BELLA Los Angeles: The May/June The Beauty Issue featuring James Maslow

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BELLA 2019









pring is here and it’s all about the beauty! BELLA’s 9th Annual Beauty Issue + Awards is here, and as always we’re featuring the ”best of the best” products, procedures, people, and places that are making an impact not only on us, but the beauty industry as a whole. BELLA Beauty Director Janene Mascarella has you covered from head to toe with six pages of amazing finds you’ll absolutely need to add to your vanity (turn to page 22 to see for yourself!).


As you know, our tagline is “Beauty defined by you,” and I have found myself over the years wondering if people really “get it.” Do they understand our message that beauty comes in all forms and can be found everywhere and in (almost) everything? A smile, a beautiful landscape, an amazing dinner or vacation, or just reading your favorite magazine—it’s all how you look at things.

Two things recently came across my desk that not only brought a smile to my face, but also helped to reaffirm that BELLA is making a difference and people are seeing it. I couldn’t be happier or more proud... The first was an email from a travel writer who has written two travel features for the magazine. I knew nothing more about her beyond that she’s a great writer and really wanted to take these trips, so I was happy to approve them. Months later, however, when you receive an email like this, you just know that beautiful things happen every day—by your actions, your words, and your intentions—and you can make a difference. Here’s an excerpt from that email: "You’ve been on my mind for the past few weeks. Here is why: The backstory—after experiencing a stroke, doing my therapy at Penn Medicine in Philadelphia, then going to Indonesia and Thailand for 14 weeks besides a short trip to New Mexico, the biggest healing took place in writing those two articles for BELLA. From the bottom of my heart I want to say thank you again because that opportunity made a huge impact in my recovery and my future." A few days later, I was reading through some press from our Christie Brinkley cover event (we got a ton—“Extra,” Page Six, InStyle, People, and many more!), when I came across this article from InvitedNYC. I said to myself­­—I think they get it! “The guests of BELLA Magazine’s [event] demonstrated a deep social consciousness and recognized their responsibility to use their platform to make a positive impact. The beauty and fashion industries have a long-standing reputation of being frigid and vapid. This could not be further from the truth at BELLA. The atmosphere was lively and welcoming… BELLA’s New York Influencer Issue Cover Party proved that glamorous, affluent events can exist without being shallow.” This makes me happy and so grateful! Trust me, I love a good look from head to toe, and you can definitely get that in this issue—but know you will get much more than that. I hope you’re ready to get a good look inside our compilation of all things beauty and that you love it as much as we do. Enjoy!

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Courtenay C. Hall Chief Executive Officer, Editor-in-Chief Gina LaGuardia, Editorial Director Janene Mascarella, Beauty Director Alexandra Anastasio, Entertainment Editor Amanda Mactas, Food & Accessories Editor Gwen Wunderlich, Lifestyle Editor Norah Bradford, Lifestyle Editor Rachel Paul, Beauty Correspondent Jonathan Calixto, Fashion Correspondent Alesha Lazan, Mind & Body Correspondent Jennifer DeCillis, Managing Editor

Daniel G. Hall Publisher Jessica Licciardello, Creative Director Michele DiNardo, West Coast Producer Vanessa Coppes, Online Content Manager Jenna Guarneri, Public Relations Vital Agibalow, Staff Photographer Matt Monath, Staff Photographer Ugur Dursun, Intern Rose Aljure, Intern Bryan Suncar, Intern

BELLA TV Star Shop Studios, NYC Danita Chantel, Host Valerie Greenberg, Host

Contributors Barbara Bellesi Zito, Ashley Bellman, Krista Connolly, Dr. Shain Cuber, Ruta Fox, Dr. Inna Lukyanovsky, Megan O’Brien, Amy Schecter, Chad Schubert, Jarrod Thalheimer, Caroline Vazzana, Lyndsay Zavitz

Medical Advisory Board Dr. Jack B. D’A ngelo, Dr. Aaron Elkowitz, Dr. Ronit Gilad, Dr. Jennifer Levine, Dr. Robi Ludwig, Dr. Soriaya Motivala, Dr. B. Aviva Preminger, Dr. David Schlessinger



CONTRIBUTORS DANIEL G. HALL is BELLA Media Group’s co-founder and publisher. As part of his day-to-day, Dan oversees BELLA TV, including hosting his own weekly show, NY Street Talk, each Friday. Readers can also hear from Dan in every issue, as he is hands-on with the editorial division, helping spearhead and write the “Artist Spotlight” column, as well as “The Beauty of Service” feature.

The style prowess of JONATHAN CALIXTO, one of BELLA’s fashion correspondents, is a reflection of working on New York Fashion Week, Paris Fashion Week, and Miami Swim Week with The Riviere Agency, which put him at the forefront of what’s new and next. Getting to live out one of his dreams, he curates lifestyle and fashion content on his blog, This is JCali. In this issue, he sheds light on the brightness of the season (page 54), and shows us how rainy-day wear is anything but gloomy (check it out on page 36).

CAROLINE VAZZANA is a fashion editor, stylist, influencer, and the author and founder of “Making it in Manhattan.” She began writing her book back in 2015 while working at InStyle magazine, and subsequently launched her brand as one of New York City’s most colorful influencers.

Today, aside from running, Vazzana is involved in a wide range of social media brand collaborations and campaigns where she shares her unique eye, voice, style, and message. See “What She Loves” when it comes to quick beauty (page 56), and then follow along with her at @CVazzana.

As BELLA Magazine’s Entertainment Editor, New York-based writer ALEXANDRA ANASTASIO profiles the hottest celebrities with in-depth, exclusive interviews, giving readers a front row seat to the best in the business. In addition to her love of entertainment, Alexandra covers all types of lifestyle writing and occasionally serves up restaurant and travel reviews. A dog lover at heart, she is also a regular contributor to the AKC (American Kennel Club), and has had her work featured on GMA and ABCNews online.

BELLA Creative Director JESSICA LICCIARDELLO is also a designer, painter, and illustrator. Her passion for the arts and expertise in art history are exquisitely expressed while visiting galleries and museums throughout NYC and beyond. Her piece, “An Artistic Journey Through the Hudson Valley”(page 80), showcases the beauty and luster of the upstate New York art scene. Jessica provides insight through the eyes of an artist, and hopes to enlighten and inspire readers to see art in new ways and share newfound discoveries. You can follow her creative work and exploration of the art world on Instagram @JLDello.

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BEAUTY SCENE Color Shade, Giuliana Rancic Tells the Truth, BELLA Beauty Awards 2019, What’s in a Name, Treasured Pearls, Hot Collab, Get the Grammy Glow, Next Level Luxuries, French Girl Fresh, Inside Joanna Vargas’ New Flagship Salon


STYLE REPORT 43 THE On a High Note, The Latest and Greatest

Fashion Happenings, Sun-Kissed for Spring, Elevating the Traditional Raincoat, Nicole Miller’s Vacation Mode Five-Minute Face, The Must-Have Pieces You Need to Shine, Dune Jewelry’s Holly Daniels Christensen

NEW YORK LIFE 62 THE Lara Spencer

Arts & Culture


SPACES 68 SOPHISTICATED 303 East 77th Street

MASLOW 72 JAMES The Beginning of His Next Chapter VULTURE 78 CULTURE Spring Into Action

& CULTURE 80 ARTS An Artistic Journey Through the

Hudson Valley, Showcasing Artisans’ Wares Is an Art In and of Itself

MATTERS 88 CELEBRITY Carré Otis Sutton



IN THE CITY 90 LOVE Which Famous Couple Are You?

DREW 92 SARAH New Beginnings I RISE… 98 HOW Arianna Huffington BELLA 100 CHOW Beautiful Bites from Coast to

Coast, Bagatelle Celebrates 11 Years of Delicious Memories

107 MIND+BODY BELLA Medical Advisory Board,

5 Ways to Incorporate More Plants on Your Plate, Breast Augmentation, The Best You, Workout for 20 Minutes and Transform, The Ultimate “Beauty Plan,” Heal Your Gut, Love the Skin You’re In


Beauty Awards



BEAUTY OF SERVICE 132 THE Sgt. Elizabeth Rodriguez

NOVEL IDEA 134 ATitles to Top Your “To Be Read” Pile

139 TRAVEL Amelia Island, Emerald City, SOFI TOWN 154 AROUND People, Places, Parties 5 160 FAB 5 Fab Ways to Slay Spring


990 22,500 72 OFFICES





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Hoop: Laruicci Earrings and Choker: Erickson Beamon Skin: Becca Ultimate Coverage Foundation, Fenty Sun Stalker Bronzer, Fenty Kilowatt Highlighter Eyes: Marc Jacobs Waterproof Pencil Liner Fenty Moroccan Spice Palette Lips: Becca Cosmetics Lip Liner and Lipstick



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Earrings: Laruicci Necklace: Tuleste Skin: Becca Ultimate Coverage Foundation, Fenty Sun Stalker Bronzer, Fenty Kilowatt Highlighter Eyes: Fenty Moroccan Spice Palette Lips: Becca Cosmetics 16


Earrings and Chain: Laruicci Choker: Erickson Beamon Skin: Becca Ultimate Coverage Foundation, Fenty Sun Stalker Bronzer, Fenty Kilowatt Highlighter Eyes: NYX Lips: Becca Cosmetics 18


Earrings: Laruicci and Hayden Jewelry Medallion: Hayden Jewelry Necklace: Tuleste Skin: Becca Ultimate Coverage Foundation, Fenty Sun Stalker Bronzer, Fenty Kilowatt Highlighter Eyes: Fenty Moroccan Spice Palette Lips: Maybelline Satin Lipstick 20


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Our Beauty Director Janene Mascarella is hard at work each day, dutifully dabbing, spritzing, spraying, and trying all the beauty products to bring you the very best. What are the latest and greatest ways to plump your lashes, amp up radiance, take down a pimple or lift your hair to new heights? Here are the 32 tried and true winners‌



Prized for




LASTING CURL BLOSSOM WATERPROOF MASCARA This long-lasting mascara delivers lash-plumping volume, just like a flower in full bloom. It’s formulated with diamond powders to provide a delicate luminous look. $25, CHARLOTTE TILBURY


This remarkable eyeliner can stay out 'til 4 a.m.— even if you can't. By far it’s the best—and the only—liner you’ll need this summer! $22,

THE ICON PALETTE With a 12-shade palette, this features super shades, from iridescent champagne to the perfect black charcoal-with-a-hint-of-sparkle for eyes to electrify. $65,


Power Shower


RITUAL BAR You, too, will love this invigorating green tea cleanser that improves circulation while detoxifying and smoothing skin from head to toe. The bar is a nourishing daily purifier to regenerate even the most sluggish areas. $22,

Products KOPARI


BASIL & MINT BODY SCRUB An amazing way to wake and stimulate your skin in the shower, this luxe scrub is great for those looking to detox, target cellulite, hydrate dry skin. and ease muscle pain. $91, Bloomingdale’s

This swoon-worthy shower oil gently cleanses all your parts below the neck without stripping your skin. It’ll leaves you so soft and smelling like a sweet coconut dream. $28,


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Delightfully Dreamy CHOCOVIN

REGENERATING NIGHT CREAM Formulated with wine and chocolate, this dream cream also features retinol to smooth fine lines and wrinkles, Vitamins A and E to improve skin elasticity, and hyaluronic acid to boost skin hydration. $55,


NIGHT FIX ENZYME TREATMENT Using the science of sleep to help tap into your youthful morning glow-up, the formula encourages overnight skin repair to minimize fine lines, boost hydration, and renew vibrancy so skin looks and feels well rested. $70,


NUIT EYE MASQUE A great way to really get some shut-eye, this PM treatment hydrates and strengthens while it visibly softens the appearance of dark circles, lines, and puffiness. $165,



HYPER-LIFT It rapidly fills in fine lines and wrinkles to give skin a refreshed and rejuvenated appearance. This formula is designed to quickly tighten and firm the appearance of skin within a matter of hours. $65,




This serum’s pure ingredients and gentle strength helps soften, smooth, and brighten for more radiant, even-toned skin. Even better? It’s ideal for all skin types. $88,

Skincare Splurges LA MER

THE INTENSIVE REVITALIZING MASK This revitalizing (dare we say, miraculous?) cream mask reenergizes, plumps, and protects, instantly infusing skin with vibrancy. $170,



CAVIAR ANTI-AGING PROFESSIONAL STYLING PERFECT TEXTURE SPRAY This dry, texture spray locks volume into place by building support layer by layer. $30, Sephora ADRIA BY THALIA

“THE PERFECTIONIST” HAIR SPRAY Lock in a smooth and controlled style all day with a hairspray that will keep your hair looking perfect–even in high humidity. $9.99, Walmart ELENI & CHRIS

VOLUMIN MAGNIFYING LEAVE-IN TREATMENT A light leave-in spray, this one adds volume and body to the hair. VoluMin gives extra oomph and a little touch of hold to finer hair types. $30, ORIBE

POWER DROPS DAMAGE REPAIR BOOSTER Supercharge your locks with this highly concentrated treatment serum that provides an intense dose of essential nutrients to rebuild and restore dry, damaged, time-weakened hair. $58, R+CO

RODEO STAR THICKENING STYLE FOAM Saddle up and instantly add density and lift to your hair. Apply to damp hair section-by-section and then blow dry as usual. $32, SEEN

SKIN-CARING BLOW-OUT CRÈME Body, bounce, control, and shine! Get serious blow-out results and memory without clogging pores or compromising skin with this dermatologist-designed, non-comedogenic blow-dry styling product. $24, 25

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GRANDE BROW Need to go a little bolder? This eyebrow enhancing serum promotes thicker and fullerlooking brows within 6-8 weeks. And yes, if you use it regularly, you’ll see it really works! $79.95,



This quick-absorbing moisturizer is enhanced with rosy tone pigments to revitalize skin with the look of instant vitality. It gently exfoliates and stimulates surface cell renewal to make your skin look noticeably younger. $48,


MELTDOWN Pimple problems? This all-natural blemish treatment packs a powerful blend of ingredients to take down zits, reduce inflammation, prevent scarring, and even soothe irritation. Dab before bed and consider it an overnight success! $26,

Best New



Inspired by a dream, this alluring scent with interwoven soft spicy flowers and an angelic ocean mist is rather intoxicating. $95,



The sexy scent combines classic and unexpected ingredients, beginning with top notes of Vert de Bergamot and apple blossom. One spritz stimulates both enthusiasm and sophistication, proving that the two are not Miu-tually exclusive. $97, Sephora



EAU DE PARFUM The refreshing citrus fragrance opens with a vibrant bergamot, paired with dewy violet leaves and juicy pear. At the heart, green figs are entwined with the brightness of giant magnolia and the delicacy of tea blossom. $128,

Best in




This highlighter instantly melts into your skin to subtly brighten. For a super fresh and luminous look, blend Aqua Illuminator with your favorite foundation and apply evenly on your face. $45,


HAIR & BODY SHINE MIST You’ll be instantly obsessed with this super lightweight spray formula in OUAI’s signature Melrose Place rose scent. This multi-tasker gives your hair and body hydration and an instant glow. $32,

Best Beauty Buys


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Twist up e.l.f.’s Prep and Glimmer Stick and apply a small amount all over the face in circular motions for some soft shimmer on the go. $6.99,


Developed with dermatologists, CeraVe Hydrating Micellar Water is a mighty multi-

tasker that effectively cleanses, moisturizes, and reinforces the skin barrier with every swipe. $9.99,


Multi-mask sans the mess with Olay Fresh Reset Pink Mineral Complex Clay Face Mask Stick, and polish your stressed out skin like a pro. $9.99, Target


RADIANCE BLUSHER Inspired by the vitality of red plum blossoms, get your blush on beautifully by swirling the three colors in one to mix and match for the perfect highlighted radiance. $55,

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Pamper your pout with

Masqueology Pucker Up! Lip Plumping Kit, which

includes an exfoliating lip treatment, lifting lip mask, and plumping gloss to help make lips smooth and kissable. $4,

Instantly combat dehydrating skin with

Fourth Ray Fresh AF Face Mist and get a

burst of hydration to refresh your complexion. $6,


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Algenist means “The Genius of Algae,” and their mission is to unlock the secrets of algae, with its exceptional ability to survive and thrive in the harshest environments on the planet. Responsible for regenerating and protecting algae, patented Alguronic Acid (Algenist’s breakthrough ingredient discovery) is naturally-sourced and sustainably produced.

Celebrity makeup artist Jeanine Lobell founded Stila in 1994. The company name is derived from the Italian word “stilare,”​ which means “to pen.”​ Stila believes that makeup should be as individual as each woman’s own signature.

What’s In IT’S A 10 HAIRCARE

The brand’s line of miraculous 10-in-1 benefits work on all types of hair, hence the name. In an industry where there is an ethnic hair care aisle and a non-ethnic hair care aisle, It’s a 10 Haircare is both. “It’s all one for us,” says Carolyn Aronson, founder and CEO. “We make all hair types healthier.”


a Name? By Janene Mascarella

Ever wonder how your favorite beauty brand got its name? Here’s what our Beauty Director Janene Mascarella discovered about her top picks…

“IT” stands for innovative technology, and the highly coveted cosmetic brand works with dermatologists and plastic surgeons to develop game-changing products. When in the hands of real women everywhere, It becomes life-changing.


ALTERNA Since 1997, Alterna has pioneered “Alterna-tive” luxury hair care. They believe you shouldn’t have to choose between clinically-proven, salon-tested results and pure ingredients. A trailblazer in the world of luxury hair care and styling, Alterna always been about purity and innovation inspired by skincare science.


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Proud Plastic Surgeon of Z100

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We’re still so obsessed with Lancôme Ambassadress Lupita Nyong’o’s Academy Awards pearl tone look created by celebrity makeup artist Nick Barose, we needed to uncover the sparkling red carpet secret. “Lupita’s white feathery dress called for a feminine and flirty look,” says Barose. “I did so by playing up the look with pearlized eyes, flirty lashes, and matte raspberry-tone lips. The key was mixing metallic pearl-toned eyeshadows and placing lashes on the outer corners to make the look party-ready.”


23 For the inner corners, apply the metallic eyeshadow with a small eyeliner brush to catch the light.


Here, Barose shares the


Use Lancôme Starlight Sparkle Eyeshadow Palette and Lancôme Color Design Starlight Sparkle Eyeshadow Palette with a damp brush. Apply various shades of silvery pewter, using the lighter silver tone on the lids and the darker tones on the outer corners to then blend up to the brow bones. For extra drama, wet a liner brush and dab the lighter silver shade on the inner corners to add more dimension.

Line upper lash lines with Lancôme Drama Liqui-Pencil in Noir Intense to create a base shape for the eyes.

Apply two coats of Lancôme Hypnose Doll Lashes Mascara in Black.


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Fifteen-time Grammy winner Alicia Keys became the first woman in 14 years to host music’s biggest night, and her glow made a lasting impression. Celebrity makeup artist leading the #NoMakeupMakeup movement, Dotti (@TheRealistDotti) used the Sol de Janeiro Copacabana Bronze Glow Oil to accentuate Keys’ curves and highlight her dewy décolletage.

