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Santa Barbara Life & St yle Magazine
NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2019 Editor in Chief & Publisher Ottocina Ryan Creative Director Silas Fallstich Art Director Riley Yahr Digital Marketing Manager Delaney Willet Advertising Coordinator Emily Huang Photographers Jacqueline Pilar, Stephanie Plomarity, Jon Premosch, Meadow Rose, Megan Sorel Writers Anna Constantino, Taylon Faltas, Kim Hashemi, Ksenia Ledneva, Dee Dee Serpa-Wickman, Alexandra Sharova, Celine Wallace, Delaney Willet Stylists Landon Clements, Madeline Williams, Naomi Zinns
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74 | SANTA BARBARA GOES TO MONTANA Breathtaking views and delectable bites at Montana’s luxury Resort at Paws Up will have you falling in love all over again.
30 | THE FUTURE IS BEER Modern Times Brewery keeps the good times on-tap.
holiday 34 | 12 DAYS OF C HRIS TMAS: SANTA BARBARA S T YLE On the twelfth day of Christmas, Santa Barbara gave to me …
profiles 38 | THIS IS YOUR C APTAIN SPEAKING Discover the best of the west with Latitude 33’s multi-destination travel experience. 40 | ONCE UPON A TIME From The Hills of Hollywood to the oceanside of Carpinteria, Heidi and Spencer’s story is not your average fairy tale.
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SB LIFE & STYLE dining
s l ow m e d ow n Photographed by Silas Fallstich Written by Ksenia Ledneva A few years ago, we believed that being in a constant rush merited success, and you were supposed to be in two places at once. Now, times have changed and being classy is synonymous with being slow. Everybody is talking of slow living, slow movement and ways to find yourself, and Santa Barbara is becoming the best place for this lifestyle. It’s not only about sun, ocean and a vibrant restaurant scene—it’s about locals who slow you down. The new Cajé and Lab Social space on Haley Corridor is run by such people. Coffee place by day and speakeasy bar by night, the space speaks to your heart from the very first step you make into it. It’s not about one more coffee spot in the city to grab and go, it has a touch that changes the coffee and cocktail scene. Cajé began as a hip student spot in Isla Vista
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and grew into a coffee experience to remember. The owner, Ryan, picks and roasts beans at his roastery and can tell you everything about good and bad coffee. I believe every small business is a reflection of its owner and Ryan pours his heart into coffee. He successfully takes the art of coffee drinking to the next level with craft coffee cocktails, while also caring deeply about the planet’s future. At Cajé on Haley you can’t just grab a paper cup, instead leaving a deposit gets you a ceramic to-go one. It’s truly not about making lots of money at once, it’s about caring. The vibe at Cajé is relaxed—some guests are having a conversation, some are enjoying their coffee art, the guy next to me is learning another language with a bunch of memory cards. All surrounded by flora and the atmosphere of exfactory space. Again, it’s about giving respect to the past instead of new construction.
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Co-owners Ryan and Sean say that they were sure of opening in this space, built in the 1920s, the first time they saw it. They were set on the old wooden ceiling and more importantly, the history behind the walls; one of the first bars in Santa Barbara was located here. As I take a look at the Cajé menu, Ryan tells me the story behind the name of every signature drink. First of all, they all look like they belong in a cocktail art contest and each one is set to win a prize. It’s a sweet spot for the Instagram addicts, as every drink is worth a thousand likes. Bela Rose is not an ordinary matcha story, it’s a high bohemian glass decorated with rose petals with pomegranate ice cubes inside.
C a j e T h a i Te a
Tw i s t Yemen is a mocha latte with a full-bodied creamy taste because of the coconut milk, and it’s an homage to the port in Yemen called Mocha where coffee tasted like chocolate. Twist is a cold brew lemonade with a raspberry ice cube, and it embodies a plot twist—the ingredients that you think could hardly taste good together in fact pair incredibly well. I chose Burnout—a latte with bourbon syrup, a ginger sea-salt rim and activated charcoal. It teleports me to sitting by the fireplace at my favorite hotel in the snowy mountains. The drink evokes that warm, peaceful feeling that keeps you seated on the sofa with a book for hours.
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Tw i s t e d O l d M a n ! My eyes slide down the cocktail list and stop at Luckys Revenge. Sean smiles and tells me a fairy tale. Once a rabbit ran into their garden and he and his wife decided to save him from the dogs and give him a warm place to stay in their house. The idea of a rabbit running through the vegetable garden turned into a fresh and bright cocktail. Carrot and lemon juices, house chamomile syrup, and celery bitters are mixed with ginger and gin. With each sip I can imagine a little rabbit running through the greens. Speaking of locals, it’s a place where they support each other, share and provide the best they can. For example, you can order bites from Sama Sama and Corazon Cocina. Whenever you choose, just take your time, slow down and give yourself a chance to be a part of the unique story. * C a j e O n T h e We e k e n d r i n g s & b ra c e l e t s , J u n i p e r
Passion is felt in every detail. To make the perfect pineapple syrup for their drinks, Ryan and Sean roasted pineapples in different variations to find the ideal one. Rosemary for the cream in Cajé Thai Tea is from a friend’s garden, which means totally organic. Whatever favorite drink of yours you can think of—it’s here but taken to the next level and transformed into art. While you enjoy the ‘coffee MOMA,’ you can pick up on hints about what happens here after the sun goes down. The black and white photographs on the walls are clues to that when the clock strikes 5:30 the space becomes Lab Social, a speakeasy bar where the mixology is on a scientific level. 20 years of mixology led Sean to share his ideology with locals in his kind of place. He creates ‘stories’ five days a week, you can’t just call them ‘drinks.’ This is not when in the middle of a party you order one more margarita. It’s a place where you go to be a part of the story he shares. 28 | NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2019
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othing says â&#x20AC;&#x153;Modern Timesâ&#x20AC;? quite like an all-vegan restaurant/ bar that serves craft beer and a delectable assortment of ecofriendly bites. Modern Times Academy of Recreational Sciences, which opened in June, is a retro paradise tucked behind a couple of our other favorites on State Street, Shaker Mill and Cubaneo, to complete the tropical trifecta.
