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LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL. ENJOY IT. GIVE BACK. BE HAPPY.”

A new season is upon us... cooler temps, the kids are back to school, and the holidays are just around the corner. These are all things that have been running through my mind over the past few weeks as we go to print on our gorgeous late-fall issue of BELLA LA, featuring the stylish, sophisticated, and super smart Shiva Shafai. As I flip through the pages of this issue, I am loving the fashion, our exclusive celeb interviews (including THE Linda Gray from one of my favorite shows, “Dallas”), and so much more! Our Beauty Director Janene Mascarella always knows how to choose the perfect seasonal products to keep you looking your best (check out Beauty Scene on pages 36-49). Plus the amazing new fall workouts from Mind+Body Editor Sari Rosenberg will keep you in tip-top shape throughout the holidays. We also share some entertaining book recommendations, a fabulous luxe holiday gift guide to get your shopping started early, and the resounding sentiment throughout that beauty is defined by you! It is my wish that each one of you embrace this message, and I hope the pages of BELLA inspire you to find the beauty in yours.

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Gilles Toucas started out as a professional dancer and choreographer before picking up a camera. Toucas underwent several knee surgeries that curtailed his dancing. “Dancing was my passion and I’m so lucky I found another one.” His photographs have appeared in many high profile magazines, such as Elle, Glamour, Vanity Fair, and BELLA. Gilles photographed the amazing Linda Gray for this issue’s LA Life feature.

Which is stronger: ultra-hold or mega-hold? What are the hottest celebrity trends? Beauty Director Janene Mascarella holds the answers to all your burning beauty questions. In her role, she oversees the splashy “Beauty Scene” section and shares her top product picks, the latest beauty tricks, expert tips, and the hottest celebrity trends to help readers shop smart and find their own phenomenal.

Luxury marketing consultant and New Yorker Sekita Ekrek spent years as a film publicist in D.C. and London before switching careers to do what she loves most: eat, drink and travel the world. In this issue, Sekita follows in the footsteps of great explorers on her first African safari. For more, follow her on Instagram: @KikaEats.

Jenna Guarneri is at the cusp of pop culture and the New York City social scene. As the founder of JMG Public Relations, a full-service public relations firm specializing in the promotion of clients within the lifestyle and entertainment industries, Jenna is a well-sought out publicist known for building and establishing brands and personalities. As the BELLA brand publicist, Jenna and her team have received media placements for the publication in such outlets as E! News, ExtraTV, Page Six, HollywoodLife, amongst many others.

Dionne Clarke has been a celebrity journalist for many years, she has interviewed everyone from Oprah to George Clooney to Richard Branson. Dionne is now parlaying her passion for living a “BELLA lifestyle” to helping Angelenos live their best life via her highly-popular “LA Scene’” column.


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Contents

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18 || THE STYLE REPORT All That Glitters, Denim Goes Beyond, Red Carpet Reese, White Delight, Falling Into Fall Fashion, John Russo’s Ones to Watch

24 || DREAMING OF NAPA Carneros Resort and Spa

32 || LA SCENE

The Best Places to Stay, Eat, and Play

34 || SKYLAR STECKER The Sky’s the Limit

36 || BEAUTY SCENE

The Ultimate Guide to Gorgeous, Gabrielle Ruiz’s Vanity Favorites, Pop Star Scents, Behind the Brand: Dermalogica, Holiday Highlighting How-to, Long Hair—Don’t Care

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56 || MAKE AN IMPACT Giving Back, Changing Lives On Our Cover Photo: John Russo

58 || A NOVEL IDEA

Gifts for the Book Lovers on Your List


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60 || UP CLOSE & PERSONAL Lacy Chabert

64 || LOVE IN THE CITY

5 Great First Dates (and 5 Horrific Ones!)

66 || ARTS & CULTURE It’s “Time” for the Arts

68 || THE LA LIFE Linda Gray

74 || MIND+BODY

Talking THE BOD with Kym Herjavec, Women Influencing Wellness, Katie Willcox: Making Healthy the New Skinny, How to Deal This Holiday Season, Celeb Surgeon Inspired by Art, Ultimate Gift Guide for Fitness Lovers, Why Water Matters

88 || TRAVEL

Fashionista Escapes

90 || TRAVEL DIARY Inside an African Safari

92 || TRAVEL SPOTLIGHTS

Monteverdi Tuscany: Italy as Intended The Magic Voyage to Switzerland

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ALL THAT GLITTERS IS IN

From sparkling make-up to unicorn frappuccinos, glittery goods are trending around the globe. While we do not recommend going overboard, a little glitter can go a long way. By Amanda Mactas

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2. Floral Crystal Bangle $59.50, AnnTaylor.com 3. Haute Stuff Pepper Studs $48, KateSpade.com 4. Boardwalk Sweets Heart Mismatch Earrings $52, BetseyJohnson.com 5. SkinnyDip London Backpack $39.95, FreePeople.com 6. Minnie Mouse Minnie Bow Clasp $328, KateSpade.com

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theStyleReport CELEBRITY PHOTOGRAPHER JOHN RUSSO’S

ONES TO WATCH Watches are one of the only accessories that can be a staple in every man, woman, and child’s wardrobe. Watches are now just as much a fashion accessory as a way to tell time, and there are options for every style and price point. These five amazing timepieces are available in different styles, because everyone needs a stylish way to know when they’re fashionably late!

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45mm Gucci Dive Tiger Watch with Nylon Web Strap in Blue/Red $1350, BergdorfGoodman.com

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Timex Weekender Stainless Steel and Webbing Chronograph Watch in Dark Gray $130, MrPorter.com

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Cartier Calibre de Cartier Chronograph Watch $10,900, Cartier.com

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Victorinox Swiss Army Maverick GS Two-Tone Watch in Signature Navy $450, saksfifthavenue.com

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Movado BOLD Connected II Smartwatch $695, movado.com

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FALLING INTO FALL FASHION By Denise Weaver

With the arrival of a new fall season comes fashion trends you can take from the runway to the streets, as well as into the office. In store for the season are these top trends you must try now!

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eclectic designs prevail. This pair of drop earrings from Cynthia Dresser are an impactful final touch on almost any
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morning and night, and you’ll see a big difference. The more hydrated your skin, the plumper, firmer, and more radiant it looks. Especially great for sensitive skin, the really effective serums also reduce redness. iGlowMedSpa.com

3. Mad About Plaid. The look of plaid is fun and versatile, yet

nostalgic in feel. Coupled with menswear-inspired styles, plaid makes for one of this season’s biggest trends. This look from Verdad is among the best as it presents a modern feel on an old-school print. VerdadOfficial.com

4. Strong Suits. Suits have made a real comeback. Paired with

a strong color like red or tangerine, they become an especially bold fashion statement. This suit offers an amazing burst of color as well as a fantastic fit. TahariASL.com

5. Bucket Bags.
With its strong shape and bright colors, this

Putchipuu bucket bag will liven up even the dullest day. Hand crocheted by the women of the Wayuu people in northeast of Colombia, a portion of all sales from this bag goes back to each artisan’s community to provide water tanks and school supplies. Putchipuu.com

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theStyleReport RED CARPET READY R EE S E W I T H ER S P O O N Red carpet regular, Reese Witherspoon, had a sensational 2017 both on and off the red carpet. We can’t wait to see what the New Year has in store for everyone’s favorite Southern sweetheart. By Mindy Gura and Paula Orlan

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WHITE DELIGHT By Mindy Gura and Paula Orlan

White Wool Cropped Jacket and Wool Pants $1,689 and $1,200, SonJungWanShop.com

Breaking the rules never felt so good—until now! That’s because we’re taking that old “don’t wear white after Labor Day” rule and throwing it out the window. White clothing in heavier materials is crisp and beautiful in colder weather. It can be worn to the office for a professional day look and revamped for a fun night out on the town. Find your inner fashion rebel and embrace winter white this season…

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Vineyard Striped Crop Ruffle Tee, Katie Waltman, SLC $58 Paperbag Short by Bishop & Young, Mary Jane’s, Park City $85 Kiss Earrings by Sophia and Chloe, FarashaStyle.com $182

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Strolling the Cyprus Geo Tie-up Bow Neck Maxi Dress, Banana Republic $158 Chandelier Earring by Sophia and Chloe, FarashaStyle.com $392

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Poolside Olive Peace Necklace by Vella Mode, FarashaStyle.com $60 Sylvana Embroidered Romper by Adelyn Rae, Mary Jane’s, Park City $105 Spiral Ring by Krysia Renau, FarashaStyle.com $78 Nude Handbag by Inzi, Simplicity by I.Elle, Sonoma $88

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Eat, Sleep, Relax, and Repeat at the Carneros Resort and Spa Napa Valley visitors look no further than the tranquil Carneros Resort and Spa. With it’s famous magnificent infinity edge pool, delicious dining scene, and state of the art gym, the Carneros has become one of Napa Valley’s most popular destinations. EAT: Carneros’s FARM Restaurant and Boon Fly

Cafe all use the finest local, organic, and sustainably raised ingredients. In fact, the resort has it’s own culinary garden on location, providing only the best ingredients for its’ guests.

Hilltop Lace-Up Bomber, Katie Waltman, SLC $128 Frayed Jacquard Mini Dress by Milly, Panache, Park City $395 Taupe Tassel Clutch, Urban Renewal Boutique, Park City $78

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SLEEP: Guests can stay in the resort’s beautifully

quaint two cottage suites or in one of their sun washed private cottages, or even relax in the private 3,800 square feet Carneros Courtyard Home. Whatever accommodation you choose, you can count on the Carneros making your stay memorable with its’ breathtaking views of the countryside and unparalleled service.

RELAX: Surrounded by vineyards and farmland, the

Carneros is the perfect place to sit back and relax. Put down your phone and head over to their award winning spa that provides the best treatments or walk over to the beautiful town square which has family oriented games and the perfect view to sit back and have a delicious picnic while watching the sun set.


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Cottage French Blue Dress, Katie Waltman, SLC $78 Leather Jacket by Veta, Coop, Carneros Resort $898 Acrylic Arc Bag by Cult Gaia, Coop, Carneros Resort $278 Statement Druzy Ring by Krysia Renau, FarashaStyle.com $352

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The Garden Square Pearl Drop Earrings by Krysia Renau, FarashaStye.com $262 Tassel Sun Hat by Mar Y Sol, Coop, Carneros Resort $109 Sia Chambray Dress by Greylin, Mary Jane’s, Park City $139 Bamboo Arc Bag by Cult Gaia, Coop, Carneros Resort $138

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LA Scene

For all the latest East Coast happenings, be sure to visit BellaNYMag.com

By Dionne Clarke

Majestic Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas Luxury, sophistication, elegance, and warmth are just some of the words that can aptly describe the glorious Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas. From the moment you set foot onto the triple Forbes FiveStar award winning property, you’re transported into a world of opulence. Check in at the Sky Lobby on the 23rd floor, which offers stunning views of the Strip, and where a beverage and warm towel awaits you. Also there is the Mandarin Bar for amazing cocktails and bar snacks in a vibrant atmosphere. And just by the elevator is one of my favorite features, the Moet Champagne Vending Machine, the first of its kind in the U.S., and so fun! The 47-story non-gaming hotel has 392 spacious and luxurious rooms and suites, high-tech enhancements with 32 FALL 2017

automated control panels to manage lighting, entertainment, and room temperatures at the touch of a button. Dining at Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas is a treat in itself. You’ll be spoiled with the talents of three-star Michelin Chef Pierre Gagnaire at his restaurant Twist. Indulge in the sixcourse Grand Tasting Menu, which is as decadent as it is delicious. MOzen Bistro offers up authentic Asian cuisine and world-class fare. Instead of a traditional breakfast when ordering room service, try the Japanese bento breakfast. You will not be disappointed! The Spa at Mandarin Oriental is on another level of relaxation experiences. With 17 treatment rooms, a yoga studio, pool and gym, you can truly enjoy a different kind of

Vegas during your stay. The stunning Shanghai 1930’s design and tranquility will make you not want to leave. The blend of modern techniques with Eastern traditions in their treatments is bliss. Choose from full body cleanses, clay treatments to release toxins, facials, vitality pool soaks, steam rooms, ice fountains, and five different type of shower journeys. It’s an urban oasis that spans the entire seventh and eighth floor of the property, and with floor-toceiling windows, you’ll unwind while enjoying the incredible views. Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas sucks you in, pampers you, feeds you, spoils you, and entertains you at the highest level that you will be far pushed to find another experience on the Strip that even comes close. MandarinOriental.com


The Ranch at Laguna Beach In a departure from the typical hotels you’d expect in the area, The Ranch at Laguna Beach offers something unique and is a perfect addition to the Orange County enclave. An hour south of Los Angeles, The Ranch is nestled just inside the walls of Aliso and Wood Canyons, where the majestic mountains meet the Pacific Ocean and is surrounded by 87 acres of lush greenery and all the beauty nature has to offer. In addition, the resort is the first and only hotel in California to join the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World.

