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Beauty Defined By You

The Hollywood Issue featuring

Lance Bass

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ANOTHER NEW YEAR IS UPON US AND I WANT TO WELCOME 2016 WITH OPEN ARMS, GRATITUDE, AND JOY. Gratitude and joy are two things I am going to focus on this year, especially with all of the things happening in the world around us. It is sometimes hard to really focus on these two very important sentiments, but they are both so essential to live a happy, well balanced life – hence my New Year’s resolutions. With that said, I am so grateful for another year to spread the message of BELLA and to start off 2016 with the amazingly talented–and pretty much nicest guy around–Lance Bass. I felt Lance was the perfect cover story with whom to start the year, as he is a great example of success, tolerance, joy, and gratitude. He exuded nothing but graciousness and openness during the photo shoot and interview we did recently in NYC, which made me instantly think – this is our next cover! Since this is our Hollywood issue, you will notice a heavier focus on LA, including pages filled with some of our top celebrity-inspired favorites in beauty, fashion, and wellness. We’re also showcasing an amazing array of celebrity features, including The LA Life with “Million Dollar Listing LA” star Josh Flagg (love the show!), our celeb throwback to the 80s and 90s with a roundup of our favorite stars/ shows, an LA Food Diary with TV star (and foodie) Haylie Duff, and so much more! This issue was a fun one to put together and I couldn’t wait to share. I hope we are living up to our tagline, “Beauty defined by you” and highlighting through each and every page that beauty is truly up to you and your interpretation. I really believe that living a grateful and joyous life is one of the most beautiful things of all. Here’s to a wonderful and prosperous 2016, BELLAs!

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BELLA New York’s Creative Director Philip Fischetti is also a New York-based photographer. He has photographed a couple of our most unforgettable covers, including Donald Trump and this instant classic with Lance Bass. He also brings the streets of New York to life in each issue’s “New York Look” column (page 22-23). With an extraordinary eye for detail, each of his images perfectly evokes the style and personality of its subjects.

AMANDA MACTAS is the founder and editor-in-chief of NYC-based lifestyle blog “Manhattan with a Twist,” and has had her writing featured on The Daily Meal, Joonbug, and now BELLA. She has combined her passion for food and writing to enlighten readers about some of the best restaurants the city has to offer. In this issue, you can read all about two of the city’s hottest spots to chow down on top-notch red meat (page 110).

As creative producer for BELLA’s celebrity photo shoots in Los Angeles, MICHELE DINARDO is obsessed with visuals and loves guiding the team who shoot exclusively for BELLA. DiNardo started a marketing and events career early at The Broadway (now Macy’s), eventually producing and styling runway shows, then serving as a stylist for videos and commercials. She is currently part of an exciting start up, StarsiteTV.

DANIEL HALL is the publisher and co-founder of BELLA New York. With each issue he gives life to the “NYC Artist Spotlight” section of the magazine. As a New York native and graduate of Fashion Institute of Technology, Hall has found that many artists are under appreciated, which is why he is committed to highlighting the talented individuals who bring NYC value to cities all over the world.

Moved by the sensuality of fashion, New York-based fashion designer and art director ALEX VINASH has styled for magazines such as Vanity Fair, Fashion Faces, First Mag, and, BELLA New York (pages 42-51). He explains that when he is directing a fashion shoot, he “conceptualizes dream scenarios full of colors and combinations that move between the timeless purity of form and versatility of art prints.”

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20 | THE STYLE REPORT Cream of the Crop, New York Look, Leather Jacket Versatility, French Twist Obsession, Winter Whites, BB Dakota’s Katharine Brandes

32 | BELLA BAUBLES Dazzling Oscar Predictions

34 | GET THE RED CARPET LOOK Adopt Reese Witherspoon’s Style

36 | WHAT’S OLD IS NEW AGAIN …and Very Hollywood Glam

42 | 70’s VIBE Hot Vintage Looks

52 | BEAUTY FLASH Julia Fae West Shares Her Secrets

54 | BEAUTY SCENE Hollywood Hair MustHaves, How to Get the Skin of Your Dreams, Kelly McCreary’s Brilliant Winter Beauty Routine, Your Beauty Problems Solved, Strobing Made Simple, Give Yourself the Star Treatment

68 | PAM’S PICKS Get Red Carpet Ready at Home

69 | THE MEN OF HOLLYWOOD Style Matters

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72 | THE HOLLYWOOD INSIDER Celeb News You Need

74 | THE TERRIFIC 10 Must-See Movies to Watch This Awards Season

78 | THE LA LIFE Josh Flagg

84 | LANCE BASS Living His Life With No Strings Attached

92 | EDDIE KAYE THOMAS Up Close & Personal

96 | HOLLYWOOD FAVORITES FROM THE 80s & 90s Take a Walk Down TV Memory Lane

98 | NYC ARTIST SPOTLIGHT Emily Brickel Edelson

100 | ARTS & CULTURE Why We Love NY’s Smaller Museums

104 | CULTURE VULTURE Valentine’s Day Ideas You’ll Love

106 | NEIGHBORHOOD SPOTLIGHT Tribeca: Celebrity Heaven

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This season, France’s signature fashions – cocktail dresses, striped tops, ballet flats – get a boost from lace, tulle and embellished extras. Très chic, indeed. By Laura Camerlengo

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KATHARINE BRANDES, FOUNDER AND CREATIVE DIRECTOR, BB DAKOTA In 2009, Katharine Brandes and her mother, Gloria, founded BB Dakota, a modern lifestyle brand offering fashion-forward yet wearable clothes made to last. Since then, the label’s reach has expanded from its home base in Los Angeles to retailers throughout the United States and Canada, and onto the backs of countless celebrities. By Laura Camerlengo 30 BELLANYC.COM

BELLA SAT DOWN WITH BRANDES TO TALK ABOUT HER MOTIVATIONS, INSPIRATIONS, AND SOME OF THE MANY A-LISTERS WHO HAVE DONNED BB DAKOTA THREADS. LISTEN IN… Both you and your mother worked in the fashion industry before launching BB Dakota. How did these experiences prepare you for this venture? Having both worked in fashion made us more critical consumers. We saw that there was a void in the marketplace. There was either really trend-driven stuff like Forever 21, or contemporary brands like Alexander Wang and Philip Lim, which started at $250, and not a lot in between. We saw an opportunity to make beautiful wearable things that were made to last, and at a price that was not prohibitively expensive. What inspired you to launch BB Dakota? We wanted to dress smart women. The BB Dakota tagline is – “Keep dancing. It’s only fashion.” What do you mean by this? The idea is that the preciousness of your clothes shouldn’t hinder you from taking risks while wearing them. So if you spill a drink on your dress while dancing at a party, it’s okay because it’s only a dress and the fun you’re having is what matters. BB Dakota makes clothes that are exquisite, not expensive — clothes that empower instead of restrict. BB Dakota is a California-based line. Do you consider its aesthetic typical of West Coast style? No, I do not. I am a New Yorker at heart and the line looks like a New Yorker interpreting the California aesthetic; it is a bit of an outsider’s perspective. For example, we have a structured blazer cape in the Spring 2016 collection in an icy grey color. It is structured, very crisp, and polished, which gives it that New York edge, but also has elements of glamour and drama, which makes it feel very Los Angeles.

Tell us about your Spring/Summer 2016 collection. What was the inspiration for this collection? The collection was inspired by 1930s-era surrealism – Man Ray, Elsa Schiaparelli. Many of our prints have an illusory affect, or a dream state oddness. In terms of shape, we focused on architectural details and movement, accentuating the female form. For example, fringe on our suede skirt moves with the body. The cinched waist and billowy leg of our chambray pant show the dramatic extremes of the female form, and the cutouts on our corvette red jumpsuit offer subtle sensual details. What is your favorite look from this collection? Our white linen suit – a high-waisted white pant with a slightly oversized suit jacket. It feels very masculine, but the fabrication is so delicate, willowy, and slightly sheer, that the suit still feels wholly feminine, and powerful. BB Dakota fashions often appear on popular television shows and movies. What are the most surprising programs where you have seen your fashions? We have had clothes in almost every recent vampire/horror movie or TV show – “Twilight,” “True Blood,” “Pretty Little Liars,” “American Horror Story.” I am pretty proud of that trend. Also, one of our dresses was worn by Lena Dunham on “Girls.” She is a huge inspiration for the brand, so that was very exciting. If you were going to name one A-lister the BB Dakota poster girl, who would it be? Probably Jennifer Lawrence – she’s funny, smart, empowered, and has a flair for the dramatic when it comes to her dress.


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“She created major buzz when she wore a necklace backwards at the Oscars. A statement choker would show off Jennifer’s strong features and look great whether she wore her hair up or kept her shorter, messy waves,” says Summer. Hassan agrees. “I would prefer Jennifer wear a non-embellished gown and focus on the jewelry. I would love to see her wearing a diamond choker, perhaps from Neil Lane.”

BELLA Baubles DAZZLING OSCAR PREDICTIONS Long before leading ladies claim their golden Oscars at The 88th Academy Awards, their jewelry will be judged on the world’s most famously photographed red carpet. BELLA asked celebrity and royalty fashion stylist Engie Hassan of, and LA-based Style Blogger and Influencer Sydne Summer from, to predict what Tinseltown’s top actresses will be twinkling in that night. By Pamela Pekerman

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“Rooney Mara is a head-turner who makes edgy choices look graceful and iconic. The perfect jewelry for her Oscar attire would be diamond ear cuffs paired with a diamond finger ring,” says Hassan. Summer sees Mara in “a bold geometric cuff that fits right in with her minimalist, with an edge, style.” 32 BELLANYC.COM

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“I would love to see her wear a statement necklace with yellow diamonds, hopefully by Damas Jewellery,” says Hassan. Summer wants Fonda to go bold. “With her short hair and perfect posture, Jane is a pro at showing off oversize earrings. A wild pair would look equally fabulous with a high neckline dress or one of her more plunging styles.”

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There is quite a long list of celebrity clientele that shop with us, including Amal Clooney, Adam Levine, Pharrell, Lenny Kravitz, David Beckham, Lana Del Rey, Miley Cyrus, Rihanna, Rita Ora, Katy Perry, Rachel Zoe, and many more.”


What Goes Around Comes Around (WGACA) has been the leading purveyor of authentic luxury and vintage pieces since the inception of its SoHo, NYC flagship store in 1993. The core values of the company, founded by Gerard Maione and Seth Weisser, are authenticity, quality and collectability. In 2008, Gerard and Seth opened their second store in Beverly Hills to complement their highly successful NYC location. This year the company expanded further with the addition of two new locations in East Hampton and Roslyn, NY. The WGACA buying team travels the world, hand-selecting the finest items from the most coveted fashion labels. The highly curated collection includes clothing and accessories from the 1880s-1990s for both men and women, and has the world’s largest collection of vintage Chanel and comprehensive selections from the top luxury labels, such as Louis Vuitton, Gucci, and Hermès. WGACA is also internationally acclaimed for their collections of authentic vintage rock tees, denim, militaria, and Americana. The company’s newly expanded luxury accessories department now offers a wholesale division, which services many of the leading retailers worldwide, including Lane Crawford HK, Barneys Japan, Harvey Nichols Dubai, and many others. In November 2014, WGACA opened its first freestanding international store in Kuwait City. I had the pleasure of visiting the Soho store recently, and after taking a few minutes to stare in awe at their one-of-a-kind Chanel and Louis Vuitton collections, I sat down with co-owner Gerard Maione to find out more about how their vision has turned into a global fashion and style success story… You and Seth have built such a successful brand for over 20+ years. What has been the secret to your success? Many things have contributed to our success over the years – having a focused vision and plan, impeccable products and merchandising, a dedicated staff and customer service, and the ability to navigate through ever-changing

Co-founders Gerard Maione and Seth Weisser describe their vintage style at the opening of their Roslyn store ...

global markets and economies. We also always focus on continued evolution and change to stay ahead of our competition, and it keeps the model fresh and innovative. Your boutiques are all so stunning, what drew you to these locations? In 1993, we saw an opportunity in Soho to open our flagship store and enter an emerging artist gallery/ restaurant neighborhood that was in the infancy stages of evolving into a global tourist luxury market. Bringing our concept to the West Coast was inevitable, as we wanted to target the vintage connoisseur with an upscale mentality and there’s no better place than Beverly Hills. Although the Hamptons are seasonal, East Hampton has one of the most concentrated luxury clientele in the world and not many options for products in our sector. Roslyn is our most recent addition. Having grown up there, Roslyn and its neighboring towns have a very focused luxury clientele to whom we are introducing our brand. What are the differences between the stores and clientele? Soho, being our flagship, has the original dynamic of a rustic, vintage, men’s rock ‘n’ roll vibe with denim, leather, and rock tees, to an incredible luxury woman’s world filled with the best edit of coveted designer vintage clothing, furs, handbags, and jewelry. We also have the largest collection there to accommodate our stylist and designer clients in our private, by-appointment-only vault. With its beautiful modern/art deco decor, our Beverly Hills location is

What Gerard’s Wearing: “Tonight I am wearing a pair of vintage Saint Laurent high-top sneakers that has a patent and suede combo. This Rolling Stones ‘Tattoo You’ album rock tee is one of my favorites. It’s really, really rare – you don’t see too many of these. Plus, a vintage black linen blazer, one of my staples, and a 1930s English plaid, silk scarf. I always add a little embellishment with my art deco spider pin, American Indian jewelry, and a vintage 70’s Longines chronograph watch.”

What Seth’s Wearing: “Tonight I’m wearing a 1980’s vintage Hermès velvet blazer, button-down shirt, and Arceau watch because I’m in a Hermès mood! In my personal collection, my favorite Hermès piece is a cashmere duffle coat with kelly closures on it. My vintage style right now is ‘best of the best.’”




our West Coast flagship, which caters to LA style leaders, many of whom are celebs and luxury collectors. We also have a private VIP room for stylists, designers, and red carpet pulls. As the first of our luxury modern satellite boutiques, our East Hampton shop features a very clean white/ black with brass, chrome, and marbleaccenting decor that raises the bar on pristine luxury. This allows for a very focused product mix, where accessories are highlighted in a grander manner, targeting the East Hampton client. Roslyn is our second satellite store, which followed suit to East Hampton with a similar decor, balance of accessory/ clothing mix, and focus on the luxury clients that exist in that demographic. Is the merchandise different based on the store location? Yes, each store has a very carefully curated range of clothing, accessories, and objects that we believe represent each market and client. Soho and LA have a very high-fashion style, and East Hampton and Roslyn are more focused on accessories and wearable modern vintage luxury looks. Can you tell us the process of how you find the vintage products? Over these 23 years of being in business, we have built a global network of buying resourcing like no other and continue to hone in on bringing the best available luxury vintage products to market. We have a trained eye that is versed in so many genres, allowing us to curate a mix and a shopping experience that is second to none. What are the qualifications a product needs in order to be sold in the store? The product needs to fit our demand, aesthetic, quality, and condition qualifications to make the cut. It’s a very high standard that goes through many hands to ensure we are bringing the best product to market. What drew you to high-end vintage products? Has it always been a passion of yours? I became interested in high-end vintage products as I began working for Ralph Lauren at the mansion in 1991 and taking classes at Parsons for fashion design. I started shopping vintage stores and extracting incredible pieces out of all the mixed-in thrift and it opened my eyes to a whole other world – the history of fashion.

