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What is beauty? That is a question I ask myself all the time. Is it what you look like? Is it how you act? Is it the legacy you leave behind? Is it subjective, or are we told what beauty is and feel we need to adhere to a certain standard? I think this question is one that has many answers based on the individual, but what real beauty looks like and how we define it are questions I am constantly contemplating. I think this subject is so interesting. As the saying goes, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” With that in mind, I have to say I love our interview with Kelly Osbourne. To me, she defines beauty by her personal style and strong personality, which make her uniquely her. That, to me, is beauty–embracing your unique qualities and letting your personality shine. Kelly looks amazing in our six-page feature shot by celebrity photographer John Russo in LA last month. In this exclusive interview, she opens up to BELLA about life in the spotlight, and her new book, “There Is No F*ing Secret: Letters from a Badass Bitch,” which hits bookstores April 25th. She has lived a life most would envy, but is still a sweet, candid, and truly down-to-Earth woman with an amazing story to share on pages 76-81. Aside from embracing your own personal style and beauty, I must also touch on other areas that get deeper than just a pretty face or great sense of style. People who are kind, honest, giving, and charitable–that’s beautiful! A warm smile or a note letting someone know you are thinking about him or her, or that you care—that’s beautiful! My

best friend Tori, who is battling cancer with a positive attitude and a smile on her face (knowing I need to see it more than anything)—that is truly beautiful. Beauty is thinking of others before yourself and always doing your best. I can go on and on, but I think you’ll agree that beauty is everywhere—in every person and in every thing. You just have to find that beauty and share your light with others, whatever that looks like. We live in a world where there are so many things that aren’t beautiful; what I want and strive for every day is to shine a little bit of beauty into this world through my thoughts, actions, and work. I hope you love this issue–our 7th Annual Beauty Issue–as much as I do. I hope it makes you think, makes you hope, and makes you embrace the notion that beauty is defined by you!

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CONTRIBUTORS Which is stronger: ultra-hold or megahold? What are the hottest celebrity trends? Beauty Director Janene Mascarella holds the answers to all your burning beauty questions. Besides pondering hairspray holds and swanky spa services, she is an experienced beauty and lifestyle writer whose work has been published in a variety of outlets, including The Washington Post, Newsday, CNN, Cosmopolitan, Self, Glamour, Health, Cooking Light, Women’s Health, Woman’s Day, USA Today, Hamptons Magazine, Modern Woman, Family Circle, 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! In her role, she oversees the splashy “Beauty Scene” section and shares her top product picks, the latest beauty tricks, expert tips, and the hottest celebrity trends to help readers shop smart and find their own phenomenal.

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BELLA New York’s celebrity stylists, Mindy Gura and Paula Orlan, are identical twins and co-founders of a full service styling business, The Style Duo. They have styled a wide range of stars for BELLA’s inside celebrity features, as well as cover stories. Always working as a team, the twins have been featured on numerous national morning shows and now appear regularly in their own style show for Princeton TV.

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is an Interventional Pain Medicine Specialist who is double Board Certified in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine. He is the founder of University Pain Medicine Center. Dr. Demesmin is affiliated with some of the finest hospitals in Central New Jersey, including Saint Peter’s University Hospital, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, JFK Medical Center, and Somerset Medical Center. Dr. Demesmin is the Chief of the Department of Pain Medicine at St. Peter’s University Hospital. He also holds the role of Medical Director of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine Institute at Saint Peter’s Hospital.

Dr. Katherine Melzer-Ross

is a fellowship-trained reproductive endocrinologist dedicated to assisting families in their journey toward parenthood. Her special interests include early embryo development, fertility preservation, and preimplantation genetic diagnosis. She is also a skilled hysteroscopic and laparoscopic surgeon and treats a variety of conditions that alter fertility, such as uterine fibroids, polyps, and anomalies as well as tubal and ovarian abnormalities. Dr. Melzer-Ross is board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology and board-eligible in reproductive endocrinology and infertility.

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In treating more than 10,000 patients over the past 16 years, Dr. Marc J. Elkowitz, M.D., F.A.C.S., has guided his plastic surgery practice with the same goal: to deliver detail-oriented care that yields the most beautiful and naturallooking results. Known for taking on exceptionally difficult cases—as well as clearing up complications from patients’ previous surgeries—Dr. Elkowitz taps into his extensive background in trauma surgery to bring singular precision, advanced skill, and uncommon dedication to each cosmetic procedure.

Dr. Robi Ludwig

is a nationally known psychotherapist and award-winning reporter. Dr. Ludwig appears regularly on CNN, Headline News, and The Fox News Channel, where she discusses psychological/lifestyle issues and the criminal mind. She’s also contributed to national shows such as “ET,” “The Today Show,” “20/20,” “ABC World News,” “The View,” “Fox and Friends,” “The Steve Harvey Show,” “The Wendy Williams Show,” “The Bill Cunningham Show,” and others, helping audiences and guests understand the complexities of the human condition.

Dr. Jack B. D’Angelo

has served the New York City metropolitan area since 1994, holding such titles as Medical Director, Associate Medical Director, and Director of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation for a number of health care practices throughout the region. After completing his internship and residency in pediatrics at Georgetown University Hospital, Dr. D’Angelo, M.D., M.B.A. spent two years in the Washington, DC region, where he served as an attending physician, a pediatrician in both private practice and community clinic settings, and the department chairman of a pediatric unit in Fairfax, Virginia.

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Cut Out Overload, The New York Look, Neutral Never Goes Out of Style, The Bigger—the Better, Stripe Madness, Preppy in the City, Bridal Brunch to Bachelorette Bash, Designer Revival’s Tiffany Keriakos


The Best (New) Beauty Buys, Natalie Knepp’s Beauty Go-To’s, Holistic Healing, Get a Celebrity Smile, Blush Crush, 5 Fast Beauty Fixes, Star Beauty Secrets

54 || GO NATURAL THIS SUMMER 7 Safe and Effective Summer Beauty Solutions

56 || DREAMWATER Splashes of Glamour

64 || THE NEW YORK LIFE Ainsley Earhardt

70 || UP CLOSE & PERSONAL Stephanie Hollman

76 || KELLY OSBOURNE Raw & Uncut

82 || GETTING TO KNOW Gerard Longo

88 || SOPHISTICATED SPACES Lilac & Black, High-Tech Home

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94 || NYC ARTIST SPOTLIGHT Steve Stanulis, Graig Weich


What’s the Big Deal About Virtual Reality Films Photo: Philip Fischetti Gown: La Petite Robe di Chiara Boni




Dine the World in New York, Tim Ho Wan, PEQUE Vinos & Tapas, Rouge Tomate

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How the Gym Inspires Erin Gibson’s Comedy, KickStart Your Wellness Game, Back-to-Spring Running Tips, Minerals: The Forgotten Nutrient, Turn Back the Clock, Terri Cole’s Real Love Revolution, The Heart Institute at SIUH’s Exceptional Cardiac Care


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By Jessica DePeppo

As seen in the stars’ daring red carpet fashions, skin is in this summer. Whether in the form of a tiny slit or a daring cut out, you can find inspiration in these bold reveals.



1 | Chrissy Teigen wearing Roberto Cavalli 2 | Jennifer Lopez wearing Ralph & Russo 3 | Paris Jackson wearing Balmain

4 | Demi Lovato wearing Julien Macdonald 5 | Naomie Harris wearing Calvin Klein 6 | Carrie Underwood wearing Elie Madi

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NEUTRAL NEVER GOES OUT OF STYLE Kim Kardashian West may have perfected the neutral look, but soft hues look great on everybody. Color yourself khaki this season with our favorite earthtoned clothes and accessories. By Amanda Mactas

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Taking Shape Statement Earrings $128, KateSpade.com


Make a statement by glamming up your look. These oversized statement earrings—the latest trend—will keep you looking as hot as the season.

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Kenneth Jay Lane Thread Ball Clip On Earrings $95, Bloomingdales.com

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Saltwater must have been in the air when designers conceived of their summer 2017 collections. The runways were filled with nautical-inspired outfits, with stripes taking center stage. Stripes look great on everyone, and are perfect for beach-to-dinner-looks. Try them for yourself with one (or more) of these striped styles.

Mercedes Salazar Petite Aretes Fiesta Earrings $215, ModaOperandi.com

Cirana Navy White Stripe Swimsuit $129, TedBaker.com

Bailey 44 Galley Down Off-theShoulder Striped Midi Dress $168, NeimanMarcus.com

Michael Kors Collection Leather Striped Belt $550, Saks.com Altuzarra Spring/Summer 2017, FashionWirePress.com

Delancey Stripe Sunglasses $375, AliceAndOlivia.com

Tommy Hilfiger x Gigi Hadid Textile Wedges $129.50, Tommy.com

Louise et Cie Pria Woven Tote $198, VinceCamuto.com


Fiesta Stripe Ric Rac Sun Hat $78, KateSpade.com

PREPPY IN THE CITY With spring almost all sprung, BELLA’s West Coast Editor John Russo shares his top Caliinspired trends, which translate perfectly into East Coast prep for summer. Note: Navies, blues, and whites are highly encouraged.


By John Russo


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2 | Patterned Cotton Sport Shirt $496, RalphLauren.com 3 | Chino Trousers Price upon request, SacoorBrothers.com


4 | (Similar) Marled Cotton Crewneck Sweater $79.50, JCrew.com 5 | Gravity Paste $19.50, HanzDeFuko.com 6 | Maison Goyard Men’s Vintage Wallet Card Holder Price upon request, NeimanMarcus.com

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Whether you are a member of the bridal party or not, a bridal shower or bachelorette party is a great way to bond with girlfriends. They are also the perfect events to wear fun fashions that only the girls can really appreciate, like a playful lilac romper. Wear it to a casual party during the day, and later to a sexy nighttime soiree with some high shine accessories. Girl time, here we come! Pink Amethyst Simplicity Necklace $36, EmmaJane-Designs.com

Double Lapel Jacket $297, ChrisGramer.com

Lilac Halter Romper $225, ChrisGramer.com

Amazonite Drop Earrings $70, ChanLuu.com Soul Mate Necklace Set $99, TraciLynnJewelry.com

Gianvito Rossi Gala Satin Ankle-Wrap Sandals $815, SaksFifthAvenue.com

White Gold Diamond Bracelet $2565, RAndRJewelers.com

Crosby Mini-Zip Crossbody $198, HenriBendel.com

Paz Shoes $199, AndreAssous.com

Edie Parker Jean Shine Acrylic Clutch $1295, SaksFifthAvenue.com Bride Tribe Satin Sash $16.97, BridalPartyTees.com





There is nothing like the thrill of the hunt for a one-of-akind vintage Hermès bag or last season’s “It” Oscar de la Renta ball gown at a luxury consignment shop. In a world where online and app-generated consignment shopping has taken over, Designer Revival (formerly Designer Resale) is a brick-and-mortar boutique that is here to stay. Nestled in the heart of the Upper East Side, Designer Revival has been outfitting New York’s most stylish and savviest women for nearly 25 years. Founded by consignment pioneer Myrna Skoller, author of “Miracle on 81st Street: Designer Resale a Girl’s Dream,” the store has been under the ownership of Tiffany Keriakos since 2015. Although Keriakos has brought a fresh new look to the boutique, she has adhered to its founding vision: to make women feel beautiful. Here, Keriakos shares her past, present, and future plans for Designer Revival with BELLA New York.

Chanel Brooklyn Cabas Tote Bag $2,995, retail; $1,595, Designer Revival

Bulgari B.zero1 Ring $1,350, retail; $795, Designer Revival

Hermès Clemence Birkin 35 Bag $14,000, retail; $10,000, Designer Revival


Your background is in the beauty industry. How did you cross over to the world of luxury consignment? Beauty and fashion are interconnected on so many levels, and I have always had a passion for fashion and a love for consignment. I have shopped consignment since I was in college, and always sought out the “treasure hunt.” A few years ago, I was looking to make a change in my career and had just had a child, [and it seemed like] perfect timing when a consignment store in which I had shopped for many years was up for sale. What was it like to buy an existing consignment boutique? Myrna Skoller created a retail institution with a loyal following. It was great to be able to carry on the store’s legacy in my own way, and much easier than starting from scratch, as there are so many new consignment stores popping up these days. The store also has a “neighborhood feel” of which I am proud, because we value our customers and consignors and want them to have an enjoyable experience in our store. We have developed close relationships with our clients, and offer very personalized services that distinguish us from other consignment stores as well as the online resale sites. What are the benefits to working in this sector of the fashion industry? Currently, the brick and mortar retail landscape is lacking innovation, but the consignment sector is hot right now, and is continuing to grow and receive investment. The desire for savings, for increased comfort and to declutter are driving shoppers to this industry. Luxury brands and retailers have also started to embrace the value of liquidity for a woman’s wardrobe. Designer Revival has best of both worlds with our “click and mortar” strategy [a business model that includes both online and offline operations]. What are some reasons to consider consignment selling and shopping? Consignment can be a revenue source and can also help you to replenish your wardrobe with new items every season—out with the old, in with the new. It helps you to be environmentally responsible. We call it “to upcycle”–the chic way to recycle–which helps with sustainability. As a buyer, you are also able to find one-of-a-kind pieces, since most items are from prior seasons. As a seller, it extends the life of a special piece because someone else is able to love the item and create new and special memories while wearing it. What is the process of accepting items for consignment? Our head of consignment handles buying for the store. We have a good understanding of what sells well for us, and what is on-trend for the season. There is no point of taking items that we know will not sell; it does not benefit us or the consignor. It is not personal–we just want to be able to sell your pieces! How do you determine the value of an item? Generally speaking, resale value will be roughly onethird of the retail price. The more current or coveted the item is, the higher the price can be. The same goes for if the piece is new with tags.

Hermès Kelly Watch $2,775, retail; $795, Designer Revival

Jimmy Choo Limited Edition Leather Pumps $998, retail; $295, Designer Revival

What are some tips for consigning items? Take very, very good care of your clothing if you think you will want to consign it, and know when to let go. Most consignment stores prefer taking items that are from within the last three-to-five years, max. The more current it is, the faster it will sell.

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THE STYLE REPORT STYLE PROFILE What about for shoppers buying consigned items? Be open to the search. We like to call it “a glamorous treasure hunt.” You never know what pieces you will come across on any given day. As designer consignment stores tend to only have one of each item, it is risky business to fall in love with something and think that you can wait a day or a week to buy it. In most cases, it will be gone before you come back. Shop smart, and if you really love a piece, buy it immediately. What brands have the highest resale value and sell the quickest? Brands with the highest resale value include Chanel, Hermès, and Louis Vuitton. While handbags and accessories tend to sell the quickest, you can also expect anything current to sell very fast. What is the rarest item you have received for consignment? The rarest item we have received to date is a limited edition Salvatore Ferragamo wooden handbag. It is number four out of a 100 piece collection, and it is stunning! Is there a specific item that you are currently coveting for yourself and for the store that you have not received yet? While we do receive them, we are always on the lookout for classic Chanel bags. Walk us through a day in the life of Tiffany Keriakos. My answer is so not glamourous! I get up at the crack of dawn because I have a 2-year-old who is a morning person, and I make him breakfast and we walk our dog, and then get him off to preschool. I then have my cup of coffee, go to a fitness class at Tracey Anderson, and then head to the store. I will either stay at the store or have offsite meetings, and then head home to have dinner with my family. What do you consider your greatest success for Designer Revival so far? In addition to the new name, the store did not have an online store under the prior owner. We launched our e-commerce website in 2016, and continue to strengthen our online presence. We also now have a personal stylist service and a tailor on site, and we offer a closet Revival Service where we go to your home and help you organize your closets. What does the future hold for Designer Revival? I plan to open more locations across the United States as well as internationally, with the strategy of having stores in all of the world’s “fashion hubs.”


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Brilliant, beauty-boosting, brand new…and oh so worth the splurge!

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Phytocéane Zanzibar Shower Gel $29.50, LeSpaUSA.com


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BELLA’S TWO TO TRY Madison Reed Color Bar is located in NYC’s popular Flatiron District (19th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues). The salon is focused on a 45-minute root touch-up service for just $45. An overall gloss and/or blowout can be added. The concept caters to the busy, multi-tasking woman; they are open six days a week with early and late hours. Madison-Reed.com/colorbar The 24 kt. Gold Facial at Bangz Salon and Wellness Spa in Montclair, NJ is a decadent treatment that will leave you glowing. Gold elixirs, caviar ampoules, and an application of gold leaf leave the skin brilliantly illuminated. Gold encourages skin to regenerate and increases cell turnover, reducing fine lines and wrinkles while making skin appear firmer and thicker. $155, Bangz.com

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A woman with an arresting on-screen presence, Natalie Knepp has appeared in a wide range of film and television productions, portraying an eclectic array of characters. The NYC-based beauty who now stars in the Amazon series, “Z: The Beginning of Everything,” revealed her get-gorgeous secrets. Murad Essential-C Day Moisturizer and Eye Cream

“Living in New York City can wreak havoc on my skin, so I turn to Murad’s Essential-C Day Moisturizer to shield my skin from environmental and sun damage every day. It gives me the moisture barrier I need and adds Vitamin C and SPF protection that city life demands.” Murad.com

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After a day at the beach or in the blistering city heat, Kérastase FusioDose moisture treatment goes to work, repairing my brittle ends and leaving my freshly washed hair soft and luminous. Dale Dumas, my stylist at Roman K. Salon in New York City, is sure to do a Kérastase moisture treatment every time I am in the salon! And believe me, it works!” Select Kérastase Salons Nationwide

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HOLISTIC HEALING By Janene Mascarella

Beauty radiates from within, and the latest and greatest spa services are poised to pamper from the inside out. Here are three escape-worthy bodywork therapies to truly help you hit the refresh button.

