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hat can I say? The fall fashion issue is here, and I couldn't be more proud of it! Our beautiful cover with Dee Ocleppo Hilf iger was shot on location by celebrity photographer John Russo and our team at the Hilf iger’s stunning Connecticut estate. It was a day I'll always remember. Not only are the Hilf igers among the most glamorous couples in the world, they are also one of the nicest and down to earth. It's truly an honor to have Dee as our 2018 Fall Fashion Issue cover. 

pages a modern look and feel. I think you'll love what you see inside our new Style Report (pages 15-27). We want our fashion pages to exude sophistication and elegance that inspires you to step out as your most BELLA self yet this season.

I also want to warmly welcome our new Fashion Director Jazmin Gonzalez. She joined us over the summer and has worked tirelessly with our fashion editors to give our

Enjoy this new season,

I must say I am excited for fall in New York City with its changing colors and cool breezes ahead. Every true NYC fashionista waits all year long to strut her coveted fall looks. Lucky us—the time is now!  

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SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2018 JAZMIN GONZALEZ Jazmin Gonzalez is a NYC-based celebrity stylist known for her eye. She started her career at the fashion house of Versace and went on to build her own business with an impressive client roster. As a former Miss New York U.S. International, she knows the importance of impeccable styling. Jazmin recently joined the BELLA team as Fashion Director, and got quickly to work styling and spearheading “The Style Report” (page 15-27).

DANIEL G. HALL Daniel G. Hall is BELLA Media Group’s co-founder and publisher. In his day-to-day, Dan focuses on strategic business partnerships, distribution, execution of events, and managing BELLA’s sales team. Readers can hear from Dan in every issue, as he is also hands-on with the editorial division, helping spearhead and write the “NYC Artist Spotlight” column, as well as “The Beauty of Service” feature. 

JONATHAN CALIXTO Jonathan Calixto is BELLA’s Fashion Correspondent, covering women’s and men’s fashion trends. His style prowess is a reflection of working on New York Fashion Week, Paris Fashion Week, and Miami Swim Week with The Riviere Agency, which put Calixto at the forefront of what’s new. Getting to live out one of his dreams, he curates lifestyle and fashion content on his blog, This is JCali. In this issue, Jonathan breaks down how to recreate the militant neutrals runway trend for men (page 26), and the obsession over the new-school plaid trend for women (page 20).

AMANDA MACTAS Amanda Mactas is BELLA’s Food and Accessories Editor, for which she combines her passion for eating and shopping her way through life. She also runs a popular NYC-based lifestyle blog called Manhattan with a Twist, and has had her work featured in numerous outlets. Thanks to Amanda’s expertise, readers can view the latest stunning diamond jewelry for fall (page 22) and learn how to spice up their style with a hat (page 23).

EVAN ELKOWITZ As the daughter of a true “garmento," Evan Elkowitz grew up in the back room of Loehmann’s, so it's no surprise that she's been obsessed with fashion from an early age. "I was born with an innate sense of style and an eye for putting outfits together that look effortless and finished," she explains. In her opinion, a complete wardrobe is always evolving and constantly needs to be edited. "That's what I love to do, and seeing people put on an outfit and feel fabulous is why I do what I do." In this issue, Evan talks style with Ampersand as Apostrophe CEO Jessica Park (page 56-57).

JOHN RUSSO John Russo, photographer extraordinaire, is also an avid tennis player who can always be found on the courts perfecting his tennis game. Originally from Ventnor, New Jersey, BELLA’s favorite celebrity photojournalist currently resides between West Hollywood and Montecito, California. To learn more about John, log on to


15 The Style Report

80’s Dressing, Faux Fur, Logo Mania, New School Plaid, Hats Off to You, Dripping in Diamonds, Fashion Week Essentials, What She Loves, Militant Neutrals, Nelson Saiers

28 Sois Belle á ta Façon

Be Beautiful In Your Own Way

37 Beauty Scene

Supermodel Glow, Royal Ritual, Your Boyfriend’s Back, Go Gorgeous, Man on the Move: Jake Busey, Fall Beauty Musts, Rock the Hottest Runway Shades, Get the Look

50 The New York Life Christian Siriano

56 Designer Diaries

Ampersand As Apostrophe’s Jessica Park




Arts & Culture

Wicked Celebrates 15 Years, An American in Paris Hits the Big Screen

62 Culture Vulture

Fall Forward & Live Your Best Life Yet

64 BELLA’s Fab 5

Indulge in the Five Senses of Fabulous

66 Artist Spotlight

Haute Rogue’s Anna Metselitsa

68 Sophisticated Spaces

The Penthouse Collection at Metropolis

72 Up Close & Personal Lela Loren

78 Cover Story

Dee Ocleppo Hilfiger

84 Chow BELLA

A New York City Smorgasbord

Paris Fashion


Hat: Laurence Bossion Coat: Harmony Dress: Jitrois Sunglasses: Quay Australia Photography by Kelly Fajack

86 Chow BELLA Spotlight

Celebrating 20 Years of “Sex and the City’s” Tastiest Locations


88 Getting to Know

“Southern Charm’s” Katherine Calhoun Dennis

90 Fabulous Fall TV

11 Shows You Can’t Miss

97 Mind + Body

Is Food Making You Foggy?, Meditation Apps We Love, Top Tri-State Hiking Spots, Give Your Lips a Lift, A Conversation With the Director of Cellience™

Remarkable Journey 114 The of India Hicks Insight from an Inspirational Entrepreneur

116 Status Anxiety

Who Are the Joneses, Anyway?

Different Road for 118 AKym Douglas From a TV Studio to a Cancer Diagnosis

120 Love in the City

Relationship Killers

122 A Novel Idea

Fall Into Reading This Season

124 The Beauty of Service

William and Hokti Shepard

127 Travel

Savannah’s Southern Charm, Bali: Rediscovering You, Take a Friends’ Weekend to Québec City, 6 Exciting New Destinations to Explore

Top, pants, and sweater coat with fur trim: Kobi Halperin Photography by John Russo

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142 Around Town

People, Places, Parties

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Flash all fall in these funky favorites.

DRESSING By Jazmin Gonzalez

Alexandre Vauthier Ruched Velvet Mini Dress $1,131,

Redemption Floral Lurex Jacquard Gown $2,715,

Alessandra Rich Crystal Embellished Chain Drop Earrings $495,

Attico Sequined Velvet Mini Dress $1,694,

Saint Laurent Silk Jacquard Draped Dress $3,890,

Saint Laurent Jamie Pump in Patent Leather and Fur $2,895,


Alessandra Rich Crystal Embellished Mini Dress $1,566,

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Gigi & Joux Silver and Gemstone Chandelier Earrings $260,

Tom Ford Embellished PVC Slingback $125,


FAUX FUR Trending as the fur of the future, get cozy with these sustainable statements.

By Jazmin Gonzalez

Off-White Black Fake Fur $2930,

Sam Edelman Faux Fur Heeled Sandal $130,

House of Fluff Faux Fur Hooded Coat $695, Tom Ford Faux Fur Shoulder Bag $1,990,

Shrimps Sullivan Yellow Bag $495,

Simone Rocha Faux Fur and Leather Bag $895,

Maje Hooded Faux Fur Jacket $425,

Simone Rocha Bead Embellished Faux-Fur Slides $590, 17


Gucci Invite Stamp Long Sleeve Blouse $1600,

DIOR Mini Saddle Bag $2,100, Dior boutiques nationwide, 800-929-Dior

LOGO MANIA Gucci Snake Carved Resin Bangle $360,

Still a fashion favorite, stay on trend with these


Fendi Orecchini Logo Leather Earrings $590,

By Jazmin Gonzalez

Dior “Club1” Visor $385,

Saint Laurent Pyramid Clutch $1,450,

Fendi Nylon Pantyhose $220,


Fendi Black Leather Sandals $1290, The Kingdom, 818-912-6990


Isa Arfen Edith Ruffled Tartan Poplin Top $890,

Attico Tartan Wrap Mini Dress $999, Tartan Print Wool Pants $795,


PLAID With old-school trends making their way back into our closets, it’s no wonder plaid is the must-have print of the season. Loved for how adaptable it is to pair with any pieces you already own, the checkered fun gets a high-end twist through a variety of colors and applications, including coats, blazers, and even dresses. As seen on the Fall/Winter ’18 runways of designers like Sacai, Chanel, and Versace, it’s all about elevating your look by adding a plaid piece to turn you into the “Girl Boss” you were born to be. By Jonathan Calixto

Prada Shearling-Trimmed Tartan Wool Coat $2,820,

Tibi Single-Breasted Plaid Wool Blazer $895,

Alexandre Vauthier Tartan Wool Wrap Mini Skirt $948, 20

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DIAMONDS Dazzle with our season’s favorites! By Amanda Mactas

Needle Tourmaline, Ruby & Diamond Drop Earrings $5,950, Black Diamond 18K Gold Bracelet $10,650,

Drops of Light Necklace Price available upon request,

Classic Chain Bib Necklace with Diamonds $4,200,

Bang Bang Ring $7,500,

Black Diamond & White Diamond Flower Brooch $7,500,


Black and White Diamond Earrings $1,550,

ACCESSORIES Clyde Leather Beret $285, Requiem Fedora $355,

Isabel Marant Naly Virgin Driving Cap $195,

Wool Tweed Sailor Cap $1,300, Wool Hat $215,


OFF TO YOU Fall is the time of year to get creative with your fashion. Top off your look with an accessory that will never go out of style. By Amanda Mactas

Virginie $860.45,

Zina Studs Cream $375,

Cashmere Beret $550,

Ruslan Baginskiy Wool Baker Boy Hat $200, 23

FASHION WEEK By Jazmin Gonzalez


Add edge to any outfit with this go-to leather jacket. Saint Laurent Perfecto Leather Biker Jacket $4,990,

From meetings to shows, this metallic favorite fits your iPad and easily transitions to night. MM6 Maison Margiela Metallic Envelope Clutch $385,

Instantly flawless skin without the effort.

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 $45, 24

Keep hydrated and These Chloe classics take power through the day you from day to night, with this delicious juice. a must for NYC. BluePrint Pineapple Power Juice $7.99, Whole Foods Market

Chloe Susanna Studded Leather Ankle Boot $1,380,

“As the weather changes, so must your wardrobe. Spring and summer are known as a time for bright colors and bold prints, while fall often comes with the thought of black loafers and camel colored sweaters. As for me, I believe bright, bold colors and eye-catching accessories should be worn all year round. My must-have fall pieces will not only help you look amazing, you’ll also feel and become the best version of yourself this season!”

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LOVES Fashion influencer Caroline Vazzana shares what she’s obsessing about this fall.

If you follow Caroline Vazzana on Instagram (@CVazzana), you know her unique, eclectic sense of style. She’s a frontrunner amongst the street style set for her pairings of bold prints and eye-catching accessories. Truly, they are one of a kind. That’s why we turned to her for some fall fashion favorites. As a season that’s often thought of for its chunky knits and black loafers, we knew Vazzana would put her unique spin on dressing for the transitional season ahead. Here are some of her must-have items to help you make it in Manhattan.

Vazzana’s book, “Making It in Manhattan: The Beginner’s Guide to Surviving and Thriving in the World of Fashion,”ia avaialable at Technicolor Rainbow Bracelet $130 each or $375 for three,

Kenneth Cole Jacket $299,

Gucci Dress $5100,

Jimmy Choo Fever $62-$112,

Celeste Bag $1,630, Aviator Optics $168,

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Cashmere Color Block Scarf $348,

The fall season is the perfect time to highlight some of the militant neutral trends showcased on the runway by designers Giorgio Armani and Berluti. These looks can be easy to achieve with items you already have in your closet while incorporating tones of green, brown, or gray.

Dark Green Wool-Cashmere Overcoat $595,

Whether you are looking to dress up for the office or a casual afternoon, there are ways to mix and match your next fall outfit. Leather and Suede Touch Screen Gloves $228, Chocolate Brown Leather Suit Belt $145,

Haskell Double Zip Briefcase $298,

Tan Overdyed Faux Shearling Biker Jacket $175,

Jacquard Cotton Shirt with Mandarin Collar $345, Khaki Straight Leg Chinos $50,

Stretch Wool Dress Pant in Blue Granite $118,

Berluti Fall/Winter 2018,


Qiressa Shoe in Black $100,

Giorgio Armani Fall/Winter 2018, Combat Boot in Caviar Leather $1,395,


NELSON SAIERS By Jazmin Gonzalez

NELSON SAIERS is a brilliant

New York City-based artist who has had solo exhibitions at Alcatraz Prison, Harvard’s Leverett House, and several galleries in NYC. Artnet compared Saiers to the renowned Russian painter and art theorist Wassily Kandinsky, and he’s been referred to as “The Warhol of Wall Street” by The New York Observer. Saiers was previously a financier running a hedge fund, and earned his Ph.D. in math at the young age of 23.

PROFESSION: Artist FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOUR JOB: Math can be a powerful tool when making art. One of my favorite parts is the challenge of using it in a way that is relevant to the concept but also visually appealing. FAVORITE ARTISTS: Michelangelo, Kandinsky, Brunelleschi…and I have to throw in Cézanne for good measure. BEST PIZZA: Roberta’s BURGER: Shake Shack (well done with pickles and ketchup!) DRINK: Green tea

Saint Laurent Slim-Fit Basketweave Wool Suit Jacket $2,690,

Alchemy: Turning S#!T Into Gold by Nelson Saiers

Saint Laurent SL/06 Court Classic Leather Sneakers $495,

DATE NIGHT SPOT: Mr. Chow Tribeca LOCAL HANGOUT: The Bowery Hotel THIS FALL YOU’RE WEARING: A YSL blazer with dark denim for meetings, or a hoodie and sneakers for painting. FAVORITE THING ABOUT NYC: I love the diversity—from backgrounds to talents, to interests. You can never get bored here.

The Bowery Hotel Lobby

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Soisàbelle ta façon Photographer: Kelly Fajack Hair/Makeup: Maxine Christians Stylist: Aurore Donguy Stylist’s Assistants: Juliette Lécuyer and Anabela De Oliveira

Jacket: Lacoste Top: Suggest Bra: I.D. Sarrieri Skirt: Nobi Talai Belt: Maison Boinet Bag: Pellegrino Sunglasses: Kapten & Son 28


Suit: Lucie Brochard Bodysuit: Fifi Chachnil Shoes: Morgan 29


Hat: Laurence Bossion Coat: Harmony Dress: Jitrois



Jumpsuit: Tara Jarmon Heels: Cesare Paciotti Bracelet: Les Georgettes



Beret: ASOS Jacket: Weill Sweater: Morgan Pants: Nobi Talai Belt bag: Baobao Issey Miyake Shoes: Cesare Paciotti 32

Hat: Laurence Bossion Coat: Harmony Dress: Jitrois Sunglasses: Quay Australia



Beret: ASOS Jacket: Weill Shirt: Cheyma Pants: Elisabetta Franchi 34





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ROYAL RITUAL By Janene Mascarella

Japanese beauty brand TATCHA’s cult classic Rice Enzyme Powder Collection (aka the powder exfoliator The Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle has been repeatedly quoted a fan of) is getting a major upgrade for fall.


G LOW By Janene Mascarella

Spice up your fall skincare routine with KORA Organics’ 2-in1 Turmeric Brightening & Exfoliating Mask—an invigorating mask bursting with antioxidants that instantly brightens skin and soothes inflammation. KORA Organics is a reflection of supermodel Miranda Kerr’s passion for living a happy, healthy, balanced, and organic lifestyle. What it does: An invigorating 2-in-1 organic facial exfoliating mask revitalizes, brightens, and promotes skin cell renewal. Certified organic turmeric, papaya enzymes, aspen bark, peppermint, and rosehip seeds deeply detox pores and refine tone and texture—leaving your skin glowing and healthy. How to use it: Massage into damp skin while avoiding eye area. Leave on for 5-15 minutes to let the enzymes work their magic. Remove with water in circular motions to exfoliate. For added exfoliation, remove with damp cloth. Use 2-3 times weekly for optimum results. Miranda says: “I’m obsessed— this is my at-home instant facial! The super-fine granules deeply exfoliate, leaving my skin soft

RELAUNCHED: All four existing formulas (Classic, Deep, Gentle, and Calming) have been revamped to help simplify your skincare ritual. This time around they’ve got a new name—Rice Powder Collection—and a new formula. Its gentle pH-neutral amino acid base transforms into a cloud-like foam instantly upon contact with water, which allows the enzymes to actively exfoliate without scrubbing or irritation.

GEISHA GLOW: Women in Japan care for their skin with a beauty ritual that’s as elegant as it is simple. Delicately polishing the skin to a jewel-like luster is at the heart of their daily practice. For centuries, Japanese women have used the milky water from the first wash of rice to prepare a perfectly smooth complexion.