Rock your own

red carpet this summer:

The deliciously-scented oil creates a warm, sunny glow that’s Brazilian-beachy down to your toes. Sun-drenched and fun-loving! $35,


Formawell Beauty’s newest collaboration with Kendall Jenner, aptly named Formawell Beauty x Kendall Jenner, is a revolutionary line that features salon-proven technology developed by hairdressers. All of the products are infused with Ionic Gold Fusion mineral technology that promotes two key benefits: ultra-shiny conditioned hair due to high levels of negative ions, and infrared energy from 24K gold minerals and effortless easy long-lasting styles. BELLA’s Beauty Director gave the Formawell Beauty x Kendall Jenner Curling Iron a whirl, and she loved the springy-shiny look to her locks. $79, 31

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NEXT LEVEL By Megan O’Brien

Looking to elevate your beauty and game? Here are some high-tech ways to look your best from head to toe. LIGHT STIM FOR WRINKLES LED LIGHT THERAPY DEVICE


Soothing and painless, this red light therapy device is FDAcleared to treat wrinkles on your face while working to help smooth skin texture, promote even skin tone, and ease under eye puffiness. The patented technology simultaneously emits multiple wavelengths of light, which work together to give your skin the nourishment it needs for a more radiant and youthful appearance. $249,

The device completes it all in four simple steps: Take a selfie, then take three snapshots—one each of your forehead, cheek, and chin. Data is uploaded via a mobile app, revealing all of their skin’s issues. The feature includes a 30-times magnification lens, it reads the skin’s moisture levels, and it can even gauge the depth of fine lines and wrinkles. $59.99,



This smart anti-aging lip treatment plumps the look of lips in just minutes, creating visible results for hours. Continued daily use boosts collagen, which increases the look of fullness, fades the appearance of lip lines and wrinkles, and revitalizes natural lip color. $99, 32

LEBODY FORM Through EMS mid-frequency, the LeBody Form helps strengthen muscles and increase energy consumption to burn fat components in the body by directly stimulating and activating the muscles for a slimming effect. It results in cellulite reduction, skin texture and elasticity improvements, a decrease in body fat, and muscle toning/strengthening. $499,

This at-home invisible teeth straightening solution was developed by Los Angelesbased celebrity dentist Dr. Jon Marashi (who counts Pink, Halsey, Ryan Seacrest, Ben Affleck, and many other A-listers as clients). byte gives users a brighter, straighter smile in half the time of other traditional aligner systems—all without having to go to a dentist’s office. $95,

FULLER, THICKER HAIR! New York’s premier full-service salon that specializes in: • Customized hair extensions • Latest solutions for thinning hair and hair loss • Ready-to-wear wigs • Extensions & Fillers • Ponytails & bangs • Volumizing Toppers • Cut, color and styling • VIP rooms

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GirlFresh By Rachel Paul

It’s no secret that French women have a certain je ne sais quoi that makes their style irresistible and effortlessly chic. They have this incredible power to embrace their unique beauty and enhance it with makeup and fashion in the most elegant way. Take this stunning image of the Chanel Spring/Summer 2019 runway show. Think it’s unattainable?

Think again.

These three simple steps will help you embrace your true beauty—and that’s a pretty powerful thing. FAKE-IT-‘TIL-YOU-MAKE-IT BROWS Brows are foundational and an anchor to this style. Take your time to draw brow-like strokes with a pencil to create the appearance of a naturally bushy brow that’s groomed. Comb through to get a slightly imperfect finish that doesn’t appear drawn on.

BELLA loves

CHANEL Stylo Sourcils Waterproof Defining Longwear Eyebrow Pencil $33,

EFFORTLESS YET BOLD LIP A bold color on the lips with slightly blurred lines is iconic and a French women’s staple. Grab your favorite red in a satin-matte finish. One swipe across the bottom lip, press lips together, and voilá—you are fabulously chic!

BELLA loves

CHANEL Rouge Coco Flash Lipstick $38,


REAL FRESH SKIN Flawless skin is essential to the perfect French look, however, not at the price of cake face. Leave the pastries in the bakery and start with a good moisturizer and a lightweight foundation for glowing skin that’s real—and fresh.

BELLA loves

CHANEL Les Beiges Sheer Healthy Glow Moisturizing Tint Broad Spectrum SPF 30 $40,

Healthy Sexy Lips... Own it with Preventive Measures 101 Lip Balms. Our moisture release technology has changed lip balms forever! Movement of your lips creates friction, which continuously releases the moisture onto your lips. Enriched with aloe, a super fruit cocktail of pomegranate, red grapes & apples, shea butter, cocoa butter, & chamomile, your lips stay moist throughout the day into the evening.

Say goodbye to the re-apply. *A portion of proceeds are donated to skin cancer research.

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Giuliana Rancic

Tells the Truth By Janene Mascarella

Giuliana Rancic’s eco-luxe beauty line, Fountain of Truth Beauty, was created after she was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 36. Frustrated with the inability to find what she considered to be a non-toxic skincare line that offered age-defying benefits, Rancic committed herself to creating her own line of clean, safe, and gentle products, utilizing advanced skincare technology with the most efficacious botanicals from across the globe.

We caught up with former BELLA cover star Giuliana Rancic to learn about her faves… TRUE REFLECTION “The Fountain of Truth collection reflects what I use most in my day-to-day life. I have less lines from using it, and my skin has never been so hydrated and dewy. I use the line’s hero product, TRUTH Insta-Face Lift Elixir

($86), morning and night. It’s a lightweight, botanically-charged treatment that can help your skin fight the visible signs of aging without a visit to the medi-spa. With continued use, your skin’s appearance will improve and take on more bounce and radiance.”

MUST-HAVES “I also love to indulge in the Honey Glow Mask ($60), since it makes me smile every time I use it. It makes me feel like I am pampering myself, which is always nice. I also have my Youth In Hand Cream ($28) in my bag; we purposely made it three ounces so you can travel with it through airport security.” 36

ULTRA CLEAN “I love a good foaming cleanser but was never able to find one that had clean ingredients and gave you a big, luxurious ball of foam each time you pump it. That’s exactly what our Fresh Face Foaming Cleanser

($36) does. I actually use it for a great double-cleanse. I use it first to take my makeup off and reinvigorate my skin, and follow it with our Take It Off Cleansing Balm ($35) to help take off my eye makeup and also leave my skin really hydrated with a beautiful glow. My best friend likes to use them in reverse, so it’s really up to you! Either way, the two together are a dream!”


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Inside Celebrity Facialist

JOANNA VARGAS’ New Flagship Salon By Janene Mascarella

After taking over the spa at the Sunset Tower Hotel, a beloved landmark in West Hollywood, celebrity skincare guru Joanna Vargas came back to NYC feeling inspired and excited for the next big chapter of her brand.


Rachel Weisz, Julianne Moore, Jenna Dewan, Sofia Coppola, and Zac Posen are just a few famous faces that look to Vargas for radiant skin and travel the globe for her signature facials and treatments. To this day, a favorite aspect of her career is taking care of others and having the privilege to meet people from every walk of life.



Walking into Vargas’ new salon on Fifth Avenue, a luxe, expansive space overlooking the iconic New York Public Library, you’ll immediately feel yourself relax. The décor, featuring artwork by fashion photographer Yelena Yemchuk, reflects a bright and airy California vibe with light blush pink walls, white curtains, and a ton of natural light.


What To Try... 38

MULTIVITALIGHT. This dynamic anti-aging treatment works on total transformation. For complete skin renewal, microdermabrasion removes dead cells and impurities, a customized vitamin serum addresses immediate skin needs, LED light therapy bolsters cell turnover, and pure oxygen therapy plumps the skin. The result: A smooth, bright, brilliant complexion!

TWILIGHT FACIAL. This treatment uses radiofrequency, microneedling, and cryotherapy to benefit those looking to improve scarring, resurface, tighten, and minimize fine lines and wrinkles. THE BURN. You’ll be able to target areas of concern thanks to this transformative radio frequency treatment. Using exclusive state-of-the-art equipment, skin is heated and tightened, triggering collagen production and melting away fat and cellulite. You’ll be left with skin that is soft, supple, and smooth. A series of six is recommended for best results.

Glow There

The spa is located directly across from the New York City Public Library at Bryant Park and within walking distance to Grand Central Station and Times Square. 501 5TH AVENUE, 3RD FLOOR, NYC

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PELUSI By Victoria Wurdinger Additional reporting by Daniel G. Hall


elebrity haircolorist, educator, and salon owner Marco Pelusi has unique bicoastal beauty insights. He worked at his family’s chain of East Coast salons in his early youth, and is coming up on 20 years in Los Angeles. The former taught him perseverance, he says, while the latter taught him the art of soft communication—how to be firm with a smile. The beauty-trend differences are similar, he adds—strong versus soft. While Pelusi loves doing hair color, it was teaching it for major color companies that lured him to LA. It was there that his salon was awarded “Best Haircolor in Los Angeles” twice by Fox 11’s MyFoxLA Hot List and was named “Best LA Hair Salon” by the Los Angeles Blade (2018). But his biggest thrill was doing Stacy Keibler’s hair and seeing her on the cover of Maxim magazine a month later. There it was: the perseverance payoff. Pelusi’s current niche is as a hair color authority and fixer on TV, in nationwide classrooms, and with highprofile clients in NY and LA, including Carol Alt and Carson Kressley. Not to mention he has his own product line for colored and chemically treated hair. When he’s not traveling or making appearances, he’s passionately correcting color-gone-wrong at his Marco Pelusi Hair Studio on Robertson Boulevard in West Hollywood. While color saturates Pelusi’s life, he’s also a classically trained singer who performs show tunes with the North Hollywood ELATE theatre group. His favorite Broadway song to belt out is easy to guess: “The Colors of My Life” from Barnum.

BELLA caught up with Pelusi between his hair color classes at the recent International Beauty Show in New York City to discuss hair color trends, color snafus, and more. 40

What are some hair trends that are dominating the East Coast vs. the West Coast?

Softer, looser, beachy, wavy looks with soft highlights are more West Coast. On the flipside, deeper, richer, darker hair color and red, paired with more defined haircuts like the Bob, are more dominant on the East Coast.

We’ve been seeing an increasing number of men coloring their hair. What are some of the hair coloring essentials for men, and what are some of the things they should consider?

For men, what’s most important is that no one knows they color their hair. Women share their hair color secrets and their hair colorists with each other all the time, but men aren’t there yet. However, they are doing a lot of coloring. The key for men and their colorists is to allow the hair color to look completely natural. For example, low lighting on gray hair must be done in such a way that it looks like it is growing out of the man’s head. Athome hair color can be a disaster for men: Two of the things they do not want to see after coloring are orange and black. If the hair is too red or too dark, it looks unnatural.

An at-home hair color maintenance program is essential for men: They should use colorsafe shampoos, conditioners, and hair care products, such as Marco Collagen Color Guard HairCare, available at

Can you share tips for readers who want to extend the longevity of their hair color?

Sunlight is a hair color killer. Use hair care products that contain sun protection. When first receiving a hair color service, avoid shampooing for at least 24 hours—48 hours is preferable and 72 hours is ideal. In general, less shampooing is better for hair color, and using a color-safe shampoo is a must. Avoid products that contain mineral oil or alcohol, as well as anything that strips hair color, such as swimming in a chlorinated pool. Swimmers should wet their hair before jumping in the pool because hair is like a sponge that absorbs many things, and wetting it will allow the chlorine to be rinsed off the hair’s outer layer.

Marco Pelusi with BELLA Editor-in-Chief Courtenay C. Hall at BELLA’s Men’s Issue 2019 launch party in Los Angeles, California.

What is one common mistake people make when they’re taking care of their color-treated hair, and what can they do to avoid it?

Using too-high heat settings when styling or heat styling too often are big mistakes. To avoid heat damage, condition, condition, and condition! Most importantly, continue to moisturize your hair with the right styling products. Dry hair equals faded hair color.

Who inspires you?

My dad. He never stops moving. He’s a healthy, busy, productive, successful man who has lived well.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?

Persevere, persevere. Keep going. The main difference between successful people and others is that successful people don’t quit! No matter how you feel, keep getting up every morning and putting your best foot forward.

How do you define beauty?

People become beautiful when they are comfortable with themselves. When you are uncomfortable with yourself, you are not radiating your true self. When you are comfortable with yourself, you set a room aglow.


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HIGH NOTE HOW TO ELEVATE YOUR FRAGRANCE WARDROBE From the runway to your vanity, here are the most fashionable fragrances to collect this season. The scent of a woman never looked so sensational… By Janene Mascarella

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Kate Spade New York Walk on Air Eau de Parfum $78-$98, Nordstrom



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Badgley Mischka Eau de Parfum $115,



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Michael Kors Eau de Parfum Spray $94-$115, Nordstrom



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The Latest and Greatest


HAPPENINGS By Amanda Mactas


One of the world’s leading watch companies recently launched its Swatch x You campaign in the United States after a successful run in the U.K. last year. The new campaign offers countless options for customers to pick their favorite story for their wrist, allowing for the creation of a truly one-of-a-kind watch. New designs will be added regularly, and configurators in store can help with the creation process. Swatch x You ($125) is available online and at select stores nationwide.



TALIA specializes in jewelry that is both unique and versatile, allowing customers to build and customize their own jewelry, similar to the way in which one could build Legos. Interchangeable pendants and charms make it easy change a look from day to day, and now the brand has announced a new partnership with Girls Inc. With every purchase, TALIA Jewelry will donate 10 percent of proceeds to the organization, helping ensure girls have the experiences and opportunities they deserve in order to thrive.

HUDSON YARDS The highly anticipated opening of New York’s Hudson Yards finally arrived this past March, and amidst the new glamorous structure lies more than 100 shops, culinary destinations, offices, art, residences, gardens, and even the world’s first Equinox Hotel. Read all about their most anticipated store openings:

UNIQLO The popular Japanese retailer marks its fourth location in New York City, but with its location on the mall’s “Technology” floor, it will boast a whole new look. A circular LED ticket display will be located above the central mannequin stage, as well as a touch screen easel that will allow customers to browse collections, product benefits, and special promotions, bringing the shopping experience into the future. It will also bring back service favorites like complimentary hemming on pants over $19.90 and in-store pick-up for online purchases. Same-day home deliveries are also available for in-store purchases., Level 2


The Dallas-based brand that’s known for merging fashion and art houses over 400 designer labels, and its new store features women’s and men’s designer and vintage collections, as well as 4510/SIX, a platform for emerging fashion and design. Among the artwork on display will be an ongoing collaboration with the Whitney Museum of American Art on a capsule collection by artist Caitlin Keogh., 20 Hudson Yards, Level 5


CONSERVATORY Bringing online shopping to real life, The Conservatory is giving consumers a whole new retail experience. With more than 50 brand partners, customers can shop online inside the store, touching and trying on items, and even take some home with them. Items not available on site will be shipped immediately and directly to their home. You can also recharge your batteries here at the Teak Tearoom, which serves light café fare all day long. There’s also a floral shop., Plaza Level

the style report | obsession Carolina Herrera Double-Breasted Cady Jacket $4990,

Marques Almeida Asymmetric Balloon Sleeve Faille Mini Dress $615,

Bambah Sunflower Top $554,

Jimmy Choo Eyewear Glossy 53mm Square Sunglasses $364,



Heimat Atlantica Celeste Seashell-Embellished Basket Bag $493,

Lucky us—our closets get a bright twist this season! As seen on the Spring/Summer 2019 runways, honey, butter, and marigolds are the must-have tones in your wardrobe. Wear them in a monochromatic head-to-toe look or use them as separates to make a statement. The sun-kissed options are endless. By Jonathan Calixto

Malone Souliers Hayley Mules $454,

Ulla Johnson Tali Oversized Bow-Embellished Leather Clutch $495,

Dolce & Gabbana ‘Belluci’ Pumps $1075,


Matériel High-Waisted Wide Leg Faux Leather Trousers $415,

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Junya Watanabe Checked Water-Repellent Cotton Hooded Raincoat $1315,

Just in time for the spring showers, raincoats adorned the Spring/Summer 2019 runways, making it the statement piece for men this season. Taking it back to bold colors, with either oversized or more fitted silhouettes, it’s perfect for elevating items you may already own.

Neil Barrett Oversized Hooded Raincoat $2190,

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Polo Ralph Lauren Fleece Graphic Sweatshirt $148,

Lardini Paris Trousers $235,

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Balmain Medallion Print Panelled Sweatshirt $1050,

Dolce & Gabbana High-Waisted Stretch-Cotton Twill Trousers $627,

Christian Louboutin Montezumolle Suede Penny Loafers $975, Prada Stratus High-Top Canvas Trainer $620,


the style report | best dressed ABSTRACT PAINT ASYMMETRICAL DRESS “Being a fan of contemporary art, this dress is one of my favorites because it look it looks like you’re wearing a canvas.” $375

SEQUIN MAXI SKIRT “This skirt is a must-have for your closet. It’s something you can wear year-round. Sequins aren’t only for nighttime.” $295

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FAINT FLOWERS SLIP DRESS “I love the way this incorporates tie-dye and florals and how it makes a floral print look modern.” $295

Which pieces in your wardrobe are most worthy of precious luggage space when you go on vacation? We asked top global designer Nicole Miller to share her elegant yet edgy vacation-mode favorites from her collection to look stylish on the fly and as a keeper in your closet.

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DITZY STEMS CAMI DRESS “This dress is cute bare but also fun with a tee layered underneath it. I love the versatility.” $320

WORDS AND LETTERS SKIRT “I love this skirt because it is fun and whimsical. It is sure to spark a lot of comments.” $230


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As a busy woman on the go, finding the time to do a full face of makeup each morning just isn’t an option. For me, skincare is really where my attention lies. The true secret to getting your makeup to look flawless each morning begins with a clean palette. Vaseline Lip Therapy Lip Balm Mini Rosy $1.89,

Dior Diorshow On Stage Liquid Eyeliner (Blue) $30.50,

In honor of BELLA’s Beauty Issue, I’m breaking down a few of my skincare favorites and my go-to beauty items that make my five-minute face complete each morning… Glossier Cloud Paint (Puff) $18.99,

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Ever wonder how your favorite celebrity looks chic even when she is snapped just in sweats? It’s all in the details! We turned to fashion and lifestyle experts, Amy Schechter and Ashley Bellman, for tips on combining new fashion finds and celeb-inspired objects of affection with your personal style. Here are their statement piece recommendations that even the faintest of heart are eagerly racing to add to their wardrobes.

PARAVEL: TRAVEL HAPPY WITH THE MOST CHIC WEEKENDER TO DATE Get yourself familiar with the hottest new lifestyle and travel bag collection from Paravel. These bags boast extraordinary designs for everyday adventures—from monogrammed weekenders to the cult fave capsule crossbody.,


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See your world through rose-colored lenses… or blue, grey, or brown depending on your preference. Not that you need an excuse to go out on a sunny day, but now you have one. With 10 frame/lens color options, these are a shining choice!


