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Many people move to Santa Barbara with stars in their eyes, having fallen hard for this place at one point or another in their lives. For some, once they attend college in our environs, they decide they are never leaving, and for a few rare others, they were raised here from birth knowing no different—unaware that this place is unlike any other. With the mix of bougainvillea and jasminescented air, perfect weather most of our days, and the sea at our feet, it pretty much can’t be beat. Throw in summer and all it brings to the table, and this place is heaven on earth. Just ask local resident Lyla Clyne, whose Upper East Riviera cottage screams warm-weather living (“French Lessons,” page 106). White on white to the core, the elements are simple and serene in feel, combined to be the perfect canvas for a life well lived. Acclaimed photographer and artist Firooz Zahedi (“Altered Focus,” page 122) had quite a large life living in Los Angeles for decades but now finds solace in his Montecito getaway with his wife, art collector Beth Rudin DeWoody. A new museum exhibition of his works about to launch at UC Santa Barbara’s Art, Design & Architecture Museum is the perfect way to welcome him to the neighborhood. The Hammond family doesn’t need any welcoming as they have lived here for many generations—the iconic Hammonds Beach is named after them. With adrenaline coursing through their veins, they are known for their adventurous spirit—be it on the road or in the air. We are invited into their world (“Shifting Gears,” page 114) for the thrill ride. Speaking of wheels, a great way to get out and enjoy this season is with a vintage VW bus on the open road. With surf, skate, sun, and sand as the brief, we follow recent UCSB grad Eryn Krouse on her ultimate road trip to Jalama, Rincon, and Faria Beach (“The Wanderers,” page 96), and photographer Peter Amend captures all the magic along the way. This trek takes me back to the summers of my youth at Hope Ranch Beach. Days were whiled away with friends, and the future (and adulthood) seemed a far-off concept…we were living in the moment, relishing every second. It was a time I wouldn’t trade for anything in the world. And it was one of the many reasons that solidified moving here from Michigan in the middle of my teenage years was, in fact, a good decision. Which brings us full circle to why many of us choose to make Santa Barbara home (besides the lucky natives who know no different)…we move here because the love affair was/is intoxicating and we don’t want to let it go. We are hooked. And with perfect summer breezes and sunny days ahead, who could blame the addiction?
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“I loved this assignment because Bibi Ji has been my and my husband’s go-to day-date lunch location the past couple months. The food is so vibrant and fresh!” says the local food blogger/photographer/cookbook author who shot the new hot spot for “Unauthentically Indian” (page 75). “It was wonderful to get to meet the team making this great restaurant happen.” S.B. MUST DOs Santa Claus Beach for all-day hangs. • Barbecuing hot dogs at Shoreline Beach Park. • Flower gazing at the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden.
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“Santa Barbara is such a radiant space,” says the Los Angeles-based photographer who got a chance to shoot portraits of her friend, Sarah Siegel-Magness for “Polo Provocateur” (page 64). “To be able to collaborate on such a beautiful assignment with friends and family was a magical experience, charming on all levels.” S.B. MUST DOs Spending a long moment at Ganna Walska Lotusland. • Brunch at the Belmond El Encanto. • Drinking the best concoctions at AH Juice Organics.
“After living in Oregon for the past six years, I enjoyed rediscovering Los Alamos and Santa Barbara with a fresh set of eyes,” says our former editorial assistant who penned numerous articles for this issue. “It’s exciting to see the area evolve and bring in amazing new restaurants and hotels. It’s hard to pick a favorite now!” S.B. MUST DOs Spending the day at Refugio Beach—it’s the perfect way to recharge. • Live music at the Santa Barbara Bowl. • The fresh and flavorful fare at Mesa Verde.
“I felt so honored to have captured two women who both broke land speed records of more than 300 miles per hour. This family exudes creativity, love, respect, adventure, and humility,” says the local photographer who captured the vitality of the Hammond family for “Shifting Gears” (page 114). “It’s great to shoot with a family that was one of the first settlers in Santa Barbara.” S.B. MUST DOs I love Oliver’s in Montecito. • Brophy Bros. never gets old. • Wet Wednesdays at the Santa Barbara Yacht Club.
Contributors BEHIND the SCENES Left to right: Seth and Tanis share their heli; Santa Barbara Magazine crew awed and exhausted on the tarmac; a vintage AUSTIN-HEALEY .
LO CAT ION Private hangar, Santa Barbara Airport WHO The adventurous, record-breaking, speed-hungry Hammond family WHAT Photographer Michael Haber chased and captured the perpetually in-motion Seth and Tanis Hammond with sons Colin and Channing, daughter Tegan, and granddaughters Maia and Amoreena. S A N TA B A R B A R A
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Cabana Daze Clockwise from above:
While away a HOT SUMMER DAY with a poolside STAYCATION in our own Mediterranean backyard
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Beoplay speaker, $249, Apple Store; Natura Bissé sunscreen, $108, The Ritz-Carlton Bacara Spa; Carrie Forbes slides, $310, Jenni Kayne; canvas bag, $180, William Laman; Tom Ford body oil, $100, Sephora; Kopu sparkling water, $53.99/case, Santa Barbara Public Market; Rebecca de Ravenel necklace, $535, Cstateofmind.com.
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What’s the Buzz?
Beekeepers Richard Kline and Glenn Perry have a combined 40 years at their passion, and that matters when you sign up for the OJAI VALLEY INN & SPA ’s new Beekeeping Experience ($150/person). The 90-minute tour takes you to their on-site apiary of six boxes, each packed with 25,000 bees. Once you’re suited-up in protective gear, the boxes are opened and you are up close and personal with the insects— able to see pollen stored on their hind legs, watch them communicate with each other, and see how a honeycomb is formed. It’s remarkable to stand in the middle of the swarm and hear the harmonious buzzing sound knowing you are safe. The experience culminates in a tasting of 10 diverse honeys including sage, pine, avocado, and eucalyptus, giving you an understanding of unique ﬂavors, sweetness levels, and viscosity. Plus you get a jar to take home. It’s the bee’s knees. 905 Country Club Rd., Ojai, 855-697-8780. M I C H A E L C E R V I N
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Learning about bees; the apiary at the OJAI VALLEY INN & SPA ; a honey tasting.
Word to the W i se
Disappearing at an alarming rate, bees are the underappreciated essential component of the food chain, responsible for pollinating 30 percent of the world’s crops. Now, these insects ﬁnally get the credit they deserve in professional beekeeper Susan Brackney’s beautifully illustrated, fact-ﬁlled book, PLAN BEE: EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT THE HARDEST-WORKING CREATURES ON THE PLANET ($13.95, TarcherPerigee, available at Chaucer’s Bookstore, 805-682-6787, chaucersbooks.com), featured on Oprah’s summer reading list. Brackney explains bees’ pivotal role in our ecosystem, the inner workings of a hive, and more. H A N N A H M I L L E R
Handcrafted in an Ojai apothecary, SWEET BEE MAGIC ($24.99) has been gaining popularity for its all-natural, organic ingredients that help to soothe, heal, and hydrate skin. “Our products are made in the traditional small-batch method only using the purest oils and honey products,” says Medicine Mama’s cofounder Jaclyn Steinmann. Built on the foundation of a “mother/daughter beauty company that started grassroots in the kitchen,” founder Donna Steinmann also supports the community, aiding in local nonproﬁts and honeybee preservation. 805-646-2425. H . M .
THE APIARY recently celebrated its two-year anniversary with a new dry wine-style mead ($18/bottle). The tasting room has a rotating selection of cider and mead that are made from local honey and organic apples grown and fermented in-house. 4191 Carpinteria Ave., Carpinteria, 805-6846216. H . M . T HEAP IARY.CO
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Photographer BRIAN HODGES ’s multicultural lifestyle (he’s lived all over the world—from France to Brazil, Mexico to Bali, Padaro Beach to Hot Springs Road) is ever-present in his global portrait series that captures the true characters and locals of whatever region he ventures to next. Now based in Byron Bay, Australia—but always with deep ties to Santa Barbara—Hodges’s Charros series (snapped at a charreada competition in Jalisco, Mexico) is culturally symbiotic in the artist’s eye and rooted in his own sartorial memories of our Old Spanish Days Fiesta. “A charro is a traditional horseman from this region,” says Hodges. “I was initially taken by their exceptional sense of style, and while working on the project learned that there is a deep sense of culture, etiquette, and tradition that these people adhere to.” G . T .