How do you determine what will be strictly sold online? Since it’s a small ratio compared to our brick and mortar inventory, we make sure we have a range of products that is representative across the board of our national and global clients, some being classics and some being show-stoppers. We know through strong online communication and our network resourcing that we can fulfill requests with items we don’t have posted and achieve ultimate client satisfaction. Tell us about some of your celebrity clientele. There is quite a long list of celebrity clientele that shop with us, including Amal Clooney, Adam Levine, Pharrell, Lenny Kravitz, David Beckham, Lana Del Rey, Miley Cyrus, Rihanna,

Rita Ora, Katy Perry, Rachel Zoe, and many more. They shop in both our NY and LA locations. It encompasses the worlds of film, music, fashion design, modeling, sports, and more. We feel they know they can have a unique, professional, and relaxed experience that keeps them coming back! What quote do you live by? Do your best and be good to others, and life will be good to you. What is next for WGACA? To expand our brand globally to all key luxury markets both online and brick and mortar, always striving to be the best in our sector. B


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with Actress/Model Julia Faye West By Courtenay Cooper Hall Photo by Michael Blumberg

Julia Faye West is more than just a pretty face. In addition to being a producer and model, this Hollywood beauty is also a successful film and TV actress. Hailing from Milwaukee, this Midwest beauty is now living the LA dream. Here, West shares her top secrets for looking and feeling good, wherever your dreams may take you. What is the one beauty product you can always find in your bag? Mascara! I love black mascara since I have blonde eyelashes, and nothing makes my lashes look longer than “Better than Sex Mascara” by Too Faced. When traveling, how do you decide what to bring in your makeup travel bag? I take everything! I bring my favorite daily staples plus some extras to be camera ready. I’ve learned how to travel light by putting my favorite products in small, travel-sized containers. What product can you never have too much of? Self-tanner and bronzer! I stay out of the sun to protect my skin so I’m always using self-tanner and bronzer so I have that healthy summer glow. What beauty secret have you learned while being on set? I love the HD line by Makeup Forever, which is made specifically to make skin flawless in front of high definition cameras. What is the craziest beauty treatment you’ve tried? I put oxygen gel all over my face and body, which is basically just oxygen in olive oil. It’s great for all skin issues and can even be used as deodorant. It’s also a good treatment for gingivitis and helps heal rashes, bug bites, small wounds, and acne. I call it my “everything treatment.” What should every woman try at least once in her life? One month of red light therapy – it helps with fine lines, freckles, and it’s even a mood booster. Which beauty product do you think is worth treating yourself to? Every woman should have a very high-end perfume that she claims as her signature scent.


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Kelly McCreary, a rising star in Hollywood, joined the cast of “Greys Anatomy” at the end of Season 10 as Dr. Maggie Grace. Here, we asked this LA-based beauty for her personal prescription for pretty.

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The Problem: Midday Dullness The Solution: The BeBella Facial Essence Stick is perfect to refresh your look when you’re on the go (and who isn’t?!). Apply even over makeup, and it’ll instantly absorb without smudging or leaving a greasy residue. $65,

The Problem: Swollen, Sleepy Eyes The Solution: basq NYC Bright Eyes Cucumber Tea Eye Gel smoothes puffy eyes and fine lines while providing you with an instant refreshing wake-up. (Keep this one in the fridge for an even greater refreshing feel!) $24,

The Problem: Greasy, Heavy Creams The Solution: Fleur’s Nutri-Enhancing Oil-BODY is a totally lightweight spray that’s quickly absorbed by the skin, leaving a satin-soft finish. (Use it on your legs for intense après-shave smoothness and an iridescent look!) $71,

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Strobing Made Simple Freeze! Put down your contour brushes, sticks, and powders! Strobing is the new trend that is taking social media channels and fashion runways by storm with no signs of slowing down. Love it or hate it, strobing is here to stay. Everybody that is somebody is strobing, and starting now, that includes you! By Rachel Paul

How To Do It

Step 1: Using fingers or a sponge, blend a concealer that is one to two shades lighter than your complexion in the following areas:

The bad news is that you may not have had the chance to master the art of contouring before it was overthrown by its simpler sister. The good news? Strobing is much easier than contouring and doesn’t require advanced artistry skills. Read on to learn exactly what it is and how to do it in just two steps.

What Is Strobing?

Strobing is a makeup technique that shapes the face by using highlight only. The idea is to mimic flattering candlelight, creating a dewy, fresh appearance that’s lit from within. Even if you prefer a more matte finish than a radiant one, strobing is a great way to add dimension and create the illusion of a slender nose, high cheekbone, lifted brow, full lip, etc. And who wouldn’t want all of that?

Forehead For smaller foreheads, place concealer above the brow bone only. For larger foreheads, place in the center of the forehead only.


Apply concealer along the brow’s natural shape from below as well as on the inner corner of the eyes near the tear duct.

Nose Draw a line from the center of the nose straight down to the tip. The second step will buff the highlight outwards, extending its width, so be sure to make a thinner line than you would think on this step.

Cheeks Create a half circle above the cheekbones from the temples down to the lower orbital bone. Do not extend to the side of the nose.

Lip Trace the top and bottom lip, but only above the bow and in the center beneath the bottom lip. To create the illusion of a pointier chin, also apply concealer at the end of the chin.

Step 2: Layer your highlighter of choice on top of the concealer in every area: forehead, eyes, nose, cheeks, and lips. Liquid, powder, or cream is a matter of preference, but be sure to steer clear of chunky glitter, and keep all other products (foundation, bronzer, blush) matte for healthy-looking skin that glimmers in all of the right places. Shine on! 64 BELLANYC.COM

Celebs that Strobe

Jennifer Lopez We finally discovered the secret to her signature fresh, glowing skin. Now if only we cracked the code to her incredible body‌!

Chrissy Teigen Strobing accentuates her perfectly plump and lifted cheeks, and gives those of us who were not as genetically blessed a fighting chance.

Gigi Hadid If "lit from within" had an model, it would be Gigi. The flawless placement of this strobing brightens her countenance and creates an effortless, inexplicable glow that is magnetic.


BEAUTY SCENE BeautyRx’s Peel Bar

We all know that you sometimes need a professional to help with stubborn skin issues. So when your skin needs a refresher, head over to BeautyRX’s Peel Bar at The Butterfly Studio Salon. The peel process is a fairly quick one – you’ll be in and out in about 15 minutes – with zero redness, flaking, or irritation. Deemed a “two-minute skin fix,” the peels at BeautyRx’s Peel Bar are a 40% glycolic formula that’s been pH-adjusted and buffered to ensure it’s strong and effective but gentle . (We hear uber stylist, June Ambrose is a fan!) $50,

Pretty in the City GIVE YOURSELF THE STAR TREATMENT Here at BELLA NYC we’re all about celebrity beauty treatments. Why should we not treat ourselves the same way Kim Kardashian treats herself? We deserve it (don’t you agree?), which is why we’re taking a closer look at this season’s best products loved by celebrities worldwide. By Dara Kaplan

Weekly Remedy Gloss Treatment

Glossy locks do not only have to come from spending hours in a salon – celebrity-loved hair artist Rita Hazan has introduced an at-home version of her highly-demanded, in-salon shine-enhancing gloss. This two-step, at-home treatment dramatically delivers salon-quality hydration and repairs instantly. $42,

Neocutis Hyalis Serum Xen-Tan’s Clean Collection

Looking for year-round perfectly tanned gams that everyone from Kate Middleton to Pippa Middleton, and Tracey Anderson to Ashley Olsen sport? Xen-Tan’s newest line, the Clean Collection, includes a Fresh Prep Scrub to prepare your skin for a natural tan, Fresh Face Tan lotion to build a moisturizing, sheer tan, and Fresh Tanning Mousse, a clean-scented way to get quick color. Prices vary,

Mary Kay’s Brow Gel

We all know that eyebrows can make or break your whole look. We have the secret weapon for the perfect brow. Mary Kay’s Brow Gel is a lightweight formula that never flakes or crunches, it just upholds perfectly soft, held-inplace brows. If Julia Roberts approves of this, so do we! $10, MaryKay​.com


Perfectly plump skin does not only have to be a celebrity’s signature look. With a loyal following from Mindy Kaling to Gabrielle Union to Felicity Huffman, Neocutis Hyalis serum is your answer for hydrated skin. Formulated with a high concentration of Hyaluronic Acid, Hyalis is a tall drink of water for your skin. $110,

Anti-Wrinkle Polish & Plump Peel

When looking for glowing, smooth skin, the stars turn to dermabrasion, but what can you do in the comfort of your own home? Look no further than Lauren Conrad’s go-to facial peel, HydroPeptide’s Anti-Wrinkle Polish & Plump Peel. Conrad touts the brand’s at-home, microdermabrasion facial as the perfect date night peel, as it gives you the most amazing, dramatic results without any downtime. $78,



Get Red Carpet Ready at Home

There’s nothing more frustrating than knowing a big soirée is on your calendar, and not having the time or resources to properly prepare. Fear not, fabulous ladies and gents! I’ve found some ideal, time-saving ways to glam up from head to toe, so you can always be your best you. Chin-chin. By Pamela Pekerman

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Get Styled

No time to shop for your big night out? Check out This is not a stylist-in-a-box service like so many on the market. Here, they actually gave me a real stylist–hi, Megan! We emailed, chatted on the phone, and even bonded over our love of rosé wine. Most importantly, Megan was able to nail down my needs for a major celebrity event BELLA is hosting in Los Angeles. Oh, and she got the hubby styled up as well! Yes, ladies, Trunk Club not only caters to women, men were actually the original customers. Tip: Look into their custom suits for guys. Overall, expect great service, no monthly fees, no commitments, and no shipping costs. Visit, or make an appointment at their NY Clubhouse at 457 Madison Avenue, by calling 646-780-5310.

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Forget about lifting weights and crunching away. Recently I’ve been won over by the fluid (pardon the pun) moves and easyto-follow videos that come with the Fluidity Barre. Ballerinas like Misty Copeland and the late Maya Plisetskaya achieved healthy, toned bodies, and now you can get that same look without leaving the house. This fitness tool is a game changer for anyone with back issues that’s still looking for a way to achieve a flawless body. The focus is on using your own body weight in multiple directions to sculpt gracefully. And, since we don’t all have a separate exercise room, I love that the unit folds down to five inches and stores under my bed. $494,


The best accessory for a stellar night out is glowing skin. Green beauty guru, author of the New York Times best-seller Gorgeously Green, and my new BFF Sophie Uliano shares her top DIY recipes for red-carpet-worthy skin. For more recipes, check out Uliano’s latest book “Gorgeous For Good,” or visit

Gorgeous Glow Mask

“This mask will gently remove impurities and allow your natural glow to shine,” says Uliano. Ingredients • 1 tbsp Bentonite or French Green Clay • 1 tbsp green tea (brew tea bag in hot water for 10 minutes) • 1 tsp activated Charcoal (find capsules at health food store) • 2 tsp coconut oil (heat until liquid form is reached) • 1 tsp Aloe Vera gel • 5 drops tea tree oil • 5 drops lavender essential oil Instructions Mix all ingredients into a thick paste. Apply to your face with a brush (a cosmetic fan brush is best). Leave for 20 minutes. Rinse off thoroughly with warm water. Moisturize as usual.

From casual to formal, many of Hollywood’s leading men feel more comfortable in something with just a touch of style. Grooming has also been going in the more scruffy direction as it has become perfectly acceptable – even en vogue – to sport a beard. This isn’t the case for all men, though, as actor Jon Voight shared with me how he had to keep a beard for his role in “Ray Donovan” and couldn’t wait to shave it off! And when it comes to footwear, actors Tom Jane and Jack Huston shared how they both love a good pair of boots, preferably those with a more casual flair. Left to Right: Colton Haynes, Nick Jonas, and Jack Huston

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Style Matters By Stephen Marinaro

It’s no style secret that it’s become more acceptable to see men caring about their hair, skin, and their wardrobe. Many would think that today’s “it” men all like to be dressed up 24/7, but from talking to many Hollywood gents, they seem to prefer the more laid back look. Except for Nick Jonas and Colton Haynes, of course, who shared with me they liked to get “done up” and were in touch with their sense of style and grooming. As I get close to 300 requests a week on my YouTube channel to recreate celebrity hairstyles, It’s great to see that the men of Hollywood can feel comfortable being casual and yet still have a good sense of style.



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“Judge Judy” kicked off its 20th anniversary season on September 14, 2015. The program has been ranked #1 in first-run syndication for the last six consecutive seasons and has been #1 in daytime television since the 1998-99 season. Also celebrating milestone anniversaries this season are “Entertainment Tonight” (35 years) and “The Rachel Ray Show” (10 years).

Dr. Phil McGraw, host and executive producer of the #1 rated daytime talk show, has announced that his TV show, “Dr. Phil,” has extended its deal with CBS Television through 2020. Currently in its 14th season, “Dr. Phil” averages 4.4 million viewers, making it the highest ranked daytime talk show for the past four years. For the past nine seasons it ranked only behind “The Oprah Winfrey Show.”

“America’s Next Top Model” will be ending its run after 22 cycles. “The show was a successful franchise for two networks, first at UPN and then the CW,” says CW President Mark Pedowitz, “and it became not just for rating hits, but a global pop culture phenomenon. I want to thank Tyra Banks and Ken Mok for all their years of success in establishing a show that was not just popular in the U.S. but across the world.” 72 BELLANYC.COM

This past November, CBS announced it would launch a new “Star Trek” series in January 2017. This marks the first original series, which introduces new characters to the old classic, that has been developed specifically for U.S. audiences of CBS All Access. The new series will have a special preview broadcast on CBS Television Network, after which the premiere episode and all subsequent first-run episodes will be available exclusively on CBS All Access.

High Fashion Becomes Kids’ Play “Project Runway: Junior” is one of those ideas that seems so obvious I actually had to doublecheck and make sure this was the show’s first season. Following on the success of shows like “Master Chef Junior,” the fashion-design competition takes the tried-andtrue “Project Runway” format and applies it to teens ages 13 to 17. The talent these kids possess is daunting. I have trouble sewing on a button, so to see the season›s youngest contestant, 13-year-old Maya, whip up an intricate and stunning ensemble with $200 worth of fabric is pretty inspiring. 

Wendy Williams’ Contract Extended to 2022 Lionsgate has extended Wendy Williams’ contract by seven years to year 2022, but her show itself has not yet been renewed. “The Wendy Williams Show,” which continues to pull in strong ratings, is scheduled to run through the 201617 television season. However, with a “personal services” contract just entered between Debmar-Mercury and Williams, it’s a good bet that the onehour talk show will also continue for another seven years. The syndicated talk show is taped live in New York. Debmar-Mercury Co-Presidents Mort Marcus and Ira Bernstein, producer and distributor of “The Wendy Williams Show,” said in a statement that they were thrilled with her decision to renew: “Wendy has become a major force in daytime talk, and we are thrilled to know she will be dishing out her daily dose of hot topics and entertaining conversations on ‘The Wendy Williams Show’ for many years to come. The incredibly strong ratings she has built over the past six years are a lasting testament to her abilities and staying power in an incredibly competitive environment.” The daytime diva is also doing a show with Investigation Discovery called “Death by Gossip With Wendy Williams,” which she executive-produces and hosts. It premiered this past September.

Except for a new host (model Hannah Davis) and a new set of judges (Kelly Osbourne, Christian Siriano, and Aya Kanai), the series is an exact replica of the mother ship, just with younger contestants. There are the frantic trips to Mood, the tears in the workroom when something doesn’t go according to plan, and the words of encouragement and pithy remarks from Tim Gunn. And the prize is a good one: The winner walks away with a full scholarship to FIDM in California, $25,000 to help launch his or her own line, a home studio provided by Brothers, and a feature in Seventeen Magazine.

On January 17, Showtime will premiere “Billions,” a complex drama about power politics in the world of New York high finance. The series stars Emmy and Golden Globe Winners Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis.



This year’s awards season promises plenty of excitement. The first major event, the Golden Globes, will once again be hosted by British comedian Ricky Gervais, and the 88th Academy Awards will be hosted by all-around entertainer Chris Rock. The films maneuvering for cinematic award supremacy this year run the gamut from true-life stories and semi-biographical films to westerns, tales of survival under adversity, and even the latest installment of a science-fiction space opera. Veteran and cult directors such as Steven Spielberg and Quentin Tarantino, as well as renowned actors like Leonardo DiCaprio, Eddie Redmayne, Samuel L. Jackson, Cate Blanchett, and Jennifer Lawrence are all behind the biggest movies of 2015. Of course, not all of them can win the coveted film awards. With that in mind, take a sneak peek at BELLA’s cheat sheet of the 10 movies to see in order to be red-carpet ready.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

(Harrison Ford, J.J. Abrams, Disney) The seventh installment of one of science fiction’s biggest movie franchises caused the most queues at cinemas this past holiday season.