Embrace your inner boho-chic style! Perusing for five minutes will make you want to book a trip to anywhere with a beach, and wearing her clothes will make you feel like there is sand between your toes (even if there’s not!). REVOLVE, Planet Blue,

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CHRISTENSEN Founder and CEO of


JEWELRY By Jonathan Calixto

Photography by Samantha Robshaw Photography


ecognized for its style and loved for the treasures it stores, Dune Jewelry is changing the way people don their favorite accessories. What began as a kind gesture for friends and family at a kitchen table in 2007 by Holly Daniels Christensen eventually transformed into a global business three years later. Today, Christensen’s Experiential Jewelry®, made with sand and natural elements from around the world, is available at more than 900 stores worldwide. Creating your own lane in the fashion industry isn’t easy, but it comes naturally for Christensen thanks to her company’s innovative approach to customization. Their fun process inspires customers to be artistic, letting them choose from online designs and a sandbank that catalogs more than 4,000 sands and natural elements from beaches, ballparks, golf courses, and hiking trails. They may even opt for dried flowers, power stones, or the customer’s own element from a special moment. Dune Jewelry’s unique, personalized collection is the perfect way to cherish special memories, forever allowing you to “live for the moment, then take it with you.” As Christensen adds, “I believe this is important work in a day and age where everything is digitized. Most of our memories are stored in a smartphone or on our computer, and we don’t have something we can hold on to.” All Dune Jewelry items, ranging from rings, bracelets, necklaces, cuff links, and more for both men and women, are “handmade with love and sandy hands” out of her Boston, Massachusetts studio, she adds. A portion of each sale is donated to coastal preservation, and there is a lifetime warranty on every design. Since its inception and growth, Dune Jewelry has established a partnership with Sports Illustrated model Camille Kostek, and has been spotted on notable celebrities, including Aerosmith’s


Joe Perry, “Good Morning America” host Robin Roberts, and country music recording artist Mark Wills. Additionally, the company has received recognition as one of the fastest-growing businesses in America by Inc. 5000 in 2018 and Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year by the Small Business Association. This summer, Dune Jewelry will continue to unveil new items, releasing a larimer collection called Blue by Dune. This is the first time Dune Jewelry will work with larimer, a beautiful blue stone that can only be sourced in the Dominican Republic. The company will also be introducing its new global charity initiative called Touch the World, a collection of string bracelets filled with sand and elements from around the world. Each bracelet represents a cause that is close to the founder’s heart, including animal welfare, rainforest conservation, and opioid addiction research and recovery. “My mother passed away from this terrifying epidemic,” says Christensen. “It’s important to keep it at the forefront of charitable giving so we can keep the conversation alive and grow awareness.”




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Spencer Finding Inspiration At Every Turn BY ALEXANDRA ANASTASIO

A firm believer in building a brand that is both authentic and identifiable, Spencer is focused on the things that are very much a part of who she is. “Home, design, fashion, parenting, marriage,


family, pet adoption—these are the buckets I gravitate toward,” she says. Her love of antiques and flea markets is no secret; it’s been a passion of hers since before she could walk. “My mom would take me ‘thrifting’ on weekends in a stroller,” says the Long Island native. “It’s in my DNA.” Little did she know then that those weekend flea marketing trips would one day serve as the catalyst for multiple shows and two New York Times best-sellers.

BELLA caught up with Spencer to talk about her career in TV, along with her passion for flea markets, her love for design, and the lessons she hopes to pass on to her children. We even scored some tips on how to master the art of antiquing.

Photography Courtesy of HGTV


s one of TV’s most recognizable faces, on-air personality Lara Spencer is jugging multiple professional roles both on- and off-screen. Between her duties as a contributor for “Good Morning America” and the creator, host, and producer of the Emmy-winning “Flea Market Flip,” Spencer is hard at work building her lifestyle brand and working on new projects for her production company, DuffKat Media, named after her teenage son and daughter.


Photography by Yu Tsai

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What my mom always said is true—you don’t need a lot of money to have

great style.”

Your career on-screen is now a combination of your love of journalism as well as design. When did you know this was the path you wanted to follow?

I have wanted to be a television news anchor and reporter since I was 10 years old. In the fifth grade, I was teased by bullies about my raspy voice, and my wonderful teacher, Mrs. Foster, consoled me by saying it was great to have a distinctive sound and it would be perfect for broadcasting. That was it; the seed was LARA’S FLEA planted. She had turned something that I saw as MARKET ADVICE a deficit into a unique and beautiful asset, and for FOR THE NEWBIES that I will forever be grateful to her. She made me feel special and opened my eyes to the perfect GO WITH A PLAN— career path for me. From that day on, I never INCLUDING PHOTOS AND MEASUREMENTS. looked back. CREATE A WISH LIST ON YOUR PHONE. THAT WAY, YOU WON’T FORGET WHAT IT WAS YOU WENT THERE FOR IN THE FIRST PLACE. HAVE AN OPEN MIND—BE FLEXIBLE. TAKE A RISK. IF YOU SEE SOMETHING UNEXPECTED AND FABULOUS, BUY IT

As you were getting started in your career you were a part of the NBC Page program. Was that what led you on your path?

The NBC Page program is legendary and a total privilege to be a part of. It requires a lengthy application, references, and interviews with several members of the NBC management team—quite a lot for a 21 year old to juggle, but so worth the anxiety and hard work. During the program, which lasted about 18 months, we worked four- to six-week periods in various departments at NBC, from advertising and sales to sports to news to “Saturday Night Live.” It was a terrific way to get a glimpse of the many possibilities in the business, and for me the perfect way to confirm that my dream of a career in news was the perfect choice for me.

Most viewers know you from “GMA” and “Flea Market Flip,” but what they may not know is you also run your own production company. How was DuffKat Media born?

I started DuffKat Media four years ago. I had just sold another show to HGTV and was looking for a production company to partner with on it. It became clear that rather than giving my ideas away, I should get the infrastructure in place for my own production company and make these shows happen on my own. It’s been great to have more creative control from conception to final product. I still partner with other producers to help run the shows I work on, but it’s different now, in the best way possible.

Your production company focuses on design-based programs. Do you have plans to expand your reach into other areas?

I am always open to great ideas and constantly looking for inspiration, but I am also a firm believer in building a brand that is authentic and identifiable. Right now, on top of my mornings at GMA, I have three projects with HGTV, my second collection of sunglasses and eyewear for Tura, an amazing brand that’s been in business for 80 plus years, and four new pilots in development. It’s a handful, but all very rewarding because I am genuinely interested as a consumer as well as a producer in these specific things. Photography Courtesy of HGTV


the new york life Where do you find inspiration for the eyewear you design, and what can we expect from the new collection that debuts in July?

My eyewear is inspired by vintage frames I have found in my travels to flea markets and vintage shops around the world. This second collection for Tura Eyewear has a little more color and lots of fabulous embellishments on the temples. I treat glasses like a fabulous accessory that can set the tone for your look or mood.

In addition to your eyewear collection, you also have a new show coming to HGTV. Tell us about it.

The show is based on the website, “Everything But the House,” which is an online auction site where everything starts at $1. It’s amazing and totally addicting!

As someone who loves flea markets and thrift store finds, what is it about the experience you enjoy most?

nothing better

There is than getting up early on a Sunday morning and strolling through a flea market or sisters looking for treasures, reminiscing over pieces that remind us of our and having a fresh egg sandwich from one of the food trucks. It’s the best girls’ days ”

with my mom



I love the energy of a flea market. I love all the color and texture and inspiration and weird stuff that you can’t believe people are selling. It’s really fun and sometimes really funny too. The dealers are characters and often have wonderful stories about their finds. I always stop and talk with the folks selling things I am interested in; I love learning about the history, where they found it, what it was used for—anything that adds to the story.

Let’s talk about your charity work. You have some really fun and creative ways in which you help raise awareness for organizations like Housing Works and North Shore Animal League America. I recently produced a segment where I shopped for my Oscars dress at Housing Works annual Fashion for Action charity sale. Designers donate fabulous samples or pieces from past seasons and there are always amazing vintage pieces as well. All of the money goes to a great cause so I bought four dresses and let our GMA audience vote on which one I should wear. Fifty thousand viewers voted! It was a really fun way to shine a light on the great work Housing Works does and engage viewers. I am quite certain I was the only person at the 2019 Oscars in a dress purchased at a charity sale for $100, and I felt like a million bucks. My other passion project is the North Shore Animal League America. It’s a nokill shelter on Long Island where I grew up, and we I hope anyone reading this have partnered [with them] will consider to find homes for hundreds of rescue dogs in segments I do on GMA. In fact, I rather than buying.” just found out they are honoring me with their Crystal Collar Award for all of my work. I can’t tell you what it means to me personally. I have rescue dogs I love madly and would have five more if I could.


As a mother of two, what life lessons do you hope your children take away from watching you in your career?

Don’t be afraid to fail; it’s much more painful not to try, so just go for it. You never know where the road may lead you. Be brave, be open minded, take chances. And don’t be your own roadblock. 66

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TOP TIPS FOR THE FLEA MARKET NOVICE Start early. Negotiate—to a point—with a smile. Bring cash for the best negotiating power. Bring a big tote bag to carry your finds.

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Pack sunblock and a hat. Dress in layers. Go for it! If you love something, buy it. Flea market finds help make your home so much more personal and fun.

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ans around the world know James Maslow from a host of different projects. From his time with the show and band of the same name, “Big Time Rush,” to competing on “Dancing with the Stars,” to taking part in the first American edition of “Celebrity Big Brother,” Maslow has earned a reputation as a talented singer, actor, dancer, and all-around entertainer. He has enjoyed what he describes as “an amazing first chapter,” and is now in the throes of creating the next big chapter to his ever-evolving career. Maslow has been performing since he was 6 years old. But it wasn’t until the seventh grade, after being transfixed by a performance of “Bye Bye Birdie” at the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts, that Maslow knew this would be his future career path. “From that point I was hooked and knew I wanted to perform for a living,” he says. Now a solo artist, Maslow’s career and all of the projects he’s been cultivating the past few years are coming to fruition. Between new music, a new show heading to prime time this summer, and a few independent films scheduled for release, 2019 is “already badass!” he says. In an exclusive interview, Maslow shared with BELLA the inspiration behind his new songs and inside details about some of his new projects, along with the work he’s doing on-screen.

What excites you most about this next chapter in your career? Chapter one was so big, but I fully expect chapter two to be even bigger—and not just because I get to create every aspect of it. Now I own my brand, and inherently that’s the biggest difference.

As great as “Big Time Rush” was—and it was a fantastic time in my career—it was created by Sony and Nickelodeon. We created a lot of the music and were a large part of it, but there were a lot of cooks in the kitchen. I don’t think anyone can be his best creative self with that many people. Now, the only cook in the kitchen is me, along with my producer Eugene, and we create and decide everything.

You’re about to release two new songs: “Love U Sober” and “Delirious.” When can fans expect?

Both will have music videos and a lot of content to go with them. The game plan is to roll out four singles, but we’re starting with these two. One mistake I made in the past, which I’ve learned from, is I would put out one song and as good as that song was, one bit of content doesn’t feed the machine; fans want more than that. I decided I wasn’t going to put out music until I had a batch that I could release on a regular basis. Even though we’re talking about “Love U Sober” and “Delirious” today, I will not stop after those.

No one is ever going to be off in what they think a song means because art is subjective.”

What were you thinking about when you wrote “Love U Sober?”

I wanted to release this song first because we did a remix at the beginning with live interviews that recap my past with “Big Time Rush,” and all the wonderful things I was able to experience. I’m grateful for everything that helped me get here, but now I'm moving forward. This is the beginning of my journey as a solo artist. A large portion of the music I’m going to put out is influenced by my past relationships. “Love U Sober” acknowledges the fact that I was in a relationship with someone and we had so much fun, but after many months, I began to question it. The sad part was the connection wasn’t as real as I thought; it was masked by the emotion of partying. Saying I want to love you sober might be more literal than people realize.

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In “Delirious,” you continue to reference a personal experience. What’s the story behind the lyrics?

One of the coolest things as an artist is to share the limelight and give opportunity

If I have one weakness, it’s beautiful, smart, intelligent, fun women—and I know I am not the only man to say this. But part of that problem is it can also be blinding….Many people have stayed in relationships they shouldn’t have but did so because it was fun. It’s a pretty self-explanatory song in a fun way.

Do you have any plans for a tour?

Touring is my favorite thing in the world and I plan on doing it. First I have to get the music out and then I can start looking at live opportunities. It’s in the cards—probably closer to the end of the year—but something I can’t wait to do.

Along with new music, you also have a new show coming to the CW this summer. How would you describe “The Big Stage?”

The show is exciting because it’s the first one in which people are coming in without the pressure of having to compete. We have gone out and sourced some of the most talented people from around the world to share their talent on our stage. We have dance groups, bands, vocalists, ventriloquists, “Cirque du Soleil” performers—some of the best in their respective fields.

What about the show are you most looking forward to?

A few of Maslow’s current

musical favorites:

Maty Noyes Jon Bellion Carly Paige

My co-host, Elizabeth Stanton, is one of the sweetest and easiest people to work with, and that’s been such a blessing. I feel lucky to work with her. I’m also looking forward to performing my new music on the show.

In addition to the show, you also have a new film, “Bachelor Lions,” coming out this summer. What is the premise of this film?

It’s a fun action comedy about two young guys—portrayed by my co-star Mitchell Musso and myself—who just don’t have their shit together. David Arquette plays my dad, who also happens to be a car thief. He wants me to be one too—but I’m not even that good at that. I’m trying to figure out what my path is…what is my purpose…do I have any talent?

All I want to do as an artist is travel, play music, and make good content. This year is a

great start

to that.”

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to others.”

When I come across Mitchell’s character, he’s doing the same. The term “Bachelor Lions” refers to when two male lions team up together, which is super rare in the wild. But when they support each other, two lions against one is always stronger— and that’s the premise of this title. We team up to try and figure out what we want to do with our lives.

You also have another film scheduled for release, “Wolf Hound,” that has a personal connection for you. What type of character do you play?

I play Captain Holder, a pilot who flies a P-51 Mustang, which in WWII is the equivalent of a modern day fighter jet. The Mustangs were flanked to protect the bomber. In the film, we get shot down by Nazis and my crew is captured, my co-pilot is killed, and it’s just me in Nazi-occupied France looking for my guys and going in to rescue them. In real life, my grandfather fought in WWII, was shot down twice, and both times managed to save his entire crew. I grew up with two Purple Hearts on the wall, and in a moment of serendipity, the day I was offered the role would have been my grandfather’s birthday. There were a lot of signs telling me I needed to do this. I can’t even begin to imagine what these soldiers went through; all I can say is a huge thank-you to our military for their service and everyone who lost their lives. We wouldn’t be having this conversation in the peace of our own homes as we are now without them.

You have a lot of great things going on this year, including “My Boyfriend’s Meds,” which hits theaters on August 30th. How do you balance everything?

I have a great small team and we do our best to keep it all going. To me, when I have a scheduling problem because of too much work, that is a great problem to have. This year is going to get even trickier, but I’m getting to live my dream every day. Everything I’ve been preaching and projecting is finally coming to fruition. I’m in control now and I get to create opportunity as opposed to waiting for other people to do it for me.


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Go, see, play, and do. Warm weather is officially here, and it’s the perfect time to get out and about. From NY to LA, we’ve got you covered on eating, drinking, reading, exploring, and so much more. By Gwen Wunderlich

EAT: Hole in the Wall Brunch, please! We all know “hole in the wall” spots have the best food. This is no different, except you get all deliciousness minus the “hole in the wall” ambiance. The 1,800-square-foot space at 626 1st Avenue in Murray Hill from Australian restaurateur Barry Dry features an extensive all-day menu amongst indoor and outdoor seating overlooking the East River. You’ll savor traditional breakfast and brunch favorites like avocado toast, and also get your taste buds going with pulled pork benedict with poached eggs on sourdough toast, chili scrambled eggs with tomato salsa, and salted caramel whipped waffles with ricotta. And you must indulge in their delicious shakes like the Tim Tam Shake, which pays homage to the owner’s Aussie roots. Hole in the Wall also has a flagship location in FiDi at 15 Cliff Street, which transforms into Sugar Momma restaurant and cocktail bar at night.

GO: Wonder World Explore your inner Alice in Wonderland with this immersive exhibition. From NYC to now LA, experience the realm of where fantasy and reality meet. Located at the famous Hollywood Boulevard, you can explore a mushroom garden or pour yourself into a giant teacup. The world is your rabbit hole, and this is one journey that is Instagram-worthy. 78

JOIN: Laurel & Reed When it comes to clear skin and beauty care, you have to think inside the box. But not literally, thanks to this luxury skin and beauty subscription box designed to counter the harmful effects toxic beauty products can have on women’s skin and health. Elevate your daily routine with products that are always all-natural (most being organic and vegan), cruelty-free, and non-toxic. With a commitment to contribute to the clean beauty movement, you will discover new healthy products that are not loaded with toxins and chemicals so your skin can truly live its best life.

READ: “Wish I Was Here: The World’s Most Extraordinary Places on and Beyond the Seashore” Turn your FOMO into wanderlust goals. Take a daydreaming trip with this gorgeous, beachyvibe coffee table book from Lannoo Publishers. Featuring more than 200 pages of spectacular photos taken under, on, near, or at the water by the best international photographers will show you the most beautiful hotspots to surf, dive, or just enjoy life. Grab your passport— flipping through this book will turn you from wishing you were there to “I’m leaving right now!”

PLAY: Snark Park Designed by Snarkitecture, this multi-faceted exhibition space at New York’s Hudson Yards features immersive installations, a retail counter comprised of custom merchandise, and a KITH Treats cereal bar. This super-Instagrammable space and art exhibit is the brainchild of Daniel Arsham, Ben Porto, and Alex Mustonen, founders of Snarkitecture, a New York studio whose work is centered on challenging visitors to investigate the familiar with a fresh curiosity. Their installations merge different approaches to art, design, and architecture, reimagining everyday surroundings into extraordinary monochromatic concepts. The team creates unexpected and memorable moments within installations that invite people of all ages to come contemplate, explore, relax, and play. No one visit is ever the same, so it is a must-see new experience at Hudson Yards every time you visit. 79

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ust two hours north of Manhattan lies the Hudson Valley—a retreat from city life. It is a world By Jessica Licciardello away from skyscrapers, yet everything is equally of grand scale. The massive Hudson River and the rolling mountains are all reminders that we are a small part of a grand design. There is something stirring within this energy, an incubator for creativity and thought, education, culinary expression, and visual art. I visited the Hudson Valley this past winter with the intention to document some of these burgeoning expressions, as well as traditional historic institutions in the area. Poughkeepsie tastemaker and mixologist Erin O’Neill led my personal tour, and she complemented my knowledge of art with her culinary and cocktail expertise. 80

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Our first stop was the Culinary Institute of America’s “American Bounty” restaurant. The Institute was originally established in 1946 in New Haven, Connecticut. In 1972, it relocated to Hyde Park, New York, and is regarded as the premier culinary college in the United States. Opened in 1982, the American Bounty Restaurant was one of the first fine restaurants in the U.S. devoted to American cuisine. We were treated to beautiful displays of culinary masterpieces that were not only delicious, but also visually stunning. The Maître d’Hotel instructor, Carleen Von Eikh, explained that the chef-instructor, Brian Kaywork, was a local forager of some of the ingredients, which added to the feeling of immersing in the Hudson Valley experience. A guaranteed treat and highly recommended, you will want to reserve your table in advance. Prepare to be dazzled by this wonderful restaurant.

