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This Month In Style: June 2024

Style Magazine – June 2024

Is it strange that I keep a copy of STYLE on my nightstand and sometimes thumb through it before bed? My husband seems to think so (“Don’t you want to give your brain a break from work?”), but I find it to be an effective (easy, enjoyable, oftentimes educational) way to drift off to dreamland. A treasure trove of information and inspiration, each and every issue makes me feel happier, hungrier, and more connected to our community.

And this month’s magazine—an unofficial ode to summer—is no different. From island-inspired eats (page 96) and sweet scoops (page 100) to the latest, greatest in pool design (page 64), it’s an extra colorful copy full of delicious discoveries and entertaining editorial.

Here are just a few of the things that personally piqued my interest in the glossy print pages ahead:  

HOORAY FOR HOOPLA. I’ve always loved libraries, but it wasn’t until editing Jennifer Maragoni’s story, “Beyond Books” (page 18), that I realized all the fabulous freebies a local library card grants you. From complimentary California State Parks passes and access to the New York Times (including NYT Cooking and NYT Well!) to a streaming service called Hoopla (where you can watch fantastic, thought-provoking flicks like Past Lives, The Whale, and Big Eyes), the offerings are ample and unexpected. 

RULES THE SCHOOL. When we decided to run our inaugural “Teacher of the Year” contest, I wasn’t prepared for the abundance of inspiring, at times tear-jerking nominations we would receive. Picking a winner wasn’t easy—all educators are angels, after all—but when I read about Aaron MacDonald, our entire team knew he was “the one.” Keep the Kleenex close, and learn more about the sixth-grade math teacher and athletic director on page 24.

O IS FOR OMAKASE. Chances are, you’ve heard about our region’s most-raved-about newish restaurant: Omakase Por Favor. It’s one of the hottest tables in town and fast becoming a foodie favorite. While I knew of the eatery, I didn’t realize just how extraordinary it is. Ryan Martinez takes us on a “spiritual journey” (his words) through the fully chef-curated experience—which features a multi-course tasting menu plus wine pairings—beginning on page 92.

SUMMER BUCKET LIST. The next time someone asks, “What should we do today/this weekend?” turn to Sharon Penny’s piece, “Here Comes the Sun” (page 68). From unique activities for all ages (roller skating, railbiking, river rafting, and horseback riding) to can’t-miss community events (lavender, peaches, and paddleboarding, oh my!) it’s jam-packed with over two dozen boredom busters and creative ways to beat the heat.

Whether you're a dedicated STYLE reader (just like me) who always keeps a copy close by or someone who simply skims its surface, my wish is that the articles awaiting you leave you feeling lighter, brighter, and fully prepared for a summer filled with sun and fun. Cheers!  

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