The model and first-ever C cover star shares her Golden State favorites
CAROLYN MURPHY on the cover of C Magazine for its inaugural issue in September 2005 (right), as photographed by Brian Bowen Smith, and more recently, on a Californian hike (left).
Where do you live?
Secret spot between the mountains and the sea.
PFEIFFER BEACH in Big Sur. Photo by Daiwei Lu/Unsplash.
I love surfing Rincon, but my favorites are in Big Sur — Pfeiffer Beach in particular because of the ruggedness, and the surrounding area is a giant playground.
Branded cloth bags and an afternoon spread at Venice’s GJUSTA.
I love Gjusta in Venice for their breads and smoked fish. I’m a food snob.
Post Ranch Inn. Mickey Muennig is a genius architect, integrating structures with the land [and using] native plants as roof coverings.
I like the occasional “salty dog” in summer, which is grapefruit juice with a splash of vodka and a salted rim.
Papayas. Photo by Marissa Rodriguez/Unsplash.
The Ojai Certified Farmers Market is the best. For vintage furniture I love exploring Summerland or Santa Paula.
Favorite Californian wine?
Someone recently gave me a bottle of pinot noir from Scribe Winery in Sonoma, and it was super yummy.
A cozy cabin retreat in El Capitan Canyon.
Which car do you drive?
A vintage Land Rover or 1983 Mercedes wagon, biodiesel.
Bixby Creek Bridge and the Big Sur coastline. Photo by Cameron Venti/Unsplash.
Between Santa Barbara and Goleta, or from Carmel to Big Sur.
Summer styles by DÔEN.
What’s in your cosmetics bag?
I use Double Wear concealer and Sumptuous mascara from Estée Lauder, and if I’m feeling dressy, Pure Color Classic Red for my lips.
Terri Lawton for 20 years now! She is more than a facialist, she’s a healer.
What book are you reading?
At the moment, Essential Mary Austin and Braiding Sweetgrass.
Last TV show you binged?
Down to Earth With Zac Efron.
Feature image: A view from Big Sur’s POST RANCH INN.
This story originally appeared in the September 2020 issue of C Magazine.
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