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The week I visited was a perfect time to take in the local art scene. There were multiple exhibition openings at new, cutting-edge galleries as well as established institutions. I visited the beautiful and historic Barrett Art Center, where their 32nd Annual Photowork exhibition was hanging in the main galleries. The Barrett Art Center is steeped in Poughkeepsie history, as its namesake artist, Tom Barrett, was born and lived in the house that now houses the galleries. He had success in New York City as a designer, and then moved back to Poughkeepsie to form the Dutchess County Art Association. It was through this work that artists still benefit today from having a place to show and sell their work. The Photowork show was a strikingly modern contrast to the historic walls on which the artwork hung. Beautifully -rendered visions and print processes were a refreshing breath of air to start my journey of the MidHudson art scene. Juror James Ganz of the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles chose a collection that felt both contemporary and haunting. There were themes of abandonment, but also strength and innovation. All of the photographs are by different artists, and beautifully curated to complement each other in the space. Upstairs there is the Crenson solo exhibition gallery featuring the work of Mary Ann Lomonaco. Her work stunningly incorporates recycled materials into beautiful and cohesive patterns and designs. It was a wonderful new perspective on the patterns inherent in everyday objects, and how they can be transformed into something new and beautiful. A quick stop for some local cuisine took us to El Azteca, a beautiful burst of color and traditional Mexican fare. I highly recommended the restaurant for those looking to refuel in between gallery hopping. 81

arts & culture | explore Friday night brought the new vibrant art scene to life. We visited a pioneer of the Poughkeepsie art scene, John Breiner, at his gallery, Clinton Street Studios, where I’ve seen amazing local artists on display in recent months. The gallery was exhibiting a retrospective of his work. I describe it as modern, urban psychedelia—vision-scapes on upcycled materials. He uses paper from old books and other sources to give a relic-like quality to his work. He creates new worlds and beings of organic material and visuals. A must-follow artist, this gallery should be on the every art enthusiast’s visit list. Next door there is the Womenswork.Art gallery, which was hosting a co-opening for photographer Nikki Hung. Once again, the theme of hauntingly beautiful arose in this exhibition. Comprised of detail on monument stones, it was a testament to faith, time, decay, new life, and ritual. The work made me feel as if I were outdoors alongside these monuments, and had a very tactile quality. The Breiner and Hung works all utilize artistic expression to interpret new life for objects that have been resurrected. The night was hopping with art energy as we made our way to Cryptic Gallery. Another new blossom in the Poughkeepsie art landscape, it had a funky modern urban vibe, utilizing digital exhibition lists, and an “art bar” where visitors can create artwork while enjoying the opening party around them. Featured this evening was the work of BoogieRez, a collaboration between two artists, Riiisa Boogie and Rez Ones, merging photography and illustration to create a mood of fun and excitement, as well as urban graphics and figurative photography. It was a feast for the eyes, full of expressive shapes and bright colors, as well as dynamic movement. The energy was fresh and new, and I loved every second of it. I had to make one more stop in Poughkeepsie, to the Queen City 15 Gallery, which felt like the perfect merge of the traditional Hudson Valley school of art, and the new fresh ideas and expressions of contemporary art. I found the most variation of expression at this gallery, as it felt boutique in nature, showcasing in small worlds of wall space per artist. I really could delve into the world of each artist’s work displayed, which ranged from beautifully rendered jewelry to social commentary. It was a fitting bookend to my Poughkeepsie visit from the historic Barrett Art Center, to the new and boundary-pushing Clinton Street and Cryptic galleries, back to the collective of Queen City 15. Top to Bottom: Artist John Breiner discussing his work with artist Patrick D. Wing and musician John LaRotonda Overview of Taphophilia Exhibit by Nikki Hung Stereo Speaker Robot #1 - #3 by Fiz/Androit at Cryptic Gallery Overview of Group Exhibit at Queen City 15


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We made our way to Wappingers Falls, which now hosts a gallery of artwork by Alex and Allyson Grey, two visionary artists whom I have followed for many years after discovering the album visuals Alex created for the band Tool in 2001. Alex has a body of work entitled the “Sacred Mirrors,” which are large-scale human body paintings ranging from biological systems to spiritual energy systems, a sort of flip book through each layer that we can witness individually through the paintings. They are not on display yet at this location as they are still working on the construction of the Entheon, a specially designed building for ideal viewing. But in the meantime, there were some originals on display in the main house, which also includes bed and breakfast lodging, a cafe, and gift shop. The paintings on display were magnificent, my favorite being one of Alex’s masterpieces entitled “Cosmic Christ”—it feels like 100 paintings in one. Each section has its own scene painted, with themes of terrestrial and extraterrestrial lifeforms, civilization, beauty, destruction, creation, and divinity. To witness the detail and skill alone is enough to feel inspired, but the work exudes a luminosity that feels otherworldly. It was an amazing experience, and the people who work there are warm and inviting. They even informed us of the beautiful Kagyu Thubten Chöling Monastery down the street, which was an amazing feast for the eyes and sanctuary for the soul. After this unparalleled tour of the area, I stopped for a meal and cocktail at Tavern 23, which was a great spot to decompress and take in all I had seen and experienced during my visit. The atmosphere here is the perfect balance of warmly welcoming and visually stimulating. The food is delicious, and enjoying the expertly crafted cocktails is the ideal way to unwind for the evening. This journey to the Hudson Valley was rich with life and beauty. I highly recommend a visit, and encourage you to explore the amazing art and inspiration everywhere. The backdrop of the rolling hills and majestic Hudson River are an extra bonus. Hudson Valley truly is a year-round retreat for New Yorkers and world travelers alike. Top to Bottom: Godself and Cosmic Christ by Alex Grey at CoSM Kagyu Thubten Chöling Monastery Bar at Tavern 23


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On Chelsea Market’s ground floor, BLACKBARN Shop is a delightful respite from the hustle and bustle of the main hall with a treasure trove of one-of-a-kind homewares and accessories from makers all over the world. The retail portion is facing toward the market, and the connected Cafe & Bar is a friendly spot for a cocktail and a bite to eat right off the High Line’s 16th street exit (with the added benefit of being able to buy the dishes used in the connected shop). The shop’s owners, husband and wife duo Mark and Kristen Zeff, understand that every product has a story: “We are heavily invested in the people and narratives that surround every product we bring through our doors,” explains Mark.

One such maker is Spanish furniture brand, ARXE, discovered by the couple on one of their many scouting trips to find new and unique products to bring to American consumers. “Traveling to remote destinations to work hands-on with makers differentiates BLACKBARN in the retail space,” says Kristen. Operating from a wooded property outside Barcelona that has been in their family for hundreds of years, the team at ARXE hand-crafts innovative furniture and textiles out of salvaged materials. “We fell in love with ARXE because of the company’s unique heritage and its team’s efforts to honor the history of the items it refurbishes or fabricates from reclaimed substances,” says Mark. This prompted the Zeffs to bring the brand to the US market. BLACKBARN carries ARXE chairs, firewood baskets, storage caddies, cushions made from 19th century flour sacks, and more. 85

arts & culture | nyc The shop also showcases a significant amount of charitable goods. “Supporting charitable initiatives allows us to give back to skillful artisans that we admire,” says Kristen. Slate + Salt cashmere scarves line a wooden rack near the middle of the store, handcrafted by women in Nepal. The Zeffs found the company’s mission, working closely with small social enterprises to facilitate dignified working opportunities in areas of extreme poverty, to be powerful. Another example are the shop’s beaded bracelets provided by The Thorn Tree Project. The proceeds from the sales of these bracelets go toward helping the Samburu people of Kenya realize their dream of educating their children. These BLACKBARN accessories preserve traditional techniques and encourage consumers to explore other cultures and traditions in a socially conscious way. Mark himself has a hand in much of the brand’s product design, which you get a sense of when perusing the shop’s many “BLACKBARN Exclusives.” He upgraded a set of linen sheets from Portugal by Mark by adding “a distinctive and stylish x-stitch to the top.” An Artifact Waxed Canvas & Leather Lunch Tote, sturdy and handmade from domestically-sourced wad canvas, has a special label that brands it as proprietary to BLACKBARN. The manufacturer in Omaha, Nebraska, Artifact Bags, was born out of the recession, when founder Chris Hughes was out of work and purchased an abandoned factory in his hometown, a story the Zeffs found aligned with their own vision. Indeed, BLACKBARN presents the best of exotic bazaars, talented craftsman, and ethical international and American-based manufacturers in an approachable space of carefully curated goods. The Zeffs investment in their brand is compelling, and you can find either one of them present there on a given day, ready to share the stories that make the shop unique.

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arré Otis Sutton is one of the most recognizable faces in the modeling industry who is also a tireless women’s rights activist and author speaking out against discrimination, sexual harassment, and gender inequality.

Can you tell us more about the industry challenges you’ve faced up until this point?

Otis Sutton has been open about her past battles with eating disorders, and how she has been graced with decades of recovery following intensive spiritual and personal work, including her 30-year practice of Tibetan Buddhism, and her 10-year immersion in indigenous wisdom traditions from South America, Africa, North America, and Asia. She has traveled to West Africa twice to be initiated into the B’witi tradition of African shamanism.

How do you balance your work as a model, an activist, and a mother?

In Otis Sutton’s brave memoir, “Beauty Disrupted,” released in 2011 by Harper Collins, she documents the challenges and struggles that led her to her spiritual journey. As a writer, Otis Sutton has also contributed to Huffington Post, Mind Body Green, Elephant Journal, Patheos, The Conversation, and Vogue Australia. In December of 2013, she gave her first TEDx Talk, addressing several key themes of her activism. As a passionate advocate and activist, she serves on the advisory board of the Model Alliance, a non-profit organization working to establish fair labor standards for models in the U.S. She is also a long-time ambassador for the National Eating Disorders Association and a new ambassador for Knock Out Abuse, an organization that supports survivors of domestic violence.

What accomplishments are you hoping to see yourself achieve in 2019? I hope to complete my second book.

Which ones? Discrimination. Sexualization. Objectification. All of these aspects are still very much alive in the industry. But we are making progress with organizations like Model Alliance to create and enforce safe working conditions free from sexual harassment.

I prioritize. My children and marriage come first—always. Secondary are the other passions. But I give them attention for sure because they are food for my soul. Working to make the world a better place, a safe place for my daughters and others…it’s crucial. We have freedoms in the west that others don’t have. It important we exercise our rights, our voices. Too many remain silent.

We are so much more than our bodies, our looks. And we are forever


Her strong commitment to helping others reclaim their physical and emotional health, develop a positive body image, and empower themselves in all areas of their lives is what makes her a powerful and inspiring voice for change and the perfect profile for our beauty issue. Otis Sutton is the epitome of beauty from the inside out as she uses every day to make the world—and people’s lives—better.

You’ve had an extremely remarkable career. What’s been your favorite part?

It’s been a wild ride. I feel so blessed. I was able to experience the industry in all of its wildness and survive! More than survive… thrive. I loved some of the exotic places I got to travel to, especially those amazing trips with Herb Ritts to Hawaii. Those were probably my highlights. But today the highlight is all the giving back I get to do.

We admire your dedication to the artistry. What’s inspired you to pursue modeling again at age 50?

Truth be told, I feel more beautiful and solid at 50 than I ever did before. There is grace in the wisdom one attains over the years. I also feel that the industry needs realistic representations of beauty at every age. Why not now? Why not me?

Do you feel like you’ve changed from the person you were in the early days of your career?

Completely. I feel we live many lifetimes in this one lifetime. Thankfully I am older, wiser, more patient, and compassionate. There was an air of invincibility in my youth. Not such a good thing… again, I am fortunate to have survived. There was also an entitlement that came with success. That’s not always such a pretty picture. I am glad to have the perspective I have, as well as the humility.

What does the ideal beauty standard look like to you?

The truly beautiful people I know today…their beauty has nothing to do with aesthetics or perfection on a physical plane. Kindness is a beautiful quality. That would be my standard!

What advice do you have for young women who may want to follow your path?

I would say STOP! No, seriously, I would ask them, why? There are so many other wonderful things to do with one’s life and time. If someone has a good solid understanding of who they are, that might be different. The problem is when we take young folks and put them in an industry that will define them based on their physicality—it really is a recipe for disaster. We are so much more than our bodies, our looks. And we are forever changing. It’s important to know yourself beyond someone’s (or an industry’s) definition of us. Industry standards perpetuate a false view of beauty. There is an impossible “standard” that, for most of us, is unattainable. We need to rejoice in our differences. But if one chooses this path, make sure you have a great, honest agent. Make sure you have a mentor, a protector. Make sure you know your rights and seek the council of organizations like the Model Alliance so you have access to support. And remember, you can say no!






COUPLE Are You? By Jarrod Thalheimer

If your relationship were a movie, how would you describe it to others? Is it sort of Sandy and Danny from “Grease”? A touch of John and Judy from “Love, Actually”? A kind of dignified, slightly shy pathos? Maybe it’s a straight-up rehash of the shocking situation in “Cleopatra”? (You know, where you’re cheating on your powerful husband with his previously adopted son.) Something more? Something less? Have a look at some of the most famous pairings in Hollywood history, and see where your current status might fit in. You may be surprised.


THE SPARK: Tons of adrenaline, excitement, and passion wrapped around

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THE SPARK: Nothing beats summer lovin’, especially when you’re young and

the ever-escalating circumstances of crime and danger that seem to accompany your every move.

good-looking. Time spent with a new love outside the teenage confines of high school feels as open and unending as life itself.

THE REALITY: When your “how we met” story is him trying to steal your


mom’s car and you thinking that makes him all attractive and edgy, you know you’ve got trouble. This pairing hints future prison time (at best) or some sort of last-stand gunfight, at worst.

When you get back to your normal life and the guy seems almost embarrassed to know you, cracking jokes with his buddies and making fun of the very feelings he expressed easily only a few weeks earlier, you’ve got to ask yourself—Is he mature enough to be worth the trouble?


THE ADVICE? Actual, grown-up love is rooted in compromise. If he can move

Give your head a shake. What’s fun today becomes a heckuva lot less entertaining when you’re a few years older and looking to raise a family. Bad boy behavior, not to mention straight-up criminality, has a very definite—and predictable—shelf life. Move on before it’s too late. 90

his real self a little more toward you and you can move your real self a little more toward him, then maybe—just maybe—you’ve both got a shot at getting the one that you want. And hopefully for a lot longer than summer break.



THE SPARK: You met in an exotic

THE SPARK: An attraction that

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country and were immediately entranced. You couldn’t get enough of each other. Marriage followed soon after and your forever bliss was assured. THE REALITY: Time passes and

now life is drudgery. Same face… same jokes...same everything. Nothing is exciting. Nothing is new. The spark is gone. Your life has literally become the piña colada song. THE ADVICE?

Assuming you’re not both international assassins set on killing each other, you may need something a little more staid to bring back the spark that brought you together. Begin by trying to learn more about the other person. Ask some questions and listen to the answers. See if there really is more that you just never bothered to find. Anything is better than trying to kill each other.

EDWARD & VIVIAN “Pretty Woman” - 1990

THE SPARK: It started out totally

transactional in nature. He wanted one thing, you were happy to trade for another. But lots of big events in swish surroundings made something that started oh-sobusinesslike become increasingly warm and fairy tale-ish. THE REALITY: When a guy pays

ALLIE & NOAH “The Notebook” - 2004

THE SPARK: Young love that blossoms during a magical summer spent together

is capped by the sincere promise of lives joined forever. Fearful parents bent on preserving class differences by trying to end it further strengthen this passion. In the end, that does little more than drive the young lovers even closer together. THE REALITY: When a guy has the wherewithal to write and send a handwritten

letter every single day for an entire year—while he’s away at war, no less—not to mention buying and then rebuilding an entire house he promised to get you when he was a teenager, it matters little that your folks are against the pairing. Clearly, this is a love strong enough to trump absolutely anything that might ever stand in its way. THE ADVICE?

You’ve clearly found the greatest of all loves. Embrace and support it as best you can for the rest of your natural life. And if it ends its earthly run in the quiet confines of a nursing home holding hands, know that you’ve truly lived what the rest of us only dream of.

cold cash for your company—and expects certain other things in return—changing the relationship dynamic into something more, shall we say, “equally representative” becomes challenging. It’s hard to reframe one’s situation when you start out being treated like a commodity. THE ADVICE?

Miracles clearly happen, but sex workers getting wedding proposals from repentant billionaires who change their greedy ways is not nearly enough of a magical epidemic to suggest this is even a remotely viable way to blossom true love. Look to change your current reality ASAP. (And maybe consider a new line of work!)

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was unacceptable to the world they traveled in only heightened the intensity of time spent together. And while their discretely hidden passions were exciting and visceral, the secrecy it demanded ultimately kept happiness beyond their shared grasp. THE REALITY: When real emotion

is buried so deep that dual lives have to be constructed to maintain the illusion of joy, you know you’re headed in the wrong direction. If both people cannot be fully, truly open with each other (and those around them), any relationship is doomed to pain and heartache. THE ADVICE?

Everyone is searching for the sort of loving understanding that gives a reason to this life. If you truly cannot embrace the love that is offered to you (for whatever reason…), then you need to determine what it is you really want before making lifetime promises and commitments to those who don’t know the real you. Honesty starts with you.


“Love, Actually” - 2003 THE SPARK: Spending large

amounts of intimate time at work brought you together. Your job also happens to exist in an environment of wild extremes that both of you are somehow able to overlook in service of preserving sanity. THE REALITY: If you can truly stand

naked and simulate sex with each other in front of a film crew of 20 or more people and maintain your individual dignity, there exists more than a subtle possibility that the two of you may actually be soulmates. That, or you’re double sociopaths. THE ADVICE?

