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THE RISE OF

WOMEN IN BUSINESS Why Women Make Excellent Entrepreneurs

FEATURED AUTHOR JEN SINCERO YO U A R E A B A DASS AT M A K I N G M O N E Y

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content

LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

Jeni Tetamore is a writer,

mother of seven, wife and business woman. She has recently made a conscience decision to seize opportunities, grasp the chance of adventures and appreciate the small things. Her new mantra: “Live in the Moment!”

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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

I realized my passion at the age of 14.

I took notice of this intrinsic passion to merge colors, shapes, textures and patterns to create a welcoming and pleasant space. At that time, I never questioned why, I just knew that I loved doing it. It brought me joy. It was a couple years later I realized that what I wanted to become was called an Interior Designer. After high school, I went to college and was able to attract the perfect job selling furniture at a local fine furniture store. I loved it. I loved the people, the showroom...everything. In 2001, I received my Bachelors in Fine Arts and Interior Design and felt ready to spread my wings, move to a larger city and increase my knowledge in the field of Interior Design. I moved to Denver and nailed my first interview for a Sales Designer position at an upscale furniture store.

The first year was great. But I felt as if I was a bird in a cage. It took me a couple more wearisome years in the shadows of retail sales, feeling as though my life was becoming unimportant and quite mundane. I came home one day and expressed to Eric how I was feeling. Athough he was already aware, I told him I was tired, uninspired and stressed out. That’s when he proposed the idea of me starting my own company. It was exactly what I needed to hear. I always knew I wanted to, but I never felt “ready”. And when those words came out of his mouth, I felt ready. I was excited and admittedly, I was scared. How would I begin? What would I call my company? How would I attract clients? How much would I charge? I had never been in the drivers’ seat before and I was afraid to accelerate. But the most vivid memory of that day in 2006, is how making that choice made me feel. I felt powerful. I was able to choose a different path. A path of indepence. A path where I could decide my own worth. A rewarding, and sometimes risky path, where I was 100% accountable for my actions. My purpose is to create. My purpose is also to light the fire within. I was fortunate to know what lit me up at 14. I just didn’t understand when the spark would ignite and how the fire would burn. What passion is burning inside of you? I hope my story and this poem entitled, “The Fire Inside You” by Nikita Gill inspires you.

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THE GOLD MIND

THE

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my head. I had somehow decided

GOLD MIND

implications! How do we determine our own value? Just because someone fails to see your value, does not mean you’re valueless.

with Lauren Goldstein

It was not long ago that I

that I simply could not be happy if I wasn’t successful. It was simple thought, but destructive beyond measure. The most detrimental part was that for me, success and value was always one step ahead of

looked to everything outside

me. I was never satisfied when I

of myself to assign my own

reached my goals. If I doubled my business, I now wanted to

value. What was my stock

10x my business. If I got 4 new

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a perfect website, it needed just a

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just a drop of the sweet

Now that I am on the sought. Someone recently shared

other side of this crazy roller

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amount of time around, so make

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Invest in yourself. We often give

I used to think that value was

First and foremost repeat after

and give until there is nothing,

based on successes, building

me: I have value. I am worthy.

not even a drop left for us. In my

empires, big bank accounts, and

I am perfect just being me.

book, this simply isn’t acceptable.

nice things. While I appreciate

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The truth

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is, if you are

down, bumped our little heads on

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your happiness, mental health,

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mentioned, entrepreneurship is

and values first and I promise

that seems the hardest to pinpoint

a roller coaster, and you need

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these days is what exactly defines

someone to make sure you are

will follow suit or fall away.

our value. I think the reason this

securely fastened for the ride. My

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mentors and coaches have been

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the tribe that gets you, accepts

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Jen Sincero is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, success coach and motivational cattle prod who’s helped countless people transform their personal and professional lives via her products, speaking engagements, newsletters, seminars and books. Her #1 New York Times bestseller, You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life (2013), has sold well over a million copies, is available in twenty-plus languages, and continues to grow in popularity around the globe. Her follow-up, You Are a Badass at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth (2017), also a New York Times bestseller, is written with the same inimitable sass, down-to-earth humor and blunt practicality that made You Are a Badass an indomitable bestseller and Jen a celebrated voice in the world of self development.

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WOMEN IN BUSINESS Article written by Jeni Tetamore

There is a myth, almost an urban legend, which would have us believe that women-in-business is relatively new, and that women are not known throughout the course of history to have been business owners, entrepreneurs, or industrialists. In the following pages, we’ll see why that’s wrong.

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1739 Eliza Lucas Pinckney • America’s first important Agriculturalist • Introduced blue indigo dye to North America s with many small businesses, they often begin at home. Indulge me, if you will, this passage from one of our oldest known documents, the Old Testament. Many

assume this passage to be about the perfect wife, but upon closer examination, we are looking at a woman who is running her own business, successfully, and her husband and family are grateful for it. She finds wool and flax and busily spins it. […] She goes out to inspect a field and buys it; with her earnings she plants a vineyard. […] She makes belted linen garments and sashes to sell to the merchants. This is a woman who thrived in home industry, put others to work for her, and the proverb tells us she became quite wealthy in the process. The most interesting fact, the Book of Proverbs was written by King Solomon somewhere around 970 to 930 BCE. So why is it only now, more than three thousand

7.1 million people and generating $1.1 trillion in

years later that women are beginning to be

sales according to the Center for Women’s Business

taken seriously has CEOs, business innovators,

Research.” And America has a long history, even

and entrepreneurs? Especially when women are

before we became an independent country, of strong

responsible for so much of American business? At

female business leaders. Nor did they shy away from

present “about 7.7 million firms are majority-owned

industries traditionally considered “men’s work.”

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“I got my start by giving myself a start.”

1905 Madam C.J. Walker Those are the women who have gone before us,

through Central America and the Caribbean and

women like Madam C.J. Walker in 1905, whose

by 1917 held one of the first national meetings

parents were former slaves and was orphaned at

of businesswomen in Philadelphia. She was

age 7, who created Madam Walker’s Wonderful

followed by likes of Elizabeth Arden, Coco Chanel,

Hair Grower. She personally suffered from a scalp

Olivia Ann Beech who co-founded Beech Aircraft

ailment that caused her to lose most of her hair,

Corporation, Estée Lauder, Brownie Wise (who was

so she felt her customer’s struggle keenly. Yet, this

integral to Tupperware’s home party plan success),

woman, with all odds stacked against her, expanded

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Dame Anita Roddick (founder of

CEOs in the 63-year history of

The Body Shop), Mrs. (Debbie)

the Fortune 500.” And these

Fields, and Oprah Winfrey

are not all women in what might

(likely the wealthiest woman in

be considered “female forward”

the world). When we look at

companies. General Motors,

this list, it’s like the Hollywood

IBM, PepsiCo, Lockheed Martin,

Walk of Fame for Women of

Oracle, Synchrony Financial, and

Industry spanning more than 270

Occidental Petroleum, to name a

years. They beat gender, race,

few, are all headed by women.

age, industry, and stereotypes to

Admittedly, there is something

become not only who they wanted

different – a different mindset, a

to be, but women who provided

different path, a different method

for other families, who paved the

– when someone chooses to

way for those of us who would

climb the corporate ladder versus

come later.

starting his or her own. And there is science to support it:

And yet, there is still this perception that there weren’t

According to a 2013 Swiss-German

women in the marketplace, a

study, the difference lies in disposition:

glass ceiling of inequality. Call it

While an employee is a specialist, an

what you will, but there is a sense

entrepreneur is a jack-of-all-trades.

among our population in the here

“Entrepreneurs differ from employees

and now that women somehow

in that they must be sufficiently well

lack opportunity. Admittedly,

versed in a whole set of entrepreneurial

there are fewer women CEOs

skills,” write Uschi Backes-Gellner of

of Fortune 500 companies than

the University of Zurick in Switzerland

there are men, but the numbers

and Petra Moog of the University of

are growing. “As of 2017, there

Siegen in Germany. On the other hand,

are 32 female CEOs on the list,

they say employees are “specialists who

meaning that 6.4% of the U.S’s

work for others and whose talents are

biggest companies (by revenue)

combined with those of other specialists

are run by women. This is the

(employees) by the entrepreneurs.”

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It’s clear, regardless of gender, that if you are thinking of starting a business, then you need to be prepared to multi-task, have your finger on a wide variety of skills, and work well under pressure. There are also a variety of studies demonstrating that this is where women thrive, explaining why 51% of our current start-ups have women as the head or a majority investor as we revealed earlier. If you think you might be the next big thing in the Rise of Women in Business, think about these five things: 1. Women are better at taking calculated risks 2. Women are less prone to over-confidence 3. Women are more ambitious 4. Women are more likely to take the long-term view 5. Women succeed despite facing more barriers than their male counterparts And, yet, the perception holds, that women can’t or won’t enter into business. It’s time to put that falsity to rest once and for all. Madam C.J. Walker was an orphaned African-American woman, the daughter of former slaves, and going bald. It’s likely no one expected much of her as 36  VENTRE

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1766 Mary Katherine Goddard

• First woman publisher in the America • Printed first copy of the Declaration of Independence that included all the signers


1875

Lydia Estes Pinkham • Herbal home remedies turned into products toward educating women on health issues • Her product labels still available even though her company was bought out in the late 1960’s

she grew into adulthood. She expected more from

of World War I and was a pioneer for African-

herself. No one gave her opportunities; she sought

American hair-care, cosmetics, and community

them, worked for them, in a time when her gender

as a whole above and beyond being the kind of

and skin color worked against her at every turn.

businesswoman to whom we may all aspire.

