April 2018 Lifestyle Letter

Del Mar - Spring has sprung!  This month we celebrate going green and how we can grow together.  These past few years I am so grateful to have grown in this community with you - personally, professionally and on this journey together in life.  It is with mixed emotions I share with you that a new publisher will be taking…

April 2018 Around Town

Rise and Shine Restaurant Group is continuing to make San Diego’s culinary scene even brighter with the announcement of three new restaurants slated to open this year throughout San Diego. The Village in Pacific Highlands Ranch’s multi-use retail and residential complex has become a benchmark destination for residents and visitors of North County’s Carmel Valley neighborhood. Now, Rise and Shine is…

Off the Walls: Vertical Gardens

Since 2002, designer Tracy Lynn has treated her clients to a creativity, collaboration, and vision that is unmatched in the interior design industry. Her singular vision guided the interior design of her own home that first year. The result created so much buzz that she soon had more work than she could handle on her own. Tracy Lynn has spent…

Sleek & Stylish Sustainability

With the 2018 Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid, Porsche is introducing a plug-in hybrid as the flagship of the model line for the first time and it's another compelling demonstration of the performance advantages of hybrid technology. Utilizing a boost-strategy derived from the 918 Spyder that combines a 136 hp electric motor with a 550 hp twin-turbo V8 engine capable of accelerating…

April 2018 Tech Savvy

Kilroy Realty was founded more than 70 years ago, and serves as a publicly traded real estate investment trust that develops, acquires, and manages office, mixed-use, and life science technology real estate assets on the West Coast, Seattle, WA, and San Francisco, CA. They have multiple locations in San Diego— including right here in Del Mar. But what sets them…

Pretty in Pink

On Thursday, February 8th, a fabulous group of women gathered in the hills of a Del Mar estate to see Zandra Rhodes' new collection and fashion show. Guests were greeted with champagne and raspberries, mingling around the pool and taking in the vast views. Photos by Gisele. SDOpera.com

Outdoor Oasis

This gorgeous Del Mar beauty's charm lies in its versatile use of space and luxury technology upgrades. Every bit of space is utilized and optimized for the family that lives here. From the chalkboard wall for the kids to the putting green for dad and friends and the bar seating for extended family to the cabana studio for quiet workspace,…

Eat. This. Now.

Undoubtedly, you have strolled by this little, fuzzy, brown fruit at the Farmers' Market and in the produce aisle and perhaps you picked up a few to bring home. Once peeled and sliced this sweet yet tart fruit displays the most vivid green pulp with tiny black seeds. Traditionally, Europeans referred to it as a Chinese Gooseberry, attributed to its…

Five Questions with Bettina Whiteford

Originally from Vail, Colorado, Bettina Whiteford of BW Home has an affinity for beautiful, quality furniture and antiques, attributed to her experience as a gift and home furnishings buyer for Gorsuch Ltd, a high-end store with European and Alpine influence in Vail, Colorado. She started consigning furniture serendipitously while helping her mother downsize. Whiteford found boxes of china, crystal and other valuables so…

Fashion Edit

 Danielle Jumpsuit - AMUR.com   Kip Pale Blue Nail Lacquer  -  ButterLondon.com  Ally Cotton Button Up Shirt - EcoVibeApparel.com

The Heart of the Home

It's March Del Mar and spring is in the air. Perhaps that means you are spring cleaning or making plans to update your living space or spruce up the exterior of your home. You might find me knee-deep in an organizational project in the garage where it seems everything collects in our home and needs the most help especially with…

Rotary Club of Del Mar Christmas Party

Rotary Club of Del Mar hosted its annual Christmas party for over 150 children who are members of the San Dieguito Boys and Girls Club Harper Branch. Rotary Club members assisted at seven different craft stations where children could decorate stockings and cookies, make holiday decorations and more. DelMarRotary.org

Her Blood Runs Pink

If you are a fan of 70s culture or fashion, then you surely know the name Zandra Rhodes.

Favorite Things

Nativa Interiors owner Silvina Petrate shares some of her favorite picks from her beautifully appointed showroom and gallery spaces in La Jolla and Solana Beach. Known for their unique style of furnishings and accessories and providing limitless customization capabilities, many of these pieces are exclusively available only at Nativa and would be great additions to any modern home. NativaInteriors.com

Tone + Texture

Decorate your space with handmade textures such as the modern, maker revival of 1970s macramé and year-round tropical feel of wicker. MACRAMÉ Made through knotting instead of weaving, macramé can add a unique touch in many various ways. Houzz contributor Laura Gaskill suggests incorporating it as nursery decor, plant hangers, wall hangings and modern fiber arts. WICKER According to Houzz…

March 2018 Around Town

Playing March 23 – April 29, 2018 (Opening night: Thursday, March 29) at the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage, Old Globe Theatre in the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Enjoy the world premiere by José Cruz González, directed by James Vásquez and presented in association with Denver Center for the Performing Arts Theatre Company. Spending her days caring for her ailing mother, Lucha yearns to break her monotonous routine. Here’s a wild…

Outdoor Oasis

This gorgeous Del Mar beauty's charm lies in its versatile use of space and luxury technology upgrades. Whether a night out grilling with the boys or a family fiesta on a Sunday, this property lends itself to a variety of outdoor scenarios with all the tech add-ons to boot.

