real estate career. The fear of looking silly and not knowing what to say or how I would be perceived kept me from taking advantage of these platforms and opportunities. I now understand that these marketing tools can reach large audiences, and I have fun making videos to promote and market both myself and my business. My followers love it!

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GLENNA TOLBERT, MD, QME, FAAPMR

Owner/Medical Director, Tolbert Center for Rehabilitation and Wellness

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he Tolbert Center for Rehabilitation and Wellness, founded by Dr. Glenna Tolbert in 2005, is a Los Angeles-area medical facility offering nonsurgical and minimally invasive techniques and procedures that help patients enjoy long-term pain relief. Dr. Tolbert, a board-certified physician specializing in physical medicine, rehabilitation and spinal cord medicine, has practiced medicine for 28 years. WHAT DOES YOUR COMPANY STAND FOR? We incorporate our love for medicine into everything we do. Our philosophy is to help people be all that God intended them to be, which is fabulous—regardless of what their insurance covers. Our goal is to remove the healing barriers and provide tools that help patients be their best selves. WHAT IS YOUR SPECIALTY SERVICE? We specialize in treating patients with regenerative medicine, which makes it possible for people to find healing and avoid surgery and pills so they can get back to an active lifestyle without pain. We all have the power to heal, and it is important to get to the root cause of someone’s chronic pain—not just look to surgery and pain medications as the solution. IN WHAT WAYS ARE YOU AN INNOVATOR? I empower patients to take control of their health by introducing them to a world of wellness and healing options that insurance companies and health care plans do not offer. These services include advanced nutritional testing and supplementation, hormone optimization, and regenerative injections to heal joints and potentially prevent the need for joint replacements.

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HOW DO YOU ENCOURAGE GREATNESS IN YOUR TEAM? I challenge my team to be bold with an idea that might save a patient’s life. I also challenge them to be cautious when others in the health care industry shun our nontraditional approaches to medicine, because they know our treatment heals our patients. Most of all, I encourage the team to take those bold steps not just to be different, but for the love of medicine. WHAT MOTIVATES YOU? The human spirit of my patients: The 60-year-old grandma who suffers from chronic burning nerve pain from chemotherapy, who is raising her grandson. The 72-year-old marathon runner. The Encino Little Leaguer protecting his body by using our natural treatments for sports injuries, who was drafted by the Dodgers. The 30-year-old lawyer who lost a leg in a motorcycle accident and works out before putting in an eight-hour day at the law firm. The 50-year-old writer paralyzed after a gunshot wound to the head, whose poetry sends chills down my spine.

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JODIE FRANCISCO

Realtor®, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties

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esidential Realtor Jodie Francisco has worked with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties for the past 21 years, serving clients throughout the San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles metropolitan area. She earned her bachelor’s degree in advertising from the University of Illinois and worked as the West Coast advertising director for Billboard magazine prior to becoming a real estate agent. For the past several years, Jodie has been selected for the Best of Encino Award in the real estate agents category. HOW DO YOU CONTRIBUTE TO YOUR COMMUNITY? I produce a monthly newsletter for my neighbors, keeping them apprised of things happening in the neighborhood. I also have a community Facebook page where I let people know about nearby events. I host community meetings once or twice a year with our senior lead officer, our city councilperson’s field deputy and other guest speakers.

DO YOU THINK MENTORS ARE IMPORTANT? Yes, I think mentors are very important. I’ve had many in my career. I have been a mentor to new agents for many years and love sowing seeds and watching them grow. My mentors were very generous with their time, knowledge and experience, and I try to do the same for my mentees. WHAT ARE YOU PASSIONATE ABOUT? I am very passionate about finding solutions for our unhoused neighbors. I feel that as a Realtor, it’s important for me to try to help those who aren’t able to find housing. I have been advocating and raising money for this cause for many years. I am very involved with the California Association of Realtors and their legislative activities. I participate in our Legislative Day, where we fly to Sacramento and meet with legislators to discuss important issues to promote homeownership. I was the chair of the homelessness committee of the Encino Neighborhood