Seventh Wonder Luxury Massage

Gem Spa at the Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun – Cancun, Mexico Seven quartz stones are placed on the seven corresponding chakras of the body in this transformative and relaxing massage. Aromatic oils further enliven the senses, bringing forth an enhanced state of tranquility. Be sure to take a dip first—the luxe spa features a 10-Step Hydrotherapy Ritual that detoxifies skin through contrasts of warm and cool temperatures combined with high and low water pressures. 80 minutes, GemSpaCancun.com


Body and Soul Massage

The Centre for Well-Being Spa at The Phoenician – Scottsdale, Arizona This relaxing and ultra-healing treatment infuses organic lavender, sage, and a high-potency, supercritical extract of arnica flower that targets aches, pains, and soft tissue damage. The treatment incorporates steaming hot towels to assist with the anti-inflammatory and healing properties of the essential oils, all while calming the mind. 50 or 80 minutes, ThePhoenician.com/spa

Himalayan Salt Stone Massage

Bamford Haybarn Spa at 1 Hotel South Beach – Miami, Florida This highly therapeutic body massage uses aromatherapy oil and warm, hand-carved salt stones from the Himalayan Mountains to balance the central nervous system and nourish depleted cells, leaving the body in a deep state of relaxation. Stimulation of specific meridians on the body allow for improved sleep and a reduction of inflammation to give an immediate sense of improved well-being. 80 minutes, 1hotels.com/south-beach/spa

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When you see celebs hitting the red carpet, there’s one thing they all have in common—that jaw-dropping, mega-watt smile. But not all celebs are born with perfectly aligned, twinkling teeth. Many seek out the skills of cosmetic dentists to perfect their smile by investing in porcelain veneers.

While some of Hollywood’s hottest stars have veneers, it’s often hard to tell who has opened wide for the perfect smile. If done correctly, veneers can be completely indistinguishable from natural teeth even if you are looking very closely. What exactly are they? “Veneers are thin porcelain coverings that fit over your teeth in order to change the shape of the teeth to a more desired color and/or shape,” explains Dr. Elliot Koschitzki, a cosmetic dentist in Rocky Point, NY. “The veneers are bonded to the front of the teeth and are non-removable. Think of artificial acrylic nails; they are very similar in idea.” If you want to get a celebrity smile, veneers may be the way to go, as the results can be life-changing. “Very often our patients can get pretty emotional when my assistant hands over a mirror at the end of the appointment,” says Dr. Elliot. “We like to keep a box of tissues nearby!” Considering veneers? Here, Dr. Elliot answers a few FAQs: What’s involved with getting veneers? “Typically your first visit would be a discussion between you and your cosmetic dentist so that you can fine-tune a customized treatment plan that works for you. At that point, a mold of your current teeth would be taken and sent to a dental technician who specializes in cosmetics for a customized mockup of the proposed veneers. The mock-up allows you and your doctor to visualize what your final smile will look like. At that point, treatment can begin, which typically involves removing a thin layer of enamel from the front of the teeth that are getting veneers. A temporary that mimics the final version will then be placed over the teeth so you can be comfortable while the technician is fabricating your veneers. The final veneers, when completed, are permanently bonded to your teeth.” My dentist told me that in order to close the space between my two front teeth I need to have six veneers. Why do I need so many? “Very often when teeth are spread out too much, or the opposite—teeth are too crowded—you will need additional veneers to create a more harmonious smile. Otherwise you will have two ridiculously wide teeth in the front that are trying to meet in order to close the space. No one comes into my office looking for the Bugs Bunny look.” How long do veneers last, and what type of maintenance is involved? “If done correctly, veneers should last 20 years or more. The most common reason for replacing veneers is a large cavity in the tooth supporting the veneer. In most cases this is easily preventable with daily home care and frequent checkups.”

Dr. Elliot Koschitzki, D.D.S. graduated with honors from New York University Dental School and went on to complete a threeyear Fellowship in Oral Implantology and Biomaterials at Brookdale University Hospital where he served as Chief Resident of the program. Dr. Elliot currently works full-time alongside Dr. Nick Augenbaum in their Dental Implant and Cosmetics practice on the North Shore of Long Island. For more information, visit RockyPointDentistry.com


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BEAUTY SCENE BEAUTY HOW-TO’S BLUSH CRUSH Blush has taken a backseat in recent decades, but is coming back in a big way. All over the runways for summer 2017, the rosy glows on models’ cheeks are impossible to miss. Blush is having such a moment that the trend has been dubbed “draping,” popularized by Marc Jacobs Beauty. Draping simply refers to shaping the face with blush.

HOW DO I DRAPE? Products: Use two shades of blush; one with a more muted,

neutral undertone, and one with a pop of color. For easy application, have two brushes on hand: An angled brush and a rounded brush.

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Beauty Director Janene Mascarella suggests Maybelline New York Face Studio Master Blush Color & Highlight Kit, $12.99, stores nationwide

How-to: Begin by placing the muted shade under the cheekbone,

concentrating the color at the hair line. Imagine drawing a line from the center of the ear, fading down toward the outer corner of the lip (without taking the color all the way.) This imaginary line will be your guide to sculpt out those cheekbones.

Pro tip: Directional blending is the best way to achieve a

smooth finish. Instead of using swirling and buffing motions, begin at the hairline, swoop down toward the corner of the lip, pick up the brush, and go back to the hairline for another swoop. Keep the brush strokes in one direction. Now, with a small, rounded blush brush, apply the pop of color at the apple of your cheek using an upward sweeping motion toward the temples, cradling the ocular bone. This is a fresh, modern application that will give your face a lifted and more youthful appearance.


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BEAUTY SCENE PRETTY IN THE CITY 3. Apply, throw, glow! Everything from stress to hormones to environmental changes can damage our skin. The Karma Kit Face Mask contains four revitalizing masks meant to combat common, reoccurring skin care issues. The masks contain Karuna’s exclusive Beauty Complex, which is a proprietary blend of plant extracts designed to soothe, heal, and replenish all skin types. Each Karuna Sheet Mask is made from biodegradable wood pulp natural cloth, helping pores fully absorb the nourishing ingredients— creating instantly visible results. $28 for four individually wrapped masks, KarunaSkin.com


Ready to have some fun in the sun? Chances are you need a little reviving first. Whether your lips need some extra love, or your skin is screaming for a major Vitamin C boost, we have the essentials to help you not only with fine lines and anti-aging, but also to achieve that luminous, hydrating glow you seek. By Dara Kaplan

4. Looking to repair, protect, and provide hydration to dry skin? Try the new La Roche-Posay Toleriane Double Repair Moisturizer UV. This daily moisturizer protects skin from harmful UV rays with SPF 30, restores skin’s natural protective barrier using ceramides, and replenishes moisture with glycerin and La Roche-Posay’s own prebiotic Thermal Water. Bonus: It is oil free and safe for sensitive skin! $19.99, Laroche-Posay.us

1. Say goodbye to dull, lackluster skin. La Roche-Posay Active C10 is a Vitamin C serum used to combat premature fine line, wrinkles, dullness, and uneven skin. The serum contains hyaluronic acid to help with antiaging; Vitamin C to fight damage caused by pollution, smoke, and UV radiation; and La RochePosay’s Thermal Spring Water, which seals in moisture—leaving the skin looking radiant. $52.99, drugstores nationwide


2. Tired of multi-step skin care routines? A new moisturizer called eXO uses exosomes, which are found naturally in our bodies and adapt to our skin’s unique physiology. This moisturizer provides youth-boosting nourishment, remarkable anti-aging hydration, and rejuvenation at a cellular level. eXO moisturizer cuts out the need for eye creams, serums, toner, and night treatments, making your skin care routine 10 times faster. If Kourtney Kardashian swears by it, so do we. $118, Exoskinsimple.com

5. Kiss chapped lips goodbye. Kiehl’s Limited Edition Butterstick Lip Treatment is made with a blend of butters and oils, providing your lips with 12 hours of hydration and SPF 25 protection from UV rays. Plus, Kiehl’s will be donating 100% of net profits to Bright Pink, a national non-profit focused on the prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer in young women. Sign us up! $39, Kiehls.com

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BEAUTY SCENE STAR BEAUTY SECRETS With a full-time job as co-host of FOX morning show “Hollywood Today Live” and three small children to chase, Landry barely has a second to breathe. So we wanted to know her secrets for keeping her skin looking so fresh while she balances her busy day. Join us as Landry takes BELLA readers into her home and dressing room at “Hollywood Today Live” to share the hottest celebrity tips and tricks for getting that camera-ready glow. Because I shoot a live talk show every day, I have to adhere to a precise schedule. It’s no secret that sleep is the most important factor for looking fresh; that’s why I am always in bed by 9:15 p.m. so I’ll be ready for my 5 a.m. wake-up call. Any later and it shows: I won’t look my best or be as sharp as I need to be for live TV. The first thing I do when I wake up in the morning is drink 8 oz. of water and take my IMEDEEN skincare supplements and my Viviscal hair vitamins. Then I head straight to my mini trampoline to bounce for about three minutes, which gets my blood flowing, my cells oxygenated, and kickstarts my digestion. I then drink another 8 oz. of warm water with lemon while I do my morning skincare routine. I switch the brand of skincare products I use every few months so my skin doesn’t get used to it. Right now I am using the Lancer Skincare line; I especially love the face polish! And I never, ever forget to finish off my skincare regimen with sunscreen. Once I’ve finished babying my skin, I make a Superfood coffee and add my Beauty Dust by Moon Juice to a 64 oz. bottle of water, and I’m out the door.

“HOLLYWOOD TODAY LIVE” STAR, ALI LANDRY, REVEALS HOW SHE GETS HER GLOW ON EVERY MORNING Actress and entrepreneur Ali Landry has always been described as one of the most beautiful women in the world. And at 43, she still holds that title today, thanks to her glowing, youthful skin. By Chad Schubert


As soon as I get to work I immediately start my makeup routine. I do my own foundation, concealer, contour, bronzer, powder, and eyebrows. People seem surprised when I tell them I do my own makeup for a TV show, but I find it very therapeutic to do it myself. I head over to the makeup artist’s chair for her to finish up, and then it’s show time! Once we’ve wrapped, I prepare another 16 oz. of water with THE SUPER ELIXIR Alkalising Greens by Welleco for Elle MacPherson. Doing live television that early in the morning drains my energy, and these greens are not only great for my body, but they give me the energy I need for a workout after the show and allow me to put on my “mom” and “wife” hat for the rest of the day. B

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Go Natural this Summer Seven Safe and Effective Summer Beauty Solutions Did you know you can treat your skin and hair, protecting it from the summer elements, with all-natural beauty products? Many people prefer to know exactly what they’re putting on their hair, face and body. Others appreciate the cost savings. Whatever your reason, summer is a great time to go natural! “You can use essential oils combined with everyday household ingredients to make many natural skin care and beauty products,” says Melissa Morton, a West Babylon, NY-based essential oils distributor for Young Living. “Because essential oils are highly concentrated and very powerful, a little goes a long way. People often find they save money over store-bought beauty products.” “Whenever you go to the source and don’t pollute organic products with additives, and you use them topically, the skin—our biggest organ— rewards you for it,” says Gonen Yohananof, founder and CEO of Mary Tylor Naturals, a maker of high-end beauty products. Try these do-it-yourself products to help your skin and hair stay beautiful all summer.


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Shea Butter

If you want to start simple, our experts recommend turning to shea butter as a replacement for conventional lotions and moisturizers. This all-natural, multi-purpose skin care product can be used alone in a bar form or combined with other ingredients to help create smooth, soft skin all summer. “Shea butter moisturizes the skin and also creates a moisture barrier than can help treat skin irritations,” says Yohananof. “When you use pure, organic shea butter you enable your skin to work for you.” You can buy shea butter online, in natural/whole foods stores, many vitamin stores, and other mass market retailers. It comes in bars, creams, or as refined shea butter sold by the pound.

Body Butter

Shea butter happens to be a key ingredient in one of Morton’s favorite all-natural homemade beauty products. “I combine half a cup each of shea butter, food-grade coconut oil, and jojoba oil, then add about 10 drops of whatever essential oils I’m in the mood for,” she says. Morton lists Frankincense as her “go-to” oil for skin health.

Sugar Scrub

Before you pack up the kids and head to the water, Morton promises glowing, beach-worthy skin by using a homemade sugar scrub, which helps exfoliate and moisturize. She combines ¼-cup fractionated coconut oil and 1 cup sugar with eight to 10 drops each of essential oils. “I would probably use lavender and Roman chamomile if I wanted a relaxing scrub,” she says. “But for a refreshing, summery scent, I’d choose my favorite citrus oils.” Tip: Fractionated coconut oil is often used to dilute essential oils, is a liquid at room temperature, and is not safe to eat. You can buy it online, at pharmacies and vitamin shops, at health food stores, and sometimes even in craft stores if they sell soap-making supplies. It is often used in massage oils, serums, and scrubs. Food-grade coconut oil, a solid at room temperature, is also used in a variety of beauty treatments. You’ll find that in any grocery store, either in the natural foods section or the baking aisle. The sugar scrub can use either kind.

Coconut Hot Oil Hair Treatment

Mysti Linne, author of “The Pantry Cleaner: Chemical Free Cleaning” and natural living advocate, recommends foodgrade coconut oil to help strengthen and protect the hair. “It’s fantastic as a hot oil treatment!” she says. “It’s a low-heat oil, so the warmth of the shower water turns it liquid. Just make sure to shampoo it out after a few minutes.” Use a dime or quarter-sized amount, depending on the length of your hair, a few times a week for smooth, shiny tresses.

Tea Tree Oil Shampoo

For clean and healthy hair without all the additives, Long Island, NY-based office manager Maria Cavalluzzo relies on tea tree oil shampoo with peppermint and lavender. “It helps prevent dandruff and it feels good! I love how it makes my scalp tingle and I love the scent,” she says. She only washes her hair once a week to eliminate shampoo build-up and let the hair’s natural oils do their job. Make your own by combining 1/8-cup coconut milk, 2/3-cup baking soda, ½-teaspoon olive oil, ¼-cup filtered water, 20 drops of tea tree oil, plus about 10 drops each of lavender oil and peppermint oil until you’ve created a scent to your liking. Shake it all together and store in a sealed, dark container to use. (You can even reuse an old shampoo bottle.) If you don’t feel as if your hair is clean unless you see suds, substitute liquid castile soap and water for the coconut milk, baking soda, and olive oil.

IF YOU WANT TO START SIMPLE, OUR EXPERTS RECOMMEND TURNING TO SHEA BUTTER AS A REPLACEMENT FOR CONVENTIONAL LOTIONS AND MOISTURIZERS.” Apple Cider Vinegar Cleanser / Makeup Remover To cleanse your face, use a combination of olive oil (1/2 cup), apple cider vinegar (1/4 cup), and water (1/4 cup) on a cotton ball or sponge. “Apply a second round after your skin is clean, and leave it on overnight to lighten dark spots, eliminate bacteria, and moisturize your skin,” recommends Linne.

All-Natural Lip Balm

Summer’s heat and sun can wreak havoc on the lips, but conventional lip balms can further dry them out, requiring you to use even more of the product. “For summer, the most important challenges to tackle include dryness from the sun and exposure to the elements,” says Yohananof. Make your own hydrating lip balm using 2 tablespoons each of beeswax pellets, shea butter, and coconut oil. Melt the ingredients in a double boiler, and then remove the boiler from the stove. Keep the bowl in the hot water so ingredients don’t harden immediately, and add 10 to 20 drops of peppermint essential oil, until it has the scent you desire. Use a dropper to fill empty lip balm tubes or scoop the lip balm into small jars and apply with your finger. Beeswax pellets, you ask? They aren’t as exotic as you might think. Find them online or at nearly any craft store or big box retailer—they’re a common ingredient for candle-making.

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Ainsley Earhardt Living Her Dream in the Big Apple By Alexandra Anastasio Photography: Philip Fischetti Hair: Erica Colón Makeup: Bismarck Maisonet

For Ainsley Earhardt, co-host of Fox’s hit morning program “Fox & Friends,” there’s no greater gift than waking people up each morning. “I have the honor of bringing Americans the news each morning,” says the veteran television personality. “I don’t take that for granted.”

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As a young girl growing up in South Carolina, Earhardt dreamed of living in New York City and prayed she would one day get there. Now, she looks back on her childhood with not only a sense of fondness, but also appreciation for the traditions and cultural experiences afforded to her by her Southern upbringing. “I realize now how fortunate I am to have the best of both these worlds,” she says.

At one point you considered becoming an orthodontist. What made you switch to journalism? I worked for an orthodontist in high school, and he hoped I might eventually take over the practice. I wanted to go to New York and become an actress, but his enthusiasm for his profession made me decide to follow his path.

BELLA NYC had the opportunity to chat with Earhardt about work, family, and sharing childhood traditions with her daughter.

What sets your show apart from other morning news programs? I have the best co-anchors, Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade, and the chemistry on the show is great. We’re not afraid to be ourselves, and we give each other time to talk about the things that are important to us. We rely on each other’s strengths, and I think the audience can see that.

I struggled with chemistry in college—Florida State University—and realized it wasn’t for me. After watching an interview with Leeza Gibbons, a journalist and a Southern girl who attended the University of South Carolina, I applied to their journalism program. When I got to USC, I focused on my career and fell in love with journalism school. It was the right fit for me and I’ve never looked back. Tell us about your journey to “Fox & Friends.” I worked in two different markets (Columbia, South Carolina and San Antonio, Texas) in various positions before coming to New York in 2007. I joined Fox News as the overnight anchor and I worked the weekend shifts, but almost immediately, I was filling in for shows like “Fox & Friends.” I couldn’t believe they were asking me to do this national morning show. After the first time I signed off, I remember thinking, “This has been the best day of my life.” I hosted “Fox & Friends First” for three years, and at the end of 2015 I got the promotion to take the seat previously filled by Elisabeth Hasselbeck.

