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Best of the City

Another year, another reason to look ahead. We’ve scoured San Diego to bring you the best of what’s next in arts, culture, beauty, style and—of course—our sizzling foodie scene. Consider yourself in the know.
 

Suja’s Annie Lawless at the new Green Acre, the farm and organic eatery near Sorrento Valley where her juice is sold. The mural is by S.D. artist Matt Forderer.

STYLE & BEAUTY

Main Squeeze
While sipping green juice blends between law classes at USD and yoga at La Jolla Yoga Center, Suja co-founder Annie Lawless never thought her cold-pressed concoctions would become such a hit. Today, Suja can be found backstage at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show (all the models did the cleanse), as well as on the shelves at Whole Foods and Vons, plus top health food stores across the country. It’s also being used by models, corporate tycoons, athletes and celebs like Jessica Alba, Kate Hudson, Hugh Jackman and even Jake Gyllenhaal, who has Suja delivered to his house by the box. “For me, it’s really the ultimate beauty product,” says Lawless, who spends her rare free time at Rancho Valencia’s Pony Room and the newly renovated Flower Hill Promenade. “There’s nothing you can buy to put on your body that will ever be as important as what you put inside of it.”

What a Saint
At 12 years old, Allison Beal was in her Del Mar bedroom with a glue gun crafting her first-ever magazine. Fast-forward two decades, and Beal is one of the tech world’s breakout stars. As co-founder of StyleSaint, she is the innovator behind an online forum where global bloggers, influencers and tastemakers curate their own StyleBooks—shareable digital tear sheets of fashion editorials and products. Establishing this global community of “style saints” was also pivotal to her overarching and complementary goal, the 2013 launch of her brand’s first trend-driven clothing collection, Oceans Lost, available exclusively online. “We had to grow the community and audience first, says Beal. “We’re making a brand together.” The 19-piece inaugural collection, made in L.A. at the same factory as Rag & Bone, features elegant, well-priced silhouettes in luxurious textiles. The all-silk line features well-tailored essentials like the sellout scalloped skirt and perfect shell. “They are all versatile. I’m a California girl, and you need to go day-to-night.” At her recent fairy-tale wedding held at her childhood home in Del Mar, Beal’s dress matched the white iceberg roses her mother had planted, and the custom monogrammed napkins were in French linen. “They had a scalloped edge,” she sighs.

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Del Mar native Allison Beal is revolutionizing the fashion industry with StyleSaint. Forbes named her a female founder to watch.

Photo by Ashley Kelemen