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CONTENTS july/august 2021
In Every Issue
20 | AT THE BEACH
You’ll have your day in the sun with these enviable summertime accessories.
36 | JUST PEACHY
Sweeten your summer with this raspberry and peach crisp.
90 | 48 HOURS
No one summers better than the American Riviera.
22 | LIFE ON VENUS
Venus In Furs is raising the bar on craft cocktails at their newly opened bottle shop.
26 | LOCAL FL AVOR
Los Alamos’ Pico plates farm fresh ingredients that are sure to please the palate.
32 | REVEL AND REVERE
Rosewood Miramar Beach’s newest all-day dining venture infuses elegance into Chef Massimo Falsini’s coastal cuisine.
fashion Profiles 38 | SLIP INTO SOMETHING
D’Offay’s modern silhouettes expertly blend chic comfort and sustainable fabric.
46 | FREE AS THE SEA
Even high tide can’t keep us away from a beach day.
54 | SUMMER HOUSE
Quarantine may be behind us, but we haven’t stopped dressing up to stay home.
64 | GO WRITE AHEAD
Improving our mental health, one word at a time.
68 | JUICED UP
Juice cleanses got your thoughts jumbled? We break down everything you have always wanted to know about the wellness craze.
72 | BY THE WATER
Get sand between your toes and some peace of mind.
74 | FORTRESS WITH A VIEW
Paradero Todos Santos delivers posh privacy amidst a rich cultural scene.
40 | RES ORTING TO THE RIVIERA
78 | I WALKED INTO A POSTCARD
84 | A HOP, SKIP, AND A JUMP
Dioriveria’s third annual pop-up series makes a splash at Rosewood Miramar Beach.
42 | CASITA BL ANQUITA
See white in a new light at Lauren Henno’s flawless (and spotless) new project.
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At St. Lucia’s Jade Mountain Resort, days begin with a swim and end with the fresh catch.
Your car can get you far when visiting these leisurely local retreats.
Photo by Silas Fallstich Jungle Bird, Pico Los Alamos
SB LIFE & STYLE covet & crave
AT THE BEACH SEASIDE STAPLES EVERY LOCAL NEEDS by KARA THOMPSON
Ditch your basic tote and toss your sunscreen, glasses, and book into this straw Hacienda Banana Leaves Bag. Handmade in Ecuador, the classic beach bag comes in two sizes to meet a variety of beachgoing needs.
Show off some style while protecting your skin with these chic Dynamikos Sunglasses. The cat-eye design instantly adds a bit of personality to a plain black swimsuit or simple cover up. $230, SODEMEL.COM
$288, B O N I TA L I F E S T Y L E.CO M
This Riviera Towel Co. Portofino Tassel Towel is made with Turkish cotton that’s much thinner and easier to carry than a traditional beach towel. It folds up small, dries quickly, and can be used for a variety of reasons, like beachfront picnics or post-dip dry offs. Plus, every sale supports marine agencies that are working to heal our oceans.
Get tar off sandy feet with the Conscious Coconut Organic Coconut Oil Wipes. The convenient to use, coldpressed wipes remove stubborn buildup (whether it’s tar or makeup) while cleansing, moisturizing, and soothing sun kissed skin.
$46, R I V I E R ATOWE L.CO M
Founded in Santa Barbara, Skinnies Sungel is made with zero water, meaning you use and waste less. Just a pea-sized amount covers your face, neck, and ears, and it rubs in clear and adapts to all skin tones. Other perks: it’s made in the USA, is reef safe, and comes in sugar cane packaging to help limit plastic waste.
Made with 100% recycled materials, the L Space Eco Chic Repreve Jess Bikini gives you a fashionable reason to be kind to mother earth. The pull-over, ribbed top is both comfy and supportive while high-waisted bottoms offer the ideal amount of coverage.
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Photo by Jon Premosch The Attico swimsuit, The Webster Necklace, The Blue Door
SB LIFE & STYLE dining
Life on Venus by MOLLY McANANY
Photographs by SILAS FALLSTICH
WINE COCKTAILS AND PUNK ROCK CONVERGE AT VENUS IN FURS Hello Daddy, Hello Mom 22 | JULY/AUGUST 2021
he new music, pop culture, and S&M themed bar on the lower east side of Santa Barbara, Venus in Furs, prides itself on being a low ABV establishment, recreating your favorite liqueur drinks into natural wine cocktails. Inspired by the Velvet Underground song Venus in Furs, the bar delivers an edgy
“The hole-in-the-wall vibe is reminiscent of the underground punk rock bars of the 60s, 70s, and 80s paying homage to great cultural movements and the drinks that kept people moshing all night long.” yet sophisticated atmosphere and dynamic flavor profile, keeping true to their organic blends free from pesticides, affordable, and always punk rock inspired. The dark greens, blues, and warm metal tones give way to the open floor and high ceilings, combining a luxe, Italian gothic style with a group-friendly indoor design and
outdoor terrace. I am greeted at the door and welcomed to take a seat, opting for an emerald green velvet sofa by the spiral staircase. I take a quick glance at the cocktail list and immediately catch a cheeky reference to The Runaways’ song Cherry Bomb. Thinking it fate (or at least a bit serendipitous considering Joan Jett has been my rock idol since I was a kid), I start the evening off with the Hello Daddy, Hello Mom. The sherry cobbler-based drink is sassy and full of life like Cherrie Currie, paired with passionfruit, orange, lemon, and mint. The hole-in-the-wall vibe is reminiscent of the underground punk rock bars of the 60s, 70s, and 80s paying homage to great cultural movements and the drinks that kept people moshing all night long. Brandon Ristaino and Misty Orman, co-owners of Good Lion Hospitality Group and the founders of other local craft cocktail bars The Good Lion, Test Pilot, and Shaker Mill, lead a tight knit team of oenophiles who curate an always evolving array of wine-based cocktails based on famous musicians, songs, and landmarks that reigned supreme in the punk and hard rock eras.
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Real Wild Child
All the wine cocktails are complemented by a vast wine and beer selection as well as seasonal dishes and shareable plates from chef Julian Martinez. The menu is broken down into sections with Pitch-Black Reds subtitled “tbh, Adam Driver is only slightly more brooding” and beer subtitled “yes, Taylor, the wine bar has beer,” making the decision making process a playful experience. With no hard liquor license, the kinkiness still shines through, minus the hangover. As a perfect mixture of sour and strange, The Bowery’s Bees Lees cocktail, based on the Bowery Hotel in New York which is known for its iconic nightlife and haunted history, arrives like a vision as soon as I finish my first round. Embodying the cinematic landmark in the Lower East Side of Manhattan,
Venus in Furs concocted this white wine-based cocktail of ghostly complexion with yellow peach, lemon, honey, and “lingering notes of summer ’08.” The tanginess is perfect for anyone who loves a lemon drop or a horror vibe to match the elevated grunge ambiance. A bright, jammy red wine-based cocktail is the next to be placed before me, with “all the moods” and all the head banging warranted by the Damned who inspired this drink. Titled New Rose in Town, after the punk band’s first single “New Rose,” this cocktail is like Christmas on ice (think Nightmare Before Christmas) with cherry bark vanilla bitters. I “got a brand new favorite drink in town” after trying this chilled red and sipped down every last drop as fast as the Damned play through a set. As if to send me off into a gentle slumber, I conclude the night with The Gentle Whip, based with “lots of bitter Italian stuff,” grapefruit, and a hint of lemon. The “bitter stuff ” is a combination of vermouth, bitters, and amaros, almost as bitter as Lou Reed’s witty lyricism and understanding of life’s urban core. Before leaving, I inquire if my music knowledge served me in guessing the inspiration behind each drink and depart happy to know I did not let John Cale or my tastebuds down. *
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local PICO IS THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE THRIVING LOS ALAMOS DINING SCENE by ANNA CONSTANTINO Photographs by SILAS FALLSTICH
deep purple liquid seeps into a shimmering neon pink, as if I’m staring at the motions of a lava lamp. Birds chirp and a slight breeze catches my hair as my tongue dances across black salt brushed along the glass. Crisp blood orange and butterfly pea flower freshen my palate, as the faint aroma of orange blossom wafts to my nose. I’m sipping on the Unicorn Margarita–a magical cocktail for a magical start to my evening at Pico Los Alamos.