You have to be genuine and be yourself on TV. The audience can pick up if you’re trying to be someone you’re not. In my 10 years at the network and 20 in the business, I have learned to just relax, breathe, and be Ainsley. What’s it like to be a journalist during this interesting time in politics? It’s been exciting; the news writes itself. I started on “Fox & Friends” last February when we had all the candidates getting into the race. Every day we would come to work and there would be some exciting story in the news. Now, covering the first 100 days of the presidency is so important because President Trump is trying to check off all the campaign promises he made to the American people. It’s been fun as a journalist covering it from start to finish.


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What was it like to interview President Trump? Unbelievable! President Trump is easy to talk to. Even if you didn’t vote for him or agree with his politics, he’s very engaging. He does his research, so he knew a lot about me. He’s a smart businessman and I’m impressed with that. But I’m not afraid to ask tough questions; he’s a tough guy and can take it. I have also interviewed a few people from Hillary Clinton’s campaign, and I’d still love to interview her. How do you balance family life with your intense morning schedule? I go to work super early—I’m up at 3 a.m. and at the studio by 3:50 a.m.—and while I have a lot going on during the day, I can do most of it from home. I have a great schedule that allows me to be with my daughter, who turned one a few months ago, all day long. It’s like being a stay-athome mom but working full time.

Some of Ainsley’s favorite passages in her book: Before you were born Before you came to me I dreamed a love song By a polka dot tree May you never grow tired Of stretching your branches Dare to be different Don’t deny second chances And when winter comes And leaves fall and fade Take heart, my child, Don’t be afraid May you strive to be happy Change your course if you’re not Embrace the world’s colors Colors others forgot


What are some of the fun New York things you like to do with your daughter? Every week we go to the Diller-Quaile School of Music, which is a formal music school on the Upper East Side. Her teacher is an opera singer and we sit in a circle while he teaches nursery rhymes in a beautiful opera voice. We also attend a Bible study fellowship weekly; while the parents are learning Scriptures, our kids are downstairs learning Christian songs and the children’s version of the lessons we’re learning. Plus, we have an annual pass to the Central Park Zoo, and we go to children’s museums and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I love being able to teach my daughter about artists like Monet and Renoir, impressionists I grew up learning about, and then being able to see their actual work. What was the inspiration behind your New York Times Best Seller, “Take Heart, My Child: A Mother’s Dream”? Growing up, my father was in charge of breakfast and getting the kids ready for school, and he always had a Scripture or a poem next to our cereal bowls. At the time I thought, “Can’t we just eat in peace? Why must there always be a lesson?” Looking back, I’m grateful for those notes.


I thought about what I wanted to share with my daughter and the messages my father shared with me that were most important. I want her to know that no matter what she is loved, but that I expect her to work hard, be a good person, and love other people. And that she will fall down but I will be there to pick her up and love her through it all. That’s what the book is about. I also have a new children’s book coming out November 7th entitled, “Through Your Eyes: My Child’s Gift to Me.” It’s from a parent’s perspective—it’s what my daughter has taught me. Will you carry on the tradition of leaving notes for your daughter? Definitely. I encourage every parent to do it, too. Show your kids you love them and go the extra mile to leave a little note. I’ve learned to never stop talking to your child, even if she’s not listening at the moment. When I was in situations where I had to make tough decisions, I had my dad’s voice in my head telling me what to do.

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Looking ahead, are there goals you’ve yet to tackle? I think I can finally breathe for the first time in my life—there’s no other job I want in my profession. This is the pinnacle for me. I have a healthy, beautiful child; my dream job; and I live in the city I love. If this is it, I am perfectly content. I could write on my tombstone, “I had an awesome time getting here, and I am so blessed and grateful.” B

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Stephanie Hollman

Dallas “Real Housewife” and Girl Next Door By Alexandra Anastasio Photography: Philip Fischetti Styling: Mindy Gura & Paula Orlan Hair & Makeup: Daniel Blaylock


For fans of “The Real Housewives of Dallas,” another popular show in Bravo’s “Real Housewives” franchise, cast member Stephanie Hollman brings to the screen each week not only a bit of comic relief, but a wholesome, girlnext-door persona. A wife, mother, philanthropist, fashion blogger, and former social worker, Hollman’s keeping it real by being herself and never losing sight of who that is. “You’re always going to get that love/hate feeling from people,” she says. “You just have to be honest about your life and who you are–the audience can tell when you’re not being authentic.” Hailing from a small town in Oklahoma, Hollman’s move to Texas 10 years ago came as a big adjustment. After getting engaged to her husband Travis, she picked up roots and settled in an even larger city, admitting it wasn’t easy at first. “It was hard,” says the country girl at heart. “Dallas is a fast-paced city and everyone seemed so put together and more glamorous than what I was used to. Where I’m from is very relaxed, but I made some good friends and they helped make the transition feel a bit more like home.”

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Giving Back

Fast forward a few years and Hollman is happily raising two young boys while juggling her time on the hit Bravo show. She and her husband are also deeply committed to giving back to their community. “Most of our efforts are focused on women and children,” says Hollman. “It goes back to my days as a social worker, before we were married.” BELLA NYC had the opportunity to talk with Hollman, whose girlnext-door charm won us over at “Hello…” What about Dallas do you love most? That fast pace that scared me at first turned out to be one of the things I love about Dallas—there are abundant options for dining out and so many things to do like the museums, parks, and aquariums. I’ve realized it’s a great place to raise a family and has become even better since having kids. I also love the southern hospitality—the people here go out of their way to help you. Plus, I’m only four hours away from my hometown; I take my children there so they get the best of both worlds. How did the whole experience with the show transpire? I’ve always been a fan of the “Housewives”

franchise, and when one of my girlfriends was asked to be a part of it, she also suggested me and Brandi (Redmond) to the casting agent. At first we thought it was a joke, that nothing would come of it, so we went into it just being goofy, and maybe a little “too much” ourselves. But ultimately I think that’s what they liked, that we weren’t trying to be something we weren’t; we were authentic. What was your husband Travis’ reaction when you told him? He was extremely supportive! He’s done some projects in the industry as well so he knows the good and the bad. His advice to me was, “If you don’t give it a shot, you’ll never know, and if you wind up not enjoying it, we can always back away.” You’ve said that this show has been one of the best things to happen to your marriage—why is that? If you do any type of show like this one, you get a glimpse into what other people are seeing–your marriage, your friendships, how you parent—and you can learn a lot. At first I was scared it would hurt our marriage, but we were in therapy the entire time we were filming, and still are. I think it’s important to work on things before they develop into something bigger, and for us, it made our marriage stronger. It can be easy to lose focus on what’s important, but in reality these shows are just a small facet of your life. How has your life changed since the show first began? The biggest adjustment for me was learning how to balance my family and social media. There was a point in the first season where I

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felt like it was starting to take over my life. You have to be present on social media and it seemed like I was connecting more with my fans than my family. I felt like I had to respond to everyone who wrote me and I had to make sure not to choose that over spending time with my husband and children. Before joining RHOD you’ve said you never experienced this type of drama; do you have any regrets about joining the show? I don’t have any regrets; it’s been a blessing in my life. I’ve learned about myself, and am doing something for me that is fun. In looking back at season one, I do wish I had a stronger voice–I was such a people-pleaser and I didn’t say things I needed to in fear of hurting someone else’s feelings. This year I’m hoping to be more authentic, stand up for myself more, and have a thicker skin. I think it’s important to say how you feel.

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Before marriage and kids, you worked as a social worker. How have you parlayed that experience into the work you do today? I worked at Head Start, an organization that promotes school readiness to children under 5 years old from low-income families. It is a wonderful

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organization, and I loved working with both the kids and their parents. At night I worked at Madonna House, a pregnancy shelter for unwed and homeless mothers. It was another amazing experience and I loved both places for different reasons. I started to miss my work after we got married, and I asked my husband if we could do something through his company, Hollman, Inc. Now I have a budget and allocate where our funds and our time will be focused. We work with organizations such as The Family Place, the largest domestic violence agency in Texas, as well as Big Brothers Big Sisters. I’ve been a Big Sister to the same little girl for almost 10 years–she was just accepted to college. These two organizations are my babies. At BELLA our tagline is “Beauty Defined By You.” How do you define beauty? For me, beauty is being authentic to who you are. Seeing my children play, helping others, concentrating on my marriage, being happy with who I am, and not expecting this idea of perfection… that, to me, is beauty. In a society where we are judged by the way we look, I want my children to know that it’s alright not to be perfect, because that idea so many people have of perfection just doesn’t exist. B

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Kelly Osbourne Has No Secrets By Alexandra Anastasio Photography: John Russo Styling: Philippe Uter for TheOnly.Agency Hair: Ryan Randall using R+Co for TheOnly.Agency Makeup: Denika Bedrosian for Cloutier Remix Shot exclusively at The London West Hollywood

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Right from the start, I knew my conversation with Kelly Osbourne would be one of the most raw and honest ones I’d had in a long time. The singer, songwriter, actress, talk show host, and fashion designer (to name just a few) doesn’t pull any punches when discussing her life. For someone who has experienced a lifetime of ups and downs in just 32 years, Osbourne keeps getting back up to prove her critics wrong; it’s the fuel that keeps her going. “People either really like me or really hate me—there is no middle ground,” she says. “I’m pretty transparent and I don’t pretend to be anything I’m not. I look at the world differently because of the things I’ve experienced.”

Growing Up Osbourne

Born in London to rock-and-roll royalty, Osbourne was only 3 months old when she first came to the United States. “My dad was flown to the Betty Ford Center in Palm Springs [an addiction treatment center] for the first time the day after I was born,” says the entertainer. From London to Palm Springs to life on the road, Osbourne’s childhood was unconventional, to say the least. From birth to age 20, the majority of her life was spent on a tour bus. Still, the adventures and life lessons born out of that “sex, drugs, and rock and roll” era shaped her into the person she is today—and made her a self-described “open book.” “The less skeletons you have in your closet, the less people can dig up on you,” she says. “My whole life I’ve watched people dig for skeletons on my parents, and my mum always beats them to the punch.”

America’s First Family

It’s no wonder the family decided to open their lives to the world on an unprecedented reality TV show, “The Osbournes.” The show, which aired from 2002 to 2005, was the first of its kind to allow viewers complete access to a celebrity family’s everyday life. “We had camera crews in our house 24 hours a day,” says Osbourne. “It was life as it happened, and in the beginning I had no idea what I was doing.” Still, she says she has no regrets about the show. “There are so many ‘woulda, coulda, shouldas’ in life, and if you keep looking back, you’ll always be living in the past,” says Osbourne. “I wouldn’t have everything I do now if it weren’t for the mistakes I’ve made; they’ve gotten me where I am today.”

No Secrets

In a new book, the brutally honest Osbourne shares everything from her personal struggles with addiction and Lyme disease to her mother’s battle with cancer and her father’s near-death experience from an allterrain vehicle accident. KellyOsbourne @KellyOsbourne Kelly Osbourne KellyOsbourne.com

Being constantly asked, “What’s your secret?” led Osbourne to title her book, “There Is No F*ing Secret: Letters from a Badass Bitch.”

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“It’s more about common sense,” she says. “If you’re a good person, do good things, and work hard at something, good things will happen. That’s not a secret; that’s life.” The book is structured through a collection of letters to various people and places in Osbourne’s life. The idea was born out of the fact that at times in her life, writing letters was the only way she was able to communicate. Kate Williams, Osbourne’s co-author, helped her take all of her thoughts and structure them in an unconventional way. “I don’t like when you have to read [a book] from page one ‘til the end; I’m a rule breaker and I like to pick it up and put it down,” she says. “That’s why I wrote it this way.” Though she says the writing process was therapeutic, it also left her feeling extremely vulnerable. “This is who I am, and this book is something that will make those who read it understand that,” she says. “Everything in my life is an extreme; there is no in-between. You can’t just have an OK day in the world of the Osbournes.”


Whether you’re reading her book, listening to one of her albums, or you’ve watched her on TV shows like “Fashion Police,” “Dancing with the Stars,” or “Project Runway: Junior,” you can see that Osbourne is not afraid to take risks.

When it comes to her own style, Osbourne draws inspiration from everything around her. “The haircut I have now was inspired by what I saw when looking through an old book of people from a mental institution in the late 18th century,” she says. “With electroshock therapy they would shave small patches on the side of the head; I just started shaving more and more.”

“In some ways I’m obnoxiously brave,” she says. “I’ll shave my hair—who cares, it grows back—but anyone else would be thinking, ‘Oh god, I shaved my head!’”

In fact, a lot of Osbourne’s fashion references come from a previous time period. Exposure to various walks of life, genres, and decades has left a mark.

Fashion is one of Osbourne’s greatest loves because it allows her to have fun and express herself. But don’t think for a moment that she’ll conform to what everyone else is doing.

“Sometimes you grab onto things,” she says. “Right now I’m in a real religious motif—think Jude Law in ‘The Young Pope.’”

Passion for Fashion

“There is an unspoken evilness in our society that people have to look a certain way, have the same ombré hair color, carry the same handbag, or wear the same designer shoe,” she says. “It’s not about what you wear, but how you wear it. You’ll never hear me tell someone to wear anything other than what makes them feel their best.”

“I’ve also become obsessed with learning about fashion history, like who was the first person to put safety pins on clothing on the runway?” (It was english fashion designer Zandra Rhodes.) “Fashion is an ever-revolving wheel of the past, present, and future that you can have fun with and use to express yourself.”

Vocal Stylings

Of course, fashion isn’t the only way the entertainer expresses herself. From 2014 to 2016, the ever-evolving Osbourne found success on Disney’s animated TV series “The 7D,” a lively take on “The Seven Dwarfs.” Fun fact: Her character, Hildy Gloom, bears an uncanny resemblance to the lavender-haired beauty, though Gloom was designed two years before Osbourne read for the part. She describes the experience of working with Disney as an incredible one. “They brought out a side of me I didn’t know I had or that I was even capable of,” says Osbourne. “My acting is so much better because of it.” Plus, a song she recorded for the show was nominated for a Daytime Emmy award—she is the daughter of a rock and roll legend, after all. Though her career has been comprised of a wide variety of projects, if you ask her to choose just one passion, Osbourne will pick music—hands down: “No matter if it’s a good song or not, if it makes you happy, it makes you happy.” B

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The Pursuit of a

Brooklyn Dream WITH REAL ESTATE POWER PLAYER GERARD LONGO By Alexandra Anastasio Photography: Vital Agibalow for Hensel Styling: Mindy Gura & Paula Orlan Grooming: Kate Romanoff for MAC Cosmetics Location: 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

“The greatest gifts I received from my parents were strong values and a tremendous work ethic.” Real estate developer and father of triplets, Gerard Longo grew up in a working-class family in Brooklyn, a borough built by immigrants. With both parents involved in the real estate business, Longo’s interest in the same was solidified at a young age through conversations and first-hand exposure to his parents’ hard work and tenacity.

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“That foundation came from what I heard across the dinner table and certainly had an impact that has stuck with me,” says Longo. Fast-forward years later and Longo is currently recognized as a leader in the real estate industry who has become a pivotal figure, particularly in the Brooklyn, NY market. He is at the forefront of neighborhood revivals and integral to the development of residential projects that are aligned with some of New York City’s most historic neighborhoods. “Growing up here, I was inspired by the buildings around me and dreamed of one day developing the area.” BELLA NYC sat down with Longo to discuss what it’s been like for him to bring life to his childhood visions, his passion, his commitment to preserving history, and to the borough he calls home. How did you get your start in the real estate business? With my parents’ encouragement, I purchased my first home as an investment property right after high school. I planned on buying a sports car but before I signed the papers, my parents, who were from a working class family, showed me one of the properties they were representing. My father said, “You can be the only guy out of high school with a sports car, or you can be the only guy your age who owns his own house.” I listened to them and it was the greatest inheritance of my life. I received my real estate license at 18 years old and worked in the business while in college, continuing once I graduated. I purchased my own firm in 1991, Madison Estates in Brooklyn, which had been established in 1953 by William J. Folks. He gave me an opportunity; without it, I don’t know if I would have been able to acquire my own company at that time. You also work on development projects. What enabled you to pursue this part of the business? On the residential side it’s common to buy, fix, and flip properties. At Madison Estates we started at the bottom of the development industry by buying one- to four-family homes, fixing them up, and selling them for a profit. To date, we’ve done over 500 of these projects. From there, we moved on


to developing stick buildings, then commercial properties, and so on up the chain, until we were doing super structures; it was a natural progression. What led you to launch Mettle Property Group, another branch of your business? With both areas of the business thriving, the development division needed its own identity. The best way to do that was to spin it off. That eliminated any possible confusion by the public about what we do or the industry we’re in. In 2016, we established Mettle Property Group, and while we’ve been developing and operating under that name, we felt now was a good time to make the brand public. Both sides of the business continue to grow and that can be attributed to the quality of people we have working with us. When it comes to developing, how do you choose a property and a location in which to build? As developers we’d all like to grow the biggest building, but financially that could be a mistake. I try not to fall in love with a brick; the job itself needs to be responsible, and the plan—both visually and economically—needs to be solid. It can be difficult to walk away from the sex appeal of a beautiful five-star hotel on the beach in Miami, but sometimes you just have to. For me, it’s always been about picking good locations. I look at a variety of aspects, from views, architecture, transportation, infrastructure, and historic appeal. If I’m developing in Miami, I have one simple rule–I like to be on the beach or a block or two away from the sand. I look at it from a New Yorker’s point of view as opposed to the person who lives there year-round. Do you have a favorite property that you developed? I would say The Fairchild in New York City for a number of reasons. It was a tremendous learning experience for me and represents every challenge a developer can face all at once (during the financial crash of 2008-2009, we almost lost everything). What it did was allow me to live through it, learn from it, and carry that experience as I moved forward.

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“You can live anywhere, but Brooklyn is the place that makes you realize you’re alive.”