(Jennifer Lawrence, David O. Russell, 20th Century Fox) A drama reuniting the key players of “American Hustle” and “Silver Linings Playbook” offers a fresh, multigenerational tale.

Bridge of Spies

(Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg, 20th Century Fox) “Bridge of Spies” is a historical drama set in the 1960’s Cold War with the Soviet Union’s trial of US Air Force pilot Gary Powers, who was shot down while flying over Soviet airspace in a U-2 spy plane.


(Mark Ruffalo, Tom McCarthy, DreamWorks) “Spotlight” is based on the true story of Boston Globe journalists who break the story of systematic child abuse at the hands of priests in the Catholic church.


(Brie Larson, Lenny Abrahamson, A24 Films) “Room” is a Canadian-Irish drama about a mother and son imprisoned in their home, and their subsequent escape.


The Revenant

(Leonardo DiCaprio, Alejandro G. Iùårritu, 20th Century Fox) This film is inspired by the true story of a fur trapper who is injured by a bear attack, robbed by friends, and left to die. His survival becomes a tale of retribution against those who wronged him.


The Hateful 8

(Samuel L. Jackson, Quentin Tarantino, Weinstein Company) Bringing Tarantino’s love of spaghetti westerns to life with an all-star cast – and launching in 100 cinemas with 70mm film – this movie represents no small undertaking.

The Big Short

(Christian Bale, Adam McKay, Plan B Entertainment) Based on the book “Liar’s Poker” by Michael Lewis, this film features an analysis of the recent financial collapse, aiming to explain what actually happened.


(Cate Blanchett, Todd Haynes, Weinstein Company) “Carol” is a romantic movie based on the novel “The Price of Salt” by Phyllis Nagy. Set in 1950’s New York City, the film depicts the relationship between a young photographer and an older woman.

Danish Girl (Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hooper, Focus Features) “Danish Girl” focuses on the true story of the first sex reassignment recipient, Lili Elbe.



Josh Flagg,

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At just 29 years old, Josh Flagg has lived a life most only dream of. Not only is he one of Los Angeles’ most successful and sought after luxury real estate agents, he has also been touted as one of the best in his field by The Wall Street Journal and The Hollywood Reporter. He also made the Forbes “30 Under 30” list in 2012. Having worked with many of Hollywood’s biggest names, including Merv Griffin, Adam Levine, Steve Aoki, and Chicago’s Robert Lamm (to name a few), Flagg has cornered the luxury lifestyle market in a town where luxury is the name of the game.

How most of America has come to love this LA luxury broker is through Bravo’s hit show “Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles,” now in its 8th season. Flagg is the only cast member who has appeared on all eight seasons, and the viewers just can’t seem to get enough! But it doesn’t end there! This dynamo has also authored two books: “A Simple Girl: Stories My Grandmother Told Me,” and “Million Dollar Agent: Brokering the Dream,” and is a collector of fine art, rare automobiles, and high-end timepieces. He is definitely older and wiser than his years, something he learned from his best friend and closest confidant, his late grandmother, Edith Flagg, a Holocaust survivor who later became a world-renowned fashion designer. With a deep love for travel, Flagg and his grandmother spent much time together during his life, following one of their shared passions – travel. Together, they visited more than 70 countries. Since Flagg was born and raised living “The LA Life,” and with such deep family roots there, I was interested to learn a bit more about the man behind the brand and how he lives (and sells) the quintessential LA Life … How would you describe the “LA Life”? Great, although it’s very different from New York. LA is a new city in comparison and we are not affected a lot by weather. Social activities that people do for fun in New York are generally based around the weather, but it’s very different here where you have year-round sunshine. There is also a certain element in New York that you don’t find out here… for instance, we don’t go to polo matches in Los Angeles; I don’t even think anyone knows what a polo match is! (Laughs.) They probably think when they hear ‘polo match’ that it has something to do with Ralph Lauren. We do things very differently out here, which is why I like New York so much. I am actually looking for a place there now. [Rumor has it he is looking on the Upper East Side.] It has such different cultures and people, which I think is the greatest thing. LA and NYC are the two of the greatest cities in the world. What are some of your favorite things about being a real estate broker in Los Angeles? I think being a very high-end broker in Los Angeles is probably one of the most fun jobs in the world. There is no other city in the world where a real estate broker can be a celebrity. I am not referring to the show; I am referring to the fact that in the city of Los Angeles, talent agents, real estate agents, and art dealers are celebrities. So when you are one of the top brokers in the city, in one of the famous cities of the world – Beverly Hills – there is an element of fun that other brokers might not get to experience elsewhere. You started working in real estate right out of high school –­you were just 18 years old! What drew you to the business? How did you get started? Well, I could’ve been an architect or an interior designer. Those were the two careers I was interested in, but I didn’t want to work for other people designing their homes. I’ve always been kind of a savant when it comes to real estate in Beverly Hills. That has always been my passion, ever since I was a child. I can tell you who lives in every single house, when they bought it, and how much they paid for it.





If the momentum is there you just have to keep it going for as long as you can.

I know you have been living at the Four Seasons for a while … do you think you will find your dream house one of these days or are you too busy finding them for everyone else? No, there is no house that is my dream house because I will have to build it. What I want is something that doesn’t exist. However, I was going to do that ­– I recently bought a house and someone came along and made me a great offer, so I sold it after a couple of months. So now, here I am living in the Four Seasons, and I love it! When I find a great piece of land then I’ll definitely build a house on it. What would you say is the secret to your success? Everyone always wonders how to get somewhere in life, and there is no way to do that. You are dealt your cards and you run with it. There are always highs and lows. You just have to let them work out and just roll with it. If the momentum is there you just have to keep it going for as long as you can. Not that I even need to ask, but what is your favorite LA neighborhood? Beverly Hills, obviously. Favorite restaurant? Madeo – it’s an Italian restaurant in Beverly Hills. What are some of your favorite things to do outside of real estate? My passions are collecting art and traveling.

I know you were very close with your grandmother Edith; were you two similar? I am basically a younger version of her. She was a force of nature. She influenced everyone she met, including her grandson. I was raised by my parents, as well as my grandmother. Everything about me stems from her. I know you two traveled the world together. That must have been such a unique and amazing experience. We visited 70 countries around the world. We always loved Paris, the south of France … pretty much anywhere in France or Italy. There is nothing like it. You can always return every summer to Europe and never get tired of it. I know you also wrote a book about her, “A Simple Girl: Stories My Grandmother Told Me,” that you started when you were 14. What made you want to write a book at such a young age? That is quite an accomplishment for someone so young. People asked her to write books for years but she was never really interested in doing it because it’s not her style. But of course, the one person she couldn’t say no to was me. So I got her to do it with me. It was such a nice thing because she had such an important story but was never interested in putting out a book or a movie about her life. But I knew it was a story that had to be told. How do you define beauty? It is in the eyes of the beholder. Finish this sentence: Happiness to me is … Traveling around the world, buying art, and looking for classic cars. B


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Lance Bass IS AN ENTERTAINER WHO NEEDS NO INTRODUCTION; HE’S ONE OF THOSE PERFORMERS WHO WILL GO DOWN IN MUSICAL HISTORY AS BEING PART OF ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR BOY BANDS OF ALL TIME. BOY BANDS MIGHT SEEM ALL “It’s this huge video game and he’s THE RAGE THESE DAYS, BUT BASS the hardest character to beat,” says Bass. When gamers around the world AND HIS MUSICAL PARTNERS found out it was Bass’ voice, they flipped. “Most of them were upset OF *NSYNC PAVED THE their favorite badass character was voiced by an *NSYNC boy band guy!” WAY FOR A NEW group that sang at Disney World.” Despite the different reactions he GENERATION OF For Bass, his dream was small might elicit, this multitalented artist compared to what lie ahead. loves doing voice-over work. Starting TALENT. In the span of seven years the band out in a recording studio at a young If someone had asked

a young Bass about his dreams for the future, however, they would have sounded a lot different than where he ended up. As a young boy growing up in Mississippi, Bass was fascinated with space and had dreams of becoming an astronaut. A summer at space camp solidified that dream, until one day he received a call that would change the course of his life. “After camp I knew I wanted to follow the path to be a space engineer, but at 16 years old Justin [Timberlake] called me and said, ‘Hey, we’re putting a band together.’ My dreams of going to space detoured after that,” says Bass. (Ironically, in 2002, Bass trained for half a year in Russia and became a certified cosmonaut, coming close to being the youngest person in space.)

The Beginning of Something Big

On October 1, 1995, *NSYNC had its first performance – singing the national anthem a cappella. Bass recalls getting the chills. “I knew it was something special, and it was going to be big for me. But at that point big for me would have been being hired to be the a cappella


recorded and toured endlessly, rarely taking time off, something Bass says he wishes had been a bit different. “We worked our butts off. Looking back, I would love to be able to tell my younger self, ‘Relax … don’t kill yourself.”

If turning back time were an option, another life lesson Bass would share is to be yourself and come out of the closet immediately. “If I did, I would have had a different life,” he says. “I would have enjoyed myself more and I wouldn’t have had to hide something major in my life that separated me from my friends and family. I would love to get those younger years back.”

The Next Phase

After the group went on hiatus in 2002, Bass began to pursue work as an actor and a producer, appearing in numerous television shows and films, along with a six-month run in the hit Broadway musical “Hairspray.” A man of many talents, Bass has also done a lot of voiceover work, something he says can be surprising to his fans. Having voiced characters in many Disney cartoons, the one project people freak out about is the character of Sephiroth in “Kingdom Hearts,” a fantasy role-playing video game.

age, Bass says that since God gave him a “bassy” voice, he’s got to use it.

“I grew up in entertainment; I love film, television, and music, [so] I eat this up.” These days he’s using that voice to host two completely different gigs, one in front of the camera and one behind the microphone. His day jobs consist of working as a daily panelist on “The Meredith Vieira Show,” which he joined in the beginning of season two, and hosting his own radio show that airs daily from 4 to 6 p.m., “Dirty Pop with Lance Bass,” for the past four years on SiriusXM radio. “I love being a host and getting to talk about my favorite subject, pop culture,” says Bass. “I grew up in entertainment; I love film, television, and music, [so] I eat this up.” Working

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as a host has been a dream job, especially since he gets to work side by side with a woman he respects and admires. “I love everything Meredith’s done,” he says. “Being able to learn from the best and have an amazing mentor next to me every single day has been a dream come true.” When it comes to hosting his own radio show, Bass says that has also been a dream come true, albeit one he originally didn’t think he was right for. Scott Greenstein, a close friend and the president and COO of SiriusXM Radio, approached the singer after *NSYNC went on hiatus, but Bass wasn’t ready. “He was the first to see me as someone who would be great at hosting, but I said no several times,” says the singer. Because he was unsure if it was something he could do and he was involved in other projects, it took a little more nudging on Greenstein’s part before Bass finally agreed to give hosting a try. Starting off small, they put together a weekly show in which Bass went through the top 10 songs, movies, and shows of the week; that’s where he says he “fell in love with live radio.” Wanting to do more, they created a daily show, and “Dirty Pop” – an ode to the *NSYNC song – was born. “It’s my favorite part of the day,” says Bass. “I can be in the worst mood, and when we go live at 4 p.m. it just makes me happy to hear my callers dialing in and dishing about what’s happening with our favorite entertainers.” A self-proclaimed lover of the entertainment industry, Bass is drawn to the fact that it’s ever changing; it’s one of the things he loved about being part of *NSYNC. “You would go into the studio for a couple of months and write and record your album, and you were so focused on that that by the time you were done your brain was fried,” he says. “Then you would go on tour for a few months and once again your brain would be fried, and then you would go on to another part,

“I can be in the worst mood, and when we go live at 4 p.m. it just makes me happy to hear my callers dialing in and dishing about what’s happening” so it was constantly changing. It kept you on your toes and it was never boring – that’s what I’ve experienced in my career thus far.”

Living a Happier Life

Channeling the need to express his creativity in many different ways, Bass also penned “Out of Sync: A Memoir” in 2007, which debuted on The New York Times bestseller list. “The reason I wrote the book is because I came out of the closet and it was something I hid for so long.” He had only told his story to People Magazine but didn’t want to do any more interviews afterward; emotionally he needed time to step back. “I wanted to disappear for a little bit and let that digest. It was odd being that vulnerable to the world after being so hidden,” he says. In writing his book, the walk down memory lane was therapeutic; rehashing the past, trying to recall what happened in his life as a kid, and reflecting on the start of his musical career was a process he


describes as fun. “To be able to tell that coming-out story and know that you are hopefully helping some other gay kid out there relate to your story ... it’s an honor to do that.” And while he hasn’t read the book in a long time, Bass thinks it would be interesting to go back and read it now to see how much has changed in his life – and how much of the book he no longer agrees with. When he wrote his memoir, he says, it was a “different time in my life.” Now he is much more confident – even a “different man.” It’s clear when talking to Bass that he is secure in who he is and where he sees his future. He recently celebrated his first year of marriage, and credits his husband, Michael Turchin, with keeping him grounded. “He’s very supportive of me and totally understands what I’m going through,” says Bass. “If I didn’t have that partner, I’d probably be going crazy right now. It’s nice to have someone who has your back and wants to see the best for you.”

Paying It Forward

In addition to everything on his plate, Bass is deeply involved with charities and organizations that are close to his heart. “One of the best things about having a voice is being able to give back and hopefully make this world a little better.” He serves on the board of directors of the Environmental Media Association (he hosted the Environmental Media Awards last October), and has helped place positive messages regarding the environment through television, film, and music. Through education, the group hopes to inspire others to take action to help the environment. Another cause important to Bass and his husband revolves around their passion for animals. The couple is involved with the ASPCA and also works with “Lucky Puppy,” a notfor-profit retail store in Studio City, CA, from which all of the proceeds from purchases go to the store’s


“One of the best things about having a voice is being able to give back and hopefully make this world a little better.” rescue dogs. The couple also fosters dogs in their home until they can find another loving environment for the animals. “Our dream one day is to own a ranch outside of Los Angeles and have puppies running all around,” says Bass. “That way, people can come over anytime they want and adopt right from us.” Bass has also been assisting his close friend Lisa Vanderpump in protesting the Yulin Dog Meat Festival in China. A third cause close to the entertainer’s heart is “The Trevor Project,” a national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) young people. “I love anything about education and children; kids need as much attention and help as they can get,” says Bass. “This suicide hotline prevention saves a lot of kids, and I love supporting them.” Bass is also in the process of developing a sitcom that he’ll star in, along with another scripted show he’s written for MTV. For the former boy band performer, navigating life after *NSYNC has been a lot of fun. Filled with ideas, Bass says there’s no time like the present to start bringing them to fruition. “I’m enjoying every step of the way.” B

GIVING BACK Lance is deeply involved with charities and organizations that are close to his heart. Please visit these websites to see how you can help:

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Up Close & Personal With

Eddie Kaye s a m Tho s

” Statu n o i p r o c S “ ey to

His Journ

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UP CLOSE & PERSONAL Fate took its course when 7-year-old Eddie Kaye Thomas signed up to participate in an after school theater program called New York City Kids on Stage. Now starring as Dr. Toby Curtis on NBC’s hit series “Scorpion,” Thomas admits he never thought about pursuing acting, but after less than a year, a talent scout discovered him. Now he says he couldn’t imagine ever doing anything else. “I have a problem with going to the same place for work and doing the same thing every day, so I really love that I can act.”

Once he got started, it wasn’t long until Thomas was cast in Broadway plays and TV shows. At age 17, he accepted a role that would change his life – playing Paul Finch in the blockbuster film series “American Pie.” In this role, Thomas won over the hearts of millions throughout the four-film series. “‘American Pie’ was a no brainer – there was not a chance I wasn’t going to do it,” he recalls. His natural confidence and the fun-loving charisma that American audiences fell in love with helped create many more opportunities for Thomas along the way, including the role of Andy Rosenberg in the “Harold & Kumar” movie series, and Jeff Woodcock in “‘Til Death,” where he played alongside Hollywood A-listers Brad Garret and Joely Fisher. The best part about Thomas’ career, he says, is that he has been able to create a workable balance between “big-screen” projects and network favorites, “I would never choose one over the other. Working on “Scorpion” has given me a huge dose of what it’s like working on TV – it all happens very quickly. We do a huge show in just nine days; we basically make a 45-minute action movie. If it were a movie, you would film 45 minutes of action over 3-4 months, so that’s a major difference.” Thomas admits that while it’s challenging, he revels in the fast-paced nature. “It gives you a high to work that quickly.” He even likens the process to summer camp. “You get really close to people and because it has a definite ending, you know you are going to have to say goodbye to them, so you build a closer relationship in a short amount of time,” says Thomas. “I feel so blessed to do either a movie or a TV show, and like every other actor, I am always terrified it will be my last one.” 

