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FASHION 20 Resort Wear 2017 28 Lingerie in the Metropolis 38 Maggie Norris Couture 40 Isabella International Fashion

FEATURE 56 Charles Gucciardo

68 TASTE 62 Storico 64 The Leopard at Des Artistes 66 Upper Story 68 Beating the Cold Winter






Jetset 72 Beyond the Sea 74 You Had Me at Aloha 76 Royal Treatment at the Goring London 78 Luxury in the Florida Keys 80 Prêt-à-Portland 82 Hillsborough Castle


REGIMEN 84 Mindful Eating in the New Year 86 Tea Trending


PROFILE 88 Lauren Lawrence 90 The Queen of Reinvention 92 Sonia Soni 94 Gary Stone 96 Gal Sela 98 John Mahdessian 100 Jan Scher

ARTFORM 102 Bodies in Action 104 Matthew Moskowitz 106 Color Alert Pink

SOCIAL 108 The 14th Annual Justworld Gala 110 New York Society Scene 112 New York Party Scene 114 LA Party Scene 116 Holiday Party 118 Galas Galore 120 Jackie's Joke Box


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stonY BRooK A New Space for a New Chapter By Jody Sokol


ur client always loved driving past the 1941 colonial revival in historic Stony Brook Village, so it was a dream come true when she and her husband finally had the opportunity to buy it. Of course, after moving in, they knew that a lot of work needed to be done. A hideous green carpet covered the bedroom and office floors, while contrasting floral and burgundy striped drapes hung in the windows. After a year of living in the new home, they decided it was time for a fresh start. The bedroom went from drab to fab. Gray grasscloth wallpaper went up over stark white walls. The custom-made bedding was pet-friendly and passed all the cats’ tests. Swivel chairs with textural fabric and soft colors and a faux crocodile leather ottoman provide the perfect spot to enjoy morning coffee. The beautiful rope texture on the mirror adds a nice touch, while the black dresser with leather handles grounds the room. Rattan shades give the windows new life with their warm texture, and the embroidered linen drapes are now the focal point. Once the bedroom was complete, we needed to tackle the adjoining office. Because the rooms connect, the elements in the rooms needed to work together. A soft gray carpet flows throughout the space. Our clients were looking for a way to share the office; he needed room to spread


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out his paperwork while she needed space for working on her laptop, so his and hers desks with complimenting styles were added. We designed a custom desk to accommodate his needs and brought in a shagreen leather desk for her. Everyone loved the design on the roman shades so much that it became the focal point in the office. A lucite cart with rattan baskets and some fun starburst accessories brighten up the room. While we were in the midst of this project, our client quit her job to convert her new home into New York’s first Bed & Bike Inn, a bed and breakfast geared toward cyclists. The Stony Brookside is in the perfect location, across the street from the gorgeous Mill Pond Park, backing up to the historic Grist Mill, and just down the road from the Village Center.

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rom psychology major to record store owner to one of New York’s most powerful and respected personal injury attorneys, Charles Gucciardo has dedicated his life to helping other people. He has worked on the mission field in places such as Kenya and Uganda, and in 2016 was named Man of the Year for the Boys’ and Girls’ Towns of Italy Orphanage Gala where they raise over a half a million dollars to benefit children across Europe. “My passion is working for and helping people,” says Gucciardo. “The difference becomes apparent when the focus is on the client and not merely on the business itself. I’ll do anything in my power to make sure they’re taken care of like family.”

As the saying goes, with great power comes great responsibility, and after thirty-five years carrying the legal responsibility for his clients, Gucciardo knows this well. Starting out fresh from law school, he joined the prosecutor’s office in Nassau County and later emerged as one of the top young criminal defense attorneys. “I knew I wasn’t going to stay in criminal work,” he says, reflecting on a murder trial that resulted in acquittal. “Although I know that under our constitution, every defendant is entitled to a proper and rigorous defense, my endeavors in that field did not fulfill my goals in being of service to those in need. I had a different calling.” Listening to his conscience, Gucciardo decided he could no longer represent

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criminal clients and at twenty-eight years old, he found his way to personal injury law and subsequently to the medical malpractice arena, an area of law that he feels best allows him to assist those who have been injured through the mistakes of others. Today, roughly half of his cases are medical malpractice; the last four cases that he tried resulted in multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. The other fifty percent of his cases are motor vehicle accidents, construction accidents, and other general negligence actions. With two offices—one in Manhattan, one in Mineola, NY—Gucciardo has the means and reputation to serve high-profile clients and cases. His reputation, of course, is known across the tri-state region and as far west as Kansas as one of the most tenacious in the business. “I began early with seven-figure results,” he says. “In 1993 I won my first multi-million dollar verdict and once I did that, my reputation began to grow.” Once your name gets out, people start to define you. And very quickly, Charles Gucciardo earned rock-star status for his work in the courtroom. Speaking in front of large trial audiences came second nature to him.


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“I was a bandleader when I was younger,” he laughs. “I played weddings and bar mitzvahs, and that’s how I made a living throughout my undergraduate and graduate education.” Gucciardo is not just reminiscing when he talks of his time as a musician. Learning how to perform in front of large crowds at a young age combined with a psych degree became the key ingredients to his success as a trial attorney. “There are a lot of lawyers out there but not many of them are comfortable with trying cases to verdict in a courtroom. If you were to really search the New York area,” he says, “you do not come up with too many negligence and medical malpractice plaintiff’s attorneys who consistently and successfully try such cases on a regular basis. Certainly you will not find many who actually take several million dollar verdicts a year, but there are a few.” In a city of eight million, the supply of excellent trial attorneys does not always meet the demand. For the last 10-15 years, Gucciardo has seen a steady geometric acceleration of bigger and bigger cases coming to his door, with no sign of slowing down.

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“I can’t remember the last time I tried a case worth less than a million dollars,” he says, shaking his head. “I know I have, but it’s been a while.” And of course, this acceleration is occurring because of his hard work and dedication. On any given day Gucciardo says he would rather be in a courtroom doing a cross-examination than enjoying the sun at the beach.

unable to walk and speak, as well as blind in one eye. With medical bills mounting, Watson’s mother brought Gucciardo on-board after five years of hardship and struggle. It was not long before the Watson’s were on the receiving end of a major settlement win against Hempstead Village—a 16.6 million-dollar settlement. The only bright spot in an otherwise tragic story.

“I don’t know what it is about me. My life’s focus is to benefit those who need my assistance and experience and I don’t know how to change that, nor do I want to.”

“One of the reasons you try and secure as much money as you can for these clients is because a lot of them have injuries that require life long medical attention and rehab,” he says.

Helping people is what drives him day in and day out. Even when a case of lesser value comes his way, Gucciardo prepares as if it were a milliondollar case anyway. “How do you give half of an effort?” he asks. The answer for him is easy. He does not. “If you take a client’s case, you take on the responsibility of representing that client to the full extent of your ability and resources.”

Gucciardo, however, didn’t stop there. In 2012, a Newsday investigation of Hempstead Turnpike revealed 32 deaths and over 400 injuries in pedestrian accidents over a five-year span. It was not enough to just help the Watson’s. Gucciardo pressed on and pushed hard for legislation concerning driver safety for the entire state of New York. Naturally, his efforts bore fruit and further regulation including road signs and lower speed limits became mandatory near schools.

One of his most famous cases—and one he points to as most gratifying to him—involved ten-year-old Mildrekia Watson. In December 2007, at the age of five, Watson was hit by a car while crossing a busy street in Hempstead, NY. Traumatic brain injury and multiple fractures left Watson


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Victories like the Watson case have only continued to fuel Gucciardo’s aspirations and endeavors. Outside of the courtroom, Gucciardo has been busy buying top-level Internet domains (gtlds) and has almost completed

the construction of a legal website directory. He heads to Las Vegas this month for a speaking engagement at the NamesCon convention—a venue for the burgeoning business of domain name ownership, investment, and development. “I’m very excited about this project,” he says. “My website (DUI.attorney) will launch in the next two months; I’ve already received a tremendous response from former prosecutors in the New York area and it will be available nationwide.”

have handled DUI cases on a trial level while at a DA’s or other prosecutors office. Those who have been involved with such a problem should have a competent mechanism through which to find a highly qualified attorney. Although this venture is more in the form of diversification, Gucciardo’s passion for trying cases will always be his main focus. “Unless something unforeseen happens, I don’t plan on ever retiring,” he says. “They will probably carry me out of the courtroom one day when I am taking a verdict.” While he says this with a smile, it seems that he may not be joking. He says, “Honestly, I couldn’t think of a better way to go.”

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stoRico Chef Tim Kensett By Bennett Marcus

storiCo iN the New-york historiCAL soCiety museum & LibrAry Ask Tim Kensett, who just took over as chef at Storico, in the New-York Historical Society Museum & Library, to choose a standout dish from his Italian menu, and he can’t. “The menu changes quite a lot, on a regular basis,” he says, adding that the idea is that he can write a new menu as often as he wishes. “In terms of a standout dish, there’s not one because I wholeheartedly believe in all of them,” the affable Brit says. But then admitted a fondness for a couple of simple classics that are currently being served at the newly re-launched restaurant; a ravioli with robiola and his spin on a caponata, the eggplant dish that he calls a “quintessential Sicilian dish that every man and his dog has a different recipe for.” QuiNtesseNtiALLy itALiAN: You won’t find red sauce at Storico. “The idea is that I cook Italian food the way Italians eat it in Italy,” he says. “It’s not your preconceived, stereotypical idea, and certainly not American Italian.” His philosophy is ingredient-led. “I will pick an ingredient or a group of ingredients and build a dish around it, but treat the ingredients simply, and just allow them to become the best version of themselves. So it’s simple, approachable, honest food, with specific bold flavors.” He explains that Italian food is not just about food, it’s about the reason why the ingredients go together, and it’s about where the ingredients are from, and who produces them, and it’s understanding the thought process behind why you’re doing it. Fifty percent of his job, Tim says, is looking for ingredients, which, of course, are different here. “I say that I cook Italian


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food the way Italians eat in Italy, but this is New York. It’s not Italy,” he laughs. But it’s not a compromise, because he is able to find fantastic local ingredients. And there are a few things that he insists on importing from Italy, like Parmesan cheese, prosciutto di Parma, mozzarella from Campania, and olive oil from Tuscany. “There’s certain things that are quintessentially Italian that I would not want to get anywhere else.” riVer CAFÉ iN LoNdoN: The frequent menu updates help create dishes that are balanced, he says. “It’s also honest towards the ideals and the philosophies that we stand by.” This philosophy is very much that of the storied River Café in London, where Tim spent years working with the legendary Ruth Rogers. The proprietors of Storico recruited him specifically to bring that philosophy to New York. “I know that life, I know that philosophy, and that’s the fashion I cook in.” the sANds eNd: Prior to River Café, Tim worked at a Michelinstarred French restaurant, and won a coveted Michelin Bib Gourmand for his seasonal lunch menu at The Sands End in west London. This is his first time working in New York, and while the hustle and bustle is similar to London’s, he’s getting used to the tastes of New Yorkers, like our penchant for putting Parmesan cheese on every Italian dish. He thinks that the restaurant being tucked away in a museum is an advantage. “We get a lot of locals, the neighborhood,” he says. “So if we can create a restaurant where the locals of the Upper West Side can go and they know they’re going to get good food and have approachable and knowledgeable service, it can be a little bit of a gem for them. Because they know that not everyone knows about it.” nyhistory.org/dine (212) 485-9211