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Uni Tostada, Dates L’avec, Classy Clam Chowder, Local King Salmon, Winfield Farm Pork Chop, Grass-fed Manhattan Cut Steak
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To commence the meal, a wood slab is set on the table, adorned with two decorated Uni Tostadas. A rainbow of flower petals and sprouts garnish uni pate, avocado mash, Oaxacan peanuts, and unagi sauce. The distinct briny uni combined with the sweet unagi alludes to a seafood dish, while the crunch of the tostada and peanut counters the creaminess of avocado. It is a fusion of flavors and textures I’ve never had the pleasure of experiencing until now. My second cocktail comes garnished with a sprig picked from the patio garden. The Lost Almost, surely a play on Los Alamos, is a tropical dream combining jalapeño tequila, mezcal, pineapple, and hints of ginger. Although mezcal is an acquired taste, the subtlety of the smokiness is not deterring and rather delightful.
Stuffed Avocado Crudo arrives in the shape of a delicate orb reflecting down in a pool of yuzu ponzu. We reluctantly break open
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Amor Y Amar(g)o
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Local King Salmon 30 | JULY/AUGUST 2021
the beautiful formation as if cracking into an egg, the tiny black tobiko falling through the middle. The tuna is buttery and rich with a wonderful kick, and the acidity of the yuzu ponzu balances the dish. I sip on my elixir to cool off my taste buds in between bites. I move onto the cluster of DaVall medjool dates wrapped in bacon. The Dates L’Avec are stuffed with a house mangalitsa chorizo and ricotta salata. A (literal) explosion of flavor erupts in my mouth as I break into the juicy date smothered in harissa. The dish satisfies all of my cravings at once, combining sweet, salty, and spicy into one bite. Our appetizers are swapped for two entrées–the Local King Salmon and Pico Burger. My salmon is presented like a work of art: a furikake crusted fillet laying on a bed of black rice, with a salmon Lost Almost
chicharron accented by roe, flowers, and homemade labneh balancing atop. I dive into the crackling chicharron, a red roe popping in my mouth as the labneh dollops freshen the bite. My next endeavor, the burger, is layered with aged cheddar, a fried egg, smoked bacon, and balsamic caramelized onions, sandwiched between a glossy brioche bun. The moment I slice it in half, the egg yolk runs down the side, smothering the truffle fries below. Within minutes, the side of garlic aioli is wiped clean, and I nosh on the remnants of the burger. I somehow manage to save room for dessert– and the Rhubarb Tart is the first to catch my eye. The tangy rhubarb and charred meringue dusted with lavender sugar evokes a floral freshness, making for the ideal summer dessert. The Chocolate Lava Cake, topped with a cloud of whipped cream, juxtaposes the tart. The gooey dark chocolate center pours out onto the plate, and in seconds, it’s gone. I stargaze as we drive down the 101 highway, contemplating my evening with a full belly. Pico’s farm-to-table outlook and aesthetic is refreshing and genuine. Fine attention to detail in flavor-pairing and presentation elevates this spot high above the standard for American comfort food. * Stuffed Avocado Crudo @ S B L I F E A N D S T Y L E | 31
Fried Quail Breasts
REVERE A DECADENT, LOCALLY-SOURCED DINNER AT ROSEWOOD MIRAMAR BEACH’S NEWLY OPENED RESTAURANT
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by MOLLY McANANY Photographs by SILAS FALLSTICH
he Revere Room at Rosewood Miramar Beach has created the perfect local escape, like that of a summer home in the Hamptons. The walls of the dining area are eye-catching, lined with pale blue wallpaper designed of floral accents and birds—a subtle nod to the American Riviera landscape that influences the dishes curated by Executive Chef Massimo Falsini. Walking across the tiled patio, I’m seated at a table in front of the floor to ceiling double doors that shed a soft light on the room. The atmosphere of the newly-opened restaurant is formal, yet the laughs from nearby tables remind me that food is not meant to be proper but devoured and delightfully enjoyed. So, instead of following the usual flow of a three course meal, my partner and I take some comedic liberty with our approach to the menu, dividing our meal by our three favorite C’s: cheese, chops, and cake.
Longfin Yellowtail Crudo
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Charred Rack of Lamb
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The lamb practically melts off the bone with a soft butteriness that even the most tender of braised meats can’t beat. With a Revere Old Fashioned in hand, comprised of Bulleit Rye Whiskey, Amaro Montenegro, peach liqueur, and orange bitters, a white, glistening ball of Belfiore Burrata surrounded by a delicate circle of herbed confit artichokes is placed before us. This buffalo cream filled king of artisanal cheeses (in my opinion) is sourced directly from Northern California, fulfilling The Revere Room’s promise to source locally from farmers throughout California and the Central Valley. Chef Falsini visits the Santa Barbara farmer’s markets every week to pick up in-season vegetables and ingredients that represent California’s changing flavors. As I spread the last spoonful of creamy goodness onto lightly toasted sourdough, part two of our cheesy first course arrives at the table. There’s nothing that smells quite like mac and cheese, and this version, topped with lobster and filled with Fiscalini Cheddar, Rustichella Torchio and Parmigiano Reggiano crumbs, is silky and creamy. The big spiral pasta augments your typical macaroni noodle and adds a doughy texture to the dish. The second course, consisting of chops, begins with a beautiful charred rack of lamb accompanied by artichokes and an arugula salad topped with Castelvetrano olives and walnuts. The lamb practically melts off the bone with a soft butteriness that even the most tender of braised meats can’t beat. Our next on-the-bone dish to make an appearance is fried quail breasts, a sophisticated spin
on fried chicken, with juicy, flavorful dark meat. I enjoy every bit, mixing in heaps of the radicchio marmalade and pickled apple salad, which brings a tanginess to the salty drumsticks. Opting for a light glass of prosecco to conclude the evening, we debate over dessert and, unable to pick one, choose two cakes that each have a unique richness in their own right. The devil’s food cake and 1759 cheesecake arrive, complementing each other as a contrasting pair of light and dark. Not a big chocolate fan myself, I enjoy the simplicity of the old classic but can barely get in a second bite before my partner, the biggest chocolate fan I know, leaves not a single crumb left. As one of my all-time favorite desserts, the 1759 cheesecake with a blood orange and almond jelly mousse definitely takes the cake, combining both cheese and cake to make it the perfect finale for our C-named food inspired dinner. Quite like a cheesecake entremet, this delicate, layered cake is a perfect combination of creamy and classic with a graham cracker crust that adds just enough bite. After thanking our waiter for the wonderful recommendations, we walk across the lawn that I had spent the last hour or so watching the sunset light up in a pink-orange glow and through the grand foyer. Even though we only stayed for dinner, the evening was enough of a getaway to return home refreshed, relaxed, and most importantly, full. *
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SB LIFE & STYLE recipe
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PEACHY SUMMER HAS ARRIVED AND THAT MEANS PEACH SEASON. PEACHES AND RASPBERRIES COMPLEMENT EACH OTHER PERFECTLY IN THIS INCREDIBLY EASY CRISP. SERVE WARM, WITH VANILLA ICE CREAM, OF COURSE. Recipe & Photograph by RILEY YAHR Mixed & Measured | mixedandmeasured.com
Raspberry Peach Crisp Serves 6
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3 large yellow peaches, sliced 1 ½ cups raspberries 2 tablespoons lemon juice ¼ cup cane sugar 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, divided 1 ½ tablespoons cornstarch 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 cup rolled oats ½ cup brown sugar ¾ teaspoon sea salt ¼ teaspoon nutmeg ¾ cup butter, cubed Vanilla ice cream for serving
DIRECTIONS Preheat oven to 375 degrees and grease a 9-inch round baking dish. In a large bowl, add the peach slices, raspberries, lemon juice, sugar, 1 teaspoon of the cinnamon, cornstarch, and vanilla. Gently mix, then add to baking dish. In a medium bowl combine the flour, oats, brown sugar, salt, nutmeg, and remaining cinnamon. Using a fork, cut the butter into the mixture until crumbly. Spread evenly over the fruit. Bake for 40-45 minutes, until top begins to turn golden brown. Serve with vanilla ice cream and enjoy! *
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SB LIFE & STYLE fashion profiles
SOMETHING LOCAL DESIGNER KRISTEN D'OFFAY BRINGS COMFORTABLE AND SEXY STAPLES TO LIFE
by EMMA McDONNELL Photograph by LAURI LEVENFELD
hat does it mean to be a modern working woman? After chatting with Kristen d’Offay, of the womenswear brand d’Offay, I know it looks a lot like her.
