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COURTENAY C. HALL

Letter from the EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

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t’s BELL A’s 8th Annual Beaut y Issue and I must say, it’s a rea lly good one! A lexa R ay Joel looks absolutely breathta king on the cover as she channels her inner glam goddess. That dress, that gorgeous engagement ring, that beautiful demeanor and fun-loving spirit—she truly is the ultimate beaut y!

But the cover is just the beginning. Wait until you see what our Beaut y Director

Janene Mascarella has put together, star ting with the 2018 BELL A Beaut y Awards (so many amazing categories!). She has litera lly tried hundreds of products to pick these winners, and brea ks down her favorites I know you will love! Some of my other favorite things in this issue are the recommended spring books in “A Novel Idea” (I am tota lly picking up a few of these), and our travel pages, which are a lways so stunning, not to mention how much beaut y there is in seeing the world and experiencing other cultures. Indeed, beaut y is a ll around us—it’s a ll in how we interpret and let it shine in our lives. We often ask during our exclusive inter views of celebrities and notables how they def ine beaut y. The answers are a lways so revea ling, unique, and hear t warming— and I love that! As you get set to enjoy this issue as much as I did, I leave you with this to ponder: How do you def ine beaut y? Ta ke your answer, and shine on!

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COURTENAY C. HALL

Letter from the EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

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t’s BELL A’s 8th Annual Beaut y Issue and I must say, it’s a rea lly good one! A lexa R ay Joel looks absolutely breathta king on the cover as she channels her inner glam goddess. That dress, that gorgeous engagement ring, that beautiful demeanor and fun-loving spirit—she truly is the ultimate beaut y!

But the cover is just the beginning. Wait until you see what our Beaut y Director

Janene Mascarella has put together, star ting with the 2018 BELL A Beaut y Awards (so many amazing categories!). She has litera lly tried hundreds of products to pick these winners, and brea ks down her favorites I know you will love! Some of my other favorite things in this issue are the recommended spring books in “A Novel Idea” (I am tota lly picking up a few of these), and our travel pages, which are a lways so stunning, not to mention how much beaut y there is in seeing the world and experiencing other cultures. Indeed, beaut y is a ll around us—it’s a ll in how we interpret and let it shine in our lives. We often ask during our exclusive inter views of celebrities and notables how they def ine beaut y. The answers are a lways so revea ling, unique, and hear t warming— and I love that! As you get set to enjoy this issue as much as I did, I leave you with this to ponder: How do you def ine beaut y? Ta ke your answer, and shine on!

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NEW YORK

CONTRIBUTORS

Courtenay C. Hall

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Gina LaGuardia, EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Janene Mascarella, BEAUTY DIRECTOR Mindy Gura, FASHION DIRECTOR

Janene Mascarella Which is stronger: ultra-hold or mega-hold? Janene Mascarella has the answers to your burning beauty questions. Besides deeply pondering hairspray holds and lipstick shades, she's a New York-based beauty and lifestyle journalist whose work has appeared in The Washington Post, Cosmopolitan, Self, Glamour, Family Circle, Woman’s Day, Women's Health and many more. Janene began writing for BELLA since the launch issue in 2011. She dutifully dabbed, spritzed, and sprayed her way to the role of BELLA New York’s Beauty Director—her absolute dream job!

Paula Orlan, FASHION DIRECTOR Alexandra Anastasio, ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR Amanda Mactas, FOOD & ACCESSORIES EDITOR Gwen Wunderlich, LIFESTYLE EDITOR Norah Bradford, LIFESTYLE EDITOR Rachel Paul, BEAUTY CORRESPONDENT

Summer

Jonathan Calixto, FASHION CORRESPONDENT

HAIR DAZE

By Shelley Goodstein

Michele Dinardo, WEST COAST PRODUCER

A BANGIN’ TREND Easy bangs are going to be one of the biggest trends for summer 2018. It’s a quick and easy way to freshen up your look. Once you decide to make the cut, you’ll need to decide what kind of bang will work best with your facial structure.

For sweltering sunny mornings and those perfect but humid beach days, your new, best beauty friends will be some familiar accessories from the 1990s to hold back your hair. We saw giant claw clips back on the runway at the Alexander Wang show this past season. Not far behind—banana clips and 90s-inspired wide headbands.

OVAL OR ROUND FACES: Side-swept bangs work best

Daniel G. Hall

CHIEF BRAND STRATEGIST

Shelley Goodstien

HEART-SHAPED FACES: Longer textured bangs that can also be parted in the middle These throwbacks, still on sale at your corner drugstore, will be key accessories for keeping your tress not a mess this summer. Here are my top tips for going old-school to stay cool:

Julia Fischbach, CREATIVE DIRECTOR Vanessa Coppes, CONTENT MARKETING MANAGER Jessica DePeppo, CLIENT RELATIONS MANAGER Rachel Griarte, BRAND RELATIONS MANAGER Jenna Guarneri, PUBLIC RELATIONS

Shelley Goodstein is the founder and CEO of Hidden Crown® Hair Extensions. She is also the author of “Face This: Real Advice from Real Models” and the popular blog, “A Model's Secrets.” In addition to serving as a beauty expert on morning shows for ABC and NBC, the 53-year-old working model with Ford in the USA, Silver Model Agency in Paris, and Grey Models in London loves to pass along the secrets and tricks she learns behind the scenes. Don’t miss her BELLA exclusive, “Summer Hair Daze,” on page 30.

EFFORTLESS SUMMER STYLE FOR DINNER AND COCKTAILS I recommend a sleek low pony with a simple tied ribbon design. The ribbon need not be expensive but think of textures like velvet, gold lame, and even leather ties. Pair the tied pony with a beautiful pair of studs or big gold hoops for an elegant “I’m not trying that hard” vibe. LONG FACES: Retro short micro

Up the Effort: ⊲ Try a bubble pony by placing small elastics down the length of you ponytail about 2 inches apart.

⊳ Experiment time: For a temporary test, take inspiration from the FENDI runway, where we saw clip-in color-dyed fringe on models Gigi, Kendall, and Kaia Gerber.

Vital Agibalow, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Isadora Gomes, INTERN AIDS WALK NEW YORK AND GMHC:

By Kelly Rose Bellucci

AIDS activist and author Vito Russo once said, “We have to leave a legacy to the generation of people who will come after us. Remember that someday, the AIDS crisis will be over. And when that day has come and gone, there will be people alive on this earth—gay people and straight people, black people and white people, men and women—who will hear the story that once there was a terrible disease, and that a brave group of people stood up and fought, and in some cases died, so that others might live and be free.”

Star Shop Studios Joseph Santangelo, PRODUCER Danita Chantel, HOST Avanti Gupta, HOST

In 1981, the United States was presented with an unfamiliar disease that infected a group of young gay men in Los Angeles. What first seemed like an uncommon strain of pneumonia would quickly turn out to be one of the world’s most vicious epidemics: AIDS.

Before acquiring the name AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome), the disease was initially referred to as GRID (gay-related immune deficiency), based on the group of individuals it affected. This led to a slew of problems for the gay community, as they were not only being shamed, but also ignored and silenced. The government, medical community, and general public failed to recognize the seriousness of the outbreak, and their lack of action was devastating. Hospitals began denying services to those infected with the illness, and even went as far as placing people in black garbage bags when they died from AIDS-related complications. The FDA used the same method to test AIDS drugs as they would a simple nasal spray, which is a 7- to 10-year process.

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PHOTO BY MATT MCDERMOTT

Activists and patients began protesting in the streets as well as organizing advocacy groups to

THE TRAGEDY THAT CHANGED LIVES

PHOTO BY JUSTIN MCCALLUM

CONTRIBUTORS Dawn Allcot, Denise Baron, Kelly Rose Bellucci, Dr. Shain Cuber, Evan Elkowitz, Lorenzo I. Diggs, Kristen Fischer, Jenna Glatzer, Shelley Goodstein, Ashley Keegan, Jill Goldsberry, Ilsy J. Hoo, Dr. Robi Ludwig, Dawn Papandrea, Erica Russo, Lesley Santillan, Dr. David Schlessinger, Tamar Snyder, Robyn Tellefsen, Jarrod Thalheimer, Barbara Bellesi Zito, Sascha Zuger

AIDS WALK NEW YORK WILL TAKE PLACE ON MAY 20, 2018. REGISTER FOR FREE AT NY.AIDSWALK.NET, WHERE YOU CAN ALSO CREATE A PERSONAL FUNDRAISING PAGE AND INVITE FRIENDS AND FAMILY TO SPONSOR YOU.

HEALING WITH HARD WORK, HOPE, AND HEART

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raise awareness. ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) was one of the many groups formed during this time. These brave members traveled near and far, searching for a cure and fighting for the respect they deserved. By 1989, AIDS was reported to be the number one cause of death for men under age 44, primarily in New York. In response, ACT UP formed the National AIDS Treatment Research Agenda with hopes of finding an adequate drug to help those battling the disease. With their hard work and dedication, a breakthrough was made in 1996. Effective protease inhibitors were developed and produced, ultimately saving 6,000,000 lives. Today, although the disease can be controlled, a cure for AIDS still does not exist. AN ORGANIZATION WITH OPTIMISM Throughout any sort of crisis, it is the constant support and love shown by a community that provides individuals with hope. There were a number of important organizations present during the AIDS crisis of the 1980s, but one in particular continues to flourish and help people live long and healthy lives: Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC), the first HIV and AIDS service in the world.

TO LEARN MORE ABOUT GAY MEN'S HEALTH CRISIS, VISIT GMHC.ORG.

PHOTO BY JUSTIN MCCALLUM

With a passion for writing and the desire to share her artistry with others, Kelly Rose Bellucci has been working with BELLA for a year now. The Long Island native has a love for beauty and is always looking for new ways to express her creativity. She has interviewed many accomplished individuals over the course of her career, and enjoys exploring the vast array of talents they have to offer. In this issue, be sure to check out her profile of artist Jessica Licciardello on pages 82-83, and learn about GMHC and their annual AIDS Walk NY fundraiser on pages 126-127.

In 1981, a group of prominent gay men gathered in the apartment of writer and LGBT activist Larry Kramer, passing a hat around to raise money for AIDS research. Within the next year, GMHC was officially established. The organization set up the first AIDS hotline, which received more than 100 calls on its opening night. Since then, the organization has sponsored a number of fundraising events, campaigned to promote safe sex (including releasing guidelines titled “Healthy Sex Is Great Sex”), and both drafted and successfully passed New York State’s AIDS-Related Information Bill. TAKING STEPS TO FIND A CURE Today, GMHC helps upwards of 13,000 clients a year and has evolved into a leading resource for people living with HIV or AIDS. The organization provides an abundance of programs and services for all, including a “Safety in Housing Program,” which locates secure housing for HIVpositive individuals who are homeless or living in unstable conditions. Free and confidential HIV testing is also available. In addition, GMHC coordinated the first AIDS Walk New York in 1986, which continues to support the efforts of Gay Men’s Health Crisis today. From 4,500 participants to 890,000, AIDS Walk New York has become the largest HIV and AIDS fundraiser in the world to take place in a single day. The event has raised more than $150 million in donations and serves as a model for other HIV and AIDS walks around the world. With the faithful support of the community and the growing recognition of AIDS Walk New York, millions of lives have been saved, and GMHC’s goal of ending the AIDS epidemic in New York State by 2020 seems more achievable than ever before.

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T R A V E L Spotlight

MEDICAL ADVISORY BOARD Dr. Didier Demesmin, Dr. Jack B. D’Angelo,

Dr. Aaron Elkowitz, Dr. Marc J. Elkowitz, Dr. Ronit Gilad, Dr. David H. Hiltzik, Dr. Robi Ludwig, Dr. Soriaya Motivala, Dr. Katherine Melzer-Ross

NEW MEXICO A PLACE TO NOURISH, HEAL, AND DISCOVER By Denise Baron

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• INFO@BELLANYC.COM • BELLANYMAG.COM

Constant connectivity leaves us exhausted and over-stimulated. The mind and body can break down at an alarming rate, sometimes even leading us to become ill. As a lifestyle expert and wellness educator, I’m always on the lookout for exceptional spa resorts, wellness centers, and Integrative MDs that epitomize the ethos of “restore, refresh, and relax,” to recommend to my clients. When this past year brought a major health challenge to my reality, my job became my salvation. To say New Mexico is the “Land of Enchantment” is an understatement. Ojo Spas provide a natural healing balance alongside creativity, luxury, superior staffing, and an intoxicating atmosphere. The arid terrain is a vast image of sand, dry heat, and endless horizons, but once you arrive at your destination, you’ll discover the secret waters flowing deep beneath.

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Denise Baron

DETOX FROM THE HYPER-DRIVEN “NOW” AT SUNRISE SPRINGS SPA RESORT Located in the southwestern desert terrain, Sunrise Springs Spa Resort is full of hidden gems and ancient healing, calming waters, the arts, and scrumptious food. This must-visit spa of the Ojos Spa family is the perfect hideaway to explore and rediscover your true self. Indeed, you’ll leave with a fresh perspective and the implementation of new lifestyle tools. Nestled in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, it takes no demand of self to relax here. This oasis is located on serene 70-acres of cottonwood trees. For the final leg of my recovery, I booked

a two-night stay in a private casita that transcended my expectations of casual luxury. The enhanced rooms offer local artisan touches and true southwestern flair. Guests are given a personal journal and meditation book rather than television distractions. It’s easy to feel right at home with a French press, heavenly beds, gas fireplaces, and plush robes to wear while strolling the grounds. A dedicated 20 acres contains a traditional sweat lodge, walking meditation medicine wheel, fitness center, art studio, saltwater pool, soaking tubs, integrative

spa, and a greenhouse where you can learn the benefits of cultivating herbs and spices. Plus, there’s the Blue Heron Restaurant, which features artistic presentations of organic food grown on the spa’s own private Ojo Farm. During my stay, serenity was discovered in the many experiential activities provided. I began by scheduling an Ancient Echoes massage that utilizes various massage techniques and energy balancing. More deep integrative body awareness came in the guise of a playful yoga class that redefined the way I fit inside my own skin.

To integrate my mind/ body balance, I enjoyed a Tai Chi mixed media class, which centered the mind with breath and bodywork and channeled it through painting. I balanced the spiritual, mental, physical, and emotional elements by walking with an in-house counselor, Michael, through the medicine wheel. Afterward, I lay in a hammock and sipped ginger tonic near the pond, swaying my leftover discomforts away. Sunrise Springs mastered the five senses approach. The sounds of trickling hot springs and sweet birdsong enveloped a long, overdue sense of peace. SunriseSprings.OjoSpa.com

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Denise Baron is a global connector and connoisseur of beauty trends, wellness and health techniques, and astrology. Being a quintessential Gemini, she refuses to be slotted into one confining skill set. Her curiosity leads her into adventures around the world where she can submerge herself into the culture and learn the nature of their healing and wellness methods. Learn more about her recent experiences in New Mexico on page 134.


NEW YORK

CONTRIBUTORS

Courtenay C. Hall

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Gina LaGuardia, EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Janene Mascarella, BEAUTY DIRECTOR Mindy Gura, FASHION DIRECTOR

Janene Mascarella Which is stronger: ultra-hold or mega-hold? Janene Mascarella has the answers to your burning beauty questions. Besides deeply pondering hairspray holds and lipstick shades, she's a New York-based beauty and lifestyle journalist whose work has appeared in The Washington Post, Cosmopolitan, Self, Glamour, Family Circle, Woman’s Day, Women's Health and many more. Janene began writing for BELLA since the launch issue in 2011. She dutifully dabbed, spritzed, and sprayed her way to the role of BELLA New York’s Beauty Director—her absolute dream job!

Paula Orlan, FASHION DIRECTOR Alexandra Anastasio, ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR Amanda Mactas, FOOD & ACCESSORIES EDITOR Gwen Wunderlich, LIFESTYLE EDITOR Norah Bradford, LIFESTYLE EDITOR Rachel Paul, BEAUTY CORRESPONDENT

Summer

Jonathan Calixto, FASHION CORRESPONDENT

HAIR DAZE

By Shelley Goodstein

Michele Dinardo, WEST COAST PRODUCER

A BANGIN’ TREND Easy bangs are going to be one of the biggest trends for summer 2018. It’s a quick and easy way to freshen up your look. Once you decide to make the cut, you’ll need to decide what kind of bang will work best with your facial structure.

For sweltering sunny mornings and those perfect but humid beach days, your new, best beauty friends will be some familiar accessories from the 1990s to hold back your hair. We saw giant claw clips back on the runway at the Alexander Wang show this past season. Not far behind—banana clips and 90s-inspired wide headbands.

OVAL OR ROUND FACES: Side-swept bangs work best

Daniel G. Hall

CHIEF BRAND STRATEGIST

Shelley Goodstien

HEART-SHAPED FACES: Longer textured bangs that can also be parted in the middle These throwbacks, still on sale at your corner drugstore, will be key accessories for keeping your tress not a mess this summer. Here are my top tips for going old-school to stay cool:

Julia Fischbach, CREATIVE DIRECTOR Vanessa Coppes, CONTENT MARKETING MANAGER Jessica DePeppo, CLIENT RELATIONS MANAGER Rachel Griarte, BRAND RELATIONS MANAGER Jenna Guarneri, PUBLIC RELATIONS

Shelley Goodstein is the founder and CEO of Hidden Crown® Hair Extensions. She is also the author of “Face This: Real Advice from Real Models” and the popular blog, “A Model's Secrets.” In addition to serving as a beauty expert on morning shows for ABC and NBC, the 53-year-old working model with Ford in the USA, Silver Model Agency in Paris, and Grey Models in London loves to pass along the secrets and tricks she learns behind the scenes. Don’t miss her BELLA exclusive, “Summer Hair Daze,” on page 30.

EFFORTLESS SUMMER STYLE FOR DINNER AND COCKTAILS I recommend a sleek low pony with a simple tied ribbon design. The ribbon need not be expensive but think of textures like velvet, gold lame, and even leather ties. Pair the tied pony with a beautiful pair of studs or big gold hoops for an elegant “I’m not trying that hard” vibe. LONG FACES: Retro short micro

Up the Effort: ⊲ Try a bubble pony by placing small elastics down the length of you ponytail about 2 inches apart.

⊳ Experiment time: For a temporary test, take inspiration from the FENDI runway, where we saw clip-in color-dyed fringe on models Gigi, Kendall, and Kaia Gerber.

Vital Agibalow, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Isadora Gomes, INTERN AIDS WALK NEW YORK AND GMHC:

By Kelly Rose Bellucci

AIDS activist and author Vito Russo once said, “We have to leave a legacy to the generation of people who will come after us. Remember that someday, the AIDS crisis will be over. And when that day has come and gone, there will be people alive on this earth—gay people and straight people, black people and white people, men and women—who will hear the story that once there was a terrible disease, and that a brave group of people stood up and fought, and in some cases died, so that others might live and be free.”

Star Shop Studios Joseph Santangelo, PRODUCER Danita Chantel, HOST Avanti Gupta, HOST

In 1981, the United States was presented with an unfamiliar disease that infected a group of young gay men in Los Angeles. What first seemed like an uncommon strain of pneumonia would quickly turn out to be one of the world’s most vicious epidemics: AIDS.

Before acquiring the name AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome), the disease was initially referred to as GRID (gay-related immune deficiency), based on the group of individuals it affected. This led to a slew of problems for the gay community, as they were not only being shamed, but also ignored and silenced. The government, medical community, and general public failed to recognize the seriousness of the outbreak, and their lack of action was devastating. Hospitals began denying services to those infected with the illness, and even went as far as placing people in black garbage bags when they died from AIDS-related complications. The FDA used the same method to test AIDS drugs as they would a simple nasal spray, which is a 7- to 10-year process.

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Kelly Rose Belluci

PHOTO BY MATT MCDERMOTT

Activists and patients began protesting in the streets as well as organizing advocacy groups to

THE TRAGEDY THAT CHANGED LIVES

PHOTO BY JUSTIN MCCALLUM

CONTRIBUTORS Dawn Allcot, Denise Baron, Kelly Rose Bellucci, Dr. Shain Cuber, Evan Elkowitz, Lorenzo I. Diggs, Kristen Fischer, Jenna Glatzer, Shelley Goodstein, Ashley Keegan, Jill Goldsberry, Ilsy J. Hoo, Dr. Robi Ludwig, Dawn Papandrea, Erica Russo, Lesley Santillan, Dr. David Schlessinger, Tamar Snyder, Robyn Tellefsen, Jarrod Thalheimer, Barbara Bellesi Zito, Sascha Zuger

AIDS WALK NEW YORK WILL TAKE PLACE ON MAY 20, 2018. REGISTER FOR FREE AT NY.AIDSWALK.NET, WHERE YOU CAN ALSO CREATE A PERSONAL FUNDRAISING PAGE AND INVITE FRIENDS AND FAMILY TO SPONSOR YOU.

HEALING WITH HARD WORK, HOPE, AND HEART

BELLA TV

raise awareness. ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) was one of the many groups formed during this time. These brave members traveled near and far, searching for a cure and fighting for the respect they deserved. By 1989, AIDS was reported to be the number one cause of death for men under age 44, primarily in New York. In response, ACT UP formed the National AIDS Treatment Research Agenda with hopes of finding an adequate drug to help those battling the disease. With their hard work and dedication, a breakthrough was made in 1996. Effective protease inhibitors were developed and produced, ultimately saving 6,000,000 lives. Today, although the disease can be controlled, a cure for AIDS still does not exist. AN ORGANIZATION WITH OPTIMISM Throughout any sort of crisis, it is the constant support and love shown by a community that provides individuals with hope. There were a number of important organizations present during the AIDS crisis of the 1980s, but one in particular continues to flourish and help people live long and healthy lives: Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC), the first HIV and AIDS service in the world.

TO LEARN MORE ABOUT GAY MEN'S HEALTH CRISIS, VISIT GMHC.ORG.

PHOTO BY JUSTIN MCCALLUM

With a passion for writing and the desire to share her artistry with others, Kelly Rose Bellucci has been working with BELLA for a year now. The Long Island native has a love for beauty and is always looking for new ways to express her creativity. She has interviewed many accomplished individuals over the course of her career, and enjoys exploring the vast array of talents they have to offer. In this issue, be sure to check out her profile of artist Jessica Licciardello on pages 82-83, and learn about GMHC and their annual AIDS Walk NY fundraiser on pages 126-127.

In 1981, a group of prominent gay men gathered in the apartment of writer and LGBT activist Larry Kramer, passing a hat around to raise money for AIDS research. Within the next year, GMHC was officially established. The organization set up the first AIDS hotline, which received more than 100 calls on its opening night. Since then, the organization has sponsored a number of fundraising events, campaigned to promote safe sex (including releasing guidelines titled “Healthy Sex Is Great Sex”), and both drafted and successfully passed New York State’s AIDS-Related Information Bill. TAKING STEPS TO FIND A CURE Today, GMHC helps upwards of 13,000 clients a year and has evolved into a leading resource for people living with HIV or AIDS. The organization provides an abundance of programs and services for all, including a “Safety in Housing Program,” which locates secure housing for HIVpositive individuals who are homeless or living in unstable conditions. Free and confidential HIV testing is also available. In addition, GMHC coordinated the first AIDS Walk New York in 1986, which continues to support the efforts of Gay Men’s Health Crisis today. From 4,500 participants to 890,000, AIDS Walk New York has become the largest HIV and AIDS fundraiser in the world to take place in a single day. The event has raised more than $150 million in donations and serves as a model for other HIV and AIDS walks around the world. With the faithful support of the community and the growing recognition of AIDS Walk New York, millions of lives have been saved, and GMHC’s goal of ending the AIDS epidemic in New York State by 2020 seems more achievable than ever before.

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T R A V E L Spotlight

MEDICAL ADVISORY BOARD Dr. Didier Demesmin, Dr. Jack B. D’Angelo,

Dr. Aaron Elkowitz, Dr. Marc J. Elkowitz, Dr. Ronit Gilad, Dr. David H. Hiltzik, Dr. Robi Ludwig, Dr. Soriaya Motivala, Dr. Katherine Melzer-Ross

NEW MEXICO A PLACE TO NOURISH, HEAL, AND DISCOVER By Denise Baron

BELLA MEDIA GROUP 379 WEST BROADWAY, NEW YORK, NY 10012 B E L L A N E W Y O R K | M ay/J u n e 2 0 1 8 212-203-1912

• INFO@BELLANYC.COM • BELLANYMAG.COM

Constant connectivity leaves us exhausted and over-stimulated. The mind and body can break down at an alarming rate, sometimes even leading us to become ill. As a lifestyle expert and wellness educator, I’m always on the lookout for exceptional spa resorts, wellness centers, and Integrative MDs that epitomize the ethos of “restore, refresh, and relax,” to recommend to my clients. When this past year brought a major health challenge to my reality, my job became my salvation. To say New Mexico is the “Land of Enchantment” is an understatement. Ojo Spas provide a natural healing balance alongside creativity, luxury, superior staffing, and an intoxicating atmosphere. The arid terrain is a vast image of sand, dry heat, and endless horizons, but once you arrive at your destination, you’ll discover the secret waters flowing deep beneath.

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Denise Baron

DETOX FROM THE HYPER-DRIVEN “NOW” AT SUNRISE SPRINGS SPA RESORT Located in the southwestern desert terrain, Sunrise Springs Spa Resort is full of hidden gems and ancient healing, calming waters, the arts, and scrumptious food. This must-visit spa of the Ojos Spa family is the perfect hideaway to explore and rediscover your true self. Indeed, you’ll leave with a fresh perspective and the implementation of new lifestyle tools. Nestled in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, it takes no demand of self to relax here. This oasis is located on serene 70-acres of cottonwood trees. For the final leg of my recovery, I booked

a two-night stay in a private casita that transcended my expectations of casual luxury. The enhanced rooms offer local artisan touches and true southwestern flair. Guests are given a personal journal and meditation book rather than television distractions. It’s easy to feel right at home with a French press, heavenly beds, gas fireplaces, and plush robes to wear while strolling the grounds. A dedicated 20 acres contains a traditional sweat lodge, walking meditation medicine wheel, fitness center, art studio, saltwater pool, soaking tubs, integrative

spa, and a greenhouse where you can learn the benefits of cultivating herbs and spices. Plus, there’s the Blue Heron Restaurant, which features artistic presentations of organic food grown on the spa’s own private Ojo Farm. During my stay, serenity was discovered in the many experiential activities provided. I began by scheduling an Ancient Echoes massage that utilizes various massage techniques and energy balancing. More deep integrative body awareness came in the guise of a playful yoga class that redefined the way I fit inside my own skin.

To integrate my mind/ body balance, I enjoyed a Tai Chi mixed media class, which centered the mind with breath and bodywork and channeled it through painting. I balanced the spiritual, mental, physical, and emotional elements by walking with an in-house counselor, Michael, through the medicine wheel. Afterward, I lay in a hammock and sipped ginger tonic near the pond, swaying my leftover discomforts away. Sunrise Springs mastered the five senses approach. The sounds of trickling hot springs and sweet birdsong enveloped a long, overdue sense of peace. SunriseSprings.OjoSpa.com

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Denise Baron is a global connector and connoisseur of beauty trends, wellness and health techniques, and astrology. Being a quintessential Gemini, she refuses to be slotted into one confining skill set. Her curiosity leads her into adventures around the world where she can submerge herself into the culture and learn the nature of their healing and wellness methods. Learn more about her recent experiences in New Mexico on page 134.


CONTENTS

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16 2018 BELLA

Beauty Awards

The Best of the Beautiful Best

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Beauty Scene

Go Gorgeous, Exotic “It” Ingredients, Wrenn Schmidt’s Beauty Secrets, Look Smoldering in Barely-There Makeup, Trends & Obsessions, Summer Hair Daze

Up Close & Personal

Kimberly Sayer

In Her Wind

Breezy Beauty

Style Report 46 The Inside Look: Leanne Marshall, Off the Beaten Path Hidden Shopping Gems, Spring Closet Makeover, Reinvent Your Closet, Website Wows, Summer Weddings, The Luxe List, Runway to Reality

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Lost in Paradise

Fall in Love—and Luxury!

Eight for ‘18

Must-Attend Film Festivals You Won’t Want to Miss

Culture Vulture 72 The Vibe Five & Culture 74 Arts How to Color Your World

76 The New York Life

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BELLA’s Fabulous 5

Exclusive Picks for a Perfect Spring

Sophisticated Spaces

The Gucci House of Style

Sunny Hostin

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NYC Artist Spotlight Jessica Licciardello

Cover Story

Alexa Rae Joel

Getting to Know 96 The Many Facets of Tamsen Fadal

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Beauty Awards

The Best of the Beautiful Best

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Beauty Scene

Go Gorgeous, Exotic “It” Ingredients, Wrenn Schmidt’s Beauty Secrets, Look Smoldering in Barely-There Makeup, Trends & Obsessions, Summer Hair Daze

Up Close & Personal

Kimberly Sayer

In Her Wind

Breezy Beauty

Style Report 46 The Inside Look: Leanne Marshall, Off the Beaten Path Hidden Shopping Gems, Spring Closet Makeover, Reinvent Your Closet, Website Wows, Summer Weddings, The Luxe List, Runway to Reality

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Lost in Paradise

Fall in Love—and Luxury!

Eight for ‘18

Must-Attend Film Festivals You Won’t Want to Miss

Culture Vulture 72 The Vibe Five & Culture 74 Arts How to Color Your World

76 The New York Life

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84 86

BELLA’s Fabulous 5

Exclusive Picks for a Perfect Spring

Sophisticated Spaces

The Gucci House of Style

Sunny Hostin

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NYC Artist Spotlight Jessica Licciardello

Cover Story

Alexa Rae Joel

Getting to Know 96 The Many Facets of Tamsen Fadal

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Chow BELLA 98 An Ode to the Past, A New Taste in History

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Power Players

Rob Wiesenthal, Jazmin Grace Grimaldi

The Beauty of Service

Photographer: John Russo

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Navy SEAL Combat Veteran Brett Gleeson

Mind + Body

Fitness Influencers We Love, Sip & Save, Liven Things Up—Lemon-Style, Eat Your Way to a Flat Core, The Mommy Makeover, Trends in Cosmetic Facial Surgery

Make An Impact

Vivian Santora

AIDS Walk New York and GMHC Healing with Hard Work, Hope, and Heart

Love in the City

The Perfect Career or Relationship?

A Novel Idea

So Many Books, So Little Time

A two-day shopping event with the best denim brands, seminars, vintage treasure hunting, music, food and more...

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Metropolitan Pavilion Saturday, September 22 & Sunday, September 23 11 am - 6 pm

Address: 125 West 18th Street New York NY 10011 For more information and to purchase tickets please visit: www.denim-days.com

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2018

Chow BELLA 98 An Ode to the Past, A New Taste in History

104 108

124 126 128 130

Power Players

Rob Wiesenthal, Jazmin Grace Grimaldi

The Beauty of Service

Photographer: John Russo

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Navy SEAL Combat Veteran Brett Gleeson

Mind + Body

Fitness Influencers We Love, Sip & Save, Liven Things Up—Lemon-Style, Eat Your Way to a Flat Core, The Mommy Makeover, Trends in Cosmetic Facial Surgery

Make An Impact

Vivian Santora

AIDS Walk New York and GMHC Healing with Hard Work, Hope, and Heart

Love in the City

The Perfect Career or Relationship?

A Novel Idea

So Many Books, So Little Time

A two-day shopping event with the best denim brands, seminars, vintage treasure hunting, music, food and more...

90 Spotlight 132 Travel Bimini: The Hidden Treasure of the Bahamas Spotlight 134 Travel New Mexico: A Place to Nourish, Heal, and Discover Spotlight 138 Travel Cinco de More-o! Town 140 Around Behind the Scenes with BELLA

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The New York 9 Melissa Lee

Metropolitan Pavilion Saturday, September 22 & Sunday, September 23 11 am - 6 pm

Address: 125 West 18th Street New York NY 10011 For more information and to purchase tickets please visit: www.denim-days.com

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Discover the Rejuvenating Power of Wine and Chocolate Our

Beauty Director Janene Mascarella

is hard at work each day, dutifully dabbing, spritzing, spraying, and sampling beauty products to bring you the very best. Here are her 2018 BELLA Beauty Award winners—those most worthy of applause.

Best Flirtation Device 5 Ways to Fabulous Lashes

These cruelty-free luxury mink and silk lashes are made to complement every eye shape and are exactly as the name suggests—fluttery and fabulous. $40-$50, 5WaysToFabulous.com

Best Brow Enhancer

Best Teeth Twinkler

This retractable pencil is pretty much perfection. It can draw the tiniest of lines to easily mimic brows, and the color adjusts with pressure applied. $26, Dermelect.com

Cancel that in-office teeth whitening appointment. This is a surefire way to a mega-watt smile and an absolute BELLA favorite. $49, QVC.com

Dermelect Revitalite Brow Transformer

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Supersmile Extra White Whitening System

www.chocovin.com 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 www.chocovin.com BELLANYMAG.COM

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Discover the Rejuvenating Power of Wine and Chocolate Our

Beauty Director Janene Mascarella

is hard at work each day, dutifully dabbing, spritzing, spraying, and sampling beauty products to bring you the very best. Here are her 2018 BELLA Beauty Award winners—those most worthy of applause.

Best Flirtation Device 5 Ways to Fabulous Lashes

These cruelty-free luxury mink and silk lashes are made to complement every eye shape and are exactly as the name suggests—fluttery and fabulous. $40-$50, 5WaysToFabulous.com

Best Brow Enhancer

Best Teeth Twinkler

This retractable pencil is pretty much perfection. It can draw the tiniest of lines to easily mimic brows, and the color adjusts with pressure applied. $26, Dermelect.com

Cancel that in-office teeth whitening appointment. This is a surefire way to a mega-watt smile and an absolute BELLA favorite. $49, QVC.com

Dermelect Revitalite Brow Transformer

E L LYORK A N E W| YMAY/JUNE O R K | M ay/J u2018 ne 2018 16 16BELLA BNEW

Supersmile Extra White Whitening System

www.chocovin.com 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 www.chocovin.com BELLANYMAG.COM

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GO, GORGEOUS By Janene Mascarella

COME UNDONE Want sexy locks like Kesha? To achieve this look, celebrity stylist Preston Wada prepped the pop star’s damp hair with Number 4 High Performance Styling Foam and Number 4 High Performance Thermal Styling Spray. He worked the products into her hair to create smoothness without affecting the natural bends in her hair. Once her hair was dry, Preston curled it to craft an undone, natural look. After he created the texture in her hair, he spritzed and spread Number 4 High Performance Sugar Texturizing Spray all over her hair with his fingers to create an even more natural look. Number4Hair.com

SAY "I DO" The latest fragrance from Christian Siriano, Silhouette in Bloom, captures the radiant aura of a glamorous and stylish woman with an opening of crisp pear leaves, pink pepper, and Italian mandarin. (Sounds delectable, we know!) The heart is composed of alluring jasmine petals, precious jasmine sambac, and noble rose–and it’s oh, so sensual. The bottle design was reworked to be a sophisticated representation of the Ombre ball gown Siriano showed for his Spring ’17 bridal collection. $92, So-Avant-Garde.com

HOURGLASS CROSBY High-performance cosmetics brand Hourglass Cosmetics recently opened its second retail store at 42 Crosby Street in SoHo.

Customize your own palette at the store's "Ambient Lighting Bar," where you can choose from the complete collection of Ambient Lighting Powders designed to capture, diffuse, and soften the way light reflects on the skin with groundbreaking Photoluminescent Technology. (Translation: Stellar selfies!)

WHY WE LOVE IT

The store also offers a full-service menu, including a brand new Keratin Lash Lift, a nourishing treatment infused with Keratin to achieve the effect of longer, lifted lashes for six to eight weeks. Go forth, beauty fanatics, and illuminate!

HOW CELEBS GET SUN-KISSED What’s Kylie Jenner's favorite new at-home self-tanning solution? SixPlusThree Spray & Glow! New York-based celebrity tanner and founder of Suvara World, Marcella Mazzucca, has celebrities like Jenner, Kim Kardashian, Leonardo DiCaprio, Miranda Kerr, Blake Lively, Jessica Simpson, and Fergie singing the praises of her one-of-a-kind vitamin and antioxidant-enriched tanning formulation. What started out as an experiment by a pharmacist and partner whose wife had gone through her own battle of skin cancer has now spurred a cult-like following by an A-list clientele. And it’s no wonder: The uniquely hydrating self-tanning spray is scientifically developed with the highest-quality ingredients for all skin types. Enriched with a light bronzer, this will instantly add a natural-looking radiance to your skin, while the gradual elements develop to deliver a beautiful sun-kissed glow. $36, SuvaraWorld.com

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GO, GORGEOUS By Janene Mascarella

COME UNDONE Want sexy locks like Kesha? To achieve this look, celebrity stylist Preston Wada prepped the pop star’s damp hair with Number 4 High Performance Styling Foam and Number 4 High Performance Thermal Styling Spray. He worked the products into her hair to create smoothness without affecting the natural bends in her hair. Once her hair was dry, Preston curled it to craft an undone, natural look. After he created the texture in her hair, he spritzed and spread Number 4 High Performance Sugar Texturizing Spray all over her hair with his fingers to create an even more natural look. Number4Hair.com

SAY "I DO" The latest fragrance from Christian Siriano, Silhouette in Bloom, captures the radiant aura of a glamorous and stylish woman with an opening of crisp pear leaves, pink pepper, and Italian mandarin. (Sounds delectable, we know!) The heart is composed of alluring jasmine petals, precious jasmine sambac, and noble rose–and it’s oh, so sensual. The bottle design was reworked to be a sophisticated representation of the Ombre ball gown Siriano showed for his Spring ’17 bridal collection. $92, So-Avant-Garde.com

HOURGLASS CROSBY High-performance cosmetics brand Hourglass Cosmetics recently opened its second retail store at 42 Crosby Street in SoHo.

Customize your own palette at the store's "Ambient Lighting Bar," where you can choose from the complete collection of Ambient Lighting Powders designed to capture, diffuse, and soften the way light reflects on the skin with groundbreaking Photoluminescent Technology. (Translation: Stellar selfies!)

WHY WE LOVE IT

The store also offers a full-service menu, including a brand new Keratin Lash Lift, a nourishing treatment infused with Keratin to achieve the effect of longer, lifted lashes for six to eight weeks. Go forth, beauty fanatics, and illuminate!