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veryday dishes done with respect to Southern Italian cultural traditions, absolute quality of ingredients, hospitality and outstanding service – that is the formula of New Yorkers favorite fine Italian dining destination: The Leopard at des Artistes. This Upper West Side hot spot, owned by husband-and-wife-team Gianfranco Sorrentino and Paula Bolla-Sorrentino, and partner Chef Vito Gnazzo, invites diners to enjoy exceptional food in a warm and inviting atmosphere. The Leopard’s décor, which features famed Howard Chandler Christy murals in the dining room, is inspired by the elegance of the 1963 epic film with the same name. Chef Vito’s culinary signature of authentic southern Italian comfort food is what draws visitors and locals alike to the restaurant. The Leopard boasts a diverse menu that finds its roots in the area once known as The Kingdom of Two Sicilies of the mid-1800s, and the culinary traditions of Campania, Basilicata, Calabria, Apulia, Sardinia, and of course, Sicily. The menu also features dishes traditionally found in regions outside of southern Italy, such as Lazio and Umbria. The restaurant continues to attract a wide


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array of celebrities, including Steven Spielberg, Howard Stern, Stanley Tucci, Kevin Bacon, Kyra Sedgwick, Hank Azaria, Steve Martin, William Kentridge, Madame Francoise Gilot, John Anthony Baldessari, Giuseppe Penone, James Levin and Valery Gergiev. Signature dishes include the Pan-Seared Duck Breast “Porchetta” with fennel pollen, cipollini with aged balsamic vinegar, pickled raisins and vegetable caponata; Halibut “In Brodetto” with baby artichoke and fingerling potatoes; and Maltagliati with wild game and porcini mushroom ragú. The dessert menu boasts specials such as Traditional Zabaione with fresh mixed berries; Traditional Torta di Mascarpone “tiramisu” style; and Nutella Chocolate Mousse served on hazelnut crunch and banana gelato. The restaurant offers an extensive wine and cocktail selection with a wine pairing service offered with the “A Taste of The Leopard” set menu. The Il Gattopardo family of restaurants include Il Gattopardo, The Leopard at des Artistes and Mozzarella & Vino. Originally from Naples, Italy, Gianfranco Sorrentino carries over 40 years of experience in restaurant

management from the Quisitana Hotel in Capri, Dorchester Hotel in London, Four Seasons Hotel in Tokyo, Bice restaurant in New York, Sette MoMA restaurant at the Museum of Modern Art of New York, and Union Bar & Grill in Great Barrington, MA. In September 2001, Sorrentino opened Il Gattopardo, just across from MoMA, and most recently (2011) the Sorrentinos embarked on one of the most rewarding journeys of their careers; the re-birth of the restaurant at New York landmark Hotel des Artistes. Brazilian born and raised, of Italian parents from Veneto, Paula BollaSorrentino is passionate for art, design and Italian culture. With fashion and design background, she had the opportunity of traveling around the world with top fashion designers, as well as worked in one of the most prestigious design firms of New York, Pentagram Design, as Graphic Designer. Graduated from FIT, but with the hospitality industry in her heart, Paula runs all visual and organizational aspects of the company, from Art Direction and flowers, graphic design, and customer relations, to make sure that guests are not only exposed to a wonderful gastronomical event on the table, but to a whole sensorial experience.

About The Leopard at des Artistes The Leopard at des Artistes is owned by husband-and-wife-team Gianfranco Sorrentino and Paula Bolla-Sorrentino, and partner Chef Vito Gnazzo. Chef Gnazzo is the culinary artist of the Il Gattopardo group’s three restaurants: Il Gattopardo, Mozzarella & Vino and The Leopard at des Artistes. Located in the New York landmarked Hotel Des Artistes, and surrounded by the astonishing 1920s murals by Howard Chandler Christy, The Leopard at des Artistes finds its roots in the area once known as “The Kingdom of the Two Sicilies” (mid 1800s) and in the culinary traditions of the regions of Campania, Basilicata, Calabria, Apulia, Sardinia, and of course Sicily, reaching a balance between dishes based on rural elements, such as pasta, vegetables, cheese, and seafood ingredients from the Costiera.

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Experience Exquisite Cuisine by Charlie Palmer From the Top of New York’s D&D Building By Elizabeth Darwen


he best-kept-secret lunch spot for NYC’s designers and their discerning clients, Upper Story sits 14 stories above 3rd Avenue at 59th Street in the prestigious Decoration & Design Building (DDB), a Cohen Design Centers property, owned by Charles S. Cohen. Upper Story, with cuisine by world renowned chef Charlie Palmer, features a progressive American café menu, including seasonal and local ingredients expertly crafted into delectable dishes by Executive Chef Jennifer Day. With over 15 years’ experience in high-end catering, Chef Day combines her lifelong passion for food with her incredible attention to detail at Upper Story’s large scale catered events. Menu favorites include the Pesto Zucchini Noodles with Arugula and Oven Dried Tomatoes and the Scottish Salmon with Wheat Berries and Roasted Artichokes. Enjoy spectacular views of Manhattan for lunch, Monday through Friday 11:30 AM to 3:00 PM or for social or corporate functions in the 300 person event space (180 seated) and 1000 sq. ft. terrace. With a modern yet classic design approach, Upper Story offsets a soft color palette with dark nuances that complement both the daytime and nighttime views from the restaurant’s oversized windows, creating an elegant backdrop for uniquely themed private events, fundraisers, weddings, and more. The easily 66

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accessible midtown location is ideal for customized events. The restaurant is located in midtown Manhattan’s Design District, home to the DDB, which is an invaluable resource to industry professionals who seek to design and decorate luxurious residential and commercial installations. Owner Charles S. Cohen’s umbrella company, Cohen Design Centers owns and manages the DDB; the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood, California; Design Center of the Americas in Dania Beach, Florida; and the Decorative Center Houston in Texas. The DDB is open exclusively to the trade and welcomes design industry professionals from all over the world, who can find inspiration in anything from the bespoke furnishings, ornamental wallcoverings and luxurious fabrics to unique decorative accessories and dramatic lighting, featuring styles ranging from the richly ornate to the sleek and modern. Celebrating 50+ years, the DDB is known nationally and internationally as the world’s most prestigious home to over 130 showrooms, and represents over 3,000 leading manufacturers dedicated to the very best in residential and business interior furnishings, and resource information. For more information about Upper Story, please visit www.upperstoryny.com


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BeAtinG the WinteR cold Cozy Gatherings at Home By Andrea Correale


y the time February rolls around, everyone has had their overdose of holiday parties and celebrations. Our social calendars tend to quiet down and cold weather keeps many of us cooped up in our warm homes. However, this lull in the social scene actually makes it the best time to throw a winter cocktail party.

This type of party is a bit different than the typical holiday bash. Keep it to 15-20 people at the most and center it around your living room or family room coffee table. Create a setup with some five-inch plates, cocktail napkins and utensils propped in glass vases—this will keep it feeling intimate and casual. As the host, you want be able to enjoy the cozy atmosphere you’re creating with your guests, so it’s important that you aren’t getting up and going to the kitchen every five minutes. Here are some foods I recommend for a successful party that are uncomplicated and can be left out for your guests to graze at their leisure: Bruschetta is an easy and delicious appetizer, but try something besides the traditional tomato basil combination. Get some ciabatta bread, grill it and add fun toppings such as beef carpaccio with truffle oil and cracked black pepper, or pastrami smoked salmon with mustard. 68

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Charcuterie and cheese boards are a staple, but there are ways to make them a bit different and fun. Instead of just crackers, put out breadsticks, toast points and interesting breads with different flavors. When it comes to charcuterie, don’t feel like you need to offer the typical Italian spread — there are wonderful French and Spanish cured meats and sausages that are delicious and unique. As for your cheese board, I recommend one aged cheese (grana), one soft cheese (goat cheese), a firm cheese (Manchego or pecorino), and a blue (such a gorgonzola dolce or stilton). You can also offer different varieties such as sheep, cow and buffalo cheeses. Attach little labels to toothpicks and stick them in the cheese so guests know what they’re eating. Put out some salty and sweet snacks like dried cherries or cranberries, salted almonds, figs or a fruit jam. Another easy party favorite is pizza. Try combinations that will sit well at room temperature, such as cranberries, goat cheese, olive oil and thyme. Other tasty combinations are caramelized onions, pears and gorgonzola, or robiola cheese with baby arugula and prosciutto. These ingredients will be delicious even after they’ve been out of the oven for a while.

Not up to cooking? Put in an order at your favorite sushi place! Pick a mix of sushi and sashimi, or even the latest craze —vegan sushi – and display it at the coffee table for guests to pick at.

a mold and pop them out before serving. Or, you can make individual fruit tarts, parfaits or mousse – these can all be prepared ahead of time and be placed in the center of the coffee table while everyone relaxes.

If you’re worried guests will feel like they didn’t eat dinner despite all of these delicious foods, make a few heartier, easy-to-serve dishes. Try a peppercorn-rub hanger steak that you can present sliced on a wooden board with horseradish cream or basil sauce, or put the steak on individual pieces of bread. Paella is another option to make in bulk and customize to your taste —you can make it with saffron rice, fresh catch of the day, or shrimp, mussels, chorizo, chicken, and more. Place it all in a midsized paella pan and put out a stack of cereal bowls so that guests can serve themselves and enjoy. For additional seafood options, try making baked mussels —they come out delicious and they’re a little unexpected. You can also create sliders, such as a lamb slider with red onions, tomato, feta and tzatziki, or spicy ahi tuna sliders with wasabi mayo. These will give your guests the “dinner” feel some may be looking for.

And there you have it —all of the ingredients for a fabulous yet cozy holiday party —just don’t forget to stock your bar! It’s a great way to gather with friends and family and enjoy some time together during the quiet of winter.