It’s a spring morning when I pick up the phone to give Kristen a ring. The Texas native has lived on each coast, with time spent in both New York and San Francisco, but she gets butterflies every time she thinks of Santa Barbara: “I am in love with Santa Barbara. It’s so beautiful and laid back yet it’s super stylish and it has a great energy to it.” Right out of college, this girl boss’ first job was working with a designer in San Francisco. Unbeknownst to her, this experience, in combination with time spent as a corporate recruiter in New York, would be the exposure that inspired her own clothing brand.
too tight or uncomfortable. I’m always going to use soft, luxurious fabric that makes you feel good in what you wear.” Kristen is a firm believer that one’s outside appearance reflects how one feels on the inside. It’s because of this that she is committed to making women look and feel beautiful when they wear d’Offay.
Fast forward to 2018, the stay-at-home mom of three was in the midst of a divorce, “I remember thinking ‘what With pieces named after powerful female role models in Kristen’s next?’ I had wanted to start a clothing line for a while but life, like the Gigi Slip Dress, Claudia Cami, and the Mimi Skirt, there was always an excuse d’Offay’s debut collection is as to why I couldn’t.” And composed of light-weight with that, d’Offay was born. “You want to feel good, sexy, and confident silks that beautifully “I have always had a clear and I always knew that I could design drape the body, with vision on how I want to something that women could feel good in.” classic silhouettes and dress and how other women the female-form in mind. want to dress, especially There is a denim jogger women who’ve had kids. You want to feel good, sexy, and and knit pieces that can be dressed up or down, as well as gorgeous, confident and I always knew that I could design something custom-print summer dresses that can be worn year round in sunny that women could feel good in,” shares Kristen. California. “Floral and light and pretty and happy….I think that's what everyone wants to wear instead of sweatpants,'' she explains At the core of d’Offay is women. From the names of pieces with a giggle. I couldn't agree more. to the women she works and surrounds herself with. Who is the d’Offay woman? “The d’Offay woman embodies Everyday, Kristen puts her heart and soul into d’Offay: “I want women everything I aspire to be. The line is sophisticated and to feel good in what they wear. Feeling good can take on a different timeless but has an edge to it.” Kristen sources all of the meaning for everyone but the three core feelings are: comfortable, fabrics herself, only using fibers that are friendly to the confident, and sexy. Once you feel those things, that energy is put out earth, “I never use fabrics that are itchy, harsh, or that feel and life is better.” d’Offay is authentic and thoughtful, and Kristen is dedicated to her brand being more than just a clothing line, but a physical representation of the women who wear it. *
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RIVIERA RESORTING to the
ROSEWOOD MIRAMAR BEACH WELCOMES DIORIVERIA’S 2021 COLLECTION AT THE FASHION HOUSE’S FIRST U.S. POP-UP OF ITS KIND by DELANEY WILLET
n Rosewood Miramar Beach’s short time as a Santa Barbara destination, the property has time and again proved itself to be on the cutting edge of culture, wellness, and, most prominently, fashion. Couture secures its spot on the American Riviera as the resort ushers in a summerlong pop-up shop featuring Dior’s Dioriviera collection. The Dior outpost is the first of its kind in the United States. The Dioriviera showings began in 2018, traveling through such lauded ports as Capri and Mykonos, and landing in over a dozen cities, including Osaka and New York.
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spritzes flow, poignantly complementing the airy French ambiance that reverberates through the resort. We appear to be living in an editorial, or an impeccably-styled foreign film, with each guest clad in an iteration of Dioriveria’s newest garb. Rosy pinks, bold blues, and verdant greens fuse with and pop against the colors of the pool’s linens, which mimic many of the ready-to-wear pieces. Throw pillows resembling a tote bag of similar design read ‘Christian Dior’ and casually grace a navy blue couch, meant for both utility and treasuring. The line also showcases curios for the more adventurous shopper, calling upon Santa Barbara’s affinity for the outdoors with surfboards and skateboards decked in the eponymous print, complemented by branded paddle ball sets and folding chairs for those who choose to recline rather than race the waves. “We appear to be living in an editorial, The Rosewood’s Dioriveria makeover is only a glimpse of what the brand or an impeccably-styled foreign film, has made possible with their budding collection, which allows one with each guest clad in an iteration of Maison to recreate this lackadaisical summer Dioriveria’s newest garb.” scene in their own abode, year-round.
To celebrate the beachwear collection, Rosewood Miramar Beach has partnered with Dior to outfit their entire Cabana Pool in Dioriveria’s signature toile du jouy print, which camouflages a menagerie of tigers, monkeys, and botanicals. A bungalow adjacent to the hotel’s bocce courts (also converted into a Dioriveria playground, boasting a lime green toile bordering and loungers from the house’s emerging Dior Maison line) has been transformed to accommodate a multiroom boutique, encasing styles exclusive to this pop-up location. Sailor-style striped sweaters spell ‘California’ in cashmere, the perfect cover-up to accompany an electric pink bikini in Dior’s logomania print. If an extravagant guest (and there are many) visiting the Rosewood should wish, they could outfit themselves entirely in Dioriveria throughout their stay in Santa Barbara, as no silhouette in the bungalow is asynchronous with the Montecito lifestyle.
A collaboration of this magnitude is only fitting for both the Rosewood and Dior, heavyweights in the hospitality and fashion industries, respectively. There is no more qualified property in America to communicate the laidback effervescence of the Dioriveria collection, and no fashion house more aligned with Rosewood Miramar Beach’s continued practice of Californian decadence. The effortless pairing is a superb celebration of the summer we have all been needing, beautified and personified by these two cultural titans. *
Guests of Dior and the hotel have unrestricted access to a veritable playground of summer couture, most appropriately donned across the grounds of the Miramar. A glass of champagne greets me as I am ushered through the maximalist Cabana Pool, awed by the metamorphosis the oncemonochrome space has undergone, while still managing to maintain its signature tranquility. Aperol
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Casita Blanquita A MONTECITO HOME GETS A LIGHT AND MODERN UPDATE by SOFIA DEEB Photographs by CHRISTY GUTZEIT
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ravel the world and you're bound to gain more inspiration than you ever could have imagined; explore Santa Barbara and you’ll see that inspiration brought to life all around you. Interior designer Lauren Henno transports clients to their favorite destinations by combining elements of California’s Coastal Riviera with one-of-a-kind pieces from around the world. Implementing the inspiration she’s collected from her travels, Henno has spent the last eight years transforming houses in Santa Barbara into homes. To her, interior design is about more than just aesthetics— it's about surrounding people with a sense of comfort that will put them at ease. For her most recent project in Montecito, her plan was to do just that. Before beginning this renovation, Lauren spent seven months in Ecuador accumulating inspiration and searching for unique, handcrafted pieces. A sort of modern-day treasure hunt, if you will, and she surely did not return home empty handed. From baskets handwoven by local artisans, to blankets made from wool harvested in the Andes, Lauren, with help from her mother and fellow interior designer, Debra Lynn Henno, laid the foundation for a home that is both cozy and full of character. “When you make a purchase [from a local artisan], not only are you contributing to creating a beautiful space, but you're also giving a means of living to people in these communities,” Lauren says. Take a closer look into the home, and it becomes quite evident that no detail was left to chance. Some of Lauren’s favorite features are the beaded accessories made from Tagua nuts, also known as “nature’s ivory,” a popular material used in Ecuador. Another favorite is the giant fan hanging above the bed. However, it is not just the decor that brings this home to life. Lauren and her client wanted to make structural changes that would harmonize with their collection of Ecuadorian treasures. The client also wanted to incorporate details
to remind her of her home back in Spain. Of course, there was no better place to make that happen than right here, amidst the many Spanish revival buildings scattering the central coast. Lauren explains, “When I think of California’s Coastal Riviera, I think of a more European aesthetic, which is beautifully elegant, yet brawny and structured. Mixing those two elements creates a space with a ‘wow factor’ that also feels comfortable and inviting.” Lauren certainly made her client’s European dream a reality. The contrast of the natural, reclaimed wood flooring against the stark, white walls allows the home to have both the character of an old Spanish villa, and the clean, refreshing feeling of a modern home. Lauren’s decision to swap the home’s traditional cabinetry for open shelving allows for that extra touch that’s simultaneously unique and classic. The completed home is a true testament to Lauren’s versatility as a designer, as it combines a collection of antique and reclaimed pieces in a space that feels fresh and modern. *
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FREE AS Photographed by JON PREMOSCH Stylist DELANEY WILLET Model ALEXANDRA GHANTOUS with L.A. MODELS Hair ALLI ELIZABETH with MAIN ARTISTS MANAGEMENT Makeup SUSIE LYNN Location LOON POINT BEACH
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SB LIFE & STYLE wellness
Writing therapy is a brilliant way of comprehending how you became who you are today, and it doesn't have to be a dark and dreary process. It can be a wondrous journey of self-discovery— allowing you to remember your beautiful experiences thoughtfully and opening up ways of reflecting so that you can find a deeper level of understanding.
