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The New Young Hollywood


Holiday issue

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From the Editor-in-Chief

On set with Peyton List in NYC



I am so thrilled to have Peyton List grace this special milestone cover, which also happens to be our holiday cover. As I look through these “Fabulous 50,” I must admit I’m in awe of what we have accomplished. The faces of BELLA have included such a diverse group of individuals, and I am so proud of that. We have featured top world influencers, amazing TV and movie stars, illustrious athletes, and more. It has been an amazing journey and through it all we have stayed true to our message that you define the beauty in your life. To say this year went fast is an understatement! The holidays are here, and we’re drawing upon the close of another wonderful year. I say “wonderful” even though there have been many ups and downs. Life can get messy and hectic, but I have learned more this year than years past, and I think growth is an amazing thing no matter how hard it may be at times. My best friend Tori was diagnosed with cancer last fall, and it’s a day I will never forget. I honestly feel I took it harder at times than she did (or that she let me see, at least–she’s the strongest person I know!). Going through that with her has helped me redefine the beauty in my own life to a much greater level. I have always known how important my family and friends were to me, but when you hear news like this– you REALLY know. When Tori said to me one day, “I didn’t want to bother you, I know how busy you are,” about something related to her diagnosis, I stopped in my tracks. At that moment, I thought—Is this what she thinks? Is this what other people may think? I knew in that instant that I was going to change, not change my work ethic, but change what those closest to me thought was most important to me–THEM!

Celebrating with my best friend Tori

Tori is in remission right now, so we are thrilled with that news! But in all of this, the biggest lesson for me has been to be so thankful for my health, my family, my friends, and this amazing opportunity I have been given to share my voice through BELLA. I have realized that the emails and work will still be there when I get back, but Tori, my closest and one of my oldest friends from childhood, needed me and that is where I wanted to be. Through it all we laughed (and cried) so hard at times—just like the old days—that I thought I would get thrown out of some of her treatments. We grew closer (something I didn’t even know was possible), and I will look back on these days with gratitude instead of sadness. I know this letter isn’t my usual recap of the issue, but as I sat down to write, this message just flowed out, and I wanted to share it. This year has been one of the most beautiful of my life, and I am so thankful for all of it. I wish you nothing but good health, joy, peace, and love throughout the holiday season and the new year! All my best, 13




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Photographer Derek Reed captured all-grown-up Disney star Peyton List in all her glamour for this issue’s cover story. Based in New York City, Reed’s impressive body of work has also appeared in publications such as Essence, People, Billboard Magazine, The New York Times, and others. When not taking pictures, you can find him exploring the amazing city he calls home and spending time with family and friends.

Dr. Robi Ludwig is a psychotherapist and award-winning reporter. She 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,” and others, helping audiences and guests understand the complexities of the human condition.

As a longtime Hollywood publicist, Chad Schubert has worked with the likes of Carmen Electra, Kristin Cavallari and Erika Jayne and has represented brands for Chinese Laundry, Linea Pelle and the iconic House of Bijan on Rodeo Drive. He’s placed clients in top-tier publications such as The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Vogue, and Forbes. As a writer, his intention is to create content that is meaningful and inspirational.

Growing up in the back room of Loehmann’s and being the daughter of a true “garmento” had Evan Elkowitz obsessed with fashion from an early age. Born with an innate sense of style, Elkowitz has an eye for putting outfits together that look effortless and finished. Styling is what she loves, and seeing people put on an outfit and feel fabulous in it is why she does what she does.

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Pumpkin Spice Obsession, Taste of Brown, Celebration Style, Red Carpet Reese, White Delight, John Russo’s Ones to Watch, Falling Into Fashion


The Ultimate Guide to Gorgeous, On Gabrielle Ruiz’s Vanity, Pretty in the City, Pop Star Scents, Holiday Highlighting How-To’s, Long Hair-Don’t Care

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StyleReport OBSESSION PUMPKIN SPICE By Jonathan Calixto

There’s nothing like a pumpkin spice-inspired outfit for the holidays. The most recognized flavor and tone of the season is back! The popular burnt orange tone has been spotted on runways from designers like Jenny Packham, Ralph Lauren, and Aquilano.Rimondi, to name a few, making it an even more delectable choice for your wardrobe. Easy to pair from head to toe or in standout pieces like ankle boots or trousers, this is the safest tone to help add the extra pop everyone needs for the holidays. Our top picks will leave you wanting to spice up more than just your cup of latte.

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TASTE OF BROWN By Jonathan Calixto

This year we saw a wide selection of pastel tones, but for the holidays, brown is the color to go. Designers such as Toddy Snyder, Maison Mihara, and Berluti have taken the dark tone and showcased its palette ranging from light to dark. The fun thing about brown for the holidays is the versatility it’ll offer when dressing for work gatherings or social settings with peers. Mixing lighter and darker brown items will

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add a unique touch to your outfit without having to step outside of your comfort zone. Another way to incorporate the palette into your closet is by adding textures, which is key for styling a monochromatic look from head to toe Experiment with the range of browns this season, and don’t forget to grab your hot chocolate before stepping out into the chilly weather.


1. Skinny Blazer in Metallic Snake Print $44, 2. Wool-Blend Duffle Coat $1,395, 3. Milano Fit Wide Wale Stretch Corduroys $108,


4. Barbour Galloway Shawl-Collar Sweater $179, 5. Print Crew Socks $7.95, 6. Chelsea-Style Boots $119, 7. Golden Fleece Suede Penny Loafers $548,

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CELEBRATION STYLE As you head off to your next party, let the festive flair of fun inspire you. After all… ‘tis the season to look your best! By Amanda Mactas


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1. Twilight Choker $325, 2. Wave Bracelet $1,700, 3. Polaris Drop Earring $130,



4. Miriam Earrings $175,


5. Sophia Webster Clara Ball Clasp Clutch $495, 6. Satus Heel $143.40, 7. Rose Heel $109, 8. Elise Stack $175,



2 1. Curried Myrrh for FP $178, 2. Ruby 2 $100,


3. Petite Lana Earrings $175, 4. Dolce Faux Fur Totes $69, 5. Alice Necklace $375, 6. Converse Premium Leather High Top Sneakers $100, 7. Isobel Small Leather Satchel $295,




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theStyleReport RED CARPET READY R EE S E W I T H ER S P O O N Red carpet regular, Reese Witherspoon, had a sensational 2017 both on and off the red carpet. We can’t wait to see what the New Year has in store for everyone’s favorite Southern sweetheart. By Mindy Gura and Paula Orlan







WHITE DELIGHT By Mindy Gura and Paula Orlan

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Breaking the rules never felt so good—until now! That’s because we’re taking that old “don’t wear white after Labor Day” rule and throwing it out the window. White clothing in heavier materials is crisp and beautiful in colder weather. It can be worn to the office for a professional day look and revamped for a fun night out on the town. Find your inner fashion rebel and embrace winter white this season…




1. Park Avenue Hat $172,


2. Baroque Freshwater Pearl Pendant $99, 3. Small White Chalcedony Moon Ring $32, 4. Knitted Rex Rabbit Vest With Fox Trim $335, 5. Gucci Sylvie Web-Trim Leather Booties $1190, 6. Prada Saffiano Leather Tote $2700, 7. Tessia Ivory Turtleneck Sweater $30.99,



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ONES TO WATCH Watches are one of the only accessories that can be a staple in every man, woman, and child’s wardrobe. Watches are now just as much a fashion accessory as a way to tell time, and there are options for every style and price point. These five amazing timepieces are available in different styles, because everyone needs a stylish way to know when they’re fashionably late!


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Timex Weekender Stainless Steel and Webbing Chronograph Watch in Dark Gray $130,


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With the arrival of a new fall season comes fashion trends you can take from the runway to the streets, as well as into the office. In store for the season are these top trends you must try now!

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1. Eclectic Earrings. When it comes to accessories,

eclectic designs prevail. This pair of drop earrings from Cynthia Dresser are an impactful final touch on almost any


2. Super Serums. Place these serums onto your skin in the

morning and night, and you’ll see a big difference. The more hydrated your skin, the plumper, firmer, and more radiant it looks. Especially great for sensitive skin, the really effective serums also reduce redness.

3. Mad About Plaid. The look of plaid is fun and versatile, yet

nostalgic in feel. Coupled with menswear-inspired styles, plaid makes for one of this season’s biggest trends. This look from Verdad is among the best as it presents a modern feel on an old-school print.

4. Strong Suits. Suits have made a real comeback. Paired with

a strong color like red or tangerine, they become an especially bold fashion statement. This suit offers an amazing burst of color as well as a fantastic fit.

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With its strong shape and bright colors, this

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BeautyScene The ULTIMATE GUIDE to HOLIDAY GORGEOUS By Janene Mascarella


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“Our key makeup artist, Kymber Blake, introduced a few of these over the last three seasons we’ve been working together on the show,” says Ruiz.

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“I can’t say enough about the Nars Brow Defining Cream! I feel like my lush, Latina eyebrows now perfectly frame my face without overpowering in color.”

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Dayle Breault Heartfelt Emulsion Day Cream


“Kymber introduced this day cream when I was on location in the desert. After four days in the sun, I never got a sunburn and my complexion stayed clear and hydrated.”




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Pretty in the City SPOTLIGHT: D A P H N E By Janene Mascarella

Want to get that coveted Parisian glow without having to whip out your passport? D A P H N E is a chic skincare and sugaring studio located in the trendy Nolita neighborhood that focuses on blending European modalities and treatments with the latest technology. The spa exclusively carries the premier French skincare company Biologique Recherche’s extensive range of skincare products, and the menu features highly clinical and customized facial and body treatments. And we’re sweet on this: D A P H N E also offers a full menu of traditional Egyptian Sugaring for men and women through its organic sugaring studio, ilovesugar. Ready to escape the hustle and bustle and take some time to beautify? Here are three standout treatments to try this holiday season.


Biologique Recherche P50 Exfoliating and Detoxifying Algae Wrap With a unique formula exclusive to Biologique Recherche, Lotion P50 gently exfoliates as well as moisturizes the skin. The body is then wrapped with algae and essential oils in an infrared blanket for a detoxifying and oxygenating effect. Skin is hydrated, firmed, and lifted. This treatment fights water retention, aging, and stress.

French Sudatonic Slimming and Detoxifying Body Wrap An infrared blanket is used with Sudatonic creams to flush toxins from the body. There is notable improvement in skin texture, weight loss, cellulite reduction, and diminished stretch marks. This relaxing wrap burns an average of 1,500 to 3,000 calories.

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Choose the right formula. Not all highlighters are created equal. If you have textured skin, a liquid highlighter is best. Those with oily skin should use powders. For deep skin, a sheer cream will compliment any undertone, while light skin generally requires a more opaque formula. Step out of your comfort zone. Try something new. Maybe that means applying more than usual, or choosing a holographic shade. Keep the edges blended and you can pull off anything. Yes, YOU! Find the best placement for your face shape. Hold a light (I usually use my phone) at the top of your forehead, pointing down to the floor. Highlighter should be applied to every area that the light hits.

Wardrobe your highlighters. Yes, you can have

more than one. We wear different clothes for different occasions, but we often neglect to change our makeup accordingly. Bonus: Having more than one product will give you the option of layering to create multiple shades and finishes.

do not!

Cover your whole face with highlighter. The purpose of highlighting is to accentuate areas of the face. If we cover every inch, then nothing is accentuated, defeating the purpose. Use the same applicator for every formula. Always use synthetic brushes, beauty blenders, or your fingers for creams and liquids. A fan brush, contour brush, or small blush brush will work for powders. As always, don’t forget to keep brushes clean to prevent buildup of bacteria. Apply setting powder after highlighter. Unless the goal is to tone down the highlighter, use setting powder first and the highlighter at the end of your makeup routine.

The Ultimate Holiday

Highlighting How-To By Rachel Paul

Lists are a big part of my life. They seem to be the best way to keep my sanity, but somehow become more abundant around the holidays. Not only to-do lists, but also gift giving (and receiving) lists, party guest lists, food shopping lists for dinner parties, holiday card lists—the “list” goes on. To keep things simple, I have created yet another list—The Dos and Don’ts of Highlighting. I’m sure we agree that it’s easy to get carried away with highlighters especially around the holiday season. “I need to stand out somehow, right?” Right! But let’s make sure we’re standing out in the best “light” possible. So let’s get to it! Post this list on your mirror or snap a pic and make it your wallpaper until you know it by heart.


Only apply on the face. Have you heard of ear highlighting? It may sounds extraterrestrial, but a soft sheen along the center edges of the ear will bring balance to the highlighting you’ve done on your face. Also, don’t forget about the collar bone, cleavage, and legs.

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Long Hair, Don’t Care


Want to rock hair extensions this holiday season, but not sure where to start? Meet Hidden Crown and its Ford model founder, Shelley Goodstein. Since she’s been modeling her whole life, Goodstein knows all the hidden beauty secrets, and she created Hidden Crown to make hair extensions a seamless process for everyone. We were excited to talk to Goodstein and score some tips for our BELLA readers…


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Hidden Crown Inspiration “In the past when I’d go to a photo shoot and they put hair on me, I loved the way it looked. I wouldn’t want them to take it off at the end of the day, but I never had the confidence to hide the 18 clips it required to look like that. My mission was to make salon-quality, easy-to-use, professional products available not only to the rich and famous, but affordably to all women.”

GOODSTEIN’S TOP SIX HAIR EXTENSIONS TIPS Don’t fake It. Always choose 100% REMY human hair. Don’t get fooled by synthetic or blends. REMY means all cuticles are in the same direction and won’t tangle easily.

Find your natural color. The extension color should always match the lower third of the hair shaft and the ends because this is where the extension will meet up with your natural hair.

Hair can make or break your holiday look. Hair is the one thing you can’t filter-fix when you’re taking lots of holiday photos. Use extensions to get fuller hair with no peek through spaces. An added bonus: More hair on your head can also make your body appear thinner. Make waves. For the holiday season, don’t forget that you can style your extensions with a curling iron to add some waves. Extra hair is especially perfect for braids and thicker side ponytails–think gorgeous fishtails with crystals, name it!

What Makes Hidden Crown Extensions Different? • You can put them on yourself in less than a minute (vs. the hours and hours it can take sitting in a stylist’s chair). No clips or glue required! • The halo style extensions are hidden between the top and bottom of your hair and are not attached to directly to your scalp, so they won’t get easily oily or dirty.

Keep it going longer. Your hair extensions can last 3 months up to a year depending on how you take care of them. One not-so-obvious trick is to only wash your extensions every 2-4 months.

• Hidden Crown extensions are made from human hair so you can do all the things you do to your own hair–curl it, straighten it, and wash it–but the secret is in not drying the hair out.

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LUXE LIST By Janene Mascarella

From over-the top experiences to high-flying and haute must-haves, we’ve got the goods on what’s hot this holiday season for everyone on your list. Here’s our guide to this year’s most exquisite gifts to give and (hopefully) receive.

Extraordinary Experiences End the year by gifting the experience of a lifetime: ringing in the New Year just 150-feet below the Times Square Ball—the closest live view of the iconic world event. The Knickerbocker Hotel offers a luxury package that includes overnight accommodations for New Year’s Eve and two tickets to the unforgettable party at the hotel’s St. Cloud Social rooftop bar and lounge. Starting at $4,000,


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Arts & Culture



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A true dancer is not only an athlete, but is an artist who expresses emotion within his or her movements and relays a message to the audience in an effort to inspire other creative minds. One does not have to be born with the skill, but rather encompass the strength and passion to share this art form with the world. These are the beliefs that acted as the driving force behind the ambitious Pascal Rioult.

It was 1981 when Rioult was granted the opportunity to study modern dance in the United States, and left France to do so. He shared his talents with various troupes before being asked to join the prestigious Martha Graham Dance Company. Not only did he perform as a principal dancer, but Graham even created a lead role for him in her ballet titled “Eye of the Goddess” in 1990. Rioult’s love for dance and growing success encouraged his idea to start his own company, where he could establish a choreographic style of his own and share his extensive knowledge with a dedicated group of dancers. RIOULT Dance NY was founded only a few years later in 1994. RIOULT Dance NY is a modern dance company devoted to bringing the artistic works of Pascal Rioult to life. Although based in New York City, the company tours both nationally and internationally with a group of dancers unique in their own right. Each dancer is truly passionate about his or her craft, and brings that energy to the stage to create an unforgettable performance every time. To date, RIOULT Dance NY has premiered at a number of locations throughout North America,

including Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors (New York, NY), the Annenberg Center (Philadelphia, PA), and Zellerbach Hall (Berkeley, CA), just to name a few. They have even traveled to France, the birthplace of the founder himself, where they performed at the Cannes International Festival among other locations. What makes RIOULT Dance NY so remarkable is that the company strives to give back to the community through its passion for dance. In 1997, the ensemble began an in-school arts education program called DanceREACH in order to stimulate the minds of young students and give them the opportunity to indulge in self-expression. Since then, DanceREACH has motivated thousands of youngsters and has impacted the lives of community members as well. This program is offered to students from elementary to high school throughout the New York metropolitan area, as well as internationally when the company is on tour. RIOULT Dance NY also offers a number of workshops and classes for those interested in the art of dance, some of which will be held at the Kaufman Arts District in Astoria. For more information, visit, and see the company perform at the Joyce Theatre from May 30, 2018 to June 3, 2018. B 51


There is more to life than everything pumpkinflavored, raking leaves, and around-the-clock sports coverage this fall. Here are some new ideas to embrace—the latest books to read, shows to watch, and restaurants to experience. By Norah Bradford


Opening imminently from hospitality impresario Stephen Hanson is the new hotel Life, located in the old Life Magazine building in New York City’s NoMad neighborhood. Life has been breathed into the 1893 building with 98 guest rooms that have been designed to pay respect to the heritage of the building with high ceilings, iron bedframes, and brass fixtures. The full-service on-site restaurant is from Chef Michael Vignola (formerly of the Strip House Steakhouse). Additionally, in the basement is a bar serving classic cocktails and fulfilling its old role—it was once a speakeasy for Life Magazine staffers back in the day.