BONUS: Every sale of the new Rice Powder Collection

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BACK! By Janene Mascarella

Created by Kate Walsh after missing the scent of an ex-boyfriend, the original Boyfriend Eau de Parfum saw immediate success on HSN and in Sephora. The line amassed a devoted fan base but for personal reasons, the actress decided to take the brand on hiatus. But‌ this breakup has a happy ending because the original Boyfriend Eau de Parfum Spray is finally back! The alluring scent has top notes of dark plum, myrrh, and jasmine and golden amber and vanilla as the fragrance dries down. $65,






By Janene Mascarella

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ctor Jake Busey (“Enemy of the State,” “Contact,” “Starship Troopers”) is having a banner year in 2018 with high-profile fall projects, including a role in “Stranger Things” season three as Bruce, a journalist for The Hawkins Post with questionable morals and a sick sense of humor; a role in “The Predator” opposite Olivia Munn and Sterling K. Brown, playing the son of the Peter Keyes character his father, Gary Busey, played in “Predator 2;” and a recurring role as Tony Caine in the upcoming season of ABC’s/ Marvel “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”


We recently caught up with this handsome man on the move and asked how he cleans up so nicely…

What’s it like getting primped and camera-ready on set?

The makeup and hair department on “The Predator”was nothing short of hilarious…amazingly fun people and we were always joking around and having a blast. I haven’t had that much fun in the trailer on a film in a long time. We had to cover two of my large tattoo pieces, which took some time, and I had a nude scene, so we had some laughs to break the awkwardness. The “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” peeps are incredible and fun, and the “NCIS” gang was great too. 40



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FOR THESE BEAUTY MUSTS Looking for swanky beauty stash that’s worth the splurge? Our Beauty Director Janene Mascarella shares her autumn essentials…

SPRITZ. Tory Burch Nuit Azur captures the allure of the Mediterranean after dusk—the irresistible invitation of just one last dip in the sea before the evening begins. Channeling the impulsive sensuality of a starlit swim, the fragrance transports you to the warm air and gentle breezes of the perfect Mediterranean escape. 1.7 oz $98, Bloomingdale’s

DAB. G.M. Collin Diamond Eye Contour is the definition of luxury meets technology. This rich, anti-aging eye cream visibly reduces the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, puffiness, and dark circles. It also improves the appearance of the skin’s firmness with an extremely soft texture formulated with a precious elixir to help maintain an incredibly luminous look. $115, Visit for spa locations

PAINT. CHANEL LE VERNIS Longwear Nail Colour in Pirate is a trend-defining shade from the runways of Paris. Its state-of-theart formula strengthens and moisturizes nails as it delivers long-wearing, high-shine, chip-resistant color. Applies evenly without streaking. $28,


SWEEP. Givenchy Sparkling Prisme Quatuor Intense & Radiant Eyeshadow in Midnight Skies is an exclusive shade this season. The powerful color sense and expertise of Nicolas Degennes, artistic director of Givenchy beauty, went into creating this unique palette featuring bold, elegant, and modern combinations where nudes mix with intense tones and matte plays off as sparkles. $60,

Discover the Rejuvenating Power of Wine and Chocolate Chocovin Skin Care - For over 25 years, plastic surgeon Dr. Arnold Breitbart has been helping his patients look and feel younger. In developing CHOCOVIN, he has combined some of nature’s most powerful antioxidants, resveratrol found in red wine, and epigallocatechin gallate found in dark chocolate, which have been scientifically shown to improve the appearance of wrinkled, lined, dry and photodamaged skin. Learn more at

GO, GORGEOUS Our top picks for getting pretty in the city By Janene Mascarella

MIX + MASK at Hotel 48LEX Located in the heart of Midtown East Manhattan, Hotel 48LEX offers an in-room spa mini bar (focusing on luxe collagen sheet masks) and a make-your-own-cocktail enhancement in its suites and penthouses. The spa mini bar, in each luxury bathroom, offers a selection of unisex products available for purchase ($16-$42), including three 24K goldinfused collagen masks (full face, eye and lip) from KNESKO SKIN, a grapefruit face cleanser and rice bran eye moisturizer from Malin+Goetz and a starter shave kit from The Art of Shaving. 517 Lexington Avenue at 48th Street

CRYO-FACIAL at NKD NYC The immediate and notable results from NKD’s Cryo-Facial includes tightening of the skin and pores, natural glow of the skin tone, a boost to collagen production, and all of this with no downtime. Through the application of extremely cold air, the blood circulation in the skin is increased what results in a higher energy and nutrition transport to the outer layer of the skin. You can literally go directly to your board meeting or a date night! $55/session - packages of 5 for $225 or 10 for $400 a 200 West 57th Street, Suite 308 44



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Board Certified Fellow, American Academy of Ophthalmology Fellow, American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery


how to


GET READY because pops of color are making a comeback

into your makeup bag this fall and winter. Fresh from the runway we saw yellow eyeshadow, green lips, orange eyeliner, and beyond from brands such as Max Mara, Salvatore Ferragamo, Anna Kiki, Tibi, Noon by Noor, Dennis Basso, and the list goes on.

THE KEY HERE? There’s no need for much more makeup.

For example: Tip your toe in the pool with a small touch of color by your lash line but make it bold, and then finish off with one coat of mascara, very little foundation, a touch of bronzer, and a barely-there satin lip.


• Pair your color with a naked face. That even means using a nude blush. • Be bold in your color selection— think primary colors, even neon. • Stick to matte shades. This trend works best when your pop of color is a matte finish.

DON’T • Settle for the expected placement—it’s not just about bright pink lips. Step out of the box and try a green or lilac on the lips…maybe even a pinky purple eyeshadow on the eyes blended into the temples. • Use more than one color—the idea is one color per look. • Get confused with a monochromatic look. Monochromatic looks place the same shade of the eyes, lips, cheeks, where this trend uses one shade in one spot. 46

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Inspired by the film, “Interview with a Vampire,” the beauty styling at Badgley Mischka featured pale and bright makeup looks coupled with hair done in uncomplicated, but gorgeous French braid-inspired twists. By Janene Mascarella

Badgley Mischka Fall/Winter 2018 Show Here, Peter Gray, lead hair stylist for NuMe breaks down the look he created.


On narrow horizontal sections of the hair, stylists sprayed NuMe Root Werk Root Lifter two to four inches away from wet or damp roots and let the product set for a few seconds to add volume, body, and texture. They then applied a small amount of Watch Me Werk Thermal Heat Protectant Spray and evenly worked the products through hair, ensuring even distribution.

3 Hair was then divided vertically into two sections, from the crown into the nape of the head. Each section was twisted into vertical rolls along the center part, ensuring the nape of the hair was tight to the head. The hair lengths were then folded several times and tucked into itself to form a pleat or roll. These rolls were then secured using three to four U pins on both sides to secure the rolls together. A small amount of NuMe Freeze Please Finishing Spray was applied to add to the overall shape and to smooth the surface of the hair.


Photography by Dan Lecca


Next, they created a diagonal side part and then divided hair into small sections, wrapping hair around the NuMe Ionic Round Brush, pulling away from the hairline while drying with NuMe Signature Dryer to set and smooth strands. After hair was dry, the NuMe Rose Gold Megastar was used on the mid part of hair to the ends to further smooth the hair.


To finish off the look and create a classic Victorian feel, the stylists used NuMe Fresh N’ Fab Dry Shampoo over the surface of the hair to loosen some of the strands to soften the look. These strands were then straightened with the NuMe Rose Gold Megastar to create surface texture.


Photography by Brad Walsh









s one of the most sought-after fashion designers in the past decade, Christian Siriano is not only designing beautiful pieces that can be seen from the runway to the red carpet—he’s also creating a more diverse space for women of all shapes and sizes. Siriano first made a statement that one size does not fit all with his Spring/Summer 2017 runway show at New York’s Fashion Week. The show included five women, ranging from size 12 and above, in the lineup, and it was all done without any hoopla or fanfare. “I like to celebrate people and women,” says Siriano. The choice to include women of different sizes wasn’t to make a statement; it was simply a designer wanting to make everyone look and feel their best. “I celebrated the body and helped to change that stigma in our industry,” he says. “No one did what I did on the runway with girls of various sizes and no one has, and we are very proud of that.” Since then he has continued to lead the way by celebrating beauty in all of its different forms. In his Spring/Summer 2018 show, Siriano sent models of all sizes down the runway, including men, dressed in women’s fashion in eye-catching designs, all while spreading a message of love and equality. It’s no wonder his following of devoted fans, which is essentially a list of “who’s who” in entertainment, all turn to the talented designer to dress them. Simply stated, they trust his vision. Along with turning out one beautiful collection after another, Siriano recently opened his first boutique on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Housed in a 1920s townhouse that once served as an office for the late actor Cary Grant, The Curated NYC is embedded with history. The luxurious space contains an array of clothing, ready-to-wear jewelry, bags, fragrances, candles, one of a kind art pieces—all handselected by the designer himself. And to top it off, there’s even a courtyard cafe complete with an espresso bar and light fare. As Siriano gears up for fall fashion week, BELLA spoke with the famed designer about his latest collection, the vision for his boutique, and what inspires him.


I love this city and am inspired every single day by the people who live here. I wouldn’t change that for anything.” You’ve described yourself as a musical theatre kid who loved costumes. Was it that love that inspired you to become a designer? I loved being backstage when my sister had a ballet performance. It was this magical world of makebelieve and playing dress up; I loved the transformation. Every day was like a dream and it still inspires many of my collections today, and always will. Would you say you’re living your childhood dream? Yes, I am. I’ve always wanted to create things and now I am. I believe fashion is so powerful that it can change so much in people’s lives and I love that.

Photography by William Waldron

You served as an intern for with some of the biggest names in the business. How did those experiences shape you? Those experiences taught me a lot. I learned how to run a design studio, and it was inspiring to watch designers like Lee [Alexander] McQueen and Vivienne [Westwood] work. They are true creators. When I opened my own studio, I wanted it to be a place to also push new ideas and try new things. You’ve dressed countless celebrities over the years, including former First Lady Michelle Obama. What has been your favorite red carpet moment? It’s difficult to pick just one because so many were amazing; I love dressing everyone. From Angelina [Jolie] to [Lady] Gaga, Christina Hendricks, Zendaya, Celine Dion, Taylor Swift, Amy Adams, Gwyneth [Paltrow], Viola Davis, Leslie Jones, Whoopi [Goldberg], they are all amazing women in such different ways. 53


Photography Courtesy of Christian Siriano

Cardi B was similar; no one here really knew her, and a few weeks later, after we dressed her and she broke everyone’s music record, she became a household name. Your latest resort collection has such a fun 80’s Mattel vibe. Tell us about the inspiration behind it. The collection was inspired by vintage advertising of Barbie, but then it turned into this idea of what is in Barbie’s dream closet. So of course, it’s all pink! Congratulations on your new boutique. What was your goal when developing the concept? The Curated was built to give my customer a more personal shopping experience and to make shopping special again. With so much readily available online it’s almost like, why do you need to go to a store? You need to go to a store for the customer service and the product that you can’t get anywhere else. It was also important to me that we didn’t have buyers who sit in an office crunching numbers all day pick any of the pieces in the store. The designers do all of that based on what they want to put out for their customer to see. When you walk into The Curated, we want you to feel like you’ve just walked into your dream closest.

How did you decide on the location? I loved the idea of an old French atelier shopping experience. It felt chic and special, even for the customer who is buying a T-shirt. Every single one of our customers is important to us. A lot has happened over the past 10 years. What does the next decade look like? I hope we continue to grow and do more exciting things. I want to keep the collection fresh and exciting, and continue to push the norm. We have a lot of projects in the works right now, so I hope they too become successful. You’ve been quoted as saying, “all people are beautiful.” What does beauty mean to you? Hmmm…I think of beauty as a word for acceptance and something that feels good to look at. It makes me emotional in a way. At the end of the day, what type of legacy do you hope to leave behind? One in which I celebrated women and people, and for helping to change the stigma that is in our industry. Out of everything you do, what are you most passionate about? No matter who you are or where you come from, when you walk out the door wearing a piece of Christian Siriano, you feel amazing!

FAVORITE DESIGNERS: Carolina Herrera Oscar de la Renta Christian Dior Marc Jacobs Balenciaga Alexander McQueen Vivienne Westwood


Photography by William Waldron

Along with the bigger name celebs, you work with newer talent, like Lady Gaga in 2008. Do you find it exciting to work with these women as their careers are beginning to take off? It’s exciting to come full circle with an artist. I have been dressing Gaga for 10 years now, which is funny when I think about how long it’s been; I hope she knows that!






simple, clean, modern space with vibrant pops of color is the first thing you see upon entering the Ampersand as Apostrophe showroom in New York City. From brightly colored, multipurpose leather tote bags to unisex backpacks and modern triangularshaped clutches, every accessory created by Jessica Park is designed for the modern fashionista. BELLA sat down with the young designer to learn more about what inspired her first collection and how she’s building this exciting brand.

HOW DID YOU GET YOUR START? I was in architecture school and I couldn’t find a cool handbag I liked enough to buy, so I decided to design my own. I found vintage mailbags at a market and sketched my first handbag—known as the “Mailbag.” People kept asking me where I got my bag. Then a fashion editor photographed it I decided to start my business—that was seven years ago! WHICH DESIGNERS INSPIRE YOU? As a trained architect, I’m inspired by Le Corbusier, Rem Koolhaas (who designed the Prada flagship store), and Eliel Saarinen (who designed my high school). These architects are conceptual in design and control the way people see things. WHERE DO YOU VISUALIZE YOUR COMPANY IN 10 YEARS? I don’t really think ahead; I try to live in the moment. I want my future to be a surprise. WHAT IS YOUR “WHY?” I love inspiring people—that is my “why.”

The name Ampersand as Apostrophe comes from taking things that are simple and overlooked and transforming them into something raw and beautiful.”


That’s how Park describes her Fall/Winter 2018 Collection. “I’m very excited about gold patent leather, crushed patent leather, croc noir [a matte black croc texture], and neon blue and pink!” 57


WICKED A Broadway Phenomenon for 15 Years By Roger Sands


ithstanding the test of time is a true measurement of excellence. Now in its 15th season on Broadway, Wicked has managed to captivate theatergoers throughout that remarkable span of longevity by presenting an intriguing tale of Oz before that young girl from Kansas arrived. This spellbinding musical tells the story of two unlikely friends, Elphaba and Glinda, who hold opposite views but share the same love interest. Eventually their rivalry evolves into a deep friendship until society labels one “good,” and the other one “wicked.” 58

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Having surpassed an astounding 6,000 Broadway performances, “Wicked” finds itself in some very elite company. Only six other musicals—“Phantom of the Opera” “Chicago,” “The Lion King,” “Cats,” “Les Miserables,” and “A Chorus Line”—have lit up Broadway more often. The captivating allure of “Wicked” stems from several factors. This is a lavish Broadway musical at its finest as no expense was spared in creating one of the most magnificent sets in the history of theater. Spanning beyond the proscenium across the front of the theater, the set dazzles the imagination. Couple this with eye-popping costumes, a compelling story line by Winnie Holzman and exhilarating score by Songwriters Hall of Famer Stephen Schwartz—who wrote the music and lyrics—and the ingredients begin to take shape for a musical of epic proportions. Audiences are mesmerized by the magnificent 27-piece orchestra that soars on a musical journey through the magical Land of Oz. Conducted with a rich rubato and dynamics that perfectly

complement the script, the masterful score serves as the bedrock of the play. Perhaps above all, basing the novel “Wicked” on one of the most beloved movies of all time created a buzz about the show before it even took root. Seen by virtually everyone as a child growing up, “The Wizard of Oz” has been ingrained into pop culture since it first played in the movie theaters in 1939. Also, landing established Broadway stars such as Idina Menzel as Elphaba and Kristin Chenoweth as Glinda heightened the anticipation of its opening night. Wicked deserves to be applauded on many levels. It has introduced the excitement of musical theater to thousands of young people, and even adults who don’t regularly attend shows are enthralled by the experience they receive. BELLA NYC recently spoke with Amanda Jane Cooper the effervescent, “bursting with talent” actress who assumed the role of Glinda in 2017.

What does it feel like being part of such a monumental production for your Broadway debut? It’s a true honor, a blessing, a dream come true. I have such reverence for the show because it’s a very powerful piece of theater. I hope I can continue its legacy of redemption and friendship.

What challenges does such a production present from an actor’s perspective? Above all, hitting your marks is crucial because it’s such an intricate production from a timing perspective. Sometimes it seems like you only have a few milliseconds to prepare for your next scene or for a costume change, but the skilled backstage managers keep everything flowing smoothly.

What’s it like singing with one of Broadway’s largest orchestras? The music department is so incredible that they make singing very enjoyable every night. Actually, I don’t get to hear all of the musical intricacies while performing that the audiences may hear because of the way the set is staged. However, the music is so rich and the orchestra is incredible.

