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CONTENTS january/february 2022
In Every Issue
12 | LIVE WELL AND PROSPER
Start the New Year strong with these fitness-forward go-tos.
14 | SUSTAIN YOURSELF
This season, fulfill all your wellness goals while staying local.
74 | 48 HOURS
42 | STRONGER
16 | MAGIC FOR THE SOUL
50 | THROUGH THE LOOKING GL ASS
Long weekend lovers’ paradise is found on the American Riviera.
Ojai’s Club Magic Hour offers transformation through tea.
20 | NO CHEESE, PLEASE!
Rosewood Miramar Beach’s upscale dining concept, Caruso’s, transcends barriers with their bespoke vegan menu.
24 | CATCH OF THE DAY
Fresh uni, paella, and chocolate pot de crème take center stage at Bar Le Côte.
26 | COASTING THROUGH LIFE
Montecito Inn’s Coast & Olive puts a modern spin on the bistro.
Wellness 32 | PHYSICAL ATTRACTION
The law of attraction is more than just in your head; let Celine Wallace tell you why.
34 | DEW YOU
Winter skin blues? Skin Prophecy’s Dee Dee soothes, so you can put your best face forward.
38 | MANIFEST DESTINY
Local spirituality expert Laina Caltagirone charts the course toward her—and her clients’—best life.
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Looking good, feeling better.
When home is Wonderland enough.
TRAVEL 58 | WANDER WITH US
Wanderlust Luxury Rentals is helping you call Santa Barbara home.
60 | L AKE LIFE
Guatemala deals in the unexpected and authentic, a sublime destination to surprise yourself.
64 | IN THE MOROCCAN MOMENT
Reverence toward their North African roots and landscape reigns supreme at Marrakech’s most notable hotels.
68 | RETREAT, REL AX, REPEAT
Wellness escape Canyon Ranch Woodside provides a backdrop to live out this year’s resolutions.
70 | DESTINATION: CARTAGENA
Cartagena channels Colombia’s diverse culinary and cultural offerings to craft the experience of a lifetime.
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SB LIFE & STYLE covet & crave
Live Well and Prosper YOUR WELLNESS REGIMEN DESERVES AN UPDATE by DELANEY WILLET
Remedy Kombucha Get your gut right with Remedy Kombucha, which contains no sugar. REMEDYDRINKS.COM
The Beast Health Blender Smooth blends and an attached portable cup make your nutrition fix easier than ever. THEBEAST.COM
Paka Sweat Set Take your athleisure one step further: Paka apparel not only helps you move around in comfort, it also heals the planet with the sustainable alpaca fiber woven into each garment. PA K A A P PA R E L.CO M
KŌPŪ Sparkling Water At Santa Barbara based Kopu, hydration is not only a necessity, but a luxury, and now more sustainable than ever with their domestic water source. KO P U WAT E R.CO M
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Willo Harvest Box Vowing to cook more this year? Make good on your promise with the convenience of a Willo Harvest Box straight to your door. Willo produce is grown with the help of AI in an extremely controlled environment, ensuring you’re working with only the freshest ingredients. WILLO.FARM
Après Beauty On-The-Go Essentials With an extensive athletic background (hint: she’s the daughter of an Olympian), and a high-fashion resume that would make even the most experienced insiders balk, Santa Barbara bred Lexie Hingsen, founder of Aprés Beauty, knew there was a hole in the market perfect for her to patch up. Combining natural beauty products and fitness gear with the stylish portability our lifestyles necessitate today, Hingsen is reinventing what it means to be an active woman. Aprés Beauty goes beyond what you may expect from a modern fitness brand—by doing it all! Both the Lift + Restore Collagen Eye Masks and the Cool + Glow Towelettes are soothing to the skin, kind to the environment, and made from all natural ingredients. The idea? To keep your skin clean and hydrated pre- and postworkout. That’s right, hydration doesn’t stop with your water bottle. Along with silk scrunchies that prevent hair breakage and pastel resistance bands that will sculpt any workout, the Aprés Beauty tote reminds us we can truly have it all. Reinvent your routine with these on-the-go essentials and thank us later. A P R E S B E AU T Y.C O
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SB LIFE & STYLE this season
YOURSELF SALT OF THE EARTH
SPEED OF SOUND
To experience ultimate relaxation and synergy, guests of El Encanto, A Belmond Hotel can book their newest ongoing wellness offering, a restorative sound bath meditation overlooking the ocean at the Douglas Preserve. First introduced as a part of the hotel’s Wellness Week in November, and led by yoga and meditation guru and renowned Broadway actor Cristy Candler, sound bathing with the soothing echoes of a quartz singing bowl coupled with breathing practices, aromatherapy, and guided meditation targets the mind, body, and spirit. belmond.com
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In an all too dreamy collaboration, Lord Jones and Palihouse Santa Barbara teamed up to bring CBD relaxation to the serenity of your hotel room. Each guest room and suite now offers Lord Jones Old Fashioned Hemp-Derived CBD Gumdrops, as well as the Travel-Sized High CBD Bath Salts to elevate the hotel’s already posh vibe. The CBD Gumdrops can be tossed into any inroom drink for an added dose of relaxation, and the Bath Salts foster a deluxe bathing experience with essential oils, divine aromas, and 30mg of CBD to relax you after a fulfilling day of Santa Barbara sight-seeing. lordjones.com
The holy grail of unique relaxation experiences lies no further than the corner of State and Anapamu at Salt, where North America’s largest underground crystal salt cave features a variety of services from deep tissue massages and facials to rejuvenating cave sessions. The pure Himalayan pink salt offers much more than its beautiful aesthetic: the benefits of “halotherapy,” or inhaling micro-salt particles, include improving respiratory health, clearing toxins, and alleviating inflammation. Experience a “salt-sational” massage under the soft pink glow of the salt, or spend 45 minutes in a therapeutic cave meditation session complete with recliners. saltcavesb.com
SANTA BARBARA’S SUSTAINABLE AND WELLNESS-ORIENTED BRANDS OFFER A REFRESHING START TO THE NEW YEAR by ALEXANDRA LEE
MORE THAN SKIN DEEP
The message “scarcare is skincare” is a driving force behind the luxury, firstof-its-kind skincare line ESTAS Beauty. Montecito dweller and co-founder Cristina Beltran suffered cardiac arrest and open heart surgery at age 24 and empowers women to love their scars and share their unique beauty and stories with the world rather than feeling a need to conceal them. Formulated specially for scarred skin and made of gentle natural ingredients, the clinically proven healing products focus on softening and flattening skin while controlling scar sensitivity, helping them to fade with consistent use. estasbeauty.com
BITE TO EAT
MAKE A SPLASH
Meet Psychedelic Honey, the first ever biodegradable swim and activewear brand. Creator Katie Lovelace, the only person born and raised in the Funk Zone, dreams up desert-tone prints and hand-drawn patterns on her houseboat in the harbor and is the first to sew with biodegradable nylon in the United States. In collaboration with her husband, surfboard shaper Ryan Lovelace, the brand has a collaborative cafe-retail-workspace hybrid in Carpinteria, an ode to slow fashion, small businesses, and sustainability. psychadelichoney.com
Plant-based, organic, locally-sourced, and compostable goods are at the heart of Sun & Swell Foods. On a mission to turn the healthy snacking trend into a lifestyle, their products range from delicious Oatmeal Cookie Cacao Bites and dried fruit to pantry staples such as baking flour, trail mix, nuts, loose leaf tea, and spices, and even products for kitchen and self care. The brand values the earth just as much as human health, so they donate 1% of revenue to nonprofits and utilize sustainable ingredients, compostable packaging, and carbon-neutral shipping. sunandswellfoods.com
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CLUB MAGIC HOUR BRINGS SPECIALTY RITUALS OF CONNECTION TO TEA TIME by ALEXANDRA LEE Photographs by SILAS FALLSTICH
t’s magic hour. Fog dissipates like steam gently blowing off tea, giving way to an open road where golden mountains kiss the blue sky for miles on the snaking Ojai freeway. To the carefree wanderer, this blissful ride should continue for hours, but my journey has a final destination for mind, body, and spirit.
