Scripps Candlelight Ball

Photography by Bob Ross

Scripps Health Foundation continued a cherished holiday tradition when it hosted the 89th annual Scripps Candlelight Ball at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar. The sold-out event raised money for Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla’s new comprehensive perinatology program, funding advanced diagnostic equipment to ensure the health and safety of women with high-risk pregnancies and their babies. Nearly 430 guests attended…

St. Germaine’s Holiday Tea

Photography by Carol Sonstein

Hosted by Jenny Hochberg, the 35th annual St. Germaine’s Holiday Tea Silver Tea was an opportunity for the more than 300 guests to tour her newly remodeled Mediterranean-style home while enjoying friends, festive décor and refreshments and supporting St. Germaine Children’s Charity local child abuse prevention and treatment programs. Categories: On The Scene

Gingerbread City

Photography by Vincent Andrunas

Guests were mesmerized by masterpiece gingerbread castles and cottages created by culinary artists for the Epilepsy Foundation of San Diego County’s celebration of its Silver Anniversary Gingerbread City Gala. The iconic holiday event featured live entertainment by harpist Elena Mashovtseva and headliner Rebecca Jade. Categories: On The Scene

MS Dinner Auction

Photography by Vincent Andrunas

The 32nd annual MS Dinner Auction honored Jody Corey-Bloom, MD, Ph.D., a neurologist at UC San Diego for her many contributions toward changing the lives of those with MS, and San Diego County Credit Union for its many years of unwavering support of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. The red-carpet “Night in Havana” event featured silent and live auction packages,…

Licensed to Give

Photography by Carol Sonstein

Licensed to Give More than 500 physicians, prominent community and business leaders, donors and corporate sponsors enjoyed an evening of live and silent auctions, dining, entertaining and dancing at the 33rd annual Grossmont Hospital Foundation Gala. Themed “A Bond Experience,” the event raised more than $650,000 towards the hospital’s stroke services, which included a $250,000 gift from Frank and Linda…

Pro Athletes for Life

Photography by Carol Sonstein

Jim Laslavic was surprised with the Donate Life Champion Award at The John Brockington Foundation’s Pro Athletes for Life Gala. Friends and supporters Bill Walton and former Packer and Charger Willie Buchanon lead the evening, which was highlighted by entertainer John Vincent, a live auction and elegant small plates. The event raises funds for local transplant patients. Categories: On The…

Storybook Ball

Photography by Vincent Andrunas

The Berenstain family received the Audrey Geisel Friend of Military Children award and board member Alex G. Kelley was honored with The Angel Award at United Through Reading’s 10th Annual Storybook Ball. The night of celebration marked the unveiling of the Mobile Story Station and included keynote speakers Vice Adm. John D. Alexander, Commander of Third Fleet, and military teen…

Miracle Babies

Photography by Carol Sonstein

The Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa was transformed into vignettes from the Palace of Versailles for the ninth annual Miracle Babies gala, themed “Minuit à Versailles.” Guests enjoyed a hosted cocktail reception, seated dinner, entertainment, live auction and dancing. The event raises money for San Diego County families with critically ill newborns. Categories: On The Scene

AIASD Awards

Photography by Carol Sonstein

The American Institute of Architects San Diego bestowed its highest honor, the 2018 Robert Mosher Lifetime Achievement Award, to architects Norm Applebaum and John Ziebarth. The event, held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral, also presented its Young Architect of the Year award to Philip Auchettl of Rad Lab and Jared Basler of Basis Studio. Categories: On The Scene

Orchids & Onions

Photography by Arlene Ibarra

Out of the 118 projects nominated by the public at this year’s Orchids & Onions bash, 14 won Orchids for good design and only four were chosen as Onions for their bad design. The People’s Choice Orchid winner was Brandon-Beaver Building Renovation in Bankers Hill, originally designed by renowned San Diego modernist architect Homer Delawie; the People’s Choice Onion went…

Fur Ball

Photography by Carol Sonstein

Eight hundred guests—which included 600 people and 200 dogs—enjoyed an evening filled with glamour and fun during San Diego Humane Society’s Fur Ball. Colleen Blackmore Reilly was this year’s Fur Ball honoree at an evening that brought in more than $870,000 for the society’s animals and programs. Categories: On The Scene

Favorite Small Spaces

From tiny cottages to hobbit houses and stairway nooks, these small spaces pack big punch

From tiny cottages to imaginative hobbit houses, from attic rooms to stairway nooks, these small spaces from past issues pack punch. Categories: Digital Exclusives, Home Design

Nine Decadent Valentine’s Day Desserts and Cocktails

Our most romantic and indulgent sweet treats and cocktails to make this Valentine's Day

We gathered some of our favorite Valentine’s Day desserts and cocktails to make for (or with!) your loved ones this February 14th. Take a look at our most sophisticated drinks and indulgent treats. And yes, there’s chocolate. Categories: Digital Exclusives, Food & Drink

Clearity Foundation

Photography by Carol Sonstein

Themed, “Teal Woman: Celebrating Life. Honoring Courage. Recognizing Progress. Changing the Story for Ovarian Cancer,” Clearity Foundation’s 10th anniversary celebration brought in $340,000 for its programs and services benefiting the ovarian cancer community. More than 375 guests enjoyed live performances, food and libations from a variety of stations and an Awareness Fair. Categories: On The Scene

Gala in the Garden

Photography by Carol Sonstein

Julian Duval, president/CEO of San Diego Botanic Garden, was honored at the Gala in the Garden with this year’s Paul Ecke, Jr. Award. Julian was selected in recognition of his horticultural contributions through his service in leading the garden over the past 24 years. He retires January 2019.   Categories: On The Scene