Uma Thurman of “Pulp Fiction” and “Kill Bill” cinematic fame takes a different role entirely alongside Josh Lucas in the new Broadway play, “The Parisian Woman,” opening on November 30. Written by Beau Willimon, who crafted the American version of “House of Cards” starring Kevin Spacey, this play is set in modern day Washington, D.C. and chronicles the travails of a woman trying to pressure her lover into securing her husband a high-level role in the U.S. government.


Read Enjoy

Annette Bening and Jamie Bell star in the film adaptation of “Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool,” based on the memoir of the same name by Peter Turner about his 1970s romance with actress Gloria Grahame in the final years of her life. The film premiered to much acclaim at the Telluride Film Festival, and the industry elite attended its screening at the Toronto Film International Festival. Released by Sony Pictures Classic.

“A Legacy of Spies” by John le Carre is the latest novel from the author, whose observations on human nature and moral ambivalence in the world of espionage have resulted in television and cinematic fame through adaptations of earlier works such as “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy,” “A Most Wanted Man,” “The Night Manager,” and “The Constant Gardener,” to name a few. His new work brings the reader full circle to his original characters, such as British spymaster George Smiley (played by both Alec Guinness and Gary Oldman on television and film) and his trusted colleague Peter Guillam.


Entertainment mastermind Ian Schrager’s new hotel, PUBLIC, located on Chrystie Street in New York City, boasts that most enviable of gastronomic assets—a Jean-Georges restaurant. Destined to become an instant classic by virtue of the chef ’s experience and Ian Schrager’s remarkable aesthetic, Public Kitchen takes the melting pot of New York City’s ethnicities and makes a menu that reflects that eclectic mix—including vegan dishes, creating something for everyone. B 53

NYC Artist Spotlight

Francesca Curran By Daniel G. Hall Additional Reporting by Amanda Manfredi

Shaving her head and sitting through countless hours of tattoo application to play the role of an aggressive white supremacist, it goes without saying that Francesca Curran is dedicated to her craft. Widely known for her iconic role as “Skinhead” Helen on the Netflix series, “Orange Is The New Black” (OITNB), Curran started out as a theater performer shortly after graduating from The American Musical and Dramatics Academy in New York City, where she trained in musical theatre. Born in Minnesota, Curran had a surprisingly easy time adapting to city life. She always knew she belonged in Manhattan, and used her eccentricities as her platform to land roles in the industry. Whereas most performers would go crazy at the thought of a three-hour hair and makeup transformation into character, Curran takes it in stride and even pokes fun at the drastic differences between herself and Helen on her Instagram, @francesca_curran. Avid fans of the show have a hard time recognizing Curran when she’s out with the rest of the OITNB cast. We had the opportunity to chat with Curran to discover what it’s like to be an undercover Netflix superstar.

What is your favorite part about playing “Skinhead Helen” on “Orange Is The New Black”? It’s that it is completely opposite from who I am in real life—it’s such a 180. So to be able to go on set and shed everything going on in my life and either utilize whatever anger I’m bringing from the outside world— you know, whatever small thing it may be, maybe my train was running late or whatever—and to channel it and bring it into the character is amazing. I’m so super outgoing and feminine in real life, so it’s a challenge as an actor but also an incredible opportunity.


How do you feel the character inspires audiences to watch the show? I think that I give people a good reason to hate somebody; it’s always fun to play the hated character. In real life, the social media response has been amazing so I know that there is a separation and a distinction of the actor and the character. That has made it really easy, and I’m able to cope with that. “Orange” does an amazing job at educating because it deals with white supremacy. I think it’s very educational to bring something that we’re seeing in the world and use it as an opportunity for people to learn who these people are, how they feel, and what they think. What is the biggest challenge about playing Helen? For me it’s that we have so much fun on set, and then having to go from laughing with the girls, because we have become so close, to being so aggressive. It’s two extremes. We really enjoy ourselves and we have a good time. It’s a very lighthearted set. So then to go straight into combat scenes, I just have to take a minute and kind of turn that off and get into the zone. I would say that’s very challenging. How do you feel about having to alter your appearance so much for this role? Oh my gosh! It was crazy at the beginning. First of all, I did not expect to land this role because I figured, “look at all the actors in New York and LA.” Not that I wasn’t confident in myself, but I just thought this was a long shot. It’s my first TV show and I’ve been known as a theater actor, but never as a screen actor, so I figured this is a good experience. I’ll be able to meet people, get in the room, make some connections, and I’ll just try my best and leave it in the room. At the end of my audition, they said, “Can you please look into the camera and say ‘yes’ or ‘no,’ are you willing to shave your head?” I’m like “Yeah, sure! Why not!” thinking what is there to lose? Then, two days later, they called and said, “Can you come in tomorrow; you have the role and we’re shaving your head tomorrow.” And I was a newlywed— my poor husband—but thank God we were married before. Could you imagine going on dates?! So it was definitely tough. At the beginning, I was in such shock, because it happened so quickly that I didn’t really think much of it. But now it’s been almost two years, going on three. It’s difficult; I have good and bad days, but I try to change it up and have fun with it. I wear wigs and dye my hair when I’m trying to go a little more edgy because I’m not edgy at all. So to have a little pixie [cut], I’m like, “WOOO!” Do you see a big difference between theater and acting for TV? Do you prefer one to the other? That’s a good question. Now that I’ve been bitten by the TV bug, I just like the life on set too much. Theater is so intense, not to say that this isn’t, but theater is eight shows a week. It’s physically draining. “Orange” is tiring too, though, because I’m doing a lot of combat. I hope to continue with the Netflix family, because it’s amazing and now I know everybody and we’re so tight. Then, hopefully, to go onto movies and other TV shows because I can’t stay in prison forever! I wish I had a life sentence. Maybe, who knows, we’ll find out. It’s good for an actor to have job security. Was it difficult adjusting to life in New York City after moving from Minnesota? Yes! It was crazy…cornfields to Manhattan. I mean, it’s not as rural as people think. Everyone is like, “Oh Minnesota, where’s that?” but I wasn’t as removed. I grew up on a golf course— [it was a] very country club life—and I always thought to myself, “You know, I am a Manhattan girl.” I can’t just sit on the back porch and sip lemonade all day. I want to move, I want to see traffic, I want to go with the flow. But it was a huge wake-up call because I graduated high school and I applied to a few liberal arts schools but I always knew I wanted to go to a conservatory. So I went, I came here, and right away I was like, “Wow! I know this is where I want to be.” My whole life I heard, “Oh you’re a fish out of water.” I went to a small Catholic high school, and nobody could relate to me saying, “Oh, she’s so dramatic and over the top.” Or, “Oh, look how she dresses.” And I said, “No, this is me!” I needed to be in Manhattan where nobody looks at you twice on the street. It’s refreshing. I loved Minnesota and I had the best childhood, but I always felt drawn to New York. It’s a different life.

“.. don’t be nervous, but never be afraid to ask questions.” Had your fantastic acting career not taken off, what was your backup plan? I always wanted to be a jewelry designer. I have hundreds of sketches. But I can’t actually make them. I have some little hooks and rings, but the stuff that I would want to do is really intense. It’s always been a dream of mine for a long time. So I don’t know, maybe that could happen down the line—or maybe on my six-month vacation from the show I could get going with that. BELLA’s tagline is “Beauty defined by you,” so one of our staple questions is, “How do you define beauty?” Confidence. I’ve seen women on the street, and when they look like they know what they’re doing, you’re like, “Wow, that’s beautiful.” [It’s] when you are rocking what you have going on and you feel beautiful. I put stuff on and I commit to it. It’s a lot going on but I’m cool with it. It’s seeing just the way a woman holds herself, and believes in herself, and knows, “I look good no matter what.” What are some of your dreams and goals for the future? I’m back in season six, which is really good! It’s a prison show, so it can go either way. As an actor, everyone knows there is no job security, especially with a prison show. It’s not like “General Hospital” or “Modern Family.” There’s a lot of risk. Especially because I’m such an aggressive character, I’m always in the line of fire. I could take someone, or they could take me out! Not to say that doesn’t happen, because I haven’t seen the script. There are some things that are in the works, but I won’t say anything yet. I’m also doing a lot of fashion stuff… I wouldn’t say modeling, but street wear and blogger style just because I enjoy it. What was the best advice you’ve ever received? It’s never above an actor to ask questions. Especially since this was my first TV show—I was so scared. All these women I’ve grown up with as idols that I’ve seen on “That ‘70s Show” and movies—literally lying in bed as a teenager watching Taylor Schilling act with Zac Efron and thinking, “Oh my gosh! I want to do this!” Then I’m on set and doing one of my first scenes with her was insane. And I remember talking to a lot of the women like Uzo Aduba, Emma Myles, who plays one of the meth-heads, and Julie [Lake], and getting really close to them and they just said to me, “It’s your first time; don’t be nervous, but never be afraid to ask questions.” Look at Uzo, she’s winning all these awards and she’s always saying, “Excuse me, just a question.” It makes you realize that it’s okay. You’re never too cool. You have to remember that because once you think you’re too cool, you’re not. B 55


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She’s a vocal powerhouse who first caught the attention of audiences everywhere on season 10 of the hit show, “American Idol.” Despite being eliminated in a move that shocked both judges and fans, Pia Toscano’s career continues to rise even six years later. And if you ask the singer, she’ll tell you it was the best thing that could have happened. “It was the moment that changed my life,” she says. “It opened up a world of opportunities, and while there have been bumps along the way, I’m grateful for them because I have a deeper love for what I do and a hunger to grow.” From the age of 4, the little girl growing up in Howard Beach knew becoming a singer was her destiny. Vocalists like Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, and Mariah Carey were the inspirations behind Toscano’s passion. “Whenever I listened to them, I would say, ‘I need to become a singer like that,’” she says. “Seeing those incredible, empowering women on stage, I knew I was meant to do this.” In the years since her “Idol” run, Toscano has made a name for herself—whether it’s recording her own music or performing alongside Jennifer Lopez in her Las Vegas residency—and her drive and determination know no boundaries. BELLA NYC sat down with the singer to talk about her career, overcoming fears and insecurities, and how her husband—professional dancer Jimmy R.O. Smith—has helped her flourish as an artist. 59

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When did you start performing? I started singing and taking dance lessons very young—but what I loved more than dancing was being on stage. I was a bit of a ham, but at some point I began to go through a shy period. So instead of the school choir, I joined the band and started playing the flute. My band teacher overheard me singing the National Anthem and asked if I would open up the assembly the next day. I was a nervous wreck, but I did it. From that point on, I sang at every assembly. Those performances are what helped me gain confidence. The support and encouragement from my teachers led me to audition for Fiorello H. Laguardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, and that’s where I discovered my voice and my love for writing and performing. “American Idol” set the stage for your career, but it was a bit of a journey to get there. Can you tell us more about that? I started auditioning for the show when I was 16, but didn’t make it until I was 21 years old. The night I was eliminated, when I was standing on stage, I thought I was going to pass out. I just said to myself, “Is this the end of the road?” I worked so hard to get there and believed I would get further than I did. In that moment, I wondered if anyone would take me seriously after this—would they want to work with me? Because it was such a shock not only to me but everyone else, what it did was make people pay a little more attention. It was a scary moment but I wouldn’t change it for the world; it’s part of my story. As a New Yorker and a performer, what’s it like to share the stage with Jennifer Lopez? It’s been great! Since “Idol,” we’ve connected; she’s a Bronx girl, I’m a Queens girl, and we just get each other. She’s very nurturing and down to Earth and is one of my biggest cheerleaders. I look at Jennifer like a big sister who has helped me raise the bar. When I see her and tour with her in the Vegas residency, I’m inspired to push harder and do bigger things. Her career encompasses much more than singing and dancing, and I aspire to follow in her footsteps. What do you miss most about living in NYC? My family! I love the energy of the city, and my favorite places to go when I’m back home are La Villa, Vetro, New Park Pizza, and Old Country Bagels. In the city, I love to go to Tao, Serafina, The Dream Hotel, Bodega Negra, and—of course—Broadway shows. Inspiration for your music has come through personal experiences; as someone who went through a period of shyness, was it difficult to open up? Yes. I went through a difficult time accepting myself and opening up to people because I was scared of not being liked, letting people down, and being made fun of, and I didn’t want to show that side of myself. I put up a huge guard and even though I was fighting to have my voice heard, there was that side of me that didn’t want to let others see the real me. It wasn’t until I recorded “Belong,” the title track for my EP, that I began to accept that there is no such thing as perfection. I realized that I won’t always get things right all the time and it’s OK. I’m not always going to look great, my weight may fluctuate, and there are things others might not like about me, but I am strong enough now to realize this is how God made me. I’m Italian, with strong features, and I’m proud of that. “Belong” is about me looking in the mirror and telling myself, “You’re OK,” flaws and all. Looking back, what advice would you give your younger self? To believe in yourself and be your biggest fan, because I wasn’t for a long time.

I’m not always going to look great, my weight may fluctuate, and there are things others might not like about me, but I am strong enough now to realize this is how God made me. How has your husband’s support helped you flourish as an artist? I was scared to take the next step when I met Jimmy. I would make excuses and say, “Well I’m not this” and he would say, “If you want to be like that, you have to walk like that.” Be humble, of course, but you need to believe that you are that successful. He is my biggest champion and supporter. What’s ahead for you as an artist? This past summer, I partnered with Pepsi to do a mini-residency at Caesars Palace, and I would love to have my own show one day. My goal is to become an international recording artist and tour all over the world. Tell us about your collaboration with the clothing brand, JLuxLabel. I was already a fan of the brand and would reach out asking if I could wear pieces for different events and they’d always be gracious in sending me things. What I love about the collaboration is not only do I get to wear all of their amazing clothing, it’s also very much my style. It’s young, it’s hip, it’s fun—exactly who I am style-wise. Plus, the clothes cater to everybody; they’re made for women. It’s an empowering brand and the girls who created the company are outstanding women. You can shop my look under the #FallinforPia collection. What have you learned so far on your journey, and what advice do you have for new artists? It’s not going to happen overnight—and if it does, you probably won’t appreciate it. Work hard, take constructive criticism, and don’t let it beat you up— let it make you better. Take advice and mentorship if they’re being offered to you and never let anyone tell you no. The notion of thinking I can’t do something was never an option. You will never hear that word come out of my mouth; I was born to do this. Finish this sentence: I am passionate about… learning, growing, and becoming a better person in all aspects of my life. B 61

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While little girls everywhere dream of what they want to be when they grow up, Brooklyn-raised actress Peyton List has been living her dream since she was just 6 years old. The budding actress got her start when she appeared in her first feature role in the film, “27 Dresses,” portraying a young Katherine Heigl. “That was something fun and the initial thing that hooked me,” says List. “I met so many cool people who showed me around set and took me under their wing. I learned so much, especially from the female director who I vibed with.” From that point on, List’s career took off. The actress appeared in two of the “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” films based on the book series of the same name. Next, she was cast in the Disney show “Jessie,” a role that would continue not only through the series, but also in the spinoff show “Bunk’d.” For List, joining the Disney family was another childhood dream to check off her bucket list. “I was jumping up and down on the couch when I found out I had the role; I was crying from excitement,” says the actress. Growing up watching Disney channel shows and then landing one of her own was more than she could have imagined. In an exclusive interview with BELLA, the down-toearth teen who is a role model to millions of young girls spoke about her career, her upcoming film roles, and the many ways in which she is helping others. 63

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You grew up in Red Hook until moving to LA because of work—what do you love and miss about living in Brooklyn? I love the energy and pace of the city. I miss the Italian food, the pizza, the pasta; I load up on carbs when I’m back. I call it the biggest small town because I am always running into someone I know. And I still have a lot of friends who live there. I also love that you can go somewhere different and locally owned every night; it’s great supporting people who live in the neighborhood. On the Disney Channel show “Bunk’d,” you play Emma; a role you originated on “Jessie.” What do you love about her, and how has she changed from one series to the next? At this point, I feel like she’s a part of me; I’ve been playing her since I turned 13 years old. I love how she can smile while saying something terrible yet she’s oblivious when she’s being awful. She genuinely wants to be a good person and when she does hurt someone, it’s not intentional. She’s into fashion and beauty but has a serious side to her as well. She can have her ditzy moments, but I also wanted to show a realness to her. When I began playing her, she was a negative curmudgeon, but over time, like myself, she’s grown up. Going from the penthouse in New York to the summer camp has humbled and matured her.

You’ve been acting pretty much your entire life. Have you ever thought of doing something else? There was a point before middle school when I questioned whether I wanted to continue acting. I wasn’t doing much and missing out on birthday parties and being with friends. My mom told me I had to make a decision; she never forced me to act. But then I booked another movie and thought, “Never mind!” It’s that period when there’s a dry spell and you wonder, “Is this the right thing?” But then whatever I’m working on, I’m so in love with it that I don’t question my decision. Was it difficult to miss out on some typical childhood moments? It was more about finding that happy balance. When I was younger, my mom was good about making sure we had a “normal” life. It was hard for people, like the kids I went to school with who weren’t in the business, to understand when I had to cancel plans. This industry can be so last minute that it was hard managing at times. Even today, I miss out on things and I get bummed, but that’s life, I guess.