Red lanterns adorn the ceiling and fragrant aromas perfume each breath in. I bask in a sunlit corner of a magical tea salon positioned unassumingly in the middle of Ojai Ave. There is a steaming blue potion in my hand, though some would less generously call it tea. Sitting across from me is Zhena Muzyka, whose piercing laughter livens the air as she describes her experience as founder and master tea blender at Club Magic Hour. Among notes of hibiscus and butterfly pea flower in my Honeysuckle Moon beverage, I find notes of alignment, clarity, consciousness, and intention blended into the loose leaf.
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“The magic that Zhena harnesses, beyond the mystical aromas and pigments of her specialized teas, is the unparalleled intimacy of connectivity.”
Coming from a line of medicine women and mystics in the Ukraine, Zhena’s core values include accessibility to health and wellness and a strong connection to energy healing and astrology—what some would call magic. After her former tea startup, Zhena’s Gypsy Teas, was bought out by investors—“It's weird when you can't buy back your own name,” Zhena remarks—the experienced creator looked to the sky for inspiration in her new venture, and found the answer within the dusky pink of sunset. The moment between light and dark is Zhena’s magic hour, where anything is possible. The company name, for many reasons, was obvious…“Magic Hour will be the new happy hour,” she says with a smile. The magic that Zhena harnesses, beyond the mystical aromas and pigments of her specialized teas, is the unparalleled intimacy of connectivity. Health and wellness
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have unfortunately become commandeered, curated, and marketed into an entity that’s inaccessible, where certain products, workout classes, memberships, and subscriptions are necessary simply to be “well.” Oftentimes, we forget that wellness is an internal project of happiness and peace, inspired by moments of connection with those we love most. As Zhena describes it, “The whole mission behind Magic Hour is to create ceremonies of connection.” These ceremonies can take only a few minutes of your day, such as having tea in the morning with a spouse or child before work or school, but creating small rituals that focus on meaningful connection rather than mundane conversation can make all the difference. Wellness shouldn’t be daunting, expensive, or ultimately time consuming, it should just be. For Zhena, tea is the vehicle to open up intimate moments of trust and connectedness, and while the product itself isn’t free, “having a cup of tea with a friend is, right?” Magic Hour is special not only in its fine teas, but in Zhena’s curation of her own version of tea ceremony, a mindfulness practice known to reduce stress and lower blood pressure. The ceremony can be completed individually, in small groups, or even amongst a circle of strangers, as a down to earth and inclusive process. Centered around going into the energy of the heart, breathwork, and mindfulness, tea encourages common presence. “And then we create appreciation for ourselves and others, and almost like a meta-type, heart-centered meditation, we share our hearts and souls with each other.” It sounds simple, but Zhena admits she’s had FBI agents crying in the circle of her tea salon. Her twice-a-week online Zoom sessions max out at 500 people, and are consistently full. Zhena taps into the
realization that making eye contact and talking about things that matter is what our souls are craving in this fast-paced world. Her ceremonial teas are made with love, a claim endorsed by many. What is so special about tea itself? An ancient beverage, it’s surprising that most people don’t drink it five times a day based on its keys to longevity, anti-aging, cancer fighting, and well-balanced metabolism. Through an amino acid called L-theanine, which relaxes the brain and reduces inhibitions towards openness, the beverage (which Zhena considers more of a potion) holds more superpowers than is given credit for. “It's almost like having a glass of wine, but without the alcohol. You feel giddy and joyful, and sharing.” Her teas are anything but standard, grown at a fair trade tea garden in Sri Lanka where the workers represent family and home more than anything else—naturally, they hosted her wedding at a temple in the garden. Magic Hour practices direct trade, ensuring access to the highest quality ingredients that start beyond the tea leaf at the bud itself. She now brings customers “the most pristine, beautiful teas that I used to only be able to drink in small quantities in the tea field.”
As the last of my blue potion disappears and the sun shifts below my warmly lit corner, I ponder the exquisite eye to detail apparent in every aspect of Magic Hour. On the tea label, two hands envelop a magic hourglass as planets move along circular paths, the phrase “time for infinity” adorning the bottom. Zhena packs me a goodie bag of tea samples, recounting her childlike affinity for the sorcery of teacraft. “My dad was joking the other day…he was like ‘You were always making potions even when you were like two years old.’” She smiles to herself, handing me a tea strainer to guide me on my newfound journey in tea therapy. “Yeah, I was always up to something in the kitchen, making potions. It's my destiny.” *
Zhena assumes the role of importer, blender, and packer all in one, personally overseeing every step of the operation—and you can taste it. Upon many travels to Asia, Zhena noticed the youthful and healthy appearances of those who drank tea, discovering 5,000 year old blends that were used by monks for meditation, women for anti-aging, and others for brain energy and calm. “I was like, okay, what is this voodoo magic?” she laughs vibrantly. Biodynamic agriculture is a staple in Magic Hour’s production, which operates according to the cosmos and harvests tea during particular moon and planetary cycles to be more delicious and nourishing: “It’s like organic on steroids.” To Zhena, it’s clear that humans are astronomically interconnected with the plants we consume, and that the water in our bodies is influenced by the moon, just as the tides of the ocean. “One piece of soil is going to have the same elements as the stars.” I pause to sip my blue potion, nodding in wonder. Wandering the salon I find a display for each aspect of life, from energy and harmony to the chakras of the heart and activation of the third eye. The process of creating these teas is layered, Zhena first finds a leaf that inspires her, then incorporates her herbal medicine background to combine vibrant flavor with targeted intentions. Combing the shelves, I see much more than only Magic Hour creations. Zhena describes her dedication to uplifting woman-owned businesses and being heavily involved in the Ojai and Santa Barbara communities, scanning for enterprises to support. “I feel that women bring their sensibility to business in a way that's very healing,” she says.
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Plant-based Cacio e Pepe
ROSEWOOD MIRAMAR BEACH’S UPSCALE DINING CONCEPT, CARUSO’S, TRANSCENDS BARRIERS WITH THEIR BESPOKE VEGAN MENU by DELANEY WILLET
Photographs by JORDAN DONOHOE
hile I would count nearly every Santa Barbara dining experience as transportative, the magic spun at Rosewood Miramar Beach’s upscale dining concept, Caruso’s, has never been short of world class. The service, cuisine, and setting are unmatched not only in California, but internationally, as Caruso’s menu and ambiance continues to vault barriers between coastal cool and fine fare. The white tablecloth, tailored-suit environs of the restaurant— located on a nearly subterranean level of the hotel, directly on the beach (one of the only eateries for miles afforded such a waterfront privilege)—may initially foster ideas of stuffy airs and pompous eats, yet this could not be further from the truth. The stylish indoor-outdoor configuration takes after the land and sea surroundings, borrowing from boats with a yacht-like interior boasting sleek wood-paneled walls and chrome accents. Sprinklings of deep blue, in the lush leather chairs lining the expansive array of the bar and the booths along the walls, evoke a sense of five-star high seas travel, attained by simply descending a set of stairs into another realm. Caruso’s Italian menu has always borrowed from Californian ingredients and specialties while remaining true to Chef Massimo Falsini’s roots. When the endeavor opened, it began as an a la carte experience that has since evolved into a prix fixe dining spectacular containing four courses. In true beachside fashion, the next expansion of Falsini’s palate comes as a foray into the vegan space, with an entirely plantbased tasting menu. The option is four courses, including dessert, and designed to be ordered alongside the existing and
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Panelle e Fagioli The Surfliner Margarita
“I take their word for it, but am still trying to wrap my head around how so much flavor and depth could flower from a few simple, ground-grown ingredients.”
