No bird soars too high, if he soars with his own wings.
-William Blake

My Santa Barbara | Story Time: New Children’s Library Springs Into Action

by lesliedinaberg on December 29, 2015

By Leslie Dinaberg Cue the super hero music. The air sizzles with excitement as the audience scrambles to find their favorite spots and story teller Mayra Benitze urges her preschool-aged team of mighty avengers to “zip your lips, put on your capes and sit down criss-cross applesauce style.” Watching these mini super heroes transform into […]

Cocktail Corner: Why Wine is Good for You!

by lesliedinaberg on December 21, 2015

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic! by Leslie Dinaberg In honor of the holiday season, here are some reasons why wine is good for you! A glass of wine a day may keep depression away! A group of researchers from Spain found that “those who drank moderate amounts of alcohol (5 to 15 g […]

SB Style File: Holiday Stress? Try Coloring Inside the Lines!

by lesliedinaberg on December 21, 2015

When young children need to “settle down” there’s something very calming about focusing their energies on a coloring book, which is probably why adult coloring and doodling books have become so popular. I finally got around to trying out some of the coloring books and, I have to say, coloring inside—or outside—the lines really is […]

SB Style File: Stocking Stuffers

by lesliedinaberg on December 21, 2015

Tis the season … here are some of our picks for stylish stocking stuffers she is sure to love! IT Brushes for Ulta Your Face & Eye Essentials Set IT has a nice set of four brushes to line, define, smoke out and blend, plus the allover complexion brush for all your basics from foundation to blush to […]

SB Style File: Santa Barbara Greeting Cards

by lesliedinaberg on December 21, 2015

Looking for a special gift this holiday season? How about a trip to Santa Barbara in a tin? Donna Greene’s new venture, Santa Barbara Greeting Cards, offers two beautiful sets of cards and postcards spotlighting iconic Santa Barbara scenes that will appeal to both locals and visitors. “Living in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, we […]

SB Style File: A Taste of Ojai Culinary Salts

by lesliedinaberg on December 17, 2015

We’re always looking for unique, local products and private Chef Robin Goldstein‘s new A Taste of Ojai Culinary Salts are the perfect gift for chefs, both near and far. Available in a variety of flavors, including Lavender: French Grey Sea Salt + Organic Lavender Chile Garlic: Sea Salt + Organic Jalapeno, Paprika, Cumin, Garlic, Onion […]

Editor’s Pick: Santa Barbara International Film Festival

by lesliedinaberg on December 16, 2015

One of the highlights of my year is always Santa Barbara International Film Festival, which offers a whirlwind 10 days of more than 200 films, tributes and symposiums that range from American indie films to world cinema and everything in between. We can’t wait so see what the organizers have in store for this 31st […]

Editor’s Pick: Kids Helping Kids

by lesliedinaberg on December 14, 2015

There are a lot of ways to learn about philanthropy and economics, but the San Marcos High School Kids Helping Kids program has to be one of the most interesting and unique. Over the course of 11 years, students have volunteered more than 10,000 hours of work, resulting in $700,000 being raised for charitable purposes—to […]

Editor’s Pick: Parade of Lights

by lesliedinaberg on December 7, 2015

Santa Barbara is always a beautiful place to celebrate the holiday season, and one of the most unique and charming events is the annual Parade of Lights, when boat owners literally “deck the hulls with bows of holly” and lots of glorious lights, then motor, sail and paddle between Stearns Wharf and Santa Barbara Breakwater. […]

Cocktail Corner: Seasonal Cocktails at the Goodland & Potek Pop-Up

by lesliedinaberg on December 5, 2015

A spirited toast to all things alcoholic! by Leslie Dinaberg Goleta’s hippest hangout has upped its game even further recently, both The Goodbar and Outpost at the Goodland (5650 Calle Real, Goleta) have bold, fun new cocktail menus from lead bartender Chris Burmeister. The already extensive—and very creative—menu now includes a dozen new sippers between the two bars. […]