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22 | THE POWER OF YOUR THOUGHTS Manifesting positive, optimistic energy translates to longterm happiness.

26 | AT HOME SPA DAY Managers of Edition Hotel spas share their go-to remedies and self-care tips for maintaining wellness while at home.

28 | REDEFINING DIGITAL WELLNESS A home workout routine is just one video call away.

32 | A PERFECT NIGHT'S SLEEP Understanding how to enhance your quality of sleep is essential for living a healthy and sustainable lifestyle.

36 | CALM IN THE CHAOS Our favorite resources to help you to remain grounded and motivated.

philanthropy 40 | DO YOUR PART

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42 | READ BETWEEN THE VINES Cabin fever is nothing an inspiring book and some wine can’t fix.


44 | STARRING SANTA BARBARA Cozy-up on the couch and enjoy classic films that showcase the beauty of Santa Barbara.


46 | ENCLOTHED COGNITION Stylist Elissa Williams actualizes the philosophy of “look good to feel good.”


48 | DON’T WINE ABOUT IT Have a isn’t good to keep things bottled up!

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50 | RECIPES Now is the time to make vegan vanilla scones and sweet potato gnocchi.

60 | TAKE OUT, STAY IN Local restaurants are now providing curbside takeout and delivery–which means you can social distance and enjoy the dishes and cocktails you’ve been craving.

62 | EAT WELL Healthy eating made simple with meal and farm box deliveries.

64 | 48 HOURS AT HOME Take this time at home to try a new hobby, focus on wellbeing, and support local businesses.

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ow much of our thoughts create our reality? Is there energy behind them? Are we able to think absent-mindedly, from our conscious or subconscious mind without it altering our existence in any way? This has long been a debated topic, and with the current upheaval of the world, there has never been a more appropriate time to recognize that we are the creator of our thoughts and our reality.

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“Let's use this time to awaken our minds and create a healthier and stronger world for ourselves, both inside and out.” Yes, the energy of thought is a real concept. Our thoughts have power, and our physical reality is an energetic system. How? Well, our thoughts are made of energy, which translates into words of energy, words then change into actions of energy, actions then lead to creating your physical reality. We can create manifestations through our thoughts, words, and activities, which then use energy to form objects, conditions, and experiences. So, then the question becomes, what energy are we choosing to transmit into existence? Before the cosmic order was tipped on its head with lockdowns and quarantines around the world, we would often try to make life better in the form of material things—buying new clothes, houses, cars, and anything you can name. With limited access to those in recent times, it has become clear that external factors only provide temporary relief. Yes, they release dopamine, the feel-good hormone, yet they are not essential for survival or relevant for long-term happiness. All of these things are a distraction from obtaining happiness within ourselves. It's rather interesting, too, that the literal definition of materialism is “a tendency

to consider material possessions and physical comfort as more important than spiritual values.” Do you think material possessions are more important than spiritual values? More important than your thoughts, words, and actions? These last few months, we have had time to sit and consider this, and I believe it's been a confronting time for most. I'm not saying this to make you feel guilty, but to offer you a different perspective. So next time you're seeking to create a better moment, instead of looking outside, look within. I believe this new world dynamic will come with a shift towards more self-awareness, as we've had many weeks to contemplate our values. Now, if life isn't going the way we want it, more people will stop and think “Wait a minute! What am I doing or thinking about right now? Does it make me happy or sad?” In every moment we can think positively or negatively about ourselves and the circumstances. So let's choose positivity; choose optimism, because ultimately, whatever mental energies we channel seep into the world around us. They then become the structure of our lives. Start to implement the power of positive thoughts by thinking about how intelligent you are, and you will be. Choose to believe how beautiful you are, and you will glow. Choose to believe you are loved, and more love will come back to you. How you feel and act depends on what you think. A thought precedes every action and emotion, so let's begin to choose beliefs that don't block or paralyze us. Initially, it will be challenging to watch your thoughts, but as with any new habit, approach it gently. One day at a time, so you don't burn yourself out on the first day by being overwhelmed that you have to change every self-doubting thought immediately. If checking your thoughts seems too tricky for now, start by watching what you say. For example, don't let something come out of your mouth that you don't physically want to happen. Scary to think that what we might've been saying or doubting could come into reality. Now, let's join in this together and watch what we think, watch what we say, and slowly we'll watch our thoughts change, and we will become the creators of our own lives. Let's use this time to awaken our minds and create a healthier and stronger world for ourselves, both inside and out. *

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spa at home day At-home wellness routines from EDITION Hotel spa experts Written by Delaney Willet

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midst these unprecedented circumstances, we all seem to be signing off our emails with “be well,” but what are we actually implementing in our daily routines to remain mindful and “stay well”? Edition Hotels, known for their minimalist glamour and serene surroundings, maintain some of the most upscale spas at their properties around the world. While we don’t have the chance to sample their sumptuous treatments for ourselves at this time (in the interest of social distancing), we do have the pleasure of hearing from the experts curating the Edition spa menus. By peering into the at-home wellness routines of these aficionados, we find multiple daily practices we can utilize in our own homes to revitalize our bodies and psyches.

THE WEST HOLLYWOOD EDITION Carrie Sotebeer, Director of Spa

Carrie Sotebeer, the Director of Spa at The West Hollywood Edition, brings the wellness she professes in her professional life home with her, beginning each day with a health ritual. She starts every morning with a glass of Himalayan sea salt sole, adding a teaspoon of the salt to a full glass of water. She does this to “balance pH levels, intake essential minerals and increase the body’s alkalinity.” Sotebeer makes a point to take at least ten minutes for herself to meditate and focus on her breath, followed by yoga, which she has been teaching, along with meditation, for 11 years. Last but not least, Sotebeer says “I dry brush my body—not only is this exfoliating, but it also increases circulation and stimulates our lymphatic system.” Talk about an at-home spa treatment!

THE MIAMI BEACH EDITION Vince Smit, Spa Director

From The Edition Hotel’s sunny Miami Beach location, Spa Director Vince Smit, an expert in all things self-care, shares his easy, at-home morning ritual—which he does each day to stay healthy and strengthen his immune system. First, Smit practices oil pulling. This ancient Ayurvedic practice involves swishing oil in your mouth to remove bacteria and promote oral hygiene. Smit suggests starting each day by taking 1 tbsp of coconut oil and swooshing it around for at least five minutes. What’s the benefit? “The bacteria that accumulates in the mouth overnight are attracted to the fatty oils, and they leave the system when you spit it out. This also helps to clear mucus and congestion in the chest,” Smit says. Secondly, Smit completes his morning ritual with a large glass of fresh-pressed lemon water. “This makes the body alkaline

for the day and gets the metabolism going, while building immunity with the vitamin C. I don’t ingest anything for 10 minutes after, to allow the lemon water to take its course through the body.”