ever-changing prix fixe, allowing diners of all dietary preferences to order to their heart’s whim in harmony. As an eater with completely vegan ambitions, but cheese and chicken inclined tendencies, this extension of Caruso’s cuisine is an absolute dream. If I must craft and seek out entirely vegan dishes on my own, I fall short. Yet, if someone (someone being a highly-decorated master chef) concocts an imaginative and scrumptious, nutritionally balanced, four-course, first-class, plantbased meal and sets it in front of me to devour…. Well, then, I’m the most devout vegan you’ll ever meet. The evening begins with an amuse bouche that has me questioning whether I’ve mistakenly stumbled into an outrageously glamorous juice bar (this is Montecito, after all). Rest assured, I have arrived, slurping down a wheatgrass shot that surprisingly cleanses and awakens the palate, a pleasant prelude to the green goodness to come. My first course follows, heralding a textured and rich dish that the waitstaff claims is made almost entirely from beans. I take their word for it, but am still trying to wrap my head around how so much flavor and depth could flower from a few simple, ground-grown ingredients.
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The pasta course, a vegan cacio e pepe in which corn mezze imitates the traditional Pecorino Romano, may do more for my tastebuds than the lactose-inclusive version ever has. The noodles are obviously freshly rolled, light and buoyant on my tongue, and the generously peppered sauce has an umami flavor that can be described as nothing other than one of a kind. Thick, but balanced; savory, but bright. It is a dish I will crave morning, noon, and night for years to come, all the more from knowing that it is free of any animal byproducts. The final dinner course, a cauliflower and kale fusion to rival any filet mignon, nourishes me without the sluggish side effect of a heavy meat course, often putting me to bed before dessert can arrive. Instead, I feel revived and ready for what will be set in front of me last. Falsini’s finale is a luscious no-cheesecake accented with quince, combining to produce a delectable, wintry delight. The feat conquered by the team at Caruso’s is nothing short of masterful. A rare and wellexecuted elevation of veganism into the fine dining space, rather than that of gimmicks and poor nutritional content, is a testament to the restaurant’s commitment to excellence, the preferences of their diners, and the overall experience being offered to a worldwide audience on the shores of the Miramar. *
Cosecha Farming Quince
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CATCH of the
SPANISH TANG MEETS COASTAL FUSION AT WINE COUNTRY GEM BAR LE CÔTE
by ANNA CONSTANTINO Photograph by SILAS FALLSTICH
he word côte parallels the English “coast,” a fitting an odd sensation, nevertheless, a delightfully unique one. representation of the spirit of Los Olivos’ newest A sip of Storm Sauvignon Blanc, a local favorite, cleanses European-inspired seafood eatery, Bar Le Côte. my palate as our frozen chalice is swapped for a sizzling Executive Chef and Co-Owner Brad Matthews works cast iron of Arroz Verde: vegetarian paella. I scoop what alongside Co-Owners Greg and Daisy Ryan to curate I consider to be the optimal bite: a heaping spoonful of a locally-inspired coastal menu with Spanish influence. bright green paella, mixed with cipollini onions, red As the sister eatery to one-Michelin-starred Bell’s in peppers, and a juicy red tomato on top. All the elements Los Alamos, it has caught the attention of locals and of a stellar entrée are present, from presentation to the visitors alike for its whimsical and social atmosphere. layering of bright flavors. Our second entrée arrives to the tune of a more daunting endeavor, a Whole Roasted Sea Bream, which we slice down its back revealing Awaiting my first course I survey the thoughtfully tender fillets. The fish is paired with house-made developed space, a retro paradise of popping color. romesco sauce (a Spanish staple) and grilled lemons. The Emerald green walls, plush velvet booths, and creative dish is flavorful and abundant while still maintaining accents evoke a striking allure. We snack on Jamón a distinct simplicity that screams “less is more.” Ibérico de Bellota–aged manchego, marcona almonds, and Iberian ham–rekindling distant memories of feasting in Barcelona. The Gambas al Ajillo appear, Saving room for dessert, as ingrained in my practice, inspired by an enthused suggestion from a neighboring presents itself as an impossible undertaking. Be that table boasting, “You’ve got to try them!” The gulf as it may, I am drawn to the Dark Chocolate Pot de shrimp are smothered in lemon, parsley, and crispy Créme. The dessert is topped with whipped milk garlic, revealing a notable crunch with each bite. chocolate, wonderfully juxtaposing the dark chocolate custard base, and chili-spiced chocolate crumble for an A tower of ice graces the table–four delicate uni sitting unexpected kick. The ceramic dish is polished in unison atop. A moment of suspense comes and goes. I take charge, with our wine glasses, and we traverse back down the spritzing a piece with lemon, devouring it whole. Uni is a moonlit highway. Contrasting most five-course meals, I rather indescribable delicacy, however, I will humor you. feel refreshed and nourished, a distinguishable quality The texture is that of panna cotta, effortlessly melting of a minimalist approach to dining. Bar Le Côte is not in my mouth. Its flavor bursts with brine and tang, the only an incentive to set off for wine country, but an piece itself resembling a delicate, porous creature. It is even better excuse to make it the reason you return. *
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MONTECITO INN’S COAST & OLIVE PUTS A MODERN SPIN ON THE BISTRO
by KIM HASHEMI Photographs by SILAS FALLSTICH
meet a friend at Coast & Olive for a mid-week catch up. Beneath the outdoor canopy, we gaze over the eclectic menu while noshing on savory popcorn—a welcome snack for guests to enjoy. Envisioned by French trained culinary mastermind Executive Chef Vicente Torres, the menu features Italian, French, and Mediterranean inspired dishes crafted with local ingredients.
Montecito Inn’s newest dining establishment (operated by the Copus family who owns the hotel) emphasizes farmer’s market fresh and seasonal ingredients. Sitting
on Coast Village Road, the restaurant’s decor is polished yet casual, and the patio equipped with heaters and string lights makes for a charming setting with the Santa Ynez Mountains as an enchanting backdrop. With a cheerful demeanor, our server suggests a few dishes and cocktails. I opt for the Basil Fortunada, a basil and cucumber concoction infused with vodka, lemon, agave, and a dash of olive oil. My friend has The Mamba, a tribute to the late basketball player Kobe Bryant. The purple and yellow libation is a harmonious balance of sweet from the passion fruit foam, and sour from the gin and lemon.
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Braised Short Rib Crispy Brussels Sprouts Charcuterie Board
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My taste buds daydream of Mediterranean beach days as they bathe in the bright and peppery notes of my cocktail. A few sips later, and deep in conversation, I spot our server walking over with our appetizers. I fork into a Brussels sprout—charred and crispy on the outside, meaty on the inside. The squash blossom purée drizzled atop adds a hint of sweetness, and the hazelnuts a perfect crunch. My eyes feast on the exquisite color and texture of the Tuna Tartare. Upon first bite, the avocado mousse and lime crème fraÎche deliver a flawless balance of earthy tart flavors while enhancing the rich, buttery notes of the
Ahi dill and ahi.
