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appy 2019! I must say I am happy to usher in a new year—a new chapter filled with so much possibility and excitement. The feeling of starting anew is invigorating, and I am a firm believer that to get drastic results, you need drastic change, so that is my mantra moving forward.


You can see by my new headshot that I am taking my mission seriously. I want to thank Angelo David and his amazing team for my much more modern and sophisticated look. I know people get nervous to change their appearance, but I love to mix it up, and let’s be honest, I have been rocking the long blonde hair for so long—a change was desperately needed.

I felt the same way about BELLA during 2018, and so we slowly made changes to get us to where we are today—a more modern, sleek, luxury feel that is continually expanding and primed for some serious growth this year. And growth there will be, as BELLA New York and BELLA Los Angeles have merged into one larger, more comprehensive look at my two favorite cities. Even better, BELLA will now be sold at all Barnes & Noble stores nationwide. Yes, I said nationwide—something I wasn’t sure was in the cards or even possible when we started as a hyperlocal publication within the five boroughs of NYC eight years ago. The fact that this “Little Engine That Could” will now be available for purchase in all 50 states really shows me yet again that the sky’s the limit when it comes to your dreams. And it doesn’t stop there! Make sure to tune in to daily BELLA TV shows across our social media channels, and follow us online for exclusive content on, which now houses all our NY and LA content in one click-worthy place. Here’s to a year of exciting expansion and many wonderful things.

Courtenay Hall

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

Daniel G. Hall Publisher Jessica Licciardello, Creative Director Jessica DePeppo, Client Relations Manager Jennifer DeCillis, Business Development Manager Vanessa Coppes, Content Marketing Manager Jenna Guarneri, Public Relations Vital Agibalow, Contributing Photographer Sophie Knight, Social Media Manager Jaime Ludwig, Intern Katharina Lelli, Intern

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Medical Advisory Board

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CONTRIBUTORS As BELLA Magazine’s Entertainment Editor, New York-based writer


profiles the hottest celebrities with in-depth, exclusive interviews, giving readers a front row seat to the best in the business. While she’s interviewed countless talent over the years, Alexandra says this issue’s article (page 92) with her favorite funnyman, Sebastian Maniscalco, tops her list of favorites. In addition to her love of entertainment, Alexandra covers all types of lifestyle writing and occasionally serves up restaurant and travel reviews. A dog lover at heart, she is also a regular contributor to the AKC (American Kennel Club), and has had her work featured on GMA and ABCNews online

The style prowess of JONATHAN CALIXTO, one of BELLA’s fashion correspondents, is a reflection of working on New York Fashion Week, Paris Fashion Week, and Miami Swim Week with The Riviere Agency, which put him at the forefront of what’s new and next. Getting to live out one of his dreams, he curates lifestyle and fashion content on his blog, This is JCali. In this issue, he breaks down a classic—the gentleman’s suit (page 30)—as well as reveals one of this season’s hottest “Runway to Reality” trends (check it out on page 26).

MALLORY DIEKMANN is a Los Angeles transplant from Minnesota, by way of Kansas. Diekmann, who has degrees in communications, food science, and theatre, shares some “Meatless Monday” ideas everyone will love on page 122. Diekmann has been featured on Instagram for her cooking demonstrations, and Snapchat for recipe takeovers. Today she feeds her extreme foodie heart through her work as a private chef and recipe developer.

CAROLINE VAZZANA is a fashion editor,

JULIE FREEMAN spent six months

Today, aside from running, Vazzana is involved in a wide range of social media brand collaborations and campaigns where she shares her unique eye, voice, style, and message. See “What She Loves” this season on page 27, and then follow along with her at @CVazzana.

“I loved my time at BELLA and can’t wait to return to New York City in the hopes of working with the team again in the future,” she explains. In the meantime, Julie still contributes to the magazine from Europe, this time with a travel story about an amazing trip to Greece and Italy. Read all about her adventures in the Mediterranean on pages 154-157.

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

interning at BELLA in the summer of 2018. Having lived in Germany all her life with American roots, she is currently obtaining her bachelor’s degree in online journalism, while working as an editor for a European magazine.

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THE STYLE REPORT Spring Preview, No Handbag Needed, Pump It Up, Craving Corduroy, What She Loves: Caroline Vazzana, Fashion Happenings In NYC, Breaking Down the Gentlemen Suit, Designer Profile: Greg Yuna, Karamo Brown


THE GREAT OUTDOORS Harnessing Nature’s Beauty


BEAUTY SCENE Your 2019 Beauty Reboot, Redefining the Male Aesthetic, Hollywood Trends & Obsessions, Look and Feel Your Best at Any Age, Made for Men, Highly Recommended: CBD Beauty, Celeb Exclusive: Phillip Keene

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the style report | trends

George Keburia Short Sleeve Cotton Pockets Dress $495,

Fendi Black Wool Coat $2,890, Prada Short Sleeved Nylon Jacket $1,310,

NO HANDBAG NEEDED Pockets are plentiful and built-in storage is on trend! By Jazmin Gonzalez

J.W. Anderson Multi-Pocket Canvas Belt Bag $820,

Chanel Vintage Multi-Pockets Flared Jacket $4201,

Chanel Mid Calf Boot $900,


Alexander Wang Round Pocket Zipped Skort $995,

the style report | accessories

Saint Laurent Swarovski Crystal-Embellished Satin Pumps $1295,

Saint Laurent Zoe Pump in Patent Leather $625,


Pumps are in this season— with a twist! Saint Laurent Teddy Pump in Shiny Leather $895,

By Jazmin Gonzalez

Prada Drawstring-Panel Patent-Leather Pumps $883,

Off-White For Walking Pumps $955,

Monse Embellished Two-Tone Leather Pumps $890,


the style report | men’s trend


Craving Corduroy

Maison Kitsuné Faux Shearling-Lined Cotton-Corduroy Jacket $450,

As seen on the runway, designers have elevated and brought corduroy to the forefront, making it a fashion must-have this season. Appearing in unexpected ways, it will be the hidden touch any man will need to create a lasting impression for 2019. By Jonathan Calixto

Lardini Checked Blazer $757,

Brunello Cucinelli Contrast-Tipped Cable-Knit Cashmere Sweater $2,275,

Kent & Curwen Slim-Fit Shearling-Trimmed Cotton-Corduroy Trucker Jacket $745, Eltham Shirt Cord Mustard $209,

Incotex Slim-Fit Cotton Blend Corduroy Trousers $335,

Brunello Cucinelli Men’s Fall 2018

Maison Margiela Wide-Leg Cotton-Corduroy Trousers $695,

Nike Air Max 1/97 VF Nike/Sean Wotherspoon Sneakers $975,


Saint Laurent Wyatt 30 Chelsea Boots $995,

the style report | what she loves Author and style influencer

Caroline Vazzana street style star. shows you how to dress like a

Fleur Dusk - Rose Gold Earrring $295,

Leya Colorful Fur Jacket $300,

Dior Saddle Calfskin Bag $3,250,

There’s nothing like the magic of New York during Fashion Week. Twice a year, the women of NYC come together for one of the busiest times when reality seems to stop. For one week, only fashion matters. I promise you—it is as exciting as what it looks in the movies. But no matter if you’re hitting every show, or watching from afar,there’s no better time to treat yourself!

GANNI Lindale Floral Print Crepe de Chine Wrap Dress $280,

To give you your Fashion Week fill, I’ve rounded up a few pieces to help you look and feel like a street style star wherever you may be!

Chanel Suede Calfskin Sneakers $950,

the style report | fashion news

The Latest and Greatest Fashion Happenings in

NEW YORK CITY By Amanda Mactas

The Bedroom Lunya, known for its thoughtful and functional loungewear and intimates, has opened up The Bedroom in New York City. Sleepwear shouldn’t hinder your sleep, which is why Lunya’s designs cater to comfort. The Bedroom, a new 2,500-square-foot space in Nolita, is meant to give customers the feeling of home— like you’re ready to kick off your shoes and relax. Here you can find Lunya’s sleepwear, along with some amazingly fabulous nightstand finds. 255 Elizabeth Street

Oui! The Upper East Side welcomes a newcomer to its fashion ranks. Fine jewelry designer Carole de Bris Perez has set up her boutique in one of Manhattan’s most glam neighborhoods. The store flaunts a unique approach—carrying only women-owned brands and all cruelty-free items (faux fur included!). Here you can find Ms. de Bris Perez’s jewelry, home scents, cashmere, healing crystals, and more. 1031 Lexington Avenue 28

SNIDEL This popular Japanese-based fashion label recently debuted in America with the opening of the brand’s first flagship store in New York City. Featuring both ready-to-wear clothing and accessories, SNIDEL’s new footprint on American soil is ready to make a splash with its blend of street style and luxury. In addition to classic offerings, it also showcases two limited collaborations—one with Rage Against the Machine, and the other with Hello Kitty. 144 Orchard Street,

Revtown USA The year-old menswear company that brings high-quality performance denim to the boys is now at The Edit at Roosevelt Field through the end of February. The brand’s four-way stretch denim allows wearers to move around comfortably all day long, and for just $75, it’s a brand men can easily get behind. The store features a 30-foot denim wall, a customer lounge, and easy checkout powered by Shopify. 29

the style report | suiting

Breaking Down the

Gentlemen Suit By Jonathan Calixto

Lardini Classic Suit $1616,

Berluti Single-Breasted Cotton-Blend Overcoat $3800,

Black Calfskin Leather Reversible Belt with Carbon Texture $295,

Tallia Orange Fall 2018

RWB Elastic Seam Oxford Shirt $415,

Fendi Striped Silk Tie $140,

Kicking off a new year is no longer a struggle when you have your go-to suit.

Eleventy Classic Checked Tie $89,

Eleventy Polka Dot Patterned Handkerchief $95,

Buttero Chelsea Boots $439,


To enhance the traditional dapper look, a grey suit will be the most important color to own this year. It’s perfect for important meetings, interviews, or if you want to wear as separates with other favorite items. The key to successfully pulling off a suit will be tailoring; it should be properly fitted from the pants to blazer. Adding personality to your suit will just require a tie or printed pocket square to accentuate undertones found in the suit. With an overcoat and boot, you’ll be ready to step out and conquer the day ahead.

Y/Project Y Belt $330,

Paul Smith Striped Cotton-Voile Pocket Square $60,

Kicko Boot $1295,


the style report | designer profile

GREG YUNA We sat down with celebrity jeweler, Greg Yuna, to find out how his passion led him to design jewelry for some of the biggest names in Hollywood. By Jazmin Gonzalez


ith a background in mortgage sales, Yuna got started in the jewelry business working at his uncle’s shop after the 2008 stock market crash. Upon catching the attention of famed prizefighter Floyd Mayweather, his business took off. His clientele now includes the likes of Drake, Victor Cruz, and the Who’s Who of the music industry.

I’m always inspired, making new things excites me.”

Remaining relevant through the years doesn’t seem to be a challenge for the popular jeweler. “I do backflips in the middle of the street,” he laughs. Aside from his impressive clientele roster, Yuna is known for staging outrageous photo shoots. He’s jumped on a trampoline with The Fat Jewish, stopping traffic in the middle of NYC’s Diamond District, and has quite the social media following. What truly separates Yuna from other jewelers is his aesthetic and attention to detail. He manages to make attention-grabbing pieces without being gaudy. “I try to be different. A lot of jewelers just add tons of diamonds and fluff it up. Everyone goes right, I go left. I like the art of it,” he explains. Yuna credits much of his style to hip-hop culture and the changes over the years. “It went from big Cuban link chains to tight rope chains. Artists start trends and I follow and adapt.” Listening to him speak about a few of his pieces, you can immediately see why he is so successful. His passion and excitement are clear. “I’m always inspired, making new things excites me.” He derives inspiration from everyday life and his experiences. “It’s more so things that I see—art, sneakers, athletes, cars, movies, etc. “ Yuna’s shop, “Chapter II,” is located at 36 West 47th Street and accepts custom orders. 32

14kt Gold Hamsa $1500 each,

Yuna’s favorite personal design is Kaws “Yuna Companion.”



the style report | men’s profile

Karamo Brown By Amanda Mactas

Burberry Cashmere and Wool Blend Bomber Jacket $2,190,

What’s your favorite thing about your job? Helping people find their confidence and best selves. And getting to positively affect people in areas of the country and world that I never would otherwise have the chance to—there’s nothing like it!

Favorite item in your closet: Easily my bomber jackets are my favorite. I have so many different variations on the classic jacket and really feel like bombers are the perfect way to allow you to dress up or down. As you know, they’ve become a staple for me!

Favorite winter activity: Snuggling up under a blanket and watching a movie.

Bucket list vacation destination: It was Hong Kong, which I recently had the amazing opportunity to visit. The food was great, the people were great, and there were so many rich cultural experiences. It’s one of those places when you go, your mind is just expanded in so many different ways.

Who are some of your style icons? It’s hard to say I have one “icon,” style should be individual; wear what makes you feel happy and beautiful. So I guess, basically, it’s Beyoncé. Favorite song on your playlist right now: Depends on the time of day! “Strength Courage & Wisdom” by India Arie to start my day, and “Crazy in Love” by Beyoncé to end it! Favorite food to pair with your Hendrick’s Gin cocktail: Blue cheese-stuffed olives and a classic Hendrick’s martini–divine! 34

Favorite indulgence: Since I’m allergic to chocolate, I make up for that by going crazy for candy! Favorite cocktail: Hendrick’s Gin & Tonic. It’s simple and delicious, and adding a cucumber garnish instead of a lime brings out the beautiful flavors of the spirit and takes the cocktail to a whole new level.

You’ve come to know him as part of “The Fab Five” of the smash Netflix success “Queer Eye” as the show’s resident culture expert. Karamo Brown has made an impression as an empathetic and openminded person, bringing people together and inspiring viewers, as well as those he mentors on the show. Now, he embarks on a partnership with Hendrick’s Gin, a brand that similarly celebrates uniqueness and self-expression. Karamo TheUnusualTimes

MAKE IT YOURSELF Hendrick’s Gin & Tonic as prepared by Hendrick’s Gin Ambassador Mattias Horseman: Ingredients: • 1 part Hendrick’s Gin • 2 parts tonic water Directions: • Fill a highball glass with good cubed ice. • Combine all ingredients and give a gentle stir. • Garnish with cucumber.



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GREAT OUTDOORS Photography by Tas Limur Styling by Justin Lynn Grooming by Emily Moses


Turtleneck: Brunello Cucinelli Sweater: Ralph Lauren Purple Label Pants: Club Monaco


Jacket: James Perse Scarf: John Varvatos


Sweater: Club Monaco Knit Bomber Jacket: Zegna Jeans: Buck Mason


Suede Jacket: Salvatore Ferragamo Shirt and Jeans: Buck Mason



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beauty scene | reboot






Makeup will only look as good as the skin underneath, so this step is crucial. In the dead of winter it’s especially important to hydrate your skin to create a flawless canvas for your makeup, regardless of skin type. Use a brightening eye cream and a facial moisturizer that will hydrate without feeling heavy on the skin. Most fine lines are a sign of dehydration, so get in that moisturizer! For the ultimate litfrom-within glow and dewy palate, start with Sulwhasoo Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Cream ($240,

REBOOT By Rachel Paul




I think we’ve all experienced mornings when we’re faced with a decision… spend time on our hair or our makeup? What if I said you didn’t have to choose? Here’s one New Year’s resolution you can stick to: Clear out the clutter by streamlining your makeup routine and have more time for hair, breakfast, wardrobe, or…sleep!

Hit that snooze restart button and refresh the way you primp. It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3…

Most of us can use a little help to even out skin tone and brighten around the eye area. Pay attention to the finish and coverage when choosing a foundation. For those looking for a sheer coverage and skin-like finish, try LA MER The Luminous Lifting Cushion Foundation SPF 20 ($120, For a bit more coverage and a matte finish, take a look at IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream Oil-Free Matte with SPF 40 ($38, Sephora).


Now that your skin is prepped and looking naturally flawless, make your favorite features pop with some finishing touches. My favorite is the eyes, so I like to spend my time on my lashes. Get a mascara that does the work for you like Grande Mascara ($25, Sephora) for instant drama and separation. Maybe you’re a lippy queen. A bold lip is a power move that doesn’t take much time. It instantly pulls a look together and speaks volumes without saying a word. Try Almay #LIPVIBES in Smile ($7.99, Ulta) for easy application. No cheek bones, or amazing cheekbones? Either way, a little color on the cheeks says, “I’m alive, refreshed, and ready to own this day!” Try a bronzy rose shade like Stila Convertible Color in Peony ($25, StilaCosmetics. com), which can do the work of a contour, bronzer, and blush all in one. 44

Finish off with a concealer such as Charlotte Tilbury Magic Away Liquid Concealer ($32, to cover stubborn breakouts or spots and dark circles around the eye. After all, no one needs to know that you marathon-watched that whole Netflix series season last night!


beauty scene | expert insight

Redefining the



onita M. Sadio, MD, a New York City-based regenerative plastic surgeon and hair restoration surgeon, began a members’ only facial aesthetics practice for women seeking to steer clear of the extreme look of Botox and fillers. With an emphasis on biostimulators rather than fillers and exercising the facial muscles as opposed to paralyzing them, it was obvious to Dr. Sadio that this approach would be appealing to men as well.  “Men in my business and social circles were constantly asking me about hair restoration,” she says. “And more and more were asking me what they could do for their faces and whether Botox would work for them. “  MENS’ TOP COSMETIC CONCERNS Even though her research was informal, it became clear to Dr. Sadio that men care about hair loss...a lot! “Studies show that hair loss can age a man by seven to 10 years. That’s pretty significant,“ she says. “Notwithstanding that handful of guys who look really great bald, a head full of hair is that one thing that can make a guy look confident, handsome, and virile, whether he’s seeking out a promotion, pitching for funding, or posting a winning dating profile.” Thanks to today’s advances, she adds, hair loss is a problem that’s relatively easy to fix by a qualified professional. Most men come in to Dr. Sadio’s Private Aesthetics for Men practice in NYC’s Flatrion District to fix their hair loss then ask about what else she can offer to help them max out their looks. “I keep it simple—great skincare to promote healthy, vibrant skin and maybe biostimulators for youthful, natural, volume. I have a number of guys on microcurrent to keep their facial muscles toned.”

mobilize these follicles at any time and redistribute them to areas where a man needs them. We move those follicles one by one—as many as 2000 at a time—from the back of the head to the front.” DECISION & PRECISION Indeed, there’s an art to it, specifically deciding where to place the hairline, how many hairs to graft, where to place them, and at what angles, she says.