The 97-room boutique hotel has an authentic beach cottage vibe with sophisticated charm in abundance. The rooms boast beautifully appointed decor of distressed woods, craft stonework, and vibrant color schemes. Each room features state-of-the-art technology, an oversized walk-in shower, and a mini refrigerator. Enjoy a bite poolside at The Pond, pick up a snack on the go from Ben’s Pantry, or partake in a leisurely meal at Harvest, which highlights the best California has to offer on its menu. Sycamore Spa is the perfect place to

decompress from city life and surrender to the beautiful climate, soothing breeze, and perfect blend of earth and sea, which they incorporate into their therapies. A musttry experience is the Plein Air massage, which takes place outdoors in the twoacre Scout Camp surrounded by massive eucalyptus trees, verdant canyon walls, and the half-acre organic garden. It’s truly transformational. The Ranch is also a perfect place to hold a wedding or treasured event thanks to dramatic backdrops and incredible mountain views your guests will love. TheRanchLB.com

Nine-Ten Nails It Delicious Lionfish When Lionfish opened its doors in the Gaslamp District of San Diego, it promised to bring a hip vibe, healthy food, and delicious modern coastal cuisine—and it surely has delivered. The beautifully decorated two-level space at the Pendry Hotel showcases amazing ambience, fresh-catch menu items, and innovate twists from local chef JoJo Ruiz. The rotating sushi menu and trademark Nigiri flights featuring big eye tuna, ora king, salmon and baja hiramasa are just to whet your appetite. Seared scallops with brown

butter and roasted pistachios, spicy grilled octopus on marble potatoes with cilantro aioli are highlights. Lionfish also has an impressive farm-friendly menu with dry aged New York steak with black truffle bordelaise or lamb tartar with yogurt and fennel. Set in the heart of downtown, it’s also a perfect spot for happy hour with popular craft cocktails and yummy small bites. There’s something special about Lionfish and as a newcomer to the impressive dining scene, it really sets itself apart and worthy of a visit. LionFish.com

Award-winning Nine-Ten restaurant in the Grande Colonial Hotel is deserving of its numerous accolades for many reasons. An elegant, contemporary eatery in the heart of beautiful La Jolla, it’s a place serving up evolving California cuisine with a focus on produce from local artisan farmers. At the helm is Chef Jason Knibb who deftly blends his eclectic mix of classic and modern styles, with a sprinkling of his Jamaican heritage to spice things up. A favorite first course on the menu is the jerk pork belly with plantain and black-eyed peas. So good! For something lighter the stone fruit salad with burrata, basil, and peach vinaigrette is scrumptious. You’ll be spoiled for choice deciding on an entree. Smoked maple leaf duck breast with hushpuppies and plums, or the braised Colorado lamb shank with potted polenta and baby broccoli are delightful options. The specialty cocktails are also reason enough to try Nine-Ten Restaurant & Bar, which has critics and diners alike raving about it as one of San Diego’s best places to dine. Nine-Ten.com B BellaLAMag.com 33


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Skylar Stecker By Michele DiNardo Photographer: Kelly Fajack Stylist: Adena Rohatiner Hair: Scott King Makeup: Brooke Hill Location: The Parlour Room of Hollywood

A burst of sunshine filled the storied Parlour Room of Hollywood recently when singer Skylar Stecker, KIIS FM’s “Next Up” star bounded into the room for a recent photo shoot. With a confidence that belies her age and a voice to back up the accolades, Stecker happily greeted everyone with a hug and announced, “I’m a hugger… Mom, aren’t I a hugger?”—an exclamation that reminded everyone that Disney’s “Next Big Thing” is just 15 years old. After two national tours and sharing the stage with the likes of Miley Cyrus, it’s fair to say that 2017 has been a prolific year for the burgeoning star. Stecker’s latest single, “I Only Want You,” hit #1 on the Billboard charts, and its accompanying video (watch it on YouTube!), is a glimpse into the spirit that is propelling this remarkable teenager to stardom. BELLA Los Angeles talked with Stecker about her fantastic year and her new life in Southern California. What was your biggest adjustment when you moved to Orange County from your home in Wisconsin? At first it was hard to juggle going to regular school all day and then driving two hours to and from LA for auditions and rehearsals every day. I felt like I was trying to do too many things at once. So after trying to make that work for a few years, I finally convinced my parents to let me try home schooling. This made my schedule much more manageable and allowed me more time to spend on my music because I could bring my schoolwork on the road and be a lot more productive. So far, what’s the best thing about living in Southern California? Is there something you do here that you would never do in Wisconsin? I love living in Southern California. The weather is always amazing, but what I love most is being surrounded by people from all

over the world. Wisconsin is awesome but most people who live in Wisconsin are from Wisconsin. Plus, California has so many more restaurant options for vegans like me! You’re working so much this year; do you have time for school and friends? Yes! I am in 10th grade and have to stay on track with my studies. As for friends, I do have a few great ones, but I am somewhat of a loner when I’m not doing music. If I am not writing, recording, or performing, then you can usually find me at home watching “Grey’s Anatomy!” Your mom said flat-out that she has no idea where your musical talent came from. Do you remember when you first discovered your voice and started singing? When I was 9, I heard there was a school talent show. I had been playing piano since I was 5, so I decided to try out. The teacher in charge told me to sing instead of play the piano, and a week later I found out I got in for the singing and not the piano. It was shocking! I sang in the talent show, and immediately a light when on that day in my head that this was what I wanted to do forever. From then on, I was on a mission to sing wherever and whenever I could.

You’re a songwriter too—and you’re 15! Where do the songs come from? Is it possible to describe that process? I started creating music on my piano. When I was 9 years old, I wrote and recorded my first song called “Crush.” It was about a boy who I liked that didn’t like me back. I ended up giving him my recorded version of the song on a CD I made for him but unfortunately, it didn’t go as planned… he laughed and threw it away. (Which gave me more material for later!) But now, my songs usually start with a track a producer sends me and I write the melody and then lyrics on that. Or me and another writer and a producer just start from scratch and throw ideas and melodies around the room, and go from there. The video for “Only Want You” is amazing! Most people—certainly most 15 year olds— would be too embarrassed to dance and sing on the street like that, yet you seem perfectly at home doing it. Why do you think that is? I wanted to do something that was not planned, and [that was] completely organic. So I decided Hollywood Boulevard would be perfect because there is always a lot going on down there. My mom played the music, my uncle and his friend followed me with their camera, and my manager watched out for people who were in the way. I didn’t have time to get nervous because I knew I only had one shot to do it. Thankfully, it worked and we got what we needed in that one take. I read you’ve performed the national anthem 100 times! Of those performances, can you remember the one that made you the most nervous and the one that had you the most excited? I don’t usually get nervous for anthems because it’s what I grew up doing. However, I was a little nervous for the Wisconsin Badger game at Lambeau Field. It was a full house—80,000 people, I think! I also had family and friends there, and I wanted to make my home state proud. Does your crazy life schedule affect your siblings? How do you find time to have fun as a family? I have one brother named Dorsett who is 10 years old. We are all really close! My family is number one to me, so no matter how busy things are, I always have at least one member of my family with me wherever I go. BELLA’s tagline is, “Beauty Defined by You.” At this point in your life, how do you define beauty? I think being true to who you are is beautiful. Right now and even more than ever, it’s really important we learn to love ourselves the way we are. No one is perfect, and if we try to be like someone else or look like someone else, that will only hurt our self-confidence and self worth, not help it. Beauty is being you! B BellaLAMag.com 35


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On My Vanity HOW GABRIELLE RUIZ GETS GLAMOUROUS Gabrielle Ruiz can be seen as Valencia on The CW’s critically acclaimed and Emmy-winning musical comedy, “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.” We asked the talented, Texasborn star to share her biggest beauty secrets. By Janene Mascarella

“Our key makeup artist, Kymber Blake, introduced a few of these over the last three seasons we’ve been working together on the show,” says Ruiz.

Nars Brow Defining Cream in ‘el djouf’

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“I can’t say enough about the Nars Brow Defining Cream! I feel like my lush, Latina eyebrows now perfectly frame my face without overpowering in color.”

Givenchy Phenomen’Eyes Mascara

$32, saksfifthavenue.com “I’m obsessed over Givenchy Phenomen’Eyes mascara’s spherical brush! I feel like I can never go back to regular shaped brushes because this one cleverly curls my eyelashes without any clumps.”

L’Oreal La Palette Lip

$16.99 each, lorealparisusa.com

“I confess, I own the nude, plum, and the red color palettes! These palettes replaced the dozens of lipsticks weighing down my purse. Now, I have color options, matte or glossy choices, and when I’m in a sassy mood, I can even highlight, contour, and blend. Every girl should relieve her purse of weight with one single La Palette. Or maybe have all three like me!”

Dayle Breault Heartfelt Emulsion Day Cream

$84.88, goddessofskin.com

“Kymber introduced this day cream when I was on location in the desert. After four days in the sun, I never got a sunburn and my complexion stayed clear and hydrated.”

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Beauty Scene BEHIND THE BRAND:

Dermalogica By Nyasia Elie

We’ve all seen Dermalogica products featured in countless beauty and health articles declaring the best of the best skin care products to make part of your beauty regime. But what do you know about the brand and the face behind it all?

Jane Wurwand is the co-founder and chief visionary of Dermalogica, as well as The International Dermal Institute (IDI), which is recognized as providing the gold standard in professional skin care education. But her accomplishments don’t stop there. In 2011, after years of working in an industry where the vast majority of ownership and workforce is female, Wurwand established FITE (Financial Independence Through Entrepreneurship) to help support women entrepreneurs around the world. Born and raised in the United Kingdom, Wurwand’s father died suddenly when she was only 3 years old. With four girls to raise, Wurwand’s mother relied on her vocational training as a nurse to go back to work and support the family. Her mother advised five words that would be key to Jane’s future: “Learn how to do something.” Taking this lesson to heart, Wurwand attended and graduated from beauty school, where she first focused on makeup, but ultimately became passionate about skin care. In 1983, at age 25 and with $2,800 in savings, Wurwand headed to Los Angeles with her thenboyfriend (now husband, and Dermalogica co-creator, Raymond) to pursue the American dream. She soon noticed the need for quality skin care education; training in the U.S. was much less intensive than across the pond. Wurwand saw an opportunity in a non-existent market. She started The International Dermal Institute in a small classroom in LA, providing advanced education to licensed skin therapists on ingredients, techniques, and strategies to help grow their business and provide the best result for clients in the treatment room. 44 FALL 2017

Visit the company’s flagship store, Dermalogica on Montana, at 1022 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica, CA. It offers a full range of retail products, touch therapy, and express skin care treatments.

While teaching at IDI, Wurwand realized there was no American product line that embraced her belief of enhancing skin health, so again, she took opportunity–literally—into her hands. In 1986, she created Dermalogica, a technologically-advanced product collection free of irritating ingredients like mineral oil, lanolin, and artificial colors and fragrances. Today, Dermalogica can be found in 100 countries worldwide; IDI, with locations across the globe plus digitally streaming classes, trains 100,000 skin therapists per year. FITE continues to assist women entrepreneurs by providing access to education, vocational training, small loans, and leadership skills, and since its inception, has provided more than 81,000 business loans to women in 68 countries. In 2017, FITE announced a new online education program to help salon businesses grow to scale. Find out more: Dermalogica.com, Dermallnstitute.com, JoinFITE.org

Next Up for Wurwand: • Dermalogica will launch PreCleanse Balm, a balmto-oil cleanser that removes makeup, sunscreen, and pollutants, revealing glowing, healthy, clear skin. • FITE’s Entrepreneur Accelerator program will begin in 2018. This online education initiative will cover all grounds of entrepreneurship, from principles to marketing. Operation Hope, dedicated to implementing the importance of financial literacy and economic education, will serve as the non-profit organizational partner.