HOW CELEBS GET SUN-KISSED What’s Kylie Jenner's favorite new at-home self-tanning solution? SixPlusThree Spray & Glow! New York-based celebrity tanner and founder of Suvara World, Marcella Mazzucca, has celebrities like Jenner, Kim Kardashian, Leonardo DiCaprio, Miranda Kerr, Blake Lively, Jessica Simpson, and Fergie singing the praises of her one-of-a-kind vitamin and antioxidant-enriched tanning formulation. What started out as an experiment by a pharmacist and partner whose wife had gone through her own battle of skin cancer has now spurred a cult-like following by an A-list clientele. And it’s no wonder: The uniquely hydrating self-tanning spray is scientifically developed with the highest-quality ingredients for all skin types. Enriched with a light bronzer, this will instantly add a natural-looking radiance to your skin, while the gradual elements develop to deliver a beautiful sun-kissed glow. $36, SuvaraWorld.com

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Hot Now

EXOTIC “IT” INGR EDIENTS

The new skincare wonders of the world By Janene Mascarella

ALGAE • ICELAND Surrounded by a vast black lava landscape, the warm, picture-perfect blue waters of Iceland’s Blue Lagoon is much more than a relaxing retreat. Although most known for the “white wonder,” silica, their geothermal water also holds one of the spa’s top-secret ultra-healing and restorative properties–algae. Blue Lagoon Iceland Algae Mask infuses natural bacteria and aquatic plants to significantly increase collagen production, helping skin to look plumper, firmer, and more radiant. Leave on for 5-10 minutes for skin that is not only nourished and glowing, but also, immediately lifted and more youthful. $115, Shop-USA.BlueLagoon.com

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BLACK PINE • THE MEDITERRANEAN A hybrid of a mask and a night cream, KORRES Black Pine Antiaging, Firming & Lifting Sleeping Facial uses a proprietary blend of natural active ingredients for overnight results. The formula is boosted with potent black pine extract from trees in the Mediterranean that have survived even the Ice Age. During primary clinical research, the KORRES research lab discovered that the powerful black pine polyphenols maintain the elasticity of the connective tissue better than all other polyphenols studied, boosting skin firmness, lifting face contour, resisting deep wrinkles, and preventing sagging (aka a miracle ingredient). $68, Sephora.com

WATER • SOUTH KOREA GLAMGLOW’s newest Korean innovation is formulated with cutting-edge Moisture-Lock Technology to deliver 72 hours of instant and continuous hydration. WATERBURST literally bursts into thirst-quenching water droplets before fully absorbing into the skin. What makes this product so special is that it’s formulated with water from the sapphire seas of Jeju Island (a jewel in the sea of South Korea) renowned for its unique ecosystem and mineral-rich soil. The crystal blue waters flow through volcanic rock and are purified as they crash onto the white sand shores. $54, Sephora

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EXOTIC “IT” INGR EDIENTS

The new skincare wonders of the world By Janene Mascarella

ALGAE • ICELAND Surrounded by a vast black lava landscape, the warm, picture-perfect blue waters of Iceland’s Blue Lagoon is much more than a relaxing retreat. Although most known for the “white wonder,” silica, their geothermal water also holds one of the spa’s top-secret ultra-healing and restorative properties–algae. Blue Lagoon Iceland Algae Mask infuses natural bacteria and aquatic plants to significantly increase collagen production, helping skin to look plumper, firmer, and more radiant. Leave on for 5-10 minutes for skin that is not only nourished and glowing, but also, immediately lifted and more youthful. $115, Shop-USA.BlueLagoon.com

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BLACK PINE • THE MEDITERRANEAN A hybrid of a mask and a night cream, KORRES Black Pine Antiaging, Firming & Lifting Sleeping Facial uses a proprietary blend of natural active ingredients for overnight results. The formula is boosted with potent black pine extract from trees in the Mediterranean that have survived even the Ice Age. During primary clinical research, the KORRES research lab discovered that the powerful black pine polyphenols maintain the elasticity of the connective tissue better than all other polyphenols studied, boosting skin firmness, lifting face contour, resisting deep wrinkles, and preventing sagging (aka a miracle ingredient). $68, Sephora.com

WATER • SOUTH KOREA GLAMGLOW’s newest Korean innovation is formulated with cutting-edge Moisture-Lock Technology to deliver 72 hours of instant and continuous hydration. WATERBURST literally bursts into thirst-quenching water droplets before fully absorbing into the skin. What makes this product so special is that it’s formulated with water from the sapphire seas of Jeju Island (a jewel in the sea of South Korea) renowned for its unique ecosystem and mineral-rich soil. The crystal blue waters flow through volcanic rock and are purified as they crash onto the white sand shores. $54, Sephora

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W H AT ’ S YOU R SEC R E T,

WR ENN SCHMIDT? We asked Wrenn Schmidt, the Brooklyn-based actress currently starring on Hulu’s new show, “The Looming Tower,” where she goes to beautify in NYC, and then followed along! Join us… By Janene Mascarella

Photo: James Lee Wall

New York’s Only Dry Salt Therapy Centers Dry Salt Therapy is a holistic, all-natural therapy which uses airborne micro-particles of pure salt to promote better breathing, healthier skin, sounder sleep and overall wellness.

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1. BLACKSTONES

2. PRATIMA SPA

“Jamie Cook at Blackstones in the East Village is

“After long days on set, I love to recharge at

“When I need to clear my head or lift my spirits, I

a wizard. I never realized how much volume my

Pratima Spa on Greene Street in Soho. I’ve been

head to Prospect Park. It’s about 10 minutes away

fine, curly hair could have until she worked her

getting Ayurvedic facials with Yamile for years, who

from my apartment. While I walk, perspective on

magic. Jamie’s also equally at home creating cuts

is a skin-whisperer. It’s a nice fix for my sensitive

whatever feels troubling tends to emerge. When I

that work for me to wear my hair curly or straight.

skin, which doesn’t always appreciate the make-up I

leave, I usually feel more positive, which is beautiful

She’s the best!”

wear for up to 16 hours at work. My skin looks and

inside and out.”

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feels amazing after a visit.”

Brooklyn, NY

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110 Greene Street, Suite 701

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BEAUTY SCENE CELEB BEAUTY EXCLUSIVE

W H AT ’ S YOU R SEC R E T,

WR ENN SCHMIDT? We asked Wrenn Schmidt, the Brooklyn-based actress currently starring on Hulu’s new show, “The Looming Tower,” where she goes to beautify in NYC, and then followed along! Join us… By Janene Mascarella

Photo: James Lee Wall

New York’s Only Dry Salt Therapy Centers Dry Salt Therapy is a holistic, all-natural therapy which uses airborne micro-particles of pure salt to promote better breathing, healthier skin, sounder sleep and overall wellness.

2

1

Feel Better. Look Better. Breathe.

3

1. BLACKSTONES

2. PRATIMA SPA

“Jamie Cook at Blackstones in the East Village is

“After long days on set, I love to recharge at

“When I need to clear my head or lift my spirits, I

a wizard. I never realized how much volume my

Pratima Spa on Greene Street in Soho. I’ve been

head to Prospect Park. It’s about 10 minutes away

fine, curly hair could have until she worked her

getting Ayurvedic facials with Yamile for years, who

from my apartment. While I walk, perspective on

magic. Jamie’s also equally at home creating cuts

is a skin-whisperer. It’s a nice fix for my sensitive

whatever feels troubling tends to emerge. When I

that work for me to wear my hair curly or straight.

skin, which doesn’t always appreciate the make-up I

leave, I usually feel more positive, which is beautiful

She’s the best!”

wear for up to 16 hours at work. My skin looks and

inside and out.”

No. 19 East Seventh Street

feels amazing after a visit.”

Brooklyn, NY

BlackstonesNYC.com

110 Greene Street, Suite 701

ProspectPark.org

BreatheSaltRooms.com Colds • Asthma • Allergies • COPD

3. PROSPECT PARK

• � Park Avenue, New York, NY ����� • ��� � Th Avenue, New York, NY ����� • �� Livingstone Avenue, Dobb’s Ferry, NY ����� • ��� Katonah Avenue, Katonah, NY �����

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Master class BY RACHEL PAUL

How to Look Smoldering in Barely-There Makeup Shades

TRENDS & OBSESSIONS

Get Hailey’s

So, what is her secret to looking her best in nude? Other than being Gigi, here are a few tricks you can use to gain confidence when baring it all:

If we could only look as effortless and beautiful as Gigi Hadid, that’d be a dream come true. Here she is strutting down the spring runway in NYC for Anna Sui.

EYES

Try a flesh-tone powder or cream stick that has a bit of shimmer. This will create dimension and give you that wide-awake look when placed in the tear ducts and on the lower lash line like Gigi.

LIPS

Struggling to find that perfect shade? For this type of look, I recommend using a shade that is similar to the inside of your bottom lip. This is your skin’s natural deeper pigment, so what better way to find our best shade than by mirroring what our body is already telling us? Some people have more coral, red, or pink undertones, so the lipstick shade that will complement your skin tone best is the one you already have!

CHEEKS

Beauty Director Janene Mascarella

LOVES...

de

Nu

Lawless Beauty Soft Matte

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IN THE BUFF

If you’re like me, the thought of wearing a nude eye, lip, and cheek may sound terrifying and not your liveliest look, but the key is to using a cheek color that is dewy. Giving your skin that wet look (only on the high points of the cheek bones) will transform what seems to be a dull color palette into your new foolproof shades. Once you find the winning cheek shade that complements your lip, add a glossy highlighter or even a clear lip balm to keep it fresh and effortless like Gigi.

By Janene Mascarella

SWEPT BACK Angelina Jolie always keeps it classy. For this sophisticated, back-brush volume look, we suggest TANGLE TEEZER’s Finishing Hairbrush. The unique teeth are longer with softer tips to gently detangle and glide through hair with very subtle tension, caressing the cuticle for a sleek, glossy finish. $20, Sephora

Wondering how model and TV personality Hailey Baldwin kept her flawless skin in-check during her hectic New York Fashion Week schedule? Celebrity make-up artist (MUA) Robert Sesnek (the master behind some of Baldwin’s gorgeous Fashion Week looks) shared the secret weapon he used to give her gorgeous glow—Dear by Renee Youth Hydra Serum. This premium serum contains 10 percent hyaluronic acid and caviar, which helps replenish the moisture content of aging and environmentally damaged skin, restoring a youthful radiance and smoothing the appearance of fine lines. $74.95, DearByRenee.com

MAKE $$$ MOVES What goes best with a pair of red bottoms? A beautiful bronzed glow! Cardi B’s MUA, Erika La Pearl, recently shared in an Instagram post what she used to give the “Bodak Yellow” songstress a peachy, pigmented look–Lime Crime’s HILITE in Opals. For the opalescent glow you’ve always dreamed of, HI-LITE Opals is formulated with special pigments that are translucent in the base and erupt in a colorful glow upon contact with skin. From light to dark, HI-LITE contains three milky shades that adapt to any complexion. $38, LimeCrime.com

Liquid Lipstick in Leo Burberry Makeup Fresh Glow Gel Stick

$25, LawlessBeauty.com

$48, Sephora

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Master class BY RACHEL PAUL

How to Look Smoldering in Barely-There Makeup Shades

TRENDS & OBSESSIONS

Get Hailey’s

So, what is her secret to looking her best in nude? Other than being Gigi, here are a few tricks you can use to gain confidence when baring it all:

If we could only look as effortless and beautiful as Gigi Hadid, that’d be a dream come true. Here she is strutting down the spring runway in NYC for Anna Sui.

EYES

Try a flesh-tone powder or cream stick that has a bit of shimmer. This will create dimension and give you that wide-awake look when placed in the tear ducts and on the lower lash line like Gigi.

LIPS

Struggling to find that perfect shade? For this type of look, I recommend using a shade that is similar to the inside of your bottom lip. This is your skin’s natural deeper pigment, so what better way to find our best shade than by mirroring what our body is already telling us? Some people have more coral, red, or pink undertones, so the lipstick shade that will complement your skin tone best is the one you already have!

CHEEKS

Beauty Director Janene Mascarella

LOVES...

de

Nu

Lawless Beauty Soft Matte

er Lin Lip com ss ie. ele nv Tim deE vy Nu En 6, $2

IN THE BUFF

If you’re like me, the thought of wearing a nude eye, lip, and cheek may sound terrifying and not your liveliest look, but the key is to using a cheek color that is dewy. Giving your skin that wet look (only on the high points of the cheek bones) will transform what seems to be a dull color palette into your new foolproof shades. Once you find the winning cheek shade that complements your lip, add a glossy highlighter or even a clear lip balm to keep it fresh and effortless like Gigi.

By Janene Mascarella

SWEPT BACK Angelina Jolie always keeps it classy. For this sophisticated, back-brush volume look, we suggest TANGLE TEEZER’s Finishing Hairbrush. The unique teeth are longer with softer tips to gently detangle and glide through hair with very subtle tension, caressing the cuticle for a sleek, glossy finish. $20, Sephora

Wondering how model and TV personality Hailey Baldwin kept her flawless skin in-check during her hectic New York Fashion Week schedule? Celebrity make-up artist (MUA) Robert Sesnek (the master behind some of Baldwin’s gorgeous Fashion Week looks) shared the secret weapon he used to give her gorgeous glow—Dear by Renee Youth Hydra Serum. This premium serum contains 10 percent hyaluronic acid and caviar, which helps replenish the moisture content of aging and environmentally damaged skin, restoring a youthful radiance and smoothing the appearance of fine lines. $74.95, DearByRenee.com

MAKE $$$ MOVES What goes best with a pair of red bottoms? A beautiful bronzed glow! Cardi B’s MUA, Erika La Pearl, recently shared in an Instagram post what she used to give the “Bodak Yellow” songstress a peachy, pigmented look–Lime Crime’s HILITE in Opals. For the opalescent glow you’ve always dreamed of, HI-LITE Opals is formulated with special pigments that are translucent in the base and erupt in a colorful glow upon contact with skin. From light to dark, HI-LITE contains three milky shades that adapt to any complexion. $38, LimeCrime.com

Liquid Lipstick in Leo Burberry Makeup Fresh Glow Gel Stick

$25, LawlessBeauty.com

$48, Sephora

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BEAUTY SCENE

Summer

HAIR DAZE

By Shelley Goodstein

A BANGIN’ TREND Easy bangs are going to be one of the biggest trends for summer 2018. It’s a quick and easy way to freshen up your look. Once you decide to make the cut, you’ll need to decide what kind of bang will work best with your facial structure.

For sweltering sunny mornings and those perfect but humid beach days, your new, best beauty friends will be some familiar accessories from the 1990s to hold back your hair. We saw giant claw clips back on the runway at the Alexander Wang show this past season. Not far behind—banana clips and 90s-inspired wide headbands.

OVAL OR ROUND FACES: Side-swept bangs work best

HEART-SHAPED FACES: Longer textured bangs that can also be parted in the middle These throwbacks, still on sale at your corner drugstore, will be key accessories for keeping your tress not a mess this summer. Here are my top tips for going old-school to stay cool:

EFFORTLESS SUMMER STYLE FOR DINNER AND COCKTAILS I recommend a sleek low pony with a simple tied ribbon design. The ribbon need not be expensive but think of textures like velvet, gold lame, and even leather ties. Pair the tied pony with a beautiful pair of studs or big gold hoops for an elegant “I’m not trying that hard” vibe. LONG FACES: Retro short micro

Up the Effort: ⊲ Try a bubble pony by placing small elastics down the length of you ponytail about 2 inches apart.

⊳ Experiment time: For a temporary test, take inspiration from the FENDI runway, where we saw clip-in color-dyed fringe on models Gigi, Kendall, and Kaia Gerber.

SLAM

SUMMER FRIZZ Tame your tresses by going for a wet and sleek look. Product is the key. This look was done on Ashley Graham for the launch party of the Sports Illustrated 2018 Swimsuit Issue in NYC For added length: Start with damp hair and use either a soft gel or a conditioning mousse and finish with a glossing spray. Celebrity hair stylist David Lopez used Hidden Crown Hair Extensions and then wet down the hair. He used Coconut Oil Gel from IGK Hair to get the look.

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BEAUTY SCENE

Summer

HAIR DAZE

By Shelley Goodstein

A BANGIN’ TREND Easy bangs are going to be one of the biggest trends for summer 2018. It’s a quick and easy way to freshen up your look. Once you decide to make the cut, you’ll need to decide what kind of bang will work best with your facial structure.

For sweltering sunny mornings and those perfect but humid beach days, your new, best beauty friends will be some familiar accessories from the 1990s to hold back your hair. We saw giant claw clips back on the runway at the Alexander Wang show this past season. Not far behind—banana clips and 90s-inspired wide headbands.

OVAL OR ROUND FACES: Side-swept bangs work best

HEART-SHAPED FACES: Longer textured bangs that can also be parted in the middle These throwbacks, still on sale at your corner drugstore, will be key accessories for keeping your tress not a mess this summer. Here are my top tips for going old-school to stay cool:

EFFORTLESS SUMMER STYLE FOR DINNER AND COCKTAILS I recommend a sleek low pony with a simple tied ribbon design. The ribbon need not be expensive but think of textures like velvet, gold lame, and even leather ties. Pair the tied pony with a beautiful pair of studs or big gold hoops for an elegant “I’m not trying that hard” vibe. LONG FACES: Retro short micro

Up the Effort: ⊲ Try a bubble pony by placing small elastics down the length of you ponytail about 2 inches apart.

⊳ Experiment time: For a temporary test, take inspiration from the FENDI runway, where we saw clip-in color-dyed fringe on models Gigi, Kendall, and Kaia Gerber.

SLAM

SUMMER FRIZZ Tame your tresses by going for a wet and sleek look. Product is the key. This look was done on Ashley Graham for the launch party of the Sports Illustrated 2018 Swimsuit Issue in NYC For added length: Start with damp hair and use either a soft gel or a conditioning mousse and finish with a glossing spray. Celebrity hair stylist David Lopez used Hidden Crown Hair Extensions and then wet down the hair. He used Coconut Oil Gel from IGK Hair to get the look.

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UP CLOSE & PERSONAL

imberly Sayer may now be a world-famous esthetician and organic skincare formulator, but it all began on a farm back in England. That’s where her passion for organic farming was born. Growing up around natural products set Sayer on a journey that would lead to a successful business helping others.

“I thank my family because they are the strongest influences in my life,” says Sayer, who now makes her home in Northern California (to be close to her growers). “Because I grew up learning about things like soil, harvesting, animal welfare, and really understanding nature as a way of life, I inherited a deep respect for the organic and natural way of doing things.” These childhood traditions ultimately led to the birth of her eponymous business. Interestingly enough, Sayer began her career as an actress. “It was a dream of mine since I was 8 years old and I was lucky enough to work in the business for 10 years,” she says. While Sayer misses acting, the beauty world is thankful she switched gears to focus on an area that holds deep meaning for her. BELLA sat down with the beauty expert to learn more about why organic skincare is so important. What led you to pursue organic skincare as opposed to another area like nutrition? For generations, my family made their own skincare products, and there was something inside of me that loved watching them treat various conditions. They’d mix up ingredients from the garden and apply it; it was amazing to see how the skin responded and healed. I think we’re all born with something we naturally respond to and this was mine.

How did Kimberly Sayer of London come about? I worked at some high-end spas but didn’t like the products I was using. I kept a blender in my treatment room, and I would create my own products. The owner realized I was doing something because I was booked solid and the results were noticeable. That’s when I realized I needed to make these products available to others. A year later, I launched my line at Henri Bendel—and here I am 16 years later. There are many skincare lines out there. What sets yours apart? The difference is that my formulations are like family heirlooms. I’ve kept my brand very simple and easy to use with products that are multipurpose. For instance, my toner contains only two ingredients, purified water and lavender flowers from California, which are also medicinal; they help treat things like rosacea and sensitivity to the skin. What are the benefits of using organic skincare products? By using true, organic products you are rejuvenating the skin, providing it with hydration, and improving it overall. I don’t believe commercial products do a lot for our skin long-term; eventually the skin rejects it. But our skin loves organic products—just like food, it’s a healer. What are the biggest misconceptions when it comes to skincare? Many believe that more expensive products work better; that’s just not true. If there are a lot of chemicals in an expensive product, it’s still no good, regardless of cost. Those ingredients will not help but only harm the skin. There’s a huge cache on luxury, but the bottom line is that what’s inside is the only thing that will change your skin, no matter what the packaging looks like. That’s why it’s very important to read the ingredients. Salespeople and advertisers will use certain buzzwords; don’t let anyone tell you what a product will do without reading first for yourself. If you can’t understand what’s in the ingredient deck, that probably means it’s toxic and filled with chemicals. You need to put it back on the shelf.

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imberly Sayer may now be a world-famous esthetician and organic skincare formulator, but it all began on a farm back in England. That’s where her passion for organic farming was born. Growing up around natural products set Sayer on a journey that would lead to a successful business helping others.

“I thank my family because they are the strongest influences in my life,” says Sayer, who now makes her home in Northern California (to be close to her growers). “Because I grew up learning about things like soil, harvesting, animal welfare, and really understanding nature as a way of life, I inherited a deep respect for the organic and natural way of doing things.” These childhood traditions ultimately led to the birth of her eponymous business. Interestingly enough, Sayer began her career as an actress. “It was a dream of mine since I was 8 years old and I was lucky enough to work in the business for 10 years,” she says. While Sayer misses acting, the beauty world is thankful she switched gears to focus on an area that holds deep meaning for her. BELLA sat down with the beauty expert to learn more about why organic skincare is so important. What led you to pursue organic skincare as opposed to another area like nutrition? For generations, my family made their own skincare products, and there was something inside of me that loved watching them treat various conditions. They’d mix up ingredients from the garden and apply it; it was amazing to see how the skin responded and healed. I think we’re all born with something we naturally respond to and this was mine.

How did Kimberly Sayer of London come about? I worked at some high-end spas but didn’t like the products I was using. I kept a blender in my treatment room, and I would create my own products. The owner realized I was doing something because I was booked solid and the results were noticeable. That’s when I realized I needed to make these products available to others. A year later, I launched my line at Henri Bendel—and here I am 16 years later. There are many skincare lines out there. What sets yours apart? The difference is that my formulations are like family heirlooms. I’ve kept my brand very simple and easy to use with products that are multipurpose. For instance, my toner contains only two ingredients, purified water and lavender flowers from California, which are also medicinal; they help treat things like rosacea and sensitivity to the skin. What are the benefits of using organic skincare products? By using true, organic products you are rejuvenating the skin, providing it with hydration, and improving it overall. I don’t believe commercial products do a lot for our skin long-term; eventually the skin rejects it. But our skin loves organic products—just like food, it’s a healer. What are the biggest misconceptions when it comes to skincare? Many believe that more expensive products work better; that’s just not true. If there are a lot of chemicals in an expensive product, it’s still no good, regardless of cost. Those ingredients will not help but only harm the skin. There’s a huge cache on luxury, but the bottom line is that what’s inside is the only thing that will change your skin, no matter what the packaging looks like. That’s why it’s very important to read the ingredients. Salespeople and advertisers will use certain buzzwords; don’t let anyone tell you what a product will do without reading first for yourself. If you can’t understand what’s in the ingredient deck, that probably means it’s toxic and filled with chemicals. You need to put it back on the shelf.

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Who have been your mentors in your career? My first influences were my family, especially my dad. I was also fortunate to have worked with a gentlemen named Michael Winter, who has since passed away. He was a renowned aroma therapist; when I was younger I would sit in his kitchen in Parsons Green in London and create products. He saw my love of skincare and took me under his wing. I was fortunate to meet people who passed on their knowledge and helped me find my own way. The influence of people can affect your life in a positive or negative way, so you have to surround yourself with people who can help you expand your vision.

Love Your Look

“IT’S IMPORTANT TO FEED THE SKIN FROM THE HARSH WINTER WEATHER,”

Look Your Best

says Sayers. Her top seasonally specific skincare tips:

What inspires you? Being out in nature inspires me. The core of why I have this business is to help people. I can give them clean products that won’t harm or compromise their immune system and I can aide in their healing. It’s inspiring to know I can help others feel good about themselves.

Use a hydrating mask to feed the skin two to three times a week while the body goes through a renewal process. “The spring is a time for renewal and a cleanse can be beneficial during the change in seasons from colder to warmer weather.”

How do you define beauty? I believe it has to be individual otherwise you’re adopting what the media tells you, and most people don’t fit that definition. Beauty is unique to each individual, and everyone’s perception is different.

SKILL. EXPERIENCE. ARTISTRY.

What’s next for Kimberly Sayer of London? I’m in the process of creating spa products for both professional and retail, which I’m excited about. It’s a project I’ve been working on for a while and I think the results are going to be amazing.

SAYERKIMBERLY @KIMBERLYSAYER KIMBERLY SAYER OF LONDON

Castle Connolly Top Plastic Surgeon in NY Metropolitan Area Newsday Top Plastic Surgeon on Long Island

Exfoliate. “It’s important for pretty much every season.” Use a toner daily. “It’s great for balancing and calming the skin.”

Specializing in cosmetic surgery of the body, breast, and face for over 25 years

ECOCERT One of the largest organic certification organizations in the world; based in Europe

Once summer starts, hydrate less and cleanse more. “You’ll want to keep the hydration less because there is more heat in the summer.”

ARNOLD S. BREITBART MD, FACS Board Certified, American Board of Plastic Surgery Member, American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery American Society for Plastic Surgery

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Breast Augmentation Breast Lift Breast Reduction Gynecomastia (Male Breast Reduction) Facelift Necklift Eyelid Lift Rhinoplasty Botox® Juvederm® Voluma® Cellulaze Cellulite Treatment Precision Tx™ Laser Face/Neck Lift (LaserLift)

THE LEAPING BUNNY PROGRAM Ensures no animal testing at any stage of product development

UK’S SOIL ASSOCIATION UK’s leading food and farming charity and organic certification body

SmartLipo Liposuction

Restylane®

ORGANIZATIONS NEAR AND DEAR TO KIMBERLY’S HEART THE HUMANE SOCIETY The nation’s largest animal protection organization

Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)

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DRBREITBART.COM

516.365.3511 • 212.735.0069 1155 Northern Boulevard, Suite 110 Manhasset, New York

700 Park Avenue New York, New York

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Who have been your mentors in your career? My first influences were my family, especially my dad. I was also fortunate to have worked with a gentlemen named Michael Winter, who has since passed away. He was a renowned aroma therapist; when I was younger I would sit in his kitchen in Parsons Green in London and create products. He saw my love of skincare and took me under his wing. I was fortunate to meet people who passed on their knowledge and helped me find my own way. The influence of people can affect your life in a positive or negative way, so you have to surround yourself with people who can help you expand your vision.

Love Your Look

“IT’S IMPORTANT TO FEED THE SKIN FROM THE HARSH WINTER WEATHER,”

Look Your Best

says Sayers. Her top seasonally specific skincare tips:

What inspires you? Being out in nature inspires me. The core of why I have this business is to help people. I can give them clean products that won’t harm or compromise their immune system and I can aide in their healing. It’s inspiring to know I can help others feel good about themselves.

Use a hydrating mask to feed the skin two to three times a week while the body goes through a renewal process. “The spring is a time for renewal and a cleanse can be beneficial during the change in seasons from colder to warmer weather.”

How do you define beauty? I believe it has to be individual otherwise you’re adopting what the media tells you, and most people don’t fit that definition. Beauty is unique to each individual, and everyone’s perception is different.

SKILL. EXPERIENCE. ARTISTRY.

What’s next for Kimberly Sayer of London? I’m in the process of creating spa products for both professional and retail, which I’m excited about. It’s a project I’ve been working on for a while and I think the results are going to be amazing.

SAYERKIMBERLY @KIMBERLYSAYER KIMBERLY SAYER OF LONDON

Castle Connolly Top Plastic Surgeon in NY Metropolitan Area Newsday Top Plastic Surgeon on Long Island

Exfoliate. “It’s important for pretty much every season.” Use a toner daily. “It’s great for balancing and calming the skin.”

Specializing in cosmetic surgery of the body, breast, and face for over 25 years

ECOCERT One of the largest organic certification organizations in the world; based in Europe

Once summer starts, hydrate less and cleanse more. “You’ll want to keep the hydration less because there is more heat in the summer.”

ARNOLD S. BREITBART MD, FACS Board Certified, American Board of Plastic Surgery Member, American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery American Society for Plastic Surgery

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Breast Augmentation Breast Lift Breast Reduction Gynecomastia (Male Breast Reduction) Facelift Necklift Eyelid Lift Rhinoplasty Botox® Juvederm® Voluma® Cellulaze Cellulite Treatment Precision Tx™ Laser Face/Neck Lift (LaserLift)

THE LEAPING BUNNY PROGRAM Ensures no animal testing at any stage of product development

UK’S SOIL ASSOCIATION UK’s leading food and farming charity and organic certification body

SmartLipo Liposuction

Restylane®

ORGANIZATIONS NEAR AND DEAR TO KIMBERLY’S HEART THE HUMANE SOCIETY The nation’s largest animal protection organization

Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)

BELLANYMAG.COM

DRBREITBART.COM

516.365.3511 • 212.735.0069 1155 Northern Boulevard, Suite 110 Manhasset, New York

700 Park Avenue New York, New York

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IN HER

Wind Photographer: Matt Monath

Model: Clara McSweeney @ Next Makeup Artist: Frank Guyton Hairstylist: Candice Kelly

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IN HER

Wind Photographer: Matt Monath

Model: Clara McSweeney @ Next Makeup Artist: Frank Guyton Hairstylist: Candice Kelly

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Skin: Jay Manuel Beauty in Medium 1 FFC Eyes: Jay Manuel Beauty eye pencil Foil and mascara by Jay Manuel Beauty in Nior Lips: Jay Manuel Beauty lipstick in Love Bite and gloss in Wet Hair: Oribe Dry Texture Spray, Oribe Superfine Hairspray, Oribe Maximista Thickening Spray

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Skin: Jay Manuel Beauty in Medium 1 FFC Eyes: Makeup Forever in Flash Color Gold, mascara by Jay Manuel in Noir Lips: Jay Manuel Beauty lipstick in Love Bite and gloss in Wet Hair: Oribe Dry Texture Spray, Oribe Superfine Hairspray, Oribe Maximista Thickening Spray

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LEANNE MARSHALL inside look

By Mindy Gura and Paula Orlan

A colorful display of ethereal beauty welcomes you into the Leanne Marshall showroom in New York City. From elegant ready-to-wear to timeless bridal collections, each Leanne Marshall creation is crafted with the modern woman in mind. BELLA was happy to sit down with such a powerful young force in the design community to learn more about what inspires her exquisite collections.

Photographer: Vital Agibalow

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LEANNE MARSHALL inside look

By Mindy Gura and Paula Orlan

A colorful display of ethereal beauty welcomes you into the Leanne Marshall showroom in New York City. From elegant ready-to-wear to timeless bridal collections, each Leanne Marshall creation is crafted with the modern woman in mind. BELLA was happy to sit down with such a powerful young force in the design community to learn more about what inspires her exquisite collections.

Photographer: Vital Agibalow

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TT HH E S T Y L E R E P O R T How did you get started in the world of fashion? It’s a long story; how long do you have (laughs)? It really started as a child designing dance costumes. I loved the process of drawing something and going to pick up fabrics and then watching it come to life from there. From the age of 12, I knew this was going to be the path for me, and then it just took many, many years of hard work and struggle and perseverance to get where I am today. From where do you derive inspiration? All over the place. I find that when I don’t try to look for it, it will find me. When I try to look for it, I struggle and I feel like I’m grasping at straws; it’s just not an organic process. But when I just stop, take a walk for a mile and clear my mind, it will just tap me on the shoulder.

WHEN I JUST STOP, TAKE A WALK FOR A MILE AND CLEAR MY MIND, INSPIRATION WILL JUST TAP ME ON THE SHOULDER.”

Which celebrity embodies the “Leanne Marshall woman”? I love Natalie Portman, Keira Knightly, Halle Berry, Nicole Kidman, Cate Blanchett… the list goes on and on. If you weren’t designing clothes, what would you be doing? I have a lot of ideas. Making chocolates would be one because I love to eat them (laughs). I’d be an artist or maybe an architect. I like building and constructing things. These are just a few for now. Since fashion is always a season ahead, what is the vibe of the collection you are showcasing now for fall/winter? The vibe is very, “F—k you, winter!” I really hate winter, so there are a lot of bright clothes. I threw in bright blues and greens to liven it up. And the other process you may have heard is regenerating and minimizing textile waste into the creative process. Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Just continuing to build the brand, and maybe expand and open a second office in another city. I will just keep working, growing, and building my team.

LeanneMarshall.com @LeanneMarshallOfficial

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TT HH E S T Y L E R E P O R T How did you get started in the world of fashion? It’s a long story; how long do you have (laughs)? It really started as a child designing dance costumes. I loved the process of drawing something and going to pick up fabrics and then watching it come to life from there. From the age of 12, I knew this was going to be the path for me, and then it just took many, many years of hard work and struggle and perseverance to get where I am today. From where do you derive inspiration? All over the place. I find that when I don’t try to look for it, it will find me. When I try to look for it, I struggle and I feel like I’m grasping at straws; it’s just not an organic process. But when I just stop, take a walk for a mile and clear my mind, it will just tap me on the shoulder.

WHEN I JUST STOP, TAKE A WALK FOR A MILE AND CLEAR MY MIND, INSPIRATION WILL JUST TAP ME ON THE SHOULDER.”

Which celebrity embodies the “Leanne Marshall woman”? I love Natalie Portman, Keira Knightly, Halle Berry, Nicole Kidman, Cate Blanchett… the list goes on and on. If you weren’t designing clothes, what would you be doing? I have a lot of ideas. Making chocolates would be one because I love to eat them (laughs). I’d be an artist or maybe an architect. I like building and constructing things. These are just a few for now. Since fashion is always a season ahead, what is the vibe of the collection you are showcasing now for fall/winter? The vibe is very, “F—k you, winter!” I really hate winter, so there are a lot of bright clothes. I threw in bright blues and greens to liven it up. And the other process you may have heard is regenerating and minimizing textile waste into the creative process. Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Just continuing to build the brand, and maybe expand and open a second office in another city. I will just keep working, growing, and building my team.

LeanneMarshall.com @LeanneMarshallOfficial

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THE STYLE REPORT THE STYLE REPORT

Spark Pretty

Originally an online retail store, Spark Pretty opened up a brick and mortar space in the East Village after a very successful pop-up shop this past Spring. The vintage neighborhood store features rare finds, from 70’s bell-bottoms and bomber jackets to old-school oddities like Troll dolls and posters. Owner Amanda Dolan and consultants are also available for personal styling services.. SparkPretty’s 333 East 9th Street Daily: 12-8 p.m. SparkPretty.com

E B E H OFF T O H S N HIDDE

owner is a former stylist for Betsey Johnson, her longtime fashion idol.

H T A P AT E N

S M E G PPING

s

da Macta

By Aman

Although it may seem like everyone knows every little nook and cranny of New York City, there are actually still some amazing undiscovered places for a BELLA to shop. No matter who’s on your shopping list (yourself included!), you’re sure to find winners at these under-the-radar spots.

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Grand Bazaar NYC

Each weekend, the Upper West Side plays host to the borough’s largest weekly curated market. This indoor/ outdoor marketplace showcases 70+ independent vintage vendors and dealers of everything from furniture and collectibles to All booth rental handbags and jewelry. proceeds benefit Every third Sunday neighborhood public schools. of the month, FIXUP hosts a pop-up repair booth where shoppers 100 West 77th Street can bring their beloved Weekends: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. GrandBazaarNYC.com treasures in need of repair. .

672 Driggs Avenue, Brooklyn Daily: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. NarniaVintage.com

Narnia Vintage

This nostalgia-rich haven in Brooklyn sells vintage garments, textiles, and accessories, all showcased within a converted apartment, complete with a backyard. The store takes inspiration from nature, art, and the ever-evolving seasons of fashion. Once you step into this wardrobe, you too will experience a whole new world.

Check the basement for off-season back-stock, and if you’d like individual attention, designers are available by appointment.

23 Howard Street 39 Bond Street Mon-Sat: 11 a.m.-8 p.m; Sun 11am-7pm

Reformation

156 Ludlow Street Mon-Sat: 12-8 p.m; Sun 12-7 p.m. TheReformation.com

While the brand’s main designs are for women between 5'6” and 5'10”, it also boasts a petites collection for ladies 5'4” and under, as well as one to fit women with a full C-DD cup.

With three outposts in New York City (SoHo, Bond, and LES), it’s not hard to shop this sustainable fashion brand. Although their headquarters reside in Los Angeles, New Yorkers are totally behind the Reformation movement. Utilizing sustainable methods and materials, this hot-spot sources vintage garments and sustainable fabrics to produce fashionable clothing at a fraction of the typical environmental impact of traditional fashion brands. BELLANYMAG.COM

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Spark Pretty

Originally an online retail store, Spark Pretty opened up a brick and mortar space in the East Village after a very successful pop-up shop this past Spring. The vintage neighborhood store features rare finds, from 70’s bell-bottoms and bomber jackets to old-school oddities like Troll dolls and posters. Owner Amanda Dolan and consultants are also available for personal styling services.. SparkPretty’s 333 East 9th Street Daily: 12-8 p.m. SparkPretty.com

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owner is a former stylist for Betsey Johnson, her longtime fashion idol.

H T A P AT E N

S M E G PPING

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da Macta

By Aman

Although it may seem like everyone knows every little nook and cranny of New York City, there are actually still some amazing undiscovered places for a BELLA to shop. No matter who’s on your shopping list (yourself included!), you’re sure to find winners at these under-the-radar spots.

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Grand Bazaar NYC

Each weekend, the Upper West Side plays host to the borough’s largest weekly curated market. This indoor/ outdoor marketplace showcases 70+ independent vintage vendors and dealers of everything from furniture and collectibles to All booth rental handbags and jewelry. proceeds benefit Every third Sunday neighborhood public schools. of the month, FIXUP hosts a pop-up repair booth where shoppers 100 West 77th Street can bring their beloved Weekends: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. GrandBazaarNYC.com treasures in need of repair. .

672 Driggs Avenue, Brooklyn Daily: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. NarniaVintage.com

Narnia Vintage

This nostalgia-rich haven in Brooklyn sells vintage garments, textiles, and accessories, all showcased within a converted apartment, complete with a backyard. The store takes inspiration from nature, art, and the ever-evolving seasons of fashion. Once you step into this wardrobe, you too will experience a whole new world.

Check the basement for off-season back-stock, and if you’d like individual attention, designers are available by appointment.

23 Howard Street 39 Bond Street Mon-Sat: 11 a.m.-8 p.m; Sun 11am-7pm

Reformation

156 Ludlow Street Mon-Sat: 12-8 p.m; Sun 12-7 p.m. TheReformation.com

While the brand’s main designs are for women between 5'6” and 5'10”, it also boasts a petites collection for ladies 5'4” and under, as well as one to fit women with a full C-DD cup.