She built an international company before the onset

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A NEW TWIST ON AN AMERICAN CLASSIC At Nineteen27 S’mores, we believe in putting a lot of love into our creations. That means using ingredients from local purveyors and making everything from scratch- Grahams, Marshmallows, and Sauces!

No opportunity to create the best possible dessert is left behind.

We offer a variety of flavors for you to choose from and in addition, a few other dessert options. Our goal is to serve you a gourmet S’more like you’ve never had before, starting from the experience of roasting your S’more right in front of you, to the taste of the treat itself. See our blog for current pop up locations where you can grab one of our s’mores roasted on demand or check out our online shop to have a box shipped to your doorstep.

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I grew up in the Pacific Northwest. A place where campsites and hiking trails abound. So my family did what many other PNW families did come Summer - cram the station wagon full of tents, sleeping bags, coolers and all the goods for making the perfect s’more, and headed to the wilderness. S’mores are part of my childhood, and more specifically, part of my most cherished memories.

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THINX can be worn in addition to tampons or pads; and yes, even as an alternative! THINX is also working towards a greater goal. They have partnered with AFRIpads in Uganda, which trains women to work for themselves making and selling reusable pads. Each pair of underwear you purchase helps to fund this cause. This cause in turn give girls access to protection during their cycle to help prevent them from missing school. According to the article, Women can Bleed Green on alternet.org, a woman throws away 250 to 300 pounds of feminine hygiene products in her lifetime. In addition the Ocean Conservancy found that tampon applicators made up 2.2% of debris on U.S. coastlines.

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THE INSIDE JOB

ANALYZING A

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Bringing on a business partner might be the best strategic move for you. It could also be your downfall. When considering a partner, we are quick to take factors into consideration such as personal assets and ability to do a job. What often isn’t taken into consideration is personality. Personality can be the most crucial aspect a partner brings to the table. Are they effective communicators? How strong is there work ethic? How do they respond to adversity? What do they hope to accomplish through the business partnership? These are often the unasked questions that can come back to haunt us.

I’m sure you’ve heard the expression, “the left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing.” Because both hands belong to the same body, you can see why this is problematic. Effective communication is key to any good partnership. Effective communications takes away a lot of the guesswork. A partnership can be great because you don’t have to do everything; however, you should still be in the loop. The benefit of having a partner is about more than sharing the workload. Communicating

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effectively with your partner allows you to get feedback and prevent oversight. Examine how well your potential partner communicates. When things get tough, and they usually do, will your partner throw in the towel or roll up his or her sleeves. This is good to know because you may find yourself wanting to move forward while your partner wants out. You may be willing to move forward alone, but you may not possess the critical skill or talent that your partner brings to the table. Assessing your partner’s level of perseverance may be difficult, because some things you simply don’t know until you’re in the situation. The only thing you can do up front is ask him or her about situations of adversity that they’ve had to deal with and examine how they responded. Past behavior is often a precursor to future performance. Does your partner want to build up and cash out as soon as possible? Is it a work of heart (meaning they are in it for the long haul)? Understanding this aspect is important because you may not be in a position to

buy your partner out and they may turn to an outside buyer. If an outside buyer or investor purchases his or her percentage of ownership, you’re now in a partnership with someone with whom you may not want to work. You might be stuck with them unless you sell also. Some entrepreneurs begin with an unrealistic ideal about what a startup is like. Many think that their skill alone will be enough. Truth be told, it often isn’t. You can be the best at what you do, but you’d better be ready to put in the work and learn things you’d never considered, such as marketing, accounting, etc. In the beginning stages, you’re often doing almost, if not everything for you business. This stage of development will often require far more than the typical eight-hour workday. To top it off, you won’t get paid overtime and consider yourself blessed if you make enough to get a paycheck at all. As a mentor of mine once said, “The good thing about being a business owner is that you only have to work half days and you get to decide which 12 hours that will be.” It’s important that your partner understands this factor. If


“This is good to know because you may find yourself wanting to move forward while your partner wants out.”

they come in thinking they’ll have more free time to play golf, both of you may be headed towards disappointment. Who’s doing what? This is usually covered in an operating agreement. Can the potential partner respect your position, which could very well be their boss? Do you plan to give them free reign or do you plan to oversee every process. Trust me on this; I can tell you from experience this isn’t overthinking. Even if you’re in a 50/50 partnership, boundaries will have to be set.

Don’t allow these questions to stop you from seeking a business partner. They can be very instrumental in helping you reach your goal. The purpose of this writing is intended to protect you from getting into a relationship with someone who could possibly be more of a hindrance than a helper. There is no way to predict the future. People tend to change over time. However, doing a little analysis ahead of time can help to avoid costly pitfalls.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t add this final portion. Establish a rescission period. A rescission period allows you time to examine the potential partner. You can establish a rescission period for three months, six months, a year or more if it seems appropriate. The purpose of this time is to determine if you can work well with this person before making it permanent.

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Fashionliner is a chic mobile boutique that carries unique fashions, accessories and gift items. Inside you will feel like your in a stylish, but inviting chic boutique complete with a private dressing room and personalized service. Keep updated on weekly new arrivals,events and private events that the Fashionliner will be at. Come and experience the new way to showcase fashion. Book Evey K as your guest of honor at private parties,corporate events or for a private appointment. See where the Fashionliner is today!

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making an affordable, healthy choice. Inspired by the need for botanical, eco-friendly remedies in the cosmetic market, Bio Creative Labs was founded 14 years ago to bring the public safe, high-performance products. The advanced formulas of the Petal Fresh line originated from trusted Nature’s Gate specialists with sustainability in mind. In 2005, Bio

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LEAN PURSE

WOMEN & MONEY

the GOOD, the BAD and the UGLY with Kristen Judd

There is a bit of a crisis going on for women and money. Don’t allow the title doesn’t scare you off. If you are a woman, have women in your life or you like women, this is written for you. THE GOOD: • By 2028, women are expected to out-earn men • Women control $20 trillion in spending and $14 trillion in personal wealth • Women represent 47% of the general workforce • More women have Bachelor’s degrees than men • Women start businesses at a rate of 1.5 times more than men • There are nine million women-owned companies in the US With all of the great things happening for women, why are we not seeing the shift? It could possibly take a generation or two to really see this wave of change. Right now, we’re seeing huge problems when it comes to women and money.

We have some hills to climb. Whether these situations are completely out of our control or we make the choice to stay home, it leaves us in a bit of a pickle, especially when life shows up. We know it by names like job loss, divorce, serious illness or death of a spouse. 66 percent of women ages 40 to 79 have to deal with a major financial crisis of this sort. Planning: We have to be leaders in our household when it comes to being prepared financially. As expressed above, we are making more money than ever, starting more businesses than ever and 80% of us are in charge of making the primary financial decisions in the household. 80 – 90% of us will bear sole financial responsibility for the household at some point in our lives, whether it is from divorce or death.

THE BAD: • Women are generally outlive men by roughly 8 years • The average age of widowhood is 55 years old • Women are more likely to be single parents • Women often earn less than $638.00 per week vs $798.00 per week for men • The average women spends 15% of her working years outside of the workforce caring for children or elderly parents vs. 1.6% for men

THE UGLY: Financial services have primarily been a male dominated industry, men who talked to men. They speak male and well, we usually don’t. As the old saying goes, “Men are from Mars and Women are from Venus.” Quite honestly, based on the issues outlined in the bad section, our financial needs are very different than that of men. They often can’t relate. There’s no wonder women have not felt comfortable talking to a financial representative.

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“ YOU ARE GOING

THE SOLUTION: You are going to have to take matters into your own hands, the same way you learned to raise your child or to start your business. 1. Educate yourself ! Find something that feels good to you. There are a lot of books, classes, meet-ups and money mastermind groups out there that are geared specifically towards helping women. 2. Create a list of financial goals you want to work towards. 3. Create a plan and implement it! Find someone to help you create a plan and help you stay on track. 4. Know that you are likely going to make adjustments along the way. Remember this is your future, and you now have choices. You can either deal with the situation as it comes up, with little to no choices or you can make plans now, so that you have many options in the future. Please feel free to reach out to me for resources or any questions you may have. Enjoy the journey.

TO HAVE TO TAKE MATTERS INTO YOUR OWN HANDS, THE SAME WAY YOU LEARNED TO RAISE YOUR CHILD OR TO START YOUR BUSINESS.” Kristen Judd CEO/Money Secrets (303) 944-6195

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WANDERLUST

noun; a strong desire to travel

WANDERLUST A West Side Story By Sam Russell

CHAPTER 1:

PASADENA One trip to the west is never enough to discover all this landscape has to offer. From Vegas and Los Angeles to a pit stop in San Diego; it’s high tide we expose a few hidden gems to tempt your inner globetrotter.