Ask the Expert

Achieving your financial goals requires expert insight, so engaging a wealth management firm to provide guidance is a great step in the right direction. Solana Beach wealth management firm Hall Private Wealth Advisors’ (HPWA) Founder and Managing Director Russell Hall shares his thoughts on the matter and what sets his firm apart.

do it yourself

 Stylist Katelyn Hutson   We're in love with Ben Uyeda, creative director/genius of #HomeMadeModern. He has an entire website (HomeMade-Modern.com) full of modern design projects that don't break the bank. Here's one of our favorite, a simple stool. Perfect for any room in the house, durable and affordable. Music to our ears.    (A single 48” dowel is all you need to make three…

Duck, Duck, Confit Quesadilla

“Hustle” is the name of the game in Asheville, a city where most folks juggle at least two jobs to make ends and dreams meet. It’s a concept Bandidos owner and chef Justin Smudde knows a thing or two about. The wily entrepreneur has a handful of businesses, including Bandidos and Blue Ridge Renovations. Over the years he’s ventured into…

Local Business, Community Focus

If you’re craving ice cream and feeling adventurously indulgent, you’ll want to stop by The Baked Bear. It isn’t your typical ice cream shop though. They create custom ice cream sandwiches and the signature offering features ice cream encased by two freshly baked cookies, which can be rolled in your topping of choice!

Fishmongers Grand Opening Party

The Grand Opening Event for the authentic, European-style fish market and dining destination was held in November. In partnership with the SD Fire Department, guests were requested to bring unwrapped toys for donations to Rady Children’s Hospital. FishmongersMarkets.com

Share the Love Del Mar!

This month, we heard you and are telling the stories of some of your favorites. We are celebrating our community with honors for more than 20 local businesses!

CureMatch for Pediatric Oncology Research

The Village on Cedros hosted a benefit event for the CureMatch for Pediatric Oncology Research on November 3rd. There was live music, dancing, shopping, food and beverage, hair and custom fashion design modeling for the community to enjoy. ShopCedros.com

26th Annual Red Nose Run

A fun run and walk on beautiful Del Mar beach that is family and dog friendly. Managed by a dedicated volunteer team, the event benefits two amazing San Diego based nonprofits - Fresh Start Surgical Gifts and Semper Fi Fund. TheRedNoseRun.com 

February 2018 Around Town

A new concept in Premium Indoor Cycling offering a high-energy workout in a concert-like atmosphere, CycleBar Carmel Valley is now open. Ride the Rhythm with CycleStar instructors in a 45-minute ride fueled by incredible music playlists in the state-of-the-art CycleTheatre, which features 49 bikes plus LED lighting, wide-screen graphics, and audio with a DJ Booth. Guests can take advantage of the free…

Readers Choice

 Best Dessert/Bakery: 
Baked Bear Carmel Valley  Homemade from original recipes and hand-scooped onsite, the cookies here are made with the highest quality ingredients and baked fresh from scratch daily. “We are constantly testing new recipes and seasonal flavors, striving to provide our customers with a dessert experience that stands out from the rest,” says Franchise Owner Daniel Arabi. Baked Bear…

Love Local Makers

 Textiles: Cotton & Flax by Erin Dollar  Woodcraft: The David Alan Collection  
Herbalist: Herb + Nectar

Mint Studio: A Makers’ Space

Walk into Mint Studio at the Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch and you are instantly aware of the creativity that happens in this space, you can feel it in the air. Decorative moldings on the walls and bright velvet upholstered chairs greet you along with a 'selfie-wall' featuring large, white, paper flowers - made at a previous workshop.

Valentine’s Day Breakfast in Bed

It's February, perhaps the chilliest month of the year. We couldn't think of a more romantic yet comfy way to celebrate Valentine's Day than with breakfast in bed. With comfort food on our minds, we made waffles the star of this romantic morning menu. However, these are not your average waffles! These are liège waffles - rich, chewy and dense, with a caramelized sugar…

Celebrities Grace Breeders’ Cup Events

Gun Runner’s thrilling victory in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic capped a picture-perfect day at the Del Mar racetrack, the first-time host of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships. Racing fans and community members as well as several celebrities graces the events. DMTC.com

Bourbon, Bluegrass and The Breeders’ Club

Bourbon and Bluegrass was hosted by the Del Mar Foundation at the Barn at the Beach as part of The Breeders' Cup festivities. DelMarFoundation.org Photography Bill Morris. 