Council, as well as a part of the Council District 5 homelessness task force. I just finished our sixth annual Encino Woods 4th of July bike and scooter parade and bake sale. We raised $500 for LA Family Housing. I coordinate a holiday toy drive along with 88.5 FM and Les Perry for the children at LA Family Housing. I also work very closely with Ken Craft at Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission, raising money, donating clothing and books, as well doing voter registration and census drives. I donate time and money to Get Together Foundation’s various charitable drives. I also donate a portion of every commission to The Charitable Foundation through Berkshire Hathaway, which provides grants for local organizations that promote health, education, community and the environment. TELL US YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE. “Ask not what your country can do for you— ask what you can do for your country.” – John F. Kennedy

14141 VENTURA BLVD. #8, SHERMAN OAKS | 818-970-3936 | JODIEFRANCISCO.COM | ENCINOWOODS.COM | DRE #01330628

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DANIELLE PERETZ

Realtor®, The Agency

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or more than two decades, Danielle Peretz has lived and worked in Studio City—buying, selling and renovating countless homes while providing real estate investment services for builders and luxury developers and assisting buyers and sellers across Los Angeles. She has worked with The Agency since 2018. TAKE A RISK OR PLAY IT SAFE IN BUSINESS? There is truly a balance of both in every major decision I make. I live by the saying “high risk, high reward” and challenge myself to apply not only sentimental valuation but also concrete evidence to support my decision. In order to achieve the lifestyle you dream of, taking calculated risks is necessary. There is always something to lose—money, time—but it’s imperative to consider how much there is to gain. WHAT IS YOUR ADVICE FOR A WOMAN JUST STARTING IN YOUR LINE OF WORK? Embody the role of a lifelong student. Always be ready to learn from experiences. Question the “experts.” Be open to change. Expose yourself to new ideas. Learn new skills. Never be satisfied with what you think you know, and more importantly, do not consider yourself an expert. Every single deal in real estate is specific and unique; it is impossible to apply the same methods to each transaction and expect the same result. As a Realtor you are dealing with emotions, life savings, sentimental values and the dream of homeownership. Consider these facets of the job, and apply your broad range of skills accordingly. WHAT PUTS A SPRING IN YOUR STEP AND KEEPS YOU FEELING ENERGIZED? My clients’ happiness and spending time with my family. I treat every transaction as if it were my very own and become personally invested in securing happiness for my clients. Going home to my beautiful family gives me all the energy I need after a busy day. Having an intimate dinner with my supportive husband, our three beautiful children and our precious dog is the highlight of my day. DESCRIBE YOUR LEADERSHIP STYLE. I pride myself on being a team player. Being honest and considerate, motivated yet humble, and exercising patience and dedication provides my team with the necessary skills to succeed. Being supportive and available 100% of the time to my clients is what I aim for, and I understand that to do that, I need open communication with my team. Being a team player is everything!

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SUSANNA NAGY

Realtor®, Keller Williams

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real estate agent for the past 20 years, Susanna Nagy is certified as a Luxury Home Marketing Specialist and has been recognized as being in the top 1% of Keller Williams agents nationwide. She has made an impressive mark on the real estate industry. Real Estate Executive Magazine included her in their list of Southern California’s 100 Most Influential Realtors. WHAT DO YOU DO TO ENSURE YOUR BUSINESS IS SUCCESSFUL? Real estate is an extremely personal field. I get to know my clients—their family and work life, their habits, hobbies and goals—in order to properly represent their best interests. I treat every client as if I were representing a close family member in one of the most important transactions of their life. I enjoy the opportunity to build lasting relationships. Not only are my clients now great friends, many also consider me part of their family.

