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CONTENTS november/december 2021
In Every Issue 24 | GIVE A LITTLE
Make the holiday merry and bright with the perfect present for every person.
28 | THIS SEASON IN STYLE Let the festivities begin!
48 | CHAI IT OUT
These supersized chai spiced cookies with black tea icing are sure to have guests begging for your recipe.
90 | 48 HOURS
Giving new meaning to a holiday weekend.
dining 30 | BE OUR GUEST
Pull up a barstool at this San Ysidro Ranch poolside retreat.
34 | SPICE AND EVERYTHING NICE
Sama Sama’s creative cocktails fuse Indonesia and Santa Barbara.
38 | ON AN EVENING IN SY
Fashion 54 | TAKING FLIGHT Flying high fashion.
62 | L ATE CHECK OUT
We’ll be hanging a Do Not Disturb sign on the door.
wellness 72 | A MOTHER OF A JOURNEY Finding balance in motherhood.
74 | RESILIENCE RESET
Wellness guru Celine Wallace walks us through building resilience at a time when it’s needed most.
SY Kitchen serves fantasy on a plate.
42 | INSIDE THE JEWEL BOX
Pearl Social provides sips worth celebrating.
Profiles 50 | FOR THE GOODS OF THE PEOPLE Husbands Pearson McGee and Spencer Turnbull provide products for the people, by the people at the expanded SY General outpost.
52 | DEVINE INTERVENTION
Santa Ynez’s newest boutique keeps the Central Coast in style.
TRAVEL 76 | IN THE JUNGLE, THE FANCY JUNGLE
Spend your nights under the stars in the Costa Rican wild.
80 | THE HILLS
Los Angeles luxury peaks at West Hollywood’s Pendry.
82 | SKI YOU L ATER
Hit the slopes in Colorado’s most charming mountain town.
86 | BLUE US AWAY
Discover ideal isolation in the cerulean waters of Turks & Caicos.
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C O N C E P T T O C R E AT I O N INTERIORS | LANDSCAPES
SB LIFE & STYLE covet & crave
GIVE A LITTLE MAKE THE HOLIDAY MERRY AND BRIGHT WITH THE PERFECT PRESENT FOR EVERY PERSON by DELANEY WILLET
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THE FINER THINGS IN LIFE
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SB LIFE & STYLE this season
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DESIGNS BY ALINA
If fine jewelry is at the top of your wish list, or you simply want to flash some new jewels at the next holiday party, look no further than the unique and exquisite pieces at Designs by Alina. The collection ranges from hand-forged gold earrings to pave diamond necklaces, plus a new line of home accents and one-of-a-kind hostess gifts launches November 18. Designs by Alina partners with nonprofits across the country, continuing to donate 100% of proceeds from their Belgian linen masks to Santa Barbara Direct Relief. designsbyalina.com
Lauded SoCal designer Heidi Merrick’s showroom recently opened in Summerland, featuring the latest Heidi Merrick collection. Available by appointment only, the showroom also incorporates new brand collaborations, decor, and clothing from designers including Lola James Harper, Tina Frey, Maison Sarah Lavoine, and more. The epitome of elevated West Coast beach-meets-glamour style, laidback elegance is not lost on the Carpinteria native. heidimerrick.com
THINGS TO DO
MALIBU COUNTRY MART
For those looking for an excuse to take a drive down the PCH, Malibu Country Mart is a destination seaside stop for all things dining, wellness, and holiday shopping. Vince and Bleusalt Clothing offer wearable luxury for the understated minimalist, while gorjana and Chrome Hearts satisfy jewelry cravings. Experience fine dining at Tra di Noi and Lucky’s Steakhouse, and indulge any sweet tooth with a box of Tobi Tobin artisan chocolates. Round off the day trip with a glance inside Malibu Colony Co. for niche gifts, or Sunlife Organics for the health nut. malibucountrymart.com
ROSEWOOD MIRAMAR BEACH
Santa Barbara-based, 100% sustainable, and effortlessly beautiful, SHAND Designs is our newest go-to outfitter for chic professionalism. Featuring a luxurious line of blazers and trousers with the fall/ winter release of SHAND Connection, designer Ryan Shand introduces the Vintage Vault for unique, upcycled and altered garments. SHAND is centered around female empowerment, creating standout limited edition pieces that resemble artwork rather than mere clothing. With fabrics, pins, and patches sourced from artisans around the world, each piece will turn heads this holiday season. shandla.com
Interrupting your regularly-programmed ice skating and hot chocolate, Rosewood Miramar Beach is the destination for seasonal festivities suitable for all ages, from cocktail hours to kids’ cookie decorating. Experience live music every weekend, festive cocktails around each corner, and Christmas Day brunch at the Revere Room. In-room Christmas trees and stockings are available to complete your holiday stay. Top off the season with a champagne toast at the Manor Bar and the New Years Eve party at the Chandelier Ballroom. rosewoodhotels.com
SANTA BARBARA TOGETHER
In the spirit of togetherness and appreciation for our first holidays back with friends and family, Santa Barbara Together offers a completely curated pop-up experience in your own backyard. You bring the company, and they’ll provide the essentials for your picture-perfect beach day, cinema night, or wine tasting…from lounge chairs, umbrellas and bocce ball to seventeen-foot screens and popcorn machines. Even your own private painting event will be complete with easels, canvases, brushes, and palettes, taking all the stress out of your get-together planning. santabarbaratogether.com
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SB LIFE & STYLE dining
be our guest SAN YSIDRO RANCH’S NEW PLUNGE POOL BAR OFFERS BITE-SIZED PERFECTION FOR YOUR POOLSIDE STAY SYR Spritz 30 | NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2021
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ICH LEE ALLST RA F AND ILAS S ine-swept cottages nestle between layered gardens and endless plots of manicured flowers, as if painted from a storybook scene. My staycation at San Ysidro Ranch, A Ty Warner Property commences as I weave my way to the Hacienda for check-in, pausing only to examine neatly labeled herbs lining the pathway, which are incorporated not only in the culinary offerings but the spa treatments as well. To my right, citrus trees stand proud against the blue sky, as founding staples of the property, prior to its history as a hotel. A little known fact: the Ranch was formerly a citrus farm. Upon check-in at the Hacienda and a gracious greeting, I am shown to a golf cart and told we’re taking the “scenic route” to lunch. I catch glimpses of the property’s 38 cottages and two restaurants open to the public—Stonehouse and Plow & Angel. The joy ride culminates in a steep drive up to the Upper Estate Lawn. Stepping across the grass, where guests are led in yoga every Saturday, I cannot picture a more serene environment to align your chakras in the early morning, under vine-covered gazebos and a view of the distant misty ocean. A short stroll down from the lawn (and past mini golf), I enter the guests-only Plunge Pool Bar. As if in the Italian countryside, gingham tables, hanging plants, and white lattice-work guide the eye towards the shimmering turquoise pool. I pull a barstool toward the shaded copper countertop, and cocktails are instantly shaken and poured, and do not stop coming.
“As I sip, my gaze falls upon the pool, warmly lit from a break in the clouds, and I can nearly feel the euphoria of BASKING HERE IN THE SUN, refreshment in hand.”