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By Janis Turk

n the sunny island of Lošinj, just off the Croatian coastline, across the Adriatic Sea from San Marino, waters are the cobalt color of a priceless sapphire. There on this famed “island of vitality,” visitors will discover another fine gem: the glamorous Hotel Bellevue, one of the world’s most sublime contemporary seaside destinations designed for rest and rejuvenation. Part of Kvarner archipelago islands, Lošinj (pronounced Lo-sheen) is one of the most popular islands in Croatia, a country with more than 1,200 islands spread across the Adriatic Sea. Hugging the coastline are two villages, Mali Lošinj (“little” Lošinj) and Veli Lošinj (“big” Lošinj)—though paradoxically, after years of growth in Mali Lošinj, it is now actually the larger of the two. Still, both are rather small, and it’s hard to choose a favorite. As picturesque as Greece or Mallorca, with terracotta clay rooftops and houses the color of sand and sunset, fields of lavender, grapes, water and clouds, of goldenrod, blue, lavender, and sage, the towns look a bit like Amalfi’s Portofino, with houses huddled on hillsides with lights from their little windows blinking at the sea. Other areas seems as glam as California, cool and cosmopolitan, with five-star restaurants, spas, private villas, pools, patios and flashy yachts. Other times Lošinj seems like Greece or


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Rome, its towns scattered with early stones and statues from a bygone era. A place pining for discovery, Croatia may not yet top your vacation destination list, but scrape away at any misconceptions you may have, and you’ll find it easy to toss off life’s tangled nets of worry and stress there. Check into the Bellevue Hotel, Lošinj, and your shoulders relax. Overlooking the northern Adriatic along Čikat Bay, where the sea is the deepest and bluest, edged by a centennial pine forest and land that’s home to more than 1,000 aromatic and healing herbs and a colony of more than 120 bottle-nosed dolphins, Bellevue is a bright, modern bastion of light-filled spaces, green areas and rooftop gardens in a land that sees more than 2,600 sunny hours per year. Lošinj was first called a “climate health resort” in 1892, and today Hotel Bellevue honors that reputation with its in-house Spa Clinic, with a physician on staff offering wellness packages for guests who come to de-stress, begin a weight loss program, or address skin and pulmonary health issues. With a saltwater pool, spa tub, steam rooms, saunas, heated marble resting beds, and indoor and outdoor pools and hot tubs, the hotel and Spa Clinic is a center of renewal by the sea and sun.

With soothing colors, mid-century design, and award-winning lighting, Bellevue is a 5-story, 5-star luxury hotel with a restaurant and bar, two boutiques, indoor and outdoor pools, outdoor lounging and dining areas, a private freestanding villa, and another small hotel on site. With stand-up paddle boards, parasails, kayaks, paddleboats and bikes for rent, and speed boats, sailboats and pirate ships for chartered excursions and fishing trips, Bellevue offers the perfect spring/summer/fall escape.

Hotel Alhambra, with its extraordinary Chef Melkior Bašić at Alfred Keller restaurant known for its fine wines and exclusively selected delicacies , as well as the private luxury Villa Hortensia. Affordable island hotels with a focus on wellness and spas include the Vitality Hotel Punta, the Wellness Hotel Aurora, and the Family Hotel Vespera. Some are even within walking distance of Veli Lošinj with its ornate churches, 15th-century tower museum and picturesque marina.

Nearby rests the town of Mali Lošinj, with pastel-colored houses perched on the hills hugging a little harbor dotted with boats, their tall masts cutting the clouds exposing the sunset near the spot where locals enjoy outdoor cafes. There are a few small shops, but mostly there are tiny family-owned restaurants and cafes. There’s also a remarkable little museum housing Lošinj’s favorite son, Apoxyomenos, a large, 1st-Century bronze statue of an athlete that sunk beneath the sea at Vele Orjule near Lošinj, it was found 1999 and meticulously restored. After seeing the statue, I spent the afternoon on a sailboat at Vele Orjule near the spot where divers found it close to the coastline, where the water is the color of beach glass lined by salt-white rocky cliffs.

Lošinj is also known for fresh seafood at bayside restaurants with sunset views, like the Lanterna Grill, Veli žal Restaurant, Café & Bar, and Restaurant Diana.

Other luxury lodgings flank Hotel Bellevue, including the elegant Boutique

Luckily Lošinj does not yet welcome cruise ships, so it’s not teaming with tourists like the port of Dubrovnik. Flights can be arranged from Venice, Rijeka, Pula, Dubrovnik , Zagreb and other airports, but no matter how you get to Lošinj, once there you’ll find plenty of sea, sun and rest.

Janis Turk is an award-winning travel writer who has also hosted travel segments for CNN’s airport network.

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Maui’s Magnificent Hotel, Spa & Retreat Properties By Janis Turk


ourists wearing plastic leis, hula lessons, luaus, and limbo dancers, and Tiki Hut bars with karaoke contests—that’s not the Hawaiian vacation sophisticated travelers have in mind. So, on the island of Maui, we discovered two luxurious spa and resort properties that are a balm for the body and soul. Lumeria Maui isn’t actually a luxury boutique hotel and spa or resort, even though it offers fabulous five-star lodging. Instead, it’s more of a wellness retreat, and it’s one of the most peaceful places to stay on Maui. A visit to this tranquil, Yoga-friendly property is as restorative and soothing as a week at a spa. Leave the hectic pace behind, turn off the noise and chatter of technology and tune into your inner voice through meditation, yoga classes, educational talks and more. Lumeria guests aren’t typical tourists: instead, they are travelers seeking tranquility relaxation and learning in a setting that is in keeping with the ancient culture and traditions of the islands. Even Lumeria’s lobby is called the


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“Hale Maluhia Sanctuary,” meaning “House of Peace.” Unlike Hawaiian high-rise hotels with throngs of buffet-loving tourists, the quiet 22-acre property is a private enclave with just 24 guest rooms, lush gardens, an outdoor yoga platform, fire pits under starry skies, a “hammock forest” with views of the ocean, yoga classes, spa treatments and educational and adventure opportunities, along with healthful, seasonal, organic foods at its Wooden Crate restaurant. Hidden in an Eden of lush flora and fauna at the gateway to Upcountry Maui, Lumeria sits just off a quiet two-lane road between the hippie-centric beach village of Paia and the tiny shop-filled town of Makawao. Drive to a beach, tour the Deep Island Rum distillery, or visit the funky Surfing Goat farm for tasty goat-cheese. Tour museums and sugar-cane fields, shop in Kihei, or see sunrise at the summit of a volcano at Haleakala National Park. Then return to Lumeria to soak in a hot tub or pool, enjoy a special Lomi Lomi Hawaiian massage at the spa or in an outdoor hale, walk the meditation labyrinth, or watch glassblowers in the garden.

Rooms at Lumeria are spacious, featuring luxurious linens, Aveda products and free Wi-Fi. The décor offers a clean stark contrast of dark woods and creamy white walls, the hum of ceiling fans, and sounds of the distant surf. Surrounded by famous surf spots and rugged hike and bike trails, this is place offers a blissful Hawaiian retreat. No trip to Maui would be complete, though, without driving the long and winding road to Hana, a scenic 56-mile stretch of narrow roadways with sharp twists and turns and stunning vistas of bamboo-covered mountains, cascading waterfalls and tropical vegetation. Located on the eastern side of Maui, the Hana area is often considered the best part of the island, so naturally it has one its best hotels. Travaasa Hana (formerly Hotel Hana Maui) often takes top rank in lists of the top Hawaiian resorts. With cottages and private suites scattered across 22 lush tropical acres overlooking Hana Bay, guests enjoy the sprawling beauty of this palm tree-shaded island paradise. Watch the waves from a private lanai of an Ocean Bungalow, or relax in a Garden Junior Suite or a roomy Waikoloa Family Suite. Here there are no alarm clocks, radios and televisions, so you can truly unplug and unwind. But don’t worry: you’ll never be bored. Travaasa offers adventure, culinary, culture, fitness and spa and wellness programs, so you can snorkel, canoe, stand-up paddle board, ride horses or glide over the islands in an aircraft. Or sign up for Yoga and

fitness classes, guided coastal walks, cocktail and cooking classes, lei -making fun, ukulele lessons and hula instruction. Spend the afternoon at the spa to get a signature massage, facial or body wrap, or enjoy a time of guided meditation before dipping in a pool or hot tub before dinner. Dine at Preserve Kitchen + Bar, a casual open-air restaurant with weekly Hawaiian music and graceful hula dance performances. Then go to your cottage on a golf cart, or walk well-lit-paths edged by tropical flowers and butterflies. While in Hana, be sure to explore this side of Haleakala National Park, especially the Pools of Oheo (the “Seven Sacred Pools”) where black lava cliffs stand above aquamarine waters. Hike along the Pipiwai Trail with ancient banyan trees and waterfalls. Travaasa close to the Hana Cultural Center and Museum as well as Hana Beach Park, with facilities for Travaasa guests. Here is the Hawaii you’ve been dreaming of, so escape high-rise hotel scene and enjoy a serene retreat on magnificent Maui.

Janis Turk is an award-winning travel writer and a frequent JetSet travel contributor at 25A.

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RoYAl tReAtMent At the GoRinG, london By Janis Turk


efore Kate Middleton married Prince William and became Her Royal Highness, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, first she was a guest at The Goring.

Standing mere steps from the walls of Buckingham Palace for more than 106 years, The Goring is arguably London’s finest family-owned five-star hotel, the quintessential posh English retreat. So it’s no wonder Ms. Middleton chose to stay in its spacious Royal Apartments the night before her Westminster Abbey wedding. Quite literally fit for royalty following its $196,000 pre-royal wedding makeover in 2011, The Goring’s fifth-floor, six-room, $10,950-a-night apartment (“The Royal Suite,” where Middleton stayed that night) was designed by Russell Sage, incorporating several subtle tips of his hat to royalty. Elegant silk wallcoverings specially commissioned from the Gainsborough Silk Company in Suffolk, a glass-bottomed drawer holding a love letter of HM Queen Victoria, a wardrobe with a Queen’s Guard’s uniform secreted inside, and even a portrait of Queen Victoria behind glass in the shower, are but some of the suite’s subtle nods to sovereigns. The Goring’s other 60-plus rooms and suites are equally regal.