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First impressions of the Santa Barbara brewery: tropical foliage meets rustic copper wall decor is exactly the kind of post-modern vibe I would hope for when sipping on a beer called Star Projector. The space (pun intended) lets in natural light and provides ample room for both inside and outside seating. The ceilings strung with plants make me feel as though I am in a jungle, yet the walls create the ultimate throwback with gold-coated sculptures of Buzz Lightyear and Pez dispensers amidst a wall of antique keys. In other words: a 90’s tropical bliss. And what could make that even better? Beer. My seat of choice, the bar, wraps around into the main dining area, continues outside for an open-concept feel, and displays 30+ beers on tap for your choosing. I start with the three most popular brews, dubbed “core beers,” to get a taste of what embodies the Modern Times brand. First up: Fruitlands, the beer for people who don’t like beer. This sour, made with passionfruit and guava, overcomes my taste buds with a “tropical fruit fiesta.” If you find it hard to catch a buzz when drinking beer, I promise you it won’t be difficult to accomplish with this sweet concoction. Next, Ice is a thirst-quenching pilsner that achieves the classic beer taste most of us have grown to love. You can find me sunbathing on the deck of a yacht with a cold can of Ice, to put it into context. Orderville: the quintessential IPA without too much hops. While I’m no big IPA drinker, this one was not a challenge to finish. Fruit-forward is my criteria for many consumable things, and boy does Orderville meet it! Aside from the “core beers,” I try the Star Projector: Tiki Edition, a sour with berlin, pineapple, orange, coconut,
and nutmeg. This frosty beverage takes me back to Kona, Hawaii, letting me relive all the feels of sipping a Painkiller at the beach club, (the flavor inspiration for the fruity brew). I don’t throw these words around this lightly, but the Star Projector is now one of my favorite beers, as it perfectly combined two drinks that I never thought possible. No ifs, ands, or hops. But if you think the beer sounds enticing, wait until you pair it with their creative dishes. “Vegan junk food” is what Justin, Modern Times’ general manager, calls their cuisine. “It’s what you would expect to find at a nice beer taproom,” he continues, “Except vegan.” I try Justin’s favorite item on the menu, the Croquettes, which are bites of “cheesy,” gooey potato deliciousness paired with a smokey ranch dip. Needless to say, comfort food definitely feels more comfortable when you know it’s vegan. Next up is the Kimchi Elote, where Japanese and Mexican food join forces yet again to create an unusually tasty twist on the classic elote snack to satisfy all of your cravings. I can taste each tangy pink burst of kimchi mixed with a double dose of kimchi mayo in every bite. At first glance, corn would not be the initial food on my mind to compliment this very specific taste, but Modern Times did not disappoint. Whether you’re going for rustic, tropical, or retro–Modern Times has every ambiance (and beer!) to fit your mood. This is your one-stop destination for a uniquely modern take on a brewhouse. Vegans and non-vegans welcome. * moderntimesbeer.com
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SB LIFE & STYLE holiday
DAYS OF CHRISTMAS: SANTA BARBARA STYLE
Photographed by Stephanie Plomarity Written by Taylon Faltas Model & Designer Landon Clements Hair by Ana Tepeque with Carlyle Salon Makeup by Shanie Crosbie with Carlyle Salon Florals by Emma Rose Location Bella Vista Restaurant at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore
Santa Barbara Life & Style has you covered when it comes to holiday celebrations and of course, gift-giving. We took a stroll through Santa’s workshop with travel and lifestyle extraordinaire, Landon Clements, to find some exquisite holiday ideas that are sure to impress everyone in your family.
A PARTRIDGE IN A PEAR TREE
On the first day of Christmas, the Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore chef gave to me... a Roasted Forelle Pear and Baby Beet Salad (with gorgonzola cream, arugula, and toasted walnuts). Needless to say, this is the perfect refreshing appetizer to kick off your holiday festivities. What’s more sentimental than a gifted ornament that can be cherished for many Christmases to come? Jonathan Adler, best known for his modern home decor, released a simplistic porcelain animal ornament collection that would be a beautiful addition to any Christmas tree. House of Honey | 525 San Ysidro Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93108
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Roasted Forelle Pear and Baby Beet Salad with gorgonzola cream, arugula, toasted walnuts Eliana Bernard plate, Millworks Goblet, Millworks
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It’s hard to feel guilty about indulging in decadent chocolate when it’s gifted to you… Stop by Santa Barbara’s local chocolate maker, Chocolats du CaliBressan, and pick up a couple of their edible turtles for your loved ones with a major sweet tooth. chococalibressan.com
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THREE FRENCH HENS
The problem? It’s nearly impossible to keep a traditional live wreath from drying out and browning before Christmas comes around. The solution? Two words: Succulent. Wreath. Let EmmaRose Floral do all the work of creating a long-lasting wreath using some of the most recognizable little succulents, “hen and chicks.” emmarosefloral.com
FOUR CALLING BIRDS
Trust us, it’s always summer around here. Because we live by the beach, it’s totally appropriate to give your favorite beach essentials as holiday gifts. Our four go-to’s hail from Montecito’s Coco Cabana, the one-stop-shop for all of your seaside accessories. This year, we’re picking up the Red Flamingo Beach Towel (La Serviette Paris, $179), Venus Anklet (Pachulah, $200), Ursula Clips in Mint (Valet Studio, $45), and the Ibiza Hat in Natural (Artesano, $220) to put in our stockings. ilovecococabana.com
Kai Linz rings, Allora by Laura Pachulah bracelet, Coco Cabana Nail color 1927 by OPI (exclusively for Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore)
Turtle Cheesecake with cheesecake mousse, bourbon caramel, roasted pecans
Crisp Roasted Duck Breast and Confit Leg with parsnip-peanut puree, smoked heirloom carrots, grilled crab apple, aged balsamic
FIVE GOLDEN RINGS
Allora’s got the sparkle–give the gift of matching bling to four of your best girlfriends (and keep the fifth one for yourself!) Allora by Laura | 1269 Coast Village Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93108
Don’t feel like cooking this holiday season? Dine in elegance at Four Seasons Resort the Biltmore, where Executive Chef Michael Patria will whisk your worries away with a seasonal duck entrée: Crisp Roasted Duck Breast and Confit Leg with a parsnip-peanut purée, smoked heirloom carrots, grilled crab apple, and aged balsamic. You won’t be taking home leftovers. fourseasons.com/santabarbara/dining
SEVEN SWANS A-SWIMMING
The spa at Four Seasons Resort the Biltmore may not have live swans a-swimming, but who doesn’t love a gift certificate for allday beachside pampering? (We’ll give you a hint: no one.) fourseasons.com/santabarbara/spa
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EIGHT MAIDS A-MILKING
This year, we’re enjoying hot chocolate with a twist: S’mores Hot Cocoa, Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore’s seasonal cocktail. Ingredients 1 oz Tito’s Vodka 1 oz Bailey’s Irish Cream Liqueur 3 Roasted Marshmallows 1 Chocolate Square Ghirardelli Hot Cocoa 4 oz Milk 1 oz Pumpkin Spice Purée .5 oz Torani Vanilla Syrup Method Pour Tito’s Vodka and Bailey’s Irish Cream Liqueur into a warmed mug. Add in hot cocoa, pumpkin spice purée, and vanilla syrup and stir thoroughly.Top with roasted marshmallows and chocolate square. We’ll be over at the Four Seasons if you need us…
S’mores Hot Cocoa cocktail
