BELLA The July/August Hamptons Issue featuring Tyler Henry

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have been thinking a lot about this issue—our 7th Annual Hamptons edition—and I have to admit, I’m really excited for everything within its pages and for our BELLA White Party in August. This is always the most fun time of year at BELLA as we really rack our brains for the perfect cover and party host. I have to tell you, I am feeling pretty fortunate to have two truly amazing individuals as our summer covers, both of whom are making a difference in people’s lives every day.

Tyler Henry—what can I say?! I have watched his show on E! several times and have been so intrigued and eager to learn more about this intuitive medium and the gifts he shares with others. This is something I have never delved into in the magazine, but I wanted Courtenay and Daniel Hall, BELLA Magazine Founders this issue to focus on what makes us different and how we are each unique with our own inherent talents and attributes. Wait until you read the interview on pages 70-75 by Alexandra Anastasio—it’s so good! I am also so happy with our second cover, Camille Kostek, the current Rookie of the Year for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit and now the cover of BELLA. Camille has hit every newsstand shelf over the past few months with one of the most gorgeous photos I have seen, but what makes her so beautiful is her body-positive message. She aspires for every individual to recognize that their best self comes in all shapes and sizes. It’s about embracing you and your best self; that shouldn’t be determined by a size chart, but by you! On pages 60-65, Camille shows us there is so much more behind a pretty picture, and that the conversation should never stop when it comes to being happy with yourself inside and out. I love this! There’s so much love, in fact—for summer, our Hamptons White Party on August 3rd, and—of course—my upcoming trip to Northern Italy and Brussels in July (thanks to Prosecco DOC and Brussels Airlines). I am cherishing all the long, beautiful days and living in the moment this summer, taking it all in, and just being happy. I hope you are too! xx










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 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 Nicole Fierro, Intern Natalie Cornacchio, Intern

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

Contributors Barbara Bellesi Zito, Ashley Bellman, Kelly Rose Bellucci, Katya Bychkova, Krista J. Connolly, Peter Elson, Julie Freeman, Ruta Fox, JoAnn Hill, Richard Reinsdorf, Amy Schechter, Chad Schubert, Dr. Hal Simeroth, Jarrod Thalheimer, Caroline Vazzana

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




traveler obsessed with local food and drink. Her passion for food and adventure has taken her around the globe to nearly 50 countries and over 40 U.S. states. When home in Washington, D.C., you will find her with her husband enjoying the District’s burgeoning culinary scene, including its 16 highlyacclaimed Michelin Starred restaurants. In her Chow BELLA article (pages 94-97), JoAnn highlights six of the top D.C. Michelin Starred establishments. You can follow her food and travel adventures at and on Instagram @DCGlobeJotters.

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, Jonathan showcases the season’s hottest color in “Citrus Elegance” (page 20) and shares some must-see’s of everyone’s favorite new summer accessory, the basket bag (page 26).

RUTA FOX is a freelance writer who covers food, lifestyle,

and travel. Born and raised in Los Angeles, with stops in Dallas, Chicago, and New York City for 15 years, she now lives in one of the South’s coolest towns–Greenville, South Carolina. She has eaten her way across the U.S. as well as Greece, Africa, the Caribbean, Canada, Mexico, and Europe. Her work has appeared in Vanity Fair, USA Today, The Los Angeles Times Magazine, BELLA, edible Upcountry, TOWN, At Home, Women’s Health and Healthy Aging. Don’t miss her profile of “America’s Southern Hot Spots,” which appears on pages 150-152.

JULIE FREEMAN spent six months interning at BELLA in the summer of 2018. Having lived in Germany all her life with American roots, she is currently spending her summer working in London and will be graduating in early 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in online journalism.

“I loved my time at BELLA and got to experience so many exciting things with their lovely team. I hope to return to New York City next year after I graduate!,” she explains. Back in Europe, Julie was lucky enough to explore Barcelona’s unique art scene. Join in on her adventures in BELLA’s Arts & Culture “Magical Modernism” (pages 90-92).

Lifestyle experts ASHLEY BELLMAN and AMY SCHECHTER share their favorite trends with us in this issue’s “A+ Picks” (page 26). As a NYC-based lifestyle and entertainment reporter and TV host, Bellman has a passion for all things fashion and pop culture. You can catch her on WNBC’s “New York Live,” covering everything from the latest in beauty and fitness trends to the most “Instagrammable” foods. Schechter is a real estate salesperson, as well as a fashion and lifestyle expert and influencer. She has appeared in seasons 5, 6, and 7 of Bravo's hit series, “Million Dollar Listing New York.” She can also be seen on “New York Live” discussing fashion and lifestyle trends.

Tyler Henry


CONTENTS STYLE REPORT 17 THE Fashion News, Citrus Elegance, Summer Must-Haves, The Modern Basket Bag, Runway Fashion to Vacation-Ready

SCENE 29 BEAUTY Summer Stunning, Emma Roberts’ Vintage

Glam, Celebrity Secrets, Angelo David’s Expert Advice, Head off a Makeup Meltdown, AGORA’s Touch, Golden Hour, Shop Showfields

OF BELLA 46 BEST The 2019 Winners Are Here Sweater: Brooks Brothers Trousers: Z Zegna Watch: Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Duoface Casa Fagliano Shoes: Lucchese

SPACES 54 SOPHISTICATED Danielle Rollins Take Us Inside Luxe Design KOSTEK 60CAMILLE An Authentic Inspiration

Sophisticated Spaces


HAMPTONS 66BELLA’S 2019 SUPER GUIDE Where to See and Be Seen

HENRY 70 TYLER Fulfilling His Lifelong Dream of Helping Others CLOSE & PERSONAL 76 UP Michael Masini and Travis Coles TO KNOW 82 GETTING Yael Cohen Braun REALITY 86 INSIDE Hannah Berner & CULTURE 88ARTS LA Spotlight, Magical Modernism

Tito’s Lemonade & Tea 1½ oz Tito’s Handmade Vodka 3 oz lemonade 3 oz iced tea 5 raspberries, optional Just add Tito’s Handmade Vodka, lemonade, and tea to a collins glass over ice. Stir and garnish with a lemon slice. Pro-Tip: Muddle in a few raspberries or try your favorite summer berry!



Camille Kostek


CONTENTS BELLA 94 CHOW D.C. Dining, Zach Erdem, Ian Duke

103 MIND+BODY Behind the Filters, Sleep Healthier,

Stay Hydrated, Get Inspired, Skin Care Myths, Bikini Belly, SIUH’s Big Plans, Rejuvenating the Eyelids and Face, Connect Deeper While You Sweat, Creating a More Confident You, When Your Besties Let You Down

SPOTLIGHT 128 ARTIST Nicole Sutherland

130 PHOTOGRAPHY Vital Agibalow Dress: LIKELY Sunglasses: Mulberry & Grand

132 OFF-SCREEN Beyond Bailiff Byrd Runway to Reality


IN THE CITY 134 LOVE Make Your Summer Feel Like a Million Bucks IDEA 136 AHotNOVEL Weather and Hotter Reads, Brent Feinberg

141 TRAVEL Summer in Rio,

America’s Southern Hot Spots, Montauk’s Liquid Treasure, Playa del Carmen

TOWN 158 AROUND People, Places, Parties FAB 5 164 BELLA’S Summer Adventures Await



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The Latest and Greatest


HAPPENINGS By Amanda Mactas



A capsule collection of unisex sunglasses brings together two iconic brands, FENDI and Gentle Monster, for a one-of-a-kind look. The collection, which debuted in May, features two distinct styles, Gentle Fendi No. 1 and Gentle Fendi No. 2. The former is a bold statement piece that exudes high fashion, and the latter offers the wearer a more effortless, everyday look. The Gentle Fendi collection is available at both FENDI and Gentle Monster boutiques, as well as select optic stores worldwide.



Known for styling some of the biggest names in fashion like Ashley Graham, Hannah Jeter, and Michelle Rodriguez, Jeff K Kim has now teamed up with Lulu DK for a 15-piece collection. Kim loves Lulu DK’s mission to make jewelry that provides empowering messages, so the partnership seemed like the perfect fit. The collection, which launched this spring, is available online at



Beloved menswear brand Paul Stuart is upping the ante in its NYC, Washington, DC, and Chicago stores. With the introduction of customLAB, customers can now shop for custom, made-tomeasure suits, jackets, shirts, ties, and trousers easily and conveniently right in store. Choose your style, fabrics, and personalized details like monograms, colored lining, and buttons; the tailors will have you ready and raring to go in just four weeks’ time!

HERMOZA Tiffany Rivers, epic mother and wife of NFL quarterback Philip Rivers, along with friend Marisa De Lecce, recently launched a new swimwear line that’s made to flatter women of all shapes, sizes, and ages. The mom of nine (yes, nine!) sought to create stylish options that didn’t show too much skin. HERMOZA proves that there are options out there that are modest and fashionable, without being dowdy. Plus, the collection is made from recycled fabrics and infused with UPF +50 to protect against the sun.


Let’s hear it for the boys! Premier men’s performance lifestyle brand, Rhone, is changing the game with its new dress shirt as part of the brand’s Commuter Collection. Combining all of the high-quality details of the traditional dress shirt with the technology of its signature performance wear, this dapper top incorporates natural wrinkle release, four-way stretch, moisture wicking, and lightweight Italian fabric that’s machine washable. In fact, Rhone’s chief product officer even tested the shirt by running 16 miles in the summer! The new game-changing shirt is available online and in stores. 19

the style report | men’s trend

Runway to Reality

Citrus Elegance Every summer there is an “it” color that fashion gravitates toward. This season it’s all about orange. The citrus tone is mixed with elegant suiting to add a dapper look for any occasion. By Jonathan Calixto Burberry Double-Breasted Press Stud Wool Jacket $1,650,

Kenzo Polka Dot Shirt $250,

Moncler Round-Frame Metal Sunglasses $283,

Gentle Monster Chap Sunglasses $249,

Alexander McQueen Paint Palette Cotton Shirt $661,

Polo Ralph Lauren Fleece Graphic Sweatshirt $148,

Daks Milan Spring 2019 Menswear

Burberry Tumbled-Wool Wide-Leg Trousers $630,

Paul Smith Gradated-Stripe Silk-Satin Pocket Square $54,


Tagliatore Glen Checked Suit $1,094,

Philipp Plein Statement Logo Belt $385, Gucci Double G Horse-Bit Loafers $890,

Common Projects Low-Top Sneakers $373,

the style report | what she loves Summersalt Sunbather Bikini Top $50,

Author and style influencer

Caroline Vazzana summer must-haves. shows you her

Aranaz Bucket Bag $378,

Summersalt High Leg High Rise Bikini Bottom $45,

Eugenia Kim Straw Hat $515,

Alain Mikli Sunglasses $380,

The Elder Statesman Tie-Dyed Shirt $465,

Bauble Bar Cayman Bracelet $32,

Bernadette Floral Silk Dress $690,

Summer has officially arrived, and with it comes weekend getaways, sun-filled beach days, late-night BBQs, and Sunday clambakes. But before you can start planning out your summer social calendar, you need to make sure your wardrobe is ready no matter what might come your way! From the beach, to happy hour and beyond, here are a few summer essentials that I never leave home without! P.S. Don’t forget the sunscreen! Chanel Mules $975,


the style report | accessories

Kayu Exclusive Elena Leather-Trimmed Straw Tote $205,

Honey Pot Basket Crossbody Bag $49,

Sensi Studio Tasseled Beaded Macramé and Straw Tote $210,

The Modern

BASKET Some trends never go out of style, they only get better with time—like the updated basket bag. This season, the fashion staple gets a twist from structure to colors, fringe, and a whole lot of beading. This is one statement piece you’ll reach for all summer.

BAG By Jonathan Calixto

Sensi Studio Beaded Straw Mini Bag $385,

Cult Gaia Basket Tote Bag $168,

Kayu Mini Lolita Fringed Woven Straw Tote $145,


Gigi Burris Millinery Woven Basket Bag $425,

Sensi Studio Leather and Toquilla-Straw Basket Bag $465,

the style report | a+ picks CHECKA: THE PERFECT TRAVEL OUTFIT

Checka has the cutest, most comfortable separates that will make you look chic whether you are jet-setting or enjoying a staycation. Better yet, all of their items make a statement.


We love the First Class Tech Case’s fine supple leather—it’s buttery smooth, long lasting, and it stores all your essentials.


These signature raffia and straw hats are ideal for your next beach adventure. We’re lusting over this embellished “Day Off” sun hat with a wide brim to shield the summer sun.


Jayne Moore introduces the wild edge of beauty and a new standard of fine jewelry. All of her pieces are one-of-a-kind, unwaveringly ethical, and elegantly rebellious!

Have Accessories,

WILL Whether you have been following the travel trends of the newest royal Meghan Markle or coveting that super sexy swimsuit worn by Gigi Hadid, we turned to fashion and lifestyle experts, Amy Schechter and Ashley Bellman, for a few special suggestions on how to stand out this season. Summer 2019 is about accessories, from the hottest custom hats to some of the most unique bling around. Good news—you can add most of these to your wardrobe without breaking the bank. The average price point is $100-$500, excluding some of the fine jewels (wink!).


This feminine update on Solid & Striped’s classic Anne-Marie bathing suit is a must for this season. With an added belt detail, this classic beauty has an updated flair perfect for playing by the sea. We also love their ready-to-wear sundresses too!


The stunning Bag in Bag can be worn over the shoulder or as a crossbody for brunch and shopping. It also converts to a chic handheld for evening cocktails. No need to pack multiple handbags ever again!





The chemical-free, mineral-based Laplaya Zinc Sun Stick is essential for the sunny days ahead. Packing the benefits of SPF 30, it’s a perfect, handy size to take anywhere and everywhere you travel, plus no messy or greasy sunscreen all over your hands.

JULIE LAMB NY: THE ULTIMATE NYC SOUVENIR Whether you’re made in NY like Julie Lamb’s iconic CITY collection, or have visited The Big Apple to play and slay, this 18K and diamond pendant is a token to treasure.


This summer you can embrace that adventurous outdoor spirit and still protect yourself from the sun thanks to the packable straw hat. For a casual pool party straight to sunset cocktails with your besties, you’ll feel like the chicest bird in the house.


Show your creative side with the coolest fragrance you will see all summer! Amkiri is perfume body art. Apply freehand or with stencils (and it’s easy to remove if you mess up). Bonus: It’s made from all good-foryou ingredients!

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beauty scene | hot stuff

Tournesol GloGetter BB Tanning Cream $20,

Marco Anti-Frizz Leave-In Conditioner with Collagen Color Guard $36.50,

SHEA BRAND CBD Restorative Lip Balm $13,

The Hero Chopstick Styler $34.99,

YSL Les Sahariennes Bronzing Stones Collector $55,

Hourglass Unreal Volumizing High Shine Lip Gloss $30, Sephora


SUMMER STUNNING Pretty little palettes, glistening go-to’s, high-shine sweeps, sexy spritzes, and more…here are the hottest ways to add some sizzle and look smoldering this summer. By Janene Mascarella

Shaina B. Miami Palette Blush and Highlight $29, Tom Ford Soleil Blanc Shimmering Body Oil $100, Saks Fifth Avenue

CHANEL Chance Eau Tendre $105-$135,

R+Co x Fred Segal Collection TROPHY Shine + Texture Spray $32,

MDNA SKIN The Rose Mist $120, Anastasia Beverly Hills RIVIERA PALETTE $45,

HERMÈS Twilly d’Hermès Eau de Parfum $102-$133, Saks Fifth Avenue


Dolce & Gabanna Light Blue Sun $102,

By Gina Excel Infrared Styling Brush $169,


beauty scene | trends & obsessions


Emma Roberts’ Vintage Glam We’re still swooning over Emma Roberts’ romantic “camp” look from the 2019 Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute benefit. Celebrity makeup artist Nikki DeRoest partnered with Chantecaille to create a pretty in pink monochromatic moment.


Photography by Getty Images




DeRoest began by prepping Roberts’ skin with the nourishing, glow-enhancing Rose de Mai Face Oil ($186). “Before foundation, I massaged it into her skin to help with lymphatic drainage, moisture, and glow. I love prepping with an oil before foundation for the ultimate lit from within look. “


DeRoest used new Lip Veil in warm rose shade Pink Lotus ($48) on the eyes to set the tone and give extra depth. Next, she layered Philanthropy Cheek Shade in Joy (40), the same shade she used on Roberts’ cheeks, on the eyelid and under the eyes.

To brighten the skin and touch up any redness, DeRoest applied the botanical-based click-pen “The dress by Giambattista Valli concealer Le Camouflage Stylo in #1, a fair neutral was the real show-stopper, so we shade ($52). To warm wanted everything to support her complexion, she then that, and not compete. We call it sculpted with gel-powder Real Bronze in cocoa a ‘Romantic Camp.’ Inspired by bronze shade Goa ($78).

Ryan Murphy sitting at the table in the movie, ‘Valley of The Dolls,’ we created a cheeky, over-the-top vintage glam.”

“I wanted to make sure it was a soft, ethereal, smoky eye, so I took it all the way up to the brow but kept it an ombré effect. I also smudged the same underneath the eyes.” DeRoest also layered on peptide-enhanced Faux Cils Longest Lash Mascara for a thick, defined lash line ($72). She then touched up Roberts’ brows with Waterproof Eye Definer in Ash Blonde ($36). To add more texture, she set them with Full Brow Perfecting Gel in Dark ($40).



DeRoest used Future Skin in Porcelain, a fair shade with balanced undertones ($78). She applied the foundation by starting at the center of the face and blending outward. “Emma has gorgeous skin, so this foundation brought out the perfect amount of evenness and glow, but it still looked like her skin.”

DeRoest filled in Roberts’ lips with Lip Definer in Natural, a natural pink beige ($26). She then used Lip Veil in Pink Lotus ($48), the same shade she started her eyes with, to continue the monochromatic moment.

Roberts’ rosy glow was created by using two Liquid Lumière ($44) shades to highlight the actress’ skin. DeRoest applied pearly pink Sheen around the cheekbones and forehead, followed by Luster, a sunset pink, to her cheeks. Lumière Rose ($78), a shimmery pink highlighter in a limited edition de Gournay design, was added for an extra pop on the cheekbones and down the nose, with a touch on the forehead and a little on the chin. DeRoest then brushed Philanthropy Cheek Shade in Joy ($40), a playful pink, on the cheeks for some added bright pink warmth. For a finishing touch that ensured the makeup was set, HD camera-ready, and had a filter-like glow, DeRoest brushed on HD Perfecting Powder in Candlelight ($72).


beauty scene | trends & obsessions


Fitness phenomena Brooke Ence is an elite CrossFit athlete, thriving entrepreneur, and actress who is recognized from her breakout roles in blockbuster films, “Wonder Woman” and “Justice League,” as well as CW’s “Black Lightening,” Netflix’s documentary, “The Redeemed and the Dominant: Fittest on Earth,” and now in a new upcoming FOX competition show.

Her go-to beauty secret is Athia, a revolutionary new skincare line formulated by active women for active women to give the best feeling skin has ever experienced. Whether you are a hardworking mother, businesswoman, or professional athlete, Athia believes every woman should feel beautiful in her own skin, and has made it their mission to support the power of all women.


Khloe Kardashian recently shared the secret to her flawless, cellulite-free figure–B-Tight by MAELYS Cosmetics. The moisturizing mask firms and lifts the booty while helping to reduce the appearance of cellulite (AKA all our dreams come true in a jar!). The mask uses Kaolin clay to clear oil, blackheads, and blemishes from your pores, along with a ton of conditioning ingredients to hydrate, moisturize, and replenish your skin. Its ingredient list also includes caffeine from guarana fruit, which tightens your blood vessels and perks up the skin. $49,

Ence tells BELLA…“I have always had sensitive skin and searched for products that wouldn’t cause breakouts or dryness. I was so excited when the opportunity came along to collaborate on my own skin care line! Athia’s products are developed for active women who want to nourish, repair, and protect their skin.”

GET GLOWING VERY BERRY How do celebs have fun in the sun without wreaking havoc on their skin? They know to take their vitamins! Your best bet to get glowing is the Alginate Vitamin Therapy Mask, available at Become Med Spa in Greenvale, NY. The vitamin therapy facial is suited for all skin types as it increases the skin vitality, reduces redness, calms the effects of acne, brightens, and restores a healthy, radiant look. The treatment is finished with a cooling, peel-off mask that assists in normalizing the pH of the skin and helps creates a refreshed, soothed appearance and promote hydration of the skin.


Strawberry-C Serum from Volition

is a luxe upgrade to Marilyn Monroe’s DIY beauty hack of rubbing strawberry stems on her face for glowing, hydrated skin. Packed with a high dose of Vitamin C, this lightweight serum unclogs pores, evens skin tone, removes excess oil and instantly brightens your complexion. We’re obsessed with it! $42,

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beauty scene | expert advice

ANGELO Get the Perfect




Hamptons Hair This Summer

By Courtenay C. Hall

orld-renowned hairstylist and colorist, Angelo David Pisacreta, has been transforming people’s hair for more than 25 years. He’s not only the owner of the gorgeous Angelo David Salon on New York City’s posh Upper East Side, he is also the creator of Couture Hair Extensions and Additions, Hair Detox, and the Flex Brush. His quality line of products, along with his seasoned expertise and customized treatment plans, are conquering the hair challenges of the masses. By specializing in treating hair health issues, such as fine and thinning hair, Pisacreta doesn’t just change his clients’ look, he changes their lives as well. The New York City native understands and cultivates the latest hair trends better than anyone, so it’s no wonder his list of celebrity clients includes the likes of legendary supermodel Christie Brinkley, as well as her daughter, Alexa Ray Joel. Pisacreta’s outstanding work in the beauty industry has also landed him on “Good Morning America” for a “10 Years Younger” makeover show, in which he demonstrated how transformative his hairstyling skills truly are.

BELLA caught up with the influential Pisacreta to discuss the latest on hair health, trends and more. What are the hottest hair trends this summer?

Balayage highlights, copper hair color, and rooted looks. For longer hair, it’s braids and natural waves. Shorter hair is moving toward a sexy shag, not a hard bob. Whatever is easy care is right. Natural, windswept, and tousled trumps stick-straight and geometric.

You have created some amazing products. Can you tell us more about them and what led you to create them? I created Couture Hair extensions to offer customizable hair solutions for individuals. I customize everything, from hair texture and density to color and length. The line includes couture extensions, wigs, toppers, hairpieces, and clip-on bangs and ponies.