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When it comes to authentic lodging, we tend to gravitate toward places that have impeccable track records. Nestled on twenty-three luscious acres between luxe landscaping, the San Gabriel Mountains and the serene upscale enclave of Pasadena is your next romantic “bucket list” get-away—The Langham Huntington, Pasadena. Good manners and gracious hospitality take center stage at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena. Over-the-top service is not a thing of the past at this five-star resort. Consider yourself off limits to all other hotels and resorts, as they don’t hold a candle to The Langham Huntington, Pasadena. You are about to fall in love...

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avishly appointed rooms, suites and cottages are complimented by a full service spa, lush gardens, fitness center, tennis courts, and conference center. And with so many delectable dining options available,

you’ll be perfectly content and want for naught. Trust us when we say your dreams will be realized!

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he Langham Huntington, Pasadena offers many dining options to suit even the most finicky palate. Make a reservation at the swanky Royce Steakhouse for the choicest cuts of beef prepared over a wood-fired grill; ask for a table at the Terrace for casual dining and a bistro style menu; stroll through the Tap Room for a reminiscent experience of the Prohibition era and indulge in handmade cocktails, artisanal wines, and craft beers on tap; enjoy Afternoon Tea with Wedgwood—a signature offering at The Langham, Pasadena—to experience classic British heritage with savory sandwiches, fresh scones, pastries, and hand-selected teas. Want the most bang for your buck? Join the Langham Supper Club to receive discounted rates on wining and dining, hotel stays, and more.


ROYCE STEAKHOUSE Psst!! Here’s a VENTRE hint: Book a room on the Langham Club floors and have full access to the Club Lounge! This little slice of heaven affords club floor guests with private dining and personal concierge service. A full hot and cold breakfast menu, all-day refreshments, afternoon tea and scones, heavy Hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, cordials and afterdinner sweets are available from 6:30 am to 9:00 pm. Oh my! Visit the website for all hours, menus and prices. Good manners and warms smiles are in great supply at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena.

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• CHUAN Spa (see Ventre Q3 Issue page 72-75) • Heated Saline Swimming Pool • Yoga, Tai Chi and Pilates Classes Available on-site • A host of entertainment, shopping and eateries in downtown Pasadena • Driving distance to Beverly Hills, Downtown LA, and quirky neighborhoods like Los Feliz and Silverlake

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he meaning of true luxury is worth exploring, and we found it at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena. Our love affair with 5-star luxury started somewhere between entering our room and receiving warm, pressed towels later that night when a second bath was the key to realigning our chakras. Abandon your travel-sized toiletries for modern amenities and bath products provided by Chuan Spa. Full Italian marble bathrooms and a deep tub create a quiet haven from neighboring guests and

your restless other half who’s blaring the wide screen TV too loud. We guessed the bedding was a Blissful Bed, just moments after delving in and being engulfed in plush, soft bed linens. Niche luxury is at every turn at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena. You can finally put your neurotic tendencies on a shelf and let the staff of The Langham Huntington, Pasadena be your therapist. It’s a pretty safe bet that after a stay at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena, you won’t be needing your doctor for a while.

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WANDERLUST

TERRAZZA LOUNGE 1910 Ocean Way | Santa Monica, CA 90405 | 310.581.5533 hotelcasadelmar.com/dining/terrazza-lounge

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n Santa Monica, the tide tells the time. Somewhere between sun up and sun down, travel connoisseurs and savvy locals catch some major R & R at Terrazza Lounge inside the Hotel Casa del Mar. Open for breakfast, lunch and small bites in the evening, everything is uncomplicated the closer you get to this way of living. Think Mediterranean resort vibrations with beach club Rivera decor minus the blue blood attitude. It’s Santa Monica after all, so everyone’s on their best behavior to win you over. Our pursuit to ferret out cool and “in the know places” brought us to the doorstep of Hotel Casa del Mar, just a crab cake’s throw from the beach. This crab cake is much more delectable than the one you make at home, so do savor it more responsibly. With a sleight of hand, the culinary team here served up a Lobster Club with lemon aioli and Steak Cobb Salad that made two lifelong fans. As the Croque Monsieur, various pizzas and the like passed our table, future returns to this little slice of heaven became inevitable. Yellowtail and Steamed Maine Mussels as a starter made it near impossible to delve into the desserts. Total rookie mistake. The epitome of beach leisure and everything serene in Santa Monica is at the heart of Hotel Casa del Mar. All recollections of the workplace and your annoying ex become sea washed memories with the warm buzz of a Tequila Honeysuckle. Ask your server for more details on that savory cocktail. *** Wednesday Nights at Terrazza Lounge starting October 5th: Chef Gemma Gray will seduce hotel guests and tempt locals with wine pairings and various tapas delights. No desperate spin needed to get you in. VENTREMAGAZINE.COM

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Pasadena

get the look Whether in town for a wedding , production deal or some much needed vacation time, Ventre has laid

the road map for where to stay and how to recharge. But how do you get the look? The girl boss has too much savings tied up in smart places to blow her monthly budget on trendy highend fashions worn once and never seen again. Creative sparks are flying at Tahari ASL season after season. Think dresses for every occasion, women’s suits for day and separates that change up from job interview to happy hour without that extra trip back home Tahari ASL is consistent sizing and quality craftsmanship wrapped in prices that won’t hurt your reason for living . The sale page on the website is the obvious place to start, just don’t miss out on any of those fab ruched sheath dresses priced to come home with you now. Your journey to success finally has a co-pilot. tahariasl.com

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CHAPTER 2:

LOS ANGELES

THE ELAN HOTEL | A Greystone Hotel 8435 Beverly Blvd. | Los Angeles, CA 90048 | elanhotel.com | 323-658-6663

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o charm an out-of-towner with lodging options is simple: say location, location, location and they’ll come running from their hometowns. Guests in town always want to see the latest shenanigans, reality TV eateries like Sur and The Abbey, and Vegan hot spots like Real Food

Daily, all of which is in walking distance of the irresistible Beverly Centre, less

than a block away. Elan Hotel landed in a prime locale and the picky reviewers on Yelp have chimed in with praise.

The hunt for a no-fuss, no-attitude hotel in the Hollywood landscape is no easy task, so take note. Elan Hotel is easier on that out-of-town wallet; especially compared to what the other boutique properties are asking just a few miles away. Chatting up a lovely couple over continental breakfast, Ventre also learned that it’s much easier to hear your favorite band on the Sunset Strip by spending the night at Elan Hotel before driving back to the Valley. And neighboring just half a mile from Cedars Sinai Medical Center also brings much needed leisure to those who must remain close by as a necessity. Elan Hotel is all about the location, we get it. But something else special is also brewing inside. Curious to get that twinkle back in my eye after a cross country jaunt, it became my turn to get bit by this local enigma. VENTREMAGAZINE.COM

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rom the outside Elan Hotel looks more like an art gallery. The impressive lobby is spacious and open, giving it that quintessential west coast vibe. After unpacking it was the obvious choice for lounging. The decor spoke in soft neutral tones and the germaphobe in me took comfort at every turn.

The venue is diverse and intriguing. The wine and cheese affair might have been a factor in my divergence from much needed nocturnal plans. An outdoor patio hosted a nurse from the hospital nearby and eager audience members to “The Price is Right” from the CBS lot. It felt like Lady Luck had tapped us all. Valet is mandatory at Elan Hotel, but guests who pop by briefly to pick you up can easily park at the meters outside (but read those street signs!).

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here is no matter of concern when time for closing those eyes at the Elan Hotel. The neighborhood is uber quiet and the boulevard that bustled in the daytime takes a break. The goose feather bedding and pillows wrap around you much firmer than that last hotel. Chocolates on the pillow was a nice touch and the luxurious bath robes became the final caress needed to make my tense shoulders drop. The private patio on the second floor was unexpected. The life of Riley was all consuming and Elan Hotel was to blame for this weekend of living easy. By definition, Elan takes its name from energy, style and enthusiasm. Did Ventre just crack the code to what makes Elan Hotel work? It’s everything you payed for on the last trip but didn’t get in that swank New York or Vegas hotel. Elan Hotel delivered ten-fold.

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PERKS

• In room safe • Flat Screen TV • Tesla Charging Station • Min-fridge • Free Wifi • Candy Jar Provided • Personal Robe, Slippers • Junior Suite available!


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11677 San Vicente Blvd #200 Los Angeles, CA 90049 • 310.954.9495 www.bottlefish.com

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ame your fickle nature west of the 405 with Ventre’s latest find: Bottlefish restaurant. Muscling in on the territory of Brentwood Gardens with raw bar bites, elevated seafood fare and craft cocktails is a brunch/lunch/dinner find that should be on your radar when in Los Angeles. Bottlefish offers a culinary experience beyond words in a refined setting with a comfortable and familiar vibe. This little oasis on San Vicente Boulevard is the product of restaurant innovators Rick Rosenfield and Larry Flax, best known as the founders of California Pizza Kitchen. It’s the go-to spot for a nosh or lounging in a swanky indoor/outdoor settings. Remember, presentation is everything. And presentation is so on point at Bottlefish you may not want to disturb it. But please do.