First on the roster? The delightfully refreshing, equal parts sweet and tart watermelon mojito. Pale pink and finished with a delicate mint sprig (garden grown, of course), notes of lime and mint couple with white rum and watermelon puree, a seasonal twist on the classic drink—second only to eating crisp watermelon slices themselves. As I sip, my gaze falls upon the pool, warmly lit from a break in the clouds, and I can nearly feel the euphoria of basking here in the summer sun, refreshment in hand. I grow even fonder of the Blood Orange Margarita, the Plunge Bar’s most popular drink (to no surprise). Salt-dipped rim shimmering in the sun, the drink marries a lovely combination of tart citrus with strong yet not overpowering tequila, a punch of flavor not found in your typical marg. Last on the cocktail list, the effervescent SYR Spritz appears before me, topped with a delicate orange peel—a drink decidedly more interesting than your average Aperol. The Plunge Bar’s twist includes elderflower liqueur and Lillet Blonde, taking the favorited aperitif to new heights. Each member of the colorful drink family before me gains points for presentation, taste, and summery perfection…and just like that, it’s time for lunch.
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My exceptional lunch concludes with Crispy Halibut Tacos, served with a bed of slivered avocado, they’re as delicious as they are beautiful. Speckled with thinly-sliced radishes and a generous drizzle of tangy chipotle crema, the fried halibut epitomizes a savory summer snack without weighing down the stomach. Mango salsa, Napa cabbage and grilled lime provide the finishing touches of the satisfyingly crispy, flavorful dish. Thanks to SYR’s Complimentary Dining Promotion plan running through the end of the year, an order of Crispy Halibut Tacos for lunch would be free of charge, lending to the atmosphere of relaxation.
Crispy Halibut Tacos
I begin with Ty Warner’s favorite from Seoul, the Korean Beef Tacos. Warner himself insisted this bite-sized, poolside friendly trio be on the menu, a decision whose brilliance I can attest to. The tender beef melts in my mouth as tangy Kewpie aioli balances the salty teriyaki glaze saturating the meat, served with a side of kimchi. I appreciate the addition of Asian flavors to the otherwise American food theme, and the tacos are the perfect midday snack—satiating, yet not enough to spoil your tanning session. I absolutely love this dish, and out of all the food before me they beg for seconds (and thirds). For a simple yet undeniably delicious order to share, the Margherita Flatbread is a flavorful delight— in each bite, juicy heirloom tomatoes burst over a pillow of soft bread and fresh mozzarella. Basil picked from the SYR gardens ties the starter together with a farm-fresh finish. Another delicious duo to satisfy your lunchtime cravings? Ty’s Kobe Beef Sliders. A staple in American cuisine, Matthew “Chef Matt” Johnson’s version takes a luxurious twist on the classic bar food. I savor every (small) bite of white cheddar, caramelized onions, crunchy butter pickles, and an unexpected yet lovely apple fennel coleslaw, topped off with a dollop of Ty Warner’s “secret sauce.” These tasty bites disappear from my plate before I know it, in a mad dash to get to them before the property’s buzzing honey bees detect their savory scent.
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Four small courses and one lingering sip of Watermelon Mojito later, I take my time meandering down the stone path to my cottage, gazing at the citrus trees steeped in history, next to the California landmark of the Old Adobe. While the Ranch dates back to 1883, you would never know by the sheer perfection and attention to detail at this modern-day hideaway. Strolling past the exquisite Stonehouse dining room, I appreciate the ambiance but know exactly where my ideal spot is—under the shade of the pool bar, existing in timeless bliss, courtesy of the lovely hospitality at San Ysidro Ranch. *
“As if in the Italian countryside, gingham tables, hanging plants, and white lattice-work guide the eye towards the shimmering turquoise pool.”
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SUMMONING ROUND AFTER ROUND OF SAMA SAMA’S INDONESIAN FUSION COCKTAILS Written & Photographed by SILAS FALLSTICH
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Venerable Sage Jamu Margarita
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t’s First Thursday in Santa Barbara, live music is playing and there’s an identifiable energy in the music and crowd. We’re strolling State Street looking for evening cocktails. From the outside Sama Sama looks full but the friendly hostess reassures us there’s a free seat. As we walk past the bar, the bartender is shaking two cocktails at once, I’m secretly hoping one of them is mine and I’m suddenly thirsty. In less than a minute we are ordering our first drinks— Jamu Margaritas, a Sama Sama staple inspired by medicinal Indonesian tonics. We are lucky enough to be sitting at a family table with Ryan Simorangkir, Sama Sama chef and co-owner. By the time our drinks arrive we feel part of the Sama Sama family. He takes over our ordering, and before we know it, the Joselito and Monkey Business cocktails appear. We have an array of colors and whimsical garnishes before us. I vacillate between cocktails, first this one then that. The underlying themes are agave spirits and ingredient forward flavor profiles. With variations every which way. The drinks are simple, approachable and fun, encapsulating a velvety drinkable quality that will have you ordering round after round.
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The Joselito has the refreshing worlds apart, carefully mixed together to flavors of basil and citrus yet packs craft something fresh, new, and delicious a punch of heat with ancho chile. While the Jamu Margarita, like that you will always want more of.” all their cocktails, is interesting, unique and reliably delicious. The Vulnerable Sage surprises me with its slight astringent quality and robust ruby color. These well developed ingredients, from worlds apart, carefully are the kind of cocktails you hope to mix when you’re mixed together to craft something fresh, new, and delicious that you will always want more of. shaking something up at home, but noticeably better. Ryan explains that the inspiration for the cocktail program is Tulum, Mexico, one of his favorite travel destinations. “The drinks in Tulum are completely focused on ingredients, at Sama Sama we want to make drinks that taste good and pair well with our food, with a subtle nod to Southeast Asia.” Ryan grew up in Indonesia, well partly in Indonesia and partly in Santa Barbara, like Sama Sama he’s a fusion of two places worlds apart yet harmoniously together. This is the definition of the Sama Sama bar program: several
You can travel to Sama Sama in under 10 minutes from most places in Santa Barbara. The bar program and menu are a passion project rooted in their love for history and travel, and desire to infuse the local community with simple, approachable, ingredient-forward drinks. Ryan puts it best when describing how Sama Sama stays inspired, “Our inspiration comes from travel. We can all move forward through travel and progression.” Sama Sama means “you’re welcome” in Indonesian and is customary; Ryan concludes our cocktail hour by saying just that with a friendly smile. *
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ON an EVENING in SY
TRADITIONAL ITALIAN RUSTIC MEETS REFINED TASTE AND SOPHISTICATION AT SY KITCHEN by ANNA CONSTANTINO Photographs by SILAS FALLSTICH
f the rolling vineyards and cypress trees dotting Highway 154 aren’t enough to transport you to Tuscany, the Italianinspired culinary excellence at SY Kitchen will evoke such sentiment. Executive Chef and Co-Owner Luca Crestanelli’s Italian cooking background embraces local fare, flavor, and style, bringing him to birth the distinguished spot in 2013, following his residency at Brentwood’s Toscana. Since then, Crestanelli has adorned Los Olivos with SY Kitchen’s sister restaurant, Nella Kitchen & Bar, becoming host to two of the county’s most renowned hubs. The embers of outdoor fire pits juxtapose a cool fall breeze as I make my way toward the entrance of the farmhouse-turnedeatery. An eruption of bar chimes and chatter greets me as the door swings open. I am shown to a patio nook with candle light and plush pillowed-seating. In accordance with aperitivo hour, I order The Vaccine–a double dose of Hendry’s Spicy Vodka, blackberry, raspberry, and agave with a subtle sting of ginger and lime (and there’s no mask required). A wooden board follows, dressed with folded ribbons of Prosciutto di Parma atop juicy slices of locally-farmed cantaloupe. The plate is an idyllic spread of sweet and savory joined by a pane carasau drizzled in vanillainfused olive oil and rosemary.
