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  • 2nd August
    2011
  • 02
  • 28th July
    2011
  • 28
Here’s the story… of the Brady house. I stumbled upon the blueprints that Mike created for the enviably hip Cali home. I loved the Brady family and their house so so much. It was the highlight of afternoon tv time! Although we rarely saw Mike working we knew that he was the genius behind the double doors in the front entrance (the better to get the Christmas tree in the house), the dual bedroom attached walk-through bathroom (who didn’t want that!?) and Alice’s private suite behind the kitchen. His den was the best room. Just ask Greg, who tried to make it into his private Boom Boom Room at one point. One of my favorite episodes (in addition to “Mom always said don’t play ball in the house,” the tiki in Hawaii debacle, and the time they staged Snow White in the backyard) is when Zsa Zsa Gabor came a-callin’. She wanted Mike to create architectural plans for her makeup company’s headquarters. Her ideas included a giant lipstick building and an oversized powder puff, neither of which would have been as covetable as the big and breezy Brady home.
[photo from West Collection]

Here’s the story…
of the Brady house. I stumbled upon the blueprints that Mike created for the enviably hip Cali home. I loved the Brady family and their house so so much. It was the highlight of afternoon tv time! Although we rarely saw Mike working we knew that he was the genius behind the double doors in the front entrance (the better to get the Christmas tree in the house), the dual bedroom attached walk-through bathroom (who didn’t want that!?) and Alice’s private suite behind the kitchen. His den was the best room. Just ask Greg, who tried to make it into his private Boom Boom Room at one point. One of my favorite episodes (in addition to “Mom always said don’t play ball in the house,” the tiki in Hawaii debacle, and the time they staged Snow White in the backyard) is when Zsa Zsa Gabor came a-callin’. She wanted Mike to create architectural plans for her makeup company’s headquarters. Her ideas included a giant lipstick building and an oversized powder puff, neither of which would have been as covetable as the big and breezy Brady home.

[photo from West Collection]

  • 19th July
    2011
  • 19

Daydream Destinations: The Ranch at Live Oak Malibu


True story: Every year New Year I make two resolutions. One is generally something I know I can accomplish like getting more pages in my passport or switching off the computer by 10pm so I can actually experience REM sleep when I decide to turn in. The other yearly promise to improve myself is to participate in a healthy retreat. That one, my friends seems to be the one I can never find the time to accomplish.
The fantabulous Ranch at Live Oak Malibu seems like just the place for me to escape, recharge, renew and finally tick that wellness vacation off my to-do list. 
I mean look at that pool area, don’t you want to sign up too? We can go together!
The week-long program features hiking, stretching, yoga-ing and loads of detoxing (but not in that we only drink greens kind of way, I swear). Food is pure, simple and capped at 1,500 calories, which is probably what I consume in coffee with soy alone, daily. Oh and there’s no caffeine or booze allowed. I’m totally convinced that if I spent a week there, I’d get my body, mind and spirit in shape that I haven’t seen since before the towers fell. Oh and if I sleep better at night that would just be the bees knees…

But the real reason why I’m dreaming about the Ranch and not some strip-downed ashram is because even while I’m breaking bad habits I like to feel a bit pampered with massages and fancy sheets.

[photos from The Ranch at Live Oak]