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If The Goring were fit for a royal wedding weekend, then my husband and I thought it would surely do for our 21st wedding anniversary. I’m often in London, and I’d stayed at The Goring in the past, but I hadn’t returned since its recent renovation. (Of course, Duchess Kate came back for the unveiling and celebration of the hotel’s 105th birthday last year.) I was dressed appropriately for a fashionable London hotel, but when I saw the elegant attire of the young ladies at the reception, each wearing a little black dress, a smart ivory dress coat and single strand of pearls, I felt like an altogether unfashionable American. However, when one of the owners, Jeremy Goring, greeted us with his uproarious laugh and wicked sense of humor, we immediately felt at ease. One can be posh, prim and proper and still make guests feel at home: Both Mr. Goring and his hotel share that gift. Since completing its multimillion-dollar renovation in 2015, the walls of Front Hall and the ground floor have been draped in hand-painted wallcoverings by Fromental. The wallpaper depicts English parkland dotted with exotic animals, that designer Russell Sage thus describes: “Imagine if all the animals in London Zoo had escaped into Hyde Park…”

Just off the Front Room, is The Goring’s inviting Bar & Lounge, designed by Tim Gosling, a gentleman’s club-like living room where guests can enjoy a light lunch, afternoon tea or a nightcap by the fireplace. Adjacent is a sunny garden terrace overlooking Goring Gardens, one of the largest private gardens in central London. After enjoying a drink and chef’s house-made cheese straws in the lounge, we were escorted to one of the hotel’s four spacious Belgravia Suites. Impeccably English in style, these opulent one-bedroom suites were also designed by Mr. Sage and feature six historic silks rewoven from the fashionable Gainsborough Silk Company. Each has an elegant sitting room with a handsome marble fireplace and large windows with views of Beeston Place. The well-proportioned bespoke bedrooms with fine linens are styled with hand-made furniture in birds-eye maple, mahogany and walnut. The spacious marble bathrooms have walk-in showers, and ours even had a television secreted in a mirror by the tub. Guests at each suite are not only assigned their own footman, but they are also offered in-room cocktail service each evening. On the evening of our 21st anniversary, we retired to the lounge by the fireplace for an aperitif before heading to the Goring Dining Room, designed by another Royal: Princess Margaret’s son, David Linley, nephew of The Queen, a Viscount, designer and furniture maker.

Linley has a noble touch when it comes to design, but his modern take on old-school elegance is evidenced in soft, soothing colors, thick lush draperies and bold architectural elements, like walnut Greek columns flanking a white marble hearth. A creamy coved ceiling and frostingwhite millwork pay homage to the room’s good Georgian bones. Two whimsical, Swarovski chandeliers, each with a branch-like shape, hang dotted with lilac blue lights. The Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher once said they looked like Christmas decorations. But of course, the real star of the restaurant is The Goring’s executive chef, Shay Cooper, whose creative take on classic continental cuisine has recently earned a coveted Michelin Star. Over the past century, members of the Royal Family have visited The Goring, and the Queen Mother’s favorite dish, “Oeufs Drumkilbo” remains on the menu. In 1948, Prince Charles’ christening cake was created by The Goring’s pastry chef, and today The Goring boasts a Royal Warrant. More than 106 years after opening its doors, The Goring remains aristocratic, yet modern, warm and welcoming. One of the top 100 of the World’s Best Hotels (says Travel + Leisure), it was the perfect London lodging for our anniversary trip. For there in the shadow of Buckingham palace, we were treated like royalty, and I slept like a princess.

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lUXURY in the FloRidA KeYs By Lisa Loverro


he allure of the Florida Keys is undeniable. From Jimmy Buffet wasting away down in Key West and Humphrey Bogart putting Key Largo on the map with his iconic movie, to the more recent Netflix original series, Bloodline, set in Islamorada, the Florida Keys has always been a favorite place to kick back, watch sunsets and enjoy the good life. And while the Keys has always drawn people from around the country, luxury accommodations are very few and far between…until now. All that has changed, with the exciting and highly anticipated opening of a new hotel on Key Largo, the Playa Largo resort. The first and northernmost of the Keys, Key Largo is just an hour’s drive from Miami, making this resort easily accessible. It’s the first resort to be built on Key Largo in more than 21 years and is part of the Autograph Collection Hotels, a boutique division of the Marriott hotel chain. Setting a new standard of luxury in the Keys with 14 acres of secluded beachfront property, this 144-room resort also houses 10 secluded bungalows and a luxurious three-bedroom beach house, complete with private pool. The property has a lagoon-style zero-entry pool that leads to a manmade beach with lounge chairs, fire pits and cool hammock pods. At the end of the beach is an onsite watersports facility providing kayaks, paddleboards and sailing charters from which to view the most spectacular 78

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sunsets you’ll be hard pressed to find elsewhere. There’s also a full-service spa and fitness center. The culinary offerings here are outstanding. The lobby is home to Las Olas Ceviche Bar, a fun and buzzy Peruvian restaurant. Be sure to try the Ceviche Rocoto with local grouper, cilantro, key lime juice, red onion and red rocoto pepper. For breakfast, La Marea serves a delicious Caribbean Crab Cake and for dinner their Dry Aged NY Strip and Lobster Mac ’n Cheese will have you leaving the restaurant a very satisfied customer. For lunch there’s only one choice, in my opinion. Head over to the resort’s Sol by the Sea restaurant and order their “Jammin’ Jerk Chicken Wings” along with a specialty cocktail. The rooms are large and modern, with iPads for guests to order room service and any housekeeping items. And, as an added bonus, Playa Largo is the most eco-friendly resort in the Keys. There are zero plastic water bottles on property, only reusable bottles and filtered water stations in the lobby for guests to refill their canisters. Playa Largo is certainly on its way to making its mark in the Keys and is the perfect place for a romantic weekend getaway or extended holiday vacation with the family.

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Spirited Celebrations in the Grand Salon Expansive bouquets of red roses and ceiling crystals cascading from sparkling chandeliers enhance the festive setting of the Grand Salon. The seasonal centerpiece of the majestic space is the recently-installed Baccarat Red Grand Genre vase. Inspired by the iconic Harcourt design, February 2017 | 79 this exceptional creation is double cased with red crystal and exalted with diamonds, and on display throughout the season for all to enjoy.


PRÊt-À-PoRtlAnd Experience Portland’s Best Shopping, Doughnuts, Coffee & More By Janis Turk


love the smell of retail in the morning, so on a sunny Monday in Portland, after a spending the night in the warm embrace of Macy’s department store (its doors and well-dressed window displays flanking the entrance of my hotel) I head to the city’s most delicious destination, Voodoo Doughnut, to grab a treat for my own little “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” moment. Best-known for three of my favorite things—shopping, doughnuts and coffee—Portland is arguably Oregon’s sweetest city. In fact, Voodoo Doughnut, with its decadent fried dough slathered with icing and sugary sprinkles, pretty much put this sweet northwestern city on the map. Today, Portland has at least seven different donut-hole-in-the-wall shops in the downtown area alone, along with trendy food trucks, openair markets, farm-to-fork eateries, seriously hipster coffee shops and


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magnificent microbreweries. And since recreational marijuana is even legal in Oregon (with certain strict restrictions), there is a vice for every appetite. But for all its sucrose, caffeine, calories, suds and smokes, Portland’s drug of choice is shopping. Since Oregon has no sales tax, diamond baubles from Tiffany & Co., a shiny Rolex, or even a new car will cost less in Portland, making this pretty “green” city a shopper’s paradise. I wasn’t interested in pricey purchases, but I did want to browse the world’s largest bookstore selling used and new titles, Powell’s City of Books, so I packed up my sugar and shopping compulsions and flew to Portland. Dressed to the nines in my best prêt-à-porter, I checked into Portland’s ultimate shopping and eating base—the glamourous “The Nines” hotel.

Like a pearl hidden between two pretty clam shells, the entrance to this luxe downtown property is sandwiched between Macy’s two front doors. Housed in a 1908 former Meier & Frank department store flagship building, an ornate, glazed terracotta edifice that spans a city block with frostinglike luster of architectural flourishes and tall windows overlooking the old Pioneer Courthouse, The Nines is nearly nine years old and fills the top nine floors of the building, while its lower levels house Macy’s. At the 8th floor lobby, shiny white mannequins and contemporary retail-themed art pay homage to the building’s former department store incarnation and stir my inner shopper. At the back of the lobby’s soaring atrium space stands Urban Farmer, the casual upscale steakhouse of innovative chef Matt Christianson. A library and billiards room tucked just off the lobby also offers a warm, intimate space to unwind. At rooftop level, a 9,000-square restaurant and bar, Departure, features eclectic Pan-Asian cuisine in a sleek, cosmopolitan setting under executive chef Gregory Gourdet. With two outdoor decks overlooking the city, it’s a hot nightlife spot. Trend-setting, fashionable, flirty and contemporary, The Nines’ name seems fitting for this little jewel-box hotel. Throughout its 331 rooms (including 13 suites) even the glam velvet settees are Tiffany blue, and the crown molding in the hallways recalls the shape of a vintage hatbox. On one floor there’s even a caricature of Clark Gable, who in 1922 worked there as a tie salesman at Meier & Frank. Cater-corner to the hotel stands the multi-level little Pioneer Square shopping space, with high-end stores like Tiffany & Co., Kate Spade NY, Coach, Swarovski and more. Within walking distance is Powell’s City of Books, and nearby stands a large airy shop, Made Here PDX, carrying locally-crafted items, like leather journals and handmade jewelry.

After enjoying my breakfast Audrey Hepburn-style in front of Tiffany’s, I was ready to explore Portland’s best stores and coffee, doughnut and dinner spots. DONUTS: Blue Star Donuts has locations downtown and in the 23rd Street shopping district. Uber on over to Pip’s Original Doughnuts & Chai, for freshly made mini-donuts. The Voodoo Doughnut flagship store downtown often has a long line, so get there early. COFFEE: Take the Third Wave Coffee Tour, an interesting, educational, caffeine-fueled journey to some of Portland’s best Java spots, including Barista Coffee Shop, Red E Café, Sisters Coffee Company, and Nossa Familia Coffee. SHOPPING: Sure, Portland’s shopping malls and villages have all the big local chain stores shoppers love, especially at the popular Pioneer Place downtown and outside town at Washington Square, but for fab local finds, shop at Made Here PDX, or Tilde or Hunt and Gather. Check out the Alberta Arts District, and don’t miss Northwest 23rd Street’s Nob Hill Shopping District. EATS: For lunch, stop at a food cart or head to Public Market House at Monument Square. For dinner enjoy seafood and innovative local fare at The Hairy Lobster in the Pearl or Russian eats at Kachka. Or stay in the hotel and dine in style at Urban Farmer, or nosh and sip with The Nine’s rooftop views at Departure. SLEEP: Slumber surrounded by shopping at The Nines, (877) 229-9995. Janis Turk is an award-winning travel writer and a frequent JetSet travel contributor at 25A. February 2017 | 81


hillsBoRoUGh cAstle Historic Royal Castles By Victoria Crosby


illsborough Castle, located 20 minutes from Belfast in Northern Ireland; is the latest acquisition of Historic Royal Palaces, a non-profit organization that cares for five other symbolic and extraordinary palaces in and around London, including the Tower of London, Banqueting House, (which is the only remaining part of the Palace of Whitehall), Kensington Palace, Kew Palace and Hampton Court Palace. What distinguishes Hillsborough Castle from the others is not only that it’s in Northern Ireland, but that it remains an official Royal residence for Queen Elizabeth ll and members of the Royal family. I was fortunate enough to visit Hillsborough Castle in September 2016 as part of a tour for board members and patrons of Historic Royal Palaces. We started with an unforgettable formal dinner at the Tower of London; (See 25A Magazine December 2016) then flew the next day to Belfast. On arrival at Hillsborough Castle, our group was greeted by Patricia Corbett, Head of Hillsborough Castle, who I first had the pleasure of meeting last year when she was visiting New York. We were then treated to a fascinating tour of the castle by curator Christopher Warleigh-Lack, who accompanied us on our exploration of the castle’s many rooms and offered innumerable


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insights into the history of the objects and furnishings found within. Hillsborough Castle was built in the 1770s by Wills Hill, the first Marquis of Downshire and, at that time, Secretary of the American Colonies. What’s immediately clear when first approaching the castle is that it isn’t a castle in the way that many might expect, with turrets like those at the Tower of London for example; but more of a grand country house, built in the Georgian-style. It was remodeled in the 19th and early 20th centuries and overlooks the Court House and Fort, in the town of the village of Hillsborough, named of course after its founder. During our tour, I was drawn to a dark and ornately carved armchair in the State Entrance that Christopher told us had once belonged to Queen Victoria, but had previously been in storage down in the basement for many years. The chair is made of Irish oak, by Currans of Lisburn, who supplied furnishings to many of the large houses in Northern Ireland during the mid-late 19th century, and was presented by Currans to Queen Victoria during the Great Exhibition, and then kept at Windsor, in storage for many years, before it “returned” home last year.