THE BODRUM EDITION Zorka Jovovic, Spa Manager

Zorka Jovovic, a self-described homebody and the Spa Manager at The Bodrum Edition, shares that when she isn’t keeping busy at the Turkish Riviera property, which overlooks the Aegean Sea, she “gets a great deal of joy from performing a few morning rituals.” Much like the aforementioned spa directors, Jovovic starts each day with a glass of water with squeezed lemon, as well as a homemade ginger root zest shot, for a quick immunity boost. She maintains hydration throughout the day with her own cucumber, lemon, rosemary, and kumquat-infused water, which is essential after she finishes her morning yoga. Jovovic recently joined a local online yoga class, a practice that’s becoming increasingly popular among these new global measures. “Since social distance and being at home most of the day makes the skin a bit drier than usual, I recommend the Aromatherapy Associates’ Hydrating Rose Face Mask to rescue your skin," says Jovovic. "Without fail, the Damask rose water infused gel mask returns vital hydration to my skin, flooding it with moisture and creating a dewy, fresh look.” With the expertise of these seasoned spa directors, it is now possible to make your time at home not only tolerable, but an opportunity to deep-dive into personal wellness like never before and emerge better than ever! *

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Redefining Digital Wellness Written by Taylon Faltas


igital wellness, a contemporary phrase in its own respect, refers to the toll technology takes on the mental and physical health of humanity as we embark further into the Digital Age. Yet amidst this unprecedented global pandemic, technology may be the only way we can rely on professional training and nutritional advice. All “non-essential” businesses, including gyms and studios, have been forced to temporarily close—leaving virtual meetings as the first-class ticket to getting in those glute bridges. This brings us to Molly Gordon: National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Certified Holistic Personal Trainer. Jogging Enthusiast. Dancer. Tagalong Lover. Master of Virtual Workout Plans. As a full-time personal trainer in Santa Barbara, Molly is navigating the implications this pandemic has on the world just like the rest of us, while keeping in mind the importance of physical exercise for body and soul. Shortly after I joined her 30-minute free virtual workout session— which she holds at noon on Zoom every Tuesday and Thursday—I open my own Zoom chat window to interview Molly on her tips for making the best of the current conditions. Molly greets me with a bright smile and an animated, “Hey, girl!” with enough cheer alone to brighten anyone’s midday quarantine gloom.

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How are you getting movement outdoors (with six feet of distance, of course)?

My preferred method of movement outdoors is jogging, especially with my boyfriend keeping up next to me on roller skates while we appreciate the beautiful neighborhood we live in. We are so blessed to live near the ocean. I often workout in the parks near my house—La Mesa Park, Shoreline Park, and Douglas Preserve. Another way to get outside is exploring new hikes. I recently took the McMenemy Trail in Montecito, a hike that I found through an app called “All Trails” that shows you maps of local hikes along with the level of difficulty.

How do you keep yourself from binge-eating all day while stuck at home? What are some of your healthy snack alternatives?

Honestly, it’s tough. We are now home and near our kitchens all the time. Eat things that fill you up. If you’re full, it’s less likely that you’ll be wandering through the kitchen aimlessly looking for something to eat. Chips, cookies, and ice cream are made for us to be addicted and always want more. If you can, say, “Alright, I want these chips, but I’m going to put them in a bowl first.” Or, “I’m going to eat a cookie, but have a glass of water after.” For example, once I start eating Girl Scout Cookies, I can’t stop. Tagalongs and Thin Mints are my downfall, or anything with peanut butter and chocolate. If I buy a box and don’t hide it right away, they’re usually gone. What helps me is switching to something else. Eat some grapes, drink some bubbly water—interrupt your taste buds’ desire for more.

SNACK IDEAS Homemade popcorn.

Just pop some corn kernels in coconut oil, spray with Bragg’s liquid aminos and nutritional yeast. Another recipe is simply sprinkling nutritional yeast, rosemary, turmeric, and ghee (non-lactose butter) on your freshly popped kernels.

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But don’t let them get soggy! I am much more likely to eat my veggies when they’re crisp and super fresh. Find the veggies that you enjoy and don’t force yourself to buy the ones you know you won’t eat. I can’t get enough sliced bell peppers dipped in hummus or a kale, garlic, and egg scramble. I also love quesadillas made with vegetarian sausage, kale, and, of course, cheese. And, to bring me back to childhood, I always snack on peanut butter and apple slices.

In order to avoid unnecessary snacking, I plan out my meals throughout the day. I’ll say to myself, “For breakfast, I’m going to have (blank), for lunch (blank), for snack (blank), and for dinner (blank).”

You are an exercise trainer, which means a lot of your work is done face-toface. What are some of the best ways you’ve been able to optimize this new online format of training? (Thanks, Zoom.) Photo by Jacqueline Pilar Model Caley-Rae Pavillard with L.A. Models Styled by Johanna Smeds Hair & Makeup by Leah Washuta Lorna Jane sports bra, Cushnie et Ochs pants, Kreafunk aHEAD headphones,

I’m super grateful that I'm in a profession where a lot of trainers were already headed in the direction of virtual training. I, too, was already conducting online workouts. I hold virtual sessions through various platforms such as Facebook, Skype, FaceTime, and Zoom. In a time where many of us rely on social media to get the latest updates, people are discovering that there are more ways to get active through these platforms instead of the traditional practice of going to a gym. With my clients, I use an app called “Trainerize” that allows me to send customized workouts to each client—there are so many options when it comes to virtual training!

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Now that a lot of exercise training is done through the power of the internet, do you think exercising via webcam will result in a permanent shift in people’s routines?

My initial instinct is “yes,” because I’ve had clients that want to continue working out this way. Some people would rather continue traditional face-to-face sessions, but I think many people will start to see virtual training as a viable option. The pros of virtual training are that there is zero commute time and it can be done anywhere, even if you and your trainer are in completely different cities. A downfall of this transition for some people is the lack of proper exercise equipment—no heavy barbells or TRX (total resistance exercise) equipment. But the main pro for me is that I get to see clients’ dogs on the screens when we work out virtually! Show me your animals!

What kind of quick and simple workout do you recommend for those of us that are social distancing and/or working from home?

If nothing else, the simplest thing to do that won’t make you sweat is balance work and planks! A good, solid plank is going to work out every part of your body and doesn’t take up any time at all. On top of that, I recommend total body balanced workouts with six different movement patterns, in addition to what us trainers like to call a “finisher.”

Upper Body Pushing (Incline Push-Ups)

Place your hands on a sturdy surface (like a countertop or a park bench) and line your body up into a plank position. Looking just ahead of your hands, pull your shoulder blades into your back pockets as you start to bend your elbows, bringing your chest towards the countertop. Proceed until you feel the stretch across your chest, and then begin to push yourself back up by driving your hands down and elbows straight. Keep your body in one straight line the whole time! Perform two or three sets of 10.