Crazy or not, you clearly see the world in similar ways, which means you owe it to each other to give it a go and see if you have a chance. As a first step, definitely consider quitting your current job and finding slightly less “revealing” work. It might just serve your relationship goals in the long run. 91



NEW BEGINNINGS By Alexandra Anastasio

Photography by Gilles Toucas Styling by Adena Rohatiner Makeup by Annette Chaisson for Exclusive Artists using Hourglass Cosmetics Produced by Michele DiNardo


Trousers: Ramy Brooke Blouse: Kheir Sannai Rings: Brooke Rayn Engagement Ring: Her own


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“I think the greatest lesson this industry has taught me is to know my worth,” says Sarah Drew, an actor, producer, and director best known for her work on shows like “Everwood” and “Grey’s Anatomy.” With all of the distractions and perceptions in the entertainment industry, especially with social media, Drew has witnessed firsthand how the public’s critique, whether positive or negative, can leave a lasting effect. Instead, she holds close the things that make her who she is, the elements of her life that root her in her true purpose: Family, faith, and community. “Those are the places where I am truly seen and known.” In addition to acting, Drew is equally talented behind the camera. She made her directorial debut with the web series “B-Team,” which premiered in early 2018 and was nominated for an Emmy Award. After taking some time off to focus on her family and reconnect with herself, Drew is back at work on a pilot she’s extremely excited about. Days before filming began, BELLA caught up with Drew to talk about new beginnings, how change can be a gift, and what the future looks like for her right now.

How does it feel knowing the little girl inside of you is living out her dream? This is the only thing I’ve ever wanted to do since before I can remember. The interesting shift, when I left college and entered into the world professionally, was that I realized I didn’t have any hobbies because acting, performing, singing, and dancing were my hobbies and what I crammed up the rest of my life with.

I would not have left [“Grey’s Anatomy”] of my own volition; it was too great of a job to choose to walk away from. For them to have done it for me was actually a great gift. It’s a wonderful show and it was incredibly valuable in my life and transformed it, but I was ready to step out into the world again and try something new; I was just afraid to do it. This new show [“The Republic of Sarah”] resonates with me on so many deep levels. I’m glad for the timing that I was available to do this.

Speaking of your new show, what is the premise behind “The Republic of Sarah”? It’s a show about forming a new government and all the wonderful eccentricities of small town life, the different and amazing personalities, and what it means to find your own voice and create something new.


All through college I would read interviews with her—the way she talked about balancing her life and parenthood with the work she was doing. I always looked up to her as this chameleon that could put on anybody’s skin and play completely different people. I would think ‘Man, if I could have a career like that it would be amazing!’”

Finishing my education and walking out into the big wide world, auditioning for things, I realized my hobbies have now become my profession, so what do I do for fun? The thing I love the most is what I get to do for a living. I’m still trying to find out what my hobbies are!

As a result of some professional changes, this last year has brought growth and new opportunities. What about this new journey most excites you? Ultimately, I feel this year has been one of preparation for what I’m doing right now. For nine years I was settled in a show…you almost start to take for granted that you get to be a working actor. It is such a competitive industry and so rare to work consistently. This year has also been an opportunity to remember who I am and where my value lies. It’s allowed me to reconnect with my kids, my community, my husband, and my friends, and learn how to surrender the future because the industry is so crazy and nothing is ever certain. I think I was very comfortable for a long time, and I was forced to be uncomfortable.

In our current political climate, there are up-and-rising people becoming superstars in Congress, people are following them and starting to get more interested in everything that is going on in our country. I think it’s a pretty timely piece.

Tell us about your character, Sarah. She is fiercely loyal, incredibly smart, and a natural born leader…the kind of person who grew up in a small town and could have gone to any college to make something big of herself. But she chooses to stay in the place where she is loved, known, and cared for. That is the most beautiful thing about this show—it holds up the importance of community.

What are you most looking forward to with this show?

I’m excited about creating something new and diving into what it means to be a part of a brand new community. What’s specifically exciting about this show is not only my character; I get to step into a position of leadership as the main character; this is a position [in which] whenever I have the opportunity, I don’t take lightly. It’s very important to me to lead with love and set a tone that is joyful, collaborative, gracious, and humble, and all of those things I hope I can permeate throughout.

Your directorial debut of the web series, “B-Team,” led to an Emmy nomination. What was it like stepping behind the camera? The process of making the web series was amazing and super stressful because I didn’t want to fail and directing is a gigantic job. There is a lot of pressure with the job; it’s a huge responsibility. Once we were on set, it was the most exhilarating high I ever had. I loved every second of it, so to get an Emmy nomination—nobody expected that, it was just the icing on top. 95

You produced and stared in the film, “Indivisible.” Was it difficult wearing two different hats?

What are some of life’s lessons you hope to pass on to your children? I want them to have a really good work ethic because I place value in working hard and it’s important to model that to my kids. I want them to know that it is a good thing to take joy in the work you’ve been given to do in this world. I think that’s a huge lesson to know that a job doesn’t necessarily mean it’s that thing you have to do to earn a living. It can be something you feel a calling for, something you feel you were made to do.

I thought it would be; I never wanted to pursue directing before because I thought it would be too much to keep in my head all at once while trying to act. I’m the kind of actor who dives wholly into my character’s journey. I was worried I wouldn’t be able to keep everything else in my head at the same time with as much precision; I didn’t want any area to suffer. Being on set producing is the thing that made me call Debbie [Allen], and say, “I want to start shadowing.” Then I was bitten by the bug. “Indivisible” is the thing that sparked my interest in directing. The producer on the film, Darren Moorman, became an ally, a partner, and was extremely encouraging. He said, “You have an eye for this, you should be pursuing this, you have a gift, let’s get on that.” That was encouraging to hear from someone as opposed to me being like, “I can do this.”

You’ve talked about the guilt mothers can feel when it comes to trying to “have it all.” As a working mom with a career that sometimes takes you away from home, is “having it all” even possible?

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It just depends on how you define doing and having it DOOR OF HOPE all. It’s all about the balance, Founded in 1985 in and I would love for someone Pasadena, CA, this local who has figured it out to tell organization helps equip me her magic solution. I feel families and children like it’s a daily struggle to try experiencing homelessness and figure it out. You choose to rebuild their lives. one thing and then you lose a piece of something else; that’s just the nature of it and you can’t get around it. For me, as long as I’m still super connected and feel intimacy with my children and I’m getting to do work I love and care about, that for me feels like I have it all.

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I have a son and a daughter, and my husband is a super, amazing rock star dad. He cooks the meals, is the grounding force in the family, and he’s there for every bedtime—it has always been that way. My career is the crazy one and his career has allowed him to be the rock steady parent who’s home. For my son, I love that he gets to see that modeled in a man, that a father and a husband could be the one who is the grounding force. And I love that my daughter can see a woman be the one who has a career that takes her to different places in the world. She can know that she can do that, too; she doesn’t have to follow the rules our culture dictates to us.

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The most beautiful men and women I’ve seen in my life are the ones who are totally confident in exactly who they are—they know their strengths and weaknesses, and have the humility to continue to grow and expand. I am drawn to people who exude this sense of confidence and warmth; humility creates warmth in people and they are open to embrace.

If you have a family, kids, a partner, you can’t up and do anything without it affecting someone. It’s a dance and you lose something to gain something else—there’s going to be a cost to anything you chose.” TheSarahDrew 96


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After collapsing from exhaustion, Arianna Huffington found a way to kill it—without killing herself. Now her efforts to help us all do the same are more accessible than ever. By Chad Schubert

Photography by Peter Yang



may know the story: Media mogul Arianna Huffington, co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post, woke up one spring afternoon in 2007 face down in a pool of her own blood. She smacked her head and broke a cheekbone after collapsing onto her desk from exhaustion at her home office in Los Angeles. The mother of two was working 18-hour days, 7 days a week (and practically sleeping with her phone), and while Huffington had reached society’s two golden definitions of success—wealth and power— she realized she was missing what she now calls the “third metric” of a truly successful life: well-being. “That’s when I began to make changes,” explains Huffington, who revolutionized her life by making sleep (7-8 hours per night) a priority, setting a time to unplug from work and all devices each night, and connecting with herself through reading or meditation regularly. “The changes I made to my life have had a huge impact,” she says. “Not only am I more joyful, but I also get much more done, I’m much more productive, and I’m much more present for all of it.” She’s also become much more successful. FROM SURVIVING TO THRIVING In the years to follow, Huffington and her

“We’ve now launched Thrive in India and Greece and have given corporate trainings in five continents,” Huffington says, proudly. The company’s media platform,, serves as a hub for the global conversation on well-being and performance, with an emphasis on action toward change. The platform features original, expert, and community content, as well as exclusive articles from success role models like Selena Gomez and Amazon’s Jeff Bezos. KEEPING IT TOGETHER So how does a busy-as-ever working mom maintain her own thrive-life revolution? “It’s all about being relentless in prioritizing your time,” Huffington says. “Not just scheduling time for unplugging and recharging, but building in extra slack for those times when your commitments unexpectedly expand.” And when that’s not possible, she notes that it doesn’t take that much time during the day to “stop and do a few breathing exercises” (which we can all easily do at our desk, in the car, bathroom, wherever). As for those funky off-mood days, Huffington says, “meditation and working out, both of which can be powerful mood boosters,” work wonders for getting herself back on track. “Also, connecting helps—with close friends or my daughters, or just with myself. What I’ve found, though, is that most of those off-days are usually the result of lack of sleep, which can really wreak havoc with our emotions.”

THRIVE TALK Jennifer Aniston shares thoughts on staying centered and peaceful; Gisele Bündchen reveals how meditation changed her life… these are the best life conversations happening on the “Thrive Global Podcast with Arianna Huffington.”

For more in-depth guidance in these areas, Huffington’s team recently launched behavior change app, Thrive. “It helps boost well-being and performance by giving users our science-backed Microsteps—too-small-to-fail changes that you can incorporate into your daily life right away.” Based on personal goals, the Thrive app provides realistic recommendations, coaching guides, and gentle nudges to keep you on track in achieving what you want.

namesake news hub would become one of the most prominent forces in media (The Photography by Getty Images / Ari Perilstein/ Stringer Huffington Post was awarded a Pulitzer “There’s always a purpose to our lives,” Huffington Prize in 2012). In addition, the Greeksays, “even if we can’t always see it in the day to day.” Looking back, she American entrepreneur was named one of the “Most Powerful recognizes the transformative purpose of her own collapse and can see Women” by Forbes, as well as one of the most influential people in how her favorite quote by Rumi—“Live life as if everything is rigged in the world by Time Magazine. your favor”–applies to the unfortunate, as well. “We can never know what’s ahead of us,” she says, “but if we live our lives in a positive way that’s open to “I became passionate about the science showing the connection possibility, life will seem rigged in our favor. I see the direct line from my between well-being and performance,” says Huffington, who collapse to running Thrive Global now, even though I certainly didn’t at traveled the world speaking about the “global epidemic of stress the time.” and burnout” and published two New York Times bestselling books on the subject, “Thrive” and “The Sleep Revolution.” In 2016, she stepped down from her role at The Huffington Post in order to launch Thrive Global, a behavior change media and A NEW WAY TO LIVE—AND TO SUCCEED technology company. REDEFINING SUCCESS

With the Thrive app, individuals and companies can easily build a healthier, more productive, fulfilling life and a more successful business.

The wellness start-up is on a mission to unlock human potential by ending the stress and burnout epidemic through its corporate services, media platform, and suite of digital products. Thrive offers individuals and companies (like Hilton and Sleep Number) sustainable, science-backed solutions to enhance mental and physical well-being, accelerating a cultural shift around the world. They’re showing us how to work smarter, not harder; how to live better, not busier; and­—probably the most needed of all—how to have a healthier relationship with technology. 99

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Easily accessible in Midtown Manhattan, The Wayfarer serves up breakfast, lunch, and dinner to hungry New Yorkers every day. The sophisticated American grille features plush seating and elegant lighting accentuated by floor-to-ceiling windows. Custom cocktails created by Christian Sanders of Evelyn Drinkery complement the artisanal menu, which features items like Short Rib & Mushroom Mac ‘n Cheese, Roasted Cauliflower Risotto, and Colorado Lamb Burgers, just to name a few. 100



Minimalist and cozy, yara is a bi-level restaurant and cocktail lounge located in Midtown East. Serving healthy Lebanese cuisine, the chic, dimly-lit restaurant is a great place to go for both vegan and non-vegans, with favorites like Grilled Haloumi, Moussakaa, Shwarma, and Kibbe Labneh all adorning the menu. Both new and old world wines have been strategically chosen, while a selection of specialty cocktails round out the menu. The Mediterranean lifestyle has never been so desirable.


An import from London, New York’s version of Bodega Negra is just as festive. Upscale Mexican fare graces the menu here, with small plates and entrées ranging from Crispy Pork Belly and Jalapeños Rellenos to Yellowtail Ceviche and Carne Asada. Handcrafted mezcal and tequila cocktails accompany the menu, and diners even have the option to try one of the chef ’s many tasting menus. The interior draws inspiration from coastal Mexican regions, complete with antique tequila barrels, bronze penny-plated disco balls, and pops of vibrant color, giving you ample reason to stay a while.

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Sitting atop PLATFORM and designed by Thomas Schoos and Lisa Gill, Culver City’s Margot makes a splash with graphic walls, pops of color, and a lush outdoor patio that have locals clamoring for a reservation. Serving up coastal Mediterranean cuisine, the panoramic views of the city make for the perfect backdrop to equally appetizing dishes, with options ranging from crudos and pastas to seafood and salads. Tip: Don’t skip out on one of their many tasty cocktails!



Go from day to night at Dream Hollywood’s newest dining concept, which comes fully equipped with an outdoor rooftop, lounge, pool, and grill. A dip in the pool followed by both light and innovative bites is the only way to spend a day in LA. Try out their Lobster Toast if you’re seeking seafood, or their Thai BBQ Chicken Chop Salad if you choose to lounge poolside. Of course, you can’t go wrong if you opt for Fish Tacos or Market Salad, either. Order up one of their specialty cocktails by the glass or pitcher to liven things up as you take in the stunning Los Angeles skyline.



Industrial chic is the name of the game at this LA hotspot. Black and white décor gives the space a classic, yet modern feel, while glass doors and skylights keep it light and airy. Executive Chef Mike Williams creates eclectic American dishes from scratch, utilizing seasonal and local ingredients to offer diners an array of vegetable, seafood, and meat options. Old world wines and an inventive cocktail list round out the menu of offerings.


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11Years of DELICIOUS MEMORIES (with more to come!)

ou have probably heard of or experienced Bagatelle NYC, the West Village’s effervescent French Mediterranean eatery that forever changed the NYC brunch scene. This year, the Bagatelle brand turns 11, a milestone achievement for any restaurant or entertainment space, especially one that started as little more than an experimental idea between two friends.

To know Bagatelle is to know a good time and an over-the-top celebration, so it is only fitting that the brand plans to roll out new offerings in honor of its 11th anniversary. Bagatelle NYC recently introduced The Eleven, a gorgeous cocktail featuring a large ice cube made of blue butterfly tea flower, while the drink itself is a delicious citrusy mixture of Ciroc apple, lemon juice, and simple syrup, topped with an edible pink orchid from Thailand. Available for $35, The Eleven comes with a miniature bottle of Möet (because why not?), and changes color from blue to purple then pink as it is sipped. “The Eleven is a playful and delicious drink to share with a date or with friends,” says Casey Wolen, marketing manager at Bagatelle. “Our menu offers several shareable dishes, like the Truffle Pizza and Truffle Chicken, and The Eleven beautifully complements these signature options that our date-night and group guests order time and time again.” Founded in 2008 by nightlife epicures Remi Laba and Aymeric Clemente, Bagatelle NYC opened as the brand’s flagship restaurant, and has since expanded globally to the crème de la crème of destinations including Ibiza, Dubai, Monte Carlo, and most recently London and Sao Paolo. The high-design restaurant has been a celebrity favorite over the years, serving the likes of Mariah Carey, Spike Lee, Alicia Keys, Sienna Miller, and Mickey Rourke. The duo was inspired by their French upbringings to create a restaurant that encompasses the French Mediterranean lifestyle, in both the atmosphere and the cuisine.


“Our vision was to create a space that makes our guests feel like they’re stepping into the French Riviera,” explains Laba. “We always wanted the restaurant to embody a modern dining destination, with each night progressively turning into something more and more exciting.” And exciting it is. Walk by the restaurant at 3:00 p.m. on a Saturday afternoon and you’ll feel the music and atmosphere pulsating as if it were a Friday night. Bagatelle’s “Champagne Brunch” concept was revolutionary when introduced in 2008, and provided a much-needed outlet for guests who wanted a European getaway that didn’t require a passport or an eight-hour flight. Since its inception, brunch parties have evolved to include themed signature events across all global locations, featuring some of the world’s top DJs from New York, St. Tropez, Ibiza, and Paris. But while the brunch is often buzzed about, the restaurant also serves as a sophisticated venue for dinner and events. “With our open floor plan, premier bar, and high-tech audio-visual capabilities we can accommodate intimate luncheons, corporate cocktail receptions, or any one of life’s milestones,” says Julienne Brovenick, director of events at Bagatelle. Art, ambiance, culinary prowess, and design converge to create the formula that contributes to the overall Bagatelle je ne sais quoi, and it’s a formula they plan to bring to multiple new global locations in the years to come. Both Clemente and Laba are setting their sights on further expanding Bagatelle’s presence in key markets and are keen on the the idea of expanding into Cape Town, South Africa, as well as sites throughout Asia, Europe, and rising U.S. cities. “We are proud to have established a space where our guests have created beautiful memories for the past 11 years, and this is just the beginning,” says Laba. “We want all guests to live their joie de vivre at Bagatelle for years to come.”





CROWNS • BRIDGES • DENTAL IMPLANTS PREVENTATIVE CARE • VENEERS • DENTURES The dental professionals at the office of Aaron Elkowitz, DMD are dedicated to providing patients with exceptional preventive, cosmetic and restorative dental care in a warm and comfortable environment. Our team has extensive experience and is skilled in a wide range of dental disciplines that allow them to create healthy, exceptional smiles. From teeth whitening and tooth-colored fillings to complete smile makeovers, we can provide you with the care you need to look and feel your best.










Dr. Schlessinger is the medical director at Schlessinger Eye & Face. He is board certified by the American Academy of Ophthalmology and is a renowned surgeon in his field. Among other accolades, he is listed among New York’s Top Physicians for Oculoplastic Surgery in Castle Connolly’s prestigious Castle Connolly’s “Top Doctors,” and has been named a “NY Super Doctor” 2015 through 2019.



Dr. B. Aviva Preminger prides herself on catering to her plastic surgeon patients’ needs with compassion, understanding, and honesty. She holds an adjunct faculty position at Cornell University Medical College and is actively involved in teaching medical students about medical professionalism and medical ethics. She has also maintained her status with several New York hospitals, including Lenox Hill, Manhattan Eye and Ear Infirmary, New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, and St. Luke’s-Roosevelt.


With more than 10 years in practice, Soriaya Lizette Motivala, MD is an attending neurosurgeon at Staten Island University Hospital. Dr. Motivala earned her medical degree at Indiana University School of Medicine and completed her neurosurgery residency at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She also serves as assistant professor at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell.