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UCSB ARTS & LECTURES Summer Film Series at the Santa
Barbara Courthouse Sunken Gardens is back with a lineup of animated pictures. While past themes have been James Bond, Alfred Hitchcock Nights, Bogie & Bacall, and more, this free series kicks oﬀ on July 6 with Ron Diamond’s 19th Animation Show of Shows followed by Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, Ratatouille, and Persepolis. Get ready to snuggle up every Friday in July and August and enjoy an evening of cinema under the stars. I . B .
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Celebrating traditions is the theme for OLD SPANISH DAYS FIESTA , which takes place August 1 to 5. “My hope this year, “ says La Presidenta Denise Sanford, “is for our community to embrace our traditions, keep them close to our hearts in order to pass them down to the generations that follow us.” One of Santa Barbara’s most cherished and widely celebrated events, Fiesta is a beloved time to honor the rich history of our town. 805-9628101. I . B .
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Surﬁng, bands, and cowboys? Sign us up! Be seen at the family-friendly 11th annual SURF RODEO MUSIC & SURF FESTIVAL (from $35/pass) along the Pierpont strand July 14 and 15. Punk band Fishbone headlines with rapper Shwayze, and renowned surfers show up every year to hit the waves rodeo style by drawing sticks out of the sand to choose which retro board they will ride in their heat. G . T . SU R F R O D E O . O R G
New to Santa Barbara, SOFAR SOUNDS is setting a unique precedent to musical performances, with an emphasis on intrigue and captivating live music. Sofar Sounds brings in musical talents from a wide range of backgrounds and selects unlikely venues to host the events, creating an intimate feel to the events. The concept behind the monthly shows is that guests attending have no idea who they are seeing or where the location is until the day before the event—making the secretive nature of the shows all too alluring. Past performances include the soft, acoustic sounds from Amy Fitz Doyley at The Shopkeepers, Katie Ferrara at The Sandbox, and Conner Cherland at a local Santa Barbara backyard, to name a few. I . B . S O FA RS O UN D S .C O M
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Don’t Miss Once again, THE GOODLAND , 805-964-6241, thegoodland.com, is hosting its free summer concert series once a month at the Good Bar, and it features a wide variety of musical talents such as Nigerian-based singer and rapper Kah-Lo on June 15 and singer/songwriter Dana Williams on July 29. In addition, every Saturday and Sunday The Goodland’s Outpost restaurant is hosting various DJs (including DJ Darla Bea) from 1 to 5 pm. The ﬁnal VANS WARPED TOUR (from $45, vanswarpedtour .com) is coming to the Ventura County Fairgrounds on June 24, featuring a variety of bands and musicians, including 3OH!3, Reel Big Fish, Taking Back Sunday, Frank Turner, and more. THE CANARY , 805-884-0300, canarysantabarbara.com, and its restaurant, Finch & Fork, are also hosting their popular rooftop wine tasting series ($35/person), Sip & Swirl, all throughout the summer and fall. This year, guests can mix and mingle while local wineries display their best vintages paired along with premium cheese selections and fabulous entertainment. The June 26 event includes a roundup of Jamie Sloan, Carhartt Vineyard, Sanford Winery and Vineyards, Tercero Wines, Sunstone Winery, Storm Wines, and Grassini Family Vineyards. The SANTA BARBARA WINE + FOOD FESTIVAL (from $75/ person) is coming up on June 30 from 2 to 5 pm at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, 805-682-4711, sbnature .org. Sip and taste from some of the best restaurants and wineries in the county such as Bluewater Grill, Industrial Eats, The Lark, Larner Wines, and Silver Wines, among dozens of others. In addition, all of the net proceeds from the event goes toward supporting the museum’s nature and science education programs. I . B .
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When Monte Brown (a loving figure of the Santa Barbara music community) suddenly passed away in January 2015, the Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation and The Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara came together to find a way to memorialize Brown and his love for music. Brown, also a devoted Deadhead, lived in town for 23 years and worked as a private equity investor while also raising his two sons, Dryden and Winslow, with his wife, Merryl. With his spirit in mind, the foundations created THE MONTE T. BROWN SCHOLARSHIP FUND , which supports Santa Barbaraarea students who further their post-high school education in pursuit of a career in the music industry. The first recipient of the fund in 2016, Diego Patricio
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Pacheco, received a $2,500 scholarship for graduate studies at CSU Northridge and plans to become a music teacher. “Creating a music scholarship in Monte’s name to support the education of young musicians was an easy decision,” says Merryl. “Monte cared a great deal about creating opportunities for young people in need, and he would be so very honored to know that he was being remembered in this way. Dryden, Winslow, and I are grateful to our many friends who donated to the Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation/Monte T. Brown Memorial Scholarship Fund in Monte’s memory. We hope that the fund will support the educational aspirations of young musicians for many years to come.” 805-687-6065. I . B .
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Since 2014, GIRLS ROCK SANTA BARBARA has provided a space for girls ages 6 to 15 to experience music and arts education, mentorship, and community. This summer, the nonprofit organization is partnering with Heart 4 Refugees, hearts4refugees .org, a San Diego-based organization that aids in the resettlement of Syrian refugees to provides young females an opportunity to experience Girls Rock’s overnight summer camp—which includes writing original songs, learning an instrument, and performing pieces in front of an audience at the end of the week. “We are giving these smart and resilient young women a safe community where they can find joy, long-term female mentorship, and self confidence,” says Jen Baron, executive director of Girls Rock. “But really, they are a gift to us. To be able to be just a part of their road to healing and joy—that’s the real gift.” 805-699-5247. I . B . GIRLS ROCKS B.ORG S A N TA B A R B A R A
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If you hit the polo ﬁelds around 8 am, you might see her streaking by on her pony, mallet raised. Or astride one of her thoroughbreds, upright in the saddle. Four days a week, SARAH SIEGEL-MAGNESS plays matches, either at the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club or on the 65-acre estate adjacent to the club that she and her husband purchased last year. “From the moment we stepped foot on this magical property, we fell in love,” she says. “We came to Santa Barbara initially to play polo but fell in love with the community.” Siegel-Magness certainly has a more varied résumé than most polo players. She is an Oscar-nominated ﬁlm producer and director whose projects include the award-winning Lionsgate ﬁlm Precious. She is also the cofounder, along with husband Gary Magness, of Smokewood Entertainment, which is committed to creating thought-provoking and social justice-minded ﬁlms. Her husband and son are active players too, and the family enjoys riding together and even competing against one another. Siegel-Magness says polo is a great way to spend time with family, live in nature, and play with men and women of all ages and backgrounds. But she is not the type of person to coast—the Magness family worked with the polo club to create an 8-goal Rincon League this year. It is absorbing work, but there’s nothing else she’d rather do. “I compare everything I do to polo,” she says. “If it is not more fun or more interesting than polo, I don’t have time to do it!” K A T H E R I N E S T E W A R T
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Riding horses on the beach at LOON POINT , Padaro Ln., Summerland.
their CANCHA DE ESTRELLAS 8-goal Rincon League team; Hollywood hair stylist to the stars KEN PAVÉS created a signature braid for SiegelMagness. (GUCCI blouse, SAINT LAURENT blazer, and MAISON MICHEL hat.) Opposite, top to
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“My Santa Barbara style is equestrian chic, which usually means dirty riding boots. Living here is all about being close to nature—smelling the ocean and fresh grass and hearing the feet of the horses on the ground.”