GO write AHEAD WRITING TO UNCOVER YOUR AUTHENTIC SELF by CELINE WALLACE Photographs by JON PREMOSCH
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The way writing therapy works is by mining past experiences and wisdom that you already have within you, so you'll be able to heal traumas, set goals, and finally answer that question we all want to know: who am I? Here are some different styles and techniques to get you started. They produce varying results, but all provide the same healing and reflective rewards of enhanced inspiration and added clarity to our lives. Yes, please! Side note, all of these styles of writing therapy must be done on paper and by hand for the healing element to be effective, so I'm sorry, my laptop lovers (which is everyone these days), it's time to get a bedside notebook for this one.
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ife is a series of positive and negative experiences, and we contain those experiences within us, which is a lot of information to hold inside. We often forget that there are many tools available to us to help us process emotions, and unlike a tropical vacation or years of therapy, not all of them are pricey. We can harness powerful tools at our fingertips, with just a pen and paper, without having to leave our living room.
BRAIN DUMPING (FOR SLEEP) Brain dumping is like free writing, where you begin writing everything that comes to mind before bed. You continue writing every thought in your mind, even if they aren't connected until your thoughts quiet, and you have nothing left to say. The idea is to get everything out of your head and onto paper, so your mind doesn't have thoughts swirling and preventing you from sleeping. So next time you hop into bed after a busy day, grab your notebook and write. I promise you'll be surprised at how quickly you start to relax and wind down.
MORNING PAGES (FOR CLARITY) Morning pages are a concept created by author of The Artist's Way Julia Cameron, and done by journaling a stream-of-consciousness first thing each morning. The idea is to wake up, open your journal, and write three pages of longhand of any thoughts that come out of your head, much like Brain Dumping for sleep, but first thing in the morning. The exercise is supposed to be a cathartic, ritualistic writing process that clears your mind, builds confidence, and creates a path for greater creativity throughout the day.
“It can be a wondrous journey of selfdiscovery—allowing you to remember your beautiful experiences thoughtfully and opening up ways of reflecting so that you can find a deeper level of understanding.” SUCCESS LOG We are often so busy ticking off our task list that we don't stop and commend ourselves on what we've already created. I believe the reason so many people have anxiety and depression is because they aren't reflecting on the fantastic things they've accomplished already. A success log is a notebook that will help you define your success by breaking it down into daily, weekly, and monthly activities that will compound over time. Tracking these specific wins or habits is an accountability strategy helping to achieve balance and focus on what really matters in the short run. For example, want to improve your fitness? Track your healthy activities. Want to keep in touch with friends? Set reminders to reach out to them. It's the small things that matter and get you to where you want to be.
LETTER TO SELF Writing a letter to yourself gives you insight and teaches you valuable life lessons that will stick with you long after you've written the letter. It's a great way to get you thinking objectively about life and where you want to be, with motivation and self-compassion, instead of feeling stuck in the moment. You can write a letter to your future self or your past self, depending on what you would like to get out of it. In this process, ask yourself questions, like “what lessons have I learned up until this point?” You can also share your current beliefs and tell your future self about your principles or define things you want to change in the future. You'll want to hang onto these letters because they can be a good reminder and a fun belonging to reflect on.
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GRATITUDE JOURNALING Gratitude journaling, raved about by the likes of Tony Robbins and Oprah, is the habit of recording and reflecting on things (typically three) that you are grateful for on a regular basis. It's simple in the way you keep a journal with you and write down three things you're thankful for everyday. Although you can do it anytime, morning is the best. Starting your day with positive psychology—the scientific study of happiness—will train your brain to look for positives throughout the day. I started this many years ago, and I go through waves with it, but there's one thing I know for sure, and that's I always have a much brighter day when I do it versus when I don't.
THIRD-PERSON PROBLEM SOLVING Why is it that when other people ask for advice, we always seem to have great solutions, but when we face a similar situation, we feel stumped? Third-person writing is a great way to find that sage advice within yourself by taking a situation and writing about it from conception to creation from a third-person perspective. You approach your problem from a third person POV and narrate the story using pronouns including: he, she, his, and her. This process allows you to detach from the story and reflect on it objectively, so you can line up the facts and see all sides of the story to evaluate the best course of action. It's a great reminder that we have all the answers we need within us, even though we often ask others for their advice.
How can we create a happy life if we don't know what would make us happy? Sometimes we float through our days, months, and years, not seemingly as happy as we could be. The problem is, most of us don't know what that would look like. A happiness list is waking up first thing in the morning and asking ourselves, “What would make me happy today?” And writing down a list of tangible activities that could be accomplished that day. Remember to keep it actionable. Things like winning the lottery, flying to the Caribbean, or meeting your soulmate are probably not actionable tools of the day. Keep it simple; for example, some of the repeat suggestions on my list usually include going for a walk in nature, calling a friend, buying coffee from my favorite shop, or spending the morning away from my phone. *
“No matter where you are in your life, writing and reflecting on your journey is always an amazing investment in yourself, finding your truth, and ultimately living a better quality of life.”
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JUICED UP by KARA THOMPSON | Photographs by SILAS FALLSTICH
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WHAT IS COLDPRESSED JUICE? It’s helpful to understand what differentiates cold-pressed juice from typical pasteurized juice (like what’s in a standard orange juice carton at the grocery store). Cold-pressed juice is made with a hydraulic press which extracts the liquid from fresh fruits and vegetables. These types of juices contain the most concentrated edible form of chlorophyll, water, minerals, living enzymes, and vitamins that are separated from the fibers in produce.
f you’ve ever purchased a bottle of bright green juice (you know those $13 ones?) only to get halfway through and realize you don’t love it, then this story is for you. It’s almost an instinct to reach for a cold-pressed juice after a yoga or cycling class, but enjoying the beverage is just as important as the health perks that come along with it.
Nutrients that are lost during pasteurization are more likely to stay put in cold-pressed juices because no heat or oxygen is used— just one of the bonuses of reaching for cold-pressed.
I’ll be the first to admit that it took me a while to actually like the taste of most pressed juices, but once I learned more about the boost it gives my body, I found myself craving it more often. I talked with two experts in the field—the founder of Juice Ranch and a local nutritionist—to learn more about the diverse benefits the beverage has to offer. So if you’re on the fence about the taste, these health benefits, delicious fruit and veggie combos, and at-home juicing tips will likely convert you into a cold-pressed fan.