With three outposts in New York City (SoHo, Bond, and LES), it’s not hard to shop this sustainable fashion brand. Although their headquarters reside in Los Angeles, New Yorkers are totally behind the Reformation movement. Utilizing sustainable methods and materials, this hot-spot sources vintage garments and sustainable fabrics to produce fashionable clothing at a fraction of the typical environmental impact of traditional fashion brands. BELLANYMAG.COM

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MAKEOVER

A well organized closet is as important as the fashions in it, but many find purging their closet a daunting and emotional undertaking. That’s what Samantha Brous experienced after the Upper East Side apartment where she lives with her husband and two teenage boys underwent a complete renovation.nBrous works as a docent at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and is an avid art collector, so when faced with the task of moving and organizing everything into her new closet, she was more than happy to get some BELLA advice. By Mindy Gura and Paula Orlan Photographer: Vital Agibalow

Tips & Tricks

• Purchase hangers in one neutral color. It will make create a serene and well organized vibe. • Organize a few complete outfits on hangers so you can grab and go with them when you’re short on time. Create looks for work, date nights, and casual plans. • Hang hooks on the wall for belts, scarves, bags and even as a way to display statement necklaces. • If you are working with a smaller closet, put your signature pieces closer to the front so you will always have easy access to your faves. • Personalize your closet space with favorite photos or small artwork. This will add a positive vibe to your wardrobe and will keep you inspired when dressing each day.

Make sure to enlist the help of a stylist or fashion-savvy friend who can keep you focused.”

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A well organized closet is as important as the fashions in it, but many find purging their closet a daunting and emotional undertaking. That’s what Samantha Brous experienced after the Upper East Side apartment where she lives with her husband and two teenage boys underwent a complete renovation.nBrous works as a docent at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and is an avid art collector, so when faced with the task of moving and organizing everything into her new closet, she was more than happy to get some BELLA advice. By Mindy Gura and Paula Orlan Photographer: Vital Agibalow

Tips & Tricks

• Purchase hangers in one neutral color. It will make create a serene and well organized vibe. • Organize a few complete outfits on hangers so you can grab and go with them when you’re short on time. Create looks for work, date nights, and casual plans. • Hang hooks on the wall for belts, scarves, bags and even as a way to display statement necklaces. • If you are working with a smaller closet, put your signature pieces closer to the front so you will always have easy access to your faves. • Personalize your closet space with favorite photos or small artwork. This will add a positive vibe to your wardrobe and will keep you inspired when dressing each day.

Make sure to enlist the help of a stylist or fashion-savvy friend who can keep you focused.”

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CLOSET

Discovering fun, new brands is as quick and easy as a click of the mouse. We’ve found some amazing websites that will have your inner fashionista whipping out her credit card. Shopping has never been easier! BY AMANDA MACTAS

BY JONATHAN CALIXTO

There’s nothing more exciting then investing in a statement piece. Longevity, style, and easy to pair with other items are key things to look for when selecting a piece that will reinvent your closet.

BRIGHT SOCIETY

This brand new site is the first of its kind, curating an exclusive selection of fine jewelry and luxury watches from independent brick and mortar jewelers from around the country. What used to only be accessible at small, boutique stores is now available to all from the comfort of home. The site even offers a Product Concierge service that lets customers work with company experts to find exactly what they are looking for. BrightSociety.com

For this season, tweed jackets have become the “it” transitional piece, perfect for warmer weather, the office, and date nights alike. Selecting a lighter-tone tweed jacket will offer versatility that empowers you to either dress it up or flaunt your fashionably casual style. Tweed Jacket with Jewel Appliqués - $545, PINKO.com

AFFINITY

Once you sign up for this website, you’ll be directed to take their Style Quiz, which will allow Affinity to learn your style preferences. You’ll then receive weekly recommendations featuring specially curated items that match your style from different brands, stores, and designers. If you’re looking for something in particular, you can browse by category, season, or trend, making it easier than ever to discover styles you love and brands you’ll no longer be able to live without. TryAffinity.com

Jenny Yoo Kelli Cold Shoulder Chiffon Dress - $270, Nordstrom.com

Women Drape Wide-Leg Pants - $29.90, UNIQLO.com

Checked Jumpsuit - $125, TopShop.com

High-Waisted Embroidered Stretch Ankle Jean Leggings $98, Express.com

Nuscala Bow Strap Stiletto Sandals $230, TedBaker.com

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Eyelet Lace Ruffle Trim Shirt - $64.95, Express.com

Eden Pump Black Satin with Ro s e Gold Le ave s - $ 1 , 550 , RalphAndRusso.com

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WE ARE KNITTERS

Committed to sustainability, We Are Knitters allows customers to knit, crochet, or petit point their own stylish and fashionable clothing out of 100 percent Peruvian wool. You simply choose your kit depending on level of difficulty, color, and size and it will appear at your door with everything you need, including the pattern, needles, and yarn. Then you knit away and show off your gorgeous work. WeAreKnitters.com

BURGUNDY FOX

This site, which launched a year ago, seeks to empower and celebrate women by curating intimate apparel for all sizes (they stock sizes XS-6X, and 30A-46K). Their online subscription service, which allows you to receive items either monthly, quarterly, or on special occasions, ships lingerie, sleepwear, loungewear, bras, and underwear based off of a personalized style profile. The brand emphasizes self-care over being sexy, and they donate 5 percent of proceeds to The Movement Foundation, a non-profit that encourages body positivity in adolescent girls and women through physical movement. BurgundyFox.com

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WEBSITE

REINVENT YOUR

CLOSET

Discovering fun, new brands is as quick and easy as a click of the mouse. We’ve found some amazing websites that will have your inner fashionista whipping out her credit card. Shopping has never been easier! BY AMANDA MACTAS

BY JONATHAN CALIXTO

There’s nothing more exciting then investing in a statement piece. Longevity, style, and easy to pair with other items are key things to look for when selecting a piece that will reinvent your closet.

BRIGHT SOCIETY

This brand new site is the first of its kind, curating an exclusive selection of fine jewelry and luxury watches from independent brick and mortar jewelers from around the country. What used to only be accessible at small, boutique stores is now available to all from the comfort of home. The site even offers a Product Concierge service that lets customers work with company experts to find exactly what they are looking for. BrightSociety.com

For this season, tweed jackets have become the “it” transitional piece, perfect for warmer weather, the office, and date nights alike. Selecting a lighter-tone tweed jacket will offer versatility that empowers you to either dress it up or flaunt your fashionably casual style. Tweed Jacket with Jewel Appliqués - $545, PINKO.com

AFFINITY

Once you sign up for this website, you’ll be directed to take their Style Quiz, which will allow Affinity to learn your style preferences. You’ll then receive weekly recommendations featuring specially curated items that match your style from different brands, stores, and designers. If you’re looking for something in particular, you can browse by category, season, or trend, making it easier than ever to discover styles you love and brands you’ll no longer be able to live without. TryAffinity.com

Jenny Yoo Kelli Cold Shoulder Chiffon Dress - $270, Nordstrom.com

Women Drape Wide-Leg Pants - $29.90, UNIQLO.com

Checked Jumpsuit - $125, TopShop.com

High-Waisted Embroidered Stretch Ankle Jean Leggings $98, Express.com

Nuscala Bow Strap Stiletto Sandals $230, TedBaker.com

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Eyelet Lace Ruffle Trim Shirt - $64.95, Express.com

Eden Pump Black Satin with Ro s e Gold Le ave s - $ 1 , 550 , RalphAndRusso.com

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WE ARE KNITTERS

Committed to sustainability, We Are Knitters allows customers to knit, crochet, or petit point their own stylish and fashionable clothing out of 100 percent Peruvian wool. You simply choose your kit depending on level of difficulty, color, and size and it will appear at your door with everything you need, including the pattern, needles, and yarn. Then you knit away and show off your gorgeous work. WeAreKnitters.com

BURGUNDY FOX

This site, which launched a year ago, seeks to empower and celebrate women by curating intimate apparel for all sizes (they stock sizes XS-6X, and 30A-46K). Their online subscription service, which allows you to receive items either monthly, quarterly, or on special occasions, ships lingerie, sleepwear, loungewear, bras, and underwear based off of a personalized style profile. The brand emphasizes self-care over being sexy, and they donate 5 percent of proceeds to The Movement Foundation, a non-profit that encourages body positivity in adolescent girls and women through physical movement. BurgundyFox.com

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THE STYLE REPORT We love this black and white dress from Bardot. The ruffle is very on trend and sexy, yet appropriate in the high-low hemline.

summer

WEDDINGS

BY ERICA RUSSO, OVP FASHION DIRECTOR, ACCESSORIES & BEAUTY, BLOOMINGDALE’S

FORMAL WEDDING Black inherently evokes a formal more elegant feeling; for warmer temps, however, opt for a spaghetti strap and higher hemline.

GARDEN OR BEACH WEDDING Florals are having a moment, and this easy-breezy dress from Fame and Partners is no exception. I love the off-the-shoulder detail and feminine ruffle that’s perfect for a beach or afternoon soirée.

A chic flat will keep your look elegant as showcased in these knot slides from Tabitha Simmons. Choose either pale gold or pink to play off the colors in your dress.

The bright pink in the Bauble Bar earring adds an extra playful element and a pop of color perfect for summer. Complete your look with one of the hottest trends in handbags for Spring/ Summer—the structured straw bag to stylishly hold all your party essentials. Keep the rest of your look neutral in staples like this Loeffler Randall clutch and strappy Stuart Weitzman nudist sandals, which let the dress and earrings shine. This is one look you’ll want to dance in all night long.

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Above Weddings • 1100 South Avenue • Staten Island, NY 10314 EventAbove.com • 718.477.2400 x5

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THE STYLE REPORT We love this black and white dress from Bardot. The ruffle is very on trend and sexy, yet appropriate in the high-low hemline.

summer

WEDDINGS

BY ERICA RUSSO, OVP FASHION DIRECTOR, ACCESSORIES & BEAUTY, BLOOMINGDALE’S

FORMAL WEDDING Black inherently evokes a formal more elegant feeling; for warmer temps, however, opt for a spaghetti strap and higher hemline.

GARDEN OR BEACH WEDDING Florals are having a moment, and this easy-breezy dress from Fame and Partners is no exception. I love the off-the-shoulder detail and feminine ruffle that’s perfect for a beach or afternoon soirée.

A chic flat will keep your look elegant as showcased in these knot slides from Tabitha Simmons. Choose either pale gold or pink to play off the colors in your dress.

The bright pink in the Bauble Bar earring adds an extra playful element and a pop of color perfect for summer. Complete your look with one of the hottest trends in handbags for Spring/ Summer—the structured straw bag to stylishly hold all your party essentials. Keep the rest of your look neutral in staples like this Loeffler Randall clutch and strappy Stuart Weitzman nudist sandals, which let the dress and earrings shine. This is one look you’ll want to dance in all night long.

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Above Weddings • 1100 South Avenue • Staten Island, NY 10314 EventAbove.com • 718.477.2400 x5

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A LUXURIOUS WARDROBE IS CURATED OVER TIME THROUGH TRAVEL, ADVENTURE, AND EXPLORATION. GET INSPIRED BY THESE UNIQUE PIECES PERSONALLY CULTIVATED FROM AROUND THE GLOBE.

RUNWAY TO

1

REALITY

By Evan Elkowitz

BY JONATHAN CALIXTO

This season is all about accessible fashion. Indeed, designers on the Spring/Summer 2018 runways showcased pieces easily found in most men’s closets. Calvin Klein, Alexander McQueen, and Gucci looks had a practical essence to them. Here are some ways to bring those looks to life.

THE PERFECT SUMMER DRESS If you’re looking to stand out from the crowd this summer, Rachel Zoe’s Jillian Silk Floral-Print One-Shoulder Maxi Dress is fun, flirty, and perfect for any summer occasion! $525, NeimanMarcus.com

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3

4 THE METALLIC SANDAL

Silver and gold metallic flat ankle wrap sandals are one of the biggest trends for summer. Designed by sisters Maryam and Marjan Malakpour, these Moroccan-inspired sandals are undeniably chic! $495, Newbark.com

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6 IT’S ALL ABOUT THE GOLD CUFF

The Gold Cuff bracelet from California designer Lizzie Mandler is effortlessly glam in 18 karat gold. It can be worn as a single or stacked for an incredible look $2,310-$6,065, LizzieMandler.com

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5 THE BEST BAG

Alice D. Milano is known for classic totes with a modern feel, clean design, and vibrant colors. Order from a variety of sizes or create something custom just for you. $350-$595, AliceDMilano.com

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Everyone needs a fresh white blouse for summer, and the Arizona Top by Katherine Kidd is the perfect fit. $385, KatharineKidd.com

1. Salvatore Ferragamo Spring/Summer 2018 2. Washed Chinos - $88, Bonobos.com 3. Polo Ralph Lauren Blazer - $895, SaksFifthAvenue.com 4. Striped Suit Blazer - $149, Zara.com

5. Reversible Engraved Striped Plaque Belt - $39.90, Express.com 6. Boat-Ing License Boat Shoe - $39, KennethCole.com 7. White Unconstructed Nylon Bag - $1,290, ssense.com 8. Striped Single Wallet - $370, ThomBrowne.com

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Luxe List

A LUXURIOUS WARDROBE IS CURATED OVER TIME THROUGH TRAVEL, ADVENTURE, AND EXPLORATION. GET INSPIRED BY THESE UNIQUE PIECES PERSONALLY CULTIVATED FROM AROUND THE GLOBE.

RUNWAY TO

1

REALITY

By Evan Elkowitz

BY JONATHAN CALIXTO

This season is all about accessible fashion. Indeed, designers on the Spring/Summer 2018 runways showcased pieces easily found in most men’s closets. Calvin Klein, Alexander McQueen, and Gucci looks had a practical essence to them. Here are some ways to bring those looks to life.

THE PERFECT SUMMER DRESS If you’re looking to stand out from the crowd this summer, Rachel Zoe’s Jillian Silk Floral-Print One-Shoulder Maxi Dress is fun, flirty, and perfect for any summer occasion! $525, NeimanMarcus.com

2

3

4 THE METALLIC SANDAL

Silver and gold metallic flat ankle wrap sandals are one of the biggest trends for summer. Designed by sisters Maryam and Marjan Malakpour, these Moroccan-inspired sandals are undeniably chic! $495, Newbark.com

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6 IT’S ALL ABOUT THE GOLD CUFF

The Gold Cuff bracelet from California designer Lizzie Mandler is effortlessly glam in 18 karat gold. It can be worn as a single or stacked for an incredible look $2,310-$6,065, LizzieMandler.com

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5 THE BEST BAG

Alice D. Milano is known for classic totes with a modern feel, clean design, and vibrant colors. Order from a variety of sizes or create something custom just for you. $350-$595, AliceDMilano.com

8

THE WHITE BLOUSE STYLE BOOST

Everyone needs a fresh white blouse for summer, and the Arizona Top by Katherine Kidd is the perfect fit. $385, KatharineKidd.com

1. Salvatore Ferragamo Spring/Summer 2018 2. Washed Chinos - $88, Bonobos.com 3. Polo Ralph Lauren Blazer - $895, SaksFifthAvenue.com 4. Striped Suit Blazer - $149, Zara.com

5. Reversible Engraved Striped Plaque Belt - $39.90, Express.com 6. Boat-Ing License Boat Shoe - $39, KennethCole.com 7. White Unconstructed Nylon Bag - $1,290, ssense.com 8. Striped Single Wallet - $370, ThomBrowne.com

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Photographer: John Russo Styling: Justin Lynn

Models: Teddy Tassy, Kaci Tansey, Noelle Smith, Justin Clynes Location: SLS Baha Mar, Nassau, The Bahamas

Noelle Sheer Navy Dress: c'est Gold and Opal Earrings/Gold Cuff: LUV AJ Justin Full Look: Club Mocaco

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Photographer: John Russo Styling: Justin Lynn

Models: Teddy Tassy, Kaci Tansey, Noelle Smith, Justin Clynes Location: SLS Baha Mar, Nassau, The Bahamas

Noelle Sheer Navy Dress: c'est Gold and Opal Earrings/Gold Cuff: LUV AJ Justin Full Look: Club Mocaco

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Lace-up Top: Zimmerman Linen Skirt: Article Leather and Crystal Necklace: Free People

White Polo Shirt: J. Lindberg

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Lace-up Top: Zimmerman Linen Skirt: Article Leather and Crystal Necklace: Free People

White Polo Shirt: J. Lindberg

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Leaf Print Button Down Shirt: Michael Kors

Silver Dress: Article

Beige Leather Belt: Hermes

Red Lock and Key Pumps: Vintage

Navy Pants: Club Monaco

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Leaf Print Button Down Shirt: Michael Kors

Silver Dress: Article

Beige Leather Belt: Hermes

Red Lock and Key Pumps: Vintage

Navy Pants: Club Monaco

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SLS Baha Mar in Nassau is the first lifestyle hotel in the Caribbean. Located within Baha Mar, the $4.2 billion beachfront resort is set along 3,000 feet of white sand beach. This chic and playful hotel offers progressive cuisine, amazing nightlife, worldclass golf and five-star spa services, as well as the Caribbean's largest casino. This is truly a dream come true! SLSBahaMar.com

Kaci White Lace Jumper: See by Chloe White Lace up Sandals: Mystique Gold Cuffs: LUV AJ Teddy White Linen Shirt: Michael Kors White Jeans: AMI Paris

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SLS Baha Mar in Nassau is the first lifestyle hotel in the Caribbean. Located within Baha Mar, the $4.2 billion beachfront resort is set along 3,000 feet of white sand beach. This chic and playful hotel offers progressive cuisine, amazing nightlife, worldclass golf and five-star spa services, as well as the Caribbean's largest casino. This is truly a dream come true! SLSBahaMar.com

Kaci White Lace Jumper: See by Chloe White Lace up Sandals: Mystique Gold Cuffs: LUV AJ Teddy White Linen Shirt: Michael Kors White Jeans: AMI Paris

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THE WORLD’S MUST-ATTEND ELITE FILM FESTIVALS THIS YEAR By Norah Lawlor

Industry watchers, set your calendars—while there are more than 2,000 annual film festivals globally, only a handful are truly worth attending. You’ll have the opportunity to critique each film and gain insight on the latest developments in the industry. These elite festivals also provide access to financing, professional advice, and access to some of the world’s most famed celebrities and celebrations as well. Here are eight of the best to consider as destinations in the coming year.

69 th Venice Film Festival August 29–September 30, 2018

The end of the summer season brings the 75th annual Venice Film Festival. This year, the festival will run at Venice Lido and will include screenings, ceremonies, and celebrations, organized by La Biennale di Venezia and directed by Alberto Barbera. The Venice Film Festival was originally created to raise awareness and promote all aspects of the film industry—offering retrospectives and reverence to major players throughout the history of cinema. LaBiennale.orgw

Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) December 2018

The 2018 15th Dubai International Film Festival is the leading film festival in the Middle East, Asia, and Africa. Since its inception in 2004, the festival has served as an influential platform for Arab filmmakers and talent at an international level, by spearheading the cinema movement in the region. DIFF’s pioneering initiatives such as the Muhr Awards, Dubai Film Connection, and Dubai Film Market have enriched professional experiences in the region, while also raising the profile of regional works on the world stage. DubaiFilmFest.com

31 st Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) October 2018

The only Japanese film festival accredited by the International Federation of Film Producers Associations (FIAPF), TIFF has played an integral role in Japan’s film industry and cultural scene— not to be confused with Toronto Film Festival, which shares the same acronym in English. Established in 1985, TIFF aspires to be recognized as one of the four major film festivals in the world and in the same league as Cannes, Venice, and Berlin, which now stand at the summit of the more than 2,600 international film celebrations. Tiff-jp.net

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The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) september 2018

71st Cannes Film Festival May 8–19, 2018

The grand dame of film festivals, The Cannes Film Festival is chic, international, and very popular with celebrities and power players. In fact, it’s one of the most exclusive festivals in the world. The 70th annual Cannes Film Festival was held in May 2017 with the prestigious Palme d’Or being awarded to the movie, “The Square.” Festival-Cannes.com

Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is among the most successful public film festivals in the world. World premieres, galas, and parties comprise this illustrious event where stars, directors, and industry insiders make the rounds. If you are a cinephile or simply love to experience new and innovative films, TIFF is the event to attend. In 2017, the Grolsch People‘s Choice Award went to the movie “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Tiff.net

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THE WORLD’S MUST-ATTEND ELITE FILM FESTIVALS THIS YEAR By Norah Lawlor

Industry watchers, set your calendars—while there are more than 2,000 annual film festivals globally, only a handful are truly worth attending. You’ll have the opportunity to critique each film and gain insight on the latest developments in the industry. These elite festivals also provide access to financing, professional advice, and access to some of the world’s most famed celebrities and celebrations as well. Here are eight of the best to consider as destinations in the coming year.

69 th Venice Film Festival August 29–September 30, 2018

The end of the summer season brings the 75th annual Venice Film Festival. This year, the festival will run at Venice Lido and will include screenings, ceremonies, and celebrations, organized by La Biennale di Venezia and directed by Alberto Barbera. The Venice Film Festival was originally created to raise awareness and promote all aspects of the film industry—offering retrospectives and reverence to major players throughout the history of cinema. LaBiennale.orgw

Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) December 2018

The 2018 15th Dubai International Film Festival is the leading film festival in the Middle East, Asia, and Africa. Since its inception in 2004, the festival has served as an influential platform for Arab filmmakers and talent at an international level, by spearheading the cinema movement in the region. DIFF’s pioneering initiatives such as the Muhr Awards, Dubai Film Connection, and Dubai Film Market have enriched professional experiences in the region, while also raising the profile of regional works on the world stage. DubaiFilmFest.com

31 st Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) October 2018

The only Japanese film festival accredited by the International Federation of Film Producers Associations (FIAPF), TIFF has played an integral role in Japan’s film industry and cultural scene— not to be confused with Toronto Film Festival, which shares the same acronym in English. Established in 1985, TIFF aspires to be recognized as one of the four major film festivals in the world and in the same league as Cannes, Venice, and Berlin, which now stand at the summit of the more than 2,600 international film celebrations. Tiff-jp.net

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The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) september 2018

71st Cannes Film Festival May 8–19, 2018

The grand dame of film festivals, The Cannes Film Festival is chic, international, and very popular with celebrities and power players. In fact, it’s one of the most exclusive festivals in the world. The 70th annual Cannes Film Festival was held in May 2017 with the prestigious Palme d’Or being awarded to the movie, “The Square.” Festival-Cannes.com

Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is among the most successful public film festivals in the world. World premieres, galas, and parties comprise this illustrious event where stars, directors, and industry insiders make the rounds. If you are a cinephile or simply love to experience new and innovative films, TIFF is the event to attend. In 2017, the Grolsch People‘s Choice Award went to the movie “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Tiff.net

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“WHAT A BIG, BOLD, RAVISHING DELIGHT IT IS TO ENTER THE WORLD OF ONCE ON THIS ISLAND.

Director MICHAEL ARDEN’s signature ornateness is perfectly suited to this fable of love and death—a universal story every culture enacts.” JESSE GREEN,

“A BEWITCHING, BEAUTIFUL REVIVAL

that celebrates love, resilience and the spirit of hope.” JOE DZIEMIANOWICZ,

“The vibrant musical comes to life in A BURST OF CREATIVE ENERGY AND REMARKABLY INVENTIVE ARTISTRY.” ROMA TORRE,

The Hamptons International Film Festival October 4–8, 2018 One of the highlights of the Hamptons fall season is the Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF). Held each year in October, HIFF previews the most talked about award season films, and this year is no different. The ideal gateway to the Hamptons is the perfectly manicured and situated Southampton Inn offering some 90 charming guest rooms. For dining, experience authentic Mexican cuisine at nearby Union Cantina, classic American fare at 75 Main, or great cocktails at the Southampton Social Club. HamptonsFilmFest.org

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41 st Telluride Film Festival August 29–September 1, 2018

A short but very sweet film festival in the Rocky Mountains, Telluride packs a punch. Some 4,000 people attended last year’s 40th anniversary. The festival features a 100-film program representing twenty-five countries including twenty-seven new feature films in its main program; six film revivals selected by returning guest directors: Don Delillo, Buck Henry, Phillip Lopate, Michael Ondaatje, B. Ruby Rich, and Salman Rushdie; 12 Backlot programs; 33 shorts and/or student films, and 12 seminars and conversations. TellurideFilmFestival.org

Photo by Joan Marcus

The Nantucket Film Festival (NFF) was founded by brother and sister team Jill and Jonathan Burkhart in 1996. In 1997, Mystelle Brabbée joined the duo and today serves as executive director. NFF continues to thrive, always remaining true to its mission. These days, NFF has become one of the premiere destination film festivals in the world. Visitors come from all over to experience preview screenings, signature programs, and standout hospitality on a magical island rich with history, a friendly atmosphere, and beautiful sandy beaches. NantucketFilmFestival.org

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Circle in the Square Theatre, 235 W. 50th St. BELLANYMAG.COM

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“WHAT A BIG, BOLD, RAVISHING DELIGHT IT IS TO ENTER THE WORLD OF ONCE ON THIS ISLAND.

Director MICHAEL ARDEN’s signature ornateness is perfectly suited to this fable of love and death—a universal story every culture enacts.” JESSE GREEN,

“A BEWITCHING, BEAUTIFUL REVIVAL

that celebrates love, resilience and the spirit of hope.” JOE DZIEMIANOWICZ,

“The vibrant musical comes to life in A BURST OF CREATIVE ENERGY AND REMARKABLY INVENTIVE ARTISTRY.” ROMA TORRE,

The Hamptons International Film Festival October 4–8, 2018 One of the highlights of the Hamptons fall season is the Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF). Held each year in October, HIFF previews the most talked about award season films, and this year is no different. The ideal gateway to the Hamptons is the perfectly manicured and situated Southampton Inn offering some 90 charming guest rooms. For dining, experience authentic Mexican cuisine at nearby Union Cantina, classic American fare at 75 Main, or great cocktails at the Southampton Social Club. HamptonsFilmFest.org

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41 st Telluride Film Festival August 29–September 1, 2018

A short but very sweet film festival in the Rocky Mountains, Telluride packs a punch. Some 4,000 people attended last year’s 40th anniversary. The festival features a 100-film program representing twenty-five countries including twenty-seven new feature films in its main program; six film revivals selected by returning guest directors: Don Delillo, Buck Henry, Phillip Lopate, Michael Ondaatje, B. Ruby Rich, and Salman Rushdie; 12 Backlot programs; 33 shorts and/or student films, and 12 seminars and conversations. TellurideFilmFestival.org

Photo by Joan Marcus

The Nantucket Film Festival (NFF) was founded by brother and sister team Jill and Jonathan Burkhart in 1996. In 1997, Mystelle Brabbée joined the duo and today serves as executive director. NFF continues to thrive, always remaining true to its mission. These days, NFF has become one of the premiere destination film festivals in the world. Visitors come from all over to experience preview screenings, signature programs, and standout hospitality on a magical island rich with history, a friendly atmosphere, and beautiful sandy beaches. NantucketFilmFestival.org

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vibe five!

“FACES” Experience culture in the comfort of your own home. If you’re coffee table is looking a bit bland and you’re wanting to switch things up a bit, look no further. “FACES” is a beautifully designed book featuring a collection of intriguing face-portraits by internationally renowned photographer, Serge Anton. His portraits tell wordless stories and reveal a certain resemblance in the exotic faces of faraway cultures; as the popular saying goes, “the face is the mirror of the soul.” LannooPublishers.com

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Need a few fantastic ways to fuel your good vibes this season? Here are five hotspots and must-have’s every BELLA needs to know. By Gwen Wunderlich

COOK SPACE BROOKLYN It’s almost Mother’s Day and if you’re anything like us, you want to find an extra-special gift for your mom this year but can’t think of anything creative that she doesn’t already have. Cook Space Brooklyn might be just the experience you are looking for: You and your mother can sign up for out some classes like Pasta 101, Chicken Challenge or Spanish Tapas where you will re-develop your relationship to food and cooking and increase your confidence, skills, and joy in the kitchen. By the end of your lesson you’ll not only walk out with a full belly, but also gain culinary confidence that lets you replicate restaurant techniques at home. Let’s get cooking! CookSpaceBrooklyn.com

SPRING & VARICK Now that it’s getting warmer, you’re ready to hatch from your cocoon and become a social butterfly again-we know! If you’re not sure which bars and restaurants to hit, start with Spring & Varick, the place to see and be seen this summer. It’s an intimate and relaxed restaurant and bar located in one of my personal favorite hotels in the SoHo area’s finest-The Dominick Hotel. The restaurant offers modern American dishes that incorporate fresh, seasonal, and local ingredients. Their house-favorites include the “S&V burger” with tempura comte, housemade burger sauce on a warm pretzel bun, the lobster hash and the matcha green tea pancakes. Dig in! SpringAndVarick.com

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BOX AND FLOW After all the cooking and eating you’ll be doing, you’ll probably want to balance it out with a good, sweaty workout. Box and Flow is the first ever fitness studio focused on the integration of fight + flow, which is exactly what it sounds like-a workout class dedicated to boxing, fight, and yoga flow. Combining these opposites together they creates a healthy and fun balance during the 55-minute experience that includes shadowboxing, heavy bag workouts, and fast flow sequences. The result: You’ll work toward your mind, body, and soul all attaining equilibrium. BoxAndFlow.com

BELLOCQ TEA ATELIER Want to discover a hidden gem within the vivacious streets of Brooklyn? Three simple words: Bellocq Tea Atelier. This quintessential tea house will inspire those to make their way across the bridge solely to embrace the essence of Brooklyn’s finest teas and botanicals. This one-of-a-kind tea connoisseur will drive your senses into a heady repose the minute you walk in the door. The store is encompassed with handcrafted perfume candles adding to the overall decadence. The hidden gem found in the Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn will have you head over heels for its whole leaf organic tea and herbal blends. The Belloqc also artfully comprises their space with a range of honey, preserves, and spices to every tea accessory one could need. It also provides customers with a gorgeous room for seating. Bellocq.com

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vibe five!

“FACES” Experience culture in the comfort of your own home. If you’re coffee table is looking a bit bland and you’re wanting to switch things up a bit, look no further. “FACES” is a beautifully designed book featuring a collection of intriguing face-portraits by internationally renowned photographer, Serge Anton. His portraits tell wordless stories and reveal a certain resemblance in the exotic faces of faraway cultures; as the popular saying goes, “the face is the mirror of the soul.” LannooPublishers.com

The

Need a few fantastic ways to fuel your good vibes this season? Here are five hotspots and must-have’s every BELLA needs to know. By Gwen Wunderlich

COOK SPACE BROOKLYN It’s almost Mother’s Day and if you’re anything like us, you want to find an extra-special gift for your mom this year but can’t think of anything creative that she doesn’t already have. Cook Space Brooklyn might be just the experience you are looking for: You and your mother can sign up for out some classes like Pasta 101, Chicken Challenge or Spanish Tapas where you will re-develop your relationship to food and cooking and increase your confidence, skills, and joy in the kitchen. By the end of your lesson you’ll not only walk out with a full belly, but also gain culinary confidence that lets you replicate restaurant techniques at home. Let’s get cooking! CookSpaceBrooklyn.com

SPRING & VARICK Now that it’s getting warmer, you’re ready to hatch from your cocoon and become a social butterfly again-we know! If you’re not sure which bars and restaurants to hit, start with Spring & Varick, the place to see and be seen this summer. It’s an intimate and relaxed restaurant and bar located in one of my personal favorite hotels in the SoHo area’s finest-The Dominick Hotel. The restaurant offers modern American dishes that incorporate fresh, seasonal, and local ingredients. Their house-favorites include the “S&V burger” with tempura comte, housemade burger sauce on a warm pretzel bun, the lobster hash and the matcha green tea pancakes. Dig in! SpringAndVarick.com

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BOX AND FLOW After all the cooking and eating you’ll be doing, you’ll probably want to balance it out with a good, sweaty workout. Box and Flow is the first ever fitness studio focused on the integration of fight + flow, which is exactly what it sounds like-a workout class dedicated to boxing, fight, and yoga flow. Combining these opposites together they creates a healthy and fun balance during the 55-minute experience that includes shadowboxing, heavy bag workouts, and fast flow sequences. The result: You’ll work toward your mind, body, and soul all attaining equilibrium. BoxAndFlow.com

BELLOCQ TEA ATELIER Want to discover a hidden gem within the vivacious streets of Brooklyn? Three simple words: Bellocq Tea Atelier. This quintessential tea house will inspire those to make their way across the bridge solely to embrace the essence of Brooklyn’s finest teas and botanicals. This one-of-a-kind tea connoisseur will drive your senses into a heady repose the minute you walk in the door. The store is encompassed with handcrafted perfume candles adding to the overall decadence. The hidden gem found in the Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn will have you head over heels for its whole leaf organic tea and herbal blends. The Belloqc also artfully comprises their space with a range of honey, preserves, and spices to every tea accessory one could need. It also provides customers with a gorgeous room for seating. Bellocq.com

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HOW TO COLOR YOUR WORLD By Jenna Glatzer

Marketers have understood for decades that color plays a vital role in influencing our emotions and actions. That’s why they add dyes to food to make them more psychologically appealing (did you know hot dogs would be gray without added coloring?), use carefully-chosen colors in their advertising and packaging, and choose particular paint and décor to make you linger and shop in retail stores. But how well are you harnessing color psychology in your own home and life?

The colors you choose to surround yourself with can significantly change your mood and productivity, so if you’re wondering why you’re always sleepy in your living room or what color to wear for your next important occasion, read on— we’ll break down the research on color associations.

Green is easiest on the eyes and is associated with nature and the environment. Looking to bring an outdoor feel indoors? Different shades of green in your home can provide you with the same kind of tranquility as walking in a forest. “Green is so pervasive in nature that we never question it as a background for all other surrounding colors—it’s nature’s favorite neutral,” says Leatrice Eiseman, author of “The Complete Color Harmony, Pantone Edition.” “That natural versatility applies to the use of green in any room in the house.” She suggests that people who are drawn to green tend to be caring, generous, and social.

If you’re trying to lose weight, scientists have found that eating food from a red plate makes you eat less—but they’ve also discovered that working in a red office makes people feel “anxiety and stress.” When rating women’s attractiveness, men give higher scores to women wearing red. Even on a subconscious level, women seem to know this. Did you know that fertile women are more likely to reach for red clothing when they are ovulating?

IF YOU’RE TRYING TO LOSE WEIGHT, SCIENTISTS HAVE FOUND THAT EATING FOOD FROM A RED PLATE MAKES YOU EAT LESS.”

The color of purity and sterility, this is the color we expect when we want to know something is super-clean—like in a hospital or restaurant’s kitchen. Bright whites are not soothing colors, though, so not a great choice for living rooms or bedrooms, except in moderation; white is great for highlighting windows and doors. Leaving some white space in a room is thought to spark creativity, giving the feel of a “blank canvas.”

Orange is a divisive color: people tend to either love it or hate it. It’s a spirited color that takes on the characteristics of its parent colors, yellow and red, making it cheerful, bold, and potentially obnoxious. It also raises your blood pressure. It’s best used in small doses or in muted shades in the home and on clothing accent pieces like scarves or belts—or boldly on your workout gear. Orange is associated with health and nonconformity.

Blue wins the most popular “favorite” color award. It’s soothing and reminiscent of clear skies and water. Soft blues help with concentration and productivity, while deeper blues are good for relaxation and sleep. Try a blue comforter in the bedroom. However, avoid blue lighting (like on electronic devices) before bed, since it suppresses melatonin production and can keep you awake longer.

This color can be associated with overcast days and “blah” feelings, which is why it’s a good idea to mix it with other colors rather than use it for interior painting. When mixed with beige, the resulting color “greige” has the benefit of being a neutral shade that coordinates with many different décors and won’t overpower a room. Mixed with blue to make slate blue, it’s a great color for an accent wall that looks powerful and elegant. You don’t want to use too much dark gray in a room, however, or you risk making it feel smaller and more confining. Yellow is good for sparking an appetite, and it’s known for its cheeriness and high energy. However, it’s also a strain on the eyes and can cause agitation and low self-esteem, especially when you’re not feeling particularly cheery. Bright yellow rooms can overwhelm the senses and cause introverts to retreat. Babies have been found to cry more in yellow rooms, too.

With purple, shade, matters. Lavender is calming and associated with spirituality. Looking to decorate a room to meditate in? Lavender’s your color. Darker purples are associated with royalty, magic, and decadence. Purple is a “power color”—wear it if you’re looking for a leadership position. 74

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YELLOW IS GOOD FOR SPARKING AN APPETITE, AND IT’S KNOWN FOR ITS CHEERINESS AND HIGH ENERGY.”

If you ever happen to be a party in a court case, avoid wearing black—commonly associated with sinister intentions. In a home, though, don’t be afraid to use black accents sparingly on throw pillows, lamps, and wall décor. Black is thought to be sophisticated in a home and can provide the eye a path to look around a room. If you’re feeling in a rut, consider shaking things up with new colors. Who knows? A new palette could mean a new outlook.

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HOW TO COLOR YOUR WORLD By Jenna Glatzer

Marketers have understood for decades that color plays a vital role in influencing our emotions and actions. That’s why they add dyes to food to make them more psychologically appealing (did you know hot dogs would be gray without added coloring?), use carefully-chosen colors in their advertising and packaging, and choose particular paint and décor to make you linger and shop in retail stores. But how well are you harnessing color psychology in your own home and life?

The colors you choose to surround yourself with can significantly change your mood and productivity, so if you’re wondering why you’re always sleepy in your living room or what color to wear for your next important occasion, read on— we’ll break down the research on color associations.

Green is easiest on the eyes and is associated with nature and the environment. Looking to bring an outdoor feel indoors? Different shades of green in your home can provide you with the same kind of tranquility as walking in a forest. “Green is so pervasive in nature that we never question it as a background for all other surrounding colors—it’s nature’s favorite neutral,” says Leatrice Eiseman, author of “The Complete Color Harmony, Pantone Edition.” “That natural versatility applies to the use of green in any room in the house.” She suggests that people who are drawn to green tend to be caring, generous, and social.

If you’re trying to lose weight, scientists have found that eating food from a red plate makes you eat less—but they’ve also discovered that working in a red office makes people feel “anxiety and stress.” When rating women’s attractiveness, men give higher scores to women wearing red. Even on a subconscious level, women seem to know this. Did you know that fertile women are more likely to reach for red clothing when they are ovulating?

IF YOU’RE TRYING TO LOSE WEIGHT, SCIENTISTS HAVE FOUND THAT EATING FOOD FROM A RED PLATE MAKES YOU EAT LESS.”

The color of purity and sterility, this is the color we expect when we want to know something is super-clean—like in a hospital or restaurant’s kitchen. Bright whites are not soothing colors, though, so not a great choice for living rooms or bedrooms, except in moderation; white is great for highlighting windows and doors. Leaving some white space in a room is thought to spark creativity, giving the feel of a “blank canvas.”

Orange is a divisive color: people tend to either love it or hate it. It’s a spirited color that takes on the characteristics of its parent colors, yellow and red, making it cheerful, bold, and potentially obnoxious. It also raises your blood pressure. It’s best used in small doses or in muted shades in the home and on clothing accent pieces like scarves or belts—or boldly on your workout gear. Orange is associated with health and nonconformity.

Blue wins the most popular “favorite” color award. It’s soothing and reminiscent of clear skies and water. Soft blues help with concentration and productivity, while deeper blues are good for relaxation and sleep. Try a blue comforter in the bedroom. However, avoid blue lighting (like on electronic devices) before bed, since it suppresses melatonin production and can keep you awake longer.