There was a guest book that had the signatures of the many Royal visitors, and a seemingly endless array of paintings throughout the house of significant figures and members of the Royal family members. The one I found most interesting and unusual was in the Drawing Room; a painting of Sir Winston Churchill in the castle gardens standing at his easel painting the flowers. The artist, Sir John Lavery, was a good friend of Churchill’s, and Lavery painted this oil on canvas work in 1915. Painting was a hobby of Sir Winston’s and he studied art informally with Sir Lavery.

to walk in the footsteps of so many illustrious world leaders. A tour of some of the beautiful gardens in the ninety-six acres at Hillsborough Castle was given by the Gardens and Estate Manager, Stephen Martelli. There’s a beautiful rose garden, an orchard, an ice house as well as meandering streams and woodland. The Ossian, (pronounced Awsheen) Statue outside of the main entrance of the Castle pays homage to Oissin, the legendary Irish poet. We walked through the gardens to the romantic Lady Alice Temple. overlooking a serene pond, and to the Quaker Burial site.

Among the many photographs of Royal family members was a photograph on a side table of Hillary Clinton, who had visited frequently we were told, when she was the US Secretary of State.

In the evening there was a formal dinner, with ladies in gowns or cocktail dresses and men in black tie. We met for cocktails in the elegant Drawing Room, then at the sound of the gong we gathered in the Throne Room for a delicious and beautifully presented three-course meal paired with wines.

Our group was served a delicious buffet luncheon in the State Dining Room, later followed by afternoon tea in one of the smaller rooms. Hillsborough Castle was the place of peace talks, and the signing of the Anglo-Irish Agreement of 1985, that ended The Troubles, which is what the Irish charmingly call the violent conflict that went on for so many years. The first meeting of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and Mary McAleese, the president of Ireland at that time, took place in Hillsborough Castle in 2005. It was an amazing adventure

This unique experience was offered exclusively to sponsors and board members of Historic Royal Palaces, a charity that aims to help everyone explore the stories of how monarchs and people have helped shape society. The charity receives no government funding and so relies on visitors and the generosity of its supporters to maintain these six historic palaces. For further information, visit hrp.org.uk. February 2017 | 83


MindFUl eAtinG in the neW YeAR By Lindsay Brustein Rosen, MS, RD, CDN


t should come as no surprise that New Year’s Resolutions often involve goals related to diet and health. Your goal may be specific (“I will lose x pounds” or “I will go to the gym x days per week”), or it may be more general (“I will eat more vegetables”). As you focus on your health and well-being this season, I challenge you to try being more mindful when you eat. I can promise you that mindful eating will lead to weight management, improved general health and much more! So what is “mindful eating”? Mindful eating is a non-diet approach to eating that incorporates paying attention, being aware and present in the moment, and doing so without self-judgment. In reality, this should be easy. We were born with the natural instinct to eat when we are hungry and stop eating when we feel satisfied. Unfortunately, many of us have quieted the internal voice that tells us when we are hungry and when we are full. Instead of focusing on HOW we are eating, we tend to focus on


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WHAT we are eating. Research suggests that changing our attitudes and practices around food and mealtime rituals may be equally as important as focusing on what it is that we actually put in our mouths. This concept of “mindful eating” is often referred to as “the opposite of dieting.” It is based on the idea that there is no right or wrong way to eat, but instead there are different levels of consciousness about what we are eating and why we are eating. The goal of mindful eating is to base our meals on physical cues, such as our bodies’ hunger signals rather than focusing on emotional cues (like eating for comfort or eating out of boredom). As you start off 2017 with your resolutions in tow, it is important to understand that mindful eating doesn’t have to be an all-or-nothing situation. Instead, find little ways to slow down and eat intentionally. THIS is what will enable you to have a more healthy relationship with food.

Here are some tips to get you started: Eat slower Eating slower does not necessarily mean eating slowly. I challenge you to take a few extra minutes to savor what you are eating. Allow yourself to enjoy the food and the way it tastes. Silence electronics Let go of the phone when eating! Our daily lives are full of distractions, and it’s not uncommon for families to eat with the TV blaring or for people to chow down with their cell phones in hand. Try to make mealtime a time when you enjoy WHAT you are eating and WHO you are eating it with. Stop and think before you eat WHY are you eating? Are you actually hungry? Perhaps you aren’t physically hungry and you are actually hungry mentally instead. Maybe you are bored or sad or happy or lonely. Decipher whether or not FOOD is going to make you feel “full.” Similarly, gauge your level of hunger before you eat so you don’t overdo it.

Be a picky eater You may be surprised to hear this tip, but when you eat mindfully, you eat with purpose and therefore only eat things that you actually enjoy. I often hear people say, “I don’t even know why I ate that.” When you pay attention to what you are eating as well as why you are eating, you will eat with intention. You will consume foods because you enjoy them and you will consume foods that make you feel strong and vibrant (rather than foods that make you feel lethargic and defeated).

Lindsay Brustein Rosen, MS, RD is a registered dietitian and the founder of Nutrition by Bru, a nutrition counseling and consulting practice in New York. She received a Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics from New York University, and has a

Formalize your meal experience Put food on a plate and sit down when you are eating. Our everyday lives can be somewhat chaotic and many people report eating on the go. Whenever possible, place all food (even small snacks) on a plate. This forces you to be more conscious about what you are eating and how much you are consuming each time.

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. She is an active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, as well as the Greater New York Dietetic Association.

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Navigating the Tea Terrain Brittany Madrid teAtime It’s no secret that tea has been trending. With all of the choices currently on the market, it can be difficult to choose the tea that fits your individual needs and lifestyle! Here are the top teas known for their concentration boosting, anti-aging properties and weight management support.


for centuries during prolonged meditation sessions to stay alert and focused. This is a welcome contrast to the sharp spike and subsequent energy crash common with coffee consumption. Studies have also shown that the potent antioxidants found in this super tea can contribute to a slow down in the body’s aging process.

mAtChA momeNt Matcha has been touted as a miracle tea by many who have experienced everything from glowing skin to Buddhist Monk levels of concentration after making Matcha a habit.

metAboLism boostiNG The EGCG found in Matcha has thermogenic properties, indicating a metabolism boost in clinical studies.

eNerGy ANd FoCus When you need the calm energy and focus of a Zen master to take on your day, Matcha has you covered. The L-Thyanine found in Matcha helps to regulate the body’s absorption of caffeine so you experience a smooth boost in energy. Buddhist Monks have been drinking Matcha

ChoosiNG your mAtChA mAtCh To get the most from your Matcha, be sure to choose a tea of the highest grade. In the Matcha world this is referred to as “ceremonial grade”. Luckily, you won’t have to travel all the way to Japan to find it! MatchaBar (matchabarnyc.com) carries high quality Matcha powder

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available in a range of sizes, all sourced from a fifth generation family farm in Nishio, Japan. One of Matcha’s many perks is the ease of preparation. If you are on the go simply combine your Matcha powder with water, ice cubes, and almond milk in a water bottle, give it a shake and you’re out the door! How would you like to give your energy boosting, glow inducing iced tea tonic the added benefit of balancing your body’s PH? I recommend using an ultra-purified PH balanced water like CORE Hydration. This will contribute to an alkaline environment in the body, important for disease prevention. For additional Zen benefits turn your afternoon teatime into a few minutes of mindfulness by using a simple tool such as the Calm app (available for download on smart devices) to unplug and re-set. You’ll face the rest of the day feeling serene and glowing from the inside out! Appetite Suppressant Chamomile After a long day it’s tempting to head over to the pantry for a late night snack or a glass of red wine. However, eating out of boredom or drinking wine too close to bedtime can contribute to an expanded waistline over time and have a negative impact on your quality of sleep. Instead, cap off your night with a cup of Chamomile tea.

Chamomile Infusion from New York based tea company Big T NYC (bigtnyc.com). This tisane from the Nude Collection was formulated with Dr. Sesha Patel who notes, “Chamomile helps promote more restful sleep than a glass of wine or a sleeping pill, which merely knock you out and decrease REM sleep.” Anti-Aging White Tea White tea’s superpower is defending the precious collagen in our skin that naturally slows in production around the age of 35. Studies have shown that the antioxidants in White tea prevent the breakdown of collagen. This helps skin to remain fuller and more supple in appearance. Sun Damag Scientists at The University Hospital of Cleveland have proven that ingredients found in white tea effectively boost the immune function of skin cells and protect them from the damaging effects of sun exposure. Beauty Tea The organic White Tea, Tell-Tale Glow Beauty Tea from Big T NYC (bigtnyc.com) is my top pick for it’s luxurious blend of tea and super fruits. Now that you’re navigating the tea terrain with ease don’t be surprised when people start asking you how you get your glow. Cheers!

The soothing effects of the warm tea and Chamomile will help you unwind. The best way to curb an undesirable habit is replacing it with a new healthy one. Breakout Banishing In addition to its stress relieving reputation, Chamomile tea also has antiinflammatory properties and works wonders when it comes to calming skin irritations. This tea aids the skin in natural healing from the inside out by promoting feelings of calm while soothing inflamed skin.