Cold-pressed preparation is much different from traditional pasteurization, which involves the use of high heat to kill bacteria and prolong shelf life (which is why most pasteurized juice lasts much longer than cold-pressed juice). Nutrients that are lost during pasteurization are more likely to stay put in cold-pressed juices because no heat or oxygen is used—just one of the bonuses of reaching for cold-pressed.
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WHAT ARE SOME OF THE BENEFITS? When I asked Scott Walker, co-founder of Juice Ranch in Santa Barbara, if there was a health related reason why he started juicing, his words were all too relatable. He told me that he was feeling lethargic and had somewhat damp energy—two emotions most of us have felt after this trying year. He and his business partner both saw massive improvements in their overall wellbeing after they started supercharging their bodies with dense mineral and nutrient rich cold-pressed juices. “Energy levels, complexion, allergies, and so many more topical benefits came as a bi-product of juicing, but really the whole juice craze was an entry into a much wider world of food as medicine,” Walker explains. The benefits of raw, cold-pressed organic juice from fruit, veggies, and adaptogenic herbs are vast. (Somewhat) simply put, one of the biggest health perks is getting the live enzymes and living beneficial bacteria into your belly to promote a healthy gut flora and a diverse microbiome. The other ways the concoction can help your body out: It detoxifies your body and boosts your immune system Fresh juice contains essential enzymes, minerals, and vitamins, which when regularly consumed, will cleanse and detoxify you at a cellular level. Plus, the combination of nutrients will help naturally flush out toxins from your body and provide immunity-boosting ingredients like vitamin C, zinc, and vitamin B6.
“Energy levels, complexion, allergies, and so many more topical benefits came as a bi-product of juicing, but really the whole juice craze was an entry into a much wider world of food as medicine.” It’s extremely easy to digest The cold-pressed process allows all of the nutritional benefits from juice to be easily absorbed within the body. Jo Elen Giddish, a certified nutritional consultant from Southern California, says cold-pressed juice might be easier on digestion since your body doesn't have to break down all of the fiber found in fruits and vegetables. It’s an easier way to get your greens in When I first got into juicing, I often wondered why it’s somehow better to drink your fruits and veggies rather than
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just eat them. For starters, you can consume much more produce in a juice form, but Walker says the real benefit lies in giving your digestion a break.
IS ALL JUICE MADE EQUAL? The short answer is no. Most juices you’ll find at the grocery store have been pasteurized through a new scientific process called HPP (high pressure process). Walker says this process is a fancy way of extending shelf-life while killing anything living in the product. This means that the juice might be free from spoiling right away, but that’s not how the natural world has intended for us to eat. “Food is meant to be alive and full of bacteria,” Walker says. “If you’re buying a juice and it costs $5 for 16 ounces, I can promise you they use GMO produce and kill off anything that was once alive. All of this destroys your gut biome and ability to properly absorb the nutrients you just paid money to consume.” So, to avoid running the risk of harming your body, look for reputable juice companies, make your own juice at home, or ask questions about how the juice is made.
HOW CAN I GET STARTED AT HOME? If you’re a newbie, the juicing process can be fairly intimidating— you do not want to get in the way of those massive machines at the juice shop! It also requires a bit of a monetary and time commitment when you’re first learning how to make your own juice at home. However, from someone who isn’t great in the kitchen, I’m here to say that it’s totally doable (dare I even say enjoyable?) to start juicing. Here are some of gadgets I’ve loved while getting started:
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Two of the greatest benefits of using the Hurom H200 Easy Clean Slow Juicer? You can fit whole-sized fruit, like apples, directly into the juicer without any chopping. Plus, the machine is actually easy to clean—it’s not just a lofty claim. Simply rinse the pieces under warm water after you’re done juicing—no scrubbing required.
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While cold-pressed juice is meant to be consumed right away, you can store most mixtures for a couple of days. I’ve been keeping my juice as fresh as possible by pouring anything unused into these Hurom Juice Jars. The stainless steel air-tight lid keeps oxygen from reaching and degrading the juice.
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I love to add apples to my juice but don’t love chopping them. The Cuisipro Apple Corer has made the task quicker and less tedious. Just line the tool up with the core of an apple or pear and gently twist it. Another perk is that it’s dishwasher safe. $10, S U R L ATA B L E.CO M
Adaptogenic herbs, which are plant-based herbs that help you adapt to physical or physiological stress, can also be added to fresh juice to support your stress response. Ashwagandha, reishi, and cordyceps are some common herbs worth trying.
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By the WATER HOW A DAY SPENT BY THE SHORE CAN WORK WONDERS ON OUR PHYSICAL, EMOTIONAL, AND MENTAL HEALTH
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is that you make the rules. It can be private, or it can be shared. Whatever works for you and makes you feel your best, do it,” Deardorff explains. Partaking in this open and honest practice by the sea only adds to the cleansing experience.
or many—especially locals—the beach is somewhat of a sanctuary. It’s a calming place to visit during times of stress, a memorable spot to host celebrations, and a sunny place to take a dip. Simply put, time spent along the shore can meet a variety of needs, whether you’re looking for an escape or a place to connect. The emotional and physical benefits of hitting the sand are vast—from vitamin D exposure to the soothing sounds of the waves. Bianca Deardorff, a personal trainer and health coach from Santa Monica, takes us on a deep dive to explain how the beach can improve our overall well-being.
If putting pen to paper isn’t therapeutic to you, try indulging in another form of mindfulness, like 10 minutes of reading, breathwork, listening to a podcast, or any activity that helps you find peace and grow as an individual.
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MINDFULNESS Deardorff believes the ocean offers a wide range of healing benefits when it comes to mental health. “The combination of the fresh breeze against your skin, the sound of waves crashing along the shore, and the feeling of the soft sand beneath your feet is so cleansing for the mind,” she explains. She also points out that when we’re feeling stressed or anxious, our bodies can experience hot flashes and racing thoughts. “Taking walks by the beach allows us to see, feel, and hear all of these calming sensations, bringing our attention to the present moment.”
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There are a plethora of mindfulness practices you can try, but journaling is one of Deardorff ’s favorites. “It truly helps me put my worries into perspective and helps me set realistic goals,” she shares. Some of her go-to journal prompts include 1) Write down three things you’re grateful for: this can be as simple as your cup of coffee or as deep as feelings of fulfillment. 2) Write down three emotions you want to feel: for example, do you want to feel strong? Thoughtful? Confident? “There is something cathartic about putting thoughts down on paper. It is freeing. The best part about journaling
Similar to journaling, grounding is a great mindfulness practice to try at the beach. Grounding is done by having your skin in direct contact with the earth. Examples include walking barefoot in the sand, laying on the ground, or submerging yourself in a natural body of water. “This is a therapeutic technique that can help balance your energy, making it a simple yet beneficial tool for our mental health,” Deardorff explains. “Practitioners often feel a decrease in stress and inflammation, and an increase in energy during the day paired with better sleep at night.” Dedicated time for grounding is important for balancing our health because it allows us to think clearly and feel fueled. Deardorff likes to pair grounding with breathwork or meditation. “Sitting in the sand, closing your eyes, listening to calming music, and breathing is truly a transformative experience.”
EXERCISE Breaking a sweat while beachside can make workouts more enjoyable, and luckily, there are perks to exercising near the water. Deardorff says that being outdoors in nature, such as the beach, allows us to inhale a greater amount of negative ions—and despite the name, negative ions are actually thought to have a positive impact on our health. “They can release serotonin, helping to ease feelings of stress or depression, as well as aid in boosting our energy.” Running and walking along the beach are some obvious go-tos, but you can amp up your workout routine by taking advantage of your access to the sand. Deardorff notes that exercising in the sand works in our favor for two reasons. The first is that sand is soft, meaning it cushions the impact of your body against the earth. “Those with sensitive joints may find themselves experiencing less pain when performing exercises in the sand. Some examples of exercises that you can try at the beach with lesser impact are jumping jacks, squat jumps, commandos, or bear crawls,” she explains. Secondly, sand acts as a form of resistance. “Specifically, barefoot workouts on the sand help us target small stabilizing muscles in our feet that are often neglected in cushioned tennis shoes. By strengthening these muscles in our feet and ankles, we improve balance and reduce the risk of injury.” Another (and perhaps the most rejuvenating) form of exercise to do at the beach is to swim. Swimming is an ideal practice for those who have achy joints or for those who need an extremely low impact option. “Although this activity is typically viewed as an aerobic exercise, the water itself acts as a resistance, giving it considerable muscle strengthening benefits as well,” Deardorff adds. “The natural resistance of the water paired with the ocean tides will turn your dip in the Pacific into a muscle-building, heart-pounding workout.”