This color can be associated with overcast days and “blah” feelings, which is why it’s a good idea to mix it with other colors rather than use it for interior painting. When mixed with beige, the resulting color “greige” has the benefit of being a neutral shade that coordinates with many different décors and won’t overpower a room. Mixed with blue to make slate blue, it’s a great color for an accent wall that looks powerful and elegant. You don’t want to use too much dark gray in a room, however, or you risk making it feel smaller and more confining. Yellow is good for sparking an appetite, and it’s known for its cheeriness and high energy. However, it’s also a strain on the eyes and can cause agitation and low self-esteem, especially when you’re not feeling particularly cheery. Bright yellow rooms can overwhelm the senses and cause introverts to retreat. Babies have been found to cry more in yellow rooms, too.

With purple, shade, matters. Lavender is calming and associated with spirituality. Looking to decorate a room to meditate in? Lavender’s your color. Darker purples are associated with royalty, magic, and decadence. Purple is a “power color”—wear it if you’re looking for a leadership position. 74

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YELLOW IS GOOD FOR SPARKING AN APPETITE, AND IT’S KNOWN FOR ITS CHEERINESS AND HIGH ENERGY.”

If you ever happen to be a party in a court case, avoid wearing black—commonly associated with sinister intentions. In a home, though, don’t be afraid to use black accents sparingly on throw pillows, lamps, and wall décor. Black is thought to be sophisticated in a home and can provide the eye a path to look around a room. If you’re feeling in a rut, consider shaking things up with new colors. Who knows? A new palette could mean a new outlook.

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SUNNY HOSTIN SHARING HER “VIEWS” BY ALEXANDRA ANASTASIO

From her days as a federal prosecutor and legal analyst to her current role as the senior PHOTO Courtesy of ABC Photography

legal correspondent for ABC News and one of the six co-hosts of “The View,” Sunny Hostin has lent her voice to those who might otherwise remain unheard. It’s a role she has taken seriously ever since she was a young girl in the Bronx.

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SUNNY HOSTIN SHARING HER “VIEWS” BY ALEXANDRA ANASTASIO

From her days as a federal prosecutor and legal analyst to her current role as the senior PHOTO Courtesy of ABC Photography

legal correspondent for ABC News and one of the six co-hosts of “The View,” Sunny Hostin has lent her voice to those who might otherwise remain unheard. It’s a role she has taken seriously ever since she was a young girl in the Bronx.

Sunny @Sunny SunnyCHostin

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THE NEW YORK LIFE

Did you ever consider a career path other than the law? I wanted to be a journalist; I’d stand in front of the mirror with my hairbrush and pretend to be Barbara Walters. I had the opportunity to intern for [former New York TV anchor] Carol Jenkins, and I studied journalism in college. But at the time I didn’t see anyone who looked like me on TV other than Carol Jenkins, and I was concerned that I wouldn’t have a voice or be successful. I thought I could make more of an impact as an attorney, and now I’m doing both. I’m so thankful I did it this way. There is no better work than helping provide justice to the most vulnerable in our society: children and the elderly.

My uncle was stabbed right in front of me, and my best friend’s father was shot outside of our candy store. I remember thinking, ‘This is not fair; no child should ever have to see this,’” says Hostin. “I was devastated by it, and I thought, ‘Violence is never going to be my life.’”

As a prosecutor, you worked cases involving child sex crimes. What drew you to this particular area? When I was rotating through the U.S. Attorney’s Office I rotated into the sex crimes unit, although there wasn’t a separate children’s division. I remember this one little girl looking so vulnerable that I crouched down on the floor with her, and my boss took notice. He asked if I would consider handling some of those cases, and I said yes. Not many people have the stomach for it. They burn out quickly, but I didn’t—it energized me. When you know you have protected a child from any type of violence, it’s the best feeling in the world.

Hostin’s early experiences shaped the woman she has become. From advocating for children to reporting on some of the biggest stories of the past decade—including the Bernie Madoff scandal, the George Zimmerman trial, the unrest in Baltimore and Ferguson, and the devastation in Puerto Rico—Hostin’s fight for justice marches on.

How did you separate from the emotional aspect of the job—if at all? I think too many people take the emotion out of everything, and that’s a real problem. That’s how you lose your humanity. I’m a sensitive person and quite the mama bear; I felt those kids were my kids. It wasn’t just a job for me. You’re dealing with people’s lives.

BELLA sat down with the New York native to talk about her work, what keeps her motivated, and the ways in which she is impacting millions of people every single day.

Do you ever have the urge to go back into law? I often think that when this TV thing goes away, I can see myself returning to the law in some fashion. But for now my contracts keep getting renewed, and in that sense I am blessed. Actually, when Shirt: Hottie + Lord Pants: Guess

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Did you ever consider a career path other than the law? I wanted to be a journalist; I’d stand in front of the mirror with my hairbrush and pretend to be Barbara Walters. I had the opportunity to intern for [former New York TV anchor] Carol Jenkins, and I studied journalism in college. But at the time I didn’t see anyone who looked like me on TV other than Carol Jenkins, and I was concerned that I wouldn’t have a voice or be successful. I thought I could make more of an impact as an attorney, and now I’m doing both. I’m so thankful I did it this way. There is no better work than helping provide justice to the most vulnerable in our society: children and the elderly.

My uncle was stabbed right in front of me, and my best friend’s father was shot outside of our candy store. I remember thinking, ‘This is not fair; no child should ever have to see this,’” says Hostin. “I was devastated by it, and I thought, ‘Violence is never going to be my life.’”

As a prosecutor, you worked cases involving child sex crimes. What drew you to this particular area? When I was rotating through the U.S. Attorney’s Office I rotated into the sex crimes unit, although there wasn’t a separate children’s division. I remember this one little girl looking so vulnerable that I crouched down on the floor with her, and my boss took notice. He asked if I would consider handling some of those cases, and I said yes. Not many people have the stomach for it. They burn out quickly, but I didn’t—it energized me. When you know you have protected a child from any type of violence, it’s the best feeling in the world.

Hostin’s early experiences shaped the woman she has become. From advocating for children to reporting on some of the biggest stories of the past decade—including the Bernie Madoff scandal, the George Zimmerman trial, the unrest in Baltimore and Ferguson, and the devastation in Puerto Rico—Hostin’s fight for justice marches on.

How did you separate from the emotional aspect of the job—if at all? I think too many people take the emotion out of everything, and that’s a real problem. That’s how you lose your humanity. I’m a sensitive person and quite the mama bear; I felt those kids were my kids. It wasn’t just a job for me. You’re dealing with people’s lives.

BELLA sat down with the New York native to talk about her work, what keeps her motivated, and the ways in which she is impacting millions of people every single day.

Do you ever have the urge to go back into law? I often think that when this TV thing goes away, I can see myself returning to the law in some fashion. But for now my contracts keep getting renewed, and in that sense I am blessed. Actually, when Shirt: Hottie + Lord Pants: Guess

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ADVICE FROM HER CO-STARS ON “THE VIEW”

When you start on this show, you lose 50 percent of the audience when you open your mouth. Half of the people will agree with you; the other half won’t.” —Joy Behar

Don’t read everything, because you don’t want it to start changing who you are to play to the viewers.” —Whoopi Goldberg

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the opportunity to join “The View” came about, I was questioning whether to go back to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. [Anderson Cooper’s executive producer] Charlie Moore pointed out how the show had over three million viewers a day, and reminded me that I would have an impact in a way other than I had before. People tell me every day that I am their voice on this show, so I know I am of service. The minute it stops feeling like it’s of service, I will probably go back to the law. You’ve had a permanent seat at the table since 2016. What has that experience been like? It’s been wonderful and has felt like home since day one. Being part of a legacy show is a big responsibility. There isn’t a day that goes by that someone doesn’t stop me on the street. Because of the political time we’re in, people are invested in the show, and that experience is unlike anything else. Viewers feel a real ownership. It’s part of their lives, and you don’t want to screw that up. Part of the show involves opening yourself up to viewers. Are you constantly defending yourself against criticism? I’m from the Bronx and I’m very thick-skinned; I’m unflappable in that way. I am very comfortable in what I believe in—my moral fabric was etched from a young age. I will, at times, engage on social media when I see bullying, but when people criticize me, the only time I’ll engage is if someone makes a valid point or is questioning a view. I want to understand why something I said was taken the wrong way, or maybe I offended someone. I can learn from the viewers, maybe more than they can learn from me. Do you look at the issues you’re reporting on differently because you’re a parent? When you’re reporting you’re telling a story, and I try not to inject my feelings into it. I will say that different stories intrigue me because I am a parent. I did a piece on sexting because I have a teenage son and an 11-year-old daughter. My children’s interests and challenges have informed the types of stories I’m interested in. What kind of legacy do you hope to leave behind? I have had such an interesting career so far, and I don’t believe you have just one career anymore. I now have two. The rest is still unwritten, so I don’t know exactly what my legacy will be. But I hope it will be of someone who was of service, someone who had a voice, and most important, someone who gave a voice to others—because there are so many people who don’t have one. It’s such a humbling charge. I also hope to be able to give opportunity to others. The legal and TV fields are hard to break into and do well in, but there are plenty more voices that need to be out there. I’m hoping part of my legacy will be pulling people up with me.

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CAUSES DEAR TO HOSTIN’S HEART SAFE HORIZON. Hostin sits on the board of this nonprofit victim services agency that supports children, adults, and families affected by crime and abuse throughout New York City. BRONX CHILDREN’S MUSEUM. Hostin sits on the board of this cultural and educational institution that inspires children and families to learn about themselves and the diversity and richness of their surroundings, as well as the world beyond. THE HELENE GASTON FOUNDATION. At Hostin’s husband’s family’s foundation in Haiti, they are currently in the process of building an adult learning center and a clinic.

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ADVICE FROM HER CO-STARS ON “THE VIEW”

When you start on this show, you lose 50 percent of the audience when you open your mouth. Half of the people will agree with you; the other half won’t.” —Joy Behar

Don’t read everything, because you don’t want it to start changing who you are to play to the viewers.” —Whoopi Goldberg

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the opportunity to join “The View” came about, I was questioning whether to go back to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. [Anderson Cooper’s executive producer] Charlie Moore pointed out how the show had over three million viewers a day, and reminded me that I would have an impact in a way other than I had before. People tell me every day that I am their voice on this show, so I know I am of service. The minute it stops feeling like it’s of service, I will probably go back to the law. You’ve had a permanent seat at the table since 2016. What has that experience been like? It’s been wonderful and has felt like home since day one. Being part of a legacy show is a big responsibility. There isn’t a day that goes by that someone doesn’t stop me on the street. Because of the political time we’re in, people are invested in the show, and that experience is unlike anything else. Viewers feel a real ownership. It’s part of their lives, and you don’t want to screw that up. Part of the show involves opening yourself up to viewers. Are you constantly defending yourself against criticism? I’m from the Bronx and I’m very thick-skinned; I’m unflappable in that way. I am very comfortable in what I believe in—my moral fabric was etched from a young age. I will, at times, engage on social media when I see bullying, but when people criticize me, the only time I’ll engage is if someone makes a valid point or is questioning a view. I want to understand why something I said was taken the wrong way, or maybe I offended someone. I can learn from the viewers, maybe more than they can learn from me. Do you look at the issues you’re reporting on differently because you’re a parent? When you’re reporting you’re telling a story, and I try not to inject my feelings into it. I will say that different stories intrigue me because I am a parent. I did a piece on sexting because I have a teenage son and an 11-year-old daughter. My children’s interests and challenges have informed the types of stories I’m interested in. What kind of legacy do you hope to leave behind? I have had such an interesting career so far, and I don’t believe you have just one career anymore. I now have two. The rest is still unwritten, so I don’t know exactly what my legacy will be. But I hope it will be of someone who was of service, someone who had a voice, and most important, someone who gave a voice to others—because there are so many people who don’t have one. It’s such a humbling charge. I also hope to be able to give opportunity to others. The legal and TV fields are hard to break into and do well in, but there are plenty more voices that need to be out there. I’m hoping part of my legacy will be pulling people up with me.

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CAUSES DEAR TO HOSTIN’S HEART SAFE HORIZON. Hostin sits on the board of this nonprofit victim services agency that supports children, adults, and families affected by crime and abuse throughout New York City. BRONX CHILDREN’S MUSEUM. Hostin sits on the board of this cultural and educational institution that inspires children and families to learn about themselves and the diversity and richness of their surroundings, as well as the world beyond. THE HELENE GASTON FOUNDATION. At Hostin’s husband’s family’s foundation in Haiti, they are currently in the process of building an adult learning center and a clinic.

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NYC ARTIST SPOTLIGHT A true virtuoso is not only driven by creativity, but also by the desire to bring his or her vision to life for the world to see. Drawing and painting since childhood, artist Jessica Licciardello could not be more committed to her craft. The Staten Island native has developed a unique style of her own, and offers a brand new take on portraits, which her clients adore. Since receiving her bachelor of arts degree in both studio art and art history from Marist College, Licciardello has spent the last 17 years working as both a professional artist and designer. Her oneof-a-kind pieces have been purchased by collectors throughout the United States, as well as in more than 15 countries around the world. She not only showcases her skills at live events, but has also created many illustrations for books and music albums, and has a background working in advertising design and photography production. In addition to her many works, Licciardello is widely recognized for her distinctive style of portraits. When she began working at Manhattan nightclub events back in 2005, the artist knew she needed a way to produce a special piece in a short amount of time. She quickly established a method of sketching with paint and color that could be completed within minutes. Since then, Licciardello has painted portraits at a number of fashion events and celebrations for a diverse clientele, including corporate clients French Connection, Lord & Taylor, YouTube, and Bloomingdale’s. The artist has also collaborated with friends and other imaginative minds, including tarot and astrology reader Nicole LoGatto. The pair offers “Spirit Animal Readings and Portraits” at the Jill Lindsey store in Brooklyn. LoGatto does a card reading to reveal one’s spirit animal, and Licciardello paints a portrait of the client with that spirit animal.

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Excited to learn more, BELLA connected with Licciardello to reveal the inspiration behind the art.

WHO INSPIRES YOU? I’m inspired by seeing the work of other artists. I love to visit museums and exhibits where I see not only the finished paintings, but also the sketches and drawings that led up to the final piece. Many times we only see the final masterpiece and it feels unattainable, but when you get a glimpse of the process, you feel the human element— that we all have to work through the ideas to make them successful. I also love seeing the brushstrokes of the paintings in person; it adds an important layer that you don’t get to see in photo reproductions.

I studied art history, and everything looked perfect and flat in photos; seeing the original brushstrokes reminds me that a person made it, and I see a reflection of my own work in those brushstrokes. I am very energized and fulfilled when someone can connect with my work on a level where they want it to be part of their lives. It inspires me to continue creating. I am also inspired by women who do amazing work and blaze a path for all women to thrive in the arts and all aspects of life. My mother is a very strong woman who has taught me to follow my dreams and be independent. My family and friends have always inspired me with their support. My parents and siblings have encouraged my art my entire life, and my family is full of creative people who have fostered my talent since childhood. And I have had amazing teachers who have lifted me up to be the person I am now.

WHAT IS THE BEST ADVICE YOU HAVE EVER RECEIVED? When I was a teenager, I was loading the dishwasher and was hastily trying to get the chore done when my dad turned to me and said calmly, “Do it with love.” I didn’t quite understand how much that meant at the time, especially about something like washing the dishes, but now I think it’s the most fundamental

advice I received that should be carried through everything in life. It’s aligned with philosophies about mindfulness that are very important to keep life running smoothly and uplift all situations. The message has come to me in different ways since then, too. I participated in a workshop with artist Alex Grey, and he signed a postcard for me where he wrote, “Work hard with love.” I keep it framed in my room as a constant reminder.

WHAT IS THE MOST REWARDING PART OF YOUR TJOB? I love seeing people’s reactions when they first look at the art I create. Whether it’s their portrait or a piece from my imagination, it opens up a new way of seeing that I can share with someone. For portraits, it’s amazing to be a visual translator, for someone to see a new perspective about themselves. I also feel like art is a powerful means of communication, and in my artwork as well as my graphic design work, I have a chance to get a message across in a unique way. It’s both a gift and a great responsibility. When I can successfully communicate an idea with my art, it’s extremely rewarding.

...if you can find beauty in the world and experience it in many ways, then that means you are grateful to be here, and that’s a good place to be.” WHAT DO YOU CONSIDER YOUR GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT? I have had people tell me that my artwork has helped them through a hard time, or that they saw it at a time when they needed it. I try to create positive imagery and express my feelings through my work, and if it somehow helps people, then I feel that is an amazing accomplishment.

WHAT IS YOUR DREAM PROJECT? I would love to create large-scale public art pieces around the world, an endeavor that would allow me to travel and see my art in all different places and watch the public react to it and enjoy it. I hope to make that dream a reality.

HOW DO YOU DEFINE BEAUTY? I define beauty as not only a thing, but a moment. I think beauty happens when our senses merge with something in the world that makes us appreciate being alive, and able to witness it. It’s the moment you feel connected to other humans and the mysterious, wonderful world we live in. Maybe it’s something another person has created, like art or music, or maybe it’s the way you see an animal or the sunset, or how something makes you feel. I think if you can find beauty in the world and experience it in many ways, then that means you are grateful to be here, and that’s a good place to be.

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NYC ARTIST SPOTLIGHT A true virtuoso is not only driven by creativity, but also by the desire to bring his or her vision to life for the world to see. Drawing and painting since childhood, artist Jessica Licciardello could not be more committed to her craft. The Staten Island native has developed a unique style of her own, and offers a brand new take on portraits, which her clients adore. Since receiving her bachelor of arts degree in both studio art and art history from Marist College, Licciardello has spent the last 17 years working as both a professional artist and designer. Her oneof-a-kind pieces have been purchased by collectors throughout the United States, as well as in more than 15 countries around the world. She not only showcases her skills at live events, but has also created many illustrations for books and music albums, and has a background working in advertising design and photography production. In addition to her many works, Licciardello is widely recognized for her distinctive style of portraits. When she began working at Manhattan nightclub events back in 2005, the artist knew she needed a way to produce a special piece in a short amount of time. She quickly established a method of sketching with paint and color that could be completed within minutes. Since then, Licciardello has painted portraits at a number of fashion events and celebrations for a diverse clientele, including corporate clients French Connection, Lord & Taylor, YouTube, and Bloomingdale’s. The artist has also collaborated with friends and other imaginative minds, including tarot and astrology reader Nicole LoGatto. The pair offers “Spirit Animal Readings and Portraits” at the Jill Lindsey store in Brooklyn. LoGatto does a card reading to reveal one’s spirit animal, and Licciardello paints a portrait of the client with that spirit animal.

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BRUSHSTROKE

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Excited to learn more, BELLA connected with Licciardello to reveal the inspiration behind the art.

WHO INSPIRES YOU? I’m inspired by seeing the work of other artists. I love to visit museums and exhibits where I see not only the finished paintings, but also the sketches and drawings that led up to the final piece. Many times we only see the final masterpiece and it feels unattainable, but when you get a glimpse of the process, you feel the human element— that we all have to work through the ideas to make them successful. I also love seeing the brushstrokes of the paintings in person; it adds an important layer that you don’t get to see in photo reproductions.

I studied art history, and everything looked perfect and flat in photos; seeing the original brushstrokes reminds me that a person made it, and I see a reflection of my own work in those brushstrokes. I am very energized and fulfilled when someone can connect with my work on a level where they want it to be part of their lives. It inspires me to continue creating. I am also inspired by women who do amazing work and blaze a path for all women to thrive in the arts and all aspects of life. My mother is a very strong woman who has taught me to follow my dreams and be independent. My family and friends have always inspired me with their support. My parents and siblings have encouraged my art my entire life, and my family is full of creative people who have fostered my talent since childhood. And I have had amazing teachers who have lifted me up to be the person I am now.

WHAT IS THE BEST ADVICE YOU HAVE EVER RECEIVED? When I was a teenager, I was loading the dishwasher and was hastily trying to get the chore done when my dad turned to me and said calmly, “Do it with love.” I didn’t quite understand how much that meant at the time, especially about something like washing the dishes, but now I think it’s the most fundamental

advice I received that should be carried through everything in life. It’s aligned with philosophies about mindfulness that are very important to keep life running smoothly and uplift all situations. The message has come to me in different ways since then, too. I participated in a workshop with artist Alex Grey, and he signed a postcard for me where he wrote, “Work hard with love.” I keep it framed in my room as a constant reminder.

WHAT IS THE MOST REWARDING PART OF YOUR TJOB? I love seeing people’s reactions when they first look at the art I create. Whether it’s their portrait or a piece from my imagination, it opens up a new way of seeing that I can share with someone. For portraits, it’s amazing to be a visual translator, for someone to see a new perspective about themselves. I also feel like art is a powerful means of communication, and in my artwork as well as my graphic design work, I have a chance to get a message across in a unique way. It’s both a gift and a great responsibility. When I can successfully communicate an idea with my art, it’s extremely rewarding.

...if you can find beauty in the world and experience it in many ways, then that means you are grateful to be here, and that’s a good place to be.” WHAT DO YOU CONSIDER YOUR GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT? I have had people tell me that my artwork has helped them through a hard time, or that they saw it at a time when they needed it. I try to create positive imagery and express my feelings through my work, and if it somehow helps people, then I feel that is an amazing accomplishment.

WHAT IS YOUR DREAM PROJECT? I would love to create large-scale public art pieces around the world, an endeavor that would allow me to travel and see my art in all different places and watch the public react to it and enjoy it. I hope to make that dream a reality.

HOW DO YOU DEFINE BEAUTY? I define beauty as not only a thing, but a moment. I think beauty happens when our senses merge with something in the world that makes us appreciate being alive, and able to witness it. It’s the moment you feel connected to other humans and the mysterious, wonderful world we live in. Maybe it’s something another person has created, like art or music, or maybe it’s the way you see an animal or the sunset, or how something makes you feel. I think if you can find beauty in the world and experience it in many ways, then that means you are grateful to be here, and that’s a good place to be.

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Where to stay: The James New York – NoMad The former Carlton Hotel has been extensively renovated with all-new guest rooms and exclusive in-room wellness programming for your physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional well-being. Enjoy light food and refreshments throughout the day at the James Club, and feast on signature classics such as spaghetti tomato and basil, yellowtail crudo, and creamy polenta at the chic Scarpetta restaurant. All dishes are rich in flavor, featuring in-house-made pasta matched with only the best ingredients. JamesHotels.com

What to see: “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” on Broadway You’ve read the books by J.K. Rowling and watched all the movies, but are you ready to see the magic come to life on the stage? Written by Jack Thorne, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two” is an entirely new story that garnered more than 20 theatrical awards in the United Kingdom. The New York production will feature some of the original West End cast, including Jamie Parker (Harry Potter), Noma Dumezweni (Hermione Granger), and Paul Thornley (Ron Weasley). HarryPotterThePlay.com

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will soon make its way to summer, and with the change in weather comes a change in mindset. Whether you want to stay at a lavish hotel, enjoy exquisite food and drinks, see a fantastic play, or read a great new book—or all of the above—BELLA has you covered with these exclusive picks. By Norah Bradford

Where to chill: The Seville Located inside The James New York – NoMad, The Seville channels the vibe of the classic New York cocktail bar for a new audience. The lounge boasts a specially curated mix of music from the 1970s to present day as well as exciting new twists on classic cocktails, such as a wood-planked smoked old fashioned and Donna Anna’s Revenge. With celebrity sightings including no less than Justin Timberlake, we’re ready for cocktail time. TheSevilleNYC.com

What to drink: Altaneve Founded by David Noto, Altaneve claims to produce the highest quality prosecco in the world, with numerous accolades as well as placement in a variety of high-end restaurants and wine stores. Altaneve specializes in sparkling wines, prosecco, and sparkling rosé, and the brand’s name (“high snow” in Italian) pays homage to the snowcapped mountains above its vineyards in the town of Valdobbiadene, Italy. And now, wine lovers can buy more than just a bottle—they can also purchase equity in the company. Check out the crowdfunding campaign at Republic. co/Altaneve to learn more. Altaneve.com

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What to read: “Conspiracy” by Ryan Holiday “Conspiracy: Peter Thiel, Hulk Hogan, Gawker, and the Anatomy of Intrigue” is one of the first histories of life in the social media age, detailing the challenges of litigation versus the First Amendment and Silicon Valley. It’s a true page-turner, exploring lessons on how the digital and physical worlds will continue to collide, as well as the role played by lawyer Charles Harder in setting one of the first major legal precedents of the social media age. ProfileBooks.com

The Garden City Hotel 45 Seventh Street Garden City, NY 11530 516.747.3000 / gardencityhotel.com

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Where to stay: The James New York – NoMad The former Carlton Hotel has been extensively renovated with all-new guest rooms and exclusive in-room wellness programming for your physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional well-being. Enjoy light food and refreshments throughout the day at the James Club, and feast on signature classics such as spaghetti tomato and basil, yellowtail crudo, and creamy polenta at the chic Scarpetta restaurant. All dishes are rich in flavor, featuring in-house-made pasta matched with only the best ingredients. JamesHotels.com

What to see: “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” on Broadway You’ve read the books by J.K. Rowling and watched all the movies, but are you ready to see the magic come to life on the stage? Written by Jack Thorne, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two” is an entirely new story that garnered more than 20 theatrical awards in the United Kingdom. The New York production will feature some of the original West End cast, including Jamie Parker (Harry Potter), Noma Dumezweni (Hermione Granger), and Paul Thornley (Ron Weasley). HarryPotterThePlay.com

Spring

will soon make its way to summer, and with the change in weather comes a change in mindset. Whether you want to stay at a lavish hotel, enjoy exquisite food and drinks, see a fantastic play, or read a great new book—or all of the above—BELLA has you covered with these exclusive picks. By Norah Bradford

Where to chill: The Seville Located inside The James New York – NoMad, The Seville channels the vibe of the classic New York cocktail bar for a new audience. The lounge boasts a specially curated mix of music from the 1970s to present day as well as exciting new twists on classic cocktails, such as a wood-planked smoked old fashioned and Donna Anna’s Revenge. With celebrity sightings including no less than Justin Timberlake, we’re ready for cocktail time. TheSevilleNYC.com

What to drink: Altaneve Founded by David Noto, Altaneve claims to produce the highest quality prosecco in the world, with numerous accolades as well as placement in a variety of high-end restaurants and wine stores. Altaneve specializes in sparkling wines, prosecco, and sparkling rosé, and the brand’s name (“high snow” in Italian) pays homage to the snowcapped mountains above its vineyards in the town of Valdobbiadene, Italy. And now, wine lovers can buy more than just a bottle—they can also purchase equity in the company. Check out the crowdfunding campaign at Republic. co/Altaneve to learn more. Altaneve.com

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What to read: “Conspiracy” by Ryan Holiday “Conspiracy: Peter Thiel, Hulk Hogan, Gawker, and the Anatomy of Intrigue” is one of the first histories of life in the social media age, detailing the challenges of litigation versus the First Amendment and Silicon Valley. It’s a true page-turner, exploring lessons on how the digital and physical worlds will continue to collide, as well as the role played by lawyer Charles Harder in setting one of the first major legal precedents of the social media age. ProfileBooks.com

The Garden City Hotel 45 Seventh Street Garden City, NY 11530 516.747.3000 / gardencityhotel.com

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HOUSE OF STYLE

A Look Inside The Grand Dame of the High Desert, “The Gucci House” By Janene Mascarella

Tucked behind two sets of private gates atop the beautiful Big Horn Mountains, The Gucci House is perched above Palm Desert, boasting panoramic views of the sprawling Coachella Valley. Got a cool $7 million to spare? With only a handful of homes in this community, The Gucci House can be yours! The haute home offers rare unobstructed views across 18+ acres with temperatures typically at least 10 degrees lower than at the desert basin, making the property ideal for year round stays.

Juicy History

As the property and adjacent parcels were acquired, owner Patricia Gucci, a member of the Gucci family, custom built this exquisite 10-bedroom, 10.5-bathroom home for her family. As a result, this expansive compound has served as the family’s go-to refuge and oasis for the past 25 years.

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Style of the Home

Mediterranean chic… think Morocco meets Santorini. Designed to blend seamlessly with the magnificent natural landscape, the 18.58-acre estate showcases nearly 11,000 square feet of living space spread between the main home and two luxurious guesthouses. A commanding front entry, heightened by a series of clerestory windows offering striking views of the desert panorama, leads to grand-scale living spaces. A sprawling, sun-drenched living room with a large fireplace features soaring ceilings, plentiful windows, and unique architectural touches. French doors throughout create a gracious indoor-outdoor flow and open to fabulous patios for dining and lounging. A massive chef ’s kitchen is ideal for the entertainer, with every bedroom boasting a private sundeck overlooking panoramic canyon vistas.

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SOPHISTICATED SPACES

HOUSE OF STYLE

A Look Inside The Grand Dame of the High Desert, “The Gucci House” By Janene Mascarella

Tucked behind two sets of private gates atop the beautiful Big Horn Mountains, The Gucci House is perched above Palm Desert, boasting panoramic views of the sprawling Coachella Valley. Got a cool $7 million to spare? With only a handful of homes in this community, The Gucci House can be yours! The haute home offers rare unobstructed views across 18+ acres with temperatures typically at least 10 degrees lower than at the desert basin, making the property ideal for year round stays.

Juicy History

As the property and adjacent parcels were acquired, owner Patricia Gucci, a member of the Gucci family, custom built this exquisite 10-bedroom, 10.5-bathroom home for her family. As a result, this expansive compound has served as the family’s go-to refuge and oasis for the past 25 years.

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Style of the Home

Mediterranean chic… think Morocco meets Santorini. Designed to blend seamlessly with the magnificent natural landscape, the 18.58-acre estate showcases nearly 11,000 square feet of living space spread between the main home and two luxurious guesthouses. A commanding front entry, heightened by a series of clerestory windows offering striking views of the desert panorama, leads to grand-scale living spaces. A sprawling, sun-drenched living room with a large fireplace features soaring ceilings, plentiful windows, and unique architectural touches. French doors throughout create a gracious indoor-outdoor flow and open to fabulous patios for dining and lounging. A massive chef ’s kitchen is ideal for the entertainer, with every bedroom boasting a private sundeck overlooking panoramic canyon vistas.

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SOPHISTICATED SPACES “My absolute favorite pieces of this property are the moments building up to it - before you even see the driveway,” says Eric Lavey, partner and managing director of The Agency, a Beverly Hills-based luxury real estate brokerage representing the property. “First, that visceral driving experience, then leading to the residence’s private approach— seemingly, having been a naturally occurring landscape in the open desert. Then, of course, the explosive view just pushes that experience down the list rather quickly.”

EASY TO GET TO, IMPOSSIBLE TO LEAVE...

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Not only is the property surrounded by natural desert plants, succulents, and super manicured desert roads, most overwhelmingly, the property is enveloped by some of the most incredible natural rock formations you have ever seen.

SUN, SAND, PALM TREES AND AN OCEAN BREEZE Seaview Restaurant & Lounge | Famous Tiki Bar | Weddings & Events

For reservations call 732-571-4000 or visit OceanPlace.com

Hot Locale

Palm Desert, Palms Springs, and the Coachella Valley, are popular destinations for snowbirds, for families who want a vacation home, for music festivals, and weekly weddings far from the hustle and bustle of major city life. For more info, visit TheAgencyRE.com

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SOPHISTICATED SPACES “My absolute favorite pieces of this property are the moments building up to it - before you even see the driveway,” says Eric Lavey, partner and managing director of The Agency, a Beverly Hills-based luxury real estate brokerage representing the property. “First, that visceral driving experience, then leading to the residence’s private approach— seemingly, having been a naturally occurring landscape in the open desert. Then, of course, the explosive view just pushes that experience down the list rather quickly.”

EASY TO GET TO, IMPOSSIBLE TO LEAVE...

Ga r d en F e at u res

Not only is the property surrounded by natural desert plants, succulents, and super manicured desert roads, most overwhelmingly, the property is enveloped by some of the most incredible natural rock formations you have ever seen.

SUN, SAND, PALM TREES AND AN OCEAN BREEZE Seaview Restaurant & Lounge | Famous Tiki Bar | Weddings & Events

For reservations call 732-571-4000 or visit OceanPlace.com

Hot Locale

Palm Desert, Palms Springs, and the Coachella Valley, are popular destinations for snowbirds, for families who want a vacation home, for music festivals, and weekly weddings far from the hustle and bustle of major city life. For more info, visit TheAgencyRE.com

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COVER STORY

ALEXA RAY

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Photography: VITAL AGIBALOW for HENSEL Style Directors: Mindy Gura/Paula Orlan Art Direction/Contributing Stylist: Caitlin Monahan Hair and Makeup: Bata Plavsic for Angelo David Salon | The Flex Brush | Elchim Milano La Prairie Gown: Kim Hicks Couture

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C R E AT I N G A L EGACY THAT’S ALL HER OWN By Alexandra Anastasio

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Photography: VITAL AGIBALOW for HENSEL Style Directors: Mindy Gura/Paula Orlan Art Direction/Contributing Stylist: Caitlin Monahan Hair and Makeup: Bata Plavsic for Angelo David Salon | The Flex Brush | Elchim Milano La Prairie Gown: Kim Hicks Couture

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C R E AT I N G A L EGACY THAT’S ALL HER OWN By Alexandra Anastasio

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Growing up with music all around you, did you ever have a different vision for yourself? My number one dream is to perform on Broadway. Thanks to my parents, I grew up with such an expansive taste in music, including musical theater. You’ll hear a lot of that in my shows at the [Café] Carlyle; it’s part of who I am.

lexa Ray Joel has been creating music for as long as she can remember. Her mom, supermodel Christie Brinkley, played music throughout her pregnancy, so the exposure happened right from the start. “Literally since I popped out of the womb, I was obsessed with music,” says Joel. The only child of Brinkley and music legend Billy Joel, she says her early years were spent surrounded by the arts. Joel’s paternal grandmother was a musical theater aficionado, as are her parents. “My best memories growing up are of putting on musicals with my mom and dad,” says Joel. “Both of them are real hams; it was like vaudeville in East Hampton.” Of course, being the daughter of one of the greatest musicians of all time and working hard to establish her own place in the business has had its challenges. The Joel name has attracted opportunists looking to take advantage, and she says it’s been a constant battle to get people to see her as her own artist—not just her father’s daughter. But the surprise from fans who don’t expect Joel to have as good a voice as she does only inspires her. “I like to defy expectations,” she says. Her powerful and soulful sound captures audiences’ attention, and her appreciation for the various genres and musical greats she grew up listening to—including her father—is evident. Here, Joel shares more about the most important aspects of her life: her music, her career, and her family.

Blazer: Victoria Hayes Bodysuit: Chiara Boni La Petite Robe Earrings: Lulu Frost, Neiman Marcus Paramus Sunglasses: Selima

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I studied musical theater at NYU and took some acting classes at Strasberg [The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute]. I have great respect for actors because you have to be fearless and immerse yourself in becoming a character. I’ve done some auditioning in the past; one day the right role will come around. When it comes to music, what sets you apart from your father? He’s more rock ‘n’ roll, and I’m a bit more of an ethereal singer-songwriter. My songwriting muse is a toss-up between Fiona Apple and Joni Mitchell. I’m more eclectic with my genres than he is. But if you study his music as a whole body of work, he’s very derivative in an amazing way—you can pick out who he was listening to when he wrote a particular song. My favorite songs of his are the ones he doesn’t play a lot, like “Where’s the Orchestra” and “Souvenir.” It’s the more obscure ballads that influence me. He always tells me, “You’re more of a ballad girl.” You’ve worked hard to create your own identity. Has that been difficult? I am very proud of the legacy my father has bestowed upon me. It’s a double-edged sword: I want to pave my own way and be seen as my own person, but at the same time I’m not going to ignore this amazing, talented man. I think my father is the greatest musician in the world. I’m still his number one fan and I want to pay tribute to his music. I play songs like “Summer, Highland Falls” at my shows, but I do them a little differently. It’s all about finding that balance. There would be something disingenuous about me saying, “Don’t use my last name.” I feel that’s denying this brilliant legacy I was lucky to be born into. Where do you draw your inspiration when writing a song? I can only write from what’s happening in my own subconscious; I don’t know how to do it any other way. Also, I can only write when the sun goes down. For better or worse, I’m a night owl. I wrote a song called “Night Fantasy” as a tribute to the night.

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Growing up with music all around you, did you ever have a different vision for yourself? My number one dream is to perform on Broadway. Thanks to my parents, I grew up with such an expansive taste in music, including musical theater. You’ll hear a lot of that in my shows at the [Café] Carlyle; it’s part of who I am.

lexa Ray Joel has been creating music for as long as she can remember. Her mom, supermodel Christie Brinkley, played music throughout her pregnancy, so the exposure happened right from the start. “Literally since I popped out of the womb, I was obsessed with music,” says Joel. The only child of Brinkley and music legend Billy Joel, she says her early years were spent surrounded by the arts. Joel’s paternal grandmother was a musical theater aficionado, as are her parents. “My best memories growing up are of putting on musicals with my mom and dad,” says Joel. “Both of them are real hams; it was like vaudeville in East Hampton.” Of course, being the daughter of one of the greatest musicians of all time and working hard to establish her own place in the business has had its challenges. The Joel name has attracted opportunists looking to take advantage, and she says it’s been a constant battle to get people to see her as her own artist—not just her father’s daughter. But the surprise from fans who don’t expect Joel to have as good a voice as she does only inspires her. “I like to defy expectations,” she says. Her powerful and soulful sound captures audiences’ attention, and her appreciation for the various genres and musical greats she grew up listening to—including her father—is evident. Here, Joel shares more about the most important aspects of her life: her music, her career, and her family.

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I studied musical theater at NYU and took some acting classes at Strasberg [The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute]. I have great respect for actors because you have to be fearless and immerse yourself in becoming a character. I’ve done some auditioning in the past; one day the right role will come around. When it comes to music, what sets you apart from your father? He’s more rock ‘n’ roll, and I’m a bit more of an ethereal singer-songwriter. My songwriting muse is a toss-up between Fiona Apple and Joni Mitchell. I’m more eclectic with my genres than he is. But if you study his music as a whole body of work, he’s very derivative in an amazing way—you can pick out who he was listening to when he wrote a particular song. My favorite songs of his are the ones he doesn’t play a lot, like “Where’s the Orchestra” and “Souvenir.” It’s the more obscure ballads that influence me. He always tells me, “You’re more of a ballad girl.” You’ve worked hard to create your own identity. Has that been difficult? I am very proud of the legacy my father has bestowed upon me. It’s a double-edged sword: I want to pave my own way and be seen as my own person, but at the same time I’m not going to ignore this amazing, talented man. I think my father is the greatest musician in the world. I’m still his number one fan and I want to pay tribute to his music. I play songs like “Summer, Highland Falls” at my shows, but I do them a little differently. It’s all about finding that balance. There would be something disingenuous about me saying, “Don’t use my last name.” I feel that’s denying this brilliant legacy I was lucky to be born into. Where do you draw your inspiration when writing a song? I can only write from what’s happening in my own subconscious; I don’t know how to do it any other way. Also, I can only write when the sun goes down. For better or worse, I’m a night owl. I wrote a song called “Night Fantasy” as a tribute to the night.