Catch more Eddie Kaye Thomas on CBS’ “Scorpion” and “American Dad” (he lends his voice regularly to Barry Robinson’s character).

The end seems far, far away for Thomas, as the geniuses-helping-the-FBI storyline has been a hit for CBS. For him, it’s been both fulfilling and educational. It’s his first time starring in an action comedy, which captivated him. When asked what his dream role would be, he admitted it was a tough question but that he’s always wanted to portray a detective in the 1970’s. “I’m kind of playing a detective role now, which is really unique and fun.” Through it all, fate may have guided Thomas on his journey, but his determination and passion molded his career for continued success, making his dream come true. B


Hollywood Favorites from the 80s & 90s

It may be a fresh new year, but that doesn’t mean we can’t appreciate the “good ol’ days”… especially when we’re reminiscing back to the ‘80s and ‘90s. BELLA traveled back down memory lane with some of the hottest stars from that time… By Alexandra Anastasio Ian Ziering @IanZiering IanZiering

No introduction is needed for the actor who spent a decade playing the privileged, thrill-seeking Steve Sanders on the hit show “Beverly Hills, 90210.” “For me it was a 10-year jungle gym,” he continues. “It was fun playing Steve without paying the price for the things he did!” Since then Ziering has tackled a variety of projects, from a stint on season 4 of “Dancing With the Stars,” a month-long guest appearance with the popular Chippendales in Las Vegas, vying for the title of Donald Trump’s “The Apprentice” last year, and the star of the breakout sci-fi franchise “Sharknado.” (The series’ fourth film is planned for July. ) It was Ziering’s love for his family that originally led him to accept the role on Sharknado. “There were a lot of holes in the script when it came to the visual effects,” he says. “But my wife said, ‘You have to go to work,’ so I took one for the team.” These days, the funny and lovable Ziering says his greatest joy comes from being with his family. Being a father has shifted his perspective, and it has become his greatest role. “They are my ‘why’ for everything.”


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Jackée Harry

Known to her fans as “Jackée,” actress Jackée Harry has been entertaining audiences since the ‘80s thanks to memorable roles on hit shows like “227” and “Sister, Sister.” She was originally set to star in only seven episodes of NBC’s hit show “227,” but Harry poured her heart and soul into her performance. “I was trying to be funny for the audience; I was from New York and wanted to give it my all,” she says. “I did, and the audience loved it.” That role earned her an Emmy for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series in 1987, which she describes as “surreal.” “It really took me a couple of years to realize what it meant and the impact it would have as the first African American to win [in that category].” In the mid ’90s, the funny woman found herself at home on another popular hit, “Sister, Sister.” Playing the cool and crazy mom, Harry says she was the opposite of her character in real life. “She was always around the kids; I wasn’t like that. My exhusband was very present in our son Frank’s life, but with a full acting schedule I couldn’t be there as much.” This year, the actress has a lot going on – from guest starring on the CBS comedy “2 Broke Girls,” voicing a character in the film “Captain Underpants,” to appearing in the TV movie “Ladies Book Club” and on “Celebrity Food Fight” on the Food Network. Not one to believe in resolutions, Harry describes herself as more of a dreamer than a planner. “I love to live in the moment and just take it all in as it’s happening.”

Josie Bissett

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Josie Bissett, best known in the 90s for her role of Jane Mancini on “Melrose Place,” began her rise to stardom when she started modeling at just 12 years old. “It was so exciting, but such a different time than today,” says the actress. “Social media didn’t exist; we were really focused on the work and in our little bubble, filming.” Bissett is currently starring in three new TV movies: “Pregnant at 17,” “In Their Own Hands,” and “Her Own Justice.” And, in addition to acting, the single mother of two is also a successful author. “Tickle Monster,” her first book for kids, is interactive, with the goal of bonding parent and child through tickling and laughter. “The book was created by tickling my son one evening,” she says. “The story just kind of flew out of my mouth. It took me seven years to complete it but that’s what happens when you have kids.” Her most recent book, “Boogie Monster,” is based on Tickle Monster’s pal who has a mission to inspire kids to dance; in the process, dancing builds kids’ confidence and they have fun exercising. Plans for a third monster book are already in the works.

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Happiest when immersed in the things about which she’s most passionate – family, friends, art, and loved ones – the actress is looking forward to a fresh start and new beginnings after her home caught on fire last year. “It was a huge loss so this year is all about rebuilding.”

Lori Loughlin

Best known for her role as Rebecca Donaldson Katsopolis (aka Aunt Becky) on the hit sitcom “Full House,” actress Lori Loughlin proves that after many years you can go home again. This year she’ll reprise her role in the sequel series that made her a household name. “Fuller House” will premiere early this year on Netflix. “In some ways it’s like we never left,” she says.

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Loughlin also starred in “Guilty Until Proven Innocent” this past January on the Hallmark Channel, and in February appeared in the third season of “When Calls the Heart,” also on Hallmark, alongside Jack Wagner. As a working mom, finding a balance between acting and family can be challenging, she says. “I love what I do for a living; it makes me happy. And when you’re happy, you can parent from a healthier place.”


Ricky Schroder

Anyone who grew up in the ‘80s remembers the adorable Ricky Stratton, played by Ricky Schroder on the popular show “Silver Spoons.” But even before he made his television debut, the actor was already a bona fide star. In 1979 he appeared in the hit movie “The Champ,” a role that earned him a Golden Globe award at just 7 years old for Best New Male Star. “Silver Spoons,” on the other hand, was more of a frightening experience at first because it was taped in front of a live studio audience. “It was the first time I ever performed in front of a live audience,” says Schroder. “After a few shows I built up my confidence and started to have fun.” This past December Schroder starred in the TV movie “Coat of Many Colors,” which documented the story of Dolly Parton’s upbringing. Playing the role of Parton’s father, the actor, who is a big fan of country music, describes the legendary singer as “kind” and “giving of compliments.” He’s also begun work on “The Fighting Season: Solider Edition,” a new series that will continue the conversation on America’s longest running war. Through a combination of real footage filmed by military members while deployed, as well as interviews and reenactments, viewers will get an inside look at these heroic men and women. The show is slated for release in May on the Audience Channel on Direct TV. A family man at heart, the actor has been married for 23 years and is a father of four. Schroder worked hard to stay out of the limelight and parlay his career into adulthood. “I became a dad young and I had kids to raise and a wife to take care of, so I didn’t get caught up in that lifestyle so many young actors find themselves in today.”



Chic Sketch is the brainchild of Jordan

Emily Brickel Edelson

of Chic Sketch

When BELLA was looking for something creative, fun, and fabulous for our Fall Fashion Week party with Nicky Hilton, we took one look at Chic Sketch and knew it was going to be a hit! By Daniel G. Hall


Edelson – an award-winning “Forbes 30 Under 30” entrepreneur and the CEO and founder of the groundbreaking and globally recognized mobile digital agency Appetizer Mobile – and his wife, Emily Brickel Edelson, a published fashion illustrator who was named one of “Fashion’s Best Illustrators” by Who What Wear. In fact, Emily’s sketches are so sought after, she has been commissioned to sketch for New York City fashion publicists, famous musicians, celebrities, and editors at various glossy magazines. The best part of Chic Sketch is how easy it is to use – simply upload a photo of your best look of the day and receive a custom sketch by Emily. No two sketches are alike because each is made to order based on your Outfit of the Day (OOTD), resulting in an original work of art created just for you. We connected with Emily to share her artist’s vision with BELLA readers…

even knew what fashion illustration was, I would constantly design garments and draw fashion catalogs. I graduated from FIT with a degree in fashion merchandising management, but I always snuck in art and design classes along the way. I am inspired by the runway shows each season and by old Hollywood glam, as well as other fashion illustrators and their art. My style when drawing is creating something flirty, glamorous, and chic that always flatters the subject. When did you realize that there was a niche in the market for your talent? I kind of fell into it. After my first fashion collection did not get the orders needed, I had no idea what to do, but I did know that drawing and designing were my passions. I was lost, so I found a mentor to help me get over my creative block. She told me to just draw something; draw anything – and I drew her as a gift. She loved it and put my art on her new meditation album, and as a New York Times bestselling author, it was all history from there! I never knew that illustration was something I could make a career out of, but I think when you trust your instincts and follow your passion, doors open up. I started putting my art on Instagram and people began to notice, and that’s when I realized this could be my full-time job.

Emily with Chic Sketch co-founder and husband Jordan Edelson.

What inspired Chic Sketch? As a fashion illustrator, I would often sketch live at events in the fashion industry, including launch parties, trunk shows, fashion shows, and press events. When Jordan would come to support me, he noticed the tremendous impact the sketches had on the people receiving them. As the owner of the notable digital agency Appetizer Mobile, Jordan said to me, “We need to make this into an app and share it with people across the world!” So we did. What is the best advice you received when starting your company? This is the first combined company my husband and I own, but we both have been entrepreneurs for the last 6+ years. I don’t think we really got advice when starting this company; we just went for it. We each understood the markets in fashion and in mobile apps, and so based on our experience, we just kind of knew the time was right to launch something like this! The best piece of advice I have gotten, though, is to follow your instincts and always stay true to your vision. There are many other brands out there, but it is important to stay true to what makes your business unique. What makes Chic Sketch unique in a world of thousands of apps? There is no other company like Chic Sketch. We are the first company in the world that turns real people into fashion sketches by hand in minutes. I think our connection to digital trends is what has truly set us apart from the beginning. Leveraging the power of social media, all Chic Sketches are immediately ready for Instagram and other outlets. We incorporate this technology in the live sketching events while working with major brands in the industry. Every artist has a certain style. What drew you to pursue fashion sketches? I have always gravitated toward fashion, ever since I was young. In elementary school, before I

What makes someone “sketchworthy”? Being “sketch-worthy” is an attitude, an ambiance, and a look. It is about being fierce in your OOTD and striking a pose. I think everyone can be sketch-worthy, especially if they love fashion and own their inner vixen. What is your dream project? We love collaborating with amazing brands, and in the nine short months that our company has been in business, we have had the amazing opportunity to work with many of our dream clients, including the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America), Cartier, Sephora, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale’s, Furla, and many more. Collaborating with Who What Wear to choose the best New York Fashion Week street-style looks was a dream come true. Getting the chance to illustrate front row at some of the top fashion shows during Fashion Week in the last two seasons is something I always dreamed of doing. Also, to be named one of “Fashion’s Best Illustrators” by Who What Wear and one of “Today’s Most Interesting Fashion Apps” by Spanish Vogue was beyond incredible. We are just at the beginning and have so many exciting ideas ahead for brand collaborations. Some of our dream projects include collaborating with Fashion Week in a big way, sketching on site at the Met Ball and at the Oscars, and working more closely with Vogue. We want to have the opportunity to inspire our customers with what is possible when combining fashion and technology. What is the most rewarding thing about your job? Honestly, it is seeing the reaction on people’s faces when I show them their sketch. The emotion that comes out of some people is unreal, and if I can brighten someone’s day and make them feel worthy and beautiful, I think it’s a job well done. How do you define beauty? Beauty is what is on the inside. The most beautiful women in the world actually look far from beautiful if they have a bad attitude or if they come off as being pretentious. I think beauty is an inner glow, a confidence and a fire within that shows the world who they are with grace and charisma. B BELLANYC.COM 99


Why We Love NY’s Smaller Museums

One thing is certain: New York City knows how to rock a museum. In fact, people come from all over the world just to stare at the walls in places like the Met and the Guggenheim. But we get it: You’re so over the crowds. Not a problem. Just as celebrities dodge the paparazzi, you can avoid the tourist traps by ducking into one of these smaller, hidden gems of the city. We’ve even paired up each museum with a related movie that you can savor at home after your visit. By Barbara Bellesi


39 Battery Place (shares space with the Ritz Carlton) If you think gawking at tall buildings is only for tourists, think again. The Skyscraper Museum is home to exhibits and programs that pay homage to that most vertical of architectural marvels, the skyscraper. No one will judge you for pointing and staring at the buildings here!

Goes well with: “King Kong” (1933) The Empire State Building makes a rather important cameo. 100 BELLANYC.COM

Pierpont Morgan’s Library The Morgan Library & Museum Photo: Graham Haber, 2014


This group of buildings got its start as the private library of financier Pierpont Morgan. While we associate the Morgan name with banking (J.P. Morgan is Pierpont’s son), the elder Morgan is also known as one of the country’s foremost collectors, as he began amassing books, drawings, prints, and manuscripts as early as 1890. After his father’s death, J.P. Morgan transformed his father’s vast collection into an Italian Renaissance-style library that the public could enjoy. Goes well with: “The Age of Innocence” Based on the Pulitzer Prizewinning novel by Edith Wharton, this is a wonderful glimpse of the rich opulence of old New York.


Located in the Fantasma Magic store, the Houdini Museum of New York houses many items from world-famous illusionist and escape artist, Harry Houdini. Most of the artifacts housed in the museum are part of Fantasma Magic CEO Roger Dreyer’s personal collection. Whether you stop by for a lecture or a full-fledged magic show (famous magicians often make an appearance!), be sure to watch the animatronic Houdini wriggle his way out of a strait jacket.


Sure, you can always go to Madame Tussaud’s to see your favorite celebrities, albeit in their wax forms. But if you want to see Hollywood stars in the flesh, you have a much better chance if you pay a visit to the Houdini Museum at Fantasma Toys and Magic, which has seen the likes of many celebrities who love a good sleight of hand. Go to the website and check out a gallery featuring photos of Fantasma Toys and Magic CEO Roger Dryer posing with celebrities like Conan O’Brien, John Travolta and Kelly Preston, Richard Gere, Muhammad Ali, Neil Diamond, and more.

Goes well with: “Now You See Me” A slick, magic-fueled heist movie starring Mark Ruffalo, Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Woody Harrelson, and Dave Franco.


25 West 52nd Street

The Paley Center for Media has two locations, one in Los Angeles and the other right here in the heart of Manhattan. A hub for both industry professionals and fans of all things television, radio, and film, it is a testament to how important the media is to our society and culture. The Center is named for William S. Paley, the founder of CBS. Goes well with: “Good Night, and Good Luck” George Clooney directed and co-wrote (with Grant Heslov) this portrayal of Edward R. Murrow and CBS during the McCarthy era. BELLANYC.COM 101


“After Nature” Courtesy: New Museum, New York Photo: Benoit Pailley


235 Bowery


103 Orchard Street

This small museum recalls life at 97 Orchard Street, a tenement building built in 1863 that about 7,000 immigrants called home during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The Tenement Museum is a testament to the hard-working immigrants who settled in the neighborhoods of the Lower East Side for their chance at the American dream. And while you may think that private museum tours are only for A-listers and museum benefactors, at the Tenement Museum, you can only see the museum by guided tour. When planning your visit, it’s recommended that you buy tickets ahead of time. Goes well with: “Gangs of New York” Martin Scorcese’s gritty depiction of the city’s rabble-rousers in the 1860s. 102 BELLANYC.COM

The New Museum is the city’s only museum dedicated solely to contemporary art. Founded in 1977 by Marcia Tucker, the museum is meant to foster new ideas in art. The 175-foot building itself is part of the art: It looks like seven boxes stacked atop each other right in the heart of the Bowery. Goes well with: “Basquiat” Awardwinning actor Jeffrey Wright’s turn as the gone-too-soon street artist JeanMichel Basquiat.