THE BIGGEST TREND FOR 2019 – HAIR RESTORATION According to Sadio, Follicular Unit Excision is the latest approach to hair restoration.

“The best thing about hair restoration is that it’s permanent, and the worst thing about hair restoration is that it’s permanent,” explains Dr. Sadio. “You need to make sure you’re going to someone who understands how to get the most natural, elegant result possible.”

“Hair loss tends to affect the front of the hair, while the back tends to be spared,” she explains. “This is because the ‘balding hormone’ responsible for male pattern hair loss (DHT) does not affect the hairs at the back. I call these hairs the “bank account” because we can

For Dr. Sadio, it’s very exciting to be working with the leading scientists in the field on these protocols. “It is my belief that male-pattern hair loss will be an optional component of aging within our lifetimes.”


beauty scene | hollywood trends & obsessions



By Janene Mascarella

We may not have stylists working on our manes from dusk ‘til dawn, but we can steal the tricks of the trade from the best heads of hair in Hollywood and bring Insta- and runway-ready hair home.

ENTER: UNITE Hair TEXTURIZA ($31.50,, the dry, translucent finishing spray that has left a big impact on the stars and their hair. From Kim Kardashian to Nina Dobrev, Sophia Esperanza, Julianne Hough, Sofia Vergara, Demi Lovato (and more), Hollywood’s It-girls are using the spray

to create unbelievable volume, fullness, and texture that lasts from a.m. to p.m. back to a.m. again.

UP, UP AND AWAY A little goes a long way with the workable and buildable dry spray, so whether you’re looking to revive second-day hair, or add a little oomph, shape, and movement to your locks, this is a top-notch texture spray that your hair needs right now.

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What’s Your

Looking for the skin of your dreams? The Overnight Facial Plumping Treatment ($54,, loved and inspired by celeb Jane Seymour, is taking the term beauty sleep to the next level. Snooze your way to betterlooking complexion with this deeply hydrating overnight facial treatment by Crepe Erase. Wake up to perfectly balanced, radiantlooking skin that looks and feels years younger.


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I love your


By Janene Mascarella


he first time the Ouai Eau de Parfum launched (in rollerballs) they sold out in less than two days. Now you can spritz on a full size of this worldly line inspired by jet-setter and celebrity hair stylist Jen Atkin’s travels. Our Beauty Director Janene Mascarella has long been obsessed with—and swears by—Atkin’s line of hair care products, and now she’s smitten by this new collection of four swoon-worthy scents.


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Gala invites, a share in the Hamptons, Italian lemon, Turkish rose, jasmine sambac, iris, lily, and white musk.

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sais quoi, access to next season’s collection, violet, gardenia, Ylang Ylang, and white musk.

Melrose Place is

infused with hints of a verified Instagram account, valet parking, bergamot, lychee, cedar-wood, and white musk.

North Bondi is a blend of rich florals and sheer white

musk, inspired by the meeting of the city and the sea at Sydney’s

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“I worked really hard crafting the perfect scent, making the heart of rose at the center of each. I was inspired by fine French fragrances (as Paris is one of my favorite cities, and where my husband and I had our first date), Hawaii (where I grew up), and the glamorous scents of the Middle East, where I travel frequently. I wanted to create a worldly line, and scent absolutely evokes our sense of memory.” – Jen Atkin, founder of The OUAI Haircare 49

beauty scene | medical advisory board


e have all heard the sayings, “Age is just a number,” or “You’re only as old as you feel.” We also know that how we take care of our bodies both physically and mentally contributes to our overall well-being. But there is one factor that there is no denying— or even fighting—Father Time.

Look and Feel

Your Best…

at Any Age

What does total rejuvenation encompass? I can offer women treatments for everything from Botox, fillers, skin resurfacing, laser resurfacing, peels, and breast augmentation, along with other surgical or non-surgical procedures.

By Alexandra Anastasio

For better or worse, our bodies are always changing, and as we age, different areas are affected. Dr. Aviva Preminger, one of Manhattan’s top plastic surgeons, believes that aging can be harder on women because their appearance is often held to a higher standard. “There is a desire for all women to try and stay young looking.” In the day and age where everything is captured on social media and selfies are the norm, there seems to be a bigger concern when it comes to appearance. While women don’t necessarily want to turn back the clock completely, they do want to look and feel their best at any age.

BELLA sat down with Dr. Preminger to learn more about the ways in which total body rejuvenation can be accomplished, and why it’s important to get ahead of things early on.


Sometimes the way in which we apply them is a compromise based on how far a patient wants to go. Some women want surgery, while others choose a different route. My job is to assess what treatments they’re a candidate for and then let them know how far that particular procedure will take them in terms of results. What small improvements can be made if surgery is not an option? Some of the non-invasive procedures with little to no down time are the peels, injectables, micro-needling, liposuction under local anesthesia, CoolSculpting, face and neck tightening, and Kybella for the removal of neck fat. Even a breast augmentation has little downtime and is not particularly painful; most patients feel pretty good after two days.

What are the most requested areas patients come to see you for services? I do everything from head to toe, so I see a lot of different things. That said, everybody who comes to see me has some sort of interest in facial rejuvenation, even if they’ve come in for breast augmentation. They want to know what they can do about their brown spots or their wrinkles—two things everybody is concerned about.


Beyond that, as far as a surgical perspective on the face, the eyes are easy to make someone look and feel younger again with something as much as a subtle procedure. They say they’re the window to the soul. Two other areas are the breasts, and almost nobody—women and men—wouldn’t want some of their belly and hip fat removed. That muffin top gets everybody! We all have that one problem area that is difficult to get rid of.

SKIN PEELS: There are different depths of peels that we can do. Along with deep peels, there are gentler ones that are more gradual with little down time. A skin peel is about getting rid of the old layer of skin and allowing new skin cells to come to the surface.

At what age can a woman expect to see changes, and what can be done? I see a lot of young women as early as their 20s being proactive. The more you take care of yourself early on, the less you need to do as you age. Along with getting on a maintenance skincare program, we also offer less invasive treatments like Botox, skin peels, and Intense Pulsed Light (IPL). Pregnancy and breastfeeding can cause changes to the breasts, such as loss of volume and enlarged nipples, both of which we can fix. And as women start to get into the pre-menopause and menopausal stage, their estrogen levels drop and they lose that healthy glow. They also lose fat from the areas where they want it and it has a tendency to turn up in the places where they don’t.

IPL LASER: This helps get rid of pigmentation, which is associated with aging and too much sun exposure.

We hear the term “Mommy Makeover” often. What exactly does that mean? I use it in reference to someone who has had kids. Women’s bodies go through a lot of changes with both pregnancy and then childbirth. My job is to help them feel good about themselves and the way they look. That usually includes some sort of facial rejuvenation, and work done to the breasts, belly, and/or waist. It’s whatever we can do to help make a mother feel like herself again. Do you think the stigma that once surrounded plastic surgery has lifted? Things are changing; people are way more open about what they’ve done. Some will tell all of their friends, and in turn their friends come to see me, which is great. But there are still patients who tend to be more cautious and conservative. I am very discreet when it comes to my patients; we always respect their wishes and privacy.

A GOOD SKINCARE REGIME: Dry skin sets up your skin to crack and causes wrinkles, so it’s important to moisturize, especially in places where the skin is very thin like around the eyes.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN SEARCHING FOR A PLASTIC SURGEON • Board certified plastic surgeon—check their credentials. • Qualified to administer injectables. • Personality—be sure he/she understands your expectations, the look(s) you want to achieve, and that their aesthetic aligns with yours. • Do your research. Be careful when it comes to seeking cheap surgery overseas; that’s fraught with problems, advises Dr. Preminger.

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Algenist POWER Recharging Night Pressed Serum A highly concentrated solid serum to regenerate, smooth, and recharge in as little as 10 days.  $95,

Kiehl’s Age Defender Moisturizer Target fine lines and wrinkles while visibly firming skin with this anti-aging treatment for men. $40, Kiehl’s Flagship, 109 Third Avenue, NYC


Clinique For Men Aloe Shave Gel Aloe-rich gel softens and cushions face and beard for a smooth, close shave. $17.50, Saks Fifth Avenue

Vince Camuto Virtu The bold, aromatic fragrance mixes heat and coolness in a polished, sophisticated scent. $80,


Kérastase Densifique Bain Densité Homme Day in and day out, this shampoo instantly maximizes density from roots to tips. $33,

7 8 MËNAJI 911 Eye Gel A natural eye gel that refreshes like a mini-ice pack, this one will cool puffy eyes—pronto! $36,

Acqua Di Parma Shaving Brush & Stand This pure badger hair brush with stand creates a luxurious shaving experience. $415, Saks Fifth Avenue 54

Tom Ford Oud Wood Bar Soap He’ll love this luxurious soap that cleanses the skin with an indulgent, creamy lather. $38, Saks Fifth Avenue



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THRIVA LUXE EYE REVIVE BOTANICAL PEPTIDES The technology behind Thriva’s CBD, combined with vitamin K, natural peptides, and Arnica, deliver serious results! People with dark circles are raving about the fabulous results thanks to this product’s effectiveness in diminishing them. Testimonials of the brand are touting it as “life-changing.” $125,


To many, CBD oil is the new Holy Grail for beauty. It comes from the cannabis plant, but unlike the plant’s THC, CBD oil is not going to get you high. Because of CBD oil’s anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties, board certified dermatologists recommend you add some to your beauty routine.

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ELIXICURE CBD INFUSED PAIN RELIEF ROLL-ON This all-natural CBD pain relief company’s products are specially formulated using extract of the hemp plant to temporarily relieve minor aches and pains. The creators’ goal is to steer people away from aspirin and other OTC pain relief meds that can cause stomach problems. $30,


THERAMU SOOTHE ORIGINAL STRENGTH BATH CRYSTALS Theramu Soothe bath crystals available in Original Strength and Pro Strength, redefine the meaning of bath time. The company’s most recent innovation provides a premium therapeutic experience to release stress, relieve pain and inflammation, and rejuvenate your body and mind.   $28.95 (4 oz),

NATURE BARE THE SMOKER MUSTACHE & BEARD OIL The all-natural Nature Bare product The Smoker Mustache & Beard Oil is infused with cannabis essential oil. The terpenes present, such as caryophyllene, is great for combating razor bumps. $15,

KUSH QUEEN RELAX BATH BOMB This one was not only created to relax the body, but to help stabilize your mood as well. A beautiful blend of lavender, chamomile, and Frankincense come together to assist in the relief of anxiety, stress, and inflammation. $12.99,

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His Top Grooming Go-To’s By Janene Mascarella

Acclaimed actor and philanthropist, Phillip Keene, is best known as “Buzz Watson,” the tech-savvy member of LAPD’s exclusive squad on TNT’s hit drama franchise “The Closer” and spin-off “Major Crimes.”  Here, the handsome TV star tells BELLA how he cleans up…

SPRTIZ “My favorite fragrance is Terre by Hermès. No matter the season, it always works for me. I get compliments from both men and women when I wear it, so why not?”



“I have been using Vivid MD skincare for a few years now. I love their Satin Cleanser with vitamin C and chamomile. I use it for shaving instead of traditional shaving cream. I also use plain old baking soda as a face scrub too. It cleans really well and leaves my skin feeling great!”

Terre d’Hermès Eau de Toilette $86-$165,

STYLE “I am always trying new stuff for my hair. Currently what’s working for this inbetween hair length is Moroccan Texture Paste by Mister Pompadour. You can use it with wet or dry hair, and it has a semi matte finish. Plus, it washes right out. On that note, if you can get away with it, don’t wash your hair every day.”

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BEFORE HE WAS FAMOUS… Keene once worked as a Pan American World Airways flight attendant, at a modeling agency, at the local gym, as a travel agent, and even as a makeup artist. He attended UCLA and double majored in history and art history, and took acting classes on the side. It was only by chance that a friend of his, who worked in the entertainment industry, set him up with his role on “The Closer.” The rest is history!





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Lola Tillyaeva:

Helping Others Find Their

“Scents” of Self

By Megan O’Brien

What was your inspiration for creating The Harmonist? I wanted to create something new, something the market had not even imagined, and I wanted to translate the language of smell, to interpret the messages of the five fundamental elements that form part of everything around us. Ever since I was a young girl I have been fascinated by the ancient philosophies that reach through the ages to us today, still helping humanity make sense of our existence. That’s why we chose to base our brand on feng shui, an ancient Chinese philosophy of bringing your inner self into harmony with the world around you. I got the idea to translate the five basic elements of nature and how they were connected to our sense of smell, which has a language all its own. These elements have colors, shapes, sounds; you can even feel the taste of them. I decided to reinforce the sensory aspects of these elements with the sense of smell by creating a product that is directly connected to this sense of smell, one of our most important senses. It impacts our daily life and our reality. What is your vision for The Harmonist? Calling upon French savoir-faire, The Harmonist offers 10 delicate and exquisite fragrances, which were created using the finest natural ingredients from around the world. These scents were created in collaboration with well-known French perfumer Guillaume Flavigny. The Harmonist perfumes reflect the concept of yin and yang, the philosophy of balance where two opposing yet complementary and interdependent forces coexist harmoniously.


uxury fragrance has a new contender, The Harmonist, which boasts celebrity fans like Kate Hudson and Orlando Bloom. Lola Tillyaeva, the woman behind the popular feng shui-inspired brand, sat down with BELLA to share her vision. The Harmonist is unique in that the company creates signature scents based on astrology. After a brief quiz, you’re wearing a fragrance that’s made just for you. Each personalized scent is $225 and the bottle is a work of art for you to treasure.


I have chosen two colors—black and white—to show the duality of the world in which we live. Our perfumes embody the five elements regarded as building blocks of all natural phenomena—metal, fire, earth, water, and wood. These five elements constitute part and parcel of our everyday life and are present in everything around us. How did you come up with this yin and yang concept? We humans are part of nature—an integral, inseparable part. I have always been curious about human nature itself: Who are we? Why are we here? These fundamental questions have always fascinated me. It’s important to

I firmly believe that we can change the world around us for the better by changing our inner self. This is the philosophy that underpins our brand. The idea behind the brand is to breathe a new breath of energy into people looking for harmony, helping them achieve maximum results as they seek to create balance for themselves and others. The Harmonist is the first maison de parfums that offers a fragrance attuned to your personal energy. By choosing the right fragrance, you add an ingredient to your aura—the energy of the missing element you need for personal harmony. Therefore, The Harmonist has created its own algorithm for an individual’s choice of perfume.

understand yourself, to know yourself fully, for only then can you truly know the world around you. This is the concept at the heart of our brand, and The Harmonist allows our clients to have a deeper understanding of themselves.

Where does your inspiration come from? I was always inspired by the works of French designer Philippe Starck. While designing our Paris boutique on Avenue George V, I took inspiration from French Art Nouveau as well as French classicism. We sought to blend their elegance and sophistication with the clear-cut precepts of feng shui to ensure that positive energy pulses through the whole store, infusing our visitors with a feeling of harmony.

The furnishings also reflect the marriage of the classic style with modern materials. When creating the design of our Los Angeles boutique, which is located on Melrose The Harmonist boutiques opened in Paris and Place, we did not want to just copy the design of Los Angeles in 2016. The company recently the Paris boutique. Instead, we wanted to convey launched its products in Barneys New York. the spirit of Los Angeles and combine the styles of the two cities. The boutiques are similar, but each has a distinct local flair.

Why is a signature scent a gateway to better understanding yourself ? The sense of smell is one our five vital senses that open up the world around us, painting a vivid picture of what is happening. For me, the sense of smell is something intangible yet powerful. It can transport us back to our past, and awaken long lost memories. Without our sense of smell, a piece of the jigsaw would be missing, for each of our vital human senses adds a new dimension to our picture of the world around us. And being fully present in this world, in this moment, means experiencing the here and now with all of our senses. Our sense of smell blends with our sense of taste. We catch a scent, and we are curious to know more. The smell draws us—it’s sweet…is it vanilla? Or bitter, like coffee?