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Life Lessons from Her Father Do what you love and you’ll love what you do.

My dad says songwriting is like spilling your guts out, pouring them on the table, and then going back into society and sewing yourself back up again. I’ve gotten many letters from young girls thanking me for being honest and transparent about what I was going through because it made them feel less alone. As someone who always felt like she didn’t fit in, this made me realize that maybe there are more people out there like me.

Don’t get off too much on validation from others; be passionate about what you’re doing and make it your vision, no one else’s.

Are you more at ease performing on stage than you were in the past? I’ve always been overly self-conscious; it comes with growing up in the spotlight. Because of that I’ve never been one to party or be in the tabloids, but at the same time I have trouble letting loose and shaking that layer of fear and stage fright. So it takes a lot before I get up there. I put every inch of myself into what I’m doing on stage, and I’ve become more comfortable as an artist.

Life Lessons from Her Mother

In 2017 you posed for Sports Illustrated with your mom and sister. What was that experience like? It was one of the most surprising and spontaneous things I’ve ever done. My mom is an amazing model, but I’ve never been one to show my body. I’m extremely close to her and my sister Sailor, and because I wanted to share that experience with them, I agreed. I felt even more comfortable when I heard it was going to be shot at my mom’s house in Turks and Caicos, and that I would have creative control.

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I learned to love my body as I was doing that shoot; it was an empowering experience. But it was definitely a spontaneous decision. I surprised myself by jumping out of my comfort zone—something I rarely do. What’s up next for you? I’m in the process of putting a new show together for the Café Carlyle. Having that kind of artistic home away from home in terms of a performance venue in New York is wonderful. I’m also writing, and I plan to release another single soon. And you never know—I just might pop up on stage with my dad at Madison Square Garden. A lot of people don’t realize we’ve sang together in the past, just in more private venues. But we’ve been talking about doing something sooner rather than later. It’ll be a great memory to have.

Her Own Words of Wisdom If we all share our stories and be honest about our struggles, people will feel less alone in society. I’m a girly girl and I love glamour, but that should be balanced with depth on social media. You have to have a deeper message— show your personality and who you are on the inside.

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When writing, you can’t hold back. It can be depressing, but that’s songwriting—you pull from what makes you feel deeply. People say my best melody is a song I wrote called “Invisible.” I had just gotten dumped by my first love and was crying when I wrote it. A lot of songs poured out of me as a result of that breakup.

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Life Lessons from Her Father Do what you love and you’ll love what you do.

My dad says songwriting is like spilling your guts out, pouring them on the table, and then going back into society and sewing yourself back up again. I’ve gotten many letters from young girls thanking me for being honest and transparent about what I was going through because it made them feel less alone. As someone who always felt like she didn’t fit in, this made me realize that maybe there are more people out there like me.

Don’t get off too much on validation from others; be passionate about what you’re doing and make it your vision, no one else’s.

Are you more at ease performing on stage than you were in the past? I’ve always been overly self-conscious; it comes with growing up in the spotlight. Because of that I’ve never been one to party or be in the tabloids, but at the same time I have trouble letting loose and shaking that layer of fear and stage fright. So it takes a lot before I get up there. I put every inch of myself into what I’m doing on stage, and I’ve become more comfortable as an artist.

Life Lessons from Her Mother

In 2017 you posed for Sports Illustrated with your mom and sister. What was that experience like? It was one of the most surprising and spontaneous things I’ve ever done. My mom is an amazing model, but I’ve never been one to show my body. I’m extremely close to her and my sister Sailor, and because I wanted to share that experience with them, I agreed. I felt even more comfortable when I heard it was going to be shot at my mom’s house in Turks and Caicos, and that I would have creative control.

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Her fearlessness is something I strive to emulate; she taught me to always go for it. Love yourself by taking care of yourself.

I learned to love my body as I was doing that shoot; it was an empowering experience. But it was definitely a spontaneous decision. I surprised myself by jumping out of my comfort zone—something I rarely do. What’s up next for you? I’m in the process of putting a new show together for the Café Carlyle. Having that kind of artistic home away from home in terms of a performance venue in New York is wonderful. I’m also writing, and I plan to release another single soon. And you never know—I just might pop up on stage with my dad at Madison Square Garden. A lot of people don’t realize we’ve sang together in the past, just in more private venues. But we’ve been talking about doing something sooner rather than later. It’ll be a great memory to have.

Her Own Words of Wisdom If we all share our stories and be honest about our struggles, people will feel less alone in society. I’m a girly girl and I love glamour, but that should be balanced with depth on social media. You have to have a deeper message— show your personality and who you are on the inside.

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GETTING TO KNOW

The Many Facets of BY LORI SNYDER

Eight-time Emmy award-winning television journalist Tamsen Fadal is a PIX11 news anchor, author, speaker, executive producer and host of the syndicated show “Broadway Profiles.” But even with all she does, Fadal still makes it a priority to give back to others through a variety of charitable organizations. With her feminine yet strong aura, Fadal is at the forefront of making a difference. She is simply a powerhouse of insightful vision and essence. Read on to discover the inside scoop on this inspiring woman. How did you get started in journalism? I always loved storytelling, even at a young age. I would sit my parents down in our garage in Albany, New York, and have them listen to my stories. My first TV job was in Oak Hill, West Virginia. I was what we call a “one man band,” meaning I ran my own camera and carried all the equipment, shot my own video, and edited my own pieces. Then I would get back to the station and anchor the newscast I produced. What challenges did you face in the field? When I was younger, a producer told me I needed to look more like the “girl next door.” I am Lebanese, with dark hair and dark eyes—I certainly don’t look like the “girl next door.” Plus, being a woman in a male-dominated field, I was working twice as hard to prove myself. It was always important for me to have people respect me for my abilities, to see my brains first and anything else second. What’s your favorite piece within the past year? I recently interviewed Rita Moreno, who is 86 years old. She is an EGOT [Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony] recipient, and she is an incredible role model as a woman who fought her way to the top. Her drive, ambition, and passion for helping women is incredible. She is quite the inspiration. What are some of the biggest challenges facing journalists today, and what qualities are needed to excel in the field? The world is moving fast: News cycles move quickly, and it’s easy to just move from one story to the next. With so many different forms of media, a big challenge is to continue to stay close to the stories that matter and not get distracted. As for qualities, above all, journalists need integrity. They also need the ability to listen, the passion to learn, the desire to ask questions, and the motivation to make lives better and give a voice to people who need it.

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What are your on-air clothing tips? Minimalist, clean lines, and super easy to wear. I try not to have anything that wrinkles because I walk to work a lot and I put my dress in my bag. I don’t overthink things; I don’t have the time. My goal is to make sure that my clothes are never distracting on-air and that they are timeless. I have dresses in my closet from years ago because I try to buy off-trend. Heels are my staple because I am 5’3”, so I have to stand on a box when I’m on camera next to most of my co-anchors. And I don’t wear much jewelry—I literally force myself to switch earrings because I just like it simple. What are your favorite beauty and style trends? To me, style is defined as how you feel about yourself from the inside. You can have an expensive dress, but if you wear it without confidence, it does not have style. On the other hand, you can have a $20 dress and rock it with the right smile, walk, and personality. I have interviewed enough people to know that the ones who are truly stylish believe in who they are, and then believe in what they wear. When it comes to fashion, I like to keep my style simple and I like to feel comfortable. There’s nothing worse than having an outfit that’s too tight, too low-cut, or too short. When do you find time to exercise? Because I’m on the air at 5, 6, and 10 p.m., I need to cram in a full day before I even begin my workday. I try to wake up by 8 a.m. if possible. I usually do yoga or hit the gym by 9 a.m. Walking in the park is one of my favorite things to do, and it allows me to catch up on any news that may have happened overnight so I’m prepared when I get to the studio. What inspirations do you find empowering? My passion is advocating for breast cancer awareness. My mother passed away from breast cancer after a six-year battle with the disease. I was 14 when she was diagnosed; it was at a time when people didn’t talk about cancer or women’s health care issues. I have strived to give a voice to the voiceless, and have worked with various organizations to help women get affordable resources, mammograms, and checkups. In addition to breast cancer awareness and advocacy, I am a champion for women’s rights. I also work closely with ADAPT Community Network, which serves New Yorkers with disabilities in various ways. What’s your favorite piece of advice from your latest book, “The New Single”? When I was 23 years old, packing up my car and heading off to my first job in television news, my father gave me some love advice. He told me, “It’s better to be alone than lonely with someone.” Quite frankly, the sentence made no sense to me. It wasn’t until I was coming out of my divorce that I realized exactly what my father was talking about. My book is about learning to cherish your own company. Only then do you have a chance at being happy with yourself, and then with someone else if you choose.

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What are your beauty secrets on- and off-air? I currently work with Diane Pottinger, who is truly an artist when it comes to makeup. She subscribes to the theory that less is more. I didn’t realize until I started working with Diane that you don’t need to put on tons of foundation and powder to look good. I have found that the older I get, the more I love staying as natural as I can. Once I’m off-air, I take off my makeup immediately. I wear no makeup on the weekends—I give my skin a break and focus on a good skin care regimen to keep my skin healthy.

Fadal’s Top 5 Beauty Essentials

1. LIPGLOSS. I’m loving NARS. They have incredible colors; peach is my go-to.

2. MASCARA. VegaLASH is a vegan mascara I adore. It goes on easy, and I feel it’s safe.

3. TRUE BOTANICALS.

This is nontoxic skin care. They have a lot of oils

I love, especially around my eyes.

4. COCONUT OIL.

I have this all over my face and feet at night. I’m kind of a mess when I go to bed, but I love how it makes me feel when I wake up.

5. DIOR ADDICT. I have been wearing this perfume forever. I layer it with coconut spray.

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GETTING TO KNOW

The Many Facets of BY LORI SNYDER

Eight-time Emmy award-winning television journalist Tamsen Fadal is a PIX11 news anchor, author, speaker, executive producer and host of the syndicated show “Broadway Profiles.” But even with all she does, Fadal still makes it a priority to give back to others through a variety of charitable organizations. With her feminine yet strong aura, Fadal is at the forefront of making a difference. She is simply a powerhouse of insightful vision and essence. Read on to discover the inside scoop on this inspiring woman. How did you get started in journalism? I always loved storytelling, even at a young age. I would sit my parents down in our garage in Albany, New York, and have them listen to my stories. My first TV job was in Oak Hill, West Virginia. I was what we call a “one man band,” meaning I ran my own camera and carried all the equipment, shot my own video, and edited my own pieces. Then I would get back to the station and anchor the newscast I produced. What challenges did you face in the field? When I was younger, a producer told me I needed to look more like the “girl next door.” I am Lebanese, with dark hair and dark eyes—I certainly don’t look like the “girl next door.” Plus, being a woman in a male-dominated field, I was working twice as hard to prove myself. It was always important for me to have people respect me for my abilities, to see my brains first and anything else second. What’s your favorite piece within the past year? I recently interviewed Rita Moreno, who is 86 years old. She is an EGOT [Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony] recipient, and she is an incredible role model as a woman who fought her way to the top. Her drive, ambition, and passion for helping women is incredible. She is quite the inspiration. What are some of the biggest challenges facing journalists today, and what qualities are needed to excel in the field? The world is moving fast: News cycles move quickly, and it’s easy to just move from one story to the next. With so many different forms of media, a big challenge is to continue to stay close to the stories that matter and not get distracted. As for qualities, above all, journalists need integrity. They also need the ability to listen, the passion to learn, the desire to ask questions, and the motivation to make lives better and give a voice to people who need it.

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What are your on-air clothing tips? Minimalist, clean lines, and super easy to wear. I try not to have anything that wrinkles because I walk to work a lot and I put my dress in my bag. I don’t overthink things; I don’t have the time. My goal is to make sure that my clothes are never distracting on-air and that they are timeless. I have dresses in my closet from years ago because I try to buy off-trend. Heels are my staple because I am 5’3”, so I have to stand on a box when I’m on camera next to most of my co-anchors. And I don’t wear much jewelry—I literally force myself to switch earrings because I just like it simple. What are your favorite beauty and style trends? To me, style is defined as how you feel about yourself from the inside. You can have an expensive dress, but if you wear it without confidence, it does not have style. On the other hand, you can have a $20 dress and rock it with the right smile, walk, and personality. I have interviewed enough people to know that the ones who are truly stylish believe in who they are, and then believe in what they wear. When it comes to fashion, I like to keep my style simple and I like to feel comfortable. There’s nothing worse than having an outfit that’s too tight, too low-cut, or too short. When do you find time to exercise? Because I’m on the air at 5, 6, and 10 p.m., I need to cram in a full day before I even begin my workday. I try to wake up by 8 a.m. if possible. I usually do yoga or hit the gym by 9 a.m. Walking in the park is one of my favorite things to do, and it allows me to catch up on any news that may have happened overnight so I’m prepared when I get to the studio. What inspirations do you find empowering? My passion is advocating for breast cancer awareness. My mother passed away from breast cancer after a six-year battle with the disease. I was 14 when she was diagnosed; it was at a time when people didn’t talk about cancer or women’s health care issues. I have strived to give a voice to the voiceless, and have worked with various organizations to help women get affordable resources, mammograms, and checkups. In addition to breast cancer awareness and advocacy, I am a champion for women’s rights. I also work closely with ADAPT Community Network, which serves New Yorkers with disabilities in various ways. What’s your favorite piece of advice from your latest book, “The New Single”? When I was 23 years old, packing up my car and heading off to my first job in television news, my father gave me some love advice. He told me, “It’s better to be alone than lonely with someone.” Quite frankly, the sentence made no sense to me. It wasn’t until I was coming out of my divorce that I realized exactly what my father was talking about. My book is about learning to cherish your own company. Only then do you have a chance at being happy with yourself, and then with someone else if you choose.

PHOTOS: BARRY MORGANSTEIN

TAMSEN FADAL

What are your beauty secrets on- and off-air? I currently work with Diane Pottinger, who is truly an artist when it comes to makeup. She subscribes to the theory that less is more. I didn’t realize until I started working with Diane that you don’t need to put on tons of foundation and powder to look good. I have found that the older I get, the more I love staying as natural as I can. Once I’m off-air, I take off my makeup immediately. I wear no makeup on the weekends—I give my skin a break and focus on a good skin care regimen to keep my skin healthy.

Fadal’s Top 5 Beauty Essentials

1. LIPGLOSS. I’m loving NARS. They have incredible colors; peach is my go-to.

2. MASCARA. VegaLASH is a vegan mascara I adore. It goes on easy, and I feel it’s safe.

3. TRUE BOTANICALS.

This is nontoxic skin care. They have a lot of oils

I love, especially around my eyes.

4. COCONUT OIL.

I have this all over my face and feet at night. I’m kind of a mess when I go to bed, but I love how it makes me feel when I wake up.

5. DIOR ADDICT. I have been wearing this perfume forever. I layer it with coconut spray.

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- AN ODE TO THE PAST This spring, we’re throwing it back to the days of historic glamour and sentimental nostalgia thanks to some of our favorite restaurants and bars that make you feel like you’ve wandered back in time.

THE CAMPBELL Midtown East 15 Vanderbilt Avenue New York, NY 10017 212-297-1781 • TheCampbellNYC.com

By Amanda Mactas

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EMPLOYEES ONLY West Village 510 Hudson Street New York, NY 10014 212-242-3021 • EmployeesOnlyNYC.com

Not many trendy spots withstand the test of time in New York City, but Employees Only, one of the first modern speakeasies, has been going strong since 2004. Plus, it has opened additional locations in Miami Beach, Singapore, Hong Kong, Panama City, and is making its culinary debut in Los Angeles this spring. Located behind a fortune teller’s foyer, sneak past the red velvet curtain and prepare for an evening of world-class cocktails, late night bites, and the occasional burlesque show to entertain you. There’s a reason this spot has been touted as one of the best bars in the world.

Formerly known as The Campbell Apartment, this space was once used as the private office of millionaire John Williams Campbell, and still houses his personal steel safe. An institution in New York City, The Campbell, located in Grand Central Terminal, has become synonymous with an evening out in the city. Maintaining the building’s historic architecture and ambiance, the space is comprised of three distinct experiences: The Campbell Bar, the most iconic space within this haunt; The Campbell Palm Court, an interior lounge complete with palm trees; and The Campbell Terrace, an outdoor covered veranda and bar. Classic and modern cocktails, fresh ingredients, and a selection of bar bites and small plates make this a great place to hunker down for an after lunch drink or evening out.

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5 In an ode to the past, a secret password admits guests to The Button Room. (It can be obtained via email on their website.)

THE RAG TRADER AND BO PEEP COCKTAIL & HIGHBALL STORE Herald Square 70 West 36th Street New York, NY 10018 917-261-5495 • RagTraderNYC.com

Speakeasy: Popular during Prohibition, speakeasies were illicit establishments that would sell alcoholic beverages. Nowadays, many of New York’s hotspots are modeled after these Prohibition-era hidden bars.

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Inspired by the mid-20th century heyday of the Garment District, this new space, which opened at the beginning of 2018, offers both classic and modern cocktails, as well as an intriguing food menu. Head downstairs to Bo Peep Cocktail & Highball Store, a subterranean lounge and piano bar that exudes an air of mystery and seduction with its tailor’s drafting table-turned-bar and banquette seating.

4 THE VNYL East Village 1001 3rd Avenue New York, NY 10003 917-675-7725 • TheVNYL.com

Enter through a vintage record store (curated by “Entourage” actor Adrian Grenier) and into the main dining room of The VNYL, an Irish-inspired 1970s bar and restaurant that boasts an innovative menu and creative cocktails. The space, comprised of three floors, includes the Black Rose Room, which derives its style from Park Avenue homes in the ‘70s, and the Champagne Garden, which stuns with floating disco balls, floral tones, and cedar wood panels.

VIOLETTE’S CELLAR New Dorp 2271 Hylan Boulevard Staten Island, NY 10306 718-650-5050 • ViolettesCellar.com

A unique-style restaurant and event space, Violette’s Cellar has elevated the social scene in Staten Island since its grand opening earlier this year. The eclectic dining spot boasts a variety of rooms, including the island’s first speakeasy, “The Button Room.” The decor pays homage to the clothing/button factories found in Philadelphia during the 1920s, which featured hidden speakeasies, with a bar-top covered in more than 4,000 buttons. Rounding out the distinctive space are 53 mirrors that came out of New York’s historical Waldorf Astoria. A collection of craft cocktails inspired by the Prohibition Era, along with delicious small plates like Smoked Mac & Cheese and Lobster Roll Sliders, make this the perfect place to escape back in time. —Alexandra Anastasio B

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- AN ODE TO THE PAST This spring, we’re throwing it back to the days of historic glamour and sentimental nostalgia thanks to some of our favorite restaurants and bars that make you feel like you’ve wandered back in time.

THE CAMPBELL Midtown East 15 Vanderbilt Avenue New York, NY 10017 212-297-1781 • TheCampbellNYC.com

By Amanda Mactas

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EMPLOYEES ONLY West Village 510 Hudson Street New York, NY 10014 212-242-3021 • EmployeesOnlyNYC.com

Not many trendy spots withstand the test of time in New York City, but Employees Only, one of the first modern speakeasies, has been going strong since 2004. Plus, it has opened additional locations in Miami Beach, Singapore, Hong Kong, Panama City, and is making its culinary debut in Los Angeles this spring. Located behind a fortune teller’s foyer, sneak past the red velvet curtain and prepare for an evening of world-class cocktails, late night bites, and the occasional burlesque show to entertain you. There’s a reason this spot has been touted as one of the best bars in the world.

Formerly known as The Campbell Apartment, this space was once used as the private office of millionaire John Williams Campbell, and still houses his personal steel safe. An institution in New York City, The Campbell, located in Grand Central Terminal, has become synonymous with an evening out in the city. Maintaining the building’s historic architecture and ambiance, the space is comprised of three distinct experiences: The Campbell Bar, the most iconic space within this haunt; The Campbell Palm Court, an interior lounge complete with palm trees; and The Campbell Terrace, an outdoor covered veranda and bar. Classic and modern cocktails, fresh ingredients, and a selection of bar bites and small plates make this a great place to hunker down for an after lunch drink or evening out.

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5 In an ode to the past, a secret password admits guests to The Button Room. (It can be obtained via email on their website.)

THE RAG TRADER AND BO PEEP COCKTAIL & HIGHBALL STORE Herald Square 70 West 36th Street New York, NY 10018 917-261-5495 • RagTraderNYC.com

Speakeasy: Popular during Prohibition, speakeasies were illicit establishments that would sell alcoholic beverages. Nowadays, many of New York’s hotspots are modeled after these Prohibition-era hidden bars.

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Inspired by the mid-20th century heyday of the Garment District, this new space, which opened at the beginning of 2018, offers both classic and modern cocktails, as well as an intriguing food menu. Head downstairs to Bo Peep Cocktail & Highball Store, a subterranean lounge and piano bar that exudes an air of mystery and seduction with its tailor’s drafting table-turned-bar and banquette seating.

4 THE VNYL East Village 1001 3rd Avenue New York, NY 10003 917-675-7725 • TheVNYL.com

Enter through a vintage record store (curated by “Entourage” actor Adrian Grenier) and into the main dining room of The VNYL, an Irish-inspired 1970s bar and restaurant that boasts an innovative menu and creative cocktails. The space, comprised of three floors, includes the Black Rose Room, which derives its style from Park Avenue homes in the ‘70s, and the Champagne Garden, which stuns with floating disco balls, floral tones, and cedar wood panels.

VIOLETTE’S CELLAR New Dorp 2271 Hylan Boulevard Staten Island, NY 10306 718-650-5050 • ViolettesCellar.com

A unique-style restaurant and event space, Violette’s Cellar has elevated the social scene in Staten Island since its grand opening earlier this year. The eclectic dining spot boasts a variety of rooms, including the island’s first speakeasy, “The Button Room.” The decor pays homage to the clothing/button factories found in Philadelphia during the 1920s, which featured hidden speakeasies, with a bar-top covered in more than 4,000 buttons. Rounding out the distinctive space are 53 mirrors that came out of New York’s historical Waldorf Astoria. A collection of craft cocktails inspired by the Prohibition Era, along with delicious small plates like Smoked Mac & Cheese and Lobster Roll Sliders, make this the perfect place to escape back in time. —Alexandra Anastasio B

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TASTE in HISTORY The Garden City Hotel, located in Garden City, Long Island, has been a fixture of New York history for over 100 years. Known for its luxury and great attention to detail, the premier hotel has hosted an array of guests, from celebrities to tourists.

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By Lesley Santillan

s the hotel progresses toward modernity, executive chef Ari Nieminen has partnered with celebrity chef David Burke to renovate and revamp their two existing restaurants, which will be aptly named KING BAR by David Burke and RED SALT ROOM. Visitors will soon be able to enjoy unpretentious, delicious food that has been made by chefs with more than 50 years of combined experience.

CELEBRITY CHEF DAVID BURKE

The Garden City Hotel is steeped in over 100 years of New York history. How does it feel to become a part of that history?

BELLA NYC sat down with David and Ari to dish about their exciting venture... Congratulations on the new restaurants! To begin, let’s look at the trajectory of your careers and how successful you have been. What is the most satisfying aspect of your careers? Burke: I have had some really good high notes and accomplishments and some lows, but I get a lot of satisfaction from teaching people and also seeing those who have worked for me become successful. As I get older, I think about opening a cooking school and teaching. I get very excited when I get a guy who writes me on social media that he’s just got three stars. But in general the full-service satisfaction comes from seeing someone I taught become accomplished; it’s almost like family. What advice would you give someone interested in a career in culinary arts? Nieminen: It’s a lot of hard, rewarding work to look forward to. Then, as the years go by, you build relationships and run across these people later on. I worked with David years ago, and I followed his career all the way from the River Café. And we’ve met up again.

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Burke: You have to give respect to anything that has been around for 100 years, number one. I’ve heard about the Garden City Hotel my whole career, even when I was in college. It commands respect, and I always love a challenge. It’s not like we’re coming here to fix a broken ship—we’re just enhancing what’s already here.

Nieminen: Likewise, I always knew about the hotel. When the opportunity came years ago to work here, I jumped on it. You are working together on this renovation. What is your inspiration for the restaurants? Burke: I’ve had steak houses before, but we’re going to call it a modern American restaurant or American plates. It’ll have the best steak America can offer. It will be done under my patented process of dry aging meat. Hence the name [RED SALT ROOM], so it will be meat forward, but it will also be modern-day tavernesque as well. There will be other offerings at the fine dining level, but it will also be fun. It will be smart cuisine—as local as local can

be. We want to make people happy. We don’t cook for ourselves and we don’t cook for our egos.

How have you continued to set the standard for American cuisine?

What inspired the various menu items in terms of flavor and presentation?

Nieminen: Curiosity is a key thing. I just traveled to Estonia to eat at restaurants I have been reading about. The food was phenomenal; it was worth the trip. Eating at restaurants is how we learn from our peers.

Burke: We just finished writing menus for a banquet; we got super creative with it. It’s time to change that formulaic routine of chicken satay and shrimp cocktail. Let’s just scrap it and do something new. I think you’ll be able to come in and get the best steak in America here; I say that with confidence because I know that I can do this. I also think you can come here and get the best Caesar salad. We’re going to do our best to give you the best of each item. You’ll also get creative combinations like rack of lamb with octopus; it’s a different kind of surf and turf. We want to take chances. Without taking risks, you can’t learn. David, you are noted as one of the pioneers of Culinology, which is essentially a blending of food science with culinary arts. Are there any dishes or desserts that can only be found at the Garden City Hotel? Burke: There certainly will be. It’s going to be specific to the Garden. We haven’t got that far yet, but we’ll get there. Nieminen: I think the science and creativity make these foods look and taste great. They are innovative and unique; it’s what makes doing all this fun. What should diners expect when coming to the restaurants? Burke: What they can look forward to is really solid, good cooking that tastes good, with some whimsy. At the end of the day people need to be nourished and satisfied at the right price.

The Garden City Hotel is known for its luxury and aesthetic appeal, and plating and dish presentation also adhere to those standards. So, how do you define beauty? Burke: I’m going to tell you my experience with the beauty of the Garden City Hotel. The beauty here is about the culture, and then all the aesthetics. We will play with the five senses while you’re eating, and the beauty is going to be in the whole experience. Nieminen: Beauty… it’s when you taste the food that you will get beauty. It’s also going to be in the presentation, creating this whimsy that is moving forward from what’s already been done.

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TASTE in HISTORY The Garden City Hotel, located in Garden City, Long Island, has been a fixture of New York history for over 100 years. Known for its luxury and great attention to detail, the premier hotel has hosted an array of guests, from celebrities to tourists.

A

By Lesley Santillan

s the hotel progresses toward modernity, executive chef Ari Nieminen has partnered with celebrity chef David Burke to renovate and revamp their two existing restaurants, which will be aptly named KING BAR by David Burke and RED SALT ROOM. Visitors will soon be able to enjoy unpretentious, delicious food that has been made by chefs with more than 50 years of combined experience.

CELEBRITY CHEF DAVID BURKE

The Garden City Hotel is steeped in over 100 years of New York history. How does it feel to become a part of that history?

BELLA NYC sat down with David and Ari to dish about their exciting venture... Congratulations on the new restaurants! To begin, let’s look at the trajectory of your careers and how successful you have been. What is the most satisfying aspect of your careers? Burke: I have had some really good high notes and accomplishments and some lows, but I get a lot of satisfaction from teaching people and also seeing those who have worked for me become successful. As I get older, I think about opening a cooking school and teaching. I get very excited when I get a guy who writes me on social media that he’s just got three stars. But in general the full-service satisfaction comes from seeing someone I taught become accomplished; it’s almost like family. What advice would you give someone interested in a career in culinary arts? Nieminen: It’s a lot of hard, rewarding work to look forward to. Then, as the years go by, you build relationships and run across these people later on. I worked with David years ago, and I followed his career all the way from the River Café. And we’ve met up again.

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Burke: You have to give respect to anything that has been around for 100 years, number one. I’ve heard about the Garden City Hotel my whole career, even when I was in college. It commands respect, and I always love a challenge. It’s not like we’re coming here to fix a broken ship—we’re just enhancing what’s already here.

Nieminen: Likewise, I always knew about the hotel. When the opportunity came years ago to work here, I jumped on it. You are working together on this renovation. What is your inspiration for the restaurants? Burke: I’ve had steak houses before, but we’re going to call it a modern American restaurant or American plates. It’ll have the best steak America can offer. It will be done under my patented process of dry aging meat. Hence the name [RED SALT ROOM], so it will be meat forward, but it will also be modern-day tavernesque as well. There will be other offerings at the fine dining level, but it will also be fun. It will be smart cuisine—as local as local can

be. We want to make people happy. We don’t cook for ourselves and we don’t cook for our egos.

How have you continued to set the standard for American cuisine?

What inspired the various menu items in terms of flavor and presentation?

Nieminen: Curiosity is a key thing. I just traveled to Estonia to eat at restaurants I have been reading about. The food was phenomenal; it was worth the trip. Eating at restaurants is how we learn from our peers.

Burke: We just finished writing menus for a banquet; we got super creative with it. It’s time to change that formulaic routine of chicken satay and shrimp cocktail. Let’s just scrap it and do something new. I think you’ll be able to come in and get the best steak in America here; I say that with confidence because I know that I can do this. I also think you can come here and get the best Caesar salad. We’re going to do our best to give you the best of each item. You’ll also get creative combinations like rack of lamb with octopus; it’s a different kind of surf and turf. We want to take chances. Without taking risks, you can’t learn. David, you are noted as one of the pioneers of Culinology, which is essentially a blending of food science with culinary arts. Are there any dishes or desserts that can only be found at the Garden City Hotel? Burke: There certainly will be. It’s going to be specific to the Garden. We haven’t got that far yet, but we’ll get there. Nieminen: I think the science and creativity make these foods look and taste great. They are innovative and unique; it’s what makes doing all this fun. What should diners expect when coming to the restaurants? Burke: What they can look forward to is really solid, good cooking that tastes good, with some whimsy. At the end of the day people need to be nourished and satisfied at the right price.

The Garden City Hotel is known for its luxury and aesthetic appeal, and plating and dish presentation also adhere to those standards. So, how do you define beauty? Burke: I’m going to tell you my experience with the beauty of the Garden City Hotel. The beauty here is about the culture, and then all the aesthetics. We will play with the five senses while you’re eating, and the beauty is going to be in the whole experience. Nieminen: Beauty… it’s when you taste the food that you will get beauty. It’s also going to be in the presentation, creating this whimsy that is moving forward from what’s already been done.

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POWER

DON'T HEAD OUT WITHOUT SOME HELP.

Players

LET ROBERT DEFALCO REALT Y BE YOUR GUIDE.

By Norah Bradford

Rob Wiesenthal Founder and CEO of Fly Blade As a former executive vice president and chief financial officer at Sony and chief operating officer at Warner Music Group, Rob Wiesenthal’s latest career move was to create what is described as the “Uber of helicopters.” His company, Blade, BLADE arranges flights to the hottest locations in the Northeast, Southern Florida, Southern California, and more, with more destinations added every week.

Blade’s most popular route is a helicopter ride from New York to the Hamptons, and the company’s versatile (and glamorous) approach has created a loyal customer base. Wiesenthal sells his clients time–time saved thanks to high–speed travel and an extremely high level of service. He also reviews many aspects of the Blade experience to ensure everything is top-notch, from the music to employee outfits and more. FlyBlade.com

Wiesenthal’s latest career move was to create what is described as the ‘Uber of helicopters.’”

Jazmin Grace Grimaldi Humanitarian Royalty Did you know that the granddaughter of Hollywood screen legend Grace Kelly and daughter of reigning monarch of Monaco Prince Albert II, Jazmin Grace Grimaldi lives in New York? Indeed, the actress, singer, and humanitarian is using her passion and talents to make an impact in the arts and philanthropy. The latest project of The Jazmin Fund, the charity Grimaldi founded when she was 14, is helping build an art- and music-focused community hall in the Naidi village of

Fiji, which was affected by the Winston Cyclone in 2016. Grimaldi is leading the charge on fundraising in hopes of breaking ground this summer. She just participated in the 28th Annual Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles du Maroc, the first women-only off-road rally in the world, through the Sahara Desert in Morocco. Grimaldi placed third in the electric class category and sang her soon-to-be released single, "Fearless," for the gala. TheJazminFund.com, RallyeAichadesGazelles.com

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It's Time to Come Home. Entrusted with the real estate needs of New York and New Jersey since 1987. Robert DeFalco Realty combines the knowledge and experience to make owning the home of your dreams a reality for thousands. Our clients experience exceptional service from the people who know it best. This dedication to honest, ethical, and courteous service is our foundation.

DeFalcoRealty.com 1678 Hylan Boulevard Staten Island, NY 718-987-7900

605 Rossville Ave Staten Island, NY 718-605-9300

8823 3rd Avenue Brooklyn, NY 718-748-7000

340 Hwy 34, Cols Neck, NJ 732-845-3200

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POWER

DON'T HEAD OUT WITHOUT SOME HELP.

Players

LET ROBERT DEFALCO REALT Y BE YOUR GUIDE.

By Norah Bradford

Rob Wiesenthal Founder and CEO of Fly Blade As a former executive vice president and chief financial officer at Sony and chief operating officer at Warner Music Group, Rob Wiesenthal’s latest career move was to create what is described as the “Uber of helicopters.” His company, Blade, BLADE arranges flights to the hottest locations in the Northeast, Southern Florida, Southern California, and more, with more destinations added every week.

Blade’s most popular route is a helicopter ride from New York to the Hamptons, and the company’s versatile (and glamorous) approach has created a loyal customer base. Wiesenthal sells his clients time–time saved thanks to high–speed travel and an extremely high level of service. He also reviews many aspects of the Blade experience to ensure everything is top-notch, from the music to employee outfits and more. FlyBlade.com

Wiesenthal’s latest career move was to create what is described as the ‘Uber of helicopters.’”

Jazmin Grace Grimaldi Humanitarian Royalty Did you know that the granddaughter of Hollywood screen legend Grace Kelly and daughter of reigning monarch of Monaco Prince Albert II, Jazmin Grace Grimaldi lives in New York? Indeed, the actress, singer, and humanitarian is using her passion and talents to make an impact in the arts and philanthropy. The latest project of The Jazmin Fund, the charity Grimaldi founded when she was 14, is helping build an art- and music-focused community hall in the Naidi village of

Fiji, which was affected by the Winston Cyclone in 2016. Grimaldi is leading the charge on fundraising in hopes of breaking ground this summer. She just participated in the 28th Annual Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles du Maroc, the first women-only off-road rally in the world, through the Sahara Desert in Morocco. Grimaldi placed third in the electric class category and sang her soon-to-be released single, "Fearless," for the gala. TheJazminFund.com, RallyeAichadesGazelles.com

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It's Time to Come Home. Entrusted with the real estate needs of New York and New Jersey since 1987. Robert DeFalco Realty combines the knowledge and experience to make owning the home of your dreams a reality for thousands. Our clients experience exceptional service from the people who know it best. This dedication to honest, ethical, and courteous service is our foundation.

DeFalcoRealty.com 1678 Hylan Boulevard Staten Island, NY 718-987-7900

605 Rossville Ave Staten Island, NY 718-605-9300

8823 3rd Avenue Brooklyn, NY 718-748-7000

340 Hwy 34, Cols Neck, NJ 732-845-3200

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CHARITY ART AUCTION THE BEAUTY OF SERVICE

HELP GIVE THE MAGIC OF CHILDHOOD BACK TO CHILDREN WITH CANCER

FEATURING ARTISTS

By Lorenzo I. Diggs

KENNY SCHARF • JEREMY PENN ALLISON EDEN • RETNA • KEITH HARING JACK LAROUX • BEN COPPERWHEAT

Change is a fact of life—especially for Navy SEAL combat veteran Brent Gleeson. Shortly after enlisting, he was deployed to defend our country. Because there is no formal chain of command within the Navy, each individual is responsible to lead.

What inspired you to join the Navy? Even though my father was in the service, my life was headed in a different direction. Then my close friend decided to join the Navy. Helping him with his physical training and studies inspired me to take a much closer look at enlisting. Truly, the culture the Navy incorporates was something I felt I needed to make a significant change in my life.

AND MORE! Kenny Scharf

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How did change become an integral part of your life? Change became a driving force in my life once I realized the best oppor tunities are outside of a comfor t zone. For example, leaving my regular 9-to-5 job to train and enlist, completing missions overseas, and accepting an invitation to speak publicly in a foreign land were situations that opened my eyes to the benefits of taking charge of the changes I actively wanted in my life—the changes that lead to success. How was the Navy important to your growth as an entrepreneur? The Navy instills leadership and focus during fastpaced, ever-changing situations. Everyone on the team is a leader, so the best ideals are enacted regardless of rank. Even within a 17-man platoon, there is a level of transparency of information that helps the entire team progress more effectively each time. As an entrepreneur, I have to take point of myself and trust myself with moving forward.

WITH THOSE INTENSE E X PE R I E N C E S , a s we l l

as his f inance and economics degree from Southern Methodist University and his MBA from the Univer sity of San Diego, entrepreneurship was a natural next step. Today, Gleeson takes the lessons he learned in class and on the field and applies them in the business world. He has built award-winning multimillion-dollar organizations using his own unique strategies stemming from past in-ser vice situations. His first book, “TakingPoint: A Navy SEAL’s 10 Fail-Safe Principles for Leading Through Change,” outlines his approach to maintaining success in business and in life For Gleeson, “taking point” involves taking control to steer your life in the direction of success—to lead change rather than just reacting to it. Read on to find out how he finds beauty in taking point in life. .

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For me, beauty can be defined as the ability to maintain joy and happiness even amongst warfare.

How did you begin working with bigname companies to assist their growth? After my time in the Navy and completing my education, my experiences led me to feel I was able to start my own set of companies. I had written a few articles for Forbes on the subjects of business, and using the experience-based strategies I came up with allowed me to double profits year after year and maintain positive growth. My success was an inspiration to many of these long-standing corporations that needed ways to lead change to their benefit. How do you define beauty? For me, beauty can be def ined as the ability to maintain joy and happiness even amongst warfare. While out in the field, I was still able to encounter smiling faces and those who do their best to stay positive throughout environmental circumstances. I’ve learned you can use beauty to survive. Staying positive and embracing change is what led me to my beautiful family. My three children and my wife are the most beautiful aspects of my life and help keep me going on to better things. From my experience, prioritizing what is beautiful to oneself inspires positive change and even more beauty to spread throughout the world.