People always ask me what they can do to get healthier hair or to encourage their hair to grow. While there are a number of hair growth vitamins on the market, I wanted to get to the root of the causes of hair loss. Hair Detox, which is a supplement, addresses several of the primary reasons women and men are losing their hair. Toxins and stress are just two factors. To combat these issues, Hair Detox includes proprietary Detox and Stress Matrixes, as well as scientifically-selected ingredients to support healthy hair, skin, and nails.

Photography by Jaime Pavon

When it comes to the Flex Brush, I wanted to create a versatile brush that would detangle whether the hair is wet or dry. Since I’ve spent so much time working with people who have thinning hair, I knew exactly how to create the perfect detangling brush for all hair types, including fine hair, thick hair, hair extensions, wigs, and hairpieces. With its staggered bristles and flexible spine, the Flex Brush detangles hair effortlessly, while massaging the scalp to help promote hair growth.

What is your number one go-to beauty advice when it comes to healthy hair?

Ensuring healthy hair means using the right tools and products for your hair type. Time and time again, I see clients who are using the wrong products for their hair, or who are damaging their hair by using the wrong tools. I recommend minimizing the use of thermal styling tools and using the Flex Brush, which I created to easily detangle hair without tearing or breaking it. If you are looking for fuller, healthier hair, try an ingestible, which works from the inside out. My Hair Detox supplements promote hair growth and stress relief, as well as detoxification of the body. 36

With a well-established salon on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, how do you find the inspiration to create new hairstyles and keep things fresh?

My salon is centrally located in Midtown. In New York City, people have so many different looks and personal styles. This challenges me every day to keep things fresh and continue evolving my clients’ looks. New Yorkers keep up with and adapt the latest trends, so they are always teaching and inspiring me.

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beauty scene | masterclass

Head Off a Major

Makeup Meltdown By Rachel Paul

We get it…there’s no makeup artist on standby patting away your shine as you live your best summer goddess life this year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t look amazing. Check out the tips below for a flawless face that’ll beat the summer heat. SPF IS ESSENTIAL Although some moisturizers and primers tout an SPF, they rarely contain the amount of protection you need when outdoors, especially if you’re catching rays. Invest in a separate sunscreen that’s 50+ and apply after your skin care, before your makeup. Your future (and present) skin will thank you. Pro tip: If you’re going to be in the sun for an extended period of time, consider bringing a touch-up SPF in spray or powder form to reapply without ruining your makeup.

BELLA loves

jane iredale Nude Powder-Me SPF Dry Sunscreen $47,

BE PICKY WITH YOUR MOISTURIZER AND PRIMER Chose a lightweight, water-based moisturizer that has a gel texture. Anything too oily will eat away at your makeup—especially throughout the day as your natural oils come through. The same goes for your primer: Steer clear of hydrating or dewy primers. They will only add to the shine we’re trying to combat.

BELLA loves


e.l.f. Cosmetics SPF 50 Skin Shielding Primer $12,

LESS (REALLY) IS MORE There’s nothing wrong with a little poolside makeup in case the paparazzi are around the corner, but make sure you cut your normal makeup routine in half and reach for waterproof when possible. No need for liquid foundation, concealer, powder, bronzer, blush, highlight…you get the picture. Too many layers and that cake you just baked will be sliding off your face in no time.


Stick to a full coverage yet lightweight concealer and apply with a beauty blender to areas of your face that need coverage.


Choose a radiant blush that has a bronze tone to it. This will combine your bronzer, blush, and highlighter into one product. I often go for a cream or liquid, which has more staying power than a powder.


Keep it simple on the eyes, but there’s no shame in grabbing a waterproof mascara, eyeliner, and brow pencil to add some definition. Just be sure you pick up an oil-based remover that’s gentle on your skin once you’re ready to take it all off.

BELLA loves

NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer $30, JOAH Be My Everything Blush and Bronze Palette $11.60, WUNDER2 Super-Stay Stick Eyeshadow $19, Dior Diorshow In & Out Waterproof Eyeliner $30.50,


beauty scene | be beautiful


TOUCH: Advancing the Cosmetics Industry

One Cell at a Time By Jennifer DeCillis


n ancient times, Agora was the heart of Athens, the center of Greek civilization. For centuries, it served as not only a busy marketplace where both merchants and artisans gathered to trade goods, but also as a well-structured platform for the likes of Socrates and Plato to debate philosophical ideas.

Could you explain AGORA’s correlation to Greek culture and civilization?

Just as these pioneers influenced the future of philosophy and science, AGORA Cosmetics was formed with sole purpose of advancing the world of cell-to-cell communication in the cosmetic industry. In 2009, a Toronto-based research group conducting adult stem cell research identified the location of dermal stem cells. This discovery led to the therapeutic application of the cells, changing the way we approach skin care and the reversal of the aging process. AGORA is dedicated to bringing this advancement and the revolutionary world of cell-to-cell communication to you.

AGORA was created to advance cell-to-cell communication. Could you explain what that means?

By cultivating specific cell-communicating compounds, AGORA has refined the ability to affect how a skin cell looks, acts, and behaves, thus improving skin cell function on a level that has never been possible. AGORA is one of the few cosmetic lines that concentrate cellular communication, ensuring each of their products effectively fights the signs of aging. The constant innovation of AGORA products, paired with a highly skilled research and development team, allows the brand to offer the very best and most groundbreaking skin care products available today. BELLA had the chance to sit down with AGORA owner Amit Elfaci to get all the details on this revolutionary skincare sensation.

Agora, the marketplace, was a central location for the Greeks; everything necessary for the sustainability of life was found there. Therefore, we named our product AGORA—everything essential for youthful skin is found within our ingredients and products.

DermComm is the key ingredient in our products, and it promotes cell-tocell communication. This incredible ingredient allows other active ingredients, such as Vitamin C, to penetrate through the epidermis (outer skin) and into the sub-dermis or dermis (inner skin.) This makes the product truly effective in the promotion of elasticity of collagen. By utilizing DermComm within our products, we can transfer the essential nutrients on a cellular level to the inner layer of the skin. The results are fantastic!

As a “revolutionary skincare solution,” why is AGORA so effective in fighting the signs of aging?

We develop our products at top laboratories, and our attention to detail is several steps above our competition. Our ingredients are sourced from multiple manufacturers throughout Europe, ensuring the highest quality of materials. Many other competitive products have similar active ingredients, but Dermcom allows the penetration of the epidermis through to the dermis for the most effective results. We also use a very high concentration of active ingredients, guaranteeing product quality and effectiveness for our users.

AGORA is a product that can be used by consumers of all ages and skin types. Tell us why you think it is overpowering other skincare brands in the industry.

We have created multiple lines, designed and tailored to suit the needs of all skin types. Our thermal system is designed for very oily and damaged skin, the Why and how was AGORA Cosmetics created? anti-aging line is meant to prevent aging and maintain youthful skin, and our We created AGORA through research. We discovered the ultimate benefits collagen line is designed for dry skin with a need for repair. All AGORA skin and potential of stem cells and cellular communication by reversing the care professionals are trained to recognize the differences in our clientele’s effects of aging. We wanted to give our customers an skin and develop the products accordingly. With proper BELLA readers get 45% option before turning to plastic surgery and injections. analysis of the client and their skin, our products never off all AGORA products at The vision for our products was aimed at preventing the fail to accommodate. Because of this, we have curated an Agora.Care; use promo code amazing loyalty to our brand. pain and expense that go along with invasive procedures. BELLAGORA 40





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ant sun-kissed, blonde locks this summer sans the sun damage? “Achieving golden locks or the perfect glisten of gold shine can be something challenging for some colorist to achieve because they can go “brassy,” says Michael Canalé, Jennifer Aniston’s long-time colorist. “I want the hair to look like the sun did it. In order to do this you must be delicate with the hair.”

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Proper Home Care

“Your at-home care is most important. Using color-safe shampoo helps keep it true to the color. Canalé CLEANSE and SOFTEN have been favorites for my celebrity clients as it battles the oxidation of hair color.”

As Hollywood’s most sought-after colorist (he is, after all, the cocreator of Aniston’s famous haircut, “The Rachel”), Canalé is also the man behind some of the most famous blonde locks, including Kyra Sedgwick, Shakira, Denise Richards and Heidi Klum. He is now expanding the way the beauty world views hair color, proving that it really is an art form.

DIY Treatment

“Coconut oil is full of benefits for your hair­— [use it] straight from the jar for extra protein and shine. It helps to nourish the scalp and increases hair growth. A mixture of banana, honey, and olive oil is great for over processed hair.”

Mistakes to Avoid

Canalé splits his time between his salons in Rancho Santa Fe, San Francisco, Dallas, New York, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles. BELLA caught up with him for a few of his top-notch color tips to keep blondes golden and glistening.


“The biggest mistake I see made is not using the proper shampoo and conditioner. I generally tell my clients to wait a few days after their color service to wash their hair. When shampooing, remember to shampoo the roots, allow the midshaft and ends of the hair to maintain all the natural hair oils, and further condition the ends.” Michael Canalé’s eponymous line of products, Canalé, is gentle, effective, hypoallergenic. The five products work together as a core system—Cleanse (shampoo), Soften (conditioner), Nourish (hair foam), Replenish (hair vitamin that’s 100% vegan), and Replenish Boost (with Spirulina) to create healthy, strong, enviable hair.

Make Your Color Last Longer “Switch out your hair products—a lot of shampoos contain ingredients that can affect your color. Invest in a dry shampoo to avoid over-washing your hair. And if you blow dry your hair and style it, allow your hair to air dry instead, use a heat protector, and then finish with your hot tool.”





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SHOP SHOWFIELDS By Janene Mascarella


eauty and wellness lovers have been shopping at the likes of Ulta and Sephora for years, but with the recent opening of SHOWFIELDS, there’s a new store in town tending to skin, hair, and dental needs. Home to more than 30 digitally native brands, SHOWFIELDS is a four-story store in NYC’s Noho neighborhood dedicated to bringing new, exciting, and forever evolving brands to consumers, including 13 Instagrammable indie brands to tackle all your beauty needs! Whether you’re looking to revamp your nightly routine or add to your Sunday pampering sessions, SHOWFIELDS is the perfect place to discover and shop from up-and-coming beauty and wellness brands you’ve seen while scrolling on Instagram. Unlike regular beauty stores, every brand within SHOWFIELDS designed its own individual space, including quip, the electronic toothbrush company, and frank body’s caffeinated skincare, encouraging shoppers to form meaningful relationships through discovering and testing out products from emerging beauty brands one at a time. You can stroll through the store to try and buy probiotic skincare from Mother Dirt, plant-based products by Nuria that are good for your face and the community, brushes from Baby Tress to keep those baby hairs in check, and customizable shampoo from Function of Beauty. Plus, browse select everyday essentials from Peace Out, Captain Blankenship, Dr. Loretta, Esker, NatureLab, APTO, and sundays in a space curated by PureWow.

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of BELLA Summers are made for venturing out, winding down, living it up, and whisking away. Looking for your next happy place? Here are BELLA’s very best venues to wine, dine, mix, mingle, make a splash, or plan to dash off to with winners in 14 categories! By Janene Mascarella




Loews Regency New York Hotel and Topping Rose House, together with Discover Long Island and Hampton Jitney, have created Regency to Rose House, a limited edition, uniquely New York experience. Looking for an easy-to-book, dynamic, multi-city vacation that includes authentically local experiences? This one cultivates the best of both worlds, combining the luxury of New York City hotels and restaurants with the cachet of spending weekends in the Hamptons. Wine and dine at an iconic hotel, paired with classic transportation and a visit out East to enjoy some of the best beaches and wineries.

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This art deco-inspired rooftop lounge sits atop the historic Beekman Tower in Midtown East in Manhattan. Ophelia is set 26 stories above the city bustle, boasting 360-degree views of the city skyline and East River. With both outdoor and indoor terraces, the year-round rooftop is designed to resemble an illuminating jewel box, with design elements and vintage curiosities from the 1920s and 30s. 3 MITCHELL PLACE (49TH STREET AND 1ST AVENUE), 26TH FLOOR, NEW YORK CITY


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Colorful and lush, SERRA by Birreria is a seasonal rooftop restaurant located on the 14th floor of Eataly NYC Flatiron. Meaning “greenhouse” in Italian, SERRA changes with the seasons, always offering a fun, themed atmosphere and a rustic menu reflective of the Italian countryside. 200 FIFTH AVENUE, NEW YORK CITY


Inspired by growing up in the ‘90s, when nothing mattered more than sports, hip hop, and great pizza, and local slice joints were the best spots for communal gatherings, comes Upside Pizza. Located in Manhattan’s Garment District, the corner shop is a perfect stop for grabbing a slice before exploring Times Square or catching a show on Broadway. 598 8TH AVENUE, NEW YORK CITY 49

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EXOTIC WHISK-AWAY Located at the base of exclusive Peninsula Papagayo in the Guanacaste region of Costa Rica, Planet Hollywood Beach Resort is a new, upscale, all-inclusive getaway surrounded by natural wonders, cultural richness, and exotic experiences to explore (volcanoes and treetop flying, anyone?!). Or, you can just kick back in the private poolside cabana, vaca like a rock star, and enjoy the ultimate Hollywood VIP treatment.



One of Montauk’s favorite hotspots and one of the hippest vacation getaways in New York, Ruschmeyers is touted as the “cool camp for adults.” The hotel ‘s 19 recently-renovated rooms feature cabin-style décor with modern accents, and the property boasts a central lawn with picnic tables, fire pits, hammocks, and charcoal grills that evoke nostalgic memories of summer camp days gone by. 161 SECOND HOUSE ROAD, MONTAUK, NY



The 10-pound Orange Blossom Moscow Mule is a perfect summertime beverage to enjoy with a group of up to eight friends. Blood oranges are a unique and zesty way to elevate any cocktail in addition to the oversized white chocolate sphere covered in boozy gummy bears. You can sip this $225 mega-cocktail with your squad at PHD Terrace at Dream Midtown, all while soaking in the breathtaking panoramic views of Manhattan and Times Square. 210 W 55TH STREET, NEW YORK CITY




It’s always time for dessert at Magic Hour Rooftop Bar & Lounge. This 3.5-pound Giant Ice Cream Sandwich, which was first made for a Cardi B album release party, is now an internet sensation. With 24-hour notice this “in the know” dessert can be yours, complete with three different layers of flavors of ice cream–strawberry, chocolate, and vanilla—rainbow sprinkles, and plenty of napkins. 485 7TH AVENUE FLOOR 18, NEW YORK CITY



Family built, owned, and operated by four generations on the North Fork of Long Island since 1999, Raphael Vineyard & Winery is inspired by Mediterranean architecture Their specialty: New world wines made by combining cutting-edge technology and time-honored traditions. When the vineyard isn’t booked for weddings, it often features live music, tours, and tastings. Bonus—the new outside seating area offers gorgeous views of the vines and tableside service. 39390 NY-25, PECONIC, NY



After 12 successful years of serving SoHo’s most popular lobster rolls and seafood bites, Ed’s Lobster Bar has expanded to the Hamptons. The eatery specializes in lobster rolls, lobster pizza, and fried baskets of scallops and shrimps, along with specialty soft serve ice cream. It’s open late with a full bar, outdoor seating, and live music. (Don’t miss weekend brunch with Double-Stacked Fried Oyster Sliders and the Bloody Mary off the secret menu!)



Chic, modern, and with a warm and vibrant vibe, Dos MexiCuban Cantina takes Mexican and Cuban culture cuisine to new heights. Indeed, their hand-crafted tacos are cooked with “fuego” and are second to none. It’s the ultimate detour on your way to and from the Hamptons. If you’re there on a Saturday or Sunday, the Bottomless Brunch is so much fun, you’ll never want the day to end. 691 ROUTE 25A, MILLER PLACE, NY



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Instead of going off the beaten path for breakfast, we suggest you drop into one of the Egg Shop’s two NYC locations in Nolita or Williamsburg. The trendy spots are known for their variety of breakfast sandwiches, including the famous Egg Shop BEC and Pepper Boy. There are infinite “egg-centric” dishes that are both familiar and nuanced!


Need a summer body tune-up stat? LaserAway opened its first location in Los Angeles in 2006, and has since taken over the industry in California, Texas, Nevada, Arizona, NYC, and Miami. LaserAway now has 49 locations, including four in NYC (Tribeca, Flatiron, Upper East Side, Upper West Side). If you’re looking for laser hair removal to tackle that bikini line, or a Clear + Brilliant fractional laser treatment to feel confident about going sans makeup while basking in the sun this summer, this is the place to do it. The med-spa also offers CoolSculpting, Botox, fillers, skin care, and anti-aging procedures like IPLs, laser facials, tattoo removal, and more.



The Hoxton, Williamsburg, located on Wythe

Avenue in the heart of one of Brooklyn’s trendiest neighborhoods, offers vibrant public spaces with three restaurants, terrace and courtyard spaces, private dining, and more. Its rooftop restaurant, Summerly, features unobstructed views of the Manhattan skyline. You’ll thoroughly enjoy summer vibes atop the panoramic rooftop terrace that serves up raw bar classics, cocktails, craft beers, and plenty of rosé. 52


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anielle Rollins is a woman with many attributes, great taste being top of the list! This Atlanta native is not only the definition of sophistication, she has also been able to parlay her elegant eye into her eponymous lifestyle brand, Danielle Rollins.

The emerging brand provides inspiration for achieving beauty in everyday living, whether it is through home decorating or flawless entertaining. Justifiably so, Rollins is highly sought after within the design industry and has collaborated with some of the nation’s top design houses, including Brunschwig & Fils, de Gournay, Schumacher, Samuel & Sons, Sanderson, Zoffany, Fromental, Pierre Frey, and Thibaut. She has also been commissioned for special projects with Pottery Barn and Ballard Designs.


In addition to beautifying the home, the avid fashionista has also designed a capsule clothing collection for women who want effortlessly chic foundational outfits made of quality fabrics with exceptional detail. Rollins is not only a successful woman in business, but also a mother, an outspoken advocate of women’s issues, and a passionate female entrepreneur who believes in giving back—and that is just the beginning.

BELLA sat down with Rollins to get the inside scoop on making life beautiful where it all begins—at home.


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Where do you find inspiration, and how do you make sure you are constantly innovating? I find inspiration from the spaces I’m designing, taking my queues from where the home is located and the feel and style inherent to the area. I also pull from historical references and then everything in between, from things like the exterior style of a home to the site direction of the spaces and the views beyond. I am strongly influenced by my surroundings and that always extends to nature. The color combination of birds always tends to be one of my go-to-what-to-pair-with when looking for colors. They’re so incredibly beautiful with so many vibrant and unusual colors mixed together.

How do you find balance between your style and your client’s preferences?

My job is to play design therapist to find out what a client really wants—and that usually doesn’t mean design. I find that everybody has an emotional desire they need to find through design, and sometimes they’re not even aware. I’m a very intuitive person and often sense something missing in their lives that having a beautiful surrounding can help them find. My goal is to always figure out what they like, and then help them find their own style, educate them on making good decisions, and find a way to pull it together into a cohesive, unifying, and comfortable plan that has a good flow. I’m a bit of a design chameleon because I don’t have or do one style, but I do think all my designs reflect a love of living well, and the interiors reflect a lifestyle rather than a decorative style. 56


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What are some things you look out for when decorating an apartment in New York vs. a home in Palm Beach? How do these cities reflect on the home’s design?

I think it’s very important to consider the natural sunlight and the site of the views because color is such a game-changer in the feel of a room. The same color of blue might look deep, rich, and inviting for a western-facing room in Palm Beach, but it could feel cold, distant, and sad in a northern-facing room in New York. Scale is the other big determining factor people forget about. Larger places suck the furniture out of a design, so you need larger items and so much more furniture than you would think. Smaller places with low ceilings might need an edited approach, but still need some items like art or mirrors to make the room seem larger and [provide] a balance to make it feel finished. I think whatever style you choose, it looks better if it reflects the place where you are, even if they’re just subtle nods.

What has been your favorite design project to date?

I think doing the Kips Bay Show House was the biggest thrill simply because of the fast and furious creative pace, which I love, and the amount of support I had within the design industry. I would have never been able to execute my vision without it! I like working on whatever project I’m doing, because I love the creative process more than I could ever express—it just makes my brain happy. My Atlanta and Palm Beach places have also been very special because they’re so decidedly differing and distinct looks.

How do you describe the Danielle Rollins aesthetic?

My aesthetic is about making things beautiful, focusing on comfort and the joy of living in the environments created.

You are also a fashion designer with a classically elegant collection. Tell us about that.

I never intended to be, but I had an opportunity to share my vision and style showing what I had created that I felt was missing from the current market landscape and focus. It’s the things I love and have always loved but have trouble finding, mixed with a lifetime of altering things and an inherent understanding of scale and proportion. 58

I am a woman of a certain age and I want to look good­—period—regardless of what age I am. I also feel like certain things are better looking than others, just as a matter of the aging process, and while I’ve earned my age, I want to reflect that sense of self confidence in an elegant way that has a timeless, classic, and well heeled in-the-know chic. It’s looking good without trying— and never trying too hard. It’s an approachable, easy breezy, all-American casualness to elegance that lets the woman wearing it stand out and personalize what makes her shine.

At BELLA, we operate on the ideology that beauty is defined by each individual. What does beauty mean to you, and how do you find it?

Beauty to me is what happens in the process. No matter what it is—the struggle, the effort, the growth—that must happen and the strength it takes to get there is inherently where the beauty is. It’s after that that the traditional “beauty” shows, but it can only show because it is the reflection of what went into it. FIND OUT MORE ABOUT DANIELLE ROLLINS DESIGNS AT DANIELLEROLLINS.COM. 59



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ports Illustrated swimsuit model Camille Kostek doesn’t just walk the walk, she talks the talk, and that includes speaking her beliefs, putting out into the universe exactly what she wants, and standing behind the words she shares with others.

Not only did her dream of one day gracing the pages of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit come to fruition this year, she also landed one of the coveted spots on the cover of the iconic magazine after winning its inaugural swim search contest back in March 2018. “I always hoped and dreamed the cover would come, but being among the pages was a win for me,” says the model. “My next goal was to represent the brand and be on the cover, so for that to come the same year as my rookie shoot was shocking and definitely a speechless moment for me.” Citing her mom as her biggest inspiration, the values and confidence of loving the skin you’re in is what helped her move forward during the years when achieving her dream proved difficult. It turns out, staying true to herself paid off. Along with joining the long list of beautiful and intelligent women who have graced the pages of Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition, Kostek’s career is about to shine even brighter.