Culture Vulture VALENTINE’S DAY

IDEAS YOU’LL LOVE As we sweep away the confetti and brush away another year, let us remind you that this is just the beginning of a dazzling new year, and we’ve got just what you need to make it your best one yet. For a Valentine’s Day date idea or just a Galentine’s Night Out, we’ve got you covered with where to stay and what to do. Because we never need a reason to get our culture on especially after weekend brunch, we invite you to head uptown where history, fashion and legends await. By Gwen Wunderlich-Smith


Stay In one of the most romantic cities in the world, experience Valentine’s Day like an NYC local when you stay at Hotel Indigo Lower East Side. Ideally located right in the heart of the city’s hip downtown scene, the hotel is an urban oasis that features spacious accommodations and breathtaking Manhattan views. From the moment you walk in, you will be enraptured by the contemporary artwork inspired by the neighborhood’s roots and eccentric furnishings that express the local flavor and give a voice to the art, street style, galleries, tastes, flavors, libations, sounds, fashions, and people of the L.E.S.

Relax It’s a whole new year, your diet is making you “hangry,” and you are so sick of heart confetti and smooching couples. Head over to Haven Spa on Mercer Street for the 45-minute “Bitch Massage” and get your relaxation on. Designed to soothe your body and your mind, this massage works to address anxiety, stress, insomnia, irritability, and PMS by using specific strokes, pressure points, stretches, and oil aromas.

Get Jazzy What could possibly be more

Wander The Costume Institute is where art meets culture, history, and fashion. The Met brings us an exhibit that delves deep into the heart of our dress-up boxes from our childhood on to Countess Jacqueline de Ribes, the legendary style icon. The exhibit inspires us with her originality and elegance, which established her as one of the most celebrated fashion icons of the 20th century. From haute couture to ready to wear, the personal archive hits home with those of us whose styles developed over the years from such a young age. The exhibit is only open until mid-February, so get to it!

perfect for Valentine’s Day than watching steamy burlesque performances? The Filthy Gorgeous Burlesque Valentine’s Spectacular features live music with Broadway Brassy and The Brass Knuckles, as well as acts like Dirty Martini, Peekaboo Pointe, Rosie 151, Mr. Gorgeous, Cassandra Rosebeetle, and Aurora Black. Don’t miss Le Poisson Rouge’s bevy of burlesque beauties on February 14th at the Highline Ballroom! It’s so much better than sitting home alone, Bridget Jones-style.

Eat It’s like Sharon Stone’s character from the movie “Casino” should be sitting next to you – this new place drips with so much glamour. In the refined tradition of the legendary Waldorf Astoria New York, Director of Culinary David Garcelon handselected a talented team of international chefs with a focus on providing guests with an unmatched Chinese culinary experience. La Chine offers the ultimate experience where Chinese tradition, flavors, and decor meet a modern luxurious Waldorf flair. Grab your friends, get gorgeous, and indulge. Try the Foie Gras cherries (decadent!) or the Snow Pea Shooters. We are obsessed! B



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Manhattan is home to more than 1.6 million residents and 50 million+ visitors a year. It is also home to many celebrities and Hollywood elites. With so many people in such a small area, how do the famous stay out of the spotlight? Many choose to live in the city’s most desired neighborhood, Tribeca – “the place where those who can afford to live anywhere prefer to be,” according to The Observer. By Michael Comandini




Unlike its downtown neighbors, Tribeca is separated from the masses. In most areas it’s rare to see crowds of people walking on the sidewalks. With limited entertainment and a lack of public transportation, the residents here comprise most of its limited foot traffic. It really makes the neighborhood feel separated from the rest of the city. For an uber wealthy neighborhood, Tribeca still sports a relaxed, downtown vibe. This distinguishes it from the flashy Upper East Side or 57th Street neighborhoods. The area is also largely landmarked, which means most of its architectural aesthetic charm remains untouched. It is a vibe that is enjoyed by celebrity residents like Robert De Niro, Jon Stewart, Meryl Streep, Taylor Swift, Jay Z, and Beyoncé. The majority of Tribeca’s housing market consists of expansive luxury lofts, most of which have been converted from their industrial past. Developers kept the original massive floor plans, making this neighborhood the leader of interior space. The average apartment spans an incredible 2,127 square feet, according to real estate appraisers Miller Samuel. While the structures conquer in space, they lack in even the most basic of amenities. It is not uncommon to see buildings without doormen or common outdoor space. This turns away many luxury buyers, but is a major plus for those seeking maximum privacy. All of the space and privacy comes at a price, and also make Tribeca the most expensive neighborhood in New York City. Last year the average sales price was $3.5 million, more than double the city’s average, according to Douglass Elliman’s year-end market report. These hefty price tags are clearly not an issue and are going nowhere but up. Combine these features, and you get a neighborhood perfect for celebrities or anyone wishing to avoid the public eye. Its beautiful historic landscapes and expansive luxury homes will continue to attract new superstar dwellers. Try dining in one of Tribeca’s many spectacular restaurants the next time you are downtown – you never know who will be dining next to you. B Michael Comandini is an agent with Douglas Elliman Real Estate •

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Conceived and created by AERIN founder and creative director Aerin Lauder, “Beauty at Home Autographed Edition” is an intimate look at the design and decorating choices that have made her a celebrated tastemaker around the world. Stunning images captured by celebrated photographer Simon Upton allows readers an inside look into Lauder’s own homes in Manhattan and the Hamptons, as well as her Madison Avenue office. With tips on everything from entertaining to art curating, the book is a personalized account of what it means to live beautifully. $85,


PRIZED POSSESSIONS Shop our opulent guide for fab furnishings, smart solutions, and home décor we adore. By Janene Mascarella


Leaf coral was the inspiration for this remarkable piece. This Jung Lee Coco Large Oval Mirror with silver detailing offers a dramatic element to your favorite room. $2,800,


Put your feet up and enjoy unadulterated comfort with this luxurious Velvet Nailhead Ottoman. Great as an accent piece in your living room, the rich velvet upholstery and nickel nail-head accents give this timeless piece a designer look (at a less-than-designer price). $150,


The elegant silhouette of this Eternity Scone gets its brilliance from the skillful application of the clear crystals. Placed with astonishing attention to detail, the eternal circles are individually wrapped in polished brass … resulting in pure brilliance. $1,700,



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The Matrix Collection by glam chandelier designer Michael McHale Designs is a top-tier game-changer. He creates lighting that is easy to customize and transforms a necessity into a true work of art and expression – with the ability to change with the times and trends. Transform your Matrix fixture into a show-stopping modern crystal chandelier. Prices vary,


Add some romantic elegance to any space with these chic pieces from the Cynthia Rowley for Hooker Furniture Collection. The Harlequin Four-Drawer Accent Chest ($1,199) and the Swanson Upholstered Metal Side Chair ($949) are perfect together. Available at Safavieh and Thomasville Home Furnishings of Totowa, NJ



Armand de Brignac Blanc de Blancs Platinum (Ace of Spades) takes toasting to good fortune to the next level. It’s the pinnacle of style, and rates as one of the most remarkable Champagnes ever created. $659,



Light up your life with Peacock Parfumerie’s Watercolor Candle in Daydream. It’s heavenly-scented, with teal and blue swirls of coconut water, Bulgarian lavender, rose, cyclamen, and white lotus. The candle is hand produced with a paraffin and soy wax blend and boasts a generous percentage of fragrance. $30,


Combining classical elegance with whimsy, L’Objet Bowtie Napkin Jewels elevate the dining experience. Meticulously handcrafted and plated with 24K gold and platinum, some are even accented with Swarovski crystals. The Napkin Jewels are presented in a luxury gift box and available in gold and platinum. $225 (set of 4),





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Mastro’s Steakhouse Midtown West 1285 Avenue of the Americas New York, NY 10019 212.7459.1222 Cuisine: Steakhouse Attire: Business/Cocktail Price Range: $$$$ Serving: Lunch, Dinner Outdoor Seating: No Alcohol: Full Bar Ambiance: Upscale 110 BELLANYC.COM

We’ve waited a long, long time for this West Coast franchise to make its way east and thankfully, it was well worth the wait. At Mastro’s, every dime spent is worthwhile. Trying the steak is not optional – no matter whether you opt for a filet or porterhouse, everything here is spectacularly tender, flavorful, and cooked to perfection. But like any great steakhouse, they’ve mastered their craft and added to it with delicious non-steak options, like the sautéed shrimp, which comes in a creamy garlic sauce that dreams are made of, and their famous butter cake – most likely the best dessert you can get your hands on. You might gain a few pounds in one sitting here, but your taste buds will thank you.


our Cuts Steakhouse is the first boutique steakhouse venture for Executive Chef Christopher Miller. Known as New York’s “steak whisperer,” Chef Miller’s menu boasts steakhouse classics in addition to an array of delicious seafood fishes. Prior to opening Four Cuts in the Sutton Place neighborhood on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, Miller was the Executive Chef of Bobby Van’s for over 13 years and has had additional experience in the kitchen of Ben Benson Steakhouse, Mortimer’s, and Bryant Park Grill. Four Cuts’ space in the Sutton Place neighborhood, was completely re-designed by C3D Architecture, which set out to create a unique look for the Four Cuts space by combining the sleek look of modern design with rustic elements associated with traditional steakhouses to create an elegant, welcoming dining room. In addition, Marlaina Deppe of Novo Arts is providing a special wall garden, which has been installed on the columns in the main dining room. Franco Lucic of LMF Group designed the walnut wood paneling featured on the restaurant’s walls and on its columns, which accentuate the wall gardens. Along with the wall gardens and wood paneling, there will be custom artworks for guests to admire on the walls of the restaurant. 











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THE PERFECT “HOLLYWOOD” COCKTAIL These are two of my favorite cocktails for they are beautiful, refreshing, and bursting with intense flavors. They’re also extremely easy to make a lighter version: To lessen the calories, just substitute the simple syrup for ½ - 1 packet of Stevia or other sweetener (start with less and use as much as you need to taste!).

Sparkling Raspberry Lemon Martini This is a fun cocktail for Spring as it’s bursting with tangy, bubbly flavors! A gorgeous pale pink, this frothy creation is as refreshing as it is attractive.

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Preparation • Add the raspberries, lemon, and simple syrup to a shaker, and muddle. • Add the vodka and ice, and shake. • Strain into a martini glass until ½ full. • Top with champagne.

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Ingredients ¼ lemon 4 raspberries ½ oz simple syrup (or sweetener) 1 oz Vanderpump Vodka 2 oz champagne

Salmon Sashimi Rosettes with Caviar These are such elegant hors d’oeuvres to share with your guests. Tiny slices of fresh salmon are rolled into chic little flowers and topped with caviar. They are bite-size, light, and delicious. This idea can be versatile as well. Don’t be afraid to play around with the flavors you wrap inside your salmon. I’ve tried rolls filled with wasabi and ginger, green onions, and a dollop of crème fraîche, avocado and cucumber … you name it! If you don’t have access to fresh raw sushi grade salmon, you can use smoked salmon. It’s slightly richer in flavor but delicious! Ingredients 1 fresh sushi grade salmon fillet, sliced with the grain into thin slices of sashimi (you can ask the seafood counter to do this for you, or buy preprepped salmon sashimi) ½ avocado 1 cucumber, skinned and deseeded then sliced into very thin pieces about an inch long Salt and pepper 2 tbsp crème fraîche Black caviar (you can find this in a variety of types and prices)


Ponzu sauce

Preparation • In a bowl, mash the avocado, then mix with the crème fraîche. Add a tiny sprinkle of salt and pepper to taste. • Lay out each slice of salmon. Place one sliver of cucumber and a tiny dollop of the avocado mixture in the middle, then roll the salmon around it. • Top with caviar. • Fill your tasting spoons with ponzu sauce and add 1 roll on top. • If you don’t have tasting spoons, use little toothpicks to secure your rolls and simply drizzle a tiny bit of ponzu on a plate before adding the salmon rolls.

Yakiniku Futago Yakiniku Futago is definitely a mouthful to say, and dining here will also give you a mouthful to talk about. The Japanese barbecue franchise from Asia has made its way to New York, where it has established itself as a carnivore’s dream come true. Rare cuts like the black wagyu “Hamideru Kalbi” will melt in your mouth in the best possible way, and the added entertainment of having the staff cook your meat right at your table just makes dining out that much more fun. The décor is just as enticing as the food, with intimate, dimmed lighting, wooden details and bottles of booze lining the walls. And embrace the fact that there may be dishes on the menu you’re unfamiliar with – you’ll love it all!

Flatiron District 37 West 17th Street New York, NY 10011 212.620.0225 Cuisine: Japanese Barbecue Attire: Business/Cocktail Price Range: $$ Serving: Lunch, Dinner Outdoor Seating: No Alcohol: Full Bar Ambiance: Sophisticated

BELLA’S “A” LIST APPETIZERS: GARLIC AND SPINACH SALAD DEEP FRIED SHRIMP With quail egg and shiso leaf ENTREES: JAPANESE BLACK WAGYU “HAMIDERU KALBI” One-half pound sliced Japanese wagyu (you can have four different parts of beef) THICKLY CUT SPECIAL FILLET STEAK WITH GARLIC Served with special oil and topped with a garlic chip DESSERT: FUTAGO ORIGINAL ICE CREAM



With that in mind, we thought Duff was the perfect person to lead BELLA readers through her hometown of Los Angeles to show how her love of food can be found not only in her kitchen (her recipes are amazing!), but also in her top five dining locales throughout the city. Join us as we take an inside look at life as a Cooking Channel star foodie… What is the first thing you look at when you enter a restaurant? The menu – I usually check it out before I even get there! Does location play a part in choosing restaurants? Not really. I like an adventure, so a faraway restaurant won’t deter me. It just means we have to make an afternoon out of it! What drew you to the blogger world, and how does your cooking blog engage your readers? I never really knew about it or set out to be in the “blogger world,” but what a fun world it is! I started RealGirlsKitchen. com before Instagram was around, so the blogger world has changed quite a bit. I find it fascinating, actually. All the creativity out there is inspiring.

Haylie Duff ACTRESS, AUTHOR, AND HOST OF “THE REAL GIRL’S KITCHEN” SHARES HER FOODIE FAVES Most of us know Haylie Duff as an actress, singer, and songwriter, but she is most at home in the kitchen. “I started cooking for my friends and family and realized people loved my recipes! I decided to share them and started The Real Girl’s Kitchen blog.”


What is the secret ingredient you almost always use in all your meals? I don’t know if I have many secrets at this point! But some of my favorite ingredients are fresh herbs, good oils, good salts, and good cheeses. What do you think is the biggest misconception people have when it comes to cooking? That you are either “good at it,” or you “aren’t.” Cooking is all about having fun in your kitchen, being creative, and falling in love with the experience! Some people start out a little better than others but everyone can learn to make some great dishes. What are some easy pointers to give someone who wants to learn how to cook? Just get there! Don’t be scared to make mistakes, and start small. Don’t try to make anything too complicated. Then when you nail the simple stuff, you will be more confident tackling the bigger recipes. 

Haylie’s LA Foodie Faves


Knuckle and Claw is a seafood lovers delight specializing in the most amazing lobster rolls the West Coast has to offer.


Terrine is a lovely California Brasserie serving rustic food inspired by Frech classics.


Barrel & Ashes is a suave and casual American eatery in the heart of Studio City.


Trois Mec is a reservation only French restuarant that highlights an ever changing 5 course tasting menu.


The Free Range LA food truck can be found around LA serving fried chicken and egg creations.


LA DJ Lindsay Luv’s Music-Inspired Spin on Fitness, Fashion and Wellness MTV named her “DJ to the Stars” and Victoria’s Secret dubbed her “The Turntable Goddess.” Yet Los Angeles-based Lindsay Luv defies all the hard-partying DJ stereotypes. Sure, her Instagram feed reveals that she leads a luxe lifestyle, sound-styling hot celebrity parties. But it turns out she expends just as much energy rocking a healthy lifestyle. As she drove around Melrose, Luv shared about her new activewear line, workout series, and her LA-inspired wellness tips perfectly adaptable for New Yorkers. By Sari Beth Rosenberg


Photos: Shannon Cottrell Photography


Athleisure and a Workout Series To Match

As a DJ and sound stylist for the hottest brands, Luv is always tying music to both fitness and fashion, as well as coveting stylish yet comfortable activewear to complement her busy lifestyle. In fact, the New York/LA transplant says she had been “dying to design active wear that pulled from both the sleek, noir New York style and the fresh and active LA lifestyle.” Luv fulfilled this fashion vision with her capsule collection designed with Zobha. She chose a monochromatic palette and snuck in “music elements” like headphone loops. The all-in-one strappy back jumpsuit and sexy double-waisted joggers are sure to be celebrity favorites. To promote the line, Luv organized fitness events with Zobha at the London Hotel in LA. She curated the playlist for workouts that have been led by celebrity fitness stars, including Shannon Decker from E!’s “Hollywood Cycle.”