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Devour every bite of their signature lobster toast. Seriously . . . a mound of lobster, avocado mousse, and lemon-chili dressing on toasted country bread. The crab cake with creole mustard had my partner oohing and aahing. The presentation was Oscar worthy. There were a 1,000 details that all came together in perfect harmony to make these dishes unforgettable. The savory Buttermilk fried chicken sandwich with spicy kale slaw hit every note on my palate and left little room for trying on pants at Ron Herman next door. Bottlefish has cracked the code in manipulating your schedule. The setting is calm and earnestly serene, the climatecontrolled patio makes it quite alluring to stay for dessert and that afternoon Happy Hour with gal pals may have found a new home.

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lifeline, she may call it. Finally, a break from the men in her life and a common place where father and son can agree-dressing upscale casual cool at the workplace is in now. Just a stone’s throw from your hotel is the luxurious Beverly Center. Squeezed somewhere between a sea of options on the 6th floor is a Ventre find worth your time: Gallini Men’s Boutique. Think old school boutique shopping before the Internet came along. No website to Google for this haberdashery because the team here wants to personally know you, tailor to you and send you home with something special. That love for detail often gets lost online. A door has been opened into the past and the future. A plethora of colorful workplace-to-Happy Hour fashions are available alongside dinner jackets, dress GALLINI MEN’S CLOTHING • 8500 Beverly Blvd/Beverly Center Level 6 | Los Angeles, CA 90048 310.277.8677 • By Appointment and Walk-ins Welcome

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CHAPTER 3:

LAS VEGAS - THE STRIP

Twenty-one+ & Nocturnal, You are Cleared for Landing

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he stress of your day job doesn’t translate in these parts.

Keep Planet Hollywood on your radar when booking that highly anticipated Vegas get-away. With sweeping views of the Strip and desert mountains all around, this location is more than ideal for those seeking what the sexy side of Vegas has to offer. It’s far from safe and predictable here, the visual stimuli and people watching is over the top.

Everyone in Vegas loves to flaunt their space, and Planet Hollywood is no exception to that rule. Generously sized suites accented with modern furnishings recently acquired edgier artwork at every turn. New bathroom fixtures and soft, inviting colors bring you that much closer to the celebrity lifestyle and Planet Hollywood experience.

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lanet Hollywood re-emerged from the summer months (not that the party ever stopped) with an updated and polished $100 million

dollar Hollywood look. Enter into Planet Hollywood and the electricity of the Vegas Strip and the possibilities of big winnings sweep over you like a tidal wave. Spacious hallways with bold color schemes will escort you and your luggage to a cool space worthy

of vacation memories. Each suite holds a different personality and calls you by name. Listen, choosing a room to fit your budget is a lame approach when coming to Vegas. Upgrade already! You worked hard all year for this trip, so make it count.

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he bags under your eyes don’t lie. We didn’t come to Vegas to sleep, we came to see it all. Planet Hollywood lies at the heartbeat of Vegas entertainment and plays host to headliners Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez, Gordie Brown, and The Backstreet Boys, to name a few. After all, who’s here to watch TV in the room all night? To what degree can we keep this party going we asked ourselves. Answer: step outside your suite and the possibilities are endless. Between a swanky soaking tub wrapped in marble and large cityscape murals masked as closets, Planet Hollywood doesn’t require you to go far for adventure. Day two: After a combo of gambling downstairs, kissing strangers at 2 am and a belly full of Gordon Ramsay burgers, we may have overshot it just a bit. A nap in between parties is paramount and an attentive staff ensures your suite is properly appointed for just that purpose, Ventre can give you that. The bedding says come hither and the do not disturb sign was observed by all. Your designer wallet may be lighter after a few days in Vegas, but the memories will be quite full. 84  VENTRE

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PERKS

• Location, location, location! The heart of The Strip, Connected to The Miracle Mile Shops and across the street from The Cosmopolitan, Bellagio and Caesars Palace. • Spa by Mandara onsite • Variety of eateries including Pinks Hot Dogs, Koi, P.F. Chang’s,Gordon Ramsay Burgers and more! • 88,000 Square feet of flexible meeting space. Can hold up to 4,400 people. Planet Hollywood does have a business side! **Planet Hollywood Tailgate Package** • Make your next Football Tailgate party one to remember. Stay in a Panorama or Ultra Apex suite with views of the Las Vegas Strip. Plus, your choice of three tailgate packages for you and your friends, including buckets of beer, buffalo wings, onion rings, french fries, pizzas and more. Visit website for more details.

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food SPOTTING IN VEGAS You can’t be a prude

when coming to Vegas. A spirited tour of the various buffets take a certain enthusiasm for food and your trainer back home doesn’t want to discuss it. But trust us at Ventre, even your health professionals let their hair down when they come to these parts. Make time to feast on an array of dining options that each resort has to offer. Where do we begin?

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Everything wickedly wonderful awaits you at The Wicked Spoon. The space is contemporary and fun, yet extremely laid back and friendly. Early dinner food spotters will find temptations including the uber famous angry mac and cheese, flavorful pork tacos, sumptuous meat carving stations, jumbo shrimp, sushi and so much more. The visuals are overwhelming. Pace yourself. The indulgent cuisines are quite varied and don’t stop there. Indian fare, fried chicken, crab legs, fanciful desserts and so much more deserve another trip back. Ventre tip: The brunch buffet gets rave reviews from my friends and other Vegas fans like no other. We’ll definitely be back for that adventure.

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food SPOTTING IN VEGAS People want a show when they come to town and The Wynn Resort translates that with a cornucopia of options. Street tacos made to order, bottomless mimosas, a rotating gelato display, and signature dishes like the Frank Sinatra family recipe for spaghetti and meatballs. My personal favorite: Guinness braised short ribs. Yum! The Wynn hits every note on your palate with a cultural mix of chefprepared food made with passion. The Buffet at The Wynn 3131 South Las Vegas Blvd. 702-770-3340

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Carnival World & Seafood Buffet | The Rio All Suites and Casino 3700 W. Flamingo Road | 702-777-7757

Photographer: Barbara Kraft

Whether it’s family night or a break from the local convention, Carnival World and Seafood Buffet inside The Rio would love to have you . With two tons of seafood shipped in daily--lobster, mussels, oysters, catfish, salmon, and tuna to name a modest few--this popular seafood buffet has earned a moniker as a staple in the neighborhood.

Think of this buffet as a culinary road map. Mexican, Indian, and Asian delights all align to tempt your empty plate. Over 300 dishes to be exact. You kinda had us at Lobster. None of the above information will fall into the hands of your personal trainer, we promise.

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n Vegas, lunch is a verb.

Self control has expired by the time you get through this menu of pub bites, dipped chocolates, cakes and elaborate cocktails served in giant goblets. Instagramworthy moments are about to be made and a car service will definitely be needed to cart you back to the hotel. The crazy cool decor takes its cues from the glam of Vegas with bold striped chairs and chandeliers everywhere. The menu takes a good 20 minutes to navigate, so give yourself some time. Whether in the mood for savory crepes, red velvet pancakes, pizza or a turkey burger, this theatrical menu holds the key to satisfying your deep hunger for a hearty meal. Grass-fed Angus beef burgers topped with mac and cheese and smoked applewood bacon on a brioche bun made these two cranky travelers friendly bedfellows again. A return for ladies night on the upper level of the chocolate lounge has a unique banshee call unto itself.

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SUGAR FACTORY AMERICAN BRASSERIE • FASHION SHOW FLAGSHIP 3200 S. Las Vegas #1240 | 702.685.0483 sugarfactory.com/fashion-show

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MISSION RECOVER All the good times must come to a standstill at some point. Vegas is a sea of options for true, stellar spa experiences in grand settings. After a savvy search, we found a few spa prerogatives that should be

on your radar for your next Vegas excursion. We at VENTRE believe that you need an experience with some heart and soul behind it. The hunt to get your mind, body and soul realigned in Vegas has a co-pilot! Canyon Ranch Spa is one of those “pinch me “ moments. 134,000 square feet and a labyrinth of sedative colors and silence transport you to another place. While a plethora of spa treatments and salon services may attract many, the unique Crystal Steam Room, the multi-sensory experience of the Wave Room, and the classic (immaculate clean) dry heat sauna should attract the rest. A large, well designed co-ed conservatory is the middle ground for the male and female guests. Ventre tip: The space is massive-so arrive an hour early to your appointment--and while lying about on the heated chairs next to the churning whirlpool, think of the face of your unhappy ex or boss. We will await your thank you letter later.