Ronit Gilad, M.D. is a board certified neurosurgeon based at Staten Island University Hospital. An assistant professor in neurosurgery, she practices general brain and spine surgery, including minimally invasive brain and spine procedures, treating all neurosurgical conditions. Dr. Gilad was previously a Lieutenant Commander in the United States Navy where she served as the staff physician in the Department of Neurosurgery at the Naval Medical Center Portsmouth.


Dr. D’Angelo is board certified and is a Diplomat of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Jack D’Angelo is also the medical director of the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Associates of Staten Island. He has worked for years to alleviate pain and debilitating symptoms with noninvasive, nontoxic methods. Today he works to bridge the gap between the medical cannabis community and the traditional medical community curious of the benefits cannabis-based medicines can offer their patients.


Dr. Robi Ludwig is a nationally known psychotherapist and award-winning reporter. She is currently a relationship contributor for Investigation Discovery Network’s “Scorned,” and also hosted two seasons of TLC’s reality show, “One Week to Save Your Marriage,” as well as GSN’s reality game show, “Without Prejudice?” Dr. Ludwig appears regularly on CNN, Headline News, and Fox News, where she discusses psychological/ lifestyle issues and the criminal mind.



Dr. Jennifer Levine is one of only a few surgeons who is double-board certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology—head and neck surgery—giving her a unique knowledge of the face and its underlying structures. She is an expert in the latest invasive and non-invasive anti-aging treatments. Dr. Levine is currently an attending plastic surgeon at Manhattan Eye, Ear, and Throat Hospital and Lenox Hill Hospital.


Dr. Aaron Elkowitz specializes in cosmetic, implants, and advanced restorative dentistry. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, where he continued his education, receiving certificates in periodontics and periodontal prosthesis. Dr. Elkowitz also served as a clinical attending at North Shore University Hospital, earning awards for his distinguished teaching ability. Dr. Elkowitz is a member of several dental organizations, including the American Dental Association and the New York State Dental Association.


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Ways to Incorporate more

Plants on your Plate By Alesha Lazan

Plant-based. This has been the new

buzzword around town, and for good reason! A new cookbook from actress Tracy Pollan, her mother Corky, and her two sisters, Lori and Dana, can make eating this way much easier for you and your family. “Mostly Plants: 101 Delicious Flexitarian Recipes from the Pollan Family” presents plant-centric recipes for delicious, nutritious, nourishing meals, many of which can be thrown together in 35 minutes or less. The book was inspired because two of the Pollans are vegetarians, but Corky emphasizes how the book incorporates vegetarian and flexitarian options, meaning you don’t have to completely give up the food you love. “Plant-based is the balance of your plate, which is the balance of your diet of fresh fruit, fresh veggies, whole grains, fish, and meat,” explains Tracy. And the health benefits of eating this way are numerous, adds Lori, including a lower risk of heart disease, diabetes, many cancers, and high cholesterol, as well as improved body mass index.

Not sure 100% plant-based eating is for you? Try it out a few times per week to see how it works. Here are the Pollan’s top tips…



Try “Meatless Monday.”

Committing to just one day of no meat can really make a difference. Plan ahead and stick to more of a vegetarian way of eating on this day.


Have recipes on hand.

Simple go-to recipes are an ideal way to start your plant-based journey. Tracy recommends reviewing their cookbook and finding a few recipes that resonate with you.


Be prepared. Eating out can seem challenging,

but Tracy encourages you look up menus ahead of time. Doing this in advance can stop you from ordering a meal that isn’t healthy as opposed to a meal that is more plant-based.


Give yourself a break.

Remember—you do not have to be plantbased 100% of the time. If it becomes too rigid, you won’t stick to it. Give yourself a break and do what you can.


If it doesn’t work, it doesn’t work.

Give it a try, but do not set too-high expectations. Plant-based is not for everyone—you have to see if it works for you, your family, and your lifestyle.

The biggest question to ask yourself is this: What inspires you to be healthy? For the Pollan family, it’s family and living a healthier, more energized quality of life.

mind & body | celebrity health MANGO CHUTNEY Servings: Five 6-ounce jars Time: 1 hour 15 minutes INGREDIENTS: • 1¼ cups granulated sugar • 1 cup white vinegar • 4 cups chopped mangoes, peeled and cut into ½-inch pieces • 1 cup finely chopped yellow onion • ½ cup finely chopped red bell pepper • ½ cup golden raisins • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger • 1 clove garlic, minced • ½ teaspoon yellow mustard seeds • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, or to taste • Kosher salt DIRECTIONS: 1. In a large pot combine the sugar and the white vinegar, bring to a boil over high heat, and stir until the sugar is dissolved, about 3 minutes. 2. Add the mangoes, onions, pepper, raisins, ginger, garlic, mustard seeds, red pepper flakes, and ½ teaspoon of salt, and stir to combine. 3. Reduce the heat to low and simmer uncovered, stirring occasionally, until thickened and syrupy, 45 to 55 minutes. 4. Remove from the heat and allow to cool. 5. Pour into 6 glass jars and store in the refrigerator for up to 4 months. SPINACH, MUSHROOM, AND FETA CUTLETS Servings: 4 to 6 Time: 40 minutes INGREDIENTS: • 3 large eggs • Kosher salt • Freshly ground black pepper • 3 cups finely chopped white button mushrooms, stems trimmed • 4 scallions, white and light green parts, finely chopped • One 10-ounce package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed to remove excess liquid • ⅔ cup plain breadcrumbs • ¾ cup finely crumbled good quality feta cheese • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil • 1¼ cups Mango Chutney

DIRECTIONS: 1. Preheat the oven to 300°F. 2. In a large mixing bowl, beat together the eggs, ½ teaspoon salt, and ⅛ teaspoon of pepper. Using a wooden spoon, stir in the mushrooms and scallions. Add the spinach and mix well. Gently fold in the breadcrumbs and feta cheese and stir until blended. 3. Shape a handful of the mixture into a patty approximately 3-inches wide by ½-inch thick. Place the formed patty on a baking sheet or platter and repeat with the remaining mixture. (You should have 8 to 10 patties.) 4. In a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, heat 1½ tablespoons of the oil until shimmering. Carefully place half the patties in the pan and cook undisturbed until golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Flip the patties and cook until the second side is golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes more. Transfer the patties to a rimmed baking sheet and place the sheet in the oven to keep warm. Wipe the skillet clean with paper towels, add 1½ tablespoons of oil, and cook the remaining patties. 5. Transfer all the cutlets to a platter and serve with mango chutney. Reprinted with permission from “Mostly Plants: 101 Delicious Flexitarian Recipes from the Pollan Family”







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What You Need to Know Before Having Implant Surgery

e all want to look “I enjoy the immediate gratification By Alexandra Anastasio and feel our best in the changes I can make, along no matter the with the technical aspect of the situation. When we feel good about how we look, our self-confidence procedure itself,” says Dr. Preminger. “Plus, I relate well to these women.” increases and our mood is instantly elevated. While a woman’s reasons for having breast augmentation may vary, the goal is the same—to look and feel her best. Before moving forward, Dr. For anyone who’s feeling unhappy or dissatisfied with his or her appearance, Preminger advises patients to obtain as much information as possible. “I try non-invasive procedures, as well as cosmetic surgery, are always options. to meet with patients twice before I operate on them,” she says. “I want to According to studies, plastic surgery continues to grow in popularity make sure they understand what they are consenting to and know what to each year with almost two million surgical procedures taking place in the anticipate.” United States. One of the top five cosmetic surgical procedures amongst women in 2017 was breast augmentation with more than 300,000 procedures performed. According to Dr. Aviva Preminger, a board certified plastic surgeon on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, breast augmentation is one of her most common procedures. It also happens to be one of her favorite procedures to perform, with patients ranging anywhere from 20 to 60 years old.


When it comes to any type of surgery, fully digesting the information can be overwhelming, which is why we spent some time with Dr. Preminger to gather the facts on what you need to know about breast augmentation.

When it comes to the different types of breast implants, what are a woman’s options? Women have three different types of implants to choose from: silicone, saline, and an ideal implant. Most patients who come into my office want a round implant with upper pole fullness of the breast, so I try to get a sense of what is most important to them.

How are breast implants implanted?

There are a couple of different scars we can create; some are more visible than others, depending on the location in which the implant is inserted: TRANSUMBILICAL:

Also referred to as “TUBA,” this procedure can only be done with a saline implant. The incision is made through the belly button and the implant is rolled up through the stomach and then filled. It’s not a procedure I do because the surgeon doesn't have good access to see what he or she is doing inside the breast.

When it comes to choosing the type of implant, I personally don’t have a preference, it’s whatever the patient feels most comfortable with. I also have patients feel both a saline and a silicone implant; the overwhelming majority usually choose silicone because it feels the most natural.


An incision is made in the underarm. Some patients are fine with having a scar under their arm but it is my least favorite incision. PERIAREOLAR:

The incision is made at the lower edge of the areola. A pocket is created, and the implant is slid in through the incision.

What is the difference between saline and silicone in regard to long-term safety?

Breast implant safety is a really hot topic right now. The FDA just held a hearing on breast implant safety that discussed the benefits and risks of breast implants for both augmentation and reconstruction purposes. Previously, the FDA enforced a 12-year moratorium (1994 to 2006) on the use of silicone implants to investigate an alleged association with rare connective tissue disorders. There was no cause and effect found and silicone implants were approved for continued use after the investigation concluded. Breast implants are not lifetime devices, so they will rupture eventually. A saline implant is filled with salt water, so a rupture is usually easily detected by a visible change in the shape and size of that breast. Silicone implants are filled with a cohesive gel that sticks together, so a silicone implant rupture is sometimes harder to detect by physical examination alone. When an implant ruptures and there are no symptoms, it is called a silent rupture. Silent ruptures can be confirmed by an MRI; the FDA currently recommends an MRI screening three years after the implants are inserted and every two years thereafter.


is made in the breast fold, which is where the breast and the chest come together. This is my preferred incision and the one that is usually the most hidden. SUB MUSCULAR VS. SUB GLANDULAR:


Made of a cohesive gel, this type of implant feels the most natural, like breast tissue. SALINE:

Comprised mostly of salt water, this implant can be thought of as a bag filled with water. IDEAL IMPLANT:

This new type of implant is similar to a saline implant, but its double shell makes it feel more natural.

Why are some women hesitant to get silicone implants?

In 1992, silicone breast implants were taken off the market while the FDA reviewed their safety. It wasn’t until 2006 that the FDA lifted the restrictions and cleared them for use in patients over the age of 22. Now we have a new generation of silicone implants with much better gels than before. Regardless, if any one of my patients isn’t comfortable with silicone, then I advise not to go with that type of implant.

How do you determine sizing?

We have Crisalix 3D Imaging with virtual reality technology, which allows for a 3D image of the chest. Those images allow us to show patients what they would look like with any volume of breast implant. It’s a valuable option and patients appreciate being able to have access to such a feature. I’ll also have them put on an implant bra. Both of those things together are extremely helpful in coming to a common understanding of what the patient would look and feel like with a particular size breast.

A breast implant can be placed in front of or behind the pectoralis muscle. There are pros and cons to both approaches.

Can a woman still breast-feed with implants?

I have patients who have not yet had children ask me if it’s safe to breast-feed, and my answer to them is yes. Whether they will be able to breastfeed after they’ve had any surgical procedure on the breast, we’re not completely sure. There haven’t been any great studies done on this topic. I tell patients if being able to breast-feed is a make-or-break for them, then they shouldn’t proceed with the surgery. I also let them know that it’s possible, even without ever having a surgical procedure on their breasts, that they might not be able to breastfeed; unfortunately not everyone is capable of doing it. Most women understand that and still wish to move forward with surgery.

How long do implants last?

Implants are not permanent devices; it’s like buying a new car, eventually they’re going to need some maintenance. On average, they last between 12-15 years, but I have seen patients with implants that last longer. I advise all women who have breast implants to see their doctor yearly for a check-up. For women who have had implant surgery before having children, there’s always a chance that they might need a breast lift down the road as a result of breast sagging due to weight gain/loss, pregnancy, and breastfeeding.

What is the one piece of advice you would share with women considering breast implant surgery?

I can’t stress enough the importance of going to a doctor who will talk to you about the long-term safety of breast implants and the long-term damage from implants that are too large for your body. Whatever doctor you choose should be board certified in plastic surgery, have experience with the procedure and a clear understanding of what you’re looking for, as well as share your aesthetics.









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“Enhancing your breasts can provide balance to your figure and greatly boost your self-confidence.” - Dr. Preminger Do you think your breasts are…Too small? Too large? Asymmetric? Do your breasts droop? Have you lost fullness? Some women have never been happy with the appearance of their breasts, while others have experienced significant changes over time. Whatever your concern, there is a solution. If you want to increase breast size and fullness, a breast augmentation may be the procedure for you. Three dimensional imaging can even help you visualize your result and find the breast size you desire. Some women have enough volume, but it’s all sitting in the lower part of the breasts causing sagging and drooping. This is particularly common after pregnancy, breastfeeding, and weight loss. A breast lift may be the key to restoring fullness in all the right places. Breasts that are too large, however, can cause back and shoulder pain and interfere with exercise and weight loss. If that’s your issue, a breast reduction may be the solution. At your consultation, we will discover what you like and dislike about your breasts and create a customized surgical plan that will address all of your breast concerns, leaving you looking and feeling your best - a more confident, beautiful you!


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ith springtime upon us, many people vow to take their diet and exercise routines more seriously, and implementing an effective approach to overall health and wellness is the key. The doctors at Staten Island University Hospital (SIUH) are shaking things up to serve their patients with just that, offering general and tailored programs and procedures to cater to all bodies. Dr. Lisa Yuko Shimotake, who joined the faculty of the department of surgery at Staten Island University Hospital as a bariatric and minimally invasive surgeon in October 2018, is one of many who uphold that mission. Obesity medicine encompasses a variety of methods and procedures to help people suffering from obesity or those simply interested in shedding a few pounds. Utilizing weight loss surgery, the size of the stomach can be reduced with a gastric band or by removing a portion of the stomach. In combination with a bariatric diet, exercise regimen, and strong support system, bariatric surgery is proven to be the most effective weight loss therapy out there. Dr. Shimotake specializes in bariatric and minimally invasive surgery, so her scope of practice includes robotic and laparoscopic procedures that aid in weight loss and overall health and wellness.

 How does someone know if they qualify for such a procedure? Patients qualify for weight loss surgery based on their body mass index (BMI) and if they have been diagnosed with an obesity-related disease, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or sleep apnea. If you have a BMI greater than 35 kg/m2 with one of these diseases or a BMI simply greater than 40 kg/m2, then you qualify for surgery. However, if you are pregnant or have certain active medical issues, it may not be the right time for weight loss surgery.



Besides bariatric surgery, what other procedures do you specialize in? I am also a minimally invasive general surgeon, which means I perform surgery on hernias, gall bladders, the intestines, and the colon. As a minimally invasive surgeon, I use laparoscopic or robotic approaches when possible to avoid large incisions, which reduce post-operative pain and allows for a faster recovery.

You are also part of the weight loss program at Staten Island University Hospital. What does that consist of ?

I work alongside other surgeons, a nurse practitioner, a registered dietitian, and a medical staff that is very knowledgeable BY JENNIFER DECILLIS and efficient. We provide patients with information BELLA connected with Dr. sessions, education classes, and support groups throughout the Shimotake to gather and share her insight on everything you need to process in order to guide our patients toward their goals. know about the SIUH weight loss program‌

Can you describe bariatric surgery? In conjunction with a weight loss program, bariatric surgery will help patients lose excess body weight. These surgeries have also been found to help treat obesity-related conditions. They work by limiting how much you can consume at one time and/or how much your body absorbs.

What are some of the best recommendations you can give patients or potential patients to keep their nutrition and weight loss goals on track? Weight loss is a challenge for most of us, and there are a million reasons why we make unhealthy choices every day. There are pressures from work, family, and life in general that make us do what is most


mind & body | the best you convenient or most instantly gratifying. The best recommendation I have is to start with small changes. You will be more successful by making little efforts that add up, rather than expecting to suddenly change your entire schedule and lifestyle overnight. For example, carrying healthy snacks with you throughout the day will help avoid giving into last-minute cravings. Dedicating just 30 minutes per day to doing something active, whether it be walking outside or taking a yoga class, is good for your mind and body. Many people find tracking their activity and caloric intake on their phone is helpful as well, allowing them to see their progress over time. At the end of the day, it is important to remember that you are in control of your choices. You are the one who lives with the consequences, good and bad. I like to encourage my patients to take ownership of their lives and remind themselves that they are the key to their success.

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Center for Surgical Treatment of Obesity at Staten Island University Hospital? Because Dr. Shimotake treats each of her patients to specialized and personal care, aiding in the success of their health and wellness goals.

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Can You Really Workout in 20 Minutes


and Transform? By Alesha Lazan

haun T seems to think so! Twenty minutes is a perfect amount of time to get the results you have been looking for, says the founder of Transform 20, T-25, and Insanity. Whether you are a beginner or advanced, there is something for everyone thanks to his new program, Transform 20. The burning question I’m sure you’re asking is, Why 20 minutes? The answer is simple, and Shaun said it perfectly: “People don’t want to commit to long workouts anymore. You do not need hours in the gym, just 20 minutes!” The workouts in Transform 20 are body weight-based and can be done at your own pace. You don’t need a gym membership or any equipment, Shaun adds. Thanks to Beach Body on Demand, Transform 20 can streamed onto your TV. Get fit from the comfort of your own home. You only need yourself, lots of water, a towel for all that water you will be sweating, and—of course—motivation and desire to succeed! (You can also add a step, but that is optional for beginners.) If you stay consistent and motivated, says Shaun, you can see results in just 20 minutes a day. Stay on track by setting a routine to make 20 minutes a day of exercise a priority, not a chore. In addition to a transformed body, what else can you expect to gain from Transform 20? Confidence. Shaun’s philosophy is if you can commit to 20 minutes a day to bettering yourself, you can continue to commit to be better everyday. With any exercise program, Shaun’s biggest piece of advice is to find a program that is sustainable for you. Obtaining the results is important, but keeping the results is even more important. 122

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“Beauty Plan”

What You Should Know Before Starting Cosmetic Treatments


he vast array of modern cosmetic procedures available to patients can sometimes be overwhelming when it comes to making a decision. While the medical advancements in practice allow for the end results to look more impressive than ever, the art of choosing and combining different procedures remains an intricate and fundamental part of the holistic approach to plastic surgery and reconstructive treatments. Regardless of the personal nuances in cosmetic procedures, having a set “beauty plan” is a foolproof method to ensure your needs are fulfilled as the patient. The said plan must include a comprehensive list of all the treatments required to achieve the desired outcome, as well as a schedule of when and how these are going to be performed. However, the plan can be more exhaustive to guarantee perfect results. “Looking your best is a process; it is not a ‘one and done’ type of thing,” says Dr. Jennifer Levine, one of New York City’s top facial plastic surgeons. “Your face is composed of different layers and structures, and it is important to address every single one of them with a plan to make sure you will get your best result.” Dr. Levine is double-board certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology, a feat that distinguishes her from many of her peers. “My surgical training allows me to have a much better understanding and knowledge of the human anatomy,” she explains. Although she is a facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Levine’s training included several years of general surgical training, where she performed operations on other parts of the body. Her three-dimensional comprehension of how the face and the body are constructed allows her to choose the most appropriate procedures for each patient, whether they are surgical or non-surgical treatments. 124

By Ugur Dursun

BELLA sat down with Dr. Levine to answer the most frequently asked questions about creating a beauty plan. Why should the patient start her journey with a plan? Achieving the patient’s ideal look is a longitudinal process. Without a plan that includes all the treatments as well as a schedule, the end result will not be the best it can be.