“The temperature shift you experience by jumping into the ocean will cause your blood vessels to constrict, helping reduce inflammation.” RECOVERY Healthy post-workout practices are also plentiful at the beach. Submerging yourself in cold water after a sweat sesh is great for recovery. When we workout, we make small micro-tears in our muscle fibers. Deardorff reassures us that this isn’t a bad thing, because when they repair themselves, they become stronger. “The temperature shift you experience by jumping into the ocean will cause your blood vessels to constrict, helping reduce inflammation,” Deardorff says. You only need to be in the water for about 10 minutes to gain these benefits. When you get out, your blood vessels will dilate as normal and flush out lactic acid in the muscles. And if you’re hesitant to take the plunge, remind yourself that our beautiful California waters average about 55 degrees, which is the suggested temperature for cold water submersion. *
Stay Hydrated YOU HEAR IT OVER AND OVER AGAIN: DRINK MORE WATER. WHILE THIS REMINDER CAN GET SOMEWHAT PESKY, THE ADVICE RINGS TRUE, ESPECIALLY BEFORE AND AFTER A DAY IN THE SUN. HERE ARE SOME OF DEARDORFF’S TIPS FOR STAYING HYDRATED:
Put a slice of lemon, strawberry, or cucumber in your water for a touch of refreshing flavor.
Get into the habit of using a water bottle that has a hydration tracker.
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Set reminders on your phone to drink water throughout the day.
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Pair your morning cup of coffee with a glass of water. Most people have made morning coffee or tea part of their daily routine. Combining a daily ritual with a new habit will act as a reminder and help you achieve your goal of hydration.
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FORTRESS with a VIEW
PARADERO TODOS SANTOS REDEFINES THE BAJA VACATION by OTTOCINA RYAN
n hour from the Cabo airport, my driver turns down an unmarked dirt road appearing to lead to one of two things: a cult hideout or a well-guarded secret. The powder blue SUV maneuvers through farmland and three security checkpoints until a fortress comes into view, its smooth tan walls camouflage with the desert sand.
The car door swings open and a jovial poncho-clad bellman greets me, “Welcome to Paradero Todos Santos, we’re so happy you’re here.” I’m reassured. It is in fact a well-guarded hotel. I’m led through an archway and the scent of palo santo commands my attention. I round a corner and another poncho-wearing employee extends a bowl of stones, instructs me to take one and set my intention for the stay. I’m here to relax, and only six hours from my doorstep, I’ve already found tranquility. In the center of the courtyard is an open air lobby. Just a cement ceiling sheltering fire pits, a communal table with guests working on laptops, a surfboard rack, black crochet hammocks, and ample floor cushions. Welcome cocktail in hand, I complete the checkin process swinging in a hammock, setting the tone for my stay.
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I base my order on the dishes I see being prepared in the kitchen. Lemony roasted cauliflower, perfectly charred, with aioli and a truffled pickle. Grilled sea bass topped with a fresh arugula and tomato salad. Simple yet perfected. When only a fishtail and rose gold flatware remain on my plate, Chef Eduardo Rios leans against the bar and asks how I liked dinner. He’s confident it’s one of the best meals I’ve ever had. It was, and I had high expectations. The entire staff weaves him into every conversation, murmuring as if there’s a celebrity in our midst. Rumor has it, he came from the best restaurant in Mexico City, also repeatedly voted top 10 in Latin America. Chef Rios tells me the menu changes frequently, influenced by the seasons, and the tortillas are made from scratch. The produce is from Paradero’s garden and the surrounding farms. He insists I have dessert, and within minutes I’m savoring a row of Paradero, 20 minutes outside the sleepy town of Todos Santos, opened in February 2021. The 35 suites are more fittingly described as towers. I open the heavy metal door to a narrow staircase and climb two flights to a landing, the bedroom is to the right of the patio, bathroom on the left. These are the only rooms I encounter on property, everything else has a ceiling at most, fully integrated into nature. Up two more flights, the rooftop of my sky suite features daybeds and a star net—perfect for stargazing, with no lights for miles. 360 degree views encompass untamed desert, fields of basil, chives, poblano peppers, and flowers, and a beach in the distance just beyond a palm tree jungle. Decor and amenities are minimal, there are no electronics, just strong wifi. TV isn’t missed; guests gather on rooftops for the nightly 7 p.m. show of pink clouds swiped across the sky. I take a shower, opening its window to the expansive desert— cactus reaching for the sky, road runners darting between agave. Cleaned up, I walk to dinner, meandering through the oasis of palm trees, spa huts, and streams in the heart of the property. The stone bar wrapping around the kitchen is surrounded by couples who look like they stepped out of a catalog. I slip onto a stool and a server immediately offers me a QR code menu. For food only. The cocktail menu is: pick a spirit and what ingredients you like—spicy, sour, sweet? Passion fruit, mint, hibiscus? The rest is up to them. Within my parameters, the bartender hands me a hibiscus margarita garnished with grapefruit and rosemary and a chili salt rim. “If you don’t like it you pay double,” he says with a wink. The chili salt stings my sunburnt lips but at least I’m not paying double. Photos by Yoshi Koitani
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mini caramelized bananas topped with yuzu syrup, a cloud of cream, and a smear of date paste. I walk back to my tower under the star-splattered sky. Aside from laughter emanating from the restaurant, the night is quiet. I drag my comforter to the rooftop and sleep in the star net. Dreamy would be an understatement. To immerse guests in the local culture and landscapes, Paradero includes one complimentary activity daily (thank goodness, as the property is so relaxing you need to be prompted to leave). After chilaquiles, I opt for a hike. Our guide leads us up a mountain to jagged cliffs overlooking churning waves. I’m curious about the beach below as you can see in the distance from the hotel. We descend and find it’s inhabited only by hermit crabs and a few horses. We wade across a freshwater stream, as the horses approach for a drink, and into the palm jungle. I’m in awe of the diverse ecosystems thriving in a condensed area. The next day I sign up for a surf lesson at Cerritos Beach, a famous local spot. The lesson wraps up with a warm towel, cucumber lime mint water, and trail mix. They thought of everything. Josh Kramer, co-owner of Paradero, walks over, unassuming in a tie dye shirt, and asks about my experience, nodding as it aligns with his vision. He expresses that he wants guests to leave the hotel grounds, experience the area, and to visit once, twice, then buy a house in Todos Santos. So far I’m on track. With the full afternoon ahead of me, I take a taxi into Todos Santos. I wander the quaint downtown area and side
streets, admiring colorful buildings, trendy boutiques, and bougainvillea-covered taco shacks. It’s discovered enough to be cool and fun, yet not enough to trade its authenticity for a Starbucks. I return to Paradero and glide into the pool. Its minimalist aesthetic is calming. Daybeds line the half-moon-shaped deck. The hot tub borders the bar and the infinity edge grazes the desert. While the entire property and experience entices guests to unwind, the pool is another level of serene. The next day, noon rolls around and it’s time for the excursion I’ve been waiting for: the Baja Taco Tour. A guided tasting of Paradero’s owners’ favorite taco joints, taking the guesswork out of where to find authentic, safe, delicious food. Commencing at Barracuda on Cerritos Beach, we sit around a tile table under the palm frond roof for the best grilled shrimp tacos I’ve ever had, then continue to Todos Santos for ceviche tostadas at Tiki Santos and coconut battered avocado tacos at Santo Chile. We finish at Paradero’s restaurant with fried soft shell crab tacos drizzled with salsa, sesame seeds, and chile de arbol atop a black corn tortilla, lingering at the bar with other guests, sharing travel stories. At Paradero, connecting with fellow guests and the surrounding nature is encouraged by the remote location, minimalist yet refined setting, and excellent food. The way they guide the stay is subtle yet impactful, like you are effortlessly taking part in the experiences and exploring the property then four days later you realize you’re the most relaxed you've ever been. * paraderohotels.com
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THE QUINTESSENTIAL ST LUCIA TRIP |
Photographs by KENNEDY WILLIAMS
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I pull back the net canopy surrounding the bed and walk a few strides into the infinity pool, within the comfort of our hotel room. Resting on the ledge of the pool, I watch billows of smoke expand in the distance, where a volcano just erupted on St Vincent. How many times in your life do you see a volcano erupt?