You have two new films coming up in 2018: “Anthem of a Reluctant Prophet” and “Departures.” Tell us a little about each. In “Anthem of a Reluctant Prophet,” I play a character named Faith who is dealing with the loss of her boyfriend. His best friend, Luke, played by Cameron Monaghan [who portrays Ian Gallagher from “Shameless”] predicts his death and it comes true. In the process of my character coping with this loss, there is this new friendship with Luke that she’s dealing with. It’s a lot darker and heavier than what I’ve been doing. In the film “Departures,” I play a girl named Ashley. When her best friend [played by Maisy Williams] is diagnosed with cancer and has to leave school abruptly, Ashley doesn’t know how to deal with it and winds up pushing her friend away. In developing Ashley, I had to define her actions because this is not something I would do in real life. 65

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I’ve played characters who are mean girls, and sometimes people assume I might be rude or not a nice person. Truth is, I am super-normal and laid back. I want to become friends with anyone who comes up to me. Both roles are very different from what you’ve been doing; how did it feel stepping out of your comfort zone? I love being able to push myself and meet new people and directors in the process. It’s been nice to play something different than what I’ve been used to for these last couple of years. But you wind up taking home the energy of whatever you’re doing on set, and with these darker projects I feel like I became kind of a shut-in. With “Anthem,” we spent an entire day filming my boyfriend’s funeral scene, in which I’m basically sobbing and thinking sad thoughts all day. By the time I got home, I was drained. In those instances, I needed a lot more time to unwind. When I’m working on my Disney show, I come home a bit happier. Is there a role you’ve yet to play but would like to? I think it would be cool to play a superhero or be a part of an action film. In a time where social media dominates and our lives are well-documented, how do you maintain a sense of balance between sharing with your fans and still maintaining some anonymity? It’s easy for me because I can take a photo every couple of days and share

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it—but it’s the photos other people are sharing that sometimes worry me. I was out to dinner recently with a friend and someone was pretending to be on their phone but really was Snapchatting and videoing us. I am happy to take photos with people but it’s when they’re sneaking shots and you’re chowing down on something or it’s a bad angle... But at the same time, I’m not doing anything scandalous; it’s just that they’re unflattering. What would your fans be surprised to learn about you? I think people are surprised when you’re nice. I’ve played characters who are mean girls, and sometimes people assume I might be rude or not a nice person. Truth is, I am super-normal and laid back. I want to become friends with anyone who comes up to me. And I might post these pictures that show me looking glamorous, but at the end of the day, I’m a mess! I think they’d also be surprised to learn you dealt with bullying as a child. What advice do you have for those in similar situations? I find that whenever someone is passionate about something or has an idea of what they want to do, others who don’t have a passion yet will pick on you for what you’re good at. Middle school is such a weird time because most kids don’t know yet who they are or what they want; I did, and I felt like people were mean to me because of it. I had a hard time standing up for myself during those school years, but if you have a good group of people around you with a solid foundation, people you can talk to, and a hobby you can pursue, then it’s time taken away from the people who try to hurt you. Just stay on your path. Looking back, if I could tell myself something, it would be not to take it so seriously. If you don’t give in to them it won’t be fun for those trying to hurt you. As a result of your personal experience with bullying you’re working with the organization Girls on the Run. What type of work are you doing with them? The organization teaches young girls about bullying—how to deal with it and how to support other girls around you and not tear them down. I’m a guest coach, so I visit different schools to teach a different lesson. One is called SBLR – Stop, Breathe, Listen, Respond. Think things through before you speak. Words can’t be taken back once they’ve been said, so we teach young girls to be aware of how others feel when they say something. It’s an after-school program girls can sign up for, and more and more schools are picking it up. The girls become close as a result of being part of the group, and I’m happy we are instilling these ideas while they are in elementary school so they’ll have these lessons to take with them through life. At BELLA, our tagline is “Beauty As Defined By You.” How do you define beauty? It’s something that radiates from within. I feel the second someone is awful to me, they immediately change. Being a good, kind person and spreading positivity is what makes you beautiful to me. I am passionate about… Love! Whether it’s my family, friends, or relationships, I’m passionate about spreading it. B 67

Sophisticated Spaces

Home for the Holidays By Janene Mascarella

Highly recognized for blending vintage and modern décor styles in a timeless fashion with a strong sense of individuality, architectural and interior designer Douglas Graneto is recognized for his ability to create a juxtaposition between vintage

and modern. The result: timeless, livable environments that are both stunning and sophisticated. This recent project was for a young couple with children who were moving to Greenwich, Connecticut. “The entire home is filled with lots of

custom embroidery and furniture,” says Graneto. “Some of the most notable things are the antique Chinese paper on the ceiling, as well as their budding art collection. The photo above the fireplace is James Nars; the Jackie O piece is Andy Warhol.”

Blue Room This room is used as an office. It has blue walls that are gentian plaster with nailhead detail and a brown custom sofa made with Clarence House fabric. The wood table is vintage. The bar and the and irons are vintage items from Antique & Artisan in Stamford, CT. 68 THE HOLIDAY ISSUE

Bar Room The burnt orange sofa is a custom piece with Old World Weavers fabric. The lamp next to it is Galerie des Lampes from David Iatesta. The coffee table is Gracie. The ceiling is covered in antique tea paper from Gracie, and the rug and club chairs were pre-owned by the client.

Living Room The center daybed is a custom piece using Holly Hunt fabric and Holland & Sherry pillow fabric. The wing chair is upholstered with Madeline Weinrib fabric. The arm chair is with Romo fabric. The table is Victoria & Sons. The drapery is Holland & Sherry fabric. The art is Andy Warhol, and the rug is Beauvais Carpets. 69

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Dining Room The dining table is a vintage piece atop a black/white patterned rug from Stark Carpets. The chairs were pre-owned by the client and repainted. The Chandelier is from Rue Faubourg Saint-HonorĂŠ. The light sconces are vintage, and the drapery is made of Holland & Sherry fabric.

The Designer Douglas Graneto is principal of Douglas Graneto Design, a luxury boutique design firm founded in 2006 in Greenwich, Connecticut, that specializes in residential and commercial commissions in addition to quality crafted custom products and furnishings. Graneto began developing his expertise in furnishing and dĂŠcor working in a custom furniture atelier rooted in antiques, vintage restoration, and modern furniture fabrication.



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New York Influencers

By Elizabeth Darwen

Don and Katrina Peebles Philanthropic Power Couple Recognized as one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the nation, R. Donahue (Don) Peebles is founder, chairman, and CEO of The Peebles Corporation, one of the country’s few national privatelyheld real estate investment and development companies with a portfolio of projects in New York, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Boston, Miami Beach, and Charlotte, North Carolina. Mr. Peebles also is a top-selling author of “The Peebles Principles” and “The Peebles Path to Real Estate Wealth,” as well as a media expert and speaker. Peebles is the former chairman of the board of the Congressional Black Caucus

Foundation ad the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, was a two-time former member of President Barack Obama’s National Finance Committee, and currently serves on the board of directors of the YMCA of Greater New York. Upon graduating with a B.S. in journalism, Katrina Peebles began a marketing career at Carter, Hawley, and Hale (parent company of Neiman Marcus) in San Francisco. Later, she spearheaded the Peebles Corporation real estate tax appeal business, which became the most successful real estate tax appeal firm in the District of Columbia. In the mid-1990s, after the launch of Peebles Atlantic

Development Corporation, Mrs. Peebles guided marketing efforts and promotions for mixed-use developments, including The Royal Palm and The Residences at The Bath Club. She is currently lending her design and marketing expertise to 108 Leonard, the Peebles Corporation’s Tribeca development of 156 luxury condos. Mrs. Peebles has taken over the responsibility of the family’s philanthropic priorities while caring for her two children and working at the Peebles Corporation. She sits on the board of directors for CARE Elementary School in Miami and the NYC Mission Society.

Samuel Waxman, MD

Leader in Cancer Research A valued member of Mount Sinai Medical Center for more than 40 years, Dr. Samuel Waxman holds a variety of positions, including Distinguished Service Professor of Medicine and Oncologic Sciences at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, among others. He is also the founder and CEO of the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to


eradicating cancer and developing minimally toxic therapies for cancer patients. Dr. Waxman’s newest initiative is the SWCRF Partnerships for Aging and Cancer Research, which aspires to build a $20 million multi-year funding program for collaborative research that examines the genetic and environmental factors that promote increased

incidence of cancers among people as they age. Dr. Waxman has authored more than 300 scientific papers and was among the first to study differentiation as a cancer therapy. He has also written chapters in textbooks on hematology, chemotherapy and nutrition, and two books, “Differentiation Therapy” and “The Leukemia Cell.” B 73

Wendy Feldman’s Brand Is Crisis


Today’s social media-obsessed world has created a saturation of information; everyone is a tweet away from potential disaster— and that’s a very frightening reality when you think about it. You don’t have to be famous or a reality star to be the center of a social media scandal.


As a psychotherapist who has been in the TV world for more than 20 years, I am forever fascinated by the speed with which one can fall from grace. I am also equally fascinated by how these same individuals can rehabilitate their temporarily tainted image, especially when the glaring and judgmental light shines so brightly across various media channels and threatens to live on indefinitely via unforgiving Google searches. In the worst-case scenario, a social media scandal can cause its subjects not only a smeared reputation but also the loss of one’s career, income, and social status. To learn more about this intriguing world of publicity gone awry, I reached out to top crisis manager and legal coach Wendy Feldman after reading about her work with former Playmate of the Year Dani Mathers. You may remember this headline story. Mathers was a former model who was charged with a misdemeanor invasion of privacy after taking a photograph and sharing a naked picture of a 71-year-old woman on Snapchat in a Los Angeles gym last year. How could anyone—even veteran crisis manager Feldman—fix this reputation nightmare, I wondered. But this isn’t the first time Feldman has taken on such challenging and high-profile cases. She’s worked with everyone from Mike G, Kelly Rutherford, Courtney Wagner, and many other renowned clients. While there are many reasons why Feldman’s clients are lucky to have her, one of the biggest ones is that she understands where her clients are coming from and what they are experiencing. A native Californian, Feldman credits her ability to empathize with clients to her own experience serving time in a federal prison camp. Her personal transformation post-prison influences the way she views the world, and informs the approach she takes to her work. Like a good therapist, Feldman, who is currently writing the book “Crisis Management Rules for Life: How to avoid, prepare for, survive & reinvent yourself after a crisis,” wants her clients to take full responsibility for where they are today, understand how they got there, and to take their apologies seriously—very seriously. She expects clients to use their social platforms, post-crisis, to make a valuable difference. Her unique approach makes her a gift not only to those she works with but also to the world they navigate after their very public challenges. I had the opportunity to interview Feldman and learn more about the field of crisis management and how she got to be the top legal and crisis manager in her field.

How did you become one of the most sought after crisis/media managers working today? That is a very simple answer: I am probably the only crisis manager/media manager who started out in a place where I needed to hire somebody like me and could not find one. It seems odd to me to guide somebody else through a deeply personal crisis without having experienced one yourself. The same thing holds true with trial preparation and how to speak to a judge, and even prison preparation and re-entry coaching. All of these models might fit many clients or just one. It depends on the reason why the person or business is in crisis. Then we add in the media work if the client is high profile. That can be as simple as keeping items out of the press, to helping a client change his/her image and make the proper media choices. When working with a corporation, the basic rules are the same, but the issues may be managing negative press to dealing with hacked email dumps and what the employees should or should not say. During one of our conversations, you told me you didn’t believe in reputation management. What do you mean by this? And what is the difference between a crisis manager and a reputation manager? Reputation management means what—getting your negative news off the front search pages? I have been pitched that many times, but who cares. Reputation management on its own holds no meaning. It is a Band-Aid because without real change, the person will have another crisis or re-offend. I call that people who need an “Incarcervention”— a legal-slanted intervention. Just look at R. Kelly. A few years ago, he hired a well-known crisis manager who does good work, but what was missing was a genuine desire to change with a respect for the consequences, and not seeking more entitlement. So, when I hear “reputation manager,” I am not sure what that is. I do know several have pitched me to be their client to get negative things off the front page of Google. That is just a waste of time. You are a crisis manager on a mission. You don’t take just any client. What kind of qualifications do your clients need in order for you to work with them? I work with people who allow me to build teams with them. One of my favorite lawyers to work with, for instance, is former prosecutor Phil Chronakis of Budd Larner in NYC. He’s great at teambuilding and we recently had two major cases covered by the New York Post as well as many other news outlets. Teambuilding is key. It takes the ego out of the process and makes sure the client comes first. We aim for collaboration. One huge mistake in big cases is that nobody is the captain, and this leads to all kinds of issues. For example, an attorney wants to win, that is his/her job, but what about after or what about why the person is in crisis? Who will arrange for therapy or rehab? Usually, that is me picking the best of the best to serve the client and their family. What I do is very holistic. I forget nobody, from the core family to the parents, coworkers, PR people, etc. My clients must want to do the work—period. About 25 percent of my business is pro bono; these people really want help and need it. Others need it but think they can write a check and all is well; clearly, that is wrong. Change is almost always brought about by a catastrophic event. It takes work to bring about real change. You know a lot of Hollywood insiders and A-listers; how did you become so knowledgeable about this world? I grew up in Los Angeles and went to school with many high-level Hollywood people. It was the parents who were well known, not the friends I grew up with. Do I have an advantage because of this? Sure, but my biggest asset is having stood in my client’s shoes. I know them in every way.

As for Twitter wars, unless you can stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen and do something productive.” You were telling me that your background makes you more empathetic with your clients. Can you say more about this? I have been that difficult client. I have been the client standing before a judge. And I have been that woman who made poor choices and missed my daughter’s high school graduation because I was incarcerated. I am the person who reinvented herself and came back to be a productive member of society and [involved] in my children’s lives and my family’s lives. It is now my honor to help people when nobody else will. Some of my clients have children who have committed heinous crimes. But the children of those people are also victims, as are the families, spouses, etc. I help those people even if it means talking to somebody who did something awful. One thing we must never forget is almost all people who are incarcerated are coming home, and most in less than five years. We must deal with this, and reform our justice system. Even as a psychotherapist, I wouldn’t have the first clue how to turn around someone’s tarnished reputation. Is this something you received training for, or a skill you just intuitively have? Most “fixers” have some personal tie-in. Those who do not are either criminologists or very skilled at a segment of what needs to be done. Take security: I can make sure my client has everyone they deal with sign an NDA [non-disclosure agreement], and make sure they have proper insurance. I can also do small things like make sure they do not reveal where they are on social media, adjust the privacy settings on their smart phones, TVs, and toys, and tape over their computer’s webcam. But even with that, my client likely still needs a security team. That is not my skill set. It is a matter of staying in your lane and doing what you do well. Social media makes all of us just a post away from a potential public disaster. What’s your advice for those who can’t hire you? First of all, there is no reason to reveal personal information like your whereabouts on social. As for Twitter wars, unless you can stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen and do something productive. B 75

Chow BELLA Broadway

Not Your Mama’s Pre-Theater Dinner

By Amanda Mactas

Winter is the perfect time to head to Times Square to take in the year’s best Broadway shows and luckily, we have the most delicious, posh restaurants within walking distance to your favorites. You don’t even need a ticket to enter!

SUSHI BY BOU Theater District 132 West 47th Street New York, NY 10036 917-348-5737 Cuisine: Omakase Attire: Casual Price Range: $$ Serving: Lunch, DInner Alcohol: Cocktails, Beer, Liquor Ambiance: Trendy Pre-Theater Prix Fixe: No

This small, unassuming underground lair is the perfect stop before heading to a show. Graffiti-splattered steps lead you down into the eight-seat omakase restaurant helmed by David Bouhadana, where diners need not look at a menu. Twelve pieces of the freshest sushi you will ever have set you back only $50, handprepared right in front of you. The Wagyuuni, referred to as “millenial surf and turf,” is probably the menu’s highlight. But here’s the catch: you only have 30 minutes to eat. Once your omakase tasting menu begins, Bou starts the timer, making sure he can get customers in and out in a timely fashion. But you can always squeeze next to the bar and down a cocktail or two if you’re not ready to leave quite yet.

BELLA’S “A” LIST OMAK ASE: Includes ikura, hamachi, akami, toro, salmon, albacore, uni, scallop, botan shrimp, wagyuni, wagyu and unagi COCKTAIL: BOU-JITO Chili infused Bacardi, ginger syrup, basil

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MASTRO’S STEAKHOUSE Midtown West 1285 6th Avenue New York, NY 10019 212-459-1222

BELLA’S “A” LIST APPETIZERS: SAUTEED SHRIMP SEAFOOD TOWER ENTREES: BONE-IN FILET COCKTAIL: MASTROS’ LEMON DROP Lemon-infused vodka, sweet and sour, triple sec, fresh lemon served up smoking over dry ice featuring a sweet lemon sugar rim by Little Waisted DESSERT: SIGNATURE WARM BUTTER CAKE

Cuisine: Steakhouse Attire: Business Price Range: $$$$ Serving: Weekday Lunch, DInner Alcohol: Full Bar Ambiance: Upscale Pre-Theater Prix Fixe: No One of BELLA’s all-time favorites, Mastro’s never disappoints. Known for its flavorful and juicy cuts of steak, magical menu, and high-end service, you’ll also love the waitstaff—they make sure you get in and out with time to spare before curtains. Create your own seafood tower as an appetizer loaded with your favorites, including lobster tail, shrimp cocktail, crab legs, oysters, and more. Finish the night with a playful cocktail and some warm butter cake, and you’ll be ready to brave the crowds of Times Square!