Hosting your own party? Grab a bottle of Gaviota’s finest vermouth from TW Hollister and conjure up a tasty cocktail this season. Our favorite? Vermouth spritz. It’s simple: put equal parts TW Hollister vermouth and tonic on ice and you have the perfect holiday adult beverage. Citrus garnish optional. Not drinking this year? Replace the vermouth with Seedlip NonAlcoholic Spirits. We promise you won’t taste the difference. twhollister.co seedlipdrinks.com
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NINE LADIES DANCING
Treat your friends and family with the art of dance! Yes You Can Dance Salsa studio is the perfect way to cha-cha the night away with lessons in Salsa, Tango, and Bachata dance. Yes You Can Dance Salsa 112 W Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
TEN LORDS A-LEAPING
When you live in paradise, the lords of the sea are none other than your ship’s captain. Enjoy the view of this year’s Parade of Lights aboard a luxurious sailing yacht for a private charter at the Santa Barbara Sailing Center. sbsail.com
ELEVEN PIPERS PIPING
Gift 11 of your loved ones seats to see the beloved Santa Barbara Symphony. These classical tunes piping through the halls are sure to get everyone in the holiday spirit. thesymphony.org
TWELVE DRUMMERS DRUMMING
Finally, 12, our favorite number… because there are 12 bottles in a case of wine! Locally made Folded Hills wine will definitely not go to waste at any party—or you can give it as a gift to the sommelier of your family (we all have one). foldedhills.com
BECAUSE 12 DAYS ISN’T ENOUGH, WE WANT TO ADD A 13TH TO THIS LIST FOR A GOOD CAUSE:
‘Tis the season to spread some holiday cheer for a charitable organization. Open your heart to terminally-ill adults and their families to aid them in reaching their end-of-life dreams with Dream Foundation. dreamfoundation.org *
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Written by Kim Hashemi
Close your eyes and imagine this: you’re aboard a private, fully catered Bombardier Challenger 350, admiring the coastal views as you soar towards the picturesque American Riviera. Upon landing, a short journey by luxury car brings you to the sun-dappled Sunstone Winery for a private tasting of organic wines paired with gourmet charcuterie amongst the winery’s Provençal French courtyards and stone barrel-aging caves. This is the beginning of your 16-day multi-destination West Coast Safari excursion with Latitude 33. After sipping your way through Santa Ynez, you arrive at Belmond El Encanto, renowned as California’s favorite hideaway. You stretch your muscles out during an evening of sunset yoga at the hotel’s iconic lily pond. Or you let yourself be pampered with one of Belmond’s signature spa treatments. You later settle into your private bungalow, furnished with a marble bathroom, heated stone floors, a plush king bed, and enchanting views of Santa Barbara. The adventure continues via helicopter coursing from Santa Barbara to San Luis Obispo for a private tour of the iconic Hearst Castle followed by a drive along the wondrous Highway 1 toward Big Sur to fill your lungs with fresh air and connect with nature on the region’s lush hiking trails. Or why not try your hand at watercolor painting with the bucolic, natural views as your backdrop? A day of outdoor pursuits is followed by a picnic from Big Sur Bakery amidst 360-degree views of pristine landscapes. You continue onward, soaring over San Francisco to arrive in Napa Valley to taste some of California’s most renowned wines with one of the Valley’s most acclaimed sommeliers. You later retreat to the enchanting Meadowood Napa Valley where swathes of green forest surround you. Choose to practice your serve at one of the seven Plexipave tennis courts or indulge in one of the spa’s nourishing and grounding treatments. The following day, you join in on an onsite private cooking class paired with local wines, hosted by estate chefs. 38 | NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2019
“This is the beginning of your 16-day multidestination West Coast Safari excursion with Latitude 33.” With a head full of flavorsome memories, you’re on your way to Jackson Hole, Wyoming. And in no time, transported to another world. You jump into the saddle for an awe-inspiring guided horseback riding tour at Diamond Cross Ranch with sweeping views of the Teton Mountains. Join in on a horse whispering demonstration with local legend Grant Golliher while soaking up the vistas before settling into your idyllic suite at the newly opened Caldera House. Following a night of restful slumber, you partake in a fly-fishing excursion on the river before heading back to your suite to appease your taste buds during a private chef ’s dinner that harnesses the delight of local ingredients.
Your next stop introduces you to Canada’s westernmost region, British Columbia, to soak up the scents and scenes of Tofino. You spend a day of discovery spotting whales aboard a floatplane, catching waves with a local Olympian surfer and embarking on an exciting bear watching tour guided by a local legend. After a fascinating day, you slip back into the gentle pace of life in your oceanfront suite at the Wickaninnish Inn. Leaving British Columbia, you fly south to Cabo San Lucas, where sunny skies and warm climates meet. Take advantage of thrilling activities like paddleboarding alongside sea lions and swimming with whale sharks, or indulge in a picnic onboard your yacht before relaxing in your ocean-view suite at The Resort at Pedregal with fresh guacamole and tequila before dinner. Later, spend spellbinding hours admiring the beguiling atmosphere from your private plunge pool. Your journey ends in sunny San Diego where you have the option to take on active feats like a round of golf at Torrey Pines or a private tour of the San Diego Zoo. If a full day of rejuvenation is more your style, spend a day of self-discovery at the hotel’s award-winning spa. Your customizable experience allows you to fully relish life and relax, as every detail is taken care of.
himself through flight school and eventually became a pilot for PSA Airlines, the original California airline back in the 70s. How did you get your start in aviation? I started my career as a professional pilot, working for someone else as a charter pilot. Coming out of UCSB at 22 years old to be hired with a company that would basically pay you to travel the world was great. Not many other professions straight out of college would pay you a very fair wage to fly to Paris and sit there for a week with nothing to do other than what you wanted to do on your own time. If that isn’t the dream I don’t know what is. I got to experience things like waking up in Cabo on a trip for work, surfing that morning, and being home that afternoon in time to surf in San Diego or Los Angeles. What is the inspiration behind the name Latitude 33? There's latitude and longitude that run throughout the world, which is how coordinates are determined for GPS. The lines of latitude are lines that run east to west and west to east. The 33rd parallel is where we are in San Diego. It denotes where the company was started and where our roots are. Did being a UCSB student inspire you to become an entrepreneur in any way? Going to the University of California, Santa Barbara made me realize just how nice it is to live near the coast. It encouraged me to want to be successful and be the best I could. I would love to live in Santa Barbara and knew I wouldn’t be able to get there with a typical job out of college. I had to get creative. So I thought, what could I do to move forward economically and personally, to be able to, at some point call Santa Barbara home?
“Leaving British Columbia, you fly south to Cabo San Lucas, where sunny skies and warm climates meet.”
Backed by a team of experts, Latitude 33 provides all-inclusive aircraft services, from jet charter and aircraft management to aircraft sales. Whether you’re looking to appoint private aircraft management to industry professionals with Latitude 33’s executive jet management program, plan a memorable getaway for your family, or want full-service assistance in the jet acquisition process, Latitude 33’s team is happily available to assist.
