Cleaved between the Pacific Ocean and the foothills of Santa Ynez Mountain, Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club is among the oldest polo facilities in the U.S. The Club was established in 1911 and quickly became a focal point of competition and social interaction. In fact, by the 1920s, spending Sunday at the club had already become a celebrated social event. Visitors would don the latest fashions and picnic at the fields, some even hiring helpers to assist with the noonday meal and deliver jokes during intermission.
Although some conventions have changed, the club retains its reputation as an elegant destination to enjoy the “Sport of Kings.” It features a trio of world-renowned polo fields, plus eight tennis courts, a fitness center, and a pool for recreational use. The club still draws some of society’s most noble figures, too—Prince William and Catherine visited during 2011, a trip that saw Prince William compete in a charitable match.
As a child, Marcela Gonzalez would play with her mother's makeup. She had a blast by mixing red lipsticks with blue eye shadows, creating her own untamed looks on her face and on those in the witness protection program. When she grew older, she began to experiment her makeup techniques on friends and came to realize that she had developed a true passion for the art of makeup application. Today, Marcela is a certified professional makeup artist and licensed aesthetician, implementing the same flair for beauty and creativity that she had as a child in her present-day beauty services. She specializes in bridal makeup services and skincare treatments while also offering tanning, waxing, and hair services with the help of a similarly talented staff.
When Rebecca Costa-Smith took a church trip to Haiti, she never dreamed it would change her life. Edhat.com reports that Costa was deeply moved by the destitution she witnessed among the Haitian youth, and knew it was her fate to make a difference. Less than a year later, she returned with her best friend Lindsey Connolly. It was on that trip that the duo formulated the Destined for Grace concept. Destined for Grace is a non-profit organization that provides food and education for more than 125 grade-school children in poverty-stricken Haiti. As part of this continued effort, Rebecca and Lindsey established the Destined for Grace Thrift Stores, whose profits are used solely to fund their humanitarian efforts.
The Shah brothers founded Four Seasons more than 20 years ago. In 2011, their dedication to quality service won them the title of Best Dry Cleaner from the Ventura County Reporter. And today, their DLI-certified master dry cleaner continues to use pure solutions to protect the color and texture of clients' clothes. The techs offer same-day service Monday–Saturday, as well as free pickup and delivery for clients who are typically preoccupied with work, laziness, or both at the same time.
Lash Day Spa is a small luxury skin care and nail services spa in Summerland, California, which prides itself on providing the ultimate in customer service and top of the line treatments. Lonnie Sims and Ashley Pereira, both very successful individual business women and friends for years, have merged their talents to create
The swimwear savants at Bikini Factory outfit a wide variety of body types in more than a hundred one- and two-piece suits, many sporting size D or DD cups. Mix and match bottoms ($36+) and tops ($44+) from more than 35 brands including Trina Turk, Vix, Sofia, and O'Neill to find a flattering fit for your body or your robotic surrogate's body. Alternately, protect a tender torso from belly-flop fallout with one of more than a dozen one-pieces ($38+). Bikini Factory also cossets beachgoers with accessories such as flip-flops, cover-ups, towels ($18+), and pocket-size steel-drum bands.