HOW DID YOUR EARLY LIFE SHAPE YOUR CAREER? My mother and father instilled in me a tireless work ethic and a tremendous sense of compassion. I grew up on a small family farm in rural Hungary. I was up at 4:30 a.m. to tend to the livestock before going to school. Life on the farm was certainly hard, but I cherish the memories of family time each night around the dinner table. WHAT MOTIVATES YOU TO STAY AT THE TOP OF YOUR PROFESSION? My clients provide all the motivation I need to stay at the top. Buying or selling a home is an important milestone in a person’s life, and quite often it is literally life-changing. Being trusted to navigate clients through this complex process carries tremendous responsibility, and being recognized as a leader in my profession provides great personal satisfaction and motivates me to excel. I am proud to be known as the go-to Realtor of the San Fernando Valley.

HOW DO YOU BALANCE WORK TIME AND PLAYTIME? A healthy work-life balance can be challenging, with weekend showings, twilight open houses and early-morning home inspections. Spontaneity is my key to effective work and playtime. I always have a pair of sneakers in the car for a quick hike. When you live in Los Angeles, chances are excellent that when some unexpected free time opens, there is something exciting to do. Some of my favorites are a Kings hockey game, the Hollywood Bowl, a museum or a quick getaway to Laguna Beach. TELL US YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE. “Luck is the residue of design.” – John Milton When I hear someone say, “He got lucky,” I tend to look a little deeper at the situation and find that intelligence, hard work and planning were the significant factors—not necessarily luck. I smile when a client says, “Luckily, you found us our dream home at such a great price.”

4061 LAUREL CANYON BLVD., STUDIO CITY | 818-481-1602 | BEST-LA-REALESTATE.COM | DRE #01832306

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NICOLE BASSERI & ARIANA FEE

Owners, Steamer Cleaners

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teamer Cleaners has been offering dry cleaning, laundry and tailoring services to Valley customers since 1987. Owners Nicole and Shahrokh Basseri met at a dry-cleaning establishment, married and started their business together. Prior to that, Nicole graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a degree in sociology and worked in medical sales for more than 30 years. Their daughter, Ariana, was born into the industry and has been a part of Steamer Cleaners her entire life. She studied marketing and creative writing at Emerson College in Boston and works as a comedian, script consultant and writer. HOW DO YOU FIND TIME TO FIT IT ALL IN? We “delegate” the less fun business tasks, aka things we don’t want to do, to Shahrokh! TELL US YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE. “When I walk into a room, I know that everyone in it loves me. I just don’t expect them to realize it yet.” — Byron Katie

WHAT ROLE DOES YOUR FAMILY PLAY IN YOUR CAREER? Ariana: My family IS my career. There isn’t a day that goes by without expressing to my bosses (I call them Mommy and Daddy) how much I love them. If they weren’t my parents, I think I would have chosen diamonds over dry cleaning. But that’s just me! WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE WAYS TO STAY GROUNDED? Ariana: As a modern woman living in Los Angeles, I’m on a strict therapy schedule. My favorite lesson that works for grounding is the thought model! You’re so lucky! This is free, previously expensive advice: Thoughts > Feelings > Actions > Results. Change your thoughts to grounded positive thoughts, and you’ll see correlating results. Your beautiful brain is powerful. Also yoga and meditation. Duh.

IN WHAT WAYS DO YOU GIVE BACK TO YOUR COMMUNITY? Nicole: Serving our community has always been at the forefront of Steamer Cleaners. We have a standing offer to dry clean an interview outfit for a job interview if you are unemployed. This is accompanied by tips from my experiences teaching interview skills within the corporate world. Steamer Cleaners supports Casa Treatment Center for women recovering from addiction, and we are all are proud members of the Rotary Club of San Marino. The sparkliest philanthropy we do is getting teens ready for prom. We have gathered hundreds of dresses and suits for The Princess Project. We recently collected and tailored prom outfits for teens at CHAMPS Charter High School of the Arts. To continue our passion for looking fabulous at prom, we worked with the Chris Paul Family Foundation doing prom outfit perfecting for a local orphanage.