Upper Body Pulling (Band Pull-Aparts)

You need a resistance band for this one! Begin by standing up in a tall posture while gripping a resistance band with both of your hands in front of you. Raise your arms up to shoulder height with your palms facing the ground. Squeeze your shoulder blades back and down as you send your arms out to the side, pulling the band apart with straight elbows all the way until it hits your chest. Make sure you lead with your pinkies and keep your knuckles rolled forward, initiating the pull with your back muscles. Return to the start and perform two or three sets 15 times.

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Core Bracing Movement (Ab Presses)

Begin the movement by lying on your back with your legs up in a tabletop position. Place your hands on your thighs with your elbows extended or slightly bent. Use your abs and hip flexors to pull your knees in towards your face while simultaneously pushing your legs away from you using your hands and arm muscles. Your core should automatically brace, but continue to press your back into the mat and drive your legs into your palms to create as much tension as you can handle. This can be held for 10 to 45 seconds as long as you remember to breathe! Complete two or three sets of these.

Core Rotational Movement (Side Plank Dips) Set yourself up on the ground in a side plank, choosing either your hand or forearm to be your upper body base connection to the ground, and either your knees or your feet as your lower body base. For this example, your hand and feet are the connections to the ground. Form a straight line from your head to your feet by bracing your belly, lower back, and hip muscles. You should be balancing on one arm with your shoulder stacked up above your wrist and eyes looking forward, with your neck in line with the rest of your body. At this point, you can either hold your side plank or, to challenge yourself, begin letting the hips drop down towards the ground (but catch them before they get there!) and then squeeze your obliques (sides) as you press down firmly into your hand to lift the hips up toward the ceiling. Repeat this up and down motion to complete the dip. Perform two or three sets of 15.

Lower Body Squat Movement (Get Up/Get Down Squats)

Get up get down squat: This one should be performed on a soft surface for your knees (i.e. grass or carpet or a thick mat). Begin by sitting your hips back and down, bending your knees into a squat position. Send one leg behind you as you place the knee on the ground. Follow it with the other leg. You should now be in a kneeling position, body tall & hips stacked over your knees. Come back up to the low squat position, leading with the first leg you moved and following with the other. The rhythm should be down (R leg), down (L leg), up (R leg), up (L leg). Stay low in the squat for extra burn or stand all the way tall to give yourself a break. Repeat leading with the opposite leg. You may repeat your reps all on one leg for more endurance work, or alternate sides for more cardio/less quad burn. To challenge yourself, place your hands behind your head and keep your elbows wide. Repeat two or three times (eight per side).

Lower Body Hinge Movement (Glute Bridges)

Begin by lying on your back, with one of your knees bent with the foot on the floor. The other knee should be as straight as possible, with the foot reaching towards the ceiling. Breathe in to prepare for the bridge, then breathe out and contract your core by pulling up through your pelvic floor and down through your ribcage. As you exhale, press into the ground with your foot and lift your hips as high as they can go. Do your best to keep your pelvis even through the bridge, even if that means you can't go as high. Lower back down to the floor and repeat. Do not move the "floating" leg, ignore it and emphasize the work in the glute that is performing the hinge. Complete two or three sets (12 per leg). If you need a visual reference, look up any of these exercises in your search bar! The best way to have a successful workout is to plan it ahead of time, with these six aspects in mind. And at the end of your workout, throw in a finisher. A good finisher is one minute of something that gets your heart rate up—something that makes you sweat and smile! You’ll usually find me holding a wall sit or running down the block for this part.

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“Give yourself grace during this really scary time. It’s okay if you fall off your routine. It’s okay if you eat the bag of chips. The importance of fitness is more about how it makes you feel, instead of how it makes you look.”

What are three wellness-oriented pieces of advice (from a personal trainer perspective) to get us through this time of isolation? 1. Use your outside time to get off your phone. I feel a huge decrease in stress when I’m not on my phone. We live in a beautiful place!

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2. If I think of it—and it’s good for me—I should do it! If I'm sitting on the couch, and think “Hm, I should do some sit-ups,” I have to do them! I really want to take the word “should” out of my vocabulary for this reason. 3. Give yourself grace during this really scary time. It’s okay if you fall off your routine. It’s okay if you eat the bag of chips. The importance of fitness is more about how it makes you feel, instead of how it makes you look. If exercising and eating well makes you feel good, then do it. If you need a day to sleep or drink wine, do it. Ask yourself, “Is that going to make me happy?” If the answer is yes, then go for it. *

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f you rely on coffee and adrenaline rather than prioritizing sleep in your daily routine, think again. It's proven that a good night's rest is just as important for your overall health as regular exercise and a healthy diet. Research shows that poor sleep has immediate adverse effects on your hormones, exercise

performance, and brain function. In contrast, the pros of sound sleep can help you eat less, exercise better, and be healthier. Who doesn't want to feel healthier, happier, and slimmer? We partnered with Lull, our favorite Santa Barbara-based mattress company, to set you up with all the tools for a successful night's sleep.

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HERE ARE SEVEN TESTED TIPS TO SLEEP BETTER: 1. Get to know your built-in alarm clock.

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Our body’s natural clock, known as our circadian rhythm, affects our brain and hormones by helping us stay awake and telling our bodies when it's time to sleep. We're subject to so much artificial light that our circadian rhythm is out of sync. Being in more natural sunlight or bright light during the day helps keep our circadian rhythm healthy because it increases daytime energy, as well as nighttime sleep quality and duration.

2. Stick to a sleep schedule.

Sleep schedules function well within a daily routine because they offer our internal clock some predictability, which is soothing to our highly responsive nervous systems. Setting ourselves up with fixed bedtimes and wake-up times trains our body to know when it's safe to shut off and relax mentally. And who doesn't want to know when they can relax?

3. Sleep on a comfortable mattress and pillows.

This, for me, was the biggest game-changer. For years I slept on an IKEA mattress and thought nothing of it, but when I climbed into bed at night, I could never get comfortable. I would toss and turn, struggling to fall asleep. It wasn't until I invested in a high-quality mattress from Santa Barbara based mattress company, Lull, that I noticed a positive change in my sleep patterns. The mattress is firm enough to support my back, yet soft enough that I melt into it. As soon as I lie down at night my body starts to soften and ease into sleep mode.

4. Use essential oils.

Certain scents can elicit a range of emotional and physical responses. Essential oils help promote relaxation, decrease stress, and even alleviate snoring. Adding essential oils like lavender, bergamot, or chamomile into our nighttime routine may allow us to have better quality sleep. Plus, it's super easy. You can incorporate them by using a diffuser, so the smell fills the room, or by putting a few drops on your pillow or pulse points.

5. Exercise daily.

If we sit at a desk, in front of the TV, or minimize the amount of exercise we do, our body has excess energy to use because we're not moving as nature intended. Just 30 minutes a day can get blood flowing, release stagnant energy, improve muscle strength, increase energy levels, and help us fall asleep a lot easier by entering REM sleep mode (deep sleep where our brain rejuvenates) more efficiently.