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PRINTER’S ALLEY Theater District 215 West 40th Street New York, NY 10018 212-419-2770 Cuisine: Southern Attire: Casual Price Range: $ Serving: Dinner, Saturday Brunch Alcohol: Full Bar Ambiance: Modern Upscale Pre-Theater Prix Fixe: No If you want to get down ‘n dirty before a show, this Southern locale is the spot to hit. Known for its Nashville-style grub, it’s safe to say that dinner here may get messy. From the tacos and fried chicken to the barbecued pulled pork, everything here is finger-lickin’ good. Start with some apps if you’re really feeling hungry, but whatever you do, don’t miss the cornbread. After you’ve completely satiated your appetite, you can head downstairs to work off some of those calories playing games like pool, corn hole, darts, and even beer pong!

BELLA’S “A” LIST TAPAS: NACHOS: Add steak, chili, pork, or chicken BRUSSELS-N-BACON ENTREES: PULLED PORK With baked beans and cole slaw FRIED CHICKEN With French fries and cole slaw COCKTAIL: LUCY’S FROZEN MARGARITA: Cazadores tequila blanco, margarita mix SIDE: GRILLED CORNBREAD

Pair it with: “War Paint” 78 THE HOLIDAY ISSUE

SEN SAKANA BELLA’S “A” LIST APPETIZERS: CRISPY TEBASKI NIKKEI: Black feather chicken wing, aji panca amakara sauce NIKKEI CEVICHE: Torched salmon, cancha, oba, yuzu leche de tigre ENTREES: ACEVICHADO: Shrimp, basil, avocado, mango, maki, topped with scallop, acevichado sauce, wasabi sea salt, sweet potato puree on the side QUINOA CHAUFA: Pork belly, brown rice, plantains, king oyster mushroom, onsen egg, smoked oshinko COCKTAIL: THE ISLAND OF NUTS: Pisco infused with Japanese black sugar, walnut, Tiki bitters DESSERT: MOCHI EMPANADA: House made Mochi filled with ice cream of your choice

Midtown West 28 West 44th Street New York, NY 10036 212-221-9560 Cuisine: Nikkei Attire: Business casual Price Range: $$$ Serving: Weekday Lunch, DInner Alcohol: Full Bar Ambiance: Modern Pre-Theater Prix Fixe: No Nikkei cuisine is a combination of Peruvian and Japanese flavors and dishes that dates back to the 1800s. The opening of Sen Sakana makes us wonder why there haven’t been any Nikkei restaurants in Manhattan sooner. Nothing we tried here was a disappointment, and trust us, we tried a lot. Most dishes are small plates meant to be shared, and each bite had us intrigued to try the next. Fill up on an assortment of hot and cold small plates, and save room for sushi. The flavors are different than you’d expect, but are wonderful all the same. Don’t miss the Mochi Empanadas for dessert—they’re the best we’ve ever had!

PICARON WAFFLE: Our version of the traditional Peruvian dessert. Sweet potatoes, pumpkin, Chancaca cinnamon syrup, banana kinako ice cream

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AUNT JAKE’S Greenwich Village 47 West 8th Street New York, NY 10011 212-253-9333 Cuisine: Italian Attire: Casual Price Range: $$ Serving: Lunch and Dinner Alcohol: Full Bar Ambiance: Intimate

For anyone who loves a great bowl of pasta, Aunt Jake’s is serving up one better—the opportunity to customize your own fresh, homemade pasta dish down to the shape and sauce, all made in-house daily. Along with this unique concept, there are pasta specials, salads, appetizers, non-pasta entrees, and daily specials to choose from. Located in a two-story townhouse in Greenwich Village, Aunt Jake’s opened in September and is the second location for Chef Carmine Di Giovanni and Nick Boccio, the masterminds behind The Project Group. With its laid-back and welcoming vibe, the neighborhood eatery offers foodies a chance to see first-hand pasta being made right behind the beautiful parquet butcher-block. (Bonus: Their Gluten-free rigatoni with broken meatballs did not disappoint!) -Alexandra Anastasio

BELLA’S “A” LIST APPETIZERS: ARTICHOKES AND AVOCADO TOAST Fried artichokes, lemon zest, chives, pecorino CALAMARI With sweet roasted red peppers ENTREES: GLUTEN FREE RIGATONI WITH BROKEN MEATBALLS Gluten-free all-purpose flour, olive oil, eggs, and house tomato sauce with the addition of broken meatballs FETTUCCINI NERO VONGOLE Little neck clams, garlic, white wine, butter, chile DESSERT: NUTELLA HAZELNUT MOUSSE COCKTAIL: PINOT NOIR, PACIFIC PINOT, OREGON 2015


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BAGATELLE Meatpacking District 1 Little West 12th Street New York, NY 10014 212-488-2110 Cuisine: French Attire: Business Casual Price Range: $$$ Serving: Weekend Brunch, Lunch, Dinner Alcohol: Full Bar Ambiance: Eclectic Pre-Theater Prix Fixe: No When you come across Bagatelle, the gorgeous floor-to-ceiling windows and European ambiance will immediately draw you in. As a day-to-night venue, Bagatelle will satisfy all your needs—from weekend brunch to nighttime fun! The decor is the perfect combination of eclectic and elegant with graffiti-inspired art on various walls, classic crystal chandeliers, and magnificent bouquets of gorgeous flowers. Not to mention, the menu here will transport you to the South of France with their European touch on amazingly delicious entrees. The Truffle Roasted Chicken is a signature at Bagatelle, complemented with baby potatoes. On top of everything else, their amazing brunch menu is a Sunday must! In addition to classic dishes, Bagatelle does an amazing job at incorporating seasonal foods into its menu as well. The food, drinks, and ambiance not only make a killer combination but also create an unforgettable experience that will have you coming back for more! -Lizzie Raguseo 82 THE HOLIDAY ISSUE

BELLA’S “A” LIST APPETIZER: TARTARE DE THON BAGATELLE: Ahi tuna tartare, avocado salad, lime soy vinaigrette, taro chips ENTREES: MAGRET DE CANARD SAUCE FRUIT DES BOIS Honey and soy marinated duck breast, glazed spring vegetables, and berries sauce HOMARD ENTIER GRILLÉ Grilled whole Maine lobster served over linguini in Bagatelle secret sauce DESSERT: PISTACHIO ON A STRAWBERRY BED Tart base, candied strawberries, pistachio bavaroise, white chocolate, and pistachio cream

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TO HER DREAM By Alexandra Anastasio Photographer: Gilles Toucas, Hair and Makeup: Edgar Santos

Whether or not you grew up watching the mega hit TV show “Dallas,” it’s impossible not to know actress Linda Gray. Synonymous with her ever-popular character of Sue Ellen Ewing, Gray is one of those actors who has established longevity in a profession that can be fleeing. 85

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Raised in a strict Catholic home, Gray’s dreams of becoming an actor were really just that. Acting as a profession was not quite acceptable in society at a time when women didn’t have the types of choices they do now. “It wasn’t cool to say you were going to be an actor,” Gray explains. “The professions for women were more limited.” EMBRACING HER DREAM While Gray had to initially temper her dream, her fiery streak was not going to quiet down easily. “I thought to myself, ‘How do I get there without disturbing the whole family DNA,’” she recalls. As luck would have it, a local photographer noticed the beautiful teenager while still in high school, which led to small modeling jobs and TV commercials. Her passion for acting intensified and left the aspiring actress with a desire to do more. Frustrated with the lack of dialogue she was being given, Gray made it known she wanted to speak. “I was taken aback after being told models don’t talk. That ignited the ‘watch me’ feeling I get when someone tells me I can’t do something,” she says. A rejection letter from the editor at Glamour magazine for a photo contest propelled her even further toward her dream despite the negative responses she received. “Instead of throwing away that letter, I framed it and have kept it on my desk ever since,” she says. “It’s always been a reminder to keep moving forward.” A TELEVISION PHENOMENON Gray’s acting career began with guest stints on various TV shows and feature films, but it wasn’t until the late 1970s —when she signed on to “Dallas”—that stardom would be right around the corner. “I didn’t get the show until I was 38, which by Hollywood standards is old,” she says. “But it


never fazed me; this was my dream.” What was originally supposed to only be five shows turned into something Gray and the cast could have never imagined. “When we did the first five shows we were all unemployed actors,” she recalls. The show was picked up, and off to Dallas they went. As a mother of two, she says it was challenging being away from her family, but they did the best they could. “I loved being in Dallas, but my children were not with me,” she says. “I had never been away from them and I wasn’t sure how to deal with that.” Gray continued to follow her dream and the show became a global phenomenon, especially after the, “Who shot JR?” episode. “That summer was crazy because you couldn’t go anywhere without people asking who shot him,” says Gray. Without the luxury of DVRs and other streaming services, it was appointment TV that had everyone on the edge of their seat. And while the show was a fan favorite, the actress says it wasn’t hers. “I loved the scenes where Sue Ellen was drunk because as an actor I would only have to spend 20 minutes in hair and makeup as opposed to the hours it took to create Sue Ellen’s look,” she says jokingly. The show tackled “firsts” like alcoholism at a time when the issues behind women who abused alcohol were swept under the rug. “I think many women were uncomfortable because they saw themselves in Sue Ellen,” says Gray. “It stirred the pot.”

I’m not known as a producer but I’m going to forge ahead and learn; now I’m in charge!” Jacket, Top, Pants and Necklace: Urban Zen Shoes: Jimmy Choo

Up Close and Personal At the beginning of the ninth season, Gray succeeded in her efforts to direct, although initially it was a struggle to get the powers-that-be on board. Her original request was denied, and she was let go from the show [for a brief period of time], but was shortly re-hired and given the opportunity to step behind the camera. “I didn’t back down, and I showed them I could do it and do it well,” she says. “There was a

certain level of respect there because of it.” After spending 14 seasons on the air, the show ended in 1991. While the actress went on to other projects, 21 years later she would revisit the character that made her famous. The TNT network reprised the show and introduced a whole new generation of the Ewing family with Gray, Larry Hagman, and Patrick Duffy invited back to reprise their roles.

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“We were beyond thrilled,” Gray says. “For us to be together again all those years later was exciting.” Although the reboot was cancelled after the third season, Gray describes the time they spent together as “magical.” STEPPING OUT OF SUE ELLEN’S SHADOW In 2015, Gray published her first book, “The Road to Happiness is Always Under Construction,” a memoir in which she is openly candid about her life through personal stories. “Everyone knew about Sue Ellen because we came into people’s homes each week, but they didn’t know a lot about me as a person,” she says. “The fascinating part has been the conversation that came afterward; the book opened up a dialogue with people that has continued.” In addition to her work on-screen, Gray has focused her efforts for many years on humanitarian work. For 10 years she was a Goodwill ambassador to the UN, working with women and children in rural areas of developing countries. She visited birthing clinics in Nicaragua and was taken aback by her experiences. “When you haven’t been around situations like this it takes your breath away,” she says. The opportunity to spend time with such women was eye opening. “In spite of everything, I always saw an element of joy,” says Gray. “They have nothing and we have so much; it makes me even more grateful for the opportunities I’ve experienced.” THE NEXT CHAPTER These days the actress is focusing on what she likes to call “Act Three.” While roles for older women aren’t as abundant as they should be, it hasn’t stopped her from slowing down, says Gray. Instead, she’s creating her own opportunities by reading books with strong, female characters in the hopes of securing the rights to produce them herself. “I’m excited, and it’s taking my life in a whole other direction, one I find interesting,” says the star. “I’m not known as a producer but I’m going to forge ahead and learn; now I’m in charge!” B


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Suspended in beauty on Soul Hollywood Restaurant & Bar’s staircase between the lower dining and upper mezzanine party spaces, Lacey Chabert wears a dress by Wayf, a vintage choker, and jewelry by Melinda Maria.


Getting to Know

Lacey Chabert MAKES IT WORK

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As a working actress since the age of 7, Lacey Chabert has been on TV for the better part of the last 20 years. Best known for playing child prodigy Claudia on the award-winning series “Party of Five” and her roles in “Mean Girls” and “Ghost Whisperer,” Chabert is now a mom experiencing the joys and struggles of balancing family life and an active career. 91

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Chabert’s resume is pages deep—she has worked on stage, in film, and in television with some of the industry’s biggest names, from Matthew McConaughy to Angelica Houston. Giving no indication of slowing down, we can see her soon on the Hallmark Channel’s “All of My Heart 2,” and in the network’s original holiday movie, “The Sweetest Christmas.” BELLA caught up with Chabert at Soul Restaurant & Bar in Hollywood to talk about her life now.

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First, congratulations on your daughter, Julia. She is beautiful. Were you prepared for how she’d impact you? Thank you! It’s difficult to articulate how much I love her. She brings such light and joy to our lives every day. I’ve always wanted to be a mom and knew I’d adore my child, but I couldn’t have fully understood how it would feel for her to look back at me with the same kind of love. When she looks at me, says ‘Mama,’ and grabs my face to kiss me...nothing else matters. Looking back at “Party of Five” and the theme of five children losing their parents, does it have more meaning now that you’re a mother? I feel like everything has more meaning to me now that I’m a mother! The writing on “Party of Five” was so wonderful. I’m very thankful for everything I learned during those six seasons. You’ve recently finished two movies. How did you manage that during your pregnancy? I filmed one movie while I was about six or seven months pregnant, and that was quite a challenge. Trying to hide my very pregnant belly was something that gave us all a good laugh. Since Julia was born, I’ve done three movies. I was excited to get back to work. It was a lot to balance—being a nursing mom to a 4 month old and also being in every scene. There were moments when it felt overwhelming, but we made it work. My daughter is my No. 1 priority. If I’m able to also work and be fulfilled as an actor, I think that will only help me be a better mom to her. I’m very thankful for my husband, family, and friends who are a great support system. Without them, I wouldn’t be able to work like I do. It truly takes a village!

I’ve always wanted to be a mom and knew I’d adore my child, but I couldn’t have fully understood how it would feel for her to look back at me with the same kind of love.”

You’re too young to remember “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” but what was it like working with “Mr. Grant” [Ed Asner]? He was a lot of fun to work with. He and I had worked together on the TV movie “Gypsy” when I was 10 years old, so it was a nice reunion. It meant a lot to me that he said he was proud of me for what I had done in my career. He’s such a legend; I feel honored to have worked with him. You’re a Southern girl but you’ve lived in Los Angeles for most of your life. Do you return to Mississippi and do you miss living there? I love Mississippi. I moved to New York when I was 7, but I still have very vivid memories of growing up in Purvis. My family lived on 20 acres, and it was kind of a magical place. My three siblings and I would play in the woods all day building forts, swimming in the pond, and running around in the sprinkler. It was a simple time [with] such great memories. I still have family there, so I really love visiting. What are you most grateful for as an LA resident? I’m convinced there’s no better weather in the world than in Southern California! I also appreciate that it’s close to both the beach and the mountains. My husband and I love going out to dinner, and LA is full of such great restaurants. Is there anything that shocked you when you first moved to LA, but now seems completely normal? The traffic! When I first moved here, I lived in Thousand Oaks and would drive into Culver City every day. I’ve literally sat in traffic for probably a third of my life. It’s so normal to me now that I just expect it. It’s the one part of LA that isn’t my favorite. Otherwise, I love this city. BELLA’s tagline is “Beauty Defined by You.” What does beauty mean to you at this moment? Beauty to me has always been about authenticity. Being authentically you is something more easily said than done sometimes. The biggest mistakes I’ve made in life were when I was not being true to who I am at my core. At this moment, beauty to me is also finding balance in this new chapter of my life. Sometimes I’m glammed up on a red carpet, but most days I’m covered in baby food, and I’m lucky if I’ve brushed my teeth by 3 pm. I feel like I have the best of both worlds right now and I’m deeply grateful. I have to say the most beautiful thing I’ve experienced to date is seeing life through my daughter’s eyes. Watching her discover this world is a magical experience. Nothing has ever made me happier than being her mama. B 93

Mind+Body From “Dancing with the Stars” to Opening THE BOD Exclusive Interview with

Kym Herjavec By Sari Beth Rosenberg

Australian-born Kym Herjavec has been dancing competitively since the age of 3. Trained in ballet, tap, jazz, and acrobatics, Herjavec made a name for herself in the competitive ballroom dancing world when she was 13. After racking up many awards over the years, Herjavec became a world famous TV star when she joined “Dancing With The Stars” as a regular competitor. Her newest endeavor: Opening up her own Beverly Hills dance and fitness boutique studio, THE BOD. It had always been her dream to open up her own studio. She jumped at the chance when Richard Simmons’ former famed space, Slimmons, became available. According to Herjavec, THE BOD is a judgment-free zone that’s designed to be warm, friendly, and inviting “We offer choreography you can do at every level and we build on the same routine for several weeks so people can learn it.” Some classes currently on the schedule are 80’s Bod, Disco Bod, and Candlelight Yoga Bod. Photo: Brandon Showers


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• When training for “DWTS,” she dances eight hours a day. • Off-season, she dances or runs on the treadmill for cardio and then does sculpting for legs, arms, and core. • She modeled her classes at THE BOD after how she trains: “With the studio I get to still dance and do the workout that I love!”