How did you land this role? It almost seems like fate. I attended Carnegie Mellon University, as did Stephen Schwartz. He came in to teach a class and I had the fortunate opportunity to sing “Popular” for him when I was 19 years old. He later remarked that I might be Glinda one day. I began performing with the national tour of Wicked in 2011 and then read several times for the Broadway production. Mr. Schwartz remembered me and was instrumental in helping me land the role.

Did you get the chance to speak with previous Glindas? I’ve met them all, with the exception of Kristin Chenoweth, and we’ve sort of established a Bubble Sisterhood. Each of them has been extremely gracious with their time in helping me prepare for the role. I also worked before with Jackie Burns, who plays Elphaba, in 2011 on the national tour, which helped us establish a really special bond, so things have come full circle.

Where you a fan of the Wizard of Oz growing up? Absolutely, I watched it all the time.

Are there ever any subtle changes to the show? Not from a script or musical perspective, but no two shows are ever exactly the same as far as the actors are concerned. How we interact with each other is always organic and we strive to be in the moment at all times, which often offers a slightly different take on the role. The audience is sharing a singular experience.

Describe the camaraderie among the cast. We love each so much that it’s a fantastic environment. We all have little rituals backstage, such as high-fiving one another in order to keep things as light as possible.

What has this role meant to you? It has been a deep personal journey and I have experienced a transformation at the core and a change for good. The message behind the play of joy, hope, and redemption while putting love at the center of everything has helped me discover certain core convictions. 59




ooking for an exciting outing, like a night at the theater? While there are many acclaimed options to choose from, art patrons and musical theater enthusiasts alike will not want to miss the opportunity to see “An American In Paris” return to New York for two nights only. Watch the show that took the 2015 Tony Awards by storm, but this time in the movie theater. Performed live and filmed in London’s West End, the highly acclaimed musical is making its way back to the movie theater on Thursday, September 20, and Sunday, September 23—the musical’s first time back on the big screen since the original film premiered in 1951. The iconic classic, which starred Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron, is full of fan favorite music and lyrics from George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin, including hits “I Got Rhythm” and “S Wonderful.”  The filmed rendition stars two Tony Award nominees: former New York City Ballet principle dancer Robert Fairchild as Jerry Mulligan, and British Royal Ballet dancer Leanne Cope as Lise Dassin, reprising their roles from the original Broadway production alongside a company of over 50 actors, dancers, and musicians including Haydn Oakley 60

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as Henri Baurel, Zoë Rainey as Milo Davenport, David Seadon-Young as Adam Hochberg, and Jane Asher as Madame Baurel. Jerry Mulligan (Fairchild) is an American GI striving to make it as a painter in a city suddenly bursting with hope and possibility. Following a chance encounter with a beautiful young dancer named Lise (Cope), the streets of Paris become the backdrop to a sensuous, modern romance of art, friendship, and love in the aftermath of war. An American in Paris was directed and choreographed by the internationally renowned, British-born Christopher Wheeldon, recipient of the 2015 Tony® Award for Best Choreographer for this production. An Artistic Associate of the Royal Ballet, Wheeldon received an OBE in the 2016 New Year’s Honours “for services to promoting the interests and reputation of British classical and theatrical dance worldwide.” If you weren’t able to see “An American in Paris” on Broadway, this is your chance to see what everyone was raving about. And if you were lucky enough to have seen it in theaters, relive the fun all over again!


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BEST LIFE YET Crisp air, changing leaves, hot cider, an evening fireplace, and a good read can mean only one thing: Fall is finally here, and we already can’t get enough. Whether you’re into a weekend sail, a bike tour of your local ‘hood, or just relaxing with your new favorite book, BELLA’s got you covered with a little vulture in your culture! By Gwen Wunderlich


At Your Beat Dance & Fitness Center Get ready to find your beat with our new fave “more than just a workout.” Hailing from London, At Your Beat, newly opened in Brooklyn Point, is all about building strong bodies and having fun while doing it. You’ll get to enjoy swaggalicious classes like JazzBEAT, BashmentBEAT, and StrutBEAT Heels, where you’ll learn technique and banging choreography. By the end of class you’ll be feeling like a pro and letting loose with the support of your new biggest fans. Dress to impress and get ready to upload your pics to Instagram in this hypercolored and super social media-ready spot.


“#FashionVictim” Are you ready for a viciously dark, delicious and thrilling read? Check out “#FashionVictim.” Dropping during Fashion Week on September 11th, this novel by acclaimed fashion writer Amina Akhtar is a darkly comedic cross between “The Devil Wears Prada” and “Dexter.” Follow the story of Anya St. Clair, a fashion editor in New York City desperate to get to the top—even if it means climbing over the dead bodies of all the other fashion girls who came before her. Everyone knows the fashion world is cutthroat— Anya takes it literally. The lone exception is Sarah Taft, Anya’s obsession who sits one desk away. Beautiful, stylish, and rich, Sarah was born to be a fashion world icon. From her beach-wave blonde hair to her on-trend nail art, she’s a walking editorial spread. And Anya wants to be her friend…her best friend….her only friend. On Anya’s mission to the top, she encounters competition— competition that must be taken out, of course. As they say in fashion: One day you’re in … and the next day you’re dead. 62


Bacon and Beer Classic Jordan and Pippen, Venus and Serena, bacon and beer—talk about allstar combos! Cannonball Productions is bringing its highly acclaimed, nationally-touring Bacon and Beer Classic to the Big Apple.


The Classic, known for deliciously commandeering large arenas, is taking over the USTA National Tennis Center in Queens, NY. This epic tasting event offers attendees a uniquely all-inclusive experience—play giant Jenga, bob for bacon, and enjoy awesome photo-ops on the court, all while indulging in unlimited suds and grub.

Being a tourist in our own city? We dig it. We’ve got the best way to travel around this beautiful city all while taking in history and not from “Know It All Uncle Marv.” Enter, Loudest Yeller Bicycle Tours, the brainchild of Adam Benedetto.

More than 50 NYC restaurants are serving up signature bacon dishes paired with 50+ craft beers from local and regional breweries. You’ll even get a home brewing demo, so you can turn your humble abode to the ultimate alehouse. Tickets are all inclusive, so you’ll get to sip and sample without ever having to take out your wallet. With three tiers to choose from ranging from $69-$135, you just can’t miss out. We’ll see you there on Saturday, September 29th.

Loudest Yeller Bicycle Tours

With this super cool tour company, tourists and locals alike ride through NYC on bright yellow bicycles to hear about people and past events that have made it the greatest city in the world. With a name like Loudest Yeller, you can bet you won’t find a boring monotone tour guide. Their latest offering, “The Living City Day Tour,” will start your day off right with a ferry ride from Williamsburg to the Financial District, a cruise through Little Italy and Chinatown, and then a picnic in the West Village. The squad then heads back through the East Village and over the Williamsburg Bridge to take in all those scenic views from above. We guarantee you’ll never see the city quite the same. And let’s face it, what’s better than a fresh perspective during the change of a new season?


Tivoli Sailing Company This fall set sail on your next adventure in the Hudson Valley down the picturesque Hudson River with the Tivoli Sailing Company. You will be led by the fearless and incredibly knowledgeable, Captain Jerome Hollick, a veteran of the nautical sport with 28 years of sailing and teaching experience. Rated the #1 outdoor activity in the Hudson Valley by Trip Advisor, the company offers catered events, sunset champagne cruises (count us in!), sailing lessons, a sailing club, and tours of their gorgeous yachts. Board the Songbird, the largest vessel in the fleet, for 44 feet of pure yacht luxury with 12 of your closest besties. Whether you’re a beginner, advanced sailor, or just a BELLA who loves to feel the crisp breeze while leaf-peeping and sipping on some bubbly, Tivoli Sailing Company is sure to make your experience unforgettable. 63


It’s time to indulge the five senses as we watch summer transition into fall. Here are the best ways to experience smell, taste, sight, touch, and sound to ready yourself for life’s adventures this month. By Norah Bradford

TASTE: Delmonico’s Restaurant

SIGHT: Dead Rabbit Take in the sights (and taste) of cocktails from the world’s best bar, according to, at The Dead Rabbit Grocery and Grog in downtown Manhattan. You’ll love the Victorian 1850s-style tavern, which is authentic to the point of having a wood and sawdust floor dating back to the period. Try the “Talk of the Devil,” which mixes Argentinian with American Navy gin alongside champagne and vermouth.

Visit the new FiDi (Financial District) in New York for an old-school experience, dining at America’s first fine dining restaurant, Delmonico’s. The restaurant pioneered a number of firsts, including private dining rooms, a 1,000-bottle wine cellar, and the first Eggs Benedict prepared in America. Fast forward 180 years to the 2018 menu, which features signature dishes, such as the American Wagyu Tartare, which includes smoked onion crema, potato chips, and quail eggs. For entrées aside from the signature Delmonico steak, try the Salt Brick Amish Chicken. For dessert, the Vanilla Crème Brulee with rhubarb marmalade offers a tart finish to a sumptuous meal.

SMELL: Lola & Leone Perfume Olga Litvinenko, known to her friends as “Lola,” came across this fragrance while preparing for a society event and uncovered the secret that had been hiding in a perfume bottle from the South of France. Wearing the perfume attracted the attention of a number of fellow guests who inquired about her essence throughout the evening.  It was then that Lola decided to make it available to the rest of the world. The perfume’s moniker has both meaning and purpose—it combines the name of a friend who tragically drowned when Lola was 23-years-old with her own.  A hand-signed, limited edition of Lola & Leone 100mL 3.3fl. oz. Eau De Parfum includes a refined combination of wood oils, rose, pear, orris, bergamot, star anise, and gardenias. Fresh and sophisticated, this perfume will leave a lasting and “scent”sational impression every time.

TOUCH: SANGRIA LOLEA PARTY KIT What does it take to add a touch of pop to your party? A group of friends and the Sangria LOLEA Party Kit, of course! Sangria LOLEA is a Spanish brand of premium and frizzante sangrias and wine cocktails that joins tradition and heritage into a perfect combo of wine and fruit with a touch of fizziness. The party starts when LOLEA arrives—just add ice and enjoy! 64

SOUND: Bruno Mars 24K MAGIC WORLD TOUR IN NYC The concert of the month is music sensation Bruno Mars’ 24K Magic World Tour at the Barclay Center in Brooklyn for two nights only—October 4-5. His most recent hit song, 24K Magic, has received in excess of 1 billion views on YouTube. StubHub ranked Mars the site’s biggest touring act of the year.

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FOUNDER OF HAUTE ROGUE By Kelly Rose Bellucci Additional Reporting by Daniel G. Hall

enowned fashion designer and businesswoman Coco Chanel once said, “Success is often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable.” These words hold true for entrepreneur Anna Metselitsa, who successfully launched her own clothing brand after moving to the United States with just $300 and a dream. Born in Belarus, in a postUSSR society where people struggled to provide for their families, Metselitsa endeavored to make it big one day. The ambitious young woman decided to leave college for the United States, eventually moving to New York City where the possibilities seemed endless. Despite her commitment to accomplishing her goals, Metselitsa faced several hardships along the way. Not only was she on her own in a big city with little income, she also struggled to find a residence that was affordable and habitable. After a few years of saving money, Metselitsa focused diligently on the idea of starting her own clothing brand, which would later be known as Haute Rogue. The self-taught designer quickly learned to code her own website, began trading with other merchants, and eventually found a manufacturing partner to help her create small collections before moving into wholesale. Currently entering its fourth year of business, Haute Rouge creates an array of shapes and silhouettes for women to incorporate into their everyday lives. Not only are these pieces on the cutting-edge of the latest trends, they are also de66

signed to remain fashionable for years to come. The label can be purchased within popular locations such as Saks OFF 5th, Nordstrom Rack, Neiman Marcus, and Urban Outfitters, just to name a few. Excited to learn more about this accomplished business woman and her brand, BELLA sat down with Metselitsa…. What inspired you to first start your clothing line? When I first moved to the U.S., I was working a bunch of jobs to make ends meet and save up some extra money. I didn’t want to go back to college for a degree only to find myself working at a 9-5 job; that’s just not really me. After awhile, I found myself thinking ‘OK, what can I do?’ I was always in love with fashion and clothing. Growing up I never had enough, it’s just something I had always been attracted to. I also really love technology, so I learned web design and created the site for Haute Rogue. The rest is history. How did you feel when first moving to NYC? It was a dreamy, almost surrePhotography by VITAL AGIBALOW for HENSEL al feeling. When I first moved here, I didn’t know anybody—I was on my own. The only place I knew was Times Square. I know as New Yorkers we try to avoid that place at all costs, but at that time I would go there almost every single evening and watch the lights. It was really inspirational and made me feel like anything is possible. What was the biggest obstacle you faced when starting your business? There are always going to be obstacles you have to overcome

when starting your own business, but I think the biggest one for me was starting with such little capital. Although it’s a challenge, you do learn to become financially sound and how to be smart with your money.

found myself thinking ‘Great, where do we go from there?’ I think we are doing a great job making quality shapes and styles for women that are on trend, but there are a lot more things we need to do to make an impact and a difference.

What advice would you give to someone trying to start his or her own brand? Find where the gaps are in the market as well as define your offer proposition. Once you nail down what you can offer, the steps of how to get there and how to build your company will just follow. Also, make sure you understand the financial side of things because at the end of the day it is still a business. And get comfortable taking risks and experiencing failures. I think part of what makes entrepreneurs so successful and great is their ability to learn from their mistakes and just move forward.

What is your dream project? To work with a big, established company or brand on a collection for a cause. I think as we grow and become more and more successful, it’s important to give back to the community. Part of the reason I started was to help people, and I feel that having a well-known partner will give us a bigger audience and a bigger platform to make an effort like this a success.

Is there a specific moment when you felt most proud of yourself and Haute Rogue? I’m extremely proud of the team. They are incredibly hardworking, passionate people with whom I am very grateful to work. I can’t necessarily point to a single moment. For me it’s constant progress—I can never sit still and rest on accomplishment. I have to move to the next thing, set the next goal, and then the next. When we landed Saks and Urban Outfitters, it was an amazing feeling but I

How do you define beauty? For me, beauty is within a person’s character…how resilient they are, if they are kind, if they are true to themselves, their authenticity. I also try to find beauty in the nature around me. For July 4th I took the day off, shut down my phone, and went to the beach. As I was walking around, I saw these beautiful flowers, and when I looked closely they were just so full of life and truly magical. I think if we all just take a moment to look around us, we will find so much beauty.

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PANORAMIC VIEWS By Janene Mascarella


inseltown has officially pulled back its panoramic curtain. Metropolis Los Angeles, developed by Greenland USA, has recently unveiled The Penthouse Collection, listed by “Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles’” James Harris and David Parnes and The Agency Development Group. The Penthouse Collection at Metropolis is located at the top of Tower 1 and is the crown jewel of the property. Each of the eight penthouses within the collection has been masterfully designed to elegantly capture breathtaking views from Griffith Park and the San Gabriel Mountains to the coastline and beyond via floor-to-ceiling glass windows. With Downtown Los Angeles (DTLA) emerging as a thriving urban core with ease of access to all the City of Angels has to offer, the demand for new high-end residences is on the rise. The Penthouse Collection is the absolute pinnacle of high-rise living thanks to its four two-bedroom and four three-bedroom residences that range in size from 1,735 square feet to 3,534 square feet. Prices range from $2,194,000 to $6,388,000.





Within the two-bedroom penthouses, the first story is dedicated to dining, gathering, and entertaining, featuring a great room with towering window walls and an open, gourmet kitchen. Two bedrooms and two full baths are situated on the upper level, including a stunning master with sweeping skyline and hillside views, ensuite bath, soaking tub, and walk-in closet. For the three-bedroom penthouses, each is a corner home with floor-to-ceiling window walls that wrap around the first-floor great room, bringing nearly all of Los Angeles into view. Three bedrooms include a magnificent corner master suite with spa-style bath and walk-in closet. A second, more private living area is located on the upper level, while an additional powder room serves guests on the lower level.


James and David from “Million Dollar Listing

LA” are representing the property, which has unparalleled amenities and services in LA and is among the most sought-after properties in the area.