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lAURen lAWRence New York’s Dream Expert By Alexandra Appino-Tabone


s New York’s designated celebrity dream analyst, Lauren Lawrence has peered into the psyches of stars like Madonna, written four books, hosted a television series, worked for John F. Kennedy Jr., and writes a Sunday column for the New York Daily News entitled “Your Dreams.” Setting out to satisfy a burning curiosity for the workings of the unconscious mind, Lawrence looks back on a journey through a subconscious landscape marked by some of the world’s most illustrious dreamers. AN eduCAtioN iN dreAms After completing her first Master’s degree in Communications, Lawrence decided to pursue a second Master’s in Psychology, where she became fascinated with dreams. “I was always drawn to this great creative center we have that so much creativity comes from, so many ideas spring from: the unconscious mind, which is far greater than consciousness.” It wasn’t until her friend Heather Cohane of Quest Magazine asked her for an impromptu column that Lawrence stumbled upon the idea of interpreting the dreams of public figures. This led her to a position as a political dreams columnist at the magazine George, where she worked for JFK Jr. “It was supposed to be called ‘Political Dreams,’ but there’s a little joke there because once I handed in some of the dreams, [John Kennedy Jr.] would write underneath it ‘in bed with…’ So I got [House majority leader Dick Armey’s] dream and it would read ‘Political Dreams: In Bed With Dick Armey’.”


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brushes with FAte “The craziest dream [I’ve received] was actually quite frightening. It was August 30th at two in the afternoon, and Pierre Salinger, who was President Kennedy’s press secretary, called me up and [told me his dream]. He said the dream had no visual. It was just audio. And he heard someone saying, ‘The worst terrorist attack will occur in Paris in August in the last week.’ And when he said it I got chills. It sounded like it might be a prophetic dream. I wrote up the dream and a couple hours later, I sent it to a girlfriend of mine who wanted to be in this book I was writing called Private Dreams of Public People. And she wanted to be in the literary dreamers’ section. I could have sent her Gore Vidal, I could have sent her Kurt Vonnegut, any of those writers. But instead I sent her Pierre Salinger’s dream. She called me and said ‘Lauren, this is quite frightening. I hope something terrible doesn’t happen in Paris.’ And two hours later, her nephew, Dodi Fayed, was dead along with Princess Diana in Paris, in August, in the last week.” mAkiNG dreAms Come true Among her extensive philanthropic efforts, Lawrence is co-chairing the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation lunch and fashion show for the third year in a row. “By giving back you are making someone else’s dream come true. And I do believe in dreams, not just the unconscious dreams, but that there are many dreams that one can make happen during their lifetime…And I always tell people dream big. And I don’t just mean the unconscious dreams, I mean the way they lead their lives.”


“the QUeen oF ReinVention” Andrea Warshaw-Wernick By Rafael Feldman


e live in an ageist society, where high times are a privilege of youth. We’re told we have to retire at 65. So what do we do? We plan on it. We stop working and, for many, we stop living. Well, not New York City’s celebrity lifestyle coach and anti-aging expert, Andrea Warshaw-Wernick. Her flock:Mainly women over 40, but really anyone looking for a different way of thinking about age. After earning two masters degrees, Andrea started a career in education. But something was missing. While she had long hungered for the fast-paced life, she found herself settling in the slow lane. That’s when she reinvented herself for the first time, all the way to Madison Avenue, where she spent the next 30 years as a successful advertising executive. After selling her acclaimed national storyboard company, Warshaw Blumenthal, Andrea began a new career in the world of recruiting; wisely using the network she had built in advertising to create a new opportunity. Andrea didn’t just change her careers. She changed her whole mentality and even found a new husband because she demanded more fulfillment from her marriage. And she kept proving to herself and others that doing –so—that identifying what you want from life, and then going after it with reckless abandon —is the only way to get the life you want. And that trickled down into everything she did. She transformed her body with diet and exercise, sought out the best treatments and products for her skin and hair to improve and maintain her youthful appearance, including consulting with the best nutritionists and doctors to make lifestyle changes that helped her achieve her goals. She became an expert on vitality of the mind, body and spirit. And she was an open book. Friends and acquaintances were constantly approaching her for advice.


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“These women had basically given up. They weren’t thinking about what they wanted for the future, they were just kind of… existing.” She thought, “There’s still a lot of miles left to go. How can I get them re-excited about life… about fitness… even sex?!” That’s when she created her first webisode and launched www.fabatanyage.com. Her website is all about being fabulous… at any age! It’s equal parts inspirational, educational and aspirational. Whether you’re looking to launch a new romance or career, improve your diet and fitness routine, or find the latest skin-care techniques, beauty advice and fashion makeover tips, Andrea is your go-to guru. “Whether it is a lifestyle change or a quest for love, I can help women become the best they can be – guiding, motivating, and inspiring to help them reach their goals.” Andrea’s motto is “keep on moving!” Having just turned seventy, she’s not planning on slowing down anytime soon. She looks decades younger, has the body of a thirty-year-old, and travels frequently. She’s a fashionista and a social butterfly who also works with a variety of charities. Andrea now works for the luxury Manhattan boutique firm of Warburg Realty. Why real estate? “Because, like anything else, where you live effects the way you feel. Sometimes a fresh coat of paint is enough. Try making a small change and see where it leads. Andrea Warshaw-Wernick believes in “joie de vivre.” Visit www.fabatanyage.com to see how you too can reinvent yourself and get on the path to the life you have always wanted.

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Cultivating Inner Beauty at Become MedSpa By Alexandra Appino-Tabone


ombining her passions for entrepreneurship and helping people become the best versions of themselves; Sonia Soni founded Become MedSpa in Woodbury, NY. After suffering from stubborn skin issues which brought on a host of insecurities and hindered her personal growth, Sonia was determined to bring hope to people going through the same thing. Now with a growing family of clients and plans to expand throughout New York and abroad, Sonia remains focused on what makes her business special. humbLe beGiNNiNGs Sonia’s father emigrated to the U.S. from India with five dollars in his pocket, and went on to create a multimillion-dollar empire in the healthcare industry. Sonia was inspired by her father’s hard work and dedication, but instead of opting to take over the family business, she decided to build her own brand from the ground up, focusing on her passion for helping others look and feel their best. soNiA’s beAuty phiLosophy “I decided to create Become, because I really want to help people become who they’re truly meant to be. I want to help them shine and improve their self-esteem. I think that when you’re insecure or you have something that bothers you on the outside, it really changes who you can be on the inside.” Sonia believes that helping clients heal from problem skin is about more than state-of-the-art technology and high quality skincare, though that’s integral. She makes sure to interact with every client personally, learning about their skin problems and prescribing the best course of treatment. “I


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have no problem turning someone away that I know I can’t help. It’s not just about the money, it’s about really creating a lasting experience, building relationships with people, and helping them improve their everyday lives.” hiGh-teCh treAtmeNts After scouring the country for the best technology and products in the industry, Sonia came back to Become with what she deems to be the best stuff out there. SculpSure destroys fat cells in just six weeks. And thanks to the “in-and-out” philosophy of Become MedSpa, you can burn fat with the SculpSure treatment and go to spin class 30 minutes later, or go straight to work. Halo Fractional Laser Skin Resurfacing targets aging deep below the surface of the skin, while the BBL (BroadBand Light) Photofacial can make you look up to ten years younger. PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) treatments inject your body’s own platelet-rich plasma into your skin, stimulating collagen production and giving you a healthy glow. whAt Comes Next From her flagship location on Long Island, Sonia plans to expand into Manhattan in the next couple of years, after which she hopes to return to her roots by opening locations in New Delhi. She also plans to incorporate makeup application in the near future. “You can’t categorize somebody looking to improve themselves. I think everyone who comes through us is unhappy with something about themselves…and they gave up hope.” By creating Become, Sonia set out to be that hope for her clients, always striving to help them find their inner beauty.

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GARY stone Roslyn Eye Centre By Gary Stone


Happy New Year and Thank You Greetings from Gary Stone, owner of Roslyn Eye Centre.

Started in 1959, Roslyn Eye Centre is going stronger than ever on the corner of Willis Avenue across from the former A&P which became Cedarhurst Paper and now CVS. I want to take this moment to share some of my thoughts and to thank my loyal and amazing customers.

Marta, my right-hand man/woman has gone above and beyond her daily job taking care of this business as well as buying road trips and is always there with a smile and great sense of style.

We have watched our families grow, we have shared many stories and in some cases, became social and Facebook friends. I am grateful for the trust and support you have all shown. It’s a pleasure to be here serving you, your families and your friends. I couldn’t have kept this business that’s now 57 years old going if not for the most dedicated and wonderful staff. They care about you, the customers, and each other as well. The fun and love that goes on here is very endearing and sincere.

Faye runs the back office when she’s not making customers and staff laugh. Such a pleasant, sweet and funny lady and I’m blessed to have her on staff.

A special congratulation goes to Barbara Unger on our 4th year anniversary of North Shore Optics joining Roslyn Eye Centre. Not only has it been fun working with her, but meeting so many wonderful new customers has been fantastic.

Our newest addition, Beth Burton from Plainview jumped on board this November. She brings an awesome smile and 27 years of opticianry to us.

In my 33 years here I have had very few staff changes. However, this year we were so lucky to add Optometrist Michelle Battaglia to our team. She is so sweet and knowledgeable and adds so much to our practice. She tag teams with Dr. Carolyn Tehrani a few times a month and I am proud to say that Dr. Tehrani has also been an important asset here for many years. 94

Rich joined me over 20 years ago and is a professor at the optical school and has more knowledge, expertise and experience than any optician I personally know in this field.

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Ricky is like no other. The world doesn’t know what a dedicated and appreciative employee he is until they meet Ricky. He has been by my side for 22 years and it’s a wonderful feeling, knowing she’s here and has all of our backs… every day… year after year.

So, at this holiday time I wish you all the happiness, prosperity and a great healthy and happy New Year.

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The Paper Factory Hotel By Bennett Marcus


Sela chose all the finishes and furnishings himself, working closely with architect David Howell of the firm DHD. A library of 4,000 old books was turned into a column—literally, there is a column made of books. For artwork, Sela worked with Miami-based curator Oliver Gal, who represents edgy, younger artists.

Sela decided to turn the place into a hotel, but realized it needed to stand out from the crowd. “Nobody really needed another hotel, right?” he said. His goal was to attract artists, musicians and actors to the hotel and its acclaimed restaurant, Mundo. Its location is conveniently adjacent to the Kaufman Studios in Queens, where many television shows and movies shoot, so creative people are always in the area. It’s also a short ride to Midtown Manhattan and, Sela pointed out, parking is easy in this area.

muNdo Mundo, the restaurant, is popular with both locals and hotel guests. “What we do there is dishes from all over the world, and because, obviously, we have international people coming, everyone can relate to a dish that your grandmother made, or your mom made,” Sela explained. He added that while the atmosphere is somewhat upscale, the prices are reasonable. The bar at Mundo is also active, offering a nice mixology program and specialty cocktails.