Dancing Her Way Into Love • Kym Herjavec met her husband Robert Herjavec, star of “Shark Tank,” on the 10th anniversary season of “Dancing With the Stars.” • She hadn’t been on the show in two years but they wanted her back for the special season. “I was planning on moving back to Australia and then all of a sudden I got partnered with Robert.” • The couple kept it very professional when training together for the show. Halfway through the season, Robert took her on a date and the romance blossomed. • Although the married couple—who just celebrated their one-year anniversary— has an action packed schedule, they still dance together when away on holiday. “He remembers salsa and cha-cha and can still keep up!” @Kym_Johnson • @TheBodByKym @KymHerjavec5678 • @TheBodByKym

How To Stay In Shape Through The Holiday Season

What’s On Kym’s Dance Class Playlist:

• Make sure you workout a little bit every day, even if it’s 10 minutes of skipping rope, abs, and some burpees. • Check out her online program at • Don’t limit yourself with food. “I don’t deprive myself of the pumpkin pie,” she shares, but she is a big advocate of small portion sizes.

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Katie Willcox is Making Healthy the New Skinny By Sari Beth Rosenberg

After enduring countless negative experiences working as a model, international model Katie Willcox saw an opportunity to become a voice for female body image activism.

As CEO of the top modeling agency on the West Coast for models sized 6-16, Natural Model Management, Willcox is breaking boundaries in the modeling industry. Their models have been featured in major campaigns, including Forever 21, Elle, H&M, and Nordstrom with features in magazines like Teen Vogue, Seventeen, Glamour, Shape Magazine, and Women’s Health Magazine. Willcox is also the founder of a thriving social movement thanks to her book “Healthy Is The New Skinny: Your Guide To Self-Love In A ‘Picture Perfect’ World.” “I wanted to make health a priority in an industry and society that values skinny above all else, and educate people about media manipulation to empower women to choose health over the beauty ideal.”


Willcox’s Tips for Those Struggling with Size: • Understand that everyone has a natural size and weight. You are lovable as you are now— your body doesn’t dictate who you are as a person. • Your goal weight is most likely too small. Having an unrealistic size expectation often leads to undernourishment and over exercising. • Be honest with yourself and evaluate if you are happy and if you feel well. If not, even small, healthy changes can have a profound effect on your life. @TeamHNS @KatieHWillcox

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Mind+Body Eating Healthy During The Holidays? It can be done, says Bruneau, who is also the host of the Forbes podcast, The Failure Factor. Remember there are no “good” or “bad” foods. “In our ‘cleaneating’-obsessed culture, it is easy to forget food has no moral value,” says Bruneau. Food guilt and “fat-talk” are pervasive and normalized, perpetuating the belief that there are “good foods” and “bad foods.” “By making room for all foods in our diet, we remove the conflict and learn to listen to what our body really wants and needs.” See this time as an opportunity for learning, and don’t pressure yourself to progress linearly. Perfectionism, which is generally at the root of eating disorders, is characterized by unrealistically high, inflexible expectations. “Be gentle with yourself and trust that the discomfort and anxiety you feel is likely a sign you’re breaking free of the diet-culture shackles that have oppressed you for so long,” says Bruneau. If you see a therapist, now is a great time to discuss realistic expectations for the holidays, potential triggers, coping, and self-care.

How To Deal This Holiday Season By Sari Beth Rosenberg

It’s dubbed “the most wonderful time of the year,” yet we all sometimes struggle during the holiday season. Whether it’s unsettled family relationships or sticking to your usual healthy routine, expert advice for how to deal is a welcome gift. We turned to Megan Bruneau, psychotherapist and wellness and executive coach, for some seasonal coping tips. @MeganBruneau @MeganJBruneau


Set boundaries, ramp up selfcare, and ask for help. “In my first few years of recovery, I found visits with my family very challenging,” she explains.

“Eating disorders and diet culture are everywhere in my family, and I felt constantly triggered.” It is absolutely OK to say no to a family event, or choose to spend time with friends or go to yoga instead, she affirms. “The key here is to be honest with yourself about whether your desire is informed by a recovery mindset or an eating disordered one.” Practice self-compassion. Selfcompassion is perfectionism’s kryptonite. Treat yourself with the same love and respect you would a friend. Ask yourself, “What will be more important when I look back on my life in old age?” When you reflect on the holidays (and your life) in 20, 40, or 60 years, what will have been more important? Connection with loved ones; experiences uncontaminated by food guilt, shame and anxiety; sleep-ins with your partner over spin class? Or having another full-time job to attempt or maintain an unrealistic body weight. ”The diet industry makes billions trying to sell you something that doesn’t deliver,” reminds Bruneau. Extricate yourself from its propaganda and start living instead.

3 Ways to Get Through an Emotionally Tough Time Let go of expectations for how the holidays should “look” or how you should feel. “The reality is the holidays are challenging for many,” says Bruneau. “You’re not broken or negative for not feeling excited about them.” Remind yourself it’s not real, and you’re not alone. “As your social media feeds are flooding with engagements, happy family photos, and perfection, remind yourself these are people’s highlight reels. The truth is, while some people have less dysfunctional families than others, most of us are going through something.” Surround yourself with people who make you feel good, lower your expectations for “performance,” and practice self-care. You’re allowed to set boundaries with people who dim your light, says Bruneau. “Choose to surround yourself with people who lift you up and with whom you feel most yourself.” 99


The Ultimate Gift Guide For

Fitness Lovers

The gift-giving season is upon us. It is always difficult to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list. Here’s a roundup of our favorite presents that all your fitnessobsessed friends and family will love! By Sari Beth Rosenberg

For the Friend Who is Always On the Go

We found the perfect bag brand: Vessel Bags. These handcrafted backpacks and totes boast an assortment of handy interior pockets and compartments, designed so all work and workout gear has a place. No more digging around for headphones or keys! Bonus: For each bag purchased, Vessel gives a school backpack to a child in need.

For the Stretch-Avoider

For the Athleisure Fashionista

Our new favorite luxury fitness label is Varley. Headquartered in Los Angeles and London, the brand is both fashionforward and on the cutting edge of the latest active wear technology with soft fabrics that are quick-drying, sweat-wicking, and antimicrobial. We love the marbled pattern and all the beautiful hues.


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For the Healthy Foodie

The Crock-Pot Cook & Carry is the perfect present for anyone looking to cook more healthy meals at home—then take them on the go! Its extra seal ensure you avoid spillage after whipping up culinary masterpieces in cook-times that range from 30 minutes to 20 hours.

We also love Rubbermaid’s BRILLIANCE lunch containers. The 100% leak-proof and airtight containers feature adjustable insert trays and dividers to separate all your healthy to-go lunch items.

For the “Always Up For An Adventure!” Type

The Road ID is a practical, stylish gift pick for anyone in your life who is out on the road for long rides, hikes, or runs. You can custom-make one thanks to an assortment of hues and designs from pink to grey to baby blue. We love the fashionable design of The Wrist ID Slim 2 with the gold clasp and faceplate option.

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Healthy, Rejuvenated Skin By Marc J. Elkowitz, M.D., F.A.C.S

Skin is the largest organ of the body and is a key component of overall beauty and health. Since our skin is always on display, it often has the power to dictate how we feel.

There are so many different types of skin, from dry to oily, and from normal to sensitive. Depending on your skin type, it is important to learn how to manage and care for your skin properly. Healthy skin begins with the basics. A healthy diet and a healthy lifestyle can be very beneficial to your skin health. Some patients can be sensitive to certain foods or allergens that, if avoided, can significantly improve their skin’s appearance. Establish a relationship with a skin care professional so that you can discuss simple ways to significantly improve the quality of your skin.


A proper skin regimen is important to maintain a healthy glow and a healthy look. One should be mindful of aging skin. There are many skin care products on the market that need to be used properly and for the appropriate skin type and skin conditions. Developing an advanced skincare regimen with your skin care professional is important. So is knowing that as your skin health improves, your regimen may need to be adjusted to your specific, changing needs. There are many skin care products on the market, most of which can be categorized into cleanser, toner, exfoliant, serum, moisturizer, and sunscreen. There can be significant differences between the products that can be purchased in department stores and pharmacies compared to

those you can get only from a skin care professional. It is a good idea to think of your skin health and skin beauty as a work in progress. I recommend a consultation with a skin care professional so you can be properly guided in your skin care needs. This includes the proper use of products, facials, and the multitude of minimally invasive skin treatments. Feel free to visit us at Plastic Surgery of New York and allow our aestheticians to customize a skin care regimen for you, and teach you about our incredible skin care product line. If you would like more information about what was discussed in this article or any cosmetic procedures, visit, or call Marc J. Elkowitz, M.D. and his team to schedule a complimentary consultation at 855-PSNY-123.

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GirlForce Initiative from Jazzercise

Jazzercise, a high intensity dance workout that combines modern dance moves with strength training with a Flatiron location in NYC, has a new program targeted to young women ages 16-21. Through its free GirlForce classes, now available in the Flatiron district, a fun mix of dance choreography, kickboxing, and Pilates is set to current music hits. The initiative provides girls with a safe environment to get fit, stay active, and gain the tools to make exercise a lifelong healthy habit. @jazzerciseinc

She Fights Foundation

This group was created so that women fighters had a community. Their Youth Boxing Program offers free boxing class to young girls (14-19) from low-income backgrounds. Founded by Harlem resident Cristina Gonzalez, the goal of this program is to foster female empowerment through weekly classes held at a boxing gym near City Hall. @SheFightsFoundation

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Contemplating a New Baby in the New Year? By Katherine Melzer-Ross, M.D., GENESIS Fertility and Reproductive Medicine

As we approach 2018, many couples may be considering embarking on the path to parenthood. If you are one of these couples, there are some helpful lifestyle changes to reflect upon this holiday season. Making modifications now can not only improve your chances for conception, but also make the process of conceiving less stressful. Whether you are at the start of your journey to parenthood or you are already actively pursuing pregnancy and/or undergoing treatments for fertility, these suggestions can be helpful. We know this is a tough time of the year to implement new habits and be your “best self,” but don’t let the ball drop in Times Square and feel as though you’ve let the ball drop in your personal life!


Manage Your Stress

While we don’t know exactly how stress impacts fertility, we do know that decreasing stress levels will allow for a better quality of life during this time. Research has shown that patients who are less stressed are better able to make rationale and reasonable decisions. Developing better coping strategies can help you to feel more in control of the situation and allow you to be more proactive. There are many stress–reducing techniques that we recommend to our fertility patients, including exercise, acupuncture, meditation, mind-body groups, cognitive behavioral therapy, massage therapy, and support groups, among other things. And who doesn’t deserve a massage at the start of a new year?

Implement Nutritional Changes

Altering your eating habits is a difficult task to tackle as we approach a season full of multiple holidays. However, data has shown that women in the normal weight range (defined as a body mass index of 19-25) have lower rates of pregnancy complications than women who are overweight. There may also be a higher chance for miscarriage and birth defects in women who are overweight. While there is no single food that will improve your chances for conception, eating a well-balanced diet and trying to shed any extra pounds before conceiving will improve your chances for a healthy pregnancy. Exercising can also help you to reach your weight goals as well as serving as a form of stress relief.

Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle

We certainly don’t expect you to steer clear of all peppermint lattes and eggnog throughout the holiday season, but we do suggest moderation in terms of caffeine and alcohol. Once you are pregnant, it is recommended to limit caffeine consumption to around one cup of coffee a day and to eliminate alcohol. Additionally, smoking cigarettes has been shown to decrease fertility. So if your New Year’s resolution is to quit smoking, here is yet another reason to make that happen.

Seek Out Support, Resources & Education

Approaching pregnancy and fertility with a positive mindset and the appropriate emotional support and knowledge is crucial.”

Approaching pregnancy and fertility with a positive mindset and the appropriate emotional support and knowledge is crucial. It is important to know that you are not alone in your journey and that many couples have questions, concerns, or issues related to getting pregnant. There are multiple online educational and support resources available. We recommend as an educational resource for pregnancyrelated questions and for common fertility questions. For support resources, we suggest, as well as our patient information page which links to other resources and topics ( Lastly, speaking with friends or family can be difficult and challenging if you are experiencing infertility. However, opening up to loved ones can provide some much-needed stress relief as they may be able to offer support during this emotional roller coaster. As we embark on a new year, consider the above suggestions if a new baby may be in your future. With the right kind of planning and preparation, you will soon be trading in champagne bottles for a whole new set of bottles.

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We Are Energetic Beings By Dr. Didier Demesmin

It is a fascinating fact that the human body is a complex electrical and vibrational matrix of bio-electrical charges. Einstein told us that energy literally creates matter and that energy and matter are interconvertible and transferable. Every living thing produces an electromagnetic field and vibrational frequency. Light and Sound therapy use resonant vibration to restore health to the body and electromagnetic field. Light and Sound can have profound healing effects on physical, mental and emotional levels. This been known by ancient civilizations such as Chinese, Ayurvedics, Mayans for many centuries who used these principles effectively to keep the body in a state of health and harmony. Recently, scientific studies in quantum physics have proved that light and sound are interchangeable energies, and that all physical, mental and emotional imbalances have frequencies that can be harmonized and rebalanced. LIGHT THERAPY

Light Therapy is the therapeutic use of either white light or colored light devices to induce change in the body on a physical, emotional and cellular level. This type of therapy uses light on the eyes, acupuncture points, meridians, reflex zones, and the chakra system, to communicate the proper frequency for restoring health to the body and electromagnetic field. Light enters our body primarily through the eyes (about 90%), and also through the skin and chakras. Light moves at varying speeds to create what we see as light wave frequencies. Now, modern science is able to use Light and Sound Therapies with far greater effectiveness. In 1974, Dr. Fritz-Albert Popp demonstrated that normal living cells emit a regular stream of photons, or quanta of light radiation and showed how living cells pass on biological information via photons, through the language of light. Eastern medical traditions such as Tibetan, Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese medicine have already operated on this premise for thousands of years. Light is nourishment to the body and stimulates and supports the endocrine and immune systems and organs of the body.


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Sound therapy is the therapeutic use of sounds and vibrations to induce change in the body on a physical, emotional and cellular level. The body has its own rhythmic patterns, and there is growing evidence that the rhythms of the heart, brain, and other organs enjoy a special synchronicity. Illness can arise when these inner rhythms are disturbed. Sound and music can have a very powerful effect on one’s health. Sound therapy is used in hospitals, schools, corporate offices, and psychological treatment programs as an effective treatment to reduce stress, lower blood pressure, alleviate pain, overcome learning disabilities, improve movement and balance, and promote endurance and strength. Studies have shown that music can reduce stress, enhance immune function, balance brain-wave activity, reduce muscle tension, increase endorphin levels, and trigger feelings of inner peace.

Light and Sound Therapies can help with: Chakra Balancing Organ Balancing Overcoming Fears Trauma/Emotional Healing Stress Release Improved Energy Levels Hormone Balancing Weight Reduction Better Sleep Pain Management Stronger Immunity Food Allergies/Cravings Libido/Sexual Potency Food Allergies / Cravings Libido / Sexual Potency Healthier Skin, Hair, Nails Blood Building / Detoxification Mental Clarity Creativity ADD / ADHD Realization of Higher Purpose Spiritual Connectedness Depression / Anxiety Addiction Greater Sense of Well-being Self-confidence and Self-esteem

Benefits of Light and Sound Therapy: Deeper relaxation Sense of calm Tranquil mindset Increased focus Reduced anxiety Decreased muscle tension Enhanced immune function Increased endorphin levels Brainwave activity balance Increased creativity Enhanced visualization Improved memory Greater feeling of inner peace

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Into the Night with Philanthropist and Socialite Lauren Lawrence By Lori Snyder

The science behind dreaming takes on a world of its own. The average person spends six years per lifetime dreaming, with anywhere from three to five dreams per night—most lasting at least 5 to 20 minutes, some remembered and some not. That’s why we were especially excited to hear what Lauren Lawrence, celebrity dream analyst as well as the dream columnist for the New York Daily News, had to say about this magical world. Email Lauren Lawrence at


As a dream analyst for 20+ years, when did you first discover your insightful talent for this unique craft? I discovered my interest and natural knowing at a very young age. Friends came to me and asked me to help them understand what their dreams meant. I don’t really know how I did it, but I was always able to share insight. As a young girl, I would read dream interpretation books under the covers in my bed with a flashlight. I would read the dream, but not the answer, and would instead interpret it myself. I thought of it as playing detective—it was a game to me, a weird talent I sort of just acquired. At one point in your career, you spent time decoding dreams of political figures for John F. Kennedy Jr’s George magazine. The column “Political Dreams” must have been fascinating. Please share a bit more detail. Working with John was such a privilege and I was blessed to have his faith in me. I began doing the column for George in early 1999. It was based on politicians sharing their dreams with me and having me analyze them. It was very interesting indeed. You are also the talented author of numerous books, beginning with your “Dream

Keys” series published by Dell Books. The first is based on the powers of the unconscious mind, the second on love, and the third on the future. What message did you want to get across in the series? The idea is that if you pay attention to your dreams, there is valuable knowledge to be found. Of the seven books you have written, which is your favorite? What was the inspiration behind it? My favorite is “Private Dreams of Public People,” a coffeetable book published by Assouline. When I first began writing the book, which is based on celebrities and their dreams, I envisioned beautiful photos of people who are in the public eye sharing their private dreams. What one does in life is reflected in the psyche, so I wanted to share that aspect in the book as well. Your latest book, “Side Effects,” is based on poetry. Can you share a bit about it with us? The book is based on a collection of poems I have written over the past 30 years. Many of those moments were very close to my heart, so the book is very special to me. As the “Dream Expert to the Stars,” can you share a few of the celebrities

who have come to you for dream analysis? To name a few, Madonna, Oliver Stone, Joan Collins, Michael Douglas, Sophia Loren, Luciano Pavarotti, Anthony Quinn, and Paul McCartney. As a psychoanalyst who specializes in dreams, you remind me of a modern-day female Sigmund Freud who unlocks the inner thoughts and desires of people through their unconscious mind. What tips can you share with our readers in regard to any hidden meanings in their dreams? How can they gain helpful insight while tapping into the magical workings of the subconscious? The main thing is to make sure you lie still with your eyes closed once you awaken. In this way, you remain close to the unconscious world. Once you open your eyes, the stimuli take you away from your thoughts of that moment. It is good to keep a pen and paper by your bed, [so that] upon wakening, you can jot down your dream and/ or the symbols you remember. To analyze, think about the previous day and what went on. All of your thoughts reflect inward while you are dreaming, and they can relate to recent or ancient memories. Think about symbols and what they mean to you. Dreams are to the mind what exercise is to the body. B

and is very gentle. The equipment will sculpt bone and cartilage but then when it touches soft tissues, it ceases to cut and only vibrates in place. Therefore, there is very little bleeding associated with this technique compared to hammers and chisels which damage the lining of the nose and can cause considerable bleeding and bruising. It gives plastic surgeons more control and precision, and patients more predictable results, dramatically decreased bruising and pain, and rapid recovery. Patients can return to work or school within one week, unlike traditional rhinoplasty which often requires two weeks. Before deciding which, if any, rhinoplasty procedure to elect, I recommend consulting with a facial plastic surgeon that uses digital photography and computer imaging software to simulate possible post-surgical outcomes. Digital morphing is crucial to help both perspective patient and doctor align on desired outcome, customized to enhance each individual’s unique aesthetic balance.