You'll Love Luv's Healthy Lifestyle Tips (We Do!) Luv has taken her healthy habits up a notch this past year by primarily maintaining a gluten-free, organic and paleo-friendly, low-glycemic diet. To stay committed to your chosen diet, she suggests: 1. Cooking your own food. 2. Using spices to make dishes interesting via flavor instead of fat. 3. Drinking lots of water and herbal teas like Rooibos. 4. Sticking to a solid sleep schedule. 5. Keeping everything in moderation by letting yourself indulge a bit on the weekends. Keep Up With Luv Visit, or follow her on Instagram: @LindsayLuv

In terms of fitness, Luv takes Bar Method classes in Silver Lake four days a week and swims laps in her pool. She also enjoys hiking the Griffith Park trails with her bestie, former Spice Girl and “America’s Got Talent” host Mel B, when they are both in town.

About Those Workout Playlists … Luv hopes to soon bring her series to New York, but in the meantime she shared some tips on how to amp up your own gym mixes:

1. Focus on songs that have a strong, steady, and ongoing beat like up-tempo remixes of pop or mainstream songs and light EDM tracks. 2. Avoid slow hip-hop, dubstep, and country, as well as songs with huge beat drops or highs or lows for your continuous workout sessions. 3. Find songs that have around 124+ BPMs (beats per minute) for your most active workouts. Or, just check out her playlists on Spotify (Lindsay Luv) and DJ mixes on, and press play!

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From cereals you’ll go nuts over to snackattack saviors, these fantastic finds will get you fit and fabulous. By Gina LaGuardia

Discover Trekking’s Ultra Fast-dry Towel Starting at $19.95, Light and long, this one’s super absorbent, bright, and is perfect to keep in the car for a post-run dry-off. And guess what–it can even double as a sarong!

Peppermint Cocoa Fit Chews $30/box, In need of a post-workout treat or a snack-attack savior? (Us too!) These 30-calorie, bite-sized, caramel-like treats are designed to help you control cravings while keeping up your energy. Sweet!

Swipe $2.99 (single), $26.99/50 pack, When you need a fresh swipe of deodorant, these pocket-sized, biodegradable, singleuse deodorant wipes will be a lifesaver! They’re infused with a natural tea tree extract that not only provides protection, but also eliminates BO as well.

Perfect Fitness Ab Carver Pro $39.99, If this year’s resolution involved six-packs abs and you’ve got a way to go, put in the work with this at-home device that’s geared toward performance and results.


Kashi® Organic Promise® Cocoa Coconut with KAMUT® Khorasan Wheat Granola $3.99, Turn your morning routine into an allorganic, non-GMO Project Verified experience. This cereal is high in fiber, protein, and lipids, and offers higher amounts of nutrients compared to modern wheat. And it’s delicious!

Blender Bottle Starting at $9.99, Got protein? If you ask the pros, they’ll tell you it’s all in how you blend it. Choose from a variety of shaker cups, each with a specific color, design, and purpose: thick and rich, storage, interlocking, and more.

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“Tiny and Full” $26.95, Celebrity trainer and best-selling author Jorge Cruise shares how eating just one vegan meal a day – breakfast – can leave you feeling full all day long and healthy for life!



Drop In and Zen Out at MNDFL


New York City has the highest stress index in the United States, making it the perfect location for MNDFL, the country’s first ever meditation bar. Co-founders Ellie Burrows, a former Hollywood executive, and Lodro Rinzler, author of award-winning “The Buddha Walks Into A Bar,” met at Rinzler’s non-profit Institute for Compassionate Leadership and created the idea over tea.

The studio, located in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village, was designed with the skeptical and cynical New Yorker in mind. “We made an effort to decouple the hokey spiritual stuff and instead offer simple tools to be more mindful throughout the week,” says Rinzler. They see themselves as a “meditation university” as they offer a wide variety of all-level daily classes as well as rooms to just drop in and meditate on your own.

Photos: Stephen Wilson

“As a busy New Yorker, Ellie wanted a non-religious, drop-in meditation studio to go throughout her day that didn’t involve climbing five flights of stairs and sitting in on two hour talks,” explains Rinzler. He had been teaching meditation in New York City for years and had also seen a need for such a space. They hatched MNDFL on the spot that day.

MNDFL, 10 East 8th Street, New York, NY 10003

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Michael J. Maynard MD @MichaelJMaynard

Michael J. Maynard, M.D.

A True Success in the World of Medicine By Alexandra Anastasio

A leader in the field of medicine, Dr. Michael J. Maynard has been working with patients for the past 24 years, bringing them his expertise in the field of orthopedics. “I see myself as someone who is here to help people maximize their enjoyment of life,” says Dr. Maynard. “I like the idea of bridging people from young to old and taking them through the continuum of care.” 122 BELLANYC.COM

The oldest of eight children, Dr. Maynard grew up in Rhode Island, where medicine was not on his mind. Summers were spent at the beach and on the water, partaking in activities such as swimming, sailing, boating, and clamming. “I was really tied to the sea,” he says. Because he lived in New England, Dr. Maynard was surrounded by a large Navy presence. Influenced at a young age by the naval officers he admired, the future M.D. made the decision to attend the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis. “I wanted to serve my country, and I felt the best way to do it would be as a naval officer,” he says.

Serving His Country

After graduation, Dr. Maynard served six years active duty: his first tour was as a junior officer on a ship homeported in Pearl Harbor, the second tour as a missiles officer on a cruiser homeported in San Diego. For his last active duty assignment, he was off to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). “Every couple of years the Navy searches the fleet for someone who can get accepted as a grad student at MIT in order to perform as an instructor for the Naval ROTC [Reserve Officers’ Training Corps],” says Dr. Maynard. He was accepted into the prestigious school’s mechanical engineering program, where he pursued a Masters Degree while teaching celestial navigation and marine engineering to naval ROTC students from Harvard, MIT, and Wellesley College while he pursued his own studies. It was during this time that Dr. Maynard became fascinated with the emerging field of bioengineering, so he made the decision to leave the Navy for a career in medicine. “I had taken the med school prerequisites as a sort of hedge against the future even though I thought I was going to be an admiral in the Navy,” he says.

Switching Careers

Dr. Maynard’s decision to attend medical school in New York was born from an experience he had while still at MIT. He was first introduced to the Big Apple as a participant in the NYC marathon. “Being from Rhode Island, we had always driven around the city but never through it,” he says. “By the time I ran the marathon, I had already visited other great cities such as Paris, Tokyo, London, Hong Kong, and Singapore, so I thought it was time I came to New York.” He applied and was accepted to Cornell’s medical school. “When I started med school I had no idea what branch of medicine I would be in; I just knew I wanted to do something that had close ties to engineering,” says Dr. Maynard. An athlete throughout high school and at the Naval Academy, he was involved in sports like wrestling, football, and rugby. A knee injury led to orthopedic surgery, and he admired the surgeons who took care of him. “At the time I thought, ‘This is great; someone can give me back the use of my knee,’” says Dr. Maynard. Attracted by the work of taking care of people, Dr. Maynard focuses on providing “quality of life” as opposed to dealing with “life and death.” And while there are areas of orthopedics that deal with life and death, such as muscular skeletal oncology and trauma, his area is completely elective, working with patients to help achieve their desired level of comfort. “I take care of both athletes and people whose joints have worn out over time from athletics and everyday life.”

Sharing His Knowledge

In addition to his practice on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, the well-regarded doctor is affiliated with the Hospital for Special Surgery. Over the span of his career, Dr. Maynard has been the chief of orthopedics at other hospitals in addition to his private practice. An expert in his field, he also has an academic appointment at Cornell’s medical school, teaching residents, medical students, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and other surgeons who go there for training. He has also taken his teaching overseas to countries such as Ghana and Turkey. “When it comes to educating others, it’s about leveraging my knowledge and experience and the teaching that has been passed down to me from other great surgeons and sharing it with others,” says Dr. Maynard. With his love for sports, Dr. Maynard served as the team physician at both Marist College and Vassar College for many years and has treated athletes in all levels of competition, including Olympic and professional. Marist College even dedicated its athletic training facility as “The Michael Maynard Centre for Sports Medicine,” a distinction the doctor calls an “honor.” And while he’s passed the title of team doctor to another medical professional, Dr. Maynard is still a consultant at Marist. “Whenever they have a particularly difficult problem they’ll still ask for my assistance,” he says. “I’m still their godfather.”

“It’s just the validation of my patients saying thank you ... It’s gratifying to see them get back to the lives they love.” Blazing a Trail

While most surgeons focus on one specific area, Dr. Maynard is one of the few worldwide who focus on shoulder, knee, and hip, as well as other sports-related injuries. “I have a special interest in the aesthetic optimization of surgical scars,” he says. He plans and executes the actual incisions to minimize the appearance of scarring, and is well known for that focus among patients. Coining the term orthoplastics, Dr. Maynard is in the process of developing techniques and processes that are unique in relation to the cosmetic optimization of the surgical incisions. “Nobody else has really done these,” he says. In conjunction with other specialists like dermatologists and plastic surgeons, his plan is to bring doctors into collaboration for patient care. “This is an emerging field, and while I am one of the only ones pursuing it so far, I think it might catch on,” says Dr. Maynard.

Creating a Legacy

A true success in the world of medicine, Dr. Maynard is humble when he defines what the term means to him. “It’s just the validation of my patients saying thank you – that, to me, is success,” he says. “It’s gratifying to see them get back to the lives they love.” With a true passion for his work, Dr. Maynard has always stayed out of the financial aspects of medicine. “I’ve never known or wanted to know what the economics of the situation were, or what I was going to get paid for something,” he says. His decisions are based on what is best for his patients, not for the reward it will bring him. From the first day he went into practice, he made a commitment to never recommend an operation that he wasn’t absolutely convinced was going to be beneficial. “That has been a guiding light for me,” he says. Dr. Maynard says he looks forward to expanding the practice of orthoplastics and doing research in this area to legitimize the reproducibility and demonstrability of the benefit to his patients. Always working to ensure the very best for his patients, his legacy will live on in the world of medicine. “I’d like to be remembered for training many orthopedic surgeons who see people like them and try to maximize the enjoyment of life!” B



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Michael J. Maynard, MD is a Board-CertiďŹ ed Orthopedic Surgeon specializing in the treatment of sports medicine injuries and advanced arthroscopic techniques for shoulder, knee, and hip disorders. Dr. Michael Maynard is a 1975 graduate of the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland. He later spent two years as an engineering graduate student and ROTC instructor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. From MIT he went onto Cornell University Medical College where he received his MD degree in 1985. His orthopedic residency training was taken at Hospital for Special Surgery. Thereafter, he continued at HSS for a fellowship year in joint replacement under Chitranjan Ranawat, MD, and Thomas Sculco, MD, and a second fellowship year in Sports Medicine and Shoulder Surgery under Russell Warren, MD.

Dr. Maynard performs surgery with a focus on cosmetic optimization resulting in minimal or no scarring. He practices at the prestigious Hospital for Special Surgery and is among the ďŹ rst surgeons to develop skill and experience in the arthroscopic treatment of disorders affecting the hip joint. Dr. Maynard has served as the Chief of Orthopedics at Helen Hayes Hospital and at the Bronx VA Hospital, where he was responsible for the education and supervision of HSS physicians who provide orthopedic care to patients.


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Nutrition starts with our teeth. If we are missing teeth or have teeth that are broken down or loose, our ability to eat properly diminishes, thus decreasing our ability to get the nutrients and fiber our body needs to sustain itself. By not eating right because of bad teeth, we leave the body unable to digest foods properly, thereby becoming more prone to fatigue and disease. On the other hand, healthy teeth or replacement teeth that restore our ability to chew properly increase nutritional intake, aid digestion capacity, and increase energy levels. Plus, it’s hard to overstate the value of the confidence in speaking and engaging other people that comes with a good set of teeth. What’s more, recent studies have linked problems in the mouth with diabetes, heart disease, and systemic conditions. Poor control of sugar levels (diabetes) has been shown to influence the gum tissue and bone support of our teeth. Making sure your sugar levels are in check will help maintain your teeth and prevent loss of bones and teeth. In addition, bacteria that is only found in the mouth has been showing up in patients with heart disease. This means that the oral bacteria in patients with gum disease is traveling to other parts of the body and causing additional systemic problems. These interactions are being studied to provide a more accurate understanding of the risk factors involved for general health.

Your Overall Health Starts With Your Teeth By Aaron Elkowitz, DMD

The first thing your doctor says as he is about to examine you is, “Open up and say ah!” Then he looks at your throat and right past your teeth. However, current research shows that your teeth and your oral health play a significant role in your overall wellness. 126 BELLANYC.COM

Having a good functioning set of teeth – whether our own or ones fixed by the dentist – confers many benefits. Going for routine cleanings at least twice a year will help reduce the chances of gum disease and lower the risk factors for several other diseases. Restoring your teeth to a healthy functioning condition aids digestion, allowing you to reap the nutritional benefits of the foods you eat – not to mention the self-confidence you will gain from a beautiful smile. Take good care of your teeth, and they will take good care of you. Dr. Aaron Elkowitz’s advanced training in treating gum disease, placing dental implants, and restoring badly damaged teeth enables him to provide patients with the best comprehensive care for their smiles. Aaron Elkowitz, DMD, PC practices at 1201 Northern Boulevard, Suite 301, Manhasset, NY 11030. To schedule an appointment, call 516.365.5595.

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

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

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

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



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THE ULTIMATE ALL-STAR PHYSICAL THERAPY EXPERIENCE If you always wondered where to get the same individualized care for your injuries as a celebrity or athlete, look no further than Bespoke Treatments Physical Therapy. The founders, Dan Giordano and Philippos Kyriacou, have created a luxe and high-quality physical therapy experience that is tailored to each individual patient with an attention to detail, privacy and quality. By Sari Beth Rosenberg

Everyone Is Unique, So Are Their Injuries The co-founders of Bespoke noticed there were many holes in the physical therapy environment in New York City, where patients, whether they were celebrities or not, were not getting the necessary individualized care. That compelled Kyriacou and Giordano to create a custom-made treatment plan for each patient to help relieve the pain and symptoms while also addressing the ultimate reason for the injury. They believe it is essential to go beyond just targeting the injury itself and to treat the body as a whole. Giordano explains that “by focusing our attention on the patient’s overall lifestyle, not just the specific problem that brought them into our office,” they are seeing people at a drastically reduced frequency than originally prescribed. Additionally, as Kyriacou elaborates, “Patients are not just feeling better far sooner, they are also empowered to manage their movement patterns and stressors to become effectively free of pain and movement dysfunction.” Luxe Goes a Long Way In addition to their personalized medical approach, Bespoke Treatments’ founders also wanted to design a luxe environment to further enhance the healing and empowerment process. Their space feels like a high-end fitness studio thanks to an upscale decor and freshly scented candles. This modern environment effectively sets the tone for recovery, says Kyriacou, getting you back to your fitness regimen quickly – whether you’re hitting the main stage or resuming your favorite wellness activity. Bespoke Treatments Physical Therapy at Bryant Park, 295 Madison Avenue, Suite 1826 Instagram: @BespokeTreatments


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Make an Impact With the New Year comes a new round of organizations with which to get involved and make an impact on your life and the lives of others. Check out this amazing group of entrepreneurs who make giving back part of their company culture. By Vanessa Coppes


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Hilarity for Charity (HFC) is a movement led by Seth Rogen and Lauren Miller to inspire change and raise awareness of Alzheimer’s disease. The husband and wife team developed HFC U, a nationwide program that encourages and supports college groups to host their own Hilarity for Charity events to raise awareness among the millennial generation. Over the last four years, HFC’s Los Angeles Variety Show has entertained young, hip professionals through evenings filled with music and comedy while creating the next generation of Alzheimer’s advocates – not to mention raising more than $4.2 million.