I didn’t grow up wanting to become a model. I wanted to be a professional dancer, whether it be on Broadway or a ballerina. In my case it was becoming an NFL cheerleader. My mom called me recently and said, ‘Do you remember the things you used to tell me you wanted to be when you grew up?’ I told her I didn’t and she said, ‘I never really knew what you meant but I think that’s what you’re doing.’ I wanted to make people happy and be famous for that.

One of the coolest things MJ [Day] said to me when I won the first ever open call was,

“Welcome to the family,” and that’s exactly what it feels like.”

A former NFL cheerleader for the New England Patriots, her love of dance is not only infectious, but is opening up new opportunities and inspiriting others. She also launched her second collection with Dune Jewelry this past May, and when she’s not in front of the camera, Kostek is out sharing her message. Inspired by her optimism and passion for life, BELLA sat down with the model to talk about her journey to becoming a part of the SI Swimsuit family, how she stands up to body shamers, and why she’s #NeverNotDancing.TM


Did you always want to become a model?

When did becoming a Sports Illustrated swimsuit model begin to take shape?

I was 15 years old when I first saw the magazine. I remember flipping through the pages and everything looked natural. It resonated with me and it wasn’t until I was about 18 when I thought, if I were ever to step into the modeling world I would only want to model for SI Swim. I was also a bit biased because I felt like they were the only publication that would accept me; I didn’t see myself in any other advertisements. It wasn’t until a few years later that I decided I wanted to dip my toes in the industry. I always knew who MJ Day [the editor of SI Swimsuit] was; I spent a lot of my time going online, watching the casting calls, and I would tell myself that one day I was going to be in that casting room.

How did the dream become a reality?

One morning I was scrolling through my Instagram feed and this 60-second video popped up saying, ‘Do you want to be the next Chrissy Teigen? Do you want to be the next Kate Upton?’ and I was like, ‘Tell me more!’ I went onto my computer, saw it was the next round of casting, and knew I needed to make a 60-second video explaining why I wanted to be in the magazine. I recruited a friend from high school who helped me shoot on a beach in Malibu, uploaded the video, and four days later, I woke up to a DM congratulating me on becoming a finalist.

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What was your first thought when you found out you landed this year’s cover?

You also star in a new music video. How did that come about?

I did a #NeverNotDancing video compilation to the song, “So Close” I blanked out! I was at the office filming a documentary for ‘Swim Search’ by NOTD. It’s such a feel-good song for me, one I kept playing over and and afterward they showed me a behind-the-scenes video from my shoot. over again and people asked about it when I uploaded the video. Every 15 seconds they stopped the video and asked what was going through my mind. I A lot of my fans began listening and downloading was full of joy watching it; that was the dream. the song and started making their own videos and I go around to During the last second of the final clip they tagging me and NOTD. The group reached out flashed a picture up on the screen and no one and suggested we do a music video together. universities doing in the room spoke. I immediately recognized the cover font, right behind the photo. My One of the downsides to being recognized is the lectures and I tell the eyes went into a haze. It was like a dream—the loss of anonymity. You’ve dealt with body shamers students, if you do not on social media. What is your best advice for moment you work your entire life for happens.

You’re also the face of another brand, Dune Jewelry, and recently launched your second collection, this one bearing your name.

tell the universe what it is you want, then the universe

dealing with these types of situations?

My best advice is to not compare yourself to others. It’s easy to go on Instagram and get lost on the next IG model, or the next athlete, or the next whatever-you-want-to-do. No one person is alike, and we don’t need more of the same person.

I told Holly [the founder/CEO of Dune Jewelry] that I wanted to make something that was delicate—rings, earrings, bracelets, won’t give it to you.” and necklaces. I wanted it to be simple—less is And do not let the opinions of others define more, which is something I say all of the time. who you are. It’s a lot easier said than done and She noticed my pieces had a touch of CZ, or a little diamond or crystal, I’ve had my moments too. Because of the way the internet is so warped, so she suggested we partner with Swarovski to add a little shine. The Photoshop is so accessible that people forget what a regular body looks Camille Kostek Collection is an everyday wear and the names of the like, or what it looks like for someone to be happy in her own skin despite pieces represent something that appeals to me in my life. Holly totally let what is idealized as perfect. me have all of the creative control on this one.

You seem to be drawn to strong, like-minded women like MJ Day and Holly Daniels Christensen.

What’s next for you?

Acting is something I’ve been dipping my toes into and I’m working on a movie, “Free Guy,” which will be out next year. This year I spoke at three It’s interesting how Holly wanted to align herself with a personality like universities and have a number of dates already booked for next year. I myself. And with her, I don’t just collect my check and leave; she’s become chose to share my message at universities because I started to come into my friend. That’s the success behind a lot of businesses—the relationships my journey of self-love in college and it’s one I’m still on. I know if I had you have. someone come to my school and talk to me it would have been helpful. It’s fulfilling to hear their I know that’s also what made me want SI Swim stories, so if I can change one person’s life in the What’s cool even more after meeting the team; there is a core room then it’s all worthwhile. group of strong women who work behind the about Sports Illustrated I also want to be on “Dancing with the Stars.” I’m magazine, and that was even more fun for me. Swimsuit is these women hoping that will happen this fall. It’s something One of the things fans know about you is that I’ve always wanted to do. I miss dance and hope to ; they get whipped into shape by a professional on that you are always dancing. How did your hashtag #NeverNotDancing go viral? dance floor. have I’m always asked how I made this viral hashtag and I think that’s why it went viral, because At BELLA our tagline is “Beauty as Defined by .” it wasn’t made up. It’s something I’ve always You.” How do you define beauty? been doing—whether there is music or not, Beauty for me is owning all that you are, not just I’m dancing. I’d be on set for photo shoots and during breaks, the music when you feel most beautiful but even at the lowest points in your life. would be on and people would start filming me, saying, “There’s Camille, Confidence, standing tall, and being your authentic self is beauty. never not dancing.” They’d post them and I was also sharing the videos.

all have goals messages they want to share

People loved when I started posting my own dancing videos. It got to the point where my followers would start tagging me in their videos and I started getting messages from people. One girl, who was in the hospital, said that watching the videos made her want to fight for her life, to be able to live in the moment and get up and have fun like that. This is one of the greatest things—seeing how they resonate with people.

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When you dance you are being your free self, living in the moment and having fun.”


All of these things I have in my life—I was told no or that the dream was too far-fetched. So, I always say, ‘This is

for the dreamer out there—stay on your path and

nothing can get in your way.’”

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Super Guide By Norah Bradford

New Yorkers migrate each summer to the East End of Long Island, an adult playground known colloquially as “the Hamptons,” encompassing Southampton, Bridgehampton, East Hampton, Sag Harbor, and Montauk on the Southern Fork. July and August are both the peak of summer and social season in the Hamptons, bringing an influx of international visitors and New York players in search of social activity and relaxation on the beaches and at the top cocktail parties of the season. Here are some of the essential places and events to engage with and enjoy. 66

DelectableDINING Zach Erdem has transformed 75 Main into the Hamptons’ summer dining staple and a year-round hotspot. He reinvented the Southampton eatery by combining the classic style of the Hamptons with the enduring excitement of New York City nightlife. Celebrity guests seen dining in recent seasons have included Leonardo DiCaprio, Kim Kardashian, 50 Cent, and Sarah Jessica Parker. The all-new Union Burger Bar at 40 Bowden Square in Southampton, NY, is open! Created by and co-located with the contemporary Mexican restaurant Union Cantina, Union Burger offers an assortment of specialty gourmet burgers, fresh hand-cut fries, maniacal milkshakes and desserts, and an elaborate craft beer and small batch bourbon selection. Try the fresh Colorado Beef burgers, which are anti-antibiotic and hormone- and additive free. Southampton Social Club is back and setting the standard for a season

of dining, drinks, and dancing. As the pre-eminent fine dining supper club in the Hamptons, Southampton Social Club continues to set the standard for hospitality. Executive Chef Scott Kampf ’s cuisine highlights his dedication to the classic “Farm to Table” cooking style, and the summer 2019 cocktail program features many new concoctions. On a weekly basis, the entertainment will reach a crescendo with live music and DJs performing together, creating an undeniably brilliant sound and vibe to set your summer to. Don’t miss the exciting new menu specials and entertainment at Long Island’s most vibrant, social, and delicious destinations—Union Cantina, the Hamptons’ most authentic modern Mexican restaurant. Owned by Southampton Social Club’s Ian Duke and David Hilty, who have teamed up Executive Chef Kampf, Union Cantina is the go-to modern Mexican eatery in the Hamptons. T-Bar Steak and Lounge Southampton—like its sister restaurant on

the Upper East Side—offers guests innovative contemporary American cuisine in a warm and inviting ambiance. The outdoor terrace and garden make it the quintessential location for evening cocktails on those warm summer evenings. T-Bar is a new spin on the classic upscale steak house. The menu features a wide range of dishes ranging from renditions of classics, to refined and inventive plates. dinner, and Sunday brunch with live music. Plus, Claude’s new all-day dining features Fish Tacos with battered daily catch, Roasted Beet Salad with Catapano farm-fresh chevre (named “Best Goat Cheese in the USA”), and Claude’s signature Lobster Mango Salad. Guests can enjoy indoor and outdoor dining in Claude’s garden courtyard or get takeout for concerts in Agawam Park and drive-in movies at Coopers Beach.

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Saturday, July 13, 2019

The 15th annual Hamptons Happening to benefit the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation will honor Lidia Bastianich, Nicole Miller, Ian Duke, and Antonella Bertello. The event will be held at the estate of top Hamptons host and hostess Kenneth and Maria Fishel. This year, the Waxman Foundation has reinvented one of the East End’s most anticipated summer fundraisers to bring you the flavors of the world—without leaving the Hamptons—for one delicious and exciting evening. This “Tour de Cuisine” event will feature food, wine, and liquor tastings that will transport you to some of your most favorite culinary destinations. DANCERS FOR GOOD Friday, July 19, 2019

The Hamptons’ biggest dance event, Dancers For Good, returns for its fourth spectacular year. The evening will feature two Tony Award winners, Broadway director and choreographer Jerry Mitchell (“Kinky Boots”) will be honored, and the evening will be hosted by Cady Huffman (“The Producers”). Dancers For Good will also honor dance legends Bob Fosse (“Cabaret,” “Chicago”) and Gwen Verdon (“Damn Yankees,” “Sweet Charity”) for their lifetime achievements in dance. A PRIVATE BRUNCH WITH FERRARI AND MASERATI

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Saturday, July 20, 2019

This invitation-only charity brunch and luxury showcase will be held at a private estate in Water Mill, NY, in association with Ferrari Maserati of Long Island. On display will be the latest models from Ferrari and Maserati with the opportunity to experience a ride in these fine marques. Guests will enjoy fine cuisine, champagne, and spirits at the elegant estate, which belongs to the philanthropic power couple, Kenneth and Maria Fishel. SOUTHAMPTON ANIMAL SHELTER’S 10TH ANNUAL UNCONDITIONAL LOVE GALA Saturday, July 20, 2019

The 10th Annual “Unconditional Love” Gala to benefit the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation will be held under the tents at Wickapogue and Old Town Roads in Southampton. The signature event for the animal lover community will kick off with cocktails, followed by dinner catered by Stone Creek Inn. Philanthropist Jean Shafiroff will chair the event. PROSTATE CANCER FOUNDATION’S ANNUAL GALA AND TENNIS TOURNAMENT Saturday, August 24, 2019

Firmly committed to curing prostate cancer, the Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) is the leading philanthropic organization funding and accelerating research globally. Its annual gala will support the 14th PCF Pro-Am Tennis Tournament. Last year’s event included a special performance by John Fogerty and raised over $4 million at the Parrish Art Museum in Watermill. 68

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s kids, we all dream of what we hope to be when we grow up. For some, those dreams change direction, and for others, they never waver. For Tyler Henry, discovering his abilities as a clairvoyant medium at the tender age of 10 changed the course of his life in such a way that he knew his mission was to help others in some capacity. “I actually thought of being a hospice nurse,” says Henry. “That would have been a really viable way of applying my ability and the best way to use it on the down-low.” Although that was his plan early on, Henry’s abilities to see visions and bring a sense of validation to people seeking solace put him on a different path, one neither he nor his parents could have predicted. Despite the skepticism he has faced, Henry has remained true to his calling through the readings he conducts, whether in private or on his show, “Hollywood Medium.” This year he embarked on his first tour, which enabled him to connect to people on a much broader level. Fascinated by the work he does, BELLA sat down with the sought-after Henry to talk about his journey, his life’s mission, and what life is like outside of his work as a medium.



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When you first discovered your abilities, were you frightened?

I was definitely uncertain, and I think looking back I wasn’t mature enough to even realize the magnitude of what I was experiencing. After having a premonition about my grandmother’s death, I knew she was going to pass away, yet I racked that up to an incidental experience.

From that point on, did you start to receive messages on a regular basis?

It happened pretty quickly after; I had a dream and a visitation from my grandmother right after she passed away and that acted as a second catalyst for a whole other series of things.

I went through the yearbook and saw three of these photographs moving, twitching above the page. I pointed to them, and as I did the look on his face changed. He looked at me, closed the book, and told me after a couple of moments that the people I pointed to were classmates who had died. He knew their stories but knew there was no way I could from just a bunch of faces on a page. That was when he made the turning point in understanding it more as ability versus this ethereal kind of physical thing.

When people think of

psychic abilities,

What was the catalyst that led you to ultimately pursue mediumship as a career?

I graduated high school early with the goal of becoming a hospice nurse. I was going to college, they think of movies like taking classes on the side, and when I wasn’t in ‘Ghost’ or ‘The Sixth Sense.’ school, I was at a store doing readings. They were A lot of it would occur at school; it’s where through word of mouth—I didn’t advertise a I spent most of my time. I didn’t deal with ton—so that was my way of experimenting and skepticism as much as I dealt with fear— as they portray. refining my ability, and to feel more comfortable people not really understanding how I knew than I had been. The store was an alternative place what I was coming up with. where there were belly dancers and tarot card readers; it was a mixed bag that attracted a whole You grew up in a small conservative town in California. How was the reaction once word started to get out about your lot of different people, but ultimately I think it was necessary to get me where I’m at today. abilities? I shared to the best of my abilities, but it was one of those things that was hush-hush. When I was 10 years old, a woman held a prayer circle for Since 2016, you’ve had your own show on E!. What’s that been like for me at our local church with a group of fellow parishioners. That was an you? uncomfortable thing to deal with at that age but it ultimately made me It’s been surreal. I was nervous in the beginning and didn’t know what to expect; now we just finished our fourth season. I was concerned the stronger. cameras would be difficult or that I would have a hard time connecting to the client with all the cameramen, but I found once I sat down with What was her reasoning for this prayer circle? I had told her daughter about the premonition I had around my someone, the cameras sort of melted away. It’s just two human beings grandmother and I also shared a series of feelings I had about their family sitting there, having a human experience. [which happened to be correct]. It was insightful and comforting to the There are people who question the validity of girl but her mother was very religious and she what you do. How do you handle the negativity? went back to the church. In certain beliefs in I accept it and always say other people’s opinion Christianity, mediumship is not encouraged or of me isn’t my business. I think with having a accepted; it’s considered to be sinful so that was show airing in 130 countries, there’s going to be reflected in how she acted. I liken my job to some degree of scrutiny. I really put an emphasis on the validation of the readings I do, and so Not understanding what a clairvoyant was, or that of a with that it has to be information to me that is what a medium or a psychic was, I hadn’t seen I don’t write the letters; unknowable, unsearchable. these things on TV quite yet, so to have that be my first introduction to who I was becoming, it I encourage people to have an open mind— was very confusing early on. more for their sake to receive the information and be able to connect the dots. I’ve read people In sharing your abilities with your parents, . who started out as total believers, and people it took your father longer to accept than your who were total cynics. Out of the 200 readings mother. I’ve done on the show, I’ve found every single He thought a psychic is like being Ms. Cleo; his only exposure [had been to those] 1-800 numbers you call up in the person has made some sort of transformation in either affirming the middle of the night. He didn’t understand the psychic world very much, belief or transforming it. and I didn’t understand it at all. But I did know I had some very validating What happens to you physically during a reading? experiences involving the other side and people’s loved ones who passed Before any reading, I set the intention to connect and bring forward away. And as I grew to share those with him and he had some firsthand information that is going to be valuable to the client, and I do that in the experiences, he grew to accept it. form of prayer. This time allows me to start connecting and tell myself it’s

It’s not as clear cut ”


I just deliver the message ”

What ultimately made him a believer?

The changing point was when we went through his high school yearbook. He was curious to see if I could get any readings off the photographs of students he had gone to school with and tell who was living and who had passed away. 72

time to work.

When it comes to the physical sensations that come through, often they’ll correspond with how someone might have passed. If someone had a head injury and died of that, I might get head pain. If they died of lung cancer, I might get a tingling in my lungs.

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You’ll see me sweat, I tend to get flushed and I think that’s a testament to what my body is going through during a reading. It’s as if you have a blank canvas and the spirits are there; they’re going to paint the picture of their lives, and the medium becomes the canvas to tell their story.

Do messages come through even when you’re not doing a reading? If so, do you pass those along?

It happens, but thankfully not a lot. It will usually happen if I’m with friends or family in the evenings or if I get sleepy. For some reason that seems to be prime time for information to come through, although I’m not really sure why.

One of the parts of being a medium is it’s not a 9-to-5 situation.”

I enjoy being on tour; I’m out of my comfort zone and it’s helping me grow. I feel it’s important in being a medium. My goal is to share to the best of my ability, and touring is a great way to do that.

Describe what life is like for you outside of being a medium.

But they are very different mindsets. Being in the mindset of doing a reading is more like a daydream state. Scribbling, meditation—they help—but it’s very different than the mindset I go around in my day-today life, which is more logical and focused, assessing my surroundings and processing it.

My hobbies revolve around trying to unwind and recover from my work. I paint quite a bit; painting and being creative have valuable insights for me. Beyond that, hiking and being in nature are important things for me. The energy of others can be very draining so having “me time” and the ability to distinguish other people’s thoughts, feelings, and emotions from my own is essential for well-being.

Speaking of scribbling, is there significance to it?

Has your life’s work gotten in the way of forming new relationships?

The scribbling started in my teen years when I was exploring this ability. I was on the phone with a friend and I was doodling, and I found that every time the pen would go to paper, for some reason I would have a hard time concentrating on what my friend was saying, and instead get these feelings. I think the repetitive motion of scribbling allows me to concentrate on the more subconscious side. I think there’s something to be said about repetition in spiritual practices. Usually I’m not writing anything down; the scribble is just a piece of paper with some ink on it.

How do you handle negative messages that come through? When I’m sitting across from someone and I’m getting an impression, I feel a strange responsibility to share it because if I don’t, when I go to bed at night I’m going to be thinking about it and it’s going to linger. How I articulate it though is a responsibility. I have to take into consideration the client’s feelings, the fact that if it’s for the show it is going to be something that is public—the family will see it—and I have to be diplomatic in how I word certain things. I do my best, but I think it’s important to stay true to the message.

Do you ever have revelations come through about yourself ?

There are times it’s happened. One of the great things about this ability is it has allowed me to see who is meant to be in my life and who is not, who is compatible and who isn’t. I think part of knowing me and being in my life, there is a degree of acceptance that you are going to be read, that there is information that will come through, and that secrets are hard to maintain. That comes with the territory when getting close to a medium.

How did the health scare you experienced a few years back change you?

I was worried that the surgery to remove this brain cyst I apparently had since birth would cause me to lose my abilities. I remember waking up and looking at the nurse and immediately felt her father around her. I was so relieved that there was still this semblance of energy.

I tell people the sixth sense uses the other five senses to communicate. It’s very impression based and interpretational. As a clairvoyant, you are receiving impressions though visions or

mental images.”

Usually mediums or psychics won’t feel things about themselves and I believe that has to do with bias. If you read a stranger you have no real investment, but if you’re reading yourself, you have expectations, fears, hopes, and you can’t shield yourself from those.

You’re currently on tour. Do you find doing readings for larger audiences more challenging? The group readings are probably the hardest part of my job because you’re in front of 2,000 people. Venue is important—being in a space where I can see every person’s face is important for me to connect. There are times when you can’t see everyone, and it becomes a challenge. I may


become insistent on the information I’m getting and I have to figure out whom it applies to and where I’m going in the audience. You never know what’s going to happen when you get up there or what’s going to come through.

Did it give you any insight into the afterlife?

It didn’t. If anything, it changed how I felt about life after coming back. There was a deeper gratitude, and I don’t sweat the small stuff. It gives you a new take on being here and being thankful.

Have you ever asked, “Why me?”

I do wonder why I have this ability, but have found I don’t get far in asking the question. It’s a mix of acceptance and understanding that this happened to me at 10 years old; my life was changed forever.

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or a performer, the opportunity to create can come in many forms— whether it’s in front of the camera or behind it, live, or on-screen. The chance to use stories to entertain, educate, and help audiences connect is the reason so many aspiring actors choose this path. These two actors are no exception—both Michael Masini and Travis Coles are motivated to bring the stories they feel passionate about to life. This year has been a busy one for both, and we’re only halfway through 2019. Keep an eye out for these two because they are truly ones to watch!



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hen former professional hockey player Michael Masini decided to hang up his skates at the age of 21, he had visions of following another dream, one that encompassed the world of entertainment. “I always wanted to do movies and TV but didn’t know how,” says Masini. “My whole life had been hockey; I didn’t know where to start.” Armed with the knowledge that it was time to face another stage of his life, Masini knew he had to build a substantial foundation. After getting a college degree, one thing led to another and the soon-to-be actor found himself following that second dream he wasn’t sure was possible. “Hockey was already a dream…I didn’t know if I could live my life on two dreams.” But he’s proven that it is possible. Along with performing, the actor, who admits a love for numbers, is equally as fascinated with the behind-the-scenes of how movies are made. These days, Masini splits his time 50/50—50% acting and the remaining 50% producing. This year, audiences can catch him on the big screen in both “Birds of Prey” and “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.”

BELLA sat down with the versatile star to talk about his career and what’s in store for 2019. You’ve had not one but two exciting careers—one in sports and now entertainment. Do you see a correlation between the two?

Definitely! Acting is like hockey; you can’t just “wing it”—you have to be an expert at your craft. Just like when you play a sport, you have to practice every day. Acting is just as hard as playing hockey.

Early on, you took an internship at a company where you learned about the business side of making movies. What did you take away from the experience?

