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LIFE&STYLE SANTA BARBARA

MAGAZINE Volume 2 Issue 9 / September 2014

Editor in Chief Ottocina Ryan Founder & Publisher Jeffrey Florentine Art Director Rah Riley Photographer Meadow Rose Photography Photoshoot Assistant Laura Reynolds

On this

COVER PHOTOGRAPHED by Meadow Rose Photography MODEL Daisy Clementine with NEXT Model Management LA HAIR by Laura Rocha with RochĂŠ Studios MAKEUP by Rocio Valenzuela with Carlyle Salon GOWN from NORDSTROM JEWELRY by SHERYL LOWE DESIGNS

Staff Writer Alexandra Gonzalez Stylists Jenna Phillips Kara Pearson Santa Barbara Life & Style Magazine is published by Santa Barbara Life & Style, Inc. PO Box 5072 Santa Barbara, CA 93150 For distribution, advertising, or other inquiries info@santabarbaralifeandstyle.com Santa Barbara LIfe & Style

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/CONTENT SE P T E M B E R 2 014 8 / MUNCH ON BR UNCH Our editors enjoy a long late morning at El Encanto with Chef Leo Andres Ayala and the best French toast you have ever seen. 18 / LOST IN LOTUSL AND A playful day in the dreamy world of Lotusland. 44 / THR OUGH THE GATES This exclusive estate is truly an oasis, from blossoming cacti to shell surrounded pools, wander with us in the wonder of Lotusland. 48 / A LITTLE Q&A WITH SHERYL LOWE We chat world travels, upcoming jewelry collections, and her favorite places to getaway with husband, Rob Lowe.

52 / EXPRESS YOUR EQUESTRIAN Amble through the breathtaking estate of Whispering Rose Ranch with fall ready looks. 68 / GET THE LOOK The elite style team at JosĂŠ Eber spills their expert tips and favorite products from our August cover look!


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Letter

from the

Editor In Santa Barbara we’re blessed with fall weather that allows us to brunch outside, wear sleeveless dresses, and enjoy palm trees that don’t lose all their leaves. Our September issue celebrates the best ways to take advantage of this marvelous California season!

And the jewelry from the cover that you immediately added to your fall must-have list? Get to know the designer in A Little Q&A with Sheryl Lowe. We chat about her favorite spots in Santa Barbara and her stunning collections inspired by her recent travels!

In just a few pages you can join us for a beautiful, leisurely Sunday brunch overlooking Santa Barbara at Belmond El Encanto. In Munch on Brunch everything from the appetizer platter to the dessert is truly as delicious as it is equisite. Then meet the self-proclaimed (and rightfully so!) culinary genius who created this phenomenal menu!

For Express Your Equestrian we made our way to Solvang and the gorgeous grounds of Whispering Rose Ranch where America’s Next Top Model Cycle 19 winner, Laura James, spent a romantic afternoon in classic fall fashion looks.

In Lost In Lotusland we showcase flowing dresses throughout the whimsical gardens of Lotusland. Though atypical of fall fashion, these gowns are perfect for September in Santa Barbara. Through the Gates offers a look at the fascinating background of the unique gardens nestled in Montecito. Its natural beauty is unlike anything else in the American Riviera!

Finally, we fill you in on the secrets to looking exactly like our August cover model! Just kidding, but the super talented hair and makeup team from José Eber Salon take you step-by-step to get her sexy, beachy look! Fall into a world of luxury with us and we’ll keep bringing you pages of the most splendid indulgences of Santa Barbara!

Ottocina Ryan

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ith summer coming to a close, having brunch on an open deck accompanied by a breathtaking view was naturally one of our main priorities. And although Santa Barbara weather is always perfect for a Sunday afternoon brunch al fresco, we really just needed an excuse to try Executive Chef Leo Andres Ayala’s delicious Bellini Brunch at the newly remodeled Belmond El Encanto.

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njoying bottomless Bellinis at one of the most beautiful hotels atop the famous “American Riviera” is no easy feat—after all, how can one possibly save room for dessert when they are devouring an array of appetizers (six to be exact)! Loaded with ahi tuna salad, chilled prawns, marinated berries, and smoked salmon, the appetizer tray will leave you beyond satisfied.