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GAIL SALEM

Realtor®, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Realty

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ail Salem has worked in real estate for nearly 20 years. She graduated with a BFA in theatre arts from the University of Miami and worked in New York City on soap operas and in theatre. An acting opportunity then brought her to Los Angeles— and she fell in love with the city. Today she is married, has two sons and four grandchildren. She supports clients through Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Realty. WHAT IS THE BEST ADVICE YOU’VE EVER RECEIVED? The best advice I received was from my mother. She owned a lingerie shop and worked long hours but always managed to make it seem easy. Her advice was oldschool: Always treat clients with care and respect. Your day is finished when the job is done. Don’t take life so seriously. Enjoy what you do and keep a sense of humor. She also told me to find a husband!

HOW DO YOU BALANCE WORK TIME AND PLAYTIME? I tend to work hard, and I like having a schedule and systems in place. However, in real estate the best plans can change at a moment’s notice. Staying focused and getting back on track is challenging. It takes discipline and a passion for what you do. A nonnegotiable is my morning cardio kickboxing class, which I do several times a week. My mind and body function better after a great workout. Friday afternoons are dedicated to my grandkids; they bring so much love and joy into my life! WHAT STEPS DO YOU TAKE TO ENSURE YOUR BUSINESS IS SUCCESSFUL? Never stop learning! The world is changing so fast. As Realtors it is important to keep up on the newest market trends and understand everything involved in each transaction. I am hands-on with my clients every step of the

way—so much so that I miss speaking with them every day when the transaction is over. I keep up with the latest marketing and advertising trends to get the best exposure for the homes I am selling. Surrounding myself with a support staff of professionals who hold the same work ethic and standards is a must! DESCRIBE A RECENT HAPPENING THAT RESTORED YOUR FAITH IN HUMANITY. Recently a young couple was referred to me by a former client to find their first home. They had been working from home during the pandemic in a small rental along with their lovable Labrador. The market was hot with multiple offers, and they had a VA loan due to the husband’s years of serving in the military. We lost out on several homes, but we persevered. They closed on a lovely home on a tree-lined street with plenty of room and a yard for their pup!

16810 VENTURA BLVD., ENCINO | 818-516-1546 | GAILSALEM.COM | DRE #01361053

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GINA MICHELLE

Director, Estates Division, The Agency

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ina Michelle brings 17 years of real estate experience to her work with The Agency. She partners with PriceLift to upgrade and renovate clients’ homes for sale to increase the selling price at no cost to the client. Gina is married and has a son and a daughter. She is actively involved in fundraising for a variety of charitable organizations related to pediatric epilepsy. DESCRIBE YOUR LEADERSHIP STYLE. I believe in hands-on training and leading by example, transparency in leadership, authenticity and a gentle but firm approach. No fluffy stuff. On our team, it is not about just being successful; we want to be good leaders and valuable mentors. IF YOU COULD BEGIN AGAIN, WHAT WOULD YOU WANT TO “DO OVER” IN YOUR CAREER? I would have started my career with a toptier mentor. I was completely self-taught. In operating our team, my partner, George

Ouzounian, and I both realize the immense value of growth under an experienced mentor. It can put you on the fast track of knowledge, lessen your liability risks and teach you quickly how to be an outstanding agent from the start. WHAT HAS BEEN THE MOST SIGNIFICANT BARRIER IN YOUR CAREER? Thankfully we are coming to an age where women have a strong presence in business. That was not the case when I was 22! It is pretty amazing to reach a place where you feel very well respected and know that you have earned it because you know your business well. I am glad that the women on my team are showing their strengths and becoming the next generation of powerhouse women in real estate. WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE WAYS TO STAY GROUNDED? This is a great question because to be a highly successful agent, you must stay

grounded, avoid burnout, stay motivated and most importantly, enjoy the career you have chosen. I have a “work hard, play hard” mentality. I have developed amazing friendships within my industry, and have learned that I must take time out from work to truly enjoy the relationships and savor the special moments. And my family is my true center. They give me so many reasons to stay grounded. Some days it is not easy, but it’s the commitment you must make to be successful! WHAT ROLE DOES YOUR FAMILY PLAY IN YOUR CAREER? I was instilled with a level of confidence during my childhood that I could do whatever I could see in my mind. This motivation was one of the greatest gifts my parents could have given me. To this day, they are my greatest inspiration. I can only hope to be the type of parent to my kids that they were to my siblings and me.