Mini UltraSonic Rhinoplasty


Rhinoplasty, more commonly referred to as a “nose job,” remains one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures, with over half a million people consulting plastic surgeons annually with the goal of improving the appearance of their nose. Because the nose is the most defining characteristic of the face, even a slight alteration can greatly improve one’s appearance. Young and old, men and women, rhinoplasty can not only improve your look, but also your self-esteem.

Be warry of doctors that agree to give you the nose of your favorite celebrity, as not every nose goes with every face. I always favor creating a natural rhinoplasty result, one that is aesthetically balanced to the face. As I have mentioned before, when talking to your doctor about any procedure, it is important to do your homework. For an aesthetic facial procedure, you should select a board-certified facial plastic surgeon with numerous, 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 questions to your satisfaction. Remember, always listen to your gut – if something doesn’t feel quite right to you, get a second opinion.

As with any fast-moving, cutting edge industry, today’s facial plastic surgery procedures and in turn, rhinoplasty, are not what they used to be. Advancement in rhinoplasty techniques and tools offer additional options to perspective patients, with the mini ultrasonic rhinoplasty being the latest on the scene. A mini-rhinoplasty is most often used to remove excess bone and cartilage, often referred to as a “hump” or “bump” on the nose in profile. Unlike a traditional rhinoplasty, a mini ultrasonic rhinoplasty is a minimally-invasive procedure that can be performed in under 30 minutes with local or twilight anesthesia and offers a greatly reduced recovery period. How can such a simple, quick-recovery procedure offer such a positive, permanent improvement? The mini ultrasonic rhinoplasty is performed through a closed approach with a tiny incision inside the nose so there are no external scars. This is unlike in a traditional open rhinoplasty where there is a visible incision underneath the nose. To reduce a nasal hump or bump on the bridge, plastic surgeons traditionally use chisels or rasps that cause a lot of mechanical trauma. The new technology used in the mini-rhinoplasty involves a crystal that vibrates at an ultra-high frequency

Dr. Andrew Jacono is a Dual Board Certified Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon and global authority in the field of facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. A Castle Connolly Top Doctor, Dr. Jacono has also been elected as one of America’s Top Plastic Surgeons by the Consumers Research Council of America and Super Doctors. To learn more about Dr. Jacono’s innovative procedures, call his Park Avenue, NYC office at 212570-2500, or visit


Make An Impact

Giving Back, Changing Lives By Vanessa Coppes

What better time to celebrate some of the influencers, companies, and brands that are making a positive impact on people’s lives than the holiday season?

Lulu Cerone | LemonAID Warriors At just 17 years old, Lulu Cerone has combined philanthropy and business with her charitable organization, LemonAID Warriors, and has raised over $100,000. Her book, “PhilanthroParties! A Party-Planning Guide for Kids Who Want to Give Back,” highlights dozens of worthy causes and inspires youngsters to add social activism to their social lives. By demonstrating easy, inexpensive party planning ideas, DIY recipes, crafts, and activities that spread kindness and create positive social impact, Cerone provides the foundation for engaging young readers. As a young girl, Cerone was frustrated by the lack of volunteer opportunities available for children. She began hosting her own social good get-togethers. In 2010, one of these gatherings raised $4,000 in two weeks to help earthquake victims


in Haiti. From then on, her friends begged her to host more events, and she began creating many more PhilanthroParty action plans. As a result, LemonAID Warriors was born and has provided scholarships to 86 vulnerable children at their partner schools in Zimbabwe. LAW also helped fund completion of a dormitory at an orphanage in Tijuana and organized youth volunteers to aid in construction. Lulu’s personal PhilanthroParties have also assisted in building sustainable clean water solutions for over 2,000 people in sub-Saharan Africa; hosted annual holiday PhilanthroParties at a domestic violence transitional housing shelter in Hollywood, CA; and regularly present PhilanthroParty workshops with youth across the country.

Dr. James Mercer | Lonestar Social Services After his father banished him from their Texas home, James Mercer turned to drugs, alcohol, and partying, but soon realized he was on the same path as his father. Now a Ph.D.—his doctorate is in counseling psychology—Dr. Mercer shares how hitting rock bottom led to a Jewish spiritual awakening filled with love and an abiding faith in humanity in his book “Secrets and Shame.” Having been through the system himself, he founded Lonestar Social Services, a foster care and adoption agency that focuses on the hundreds of children throughout Texas who have suffered abuse. He lives in Austin with his partner and three daughters and finds joy in his Jewish faith and community.

Michael and Starla Wahl | DriButts While on a mission trip to Haiti, Michael Wahl noticed the babies didn’t wear diapers. He found it troubling because he knew that the leading cause of sickness, disease, and death in Third World countries is food and water sources contaminated by fecal matter. His idea? To bring diapers to Haiti. Of course, disposable diapers would be too expensive. And he soon learned that traditional cloth diapers wouldn’t work well in such a warm climate because they’re made of heavy materials that can cause diaper rash and chaffing. So, together with his wife Starla, they decided to try a wicking, breathable material for the diapers. A friend with a sewing business developed a pattern for their solution: DriButts. Starla recruited volunteers, and they sewed more than 700 diapers. Thankfully, they’ve found a manufacturer since then. Today, Wahl travels to Haiti to deliver these diapers himself, and to educate the community on their use and care, as well as on the importance of hygiene for their overall health and well-being. B

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Peace & The City By Chad Schubert

Oprah Winfrey dubbed her “one of the most influential women of the modern spiritual movement.” Now renowned author, speaker, and activist Marianne Williamson—whose famous supporters include Deepak Chopra, Eva Longoria, and Kim Kardashian—has brought the combined wisdom of her seven New York Times bestselling books to NYC to shine light on the darkest struggles of the human experience, both individually and collectively. “It feels wonderful to be back!” says Williamson.


Marianne Williamson hosts weekly talks in NYC to discuss everything from fear to forgiveness to the attainment of inner peace. Every Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Marble Collegiate (5th Avenue and W 29th Street) $20 at the door, but no one is ever turned away for a lack of funds Lectures are also live-streamed at

Every Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. at Marble Collegiate Church in Midtown Manhattan, Williamson arrives with a sense of poise and grace to a large crowd of eager New Yorkers who sit anticipating the sound of her stilettos clicking through the church corridor. Her vibe is a cross between posh fashionista and modern-day saint, and this crowd of enlightenment seekers are here for one of her famous lectures on the teachings of “A Course in Miracles,” a thought-provoking spiritual text that Williamson says helped her out of her own personal hell of depression and selfloathing in her 20s. In the early 90s, Williamson wrote “A Return to Love,” a book that became a global phenomenon as a reflection on the teachings that articulate the power of love and forgiveness in a practical way. The book was published in 23 languages and spent 39 weeks on The New York Times Best Seller list, transforming the author into a spiritual icon in American culture. “It’s simply a book about love—how to give it and receive it, how to forgive, how to be happy, how to find inner peace,” Williamson explains. “It’s common sense really, but given that the world we live in is so frightening these days, the search for love can be a radical venture.” Williamson’s hour-long talks address our biggest personal struggles (fear, love, anxiety, depression), as well as our biggest collective struggles (hate, violence, war, corruption). She also offers a shift in perception that allows one to navigate from a state of fear (which is any negative emotion) to a state of love (which is any positive emotion)—if you’re open and willing. Participants also have a chance to ask Williamson questions after the lecture is over, when she turns the mic over to the audience for a free-flowing Q&A. “I’ve given weekly lectures for most of the last 34 years,” she says. “When I moved to New York [from Los Angeles] over a year and a half ago, I continued doing it because it’s just what I do. I lived in New York City for most of my 20s; in fact, it’s where I was living when I first became a student of ‘A Course in Miracles.’” Now that Williamson is back in the Big Apple, it’s a full circle moment that New Yorkers can take advantage of weekly. Her latest book, “Tears to Triumph: The Spiritual Journey from Suffering to Enlightenment,” quickly hit The New York Times Best Seller list, as well, proving this literary queen’s still got it. She now offers an online course teaching the basics of “A Course in Miracles.” She’s also holding a Miracle-Minded New Year’s Eve Weekend Retreat in Los Angeles on December 29-31, which will also be live streamed. As for the future of her life and career, she says: “I hope to keep growing and learning in every way I can, so I can express myself more deeply to others.” B








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Beauty of a Marine Sergeant Ryann Lett By Lorenzo I. Diggs

The Few, the Proud... the fact is, most of us only know what a Marine is from a commercial. Our definitions of their duties and missions often become influenced by media portrayals and grandiose stories of war. Many identities can become coalesced into uniforms and medallions, making individual efforts feel almost depreciated against a wider scope.


Here, you are invited to a more cordial meeting with our country’s elite team of defenders, donning those illustrious dress-blues. Our meeting occurs at one New York City career center, where we welcome Sergeant Ryann Lett, food service specialist, team leader, and highly inspirational Marine. Sgt. Lett has spent five years of her life dedicated to serving by preparing home-cooked meals that keep Marines going. She uses her extensive training to provide proper nutrition, balance quantities daily, and maintain a flow of service that has proven time and again that those in her company can trust and rely on her. Living a life similar to many American civilians, Marines are not held by strict rules. Overseas in Afghanistan, Sgt. Lett was able to send books, gifts, and use Skype to keep in touch with family and friends back home. While stationed at Camp Pendleton in California, Sgt. Lett used her weekends to see her father in Vegas, visit her aunt in LA, and went surfing at her leisure. Being able to hear, “My Marine is home” from her proud mother makes everything worthwhile. Sgt. Lett’s radiant smile and firm, respectful handshake give an initial impression of a woman who is confident, proud, and content within herself, allowing her innermost beauty to shine. Read on to find out what makes this Marine so beautiful inside and out...

What inspired you to become a Marine? I didn’t want to miss the opportunity. I feel that being a Marine was my true calling. I followed my heart. I do remember speaking to my mother, finding she had also wanted to join the military. This may be the most positive influence in my decision. What were some achievements you’ve earned while serving? Anytime a Marine travels overseas, he or she gains a ranking. I have an M.U.C. (Meritorious Unit Commendation) ribbon for supporting women who are pushing forward to be within infantry divisions. I keep them fed and ready to sustain their training. I believe more women should belong to the infantry. What are some accommodations Marines can make use of while enlisted? Marines can take advantage of many benefits, such as pursuing a career, funding their education and gaining hands on experience while still serving this country. The Marines are highly accommodating and will go as far as they can to assist in your success in life. What will you do after your military career? After my service I plan to enter a career in law enforcement. I will use my experience and acquired skills in the Marines to reach that goal. Once I set my mind to something, I know I can do it. The Marines have helped enhance my mindset toward my success. What are some of your favorite things to do during free time? While deployed we were able to enjoy many fun moments, including movie nights, live entertainment, and many recreational activities. At one particular USO, every Friday was “Steak and Lobster Night.” While back on homeland, we were free to go where we pleased. I spent time visiting my family, going to the gym, and riding road bikes with my father when I could.

I didn’t want to miss the opportunity. I feel that being a Marine was my true calling. I followed my heart.” What are some of your positive memories from overseas? I had many opportunities to show my team I care for their development. One notable moment was joining them to rectify a messy situation that was not directly caused by our team. Being a part of this bigger team, however, showcased how we all help each other despite rank. Only by working together can Marines be everything they are. How do you define beauty? To me, beauty is all about being comfortable within yourself. It’s being able to accept your uniqueness and embrace the truth of who you really are and want to be. There are many people who only adhere to a fashion sense when it is popular, or to even hide themselves. I find people are most beautiful embracing everything they are and being able to move comfortably, knowing themselves. B

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Gifts for the Book Lovers on Your List This Season Need some inspiration for your gift list this holiday season? We’ve got some great suggestions for you, so get ready to shop the shelves and check off some people on your list with cool books they’ll love. By Barbara Bellesi Zito

For the Mystery Lover “Vixen Investigations: The Mayoral Affairs” by ashley papa (post hill press)

Do you have a friend who loves a good page-turner? Then meet Paige Turner, an investigative journalist-turned detective. Her specialty is tracking down cheating spouses— but nothing can prepare her for when the wife of the New York City mayor hires Paige to snoop on her husband. When Paige discovers enough dirt to take down the whole administration, let alone a single marriage, she finds herself in uncharted territory. This exciting debut novel is what some say is Nancy Drew meets “Sex and the City.”

For Your BFF “Thank You for Being a Friend: Life According to the Golden Girls”

emma lewis, ill. by chantel desousa (smith street books)

It’s been more than 30 years since “The Golden Girls” charmed their ways into our lives. Few TV characters can stand the test of time as well as Dorothy, Sophia, Rose, and Blanche. This colorfully illustrated book compiles the wisdom of those four brash broads from Miami, including sex and dating advice from Blanche, cheesecake recipes, the Ten Commandments of living with housemates, and a quiz to determine “Which Golden Girl Are You?”


For the Party Animal “Inside Studio 54: The Real Story of Sex, Drugs. and Rock ‘n’ Roll from Former Studio 54 Owner” Mark Fleischman (Rare Bird Books)

There is no nightclub as iconic as Studio 54. This book escorts you beyond the velvet rope into a world where free love reigned and champagne, cocaine, and celebrity were the currency—at least until it was raided by the state in 1978 and the owners were put in prison for tax evasion. Your tour guide on this reminiscent romp is Fleischman, the restaurant, hotel, and club owner who reopened Studio 54 in the early ‘80s. The salacious history of Studio 54 will take the reader first to Brazil and then to the Virgin Islands before landing at the world-famous nightclub in midtown Manhattan.

For the Fashionista “Dresses to Dream About” Christian Siriano (Rizzoli)

It’s easy to see the end result of a fashion designer’s talent, but what about the work leading up to it? In this book, designer extraordinaire Christian Siriano takes us on a tour of his Manhattan studio, where his dreamy dresses and gorgeous gowns are born. This is a unique glimpse into the multilayered creative process of a fashion designer, from first sketch to final stitch.

For the Redhead (natural or otherwise) “The Big Redhead Book: Inside the Secret Society of Red Hair” By Erin La Rosa (St. Martin’s Press)

There’s a reason that natural redheads make up just two percent of the population— they’re that special. La Rosa’s book is a celebration of our fair friends and their veritable superhero powers, which include a superior sense of smell and hair that grays more slowly than other shades. This humorous book is filled with beauty tips, advice for raising a redheaded child, and a list of redhead-inspired tunes. It’s perfect for the redhead in your life—maybe even the salonenhanced one!

For the Host(ess) with the Most(est) “Valerie’s Home Cooking” Valerie Bertinelli (Oxmoor House)

There’s another kind of celebrity chef on Food Network these days—that is, celebrities who play chefs in their own kitchen. Valerie Bertinelli, star of “Hot in Cleveland” and “Valerie’s Home Cooking,” has made herself a true household name, thanks to her winning personality and her tasty (and easy to make!) dishes. This book is packed with more than 100 recipes, many of which have Bertinelli’s own unique twist, that are perfect for sharing with friends and family.


For the Resolution-Maker “RESET: 6 ESSENTIAL RESETS TO A HEALTHIER, HAPPIER YOU” jacqui phillips (palm tree publications)

Know someone who’s on a mission to recharge her life? This book will help her get a head start on those New Year’s resolutions. This book focuses on six concepts—relationships, fitness, finance, emotions, appearance, and faith—all of which can be “reset” in order to start living life more fully. How does Phillips know? Because she’s reset all six in her own life. Her book is deeply personal, written from an “If I can do it, you can do it” attitude.

Relationships. Fitness. Finances. Faith. Is there something in your life that deserves a push of the reset button? Jaqui Phillips gets it. The celebrity makeup artist-turnedauthor writes honestly about the unglamorous moments of her life that she struggled to overcome. From getting fit to renewing her faith, Phillips shows how being vulnerable made her stronger. For Phillips, age is just a number. Despite being in the profession of making others look amazing on the outside, Phillips says it’s more about what’s inside. “It’s that inner beauty,” says Phillips. “If you can find that and tap into that, that is seeing the greatness in you as opposed to the weakness in you. That’ll start to shine through, and you’ll start to believe it.”