Making films takes a team; it’s a collaboration. I like making connections and that’s the

producing side of the business. I love figuring out how to make money and connecting the people with the right investment and make a profit. I love making movies as much as I enjoy being in them.

Not only are you in the midst of producing three films right now, but you also have two movies coming out with big-name star power— Margot Robbie and Tom Hanks. What was it like being a part of these productions?

It didn’t feel much different than shooting a smaller movie. I will say that booking a studio movie is harder than booking a TV show; it took me 10 years. It was a lot of fun. It was really interesting to see on a big-budget level how things came together on “Birds of Prey.” But regardless, everyone is just trying to make the best possible film at any level.

You worked with the legendary John Singleton in “Rebel.” His passing was a huge loss for the entertainment community. What was it like to work alongside him? He really was the absolute best—an open, creative soul. He wanted everyone to succeed and wouldn’t let politics interfere with his casting process. John created careers and he loved to discover new talent and give them a shot. I will forever be grateful to him because that experience started my career. It was my first recurring role, and I haven’t stopped working since. I learned collaboration from him, seeing how everything came together. That’s what makes the magic happen.

Is there a fellow actor whose career you admire?

Leonardo DiCaprio—the movies he makes, the passion, the collaboration with Martin Scorsese. I love his career and his movie choices; they are what drew me in. Films like “The Departed,” “Catch Me if You Can,” “The Wolf of Wall Street,” “Inception”—these are the films that made me want to do this.

Thinking ahead, what direction would you like your career to move in?

Eventually I’d like to write, produce, and act in my own films for that complete creative control. I like shows that are outside the box and ones that tell a real life story. Acting has taught me to pay attention to detail, to be the best representation of what happens in real life, and to stay in the moment. I want to help move along any story that touches me; I enjoy making the connections to make that happen.


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pend just a few minutes talking to actor, writer, and improviser Travis Coles and you can’t help but feel drawn to his enthusiasm. From a young age, he knew his life as a performer was something that was in the cards, and his passion for his craft, and life itself, is genuinely infectious. Coles studied acting in college and joined various improv groups like the “Upright Citizens Brigade,” a group he still performs with every Saturday evening. Along with this live work, something Coles says is a part of everything he does, this talented actor is working on multiple TV projects, including a recurring role on the hit YouTube Premium series, “Liza on Demand.” In August, he co-stars in the much-anticipated show, “David Makes Man” on the OWN network with Oprah Winfrey as one of the producers. Already dear to his heart, the actor feels strongly that the show is going to touch many people’s lives in some way or another.

A true role model, Coles shared with BELLA how the work he’s been doing has inspired young people, and why the best advice he ever received opened up a whole new world for him. Performing live is a part of your roots. How would you describe the experience?

It’s spontaneous, and nothing feels the same. Once the work is out there, it can never be done again; there are no second takes. After an improv show, I leave so invigorated. There’s a formula to what we do and it feels great; I’ve been doing this for over 10 years. I also love TV and film and really stories, in general. I’m happiest when I’m performing.

You’re gearing up for season two of the web series, “Liza on Demand.” What’s the premise of the show? The show is based around the character of Liza, and it’s about navigating life in a world where there are so many different options, especially in your twenties. My character, Oliver, is one of Liza’s best friends, and this season we’re going to see how each of the characters has a story that connects to Liza’s and how it brings it all together. We’re going to be talking about some things people should be talking about under the lens of comedy. It’s going to be even crazier than season one.

What does “Liza on Demand” bring to its audience?

Kids will DM me and say, “Thank you for what you’re doing.” The key for me is to be a part of something that is helping, not hindering, and comedy is very good for people who are going through tragedy. We all need a laugh and to see things through a different point of view. Recently, my gay dream was fulfilled on set when Marissa Jaret Winokur came in to film a cameo. I used to sing her song from “Hairspray,” and people would make fun of me. Now, here I am and it felt so good, and not in a resentful way. That little kid that was so scared…I want to hug little Travis.

Your new show, “David Makes Man,” debuts August 14. What is the premise of the show? It’s a story about David, a child who is trying to figure out his identity and struggling with a traumatic situation that not only affects him but also those around him. My character, Ms. Elijah, has been a part of David’s life for a long time and viewers will see how he’s affected by my character as he gets older. Ms. Elijah lives her life unapologetically and as open as possible. David looks at her and wonders, “If you can be who you are and not switch in your world, what does that mean?”

What message do you hope audiences will take away?

We might not all be the same, but at the end of the day we all have experienced something that has led us to a point where we’re at a crossroads. I hope people will say, “Oh I know what that’s like.” Even if just one person can relate to it, I am going to be so happy.

What wisdom have you learned throughout your career?

That what I have to offer is amazing; I didn’t realize that for a while. I spent a lot of time in that cycle of thinking I had to be someone else because the nature of the social era we’re in, it’s so easy to do. Then nothing is ever good enough and perfectionism is a bottomless well because it doesn’t exist. I am who I am, and I love who I am, and I have to accept I am not changing. Once I did that and stopped doing what I thought people wanted from me, all of a sudden I started getting work.

What are you most passionate about?

I am passionate about being authentic, and just being myself. I hope other people are inspired to do the same. Travisties


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How Girl Boss

Cohen Braun Is Redefining Some of Life’s Most Challenging Moments BY ALEXANDRA ANASTASIO


s the founder of not one, but two powerful platforms, Yael Cohen Braun, an activist, wife, and mother of three, turned pain into purpose when her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009. Little did she know at the time that the T-shirt with the mantra “FCancer” on it—which she designed for her mom—would turn into a movement. Five years after creating the non-profit organization, FCancer, Braun joined forces with another Canadian woman who had also started a movement of the same name in honor of her mom who had passed away from ovarian cancer. Stronger together, Braun and Julie Greenbaum teamed up to give others the space to learn, share, and support one another during what they knew firsthand would be some of the most difficult days. Braun also launched “Motherlucker,” an online digital media platform, after the birth of her first child in 2015 as a way to share her hard-earned


wisdom, as well as seek out information from other mothers going through similar experiences of motherhood. Recently she joined the team at Bumble, the popular dating and networking app, as a senior advisor, while they have acquired the assets of Motherlucker. When initially launching both platforms, she had no idea they would grow into what they are today. Both motherhood and supporting a loved one with cancer are highly emotional times in a person’s life that—as Braun points out—nobody can prepare for. BELLA sat down with Braun to talk about the ways in which she is helping others persevere through life’s most challenging moments, how her partnerships have made her stronger, and why learning to say “no” can be so important.

We’re taught to think there’s a finite cup of success and if somebody else takes from it, there’s less for us—and that’s

not the truth.”

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The trials and tribulations of motherhood are so real and everybody feels them, but we’ve been trained to like glittery Pinterest moms, and that’s not

what motherhood should be.”

PARENTING DOs & DON’Ts THAT HAVE HELPED • Don’t compare yourself to other parents. • Don’t believe social media. • Trust your gut and know you’re doing the best job you can. • Nothing is the end of the world. Especially with your first child—you think every decision, every diaper change is going to form who she is or what he becomes. But that’s not the case. 84

When you started FCancer, it was a mission you undertook on your own. How did you and Julie team up?

After the birth of your first child, you created “Motherlucker.” What inspired you to create the online platform?

We kept tabs on one another and three years later I reached back out and said, “Girl, are you ready to do this together, or what?” We met in person and had a somewhat contentious first meeting. By the end, however, we were like, “You’re awesome, and we are going to do this together.” We’re so much stronger together than apart.

At events, I would end up in the corner with somebody’s wife, or talking to someone I had never met before, telling me she had a miscarriage, or trouble getting pregnant. My husband Scott said to me, “You’re like the baby whisperer; why do people tell you these things?” I told him it’s because I give them permission. We aren’t given permission to talk about these things, and it sucks.

People kept confusing us for each other, so I reached out years before we merged to say, “Hey, we should do this together.” We laugh now, but it didn’t go so well; she was not open to it, which I understood. Both of us started our FCancer organizations in honor of our moms. Hers was in large part a way to process and grieve the loss of her mother. She wasn’t ready to share or give that up, and I completely understood and respected that.

How would you describe Julie?

She is unbelievable. Jules is a bad ass, hustler rock star who works hard and has such good instincts. I am so happy and proud to have someone like her as a partner.

Your mission is to help change the way people talk about cancer. How have you been doing that? We’re coming from three main perspectives: early detection, prevention, and psychosocial. With early detection, it’s knowing your family history and understanding early warning signs and what you should be getting screened for. With prevention, it’s understanding what we’re doing in our everyday lives that affect our cancer risk. Sometimes we’re misinformed or not informed at all.

I felt so underwater when I first became a mom—[I was] reading way too much and I was anxious all the time. I thought every decision was the biggest decision in the world. But truthfully, it started because I had a miscarriage before Jagger, and while I had talked about it with close friends, we hadn’t really told most people we were pregnant, so it was weird to tell them we had a miscarriage.

I decided to share my truths, and as a first-time mom with a child under one, it was really limited. I couldn’t speak to most people’s experiences, so I opened up our community to contributors. Thousands of applications came in from others who wanted to share their stories. Almost two-dozen contributors joined us with their hilarious, beautiful, and moving accounts of their lives. It brought things into perspective in which everyone could find something that resonated with them.

Everyone wants to feel their journey is important and they want to

be heard.”

But the psychosocial is at the core of it for me and it’s so important because I don’t think we are taught how to take care of people when they’re ill or how to be taken care of. Our organization gives very specific and actionable ways to support someone when they have cancer or how to ask for the help you need when you have cancer.

The, “I’m here if you need me” is difficult because it puts the onus back on the patient to ask for specific help. Not only is that difficult and embarrassing, it makes them face the fact that they are unable to perform tasks for themselves. We make it super-specific: If they have a dog, walk the dog; drop off food; take the kids to school; even just spend time together. It’s standing up in a way that’s non-invasive but also direct and specific so that someone doesn’t feel uncomfortable accepting the help.

What have been some of the challenges and rewards?

I think the challenges have been plentiful; with a name like ours, it’s being taken seriously. The name wasn’t for shock value, it was how we f***ing felt, and there is legitimacy to the work—it’s not just a slogan. There were challenges in the merge—Julie and me finding our rhythm with each other, understanding what we were going to do, and how we were going to do it together. The reward, we joke, is seeing it in the wild. [It’s] seeing somebody we don’t know with our T-shirt on, or with a sticker on her phone. [It’s] people telling you what FCancer did or meant to them at a really difficult time. And that’s why we do it, because everyone on our team has been that person—where we or someone we love was diagnosed with cancer. I’m glad we can give others a community, information, and everything they need to get through the hardest days of their lives.

You’ve said it’s important to say “no” more than it is to say “yes.” How come?

We all get asked a lot to help, and I think often it’s exciting, and you’re excited to be a part of things. You want to help…whatever reason it is, you want to say yes. But ultimately, if you say yes to everything, you are spreading yourself thin and there is no real direction. You have to have a belief and a direction in everything you do. Choosing what you believe in and where you want to spend your time is really important, and knowing it’s OK to say no.

When it comes to giving back, what lessons do you hope to impart to your children?

I want them to be grateful, and aware that this life is very special. It’s their responsibility to give back in every way they can and not take things for granted. I think gratitude is important, and empathy as well. I want them to truly care about other people. I am a big believer in letting them pick what’s important to them. I don’t think it’s my job to tell them what issues they should believe in, but rather help them find ways to feel valuable and use the tools they have to make a difference. We have ways we do that at home already. We try to teach them that their lives are incredibly blessed, so let’s help other children feel just as lucky.

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annah Berner is a woman of many passions. A former professional and collegiate tennis player, she is now juggling various careers and hobbies. Her latest endeavor: reality TV.

In the summer of 2018, Berner exchanged the bustle of the city, with its howl of angry cabs and exhaust, for a different kind of chaos, excitement, and, of course, debauchery. Heading out east to the Hamptons, Berner joined Bravo’s hit series “Summer House,” which features a group of friends renting a summer-share to spend their weekends in one of the country’s most prestigious vacation destinations. “I thought I was the crazy one, but these people are animals,” she laughs in the trailer. Berner made her entertainment industry debut in 2013, shortly after a stint teaching tennis, and quickly learned she had a newfound desire for the limelight. In November of that same year, she also launched the podcast, “Berning in Hell,” in which she interviews guests about their deepest insecurities, anxieties, and fears. Adding philanthropy to fame, Berner also utilizes all of her media platforms to draw attention to important issues, such as mental health.

Regarding your podcast “Berning in Hell,” you say that people like to pretend their life is “rainbows and butterflies.” How do you get them to open up about their deepest insecurities, anxieties, and fears?

I am so sick of the show-off mentality that social media breeds. I also hate small talk. I’ve met some very interesting entrepreneurs, reality TV stars, and athletes over the years who I know have the ability to open up, and I think I have a knack for making people feel comfortable about being vulnerable because I am embarrassingly vulnerable myself on the podcast. Hearing successful people open up about their emotional demons has taught me how everyone goes through hell, and it makes the world seem a little less scary and gives hope to people who are in a dark place. And it gives some laughter!

Hannah Berner

Why did you decide to make such a drastic career change, from professional tennis to the media industry? Do you ever regret not continuing with your tennis career?

Tennis was my first passion and career that I pursued for over 12 years of my life. As a child, it was my dream, Berner opened up to but as you grow and BELLA in this intimate learn more about interview, as she dives into yourself, you realize her experience in reality you don’t only have one TV and her varied careers. dream or inspiration. I She enlightens that as didn’t ultimately enjoy complex and multifaceted the daily competition individuals, we possess an anymore, and I knew I overabundance of dreams had a creative side that I within us worth exploring By Rose Aljure had been suppressing. It and pursuing. was extremely difficult to What drew you to one of Bravo’s most talked about shows, “Summer retire from competitive tennis; I would almost call it my worst breakup because it’s been by my side for as long as I can remember. It was also hard House?” I grew up summering out east in Shelter Island, and I always loved getting to lose a part of my identity that had been a huge part of my ego for so a break from the city. However, I wouldn’t go out there to party—I would long. But I never regret stopping playing because it prepared me for the play tennis, golf, and nap a lot. I haven’t been single over the summer since entertainment industry in the best possible way. At this time in my life I’m college, so “Summer House” was a great opportunity to experience a exactly where I am meant to be. different side of the Hamptons and meet a bunch of new people.

For those who have not yet seen “Summer House,” could you describe a bit about it? What can viewers expect to see this season?

It’s a show about eight friends who work hard all week in NYC and then go to the Hamptons on the weekend to blow off steam. You see us party, fall in love, fight, and open up our lives on national television. This season you get to see me make friendships, fight some stereotypes, fall for a sexy British man, and sometimes drink a little too many Aperol spritzers.

Viewers see you in such a vulnerable light—a position in which the personal details of your life are exposed for everyone to see. Is it difficult always being in the public eye?

Some people already knew me from producing videos at “Betches” or from memes on my Instagram, so I was excited to show people different sides of me that aren’t carefully constructed. I hope that by putting myself out there in a very authentic way, telling my story can help someone feel less alone…or at least be good entertainment after a long day of work.

What is your secret for finding strength in tough times, especially in an industry where everyone seems to have an opinion?

I always remember that the loudest people tend to be the negative people and to not attach my self-worth to the opinion of a 65-year-old man in Idaho with a computer.

Can you tell us about your family background and your trajectory in sports?

I was born in Brooklyn, New York, to a sports fanatic family. At a young age, I was hyper and outgoing so sports was a great place to put all my wild energy. At 8 years old, I told my parents I wanted to be a professional tennis player. At 15, I left my family in NYC and moved to a Florida tennis academy where I was ranked top 250 in the world in the Girls 18 & Under [category] and played professional tournaments. When I returned to Brooklyn, I almost quit, but I got accepted to The Beacon School and joined their boys’ tennis team. I went on to earn a full scholarship to the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where I earned MVP my senior year.

So, what’s next for you?

I am working on doing live podcast shows in NYC (in April I had my first one at Caroline’s on Broadway) and hopefully some new shows in the future. I just love creating content and being my own boss right now!

At BELLA, we believe that beauty is defined by you. What does beauty mean to you, and how do you define it?

For me, beauty is believing you are the most beautiful soul in the world because you are your unique self. That kind of self-love is so powerful and can change the path of your life and the people around you. It’s infectious and makes the world a beautiful place. 87

arts & culture | LA spotlight

Memorable Art and Experiences Abound as Los Angeles Celebrates Its

Glorious Summer By Michele DiNardo

Still fighting off the doldrums from the record-setting rainfall this winter? Shake it off! Summer is in full swing in the Southland. Check out these noteworthy events and soak up every ounce of sun and fun!


Bringing artwork to life right before your eyes, the crown jewel of Laguna Beach’s Festival of the Arts—Pageant of the Masters—is an outdoor stage show like no other. This year’s theme, “The Time Machine,” will transport audiences around the globe into the past, present, and future in search of great art. Using a live orchestra and a cast of hundreds of volunteers, this 70+-year tradition consistently wows crowds. July 7 through August 31, 2019 - 8:30 p.m.


Wondering what the KPOP fuss is all about? KCON will guide you through the neon maze of Korean pop culture for four fun, dizzying days. Come get your fix of Korean pop music, beauty products, food, and fashion as KCON gives fans a chance to connect with each other, revel in the hottest pop stars’ performances, and see-and-be-seen with today’s top influencers through a series of interactive events. August 15-19, 2019 • Staples Center and LA Convention Center 88



What could be better? The L.A. Taco Festival returns to downtown Los Angeles for the ninth year in a row at a bigger location at Grand Park. Enjoy live music, unique vendors, and tacos, tacos, tacos (!!), all while supporting Jovenes, an organization that helps mentor and transform homeless youth into productive citizens. August 17, 2019 - 12-8 p.m. • Grand Park, DTLA


Classical music fans in Los Angeles know that Tchaikovsky under the stars at the Hollywood Bowl validates summer. Witty Branwell Tovey conducts this perennial favorite musical event, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Stay ‘til the end to catch the traditional 1812 Overture and a barrage of fantastic fireworks. This show is an LA must-see! August 9-10, 2019 - 8 p.m.


Photography by Jeff McLane


Long time resident and LA-based artist Yunhee Min adapted the vibrant imagery of her work on canvas to the steps of the Hammer Museum’s lobby staircase in the first Hammer project to be oriented on the floor. Free admission through October 27 - Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Photography by Craig Mathew


Catch the New York Yankees vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers and cheer on your beloved ball club while taking advantage of the chance to venture beyond their famous Dodger Dogs. Dodger Stadium’s much-hyped new menu offerings include a Chicken Burrito Bowl, a Beyond Meat burger, Going Yard Sausage, and more. Esquites, anyone?! August 24, 2019 - 1 p.m.


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arcelona is known especially for art enthusiasts, around the world there is much more to not only for its rich discover in this historical By Julie Freeman culture, beautiful weather, city. and pro soccer club. The coastal city also boasts a vast art scene dating back to renowned artists like Escape the crowds and still be wowed by adding Casa Vicens to your Antoni Gaudí. If you would like to explore the magic of Barcelona in a little itinerary. It is Gaudís first ever designed and built house, and dates back more exclusive way, look no further. to around 1883. Kept as a private home for more than 130 years, it was finally opened to the public in November 2017. The impressive structure is There is no doubt that even those who have not visited Spain have heard considered to be one of the first Art Nouveau buildings in the world. Think of the legendary architect Antoni Gaudí. Colorful facades, out-of-the-box colored tiles, never-before-seen elements, and nature’s beauty worked into structures, and a touch of nature­—his signature style is hard to miss while every detail. Tours are offered in small groups due to the size of the building roaming Barcelona’s streets. and will make for a more intimate and stress-free experience. Casa Milá and Casa Batlló are amongst his most well-known buildings for good reason—they are stunning works of art. But as with most tourist attractions, you can expect there to be a very long line. Walking through the museum, you’ll be distracted from admiring your surroundings by stepping on other visitors’ feet. Now, of course you will still want to check out the famous La Sagrada Família, Park Güell, and all of Gaudí’s other legacies. But


Equally famous for its Catalan Modernism is Casa de les Punxes. The three building structure was designed and built in the early 20th century by Josep Puig i Cadafalch. Its history and meaning goes way beyond what meets the eye. Once owned by the three Terradas sisters, Rosa, Josefa, and Àngela, each of them had their own private house right next to one another. Looking up, you can spot their initials carved into the facade. Today, you can explore

the National Historic Landmark building and enjoy a private brunch on its rooftop, surrounded by the expansive views of Barcelona’s “Golden Square.” A huge part of every Barcelona trip—and an art form in its own right—is the food. Hofmann, a 1 Star Michelin restaurant, is a refreshing option when you are looking for something a bit more upscale than a tapas bar. Founded in 1983 by May Hofmann, the kitchen is run by culinary students as part of their professional training. The results are colorful creations that are almost too pretty to eat. Another can’t-miss experience is the National Art Museum of Catalonia (Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, or MNAC). It is home to some of the world’s most spectacular Romanesque mural paintings and sculptures, giving you an inside look at gothic and medieval art. Avoid the crowds and discover the museum, its gorgeous rooftop city views, and the Òleum Restaurant after closing hours., After an exciting day of exploring Barcelona’s culture and art scene, it is time to relax. Staying in for the night can be exciting too, if you’re resting your head at The One Barcelona, a five star-hotel in the city’s center. There, you’ll find some pretty cool art pieces as well. Eye-popping paintings by contemporary artists such as Joan Miró, Manolo Valdés and Antoni Tàpies Casa Vicens, Barcelona 2017 - Photography by Pol Viladoms

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arts & culture | magical modernism are placed throughout the entire hotel. Each of the 88 rooms boasts its own one-of-a-kind headboard created by artist Fernando Prats, who uses flying birds’ wings to create astonishing pieces of art. The hotel’s spa treatments will stimulate your senses with sounds and aromas and guarantee you’ll leave glowing. Try their fire and ice facial and coconut massage—you won’t regret it. Afterward, enjoy a glass of bubbly and kick it by the rooftop pool with sunset views of the La Sagrada Família. Photography courtesy of The One Barcelona

With all of the amazing tapas restaurants around town, it is tempting to want to venture out for dinner. But if you’re open to a more immersive culinary experience, The One Barcelona’s Somni Restaurant & Cocteleria will be offering a very special menu until September. It was created by the restaurant’s chef, Miguel Muñoz, who also happens to be an artist. His Four Elements Menu decorates self-designed plates with carefully crafted dishes, each of them representing one of the four elements: earth, water, air, and fire. Indulge in each course with a perfectly paired glass of wine or cocktail and purchase his designer plates after dinner if you’d like. They will be the perfect keepsake of an amazing trip and add some Barcelona art to your own four walls.