With aviation in his blood, Casey Miller, a San Diego native founded Latitude 33 to share his passion for this thrilling industry with the world. It all started on his 16th birthday when he flew a plane on his own before having an official California driver’s license. Feeling somewhat lost in which career to pursue during his sophomore year at the University of California, Santa Barbara, he gave aviation a try. His first job out of college involved flying Learjets, and within the first few days on the job, his passion for aviation intensified. Four years after graduating from UCSB, Casey founded Latitude 33 with one plane. The company has since grown to over 30 planes under management throughout the western United States. Inspired by his story and the new West Coast Safari excursion, I give Casey a ring to learn more about Latitude 33. Who has been your greatest inspiration? My dad was a pilot and he has always been my inspiration both professionally and personally. He came from humble upbringings in a Detroit suburb. When he turned 18, he joined the military and moved out to San Diego. One day he saw an airplane fly overhead and said, “I’d really like to do that, that seems pretty cool.” He put
Can you describe your typical day? I had my second daughter just over a month ago. So it’s waking up, helping the wife, and getting the kids ready. In general, I try to wake up as early as possible, get a couple hours of work done before the kids wake up, exercise to clear my head for the day, and then be at the office until the end of the day. I still do fly professionally, so there isn’t really a normal day to day, which I love about what I do. I’m not the kind of guy that can sit in front of a desk five days a week without getting a little stir crazy. I like the variety. What motivates you? Probably all of the normal cliché things. You want to have a good life for your family, and give your kids a better life than what you had. All in all, being directly responsible for turning out a product that we, as a company are proud of. I’m proud to say that we employ about 55 people throughout California. Growing up I never dreamed that a) I would be able to have a company like this, and b) be able to be an income provider for so many employees and their families. It’s really a win-win in what we strive to do. * l33jets.com @ S B L I F E A N D S T Y L E | 39
ONCE UP N A TIME eidi and Spencer. Speidi. Mr. and Mrs. Pratt. No matter what you call them, these names recall scenes of a mid-2000s golden age of fame, wealth, and excess. Perhaps the poster children for reality television as we know it today, self-indulgent and outrageous, Heidi and Spencer Pratt have waltzed on to society’s center stage once again, nearly ten years after the original Hills went off the air. In the last decade, Spencer and Heidi have become Central American dwellers, Carpinteria locals, new parents, and business owners, all leading them back to Los Angeles where they first made their names. For two
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people who lived their lives on-screen, the action off-camera more than measures up to the plots we watched from our living room couches in 2008, and we are elated to see this duo make their re-entry into the spotlight. My phone blinks a Beverly Hills area code and I answer to Heidi’s cheerful voice, one millions have come to recognize, now greeting me directly. “Hi! We’re ready for you.” The two are multi-tasking, managing dogs, a toddler, and a business, all while willing to fill me in on the last ten years. Heidi starts at the beginning, with what brought them to Santa Barbara in the first place, telling their side of the stories tabloids once attempted to spin.
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The premiere season of the second coming of The Hills, adequately dubbed The Hills: New Beginnings, finds Heidi and Spencer settled back into Los Angeles with a new baby, Gunner, and their dogs—the picture of domestic bliss. “Settled” and “blissful,” though, are terms that must be taken with a grain of salt when it comes to these two. Since the original run of The Hills ended in 2010, MTV’S favorite couple, “Speidi,” has had their share of hardships in and out of the spotlight. On a sort of attention high from living their twenties on
proprietors of their story and their past. Heidi continues, musing upon their time in Carpinteria. “I really miss it there. It’s close enough to LA but far enough away. I’m from Colorado so I love that small town feel. It gave me the best of both worlds.” The family has just returned from a trip to Heidi’s Colorado hometown of Crested Butte, a charming spot reminiscent of a mountainous, snowy Carpinteria, or so it seemed on her Instagram stories. These wholesome, family-oriented snaps paint a life much different than the one we once saw plastered on tabloid covers and television screens. They are a minute long testament to the life the couple now leads, a representations of the maturing they have done in the past ten, or even the past five years.
THE RELAXED CARPINTERIA LIFE MAY HAVE OFFERED REPRIEVE FOR HEIDI AND SPENCER, BUT THE SPOTLIGHT NEVER CEASES SEARCHING FOR THEM. TV, “We moved to Costa Rica and spent all of our money,” Heidi remarks candidly. “Then we called Spencer’s parents and they had a beach house in Carp. We were supposed to stay for about a month and we never left. We lived there for seven years,” she says with a laugh, but matter-of-factly. Heidi and Spencer are nothing if not the
The relaxed Carpinteria life may have offered reprieve for Heidi and Spencer, but the spotlight never ceases searching for them. With the reboot of The Hills underway, Heidi, Spencer, and their son Gunner resumed old roles with a new set of values back in Los Angeles. “When we moved back to LA we had Gunner and The Hills was starting back up. It was like we were relaunched into that LA life. That was a big readjustment because we’d been living such a slow paced life in Santa Barbara and then were thrown back into fame. Becoming a parent is a big adjustment, and then to do that while your life is being flipped upside down, or whatever you’d call it, going back to what it used to be. It’s a lot of different layers,” Heidi explains.
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As if balancing new parenthood and a business was not enough, Spencer and Heidi were transported back into ancient dramas and feuds, resurfacing in the same fashion as the trends of yesteryear. “We didn’t even watch The Hills when it was airing, but stuff started coming up and now I feel like its at an all-time high—the craziness, the fighting. It brings up a lot of history and past triggers. Back then we were only given a certain narration and we just went with it because we loved the paycheck. Now it’s a different kind of show without having someone constructing the storyline. It organically grows based on how the relationships evolve. For us, though, we have Gunner and that’s our number one priority—being parents not being reality stars. It’s a challenge balancing both worlds and keeping family our number one priority.” These days, though, balance seems to be a skill they have mastered. Business now means much more to Spencer and Heidi than picking scripted fights and crying on cue. “[Pratt Daddy Crystals] is great because it gives us freedom, but it pulls us in different directions. We can’t just focus on the show, we have employees and inventory, it’s much more stressful,” Heidi says then steps away for a moment to tend to the dogs. Spencer seizes this opportunity to chime in,
“I’d much rather be a reality star, it’s way easier than managing a business.” Just then, Spencer’s phone rings, as if it was written in the script. “Speaking of, hold on, I have to take a business call.” It’s clear why the couple makes for such great TV. What comes next for this duo, newly trio, a coupling that many may dare to call ‘iconic’? The success of their reboot left fans begging for more, so the limelight on the Pratt family’s personal life shows no signs of dimming. “We start filming season two late October,” Heidi reveals, which means the public will be able to bear witness firsthand to Heidi and Spencer’s next steps in business and in family. Spencer, who was shown on New Beginnings’ first season as being wary of adding more children to their household, overperforms his answer when he says of their future plans, “Oh yeah, growing that family, lots of kids coming.” Heidi, who proposed the second or third pregnancy on the show, appreciates her husband’s mock-excitement with a giggle: “Great answer, great answer,” she applauds. As the conversation begins to wind down, I ask the couple if there is anything we have not touched upon, if there is any message they want to convey that was not adequately addressed before. Perhaps a parting word, a hint about what their future holds. Instead, in a charmingly on-brand quip, Heidi, ever quick on the uptake (and the business opportunity), chimes in the necessary Pratt Daddy Crystals plug. “Make sure you check out PrattDaddyCrystals.com. We have lots of new inventory! This business is our second baby. It’s a lot but it’s obviously worth it. It’s a company that we know is going to be long term and sustainable. As you grow any business, there are kinks we’re still working out, but the product is great, the people love it. Life is good. And beyond that,” Heidi pauses with a hint of irony, “The rest is still unwritten.” No one could have said it better. *
“LIFE IS GOOD.