What led you to focus on scent? As a child, I suffered from poor eyesight and spent many long hours in specialist clinics. But my poor eyesight helped me develop my other senses and is the main reason why I have such a keen sense of smell. When it came to using perfumes, I tried many fragrances but could not find one I felt was right for me. So I started experimenting, blending perfumes to find a scent I felt comfortable with.

I enjoyed working on the design in close collaboration with French designer Alnoor; we were on the same wavelength and made an excellent team. We paid attention to every small detail—the lighting, for instance; tailor-made chandeliers in the form of perfume bottles. When you walk into The Harmonist, I want your senses to be aroused and excited. Not just your sense of smell, but sight, touch, hearing. There is an energy I hope each customer will feel. Perfume is an expression of your personality, part of the invisible aura that envelops you. To be in harmony with yourself is the primary message behind our brand.


Several years ago, I created a perfume for myself. It was based on notes of white flowers and vanilla musk with ylang-ylang at the heart, and it proved so popular with my friends that I am currently considering adding it to The Harmonist’s perfume range. What are your tips for choosing a signature scent? Wearing a fragrance is like donning a piece of clothing—when we use scent, we are entering the realm of the element it represents. I believe that when you choose a fragrance, you should begin by tuning into yourself, to gain a better understanding of your inner self. This ensures that the fragrance you choose is in harmony with your own unique world, as well as with the world around you.


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Central Park Chic The Westbury Condominium Looking for a posh place to hang your hat in 2019? The Westbury Condominium, located at 15 East 69th Street, has long been considered one of New York City’s most sought after residences. Designed by Lorraine Letrende, who is also behind the stunning designs of Michael Bay’s LA home as well as Calvin Klein’s estate in Southampton, the full-floor $17.5 million Upper East Side residence is truly one of a kind. Courtesy of agents Michael Lorber and Alexander Boriskin of Douglas Elliman Real Estate, here’s an up close and personal peek inside… By Janene Mascarella

Photography Courtesy of Douglas Elliman Real Estate



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PRE-WAR PERFECTION The sprawling turnkey 16th floor aerie encompasses 4,167 square feet and was meticulously renovated with custom finishes throughout. The home features four oversized light-flooded bedrooms and 5.5 marble bathrooms. Custom millwork, paneled doors, audio/ visual systems, coffered ceilings, and herringbone floors are just a few of the details that make this home spectacular. The gracious flow of space off the large gallery and foyer greets you as you step inside. The enormous top-notch chef ’s kitchen, with separate dining area, staff bedroom, full bathroom, and laundry room, overlook planting gardens toward Madison Avenue, all with unobstructed eastern exposures. 67

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MODERN EXCLUSIVITY Another planting terrace spans the living room and the bedroom on the south side, offering fabulous Midtown views. The formal dining room, beautifully designed and illuminated, embodies the perfect entertaining space for the largest of dinner parties. The library offers unique 360-degree panoramic views of the city and Central Park. This remarkable room is flanked by two additional planting terraces with equally stunning views. The master bedroom suite comes with Central Park exposures and consists of two large marble bathrooms, two large closets with custom cabinetry, a dressing room with vanity, and you guessed it—park views. There are two additional bedrooms with en suite bathrooms, each of which also offers abundant park and city views. A storage unit and wine cellar are also included with this residence, and yes— pets are welcome! 69

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The Ultimate

HOME OFFICE By Sascha Zuger

It’s 2019 and the world of work is changing. Heading to the office might mean a stroll down your own hallway. Of course, creating the ultimate home office entails much more than simply finding a cozy nook that can fit a laptop and cup of coffee‌

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ORGANIZE FOR SUCCESS One of the big considerations when designing your space is storage needs. This is especially true if you are marrying a current living space with your office.

Corner cabinets also offer a lot of storage room, without infringing on the foot traffic flow of a room.

If a nook in the bedroom is morphing into your work zone, get creative and stay clutter-free by creating an organization system that can be camouflaged when your office hours have ended. A decorative trunk can be outfitted with a hanging file system, while a rolling filing cabinet can be tucked away into a closet.

If your work involves sensitive client material, check your homeowner policy coverage details and consider theft and fireproof cabinets or safes. Storage and privacy are also important to address on a digital level. You might need to upgrade your home computer or laptop or purchase a separate drive or online backup service.

Dyson Pure Hot + Cool Link Purifier. Breathe easy

with 99.97% less allergens and pollutants in your space, and honor your eco-resolutions by keeping your office toasty without needlessly heating the whole house. This tech connects to an app and includes a handy remote that controls a toasty thermostat for winter, and bladeless cooling for summer.

Courant Catch: 3. This wireless

“Cut the cords and clutter; use technology and get on the cloud.” ~Josh Pulver, Architect and founder of A+C (Architecture + Construction, PLLC ),

charging valet tray does away with the need for that pesky charging cord and shuffling plugs in and out. Simply drop your device onto the pebble-grain Italian leather surface, with room for your keys, accessories, or pens—and you’ll be living large and charged in no time. The tray is compatible with iPhone, Samsung, and Google products, and lets you see incoming important messages or calls at a glance.

Azio Retro Classic.

Add a little nostalgia to your day with this high-tech backlit, Bluetooth keyboard. Inspired by vintage typewriters, the rounded keys are classed up with leather and polished hardwood accents. 73

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LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION Whether you are committing to a full remodel of a spare room, adding a standalone studio on your property, or carving out a dedicated space within your main living areas, several important elements come into play when choosing the location of your home office. One of the biggest is noise and privacy considerations. It is imperative that you find a spot that can be separated from the flow of life in the house—be it children, neighbors or even the twice-hourly train “Going into an office design should be no that rumbles past.

different than designing any other room in the home. I don’t believe in sacrificing style or comfort when it comes to the space; let it be a proper reflection of how fabulous you really are.” ~Julie Kantrowitz of JK Interior Living,

Your home office environment needs to project the same professionalism as you would demonstrate in an office setting. This separation will not only reduce outside distractions to your work, but can help you adjust and maintain your boundaries by entering a new work-minded environment.

Ember Ceramic Mug and Charging Coaster.

Impromptu conference calls and scrambling to meet tight deadlines can chill your steaming cup of tea or java. Skip the trip to the microwave and keep your drink at the perfect sipping temp with this ceramic mug whose looks are as smart as its tech. Epson VS250 Projector.

Impress your team during FaceTime or Skype sessions with a background presentation via this lightweight projector. Bonus: Easy setup (its HDMI port connects to any computer or HD device) and portability. 74

Varidesk Pro Plus 36 and Varichair Pro Stool. Whether you’re fighting

back issues or just want to avoid the dreaded glute spread, the health benefits of standing desks are well documented. This model can be placed atop any table or desk surface, creating a two-tiered workspace that can adjust from sit-tostand and back with the flick of a finger.

STAND UP, SIT DOWN, LIGHT RIGHT…AND GO! Today’s wealth of desk options might just make you want to cheer. Not only can you opt for a simple writing desk, multi-level ergonomic platforms, U-shaped, or L-shaped desks can help create multiple workstations within your space. And, you can also get a workout while you work in, if you’d like. Multitask to the max with a treadmill desk or stationary bike desk, or just reduce your sedentary hours with a standing desk. If you fight occasional back issues, many models of standing desks are convertible—rising and lowering with a flip of a switch or lever without needing to shift a single file or keyboard. When deciding where to place the desk, ensure good lighting to avoid eyestrain and headaches. Natural light is best, but if your office is created from a windowless space, place lamps at different angles and add monitor lights. Also keep in mind that your lighting (and aesthetics) could be shared with clients and co-workers during Skype or FaceTime meetings, so spot-check your background to avoid unflattering shadows—or a visible pile of yoga pants.






hether you grew up watching actor James Brolin on screen or recently discovered this Hollywood legend’s talents, you might be surprised to learn he never intended to spend the majority of his life on camera. The thought of getting up in front of a room full of people scared him, and his interests in filmmaking were behind the camera, not in front of it. “In school, I tried to give a book report but sat down shaking and embarrassed,” says Brolin. “I was even in my high school play but I left right before it started because I just couldn’t get up there on stage.” Thankfully, his first role didn’t require any speaking, and Brolin’s ultimate goal of directing was the incentive he needed to go for it. Two years and a few commercials under his belt later, the future star signed a contract with Fox. The rest, as they say, is history. Brolin went on to capture fans with hit shows like, “Marcus Welby, M.D.,” “Hotel,” and “Pensacola,” and become a household name. These days, he’s back on network TV on the hit show, “Life in Pieces.” As an actor and director, Brolin is no stranger to pulling double duty, nor does he show any signs of slowing down. In fact, he says he feels like his career is just getting started.

BELLA sat down with the handsome and ever-so-charming icon to talk about his work, family, and the secret behind his successful marriage to Barbra Streisand.


You started making home movies as a kid but didn’t get the chance to direct until you were starring in “Hotel.” How did the opportunity come about? Aaron Spelling came to me with this great offer to do “Hotel,” and I told him I also wanted to direct. His response was, “Not for a year and you’re going to be here for a few years if you say yes to this.” A year later, he kept his word. I was so ready and prepared for that moment. Afterward, you directed a few episodes of “Pensacola” and then a movie in 1997 that won Best Film at the Hollywood Film Festival, but that was it until recently. After “My Brother’s War,” I didn’t direct for a long time. Many times you have a great idea for something but not everyone else sees it that way. You work hard on a script but it’s difficult to get financing; the most successful things were the hardest to sell. Currently you’re working on the true story of Ruby McCollum, a wealthy, married African-American woman arrested and convicted in 1952 for killing a prominent white doctor and state senator. What drew you to her story? From the beginning, I knew this was one of the most wonderful projects, but after reading the script I didn’t think it was possible to shoot it the way it had been written, so I rewrote the script. The story tackles heavy issues like race, gender, and sexual violence. I’m not sure if everyone is ready to see that, but I believe it’s going to be a great film. You’re back on TV in the comedy, “Life in Pieces.” It’s different from other series you’ve been a part of. What has the experience been like? Over the years, there have been shows that have come my way but nothing grabbed my attention like this one has. The pilot was so funny that I said, “Ok, this is going to last.” It was also the perfect time for me; I had been in the hammock for a couple of years, as I like to joke, and ready to go back to work. And I’m on the same stage that I started on all those years ago, so for me it feels like old Hollywood. 79


Do something to make the people around you feel better than when they arrived.” Other than the fact both you and your character are pilots, how closely do you relate to him? A lot of this is based on my relationship with my dad. Not only does my character love a good Mai Tai, so did he. Every day at 5 p.m., he mixed one up and celebrated. He was never drunk but was always silly, every night. I was raised in a pretty fun environment; I am one of four kids and we grew up laughing. My father was also a great cook, but I went in the other direction and made my character the worst cook. In working with the writers, there are times when they don’t always quite “get” my dad, but we make it work. What is it about the show that resonates with viewers? I think it works because it’s a mirror that the audience recognizes itself and their families in. We’re pretty honest about how families relate to one another. You’ve done quite a lot outside of acting. Were you ever tempted to leave it all behind for something else? No, it’s actually just the opposite—I want to do more in our business than time will ever allow. There are so many things left to do that I feel like my career hasn’t even gotten started. I was fascinated by this business as a kid and still am. You and Barbra Streisand have kept your marriage strong for the past 20 years. What’s the key to your success? We are the best of friends. A new marriage is a love affair, and then it

becomes a friendship and a lot of people don’t realize how great that is. They question where their love affair went. I also think that if couples need a referee to come in and sit down with them, they should do it. You have to learn to smooth things out and be good negotiators with one another. Also, be kind to each other every minute, and if you’re not, figure out how you can. Do something to make the people around you feel better than when they arrived. That especially goes for your spouse. Now, when you could be slowing down, you are full speed ahead building a career as a director. Who have been your mentors? I’ve been friends with Clint [Eastwood] for years and when we would be on the same lot shooting, I’d sit back and watch him just ease through everything. He was so calm that I thought, this is easier than everybody makes it out to be. Sean Penn’s father, Leo Penn, was another director who had great ease. Watching him and Clint had a big effect on me and I learned a lot. What advice do you have for young actors? First, get rid of the thought that you aren’t good enough. I wish I had been more aggressive instead of feeling like I wasn’t ready to take certain chances. I didn’t have the confidence and a lot of that reflected back to when I walked off the stage of my high school play; it was the innate fear of not being good enough. In the early days, I worked with a producer at Fox named Saul David who gave me the confidence I needed. He said to me, “You know what, kid? You’re going to do really well because you have quiet power.” Those words fueled me to not worry about the fact that maybe I didn’t have enough to say. Things like that helped me, and I try to do the same for other young people.


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NASH By Sophie Night and Vanessa Coppes Photography by Seth Olenick Hair and makeup by Serena Ryan



ou may not recognize her face, but you definitely know Amber Nash’s voice through the various animated characters she brings to life. She’s currently the lead voice of Pam Poovey in the hit FX/FXX animated adult series “Archer,” which has been honored with two Primetime Emmy Awards including Outstanding Animated Program. Nash’s character has garnered a lot of buzz; in fact, BuzzFeed has referred to her as “the real hero of ‘Archer.’”  BELLA had a great time “Getting To Know” her…

How did you get your start as an actress? I started taking improv classes for fun, and because I was drawn to comedy, I never stopped. I still do improv every weekend that I’m home at Dad’s Garage Theatre in Atlanta.   Did you have a back-up plan if your acting career didn’t turn out the way you hoped? Not really…acting was my back-up. I never intended to be an actor. I got a degree in psychology and was working as a counselor when I quit to become an actor full-time because I was enjoying it so much.  Prior to “Archer,”   Nash showcased her What’s your favorite genre for acting? voiceover talents on Adult Comedy, for sure. Swim’s “Frisky Dingo,”    as well as the Cartoon You’ve been on “Archer” for nine seasons now; Network’s Aqua Teen Hunger Force. how has your character Pam evolved? I think she might be the character on the show that has changed the  most. In the early seasons, she was just kind of the butt of the joke or a punching bag, and then she became this super badass who could do anything. She became a fan favorite for being body-positive, sex-positive, and fun.

What’s your definition of beauty? I find beauty to be people doing what they love. People who are passionate about what they do are beautiful people. I find kindness very beautiful, too. Also, I really do feel like the most attractive people are confident people.   What is the best piece of advice you’ve received? “Don’t be lazy.” That’s what my mom used to say to me when I was a kid, and it’s really stuck in all parts of my life.    What career goals are you focusing on now? I really want to do more on-camera work and make my own stuff. I’ve got a web series that we made a few years ago that I’m very proud of…you can see all 10 episodes at

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9OFFBEAT MUSEUMS You Need to Visit in 2019 By Jarrod Thalheimer


veryone knows about the MET, MoMa, and Guggenheim museums. Millions have visited the Smithsonian, the Museum of Natural History, and even the National Gallery. But what about the Porter Sculpture Park in Montrose, South Dakota? How about the DEA Museum in Arlington, Virginia? No? Never? That’s a shame. There are many museums and installations across this grand land that not only deserve a first look but second and third ones as well. Fill your soul with offbeat, artistic, or intellectual achievements you didn’t even know existed. You’ll be glad you did.



The longest serving aircraft carrier of the 20th century, the USS Midway officially became a floating museum in 2004. By 2015, it was hosting more than one million visitors per year. Known for its creative on-board events (a regulation NCAA basketball game between San Diego State and Syracuse U, for example), the USS Midway Museum is a favorite among school children thanks to an extremely popular “overnight” program. Self-guided audio tours take guests through sleeping quarters, the engine room, galley, bridge, brig, post office, ready rooms, catapult and trap areas and more. Hitting nearly sixty locations in total, visitors need to plan a minimum of three hours to see everything.

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Featuring a bright red façade with a striking stainless-steel ribbon assembly weighing 100 tons, the Petersen Automotive Museum building is a destination unto itself. One of the world’s largest and most diverse automotive museums, the Petersen chronicles the evolution of great automotive engineering achievements and its impact on our culture over the past 120 years. The museum offers four dynamic spaces: ARTISTRY on the first floor, INDUSTRY on the second, HISTORY on the third, and the iconic rooftop pavilion. With more than 100 vehicles on display across 25 galleries, a full half of its permanent collection resides deep inside The Vault (located in the basement), where exclusive tours are offered. The Petersen is even the final resting place of the fully-restored 1981 DELOREAN DMC12 aka Doc Brown & Marty McFly’s hot ride from “Back to the Future.”



There have been hundreds of films and TV shows featuring the DEA, but none come close to the reality on display at its very own museum in Arlington, VA. Founded in 1999 with a mission to “educate the American public on the history of drugs, drug addiction, and drug law enforcement in the United States,” the DEA Museum offers stateof-the-art exhibits, displays, interactive stations, and educational outreach. While some complain of the museum’s “heavy-handed, propagandist approach” to all things drug-related, there is no denying the DEA Museum takes its subject matter very seriously. As more families are being impacted by the complex and often tragic history of drugs in America, this museum offers the unique perspective of law enforcement.


NATIONAL INVENTORS HALL OF FAME MUSEUM ALEXANDRIA, VA Operating out of the U.S. Patent and Trademark office building, the National Inventors Hall of Fame Museum features interactive kiosks, displays, and even a theater. The NIHFM highlights more than 550 inductees and inventions of “highly significant technology” for people of all ages. Founded in 1973 to “honor the people responsible for the great technological advances that make human, social and economic progress possible,” the NIHFM routinely shines a light on personalities as diverse as the Wright Brothers (aviation) to Joseph C. Shivers (Spandex) and even Stan Honey, the father of the “1st & 10” virtual line used in televised NFL broadcasts.