French toast, steak and eggs, buttermilk pancakes, roasted chicken breast, ahi tuna sandwich or a classic cobb. Let’s just say it was an ambitious task, but we managed to fill our plates with delectable sweets from the dessert buffet, including the New York cheesecake (a classic and my all time favorite!) and the floating island, while loving every minute of it!

“I think it was just natural for me to come in the kitchen and start cooking.” But don’t get too comfortable, there’s more! To continue the feast, diners will choose from several exquisite options including eggs benedict, roasted salmon, brioche

While relishing Chef Ayala’s mouthwatering creations, we couldn’t help but wonder how this amazing menu came to be or who this elusive man was. Luckily for us,

we were fortunate enough to sit down with the culinary genius himself and talk inspirations, his love for seafood, and what it’s like working at the first FiveStar hotel in Santa Barbara! I read that you are from Guerrero, Mexico— being Hispanic, there is this inherent love for food imbedded within your culture; would you say that this is what inspired you to be a chef? “Yes, because when I was little, my parents owned a restaurant by the ocean (in Acapulco, Mexico), so I was always involved — helping them craft dishes for the menu, helping them cook, and doing fun things with it.”

You became a certified oyster and lobster fisherman at the age of fifteen, and even went on to own your own shop at one point. Your resume is rather impressive; you have worked for the Four Seasons Newport Beach, the Five Diamond Belvedere restaurant at the Forbes Five-Star Peninsula Beverly Hills, Montage Beverly Hills and the list goes on. Did you have schooling or are you just some kind of culinary genius? “I am just a genius, basically (laughs). It just comes natural to me because my parents owned a restaurant with beautiful flavors that people really enjoyed. I think it was just natural for me to come in the kitchen and start cooking.”

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hat would you say as well as our own your specialty is? original dishes, striking a balance “My specialty is most between savory and likely seafood.” sweet – what brunch is all about!” We could probably talk about your culinary What factors, in terms achievements all day of balance and palate, long, but I want to would you say influenced talk about the one I this menu? am currently obsessed with: your Bellini “The brunch menu Brunch menu! Please was designed around tell me a little about the the freshest, seasonal inspiration behind how it local ingredients came to be. from Oxnard, Ventura, and our “The inspiration on-property chef ’s came from the garden and seafood Belmond Hotel that I buy from local Cipriani property companies. I wanted in Italy where the to make it fresh.” Bellini was first created, which we I can honestly say that thought would be a I didn’t have a favorite sophisticated take dish because everything on your traditional is absolutely delicious, mimosa with brunch. but what is your personal The Bottomless favorite on the menu? Bellini Brunch uses the freshest “I believe the black ingredients in season cod on our dinner from the local menu is really unique Farmer’s Markets, because it’s a local and offers a variety black cod that we get of brunch favorites fresh everyday, and

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the artichokes we get from the different farms around here and the heirloom tomatoes. It’s all fresh.” What is your favorite meal to make, in general? “I love seafood, so I like siete mares (seven seas), this is typically found in Mexican cuisine, but it is really flavorful— so good and delicious! It’s a mix of different seafood, like octopus, shrimp, clams, fish, mussels, and crab that you can use to make soup.” If we were to take a look into your fridge, what would find? “You’d find a little bit of everything.

I love cooking for my kids—I always love to cook healthy—vegetables, pastas, and some good Mexican dishes I come up with.” Last but not least, tell us one thing you love about being Executive Chef at Belmond El Encanto. “I enjoy the view from the property, and working at the first Forbes Five-Star property in Santa Barbara. I really enjoy the environment and the city; I just love everything about working here.”

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DRESS, FELICITY & COCO. SANDALS, SAM EDELMAN, NORDSTROM. BRACELETS, SHERYL LOWE DESIGNS.

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DRESS, NIGHTCAP, HAWTHORN BOUTIQUE. JEWELRY, SHERYL LOWE DESIGNS.