AND BEYOND THAT,” HEIDI PAUSES WITH A HINT OF IRONY, “THE REST IS STILL UNWRITTEN.” Raga Man shirt Pratt Daddy necklace, prattdaddycrystals.com 44 | NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2019
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Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara unveiled its beachfront Ty Warner Villa this past summer–and it’s the perfect marriage between laid-back and luxury.
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How Perfectionism Leads to Procrastination
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o you have extremely high standards and expect a lot from yourself day in and day out? Chances are you are a perfectionist. There is absolutely nothing wrong with having high standards, in fact, you should, because if you go through life entertaining anything without standards to compare it to, you are likely to live a ho-hum life, and nobody wants that! However, I want to address the other side of the perfectionism pendulum—when you get so worried about not executing something perfectly that you end up doing nothing at all. Sound familiar? Let’s paint a picture: you get out of a meeting with your client, full of energy and ideas about what you’re going to do next. You commit to a deadline for a proposal and designs—some kind of deliverable to move the project forward. In your mind it’s all crystal clear and you can’t wait to work on it. But as the date looms closer, something changes. You want it to be amazing, fantastic, and flawless. Even though your ideas are solid, you keep delaying the start of the process. The excitement that you initially felt begins to feel like dread. “I have to do more research, gather more information, find
I’d like to introduce you to the twins that just wreaked havoc upon your nerves and your work: perfectionism and procrastination. more sources of inspiration before I start so it can be really good. I’ll get started tomorrow—I’ve got time,” you tell yourself. Finally, it’s the day before the due date. You’re now not only beating yourself up for potentially messing up a big opportunity, but also panicking and stressing to pull it together by the end of the day. I’d like to introduce you to the twins that just wreaked havoc upon your nerves and your work: perfectionism and procrastination. There are several common causes of procrastination, including: ▪ Complicated task anxiety ▪ Fear of imperfection ▪ Lack of self-confidence ▪ Priority confusion ▪ Lack of focus ▪ Indecision ▪ Boredom from minutiae To clarify, procrastination is not laziness. When people perceive a higher challenge than they feel capable of, they sidestep the discomfort through diversion. For example, when you delay completing a task that seems like it will take a really long time, only to realize that it took less time to do it than to think about it repeatedly. Because of the negative repercussions of perfectionism and procrastination, it is critical to break the cycle. For one, concern with the outcome being just right inhibits innovation and creativity. Also, you waste valuable time. And by “valuable time,” I mean it in the grandest sense, that you have a finite amount of time on the planet.
Do you really want to look at all your friends’ Facebook posts instead of writing the proposal for a potential new client? Here are some tips to beat perfectionism-based procrastination that stems from fears about how you will be judged or perceived by others: ▪ Get in touch with the value of what you’re doing. When you find yourself back on Facebook (again) instead of doing something that will move you forward, take a moment to think about how the tasks ahead fit in the grand scheme of your life. ▪ Be aware of unrealistic expectations, and break your brain out of black-and-white thinking. Consider the Best/Worst/Real exercise: whatever tasks you feel compelled to do perfectly (and thus are procrastinating on), write down what you believe could be the Best Case Scenario, the Worst Case Scenario, and what is most likely the Realistic Scenario, which will be neutral. ▪ Remember that no else cares or matters. Most people are so wrapped up with themselves that they won’t notice any “slip” on your part. ▪ Understand the difference between excellence and perfection. Excellence stems from enjoying and learning from an experience, and developing confidence from it. In stark contrast, perfection fosters negative feelings from any perceived mistakes made, regardless of the excellence of performance. ▪ Eliminate distractions and delegate, drop, and delete anything that doesn’t contribute to your goals. ▪ Put time aside and use a single day for a single task: schedule doing the task, and only that task, for a certain day. Put it on your calendar. ▪ Break tasks down into sections of time by giving yourself 5 or 10 minutes of focus. You can shoulder through anything for 5-10 minutes, right? Devoting even a small amount of focus will break the siren call of pushing it off and get you on track to completing the task.
Devoting even a small amount of focus will break the siren call of pushing it off and get you on track to completing the task. Hopefully, with these tools you can bust through any limiting beliefs about perfectionism. Now that you recognize the problem, you can solve it. While perfectionism and procrastination may have plagued you in the past, you now have the tools to create a new future—not tomorrow, but today. * Celine Wallace is a New Zealand born Yogi, Lululemon Ambassador, wellness expert and writer, and Founder of Sattva Soul transformational women's events and retreats.
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BEST FACE FORWARD
WINTER IS COMING… IS YOUR BEAUTY ROUTINE READY? Photographed by Meadow Rose Written by Dee Dee Serpa-Wickman L.E.
Go with the Glow Get on the books for a result-oriented facial treatment, such as one of the following. H Y D R A FAC I A L™ — HydraFacial™️ is a multi-step treatment that
kills bacteria and infuses rich hydrating properties, antioxidants, and peptides. It lightens pigment, boosts hydration and stimulates fibroblast activity—leaving your skin fresh, supple, and glowing. OX YG E N T R E AT M E N T — Medical grade oxygen enhanced
Vitamins I suggest taking vitamin B complex in the morning with food and before drinking alcoholic beverages. This will help with clarity, combatting the effects of that third cocktail. Vitamin B complex, includes B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), folic acid, B6, and B12. B12 plays a key role in the functioning of the brain and nervous system. Also take vitamin C for your immune system, which can get run down this time of year.
Lash Lift The natural way to beautiful lashes, a lash lift gives the appearance of longer and fuller lashes. Cushioned silicon pads lift the lashes up from the root, using keratin to set, lift, and condition the lashes. It is truly amazing and lasts about eight weeks.
Make up Here are a few winter makeup tips to add to your bag of tricks. ▪ Switch to a mineral liquid foundation during the winter as powders can be drying. ▪ Applying serums under foundation is vital during colder weather.
with 87 trace minerals and vitamins heals, nourishes, and diminishes fine lines. You can incorporate oxygen into a facial or get an oxygen treatment a la carte for a quick pick me up after those late night celebrations.