Barcelona Premium is a specialized program from

Barcelona Turisme that aims to promote the city’s unique and exclusive experiences. The Real Thing, a destination management company in Spain and Portugal, offers tailor-made luxury trips.,, Photography by Julie Freeman




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D.C. DINING A Guide to D.C.’s Top Michelin-Rated Restaurants By JoAnn Hill


Photography by Gordon Beall

In 2017, the Washington, D.C. culinary scene forever changed, becoming one of only four U.S. cities to receive a Michelin Star dining guide. The immense honor of being recognized as a Michelin-starred metropolis has catapulted the nation’s capital into the highest restaurant realm, transforming the popular tourist-focused city into a premier dining destination.



Below is a guide to six of Washington, D.C.’s Michelin-starred restaurants.

An hour’s drive from D.C., Little Washington exemplifies the appeal of a weekend getaway to northern Virginia—you’ll find a charming town brimming with rich colonial history set amid tranquil surroundings. Its main draw, however, is anything but small-town and defies the notion that world-class cuisine only derives from metropolitan giants. The Inn at Little Washington, the D.C. area’s only restaurant to earn a Michelin 3-Star rating, is a destination in itself, and is as grand as it is timeless. Step into the opulent lounge, and take in the sumptuous magnificence of the establishment and its extraordinary ability to transport visitors to an extravagant European countryside retreat. The exceptional service is inviting and conscientious, without being pretentious. Diners can choose from three different tasting menus, where each course is a culinary masterpiece of unique and fresh ingredients, many grown in the property’s multiple vegetable gardens. Every plate boasts an array of bold flavors, textures, and colors, just waiting to pair with a bottle from the Inn’s extensive wine collection. BOTTOM LINE: Dining at the Inn at Little Washington is a feast for the senses, and a superior gastronomic experience of a lifetime.

Tasting menus offered at $238/person; optional wine pairings available. Dinner only.



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Dining at Jose Andres’ Minibar ventures far beyond the typical evening of enjoying a great dinner out. The multi-hour experience is a dazzling theatrical tour de force where the presentation of each artistically curated plate is as equally imaginable and lavish as its taste. Each creation that emerges from the centerpiece kitchen is a meticulous combination of food, art, and science that will forever challenge your thinking of what food should look and taste like. Guests are seated around a communal counter where they are privy to the ingenuity of uber-talented chefs. Following the elaborate twenty-plus course tasting menu, patrons are escorted next door to Barmini, a revolutionary cocktail lab where intricately concocted cocktails are uniquely presented in an ultra-posh swanky setting. BOTTOM LINE:

This one-of-a-kind dining experience will surely leave a lasting imprint on your adventurous, food-loving heart. Prepaid tickets are required, $275/person. Dinner only.


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PINEAPPLE AND PEARLS Pineapple and Pearls, an ambitious endeavor by revered chef and owner Aaron Silverman, has upped the ante of Capitol Hill’s food scene, providing a top-tier dining establishment in the historic family-friendly enclave. Dining at this neighborhood gem will cost diners a pretty penny. How many pennies, you ask? 325,000 pennies to be exact. While the cost is undoubtedly exorbitant, it’s worth noting the hefty fee includes everything: drink pairings, tax, gratuity, and over twelve sublime courses. From the exquisite regard to every detail, the hospitable and heedful service, and the inventive and delectable food and drink pairings, there is little doubt that this meal is one for the memory books. BOTTOM LINE:

While Pineapple and Pearl’s $325 tasting menu price tag is high, its impressive and superlative dining experience will wow even the most discerning of diners.

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Reservations taken five weeks prior to reservation date, with 50% of the total charged upon booking and the remaining balance charged the morning of your reservation. Dinner only.


BOTTOM LINE: Foodies will be hard-pressed to find a

cozier spot to enjoy a mouthwatering meal.

Reservations available up to two weeks in advance. Dinner only.


Photography by Andrew Cebulka

D.C.’s Shaw neighborhood has quickly become one of D.C.’s most sought-after dining destinations, largely in part to The Dabney, arguably its most coveted dining treasure. In 2016, the esteemed restaurant earned a well-deserved spot on Bon Appetit’s America’s 50 Best New Restaurants list. Tucked away in Blagden Alley, its Mid-Atlantic-centered menu features shareable small plates that emphasize local and seasonal ingredients, many coming from nearby farms and the restaurant’s rooftop garden. An imposing wood-burning hearth serves as an arresting backdrop to the intimate farmhouse-like dining room. There’s little question that The Dabney is the sparkling jewel of Shaw’s culinary crown.

KOMI Komi manages to attain the often-elusive balance between exceptional dining and unpretentious ambience. Situated in a quaint Dupont Circle historic townhouse, it offers a familiar dining-at-home feel. The Mediterranean-influenced multi-course menu transports diners to the azure seas and whitewashed cave dwellings of Greece. The staff ’s willingness to accommodate guests is unparalleled. When I expressed how much I adored the burst-in-your-mouth spanakopita balls, our server proceeded to bring me another tray (yes, that’s right, an entire tray). When the server learned that I didn’t eat meat, he asked the chef to replicate their signature half-smoke dish using lentils, beans, and other plant-based ingredients, resulting in a nearly exact duplicate. Komi offers an intimate, inviting, and intoxicating dining experience. Komi’s tasting menu has proven to be worthy of its lofty price tag and esteemed recognition.

Twelve+ course menu offered at $165/person; optional wine pairings available. Dinner only. Jackets required for men.

Photography by Scott Suchman


MASSERIA Located in the burgeoning Union Market district, Masseria is pure gastronomic greatness, serving sublime modern coastal Italian fare in an equally stunning space. The chic culinary oasis is largely responsible for putting the NoMa neighborhood on D.C.’s culinary map, serving as the leading force behind its rapid growth and popularity. Various multi-course tasting menus are offered where patrons can mix and match from a number of categories, including antipasti, vegetables, fish, meat, pasta, and dessert. Every course is beautifully plated and constructed from the highest quality of ingredients. Standouts include their fresh pasta and seafood. BOTTOM LINE:

Photography by Scott Suchman

Masseria is a delectable dream deserving of its many accolades. Multi-course menus start at $98/person.

There’s never been a more exciting time to be a foodie in Washington, D.C. Locals and visitors alike can revel in its commitment to culinary greatness. While our nation’s capital will most likely continue to be primarily known for its iconic monuments and museums, its emerging dining scene proves that Washington, D.C. is also a true foodie destination. 97

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ZACH ERDEM Restaurateur, Nightclub Owner, Hotelier Z

By Peter Elston

ach Erdem owns and manages two fine dining restaurants on the East End, 75 Main and the newly opened Blu Mar, as well as the nightclub AM Southampton, and the boutique hotel Harpoon House. Such endeavors make him a major contributor not only to the town of Southampton’s infrastructure, but also to its food culture and social and entertainment scene. Erdem immigrated to the United States from Turkey in 2002 in search of new career opportunities and was quickly enamored by the Hamptons. He got a job at the first restaurant he stopped to dine at—75 Main—first as a dishwasher and later as a bartender. In the years that followed, Erdem traveled all over the United States—working in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Miami while gaining insight into the continuously changing restaurant 98

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business before returning to Southampton in 2010 to fulfill his dream of taking ownership of 75 Main. This has since become one of the most popular year-round restaurants and lounges in the Hamptons, much thanks to Erdem’s ability to transform this summer dining staple into a year-round favorite. Now in its fourth season, Erdem’s nightlife hotspot AM Southampton has seen guests like 50 Cent, Ja Rule, Fat Joe, Michael Jordan, Fetty Wap, 6ix9ine, Jada Kiss, Carmelo Anthony, Amber Rose, and Fabolous, as well as some of the most famous DJs around the world, including Cedric Cervais, DJ Chuckie, Nervo, Thomas Gold, Rehap, Dimitri Vegas, Like Mike, Blau, and Thomas Jack. Erdem has successfully managed to create a brand and hospitality group that understands the needs of the local community, as well

as the Hamptons’ seasonal visitors. Having lived in the Hamptons himself for many years, Erdem has an innate understanding of the local business environment and continuously strives to enhance it. A more recent addition to Erdem’s hospitality group is the restaurant Blu Mar, which brings award-winning cuisine to Southampton. Occupying the Old Post House and situated within the new boutique hotel Harpoon House, the Mediterranean seafood restaurant marries pristine, wild seafood from Atlantic, Pacific, and Mediterranean waters, caught or flown in daily, with seasonal ingredients that are harvested locally and at their peak. Erdem said it best when he was honored with a 2016 nomination for the Long Island Business & Finance Awards: “I am lucky to be able to do what I love while at the same time giving back to the community that welcomed me with open arms so many years ago.”


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Restaurateur By Norah Bradford

t is often said that good things come in threes, which is certainly the case when considering the impact Ian Duke has had on Southampton’s social and culinary scene. As a key facet of the leadership team behind the 2019 launch of the instant classic, Union Burger Bar, Duke is also responsible for Union Cantina, entering its fourth season, and the ever-popular Southampton Social Club since 2010. Union Cantina, a favorite destination for festive happy hour drinks and live music, offers an innovative take on classic Mexican dishes such as its signature Deconstructed Enchilada. Southampton Social Club is the heartbeat of the area’s nightlife with its sophisticated dining along with indoor and outdoor lounge from its location adjacent to the Southampton LIRR station. Catering to a diverse clientele both in New York City and Southampton, Duke prides himself on designing hospitality experiences that are appealing to families, groups, locals, and singles, and as go-to venues for parties and events. His restaurants in Southampton draw locals and visitors alike, whether it is during the bustle of the summer season and holidays or the quieter times in between.

Listen in on BELLA’s exclusive conversation with him…

After the challenge of building two highly successful Hamptons restaurants–Southampton Social Club and Union Cantina–what inspired you to open a third, Union Burger, and what prompted you to choose its particular theme?

Simply put—need. Chef Scott Kampf and I love burgers. With the closure of a few local restaurants, we saw a glaring need not only for a good burger joint, but a place where people could really eat and drink what they love. That’s what the place is all about—great burgers, great hand-cut fries, fried pickles, giant pretzels with beer cheese sauce, decadent milkshakes, and a great bourbon selection. 100

What are three never-miss events on your calendar?

That’s easy...the annual Robin Hood dinner at the Javits Center in Manhattan—it’s always a good time and the money goes to great charities. Secondly, my daughter and I never miss a Mets home opener. It’s a tradition my wife started with her son and we have carried on. Finally, and I mean—it should be obvious—it’s the annual BELLA White Party at Southampton Social Club!

What do you regard as being the secrets to success in the hospitality industry?

First, I’d say understanding that the hierarchy of a restaurant is really just titles for a business card. It truly is a business where no one job is more important than any other; everyone relies on one another in order for everything to work smoothly. The irony is that as the owner, if anything, I’m the least important person in the place. Secondly, I’d say it’s the ability to adapt to anything on a small and large scale. Every day is a different one that will present different challenges. Being able to roll with the punches is paramount.

How would you describe your personal style? Savile Row meets vintage motorcycle.

What three items couldn’t you live without? Photography by Barbara Lynn

Assuming I can keep my family and friends as well, then all I’d need is good music, good bourbon, and a good ribeye steak.

To date, what has been your best Hamptons moment?

There have been many unbelievable moments—things that I never could have imagined. But they all came from one—I’d have to say the opening of Southampton Social Club. [That was] really the beginning of a whole new life for me.

Name your go-to:

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ver the past decade, Instagram’s influence has grown exponentially. Since its inception in 2010, the photo and video sharing platform has amassed more than 500 million active users and is currently the second most popular social media network in the world.

From the flawless, albeit filtered photos clogging up our feeds, it’s difficult not to feel the slightest bit of envy. “We are dealing with a ‘Photoshopping’ epidemic—a lot of smoke and mirrors and deceptive marketing,” points out Melinda Farina, founder of Beauty Brokers Inc. and Integrated Aesthetics Consulting. As a medical aesthetic advocate and beauty and wellness expert, Farina’s job includes educating patients and providing them with aesthetic options and solutions best suited for them. As a result of doctor-shopping on Instagram and other social networks, patients are finding themselves with lessthan-desirable outcomes and turning to the woman affectionately known as “The Beauty Broker” to help reverse the damage that’s been done.

Would you say you’ve seen an increase in patients looking to reverse damage that’s been done? I’d say about 60% of my clients come to me looking for revision work. In doing this, I get to see repeat offenders and also learn how to handle these difficult cases. Who is best at troubleshooting and correcting; I swear some of these surgeons are a Godsend. The talent is just unreal.

As a safety advocate, in what ways do you educate and guide your patients?

I try to instill in them the real and raw honesty and grounded knowledge that I have gained over all of these years. I try to hear my surgeons out on all topics and never have a one-sided view but rather a unanimous scope and review of each procedure. It’s important to educate each patient on his or her unique case specifications, and not sit and discuss other people’s situations. Everyone is different and every surgical approach has to conform to that specific case.

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to any medical specialty,

I truly feel that

people deserve

the best.”

Farina sat down with BELLA to talk about this concerning epidemic and the ways in which she has been educating consumers about the best and safest aesthetic beauty plans for the past 15 years.

Melinda Farina is committed to educating patients and providing them with aesthetic options and solutions best suited for them.

Unfortunately, the laymen do not know how to vet surgeons properly. It’s not as easy as looking at a before-and-after photo posted by a surgeon and saying, “I want that”—especially when that case looks nothing like your own to begin with.

Why do you think people aren’t doing their homework and instead turning to platforms like Instagram as their trusted source?

I think, in general, many of these platforms are making people lazy. You can easily go on Facebook for a recommendation or Twitter to get your daily news, and now people search a hashtag on Instagram to see who is trending for #rhinoplasty, #facelift, etc. I cannot begin to tell you how many people come to me with screenshots of Instagram pages of “plastic surgeons” only to learn that doctor isn’t even a plastic surgeon; he or she is a general practitioner carrying out procedures that they never had real training for.

I don’t think people realize that these procedures can have serious repercussions if not in the right hands.” BeautyBrokerOfficial

I’ve worked in this industry for 27 years overall and became very interested in consulting after taking on numerous roles in both dental and medical practices. I’ve had a front row seat to this industry my entire career. I have a great understanding of what makes an exceptional practice and have been fortunate enough to work with exceptional practitioners. Negligence is not OK with me when it comes to a person’s body and health. It’s “health care”—at the end of the day, it’s our responsibility to fully care for patients and make sure they look and feel their best.

What goes through your mind when you see posts from these so-called “experts?”

Social media has had a huge impact on the way people live their lives. How safe is it to trust the word of a stranger or shared images when it comes to choosing a trusted professional? With the ever-growing popularity of visual social media platforms, all visual industries are growing along with it— photography, art, modeling, makeup, fashion, and medical aesthetics. You can see how that last one might not jive with the rest. This is medicine—it’s not as easy as returning a dress, reapplying makeup, or retaking a photo if it’s not right.

Integrated Aesthetics Consulting and Beauty Brokers Inc. were both started 15 years ago. What led you to this particular field?


Ah yes, the young gal or guy right out of a threemonth course with zero experience all of a sudden pops up on Instagram as an “aesthetic celebrity expert specialist.” I’ve literally seen hundreds of these said “experts” come and go. Giving yourself a title is one thing, proving yourself as an actual expert is something completely different. In order to be an expert in anything, you must have extensive experience and an excellent scope and grasp of that respective industry. Rome wasn’t built in day; knowledge and wisdom are not instilled overnight.

Do you think the fact that people are so open to sharing on platforms like Instagram contributes to this increasing problem?

Absolutely, and especially with these young celebrity influencers being paid to advertise or promote a procedure or product…this is a huge problem. They know nothing about these procedures and do not/cannot educate their following about any of the risks or who is a right or wrong candidate. Also, the majority of them are just not transparent with the truth of the procedures that they’re actually getting done when the camera is not rolling, and then falsely claim the results are a result of another less invasive procedure. I’m sick of seeing this; vulnerable and gullible people are being misled.

At BELLA, our tagline is “Beauty as Defined By You.” Working in a business where people are seeking out ways to make themselves look and feel great, how do you define beauty?

Beauty is subjective. I think each of us deserves to look and feel like our best self, and more importantly, achieve that safely. Melinda Farina – Beauty Broker

mind & body | rest easy


HEALTHIER LIFE (and Planet) By Chad Schubert


hen entrepreneur Alexandra D’Andrea and her husband Jeff went shopping for a new mattress four years ago, they were looking for an affordable product made from non-toxic, natural, organic materials. They were shocked by what they discovered. “Instead of choices, we found dubious claims and companies that were pretending to be green,” D’Andrea explains. “What was often being marketed as green, natural, or non-toxic was, in truth, hardly so.” In fact, the couple discovered that most mattresses, even from the most reputable brands, were made with industrial-strength chemicals and contained toxins known to be dangerous to our health and the environment. They found things like chemical-filled foams, which can cause throat and respiratory irritation, forgetfulness, dizziness, headaches,

skin sensitization, and allergic reactions. They also discovered chemical adhesives and flame retardants that are suspected to cause cancer, developmental problems, neurological deficits, and impaired fertility.

“This gave Jeff and I reason to pause,” she says, “so we went to work!”

Changing the Bed Game

In 2015, Jeff and Alexandra assembled a small team in California with a deep expertise in technology, design, manufacturing, marketing, and customer service to birth Avocado Green Mattress.

“Why ‘Avocado?’” D’Andrea asks, with a smile. “Because Avocados are green and everyone loves them! We used our own modest funds to design an honest, simple product that’s unlike almost everything else in the marketplace.” Today, Avocado Green—named one of the “Best Mattresses of 2019” by Consumer Reports—has become the change the D’Andrea’s once wished to see in the world. They’re living up to their mission of becoming the most respected source for organic mattresses and pillows at affordable prices, all while conducting business from higher, ethical ground that prioritizes the wellbeing of humans, animals, and the planet.

Safer Sleep, Sweeter Dreams

When it came to ordering my own Avocado, my heart skipped a beat when I saw just how eco-conscious these products actually are. Every mattress is handmade in sunny California using 100% organic-certified natural cotton, latex, and wool. They even offer a Certified Vegan option. All other aspects of the mattresses, from the recycled-steel support coils to the chemical-free fire retardant, are mindfully produced with respect for the environment. On top of that, Avocado offers free shipping and returns, a 25-year warranty, and a 100-night trial guarantee. Since I’m a stomach sleeper, I went for the Standard Avocado. I was a little weary, to be honest—these eco-luxury beds are affordable and good for my health, but are they comfortable? The answer: Beyond. My back sighed over the firm support that’s softened by a cloud-like cotton. Thanks to my new mattress, I’ve slept better over the last two months than I have in—no joke—years. I believe this is due in part to peace of mind. There’s something about knowing your sleep space is safe and good for your well-being that allows you to drift off a bit deeper—and dream a bit sweeter.

Doing Better Together

While Avocado Green Mattress continues to grow and expand (the company recently introduced an organic cotton mattress pad protector to its list of products), the founders remain adamant about maintaining their production ethics. “We’ve worked to ‘own’ our entire supply chain, from the sustainablytapped latex to our carbon neutral factory and shipping,” explains D’Andrea. “We voluntarily offset our emissions associated with 100% of our product shipping—as well as 100% of our factory in Los Angeles—by proudly supporting carbon offset reforestation projects globally, on an annual basis” (via The startup has also increased its giving. “As members of 1% for the Planet, we donate 1% of all revenue to vetted environmental nonprofits,” she explains. “We started Avocado Green Mattress because we believed we could do better”—and better is exactly what they continue to do as their products increase in popularity. “We’ve grown in size but we’ve stayed true to our mission.”

Photography by Melissa Kruse

Avocado Green Mattress co-founder Alexandra D’Andrea is helping change the chemical-filled mattress market with a line of 100% organic mattresses at affordable prices.

mind & body | health

How to Stay


When You’re

Not a Fan

of Water

By Alesha Lazan

We should all be hydrating—especially in the summer—but for many, water intake falls to the wayside. I get it, water can be boring, but with the temps rising, it is really crucial to get that liquid in. Lucky for us, water doesn’t have to be boring. Here are 5 fun ways to take it up a notch:

drink up!


These pack an array of health benefits and are great for detoxing. Cut up a few slices and squeeze all that lemon goodness into your water. Not only does it taste great, it does great for your body as well!

apple cider vinegar

ACV is a great addition to everything, especially water. Just 1-2 tablespoons will give you a perfect fix that’s fantastic for digestion and can be added to your water for a beverage boost throughout the day.


The next time you see lavender in a store or farmers market, don’t walk by! Simmer dried lavender leaves in water for about an hour, then enjoy!

fruit infused

Who doesn’t love fruit in the summer?! Pick up a water bottle that contains a chamber just for fruit and you’ll be able to enjoy fruit infused water on the go. Blueberries, strawberries, pineapple, cucumbers, and oranges are all great options.


Just like ACV, mint leaves are great for digestion and overall energy. Add mint to your morning water for a kick of rejuvenation. A few fresh leaves are all it takes for an all-day refresher.



CUCUMBER + LEMON + MINT LEAVES WATERMELON + MINT LEAVES + BASIL STRAWBERRY + ORANGE + BASIL PINEAPPLE + MINT LEAVES • Fill pitcher with ice-cold water. • Add fresh fruits and herbs. Herbs have a very strong flavor so a little goes a long way. Use sparingly. • Let chill and infuse for at least 30 minutes in refrigerator. • Lasts for up to 2-3 days. Lemons, oranges, limes, and cucumbers will last longer. Berries will start to disintegrate within 1-2 days.

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mind & body | move

Feeling Unmotivated?

Find a Fitness Event Near You to


Inspired By Alesha Lazan


Fitness events are always happening—you just need to do some research. A fun option for New Yorkers is Sweat Fest Harlem on August 10th. This event is a combination of fitness, health, and music. How can you go wrong?! In addition, there are always marathons, half marathons, and 5K races no matter where you live. The best part is you can do these alone or with friends.


Working out isn’t everyone’s favorite thing to do. While some of us are excited to get to the gym, others may need a little more motivation to get started. If you find yourself finding every excuse in the book not to get moving, here are some options that may make your next sweat sesh exciting and more of a staple in your daily routine.