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“My taste buds daydream of MEDITERRANEAN beach days as they bathe in the bright and peppery notes of my cocktail.” My entrée arrives: a seared to perfection salmon filet atop a colorful vegetable mosaic and a pool of blood orange tarragon beurre blanc. Each bite of this whimsical dish reveals a variation of flavor from the bacon braised greens, roasted fingerling potatoes and confit beet accompaniments. With an inspired palate, I take a bite of my friend’s dish, a pacific striped sea bass perched upon a soft pillow of white bean ragout with tomato coconut consommé, which transports me to the Italian countryside—it’s one of those earthy dishes that hugs you from the inside. We can all agree, there’s always room for dessert, especially when a cookie skillet is involved. We end the night on a sweet note with vanilla crème fraîche panna cotta and a cookie skillet. With the perfect amount of chew on the inside, and flecked with decadent chocolate chips, the cookie sits in a micro skillet with vanilla ice cream atop—a combination to satisfy all sweet tooth cravings. Elegant in presentation, the panna cotta’s silky texture is aromatized with peach gelée and peach raspberry compote, leaving a lasting impression on the palate.
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An inspiring meal onto an inspiring sunset, my friend suggests a stroll to Butterfly Beach. We watch the golden skies frolic through coastal fog, immersed in wondrous scenery just a short walk from our meal— the perfect ending to an evening encapsulating the natural allure and culinary talent our city holds. *
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Physical Attraction by CELINE WALLACE
CURATING YOUR IDEAL LIFE WITH QUANTUM PHYSICS
uantum physics long ago determined that physical matter doesn't really exist and that everything is just energy in different states of vibration. This energy vibrates at an infinite number of subtle frequencies, causing it to appear like the other creations we see in our world. As woo-woo as this may sound, it is a law of physics. There has been a great deal of research in recent years pointing toward that life is an energy flow rather than a collection of solid things. These results lead to the discussion that if everything is attracted to an equal vibration, what frequency am I projecting into the world with my thoughts, words, and actions? It's a confronting yet equally empowering thought that we control our lives that much. With this level of awareness, we can deliberately alter our frequency and create our desired reality. If we're feeling down about something, we can choose to reframe the situation and raise our spirits. We stand a much better chance of bringing good into our lives with a renewed perspective and a higher, more optimistic energetic vibration.
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The best place to start is auditing our lives, keeping in mind that everything in our energetic field will raise or lower our vibration. Let's look at some areas that could use review when curating a life by design:
CHOOSE YOUR WORDS
The words we speak, read, and expose ourselves to are extremely powerful tools that we can utilize to uplift our energy and improve our lives. Even the words of others affect your vibration; spend a few minutes with a chronic complainer, and you'll feel your energy bottom out. Words have great power, so choose them (and your friends) wisely.
FILTER YOUR FRIENDS
Tony Robbins has a saying, "Show me your friends, and I'll show you your future." We are energetic beings, so we absorb the energy of the people around us, positive or negative, which alters our vibration. Looking for a solution and feeding off a problem are two very different energies. Everyone has bad days, yet some people thrive on cyclical drama, which is trauma-based and will suck you down with them. Take a moment to consider the energy you are allowing in your realm and filter accordingly.
We can waste hours, days, weeks, months, and years aimlessly consuming information on our phones that doesn't enhance our quality of life. Make those decisions actively. Next time you pick up the phone or sit down at your laptop, ask yourself: do I create or consume? Being mindful of this will make your life more purpose-driven, otherwise, it threatens to turn us into hamsters in a wheel of information with no direction. Conscious creation and consumption of social media leads the way for your network to do the same and helps de-clutter the world.
YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT
The saying, “you are what you eat,” has stood the test of time for a good reason. The food we consume is the foundation of a healthy body and good quality of life. There is ample research on how the gut is considered the second brain because what you eat affects the brain’s neurotransmitters and chemistry. Next time you think about eating, which I'm sure won't be long, ask yourself where the food came from. Did it come from a farm or factory? Are the animals free range or caged? Are the vegetables sprayed with pesticides or organic? Food energetics is a real thing, and produce loses up to 90% of its nutrients four days post harvesting, so try to eat whole and organic foods that are accessible, in season, and from local farms.
MOVE YOUR BODY, MOVE YOUR VIBRATION
It's well documented that working out releases dopamine and serotonin (the happiness chemicals) in the brain. Now, as well as being good for your physical body to release stagnant energy, movement releases these happiness chemicals, which will shift your vibrational point of attraction to one of more ease, happiness, and openness.
These five areas of life should set you on your way to raising your vibration. Start slow, take a step back, and make small changes to get better every day, because when you become better, your life becomes better, and such is the law of quantum physics. *
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you DON’T DISCOUNT THE TOLL WINTER WEATHER CAN TAKE ON YOUR SKIN. INSTEAD, TAKE EXPERT ADVICE FROM SKIN PROPHECY’S DEE DEE SERPA-WICKMAN AND COMBAT DRYNESS BEFORE IT BEGINS. by DELANEY WILLET
Serpa-Wickman studied with world-renowned physicians, specializing in preventative medicine, dermatology, plastic surgery, chemistry, and naturopathy, arming her with an artillery of knowledge to tackle skin health from all angles. She launched the Skin Prophecy skin care line over twenty years ago, alongside her sister MaryAnn. Dee Dee has been in the aesthetic industry for over 33 years, a career that took hold as she searched for her own answers to aluminum toxicity, which penetrated her skin via products she used daily, making her ill. Decades since this scare, Dee Dee stays true to the mission it inspired: “Treating the skin as a whole—what we put on topically, what we take internally, and your lifestyle.” In California particularly, the post-summer months can take a drastic toll on our skin health. As fall and winter roll around, “the effects of a summer under the sun become more apparent and our skin’s primary issue becomes dehydration.” Unfortunately,
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a chillier climate lends itself to lifestyle changes that inadvertently worsen already dry, sun-damaged skin. Yet, turning around your epidermal fate at home is as easy as a few simple adjustments to your routine. Maintaining a beautiful complexion year-round “requires learning which ingredients and products to add or remove depending on the season. If we keep this in mind we can maintain healthy, hydrated and glowing skin.” A main culprit of dull winter skin is adhering to our summer routines, while catering to a completely new set of environmentally-influenced skin conditions. In addition to rearranging your beauty shelf to include a hydrating cleanser, eye cream, pH balancing toner, and reparative moisturizers for both night and day, Dee Dee recommends taking up these habits at home while hibernating: 1. Increase water intake. One cup for every serving of coffee, tea, or alcohol, tripled while taking any cold or allergy medicine, sleep aids, or antibiotics. 2. Showers should be quick and taken with warm water, rather than hot. 3. Keep your heater at 68 degrees during the day. Turn off the heat at night. While these quick fixes will do wonders for your skin’s quality, the glow we strive for is only truly maintained with a three-pronged approach: lifestyle, at-home skincare, and dermatological treatments
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or novices and product connoisseurs alike, skincare can feel like a daunting web of contradictions, pricey serums gone to waste, and the constant, begging question: what preventative action can I take? Add winter weather into the mix, causing a host of flare ups—dry skin, predominantly—and it’s bound to make your head spin. Luckily, we rounded up every winter skin worry you may be fretting and posed them to an expert: Skin Prophecy’s Dee Dee Serpa-Wickman.