The Penthouse Collection at Metropolis presents a unique opportunity for those seeking the finest in luxury living high above all Downtown Los Angeles has to offer. These penthouses will raise the bar of luxury living in Downtown Los Angeles, and we are honored to be bringing them to market along with The Agency Development Group.” ~James Harris

It is exciting to see how the Downtown Los Angeles market has grown over the years and how the demand for high-end product is at an all-time high. With unparalleled amenities and services, Metropolis is among the most sought-after properties in Los Angeles, and we are excited to be a part of this new chapter of the Downtown real estate market.” ~David Parnes The Metropolis Sales Center 889 Francisco Street Los Angeles 855-657-8300 70



LELA LOREN HOW “POWER” CHANGED THE TRAJECTORY OF HER CAREER By Alexandra Anastasio Photography by VITAL AGIBALOW for HENSEL Stylists: Mindy Gura and Paula Orlan Makeup: Deanna Melluso Hair: Seiji

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Shot on location at One Vandam, 180 Sixth Avenue, New York, NY, courtesy of Madeline Hult Elghanayan, Kirk Rundhaug, and Jade Chan of Douglas Elliman. This amazing penthouse is on the market for $19.25 million.



f you ask actress Lela Loren why she became a part of the entertainment business, you might be surprised by her reply. “Some want the glamour and the status and all of the other things that come with it; for me, it was the ‘nerdy process’ of acting that I fell in love with,” says Loren.

A mistake by the college registrar’s office led to her first acting class, and the rest is history. “It wouldn’t have occurred to me to sign up for the class on my own,” she says. Although not 100 percent sold on the idea of becoming an actress, Loren continued taking classes. “I was in denial about how I felt about it for a long time,” she says. “When I started to fall in love with acting, I felt doomed because I never expected it to make a living for me.” With smaller roles on both the big and small screen, Loren knew that without a series it was going to be difficult to sustain a living. “I had $86 in my account and at 33 years old I was at the point of having to move in with my parents.” Thankfully for both her and her fans, she landed the role of federal prosecutor Angela “Angie” Valdez when the crime drama “Power,” produced by Courtney A. Kemp and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, made its premiere on the Starz network in 2014. Five seasons later and the jaw-dropping storylines continue to leave viewers on the edge of their seats. BELLA caught up with the “Power” actress to talk about her role on the series and what life is like when the cameras stop rolling.

It’s really fun to do devious, naughty, unexpected things in the world of drama, then go home and sleep at night.” 74

You stumbled upon acting by accident; what was your childhood dream? I loved animals much to my parents’ chagrin. I would bring anything I could catch into the house—lizards, birds, snakes, frogs, whatever. My dream was to be a wildlife biologist and live in Africa. The path you followed was entirely different, but not one you took to right away. In that first acting class I thought everybody, including the teacher, was insane. He made us crawl around on the floor like babies, discovering everything anew for the first time. I thought to myself, ‘What is this BS?’ But it was that funny thing that happens when you hate something but for some unknown reason you keep doing it even though you don’t like it…that was me in acting class. “Power” was your breakout role; what did you think when you first read for the part? I felt like the script was really ambitious, and when you see something on the page you imagine the various ways it could go.

I’m quiet and shy; celebrity is something I’m not always stoked about. I got lucky because Angela is such an interesting and complex character; I could tell by the way the other characters were rendered that they were all interesting and complex, so I knew she would be as well. Did you have a say in her development? In the beginning I talked about certain tensions I wanted to pull—the stronger the writers made Angela on the outside, the more vulnerable I wanted to make her on the inside. What I’ve found to be true in life is the people who have the hardest shell have the softest center. That hard exterior is their protection. In regard to her relationship with Jamie, Omari [Hardwick] and I had a lot of conversations with Courtney [creator, showrunner, and executive

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To play the femme fatal and have all the right words to say because someone else wrote them…sometimes I wish my life were that scripted. At other times, I’m glad it’s not all of that drama. I leave work, and my life is pretty calm.” producer]. We talked about how hot and sexy we wanted the love scenes to be but also to maintain a childlike playfulness because they met in high school and in some ways got stuck there. When Angela sees Jamie all those years later he’s married with a family, but that connection pulls them together. Why is it that she’s willing to risk everything for this man? The question I had to answer for myself was why did she leave and never call him again? The literal answer was because she got a scholarship, but that’s not really it. The only thing I could come up with was at 14 years old her love for this boy [Jamie] was so big that it scared her, especially with an older sister like Paz [played by Elizabeth Rodriguez] who got pregnant and became a single mom. That kind of love felt like danger—in capital letters. When she left, she completely shut off her heart. But when she sees him again she can feel that limb she cut off and suddenly realizes she’s been starving for this other self that she cauterized way back when. So much of that vulnerable, feminine aspect to her that Jamie starts waking up, that’s what she’s risking. Her risking everything is really about trying to hold on to the second self that is born out of this love that has come back into her life. Every episode of “Power” has some element of suspense. Five seasons later, are you surprised at the lengths the writers will go to move a story along? It’s not that you’re surprised they went there, what happens is you get impressed that they did. Courtney and Gary [Lennon] and the other writers don’t pull any punches; they go for the jugular. The structure of the show is brilliant; it’s told like a horror film and the audience always knows more


than the characters, which adds to the suspense of watching. All of us in the world of “Power” know anything can happen at any minute, but it’s the way in which it goes down…no one’s safe at this point. What are you looking forward to in season 5? All of it! The season started off simmering and in true “Power” fashion the last three episodes blow you away. The stakes are high and that forces characters who don’t trust one another and were once enemies to join forces. It’s more about working together to solve the problem as opposed to whether you trust—or even like—one another. The fate of one is the fate of everybody. “Power” is set and filmed in New York City, but you’re from the west coast. What do you enjoy about NYC? The city gives you access to all of the cool things we do as humans—plays, cultural events, classes, whatever you want. I love how much you can learn from different people here because we’re all smashed up against one another. The other thing I love is how New Yorkers are incredibly adept at dealing with people from all walks of life. You’re constantly confronted by people who are different than you so you stop seeing everybody as so different. Our country needs more of that right now. You’re extremely candid about the struggles actors face. What advice would you share with someone just getting started? Learn how to take care of yourself because this path won’t necessarily take care of you in return. Know how to do something that will pay your bills and learn to live small. You also have to divorce yourself from what society defines as success and just keep doing what you’re passionate about. For me, I am constantly striving to make progress. I always feel like I’m failing because as soon as I touch the bar I set for myself I push it forward. Instead of being focused on making it, I work on making progress, evolving, and growing; the rest will unfold as it does.

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DEE OCLEPPO HILFIGER Talks Family and Fashion as She Makes Her Mark on the Industry By Alexandra Anastasio Photography by John Russo Styling by Mindy Gura and Paula Orlan Makeup by Katrina Borgstrom Hair by Ricardo Rojas



ith a strong work ethic and resume to prove it, it’s no surprise that designer and entrepreneur Dee Ocleppo Hilfiger, who has found success in the fashion world, continues to push the bar higher and rise in a business that has captivated her since she was a young girl. As a former model, Ocleppo Hilfiger’s endearment for fashion emerged much earlier than her days—in front of the lens. Her mother, who she says always loved fashion and clothing, would “drag her along shopping,” which she absolutely hated. Ultimately, her mother’s love for fashion would begin to wear off on her daughter. “I probably started paying attention to her Vogue magazines around the age of 11 or 12 years old, and that sparked my passion.” The future designer would eventually find her way into the business, first as a model, and now as a designer. With her eponymous label, she has created a line of sought-after handbags, and more recently, has added a shoe line for both women and men. In early 2017, Ocleppo Hilfiger took on a new challenge when she became co-owner, creative director, and global ambassador for Judith Leiber, the iconic accessories brand known for its beautiful, glittering clutches that can be seen in the hands of countless celebrities. Married to fashion mogul Tommy Hilfiger for the past 10 years, she credits her husband with being instrumental in her decision to start designing. “We would always bounce ideas off each other, until one day he looked at me and said I should start designing for myself.” BELLA caught up with the designer to talk about fashion, family [the couple have seven children combined], and the ways in which they are working together to bring awareness to causes close to their heart.


Your love for fashion began early on; was it something you dreamed of doing as a kid? As a kid I dreamt of being a marine biologist and a photographer for National Geographic. I always had an affinity for the sea. I loved dolphins and remember when my parents took me to a marine park, I wanted to become a dolphin trainer instantly. After watching “Flipper,” I thought it would be cool—and viable—to have a pet dolphin in our swimming pool! We also had a monthly subscription to National Geographic, and I was obsessed with all of the beautiful images of exotic people and places. I dreamt of being able to see all of those places myself one day. Although your childhood dream took a slightly different path, you do travel all over the world in your role as global ambassador for Judith Leiber. It’s one of the many hats you wear in your partnership with the brand. What do those roles look like for you? As the company’s creative director I oversee the creative design across all categories of product, including bags, sunglasses, and soon evening dresses, shoes, and even home decor. As global ambassador, I represent the brand mostly through personal appearances and social media platforms. For the last six years you’ve been running your own brand, which consists of handbags and more recently a shoe line. When designing your handbags, you gave them a unique twist; where did the idea for interchangeable features come from? As someone who travels constantly, I thought it was a terrific idea to easily change a bag from day to night or even change a color or material without packing several different bags.

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You took that creativity a step further by incorporating the color pink into all of your bags and on the soles of the shoes. Is that your signature color? I started lining my bags in pink because I thought it was much prettier than a black lining that looks like a black hole; plus it’s a whole lot easier to find things. So naturally when it came time to design the women’s shoes I wanted the soles to be pink as well. So, yes, it has become one of my signatures. 81

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From where do you draw inspiration? My inspiration comes from what I see and what appeals to me at that moment in time. I constantly seek to create something fresh that may not already exist. I also try to always keep my customer at the forefront of my mind when I’m designing. Comfort, price, and quality always need to exist. How would you describe your style? I’d say my style is eclectic. I don’t like to box myself in any one style category since I love and am inspired by all kinds of clothing. One day I can be wearing a very structured, tailored look, and the next day it could be more of a feminine, flowing floral dress. Whatever I may be wearing I do try to look put-together and like I cared to make an effort. Your husband has been a driving force in the fashion business for a long time. Do the two of you turn to each other for advice and opinions when it comes to your work? Absolutely. Whether it’s for work or anything else, we always turn to one another. Tommy and I share a true partnership in every sense of the word. Most importantly, we share an implicit trust. Have you talked about collaborating together on a fashion line? I would love to. We’ve already collaborated on several homes and a boat, but I’d have to say our best and most favorite collaboration has been our son Sebastian! The Hilfiger household is a full one. When all of you are together how do you encourage that family connection? I am pretty sure anyone with kids faces the same struggles trying to get their children off devices and to actually connect and talk at mealtime. I think it’s so important to spend quality family time together. Sharing each other’s feelings, ideas, and passions, as well as encouraging and supporting one another bring us closer as a family. You and Tommy are dedicated to raising awareness about autism because it has touched your family. You’re both on the board of Autism Speaks. What do you want people to know about this disorder? It’s a growing disorder that affects one in 37 boys and one in 151 girls. It affects children’s abilities to socially interact properly, which in turn affects just about everything in their lives. Unfortunately, the numbers are growing each year so research is crucial to stop this cruel epidemic.

Both autism and the organization, Autism Speaks, has been a huge part of our lives and something we are extremely passionate about as three of our seven children have been diagnosed on the spectrum. What other organizations are close to your heart? Tommy and I are also involved with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation founded by Evelyn and Leonard Lauder. I’m also on the board of Glam4Food, founded by my good friend Mary Alice Stephenson. It’s a nonprofit program that helps uplift anyone in need through fashion and beauty. When it comes to beauty everyone has a different interpretation. How do you define it? I define beauty by a warm and inviting smile, a compassionate and open heart, confidence, positivity, a great sense of humor, and a bit of lipstick on top!





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CHOW BELLA A New York City Smorgasborg

By Amanda Mactas

Dining out is one of the best parts about living in New York City. We have cuisines from all over the world and some of the best chefs around. The tricky part can be finding a spot that will cater to you and all your friends’ likes. One person wants Thai, while another wants Italian. The solution? Hit up a food hall.

Gotham West Market Hell’s Kitchen 600 11th Avenue New York, NY 10036 212-582-7940 • Bringing new energy and hipness to Hell’s Kitchen, Gotham West Market fits right in with the burgeoning neighborhood. Inside you can find food from Seamore’s, Whirlybird, Jianbing Company, Waffle De Lys, Corner Slice, Ample Hills Creamery, Ivan Ramen Slurp Shop, Choza Taqueria, El Colmado, and Genuine Roadside. It’s the only food hall that has received two stars from The New York Times and is touted as one of the coolest places in the city—and for good reason. It brings together the unique energy and vibe of Hell’s Kitchen from its past to its present.


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Industry City Food Hall Sunset Park 220 36th Street #2A Brooklyn, NY 11232 718-736-2516 • Although Industry City is home to shopping, artwork, an athletic club, and more, it’s the food hall here that excites us most. There are tons of places to choose from to get a bite to eat, including Burger Joint, Blue Marble Ice Cream, Maglia Rosa, Yaso Tangbao, Pickleshack, Bangkok B.A.R., Avocaderia, The Frying Pan Helm Bar, Boil Boil Ramen, Kotti Berliner Döner Kebab, Li-Lac Chocolates, Filament, Extraction Lab, Table 87, Ends Meat, Taco Mix, One Girl Cookies, Colson Patisserie, Brooklyn Kura, and Ejen, with a few more coming soon! You can even tour the chocolate factory at Li-Lac Chocolates in between bites. This expansive space is somewhere you could spend an entire day without ever wanting to leave.

Urbanspace @ 570 Midtown East 570 Lexington Avenue New York, NY 10017 917-388-9564 • The second permanent food hall to come from Urbanspace, this newest location is a welcome addition to the up and coming neighborhood of Midtown East. Located within the historic General Electric building, this corner food hall contains 16 different food options inside. On the main level you will find the beloved Roberta’s, La Pecora Bianca, Liquiteria, Taïm, Inday GoGo, Dorado Tacos & Quesadillas, Bao by Kaya, Rockaway Clam Bar, Takumi Taco, Top Hops Beer Shop, Go Fish Sushi Box, Bob White Lunch & Supper Counter, Kuro-Obi, Tuck Shop, Little Collins, and Trapizzino. Upstairs you will find plenty of seating on picnic-style tables. Busy New Yorkers deem this a great lunch reprieve from the office… we agree!

The Pennsy Food Hall Midtown West 2 Pennsylvania Plaza New York, NY 10121 917-475-1830 • Conveniently situated right above Penn Station and next door to Madison Square Garden, The Pennsy Food Hall is a prime location for commuters, concert-goers, and sports fans alike. The 8,000-square-foot venue is packed with food and fun, with outposts of Taco Dumbo, The Little Beet, Pat LaFrieda, Ribalta, Sabi Sushi, and The Cinnamon Snail, giving New Yorkers numerous options for their dining experience. The Pennsy also has a full bar that can be enjoyed inside or outside at picnic tables or stadium seating. If you are looking to plan a private event, you can also rent out Upstairs at The Pennsy, an indoor/ outdoor event space located above the food hall. You can bet on finding us here enjoying a late-night snack and nightcap after a Rangers game.


CHOW BELLA Spotlight


SEX AND THE CITY’S Tastiest Locations By Amanda Mactas

Ah, the Cosmopolitan…the cocktail that became ever more popular once “Sex and the City’s” Carrie Bradshaw started drinking it. Carrie’s character, like the show itself, was a trendsetter during its time (and still is!), giving New Yorkers a never ending supply of advice on what to wear, where to go, and of course, what to eat and drink. In honor of the show’s 20th anniversary (yes, 20th!), check out some of the top spots our favorite foursome dined at during the series.


TORTILLA FLATS ▶ ▶ ▶ It’s where Carrie went on a double date with Aidan and Steve. Known for its friendly and approachable vibe, Tortilla Flats not only offers diners some great Mexican grub, but also ups the ante on any date night thanks to regular bingo and trivia nights, too!

IL CANTINORI ▶ ▶ ▶ The location of Carrie’s infamous 35th birthday party where she was stood up and left all alone. Almost twice as old as the show, this village staple continues to withstand the test of time and keeps us coming back for more thanks to its fresh made pastas like fettucine with lamb and artichoke sauce and cavatelli primavera.

CAFETERIA ▶ ▶ ▶ A spot the girls would frequently lunch at to gossip about their late-night endeavors. Open 24/7, this restaurant dishes out classic American comfort food with a contemporary twist. Its hipster vibe and great customer service keeps people coming back for more time and time again. Then again, they also had us at Mac n’ Cheese Spring Rolls!

BLUE WATER GRILL ▶ ▶ ▶ This is where Charlotte and Arthur had a brunch date, which ended up with a fist fight. The ladies have also dined here for lunch. This iconic seafood restaurant might look different than in SATC thanks to its recent renovation, but regulars can still look forward to its fresh dishes featuring everything from sushi to arctic char to ceviche, right in the heart of Union Square.

GRAND BAR & LOUNGE ▶ ▶ ▶ This swanky spot is where Richard holds his charity fundraiser—and Samantha learns he’s a playboy.