A PORTION OF AUCTION PROCEEDS WILL BENEFIT SUNRISE DAY CAMP–LONG ISLAND, THE WORLD’S FIRST FULL-SUMMER DAY CAMP FOR CHILDREN WITH CANCER AND THEIR SIBLINGS, OFFERED FREE OF CHARGE.

Jeremy Penn

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SUNRISE DAY CAMP-LONG ISLAND IS A PROUD MEMBER OF THE SUNRISE ASSOCIATION WHOSE MISSION IS TO BRING BACK THE JOYS OF CHILDHOOD TO CHILDREN WITH CANCER AND THEIR SIBLINGS WORLD-WIDE THROUGH THE CREATION OF DAY CAMPS, YEAR-ROUND PROGRAMS AND IN-HOSPITAL RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES, ALL OFFERED FREE OF CHARGE.

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CHARITY ART AUCTION THE BEAUTY OF SERVICE

HELP GIVE THE MAGIC OF CHILDHOOD BACK TO CHILDREN WITH CANCER

FEATURING ARTISTS

By Lorenzo I. Diggs

KENNY SCHARF • JEREMY PENN ALLISON EDEN • RETNA • KEITH HARING JACK LAROUX • BEN COPPERWHEAT

Change is a fact of life—especially for Navy SEAL combat veteran Brent Gleeson. Shortly after enlisting, he was deployed to defend our country. Because there is no formal chain of command within the Navy, each individual is responsible to lead.

What inspired you to join the Navy? Even though my father was in the service, my life was headed in a different direction. Then my close friend decided to join the Navy. Helping him with his physical training and studies inspired me to take a much closer look at enlisting. Truly, the culture the Navy incorporates was something I felt I needed to make a significant change in my life.

AND MORE! Kenny Scharf

VIEW THE COLLECTION AND BID AT

SUNRISEAUCTION.ORG

How did change become an integral part of your life? Change became a driving force in my life once I realized the best oppor tunities are outside of a comfor t zone. For example, leaving my regular 9-to-5 job to train and enlist, completing missions overseas, and accepting an invitation to speak publicly in a foreign land were situations that opened my eyes to the benefits of taking charge of the changes I actively wanted in my life—the changes that lead to success. How was the Navy important to your growth as an entrepreneur? The Navy instills leadership and focus during fastpaced, ever-changing situations. Everyone on the team is a leader, so the best ideals are enacted regardless of rank. Even within a 17-man platoon, there is a level of transparency of information that helps the entire team progress more effectively each time. As an entrepreneur, I have to take point of myself and trust myself with moving forward.

WITH THOSE INTENSE E X PE R I E N C E S , a s we l l

as his f inance and economics degree from Southern Methodist University and his MBA from the Univer sity of San Diego, entrepreneurship was a natural next step. Today, Gleeson takes the lessons he learned in class and on the field and applies them in the business world. He has built award-winning multimillion-dollar organizations using his own unique strategies stemming from past in-ser vice situations. His first book, “TakingPoint: A Navy SEAL’s 10 Fail-Safe Principles for Leading Through Change,” outlines his approach to maintaining success in business and in life For Gleeson, “taking point” involves taking control to steer your life in the direction of success—to lead change rather than just reacting to it. Read on to find out how he finds beauty in taking point in life. .

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For me, beauty can be defined as the ability to maintain joy and happiness even amongst warfare.

How did you begin working with bigname companies to assist their growth? After my time in the Navy and completing my education, my experiences led me to feel I was able to start my own set of companies. I had written a few articles for Forbes on the subjects of business, and using the experience-based strategies I came up with allowed me to double profits year after year and maintain positive growth. My success was an inspiration to many of these long-standing corporations that needed ways to lead change to their benefit. How do you define beauty? For me, beauty can be def ined as the ability to maintain joy and happiness even amongst warfare. While out in the field, I was still able to encounter smiling faces and those who do their best to stay positive throughout environmental circumstances. I’ve learned you can use beauty to survive. Staying positive and embracing change is what led me to my beautiful family. My three children and my wife are the most beautiful aspects of my life and help keep me going on to better things. From my experience, prioritizing what is beautiful to oneself inspires positive change and even more beauty to spread throughout the world.

A PORTION OF AUCTION PROCEEDS WILL BENEFIT SUNRISE DAY CAMP–LONG ISLAND, THE WORLD’S FIRST FULL-SUMMER DAY CAMP FOR CHILDREN WITH CANCER AND THEIR SIBLINGS, OFFERED FREE OF CHARGE.

Jeremy Penn

UPCOMING EVENTS FRIENDS OF SUNRISE MAY 3, 2018 • 6PM GLEN HEAD COUNTRY CLUB

240 GLEN COVE ROAD • GLEN HEAD, NY 11545

COCKTAILS • FOOD • AUCTION JOIN US FOR A WONDERFUL EVENING AND BRING SMILES TO THE FACES OF CHILDREN WITH CANCER

Retna

Long Island, NY

Allison Eden

FRIENDSOFSUNRISELI.ORG

SUNRISE DAY CAMP-LONG ISLAND IS A PROUD MEMBER OF THE SUNRISE ASSOCIATION WHOSE MISSION IS TO BRING BACK THE JOYS OF CHILDHOOD TO CHILDREN WITH CANCER AND THEIR SIBLINGS WORLD-WIDE THROUGH THE CREATION OF DAY CAMPS, YEAR-ROUND PROGRAMS AND IN-HOSPITAL RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES, ALL OFFERED FREE OF CHARGE.

Sunr se Association

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE VISIT WWW.SUNRISEASSOCIATION.ORG.

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The Comparison Trap

HOW SOCIAL MEDIA IS INFLUENCING OUR CONCEPT OF The concept of beauty, and whom society considers beautiful, has always been intriguing—especially when it comes to the media’s influence on how we experience our looks and ourselves. As a visual, dynamic, and democratic outlet, social media has added a whole new psychological element to our views about beauty, and how we perceive our own physical appearance. In fact, according to one recent study, social media has a greater impact on how we perceive beauty than traditional print media or film does. Because we are social beings, we rely on each other physiologically and psychologically. It’s in our DNA. So it’s not surprising that the way society sees us can affect us on many levels. By Dr. Robi Ludwig

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Here’s what we already know: The more we look at perfected, idealized images of others and then compare ourselves to those images, the more discontent we become. The more we focus on how we look, the more opportunity we have to find fault with what we see. Researchers from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience at King’s College London found that the more frequently we look at ourselves in the mirror—even if it’s only for a few minutes—the more likely we are to be selfcritical. When studying our image in this way, we begin to show signs of distress and anxiety.

A Broader Perspective

On the other hand, given its dynamic and reciprocal nature, social media has allowed many women to claim power in an unprecedented way. Now, we have the opportunity to respond to previously static images and reject a one-size-fits-all concept of beauty. Platforms like Instagram, Facebook, and Snapchat have empowered women to broaden their perspective of health, beauty, and body image. These outlets have even encouraged women to stop comparing themselves to others, which we know is the root of many insecurities.

A Voice for the Voiceless

Social media has also given a voice to those who previously would not have been heard, those with a voice that differs from the traditional and often narrow view of beauty. It has given all women a seat at the fashion-forward table. What’s more, social media platforms have allowed this dynamic group of influencers to earn a living and make their mark by sidestepping the status quo of a business that has been slow to change its traditional trajectory about how women should look.

A Generation of Selfie-Takers

The young generation of selfie-takers has learned to embrace their unique beauty. This presents a very different psychology than that of previous generations, who were more inclined to find their flaws and imperfections. Young women have spent a lifetime taking photos of themselves, which has actually given many of them a stronger sense of self-worth and a better understanding of who they are. As such, these women have a sense about what makes them feel and look their best. The explanation for the psychology of this new generation might be that the more you look at images of your own face, the more likely you are to like how you look and accept yourself, flaws and all. And acceptance increases self-esteem. In this way, social media can be psychologically affirming for a generation of women who grew up enjoying this expressive and creative medium.

YOUNG WOMEN HAVE SPENT A LIFETIME TAKING PHOTOS OF THEMSELVES, WHICH HAS ACTUALLY GIVEN MANY OF THEM A STRONGER SENSE OF SELF-WORTH AND A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF WHO THEY ARE.” A recent social media campaign, #SideProfileSelfie, provides a perfect example of women affirming their beauty. Throughout the campaign, women took selfies of their profiles so they could embrace their noses. The goal? To help women alter their perceptions of beauty and learn to love their unique faces. Clearly, social media can be used as a force for good.

Self-Directed Beauty

Not only has the younger demographic been influenced by social media, but they are now using their experience of analyzing thousands of carefully curated selfies to develop their own ideas about what is beautiful and how they want to look. According to facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dara Liotta, such photos help women pinpoint the procedures they would like to have done. While an older generation of doctors might tell patients what they need to change, Dr. Liotta represents a new generation of doctors, asking patients to bring favorite photographs of themselves so she can help them look the way they want. This shift marks one of the many ways the world of beauty is changing.

A New Definition of Beauty

While beauty has a long history of being valued in society, social media has ushered in new and ever-expanding views on what it means to be beautiful. Photo editing tools and easily accessible filters have allowed selfie-takers to find their aspirational selves and to transform themselves into who they really want to be. The bottom line? We are all a hashtag away from creating our own beauty movement. In this way, we can help our world embrace diverse ideas about what beauty is and whom we consider beautiful. After all, we all want to be our best selves and achieve a unique version of what’s considered attractive and desirable. Through social media, the new generation is leading the way. BELLANYMAG.COM

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The Comparison Trap

HOW SOCIAL MEDIA IS INFLUENCING OUR CONCEPT OF The concept of beauty, and whom society considers beautiful, has always been intriguing—especially when it comes to the media’s influence on how we experience our looks and ourselves. As a visual, dynamic, and democratic outlet, social media has added a whole new psychological element to our views about beauty, and how we perceive our own physical appearance. In fact, according to one recent study, social media has a greater impact on how we perceive beauty than traditional print media or film does. Because we are social beings, we rely on each other physiologically and psychologically. It’s in our DNA. So it’s not surprising that the way society sees us can affect us on many levels. By Dr. Robi Ludwig

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Here’s what we already know: The more we look at perfected, idealized images of others and then compare ourselves to those images, the more discontent we become. The more we focus on how we look, the more opportunity we have to find fault with what we see. Researchers from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience at King’s College London found that the more frequently we look at ourselves in the mirror—even if it’s only for a few minutes—the more likely we are to be selfcritical. When studying our image in this way, we begin to show signs of distress and anxiety.

A Broader Perspective

On the other hand, given its dynamic and reciprocal nature, social media has allowed many women to claim power in an unprecedented way. Now, we have the opportunity to respond to previously static images and reject a one-size-fits-all concept of beauty. Platforms like Instagram, Facebook, and Snapchat have empowered women to broaden their perspective of health, beauty, and body image. These outlets have even encouraged women to stop comparing themselves to others, which we know is the root of many insecurities.

A Voice for the Voiceless

Social media has also given a voice to those who previously would not have been heard, those with a voice that differs from the traditional and often narrow view of beauty. It has given all women a seat at the fashion-forward table. What’s more, social media platforms have allowed this dynamic group of influencers to earn a living and make their mark by sidestepping the status quo of a business that has been slow to change its traditional trajectory about how women should look.

A Generation of Selfie-Takers

The young generation of selfie-takers has learned to embrace their unique beauty. This presents a very different psychology than that of previous generations, who were more inclined to find their flaws and imperfections. Young women have spent a lifetime taking photos of themselves, which has actually given many of them a stronger sense of self-worth and a better understanding of who they are. As such, these women have a sense about what makes them feel and look their best. The explanation for the psychology of this new generation might be that the more you look at images of your own face, the more likely you are to like how you look and accept yourself, flaws and all. And acceptance increases self-esteem. In this way, social media can be psychologically affirming for a generation of women who grew up enjoying this expressive and creative medium.

YOUNG WOMEN HAVE SPENT A LIFETIME TAKING PHOTOS OF THEMSELVES, WHICH HAS ACTUALLY GIVEN MANY OF THEM A STRONGER SENSE OF SELF-WORTH AND A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF WHO THEY ARE.” A recent social media campaign, #SideProfileSelfie, provides a perfect example of women affirming their beauty. Throughout the campaign, women took selfies of their profiles so they could embrace their noses. The goal? To help women alter their perceptions of beauty and learn to love their unique faces. Clearly, social media can be used as a force for good.

Self-Directed Beauty

Not only has the younger demographic been influenced by social media, but they are now using their experience of analyzing thousands of carefully curated selfies to develop their own ideas about what is beautiful and how they want to look. According to facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dara Liotta, such photos help women pinpoint the procedures they would like to have done. While an older generation of doctors might tell patients what they need to change, Dr. Liotta represents a new generation of doctors, asking patients to bring favorite photographs of themselves so she can help them look the way they want. This shift marks one of the many ways the world of beauty is changing.

A New Definition of Beauty

While beauty has a long history of being valued in society, social media has ushered in new and ever-expanding views on what it means to be beautiful. Photo editing tools and easily accessible filters have allowed selfie-takers to find their aspirational selves and to transform themselves into who they really want to be. The bottom line? We are all a hashtag away from creating our own beauty movement. In this way, we can help our world embrace diverse ideas about what beauty is and whom we consider beautiful. After all, we all want to be our best selves and achieve a unique version of what’s considered attractive and desirable. Through social media, the new generation is leading the way. BELLANYMAG.COM

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THE CITY GIRL Bianca Klotsman I: @HolisticRX Nutritionist and f itness enthusiast Instagram Cred: 21.2K followers Favorite Way to Stay Fit: “I’m ver y into sculpting classes and Pilates. My current go-to workout is the sculpt society by Megan Roup.”

LOOKING FOR SOME

THE DANCING QUEEN Julianne Hough I: @JulesHough You know her from “Dancing with the Stars.” She’s also starring as Sandy in “Grease Live,” and alongside her brother Derek in the “Move Beyond” tour. Instagram Cred: 4.2M followers What Motivates Her: Helping others Hough and her new hubby, hockey player Brooks Laich, are working with @ LoveUnited to build water wells in Africa via a partnership with @charitywater Favorite Way to Stay Fit: Body by Simone— and dancing (of course!)

What Keeps Her Motivated: “Feeling my best.I’ve actually gotten to the point where I’m addicted to working out.”

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THE CITY GIRL Bianca Klotsman I: @HolisticRX Nutritionist and f itness enthusiast Instagram Cred: 21.2K followers Favorite Way to Stay Fit: “I’m ver y into sculpting classes and Pilates. My current go-to workout is the sculpt society by Megan Roup.”

LOOKING FOR SOME

THE DANCING QUEEN Julianne Hough I: @JulesHough You know her from “Dancing with the Stars.” She’s also starring as Sandy in “Grease Live,” and alongside her brother Derek in the “Move Beyond” tour. Instagram Cred: 4.2M followers What Motivates Her: Helping others Hough and her new hubby, hockey player Brooks Laich, are working with @ LoveUnited to build water wells in Africa via a partnership with @charitywater Favorite Way to Stay Fit: Body by Simone— and dancing (of course!)

What Keeps Her Motivated: “Feeling my best.I’ve actually gotten to the point where I’m addicted to working out.”

FITNESS MOTIVATION?

MOM INSPIRATION Massy Arias I: @massy.arias

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Mom, trainer, and women’s rights activist who fought off depression with fitness. Now her MA30Day programs are inspiring millions of viewers into shape.

BY JILL GOLDSBERRY Let’s face it, social media is playing more of a role in fitness than ever expected. Good for us, since we can use all the inspiration we can get to stay motivated for our next sweat session.

Instagram Cred: 2.5M followers What Motivates Her to Stay Fit: “In 5-10 years I want to change the world. I want to leave this world knowing I changed lives.”

We’ve rounded up a few of our fave fitness influencers to keep the inspo coming! From the celebrity to the local fit girl, here’s a healthy dose of digital determination...

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STOP HIDING YOUR FEET. WE CAN HELP! THE “IT” GIRL ⊲ Hannah Bronfman I: @HannahBronfman Wellness star, creator of HBFIT, international DJ, co-founder of the Beautified app, and Global Fitness Ambassador for Adidas Instagram Cred: 426K followers Favorite Way to Stay Fit: She does it all—hip-hop dance classes, boxing, and hardcore training. W h a t Ke e p s H e r M o t i v a t e d : Breaking up the monotony

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4. GIVE YOUR COFFEE HABIT SOME INTERNATIONAL FLAIR.

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SIP & SAVE Do your waistline and your wallet a favor with these six tips to replace artificial diet drinks and costly coffees with healthy alternatives. By Dawn Allcot

How many of us have yet to give up our daily latte habit—even though we know how bad it is? Even worse, do you spend money on expensive energy drinks, blended beverages, and overpriced juices? “Your liquid diet could be liquidating your bank account, adding to your waistline, and even affecting your health,” says Leanne Jacobs, money expert and author of “Beautiful Money.” She suggests sipping your way to savings with these healthy substitutes.

Even if you already save money by making coffee at home, you can enhance the experience with a French press, which may brew the best coffee you’ve ever tasted. If you don’t like your coffee black, Jacobs suggests cutting calories (and saving even more cash) with a touch of pure cream or grass-fed butter, and then sweetening with honey. “These alternatives are less expensive and healthier than store-bought creamers,” she says.

5. SATISFY YOUR SMOOTHIE CRAVING WITH PROTEIN POWER.

If you grab a smoothie on your way to work each morning, you could be spending $50 a week or more for something you could make in minutes at home. Start with your choice of liquid, such as water, coconut water, or almond milk. Add a handful of greens, such as spinach or kale, a healthy fat such as avocado, and then a cleanly sourced protein powder. Jacobs uses grass-fed bone broth collagen Paleo Pro, which contains 18 grams of protein, and is great for hair, skin and nails. “It’s my high-protein secret to success without over-spending,” she says.

6. CUT BACK ON COSTLY, CALORIE-LADEN COCKTAILS. 1. WAKE UP TO LEMON WATER.

Your go-to beverage of choice should be calorie-free, refreshing water. Add fresh fruit to squeeze in added nutrients and a burst of flavor. “Lemon water cleanses and centers your body, helping you achieve more throughout your day,” says Jacobs, who recommends organic pure lemon juice as the next-best alternative to growing a lemon tree in your yard.

Americans spend an average of $463 a year on alcohol, according to one study. A night out with friends is good for your mental health; spending your weight in dollars on a round of drinks is not. Host a rooftop party and choose low-calorie, low-sugar options such as FitVine wine or GMO-free alcohol like Batiste Rhum Ecoiste. Mash up your favorite fruit, then add seltzer and a shot of Rhum for a refreshing, low-calorie, Paleo-friendly drink. Whatever your drink of choice, it’s important to embrace the overall experience. “Being mindful of how you hydrate your body and taking time to appreciate every sip forces you to slow down,” says Jacobs. “Whether you are counting calories, cash or both, mindfulness is also key to cutting back.”

2. DRINK YOUR BREAKFAST.

Hälsa takes a plant-based yogurt spin on the most important meal of the day with America’s first Oatgurt, a refreshing dairy-free drinkable yogurt made from organic Scandinavian whole grain oats, topped with organic berries and fruits. With no soy or added sugars, Organic Hälsa Oatgurt is available in Organic Strawberry, Organic Blueberry, Organic Mango Pear, and Organic Apple Chai and is only 120-130 calories per bottle.

3. EMBRACE BONE BROTH. Athletes have used bone broth for recovery and rehydration for decades. Now that the beverage has gone mainstream, you don’t need a slow cooker and tons of freezer space to enjoy it. Look for a pre-made brand, like BRU bone broth, which uses organic chicken and grass-fed beef bones, plus fresh vegetables and root juices for added nutrients. “Bone broth is calming, nourishing, filling, and provides collagen and anti-aging benefits,” says Jacobs. Substitute your afternoon latte with a warm cup of bone broth to curb those 3 o’clock cravings or use it as a base for a filling soup lunch.

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4. GIVE YOUR COFFEE HABIT SOME INTERNATIONAL FLAIR.

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SIP & SAVE Do your waistline and your wallet a favor with these six tips to replace artificial diet drinks and costly coffees with healthy alternatives. By Dawn Allcot

How many of us have yet to give up our daily latte habit—even though we know how bad it is? Even worse, do you spend money on expensive energy drinks, blended beverages, and overpriced juices? “Your liquid diet could be liquidating your bank account, adding to your waistline, and even affecting your health,” says Leanne Jacobs, money expert and author of “Beautiful Money.” She suggests sipping your way to savings with these healthy substitutes.

Even if you already save money by making coffee at home, you can enhance the experience with a French press, which may brew the best coffee you’ve ever tasted. If you don’t like your coffee black, Jacobs suggests cutting calories (and saving even more cash) with a touch of pure cream or grass-fed butter, and then sweetening with honey. “These alternatives are less expensive and healthier than store-bought creamers,” she says.

5. SATISFY YOUR SMOOTHIE CRAVING WITH PROTEIN POWER.

If you grab a smoothie on your way to work each morning, you could be spending $50 a week or more for something you could make in minutes at home. Start with your choice of liquid, such as water, coconut water, or almond milk. Add a handful of greens, such as spinach or kale, a healthy fat such as avocado, and then a cleanly sourced protein powder. Jacobs uses grass-fed bone broth collagen Paleo Pro, which contains 18 grams of protein, and is great for hair, skin and nails. “It’s my high-protein secret to success without over-spending,” she says.

6. CUT BACK ON COSTLY, CALORIE-LADEN COCKTAILS. 1. WAKE UP TO LEMON WATER.

Your go-to beverage of choice should be calorie-free, refreshing water. Add fresh fruit to squeeze in added nutrients and a burst of flavor. “Lemon water cleanses and centers your body, helping you achieve more throughout your day,” says Jacobs, who recommends organic pure lemon juice as the next-best alternative to growing a lemon tree in your yard.

Americans spend an average of $463 a year on alcohol, according to one study. A night out with friends is good for your mental health; spending your weight in dollars on a round of drinks is not. Host a rooftop party and choose low-calorie, low-sugar options such as FitVine wine or GMO-free alcohol like Batiste Rhum Ecoiste. Mash up your favorite fruit, then add seltzer and a shot of Rhum for a refreshing, low-calorie, Paleo-friendly drink. Whatever your drink of choice, it’s important to embrace the overall experience. “Being mindful of how you hydrate your body and taking time to appreciate every sip forces you to slow down,” says Jacobs. “Whether you are counting calories, cash or both, mindfulness is also key to cutting back.”

2. DRINK YOUR BREAKFAST.

Hälsa takes a plant-based yogurt spin on the most important meal of the day with America’s first Oatgurt, a refreshing dairy-free drinkable yogurt made from organic Scandinavian whole grain oats, topped with organic berries and fruits. With no soy or added sugars, Organic Hälsa Oatgurt is available in Organic Strawberry, Organic Blueberry, Organic Mango Pear, and Organic Apple Chai and is only 120-130 calories per bottle.

3. EMBRACE BONE BROTH. Athletes have used bone broth for recovery and rehydration for decades. Now that the beverage has gone mainstream, you don’t need a slow cooker and tons of freezer space to enjoy it. Look for a pre-made brand, like BRU bone broth, which uses organic chicken and grass-fed beef bones, plus fresh vegetables and root juices for added nutrients. “Bone broth is calming, nourishing, filling, and provides collagen and anti-aging benefits,” says Jacobs. Substitute your afternoon latte with a warm cup of bone broth to curb those 3 o’clock cravings or use it as a base for a filling soup lunch.

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Liven Meals Up— Lemon Style BY KRISTEN FISCHER

Considering a Change?

Looking to liven up what you eat and drink while improving your nutritional profile? Add a little lemon to your meals! The fruit has gained some notoriety in recent years, as many health gurus have touted the benefits of having warm lemon water in the morning. While that may have some advanta ges, there are other ways to enjoy lemons.

Discover Options You Only Thought About

According to Joy Stephenson-Laws, author of “Minerals—The Forgotten Nutrient: Your Secret Weapon for Getting and Staying Healthy,” many people think lemons are only a garnish. In fact, there are countless ways to consume the sour fruit—and doing so can improve your health overall, too. SWEET HEALTH BENEFITS Lemons boast a host of health benefits, says Stephenson-Laws:

• FIGHTS CANCER • PREVENTS KIDNEY STONES • BOOSTS THE IMMUNE SYSTEM Lemons have also been found to help prevent metabolic syndrome, which increases your risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.

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GALS, LOAD UP ON LEMONS Efficient and improved iron absorption—another perk of consuming lemons—may address female-related health issues as well.

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“As women, we have an increased risk for iron deficiency anemia because we lose blood during menstruation,” says StephensonLaws. “This translates to us feeling tired or short of breath.”

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GET COOKING WITH LEMONS Sharon Palmer, RDN, a dietitian from California, notes that adding lemon to food can also reduce up to 75percent of sodium intake in a meal—all without compromising on taste. “Lemons are so versatile in the kitchen. They can add so much flavor with no added calories or fat,” says Palmer. “They add that one missing ingredient many recipes need—acid. Even savory dishes can benefit from a squirt of lemon juice or a bit of lemon zest.” “Zest and sprinkle lemon peel on rice, lentils, salads, and even in a cup of tea,” suggests Stephenson-Laws. She also uses lemon in olive oil dressing, and puts lemon juice on top of meats and vegetables to add a distinctive flavor. B

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Liven Meals Up— Lemon Style BY KRISTEN FISCHER

Considering a Change?

Looking to liven up what you eat and drink while improving your nutritional profile? Add a little lemon to your meals! The fruit has gained some notoriety in recent years, as many health gurus have touted the benefits of having warm lemon water in the morning. While that may have some advanta ges, there are other ways to enjoy lemons.

Discover Options You Only Thought About

According to Joy Stephenson-Laws, author of “Minerals—The Forgotten Nutrient: Your Secret Weapon for Getting and Staying Healthy,” many people think lemons are only a garnish. In fact, there are countless ways to consume the sour fruit—and doing so can improve your health overall, too. SWEET HEALTH BENEFITS Lemons boast a host of health benefits, says Stephenson-Laws:

• FIGHTS CANCER • PREVENTS KIDNEY STONES • BOOSTS THE IMMUNE SYSTEM Lemons have also been found to help prevent metabolic syndrome, which increases your risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.

Board Certified Plastic Surgeons

GALS, LOAD UP ON LEMONS Efficient and improved iron absorption—another perk of consuming lemons—may address female-related health issues as well.

Marc J. Elkowitz M.D., F.A.C.S. | Harry H. Intsiful M.D., F.A.C.S. | Sophie Bartsich M.D., F.A.C.S.

“As women, we have an increased risk for iron deficiency anemia because we lose blood during menstruation,” says StephensonLaws. “This translates to us feeling tired or short of breath.”

Look & Feel Your Very Best... Your Beauty Refined

GET COOKING WITH LEMONS Sharon Palmer, RDN, a dietitian from California, notes that adding lemon to food can also reduce up to 75percent of sodium intake in a meal—all without compromising on taste. “Lemons are so versatile in the kitchen. They can add so much flavor with no added calories or fat,” says Palmer. “They add that one missing ingredient many recipes need—acid. Even savory dishes can benefit from a squirt of lemon juice or a bit of lemon zest.” “Zest and sprinkle lemon peel on rice, lentils, salads, and even in a cup of tea,” suggests Stephenson-Laws. She also uses lemon in olive oil dressing, and puts lemon juice on top of meats and vegetables to add a distinctive flavor. B

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EAT YOUR WAY TO A FLAT CORE BY ASHLEY KEEGAN

We all know the saying, “Abs are made in the kitchen,” but no one knows the truth behind that adage better than registered dietitian and nutritionist Ilana Muhlstein. She recently teamed up with Beachbody to create 2B Mindset, a system based on the successes she had along her own 100-pound weight loss journey.

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TIGHTEN UP MUSHROOM CAP PIZZAS

you cook up your own set of abs.

(Makes 1 serving, 4 mushroom caps each)

For Muhlstein, that means veggies—lots and lots of them. Prepped or frozen veggies are just as nutritious as fresh veggies, she explains, noting that the most ab-friendly ones are those with a high water content. To help keep you regular and relieve bloat in your core, Muhlstein recommends you add tomatoes, cucumbers, and zucchini to your next shopping list.

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1. Preheat oven to 350º F. 2. Line large baking sheet with parchment paper. Place mushroom caps on baking sheet, gill sides up. Bake for 15 minutes, or until softened. 3 .If mushroom caps have released some liquid, blot with a paper towel to remove. 4.Top each mushroom cap with 2 tablespoons pizza sauce. Top evenly with cheese. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, or until mushroom caps are soft, and cheese is melted.

Total Time: 35 min. Prep Time: 15 min. Cooking Time: 20 min.

Changing your perspective to realize you can actually eat your way to a flat core might be difficult at first, but Muhlstein encourages you just jump in and take it from there. “Eating healthy begins to feel like a gift–and something you crave–once you pair it with the increased energy, confidence, and overall health you start to see almost immediately.”

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Parchment paper 4 portobello mushroom caps, cleaned ½ cup all-natural pizza sauce 2 light string cheese sticks, chopped

(Makes 8 servings, 2 meatballs each)

If you want a flat core, steer clear of those stress-eating comfort foods, says Muhstein. They are typically high in fat, refined carbohydrates, or sugar. Instead, opt for one of favorite core-flattening recipes, a Chocolate Shakeology Shake with 20 grams of protein to stave off cravings and 13 grams of fiber to keep you energized and regular. “All it takes is a 1/2 cup of water, 1/2 cup of coconut water, ice, and a scoop each of Shakeology Power Greens and Digestive Boosts for a 250-calorie treat that tastes like delicious chocolate ice cream.”

As with other medications, the effects of cannabis can be influenced by many other factors. The dosage used, the ratio of the different cannabinoids, the route of administration, and the concurrent use of other medications are just some of those factors . The myth that “All cannabis is the same” can discourage patients from learning that medical cannabis is not only effective, but safe as well. In New York State, every dispensary is required to have a registered pharmacist onsite at all times, who can work with your doctor to help you to determine your optimal product, dose and method of administration.

Total Time: 40 min. Prep Time: 10 min. Cooking Time30 min.

SAVORY TURKEY MEATBALLS

FOODS TO “AB-VOID”

Why does cannabis affect some people differently than others?

Muhlstein’s mindset strives to signal a shift in the perspective of weight loss from “restriction” to an acceptance of healthier foods. Her delicious recipe suggestions demonstrate you can still satisfy your cravings, but with core-friendly substitutes.

BELLA connected with Muhlstein for her top two tips for healthy eating that can help

MAKE HEALTHY MEAL-PREP EASY FOR YOURSELF

Yes. Most patients undergoing chemotherapy have severe nausea and vomiting. This can result in significant discomfort, weight loss and an inability to tolerate foods or other needed medications. Certain types of cannabis are extremely affective at suppressing nausea and improving appetites, as well as reducing pain.

Parchment paper Nonstick cooking spray 1 lb. raw 93% lean ground turkey 3 large green onions, thinly sliced 1 Tbsp. reduced-sodium soy sauce 1 Tbsp. toasted sesame oil 1 large egg, lightly beaten ¼ cup whole wheat bread crumbs 1½ tsp. garlic powder 1½ tsp. onion powder ½ tsp. sea salt (or Himalayan salt) ½ tsp. ground black pepper 1. Preheat oven to 375º F. 2. Line large baking sheet with parchment paper. Lightly coat with spray. Set aside. 3. Combine turkey, green onions, soy sauce, oil, egg, bread crumbs, garlic powder, and onion powder in a medium mixing bowl; mix well with clean hands (or a rubber spatula). 4. Roll mixture into sixteen 1½-inch meatballs. 5. Place meatballs on prepared baking sheet. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until filling is hot and cheese has melted. Serving Suggestion: Serve meatballs over cooked spaghetti squash with roasted cherry tomatoes and chopped fresh basil for a fabulous meal!

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

Studies continue to show that medical cannabis can be an effective part of overall treatment protocol. Most clinical trials involving cannabis and Parkinson’s have focused on movement issues caused by the disease. Cannabis appears to be most effective in helping with slowed movements, rigid movements, tremors and postural changes.

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

After I used cannabis my senses seem different, is this true? Cannabis is an analgesic, so it can affect our sense of touch, and our auditory and visual processing. These effects are what often make it helpful in managing pain. Again, the level of effect is dependent on the type and dose of the cannabis, along with other patient-specific factors.

Can cannabis be absorbed through your skin? Cannabis and cannabinoids are what we call hydrophobic compounds. They do not penetrate the skin easily. However, recent advances in formulation techniques have allowed for the creation of topical products that allow the active cannabis components to be absorbed through the skin. New York State recently approved topical formulations of cannabis and many are now available to registered patients.

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

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MIND+BODY

EAT YOUR WAY TO A FLAT CORE BY ASHLEY KEEGAN

We all know the saying, “Abs are made in the kitchen,” but no one knows the truth behind that adage better than registered dietitian and nutritionist Ilana Muhlstein. She recently teamed up with Beachbody to create 2B Mindset, a system based on the successes she had along her own 100-pound weight loss journey.

Does cannabis help with chemotherapy?

EAT UP,

TIGHTEN UP MUSHROOM CAP PIZZAS

you cook up your own set of abs.

(Makes 1 serving, 4 mushroom caps each)

For Muhlstein, that means veggies—lots and lots of them. Prepped or frozen veggies are just as nutritious as fresh veggies, she explains, noting that the most ab-friendly ones are those with a high water content. To help keep you regular and relieve bloat in your core, Muhlstein recommends you add tomatoes, cucumbers, and zucchini to your next shopping list.

Ilana Muhlstein

1. Preheat oven to 350º F. 2. Line large baking sheet with parchment paper. Place mushroom caps on baking sheet, gill sides up. Bake for 15 minutes, or until softened. 3 .If mushroom caps have released some liquid, blot with a paper towel to remove. 4.Top each mushroom cap with 2 tablespoons pizza sauce. Top evenly with cheese. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, or until mushroom caps are soft, and cheese is melted.

Total Time: 35 min. Prep Time: 15 min. Cooking Time: 20 min.

Changing your perspective to realize you can actually eat your way to a flat core might be difficult at first, but Muhlstein encourages you just jump in and take it from there. “Eating healthy begins to feel like a gift–and something you crave–once you pair it with the increased energy, confidence, and overall health you start to see almost immediately.”

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Does cannabis help Parkinson’s Disease?

Parchment paper 4 portobello mushroom caps, cleaned ½ cup all-natural pizza sauce 2 light string cheese sticks, chopped

(Makes 8 servings, 2 meatballs each)

If you want a flat core, steer clear of those stress-eating comfort foods, says Muhstein. They are typically high in fat, refined carbohydrates, or sugar. Instead, opt for one of favorite core-flattening recipes, a Chocolate Shakeology Shake with 20 grams of protein to stave off cravings and 13 grams of fiber to keep you energized and regular. “All it takes is a 1/2 cup of water, 1/2 cup of coconut water, ice, and a scoop each of Shakeology Power Greens and Digestive Boosts for a 250-calorie treat that tastes like delicious chocolate ice cream.”

As with other medications, the effects of cannabis can be influenced by many other factors. The dosage used, the ratio of the different cannabinoids, the route of administration, and the concurrent use of other medications are just some of those factors . The myth that “All cannabis is the same” can discourage patients from learning that medical cannabis is not only effective, but safe as well. In New York State, every dispensary is required to have a registered pharmacist onsite at all times, who can work with your doctor to help you to determine your optimal product, dose and method of administration.

Total Time: 40 min. Prep Time: 10 min. Cooking Time30 min.

SAVORY TURKEY MEATBALLS

FOODS TO “AB-VOID”

Why does cannabis affect some people differently than others?

Muhlstein’s mindset strives to signal a shift in the perspective of weight loss from “restriction” to an acceptance of healthier foods. Her delicious recipe suggestions demonstrate you can still satisfy your cravings, but with core-friendly substitutes.

BELLA connected with Muhlstein for her top two tips for healthy eating that can help

MAKE HEALTHY MEAL-PREP EASY FOR YOURSELF

Yes. Most patients undergoing chemotherapy have severe nausea and vomiting. This can result in significant discomfort, weight loss and an inability to tolerate foods or other needed medications. Certain types of cannabis are extremely affective at suppressing nausea and improving appetites, as well as reducing pain.

Parchment paper Nonstick cooking spray 1 lb. raw 93% lean ground turkey 3 large green onions, thinly sliced 1 Tbsp. reduced-sodium soy sauce 1 Tbsp. toasted sesame oil 1 large egg, lightly beaten ¼ cup whole wheat bread crumbs 1½ tsp. garlic powder 1½ tsp. onion powder ½ tsp. sea salt (or Himalayan salt) ½ tsp. ground black pepper 1. Preheat oven to 375º F. 2. Line large baking sheet with parchment paper. Lightly coat with spray. Set aside. 3. Combine turkey, green onions, soy sauce, oil, egg, bread crumbs, garlic powder, and onion powder in a medium mixing bowl; mix well with clean hands (or a rubber spatula). 4. Roll mixture into sixteen 1½-inch meatballs. 5. Place meatballs on prepared baking sheet. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until filling is hot and cheese has melted. Serving Suggestion: Serve meatballs over cooked spaghetti squash with roasted cherry tomatoes and chopped fresh basil for a fabulous meal!

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

Studies continue to show that medical cannabis can be an effective part of overall treatment protocol. Most clinical trials involving cannabis and Parkinson’s have focused on movement issues caused by the disease. Cannabis appears to be most effective in helping with slowed movements, rigid movements, tremors and postural changes.

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

After I used cannabis my senses seem different, is this true? Cannabis is an analgesic, so it can affect our sense of touch, and our auditory and visual processing. These effects are what often make it helpful in managing pain. Again, the level of effect is dependent on the type and dose of the cannabis, along with other patient-specific factors.

Can cannabis be absorbed through your skin? Cannabis and cannabinoids are what we call hydrophobic compounds. They do not penetrate the skin easily. However, recent advances in formulation techniques have allowed for the creation of topical products that allow the active cannabis components to be absorbed through the skin. New York State recently approved topical formulations of cannabis and many are now available to registered patients.

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

www.CITIVA.com

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On Staten Island, one heart program towers above the rest. The Heart Institute offers world class care and advanced treatments, including minimally invasive valve repair, TAVR, bypass surgery, and the hybrid technique for correcting atrial fibrillation. All right here on Staten Island. Learn more at theheartinstitute.com

The Heart Institute


On Staten Island, one heart program towers above the rest. The Heart Institute offers world class care and advanced treatments, including minimally invasive valve repair, TAVR, bypass surgery, and the hybrid technique for correcting atrial fibrillation. All right here on Staten Island. Learn more at theheartinstitute.com

The Heart Institute


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MOMMY

Makeover

A Combined Approach to Body Rejuvenation BY DR. SHAIN CUBER

The gift of life is a beautiful thing; there is no greater joy than seeing your new baby after carrying him or her for nine months. But with great joy comes great pain—getting back to your pre-childbir th shape. While this may seem vain to some, looking and feeling good has a high impact on your self-image and well-being, permeating all aspects of your life. The physical changes your body endures during pregnancy take a while to reverse postpartum. And for many women, the changes seem irreversible. The skin may become loose due to genetics, age, lack of elasticity, or just overstretching. The abdominal muscles can become weak and protrude, resulting in a potbelly. A loss of breast tissue may result in saggy or deflated breasts after nursing. Fat may have accumulated in certain areas and become resistant to positive lifestyle changes such as healthy eating and regular exercise.