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6. No blue ray light exposure before bed.

The shorter wavelengths in blue light (the light from your phone, iPad, or laptop) suppress melatonin production. To help your body produce adequate melatonin (the hormone that helps your body know when it's time to sleep and wake up), keep all electronics out of your bedroom and ban screens an hour before bed. I leave my phone in another room on airplane mode and leave my laptop at work, so I'm not tempted to check it.

7. Evaluate your room.

The more serene your environment, the better your sleep. Make your room an atmosphere of maximum comfort and relaxation. Clear out clutter, ban work, and keep it cool and quiet. Then add a relaxing scent and invest in some cozy sheets, a quality mattress, and luxurious pillows that make you excited to dive into bed at the end of a long day. I found Lull through a friend's recommendation, after explaining to her how I couldn't shut off at night and she asked what my bed was like. I was perplexed at first and thought, “What do you mean? My bed is just my bed.” Then she asked if I had a comfortable, quality mattress and pillows, told me that I should buy a new mattress every five years, and recommended Lull. It had been seven years since I moved into my house, and I still had the same bed, so I took her advice and ordered a new mattress, frame, and protector, got them delivered, and assembled it in 15 minutes. A year later, I couldn't be happier. Even when I wake up in the morning, I roll around in my luxurious bed, already excited to get back in that night. Now, if that's not the feeling a good mattress creates, then I don't know what it is! *

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Written by Amy Dong

Our tried and true resource kit for practicing presence, cultivating mindful moments, and staying resilient

GET CURIOUS I’m not sure about you, but I definitely have a laundry list of books that I’ve been meaning to read for quite some time. In the midst of uncertainty, learning and being curious is such a welcomed refuge for my mind. Here are a few of my favorite and most grounding reads from the past few weeks.

1. Good Morning, I Love You: Mindfulness and Self-Compassion Practices to Rewire Your Brain for Calm, Clarity, and Joy

The title speaks for itself. Inspired by her own journey with selfcompassion, Clinical Psychologist Shauna Shapiro presents a well-researched guide to mindfulness and compassion that led her to approaching life with kindness and curiosity.

2. The Joy of Movement Photo by Megan Sorel | Model Eva Porche with L.A. Models | Hair & Makeup by Leah Washuta

We all know that movement is good for us, but this uplifting read takes it one step further. Kelly McGonigal dives into how exercise helps us find happiness, hope, connection, and courage. This is a page-turner that will leave you itching to go on a (socially distant) run.

3. Rising Strong

Brené Brown is arguably the voice of empowerment in our era. I’ll let a quote from the book speak for itself here: “Vulnerability is not winning or losing; it’s having the courage to show up and be seen when we have no control over the outcome. Vulnerability is not weakness; it’s our greatest measure of courage.” Brené also just launched her podcast. It will make you laugh, cry, and reflect (respectively) all wrapped up in a 50-minute episode.

GET HEADSPACE Finding it hard to concentrate? Me too. I think my one word for this experience thus far has been ‘overwhelmed.’ To combat that feeling and ride the wave of the emotion, I’ve been meditating. In theory, meditation sounds idealistic. In practice, I often find it to be unrealistic (who’s with me here?). But these past few weeks, when everything is seemingly out of my control, harnessing my breath and reminding myself to quiet my mind, even for just a moment, has been a game-changer. While there are several platforms for easing into your meditation practice, my go-to is Headspace. In light of COVID-19, Headspace is currently offering a free meditation series, accurately dubbed as ‘Weathering the Storm,’ to everyone. Additionally, Headspace is giving free premium memberships to healthcare professionals. Spread the word and the mindfulness!

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“Give yourself the space to read, learn, reflect, connect, and unravel. Give yourself permission to feel vulnerable and courageous.”

GET CONNECTED In my opinion, the only silver lining of our current situation is the overwhelming outpouring of love that I’ve witnessed among many communities, both big and small. The compassion and care for one another, vulnerable populations, and healthcare professionals has been heartwarming. Here are a few opportunities to lend a helping hand to those in need and share some quarantine love.

1. Pandemic of Love

Shelly Tygielski, a mindfulness teacher from South Florida, created Pandemic of Love on March 14th with the intention of helping those in her community. Overnight, she found that word spread quickly and people across the globe were reaching out to give and receive help. She, unknowingly, created a movement. Pandemic of Love is a mutual aid community that connects kind people with kind people who can help with what they need. How does it work? Submit the form with the level of support that you can offer and you will be connected with an individual the next day to discuss how you can make this tumultuous time a little easier on them.

2. Letters of Love - Love for the Elderly

Letters of Love was an idea born in 2015 that primarily aimed at spreading smiles to refugee children through

a handwritten letter. They recently launched a project specifically directed towards senior citizen communities, a population that is especially vulnerable at this time. If you have a spare 15 minutes, this is a special way to help combat loneliness and put a smile on someone’s face!

3. Allbirds X Healthcare Professionals

Allbirds has already donated $500,000 worth of shoes to healthcare professionals! You can purchase a ‘donation’ bundle that scores you and a healthcare professional in need each a pair of comfy, sustainable sneakers. Support your local businesses and organizations—we know them, we love them, let’s show up in their time of need (page 40 and 60). I’ll leave you with a few closing thoughts. It’s amazing to be curious, mindful, and connected. But it’s also okay to be scared, to feel the weight of uncertainty, and to lack the motivation to be productive and engaged. Resilience is a practice, and like all things, it is almost never perfect. But also, like all things, practice makes progress. Give yourself the space to read, learn, reflect, connect, and unravel. Give yourself permission to feel vulnerable and courageous. This will end and I’m confident that when it does, we will emerge more connected, more compassionate, and more resilient than ever before. *

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SB LIFE & STYLE philanthropy




Written by Kennedy Williams

e are all facing increasing demands, challenges, and uncertainties during this time, so uniting as a community is of utmost importance. Organizations across the county need our help in providing additional support and services to community members in urgent need. If you have the ability and feel called to help, we have gathered a number of nonprofits you can donate to.

1. Foodbank Santa Barbara County

The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County is here with healthy groceries and fresh produce for all of those in need in our community. The organization helps to provide food for neighbors recently out of work due to COVID-19. Your donation can aid seniors, employees, children, and/or families.

2. United Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Barbara County

The Boys & Girls Club of Santa Barbara County is making sure that our community’s kids don’t go hungry during this crisis. They are providing safe, daily meal pick-ups at Club sites. Donations are urgent in order to provide for the children and families profoundly affected at this time.