Located within the Soho Grand Hotel, this bar is good for more than just its amazing cocktails and whiskey selection. With an old New York vibe, this spot also serves up classics like bone-in ribeye and roasted Icelandic cod. It’s a great place to spend your night.

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COSMOPOLITAN Courtesy of Kingside

1.75 oz. Absolut Citron Vodka 0.5 oz. Cointreau 0.5 oz. cranberry juice 0.5 oz. lime juice 0.25 oz. simple syrup Shake and strain into martini glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.

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KATHRYN CALHOUN DENNIS nown from the Bravo reality TV show, “Southern Charm,” 26-year-old Kathryn Calhoun Dennis is no less charming than historical Charleston itself. Born and raised in the coastal South Carolina town with politics in her blood, the fiery redhead is everything you’d expect from a Southern Belle— and much more.

Dennis is no stranger to the pressure of reality TV and social media–the mom of two knows how to tackle motherhood and being under constant spotlight with a fierce passion and strength that she is intent on passing along to her little ones. Her secret, she tells BELLA, is simple: She always keeps it real. We have seen many different sides to you on “Southern Charm.” Who is the “real” Kathryn Dennis? Someone who is constantly evolving. I think deep down I’m a kindhearted person who has learned to get in touch with my sense of empathy and intuition, and that’s allowed me to become someone that wants to help others. Being a mom to two small children, it must be hard to balance it all. How do you do it, and what is your favorite thing about being a mom? I’ve learned not to put so much pressure on myself as a mom—pressure to be perfect and act like I always have everything together. I’m not ashamed to admit my downfalls and learn from them. Where do you see yourself in five years? I see myself with a stable career, home, family, and life. Just happy in general, and fulfilled.

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By Julie Freeman

Social media plays such a huge part in today’s society, and with so many personal followers, do you feel a certain responsibility with what you put out there? Do you censor yourself at all? I sometimes attempt to self-censor, but it doesn’t always work [laughs]. When I talked about depression, for example, I felt like I had to be 100 percent transparent because it’s all about living your truest truth and putting it out there, and inspiring others to do the same. You know the saying “to think outside the box”–you shouldn’t feel confined to live inside a box. There is no box. Don’t be afraid to be who you are on social media. What is the most important lesson you want to teach your daughter as she gets older? I want to ground her in a confident sense of self and as someone who is more prepared for the world. I want to tell her the truth about the world, not sugarcoat it. You’ve got to be prepared for things the world will throw at you, especially with the world constantly evolving. Take social media, for example–you have to prepare your children to be confident and know their self-worth. What other projects are you currently working on? I am about to launch a Southern lifestyle brand, “Strawberry Blonde” with my friend, Jamie Huffman. Our website will explore our mutual passions for travel, fashion, motherhood, and Southern living. We represent a new era of avant-garde Southern belles who have stepped away from the old-school traditions. We also plan to purchase and renovate a bed and breakfast in Charleston. We want to be very handson with the style and design of the home. Think pink hard helmets, palm wallpaper, pops of bright colors, and gold accents. We want to target women traveling to Charleston for bachelorette parties and weddings. How do you define beauty? I learned to see myself as beautiful when I looked at myself in the mirror at my lowest point. Once you acknowledge that, you learn to see yourself in so many different lights and accept every bit and piece of your real self. I think beauty is about evolving and becoming a good human. I think that is what’s beautiful about people.


Fabulous Fall TV:

From Magnum PI to the First Female Doctor Who By Linda Childers

In many ways, the upcoming fall TV season is a blast from the past with reboots of popular shows appearing alongside returning favorites and new comedies and dramas.

What’s Old Is New Again Some of the fall’s most highly anticipated shows include Candice Bergen’s “Murphy Brown,” which originally aired from 1988-1998. The show returns to CBS with its original cast as they attempt to navigate new media challenges including the Internet and the rise of cable news. Thursdays, 9:30 p.m. • Premieres September 27

“Murphy Brown” cast—pictured top row, L-R:—Nik Dodani as Pat Patel, Grant Shaud as Miles Silverberg and Jake McDorman as Avery Brown; pictured bottom row, L-R: Tyne Daly as Phyllis, Faith Ford as Corky Sherwood, Candice Bergen as Murphy Brown and Joe Regalbuto as Frank Fontana Photography by Robert Tractenberg/CBS

“Magnum PI” also returns to CBS with actor Jay Hernandez (El Diablo from “Suicide Squad”) taking over Tom Selleck’s former role. Hernandez portrays a former Afghanistan vet who now works in private security for a famed author. Expect lots of action and adventure. Mondays, 9 p.m. • Premieres September 24

Jay Hernandez (pictured) stars in “Magnum P.I.” as Thomas Magnum, a decorated former Navy SEAL who, upon returning home from Afghanistan, repurposes his military skills to become a private investigator in Hawaii. Photography by Karen Neal/CBS

This new programming has inspired stories from CBS’ iconic past; unique concepts from both new creative voices and established hitmakers; big stars and fresh on-screen talent; and programming that is inclusive both in front of and behind the camera.” - Thom Sherman, Senior Executive Vice President, Programming, CBS Entertainment

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“Charmed,” another iconic 90’s show, gets a reboot on the CW network. Although new actresses will portray the three sisters who hide their true identities as witches, the show promises to stay true to the original cult favorite. At ComicCon in July, the show’s creators promised the new Charmed will feature “a good mix of soap, magic, and real horror.” Sundays, 9 p.m. • Premieres October 14

Devin Campbell, Brad Garrett, Kimrie Lewis star in ABC’s “Single Parents.” Photography by Richard Cartwright/ABC

Comedic Relief on Tap

“We’re placing an emphasis and a priority on family comedy.”

ABC hopes to tickle the funny bones of viewers with three nights of comedies, including “Single Parents,” an ensemble comedy about a group of unmarried parents who come together to help each other navigate life and parenting. The show stars Taran Killiam (“Saturday Night Live”) alongside Leighton Meester (“Gossip Girl”) and Brad Garrett (“Everybody Loves Raymond”). Wednesdays, 9:30 p.m. • Premieres September 26

- Channing Dungey, President of ABC Entertainment

Another ABC ensemble comedy receiving a lot of buzz is “The Kids Are Alright,” which follows a large Irish-Catholic family navigating life in the turbulent 1970s. The show features Michael Cudlitz (“The Walking Dead”) and Mary McCormack (“Angie Tribeca”). Tuesdays, 8:30 p.m. • Premieres October 16

Thrills, Chills, and Anticipation “Doctor Who” kicks off season 11 this fall with fans excitedly awaiting the first female doctor (Jodie Whittaker). Executive producer Chris Chibnall told fans at San Diego’s Comic-Con in July that the new season of the popular sci-fi show is “the perfect jumping on point for those who haven’t yet watched Doctor Who.” Stay tuned for an official airdate from BBC America Jodie Whittaker stars in BBC’s “Doctor Who.” Photography courtesy of BBC


Luna Blaise, Jack Messina, Athena Karkanis, Josh Dallas, Melissa Roxburgh, J.R. Ramirez, and Parveen Kaur star in NBC’s “Manifest.” Photography by NBCUniversal

See Into the Future NBC’s new sci-fi show, “Manifest” follows a group of airline passengers who, upon their return to New York, find out that five years have passed since they departed Jamaica in 2013. The passengers struggle to reconnect with their loved ones, who have moved on with their lives, and to uncover the cause behind the plane’s mysterious disappearance. Mondays, 10:00 p.m. • Premieres September 24

Laughter Is Golden In “The Cool Kids,” a group of male senior citizens rule the local retirement community until a female rebel (Vicki Lawrence of “Mama’s Family”) moves in. This new FOX comedy also features comedians David Alan Grier (“The Carmichael Show”), Martin Mull (“Roseanne”) and Leslie Jordan (“Will and Grace”). Fridays, 8:30 p.m. • Premieres September 28

Mystery Abounds Martin Mull, David Alan Grier, and Leslie Jordan star in FOX’s “The Cool Kids.” Photography by Patrick McElhenney/FOX

Also debuting on FOX is the thriller, “The Passage,” starring Mark-Paul Gosselaar (“Saved by the Bell”) as an FBI agent who is tasked with watching a precocious 10-year-old girl who could be the key to saving the world. It’s based on the trilogy by author Justin Cronin. The show is set to air in early 2019 as a midseason replacement. Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Saniyya Sidney star in FOX’s “The Passage.” Photography by Steve Dietl/FOX


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FOGGY? By Melissa A. Kay


s tasty as it may be, your diet may be corrupting your concentration. That saying you’ve heard since you were a kid—“You are what you eat”—turns out to be true, in a sense. Particularly when it comes to staying mentally sharp, there are some foods to limit or avoid altogether. Preparing healthier, well-balanced meals can help you banish brain fog, resulting in a better, go-getter you. Here’s what to cut out or cut down on…

SUGARY CEREALS According to ACE-certified fitness trainer Aaron B., of Aaron B Fitness, “The brain uses sugar as its main fuel source; it uses half of the sugar energy in the body.” So why avoid sugar-laden cereals? “You want to make sugar available to the brain,” he says. “Not in the sugar spike and crash fashion, but the slow and steady way. That’s where the Glycemic Index (GI) comes in. High GI sweeteners and foods spike blood sugar levels and set you up for a crash a short while later, leaving your brain foggy and sluggish.” Instead, choose a whole grain cereal that’s high in fiber and low in sugar (a gram or less per serving). Those are the truly “grrrreat” bowls!

CORN CHIPS Mindless munching is just that—mindless. Grab a bag of salty corn chips and you may as well call it a day. Laden with fat and up there on the GI, corn chips, while addictive, are a no-no. If you need that crunch mid-day, think celery stalks filled with natural peanut butter or carrots with hummus. The freshness will keep you focused. 98

BAGELS They’re big, bready, and better with butter, but bagels are like bombs to the belly and brain. Although they make for a convenient to-go breakfast or inexpensive lunch, bagels are just bad when it comes to staying on the ball. They’re full of relatively empty calories and high on the aforementioned GI. When craving carbs, pick a whole grain or wheat bread. It will keep you fuller for longer, and you won’t slump as you would after your bagel with a “schmear.”

DATES Fruit can cause brain fog? In the case of dates, the saturation of sugar packs a punch. Yes, these tasty natural sweets will give you energy quickly, but before you know it, it’ll be zapped, and you’ll zone out. Choose a high-fiber, low-GI apple instead. Whole fruit, like apples, boost your brain with longer-lasting results. The crisp crunch paired with an infusion of vitamins will help you face the fog head on.

Other foods to filter out due to their “spike and slump” properties: • White Bread • White Rice • Pasta • Potatoes • Pastries

• Cakes • Pies • Donuts • Ice Cream • Candy



THERE’S AN APP FOR THAT By Dawn Allcot These apps promise to help you accomplish more and find happiness. Do you want to be a better parent, a more productive employee, or simply stay cool when the stresses of daily life heat up? Meditation can help. Whether you are new to the art or already consider yourself a mindfulness master, these seven apps will remind you to take five as they gently guide you to a state of inner calm.

Insight Timer delivers access to more than 10,000 meditations, music, courses, and talks to help you achieve specific goals, encourage sleep, enhance focus, and more. Unlike the other apps, it helps to know what you’re looking for or have some familiarity with meditation to get the most out of the programs. Free,

An app as simple as its name, Calm was voted App of the Year in 2017 by the App Store. Calm offers several 7-day meditation programs designed to relieve anxiety and stress, help you sleep better, enhance your focus for better productivity, and even improve your relationships. $59.99/year (7-day free trial),

Stop, Breathe & Think distills meditation to its basic tenets, promising that it can help you create your own personal forcefield of peace. (Sounds very “Wonder Woman,” doesn’t it?) The free version lets you choose from a list of 20 meditations that run from two to 20 minutes and can help you achieve objectives like better sleep or more compassion. Free or $69.96/year optional premium membership,

Simple Habit gives you access to 1,000+ meditations from hundreds of teachers, choosing the best one based on your answers to a few simple questions. Designed as an app for busy people (and isn’t that all of us?), each meditation is five minutes long, and the app sends you notifications to remind you to meditate at the same time each day. $7.99/month (one-month free trial),


If you are new to meditation, simply choosing the best meditation within an app can be stress-inducing. Aura eliminates this worry by asking you a series of questions and then choosing meditations, short stories, music, nature sounds, and even life coaching designed to match your mood and goals. $59.99/year (one-week free trial),

For meditation beginners, Headspace teaches you mindfulness techniques in just three minutes a day. After you’ve mastered the basics, unlock hundreds of meditations for everything from sleep to sports success. $7.99/month (10-day free trial), headspace-meditation-app

Buddhify boasts more than 200 short apps that fit into your busy day, a diverse teaching team, and a low one-time fee. You can track your stats to see how often you meditate, although the app warns not to get hung up on the numbers because that could inhibit your pursuit of inner peace. $4.99 one-time fee or $30/year optional membership,

If you surmised that many of these apps are similar in their offerings, you’d be right. Take advantage of the free trials to explore the teachers, the features, and the overall feel of the app to find the one that delivers a vibe that matches your style.


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Looking to get a workout while reconnecting with nature? Autumn is the perfect time to do so. Plus, it helps to have some amazing fall foliage to enjoy while working those hamstrings and glutes. All located within a few hours of New York City, these trails across the tri-state area make it easy for you to take a train, car, or ferry straight to a woodland paradise.



Take the LIRR to Greenport, Long Island, and then hop the ferry to Shelter Island to enjoy the varied scenery and wildlife of the Mashomack Preserve. The coastline hike spans 10 miles, delivering a stunning view of the Long Island Sound and surrounding areas.

For “leaf-peepers” seeking the brilliant colors of New England foliage, venture north to Macedonia Brook State Park and hike the Cobble Mountain Trail. Catch a glimpse of the Catskill and Taconic Mountains from the overlook and take in the breathtaking displays along the way.

● On your way home, take time for a stroll through the village of Greenport, stop for dinner, and celebrate your hike with a glass of wine from a local winery like Bedell in Cutchogue or Pindar in nearby Peconic.

● For the best view on your journey north, take the Taconic Parkway up through the Bronx and Connecticut. The few extra miles of driving is worth it. When you reach US-7 be sure to take your time—this is deemed one of the best scenic routes in the region.

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The 3-mile, kid-friendly trail that surrounds Cranberry Lake boasts a scenic waterfall, century-old stone structures, and bluffs overlooking the lake. ● The park is close enough to Westchester County Airport that you can watch planes ascending. The nature center also has activities for children.



Bergen and Passaic Counties, NJ Hike up to the ruins of Van Slyke Castle and then a little further to the nearby water tower for a breathtaking view of Manhattan. Countless loops provide an endless expanse of scenery and more than 30 miles of tr ails, allowing you to customize your hike to your abilities. ● Just 37 miles from Manhattan, this easy-to-access park spans 4,269 acres and, unlike many New Jersey and New York state parks, has no entrance fees.

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You don’t have to venture all the way out East to enjoy the best trails Long Island has to offer. Just 41 miles from Midtown on Long Island’s Gold Coast, Caumsett State Park has paved or unpaved trails, making the walk perfect for families with young children. Explore the salt marshes and wildlife or check out the Winter Cottage of Marshall Field III.

Part of Wawayanda State Park, this moderate 2.9-mile trail is one of the tri-state area’s most popular scenic excursions. More challenging than the other trails on the list, the view at the top is worth it: Pinwheel Vista, which affords an expansive view of New Jersey.

● Learn about life on colonial Long Island in the Manor House, built in 1711 and restored thanks to the Lloyd Harbor Historical Society.

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By Dr. Andrew Jacono

ips have been a focus of youth and beauty since the dawn of time. You may be surprised to know that there have been eras when a thinner lip was en vogue, as opposed to the fuller lips of modern times. With all standards of beauty, one common trait that reigns throughout time is symmetry. Dermal fillers have been the gold standard of non-surgical lip augmentation, but for some, the result can exacerbate symmetry issues, such as an elongated space between the nose and the lips. Others seek a filler-free, more natural fullness, which enhances the natural curve of the lip and does not require repeat injections. A procedure that addresses both of these issues is the lip lift. With the lip lift, there are a few specific techniques that can be employed to obtain the desired outcome…



The Bullhorn lip lift procedure targets only the upper lip, elevating it to reveal a broader smile. The incision placed is hidden in the natural curves under the nose. This procedure can be customized to elevate the central lip or corners of the lip more. It increases both the volume of the upper lip, and for those with a very thin upper lip it can bring it to a better aesthetic proportion with the lower lip. With this lip lift, the scar is virtually undetectable.


The Italian lip lift consists of two separate incisions beneath each nostril. This has a smaller incision than the Bullhorn lip lift. This is usually used when a more subtle lift is necessary for lips that are not as long. Skin is removed and the right and then the left lip are each separately lifted by closing the wound and reducing the distance between the lip and nose.