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Spa at The LINQ | 6th floor of The LINQ 3535 S. Las Vegas BLVD | 702-7943242

Lost my train of thought somewhere between the Blood Orange Body Polish-Massage combo and the peppermint towels provided after the “By My Side” couples room package. The Spa at The LINQ is ideal for any local or non-local looking to turn their attitude around. Connect your own music to the sound system within your treatment room; the customer service experience is off the charts here. Experience the Salt Therapy Cave, fitness center or just pop in for a beard trim at the salon before the big show. A little bird told me about this special place. Lucky for you, no one at VENTRE can keep a secret. VENTREMAGAZINE.COM

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There is a certain glamour that kicks in after your spa appointment at The Golden Nugget in downtown Vegas. The spacious atrium of the spa and salon lift your senses as the romantic candles set the stage for serenity now, but nothing can compare to a savvy cocktail alongside sharks in a tank. You can find services for HIM and services for HER at Spa inside The Golden Nugget. Tucked away on the 4th floor of the casino (which feels like miles away from all the hustle and bustle of Fremont Street next door), is a classy, elegant and intimate spa existence. Facials, bikini wax, partial highlights--it’s a full-service experience. A medley of spa services had me explaining the facial charges to my corporate account the following week. “Hope doesn’t work on wrinkles,” I tried to explain. The Spa at The Golden Nugget can make you do and say some of the strangest things. Visit vegas.com/spas for web links and a complete list of Vegas attractions! Spa at The Golden Nugget 4th floor * Spa Tower 129 Fremont Street | 702-386-8186 94  VENTRE

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verburdened with greatness? Then you must have packed accordingly with a find or two from Elinoir. Think Desperately Seeking Susan starring Madonna or the kids of a well-to-do hippy driving a Mercedes in Austin, Texas. Tons of cool visuals comes to mind when we pick apart why we’re so over the moon at Ventre with Elinoir and all its appeal.

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GET THE LOOK Wearing Elinoir in Vegas is everything. So dress your boyfriend in a kilt and own this town or dress him down and be the tempest in a teapot. Vegas is alive with inspiration and your wardrobe should take cues from the glam. Everyone has a before and after in them. Elinoir.com

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noun; a strong desire to travel

WANDERLUST By Teresa Lipsey

Photographer: Kan Khampanya | La Jolla Cove Beach, San Diego

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CHAPTER 4:

ROAD TRIP TO CALI

Make no mistake, the oceanfront is the ideal destination for a family vacation. In this issue, we share with you where we stayed during our journey to the white sandy beaches of San Diego and on our return, our two-night stay in sunny Las Vegas. You’re in for a west-coast treat. Do you know what I like most about road trips? It’s the only opportunity where you can witness, ground level, the beautiful terrain this earth has to offer. The view from an airplane can be breathtaking, yes, but there’s something unforgettable about traveling down an open road. There’s freedom in it. Not to mention the extended period of time available to build a deeper connection with those whom you’re traveling with. It also provides you the time you’ve been wanting to catch up on that good book or to learn more on the resort where you’ll be staying once you reach your destination. In the next few pages, you’ll understand why we chose Kona Kai Resort & Spa for our getaway destination.

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Situated at the very tip of Shelter Island in sunny San Diego, just ten minutes away from the San Diego Airport and the happening Downtown Gaslamp District, Kona Kai Resort & Spa is a prime destination for locals and visitors alike. Its close proximity to local attractions including the World Famous San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld, USS Midway and LegoLand make it a perfect choice for families and couples looking for an easy, convenient getaway. The recently refreshed Kona Kai Resort & Spa, a Noble House Resort, is a legend reborn with fresh, Californiacontemporary island-inspired décor on the tip of San Diego’s historic Shelter Island with amenities and experiences that embrace its unique location and historic past.

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Kona Kai Resort & Spa boasts 129 guestrooms and junior and executive suites with a vibrant, California color scheme of turquoise, yellow and gold with distressed wood accents throughout the property – reminding guests of the oceanic surroundings. Additionally, guests are afforded the opportunity to overlook the harbor in the marina, the private beach, Coronado in the distance or the glistening swimming pool as each guestroom has a private patio or balcony. The recently revitalized guestrooms offer an array of 100  VENTRE

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options for discerning travelers: the Deluxe Guestrooms are comprised of 360 square feet of living space and a private balcony or patio; the Marina View guestrooms provides guests the perfect view of the mega yachts docked nearby; the Pool View guestrooms overlook the Tiki Bar and pool with its luxurious cabanas; and the Premium Bay View guestrooms provide scenic views of bayside San Diego. The intimate, yet allencompassing Kona Kai Resort & Spa, offers 129 guestrooms and junior and executive stunning suites; a private beach for


GUEST SERVICES & AMENITIES • Private beach • Swimming pool with full-service • 7,020 square-foot SpaTerre • Vessel Restaurant + Bar • Tiki Bar In-room dining • Private poolside cabanas (fee applies) • Beach fire pits • 520 marina boat slips ranging in length from 30 feet to 250 feet • State-of-the-art fitness center with daily fitness classes including yoga, Pilates, Zumba, Water Aerobics and outdoorfitness courses (pre-registration is required) • 24-hour concierge • Complementary high-speed Internet access • 55,000 square feet of versatile indoor and outdoor meetings and events space

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guests; 55,000 square feet of flexible indoor and outdoor function space; the new SpaTerre featuring 7,020 square feet of full-service spa space; a state-of-the-art fitness and class center; a heated outdoor pool with poolside cabanas and a seasonal outdoor Tiki Bar; Vessel Restaurant & Bar serving California Comfort fare daily; a circular bar, outdoor patio and private dining room offering 180 degree views of the marina; The Kona Kai Resort & Spa Marina that is the closest marina to the Bay in San Diego and located at the tip of San Diego’s Shelter Island with 518 boat slips ranging in length from 30 feet to 200 feet; and the “club of clubs” – Kona Kai Resort & Spa Club – serving members since 1953. Kona Kai Resort & Spa received TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence in 2016. The prestigious Certificate of Excellence designation recognizes establishments that consistently earn great TripAdvisor reviews from travelers. VENTREMAGAZINE.COM

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s entrepreneurs on our road to wealth, there was nothing more inspiring than being able to gaze out our room window at Kona Kai and see yachts lining up as far as the eye could see. Never before had I dreamed of owning one, until now. This staple view reminded both Eric and I to keep our dreams in check.

Each morning, we were awakened by the sound of seagulls and rustling leaves on the palm tree placed perfectly outside our window. These natural and routine occurances were the quintessential alarm which allured us out of our bed and eager about the day’s upcoming discoveries.

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NOTABLE PLAY!

Across the street and a short walk down the sidewalk from Kona Kai, was a playground suitable for young children. Eric and I tried our hand playing tag with our seven year old and enjoyed a few battles of hide & seek. It was a win/win situation. Ajna had a wonderful time cackling at her parents who were 102  VENTRE

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chasing her around a park and by partaking in this family activity, we all worked up quite the appetite. We had reservations at Vessel and our vessels were ready to unwind and take part in some culinary consumption.


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Kona Kai Resort & Spa boasts a chic waterfront restaurant – Vessel Restaurant + Bar – one of San Diego’s most sought after dining venues. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Vessel is a stylish yet approachable indoor and outdoor restaurant with a modern spin on classic California cuisine. Contemporary décor is complemented by a 360 degree bar at its center and a spectacular view of the pool and the Kona Kai Resort & Spa Marina. Vessel’s coastal fare created by executive chef Roy Hendrickson incorporates local, seasonal and sustainable ingredients, taking traditional delicacies and giving them a modern and flavorful twist. Chef Hendrickson’s signature dishes include: pork chop with mustard parsley spaetzle, upland cress, caramelized Cipollini and a sour cherry glace; sea bass with porcini dust, confit peewee potatoes, avocado, wild mushroom and smoked bacon Dijon sauce and heirloom apple salad with butter lettuce, goat cheese, micro celery, granola, lemon olive oil and white balsamic.

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couldn’t believe my eyes as we walked up the Vessel did not disappoint. The staff was stairs into this decorative and chic masterpiece. It excellent and their passion and knowledge was as if we were climbing from the lower level for Kona Kai was undeniable. of, well --- a vessel.

The interior of this annular restaurant was on point. You can see by the images provided the views were spectacular. But every square foot of the interior flowed exquisitely. It was hard for me to not notice every meticulous detail. The use of coastal hues and the combination of natural, oceanic elements set the stage for the ideal seaside setting.

We thoroughly savored the wild mushroom flatbread, the arugula salad topped with fresh strawberries and marcona almonds, the artichoke ravioli and the perfectly smoked salmon. Six thumbs way up for the Chief Chef Roy and his crew at Vessel. VENTREMAGAZINE.COM

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e woke the next day at sunrise and stepped outside to take in the peaceful, gentle marina breeze and the view of the terrace. Our plans for the day was to make true our 7 year olds’ dreams of seeing Legoland and observing the ocean for the very first time. So we gathered our things and headed up the coast.

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It felt as if we were emerged in an endless landscape painting. The views were captivating. A few miles down the road and Ajna had her first glance of the massive ocean and screamed (very loudly) with excitement, “It’s amazing!” she exclaimed, “It never ends!” There is nothing better in life than experiencing something majestic for the first time. It was then I realized this family vacation would be unforgettable. Our daughter may or may not remember a gift she was given on her 5th birthday, but I guarantee she will remember the summer her mommy and daddy took her to see the ocean.