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3. Domestic Violence Solutions

California’s “shelter in place” mandate may increase violence in abusive households. Domestic Violence Solutions for Santa Barbara is here to help anyone experiencing domestic violence during this pandemic. They are working to continue providing safety, shelter, and support services. Virtual dropin consultations are available and client eligibility, case management, therapy and counseling, housing assistance, and job/life skills assistance are now completed over the phone or via video conference. The crisis line is open 24/7: 805-963-4458.

4. Emergency Child Care Fund

The Emergency Child Care Fund was started in response to the growing need for child care for Santa Barbara County “front line” workers in professions essential to the COVID-19 outbreak. Funding will help cover the cost of child care programs where children will be cared for in a safe facility with attention to their health, wellbeing and social-emotional needs. If you would like to contribute toward the Emergency Child Care Fund, please contact Steve Ortiz, President & CEO, United Way of Santa Barbara County at United Way of Santa Barbara County has also partnered with the Hutton Parker Foundation and the Santa Barbara Foundation in the COVID-19 Joint Response Effort. Donations help to address the needs of individuals and families in Santa Barbara County as well as the nonprofits who serve them. *

Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more. —H. JACKSON BROWN JR.

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Kim Busch's book recommendations with drink pairings

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Photographed by Silas Fallstich Written by Kim Hashemi Model Anna Iaryn with State Management Styled by Paula Parisotto


ith our newfound downtime, why not use it to indulge in a captivating read? Books educate us, offer comfort, and allow our minds to wander. In case you don’t already have a reservoir of books in order, I asked Kim Busch, co-owner of Folded Hills Winery and avid reader, to share her self-isolation reading list along with beverage pairings, naturally. From fiction to nonfiction, memoir and self-help, these selections will keep you entertained while you’re at home.

Cork Dork by Bianca Bosker (2017)

This non-fiction memoir shares the story of a professional journalist turned sommelier. With humor and curiosity, readers are taken on a wine-fueled adventure inside underground tasting groups, exclusive New York City restaurants, California mass-market wine factories, and even a neuroscientist’s fMRI machine. The story teaches us to be in touch with our senses and appreciate the world around us. Suggested beverage pairing: settle down with a glass of wine, perhaps a 2007 Hundred Acre Ark Cab, and get lost in the world of wine with this page turner.

American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins (2020)

This fascinating novel tells the story of a middle-class Mexican bookseller Lydia Quixano Pérez who flees Acapulco after a drug cartel violently attacks a quinceañera she’s attending and kills her journalist husband who had profiled the cartel leader. Lydia and her 8-year-old son Luca escape to the United States, meeting countless other migrants along their journey. This compelling story will spark conversation, making for an interesting virtual book club pick. Suggested beverage pairing: pair this gripping novel with a small batch smoky mezcal.

Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan (2017)

Set in Italy and based on a true story, this saga shares the story of

a young man’s courage and resilience during World War II. Pino Lella is recruited at the age of eighteen to become the personal driver for Adolf Hitler’s left hand in Italy as he falls in love with a woman in the leader’s web. The captivating book tells us about heroism during trying times. Suggested beverage pairing: pair this spellbinding read with a Stolpman Sangiovese.

The Ride of a Lifetime by Robert Igor (2019)

In this memoir by the executive chairman of Disney, Igor shares deep leadership wisdom and the values he embraced during his 15 years as CEO. It’s as if you’re sitting down for a meeting with one of the wisest CEOs to learn about handling key challenges in business today. Suggested beverage pairing: pair this revelatory read with an Estate Folded Hills Syrah.

The Wise Heart: A Guide to the Universal Teachings of the Buddhist Psychology by Jack Kornfield (2008) This incisive book is a comprehensive and illuminating guide to Buddhist psychology. Both comforting and instructional, the book allows readers to discover the healing power of meditation and live a life of equanimity and poise. Suggested beverage pairing: read this outside on a sunny April evening with a glass of 2019 Folded Hills Lilly Rosé.

Edith Wharton’s novels written between 1900 and 1922 Kim shares, “Right now during this crazy stressful time I am reading every one of Edith Wharton’s novels. They were written at such an innocent time. It’s the only thing that I can read at bedtime and sleep.” Suggested beverage pairing: accompany these novels with some warm golden milk and sleep like a baby. *

Chaucer’s Bookstore is open for online and phone orders, for delivery or curbside pickup.

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starring SANTA


BARBARA Written by Kennedy Williams Photographed by Meadow Rose


hether you view the stay-at-home order as a blessing or a curse, we are all wrestling with how to fill the extra downtime on our hands. I see this as an opportunity to binge-watch the long list of movies I never seem to have time for, including all of those filmed here in Santa Barbara. We may be temporarily restricted from exploring our beautiful city, but these films capture that Santa Barbara charm we all love and yearn for.

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20TH CENTURY WOMEN (2015) Director: Mike Mills Stars: Annette Bening, Elle Fanning, Greta Gerwig, Billy Crudup This critically acclaimed film paints a picture of the laid back Santa Barbara lifestyle while exploring the city’s beautiful parks, cultural offerings, and beaches.

SIDEWAYS (2004) Director: Alexander Payne Stars: Paul Giamatti, Thomas Haden Church, Virginia Madsen Old college friends set out for a weekend of wine tasting, bringing the Santa Barbara wine country to fame.

IT'S COMPLICATED (2009) Director: Nancy Meyers Stars: Meryl Streep, Steve Martin, Alec Baldwin, John Krasinski This romantic comedy is set in residential areas of Montecito and highlights a number of Santa Barbara’s downtown landmarks—the Santa Barbara County Courthouse and historic El Paseo.

SCARFACE (1983) Director: Brian De Palma Stars: Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer, Steven Bauer, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio Although the entire movie is not filmed in Santa Barbara, the iconic Scarface house is located in Montecito. *

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SB LIFE & STYLE fashion

enclothed Dressing Yourself out of Quarantine Blues with Local Stylist Elissa Williams


Written by Delaney Willet

t is safe to assume that many of us have had that lurking feeling of guilt throughout this quarantine: you look longingly into your closet, at the myriad outfits you haven’t been able to wear in a month, and know that it is due for a thorough spring cleaning. You then glance back at your three-day old sweatpants and tattered college t-shirt and decide to watch another season of The Hills reruns. And that is completely fine! Your neighbor and your neighbor’s neighbor are probably living out different versions of this cycle as well. But, if you would like to emerge from quarantine more refreshed than you entered it (or at least a tick more stylish), we have all the motivation you need from Santa Barbarabased stylist Elissa Williams. Williams is the founder of the Virtual Closet Concierge, an online service where she “creates outfits for women based on their next-level self from clothes already in their closet.” Elissa conducts her sartorial magic remotely, which is especially helpful under these social distancing circumstances.