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In tune with my refreshing appetizer, a tender fillet of king salmon served with puttanesca–a timeless staple in Italian cuisine, and charred asparagus, graces the table as the second course. This dish serves as the poster child for SY’s farm-to-table ethos; simple fresh ingredients join classic technique to cultivate each outstanding bite. The grilled fish melts in my mouth as the acidic tang of roma tomatoes, onions, olives, and capers linger on my palate. I venture outside of my European fantasy for a brief moment to relish in the Pistacchio Mai Tai. Nutty orgeat meets vanilla, toasted coconut, lime, and a hearty floater of rum–in other words, a few sips in and you’ll kick your feet up on the seat cushions. Handmade spinach pasta snaps me back to reality. I find myself gawking over the evening’s special topped with wild boar ragu and whipped burrata. An earthy and bright interplay of flavors captures my attention, with notable hints of mushroom, boar, and onions. No Italian meal, in my book, is complete without some form of truffle, and when gargantuan wisps of shaved black truffle blanket the white pizza before me, I’m reassured the SY Kitchen staff shares this belief. Although simple, it speaks for itself–the pie embodies signature Naples style with a pillowy, wood-fired crust and thin bottom. After a much needed carb-load, I finish my Tuscan spread the only way I see fit: by devouring a brimmed serving of the ‘Not So Classic’ Tiramisu. My expectations are surpassed. I’ve never tasted such a smooth, satisfying version of nonna’s classic, nonetheless one served in a repurposed jam jar. My relentless sweet tooth leaves no trace. Lantern light illuminates the crystal glass holding my amaro nightcap. The soothing buzz of the guests (and my drink) place me in an ethereal relaxed state. The dining experience breathes vibrancy and whimsy into a quaint wine country mecca. SY Kitchen encapsulates the roots and breadth of rustic Italian cuisine, in the comfort of Santa Barbara county. In an evergrowing culinary community, we can rest assured that some things, like a nonna’s classic, never change. * Yellow Beet Salad
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urmurs in the streets and on the internet foretold the return of the roaring twenties as they were a century ago: unfortunately, beginning with a pandemic, yet ultimately giving way to a decade of decadence and revelry. At Pearl Social, it seems we are one step closer to this premonition coming to fruition. There is no better place (and not simply in Santa Barbara) to usher in an age of clandestine delight and unabashed merrymaking.
“Mixologists behind the bar spin the libations with a certain elevated finesse that could only be found in an unassuming corner of one of the country’s most bustling culinary capitals.”
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Between the cross streets of Helena Avenue and Yanonali sits a jewel box. Inside, nestles a pearl. Walls are swathed in emerald green, the room is dotted by baby pink settees and splashes of gold. Candlelight and conversation bounce throughout the space in an excitable frenzy. Drinks swishing in etched glasses abide by a similar color palette: deep ambers commingle in the Nightingale Negroni, while vibrant greens puncture tequila concoction Accident in Paradise. The Funk Zone’s Pearl Social pays homage to the chic discretion for which Santa Barbara is prized. The bar is part speakeasy, part emporium, housing the finest selection of local and international spirits Santa Barbara has to offer.
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An atmosphere conjured to complement the cocktails leaves nothing to desire. Mixologists behind the bar spin the libations with a certain elevated finesse that could only be found in an unassuming corner of one of the country’s most bustling culinary capitals. Pearl Social’s namesake is the widely-recognized first lady of Santa Barbara, Pearl Chase. Chase was a local activist concerned with the maintenance and beautification of this one-of-a-kind slice of coastal land. Much like its inspiration, the neighborhood institution is providing the surrounding community with grace and allure. *
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SB LIFE & STYLE recipe
Chai-Spiced Cookies with Black Tea Icing VEGAN CHEWY CHAI COOKIES LOADED WITH A BLEND OF WARM CHAI SPICES AND TOPPED WITH A SWEET BLACK TEA ICING Recipe & Photograph by RILEY YAHR with MIXED & MEASURED
Makes 8 large cookies
INGREDIENTS All ingredients available at Bristol Farms
1 1/2 cups flour 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1 cup brown sugar 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar 1/4 cup applesauce 1/2 cup melted coconut oil For the icing: 1 cup powdered sugar 1 tablespoon, plus 1 teaspoon black tea
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DIRECTIONS Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease or line a baking sheet. In a small bowl, combine the flour and baking soda. Set aside. In a large bowl, combine the rest of the ingredients. Add the flour mixture to the large bowl and mix until combined. Using a 1/4 cup ice cream scooper, or your hands, scoop 8 large balls of dough onto your prepared baking sheet, 2 inches apart. Bake for 13-15 minutes, until edges begin to brown. Let cool for 5 minutes. While cooling, make the icing by whisking the powdered sugar and tea until smooth. Fill icing into a piping bag and ice the cooled cookies. *
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PEOPLE CURATED ARTISAN GOODS REFLECT VALLEY CULTURE AT SANTA YNEZ GENERAL’S NEWEST BOUTIQUE by SOFIA DEEB Photographs by SILAS FALLSTICH
earson McGee and his husband Spencer Turnbull founded Santa Ynez General with the intention of providing “products that are still attached to people.” You won’t find any mass-produced items here. Each well-curated, luxurious piece was made in small batches by artisans, including the founders themselves. In 2019, the couple opened the doors to Santa Ynez General’s first location. After spending their early careers in the corporate realm, the two decided it was time to break free from the hustle, and pursue their passions. The serene Santa Ynez Valley offered the perfect change of pace from their lives in the city, where Spencer worked as an attorney and Pearson as a fashion executive. “There’s only now,” was their mantra throughout the process of starting their business, and their timing could not have been more perfect; just a year and a half later, they opened their second shop.
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Located a few blocks from one another, the original store features a refreshingly modern selection of clothing (an exquisite contrast against the building’s old western facade), while the other houses an exciting array of home and lifestyle pieces. Using his surroundings as the blueprint, Pearson curated the clothing shop to reflect the culture and community of Santa Ynez. The store features his personal designs, created exclusively for Santa Ynez General, which offer a glamorous take on classic equestrial styles. From organic cotton tees to leather sandals, they draw upon the colors of the valley and perfectly balance style and comfort. In addition to their own line, you can also find pieces from up-and-coming designers from all around the world. Artesano Hats decorate the walls of the store. Handmade and custom painted in Miami, these one-of-a-kind wool hats are a customer favorite. Brands like Blazé Milano, Frame Denim, and Cara Cara populate the racks.
“Using his surroundings as the blueprint, Pearson curated the clothing shop to reflect the culture and community of Santa Ynez.”
