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Contributors Page

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This month we asked our contributors to share with us their favorite spaces in Los Angeles to celebrate the onset of the warmer weather.... Julie Morris Writer, Superfoods: Micronutritional Powerhouses One of the things I love about Los Angeles is the plethora of natural gems just begging us to come out and play. This, coupled with the fact that I love being active, means that finding good spaces to celebrate the sunniest days of the year is usually centered around the question, “What … [Read more...]

Home Feature – David Hertz Home Design

Contemplative Home Design David Hertz incorporates elements of water in his Venice home Acclaimed architect David Hertz is an expert in environmentally conscious design. Not only is water the creative inspiration behind many of the home’s features, this element also plays an important role in the construction’s sustainable blueprint. To show us this relationship, Hertz takes us on a tour of his Venice Beach property. By Marina Chetner We’re on the balcony of the second floor of the … [Read more...]

Featured Spa – Burke Williams

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Spa Pioneer Burke Williams Day Spa Owner Bill Armour Shares his Inspiration. by Erynne Elkins “There are days when I wake up and think, ‘This is how it should have played out.’  And then there are days I wake up and I am humbled that 1,500 people would choose of their own volition to work for Burke Williams,” says the spa’s owner Bill Armour. He adds with a laugh, “There are also days when I think, ‘Gosh, I don’t really belong here…”  Entrepreneur, father, grandfather, and husband as … [Read more...]

Cool Calm and Collected – June Seasonal Treatments

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Cool, Calm, and Collected Water: It cleanses, hydrates, and reinvigorates us.  For these reasons, many spas incorporate the water element as a pre-spa ritual, a transition between treatments, an add-on to enhance relaxation, or the centerpiece of a spa experience. Celebrate water – plunge in and cool off in the warmer summer months. By Felicia Tomasko, Vanessa Harris, and Marina Chetner Step Into Spring Body Glen Ivy Hot Springs  Corona Stepping into the lush grounds of Glen … [Read more...]

Wine Cheese and Chocolate June 2013

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Living Light with Raw   By Vanessa Harris Valli Unite’s Il Brut and the Beast Vino da Tavola   While perusing Matthew Kenney’s M.A.K.E. menu in Santa Monica, you’ll come across a list of assorted homemade and brewed beverages: almond milk, cold pressed juices, fizzy kombuchas, and fruity smoothies. The refreshment that may catch you off guard on the strictly raw menu is Valli Unite’s Il Brut and the Beast sparkling wine.   This biodynamic sparkling wine is … [Read more...]

Food for the Soul – Huckleberry Cafe

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Zoe Nathan creates space for nourishment in more ways than one. I'm at the bustling Huckleberry Café & Bakery on Wilshire in Santa Monica. Within seconds of sitting down at a wooden tabletop cheered by a vase of freshly picked ranunculus, I'm greeted with a burst of energy. It's Zoe Nathan, and she's right on time for our interview. Dressed in an apron, white T-shirt, blue jeans, and a pair of black Converse sneakers, her outfit conveys a hardworking pastry chef and cool mom. Jovial in … [Read more...]

May 2013 Astrology

ARIES This month has a huge focus on testing and mastery over the material aspects of life. How you deal with debt, money, power, and control is a huge focus. The pull toward making decisions based on material comforts, safety, and security is strong, but the Eclipses this month require that you let go of karmic patterns of the past so that you can grow, evolve, and transform! Pay attention to the 20th as significant shifts, sudden reversals, breakdowns, and breakthroughs regarding your life … [Read more...]

Going For Your Gusto

Lean in and out to step forward in your career. All of us, men and women, are increasingly encouraged to step up and take initiative in our work if we want to be “successful.”  Whether we feel brave enough to lean in at the work place or we choose to lean out and pursue our own path, putting a stake in the ground is essential. I recently read Sheryl Sandberg's book, Lean In, her understandably controversial discourse about women, ambition, and overcoming the self-doubt and prescribed social … [Read more...]

Money Matters: Aligning Money with Purpose

The Key: Understanding Cash Flow Aligning money with purpose is a means to achieve a level of clarity, balance, and harmony within one’s Self. Our purpose is what gets us out of bed, excites us, and drives us. It propels us to live a vibrant, healthy, peaceful, and abundant life. We can gain control over our finances through an understanding of cash flow which, as I’ll explain, is the key driver in support of our purpose. Over the past 15 years as a financial and estate planner, I have … [Read more...]

Clear Up the Relationship Climate

Positive Biases are a Key to Happy Relationships   By Dr. Carrie Hutchinson   In assessing a relationship’s health, whether friends, family members, or lovers, it is not only necessary to check the temperature daily but also to examine the overall climate.   Long ago in one of your first science classes, you may have learned the difference between weather and climate. While the weather may vary, the climate of a particular region remains relatively stable over … [Read more...]

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