70 Henry Street, Brooklyn, New York

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Duel branded Hilton Hotel on Steinway Street, Long Island City

THINGS TO SEE & DO IN BROOKLYN: LONGO’S TOP PICKS Coney Island Cyclone Green-Wood Cemetery (this historic landmark is also an open air museum rich with history) Brooklyn Heights Promenade, Bay Ridge Promenade, Brooklyn Bridge Park Brooklyn Botanical Gardens Barclays Center Brooklyn Flea Smorgasbord in Williamsburg and Prospect Park (the largest weekly open-air food market in America) Michael’s Restaurant, a family-owned Italian restaurant known for its nationallydistributed tomato sauce, which is produced on-site

Historically, it is a beautiful building and in a premier neighborhood, North Tribeca. We coined that term because we felt there was a difference— cobblestone streets, a great environment, and a block from the river. For me, it will always be a job that speaks to tenacity, perseverance, and never giving up. When you don’t have a choice, you keep moving forward–there’s a lot of me left on those streets! With the gentrification of neighborhoods, which do you think are currently on the rise? I think Sunset Park, which is already on its way and has a lot of appeal, great architecture, and accessible transportation. Right now the hidden secrets are the South Shore of Brooklyn, areas like Marine Park, Mill Basin, Bergen Beach, Sheepshead Bay, and Manhattan Beach. They are all spectacular areas, but currently undervalued. Then you have Bay Ridge, which is another solid neighborhood and a true community. Your company is well known for developing historic properties. Tell us a little bit about them. Two large projects we worked on in Manhattan, The Fairchild and the Pearline Soap Factory, are historic buildings. We also recently completed The Townhouses of Cobble Hill, a combination of nine townhomes, four of which were pre-civil war rehabilitation and five ground-up new construction. We are currently developing 70 Henry Street in Brooklyn Heights. I have a love for history and that flows over into the properties I develop. In certain cases, we are not required to preserve historic aspects, but are conscious of the community in which we are developing and are respectful of the designs that were there previously. Speaking of history, tell me about your collection of historical documents? My interest

in collecting historical items began once I started looking at historical properties as real estate investments. Going through the paperwork for the buildings, we were seeing original architecture plans from 100 and 200 years ago, and it caught my interest. I admire the history of the content and story behind it. I have letters written by soldiers to their families during the Civil War. To read first-hand what someone was going through during the war, what they were thinking while on the front line, that’s interesting to me. What are some of the historical documents you own? I have acquired a letter President Reagan wrote to James Brady commending him on his work during the gun control movement, a copy of the letter John F. Kennedy wrote to an editor thanking him for the good review on his book, “Profiles in Courage,” along with an original signed copy of the book, and a letter Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis wrote to a woman who did all of her follow-up thank you notes to everyone who sent their condolences on JFK’s death. Where do you display these pieces of history? They are kept secured in a preserved environment and shared mostly with students at various schools. I’m not strict on how they are displayed and do allow people to touch and hold the items. What do you love most about what you do and the place you call home? I love the fact that I’m challenged on each project and can create something unique. Big or small, I’m always developing. Brooklyn has a charm to it—people, including me, want to be here. It’s a 24-hour community that calls to you. It has a sense of pride and energy that forces you to become involved. To this day, it still has the same attraction that captivated people like my parents many years ago. B

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Softer tones of spring can speak volumes when used on an impactful scale as with this custom paneled headboard. French lilac, while purple, remains neutral when paired with natural materials that share the same undertones, such as grasscloth and silk. The black textiles and Erinn V. Meyer nightstand balance a feminine color palette with contrast and masculinity.


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High-Tech Home By Janene Mascarella

Shop our smart, state-ofthe-art product guide to help boost your home’s IQ. 1. Set Your Sights

Get the full Samsung Galaxy View entertainment experience by streaming video and media content on the largest Android mobile device on the market. You can enjoy a new level of multimedia experience, such as video, music, and games, as well as richer social communication with video calls and the Family Square feature, which provides a customized dashboard connecting you to friends and family members. $549, Samsung.com

2. Discover Art

TAPPAN is digital platform offering an incredible range of artwork (paintings, photography, sculptures, etc.) by leading emerging artists. The service helps you discover the coolest new talent and innovative artwork in various media and prices without gallery mark-ups. All you do is make your art selections with a size, mount, and frame. You’ll be feeling more sophisticated (and have fewer bare walls) in no time! TappanCollective.com 3. Get Connected Ready to see the light effortlessly? Caseta Wireless, an affordable smart home solution, controls lights from anywhere and will automatically adjust to time changes. For those dark mornings, Caseta dimmers can gradually turn on the lights and warm the temperature to the perfect wakeup. Control your lights, shades, and other third-party devices using the Pico remote control or your iOS/Android smart phone or tablet. $99, Best Buy, Home Depot, Lowes



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4. Light the Way

Add some ambiance wherever you like. The battery-powered Revogi Smart Candle is designed to be portable, simple, and elegant. It’s an affordable way to add a colorful touch around your home–great for both indoor and outdoor use. The smart candle will flicker and illuminate like a real flame candles, without the risk. And unlike real candles, it can also change color to suit your moods. $19.99, Amazon. com



5. Keep Watch

Blink is an ultra-affordable, sticky note-sized home security and video monitoring system. Feel safe and protect your family at home, even remotely, in a way that fits your budget and active lifestyle. The wireless, wire-free, battery-powered system is set up by the user and active in minutes–perfect for both renters and homeowners alike. Starting at $99, BlinkForHome.com

6. Take Control

The Logitech Harmony Elite is an innovative, state-of-the-art home control for your entertainment and smart devices. It works with over 270,000 devices, enabling you brilliantly take control of everything from your TV and gaming systems, to smart lights, locks, even your Amazon Echo. $299.99, Logitech.com

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The SmartDesk by Autonomous is a stylish and affordable electric standing desk that lets you sit or stand while you work–perfect for the modern home office. There’s even an “AI Box” add-on that learns your habits, tracks activity, and advises you when it’s time to sit or stand, helping you develop healthier working habits. It also syncs with productivity tools like Google Calendar and fitness wearables, like Fitbit. Starting at $299, Autonomous.ai


8. Take Note

Your grocery list just got a major upgrade. Bamboo Slate is a lightweight, smart notepad that digitizes your handwritten notes and drawings. Write it down on paper and with a push of a button (it’s that easy!), your notes are digitally saved and synced to your smart phone and/or tablet. $129.95-$149.95 (small and large), Amazon.com


9. 9. Listen Up

No indoor or outdoor party is complete without some good tunes. The BRAVEN 2200M Bluetooth Premium Home Speaker is an advanced portable speaker that uses Bluetooth Smart technology and the Braven Smart App to unlock powerful sound and remarkable features. With 10 hours of playtime, the speaker delivers deep, rich bass, and powerful volume levels for a home audio experience unlike any other. $299.99, Braven.com

10. Rise and Shine


The BEDDI Glow is an intelligent alarm clock with a wake-up light. With BEDDI Glow’s sunrise- simulating light, you can wake up naturally, listen to your favorite music from Spotify or Apple Music, and customize settings through the free mobile app. The device also contains an adjustable mood light composed of 16 million colors. $79.99, Wittidesign.com B


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Exclusive 10 acre country estate. Six bedrooms, six and a half bath. gourmet kitchen, game room with wet bar and wine cellar, three fireplaces and three car garage, in-ground pool with cabana and pool house, along with outdoor kitchen. 12 stall barn with three bedroom apartment above. Asking Price $3,750,000. Listing agent Dana Cirlincione, Colts Neck Office, 732-845-3200

Water view, Shore Road spectacular Architectural Digest home. five bedroom, five baths. Built in pool with outside kitchen, two car detached garage. Asking $6,500,000. Listing Agent Laura Vallone, Hylan Boulevard Office 718-987-7900

8,000 sq ft Custom Colonial with six bedrooms and five and a half baths. nine zone radiant heat, five zone AC Full finished basement, maids quarters or in-law suite. Asking $1,389,000. Listing Agent Giovanni Randazzo, Colts Neck Office 732-845-3200

Lake front Mansion over looking Arbutus Lake. Four bedroom seven bath, 9,000 sq. ft. European Villa, master bedroom suite with Jacuzzi and separate shower, in ground pool with cobblestone blocks. Asking $3,900,000. Listing Agent Mike Boyle, Hylan Blvd Office 718-987-7900

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By Kelly Rose Bellucci

With a passion to serve and protect, Stanulis began his career working for the NYPD after spending time as a Chippendales dancer. It was during his time with the police department that he discovered his passion to direct. He started his own show titled “Savage Men,” which was inspired by his Chippendales stage name “Steve Savage.” When he retired from the NYPD, the decorated officer kicked his acting career into full gear with a debut performance on “The Sopranos,” all while serving as a security guard for some of most wellknown international celebrities. It was in 2009 that Stanulis launched the Atlantic City International Film Festival, which was triumphantly deemed “The Sundance of the East Coast,” and released his film “The Invisible Life of Thomas Lynch,” which would later win the Audience Award for best film at the CMJ Film Festival. With such a wide range of talents, you can catch Stanulis acting in the romantic comedy “The Networker” (along with co-stars William Forsyth, Sean Young, Jeremy Luke, Stephen Baldwin, and Alysia Reiner), directing the first ever documentary on freestyle music called “Legends of Freestyle,” and even discover more about his exclusive lifestyle in his book, “Sex and the Shield.” Eager to hear from the man of many trades, BELLA chatted with Stanulis… What is the best advice someone has ever given you? It was to make yourself indispensable in this business. Don’t be your quintessential actor who sits by the phone waiting for it to ring. If there is a lapse in work, create your own.

Steve Stanulis DANCER, DEPUTY, DIRECTOR Those who are born and raised in “The City of Dreams” are often naturally wired with the will to achieve. This holds true for New York City native Steve Stanulis, who began building his unique and impressive repertoire at the age of 18.


Out of all the roles you have played, which one was your favorite? By far, my favorite role to date was the character of Thomas Lynch in “The Invisible Life of Thomas Lynch,” my first mainstream role about a small town hitman. We won best feature film. I was up against George Clooney for best actor, and unfortunately lost, but that was pretty amazing. It’s on Amazon, Netflix, Hulu, and every major outlet. How do you define beauty? My definition of beauty is how a person is inside. Don’t get me wrong—it starts with the physical. But after a period of time a relationship has to be based on more than sex because like everything else you have to be a compatible and a compassionate person to keep any relationship beautiful.

Award-winning comic book artist and film director Graig Weich believes this to be true. The highly talented virtuoso went from sketching superheroes at the young age of 2 and “flying” around the house in his homemade cape to successfully founding his own comic book graphic novel studio known as BeyondComics.TV. At just 15 years old, Weich’s extremely imaginative works granted him the opportunity to design the cover art for a popular video game magazine. He was then hired by Todd McFarlane of Image Comics to create the poster art for “Spawn Issue #30.” It was during this time that his distinguished career as a comic book artist took flight.

Graig Weich BEYONDCOMICS.TV Actor and true superhero Christopher Reeve once said, “So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable.”

To date, Weich has been featured in Newsweek, OK! Magazine, E! Entertainment Television, VH1, AMC’s “Comic Book Men,” “The Howard Stern Show,” and ABC News, to name a few. His comic book, “Gekido,” showcases a number of familiar faces, including Grammy winner Ice-T’s wife Coco, Adrianne Curry, Donald Faison, and Gary Dell’Abate, giving the reader a celebrity-filled treat. Last summer, Weich was featured in The Huffington Post for his recent triumph as a director. His two new films, “Code Name: Justice” and “Ravedactyl vs. Code Name: Justice,” won the award for Best Action Short sponsored by HBO’s Cinemax. Some of his most popular characters, including Gekido and Ravedactyl, have even been transformed into 12” action figures that debuted at New York Comic Con in 2016.

BELLA interviewed Weich to hear more about his exciting and action-packed life… What is your favorite part of your job? Challenging myself to create, design, draw, and write new, fresh, and original superheroes, monsters, and storylines that keep revealing new secrets and characters with new superpowers and skills. It’s taking what we love and putting my spin on it in a new way, making the impossible possible and working on leaving a legacy through my creations to add to the wonderful world of comic book graphic novels. I have a chance to inspire people and I feel a tremendous responsibility to do everything in my power to never give up and keep going no matter what. How do you define beauty? What a great question! In life, beauty for me is a kind person. I love kindness. In art, beauty for me is colors and designs that pop with detail or simplicity in such a way that it aesthetically is pleasing to the eye and generates a “feeling” of emotion in your chest that forces you to feel like creating or completing your work and doing something amazing. Where do you see the future of BeyondComics.TV going? It will enable me to turn my creations into movies, TV, video games, VR, animation, and more…I’m so excited that we just got signed for an action figure license deal. It’s so exciting to be able to hold my creations in my hands and play with them. I would also like to start a charity to help sick children as well, and teach the arts to kids to continue the expressionism of creativity. B

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What’s the Big Deal About Virtual Reality Films? By Sunita Puleo

At the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) this past April, thousands of attendees donned bulky facial apparatus to immerse themselves in the latest mode of modern storytelling—virtual reality (VR) films. VR experiences, in which a viewer sees a 3-D image or environment, have been around for decades, but haven’t gained momentum in the entertainment industry—until now. Thanks to the incredible technological developments of recent years, VR has gone from video game novelty to serious art form.

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Virtual reality media has been evolving quickly. Loren Austin Hammonds, the programmer for film and experiential projects at the Tribeca Film Festival, talked with us about how virtual reality is changing the nature of storytelling. “Virtual reality has been demo experiences in the past,” he said. “Now there is more content and we see creators putting the story first.” Through interactivity and immersion, new VR storytelling builds empathy, connecting people who might otherwise never interact. Stanford University’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab created “Becoming Homeless: A Human Experience” to give individuals a chance to virtually try on the shoes of someone experiencing serious financial challenges, eventually becoming homeless. “Imagine how viewers feel,” Hammonds said, “when they sit in that person’s virtual apartment, look around and pick up the treasured possessions they fear losing, see the eviction notice, and then finally experience being homeless, having lost it all.” Virtual reality storytelling has the ability to build bridges between people from very different cultures and circumstances. Why is VR such a powerful storytelling tool? Jeffrey Travis, founder and CEO of Positron, a creative technology studio in Los Angeles that builds VR experiences and products, explained: “Any good storytelling should be able to make you forget about where you are and get lost in the story, but VR is able to create that at a whole new level. One study showed that VR triggers a different part of the brain, making the [VR] memories feel real. Creating a VR film is different because you are creating worlds, not just stories.” And, according to Hammonds, even former skeptics, like Steven Spielberg, are jumping on the VR bandwagon as they recognize the possibilities for deepening the audience experience. Spielberg commissioned “The Last Goodbye,” a short VR documentary film presented at TFF this year that drew viewers into a photoreal room-scale experience of Holocaust survivor Pinchas Gutter touring the Majdanek Concentration Camp. Travis expects to see an explosion in new VR content in the next year. “Studios and creative directors like Alejandro González Iñárritu, the Academy Award-winning director of “Birdman” and “The Revenant,” are working on new content using virtual reality technology,” he said. Travis’ company recently presented a Zero Gravity VR experience by Universal and IMAX in promotion of “The Mummy” with Tom Cruise and Annabelle Wallis. With big names like these working with the VR platform, audiences can be sure that technology advances will continue to improve the VR experience. With its individual goggles and viewing chairs, current VR technology has some people concerned that VR experiences will promote viewer isolation and escapism. Hammonds, however, believes in its potential for good: “I’m hoping that the creators will lead the way—that the technology doesn’t inform what we’re expected to do. I believe in the art form— that it won’t lead to a world of people walking around in goggles or never going outside. It’s simply a platform for so many things: story, healthcare, education, and more.”

Travis also explained that the latest VR venues are more social. “People don’t have all the [latest VR] hardware at their house, but now they can go somewhere locally to try it out.” MK2, a new VR center in France, was created to be a place to hang out and be social around various VR experiences. “They found that it can be more social than a movie theater, as viewers roam through the exhibits and talk about their different experiences over a beer.” If you can’t make it out to NYC’s own VR cinema and playlab, “Jump Into The Light,” you can check out VR content on your mobile phone, laptop, or with a Google Cardboard viewer. For better quality imaging, make use of carefully crafted headgear like the Oculus Rift or HTC VIVE. There are also VR gloves and suits available that help you engage more of your body. Most recently, Jeffrey Travis and his team at Positron developed Voyager, a full-motion VR chair that, with the help of goggles, gives audiences 4-D film experiences and decreases the risk of motion sickness.