Clockwise from top left: MADAME GANNA WALSKA ; VERDURA and BELPERRON
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The Family JE WE LS LOTUSLAND —the worldfamous 37-acre estate and botanical gardens—houses more than 3,000 rare and exotic plants thanks to the horticultural obsession and passions of one extraordinary woman: Madame Ganna Walska. This July marks the 25th anniversary of Lotusland’s existence as a public garden, and to celebrate, its annual fete takes place on July 28. “The theme for this year’s gala is Lotus Rising—Lotusand Celebrates Gems of the Garden,” explains Rebecca Anderson, director of development. “This speaks to two inspirations—Lotus Rising honors the anniversary as a public garden and our community’s resilience this year, and Gems of the Garden highlights Madame Ganna Walska’s collection of rare and exotic botanical specimens that are thriving and inspiring visitors from around the world.” At the event, guests can stroll throughout the property, enjoying music, art exhibitions, and live auctions. Over the years, Madame Walska funded her growing rare plant inventory by selling jewels she had amassed during her time in Paris, where she commissioned
Syle dozens of extravagant pieces—many from Suzanne Belperron. As a nod to that history, this year, Verdura and Belperron (two jewelry houses now owned by the same company) are sponsoring the gala. Along with an exhibition of design drawings and correspondence between the two women, Madame Walska’s niece, Hania Tallmadge, is also gifting a pair of Walska’s Belperron earrings to the auction. Says Anderson, “We’re celebrating rebirth and renewal while feting what is precious and special about this rare garden, this gem.” 695 Ashley Rd., Montecito, 806-969-9990. A M E L I A F L E E T W O O D L O TUS L A N D .O RG
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If Montecito designer OLIVIA JOFFREY 's ﬂirty cabana dresses and tunics seem like they belong in Santa Barbara, it's because her collection, like our town, has roots in Andalusia. “My collection is a love letter to Spain, wrapped inside a love letter to
my mother,” says Joﬀrey, a recent transplant from Northern California and mother of two. The most popular silhouette in her collection—the swiss-dot Capitola cabana dress ($395)—ﬁnds inspiration from traditional ﬂamenco dancers. “My mother was an expatriate in Andalusia for much of the 1960s and early ’70s before moving back to Santa Cruz, where I was raised,” says Joﬀrey. “My family's record collection included a lot of Spanish guitar and ﬂamenco music. I would stare at the album covers, admiring the dancer’s sinewy arms and volumes of polka dot ruﬄes.” The Capitola dress is delicate, with short ﬂuttering sleeves, yet made for function with double side slits, making the long, narrow shape easy for walking. “I wish I could have worn this dress to my own wedding. Against one’s body it feels like a nightgown, but to everyone else, the impression is 100 percent Spanish femme fatale.” A L I C E R Y A N O L I V I A J O F F RE Y.CO M
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Top to bottom: OLIVIA JOFFREY at home; Joffrey’s inspiration.
Making a Splash WHO Swimwear designer Sonia de Mello WHAT “I started in the swim business in 2000, but this July
marks 10 years since I launched my own brand, So De Mel. It has been a long journey, and I run the business wearing most of the hats. Passion and persistence are key to keeping focus and to adapting to an ever-changing fashion marketplace.” WEAR “So De Mel has been true to its roots—clean lines, an easy color palette, comfortable ﬁt with luxury fabrics, which is how we live here.” WHERE “The 805 is a true backdrop of inspiration—from the mountains to the sea to each culture I interact with around town. We are very diverse here; it’s fabulous to sit at a table where every person is from another country. I love Santa Barbara for that.” G I N A T O L L E S O N
MUST HAVES The MONTECITO MAILLOT ($250, sodemel.com) is chic and timeless—a one-shoulder ﬁt you can wear at the beach or out to dinner. The SUNSET SKIRT ($498, pictured above) will turn heads poolside or at a beach cocktail event—not to mention you can wear it as a dress too.
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of all things cozy and beachy chic, curates summer gems for her own pleasure as well as her private Kakoon Knits cashmere clientele. McMahon recently scored an all-natural essentialoil lotion made in small batches from San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. “A friend turned me on to it and I contacted the makers directly,” she says. “The scent is warm and earthy. It has an attractive quality that elicits inquisitive comments when you walk into a space.” G . T .
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“Beauty and inspiration are forever entwined,” says jewelry designer Alina de Albergaria of her design philosophy. De Albergaria—who launched DESIGNS BY ALINA in 2014—draws her inspiration from world travels, her family, and her beautiful surroundings, these days calling Santa Barbara home by way of England and Venezuela. Recently, de Albergaria created her ﬁrst bespoke conceptual line, the 18K Gallery Collection, entirely inspired by her introduction to artist Xaviera Simmons—famous for her multimedia exhibits at MoMA, The Guggenheim, MCA Chicago and elsewhere—and her work.”Certain pieces were inspired by Xaviera’s work,” says de Albergaria. “Others were a result of our conversations. Each piece tells a story.” The result: modern earrings, rings, and necklaces all richly textured and handmade with high-karat gold in California. The collection’s private launch included a moderated conversation between the jeweler and her muse, and proceeds beneﬁted the Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation, carolynglasoebaileyfoundation.org, an Ojai-based nonproﬁt that supports the arts and science. Says de Albergaria, “I’m interested in using the launches of my new work to give back to the people who inspired the line in the ﬁrst place.” A . F .
Clockwise from top: Uncovered ring, $3,260; Cocoon necklace, $1,800; ALINA DE ALBERGARIA ;
Xaviera Simmons’s Vantage Point: Number One (Green), 2016, color photograph.
The ARTIST’S DAUGHTER silk scarves designed by local Kate Pincus-Whitney features color-bursting jewel prints (from $195, available at K.Frank, 805-560-7424, kfrankstyle.com). H A N N A H M I L L E R
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LISSA LIGGETT ’s signature
Santa Barbara Novella’s scents. Her Montecito perfume ($118, available at Upstairs at Pierre LaFond, 805-565-1503,
upstairsatpierrelafond.com) is a mélange of delicate ﬂoral notes, including rose, gardenia, orange blossom, and jasmine anchored by a few precious drops of ambergris from the beaches of Morocco. Pssst... A beachy, sea-salty Summerland potion is in the works too. G . T .
Sisters Heather Christensen Smith and Alice Christensen Majid’s WAZI SHOES has made its mark in the fashion industry by producing Tanzanian handmade beaded sandals and giving back to those in need. The ethically conscious company gives a portion of sales to fund scholarships for nursing and midwifery students in East Africa. “We started Wazi as we knew there was interest in the product and we could also support entrepreneurship and education in East Africa—a win-win situation,” says Smith, who hails from Santa Barbara. “And we named our company Wazi—‘open’ in Swahili—for open shoes, but also open hearts, open minds, and open roads.” I S A B E L B A S S I WA Z I S H O E S .C O M
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Wazi Nightjar sandals ($130, available at The Vedanta Society Santa Barbara Temple, 805-969-2903, vedanta.org).
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Left to right: WELL DERMATOLOGY ’s sunny space; DR. ERIKA KLEMPERER .
Health is Wealth
With the summer sun upon us, it is imperative to take the best care of our skin. Stanford-trained dermatologist Dr. Erika Klemperer’s whole-body approach to skin health inherently promotes wellness, vitality, and beauty. “I believe in the power of health to create real beauty and of beauty to cultivate vibrant health,” says Klemperer. “Our skin is a magniﬁcent mirror, reﬂecting this connection. I absolutely love guiding my patients on this journey.” Her practice, WELL DERMATOLOGY , oﬀers a variety of services such as comprehensive medical dermatology, skin exams and skin cancer screenings, holistic health and nutrition coaching, noninvasive skin rejuvenation, and more. 1807 E. Cabrillo Blvd., Ste. B, Santa Barbara, 805-770-7726. I . B . WEL L D E RM ATO L O G Y.C O M
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Ojai has long been a place where Shiva Rose goes to restore and relax, and In the Field is helping her celebrate the launch of her long-awaited book, WHOLE BEAUTY: DAILY RITUALS AND NATURAL RECIPES FOR LIFELONG BEAUTY AND WELLNESS ($29.95, Artisan, thelocalrose.com), which hit the shelves this spring. “Timing is everything!” says Rose—a former actress— referring to all the “No’s” she got a few years ago when she originally pitched her idea for a health and wellness book. Since then, interest in natural living has grown. Ten years ago, Rose made some huge shifts of her own. Suﬀering from a triptych of life-threatening autoimmune conditions, she set out on a journey of healing. “I stopped acting, got a divorce, went back to nature, started growing my own food, and cleaned up my life.” Inspired by her healthy living discoveries and the healers she met along the way, she began blogging, sharing her experiences on thelocalrose.com. As her health took a turn for the better, she also developed her all-natural eponymous skin-care line. “Whole Beauty has a little bit of everything, including important tips to help combat life in the modern world,” she says. “We need alternative options, because beauty is not just skin deep.” A . F .