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that cater directly to your individual concerns. Dee Dee shares, “Hydration is key to keeping skin looking smooth, dewy, plump and supple. A few of Skin Prophecy's favorite picks to look for in your products are hyaluronic acid (retains moisture), acetyl hexapeptide-37 (regulates the way hydration moves between the basal layers of the epidermis and the surface), EGF (Epidermal Growth Factor repairs, restores and regenerates tissue), and niacinamide (the potent form of Vitamin B3 addresses dryness and dehydration simultaneously).” In addition to hydration, exfoliation is crucial to brisk weather maintenance. It can be done physically with scrubs used 2-3 times a week, or chemically with enzyme peels, which are “a gentle, powerful and effective way to provide smooth and clear skin.” Chemical peels can be blended to include exfoliating and hydrating ingredients, such as lactic acid, to provide a dual action approach. To keep your skin on track, Skin Prophecy offers a variety of treatments that address winter skin woes. The Oxygen Facial restores hydration by employing pure oxygen, along with 87 different vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and amino acids, healing wounds and stimulating cell activity. Microdermabrasion exfoliates to resurface the skin for better penetration of your home care products. Their HydraFacial infuses rich, hydrating ingredients, antioxidants and peptides directly into the skin for maximum dewiness. To get the most out of your skincare regime, SerpaWickman imparts the following preventative lifestyle advice:
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FULL BODY DERMATOLOGY CHECK UP ONCE A YEAR
Lighter pigmented skin types should aim for 2-3 times a year. In the meantime, if you discover something unusual, get it checked.
Sleep is the key to health and healing. It gives your body and mind time to restore and renew.
Stress has the potential to trigger all sorts of skin conditions. Stress management is a crucial component in preventing chronic inflammation skin conditions. Do whatever you can to keep your stress levels down (meditate, take a walk, exercise….See tip #4!).
PROTECT YOUR SKIN FROM THE SUN
Cardio is a great source of circulation. It is of extreme importance to the body as the heart pumps blood, oxygen, proteins, and nutrients. It also prompts the lymphatic system to release toxins, leaving you glowing.
Fruits and vegetables keep your skin living and breathing, especially brightly colored ones, which are rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants are essential to all living tissue because they capture and trap free radical activity to protect the skin against premature aging and disease.
Wear a non-comedogenic, full spectrum physical block versus a chemical block, at least SPF 30. If you are in the sun all day, you need to reapply every two hours. * skinprophecy.com
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LAWYER TURNED LIFE COACH LAINA CALTAGIRONE TELLS HER STORY OF SELF-DISCOVERY IN HOPES OF HELPING OTHERS DOWN THE SAME PATH by DELANEY WILLET 38 | JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2022
aina Caltagirone, Santa Barbara I began tirelessly attending workshops, reading newcomer and wellness guru, books, and engaging overall with my personal maintains a healthy balance of “having development on a deeper level. The more I it all”: dreamy job, dreamy love, dreamy learned about these practices, the more I got to city at her doorstep. How did she step into know myself, the happier I grew. As I witnessed this fairytale? No magic involved, unless this positive transformation in myself, I you count intuition and intention. “I teach knew I wanted to craft a career in personal manifestation: being intentional with your life development and do the same for others.” and creating your life on purpose,” Caltagirone declares, catching my interest. I subscribe “Whereas before I was highly to the philosophy myself. But Laina was not anxious, I suddenly felt lit up,” always so spiritually-inclined, nor self-aware. Once Laina identified her purpose, she became certified as a coach, Caltagirone took the “straight” path in her launched her retreat company, first few decades: sifting through her options and, in 2017, left her father’s to ultimately select what society deemed “safe, firm, ceased practicing law, and good, right, and secure,” she recalls. “My moved to Los Angeles, spinning father is an attorney, so the obvious plan was her passion into her livelihood. “I to take over the family firm.” Yet, at what left a six year relationship, moved may have been the high point of her former across the country, and completely career, Laina developed doubts about her redesigned my life. Today, I formerly-airtight life map. This realization create courses, run international divided her story into two distinctive periods: programs, do corporate and private living by prescribed ideals, followed by the coaching, speaking engagements, creation of her own life with intention. In everything I can to impart the other words, manifesting her own destiny. philosophy.” Caltagirone hopes to reboot her signature retreats in her Caltagirone had approached law as the logical new hometown, as well, to engage path, as most would, not as the result of Santa Barbara locals on their extensive inward reflection. “I hadn’t looked own journeys of self discovery. within myself when making those massive life choices. So much of our happiness relates While the pandemic halted Caltagirone’s back to conscious decision making, but I was larger-scale group retreats—which graced the only just learning that. All I knew was that lustrous beaches of Tulum (8 times!)—she I needed to discover what I was passionate now works closely with an extensive rolodex about, because it wasn’t being a lawyer.” of private clients and corporations. “Most private clients are women in situations similar Laina dove head-first into self-discovery, a to mine: wanting a life overhaul, with a nagging practice few take the time to explore as sense that they are down this path without intimately as she has. “In seeking my purpose, having paid attention to what they created,
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ending up in jobs or relationships that aren’t fulfilling, with friends who aren’t aligned with their values.” No matter their specific ambitions, each of these women crave something more. They just don’t know what it is or how to get there. Some hunger for career purpose or peace of mind. The majority? Love. When it comes to following one’s heart, Caltagirone knows a thing or two. “My best friend of ten years, who I met in law school….He and I fell in love during the pandemic. We lived in the same building in West Hollywood, which became stressful during COVID, so we moved to Santa Barbara together, pursuing peace, quiet, and nature—something more aligned with what we wanted for ourselves. That was six months ago and we couldn’t be happier. We got engaged here.” If Laina’s love story is not enough of an advertisement to practice mindful lifebuilding, I don’t know what is. Common amongst every client, Laina mentions, is their period of awakening. “It is beyond rewarding to watch people implement this philosophy and reap its benefits: ‘I am the creator of my life, I have created everything up to this point, now I want to create on purpose.’” In manifesting, getting clear is the first step: ask, as Caltagirone calls it. You must identify a deep desire for a certain way of life to uncover what you seek. Secondly, believe; believe that for which you pine is within reach and you are worthy of it. Lastly, we must use selfwork, lessons learned, and most importantly, our words to bring this life to fruition. The SparkNotes on step three? Begin living every day as if you are already living the life you desire, speak as if you are. When in doubt (but do not doubt, belief is vital!), fake it ‘til you make it. Laina says, “It starts as simply as asking yourself ‘What is my version of a dream life?’ I’m living mine to this day.” * lainacaltagirone.com
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itting on the terrace of Casa Palopó, Lake Atitlan expands in front of me. Clouds crawl up the volcanic peaks just across the water. Hummingbirds feast on orchids swinging from the trellis shading my perch. Airy French toast cubes drown in pecan syrup on intricate ceramics before me. My friend takes a call and I lean back to scroll through Instagram, as one does. Photos of acquaintances in Lake Como and the Amalfi Coast pepper my feed. Unamused, I set the phone down to marvel at the glistening lake before me. I feel a little smug—ahead of the curve. Where I am is more beautiful. More original. Quieter. Undiscovered. Guatemala was not on my travel list, yet after a week here, I’m perplexed as to why it's not at the top of everyone's list.