The landscape of virtual reality is changing rapidly as new technology emerges, and with these changes come more opportunities to be immersed in a new world. Just by putting on headgear, viewers can leap into someone else’s story and connect deeply with ideas, people, and places they might never otherwise experience. For this reason alone, virtual reality films are truly a big deal. So, if you haven’t donned the goggles yet, now is the time. B

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Dine the World In New York


With warmer temperatures and longer days, spring is finally here. This beautiful weather means it’s the perfect time to explore New York’s exciting restaurants. Why travel when you can have exquisite cuisines from around the world in the heart of Manhattan? From French delicacies to savory sirloins, New York has it all for your spring dining experience. By Lillian Langtry

Brasserie 8½

Solow Building, 9 West 57th Street Steps off Fifth Avenue is Brasserie 8½, an elegant embodiment of the traditional brasserie as it once thrived throughout Paris: upscale, well-heeled, and refined. But this version is informal and inclusive, with cuisine by noted chef Franck Deletrain and original artwork by Matisse, Marco Del Re, and Léger. Guests enter via a grand, sweeping, spiral staircase and dine on ivory tablecloths in plush dining rooms. Choose beloved classics with a new, lighter touch like Duck Two Ways, or splendid plates of beef, such as Cote du Boeuf with Sauce Bordelaise. For business or pleasure, Brasserie 8½ offers an enticing, modern slice of la belle époque and all its specialties, from Kir Royales to Seafood Plateau and Crème Caramel. Brasserie812.com



21 East 62nd Street, #1 Amaranth offers a fusion of original Italian and French food, with a special focus on tasty seafood, all of which are executed with fresh, organic ingredients. The à la carte menu includes Pan Seared Nantucket Sea Scallops, the delicious Steak Tartare made to your taste at the table, Straccetti di Manzo, Risotto with Lobster, and the Whole Dover Sole, grilled to perfection and filleted for you. Desserts include the delectable Caramelized Apple Tarte, Blood Orange Sorbet with Champagne, and Valrhona Chocolate Hot Fudge and Vanilla Bean Ice Cream Profiteroles. The bar offers an excellent cocktail list, including the famous Bellini, Frozen Cosmo, many types of tequila, and an international wine list. AmaranthRestaurant.com

Bobby Van’s Steakhouse 40 Central Park South

Bobby Van’s Steakhouse has earned its place as a venerable New York institution, thanks in part to a continued commitment to cooking techniques perfected years ago by the founding fathers of New York steakhouse cuisine. Celebrating its 48th anniversary in 2017, Bobby Van’s grew from its original home in Bridgehampton, NY, and now includes a repertoire of nine fine restaurants that offer the classic New York City steakhouse style. Bobby Van’s is at the root of the New York steakhouse family tree, with strong employee connections to original famed eateries. Inspiring a legion of imitators, Bobby Van’s still shines as a premier authentic steakhouse. BobbyVanscps.com

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Mozzarella & Vino

Good Enough To Eat

33 West 54th Street

520 Columbus Avenue

Mozzarella & Vino is located at the former Il Gattopardo space in Midtown New York. Talented Chef Vito Gnazzo is responsible for the delectable menu that reflects the simplicity of authentic Italian ingredients, with a heavy emphasis on the Mozzarella di bufala Campania, Italian cheeses, and affettati. The enoteca-style bar focuses on showcasing smaller family estate wines and independent Italian winemakers. Gnazzo is the ultimate artist behind the Southern Italian menus at Il Gattopardo Group’s three restaurants: Il Gattopardo, The Leopard at des Artistes, and Mozzarella & Vino, along with their busy Il Gattopardo catering division. MozzarellaeVino.com

Sate your craving for traditional American home cooking at this Upper West Side dining establishment that caters to neighborhood regulars, international travelers, and celebrities alike for more than 30 years. Tuck in to classic breakfast dishes like Apple Pancakes, Bacon Waffles, or New York’s own eggs and made-daily buttermilk biscuits; hearty lunch options, including sandwiches served on bread baked onsite nightly, mac ‘n’ cheese, or salads; as well as popular dinners such as Traditional Turkey Dinner (roasted turkey served with cornbread stuffing, gravy, cranberry relish, mashed potatoes, and sautéed kale); Charcoal-Grilled New York Strip Steak; or Pork Chops with maple orange mashed sweet potatoes. Desserts like cakes, pies, or rich homemade ice cream satisfy even the most discerning sweet tooth. GoodEnoughToEat.com B


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Tim Ho Wan East Village 85 4th Avenue New York, NY 10003 212-228-2800 TimHoWanUSA.com Cuisine: Dim Sum Attire: Casual Price Range: $ Serving: Lunch, Dinner Alcohol: Beer, Wine Ambiance: Casual

Known as the “dim sum specialists,” the Hong Kong-based chain Tim Ho Wan has finally made its way to the US. They seem to have settled in more than comfortably in New York, as the restaurant already promotes lines out the door and hours-long waits. But if you’re patient, the food inside will make you forget those troubles. Tim Ho Wan has earned the title of the “world’s cheapest Michelin starred restaurant” for good reason—their infamous BBQ pork buns are addictive, and all of their dim sum comes out hot, fresh, and tasty. The ample offerings make it hard to pick and choose, but with unbeatably low prices you can sample as much as you want without even breaking a $50. We rounded out our meal there with warm green tea and sweet French toast with custard filling, a New York exclusive. ~Amanda Mactas



PEQUE Vinos & Tapas Harlem 231 West 145th Street New York, NY 10039 646-678-4095 Peque.nyc Cuisine: Spanish/ Wine Bar Attire: Casual Price Range: $$ Serving: Brunch, Dinner, Tapas Alcohol: Beer and Wine Ambiance: Intimate

Located in uptown Harlem within walking distance of Harlem’s historic “Strivers’ Row,” co-owners Chef Marla Rose and Paul Morejon have created a time capsule while capturing the soul of Harlem. From the moment you step into PEQUE Vinos & Tapas, you’re instantly transported to vintage Barcelona and Paris, circa the 1930s and 40s. With classic literature displayed in the window and antiques like a record player and a rotary phone by the entrance, this art deco inspired gem transports you out of the city life for a moment.


Spanish for “Lil Plates and Wine,” the restaurant holds true to its meaning with delicious small plates to accompany its famous Sangria and extensive list of red wines. The menu caters to dinner, tapas, a great happy hour, and weekend brunch—of course! The ambiance is intimate and cozy, making it a perfect date night or place to unwind after work. Every Wednesday, there is live music and events featuring local entertainers and artists. The cheese boards are a must-try, especially the popular manchego cheese board with roasted grapes and almonds. Favorite tapas on the menu include Setas Salteadas, savory mushrooms in a broth of fresh butter and shallots, and the Albóndigas tender meatballs in a tomato sauce with manchego cheese. Both are delicious and are perfect to share with a date or friend! ~Nyasia Elie

TAPAS: SETAS SALTEADAS: Savory mushrooms in a broth of fresh butter and shallots GAMBAS AL AJILLO: Poached shrimp in extra virgin olive oil and garlic ALBÓNDIGAS: Beef and manchego cheese meatballs over a fresh tomato sauce CHEESE & CHARCUTERIE BOARD: Five Spanish cheeses with jamón serrano and chorizo with balsamic-roasted grapes and marcona almonds COCKTAILS: GUAVATINI: Guava, Vodka, Triple Sec, and Lemon-Lime Muddle DESSERT: BREAD PUDDING: Served with ice cream and berries

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Rouge Tomate Chelsea 126 West 18th Street New York, NY 10011 646-395-3978 RougeTomateChelsea.com Cuisine: American Attire: Business Casual Price Range: $$$ Serving: Weekend Brunch, Dinner Alcohol: Full Bar Ambiance: Sophisticated

The acclaimed Rouge Tomate is back for another go. (Hallelujah!) The restaurant’s commitment to sustainability is apparent the moment you turn into the entryway, lined with a living plant wall that alludes to the greenery strewn throughout the interior. Their menu is heavily plantbased, making sure to include fresh, seasonal ingredients, along with fish, meat, and poultry. The result is pure magic. Even carnivores will love sinking their teeth into their acorn squash entree. Each dish is unique and displayed beautifully, even their cocktails. Not only does a meal here seem to refresh, but the atmosphere evokes a lightness and happiness into the air. You can bet we’ll be repeat customers. ~Amanda Mactas

BELL A’S “A” LIST APPETIZERS: FLUKE CRUDO Uni, basil, kohlrabi, Thai chili SWISS CHARD DIP Grayson, nine grain bread ENTREES: ACORN SQUASH Quinoa, daikon, baby bok choy, smoked onion broth SKATE Bulgar, carrot, treviso, cashew, vadouvan COCK TAIL: CLIMATE CHANGE Neversink Gin, clementinepink peppercorn ice cube, chamomile rinse DESSERT: WALNUT CAKE Apple, malt, cider CARROT PIE Pineapple, ginger, yogurt


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Mind+ Body Erin Gibson on Throwing Shade and How The Gym Inspires Her Comedy By Sari Beth Rosenberg Photos: Ricky Middlesworth Photography

Erin Gibson (Emmy® nominated for Funny or Die’s “Gay of Thrones” and “Parks and Recreation”) is one of the hosts (alongside Bryan Safi) of the late-night show “Throwing Shade” on TV Land. The show is based on their popular podcast and “Funny or Die” web series of the same name. Known for her clever take on today’s hottest topics from celebrity news, politics, feminism, and gay rights, we were excited to sit down with Gibson for some laughs and fitness advice. A Comedian Is Born

Gibson describes her family as “Irish-Catholic, loudmouth clowns” and says she was introduced at a young age to dark humor. “Carol Burnett and Dolly Parton— bold, loud, funny women—taught me how to be silly and wry,” she explains. She had not seriously considered devoting her life to comedy until she learned about Second City Chicago’s improv comedy program. After earning her business degree in Texas, “I threw my degree in the garbage, packed up my things, and moved to Chicago,” she says. However, Gibson does not consider herself an overnight success since it did take her seven years to make a living as a comedian.

The Do’s & Don’ts of Throwing Shade

Gibson and Safi spare few punches on their hilarious show, but they have certain guidelines about whom they target. “We only bully the bullies, so as soon as someone in a position of power uses that power to be cruel or unfair, the gloves come off.” For example, Gibson will never body shame Lady Gaga, but she explains that, “I will talk about Mitch McConnell’s turtle face until I pass out.”

The Gym as her Best Comedic Source Material

It comes as no surprise that the LA fitness scene inspires Gibson’s comedy: “It’s LA, so everyone’s obsessed with fitness, and while I like working out, I don’t have that level of obsession, so seeing people who would rather drink Isopure than eat brie brings me a lot of joy.” She spent a lot of time last year on her comedy tour talking about the policing of women’s clothing. Gibson elaborates, “I talked about a woman whose gym made her cover up for showing too much of her chest and she was in a tasteful Lululemon tank top.” She illustrates this double standard by describing a guy at her gym “who wears a tank top that looks like he just walked out of a building that exploded—it’s like the Les Mis flag of tank tops.” Gibson notes that she has seen this guy’s nipples three days a week for the last four years yet no one has ever told him to cover up “his tea-cup sized ‘roid nips.”

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Gibson’s Tips For Staying Fit But Avoiding Body Shaming Pitfalls “Do only what you think you can manage and never compare yourself to celebrities. They’re all in SPANX and are spoonfed cold-pressed juices by assistants and have a doctor slapping hot dogs out of their hands.”

Gibson’s Workout Routine

1. “A healthy dose of realism is necessary for a good exercise routine.” 2. “I have time to work out three days a week—two days of heavy weight training (you won’t get bulky) with one day of yoga.” 3. “On the weekends, I go hiking with my dog, Oliver, but it’s not like real exercise. It’s more like ‘being outside.’ Unless he manipulates me into carrying him and then it’s a challenging workout.” 4. “When I’m not working on the show, I work out every day to temper the depression of Hollywood downtime.”

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As we approach the warmer weather months (yay!), it’s the perfect time to find new ways to enhance your inner and outer beauty. Check out our roundup of some favorite options to get you moving and grooving this spring.

Get That Perfect Booty

The DB Method, short for the “Dream Butt” Method and known as the modern day Thighmaster, is a lower body strength and toning machine designed exclusively for the butt. This stylish at-home squat machine was created by Erika Rayman. Thanks to its sleek and chic design, it can fit in the coziest of studio apartments. TheDBMethod.com

Get Down

Find your inner Bollywood star with the Masala Bhangra Workout™. Created by Sarina Jain—known as the Jane Fonda of Indian Dance—this class is a caloriescorching and total body dance workout. Jain has taught notable celebrities like Vanessa Williams and Brooke Shields, and you can take the class at the Riverdale Y, Alvin Ailey Dance Studio, and other locations. MasalaBhangraWorkout.com

Get Fueled Get Sweet

Need a little sweet in your life, without the guilt? Reach for a SmashMallow, a fantastic line of organic, guilt-free marshmallow treats! At 70-90 calories per serving (approximately four mallows) in a variety of seven amazing flavor smash-ups like Strawberries & Cream, Cinnamon Churro, Espresso Bean, and our fave—Mint Chocolate Chip—you won’t know what to do first: pop ‘em in your mouth, or opt for a gourmet s’more unlike one you’ve ever had before! Smashmallow.com


Now that you are challenging your body with these fun new workouts, don’t forget your nutrition. We love The System “Magic Shakes” by Stacy Berman, a luxury line of organic whey protein powders that can be enjoyed at home or on-the-go in cute little bottles. TheSystemByStacy.com

Get Cathartic

The Class by Taryn Toomey is billed as a “cathartic mindbody experience.” After taking a class with one of Toomey’s empowering instructors, Natalie Kuhn, we can attest to the veracity of this description. This workout is a combination of simple, repetitive calisthenics and plyometrics, where participants are challenged to engage body movements with the help of guided instruction and carefully curated music. TarynToomey.com

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Get Lit Get Hydrated

Do you ever want to take a break from lugging around your favorite water bottle, but still stay mindful of your carbon footprint? You should try Boxed Water, which is packaged in recycled cartons that are better for the environment than plastic. BoxedWaterIsBetter.com

Offering up a different twist on the popular high-intensity workouts, the LIT (Low-Impact Training) Method is already trending in the Los Angeles workout scene. Co-founders Justin Norris and Taylor Gainor created this workout, which is based around water rowers and resistance bands, after working with so many clients recovering from injuries. They haven’t opened up a brick and mortar spot in New York City yet, but in the meantime, get the Lit Kit and do the workout at home. LitMethod.com

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Sean Fortune is the founder of Central Park Coaching, where he specializes in one-on-one coaching with an emphasis on high-quality, intense speed and form training sessions. Fortune has been a fixture on the New York City running scene for 20 years, winning multiple top races and marathons across the country, and he is also a USATF Level II certified coach and former NCAA coach for Hunter College in NYC.


Fortune’s Tips on How to Become a “Runner” Know Your “Why”

Firmly understand and make concrete your reason(s) for embarking on a running regimen. You will be tested over and over again, so if you’re not 100 percent certain of your motivations, you’ll be more likely to quit.

Be Consistent

It’s not about how far you go one day, or how fast. It’s about creating the continuity of training, week in and week out. That means getting in runs even when you’re not in the mood or feel like you don’t have the time.

Set Your Expectations

It’s going to be hard! There’s a good four- to six-week window as your body adjusts to the regimen before you will see any discernible improvements. The payoff will come when you have one of those magical days when you feel like you can run forever.

Get Support

Hire a coach, if you can. Enlist friends or family members to join in. Sign up for a race as a goal to stay committed. Get a mobile device that plays your favorite music or podcast to listen to while you run.

Buy New Gear

Don’t wait, don’t think–just put up the extra cost for nice, proper running shoes bought from a running shoe store. Get a couple of sharp looking running outfits. This will always be a good motivating device to get you out the door.

Mix it Up

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Be consistent with getting in your runs, but be sure to mix up the speed, distance, and routes. Do some quick runs like sprints, and then some slow ones. Run some hills one day, flat road the next. Keep it interesting by not doing the same thing every day.

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We read about the importance of proteins, fats, carbohydrates, water, and vitamins all the time. But what about minerals? They are known to be helpful in combatting disease as well as healing your body and managing ongoing chronic health problems, yet when was the last time you were told to get your mineral levels checked? According to Joy Stephenson-Laws, co-author (along with Dr. Pauline Jose, Dr. Franz Gliederer, and Dr. Monya De) of “Minerals–The Forgotten Nutrient: Your Secret Weapon for Getting and Staying Healthy,” it’s time for minerals to make their way onto your plate. 112 THE BEAUTY ISSUE

Top 5 Most Surprising Facts About Minerals

1. The important role minerals play in keeping our bodies functioning was first discovered in the early 17th century in Epsom, Surrey, England. Fittingly, the discovery was Epsom salts, which have since touted multiple benefits, including calming the nervous system, curing skin problems, soothing back pain, easing muscle strain, healing cuts, and treating colds and congestion. 2. Minerals have important functions in every single cell in our body. There are very few medical conditions— from headaches and PMS to depression and hypertension—that cannot be traced to some form of mineral deficiency or excess. 3. Many physicians do not test, or test adequately, for most minerals. 4. Our body’s ability to absorb minerals generally decreases as we age. 5. Stress and many prescription/OTC drugs may deplete our bodies of certain minerals.

IT’S TIME FOR MINERALS TO MAKE THEIR WAY ONTO YOUR PLATE.” How You Can Fit Minerals into Your Daily Diet • Minerals are usually found in the foods we eat— yogurt (calcium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc); bananas (potassium, sulfur); nuts (magnesium, manganese, chromium, copper, iron); green leafy vegetables (magnesium, manganese, calcium); kidney beans (iron); and salmon (calcium, phosphorus). Fitting them into your daily diet is possible if you have a proper eating plan.

• The challenge is making sure we are getting the right minerals in the right amounts, based on our individual body’s needs. • The best way to do this is to have our mineral levels tested and then change your diet accordingly. Check first to see if your doctor offers full-spectrum mineral testing; if not, you can get in touch with a company like pH Labs, which can arrange testing nationwide; call 855-745-2271, or visit pHLabs.org.

The only comprehensive breast center on Staten Island is already up and running! We are busy celebrating all month! We are honored to recognize the Florina Rusi Marke family, other generous donors, and the staff of the Comprehensive Breast Center who set this dream in motion! Stop by and say, hello!

For an appointment or tour, call (718) 226-8800

The Florina Rusi Marke Comprehensive Breast Center

The Comprehensive Breast Center offers the most advanced individual care, offering each patient access to dedicated specialists that includes radiologists, breast surgeons, reconstructive plastic surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, breast pathologist, cancer genetics specialists, nurse navigators, plus numerous research and support services all conveniently located in one location on the Staten Island University Hospital Campus. We utilize advanced diagnostics, such as three-dimensional breast imaging (tomosynthesis) in our state-of-the-art Virginia Gruppuso Breast Imaging Center. And, a must-see, one-of-a-kind Wellness Boutique that will offer a comfortable shopping experience for patients undergoing cancer treatments, as well as patients who have returned to their active lifestyles.

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Didier Demesmin, M.D. is an Interventional Pain Medicine Specialist who is double Board Certified in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine. He is the founder of University Pain Medicine Center. He graduated from Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, where he received the prestigious award for Academic Excellence in Anesthesiology. He completed an Interventional Pain Medicine Fellowship Program at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons/ St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Medical Center in New York.