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L to R: Marlene Geibelson, Dayna Campbell and Jackie Campbell at a client’s home in Encino

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Realtor®, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties Director of Sales & Business Development, Knudtson Building Maintenance

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quintessential Valley girl, Encino native Dayna Campbell graduated from California State University, Northridge. For more than 20 years she worked as an event planner for various firms, orchestrating large-scale events for corporate clients in the entertainment industry and for private clients around the world. After marrying and starting a family, Dayna left the corporate world and since 2015 has worked as a licensed Realtor—partnering with her mom, Marlene Geibelson. She also manages sales and business development for Knudtson Building Maintenance, a Sherman Oaks commercial cleaning company owned by her mother-inlaw, Jackie Campbell.

much is done remotely and electronically, yet we humans still yearn for that connection. A smile exchanged, a wink, a little eyebrow raising or sharing a personal account—those connections make a world of difference. Some Realtors simply want to make a deal. I am about relationships—planting seeds and cultivating a garden.

HOW DO YOU BALANCE WORK AND PLAY? Discipline is key. I was a serious ballerina as a child and young adult. I had to put in the time, which often meant sacrificing social plans and missing important events. Nowadays I ensure my playtime gets equal billing. To perform optimally, it is essential to prioritize the things in life that center me.

HOW DOES BEING A CAREER WOMAN PLAY INTO MOTHERHOOD? I believe I am setting a great example for my daughter. She hears me on the phone with clients, sees the workload I manage and that I still find time to exercise, eat healthy and carve out quality time with loved ones.

WHAT IS THE BEST ADVICE YOU HAVE BEEN GIVEN? Be your own advocate. Fight for what you want, what you believe in and what you think you deserve.

HOW DO YOU ENSURE THAT YOUR BUSINESSES ARE SUCCESSFUL? Regardless of whether I’m negotiating an escrow or managing the details of a complex move-out cleaning for a home about to be put up for sale, the human connection is key to making those endeavors successful. So

WHO HAS BEEN YOUR ROLE MODEL? Both my mom and mother-in-law are my role models; both launched careers after their divorces to provide for themselves and their families. They have navigated difficult times in their lives and turned lemons into lemonade. I’ve learned so much from them.

WHAT’S ONE THING THAT MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU? I’ve climbed to the highest peak in Africa: Mount Kilimanjaro.

Disclaimer: ©2022 Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties is a member of the franchise system of BHH Affiliates LLC.

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AMALIA KHACHIKIAN

Realtor®, Team Amalia-K | Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties

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ealtor Amalia Khachikian has been a top-producing real estate professional for the past 34 years. She joined Prudential in 2002—which was acquired by Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices in 2012—and formed her group, Team Amalia-K, in 2019. Amalia has lived locally for more than 42 years and is active in the community, volunteering for educational, professional and charitable organizations. She received the Berkshire Hathaway Chairman Circle Platinum Award and is ranked in the top 1% of Berkshire Hathaway agents. WHY DID YOU CHOOSE A CAREER IN REAL ESTATE? I went into this field because I like to help people find their dream homes. I am proud to work with Berkshire Hathaway because of the company’s professionalism, and I especially love my office and the people I work with. We are like a family. HOW DO YOU ENCOURAGE HONEST, OPEN DIALOGUE WITH YOUR TEAM MEMBERS? Remember that honesty is always the best policy. Stay positive. Lose the fear. Be consistent. Handle problems diligently. HOW DO YOU BALANCE EACH DAY? Finding balance is challenging, as this business is unpredictable. Every little gap of time I find, I try to accomplish another task. I fit it all in by keeping my tasks organized. TELL US ABOUT A FEW OF YOUR PASSIONS. Family is my priority, and I always find time for them no matter the circumstances. Spending time with family and friends is one of my favorite things to do. Playing with my grandkids gives me the utmost joy in life. I also love traveling and exploring new ideas and places. The sky is the limit! WHAT ADVICE DID YOU GIVE YOUR KIDS? Be strong and don’t look back. Look forward and move on. Be grateful, be appreciative, and when you fall down, get back up no matter how bad it hurts. TELL US YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE. “Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.” — Rumi WHAT ARE SOME WAYS YOU STAY GROUNDED? Staying positive, solving problems, keeping a good diet and exercising no matter what.