Eager to explore the Mayan villages nestled in the folds of the mountains, my friends and I descend a stone staircase to Casa Palopó’s dock. Our boat skims the glassy lake, mooring at wellness-oriented San Marcos. Signs for a yoga forest lead us along a jungle path, past crystal shops and retreat centers. Like a mirage, our destination appears through the vines. El Artisano Restaurant is vibrant, quintessentially Guatemalan. We share several charcuterie boards composed of local ingredients, and in spite of the mouthwatering flavors, our server reciting the 20 cheese options—including the order of consumption—leaves an equally lasting impression. The next town, San Juan, is a mecca for textiles and ceramics. Each shop is more colorful than the last. Unable to resist the kaleidoscope of hues, my friend buys a chair hammock for just $20. We leave the shopping behind to hike to a vista where the observation deck is decorated with traditional paintings depicting the native culture. However, the cornfields and coffee plantations, sprawling as far as the eye can see, are the real attraction. In an effort to unwind back at the hotel, I browse decades of Architectural Digest in the “magazine room.” Bright primary shades, reminiscent of Twister, pop along the walls of the 15-room hotel as I stroll with a Viajero Sour in hand towards the restaurant. The mezcal, chamomile, and lemon concoction segues into a dinner of freshly caught trout that rests atop vegetables and mashed sweet potatoes, all sourced from a nearby farm. Though the day calls for an early rise, the adventure ahead is worth it. The hotel shuttle deposits us in the closest town, Santa Catarina Palopó. Colorful, uniform patterns cover the building facades. Casa Palopó leads a project where
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guests paint citizens’ homes with biodegradable paint. Besides being eco-friendly, the initiative cultivates an aesthetically pleasing town, while providing economic opportunities for the indigenous community. A win-win. Kids licking popsicles walk down the cobblestone streets. A girl who can’t be older than seven, yet possesses more cunning sales skills than any car salesman, approaches us. I don’t want to buy a bracelet, I’d rather offer her a job. Stepping into the cultural center, the smell of rich coffee permeates the air. A bubbling pot of corn splatters the wood-burning stove, multiple generations of women sit at looms diligently weaving traditional textiles. I take in the simplicity of the scene; in some ways less appears to be more, for the people look content—in inexplicable peace. We return to Casa Palopó for afternoon tea in the glamping tent adjacent to the property’s villa. Tiers of fried plantain balls, mini tamales, and tea sandwiches are plucked away as the sun sets over the lake. I wind down the day with a massage at the spa then a bath in the tub outside my room. Bougainvilleas float on the water, and I relish in a completely private yet expansive view.
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A quick morning helicopter flight delivers us to Casa Palopó's sister property, Villa Bokéh. On the outskirts of Antigua, Guatemala’s newest luxury hotel looks like it was built specifically for a celebrity wedding, or for writing a novel. It’s romantic. Elegant. Modern. My camera roll quickly becomes the only design inspiration I’ll ever need. Hotel bathrooms are my obsession, and I’ve never seen anything like this.
would make. Next stop: Dona Gavi, a hole in the wall selling natural beauty products alongside uniquely flavored handmade ice cream. After much pondering, I get a cone of rice pudding ice cream dusted with cinnamon. Just one bite, and it redefines my definition of ice cream excellence. Next, we drive outside the city to Luna Zorro Studio, a textile company founded by Bay Area native Molly Berry, for a private dyeing workshop. While waiting for the pigments of turmeric and eucalyptus to set in to our aprons and scrunchies, we roam the cotton plantation and boutique.
Each stall is a brick cylinder with candles spiraling up the side, tropical plants adorn the space, ornate mirrors flicker in the sunlight, and cool black and white tiles fill the common area. And that’s just the pool bathroom... Every design detail throughout the hotel is not only stunning, but thoughtful and nuanced. It must have taken a lifetime to weave the navy textile covering a wall in my room. It’s ornamented by black and white images captured by the owners. At breakfast, gold poppy-handled spoons escort coconut whipped cream and orange honey atop waffles. Our table overlooks the gardens and lagoon—complete with an arched bridge, fountain, and row boat. A total dream. I spend the afternoon floating in the pool, looking up at palms and blue scalloped umbrellas, emerging only for a dinner of pumpkin risotto and passion fruit tres leches cake. I sleep soundly, perhaps aided by the garden’s fleur de fundita, said to release pollen at nightfall that induces restful sleep. Come morning we venture into Antigua, a continuation of the wonderful decor and food surrounding us at Villa Bokéh. The city is protected by UNESCO, and its history is evident in cracked marigold and red walls lining cobblestone streets. Central Park is filled with vendors, some selling hats stacked 20-tall atop their heads. We explore the impeccable ruins of Patronato Cathedral, the inspiration behind the lofty hotel rooms, musing what an amazing party venue the structure
Luna Zorro textiles mingle with decor and clothing from Nada Duele, which translates to “nothing hurts,” a nod to their use of recycled materials. I buy glassware, having seen the cups in the Villa Bokeh bathroom. Anything to bring an aspect of the hotel's aesthetic home. The next afternoon we depart, yet I am left full—inspired by the beauty, intricacy, and thoughtfulness in Casa Palopó, Villa Bokéh, and the local crafts. The hotels truly embody and set guests up to experience the absolute best of Guatemala, while keeping tradition and authenticity alive. My only regret is not bringing an extra suitcase to transport more Guatemalan treasures home with me. *
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OPULENT DECADENCE REIGNS SUPREME IN THE HEART OF CHARMING MARRAKECH
by MEG FONTAINE
’m immediately enchanted by the North African desert oasis of Marrakech. The magic of the Moroccan city wins me over early on, even as a bleary-eyed traveler stepping off a plane from Los Angeles by way of Paris.
My husband Will and I are grateful that our first landing spot is a haven at the edge of the city’s refined Hivernage neighborhood, Four Seasons Resort Marrakech. Magenta bougainvillea, graceful palms, and lush greenery line the drive to the elegant property that exudes the quiet confidence of pure luxury. Situated on 40 acres of flawlessly manicured Moorish gardens, a beautifully-appointed pavilion room is our sanctuary for our first days in the city. Each morning, we take in the peaceful view from our private terrace before strolling to the resort’s Quattro restaurant for a Moroccan breakfast overlooking the fountain pool. Lamb shakshuka, Moroccan “thousand hole” crepes, an array of local nuts and olives, and freshsqueezed, deliciously sweet orange juice are some of my favorite items.
After wandering the medina souks, experiencing the hustle and bustle of Djemaa El Fna square, touring the expansive Bahia Palace, and taking in the energy of the city for a few days, it’s a treat each time we return to the serene surroundings of the Four Seasons. Laying next to one of the two sun-dappled pools is the antidote to city wanders, and a nightcap of local Meknes wine overlooking rows of red-lit palms—a nod to Marrakech’s nickname, the Red City— at the resort’s sultry Inara lounge is an ideal way to end each day.