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Choose the right formula. Not all highlighters are created equal. If you have textured skin, a liquid highlighter is best. Those with oily skin should use powders. For deep skin, a sheer cream will compliment any undertone, while light skin generally requires a more opaque formula. Step out of your comfort zone. Try something new. Maybe that means applying more than usual, or choosing a holographic shade. Keep the edges blended and you can pull off anything. Yes, YOU! Find the best placement for your face shape. Hold a light (I usually use my phone) at the top of your forehead, pointing down to the floor. Highlighter should be applied to every area that the light hits.

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Cover your whole face with highlighter. The purpose of highlighting is to accentuate areas of the face. If we cover every inch, then nothing is accentuated, defeating the purpose. Use the same applicator for every formula. Always use synthetic brushes, beauty blenders, or your fingers for creams and liquids. A fan brush, contour brush, or small blush brush will work for powders. As always, don’t forget to keep brushes clean to prevent buildup of bacteria. Apply setting powder after highlighter. Unless the goal is to tone down the highlighter, use setting powder first and the highlighter at the end of your makeup routine.

The Ultimate Holiday

Highlighting How-To By Rachel Paul

Lists are a big part of my life. They seem to be the best way to keep my sanity, but somehow become more abundant around the holidays. Not only to-do lists, but also gift giving (and receiving) lists, party guest lists, food shopping lists for dinner parties, holiday card lists—the “list” goes on. To keep things simple, I have created yet another list—The Dos and Don’ts of Highlighting. I’m sure we agree that it’s easy to get carried away with highlighters especially around the holiday season. “I need to stand out somehow, right?” Right! But let’s make sure we’re standing out in the best “light” possible. So let’s get to it! Post this list on your mirror or snap a pic and make it your wallpaper until you know it by heart.

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Only apply on the face. Have you heard of ear highlighting? It may sounds extraterrestrial, but a soft sheen along the center edges of the ear will bring balance to the highlighting you’ve done on your face. Also, don’t forget about the collar bone, cleavage, and legs.

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Long Hair, Don’t Care

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH FORD MODEL & HIDDEN CROWN FOUNDER SHELLEY GOODSTEIN By Sari Beth Rosenberg

Want to rock hair extensions this holiday season, but not sure where to start? Meet Hidden Crown and its Ford model founder, Shelley Goodstein. Since she’s been modeling her whole life, Goodstein knows all the hidden beauty secrets, and she created Hidden Crown to make hair extensions a seamless process for everyone. We were excited to talk to Goodstein and score some tips for our BELLA readers…

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Hidden Crown Inspiration “In the past when I’d go to a photo shoot and they put hair on me, I loved the way it looked. I wouldn’t want them to take it off at the end of the day, but I never had the confidence to hide the 18 clips it required to look like that. My mission was to make salon-quality, easy-to-use, professional products available not only to the rich and famous, but affordably to all women.”

GOODSTEIN’S TOP SIX HAIR EXTENSIONS TIPS Don’t fake It. Always choose 100% REMY human hair. Don’t get fooled by synthetic or blends. REMY means all cuticles are in the same direction and won’t tangle easily.

Find your natural color. The extension color should always match the lower third of the hair shaft and the ends because this is where the extension will meet up with your natural hair.

Hair can make or break your holiday look. Hair is the one thing you can’t filter-fix when you’re taking lots of holiday photos. Use extensions to get fuller hair with no peek through spaces. An added bonus: More hair on your head can also make your body appear thinner. Make waves. For the holiday season, don’t forget that you can style your extensions with a curling iron to add some waves. Extra hair is especially perfect for braids and thicker side ponytails–think gorgeous fishtails with crystals, bows...you name it!

What Makes Hidden Crown Extensions Different? • You can put them on yourself in less than a minute (vs. the hours and hours it can take sitting in a stylist’s chair). No clips or glue required! • The halo style extensions are hidden between the top and bottom of your hair and are not attached to directly to your scalp, so they won’t get easily oily or dirty.

Keep it going longer. Your hair extensions can last 3 months up to a year depending on how you take care of them. One not-so-obvious trick is to only wash your extensions every 2-4 months.

• Hidden Crown extensions are made from human hair so you can do all the things you do to your own hair–curl it, straighten it, and wash it–but the secret is in not drying the hair out.

Handle with care. Brush your hair extensions gently a few times a day when you’re wearing them. Tangling happens easily at the nape of your neck just from the small back and forth movements of your head because you have added so much extra hair right there.

• You can order it online or at one of the 1,000 salons that carry the brand.

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• Send a photo of your hair to Hidden Crown and they promise to help you pick the perfect match. If you don’t like what they send, you can return or exchange the hair extensions. • Check out their YouTube Channel for styling tips and advice. BellaLAMag.com 49


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Cover Story

Shiva Safai EMBRACING THE SPOTLIGHT By Alexandra Anastasio Photography: John Russo with Getty Images Styling: Taylor Jacobson with Atelier Management Hair: Frankie Payne with Opus Beauty Makeup: Lyndsay Zavitz

Up until a few years ago, Shiva Safai, a former business owner and one of the stars of “Second Wives Club” on E! Entertainment, was living a quiet life outside of the public eye. The Iranian-born beauty grew up in Norway and moved to Los Angeles when she was 19. “My initial plan was to only stay for one year, but then life happened and I fell in love with LA,” says Safai.

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You’ve said if this was five years ago, you would have said no to a reality show—and it’s not the first time you’ve been approached. How did the opportunity come about, and what changed for you? I knew nothing about the show or even that they were casting. Someone sent me a message on Facebook asking if I was interested. After I read what the premise of the show was about, I thought it might be a good opportunity to show everyone who the real Shiva is. People are quick to judge when they see an age difference in a relationship, and this is a good way to demonstrate how our relationship works. I thought this could be my voice to show who we are and what our families are about.

She began working in LA for a criminal background check business and became fascinated with that line of work. That led her to branch out and open her own background check company. “I knew this was something I could do on my own,” she says. After 10 years and some major life changes, she decided to step away from the business and close that chapter of her life. These days, Safai has been living a more public life, in part because of her relationship with real estate mogul Mohamed Hadid and her new show. The down-to-earth Safai sat down with BELLA LA to chat about her new show, her relationship with her fiancé, and why family is the driving force behind all she does.

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What thoughts ran through your mind? I was hesitant at first; I asked a lot of questions and met with different people who were part of the production. I didn’t want to jump into something if it wasn’t going to be the right fit. I talked with my family and with Mohamed to make sure he was comfortable and on-board as well. After [the producers] told me that they wanted to tell my story the way I wanted it to be told, I was sold. With social media, it’s easy for fans to be vocal about how they feel, positive or negative. How do you handle outside critics? In the beginning, it would get under my skin and at times I would cry because I couldn’t understand why people who don’t even know you could be so mean and pass judgment, especially when they have no idea of your background, what you’ve gone through, and just how hard you’ve worked to be this independent woman. All they see is this successful man loving you and taking care of you, and they have something to say. At first I would reply, but I eventually realized that’s what they want; they want to get under your skin and see you react. I realize now I don’t have to defend myself or explain to others why I am in the relationship that I’m in. I’ve learned to block out the negativity and just live my life. You can never please everyone, and I’m sure there is more to come. Our friends and family know us; they love us for who we are, and that’s all that matters. What do you think sets “Second Wives Club” apart from other reality programs? We are a group of women who, at the end of the day, empower one another. We help each other through hard times. All of the women are ambitious, independent, and do not rely on their husbands to be successful. We’re just trying to make it on our own, and I think that’s a great message to share with other women. We also have insecurities and doubts, and having women support each other and share stories of how they prevailed through certain situations is a great way to show how, despite the differences you might have, women can stick together.


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What did you enjoy most about this first season? What would you like to see if it’s renewed for a second? I loved getting to know the ladies. I knew some of them through mutual social circles and some I didn’t know at all. But we grew a lot closer after our trip [to the Virgin Islands], which was so much fun. And filming with my brothers was something I loved; I didn’t realize how funny they can be on camera. I enjoyed sharing parts of my life and opening up our home. If there is a second season—and I hope there is—I’d love to bring in more of my family and see my brothers on screen a bit more. And I’d love to do more traveling; that was a lot of fun. You have a good relationship not only with Mohamed’s children but also with both of his ex-wives. Why was it important for you to establish relationships with them as well? I don’t just love Mohamed—I love everything that comes with him. I have the utmost respect for both of these women and admire the children they’ve raised. It was extremely important from day one to be accepted and have a relationship where we all mutually respect each other. There is no reason for any drama, and it was important to me that we all started out on the right side. I am so lucky that these women welcomed me with open arms, and I am grateful for that. If we can all spend holidays and other events together, why not?! The more the merrier. You were also married once before and you credit Mohamed with helping you rebuild the confidence you lost. How has he helped you get to where you are today? Mohamed loves me for who I am; he didn’t need me to change certain things about myself. He’s extremely supportive and encourages me to have my own voice; he wants to see me succeed in life. I love the fact that he is so proud to have me right next him; to me that is the most beautiful thing. Would you say life has changed since you joined the show? It’s been a great platform and doors have opened with wonderful opportunities that I am very grateful for. But at the same time, I try to keep my life the same way. I love my oldest and closest friends that I have had for decades. I’ve learned that the more in the limelight you are, the more people come out of the woodwork and want to be your friend, for obvious reasons. I’ve been careful not to let everyone into my life and am protective of Mohamed and our family.

Mohamed is extremely supportive and encourages me to have my own voice; he wants to see me succeed in life. I love the fact that he is so proud to have me right next him; to me that is the most beautiful thing.” What sort of charity work are you involved in? A friend of mine works closely with a well-known Iranian children’s organization, Mahak Charity, which supports parents of cancer-stricken children. They set up places for parents who can’t afford to stay with their children while they’re getting treatment, and they ensure no child is ever refused treatment due to insufficient financial means. This organization is close to my heart; kids are dear to me and I’m from that part of the world, so it felt like the right fit to work so closely with them. In looking ahead, what do you see for the future? I want to create something I can call my own. Whether it be a beauty product, a fashion line, or a collaboration, I want to build something I can leave behind. I have the business knowledge; now it’s just about finding the right outlet. Finish this sentence: I am most passionate about… My life, which includes my family and friends. They get me going every day; without them, there is no reason to live. You can have all the money and success in the world, but if you have no one to share it with then what’s the point? B

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Make An Impact

Giving Back, Changing Lives What better time to celebrate some of the influencers, companies, and brands that are making a positive impact on people’s lives than the holiday season? By Vanessa Coppes

Dr. James Mercer | Lonestar Social Services After his father banished him from their Texas home, James Mercer turned to drugs, alcohol, and partying, but soon realized he was on the same path as his father. Now a Ph.D.— his doctorate is in counseling psychology—Dr. Mercer shares how hitting rock bottom led to a Jewish spiritual awakening filled with love and an abiding faith in humanity in his book “Secrets and Shame.” Having been through the system himself, he founded Lonestar Social Services, a foster care and adoption agency that focuses on the hundreds of children throughout Texas who have suffered abuse. He lives in Austin with his partner and three daughters and finds joy in his Jewish faith and community. LonestarSocialServices.com

Lulu Cerone | LemonAID Warriors At just 17 years old, Lulu Cerone has combined philanthropy and business with her charitable organization, LemonAID Warriors, and has raised over $100,000. Her book, “PhilanthroParties! A Party-Planning Guide for Kids Who Want to Give Back,” highlights dozens of worthy causes and inspires youngsters to add social activism to their social lives. By demonstrating easy, inexpensive party planning ideas, DIY recipes, crafts, and activities that spread kindness and create positive social impact, Cerone provides the foundation for engaging young readers. As a young girl, Cerone was frustrated by the lack of volunteer opportunities available for children. She began hosting her own social good get-togethers. In 2010, one of these gatherings raised $4,000 in two weeks to help earthquake victims 56 FALL 2017

in Haiti. From then on, her friends begged her to host more events, and she began creating many more PhilanthroParty action plans. As a result, LemonAID Warriors was born and has provided scholarships to 86 vulnerable children at their partner schools in Zimbabwe. LAW also helped fund completion of a dormitory at an orphanage in Tijuana and organized youth volunteers to aid in construction. Lulu’s personal PhilanthroParties have also assisted in building sustainable clean water solutions for over 2,000 people in sub-Saharan Africa; hosted annual holiday PhilanthroParties at a domestic violence transitional housing shelter in Hollywood, CA; and regularly present PhilanthroParty workshops with youth across the country. LemondAIDWarriors.com

Michael and Starla Wahl | DriButts While on a mission trip to Haiti, Michael Wahl noticed the babies didn’t wear diapers. He found it troubling because he knew that the leading cause of sickness, disease, and death in Third World countries is food and water sources contaminated by fecal matter. His idea? To bring diapers to Haiti. Of course, disposable diapers would be too expensive. And he soon learned that traditional cloth diapers wouldn’t work well in such a warm climate because they’re made of heavy materials that can cause diaper rash and chaffing. So, together with his wife Starla, they decided to try a wicking, breathable material for the diapers. A friend with a sewing business developed a pattern for their solution: DriButts. Starla recruited volunteers, and they sewed more than 700 diapers. Thankfully, they’ve found a manufacturer since then. Today, Wahl travels to Haiti to deliver these diapers himself, and to educate the community on their use and care, as well as on the importance of hygiene for their overall health and well-being. DriButts.com B


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A Novel Idea

Gifts for the Book Lovers on Your List This Season Need some inspiration for your gift list this holiday season? We’ve got some great suggestions for you, so get ready to shop the shelves and check off some people on your list with cool books they’ll love. By Barbara Bellesi Zito

For the Mystery Lover “Vixen Investigations: The Mayoral Affairs” by ashley papa (post hill press)

Do you have a friend who loves a good page-turner? Then meet Paige Turner, an investigative journalist-turned detective. Her specialty is tracking down cheating spouses— but nothing can prepare her for when the wife of the New York City mayor hires Paige to snoop on her husband. When Paige discovers enough dirt to take down the whole administration, let alone a single marriage, she finds herself in uncharted territory. This exciting debut novel is what some say is Nancy Drew meets “Sex and the City.”

