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Quest for hats: A hat is a hat is a hat, especially come Del Mar Opening Day

Come opening day, Wednesday, July 17 at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club; hats, hats and more hats are the madcap sidebar to the main story of the moment, namely the excitement of racing’s return. Thus begins the big fat hat dilemma for otherwise fashionable and well-appointed ladies. Many women say they love hats, but never have occasion to wear them. Others complain a top hat,…

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Golden Door spa: How a legendary retreat made the ultimate comeback

San Marcos, California’s Golden Door spa has been restored to its former glory—which is exactly how you’ll feel when you leave. The short version of the story—how I came to be at Golden Door, the storied, ultra-luxe retreat sometimes referred to as the “Mrs. Astor of spas”—is that I have two children under the age of 5 and a demanding job that requires fair amounts…