Obstacle course races like Tough Mudder and Rugged Maniac are just a few of the challenging options to put your fitness to the test. Get a group of friends together, get matchy-matchy in fun team shirts (and equally fun photo opps!), and you’ll create memories that’ll last a lifetime. Better yet, you can set mini goals each week for training and share accountability with your race buddies along the way.

Sites like and are great ways to find new friends while signing up for unique ways to stay active. Upcoming events in the Los Angeles area, for instance, include sand volleyball pickup games, meditation workshops, and hiking excursions. If you don’t see something you love, be that go-getter who leads the pack by setting up your own event.



Check in with your local community’s recreation center to find out about group fitness classes. They often offer membership packages that are less expensive than private gyms while boasting much of the same type of equipment.


It’s normal to feel unmotivated when you have no end goal. What is the point if you aren’t working toward anything? Create a big goal and then map out week-by-week smaller goals. These incremental benchmarks will help you stay on track and determined to reach that bigger goal.


Experience the abdominal and buttocks workout without working out. Best of all it’s:



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mind & body | pretty smart

Stay Sun Aware

with These Top 5 Summertime Skin Care Myths By Dr. Hal Simeroth, Ph.D.

Sun exposure is the number one cause of premature skin aging, contributing to such unsightly problems as brown spots, wrinkles, and thickened skin. Damaging UVA and UVB rays, though invisible, break down skin’s collagen and elastin—essential elements for healthy renewal and repair—resulting in loose, sagging skin, or worse: skin cancer.

Here are five myths about sun damage you need to know before you catch your next ray:

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While sunscreen helps to shield skin from burning under the sun’s most damaging UVA/ UVB rays, it does not guard against long-term damage. Sunscreen wicks off with sweat or water, so it’s crucial to carry extra forms of sun protection, like hats, light clothing layers, and UV blocking sunglasses.

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YOU HAVE TO BE OUT IN THE SUN FOR A WHILE TO GET SKIN DAMAGE. Skin damage can start to occur in as little as five minutes of

sun exposure. This is particularly true for those with light hair and eyes or skin that easily freckles. Limiting sun exposure, especially during peak hours (10 a.m. to- 4 p.m.), is the best way to avoid major damage.

YOU’RE ONLY AT RISK FOR SUN DAMAGE AND SKIN CANCER IN THE SUMMER MONTHS. This feels true because the sun feels much less intense during the

winter months. However, the dangers of UVA and UVB light exposure are every bit as present when it’s cold outside. Make wearing sunscreen a habit all year long to protect skin and keep it healthy.


ultraviolet (UV) radiation from a tanning bed is just as harmful as that from the sun itself. Again, always wearing sunscreen is key, whether you’re spending time outdoors or tanning indoors. Apply roughly 2 tablespoons of SPF 15 or higher sunscreen to the entire body at least 30 minutes beforehand to reduce damage.

SUNSCREEN WITH SPF 30 MUST BE TWICE AS GOOD IN BLOCKING RAYS AS SPF 15. This is a false concept that consumers

often assume. Sunscreen rated at SPF 15 filters out approximately 93% of the UVB rays striking the skin. SPF 30 blocks 97% of the rays, whereas SPF 50 blocks 98%. Thus, SPF 30 filters only 4% more rays and SPF 50 only 5% more than SPF 15. There is only a 1% protection difference between 30 and 50. If you have extreme sensitivity to the sun’s rays then the extra protection may be of some value. There is no sunscreen that can provide 100% protection

As the founder and chief technical officer of Stemology, Dr. Hal Simeroth, Ph.D. has spent over a decade perfecting a safer, more complete solution to the symptoms of sun damage.




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.




mind & body | medical advisory board




ummertime is upon us and To achieve the much-desired “bikini with warmer weather comes belly,” Dr. Aviva Preminger, one of By Alexandra Anastasio time spent outdoors. Whether New York City’s top plastic surgeons, it’s out by the pool or down by the says tummy tucks and liposuction are beach, most of us have been waiting patiently to shed our winter coats in two of the top procedures she performs on her patients. The results are favor of a bathing suit and shorts. While summer may be welcomed, the transformative, which makes performing them “really gratifying,” she thought of going out in public in a bathing suit is scary for many. explains. A flat, well-toned stomach is something a lot of women (and men) strive for and often try to achieve through diet and exercise. But as we age, excess skin loses its ability to bounce back. With that loss of elasticity, unwanted skin tends to gather on the body, especially in the stomach area. Despite crunches and a strict diet regime, the skin cannot always be mitigated by these methods.


According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, liposuction and tummy tucks are among the top five cosmetic surgical and minimally invasive procedures performed in 2018. In addition, there were 12,000 more liposuction procedures performed in 2018 than in 2017. With a strong desire to look and feel our best, we sat down with Dr. Preminger to explain these two often complementary procedures.

What is the difference between a tummy tuck and liposuction?

They are two totally different procedures but they can be done in combination to maximize contour. A tummy tuck involves some form of incision and taking out extra skin and fat from the abdominal wall. It can be combined with tightening of the abdominal muscles and repairing diastasis recti (a condition in which the large abdominal muscles separate, usually after pregnancy). The end result is a contoured abdomen and a tighter waist.

Does the recovery time vary?

For a mini, it is about a week or so; with a modified tummy tuck, it’s about one to two weeks. For a full tummy tuck, recovery will take two to three weeks. Depending on the procedure, it may be about a month before you are back in the gym.

Liposuction is an entirely different procedure. What does it entail?

This surgery is totally different from a tummy tuck and can be performed under local anesthesia. First, tiny incisions are made and then a solution is injected to numb the areas as well as decrease the chances for bruising and bleeding. Next, a cannula is inserted into the small incision, which then sucks out the fat. When you’re doing liposuction you’re not cutting out any skin. If a patient has a lot of extra skin, then they’re going to need a tummy tuck, not liposuction.

Liposuction is not an excisional procedure; we’re not removing any skin at all. What we are doing is removing fat through a very small incision (a centimeter or less). Liposuction on the abdomen alone is really good for someone who does not have a lot of loose skin or stretch marks, and whose abdominal muscles haven’t been stretched out by pregnancy.

Since it’s a less invasive surgery, is the recovery time shorter?

The incision is very small, so the recovery is not as significant as a tummy tuck; especially if done under local anesthesia it’s usually pretty quick. While a patient isn’t back to the gym for about two weeks, in a lot of cases they can go back to work in a day or two.

In some cases for women who’ve had multiple pregnancies and have stretched out skin and loose abdominal muscles, we can use liposuction in combination with a tummy tuck to help contour the waist and remove that muffin top of fat.

Can you break down the three variations of tummy tucks you perform?

MINI – May be done under local anesthesia;

this is for someone who doesn’t have a lot of loose abdominal muscle or extra skin. A small incision is usually made below the belly button. A mini tummy tuck is good for someone who has had a C-section and has that shelf, or step off of skin that hangs over. MODIFIED –

Performed under general anesthesia, this is the next level up. The patient has more skin and fat than someone who undergoes a mini tummy tuck, but not as much as someone who needs a full tummy tuck. Usually I will need to lower the belly button, but I won’t have to cut around it. This can be done in combination with tightening the abdominal muscles, depending on whether the patient needs it. FULL –

This is for someone with more loose, extra skin and fat. A full tummy tuck entails removing extra skin and fat from the belly and bringing the belly button into a new position by cutting around it. I also tighten the abdominal wall muscles that often separate after pregnancy.

DR. PREMINGER’S TIPS FOR A SAFE AND QUICK RECOVERY: • Stay away from supplements and medications such as Advil, Motrin, Aleve, chamomile tea, green tea, and caffeine—these will increase the risk of bruising and bleeding. • Nutrition and a healthy diet aid in the healing process. The best foods to consume before and after surgery include: PROTEIN VEGETABLES COLLAGEN VITAMIN C FIBER WATER ZINC TURMERIC

• Move around; it’s important to walk and not remain bed-bound. FOR A FULL LIST OF PRE- AND POST-OP CARE, CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE SURGERY.

How do you determine which variation a patient needs?

It usually has to do with how much extra skin and fat they have and the results they’re trying to achieve. Some patients are on the border of one or the other and I may say, “You’ll have a better result if I do a full, but if you want less of a recovery, then do a modified.”

How do you determine which procedure is right for a patient?

To start, I’ll take a full history and perform a physical examination that will lead us in the right direction of understanding which procedure is best. Age will tell you something; if you have a 20-something-year-old patient who has never been pregnant, we’re usually looking at liposuction. But if I’m looking at a 35- to 40-year-old woman who has been pregnant multiple times, it’s a different conversation. Then we’ll usually lean toward a tummy tuck. I’ll ask if they’re planning on having more children. If so, I would wait for a tummy tuck until they’re done. Not because it’s dangerous, but why remove all that extra skin and tighten those muscles if they’re only going to become stretched out again due to pregnancy? Another question I ask is, “What are they looking to achieve?” If they want to achieve their pre-baby belly and get into a bikini, then we are looking at a combination of a full tummy tuck and liposuction. Sometimes I have women who come in and don’t even want to get into a bikini; they just want to get rid of the extra, overhanging skin and fat where their C-section was done. Then we might be looking at a mini tummy tuck.

Have you had many male patients undergoing either of these surgeries?

Yes, I have. Men are great candidates for liposuction—they’ve never been pregnant and their skin tends to be a bit thicker. They tend to do really well with liposuction, although I have done excisional procedures like a tummy tuck on a man if he’s lost a tremendous amount of weight. PremingerMD

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BREAST REDUCTION & LIFT By Dr. Aviva Preminger

“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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mind & body | community outreach




FUTURE Featuring Mover and Shaker, Jamie Macchia By Jennifer DeCillis


amie Macchia began her career at Staten Island University Hospital (SIUH) three years ago in the early stages of its Capital Campaign. The former Miss New York 2015 has spent many years working for various nonprofit organizations as a fundraising volunteer within the Miss America system. Macchia is also deeply engrained in the Staten Island community—she’s a native to the boroug h— so beginning her career there was a natural progression from local celebrity to local game-changer. When Macchia assumed the role of development officer for SIUH, her main goal became helping the community understand the scope and impact of the various projects going on within the hospital. “As a native Staten Islander, it’s exciting for me to take part in projects that have immediate and tangible effects on the community,” says Macchia. “We all rely on Staten Island University Hospital to care for us, our family, and our friends–so to have a hand in its evolution with these new projects that will certainly touch the lives of thousands is very special.” With Macchia’s help, Staten Island University Hospital has raised nearly $25 million in its Capital Campaign projects to date. The goal of the outreach is to inspire intense effort on the part of the nonprofit organization in order to raise significant dollars within a specified time period, typically for physical construction or renovation. “Our Capital Campaign refers to the scope of projects we’re working on here at the hospital,” Macchia explains. “In our case, we have a number of projects happening at once!” In addition to structural renovations and amenity upgrades, Macchia shared an overview of some of the organization’s special projects:


Set to include a state-of-the-art Joseph Maffeo Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) for the most fragile infants, the center will provide a seamless experience for mothers, babies, and families through the integration of the Labor and Delivery, Maternity Unit, and NICU onto a single floor. FLORINA CANCER CENTER

This comprehensive cancer center will integrate the cancer services currently located at different points across SIUH’s North Campus, making them easier for patients to navigate. CARDIAC OPERATING ROOM

To support the growing demand for minimally-invasive cardiac interventions, SIUH is building a state-of-the-art operating room that can accommodate the size and functionality of modern equipment. Staten Island University Hospital, along with its donors, employees, and affiliates, has collectively cultivated numerous fundraisers and events within the community to foster the growth and development of their facilities. One impactful event in particular, the Northwell Health Walk at Staten Island, proved a huge success this past May. BELLA was honored to play a role in the production of the day, by promoting the walk, encouraging sign-ups, hosting celebrity guest James Maslow, and instituting a raffle with a gift basket giveaway for dedicated walkers. Thanks to the efforts of all the volunteers, participants, and staff, Staten Island University Hospital raised more than $105,000 for the Gruppuso Family Women and Newborn Center. Macchia explains why this is such an important and personal mission, affecting the entire community, including herself: “I’m engaged to be married in October, and as I look forward to the next stage of my life and eventually starting a family, it’s amazing to think I’m helping build the center where it will begin—the Gruppuso Family Women and Newborn Center.”


mind & body | medical advisory board

Dr. David A. Schlessinger:

Rejuvenating the Eyelids and Face By Kelly Rose Bellucci


hen it comes to oculo-facial plastic surgery, Dr. David A. Schlessinger is an expert in his field. Practicing for the last 25 years, he is specially trained and certified to treat the sensitive areas of the eyelid and face. After graduating from Franklin & Marshall College, Dr. Schlessinger set out to become an oculoplastic surgeon, a career where he could heal a great deal of people as well as enhance their appearance. He went on to receive his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh, completed his ophthalmology training at Brooklyn Jewish Hospital, and concluded with his fellowship training in oculoplastic surgery at the University of Minnesota. The accomplished doctor is now the medical director at Schlessinger Eye & Face, where he offers his clients a wide variety of reconstructive and cosmetic procedures. His work receives nothing but high praise, and has granted him a number of prestigious awards. This includes being named a Castle Connelly “Top Doctor” for over 10 years, as well as a “NY Super Doctor” for the past five years in a row. Dr. Schlessinger treats all diseases of the eyelids and eye sockets, including tumors around the eye, skin cancer of the face, and conditions that cause tearing. He also provides solutions for ptosis, or drooped eyelids, to patients of all ages. This includes lower eyelid problems as well, such as if the lid rolls inward causing irritation. As for the cosmetic part of his practice, Dr. Schlessinger performs both surgical and non-surgical treatments using the latest technology. This includes cosmetic surgery of the eyelids, forehead, and any area of the upper face such as lids lifts, brow lifts, and mid-face lifts. Dr. Schlessinger also oversees a MediSpa, where he provides all non-surgical treatments for cosmetic enhancement. This includes Ultherapy, Botox, radio-frequency skin tightening, and microneedling, just to name a few. Fillers like Juvederm and Restylane are available as well.


In addition to his many reconstructive and cosmetic procedures, Dr. Schlessinger also believes in treating patients holistically. He urges everyone to wear sunscreen daily (in order to prevent skin cancer and premature aging), drink plenty of water, and consume clean, whole foods that are rich in vitamins and minerals. Eager to learn more, BELLA connected with the incredibly skilled doctor.

What is recovery like for patients who have undergone eyelid surgery?

Recovery for eyelid surgery is almost painless, and patients will be back to their full routine within 7-10 days. Patients generally experience swelling and bruising for this time period. If you have stitches (sometimes we don’t have to put stitches at all), they will often come out in a week.

What is the most common cosmetic/medical procedure that patients look for?

In my practice, the most common cosmetic procedure would be a blepharoplasty, or cosmetic eyelid surgery. As for the medical part, the procedure that is most requested would be ptosis repair, which corrects a drooped eyelid.

Is there anything you would like potential clients to know?

Surgery is painless, recovery is quick, and treatment options are generally affordable. At Schlessinger Eye & Face, we can make major improvements in your appearance with limited down time and very little risk. I also have a private ambulatory surgical center on site where we provide anesthesia. Schlessinger Eye & Face is located at 75 Froehlich Farm Boulevard, Woodbury, NY 11797. Schedule an appointment by calling 516-496-2122.

mind & body | transform


Deeper While You


Why You Should Do It—and How By Alesha Lazan


ith multiple offerings in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, and Vancouver, The Class by Taryn Toomey will take you far beyond just sweating. Their sessions are heralded as “a transformative mind-body experience that involves a series of simple cardio and strength-based exercises that will challenge and enlighten you, all while giving you an expansive, heartopening, body-strengthening release.” Designed in repetition, the goal is to carve out long, lean muscles and inspire a spiritual and physical transformation. Bottom line, you’ll learn to connect on a deeper level with the music and movements. Toomey, The Class’ founder, promotes a philosophy of music-driven self-study through physical conditioning. That means you’re encouraged to go with the flow of your body and do what feels right to the music. So, how can you connect deeper while exercising wherever you may be working out? We asked Toomey for some tips:

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Set an intention.

Close your eyes, take some deep breaths, and make a commitment to yourself. Name something you want to feel after your workout is done. Keep this in mind while going through the movements.

Photography by Rachael Dunville

Flow with the beat. Allow your body to go with the music. Don’t worry so much about perfection and making sure you do every movement correctly; just flow with the music and do what feels right. Working out solo? Be sure to find a playlist you connect with. As Tooney reminds us—music is everything!

You can choose to stop after movements, or wait until the workout is done. Just do what feels right to you!

Mix it up. Yoga meets cardio is a great option. Make sure to do some lengthening exercises along with high cardio exercises. The combination will help you target small muscle groups while helping you break a sweat. Focus and go slow on the movements.

Feel your breath. After a

movement, sit for a moment with your hand on your chest. Feel your breath going in and out and reconnect with your intention. Allow yourself to become grounded before beginning again.

Finish your workout with Namaste. Namaste is a term frequently used in yoga that it is a gesture of respect.

Connecting with your body throughout a workout is important; most of us go through the motions and don’t thoroughly enjoy the movements or the process. Finding an exercise routine you can connect with can be crucial for success!




mind & body | body confidence

Dr. Christine Blaine:

Creating a More Confident


You By Kelly Rose Bellucci

or millions of men and women, plastic surgery is seen as one of the world’s most powerful forms of self improvement. With a number of cosmetic and reconstructive procedures available today, it is no wonder the trend continues to grow at such a rapid pace. Whether it is a surgical or non-surgical procedure, the goal of every patient is to look and feel their absolute best. Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Christine Blaine strives for nothing less. An expert in her field, Dr. Blaine’s mission is to provide top-notch service while creating a personalized plan and comfortable environment for each and every patient. The young doctor has always possessed a passion for medicine. When attending medical school at Albany Medical College, she received the illustrious Brandon Macomber Award—an honor presented to the person who best demonstrates the potential to succeed in the field of plastic surgery. From there, Dr. Blaine went on to complete her residency at Lehigh Valley Hospital, the oldest combined plastics and general surgery residency program in the country. She now runs a private practice of her own. She is a published author in the Annals of Plastic Surgery, and plays an active role within the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), as well as the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS). BELLA connected with Dr. Blaine to further discuss her practice, and learn more about the plastic surgery procedures she performs.

What is your favorite procedure to perform, and why?

It would have to be a breast augmentation because I think it really changes the way a woman feels about herself. It's a relatively quick procedure with little downtime and a very big reward. It not only gives her the shape she's always wanted, it also allows her to feel more confident wearing certain clothing as well.

What is a CoolSculpting session like? How many treatments should one receive? Each CoolSculpting session begins with a consultation, where we will establish the part of the body that will be receiving treatment. On the day of the procedure, you are escorted into a private room and connected to the CoolSculpting machine to begin the first cycle. Each cycle is approximately 35 minutes. We provide a number of niceties while you wait, including Netflix, free WiFi, and even lunch if you're here for the day. It’s really a great way to kick back and relax while enhancing a part of your body as well. As far as the number of sessions, it all depends on the patient and what he or she is looking for. 124

Are there any special amenities offered at your practice that cannot be found elsewhere?

I think part of what makes my practice so unique is that we are an all-female staff. Patients have reported feeling more comfortable when coming into the office, and can relate with our staff members when discussing certain procedures. Additionally, I do offer some minimally-invasive technologies that not many practices have yet; these include BodyTite and FaceTite. We also have a fully accredited operating suite right in the office to provide each patient with privacy.

What is the most rewarding part about being a plastic surgeon?

It’s being able to enhance people’s confidence levels. To see my patients, who come in feeling self-conscious about something, transform into a more confident version of themselves is truly amazing. They stand up straight and carry themselves differently because they feel so good with the way they look. That means the world to me.

How do you define beauty?

Something that is deeply rooted within my practice is that beauty has to come from within. When it comes to plastic surgery, it is my job to enhance the way patients look and feel about themselves, not change them completely. Beauty comes from the way we feel about ourselves, and I want each procedure I perform to make every patient shine. Once they are confident with who they are, their inner beauty will unleash itself. Visit Dr. Blaine at either one of her office locations: HUNTINGTON, NY STATEN ISLAND, NY 775 Park Avenue, Suite 205 1504 Richmond Road Huntington, NY 11743 Staten Island, NY 10304


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Managing Disappointment When Your Besties Let You Down


By Dr. Robi Ludwig

riends…they are supposed to nurture your soul, provide you with support, and help you grow. We choose our friends for so many different reasons. We enjoy their company, we find them easy to talk to, they make us laugh, or we share a lot in common. Friends are the people we choose to reach out to when we’re down. They are the people we want to share our exciting news with, as well as our goals and dreams. Because they play such a central role in our lives, our best friends have a lot of influence over how we feel and the quality of our lives.

to speak up, know what you want to get from the conversation and think about how to raise the complaint in a thoughtful and mindful way. It may be wise to practice your talking points ahead of time.

But as you probably already know, friends will inevitably disappoint us. In fact, disappointment is an unavoidable reality when it comes to our interpersonal interactions. Sometimes this disappointment comes in the form of a last-minute broken plan, not showing up for an important event, or not showing up period. In other cases, it’s a more disheartening emotional betrayal. Because time is scarce, stress levels are high, friendship letdowns can put a tremendous strain on relationships and make it hard to feel like we’re living as successfully and happily as we would like to.


We want our friends to be there for us unconditionally, so when they don’t, this triggers feelings of sadness, hurt, anger, and even anxiety. So how do we learn to negotiate this all too common phenomenon and recover with a sense of confidence while setting proper boundaries? Friendships can be tricky, but if you can learn to skillfully manage your expectations, this delicate balance of picking and choosing your battles can be tremendously rewarding and worth the effort. When a friend lets you down it’s important to first allow yourself to acknowledge your feelings as well as your unmet needs. We are wired to form trusting and stable relationships and to turn to others for support. So, it’s natural to feel sad and disillusioned when the friend you trust the most does not come through for you. Ask yourself if your feelings are well matched for the situation, or if they are being exacerbated by your own personal history and past upsets. IDENTIFY WHY YOU’RE FEELING SO SADDENED AND LET DOWN. Think about which needs of yours are not being met. Ask

yourself whether you can accept this unmet need or whether you need to do something about it. DECIDE IF YOU NEED TO COMMUNICATE YOUR FEELINGS.

