A Magnificent Holiday

11Before the summer escapes entirely, I really must tell you about my whirlwind vacation to New York and Ibiza! I’d like to name the highlight of the trip, but, frankly, this was a trip with so many highlights I simply can’t. The entire experience was filled with culture and beauty and I loved every minute of it!

In Manhattan, I stayed at the Sherry Netherland, such a marvelous old-style hotel, right in the heart of Fifth Avenue, across from The Plaza. I haven’t stayed there for years, and it was the perfect starting and ending spot for each day’s adventure.

I enjoyed a wonderful day at The Met and spent most of my visit savoring the incredible exhibition of costumes by Tokyo-based fashion artist Rei Kawakubo. You may know her as the women’s wear designer for Comme des Garçons (also the name of the exhibit), and the show includes many garments from that collection as well as more challenging wearable designs that explore dualities (Design/Not Design, Self/Other, Then/Now, Absence/Presence). Her creations are known as the art of the in-between. (more…)

House Hunting Tips From A Beverly Hills Realtor

Joyce Rey Hillcrest Door ShotWhether you’re entering the market as a first-time homebuyer or looking to upgrade to your forever home, it’s important to be prepared for the house hunting process. Years of experience matching people with their dream homes have taught us a thing or two about how you can prepare yourself for the experience of looking for a new home. Here are some of our top tips from Joyce Rey (Coldwell Banker Global Luxury):

Get Your Priorities Straight

Understanding what matters most to you should be your first consideration. Everyone has different priorities when it comes to size, layout, location, style, and beyond. When you know your priorities, you can quickly eliminate homes that are obviously not a good fit. (more…)

Child Soldier, Caring Man

UNICEF - child soldierAs you may know, for more than a decade I have served on the Southern California Executive Board for UNICEF and am deeply committed to the organization’s goals and success. I find that I am also deeply moved by the stories of individuals who emerge from unimaginable adversity to help others.

One such story is that of Ishmael Beah. When war came to Sierra Leone, Ishmael lost his entire family and, along with thousands of children, began running. By age 13 he had been captured and recruited into the army. There was an abundance of “arms and ammunition,” he says, “but no food or medicine. Violence became the way to show loyalty.” (more…)

The Most Gorgeous Things on Wheels

Source: Wall Street Journal

Source: Wall Street Journal

As you may know, I’m a huge fan of fine design. That’s a big category that includes architecture, art, fashion, jewelry, and, of course, fine automobiles. The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is one of my favorite events of the year and I’m already looking forward to Sunday, August 20.

With cars on my mind, it was a thrill to see a lavishly illustrated article in The Wall Street Journal featuring my friend Merle Mullin, the “car girl.” The article highlights Merle’s impeccable 1957 Ford Thunderbird and the wonderful story that delivered it into her hands. I’ll let you read the article for the details, but suffice it to say that it was a 1st anniversary surprise gift from her husband, Peter Mullin. (more…)

Update on Exposition Park

Source: Los Angeles Football Club

Source: Los Angeles Football Club

Back in January, I mentioned plans for the new Lucas Museum of Narrative Art (LMNA) as an exciting addition to Los Angeles as a cultural destination. A gift to the city fully funded by George Lucas and his wife, Mellody Hobson,
the space-ship-like structure will be part of the Exposition Park complex, which also includes
the Banc of California Stadium (see below), the California African American Museum,
the California Science Center, the EXPO Center, the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

With construction expected to begin in 2018 and opening set tentatively for 2021, the project was approved by the Los Angeles City Council in June – “A slam dunk,” according to Mayor Eric Garcetti. (more…)

Are You Protected?

sunscreen blogTwo minutes in front of the sunscreen shelf at the drug store is enough to confuse anyone, let alone a survey of the cosmetic products that promise sun protection. I found an interesting, updated article in the Berkeley Wellness newsletter that challenges some of what we believe about our lotions and potions. I encourage you to read the article for yourself, but here are a few of the items that were the most surprising, or most useful, reminders:

  • The SPF indicated on sunscreen is a reliable measure of sun protection. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Sun Protection Factor (SPF)is a measure of how much solar energy (UV radiation) is required to produce sunburn on protected skin.” As the Wellness newsletter explains, “More than 40 percent of sunscreens tested by Consumer Reports in 2016 fell short of their advertised SPF.” If you’re a subscriber, you can read the full report on the Consumer Reports website, or you can find a reprint of the Consumer Reports findings here, including their list of readily available products with reliable SPF. In a related note, the FDA calls attention to another myth: “There is a popular misconception that SPF relates to time of solar exposure. For example, many consumers believe that, if they normally get sunburn in one hour, then an SPF 15 sunscreen allows them to stay in the sun 15 hours (i.e., 15 times longer) without getting sunburn. This is not true….” SPF is related to the “amount of solar exposure,” not the length of time, and may be affected by solar intensity (including weather, latitude, time of day), skin type, amount of sunscreen applied, and reapplication frequency.
  • A beach umbrella works just as well as sunscreen. The article points out that even people sitting under UV-blocking umbrellas will get significant sunburn if they don’t apply high-SPF sunscreen and wear protective clothing. That’s because so much UV radiation is reflected from sand and water.
  • Don’t rely on your “base tan” for protection. Any exposure to UV rays causes the body to produce melanin, which darkens the skin. While that change may afford the tiniest bit of protection, it also indicates skin damage. The article also emphasizes that because of deep-penetrating, damaging UVA rays, “it’s risky to use tanning beds before summer.”

Before you run out to the store, you may also want to have a look at the Environmental Working Group guide to sunscreens. They rate the products, make recommendations, and also examine the chemicals that go into sunscreen and their possible health effects.

 Cover up, take care, and have a great rest of the summer!

The Protein Cure

Captivo Picture 1376

Captivo Picture 1376

Here’s another fascinating article from the Berkeley Wellness Newsletter: “Do Older People Need Longer to Recover from Exercise?”

Muscles, in general, take time to recover from exercise. There’s the immediate recovery that begins as soon as the exercise ends, and then there’s a period of slower recovery continuing through the next several days. At any age, “Inadequate recovery can blunt the training effect on muscles as well as increase the risk of injury during a subsequent workout.” The article suggests that giving muscles “a day off” between workouts is beneficial and can be achieved by varying the exercise routine from, for example, upper to lower body, or strength to cardio.

Regardless of what you call “older” and what you call “exercise,” the article suggests that most conclusions related to age and exercise recovery are based on quite limited research and on the evidence of self-reporting.

The part of the article that I found most interesting was the benefit to older athletes of consuming extra protein after exercising – with an emphasis on high-quality protein. “Low-fat dairy, such as yogurt and milk, is a high-quality protein source, as are eggs, nuts, peanut butter, soy, fish, and chicken.” The amount of protein varies depending on the exercise level: serious/master athletes might benefit from two to three times as much protein as recreational exercisers.

Sounds like a good prescription to me. Hand me the yogurt!

Discover the Luxury of Pacific Palisades Real Estate

PB_F3Founded in 1922, Pacific Palisades offers a totally unique Los Angeles experience in comparison to most other neighborhoods. The natural splendor of clear, unbroken ocean views perfectly complements the unique architectural stylings of the homes, creating a landscape unlike anywhere else in Los Angeles. (more…)

The Trip of a Lifetime with Friends of FAI

Puglia: the land of olive trees, masserie, grand cathedrals and Baroque cities

“Puglia is located in the ‘heel’ of the boot of Italy, and is one of the most welcoming regions of the country. Nestled between two beautiful seas, the Ionian and the Adriatic, Puglia was one of the first landing places of the Greeks, and has served as a strategic point of departure for the Romans embarking to Greece. Once the land of the Byzantines, Puglia was later an important territory of the Kingdom of Naples, for which it supplied abundant food from its fertile fields.”

Bona Frescobaldi, International Chairman

James M. Carolan, President

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The Future…WOW!

the future wowIn a recent interview the MD of Daimler Benz (Mercedes Benz) said their competitors are no longer other car companies but Tesla (obvious), Google, Apple, Amazon ‘et al’ are…… There have always been the 3 constants … Death, Taxes and CHANGE! (more…)

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