Corner lip lifts are for people that have a sad look because the outer corners of their lips turn down. Incisions are made on the exact edge of the upper outer lips. A small triangular area of skin at the corner of the mouth is removed so that the lips turn up slightly in a more youthful manner. The corner of the mouth lift provides an alternative to patients who desire a more permanent solution to the management of deep oral commissure grooves (grooves at the corner of the mouth that drift down toward the chin, often referred to as a drool groove). If the grooves are deep and prominent, surgery may not provide 100 percent correction, but there is usually major improvement. These procedures are typically performed with local anesthesia, take less than an hour, and the recovery time is quick—about 5 to 7 days. Lip lifts can be performed as a solitary procedure, or combined with other facial procedures at the same time.

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hen it comes to pain and injury treatment in healthcare, most people want less crowded offices, more one-on-one time with the doctor, and strong follow-up communication. We met with a physician who has launched an innovative practice delivering just that in a boutique Manhattan setting, offering patients the very same cutting-edge procedures being used today to treat professional athletes.

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CellienceTM specializes in regenerative and stem cell medicine for joint, disc, ligament, and tendon pain and injury. We provide patients with an alternative to surgery through a personalized, effective treatment plan along with close follow-up and guidance, all in a serene environment. Often they’ve tried medications, physical therapy, chiropractic care, and other conservative treatments, with limited success. A lot of our patients are active people who participate in multiple activities, such as hiking, spinning, tennis, golf, boxing, CrossFit, and yoga.

Healthy stem cells and blood products are extracted from the patient, processed in a sterile lab, then injected into the injured joint, disc, or soft tissue. Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are amazingly gifted natural healers! They are the precursors to all cells and have the potential to

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WHAT IS MINIMALLY INVASIVE SPINE SURGERY? Minimally invasive spine surgery is a less disruptive way of performing spinal surgery. Typically, the “incision” is half an inch or less, as compared to “open” or invasive spine surgery – in which incisions often span over 5 inches. Just as general, cardiac, and orthopedic surgeons perform laparoscopic or endoscopic surgeries, minimally invasive surgery of the spine is often performed through a “keyhole” approach. Through this tiny incision, a tube is placed and dilated open to the necessary level of the spine. At this point, microscopic instruments are manipulated through the port, often under direct microscopic visualization, to repair and or correct the spinal disorder. Once completed, the tube is simply removed and the surrounding muscles conform back into their original anatomical position. A few superficial stitches are placed in the skin to close, and the patient will usually go home within a few hours. Most MIS of the spine are now done on an outpatient basis.


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t a recent corporate women’s event, India Hicks spoke to about 100 women and a handful of men about the unexpected twists and turns of her career. The granddaughter of the Earl and Countess Mountbatten of Burma, Hicks is 678th in line for the British throne. She was even a bridesmaid in Lady Diana’s wedding! In 2015, the former fashion model founded the lifestyle brand India Hicks, which is sold through her website and a network of ambassadors. Today, she lives on a small island in the Bahamas with her better half, David Flint Wood, and five children, Felix, Amory, Conrad, Domino, and Wesley, traveling extensively to achieve her goals of inspiring and empowering women. As Hicks spoke, I was drawn to her wit, her drive to help women become financially independent, and her compassion to help those in need. Read on to learn more about this inspirational entrepreneur.


What motivated you to launch your eponymous brand? I saw the need to help women become financially independent and wanted to create a storytelling lifestyle brand in which each item or collection would have a name attached to it that conjured up a sense of romance or adventure. For example, the poppy red heritage scarf on my website was inspired by my father’s [famed interior decorator David Hicks’] worldrenowned geometric patterns. Who has inspired you throughout your journey? Gregg Renfrew, founder and CEO of Beautycounter, and Chantel Waterbury, founder and CEO of Chloe and Isabel, generously shared their experience with me after I stalked them and forced them to be my friends. All the incredible ambassadors in our India Hicks tribe took a leap of faith in true entrepreneurial fashion. Nicholas Keuper, our CEO, made me run faster than ever before. The list goes on and on. I am lucky to be surrounded daily by incredibly inspiring people.

On this journey, I continue to explore the themes of family, adventure, responsibility, and design.” How can entrepreneurship translate into goodwill endeavors? Entrepreneurship easily translates into goodwill when you work to make it happen. I recently trained and cycled 100 miles to raise money for the fight against breast cancer in the Bahamas. This cause is important to me because our foster son’s mother and two aunts died from breast cancer, and we recognized that more awareness and education around this disease are needed in the Bahamas. Part of the proceeds from the books sold have been donated to a small, non-profit community school in the Bahamas. We also recognized that our ambassadors have causes and foundations that they want to support in their own way through their India Hicks business. So we created a program called Get Together Give Together in which our ambassadors can give back to any charity

or foundation of their choice, and we as a company help them do that. This philanthropic entrepreneurship is a fast-growing part of our business.

What do you hope readers learn from your newest book? My fourth book, “A Slice of England,” is the story of four English houses. I thought at first it would simply be the lurching journey of bringing our new English country house, America Farm, to life. It turns out, though, that to tell that tale, it was important to acknowledge how the three houses in which I’d spent my childhood (Broadlands, Britwell, and The Grove) informed the choices we made here. I think the past is always the place to start for inspiration. It’s what shapes us. And in remembrance of it, we bring back what is not always fresh in the mind, but familiar to the heart. Based on your experiences as an entrepreneur, how do you define beauty? Moving to a small island in the Bahamas 25 years ago opened my eyes to so many types of beauty. Founding a business that has me crisscrossing America, meeting women who astound me every day with their adventurous spirits and sheer ability to get things done, has broadened my definition of beauty even further. A woman having the courage to stand on her own two feet as an entrepreneur is beautiful. IndiaHicksStyle


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Status Anxiety:

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ecently, while scrolling through my Instagram feed, I came across a quote saying, “I’m too busy tending to my own green grass to look at yours.” Clearly, this quote is a play on the adage, “The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.” But it is human nature to wonder whether we are succeeding enough in life, especially in relation to our symbolic neighbors. It’s normal for us to want more, to want to be more, and even to compare ourselves to others who appear bigger, better, and more successful than we are.

The Origins of Wanting More This common phenomenon is referred to as “Keeping up with the Joneses.” Buying material goods to impress others is called “conspicuous consumption.” “Keeping up with the Joneses” is a phrase that originally came from a 1913 comic strip that enjoyed a 26-year newspaper run. The creator’s goal was to poke fun at those who feel the need to behave in ways that impress others.   The term “conspicuous consumption” was originally identified by economist and sociologist Thorstein Veblen in the late 1800s. Conspicuous consumption described the characteristics of the nouveau riche who used public consumption of services and goods to show off their social power and status.   Financial psychologists explain the phenomenon of conspicuous consumption as originating from our primitive brain. So the more animalistic part of our psyche actually takes over when


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it comes to finances, encouraging us to compete. Either consciously or unconsciously, we look to those around us for confirmation of our social and economic status. Much like a lion flaunts his mane, people flaunt their material possessions. These possessions become wealth signals used to display affluence, power, or higher social status. Some believe this primitive pull is connected to the survival-ofthe-fittest mentality designed to protect us. Those who have superior resources are more likely to survive, thrive, and be loved compared to those who don’t. And let’s face it: No one wants to be lacking or left behind. It’s important to note that human beings are also aspirational by nature, always striving to improve. But these drives can contribute to our feelings of discontent, making it difficult for us to feel satisfied with what we have and where we are in life.   During the late 1800s, most people were too busy trying to make a living to worry about what the Joneses did or didn’t have. People either had money or they didn’t. But with the advent of credit cards and simpler lending arrangements, money can be spent more easily—even for those who don’t have the cash to spend.   Status anxiety contributes to this desire to keep up with others, even when we can’t afford it. Spending on luxury items can help some people soothe anxiety or compensate for faulty self-esteem, though this manner of self-soothing is a short-term solution.    Spending beyond one’s means can even become addictive. According to researcher Brené Brown, cultural messages underscore the idea that an ordinary life is a meaningless life. Clearly, these messages can feed our competitive angst.

Disrupting the Vicious Cycle

Now that we understand the origins of status anxiety, how can we fight it? First, recognize this truth: There is no product or material object that will ever fill the void of feeling like you’re not enough. Though it might be fun to conspicuously consume in the moment, the long-term gains are ultimately losses, both financially and psychologically.   “Things” won’t make you a better version of yourself. In fact, the opposite is true: Having more typically leads to feelings of emptiness and dissatisfaction, because there is always more to be wanted and then acquired. The cycle of wanting more and more things ultimately lead to insatiable and unfulfilled desires. Changing the pull to continually compete requires a mind shift, a recognition of the reality that the desire to constantly have more is an empty way to navigate life. A fulfilled and rewarding life, on the other hand, includes pursuing what you wish to accomplish and what’s important to you. It involves developing a healthy philosophy of how to live, a philosophy that is about more than just having what your friends and neighbors seem to have. Life is about being happy with the person you are and giving back to those in your world.   Material objects will never love you back— that’s the first clue to what’s important in life. Find a way to view the chase for what it really is: a biological and primitive pull encouraged by a culture that promotes the notion that you need more than what you have. This is a distortion. Don’t buy into it.   The truth is that money, power, and possessions do not equate with happiness or fulfillment. Happiness comes from finding satisfaction with who you are, finding a way to define what you want and need, and most important, creating meaningful connections with people who love you for who you are and not what you have. When you make this conscious commitment to stop trying to keep up with the elusive Joneses, the results can truly enhance your life—and make it amazing.


A Different Road:


s the California breeze blows in various directions, Kym Douglas walks her dogs in caring stride. Her feet are firmly planted on the ground with a strong and vibrant stance, and her thoughts are in a thousand places. I just finished speaking with the actress, TV show host, beauty expert, and bestselling author a few weeks after a mastectomy and the day before her first chemo treatment, and I see both a strong female strength and a natural care and concern for others. It’s one that emanates from Douglas as she reveals her fears facing her own encounter with this all-too-prevalent cancer diagnosis. What is clear is Douglas’ passion to bring light and strength to others dealing with breast cancer. According to Harvard Health Publishing, “Breast cancer does not discriminate. It affects mothers, daughters, working women, celebrities—and even some men. For women, the lifetime risk of developing breast cancer is about 1 in 8; for men it is 1 in 1,000.” The Mayo Clinic delves in further: “Breast cancer is cancer that forms in the cells of the breasts. After skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in women in the United States.” With her quintessence of inner and outer beauty, Douglas takes us with her on a journey one wishes to never travel. Instead of the usual day at the studio thinking up the next great beauty share, or simply enjoying her family, friends, and life, she is walking down another road, one that she will share with us along the way….

Cancer… You picked the wrong girl. I will beat you, and I will fight.” ~Kym Douglas Kym Douglas: Hollywood Beauty Expert @KymDouglas


One Day Running to a TV Studio, the Next Day a Breast Cancer Diagnosis By Lori Snyder

It’s the day before your first chemo treatment and a few weeks after your mastectomy—what comes to mind at the onset of this interview? I wish I could tell you that I am calm and so centered and brave. I am not. I am scared and worried and frightened. I think when confronted with the big C word—and I don’t mean cancer, I mean chemo—it is daunting. My first thoughts were What did I do to deserve this? When were you diagnosed? After a three-year lapse from getting a mammogram. What were your thoughts? I said in my head…’You just don’t understand, I am a busy 2018 boss lady. I am shooting two top TV shows daily, including “The Ellen Show” as resident beauty expert. I am also on a daily show called “Home & Family” on The Hallmark Channel. I am a mother and wife. I have two dogs. I am the only child of an aging mother. I haven’t eaten red meat in over 35 years—I eat organic. I don’t smoke or do drugs, and I only drink rarely at social occasions. I work out regularly, and I watch my weight. Are you kidding me?! Like so many women reading this, to say my plate was full is an understatement! However, at the urging of another, I made an appointment for a mammogram—three years late, but hey…!” How did you tap into your strength and begin a plan of action? What were your first steps? I was in shock. After I let myself feel sorry [for myself,] I cried, talked to my husband and son, called 10 of my close friends and shared the news, got my Bible and started reading scripture, and then went into proactive mode. Cancer…you picked the wrong girl. I will beat you, and I will fight! I then called every contact I knew to find the best breast doctors in LA. I called, texted, and emailed anyone who could join my team against this disease. Within a week I interviewed three top breast surgeons at three top hospitals in Los Angeles. I was meeting with reconstructive doctors the next week to weigh my options. I realized you can let this run you, or you can run it. What can you share in regard to dealing with a breast cancer diagnosis? I really feel that taking your power back and faith will help. I have faith that my diagnosis will not define me, and I have faith that it will deepen my purpose and make my platform richer than before. Have you added or changed any part of your lifestyle since your diagnosis? I have made myself a priority. Sugar is cut way down, I make healthy green smoothies, I shop at organic grocery stores, and I am filling my body with healthy, plant-based food. I go to physical therapy after the mastectomy and acupuncturist. Read more about Douglas’ ongoing journey on



KILLERS By Jarrod Thalheimer

Few things are more exciting than the blossoming of a new relationship. It’s a period of intense discovery where you and another person search out each other’s pluses and minuses while imagining a life together.

At least until that happened. That is the thing one of you did that makes it impossible to continue having any sort of relationship with the other person ever again. This is not “food stuck in their teeth” kind of stuff. This is the sort of pure, unfiltered relationship homicide that, once revealed, renders further association impossible. Am I overstating? Here are 10 relationship killers.

You decide.

1. THE BIZARRE SLEEPER As humans, we sleep about one-third of our life away. That’s a lot of time under the sheets, so what happens when you meet someone displaying truly odd sleep problems? Think KleineLevin Syndrome (sleeping up to 23 hours per day), sleep paralysis (being awake but unable to move), exploding head syndrome (auditory hallucinations), extreme night terrors, and more. Snoring is bad enough, but coping with levels of nighttime disruption this intense is something so cruel even the CIA would be forbidden to use it on terrorists. Wake up and get gone. 2. THE OBSESSIVE MOVIE/TV QUOTER OK, it seemed cute at first. No matter what the situation, your new fella always had just the right famous film quote to mark it. “I’m walking here!” as you jaywalked downtown. “Mama always said life is like a box of chocolates” when something surprising happened. But he didn’t know when to quit. Eventually you realize he doesn’t possess a single original thought of his own, as every quip or comment comes first via some film or TV show. Take a page from his book and declare, “I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!” as you head out the door. 3. THE FINGER-WAGGING, TREE-HUGGING SCOLD It’s fine to be with someone who wants to improve themselves and the world around them. It’s even better to be with someone who takes doing the right thing seriously enough that they’re not afraid to take a stand. But it’s something else entirely when that person spends every waking minute hectoring you about every single thing you happen to do. “Why are you idling the car? You’re killing the planet.” “Put that plastic straw back; those are terrible for wildlife.” “How dare you eat meat after what I’ve told you?” “You can’t buy that; they support [fill in offending cause here].” The daily mental pounding would be enough to drive Al Gore crazy. Leave in protest–immediately. 4. THE WEIRD EATER I’m not talking about someone who likes raw octopus or puts ketchup on steak. This is the sort of industrial-grade weirdness that sees someone eat Tide Pods unashamedly. Or fabric cushions. Or Styrofoam. Or nickels. Ingesting items that no human should ever logically consume guarantees a daily awkwardness so painful no relationship is worth the price. So the first time you catch your new fling pulling out a roll of toilet paper at the movies to snack on, run. You could be next on the menu. 5. THE MARIJUANA TRUE-BELIEVER This is not about someone who smokes a joint every now and again. This is someone who has oriented his or her entire life around the notion that pot is nature’s most perfect gift, and a refusal to consume it daily is a serious character flaw. They smoke it, eat it, wear it, and live with it, railing constantly about the government keeping it from the masses. They speak of its miraculous healing properties, not to mention the peace that would flood the world if only we could all smoke and be chill. And it might even be true–but they just won’t shut up about it. In fact, the only time they’re not yapping about it is when they’re dragging on a doob. Bottom line: This is a quasi-cult style of living, and if you’re not on board, it’ll never spark. Pass.