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That spring cleaning that was never completed a year ago because life got in the way? There has seldom been a better time to follow through with it than within self-isolation. Williams recommends a closet overhaul, “Do a virtual try-on party with a friend. Get Zoom or FaceTime up and start making outfits from the clothes you have in your closet to bring some freshness in.” Though a complete closet clean-out can be overwhelming— especially when layered atop the stress that has already mounted around the world—Elissa promises the exercise can be therapeutic when done right. “Have an inspiration board of styles that inspire you. That’s your gold standard,” she advises. “Pick out your five favorite things, get rid of the things that don’t make you feel good. It’s okay to be ruthless in what you’re getting rid of. At a time like this, you can donate things, you can sell them, you can do an exchange.” Giving back and getting our lives together at the same time? Okay, maybe we will lean into quarantine. Although what we put on in the morning to wander through our homes is the last thing on our minds these days, it may be beneficial to our mental health if daily outfits once again became something to be considered. Williams explains the concept of enclothed cognition, “When you put something on that you feel good in, it can change your whole disposition.” Elissa offers, “When we’re all stuck in quarantine and we still need to get work done or feel good, we have the power to do that with our own closet. This can be as simple as putting on a bright red lip or something super feminine, or whatever that feeling is that you want to evoke. You can do that with your clothes every day.”

“There is a lot of uncertainty in the world but that does not mean you can’t be one hundred percent yourself.”

If a pick-me-up in the form of a fun jumpsuit or a tutu your co-workers cannot see over Zoom is not enough incentive to wake up and play around in your closet, the sheer entertainment encapsulated within the creativity fostered through keeping up your personal style may be. “I’m so social. Yet I’m working from home all the time now. No coffee shops, nothing,” remarks Williams. “Style has been a way to feel good every day and feel motivated. It has been helpful for me to create beauty in spite of any circumstance and to use clothes as a catalyst for creativity. I get on Zoom with a bright red lip and everyone else is in pajamas, but I don’t care, I feel my best.” It may take thirty seconds or thirty minutes—keeping up appearances amidst a global crisis has nothing to do with vanity, but everything to do with the maintenance of one’s personhood and sanity. Fashion in this trying period, and throughout any of life’s hardships, should act as a personal outlet rather than an inhibition. Even in the case of style-maven Williams, clothing morphed from something

difficult to navigate into a tool. “It’s such a helpful method to dress for the body that I have and not for a body that is someone else’s. I have had weight gain and weight loss due to health issues, so fashion is the avenue through which I’ve learned to love my body in all seasons.”

In this season particularly, and under the “safe at home” order, Williams suggests a few comfortable yet classy pieces that can seamlessly make one feel human again. “I would recommend a nice silk jogger or feminine, breathable dresses. I also love to mix in metallics, especially to bring a little edge to your quarantine, or any bright accessory that makes you feel like you.” In the comfort of your own home, what better time is there to get experimental with your appearance? “I just wear my normal wardrobe in the house—skirts, whatever. What’s today, Saturday? I’m in a sweatshirt and metallic silver shorts because I still want to feel like myself and edgy and fun.” Finding ourselves at a global impasse, it is important to locate the simple things in our lives that make us the happiest. “There is a lot of uncertainty in the world but that does not mean you can’t be one hundred percent yourself,” Williams concludes. “The question I am constantly asking is ‘How can we love ourselves more?’ Fashion is just a way we can love ourselves under any circumstance.” * @ S B L I F E A N D S T Y L E | 47

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Written by Kennedy Williams Photographed by Jacqueline Pilar Model Lena Ashikhmina with L.A. Models Styled by Gladis Barboza Hair & Makeup by Heather Roach


oilet paper may be scarce, yet we can assure you wine is not! Wineries across Santa Barbara County are eager to keep your wine cellar stocked during these unprecedented times. Many are offering discounts, deliveries, and pick-ups to ensure your safety and to help take the edge off after a busy work-fromhome day.

Happy Canyon Vineyard is open Friday

through Tuesday for wine pick-ups from 12 p.m.-6 p.m. Additionally, they are giving a 10% discount (30% for wine club members) on all purchases and free shipping when you order 6 bottles or more.

Melville Winery is offering curbside pick-

up along with $1 shipping on all orders of 3+ bottles of wine.

Alma Rosa Winery is able to facilitate wine

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pick-ups. Call ahead and have your wine waiting for you when you arrive.

Margerum Wine Tasting Room is offering

free delivery on purchases of one or more cases. Curbside pick-up is available for any quantity of wine. Complimentary shipping on 12+ bottles.

Folded Hills is now delivering wine to your

doorstep and offering curbside pick-up. If you purchase 6 bottles or more, you can add on a local, organic, farm-fresh box of produce straight from Folded Hills crops, available for pick-up or delivery.

Sunstone Vineyards & Winery is delivering to your door. Shipping is included on purchases of 6 bottles or more. For a full list of winery offerings, visit *

On The Road dress, Folded Hills wine

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SB LIFE & STYLE dining

Whether honing a new skill or because you can only order takeout so many times, there’s never been a more appropriate time to get creative in the kitchen. Need some inspiration? We’ve got you covered from breakfast in bed to cocktails for your Zoom happy hour. Here are five vegetarian recipes from Santa Barbara-based food blog Mixed & Measured.

Vegan Vanilla Bean Scones Crisp on the outside, soft, flakey and “buttery” on the inside, these scones will make your morning a little bit sweeter.

Makes about 8 scones

INGREDIENTS 1 tablespoon Bob’s Red Mill Egg Replacer ¾ cup oat milk 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1 vanilla bean ¼ cup cane sugar ½ teaspoon salt 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 tablespoon baking powder ½ cup solid coconut oil For the Vanilla Bean Glaze: 1 ¼ cup powdered sugar 2 tablespoons oat milk 1 vanilla bean 50 | MAY/JUNE 2020

DIRECTIONS Preheat oven to 350°F. In a medium bowl, combine the egg replacer with 2 tablespoons of water. Mix well and let sit for one minute until thickened. Add the oat milk, vanilla extract, sugar and salt. Scrape the seeds out from one of the vanilla beans and whisk it into the mixture. In a separate bowl, combine the flour and baking powder. Add to the bowl with the wet ingredients and mix with a wooden spoon until mixture starts to come together. Using a pastry cutter, or fork, add the solid coconut oil and cut it into the mixture until a flaky ball of dough forms. Dump the dough onto a floured surface. Form a disk about 6 inches in diameters. Cut into 8 wedges. Place wedges on a baking sheet and bake for 12-14 minutes, until the edges begin to brown slightly. Let cool. While the scones are cooling, make the Vanilla Bean Glaze by whisking together the powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons oat milk and the seeds scraped out from the second vanilla bean. Drizzle the glaze on the cooled scones right before serving. Store any non-iced scones in an airtight container. When ready to serve, bake for a couple minutes at 350°F until warm. Let cool slightly, then glaze. *

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Coconut Cauliflower Tacos with a Pickled Slaw & Creamy Sriracha Sauce Recipe & Photography by Riley Yahr Mixed & Measured |

Celebrate Taco Tuesday at home with these vegetarian tacos, loaded with crispy coconut cauliflower and topped with fresh slaw.