Whether they’re designing their own pieces, or combing the globe for inspiration, the founders are dedicated to keeping sustainability at the forefront of their business. This is certainly evident upon stepping into the home store. Clean beauty and lifestyle products adorn the shelves, including all-natural skincare, candles, and even cleaning supplies. The store’s bestsellers are the whimsical six wick candles made by Style Union Home, a womanowned company based right here in California. Other sustainable finds include Atelier Saucier table liners, sewn of upcycled fabric left behind from the fashion industry, and unique reclaimed wood furniture built in France. You can also find a lineup of Santa Ynez General exclusive items designed by Pearson himself; their suede kitchen accessories make the perfect gift. Santa Ynez General is rapidly growing and their stores have come to define and elevate the community of Santa Ynez. Despite their second location opening just a couple months ago, Pearson and Spencer already have exciting new projects in the works. *
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or the Devines, fashion is a family affair. The owners of Devine Supply are helping put Santa Ynez on the map as one of the Central Coast’s hottest destinations. In just a few short months since its opening, the boutique has become notable for serving up western charm with a side of luxury. Sisters, Katarina and Sabrina Devine, are no strangers to style. In fact, they credit their mother, Vicki, with instilling this passion in them from a young age. They spent the early years of their careers working in fashion and interior design, and when the pandemic hit, they decided it was time for a change. Their family move from Northern California to Santa Ynez presented them with an opportunity to start a business, and thus, Devine Supply was born. Now, Katarina, Sabrina, and Vicki’s talents work in perfect harmony, with Vicki buying, Sabrina handling marketing, and Katarina managing the business side of things.
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The family wanted the boutique to reflect the town's ranching heritage, as well as its modern-day wine scene. In addition to their wide assortment of men and women’s clothing (perfect for sporting at a local vineyard), you’ll also find an eclectic mix of antique and vintage pieces—from Native American jewelry to vintage cowboy boots. Their apparel and accessory collection not only reflects the lives of Santa Ynez residents of the past and present, but also keeps sustainability in mind. Ética Jeans, for example, is a customer favorite, offering flattering jeans that are 98% sustainable. Age and size inclusivity are also on the forefront of their values when curating the store. In addition to being one of the valley’s premier fashion destinations, Devine Supply also carries gorgeous home and lifestyle pieces. As an interior designer, Katarina has spent years on a treasure hunt, collecting antiques and art from around the world. You can shop them in-store, along with original paintings by local artists, including Sabrina and Vicky themselves. And they aren’t the only creatives in the family—the store also features knives handmade by Katarina’s husband, Jordan. Above fashion and lifestyle, Devine Supply is a place for community. In their time living in Santa Ynez, the family has enjoyed getting to know the small, tightknit community. Visitors would agree that the town’s neighborly atmosphere truly adds to its charm. The Devine family hopes to extend this welcoming sensibility to their customers by hosting a variety of in-store events. With plans for trunk shows, holiday parties, and private shopping events, the future of Devine Supply is looking...well, divine! *
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ALLORA BY LAURA’S TJ HARLIN OPENS UP ABOUT JUGGLING MOTHERHOOD AND HER CAREER
s TJ Harlin, fashion director at Allora by Laura, puts it, balance is a funny word when you’re a parent. Harlin gave birth to Hattie in July and has been striving to feel in sync while raising her daughter and honoring herself. Here’s how she’s finding harmony in this new, beautiful phase of her life. What is the biggest surprise that’s come with motherhood? There is so much that they don't tell you. I had midwifery care through the Santa Barbara Birth Center and felt their education about pregnancy and motherhood was covered in depth, and still no one can prepare you for it all. There are so many things that are considered “taboo” to discuss and I feel that only diservices new families. Sharing experiences and talking about hot topics is so important. I’ve been surprised by how much I didn't know, and in turn, how much others didn't know until they were in it. Also, they always tell you that “you'll never know a love like this,” and honestly, I was like, “hmmmm I really love my dogs.” That all changed when she got here. I’m truly surprised by how much I love this person. It’s not that I didn’t think I would—it’s just crazy how much I do. Everyone was right. In what ways has motherhood inspired you? Motherhood has inspired me to be more organized and purposeful in not just my personal life, but in my career and with my style. I’m inspired to be more intentional with my time with friends and family instead of giving it away so freely, bending to the need or whim of who wants to see me. I find when I’m more purposeful with my time, I honor myself, my baby, and have a better time with said people. Ichi Antiquites linen dress, Jake & Jones | Kai Linz bracelets & chain necklace, Allora by Laura Ali Grace gold ring, long chain & charm, Allora by Laura | Pipiroo gauze onesie
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How have you seen your style shift since becoming a mom? I hate to say it, but more practicality. Clothes that can be washed and that I can wear a nursing bra with. Throughout my pregnancy it was nice to have a capsule wardrobe of pieces that fit and that I felt good in—the same goes for these early stages of motherhood. A rotation of chic button ups and bike shorts, slip skirts, and wrap dresses has been my go-to. Even on days that I’m home all day, and know I will surrender to being a human burp cloth, I still put on a cute oversized t-shirt or cotton dress. Feeling good—even though it might be an extra step to manage—ends up paying off for me. What has been the most challenging part of motherhood so far? Oh gosh, simply finding the time to do the things that I loved doing before I had a baby, and the new things I want to do with her. The hours in the day don't seem like enough once you factor in naps, feedings, bath time, and awake time. I now know that this is why they say it goes by so fast. Balancing stimulating them with age appropriate toys, resting, and hitting developmental milestones while also intuitively parenting is hard in this day and age with so much information, judgement, and different parenting tactics. Finding my way to simply raise her while honoring myself is absolutely the most challenging part. How are you balancing being a parent, tapping into your creative side, and focusing on work? Hmmm balance—a funny word when you’re a parent, especially a first timer. To be honest, some days I find it, and some days I just cry. Luckily, I love my work, so finding the time to fit that in makes me feel proud. Do I sometimes kick myself for emailing instead of napping? Yes. My ideas for business, how to grow my career, and feel more fulfilled in that balance of motherhood and work have been tenfold. Enacting them is the challenge. But, if I can grow a human being, get her earthside, and keep her alive, I can for sure expand a business and grow creatively.
TJ’S New Mom MUST-HAVES
Clergerie Mules $350, ALLORA BY L AURA
A fuzzy comfy slip-on (that isn’t your house slipper) for those “big” outings to doctor appointments and coffee shops. They keep me cozy while making me feel like somewhat of a human.
What would you recommend to new mothers based on your experience? Trust your gut. Always. Not Google, not the doctor, not your mom—your gut. It’s easy to get caught up in this wild world we live in. Keep it simple, breathe, and know when to ask for help. * Follow TJ’s motherhood journey at @houseofharlin
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This oil is like a facial in a bottle. Skin can do funky things after you have a baby and this has been my saving grace from tired looking skin. It is so luxurious. Layering it on every morning and night is self care at its finest and has helped me feel great.
How do you make time for self-care and reflection during this new phase? It’s called help. I watched too many friends and relatives with children not ask for or hire help and I won't make that mistake. There is so much guilt wrapped up in that as a mom, but having someone come help even once a week—whether it be a family member or someone you trust—is such a blessing. That way you can go on a walk, take a yoga class, or simply go for a darn drive by yourself. It can be an extra expense, but there is assistance out there for mamas because mental health during this fragile postpartum period is so important and I know that firsthand. What advice do you have for other creative, career oriented women out there who are becoming mothers? That it is possible to do what you love and raise who you love. Lean on your community and make a plan. Your passion and the purpose you have for your career is important and doesn't make your passion and purpose to raise your family dimmer. You can do hard things!