Located in New Mexico, the International UFO Museum and Research Center is dedicated largely to the infamous UFO crash reported near Roswell, NM in 1947. Functioning as ground zero for all later UFO incidents (recorded in the United States and beyond), the International UFO Museum is located in an old 1930s movie theater and functions as a non-profit educational organization. It features an extensive library and detailed exhibits, not to mention the funkiest gift shop of UFO-inspired souvenirs you’ve ever seen. Seeking to be the leading voice in the history, science, and research surrounding UFO events worldwide, the museum also hosts an annual Ufologist Convention. The truth is out there. Beam yourself in today!



Opened to the public in 1978 (Kermit the Frog and Jim Henson cut the ribbon), the Center for Puppetry Arts is the largest American non-profit organization dedicated exclusively to the art of puppet theater. Over the years, the Center has become a leading voice in the field of puppetry, hosting numerous conferences and festivals. Routinely recognized for excellence, July 2007 saw the opening of the Jim Henson Wing, housing anywhere from 500 to 700 retired Muppets plus other treasures loaned exclusively from the Henson archives. The Center’s museum and special exhibits present puppets from various time periods and countries around the world. 85

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Located in the French Quarter, the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum stands as living proof that bloodletting and other questionable medical theories were once considered “best practices” in the field of medicine. Housed in a building listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the apothecary of America’s first licensed pharmacist Louis J. Dufilho, Jr. includes classic medical artifacts, a 19th-century physician’s study, a spectacle collection, homeopathic remedies, dental instruments, and medical memorabilia. Visitors will find themselves surrounded by hand-blown apothecary bottles filled with crude drugs, medicinal herbs, “gris-gris” potions (used by Voodoo practitioners), and even rare patent medicines, all of which speak to a time not so very long ago when pharmacists were charged with creating their own medicines and modern medical theory was in its infancy. Dedicated to furthering interest in the history of pharmacology, the Pharmacy Museum of New Orleans is not to be missed.




A privately-owned museum whose stated aim is "to celebrate the labor of artists whose work would be displayed and appreciated in no other forum," The Museum of Bad Art (MoBA) houses a collection of over 700 pieces of "art too bad to be ignored." Twenty-five to 35 pieces of artwork remain on display at any one time. Founded in 1994, around “Lucy in the Field with Flowers” a painting antique dealer Scott Wilson recovered from the trash, MoBA remains the only U.S. museum dedicated to collecting and exhibiting only the very worst. In fact, to be included in MoBA's collection, works must be original and have serious intent, while also exhibiting significant flaws without being boring. MoBA holds rigorous standards as to what they will accept as fully nine out of 10 pieces don't qualify because they're not bad enough. Look for famous bad works, “Sunday on the Pot with George” and “BoneJuggling Dog in Hula Skirt.” 86

PORTER SCULPTURE PARK MONTROSE, SD Located just off Interstate 90, about 25 miles west of Sioux Falls, SD, is the Porter Sculpture Park. Featuring art made from scrap metal, old farm equipment, and railroad tie plates, the 10-acre park features more than 50 original sculptures. The largest is a 60-foot-tall bull’s head, weighing more than 25 tons, equal in size to the heads on Mt. Rushmore and taking in excess of three years to construct. The artist, Wayne Porter, has never taken a single art class. He learned basic blacksmithing from his father and took his gifts forward from there. Porter makes all his sculptures without relying on diagrams, trusting his “instinct” instead. Well, that instinct made Porter Sculpture Park one of Time Magazine’s 50 top roadside attractions in all of America.

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JESSICA SHERR: A New York City Actress’

One Woman Show By Rich Monetti


ong before Jessica Sherr received acclaim for her one woman show about Bette Davis, she learned how easily things can go awry onstage. “I was in ‘Frosty the Snowman,’ and right before I went on, I sneezed,” Sherr remembers. “My mom didn’t have time to wipe my nose and through the whole dance I was crying.”  The attention she got, though, made her realize that, “this was it.” But what the 3 year old didn’t realize was that sticking it out in the face of pitfalls would be necessary to achieve success. “I credit the fact that I was not afraid to fail,” asserts Sherr, who does a monthly residency of  “Bette Davis Ain’t for Sissies”  at The Actors Episcopal Guild in New York.


Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Scotland - Photography by Doug Duber

A Career Path With Many Detours Her parents were always supportive of their little artists so she didn’t have to test that mettle early. But college was another story.  Sherr’s audition at UC Santa Barbara for the fine arts program didn’t measure up. This meant the English and dramatics arts major ended up studying plays rather than performing in them. “I spent my college years not getting to do what I loved,” says Sherr. But the forced stagnation of college motivated her to head to New York City to relieve the restlessness. “I was so driven to learn,” says the current New Jersey resident of her arrival in 2003. She wasn’t deterred when an acting coach voiced his displeasure. “He screamed that I would never be any good,” remembers Sherr. The outburst only served to feed her internal drive to find another way.  Acceptance to The Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute upped her game and appearing in an independent film with Corbin Bernsen seemed like her break. Unfortunately,  “The Ascension”  stagnated too, but “another way” would soon emerge.

Discovering Davis Required to do a one person show for a class, Sherr’s resemblance to Davis planted the seed. But it was a mentor who dared her to think bigger. “If you want to be a real actor in New York, you have to do a one person show,” he told her. Sherr’s research revealed that shared looks weren’t everything. Davis’ life required plenty of fight too as her single mother moved the family dozens of times.  “We built the character based off her wanting to be successful,” says Sherr.

The show has continued to evolve since its first run in 2010, and has received accolades in Chicago, New York, Edinburgh, and London. Of course, bad reviews have come her way as well, and experience taught Sherr that reading the reviews too quickly can do more harm than good. As such, she recommends a healthy wait. “Eight months later, read it,” jokes Sherr, who is married to fellow NYC actor Doug Schneider.

Recognizing Davis’ will helped Sherr capture the icon on paper. “When she does get knocked down, we see her vulnerability,” Sherr reveals. “We are able to connect with her as we want to see her get back up.” The story arc grew out of Oscar night in 1939. Davis already knew that Vivien Leigh would win, and wanted to leave. Sherr takes dramatic license and actually has her character do it.  Alone to vent, the monologue reveals how Bette Davis became the Bette Davis we know.

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Practice Makes Progress In the years since, Sherr has developed a screenplay and appeared in other roles. She landed a part in “Annie”  (2014) and appeared in “Claws” (TNT) and “Team Toon” (Netflix). Sherr also got an assist from Donnie Wahlberg when she got tonguetied trying to deliver dialogue on an episode of “Blue Bloods.” “He kind of directed me,” she says. “I was so grateful to him to come over and take a moment to help.” An appearance on an ABC show is forthcoming, and she hopes more credits follow. On the other hand, her parents taught her that taming her expectations is easier when the larger picture remains in view. “My mom and dad used to talk to me about process and patience. Be in process and allow yourself to progress at your own speed, but always be learning and bettering yourself,” Sherr says. 89

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Great Expectations Yes, 2019 is going to be your best year yet! More culture, better health, cooler dates, warmer nights, and an Insta-worthy guide that captures it all. Read on for a bevy of winter activities that will have you out and about like never before. From one Bella to another…it’s on! By Gwen Wunderlich

Row NYC Hotel Weekend staycation? We dig it. Nothing beats the excitement and beauty of New York City during the winter, which is why we’ve got the perfect place for you! Row NYC Hotel is the destination for a weekend or quick night’s getaway to start your new Gotham story. Located in Times Square, this gorgeous hotel is also home to City Kitchen, which brings NYC’s most sought after restaurants all in one place. And, guests have access to Cyc Fitness, Glam & Go beauty bar, and Sugar Factory, which are all conveniently located right inside. Not to mention you’ll be just steps away from the Theater District and Restaurant Row.

Harry’s Downtown Its date night, and it’s your turn to choose the location. Head down to the historic Stone Street in the Financial District and dine at Harry’s—the iconic Don Draper-esque institution offering superb food and, of course, craft cocktails. Dine on dishes like dover sole, chitarra cacio e pepe, or a Porterhouse steak while you coyly sip on Harry’s favorite Martini. Delicacies aside, with its red velvet booths, glamorous lighting, and an Art Deco-style floor-to-ceiling chandelier that is equal parts Rainbow Room and “Mad Men,” you’ll know immediately, you have arrived! 90

Hit House With V-Day soon upon us, you’ll wanna be a lover and fighter, no? This year, get in the ultimate shape at Hit House, a Muay Thai kickboxing boutique fitness studio located on the corner of Spring and Bowery. You’ll learn and improve your punches, kicks, knees, and elbows by beating up your own Bishop heavy bag. Luxurious studio amenities? Check. Group classes? Check. Hit House encourages self-confidence over selfimportance and ambition over arrogance. Now that’s a message and company we can fight for. Plus, they offer a full body workout—expect to improve your cardio, muscle tone, and fight skills.

“The Lazy Frenchie in NYC” Make 2019 pop. Well, your social media feed at least. In the new book, “The Lazy Frenchie in NYC,” by blogger Aurélie Hagen, you’ll find all the coolest Insta-worthy places to shop, dine, hang out, and sightsee in NYC. A lifestyle guide for visual types, this stunning read includes a photo album and a colorful mood board all in one. Hagen is a brilliant visual storyteller, inspiring you to explore every corner of the city in a refreshing, non-touristy way.

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As strong, independent women, we have enough to worry about with killing it at work, maintaining a social life, being a great life partner, and slaying it at Soul Cycle. Our personal wellness should always be our number one priority. You know, #SelfLove, and all. That’s why we love that Love Wellness makes it easy with its natural, organic, and OB/GYN-recommended solutions for women that deliver safe options for feminine health, balancing your cycle, glowing skin, metabolism, and much more. Adding Love Wellness to your routine boosts your inner goodness and outer beauty—what’s better than that? 91






here is no denying that funny man Sebastian Maniscalco is at the top of his game. Over the past few years, the straightshooting comedian has gained a cult-like following of fans who flock to see his sold-out shows across the country. Whether based on family or personal grievances, the stories Maniscalco shares come alive through a combination of his facial and body movements, which add a whole other dimension to his act. For the Italian-born comedian, family is at the center of everything he does, so it’s no surprise they provide him with a plethora of material. But whether you’re from an Italian family or not, it’s the shared experiences of togetherness and the hilarity that can ensue that resonate most with his audience. And while Maniscalco is riding a career high now that includes sold-out shows, TV specials, a best-selling autobiography (appropriately titled, “Stay Hungry”), and movies—he recently appeared in “Green Book” and can be seen in Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman” later this year— getting to this point was a battle of time. “Where I grew up I didn’t have a lot of exposure to the entertainment business, so it wasn’t like I was looking to my parents to introduce me to a producer or comedy club owner,” says Maniscalco. Indeed, his success wasn’t instant; it took 20 years of hard work to reach the point he’s at today, he explains. “I think people sometimes believe they are entitled to get things they don’t earn, but it takes a lot of hard work to do anything.” BELLA had the chance to not only catch one of Maniscalco’s sold-out shows at Mohegan Sun Arena and see his hard work in action, we also sat down with him to learn more about the man behind the laughter.


As a comedian, you expose yourself to your audience every time you step on stage. As someone who admits to being shy, do you find that difficult? I feel more comfortable in front of a crowd than I do in a small group of people. For example, I attended a cocktail party not that long ago without my wife and I felt like I was back in the first grade on the playground hoping someone would ask me to play. I’m not much of a mingler; I don’t migrate throughout a party and look for conversation. Up on stage, all eyes are on me, and it’s a one-sided conversation. I know you’re coming to my show to laugh–there is a payoff, and I’m going to give you that payoff. In a normal conversation I don’t know what the payoff is, so I feel a bit disconnected in small groups of people. How can you tell if you’re connecting with the audience, and how do you turn things around if you feel a disconnect? I tend to call out the audience on any type of uncomfortableness. If I say something that they get tense about, or if a joke doesn’t go the way I planned, I’ll mention it as opposed to not addressing it and acting like nothing just happened. Being honest is the best remedy for an audience. When you engage with the audience, is it easy to get back to your place in the act? Sometimes I dive into the audience when I don’t know where I want to go next; it’s almost like a boxer holding his opponent to get a little rest. In the back of my brain I’m trying to figure out what joke I want to go into next, so I do a little back and forth with the audience to reset myself. Does your material change based on your performance location? The act is pretty much the act, but it may not be as “Italianheavy” in certain places. You have to be from an Italian immigrant family to get the nuances, so in those situations I’ll talk a little bit more about observational material and do more family material. I won’t rely heavily on going into my grandfather and father like I do a lot of times. Early in your career you toured with Andrew Dice Clay as his opening act. What did you take away from that experience? Dice’s fans are there to see Dice, so when you go out on stage as the opener you have a big hill to climb. It was the first time I was performing in front of thousands of people as opposed to a 100 people at a comedy club. The experience taught me how to work a larger room and gave me confidence in my abilities as a comedian to perform at another level. For me, the two years with Dice were more of a training for working larger rooms and becoming a stronger comedian with thicker skin.

I always knew I was going to get into comedy, I just didn’t know how, when, or where it was going to happen.”


What’s it like to work with talent you admired growing up? Sometimes I have these moments…for instance, when I was sitting in the front seat with Seinfeld [filming “Comedians in Cars”], I looked over at him and in the back of my head I’m thinking, ‘This is a guy I grew up watching and now I’m at Venice Beach with him in a car!’ I had that with DeNiro too when I was filming “The Irishman.” I looked at him and was having flashbacks of seeing him in “Raging Bull,” “Casino,” and “GoodFellas,” and I’m like, ‘Wow, I’m sitting here trading lines with Robert DeNiro!’ Any time these things are happening I do have something that’s going on in the back of my head that’s almost pinching myself. How has the whole movie experience been, especially working with some of the most talented actors in the business? I don’t have a lot of experience doing movies—all my experience is pretty much alone on stage making people laugh, so it’s a different animal for me. Scorsese is very talented and kind and knows how to steer you in the direction he wants; he helped me out a lot. You’ve performed at so many different arenas and are getting ready to perform four sold-out shows at Madison Square Garden in January. What’s going through your mind? I am flattered that so many people want to come out and see me do standup. I still haven’t really wrapped my head around it, and I guess I won’t know until I get there. But I’m blown away by the response and the thought of performing for close to 80,000 people in the heart of New York City. Family is at the heart of everything you do; what’s it been like to have them on this journey with you? It’s great to have my wife and daughter involved, and really everyone is on this journey with me. Family for me is A-number-one, and it’s something I’ve held close to my heart and never want to steer away from. They’ve been kind of my backbone my entire life, and it’s been a real blessing to enjoy every moment with them.

I never want to rest on my success… not that I’m not enjoying it, but I feel like there’s always more to accomplish, more to do, and I will have plenty of time to reflect on this when I’m not doing it anymore.” 96


I never take anything for granted— there’s so much more to be done.” In 2017 you and your wife Lana welcomed a little girl, Serafina. Aside from having new material, how has becoming a father changed you? She’s made me more of a patient man. I’ve always been a kind of let’s go-let’s move type of person, but to see the world through her eyes and how fascinating it is—everything and every day is new for her! It has made me appreciate life a lot more. In your book you say you could have never planned for the things that have happened. When you think about where you are both personally and professionally, is it much more than you could have imagined? I had big dreams and I always knew I wanted to be in the entertainment business, so the things that are happening to me, I dreamed of doing something like that. I believe I am where I’m supposed to be. If I didn’t think I was going to be a success when I first started, I wouldn’t have been. You have to live it and think it before it can actually happen to you.

COMEDIC INSPIRATIONS JOHN RITTER: “I had an unbelievable fascination with him and I loved his physical humor. There’s a lot of facial expressions where he didn’t have to say anything; you knew what he was thinking through his face and his actions.” JOHNNY CARSON: “I fell in love with his ability to relish in silence, as well as his timing.” JERRY SEINFELD: “His observational humor, being a word economist—many comedians use a lot of words to get where they want to go, and it’s boring. Every word you say must have a purpose and you can’t stumble over your words on stage. I get to where I need to go without the extra turn here and there, and I learned that from Seinfeld.”

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Photography by Johany Jutras

EDDIE MURPHY: “I loved the performance aspect of Eddie—the way he came out on stage with these crazy outfits and the confidence he had. Comedy is based on confidence and the audience can detect when you’re unsure of yourself; confidence is a huge thing I learned from Eddie.”


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WHISTLE By Amanda Mactas

Do your boys’ night out in style by hitting up the city’s most coveted whiskey bars. Dives, restaurants, and classy lounges all make the list, giving you a variety of places to get your drink on.


Photography Courtesy of The Flatiron Room

THE FLATIRON ROOM 37 WEST 26TH STREET NEW YORK, NY 10010 Hailed as one of the top whiskey bars in America, The Flatiron Room showcases over 1,000 different varieties, letting you literally taste the world thanks to imports from India and Taiwan to Japan and Scotland. They regularly offer educational whiskey classes, as well as a bottle keep program, where you can purchase a dram or bottle and store it at the bar for whenever you come in. Additionally, their whiskey guides are more than happy to help you navigate the sometimes daunting world of whiskey. Bonus: Next door at Fine & Rare, you can score some delicious fare at The Flatiron Room’s sister eatery.

