| Nov 3, 2011
| 4:36 PM
A growing group of perfumers are eschewing the trend of synthetics and working with scents that truly distill the essences of nature....
| Oct 9, 2010
Make-believe windows, 3-D sofas that jump out from the walls, textured lace and imaginative nostalgic posters transform one of the day rooms at the Riverside PACE facility on Mercury Boulevard in Hampton. A recent addition to the building that houses an...
| Oct 31, 2010
It's not difficult to imagine Elizabeth Barrial, 36, the chief perfumer for Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab, as a sorceress of the night. Besides practicing her potion-making craft, the esoteric perfume house's matriarch appears otherworldly. She wears her...
| Nov 5, 2010
If the shopping, cooking and entertaining of the upcoming holiday season already seem overwhelming, or if you simply want to end the year right, a spa getaway can be the ticket to relaxation and renewal. Here are six suggestions for spa vacations in...
| Nov 25, 2010
Aromatherapy has been used for centuries to promote psychological and physical well-being. How do we know this? Scientific studies reveal that cells that detect odor are connected by nerves to the part of the brain responsible for emotion and pleasure....
| Nov 21, 2010
As families sit down at the table Thursday to give thanks for a bountiful feast, we can also give thanks for the bounty of California, where the harvest is diverse and year-round.
And — more thanks — many of California's abundant crops and...
| Dec 12, 2010
Supermodel Gisele Bündchen has been canonized in British newspaper the Independent as "the biggest star in fashion history." So, since Bündchen (at age 30) already has the making-history thing nailed, she's focused on adding the future to her résumé ...
| Dec 18, 2010
How can it be that Christmas is less than a week away?
I hope there's still time to find my football in the garage so that the Abbott boys can renew a family tradition.
The Abbott boys — my two sons and I — are all adults now...
| May 3, 2011
| 9:31 AM
1st) Massage Envy
Nowhere are the benefits of a little preventative pampering more apparent than at Massage Envy of Fairfield. The flagship clinic for owners Dina Begetis and Eugenia Tzoannopoulos’ string of Massage Envy sites. “Massage is...
| Aug 8, 2010
On a steamy, drizzly morning, my friend Alejandra Cisneros leads us on a narrow dirt path through the flooded rice fields.
A few yards away, a dozen ducks march single file across a dirt berm, tails twitching, looking very businesslike. Local farmers...
| Jan 24, 2011
Until Bryan Le Blanc's 93-year-old mother died earlier this month, she had spent the last four years of her life in the Alzheimer's unit at Maryhaven Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in north suburban Glenview.
Over the last two years, Le Blanc saw...