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Dr. Demesmin is affiliated with some of the finest hospitals in Central New Jersey, including Saint Peter’s University Hospital, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, JFK Medical Center, and Somerset Medical Center. Dr. Demesmin is the Chief of the Department of Pain Medicine at St. Peter’s University Hospital. He also holds the role of Medical Director of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine Institute at Saint Peter’s Hospital. Dr. Demesmin has been teaching Pain Medicine fellows after being appointed as Program Director of the Interventional Pain Medicine Fellowship at JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute. Dr. Demesmin also assumes the position of Clinical Assistant Professor at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center. He is a member of the Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects in Research Institutional Review Board, where his responsibilities involve protecting the rights and welfare of patients involved in clinical research. Dr. Demesmin is also a member of St. Peter’s University Cancer Committee and aspires to develop a Palliative Care Program at St. Peter’s University Hospital.

University Pain Medicine Center Dr. Demesmin has lectured at regional, national, and international Pain Medicine venues. Recently, he traveled to Brazil where he lectured and performed a live minimally invasive discectomy aspires part of a seminar. He has also lectured at the Italian Minimally Invasive Spine Conference in Rome, Italy. Dr. Demesmin conducted a Poster Presentation on Minimally Invasive Disc Decompression at the International Intradiscal Therapy Society in Toulouse, France, and lectured for the American Pain Society on Minimally Invasive Disc Decompression in San Antonio, Texas. He has provided a number of presentations and Grand Rounds to physicians, and has been an instructor of numerous courses for Interventional Pain procedures and techniques. In addition, he has been a preceptor to college students, medical students, residents, and Pain Medicine Fellows.

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Dr. Demesmin treats a wide spectrum of pain syndromes such as neck pain, lower back pain, sciatica, herniated disc (neck or back), failed back surgery, diabetic neuropathy, cancer pain, headache, Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, arthritis, osteoporosis, any types of joint pain, and others. Dr. Demesmin specializes in minimally invasive procedures, including but not limited to, percutaneous disc decompression, discography, epidural steroid injections, vertebroplasty, microendoscopic discectomy, intrathecal pumps, spinal cord stimulator, and various nerve blocks. Through a unique combination of his strive for excellence, coupled with a compassionate bedside manner, Dr. Demesmin can help you eliminate or manage your pain.

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MIND+BODY Injectable fillers such as Juvéderm Voluma and Restylane Lyft offer superior staying and sculpting power, with slower bodily absorption—leading to results that last up to 12 months. These advanced hyaluronic acid fillers, coupled with the skill of an expert facial plastic surgeon, puts the ability to reshape delicate facial contours, well, in the palm of one’s hand. Whether you want to put your best face forward for a special event, or are looking for a temporary solution that will bridge the gap until you undergo a minimally invasive surgical face-lift, a liquid face-lift may be just the answer you are seeking. To understand how the liquid face-lift works, we must first understand the nature of facial aging. If we think of a young face as a newly inflated helium balloon, we can then imagine the aging process as the balloon’s deflation. By adding volume skillfully back into

areas such as the cheeks, jawline, marionette lines, and nasolabial folds, we can regain the appearance of the youthful volume we once enjoyed. When performed properly, fillers can lift jowls and cheeks, and smooth out drooping sections of the face. It can even be added to the dark under-eye circles in an area called the “tear trough,” where the eyes become hollow.


For a noticeable yet natural makeover with little downtime, advanced injectable facial rejuvenation continues to raise the bar for outpatient anti-aging treatments. Today, more than ever, patients are looking to rejuvenate multiple areas at once for an overall fresh, more youthful version of themselves. Dubbed the “liquid face-lift,” celebrities and busy women (and men) on-the-go seek out this rapid recovery injectable treatment for a boost of youth. Might you want a boost, too? 116 THE BEAUTY ISSUE

Also, these treatment sessions require multiple vials of filler and Botox, which can add up to quite a cost, especially over multiple years. In fact, it is not uncommon to spend the same amount of money in three years on liquid facelifts that you would on one surgical face-lift, with the surgical face-lift lasting approximately a decade. Another disadvantage of a liquid face-lift is that as we get older and our facial skin becomes more lax, an increasing amount of injectable material is needed to fill the increasing void of volume, but the results will show a decreasing amount of improvement. It is at this point that patients usually opt for surgery. There is no perfect age or perfect time to undergo a liquid face-lift or minimally invasive surgical face-lift. It simply depends on how much improvement you are looking for given the downtime and costs associated.

Before choosing to undergo any medical procedure, it is important to do your homework. For an aesthetic facial procedure, you should select a boardcertified facial plastic surgeon with impressive before and after results. Meet with the doctor prior to the procedure to make sure he or she understands your anti-aging goals and answers all your questions to your satisfaction.

Injecting facial fillers is an art no different than sculpting. When performing this or any other type of facial rejuvenation, it is important to keep in mind the Golden Proportion of beauty, also referred to by Renaissance artists as the “Golden Ratio.” This is a mathematical ratio that describes the relationship of one length to another. This ratio is consistently reported to be present in beautiful things, from architecture to animals to human beings. Liquid face-lifts yield the strongest results among patients between 40 and 60 years of age. While results are almost instantaneous and extremely impressive, I must mention two downsides to this approach. The first downside is that a liquid face-lift is a temporary fix, requiring one or possibly two injection sessions each year, which can become more time consuming over time than undergoing an actual face-lift.

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

Dr. Jack’s Notes 4. In most states the process includes individual doctor certification to prescribe, a patient registration process and an identification mechanism to allow you to go to a dispensary and get what has been recommended by the doctor.

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From Talent Agent to Psychotherapist Cole was a talent agent to the stars before becoming a psychotherapist. It was during her own personal therapy that she realized she could change her life and create a new path for herself. This inspired her to pursue her current career calling.

By Sari Beth Rosenberg

Terri Cole is a licensed psychotherapist and transformation coach who has a slew of faithful clients—including many celebrities—who have experienced positive results thanks to her coaching, therapy sessions and meditations. Cole recently launched a new, exciting series called the “Real Love Revolution,” and we sat down with her to learn more.

Top Tips from Terri Cole About True Love: Love is not only for the lucky, and it is not about being in the right place at the right time. You don’t only have one soul mate. We don’t complete other people. Instead, we complete ourselves. Love isn’t about falling deeply and madly in love with someone. Instead, it is about falling deeply and madly in love with yourself!

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The Power of Meditation

What Is the Real Love Revolution?

This 10-week coaching program was designed by Cole specifically for women to help them “rewire faulty beliefs” to find “real love.” The program includes weekly one-hour live streaming coaching sessions with Cole, meditations and journaling exercises.

The 5 Proven Pillars of Real Love According to Terri Cole: 1. Self-Awareness 2. Self-Knowledge 3. Self-Acceptance 4. Self-Compassion 5. Self-Love

Cole first got hooked on this practice after a meditation weekend with Deepak Chopra and Davidji. She started meditating twice a day for a year and her life changed. “Things started to fall into place with ease and grace, and I stopped reacting, gaining two to three seconds of response time in every situation in my life,” she explains.

How to Start Your Own Meditation Practice: 1. Create your own “Zen den”–a sacred space for meditation. 2. Start small (one minute in the morning and one minute after work), and keep building. 3. Follow one of Cole’s free meditations available on YouTube or her website, TerriCole.com. 4. Follow these two acronyms— RPM (rise, pee, meditate) and RAW (right after work)—created by Cole’s meditation guru, Davidji.

Visit TerriCole.com/RealLoveRevolution for more details. @TerriCole @Terri_Cole

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There exists a small window of opportunity in a cardiac emergency that can spell the difference between life and death. Quick access to high-quality and cutting-edge treatments can save a patient’s life, but Staten Island residents have not always had that convenience. For years, patients needed to travel to Manhattan to receive superior cardiac treatment. Since The Heart Institute opened its doors, Staten Islanders can find that first-rate care much closer to home at Staten Island University Hospital. This past fall, The Heart Institute welcomed Dr. Mohammed Imam, MD, FACS, FACC as their new Chair of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Executive Director. He previously served as the Chief of Cardiac Surgery at Kentucky’s leading cardiac center, Baptist Health Lexington. Dr. Imam understands the urgency when it comes to cardiac care, noting that “time is muscle.” “You have to get care as soon as possible to decrease the severity [of a heart attack],” he explains, “The closer quality care is, the better.” And it’s not just the proximity to care that’s important, stresses Dr. Imam. “Patients do better when they’re in their own community with friends and family.”

A Revolution in Cardiac Care

In recent years, the rate of bypass surgeries has dropped as people have learned to take better care of themselves and their arteries through diet and exercise. At the same time, however, surgeries to repair aging or damaged heart valves have been on the rise. Dr. Imam brings six years of experience with transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) to SIUH. This relatively new, minimally invasive surgical procedure places a new valve in the heart via a catheter inserted through the groin. It requires no incision, no “cracking of the chest,” and no


stopping of the heart as is common in traditional open heart surgeries. Not only is recovery from TAVR relatively painless, it is also significantly faster. Dr. Imam trusts in the team of SIUH’s qualified heart specialists and believes that teamwork is the key to exceptional care. “The Heart Institute sees doctors, nurses, physician assistants, and specialists all working together on patients’ cases.” They also meet each day to discuss treatments, and hold weekly indepth sessions for more complicated cases, he adds. Under Dr. Imam’s leadership, The Heart Institute has received high praise from patients—the ones who matter most, he says. “We have received numerous letters from patients over the last few months complimenting us on the care they received here,” he says. “Patient satisfaction is a very good barometer for quality of care at a hospital.” And it’s not only patients who are satisfied, local physicians are as well. More than 40 Staten Island cardiologists have recommended their patients to The Heart Institute because they know how important it is to be a part of Dr. Imam’s successful team approach to patient care. Find out more by calling 718-226-1605, or visiting TheHeartInstituteNY.com.

The Key to Prevention

According to Dr. Imam, people are dying from heart attacks at a higher rate in Staten Island than in any other borough. While Staten Island also has the highest percentage of smokers in the city, Dr. Imam notes that diet and exercise are important factors in prevention as well. “Everybody blames their genes, but your genes only load the gun,” he explains, “your habits pull the trigger!” It all comes down to awareness, he says, encouraging the 80/20 rule—devote 80% of your healthy lifestyle to diet and 20% to exercise. It’s quite simple, he explains: “People need to watch what they eat and take care of themselves.”

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heart doctors keeping one beat: To make an appointment, call (718) 226-1605 TheHeartInstitute.com

yours. The Heart Institute is the largest and most comprehensive team of heart specialists on Staten Island. And, since the team works in close collaboration, patients at The Heart Institute receive a higher level of care throughout treatment, and can pursue numerous options through one seamless network.

The Heart Institute. Preserving the rhythm of life.

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A NOVEL IDEA “Theft by Finding: Diaries 1977-2002” David Sedaris (Little, Brown)

A new book from David Sedaris? Yes, please! Sedaris’ memoirs have long had us rolling with laughter, and now he’s letting us into his innermost sanctum— his diary. Unlike other writers whose diaries are introspective, Sedaris looks outward into the world as he writes. From overheard conversations (including some juicy tidbits) to the plots of high-drama soap operas, Sedaris writes about anything and everything that has captured his attention over a 35-year span. No day is boring when you’re as perceptive as Sedaris.

“The Reminders”

Val Emmich (Little, Brown)

As he grieves his partner Sydney’s death, Gavin Winters burns every reminder of their relationship. His neighbor captures the inferno on what becomes a viral video. So Gavin escapes the craziness of Los Angeles for the relative anonymity of New Jersey and some old friends. There, he connects with Joan, his friends’ 10-year-old daughter with a remarkable memory. And she remembers Sydney. It’s not until Joan shares some unnerving memories of Sydney’s last days that Gavin starts to wonder about his past relationship and his future. This highly anticipated debut novel is a touching yet humorous portrayal of love, loss, and moving on.

“Men Without Women: Stories” Haruki Murakami (Knopf)

We drop everything when a new Murakami book comes out, and we love the idea of savoring his newest one story by story. Each of the seven narratives reflects on men who, one way or another, are now moving solo through life. Solitude is a theme that recurs in much of Murakami’s work, along with his wry sense of humor that sheds light on the darkness of his tales.

“A Colorful Way of Living”

Barbara Bradley Baekgaard (St. Martin’s)

Get a Jump Start on Your Summer Reading By Barbara Bellesi

Can you feel it? Summer is almost here. We’ve decided to start relaxing early and kick back with a good book. Some of the most anticipated books of the year are coming out in May and June, and we’re ready for them. With everything from moving short stories to riveting novels, it’s time to make room on the shelf or the tablet for these titles.


Those colorful Vera Bradley bags have a way of brightening up the sea of black suitcases at an airport baggage claim. In fact, it was that very dismal sight that inspired Barbara Bradley Baekgaard and her business partner to create her iconic line of handbags and luggage. But the Vera Bradley brand is more than just colorful accessories—it’s about the hard work and strong values women need to make their way in the world. This book is full of lessons like “Choosing Nice” and “Noticing Every Detail” to help you brighten up your own life.

“Woman No. 17”

Edan Lepucki (Hogarth)

Fans of noir will enjoy this dark and mysterious novel. Lady Daniels is a writer who lives in the exclusive Hollywood Hills. After separating from her husband, she posts a Craigslist ad for a live-in nanny to help raise her teenager and toddler. S, a young female artist, answers the ad and moves into the guesthouse. S takes to her job very well and becomes Lady’s confidante. But there’s a problem: S seems to have made a disturbing connection with Seth, Lady’s teen son. As the women grow closer, Lady’s secrets are threatened, and S has a few secrets of her own—particularly in regard to the reason she took the job in the first place.


“Teeth Fairies”

Ingrid Bencosme, Laura Watson, ill. (Teeth Fairies, LLC)

Move over, Elf on a Shelf—the Teeth Fairies are in town! Now that the Tooth Fairy has a crew, your child will never be more excited to lose a tooth. Here’s how it works: As soon as your child has a loose tooth, one of the Teeth Fairies arrives at your home (by way of a doll that comes with the book). Your child names the fairy, who will return as his or her official tooth fairy each time a tooth is lost. No need to worry that this magical visitor will wake up your child; instead of putting the tooth under the pillow, your child will place it in the pocket of the fairy’s crown.

As a mother of four young children, Ingrid Bencosme knew the tooth fairy would be a repeat visitor over the years. “The legend of the tooth fairy is something I always remembered fondly,” she says. When her eldest child experienced some anxiety over her first loose tooth, Bencosme wrote a poem about the Tooth Fairy. It was such a hit, she decided to write a book. Besides delighting her firstborn with a new spin on the traditional Tooth Fairy story, there was an additional bonus for writing the book: Once Bencosme’s daughter was on board with the tooth fairy, brushing teeth was no longer a chore. “She wanted to impress the fairy, so she was doing that on her own,” the author says. “Teeth Fairies” is the recipient of a National Parenting Publication Silver Award. With colorful illustrations by Laura Watson, this is a book you’ll share with your kids again and again—loose tooth or not!

Books on the Big Screen: If you haven’t had a chance to read Herman Koch’s “The Dinner,” now’s the time. This familial tour de force asks the question, How far will parents go to protect their children? The answer might shock you. Stunning in its own merit, Koch’s novel boasts not one but three movie adaptations. The Dutch and Italian versions received multiple nominations, and we’re expecting a similar reception for the American version due in May, starring Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Steve Coogan, and Rebecca Hall. B

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Dance Your Way Into Summer with “Real Housewife” Erika Jayne Erika Jayne marches to the beat of her own bedazzled drum, and it’s the impeccable balance of class and sass that she displays on “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” that has women marching right along with her. With nine #1 Billboard dance singles and superstar fans like Christina Aguilera, Jayne is a 45-year-old pop star in the prime of her career, proving that age is merely a number— and hardly a deadline. In the spirit of living life by your own rules, the pop-dance queen has shared her sizzling summer playlist so you, too, can to do just that.


Find the hottest song on the playlist, Erika Jayne’s new single XXPEN$IVE, on iTunes now.

ERIKA JAYNE’S “SUMMER STARTS HERE” PLAYLIST 1. Bad and Boujee Migos ft. Lil Uzi Vert 2. Summertime DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince

5. Bitch Better Have My Money Rihanna

3. Into the Groove Madonna

6. XXPEN$IVE Erika Jayne

4. The Glamorous Life Sheila E.

7. Side to Side Arianna Grande 8. Dirrty Christina Aguilera 9. Back That Ass Up Juvenile


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Lies Guys Tell By Jarrod Thalheimer

In general, men are no more truth-challenged than women. Still, it is fairly rare that the spotlight ever swings to highlight my gender’s more egregious examples of falsehood (beyond the hacky standard, “No, dear, of course you don’t look fat in those pants.”) Truth, as always, is the goal, and showcasing some of my side’s more common deceptions is a public service of sorts—a genuine attempt at better relations between the sexes. At least, that’s the particular lie I’ll be going with in this issue.

GUY LIE #1: “I don’t care how many men you’ve slept with.” This is the kind of lie even he wishes he truly believed. Trust me, all guys care deeply about your “past” and should be reminded of it as seldom as humanly possible. Maybe it goes back to Stone Age thinking or some Neanderthal rule regarding whom you share a cave with, but guys will always choose to live in a fictional world where the only man you’ve ever kissed is him. And he’d prefer that no other amorous affairs be spoken of again. Foolish head-in-sand thinking? For sure, but make the mistake of mentioning lovers past and you can expect big problems in an otherwise solid relationship.

GUY LIE #2: “Looks aren’t important to me.”

Clearly, this is a ridiculous statement. Pornography simply would not exist unless what a guy saw mattered to him. The reason is simple: Guys are visual creatures. Folks can try to pretend that men and women are exactly the same, but they’re not. Guys respond to what they see, which is why his head is on a swivel as soon as you hit a beach or visit a gym jammed full of your tight-clothed sisters. It’s not an accident women have mastered the dark arts of fashion and makeup. So beware the siren song of sweatpants and ponytails. He’s watching closer than you think.