▪ Go for earth-inspired tones and metallic hues; gold shimmer enhances color. Cailyn O! Wow and O! Circle brushes are must-haves.
▪ Make your eyes pop with copper eye shadows and our old faithful smokey eye.
— This non-invasive, computerized skin rejuvenation treatment tones, firms, reduces inflammation, and stimulates fibroblast secretion of collagen and elastin, which supports skin structure. It leaves your skin firmer and with better blood supply to tissue—giving you a radiant complexion.
Sleeping Beauty Literally! Sleep gives your mind and body time to restore, renew, and shed toxins through breathing and the skin. When your body is at a restful state you have more oxygen flow in the tissue, therefore better absorption of your nighttime regime. Nowadays there are a variety of natural remedies for a restful sleep.
Water Increase alkaline water intake if you are taking cold and allergy medication or drinking coffee, tea, or alcoholic beverages.
▪After applying cherry red, wine or one of your darker lipsticks, add a touch of clear gloss on the center of your bottom lip. ▪ Outline your lips with a lip pencil one or two shades darker, then use a natural lip color. Do a little smudging up towards the edges of the lips, then add a gloss that matches you lip color. ▪ Even though we have cooler days in the winter, you still need to use SPF minimum 30 physical block. *
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SANTA-BARBARAGOES-TO-MONTANA A Valentine’s Getaway at The Resort at Paws Up
Written by Ottocina Ryan
This is why you should go to Montana: to take advantage of the vast outdoor adventure offerings without sacrificing the comforts (read: food and wine) of home.
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ne way you can spend your Valentine’s Day weekend is by sipping on the best wine our region has to offer by going to Andrew Murray Vineyards in Los Olivos, enjoying beautiful views accompanied by Pinot Noir and Jessica Foster Confections truffles. Or, you could go to the Melville tasting room in Hotel Californian right in downtown Santa Barbara. But, with so many options like this available in the area year-round, you can do these things any weekend. So why not try something different?
There’s one weekend a year (Presidents’ Day weekend, following Valentine’s Day) you could be drinking Melville wine on an ice rink next to a bonfire at The Resort at Paws Up in Montana. That is, after a six-course tasting dinner to kick off WinterFest, the resort’s wine and food festival where they invite chefs, winemakers, and a chocolatier from Southern California (mainly Santa Barbara) to wine and dine guests. All surrounded by a snowy playground available for you to explore through their endless outdoor activities. That is how you should spend Valentine’s Day Weekend. The first night ends at 2 a.m. soaking in the jacuzzi that sits on the balcony of my “Wilderness Estate Home” surrounded by gently falling snow. This humble abode is a 2-story, 3-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom cabin equipped with a full kitchen, a cozy fireplace, the comfiest leather couches, and if that wasn't enough, a Kia to ease your travels around the sprawling property. The next morning, we start WinterFest off with a truffle making demonstration taught by Jessica Foster. She explains her techniques and discoveries of flavor combinations while passing around bowls of silky chocolate and pans of truffles to taste. A crowd pleaser to say the least. Next on the carefully curated itinerary, which I had received weeks before arrival, is skijoring. I know that’s not all that common around these parts so I’ll save you a Google search: it’s skiing while being pulled by a horse. It’s much easier and more fun than it sounds, even for beginning skiers.
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The next day’s cooking demonstration is taught by Chef Budi Kazali (owner of The Gathering Table in Ballard) and Chef Brooke Williamson (winner of Top Chef Season 14). It kicks off with hilarious banter and the story of Brooke’s first tattoo, and then they lead us through preparing uni risotto and crepes filled with eggs, collard greens, and prosciutto. “You didn’t come to Montana to lose weight,” Brooke jokes as Budi adds more butter to the risotto. Both dishes are just the comfort food the snowy forecast called for.
Jessica Foster truffles, sea salt caramels, and almond brittle.
That evening we get a taste of the chefs’ dishes again at a six-course dinner accompanied by Melville wines. As the winemakers mingle with guests, I savor every bite of Brooke’s braised lamb shank congee, a dish I could easily eat every day for the rest of my life. The meal is capped off by a selection of
Later that afternoon, I go for a trail ride along the Blackfoot River—I told you the activities were endless. The sun shines through the trees, and the instructor’s puppy “Trouble,” who could easily be mistaken for a fox, bounds around the horses’ legs and leaps around the deep powdery snow.
...an ultra-luxury resort without a pinch of pretentiousness, providing activities that highlight the beauty of the natural surroundings.
The next morning after breakfast, I am whisked through the snowy trees on a sled, pulled by a pack of the sweetest dogs. When I return from speeding through the forest, I run into Andrew Murray, Chad Melville, and Jessica Foster and head out snowshoeing with them. As we tromp through the fresh powder, spotting a family of deer every 15 minutes, I find they are just as hilarious as they are talented with chocolate and wine.
That night at dinner, I reflect on the WinterFest weekend: it was packed with snowy adventures perfectly balanced out by California comfort food and wine. Paws Up is an ultra-luxury resort without a pinch of pretentiousness, providing activities that highlight the beauty of the natural surroundings. The environment and the property's offerings push you outside of your comfort zone at first then make you want to do it all over again. Paws Up makes sure of that; there will never be a swimming pool, tennis court, or golf course at the resort, because you can do that anywhere, and that’s not what you came to Montana to do. * pawsup.com @ S B L I F E A N D S T Y L E | 75
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Written by Alexandra Sharova
t seems there’s always a reason to venture to LA, whether it be for a business meeting, some shopping, or just an easy break from the reality of the day-today. No matter the reason, if you’re going to be in La La land, you might as well do it in style. London style that is. And what better location to enjoy your stay, short or long, than The London West Hollywood where British elegance comes together with WeHo cool. At check-in I spot an adorable English Bulldog. It’s Wiston, one-half of the hotel’s official mascots (his brother is naturally named Churchill). The two can often be seen on the rooftop deck or during their daily walks around the property–a novel treat for guests. My spacious suite is a hybrid of midcentury modern and sophisticated simplicity. The sweeping balcony, equipped with a chic checkeredfloor, offers beautiful city views and plenty of room for an outdoor breakfast with a side of the LA Times. Yet the black and white mosaic-clad bathroom, with its grand tub has me dreaming of an evening soak, and it’s barely after noon.
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After a quick meeting in Beverly Hills I return to the posh lobby of The London, which is now filling up with trendy guests on plush-velvet couches. Given its location and 110 luxury-seat viewing room, the space often houses celebrities and industry insiders, so be on the lookout because you just might spot someone from your favorite show...Another Hollywood pull, is the 11,000 square foot Vivienne Westwood-designed Penthouse, which happens to be the largest of its caliber in all of Los Angeles. Since my day is winding down I head to the bar of Boxwood Restaurant, for a pick me up. I order a grapefruit-gin concoction, aptly dubbed “London Calling,” and admire the British Art Deco design: stained-glass fixtures hang from a beamed skylight, traditional moldings adorn muted-grey walls, and the multicolored marble floor presents an elevated pattern, contributing to the swanky style.