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This is self explanatory— wine is a must! Folded Hills wines have no residual sugar (praise be for no headaches), are organic and vegan, and use only native yeasts that occur naturally in the vineyard. Cluster is my favorite for all seasons.
Folded Hills Whole Cluster Carbonic Grenache $39, FOLDED HILLS
This tincture has been helping my whole body heal after the hormone rollercoaster known as childbirth. It's deeply nutritive for all stages of pregnancy, for new mamas, and is a fantastic women's health tonic in general.
Mother Glow Tincture $30, PURA LUNA APOTHECARY
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RESILIENCE RESET EMERGE WITH CONFIDENCE AND CLARITY FROM LIFE’S UNEXPECTED TWISTS by CELINE WALLACE
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et’s be honest,the world is throwing a few curve balls right now. Hence, resilience is more important than ever. Resilience partially comes from fixed or slowchanging features in your life—having a solid social network, being well-off, healthy, and not predisposed to mental challenges like depression. These advantages provide easy access to resources (mentors, therapy) and activities (exercising) that support resilience. Yet, you can learn skills to cope with challenges in any situation or environment.
Below are six mental health hacks to boost your resilience, so you have a system in place no matter what the world throws at you.
There is courage in vulnerability, and nobody is perfect, so stop expecting that of yourself. A great example of this is when sprinter Sha'Carri Richardson failed a drug test and lost her chance to compete at the Olympics; she tweeted ''I am human.'' This was an intelligent response because she accepted what she had done and the consequences—and everyone who read it probably identified with her humanity and strength through vulnerability. Vulnerability is always a strength and never a weakness.
CREATIVE PROBLEM SOLVING
Focusing on a problem and solution are completely different vibrations. There are two types of coping: coping with problems and coping with the feelings that issues create. The more you generate inventive solutions to address the problem itself, the less you'll need to cope with the stress and emotions emanating from the dilemma. Creative problem-solving is a great way to detach from the issue at hand. Next time you face a difficulty, evaluate it from at least two angles and use analogies to see solutions based on how you or others have resolved similar situations.
You know that feeling when you have to address something, but instead of taking action, you replay the situation over and over in your mind? Well, the sooner we notice we're ruminating and interrupt it, the better. The simplest way to break the cycle is switching your focus to an absorbing activity that engages your total concentration. This can be cooking, reading, calling a loved one, gardening, going for a walk, or turning up the music and dancing around the house. Change your state and change your thought process.
Stop beating yourself up! The other antidote to rumination is compassionate self-talk. When things don't go as planned, pause and remember that you're not alone; many people around the world are feeling the same way, so talk kindly to yourself. Everyone on the planet has times they're disappointed with their performance; it's understandable and common to feel regret, embarrassment, and anxiety. When you treat yourself with kindness first, you shift from a victimized state to a state of positive intention. As a result, you’ll come up with better solutions to move forward because you'll be able to detach from the emotion and look at the problem objectively.
When you feel overwhelmed, angry, sad, frustrated, or whatever emotion you may be facing, stop and identify what is coming up for you. You'll be better at soothing yourself and asking for help if you know what you're feeling. Research shows that acknowledging your specific emotions in the moment will soften them and eventually diffuse them, allowing you to shift your state sooner and get closer to finding a solution.
DERIVE MEANING FROM STRUGGLES
Life can chip away at your soul and make you bitter, or you can use obstacles as opportunities to grow into a stronger person. Stress, failure, and grief are tough, yet, they can help you gain empathy for yourself and others, learn your strengths, and diversify your coping skills and support network. If you shift to see life's obstacles as opportunities to grow into a better version of yourself, you'll become more resilient than ever before. *
“If you shift to see life's obstacles as opportunities to grow into a better version of yourself, you'll become more resilient than ever before.”
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ome drives, no matter the distance, are worth it. A select few can even be considered their own adventure. The transforming landscape along the three-hour journey from San Jose’s airport to La Fortuna—home of the famed (and active) Arenal Volcano—is so vibrant that time does not simply pass, instead, every moment is relished. Note: it helps to travel with your best friend. Along the winding climb into the jungle, green hues grow brighter with every bend, seemingly in unison with the thickening air that’s spilling in through the windows. Just when I think “it can’t get any more beautiful,” Lake Arenal appears in sweeping glory with a double rainbow, as if crowned by mother nature herself. Captivated is an understatement. Around twilight, we pull up to Nayara Tented Camp, the latest award-winning property of three resorts on the ecofriendly Nayara grounds. Our “tent,” if it can even be called that, is a mix between an African safari and a luxury metropolitan apartment. A functional canopy takes center stage of the space, while two daybeds offer lounging options along the windows. The “walls” are canvas aside from one adorned with tropical wallpaper, the floor is hardwood, a freestanding tub divides the marble-top bathroom from a miniature changing room, and all of this opens up to a spacious patio with an infinity dipping pool. It’s explorer-chic, and I want to move in immediately. Given our long journey, we indulge in the daily offering of tropical fruit and traditional local dessert—today is coconut fudge—before melting into the comfort of our grande bed.
on a sensory show. A cacophony of singing and chirping plays over the gentle rustle of palms, while pairs of birds, bugs, and critters fill the terrace. My friend walks out and quickly mirrors my awe. Before she gets comfortable, our room service breakfast arrives. Eggs, green juice, homemade banana bread with honey butter, ample plantains—an absolute must when in CR—and rich coffee fuel us for what is soon to become the longest, and most adventure-filled day of our lives. We meet our guide Ana for a tour of the Místico Arenal Hanging Bridges, a park that allows visitors to explore the biodiversity of the rainforest while upholding ecotourism. However, before we even leave the property our deep dive into the local fauna begins with a sloth sighting, which recently became one of the nation’s symbols. The resort houses a sloth sanctuary in an effort to protect the many adorable tree-dwellers who lost their homes to deforestation. Given that they are the slowest mammal on the planet, crawling about one foot per minute, we have ample time to snap photos before heading to the hanging bridges. The park is unlike anything we’ve ever experienced. Along the two-mile walk we cross several bridges, which offer far-stretching views of the jungle and on a clear day, even lava tracks that decorate the Arenal Volcano. Nature closes in on us from all directions—the canopy above, poisonous and non-poisonous snakes and spiders below, and droves of kaleidoscopic birds dancing about. Though it feels like we are in the thick of it, park rules prohibit walking off the trail or touching the local flora and fauna in an effort to protect both visitors and the precious ecosystem, which is a priority for the country. So much so that Costa Rica is projected to be 99% carbon neutral this coming year. Although the tour beyond satiates my daily fill of the outdoors, when Ana tells us there is a 200-foot waterfall just a short drive from the hotel, we can’t resist.