For Your BFF “Thank You for Being a Friend: Life According to the Golden Girls”

emma lewis, ill. by chantel desousa (smith street books)

It’s been more than 30 years since “The Golden Girls” charmed their ways into our lives. Few TV characters can stand the test of time as well as Dorothy, Sophia, Rose, and Blanche. This colorfully illustrated book compiles the wisdom of those four brash broads from Miami, including sex and dating advice from Blanche, cheesecake recipes, the Ten Commandments of living with housemates, and a quiz to determine “Which Golden Girl Are You?”

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For the Party Animal “Inside Studio 54: The Real Story of Sex, Drugs. and Rock ‘n’ Roll from Former Studio 54 Owner” Mark Fleischman (Rare Bird Books)

There is no nightclub as iconic as Studio 54. This book escorts you beyond the velvet rope into a world where free love reigned and champagne, cocaine, and celebrity were the currency—at least until it was raided by the state in 1978 and the owners were put in prison for tax evasion. Your tour guide on this reminiscent romp is Fleischman, the restaurant, hotel, and club owner who reopened Studio 54 in the early ‘80s. The salacious history of Studio 54 will take the reader first to Brazil and then to the Virgin Islands before landing at the world-famous nightclub in midtown Manhattan.

For the Fashionista “Dresses to Dream About” Christian Siriano (Rizzoli)

It’s easy to see the end result of a fashion designer’s talent, but what about the work leading up to it? In this book, designer extraordinaire Christian Siriano takes us on a tour of his Manhattan studio, where his dreamy dresses and gorgeous gowns are born. This is a unique glimpse into the multilayered creative process of a fashion designer, from first sketch to final stitch.

For the Redhead (natural or otherwise) “The Big Redhead Book: Inside the Secret Society of Red Hair” By Erin La Rosa (St. Martin’s Press)

There’s a reason that natural redheads make up just two percent of the population— they’re that special. La Rosa’s book is a celebration of our fair friends and their veritable superhero powers, which include a superior sense of smell and hair that grays more slowly than other shades. This humorous book is filled with beauty tips, advice for raising a redheaded child, and a list of redhead-inspired tunes. It’s perfect for the redhead in your life—maybe even the salonenhanced one!

For the Host(ess) with the Most(est) “Valerie’s Home Cooking” Valerie Bertinelli (Oxmoor House)

There’s another kind of celebrity chef on Food Network these days—that is, celebrities who play chefs in their own kitchen. Valerie Bertinelli, star of “Hot in Cleveland” and “Valerie’s Home Cooking,” has made herself a true household name, thanks to her winning personality and her tasty (and easy to make!) dishes. This book is packed with more than 100 recipes, many of which have Bertinelli’s own unique twist, that are perfect for sharing with friends and family.


HIT THE RESET BUTTON ON YOUR LIFE

For the Resolution-Maker “RESET: 6 ESSENTIAL RESETS TO A HEALTHIER, HAPPIER YOU” jacqui phillips (palm tree publications)

Know someone who’s on a mission to recharge her life? This book will help her get a head start on those New Year’s resolutions. This book focuses on six concepts—relationships, fitness, finance, emotions, appearance, and faith—all of which can be “reset” in order to start living life more fully. How does Phillips know? Because she’s reset all six in her own life. Her book is deeply personal, written from an “If I can do it, you can do it” attitude.

Relationships. Fitness. Finances. Faith. Is there something in your life that deserves a push of the reset button? Jaqui Phillips gets it. The celebrity makeup artist-turnedauthor writes honestly about the unglamorous moments of her life that she struggled to overcome. From getting fit to renewing her faith, Phillips shows how being vulnerable made her stronger. For Phillips, age is just a number. Despite being in the profession of making others look amazing on the outside, Phillips says it’s more about what’s inside. “It’s that inner beauty,” says Phillips. “If you can find that and tap into that, that is seeing the greatness in you as opposed to the weakness in you. That’ll start to shine through, and you’ll start to believe it.”

IT’S A “WONDER”FUL LIFE

It’s not every day that a debut middle school novel spawns a film adaptation and a national movement, but that’s exactly what happened to R.J. Palacio and her book “Wonder.” Inspired by a real-life incident, “Wonder” tells the story of Auggie Pullman, a child with a facial difference who enters a mainstream school for the first time. The real lessons begin when Auggie and his parents help others to learn how to look past the outside and see a person’s true inner beauty. Palacio’s book launched the #ChooseKind movement, encouraging people to open up their hearts to others despite their differences. The film adaptation of “Wonder” arrives in theaters in November, starring Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, and Jacob Tremblay. Bring the whole family—and tissues. B

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Suspended in beauty on Soul Hollywood Restaurant & Bar’s staircase between the lower dining and upper mezzanine party spaces, Lacey Chabert wears a dress by Wayf, a vintage choker, and jewelry by Melinda Maria.

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Up Close & Personal

Lacey Chabert MAKES IT WORK

By Michele DiNardo Photographer: Brett Erickson Stylist: Adena Rohatiner Hair: Johnny Stuntz Makeup: Rachel Pagan Location: Soul Restaurant and Bar, Hollywood

As a working actress since the age of 7, Lacey Chabert has been on TV for the better part of the last 20 years. Best known for playing child prodigy Claudia on the award-winning series “Party of Five” and her roles in “Mean Girls” and “Ghost Whisperer,” Chabert is now a mom experiencing the joys and struggles of balancing family life and an active career.

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Up Close & Personal Chabert’s resume is pages deep— she has worked on stage, in film, and in television with some of the industry’s biggest names, from Matthew McConaughy to Angelica Houston. Giving no indication of slowing down, we can see her soon on the Hallmark Channel’s “All of My Heart 2,” and in the network’s original holiday movie, “The Sweetest Christmas.” BELLA caught up with Chabert at Soul Restaurant & Bar in Hollywood to talk about her life now.

Unwinding above Soul Hollywood Restaurant & Bar’s dining room (SoulHollywood.com), Chabert wears a dress by Ronny Kobo and jewelry by Melinda Maria.

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First, congratulations on your daughter, Julia. She is beautiful. Were you prepared for how she’d impact you? Thank you! It’s difficult to articulate how much I love her. She brings such light and joy to our lives every day. I’ve always wanted to be a mom and knew I’d adore my child, but I couldn’t have fully understood how it would feel for her to look back at me with the same kind of love. When she looks at me, says ‘Mama,’ and grabs my face to kiss me...nothing else matters. Looking back at “Party of Five” and the theme of five children losing their parents, does it have more meaning now that you’re a mother? I feel like everything has more meaning to me now that I’m a mother! The writing on “Party of Five” was so wonderful. I’m very thankful for everything I learned during those six seasons. You’ve recently finished two movies. How did you manage that during your pregnancy? I filmed one movie while I was about six or seven months pregnant, and that was quite a challenge. Trying to hide my very pregnant belly was something that gave us all a good laugh. Since Julia was born, I’ve done three movies. I was excited to get back to work. It was a lot to balance—being a nursing mom to a 4 month old and also being in every scene. There were moments when it felt overwhelming, but we made it work. My daughter is my No. 1 priority. If I’m able to also work and be fulfilled as an actor, I think that will only help me be a better mom to her. I’m very thankful for my husband, family, and friends who are a great support system. Without them, I wouldn’t be able to work like I do. It truly takes a village!

I’ve always wanted to be a mom and knew I’d adore my child, but I couldn’t have fully understood how it would feel for her to look back at me with the same kind of love.”

You’re too young to remember “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” but what was it like working with “Mr. Grant” [Ed Asner]? He was a lot of fun to work with. He and I had worked together on the TV movie “Gypsy” when I was 10 years old, so it was a nice reunion. It meant a lot to me that he said he was proud of me for what I had done in my career. He’s such a legend; I feel honored to have worked with him. You’re a Southern girl but you’ve lived in Los Angeles for most of your life. Do you return to Mississippi and do you miss living there? I love Mississippi. I moved to New York when I was 7, but I still have very vivid memories of growing up in Purvis. My family lived on 20 acres, and it was kind of a magical place. My three siblings and I would play in the woods all day building forts, swimming in the pond, and running around in the sprinkler. It was a simple time [with] such great memories. I still have family there, so I really love visiting. What in LA makes you grateful you live here? I’m convinced there’s no better weather in the world than in Southern California! I also appreciate that it’s close to both the beach and the mountains. My husband and I love going out to dinner, and LA is full of such great restaurants. Is there anything that shocked you when you first moved here, but now seems completely normal? The traffic! When I first moved here, I lived in Thousand Oaks and would drive into Culver City every day. I’ve literally sat in traffic for probably a third of my life. It’s so normal to me now that I just expect it. It’s the one part of LA that isn’t my favorite. Otherwise, I love this city. BELLA’s tagline is “Beauty Defined by You.” What does beauty mean to you at this moment? Beauty to me has always been about authenticity. Being authentically you is something more easily said than done sometimes. The biggest mistakes I’ve made in life were when I was not being true to who I am at my core. At this moment, beauty to me is also finding balance in this new chapter of my life. Sometimes I’m glammed up on a red carpet, but most days I’m covered in baby food, and I’m lucky if I’ve brushed my teeth by 3 pm. I feel like I have the best of both worlds right now and I’m deeply grateful. I have to say the most beautiful thing I’ve experienced to date is seeing life through my daughter’s eyes. Watching her discover this world is a magical experience. Nothing has ever made me happier than being her mama. B

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Love in the City

Great Haornridf 5 ic First Ones Dates By Jarrod Thalheimer

Believe it or not, getting that initial “date night” right matters. It is a critically important facet of the slightly awkward, preliminary relationship dance that occurs between recently introduced, and obviously interested, adults. Who are you? Who am I? What do you like? What do I like? All these questions (and many more) will find themselves subtly presented and carefully discussed over a few short hours together. For better or worse, the raw results will determine the likelihood of any future outings as a couple. Sadly, even as we live in a world obsessed with all-things social (as in “media” mainly), far too many of us remain clueless when it comes to structuring even the most basic of real-world “getting-to-know-you” rituals. So, in the interest of securing love for all, I have provided a handy cheat sheet for the dating-impaired. Please use it…wisely.

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GOOD DATE: Going to a Soup Kitchen…to Volunteer

Obviously, this says something about you as a person. You care about others in a real, tangible way and you hope that someone who might be interested in you would feel the same. It could also be a bit of virtue signalling but on the whole it sends a crystal-clear message about your values. Working together to help make the world a kinder, gentler place is never a bad way to start off a relationship.

HORRIBLE DATE: Going to a Soup Kitchen…for Dinner

Point blank: You should not be taking someone to a soup kitchen for dinner. It suggests that either you’re A) too cheap to pay retail for actual restaurant food, or B) you’re so obsessed with being “quirky” that you’ll risk your date’s embarrassment while stealing food from mouths far more deserving.