ROUTE 66 SMOKEHOUSE 46 STONE STREET NEW YORK, NY 10004 Located in the Financial District, this American BBQ restaurant serves up more than just sweet southern dishes. Their all-American whiskey list comprises more than 40 bourbons, ryes, and whiskeys from big name brands like Maker’s Mark to smaller brands like Garrison Brother’s. Paired with chef Billy Kooper’s ribs or brisket, it’s a no brainer to hit up this rustic spot when you’re hankering some golden spirit. AMERICAN WHISKEY 247 WEST 30TH STREET NEW YORK, NY 10001 Like its name implies, this spot is known for its whiskey collection. With close to 400 whiskies—sourced from all over the world, American Whiskey is the place to go for something you’ve never tried before. They have a selection of tasting flights you can purchase to sample numerous whiskies, along with a full food menu. Situated one block from MSG, it’s the perfect spot to pregame for the big game or concert on your calendar.

CALEDONIA 1609 2ND AVENUE NEW YORK, NY 10028 Known as one of the least pretentious whiskey bars in the city, Caledonia specializes in Scotch whiskies, but you can also find handfuls of Irish, Japanese, and American whiskies, as well as bourbons, ryes, and even a few whiskies from elsewhere, including France, Wales, and South Africa. They also offer whiskey tasting flights and a few small bar bites, sticking with the Scottish theme with dishes like steak and kidney pies, sausage rolls, and Scotch eggs. 101

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Renowned for its omakase, Sushi Seki is so popular in New York City that it’s followed up its original restaurant on the Upper East Side with two locations in Times Square and Chelsea. And since it’s a Japanese restaurant, it only makes sense that they offer up Japanese whiskey. Boasting the largest selection of the rarest Japanese whiskies in the city, Sushi Seki knows how to service diners. NYC’s only Japaneses whiskey sommelier is on hand to guide you through some fabulous whiskies during or after your dinner.

This fun Brooklyn dive bar has approximately 50 whiskies to choose from, including a rotating whiskey of the week. It offers different whiskey flights and boasts a legit bar menu (you can never go wrong with the Bowl o’ Bacon!). It’s also a place you can spend all night, with numerous games to keep you occupied, like shuffleboard, Skee-Ball, and more. And don’t miss their brother bars, Whiskey Tavern, Whiskey Town, and The Whiskey Annex.

Take it Home


MMA Champion Conor McGregor recently launched his Irish whiskey Proper No. Twelve, which he worked on for years with master distiller David Elder. They worked tirelessly, creating almost 100 blends before finally choosing the “proper” premium blend of fine Irish grain and single malt, giving off hints of vanilla, honey, and toasted wood. Additionally, the company will donate $5 to first responder organizations and charities for every case sold—up to $1 million annually. Now you can knock one back just like McGregor.


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The Upper East Side’s


DINING H By Roger Sands

ome to leafy tree-lined streets, luxury boutiques, and Museum Mile, along with some of the country’s most expensive zip codes, New York City’s Upper East Side oozes opulence in every nook and corner.

A discerning shopper’s paradise, some of the world’s most famous high-end brands are situated throughout the neighborhood which stretches between 59th and 96th Streets and includes iconic Madison Avenue, resulting in the ultimate shopping destination for anyone desiring to stay ahead of the fashion curve. Fine dining abounds throughout the area, and noted chefs such as Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Daniel Boulud have put their culinary stamps on menus at their acclaimed restaurants. As a result, the area has surged to the forefront of the New York City food scene.

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Daniel Boulud’s namesake restaurant, DANIEL, presents a modern, seasonal menu inspired by the finest meats, wild game, seafood, fruits, vegetables, and foraged flavors from around the world. Located in the former Mayfair Hotel on Park Avenue, the original site of Le Cirque, DANIEL is steeped in French culinary history. Boasting more than 25,000 bottles, the wine cellar ranges from exceptional old world wines to delightful offerings by young vignerons. Savor a four-course prix-fixe dinner beginning with citrus cured hamachi and chive aïoli cardamom-beet purée followed by rumi saffron cauliflower velouté with mussels parsley crusted littleneck clams. Choose from such tempting entrees as grilled ora king salmon with sumac or espelette crusted Elysian fields farm lamb chops. Decadent desserts include a classic pecan pie or a ghee baked almond tart timiz roasted fig honey crème fraîche.

Jean-Georges Vongerichten is responsible for the success of numerous restaurants worldwide. In 2008, he brought his signature global seasonings to The Mark, an exquisite hotel at 25 East 77th Street—just steps from Central Park. His passion for “fresh from the market” reveals itself throughout the Mark’s dining options. “The Mark Restaurant features something for everyone with a menu of unlimited options, inclusive of salads, pizza, pasta, fish, meat, and vegetarian sides,” says Vongerichten. “We offer a simply cooked section on the menu that features dishes such as Maine lobster, Sonoma County lamb chops, and organic free-range roasted chicken that are prepared to your liking.” The chic Mark Bar, designed by Jacques Grange with specially-made furnishings by Guy de Rougemont and Vladimir Kagan, serves hand-crafted classic and signature cocktails. An impressive collection of boutique and familiar food-friendly wines are showcased in a copper and glass wine wall in the dining room. 104

The Mark Restaurant dining

Discreetly tucked away at 308 East 78th Street, Heidi’s House by the Side of the Road offers delicious food by Chef Cipriano Pita, craft beer, and a wide variety of wine. Heidi Goar and Ed Webster’s unique restaurant serves such comfort foods as a grass-fed beef hamburger with organic white cheddar cheese and bacon, or scrumptious mac and cheese that is so rich it takes 25 minutes to make. “This is a warm, comfortable, and very small neighborhood restaurant, with jazz on the box and no television,” says Goar. “We get very busy and do not take reservations, but we have a list you can get on. We also have a bar right next door where folks wait to get in, or just have a drink and play board games.”

Toloache 82, a trendy Mexican restaurant

tucked away at 166 East 82nd Street, features refined Latin cuisine cooked to perfection by chef-owner Julian Medina. Toloache 82 is buzzing any day of the week with patrons who enjoy dining at the bar and also on the seasonal hidden back patio. People rave about the crunchy texture of the grasshopper Chapulines tacos or the flavorful signature truffle quesadilla de Huitlacoche y Trufas. Other favorites include Pollo Toloache, a Chipotle-marinated chicken breast a la plancha, crispy Mexican cheeses-pinto bean dumpling, sweet corn-pico de gallo, or Paella de Quinoa featuring Quinoa-pico de gallo, corn, carrots, asparagus, cauliflower with roasted hon shimeji mushrooms, and black truffle aioli. “The Upper East Side has its neighborhood staple restaurants that the residents in the area know and love, and even people from other areas of the city now venture to come and visit,” explains Hannah Vazquez, events manager at Toloache 82.

The restaurants in the Upper East Side know their clientele is all within a few blocks away and will become regulars if the food is great, so the restaurants concentrate on flavor and service in order to please their customers,” explains Vazquez at Toloache 82.

Pizza Beach separates itself from the city’s

ubiquitous pizza places by taking a different approach to their menu. Located at 1426 3rd Avenue, owners Tom and Anthony Martignetti have created a bright, retro, Malibu-inspired oasis that features California seasonal food and outstanding beach cocktails. Some standout dishes include Margherita pizza, lamb Merguez, and Oaxaca cheese pizza. The Upper East Side bursts with so many varied flavors that foodies of all tastes can discover an eatery that will please their palates.







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



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




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




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



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





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


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mind & body | stay healthy


BLOAT BE GONE A By Alesha Lazan


re you feeling sluggish or heavy? Are your pants getting tight? These are all classic signs of bloat, which can happen to the best of us.

Although bloating has numerous causes, food is the number one culprit. But there are ways to rid yourself of the oh-so-unsexy feeling. Rid yourself of nasty bloating in these five simple steps:

Thanks to all the nutrients it provides, bone broth is fast becoming a top choice maintaining tip-top gut health. If you overdid it with the sugar this past holiday season, bone broth can help stitch your gut back together.

Probiotics are designed to regulate the flora in your GI tract. If you are feeling backed up, they can be a great addition to your morning routine. When buying a probiotic, make sure it is refrigerated. Probiotics that are at room temperature have been shown to be less effective. Primal Probiotics is a great brand and can be found on

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Add lemon to your water—it’s a flavorful de-bloating booster!

Here’s a fiber-filled breakfast to get you started:



Sweating releases toxins and can help with excess belly bloat. Twenty to 30 minutes three to four times per week can really help—even better if you’re doing HIIT (high intensity interval training). This simply means exerting yourself in short bursts at a higher intensity. You know what else hates burpees? Bloating! Now go do some…



That means opting for more fruits and vegetables. Look down at your plate—is it green enough? If it’s lacking color and vibrancy, add more vegetables. Or, add some yummy fruits to your next breakfast.


We cannot stress this enough— especially if your bloating is due to water retention. The key is to flush everything out. So, how much water should you be drinking? Your urine should be pale yellow, but never clear. If you notice this happens, pull back on the water as it this means you are losing electrolytes as well.



INGREDIENTS • 2 tbsps. chia seeds • ½ cup unsweetened almond milk • ¼ cup berries • 1 tbsp. almond butter DIRECTIONS • In a large bowl, combine the chia seeds with the almond milk and whisk well, making sure all the seeds are incorporated. Refrigerate for at least 20 minutes or overnight to thicken. • Divide the thawed berries between jars and add the chia pudding mixture on top. Top with almond butter and enjoy!


mind & body | move

Get Your Sweat On,

Club-Style By Alesha Lazan


yped as one of NYC’s hottest new fitness studios, Rhythm Ryde is a place where you can either start your day with a motivated mindset or sweat the day away. Joey Foley, one of the owners and instructors, brings a ton of energy to the mix. Case in point: Folks in a recent 7a.m. spin class left drenched but wanting more. And, you don’t need to be a spin fanatic to get into the Brooklyn-based classes. Between the pumping music and the lights show, you’ll feel like you’re at a club while working out.


Foley, along with co-owner Nada Vasilijevic, designed the experience to be “a party on a bike,” which they definitely achieved! Rhythm Ryde is community-oriented, and has a “mom and pop”-type feel to it. You aren’t just another member—you’re part of a family, albeit a very sweaty one. Much of that heart comes from Foley, who says he finally found his calling. “I did everything right—went to school, got the degree and the job, but I still wasn’t happy.” This studio feeds his soul, he says—and it shows. But we can’t give him all the credit; Vasilijevic definitely makes the studio feel warm and welcoming. This power couple will be changing the face of spin and boxing, bringing a whole new feel to their classes—motivation mixed with party. You can’t go wrong with that combo, so check it out the next time you’re in the Dumbo section of Brooklyn.



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Coconut Oil Can Naturally Replace Everyday Products By Alesha Lazan

Coconut oil is extremely versatile and can be used for so many different things. Make-up remover? Yep! Shaving cream? Sure! Face mask? You got it! The best part is that coconut oil is not a chemical and contains nothing harmful, making it perfect for almost all of your skin care needs.


HAIR MASK. Swap out your deep conditioning products that probably contain harmful parabens and phthalates with coconut oil’s all-natural alternative. This hair mask will leave your hair feeling healthy and shiny! INGREDIENTS 2 tbsp. coconut oil, melted 1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar DIRECTIONS: • Add coconut oil and apple cider vinegar to a bowl; mix well. • Add to hair (damp or dry) and apply evenly. • Leave in for 15-20 minutes before rinsing.





MAKE-UP REMOVER. Put some coconut oil on a cotton swab and watch the eye make-up come right off!


SLS, DEA, artificial sweeteners, and fluoride are just a few harmful chemicals found in toothpaste. Coconut oil is a much better alternative.  Ditch store- bought toothpaste and go for a DIY one like this: INGREDIENTS 1/2 cup coconut oil 2-3 tbsp. of baking soda 2 small packets of Stevia 15-20 drops of peppermint or cinnamon essential oil DIRECTIONS: • Melt coconut oil. • Mix in other ingredients and stir until all ingredients are mixed well. • Place into a glass container and dip the toothbrush into the mixture.


Coconut oil is an antibacterial, which prevents the growth of bacteria and other germs on cracked lips. It also soothes your skin and treats chapped lips by reducing inflammation.

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The oil will moisturize your skin, helping the razor glide right over your legs. (No more razor burn!)


Use coconut oil in small amounts—a dime-sized will do— to coat hair or reduce frizz.


Coconut oil is fabulous when used as a face mask because it is amazing for dry skin and can effectively treat acne. This face mask is great if you have acne prone skin: INGREDIENTS 1 tbsp. coconut oil 3 tbsp. oatmeal Warm water

DIRECTIONS: • Place oatmeal into a bowl and add warm water. The consistency should be paste-like. • Mix in coconut oil and stir well. • Apply mixture onto face and leave on for 15 minutes. • Rinse and dry your face with a towel.

NATURAL ENERGY BOOSTER. Coconut oil will give you an energy boost when you need a mid-afternoon pickup, or after a strenuous workout. Add 1 tsp. to a smoothie.



Coconut oil’s antibacterial properties can help cuts and scrapes heal faster.


Coconut oil is a wonderful product to use as a base for deodorant because it kills fungi, yeast, and bacteria. Try this DIY deodorant that will keep you smelling fresh all day long! INGREDIENTS ¼ cup of baking soda ¼ cup of arrowroot powder 4 tbsp. coconut oil (melted) ¼ tsp. essential oils DIRECTIONS: • Mix all ingredients together. • Melt the mixture into an empty deodorant container so it’s easier to apply.

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SMOOCH… By Dr. Aaron Elkowitz

When you’re about to kiss someone, the last thing you’re thinking about is how sick it can make you. But in fact, you are swapping millions of bacteria between the two of you.

Here’s how to stay happily— and healthily—kissable:

TWO COLDS DON’T MAKE A RIGHT. Never kiss someone who is already sick. Even if you and your partner are both sick at the same time, you should wait about a week before trying to kiss that special person.

STEER CLEAR OF SORES. If you notice someone has a cold sore around his or her mouth, it’s not a good idea to be locking lips. Cold sores, by nature, are usually very contagious and can be transmitted very easily by kissing. The viruses contained within a cold sore can include everything from varicella zoster, which causes chicken pox, to the energyzapping Epstein-Barr virus, better known as “mono,” to herpes simplex.

Despite all the potential hazards, my advice is to keep on kissing! It’s our way of starting and securing relationships and showing feelings toward each other, not to mention the caloric workout a good kissing session creates.





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Office Pains?

How To Prevent Back Pain at Work


By Dr. Didier Demesmin

f you’re stuck at your desk all day, chances are you and back pain are not strangers. In fact, back pain affects eight out of 10 people at some point in their lives. All back pain, whether it’s a dull, constant ache or a sudden, sharp pain, can be debilitating. Routine office work can cause or worsen back pain. Whether it’s dull and achy, or sharp and stabbing, back pain can make it hard to concentrate on your job. You don’t have to keep suffering, though. Examine your work environment and address situations that might aggravate your back. Even simple steps to ease back pain are steps in the right direction.

9 Things You Can Do:



Adjust the height of your chair so that your feet rest flat on the floor or on a footrest and your thighs are parallel to the floor. When sitting, remove your wallet or cellphone from your back pocket to prevent extra pressure on your buttocks or lower back. Try to sit up straight and avoid leaning in to your desk. If you must lean, do so from your hips. Try not to sit in a position of forward head posture for prolonged periods. This can lead to additional pressure on the spine and can cause an added 4.5kgs of pressure for every inch your head posture sits forward.

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ENSURE YOUR SCREEN HEIGHT IS AT THE CORRECT LEVEL FOR YOU. Your eye level should be just below the top of the monitor and straight in front of you. Where possible, try to avoid or reduce any existing glares on the screen.


MAKE SURE YOUR CHAIR SWIVELS. That will keep you from twisting and turning your body, which puts pressure on your back.



Forearms should be close to (if not parallel) to the floor while working and wrists in a neutral position while using a keyboard and mouse. Your thighs should remain parallel to floor, or knees about level to hips with shins roughly perpendicular and feet supported. If your chair is too high, try a foot support or old telephone book.



Make a point of using a printer or shredder further away than normal, or visit a bathroom on another floor. This will give you more time away from your seat and lengthen the hip flexors, which can become shortened when sitting in a position of hip flexion for too long. Tight hip flexors are one of the leading causes of nonspecific lower back pain and can generally be avoided when the right steps are taken to prevent or reduce them.



If you can’t find one that has built-in back support, place a small pillow or rolled up towel behind you to fill the lower back space. People have a tendency when sitting in unsupported chairs to slouch forward; this can cause rounding of the lower back, disrupting the natural curvature of the spine, which can lead to chronic low back pain


LIFT PROPERLY. When lifting and carrying a heavy object, lift with your legs and tighten your core muscles. Hold the object close to your body. Maintain the natural curve of your back. Don’t twist when lifting. If an object is too heavy to lift safely, ask someone to help you.



Make sure that your monitor, keyboard, mouse, and chair are positioned properly. If you frequently talk on the phone and type or write at the same time, place your phone on speaker or use a headset. Avoid unnecessary bending, twisting, and reaching. Limit the time you spend carrying heavy briefcases, purses, and bags. Consider using a rolling suitcase.