EXPLORATION

As soon as she placed her little toes in the cool saltwater, she was overjoyed. Her favorite part was how the waves were “chasing” her back and forth, to and from the shore. At that moment, I knew it was going to be hard to pull her away. It took her forty-five minutes and a bribe to convince her to want to leave. Thank goodness Kona Kai had a “Have S’More Fun” Marshmallow Roasting Kit waiting for us back at the resort. We all know the ocean exists, but seeing and feeling it enables us to appreciate its mysteriousness and the desire to share it with others.

Only when you travel with a seven year old will you be summoned to take notice in a cactus that is shaped like a heart.

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hen we returned to Kona Kai, we “Uber-ed” some Thai food from a local restaurant and dined by the pool. The sun was setting on the terrace which made a beautiful setting for a relaxing family dinner. After we ate, we hopped in our suits, went for a swim and as the temperature began to drop, we took advantage of the hot tub overlooking the marina. But the evening wasn’t over yet. Seven year olds never forget. She reminded us that there was an untouched 1927 S’mores Kit waiting to be opened and enjoyed. We changed into our warmer clothes and made our way to the one of the firepits. We reminisced about our exciting day, laughed and cuddled. It was a special moment we created under the stars at Kona Kai Resort our family will never forget.

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THE FUN NEVER ENDS! Here is a full list of notable activities we highly recommend during your next stay at Kona Kai Resort & Spa • Make your own s’mores poolside or on the beach • Relax at SpaTerre with a seasonal massage, manicure or pedicure • Listen to Live entertainment in Vessel Restaurant + Lounge (Thursday - Sunday) • Enjoy Friday Night Movies at the pool with popcorn and lemonade • Rent a cabana and enjoy the “Cabana Menu” while relaxing at the pool or beach • Come to Kids Korner to play board games, ping pong, and do arts & crafts • Cruise along Shelter Island on our beach cruiser bikes • Beach Activities including Lawn Bowling, Bean Bag Toss, Volleyball, Badminton, Giant Jenga • “Picnic in the Park” with a sandwich, chips, dessert, beverage and spectacular views of the bay • Go for the ride of your life on San Diego Bag with jet ski rentals • Kayak around Point Loma and see the seals and marine life up close and personal • Get a great core workout with a stand up paddle board rental • Enjoy al fresco dining in Vessel’s bar, lounge and outdoor patio

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THE SPA

SpaTerre, the resort’s 7,020 square foot spa, features custom treatment rooms and is a haven of relaxation for guests, club members and San Diego locals alike. Decorated with calming décor, this elegant day spa and salon rests within a full spa resort atmosphere. Guests will enjoy a full-service locker area with showers, a steam room and a relaxation lounge with complementary beverages and healthy snacks pre and post spa treatment. SpaTerre offers a variety of luxurious salon and spa services including nail care, bridal services, massage therapy, facials, body wraps and scrubs, and globally-inspired treatments. Signature treatments include the Javanese Royal

Treatment, the Volcanic Earth Clay Ritual and Cleopatra’s Milk Ritual, which features a customized full body exfoliation followed by a serenity milk bath soak and finished with a nurturing massage. SpaTerre boasts a revolutionary heated quartz sand bed, known to generate a deeply affecting warmth that not only provides physical and mental relaxation, but also stimulates the metabolism and has a purifying effect. With only 16 of such beds available in the United States and only one in San Diego, guests of Kona Kai Resort & Spa are offered exceptionally unique treatments including the “Sandor Poultice Therapy” and “The Heated Sand Box.”

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When you invest in a vacation, you’re investing in yourself and in your family. You’re giving yourself and your family the chance to reset and reconnect. An investment that is well worth the return. It’s obvious we had a pleasant time during our stay in San Diego. Our experiences were unforgettable. I have no doubt in my heart and mind those 3 days brought our family closer together. Thank you Kona Kai for being the catalyst for that opportunity. The Lipsey’s look forward to staying again soon.

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LAS VEGAS - DOWNTOWN

egas isn’t known for being the most family-friendly destination, however,

we’re here to enlighten you. In this day and age, we are all guilty of placing nineinch screens of flashing lights to entertain our children. Las Vegas is, well, a little bigger screen that gets to be enjoyed by all. If you’ve been there, then you know the illuminations on the strip are quite impressive. On this particular excursion, we desired to experience the vintage, more artistic side of Las Vegas, so we chose to stay downtown at The Plaza Hotel. This hotel is located at the end of Fremont street so the views of the lighted arch are unparalleled. Hands down the best place to stay downtown. 1 Main Street | Las Vegas, NV 89101 | plazahotelcasino.com | 800.634.6575 114  VENTRE

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In February 2017, the Plaza debuted two 21-story murals by internationally known artists, Shepard Fairey and D*Face on its North Tower. The Plaza is the tallest building Fairey has painted on and his “Cultivate Harmony” mural is visible from multiple vantage points in downtown. D*Face’s “Behind Closed Doors” is not only his fifth mural in Downtown Las Vegas, but his largest to date.

The Plaza’s newly renovated pool area is the perfect oasis on those 100 degree desert days. We suggest renting a private cabana near the pool to ensure your day is spent relaxing as you work on that sun-kissed tan. If you stayed out too late because you were lucky at the craps tables, their plush soft-seating will enable you to drift away for an afternoon nap. But worry not, the waitresses will be there to check on you, making sure you’re staying fully hydrated. VENTREMAGAZINE.COM

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Located in the heart of downtown Las Vegas, the

glass dome overlooking Fremont Street Experience.

Plaza Hotel & Casino combines a vintage Rat Pack

Hundreds of slot machines, from the latest games

attitude with modern styling and personal customer

to traditional coin machines, and nearly two dozen

service for the ultimate Vegas experience. First

table games comprise an 80,000-square-foot casino

opened in 1971 and built on the site of the original

floor, which is also home to downtown’s largest race

Las Vegas railroad depot, the Plaza has 1,003

and sports book with 75 flat screen televisions. A

rooms and suites renovated with custom-designed

fully renovated rooftop pool and recreation deck,

Mark David furnishings. It offers a classic Vegas

complete with private cabanas, hot tub, food truck,

showroom, downtown’s only bingo hall and 30,000

stage, tennis court and dedicated Pickleball courts,

square feet of ballroom and meeting space. Guests

provide guests with a variety of outdoor amenities.

enjoy a variety of dining options led by the Rat

For more information: plazahotelcasino.com.

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In July 2016, after a multimillion dollar renovation, the Pool at the Plaza opened creating as a rooftop pool experience unlike any other in downtown Las Vegas. A “retro Palm Springs-meets classic downtown Las Vegas” inspired outdoor space, the Pool at the Plaza offers a wet deck, hot tub, resort style furnishings, gaming, six private cabanas, bar and the pool’s own food truck. The renovations also refurbished a tennis

court and added 12 Pickleball courts, making the Plaza the only hotel/casino in Las Vegas with so many dedicated courts for this fast growing sport. The entire renovated space encompasses approximately 70,000 sq. ft., making it one of the largest in downtown Las Vegas. In 2017, five hotel suites with direct balcony access to the pool were also completely renovated, offering a unique amenity for guests.

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he Plaza provided us with the exemplary “home away from home”. The modish decor was pleasing to the eye and soft to the touch. The spacious suite offered a quiet area with a desk and soft lighting where we were able to follow up on some past-due emails and read up on the upcoming days’ excursions.

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What is it about a nice hotel room that makes you never want to leave? And what causes that burning desire to run and leap onto the freshly washed and decorated bed (you know you’ve done it)? We know what it is...it’s the feeling of freedom. Knowing that during those few days, while you’re on vacation, it’s more acceptable to think and act without restraint. To take risks! To live life on the edge! In Vegas, you’re encouraged to try your luck at Black Jack, or take one more trip to the buffet. It’s okay to treat yourself at a boutique or spa and it’s completely acceptable to allow others to eagerly serve you. And as an entreprenuers, we are familiar with risks. Life is too short to not take any. But when you stay downtown, the only risk you shouldn’t take is staying somewhere other than The Plaza.

**Our suite accomodated a sizable soaking tub. This was our seven year olds’ favorite perk. Let just say she remained squeaky clean during our stay in Las Vegas.

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FREMONT STREET ZIP LINE

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e needed a break from the visual stimulation so we wandered a few more blocks east and stumbled upon some pretty fantastic sculptures (see one below) and Container Park. This place was nothing short of unforgettable. I discovered a vegan juice shop, a couple fashion boutiques and Ajna was excited to climb around on the steampunkstyle playground. The mist machines were much appreciated. It was clever how they purposely placed a sign in direct eye level of young children with bold lettering that read, “DON’T PUSH THE BUTTON!” Children -- the ultimate risk takers.

OTHER DOWNTOWN FAMILY ATTRACTIONS

Downtown Las Vegas has become a destination for locals and tourists alike with museums, shopping destinations, government centers and convention space.