GUY LIE #3: “Of course, I’ll respect you in the morning.”

This one’s a real whopper. Now, I’m not saying guys automatically disrespect women who sleep with them, but there is a definite correlation between the level of respect provided and the length of time it takes to get an official bedroom invitation. And don’t let your progressive pals convince you “times have changed.” No way, no how. Guys in the 1950s used the very same word dudes in the new millennium do when it comes to women who are too friendly too soon, and you know what it is. Is that equality? Of course not, but the truth remains no woman ever wants to hear her name and the word “easy” used in the same sentence. Make him wait. Your power only increases when you do.

GUY LIE #4: “I love your parents.”

To be fair, this one can actually become true, but only after a significant amount of time spent together (and I’m talking years). The reality is that, for the most part, your man doesn’t think about your parents at all. And when he does think about them, it’s not because he thinks they’re wonderful or he’s excited to hang out with them—it’s only to make you happy. He’s into you, not your mom or dad. In fact, if a guy is all about your folks early on, it’s a good sign he’s looking to get something from them vs. you, and that’s legit grounds for dismissal.

GUY LIE #5: “Sure, we can just be friends.” As far as lies born from sincere,

heartsick desperation, this is easily the cream of the crop. The dude has been into you forever, but you simply refuse to notice. Convinced his only hope is for you to spend more time with him, he allows the nonsensical phrase “Let’s just be friends” to escape his mouth. Look, this is a ploy—and a bad one at that—but you play along so you can have a backup guy around. I get that you need an ego boost when the guy you are into messes with you, or you need someone to help you move for the eighth time, but allowing this to happen is just cruel.

GUY LIE #6: “I think women are smarter than men.”

As a statement it may be true, but when said by a guy it’s a strategic pose and nothing more. It is designed solely to put you off guard. No guy actually thinks you’re smarter than he is. Sure, he’ll say it over and over, and even offer examples of times you were right and smart and he was dumb and wrong, but in his head he does not for one second think he is really the less intelligent party. Guys know women like compliments, so we toss them out left and right to keep you from getting in our face about stuff. And that’s not all bad. The only danger comes from you believing he means it because that proves you’ve become delusional, which means he’s won. Don’t fall for it.


In most cases, this falls in the same category as “let’s be friends.” It’s yet another sad (and fairly predictable) way for frighteningly insecure guys to maintain proximity to the women they want to impress. In the abstract, most guys aren’t actually true feminists, ever. Or even could be. He can shout his support from the rooftops and march around in as many parades as he can find, but it’s just a pose so you’ll like him better. Want proof? See how feminist a guy is when he’s in a locker room surrounded by other guys. His sisterhood street cred will evaporate like snow in the sun.

GUY LIE #8: “It’s totally cool if you date my best friend.”

How any woman could ever believe this is beyond me. Rick Springfield, The Cars, and all manner of music and movies have ably chronicled the soul-crushing pain guys endure at seeing a girl they are “friends” with suddenly become the lover of their best buddy. This cannot be said enough: If a guy

is hanging around with you, he wants to be with you and wants you to be with him! He is not happy to see you and his buddy dating, ever. At all times, he is absolutely imagining the two of you together way more than is healthy. Protect your sanity—and his—by not even asking him to lie about this.

GUY LIE #9: “I think it’s so funny when you get drunk.”

This is such a huge lie. I’m not talking tipsy— this is about you being messy drunk (more than once) and your man trying to make light of the fact that you’ve become a hideous embarrassment to him. Look, guys always expect women to be more mature. That’s why we look up to you more often than not. If a gal is getting smashed all the time, what guy is enjoying it? What he’s really doing is making secret plans to bolt.

Fair? Not by a long shot, but no one said the nasty business of boys and girls getting together was ever gonna be fair. I mean, how could it? You’re way smarter than we are, right? B

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Giving Back, Changing Lives Making an impact means doing things that have a positive effect on the lives of those around us. It requires that we take the lead, knowing that our selfless actions are bigger than ourselves. Find out how these influencers are making their mark—and transforming people’s lives. By Vanessa Coppes

Wendy Schmidt | The Schmidt Family Foundation Wendy Schmidt is president of The Schmidt Family Foundation, where she works to advance the development of renewable energy and the wiser use of natural resources. The foundation houses a grant-making operation in the 11th Hour Project, which supports more than 150 nonprofit organizations around the world in program areas like renewable energy, ecological agriculture, human rights, and a maritime connection through the 11th Hour Racing program. 11th Hour Racing promotes sustainability in the sailing and maritime industries, and serves as the Exclusive Sustainability Partner for Land Rover BAR, the British team competing for the upcoming 35th American’s Cup in Bermuda. 11th Hour Racing also recently signed on as a title sponsor for the American team in the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race. In 2009, Schmidt and her husband, Eric, created the Schmidt Ocean Institute (SOI), and in 2012 launched the research vessel, Falkor, as a mobile platform to advance ocean exploration, discovery, and knowledge, and catalyze the sharing of information about the oceans. Since 2012, Falkor has hosted more than 400 scientists from 29 countries. To further her commitment to ocean issues, in 2010 Schmidt partnered with XPRIZE following


the Deepwater Horizon disaster to sponsor the Wendy Schmidt Oil Cleanup XCHALLENGE, a $1.4 million competition designed to identify efficient and innovative solutions to clean up surface oil spills from ocean platforms, tankers, and other sources. The 18-month-long competition resulted in a solution that yielded a fourfold improvement over existing cleanup capabilities. In 2012, Schmidt once again partnered with XPRIZE to design the Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE, a $2 million purse awarded in July 2015, where competitors responded to the global need for accurate and available sensors to more broadly measure the signs of ocean acidification, one of the harbingers of climate change. Schmidt was a founding board member of Climate Central, based in Princeton, NJ, which connects scientists and journalists to provide accurate, non-advocacy news and analysis about our changing climate and its impact on our cities, coastlines, agriculture, fresh water, and oceans. The Schmidt Family Foundation also operates ReMain Nantucket, dedicated to enhancing the economic, environmental, and social life in the downtown of America’s oldest continuous community. TheSchmidt.org

Dave Bomgaars | Family and Children’s Services Since 2006, Dave Bomgaars has served as the president of Family and Children’s Services (FACS), an independent non-profit behavioral health and social services agency based in Elizabeth, N.J. Bomgaars is proud to play a role in making Elizabeth and Union County a better place for families and children to live and grow. FACS also serves Union County and the surrounding areas, with an emphasis on the most vulnerable, at-risk, disadvantaged, and underserved populations. Through its annual golf event and Red Carpet Fashion Show, FACS has successfully raised funds and promoted its activities within the community. FACSnj.org

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Judy Banks | Balance Your Life Judy Banks is a stress-management and mindful lifestyle coach and Chopra Center Certified Instructor. With 25 years of experience in this field, Banks launched her business, Balance Your Life, where she offers a unique approach to understanding how diet and lifestyle affects our energy, focus, weight, and—ultimately—our lifespan. With a focus on the mind-body connection and stress-management, Banks offers a logical and sustainable approach to creating a more balanced, healthy, and meaningful life. Her workshops and seminars in both private and corporate settings benefit a range of non-profit organizations. Currently, her charity work supports Stephy’s Place, a life support center for grief and loss that is located in Red Bank, N.J. Stephy’s Place is a free safe haven for anyone who has suffered loss—a place to share faith, hope, and love with others who are continuing their own journey through the grief process. BalanceYourLife.com • Stephy’s Place

In 2014, Mengqing Fan founded Shixi Technology with a social mission: To tackle the issue of unemployment for recent college graduates in China. With one-third of the world’s college students residing in China, employment among recent graduates has been a major concern for the nation. With a unique online platform, Fan is focusing on the one thing that has been missing from the Chinese education system—internships. With the use of big data technology, Fan created China’s first web-based platform providing information about internships, jobs, and volunteer opportunities. Shixi Technology provides an efficient and reliable platform with internship information and solutions, while encouraging employers to offer internship opportunities to help themselves find qualified student candidates, thereby reducing costs associated with training and recruiting new hires. In 2016, the sixth annual official “First Ladies Luncheon,” hosted by Fashion 4 Development, honored Fan with the Empowerment Innovation Award. Fan’s platform has helped 10 million students find internships. Shixi.com • Fashion4Development.com B

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Tropical Refreshers

Sometimes we all need a little refresher. Get a delightful dose of personal restoration at these tropical escapes—proving there’s no limit to where reimagining can take you.

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Tucker’s Point, Bermuda RosewoodHotels.com The glowing pink sands, the balmy sea breeze, the open smiles of the islanders—one doesn’t need much motivation to plan a getaway to this picture-perfect island. Tucker’s Point overlooks the light blue waters of Castle Harbor, Bermuda and melds elegance with a laid-back ambiance that befits this Brit territory. Find your happy place and revive the spirit with a Bermuda Triangle Spa Journey at on-site Sense, where 18 showerheads will pulse the stress away in a Tropical Rain Splash Therapy. Then, enjoy a handpicked aloe full-body massage and citrus facial. Sip a poolside Dark n’ Stormy or indulge in a bevy of freshly-caught Fruit de Mer with an al fresco dinner overlooking the crashing waves. This May and June, Bermuda is also home to the 35th America’s Cup, presented by Louis Vuitton—a perfect excuse for a pre-trip closet refresh with a focus on chic sailing wear that will take your style from Bermuda to the Hamptons.


Wailea Beach Resort, Maui, Hawaii WaileaBeachResort.com Release your inner water goddess at this 22-acre resort along the Wailea coastline of Maui. With five pools to lounge in, a crystal clear ocean beckoning you to paddle an outrigger canoe, and the opportunity to snorkel with the sea turtles, you will have no shortage of ways to H2O your way to inner serenity. This completely reimagined resort offers a unique blend of honoring its heritage as the first resort in Wailea, combined with modern, chic décor boasting clean lines and fresh culinary offerings at its many eateries. Storytelling and the Te Au Moana Luau at the water’s edge brings the experience full circle as the local culture is celebrated in a way that makes the stay far more memorable than your average beach vacay.

The Don CeSar, St. Pete Beach, Florida DonCeSar.com This pink palace—which sits upon a wide expanse of sugarfine white sand—has hosted glam guests dating back to “The Great Gatsby” days. VIPs can join The Don CeSar Club for beachfront loungers, exclusive social gatherings, personal training sessions, and other spa perks. All guests enjoy being pampered poolside or at the award-winning sustainable seafood and farmto-table restaurants. The Spa Oceana’s 11,000 square feet offer plenty of choices to soothe away the stresses of real life, but we love the rooftop massage cabana for its ocean breezes and glorious vistas. Hop on the resort’s beach taxi to town for hot nightlife, sailing excursions, and exceptional art museums including the Chihuly Collection and Dali Museum. B

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Club Getaway

If you’re ready to finally make all of your inner 10-yearold’s wishes come true, round up some friends and plan the weekend of a lifetime at Club Getaway, located in the breathtaking Berkshire Mountains of Kent, Connecticut. Not only did we have the best time ever at this “adult summer camp,” but from here on out, we’ll officially be campers for life.

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This summer, plan your great adventure, meet new friends, and disconnect from the stresses of daily life while taking advantage of the countless activities offered at Club Getaway. Favorites on land include mountain biking, pub hikes, Zumba, zip-lining, bungee trampoline, color war, arts and crafts, archery, and even trapeze lessons. In true sleep-away camp fashion, you can indulge in lakeside water activities, adventure sports, or just some needed rest and relaxation. Team sports such as tennis, golf, basketball, baseball, volleyball, and kickball will also keep you busy and active for your entire stay. Love the water? At Camp Getaway, you can go swimming, boating, canoeing, water skiing, and wakeboarding. You can even face your fears and try their giant water slide, which is sure to get hearts racing and the adrenaline pumping. Perfect for singles—if you know what we mean. Guests enjoy three deliciously filling meals a day during their stay and cap off nights with happy hours, live bands, late night campfires—complete with s’mores—and boathouse-themed dance parties. Just like us, you’ll make connections that will last a lifetime and score Instagramworthy moments throughout your stay. Since 1976, Club Getaway has become the perfect getaway for people of all ages. The locale is stunning—the quintessential New England experience filled with towering trees and vibrant flowers. The cabins are simply chic, and the staff is more than accommodating. Dave,


the owner, really is a gem. No matter what you’re passionate about—nature, adventure, people, or fun—there is something for everyone at Camp Getaway. The Northeast’s premier destination for sports, fun, and adventure, Club Getaway has released its 2017 adult weekend lineup, which kicks off Memorial Day Weekend. Club Getaway will return in July for a series of themed weekends, including an extended July 4th vacation from June 30 through July 4. In addition, an LGBTQ friendly Camp OUT Weekend is set for July 14-16, a Young Professionals Weekend sponsored by Quiet Events from July 21-23, and a

Generation X Weekend July 2830. August will heat up with Club Getaway’s famous Sports, Fun & Adventure Weekend from the 4th through the 6th, followed by a Jewish Professionals Weekend August 11- 13. And Club Getaway’s Annual Fall Finale Weekend from October 13-15, complete with a haunted house, apple-pie making, and pumpkin carving. Engaged? Want to have a unique wedding that will leave your guests talking for years? Camp Getaway is the perfect place for outdoorsy couples who love adventure and fun. The rustic elegance of Camp Getaway will make for an unforgettable weekend for all involved. A

barbeque under the stars? Late night campfire with live music and s’mores? A Sunday brunch catered by New England’s finest chefs? Count us in! Writes The Huffington Post, “‘Scandal’ star Katie Lowes had the coolest wedding you’ve never seen. An entire weekend of camp-themed wedding activities including a talent show, color wars, water sports, dancing and, well, an actual wedding...” Club Getaway offers transportation from New York City, just 90 minutes away, so grab a friend or two and head on up to what’s sure to be one of the very best weekends of your lives. We’ll see you there! ClubGetaway.com B

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Boca Raton Resort and Club By Dara Kaplan

Looking to escape to the Mediterranean but don’t have time for a long flight? Boca Raton may not conjure visions of a faraway land, but your mind may be changed when you visit the southern coast of Florida. Uncover the luxurious SpanishMediterranean-influenced Boca Raton Resort and Club, a Waldorf Astoria Resort. You’ll lose yourself in the beautiful fountains, intricate mosaics, hidden gardens, elaborate archways, and exquisite views of the Atlantic Ocean.

The Resort, located in South Palm Beach County, Florida, was built in the late 1920s and spans over 356 acres. The resort offers five varieties of accommodations that cater to everyone’s personal preferences. The Cloister features Spanishinfluenced Mediterranean style with its newly renovated 361 deluxe rooms. You can also choose from the Yacht Club located on the Intercostal Waterway, which boasts 112 deluxe guestrooms and suites—all with waterfront views and balconies. Looking for deluxe amenities? The Yacht Club includes private check-in, exclusive wine tastings, elite shopping excursions with transportation by Maserati, and more. The Tower features 242 deluxe rooms, 76 junior suites, and 14 suites. This contemporary 27-story high building offers scenic views of the golf course and the Atlantic Ocean. There is also the Boca Beach Club, with its 212 custom-designed rooms. Amenities include ocean views, a fitness center, three pools with poolside cabanas, a private beach, and more.


Lastly, if you are looking for a longer escape, check out the Bungalows located on the perimeter of the golf course. The 120 guestrooms and 60 furnished apartments are perfect for extended stays. All bungalows are residential style and come equipped with a full, modern kitchen. The Boca Raton Resort and Club is home to the Forbes Four-Star Waldorf Astoria Spa, which was inspired by the Alhambra Palace in Spain. Spanning more than 50,000 square feet, the spa features 44 treatment rooms, ritual baths, luxurious gardens, and a multitude of treatments. In addition to the lovely spa, the resort offers two 18-hole golf courses with clinics and lessons, a pro shop, and equipment rentals. For the golf lover in your life, PGA professional Kellie Stenzel is the new lead golf instructor. The golf course provides everything from private lessons to club fittings. The Resort offers guests a vast selection of restaurants, ranging from Japanese (Morimoto) to Italian (Lucca) to elegant

American cuisines (Serendipity), perfect for the late-night ice cream craving. The Blue, located in the Tower, offers beautiful views of the ocean and provides guests with menus featuring the season’s freshest ingredients. While visiting The Resort, you must check out some of the many activities offered, including tennis courts, surf lessons, sailing and boating, and bodyboarding. As a bonus, during the sea turtle nesting season you can participate in a Hatching Release Program—a memorable experience especially for your little ones. Guests can get up close and learn about turtles while participating in a turtle release. The Boca Raton Resort and Club truly offers something for everyone. Whether you are vacationing with your family or just need a relaxing weekend away, this beautiful gem should certainly top your list. You will be pleasantly surprised at all the amazing activities and amenities this resort has to offer. BocaResort.com B

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Insider’s LA 10 Super-Cool Spots Even Locals Miss By Jarrod Thalheimer

Everybody knows about LA area tourist attractions like the Hollywood Sign, the Walk of Fame, and Disneyland. But if you’re looking for something off-the-beaten path, toss the typical guide aside and tuck this list instead.

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The Berlin Wall… on Wilshire | 5900 Wilshire Boulevard | WendeMuseum.org

Nearly 100 miles long, the Berlin Wall divided East and West Germany for nearly three decades. In 1990, it finally came down, almost three years to the day of President Reagan’s “Tear Down This Wall” speech. Most of it was destroyed, save 10 segments measuring 40-feet long and weighing 25 tons, which somehow found their way to Wilshire Boulevard. The Wende Museum commemorated the 20th anniversary of the fall by hosting the largest section of the wall outside Germany. To this day, the wall displays a fascinating mix of original Cold War-era murals mixed with modern designs by LA and Berlin street artists.


