too much

Too much rain, too fast, and too soon.  I can not believe I am sharing another disaster in our community on the heels of the Thomas Fire.  On Tuesday January 9th,  at around 3:45am, unprecedented heavy rain fell at almost an inch per hour and caused the recently burned mountainside to give way.  It sent a torrent of mud, boulders, and debris careening through many parts of Montecito, a suburb of Santa Barbara.  Experts estimate the damage lies over a 30 square mile area.  As of this writing, 17 lives have been lost and over 600 homes destroyed or badly damaged.  It is overwhelming.  Our main artery from North to South, the scenic Highway 101 is closed down in both directions, stranding many. Continue reading

mystical magical san ysidro ranch

When my friend and makeup magician, Fredericke Grillitz (IQ Beauty…see blog),  suggested I meet her at San Ysidro Ranch to pick up my cosmetics, I didn’t have to be asked twice.  She visits the Ranch for tea and a bite whenever she’s in town meeting her Santa Barbara clients. I haven’t been to the Ranch in years so I jumped at the chance, as Fredericke promised to take me on a stroll through the gardens. Continue reading

Me and my Mate(s)

It’s rare enough to find a shop where you fall in love with just about everything in it,  but it’s icing on the cake when the owners turn out to be just as fun and wonderful as the space they have created.  One of those shops, which has added immeasurably to our Santa Barbara home, is Mate Gallery. The mates are Ron Brand and Matt Albiani, who bring a nostalgic East Coast vibe to their West Coast store. Being from New England originally, I fell hard for just about everything in their exquisite shop. They scour tag sales and antique shops on the East Coast and bring their finds back to their small but packed-to-the-rafters space in Montecito, California. It is chock full of wonderful art, gifts, home furnishings, and is bursting with the humor and personality of its owners. Matt is also an accomplished photographer and many of his works adorn the walls next to vintage oil paintings of the sea and a portrait or two. Continue reading