Serves about 6

INGREDIENTS Corn tortillas 1 head cauliflower, cut into small bite-sized pieces 1 (15 ounce) can coconut cream 1 cup coconut flakes 1 cup all-purpose flour 1/3 cup coconut oil (or vegetable oil) 3 cloves garlic, minced 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper Cilantro for garnish For the Pickled Slaw: ½ small head purple cabbage, thinly sliced

DIRECTIONS Begin by making the slaw. In a large bowl, add the cabbage, red onion, radishes, carrots, rice vinegar, lime juice and sugar. Mix to combine then set aside, allowing to marinate. Next, make the Creamy Sriracha Sauce. In a small bowl, mix together the yogurt, Sriracha and lime juice. Set aside. Now on to the cauliflower. In a large bowl, add the canned coconut cream and mix until it’s a creamy consistency. Add the bite-sized cauliflower pieces to the bowl and toss so they’re completely coated. In a food processor, grind the coconut flakes until it becomes a flour-like consistency. Add the ground flakes to another large bowl and mix in the all-purpose flour. Working in batches, use a slotted spooon to transfer the coated cauliflower to the bowl with the flour (removing any excess coconut cream) and toss to coat each piece in the flour mixture.

8 radishes, julienned 3 large carrots, julienned ¼ cup rice vinegar 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice 1 teaspoon sugar

In a large pan, heat about 1/3 cup coconut oil or vegetable oil over medium heat. Add the cauliflower and spread out in a even layer. You may have to work in batches. Mix in the minced garlic, salt and pepper. Let cook for about 1015 minutes, stirring every so often, until the cauliflower is golden brown and crispy.

For the Creamy Sriracha Sauce: 5 ounces plain yogurt 1 ½ teaspoons Sriracha 1 teaspoon fresh lime juice

Meanwhile, heat your corn tortillas. Once they are warm and cauliflower is done, assemble the tacos by adding the cauliflower and topping with the slaw and Sriracha sauce. Garnish with cilantro and enjoy! *

1/3 cup

thinly sliced red onion

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Sweet Potato Gnocchi in a Sage Brown Butter Sauce Recipe & Photography by Riley Yahr Mixed & Measured |

What better time to try homemade gnocchi than now? No need to be intimidated, this recipe is quite simple. These fluffy dumplings are tossed in a sauce of golden brown butter, shallots, garlic, a hint of fragrant sage, and white wine to bring together all of the flavors.

DIRECTIONS Peel and roughly cut the sweet potatoes into 2-inch pieces. Place them in a pot filled with water and bring to a boil. Cook for about 15 minutes until the pieces are soft enough to mash. Drain. Add the sweet potato to a bowl of an electric mixer with the paddle attachment and mix on medium speed until smooth. This should yield about 1 1/2 cups when mashed. With the mixer on low, slowly add in the flour, salt, ricotta, then egg until a rough ball of dough forms. Do not over-mix. The dough should be a little sticky, but if it seems way too sticky and is not forming into a ball, add a little bit more flour at a time. (If you don’t have en electric mixer, mash the potatoes using a masher or fork until smooth, then mix in the rest of the ingredients and use your hands to knead it all together). Dump the ball of dough onto a floured work surface. Divide it into four balls of dough. Beginning with one ball, roll it out into a long rope about 1-inch in diameter.

Serves about 6

INGREDIENTS 2 sweet potatoes or yams 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour ½ teaspoon salt 1/3 cup whole milk ricotta 1 egg 4 tablespoons salted butter For the sauce: 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 shallot, thinly sliced 1 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes ¼ cup fresh sage, chopped 1/3 cup dry white wine 5 ounces fresh baby spinach 1/2 teaspoon salt Parmesan cheese for topping 54 | MAY/JUNE 2020

Cut the rope into 3/4-inch pieces. Dust the pieces with a little flour to prevent sticking. Repeat with your remaining three balls of dough. Leave your gnocchi on the table, or arrange in an even layer on a baking sheet while you prepare the sauce. (Don’t place the gnocchi in a bowl as they might stick together). Fill a large pot with salted water and place over high heat. In a large pan over medium heat, add the butter, garlic, shallots, black pepper, and red pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 4 minutes, until the shallots begin to turn golden brown. Add the sage and cook for a one more minute. Add the wine and cook for another minute, allowing the wine to reduce and thicken slightly. Add the spinach and tsp salt and stir occasionally until spinach has wilted. Once your pot of water is boiling, add the gnocchi and boil until the gnocchi rise to the top, about 5 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the gnocchi to the pan with the sauce. If sauce seems too thin, add some of the starchy pasta water to the sauce and mix until the gnocchi is coated. Add more salt and pepper if necessary and serve with parmesan on top! *

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Double Chocolate Chewy Brownies Calling all chewy brownie lovers! The secret ingredient: cornstarch. It gives these brownies the perfect texture.

Recipe & Photography by Riley Yahr Mixed & Measured |

DIRECTIONS Preheat oven to 325° F. Grease an 8 x 8 inch baking pan. Makes 9 large brownies

INGREDIENTS ž cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 2 tablespoons cornstarch 1 1/4 cup cane sugar 5 tablespoons salted butter, melted 1/3 cup vegetable oil 2 eggs 1 tablespoon vanilla extract 1/2 cup chocolate chunks

In a medium bowl, combine the unsweetened cocoa powder, flour and cornstarch. Set aside. In a large bowl combine the sugar, melted butter, vegetable oil, eggs and vanilla. Using a rubber spatula, gently mix. Add the dry ingredients and chocolate chunks and gently mix until just combined. Do not over-mix! Add batter to the prepared pan and spread it out evenly. Bake for 28 minutes. Do not over-bake. Let cool completely before serving, about 20 minutes. *

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Manuka Honey & Lemon Hot Toddy Healthy cocktail, anyone? This honey and lemon hot toddy is just what the doctor ordered. Its key ingredient, Manuka honey, is native to New Zealand and has antibacterial, antiviral and antiinflammatory benefits.

Makes 1 Hot Toddy

INGREDIENTS 2 ounces brown liquor such as brandy or whiskey 2 teaspoons Manuka honey 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice 1/4 teaspoon apple cider vinegar 1/2 cup very hot water Lemon peel, cinnamon stick and cloves for garnish For the Cinnamon Sugar Rim: Manuka honey Cinnamon Cane sugar

DIRECTIONS Begin by preparing the cinnamon sugar rim. On a small plate, add about a teaspoon of Manuka honey. On another small plate combine some cinnamon and sugar. Take your cocktail glass and coat the rim with the honey, then in the cinnamon sugar. Add the liquor, honey, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, and hot water to your glass. Stir until honey has dissolved. Top with the lemon peel, cinnamon stick and a few cloves. *

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Written by Delaney Willet Photographed by Silas Fallstich


t is our responsibility as a community to remain inside our homes for the time being, yet that does not mean we must long endlessly for the incredible options local dining establishments offer. Santa Barbara is lucky enough to have a plethora of delectable restaurants offering take-out during these trying times, with most going one step further to offer wine delivery and cocktails to-go! Support your local businesses while skipping the dinner prep with these fantastic options.

take out stayin Bettina Pepperoni Pizza

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Stop by this favorite for sandwiches true to south-of-the-border flavor, and while you are there, be sure to grab a few Shaker Mill cocktails to-go!