GOOD DATE: Seeing the Civic Sites

Sure, government may be boring, but touring historical city buildings and landmarks can be pretty cool. Releasing your inner history nerd lets you re-do that whole senior trip from way back when, but this time with far more context. As a bonus, this will give you the opportunity to explore otherwise off-limit topics (like politics) in a fairly benign fashion, which is always a good idea for two folks getting to know each other. Cap it all off with a picnic lunch near a monument and you’ve got a winner.

“It’s bad enough that your father insists any girl you date knows that she will be expected to work long hours in the [pizzeria], but that he tries to make them cry just to see how well they take orders and handle pressure is downright cruel.”

HORRIBLE DATE: Seeing the Civic Sites…During Your Court Appearance Everyone multi-tasks but dragging someone you just met to a court appearance is reprehensible. Sure, it’s the same civic location but the context is completely wrong. Do you really think you’re impressing anyone by highlighting the legal challenges created by the ways in which you do (or did) live your life? Lose even more points if the court appearance in question offers a better than 20% chance of you being led away in cuffs. Seriously, what’s wrong with you?

GOOD DATE: Art Gallery

The smart money always plays up their cultured side. Attending art galleries or exhibitions is a great way to get out and about while appreciating works of skill and beauty that provoke discussion and promote entry into a world of ideas. You’ll find out tons about each other as you explore all forms of classic art and design, not to mention the groovy cafes and funky gallery gift shops perfectly located so you can buy something unique to commemorate your first day together.

HORRIBLE DATE: Art Gallery… Featuring Ultra-modern, Performance Art

Okay, I get that you revel in the avant-garde and that being on the cutting edge of what’s extreme matters more than life itself. But taking a date to a performance art show where there is more than likely some combination of uncomfortable nudity, talking genitals, or the flinging of bodily fluids is just inconsiderate. Add in abusive audience hectoring (e.g., general admonitions of collective social guilt), and you really need to work on your people skills. Save this stuff for a fourth or fifth date at least.

GOOD DATE: Learning to Make Pizza

Some restaurants offer a chance for couples to get inside the kitchen and learn a new skill. Over glasses of wine, you both get to live the life of a real pizza chef. From tossing the dough to prepping the ingredients to baking it just right, you can be pizza artisans for one night. And what could be better than creating a meal to share together as you laugh (and flirt) over the tastiest food ever invented? Best date ever.

HORRIBLE DATE: Learning to Make Pizza… at Your Family’s Pizzeria

It’s bad enough that your father insists any girl you date knows that she will be expected to work long hours in the family business, but that he tries to make them cry just to see how well they take orders and handle pressure is downright cruel. That your mother is furtively inspecting her for child-bearing hips is simply despicable icing on the horrible-date cake.

GOOD DATE: Underground Nightclub

Showing off your street cred is never a bad idea, and proving you’re in the know when it comes to select (and oh-so hip) clubs can be really attractive. Obviously you’ve already checked the club out in advance and know a good, safe time is guaranteed. Being the one with the insider knowledge (along with the secret knock) shows you can be trusted to make an evening both fun and interesting. Attractive qualities all around.

HORRIBLE DATE: Underground…Period

Sure your love of old tunnels, underground bunkers, and secret lairs is sincere. And no, the world may never fully appreciate your deep affection for places others have abandoned and forgotten. But dragging some unsuspecting date to an uncomfortably out-of-the-way location only to lead her into dark, unmarked passageways comes across more as a prelude to a brutal slaying than a “cool first date.” Rule of thumb: if your planned locale doesn’t have WiFi (or even hold a cell signal), it’s not a good first date spot. Maybe go bowling instead.

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Arts & Culture

It’s “Time” for the Arts

After months of hype about the extraordinary arts undertaking, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a Getty initiative, has arrived. The exhibit joins together more than 70 cultural institutions for an ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art and its synergy with Los Angeles. Exhibitions and programs will take place through January 2018 at galleries, museums, and spaces from Santa Barbara to San Diego, and from Los Angeles to Palm Springs. Read on for some highlights, then check PacificStandardTime.org for additional information. By Michele DiNardo

Commissioned by The Broad, Carlos Cruz-Diez’s original work, Couleur Additive, will bring art from inside a museum’s traditional walls out into the community. The exhibit will be showcased at four crosswalks at the intersection of West Second Street and Grand Avenue. On view through January 1, 2018 Photo Courtesy of The Broad

Found in Translation: Design in California and Mexico, 1915–1985 is the first exhibition to explore the full range of design and architecture dialogues between California and Mexico from 1915 to 1985. On view at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art through April 1, 2018

Golden Kingdoms: Luxury and Legacy in the Ancient Americas traces the development of gold-working and other luxury arts in the ancient Americas from approximately 1000 BC to the arrival of the Europeans in the early 16th century. On view at the Getty Center through January 28, 2018

Francisco Artigas and Fernando Luna, House at 131 Rocas, Jardines del Pedregal, Mexico City, 1966, photograph by Fernando and Roberto Luna, 1966, courtesy of Fernando Luna, © Roberto and Fernando Luna

Above: Earspool Depicting a Warrior, 640–680 Moche in Gold, turquoise, and wood. Museo Tumbas Reales de Sipán, Lambayeque, Peru, Ministerio de Cultura del Perú

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Don’t Miss These Other Exhibits

At the Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors exhibit, you can experience six of Kusama’s infinity rooms—the artist’s most iconic kaleidoscopic environments—alongside large-scale installations and key paintings, sculptures and works on paper from the early 1950s to the present. The traveling exhibition marks the North American debut of numerous new works by the still actively working 88-year-old artist. On view from October 21, 2017 through January 1, 2018 at The Broad

If you’ve never been to the Los Angeles Public Library, you’re missing a circa-1926 local icon that fittingly ranks in the National Register of Historic Places. The spectacular Central Library, with its soaring rotunda and monumental art deco exterior, makes it a significant treasure of the city’s historic downtown. Free docent tours are given daily, and be sure to check ALOUD, the Library Foundation’s celebrated literary series of conversations, readings, and performances. Visit Lapl. org for more information B

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The LA Life

LINDA GRAY

STAYING TRUE TO HER DREAM By Alexandra Anastasio Photographer: Gilles Toucas Producer: Michele DiNardo Stylists: Mindy Gura and Paula Orlan Hair and Makeup: Edgar Santos

Whether or not you grew up watching the mega hit TV show “Dallas,” it’s impossible not to know actress Linda Gray. Synonymous with her ever-popular character of Sue Ellen Ewing, Gray is one of those actors who has established longevity in a profession that can be fleeing.

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The LA Life

Raised in a strict Catholic home, Gray’s dreams of becoming an actor were really just that. Acting as a profession was not quite acceptable in society at a time when women didn’t have the types of choices they do now. “It wasn’t cool to say you were going to be an actor,” Gray explains. “The professions for women were more limited.” EMBRACING HER DREAM While Gray had to initially temper her dream, her fiery streak was not going to quiet down easily. “I thought to myself, ‘How do I get there without disturbing the whole family DNA,’” she recalls. As luck would have it, a local photographer noticed the beautiful teenager while still in high school, which led to small modeling jobs and TV commercials. Her passion for acting intensified and left the aspiring actress with a desire to do more. Frustrated with the lack of dialogue she was being given, Gray made it known she wanted to speak. “I was taken aback after being told models don’t talk. That ignited the ‘watch me’ feeling I get when someone tells me I can’t do something,” she says. A rejection letter from the editor at Glamour magazine for a photo contest propelled her even further toward her dream despite the negative responses she received. “Instead of throwing away that letter, I framed it and have kept it on my desk ever since,” she says. “It’s always been a reminder to keep moving forward.” A TELEVISION PHENOMENON Gray’s acting career began with guest stints on various TV shows and feature films, but it wasn’t until the late 1970s —when she signed on to “Dallas”—that stardom would be right around the corner. “I didn’t get the show until I was 38, which by Hollywood standards is old,” she says. “But it

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never fazed me; this was my dream.” What was originally supposed to only be five shows turned into something Gray and the cast could have never imagined. “When we did the first five shows we were all unemployed actors,” she recalls. The show was picked up, and off to Dallas they went. As a mother of two, she says it was challenging being away from her family, but they did the best they could. “I loved being in Dallas, but my children were not with me,” she says. “I had never been away from them and I wasn’t sure how to deal with that.” Gray continued to follow her dream and the show became a global phenomenon, especially after the, “Who shot JR?” episode. “That summer was crazy because you couldn’t go anywhere without people asking who shot him,” says Gray. Without the luxury of DVRs and other streaming services, it was appointment TV that had everyone on the edge of their seat. And while the show was a fan favorite, the actress says it wasn’t hers. “I loved the scenes where Sue Ellen was drunk because as an actor I would only have to spend 20 minutes in hair and makeup as opposed to the hours it took to create Sue Ellen’s look,” she says jokingly. The show tackled “firsts” like alcoholism at a time when the issues behind women who abused alcohol were swept under the rug. “I think many women were uncomfortable because they saw themselves in Sue Ellen,” says Gray. “It stirred the pot.”


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The LA Life At the beginning of the ninth season, Gray succeeded in her efforts to direct, although initially it was a struggle to get the powers-that-be on board. Her original request was denied, and she was let go from the show [for a brief period of time], but was shortly re-hired and given the opportunity to step behind the camera. “I didn’t back down, and I showed them I could do it and do it well,” she says. “There was a

certain level of respect there because of it.” After spending 14 seasons on the air, the show ended in 1991. While the actress went on to other projects, 21 years later she would revisit the character that made her famous. The TNT network reprised the show and introduced a whole new generation of the Ewing family with Gray, Larry Hagman, and Patrick Duffy invited back to reprise their roles.

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“We were beyond thrilled,” Gray says. “For us to be together again all those years later was exciting.” Although the reboot was cancelled after the third season, Gray describes the time they spent together as “magical.” STEPPING OUT OF SUE ELLEN’S SHADOW In 2015, Gray published her first book, “The Road to Happiness is Always Under Construction,” a memoir in which she is openly candid about her life through personal stories. “Everyone knew about Sue Ellen because we came into people’s homes each week, but they didn’t know a lot about me as a person,” she says. “The fascinating part has been the conversation that came afterward; the book opened up a dialogue with people that has continued.” In addition to her work on-screen, Gray has focused her efforts for many years on humanitarian work. For 10 years she was a Goodwill ambassador to the UN, working with women and children in rural areas of developing countries. She visited birthing clinics in Nicaragua and was taken aback by her experiences. “When you haven’t been around situations like this it takes your breath away,” she says. The opportunity to spend time with such women was eye opening. “In spite of everything, I always saw an element of joy,” says Gray. “They have nothing and we have so much; it makes me even more grateful for the opportunities I’ve experienced.” THE NEXT CHAPTER These days the actress is focusing on what she likes to call “Act Three.” While roles for older women aren’t as abundant as they should be, it hasn’t stopped her from slowing down, says Gray. Instead, she’s creating her own opportunities by reading books with strong, female characters in the hopes of securing the rights to produce them herself. “I’m excited, and it’s taking my life in a whole other direction, one I find interesting,” says the star. “I’m not known as a producer but I’m going to forge ahead and learn; now I’m in charge!” B

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Mind+Body From “Dancing with the Stars” to Opening THE BOD Exclusive Interview with

Kym Herjavec By Sari Beth Rosenberg

Australian-born Kym Herjavec has been dancing competitively since the age of 3. Trained in ballet, tap, jazz, and acrobatics, Herjavec made a name for herself in the competitive ballroom dancing world when she was 13. After racking up many awards over the years, Herjavec became a world famous TV star when she joined “Dancing With The Stars” as a regular competitor. Her newest endeavor: Opening up her own Beverly Hills dance and fitness boutique studio, THE BOD. It had always been her dream to open up her own studio. She jumped at the chance when Richard Simmons’ former famed space, Slimmons, became available. According to Herjavec, THE BOD is a judgment-free zone that’s designed to be warm, friendly, and inviting “We offer choreography you can do at every level and we build on the same routine for several weeks so people can learn it.” Some classes currently on the schedule are 80’s Bod, Disco Bod, and Candlelight Yoga Bod.

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Kym’s Workout Routine: • When training for “DWTS,” she dances eight hours a day. • Off-season, she dances or runs on the treadmill for cardio and then does sculpting for legs, arms, and core. • She modeled her classes at THE BOD after how she trains: “With the studio I get to still dance and do the workout that I love!”