Disclaimer: ©2022 Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties is a member of the franchise system of BHH Affiliates LLC.

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Mulholland Park Estate with Astounding Views! This sophisticated and glamorous estate with astounding views of the valley is located within the exclusive Mulholland Park 24-hour guard gated community. Sited on a quiet cul-de-sac and newly renovated throughout this estate is the pinnacle of luxury. There are five ensuite bedrooms (four up, one down), and seven bathrooms. The all-encompassing, dazzling and opulent primary suite includes a sitting room with fireplace, dual bathrooms and dual customized lighted walk-in closets. The rear grounds include a remodeled pool and spa with firepit, and a barbecue pavilion. You will be mesmerized by the incredible valley light views and impressed by this stunning masterpiece. 19323 Redbridge Lane, Tarzana | MulhollandParkEstate.com | Offered at $5,999,000 Represented by Carol Wolfe | Rodeo Realty 818-285-3688 | CarolWolfe.com | DRE #00477745


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5 Bedrooms | 5 1/2 Bathrooms | 4,300 Sq Ft (APX) | 8,300 Sq Ft Lot The Camellia House, located in the beautiful city of Studio City, embodies the ideal California lifestyle with open spaces for easy entertainment and practical living with thoughtful details throughout the home. With the recent move to Compass and the launch of the Librush Group, the Camellia house was the perfect setting to launch our new brand with a wellness-inspired brokers’ event. We teamed up with several local businesses within the wellness realm to offer B-12 injections from Concierge LA, a private home service providing wellness services, Kreation Organic Juicery, and Acai bowls from our favorite local spot, Ubba Tubba Studio City.


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While brainstorming ideas for our brand launch event, Aleen and I thought it would be a great idea to showcase this listing by highlighting the neighborhood it sits in. We brought in local vendors to highlight the Studio City lifestyle while supporting local businesses. In addition, we created a full content schedule and marketed across several channels including social media and local outlets. I personally always considered myself a creative person and as the years have passed I’ve realized that creativity is my passion and whenever I am able to bring it into my work it fills me with purpose. We thought long and hard and the natural elements of the home coupled with its location we instantly connected with the idea, and what better way to showcase an already beautiful home with great buzz and exposure!

We certainly like to change things up and present events and campaigns that align with the home and neighborhood. Leaning into our creativity ultimately serves my clients and showcases their home in a unique light. We strategize around the home, neighborhood, and lifestyle and present our sellers with a thoughtful plan from start to finish. Just like real estate, marketing homes is not a one-size-fits-all, we like to get specific to what we feel the buyer will relate to. We work hard for our clients and believe in giving each property it individualized attention.

As cliche as this may sound, it’s really hard to pick just one thing that is my favorite, but if I had to choose…I would say the energy created by all the materials, finishes, and ultimately the color palette that was selected by the Design Team. In addition, the Developers incorporated modern transitional details and a touch of stone to the exterior which gives it depth and beauty throughout the design.