If you are suffering from back pain, there are lifestyle changes you can make to feel better. Get “back” into good health with these quick tips: MAINTAIN A HEALTHY DIET. Make sure you get enough calcium and vitamin D. These nutrients can help prevent osteoporosis, a condition that causes your bones to become weak and brittle that is responsible for many of the bone fractures that lead to back pain. ENGAGE IN A WELL-ROUNDED WORKOUT. Combine aerobic exercise, such as swimming or walking, with exercises that strengthen and stretch your back muscles and abdomen. Exercises that increase your balance and strength can also decrease your risk of falling and injuring your back. Consider tai chi, yoga, and weight-bearing exercises that challenge your balance. BE A QUITTER. If you smoke, quit. Smoking reduces blood flow to your lower spine, which can contribute to spinal disc degeneration and slow healing from back injuries.


LISTEN TO YOUR BODY. If you must sit for a prolonged period, change your position often. If you feel pain, don’t ignore it!

Didier Demesmin, M.D. is an interventional pain medicine specialist who is double board certified in anesthesiology and pain medicine. He specializes in a wide spectrum of minimally invasive procedures to treat pain syndromes, such as neck pain, lower back pain, sciatica, herniated disc (neck or back), failed back surgery, diabetic neuropathy, cancer pain, headache, reflex sympathetic dystrophy, arthritis, osteoporosis, any types of joint pain, and others. 119

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mind & body | healthy eating



Everyone Will

Love (Not Just Vegans!) By Mallory Diekmann

Thanks to its popularity online and social media, “Meatless Mondays” is a craze everyone is getting into, not just vegans. The idea is an exceptional concept, but when it comes to Monday Night Football, that concept everyone loves to love can feel like more of a challenge. The key is to find and create recipes that are reminiscent of the best game-day food, and hearty enough that you don’t miss the meat.

Here's one of our favorites...


BUFFALO CAULIFLOWER “WINGS” Servings: 4 INGREDIENTS:  1 head of cauliflower, cut into wing-size florets  Batter: 3/4 cup rice flour 1 cup low-fat milk  1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 ground black pepper 1/2 teaspoon paprika  1/4 teaspoon garlic powder  1/4 teaspoon ground mustard  Wing Sauce: 1/2 cup your favorite hot sauce (my favorite is Tapatio)  3 tablespoons Sriracha  1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar 1/2 teaspoon paprika  1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper Dipping Sauce: 1 cup Greek yogurt 1/4 cup blue cheese crumbles  1/2 teaspoon celery salt  1 teaspoon dried dill  1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper 

DIRECTIONS: 1. Preheat oven to 450 F.  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the batter ingredients.  3. Toss cauliflower florets in the batter until every piece is evenly coated.  4. Using a fork, remove florets one by one, tapping each on the bowl to get rid of excess batter and placing on a parchment-lined cookie sheet.  5. Bake the cauliflower for 20 minutes at 450 F, flipping halfway through.  6. While cauliflower is baking, mix the wing sauce in a medium bowl.  7. Remove cauliflower from the oven, and dip each floret in the wing sauce making sure it is completely coated in the sauce.  8. Place the florets back on the parchmentlined cookie sheet and bake for another 20 minutes at 450 F, flipping halfway through.  9. While the wings are baking, mix together the dipping sauce ingredients in a small bowl.  10. Remove wings from the oven and allow to cool for a couple minutes.  11. Serve wings on a plate or platter with the sauce. Enjoy!  123

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mind & body | advances in medicine

The Ponytail Facelift:

A Refreshed Face with No Visible Incision


By Dr. Andrew Jacono

s a facial plastic surgeon, I have had the pleasure of meeting thousands of men and women who want to look and feel their best at every age. Some come to me wanting to look younger so they can remain competitive in the job market; others just want to look as young as they feel on the inside. However, patients in their 40s will not require as extensive a procedure as patients in their 70s. Cosmetic surgery can never be handled with a one-size-fitsall approach as every patient is unique and their wants and needs will vary. Ideally, the goal of aesthetic enhancement procedures is to get the best results while being the least invasive. For most of the population, patients undergoing aging face surgery do not wish to look like they underwent anything at all; they just want to look like younger, refreshed versions of themselves. One major concern for those looking into facial rejuvenation surgery is whether they or others will be able to see a tell-tale sign, i.e., pulling, scarring, or an unnatural look. The Ponytail Facelift is a technique that avoids all of these issues. An obvious point of concern that presents with any surgical procedure is the location of the incision lines. In many traditional facelifts, the incisions are often placed in front of the ears. The incisions of a Ponytail Facelift, however, are hidden behind the ear instead of in front of the ear or behind the tragus, allowing patients to wear their hair back in a ponytail without showing any signs of surgery. Additionally, the procedure is minimally invasive, and does not distort the natural anatomy of the ear or hairline. The sideburns are left intact, making the fact that one had surgery virtually undetectable, even by your hairdresser.

With this procedure, the facial muscles that drop with age, called the SMAS, are re-draped vertically upward to reverse the pull of gravity, revealing the face of youth. This reverses the jowls and loss of definition along the jawline. The skin is never separated from the facial muscles so it can never look pulled or tight. Older, traditional facelift techniques pull the skin toward the ears, creating not only a tight appearance, but distortion of the mouth that is often referred to as a joker’s smile or a puppet mouth. This technique avoids these typical problems that are seen in the faces of celebrities, as well as many women throughout New York City. The neck can also become droopier, often creating vertical bands in the neck. When these neck bands are present, an additional small incision is made under the chin so the neck muscles, called the platysma, can be tightened with a technique called a corset platysmaplasty. The excess neck muscles are hemmed and then tightened so they will not fall again. It is common to incorporate this technique with the ponytail facelift, and since the incision is small and hidden, no one will notice when it is added. There are many surgical and non-surgical techniques that can address a multitude of issues due to aging. The Ponytail Facelift is an excellent option for patients looking for a minimally-invasive and long-lasting solution to naturally restore the look of their youth. The results from this procedure last 10 years or more, and obviate the need for multiple treatments each year with filler injections that are not only time consuming, but also become expensive over the years. The winter season is a very popular time to have this procedure, especially after the holidays when many are “hibernating” from social events. Recovery usually lasts between seven and 10 days. By undergoing this procedure in the winter, you can be ponytail-ready for the pool, tennis court, or the golf course by early spring.

Dr. Andrew Jacono is a Dual Board Certified Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon and global authority in the field of facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. A Castle Connolly Top Doctor, Dr. Jacono has also been elected as one of America’s Top Plastic Surgeons by the Consumers Research Council of America and Super Doctors. To learn more about Dr. Jacono’s innovative procedures, call his Park Avenue, NYC office at 212-570-2500, or visit 126

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Dr. Jennifer Levine:

Enhancing the Mind & Body

By Kelly Rose Bellucci


ach year, millions of men and women undergo some form of plastic surgery. With the addition of new technology and a number of advancements in the field, it is no wonder the trend continues to grow at such a rapid pace. Whether it is a cosmetic or reconstructive procedure, patients share the same goal—to look and feel their absolute best. Plastic surgeon Dr. Jennifer Levine strives for nothing less. An expert in her field, Dr. Levine is double board certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, as well as the American Board of Otolaryngology. Her No. 1 priority is delivering life-changing results that enhance one’s inner confidence. Each client receives top-notch service, as well as an individualized treatment plan specific to his or her needs, to help achieve the look they so desire.

BELLA connected with Dr. Levine to discuss her practice and share her insights on plastic surgery procedures: How are facelifts different now than in the past? Facelifts of today concentrate on creating a natural, soft, youthful look rather than a tight, pulled, windswept look. We focus more on the individual anatomy and the deeper layers of tissue so the results are less artificial. What is the most common procedure your clients look for?  Our clients mainly do a combination of procedures. By combining procedures, we get an enhanced look that is customized to the individual patient.


What is the No. 1 anti-aging procedure you perform? I love Botox to the neck. Most people don’t know that this is a great treatment, and helps to minimize the descent of the neck muscles that leads to sagging lines and wrinkles. We inject Botox in the neck to lift the underlying muscles and smooth the lines and wrinkles. Can you expand on the non-invasive anti-aging procedures you perform?  We love procedures that produce collagen. Ultherapy is a micro-focused ultrasound, and it is the only procedure that is FDA-cleared for lifting. It is great in combination with Botox, fillers, and laser resurfacing.  We also use biostimulatory products such as Sculptra, PRP, and Radiesse to maximize our results and also achieve improvement over time.   What is a typical consultation like? We review the goals of the patient, preferred time frame, and also perform a physical exam. We use Vectra 3D imaging to help patients understand their anatomy and visualize what can be achieved with various cosmetic treatments.   Are there any exciting innovations up and coming in the world of plastic surgery? Yes! Body is the new face, and people are looking to be active and vital throughout their lives.  They are seeking changes not only to their faces but also to their bodies (abdomen, knees, hands, arms, chest, and buttocks). We have many great treatments, such as SculpSure, CoolSculpting, and the latest, most innovative treatment, Emsculpt, which tightens, tones, and strengthens the muscles of the abdomen, buttocks, and thighs. We also are using Ultherapy and fillers on the body to help with sagging texture issues, dimpling, and cellulite.   Is there anything specific you would like potential clients to know? I believe that everyone can be beautiful on the inside as well as on the outside.  My patients tell me that their results give them more confidence and self-esteem.  We live in a visual world and our appearance matters. There should be no shame, guilt, or judgment in being your best self.  

Dr. Jennifer Levine is currently practicing at Manhattan Eye, Ear, and Throat Hospital and Lenox Hill Hospital.


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Inside the Male Mind By Dr. Robi Ludwig


nderstanding the nuances of the male mind is no easy task. How do men really think? As a therapist, I have been asked this question many times—mostly by women who try to resolve this ongoing mystery about the men in their lives. Fortunately, my work offers me a desirable front row seat, where I get to listen to how men think and hear them discuss what they often don’t feel comfortable sharing outside of the safe four walls of my office. Men, like women, are complex human beings, especially when it comes to communicating about the inner workings of their thoughts and emotions. They often have trouble saying what they want. And much like women, men have fears about being rejected. They struggle with compromising their masculine image and living up to society’s cultural script and ideals, which could be why they have an overwhelming need to keep some of their most private and authentic experiences to themselves. In a recent national survey conducted by FiveThirtyEight and WNYC, more than 1,600 men weighed in on their feelings about everything from their ideas about manhood, to workplace culture and intimacy.  A central theme for many of these men was a strong desire to feel virile or manly. Achieving this feeling was important not only for their male identity but also for achieving a positive self-image. Many men said that their father or father figure served as a role model for what it meant to be a good man. Mothers came in a close second. Younger men (ages 18 to 34) felt pop culture served as a positive source of inspiration for what being a man should look like. Older men, however, experienced this cultural expectation as more of a pressure that was unhealthy or emotionally problematic. Men also have persistent and chronic concerns that can cause them anxiety. Some of the top daily concerns they reported included weight, finances, physical health, and the ability to provide for one’s family. Distress about sex (especially regarding sexual performance and the amount of sex they had), their hairline, and clothing style also made the list.


Men in the Workplace

The #MeToo movement contributed to a number of men feeling nervous around women on the job. But they also said it helped them to rethink their approach to working and being with women in general. According to the FiveThirtyEight and WNYC survey,  25 percent of men surveyed said they believe they are taken more seriously than women at work. The other occupational advantages some men felt they had over their female colleagues included the ability to make more money, have more career choices, and that they were given more professional developmental opportunities. But men also felt disadvantaged in some ways, too. Two out of five men felt they were at greater risk of being accused of sexual harassment or being accused of being sexist or racist.

This is an area my male patients are more than happy to tell me about, many men believe (and probably correctly so) that they have different roles to play when it comes to dating and relationships. Most men believe it’s their role to make the first move in romantic relationships. However, even the most confident men don’t want to face rejection or get their feelings hurt. Men like to chase, but don’t want this chase to feel like a scene out of “Mission Impossible.” Younger men are less inclined to pay for dates than their older counterparts. And a quick compliment from a lady can go a long way to boost a man’s confidence.

Dating and Relationships

Mens’ Turn-ons

Men are visual creatures by nature, and every man wants to be with a woman he thinks is beautiful. But when it comes to sex appeal, it’s the confident women who gain their affections every time. Even wearing little to no makeup is often viewed as sexier than wearing too much. The woman who is comfortable in her own skin and willing to be herself is also thought to be more appealing and attractive. It’s the one-of-a-kind woman who ends up standing out in his mind. Some of the factors that make it hard for men to achieve monogamy include the belief that happy relationships should magically fall into place. Some Casanova types have unrealistic illusions about women, only to become let down and disappointed. Men who find monogamy challenging sometimes have an inability to face their interpersonal conflicts, contributing to their unhappiness. This unhappiness gets projected onto their relationship or partner, which encourages them to seek satisfaction elsewhere.

The Universal Theme That Unites All Men

Hands down, that is the undeniable search and desire to become happy. Once this happiness is found, there is a wish to remain happy. Even though many guys deny or won’t talk publicly about this desire, they also have a strong need to be loved with complete devotion, to feel that they are the first and only man in their lover’s life. When it comes to marriage, men want to marry for love, feel perpetually gratified, and achieve a rewarding home life all while having an exciting sexual life. Men marry because they are in love, but they also marry to be loved. American men are still adjusting to their ever-changing roles in modern society, but one point remains clear, although they do not always verbalize it as much as their female counterparts—they have a strong desire to be viewed positively, successfully, and ultimately to be seen as lovable by the opposite sex. Hey, maybe they are not so different from us, after all?


A celebrity life

lysia Reiner Big Star, Even Bigger Heart By Alexandra Anastasio

Photography by Alejandro Ibarra


R celebrity life

ecognized by her fans for the multitude of roles she’s portrayed over a career that spans almost 20 years, actress Alysia Reiner is widely known for her role on the hit Netflix show “Orange is the New Black.” And while she may portray a tough-as-nails, nononsense prison warden with multiple layers to her personality, Reiner couldn’t be more different than the character she portrays. Along with acting, something she always knew was in the cards, Reiner is a producer, designer (she is the co-founder of the eco-friendly ethical label, Livari), humanitarian, and environmentalist. Her driving mission: To find ways she can incite change and create opportunities for those in need. “It is so important that we leave the world better than [when] we came here,” she explains. As an artist, the actress says she has been fortunate to be able to explore her creativity in a variety of different ways. “When I was 6 years old, I told my aunt I wanted to be an actress, a painter, and a writer… I wanted to dabble,” she recalls. “I notice now I actually do sort of dabble.”

BELLA sat down with Reiner to talk about everything from the projects she’s working on, including her new film “Egg” (in theatres January 2019), to the different ways in which she is doing her part to bring change to our world while setting an example for her daughter Livia.


You’ve been a part of “Orange is the New Black” since it began in 2013, and the series is ending next year with season seven. What has the experience been like for you? I have tried to really appreciate it as one of those magical life experiences. It is my deepest hope and desire that I get to have another experience like this one. When we started, Netflix wasn’t Netflix, and people would say, “You’re really doing a web series?” Nobody had made a TV show with so many women and such a diverse cast. There have been so many firsts—we had never seen a transgender woman in the way we see it on the show. The writing and the acting are both incredible. The show is entertaining and educational, and it is my dream as an artist to tell stories that help make the world a better place, and a bit ‘more woke,’ as they say. I hope I get to do much more of this, but I also have to be careful of my expectations that every situation will be as wonderful as this one has been. What do you enjoy most about the character you play? To create this woman who has had this journey—that is the spectacular gift of being on a show for many seasons. Viewers have gotten to see so many layers without it being rushed or seeming false because it was rushed; that is the magic of Netflix. If you could write Fig’s, ending what would it look like? I would love to see her wake up to her own humanity, develop that softer side a bit more and really make a change in that system or leave it and go work in a field where she can make a difference. In season three she really wanted to have a baby; if she could have that, that would make me happy. But who knows what she wants now!


celebrity life Fans can also watch you on the second season of the “The Deuce,” a show on HBO that depicts NYC in the 1970s, specifically, Times Square. As a New Yorker, how did it feel stepping back into that time? It’s been fun; I wish I could do historical pieces all of the time. I think particularly as a woman, as we explore what it means to be a woman today, it’s really interesting to be a part of that world and explore it for my character. I love Kiki because she’s trying to give these women financial ownership and freedom over their own lives. She worked in porn, too, and then decided to become an agent, and is now trying to pull these women away from their pimps and prostitution and into the business. Now I—Alysia in 2018—am not a fan of pornography, and in fact, have some massive problems with it, but at that time, it gave women the financial freedom and security to make money they could keep as opposed to making money for their pimps. You and your husband, David, have planted roots in Harlem. What do you love about the neighborhood and the experiences if offers your daughter? I love the sense of community on our block. Ever since the kids were tiny we’ve done something called a “wining with no whining” potluck on Sunday nights. I can’t believe I walk down the block with a salad bowl…it’s so suburban! I also love our community gardens—such a beautiful way to spend time with neighbors. This month you have a new film coming out, “Egg,” which explores marriage, motherhood, and female friendships. What attracted you to the script? It’s the kind of story that talks about the things nobody wants to talk about, the things people think about but don’t necessarily say. I love the idea of talking about things nobody else wants to, like gender and motherhood. And my character is ballsy—she doesn’t care about being liked and will say things I would be afraid to say. AlysiaReiner @AlysiaReiner 136

Along with your work on screen, you’re involved with many non-profit organizations and charities, your clothing company at the forefront. What was the concept behind Livari? Claudine DeSola, Tabitha St. BernardJacobs, and I created the clothing line to highlight environmental issues, women’s empowerment, and mass incarceration. That’s the place where I get to put a spotlight on amazing non-profits and help them to raise money and awareness. That’s the whole point of Livari, and it brings me joy. What type of legacy do you hope to pass along to your daughter? My father died when I was young, and as the executor of his will, I had to make a lot of decisions—what to put on his tombstone was one of them. I chose his motto, “Make a difference, have fun.” It’s so important to wake up every day and see where you can make a difference, but also where you can find things like joy, love, and kindness and foster those. As Olivia gets older, what lessons do you hope she’ll take away from watching you give back? I hope she learns that being of service, creating opportunity for others who may not have been as fortunate, advocating for those without a voice of agency (be it people who are incarcerated or undocumented, or the planet earth itself ) brings peace, joy and esteem. I think we as humans are intrinsically narcissistic, particularly in our social media-InstaFOMO society, and everything we can do to get the hell out of ourselves is a good thing.