Dancing Her Way Into Love • Kym Herjavec met her husband Robert Herjavec, star of “Shark Tank,” on the 10th anniversary season of “Dancing With the Stars.” • She hadn’t been on the show in two years but they wanted her back for the special season. “I was planning on moving back to Australia and then all of a sudden I got partnered with Robert.” • The couple kept it very professional when training together for the show. Halfway through the season, Robert took her on a date and the romance blossomed. • Although the married couple—who just celebrated their one-year anniversary— has an action packed schedule, they still dance together when away on holiday. “He remembers salsa and cha-cha and can still keep up!”

TheBodByKym.com @Kym_Johnson • @TheBodByKym @KymHerjavec5678 • @TheBodByKym Facebook.com/KymHerjavec

How To Stay In Shape Through The Holiday Season

What’s On Kym’s Dance Class Playlist:

• Make sure you workout a little bit every day, even if it’s 10 minutes of skipping rope, abs, and some burpees. • Check out her online program at TheBodByKym.com. • Don’t limit yourself with food. “I don’t deprive myself of the pumpkin pie,” she shares, but she is a big advocate of small portion sizes.

• Spice Girls • Barry Manilow (“Copacabana”) • Justin Timberlake • Olivia Newton John (“Let’s Get Physical”) • Britney Spears (“Toxic”) • Bruno Mars • Kylie Minogue

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Women Influencing Wellness

By Sari Beth Rosenberg

There are so many inspiring female leaders in the fitness and health space, and BELLA had the opportunity to interview some of our favorites. Read on to learn what it’s like to have a dream job helping others live their best, most healthful lives.

FITNESS MOTIVATORS Karena Dawn and Katrina Scott, Founders of Tone It Up Origin Story: Dawn and Scott bonded over their fitness

backgrounds and shared desire to help women achieve their best selves by giving them the necessary wellness tools. They developed a multi-million dollar lifestyle community around their Tone It Up Nutrition Plan and inspiring workout videos.

Favorite Part of Influencing Wellness: “Seeing other

women realize their potential and achieve their goals makes our hearts so happy,” says Dawn. “When we first started, the fitness world was very serious and our program has made it more fun and lighthearted and enjoyable for our followers,” adds Scott.

Advice for Aspiring Influencers: “Don’t ever let anyone tell you that you can’t do it. Stick to what you believe in and stay true to your authentic self. As long as you align your actions with your purpose and beliefs, you’ll find success!”

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NUTRITION AND WELLNESS CEO Julie Smolyansky, CEO and President of Lifeway Foods Origin Story: Smolyansky’s father created

Lifeway Kefir, a cultured pro-biotic dairy milk that had been popular in his native Russia for centuries, in their Illinois basement. She became president and CEO of the company when her father died in 2002. As the youngest female CEO of a publicly held company (she was 27), she boosted sales from $12 million to $120 million in 2016. She is also a humanitarian and feminist activist, serving on the United Nations Foundation Global Entrepreneurs Council among other roles and causes.

Favorite Part of Influencing Wellness: “I love empowering people with healthier food options, ones that were successful for our ancestors. You can really disrupt and change how people eat and live, and it is really cool to explore the various ingredients and discover how ancient people lived and ate and moved their bodies.”

Advice for Aspiring Influencers: “Know

in your heart that you are super-brave and courageous. You have the power inside of you to accomplish anything you want, so dream big, but also know that there will always be naysayers. Also, make sure that you stay on top of your health even when you are working to achieve your goals.”

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FITNESS & WELLNESS EVENTS MASTERMIND Suzie Baleson, Founder of the Wellth Collective Origin Story: Baleson created Wellth

Collective—which hosts fitness events at gorgeous hotels like Gurney’s Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa and Refinery Hotel in New York City—after spending a decade on the road as a tax accountant, and looking for healthier alternatives while on the go.

Favorite Part of Influencing Wellness: Being able to meet so many

amazing women who are on their own personal journeys: “Lifelong friendships are made, confidence is built, and people leave Wellth Collective events happier, with an uplifted spirit.”

Advice for Aspiring Influencers:

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Katie Willcox is Making Healthy the New Skinny By Sari Beth Rosenberg

After enduring countless negative experiences working as a model, international model Katie Willcox saw an opportunity to become a voice for female body image activism.

As CEO of the top modeling agency on the West Coast for models sized 6-16, Natural Model Management, Willcox is breaking boundaries in the modeling industry. Their models have been featured in major campaigns, including Forever 21, Elle, H&M, and Nordstrom with features in magazines like Teen Vogue, Seventeen, Glamour, Shape Magazine, and Women’s Health Magazine. Willcox is also the founder of a thriving social movement thanks to her book “Healthy Is The New Skinny: Your Guide To Self-Love In A ‘Picture Perfect’ World.” “I wanted to make health a priority in an industry and society that values skinny above all else, and educate people about media manipulation to empower women to choose health over the beauty ideal.”

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Willcox’s Tips for Those Struggling with Size: • Understand that everyone has a natural size and weight. You are lovable as you are now— your body doesn’t dictate who you are as a person. • Your goal weight is most likely too small. Having an unrealistic size expectation often leads to undernourishment and over exercising. • Be honest with yourself and evaluate if you are happy and if you feel well. If not, even small, healthy changes can have a profound effect on your life. KatieHWillcox.com @TeamHNS @KatieHWillcox


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Mind+Body Eating Healthy During The Holidays? It can be done, says Bruneau, who is also the host of the Forbes podcast, The Failure Factor. Remember there are no “good” or “bad” foods. “In our ‘cleaneating’-obsessed culture, it is easy to forget food has no moral value,” says Bruneau. Food guilt and “fat-talk” are pervasive and normalized, perpetuating the belief that there are “good foods” and “bad foods.” “By making room for all foods in our diet, we remove the conflict and learn to listen to what our body really wants and needs.” See this time as an opportunity for learning, and don’t pressure yourself to progress linearly. Perfectionism, which is generally at the root of eating disorders, is characterized by unrealistically high, inflexible expectations. “Be gentle with yourself and trust that the discomfort and anxiety you feel is likely a sign you’re breaking free of the diet-culture shackles that have oppressed you for so long,” says Bruneau. If you see a therapist, now is a great time to discuss realistic expectations for the holidays, potential triggers, coping, and self-care.

How To Deal This Holiday Season By Sari Beth Rosenberg

It’s dubbed “the most wonderful time of the year,” yet we all sometimes struggle during the holiday season. Whether it’s unsettled family relationships or sticking to your usual healthy routine, expert advice for how to deal is a welcome gift. We turned to Megan Bruneau, psychotherapist and wellness and executive coach, for some seasonal coping tips. MeganBruneau.com @MeganBruneau @MeganJBruneau

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Set boundaries, ramp up selfcare, and ask for help. “In my first few years of recovery, I found visits with my family very challenging,” she explains.

“Eating disorders and diet culture are everywhere in my family, and I felt constantly triggered.” It is absolutely OK to say no to a family event, or choose to spend time with friends or go to yoga instead, she affirms. “The key here is to be honest with yourself about whether your desire is informed by a recovery mindset or an eating disordered one.” Practice self-compassion. Selfcompassion is perfectionism’s kryptonite. Treat yourself with the same love and respect you would a friend. Ask yourself, “What will be more important when I look back on my life in old age?” When you reflect on the holidays (and your life) in 20, 40, or 60 years, what will have been more important? Connection with loved ones; experiences uncontaminated by food guilt, shame and anxiety; sleep-ins with your partner over spin class? Or having another full-time job to attempt or maintain an unrealistic body weight. ”The diet industry makes billions trying to sell you something that doesn’t deliver,” reminds Bruneau. Extricate yourself from its propaganda and start living instead.

3 Ways to Get Through an Emotionally Tough Time Let go of expectations for how the holidays should “look” or how you should feel. “The reality is the holidays are challenging for many,” says Bruneau. “You’re not broken or negative for not feeling excited about them.” Remind yourself it’s not real, and you’re not alone. “As your social media feeds are flooding with engagements, happy family photos, and perfection, remind yourself these are people’s highlight reels. The truth is, while some people have less dysfunctional families than others, most of us are going through something.” Surround yourself with people who make you feel good, lower your expectations for “performance,” and practice self-care. You’re allowed to set boundaries with people who dim your light, says Bruneau. “Choose to surround yourself with people who lift you up and with whom you feel most yourself.”


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Surgeon to the Stars Inspired by the Beauty of Art By Meg O’Brien

Dr. Marc Mani continually stands out as one of the true artists among Beverly Hills plastic surgeons. Numerous celebrities, international dignitaries, boardroom executives, and socialites rely on his penchant for subtle perfection. Dr. Mani’s careful, dexterous artistry provides his patients with beautiful and natural looking results. His passion is to provide his patients with renewed confidence with cutting edge techniques and minimal downtime.

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Dr. Marc Mani is a graduate of Harvard University and trained in one of the nation’s top three plastic surgery programs, Baylor College of Medicine at the Texas Medical Center.

Photos: Elisabeth Caren


I recently went to Dr. Mani’s hillside home in Beverly Hills’ picturesque Trousdale Estates. It was a beautiful afternoon without a cloud in the sky. Dr. Mani was enjoying the natural sunlight as he stood in front of his easel working on one of his sketches. As he contoured the cheekbones on his picture, a sketch of a woman’s face, we discussed his career. The walls of both Dr. Mani’s home and office are adorned with his sketches and paintings. From a painted portrait of Frank Sinatra to a pencil sketch of a woman’s figure, the surgeon’s talent is apparent.

What made you pursue plastic surgery? I decided on plastic surgery because I was always good with my hands and I was artistic, drawing fairly accurate portraits by age 9 without any training. My mother was an artist—I must have gotten the art gene from her. Plastic surgery requires an artistic eye, specifically great draftsmanship and precision depicting the human face and body. Having an artistic eye is a huge advantage in getting great results. The TCF lift is something that you developed and is different than the traditional facelift. The results look so natural and the recovery is quick. Can you explain it? I’ve developed TCF over 16 years by passionately improving my knowledge of the anatomy. The results take the clock back in a very natural way. This is a procedure that has a week of recovery and one more week of “social recovery,” so you’re only down for 14 days. The results are immediate and they last 8-12 years. It’s not a traditional facelift; it’s where I lift up the muscle layer of the face because that’s the layer that gravity pulls down, taking the skin along for the ride. A regular facelift pulls and tugs on the skin, and that’s what gives that tight appearance and it doesn’t last as long. The best way to truly reverse aging is by pulling up the muscle. You’ve also invented the MIST procedure, which has virtually no downtime and is accessible to anyone who wants his or her skin to look better. How is this better than lasers and injections? Lasers and peels in excess are very destructive to the skin. For the MIST procedure I usually remove fat from the flank area. It’s a very non-traumatic process [in which] we suction out a little bit of fat very gently. I then process it so the only thing left are stem cells—the patient’s own tissue is unmodified. It doesn’t add volume unless that’s needed, but it adds blood supply and brightness and visible hydration to the skin. I’m seeing really great results. I’ve been doing it about two years and the patients who have had it done back then are seeing continued improvement in their skin. They’ve developed resistance to sun damage—I had a patient who got a sunburn in every area except from where I injected MIST. Another patient’s melasma (excess pigment spots) completely vanished. There’s just no other way to do that, so it’s really unique and exciting. You are one of the few plastic surgeons who specializes in closed rhinoplasty; what is that exactly? One of my favorite procedures is rhinoplasty, which is nasal reshaping. Aside from facelifts I also specialize in nose, breast, and other types of surgery. I do a lot of rhinoplasty surgeries because it’s a very artistic, sculptural operation.

“Honestly, Dr. Mani is so good that my brother doesn’t even know I’ve had work done!” -Huda Kattan of HudaBeauty.com

What is your philosophy on your practice? Why do you love what you do? I turn away people who have had facial work that is obvious because my belief is that plastic surgery is a deception, and you’re trying to have people believe you’re younger than you are or you have a better-looking nose than you really do. Anything you do that’s obvious, in my opinion, is a total, abject failure. Because I take care of a lot of people whose faces are shown very closeup on camera, I focus obsessively on the subtlest details in every operation. When my patients take off their dressings, they often cry tears of joy. You see them embrace a new lease on life; it really deeply affects their self-esteem. When I see them smile I know I’m doing what I was meant to do in life.

Plastic surgery requires an artistic eye, specifically great draftsmanship and precision depicting the human face and body.”

