September in Del Mar isn’t quite the same as it is in other cities. We’re not flipping our entire wardrobes or battening down the hatches for impending bad weather. But September style’s still special here.

For one thing, this is the month when we Del Martians perfect our festival-wear game. To get you ready, our editors hit up some of their favorite local boutiques in pursuit of on-point ideas for your KAABOO looks. It’s also the time of year when we pore over pictures from opening day at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club. In this issue you’ll find an all-access look at the iconic annual after-party at L’Auberge Del Mar, our own Del Mar Lifestyle opening day party, plus some millinery hits from the day.

We’re also packing a punch of fresh jewelry and handbag looks this month, from local Reine Krief, plus a peek at who’s trending in Instagram fashion. And we’re offering up all the details on a new annual event that should make your September social calendar. The Del Mar-based Diabetes Research Connection will launch its Dance for Diabetes on Sept. 29 at Del Mar Plaza.

Finally, it’s with a heavy heart that I share the news of a tremendous loss our community has experienced. In July, Jennifer Muzio Austin, the former managing editor of Del Mar Lifestyle and a beloved wife and mother, passed away from cancer. She will be dearly missed. I will be keeping her family in my thoughts and prayers, and I hope that you will do the same.

Thank you,