• Discovery Children’s Museum - addresses core educational areas of science, art and culture and early childhood development with 26,000 square feet of interactive hands-on exhibits that provide fun-filled education for children and families. The threestory museum at the Donald W. Reynolds Discovery Center is complete with nine interactive galleries featuring exhibitions, daily programs and activities as well as collaborative cultural programming. • Antique Alley – more than 20 independent antique and vintage stores make up what is known as Antique Alley, with the majority located in the Arts District. Catering to midcentury modern enthusiasts, as well as lovers of vintage clothes and collectors of antiques of all kinds, the shops include a warehouse full of antiques with

monthly auctions, a costume design shop, several vintage clothing stores and a reality TV set (American Restoration at Rick’s Restorations). • Las Vegas Premium Outlets North – located on 40 acres, it is home to more than 175 leading brands in an outdoor, pedestrian- style retail center owned and operated by Simon Property Group, Inc. One of the most successful outlet malls in the country, it recently opened an additional 33 stores as part of the mall’s second expansion in 2015. • Downtown Container Park – opened in late 2013 by the Downtown Project, this sustainable shopping and dining attraction is home to more than 35 small businesses, which set up shop inside 250-squarefoot repurposed shipping containers and modular metal cubes. The Downtown Container Park also has a center courtyard with a giant treehouse playground, a stage for live entertainment, and an iconic, firebreathing praying mantis at its entrance. VENTREMAGAZINE.COM

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fter being taken away by the immaculate view of Fremont Street, we settled in our plush, metallic blue chairs. Oscar’s was by far one of the most beautifully decorated restaurants I have ever been in. The combination of the gold vintageinspired chandeliers and the soft blue velvet cushions, I felt as if we time-lapsed to 1920. The staff was eager to please and the ambiance was electric. The chef prepared a palate-pleasing fourcourse meal (and vegetarian per our request) boasting with flavor. It started with heirloom tomatoes topped with arugula drizzed with a balsalmic reduction, tuffle oil and honey. Up next were spinach stuffed mushrooms with Daiya cheese and corn hummus. Might I add, if this food were a business then our tastebuds were fully invested. For the main course: pan seared herb grits and fresh grilled veggies with red pepper remoulade. You know you’re doing something right when your seven year old asks for more vegetables. And we all know how honest kids are. She was right. The food prepared by Oscar’s was off the charts delicious. We graciously thanked this deserving chef from the bottom of our full and well-fed bellies.

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g n i n i D e th Former Las Vegas Mayor and defense attorney Oscar Goodman partnered with the Plaza to create a unique steakhouse inside the iconic glass dome overlooking Fremont Street. The classic-Vegas-themed restaurant and lounge feature perfectly aged steaks, madefrom-scratch side dishes, and a wide variety of handcrafted cocktails, including Oscar’s favorite martinis.

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g n i n i D other Hash House A Go Go Self-described as “Twisted Farm Food,” this downhome, comfort food comes in portions that would satisfy any ranch hand. It also boasts a creative menu and unique presentations. One of four locations in Southern Nevada, and the restaurant’s first in downtown Las Vegas. Brightside – Breakfast and Burgers Offering guests a delicious dining experience reminiscent of an authentic New York style deli, Brightside serves traditional breakfast items, specialty and made-to-order sandwiches, burgers, and

salads all day long. Freshly baked breakfast pastries and desserts, a variety of freshly brewed and specialty coffees, milk shakes and malts are also available.

Pop Up Pizza

Las Vegas style casual gourmet pizza with a funky Downtown vibe. Pizzas are handmade with fresh ingredients daily, and be sure to check out the salads, bar snacks, vegetarian and vegan pizzas. Bar list includes draft beers and wine.

Zaba’s Mexican Grill

Locally owned and operated since 2001, Zaba’s is dedicated to using only the freshest, quality ingredients to create a flavorful menu. Cuisine is a combination of Mexican, Southwestern and Tex-Mex flavors and spices.

Cafelatte

Offering freshly brewed coffee, tea, espresso, cappuccino, imported ice tea, assorted juices, sodas and waters. A specialty coffee bar at affordable prices featuring Lavazza coffee, Krispy Kreme doughnuts, salads, sandwiches and Italian gelatos.

The Pool at the Plaza Food Truck

Conveniently steps away from the lounge chairs, the food truck offers casual poolside fare, including salads and sandwiches.

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The Plaza Hotel & Casino proudly announces that the show schedule for The Scintas has been extended due to popular demand through the end of 2017. The legendary and critically acclaimed show will also offer more performances to meet customer demand. The Scintas, which opened in 2016

Frankie and Joe, and “honorary Scintas”

classic Las Vegas experience that the

in the Plaza’s classic showroom, will

Peter O’Donnell and Janien Valentine,

Plaza wants to offer. Frankie even

continue to perform at 7:30 p.m.

bring fantastic comedy, great music,

joins his guests after show for a

throughout 2017, with a special, second

spot-on impressions and endless talent

nightcap at Oscar’s, just like Rat Pack-

annual New Year’s Eve performance at

to the highly regarded show. From a

era performers did, back in the day.

8:30 p.m. on Dec. 31.

hilarious imitation of Joe Cocker to

The Scintas represents real Vegas, a

perfect impressions of Johnny Mathis

longstanding, successful show that our

The schedule of shows for the

and Frank Sinatra, the foursome pairs

guests enjoy, time and time again.”

remainder of the year is:

relatable humor with musical numbers

• April 21, 22 & 28, 29

of superstars that span the generations,

Tickets are $49 each or $99 per

• May 19, 20 & 26, 27

like Ray Charles, Whitney Houston, Billy

person for a special “dinner and a

• June 16, 17 & 23, 24

Joel and Bruno Mars. No two shows

show” package that includes a three-

• July 21, 22 & 28, 29

are alike, and every audience is treated

course prix fix dinner at Oscar’s

• August 18, 19 & 25, 26

to an unforgettable performance inside

steakhouse. (Prices do not include

• September 22, 23 & 29, 30

the Plaza’s vintage Vegas showroom.

taxes and fees, and the “dinner and a

• October 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28

show” package is not available on New

• November 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25 •

“The Scintas pack the house for every

Year’s Eve). Tickets are available online

December 29, 30, 31

show, and we are proud to have them

at plazahotelcasino.com or by calling

call the Plaza home,” said Jonathan

702-386-2507.

Known as Las Vegas’ first family of

Jossel, CEO of the Plaza Hotel &

entertainment, the Scintas, brothers

Casino. “Their show epitomizes the VENTREMAGAZINE.COM

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hy Las Vegas you ask?

Where else can you go and stay up as late as you want and it’s totally acceptable to take several naps all throughout the day? Where else can you go and have a one-sided conversation with a celebrity, while your daughter is being serenaded by Bruno Mars? Where else can you experience captivating architecture, ride a 55-story ferris wheel, fly in the sky on a zip-line, enjoy a puppet show and take an indoor (or outdoor) Venetian boat ride? Exactly! THAT’S why we chose Las Vegas.

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INTIMATE INVESTMENTS go rate yourself by Emily Moore If people were given ratings like businesses, we may see a radical change in the way we behave and treat others. I recently stumbled across a TV series called Black Mirror, of which one of the episodes depicted our state of social media platforms with a futuristic twist. In this particular episode, people were given scores based on their personal interactions, what they did to give back to the community, and of course, human nature’s need for popularity also influenced your rating. If you wanted to live a good life, you had to maintain a certain score to be qualified for jobs, to live in certain communities, and pretty much everything in between. This had nothing to do with political affiliations, gender, race, or sexual preferences, your score was only based on how you treated others. While some of it was disheartening, showing how ugly and judgmental people can be towards each other, it did touch on one important point that has not left my mind. If the world was watching our every move, it may just shape up people’s act. If we merely couldn’t function in society without doing good, would that bring out the good in every one of us? Ratings shape the rest of our realities with credit scores, IQ’s, insurance, interest rates, GPA’s, referrals from previous employers and customers, business ratings and product ratings. Why have these systems been put in place? The better the rating, the better chance we have of getting a quality product or experience with an ethical company or individual. If an individual was rated an F, would you be less likely to do business with them? The same goes for a company or product. A poor rating might make

you rethink engaging in business. It all boils down to performance, decisions, and the will to work hard, making necessary changes to improve the outcome. When there’s a will, there’s a way. Ratings steer many decisions, but is it always fair? Do we tend to only focus on the bad information or focus on recognizing the good? Did you know that Einstein’s mother was told that her son had a learning disability? Rather than his Mom believing that opinion, she told her baby that he was one of kind, and very special. It’s amazing how recognizing the good in others and expressing it can change the entire course of someone’s life. Truth is, the quality of the energy with which we surround ourselves, affects our daily mood, interactions, family life, work and results. We must learn to raise our vibrational frequency and rid our minds of the negativity that plagues our energy. Television, social media and other forms of communication are great examples. Give more compliments, forgive often, take the time to recognizing a stranger for their excellence, write more positive reviews, volunteer, donate, and smile when you make eye contact with someone passing. With the lightning speed that technology continues to advance, there may come a day when the world starts a rating system for people, just like this episode had. If so, how would you rate yourself ? Nobody knows for sure what the future of technology holds, but I do know that anyone can make a difference with their daily decisions. We are imperfect, but the law of attraction will work for us, and whatever energy we choose to exude can be contagious. No matter what happens, remember, the night has a million eyes, imagine what the day might see.