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Daily Tips, Rose Style 1 I start the day by spraying my face with the refreshing RADIANT ROSE WATER ($75). 2 I follow it up with the ROSE FACE OIL ($105) or GLOW FACE BALM ($65). 3 I bathe in the VENUS AMBER MILK BATH ($65) to let the day melt away; afterward I use the VENUS AMBER BODY OIL ($80) to hydrate and soften my skin.
All products available at shivarose.com and In the Field, 805-633-0021, intheﬁeldojai.com.
Save Your Skin ELTA MD ’s UV Clear Broad-
Spectrum SPF 46 ($33, available at Santa Barbara Skincare,
805-569-1164, santabarbaraskincare .org) is a high-
quality sunscreen for all skin, especially sensitive types prone to breakouts, rosacea, and discoloration. It contains Vitamin B3, hyaluronic acid, and lactic acid to promote a healthylooking complexion.
With its anti-inﬂammatory, antioxidant, and antihistamine properties, RECOVA ’s PostSurgery Cream ($78,
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Providing safe, eﬀective UVA and UVB protection, LA ROCHE-POSAY Anthelios 60 Dermo-Kids ($19.99, larocheposay.us) protects the thinner dermis of little ones as well as adults with ingredients that are gentle for sensitive skin. I . B .
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Clockwise from top left: Co-owner JESSE SINGH ; TANDOORI LOCAL SPOT PRAWNS ($25); co-owner/ general manager ALEJANDRO MEDINA and partner/wine director RAJAT PARR . Opposite, clockwise from top right: Medina in the kitchen; flavors of India; details and decor in the restaurant.
If the sweet scent of coconut curry, garlic naan, and chana masala isn’t enough to lure you into State Street’s stylish new Indian restaurant BIBI JI , the flavors and pedigree definitely will. Bibi Ji is the latest addition to the collection of acclaimed restaurants Babu Ji NYC and Babu Ji Melbourne and follows the same flavor profile designed by chef Jessi Singh, but with the added partnership of wine guru Rajat Parr and local food and wine industry veteran Alejandro Medina. Together, these pros combine unauthentic Indian food (think street food meets Indian home cooking) with a variety of all-natural wines. “We offer clean cuisine that does not use any ghee or lard and a natural wine program that focuses on chemical-free wines with little to no sulfur,” says Singh. Staying true to its name, Bibi Ji—a term of endearment given to Indian mothers and grandmothers—welcomes you with a fresh spin on signature dishes like tandoori-style jumbo prawns with pineapple and jalapeño jam; Punjabi kadhi (a classic village curry dish with fenugreek, turmeric, and yogurt); and Mr. Tso’s cauliflower, an IndoChinese favorite with tomato, chili, onion seed, and sesame. Singh was born in Punjab, India, and raised in rural Australia but touched down in Santa Barbara to open another spot. When he started cooking in Australia, he had trouble finding familiar
Indian ingredients and instead explored those from Australia and Southeast Asia. “The flavors and colors I saw in my travels and childhood are incorporated into all that I cook and serve,” he says. Likewise, the menu incorporates local culture and lifestyle as much as possible, such as bringing in fresh uni from sought-after Santa Barbara diver Stephanie Mutz for the signature uni biryani. “Being so close to the water and the tremendous bounty that local fishermen and divers source is a big part of our cuisine,” says co-owner Alejandro Medina, who has risen through the ranks by working with some of Santa Barbara’s most popular wineries,
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tasting rooms, and restaurants. And then there’s the wine. Parr, an award-winning sommelier turned winemaker of labels Domaine de la Côte and Sandhi, has created a wellcurated collection of more than 100 obscure international wines, with some local vintages sprinkled in. Enjoy a suggested wine pairing or snag a bottle to go from the in-house bottle shop. “Most of the food has a good level of spice, so we wanted wines that are fresh and crunchy, while also being inexpensive and fun,” says Parr. Bibi Ji’s vibrant dining experience doesn’t stop there. Colorful photographs are set against exposed brick walls and bright pink accents are scattered throughout the space. Some nights the speakers play Bollywood music and others, hip-hop. While the menu, music, and wines are ever evolving, the Bibi Ji hospitality remains firm in its roots. “We wanted to have a small, casual Indian restaurant,” says Medina. “A place you want to go every day for good food and good wine.” 734 State St., Santa Barbara, 805-560-6845. S A R A H Y U N K E R BI BIJIS B.COM
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These new eateries and wine bars are on our radar this summer
New to the Lagoon District on East Haley Street, CRUSH TASTING ROOM & KITCHEN , 805-722-4500, crushsb.com, showcases small-lot, handcrafted wines from boutique producers throughout the Central Coast. Utilizing a dispensing system to preserve the freshness of their selection, owners Michael and Lisa Amador also offer a menu of light bites, paninis, and flatbreads to pair with the vintages.
Bringing more than 30 years of experience as a chef and consultant in Los Angeles, Andrew Crawley and his wife, Sharon, have opened LOCAVORE KITCHEN , 805-699-5740, locavore-kitchen.com, on West Victoria Street. True to its name, this locally minded restaurant serves up California comfort food that celebrates the flavors and seasonal ingredients of the Central Coast, with a regionally influenced wine and beer list to boot. The duo who brought you PICO, the popular farm-totable restaurant in Los Alamos, have opened THE WINE SHEPHERD , wineshepherdsb.com, a wine bar and retail shop on East Ortega Street. Owned by Will Henry and Kali Kopley, The Wine Shepherd features wines by the glass, bottle, and to go, with special emphasis on small producers from across the globe—including their own Lumen label— served alongside a selection of artisan cheese and charcuterie plates. H A N A - L E E S E D G W I C K RAMON VELASQUEZ , PRESTON ANGELL , and MATT MINKUS of Corazon
Cocina and Captain Fatty’s.
Top to bottom: An EPICUREAN SANTA BARBARA dinner at Loquita featuring
tuna cones with piquillo and avocado, an edible gin and tonic, and Nantes carrots with beet hummus; a dish at an EL ENCANTO WINEMAKER DINNER .
The newest culinary dinner club in town, EPICUREAN SANTA BARBARA , 805-335-1627, epicureansb.com, is offering monthly immersive dinners, wine pairings, and more. Husband/wife duo Keith and Amy Robinson dreamed up the series “because we want to bring a little of New York City to Santa Barbara in the form of creative and diverse dining opportunities with a welcoming social element; events that at times even incorporate music, theater, and art.” Since last January, the couple has produced evenings such as a tasting with Scott Hawley of Torrin Vineyard to a cannabis-infused dining experience by CHOPPED winning chef Luke Reyes. This summer, look out for a tasting of winemaker Matt Dees’s three labels on July 26, an over-the-top ice cream tasting ($35) on July 28, and more.
The experiential dinner series 2 FARM TABLES AND A MICROPHONE ,
2ftam.com, is making a stop on August 18 at Caravan Outpost in Ojai (from
$25). Full of Life Flatbread’s chef Clark Staub is preparing the foraged and farm-to-table pizzas he’s known for in his wood-fired stone oven—with local and sustainable eats sourced from within 400 miles of Santa Barbara. At the winemaker dinner series at BELMOND EL ENCANTO , 805-8455800, belmond.com/elencanto, past events have highlighted Stolpman and Daou wineries, and coming up on August 23 ($120/person), Au Bon Climat vintages are being poured alongside chef Johan Denizot’s California-fresh cuisine. G I N A Z . T E R L I N D E N
PHOTOGRAPHS: CORAZON COCINA AND CAPTAIN FATTY’S, DAVID MENDOZA III
Ramon Velasquez, chef and owner of CORAZON COCINA , 805-845-0282, corazoncocinasb.com, in the Santa Barbara Public Market has teamed up with Preston Angell and Matt Minkus of local Goleta brewery CAPTAIN FATTY’S , captainfattys.com, to bring their high-quality food and beer to a new spot in the Funk Zone. Opening later this year, the communal space will have TVs, a shared patio, and an upbeat, bright atmosphere in which to enjoy their popular small batch craft beers and inventive Mexican fare.