Think about whether it would be productive to talk about your disappointment or betrayal. Is your friend able to hear your message or will he or she just get upset and defensive? It’s important to know which battles to pick and which battles are not worth pursuing. If you do decide 126


It is important to assess whether your friend is capable of doing what you would like them or them to do. You may want to adjust your expectations accordingly. Think about whether you’re adequately communicating what you want and need, too. Friends can’t read minds. If it’s a good friend, try not to assume malice unless there is clear evidence to suggest otherwise. Most of the time when friends disappoint, it has very little to do with you, personally. Most of the time it has to do with them. And chances are high that they are treating other friends the same way they are treating you. Perhaps they are suffering from some emotional or invisible illness. The truth is we don’t know every single detail of our friends’ lives, which is why it’s so essential to not assume their behavior is a personal assault or an intentional attack. APPROPRIATE BOUNDARIES. If your friend has a history of disappointing you, it may make sense to see him or her less frequently and decide to keep the relationship more casual. Time and distance can be a wonderful strategy to both protect yourself and help you to feel emotional safe around others who don’t meet your expectations. SET

There’s an insightful saying, “Friends come into your life for a season, a reason, or a lifetime.” It’s OK to ask yourself if this is a friendship worth saving. Some friendships are more profound than others. Friendships change over time. It’s perfectly understandable and even helpful to place your friends into different categories. Know who you are dealing with and place your friends in the proper place in your life. Not all friends are meant for you to share your deepest feelings with. Some friends are meant to have a more occasional place in your life, and that’s fine. Time and distance are great healers when our friends disappoint us. They offer us the space to decide where, if anywhere, we want to place them in our lives. Offer kindheartedness when a friend lets you down. Ask them if something is going on that caused them to act so out of character. Be prepared to listen and make it a learning opportunity. Always be open to making new friends. Expand your social circle. This will offer you the opportunity to have more people in your life to enjoy spending time with while also allowing these unfulfilled gaps to feel less overwhelming and isolating.

Cannabis as Medicine Q & A with Dr. Jack Does cannabis help with chemotherapy? Yes. Most patients undergoing chemotherapy have severe nausea and vomiting. This can result significant discomfort, weight loss and an inability to tolerate foods or other needed medications. Certain types of cannabis are extremely effective at suppressing nausea and improving appetites, as well as reduce pain.

Why do people have different effects with cannabis? Like with other medications the effects of cannabis can be influenced by many other issues. The dose used, the ratio of the different cannabinoids in the various available strains of the plant, the route of administration, the use of other medications and other factors. The myth that ‘all cannabis is the same’ can discourage patients from understanding that medical cannabis is not only effective, but safe to take. In New York, there is a registered pharmacist at each dispensary that works with your doctor to help you find the right product, dose and method of administration.

Does cannabis help Parkinson’s Disease?

Dr. Jack D’Angelo Chief Medical Officer, Citiva Medical

Studies continue to show that it can be an effective part of overall treatment. Most of the clinical trials involving cannabis and Parkinson’s have focused on movement issues caused by the disease. The most commonly improved areas are slowed movements, rigid movements, tremors and postural changes.

How does cannabis affect your psychological state? Cannabis works in the central nervous system as a depressant. Different strains of the plant and the methods of administration cause different reactions to your psychological state. Cannabis can make one can feel euphoria and relaxation or anxious and energetic or little change to the psychological state at all. Many cannabis products contain little or no ‘THC’, the component in cannabis that is psychoactive. As a physician, I work with my patients to find the products that are going to be the most effective for their symptoms or illness.

After I used cannabis my senses seem different, why? Cannabis is an analgesic, so it does affect our sense of touch, auditory and visual processing. Therefore it is often helpful in managing pain. Again, the level of affect is dependent on the type and dose of the cannabis along with other patient specific factors.

Can cannabis be absorbed through your skin? Cannabis and cannabinoids are what we call hydrophobic compounds. They do not penetrate the skin easily. However, advances in formulations have created effective topical products that allow the active components to absorb through the skin. New York has approved topical formulations of cannabis in the new regulations for 2018 and are now available to registered patients.

Citiva Medical was founded by a group of New York physicians, pharmacists and medical professionals dedicated to bringing safe and effective medication to their patients. Find out of medical cannabis is right for you, speak to your doctor today!

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t’s very rare that you are so knocked off your feet by an amazing performance that you feel the need to meet the star, especially when that “star” is a high schooler. But Nicole Sutherland, a junior at Notre Dame Academy (NDA) in Staten Island, NY, did just that! When I had the pleasure of watching Sutherland play the lead role of Audrey in “Little Shop of Horrors,” I knew this young, budding starlet was destined for big things. She sang, danced, and memorized I can’t even imagine how many lines, and each one was delivered with such intensity and passion that I knew I was seeing an early version of the Broadway star she is destined to become. I had the pleasure of sitting down with Sutherland to find out more about her hopes and dreams, and what acting really means to her.

You were so fantastic as the lead, “Audrey,” in NDA’s play this past fall. Have acting and music always been a part of your life?

Ever since I was a little girl, I developed an immense adoration for music. Some of my earliest memories include embodying Ariel’s courageous spirit while singing “Part of Your World” at 5 years old, and writing songs for my mom on her birthday. Music has always been my comfort and my escape, and I’ve connected with it for as long as I can remember. My admiration for acting did not develop until I reached the eighth grade, when I played the March Hare in “Alice in Wonderland.” Although I never learned concrete acting techniques and first began acting in my teenage years, I always had a fascination with people. I loved attempting to understand why people acted the way they did, and trying to figure out what provoked people to feel the

way they felt. My experience with acting has served as a catalyst for my understanding of human emotion.

What did this role mean to you?

I’ve always been a fan of thoughtprovoking musicals, and “Little Shop” is no exception. Playing the role of Audrey was beyond incredible, and I feel so blessed to have crawled into the skin of such a beautiful character. Bringing myself to become this kind-hearted, sweet person with such low selfconfidence and self-worth was heart-wrenching, but one of the best experiences of my life. I was honored to share her story. Though incredibly sad, it taught me (and hopefully others) that we too often deprive ourselves of the dignity that we deserve. We belittle ourselves and our dreams, believing that we are undeserving of the goodness in the world. Being able to share that message and stimulate thought amongst members of the audience was the most rewarding part of my experience as Audrey.

Which scene was the hardest to perform, and why?

The hardest scene to perform was definitely “Suddenly Seymour.” Being one of the show’s most iconic numbers, and one of most vocally Photography by Steve White and emotionally challenging scenes, I struggled to perfect it, and often found myself tweaking my performance. In our production, “Suddenly Seymour” was the first number in Act Two. In the scene, Audrey breaks down, unraveling a timeline to her past. Seymour, along with the audience, catches a glimpse of who she was prior to her employment at Muchnik’s Skid Row Florist. As she discloses experiences from her past life, she finds herself unfit to continue, and grows unable to contain her tears. A beautifully written scene and song, I wanted to make sure that I correctly portrayed her emotions, and expressed her feelings to an appropriate extent. I hoped that the audience would be moved as they witnessed her pursuing genuine love for the first time in the show.

What did you do to prepare for the role?

To prepare for Audrey, I first had to become accustomed to speaking (and singing) in a high-pitched New York accent. The accent was not difficult, as my voice is naturally high pitched and I am from New York. Through the process of becoming Audrey, I also had to practice walking (and running) in high heels for hours at a time at each rehearsal. It was painful, to say the least!

I would love to minor in musical theatre in college, and hope to continue acting and singing throughout my life.

What’s next for you?

Despite the physical aspects, I also had to develop a deep understanding of why Audrey lacked in self-worth, and prepare emotionally for the despair she often feels throughout the play. The storyline touches upon various social justice issues, including domestic violence, which is not to be taken lightly. I wanted to appropriately and accurately portray her feelings as she was being abused, and convey the message that it is not acceptable to belittle and mistreat woman for self-benefit.

I will be performing as Ms. Krumholtz in St. Peter’s Boys High School’s production of “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.” Over the summer, I will also be taking part in the Standing Ovation Player’s production of “Chicago.” I will also take my final bow as Audrey on the St. George Theatre stage, as we perform fragments of “Little Shop of Horrors” for The Minty Awards. I will be finishing out my senior year having taken part in Peter’s Drama, Farrell Players, and having been a proud four-year member of NDA Players.

In the movie, the ending [in which Audrey gets killed by Audrey II and Seymour gets eaten] was changed to a happier one. Which version do you believe is more in tune with the rest of the story?

At BELLA, we operate on the ideology that beauty is defined by each person. What does beauty mean to you, and how do you find it?

Personally, I prefer the tragic ending in which Audrey and Seymour lose their lives to the plant. To me, the purpose of the musical is to portray the effects of greed and desire on the human person, and I believe that it is more powerful to end the story in the death of the protagonists. In attempting to gain everything—success, love, fortune, and fame—Seymour loses everything. His motivation for feeding into the plant’s desire for flesh and blood is Audrey, and when she dies, his purpose for life dies with her. When Audrey and Seymour die, it is proven that if we feed into our greatest desires by committing acts of immorality, we will be led to our ultimate demise. I believe that this ending offers the audience a keener understanding of the story’s message.

I believe that beauty is within. Each and every individual is beautiful in his or her own way. We too often deprive ourselves of the acknowledgement we deserve. We attempt to conceal the things that make us unique, in fear that society may alienate us and neglect to accept us. Despite what societal standards may imply, beauty is within each and every person. I find beauty in the smile of every stranger I encounter. In every act of love and kindness I see throughout my day. In every small gesture. In the eyes of every individual. There is beauty in us all; we must be willing to see it to accept its presence.

Which musical role would you like to play in the future? Is there any particular actress you admire?

My dream roles often vary depending on the musicals I am interested in at the moment. Currently, I would love to be part of a production of “Mean Girls” playing Karen Smith, or “Heathers” playing Veronica Sawyer. I am obsessed with “Mamma Mia,” “Chicago” and “Be More Chill,” and would love to one day take part in them. There are many actresses I admire, including Taylor Louderman, Kerry Butler, Barrett Wilbert Weed, and Meryl Streep. These women have had an immense impact on my life, and have inspired me and taught me about the beauty of acting.

Do you prefer the acting or the singing aspect of a musical? Would you pursue either as a career?

I believe that the acting is most significant in a musical. There may be singing, but without acting, the musical would be empty. Without emotion or feeling, how can the audience connect with the actor or actress? For me, the most beautiful part of performing as Audrey was observing the extent of human connection established. The audience felt something for my character, and empathized with her. Perhaps many saw themselves in her. That is beautiful, and I am honored to know that people may have connected deeply with her hardships, and were moved by her story. Photography courtesy of Notre Dame Academy





lipping through the pages of BELLA, you have definitely seen some of Vital Agibalow’s stunning work. A world-renowned fashion and beauty photographer, Agibalow has worked with many frontrunners of the industry, like the late Karl Lagerfeld, Stuart Weitzman, Diane von Fürstenberg, and Priyanka Chopra, among others. As a fashion blogger, I have been following Agibalow’s career since 2008, when he had just signed a contract with HENSEL, a world leader in studio lighting equipment. Since then, his work has been featured in countless publications and his artistry has reached hundreds of thousands of eyeballs around the world. Despite his success, Agibalow is extremely down-to-earth. Whether he is shooting backstage at a New York Fashion Week show among the industry's finest or helping out an up-and-coming photographer with his wisdom and experience, the photographer’s charming smile exudes the confidence and joy of a man who genuinely enjoys what he’s doing. In return, Agibalow’s jubilant and calm attitude makes his photo shoots one of a kind. He is famous for his therapeutically relaxed approach when it comes to working on set with huge names. “The main point is to make everyone feel at home."

Even supermodels like Adriana Lima and Alessandra Ambrosio seem to look more beautiful and unguarded in Agibalow’s portraits. “What I really enjoy in life is capturing the beauty of the subject in front of me,” he explains. It is the enthusiastic yet composed perspective he embodies on his sets that differentiates the purity of his work from others. Agibalow likes to keep busy, but he makes sure to invest some of his time in a vast array of charitable causes. His latest project, an art exhibit designed to educate Hamptonites about sustainability, brought him an enormous amount of satisfaction, he explains, that can only compare to his previous exhibit dedicated to New York Fashion Week. With his unmatched work ethic and emotional support, Agibalow deserves the recognition he receives from his peers and partners in the industry. When you see his name printed in your favorite magazine from here on out, you will be familiar with the face behind the lens. VITALphoto

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etri Hawkins-Byrd is a television personality known for his role as Bailiff Byrd on the show “Judge Judy.” Often referred to simply as “Byrd,” he has a big personality and an even bigger heart, allowing him to become a multifaceted entertainer and philanthropist.

directed by Nate Parker in which he plays the role of a pastor. He has also been developing an entertainment show with his wife that will give the audience a closer look at his personal life and travel experiences.

Byrd has always been interested in the criminal justice system. “I felt drawn to the drama of the courtroom and how the decisions made inside the courtroom affect the community,” he says. While serving as an officer in a Manhattan court in 1986, Byrd met Judge Judy Sheindlin. As a Brooklyn native, Byrd possessed a certain realness that helped him click with Judge Judy, who was also born and raised in New York.

Not shy to stage life, Byrd is a talented stand-up comedian and sought-after motivational speaker. Such engagement led Byrd to one of his greatest passions, working with the OK Program, a charity that seeks to bridge the gap between law enforcement and the African-American community.

Eventually Byrd moved to California, where he worked as a student counselor at a high school in Santa Clara. Upon reading about Judge Judy’s upcoming book and TV show in the newspaper, he decided to send her a congratulatory letter in which he jokingly said, “If you need a bailiff, I still look good in uniform.” To Byrd’s surprise, she took him up on his offer. The show premiered in 1996, going on to win three Daytime Emmy awards as the longest daytime television show for 23 years. The show clearly stood out and quickly became a hit, Byrd says. “At the time it first aired, there were a lot of other daytime shows that promoted people’s situations but had a lack of control,” he says. “Judge Judy was no-nonsense, and she brought control, which is what the country was missing.” Outside of the show, Byrd is a dedicated actor with a strong background in theater work, television, and movies, and he has provided voice-overs for commercials and video games. His most recent project is starring in an upcoming film


Byrd has been an integral part of the OK Program for 13 years; he currently holds the position of national chairman. By attending school games and events, hosting fundraisers, and motivational speaking, Byrd embraces his involvement in the program to make a direct positive impact on the lives of young black students. “This program is close to my heart and something I truly enjoy doing,” he says. “I am a police officer, but I am a black man first, and I want kids to know they are understood.” And Byrd has no plans of slowing down in the future. “’Idle hands are the devil’s work,’” quotes Byrd, who is currently in the process of becoming a substitute teacher, an endeavor he hopes will further his devotion to serve as a positive influence and mentor to young students. He also hopes to further develop his acting skills by auditioning for more roles in movies and TV, and aspires to become more involved in the production side of these projects as well. In his spare time, Byrd is eager to focus on singing and songwriting, two more of his many talents. Byrd took his passion for the criminal justice system and the entertainment industry and used his platform to better his community and make a positive impact. Now that’s a true inspiration.

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a Million Bucks I By Jarrod Thalheimer

t’s been a rough year: The bills got bigger even as your wages went lower. Now, the holiday bank account is looking as slim as your chances at getting any time away.


But that shouldn’t be the case. Vacations are critical opportunities for intimacy. Being thrust together in unfamiliar locations is what relationships need: It either exposes the cracks or glues you closer together. Lucky for you, annual vacations can exist even for the monetarily challenged. 134


Sometimes referred to as a “staycation,” the key to truly seeing your own city with fresh eyes is to make a vow not to do anything you would normally do when living at home. Always go to the diner on the corner for weekend breakfast? Not this time. This week it’s the new place across town. Want to hit the gym? Not your usual one this week. Get a free pass and try a gym in a different area. It takes extra effort to avoid doing things the easy way, but when you do, a whole new world opens up…right inside the one you both thought you already knew.



As old as time itself, camping is still one of the best (and cheapest) ways to get away from the grind and get some perspective. Just borrow a tent, grab a sleeping bag, and hit the trails. A week of checking out state parks, campgrounds, or even wide-open forests will remind you both that there is way more to life than your cubicle. Plus, after sleeping on the ground for a few days, you’ll appreciate going home more than you ever thought you would.




Ever dreamed of traveling to Australia? How about Africa? Want to enjoy the culture of Russia – for free? Believe it or not, organizations like CCUSA have spent 30+ years providing opportunities for people to travel—and volunteer—in countries around the world. It’s not your typical vacay by any standard, but getting the chance to travel together and work with people in other countries is an adventure that will stay with you forever. Plus, how awesome would it be to actually lose weight on vacation… all while making an actual difference in someone else’s life?

You’re already making monthly payments on your home, so why not use that to your advantage? There are dozens of websites that make home swaps between different cities easy. Just offer your home for the period you want to get away, and pick whichever other place is available to you for the very same week. It’s one of the best ways to visit a new city and get to know it like a local. In fact, depending on their job, some people have even traveled around the world for more than a year this way – rent free!


You have a car, and gas is comparably cheap, so why not get in and drive? Not only will you discover all sorts of interesting people and places, but if you toss some blankets and pillows in the back you’ll even have a rolling hotel room just in case. Time spent together in a car is one of the best ways to bond (or break up), and you’ll definitely know how healthy your relationship is based on the number of miles you can cover. Let the good times roll.



Travel deals can get absolutely insane a day or so before departure. Commit to going last minute, and all you need are two valid passports and a willingness to say yes no matter what the offer. All manner of cruises, flights, and other travel packages become available, with huge discounts for anyone able to make a last-minute decision. The travel companies don’t want empty seats or rooms, so they’re willing to sell below cost just to fill that boat or plane. Their loss is your super-cheap vacation win.



You’ve seen the movies, but the reality is far from slasher-film territory. Places like A&O, Nomad, Mad Monkey, Hostelling International, and more operate a global network of affordable rooms in some of the most amazing places on earth. From an ecolodge in Iceland to a 727 fuselage in Costa Rica or even an underground cave in Australia, the sky (or deep inside the earth) is the limit. Hostels are perfect for exploring new countries, making new friends, and experiencing travel itself in a whole new way.

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Are things are so bad you can’t even come up with money for bus fare across town? No problem. If you can’t make a vacation, fake one. Since at least one of you has a camera phone with enough filters and editing software to shoot a Hollywood blockbuster, why not use it to gin up some perfect vacation shots? That doorway can double for a Budapest brothel you saw once. See a Citroen car on the street? Pose by it and suddenly you’re walking in France. Fake news? Sure, but the world will never know the difference. Not only do you get the fun of messing with folks, but you both get to share a goofy secret—which might actually be better than any pricey vacation. 135


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Hotter Reads

Get ready to load up your shelf or tablet because we’ve got some book recs you’ll love. Whether you’re vacationing or staycationing this summer, these titles are sure to transport you to another world. By Barbara Bellesi Zito


June Bloom is a 29-year-old writers’ assistant who is on the verge of...something. Recently unemployed after the end of the titular late-night comedy show, she heads This debut back to the dive bar where she does stand-up to figure novel is out her next step. When getting a lot Hugo Best shows up at of buzz. the same bar, she forms an unexpected connection with the aging TV icon, who is known for his womanizing as much as his comedy. Even though she accepts his no-strings-attached invite to his house in Connecticut for Memorial Day weekend, June is not kidding herself about what could happen. But something in her life does have to happen, after all—right? 136

The New York Times bestselling author of “Good in Bed” and “In Her Shoes” is back with what some critics are calling her biggest and best novel yet. Growing up in the 1950s in a picture-perfect Detroit household, the Kaufman This book sisters have differing explores world views. Beautiful what it Bethie dreams of a means to be traditional life while Jo, authentic in the rebellious intellectual, a changing is looking to make a world. difference in the world. But after trauma and tragedy strike, their roles reverse. Good girl Bethie embraces the counterculture and free love of the 1960s while Jo settles down with her young family. Will either sister ever find joy and happiness?


Classics professor Sue Ellen Wright’s life was just fine until it began to resemble a Greek tragedy. After discovering that her husband is cheating on her, she learns that their son, who was about to move out on his own, has managed to all but destroy his future. What’s left for her to do? Take the family to Greece, of course. Sue Ellen isn’t sure if she can If you enjoy family find the answers drama with a dose to her family of comedy, this drama among book is for you. the ruins, but she is certainly going to try. Set against the backdrop of the gorgeous Greek Islands, this book is as funny as it is touching.


Hindsight truly is 20/20. And now that Vivian, at age 89, is finally getting to tell her story, everything seems clear—both the bad and the good. Her story This book takes us back to 1940, marks when she flunked out Gilbert’s of Vassar College. long-awaited Sent to Manhattan return to to live with her fiction. Aunt Peg, owner of the Lily Playhouse, Vivian has her entree into the drama of the theatrical world. When a misstep has scandalous results, Vivian’s life is forever changed. Throughout it all, Vivian strives to understand what kind of life—and love—she wants and what she needs to attain it. Vivian’s story is a unique one that explores the themes of sexuality and love in a masterful way.




At 18, Jillian Coburn was an expectant mother with a pill habit. Without much support from the father of her baby, she descended into the abyss of addiction and domestic abuse. As time went The author is an on, Coburn experienced a series of bad relationships. With her entrepreneur strong faith and the support committed to the advocacy of of her children and husband, abused women. Lonnie, Coburn ended the vicious cycle of abuse to stay clean and transform her life. Her memoir is an inspiring tale of revival and renewal.

Daisy Jones & the Six

You know a book’s going to be hot when the TV show rights are scooped up before it even hits the shelves. That’s exactly what happened with Taylor Jenkins Reid’s “Daisy Jones & the Six.” Written as an oral history, this novel tells the story of an up-and-coming singer named Daisy, who is caught up in the sex, drugs, and—most of all—rock ‘n’ roll of the 1960s in Los Angeles. When she teams up with Billy Dunne and The Six, a legendary star is born. Stay tuned: This book is being made into a 13-part series produced by Amazon and Hello Sunshine, Reese Witherspoon’s media company.




Want to reduce stress and kickstart your energy? Then it’s time to supercharge your core. In her new book, body alignment and movement expert Lauren Roxburgh explains the importance of how a strong pelvic floor— the foundation of the body’s core—is key to combating stress and renewing your vitality. Roxburgh is your guide through a holistic program full of moves and tips to strengthen your core and reap a host of benefits for your mind, body, and spirit.

Self-Care Tips from “The Body Whisperer” Vogue calls her the “Body Alignment Pro.” Gwyneth Paltrow calls her “The Body Whisperer.” So for the best tips in self-care, when Lauren Roxburgh talks, we listen. “Self-care is really time management,” says Roxburgh. “Time is the most precious commodity.” Taking stock of what we do with our time and with whom we do it can go a long way in lowering our stress levels, she explains. But before you book that facial or massage at the spa—which are wonderful, no doubt—Roxburgh wants you to know that’s only putting a Band-Aid on the situation. “We’ve got to get to the root of it, and we need to start making some changes that make sense for our lifestyles, our bodies.” The real stress relief, says Roxburgh, comes when we work on balancing our lives. “We need to have more time of just being and relaxing,” she says.