Reiner in the upcoming film, “Egg”


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Great Reads

to Start the New


Long winter months were made for reading, and we’ve got you covered with some of our favorite titles available this season. Whether you want to lose yourself in a good novel or get inspired to make 2019 your best year yet, we know you’ll find your favorite among these top picks. By Barbara Bellesi Zito


Being a badass is a 24/7 job. Who better to give you a pep talk than the original badass herself, hilarious writer and success coach Jen Sincero? With her highly If you like anticipated new your selfbook, you’ve now got help with a trusty companion a side of to keep you pumped snark, then this book is each and every day. Packed with for you! exercises, reflections, and other motivational cues, this manual will keep your frequency high, your doubts at bay, and your goals within reach.


The mere mention of politics is enough to cause iciness in our relationships with friends and family. This book can help thaw out those lines of This book might communication. save you from Though Holland yet another and Silvers, hosts awkward family of the podcast get-together. “Pantsuit Politics,” have opposite views, they show it is possible to communicate openly and productively. With a focus on inspiration rather than anger, this book offers practical instruction on how to move past bipartisan frustration and agree to disagree with grace.

HOW TO BE BETTER AT (ALMOST) EVERYTHING PAT FLYNN BenBella Books It’s a competitive world out there, meaning it’s no longer good enough to have a specialty. To get ahead, you need to be good at If you’re ready many different things. Sound to upgrade your skillset, intimidating? then keep this Flynn says it’s possible book handy. to crush it in various aspects of your life. Whether you want to learn a new skill quickly or get paid to do work that you actually enjoy doing, Flynn has the tools you need to be a successful generalist who will win big in the game of life.

“ORANGE IS THE Get ready OITNB fans: The seventh and final season debuts this summer. We’ll admit we’re not quite ready to say NEW BLACK” IS goodbye to the award-winning Netflix series, based on Piper Kerman’s memoir of the same name. And as luck would OVER—OR IS IT? have it, we might not have to—the buzz around Hollywood is that a potential sequel is in the works. Stay tuned! 138

THE FRAME-UP MEGHAN SCOTT MOLIN 47North MG Martin is a geek and proud of it. A comic book lover growing up, she is now living her best life as a writer for Genius Comics. But sometimes, her affinity for superheroes gets in the way of real life. When she comes across This debut Detective Matteo Kildaire as novel is he is poring over a crime scene also the photo, she recognizes the image start of a new series. as something remarkably close to that of her favorite comic series, “The Hooded Falcon.” She notices that the only thing missing, in fact, is a golden arrow. And considering a golden arrow was indeed found at the scene, Detective Kildaire is quite eager to find out why MG seems to know so much about this real-life crime.

THE WATER CURE SOPHIE MACKINTOSH Doubleday Billed as a mash-up of “The Handmaid’s Tale” and “The Virgin Suicides,” this novel tells the story of three sisters on a secluded This book island who were raised to has been fear all men. Their father, long-listed King, has made it clear that for the 2018 to leave the island means to Man Booker embrace chaos and violence Prize. from men living on the mainland. When King disappears, the sisters feel even more isolated—that is, until two men and a boy wash ashore.

INDIE AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: THE SUNNY SIDE HELENE SHALOTSKY If you’re feeling a bit blue now that the holidays are over, this book will put you right back into a sunnier mood. Inspired by her monthly blog, “I Write It As I See It,” Shalotsky’s If you enjoy discovering new book focuses on the universal independent truths of kindness, goodness, authors, this and gratitude. book will be a treat for you. From cover to cover, this delightful little book is packed with inspiration and pure joy. Readers of all ages will be encouraged to find ways to lead more fulfilling lives starting right now.

LET YOUR NERD OR GEEK FLAG WAVE For debut author Meghan Scott Molin, the term “geek” or “nerd” isn’t one-size-fits-all. “In reality, there are so many fandoms and ways of celebrating them, including closet nerds and those who let their flags fly,” she says. Your level of nerdiness or geekiness (those in-the-know say that there is a difference) has nothing to do with whether you go to conventions or enjoy cosplay, either. “Nerddom is wonderful in its many ways to enjoy, and I hate when people judge other geeks about not being ‘geeky enough,’ as if there’s some international standard or test.” Rock on with your bad selves, nerds and geeks!

RESOLVE TO STAY ON THE “SUNNY SIDE” THIS YEAR The inspiration behind Helene Shalotsky’s writing is simple and straightforward. “I want to write something that would make me feel happy,” she says. “That was the catalyst for all of this.” When she was growing up, the movies and television shows she enjoyed “lifted me to another plane, a happy one.” It’s from that perspective that she pens her blog, “I Write It As I See It.” As Shalotsky wrote about what makes her happy, it also made her readers happy. Many were so touched that they encouraged her to publish her blog posts in book form. Thus, “The Sunny Side” was born. “Surround yourself with people who are uplifting,” she says. And, she adds, be uplifting for other people as well. “You’re a force in this world, and you could be a force for good.” 139

love in the city

Retro Life Advice


That Still Matters By Jarrod Thalheimer


ou’ve seen the memes: pictures, GIFs, or reworks of 1950s life advice that were almost always aimed toward women. Clearly, in the equalizing light of a new millennium, most of these “tips” are so hopelessly retrograde (or even insulting) that they deserve to be ignored and left for dead. But not all of them are bad. In fact, some of them are so good that both men and women ought to have a serious listen. So, as a critical public service, BELLA has directed that these precious nuggets of truth be located, excavated, and curated for proper use today. Can “old-time” advice really hold value for today’s men and women? You already know the answer.


Classic tips— originally aimed at women—have become modern musts for both sexes.



Go almost anywhere these days and you’ll hear men and women cussing like they’re characters in a Tarantino movie. At the supermarket, in a restaurant, at the coffee shop, at daycare pickup, you name it. The ease with which many slip into what used to be called “trucker talk” is shocking. Stand out from the crowd by employing a mental scrub brush and clean up your potty mouth. What you may sacrifice in the ability to shock will be more than offset by substantial gains in respect and consideration.

Your granny had it right. Reminding yourself to stand tall, push your shoulders back, and lift your chin from your chest not only does wonders for your posture and spine, but also elevates your self-image— not to mention others’ perceptions of you. Slouching, slumping, or constantly leaning suggests personal weakness and presents an overall lack of confidence. Unfair? Maybe, but studies routinely show that acting like a winner is the first step toward making it come true. Be a winner: Stand up straight!



There is nothing cute about being incapable of handling a stove or a washing machine. Acting like cooking or cleaning is some skill beyond mastery suggests one is either too pampered to care or too stupid to learn. Neither is a particularly good look. No one is asking for master-chef-level food prep or hospital-quality cleanliness—just a mature, capable approach to two of the most basic necessities of life.

It really should be self-evident that no one wants to see what you’re eating as you’re eating it, but we do live in a period where many feel compelled to Instagram their daily lunch or dinner. So, for those stubborn few who remain unconvinced: No one wants to witness your firsthand consumption of food. It’s unappealing, unappetizing, and gross. Let the animals lick, crunch, and gnash from a bowl on the floor. Your teeth were thoughtfully covered by lips and a mouth. Use them.



Gratitude and appreciation—mixed with actual, genuine humility—never go out of style. Remembering to say “please” whenever you ask and “thank you” whenever someone gives is critical to creating the kind of polite society we all like living in. This is the deepest root of all manners, and it’s taught to the youngest of children. If they can learn, so can you.

You’ve got a great comeback that will make everyone laugh…but it might be inappropriate. Or in poor taste. Or hurtful. Before tossing it out, how about pausing for a second thought? Sure, someone may beat you to the rhetorical punch, but learning to hold your tongue is a life skill like no other. In fact, it remains the easiest way to accumulate IQ points ever created.



It’s tough to avoid that latest bit of dish, that small tidbit of “news” followed by the verbal march up and down the absent person’s life and times. But you must try. Like most bad habits, a penchant to gossip says far more about you than the person you’re sniping on. Best to keep your comments closer to home, like focusing on your own actions instead of the (supposed) ones of others.

Yes, we live in a time where elaborate shavings, serial piercings, and face tattoos are no longer the exclusive province of convicts or sideshow performers. However, that doesn’t mean personal grooming has ceased to matter. Scruffy beards, dirty faces, grimy teeth, or hair left oily and stringy still remain public no-nos. No one is suggesting a full makeover every time you leave the house, but taking the time to have fresh breath, trimmed hair, and groomed features tells the world you still care, at least a little.




It’s not entirely clear if it was the passive acceptance of flip-flops as valid alternatives to shoes or the universal adoption of yoga/ sweatpants as legitimate daywear, but few appear to spend more than a split second deciding how to clothe their body from day to day. Everything is either far too tight or way too loose. Clothes that are structurally formless might be great to sleep in, but they do nothing for your daily appearance. Invest in quality, tailored clothing and take the time to wear it just right. You’ll still stand out, but for the right reasons this time.

More than ever, the ability to be fully in the moment—and attentive to those you are with—is stunningly attractive. To be constantly distracted by a smartphone in your purse, on the table, or in your hand is both a personal failing and the ultimate in rudeness. True moments are precious and few; you deserve to exist fully in as many of them as you can. That message will always remain on your phone because a text can sit literally forever. An actual, genuine moment cannot. Choose wisely.

The sight of anyone puking is bad enough, but even the sloppily drunk guy or gal at the bar is a turnoff to all but the pervy predator. Up your game by moderating your use of alcohol. Knowing when to slow down (and eventually stop) will do you more personal favors than you can ever count. There is never a circumstance or situation where someone looked back and truly wished, “If only I drank more.”


the beauty of service

New York Native

Defends America

By Serving as Information Warrior


By M. Dawn Scott, Navy Office of Community Outreach Additional Reporting by Daniel G. Hall

ew York native and Petty Officer 2nd Class Joseph Wright is stationed with a command responsible for teaching future information warriors the skills required to defend America around the world. Wright works as a Navy  religious program specialist and operates out of  the Center for Information Warfare Training (CIWT) command headquartered at Naval Air Station Pensacola Corry Station in Florida. In this role, Wright manages and executes the Command Religious Program, which accommodates the diverse religious ministry requirements of Navy and Marine Corps personnel and their families. Charged with developing the future technical cadre of the information warfare community, the CIWT domain leads, manages, and delivers Navy and joint force training to 22,000 students annually. With 1,200 military, civilian, and contracted staff members, CIWT oversees about 200 courses at four information warfare training commands, two detachments, and additional learning sites located throughout the United States and Japan.


“Our sailors and staff are intentional about building trust, demonstrating teamwork, pursuing growth, and instilling grit, which makes our command thrive in training information warfare professionals for the Navy the nation needs,” says Cmdr. Chad Smith, commanding officer of IWTC Corry Station. “Every day, I’m extremely proud of how our sailors and staff readily adapt to achieve and maintain the highest of standards. They truly represent the spirit and character of America, and they are why we are the strongest military force in the world.”   Wright has military ties with family members who have previously served, and is honored to carry on the family tradition. “My dad and uncle were in the Navy and they encouraged me, but it was my decision to join.”    The sailors and staff have a tremendous responsibility in creating war-fighting options for fleet commanders and advising decision-makers at all levels as they serve worldwide aboard ships, submarines, and aircraft and from the National Security Agency to the Pentagon. It is a role Wright upholds in the highest.  

Serving the Navy means being a part of something greater than yourself and defending our country,” says Wright.

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BARBADOS By Gwen Wunderlich


anderlusting for an island getaway? Travelers craving the quintessential Caribbean escape can find everything they are looking for and more in Barbados. You will be living your best Bajan life with Barbados’ spectacularly picturesque beaches, cerulean hued oceans, rich history, vibrant culture, and contemporary twists on traditional cuisine. It’ll be easy to see why Rihanna always loves coming home.

On a recent trip to Barbados, I stayed at Port Ferdinand Luxury Resort and Residences. In addition to the amazing villas on deck, Port Ferdinand Luxury Resort and Residences offers all the amenities and authentic Bajan services you’d expect of a worldclass destination resort and marina. With year-round sunshine, tropical breezes, turquoise seas, waterfront dining, and convenient beach access, everything falls perfectly into place. Whether you’re living here or simply vacationing at this highly sought-after and award-winning resort and marina, it will be a life-changing experience marked by adventure, relaxation, and an invitation to recharge and reconnect. Get your day started with a complimentary breakfast provided daily at Port Ferdinand. Dinner at Dockside at 13º/59º was a gastronomic experience. This newest restaurant addition to the Port Ferdinand resort, Dockside at 13º/59º offers modern bistro cuisine while seated at the water’s edge—a true sensory delight.


A quick drive away, head on over for a tour you won’t regret of Speightstown. Located along the beach, Speightstown is the second largest town in Barbados, with a deep architectural history and colorful landscape. For lunch, try Juma’s Restaurant located right on the water. Its location is stunning, overlooking the beautiful and unspoiled Speightstown beach, and the menu is highly eclectic featuring Thai and classic French fare, to name a few. Talk about great food with amazing views!

At the heart of Barbados lies one of its greatest wonders, Harrison’s Cave. Named after Thomas Harrison, a prominent land owner in the 1700s, Harrison’s Cave is located in the central uplands of the island. This breathtakingly beautiful, crystalized, limestone cavern is a testament to nature’s mastery. Flowing streams, deep pools of crystal-clear water, and towering columns characterize this living cave. It is an active cave as it carries water, and it is very much alive as its stalagmites are still growing at a rate that is fast by geological standards. Gaze in wonder at the white flow stones and in awe at the beauty of the speleothems that adorn the cave. It is a gem worthy of exploring and one of my favorite activities on the island. 147

travel | relax An absolute itinerary must: Exploring St. Nicholas Abbey. Located in the parish of St. Peter, the structure was built in 1660 and is one of only three genuine Jacobean mansions in the Western Hemisphere. Guests are welcome to spend as much time as they like here enjoying the plantation’s tranquil surroundings. Complimentary guided tours of the great house showcase a wealth of tradition, including antiques and artifacts spanning the home’s 350-year history. Be sure to check out the boiling house and rum distillery among the surrounding gardens, orchards, and gullies, for a taste of the famed St. Nicholas Abbey rum. One of my favorite places around the world is Nikki Beach, because they put the Funday in Sunday. Experience “Amazing Sundays” at Nikki Beach, which will satisfy your cravings with delicious international cuisine, creative cocktails, and the finest champagne. Rest on the pristine beachfront, swim up to the octagon-shaped wet bar, lounge


on oversized luxury pool beds, and don’t forget to try their infamous Nikki Beach mojito while keeping on beat with their resident DJ’s, in-house saxophonist, percussionist, and violinist blaring from over 50 speakers. P.S. Complimentary lunch is provided. Lastly, for the ultimate foodies, be sure to check out Daphne’s, the Barbados sister restaurant to its famous London counterpart. It is one of the “Top 10 Most Popular Restaurants” in the Best of Barbados Zagat Guide and it is easy to see why. Offering a waterfront dining experience fusing classic Italian favorites with island inspiration, Rhianna told Conde Nast Traveler that it is one of her favorite restaurants on the island. Your palate will love their signature dishes such as linguine with lobster, seabass with salt, and eggplant caponatina. You get to eat like a celebrity at Daphne’s, fine Italian dining with spectacular ocean views, a place that has garnered the approval of even Simon Cowell.


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CAMPO: Hollywood’s Original Caribbean Fantasy By Norah Bradford


ome and visit one of the most luxurious resort getaways in the sun—just a three-hour flight from New York. Casa de Campo is a five-star Caribbean travel experience that has expanded dramatically beyond its roots as a corporate getaway created by Gulf+Western, the owners of the movie studio, Paramount. At its heart was the development of a Peter Dye-designed golf course with several breathtaking holes situated along the jagged coastline— known as “The Teeth of the Dog”—which has deservedly achieved the reputation of No. 1 golf course in the Caribbean since opening in the early 1970s.