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Valentine’s Day … FOR SINGLES

February 14 – that famous epoch of couples’ love dreaded annually by singles the nation over. Not in a relationship? Well, hang that lonely, dejected loser of a head in shame while those lucky in love get to kiss and canoodle in your face (really, canoodle?). The thing is, Valentine’s Day is actually a pretty cool day to be single too. Sound far-fetched? Nope. It’s all in how you look at things. By Jarrod Thalheimer



How awesome is getting to skip out on the routine retail orgy created by the obligation to gift on Valentine’s Day? Shop all you like but keep your buying power dry until the day after. Scoring scads of love-hearted boxes of chocolate or red ribbon-themed gifts for 70 to 80 percent off is truly something worth falling in love with.


Think you feel bad ‘cause you don’t have someone? What about the poor girl chewing her nails subterranean in fear that her someone forgot? The only thing worse than not having a lover is wondering when – or if – the lover you do have actually cares. Revel in the psychic security of absolute truth: You are giving and getting nothing this year. Pure emotional bliss!


Okay, maybe all you have is a fish, a parakeet, or even just a turtle, but that little life loves you plenty. Sure, it’s based mainly on the fact that you provide him food, but so what? Your dog loves you lots and he’s never going to get you flowers. Why not spend a fun day hanging with a genuinely cute creature that will never, ever care how you look in sweatpants.



First off, far from a day of romance, Valentine’s “began” when some religious folks decided to honor a few martyrs (read “dudes who got murdered”) for their faith. I’m no mind reader, but it’s doubtful that little chunk of reality is high on most folks’ Valentine’s to-do list. The only other historical mention of February 14th having anything to do with love was Charles VI of France throwing a massive party in the 1400s for other royal one-percenters where part of the entertainment was hearing – and apparently ruling on – disputes between lovers. Sounds positively magical, no?


Everyone digs a fancy dinner out, and on February 14th it seems like almost everyone gets to. Even if you find a place, odds are you’ll be hustled through dinner in no time flat while the owner jams in tables and chairs to max the seat count. Screw the chaos: Plop on the couch and order in. Nothing says cozy happiness like hot pizza delivered, churros for dessert, and re-runs of “The Walking Dead.”


Right now, go to your closet and fish out the smallest, fanciest bits of lingerie you own. Next, think back to every single breast-twisting, side-pinching, buttflossing moment you ever endured wearing them and take a very deep breath: This year you’re single! You can wear a Snuggie to bed if you want.


The always helpful Bureau of Labor Statistics says more than 50 percent (that’s roughly 124.6 million American adults) are single. In 1950, that number was about 22 percent. It would appear single folks have far more company these days than the steadily decreasing numbers of hooked-up pairs out there. Let ‘em have a day to party. They probably need it.

One of the worst feelings in the world is spending Valentine’s Day staring into the face of a person you cannot believe you actually ended up with. Just like Liz Lemon’s Dennis Duffy (“30 Rock,” kids – look it up!), some things are simply more awful than words. Being single on Valentine’s Day means your luck might be far better than you think. Hooray!



This may sound petty but when it comes to the ending of relationships, Valentine’s is almost the perfect storm. Every year some guy (or girl) inevitably manages to break the love camel’s back for good. Whether it’s no gift, the wrong gift, or thinking dinner for two at the local strip club/bar and grill is romantic, Valentine’s can often be the smash-up derby of coupledom. That also means February 15th gets way more interesting for singles.

Feeling all angry and mopey because you’re alone actually reveals one of the most important truths you are ever going to face: Happiness comes from within. If you can’t love you, why should anyone else? The sooner you get to digging that person deep inside, the better off you’ll be. And what better time to launch a love parade with yourself than a day dedicated to hugs and kisses?! BELLANYC.COM 135

The Invite

This is what sets the tone, so skip the engraved, gold-foil missives mandating black-tie dress and open things up a little. Send Evites telling folks to come dressed in whatever they would normally wear to the movies. If their usual choice is jeans and a T-shirt, fine. If it’s high-end cosplay or a complicated character homage, great. Heck, even if it’s tighty-whities under a stained bathrobe, have at it. When it comes to party duds, this Oscar event is all about the sort of cool, cozy comfort any real star would properly demand.

“The Dude abides.” Jeffrey Lebowski, “The Big Lebowski” The Red Carpet

Planning the Perfect Oscar Party for Movie Lovers … and Haters By Jarrod Thalheimer

There is no shortage of how-to articles or top-10 lists on hosting the “perfect” at-home Oscar party. From rolling out a private red carpet and encouraging designer clothes to serving up champagne in flutes while “dining on the fine,” guests are promised an evening of dramatic predictions punctuated only by their own chortles and guffaws at whatever pithy quips or witty rejoinders the Academy host dishes up. But what if you’re not a cloying wannabe who overcares about an event little more than an extended infomercial for entertainment flotsam? Fear not, for hosting a successful at-home Oscar event is easier than you think. In fact, there’s a way to ensure smiles galore from even the grouchiest of Hollywood haters. Who says interminable can’t also mean fun? 136 BELLANYC.COM

I’m not sure where I heard it, but I think the reason stars walk a red carpet at premieres is in deference to the blood-soaked path that outsized success in Hollywood seems to require. Scaling the dizzying heights of attention and adulation is tough business, but literally stepping over the rotting corpses of friends and enemies alike would put most folks off … so I guess using a red carpet stuck. Obviously, getting an invite to your party should not require the sort of backstabbing cruelty such events traditionally engender, so feel free to skip the formal arrival altogether. Just make them take their shoes off at the door.

“I see dead people.” Cole Sear, “The Sixth Sense” The Food

The key to any party is the food, and one of the main whines of actual Oscar attendees is that for all their time spent in the theater, there is no food served all night. Add in their personal shunning of carbs for the three months leading up to the big night (not to mention the more than plausible rumor that carbs of any kind are banned within four miles of the ceremony by city ordinance) and you can see why they might be a little testy. Look, we feel their pain, but too bad! You’re going to be serving pizza, burgers, fries, sandwiches, ice cream, popcorn, and more. In fact, anything you might find available at an actual movie theater is legitimate Oscar party food – at least if you want the night to be a tasty one.

“I’ll have what she’s having.” Older woman customer, “When Harry Met Sally…”

The Predictions

This is the part of the night where these sorts of parties go off the rails. First, there always seems to be a crap-ton of movies no one saw (or even heard of ) mixed in with best supporting whosits and whatnots, plus confusing technical categories. Outside the nerdiest of Hollywood suck-ups, most normal folks are making blind guesses on three-quarters of the list. Where’s the fun in that? Forget the official categories – this is your party. Make your own ballots for the kind of awards that really matter. Most Obnoxious Movie of the Year Worst Fitting Dress / Suit Worn by an Actor Actor Most Likely to Be Concealing Spanx Under His or Her Outfit Worst Fake Tan

The Host

This is definitely an annual crapshoot. You could have Billy Crystal in his prime, that weird James Franco and Anne Hathaway experiment, or (shudder…) Dave Letterman. Tying the fortune of your party to the success of the host is dangerous, so you need to ensure personal success no matter how shockingly bad (or good) the host turns out to be. One word: booze. The game is called “Toast the Host,” and here are the rules: When the Academy Awards show host… refers to him or herself in the third person TAKE A SHOT makes a self-deprecating joke TAKE A SHOT

Worst Hair – Real / Worst Hair – Fake

checks out cleavage of any kind TAKE A SHOT

Most Transparent Use of Disease / Victimhood / Minority Status to Secure Nomination

makes a drug reference TAKE A SHOT

Most Disliked by Audience in Theater Most Popular Dead Celebrity During “In Memoriam” Segment Largest Political Jackass Longest, Most Incoherent Acceptance Speech Celebrity Most Likely Under the Influence … and on and on. Be creative – these categories allow guests to fully engage with even the worst grouping of films or stars.

“Shall we play a game?” WOPR, “WarGames”

gets the audience to groan TAKE A SHOT makes a plastic surgery joke TAKE A SHOT tries something that clearly worked better in rehearsal


is absent from the stage for more than two commercial breaks


displays visible flop-sweat

TAKE THREE SHOTS If that doesn’t lead to hilarity for all, it’s time to dump another 40 in the punch.

“It’s not usual for a guest to insult his host.” Chattar Lal, “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom”

The Show

It always seems like it’s going to be OK. The show starts off exciting and full of energy, but soon devolves into a tediously slow-moving mess that refuses to end. No party is good enough to survive multiple (lame) dance routines, never-ending song sequences, and speeches by boring strangers. Luckily, the fix is easy. Start by prerecording the earliest feed of the show possible, and then begin your own Oscar party two hours later. That allows for skipping over the slow bits and racing ahead to the best ones. After all, the job of a party is to be just like life, but with the boring parts removed.

“On with the show, this is it.” Bugs and Daffy, “The Bugs Bunny Show”

The Last Word

Any party is supposed to be about having fun, and Hollywood is at its best playing make-believe. Taking the Oscars – or any awards show – too seriously says more about you than the Hollywood talents desperate for Oscar’s attention. Never forget, they need you more than you need them. Movies (and parties) are supposed to be about fun, not stupid false reverence.

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Hollywood’s A-List Vies for the Best-Seller List There’s a new role for quite a few stars of film and TV this year: published author. If you’re looking to give your Netflix queue a rest, but can’t go long without your dose of Hollywood, pick up one of these books written by some of Tinsel Town’s fiercest femme fatales. In fact, you might want to make some room on the bookshelf and make good on that resolution to read more this year. By Barbara Bellesi “WILDFLOWER” Drew Barrymore (Dutton)

Not all child stars end up as well adjusted as Drew Barrymore, but she’ll be the first to admit that it certainly wasn’t the smoothest of rides for her. In her memoir, this daughter of the royal family of stage and screen details the ups and downs of living life in the spotlight – including how, at 14, she was already living on her own – and how she was able to overcome some tough times to become the happy and healthy Hollywood icon she is today.


This feisty actress, known by audiences as the former star of “King of Queens,” has lots of people talking about her newest role as “Suppressive Person” – the term the Church of Scientology gives to its outcasts. Leah Remini was brought into the church as a child in New York and stayed with the faith when she moved to Hollywood and her star was on the rise. But later, when Remini started questioning some of the church’s actions – most notably at Tom Cruise’s wedding to Katie Holmes, where she dared to ask church leader David Miscavige about the whereabouts of his wife. This brave memoir tells the story of Remini’s break from a repressive church and her quest for freedom for herself and her family.

“MY JOURNEY” Donna Karan (Ballantine Books)

It’s hard to imagine design icon Donna Karan as anything but a glamorous figure in the world of fashion. But when she was growing up on Long Island, the runway was still far away for Karan, who always felt more like the odd girl out than the it girl. This memoir details Karan’s start as an intern at Anne Klein to her incredible success at the label that bears her name, as well as her quest to find meaning and peace in an otherwise chaotic life. The intro by Barbara Streisand – one of Karan’s most loyal clients – makes for a charming accessory to this frank portrayal of one of fashion’s leading ladies.


“BECOMING BY CINDY CRAWFORD” Cindy Crawford with Katherine O’Leary (Rizzoli)

Cindy Crawford is known the world over as helping to put the “super” in supermodel. Now that she has turned 50 (50!), she takes a look back at her life and shares with readers wisdom and insight from her career. It’s hard to believe that someone who looks like Crawford would ever be self-conscious, but that’s exactly how she felt during those early days in front of the camera. In this beautifully illustrated book, the supermodel extraordinaire talks about the importance of having a positive body image for women of all ages.

“YOUR BEAUTY MARK” THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO ECCENTRIC GLAMOUR Dita Von Teese with Rose Apodaca (HarperCollins Publishers)

You only think you know red lipstick until you’ve seen it on the lips of Dita Von Teese. The brunette stunner’s unique style has left its mark on the burlesque show circuit, magazine covers, and the red carpet. Now readers are privy to the glamour goddess’ unique style. This book offers a jaw-dropping 400 pages featuring Von Teese and Co.’s advice on nutrition, exercise, skincare, and makeup.

“THE BLUE BLOODS COOKBOOK” Bridget Moynahan and Wendy Howard Goldberg with Curtis Peterson (St. Martin’s Press)

If you’re a fan of “Blue Bloods” on CBS, then you’re likely also a fan of the dinners that the Reagan family share in each episode. But instead of drooling over all of those delicious, New York-flavored dishes, you can actually head to your own kitchen to whip them up with the help of this book by one of the show’s stars. Actress Bridget Moynahan gives you a sneak peek into the Reagan family’s Irish/Italian food rituals with more than 100 mouth-watering recipes, including Manhattan Clam Chowder, Chicken Francese, and Cheesecake with NYPD Blue Topping. Save a seat for us, please!


In the five years since BELLA’s premiere issue, we’ve had some amazing women grace our cover. We’re happy to see that two of our BELLA beauties have books out or forthcoming this year. Happy reading! “THE STASH PLAN”

Your 21-Day Guide to Shed Weight, Feel Great, and Take Charge of Your Health Laura Prepon and Elizabeth Troy (Touchstone) It’s hard to think of the gorgeous and talented “Orange Is the New Black” stunner Laura Prepon having issues with weight or a lack of energy, but she has struggled with both. Done with crash diets and insane exercise routines, Prepon teamed up with Troy, who coupled Eastern medicine (Chinese Meridian Theory) with modern food science to detox her body. By cooking a “stash” of meals with healthy combinations of proteins, carbs, and vegetables, Prepon not only reenergized her body from within, but she got the red-carpet body you see today. For this TV star, strong and healthy is the new black.

“TIMELESS BEAUTY” Over 100 Tips, Secrets, and Shortcuts to Looking Great Christie Brinkley (Grand Central Life & Style)

At 61, Christie Brinkley looks better than most 30-somethings. So when the supermodel dishes out beauty secrets, everyone should take note. Brinkley’s book – her first in over 30 years – offers readers a glimpse into what it takes to keep looking and feeling beautiful at any age. From what to eat to what to wear, Brinkley shares advice as well as personal stories and photos, all with a sense of humor that reminds us why we still love this “Uptown Girl.”


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Whether it’s to celebrate the new you of a new year, or to vamp it up with your Valentine, these exotic destinations will rekindle relationships stressed by everyday life. Let the sparks fly!


Built on the site of a former coconut plantation, the 17-acre oceanside Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort features 25 romantic mbures (bungalows) for a perfect escape to reconnect. For the true deserted isle experience, paddle out to private Naviavia Island with gourmet lunch and champagne, or arrange a massage using locally harvested pure virgin coconut oil. World-class diving and snorkeling trips (a marine biologist is on staff), kayaks, paddle boards, hobie cats, and yoga are offered at the resort, with excursions to local markets, waterfall hikes, villages, and mangrove forests to keep guests as busy as they’d like to be. (Personally, we’d just head to the serenity pool and stare out at the sea.)



Unpack those romance novels — you can live one of your own as you settle into this 13th century castle with the lord of your manor. A recent $100 million renovation has breathed new luxe life into this amazing property. Explore the 350-acre estate on horseback, or try your hand at traditional country escapades like falconry, clay shooting and archery. To soothe those sore muscles, hit the gorgeous new spa or just retire to your sumptuous quarters for a nap and snuggle before afternoon tea.


Get those pulses racing as you fish for piranha, paddle along lushly bordered streams spotting caiman from a traditional dugout canoe, or climb high above the canopy for a toucan’s-eye view of the pristine rainforest sanctuary below. This romantic eco-lodge is found within a 5000-acre private ecological reserve in Ecuador’s Amazon region. Sometimes truly disconnecting and leaving “real life” behind is the quickest way to reconnect with your partner. What better way than swaying in a hammock to a symphony of tree frogs or enjoying the glass-walled view of a true rainforest shower?