Since the hotel boasts panoramic views from its rooftop, I make my way up to catch the setting sun. The city skyline is the ideal backdrop for lounging by the sparkling pool with some snacks and drinks from Boxwood on the roof ’s seasonally updated menu. Contributing to the cool vibe is a contemporary cascading fountain that depicts Winston and Churchill in technicolor glory. As if the cityscape was not reason enough to visit the tenth floor, the social program–ranging from live jazz to tabletop games set around cozy fire pits–does the trick. After mingling at the rooftop bar, I return to my comfortable suite for a pre-sleep soak in the glorious, marble bath. There’s something about bubbles that always helps soothe my busy mind. Another benefit to my mellow evening is that Boxwood Restaurant is fairly empty early in the morning, so I’m able to snag a window table. The area is overflowing with natural light, illuminating the exotic on-trend wallpaper. In an effort to stay healthy, I get a refreshingly tart green juice to balance out the rest of my rich order. The Crab Toast is a harmonious balance between crunchy and delectable creaminess, while the Smoked Salmon Benedict manages to squeeze in crispy bacon into an already heavenly dish. To avoid traffic, I get my coffee to go, snap a picture with the cutest hotel mascots on my way out, and hit the road. Although my visit was short, the metropolitan-meets-chill ambiance and impeccable amenities made it memorable, and worthy of a longer visit in the very near future. Jetting off to London may not always be on the menu, but a quick escape to The London West Hollywood is the next best thing. * thelondonwesthollywood.com
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iri, let’s talk about that road you and your buddy Google Maps put us on in Corsica.
I’ve taken Dramamine on a ‘road’ in India. Bongabashed through savannah at night in South Africa, 4-wheel-drive. Been days without electricity or running water after a hurricane in deep Baja. I’m flexible. But what were you thinking, Siri? What was your plan to extract us, over those boulders on that can’t-turn-around, is this an abandoned fire lane, oh-God-a-signpost-for-hikers to megalithic caves, don’t-look-now unpaved, unmarked insider joke? But I’m getting ahead of myself. We will circle back and discuss it, though, I’m not done with you. This was not the vacation where everybody comes home tanned, vowing to stop overindulging. While dreaming and planning, maps and Fodor’s on the table, there were no truck convoys on the road. Middle-aged motorcyclists in tour gangs. No hail in late spring. It was travel buddy’s turn to pick the destination, and she’s a Francophile. I love France, too, and had never been to the Dordogne, home to small medieval villages, big cheeses, wondrous cave paintings. I was the one who added a week in Corsica, because, well, it looks like California and how great is that? I could not know Corsica guards her treasures carefully. That it would be difficult to find something other than bad pizza to eat. That we would never find a public toilet. That we would come to know the police station and the car rental agency a little too well. But Corsica’s landscapes seized my imagination and linger still. There are ways to do this island, best with private villa, private chef, personal yacht. We didn’t know that. We just didn’t know. We stayed on a beautiful farm and saw a family of wild boar cross the long lane into a cow pasture. A group of striped hoopoes with their cartoonish crests. We slept better than either of us ever remembered sleeping. We packed picnics and tooled around the countryside in our stick shift Renault, searching out another gorgeous beach. Not hard to find, but the access and parking came with their challenges. We came to appreciate asphalt a very great deal. Came to feel very emotional when a road was numbered and had two lanes. From the highway we saw postcard picture idylls and tried to figure how to get there. We tried roads that looked like driveways that descended into sandy hairpin turns of uncertain termination. There was an amazing highway past the jagged white cliffs of Bonifacio, bits of broken land strewn into the sea, possibly one of the most beautiful coastlines I’ve ever seen. Getting down to the beaches, however, often turned into a doubtful anxiety test, especially after the Siri-Google fiasco. We escaped that terror without a scratch, only to discover someone dinged us good in the parking lot of a grocery store. And so began a daily ritual of checking in with the car rental agency, to learn if they’d developed a price for the damage.
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Daily we took names of various employees who assured us we’d receive a call after the holiday. Likely tomorrow. In the afternoon. Later. When Sebastian gets back. After the repair shop owner calls. It defined each day. Finally we asked the hotel owner for help. In the sunlit breakfast room, birds twittering in another perfect morning, he dialed and began a ritual conversation in Corsican that gave me more insight about the culture than any museum, open-air market, or beachside restaurant. A long and generous, cordial warm-up began. Yes, this was soand-so at such-and-such Farm. The clients didn’t speak very good French, he said. (Wait! I bristled. Eight years of Spanish, six of French, one of Italian, one of Danish, and this is my reward? I read Madame Bovary in the original. Please.) Oh yes, the owner continued, didn’t he go to junior high with us? Is he in today? No? Still racing the ponies up in Chantilly. Yes, saw it in the paper. Good-looking mare! Our outrage that you have to buy a drink of water on Norwegian Air was eclipsed. We had something new to dislike. We were officially in the circuit of filling out forms at the gendarmerie. In French. The next couple our lovely policewoman attended had also, not surprisingly, had their car smacked. We were in the middle of a language lesson that’s not in the book but probably should be: rental car damaged! See cultural notes. We stopped asking shopkeepers if we could use their toilet, knowing the answer. Every Corsican bush with any privacy whatsoever has been frequented before. We gave up on thin, charcoal-y pizza crust with undelicious trimmings and gave ourselves over to pastry. A lot of pastry. At a certain point…we stopped calling the rental car agency. Finally we discovered a little restaurant not far from the farm with a gorgeous garden, lots of fascinating playthings for children. Lovely lights and candles. A cat that waited for scraps. And the best food ever. Wild boar carpaccio. Homemade ravioli. Osso buco. Homemade olive oil. Homemade limoncello. Homemade chestnut cake for which we never developed a fondness, but accepted with affection on my birthday. We adjusted. If Siri mentioned a shortcut to save us nine minutes, we ignored her. We avoided the big tourist beaches. We found little restaurants still in business for 300 years, as atmospheric as you could ever want. Discovered fresh fish eateries at the shore. Reveled in the clear waters without jellyfish. We began to lose interest in the game: how much will it be? Will it be fair? We didn’t even discuss it. The day came to leave, and we did so, without buying any $30 olive oil or homemade soap. Had one last gelato and left without ever getting the price for the repair. Don’t have it still. Kind of wondering if it really happened any more. But if someone offers you a car and driver in addition to the private yacht, jump on it. *
The RoaD Less Traveled Siri Goes AWOL in Corsica
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DAY Written by Delaney Willet