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The Museum of Death 6031 Hollywood Boulevard MuseumOfDeath.net

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Button Mash | 1391 Sunset Boulevard | ButtonMashLA.com

The 80s are alive on Sunset Boulevard, and they are delish. What do you get when you combine one of the most original underground LA restaurants (Starry Kitchen) with classic arcade faves? Only the coolest new hot spot to hit LA in ages. Button Mash has a dozen craft beers on tap, character wines, and some of the best vintage arcade games still upright. Play Donkey Kong, Frogger, or Punch-Out!! standup style while you nosh on tofu balls, shrimp toast, or a classic burger with garlic noodles. At 9 p.m., Button Mash transitions to adults-only for the rest of the night, so arrive early with a sack of quarters and stay late. The classic arcade never looked so good.

Founded in 1995, the macabre museum moved to its current location in 2000, expanding what is now the largest collection of serial murderer artwork, photos, and uncomfortable ephemera known to exist in one place. Boasting detailed exhibits of execution devices, autopsy tools, and instruments–plus a sizable body bag and coffin collection–the Museum of Death does not disappoint those seeking the “dark” side of life. Ever wonder about the Heaven’s Gate cult? The museum has the cult’s recruitment video. Curious about Charles Manson? The museum has pictures of the crime scene (yikes!). It’s definitely not for the faint of heart–though actual fainting is apparently quite common at the Museum of Death.

Old Los Angeles Zoo | 4801 Griffith Park Drive

The last animal resident officially departed in 1966 and the Griffith Park Zoo was basically abandoned. Forgotten by most, the odd visitors it did see left mainly garbage or graffiti. Eventually, someone in the city got the idea to throw in a few tables and benches, and poof— an attraction was born. What could be more fun than getting photos inside an old monkey cage? How about a picnic in the big cat enclosure? Head to Griffith Park, locate the merry-goround, and follow the signs. Some parts may even seem vaguely familiar, thanks to a famous visit by fictional anchorman Ron Burgundy.

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The Great Wall of Los Angeles | 12900 Oxnard Street | SPARCinLA.org

Designed by Judith Baca and brought to life by more than 400 youth and individual artists, the Great Wall of Los Angeles depicts the history of California from its founding to the 1950s. At 13 feet high and over 2,700 feet long, it’s claimed to be the largest continuous mural in the world–and the Social and Public Art Resource Center plans to keep going! Known as “social realism,” the subject matter of the Great Wall chronicles many uncomfortable aspects of current and past history, making it as striking intellectually as it is visually. Located on the concrete sides of the Tujunga Wash (part of the drainage system of Los Angeles), the Great Wall of Los Angeles spans six city blocks.

Secret Oil Well W. Pico Boulevard & S. Genesee Avenue

It may seem unbelievable, but Los Angeles has nearly 60 active oil fields–right in the city! More than 3,700 bobbing derricks pump black gold day and night, and while many are visible, far more are disguised. One intriguing character is the Packard Well Site. Hidden deep inside the shell of a fake 14-story building in West LA, the Packard Well Site façade was designed to fool back in 1968. No passersby would have even the slightest clue that the building they walked past every day (without any windows or roof ) hid a working oil well–until now, that is.

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Echo Park Time Travel Mart 1714 W. Sunset Boulevard TimeTravelMart.com

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Soap Plant Wacko | 4633 Hollywood Boulevard | SoapPlant.com

The tagline might be “the second happiest place on earth,” but that’s officially up for debate. When you cram a 6,000-square-foot store with more than 10,000 strange, crazy, bizarre, and just plain wacko items, you’ve got an adventure on overload. Founded in 1971, Soap Plant Wacko has become a true megastore for the pop culture connoisseur. The store stocks everything from Magic 8 Balls and fart machines to vinyl bobbleheads and classic metal lunch boxes–if it exists in some form, the store either has it or can get it. Plan your visit to coincide with one of many “events,” like “First Friday @ La Luz de Jesus Gallery” or “Stuffed Animals: Taxidermy.”

A front of sorts for 826LA, a non-profit creative-writing program for kids, the Time Travel Mart carries all manner of hilarious supplies to support the immediate demands of your average quantum leaper. Ever wake up in medieval England without a disguise for your robot pal? The mart’s got you covered. Have a hankering for canned Woolly Mammoth Chunks? Stock up now. Featuring an irony-bending pun for a slogan– “Whenever you are, we’re already then”–the Time Travel Mart specializes in goofy “relics” from the past, present, and future. Surely a case of Barbarian Repellant may come in handy at some point? Visit them today, or yesterday. Your choice.

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The Smell 247 S. Main Street TheSmell.org

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It’s a Wrap! Thrift Store 1164 S. Robertson Boulevard | ItsAWrapHollywood.com

Movie studios are always selling stuff because they have no desire (or space) to store the costumes, sets, and props that go into making the entertainment that fills our digital lives. So if you’re curious to see what happens to a suit or jacket after it’s enjoyed 15 minutes of fame on George Clooney’s back, head over to It’s a Wrap! and find out. Most props and clothing pieces are high quality, and many still have the original price tags attached. The store buys constantly, so its stock seems to change by the minute. It’s a perfect, inexpensive way to take some Hollywood home.

A popular, energetic, all-ages, punk rock, experimental music venue in downtown LA, The Smell may not last much longer. Tagged early on as drug- and alcohol-free, The Smell has provided a space to those interested in supporting and participating in artistic freedom and innovation for nearly 10 years. Non-profit and run totally by volunteers, the atmosphere is one of wild creativity and solid community. Concerts are always $5 (unless posted), but the clock is ticking loudly. Recently notified that the landlord wants to demolish the building, the group has started a petition to save the club. Stop by before it’s too late. B

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Snapshots of West Coast Living

LA For all the latest West Coast happenings, be sure to visit BellaLAMag.com

West Coast living for East Coast dwellers ... the best of what to do the next time you’re in California. By Dionne Clarke

L’Auberge Del Mar L’Auberge Del Mar has long been a favorite SoCal coastal retreat in San Diego’s North County region, just two hours south of LA. But with the gorgeous remodel of its 121 guest rooms and suites by renowned interior designer Barclay Butera, there’s even more reason to book your next getaway there. The updated coastal chic decor is inspired by the hotel’s oceanfront location with furniture and accessories in ocean blues, sea glass greens, and crisp whites bringing brightness and vibrancy for a beautiful contemporary and serene feel. Rooms are decked out with the comfiest of beds, large flat-screen TVs, in-room coffee service and a separate sitting area. The intimate hotel overlooking the Pacific Ocean boasts easy beach access through a private path and amenities that include tennis courts, a 24-hour fitness center, leisure and whirlpools, and close proximity to stores and restaurants in the quaint Del Mar town. Spa L’Auberge, situated in a cozy beach house on the hotel property, offers massages, body treatments, facials, mani/pedis, and more in its 10 treatment rooms. The 5,000-squarefoot oasis is the perfect oceanside spa to rejuvenate, relax, and be pampered. One of the more popular treatments is the 80-minute aromatherapy facial, which is pure joy. Essential oils extracted from flowers, herbs, and plants are blended into magical potions, used to help relieve stress, hydrate your skin, and give you that sought-after glow. When it’s time for eats, L’Auberge Del Mar’s signature restaurant, Kitchen 1540, will delight in every way. Executive Chef Nathan Lingle, whose devotion to using the highest quality regional ingredients on his menu, is sure to rustle up creative and inventive dining options that will cater to your culinary desires. Self-described as perfecting a “coastal harvest” culinary style, Lingle uses local produce in his dishes, which boast a Baja and Pan Asian flair. Favorites include the duck prosciutto and ricotta fritter appetizers, the Jidori chicken with Cara Cara orange, and the Skuna Bay salmon with black rice and ginger dashi. Leave room for the craft beer beignets or the chocolate butter-bourbon bar! LAubergeDelMar.com


Kettner Exchange Kettner Exchange is one of the most sought after reservations in San Diego—a must visit whenever you’re in the city. Proudly stationed in the heart of vibrant Little Italy, this stunning restaurant and bar flaunts dark wood furnishings, upholstered booths, an inviting fireplace on the ground floor, and a chess table should you wish to indulge in a game. The indoor/outdoor space on the top floor boasts great views of the Bay, rooftop cabanas, and has a spacious nautical-themed dining area with one wall filled with spice jars and another with floor-to-ceiling wine bottles. But it’s definitely the food that will keep you coming back for more. Executive Chef Brian Redzikowski is one of the most skilled and innovative chefs in San Diego. Using seasonal ingredients, his French culinary training, and passion for Asian flavors, he serves up popular dishes like foie gras French toast, crispy Brussels sprouts, spicy shrimp, and suckling pig larb. The cocktail menu at Kettner Exchange is also something to behold, especially the Penicillin #86 made with Demerara rum, ginger, navy strength rum, pineapple, lemon, and honey. With an energetic vibe, delicious food, and craft cocktails to keep you well spirited— all enjoyed in a beautiful space—Kettner Exchange more than lives up to the hype. KettnerExchange.com

Live Music at The Peppermint Club A new live music venue has debuted in West Hollywood, and musicians and music lovers alike have a swanky new place to enjoy live jams in a spectacular setting. Created by The h.wood Group and Interscope Records, The Peppermint Club pays homage to historic venues like Troubadore and Whiskey A Go Go, but with an updated twist. Indeed, the 60s-inspired lounge has the feel of being in a classic music studio but with a modern sound system that’s phenomenal.

The libations offered up help keep you in that musicallyintoxicated mood with cocktails inspired by the music industry. The Billboard is a favorite made with Virginia Black whiskey, muddled strawberry, honey, lemon juice, and soda. Hollywood nightlife gurus John Terzian and Brian Toll brought the space to life with acclaimed interior designer John Sofio. HwoodGroup. com/The-Peppermint-Club

The Detox Market One of California’s leading green beauty retailers has opened up a new store in Santa Monica, The Detox Market—the place to run if your quest is to remove toxins from your beauty regimen. The store, which has a contemporary beach house feel, offers a selection of eco-friendly, non-toxic, cruelty-free brands to use

on your skin, for health and wellness, as well as products for your home. Their knowledgeable staff provides free makeup and skin care consultations so you get the exact right products for you. Best of all is knowing that all products are plantbased and free from harmful chemicals. TheDetoxMarket.com

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BELLA and Bagatelle Pour Elle Cocktail Party Celebrates International Women’s Day

The Meatpacking District’s perennial hotspot Bagatelle hosted its monthly Pour Elle event on Wednesday, March 8th in partnership with BELLA Magazine. The special shopping event celebrated International Women’s Day and featured a selection of fashionable vendors, including Trina Turk, Stella & Dot, Roses Only, The Shoe Box, Maria Halovyck–The Beauty 2 Go, and LuxusLashes. Complimentary cocktails from Toast Vodka, Hiro Sake, Hackamore, and XXX were served, along with delicious passed hors d’oeuvres from Executive Chef Nicolas Frezal. Celebrity photographer Rose Hartman made an appearance to sign copies of her book, “Incomparable Women of Style,” in between making the festival rounds for the documentary about her life dubbed “The Incomparable Rose Hartman.” For more information on our monthly events at Bagatelle, visit BagatelleNYC.com.


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BELLA Celebrates Spring Cover at the Garden City Hotel

On March 2nd, BELLA celebrated its spring cover star Christy Altomare at the Garden City Hotel’s press and industry celebration in connection with the highly anticipated release of the Broadway musical “Anastasia.” Guests enjoyed an evening of cocktails, hors d’ouevres, shopping, and a special musical performance by the show’s leading man Derek Klena.


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Long Island Sports Cars Presents Project Heart to Heart

On Wednesday, March 1st, Long Island Sports Cars on Northern Boulevard hosted an event supporting Tuesday’s Children. All proceeds benefitted Project Heart to Heart, an intensive three-day program where widows from post-9/11 military operations come together with 9/11 widows to heal, grow, and build lifelong friendships. The event raised nearly $14,000, helping to fund the cost of one retreat.


Tiro A Segno Hosts Annual JDRF Fundraiser

On Saturday, April 1st, Joe Mure and friends hosted the annual JDRF fundraiser. Hundreds of guests, including Brooklyn/Staten Island Congressman Dan Donovan, dined and danced the night away at Tiro A Sego, a private, exclusive club in NYC's West Village. All proceeds from the evening benefitted the main mission of JDRF: “A world without Type 1 diabetes.�

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The Joseph Maffeo Foundation’s 13th Annual Casino Night

On Friday, February 17th, BELLA magazine co-founders Courtenay and Daniel Hall co-hosted Staten Island University Hospital’s (SIUH) 13th Annual Casino Night. The event honored Laura Wenzel, Senior Director of Maternal/Child Health, with proceeds from the evening supporting the soon-to-be-developed modern NICU at SIUH. Throughout the evening, over 400 guests enjoyed casino games and the signature BELLA Beauty Lounge, where attendees were able to sample and shop some of the finest health and beauty brands from the tri-state area.


SculpSure Event at Schlessinger Eye & Face

David Schlessinger of Schlessinger Eye & Face in Woodbury, NY introduced his new fat-melting laser, SculpSure, at his newly renovated and expanded office. Patients and friends attended this informative event, which included a live demo and special pricing for those who booked this FDA-approved procedure.

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AROUND TOWN The inaugural Blue Jacket Fashion Show and dinner, held at Pier 59 Studios, benefited the Prostate Cancer Foundation in partnership with Johnson & Johnson ©Getty Images

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Aretha Franklyn received a multi-artist tribute with “The Music of Aretha Franklin” at Carnegie Hall, NYC ©LMG

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Celebrity jeweler Margo Manhattan held a special event previewing her collection exclusively for The Home Shopping Network, NYC ©Johnny Nunez

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New York’s iconic Decoration & Design Building (DDB) celebrated British creativity and heritage with nine British interior design showrooms including Chesney’s, de Le Cuona, Farrow & Ball, and Forbes & Lomax. DDB, NYC ©Paul Bickford for LandinoPhoto


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Actress and model Kiera Chaplin completed her required driving and navigation training in preparation of the 27th Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles, Northeast Off-Road Adventures, Ellenville, NY ©Richard Lansing

Charles Finch and CHANEL Pre-Oscar Awards Dinner Madeo Restaurant, Los Angeles, CA ©Patrick McMullan

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2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards, Santa Monica Pier ©Patrick McMullan

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2017 Vanity Fair Oscar Party, Beverly Hills, CA ©Patrick McMullan

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GBK, the luxury lifestyle gift lounge, held an Oscar luxury gift and style lounge, Los Angeles, CA ©Tiffany Rose

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Republic Records held A Celebration of Music, cosponsored by Absolut and Fiji Water, at Catch LA, West Hollywood, California ©Johnny Nunez

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New York 9 Best thing about living in NYC? Revueltas: The diversity of people and the energy in NYC give me life. I always feel like there’s something new and exciting to try, as well as interesting people to meet. Rockson: The inspiration I get from walking down the streets. A lot of people say it’s too fastpaced, but that translates to motivation for me. It pushes me to be the best version of myself. Favorite restaurant? Revueltas: I absolutely love tapas, so Sala One Nine is one of my favorites, and I usually go to Socarrat for a tasty paella. Rockson: Pokeworks, for sure! Who doesn’t love a good sushi burrito? Favorite neighborhood? Revueltas: I’m biased because I grew up there, but I’m an East Villager for life! Rockson: It’s a combo for me— Washington Heights and Midtown. Washington Heights is like a hidden suburb within the city and so culturally diverse. It reminds me a little bit of Nigeria, where I grew up. I like Midtown for the most cliché reasons ever—I love Rockefeller Center, Bryant Park, Times Square, and Grand Central.

TAYO ROCKSON & SANDRA REVUELTAS New York City power team Tayo Rockson and Sandra Revueltas are the founders of UYD Management, a strategic leadership and consulting firm that helps corporations improve their bottom line by incorporating diversity, inclusion, hiring, retention, and social justice strategies. With diverse backgrounds, but a shared vision, these two are changing the face of the modern workplace worldwide. 152 THE BEAUTY ISSUE

The best part of our job is... Revueltas: Inspiring others to speak their truth and to feel valued and validated. I know from personal experience that everyone does not start on an equal playing field, have access to the same resources, or get offered the same opportunities, but I do know that everyone has a perspective worth sharing. Our collective experiences allow each one of us to better understand the world around us. Rockson: Being able to promote inclusion in education systems and workplaces. As someone who has been a minority everywhere I’ve gone, I have come to understand the true meaning of what it takes to have a seat at the table. Nothing brings a smile to my face more than when our show’s listeners or our clients let us know they are now able to “come as they are” in the workplace and that it’s contributed to their productivity. It makes it all worth it.

A visit to New York isn’t complete until... Revueltas: You’ve tried NYC pizza! Rockson:​ You’ve had food from the Halal guys on 53rd and 6th. You also need to at least stop by Central Park. Subways or cabs? Revueltas: Both! I’m an unlimited MetroCard holder and daily subway commuter, but as a woman I prefer to take cabs, Juno, Lyft, and yes—even Uber in the late evenings. Rockson: Subways, no question! For some odd reason, reading a good book or catching up on episodes of my favorite podcast feel better on the subway. Plus, during the day it’s usually quicker. Best advice you’ve ever received? Revueltas: It was one day during a church sermon about how sometimes when we want a specific moment in our lives to happen exactly as and when we expect it and then it doesn’t, we often we become discouraged. But instead we should prepare ourselves to achieve something even better and greater than we ever even imagined. Rockson: It was the character Alex Hitchens’ line in the movie “Hitch” that goes like this: “Never lie, steal, cheat, or drink. But if you must lie, lie in the arms of the one you love. If you must steal, steal away from bad company. If you must cheat, cheat death. And if you must drink, drink in the moments that take your breath away.” Must-have beauty item? Revueltas: Eyeliner! I think both eyeliner and lip gloss/lipstick are the essentials. Rockson: I don’t know if this qualifies but Chapstick, ha ha. Definition of beauty? Revueltas: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and for me it’s all about a person’s energy. Rockson: Being yourself in any situation—and feeling comfortable doing so. B


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