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DRESS BETSY MOSS, HAWTHORN BOUTIQUE. WEDGES, STUART WEITZMAN, NORDSTROM. BRACELETS, SHERYL LOWE DESIGNS.

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DRESS, BETSY MOSS, HAWTHORN BOUTIQUE. SANDALS, STEVE MADDEN, NORDSTROM. JEWELRY, SHERYL LOWE DESIGNS.

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Through the

Gates WRITTEN BY ALEX GONZALEZ PHOTOGRAPHED BY MEADOW ROSE PHOTOGRAPHY

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ehind the coral walls of

is felt no matter how far off

Lotusland lies one of the

the beaten path you end up

most magnificent and eccentric

wandering.

collections of plants known to this region. The property, once

In 1941 Walska purchased the

belonging to Madame Ganna

estate under the guidance of

Walska—Polish opera singer,

her sixth and final husband,

socialite and self-proclaimed

Theos Bernard. With the hopes

“enemy of the ordinary,”—

of creating a retreat for Tibetan

spans over 37 acres and boasts

Monks, Walska named the

a wild, yet cohesive landscape

property “Tibetland,” but

one would only hope to find in

after WWII foiled the monks’

their wildest dreams. Lotusland

arrival, she would ultimately

is over 3000 species of plants

rename it “Lotusland.” Soon

and flowers from all over the

after divorcing Bernard, Walska

world, giant abalone shells

discovered her true love and

situated on their own replica

began transforming the grounds

beach complete with sand and

of Lotusland into a spellbinding

peculiar garden gnomes strewn

world of cycads, cacti, palms,

throughout. Walksa’s presence

and euphorbias.

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“One need not be in California long before he feels his soul beginning to stir. The air is magnetized... the consciousness awakens… the soul must speak” -Madame Ganna Walska

s you navigate through the

A

blazing sun as you make your

gardens, you almost cannot

way through the cactus garden,

believe you are in the middle

Lotusland has a little something

of the Montecito foothills.

for everyone to enjoy.

The property is booming with plants indigenous to regions far

With 26 themed gardens to

from our picturesque beach

choose from, we naturally

town and the tropical vibe is

jumped at the opportunity

boundless. Regardless of where

to turn magic into reality

you begin your journey into the

for our September issue.

magical land of the lotuses,

Filled with whimsical dresses,

everywhere you look you are

diamond encrusted jewels

sure to encounter a beautiful

and voluminous tresses even

plant species you have not

Rapunzel would be envious

yet heard of. Whether you

of, the SBLS team created an

are taking a stroll through the

enchanting wonderland you’ve

citrus orchards or basking in the

only heard of in fairytales.

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A Little

& Q

A with

SHOWROOM

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SHERYL

LOWE

W

alking into a cozy

Where in Santa Barbara do you

coral that I just incorporated

showroom tucked

go to be inspired?

into my line.

I love Hollister Ranch and

What pieces of jewelry can we

Jalama Beach. My husband [Rob

always find you wearing?

Lowe] and I enjoy long beach

I am a creature of habit so my

just off Coast Village Road, you’re greeted by South Sea pearls, diamond pavé designs, layerable statement necklaces, a kaleidoscope of colorful beads, and rose gold and classic white bracelets that beg to be stacked. The work of Sheryl Lowe is that

walks and stand up paddling. Jalama Beach campground is one of our favorite getaways. How are you inspired by your

favorite go-to pieces are Yemen coral and bone bracelets in stacks of threes and fives. I love layering my long rolo chain necklaces. They can be worn to

of impeccable taste paired with

travels?

a global collection of the finer

I’ve always been drawn to

things in life. This month’s cover

new and unusual locations.

look features her luxurious

Wherever I go I enjoy treasure

about?

necklaces, bracelets, earrings,

hunting for unique strands of

I am so excited for our fall

and rings - being all about

beads. I have been traveling for

collection, it is truly one of

luxury, we needed to chat more

work for over two decades and

our best with charms, chains,

about her inspiration for these

recently I traveled to Morocco

and arms draped in greens and

breathtaking collections!

and found beautiful antique

greys.

the beach or a date night. What pieces are you excited

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