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Our next escape is a little slice of Moroccan heaven: Kasbah Bab Ourika. Perched on a remote overlook at the foot of the Atlas Mountains, this 28-room countryside paradise feels perfectly far flung while located only 45 minutes outside of Marrakech city limits. The awardwinning, environmentally conscious resort—which boasts one of the most eco-friendly buildings in all of Morocco— is built upon a reverence for the land and the renowned hospitality of the Berbers, the indigenous people of the area. Aside from the gorgeous grounds, the property’s dining program is particularly impressive; the menu changes daily based on what’s fresh in the resort’s sprawling organic gardens and the creative whims of the kitchen. Specializing in Berber, Arabic, and international cuisine, not only do traditional tagines and mezzes fill the menu, but French, English, and Indian-inspired dishes find their way to tables at the charming, al fresco Colonnaded Restaurant. An earth and blush-toned aesthetic brushes the whole property, and locally-made artisan goods are prominently featured in each common and private room. If you happen to fall in love with the rug, pillow, or throw in your suite—which you will—don’t fret; you can purchase most items from the kasbah and take them home with you. There is nothing hurried about this place; each element of the resort is a reflection of the land on which it sits. Sipping refreshing cocktails, unwinding at the spa, and just generally existing here is delightful. We came to revel in the splendor of the Ourika Valley, yet leave with an unmatched sense of peace
"There is nothing hurried about this place; each element of the resort is a reflection of the land on which it sits." that follows us long after our journey back toward sea level. Our final stop in Morocco is the world-renowned Royal Mansour in Marrakech. Arriving in its lobby feels like walking inside a glittering jewel box. Its striking combination of carrara marble, intricately designed tilework, and handcarved plaster has the potential to leave one spellbound, which Will and I quickly become. Can it get any grander? When I arrive at our very own opulent, three-story riad—of which there are 53—I find that the answer is yes. Fit for royalty, this hotel was commissioned by the King of Morocco himself, which does not surprise me in the least after having spent even a minute on the magnificent property. The attentionto-detail in its design is astounding; 1,500 workers over the course of four years constructed every inch of it using materials and building methods that pay homage to the very best of the country. The property is a love letter to Morocco. The night we arrive, Will and I enjoy our most memorable date night yet at SESAMO. The hotel’s newest restaurant, this Italian showstopper is helmed by three Michelinstar chef Massimiliano Alajmo, who was the youngest chef ever awarded three coveted stars at the age of 28. Channeling a Venetian palace, everything in the room sparkles, down to the gold flecks catching the light in the menu and the bubbles in our champagne. The inventive menu surprises and charms with dishes that are as easy on the eyes as they are pleasing on the palate. Handmade ravioli filled with fresh burrata and spice-dusted lobster tails are stand-outs. The stunning
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Cappuccino Majorelle—a savory parfait of cuttlefish and potato puree topped with spirulina’s bright blue hue—takes inspiration from Yves Saint Laurent’s signature cobalt, which is celebrated in his Majorelle gardens just across town. We end the evening spoondeep in the most decadent ice cream imaginable made from freshly toasted Sicilian pistachios, wondering how we can ever top this. One has not truly experienced Morocco until experiencing the traditional, century-old hammam treatment. Luckily for us, we got a coveted appointment at Le Spa Royal Mansour. A delicate lattice-work dome, an abundance of white marble, and bubbling fountains serve as the backdrop for this incredible immersive experience complete with steaming, exfoliation, ceremonial massage, and bathing. Whether it’s the tranquil and luxurious feel of the Four Seasons, the adventurous solitude found at the Kasbah, or the indulgent grandeur of the Royal Mansour, this dazzling destination can satisfy even the most discerning traveler. With the scent of orange blossom floating on the desert breeze, endless mazes of alluring souks, and flourishing gardens at every turn, it’s no wonder I’m already daydreaming about my next escape to this captivating corner of the world. *
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With every trip comes the hassle of keeping track of all miniature essentials: wallet, keys, passport, Airpods, hand cream, lipstick…the list goes on. With its signature red lining and in a variety of luxurious colors, Hammitt’s Daniel Bag will have you thanking the purse gods—complete with a credit card slot, phone pouch, zipper closure, and adjustable strap, never worry about losing your essential items again. hammitt.com by ALEXANDRA LEE @ S B L I F E A N D S T Y L E | 67
A REFLECTIVE WOODED WELLNESS ESCAPE AMONGST NORCAL'S MYSTIC REDWOODS by KIM HASHEMI
Photograph by Carolyn Fong
elf-reflection, more moments of presence, and deeper gratitude are a few 2022 resolutions I’ve jotted down. Upon voicing my intentions to my agent at Santa Barbara Travel Bureau, she recommended a retreat at Canyon Ranch Woodside, a wellness resort where self-care comes first and distractions are easily escaped. Canyon Ranch properties offer hands-on experiences and workshops to guide guests through personal transformations— spiritually, mentally, and physically. Situated a quick jaunt from San Francisco Airport, the integrative wellness resort in Woodside features 38 guest rooms, a state of the art fitness studio, and a nurturing spa. A realm of abundant redwoods paves the way to my tucked away destination. The gracious front desk host greets me and shows me to The Hearth for a nourishing post-travel meal. With a focus on locally sourced ingredients, environmental
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responsibility, and nutrition, Executive Chef Isabelle Jackson Nunes crafts inventive pre-set menus. I select the hearth roasted sustainable catch and the market greens salad—created with produce from Markegard Ranch ten minutes away, while admiring the mystic fog weaving through towering trees. A childlike wonder emerges as I enter my glassclad treehouse perched in the redwood canopy. I’m fully immersed in Woodside’s striking scenery, and imbued with serenity as I notice the smoothas-silk Mascioni bed linens and deep soaking tub. An itinerary tailored by a Canyon Ranch wellness guide weeks before my arrival leads me to my first experience: a calming yoga class. It eases my mind and body into a state of rest. Tapped into my breath and with an elevated consciousness, the worries of my to-do list and commitments wash away.
The next experience, a ‘Forgiveness From the Heart’ workshop is a fitting one for the start of the new year. Our guide shares methods for releasing feelings and emotions which no longer serve— promoting wholeness and abundance. After a day of self-reflection and self-care, a warm eucalyptus bath seems like the natural next step before a blissful sleep. Serenity washes over me as I wake up to birds singing and majestic redwoods gracing my view. A hot cup of coffee in hand, I step onto my idyllic patio for a few moments of deep gratitude and breathwork—a habit I’ve since incorporated into my daily routine. I’m eager for another day of expansion, which begins with a semi-private fitness class to tone and strengthen, followed by a nourishing lunch with other Canyon Ranch guests who have become fast friends.
The meditative walk through nature peaks all my senses and I’m eager to discover what Chef Nunes has prepared for dinner. My expectations are exceeded as I take my first bite of the mushroom and rye salad—an earthy dish crafted with frisee, sherry, and castelvetrano olives— simple ingredients in great harmony. Delectable dishes accompanied by inspiring conversations with new friends remind me of the true joys of mealtime. Sealing off a day of lasting transformation, Sandy Abrams, author of Breathe to Succeed, leads a breathwork workshop—sharing breathing techniques to make space for clarity and calm the mind and body.
Photograph by Carolyn Fong
This weekend is all about enhancing my self-care practices and trying new things, so I opt for the forest bathing experience. Our cheerful guide walks us through the lush Canyon Ranch Woodside grounds, pointing out birds’ harmonic melodies and textures of unique plants and trees as we mentally bathe in the invigorating sights and sounds. I like to think of forest bathing as a massage for the mind. Lingering moments of stillness and presence transport me into a deep state of bliss, one that feels refreshingly grounding.