It’s not every day that a debut middle school novel spawns a film adaptation and a national movement, but that’s exactly what happened to R.J. Palacio and her book “Wonder.” Inspired by a real-life incident, “Wonder” tells the story of Auggie Pullman, a child with a facial difference who enters a mainstream school for the first time. The real lessons begin when Auggie and his parents help others to learn how to look past the outside and see a person’s true inner beauty. Palacio’s book launched the #ChooseKind movement, encouraging people to open up their hearts to others despite their differences. The film adaptation of “Wonder” arrives in theaters in November, starring Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, and Jacob Tremblay. Bring the whole family—and tissues. B 121

Love in the City

1. How crucial to your psychological well-being is having pressed, stain-free clothes at all times? Not that much 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10 Very 2. How badly do you need 10 hours of uninterrupted sleep each night? Not that much 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10 Very 3. When pre-arranged plans constantly change, do find yourself getting stressed? Not that much 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10 Very

The Kid Calculation They’re everywhere. Most are jumping around, laughing, and playing happily. Others are busy crying or whining and making a scene. A special few even dedicate themselves to carrying on like meth-addled prison inmates bent on destruction, chaos, and escape. Kids, I mean. Now, for whatever reason, you’re having major baby pangs these days. Is it the “ticking clock?” A fear of being left behind—or worse, alone? Now we wouldn’t purport you can settle a question as serious as this with a magazine quiz, but there’s no reason you can’t get a few clues from BELLA to point the way forward. Circle the number most appropriate to you, then total your score and check the results. By Jarrod Thalheimer


4. How would you rate your level of personal insecurity? Low 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10 High 5. How comfortable are you holding or being in a position of authority and/or intense responsibility without knowing exactly what you’re doing? Fine 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10 Terrified 6. How important is “me time” for your personal sanity? Not that much 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10 Very 7. How easily do you make room for other people’s ideas, thoughts, beliefs, or needs in your day-to-day life? No problem 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10 Never 8. Do you enjoy shopping for, assembling, or playing with children’s toys and accessories? Love it 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10 Hate it 9. How easily do you embarrass in public? Rarely 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10 Always 10. How often do you criticize other parents about their methods of discipline? Never 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10 Always

When you see kids misbehaving, do you smile or cringe? 11. Do you think you are smarter than most people? Not really 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10 Absolutely 12. Do you believe the world would be better off with more people like you in it? Yes 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10 No 13. When you see kids misbehaving, do you smile or cringe? Smile 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10 Cringe 14. Rate the importance of having totally unrestricted personal freedom within your daily life: Not a big deal 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10 Critical 15. How important is the ability to curse loudly (and creatively) within your daily life? Not really 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10 @&%$, yeah! 16. How well do you cope with mistakes? Easily 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10 Great difficulty 17. How well do you cope with others’ mistakes? Easily 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10 Great difficulty 18. How often do you consider the feelings or needs of others when you make personal decisions? Always 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10 Never 19. Do you see sex as the path to children, or sex as generally ruined by having children? Path to… 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10 Ruined by… 20. How important is regular, exotic travel to your life? Not really 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10 Very 21. Do you desire more or less intensity in your daily life? More 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10 Less 22. Do the actions of other people keep you from attaining happiness? No 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10 Yes 23. Is parenthood a goal to be achieved or the consolation prize for failure at your chosen career? Goal 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10 Consolation 24. When viewing other parents, do you see them as having “given up” on their dreams in order to raise children? No 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10 Yes

25. Does spontaneity excite or horrify you? Excite 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10 Horrify 26. Do you prefer to be invisible in life or the center of attention? Invisible 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10 Center of attention 27. Do you consider families with children an integral part of society or the major problem with society? Integral 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10 Problem 28. Would you consider yourself a low- or high-maintenance person? Low 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10 High 29. Does the idea of seeing and/or being forced to deal with bodily fluids disgust you? Not that much 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10 Totally 30. Did you enjoy your own childhood? Loved it 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10 Could not end fast enough RESULTS 30 – 60: A score like this suggests you either have an unrealistic, headin-the-clouds view about children and parenthood, or you may be hitting the Chardonnay a bit too hard and need help. Whatever the case, it’s time to stop watching reruns of “Full House” and/or binging on “Fuller House,” and try babysitting some actual children. Note: Keep 911 predialed in your smartphone at all times. 61 – 180: You know that life is a never-ending stream of ups and downs mixed with lessons from learning new things. You’re not too hung up on day-to-day mistakes or trying to make things perfect at all times. There’s more than enough room for kids in your life; having a family will only improve your journey going forward. 180 – 269: You’re not specifically against kids, and you haven’t made any clear decisions about your future just yet. Maybe it’s time to start looking for the person you want to have a family with and see if they can soften you up a little. You’ve got an edge that will need a little filing before you consider adding a child or two to the adventure that is you. 270 – 300: Based on a result like this, you probably shouldn’t even be in a relationship, let alone considering children. It sounds like you’re arrogant, selfish —to put it nicely—focused exclusively on yourself. You may even be devoid of human empathy. If that’s the case, don’t even get a dog. Start with a plant, and see if you can work your way up from there. B 123


Let It Snow,

Let It Snow,

Let It Snow By Sascha Zuger

Want to drop into an eggnog and sugar cookie coma, sans guilt? Spend your days swooshing off those treats and the nights cozying up to your sweetie by the fire! Try these tucked away cabins, fireside sips, and après-skis so romantic they will melt your heart (if you catch our drift!).

STOWE MOUNTAIN RESORT | STOWE, VT Santa won’t be the only new arrival in this quaint historic village this holiday, as Vail Resorts continues their tradition of conquering some of the world’s best mountains by taking Stowe under its impressive umbrella. This is epic, as in go ahead and pop for the “Epic Pass,” which gives you year-round privileges


at mountains from Vail to Europe to Australia. Also new is a $30 million adventure center, indoor climbing center (appropriately called Stowe Rocks), and the Spruce Peak outdoor ice skating rink. New slopeside shopping at The Shops at Spruce Peak has you covered for last minute gifts, while the Stowe Mountain Lodge and

its expansive outdoor pool, exquisite spa, and onsite dining makes it a one-stop shop for luxury digs. Simple stroll out for a ski or in for a snuggle as you enjoy the pristine mountain vistas. Multi-room suites with fully equipped kitchens make this ideal for painless family holidays.

OMNI MOUNT WASHINGTON RESORT | BRETTON WOODS, NH Soar through the snowy treetops of Bretton Woods, over swooshing skiers and above breathtaking mountain vistas, on one of the world’s most scenic and thrilling zip lines. If that adrenaline rush isn’t enough, hit the slopes for some worthy bowls and glades tucked within 464 acres of terrain before retiring with a hot toddy fireside at the

historic marvel of the Omni. The national historic landmark, opened in 1902, has been keeping the late winter/ early spring season hopping ever since. Dog sledding, sleigh rides, snowshoe treks, ice-skating, and simple card games by the fire occupy guests of all ages. For your downtime, a full-service spa offers signature

treatments like the Zents Journey, an ultrahydrating 100-minute ritual combining a Vichy-massage shower, hand-harvested shea butter quench cocoon, and Moisture Drench Facial to refresh your winterbattered skin. Refuel with a hearty steak at Stickney’s Restaurant or a cocktail in the rock-walled bar, The Cave.

BIXBY HOUSE IN JACKSON GORE VILLAGE | OKEMO, VT The upscale Bixby House combines the best of townhome spaciousness (up to threebedroom loft options with fireplaces and full kitchens can accommodate 12 guests for friends-getaways), with interior halls to keep away winter’s chill and provide direct access to outdoor slope-side fire pits, pools, and hot tubs. Hitting the slopes is as simple as strolling outside, made even more convenient

with the resort’s ski valet. Adults can brush up on their skills with group lessons, or head right out on the 120 trails served by 20 lifts. Young advanced skiers and riders aren’t left out in the cold, with the AmplitudePLUS program serving ages 7 to 14. Live music and an award-winning wine list that features almost 800 selections and 7,000 bottles can be enjoyed on-site at

Coleman Brook Tavern. Kids’ Night Out allows for grown-up après-ski fun, while kids stay entertained with pizza, movies, ice skating, and swimming. For a memorable Saturday night, guests can board an Okemo snowcat from their doorstep for a star-lit ride to Epic restaurant in Solitude Village, where they’ll enjoy a gourmet five-course meal served fireside. B 125

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The Private Island Where the Fabulous Get Away By Maxine Albert

Tucked away in a corner of the impossibly blue Indian Ocean lies one of the world’s most coveted getaways. North Island, an ultra exclusive resort in the Seychelles archipelago, attracts A-listers, royals, and those seeking the best of the best. George and Amal Clooney and royal couple Prince William and Duchess Kate of Cambridge honeymooned here. David and Victoria Beckham celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary here. And notable celebrity guests include Julia Roberts, Paul McCartney, and Angelina Jolie.



So what makes this spot 1,000 miles off the eastern coast of Africa the preferred retreat of the “fabulous”? First, North Island’s extreme privacy makes it an ideal refuge for a Hollywood Hideaway. And there’s the wow factor: This lush sanctuary—punctuated by granite peaks that are home to exotic flora and fauna, luminous turquoise water, coral reefs, and resplendent marine life—is also a haven of unparalleled experiential luxury. Guests are provided anything and everything they could possibly want, anywhere and anytime they so desire. The credo at “North,” as the locals call it, is: “Fulfilling your wish is our joy.” It’s like having a magic lamp with a genie on request. Even better, the folks here seem to know what you want before you do, and surprise you with it. The coddling starts before you even set foot on the island, such as sourcing a guest’s favorite foods and beverages for a fully stocked villa pantry and mini bar to a picnic basket of your preferred delectable, all ready to go. Andrew, my remarkable butler, made me scrumptious omelets for breakfast that I enjoyed in my sala (outdoor pavilion). There’s no set schedule, no set menu, no clock. Everything is up to you. The fully customizable experience includes having your meals served to you anywhere on the island you want. It didn’t take long to get used to the carefree, relaxed, and casual atmosphere. This is barefoot luxury at its best. You have the option to explore the ravishing island at your own pace by foot, bike, or your own personal golf buggy. Coco de Mer palms, Tanaka trees, mangrove and palm-fringed bays, canopied peaks, indigenous seabirds, and giant Aldabra tortoises, such as the adorable 160-year-old Brutus, make for a natural wonderland. Relish a private picnic on wildly romantic Honeymoon Beach with its sugary white sand, or enjoy a personalized cruise on water that sparkles like blue diamonds. You can also explore the forest trail across the island to watch an exquisite sunset followed by a barbecue under the stars at West Beach Bar.

No matter how you spend your time, you’ll be enchanted by the special magic of “North.” Every activity, such as padi courses, diving, kayaking, and fishing is tailored to you. After a guided snorkel session with a dazzling underwater kingdom of colorful fish, my butler and the exceptional staff surprised me with a marvelous set up of my favorite things to eat and drink, on the most beautiful beach you have ever seen. For even more pampering, the outdoor spa, which is perched on a cliff, offers blissful massages with unrivaled views. With only 11 palatial villas on the island, serene seclusion is guaranteed. These high temples of understated luxury feature floor-toceiling windows and thatched roofs, and have huge indoor and outdoor living spaces. Glam interiors designed by the famed South African team Lesley Carstens and Silvio Rech showcase stones and tree trunks. I especially liked my four-poster bed with plush linens whose pillars were made of driftwood. I adored a soak in the bathroom’s deep tub using the resort’s aromatic oils and herbal salts. These cozy cocoons

have all the luxurious trappings including air conditioning, satellite TV, Wi-Fi, and every amenity. Outdoors you will find an expansive sun deck, loungers, a daybed, private pool, swaying palms, and your own silken sandy beach with aquamarine water—providing you with your own private paradise. North Island cuisine of just caught fish, local specialties, or anything your heart desires, takes advantage of fresh herbs and vegetables from the island gardens. I practically swooned upon tasting the Créole seafood curry for lunch; it was so divine. Upon hearing this, the chefs prepared a sumptuous Créole curry feast just for me one evening with several varieties of meat, seafood, lentils, spinach, coconut, and condiments paired with fine French wine from their notable wine cellar. Dining at the candlelit Piazza (the main island eatery) with breathtaking ocean views and the sound of wind rustling in the palms and the waves breaking on the shore, was unforgettable. Experience it for yourself by visiting North Island. B 127

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The Ritz-Carlton, Naples By Dara Kaplan

Looking for emerald green waters and stretches of white sand without sitting on a plane for 3+ hours from New York? Escape to Florida’s lush gulf coast where the sunsets are legendary. In a region where sprawling beach resorts are as abundant as sunshine, The Ritz Carlton, Naples is a diamond among the rocks. Here you’ll discover the immaculate white sands and tranquility of Florida’s famed and sought after west coast.


Situated on 20 beachfront acres overlooking the serene waters of the Gulf of Mexico, a short 45-minute drive from Southwest Florida International Airport, The Ritz-Carlton, Naples is often credited for helping put Naples on the map. Constructed in 1985, the hotel brought a new era of tourism to the region, which in turn created unprecedented economic and international attention. Naples offers an elegant, small-town ambience with a historic village, upscale shopping, gourmet dining, and world renowned golfing, fishing, and sailing, all in the midst of one of America’s last great wilderness frontiers: the Everglades. Located in Southwest Florida, this AAA Five Diamond, Forbes Four Star resort was constructed in 1985. The hotel contains 450 lavish rooms, 70 exclusive Club Level rooms, and 35 suites, each with a view of the beach. Designed by Wimberly Interiors, a globally recognized leader in hospitality design, the new guest rooms are reminiscent of a luxurious, residential beach home, and are filled with lavish featherbeds, 400-count Egyptian cotton sheets, and rich goose down comforters and pillows that give new meaning to “beauty sleep.” Each room also comes equipped with a marble tub and vanity, as well as cushy lightweight robes, perfect for lounging on your balcony.

The Club Level features 70 rooms, including six superbly decadent suites. And guests enjoy the services of a concierge who’s devoted exclusively to their needs and the amenities of a private lounge and library. Open from 7 am to 10 pm daily, The Club features daily food and beverage presentations, from continental breakfast to afternoon tea to delicious evening hors d’oeuvres. The hotel is home to the Forbes Four Star Ritz-Carlton Spa with treatments that draw inspiration from the land and sea. Encompassing 51,000 square feet, the tri-level spa offers a variety of methods to refresh and invigorate the body and spirit, along with more than 30 treatment rooms, a conservatory, fitness center, and wellness programs. Also featured: invigorating treatments for the mind and body and access to steam rooms, saunas, and—best of all—a luxurious mineral pool on the top deck. In addition, spa guests can access the Tiburon Golf Club, which offers two 18-hole golf courses designed by Australian golfer Greg Norman. The Ritz-Carlton, Naples presents guests with seven innovative restaurants from which to choose. The fine dining options cater to all the senses, and exquisite sunset views and menus offer the freshest foods. Located in prime viewing of the spectacular sunsets and on the beach, Gumbo Limbo is the perfect spot to enjoy tropical outdoor ambiance. Enjoy family-friendly and delicious Coastal Italian-inspired cuisine with distinct Florida flare at Terrazza. The menu includes handmade pastas, homemade breads, and enticing specials. If you are looking for sophistication, delight in the upscale steakhouse menu at The Grill; menu favorites there include a selection of dry-aged prime meats, chops, and seafood. The Grill has been honored with the “Best of Award of Excellence” from the esteemed Wine Spectator magazine. While enjoying your time of luxury at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples, be sure to check out the two heated outdoor pools, an adult-only relaxation pool, and a kid-friendly whirlpool. In the mood for the beach? Reserve a lounge chair to enjoy a cocktail of your choice on the pristine three-mile stretch of sand. The Ritz Carlton, Naples is the perfect place to visit, whether it is a romantic getaway or a fun-filled family vacation. Let loose, unwind, and enjoy a lavish vacation. B 129

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African Safari By Sekita Ekrek

Few trips feel as epic as an African safari. Touching down on a bush airstrip in the savannahs of Kenya is one thrilling ride. You instantly feel like you’re following in the footsteps of explorers, novelists, and great adventurers. The remote setting is intoxicating. The first signs of wildlife roaming freely are slightly Disneyesque. Over the course of a week in the bush, our shock became awe, then appreciation, and finally, sheer gratitude for our great big animal kingdom.


Welcome to Kenya The gateway to safari begins in the bustling capital Nairobi. Check in to the legendary Fairmont Norfolk Hotel, a colonial oasis dating back to 1904. After settling in, head to the bar for a dawa. The classic Kenyan cocktail—made of vodka, muddled lime, honey, and crushed ice—is refreshingly addictive. Don’t miss the vintage photos lining the corridors. Famous guests, from Theodore Roosevelt and Ernest Hemingway to Meryl Streep and Mick Jagger, have spent the night. On Tuesdays, the excellent Maasai Market is held on Kijabe Street, behind the hotel. Bargaining is part of the fun. You’ll walk away with hand-beaded jewelry, colorful textiles, and handicrafts galore.