A breast augmentation uses implants— either silicone- or saline-filled—to add volume and shape to the breasts. Currently, there are two shapes of implants that can be used: round or teardrop. If drooping is the only factor and you are satisfied with your size, a breast lift (mastopexy) can be performed. In a breast lift, excess skin is removed, and the nipples are often repositioned and can be reduced, should you require it. Liposuction uses a slender tube called a cannula that is attached to a suction device to permanently remove localized fat deposits. It can be used to remove abdominal fat and/or sculpt and contour the waistline and flank area, resulting in an hourglass shape.

For best results, you should be done having children before undergoing a Mommy Makeover. You must also be in good health and should have someone to help with childcare while you are convalescing. If you are considering a Mommy Makeover, it is important to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon. During the consultation, the surgeon will listen to your specific goals and discuss possible treatment plans. Photographs from different angles will be taken at the initial consultation and/or the day of the procedure, which aids in surgical planning for both you and the surgeon. It is important that you feel comfortable with your surgeon, and that all of your questions and concerns are addressed.

Enter the Mommy Makeover: a combination of procedures performed on the same day to address any or all of the issues left in the wake of childbearing.

As with all cosmetic procedures, the goal is a happy, healthy, and more confident you.

Typically, a Mommy Makeover consists of abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), breast augmentation or breast lift, and liposuction. Each of these procedures addresses specific parts that need to be restored, resulting in a total body transformation. In an abdominoplasty, the muscles that were stretched and separated are tightened, excess fat is removed by way of liposuction, and excess skin is removed. The incision is hidden at the top of the pubic area so it can be covered by your bathing suit or underwear.

Dr. Shain Cuber is a board-certified plastic surgeon practicing in Great Neck and Manhattan. He is also a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

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the

MOMMY

Makeover

A Combined Approach to Body Rejuvenation BY DR. SHAIN CUBER

The gift of life is a beautiful thing; there is no greater joy than seeing your new baby after carrying him or her for nine months. But with great joy comes great pain—getting back to your pre-childbir th shape. While this may seem vain to some, looking and feeling good has a high impact on your self-image and well-being, permeating all aspects of your life. The physical changes your body endures during pregnancy take a while to reverse postpartum. And for many women, the changes seem irreversible. The skin may become loose due to genetics, age, lack of elasticity, or just overstretching. The abdominal muscles can become weak and protrude, resulting in a potbelly. A loss of breast tissue may result in saggy or deflated breasts after nursing. Fat may have accumulated in certain areas and become resistant to positive lifestyle changes such as healthy eating and regular exercise.

A breast augmentation uses implants— either silicone- or saline-filled—to add volume and shape to the breasts. Currently, there are two shapes of implants that can be used: round or teardrop. If drooping is the only factor and you are satisfied with your size, a breast lift (mastopexy) can be performed. In a breast lift, excess skin is removed, and the nipples are often repositioned and can be reduced, should you require it. Liposuction uses a slender tube called a cannula that is attached to a suction device to permanently remove localized fat deposits. It can be used to remove abdominal fat and/or sculpt and contour the waistline and flank area, resulting in an hourglass shape.

For best results, you should be done having children before undergoing a Mommy Makeover. You must also be in good health and should have someone to help with childcare while you are convalescing. If you are considering a Mommy Makeover, it is important to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon. During the consultation, the surgeon will listen to your specific goals and discuss possible treatment plans. Photographs from different angles will be taken at the initial consultation and/or the day of the procedure, which aids in surgical planning for both you and the surgeon. It is important that you feel comfortable with your surgeon, and that all of your questions and concerns are addressed.

Enter the Mommy Makeover: a combination of procedures performed on the same day to address any or all of the issues left in the wake of childbearing.

As with all cosmetic procedures, the goal is a happy, healthy, and more confident you.

Typically, a Mommy Makeover consists of abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), breast augmentation or breast lift, and liposuction. Each of these procedures addresses specific parts that need to be restored, resulting in a total body transformation. In an abdominoplasty, the muscles that were stretched and separated are tightened, excess fat is removed by way of liposuction, and excess skin is removed. The incision is hidden at the top of the pubic area so it can be covered by your bathing suit or underwear.

Dr. Shain Cuber is a board-certified plastic surgeon practicing in Great Neck and Manhattan. He is also a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

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Trends in Cosmetic Facial Surgery

SCHLESSINGER EYE & FACE

BY DAVID SCHLESSINGER, MD

Baggy, puffy eyelids? Droopy jowls? Sun or age spots?

As the weather improves in the northeast and we look forward to the summer season, we all want to look fresh and rejuvenated. We lead busy lives and most of us don’t have the luxury of taking time off from our hectic schedules to recover and recuperate from invasive plastic surgery. Luckily, we now have more options than ever to achieve a youthful glow without the inconvenience of downtime. Fill Her Up Some of the earliest signs of aging are due to the loss of facial volume. With volume loss, cheeks and jawlines sag and lower eyelid bags become more visible. New technology in dermal fillers allows us to safely add volume in a natural way. Utilizing cannulas, we can add volume to the hollow area between the lower eyelid and cheek to eliminate the appearance of lower eyelid bags. When administered by an expert injecting surgeon, the treatment only takes a few minutes and is done with high precision. Very often there is no bruising or swelling, and patients can get back to work or play immediately. The results can last 9 to 12 months or more and treatments can be repeated as necessary. Dermal fillers can also be used in cheeks, lips, temples, and even hands to restore a youthful appearance. One surprising trend is the increased use of dermal fillers in men. Eye bags can create a tired, older appearance, which men not only find unattractive but can also affect their confidence, especially when competing with younger people in the workplace. A 15-minute treatment in the office can significantly reduce eye bags for over a year. Botox Is Now Bro-tox Botulinum Toxin (also known as Dysport, Xeomin, or Botox) is a staple of maintaining a youthful appearance. Utilizing a tiny needle, the toxin is injected into muscle of the face, weakening them and causing lines to virtually disappear. Long gone are the days when we used Botox to give a frozen look devoid of facial expression. Instead, we now use Botox to soften lines and re-shape eyebrows to open up the eyelid area—resulting in a refreshed look. Botox is also being used more frequently in men to eliminate crow’s feet and forehead lines, producing a refreshed and alert appearance. Threads One of the newest trends in minimally invasive surgery is the use of dissolving surgical threads in the face to temporarily lift cheeks and jowls. Topical numbing cream can be applied for a more comfortable experience. Surgical threads can turn back time in just a few minutes. The results are virtually immediate and last for up to a year. The threads can give a facelift like result with minimal pain and time, and virtually no bruising. Once the threads dissolve, they leave behind collagen that can build up in the face and helps give long lasting results. The threads can easily be repeated once the effect wears off. Threads can be done in conjunction with fillers and Botox to give a completely rejuvenated look. RF Microneedling Every year, facial rejuvenation technology continues to improve. We have recently started using a device called “The Secret,” which combines two proven technologies—microneedling and radiofrequency. Dozens of tiny needles enter the skin almost painlessly, and then radiofrequency is used to gently heat up the skin. The combination of tiny needles and heat causes the body to create new collagen. This tightens the face, shrinks pore size and gives the skin a fresh dewy appearance usually only seen in children and teenagers. The treatment takes 10 minutes to perform and leaves your skin slightly red. We apply medical grade sunblock and you can go about your day. Typically, “The Secret” is repeated twice for a total of three treatments. We have seen remarkable improvement in loose neck skin, acne scarring, and fine lines within only a matter of weeks.

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Ulthera Ulthera is a remarkable technology we have been using with great success for several years in our practice. Chances are the celebrity whose youthful face you admire has already had a treatment with ulthera. Utilizing ultrasound waves to heat the deeper tissues of the face, Ulthera effectively creates new collagen that tightens and lifts the face. The effects are so powerful that we have markedly reduced the number of people who undergo surgical brow and face-lifts.

It takes one simple call to the experts. simply beautiful simply you

New York Magazine 2016

PROUD TO BE LISTED AS A TOP DOC ONCE AGAIN!

A full treatment takes a little over an hour. Although the treatment is slightly uncomfortable, most patients tolerate it easily. There is no downtime; the results can be seen several weeks after treatment and can last two to three years. Deep treatments lift jowls, chins, and eyebrows, while more superficial treatments are more effective for fine lines and wrinkles. Ultherapy is even more effective when combined with dermal fillers to add volume, and with lasers or radiofrequency microneedling to improve skin tone and texture. Surgery When minimally invasive techniques are not enough, conventional cosmetic facial surgery is still a great option. Utilizing small incisions, eyelid bags can be removed in under an hour in a private operating room with either local anesthesia or mild sedation.

Unretouched Four Lid Blepharoplasty procedure

AFTER

BEFORE

Now offering SculpSure

®

The newer cosmetic facial surgery techniques strive to maintain a natural look by not overtightening and by preserving the fat in the eyelids and face. In many cases, we can take fat from your belly or thighs and carefully inject it into the face to create a very youthful, natural, and non-surgical appearance. Although surgery has more downtime than less invasive techniques, in most cases people can return to full activities in seven to 10 days.

Non-Invasive Fat Reduction

David A. Schlessinger, M.D., F.A.A.C.S. Brett Kotlus, M.D. Tony Perkins, M.D.

Many of these techniques can be performed in combination to give you your best results. With so many options for rejuvenation, it is best to visit a surgeon experienced with both surgical and non-surgical techniques to determine the right fit for you.

516-544-8708

SCHLESSINGEREYEANDFACE.COM | 75 FROEHLICH FARM BOULEVARD, WOODBURY CASTLE CONNOLLY TOP DOC | NEW YORK MAGAZINE TOP DOC | NEWSDAY TOP DOC

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Trends in Cosmetic Facial Surgery

SCHLESSINGER EYE & FACE

BY DAVID SCHLESSINGER, MD

Baggy, puffy eyelids? Droopy jowls? Sun or age spots?

As the weather improves in the northeast and we look forward to the summer season, we all want to look fresh and rejuvenated. We lead busy lives and most of us don’t have the luxury of taking time off from our hectic schedules to recover and recuperate from invasive plastic surgery. Luckily, we now have more options than ever to achieve a youthful glow without the inconvenience of downtime. Fill Her Up Some of the earliest signs of aging are due to the loss of facial volume. With volume loss, cheeks and jawlines sag and lower eyelid bags become more visible. New technology in dermal fillers allows us to safely add volume in a natural way. Utilizing cannulas, we can add volume to the hollow area between the lower eyelid and cheek to eliminate the appearance of lower eyelid bags. When administered by an expert injecting surgeon, the treatment only takes a few minutes and is done with high precision. Very often there is no bruising or swelling, and patients can get back to work or play immediately. The results can last 9 to 12 months or more and treatments can be repeated as necessary. Dermal fillers can also be used in cheeks, lips, temples, and even hands to restore a youthful appearance. One surprising trend is the increased use of dermal fillers in men. Eye bags can create a tired, older appearance, which men not only find unattractive but can also affect their confidence, especially when competing with younger people in the workplace. A 15-minute treatment in the office can significantly reduce eye bags for over a year. Botox Is Now Bro-tox Botulinum Toxin (also known as Dysport, Xeomin, or Botox) is a staple of maintaining a youthful appearance. Utilizing a tiny needle, the toxin is injected into muscle of the face, weakening them and causing lines to virtually disappear. Long gone are the days when we used Botox to give a frozen look devoid of facial expression. Instead, we now use Botox to soften lines and re-shape eyebrows to open up the eyelid area—resulting in a refreshed look. Botox is also being used more frequently in men to eliminate crow’s feet and forehead lines, producing a refreshed and alert appearance. Threads One of the newest trends in minimally invasive surgery is the use of dissolving surgical threads in the face to temporarily lift cheeks and jowls. Topical numbing cream can be applied for a more comfortable experience. Surgical threads can turn back time in just a few minutes. The results are virtually immediate and last for up to a year. The threads can give a facelift like result with minimal pain and time, and virtually no bruising. Once the threads dissolve, they leave behind collagen that can build up in the face and helps give long lasting results. The threads can easily be repeated once the effect wears off. Threads can be done in conjunction with fillers and Botox to give a completely rejuvenated look. RF Microneedling Every year, facial rejuvenation technology continues to improve. We have recently started using a device called “The Secret,” which combines two proven technologies—microneedling and radiofrequency. Dozens of tiny needles enter the skin almost painlessly, and then radiofrequency is used to gently heat up the skin. The combination of tiny needles and heat causes the body to create new collagen. This tightens the face, shrinks pore size and gives the skin a fresh dewy appearance usually only seen in children and teenagers. The treatment takes 10 minutes to perform and leaves your skin slightly red. We apply medical grade sunblock and you can go about your day. Typically, “The Secret” is repeated twice for a total of three treatments. We have seen remarkable improvement in loose neck skin, acne scarring, and fine lines within only a matter of weeks.

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Ulthera Ulthera is a remarkable technology we have been using with great success for several years in our practice. Chances are the celebrity whose youthful face you admire has already had a treatment with ulthera. Utilizing ultrasound waves to heat the deeper tissues of the face, Ulthera effectively creates new collagen that tightens and lifts the face. The effects are so powerful that we have markedly reduced the number of people who undergo surgical brow and face-lifts.

It takes one simple call to the experts. simply beautiful simply you

New York Magazine 2016

PROUD TO BE LISTED AS A TOP DOC ONCE AGAIN!

A full treatment takes a little over an hour. Although the treatment is slightly uncomfortable, most patients tolerate it easily. There is no downtime; the results can be seen several weeks after treatment and can last two to three years. Deep treatments lift jowls, chins, and eyebrows, while more superficial treatments are more effective for fine lines and wrinkles. Ultherapy is even more effective when combined with dermal fillers to add volume, and with lasers or radiofrequency microneedling to improve skin tone and texture. Surgery When minimally invasive techniques are not enough, conventional cosmetic facial surgery is still a great option. Utilizing small incisions, eyelid bags can be removed in under an hour in a private operating room with either local anesthesia or mild sedation.

Unretouched Four Lid Blepharoplasty procedure

AFTER

BEFORE

Now offering SculpSure

®

The newer cosmetic facial surgery techniques strive to maintain a natural look by not overtightening and by preserving the fat in the eyelids and face. In many cases, we can take fat from your belly or thighs and carefully inject it into the face to create a very youthful, natural, and non-surgical appearance. Although surgery has more downtime than less invasive techniques, in most cases people can return to full activities in seven to 10 days.

Non-Invasive Fat Reduction

David A. Schlessinger, M.D., F.A.A.C.S. Brett Kotlus, M.D. Tony Perkins, M.D.

Many of these techniques can be performed in combination to give you your best results. With so many options for rejuvenation, it is best to visit a surgeon experienced with both surgical and non-surgical techniques to determine the right fit for you.

516-544-8708

SCHLESSINGEREYEANDFACE.COM | 75 FROEHLICH FARM BOULEVARD, WOODBURY CASTLE CONNOLLY TOP DOC | NEW YORK MAGAZINE TOP DOC | NEWSDAY TOP DOC

Top Doctors

New York Times 2016

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MAKE AN IMPACT

VIVIAN SANTORA HELPING YOUNG GIRLS BECOME ACCOMPLISHED WOMEN

Why dedicate your career to a non-profit? Vivian Santora, president and CEO of PowerPlay NYC, tells us about her journey from TV to the Clinton administration to leading one of the most successful non-profits organizations in New York City dedicated to inspiring and educating girls.

By Ilsy J. Hoo

Her Journey Vivian Santora started her journey as a child actress in TV commercials, debuting her dance moves on Club MTV in the 90s, and then successfully executing the commencement speech at the University at Buffalo as an undergraduate. By most people’s standards, Santora would already be considered accomplished even before entering the “real world,” but her story was only just beginning. She landed a position as a volunteer working in the National Finance Chair office and was asked to work on President Bill Clinton's 1996 re-election campaign. There, she learned about measuring results through fundraising. Years later, while living in Boston, she discovered Hillary Clinton was going to run for Senate; she was hired as her deputy finance director on the campaign for Senate and was later promoted to national finance director of her re-election/HILLPAC.

After graduating from the University at Buffalo in 1995, I wanted to continue my studies in a field providing me with both the skills and opportunities to make a difference in the world. I moved to Washington, D.C. to pursue a master’s degree in public administration at American University. It wasn’t a specific goal or thought early on to work for a non-profit, but I quickly realized I am absolutely a mission-driven person. I need to believe in and be passionate about what I do every day. We spend countless hours at work—it’s important I am having a positive impact on others through my work. How can entrepreneurship translate into goodwill endeavors? Entrepreneurs, or better yet, social entrepreneurs, are focused on transformative change. They’re driven toward growth and want to improve processes and systems. I read somewhere that today’s young people are as concerned with making a positive impact on the world as they are with making money—something like 94 percent of millennials want to utilize their skillsets to benefit a cause. That motivation alone will hopefully translate to positive impact in our communities.

Anyone considering a non-profit career should exhibit these four characteristics: Passion for the cause, selfmotivation, resourcefulness, and flexibility. At BELLA, the tagline is, “Beauty is Defined by You.” How do you define beauty? Beauty is contributing to the success of our young girls at PowerPlay. One of our alumni, Mia Hall of the SuperSTARS Leadership Academy, a high-impact leadership development program for young women who attend Title 1 public high schools in NYC, became an accomplished leader in the sports and entertainment industry. With her community in mind, Hall has broken down barriers for women in sports, media, and education and continues to innovate both domestically and internationally. Her story is beauty. Many of our girls’ stories are beauty. Beauty is becoming successful in these young girls’ hearts and minds.

In 2005, Santora started her own consulting company, providing strategic advice, fundraising, event management, and government affairs for public and private sector clients. Most recently, Santora has taken on the role of president and CEO of PowerPlay NYC, a non-profit organization that advances the lives of girls through sports, helping them grow physically, emotionally, and academically stronger. Who has inspired you throughout your journey? My mother used to play basketball in college when girls were only allowed to play half-court for fear that they may overexert themselves. She was my first teacher and my first cheerleader. Growing up, I was both a basketball player and a cheerleader. I also played soccer, field hockey, and loved to dance. Admittedly, I was no “star athlete,” but I felt strong, learned from my teammates, and was empowered.

Photo: Christina Angeli Stanley

I ran for student council positions and wasn’t afraid to speak my mind. All of this helped shape who I am today and why I chose to focus my energy on supporting women and girls.

Trying to have a baby? We can help! Our mission is to help patients realize the dream of parenthood. GENESIS is a nationally recognized center of excellence for the treatment of infertility. We offer a culturally sensitive approach to patient care and excellent success rates. The countless notes from patients that decorate POWERPLAY NYC ENVISIONS our halls ALL are testimony to the quality of the GENESIS program. A WORLD WHERE GIRLS GROW UP TO BECOME EMPOWERED LEADERS Building families over 25 years! WITH THE SKILLS AND SELF-EFFICACY TO ACHIEVE BROOKLYN • LONG ISLAND • STATEN ISLAND THEIR DREAMS.” 718.283.8600 • genesisfertility.com

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VIVIAN SANTORA HELPING YOUNG GIRLS BECOME ACCOMPLISHED WOMEN

Why dedicate your career to a non-profit? Vivian Santora, president and CEO of PowerPlay NYC, tells us about her journey from TV to the Clinton administration to leading one of the most successful non-profits organizations in New York City dedicated to inspiring and educating girls.

By Ilsy J. Hoo

Her Journey Vivian Santora started her journey as a child actress in TV commercials, debuting her dance moves on Club MTV in the 90s, and then successfully executing the commencement speech at the University at Buffalo as an undergraduate. By most people’s standards, Santora would already be considered accomplished even before entering the “real world,” but her story was only just beginning. She landed a position as a volunteer working in the National Finance Chair office and was asked to work on President Bill Clinton's 1996 re-election campaign. There, she learned about measuring results through fundraising. Years later, while living in Boston, she discovered Hillary Clinton was going to run for Senate; she was hired as her deputy finance director on the campaign for Senate and was later promoted to national finance director of her re-election/HILLPAC.

After graduating from the University at Buffalo in 1995, I wanted to continue my studies in a field providing me with both the skills and opportunities to make a difference in the world. I moved to Washington, D.C. to pursue a master’s degree in public administration at American University. It wasn’t a specific goal or thought early on to work for a non-profit, but I quickly realized I am absolutely a mission-driven person. I need to believe in and be passionate about what I do every day. We spend countless hours at work—it’s important I am having a positive impact on others through my work. How can entrepreneurship translate into goodwill endeavors? Entrepreneurs, or better yet, social entrepreneurs, are focused on transformative change. They’re driven toward growth and want to improve processes and systems. I read somewhere that today’s young people are as concerned with making a positive impact on the world as they are with making money—something like 94 percent of millennials want to utilize their skillsets to benefit a cause. That motivation alone will hopefully translate to positive impact in our communities.

Anyone considering a non-profit career should exhibit these four characteristics: Passion for the cause, selfmotivation, resourcefulness, and flexibility. At BELLA, the tagline is, “Beauty is Defined by You.” How do you define beauty? Beauty is contributing to the success of our young girls at PowerPlay. One of our alumni, Mia Hall of the SuperSTARS Leadership Academy, a high-impact leadership development program for young women who attend Title 1 public high schools in NYC, became an accomplished leader in the sports and entertainment industry. With her community in mind, Hall has broken down barriers for women in sports, media, and education and continues to innovate both domestically and internationally. Her story is beauty. Many of our girls’ stories are beauty. Beauty is becoming successful in these young girls’ hearts and minds.

In 2005, Santora started her own consulting company, providing strategic advice, fundraising, event management, and government affairs for public and private sector clients. Most recently, Santora has taken on the role of president and CEO of PowerPlay NYC, a non-profit organization that advances the lives of girls through sports, helping them grow physically, emotionally, and academically stronger. Who has inspired you throughout your journey? My mother used to play basketball in college when girls were only allowed to play half-court for fear that they may overexert themselves. She was my first teacher and my first cheerleader. Growing up, I was both a basketball player and a cheerleader. I also played soccer, field hockey, and loved to dance. Admittedly, I was no “star athlete,” but I felt strong, learned from my teammates, and was empowered.

Photo: Christina Angeli Stanley

I ran for student council positions and wasn’t afraid to speak my mind. All of this helped shape who I am today and why I chose to focus my energy on supporting women and girls.

Trying to have a baby? We can help! Our mission is to help patients realize the dream of parenthood. GENESIS is a nationally recognized center of excellence for the treatment of infertility. We offer a culturally sensitive approach to patient care and excellent success rates. The countless notes from patients that decorate POWERPLAY NYC ENVISIONS our halls ALL are testimony to the quality of the GENESIS program. A WORLD WHERE GIRLS GROW UP TO BECOME EMPOWERED LEADERS Building families over 25 years! WITH THE SKILLS AND SELF-EFFICACY TO ACHIEVE BROOKLYN • LONG ISLAND • STATEN ISLAND THEIR DREAMS.” 718.283.8600 • genesisfertility.com

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AIDS WALK NEW YORK AND GMHC:

AIDS WALK NEW YORK WILL TAKE PLACE ON MAY 20, 2018. REGISTER FOR FREE AT NY.AIDSWALK.NET, WHERE YOU CAN ALSO CREATE A PERSONAL FUNDRAISING PAGE AND INVITE FRIENDS AND FAMILY TO SPONSOR YOU.

HEALING WITH HARD WORK, HOPE, AND HEART By Kelly Rose Bellucci

AIDS activist and author Vito Russo once said, “We have to leave a legacy to the generation of people who will come after us. Remember that someday, the AIDS crisis will be over. And when that day has come and gone, there will be people alive on this earth—gay people and straight people, black people and white people, men and women—who will hear the story that once there was a terrible disease, and that a brave group of people stood up and fought, and in some cases died, so that others might live and be free.” In 1981, the United States was presented with an unfamiliar disease that infected a group of young gay men in Los Angeles. What first seemed like an uncommon strain of pneumonia would quickly turn out to be one of the world’s most vicious epidemics: AIDS.

PHOTO BY MATT MCDERMOTT

THE TRAGEDY THAT CHANGED LIVES

PHOTO BY JUSTIN MCCALLUM

Before acquiring the name AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome), the disease was initially referred to as GRID (gay-related immune deficiency), based on the group of individuals it affected. This led to a slew of problems for the gay community, as they were not only being shamed, but also ignored and silenced. The government, medical community, and general public failed to recognize the seriousness of the outbreak, and their lack of action was devastating. Hospitals began denying services to those infected with the illness, and even went as far as placing people in black garbage bags when they died from AIDS-related complications. The FDA used the same method to test AIDS drugs as they would a simple nasal spray, which is a 7- to 10-year process.

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Activists and patients began protesting in the streets as well as organizing advocacy groups to raise awareness. ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) was one of the many groups formed during this time. These brave members traveled near and far, searching for a cure and fighting for the respect they deserved. By 1989, AIDS was reported to be the number one cause of death for men under age 44, primarily in New York. In response, ACT UP formed the National AIDS Treatment Research Agenda with hopes of finding an adequate drug to help those battling the disease. With their hard work and dedication, a breakthrough was made in 1996. Effective protease inhibitors were developed and produced, ultimately saving 6,000,000 lives. Today, although the disease can be controlled, a cure for AIDS still does not exist. AN ORGANIZATION WITH OPTIMISM Throughout any sort of crisis, it is the constant support and love shown by a community that provides individuals with hope. There were a number of important organizations present during the AIDS crisis of the 1980s, but one in particular continues to flourish and help people live long and healthy lives: Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC), the first HIV and AIDS service in the world.

TO LEARN MORE ABOUT GAY MEN'S HEALTH CRISIS, VISIT GMHC.ORG.

PHOTO BY JUSTIN MCCALLUM

In 1981, a group of prominent gay men gathered in the apartment of writer and LGBT activist Larry Kramer, passing a hat around to raise money for AIDS research. Within the next year, GMHC was officially established. The organization set up the first AIDS hotline, which received more than 100 calls on its opening night. Since then, the organization has sponsored a number of fundraising events, campaigned to promote safe sex (including releasing guidelines titled “Healthy Sex Is Great Sex”), and both drafted and successfully passed New York State’s AIDS-Related Information Bill. TAKING STEPS TO FIND A CURE Today, GMHC helps upwards of 13,000 clients a year and has evolved into a leading resource for people living with HIV or AIDS. The organization provides an abundance of programs and services for all, including a “Safety in Housing Program,” which locates secure housing for HIVpositive individuals who are homeless or living in unstable conditions. Free and confidential HIV testing is also available. In addition, GMHC coordinated the first AIDS Walk New York in 1986, which continues to support the efforts of Gay Men’s Health Crisis today. From 4,500 participants to 890,000, AIDS Walk New York has become the largest HIV and AIDS fundraiser in the world to take place in a single day. The event has raised more than $150 million in donations and serves as a model for other HIV and AIDS walks around the world. With the faithful support of the community and the growing recognition of AIDS Walk New York, millions of lives have been saved, and GMHC’s goal of ending the AIDS epidemic in New York State by 2020 seems more achievable than ever before.

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AIDS WALK NEW YORK AND GMHC:

AIDS WALK NEW YORK WILL TAKE PLACE ON MAY 20, 2018. REGISTER FOR FREE AT NY.AIDSWALK.NET, WHERE YOU CAN ALSO CREATE A PERSONAL FUNDRAISING PAGE AND INVITE FRIENDS AND FAMILY TO SPONSOR YOU.

HEALING WITH HARD WORK, HOPE, AND HEART By Kelly Rose Bellucci

AIDS activist and author Vito Russo once said, “We have to leave a legacy to the generation of people who will come after us. Remember that someday, the AIDS crisis will be over. And when that day has come and gone, there will be people alive on this earth—gay people and straight people, black people and white people, men and women—who will hear the story that once there was a terrible disease, and that a brave group of people stood up and fought, and in some cases died, so that others might live and be free.” In 1981, the United States was presented with an unfamiliar disease that infected a group of young gay men in Los Angeles. What first seemed like an uncommon strain of pneumonia would quickly turn out to be one of the world’s most vicious epidemics: AIDS.

PHOTO BY MATT MCDERMOTT

THE TRAGEDY THAT CHANGED LIVES

PHOTO BY JUSTIN MCCALLUM

Before acquiring the name AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome), the disease was initially referred to as GRID (gay-related immune deficiency), based on the group of individuals it affected. This led to a slew of problems for the gay community, as they were not only being shamed, but also ignored and silenced. The government, medical community, and general public failed to recognize the seriousness of the outbreak, and their lack of action was devastating. Hospitals began denying services to those infected with the illness, and even went as far as placing people in black garbage bags when they died from AIDS-related complications. The FDA used the same method to test AIDS drugs as they would a simple nasal spray, which is a 7- to 10-year process.

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Activists and patients began protesting in the streets as well as organizing advocacy groups to raise awareness. ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) was one of the many groups formed during this time. These brave members traveled near and far, searching for a cure and fighting for the respect they deserved. By 1989, AIDS was reported to be the number one cause of death for men under age 44, primarily in New York. In response, ACT UP formed the National AIDS Treatment Research Agenda with hopes of finding an adequate drug to help those battling the disease. With their hard work and dedication, a breakthrough was made in 1996. Effective protease inhibitors were developed and produced, ultimately saving 6,000,000 lives. Today, although the disease can be controlled, a cure for AIDS still does not exist. AN ORGANIZATION WITH OPTIMISM Throughout any sort of crisis, it is the constant support and love shown by a community that provides individuals with hope. There were a number of important organizations present during the AIDS crisis of the 1980s, but one in particular continues to flourish and help people live long and healthy lives: Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC), the first HIV and AIDS service in the world.

TO LEARN MORE ABOUT GAY MEN'S HEALTH CRISIS, VISIT GMHC.ORG.

PHOTO BY JUSTIN MCCALLUM

In 1981, a group of prominent gay men gathered in the apartment of writer and LGBT activist Larry Kramer, passing a hat around to raise money for AIDS research. Within the next year, GMHC was officially established. The organization set up the first AIDS hotline, which received more than 100 calls on its opening night. Since then, the organization has sponsored a number of fundraising events, campaigned to promote safe sex (including releasing guidelines titled “Healthy Sex Is Great Sex”), and both drafted and successfully passed New York State’s AIDS-Related Information Bill. TAKING STEPS TO FIND A CURE Today, GMHC helps upwards of 13,000 clients a year and has evolved into a leading resource for people living with HIV or AIDS. The organization provides an abundance of programs and services for all, including a “Safety in Housing Program,” which locates secure housing for HIVpositive individuals who are homeless or living in unstable conditions. Free and confidential HIV testing is also available. In addition, GMHC coordinated the first AIDS Walk New York in 1986, which continues to support the efforts of Gay Men’s Health Crisis today. From 4,500 participants to 890,000, AIDS Walk New York has become the largest HIV and AIDS fundraiser in the world to take place in a single day. The event has raised more than $150 million in donations and serves as a model for other HIV and AIDS walks around the world. With the faithful support of the community and the growing recognition of AIDS Walk New York, millions of lives have been saved, and GMHC’s goal of ending the AIDS epidemic in New York State by 2020 seems more achievable than ever before.

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LOVE IN THE CITY

#1 Important Realization

Perfect Doesn’t Exist

Let’s put an end to that whole “perfect” nonsense. The “perfect relationship” and the “perfect career” exist mainly in film, TV, or (cough, cough) magazine articles engineered to catch your eye and (usually) sell you something. No job is without stresses or problems, and neither are relationships between actual human beings. Get over perfect. It doesn’t exist.

THE

PERFECT CAREER RELATIONSHIP? By Jarrod Thalheimer

You have the best job in the world. You are well compensated, highly appreciated, and you have almost limitless future potential. Your job fulfills your sense of self while meeting all the career goals you ever considered. Amazingly, your relationship is an absolute dream, too. It is loving, caring, open, and considerate. Your personal needs are not only met, but also exceeded. Incredibly, the life you share together grows richer and fuller with each passing day. Quick! You have to choose: career or relationship? Which one matters more? Outside of the tabloid super-icons continually lauded for “having it all” (though they never actually do, but why let reality spoil a good narrative?), most of us lesser beings eventually have to face the careeror-relationship conundrum. Where do we even start? 128

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NOBODY GETS TO HAVE EVERYTHING, NO MATTER WHO THEY ARE OR HOW MUCH THEY HAVE.”

#2 Important Realization

You Cannot Have It All

Jeff Bezos is currently the richest man in the world. He controls a global business leviathan, appears jacked physically (if recent photos are to be trusted), and seems destined to rule other planets as he funds research into living well past the age of 157. He’s also 5 feet 6 inches tall. Now, there’s nothing wrong with being smaller in stature than average, but I’m betting young Jeff was bummed at least once or twice that he wasn’t taller. The point is, nobody gets to have everything, no matter who they are or how much they have. Grasping this particular universal truth will better prepare you to face the realities in your own life.

NO JOB IS WITHOUT STRESSES OR PROBLEMS, AND NEITHER ARE RELATIONSHIPS.”

Understand the Struggle So does knowing these two things make your decision any easier? A little, but not much. The real struggle comes from how similar in nature each underlying choice actually is. Consider:

I want a ________________ that is fulfilling.

I want a ________________ that challenges me.

I want a ________________ in which all I have to offer is appreciated and rewarded.

My fondest wish is to have a successful ______________. See? You could insert either career or relationship into any blank with ease. Both offer similar feelings and emotional rewards, especially early on in your modern, upwardly mobile life. That’s why it seems so darn hard to pick!

Go Deeper Than You Ever Thought Possible This is your life we’re talking about. You can’t just stop trying to understand because the going got tough. You have to dig even deeper and come face-toface with the very core of who you are. And the only way to do that is to ask— and answer—six extremely important personal questions:

1. Could I live without my career if I had a great relationship? 2. Could I live without my relationship if I had a great career? 3. Am I replaceable in my career, and does it matter? 4. Am I replaceable in my relationship, and does it matter? 5. What do I want out of life? 6. If I knew I was going to die tomorrow, what would make today the perfect day? Make no mistake; these are hard questions to answer. But doing so is the only way to even approach the sort of self-knowledge required to make the right decision about something so integral to the rest of your life. Will the answers tell you everything you need to know? Not always. Could the answers you give today change over time? Absolutely, but that’s not a reason to avoid facing them in the first place. No matter what happens, the thought processes engaged will set you on a positive path forward, revealing who you are and what matters most to you. So, rewarding career or amazing relationship? The answer belongs to you. BELLANYMAG.COM

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LOVE IN THE CITY

#1 Important Realization

Perfect Doesn’t Exist

Let’s put an end to that whole “perfect” nonsense. The “perfect relationship” and the “perfect career” exist mainly in film, TV, or (cough, cough) magazine articles engineered to catch your eye and (usually) sell you something. No job is without stresses or problems, and neither are relationships between actual human beings. Get over perfect. It doesn’t exist.

THE

PERFECT CAREER RELATIONSHIP? By Jarrod Thalheimer

You have the best job in the world. You are well compensated, highly appreciated, and you have almost limitless future potential. Your job fulfills your sense of self while meeting all the career goals you ever considered. Amazingly, your relationship is an absolute dream, too. It is loving, caring, open, and considerate. Your personal needs are not only met, but also exceeded. Incredibly, the life you share together grows richer and fuller with each passing day. Quick! You have to choose: career or relationship? Which one matters more? Outside of the tabloid super-icons continually lauded for “having it all” (though they never actually do, but why let reality spoil a good narrative?), most of us lesser beings eventually have to face the careeror-relationship conundrum. Where do we even start? 128

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NOBODY GETS TO HAVE EVERYTHING, NO MATTER WHO THEY ARE OR HOW MUCH THEY HAVE.”

#2 Important Realization

You Cannot Have It All

Jeff Bezos is currently the richest man in the world. He controls a global business leviathan, appears jacked physically (if recent photos are to be trusted), and seems destined to rule other planets as he funds research into living well past the age of 157. He’s also 5 feet 6 inches tall. Now, there’s nothing wrong with being smaller in stature than average, but I’m betting young Jeff was bummed at least once or twice that he wasn’t taller. The point is, nobody gets to have everything, no matter who they are or how much they have. Grasping this particular universal truth will better prepare you to face the realities in your own life.

NO JOB IS WITHOUT STRESSES OR PROBLEMS, AND NEITHER ARE RELATIONSHIPS.”

Understand the Struggle So does knowing these two things make your decision any easier? A little, but not much. The real struggle comes from how similar in nature each underlying choice actually is. Consider:

I want a ________________ that is fulfilling.

I want a ________________ that challenges me.

I want a ________________ in which all I have to offer is appreciated and rewarded.

My fondest wish is to have a successful ______________. See? You could insert either career or relationship into any blank with ease. Both offer similar feelings and emotional rewards, especially early on in your modern, upwardly mobile life. That’s why it seems so darn hard to pick!

Go Deeper Than You Ever Thought Possible This is your life we’re talking about. You can’t just stop trying to understand because the going got tough. You have to dig even deeper and come face-toface with the very core of who you are. And the only way to do that is to ask— and answer—six extremely important personal questions:

1. Could I live without my career if I had a great relationship? 2. Could I live without my relationship if I had a great career? 3. Am I replaceable in my career, and does it matter? 4. Am I replaceable in my relationship, and does it matter? 5. What do I want out of life? 6. If I knew I was going to die tomorrow, what would make today the perfect day? Make no mistake; these are hard questions to answer. But doing so is the only way to even approach the sort of self-knowledge required to make the right decision about something so integral to the rest of your life. Will the answers tell you everything you need to know? Not always. Could the answers you give today change over time? Absolutely, but that’s not a reason to avoid facing them in the first place. No matter what happens, the thought processes engaged will set you on a positive path forward, revealing who you are and what matters most to you. So, rewarding career or amazing relationship? The answer belongs to you. BELLANYMAG.COM

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A NOVEL IDEA Still Scary After All These Years

SO MANY BOOKS SO LITTLE TIME By Barbara Bellesi Zito

Can you remember what you were up to when T-Rex first stomped onto the screen? If you can believe it, the original “Jurassic Park” is 25 years old this year, though the infamous predator doesn’t look a day over 100 million years. Needless to say, we’re excited that “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” is coming to theaters in June. The late author Michael Crichton sure could tell a story. He was taken from us all too soon, though we love that his legacy lives on through the “Jurassic Park” franchise, as well as HBO’s “Westworld,” whose second season finally arrived in April.

We might get stressed when work begins to pile up, but we feel downright giddy when our to-be-read pile of books threatens to tip over. Sorry, but we’re not sorry to recommend these titles for your almost-summer reading list. Bottom line—make time!