How long is the entire process of reaching the patient’s desired look?

Cosmetic procedures are very much fluid, meaning that the length of the process is dependant on the patient’s goals and if there is a particular change they are working toward. Once this desired outcome is achieved, there needs to be a heavy emphasis on how the patient will be maintaining their new, fabulous look.

After she is satisfied with the results, how often does the patient need to repeat treatments in order to maintain the new look?

This depends on the treatments being performed as part of the patient’s “beauty plan.” Treatments like Botulinum Toxin Type A, or Botox, should be repeated every three months. Fillers should be repeated every six to 12 months depending on the longevity of the product selected. Ultherapy can also be repeated every six to 12 months. Other treatments like photofacials can be performed on a monthly basis.

How many different procedures can be safely combined to achieve the best possible results?

We have the liberty to perform multiple treatments at the same time, which is a prevalent practice. This is completely safe and provides a synergistic finish once the procedures are done. It also saves patients some time, so they do not have to keep returning to the office for multiple visits. Or, if there is any downtime associated with the treatments they are doing, they are able to recover from them all simultaneously.

You offer three levels of intensity (good, better, best) to your patients. Why is that beneficial?

Most importantly, this practice helps set patient expectations and ensures there is no miscommunication in terms of aesthetic vision between us. The three levels also incite an understanding of how added procedures can improve their results.

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recent survey found that 37 percent of people are managing some type of digestive health issues. According to certified health coach Janine Zappini, almost 70 million Americans are affected by digestive diseases, so it’s no wonder gut health is top of mind these days. That’s one of the reasons Zappini created Gutstii, a collection of Swiss chocolate bars and shakes that is both healthy and functional. Each of the three flavors, Raspberry Rhapsody, Pinksalt Floyd Rocks, Mint Puffdaddi, is packed with prebiotics and dietary fiber for a healthy gut and better-controlled weight and appetite.

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nut and seed butter that’s lightly sweetened with maple syrup and cacao nibs, these contain 10 grams of protein and only 4 grams of sugar. Bye-bye, hunger pains… hello, healing! Thanks to the anti-aging and digestive health benefits, many swear by bone broth these days, us included! With just three ingredients (organic bones, organic carrots, and water), one of our faves is Roli Roti Butcher’s Bone Broth— especially when you use it to make this delicious risotto.

RISOTTO Servings: 4 INGREDIENTS: • 1 pound asparagus, trimmed, cut into 2-inch lengths • 5 cups Butcher’s Organic Chicken Bone Broth (about 2 bottles) • 2 tablespoons olive oil • 1/2 cup chopped onion • 1 1/2 cups arborio rice or medium-grain white rice • 1/2 cup dry white wine • 6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) butter • 3/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese (about 3 ounces) DIRECTIONS: 1. Blanch asparagus in large pot of boiling, salted water for 2 minutes. Drain. Rinse asparagus under cold water and drain. 2. Bring Butcher’s Chicken Bone Broth to simmer in small saucepan. Reduce heat to low and keep broth hot. 3. Heat olive oil in heavy large saucepan over medium heat. Add chopped onion and sauté until translucent, about 4 minutes. Add rice and stir 3 minutes. Add dry white wine and cook until liquid evaporates. Continue cooking until rice is tender and add hot Butcher’s Chicken Bone Broth 1 cup at a time and stirring almost constantly for about 20 minutes. 4. Add blanched asparagus pieces and stir until heated through, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Add 6 tablespoons butter and stir until incorporated. Stir in grated Parmesan cheese. Season risotto to taste with salt and pepper.

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t’s important to note that for some, even the best gut healing foods, recipes, lifestyle changes, meditation, and more may not help. Oftentimes, the problem is chronic stress and the functional aspects associated with it. Stress triggers the release of hormones that increase production of cortisol, among other hormones, to help the body deal. When you add a poor diet, lack of exercise and sleep, and long work hours to an already stressed-out system, your body goes into a state of chronic stress. This produces a higher than normal level of cortisol. After a while of being in this stressed state, your hormone levels start to plummet. Adrenal exhaustion compromises the body’s ability to compensate for acute stress, leaving a person feeling lethargic, fatigued, and susceptible to chronic illness. Adrenal hormone production is an indicator of overall body function, and an imbalance in this system is a sign of chronic illness. Once cortisol levels drop, the situation becomes more complex to repair and may need to be addressed from a multi-factorial perspective. If DHEA, cortisol, and sex hormones like progesterone, testosterone, and estrogen all become out of balance, the inflammation rules the house. As much as it’s important to balance hormones to improve chronic gut inflammation, it’s also important to address the gut issues to heal and balance the hormones. Both systems depend on each other for healing. 128

By Dr. Inna Lukyanovsky

In cases of those with chronic gut diseases, we often see Type A personalities, which is just another case for proving that addressing hormones is the missing link in gut repair. We often underestimated it since it’s commonly accepted in our society to work more, sleep less, eat on the go, and cook less. We often work through lunch to complete our tasks, suffer long commutes home from unsatisfying jobs, and emotional blocks. The lack of hydrochloric acid and butyrate in the stomach due to lack of relaxation while we eat can also be at the root causes for chronic stress that eventually manifests itself into the symptoms of chronic gut inflammation and unbalanced hormones.

So, how can this be fixed? There are such great options today for distressing—mediation, yoga, massages, a day at the spa and much more are available for temporary relaxation. But if you don’t address all the causes like emotional, psychological, and physical, temporary, quick fixes are all you’ll find. Under a care of a functional medicine practitioner, the right type of testing can be administered to help get your hormones in much better shape. Detoxification markers, cortisol levels, DHEA levels, estrogen levels, estrogen metabolites, progesterone levels, androgens and its metabolites, melatonin, and so many more can help create a great wellness plan for balancing hormones and stress, and healing the gut at the same time. Dr. Inna Lukyanovsky is a functional medicine practitioner, gut and hormone health expert, doctor of pharmacy, and best-selling author of "Crohn's and Colitis Fix" and the upcoming book, “Digestive Reset.” Find out more at

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Love THE SKIN YOU’RE IN! By Dr. Shain Cuber


armer weather is finally upon us and when the temperature rises, the ability to hide under clothing decreases. As we age, it becomes more difficult to get rid of excess body fat and our skin elasticity declines, resulting in loose and saggy skin. This can be a cause for feelings of self-consciousness when it comes to wearing short sleeve tops, shorts, and of course, bathing suits. Outside of being genetically gifted, there are quite a few options that can help tighten and improve the appearance of the skin. BRACHIOPLASTY (also known as

an arm lift) is a surgical procedure that removes excess hanging skin from the underside of the upper arms. It also helps tighten the supporting structures of the upper arm. Liposuction can also be performed in conjunction with this procedure to reduce fat pockets. Incisions are typically made on the inside or back of the arm. After the procedure, patients wear a compressive garment to help reduce swelling, and initial recovery time is usually between 1 to 2 weeks. Although the incisions are typically long, patients are pleased with the results of this procedure as it allows them to feel more comfortable with their upper arms either covered or bare. THERMITIGHT is a procedure that uses Radio Frequency energy

to heat tissue at the sub-dermal level to help tighten loose and sagging skin. Not only does the heat shrink the treated tissue to give a tightening effect, it also helps the body regenerate its own collagen production. Collagen is crucial to skin quality as it helps to give the skin its structure. ThermiTight is minimally invasive, requires no general anesthesia, and can be used on virtually any part of the body. The most common areas treated are the legs, abdomen, and arms. During this procedure, a tiny probe is passed under the skin’s surface. The temperature is monitored with the use of a computer to ensure that the treatment is safe and effective. A day or two of downtime is typically all that is needed. Full results are typically seen after six to eight weeks post-treatment. 130


Microneedling combines two effective modalities to target both the surface and the deeper structure of the skin. This procedure is non-invasive, requires no anesthesia (topical numbing cream may be used), and requires virtually no downtime. Although patients may require more than one treatment to achieve desired results, it can visibly reduce the appearance of dimpling and tighten the skin with just one treatment. Since the radiofrequency heats the deeper layers of the skin (which aids in collagen stimulation), optimal results are typically not seen until 6 months post-treatment. This procedure can be used virtually anywhere on the face or body to help tighten and smooth the skin. COOLSCULPTING is a non-

surgical fat reduction treatment that uses cooling to literally freeze fat cells to their death. The scientific name for this is Cryolipolysis. Each Coolsculpting treatment typically reduces fat in the treated area by about 20-25%. It is nonsurgical and requires no downtime. Many patients who have underwent Coolsculpting report that they also experienced a tightening effect to the treated area. Coolsculpting can be performed on many areas of the body including the flanks (love handles), abdomen, and inner and outer thighs. Outside of procedures and treatments, sun protection, adequate hydration, maintaining a stable weight, and consuming a healthy balanced diet can help prevent some of the negative changes that can occur with aging.

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ELIZABETH RODRIGUEZ By Krista Connolly Additional reporting by Daniel G. Hall


y capturing a single moment in time, photography has the power to translate intense emotion that relates the viewer to a specific event. Some of the most wellknown and moving photographs derive from the art of combat photography. These images connect civilians to the lives of our military, and preserve the current state of our nation for future generations to see. Sgt. Elizabeth Rodriguez of the U.S. Marine Corps is tasked with making these connections possible. As a combat photographer, her job is to “document history and shed light to the public on some of the things Marines do every day.” Sgt. Rodriguez joined the Marines at 17 years old, just two months after graduating high school. Joining the Marine Corps was the best decision she could have made, she says, and her choice inspired two of her younger brothers to join the military as well. Growing up, Sgt. Rodriguez was always interested in photography and she enjoyed taking photos on disposable cameras given to her by her mother. When she began using a professional Nikon camera, it was a very different experience than what she was used to, but she learned to truly enjoy it. Sgt. Rodriguez knew being a combat photographer was the right fit for her because she felt photography was something she would truly enjoy doing while serving her time in the military. Originally from Suffern, New York, Sgt. Rodriguez is now located at the Marine Headquarters in Garden City. She travels up and down the East Coast creating content for the Marine Corps. Her favorite photograph? “It’s one of a little girl holding a balloon on a float during the 9th annual Veterans Day Parade,” she explains. “While the photo itself is great, the story behind it is a lot better.” After the little girl


kept waving to Sgt. Rodriguez from the back of the float, she decided to approach her, recalls Sgt. Rodriguez. “She gave me the biggest hug and said ‘I want to be like you one day.’ I then told the little girl, ‘You could be—and better!’”

BELLA’s recent conversation with Sgt. Rodriguez showcases how well she exemplifies the three core values of the U.S. Marine Corps to which that little girl aspires: honor, courage, and commitment. Why the Marines?

From a young age, I knew I wanted to do something bigger than myself. I chose the Marines specifically because I enjoy being challenged and knew if I was going to join the military, I wanted to accomplish the toughest boot camp that could be offered. I saw a different sense of pride and discipline instilled in the Marines and knew I could grow further having those traits instilled in me.

What do you do on your downtime?

I try to continue growing and challenging my body and mind by going to the gym and taking education courses in the military and civilian side.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

“The person who holds you back the most is yourself.” We all have doubts and can make excuses for ourselves, and that is the biggest reason our goals aren’t met. The way you view yourself can change your whole outlook on life. Mentally and physically, you’re way stronger than you think. Once you realize that, confidence will pour out of you and you’ll be ready and able to accomplish the next goal you set for yourself.

How do you define beauty?

Beauty is so many things…beauty is in your soul, it is kindness, compassion, it’s how you treat others. True beauty is felt. It is the raw expression of yourself and impression you make on others.

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This thrilling page-turner begs the question: How far will you go to protect your own children?

Andrew’s job in public health involves his finding the next of kin for those individuals who die alone. It’s a sad, thankless job, for sure, which is why he is so happy to return to his home and family each If you enjoyed night. Or so he would “Eleanor have his coworkers think. Oliphant Is In reality, Andrew lives Completely alone and is…lonely. Cue Fine,” then Peggy, a new employee, keep an eye out who makes his poor heart for this debut feel again. Trapped by his novel. own falsehood, Andrew can’t come clean without the risk of losing Peggy and the carefully crafted wall that has stood around his heart for the past 20 years. This witty and darkly humorous book is a reminder that life is for living and loving.


Evvie, Maggie, and Topher were close friends in college. As the years pass, they drift apart in search of the lives they thought they wanted. Evvie’s supermodel career is cut short by an indiscretion. Maggie marries her college sweetheart, only to have his alcoholism break her heart. Topher’s career as an actor is all he ever wanted, but a Jane Green’s latest shameful secret novel is a touching from his past story about gets in the way overcoming past of intimacy. At disappointments their 30-year and mistakes. reunion, the trio reconnects and believes they can have another chance to leave the lives they’ve dreamed of, but then a terrible secret threatens their happiness.

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Geraldine is starting over after breaking up with her fiancé. For a change of scenery, she decides to leave Toronto and catch up with her old friends, Sunny and Rachel, and their glamorous lives and careers in New York. Or, at least, Geraldine thought they were glamorous. Now that she is in the same city as her friends, Geraldine realizes certain perceptions are not reality, friends can manipulate each other, and perhaps New York City isn’t as dreamy as it looks in the movies.

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Annie Taft is getting married. It’s the fairytale ending her small town has wished for her ever since her mother was murdered when Annie was 3 and her Aunt Faye raised her. When it is announced that Cordell Lewis, the man convicted of her mother’s murder, will be released from jail based on new evidence that he was falsely blamed, Annie’s world is once again upended. She seeks solace from Kenny, a childhood friend whom Scott, Annie’s fiancé, doesn’t know about. On the day of Cordell’s release just four days from the wedding, no one knows where Annie is. When she doesn’t show up two days later for her bridesmaids’ luncheon, the police get involved and fingers start pointing. Scott can’t seem to recall the last time he heard from Annie. Kenny lied about seeing Annie the night before she disappeared—yet there’s evidence he was in her car, which was found in the woods. And what about Cordell, who was put in jail in the first place based on testimony provided by a very young Annie?

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AMELIA ISLAND This Florida gem beckons throughout the year with the pristine, natural beauty of the sea and a healthy culinary scene. By Ruta Fox


hat can you say about a picturesque seaside town that celebrates its scandalous past with pride and boasts a mayor who tends bar? Obviously, the city of Fernandina Beach on Florida’s Amelia Island has a cheeky sense of humor to complement the island’s natural beauty. Amelia Island, the southernmost barrier island of the Sea Island chain, was a Native American settlement of the Timucuan tribe. In 1562, the first European settlers arrived, and the island began its raucous journey as the only place in America where eight successive flags were flown: French, Spanish, British, Patriots, Green Cross, Mexican Rebel, Confederate and America’s Old Glory. Amelia Island’s waters are still home to sunken Spanish galleons, buried gold doubloons and treasures lost at sea, as Blackbeard and his ilk captured sailing ships and plundered them. Throughout its storied history, Amelia Island’s natural wonders have remained constant and provide a welcome retreat for visitors any time of the year. Begin the relaxing journey at the top of Centre Street, next to the huge carved wooden statue of the legendary pirate Peg Leg Pete, in the restored former railroad depot that is the Fernandina Beach Welcome Center. Here, modern touchscreen technology and a helpful staff clue vacationers in on the hundreds of year-round activities, special cultural events, excursions, and ways to enjoy nature’s splendor. The 50-block historic district with Centre Street at its core is recognized by the National Register of Historic Places, so a leisurely walk is the perfect way to see sprawling Live Oak trees, well-preserved Victorian homes, renovated shops and restaurants, as well as six unique, turn-of-the-century bed and breakfasts.

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Photography by W. Herb Clark

Fernandina Beach offers a dose of nostalgic Old Florida with its easy-going attitude, coupled with standout culinary offerings. Wander around to discover courts for the ancient French sport of pétanque and a year-round farmer’s market held each Saturday. Shop for sophisticated stationery items and chic home accessories at the New York-influenced Hudson & Perry. Plus, there’s plenty of stylish resort wear for men and women at fashionable boutiques like Pearl, Lori & Lulu, and JJ Cooper. The island is truly all about the sea and the healthful benefits of being near the water. Choose from kayaking, camping, stand-up paddle boarding, jet skiing, sunset river cruising, fishing, horseback riding on the sand, sailing, beachcombing, and bird watching as the 13 miles of pristine quartz sand beckon. One million dollars a year is allotted to beach re-nourishment to avoid sand erosion of the island and the island is strict about the “leave no trace” initiative. Not to be missed is a short boat trip over to uninhabited Cumberland Island, Georgia, to see the 160 wild, feral horses that exist completely alone in nature and are never touched, but are counted once a year by volunteers from all across the country. 142

Cumberland Island is also legendary as the place where JFK, Jr. and Caroline wed in the small, whitewashed chapel.

The food scene is bright with an eclectic, local bent. The top-rated Ritz-Carlton has an excellent dining option in Salt, where more than 40 salts from around the world are used to add flavor to each dish. The Omni Plantation Resort offers The Sprouting Project dinners, harvesting items from its aquaponic greenhouse, organic garden, and apiary. Veterans of these kitchens have branched out to open eateries all over town, so there’s a true camaraderie amongst chefs. Notable restaurants are Lagniappe, where French Creole culture and the flavors of New Orleans, Charleston, and Savannah meld creatively, and Joe’s 2nd Street Bistro, where chef/owner Ricky Pigg serves up an impeccable seafood bouillabaisse. Try the casual Salty Pelican for conch fritters, fun, and a relaxing view overlooking the marshes, or the kitschy Surf Restaurant and Beach Motel for freshly caught grilled shrimp tacos.

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travel | spotlight Leave room in your luggage for a bottle of Bearing Vanilla Bean Espresso Rum from Marlin & Barrel. This on-site distillery uses no artificial ingredients in its handmade, hand-bottled vodkas, whiskeys, rums, gins, orangecello, and grapefruitcello. Grab a late-night drink at the Palace Saloon, the oldest and longest running bar in Florida, where yes—the mayor bartends, or swing by The Decantery, the town’s gorgeous premier wine, craft beer, and cocktail lounge known for their indulgent desserts. Then, stroll a bit and enjoy the twinkling lights illuminating the trees, or take a nighttime horseand-carriage ride for a romantic finale. Couples or solo weekend getaway, wellness reboot, girls’ trip, golf outing, honeymoon, or a fun vacation with the kids, Amelia Island entertains everyone effortlessly year-round. It’s as exceptional as its oneof-a-kind sunrises and spectacular sunsets.