Savvy Giving by Design’s “A Room to Heal”

Photography by Brian Fontaine

Karen Leininger and Michelle Cornelius Guests at Savvy Giving by Design’s third annual fundraiser, “A Room to Heal,” enjoyed dining under the stars as well as the program that was highlighted by commentary from Jeff Lewis from Bravo TV’s “Flipping Out.” The event was presented in partnership with Rylee + Cru.   Categories: On The Scene

Strut For Sobriety

Photography by Carol Sonstein

Hallie Lawnhurst Presented by A New PATH (Parents for Addiction Treatment and Healing), the 14th annual Strut for Sobriety featured a silent auction followed by a luncheon, an awards program, entertainment and a fashion show with all the latest apparel from Macy’s and local boutiques. Categories: On The Scene

Rethinking Thanksgiving Dinner

Food blogger and author Whitney Bond revamps Thanksgiving leftovers

Food blogger and cookbook author Whitney Bond curls up on the couch with a holiday meal reimagined. Whitney Bond keeps a selection of food containers on hand to send guests home with leftovers While most of us embark on the mountain of gravy-streaked dishes in the sink and attempt to cram the excess stuffing, potatoes and turkey into Tupperware after…

Bring Fall Into Your Home and Garden

Welcome the season with cozy decor and landscape color

While leaves in burnished reds, rustic yellows and caramel oranges don’t tumble to the ground in San Diego, the feeling of the harvest season does arrive as temperatures drop and days grow shorter. It’s time for sweaters, pumpkin spice lattes and homemade soups. The intimacy of autumn, with its memories of childhood and family gatherings, lives in our hearts—and can…

Where to Eat and Drink

The best places to grab a bite and a beverage

Birba Restaurant The Palm Springs dining scene has become a force to be reckoned with—there’s no need to shelter in place at your hotel for a memorable meal in stylish surroundings. A prime example is Workshop Kitchen + Bar, which has been an area favorite since 2011. With its modern American menu, driven by local and seasonal products, and James…

What to Do

Find fun citywide

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway Your first stop should be the Palm Springs Visitors Center, and not just for the wealth of info you’ll find there. The building itself is legendary—a 1965 gas station with a soaring, geometric canopy—now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It’s also the gateway to the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, which offers a breathtaking,…

Where to Stay

Chic lodging with amazing design

One year ago next month, The Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs Hotel opened its doors in downtown PS. The sprawling lobby, part of which is pictured here, boasts a two-story picture window looking out on the San Jacinto Mountains. Photography by Laure Joliet Half the fun of a Palm Springs getaway is choosing where to stay. Of course there are the lovingly…

Masquerade in the Park

Photography by Vincent

Guests were immersed in a world of art, beauty and culture under a canopy of stars and chandeliers at Patrons of the Prado’s Masquerade in the Park. Gala chairs Merridee Book, Stephanie Brown and Roxi Line put together a magical evening that included magical performances, a catered dinner from Pamplemousse Grille and an evening of dancing to the music of…

Seabreeze Organic Farm

A food-producing CSA in Carmel Valley

Forty years ago, when Stephenie Coughlin opened Seabreeze Organic Farm, it was among several privately owned, food-producing farms that dotted the Carmel Valley landscape. Now, she says, Seabreeze is the last one still in operation. As we begin walking the almost-2-acre property, the sun slants through leaves and branches and we hear the sweet lilt of birds and the drone…

Coastal Roots Farm

An Encinitas community farm with roots in Jewish agricultural practices

Tidy. Organized. Clean. That’s my first impression of this Encinitas property that once belonged to the Ecke family—San Diego’s poinsettia clan. In fact, one of the first buildings I see at the top of the hill was their home—a snow-white residence with friendly gray-blue shutters framing paned-glass windows. Since 2012, though, the land has been owned by the Leichtag Foundation…

Sugar Sweet Farm

Where yoga and goats meet and mingle

You’ve all heard of Yogi Bear, but have you heard of Yogi Goat? Neither had I, until I went to a goat yoga class at Sugar Sweet Farm in Encinitas. Hosted by owner Elizabeth Sugarman, her daughter, Sissy, and about 20 of Sissy’s 4-H Oberhasli dairy goats, the workouts, led by Beth Kupanoff, are made up of a series of…

Happy Hens

A Ramona farm bringing fresh eggs to market—and your home

Luie Nevarez started his life as a poultry rancher when he was 4-years old, pulling one of those little red wagons alongside his dad and filling it up with freshly laid eggs from his grandfather’s farm, the Eben-Haezer Poultry Ranch in Ramona. In 1995, when grandpa retired, dad and mom took over the farm. In 2012, armed with a degree…

La Dolce Vita Alpacas

A ranch in Ramona with lots of these adorable creatures

Raised on a cattle ranch in Upstate New York, Joe Attili fancied becoming a gentleman rancher when he retired. “I have delightful memories of that time,” he says as he and his wife Susan lead Gary and I down to the pens on their 10-acre farm. “Then, Susan and I went back to New York for a visit and we…

8 Creative Ways to Plant Succulents

Think outside the basic pot with creative succulent designs

Our 8 Favorite Creative Succulent Planting Ideas We’ve probably all seen succulent-filled cowboy and rain boots. But boots aren’t the only kick-in-the-pants containers where succulents can be planted. Not only do succulents not require much water, these beautiful plants have small root systems, so they also don’t require much space (or dirt). Which means that you can plant them in…