The final morning in my treehouse sanctuary, I reflect on the past few days. Navigating the twists and turns of life begets both resiliency and challenge, and offering myself a weekend to re-orchestrate a connection to nature and myself has realigned my journey and inspired what’s to come. Taking home new tools for encouraging mindfulness, an elevated consciousness and a refreshed mindset, I’m excited to embrace the new year. * sbtravel.com canyonranch.com/woodside
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CARTAGENA CHARISMATIC COLOMBIA FUSES SPONTANEITY WITH TROPICAL RELAXATION by ANNA CONSTANTINO
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y eyes fixate on the crystal shoreline as our plane descends over the Colombian coast. A taxi ride from Cartagena to Isla Barú offers a glimpse of cosmopolitan allure, yet soon enough we immerse in an off-roading expedition to the peninsula. Verdant backroads and a charming donkey encounter prove to be well worth the turbulence. The car slows to a halt and a pair of grandiose amber gates open, unveiling the quintessential island getaway at Hotel Las Islas. A safari-meets-paradise niche is realized when a flock of turkeys grace us with a welcoming song under a canopy of mangroves. My friend Ottocina and I arrive in the lobby, eager to explore the property. Las Islas champions fifty-six bungalows, half of which reside in lush treetops, the remainder wading by the turquoise ocean. The concept of balance is clearly understood here, as the yoga studio and gym sit adjacent to the ice cream parlor. The plethora of activities at our disposal feels infinite, from kayaking and boating to helicopter rides and reef snorkeling. Carpe diem was truly the encompassing attitude of the trip’s inception. Post-pandemic spontaneous jet-setting is a prospect
I consider on the regular–yet often easier dreamt than done. Fortuitous timing arose when my agent at Santa Barbara Travel Bureau suggested a South American excursion–a seemingly unfamiliar yet enticing endeavor. One thing lead to another, and suddenly I’m swan-diving into the Caribbean Sea. As an island novice, I anticipate rising with the sounds of crashing waves on white sand. Little do I know, the gecko screams permeating the bungalow roof make for a wildly effective alarm clock, instead. After dipping in our plunge pool and a hearty helping of locally-harvested pitaya, we take a boat to the private island, Isleta, a secondary property of the hotel boasting seclusion and sanctuary. An afternoon of kayaking, peacock sightings, and seaside reading puts us in a tranquil state–but that’s not to say the island doesn’t have its surprises. Have you ever seen an iguana do a belly flop? Yet another rarity checked off my bucket list. Lounging works up an appetite, so naturally we opt for the most accessible solution: three whole pineapples. We chop them open with primitive demeanor, using only our hands and a butter knife, enjoying every drop of the succulent treat. After all, the jungle requires endurance. Our afternoon culminates
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"We jump into the warm water, watching our feet and fingers illuminate with every movement, a breathtaking parallel to the stars above."
Casa San Augustin
Casa San Augustin
with dinner at Choco Bar, an enticing spot based on its stunning locale and nonchalant embracement of dining in a bikini. Ordering the Grilled Lobster is instinctual, as I’m confident it was caught offshore only hours before. It is the freshest lobster I’ve eaten– yet the view still captures my unwavering attention. Dinner is followed by a nighttime excursion to Isla Cholon: the notorious “party beach” by day and host to bioluminescence at night. My excitement heightens as our boat whirs through a sea of blackness approaching a lightning storm, a brilliant spectacle that our driver reassures us is too distant to cause harm. We jump into the warm water, watching our feet and fingers illuminate with every movement, a breathtaking parallel to the stars above.
Alma Restaurant and Bar, Casa San Augustin
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We catch one final ocean sunrise before heading to our next destination: Old Town Cartagena, or “the walled city.” Rainbow-colored houses dripping with bougainvillea line cobblestone paths leading us to Hotel Casa San Agustín. The luxury hotel is wellknown for its colonial charm, preserving its original architecture, frescoes, and iconic four-arch aqueduct. The Casa is both sophisticated and playful–it’s the type of place where you wind up with a mojito in-hand before you have a chance to set down your bags. We tour the quaint
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grounds and bike through town on pastel cruisers, taking in the neighborhood charm and mesmerizing fry stand scents. A dip in the pool cools us off and we swiftly make our way to Celele Restaurant, a renowned culinary gem of the region. Upon arriving, a wave of comfort comes over me as if stepping into someone’s eclectic home, chatter buzzing and drinks flowing. We watch the chef prepare dishes from our table, a lively spectacle and sensory experience. Feasting on pulled pork confit and fresh fish quenches our appetite for authentic cuisine that captures the scope of the region’s ingredients and techniques. We wake with church bells and a basket of buttery pastries, followed by a morning massage. I am greeted with a kiwi popsicle and the world’s softest robe at Arum Spa, where a blissful hour blips by and afterward I retreat to the steam room to detoxify. Our afternoon takes us through Getsemani, a neighborhood popularized for its museumworthy graffiti, lively bistros, and eclectic charm. We land
in the whimsical Parque del Centenario. The Park reveals itself as a midtown “zoo,” as the squeaks of baby macaque monkeys and a family of sloths pull our attention to the trees. A fruit stand pit-stop and two cold beers later, we arrive at the marina for a Colombian culinary class with Foodies. Sailboats glide on the water as we sip on rum and smash plantains. We leave with full bellies and a soothing buzz– the calm before the storm. A humid downpour catches us by surprise, leaving us no choice but to dash back to our hotel on foot. We race through narrow streets and alleyways, stomping through puddles with youthful demeanor. The hotel gates swing open and we scurry inside. A sigh of relief–or perhaps delight. I throw myself on the feathery duvet, my hair in wet whisps, as I relish in the adrenaline. A taxi home would have been the obvious move–but Colombia has taught me that there’s nothing fun about predictability. sbtravel.com | lasislas.com.co | hotelcasasanagustin.com @ S B L I F E A N D S T Y L E | 73
DAY 1 BRUNCH
Andersen’s Danish Bakery has your sweet fix with pastries, tartes, and cookies, as well as an extensive breakfast menu and mimosa kits. Later, opt for high tea, and be sure to grab some marzipan and petit fours for the road. @andersensdanishbakerysb
jewelry to complement any occasion. Gift yourself or a loved one with timeless and delicate pieces that evoke a sense of sophistication. @kismetmontecito
The quintessential Santa Barbara getaway begins at Rosewood Miramar Beach. Beachfront suites provide ocean views with Californian comfort and East Coast style. Relish in a beach picnic or lounge at the pool with a drink in hand. After indulging in the prix fixe menu at Caruso’s, retreat to the Manor Bar for a nightcap. @rosewoodmiramarbeach
Slip into something more comfortable from Kismet Montecito. The boutique offers chic intimates and fine by ANNA CONSTANTINO 74 | JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2022
Locals and visitors alike congregate at the whimsical and dazzling Pearl Social cocktail lounge. Sit back in plush velvet chaises as you sip on craft cocktails and groove to the melodies of live bands and vinyl. @pearlsocialsb
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Take time to relax at Majorelle Spa, Hotel Californian’s Moroccan-inspired wellness hub. Rejuvenate with a menu of signature massages, facials, and couples treatments, or unwind in the steam room. A unique offering: book a consultation at the aroma design bar to personalize a scent made from essential oils and gemstones. @majorellespa @hotelcalifornian
Beautyhabit, a quaint and chic apothecary boasting luxury brands and rare beauty finds has graced Montecito Country Mart. Discover a carefully-curated collection of skin, hair and bath products, candles, and makeup, with many organic options. @beautyhabit
Sushi Bar | Montecito is quite the catch. Relax for an intimate evening of omakase curated by renowned chefs, accompanied by craft cocktails, chic counter service, and good company. @sushibarmontecito
Stop and smell the rosé at Alma Rosa Winery’s downtown Solvang tasting room and taste a selection of small-batch varietals like the incredible Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from their nearby winery and vineyards in the Sta. Rita Hills appellation. @almarosawinery
Sip on bottomless bellinis while enjoying live music and an ocean view at El Encanto, A Belmond Hotel. Opt for coastal brunch fare such as the Crab Cake Benedict, or satisfy your sweet tooth with the Crème Brûlée French Toast. @belmondelencanto
Drive through the lavender fields to San Ysidro Ranch for a magical evening of cocktails and dinner at Stonehouse. The rustic candlelit setting is enough to make you swoon–but the Maine Lobster Cioppino will do you one better. Don’t forget to turn up the heat and finish your evening with the table-side flambéed Crêpes Suzette. @sanysidroranch
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