Author and royal expert Katie Nicholl

Cheers to the Royal Newlyweds

“Harry: LiFe, Loss, and Love” by Katie Nicholl | Hachette Books

This author is Britain’s leading royalty expert, so you can expect the full scoop on Harry and the expanding royal family.

Did your invitation to the royal wedding get lost in the mail? Then you’re going to want to brew some tea, put on that fascinator, and dig into this crown jewel of a book about Britain’s Prince Harry. From the tragedy of his mother to his tumultuous youth and now vibrant adult life, this book covers all things Harry as we lead up to his wedding to Meghan Markle on May 19. This popular prince has been through a lot, but with Meghan by his side, we can’t help but get excited for their future together.

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If we’re excited about another royal wedding on this side of the pond, then imagine how it is to be a royalist in the UK! “Harry’s very much loved in the UK, and people are thrilled he has finally found someone to share his life with,” explains author and royal expert Katie Nicholl. Britons seem to be smitten with Harry’s fiancée, American actress Meghan Markle. “As a nation, we have totally fallen for Meghan,” says Nicholl. “She is such a breath of fresh air, and we can’t get enough of her. We love her style, her look, and her relaxed approach to royal duties.”

The author of this debut novel is also a practicing physician. Talk about #goals!

“The Book of Essie” by Meghan McLean Weir | Knopf Esther Ann Hicks, or Essie for short, grew up on her family’s reality TV show, “Six for Hicks.” The Hicks family is famous—or infamous—for its rigid evangelical faith. So when Essie is found out to be pregnant, her mom, Celia, goes into crisis mode with the show’s producers. In the meantime, Essie gets together with Roarke Richards, a classmate who’s also got some things he’d like to keep under wraps. As they tell their concocted love story, Essie begins to realize that even she has questions about the reality of her family.

This debut novel features multiple points of view that draw the reader into the characters’ shifting relationships.

“Remind Me Again What Happened” by Joanna Luloff | Algonquin Claire doesn’t know why she has woken up in a hospital room in the Florida Keys. She begins to put together her shattered memory by sifting through photos and letters brought to her by Charlie, her husband, and Rachel, her best friend. Claire can’t shake the feeling that something is not quite right. As she struggles to uncover her past, she begins to understand just how much all three of their lives have changed.

Partial proceeds of this book are donated to St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center in Madison, NJ.

“I Miss My Best Friend” by Penelope Lagos (Illustrated by Sophie Moracchini) | GreenTree Publishers Our fur babies are our best friends, which is why we are so devastated when they cross the rainbow bridge. Inspired by an event in her own life, Lagos writes about twin siblings Louie and Penny who have to do a heartbreaking thing by saying goodbye to their best friend. This story warms the heart, as well as serves as a tool to help your little ones cope with the loss of a pet.

This inspiring book also features illustrations by Graham.

“In Conclusion, Don’t Worry About It” by Lauren Graham | Ballantine Books In 2017, Lauren Graham gave the commencement speech at her high school alma mater. Many fans of the “Gilmore Girls” and “Parenthood” star have wished they were present to hear the hilarious advice she gave to the graduates, so we’re all in luck with this book that expounds on her words. Graham reflects on dreams and future goals, as well as rocking the present just as we are.

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A NOVEL IDEA Still Scary After All These Years

SO MANY BOOKS SO LITTLE TIME By Barbara Bellesi Zito

Can you remember what you were up to when T-Rex first stomped onto the screen? If you can believe it, the original “Jurassic Park” is 25 years old this year, though the infamous predator doesn’t look a day over 100 million years. Needless to say, we’re excited that “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” is coming to theaters in June. The late author Michael Crichton sure could tell a story. He was taken from us all too soon, though we love that his legacy lives on through the “Jurassic Park” franchise, as well as HBO’s “Westworld,” whose second season finally arrived in April.

We might get stressed when work begins to pile up, but we feel downright giddy when our to-be-read pile of books threatens to tip over. Sorry, but we’re not sorry to recommend these titles for your almost-summer reading list. Bottom line—make time!

Author and royal expert Katie Nicholl

Cheers to the Royal Newlyweds

“Harry: LiFe, Loss, and Love” by Katie Nicholl | Hachette Books

This author is Britain’s leading royalty expert, so you can expect the full scoop on Harry and the expanding royal family.

Did your invitation to the royal wedding get lost in the mail? Then you’re going to want to brew some tea, put on that fascinator, and dig into this crown jewel of a book about Britain’s Prince Harry. From the tragedy of his mother to his tumultuous youth and now vibrant adult life, this book covers all things Harry as we lead up to his wedding to Meghan Markle on May 19. This popular prince has been through a lot, but with Meghan by his side, we can’t help but get excited for their future together.

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If we’re excited about another royal wedding on this side of the pond, then imagine how it is to be a royalist in the UK! “Harry’s very much loved in the UK, and people are thrilled he has finally found someone to share his life with,” explains author and royal expert Katie Nicholl. Britons seem to be smitten with Harry’s fiancée, American actress Meghan Markle. “As a nation, we have totally fallen for Meghan,” says Nicholl. “She is such a breath of fresh air, and we can’t get enough of her. We love her style, her look, and her relaxed approach to royal duties.”

The author of this debut novel is also a practicing physician. Talk about #goals!

“The Book of Essie” by Meghan McLean Weir | Knopf Esther Ann Hicks, or Essie for short, grew up on her family’s reality TV show, “Six for Hicks.” The Hicks family is famous—or infamous—for its rigid evangelical faith. So when Essie is found out to be pregnant, her mom, Celia, goes into crisis mode with the show’s producers. In the meantime, Essie gets together with Roarke Richards, a classmate who’s also got some things he’d like to keep under wraps. As they tell their concocted love story, Essie begins to realize that even she has questions about the reality of her family.

This debut novel features multiple points of view that draw the reader into the characters’ shifting relationships.

“Remind Me Again What Happened” by Joanna Luloff | Algonquin Claire doesn’t know why she has woken up in a hospital room in the Florida Keys. She begins to put together her shattered memory by sifting through photos and letters brought to her by Charlie, her husband, and Rachel, her best friend. Claire can’t shake the feeling that something is not quite right. As she struggles to uncover her past, she begins to understand just how much all three of their lives have changed.

Partial proceeds of this book are donated to St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center in Madison, NJ.

“I Miss My Best Friend” by Penelope Lagos (Illustrated by Sophie Moracchini) | GreenTree Publishers Our fur babies are our best friends, which is why we are so devastated when they cross the rainbow bridge. Inspired by an event in her own life, Lagos writes about twin siblings Louie and Penny who have to do a heartbreaking thing by saying goodbye to their best friend. This story warms the heart, as well as serves as a tool to help your little ones cope with the loss of a pet.

This inspiring book also features illustrations by Graham.

“In Conclusion, Don’t Worry About It” by Lauren Graham | Ballantine Books In 2017, Lauren Graham gave the commencement speech at her high school alma mater. Many fans of the “Gilmore Girls” and “Parenthood” star have wished they were present to hear the hilarious advice she gave to the graduates, so we’re all in luck with this book that expounds on her words. Graham reflects on dreams and future goals, as well as rocking the present just as we are.

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T R A V E L Spotlight Oh, and the views are stunning! Just head up to their adults-only rooftop infinity pool to see for yourself. Or head downstairs and enjoy basking in the lagoon-style pool that spans the entire length of the hotel and is home to the Oasis swim up bar. Although the immense resort has plenty of restaurants, pools, beaches, and entertainment to keep you busy during your stay in Bimini, it’s worth it to journey off-site to explore the rest of the island. The transportation of choice is a golf cart, which you can rent at the hotel. Make sure to try the local conch salad at Joe’s Conch Shack and wash it down with an ice cold Kalik (a local Bahamian beer).

BIMINI Fun Facts Another must-visit is Radio Beach, home to some of the smoothest sand and beautiful waters on the island. And if you’re lucky, you might meet some locals eager to serve up fresh coconut water or piña coladas. Venture off the island to take in some exciting and immersive history lessons. Shipwrecked nearby is the SS Sapona, a cargo ship that now serves as a popular dive site. We loved snorkeling inside! The ship has an interesting history—it was built during World War I but wasn’t completed until the war ended. It was then sold and used during the 1920s as a rumrunner during Prohibition. In 1926, the ship ran aground during a hurricane and has been there ever since. During World War II, the wreckage was used as target practice by the U.S. Army Air Force. It might not be a big island, but Bimini is full of island spirit and flavor. It certainly is the hidden gem of the Bahamas.

BIMINI T HE HIDDEN T RE ASURE OF T HE BAHAMAS By Amanda Mactas

If you associate the Bahamas with larger islands such as Nassau, Freeport, and Abaco, you’re not alone. These islands draw in tourists by the droves, but they aren’t the only options to choose from when considering an island vacation. Bimini, the closest Bahamian island to the United States, won our heart with its small town charm and stunning beaches. 132

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Martin Luther King Jr. composed part of his Nobel Peace Prize speech here. Bimini is believed to be the site of the lost city of Atlantis. The island is home to the famous Bimini bread (buy some!). Bimini is the “Big Game Fishing Capital of the World.” Edith’s Pizza is famous for its lobster pizza—delicious! Ernest Hemingway had a summer home here, which you can see when you visit

Although just a 30-minute sea plane ride from Miami, Bimini is a small island (only seven miles long) that is easily overlooked. But now that Elite Airways offers direct flights to the island from Newark Airport, it’s easier than ever to explore. Your plane will fly you to South Bimini, and from there, it’s a quick 15-minute ferry ride to North Bimini, home to the new Hilton by Resorts World Bimini. Completed in 2016, the resort comprises half of the island and is the largest hotel on Bimini. Its grandeur is complemented by its 10 restaurants, bars, and cafés (Luna Beach and The Sushi Bar were our faves) and an on-site casino. Pamper yourself at Serenity Spa with one of their many treatments, from massages and facials to mani/pedis and wraps. We loved waking up every morning after a great night’s sleep in their cozy beds and enjoying a room service breakfast on the balcony.

It’s home to the Bimini Biological Field Station Shark Lab. Honeymoon Harbour Beach is a boat ride away, where stingrays are readily available for you to feed and pet. Ponce de Leon traveled to Bimini in search of the Fountain of Youth. Today, there is a well on South Bimini labeled the Fountain of Youth.

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T R A V E L Spotlight Oh, and the views are stunning! Just head up to their adults-only rooftop infinity pool to see for yourself. Or head downstairs and enjoy basking in the lagoon-style pool that spans the entire length of the hotel and is home to the Oasis swim up bar. Although the immense resort has plenty of restaurants, pools, beaches, and entertainment to keep you busy during your stay in Bimini, it’s worth it to journey off-site to explore the rest of the island. The transportation of choice is a golf cart, which you can rent at the hotel. Make sure to try the local conch salad at Joe’s Conch Shack and wash it down with an ice cold Kalik (a local Bahamian beer).

BIMINI Fun Facts Another must-visit is Radio Beach, home to some of the smoothest sand and beautiful waters on the island. And if you’re lucky, you might meet some locals eager to serve up fresh coconut water or piña coladas. Venture off the island to take in some exciting and immersive history lessons. Shipwrecked nearby is the SS Sapona, a cargo ship that now serves as a popular dive site. We loved snorkeling inside! The ship has an interesting history—it was built during World War I but wasn’t completed until the war ended. It was then sold and used during the 1920s as a rumrunner during Prohibition. In 1926, the ship ran aground during a hurricane and has been there ever since. During World War II, the wreckage was used as target practice by the U.S. Army Air Force. It might not be a big island, but Bimini is full of island spirit and flavor. It certainly is the hidden gem of the Bahamas.

BIMINI T HE HIDDEN T RE ASURE OF T HE BAHAMAS By Amanda Mactas

If you associate the Bahamas with larger islands such as Nassau, Freeport, and Abaco, you’re not alone. These islands draw in tourists by the droves, but they aren’t the only options to choose from when considering an island vacation. Bimini, the closest Bahamian island to the United States, won our heart with its small town charm and stunning beaches. 132

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Martin Luther King Jr. composed part of his Nobel Peace Prize speech here. Bimini is believed to be the site of the lost city of Atlantis. The island is home to the famous Bimini bread (buy some!). Bimini is the “Big Game Fishing Capital of the World.” Edith’s Pizza is famous for its lobster pizza—delicious! Ernest Hemingway had a summer home here, which you can see when you visit

Although just a 30-minute sea plane ride from Miami, Bimini is a small island (only seven miles long) that is easily overlooked. But now that Elite Airways offers direct flights to the island from Newark Airport, it’s easier than ever to explore. Your plane will fly you to South Bimini, and from there, it’s a quick 15-minute ferry ride to North Bimini, home to the new Hilton by Resorts World Bimini. Completed in 2016, the resort comprises half of the island and is the largest hotel on Bimini. Its grandeur is complemented by its 10 restaurants, bars, and cafés (Luna Beach and The Sushi Bar were our faves) and an on-site casino. Pamper yourself at Serenity Spa with one of their many treatments, from massages and facials to mani/pedis and wraps. We loved waking up every morning after a great night’s sleep in their cozy beds and enjoying a room service breakfast on the balcony.

It’s home to the Bimini Biological Field Station Shark Lab. Honeymoon Harbour Beach is a boat ride away, where stingrays are readily available for you to feed and pet. Ponce de Leon traveled to Bimini in search of the Fountain of Youth. Today, there is a well on South Bimini labeled the Fountain of Youth.

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NEW MEXICO A PLACE TO NOURISH, HEAL, AND DISCOVER By Denise Baron

Constant connectivity leaves us exhausted and over-stimulated. The mind and body can break down at an alarming rate, sometimes even leading us to become ill. As a lifestyle expert and wellness educator, I’m always on the lookout for exceptional spa resorts, wellness centers, and Integrative MDs that epitomize the ethos of “restore, refresh, and relax,” to recommend to my clients. When this past year brought a major health challenge to my reality, my job became my salvation. To say New Mexico is the “Land of Enchantment” is an understatement. Ojo Spas provide a natural healing balance alongside creativity, luxury, superior staffing, and an intoxicating atmosphere. The arid terrain is a vast image of sand, dry heat, and endless horizons, but once you arrive at your destination, you’ll discover the secret waters flowing deep beneath.

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DETOX FROM THE HYPER-DRIVEN “NOW” AT SUNRISE SPRINGS SPA RESORT Located in the southwestern desert terrain, Sunrise Springs Spa Resort is full of hidden gems and ancient healing, calming waters, the arts, and scrumptious food. This must-visit spa of the Ojos Spa family is the perfect hideaway to explore and rediscover your true self. Indeed, you’ll leave with a fresh perspective and the implementation of new lifestyle tools. Nestled in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, it takes no demand of self to relax here. This oasis is located on serene 70-acres of cottonwood trees. For the final leg of my recovery, I booked

a two-night stay in a private casita that transcended my expectations of casual luxury. The enhanced rooms offer local artisan touches and true southwestern flair. Guests are given a personal journal and meditation book rather than television distractions. It’s easy to feel right at home with a French press, heavenly beds, gas fireplaces, and plush robes to wear while strolling the grounds. A dedicated 20 acres contains a traditional sweat lodge, walking meditation medicine wheel, fitness center, art studio, saltwater pool, soaking tubs, integrative

spa, and a greenhouse where you can learn the benefits of cultivating herbs and spices. Plus, there’s the Blue Heron Restaurant, which features artistic presentations of organic food grown on the spa’s own private Ojo Farm. During my stay, serenity was discovered in the many experiential activities provided. I began by scheduling an Ancient Echoes massage that utilizes various massage techniques and energy balancing. More deep integrative body awareness came in the guise of a playful yoga class that redefined the way I fit inside my own skin.

To integrate my mind/ body balance, I enjoyed a Tai Chi mixed media class, which centered the mind with breath and bodywork and channeled it through painting. I balanced the spiritual, mental, physical, and emotional elements by walking with an in-house counselor, Michael, through the medicine wheel. Afterward, I lay in a hammock and sipped ginger tonic near the pond, swaying my leftover discomforts away. Sunrise Springs mastered the five senses approach. The sounds of trickling hot springs and sweet birdsong enveloped a long, overdue sense of peace. SunriseSprings.OjoSpa.com

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NEW MEXICO A PLACE TO NOURISH, HEAL, AND DISCOVER By Denise Baron

Constant connectivity leaves us exhausted and over-stimulated. The mind and body can break down at an alarming rate, sometimes even leading us to become ill. As a lifestyle expert and wellness educator, I’m always on the lookout for exceptional spa resorts, wellness centers, and Integrative MDs that epitomize the ethos of “restore, refresh, and relax,” to recommend to my clients. When this past year brought a major health challenge to my reality, my job became my salvation. To say New Mexico is the “Land of Enchantment” is an understatement. Ojo Spas provide a natural healing balance alongside creativity, luxury, superior staffing, and an intoxicating atmosphere. The arid terrain is a vast image of sand, dry heat, and endless horizons, but once you arrive at your destination, you’ll discover the secret waters flowing deep beneath.

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DETOX FROM THE HYPER-DRIVEN “NOW” AT SUNRISE SPRINGS SPA RESORT Located in the southwestern desert terrain, Sunrise Springs Spa Resort is full of hidden gems and ancient healing, calming waters, the arts, and scrumptious food. This must-visit spa of the Ojos Spa family is the perfect hideaway to explore and rediscover your true self. Indeed, you’ll leave with a fresh perspective and the implementation of new lifestyle tools. Nestled in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, it takes no demand of self to relax here. This oasis is located on serene 70-acres of cottonwood trees. For the final leg of my recovery, I booked

a two-night stay in a private casita that transcended my expectations of casual luxury. The enhanced rooms offer local artisan touches and true southwestern flair. Guests are given a personal journal and meditation book rather than television distractions. It’s easy to feel right at home with a French press, heavenly beds, gas fireplaces, and plush robes to wear while strolling the grounds. A dedicated 20 acres contains a traditional sweat lodge, walking meditation medicine wheel, fitness center, art studio, saltwater pool, soaking tubs, integrative

spa, and a greenhouse where you can learn the benefits of cultivating herbs and spices. Plus, there’s the Blue Heron Restaurant, which features artistic presentations of organic food grown on the spa’s own private Ojo Farm. During my stay, serenity was discovered in the many experiential activities provided. I began by scheduling an Ancient Echoes massage that utilizes various massage techniques and energy balancing. More deep integrative body awareness came in the guise of a playful yoga class that redefined the way I fit inside my own skin.

To integrate my mind/ body balance, I enjoyed a Tai Chi mixed media class, which centered the mind with breath and bodywork and channeled it through painting. I balanced the spiritual, mental, physical, and emotional elements by walking with an in-house counselor, Michael, through the medicine wheel. Afterward, I lay in a hammock and sipped ginger tonic near the pond, swaying my leftover discomforts away. Sunrise Springs mastered the five senses approach. The sounds of trickling hot springs and sweet birdsong enveloped a long, overdue sense of peace. SunriseSprings.OjoSpa.com

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SoHo’s Most Sophisticated Urban Retreat

OJO CALIENTE MINERAL SPRINGS SPA AND RESORT:

REVITALIZATION AT ITS BEST

If you’re in the mood for a more bohemian experience, there’s Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Spa and Resort. Located outside the northern town of Taos, this sister spa to Sunrise Springs offers an onsite two-acre organic farm, restaurant, and bar. There’s also a yoga center, 11 soaking pools, and 12 miles of hiking and biking trails. For thousands of years, sulfur-free mineral waters have flowed undisturbed from subterranean volcanic aquifers in the town of Taos, New Mexico, in which Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Spa is located. Indeed, this award-winning sanctuary has been naturally restoring the mind/body/spirit totality since 1868. Four different types of mineral water, including lithia (believed to relieve depression and aid digestion), iron (considered to be beneficial to the blood and immune system), soda (used to relieve digestive problems), and arsenic (beneficial for relief from arthritis and stomach ulcers, and to heal a variety of skin conditions) revitalize those who soak in the legendary pools. Dedicated as much to the soul as the environment, those at Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Spa and Resort prioritize the most progressive green building practices by implementing geothermal energy for heating and cooling in their recently remodeled buildings. Limits are placed on light pollution so that visitors can bask in true darkness in order to gaze into the New Mexico night skies. And once you find yourself fully at peace within the unique legacy of these historical waters—if even for a simple moment—your reawakening will guide you to a clearer self-awareness and purpose. OjoSpa.com

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SoHo’s Most Sophisticated Urban Retreat

OJO CALIENTE MINERAL SPRINGS SPA AND RESORT:

REVITALIZATION AT ITS BEST

If you’re in the mood for a more bohemian experience, there’s Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Spa and Resort. Located outside the northern town of Taos, this sister spa to Sunrise Springs offers an onsite two-acre organic farm, restaurant, and bar. There’s also a yoga center, 11 soaking pools, and 12 miles of hiking and biking trails. For thousands of years, sulfur-free mineral waters have flowed undisturbed from subterranean volcanic aquifers in the town of Taos, New Mexico, in which Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Spa is located. Indeed, this award-winning sanctuary has been naturally restoring the mind/body/spirit totality since 1868. Four different types of mineral water, including lithia (believed to relieve depression and aid digestion), iron (considered to be beneficial to the blood and immune system), soda (used to relieve digestive problems), and arsenic (beneficial for relief from arthritis and stomach ulcers, and to heal a variety of skin conditions) revitalize those who soak in the legendary pools. Dedicated as much to the soul as the environment, those at Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Spa and Resort prioritize the most progressive green building practices by implementing geothermal energy for heating and cooling in their recently remodeled buildings. Limits are placed on light pollution so that visitors can bask in true darkness in order to gaze into the New Mexico night skies. And once you find yourself fully at peace within the unique legacy of these historical waters—if even for a simple moment—your reawakening will guide you to a clearer self-awareness and purpose. OjoSpa.com

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COZUMEL PALACE

T R A V E L Spotlight

CINCO DE MORE-O!

The ferry ride across the Caribbean Sea is an excursion in itself!.

Though touted as a top dive destination for decades, Cozumel’s reefs are pristine and sea life is abundant—including gentle sea turtles, sharks, stingrays, and a plethora of colorful tropical fish. Enjoy a morning dive or snorkel in the delightfully toasty warm water, then kick back oceanside with pool games and a pepper-spiked margarita. Nightly live entertainment heats up when Mayan fire dancers take the stage. PalaceResorts.com/CozumelPalace/en

Not just a cheap excuse to get your margarita on, early summer is perfect for across-the-border escapes. By Sascha Zuger

BY SASCHA ZUGER GRAND HOTEL PARAÍSO, RIVIERA MAYA

This top-tier adults-only resort boasts one of the most pristine beaches on the Riviera Maya, with thatched roof cabanas and beach butlers ensuring every need is met. Unwind with a frozen mojito and let your stress bob away as you float on the aqua blue swells. Activities abound... lend a hand helping baby sea turtles to the sea, tour local ruins, or hit the spa for a Mayan ritual and swim in the thalassotherapy pool.

A quick 10-15 minute drive from the airport maximizes beach time.

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THE GRAND AT MOON PALACE, CANCUN

Reserve concierge-level lodging on the beach and watch the adorable coati—similar to a raccoon—cavort on the manicured lawn below your balcony.

A n ex p a n s i ve w a te r p a r k , b e a c h f ro n t hammocks, impressive fine dining, and a fabulous nightclub are all big draws to this tucked-away resort. Try a sushi-tasting menu or enjoy a Lebanese feast complete with belly dancing. With five pools, all featuring great lounger-side frosty drink service, every guests finds their feliz-place. MoonPalace.com/TheGrand/en

Reserve a poolside cabana at the private Beach Club for the ultimate in pampering.

PRESIDENTE INTERCONTINENTAL, MEXICO CITY

Looming high over a mountain-framed endless sea of humanity, these luxury digs are steps away from some of the best culinary experiences and craft cocktails in the world. Step back in time as you slip through hidden walls, kitchen walk-in freezers, and even exit through a taqueria beer New York Times’ fave cooler to enjoy the city’s thriving speakeasy Chef Eduardo Garcia (aka Lalo) personally handpicks trend. Knock back a tarantula venom martini ingredients from the Central at an 18th century mansion or join Chef de Abasto market for nearby Máximo Bistrot creations. Ezequiel’s oyster workshops at hip eatery, A must-dine! Campo Baja.

THE GRAND LUXXE, PLAYA DEL CARMEN

Everyone will want to run away with the circus at this luxury beach property, home to Cirque du Soleil’s only dinner-experience show, JOYÀ. Each course of the artfully prepared cuisine mirrors the magic on stage, with a chemistry-inspired mixology class added for extra wow power. An extensive system of boardwalks throughout the property invite guests to explore the jungle surroundings to safely spot monkey, iguana, flamingo, alligator, and coati. Vidanta.com/web/Riviera-Maya

PALAFITOS AT EL DORADO MAROMA, PLAYA DEL CARMEN Pure romance exudes from the only overwater bungalows on the Caribbean coast, complete with glass floors for optimum turtle spotting and private infinity plunge pools. Enjoy private chef-prepped sunset drinks and gourmet bites or venture down the dock to exclusive Overwater Grill and Wine Bar, with seafood delicacies enhanced by a serenading violin. For a change of pace, enjoy breezy beach cabanas and poolside beds at the charming sister property, El Dorado, at the foot of Palafitos’ dock. ElDoradoSpaResorts.com/Palafitos

Opt for overwater Náay Spa and Zen out with a glass-walled view of nothing but sea.

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CINCO DE MORE-O!

The ferry ride across the Caribbean Sea is an excursion in itself!.

Though touted as a top dive destination for decades, Cozumel’s reefs are pristine and sea life is abundant—including gentle sea turtles, sharks, stingrays, and a plethora of colorful tropical fish. Enjoy a morning dive or snorkel in the delightfully toasty warm water, then kick back oceanside with pool games and a pepper-spiked margarita. Nightly live entertainment heats up when Mayan fire dancers take the stage. PalaceResorts.com/CozumelPalace/en

Not just a cheap excuse to get your margarita on, early summer is perfect for across-the-border escapes. By Sascha Zuger

BY SASCHA ZUGER GRAND HOTEL PARAÍSO, RIVIERA MAYA

This top-tier adults-only resort boasts one of the most pristine beaches on the Riviera Maya, with thatched roof cabanas and beach butlers ensuring every need is met. Unwind with a frozen mojito and let your stress bob away as you float on the aqua blue swells. Activities abound... lend a hand helping baby sea turtles to the sea, tour local ruins, or hit the spa for a Mayan ritual and swim in the thalassotherapy pool.

A quick 10-15 minute drive from the airport maximizes beach time.

TheGrandCollection.com/en/Hotels/Riviera-Maya/Grand-Paraiso

THE GRAND AT MOON PALACE, CANCUN

Reserve concierge-level lodging on the beach and watch the adorable coati—similar to a raccoon—cavort on the manicured lawn below your balcony.

A n ex p a n s i ve w a te r p a r k , b e a c h f ro n t hammocks, impressive fine dining, and a fabulous nightclub are all big draws to this tucked-away resort. Try a sushi-tasting menu or enjoy a Lebanese feast complete with belly dancing. With five pools, all featuring great lounger-side frosty drink service, every guests finds their feliz-place. MoonPalace.com/TheGrand/en

Reserve a poolside cabana at the private Beach Club for the ultimate in pampering.

PRESIDENTE INTERCONTINENTAL, MEXICO CITY

Looming high over a mountain-framed endless sea of humanity, these luxury digs are steps away from some of the best culinary experiences and craft cocktails in the world. Step back in time as you slip through hidden walls, kitchen walk-in freezers, and even exit through a taqueria beer New York Times’ fave cooler to enjoy the city’s thriving speakeasy Chef Eduardo Garcia (aka Lalo) personally handpicks trend. Knock back a tarantula venom martini ingredients from the Central at an 18th century mansion or join Chef de Abasto market for nearby Máximo Bistrot creations. Ezequiel’s oyster workshops at hip eatery, A must-dine! Campo Baja.

THE GRAND LUXXE, PLAYA DEL CARMEN

Everyone will want to run away with the circus at this luxury beach property, home to Cirque du Soleil’s only dinner-experience show, JOYÀ. Each course of the artfully prepared cuisine mirrors the magic on stage, with a chemistry-inspired mixology class added for extra wow power. An extensive system of boardwalks throughout the property invite guests to explore the jungle surroundings to safely spot monkey, iguana, flamingo, alligator, and coati. Vidanta.com/web/Riviera-Maya

PALAFITOS AT EL DORADO MAROMA, PLAYA DEL CARMEN Pure romance exudes from the only overwater bungalows on the Caribbean coast, complete with glass floors for optimum turtle spotting and private infinity plunge pools. Enjoy private chef-prepped sunset drinks and gourmet bites or venture down the dock to exclusive Overwater Grill and Wine Bar, with seafood delicacies enhanced by a serenading violin. For a change of pace, enjoy breezy beach cabanas and poolside beds at the charming sister property, El Dorado, at the foot of Palafitos’ dock. ElDoradoSpaResorts.com/Palafitos

Opt for overwater Náay Spa and Zen out with a glass-walled view of nothing but sea.

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JILLIAN MICHAELS HOSTS BELLA’S INFLUENCER ISSUE COVER PARTY On Thursday, March 22, 2018, Jillian Michaels hosted BELLA’s Influencer Issue cover launch party at Mr. Jones in SoHo. Guests checked out the latest cover while sipping on 1907 Water and prosecco provided by Prosecco DOC. Genesis Fertility was on hand speak to women about such reproductive treatments as egg freezing. Other sponsors included Dr. Breitbart’s Chocovin Skincare, University Pain Management Center, and Lenox Hill Hospital.

Guests included Courtenay Hall (BELLA Editor-in-Chief ), Daniel Hall (BELLA Chief Brand Strategist), Doug Wilson (TLC’s “Trading Spaces”), Monte Bezell (NBC’s “The Blacklist”), Donald Paul (FX’s “Atlanta”), Carter Redwood (actor, “The Long Road Home” and NBC’s “Rise”), Steve Stranulis (actor/director, “Clinton Road”), Jake Allyn (BET’s “The Quad”), Thalia Almodovar (VH1’s “Beauty Bar”), Heide Lindgren (model), Carey Murphy (model), Dani Seitz (model), Damaris Lewis (model), Courtney Davis (comedian), Olga Namer (comedian), Dr. Tabasum Mir (Bravo’s “The Singles Project”), Andy Peeke (TV host), and Valerie Greenberg (lifestyle expert).

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JILLIAN MICHAELS HOSTS BELLA’S INFLUENCER ISSUE COVER PARTY On Thursday, March 22, 2018, Jillian Michaels hosted BELLA’s Influencer Issue cover launch party at Mr. Jones in SoHo. Guests checked out the latest cover while sipping on 1907 Water and prosecco provided by Prosecco DOC. Genesis Fertility was on hand speak to women about such reproductive treatments as egg freezing. Other sponsors included Dr. Breitbart’s Chocovin Skincare, University Pain Management Center, and Lenox Hill Hospital.

Guests included Courtenay Hall (BELLA Editor-in-Chief ), Daniel Hall (BELLA Chief Brand Strategist), Doug Wilson (TLC’s “Trading Spaces”), Monte Bezell (NBC’s “The Blacklist”), Donald Paul (FX’s “Atlanta”), Carter Redwood (actor, “The Long Road Home” and NBC’s “Rise”), Steve Stranulis (actor/director, “Clinton Road”), Jake Allyn (BET’s “The Quad”), Thalia Almodovar (VH1’s “Beauty Bar”), Heide Lindgren (model), Carey Murphy (model), Dani Seitz (model), Damaris Lewis (model), Courtney Davis (comedian), Olga Namer (comedian), Dr. Tabasum Mir (Bravo’s “The Singles Project”), Andy Peeke (TV host), and Valerie Greenberg (lifestyle expert).

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AROUND TOWN ANNUAL FAVIANA OSCARS VIEWING PARTY The Annual Faviana Oscars Red Carpet Viewing Party is the premiere East Coast Oscars event for New York City influencers who have demonstrated leadership in fashion and beauty. BELLA was the exclusive media sponsor for the evening.

Photos: Steve White

Guests were treated to fashion-themed customized cocktails by Van Gogh that paid homage to Pantone’s Color of the Year with the "Ultra Violet Cocktail” and "The Little Rosé Dress Cocktail," a Maison Marcel rosé and vodka mix, as well as the "Red Carpet Ready Minitail" with pomegranate vodka. Guests snacked on gold-dusted popcorn, donut towers, and champagne gummy bears while taking in city views from the 360-degree balcony at 75 Wall Street.

STATEN ISLAND HEART SOCIETY’S 15TH ANNUAL CHEFS’ EXTRAVAGANZA Guests in attendance included Nicky Hilton Rothschild; Coco Rocha; Kelly Bensimon; Chelsea Leyland, star of ABC’s "The Bachelor;" Taylor Nolan; Bravo’s "Summer House” star Lauren Wirkus; Victoria Secret model Sharam Diniz; fashion influencers Luanna Perez, Jordan Rand, and Chloe Marshall; and the model dubbed the “next Ashley Graham," Ashley Smith.

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The Staten Island Heart Society hosted its 15th Annual Chefs’ Extravaganza at the Hilton Garden Inn, Staten Island. The Chefs’ Extravaganza, co-chaired by Daniel and Courtenay Hall, is Staten Island’s premier gourmet food and wine tasting event, featuring signature dishes of the area’s most coveted restaurants, caterers, and beverage and dessert specialists. This annual event is dedicated solely to promoting heathy hearts in the Staten Island community.

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AROUND TOWN ANNUAL FAVIANA OSCARS VIEWING PARTY The Annual Faviana Oscars Red Carpet Viewing Party is the premiere East Coast Oscars event for New York City influencers who have demonstrated leadership in fashion and beauty. BELLA was the exclusive media sponsor for the evening.

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Guests were treated to fashion-themed customized cocktails by Van Gogh that paid homage to Pantone’s Color of the Year with the "Ultra Violet Cocktail” and "The Little Rosé Dress Cocktail," a Maison Marcel rosé and vodka mix, as well as the "Red Carpet Ready Minitail" with pomegranate vodka. Guests snacked on gold-dusted popcorn, donut towers, and champagne gummy bears while taking in city views from the 360-degree balcony at 75 Wall Street.

STATEN ISLAND HEART SOCIETY’S 15TH ANNUAL CHEFS’ EXTRAVAGANZA Guests in attendance included Nicky Hilton Rothschild; Coco Rocha; Kelly Bensimon; Chelsea Leyland, star of ABC’s "The Bachelor;" Taylor Nolan; Bravo’s "Summer House” star Lauren Wirkus; Victoria Secret model Sharam Diniz; fashion influencers Luanna Perez, Jordan Rand, and Chloe Marshall; and the model dubbed the “next Ashley Graham," Ashley Smith.

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The Staten Island Heart Society hosted its 15th Annual Chefs’ Extravaganza at the Hilton Garden Inn, Staten Island. The Chefs’ Extravaganza, co-chaired by Daniel and Courtenay Hall, is Staten Island’s premier gourmet food and wine tasting event, featuring signature dishes of the area’s most coveted restaurants, caterers, and beverage and dessert specialists. This annual event is dedicated solely to promoting heathy hearts in the Staten Island community.

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THE NEW YO R K Best thing about living in NYC? Its diversity of people, opinions, and cuisines. You can find individuals from every corner of the planet here. And with them, they bring different viewpoints and different foods!

3. Favorite neighborhood? Chinatown. I’m Chinese-American, so I love visiting the small restaurants for home cooking, and just immersing myself in the sights and sounds.

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2. Favorite NYC restaurant? B Café. It’s a small, cozy Belgian restaurant. Best chicken vol au vent!

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The best part of my job is... …reporting and telling stories that can help people. I cover financial news—stocks, investing, trading. It’s all about educating people about how they can grow their money. For some, that means saving for a vacation; for others it’s sending their kids to college. Either way, understanding money is empowering.

FLY AWAY TO A NEW YOU. Time for haute couture, European-style! And where better to start than in Belgium, the secret fashion capital of Europe! Fly direct to Brussels, Belgium from New York, Washington and Toronto.

brusselsairlines.com or your travel agency

A visit to New York isn’t complete until... You have a bagel and schmear!

6. Subways or cabs? Definitely subways. And now there’s WiFi!

MELISSA LEE

By Courtenay Cooper Hall

New Yorker Melissa Lee is a woman who knows finance. As host of CNBC’s “Fast Money” and a member of the ensemble cast of CNBC’s “Power Lunch,” Lee delivers information normally reserved for the Wall Street trading floor, enabling you to make decisions that can make you money. Although business plays a major part of Lee’s day, it’s also fun to find out what she loves about living in New York City (other than money!).

7. Best advice you’ve ever received? No matter what people tell you, do what you feel is right. You are your own best judge, and you have to live with your own choices.

What’s your definition of beauty? Undaunted intelligence

8. Must-have beauty item? Lip balm. It can be everything from Chapstick to facial moisturizer!

This business-savvy host is not only a graduate of Harvard College, she also took on the role of assistant managing editor of the Harvard Crimson while there. @MelissaLeeCNBC

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THE NEW YO R K Best thing about living in NYC? Its diversity of people, opinions, and cuisines. You can find individuals from every corner of the planet here. And with them, they bring different viewpoints and different foods!

3. Favorite neighborhood? Chinatown. I’m Chinese-American, so I love visiting the small restaurants for home cooking, and just immersing myself in the sights and sounds.

5

2. Favorite NYC restaurant? B Café. It’s a small, cozy Belgian restaurant. Best chicken vol au vent!

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The best part of my job is... …reporting and telling stories that can help people. I cover financial news—stocks, investing, trading. It’s all about educating people about how they can grow their money. For some, that means saving for a vacation; for others it’s sending their kids to college. Either way, understanding money is empowering.

FLY AWAY TO A NEW YOU. Time for haute couture, European-style! And where better to start than in Belgium, the secret fashion capital of Europe! Fly direct to Brussels, Belgium from New York, Washington and Toronto.

brusselsairlines.com or your travel agency

A visit to New York isn’t complete until... You have a bagel and schmear!

6. Subways or cabs? Definitely subways. And now there’s WiFi!

MELISSA LEE

By Courtenay Cooper Hall

New Yorker Melissa Lee is a woman who knows finance. As host of CNBC’s “Fast Money” and a member of the ensemble cast of CNBC’s “Power Lunch,” Lee delivers information normally reserved for the Wall Street trading floor, enabling you to make decisions that can make you money. Although business plays a major part of Lee’s day, it’s also fun to find out what she loves about living in New York City (other than money!).

7. Best advice you’ve ever received? No matter what people tell you, do what you feel is right. You are your own best judge, and you have to live with your own choices.

What’s your definition of beauty? Undaunted intelligence

8. Must-have beauty item? Lip balm. It can be everything from Chapstick to facial moisturizer!

This business-savvy host is not only a graduate of Harvard College, she also took on the role of assistant managing editor of the Harvard Crimson while there. @MelissaLeeCNBC

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