Traditional Maasai Village and Mount Kilimanjaro The Maasai are one of Kenya’s last traditional tribes. Famous for their look and customs, these nomads live as they have for centuries. Upon arrival you’ll be met by the village chief ’s son and treated to a traditional welcome dance by the men and women before getting a tour of daily life. The village sits on Amboseli National Park, home to Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa. You’ll stay in the park at Ol Tukai Lodge, a spacious resort with some of the best views of the mountain. Take time by the pool or your terrace to watch herds of elephants, wildebeest, and Cape buffalo graze against the magnificent backdrop.

Afternoon at Harambee Community Centre Back in Nairobi, the slums of Mukuru are overcrowded, chaotic, and sprawling. But deep inside is a place of calm and inspiration, and a perfect way to end the journey. The Micato-AmericaShare Harambee Community Centre is committed to education and local outreach. Spend time learning how lives are changed every day. There’s a nursery school, learning resource center, library, green lawns, fresh water, and programs to empower young girls. It’s an opportunity to not only lend compassion, but also learn how to make a difference.

Endangered Rhinos and the Lewa Conservancy Fly north of Nairobi for 100 minutes and safari magic begins. Your destination? The Lewa Conservancy in Laikipia Reserve. Set against Mount Kenya, this wild, romantic and sparsely populated land is home to an astonishing variety of wildlife. From touchdown to arrival at the luxury Lewa Safari Camp, we spotted elephants, Grevy’s zebras, ostriches, giraffes, white rhinos, gazelles, impalas, and sleeping cheetahs. No wonder Prince William proposed to Kate here—it’s that kind of dreamy place. Pay particular attention to rhino spotting; this endangered creature is fiercely protected here.

Exploring Nairobi Kenya’s history

Hot Air Ballooning over Maasai Mara Floating above the savannah at daybreak, when animals are most active, is exhilarating beyond words. Capturing these bird’s-eye views in complete silence is worth every penny. Afterwards, toast that rush with champagne and a hearty bush breakfast. You’ll be up early anyway as you’re staying at the swanky Fairmont Mara Safari Club. Each luxury tent in the camp hugs the Mara River, where grunting hippos serve as your dawn wakeup call. It’s hard not to spend hours watching the herds frolic, spar, and show off to one another. Photo Credits: Lion-Micato Safaris, hotel-Fairmont Norfolk Hotel, elephant-Micato Safaris, Maasai warriors-Sekita Ekrek, school children-Sekita Ekrek, giraffe feedingSekita Ekrek, hot air balloon-Roberta Long-Kelleher, bush picnic-Micato Safaris

comes to life at the fascinating Karen Blixen Museum. The Danish author of the famed memoir “Out of Africa” lived on a coffee farm in the early 1900s. Now a museum, the farmhouse is the setting for much of the Meryl StreepRobert Redford 1975 film. Blixen was so adored that the Nairobi suburb of Karen is named after her. Nearby is a sanctuary for another beloved resident– the giraffe. The Giraffe Centre is a hands-on opportunity to learn about, feed, and even kiss (!) the endangered Rothchild’s giraffe. It’s loads of fun. Our travel insider, Sekita Ekrek, went on her first African safari with Micato Safaris. To learn more, contact our friends at First in Service Travel at or 212-398-6555. B 131

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Majestic Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas Luxury, sophistication, elegance, and warmth are just some of the words that can aptly describe the glorious Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas. From the moment you set foot onto the triple Forbes FiveStar award winning property, you’re transported into a world of opulence. Check in at the Sky Lobby on the 23rd floor, which offers stunning views of the Strip, and where a beverage and warm towel awaits you. Also there is the Mandarin Bar for amazing cocktails and bar snacks in a vibrant atmosphere. And just by the elevator is one of my favorite features, the Moet Champagne Vending Machine, the first of its kind in the U.S., and so fun! The 47-story non-gaming hotel has 392 spacious and luxurious rooms and suites, high-tech enhancements with 132 THE HOLIDAY ISSUE

automated control panels to manage lighting, entertainment, and room temperatures at the touch of a button. Dining at Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas is a treat in itself. You’ll be spoiled with the talents of three-star Michelin Chef Pierre Gagnaire at his restaurant Twist. Indulge in the sixcourse Grand Tasting Menu, which is as decadent as it is delicious. MOzen Bistro offers up authentic Asian cuisine and world-class fare. Instead of a traditional breakfast when ordering room service, try the Japanese bento breakfast. You will not be disappointed! The Spa at Mandarin Oriental is on another level of relaxation experiences. With 17 treatment rooms, a yoga studio, pool and gym, you can truly enjoy a different kind of

Vegas during your stay. The stunning Shanghai 1930’s design and tranquility will make you not want to leave. The blend of modern techniques with Eastern traditions in their treatments is bliss. Choose from full body cleanses, clay treatments to release toxins, facials, vitality pool soaks, steam rooms, ice fountains, and five different type of shower journeys. It’s an urban oasis that spans the entire seventh and eighth floor of the property, and with floor-toceiling windows, you’ll unwind while enjoying the incredible views. Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas sucks you in, pampers you, feeds you, spoils you, and entertains you at the highest level that you will be far pushed to find another experience on the Strip that even comes close.

The Ranch at Laguna Beach In a departure from the typical hotels you’d expect in the area, The Ranch at Laguna Beach offers something unique and is a perfect addition to the Orange County enclave. An hour south of Los Angeles, The Ranch is nestled just inside the walls of Aliso and Wood Canyons, where the majestic mountains meet the Pacific Ocean and is surrounded by 87 acres of lush greenery and all the beauty nature has to offer. In addition, the resort is the first and only hotel in California to join the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World.

The 97-room boutique hotel has an authentic beach cottage vibe with sophisticated charm in abundance. The rooms boast beautifully appointed decor of distressed woods, craft stonework, and vibrant color schemes. Each room features state-of-the-art technology, an oversized walk-in shower, and a mini refrigerator. Enjoy a bite poolside at The Pond, pick up a snack on the go from Ben’s Pantry, or partake in a leisurely meal at Harvest, which highlights the best California has to offer on its menu. Sycamore Spa is the perfect place to

decompress from city life and surrender to the beautiful climate, soothing breeze, and perfect blend of earth and sea, which they incorporate into their therapies. A musttry experience is the Plein Air massage, which takes place outdoors in the twoacre Scout Camp surrounded by massive eucalyptus trees, verdant canyon walls, and the half-acre organic garden. It’s truly transformational. The Ranch is also a perfect place to hold a wedding or treasured event thanks to dramatic backdrops and incredible mountain views your guests will love.

Nine-Ten Nails It Delicious Lionfish When Lionfish opened its doors in the Gaslamp District of San Diego, it promised to bring a hip vibe, healthy food, and delicious modern coastal cuisine—and it surely has delivered. The beautifully decorated two-level space at the Pendry Hotel showcases amazing ambience, fresh-catch menu items, and innovate twists from local chef JoJo Ruiz. The rotating sushi menu and trademark Nigiri flights featuring big eye tuna, ora king, salmon and baja hiramasa are just to whet your appetite. Seared scallops with brown

butter and roasted pistachios, spicy grilled octopus on marble potatoes with cilantro aioli are highlights. Lionfish also has an impressive farm-friendly menu with dry aged New York steak with black truffle bordelaise or lamb tartar with yogurt and fennel. Set in the heart of downtown, it’s also a perfect spot for happy hour with popular craft cocktails and yummy small bites. There’s something special about Lionfish and as a newcomer to the impressive dining scene, it really sets itself apart and worthy of a visit.

Award-winning Nine-Ten restaurant in the Grande Colonial Hotel is deserving of its numerous accolades for many reasons. An elegant, contemporary eatery in the heart of beautiful La Jolla, it’s a place serving up evolving California cuisine with a focus on produce from local artisan farmers. At the helm is Chef Jason Knibb who deftly blends his eclectic mix of classic and modern styles, with a sprinkling of his Jamaican heritage to spice things up. A favorite first course on the menu is the jerk pork belly with plantain and black-eyed peas. So good! For something lighter the stone fruit salad with burrata, basil, and peach vinaigrette is scrumptious. You’ll be spoiled for choice deciding on an entree. Smoked maple leaf duck breast with hushpuppies and plums, or the braised Colorado lamb shank with potted polenta and baby broccoli are delightful options. The specialty cocktails are also reason enough to try Nine-Ten Restaurant & Bar, which has critics and diners alike raving about it as one of San Diego’s best places to dine. B 133

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BELLA New York Hosts Fall Fashion Week Cover Party with “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” Star Dorit Kemsley On Wednesday, September 6, 2017, Dorit Kemsley from “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” hosted BELLA’s Fall Fashion Week Cover Party at The Attic Rooftop in Manhattan. Guests adored and entered past a flower wall created by Marzan Flowers and sipped Prosecco on the rooftop provided by Prosecco DOC, while viewing the latest collections of fashion suits designed by Tallia and learning more about hair and beauty products from José Eber and Hidden Crown Hair. Other sponsors included were Grande Cosmetics, Brussel Airlines, Hanes, 1907water and LIC Frozen Cocktails. Guests included Courtenay Hall (BELLA editor-in-chief); Daniel Hall (BELLA chief brand strategist); Dorit Kemsley (BELLA cover star); Lisa Vanderpump, TeddiJo Mellencamp, Erika Girardi, Kyle Richards, Lisa Rinna, and Camille Grammer (all from Bravo’s “RHOBH”); Mason Grammer (Camille Grammer’s daughter and model); Stephanie Hollman (Bravo’s “RHOD”); Ariane Andrew (WWE’s “Total Divas”); Jeremy Carver (Fox’s “Empire”); Melissa Bolona (Fox’s “Lethal Weapon”); Francesca Curran (Netflix’s “OITNB”); Paula Garces (TNT’s “Major Crimes”); Zeke Thomas (son of basketball player and GMA DJ Isaiah Thomas).


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Staten Island University Hospital 135th Annual Charity Ball Over 500 guests packed the ballroom of the Hilton Garden Inn for the black tie event that has become a Staten Island tradition like no other. This year the spice was kicked up to 11 with a Cuban-themed event. Party-goers were wowed by traditional Cuban dancers and dined on Cuban cuisine, all to the backdrop of live bongo music. Proceeds from the night benefited the new Women and Newborn Center, which features an expanded 20bed neonatal intensive care unit, a new labor and delivery unit, and a postpartum suite.


Angelo David Salon and 95.5 PLJ Partner for 3rd Annual Blow Out Breast Cancer Event Angelo David Salon, New York City’s leading luxury hair salon for couture hair extensions, wigs, and additions, partnered with New York radio station 95.5 PLJ for the 3rd Annual Blow Out Breast Cancer Event in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. For the event, Angelo David Salon offered $25 blowouts, with 100% of proceeds benefitting SWCRF. Guests enjoyed wine and hors d’oeuvres as their hair, nails, and makeup were transformed by Pisacreta’s team of beauty experts in the festively decorated salon. Attendees at this year’s event included Carrie Preston, Aviva Drescher, Marion Waxman, Angelo David Pisacreta, William T. Sullivan, Courtenay and Daniel Hall, Margo Manhattan, Avanti Gupta, Kelly McCarthy, Lud Merka, Joanne Martin, Gerijo Matyka, Robyn Pisacreta, Valeri, Pam Kosove, Carol Sue Gershman and 95.5 PLJ personalities Annie Leamy, Joe “Monk” Pardavila, John Mingione, and Ralphie Aversa. The 2017 event sponsors were BELLA Magazine, Popchips, Elchim Milano, Benjamin Prime Steakhouse, 95.5 PLJ, and SWCRF. Attendees were gifted exclusive gift bags that included Hamptons Salt Himalayan Pink sea salt, Popchips, Redken hair products, an Angelo David Flex Brush and VOL hair masque, the most recent issue of BELLA Magazine, and Illy Italian espresso-style coffee. Guests were also treated to red chocolate chip cookies from Baked in Color. 137

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BELLA Joins Dermalogica for Pop Up Peel Event On Thursday, October 19, Dermalogica and BELLA held an in-store Pop Up Peel Event at Dermalogica’s Flagship Store in SOHO. Guests sipped champagne, enjoyed bites provided by Galli Restaurant, received complimentary FaceFit treatments, and left with deluxe gift bags!


Brussels Airlines’ Bike for Africa On October 13, Brussels Airlines’ first-ever Bike For Africa, North America Edition concluded its six-day, 400-mile charity bike tour with a celebration at the ONE Hotel Brooklyn rooftop. Nineteen riders embarked on the six-day ride from Niagara Falls, Canada, to Brooklyn, New York. On the last day, they were joined by another 40 riders who cycled from New York City’s Central Park to the Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Annual Cigar and Cognac Cocktail Party for JDRF This past September 11, the Gurino family, along with Joe Mure, hosted their annual cigar and cognac cocktail party at the Strathmore Vanderbilt Country Club to benefit JDRF. It was a great night with more than 400 family and friends raising over $75,000 for Juvenile Diabetes. Donations are ongoing: Visit to contribute. 139

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Beauty and Rejuvenation Feminar Event at JosĂŠ Eber Salon JosĂŠ Eber Salon in Millburn, N.J. hosted a Beauty and Rejuvenation Feminar Event on October 18. Guests were treated to hair, skin, and body consultations, stylist meet and greets, swag bags, raffles, and light bites and cocktails. Sponsors included Femilft, The Rubino OB/GYN Group, Davines, Essie, Fly Image Skincare, Keratase Paris, Butter Buzz, Squirrel and the Bee Grainless Bake Shop, Playa Bowls, Reuzel, and Shu Uemura.


Mamajuana Café Celebrates its 11th Anniversary to the Rhythm of Los Hermanos Rosario Mamajuana Café is considered a symbol of cultural tradition, rich in Latin gastronomy in New York. This past summer, Mamajuana Café went back to its roots to celebrate its 11th anniversary, and guests felt the natural charm throughout the café. Experienced Chef Alexander del Rosario combined a rich array of dishes, which made an impact on the success of the evening. Mamajuana Café took the opportunity to announce its new gastronomic concept, ”Back to our Roots,” sure to please every customer. Susana Osorio welcomed guests, accompanied by the main executives of Mamajuana Café Víctor Osorio, Raymond Hernández, Patricia Martínez, Lenny Lopez, and Wendy Hernández. Located at 247 Dyckman Street— the area known as the Dyckman Boulevard in Inwood—Mamajuana Café counts on a great team that strives to achieve fabulous service to all who visit the Dominican restaurant. The evening also served as an opportunity to mark the merging of Dominican traditions with innovations in modern cuisine. With the support of the community, guests ended the night dancing to the rhythm of great merengue by Los Hermanos Rosario, making the anniversary party of Mamajuana Café a night to remember.

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Sara Kapoor, Riya Kapoor Don Peebles, Eboni Williams, Katrina Peebles

Don and Katrina Peebles at the book launch party for FOX News’ show “The Specialist” host Eboni Williams’ new book “Pretty Powerful” at Tender at The Sanctuary Hotel, NYC ©LMG

Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner George Wein presented a Newport Jazz Festival Extra “A Bridge Together,” connecting jazz, African beats, and Indian Carnatic music featuring Millennial twins Riya and Sara Kapoor ©Brian Lima Photography

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RAND Luxury hosted a charity brunch and silent auction in the Hamptons with Ferrari Maserati of Long Island, Southampton, NY ©Rob Rich of


The Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center celebrated another year of rehabilitating and successfully releasing animals back into the wild with its annual GET WILD! Gala, Southampton, NY ©Rob Rich of

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Jean Shafiroff, Kristen Stewart, Riley Keough

Claudine Itie Lopez Ostolaza, Carlos Fernandez, Cecilia Flores Lopez Portillo, Carlos Orozco of Mayakoba Residences

Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) hosted its annual gala at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill, NY ©Patrick McMullan

Philanthropist Jean Shafiroff and IFC Films hosted the New York premiere of “Rebel In The Rye” at Metrograph, NYC ©Rob Rich of

Marion Waxman, Sophie Beem, Samuel Waxman M.D. Lawrence Scott, Michael Bolton

The 13th Annual A Hamptons Happening celebrated culinary excellence, philanthropy and science for a cancer cure to benefit the research programs of the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation, Bridgehampton, NY ©Rob Rich of

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Consuelo Vanderbilt Costin Artist, Designer, and Entrepreneur Consuelo Vanderbilt Costin is a seventh generation descendent of shipping and railroad tycoon, Cornelius Vanderbilt. Hailing from one of the most famous families in America, this epitome of New York society has found her passion outside of the debutante world as a successful businesswoman in her own right. Well-known in the fashion industry, Vanderbilt Costin teamed up with powerhouse network HSN to launch Homage by Consuelo Vanderbilt Costin in 2015. The pearl jewelry collection was inspired by an engagement ring she inherited from her great grandmother, Consuelo Vanderbilt Earl, which is thought to have once belonged to Consuelo, the Duchess of Marlborough. Currently, Vanderbilt Costin is preparing to launch, an invitationonly website that will function as a professional network for the creative industry. Its goal is to become the trusted source for the global creative community. Vanderbilt Costin sat down with BELLA and revealed an inside look at her New York favorites…

Best thing about living in NYC? It’s a city that never sleeps. This city is vibrant and exciting 24/7/365. It forces you to be the best you can be. Favorite NYC restaurant? Augustine in the Financial District. Favorite neighborhood? Soho The best part of my job is... Meeting extraordinary people every day, being inspired by talented creatives, learning about evolving tech, and working with creatives.


A visit to New York isn’t complete until... You take a stroll in Central Park and sip a frozen hot chocolate at Serendipity. Subways or cabs? Neither... Uber all the way! Best advice you’ve ever received? Always keep an open mind and never stop learning. Must-have beauty item? Christian Dior concealer What’s your definition of beauty? A lot of heart, and just a little makeup!


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