itinerary. I quickly adopt a new hobby of shooting birds; Kennedy does pilates on the in-room exercise mat. So, how did the trip come about? With the recent surplus of time to mull over what you want to do in life, completing my scuba certification bubbled to the top of my list. Ideally in a tropical climate. With endless options, travel restrictions and entry requirements, I decided to leave the planning to the experts. My travel agent at Santa Barbara Travel Bureau suggested Jade Mountain in St Lucia—a renowned honeymoon destination yet perfect
running out of air. I had originally come to St Lucia for the flourishing reefs and warm water, but that is soon secondary to the thorough, patient, and enthusiastic instruction I get from Carmen.
Our dives amaze me. We see glistening opalescent parrot fish, glowing purple sponges, coral swaying in the current, crabs hiding in crevices of reefs, barracudas, and eels with orange spots. Carmen unfolds a chart of fish from her pocket and identifies the ones we see. A school of hundreds of creole wrasse fish swirls around us. “There’s a whole world under the surface and every minute is a surprise,” water and she says once we ascend.
Yesterday, my friend Kennedy and I arrived at Jade Mountain Resort on St Lucia—think the sophistication and architecture of the International Space Station, dropped in the jungle. Upon arrival, “The sun illuminates the our major domo (butler) 60 feet deep we are mesmerized leads us down a pathway, The last dive of the course, past koi ponds, across a we’re on the dive boat by a gathering of lionfish, only to private bridge, to a place I with a few groups, headed look the other way to a green turtle to a site called Jalousie. can barely describe. Jawdropping superlatives Everyone is pumped for launching off the reef.” don't do it justice. We have the dive, joking around stepped into a postcard and grazing on platters of and on it I want to write: cookies and fruit. The sun this is it, I’m never coming home. Our for an active girls’ trip. I wanted to illuminates the water and 60 feet deep room, or should I say retreat, is one of scuba dive while Kennedy was drawn we are mesmerized by a gathering of 24 open concept sanctuaries. In lieu of to the beach bar and immersive cacao lionfish, only to look the other way a fourth wall is an infinity pool and a offerings. Jade Mountain offers the to a green turtle launching off the view of the pitons (volcanic spires) so best of both. Over the next week, the reef. Upon completing the course, perfect even glass would be sacrilege. trip unfolds as so much more than a the entire boat cheers. One diver The visibility from the jacuzzi tub, check on my bucket list. kids, “Welcome to the expensive shower, and toilet measure up as the club; now you have to buy all the space also lacks interior walls. We feel I start each morning at Anse gear.” I feel accomplished; it’s been immersed in the beauty of the island Chastanet Beach, at the resort’s dive a while since I’ve had a tangible without stepping foot outside the center. The blue, green, and red achievement. It seems like lockdown room. building is surrounded by palm trees is a distant memory and forward and filled with equipment I’d studied progress is attainable again. On the We are promptly presented with a in the online portion of the PADI way back to shore a pod of dolphins water gun to squirt the birds that fly (Professional Association of Diving springs out of the water, trailed by a into the room searching for room Instructors) course. Carmen, the flying fish gliding alongside the boat, service, and a brick phone with one Adventure Sports Manager, puts me a creature I had been half convinced number in it—our major domo. We at ease, loans me gear and helps me was mythological. dub it the burner phone, and use it get situated. We make a schedule for throughout the trip to call for another completing the five confined water I return to our sanctuary, ready to passion fruit margarita, a shuttle to dives and four open water dives relax. Kennedy has a room service the beach, dinner reservations, and required for the certification. Over fruit plate waiting for me and tells me massage appointments at Kai en Ciel the next week I learn everything from about her morning—a waterfall hike Spa. We make ourselves at home how to identify fish to how to respond with mud baths, followed by a cacao as the major domo prepares our calmly in worst case scenarios, like tasting and chocolate bar making
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class. We spend the afternoon, as all afternoons of the trip, lounging on the beach, ordering ceviche with plantain chips on repeat. We’re convinced the hotel must think our bill is a mistake as ceviche comprises half of it. Thank goodness SB Travel Bureau crafted an all-inclusive package for us. Come evening, we board a sunset sail with Captain Mervin at the helm. He points the 37’ sailboat towards the emerald cliffs in the distance. A warm breeze fills the sails and the first mate serves us hors d'oeuvres and locally brewed Piton beers. The couple joining us delivers a steady supply of raunchy jokes, keeping us laughing until the pink sunset fades and we disembark. We conclude the day at Jade Mountain Restaurant, on the top level of the hotel.
Panoramic views reveal the pitons silhouetted against the starry sky. The dinner menu changes nightly to reflect fresh catches and harvests. Our entrees are abundant with garden vegetables, artfully interwoven with local seafood. The full page of chocolate options on the dessert menu, however, is a constant. Kennedy makes her way down the chocolate menu, while the mango baked Alaska becomes my go-to. Our appreciation for the dishes is enhanced when we visit Emerald Farm, which supplies Jade Mountain’s restaurants. We hop out of the car and the Plantation Manager, Damian, is walking up the hill carrying a couple papayas and branches of curry leaves he just harvested. He cheerfully introduces himself and Chef Valerio, who is loading up his Jeep with fresh vegetables to
take back to the hotel restaurants. Chef explains that 70% of the produce used by Jade Mountain, and adjoining parent property Anse Chastanet, grows in this garden. From all of the cacao, to the edible petals atop our daily ceviche. We chat about fermented foods and their beer production for a few minutes, then Chef is off and insists that Damian show us his favorite cherry tree. Damian leads us into the farm, which resembles a well-manicured jungle. Walking through rows of herbs, microgreens, lettuce, and pineapples segues into ducking beneath ginormous mango trees and cacao trees draped in vanilla vines. He excitedly plucks leaf after leaf for us to smell—citrus bay leaves, tulsi basil, anise. He’s more ecstatic about the process of extracting cinnamon from a cinnamon tree than I’ve seen people about their firstborn. Through the
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overgrowth I spot a beekeeper walking towards us. He hands a chunk of honeycomb to Damian who slices off pieces for me and Kennedy. The honey oozes down my fingers and as we walk through the garden I notice everyone is just as intrigued by their messy treat. The only day diving isn’t on the itinerary, I wake up slowly to soft morning light and a symphony of birds. We cancel the 6:30 a.m. piton hike (I’m playing by Kennedy’s rules) and order room service. Enjoying breakfast perched on the ledge
of the pool makes the vegan banana brûlée pancakes that much sweeter. A day of wandering Anse Chastanet’s jungle and the neighboring beach concludes with a jazz cruise. Rum punch and champagne flow freely. We chat with friends we’ve made over the course of the trip, facilitated by the intimate property. We motor past the town of Soufriere; its pastel colonial architecture in shades of pink, yellow, and blue nestled into the jungle is simultaneously majestic and ramshackle. The sun sets below the pristine water, ruffled only by a local speed boat. When it’s time to head to the airport, we gather the bikinis drip drying from every bar in the bathroom, pack up, and say goodbye to our major domo. I came to check a box, a means to an end. Yet it was an unforgettable experience. Diving. Caribbean culture. Local cuisine. I’m happy I trusted the experts at SB Travel Bureau. I’m leaving with a new skill to take with me anywhere in the world, but with the friendly people, flavorful food, and lush setting, let’s be real—I’ll be returning to Jade Mountain on St Lucia. After all, I will never wake up to a better view. * sbtravel.com | jademountain.com
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A HOP SKIP AND A JUMP WEEKENDERS NOW ALLOW FOR MAXIMUM RELAXATION AT THESE NEARBY RETREATS
by DELANEY WILLET
ith the reopening of the travel industry, I find myself incapable of staying in a single location for extended periods, fearing that in an instant I may be disallowed from exploring wherever my heart desires. Yet, I have developed an immense appreciation for the local haunts that provide convenient, convalescent escape within a hop, skip, and a jump. These gems adjacent to Santa Barbara celebrate the unique landscape and culture of Southern California, as well as their surrounding regions, sweeping me away from the mundanity of the day-to-day without sweeping me too far.