6. THE FETISHIST One can be open-minded, but certain aspects of fetish behavior are simply too far. And I’m not talking about folks who collect salt and pepper shakers or go to Grateful Dead concerts obsessively. This is the kind of fetish practice so off-the-wall strange that even the revelation of it makes you unable to maintain eye contact going forward. Imagine explaining agalmatophilia (arousal to statues) to your mother. Discussing pony play (dressing up like a horse) with your friends at work. Planning a party featuring urophilia (umm, never mind). Look, a little fantasy can be fun, but even a stridently progressive world needs some limits. 7. THE CLOSET RACIST You know them as a “tell it like it is” sort of person. They seem normal by all accounts: friendly, funny, and what-not. Then suddenly, a statement comes out of their mouth so foul, so off-the-charts wrong you almost can’t process it. Convinced you must have heard in error, you ask them to clarify. And then it happens: They double down with a statement so spectacularly racist you cannot believe your own ears. Oh sure, they’d never say such things in polite company, but they trust you, right? Wrong. There’s no getting past this one. Break the chain and move on–now. 8. THE FALSE FACE We all have secrets, but complicated toupees, surgical tape for wrinkles, shoe lifts, glass eyes, and more are the kinds of things that can kill a love affair dead. Often the reveal alone is shocking enough to be almost impossible to overlook. Shallow? Sure. But the early stages of most relationships are all about first impressions, and if you got noticed for your amazing head of hair and it turns out fake, don’t be surprised if she quickly hails a cab home. The truth, no matter how ugly or unappealing, is always easier to handle than a lie.

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9. THE INSANE FANBOY/ FANGIRL Shared love for a sports team can be a fun way to bond with someone– unless he or she is more fanatic than fan. It’s one thing to wear your jersey to every home game, but ritual face painting, obsessive attention to call-in shows, constant surveillance of the team’s stars, mood swings based on the team’s success or failure, and an inability to handle a relationship with someone who cheers for the opposing team is a red flag like no other. They need their team, not you. 10. THE AGGRESSIVELY IGNORANT BIBLE THUMPER This is not a condemnation of religion or even a slight toward the importance of faith. Both can be very real, positive attributes in any new love interest. The one to sidestep is the over-the-top Bible-quoter who specializes in taking things way too far. Think Ned Flanders but without the soppy kindness or even partial self-awareness. They are cruel to non-believers and dismissive of others while constantly proclaiming reasons why they alone will be saved. Their heaven clearly ain’t big enough for the two of you. Hit the road, and say a prayer of thanks when you do.


Fall Into Reading This Season

The only good thing about saying goodbye to summer is saying hello to cooler nights that we can spend indoors reading. So grab a sweater or a blanket and curl up with one of our monthly picks. Happy reading! By Barbara Bellesi Zito

French Exit


Ah, Paris. The City of Lights is known for its romance and charm, but for wealthy widow Frances Price, it’s a city of desperate escape. In the wake of her litigator husband’s death that results in If you sensational tabloid headlines, Francis enjoy is now a pariah witty in New York satire, this book society. Plagued by the scandal is for you. and impending financial ruin, Frances and her adult son Malcolm head off to Paris with Small Frank, her cat whom she believes to hold the spirit of her late husband. Add in some quirky characters, including a psychic and a doctor whose wine merchant accompanies him on house calls, and you’ve got yourself a dark comedy of manners with a decidedly French accent. 122

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing HANK GREEN Dutton

What is it like to go viral on social media? It’s a question 23-year-old April May discovers the answer to when she and her friend Andy make a YouTube video This debut of an enormous novel explores sculpture the incredible known as The power social Carls. This media has in 10-foot-tall figure that’s half our society. samurai, half Transformer wasn’t exactly hiding, but April just happened to be the first to document it. Turns out, there are Carls in cities all across the world, and as the person who “discovered” them, April finds herself an international influencer literally overnight. The pressure on her is intense, and it starts to take a toll on her relationships, safety, and even her identity.

In Pieces

SALLY FIELD Grand Central Publishing We all know Sally Field on the stage and screen, but we know very little of the real Sally— until now. From her lonely childhood days to her first TV role at 17 to This ubersuperstar talented status, this performer also memoir proves she is a details talented writer the highs in this honest and lows memoir. of her career and personal life, including her challenging relationship with her mother. Whether you knew her best as Gidget, Sybil, Norma Rae, Mary Todd Lincoln, or any of the many memorable characters in between, you’ll come to know her also as the shy young girl who always remained part of her.

How Not to Cook for the Rest of Your Life MARILYN MICHAELS AND MARK WILK

Marilyn Michaels Productions It’s not that Marilyn Michaels can’t cook. It’s just that she’d prefer to do just about anything else. And when you’re a successful actress and comedy impressionist, chances are there’s people willing to cook for you, so why not? This hilarious book is part memoir, part self-help, and full of crazy-but-true stories from Hollywood and Broadway that include the likes of Woody Allen, Barbra Streisand, Lisa Minelli, and Donald Trump (way before the White House). It won’t take you long to realize why Michaels is so averse to cooking—she is having too much fun living!

The Greatest Love Story Ever Told: An Oral History NICK OFFERMAN AND MEGAN MULLALLY Dutton

FUNNY GIRLS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN To say that Marilyn Michaels is funny is an understatement. Her impressions are legendary, as are her co-stars on both the stage and screen. But her book is an absolute riot. Pick it up, and you’ll find yourself having to put it down to catch your breath from laughing so hard. Michaels co-wrote the book with her son, Mark Wilk, and said the experience was a blast—well, most of it. When it came to writing about sex—and there’s a lot of hanky-panky going on in her book—it was a bit tricky. As Michaels says, whether kids are young or adults, “They don’t want to hear about parents’ sexuality…I really pulled in the reins, but [writing the book with her son] was worth it.” Michaels makes comedy look easy, but it’s an art that requires impeccable timing and a careful understanding of one’s audience. And she understands where comics are coming from—even those who have behaved badly of late. She knows the desire to do just about anything to get the audience on her side. “That laugh is my survival,” she says. “That laugh means I get the next job.”

We’re used to Hollywood hook-ups, but every so often, there’s a love story that endures. And in the Could jigsaw case of Nick Offerman and puzzles be the Megan Mullally, it’s also secret to a happy hilarious. The title tells it marriage? Nick like it is: Nick and Megan and Megan will relate the story of how they met (they did a play together explain. in LA in 2000), how they courted, and how they are now living happily ever after. Whether you’re a fan of “Parks and Rec,” “Will & Grace,” or just love in general, you’ll get a kick out of this book.

The Real Lolita: The Kidnapping of Sally Horner and the Novel That Scandalized the World SARAH WEINMAN


If you read Vladimir Nabokov’s “Lolita” and thought it was purely a work of fiction, think again. The scandalous novel This is the first was in fact inspired by the story time the real- of the very real Sally Horner, an life inspiration 11-year-old girl who was kidnapped behind the in 1948 by a pedophile and held classic novel captive on 21-month cross-country tour. Weinman’s book reads like a has been crime story, but her investigation revealed. that includes public records, documents, and interviews illuminates the Horner case as true life–including how much Nabokov knew about it while writing his book.

An avid reader, Witherspoon helms her own online reading group, Reese’s Book Club x Hello Sunshine. We love her female-focused book picks because it gives us a tiny glimpse of what inspires her life and work. And we’ll be sure to grab a copy of her own book about her early life in the South, “Whiskey in a Teacup: What Growing Up in the South Taught Me About Life, Love, and Baking Biscuits,” due out this month!


Reese Witherspoon has built her career on playing strong female characters (why yes, we are counting down to the new “Legally Blonde” movie). Now as a producer and mogul behind the growing Hello Sunshine multimedia empire, we love that she is championing other women to find their voice.





By Lorenzo I. Diggs

eing a Marine is no easy task. There are early-morning wake up calls, intense workouts, and lessons in discipline that involve the mind, body, and spirit. Yet even with the rigor of training and priorities of duty, two Marines—William and Hokti Shepard— were able to find one of the most beautiful situations in service. They found love. William Shepard, who has served in the Marines for 11 years, has the most welcoming smile, as radiant as his many medallions. His warm demeanor highlights his confidence and pride of being in uniform. The citizens he encounters deem him trustworthy enough to ask questions and have such a sense of pride upon seeing him, they thank him respectfully for his service.

is atop the list. She has never lost her drive for achievement and to better her life. For both Hokti and William, there seems to be a bond that transcends the common uniform—it is the very thread of a Marine.

On a warm sunny day in Battery Park, we met to discuss how the couple see beauty in service to their country and to one another. What inspired each of your enlistments into the Marines? William: I felt I needed the discipline at that point in my life. It was a quick choice to sign up and get what I needed. Hokti: I also felt I needed discipline in my life; I wanted to change my life for the better. Having also applied to the Air Force, I was happy to be a part of the Marines working in my current field.

Hokti Shepard, who has served for five years as a Marine, is amazingly beautiful and elegant with eyes that look at her husband as though there is no one else in the world. Carrying herself with a sense of womanly strength and positivity, there is no question that the two belong together. Being people of few, yet very important words, their couple’s character is expansive in expression. A marriage in the Marines is very similar to civilian weddings, however the prospect of maintaining a relationship can be a more arduous mission. In addition to typical marriage squabbles, couples in the Marines face other hindrances, such as being deployed, moving from base to base, and prioritizing their occupation. The Shepards were able to overcome the distance, spending more than a year apart, to solidify a stable family for seven years and raise their beautiful daughter, now 4 years old. Both will admit there were hard times involved in cultivating their love, but they believe that their challenges have only made them stronger. Between them, there is a bond of discipline and mental valor known as being a Marine wholeheartedly. Every moment they share together is cherished. In the future, William has plans post-service. Hawaii, surfing, island hopping, and pure relaxation. His belief, “If you’re going to go on vacation, you should try everything they have to offer.” For someone who is so self driven, and still has his jump-shot, his humble approach to enjoying life is something from which we all can benefit. As for Hokti’s plans after service, furthering her education 124

How did you meet one another? William: We met each other at a celebration within the Marines, and felt a connection worth pursuing with each other. Finding out that we worked in the same field was a common interest as well. Have either of you ever been deployed? Hokti: I haven’t been deployed during my time in service.

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William: I have been deployed once to Kuwait, a very hot place with a lot of sun…a very hot place!

What are your specialty professions within the Marines? William: We both are in aviation mechanics, which is something that also helped bring us closer together despite having to endure time apart because of our responsibilities. How did you stay in contact during those long times apart? Hokti: Skype was a great asset in helping us stay connected. Being able to communicate was key. Working with regulations and schedules were tough, but well worth it for us. What is beauty to you? William: It’s having a bond—a connection to something you truly care for. Hokti: To me, it’s having a shared history.

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nchanting by day, and hauntingly beautiful by night, Savannah, Sip, stroll, and shop your way Georgia offers up its around town for all things current. by Ruta Fox history with a soupçon of The Savannah College of Art and style. Designated as one of Design is here, and ShopSCAD is the largest National Historic Landmark districts in the the place to buy unique jewelry, apparel, and accessories. The several blocks of Broughton, Savannah’s main street, includes United States, a short 2-½ hour flight from New York City outposts of Club Monaco, Kate Spade, and Michael Kors. Explore transports you back to the 18th century, where cobblestone the side streets extending off the squares for stylish stops like streets collide with contemporary shopping, food, and Harper, a boutique on Bull Street whose light-filled, minimalist drink. interior showcases fashion-forward womenswear. Duck into


THE HISTORY Savannah’s leafy and massive Spanish moss-covered trees shade 22 notable squares scattered throughout town, laid out in an easy-to-navigate grid created by General James Oglethorpe in 1733. Quiet and relaxing respites, the squares are miracles of modern urban planning–gathering places, children’s play areas, impromptu concert spaces, and memorial markers–as well as the location of some of the city’s most glorious antebellum homes. Antique and architecture aficionados will be thrilled that many historic homes have tours or have been converted into restaurants or inns. The circa-1820 Isaiah Davenport House, now authentically restored and functioning as a museum, was rescued in 1955, a scant 24 hours before its scheduled demolition. A team of concerned women saved it, then founded the Historic Savannah Foundation, allowing for hundreds of the cities “crown jewels” to be preserved. 128

Satchel, the studio/workshop on Liberty Street to peruse readymade accessories, or choose from numerous leathers, linings, and hardware to create your own custom handbags, wristlets, and totes. French ambiance personifies two shops on Broughton. Chocolat by Adam Turoni is a Louis XIV-inspired goody box full of gourmet sweets that are piled high on silver platters. The Paris Market and Brocante covers two levels of exquisitely curated must-haves, and is a sensory experience, not just a store. Stylish finds for the home in this global bazaar include new dinnerware, glassware, crystal chandeliers, and decorative accessories, as well as vintage pieces. For contemporary high-end home furnishings and lighting, wander around 24e Design Co.

Pictured above: Forsyth Park at dawn

DELECTABLE DINING Sophisticated dining is easily found. Take high tea in a former apothecary named Gryphon, with its carved mahogany bookcases and stained glass. The Collins Quarter serves fresh, innovative cuisine inside a well-designed, casual café and outside on sidewalk tables. Dine at The Grey for elevated, contemporary Southern cuisine (foie gras and grits) in a meticulously renovated former Greyhound bus station full of classic Art Deco touches.

The Public Kitchen and Bar

Top the evening off with a nightcap alongside the fashionable crowd at The Artillery, an iconic landmark building that highlxights the bar’s modern mixology. Or, pop in next door to the mid-century inspired The Public Kitchen and Bar, where on a balmy night you can imbibe a glass of rosé on the wrought iron balcony.



The Artillery



Paris Market and Brocante

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t’s no secret that travel can change your perspective. For many, a simple vacation is all it takes to catch up on fun and rest. But when your main goal is to search “within,” worldly discovery can lead to self-reflection. Transformational travel embodies the ethos of not trying to change the world; instead, “let the world change you.”   This year, I took those words to heart. After experiencing a stroke at the young age of 49 and burying a dear friend, I desperately needed some time away. Long before the literary arrival of “Eat Pray Love,” I had traveled to Bali. And 27 years later, I found myself being called back.




When I arrived in Bali, I was greeted with a welcoming hug by one of Bali’s best connectors, Wayan Elly, a connoisseur of food and gourmet coffee and the embodiment of the best concierge.  A charismatic storyteller well versed in secret back roads, Wayan drove me to my first destination, Sanur. Once a fishing village, Sanur is now internationally recognized for its historical charm. The laid-back coastal community features bespoke villas, eclectic cafes, artifact shops, and local entertainment. As I listen to limpid waves kiss the shores, my recent hardships recede from the spotlight in my mind.    Strategically located in the heart of Sanur, the Maya Sanur Resort & Spa is a synergistic atmosphere that merges nature 130

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with contemporary design. Intimate spaces mixed with Balinese aesthetics offer a lush representation of the beauty and richness of Indonesian traditions designed by internationally recognized architect, Budiman Hendropurnomo.    New friends find you quickly in Bali and I pal around with my Kiwi and Aussie mates for a beer and local Indonesian bites. Here, I’m introduced to Bali’s best-kept secret: Suana, the Healer from Sanur. 

Suana is a humble man with a global clientele. Over the course of seven lymphatic massage and reflexology sessions, his hands have the power of the Divine. My body feels renewed from tired sensibilities, and I find myself eagerly hopeful and receptive.  A few sun-soaked days of bike riding, eating bowls of fresh mangosteen and dragon fruit, and devouring tasty tacos at Warung Sanur Segar, and I’m feeling rested enough to hit the road toward the holy hills of Ubud. There, I unwind at Tamarind Spa at Murni’s Houses.   Secluded upon a hill along the Ayung River, Tamarind Spa at Murni’s Houses is an award-winning spa. This center for healing is in the heart of the deepest spiritual hub on earth.    The famed spa is owned by local legend and “Mother of Ubud” who is known simply as Murni, a gracious businesswoman who hosts celebrities like Mick Jagger, Amy Tan, and Alice Walker in her bungalows and renowned restaurant Murni’s Warung. With Murni’s strong reputation for cultivating a great team of healers skilled in ancient healing techniques, I book four days and three nights in an old-world meets luxury spacious suite.