The family-owned FARM CART ORGANICS , 805452-4823, delivers boxes (from $18) Tuesdays and Wednesdays in Carpinteria, Summerland, and Santa Barbara. Situated on a farm that’s more than 100 years old, the nonprofit CENTER FOR URBAN AGRICULTURE AT FAIRVIEW GARDENS , 805-967-7369, fairviewgardens. org, not only offers seasonal and yearly shares (from $200/half share) but classes and tours as well. Located in the Goleta Valley, the sustainably maintained ELLWOOD CANYON FARMS , 805-448-7619, ellwoodcanyonfarms. com, offers weekly and biweekly shares (from $25/box) as well as student and senior deals. Now available for delivery in Santa Barbara County, FARMBOX DIRECT , farmboxdirect.com—the only USDA certified organic e-commerce website—offers boxes (from $43.95) of fruits and veggies as well as green, orange, and red juicing boxes. LOCAL HARVEST DELIVERY , 805-626-0253, localharvestdelivery.com, not only pairs with local farmers to compile boxes (from $35/week) of the freshest produce, but also offers items such as raw butter, cheese, eggs, meat, seafood, cookies, and more. Who knew Pacifica Graduate Institute’s farmer Marshall Chrostowski helms the PACIFICA ORGANIC MARKET GARDEN , 805-687-
7109, pacifica.edu/visit/pacificas-organic-garden/. There, boxes (from $10) are filled and ready for delivery two times per week. More of a grocery service, PLOW TO PORCH , 805-203-6222, plowtoporch.com, provides boxes (from $25) of seasonal fruits, veggies, and even healthy snacks delivered to your door. SCHOOL FOOD BOX , schoolfoodbox.com, delivers weekly or biweekly to local schools—getting fresh produce is as easy as picking up your kids. Longtime area grower Tom Shepherd’s SHEPHERD FARMS , 805-729-4405, now grows produce in Carpinteria. Boxes (from $15) are available for pickup in various locations around town. SOMETHING GOOD ORGANICS , 805-451-
8451, somethinggoodorganics .com, sources certified organic
fruits and veggies from John Givens Farm. Boxes (from $25/ week) can either be picked up or delivered to your home. G . Z . T .
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BARRY MCGEE â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Untitled, 2017, acrylic and gouache on panel, 36.5 x 32.5 x 1.75 in., courtesy of Ratio 3, San Francisco, and Cheim & Read, New York.
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The Art of the Unpredictable It’s hard to pin down the work of Barry McGee, whose solo exhibit at the MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART SANTA BARBARA runs July 1 through October 14. The San Francisco– based artist has been involved with the skateboarding, surﬁng, and graﬃti worlds and often ascribes his pieces to his other personas—Twist or Lydia Fong. There’s also an element of improvisation to his installations, which are connected to each exhibit’s particular environment. Visitors to MCA can expect to see paintings, drawings, photographs, and objects ranging from surfboards to sculptural ceramics and vessels with McGee’s characteristic faces. “There’s a spectacle to all of Barry’s installations,” says MCA associate curator Alexandra Terry. “They transform the space.” His work highlights the collaborative process and speaks up for the underdog, like outsider artists and members of the youth culture. “The audience is untapped for a show like this,” she adds. “We want to engage that generation.” McGee will be on hand for the opening, which also features a pop-up shop collaboration with Scooters for Peace, as well as a limited edition by the artist, who is returning to Santa Barbara for other programming in the fall. 653 Paseo Nuevo, Santa Barbara, 805-966-5373. J O A N T A P P E R MCAS ANTABARBARA.ORG
Left to right: JOHN SALADINO ’s
#02, oil on canvas, 63 x 63 in.; #09, oil on canvas, 63 x 63 in.
BARRY MCGEE ’s, Untitled [detail],
2018, courtesy of Ratio 3, San
Francisco, and Cheim & Read, New York.
For decades, JOHN SALADINO has received international acclaim for his home, garden, and furniture designs. But his talent also extends to painting, an avocation he picked up as an undergraduate at Notre Dame before attending Yale architecture school. It’s a habit he’s never kicked—for good reason. Using a square format dictated by the length of his outstretched arms—a nod to Leonardo da Vinci’s iconic Vitruvian Man drawing depicting the proportions of the human body—Saladino’s canvases are glorious abstractions imbued with his famous color scheme. (A series of his works entitled “Patrimony” is on view at Colette Cosentino Atelier + Gallery, 805-570-9863, colettecosentino.com, on West Anapamu Street until June 20.) Given his renowned classical approach to architecture and interiors, some may be surprised by the minimalist nature of his paintings; but as Saladino notes, “It’s more important what you leave out than what you put in. People think it’s landscape, others think of it as color ﬁeld; I’m thrilled they can’t pinpoint it because I think art should provoke you. I feel that if my art can be immediately understood, I’m somewhat of a failure.” Being Saladino, of course, failure is not an option. L . D . P O R T E R S ALAD IN O ST Y L E. C O M S A N TA B A R B A R A
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Me & Uke
“I saw this thing that looked like a guitar, but it had four strings,” says 13-year-old Izadora “Izzy” Fleetwood, describing her introduction to the ukulele two years ago while visiting her grandfather (Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac). Coincidentally, Izzy’s best friend and classmate at Ojai’s Oak Grove School, Soﬁa Burke, acquired her uke at the same time. After taking a few lessons together, the strumming pair decided to form BLUE MOON SINGERS . The band’s 2016 debut at Folk Steady—a monthly Sunday matinee acoustic series at Ojai Rancho Inn—prompted a bevy of performance demands that would be the envy of other bands. The duo has played at The Deer Lodge, Caravan Outpost, Euterpe Farms, and were ﬂown to a gig in Austin, Texas. Their popular single “Wild Ones” (recorded by industry pro Bernie Larsen) is currently featured in an H&M video. As for the future, a full-scale album of their own songs is in the works. “We’re planning on being friends forever,” says Burke. Adds Fleetwood modestly, “It’s working out pretty well for us.” L . D . P .
and SOFIA BURKE .
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His award-winning ﬁlm and TV roles (The Sopranos, Goodfellas, and Jungle Fever to name just a few) would ﬁll several pages, but Santa Barbara resident Michael Imperioli has adopted a new role: author. His debut novel, THE PERFUME BURNED HIS EYES ($29.95, Akashic Books, available at Chaucer’s Bookstore, 805-682-6787, chaucersbooks.com), not only deserves an award for best title, but has garnered praise from literary icon Joyce Carol Oates, who describes Imperioli’s coming-of-age narrative as “vividly imagined.” This should come as no surprise to those who’ve trolled the credits of Imperioli’s career; in addition to writing several Sopranos episodes, he wrote (and directed) The Hungry Ghosts, was a writer on Spike Lee’s Summer of Sam, and has penned several plays. Bravo! L . D . P .
Mat eria l MATTERS
Left to right: Artist NATHAN SNYDER with Tesseract, 2018, stainless steel, 40 x 64 x 44 in.; Bending the Universe, 2018, high-polished bronze, 10 x 24 x 11 in.
“I do love metal,” admits sculptor NATHAN SNYDER , whose large-scale stainless steel piece Tesseract was one of eight artworks prominently displayed on State Street earlier this year for the State of the Art Gallery Exhibition sponsored by Santa Barbara’s County Oﬃce of Arts & Culture. But Snyder also works with bronze, marble, and wood and spent years mastering those materials as part of his exploration. “Until you become adept at using a material, you’re really bound by the material instead of your creative vision,” says the artist, noting that the turning point occurs when “I’m no longer concerned by the material, because I know how to work with it. That’s when art works start to open up and express something other than a shiny piece of metal.” Largely self-taught, Snyder was on the path to become a reconstructive surgeon until his class-time doodles became more compelling than chemistry. In addition to creating pieces for private collectors, Snyder has received several public art commissions and has participated in numerous regional exhibitions. His recent work combines static materials (metal, stone, wood) and technology (video projections). L . D . P . N AT H AN SN Y D E R ST U D I O S .CO M S A N TA B A R B A R A
PHOTOGRAPHS: BLUE MOON SINGERS, MARIANA SCHULZE; NATHAN SNYDER AND SCULPTURE, SHANNON JAYNE PHOTOGRAPHY
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WALL OF TOM is a local five-member band
inspired by Santa Barbara’s devastating weatherfounded 16 years ago by charismatic lead singer related events. The band recently headed up Tommie Vaughn, whose unstoppable creative north to San Francisco for a series of shows and energy has enabled the band to produce four is venturing south to Los Angeles and San Diego albums and garner acclaim for its popular single later this summer. L . D . P . “Cherish Every Moment.” WA L L O F TO M .CO M Vaughn, who relocated to Santa Barbara from Los Angeles in 2013, also pens Ryan Hensley, Tony Grimes, Tommie Vaughn, Kerim Imes, the rock-fiction series Frankie Spencer. and Louisa Wood. Husband Tony Grimes, WOT’s guitarist, heads retail operations for Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company, where bass player Ryan Hensley also serves as head brewer. Indispensable drummer Kerim Imes has been part of the WOT family from the start. Louisa Wood, who met Vaughn at the skate park where their sons were taking lessons, plays uke and her grandmother’s cello in a decidedly nonclassical way. Poised to release their fifth album, Un-Natural Disasters, WOT members— along with their kids—recently completed a music video for “Tornado,” a song
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Hit the Highway Cruising up to Los Alamos and down to Orange County
The recently renovated SKYVIEW LOS ALAMOS .