For your work-from-home pasta fix, the only answer is Montecito’s Tre Lune. With an additional option for wine-to-go, this local Italian spot is a one-stop-shop for luxurious dining in the comfort of your home (and the pajamas you have been wearing all day).


When we think “pizza” the first thing that comes to mind is without fail Bettina. Although their dine-in ambiance is unbeatable, this is not a time to deprive ourselves of easy, cheesy, takeout pizza, not to mention takeout cocktails and bread loaves that will last you days.


The Mexican food joint that does it all—including takeout and curbside pickup. Order today to put their fresh classics on your dining room table.


Boathouse is offering all-day dining from their takeout window, beginning at 9 a.m. Their ready-to-serve cocktails mixed in mason jars, are just begging to be poured over ice and sipped on your couch.


A favorite spot for bar bites and their delicious signature cocktails that accompany, Finney's is now serving curbside without sacrificing any of their food’s original flair—craft cocktails and all.


Refresh yourself with Honor Bar’s locally sourced menu to-go, complemented beautifully by one (or three) of their dozens of lovely wines and beers.


In a time like this, comfort goes a long way, and no one does comfort food better than Andersen’s. Your longing for Danish hygge will be quenched with their pastry and lunch delivery.


Yellowbelly is cooking up the American classics you know and love. Order Yellowbelly delivery (or take-out) to gorge on the brews and bites you have been craving during every video call and Zoom chat. * @ S B L I F E A N D S T Y L E | 61


Written by Kim Hashemi

t’s important now more than ever to feed our bodies with nutritious and whole foods to keep our immune systems strong and minds clear. You may be enjoying the extra time you have testing out new recipes in the kitchen, but if cooking feels like an added chore or you’re looking to lighten the workload a few times a week while still enjoying healthy meals, here are a few delivery companies that offer nutrient dense and delicious meals and snacks right to your door.

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KLEAN Offering macro-balanced, low-carb and plant-based options, Klean delivers customizable organic and sustainable meals throughout California with exciting add ons like fresh juices, sides, and a personal favorite, vegan chocolate truffles. Choose from individual meals, single juices and juice packs as well as Klean’s ‘Ignite’ program which is designed to flush fat and toxins while nourishing the digestive tract.


SAKARA Sakara’s Signature Meal Program offers plant-rich, chef crafted organic meals with nationwide delivery. The program can be customized to include 3 or 5 days of clean, organic, ready-to-eat meals. With each delivery comes daily tea and functional supplements and access to holistic health coaching. If you’re feeling in need of a deep cleanse, challenge yourself to Sakara’s Level II Detox which involves a 5-day organic, whole-food, plant-based cleanse, daily kefir, digestive tea, water drops, and medical-grade supplements, plus daily check-ins from a holistic health coach, to release years of toxic-buildup, reboot the metabolism, and heal the gut.

Support a community business while stocking up on pesticide-free, locally grown fruits and vegetables, artisan snacks, flowers, and fresh sourdough bread from Sweet Wheel Farm & Flowers. Created after the Thomas Fire and debris flow that left Summerland residents without access to fresh food, Sweet Wheel offers food and flowers sourced from farmers all over Santa Barbara County. Organic quail eggs, medjool dates, pickled vegetables, and bacon avocados are among the flavorsome offerings. Visit the Swedish bicycle cart at 2285 Lillie Avenue in Summerland to pick up your goods or place your order by phone for farm box delivery. *

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The world around us may feel hectic, but there are proactive ways to reduce feelings of stress and uneasiness. The Sattva app is a comprehensive meditation app that features guided meditations from Sanskrit scholars and health professionals. Users can also monitor their health through features such as heart-rate and mood trackers.


There’s no better way to get your morning pick-me-up than by ordering coffee from Handlebar Coffee. Handlebar offers an “Addiction Subscription” which delivers freshly roasted coffee beans to your doorstep on a weekly or monthly basis. The café is also providing a marketplace selling fresh organic sourdough loaves, eggs, oat milk, and other breakfast essentials. @handlebarcoffee


Everyone could use a little retail therapy right about now–and Allora by Laura will happily provide. The luxury boutique is currently open for FaceTime shopping by appointment. Shoppers can get exclusive access to new summer merchandise at reduced prices. @allorabylaura


Now is the perfect time to pick up a new hobby–especially one that makes your home self sustainable. Planter’s Choice Organic Herb Growing Kit is the perfect way to get in touch with the earth while spicing up your cooking. The gardening kit comes with everything you need to start four culinary herbs that can be transferred into an outdoor planter. @theplanterschoice


Just because you’re working from home doesn’t mean you can’t sport a cute outfit. K.P. Styling is a Santa Barbara-based styling service that will pair you with amazing outfits from lounge-wear to evening-wear and everything in between. The service and delivery is currently free–you only pay the price of the clothing, and all donations to the styling service go towards Doctors Without Walls. @k.p.styling

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Goat Tree, Hotel Californian’s Moroccan-California fusion café is offering curbside service and delivery. Everything from salads and sandwiches, such as their classic Smoked Salmon Toast, to delectable Braised Osso Bucco, are available for order. @hotelcalifornian 64 | MAY/JUNE 2020

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home. The app provides weekly workout schedules and live classes for yoga, weight training, HIIT, barre, boxing, and more. @toneitup


While shopping in your pajamas, keep in mind many local boutiques have eCommerce. Browse Coco Cabana for the perfect swimsuit to wear on warm days ahead. Freshen up your summer wardrobe with cover-ups, dresses, and jumpers from Bonita Beach. For a chic tee, denim, or a feminine dress, Wildflower Women is the perfect online shop. @bonita_beach_ @wildflowerwomenboutique @ilovecococabana


A night indoors calls for comfort food–and luckily Lucky Penny is providing takeout and delivery. Treat yourself to wood-fired pizza or a fresh spring salad. Be sure to save room for Rori’s Ice Cream or a refreshing frosé. @luckypennysb


Not only is exercise essential for maintaining physical health and fitness, but it plays an important role in boosting mental health. The Tone It Up app lets you stay active in the comfort of your

Restore your body and mind by reaping the health benefits of The Farmacy’s high-end cannabis products. The dispensary offers delivery for products varying from dry leaf and edibles to topical treatments and extracts to relax your mind and relieve pain. * @thefarmacysb




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