A LUXURIOUS RURAL RETREAT IN THE HEART OF LUSH COSTA RICA
Determined to catch the sunrise, I step out onto the deck to an unobstructed view of the Arenal Volcano perched above a lush canopy. I settle into a hammock to soak up the moment and journal, as muted pink colors the sky. It’s hard to concentrate on self-reflection when the jungle is putting
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La Fortuna Waterfall can only be accessed by a 500-step path, and since we are short on time the run down doubles as a workout. As we near the bottom the sound of the pounding water builds in tandem with my excitement. The waterfall crashes with ineffable force into a deep turquoise lagoon that’s lined with moss and cascading vines; the scene is like something out of a movie: unreal. While the water is icy, it’s too incredible to pass up—so, I dive in. I feel energized from the inside out; at once enchanted by, and connected to, the surroundings. Though the incomparable jolt from the waterfall worked better than coffee, the way up the steps leaves us both breathless. It’s only 1:30 p.m. and the day has already been one for the books.
way. While my masseuse diligently, yet gently, works through my knots I teeter on the edge of bliss and sleep to the hypnotic lull of birds and a cascading waterfall in the distance. In a state of utter euphoria we change for dinner, before walking right into our first encounter with the tropics: it’s pouring, completely out of the blue. Umbrellas in hand, we settle on AsiaLuna, Nayara’s Latin-meets-Asian restaurant. The sound of rain acts as our music for the evening, while we enjoy a delicious Thai sea bass ceviche, yellowfin tuna sashimi, and a refreshing spread of colorful rolls. Never one to pass up dessert, I devour a matcha cheesecake, yet not even a caffeinated treat can keep me from dozing off in the golf cart on our way to our tent.
Still wet from the impromptu dip, we arrive at Cielito Lindo, Nayara Springs' adults-only swim up bar, for a mixology class. After the most stimulating 18 hours of my life, my friend and I take Nothing like four cocktails after two hikes, right? The extensive the morning at leisure, enjoying our fresh fruit-filled breakfast menu pays homage to the land with folktale-inspired names, on the terrace before exploring the impressive grounds. In every native herbs, and liqueurs. Using traditional guaro, a sugar cane- direction I look I’m met with verdant brilliance illuminated by based Costa Rican specialty, I recreate La Llorna—a passionfruit, golden rays. But, as we learned the previous day, attachment cardamom, and cinnamon delight. With our favorite drinks in to the scenery is futile...in a mere blink of an eye everything hand we unwind in the pool, reflecting on the fact that this day changes—including my now drenched outfit. Rain or shine, we feels more like three, in the best way possible. Continuing with are committed to a day of adventure at the Sky Tram and Trek the theme of “more is more,” I take a golf cart to the spa for Tour where the longest zipline is a whopping 2,500 feet and a volcanic mud massage al exceeds 40 mph. fresco. There’s something What began as inexplicable about standing drizzle upon our “The waterfall crashes with ineffable force completely bare before arrival quickly into a deep turquoise lagoon that’s lined the jungle; my initial turns to a tropical discomfort quickly fades— downpour by with moss and cascading vines; the scene everything suddenly feels the time the is like something out of a movie: unreal.” right, as though this is the gondola reaches the top. Soaked and a little chilly, we laugh along with our tour group, because the only way out is down...through seven ziplines. Soaring through the canopy with nearly 360 degree views is surreal, and although the rain is hitting hard due to the high speed, it’s a once in a lifetime experience. We make the absolute most of the less than ideal situation by bonding with our zipline crew, cuddling up in-between lines, and marveling at the periodic rainbows decorating Lake Arenal. Lesson of the day: nature reigns supreme. After a serious adrenaline rush we return to Nayara to relax in the on-site hot springs before heading to dinner. Tonight, we’re going all out with dresses and heels for Amor Loco, the
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property’s adults-only fine dining option. The feel is indulgent—from plush two-person velvet couches to sultry lighting that’s reminiscent of a jazz bar—it’s an ideal date ambiance. My cocktail, the Don Angelo, arrives accompanied by a miniature blow torch and is smoked right at our table. Quite the presentation, but the guitar player singing classic rock on the stage steals the show. We start with the marlin carpaccio, sea bass ceviche, and a light arugula salad. Everything is delicious. For our entree we share a rich mushroom
risotto that’s brimming with aged parmesan notes and the most decadent short ribs sous vide I’ve ever had (read: devoured). We sit back, full from dinner and memories that will certainly last a lifetime. With our early departure fast approaching we take a nightcap of champagne to our personal dipping pool. Immersed in luxury and nature, all at once I float towards the edge. Whether by coincidence or kismet, the clouds have dissipated, revealing the sparkling star-filled sky for our last night. *
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A CULTURAL WEEKEND GETAWAY TO WEST HOLLYWOOD
peacock may not have been architect and designer Martin Brudnizki’s muse for the recently opened Pendry West Hollywood, yet it is the first thought that comes to mind as I enter the checkered floor lobby with bright blue lacquered walls. Mimicking fanned feathers, rich golden hues accent the décor and entry seating. An art installation that has trended on Instagram since the hotel opened in the spring commands my attention. The psychedelic light work, “Icosahedron” by Anthony James, appears to be infinite LED equilateral triangles and is just one of many original pieces throughout the property. Curated by Tiffiny Lendrum of Lendrum Fine Art, creations ranging from photographs by Annelie Vandendael to works by graffiti artist Katsu are sprinkled throughout the pastel pink and baby blue hallways. Like a treasure chest, inside the 149 rooms are more jewel tones.
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The hotel’s visual arts collection is not the only cultural gem. An intimate music venue for up to 100 guests pays homage to the House of Blues, which previously occupied this Sunset location. Additional amenities include a screening room, four treatment room spa, and a members only social club: The Britely with a private section perched on the rooftop.
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Before heading back to Santa Barbara, we detour to Soulmate—a breath of fresh air on the LA dining scene, literally. The restaurant has a retractable roof accentuating LA’s ideal weather. Regarded as Spanish Mediterranean, Executive Chef Rudy Lopez’s travels to his mother’s native Spain and his father’s family in Guatemala materialize on the menu. Designed to be shared, think tapas, but with more generous portions. We start with jamón ibérico (aged 15, 36 or 48 months) resting on tomato spread atop bread that’s flown in from Spain twice a week. Soon, the table is filled with crispy eggplant prepared hasselback (sliced not-quite-all-theway through in thin, even layers), served with quinoa salad and charred eggplant purèe; salmon crudo in spicy ponzu and pineapple; and paella, of course. To finish, we order the churros with Spanish dark chocolate sauce. It’s the perfect last bite, leaving a taste of Spain on my palate.
Across from The Britely is Wolfgang Puck’s Merois. Seating overlooks the city and its moniker landmark the Hollywood sign, and the menu is Wolfgang’s signature Asian fusion to the likes of Shanghai Lobster, Crispy Whole Black Bass, and Crispy Peking Duck. My personal favorite is Wolfgang’s Ospero restaurant on the street level. A wood fire pizza oven, and a lunch menu boasting grilled Branzino, a farm-to-table salad, and handmade pastas makes the restaurant a destination of its own. The unbelievably delicious desserts by Chocolatier-Pâtissier Francois Behuet have locals dropping in for their afternoon pick-me-up. Speaking from experience, you’ll find yourself leaving lunch with one of everything from the dessert case—beignets, a slice of seasonal pie, and a vegan, gluten-free oatmeal/ snickerdoodle cookie.
