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Category Archives: Health

A Day Away: The Oaks at Ojai

by lesliedinaberg on March 31, 2017

Looking for a bit of spring cleaning for the mind, body and soul? The Oaks at Ojai (122 E. Ojai Ave.) is a great place to refresh and recharge your spirit any time of the year. I had a girlfriend getaway for a few days last fall and was pleasantly surprised and charmed at every […]

Style File: Natura Bissé’s Pure Air = Pure Bliss

by lesliedinaberg on November 14, 2016

Bacara Resort & Spa (8301 Hollister Ave., Goleta) recently added Spanish cosmetics brand Natura Bissé to its world-class 42,000-square-foot Spa and Wellness Center, and as a special treat, had a pop-up appearance of Natura Bissé’s infamous Bubble Pure Air last week. I was one of the lucky ones who got to be the “girl in the plastic bubble,” and my […]

Style File: Five New Skin Care Habits for Fall

by lesliedinaberg on September 17, 2014

Changing seasons call for a few change-ups in our beauty routine. Dermatologist Dr. Marnie Nussbaum recommends incorporating these five habits into your daily ritual for a smooth, soft transition into fall. 1. Switch Cleansers. Start with the basics – If you’ve been using a shine control cleanser (or skating by with a bar of soap), make the […]

Glow in the Park Benefit for Doctors Without Walls – Santa Barbara Street Medicine

by lesliedinaberg on September 4, 2014

Just when you think we’ve had every kind of fundraiser you can imagine, someone comes up with something new. This time the creative group is Doctors Without Walls – Santa Barbara Street Medicine, a nonprofit dedicated to providing free, volunteer medical care for the homeless and underserved population in Santa Barbara. Adventurous participants will assemble atop Elings […]

Style File: Staycation Day at the Bacara Spa

by lesliedinaberg on August 29, 2014

Our summer days are dwindling—at least according to local school calendars—which makes this a perfect time for a staycation day at our very own Bacara Resort & Spa. I recently enjoyed the heavenly Signature Barbor SeaCreation Facial, an amazing treatment that “unites the elements—Ocean, Sun, Earth and Atmosphere—to refine pores and heal sun-damaged skin.” It was lovely. According to […]

Free Screening of “Dislecksia: The Movie” and Q & A with Filmmaker Harvey Hubbell

by lesliedinaberg on January 14, 2014

Dyslexia affects 1 in 5 individuals, and Harvey Hubbell (who has dyslexia) is spreading the word across the nation that dyslexia is a difference, not a disability. The award-winning independent filmmaker screens his well-reviewed film, Dislecksia: The Movie at a special appearance at Santa Barbara High School on Friday, January 17 at 7 p.m. (700 E. […]

Neighborhood at odds

by lesliedinaberg on February 13, 2013

Planning Commission hears concerns on converting St. Francis into Cottage employee housing Almost 150 people packed the hearing room at City Hall on Thursday, no small feat the week before Christmas. In the hot seat was Cottage Hospital’s plan to develop condominiums on the old St. Francis Medical Center property. “No one at Cottage Hospital […]

Do Kids Make You Fat?

by lesliedinaberg on October 7, 2011

Only if you add sugar. I have no doubt that having kids makes your heart fuller and your wallet slimmer, but what about your waistline? According to a study by the University of Iowa College of Medicine and the University of Michigan, living with the little darlings also makes your belly bulge. And I’m not […]

What PMS really stands for

by lesliedinaberg on June 24, 2011

I used to think that PMS was a myth. Like fat free cheese that doesn’t taste like plastic, the Loch Ness Monster, celery having negative calories, and conditioner that repairs split ends-I was convinced that Premenstrual Syndrome didn’t really exist. I would secretly snicker to myself when my girlfriends complained that the turning of their […]

Random Acts of Awesomeness

by lesliedinaberg on September 24, 2010

For all of the hype about women and their low self esteem, it didn’t really hit home until the other night when I was out with a few of my beautiful and brilliant girlfriends laughing and chatting and having a great time until-dare I say it-one of them challenged the rest of us to say […]