Emily Moore Emily@lingows.com 720-244-8622 Lingows.com

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cremes, shimmers, sheers, metallics, classic nudes,

pioneering leader in luxury eco-

and everything in between, we have a limited color

friendly nail polish, the quick success

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and notoriety of PRITI NYC can be attested to it’s

Since it’s launch, the brand has expanded to include

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PRITI NYC is very active in working with various

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Keep Your Hair Outta There! Each day, women everywhere face a common problem as they wash their face, care for their skin and apply or remove their makeup — how to keep their hair out of the way. Enter the Tassi. What’s the Tassi? It’s a patented product that makes it easy for you to keep your hair away from your face. Made of a comfortable stretch terry cloth, the Tassi goes on in three easy steps and gently lifts and holds your hair. Unlike headbands, clips or turbans, the Tassi does not flatten, twist or mess up your “do,” so it’s perfect for protecting second-day blowouts, too. You’ll also love to use your Tassi while you’re washing your face, taking a bath, applying or removing makeup or whenever you want your hair out of the way.

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Why Does Everyone Need a Tassi? • Keeps your hair out of your face • Simple, fast, and easy to use for any hair length or style • Made of soft, stretch terry cloth with special elastic for comfort • One size fits most • Machine wash and dry, and it’s ready to wear again!

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and nutrients you need to sustain your energy and improve your performance,” Laird said. “It’s not just for extreme sports or for professional athletes like my wife, Gabby. They’re designed for anyone who’s looking to get a little more out of life... whether it’s a friendly game of tennis or an exhausting day at the office or a great day of surfing.

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JUST BEAN YOURSELF

As the world’s most prolific big wave surfer, Laird Hamilton travels the world in search of the gnarliest waves and the most epic rides. In order to succeed and to survive the occasional, lung-crushing 70-foot wall of water, Laird needs razor-sharp focus, untapped energy, and exceptional endurance. He gets all three from the power-packed ingredients he puts into every Laird Superfood product. “My biggest concern as a businessman – what keeps me up a night – is the consistency and quality of the products that are a reflection of who I am,” Laird says. “I need products that are authentic to who I am, and what I believe in… I believe in innovation and authenticity. I believe that the foods you eat should be as good for the earth as they are for you. And I believe that food should enable you to perform at the highest level, no matter what you’re doing.” The result is Laird Superfood Creamer, a non-dairy, GMO-free, gluten-free, vegan alternative to traditional creamers. Instead of butter, Laird’s powdered creamer is a mix of healthy oils, coconut milk, coconut nectar and Aquamin, nature’s best source of calcium. It’s a tasty, nutrient-dense beverage booster that will transform your morning coffee into an important part of a healthy diet. 140  VENTRE

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TO THE NEXT LEVEL

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UNLIFE is an invite-only gathering of the nations top businessmen, influencers, misfits and entrepreneurs, all trying to kick a little dent into history. Come join 30 hand selected ruckusmakers for a weekend designed to amplify, disrupt, inspire, and build community. This is an intimate group event - You will speak up and be heard, you will be surrounded by people eager to learn and to share what they’ve learned in a completely unfiltered and raw setting. We’ll start Friday night and end Sunday around noon. This 3 day leadership retreat is intentionally designed for aggressive personalities with a desire to build intentional community, disrupt the status quo, and have real life changing impact through their work. UNLIFE was started because In 2013, for the Summer marketing campaign for RUCKUS, we thew a series of 3 Pool Parties in conjunction with RedBull. They were amazing. Thousands of people came, there was free food, drinks, national headlining acts for music, but at the end of the third party, we were driving away and had one of the most honest conversations as a brand we have ever had... We simply said “FOR WHAT?!” Don’t get us wrong, they were great parties, and we the brand got a ton of “impressions” (whatever that means), but at the end of it all, we were left feeling extremely

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empty, and honestly, kind of worthless. We had raised a ton of money and thrown some huge parties. That was it. We weren’t helping anyone, we weren’t building DEEP or MEANINGFUL relationships or community. We were simply arranging convenient and shallow entertainment, nothing more. We knew that as a brand, as a company, and as responsible business owners and leaders, we had to develop something more. We had to develop something that actually meant something. At the core of what RUCKUS is, we want to only be about 2 things: 1) Bringing hope and confidence into a broken world. 2) Building Community. So - we switched our Summer marketing campaign the following year on its head (honestly, that’s probably giving ourselves too much credit, it was more of an experiment than anything). We set out to grow DEEP within our community and clientele, not WIDE. We thought; What would happen - if instead of growing shallow with 3 thousand people, we brought together some of the best leaders, trendsetters, and ruckusmakers we know and grow DEEP with only 30 people. A Manhattan Project of the new age. And with that, the Ruckus UNLIFE Retreat was born.


“If you are young, hungry, and want to be inspired by some of the best disrupters across all mountains of thought, this is the retreat for you” — Daniel Epstein UNreasonable Group

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PURA D’OR

is the premier innovator in natural hair loss prevention therapy that works. Formulated with 34 powerful and functional natural and organic bioactive ingredients, PURA D’OR Hair Loss Prevention Shampoos and Conditioners were created with one goal – to deliver a consumer experience and results beyond expectations.

MAXIMUM PROFESSIONAL GRADE THERAPY SYSTEM $59.99

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It feels amazing knowing I’ve invested my money wisely into a cleaning tool that works efficiently and effectively. - Editor, VENTRE Magazine

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Nugeni’s STEVA+ Complete Cleaning System is the only appliance you’ll need to easily clean, deodorize, and sanitize almost all of surfaces in your home. Effortlessly convert from a handheld vacuum or mobile steamer into a full size vacuum or steam mop in seconds. The STEVA+ is a multitasking cleaning product that works as hard as you do. Simplify your life. PRODUCT FEATURES + BENEFITS • The nugeni STEVA simplifies cleaning by replacing multiple cleaning appliances with one versatile and interchangeable unit, allowing for complete cleaning freedom for almost every room and surface in the home.

• The nugeni STEVA is a 4 in 1 cleaning unit. Both the handheld steamer and the cordless handheld vacuum snap into the universal mop stick, creating an upright cordless vacuum or an upright steam mop in seconds.

• The STEVA promotes happier and healthier cleaning. Nugeni’s AllergyAware vacuum filter with Dual Layer technology helps reduce allergy and asthma triggers, and nugeni’s steam cleaners allow you to sanitize and deodorize almost every surface in your home, without the use of chemicals.

• In addition to the steamer and vacuum, the nugeni STEVA comes with a wide range of accessories including crevice and extension tools, multiple steamer accessories and more for total customizable cleaning. Easily store your unit with the convenient charging base complete with tool and accessory storage.

• Save time, space, money, energy and the environment with one multitasking cleaning unit that works as hard as you do.

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Our environmentally conscious cleaning products are designed to be openly displayed on your countertops. These uniquely packaged products are formulated from naturally derived ingredients and produce professional quality cleaning results in your home.

FABRIC CLEANER

16 0Z. $9.99

Preserve your upholstery with our fabric cleaner. This gentle solution is safe for the most delicate fabrics, while effectively removing red wine, dirt, ink, coffee, blood and most stubborn stains. Simply blot the stain, apply the product, then let sit for five minutes and gently rub until the stain disappears. Reapply if necessary.

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VENTRE.XYZ WORKS CITED COVER STORY

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HEART AT WORK

HEART AT WORK

the business of giving back

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/BOM-BAS/ Derived from the Latin word for bumblebee. Bees live in a hive and work together to make their world a better place. They’re small, but their combined actions have a big impact on the world. We like that. That’s why our mantra is bee better. We knit it on the inside of every pair of Bombas as a reminder that you helped someone in need with your purchase. And a reminder that little improvements can add up to make a big difference.

One Pair Purchased = One Pair Donated

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bombas.com

SOCK TECH: CONSTANT INNOVATION We set out to rethink a product that was an afterthought in the marketplace. Two years of research & development led to seven material improvements to the design, performance and comfort of the everyday sock. And we continue to innovate with each successive production run.

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4,000,323 “SOCKS ARE THE #1 MOST REQUESTED CLOTHING ITEM AT HOMELESS SHELTERS”

When we first heard this quote, we knew we had to do something. We started Bombas to make an impact on our community here in the U.S. For every pair you purchase, we donate a pair to someone in need.

(and counting)

PAIRS DONATED

Our company is built from the ground up around the idea of sock donations. The more socks we sell, the more we donate. And as we grow, our giving and community efforts will continue to grow right alongside us. One pair purchased = One pair donated.

DESIGNED FOR DONATION

People ask us all the time if we donate the same socks that we sell. The answer is no, we donate something special. Working closely with our giving partners, we engineered a sock to specifically meet the needs of people who don’t have the luxury of putting on a clean pair of socks every day. An anti-microbial treatment ensures they don’t need to be washed as often, and reinforced seams and darker colors give them greater durability with less visible wear.

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Toddler & Youth available!

100% HAPPINESS GUARANTEED

Our #1 priority is your happiness. If your order somehow falls short of your expectations, reach out to our in-house Customer Happiness Team and we’ll smooth things out. We’re here for you.

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Q4 2017 issue  

The Rise of Women in Business and a travel section so captivating, you'll have your bags packed before you finish reading it.

Q4 2017 issue  

The Rise of Women in Business and a travel section so captivating, you'll have your bags packed before you finish reading it.