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HOTEL YNEZ Photos by KARYN MILLET
A glance in the wrong direction and you may miss Hotel Ynez. The hideout acts as a sister property to the iconic Skyview Los Alamos and proves to be no less of a mainstay, even in its infancy. Had the hotel not installed a soaring neon sign (of Skyview lineage) denoting the turn into the property, I may have overlooked the surreptitious enclave of chicly-outfitted bungalows, situated masterfully as the centerpoint between Solvang, Santa Ynez, and Los Olivos. Hotel Ynez flawlessly fuses community with privacy. A crescent of guestrooms guarded by personal hammocks branch from the hotel’s lobby in the heart of the property, which acts as the living room, concierge service, and market (offering local artisanal snacks, wines, and IPAs, as well as a wide selection of So De Mel swimwear). Firepits and cuddle loungers dot the courtyard, which is illuminated by gargantuan lanterns hanging from an impressive oak covering nearly the entire expanse of the property. I indulge in the sunset cocktail hour, socializing with my fellow revelers and marveling at the sun’s blazing strokes over the valley as it descends. As hickory smoke fills the air, the courtyard noticeably clears, each guest retreating to their personal patios to prepare the night’s feast. Hotel Ynez’s most charming practice is its offering of barbecue kits to guests, replete with a choice of local meats and a personal grill on my doorstep, fostering the environment of a neighborhood cookout within immaculate accommodations. IPAs create a clinging cacophony of cheers as a soft glow dances between the strung hammocks, emanating equally from lamps left alight until late in the night and the faces upon which they shine.
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As the world slowly adapts into our modified normal, it may seem that every local escape has been exhausted, no longer providing the initial thrill of a new destination that was once so desperately craved. This certain itch for the unknown is scratched, though, in the tucked away high desert of the Cuyama Valley, an enchanted landscape in which Cuyama Buckhorn is the centerpiece. The converted rest stop finds new life as a picturesque hotel, doubling as a culinary destination. Cuyama Buckhorn boasts the talent of Executive Chef Daniel Horn, who has revamped the property’s dining program to prioritize local ingredients and the region’s rich culture. Under Horn’s vision, comfort
food arrives at the table as a product of farm-fresh produce, and several course, ingenious tasting menus are served in the spectacular greenhouse on property, where guests are surrounded by the very gardens in which the dishes’ ingredients are grown. I decide there is no better way to precede such a grandiose dinner than with the happy hour—featuring house batched cocktails—hosted alongside the pool as the afternoon sun dips below the Caliente Mountain range. Cuyama is a place that encourages you to truly come as you are, whether that be in your most sophisticated dinner attire or with today’s bathing suit still drying underneath your clothes. I sip my herbal cocktail concoction in the latter state, utterly blissful. This location elevates my standard for all future weekenders. A twentyfour-hour room service menu and a decent PayPer-View selection will no longer do. Instead, complimentary s'mores kits, 360 degree views of the sunset over the valley, and dishes sourced from a farm I could walk to if I so desired are now tied for first on my list of vacation priorities.
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FOUR SEASONS WESTLAKE VILLAGE Photos by JORDAN DONOHOE
Exactly halfway between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, and only twenty minutes over the hill from Malibu, Four Seasons Westlake Village has established itself as a retreat in its own right. The property houses the California Health and Longevity Institute, an internationally-recognized destination effortlessly straddling the border between holistic wellness and medical practice. Health at the constant forefront of their mission and the hotel places similar emphasis on a well-rounded lifestyle; cooking classes fall into my itinerary on the flanks of a restorative massage session, and preceding dinner at the hotel’s
farm-to-table restaurant, Coin and Candor. The circular dining room is a splendor, boasting a wraparound terrace with views of the grounds’ expansive lawns and waterfalls, which act as the foreground on a tapestry of the Santa Monica Mountains, swathed in crimson during my 6 o’clock dinner. Coin and Candor’s menu sources from local farms, listed in their entirety beside the dishes in which they are featured, and focuses upon sustainable fare with the ultimate wellbeing of the guests in mind. Such an ethos guides the cuisine toward fresh vegetables and native California flavors (think a whole avocado, grilled and dressed with peanut salsa and honeycomb in place of a starter salad). The palate play is far from over, though, as the Four Seasons hosts two additional eateries of high acclaim: Onyx, the upscale sushi bar, and Prosperous Penny, the bright blue-hued speakeasy touting a range of creative cocktails, from salted, to sugared,
to smoked. A spa extravaganza, two dinners, and a cocktail hour later, I have never been more grateful for the stylish kingsized bed that awaits my repose upstairs. The waterfall that commands my view in the daylight now serves as a welcome noise machine, lulling me into slumber under the most delicate duvet in which I have ever been enclothed. I am well-nourished of mind and body, free to doze off in utter contentment. Who knew pampering could be so exhaustive? *
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48 HOURS DAY 1 BREAKFAST
Fuel your weekend with greens and goods from Juice Ranch. Opt for an energizing fresh-squeezed juice or detox with immunity and turmeric tonics. Get your grains in with their Farm to Bagel, Avocado Toast with Almond Cilantro Pesto, or the popular Ranch Bowl.
Gorjana is a girl’s best friend. The newly opened Coast Village Road boutique carries dainty necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and charms that are elegant and understated, perfect for layering and matching. Go for the gold, or try out their new collection of beaded items with natural agate and green jade for a pop of color.
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and climbing elements that are sure to work up a sweat. Be sure to bring a swimsuit so you can revel in the top waterfall.
Cuban-inspired cocktails and al fresco drinking? Say no more. Shaker Mill livens the spirits with an eclectic menu, their must-try cocktails being the Mango Lassi, the Bay of Santiago, and the Florida Man. If the munchies take you by surprise, grab a Cuban Grilled Cheese or Plato Mixto from Cubaneo, which is in their shared space.
Nothing beats a mid-summer getaway at San Ysidro Ranch, tucked in the foothills of Montecito. Step into all the garden hideaway has to offer and indulge in exclusive wine tastings, tranquility at the spa, and a delectable dinner at The Stonehouse.
DAY 2 BRUNCH
Start Sunday off with a kick at Belmond El Encanto’s Bellini Brunch. Sip the day away with bottomless Bellinis or
Moet & Chandon Impérial Champagne accompanied by an ocean-view. Indulge in their bakery basket, fresh-pressed juices, and an assortment of shared plates such as bay scallops, deviled eggs on frisée, or ceviche in radicchio.
The recently reinvisioned La Paloma Café pairs cuisine of the Californios and a lovely outdoor atmosphere, perfect for a summer evening. Sip on craft cocktails such as the Bird of Paradise and Mezcalita while snacking on Kumiai Oysters, Crispy Brussels, and Oak Grilled Nopales.
Sunday picnic takes on a whole new meaning here in Santa Barbara. Stop by the La Cumbre Bristol Farms to pick up picnic essentials like their Summer Heirloom Tomato Salad, Grilled Corn Salad, or the California Chicken Sandwich. Head to the scenic Butterfly Beach to snack and get that bronze on.
Look no further than Hacienda by Bonita Lifestyle in Summerland for your summer decor, wardrobe and swimsuit needs. Their laidback coastal aesthetic boasts pops of color and beach patterns for any occasion.
I scream, you scream. End the evening on a sweet note at Rori’s Artisanal Creamery, a small-batch ice cream spot that sources local ingredients to whip up the creamiest dessert in town. Be sure to try local favorites, such as Brown Sugar Banana, Honey Lavender, and their vegan Tropical Wild Berry.
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