Brent Feinberg

Changes Lives

Through His

Inspirational Writing


By Elizabeth Elston

rent Feinberg is not just an integrative healer, Reiki master, certified BodyTalk practitioner, and yoga teacher, he’s also a best-selling author with one of his books endorsed by none other than Deepak Chopra. Humble as ever, Feinberg fundamentally just wants to help those in need. Chopra warmly recommends his writing for both children and adults, attesting that his work presents “a truly enchanting story with deep universal truth that both children and adults will enjoy, helping them gain an understanding of how to let go of fear and be a part of a loving, connected world.” Born in June 1990 in Johannesburg, South Africa, Feinberg was raised in a dynamic and diverse household abuzz with the messages of Nelson Mandela—whom he also spent time with—as well as others such as Steve Biko’s son, Nkosinathi Biko, and Deepak Chopra. Feinberg reached a turning point in his life at the age of 9, when his father was shot in front of him during a hijacking. Though his father survived, his parents went through a messy divorce a few years later. Understandably, Feinberg went through a great deal of emotional turmoil and harbored a lot of negative emotions, which played out at school and in family relationships. As a consequence, he started studying alternative forms of health care at a young age. At the age of 13, Feinberg became an advanced Reiki master, a traditional form of Japanese healing. After college, he decided to pursue this as a passion and a full-time career, furthering his studies to become a certified BodyTalk practitioner and yoga teacher. He delved deep into reading on psychology, spirituality, religion, personal development, and emotional well-being. Ever ready to give back to society’s most needy and vulnerable, Feinberg has since worked with orphans and vulnerable children and youth, as well as many others along his own journey. He gives of himself so that others will have the skills and tools to live a life they love and help create a world where all individuals share an experience based on justice, love, selfawareness, and greater consciousness.


Drawing wisdom from all avenues, Feinberg put his exceptional and inspirational writing talents to use and published his first set of books collectively called “Freeing Freddie—The Dreamweaver,” which includes a magical storybook, an activity book for younger children, plus a workbook for teenagers and adults. The main theme of the books is to pinpoint a person’s fears, to let go of them, live life with intention, and learn how to build a dream life, creating individual goals and then uplifting others. The workbook and activity book are filled with tools and action steps to begin to accomplish the reader’s goals. His second book, “Revealing Freddie—The Light Within,” offers lessons on how to develop one’s inner gifts. Feinberg also works with schools in South Africa and North America, who use his books as the basis for their Social Emotional Learning (SEL) curriculum for grades two through 12. As the landscape changes within the business world to be more holistic and values-driven and not simply materially driven, Feinberg finds himself holding more and more workshops at corporate offices. Research has shown that fear is a major influence in the corporate world, which creates risk-averse employees, and in turn hurts the organization’s bottom line he explains. Feinberg is committed to providing the tools and skills that support individuals in living an uncompromised life that they love, while allowing corporations to thrive. Feinberg is dedicated to uplifting people, living in harmony with others and the environment, and inspiring people to look within to realize their potential. One of his readers, ninth-grader Mandi Banele, may have put it best: “’Freeing Freddie­—The Dream Weaver’ inspires me to keep dreaming. My choices must reflect my hopes and not my fears.”

The Park Avenue Face

Secrets & Tips from a Top Facial Plastic Surgeon for Flawless, Undetectable Procedures & Treatments ABOUT THE BOOK Your face defines you. It influences how people perceive you at work, at play, and even at home–in person and online. Your face should reflect exactly who you are. But what if something about your face doesn’t make you feel like the real you? In The Park Avenue Face, dual board-certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Andrew Jacono reveals how to achieve flawless, undetectable plastic surgery so you can fix what you don’t like, restore what you’ve lost, or prevent signs of aging—to ensure that you love your face. From his elite Park Avenue aesthetic surgery center, Dr. Jacono has enhanced tens of thousands of faces not by prescribing an arbitrary standard of beauty, but by amplifying each patient’s individual beauty for totally natural results. A global authority in advanced facial plastic surgery, he has presented clinical research and conducted live surgery in front of peer audiences at over 100 plastic surgery symposiums around the world, including at Harvard, Yale and Stanford Universities. Now, he’s ready to share his expertise with you. Featuring fascinating patient anecdotes, dozens of before-and-after photographs showing what the various procedures can accomplish and line drawings by veteran medical illustrator William Winn, this comprehensive guide will fully prepare you to step into a doctor’s office and discuss your facial enhancement options. You’ll know how each treatment works, how long you will take to recover, and how much change you can expect. If there is something about your face you think is holding you back—decide if making a change is right for you. Let The Park Avenue Face guide you to becoming your best you.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Andrew Jacono, MD, FACS is a global authority in the field of facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. As one of New York City’s premiere plastic surgeons, Dr. Jacono is known for his original, advanced approach to non-surgical and minimally invasive facial rejuvenation with flawless, natural-appearing results. He is dual board certified and currently serves as Section Head of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at North Shore University Hospital Manhasset, as well as Associate Clinical Professor, Division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Additionally, Dr. Jacono serves as Director of The New York Center for Facial Plastic & Laser Surgery in New York, New York and Fellowship Director of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. A Castle Connolly Top Doctor, Dr. Jacono also has been elected as one of America’s Top Plastic Surgeons by the Consumers Research Council of America and Super Doctors. He has appeared on Good Morning America, Anderson, CNBC, CNN, and in USA Today, Harper’s Bazaar, Town & Country, Parade, O Magazine, Marie Claire, among others. In addition to his aesthetic work, Dr. Jacono volunteers for numerous charity organizations aimed at helping children throughout the world with limited medical and financial resources receive surgeries, including cleft lip and palate reconstruction.

Book Details Title: The Park Avenue Face Subtitle: Secrets & Tips from a Top Facial Plastic Surgeon for Flawless, Undetectable Procedures & Treatments Author: Andrew Jacono, MD, FACS Publisher: BenBella Books, Inc. Distributed by Two Rivers Distribution Publication Date: May 7, 2019 ISBN: 9781946885975 Price: $29.95 US / $38.99 CAN Format: Cloth Page Count: 300

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HOT SPOTS There’s a lot going on in the South lately. This summer, take a swing by some unexpectedly cool places south of the Mason Dixon line to find the fun.

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The historic Grove Park Just a short hour-andBy Ruta Fox Inn is also worth a looka-half drive north of see, furnished in the arts Greenville, Asheville is cradled at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. At once funky but & crafts style and frequented by F. Scott Fitzgerald in the ‘30s. (The with an incredibly sophisticated food scene, Asheville is home to the views from the patio at sunset are a must!) At dinner get dazzled with majestic Biltmore, America’s largest home. Eight thousand acres in Indian at Chai Pani, contemporary American at Posana, and Sovereign total, the 19th-century, 250-room chateau is the living legacy of the Remedies for drinks and late-night tidbits like bone marrow tater tots. Vanderbilt family and boasts gardens and grounds designed by Fredrick Cocktail culture also reigns supreme at Antidote, and there’s a huge craft beer scene, so imbibe at the New Belgium brewery. Forage is a botanical Law Olmsted of Central Park fame. Plan to spend a few hours touring. café offering artisanal drinks and gourmet bites inside Flora, a floral In town, lunch at renowned chef Katie Button’s Curate for the authentic boutique. tapas cuisine of Spain, then hit the French Broad Chocolate Lounge for its house-made, bean-to-bar chocolates, desserts, and ice creams. For Lastly, after brunch at Blackbird, check out the working studios and a mid-day refresher, The Wake Foot Sanctuary offers treatments like galleries in the River Arts District and dine at Vivian Restaurant.


GREENVILLE, South Carolina The Reedy River runs right through this gorgeous town that has everyone buzzing, including The New York Times, Thrillist, Condé Nast Traveler and Travel & Leisure. Stay at the modern, IKEA-inspired Swamp Rabbit Inn and hop on the bikes that are available. Take a ride along the tree-lined 22-mile Swamp Rabbit Trail, then devour a sweet or savory crepe at Tandem Creperie. The baristas at Brooklyn-vibed Methodical Coffee make the best lattes in the city, so grab a café table outside, or opt for a healthy açai bowl at Southern Pressed Juicery, then plan to leisurely stroll Greenville’s charming and shady Main Street. You’ll also want to shop at J. Britt for fashion and Splash on Main for designer swimwear. Peek into Vintage Now Modern for Hollywood Regency home décor, or drive a short hop from downtown to the super-chic Paula Rallis Home. Lunch overlooking the scenic and lushly green Falls Park at Passerelle Bistro, indulge in gelato at Luna Rosa, then check out the bar at Hall’s Chop House. For dinner, it’s Husk for updated Southern cuisine, and the James Beard-nominated Anchorage for innovative eats. Finish off with a handcrafted cocktail like the Roof-Tini with amazing views at Up on The Roof.

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WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina Winston-Salem is undergoing a revitalization. Formerly tobacco ruled this town and massive fortunes were made. Now the legacy left behind includes two amazing estates and gardens—Reynolda and Graylyn, which are worth a tour. Reynolda has an on-site museum with an astonishing selection of American paintings and the original 1917 interiors. Graylyn is a Norman Revival-style chateau with an eclectic collection of antiques, including a set of original 18thcentury paneled doors from Paris. (Oprah stays here when in she’s in town.) Check into the Kimpton Cardinal hotel, a flawlessly restored art deco skyscraper that was the prototype for the Empire State Building. An easy, fun way to tour Winston-Salem is with a narrated guide on an electric bike from Triad ECO Adventures. Pedal around nearby Old Salem for a bit of living history in this restored 19thcentury village. The food scene is vibrant, so lunch on the patio at Mozelle’s Fresh Southern Bistro in the West End, juice up at the Village Juice Company, or grab and go from the gourmet Canteen Market or treat-heavy Camino Bakery. If midcentury modern décor is of interest, visit the renovated Hotel Indigo’s Sir Winston Wine Loft and Restaurant. Try the Moravian Mule, a nod to the Moravian settlers who established the town. For dinner, eat at the Spring House Kitchen & Bar housed in a restored former mansion or the Katherine Restaurant at the Kimpton, which serves a French brasserie menu. A quick walk to the Innovation Quarter and the Bailey Power Plant complex is where you can choose sophisticated Mexican flavors and a cool bar scene at Alma Mexicana or wood-fired pizza outside at Cugino Forno. Spring House Kitchen & Bar Photography by Ruta Fox


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DURHAM, North Carolina Nicknamed Bull City, Durham’s downtown is home to two incredibly unusual hotels. Once the proud jewel in the city as The Jack Tar Motor Lodge in 1962, it fell on hard times and was slated for demolition, until Preservation Durham came to the rescue to maintain its unique heritage and sense of place. A superior example of midcentury modern architecture, it now shines as the Unscripted Durham, a boutique hotel from the Dream Hotel Group, where the rooftop pool and lounge beckon. The 21c Museum Hotel offers up a contemporary art museum on the premises featuring site-specific installations, the artfilled restaurant named the Counting House, plus a lounge in the old bank vault. Vert & Vogue showcases contemporary clothing from independent designers with Billy Reid upstairs for the guys. Cool off with Spiced Rum ice cream, one of the yummy, handmade flavors at The Parlour. Parisian bistro Vin Rouge, M Sushi, Mateo Tapas, Piedmont, and Mothers and Sons Italian Trattoria are just a few of Durham’s foodie favorites, in addition to the famous barbeque. In the late evening, duck into the intimate cocktail establishment Bar Virgile for a perfectly crafted nightcap. 152

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inding inspiration from the past, Montauk Distilling Co. looked to the local lore of the East End’s past, where rum runners buried liquor in the dunes during Prohibition for future consumption. The family-owned distillery pays homage to the history of craft distillation with a fresh, modern approach, churning out an assortment of rums and gin. The company, which is scheduled to open its own distillery in Westfield, New York, in the fall, began with three unique rums, largely in part because the Hamptons is a summer community. “Summer is great for Carribeanstyle drinks, and rum drinks are fun and festive and create that summer feel,” says founder Leucio Lacobelli. Black Sail Rum is aged for four years in virgin American oak barrels or a Carribean cask. The other two rums, Sunburn and Bellamy, are unaged, and instead, naturally infused with natural flavors—the former, a subtle cinnamon, the latter, a spiced rum. And while gin sales have been steadily increasing in the past five years, Lacobelli saw a trend that he wanted to capitalize on. Thus, Montauk Distillery took two years crafting just the right gin; the result is 71st Regiment Gin, comprised of 17 different botanicals. And with the impending distillery launch just a few months away, drinkers can now expect the company to continue expanding its portfolio of spirits. Lacobelli foresees bourbon crafted with Long Island wheat, vodka distilled using Long Island corn, and another rum flavored with local molasses all on the horizon. With the new distillery space, drinkers will be able to head to Long Island for tastings, tours, and private events. This small-batch distillery just might be the reason why you won’t find any teetotalers in the Hamptons. @MontaukDistillingCo_


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CARMEN Brings Mexico to You By Amanda Mactas

Mexico is a country that is vibrant with history, culture, food, and people, and its proximity to the United States makes it a sought after vacation spot. Filled with pristine beaches, resort towns, and warm waters, the country is like a playground for visitors of all ages, making it hard to hone in on which city to put down your roots for a week. Conveniently located a mere 35 minutes south of the Cancún International Airport (Lomas Transportation makes travel a breeze), Playa del Carmen will give you a glimpse into life on the Riviera Maya. There is no shortage of enticing activities and stunning sites to see and partake in here, and there’s one spot on the beach that can make seeing it all way easier than you can imagine. 154

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INSIDE THE FIVES AZUL BEACH RESORT PLAYA DEL CARMEN BY KARISMA Centrally located in Playa del Carmen, The Fives Azul Beach Resort caters to your every need, with 580 oversized luxury rooms that give you beautiful views whether you’re facing the sea or one of the many pools. Fully equipped with all of the modern amenities you might require, and then some, guests will enjoy an upscale vacation with many activities, restaurants, and services to choose from, all of which can be easily planned with the help of the hotel’s butler concierge. AUTHENTIC MEXICAN CUISINE COMES TO LIFE While there’s no shortage of mouthwatering restaurants strewn about the streets of Playa del Carmen, The Fives’ Gourmet Inclusive experience means you don’t even have to leave the resort. There are over 10 gourmet restaurants, five bars, and a handful of “gourmet corners” (which offer light bites and drinks) on property. While each one brings its own unique personality and flavor to the resort—from Koh Thai Cuisine to Pisco Nikkei Cuisine & Raw Bar—there are two on-site restaurants that really stand out, going above and beyond what you’ve ever experienced at a hotel. Immerse yourself even deeper into the Mexican culture at Casa de Rosa, a small spot made to resemble a traditional Mexican home, where guests will be warmly welcomed by Rosa, who will help you learn to cook classic Mexican dishes from scratch. Get your hands dirty making homemade tortillas, grilled panela, salsas, and salads, and then sit down 156

and enjoy a well-deserved family-style meal. More than just a dinner, an evening at Casa de Rosa makes you feel at home, learning new traditions, playing games, dancing, and savoring the food of Mexico. Diving deep into the hotel’s “Five Senses” aesthetic—their “Awaken Your Five Senses” campaign promotes on-property activities and initiatives that stimulate taste, sight, touch, smell, and sound— the hotel’s Dinner in the Dark ($70 per person) will have you experiencing food in a whole new way. Those who opt in for the sensorial dinner experience will enjoy a five-course meal complemented with wine pairings and music—all while wearing a blindfold. It’s a chance to experience dining on a new level. CULTURE AT YOUR FINGERTIPS While many people travel to Mexico for its party atmosphere, there’s so much more to this diverse country. Within large resorts it can be hard to pry yourself away from unlimited margaritas delivered to you poolside, but at The Fives, you don’t need to stray far to immerse yourself in the rich history of Mexico. One day you might find yourself donning traditional Huipil dresses and handmade jewelry, the next you could find yourself participating in a Mayan Alux ceremony. Not to mention that The Fives Plaza comes alive every night thanks to different activities, from enjoying homemade paella and shopping local artisan vendors to dancing the night away at glowstick parties on the beach. While we can’t stress the resort-based offerings enough, it’s always wise to hit up the town of Playa del Carmen. Here you can relax on the beach, have a full day of shopping, or try out one of many local restaurants (Guy Fieri’s doesn’t count). Yoga on the beach, sword dancing shows, spa treatments, tequila tastings, salsa lessons, and Mayan aromatherapy ceremonies—all of these activities are within your reach in Playa del Carmen. Plan a visit, and you’ll expand your horizons (and your senses) to all that Mexico has to offer.


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On Saturday, May 19, 2019, BELLA cover star James Maslow joined Team BELLA in kicking off Staten Island's annual Northwell Health Walk in Midland Beach. The event brought thousands together to walk side by side to make sure everyone in our communities have access to quality health care. More than $100,000 was raised, with proceeds benefitting the Gruppuso Family Women and Newborn Center at Staten Island University Hospital. 158


After kicking off the Staten Island Northwell Health Walk with Team BELLA and signing autographs for fans earlier in the day, James Maslow performed for an intimate crowd at Brooklyn hot spot Freehold. Prosecco DOC was served as guests enjoyed James' new songs. 159

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On June 13, 2019, Handbag Designer 101 revealed the winners of the 13th Annual Independent Handbag Designer Awards™ (IHDA) at the School of Visual Arts Theatre in New York City. Hosted by Founder Emily Blumenthal, over 400 industry insiders, designers, and celebrity supporters came out to celebrate the new and innovative handbag designs. BELLA Editor-in-Chief Courtenay Hall was thrilled to present the "BELLA Magazine Audience Fan Favorite" to Jeffrey Wan, who won the most votes through the BELLA Magazine fan network.


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Stacey Bell, Aldis Hodge Jenna Guarneri, Kelly Ford Girls Inc. of New York City continued to inspire girls to be strong, smart, and bold at their annual Spring Gala on May 8, 2019, at Cipriani Broadway. Comedian and actress, Caroline Rhea, hosted the 20th anniversary event, which honored Judge Glenda Hatchet, founder and principal of The Hatchett Firm, and Keisha Smith-Jeremie, chief people person of Tory Burch and founder and chief executive officer of Sanaía. Girls Inc. of NYC also honored three young girls who spoke of their experiences and achievements while working with Girls Inc. The evening included a performance by cast members of “Pretty Woman: The Musical,” while guests enjoyed a three-course dinner and participated in a silent and live auction lead by Erin Ward, a third-generation female auctioneer. Special guests for the evening included Kelly Ford (New York Country radio personality), Aldis Hodge (actor, Showtime’s “The City on a Hill”), and Stacey Bell (NBC New York anchor). Sponsors included Cali Cole, Godiva, Drunk Elephant, Merrill Lynch, Moody’s, Teneo, BNY MELLON, Aetna Foundation, King & Spalding, and the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation.


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Gabby and Gianpaolo Karan de Felice and Gally and David Mayer hosted the kickoff for the Veterinarians International One Health Gala on Sunday, May 5, 2019, at Tutto il Giorno / Urban Zen. Wine was generously provided by Channing Daughters Winery and Prosecco by Bellissima. Notable guests included Dr. Stacey and Jeffrey Collé, Molly Channing, Jane Gill, Dwayne Hill, Jack Kelly, Michael LaRocca, Laurie Lembrecht, Veronica McMahan, and Dr. Scarlett Magda, the organization's president. The One Health Gala will take place at the Bridgehampton Tennis and Surf Club on August 3, 2019, in an effort to bring hope, education, and medical care to animals and communities in remote regions of the world. For tickets and information, visit 161

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READ: “YOU’VE BEEN VOLUNTEERED: A CLASS MOM NOVEL” In the eagerly anticipated follow-up to Laurie Gelman’s hit “Class Mom,” brash, lovable Jen Dixon is back with a new class—and her work cut out for her. If you’ve ever been a room parent or school volunteer, Jen Dixon is your hero. She says what every class mom is really thinking, whether in her notoriously frank emails or standup-worthy interactions with the micromanaging PTA president and gamut of difficult parents. Luckily, she has the charm and wit to get away with it—most of the time. This sequel sees her sassier than ever while dealing with a whole new set of challenges in the world of parental politics and at home. Available on July 23, 2019 -

DINE: THE VICTOR If you are looking to escape the heat of New York, Vancouver is the perfect place to visit and The Victor is the perfect place to dine. Located on the 6th floor of Vancouver’s newest entertainment destination, Parq Vancouver, the restaurant offers an elevated steak and sea dining experience. Accessible through the lush outdoor park, it showcases stunning views of BC Place Stadium and the Vancouver skyline, unlike any other restaurant in the city. Insider tip: Be sure to try The Battle of 1812—it’s a cocktail not to be missed! 39 Smithe Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 0R3 WINE: CHÂTEAU DE CHAUSSE CÔTES DE PROVENCE AOC ROSÉ, 2016 From New York City to the Hamptons, Rosé is the drink of summer. Idyllically nestled in France’s Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region in the heart of the St. Tropez peninsula, the award-winning Château de Chausse winery is celebrating the spirit of the summer by offering its Côtes de Provence AOC Rosé, 2016—one of the premier rosés from France— along with five other premium estate wines. 164

REBIRTH: PASTIS The recent resurrection of Pastis was driven by Keith McNally and Stephen Starr, two James Beard Award-winning restaurateurs, who returned to a neighborhood they helped cultivate. McNally is the chief designer of the space while Starr and team focus on culinary and operations. The vibe and transformative gold lighting features elements similar to the original restaurant, along with subway tile, mosaic floors, brushed aluminum doors, specials written on distressed mirrors, and bountiful floral arrangements. Guests can expect to find the classic bistro fare Pastis is known for, with a menu that offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner. 52 Gansevoort Street, New York, NY 10014 - PAMPER: GROOMIT, PET GROOMING ON DEMAND Treat your four-legged family member to the best in at-home grooming. By connecting owners and groomers directly via mobile, Groomit offers top quality services at affordable prices, all performed in the convenience and comfort of home. Groomit’s groomers, all of whom use only all-natural products, are selected through the company’s proprietary vetting system, which ensures all are fully insured and trained to care for your pet. Groomit currently provides services in New York City, Westchester, North Jersey and Connecticut.



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