Del Mar Village Association’s Best at the Barn Culinary Event

The Del Mar Village Association presented the Best at the Barn as part of the weeklong Breeders’ Cup celebrations that took place at the Barn at the Beach. The oceanfront venue brought together some of North San Diego County’s best restaurants under one roof. BreedersCup.com

Happy New Year Del Mar!

2018 brings a new year with exciting new possibilities and so much to experience and do here in our wonderful community. Our area has amazing weather and many options for every lifestyle.

Jaguar San Diego Halloween Masquerade

A masquerade to benefit Make-A-Wish San Diego was hosted by Jaguar of San Diego featuring an evening of live music, cocktails and bites. SDJaguar.com Photography Charles Sandoval

Kilroy Realty Hosts Solar Project Ribbon Cutting

Kilroy Realty hosted a Ribbon Cutting Event in November at Kilroy Center Del Mar. Working in partnership with Nautilus Solar, nine Kilroy Realty properties in California will undergo the solar project to collect and convert solar rays into useable, clean energy. KilroyRealty.com

Racing Excellence Award Honoring Dick Enberg at Breeders’ Cup 2017

Honoring legendary American sportscaster Dick Enberg, the gala brought together several of his colleagues and friends, sports enthusiasts, business leaders, and the local and national horseracing community for a celebration to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Dieguito. DMTC.com. Photography Zemina Zaferakis, Z Bella Photography.

January 2018 Around Town

Diane Coombs, founder of the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy’s Watershed Explorers Program, was honored at the North County Philanthropy Council’s 2017 30th Anniversary Volunteer Awards Luncheon at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido. A former Executive Director of the San Dieguito River Park Joint Powers Authority, Coombs has been a long-time friend and supporter of the Conservancy. Her knowledge…

Hiking the Coast to Crest Challenge

The Coast to Crest Trail, from Del Mar to the summit of Volcan Mountain, will be the backbone of the San Dieguito River Park once it’s completed, although you can currently hike along 45 miles of the planned 70-mile trail. With accessible trailheads in Del Mar, in the Del Dios Gorge, at Lake Hodges, and in the San Pasqual Valley,…

A Doctor in the Kitchen

Half Italian and half Jewish, Dr. Aliza Cicerone grew up around food and has always loved cooking. Before she entered the medical field, she worked in the food and wine industry, which included teaching cooking classes.

On the Wellness Journey

The New Year is when many promise to pay more attention to their health and well-being with renewed hope and motivation. Here are a few alternate therapies available in the community on your journey to better mental and physical care for yourself and those around you.

At the Crest

We caught up with community member and surfing superstar Jeffrey Baldwin on his plans for 2018 and a few other topics of interest!

My Favorite Things

You've seen him out and about in Del Mar, at surf events and supporting other community activities as well. Johnny O, as most folks know him, is admittedly one of the city's best known ambassadors. Here he is, sharing some of his favorite local spots!

San Diego International Film Festival 2017

SDIFF 2017 brought along five days of festivities and many star sightings including Patrick Stewart, Heather Graham and Kumail Nanjiani. Here's what you missed! SDFilmFest.com Photography Zemina Zaferakis, Z Bella Photography

Solana Beach Sunset 5K

People of all ages ran or walked along the sand for SoCal’s only Sunset 5K on the beach. Fletcher Cove was the place to be - the marathon benefits the Diabetes Prevention Program at Champions for Health. The family friendly event brought the community together for a good cause. ChampionsForHealth.org

Rotary Club of Del Mar Hosts Chili and Quackers

The Rotary of Del Mar hosted the 6th Annual Chili and Quackers at Powerhouse Park on October 14. The chili cook-off culminated in the 
release of over 900 rubber ducks into the ocean with the first 10 ducks onshore winning amazing prizes. DelMarRotary.org

Mindfulness Matters

Prince “P.J.” Daniels, Jr. is a celebrity mindfulness expert, author and former NFL running back. When his football career ended as a result of injuries in 2009, Daniels turned tragedy into triumph. Having never imagined his life without football, he used meditation to focus on a new strategy for his future and The I’mAgine book series manifested. His first book,…

Porsche SD: Meet and Greet with Margie Smith-Haas

On October 8, Porsche of San Diego threw a delightful brunch and speakers panel featuring Margie Smith-Haas, a racing pioneer and idol to many, and the first American woman to race the 24 Hours of Le Mans. PorscheOfSanDiego.com Photography Zemina Zaferakis | Z Bella Photography 

December 2017 Around Town

OneClick Cleaners San Diego, a cutting edge, cloud-based dry cleaning and laundry service, offers always free pick-up/delivery for dry cleaning, laundry, alterations and leather repair/restoration to homes and offices in Carmel Valley, Del Mar, Fairbanks Ranch, La Jolla, Mira Mesa, Rancho Bernardo, Rancho Sante Fe and Sorrento Valley. Try their new, secure 2-way Drop-n-Clean lockers located in the pedestrian paseo between Whole Foods…


We chatted up with Carmel Valley resident and senior at Torrey Pines High School Sophia LeRose on how she is making a difference in the community.