When you think of Park City, Utah, you may only think of perfect powder-soft snow or the world renowned Sundance Film Festival. However, the city’s profound cultural and gastronomy scene deserves a nod, as well. With Park City’s gourmand indulgences, unique music offerings, hip hotels, and art festivals, this western mecca is so much more than just a ski destination. By Dara Kaplan


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Of course, classic, beautiful, luxurious properties, such as the world famous Stein Eriksen Lodge Deer Valley, top lists worldwide for skiing, but we recommend trying the newer, cooler boutique hotels along Main Street. Our personal favorite is Main & SKY, which provides a unique experience for mind, body, and soul, offering customized juice cleanses upon order and health plans designed by the concierge staff. Located at the epicenter of Park City, dining, shopping and entertainment lie just a ski boot shuffle away, while a simple walk across the street takes you to the Town Lift for skiing. If you have a hankering for out-of-this-world cuisine or are a self-defined epicure, head over to Handle. Creative dishes are so incredibly fresh and inventive, it’s impossible to choose a favorite (though ours was a toss-up between the salt-andvinegar tater tots and the buffalo, hot wing-style cauliflower –do yourself a favor and order both!). Before you brave the chill, warm up with a calorie splurge-worthy caramel pudding (we hear even The New York Times can’t stop raving about it). Another not-to-be-missed culinary delight to add to your agenda is Riverhorse on Main, which boasts a bountiful brunch. If you’re dressed for the weather and it’s a sunny day, grab an outside table to overlook Main Street to people-watch while you eat to your heart’s content! Indulge in the warm homemade biscuits, but don’t plan for strenuous activity after that meal. Make sure to make a reservation: a table here is a hot ticket (especially during Sundance Film Festival). Although one may not immediately think of sushi when thinking of Park City, rest assured that Shabu on Main Street is sure to please even the most discerning of sushi lovers (like myself!). Choose from delicious and imaginative rolls, perfectly cooked noodle dishes, and even a delicious cooked miso cod, sure to enchant the whole family. Another winning dish is the firecracker shrimp, a rock shrimp tempura in a creamy, spicy sauce. Relax after dinner with a visit to the St. Regis Deer Valley to ride up the funicular for a cocktail during sunset, overlooking the mountain vistas. If you’re lucky, you can catch the sabering of champagne bottles, unquestionably a show to remember.  When it comes to working off all those fabulous foodie finds, Park City has more than enough action to satisfy. For the adventurer, there’s skiing, snowboarding, hiking, and snowshoeing — an excellent opportunity for wildlife viewing as the critters stand out against the pale banks of snow. Daredevils looking for an adrenaline rush can zipline high above the snowy valleys! Once tired of the ski trails, wander the boutiques or take a walk down to the Kimball Art Center (known for its popular summer festival) to get your dose of culture from the various exhibitions, art classes, and seminars. Stargazing — of the celeb or celestial variety — is always a welcome diversion from swooshing down the mountains this time of year. Sundance Film Festival (January 22 — February 1) is the largest independent cinema festival in the US, attracting more than 50,000 visitors. Big-name stars flock to the area to celebrate pet projects and support the art of filmmaking. Each year about 12,000 films are submitted, with only 200 selected to show during the festival. Happily, a trip to Park City for Sundance or to hit the slopes is only enhanced by everything the beautiful region offers a savvy traveler. Enjoy! B BELLANYC.COM 143



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THE RANCH 4.0 With the onset of the new year, it’s time to work off the holiday excess of the past few weeks – the perfect time to consider a trip to The Ranch 4.0 boot camp resort. Think of it as an intensive (scenic!) jumpstart to your 2016 fitness regime! If you can’t take the time out for a week-long stay at The Ranch at Live Oak, Malibu, a more doable four-day fitness retreat at their sister program The Ranch 4.0 is perfect. Arrive at Four Seasons Westlake Village for a Thursday-to-Monday stay, and you’ll be put through your paces like never before with eight hours of exercise a day and vegan-only fare. The 5:30 a.m. wake-up call leads into an hour stretch class, followed by a yummy and filling breakfast. You’ll need it because you’ll then hit the trails in the Santa Monica Mountains for a four-hour hike! It’s challenging and will push you to your limits, but it’ll be worth it as you slowly feel the fat melting away and your endorphin high returning. Arriving back to base around lunchtime for a quick shower, you’ll then be served the most delicious vegan food in the prettiest greenhouse on the grounds of the hotel, which is just about 45 minutes north of Los Angeles. Take this time to relax and get to know your fellow guests and revitalize with an inspiring talk by the amazing program manager Tremell Johnson before getting back to business and an afternoon of exercise classes. And to help you through the day, the weekend program includes a daily massage per room for each full day you’re there. (You’ll need it!) The highlight for me was the cuisine prepared by the amazing Chef Meredith Haaz sublime! It converted this carnivore into a vegan food lover; Chef Haaz’s creative way with delicious plant-based products left empty plates all around. Lea Michele and Julianne Hough are just some of the many stars who have endured this amazing four-day boot camp that will be your perfect start to 2016.


PERFECT PALETA PALETA founder and chef Kelly Boyer is at the helm of truly one of the best food delivery and juice cleanse companies in the business. Launched 10 years ago with a mission to help people lead a healthier lifestyle, the celebrity favorite has assisted the likes of Jessica Biel, Jamie King, Felicity Huffman and Emmanuelle Chriqui to stay healthy and red carpet-ready. From Chef Boyer’s range of local food delivery options to her juice cleanses shipped nationwide, you will be wise to try out one of the PALETA programs to kick-start the season. The pressed juices will give your system a break from processed foods and facilitate the rapid absorption of vitamins, minerals, enzymes and nutrients, allowing your body time to recharge and repair. Home to Southern California’s first certified green kitchen, you can get a taste of nutrition heaven with the PALETA’s Purify Cleanse, Organic Pressed Juice Detoxes & Potables and Power Up snacks. Find out for yourself why PALETA’s food and beverages are being delivered to movie trailers, Hollywood homes and everyday people around the country to get all the nutrition they need, right on their doorstep. It’s simply the best!

SPECIAL SPOTLIGHT Kelly Meyer has long been a philanthropist and environmentalist lending her name, time and energy to several causes in LA. As the cofounder of the Women’s Cancer Research Fund, she has raised over $40 million for biomarker research as well as trustee of the National Resources Defense Council. She’s now partnered with the American Heart Association to bring her Teaching Gardens program to schools across America. Meyer came up with the idea with her children’s elementary school teacher to combat the startling rise of childhood obesity and other related illnesses in the U.S. Realizing that educating kids from a young

age about where their food comes from, allowing them to get their hands dirty and actually grow fruits and vegetables themselves was one of the ways to encourage a healthier diet in kids. The hope is that they will also pass their newfound knowledge along to their families. As a busy mom and wife to NBC Universal Vice Chairman Ron Meyer, Kelly is using her time and resources to fight for a healthier environment and improve education on matters that will affect generations to come. Her work is truly admirable! Heart.Org/TeachingGardens

BURN 60 Burn 60 fitness studio has long been the favorite of celebs like Reese Witherspoon, but their new location in West Hollywood has lit a fire under the calorie-burning fitness lovers in town. Combining running on world class treadmills with strength and toning exercises using weights, bands, kettle bells and suspension training, the 60-minute workout will have you shredded in no time in an exhilarating group class setting. The atmosphere is so welcoming and inspiring at Burn 60 that it makes you want to push to do your very best (and then crave your next session when you’re done!). The fastpaced, high intensity interval training (HIIT) workout keeps you burning calories long after you have left and keeps you on a total high. It’s one of the best workouts in LA!


AROUND TOWN BELLA New York and OK!TV’s Halloween Party On Tuesday, October 27, 2015, BELLA New York and OK!TV hosted a Halloween Party to celebrate the announcement of their partnership together, as well as OK!TV’s move to WABC in New York. The event was held at the OK!TV Penthouse overlooking the mid-town skyline. Guests sipped on Skinnygirl Cocktails, while snacking on Hershey’s chocolate and candy treats as well as yummy bites of food from Elegant Affairs’ Andrea Correale. The event included such guests as Countess LuAnn de Lesseps (“RHONY”), Richard Brooks (“Law & Order”), Hisham Tawfiq (“The Blacklist”), Catherine Curtin (“Orange Is the New Black”), Trevin Wade (New York Giants), Trevor Reckling (Arizona Diamondbacks), DJ Xenia Ghali (producer/DJ signed to Pitbull’s “Mr 305”), Ms. New York Nicole Kulovany, Chantelle Fraser (Bravo’s “Blood, Sweat & Heels”), and Tabasum Mir (Bravo’s “The Singles Project”).

Daniel Hall, Trevor Reckling

Courtenay Hall, Richard Brooks

Vanessa Coppes, Alexandra Anastasio, Jenna Guarneri

Sonia Isabelle, Tabasum Mir, Malan Breton, Andrea Correale


Katrina Synyak, Akanksha Patel, Dr. Michael Maynard, Dr. Didier Demesmin, Daniel Hall

BELLA New York and OK!TV’s Holiday Party Countess LuAnn DeLesepps

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On Tuesday, December 8th, BELLA New York and OK!TV kicked off the holiday season with a party at Sushi Roxx NYC. It wasn’t about who they wore, but about how the celebrities are giving back. The ‘Giving Carpet’ welcomed such guests as actress’ Britt Flatmo (Super 8) and Jenn Gotzen (Frost Nixon), actor Dan Amber (Younger), Emily Loftiss (lifestyle expert). Also in attendance were the cast of Bravo’s Real Housewives of New York, including: Countess LuAnn de Lesseps, Dorinda Medley, Ramona Singer, and Sonja Morgan.

Mindy Gura, Susan Steinbum, Dr. Robi Ludwig, Courtenay Hall, Paula Orlan

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Trevin Wade, Dr. Didier Demesmin

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Britt Flatmo, Sonia Isabelle, Dan Amber

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Countess LuAnn DeLesepps, Jason Apfelbaum, Sonja Morgen, Dorinda Medley



Cooking Live To Benefit the Family Reach Foundation On November 2nd, Hollywood A-Listers Emily Blunt and John Krasinski joined celebrity chefs Ming Tsai, Morimoto, and others for Cooking Live, a fundraiser by the Family Reach Foundation to benefit families struggling financially in the face of a cancer diagnosis. The celebrity couple rolled up their sleeves and helped prepare a five-course meal being served to attendees at The Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park. Left to Right: Emily Blunt John Krasinski Chief Ming Tsai, Julio Quirandango

Garden City Hotel’s 007 James Bond “Spectre” Cocktail Party On Friday November 6th, the new James Bond movie “Spectre” came out in theaters. To celebrate, actress Rachel Grant, “Bond Girl” in “Die Another Day” opposite Pierce Brosnan, welcomed guests to a James Bond-inspired cocktail party in The Polo Lounge at the iconic Garden City Hotel. Left to Right: L. Julio Aquino, Rachel Grant, Yesenia Vasquez, James Behrlein, Joyce Hidalgo

An Evening of Hope Hosted by BELLA Magazine and Sharon Carpenter The People’s Light and Hope non-profit organization hosted its first annual charity fundraiser, An Evening of Hope. The event took place at Casa La Femme in NYC on November 5th, 2015. Left to Right: Courtenay Hall, Margot Bingham, Lexza Pryde, Sharon Carpenter, Tabasum Mir


The Night of Light and Hope On November 5th, The Night of Light and Hope was co-hosted by Francesca Lana, co-chair of The Influential Ladies Alliance, and former Miss America Kirsten Haglund. Left: Natalia Faeh, Kirsten Haglund, Francesca Lana, Rita Cosby, Dr. Robi Ludwig Above: Emme Aronson, Francesca Lana, Prince Demitri of Yugoslavia, Kirsten Haglund, Rita Cosby, Gretchen Carlson

Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian Host the 33rd Annual Women’s Health Symposium Luncheon This year’s topic focused on anxiety and was moderated by Dr. Laura Forese, executive vice president and chief operating officer of NewYork-Presbyterian. The 33rd Annual Women’s Health Symposium Executive Steering Committee. Top Row, left to right: Edith Weinberg, Gail Kittenplan, Diana Townsend-Butterworth, Ellen Corwin, Jill Morton, Barbara Loughlin, Claire Edersheim, Susan Volk. Bottom row, left to right: Barbara Pearlman, Joan Weill, Orli Etingin, Diana Goldin, Ariadne Calvo-Platero.



Angelo David Salon & 95.5 WPLJ Host Inaugural Blow Out Breast Cancer Event to Benefit Samuel Waxman Foundation Angelo David Salon partnered with New York radio station 95.5 WPLJ for its inaugural Blow Out Breast Cancer event in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month. Above: Angelo David Pisacreta, Marion Waxman, Aviva Drescher, Will Kehler Right: Todd Pettengill, Jayde Donovan Photos: James Edstrom

Bleeker Street’s After Party for Trumbo Screening at Villagio on the Park with Cocktails by Manhattan Moonshine Bleecker Street Films presented a special advanced screening of the movie “Trumbo” in New York City. The after party was hosted at Central Park Eatery, Villagio on the Park. Left To Right: Helen Mirren, Brian Cranston; Helen Mirren, Diane Lane, Eleanor Lambert; Shana Schlossberg, Rachel Dantess Photos: Marion Curtis


The Alzheimer’s Association 32nd Annual Rita Hayworth Gala The 32nd Annual Rita Hayworth Gala, chaired by Daryl Simon, was held on Tuesday, October 27th at Cipriani 42nd Street. The event raised more than $2.2 million for the Alzheimer’s Association. Above: Michele Herbert, Princess Yasmin Aga Khan, B. Smith, Robin Melzer, Daryl Simon. Right: Brooke Shields, Daryl Simon Photos:

Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation 18th Annual Collaborating For a Cure Gala The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation’s 18th annual benefit dinner and auction honored fashion designer John Varvatos and raised $2.5 million to support cancer research. Above: Michael Nierenberg, Christina Greeven Cuomo, Dr. Samuel Waxman, Marion Waxman, John Varvatos, Joyce Varvatos Left: Jean Shafiroff, Chris Wragge Photos: Craig Barritt




1. Best thing about living in NYC? The energy! There’s always something new popping up to keep me interested and the people constantly fuel my creativity.

2. Favorite restaurant? Freemans on the Lower East Side is great. I love that it’s tucked away, and their mac and cheese is an absolute must-have if you are in the mood for a splurge. Sant Ambroeus on Lafayette is also great for grabbing lunch or dinner after shopping in Soho.

3. Favorite neighborhood? I love the Lower East Side because it has so much character and charm. It reminds me of old-school New York.

4. The best part of my job is... Being surrounded by amazing colors of cashmere all day and obviously, designing gorgeous sweaters every season.

5. A visit to New York isn’t complete until... You take a walk through the West Village, spend an afternoon at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and head to Barney’s, of course! Celebrity fans of Minnie Rose: Alessandra Ambrosia, Eva Longoria, Oprah Winfrey

Lisa ShallerGoldberg FOUNDER OF MINNIE ROSE CASHMERE New Yorker Lisa Shaller-Goldberg is the founder and creative director of Minnie Rose, a renowned fashion brand recognized around the world and coveted by A-list clientele. Known as just “Shaller” for many years as the woman behind Juicy Couture, this design whiz was responsible for propelling Juicy into the pop culture stratosphere, making the brand a global phenomenon. After her years at the company, armed with an arsenal of brand-building experience and a proven track record for spotting the next big trend, Shaller-Goldberg launched her own luxury lifestyle brand. Minnie Rose, named after her two grandmothers, transformed the cashmere industry. The once winter-only staple is now a year-round must-have and includes a multitude of well-known fans, including Oprah Winfrey, supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio, Molly Sims, Kate Middleton, Charlize Theron, and Reese Witherspoon, to name a few. This New York fashion maven shares her top 9 things for life in NYC …


6. Subways or cabs? Uber

7. Best advice you’ve ever received? To open my own business!

8. Your one “must-have” beauty item? I love Smith and Cult’s nail polishes right now – the shades are really interesting.

9. What’s your definition of beauty? There’s nothing more beautiful than a girl with confidence and a killer smile. B



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