LoNG isLANd City’s hippest hoteL al Sela, a successful real estate developer, was planning to convert a former paper factory into a youth hostel, but just weeks before construction was to begin, New York City enacted new zoning laws banning youth hostels. Ever resourceful, he found a new career as a hotelier and created Long Island City’s hippest hotel, the Paper Factory in 2013.

iNdustriAL ChiC He spent a year reimagining the space, sourcing décor from around the globe. “I decided, ‘let’s go with it all the way.’ The furniture is state-of-the-art. Every piece in the hotel is unique. I traveled all over, to Europe and Morocco, and Vietnam, China, India, Israel and Turkey, and picked a lot of the items.” The result, he describes as “very industrial chic,” incorporating a lot of the existing factory elements, like printing machines and doors from the old elevators. They polished the concrete floors and saved the old wooden floors. 96

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expANsioN pLANs/brANdiNG Now, he wants to create the “Factory Collection” of hotels, and is currently negotiating the purchase of two more factories in the New York area. “Eventually, I want to create a factory collection, like a car factory, cigar factory, this factory, that factory, and then to brand it. This is in the big picture.” In the meantime, an expansion of the Paper Factory is in the works. The plan is to build two and a half more stories, and add 75 more rooms and a pool club.


John MAhdessiAn Owner of Madame Paulette


e interviewed John Mahdessian, the president and owner of The Madame Paulette Organization (recognized as leaders and pioneers in the field of cleaning and restoration of fine apparel, interior textiles and home furnishings) on some secrets of the trade. Here are some tips on how to keep your Valentine’s Day spotless. why Are you CoNsidered the Very best iN the iNdustry? For one – We have the most demanding clientele in the world who expect nothing but perfection. We’ve been honing our techniques for over half a century and will happily service garments most cleaners refuse to accept. Some of the biggest names in the industry use your services, any names or interesting stories you could tell us? There are definitely some crazy stories – but discretion is paramount! In terms of our clientele we’ve had the honor to service Anna Wintour, Madonna, Beyoncé, Eva Longoria, Alicia Keys, Jennifer Lopez, Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, David Letterman, Michael Bloomberg, the Trumps...just to name a few. Are there ANy stAiNs thAt teNd to pop up ArouNd VALeNtiNe’s dAy? There’s a couple that tend to appear more frequently around this holiday but it’s safe to say no stain is specific to any one day of the year. Red wine, chocolate, strawberries, and lipstick are a few common ones from going out to dinner. We’ve also dealt with spilled candle wax, cooking grease, and caviar from soirees. thAt’s A Lot! Are there ANy immediAte soLutioNs For ANy oF the AboVe FAshioN disAsters to mAke sure the GArmeNt mAiNtAiNs its oriGiNAL stAte? While there are some effective home remedies for stains, most of these are


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JAne scheR, R.n. The Celebrity Aesthetic Nurse By Bennett Marcus


ith the increasing popularity of injectable skincare treatments like Botox and fillers, spas have been proliferating everywhere. But do you ever stop and wonder where the aesthetician was trained, and how much experience they really have before they stick that needle in? Enter Jane Scher, who after a highly successful career as a Certified Plastic Surgery Nurse in operating rooms where she worked closely with many renowned plastic surgeons, including Sherrell Aston, MD, Alan Matarasso, MD and Sam Rizk, MD, at many of the top hospitals, including Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Hospital, has now established a unique practice of her own, giving patients injectable treatments with superior knowledge. Low-risk proCedures In over 30 years as a registered nurse, Scher has worked with some of the top surgeons in the field, among them, Dr. Sherrell Aston and Dr. Jennifer Walden. “There’s nothing like experience,” says Scher. “These aestheticians are doing procedures, and I’m not saying that they’re not qualified, but they’re not as qualified as I am,” she adds, frankly. “You want somebody who has hands-on experience, who has worked with their hands in a surgical arena for years, knows their anatomy and knows patient safety.” Even with low-risk procedures, things can go wrong. “If you are, say, in a beauty parlor setting, you want to make sure that they have the needed equipment to take care of any potential complications,” Scher points out. “You don’t have the necessary EpiPen. You have to make sure you’re qualified and in the proper setting to be doing these injectables.” AmeriCAN soCiety oF pLAstiC surGiCAL Nurses She operates her Manhattan practice in a plastic surgeon’s office, so there is always a doctor on hand. She also continues to work with reconstructive surgeons, so she is up on the latest techniques, and she continues to study. She’s a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgical Nurses (ASPSN) and stays abreast of all the latest medical techniques in combination therapy and the challenges of the newest aesthetic rejuvenations to formulate the best outcome involved in aesthetic medicine.

iNmode mAChiNe Although she won’t tell us whom, Scher counts boldfaced names among her clients, including a 22-year-old supermodel. “I’ve been called the celebrity aesthetic nurse,” she says. Her patients range in age from 21 to 81 because Scher understands that everyone wants to look their best. Today people take better care of themselves, and with good diet and exercise, many are able to avoid having facelifts and opt for noninvasive treatments. A big enhancement to her practice is the InMode Machine, which delivers aesthetic procedures using radio-frequency, laser and pulsed-light technologies. Because Scher’s stayed on top of all the latest techniques, she has worked with the InMode Machine, which many of the top plastic surgeons have invested their interest in, too. But even with all of Scher’s years of experience, working with the machine has been a revelation. “The fact is, the machine is like a miracle; it transforms the skin and removes hyperpigmentation,” Scher says. “It’s a noninvasive miracle. It does five different procedures, including fat-melting, skin tightening for both face and body, skin texturing, skin toning with IPL (intense pulsed light) and also has an added benefit of removing light facial hair (peach fuzz). Doing multiple procedures at the same time saves the patient time and money, improves skin tone and texture by skin tightening and removing hyperpigmentation.” khLoe kArdAshiAN “If you tailor the treatment to the patient’s needs, the InMode Machine can do a lot, and then accompanied by my injectables, I do Botox and fillers, I can totally rejuvenate a patient and give them ten years off their face instead of going for a facelift and having downtime.” And, she notes, a facelift won’t fade age spots or red veins like this machine does. Hollywood stars all use this machine. “When they go to the Academy Awards, they do these noninvasive procedures for two months where they’re constantly doing this machine to get ready,” Scher says, “Khloe Kardashian went on TV with the body effects.” pLAstiC surGery Scher got her start in plastic surgery very young, at age 20, while she was married to a plastic surgeon she went in nursing school. Not long after, once she graduated from nursing school, she started doing injectables, which were not so common back then. After so many years working in top operating rooms, she made the decision to go out on her own. “For me, aesthetic is more fun,” she says. “It’s more creative. I get a lot of selffulfillment out of what I do. I make patients aesthetically look better.” janescherrn.com


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“Bodies In Action” is an ongoing, limited edition art photographic series that legendary Photographer Mitchel Gray began in late 2014. The concept behind the series is to illustrate what the bodies of great athletes are actually doing under all the equipment, padding, and uniforms while they are performing their sport. In each photo in the series that appears to have two people in it, is actually the same person shot competing with themselves. Mr. Gray brings a uniquely artful and dramatic style to his work. Many of the subjects are Olympians or professionals, but all are champion level athletes. Mitchel Gray is a photographer, videographer, and an author since 1973. He has to his credit two best-selling books, The Lingerie Book and Lingerie Fantasies published by St. Martins Press and has illustrated many more, particularly in the active lifestyle/ health and fitness field. Mitchel has enjoyed the cooperation of the U.S. Olympic Committee and the New York Athletic Club in the creation of “Bodies in Action”. Much of his portrait work in recent years has focused on sports celebrities ranging from Tom Brady to Derek Jeter. BODIES IN ACTION http://mitchelgray.dphoto.com/#/album/6fa75s Photo credit:Mitchel Gray Photography www.mitchelgray.com Bodies in Action Series


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glimpse into Matthew Moskowitz’s Oyster Bay studio reveals an intensity that goes beyond colors. Moskowitz is an emerging figure in the international art scene. The studio walls are lined with large, leaning canvas’s throughout the space. Flipping through the frames you will see layer upon layer of paint in a visual medley of colors. The thick paint textures casts their own shadow on the painting itself. Moskowitz paints from imagination. When asked, he says, “The imagery of my work represents experiences I have had. I hardly ever discuss the meaning behind the paintings. They are surreal and everyone sees their own interpretations. Why should I change a person’s perspective on things? They take in what they see and it is no less real than from what I saw when I painted it. Often a person’s feedback reveals ideas that inspire me for my next painting. I try to live in this flow. Painting has taught me a lot about life and the processes of the flow.


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When I paint I have learned to let go of control and trust this process, knowing the outcome will be exactly the way it is supposed to be. When I reduced my mindset to simplicity I gained everything. My work and my situations became fluid.” Moskowitz works with art dealers on a global scale. He has had exhibitions in Manhattan, Miami, Bridgehampton, London and Milan. He also receives commission projects from yacht designers, interior decorators and architects. His next aspiration is to have a Paris show. It has always been a dream, he says. Moskowitz confesses that he is trying to catch up to speed with technology and social media. I still have a lot to learn about this stuff. I recently joined Instagram so I’ll see what happens. Moskowitz’s studio is a classic artist’s space with the quirky addition of surfboards and toys in the midst. He is a world-class surfer as well and the father of three “pirates,” as he calls his kids. His work can be seen online at www.moskowitzstudios.com and on Instagram @moskowitz_studios

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coloR AleRt: PinK Shades of Pink are a Very NOW Trend Art Editor Debra Rothberg why piNk? why Now? After returning from my visit to Art Miami, Art Basel and Palm Beach, and reviewing both the Hamptons and Manhattan Fine Art and Fashion Markets, it was evident to me that the color pink seen in the sixties-inspired Pop Art, eighties neon, and punk pink clothing was trending. Perhaps it was the month of February, when we celebrate both Valentine’s Day and Heart Health, where the colors pink and red dominate, reminding us of our basic needs and fragility. Pink is a warm color and is known to induce a sense of courage and energy. When combined with white, it evokes charm, sensitivity, tenderness, sweetness, childhood and femininity. Used in combination with violet or black, pink evokes eroticism and seduction, extravagance or perhaps a need to be noticed. My quest for discovering pink trends coincidently and conveniently proceeded after I had finished up directing promotional videos for one of my bthebuzz branding clients, a renowned cardiologist. It would not be until I began reviewing my photos and findings would I be reminded of my own relationship to pink and why today, the color pink is showing up in consumer trends. My mother’s lifelong signature color was pink. In the 1960s, her Long Island South Shore Gold Coast split’s formal rooms, inspired by the rooms in Palace 106

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of Versailles, were hot pink, extending to the Georg Jensen kitchen with a familiar pink, black and white color combination. Even when not entertaining, she preferred to wear the color pink. It became my life’s quest to find pink clothing and accessories similar to the styles she wore, whether in style or not. I share my findings of Why pink? Why now? in loving memory or my stylish mother. piNk FACts • In the 1950s there were more than five million pink bathrooms! • Mamie Eisenhower was nicknamed “Mamie Pink” or “First Lady Pink.” While popularizing the color; her private quarters in the White House were called the “Pink Palace.” • In 1958, pink appliances were the industry leader. • Evolutionary biologists hypothesized the color pink may be hardwired into women’s brains. • Pink-reflected glow makes you look younger and healthier. • The resurgence of the color pink appeals to a new generation of young retro lovers, nostalgic older buyers, and more recently, the renewed interest in suburban living. Pink idioms • Tickled pink delighted and entertained. • In the pink in very good health physically and emotionally. • Pink money important and influential collective spending of the gay community.