Relax and Bask in


Accommodations at Casa de Campo include 185 hotel rooms, as well as 50 villas featuring three to seven bedrooms. These villas are part of the overall rental pool of more than 1,800 privately owned villas throughout Casa de Campo’s 7,000 acres. The oceanfront villas boast the finest furnishings and elements from Villa la Laguna del Mar, with its prime waterfront location and Bali-inspired design, to Villa La Brisa, with its jaw-dropping views of the Caribbean. Each villa comes complete with distinctive living and dining areas, fully-equipped kitchens, spacious pool decks, gorgeous gardens and lounge areas, a private patio, and at least one fourpassenger touring cart. All this and more is available through Casa de Campo’s villas program. CASA DE CAMPO AND ITS MANSION VILLA HOMES HAVE ATTRACTED A WIDE RANGE OF CELEBRITIES, POLITICIANS, AND ROYALTY WHO ENJOY THE RELAXATION AND PRIVACY. RECENT GUESTS HAVE INCLUDED JAY-Z AND BEYONCÉ, RIHANNA, RICHARD BRANSON, MICHAEL JORDAN, DRAKE, ALICIA KEYS, AND FORMER U.S. PRESIDENTS BILL CLINTON AND GEORGE W. BUSH.



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3 Areas to Choose From— One More Amazing Than the Next The three main areas of the resort: Minitas Beach, Altos de Chavón, and the Marina, are each exquisite in their own rights.

Minitas Beach

Casa de Campo’s exclusive beach features bright sands lapped by the warm Caribbean Sea. Guests can choose to partake in water sports like snorkeling, kayaking, paddle boarding, or windsurfing, or cool off with Minitas Beach piña coladas served in native Dominican pineapples.

Altos de Chavón

Situated on a plateau 300 feet above the Chavón River and modeled after a 16-century Mediterranean village, this cultural center is home to artist studios, craft workshops, art galleries, restaurants, clubs, and boutiques concealed behind coral stone buildings. Along winding cobblestone streets, visitors can watch international painters, designers, writers, and musicians teaching their craft as a part of an “Artists in Residence” program affiliated with the Parsons School of Design in New York.

The Marina

With capacity for some 350 yachts, the Marina at Casa de Campo is among the largest and most modern in the Caribbean. It’s also home to The Yacht Club, featuring private lounge quarters and the Scuola della Vela (sailing school), which has 424 boats. Whether experienced sailors or new to the sport, guests learn from the best and conquer the Caribbean seas with the help of knowledgeable instructors from Costa Smeralda Yacht Club in Italy. GUESTS GET AROUND THIS VAST RESORT USING THE COMPLIMENTARY GOLF TOURING CART. IT CAN BE A 20- TO 30-MINUTE RIDE FROM EACH OF THE RESORT AREAS.




Dining choices are varied in terms of location, cuisine, and style— and all are sure to please:

The Minitas Beach Club Restaurant Beach Club offers Mediterranean and Latin-based cuisine. Pubbelly Sushi in the Marina features Japanese-inspired

fare. The eclectic menu includes dishes like Tuna Pizza, with crispy tortilla, garlic aioli, and truffle oil, and Tostones con Ceviche— Hamachi ginger soy, cilantro, red onion, and yuzu.

La Piazzetta is known for its antipasto bar, and offers

authentic Italian cuisine. Guests dine in the rustic, Mediterranean ambiance while enjoying the extensive wine list and serenades from strolling musicians.

Lago Restaurant offers an open-air breakfast

experience in a Swiss Family Robinson-style restaurant shaded with thatched roofing made from Dominican palms. While choosing from the extensive buffet of made-to-order omelets, fresh vegetables, homemade baked goods, tropical fruits, salads, grilled entrees, fresh pastas, or fresh fruit smoothies, guests can also enjoy spectacular views of the famed “Teeth of the Dog” course and the Caribbean Sea beyond it.


Then Rest

Aside from the golf and beach facilities, there are also polo grounds and horseback riding, a shooting school for Skeet and clay target shooting, tennis facilities, and a spa. As with many other facilities at Casa de Campo, the Shooting School offers 245 acres of land with a 110-foot tower that can fire clay targets at a multitude of heights and angles to mimic the flight characteristics of a particular bird—with only a 4-inch circular clay target getting the attention of a good shot. The Spa at Casa de Campo Resort and Villas offers the perfect place to relax and rejuvenate both mind and body. The spa specializes in the use of Ayurvedic techniques and local organic ingredients to detoxify, regenerate, and renew. Try their Casa Signature Ayurvedic massage and afterwards relax in their Zen garden. CASA DE CAMPO OFFERS A COMPLETE RELAXATION EXPERIENCE. THERE IS A LOCAL AIRPORT CLOSE TO THE RESORT AND OPPORTUNITIES TO ACQUIRE A PERMANENT RESIDENCE IN CASA DE CAMPO TO MAKE THE VACATION EXPERIENCE A LASTING LIFESTYLE.


travel | escape




By Julie Freeman

ooking for your ultimate summer getaway? Now is the best time to start planning, and here is a can’t-miss luxury package to book before it sells out. The Borgo Santo Pietro Group is offering a combined stay at its five-star luxury spa hotel in Tuscany and a private sailing experience in the Mediterranean Sea.

Welcome aboard Satori, a super yacht that has been transformed into a five-star boutique hotel, and is poised to take you on the summer trip of your dreams. Step foot onto the private charter yacht with your closest friends and family, and enjoy a luxury sailing experience like no other. Satori, which means sudden enlightenment in Buddhism, is exactly that— 136.15 feet of enlightenment, made of solid mahogany. The crew blends right into the cozy, intimate vibe of the boat, offering a warm welcome and impeccable service. Unlike other staff, these friendly faces are much more 154

than servers tending to your every need—they are a big part of what makes the journey so pleasant. Michelin star chef Andrea Mattei can satisfy all of your cravings with meals inspired by his restaurant Meo Modo at Borgo Santo Pietro. Whether you want a taste of the Mediterranean or a good old burger and fries, every plate is served cooked to perfection. And because eating like the royals can be so exhausting, why not take advantage of your own spa, right on board? Escape into the spa room and treat yourself to some of the many massages and facials offered around the clock. All treatments are done with Borgo Santo Pietro’s high-end luxury skincare products, Seed to Skin. The products are handmade at the estate’s laboratory in Tuscany, with ingredients sourced from its own organic farm. For the little ones on board—or the kid in all of us—Satori offers just about every water toy you could imagine. Jump into the crystal clear water and cruise around on a jet ski. Or if you want to work on your tan a little, soak up the sun while lounging on a pool float.

Photography Courtesy of Borgo Santo Pietro Group


Below deck are five bedrooms, including one master suite, to fit 10 guests in total. Each room has its own wonderful panoramic sea view, and when the waves crash, you might even feel like you’re in an underwater hotel. All rooms are inspired by Borgo’s luxurious Tuscan style and interior. When the day comes to an end, don’t miss the spectacular sunset views. While you watch the sun go down, sipping on a glass of bubbly, Chef Andrea will be preparing your dinner. After another gourmet dining experience, end the night with a movie screening on the front deck, right under the stars. If you decide to take advantage of the premiere luxury package offered by the Borgo Santo Pietro Group, you will then be taken to their five-star estate, tucked away in the rolling hills of Tuscany. When the gates open to welcome you, they reveal a long road lined with cypress trees. There is magic in the air at Borgo. The scent of flowers hits you immediately as you walk past the garden suites that lead to the main villa. Each corner is more picturesque than the last, making you want to get lost in the many gardens and hidden pathways. Wander all the way through the organic farm, where all that is used at Borgo is grown—from the vegetables that go onto your plate, to the ingredients used in Seed to Skin. Not far from the vegetable and herb gardens, you’ll find sheep, chickens, pigs, and even alpacas roaming around, living their happy little Tuscan life of luxury.


travel | escape Speaking of luxury…once you’ve entered your suite, you might not want to leave. Each of the 20 suites is unique—it’s like living in a fairytale. Old Tuscan charm and beauty is manifested in every detail, starting with the chandelier lighting up the room, and ending in your very own private garden. If you’ve had enough of relaxing in the cozy outdoor lounge beds placed throughout the estate, there are many fun things to do as well. Aside from day trips to nearby towns and sights, Borgo has several options for all age groups. Whether you’d like a gourmet cooking class, or to learn how to make flower bouquets from the estate’s personal florist, the options are endless. And if diving into


the infinity pool overlooking the vineyard is all you want to do in a day, no one can blame you. After a beautiful sunny afternoon, enjoy an elaborate meal at one of the two on-site restaurants and cuddle up by the outdoor fireplace. If you want an excuse to spend more time in your suite, room service will bring you dinner in bed. While the estate certainly has romantic vibes and is a stunning place for honeymoons and weddings; first and foremost, it is a place of love and happiness for everyone. Because in the end, that is what Borgo Santo Pietro and Satori are all about.

• Satori was designed and built from scratch by Claus and Jeanette Thottrup, owners of Borgo Santo Pietro in Tuscany. • On Satori, your route is entirely customizable. Want to explore the Greek Islands? Or are you more of a French Riviera type of person? Captain Ali will take you wherever you want, weather permitting. You can simply lie back, relax, and enjoy the ride. • Take a peek out your window at night when the blue lights come on, and watch the fish float right in front of your eyes. It’s like you’re in your own little aquarium! • Most people who have booked a trip on Satori have visited Borgo in Tuscany and loved it so much they wanted the same experience while at sea!

Photography Courtesy of Borgo Santo Pietro Group

Photography by Stuart Pearce


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PEOPLE, PLACES, PARTIES The 2018 Hollywood Film Awards were held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills as the ceremony celebrated its 22nd year.


Guests included Michael B. Jordan, Nicole Kidman, Glenn Close, Anne Hathaway, Viggo Mortensen, and Hugh Jackman.

Wendy Williams Hunter Celebrates #GIVINGTUESDAY to Benefit The Hunter Foundation

Wendy Williams and her husband Kevin Hunter, along with Jerry O’Connell, Dr. Oz, “Real Housewives” Dorinda Medley, actor Ari Barkan, former NFL player Erik Coleman, candy influencer Robyn Blair, personality Micah Jesse, and others attended the Butterfinger Candy Pop dessert extravaganza in celebration of #GivingTuesday, the National Day of Giving, on November 27th at Dylan’s Candy Bar in NYC. Also in attendance to celebrate: brand founder and CEO Frank Florio and Keen Brands CMO Adam Cohen, who cultivated the partnership with “The Wendy Williams Show” and Candy Pop. committed 100% of its profits from e-commerce sales from November 27th through January 7th to The Hunter Foundation, an organization founded by Williams, her husband, and their son, Kevin Jr., to help in their efforts to combat drug addiction and substance abuse. Proceeds from the event’s fundraising efforts also benefitted the foundation. 158

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PEOPLE, PLACES, PARTIES “The American Meme” Special Screening After-party at the Private Residence of Jonas Tahlin, CEO of Absolut Elyx  

Dawn Miller, Paris Hilton, Luigi Irauzqui

Julz Tocker and Rashad Jennings

Photography by Gabriel Olsen

Paris Hilton and Dita Von Teese

Director Bert Marcus and guests

Lady Victoria Hervey and Luigi Irauzqui

The official after-party for the worldwide premiere of critically acclaimed film, “The American Meme,” was hosted at the private residence of Jonas Tahlin and co-hosted by director Bert Marcus and cast member Paris Hilton.  Other notables in attendance: Dita Von Teese, Brittany Furlan, Meital Dohan (actress),  Rachel McCord (model), Rashad Jennings (NFL),  Dr. Jason Emer, Luigi Irauzqui (designer), Julz Tocker (actor), and Mariana (singer).

The Tot Grand Opening Holiday Party In Partnership with Bumble

Kerry Pieri, Amanda Alagem, Laura Brown, Nasiba Adilova, Joanna Hillman

Nicky Hilton, Rebecca Minkoff

Eva Chen, Nasiba Adilova

Loulou Baker

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Laura Brown, Joanna Hillman, Nasiba Adilova, Amanda Alagem, Kerry Pieri

Nasiba Adilova, founder of  The Tot, along with Rosie Assoulin, Laura Brown, Eva Chen, Selby Drummond, Nicky Hilton, Aerin Lauder, and Jessica Tebele, hosted a festive party to celebrate the holiday season and the opening of The Tot’s first-ever New York City location. The afternoon brought together adults and children for a chic, child-friendly gathering that kicked off the start of the holiday season with The Tot’s grand opening. The Tot and brand partner Bumble came together for the ultimate winter celebration featuring photos with Santa, holiday crafts, custom personalized gifts, and a reading of “Juno Valentine and the Magical Shoes” from author Eva Chen.  160

“Cabaret” Raises Over $4 Million To Benefit New York-Presbyterian and Weill Cornell Medicine

Dr. Steven and Ellen Corwin, Drs. Mary and Augustine M.K. Choi

Dr. Augustine M.K. Choi, Frank A. Bennack Jr., Jessica Bibliowicz, Dr. Steven Corwin

Amy and Richard Ruben

Photography by Studio Brooke

Pamela Carlton and Charles J. Hamilton Jr.

Mathew Lincoln, Dr. Costantino Iadecola, Dr. Matthew Fink, Jeffrey Feil, Erika Feil-Lincoln

Dr. Philip Stieg, Bernadette Castro, Dr. Peter Schlegel

Carol and Michael Weisman, Dr. Laura Forese

New York-Presbyterian and Weill Cornell Medicine’s annual “Cabaret” benefit dinner raised more than $4 million to support the institutions’ ongoing work in patient care, research, and medical education. The black tie event, which took place on Thursday, November 15, 2018, drew more than 750 guests to the Park Avenue Armory in Manhattan. In addition to dinner and cocktails, guests enjoyed a special performance by Earth, Wind & Fire, the legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Famers and Grammy Award-winning band. 161

PEOPLE, PLACES, PARTIES BELLA CELEBRATES EIGHT YEARS AT HOLIDAY PARTY On December 17, 2018, BELLA hosted its annual Holiday Cocktail Party at Greenwich Steakhouse in NYC. Guests sipped on Prosecco DOC and TRUE Vodka as they celebrated their 60th cover and new national distribution through Barnes & Noble in 2019.


Photography by VITAL AGIBALOW for HENSEL


Dr. Jennifer Levine hosted a Beauty + Botox Holiday Cocktail Party on December 4, 2018, in her beautiful Upper East Side office. Guests enjoyed cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and complimentary Botox and lip treatments throughout the evening.


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Start the Year in Style

The chilly weather has rolled in, but that never stops jetsetters from getting outside. With plenty of attractions around New York City and LA, we have a list of things to stimulate all your senses. By Norah Bradford

HEAR: HOW WELL-CRAFTED HARRY’S OF LONDON SHOES ARE… Visit Harry’s of London’s recently opened New TASTE: MARIEBELLE GANACHE York flagship store on Park Avenue, and learn why NEW YORK COLLECTION MarieBelle New York is a world-renowned, luxurious global bean-to-bar celebrities are rushing to wear their classy shoes. Combined with contemporary British shoe design chocolate company. The fine art edibles are produced in the Brooklyn factory with retail locations throughout New York City, Japan, and Dubai. is their innovative Technogel insole. This innersole adapts to the unique shape of your feet, from heel MarieBelle’s flagship store in New York’s famous Soho District offers chocolate lovers a sumptuous shopping experience. It boasts a rustic-style to toe, providing pressure-relieving support with just the right amount of flexibility in a customCacao Market in trendy Greenpoint, Brooklyn, and a new retail shoppe in Midtown Manhattan’s stunning Japanese Kitano Hotel. Each location feeling fit. Made without plasticisers, Technogel resists hardening due to temperature or age. pairs perfectly with the lavish and decadent chocolate designs. SEE: MUSIC’S HOTTEST ACTS The 61st Annual Grammy Awards ceremony will be held on February 10, 2019 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The ceremony will recognize the best recordings, compositions, and artists of the year. Some of the nominees include “I Like It” by Cardi B, Bad Bunny, and J Balvin; ”The Joke” by Brandi Carlile; “This Is America” by Childish Gambino; “God’s Plan” by Drake; “Shallow” by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper; “All the Stars” by Kendrick Lamar and SZA; “Rockstar” by Post Malone featuring 21 Savage; and “The Middle” by Zedd, Maren Morris, and Grey.

SMELL: MACCHU PISCO Macchu Pisco was founded by philanthropist, activist, and entrepreneur Lizzie Asher and her sister Melanie. Together the two have crafted an entirely new experience for discerning drinkers when they introduced the sublime spirit of Peru to Los Angeles, the rest of the United States, Europe, and beyond. Macchu Pisco is a premium line made 100% from the quebranta grape. Characterized by herbal, grassy and earthy notes, it rests for one year before being bottled. Macchu Pisco is currently available online and can be found at the finest restaurants and retailers around the world. Enjoy responsibly. 

TOUCH: MDRN’S INNOVATIVE INTELLIGENT LIVING FURNISHINGS Warren Kay is the innovator behind Intelligent Living, the luxury furnishing company that provides custom Italian-designed furniture. At the click of a button or with a gentle pull, motorized units are activated by a custom sliding mechanism, which converts a single-use space in any home into a multi-purpose, all-encompassing experience. The transformable home system can seamlessly change a living space into a bedroom, alternate between a dining room and home office, and hides closets behind a wall unit uniquely designed by you. Cheat your landlord out of the need to rent a second or third bedroom with these fantastic designs. 164

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