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Left to right: NORMAN restaurant and bar; the original pool at the roadside motel awaits guests this summer.
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Get Away Chef Sarah Williams with
co-owners Greg and Daisy Ryan; the dining room at
BELL’S ; the Bistro Salad.
The new global dinner series Sobremesa celebrates the traditions of food and gathering through shared meals. One of the inaugural summer dinners ($125) is being held at the new wine bar and event space BODEGA LOS ALAMOS , bodegalosalamos.com, on July 9. Enjoy a hands-on cooking demo followed by fresh farmers market fare such as squid ink tortillas filled with curried cauliflower, green crema, and cilantro followed by chocolate avocado pudding. S . Y . BODEGA LOS ALAMOS .
Hailing from New York’s Per Se and the Polo Lounge at the Beverly Hills Hotel, husband-and-wife team Daisy—a Santa Ynez Valley native—and Greg Ryan recently touched down in Los Alamos with BELL’S , a French-inspired bistro in the former home of the beloved Bell Street Farm. “Los Alamos reminds us of a small village in Burgundy or the Loire where the food is value driven with interesting wines,” says Greg. This dining duo aims to create a gathering place for locals and visitors alike using simple ingredients for dishes such as the rotisserie chicken ($20) over a bitter greens salad with currants, shallot confit, torn bread, and sherry vinegar; the tuna tartine ($16) with watermelon radish, sweet chili oil, pimento, and parsley mayo; and the classic French dip ($18) served on a rustic housemade baguette. Choose from the well-curated wine list of small local producers and the owners’ international favorites. 406 Bell St.,
Los Alamos, 805-344-4609. S . Y . B E LLSR E STAU R AN T.CO M
PHOTOGRAPHS: SKYVIEW LOS ALAMOS, BRUNO STERNBERGER; BELL’S, LIZ BARCLAY
Perched up on a hill overlooking the town is the newly restored boutique hotel SKYVIEW LOS ALAMOS . This formerly vacant 1950s motel was completely gutted before opening in April, but its original roots remain. “We changed everything but the layout of the property,” says managing director Kimberly Walker. “We didn’t want to mess with the original bones of the building.” With a mod/rustic aesthetic, the 34 rooms (including 15 deluxe rooms and two suites) feature hardwood floors, custom-made beds, restored vintage furniture, Moroccan rugs, and private decks with a fire pit and outdoor shower. The five-acre property boasts a working vineyard, the original pool—where locals used to swim for 25 cents—and Norman restaurant serving up wine-country barbecue, herb-infused cocktails, and local vintages. “It’s been a labor of love designing everything ourselves,” says Walker. “Now we are entering the fun part—sharing it with people.” Rates: From $179/night. 9150 US-101, Los Alamos, 805-344-
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Heading South Left to right: Summer nights at the HOLLYWOOD ROOSEVELT ; interiors of the
poolside ROSY OYSTER .
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The Royal Treatment
The historical HOLLYWOOD ROOSEVELT feted its 90th anniversary last year as one of the original L.A. hot spots with a $25 million renovation to its 300 tower and poolside rooms and suites. Now, guests to the famous property—the hotel hosted the ﬁrst Academy Awards celebration in 1929 and since then has lodged the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Shirley Temple, and Prince—can relax in eclectically designed rooms that boast the comﬁest four-poster beds, Spanish-infused decor, and plush leather sofas and ottomans. Grab a bite of farm-to-table eats at Public Kitchen & Bar before a lucky strike in the bowling lanes at the speakeasy-style Spare Room. The next day, linger at the David Hockney-painted pool that’s designated as a Historic-Cultural Monument by the Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission. Rates: From $319/night. 7000
Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, 323-856-1970. G I N A
Every year, it seems, the arrival of warm weather brings an urge for renewal and regeneration, and there’s no place better to satisfy that feeling than a spa. The Miraval Life in Balance Spa at MONARCH BEACH RESORT in Dana Point has responded with a revamped menu of treatments for guests to this Southern California coastal getaway. After all, what’s more appropriate for an Orange County retreat than the Citrus Wrap (from $285), which begins with aromatherapy and body alignment, followed by an ascorbic acid mask and a full-body massage with citric body oil? Beyond that there are more than 70 options for massages, facials, wraps, and holistic and meditation programs that encourage a healthy, mindful lifestyle. Notes a recent resort guest, “The spa treatments were divine and grounding—just what I needed!” The AAA ﬁve-diamond resort itself oﬀers 400 well-appointed accommodations whose palette of cool blues and sea greens reﬂects the Paciﬁc Ocean panoramas visible from the property’s bluﬀs and the challenging linksstyle 18-hole Robert Trent Jones golf course.
Rates: From $395/night. 1 Monarch Beach Resort, Dana Point, 949-234-3900. J O A N T A P P E R M O N AR C H B E A CH RE S O RT.C O M
Views of the Pacific at MONARCH BEACH RESORT .
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Then & Now
If you’ve had a hard time keeping up with the all the changes in downtown Los Angeles, help is at hand. DTLA BOOK 2018 ($38; District 8 Media, district8media .com) is part guidebook, part history, and part proﬁle of some of the fascinating folks who live and work in the trendiest part of L.A. “We completely expanded and redid the listings, the art coverage, the venues,” says editorial director/former Santa Barbara Magazine features editor Degen Pener. “One of my favorite parts is the stories and photos of silent ﬁlm stars shooting downtown, juxtaposed with photographs of the intersections today.” J . T .
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There is no more magnificent route to let your hair down and road trip than Santa Barbaraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Highway 101. Surfer/blogger Eryn Krouse Wagens cruises with Dustie Wagens vintage caravans from Jalama to Rincon
Cruising the poppy trail at JALAMA . Opposite: Jumping off the road to surf at the last stop, FARIA BEACH . With an Instagram following of 108,000 and more than 30,000 YouTube subscribers, ERYN KROUSE has been building a prominent presence on social media since she was 15 years old.
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“Take it easy, take it easy, don’t let the sound of your own wheels drive you crazy. Lighten up while you still can, don’t even try to understand, just find a place to make your stand and take it easy.” The Eagles’s famous lyrics could not be more spot-on— preaching how to live life carefree on the road while moseying toward new places, adventures, and letting
all your troubles go. There is no more magnificent coastline to let your hair down and road trip than California’s—and there is no more idyllic place to start your journey than in Santa Barbara. Bringing a refreshing, free-spirited edge to the social media game, Eryn Krouse—a model, blogger, and lifeguard, among other things—knows how to road trip with
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“We knew from the beginning that we did not want to be a car rental agency. We don’t want to throw keys at you and kick you out. Kick it with us! Trust me, our crew of rad, like-minded surfers we call staff are people you want to spend time with,” says Dustie Wagens co-owner ADAM WOLFENDEN .