Pink Facts • Pink is the color of happiness. • Lighthearted color. • Brighter pinks equate youth, fun and excitement • Vibrant pinks, equate the same high energy as red. • Softer pinks are associated with romance. • How Pink Physically Affects Us • Bright pinks stimulate energy, increase blood pressure, respiration, heartbeat and pulse rate. • Pink encourages action and confidence. • Pink has been used in prison holding cells to effectively reduce erratic behavior. The Meaning of Pink Around the Globe • The pink ribbon is an internationally recognized symbol of hope and awareness in the fight against breast cancer. • In Japan, pink has a masculine association. The annual spring blooming of the pink-blossomed cherry trees (the Sakura) is said to represent the young Japanese warriors who fell in battle (the Samurai). • Jaipur City is a well-known tourist attraction in India because of its forts, grand palaces and temples, multicolored bazaars, and the distinguished pink color to which the city owes its oft-used name “The Pink City.” • The Chinese had not recognized the color pink until they had contact with Western culture. The Chinese word for pink translates as “foreign color.” • Marrakesh is sometimes referred to as the “Rose City” because of its salmon-pink-colored buildings and the red clay of its terrain. Religious Association with Pink • Pink signifies happiness and joy in Catholicism.

Political Association with Pink • A pink triangle is frequently used to represent the LGBT community. The origin of the pink triangle goes back to when Nazis labeled their prisoners in concentration camps. Men who had been jailed because of supposed homosexuality had to wear the pink triangle on their clothing. In more recent times, this symbol is a sign of pride. FYI Pink • In 1947, fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli was associated with her color “Shocking Pink.” • Pink encourages friendliness while discouraging aggression and ill-will. • Pink can have a tranquilizing effect on sport’s teams and can often be found on the walls of opposing locker rooms. • Male weightlifters seem to lose strength in pink rooms, while women weightlifters become stronger. • Pastries seem to taste better when they come out of pink boxes or when served on pink plates. • Pink makes us crave sugar.

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the 14th AnnUAl JUstWoRld GAlA

Presented by the CP Palm Beach Masters and Caryl Philips and Frank Zeiss


Remarkable Night Full of Fun, Entertainment, and Most Importantly, Philanthropy Nonprofit organization JustWorld International turned the luck around on Friday, January 13, 2017, bringing more than 600 guests together to celebrate and raise funds for the extraordinary work it is doing around the world to support more than 6,500 children in Cambodia, Guatemala, and Honduras. The 14th Annual JustWorld Gala presented by CP Palm Beach Masters and Caryl Philips and Frank Zeiss was a remarkable night full of fun, entertainment, and most importantly, philanthropy. Thanks to the generous support of sponsors and guests and through the success of both the live and silent auctions, the evening raised well over $430,000 for the children at JustWorld›s partner projects. JustWorld brought spectacular entertainment this year, unveiling surprises throughout the evening. For the first time, students from partner project Los Patojos in Guatemala came to perform at the Gala. Showcasing their breakdance performance, the students are a testament to the hard work and dedication of all the students at Los Patojos. More than 300 students› lives are being transformed every day because of the school. Founder and Director of Los Patojos and Top 10 CNN Hero, Juan


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Pablo Romero Fuentes, joined Steven Wilde on stage to share his testimonial of the powerful transformations he has seen throughout the years. Tom MacGuinness, the Owner and Founder of Horseware Ireland and JustWorld›s first sponsor, also joined on stage to share his experience with partner project People Improvement Organization (PIO) in Cambodia. Giving in numerous ways over the course of their partnership, Horseware Ireland recently committed to helping build the fourth school building at PIO. Witnessing sustainable growth throughout his involvement, Tom urged the audience to continue to support the amazing JustWorld programs. Olympic Champion and Commander of the Order of the British Empire, Nick Skelton, also enthusiastically encouraged the audience to focus their attention on this amazing cause of helping children. Auctioneer Justin Paul joined them to begin the «Call to Action» to raise money to support the very cause Juan Pablo, Tom MacGuiness, and Nick Skelton described - life-changing education for children at JustWorld›s projects. More than thirty of JustWorld›s young Ambassadors joined in on the «Call to Action» to help raise awareness to guests about the importance of giving in an effort to empower a generation to lift themselves out of poverty. As JustWorld is educating more children for longer hours, their work isn›t done.

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Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF), along with founder Mike Milken, hosted an Intimate Dinner at DANIEL on New York’s Upper East Side. A highlight of the evening was special musical performances by Bernadette Peters and Matthew Morrison ©PatrickMcMullan.com

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2016 Lighthouse Guild LightYears Gala at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, NYC: Charles S. Cohen, Clo Cohen ©Patrickmcmullan.com

Celebrity jeweler Margo Manhattan held a special moving event as she closed her boutique and moved to The Home Shopping Network, NYC: Margo Manhattan, Luciana Pampalone ©Lisa Zari, Zari@capturedcolor

The New York Botanical Garden held it’s annual Winter Wonderland Ball, Bronx NY: Jean Shafiroff, Tinsley Mortimer ©Steve Sands

The Pierre Frey Showroom at the iconic Decoration & Design Building, held a book signing with David Netto for his muchanticipated book on François Catroux, NYC: David Netto ©LMG

Celebrity jeweler Margo Manhattan held a special moving event as she closed her boutique and moved to The Home Shopping Network, NYC: Melina Bruhn, Mara Khodara ©Lisa Zari, Zari@capturedcolor

The New York Botanical Garden held it’s annual Winter Wonderland Ball, Bronx NY: Anne Hathaway ©BFA

Philanthropist and author, Jean Shafiroff, hosted a Holiday Luncheon Party at Michael’s Restaurant, NYC: Jean Shafiroff, Victor de Souza ©Patrickmcmullan.com

The New York Junior League (NYJL) hosted a Leadership Council Event at Astor House on Manhattan’s Upper East Side featuring keynote speaker Jean Shafiroff: Jean Shafiroff, Jeri Powell, Kristen Kocis, Betsy Timberman ©Patrick McMullan

The New York Botanical Garden held it’s annual Winter Wonderland Ball, Bronx NY: Kick Kennedy, Georgina Bloomberg, Genevieve Bahrenburg ©BFA




The Weinstein Company & Netflix held an after party for the 74th Annual Golden Globes, Beverly Hills, CA: Maya Henry ©BFA.com

The Weinstein Company & Netflix held an after party for the 74th Annual Golden Globes, Beverly Hills, CA: Justin Mikita, Jesse Tyler Ferguson ©Getty Images

74th Annual Golden Globe Awards in the Press Room at The Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills, CA: Emma Stone ©PatrickMcMullan.com

74th Annual Golden Globe Awards in the Press 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards in the Press Room at The Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills, CA: Room at The Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills, CA: Ryan Gosling ©PatrickMcMullan.com Anna Kendrick ©PatrickMcMullan.com

HBO’s Official Golden Globe Awards After Party at Circa 55 Restaurant, Los Angeles, CA: Viola Davis ©PatrickMcMullan.com

HBO’s Official Golden Globe Awards After Party at Circa 55 Restaurant, Los Angeles, CA: Evan Rachel Wood ©PatrickMcMullan.com

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The Weinstein Company & Netflix held an after party for the 74th Annual Golden Globes, Beverly Hills, CA: Gillian Anderson ©Getty Images

HBO’s Official Golden Globe Awards After Party at Circa 55 Restaurant, Los Angeles, CA: Harry Hamlin, Lisa Rinna ©PatrickMcMullan.com




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GBK, the luxury lifestyle gift lounge and special events company honored the 2017 Golden Globe Awards’ Nominees and Presenters with a luxury gift and style lounge, LA: Anthony Anderson ©GBK

GBK, the luxury lifestyle gift lounge and special events company honored the 2017 Golden Globe Awards’ Nominees and Presenters with a luxury gift and style lounge, LA: Kevin Dillon ©GBK

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W Magazine kicked off Golden Globes weekend W Magazine kicked off Golden Globes weekend W Magazine kicked off Golden Globes weekend with an epic party at the Chateau Marmont, LA: with an epic party at the Chateau Marmont, LA: with an epic party at the Chateau Marmont, LA: James Brolin, Lynn Hirschberg, Barbra Streisand, Kelly Rohrbach ©Landon Nordeman Viggo Mortensen ©Landon Nordeman Stefano Tonchi ©Getty Images

The BAFTA Tea Party, Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, CA: Bryce Dallas Howard ©PatrickMcMullan.com

The BAFTA Tea Party, Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, CA: Michelle Williams ©PatrickMcMullan.com

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GAlAs GAloRe Manhattan Events that Matter By Carlos Lacayo | Photos by Patrick McMullan

Ramona Singer and Leesa Rowland hosted a benefit for Animal Ashram with the Humane Society of NY to draw attention to the fate of homeless pets at the home of PR guru R. Couri Hay. Guests sipped Whispering Angel rose and dined on a vegan menu by Cornelia Guest. Chef Josh Tanner of NewYorkPrimeBeef.com served Kobe and Wagyu steaks with Urbani Truffles for the carnivores. Guests included Carole Radziwill, Ramona Singer, Sonja Morgan and Dorinda Medley. animalashram.com

Attorney Brad Gerstman celebrated his birthday at the Havana Room. Guests included Al Sharpton, Arthur Aidala and Dottie Herman. wGothamgr.com


Philanthropist Jean Shafiroff hosted trunk show with Iris Dankner Morphew, the luxury vintage clothing archive, at Holiday House to benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. morphewconcept.com

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone were the big winners at the Annual Critics’ Choice Awards for their musical La La Land.

Celebrity caterer Andrea Correale of Elegant Affairs, created a holiday feast for 300 at-risk children and their families at the Boys and Girls Club’s Glen Cove.

Carolina Herrera was honored at the Lincoln Center Corporate Fund Gala. Herrera was presented with the award in front of a crowd including board member Audrey Gruss, Olivia Palermo and Emmy Rossum, Nicky Rothschild, Jamee Gregory. Also in attendance were Carolina’s daughter’s Patricia Herrera Lansing, Christina Ricci, Hilary Rhoda, Seth Myers and Alexi Ashe and Julianna Margulies. Lincolncenter.org

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