Both offer luxury resort experiences with full spa services. • BED & BREAKFASTS

There are several historic ones to choose from; try the Fairbanks House. SEASIDE AMELIA INN

Beachfront boutique hotel with a scenic rooftop. Photography by Jumping Rocks Inc


Immerse yourself in this “maritime forest” or check out the historical exhibits; the Fort features camping in a 1,400 acre park on the beach. KAYAK AMELIA

Schedule an eco-tour by kayak, paddleboard, or bike. MARITIME MUSEUM OF AMELIA ISLAND

Discover the island’s pirate past. AMELIA ADVENTURES

Enjoy private boat tours to Cumberland Island through tidal marshes. Check out for the full year’s worth of 100+ events and happenings.


Brunch to late night, you’ll enjoy amazing Creole specialties in a sophisticated, modern environment. JOE’S 2ND STREET BISTRO

Head here for a great wine selection and creative lamb, seafood, beef, and duck entrées. THE PATIO

This quaint, small bistro boasts a wine bar and creperie. CAFÉ KARIBO

Ask to be seated under the shade trees in the patio garden as you plan to devour the chili prawns or dine on filet mignon.

A classic steakhouse menu, plus inventive New American entrees & a raw bar, in sleek quarters 1278 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10021 212-772-0404 •


rom the very first glance, Seattle is sure to surprise you. Filled with iconic landmarks, the city skyline is just part of the magnificent landscape this jewel of a destination has to offer.




landmark as they shop delicious foods, select the freshest produce, pick from oversized flower arrangements, dine in at some of the best restaurants, and shop from unique craft and gift vendors.

By Jenna Guarneri

Resting between the Puget Sound and Lake Washington, Seattle is surrounded by water with endless views of the Olympic Mountains and Mount Rainier, the highest mountain in the state of Washington. For a city known for its rain, it is actually astounding to find out that New York City receives more than Seattle does. Truly, the diverse landscape creates an endless amount of both outdoor and indoor activities, making Seattle a must-visit destination. DOWNTOWN DELIGHTS One of the oldest continuously operated farmer’s markets in the US, Pike Place Market presides over a nine-acre historic district in the heart of downtown Seattle. Locals and guests alike explore the well-known 146

As you enter past the iconic “Public Market” signage, you’ll take notice to the tradition of fishmongers at Pike Place Fish Market as they throw the fish that customers have purchased before they are wrapped. The shop will even occasionally allow bystanders or customers in on the fun, by allowing them to toss or catch a fish themselves. Not far down from there, you’ll find The Athenian Seafood Restaurant and Bar, which was featured in “Sleepless in Seattle.” If you’re a romantic comedy fan, dine in and request to sit at the same bar Tom Hanks once did. Discover more then 225 local artisans, including pottery from Allison Moore Clay Art, high-end home decor using all retired wine barrels

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from Washington State at Ballard Vine Works, and handbound leather journals from Acha Journals. You’ll also be inclined to visit the world’s first Starbucks, which opened at Pike Place Market in 1971 and can still be found with its original look and feel in the same location. While you’re there, grab a famous Russian pastry from the bakery next door, Piroshky, then head over to the Gum Wall in Post Alley, which is eight feet tall and over 50 feet long on both sides of the alley. The 1990s interactive art project is now one of Seattle’s most Instagram-worthy spots. The landmark also recently expanded with a new section called the Marketfront, which connects the market to the waterfront below and is home to Old Stove Brewing Co, Honest Biscuits, and indi chocolate. At the waterfront, you’ll find the Seattle Aquarium, as well as the Seattle Great Wheel, a 175-foot Ferris wheel that extends nearly 40 feet out from Pier 59 hovering over Elliott Bay. SEATTLE CENTER The Seattle Center is home to four of Seattle’s main attractions, the Space Needle, Museum of Pop Culture, as well as the Chijuly Garden and Glass. The Space Needle was built for the 1962 World’s Fair whose theme was “The Age of Space.” The tower’s futuristic design was inspired by the idea that the fair needed a structure to symbolize humanity’s Space Age aspirations.


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Nearby at the Museum of Pop Culture, explore some of the most significant moments in rock music, science fiction, and popular culture with hands-on experiences, iconic artifacts, and award-winning exhibitions. Recent features include “Nirvana,” “Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes,” and “Scared to Death: The Thrill of Horror Film.” Chihuly Garden and Glass is a museum featuring the magnificent studio glass of Dale Chihuly showcased amongst the elements of nature. All three locations, as well as the Seattle Aquarium, are included within the Seattle CityPASS bundle package. BAINBRIDGE ISLAND If you’re interested in exploring more of the diverse landscape that Seattle has to offer, embark on a day trip to Bainbridge Island. The 35-minute ferry ride costs $8.50 for a round-trip walk-on fare, and includes stunning views of Elliott Bay, Mount Rainier, the Olympic Mountains, and the Seattle city skyline. While there, visit Winslow Way, the main street that’s home to the island’s largest village of boutiques, galleries, and restaurants. The island also boasts seven artisan wineries, including the Amelia Wynn Winery, Eleven Winery, and Eagle Harbor Wine Co. There’s also a must-visit microbrewery, Bainbridge Brewing, as well as Bainbridge Distillers, an organic distillery. For those more adventurous, rent a bike from Bike Barn Rentals just steps from the ferry terminal, or take a hike through the 32 miles of trails and 1600 acres of parkland. Also available are opportunities to scuba dive and kayak with Exotic Aquatics Scuba & Kayaking, as well as sailing with Sail Bainbridge. HEARTWOOD PROVISIONS For dinner, Heartwood Provisions is a contemporary American restaurant with beverages intentionally designed to complete each dish. The menus change frequently and are influenced by local offerings and the change in seasons. Enjoy items prepared by Chef Varin Keokitvon and paired by Beverage Director Amanda Reed. “The Original Provision,” a wagyu beef jerky plate with sesame and spicy chili preserve, is paired with a unique beer cocktail featuring pFriem Pilsner, Mancino Secco, Verjus, and Saline. You can also enjoy a raw yellowtail dish served with passion fruit, avocado, cucumber, radish, and picked peppers with a refreshing paired cocktail of white rum, cucumber, lime, and grapefruit bitters

Photography Courtesy of the Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce

THE FAIRMONT OLYMPIC HOTEL Located at the heart of downtown Seattle and close to the waterfront pier, The Fairmont Olympic Hotel, Seattle, is just footsteps away from the area’s top attractions. The luxury hotel has been a landmark in the Northwest since opening in 1924 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The classic charm and elegance of the Italian Renaissance is represented by the breathtaking architecture and plush atmosphere. It’s no wonder nearly every president since 1924 has spent at least one night here, whether on the campaign trail or during official visits to Seattle. The hotel features 450 recently renovated rooms and suites. The suites separate living and sleeping spaces by barn-style doors and a sitting area with modern furniture, and boast a spacious marble bathroom complete with rainfall shower and Le Labo amenities. You can also enjoy a full-service fitness center with indoor pool, whirlpool, cardio equipment, weights, and locker rooms with individual saunas. Massages are offered in a private room in the fitness center or in guest rooms. The Fairmont Olympic is also home to some of Seattle’s best restaurants, including The Georgian with its elegant and ornate grandeur of Palladian windows and spectacular chandeliers. Open for breakfast, lunch, and tea, The Georgian offers locally sourced Northwest cuisine and is the only downtown Seattle location to serve a traditional afternoon tea. Guests and locals alike can also visit the awardwinning oyster bar Shuckers, featuring fresh local seafood and an oyster bar. Previously a haberdashery in the 1930s, the restaurant continues to honor its history with the original warm oak paneling and unique tin ceiling. 149

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SOFI The Charming Locale Stirring

SOUTH BEACH By Jennifer DeCillis

Looking for a super Sunshine State destination? BELLA has the perfect spot for you. Introducing the South of Fifth neighborhood of South Beach, more popularly known as SOFI, which doesn’t skimp on beach-front beauty and the endless activities Miami has to offer. If you’re looking to unwind after winter, SOFI is perfect for that relaxing girls’ weekend you’ve been longing for, or a romantic getaway with your better half. Here’s BELLA’s inside scoop on where to stay, eat, and play in the exclusive SOFI neighborhood…



The Julia Hotel is named after and inspired by the “Mother of

Miami” Julia Tuttle, a businesswomen who owned most of the land upon which Miami was built. The charming, boutique hotel is located in the heart of this trendy, South of Fifth neighborhood. It is a chic, adults-only escape just steps away from the beach, shops, nightlife, and new restaurants. With an exclusive location along iconic Collins Avenue, travelers won’t find a more centrally located home-base from which to enjoy some secluded R&R with access to the scene and nightlife for which Miami Beach is known. 151

travel | getaway The Julia’s exterior maintains its traditional Art Deco facade and architecture from its original build in the 1930s. The modernization of the interior of the hotel includes an eclectic lobby with antique touches, such as original Cuban tile flooring and antiques inspired by Julia Tuttle’s own living room. The quaint, two-story “Ibis” rooms, replicating the beauty of the Scarlet Ibis, feature vaulted ceilings and art installations of paper-cut butterfly chandeliers. Florida’s native color palette coats The Julia in ombre shades of blue, green, and pink. Step back in time with a vintage take on Miami in its early days, while enjoying modern amenities like daily continental breakfast, wine and cheese happy hours, and complimentary beach chairs for guests.

EAT Cibo is the biggest Italian restaurant in all of South Beach,

and it is as visually enticing as it is delectable. Combining old-world rustic charm and modern chic, Cibo offers a true taste of authentic Italian cooking. If you’re a wine enthusiast, you’re going to love the two-story wine cellar encased in glass and equipped with its very own “wine angel.” That’s right, this angel from wine heaven is harnessed to the ceiling and soars around the vault to hand-select your favorite wines. Insider tip: Don’t fill up on the pastas and bread, because Cibo’s dessert sampling is magnifique! Get in some sightseeing, and learn more about the beauty of Art Deco, with the South Beach Food and Art Deco Tour. The culinary stops on this tour will lead you through the city’s most iconic and delicious eateries. From classic, Cuban-inspired empanadas, to bites from the coast like zesty seafood ceviche, the culinary tour does an exquisite job of incorporating all the flavors of South Beach. You’ll also invigorate your senses with traditional Cuban coffee while strolling past the Versace mansion. Bask in all the beauty of the original Art Deco foundations found in the present-day architecture along the most famous, beach-lined avenues.


Not only an Instagram-worthy hot spot, Big Pink made this list for the mammoth size of its comfort food dishes and its adorably pink facade. From the famous “Giant Housemade Biscuit” to a Chicken and Waffles spin on the classic Eggs Benedict, you won’t go hungry visiting the vintage, ‘50s inspired café. As an added bonus, Big Pink is open 24 hours a day, satisfying late-night cravings after dancing the night away or as a popular breakfast hub for the early risers.

PLAY If you’ve already absorbed all the art and culture of the famous Wynwood Walls and are looking for something a bit more off-grid, head over to the J. Wakefield Brewery, also located in the Wynwood Art District. The art doesn’t fall short at J. Wakefield, thanks to the Star Wars pop-art themed interior and comic book murals lining the walls. Step inside the taproom to sample some unique, handcrafted brews like the coconut-infused El Jefe and other locally-inspired pints. Next, move over to the brewery for an informational tour of the facility and some history on the craft beer community staple. Hands down, one of the most exciting things you can do while visiting SOFI is hop on I-95 and head to the Everglades Safari Park. Experience the Everglades from an airboat, zipping through the River of Grass to scour for alligators. Your tour guide will lead you through the wonders of the ecosystem and the wildlife that inhabits it, while graciously reminding you to keep your extremities inside the boat and out of the gator-teemed waters. Cap off your evening by exploring the Calle Ocho neighborhood of “Little Havana,” a famous Downtown Miami neighborhood offering colorful history and entertainment. Ball & Chain restaurant and lounge has all the Cuban-culinary-vibes you could ask for, from conch ceviche and Cuban spring rolls to fresh mojitos and fruity daiquiris. And since you can’t leave Miami without learning some Latin dance moves, take salsa-dancing lessons right inside the dining room. You can also swing by for a night of dancing the Mambo and listening to live jazz before heading back to your cozy room at The Julia Hotel.


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Supermodel Christie Brinkley hosted BELLA’s Influencer cover launch party on March 13, 2019 at Bagatelle NY in the Meatpacking District. Prosecco DOC, Preventive Measures 101, and University Pain Medicine sponsored the evening that celebrated the latest cover star. Guests sipped on Plush Vodka and Chinola Liquer, as well as automatic cocktails made by robot bartender, Barys, while checking out the skincare products by Herla, which contain natural ingredients. Guests for the evening included Courtenay Hall (BELLA Editor-inChief ), Daniel Hall (BELLA Chief Brand Strategist), Christie Brinkley, Ty Hunter (celebrity stylist), Marc Bower (fashion designer), Laura Kia Chen (NBC’s “Days of our Lives”), Pagie DeSorbo (BRAVO’s “Summer House”), Mariana Montesanti (Broadway Theater Director), and Donald Paul (FX’s “Atlanta”). 154


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On March 26, 2019, BELLA Editor-in-Chief Courtenay Hall and Publisher Daniel Hall co-chaired this year’s heart-healthy event at The Hilton Garden Inn, Staten Island. More than 30 local restaurants participated in the evening, all to raise money for The Staten Island Heart Society. 157

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Charles S. Cohen, Clo Cohen Prominent Businessman and American Film Distributor, and Producer Charles S. Cohen received Insignia Of Chevalier Of The Legion Of Honor, French Embassy, NYC ©StarPix

Luann de Lesseps, Sonja Morgan The 3rd Annual Blue Jacket Fashion Show benefitting The Prostate Cancer Foundation at Pier 59 Studios, NYC ©Getty Images

Denise Rich, LeRone Wilson, Elizabeth da Trindade-Asher A night out with the Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation, NYC ©Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation

John Mahdessian, Marcia Gay Harden Forbes Travel Guide 2019 Star Awards with John Mahdessian of Madame Paulette receiving One of the Finest Properties in the World Award, Beverly Hilton, LA ©John Mahdessian


Jason Duzansky, Rochelle Alhadeff, Martha Stewart, David Alhadeff Zachary Quinto, Fiona Byrne The Future Perfect hosted an intimate cocktail party to celebrate the opening of Casa Perfect New York, NYC ©BFA 158


Sir Elton John, Diana Ross The 27th annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party, hosted by Sir Elton John and David Furnish, Dolby Theatre, Los Angeles, CA ©Getty Images

Lupita Nyong’o Chanel and Charles Finch hosted the 11th Annual Pre-Oscars Dinner, Beverly Hills Hotel, Los Angeles, CA ©BFA

Viola Davis 2019 Academy Awards, GBK’s Luxury Gifting Lounge presented the hottest items & trips to Hollywood’s biggest names and rising stars, Beverly Hills, CA ©Maury Phillips

Maya Henry Republic Records Grammy after party at Spring Place Beverly Hills, Beverly Hills, CA ©Getty Images

Lisa Herbert, Robert Landon Winter, Lawrence Herbert Colleen Rein, Gary Rein Forbes Travel Guide 2019 Star Awards with John Mahdessian of Madame Paulette receiving One of the Finest Properties in the World Award, Beverly Hilton, LA ©John Mahdessian 159

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5 Fab Ways to Slay Spring

The transition from spring to summer is right around the corner. As the days have become longer, the temperatures have risen, which makes it the perfect time of year to explore everything the country has to offer. From the Hamptons to Los Angeles, here is a sizzling list of some our latest fab finds. By Norah Bradford

THE NEW: UNION BURGER BAR Union Cantina, the award-winning Mexican restaurant, has officially opened its all-new Union Burger Bar at 40 Bowden Square in Southampton, NY. The restaurant extension is colocated with the contemporary Mexican restaurant, offering an assortment of specialty gourmet burgers, fresh hand-cut fries, and maniacal milkshak and desserts, along with an elaborate craft beer and small batch bourbon selection. Restaurateur and owner Ian Duke and award-winning executive chef Scott Kampf are excited to introduce the new culinary offering to the year-round dining staple of Southampton, NY.

THE EVENT: MVVO AD ART SHOW MvVO ART, creator of AD ART SHOW, is turning the streets of New York’s most art-centric neighborhoods into a revolutionary art show, digitally exhibiting the work of artists from advertising on the LinkNYC network on select streets during Frieze New York from May 1-4, 2019. Artwork will be reviewed by a selection committee comprised of contemporary art expert sand influential collectors in the NY art scene, and is curated by Isaac Aiden, senior curator at The Jerome A. Cohen and Joan Lebold Cohen Center for Visual Arts, under the direction of Maria van Vlodrop, CEO and founder of MvVO ART. In addition, a curated selection of AD ART SHOW 2019 artists will be featured across the digital screen network at the Oculus at Westfield World Trade Center—a retail and culture anchor in Lower Manhattan New York—for the entire month of May. THE RESTAURANT: BOSQ, ASPEN Aspen has plenty of dining destinations, but none as unique and delicious as Bosq. Its playful modern menu reflects the travels and culinary interests of Chef C. Barclay, and the sleek interior stands out thanks to whitewashed gray walls made from regional beetle-kill pine. Modern Scandinavian furniture and relaxing banquets make for charming ambiance that engulfs you in the world of Bosq and the surrounding mountains. With more than 30 years experience in restaurants from North Africa to Europe, Barclay, along with his wife, Molly, love entertaining and welcoming guests from all over the globe into their cozy space.

THE HOTEL: SUNSET TOWER, LOS ANGELES A little over decade ago, owner Jeff Klein reinvented the landmark Sunset Tower, creating what is known today as the unofficial epicenter of Hollywood. Klein embarked on a refresh of the hotel and common areas with his personal touch. The goal: to restore its heart and soul while not compromising the character of such an iconic building.

Bosq’s galvanizing cuisine focuses on a unique and fresh approach with dishes like Salmon Crudo with Cucumber Ceviche, Red Mole Tacos, Colorado Lamb in a Goat Cheese Crema, and even Sweet and Sour Eggplant and Peking duck. Much of the produce is locally grown, and the wine list runs deep with plenty of options.

Be sure to check out The Tower Bar, one of the two on-site dining options. Its sophistication is something to behold thanks to the distinct walnut paneling, fireplace, and classic bar located in what was formerly the room of renowned gangster Bugsy Siegel. Maître D’ Gabe Doppelt is at the helm of this luxurious restaurant.


THE ACCESSORY: JT. ANTHONY HANDBAGS Launched in 1946, Theodore Anthony’s stylish and durable luxury luggage quickly became the travel companion of choice for British and Hollywood royalty, not to mention American presidents. A musthave for elite globetrotters today, T. Anthony continues to craft its suitcases with hardwood frames and solid brass hardware, as well as soft-shelled canvas and leather options.



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