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style and ease. Having recently graduated from UC Santa Barbara, Krouse comes from a background of competitive swimming and water polo, which has greatly encouraged her love of all things aquatic—including free diving, surfing, and open-water swimming. Most known for documenting her moments away from home while on trips to the Maldives and Tu-
lum, Mexico, as well as surfing expeditions to some of California’s famed beaches, Krouse has become somewhat of a travel savant. This spring, she teamed up with Dustie Wagens—a new local resource for restored 1970s-era Volkswagen rentals and items of the funky variety—to take a surf trip to Jalama Beach. With a tangerine-colored van lovingly named The Friz, Krouse
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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Growing up training nearly four hours a day in the pool made the water feel natural and comfortable, and it has shaped the way I have developed my personal brand on social media to be centered around a CAREFREE SURFER LIFESTYLE ,â&#x20AC;? says Krouse.
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Clockwise from top left: Pit stop at the famous JALAMA BEACH STORE & GRILL ; freedom on JALAMA ROAD .
Feature - Wagens journeyed up and down the coast in search of the best waves and environs near Jalama Beach, Rincon Point, and Faria Beach. Dustie Wagens vehicles come with quirky names and personalities of their own—Gayle (a 1968 Beetle) is the slow but steady one of the crew and perfect for cruising around town, while Fiona and Harry (a couple of the ’70s Westfalias) are up for any West Coast exploration. In addition, the company also offers custom surfboards and high-end camping gear rentals as well as private surf lessons, craft beer, and wine tours. Their mission to spread positive vibes and promote a more laid-back, slower paced lifestyle, goes hand in hand with Krouse’s easygoing personality—a match made in heaven. “We had our own VW bus (Ellen) that we were using to help alleviate the stresses of the rat race, escape the addiction to technology, and to be able to explore what Mother Nature has to offer,” say co-owners Adam Wolfenden and Melissa Reed. “Then it hit us one day— we were already sleeping in something that can put a smile on peoples’ faces. Stop watching Endless Summer, live it! Pry that phone out of your hands, roll the windows down, and shift through the gears in search of a new adventure.” ●
About being a blogger and content creator: “The best part, hands down, is getting to travel! It’s amazing being able to support myself financially by doing something that doesn’t even feel like work,” says Krouse, CAMPING OUT at Jalama. Opposite: SKATER’S LOOP at RINCON POINT .
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“It’s been an absolute blessing to be able to incorporate our passions of travel, surf, the outdoors, and style with our company. On top of that, we have the opportunity to live and work in one of the greatest places on earth.” —ADAM WOLFENDEN
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Each bus (from $200/day) comes with four Yeti Rambler cups; one Yeti cooler; stainless steel silverware, cookware, and knife set; cast-iron pots and pans; a portable propane stove; a kettle; a French press; and a UE Boom portable speaker and solar charger.
Dustie Wagensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tangerinecolored van THE FRIZ scooting up the hills of the coast in search of adventure. OPPOSITE: Krouse and crew SET UP CAMP at Jalama.
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A blue photograph of Nice hangs in an otherwise WHITE ROOM filled with slipcovered furniture and a jute rug for an EASY-BREEZY, INDOOROUTDOOR LIFESTYLE .
A sun-filled bungalow takes its cues from the original Riviera
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Stepping through the wooden gate of Lyla Clyne’s Upper East Riviera home is about as transporting as it gets. Her slice of Côté Sud in the heart of Santa Barbara is entirely inspired by annual trips to Europe. White stucco walls and olive trees surround the graveled front courtyard where a tiled fountain was modeled after France’s famed La Colombe d’Or hotel. A bamboo shade over an outdoor dining table was handcrafted from visions of Puglia. And the kitchen’s open shelves are always stocked with imported pasta, Pellegrino, and champagne, plus the fixings for crêpes—which she makes every morning for her two daughters who take French lessons after school. While this family could choose anywhere near or far to call home, there’s nowhere else they’d rather be than this petite hideaway. “We live in the sun belt and it doesn’t get any better,” says Lyla, who sells the concept of international living as a realtor for Village Properties and travels frequently for work. “I tried to leave once and I’ll never do it again. This is where I recharge my batteries.” Her husband, Alex, runs Clyne Construction—which builds homes from coast to coast—yet he, too, is content in their less-than-2,000-square-foot, two-bedroom bungalow that they’ve painstakingly transformed together. Initially, the interiors of this 1937 home were very dark with limited windows and shag carpeting that was swiftly removed to expose rustic hardwood floors. Next, they
Top to bottom: Rustic minimalism in the kitchen includes vintage wood furniture from MATE GALLERY and WILLIAM LAMAN along with a Steve McQueen print. Rather than lower cabinets, Lyla opted for a FRENCH COUNTRYSTYLE CURTAIN ; climbing vines frame the doors of the MASTER BEDROOM whose interior Lyla decorates with her collection of vintage LOUIS VUITTON luggage.
“We live in the sun belt and it doesn’t get any better.”
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Lyla unwinding with a glass of MARGERUM ROSÉ by the MEDITERRANEAN COURTYARD ’s fountain that her daughters built.
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Both the kitchen and master bedroom open up to a DINING PATIO . Alex made this feel more like an OUTDOOR ROOM by creating a bamboo and steel shade above the table, inspired by similar ones in Puglia.
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added seven sets of French doors, which are nearly always flung open to let the natural light flood in. Walls were treated with plaster for an Old World look and painted in a flat white paint. In the kitchen, thick marble slab countertops were cut with a raw straight edge around the sink for what Lyla refers to as “rustic minimalism.” Simplicity is at the core of every design decision. The antique iron chandelier that hangs above the farm table uses candles, not electricity. Rather than adding lower cabinets, they hung a white cotton curtain reminiscent of a French country kitchen that conceals the dishwasher, washer and dryer, and dry-goods storage. There isn’t a pantry because the pair prefers to shop local and keep things fresh. The biggest shocker? There’s not one closet in the house. Lyla and Alex have a vintage armoire in their room stacked with old Louis Vuitton luggage. Their girls share a basic room that’s thoughtfully decorated with book-lined shelves, another antique armoire for their clothes, and two twin
beds covered in white Portuguese linens with plenty of clever storage underneath. By decorating and accessorizing with neutrals and texture, the home stays uncluttered, achieving that aesthetic in the spirit of Belgian designer Axel Vervoordt, who Lyla calls “the best of the best.” White cotton drapes and slipcovered furniture contrast with the wood beams and keep the walls free of color or pattern, letting the eye focus on the lush greenery bursting through the doors at every viewpoint. In the evening, white tea lights illuminate the home and Spanish guitar music streams through the Sonos speakers, enhancing the home’s day-to-night magical feel. Every corner is a reminder that good things come in small packages, and with a little creativity, one can make their space a passport to anywhere they want to be. “The Upper East and Riviera have it all—the light, the topography, and the proximity to the ocean,” Lyla says. “It’s one of the most beautiful places in the world.” ●
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The master bed’s 18TH-CENTURY HEADBOARD came from Portugal, while vintage lamps and luxe white linens keep things simple and ELEGANTLY EUROPEAN .
“This is where I recharge my batteries.”
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Top to bottom: A GARAGE-TURNEDOFFICE carries
through the same white and grass-cloth look with a giant RH CLOUD sectional for family movie nights; the Clyne daughters share a bedroom that includes open shelving and beds covered in PORTUGUESE LINENS ,
while FRENCH DOORS open to the courtyard.
The Hammond family’s need for speed stays on track and continues to break boundaries— and 300-mile-per-hour records
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One of SETH HAMMOND â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s CUSTOM-BUILT RACE CARS , now
parked on his office wall. Opposite: Professional stunt driver TEGAN HAMMOND with the family ROCKET CAR in Santa Barbara
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Clockwise from top left: Tanis and Seth Hammond in Seth’s office, a creative space that could be easily confused with an AVIATION AND AUTOMOTIVE HISTORY INSTALLATION ; George Hammond (right) with his first airplane, a 1928 Travel Air biplane; Colin, Channing, and Seth return to the hanger; family memorabilia. Opposite: Bonneville-bound, the Hammond family’s 1,200-HORSEPOWER LAND-SPEED RACER.