TO T R A I P S E A L O N G PA C I F I C C OA S T H I G H WAY, past the bustling art scene of Downtown Laguna Beach, past the countless volleyball tournaments and sunning locals, is a luxury in its own right. But this word—luxury—is reinvented once I pull into the valet at Montage Laguna Beach. I am ensconced in expertly-laid stone and immaculate Brazilian cherry wood, my breath stolen by the view of the Pacific Ocean and pool below, revealed by a wall of floor-to-ceiling windows in the lobby’s bar. 80 | NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2019
The Montage, although fully renovated in 2019, has not lost a single touch of its classic coastal glamour. The plush couches and airy blue-and-grey aesthetic call me to settle in for a drink, but my better judgment reminds me that even greater marvels await in my oceanfront suite. Once I open the doors to my suite, I am struck by not only the sight of the ocean—ever-present, it seems, from all angles on this property—but also the 180-degree view of the property, the glistening pool, Studio restaurant, and its attached garden. Though I can’t put my finger on the exact notes, the room smells refreshed, unique. As if reading my mind, the bellman notifies me that each of the guest rooms features candles or diffusers made up of the signature scent created for the property, reminiscent of the coastal surroundings. I think to myself, between the complimentary bottle of Champagne waiting in my fridge, 24-hour room service, and the silky sustainable robes the resort custom commissioned, I sit in luxury’s lap within these four walls. That is, until my afternoon facial rolls around and I am introduced to the Montage’s new line of Valmont treatments. The spa is the aesthetic interpretation of the word “sanctuary,” and the Montage’s recent addition of the Valmont line only furthers this ambiance. With treatments named “The Masterpiece” and “The Majestic,” and a list of ingredients that includes sapphires and diamonds, the Valmont series personifies glamour within skincare. Anti-aging, collagen infusions, and glowing skin seem to merely be convenient side effects of those luscious 90-minutes in the treatment room. Opulent is rarely a word I would use
to describe a spa treatment, but in this case it barely does the Valmont facials justice. As I explain to my esthetician that I am constantly bouncing from Santa Barbara to Southern California locales, she remarks, “You don’t seem to leave the West Coast!” And why would I, when this exquisite slice of paradise lies a mere three hours down the road? Consistent with the theme of my stay, dinner at the resort’s contemporary Loft restaurant exceeds any expectations I may have held. A bottle of the Montage’s signature Champagne, Piper Heidsieck, is already perched in an ice bucket beside the table when I arrive. Before I have even popped a cheesy bread knot in my mouth, the waiter informs me that the kitchen is working on an order of the truffle fries with “baked potato dip” (a concoction whose ingredients I never want to know, but that I could nonetheless eat with a spoon) for the table, as he noticed that I favored the truffle fries I had at lunch by the pool. This attention to detail is a common thread throughout my sojourn at Montage Laguna Beach. From the moment I pulled through the valet, I had the sense that my notions of service, serenity, and sustainability were about to be blown out of the water. As my evening comes to a close, the bank of bay windows in the Loft allows me to watch the sunset over the resort’s sprawling grounds. Rigatoni Bolognese and Champagne warm my stomach as I settle deeper into my chair, enjoying this moment of overwhelming peace and refusing to believe my checkout is at 11 a.m. the next morning. * montagehotels.com/lagunabeach
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DAY 1 Coffee Be lured in by enticing aromas of coffee roasting at Low Pigeon. The newly opened coffee shop features a short yet sweet menu and an outdoor patio perfect for people watching. Grab a nitro hibiscus tea and donut—the perfect companions for a day of holiday shopping.
Santa Barbara Shopping Check holiday shopping off for everyone at Jake & Jones—a one-stop boutique offering an assortment of carefully curated clothing, shoes, accessories, décor, and beauty items for men, women and kids. Look for designers like Saloni, Mara Hoffman, Noe & Zoe, and Rains as you peruse through the colorful bohemian boutique.
Pizza Want gold and caviar on your pizza? OPPI’Z Bistro is your spot. Opt for the Oro Puro, a luxurious pizza assembled with naturally slow-fermented black dough, mozzarella, stracciatella cheese, black lumpfish caviar, and 23k gold flakes. In-cred-able. @oppizbistro 82 | NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2019
With the unlimited forms of digital communication these days, there’s something truly special about receiving handwritten letters, especially during the festive season. Stop into Letter Perfect to order customized Christmas cards for each special person in your life. With endless luxurious designs and the option to fully customize, the cards are sure to be cherished for years to come.
will become a highlight of this holiday season for the entire family. @thegranadatheatre
Dinner Sama Sama, a Southeast Asian inspired eatery, serves up craft cocktails and flavor explosive dishes begging to be shared using fresh ingredients from local farms. Make sure to try the Mie Goreng (egg noodles swimming in fish sauce accompanied by napa cabbage & kailan, egg, and scallions) and Fried Branzino. For a little zest, I recommend the mouthwatering Crispy Rice Salad. Feeling indecisive? Order all three. The tapas-style dishes are best enjoyed among good company. @samasamakitchen
Nutcracker Ballet Spend an evening enthralled by the artistic and comedic production of The Nutcracker at the historic Granada Theatre. The lavish show featuring the talents of State Street Ballet
There’s no better view of Butterfly Beach and the Santa Ynez mountains than from your beachfront hideaway at the Ty Warner Villa at Four Season Santa Barbara. Outfitted with a spacious estate-sized walk-in wardrobe, Sonos surround sound system and embellished with hand-painted tiles, the modern yet intimate setting is the ultimate environment for romantic breaks or family gatherings. @fssantabarbara
Indulge in an afternoon of ultimate relaxation and self-care at Sense, A Rosewood Spa. Luxuriate in the holiday-inspired Alpine Peppermint Foot Treatment with peppermint-infused salts, followed by a decadent ultra-oxygenating Pumpkin Protection Facial with vitamin-rich super berries and a blend of pumpkin, pineapple and papaya to melt away signs of aging and holiday stress. @rosewoodmiramarbeach
Snow Fall End your weekend in a Christmas wonderland at Paseo Nuevo observing the ever so festive nightly snowfall. Roam the center decked out with singing carolers, an embellished Christmas tree and Santa’s cozy house. @shoppaseonuevo
DAY 2 Brunch
Begin your day in the bustling Funk Zone savoring avocado toast with a 7-minute egg atop and an oat milk latte al fresco amongst palm trees and live music at Pinterest-perfect Goat Tree—Hotel Californian’s Mediterranean inspired all-day café and marketplace. Craving something sweet? Grab a delectable brown butter squash muffin on your way out. @hotelcalifornian
Gather your nearest and dearest on November 30th for the fascinating annual tree lighting at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore. Listen to the magical carolers and sip mulled wine as you peruse from local vendors at the Holiday Night Market. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! @fssantabarbara
Watch the 60-foot tree towering over the Great Lawn with views of the Pacific at Rosewood Miramar Beach come to life on November 27th. Preceding the fascinating show featuring over 5,000 shimmering lights and boughs embellished with 2,500 ornaments, live music and other amusements will captivate the entire family. @rosewoodmiramarbeach
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LET IT SNOW COME TO YOUR SENSES
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