At Murni’s, I am pampered with curated oils, and the massage therapist’s hands work their magic with a two-and-a-half hour massage to sync my still-troubled body and mind. The massage was followed by a fresh yogurt body scrub and then an exquisite flower bath. Later, I walk to the center of town in search of Siam Sally to experience the delicious summer rolls and papaya salad. After a day of local culture, I squeeze in a Full Moon Agnihotra Vedic Fire Ceremony at the Five Elements Retreat Center.    Committed to a social media detox, I enjoy my time joining walking tours and sipping fresh mixed juice. My mind and body absorb the natural elements and release the constant battle of stress. I notice my heart is in rhythm with Bali, and for the first time in a while, there isn’t tightness behind my eyes. The pain of the past year begins to slowly fade away.


into a copper tub filled with medicinal herbs. Two holistic therapists pour warm water over my body. During this experience, tears rolled down my face as I The next day, my driver takes me on a felt my spirit come home to my body. 30-minute ride up the misty-cloaked   mountains and ancient emerald-green The environment is hypnotic to the rice paddies to a hidden sanctuary called senses. Singing birds, intoxicating smells OneWorld Ayurveda. At this authentic from the frangipani flower, gamelan Panchakarma Ayurveda wellness retreat center, splendor meets serenity. My senses drums, and parades that pop out of out nowhere unify the five senses in their come alive with the lush bougainvillea, delicately scented hibiscus, and intoxicating finest moments. I attend the holy Tirta aroma of frangipani as you enter the resort. Empul Temple traditional purification ceremony. Legend has it a magical king   named Mayadenawa possessed the Upon my arrival, I’m greeted with fresh spiritual power to transform himself into juice and a beautiful flower arrangement, any form he desired within the clean cool and then escorted to a one-hour foot springs. There are some legends you really massage for my “Taste Of Ayurveda” can feel the truth behind. package. Afterward, I dine under the stars   in the warm evening breeze.  In addition to yoga, three delicious vegan   The next morning, a full initial consultation meals per day, meditation, and guided rice field walks, I also I signed up for healthy with an Ayurvedic physician is planned, cooking and beauty classes to enhance my along with a full-body treatment and skills when I return home. Shirodhara, an ancient practice of gently pouring liquids over the third-eye to relieve   Bali was a spiritually orgasmic journey anxiety, stress, fatigue, depression, and where one can embrace his or her hypertension.   authentic vulnerability. Rediscover your own brilliance with Bali and its people as For the next three days, motherly your guide. professionals begin each treatment with a blessing and singing mantra. Being anointed with copious amounts of herbal oils helps me appreciate the connective power of human touch. I was placed gently 


city escape, harborside retreat It’s autumn in the Hamptons. The air is crisp, but the days are still warm and full of fun - the ideal time of year to visit Sag Harbor. Whether it’s for a romantic escape, girl getaway or family vacation, you’ll find the perfect reason to visit the Hamptons this fall. Baron’s Cove is your base for exploring the wineries, farmers markets, orchards, antique stores, shopping and culture that the East End has to offer. The hotel features sixty-seven charming village and harbor-facing rooms with plush bedding. Resort amenities include a classic All-American restaurant, harborside heated pool, tennis court, fitness studio and Baron’s Cove bicycles.

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A By Jenna Guarneri

fter a long week that typically consists of late nights at the office and various networking events, a weekend escape is sometimes needed to unwind and recharge. While spending time abroad increases cognitive and creative abilities, spending time with friends can cut down on stress and increase endorphins, so combine the two and book an impromptu “friendscape” to explore somewhere new.

What you’ll notice upon arrival is that Québec has a heavy French influence due to the city being founded by French explorer Samuel de Champlain, becoming the cradle of French civilization in North America. The Siege of Québec and the famous Battle of the Plains of Abraham later led to the fall of New France, but the French regime left a lasting imprint on Québec’s culture, specifically in its principal language.


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Québec City is an incredibly charming Canadian outpost rich in art and architecture that is just an hour and a half flight from New York. Québec’s provincial capital is over 400 years old; as you walk through the narrow cobblestone streets, you are taken aback by a city so rich in history.

WHERE TO STAY Hotel 71, tucked away on Rue Saint-Pierre in Old Port, was one of the world’s five biggest ports in the 19th century. The ultra-chic boutique hotel is found within a prestigious building that was once the National Bank of Canada’s first head office in Québec City. All guest rooms feature 14-foot-high ceilings with sweeping views of the St. Lawrence River and Cap Diamant. The interior is inspired by the latest international decor trends while all 60 rooms, including the nine suites and a penthouse with a private terrace, feature an original design and concept. Upon entry to the hotel, guests are greeted by an exceptional concierge service via Clefs d’Or, a non-profit pan-Canadian association of professional hotel concierges, which provides and maintains superlative service to hotel guests. The hotel has a 24/7 coffee lounge and wine dispenser in the lobby featuring chilled bottles of wines served at an optimal drinking temperature. Located within Hotel 71 is Restaurant Il Matto, offering the finest of authentic Italian cuisine inspired by old family recipes. Hotel 71 is surrounded by boutiques, bistros, gourmet restaurants, art galleries, historical sites, a cycling path, marina, funicular, Québec City-Lévis ferry, and is directly across from the Musée de la civilization. • 888-692-1171


WHAT TO EAT Le Graffiti: Elegant dining offering Italian and French influenced meals, Le Graffito received an award for excellence from Wine Spectator. Chef Yannick Fortin is renowned for his creations such as sweetbread, Nagano pork risotto, and roast lamb with fines herb. The restaurant is located on avenue Cartier in the heart of the art district. Café Boulangerie Paillard: Here you will find homemade delicacies from delicious sandwiches to coffee and ice cream. Be sure to taste the famous bread created by then 71-year-old Yves Simard who had no bakery experience but a love for good bread which convinced famed Dominique Saibron of Le Boulanger de Monge in France to personally train him. Chic Shack: Opened in 2012 by Lucy and Evan Price (co-owners of L’Auberge Saint-Antoine), Le Chic Shack offers delicious burgers, poutines, salads, shakes, and sodas crafted from fresh quality ingredients that have been carefully sourced from a select group of local purveyors. Chez Gastone: A trip to Québec City wouldn’t be complete without enjoying a plate of the city’s most famous comfort food—poutine. Order the classic fries, cheese curds, and gravy—or add meat such as bacon and hot dogs into the mix—at this worldfamous fast food joint.

WHAT TO DO Old Québec: Designated a World Heritage treasure by UNESCO, it is the only walled city north of Mexico. Visit various notable historical sites, such as Petit-Champlain District, Place Royale, the Plains of Abraham, and the Parliament Building. Montmorency Falls: Located 15 minutes from downtown, check out this waterfall, which is higher than Niagara Falls. Climb the scenic staircase to the suspension bridge and take in breathtaking views. For those who dare, try the double zip line spanning 1,000 feet. Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec: Home to a collection of more than 38,000 works of art, the museum is dedicated to promoting works of art from the province’s most talented artists, past and present. Fairmont Le Château Frontenac: The towering landmark that defines Québec City’s landscape, which is often called “the most photographed hotel in the world.”







THIS AUTUMN By Norah Bradford

Fall is the perfect time to explore some classic places and cities that blend history, culture, and buzz for a fantastic travel experience.

CELEBRATE NEW ORLEANS’ 300TH ANNIVERSARY This year marks 300 years since the founding of New Orleans. To celebrate, the city has a calendar of exciting events spanning the entire year. This fall, why not visit and take in the sights, sounds, and, of course, tastes of New Orleans? Experience the Thirty New Orleans Artists exhibition in the Healing Center in the St. Claude Arts District (September 8 to November 3). In addition, the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation’s 18 in 18 Arts Competition (through October 8) is showcasing the work of today’s youth. 

STAY at the classic Windsor Court Hotel or

the Intercontinental New Orleans, which is right on the route for Mardi Gras each year.

DINE at Brennan’s on Royal Street or savor the tastes at Brigtsen’s on Dante Street. 138

SAVOR THE WINE HARVEST IN NAPA VALLEY Early autumn in Napa Valley, California, is the best time to visit the towns that stretch south to north through the Valley that brings us those fine wines. Travel through Napa to Yountville, which boasts the highest concentration of Michelin-rated restaurants anywhere. From there, drive north to Saint Helena and Calistoga to sample the wines that make the region world-famous, including America’s own champagne from Schramsburg.

STAY at the Auberge du Soleil in Rutherford

or the LEED Platinum-certified Bardessono in Yountville. 

DINE at Thomas Keller’s Ad Hoc in Yountville or the Rutherford Grill, a Hillstone property. 

GAMBLE ON A SURE THING AT THE CATSKILLS’ NEWEST CASINO The renaissance of the Southern Catskills as the alternative travel destination northwest of New York continues with the recent opening of the Resorts World Catskills.  

STAY at the Resort World Catskills, a new hotel/ spa and entertainment center.

DINE at Chef Scott Conant’s Italian-themed

steakhouse, Cellaio, or go for the casual brunch at Narrowsburg essential, The Heron.


LAS VEGAS IS HOT NO MATTER THE SEASON Boasting a nearly endless supply of luxury hotel rooms and entertainment, Las Vegas remains an all-season spot for a quick vacation and change of scenery.

STAY at the Wynn or sister Wynn Encore properties. If gaming rooms are not your scene, try the Mandarin Oriental—the only Vegas strip hotel without a casino.

DINE at Beauty and Essex or party essential LAVO.

GET DELICIOUSLY SPICY IN SANTA FE The five-day Santa Fe Wine and Chile Fiesta is a celebration of the deep-rooted traditions of Santa Fe cuisine, which does, in fact, involve a lot of chile. Santa Fe has been gaining attention as one of the best small-town culinary destinations in America, and this autumn festival, held September 23-30, 2018, highlights the best of the best.

STAY at the Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado,

which offers a one-of-kind luxury getaway in the heart of New Mexico.

DINE at Restaurant Martin from Chef Martin Rios.

Among his accomplishments are five nominations for a James Beard Award and appearances on both the Cooking Channel and the Food Network.


EXPERIENCE GLAMOUR IN LOS ANGELES WITH THE ANGELS OF TELEVISION THIS SEPTEMBER The Annual Emmy Awards on September 17 will bring out the stars of television in Los Angeles.

STAY at “celebrity central,” the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, and try one of its new wellness rooms.  

DINE at Tao Los Angeles or Catch LA. Fancy a more old-school silver screen dining experience? Try The Ivy and ever-present Craig’s.




BELLA New York Hosts Its Sixth Annual Hamptons White Party with Lori Loughlin

On Saturday, August 4, 2018, Lori Loughlin hosted BELLA’s Hamptons White party at Southampton Social Club. The evening’s presenting sponsors were Prosecco DOC and Brussels Airlines. Other sponsors included 1907water, Rosé All Day, True Vodka, Dune Jewelry, Lavishly Tan, Land Rover of Southampton, VICKI Viatouch Media, Calyx Concierge, Plastic Surgery of New York, L’Amy and Optyx eyewear. Guests included Courtenay Hall (BELLA Editor-in-Chief), Daniel Hall (BELLA Chief Brand Strategist), Lori Loughlin (Netflix’s “Fuller House”), Bill Abbott (President of Hallmark), Andy Hilfiger (fashion personality), Donald Paul (FX’s “Atlanta”), Melissa Bolona (actress), Camille Kostek (Sports Illustrated swimsuit model), Dr. Tabasum Mir (Bravo’s “The Singles Project”), Any Peeke (TV host), Natalie Vie (Olympic fencer), Rita Cosby (TV correspondent for “Inside Edition”), Anne Liguori (sports radio and TV personality), Jane Hanson (news anchor),  Charmaine Bingwa (actress), Jim Chandler (actor/producer), Jenn Gotzen-Chandler (actor/producer). 142



2018 Cue Autism Celebrity Chef BBQ On June 24, 2018, if you were lucky to snag a ticket that brought some of New York’s top chefs to Long Island’s gorgeous Oheka Castle, you were in for a treat. More than 500 people enjoyed delicious BBQ fare while supporting Pop.Earth and its innovative programs that focus on BBQ health and wellness for those with autism and special needs. “No individuals are ever turned away from Pop.Earth based on an inability to pay, and we offer many of our sessions for free. It’s wonderful to see people come out to support our cause while enjoying themselves,” said the organization’s founder, Debbie Stone, whose 15-year-old son Dylan has autism. The annual event raised over $250,000 for Pop.Earth. 


Garden City Hotel’s 2nd Annual Rosé Soirée Night Featured partners included The Red Door Spa, floral boutique Arrangement Bar by Andrew Scott and the most recent addition, Chef David Burke restaurant. Guests enjoyed The battle of the Rosé tasting Conundrum Rosé and Chateau Sainte Marguerite L’Esprit de Saint Marguerite 2017 during the evening.

Fishing for a Cure On July 14, 2018, the Staten Island Fishing Club hosted its 3rd annual Pink Ribbon Fishing for a Cure Tournament. This event was a women’s-only tournament, which raised just under $18,000 for breast cancer research.  


AROUND TOWN The Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center of the Hamptons celebrated their 12th Annual GET WILD! Summer Gala at Joan and Bernard Carl’s Little Orchard Garden Southampton, NY

The Decoration & Design Building Spring Market 2018 in New York City explored the theme Al Fresco; Inside Out with the top editorial voices, and design influencers D&D Building, NYC Ghislaine Vinas, Alexa Hampton, Cindy Allen Mario Nievera, Kendell Cronstrom

Guests Included Bernard Carl, Paul Keber, Joan Carl, Susan McGraw Keber, Virginia Frati, Beth Stern, Chuck Scarborough, Shelley Berkoski, Hilary Geary Ross, and Wilbur Ross

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Green Beetz Partners with Alex and Ani Charity by Design to Launch Avocado Necklace and Charm, Blue Parrot Restaurant East Hampton, NY Guests Included Desiree Gruber, Anna Chapman, and Karolína Kurková


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Kiton, Citi Private Bank, Chopard and Marie-Claire Gladstone of Corcoran host An Evening Of Italian Elegance At Palazzo Kiton NYC Guests Included Jason Lesko, Marie-Claire Gladstone, Robert Gladstone, Tommy Hilfiger, Dee Ocleppo, Marie-Claire Gladstone, and Sonja Morgan

Charles S. Cohen honored at the 2018Q2 Visionaries Awards in Real Estate & Finance NYC


Fifth Annual “Collaborating for a Cure” benefiting the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation with a Fashion Presentation Showcasing Fashions from Icon Jason Wu NYC Guests Included Don Lemon, Lauren Lawrence, and Maria Fishel

Charles S. Cohen


The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation celebrated The 14th Annual Hamptons Happening honoring Chef Matt Lambert, Executive Chef & Co-owner of The Musket Room and Michelin Star Recipient; Ramy Brook Sharp, Founder & Creative Director of Ramy Brook; and Joe Farrell, Founder & President of Farrell Building Company, Bridgehampton, NY Guests Included Dr. Samuel Waxman, Ramy Brook Sharp, Chris Wragge

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THE NEW YORK Victoria Konefal By Vanessa Coppes

Best thing about living in NYC?

It’s the people-watching! New York City is home to many different cultures, and one of my favorite things is to observe how different people operate. It’s fascinating and you learn so much about humanity. I like giving people imaginative back stories, which makes it even more fun.

Favorite restaurant?

My favorite NYC restaurant is Sea in Williamsburg. The first time I ate there was years ago, and it’s been my favorite ever since. I love Thai food, and the atmosphere is incredibly soothing. It’s a great dining experience.

Favorite neighborhood?

Dumbo in Brooklyn. When I was a kid, I would take the subway there at night and gaze at the Manhattan skyline for hours. It doesn’t get any better than that.

The best part of my job is...

Being able to pursue my passion! I’ve always wanted to act, and the fact that my job is something I would do for free is a blessing in itself. I’m so happy to be doing what I do.

A visit to New York isn’t complete until... You’ve had a $1 slice of pizza and a good bagel. That’s NYC Living 101. The dough everywhere else is subpar, I can’t stand it.

Subways or cabs?

Subway! There is way too much traffic in the city to have the patience for cabs. Subways get delayed, but they are super convenient. You also don’t stumble upon street performances while you’re in a cab and that’s one of my favorite things about New York City. Walking down the subway steps and hearing someone play the drums on plastic containers is what makes me feel like I’m home.


Best advice you’ve ever received?

Let it go! Whatever the situation may be, that bit of advice always applies. Let go of all the negativity and worry and be unapologetically yourself.

Must-have beauty item? ative New Yorker Victoria Konefal hails from Brooklyn, where her passion for the entertainment industry began. After a class trip to see an off-Broadway production of “The Hobbit,” Konefal found herself wanting to join the performance, and a star was born!

Konefal currently plays Ciara Brady on the Daytime Emmy-winning soap opera “Days of Our Lives,” and is making her hometown proud. BELLA had a fun chat with this fun and witty star and found out what she loves most about her hometown.


The Clarisonic Mia brush—it makes exfoliating so easy and gentle. I can’t stress how important it is to exfoliate your skin at least once a week. If you don’t exfoliate, all of those expensive creams you’re putting on your face go to waste because your skin isn’t prepared to fully absorb any of it.

What’s your definition of beauty?

If the words you say were written on your skin, would you still look in the mirror and see beauty? That’s my beauty philosophy. Be kind and have a beautiful heart…the rest speaks for itself. Photographer: Birdie Thompson Hair and Makeup: Allison Noelle Clothing: Pin-up Girl

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YOUR FASHION GETAWAY. With the Belgium Stop Over of Brussels Airlines, enjoy: A free pit stop: from 1 to 5 days Free activities in 2 Belgian cities

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BELLA New York -September/October 2018 The Fashion Issue featuring Dee Ocleppo Hilfiger  

BELLA New York -September/October 2018: The Fashion Issue featuring Dee Ocleppo Hilfiger

BELLA New York -September/October 2018 The Fashion Issue featuring Dee Ocleppo Hilfiger  

BELLA New York -September/October 2018: The Fashion Issue featuring Dee Ocleppo Hilfiger