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If you’re hungry for more art, a quick drive from the hotel and you can be enveloped in Van Gogh’s Irises, while the Starry Night swirls around you at the Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit Los Angeles. The exhibition (which runs through January 2022) features the Dutch artist’s famous works projected onto the walls, ceilings, and floors.
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It is a simple pleasure to make a quick trip, merely 90 miles from Santa Barbara, and be enveloped in a microclimate of art, culture, music, and worldly culinary creations. Too often we jump to explore the far reaches of the globe; and forget that there are destinations close to home that elicit the same sense of wanderlust as a trip halfway around the world. *
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SKI you later A GETAWAY TO TELLURIDE’S PICTURESQUE WINTER WONDERLAND by OTTOCINA RYAN
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advanced friends, enjoying views and laughs as we ascend. No one has to miss out on the real mountain experience here, whether you’ve been skiing since you were five or have skied five days in your life (like me). Gliding down Galloping Goose, not stopping to take photos of the magnificent scenery proves to be more difficult than the skiing itself. The run is idyllic. Often the terrain is unobstructed by people and I'm the only one zooming down. I ski all afternoon, and eventually progress to weaving between trees on a blue run aptly named Enchanted Forest.
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After a long day of skiing, it's finally time for things I’m good at: eating and drinking. I meet my friends for après ski at Telluride Brewing Co. They offer stellar craft beer and street style tacos cradled in magenta tortillas made of corn grown just 60 miles away. We move on to Telluride Distilling (or as I refer to it, “the place with a popcorn machine”), and it’s the only line we wait in all weekend. For good reason, a remarkable peach mule made with their own award-winning vodka awaits inside.
“The warmth, charm, and quirkiness of the locals is enough to draw me back, time and time again.”
he friendly staff at Telluride Sports fit my boots and advise me that confidence goes a long way when skiing. It’s my fourth trip to Telluride, Colorado. The warmth, charm, and quirkiness of the locals is enough to draw me back, time and time again. Interacting with them feels genuine and gives off a sense of being part of the town as opposed to simply skimming the surface while passing through. Plus, I’m no seasoned skier, and Telluride perfectly caters to beginners.
The gondola transports me from Mountain Village, where the base of the ski resort is located, back into Telluride. It happens to be the only free gondola transportation system in North America—a testament to the unmatched hospitality of the town. The ride is serene, like being in a snow globe. I watch snowboarders glide down the mountain beneath me. The view seems endless, as it extends to the La Sal Mountains near Moab, Utah. Surrounding aspens stretch taller than my capsule while pastel abodes grow closer. The hotel shuttle is waiting right outside the gondola station. A couple minutes later I’m warming up at Hotel Telluride, a rustic lodge tucked just off Main Street—an easy walking distance from everything.
I hop on lift ten, the longest on the mountain—not a line in sight. The chair delivers me onto an 11,800 foot peak in the San Juan Mountains, surrounded by 13,000 and 14,000 foot ridges popping against a bright blue sky. What makes Telluride amazing for novices is that there are runs suited for every level straight from the top. I’m able to ride the lift with my more
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“Yes, the stunning scenery and mountains devoid of crowds are part of the appeal, but it’s the post-ski activities and authenticity of the community that win me over every time.”
My balcony looks out to snowy tree-covered mountains. The room is comfortable and spacious without being grandiose. A snug retreat after a day on the slopes. As all great (and not so great) skiers know, the secret to curing sore muscles is an outdoor jacuzzi session. With a book in hand I melt into soothing water, as the alpenglow turns the mountain peaks from pristine white to blush in my periphery. Revived, I walk the few blocks into town. Victorian homes, many over 100 years old, segue into luxe boutiques, art galleries, and restaurants. No chain stores, or even a stop light, in sight. We wander the Arts District and pop into galleries along the way. Someone suggests we attend a fundraiser at the Transfer Warehouse. Enticed by a spectacular venue, we soon find ourselves sitting in the old two-story roofless shell listening to a guitarist play for patrons there to support the
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Arts District. We mingle with locals; everyone I interact with is candid and enthusiastic about their town. I feel like a guest, rather than a tourist. Italian sounds good for dinner—when doesn’t it?—so we head to Rustico Ristorante. Copper pans surround the fireplace and painted ivy climbs the walls, setting the mood for a comforting meal of penne alla grappa and pistachio gelato. Next up: LittleHouse, a modern farmhouse designed space where the bartender dances as he makes my Tequila Mockingbird. We end the evening—all our evenings of the trip for that matter—with Telluride’s signature Flatliner cocktail (a spin on the espresso martini), at New Sheridan Bar. The town's eccentric and cool vibe comes to life at night and there's plenty to do. Down the street, the Last Dollar Saloon is getting lively.
Every time I visit Telluride, it baffles me that people go anywhere else to ski. I may take what I learned at Telluride Ski School to Gstaad someday, but I can’t imagine a better experience. Yes, the stunning scenery and mountains devoid of crowds are part of the appeal, but it’s the postski activities and authenticity of the community that win me over every time. It’s that je ne sais quoi that every mountain town tries to emulate, yet in Telluride it just is. *
Photo by Merrick Chase
Meanwhile, locals duck through a red door into a private club where Chris Robinson of The Black Crowes is playing for an audience of twenty. For a town in the middle of nowhere, the possibilities for where the night could take you seem boundless.
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BLUE REST AND RELAXATION ARE TAKEN SERIOUSLY IN TURKS & CAICOS
AWAY by OTTOCINA RYAN
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IMAGINE A PLACE WHERE IGUANAS HAVE MORE RIGHTS THAN HUMANS. Where Amazon Prime and Uber are far off fantasies. Where the ocean could pass for tap water. I land in Turks and Caicos on a Monday evening. The humidity is palpable. It’s 80 degrees in Providenciales, the main city where I’ll spend a couple days before exploring two other islands. My driver is late, reminding me to adjust my watch to island time. A rum punch is in my hand before I even make it to my quaint one-bedroom yellow cottage at Point Grace Resort. My patio overlooks the pool. Gold tiles configure a sparkling sun on the bottom and it’s chock-full of American vacationers reading novels, possibly from the inroom bookshelves. I stroll past it to the blinding white sand and crystal clear ocean—the most perfect I’ve ever seen. I wander the powdery shoreline before returning to the property for dinner. Tiki torches light the way to my table at Grace’s Cottage where I quickly take a liking to local specialties conch chowder and grilled snapper. Bright and early, I board an Ocean Vibes catamaran tour. Primary-colored fish surround the group when we stop to snorkel around coral reefs. “Come and see the lobster!” The guide yells repeatedly as if he’s auctioning it off to the tourist with the highest bid. We anchor at a couple beaches, equally pristine as Grace Bay and less populated. Egrets tiptoe through tall grass at the edge of the sand. Dark and stormy cocktails flow freely until the sky follows suit and delivers a fifteen minute downpour. We don’t care, we’re in the water anyway. Back in Providenciales, I have conch ceviche at Bugaloos, a lively beach bar with a downtown location, then lounge on the beach all afternoon (the lackadaisical island vibe makes it seem like the only acceptable option). Just in time to enjoy sunset from the deck, I arrive at Hemingway’s Restaurant. Upbeat music wafts from the live band and boats cruising by as I savor the catch of the day. The owner stops by my table, asking about my time on the islands. I say I’m headed to Ambergris Cay tomorrow. “You’ll be in bed by 8 p.m. there, it’s sleepy,“ he laughs. “So party tonight.” The next morning I’m the only passenger on the complimentary twenty minute flight to Ambergris Cay. I ride shotgun, filled with that giddy feeling you get when descending over tropical water. The Cessna touches down on the three square mile private island, populated only by a resort and private villas, and within a minute I’m cheerfully greeted and handed a champagne flute.
