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Fall Spa Treatments ~ Herbs & Spice & Everything Nice

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The end of the year heralds all things festive and indulgent. Fall in step with the season -- spruce up with treatments rich in aromatic herbs and spices to prep for the holiday celebrations ahead. By Felicia Tomasko, Zoe Kors, and Marina Chetner Expert Beauty Facial Le Spa at Sofitel Beverly Hills Arrive early and recline in the dimly lit, dark-wall-chic of the Serenity lounge to indulge on mint tea and sweet dates before your treatment. The Expert Beauty Facial starts with a … [Read more...]

Legacy and Estate Planning: When Acting and Reality Collide

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A well-designed estate plan is worth the time and effort – it protects your legacy and ensures abundance and peace in your family’s future. By Michael Thomas The world mourned the passing of James Gandolfini on June 19, 2013. Many were introduced to the 51-year-old actor through his Emmy-winning portrayal of mob boss Tony Soprano in the acclaimed HBO series, The Sopranos. We can only assume that there were numerous differences between the man and his fictional persona, but what we do know is … [Read more...]

Fall Astrology 2013

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by Divine Harmony ~~ Aries  The Fall season coincides with the second set of eclipses of 2013, and the first one falls in your sign, bringing focus to your life direction and your relationships. The Full Moon Lunar Eclipse on October 18 is asking you to let go of old ways of being so that new ways of relating and connecting can come in. In November, a disrupting and restructuring energy infuses your entire life. This energy is about rebirthing yourself and being so centered in your own power … [Read more...]

Moonlight By The Fire ~ Mulled Spiced Wine

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Created by Anna Wasserman-Hartman Ingredients: 16 (1 box) Numi Orange Spice tea bags 1 bottle (750ml) Malibu Family Wine’s 2010 Saddlerock Merlot (we recommend it!) 1 bottle (750ml) port 1 bottle (750ml) vodka 2 oranges, quartered 8.75 oz. natural sugar cubes 4 quart pot with lid 1 metal sieve Matches **Make sure to set aside another pot to use when straining in step #5. 1. Squeeze orange quarters and drop them into a large pot along with all tea bags. (Remember to remove paper … [Read more...]

Seasoned to Perfection ~ Chef Suzanne Goin

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Words by Bekah Wright, Photography by David Young-Wolff As Suzanne Goin settles in on a window ledge of A.O.C. Restaurant during the photo shoot for this article, one can’t help but think of a comment she’s just made about the growth of the businesses she shares with partner Caroline Styne. “It’s right here,” she’d said, straining the top of her head against her hand in reference to a ceiling. “We always have a lot of irons in the fire, and this is the year everything happened.”  Goin’s path … [Read more...]

Our Fall/Holiday Issue Contributors

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We asked this issue’s contributors: “What’s the one thing you do for yourself over the holiday season?” Bekah Wright Writer, Seasoned to Perfection Evening walks during the holiday season are magical. Eye candy comes by way of holiday lights. The scent of a fire burning blends perfectly with the crisp air. Add to that a companion to share great conversation with, or caroling if the mood strikes, and for me, that's the recipe for a perfect night. www.bekahwright.com Twitter: … [Read more...]

Chef Suzanne Goin Holiday 2013

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A Ten-Minute Meditation Practice

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The secret of meditation is putting resolutely aside every plan, every project, and focusing on the moment. It’s about stilling the thought-process and feeling the space within as it gradually expands from the body outward. Find a peaceful space and set aside at least 10 minutes for meditation every day, to tune in to your highest potential. ~~~ A Meditation Practice* Sit with the spine straight, and the body relaxed. Place your hands palms upward on the thighs at the junction of the … [Read more...]

The No-Games Guide to Love ~ 10 Ways to Survive Your Partner’s Family and Vice Versa

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Words by Laurel House Photograph by David Young-Wolff The holidays are often stressful, particularly when you are spending them with your partner's family. Personalities can flare up, idiosyncrasies can be misunderstood, buried issues and insecurities can suddenly become unearthed... and you often arrive on the scene without a clear map of the landscape. Being prepared and planning ahead can quickly take the edge off and make the family, friends, food, and festivities easy, and even fun, for … [Read more...]

Healing Waters ~ Beverly Hot Springs’ mineral waters bring ancient practices to a modern city.

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Words by Felicia Tomasko Photography by David Young-Wolff More than two thousand feet beneath the bedrock of the City of Angels, is a hot spring whose mineral-rich water is pumped to the surface on a continual basis, where it feeds the soaking pools of Beverly Hot Springs. While we may travel far while searching for the healing powers of warm mineral water, we may not dream that LA has its own source, accessible by merely a turn or two off of Beverly Boulevard just east of Western … [Read more...]

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