How do you view the more “glamorous” side of being a noted plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills? I always remember that I’m a physician first. The joy of any kind of medicine is treating people as human beings and feeling compassion. I’ve done a lot of televised surgery (particularly in my early years), but not so much recently because my practice is referral-based. It was a sort of “milestone” recently when I got asked to play myself in a movie, “Billionaire Boys Club.” It stars Kevin Spacey and is due for release later this year. It was a lot of fun, but I’m not quitting my day job! I also love educating my patients and the public about plastic surgery. Right now this is hugely important since there’s a surge in the market and a lot of misinformation. I do this primarily through my Instagram account, @DrMarcMani.

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The Ultimate Gift Guide For

Fitness Lovers

The gift-giving season is upon us. It is always difficult to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list. Here’s a roundup of our favorite presents that all your fitnessobsessed friends and family will love! By Sari Beth Rosenberg

For the Friend Who is Always On the Go

We found the perfect bag brand: Vessel Bags. These handcrafted backpacks and totes boast an assortment of handy interior pockets and compartments, designed so all work and workout gear has a place. No more digging around for headphones or keys! Bonus: For each bag purchased, Vessel gives a school backpack to a child in need. VesselBags.com

For the Stretch-Avoider

For the Athleisure Fashionista

Our new favorite luxury fitness label is Varley. Headquartered in Los Angeles and London, the brand is both fashionforward and on the cutting edge of the latest active wear technology with soft fabrics that are quick-drying, sweat-wicking, and antimicrobial. We love the marbled pattern and all the beautiful hues. Varley.com

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We all have that friend or family member who never takes the time to stretch. The GRID VIBE vibrating foam roller relaxes tight muscles, improves flexibility, relieves pain, and elevates recovery in a one-two punch of foam rolling and vibration. TPTherapy.com


For the Healthy Foodie

The Crock-Pot Cook & Carry is the perfect present for anyone looking to cook more healthy meals at home—then take them on the go! Its extra seal ensure you avoid spillage after whipping up culinary masterpieces in cook-times that range from 30 minutes to 20 hours. Crock-Pot.com

We also love Rubbermaid’s BRILLIANCE lunch containers. The 100% leak-proof and airtight containers feature adjustable insert trays and dividers to separate all your healthy to-go lunch items. Rubbermaid.com

For the “Always Up For An Adventure!” Type

The Road ID is a practical, stylish gift pick for anyone in your life who is out on the road for long rides, hikes, or runs. You can custom-make one thanks to an assortment of hues and designs from pink to grey to baby blue. We love the fashionable design of The Wrist ID Slim 2 with the gold clasp and faceplate option. RoadID.com

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@HandsomeLuis

Hydration 101

Why Water Matters

H2-ouchless. Drinking water can help sustain your tolerance to pain, according to research published in the journal Psychophysiology.

By Luis Loya

Are you drinking enough water? More importantly, are you drinking the right water? Does it hydrate you, or is it just flushing you down? Do you still remain very thirsty even after you’ve guzzled down an entire 32 ounces of water? Let’s start with a quick reminder of what we’ve already heard before—that we absolutely, positively need to drink water every day. Most of us know that six to eight 8-ounce glasses each day is a reasonable goal, but what many don’t realize is that different people require different amounts of water to stay hydrated. Most healthy people can stay well hydrated by drinking water and other fluids whenever they feel thirsty. Others may need more than eight glasses each day. Even so, some people require fewer than eight glasses a day—it all depends on your daily activities and your lifestyle.

All Waters Are Not Alike

With so many brands and types of waters available, it’s normal to feel confused about which one is best for you. I always encourage my clients to consider alkaline water, which is less acidic than

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regular tap water and is rich in alkalizing compounds like calcium, silica, potassium, magnesium, and bicarbonate with a higher PH level (potential hydrogen). Proponents of alkaline water believe it can neutralize the acid in your bloodstream and help your body metabolize nutrients more effectively, leading to better health and performance. To further explain, think of it this way: We are made out of oxygen and water carries oxygen, so the more oxygen we put in our bodies, the healthier we will live our lives. Staying hydrated is key to a healthy life both physically and mentally. Water can help you remain sickness-free and stay clear-minded so you can accomplish anything you want in life. So go on— hydrate yourself and watch your body thank you for it!

Water wake-up. Feeling sluggish? Sipping some water can help you feel more awake and alert. Liquid gold. Water is key to helping deliver nutrients throughout your body and maintaining proper circulation.

Luis Loya, a certified personal trainer and certified nutritionist (NPTI, NPTI Nutrition, NESTA, AFTA), considers himself a master motivator. “My goal in life is to help as many people as I possibly can in any way, so I decided to start with their fitness and health goals.” Loya trains many of his clients at Ultra Body Fitness in Hollywood, CA, while also commuting all over the city, from Hollywood Hills to the beach shores of Santa Monica. His resume boasts more than 10 years of handson experience and constant study to become an advanced trainer that meets all his clients’ wellness needs. Photo: @LAFilmingCo


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Fashionista Escapes By Sascha Zuger

Refresh your wardrobe—and yourself—on these retail therapy getaways where you can shop ‘til you drop.

AZAMARA QUEST, MEDITERRANEAN Gone are the gaudy casinos, screaming kids, and cattle-call rush for shared dinner tables with several thousand fellow passengers! This is a far more civilized and fashionable way to explore the inspiration for many a runway show. Enjoying an atmosphere more akin to a classy boutique hotel than a cruise, this smaller, friendlier ship maintains an air of relaxed elegance and attentive butler-level service. Daily dining is equal to that of other ships' surcharged specialty

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restaurants, and the absence of nickeland-diming (laundry, gratuities, wine, and cocktails are all included) adds to the sense of pampering. The smaller size of the ship—only 400 guests are aboard—allows for entry into exclusive ports the larger ships are forced to bypass. This is ideal for the picturesque villages and islands of the Mediterranean. Here, timeless classics beckon, from Barcelona’s stylish boutiques tucked

behind the 15th-century silk exchange to Taormina’s winding cobblestone streets of Sicilian shops filled with unique finds and bespoke sandals and handbags. Monaco’s designer trunk shows tease those wanting a jump on trends, while Santorini’s stalls of airy linen shifts and wispy lace scarves and blouses will leave you wishing you had brought an empty suitcase. (Don’t worry, you can always pick one up in Florence!) AzamaraClubCruises.com


FAIRMONT CHICAGO, MILLENNIUM PARK While surrounded by world-class museums like the Art Institute of Chicago, Field Museum, and Shedd Aquarium, not to mention a theatre district that includes the incomparable Joffrey Ballet, this fashionably modern hotel boasts a location at the start of a mile of shopping so magnificent they named it so. The Magnificent Mile is a

spectacular showcase of more than 460 stores, 275 restaurants, and unique entertainment attractions. Flagship stores abound along Michigan Avenue, dotted with iconic centers like Water Tower Place’s 100+ shops and 900 North Michigan Shops, which offer an Exclusively 900 Card to visitors for incentives and premiere savings at its

75 luxury stores, such as Bloomingdale’s, Max Mara, Michael Kors, and Gucci. After unloading your finds in the room, enjoy the hotel’s river or lake views, or pop by the onsite 11,000-square-foot mySpa and slip into an infinity soaking tub to work away any knots from toting all those shopping bags. Fairmont.com

MANDARIN ORIENTAL, BOSTON Gorgeous rooms with lovely views of the Back Bay (ask for front-facing floors six or higher) are ideally located in the thick of a hopping neighborhood of bars and eateries with outdoor patios prime for the idyllic fall weather. But you won’t be blamed if you never set Jimmy Choo to pavement as the hotel offers a private entrance directly to the second floor of the impressive Prudential Center. Featuring 75 options like Vineyard Vines, Lord & Taylor, Saks Fifth Avenue, Sephora, and Vera

Bradley, if the shopping high doesn’t take hold, zip up to the 50th floor Skywalk Observatory, Boston’s only vantage point for sweeping 360-degree views. Refuel at the Top of the Hub restaurant, or get down to earth with incredible baked goods, antipasti, cured meats, and more at Mario Batali’s Eataly Boston. A soothing pot of private blend tea and the 16,000 square-foot Spa at Mandarin Oriental, the only Forbes Five Star in the state, await for postspree recovery. MandarinOriental.com B

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Inside an

African Safari By Sekita Ekrek

Few trips feel as epic as an African safari. Touching down on a bush airstrip in the savannahs of Kenya is one thrilling ride. You instantly feel like you’re following in the footsteps of explorers, novelists, and great adventurers. The remote setting is intoxicating. The first signs of wildlife roaming freely are slightly Disneyesque. Over the course of a week in the bush, our shock became awe, then appreciation, and finally, sheer gratitude for our great big animal kingdom.

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Welcome to Kenya The gateway to safari begins in the bustling capital Nairobi. Check in to the legendary Fairmont Norfolk Hotel, a colonial oasis dating back to 1904. After settling in, head to the bar for a dawa. The classic Kenyan cocktail—made of vodka, muddled lime, honey, and crushed ice—is refreshingly addictive. Don’t miss the vintage photos lining the corridors. Famous guests, from Theodore Roosevelt and Ernest Hemingway to Meryl Streep and Mick Jagger, have spent the night. On Tuesdays, the excellent Maasai Market is held on Kijabe Street, behind the hotel. Bargaining is part of the fun. You’ll walk away with hand-beaded jewelry, colorful textiles, and handicrafts galore.


Traditional Maasai Village and Mount Kilimanjaro The Maasai are one of Kenya’s last traditional tribes. Famous for their look and customs, these nomads live as they have for centuries. Upon arrival you’ll be met by the village chief ’s son and treated to a traditional welcome dance by the men and women before getting a tour of daily life. The village sits on Amboseli National Park, home to Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa. You’ll stay in the park at Ol Tukai Lodge, a spacious resort with some of the best views of the mountain. Take time by the pool or your terrace to watch herds of elephants, wildebeest, and Cape buffalo graze against the magnificent backdrop.

Afternoon at Harambee Community Centre Back in Nairobi, the slums of Mukuru are overcrowded, chaotic, and sprawling. But deep inside is a place of calm and inspiration, and a perfect way to end the journey. The Micato-AmericaShare Harambee Community Centre is committed to education and local outreach. Spend time learning how lives are changed every day. There’s a nursery school, learning resource center, library, green lawns, fresh water, and programs to empower young girls. It’s an opportunity to not only lend compassion, but also learn how to make a difference.

Endangered Rhinos and the Lewa Conservancy Fly north of Nairobi for 100 minutes and safari magic begins. Your destination? The Lewa Conservancy in Laikipia Reserve. Set against Mount Kenya, this wild, romantic and sparsely populated land is home to an astonishing variety of wildlife. From touchdown to arrival at the luxury Lewa Safari Camp, we spotted elephants, Grevy’s zebras, ostriches, giraffes, white rhinos, gazelles, impalas, and sleeping cheetahs. No wonder Prince William proposed to Kate here—it’s that kind of dreamy place. Pay particular attention to rhino spotting; this endangered creature is fiercely protected here.

Exploring Nairobi Kenya’s history

Hot Air Ballooning over Maasai Mara Floating above the savannah at daybreak, when animals are most active, is exhilarating beyond words. Capturing these bird’s-eye views in complete silence is worth every penny. Afterwards, toast that rush with champagne and a hearty bush breakfast. You’ll be up early anyway as you’re staying at the swanky Fairmont Mara Safari Club. Each luxury tent in the camp hugs the Mara River, where grunting hippos serve as your dawn wakeup call. It’s hard not to spend hours watching the herds frolic, spar, and show off to one another. Photo Credits: Lion-Micato Safaris, hotel-Fairmont Norfolk Hotel, elephant-Micato Safaris, Maasai warriors-Sekita Ekrek, school children-Sekita Ekrek, giraffe feedingSekita Ekrek, hot air balloon-Roberta Long-Kelleher, bush picnic-Micato Safaris

comes to life at the fascinating Karen Blixen Museum. The Danish author of the famed memoir “Out of Africa” lived on a coffee farm in the early 1900s. Now a museum, the farmhouse is the setting for much of the Meryl StreepRobert Redford 1975 film. Blixen was so adored that the Nairobi suburb of Karen is named after her. Nearby is a sanctuary for another beloved resident– the giraffe. The Giraffe Centre is a hands-on opportunity to learn about, feed, and even kiss (!) the endangered Rothchild’s giraffe. It’s loads of fun. Our travel insider, Sekita Ekrek, went on her first African safari with Micato Safaris. To learn more, contact our friends at First in Service Travel at imagine@firstinservice.com or 212-398-6555.