“I wander the powdery shoreline before returning to the property for dinner. Tiki torches light the way to my table at Grace’s Cottage where I quickly take a liking to local specialties conch chowder and grilled snapper.”
Orlando, my butler, exudes a level of service I’d deemed bygone to pre-Covid staffing. He shows me to suite 10, at the end of the row of beachfront suites. It’s light, open and airy, with its own plunge pool. I’m left with a golf cart, the preferred mode of transportation on the island. I drive to the resort restaurant, Calico Jack. I’m at ease amongst the whitewashed buildings, away from the bustling establishments in Providenciales. I sip a blueberry basil margarita at the bar. Preppy couples stroll in from the pool. Iguanas scamper around the courtyard like they own the place; they’re a protected species on the island. I feel I’ve found my place in the world. The following afternoon, a boat ushers me to an arranged picnic on deserted Little Ambergris Cay Island. A trio of flamingos takes flight as we leave the marina. We speed through cerulean water to a sandbar and wade to the pristine beach. Prosecco pops as the crew brings our picnic lunch to the beach. On the way back, I catch a giant red snapper. “I think you caught a rock,” the captain says as I reel it in. Oh please. That snapper appears on the dinner menu. Ceviche and grilled, plenty to go around. I could spend every day like this, actually, since all activities are included. It’s tempting, but so are the other offerings. If I want to book a massage (in a treatment room with doors that open to the beach) or even want an opponent for an arcade game in the Club House, I simply text Orlando.
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By day three, I’ve met most other guests—aside from families arriving on private jets heading directly to the resort’s three and four bedroom villas scattering the island’s Atlantic coast. On a sunset sail I befriend honeymooners who share my affinity for iguanas and ordering two desserts. (Really, you can’t choose between the bread pudding and creme brûlée.) They inform me that the French Martini with pineapple juice and raspberry liqueur is a must and the stars are the most brilliant you’ve ever seen. They are right on both. The milky way is as decipherable as the moon and I see two shooting stars on the drive back to my suite. My final morning, Iguanas beg like dogs for a taste of my carrot cake French toast, reminding me how much I don’t want to leave. I fly back to Providenciales and take a ferry to South Caicos. An hour and a half of turquoise water blurring by, and a nice option for those who fear small planes. I arrive on South Caicos, an island with a population of 1,200, 13 churches, and 18 bars. The energy is somewhere between Providenciales and Ambergris Cay. The Jeep ride to Sailrock Resort leads us through town; marine biology students, donkeys and horses wander the roadsides.
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I head straight to Sailrock’s cove, offering a beachfront lunch restaurant and hammocks on the sand and in the water (they take relaxing seriously). The ocean is so calm and shallow it appears you could walk for miles. I kayak out, admiring sea stars and anemones as if visiting an aquarium. I retreat to my modern ridge top suite, outfitted with not one but two outdoor tubs. I bathe in the hot tub sized basin on the balcony, basking in the sunset. For dinner, I settle into the patio of the Great House Restaurant just off the lobby, the pool directly below echoing the ocean in the distance. The combination of a Mexican chef and unparalleled fresh seafood synthesize in the blackened Mahi Mahi, which I supplement with a green juice from the wellness menu.
“The beach is lined with pastel conch shells, prolific on the islands. The ridge offers an unparalleled view of the juxtaposed choppy, navy Atlantic and smooth, pale blue Caribbean oceans segregated by the island.”
The following afternoon, I schedule a boat tour to an island ruled by iguanas (naturally). The beach is lined with pastel conch shells, prolific on the islands. The ridge offers an unparalleled view of the juxtaposed choppy, navy Atlantic and smooth, pale blue Caribbean oceans segregated by the island. In all of the natural beauty and luxury it’s easy to forget how remote and rustic the Turks and Caicos Islands are. I’m reminded when, in a lapse of good judgement, I stick my phone underwater to take a video of a colony of plump red sea stars. Of course, it isn't really water resistant. When I ask about getting it repaired on the island I’m met with blank stares. In my time to think sans phone, it sinks in that when visiting Turks and Caicos, what you forsake in convenience and amenities, you more than make up for in natural splendor, flourishing wildlife, pristine oceans, and beaches. A simplicity that enables staying present with ease and a priceless serenity. *
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DAY 1 SHOP
Minimalistic resin kitchenware and decor fill Tina Frey Designs’ Montecito showroom. The elevated essentials, from toothbrush holders to serving trays, are soothing to look at, while rotating art installations add whimsy to the space. @tinafreydesigns
The Good Plow’s ice cream window is the cherryon-top of the Carpinteria cafe’s organic plant-based menu. Deck your cone with toppings such as farm-fresh fruit, cookie crumble, and coconut flakes. @thegoodplow
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Dinner and a show? Count us in. Watch as Chef Phillip Frankland Lee prepares a mouth-watering Omakase spread including toro, king crab, and uni at Sushi|Bar Montecito. @sushibarmontecito
It’s easy like Sunday morning at La Paloma Cafe’s Californios-inspired brunch. If champagne from their spritz cart doesn’t grab your attention, the Almond Flour Waffle with chicken hash and crème-fraîche certainly will. @lapalomasb
We can’t think of a better way to spend a winter afternoon than indulging in Pork Belly Fried Rice, Shrimp Baos, and the Bluefin Tuna Poke Bowl at Secret Bao. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, opt for the Grilled Cheese, KFC, and PB&J-filled buns. @secretbao
The renowned fitness experience at Mayweather Fitness + Boxing has graced downtown Santa Barbara. Train like a champ during dynamic group-boxing classes, ranging from HIIT workouts to Floyd’s Bagwork training. @mayweatherboxingfitness
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Oceanside cocktail sipping and reclining on striped chaises are just a few of Rosewood Miramar Beach’s trademarks. Enjoy poolside fare at the Cabana Bar between dips in the pool, and finish your evening with a decadent dinner at Caruso’s. Retreat to the property’s bungalow and beach house suites, which evoke a comforting, secluded vacation experience. @rosewoodmiramarbeach
Convey your warmest holiday wishes on elegant cards and stationery from Letter Perfect. Decorate gifts with silk ribbons and exquisite wrapping paper, or garnish your table with crackers and confetti poppers. @letterperfectsb
No dinner is complete without a nightcap. Head to The Good Lion, an intimate cocktail bar with a rotating menu and local craft beers and wines. Opt for the Gin Fix with pineapple and green chartreuse, or the Coffee Negroni for a pickme-up. @thegoodlionbar
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‘Tis the season to be jolly
Nestled up against the Pacific shoreline is a festive atmosphere filled with all the comforts the season brings. Over the holidays, Miramar will be transformed into a beguiling winter wonderland for guests and visitors alike. With accommodations so comforting and décor so idyllic, let your holiday spirits soar in this bright and merry retreat, featuring celebrations and activities aplenty. r o s e w o o d h o t e l s. c o m / m i r a m a r