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15930 Woodvale Rd | Encino 8 Bedroom | 14 Bathroom | Approx. 21,097 sqft | 35,430 sqft lot Offered at: $25,000,000

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656 California Ave | Venice 3 Bed | 2.5 Bath | Approx. 3,150 sqft Offered at: $2,949,000

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18018 Medley Dr | Encino 4 Bed | 4 Bath | Approx. 3,228 sqft | 18,123 sqft lot Sold: $2,597,000

16908 Bosque Dr | Encino 64 Bed | 7.5 Bath | Approx. 6,500 sqft | 17,001 sqft Sold: $5,800,000

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3951 Royal Oak | Encino 6 Bed | 10 Bath | Approx. 10,902 sqft | 23,296 sqft lot Offered at: $10,530,000

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324 S Medio Dr|Brentwood 5 Bed|5.5 Bath |Approx 5,210 sqft | 9,886 sqft lot Sold: $8,250,000

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3950 Royal Oak | Encino 6 bed | 10 bath | Approx: 10,902 sqft | 23,296 lot Offered at: $13,750,000

4301 Valley Meadow Rd | Encino 4 bed | 4 bath | Approx: 3,739 sqft | 30,492 lot Offered at: $3,330,000

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PENDING 4620 Talofa Avenue, Toluca Lake Offered at $3,495,000

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17881 Av. Puerto Vallarta | Encino | $3,799,000 4314 Grimes Pl. | Encino | $2,389,000 317 S. Windsor Bl. | Hancock Park | $11,995,000

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LAST WORD

Ladies Who Lunch BEFORE YOU JUDGE, UNDERSTAND THE RELEVANCE OF TODAY’S LADIES WHO MEET TO NOSH AT NOON. Written by Chloe King | Illustrated by Yuiko Sugino

“Ladies who lunch?” Me? A lady who lunches? I think not. I’m no Desperate Housewife. I’m no Real Housewife either. Truth be told, I’m not even married. Have a boyfriend, though. He’s the one who does the lunching. And I’m not the woman Sondheim

leaving Kristin nowhere to go in her one-upping. All in all, a hilarious commentary on “ladies who lunch,” and their traditions fueled by an excess of time and money. But that was a sketch—an absurdist, exaggerated cliché of a cer-

was referring to when he wrote “The Ladies Who Lunch” for his

tain kind of woman. I cannot relate. At all. But what I can relate to

1970 musical, Company. Though I do find this excerpt from his

is female friendship and how much it means to me. The reality is, I

lyrics amusing:

spend a lot of time with my lady friends. I just don’t do it between 12 and 2. Rather, our gatherings happen over drinks, and more

Here’s to the ladies who lunch

often over dinners. Why? Because most of my friends are working

Everybody laugh

women who don’t come up for air till at least 5 p.m.

Lounging in their caftans and planning a brunch

I not only cherish these gatherings, but I see them as neces-

On their own behalf

sary. Do I jest when I point a finger at my sisters who have time

Off to the gym, then to a fitting

to meet while the sun is shining? Yup. And does that make me

Claiming they’re fat

some kind of hypocrite since I do the same thing at a different

And looking grim ’cause they’ve been sitting

time of day? Perhaps. But it does not take away from what’s at the heart of the matter. We ladies need each other. Now, in this

I also was amused by Amy Poehler’s parody of the subject on SNL.

post-Roe v. Wade world, more than ever. We must unite; our

In the skit, a group of NYC Upper Eastside women are gathered.

voices must be heard. If these conversations happen amid talk of

Kristen Wiig is regaling the ladies with a story about buying her

Chanel suits and tiny hats, so be it.

new Chanel suit when Amy enters wearing an impossibly tiny hat.

Female camaraderie and empowerment are a means to an end,

Kristen is enraged that her designer suit has been upstaged by

ladies. Bottom line. It has to be. No matter if that camaraderie

something so ridiculous. And it goes on from there, showing us a

happens at drinks, dinner, or God help me, lunch. ■

series of lunches where Kristen, trying not to be outshined, dons

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her own tiny hat, only for Amy’s to get smaller and smaller until

Chloe King is a writer who lives with her boyfriend and two sons in

it’s literally microscopic. Ultimately she too becomes microscopic,

Sherman Oaks.

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