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In 1957, when Seth Hammond was just 10 years old, his mom drove him to the junkyard to pick out his first car. The 1933 two-door Chevrolet sedan cost $20. She paid another couple bucks to have it towed to the family home in Montecito, near what is now known as Hammond’s Meadow. There, with some help from his old man—famed aviator George Hammond, whose namesake field served as his runway—Seth got it buffed out and humming smoothly. It was the ride in which he would learn to drive, cruise State Street on weekend nights, and go on the first of many dates with a young woman from the rival high school. Tanis and Seth soon became sweethearts. After graduation, they got hitched, jumped in that Chevy, and cruised the coast highway for a honeymoon in Ventura. Ever since, their life together has been a steady run of adventure. On wheels, they’ve both set automotive land-speed records at Utah’s Bonneville Speedway, driving a turbocharged, 1,200-horsepower rocket-shaped car designed and assembled in their Goleta fabrication shop. On the wing, they’ve flown the family helicopter—a 1997 Bell JetRanger—to Nome, Alaska, to honor a similar airplane trip that
“It’s the most fun you can have in the shortest amount of time,” quips Tanis on becoming the first woman to hit the 300 MPH Club.
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Top to bottom: Tegan gears up for A SPIN IN THE ROCKET CAR ;
the custom engine. Opposite: Tegan and
Seth talk technique in the family’s FABRICATION SHOP .
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Seth took with his dad back ’61. More recently, in the dead of winter, they flew back to Alaska to celebrate their golden wedding anniversary in subfreezing daytime weather. “Best date I’ve ever been on,” Tanis remembers with a smile. Naturally, Tanis and Seth’s thrill-seeking DNA has been replicated in their three grown children. The oldest, Channing, who headed up the design of the speed car, has also breached the 300-mile-per-hour mark at Bonneville Salt Flats. The middle kid, Colin—decidedly not a gearhead like his dad and big brother—is the sort of free-spirited surfer who wrangles heady stoke from cold, mountainous waves patrolled by great white
sharks. And then there’s Tegan. On a recent spring morning, Tegan Hammond appeared in her dad’s office through a secret door disguised as a bookshelf. She took a seat and smiled broadly as her folks debated the finer points of putting in 60-hour workweeks running the family crane business in part to support their longtime land-speed hobby. “It’s the most fun you can have in the shortest amount of time,” quips Tanis, who admits that her first foray behind the wheel in Utah came not only with the perils inherent to becoming the first woman to officially join the 300 MPH Club but also with the added pressure of breaking that male-dominated barrier. It’s a character trait also quite evident in Tegan, who graduated summa cum laude from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and worked in habitat restoration and conservation before returning to Santa Barbara. In 2012, she became the seventh woman to break the 300-mile-per-hour mark. In 2015—in her second time in the seat of a sprint car, racing against an all-male field of veteran drivers—she won the main event at the Santa Maria Raceway. Today, she’s a precision stunt driver who, among many other gigs, has doubled for Heidi Klum. “That was a fun one,” she remembers before reflecting on her genetic predisposition. “Every time I’m doing donuts around a cameraman, I realize that nobody taught me how to do that,” she says. “There’s a calm in me in situations like that and a real spatial and mechanical Continued on page 129
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Tegan (in a Rachel Comey dress from Whistle Club) and Colin and their folks’ BELL JETRANGER HELICOPTER at the Santa Barbara Airport. Opposite: Colin’s daughters Maia and Amoreena take a spin in Tanis’s 1960 AUSTINHEALEY BUGEYE SPRITE .
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Master photographer Firooz Zahedi self-deconstructs
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Pablo Picasso’s maxim, “Learn the rules like a pro so you can break them like an artist” perfectly describes the methodology behind photographer Firooz Zahedi’s recent work. World renowned for his stunning portraits of screen icons like Elizabeth Taylor and Barbra Streisand, Zahedi has been clipping, cutting, dousing, and destroying his own images, breaking the rules of portraiture to create exciting artworks that challenge standard notions of beauty and the nature of photography itself. An exhibition of those works entitled “Firooz Zahedi: That was Then, This is Now” is on view at UC Santa Barbara’s Art, Design & Architecture Museum from July 14 through September 2 (a conversation with the artist is scheduled for August 31). Originally from Iran, Zahedi began as a diplomat in Washington, D.C., only to change course and enroll in the Corcoran School of Art in 1974. A chance meeting with Elizabeth Taylor led to his move to Los Angeles as Taylor’s personal photographer (more on that later) and the start of his career in photography. “I was very good at
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making people look good,” Zahedi says. “It was fun, and I loved movies and I loved movie stars.” (And they loved him for making them look good.) Magazines loved him as well: Vanity Fair, Town & Country, The New Yorker, Tatler, British Vogue, Glamour, Vogue Paris…. And rightly so: “A number of Zahedi’s photographs are deeply embedded in our cultural imaginations,” says Bruce Robertson, director of the AD&A Museum. Zahedi is perhaps best known for his 2011 exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art featuring photographs of Taylor visiting Iran in 1976 and for documenting his 35-year friendship with the actress in his 2016 book, My Elizabeth (Glitterati Incorporated). “She was an amazing woman,” Zahedi has said of Taylor, “not just as an actress and celebrity but as a world figure.” The advent of digital photography prompted a change in Zahedi’s work. “Film is getting forgotten,” he says, “I wanted to pay homage to the film itself.” It started by accident, after Zahedi discovered one of his
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PHOTOGRAPH: PORTRAIT, DARIAN ZAHEDI
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UMA/CATE , 2015, collage, 17 x 19 in.
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MUSCLEMAN , 1987/2015, archival pigment print, 40 x 60 in.
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Clockwise from top: GIANT 1 , 1979/2015, archival pigment print, 40 x 60 in.; GIANT 2 , 1979/2015, archival pigment print, 60 x 40 in.; JACKIE , 1987/2015, archival pigment print, 60 x 40 in.; JACKIE LIFE , 1987/2015, archival pigment print, 60 x 40 in.
editorial images from the 1980s had been water damaged. “I found it looked amazing the way the color took over. This is much more interesting to me, seeing what those chemicals can create outside my control. Digital is all about control.” So he began putting his old negatives in plastic bags with water and chemicals, checking them every few days to see how much disintegration had taken place. “When it would get to a certain point, when the celebrity I photographed was somewhat not recognizable, it became about the film. The film became the star.” Seeing Zahedi’s altered negatives at Craig Krull’s Los Angeles gallery inspired museum director Robertson to display the work at UCSB: “Here’s a photographer who is inside the industry who is now stepping outside and rethinking that work and basically destroying it and putting it back together again in a different way,” says Robertson. “I found that really, really interesting. And beautiful.”
Part of what makes Zahedi’s work so intriguing is the fact he appropriates his own images (“I don’t like to steal from others,” he says), generating a second creation from his first. Another example is a series of work using his Old Hollywood-style portraits of famous actresses overlaid with gutsy lines culled from film noir movies like The Big Heat (“I’ve been rich and I’ve been poor and believe me rich is better”). He’s even cut up his portraits of famous faces and collaged them together, creating a puzzle for his audience to ponder. “It’s all about recycling,” he says. “I don’t like to waste anything.” A part-time resident of Montecito, Zahedi has another book in the works, a massive tome documenting a collection of homes in Los Angeles that he and his wife, Beth Rudin DeWoody (a UCSB alum), found to be architecturally significant, packed with art, or just plain funky. Imagine the recycling possibilities. ●
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HALLE/JODIE , 2015, collage, 17 x 19.5 in.
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awareness. It’s probably from the engineers and artists in the family. It’s been really fun to discover that.” The pioneering achievements of the Hammond women may seem counterintuitive when viewed through the lens of traditional society. Seth has a better perspective. When it comes time to drive very fast across Utah’s ancient lake bed, men are often stubborn and single-minded, he says. “They’re like, ‘Hold my beer and watch this!’ But women have a better mind for it. They have a willingness to learn from others and take direction from the support crew.” That’s not to say it can’t be quite harrowing, says Tanis, not only about her own experiences but those of her kids, explaining that her motherly and grandmotherly instincts flared up when Tegan (her baby) and Colin (a father of two daughters) buckled in for their debut speed runs. “What you say yes to in your safe little garage at home and what you go through at Bonneville are two completely different things,” she says. As for Tegan, who grew up watching shop projects come to life, it all seemed natural. “I thought it was normal for kids to grow up surrounded by tools and grease and old race cars and airplanes hanging from the walls of the garage,” she says. “For me, it’s all been the Hammond version of quality family time.” ● Top to bottom: Maia and Amoreena in the Austin-Healey; an aerial view of HAMMOND’S MEADOW .
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