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Photos: Kelly Fajack and Monteverdi Tuscany

Travel Spotlight

Monteverdi

Tuscany Italy as Intended By Philip Fischetti

Nestled amongst the hills of the Val d’Orcia region of central Italy, Monteverdi Tuscany is a sprawling resort featuring three luxury villas, a 12-room boutique hotel, a spa, amazing dining, and all the amenities you would expect from a world-class getaway. Sitting at the end of a winding gravel road, within the medieval hamlet of Castiglioncello del Trinoro, Monteverdi Tuscany’s mission is every bit as much about relaxation as it is about preservation. Should you take my recommendation, by the end of your stay you will come to agree that this is Italy.

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The impetus behind Monteverdi Tuscany plays like the fantasy of two lovedrunk teenagers watching a summer sunset on the beach. The young man turns to his sweetheart and with the bravado only excess hormones could explain, he says, “One day I’m going to come back here and I’m going to buy you this beach.” That young man went on to become an MTA bus driver and complain yearly about the rising price of beach tags at the Jersey Shore. But in this case, Monteverdi Tuscany’s founder Michael L. Cioffi did return to the place that left such an impression on him during his formative years. And, so to speak, he did buy the beach. Cioffi’s love affair with the region began with his postcollegiate travels through Europe. On a return trip to

Italy in 2003 to celebrate his birthday, he came upon the hamlet of Castiglioncello del Trinoro. About two hours by car and roughly equidistant from both Rome and Florence, Castiglioncello del Trinoro is an old-world village with sections dating back to the 15th century still occupied by mostly older folks leading quiet lives. Memories Cioffi had forged during his earlier travels rushed back, and he knew this region was his true passion. “It was like stepping back in time,” he recalled. “I had found this place of quietude—an ideal place for thinking, for conversation, for the arts and the humanities.” So, beginning in 2005, Cioffi took up the mantle of that love-addled teen and began purchasing and restoring the vacant properties.

Find out more or book your stay today, visit MonteverdiTuscany.com


Rome in a Day (Or two and a half)

We opted to stay at the Rose Garden Palace, just outside of Rome’s Trevi district. It’s a great little spot with its classic Romanesque exterior, the tantalizing Il Roseto restaurant, and relaxing L’Oasi Fitness Center and Spa. It’s a long stroll or a short jaunt on the metro to all the popular attractions. If you wish to be close, it’s a great location, as it’s just steps from more world-class dining all along Via Vittorio Veneto.

L’Oasi Fitness Center and Spa

Here are the obvious spots to see in Rome if your time is limited:

Day One: Trevi

It was already about 3 p.m. when we finally got settled. The first order of business was pizza. It’s everywhere, but since we were headed to Trevi Fountain we chose Piccolo Buco. It came highly recommended and as long as you don’t mind close quarters (come on, it’s Europe), you won’t be disappointed. Everything is farm fresh, homemade, and inexpensive. Next stop, Trevi Fountain, which boasted all the awesomeness, antiquity, and artistry you’d expect from Roman architecture right there in the middle of the street—no lines or entry fee. Snap a few pictures and move on your way, or grab some gelato, make some new friends, and hang out on the steps all night.

Day Two: Vatican City

Top: One of the three beautifully restored rental villas. Above: A section of Castiglioncello del Trinoro before (inset) and after the extensive revitilization. When it came to restoration, it was important to keep an eye to the past, as Cioffi’s goal wasn’t to impart his own style, nor to create a Disneyland-like veneer of inauthenticity. His ambition, along with designer Ilaria Miani and landscape expert Enzo Margheriti, was to breathe new life into the prevailing history and to prop up the tired, yet sturdy old bones of the existing structures. Walls were rebuilt using centuriesold practices and on-site materials. Floorplans in the building that was to become

the hotel remained unchanged from the originals. Terraces were restored and repurposed as hanging gardens, all while weaving in modern pleasantries and functionality to create a true masterpiece for today. As it sits now, Monteverdi Tuscany is an ever-evolving oasis of world-renowned dining, exquisite spa experiences, a haven for the arts, and just a place to lay by the pool in the type of tranquility that can only be afforded by 900 meters of elevation, sweeping vistas, and vanilla skies in every direction.

Making your way through the Vatican simply cannot be described. You’ll be completely awed when you reach the mind-blowing Sistine Chapel. Once you’ve navigated the labyrinths of the Vatican museums there’s still the Papal Basilica of St. Peter and Michelangelo’s breathtaking masterpiece (and my personal favorite) La Pieta. Seeing it for the first time is an intensely powerful experience. Expect audible weeping from the people crowding around the statue, but not from me… I definitely didn’t cry…

Day Three: Everything Else

The Spanish Steps, The Colosseum, The Roman Forum, the city of Rome itself… It’s all amazing, it’s all beautiful. There’s a different energy to a lively European city that you should experience at least once if you can. It’s something to see pedestrians absolutely consume a public street, block traffic, and flood the city with a vigor that makes everywhere you walk feel like a party. Oh, and you will walk. A lot.

Attention History Buffs: If tours are your thing, consider booking with Visit.org. We went with the Passion of the Christ tour, which was led by Emerald City Tours, but there are many other options. Visit.org is a leading travel platform with 600 immersive, impactful travel experiences hosted by do-good organizations in 70 countries.

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Travel Spotlight

Surrounding Areas

Pienza & Montepulciano Spend a day exploring the piazzas, narrow alleyways, and sidewalk cafés of these two old-world cities, only 20 minutes from Monteverdi Tuscany.

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On the first night of our stay, after a decadent fivecourse dinner at the on-site restaurant Oreade and the company of its gregarious host Fabio, my wife and I, along with our 18-monthold daughter, took a sunset walk through the village. We crossed paths with Luciana, one of the many residents still living in Castiglioncello del Trinoro. We quickly realized she didn’t speak a word of English and we didn’t speak a word of Italian. Naturally, I did what any American abroad would do—I tried Spanish. Turns out they’re not that similar. Regardless, we stood there for about 10 minutes, communicating in the way that defies language barriers. Luciana made funny faces at our daughter, we played with her dog, we all gestured at the view, and then we went our separate ways. We stopped at the edge of the stone pathway where a thin rail was the only thing between us and infinity and in that instant, I couldn’t shake the feeling that man… this is Italy. B


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Travel Spotlight

The Magic Voyage to

Switzerland By Jenna Guarneri

The aesthetic beauty of Switzerland creates a magical backdrop for vacations any time of year. Amidst the lakes, rivers, and mountains, Switzerland is land-locked between five countries and is the only one that boasts four national languages— German, French, Italian, and Rumantsch. Thanks to its extensive public transportation system, Switzerland is easy to explore. Discover its homegrown charm with a Swiss Travel Pass, an all-in-one ticket that provides travelers with access to trains, busses, and boats. The ticket also conveniently includes admission to more than 500 museums. When planning your travels for the fall, here are some highlights to include in your itinerary:

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Fribourg A large medieval town with 860 years of history behind it, Fribourg is surrounded on three sides by the Saane River. Ten beautifully designed bridges dominate the urban landscape and connect the German- and Frenchspeaking parts of the region. The Old Town of Fribourg is full of charm with its gothic facades, pretty fountains, cozy cafés and inns, and ancient homes built in Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque styles. While there, stay at the charming family-owned Hotel Au Sauvage; the husband is the chef and his wife and daughter run the hotel. Just a few doors down is Cafe-Restaurant de la Clef, where you can enjoy an elegant cuisine featuring fresh and tasty Fribourg products while sitting on the outdoor roof terrace overlooking the Saane River. Be sure to check out Urban Golf, an 18-hole course spread throughout the entire town. And, since chocolate is high on the cultural agenda in Switzerland, don’t miss Fleur de Cacao, which offers hand-crafted artisanal chocolates using French recipes and techniques and personal chocolate-making classes.


The La Gruyère region is a must-see for travelers who appreciate the picturesque medieval town and its enchanting landscapes. Start at the Gruyères Castle, where you will uncover eight centuries of history, architecture, and culture. (For a good historical overview, sit down for the 18-minute multimedia presentation.) While in the area, visit La Maison du Gruyère, where travelers can watch a demonstration of how Le Gruyère AOP cheese is made. Culinary tradition is legendary in the Fribourg Region, including Fribourg’s moitié-moitié fondue. To taste the authentic cuisine, visit Le Chalet de Gruyeres, a cozy wooded cottage where the staff wears traditional Swiss dresses. For the nature lover, Fribourg is a walker’s paradise; the whole region has more than 1100 miles of official hiking trails and about 80 thematic trails. For varied levels of difficulty, try Charmey, a prealpine landscape filled with rivers, lakes, meadows, and mountain peaks for both hikers and mountain-bikers.

Zurich The largest city in Switzerland, Zurich is culturally vibrant and known for being the financial center of the country. It is consistently ranked among the top cities in the world for its quality of life. With magnificent views of the snowcapped Alps, Zurich offers a unique mixture of attractions—over 50 museums, high-end shopping, over 100 art galleries, and a lively nightlife. Located on the north end of Lake Zurich, travelers can take boat tours with the Lake Zürich Navigation Company, or rent a small European touring boat for a leisure cruise. Stay at Hotel Marktgasse, a boutique hotel with contemporary designs located near the city’s top sightseeing highlights. For dinner, enjoy the hotel’s main restaurant, Baltho Küche & Bar, with its cosmopolitan cuisine. During your visit, explore Zurich West, where industrial buildings are converted into Zurich’s top trendy neighborhood and a culture center for the arts, shopping, restaurants, and bars.

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Bern Not only is Bern the capital of Switzerland, it’s also a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to Switzerland’s Houses of Parliament. It is known for being the location where Albert Einstein lived while developing his “Theory of Relativity.” The official language in Bern is German. At the heart of Bern is its beautiful Old Town, which was built on a peninsula encircled by the Aare River. In warm weather, visitors and locals alike can be found swimming and boating there. Bern’s historical townscape, dating back to 1191, is characterized by the Clock Tower, the Prison tower, the Cathedral, the sculptural fountains from the Renaissance, and the well-kept sandstone facades. Walk through the beautiful Rose Garden, which is home to 220 different types of roses. Afterward, lunch at the Restaurant Rosengarten with its spectacular views of the city. Then travel down to Bear Park and watch the bears—literally— as they fish, play, and relax in their naturally sanctioned park. Stay at the awardwinning Hotel Schweizerhof Bern*****Superior with its 150 years of history and recent twoyear comprehensive renovation. Between the remarkable staff and the elegantly designed rooms, it’s no surprise this fivestar hotel is a longtime celebrity spot, favored by the likes of Grace Kelly. While there, check out the hotel’s luxury wellness facilities, including THE SPA, the Cigar Lounge, the Sky Terrace offering breathtaking 360-degree panoramic views, and the main restaurant, Jack’s Brasserie. Set in the heart of Switzerland, Bern is the gateway to the Alps. Take a train to the lush green landscape of Emmental Valley and pick up an E-Bike, then head over to the Emmental Show Dairy for a tour of their famous “Emmental (Swiss) Cheese.” B

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John Russo

Best thing about living in LA? As cliché as it may sound, the weather. Having sunny and warm weather every day is priceless. And trust me, I am from New Jersey, so I can say that with conviction. Favorite LA restaurant? Pizzeria Il Fico, a charming, underthe-radar restaurant with legitimately the best Italian food in LA. Favorite neighborhood? I live in the Bird Streets in the hills of West Hollywood. I love walking through the neighborhood in the evening and looking at all the beautiful homes and fabulous views. The best part about my job is… My team and I are constantly working on fun and innovative projects. We get to travel the globe and photograph the world’s most iconic people. Every day is definitely a dream come true! A visit to LA isn’t complete until… You have visited the Getty Museum. I think it’s one of the most incredible and important museums in the world. Favorite beach? El Matador—it’s incredibly scenic and remote. Best advice ever received? Work hard for your dreams, because if you don’t someone will hire you to work hard for theirs.

World famous photographer John Russo does it all, from photographing celebrities like Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Julia Roberts, and Leonardo DiCaprio (to name a few) to shooting high-profile advertising campaigns for Hugo Boss, Lacoste, Gucci, and Dolce & Gabbana. His work has graced the covers of Vogue, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, GQ, Esquire, and BELLA. Although Russo has traveled the world photographing the most stunning people and places, Los Angeles is the place he loves to call home.

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Your one “must-have” beauty or fashion item? My John Russo fragrance. I created exactly what I want to wear every day. Definition of beauty? The actor Rick Cosnett Favorite hiking spot? Coldwater Canyon Park on Mulholland Drive in the Santa Monica Mountains Favorite weekend getaway? My weekend home in Montecito, for sure! B


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